It’s the week 2 of lockdown here, it was meant to be lifted tomorrow but it has been extended for another week. My routines are completely off, I’m not wasting enough energy throughout the day so when I’m going to bed I can’t just fall asleep as I usually do as soon as I put my head on the pillow, and I’m dreaming alot and I wake up exhausted.
A couple of weeks ago I went to have my blood test done, and it came back last week. My cholesterol was a bit high, not much, just need to make a few changes, but was also lacking in b12, Iron and Vitamin D and my immune system was a bit down.
As I went vegetarian for about 3 months, I really increased my saturated fat I think as I’m not the best to cook wholesome food without meat, so now I’ve started to incorporate meat again – only organic though, and will exclude dairy and unhealthy fats as much as possible instead.
These are now some of my favourite food staples.
I’ve been doing 30 minutes of HIIT workouts in the morning for a couple of days, and tries to spend 30 minutes in the sun too. It’s just really hard with the lockdown as well, I don’t leave the apartment unless I absolutely need too. I just really hope that it will be over next week.
Today it happened. The news we have been waiting for, for like 6 months!! So happy and relieved, finally. It’s never as hard as to go around and just be waiting and not knowing if one can stay in the country or not.
So we celebrated with Korean BBQ. I haven’t been eating much meat and basically have been cutting it out of my diet completely lately so it was really delicious. That’s my cheat in life once in a while. As well as ice cream. Always ice-cream.
Woke up at 8am today, the longest sleep-in I had in a while. It’s been a long week at work, and things constantly felt like it were going against me. So I was very much happy to close up on Saturday and start my weekend.
After work I went home and changed into something nicer, and we drove to a friend’s place for dinner. They served us with lamb cutlets, roast potato’s and tzatziki and cheese and mango ice cream for dessert. Around 12am I was so tired and we drove back home. Yet I wasn’t asleep until probably 2am with a mind still being awake even though the body was exhausted.
Lazy Sunday morning started with coffee and watching the morning TV in the couch. Later on we went to Ikea to spend our 60$ voucher that was about to expire and eat lunch (you can see how much we Swedish people like our sauce) . Really just got rather unexciting things like a new frying pan and lunch boxes..
For dinner we made bibimbap, I had marinated tofu with mine and Alex cooked up a scotch fillet. It was so yummy. Such a simple dinner but completely satisfying. Now it’s 9.21 and I will make my move to the bed as the tired nut I am.
I got a new favorite breakfast! I am not much for oats for breakfast usually as it’s a bit to..plain? But its super filling and it’s easy to up the calories for a steady breakfast. I simply boiled 1 dl of oats with 2,5 dl of water for about 4 minutes, added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder, let it simmer for another minute or two. Transfer to a bowl, added sliced bananas, blended 1 dl of fresh blueberries with 1 dl of oat milk and poured it of the porridge. Tadaaaa, yum!
With all that is currently happening in Sydney and the covid outbreak, the stress really affected the feels around this festive holiday. As it didn’t effect me personally, I could still go along with my plans. But I knew alot of people couldn’t. And that alot of people was alone. Couldn’t just covid waiting a bit longer and atleast give us Christmas?
Me, my husband and two friends went away to the mountains and up there it was like none of it existed. The surrounding was incredible, the sound of silence, the fresh air. It was what we all needed.
We cooked, ate and drank. Alot of all of it. Enjoyed the view. I mean the place was full of animals and insects, I saw the most beautiful butterflies but also the biggest moths in my whole life. Also met some friends, they were pretty shy thought so we just watched them while they ate the grass.
Now we’re back in the city. Tomorrow I’m back at work. I’m sort of excited for the festive season to be over, the idea of starting fresh. Doing things differently. The goals for next year. Work harder, better, learn more. Eat better. Cut the sugar. And the alcohol. Exercise more. As every year. Im always excited about the fresh start after new years.
Oh dear, where did the time go? It’s been a while since I checked in here. But life has been a little bit of a roller-coaster lately and so much has happened. I got a new job. Summer is here. It’s almost Christmas. The year is almost over. But I’m excited. I feel like life is getting better. Like I’m moving forward.
I feel excited. For a new year. For what life has in front of me. It’s a nice feeling. The feeling of going in the right direction.
Today I’m having a day off. I have been to the gym. Picked up the weeks groceries (and they even added chocolate for my pick-up order, it made me so happy. It’s like they know me from what I usually order and gave me the healthier option) and now I’m laying in the couch going through stuff for work. Yesterday we put up the few Christmas decorations we have. I said “if we don’t even try to celebrate Christmas here, we will never get used to it”. It’s weird to celebrate Christmas in the middle of summer, but we just need to change our mindset.
Good evening! A bit of an update rom the couch potato herself… This is probably the calmest Halloween weekend of my grown up life. Usually I have been working and then going from work to a party. This year, not that exciting but I actually prefer. I would enjoy the dress up part but that’s it, haha. Yesterday evening we went to visit our friends, we were just sitting in their backyard talking, and having a few light beers before going back home around 9 pm. The weather is so bipolar and it constantly looks like it’s gonna be a massive thunderstorm but then the sun comes out..
Today we went to Alex’s office to do a bit of work, had a nice lunch, then we made homemade ravioli with spinach and ricotta filling in a butter and sage sauce for dinner. It was the first time we made pasta and I am surprised how easy it actually was. Now we’re just processing the food coma, but I honestly think it won’t get more exciting than this for tonight.
This weekend was full of completing a to-do-list with stuff that has just been piling up, and we managed to cross everything off so had a really prodoctive weekend. The weather has been really, really crappy with lots of rain so it was easy not getting distracted… On Sunday we had pizza night and made pizza bianco with prosciutto, parmesan, rocket salad, pesto and pinenuts.
I have been indulging in sweets and sugar for the past week, and even if its nothing wrong with that (but moderation is key) I just feel like I need to reset my cravings. If I have sugar one day, I crave sugar everyday for at least a few days after, absolutely sugar addiction. So instead of having nothing and just ride out the craving because I so easily give in, I need to replace it with something. Here’s some quick and easy snacks that I had through out the day!
Raw bar – 1 cup mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts and cashews) 1 cup pitted fresh dates, 1 cup goji (soaked for 5-10 minutes) and raisins. Mix together in a processor and shape into a rectangle, put in the fridge to set before cutting into pieces.
Thursday. The weeks are just flying by and I just can’t understand that it’s almost Christmas. Last year we went back home to Sweden to celebrate Christmas, this year we will be renting a house with a couple of friends in the mountains. I am always getting so confused around this time of the year as it’s going towards summer here in Australia, but in Sweden it’s getting colder. My mind hasn’t really gotten used to that yet. Celebrating Christmas with 30° and not – 15°. Today feels like a proper summer day, the sun is shining and the breeze coming in from the opened balcony is hot. Now the season of craving cold foods are starting. No more soups and stews. This combo was simple but tasty, I made the kebab seasoning from scratch and it really made the dish more interesting than just having it plain.