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Listen to your body

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I am a big advocator of listening to your body…. of course there are certain times when you can push past your limits ie.. when you’re running a marathon or you are moving apartment and need to use every bit of strength to lift, push, and keep going…. then its different. But in general, listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and LEARNING to stop when you are full… because that is the problem people have, they eat even if they arent hungry and that is what can lead to weight gain. ( THough of course, we all have times i.e RESTDAYS when we eat out of boredom :)) but in general, listening to your bodies signals.

And that is exactly what i did today (and every day :)). I wanted to strength train and i wanted to do cardio but i didnt feel like just running or doing chest, shoulders, legs, bicep/triceps etc so i ended up doing 10 minutes HIIT on 16-18km/hr and 20 minutes core exercises.

I never workout my stomach so i am actually quite weak there… when i do deadlifts and pushups and other exercises i have to keep my stomach pulled in which works my core, but otherwise its not so mcuh just core exercises. But im going to try get better at that because a strong core will help alot!!!

The 30 minutes exercise was exactly what i needed… i didnt need to push extra much or do X minutes or keep going. No, i was satisfied with what i did 🙂

Listening to your body isnt always easy, but once you learn to do it you will thank yourself 🙂

Birthday brunch

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Hello 🙂

Today is my birthday *woop!* *woop!* so i have spent it doing my favourite things – working out and brunch with my family!!!

It was leg day today – and im hoping that i will feel it tomorrow. I had cake as pre workout, so the energy was definitely there 🙂 And after leg day all you want is food, so that is exactly what i got 🙂

There was so much yumminess at the brunch i ate – LOTS of fresh bread, salmon, watermelon, yoghurt, coffee etc etc

 

My day and afternoon snacking!

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After breakfast i headed to the gym for a short but intense shoulder workout… i wasnt sure if i was going to go to the gym or not, but i felt i really wanted to!! So i headed there for 50 minutes and did a killer shoulder workout, afterwards my shoulders were aching so badly!! hahah, they will feel sore tomorrow 🙂

I know alot of people have requested i write out my workouts so i will try do that. But i never plan or write down my workouts, i barely count reps or sets either… and dont always know the name of the exercise id o as i find new ones which i try and love. So i cant promise ill write out every workout i do, as i prefer to just do what i feel like and enjoy my workouts than to think about numbers, reps, weights, sets etc 🙂

After my workout it was lunch and an hours studying followed by an hours nap… and then my afternoon snack: My favourite combo right now: quark, nuts & raisins. And now lots of packing and cleaning!!

P.s the pictures were taken this morning.. so they dont show how i look or feel right now, hahaha.

Morning run & breakfast

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Recently ive gotten my running motivation back and it feels like all i want to do is to run…. But because of my busy weekday schedule its hard to find time. But its about making time for the things you love. So i woke up a little earlier than usual on a weekend and drank some coffee and BCAAs and ate an apple and some raisins and then i went out for a run, I wasnt sure how far i would run…. a 5km, 10km, 7km etc… but i just kept running (with a break half way to do some stair intervals i.e run up really fast, jog down and then repeat how many times i like). My run finished at 6.6km and feeling energised and tired at the same time! My stomach was rumbling for a proper breakfast 🙂

Today my breakfast was: chocolate egg cake & raspberries, quark, nuts, raspberries, an egg and my favourite celsius!!

My favourite combination right now: chocolate egg cake, quark, raspberries, nuts, an egg and a celsius 🙂

Today im going to pack, clean and study as i have lots of tests coming up in the next 2 weeks and also….im moving house on Monday (and not to mention, its my birthday tomorrow!!!!) 🙂

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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i am going to be a typical Swede, and start this post with Weather talk 🙂 Hahah. Yes.. i am the type of person who, if i am in an awkeward silence with someone i will begin talking about the weather 🙂

But anyway, recently it has been around 10-15 degrees during the day i.e not so cold!! (But its getting colder from now on… 😦 )

But it means that the mornings have the perfect walking temperature. Its not so cold that your sweat freezes on your skin and you walk like an icicle, but its not so hot that you are sweating so much you just want to take off all your clothes and go lie down somewhere.

