Couch to 5K – Week 4

Week 4 – and I’m seriously impressed that I’m still on track!!! I’m all to good at getting started on something, and then after a couple of weeks just not bothering. But not this time! I am determined that I will get fit and be able to run 5k without collapsing in a heap on the floor ;)
I’ve managed to keep following the training plan that I set. Doing 3 or 4 workouts every week. Plus I’ve been doing lots of sit-ups and crunches. These stomach muscles need some serious working out after having 3 babies :/
I’m feeling pretty good though. Regular exercise and healthy eating is making a difference to how I look and to how I feel. A good work-out first thing in the morning sets me up for a great day. And if I’ve exercised in the morning, I find that I’m more inclined to make healthy food choices through the rest of the day.
This weeks measurements:
Waist   – 27″ 
Hips    – 35 1/2″
Thighs – 18 3/4″
And I have another recipe to share this week! Years ago I made these ‘raw balls’… then I forgot about them! After a bit of experimenting this week, I finally remembered the recipe for them – and how delicious they are :D Best thing about this recipe is that they keep in the freezer. Meaning, 1 – they’re not right in front of me every time I go in the kitchen tempting me to eat them all the time… and 2, I can make a huge batch to last for a while :)

Polly’s Raw Balls

1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup pitted dates
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup/agave syrup)
shredded coconut
Place the dates in a food processor, and pulse until all broken up. Add the other ingredients and process until the mix is thick and smooth. (at this point you could add some extra whole nuts if you liked, pulse a little extra so they are in pieces) You’ll end up with something that looks like this:
Form the mixture into walnut sized balls, and roll them in shredded coconut.
I got around 2 dozen balls from this recipe! Store them in a sealed container in the freezer. Allow to defrost for a few minutes then enjoy :)

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  1. the littlest polly

    May 26, 2011 at 09:20

    mmmmmmm :) looks SO very yummy!!!

    love, polly :):)

  2. Kristina

    May 26, 2011 at 19:55

    That’s some serious progress into the 5K.  WTG!!

  3. Mon Bv

    May 27, 2011 at 09:05

    hi Polly, not popped in for a while. sounds like you’re feeling wonderful and that’s so fab isn’t it? i’ve also gone back to my ehalthy eating and do yoga when i can, and gentle walks by the sea.

    these balls sounds delish, love anything with PB in it. couldn’t eat them though – eek on the carbs! lol i used to love rum balls years ago, LOVE, remind me of them.

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