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new year, new me

11 Feb

lovelies, let’s breeze past the fact i’ve been inactive for oodles of time, again.

how has 2014 been treating you so far? i, for one, was very happy leaving 2013 behind me- not that it was all bad, but especially the end sucked, with emergency eye surgery in november and getting robbed on christmas… let’s just say i’m looking forward to 2014 being better :)

speaking of better, and referring back to the title of this post, my new year’s resolution is to get in the best shape i’ve been. i’m aiming for ever, but that might be hard going back to the slimness of my 13 year old self. let’s be realistic here.
i’ve started working towards better physical fitness in april, after some events led to a very minimal consumption of food, and saw me losing 1,5 kgs in a week. no better motivation than that to get started on a healthy clean eating regimen! i’ve modelled my food plan on the paleo diet, with added influences of the dukan diet.
paleo_food_pyramidof course, it’s much easier to eat clean in the summer, when salads and light foods are especially appealing, but their winter counterparts are just as delicious!
vegetables of all colors come into play, eaten when possible as raw as you can- the less cooked they are, the better. i’ve omitted sugar and sweetener where i can, it’s taken a few days to get used to it, but now i can’t imagine drinking sweet coffee or tea again. lean red meat, chicken, turkey, tuna and salmon also feature heavily in my new diet, and go splendidly with all the vegetables! i haven’t given up grains, i often eat cereal (muesli) in the morning with low fat yogurt and berries, brown rice, wholegrain pasta, as well as wholegrain rye bread for spreads. but i find myself not really craving bread or carbs in any form in general, and when i do feel like having a sandwich, a tortilla is a great substitute for bread!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmy drink of choice is water, or green tea. all day long. sometimes i drink peppermint, or other herbal teas too, but usually it’s green, especially in the mornings. in the evening i’ll sometimes switch the green tea for black, and add some skim milk to it (i often add milk to green tea too, it’s delicious!)

step two of the plan, was exercise. obviously. no way around that. nutrition plays an immense part in getting fit, but you have to get off your ass as well.
i’ve posted about my passion for zumba before, and i still do it once or twice a week, but i’ve added a few other elements to my workout regimen.
for the lovelies that haven’t heard of zumba, here’s a short video of what to expect from a class:

i try to go to the gym 3-4 times a week- sometimes less, sometimes more. when i don’t make it to the gym, i’ll go for a run outdoors; i don’t really like running, but it gets the job done, and is a pretty decent workout. i enjoy working out by myself, but i love the classes. when i do a solo session, i usually use the crosstrainer for 30-45 minutes, and then round it off with free weights, focusing on shoulders, triceps and biceps. i often pack in some squats and crunches too, depending on the workout i’ve done the session before.
the classes i frequent apart from zumba are bodyshape (aerobics-cardio), bbp (which stands for bauch-beine-po, abs-legs-ass, a combination of cardio and resistance exercises), body pump and body balance. the latter two are by les mills, and are freaking awesome!
you can read about body pump here, but it’s basically an intense “resistance workout training focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements”. it is killer. but the feeling you get after doing it overshadows by far your inability to walk up stairs and lift a teacup the next day. it’s addictive. here’s their promo video, and the second one is what to expect from a class:

body balance is a beautiful beautiful class, which combines the elements of tai-chi, yoga and pilates to give you a well rounded, toning, strengthening and calming work out. i usually take a bodybalance class after one of the tougher sessions, to give myself a deep stretch, and calm down in a powerful way from the intensity of the previous class. here’s what to expect from a bodybalance class:

after almost a year (omg time flies!) of working out regularly and eating clean(er), i’m very happy with the results. i’ve lost 8,5 kgs, my arms, legs, back and abs are way more defined, and i’ve lost two dress sizes. the thing that most amazes me, is how working out has become an integral part of my lifestyle, and i’m so happy about it! it’s not a chore, something that i have to do, it’s something i look forward to doing, i want to! love it.
in conclusion, i don’t want to give the impression that i became a total health nut. puh-lease. i still have pizza, mcdonalds, sweets and pretty much any other thing i want. but the key is in the quantity, timing, and necessity. when i order a pizza, i only eat half of it. the other half goes into the fridge/freezer for some other time. when i eat junk, i try to do it earlier in the day, so that my metabolism is still running high enough to burn it effectively. cookies or chocolate in the evening? sure, but instead of eating 10 cookies, i’ll have 4. instead of three rows of chocolate, i’ll eat one. and it’s enough to still the craving. and of course, i then pack an extra bit of time at the gym to soothe my conscience. annoying little bugger it can be.

