I was reading a piece in one of the Swedish news papers written by Mia Skäringe about fad diets, workouts and the crazy obsession getting the perfect body. I will be the first one to admit that I will jump on the train and try out a new diet so with low-carb/high-fat diets, fasting diets, low-calorie diets under my belt I always come back to eating smart. And that for me is making choices and being educated what happens inside your body when eating a french fry instead of a potato, choosing roasted vegetables instead of pasta or use nectar instead of sugar.
I know that I will never look like the girl on the picture although if I was completely honest I would love to. But reality is I have to realize that I am no longer 21, I have two amazing kids and my boobs bought a single ticket going south and I don’t think they coming back anytime soon. I am not against or for any specific diets and I am firm believer that something that works for you might not work for me but one thing for sure is. I am and will always feel happier having a body that is healthy both on the inside as well on the outside and being content with my own progress to get there.
Here is the article, it is in Swedish but I bet it can be translated one way or another…
Sometimes I ask my clients if they have any request before the workout and lately I’ve been asked to focus on the core. I am a strong believer that you can never have to much of it and I always incorporate some into every workout. So as a good listener I did what I was told and started the day with some vicious work to the abs, focusing on the strength instead of endurance.
So the ladies started with 10×3 crunches (front and oblique both sides 10 each) followed by 15 back extensions with a 10 lb. weight. As most of us we all have our weakness and strengths so the weight added was ranging from 10-45 lb and with no rest we moved on to 15 cable crunches. Sometimes it can be tricky to engage the abs and you end up hinging from the hip instead of drawing the navel in. This was followed by the Romanian chair with 15 high knees with added weight to the wrists and by now I think most of them stated to have a nice burn going for them.
But we didn’t stop because we all have a decision to make on what kind of six-pack you’ll bringing to the beach this summer…
is it this…
So we kept going doing situps with 15 Russian twists on an incline bench and just for fun we finished it off with 30 sliding mountain climbers.
I don’t think any of the ladies thought it was a breeze but weight training is not supposed to be comfortable because if it is, you should work harder! The girls kept on kicking ass and finished the day off with some heavy lifting to the legs.
Well… it’s been a while since I posted anything and I don’t really have any excuses except for it has been a few changes around here in the past 8 months.
During the fall I started teaching in over at Lifestyle Fitness and at the same time I was studying for my NASM Personal Training Certificate. This was a big change in my life because and just like for everyone else somehow life s flying by at the same pace or even faster. During the fall we traveled, celebrated our holidays with family and friends and we got a new family member…Gary-Taser our adorable Pomeranian puppy
Anyhow now I am back and hopefully going to inspire you again to a healthier lifestyle…so I guess the challenge continues
…so what is going on? Well let me tell you, one of my dearest friends are moving to Switzerland. This is a family that came to the States at the same time as us and our kids are like sibling so it is with a sad heart I see them leave but we will send them off with a party to be remembered . So with this coming up this weekend there is a lot of things that need to be organized and this is at the same weekend as i have my mid-term exam for my NASM PT-Certification. I am not doing this by myself as we (everyone that is coming) all chipping in and I am also asking for help from the professionals. So last night me and Freddie had a wine/sushi tasting with some fabulous wines that my good friend picked for us…I know life is hard, right?!
So while this is happening life is flying by my window, just like it does when having kids as well as keeping up with my own fitness, classes and studying. So this morning I went for my run before teaching my 10am class and yes I am finally back to running after months of a knee issue but l will confess it is not a walk in the park. As I am was coming into my final leg of my 3 mile run this morning everything is hurting and that is when I am thinking of Knut (my son) who got up at 5.20 this morning to go skating before school. I was thinking about the girls I train every day and when they leave the gym you can tell they haven’t participated in a fashion show. So how am I suppose to justify to anyone to keep on going if I would give up? So there I am, at my final leg and I am thinking to myself “suck it up and keep on pushing”andas I am coming up on my driveway I not feeling so great. I have done it before and learned from my mistake and this time I went to the side of the house where I almost barfed….but just almost 🙂
…but all this it’s a “good” crazy and even though it stresses me out I would not want to change a single thing because the people that surrounds me are truly amazing and keep on inspiring me every day.
This is Anna and Ellie who kicked ass earlier on this week…way to go girls!
