Here’s all about the Six Ways Weight Loss just Like Making Mocha Macarons!
Recently, my son asked me if he could make chocolate macarons, he wanted to try and make them on his own after making then during summer camp. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the process, but it involves carefully following the steps, patience, and rest.
The last time my son made macarons, he had guidance from an experienced professional chef. On this attempt, he rushed into the kitchen to start baking. Now, I work from home and cannot hover over his shoulder to make sure he is following the steps. So I’m left checking in on him periodically.
The first time I went to see what was happening, he had overbeaten the eggs, and he was forced to start again. After asking a couple of questions, I realized he had rushed through the steps and beat the eggs at the highest speed. He didn’t have a plan of action, and it left him with crumbly egg whites, and he had to start over. In his next attempt, he slowly started beating the egg whites and carefully measured out the rest of the ingredients – following the recipe.
When I came back in the kitchen, he had the meringue in the mixer, shiny and smooth, but not quite firm enough. It needed more work. He wanted to use it as is, and not put in the extra time to make it right. He wanted to quit and just go with what he had. With guidance and a little inspiration, he created the perfect meringue.
At this point, we were only ½ way there. I left him alone again. The next time I checked in on him, he had chocolate everywhere. He had trouble piping the dough onto the parchment – he didn’t have the right tools. No pastry bag. He was using a Ziploc bag. I did what I could to squeeze the batter to the bottom of the makeshift bag to salvage the rest of the dough. After getting messy, I got the dough on the parchment, and they were almost ready for baking.
After removing the bubbles by dropping the cookie sheet on the counter top, he had to wait. And wait. We were able to get his haircut and come back. A lot of waiting. He finally got them in the oven. They turned out great, some were a little deformed, but all were delicious.
So what does this all have to do with fitness?
Here are Six Ways Weight Loss Like Making Mocha Macarons:
- You can’t rush the process – just like beating egg whites on high doesn’t produce “stiff peaks” going all out and making too many changes too fast will set you up for failure. Make a couple of changes at a time, like getting enough water and feeding your workouts.
- You must prepare – my son needed to follow the steps of the recipe. You will need to have a plan of action by planning meals to nourish your body, checking menus before heading out for dinner and know what you are going to do before you get to the gym. This leaves less room for failure if you know what you are going to do ahead of time.
- Stick with the plan – You won’t lose a ton of weight right away. Set goals to achieve a steady weight loss of ½ – 2 lbs. per week.
- Don’t quit – If my son had quit beating the meringue, the macarons would not have turned out. You have invested the time- keep going! The changes will happen.
- Be patient – Lifestyle modifications take time. If you want always to be trying to lose those 10-20 lbs. go ahead and try the latest fad diet. Making lasting changes is well worth the wait.
- Have the right tools – A Ziploc bag is a terrible pastry bag for a 12 yr. old boy. Make sure you have the right program for your goals and the right nutrition to make them a reality.
In the end, he made some pretty tasty macarons, but he had to trust the process and ask for help when he didn’t know what to do next.
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