Some Q&A

I got an email from a sweet girl named Lea and she wanted to ask me some questions for a presentation in school. I figured I could post the answers here as well. I hope you got to know something new about me :-) Just comment below if you want to know something else!

1) When did you decide to life a healthy lifestyle?
I decided to start living an healthy life with clean eating about 2 and an half years ago when I moved out from home. I have always been active in sports and been working out regulary, but I have never really been eating clean and right until I was 19 years old and moved to my own appartment. Then I had to start making my own grocery shopping and food.

20140731-204656-74816092.jpgA picture from my grocery shopping

2) When did you start to post on instagram?
I started posting health and fitness related pictures at the same time I made the decision to live a completely healthy lifestyle, about 2 and an half years ago.

3) How often do you work out per week?
I always try to work out 5-6 times a week.

4) What are your favourite muscles to work on?
I love to train back at the gym; it is a large muscle group with alot of different exercises.

DSC04562Haha a little back pose from early this spring.

5) Who takes your instagram pictures?
I mostly take my own pictures, but my boyfriend also helps me alot when he is around.

6) Where do YOU get your inspiriation from?
I get inspiration from everywhere; pictures on Instagram, my boyfriend, people at the gym, people who have just started their health journey and people who have already come a long way. I find inspiration in most people, places and enviroments. Just a simple thing like a sunny weather or a good song motivates me alot.

8) Which of your Nikes are your favourite?
Right now I love my Nike Thea shoes the most. I don’t wear them when I work out, I wear them as sneakers. Unfortunately it is too cold to wear them here in Sweden right now.

Foto 2014-09-22 17 48 12 Foto 2014-09-22 17 08 59My Nike Thea’s. I also have them in black.

9) What is your favourite cheat meal?
Hm. I think I have to say chocolate!

10) What was the longest time you didn’t work out?
I think it was like 3-4 days in a row when I got sick a couple of years ago, haha.

11) What are your future goals to acheive?
I want to continue inspire others. For myself, I still want to improve, and also maybe come a long way in my new sport CrossFit. It would be fun to start competing again!

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Personal Questions about life:

1) How does a day in Teresas life look like? ( Daily routine )
HERE is a perfect example of a normal school day in my life.

2) Are you in a relationship? Do you have a sister or brother?
Yes I have a boyfriend. And I also have a little sister who is 2 years younger than me.
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Me and my boyfriend (both with a nice summer tan), and me and my sister jumping in Turkey.

3) What are your future plans? (Job)
I am currently studying Innovation and Design engineering, and I just have 6 months left. Hopefully I will be working as a design engineer after the summer.

4) How would you describe your own Style? (Clothes)
Very different from day to day. But mostly cute or sporty.

5) If you were in the life of another Person for one day, who would it be?
Wow, that was an hard question! I would want to switch place with someone who live the opposite life to me. Someone who is struggeling with staying healthy and work out regulary. I have never been in that kind of situation so it would be interesting and give me a better understanding. It would be so insightful.

6) What are your streghts and weaknesses?
I am very motivated, determinded and ambitious. It is at the same time my weakness, since I have the need to do everything with 110%. Luckily I can say no when it gets to much.

7) In which countries have you already been and which ones you would like to visit some day?
I have been in Perú, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Denmark and Norway. I don’t think I have forgotten any country.. I already have a life goal that I want to visit every continent and as many countries that I can. I want to travel around the world. My dream destination is the Caribbean Islands.

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8) Have you ever had bad experiences with instagram users or fans?
Actually no. I maybe have gotten a few spam comments, but comments like that never gets to me and I have never had real problems or experiences with Instagram users or fans. My followers are really nice and supportive. I am so thankful for that since I know other people have alot of bad experiences with being a public person.

9) Do people in your town know who you are ( like a celebrety) ? :D
Haha, well yes. It wasn’t until I did a commercial for my local gym and for my supplement sponsor that people actually started to come up to me and telling me that I am doing a great job. They can now see me on posters in my gym, in both my hometown and the city where I study. I am very thankful for their support. I love when people come up to me and say hi!

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10) Are you happy with your life?
Yes, absolutely! I just wish I had more time to write blog posts and be more active on Instagram as I used to be. I have too much going in school right now. But soon I am back on track again I hope :-). I also want to travel to the sun really badly, haha. Other than that I am very pleased with my life actually!

Why stretching is good

Did you know that stretching does not prevent muscle soreness at all? Even though it may feel better for the moment, this is actually a common myth.
But why should you stretch then? Most importantly is that it helps improve flexibility and also increases your range of motion. This gives you a better technique in most exercises. Especially in a basic exercise like the squat. Since I have started to stretch before each leg workout, my technique and posture has improved alot.  A proper technique also reduces the risk of injuries, and you will get the more out of the exercise.

