Days of our lives

Or my life, at least. Thought I’d give you a little look into what my oh so glamorous life looks like these days, simply to prove my point of how easy it is to exercise and eat right if you prioritize it.

This picture pretty much sums up my predicted future.

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But let’s talk about right now. Planning is the key. I always make sure I buy enough vegetables and fruit, this is what last Sunday’s shopping looked like. (I also got eggs, and I’ve got turkey, chicken and fish in the freezer).

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I’ve been starting my day at 5.15 to either go to boot camp or to the gym, looking feisty and fresh as I do so well. Week 7 of boot camp was hell, and my body felt so heavy, I was worried it was gonna stop moving at one point.

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I’m then typically in a hurry and have about 45 minutes to do all that necessary girl stuff before I have to leave the house again. Breakfast at 7.30 (usually eaten whilst putting make up on or packing food for the rest of the day) – porridge of rolled oats, water and cinnamon, topped with a banana, peanut butter and whatever else I can find in the kitchen, a boiled egg, and omega-3 and magnesium pills swallowed with water. Oh, and some green tea – if I have time.

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After a couple of hours at PTA Global, I’m hungry again, and it’s snack-time. My go-to-snack these days have been cookies made by mixing an egg, pb2, almond milk and a ripe banana with oats, coconut, almonds, a couple of vanilla stevia drops and chopped figs and nuts. And I’ve gone carrot-crazy, pretty sure I eat about 5 a day, if not more.

Followed by more information about the world of exercise comes lunch. This week has been full of salads as I roasted sweet potato, normal potato, pumpkin and carrot and a couple of chicken breasts in the oven to keep in the fridge when quick fixes for food was needed. Never a meal without dessert, I always keep fruit nearby.

IMG_5165That lunch box was topped with spinach, avocado, mango and cucumber after the picture was taken.

At PTA Global we do a lot of exercise throughout the day (duh, it’s personal training, can’t demonstrate or learn without moving the body), which requires a little bit more energy for the body to make it to the afternoon gym session. Coconut water (the ones without added sugar of course) and another piece of fruit has been my thing the past week.

Considering that I’m already wearing workout clothes (and if I’m not too tired to function from the morning session), I travel directly to the gym again. Push through a sweaty cardio session, and straight home for dinner.

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A sweaty Marita means a hungry Marita, and the tuna-crust pizza I tried the other week has for sure become one of my favourite dishes. Try mixing a bit of curry powder in the pizza base. No tuna flavour, guaranteed.

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After a bit of showering and stalking people online, I do of course need dessert (yes, again), and a protein smoothie is never wrong. Frozen blueberries, banana, protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon and coconut – can never go wrong with all of that in one mix.

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I also make sure I drink about 3L of water a day.

Rather than my 9 usual gym sessions this week, I ‘only’ did 7. By the end of friday my body felt like a heavy bag of sand, and I figured there was no point pushing it beyond that. I also shortened down my evening cardio sessions, and sadly missed going to body balance. My leg session on friday before my fitness instructor practical assessment was, however, magnificent. I haven’t done a high-rep leg day in ages, and it was good to be reminded that light weight and many repetitions kills too – I’m still sore.

Oh, and I’ve had a few dinners looking like this ..

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I guess I’m once again trying to prove that it doesn’t have to be difficult to stay healthy. No one has to go as crazy as me, but I know that I don’t like doing weights in the afternoon, so I’d rather pass out at 9 every night to be able to get up early and get my usual morning session out of the way. Yeah it’s been tiring, and yes it has required me to pre-pack my lunch the night before, but I feel so much better when I eat right and exercise.

Right around the corner from PTA Global, they have Prahran Health Foods, and that place is like heaven. They have everything! Even the wraps I’ve ordered my dad to send me all the way from Norway! I’m not an advocate of protein bars, but everyone keeps talking about the famous Quest bars, and I’ve never bothered ordering them from iHerb because you have to order like 12, and I’d sort of like to taste one and see what they are like before ordering an entire box, but I’ve never found one in Melbourne. Prahran Health Foods had pretty much every flavour, and I’ve gotta say, I’m impressed. I hate the whey protein taste, and I do in general not like protein bars, but the Quest bars actually taste nice. They are the best protein bars I’ve ever tried, and the ingredients are a lot better than that of what you’ll find in a normal supermarket. Having that said, I still think you should reach for a banana or another type of fruit when in need of energy. There’s a reason why they’re referred to as proteinΒ chocolates.