But its a good mix of, if you put on some dry fit clothes and a warmer – but light jacket, then you dont freeze and you dont overheat either ;);)

Hhahaha… all my years of morning walks ive finally learnt how to dress properly!!

 

 

 

 

When i came home it was time for breakfast and i must say, it was better than usual!!!

 

Yoghurt and quark & nuts, 2 boiled eggs, ginger flavoured cashews and coconut. (The 60g packet was easily eaten, they are sooo good. And whats better is that its all organic :)) & a Raspberry and Lemon Kombucha!!

I am going to write a review about both the nuts and the Kombucha 🙂

 

Today my mum wants to take me out for lunch and im definitely not complaining 🙂 Free food? Why yes… thank you 🙂

Im hoping we can go to the vegetarian buffet so that i can eat as much as i want and not just be limited by the small portion i would get at a normal restaurant 🙂

(And p.s… just because im going out to eat DOESNT mean i eat less ;);) Its not about compensating!)

 

Taking probiotics, not stressing and a little change in my diet = back to no bloating (unless i eat a big meal which is basically 6 times per day… but the bloating is pretty much gone and the pain!! Woop woop!)

 

Fitness is not a body size

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I often get told by people who are recovering that they want to get fit (again)… that they want to exercise to get fit. Which is great…. but the question is, what is their definition of fit?

Because it feels like many peoples only definition and view of fit is having a low body fat procent, and visible muscles to some degree.

  You see someone who is very lean, has sort of visible abs and posts a picture flexing and you think Wow, that person is sooo fit. I want to look like him/her.  But the truth is, that person might just have been on a diet to lose fat and genetically have more visible muscles… but not be able to run more than 2km or lift anything heavy… they just look a certain way.

I am not bashing that look at all, but fitness is not a body shape. You can be super fit and healthy but be more curvy or on the bigger side. You DONT need to lose weight to be fit (unless you are very overweight/obese.. then logically its hard to be fit and be able to  run, lift heavy things, flexible etc etc ). You can be any shape or size… of course you can be underweight and fit i.e be able to carry out certain tasks. But you arent phsyically healthy/fit if you are underweight or over weight… making you not actually fit. Just strong/fast/flexible etc

The definition of fitness according to the dictionary is:  1) the condition of being physically fit and healthy. 2)the quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task.

There is no mention of weight or size in the definition. That is just something that society and media has told us… that you have to look a certain way to be fit.

But trust me there are people who are on the bigger side and run several marathons each year, they eat healthier and workout more than someone who is naturally skinny and eats lots of junk food and just happens to look like the ‘ideal’ (though i think its stupid that there is some ideal body.)

You can NOT judge someones fitness by their body shape. There are people at my gym who are super strong or super fast (or both!) but might not look like the ‘typical’ fitness person. But i have gone up to those people and complimented them, told them that they are working so hard and i am impressed. Because i truly am and i believe people do need to hear some compliments and encouragment for their work!

  

If you want to get fit, that is awesome. Working on your physical health and all components of exercise and fitness. However DONT mix up the two of wanting to look a certain way and wanting to improve your fitness, because the two arent the same thing.

   If you want to look a certain way, your goal isnt to improve your actual health… to improve the different components of exercise. Your goal is just to build muscle/lost fat/tone up etc…

So please be aware that to be fit you dont have to lose fat or lose weight… though gaining muscle does aid in fitness, though you DONT need visible muscles and a low body fat procent to be fitness.

Fitness is NOT chicken, brocolli and quark. Fitness is NOT running 10km everyday. Fitness is NOT having a super low body fat procent and visible abs and muscles.

Fitness is the ability to complete different tasks… if you were asked to hike 10km you would be able to do it. If you had to run 5km you would be able to do it. If you had to move a car or lift a heavy box you would be able to do it….

Focus on fitness and health NOT just changing your body.

 

How do i stay motivated

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How do you stay motivated? I can only go a week at a time without falling off the wagon and eating like crap and not exercising.

Well for me its a lifestyle i love… its not a diet im on. I dont deprive myself… i dont tell myself i cant eat chocolate. If i want chocolate i eat it… but when i eat it all i want is a square or 1-2 rows of chocolate, i dont need to eat the whole bar.