I had no classes today so I decided to kill my arms and shoulders over at Lifetime Fitness this morning and it went really well 🙂 So this evening I decided to cozy up in the mid-September storm with Chicken Gratin with taste of India and a glass of red wine from the Rhone Valley…Thank you Elise 😉
La Ferme Julien, Traders Joe $5.99!!! Together with my favorite candle from Henri Bendel
Chop the chicken, vegetables and put it in an oven proof dish. Mix the cream, Sambal Oelek, Mango Chutney, garlic, and Curry in a bowl. Pour it over the chicken and the vegetables and place it in the oven for 12-20 minutes. Meanwhile cook the quinoa according to the direction on the instructions. Serve the chicken with quinoa and a green salad.
After my cracking spinning class this morning I thought this day would be though but fasting has gone great and now we have just finished a delicious Spinach and Asparagus soup topped off with a splash chèvre creme…all under 500 calories/serving
I am not a big fan of spinning but I do it anyway because I have to get my cardio in somehow and I am not really sure if my knee is up for getting back to running yet. So the class I do on Tuesday the instructor is amazing as he is very energetic and gets everyone going and it was no difference today.
I am always very focused on what I am doing and don’t really pay much attention of the people around me. I am also a firm believer that it is “your exercise” and you push yourself wherever you want to take it but at some point during the class I looked around and saw this woman riding along almost like the sun was shining down on her and the birds was singing. Now the room we workout in is always very dark and most of the people around her were so breathless and I’ll tell you there was no pretty sounds coming out of them as they were chipping for air. At this point the woman was riding her bike without holding on to the handles, she started to look at her self in the mirror and start fixing her hair! I’m telling you, my hair is the least of my concerns when I am in a dark room trying to kick my own ass…lol
Like I said people can do what every they want in the gym but I don’t get it when you clearly don’t even trying to make an effort. It is almost like they’re thinking “If I am sitting on the bike I’ll lose weight, increase my cardiovascular fitness” or whatever the reason might be. I think it is a waste of time but if it makes them feel good about themselves I guess it’s ok but that is not the way I roll. I rather put a 100% effort into what I do and go home and feel like I did my best and that is what I did today!
Ok, so we have finally had the schedules for the kids and in all honestly I think it is a full-time job just to keep up! So I am very glad that I am back with Rebecca for my Pilates sessions last Wednesday as I think this might bring some sanity to my life 😉
It has been a while since I did Pilates and I could really feel it too because it is so very different compared to what I am doing myself over at the gym. At the moment I am focusing building strength and endurance with a lot of stable strength exercises combined with movements in a more unstable environment. So it is very nice to mix it up with the weights and the spinning as well as I really need to work on my flexibility because I am tight like crazy…
We are now 8 weeks into the 5:2 diet and I’m sitting in my kitchen eating a nice bowl of Kefir filled with Chai, buckwheat and hemp cereal just completed my fist “fast” of the week. I’m looking back at the first few times we had we fasted and how hard we thought it was. Now we don’t really think about the next time we can eat or having anxiety about the one who is coming up and to summaries it, we feel great!
So when I asked Freddie yesterday what he wanted to eat, he picked soup again! How many different soup can you make with a tomato base??? Anyhow I thought I try a “Lobster Bisque” but without the lobster but asparagus instead.
2 tablespoon Sour Cream (If you want to make it lactose free, leave out)
1 bag zero noodles
Fry the vegetables (I don’t use any oil or butter as I have a pan I don’t need it). Add the tomato sauce and the rest of the ingredients (except the sour cream and the zero noodles) and bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes. Use you mixer to make the soup smooth, add the noodles and sour cream.
After another fun weekend it feels like a need another one just to recover from the one that just ended. Unfortunately this is not the case because today it was just a regular Monday and I have a ton of things that needs to be done this week. I got into the gym unusually late and I really had to hurry because the ladies was coming in at 10 am ready to kick some ass 😉
After a quick warm up on the treadmill I started out with some core strength exercises. I thought I would this week with a mix between upper and lower body just to get it going on this very hot day.
When the core was over and done with we moved on to the upper body. I am trying to focus on strength and endurance so at the moment I am trying to put together exercise that will enhance the outcome. So with a superset that contained Dumbbell Bench Press and Cable Shoulder Press you start with the isolated movement first and then when hitting the cable you need recruit more muscles to perform the “same type of exercise”.
When this two movements was done we went straight into Shoulder Presses, Shoulder Raises and T- push ups. The girls did really well but I have some trouble in my upper back and after seeing the Chiropractor today he told me to stay off these exercises as I have a pinched nerve… 😦
After finishing the three sets we moved on to the legs and they could still feel the aftermath from Fridays workout when they did really heavy lifting/pushing but this was a bit different. With only two exercises on the TRX we combined this with a fast run around the cul-de-sac (approx. 2-3 min) in the scorching sunshine but it was a nice build up to what it yet to come later on this week because I will ensure that Wednesday will be much more intense…