2,016 miles in 2016 and Matcha Chia Pudding

Y’all… you know how you make a declaration to do something in the spur of the moment and then realize that maybe you didn’t really think everything through?

Examples include, but are not limited to: “I’m going to learn to juggle” or “I’m going to garden” or “I’m going to drink less wine” or my favorite, “I’m going to run, walk, and hike 2,016 miles in the year 2016.” 

Let’s talk about that last statement.

Run. Walk. Hike. 2,016 intentional miles. It’s only February and I’m questioning my sanity for declaring that my big 2016 goal.

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But I put it on Facebook so I must continue with it 😀

In all seriousness, that goal has gotten me to walk my dogs SO much. It’s gotten me outside and has given me the chance to reflect. A lot.

In order to meet my goal, I have to walk an average of 5.5 miles a day or about 38 miles a week. I decided to do this a little late in the game so I had about 25 miles to catch up on o top of it all. I’m currently only 14 miles behind instead of the 25 so slowly making progress.

A beautiful thing about my mile goal? I hit my weight goal. At this point, I’ve lost my baby weight and plan on retiring the scale soon so I can focus on toning up, building muscle, and not panic as the numbers increase on the scale (which they will because muscle weighs more than fat).

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The main issue with my big goal is the time commitment. I spend about an hour a day walking. Sometimes more. And often times less (especially on running days). When I can’t get all my miles in during the day with Baby Kola (who is a really great walking buddy, along with my pups), I’ll go to the gym in the evening. I actually look forward to the gym because I’m able to watch some shows on Hulu (current faves include: Biggest Loser, Pretty Little Liars, Scream Queens, and I plan to add in Total Divas when I catch up on everything else). I find that if I keep some shows exclusively for the gym- it gives me a reason to keep going back 😉

So… there are moments I question my decision. But then more often than not, I feel thankful for this goal. It’s given me direction in a way I didn’t expect. It’s given a little more structure to my days, reconnected my relationship with my dogs, gotten my Mr. and I to take walks together, and allows Baby Kola to understand that fitness and health are a natural part of the day.

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Plus, all this running, walking, and hiking, has gotten me on my mat a lot more!

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I find that I stretch often to keep my hips from tightening. So that’s a definite plus.

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Enough about miles. Let’s discuss one way I stay energized.

Matcha green tea. Are you familiar with it? If not, please learn it, love it, and live by it. Okay, maybe not live by it. And maybe not even love it. But at least learn it. It’s amazing.

Those that know me, know I am not a coffee drinker. I’m not a soda drinker either. Really, I’m just not into caffeine. Or at least I wasn’t. Matcha sort of changed that for me. My BIL was the first to introduce me to it but I was pregnant when he told me about it so I didn’t really care too much to investigate. However, when my MIL came to visit she brought some Matcha with her and left it for me to use. I didn’t use it for awhile. Then one day I saw it in the back of the fridge and figured… why not? And well… now I eat it for breakfast. I swear by the stuff.

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I know this is getting lengthy and I promise there is a recipe below but I feel like I need to tell you why Matcha is the bees knees.

Matcha is packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, as a green tea it calms the mind and relaxes the body, is packed with fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins, enhances mood and aids in concentration, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, and provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It’s a powerhouse y’all.

So now for the recipe. I’ve been making this for breakfast and am obsessed with it. It’s paleo, vegan, gluten free, and a truly great way to start your morning. It just looks like… well sort of like vomit. But most chia seed pudding recipes do. Adding fresh fruit helps the appearance a lot. So add it if you have a visual eater in your mist. 😉

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Matcha Chia Seed  Recipe

If you love Matcha or if you try this powerhouse breakfast, please let me know! If you come up with a way to make it look a little more appealing, I would love to hear it 🙂

-Sonni K.

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