Cooking is something I enjoy doing. But it´s not always I have the energy to be creative. With my man out of the house at the moment means that I´m alone at dinner, and to cook for one I find boring.
Then I cook because I have to, and it need to go fast. My absolute favorite healthy fast food is porridge. It works for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner and all you need is less than 10 minutes to have it ready.
A favorite of mine is the one with sliced banana and homemade almond butter.
To make Almond butter is very easy. Here is the recepie from the cookbook “Velochef”:
500g of almonds
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 pinch of salt
1. Put the oven on 150 degrees.
2. Toast the almonds for 20min.
3. Pour the almonds into a blender while still warm.
4. Add oil and salt and blend it all together on high speed for 5-6 minutes.
5. When creamy pour it into a jar. Lasts 3-4 weeks in the fridge.
In the female peloton #pimpmyporridge is well-known and if you want inspiration for other porridge dishes, give #pimpmyporridge a search on Instagram. I´m sure you will come across many tasty mixes from my fellow cyclists.
My idea for this blog was to take you through my journey “From fit, to fat and back again”. And it sorts of speak for itself.
To use the word fat might not be ethical correct but that is what it feels like.
I can´t even remember the last time I was above 60kg and boobs were normal…
Those days when my body was a tool to perform are gone and gosh I miss them. I miss having control and to know exactually what the next day will look like. Eat, train, sleep, repeat!
Top sport is extreme and my last 10 years have been extreme in every single way. I have trained hard, raced hard, slept hard and travelled hard!
The frustration I feel when my body is telling me to rest is the worst. I used to be filled with energy and all I want to do these days is sleep. I go early to bed, wake up late, take a nap after lunch and fall asleep in the sofa in the evening.
I know this amazing little person growing inside me is going to be the most wonderful thing but right now it´s hard to imagen.
I see all my old teammates laughing and suffering together at camp and that is one of the things I miss the most.
I have friends and family that I love and that loves me back, but there is something special about surviving a rough training together. The satisfaction, the pain you feel when lying on the massage table afterwards, the taste of dinner and then when the evening comes. The simple mind of knowing that tomorrow will be just same.
These last months I have been working hard with finding good routines and to accept this new situation of mine. I miss the “easy” life as a top athlete. But to miss it and to be ready to go back and do the hard work all over again, is a totally different thing. Just to be clear; A comeback from me on the highest level will never happen!
My new goal is to find the right balance in life. The balance between what I have been, what I am and what I will be.
“Emma Johansson – professional cyclist” has turned into “Emma Johansson – Olympian in transformation”.
Here I will keep you updated with what I´m going through on my journey from being one of the best cyclists in the world adjusting to a normal life.
What it´s like to leave the only thing you have done really good behind, to lose form, finding out what to do, becoming a mum and being one.
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