i’m curious to know whether any of you have tried or are doing these classes, and what you think of them?
let me know!
before i forget, follow me on instagram for updates!

ciao for now, lovelies

 

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food overload

18 Apr

i will be documenting my trip to the states by categories: food, stuff i got, and locations. i think this will make it easier to post about this awesome trip :)

first off of course, the foooood! we ate so much during these 9 days, but we don’t regret a single bite, everything was beyond delicious!
we had a running joke : “if in doubt, then always avocado” it was kind of like our theme food. we had it at every breakfast, and sometimes in sandwiches too- we just couldn’t get enough of the stuff!

in my scottsdale post there’s a picture of the bird, this insane omelette filled with turkey, pepperjack cheese, mushrooms, and of course- avocado. here’s another picture of it:

the bird is the word

it came with a side of fruit and potatoes, and it was just an explosion of flavors and tastiness! i had it every day for breakfast. not ashamed to admit it. the place we had this amazing treat at is breakfast club. needless to say that we highly recommend stopping by for the bird and a glass of super awesome cold tasty orange juice.

at our friend’s wedding, we had the chance to taste some crazy yummy cake pops, the groom was a smooth oreo cake, and the bride a velvety sugar butter cake. they were almost too cute to eat, but so delicious, one couldn’t resist!

bride and groom cake pops

since the bride is american, and the groom austrian, the dinner buffet was an original mix of both cultures: wienerschnitzel and potato salad, and mini burgers accompanied by mac’n’cheese. there was also a delicious salad, which unfortunately i didn’t take a picture of, baby spinach leaves, croutons, dried cranberries and cheese.

mini burgers and *le mac'n'cheese in a martini glass

at olive & ivy i had an incredibly good lemonade. i know, lemonade, right? what could be so special about it? well, it was the perfect mix of zesty, sweet, fruity and minty. deeeelish! unfortunately we didn’t eat anything there, we were still stuffed from our stint at breakfast club, but the food looked amazing!

lemonade and gold glitter polish

one evening we were so tired that we decided that it was time for pizza hut. i crave pizza hut, all the time! most probably because we don’t really have it in europe, only in a couple of cities, so wherever i go to a place that has the hut, i don’t leave till i’ve had one awesome pie :)

vegetarian pizza deliciousness

we left arizona after five days, and went to huntington beach in california, and continued our food bonanza there, with the best burger ever. no joke, 25° (degrees) on walnut street has the juiciest, tastiest, lushest burgers. and incredible sweet potato fries aswell.

like manna from heaven

our usual breakfast spot became the sugar shack on main street, where we would get our daily avocado fix in a breakfast burrito. i had never heard of this, but after trying it, i wondered how i could live without it! a soft tortilla, wrapped around an omelette with mushrooms, pepperjack cheese and caramelized onions, that hugs huge chunks of avocado. it blew my mind!

breakfast burrito goodness

i also couldnt leave the states without having had my beloved cherry coke

cherry coke with a cherry on top

scottsdale

7 Apr

Day 2 in scottsdale arizona!
My best friend mia and i arrived two days ago after an exhausting 24 hours of travel, but it’s so worth it! scottsdale, or arizona are truly different from any of the places I have visited in the states. you can really feel that you’re in the desert- it’s dry and hot, in a very unique way.
our friend christina’s wedding is today, and we have a half day plan of beautification! more about that in a different post :)
what I really want to tell you about is the food! we went to this amazing breakfast place called breakfast club and had a delicious (and huge!) omelette: the bird- stuffed with turkey, mushrooms, cheese and avocado! it was unbelievable! the omelette came with a side of potatoes and fruit, which was so yum! we also had fresh oj, and it amazed us how different fresh orange juice tastes here! it’s a bit sweeter, less tangy, and somehow more intense! needless to say we are going back there for brekkie- probably every day :)
yesterday was also my first time swimming and tanning this year! i can’t describe how much fun we’re having, even if the driving needs getting used to :)
come to think of it, i’ll get out of bed and go to the pool, catch you later.

the bird- omelette with turkey, avocado, mushrooms and cheese

the bird- omelette with turkey, avocado, mushrooms and cheese

pooltime

pooltime

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