Home sweet home

I have had an amazing weekend in my hometown. The weather has been very bad though, but I got to try my new running shoes from Adidas anyway. I also had some quality time with my family and boyfriend. It was a long time I saw them now, luckily I will be back next weekend as well :-). Here are some pictures from the walk with my sister earlier today:

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Haha as you see I am still not good at handstands. But I have actually signed up for an handstand course (yes it is true) November 8th. Exciting!! :D

 

 

Trying out a new recipe

Phew, today was though! Although it wasn’t that much exercises on today’s WOD, we did alot of technique training and heavy lifting. Today I got to work on my clean and jerk for the first time. I have learnt that I have a hard time with over thinking. I want to feel the exercise without having to think too much, but most of all I actually don’t want to think at all. I want it to come naturally. That have turned out to work out great, but sometimes not so well. Haha. Like the first times I did the snatch. The high tempo and the hard and complex technique made me struggle alot in the beginning.  But when I got tierd and stopped to think it went so much better.

7-lean-meals-labrada-image-2Anyway. I have been searching around for a delicious, simple and healthy recipe for my meal prepping tomorrow. I have found an interesting recipe from muscleandfitness.com that I want to try out – want to try it with me? Here is the recipe:

– 6 oz chicken breast
– ½ cup raw spinach
– 1 tomato
– 2 tbsp feta cheese
– ½ cup brown rice

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice the chicken breast down the middle to make it look like a butterfly; be careful not to slice all the way through the chicken breast.
  3. Season the chicken breast with your choice of seasonings.
  4. Open the chicken breast and, on one side, layer spinach, tomato slices, and feta cheese.
  5. Fold the chicken breast like a sandwich and use toothpicks to hold the chicken breast closed.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the chicken breast is completely cooked.
  7. Cook brown rice and add garlic and diced onion for extra flavor.

Sounds easy and super delicious, right?! I know I will give it a try tomorrow! And maybe I will add some mushrooms in the chicken..

NUTRITION FACTS
Amount per serving:
Calories 363
Total Fat6g
Total Carbs32g
Protein43g

 

Fight for what you deserve

As you may know I have less than a year left until I am done with my university studies. That is also why I have crazy much to do in school right now with my exam period right around the corner. But this week I realized that the motivation and drive I have in school, is very similar to what I have when it comes to working out. And also my life in general.

It came up to me when I read one of Steve Jobs quotes on Facebook. He was a very wise and succesful man who actually inspired me to write this blog post, and also made me do an important call regarding my upcoming thesis the other day.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

largeIsn’t that so true and right? It is exactly what I feel about working out too. I know I love staying active, but nothing beats that feeling when you challenge and push yourself even further. Why settle for mediocre or good enough? You know there is always that next level of achievement - just go for it. Believe that the best is really yet to come and don’t be afraid. If it changes your life or if you fail, just let it. Otherwise you will always wonder what could have happen if you just took the chance you once had.

I am so happy that I decided to live a healthy and happy life. That I dared to work out next to the boys in the gym. That I went against alot of values and gained both weight and muscles. That I met my boyfriend, decided to get an engineer education and that I have tried alot of new sports: one of them is CrossFit which I really have gotten to love.20140805-194559-71159123.jpg

That is why I am telling you to never settle – fight for what you want. Ask yourself if you would want to do what you are about to do today, if today was your last day? I ask myself that alomst every day, I have my own little reminder of just that. Because if you start to settle, you always will.

So I guess all I really want to say to you is to fight for the career, the dreams, the love and the life you deserve.

My shoes

I get alot of questions about my workout shoes. In this blog post I will show you all of my shoes, the model names and when I use them.

1. My running shoes. I actually only have one pair of really good running shoes at the moment. I bought them this summer and I absolutely love them. They are called Asics 2000 GT 2 and they are by far the best running shoes I have ever had. Probably the most expensive too, haha. But they are worth every penny! This color is only sold in specialized running stores. If you live in Sweden you can find them for a really good price here.

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2. Gym shoes. These shoes are only for gym training, they are not suitable for running. The sole is too soft and they are not that stabile. Okay are you ready?

IMG_6601Here are all my Nike Free Runs at the moment. I love them! So comfy and beautiful. I wish I could walk around in them all day!

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Photo 2014-04-02 21 05 21Here are my stunning Nike Air Max 2013. You can find them here.

3. Weightlifting shoes. I only have one pair of lifting shoes and they are from Adidas, called Power Perfect 2. They help me with a proper posture in many exercises and stabilize me at the ground. I use them alot in CrossFit in weightlifting exercises, but also when I train legs at the gym. I bought them from here.

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4. Everyday shoes. I love the everday sporty look! I actually were these shoes alot in school. Here are some of them:

IMG_7292This model is called Nike Air Force Low. I love how they have a platform sole, which makes me some centimeters taller! I bought them from here.

Foto 2014-09-22 17 48 12My Nike Air Max Thea, which I also have in black now. These also makes me a little taller, haha. You can find them here.

