I have been "thinking I should" or have been "trying to" lose weight ever since. This January was my turning point. Now it is 2 days left in March, I have stuck with it, and I am down just about 15 pounds.
Even only being down a bit of weight now, I can feel the difference. I am down 1 pant size, and already feel so much better. I know that all this excess weight will take awhile to lose. Right now I have at least another 100 pounds to go, so I know it will be more than a year before I reach my final goal. It can be discouraging, and difficult to stick with it when you are seeing slow progress. It's important to have a little splurge once in awhile, and to celebrate all the little victories.
I wanted to pass on one of my go to recipes. They are no bake energy bites. I have seen lots of recipes for no bake energy bites floating around on various blogs. This is the recipe I have come up with after several modifications.
I work very early in the morning a few days a week, and will eat one or two of these on the way to work. They are very filling. I will not be hungry for a few hours after eating them. I have found that I make much better food choices when I do not let myself get to the point that I am starving. These also make really great afternoon snacks, or really hit the spot when I just have to have something sweet.... Especially if I have them with an afternoon cup of iced coffee. Yum! You feel like you are treating yourself.
1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup flax seed meal
2 tbs chia seeds
1/3 cup of honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips*
2 tbs of coconut oil
* a note on the chocolate.... I personally like to use the darkest chocolate chips that I can find. I think mini size chips taste best in the recipe. So I take my dark chocolate chips and chop them up into smaller pieces using my Ninja. You can use regular mini chocolate chips, full sized chips, substitute for raisins or other small pieces of dried fruit, or omit the chocolate all together. This is a very flexible recipe.
Mix it all up, by hand or in the mixer. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 30 mins or so, then roll into 1 inch balls. Place the balls into a container, and store in the fridge. You can also freeze these as well.