Saturday, April 30, 2011

Excuse me, I’m looking for motivation–have you seen it?

You might have read in the tiny about me thingy on the side that I will be writing a little about trying to become healthier. Well, I think and hope that most people can relate to my thoughts about this – however I also hope some of you might have suggestions and ideas that you can add to these thoughts.

Motivation, how do you get it? I’ve been told many times that if you’re not willing to spend a few hours a week exercising or not willing to eat healthier foods, then becoming healthy isn’t important enough.

Now I’m not an exercise freak, I am lazy and getting out the door is an effort for me. However, when I actually do go out and jog or walk or exercise in any way – I feel GREAT. I love it and it just makes me want to exercise more and more. But, I do not have that same relationship to food. It’s fine eating healthier dinners, and I really don’t mind snacking on carrots and such, but eventually I just want to eat anything unhealthy.

I’m unfortunately very picky when it comes to food. I don’t drink milk, I hate tomatoes, and honestly I prefer keeping things simple, not with tons of different veggies or meats or cheeses on it. I’m like a kid about some things, and I’m not proud of it. Take pasta sauce for example, I don’t like it much because of the chunks of onion and tomatoes in it. I know what you’re thinking and I’m thinking it too. But that’s not the point.

Why does it have to be so hard to keep eating healthy over a longer period of time? My motivation only lasts until one day when there is nothing healthy that I want to eat in the fridge, and then I eat something crappy. How does one keep eating healthy, every day, without snacking, without getting bored?

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I guess in some ways it’s a bit different when you live at home compared to if you live on your own. I don’t think it’s as easy when you’re not the one buying groceries. All of a sudden there is a bag of chips in the closet, and when you get home one night from hanging out with friends and you’re just so hungry – it’s damn easy to start going at that bag of chips like a starving lion. That was totally a real-life story by the way, not proud…

So I guess my question for you readers is: How do you keep up the motivation to eat healthy, especially if you’re living at home with your family?

By the way, we’ve almost reached 2000 views on my blog. Keep spreading the word and when we hit 2000 I’ll be having a fun little giveaway!

-S.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Let’s go for a run…

One of the best parts about spring is the opportunities it presents. When the snow melts, tons of paths in the forest show up and open themselves for people to enjoy. On a sunny day like it was today, you start off with healthy breakfast…

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And then, my dear readers, let’s go for a run…

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I love jogging around on the island on sunny days. There is so much beauty in the nature here, it’s magnificent and absolutely worth it. Not to mention it’s great exercise, just ask some of my buddies I’ve brought along…

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Would you like to join me next time?

-S.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sushi and icebergs

Honey, I’m home! I’m sorry for being gone these past weeks, but I am going to try to make it up to you wonderful people who read my blog! You see, I’ve had some fantastic days in the past weeks while my boyfriend was home. My face almost hurts from all the smiling.

We did a lot of things in the past weeks, walks, shopping, eating out at pizza places and so on – however I was not very good about bringing my camera with me. For that reason I only have some pictures from this past weekend when I told myself to be better about photographing stuff.

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I could start by telling you about the “iceberg” we found. It’s not really an iceberg, but during this winter the snow and ice on the lake (Mjøsa – Norways biggest lake) got so heavy and sort of formed big piles of ice. These had melted a bit when we were there but it had appearantly been so big that they talked about it in the local newspapers!

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We ended up spending an hour or so by a stream down at the beach, building bridges with rocks and carving our names in them. I love the fact that even though Paul is 19 years old, in the army, going to law school in about a year – he still said: Can we pleeeaaase play for a little bit by the stream?? Boys will be boys right?

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We also tried Sushi for the first time, which was extremely disappointing. Not that it was bad, and not that it was good either. It didn’t taste at all! I guess we were supposed to use the wasabi to give it flavor or something, but seriously – who can eat that wasabi?? You might as well light a box of matches in your mouth and leave them there.

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Thinking I might try Sushi again, just one more time but at another place. We’ll see! It sure was an experience and now I can say I’ve tried Sushi.

It’s been some wonderful weeks, and it was sad to see my honey leave again – but I’m a strong girl, a viking. I’ll manage and in about 5 months he will be coming home for good! Yay! I can’t wait!

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Have you ever tried Sushi?

