Back on Track

This past weekend I was reminded how easy it is to fall back into bad habits. It started on Saturday with a birthday gathering where it would of course be rude to turn down the offer of a slice of cake and because there were two different cakes on the table I had to sample both. To be fair both slices were more sliver-like than I would have gone for in the past but still.

Then dinner time rolls around and how can you resist some crusty garlic bread to go with the soup? You can’t.

Well, I couldn’t.

Oh and look, there’s a bag of potato chips in the kitchen. Let’s have a small bowl of that while we’re browsing the internet.

Add to all this that I had skipped two Insanity workouts that I had told myself I would catch up on and I was feeling like I had let myself down as I headed to bed Saturday night.

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My unused workout/yoga mats… silently judging me…

Luckily a new day brought a new resolve.

I made better food choices all day and by Sunday night I had done both the workouts I had skipped earlier that week. I spent over an hour sweating, squatting, planking and being told to Dig Deeper! and though I felt exhausted by the end of it I also felt like I was back in the groove.

I think it’s important to remember that a little wobble in your day or your week doesn’t have to signal the end of all the hard work you’ve put in up to that point. In the grand scheme of things one day will not affect your overall journey if you recognize it and make an effort to get back on track.

And because I’m not about to give up cake and chocolate and all the other good stuff, I’m looking for ways to make my favourite not-so-great-nutritionally-speaking treats a bit healthier.

If you have any suggestions for healthy substitutes please let me know in the comments!

Easier… but not easy.

That day last September. The day I pushed “play” and for the next 40 or so minutes I was reduced to a sweat drenched, pain-filled, and gasping puddle on the floor. After months of keeping on pushing “play” I still find myself on the floor at the end of a workout, dripping in sweat and gasping for air. The difference now is that I can do more and for longer periods of time before taking a brief pause to recover. It never gets easy but it does get easier.

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Sweat… so much sweat…

Since my first post about having lost over 9 kilos over the last few months I haven’t really revisited the subject and that got me thinking about why I haven’t. While the weight loss hasn’t been massive I’m quite proud that I’ve stuck to my workout plan, something I’ve never done before. I’m proud that I’ve been making some better choices when it comes to what I eat. Yet every time I’ve sat down to write about it I’ve found an excuse to do something else.

It could be a general writing slump I find myself in or it could be that I’m hesitant to share my journey for fear of going back to old habits. Not that I’ve made a complete turnaround but I am proud of how far I’ve come so far.

My workout of choice has been Insanity. Mostly because Shaun T (who is the creator of Insanity and the man who every day shouts at me to keep my core tight and dig deeper!!!) doesn’t make me want to punch him in the throat. A reaction that I get when I watch almost every other workout instructor.

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The weight loss has seemed to have hit a plateau these last few weeks but I do feel stronger doing some of the moves. Moves I wasn’t able to even do in the beginning. I’m hoping to soon graduate from doing mostly knees-on-the-floor push ups to proper ones without my arms screaming in rebellion.

Here’s to digging deeper!

If anyone else is on an Insanity journey (or any other workout for that matter) I’d love to hear about it!

Ouch

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Lately not a day goes by that I don’t have some kind of soreness somewhere on my body. I can feel it in my arms when I reach for a jar on an upper shelf of the kitchen cabinet. I feel it in my stomach when I get out of bed in the morning. I feel it in my legs when I go downstairs to do laundry.

It’s a price I’m happy to pay.

 

Sisterhood Recognizee

A few days ago I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Hilary over at Japan Can(ada) Mix named me as one of her 3 recognizees after she was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. I’ve just recently come across her blog and really like what she blogs about and her style of writing. Do go over and check her out.
She had included three questions that I thought I would answer even though she did say she wouldn’t hunt me down and force me to had I chosen not to.

1. What’s a hobby you used to be really enthusiastic about but don’t do anymore?
I used to always have some kind of creative project going whether it was making a beaded watch band to replace one that had broken, crocheting a throw or painting a set of terra cotta pots to give as gifts. Glue guns, X-acto knives, needle-nosed pliers  and paint were my ever present companions. I’ve somehow forgotten to take the time to do creative things. Not enough hours in the day, not having the right supplies, other things are more important…

2. What’s your top piece of advice you seem to keep giving others?
It would have to be some variation of “just do it” or “just try it”. I look back on a lot of things and wish I had tried them, done them, or taken a chance. So any time I can encourage someone to take a step (however small) to try something new or take a risk (within reason) I will happily be that extra little push they need. Taking my own advice is still a challenge (see my answer for #1… or #3 for that matter, anybody else seeing a pattern?), though I’m working on it.

3. What do you hope will change or stay the same in the next ten years?
If I focus on personal changes I’d like to be able to say that over the next ten years I would have taken up yoga and running on a regular basis. It feels like a ridiculous goal to set considering where I am right now fitness wise but I do love the idea of being able to move effortlessly and with a sense of grace, strong and agile.

Again I’d like to thank Hilary for the nod, it’s always nice to know there really are people reading your words and thoughts after you hit the “Publish” button.

And to anyone reading, please feel free to answer the same questions posed to me by replying in the comments!

Norwegian Reading List

I love books. I love walking into a bookstore and wandering about the aisles, the smell of books, and the feel of a physical book as I make my way through its pages. While it’s always been a pleasure to lose myself in a story for hours on end I can’t say the same thing for when I’ve tried to tackle reading a book in Norwegian. The going is slow and at times I skip over large chunks of type simply because I don’t want to take the time to fetch a dictionary and try and figure out what’s happening. But still, over the last couple of years, I’ve been picking up books in Norwegian at the bookstore, at the Salvation Army store and other used stores. Compiling a stack (a small one) that I hope will inspire me to keep trying. I try to find books that I’ve already read in English as I think knowing the story beforehand will help with the translating as I go. That’s not always easy but I’m always on the lookout. If anyone knows where to find Norwegian versions of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series I’d be very much grateful.

Books in Norwegian

Books from left to right are:

  • Harry Potter og Ildbegeret (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter og Fangen Fra Azkaban (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter og De Vises Stein (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) – J. K. Rowling
  • Morder Uten Ansikt/Hundene I Riga (Faceless Killers/The Dogs of Riga) – Henning Mankell
  • De Levende Døde (Pet Sematary) – Stephen King
  • Steppevandringen (The Plains of Passage) – Jean M. Auel
  • Det Brennende Landet (The Burning Land) – Bernard Cornwell
  • Menn Som Hater Kvinner (Men Who Hate Women, better known as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) – Stieg Larsson
  • Den Hvite Løvinnen (The White Lioness) – Henning Mankell
  • Frelseren (The Redeemer) – Jo Nesbø
  • Bridget Jones’ Dagbok (Bridget Jones’ Diary) – Helen Fielding

I’ve read the English version of six of these books so, in theory, I shouldn’t have that much trouble getting through the Norwegian versions. And I’d like to say that I resolve to make my way through half this stack by the end of the year but resolutions and me don’t get along too well.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go see what a certain young wizard is getting up to…