P1040629P1040641P1040584The kneepling hip flexor (with raised foot)

My weak point has always been my hip mobility. This stretching exercise above, the kneeling hip flexor stretch, has helped me alot. When the picture was taken I did it with a raised foot, but it doesn’t show here.
I hit the glutes even more now when I have a better posture in my squat.

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Okay, here is a great example. The picture to the right is from the beginning of this summer, when I did not stretch at all. On the right picture you can se how much my hip stretching has improved my technique. The bad hip mobility made me having trouble with keeping my chest up, even with lower weights. Front squats were even harder, I hated them. But now my posture and technique has improved alot over a short period of time, thanks to stretching, even though I still have to improve my mobility.

So remember to stretch frequently, not only before leg workouts. You will earn so much from it :-)

Jump rope

When I came home from my workout today, I had recieved two packages. I love coming home to that! I buy all kind off stuff online and I always get like a kid on Christmas eve when I see the packages in my mail box. Today my new clothes finally arrived, and an adjustable jumping rope. Perfect timing since we did double unders on the WOD today.

Double unders are when the rope makes two passes per jump instead of just one. I have practise on this alot at the gym, but I just won’t manage to do it, haha. It is so hard, and REALLY tough. I am a great rope jumper (thanks to elementary school ;)), but this I just can’t d0! You have to try it, and if you make it – please tell me how to do! Jump rope is a great cardio, and at the same time you work on your coordination. So that is why I have bought myself a jumping rope :-)

 Here is a great instruction video I found on YouTube. Guess who is going to practise on this tomorrow? 

Foto 2014-11-24 21 03 38ebay1 ebay2The two tops and the jumping rope are from eBay, and the jacket is from HERE.
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Healthy shopping

I am about to meet up with some friends soon, we are going to see the new Hunger Games movie. And afterwards we are going to some place where we can have some girl talk :-).
But first I will tell you about the purchases I did this morning! I could not train with my sore hands today, so I went to buy some new health products. (And of course I came home with some clothes as well, but unfortunately I did not take any pictures of it).

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Tea, tea-strainer, Aloe Vera gel, Aloe Vera drink and zinc paste.

I went to the tea shop the first thing I did and smelled all kind of different green teas. I decided on this green tea with strawberry and lime flavor, yummy. And of course I needed a cute tea-strainer.

I also bought Aloe Vera, both a gel and and a drinking extract. The Aloe Vera gel is for my dry skin now when it’s getting colder outside. And I also will take one of these Aloe Vera shots 1-2 times a day to remove toxics from my body, support the immune system and alot of other health benefits. I drank this with my new green tea today and it tasted really good.

The zinc paste is for the wounds on my hands. See previous post if you dare. I hope this will make it heal faster :-)

Have a great saturday! xx

It has happened again

I was so in the moment at today’s workout. It was a WOD with three exercises; handstands pushups, pistol squats and pull-ups. Which are all exercises that I have learnt to do very well the last couple of weeks, and which also have become my favorite ones.

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We were supposed to do 15 pull-ups in each round, which made me have to try kipped ones (pull-ups with a swing). And I did it! I did like 20 with no problems at all! Such a great feeling being able to pull yourself up more that just 6-7 times like when you are doing strict ones. Unfortunately it doesn’t train the back as much.

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So maybe after the second round, we did 10 in total, my hands had already started to bleed. I got some tape around my hands but it bled through immediately.. But I pushed through all of the 10 rounds and now it hurts like hell. I should have known that it would happen again if I did not let it heal properly.. Haha.

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WARNING. For gross picture again.

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My day in pictures

I still have a busy time in school, and at the same time getting together my CrossFit workouts. I am not used to adapt myself to my daily workouts, but it works fine actually. I always look forward to my workouts so the long bike ride to the box is just fine. Here is how my day looked like today:

- Waking up

IMG_5033.PNGTired girl waking up at 06:30 am. I always lie in bed reading my emails and checking Instagram out in like 10-15 minutes. Perfect way to wake up, no hurry at all.. (The hurry usually comes later on, haha..).

IMG_6673.PNGNow when it is so dark outside in the mornings I try to lit some candles and eat my breakfast in this cosy enviroment. I eat my protein oatmeal and drink my ginger tea almost every day in the week before school. Today I also ate half a grapefruit, yum!

- School

Foto 2014-11-19 17 51 38Ready for school –  in a hurry. It also has been raining for a week, always when I am on my way to school.. All I can say is that I did not look like this 10 minutes later in school!

Foto 2014-11-19 17 50 48Working on our project. So lucky to be a part of this amazing group of people.

