I wrote a blog post a little while ago about why Your New Year’s Resolution Doesn’t Work. One of the main reasons I mentioned was the fact that you are not being honest with yourself when you set your fitness goals. This year as I relocated to London and had to adjust to the colder weather, less daylight and a whole new schedule. I found myself demotivated and confused on how I was going to continue my gym schedule.
During my Summer in SF, I lived within walking distance from three of my gym chain’s locations, and when I arrived in London none of the gym chains I wanted to workout at were close to my flat. I actually felt pretty stressed out and was worried that I wasn’t going to be motivated to walk 10-15 min to the tube or drive to the gym, or let alone leave the house (since I work remotely).
So for some crazy (read: realistic) reason Sonny and I made the decision to begin going to the gym before work. I’m not a fan of going to the gym after work especially since I like to cook a proper dinner every evening (call me the Latina Martha Stewart) and I knew that I was not going to keep that up either.
So here we are waking up at 5am to go to the gym and boooyyyyy was it hell the first few times we did it. And then we slowly got used to it, but due to not feeling hungry at that hour, we were just splitting a banana or something small because I physically couldn’t make myself eat so early in the morning, so my workouts were just hitting a wall after like 30 mins.
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For the past year, Sonny has been going on and on about this “meal replacement shake” and I was so opposed to it because I’ve never been a supplement kind of girl. But I tried some from an event that I went to, and was impressed. Huel has great reviews and is nutritionally backed. Like I said previously, I’ve never been a supplement kind of girl since I’m not really into the extras. Heck I don’t even drink coffee! So it took lots of persuading and loads of research (despite the fact that Huel is an awesome product) to finally get on board.
I don’t have time to cook breakfast or come up with something to keep my workouts from slumping at 5 am. I’m still trying to look like a human and get myself out of the bed. Huel has allowed our morning workouts to thrive and is a nutritionally complete food that happens to come in a powder. It contains all of the ingredients that you actually need, the vitamins and minerals, and is backed by nutritionists and dieticians which most “meal replacement” shakes are NOT. It’s vegan and also extremely high in protein.
Chocolate Ba-Nilla Huel Shake Recipe
- 1 scoop of Vanilla Huel (or flavor of choice)
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (can add more if the shake is too thick)
- 1 banana
- 1-1.5 tbsp of cacao powder (I used cocoa)
- optional: almond butter 1 tbsp
Put Everything in a blender and serve.