Hi…my name is Jo and I’m addicted to chocolate…and fitness…wait…what??!!
Yip, you read correctly!!!
I am a huge fitness fanatic BUT, unfortunately, I have the worlds largest sweet tooth- not something that normally goes together, right?
Well, I’ve made it my mission to show the world that it IS POSSIBLE to have the best of both worlds…you literally CAN have your cake and eat it, you just need to know how.
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to bake and baking soon became my therapy,…the thing I turned to when I felt as if everything around me was falling apart.
Now to get somewhat personal…
As I mentioned previously, I have a major sweet tooth. I found it easy to get myself to the gym, to push myself and to make fitness a part of my life BUT I struggled with the nutrition aspect of things. Eating healthy during the week or during one of the many ‘8 week challenges’ I took part in was easy. The tricky part was stopping at one piece of chocolate, or one cupcake, whenever I would have a ‘cheat’. This slowly caused me to develop a terrible relationship with food. I would deprive myself of the things I was craving, I would later end up binging on those foods, followed by feelings of guilt, and I would then deprive myself of those foods once again. This created a vicious cycle. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
I started training as a form of punishment. Not because I wanted to see what my body was capable of, but because I felt guilty for the things I had eaten. My energy levels were so erratic, my sleeping patterns were terrible and I was grumpy 24/7. Somewhere along the line I realized that something needed to change. I’m not even sure how I merged my love for baking with my love for fitness, but I do know that it saved me and I hope that in time, others will too be inspired to ‘change things up’.
When I felt like I was craving something I would try my best to come up with a healthier alternative, something that would make me feel good ,as well as support my goals in the gym. I would continuously post what I had made on my personal Facebook (and this was long before it became the norm to photograph your food). Friends would ask for the recipes to what I had just made and to save myself from having to type each recipe a hundred times (and from annoying people who weren’t as enthusiastic about the sugar free protein cake I had just made) I decided to make a Facebook page for my baking creations…hence ‘Pull ups and Peanut butter’ was born. I never expected people to take an interest in what I was baking but I am so glad they did. Slowly, but surely, I hope to teach more and more people the in’s and out’s of healthy baking. I hope to inspire others to start loving their bodies, and fueling their bodies the best way they can. I hope to show others that it’s not necessary to live on grilled chicken and boiled broccoli in order to reach your goals.
I’m not a fitness model, I don’t have a 6 pack, I’m not the fastest runner or the strongest lifter- BUT I have a healthy and a happy body, I look exactly the same 365 days of the year. I don’t believe in looking amazing for 1 night or for 1 competition, followed by months of rebounding and self hate. It took me a long time to get to this point, and I hope to slowly teach others just how easy it is to feel the same way.
If you are still reading this then thank you. You are very special and deserve a massive slice of sugar free carrot cake.
Much love and Peanut butter