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I love healthy eating its delicious and fills me with energy, but i also love ben and jerrys and chocolate so eat that when i crave it.

I love all forms of exercise and each morning i wake up filled with energy and am happy to have energy. To be able to eat delicious food, to be able to exercise. To lift heavy weights or run fast!!! I love it.

So make it a lifestyle… dont starve or deprive yourself.

Have a goal you are working towards and know how to reach the goal.

See it as a journey, not just something you wikll do for a short period of time.

Find YOUR balance and moderation. Dont just follow what everyone else is going… find what works for you.

Dont forget to live life as well… eat healthy and exercise whilst also having fun, being healthy, spending time wtih friends etc

Make small changes all the time to make it a lifestyle and make it a long term thing.

Find what YOU enjoy doing…. be happy to wake up and be able to exercise and eat healthy.

Dont see it as falling off the wagon… because what wagon is there? You can decide to go for a walk now instead of sitting and watching TV. Or you can decide that your next meal will be a healthy one not burgers and fries… you ALWAYS have the choice.

Find motivational songs, buy new workouts clothes, have mini goals you want to reach, have healthy food in your house. Make a routine and habit of working out a few times a week and eating healthy 5/6 meals.

Its all about the lighting

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Something which i think is important to bring up is the thing with abs….. most people now a days seem to want visible abs. Their main goal with exercise is to have visible abs. An obsession which i dont think is good….

But the truth with visible abs is that unless you have a very unhealthy fat procent and an unhealthy and strict, low calorie diet then you’re abs (if you have a low fat procent) will only really be visible in certain light.

Yes i do have a some what toned stomach, does it look like that all the time? Nope, i still bloat. Remember that the photos i post on my IG are the ones i think i look good, there is also a certain lighting in them (and lets not forget the posture… in some i flex, in some i dont!)

I dont post the photos to trick people, i am quite open about the fact that my toned stomach look is not how i look 24/7… it would be impossible to look liike that with all the meals i eat. Food  & water = bloating.

But i just want to show you how different lighting makes me look:

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Legday

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Today it was legday, and my second one for the week! Legs is the hardest place for me to see progress, even if i work hard during my leg workouts nothing seems to happen. So im hoping that by doing 2 leg days a week hopefully i will see some type of progress! But of course, i love leg day as well… Crazy i know 🙂

I dont write down or plan my workouts so i wont write down my whole workout however here are some of the exercises i did:

Straight leg deadlifts (i love these!)

Squats (with a pause at the bottom) & pulsing sumo squats

Walking lunges super set with air squats (i did these last and after 3 sets i couldnt move my legs.. haha)

Hip thrusts on bench with weight

Many sets of each exercise and my workout was a total of 1 hour!  My legs are still super tired… my evening will be spent in bed and its perfect that tomorrow is rest day!

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Why do i strength train?

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Why do I strength train?

Not because I want to be super muscular or lean.

Not because I didn’t want to gain fat and  just wanted to gain muscle. (infact i only started really strength training the beginning of this year)

 Not so that I can squat 200kg or bench press 300kg.

 Not because everyone is doing it.

But because it makes me feel good…. It makes me feel happy and powerful. All my life I have spent as the skinny, weak girl. But not anymore.

 I love FEELING strong. It’s the feeling of knowing I can run 10km,  knowing I can leg press X kilo or deadlift X kilo. It’s knowing that I can do things… not have to ask others to lift a box for me or not being able to run 1km.

 I strength train for myself and for life. Forget about looking a certain way or six pack abs.

 Ask yourself so you enjoy what you are doing? Is your only reason to strength train so that you don’t become fat or only have to gain fat in recovery?  Then I think you should rethink your choices.

Exercise should be fun, an enjoyment, not a punishment or chore.

I strength train because it makes my outside match me inside. Because it makes me both physically and mentally strong, something which i love feeling. Strength training helps build me up, it gives me endorphines and makes me happy. Its something i long and love to do. Its a part of my life and a part of my lifestyle!

So if you strength train… whats your reason for it?