Time to pack the last things and drive out to the airport, I´m so excited. We are staying here at THE OLSEN…
Is there anything better than staying at a really nice hotel?
Can´t wait to tuck into these crispy white sheets
Cameron did a really good job booking :)
Kitchen off course so Cam can cook all his million meals a day!
I´ll be lending a classic Kronan from the hotel cycling around in Melbourne, that can be my exercise :)
Lunch break and I´m dreaming about being on that flight to Melbourne, it is going to be a lot of studying but still I cain´t wait! Only three hours left :)
As promised I made Cameron lamb meatballs, they are so delicious and easy to make. One egg, olive oil, lamb herbs, fresh parsley, garlic and then add some salt & pepper.
It ended up being very mediterranean inspired dinner, with kidney beans, carrots, greek yoghurt, parsley&tomato saled with Lemon juice. Aah this was so good I could eat this every night!
Ok, back to work!
It has been another busy day with classes and trying to finish off one of my assignments. I´ve been really productive today though, I just finished one of them and now I just have to start on the second one that is due next week as well. I really admire everyone working hard in school, interning as well as working, it is seriously crazy! I might be doing some more office work next week which will be interesting to see how I will cope with everything. In order for me to get things done I ned to be working with a list of priority, that is my strategy for time management, otherwise its impossible for me.
Fashionably fit Dinner Suggestion:
Last night´s dinner was grilled chicken seasoned with a lot of nice herbs, steamed pumpkin and kale. I absolutely love pumpkin, its sweet and it has kind of the same texture as potato but so much better for you. Both kale and pumpkin is superfoods loaded with nutrition!
Speaking of time management, class finished at 11.30am and it is almost 4pm now and I have not moved once from the computer. Where did the time go?
I´m craving raw cashew nuts so that will be my next task to get. Then train, then grocery shop, then make lamb meatballs (request from my man),pack for Melbourne,clean the house, and potentially more studying. Oh my God!
What´s your trick for time management?
Here comes an exercise that will tone your abs, butt, hamstrings, legs and back in one exercise!
Barbell Bent knee deadlift: Starting position, remember to keep your lower back flat. I´m obviously this low in the starting position because the plates/weight on the barbell is small and light.
Pull up the weight in a controlled movement, you will feel your abs, back, hamstring and butt working.
Come all the way up and lock, then start to lower the weight again towards the floor. For the bent knee deadlift, start bending your knees rather than having them stiff when you are lowering the weight. I found that the bent knee deadlift works your abs and back so much more than the stiff leg deadlift. The stiff leg deadlift puts a lot of focus on your hamstrings, which is great if that´s what you are after.
I won´t have enough time to do a weight session at the gym today, my work took so much longer then I though. That is however no excuse! I can still fit in a sprinting session of 35 minutes before i´ts time for my dinner date. If you are not tired work around your limitations, you will thank yourself for it. It worked out perfect anyway as the two past days have been weight sessions.
Have a great evening!
Yesterday was the second day at my internship and I was flat-out busy from 8.30 am to 6 pm, I had no time to blog. I like that I´m busy though, I get to do and learn so much which is great. I would hate it if I was just sitting around doing nothing, I would lose my mind! Yesterday I helped one of the girls in the office with her not-for profit client and tasks related to the upcoming campaign. Good day!
Today I´m back at school and I have so much to do. If I get some time after class, I´m going to run past the office for another PR training/workshop with Launch. We are going to Melbourne this weekend with Cameron’s brother, wife and baby Tiani, so I really need to get a lot of work done. I´m so excited to go to Melbourne, Cameron has booked a really nice hotel. I can´t wait…
I really want to stress my tip about having several mini lunch boxes. Seriously when you are really busy you need to eat frequently. My brain is absolutely fried if I don´t eat or have a snack at least every third hour. Having mini lunch boxes just makes it so much easier, and it takes you a minute to feed your brain a little bit before you go back to work, or eat as you are working like I do. Consequently by doing this you are also speeding up your metabolism and promoting fat loss…
Now, back to work!
Monday again and I was really struggling to get out of bed this morning. I have had such a nice weekend spending a lot of time with my man.
