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.
On Sunday we woke up a bit later and had a really slow morning before making a move to Lane Cove National Park as I’ve seen they have a tiny waterfall there. As we walked along the river there we passed by a place where you can rent paddle boats (or whatever they’re called) and I screamed out of excitement and we just had. To. Do. It.
So peaceful to just float around the river, even if our legs got quite sore.. The rental time was for an hour but think we were back within 30 and didn’t even go chasing the tiny waterfall afterwards.. Haha.
Tomorrow is the first day off work week, today I have just been cleaning and doing laundry, went down to the pool in the building for a few laps to work on my conditioning as I’ve been a lazy muffin since… Can’t remember so quite a while.
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!
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 morning! I am trying to get into the habit again of going to bed early, waking up early but my mind is all over the place before I finally fall asleep and when the alarm goes off at 6:30 I feel tired and like I had a restless sleep. It is always like this before we apply and get the visa granted and I know that there is no reason for it to not get approved, but it is hard to deal with the feeling of that this is not my real home. That it is someone else deciding if we can stay or not. And of course that is creating a lot of stress, subconsciously or not.
Now I am just having my second coffee (9:23am) for today and waiting for the time to hit 10.00 so I can go down to the gym. Then shower, get ready, have lunch and go to work 🙂
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.