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Make time

So I realize that the last post hit a couple of nerves, Jesus – learn to not take me too seriously. It has been requested that I do one on the Australian girls too, but I’d prefer keeping myself safe, so we’ll just skip that.

Melbourne has for some reason decided to start summer properly now that I have to spend every day inside, and with summer comes ice-cream. Blend a frozen banana, mango and white nectarine with some almond milk. Freeze. VoilΓ‘!

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Started this morning by punching my PT in the face, and when I’m reminded of the hill-sprints he makes us do, I don’t even feel bad.

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You think you’re doing great running here, but as you get half way, your legs are so heavy they barely move.

I’ve started the final process of becoming a certified PT today, and the next two weeks are absolutely crazy. 5 AM wake-ups for my workouts, PT stuff all day, then back to the gym again or other social things/inspections for a new place to live. No excuses, right? Gotta admit I’m pretty exhausted after today, but it’s only two weeks, anyone can hang in there for two weeks.

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Having such limited time at home has made me have to food prep, and I’ve had to buy broccoli.. We all know how I got so fed up with broccoli last summer that I haven’t had it since. Well, it’s back. People were even jealous of my lunch today! Little Norwegian making an impression. My point is, cooking extra food when you’re making dinner isn’t hard – you’re cooking anyway, right? Throwing together a salad, or making overnight oats if you don’t have extra dinner to spare is even easier. And if you can’t be bothered cooking properly when you get home late, scrambled eggs with turkey and vegetables really does the trick. People often overcomplicate things, but there is no magic trick to eating and being healthy. You just have to do it. Keep it simple, stupid.

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I was thoroughly amazed by two things today.

1 – the guy teaching us has 3 jobs, he gets up at 5 every morning and gets home at 9 every night, yet he was ripped and bloody fit. Sure, he probably has a very clean diet, but muscles aren’t built without exercising, which means he MAKES TIME. If it is important enough, you will find a way. 20 minutes is better than nothing.

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2 – Several ‘old’ women were there (and by ‘old’, I mean older than me and with kids, aka in their early 40’s) to learn today, and god damn it, if I look that good when I’ve given birth to and raised three kids (or at all when I grow up), I will be extremely happy with my body. First of all, when they told me their age, I literally raised my eyebrows every time. Not to mention the fact that they all had this amazing glow and whatnot to them, it almost made me excited to once having to become a grown-up. Their skin, their energy, their amazing posture. No sign of 70% of the Australian population being overweight (true story, bro) in that room, that’s for sure. They do boot camp, pull-ups, run intervals etc etc, all on top of handling a family and their own career. Respect, much?

Also, should there be some guys out there in need of some inspo related a bit more than all this girly stuff, I can recommend this guy. We went to high school together, and yes, he does go hard in the gym.

Oh, and I should probably admit that I had 3 cheat-days last week. Yeah, I still feel sick.

Routine break-up

Thanks for all the worrying messages regarding my little fitness ‘breakdown’, I promise I will be fine! Even though it can be considered a bit personal, I think it is important for you to know that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for everyone. You think I’m this gym machine who can do everything, but I’m not. We’re all human, and I’m not gonna portray myself as someone who never struggles.

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I went to bootcamp yesterday and it was great, my body did however feel heavy and there was no chance of pushing beyond any limits – but the point is that I did it and enjoyed it. Waking up by myself at about 7 is kind of annoying when I can’t go to the gym though. My plan said ‘walk’ today, but because my routine is to wake up and exercise before breakfast, I forced myself to break that routine, and left the walk for after lunch. I have, in other words, had plenty of time to make breakfast, and what’s better than pancakes? Even breaking up my breakfast-routine. Good little Norwegian.