After handing in my assignment this morning I went to the gym for a training session before class. My program today focused on hamstrings, upper back and abs. I started my session with 10 minutes of interval sprinting, then moved on to my weight session and finished off with 15 minutes sprinting session again.
Two exercises that are really good for shaping up your hamstrings are ”laying hamstring curl” and ”seated hamstring curl”, these are both exercise machines you can find in the gym. Because I want to tone and shape my muscles rather than build muscles I keep the weights low and the repetition range and sets high. For my current program I have a repetition range of 15 for each exercise and I repeat this for a minimum of 8 sets. This is to really promote fat loss and toning of your muscles.
Today´s Lunch is grilled chicken with tomato, paprika, baby spinach, parsley, avocado and quinoa.
Tomorrow is my second day at the internship and I´m pretty excited. I think I´ll be given the opportunity to learn so much, but at the same time I feel that it might be a little bit challenging. Everyone in the office was really nice and friendly, so I feel that there is a great support system there for me. Last Friday they let me sit in on one of their training session/workshop, which was great. I think it is really good when businesses invests in their employees and enables them to reach their full potential. Even though there was a lot of things that I could recognise from class, the principles and practices came so much more alive. The principles that I have learned was put in a more real world context. Really good!
Ok, time to go back to class…
Sunday Cheat Meal,
I´m making my own Rocky Road…
I love making my rocky road with a lot of different types of nuts. I use mostly natural raw nuts, but to spice it up a little bit I like to have the cashew nuts salted. The mix of salt and sweet chocolate is heaven.
I melt some dark and milk chocolate together and add coconut flakes to the melted chocolate. You can pretty much have whatever you like in terms of nuts, raisins, coconut, marshmallows etc.
Mix it all together
Spread it out on some baking paper and garnish with whatever you have left. Put the rocky road in the refrigerator for it to get hard.
This is so delicious, next time I want to try to have more dried fruit in the mix. Maybe I´ll try dried banana chips.
Obviously this is not the healthiest thing for you, however when you make it yourself you can control the quality and the amount of the ingredients. You never know what they put in processed foods these day´s.
Today the sun has finally decided to come out from where ever it has been hiding. It has been raining for days, so it´s nice with a little bit of sunshine.
As promised I´ll start incorporating more exercises into the blog, starting today. My session yesterday had a lot of leg and butt work in it. One of the exercises that I start the session with is a ”one and one-quarter squat” (1 and ¼). This is how it´s done…
When performing the squat, always go all the way down so that the backside of your thighs (hamstrings) are touching your calves.
Ok, this is where the ”one and one-quarter squat” comes in. On your way up stop a quarter of the way and then begin to drop down your butt again towards the ground.
After being all the way down again you start going all the way up to the starting position
Easy! Repeat this for 15 repetitions × 5 sets. The 1 and ¼ squatt is a great exercise to shape up your butt and tone your legs. You will have buns of steel in no time! If you are not a regular in the gym that´s fine, try this squat when you are training outdoors or at home with only body weight.
Last night my sweet friend Andrea came over to hang out. We cooked delicious food and watched The Resident, a really psychotic and creepy movie.
Lamb was on the menu in form of meatballs and cutlets
Lamb meatballs; One egg, olive oil, parsley, garlic, salt & pepper
Lamb cutlets with herbs
Tomato, paprika, parsley, quinoa and lemon juice
I accidentally dropped the cucumber on the way back from the shops so we couldn´t make tzatziki. Andrea however has some real talent in the kitchen, and made a beautiful garlic and herb yoghurt sauce. This food was really to die for!
Yesterday was my first day at the internship, such a busy day. I´ll tell you more about the internship later.
Just finished my breakfast and I´m stressing to get to the gym. Today I´ll be taking a lot of photos of various exercises, so you can expect to see more of that in the blog. I had such a nice evening as well, my friend Andrea came over and we cooked a feast and watched a psychotic movie. Perfect Friday night!
This is what I had for breakfast this morning.
Coffee, eggs, parsley & tomato salad and a pear for dessert
The parsley & tomato salad is so fresh, I love it!