Foto 2014-11-19 17 49 00Taking a second breakfast at 10 am. This is natural quark with unsweetened vanilla powder, raspberries and blueberries. I also ate my lunch (forgot the picture) at 12:30 pm. 

- Food prepping

Foto 2014-11-19 17 07 17I came home from school at 4 pm, and then it was time to make some food and do the dishes. THIS is what I made today, but with the bacon wrapped outside.

Foto 2014-11-19 17 45 45All done! Food for one and an half day.

- Workout

Foto 2014-09-11 21 28 26I ate a meal again 1-2 hours before my CrossFit workout. I always take my bike to the box, which is like 3,5 km away. This picture is actually from September, it was pitch dark when I was on my way to my workout which started at 6 pm. And of course it was raining again, haha.

Foto 2014-11-18 18 57 49I don’t bring my phone in to the box, so I took this picture from Lifebox’s Instagram. It’s a little sneak peak on how my workout place look like. Love it here! So much fun each time.

Foto 2014-11-19 17 48 10This picture is from today after I came home from my workout and the bike ride home, puh! Here you have the WOD (which was very challenging and fun):

A: Push Jerk technique practise. 4, 3, 3, 2, 2 and 2 repetitions. I felt comfortable with 40 kg and ended there today since today was the first time I did this particular exercise.

B: Todays WOD was 5 rounds of:

As many rounds as possible in 2 minutes:
2 strict handstands push-ups. (Standing against a wall and pushing yourself up)
4 backwards lunges with kettlebell
8 russian swings with the same kettlebell

I used a 20 kg kettlebell and managed to do 17-18 rounds.

- My evening

Foto 2014-11-16 20 21 09After taking a shower and stuff like that, I finally have some time for my own. I always look forward spending it watching a good movie and making some good food. This is an omelette, protein smoothie, tea and half a grapefruit. I also check my emails, Instagram and right now I am writing this blogpost. This happens from like 8-11 pm.

So basically this is how my days look like the days I go to school – always 5 days a week. Even though I have the same routine, my days are very different.

“Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied”

Remeber that quote I wrote I while ago? Well that is pretty much exactly how I feel every day. And if I don’t, then something is wrong and I try to fix it. Like when I decided working out at the gym less, and start with CrossFit for new challenges and motivation. That was the best decision I could have done right now. I am filled with energy and satisfaction now!

Ginger tea

There is no surprise that ginger has many health benefits, right? So now when it is getting colder, I figured that starting every morning with a cup of  green tea with lemon and ginger is a must. I actually don’t drink hot drinks, but now I feel like I have to since it is very cold in my apartment right now. Haha. And it may help me to stay away from colds.

Foto 2014-11-16 20 17 05My evening tea right now; green tea with sliced ginger and some lemon juice. 

Here are some benefits of ginger:

  • Reduces muscle pain. It basically means that your muscles will recover better and faster. Good bye muscle tiredness!
  • Improves Circulation. Ginger gets the blood in your body flowing, which will give you a feeling of having more energy. It will also open up the pores.
  • Improves Your Breath. Unlike other foods like garlic, ginger can actually help to improve the status of your breath.
  • Strengthens Immunity. An improved immune system can mean that you get sick less often, that you recover more quickly when you do get sick, and that even if everyone else around you is coming down with an illness you can stay healthy.
  • Improves absorption. Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body.
  • Combats Stomach Discomfort. Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache.

Foto 2014-11-16 20 21 09Here is a picture from my very cosy evening. Good night everyone! :-*

Friday I’m In Love

Hi everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a great friday and a wonderful weekend. Right now I am on my way to my boyfriend; can’t wait to see him and our little dog. Today we are going to make some good food and watch Swedish Idol. Tomorrow I  will do a CrossFit workout at my hometown, and after that we are going to watch Dumb and Dumber 2 with Jim Carey at the cinema.

It's Friday, I'm in Love

Remember the quote about monday I posted in the beginning of the week? Haha. This one is even better! It is from this song “Friday I’m In Love” with The Cure. This song always makes me happy. Love it.

Restday

Yesterday I had my restday. I started school at 12 pm so I decided to go on a short run before school. It was pretty warm outside, with fresh air and colorful leaves. I think it is important to be active on restdays as well, like going on a walk. I ran yesterday because I had short with time :-).

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Beautiful colors. Beautiful fall.

Yesterday it got very dark outside at 3:30 PM so I got very excited when my girlfriend wanted to eat at a restaurant in the city. The day suddenly felt so much longer, and we had very fun.

Today I was up at 6:30 AM already, I had to do my laundry and I have a CrossFit workout at 11:15 AM. My lecture doesn’t start until 3 PM..

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I need cosy breakfasts like this every morning!