The Making of New Year’s Resolutions and Cheesecake

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Are you feeling all motivated and inspired by your new year’s resolutions?  Check that list twice, like Santa does, and make sure those resolutions are things you really want with all your heart and that they are realistic and achievable.  But dream large for the long-term, because our big dreams and visions are the things that remind us of why we do what we do today and tomorrow and the next day and so on …

I don’t make new year’s resolutions.  I cannot remember ever doing so.  But most years I set myself some goals.  Goals that are aligned to a bigger dream that I want to realise.  Those dreams usually take time, years to turn into reality, but every year those goals get me closer to that dream.

My first big dream was to be an astrophysicist.  I was only four years old when I first declared that was it.  Sure, you’re probably thinking that no four-year old child in its right mind would be thinking they wanted to be an astrophysicist but hey, I knew that Starfleet Academy was beyond my reach time wise so I had to have a Plan B.  I’m quite serious though.  I was four at the time.  Yes, I had some obstacles and hiccups along the way but eventually, I realised that dream.  I may not be actively engaged in the field of astrophysics research anymore, but nobody can take it away from me.  I was and shall forever remain, a scientist at heart (and Starfleet cadet in my wildest fantasies).

My other big dream was to be a chocolatier and patissier.   Time may now be against me but I have plans for me to make some forays into that space in 2014 after a long hiatus of some years.  Let’s see how we go.  I’ve set myself some small, realistic goals for this year and I’ll assess how things work out along the way.  But serendipity comes in many forms and this blog is no exception.  I have big plans for a special project that I would never have thought of, if it were not for this blog and all the experimentation with protein and macro-friendly cooking.  Watch this space, folks.  It will either be world domination or bust.  But my plans for 2014 are moderate, conservative, and hopefully some good solid building blocks for world domination 😉

Training.  I love my training.  I really really love my training.  I have set some goals for that this year too.  I want to keep getting stronger and fitter and more like the mini Wonder Woman I know is lurking inside me!   Health and fitness goals are great goals to have.  They tend to be the resolutions that many people abandon within the first few weeks of the new year.  Not me.  I got started on mine in December.  They are just that important to me.  Not obsessive important, but fundamentally important to who I am, and they are aligned to some long-term dreams I have.

Life goals … well, the events of 2013 have given me cause for some introspection.  I want to laugh more, be kinder … to myself and others alike, stress less, and find my confidence and inner spark again.  These things sound clichéd.  Perhaps they are to some extent.  But I think they resonate with most people.  At the very least, they can help us focus on the more important things in life – love, relationships, friendship …

What about Chocolate Chilli Mango?  Well, yes, for this coming year I have my goals for this too.  For the blog, for a number of projects associated with the blog, and hopefully some other cool things that you will love.  Some of these I had planned for 2013, but life put a stop to most of them and slowed progress for others to a snail’s pace.  It was disappointing but, looking back, I have more clarity now about what I should focus on, and in which order, so perhaps it was meant to be this way.

Always search for the upside of any situation, no matter how dire … and keep your eye on those big dreams of yours, and your progress in check for your annual and short-term goals.  Remember, too, that nobody realises their dreams alone.  Appreciate and thank those that help you along the way.   I have a number of people without whose help I probably would not have dared to dream or set firm goals for the coming year and I am grateful for them all.

Speaking of thank yous … those of you wondering why are there no protein packed, macro-friendly recipes being posted here lately? … you will be thankful for this recipe!

You know my #1 Rule of Protein Recipes: NEVER MAKE DO.

So how about we start off the year on a high?  With the best protein cheesecake recipe on this good earth?  Possibly the galaxy and beyond …

There are protein cheesecakes.  There are good and bad ones.  Then there is this cheesecake.

It doesn’t just take protein cheesecakes to another level.  No.

It defines a whole new league of protein cheesecake awesomeness.

Try it.  Enjoy.  Get your year off to a fantabulous start.  Thank me later.

The nutritional panel is included right below the post, as usual.  Just check out those macros.  Go on, scroll down.  I’ll wait ….

See?  I know .. amazing, right?

It’s also free of refined sugars, gluten and is low fructose.  I’m all over it for you.

This is a long post, isn’t it?

OK, so a final thank you to all of you who have continued to follow the blog or are newly subscribed,  who post so many fantastic comments and feedback on how much you love the recipes, and all the great adaptations of them that you make (I love that!), and to everyone who has posted such kind thoughts and wishes after my father passed away some months ago.  You don’t know just how much I appreciated them all.

Now go … to cheesecake and beyond!

This recipe is available in the Protein Baking Evolved cookbook.  Get your copy here!

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Macronutrient Profile

I have included the macronutrient breakdown for the recipe as stated in the book.   As usual, please account for any changes or substitutions you make.

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Cheesecake crust
Cheesecake crust

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