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I have made a colourful little plan where I count down the days until my rest is over, and I’ve promised myself one hell of a vegan chocolate-cheesecake (healthy of course) once I’ve managed to fully rest. I’m easy to bribe.

My friends have this thing where they all go ‘let’s grab a coffee’, and I’m like… I don’t like coffee. And as much as I love my green/herbal tea, I feel a bit lame not being able to partake in the fun coffee-drinking. When I have to get up at 5 am, all I do is wish I liked coffee. But I don’t. I’ve tried, but every attempt sends me right back to that one time 12 year-old Marita thought she ordered a chocolate ice-cream which turned out to be a coffee ice-cream in France. Yeah, scarred for life.

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People have been drinking chai-lattes around me for ages, but after I had it in India 3 times a day for about two months, I just haven’t been able to let it tempt me. Until last week. I tried a soy chai-latte and was sold. Absolutely amazing. Thinking to myself it was only chai-tea and steamed soy-milk I was drinking, I’ve been having it a bit too often. But I have this annoying habit that makes me a googler, I google everything. Turns out, most places use chai-powder and syrups which are packed with sugar. They also use honey (not the raw kind that actually comes with nutritional benefits, but the processed kind), and guess what you guys – soy-milk contains added sugar too! As I learned this, I realized I might as well could’ve had hot chocolate topped with whipped cream all this time. So I’ve given making my own a go. Almond-milk chai-latte. Steamed almond milk, spiced chai tea bag, hot water and cinnamon/raw cocoa. Definitely not as tasty as the real deal, but no shit Sherlock, removing sugar from things tend to have that effect. Our milk-steamer doesn’t even make it any better.

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But I still drink it. At least I feel kinda grown-up and all that. My mom has taught me that black tea and coffee stains your teeth, and as I’ve had a VERY painful encounter with bleaching my teeth, I can’t justify drinking things that will possibly make me have to do it again (it is not worth it, just no way), so I’m using a straw. Lame, I know. So here I am, learning all the chapters I skipped in Biology Higher Level when doing the IB. Amazing how things turn around and how much you’re willing to learn if it interests you.

I’m also a milkshake kind of girl, and this weekend I made one inspired by Green Kitchen Stories. Blend frozen raspberries and lime juice. Pour in the bottom of a glass. Blend two frozen bananas, 2 tbs nut-butter, raw cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder (optional) and almond milk/milk of choice, and pour on top of the raspberry mixture. Use a straw to drink it (important – the flavours go so well together with a straw), it’s amazing.

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Summer dreamin’

My weekends are typically food adventures, although I started this weekend like this..

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I sort of might have had a dairy-free (but packed with sugar) frozen yoghurt mid-week so no candy-Saturday this weekend, but delicious food is important. Every time I walk (or right now, limp) to and from uni, I walk past an indian take-away shop, and I always crave their food. So I had to make my own. If I was pro, I would be making the butter chicken sauce from scratch, but I’m not. Luckily, Coles has a pretty good option where I recognize every ingredient (therefore my body will too) and nothing artificial is added.

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I used chicken, onion, fresh ginger, capsicum, mushrooms and zucchini. Put it all in a pot to simmer, and add some water as the base is pretty thick (coconut cream would probably be even better). Now, I don’t normally eat rice, but KamillaΒ has a perfect solution for that. Cauliflower-“rice”. Grate cauliflower or smash it with a blender, fry in coconut oil with salt and pepper. I know it sounds boring, but guys – it is amazing.

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IMG_3582Again, I’m no Jamie Oliver (and I was starving), but it does taste good.

No dinner without dessert, and what is better, now that summer is coming, than a milkshake? This is based on a Green Kitchen Stories recipe, and I could probably drink/eat this for the rest of my life.

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You need:

3-4 big strawberries, half a lime, a large frozen banana, a handful of cashews and a splash of desired milk (again, I used unsweetened almond milk).

Blend the strawberries and the lime juice, pour over in a glass. Blend the banana, cashews and milk and pour over. Note; do not throw it all together, that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole thing. The bottom layer reminds me sooo much of my mom’s homemade strawberry jam! I was gonna throw some raw cocoa on top, but I forgot. Enjoy.

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