Sunday spinning

Today was soooo rainy, I want sun!! I really wanted to go out for a run this morning, but I went to a 45 minutes spinning class indoor instead. I have gotten used to someone yelling on me telling me what to do (from CrossFit), so it felt great today! All the spinning bikes were taken and we all gave our best. So motivating! Afterwards I trained some chest. I did a few sets on the bench and some flies before I went home for some food prepping :-). I have a very loooong week before I am finally done with my 2 courses in school. Can’t wait to be done with it and be more active here on social media! :-D

Foto 2014-10-12 16 45 19Love this quote! If I feel very tierd sometimes before my workouts, I always think like this. I CAN, and I WILL.

Foto 2014-10-12 16 46 14Okay sorry for the horrible picture, haha. Here are my bruises from all the cleans we did this weekend. Haha. I loved the workout, it felt so great! I lifted a total of 3000 kg, ground to overhead.

Now I have to get back to my studies! xx

My own chicken wok

My dad bought me a really good wok pan last christmas, and I have made so much great food with it. Best gift ever! Did you see the wok I made the other day with chicken and cashews? So delicious and simple! Here is the recipe for 4-5 servings:

  • 4 chicken fillets
  • An half yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Mixed vegetables. I used a half red pepper, haricot verts and a can with mixed wok vegetables.
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 2-3 tbsp of oyster sauce. You usually find it in the asian section. This ingredient makes the whole dish :-)
  • Optional amount of cashews

 

Start with cutting the onion into long slices. Then fry the onion and the pressed garlic in the wok. Cut the chicken into thin slices and add to the wok. Add salt and pepper. Add the soy and oyster sauce when the chicken is fried on the outside. Cut the vegetables and put it in the wok. And add the cashew in the very end when everything is done. Taste and add some more salt/oyster sauce if needed. Serve with rice or noodles. Done, enjoy!

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Rainy day

Today has been a very rainy day here in Sweden. And as you may know I have to bicycle about 4 km to the CrossFit box. But I braved the ugly weather and took on both my rain jacket and boots and an old cap. And I made it without getting too wet, haha.

Here is today’s workout. I used a light barbell, 15 kg, since I felt that I needed to work on my snatch technique a little bit more first before adding more weight. I completed this WOD in 16 minutes.

20, 16, 12, 8 and 4 repetitions on each exercise. Maximum 1 minute rest when completed 3 exercises/one round of:

– Power snatch
– Push press behind head, wide snatch grip.
– Overhead squat

I loved this workout! It was both cardio and strength training, and at the same time I worked on my technique.

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My late post workout food – recipies below.

You can find the omelette recipe here, the smoothie recipe here and the protein chocolate pudding here.

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy; they just promised it'd be worth it. What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy DSC_0890

- Thought I would post you a little reminder. When I feel insecure in all kinds of different contexts, I always think of this quote. I even have a tattoo that stands for this way of living. Good night everyone! ;-*

Shoulder sunday

IMG_3322Just said goodbye to my boyfriend, he came to visit me this weekend. Soooo sad! We lived like this, at two different cities, for about 6 months when I first started my studies at the university. So I thought it would be easier this time when it was his turn  to start his studies in August. But no – it was so hard saying goodbye to him today.. I miss living in a tiny apartment togehter with him and our dog :’). But he makes me so proud when he is doing so well in school although it was like 6 years he last studied. My mum has been studying for 2 years now and she is also doing great. I am so happy that I am not the only one in my family fighting to get through a very tough degree.

Well anyway, I just wanted to tell you what I have been up to and why I haven’t updated in a while. I just wanted to spend every single minute I had with my boyfriend this weekend :-). Here are some pictures from our shoulder workout today:

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Want to read more about supersets, dropsets and pyramid sets? It’s a real challenge – read more about it here.

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Already looking forward to tomorrow

I just came home from a rainy walk, I felt that I needed to take a break from all the studies. I really wanted to work out today but I felt that my essay had to come first. Right now I am writing about ecolabelling, which I think is very interesting, but when there are alot to do in a short period of time I just find it very stressful. Same with the coffee maker I am going to start design in CAD this weekend..

Well well! I am so looking forward to the early leg workout tomorrow morning. I am going to do some heavy squats again, and also some snatch technique training since I did them for the first time a couple of days ago. Love learning new stuff! Here is my plan for tomorrow before school:9bfa2b0be6f9d4b068b32443b1097794

  • 10 minutes warm-up with kettlebells: goblet squats, lunges and swings. Some movement stretching
  • 10 minutes snatch technique training
  • Heavy squats: 10 reps * 1 set with 40 kg, 8 reps * 1 set with 50 kg, 5 reps * 5 reps with 60 kg. Also try a max repetition.
  • Walking lunges: 30 steps * 3 sets with 30 kg OR 30 steps * 4 sets with 25 kg.
  • Deep sumo squats on bench: 10 repetitions * 5 sets
  • Hip thursters in smith machine: 20 repetitions * 2 sets with 25 kg. 10 repetitions * 3 sets with 30 kg.

Love tough friday workouts!!!

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