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Morning bliss


I went running this morning! Five months ago I would have never thought that I would miss running so much, but now I’ve been injured for two weeks and I’ve been going stir-crazy :-S But this morning I ventured out for 2.2 km to test my leg and it went fine. I probably wont be running any longer than 2-3 km for a while, but it’s ok as long as I get to get out on the road.

Now I’m enjoying my protein-rich breakfast (greek yogurt) and flipping through a magazine. And WATER! It was hot out this morning and we’re anticipating a thunderstorm which always makes it more humid.

I’ve spend years optimizing my morning routine and now I finally feel like I have the time I need on hand, every morning. It’s so important for me to start my day gently, not having to stress around. I feel that if I am too busy in the morning I bring that stress, confusion and feeling of being disorganized with me when I go to work. Not a great way to ward off stress in general. But when I do like today – have time for a run, eat a nice breakfast – then the day seems to go smoother and I’m much more ready and my mind is clear throughout the day. I’m usually not a morning runner though I like afternoons or evenings better, but in the summer it can be nice to run before 7 AM when it’s not too hot.

On another note I’ve been feeling really good the past week. I’ve refrained from working more than 9 hours/day which means that I’ve had time to do all of the wonderful things I enjoy in my spare-time. I love the almost vacation-like feeling I can get on a summer evening even though I’ve been to work all day, when I take proper care of myself. I’m reading books, drinking champagne with my husband, spending lots of time in the kitchen, eating outdoors and celebrating life ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I’m off to the shower and heading to work. Have a great day!

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Weekly shopping this Saturday

Enjoying the yard

My version of lamb gyros

Breakfast and newspapers

Barbecue-ing in the yard

Have I been on vacation? No, I’ve been working at regaining my internal balance and enjoying life, after some rough and busy weeks. It’s all about the equilibrium…

 

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Stupid leg ๐Ÿ˜ฆ As I wrote a couple of days ago I’m injured. At first I thought it was just a small muscle rupture at the side of my leg, but now I believe that it’s a full-on shin splint! I tried biking this evening and could hardly get anywhere before it started hurting like crazy. So now I’m sitting here on the couch with ice on my leg

And all I wanna do is GO RUNNING! Right now I can’t do anything really. No yoga, no biking – I can lift weights with my upper body though. I’ve had shin splints a lot before, but always on the front of the shin not on the inner side.

I’ve been working from home today and somehow I just feel lazier when not getting out of the house during the day, even though I worked as usual. So that’s why I had hoped to get out this evening… But now I’ll just relax at home and perhaps get my husband to help me down in the yard for some reading and a cup of tea. Just started a new book and I might treat myself to a cookie/oat breakfast-bar thing I made yesterday – will share recipe soon!

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Just have to share these with you. Little pieces of (food)heaven… Cup-cake sized muffins with whole-wheat flour, bacon, gouda, spring onion, garlic, lemon and rosemary – what’s not to like!

They are made from something like this:

3 dl wholegrain flour (a mix of rye, spelt and wheat)
1 large sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Zest of 1/4 lemon
1ยฝ dl milk
3 eggs
8 spring onions
150 g of bacon, roasted and chopped
2 large mushrooms
Salt
Pepper
Gouda cheese ’til it fits ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess I used around 200 grams
A bit of parmesan

Mix everything and bake in small cupcake tins at 180’C until done. I think it was around 7-10 minutes but test if a knife comes out clean.ย It is ok if there’s melted cheese on it, but no dough.

Served with a salad of greens, strawberries, goat cheese and toasted almonds.

Dessert was this:

Strawberries layered with baked rhubarbs (rhubarbs and a bit of honey is mixed, put in the oven at 180’C until tender and cool) and sweetened whipped cream. Top with a bit of rhubarb and a sprinkle of grated dark chocolate. Yum!

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I can’t believe how much I’ve missed yoga! I’ve been neglecting it the past weeks since I’ve been running quite a lot and focusing on that. But yesterday I stepped onto my mat and simply couldn’t get enough. Down dog was my favourite and I kept returning for just one more minute in it ๐Ÿ™‚

It wasn’t simply the physical aspect… It was as if my entire soul was gulping down the soft relaxation like honey flowing from a jar. For every inch I got further into each asana I relaxed just a bit more and felt a bit more at ease. It has been a stressful week this past one – I even worked some hours Saturday. So going on the mat felt kinda like coming home. Home in my own body again. Absolutely amazing.

Now I’m going to try and see if my leg can survive a 1 km run (exciting!) but I promise myself not to let go of yoga again. Otherwise please remind me of this post ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever experienced this “coming home in your body” feeling?

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I injured myself running from a rainstorm on Thursday which means that I haven’t been able to have my weekend-runs this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve missed them, as I love to get up in the morning and do a long Saturday run before breakfast and then a shorter one on Sunday afternoon. But this weekend it had to be different – and it sure has been!

I woke up this morning not feeling very hungry, which was actually a good thing since we ran out of bananas yesterday. I HATE running out of bananas as I have one every day for breakfast, either in oatmeal, in my smoothie, on yogurt – you name it. But since I wasn’t hungry and couldn’t run I decided to start on some cleaning. One thing led to another, and all of a sudden it was one o’clock and I was standing in a perfectly clean apartment with two loads of laundry done – I even did the annual “cleaning of the kitchen sink pipes” which is positively horrendous work but has to be done. Score!

Actually it was really nice to have some time to just take care of our apartment and be myself. When I have the time I like to clean (weird, I know)… I turn on the radio, make a huge batch of tea, open all of the windows and let in the sunshine and fresh air and dance a bit with my vacuum cleaner ๐Ÿ™‚ So far a wonderful Sunday.

Since I hadn’t had breakfast yet, I wandered out to find me some bananas. And came back with the most beautiful Danish strawberries! There’s nothing better than fresh local strawberries in season and if I hadn’t run out of bananas I wouldn’t have had these beauties which will be used for dessert with baked rhubarbs from my parent’s garden and whipped cream sweetened with icing sugar. AND for salad with goat cheese and toasted almonds which we’ll have with a quiche for dinner.

I may or may not have dipped my finger in the whipped cream just before taking this picture

I picked up some bananas as well, as I doubt that running out of bananas on a Monday morning will make for the perfect Monday…

After all of this cleaning I sat down with two soft-boiled eggs and some strawberries. Nothing more, nothing less, just perfection. The afternoon was spent in the sun reading the paper from today AND yesterday, and now I’m going on the yoga mat to prevent me from going crazy over my missing runs. And to mentally prepare for making the perfect quiche for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you bananas, for the perfect Sunday!

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I’ve been really busy at work lately, working 9+ hours a day plus some weekend days. I love my work but I can feel that it’s been a bit too much. So I’ve focused a lot on keeping the zen rituals in my life that I implemented during my days of severe stress. And also admitting to myself and my co-workers that it’s been too much. Now things are slowing down a bit and I’m absolutely convinced that having my rituals is what kept me off stress and enables me to feel what’s going on in my body.

Some of my rituals include:

  • Going to bed with lavender oil and a book/magazine to enjoy some downtime before sleeping
  • Running (just keep swimming, just keep swimming)
  • Taking a few sun salutations in the morning
  • Having dinner with my husband whenever possible
  • Writing in my diary
  • Taking a rush of cold water over my entire body at the end of my morning shower – wakes up the body and stimulates blood circulation

Sometimes I take 2 minutes on the floor in my office where I just lie down and close my eyes. I don’t sleep I just rest for two minutes. It’s so efficient. Try it if your computer screen is swimming in front of your eyes and you need to relax!

It can be really difficult to admit to other people that you can’t handle working 10-12 hours a day if you’re a perfectionist and a work-a-holic like me. But I just learned that I have toย if I’m going to enjoy my life and have a husband, hobbies and great experiences in my life. I hope you’ll have the courage to do the same thing, being honest and open about your vulnerability. It will do you the world.

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