-S.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Finding Balance

First of all, I’m so sorry for disappearing on all of you who are as nice as to drop by my blog. Monday the 4th of April my boyfriend came home on leave from the army, making me forget the rest of the world for a little while. Unfortunately, you readers haven’t been the only ones I’ve disappeared on these past weeks.

My family is some of the most important people in my life. I’ve never really been the type that is always out and about with friends and keeping busy. Usually for the past 18 years I’ve simply stayed around the house, somewhat shy of being social, and somewhat "scared” to leave my safe home. Even though I’ve spent the night at friends and such, I’ve also had periods where I would make some excuse to avoid having to spend the night because it simply felt uncomfortable spending the night somewhere else than in my own home. I’ve never been good at being social even though I love people, maybe that is why I prefer spending my weekends with movies and popcorn instead of out at parties with the rest of my friends nowadays…

When I met Paul, he was one of the first people I ever felt like I wanted to hang out with all the time. It was partly because I was in love, but at the same time I couldn’t remember ever having so much fun as I had every single time we hung out. Since he became mine, 1 year – 4 months and 19 days ago, I’ve still laughed my butt off each time I’m with him. He has become one of my best friends ever.

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He has now been in the military for about 7 months, and the distance has been hard on both of us. That is why when he comes home on leave my mind sort of goes into a "Paul-mode” and all I want is to spend every second I have with him before he has to go back.

In the meantime my family feels somewhat forgotten. I get unsure of how to create a balance, because I want to spend time with my family – but I know that if Paul is home, all I will do the entire day is miss him and want to see him. At the same time, I do miss my family. I get jealous when I hear that they are taking a trip to f.ex. Sweden to buy tons of new shoes, or when they are having a nice BBQ in the warm spring weather.

I feel confused, but I guess that is a part of growing up –right? Changes are happening and I’ll have to learn how to deal with them in the best way I can. They are coming no matter what.

Have you ever felt as if it is hard to find balance in life?

-S.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bedroom Secrets

Don’t misunderstand people, this secret is dirty – but not in the way you might assume by the title. I’m going to share with you the secret – of my bedroom..

-It’s a mess!

Or it was, at least before I put my best foot forward and actually did something about it today. You see, I am strange when it comes to cleaning. I’d rather clean our house when I’m home alone than with the help of my family, when I’m at my boyfriend’s house I clean up everything after myself and even some of what is not mine, yet in my own bedroom I just can’t seem to keep it clean. Thankfully Paul (I’ll write Paul here instead of Pål – just to make it easier) is coming home this next week, and so wanting to give a good impression (as if he doesn’t already know what a slob I can be) I picked up my room! Just look at the wonderful difference!

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I don’t really understand why I can’t keep it clean. I enjoy it so much more when it’s clean – it makes me happy. I like my room a lot, I’ve heard that my room is very personal (in the way that I’ve decorated it) and that it’s a good thing. Lately I’ve been trying to make it look more mature and stuff like that since I’m getting older – but I have this bad habit of keeping knick knacks. I can’t help myself, what is a room without details right?

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I think it will be real exciting to see what my place will look like when I move to Oslo with Paul next year. Maybe since he’s a guy and therefore simple, and I’m me and therefore homey – our place will be a perfect middle. We’ll see!

What is your favourite knick knack?

-S.

Friday, April 1, 2011

An image to keep?

A little before I started this blog, my mom and I talked about blogs and blogging. We talked about how for some people, it's like a job. They have an image to keep, but I don't understand that very well.. I'm mostly referring to a bunch of Norwegian blogs (none specific). If the blog post is about how they're enjoying a day off and don't want to do much - how come they have as much make-up on as if they were going to a party? I mean, in my opinion - why not keep it real? I personally don't enjoy reading blogs where people are afraid to show themselves for who they are. Sure, maybe they have a certain theme or something like that.. what I'm trying to say is that at least I enjoy reading blogs of people who keep it real. If you actually do dress up in really awesome outfits every day - cool! I wish I did the same but I just don't.. On my day off, I usually keep things simple..




Haha, I usually don't put make-up on on days like this because I don't want to waste make-up remover. And after multiple days of dressing up nicely for school, I prefer to wear my most comfy sweats and a huge hoodie. Why not? Nobody is actually going to see me right? 


You guys are actually lucky since you get to see this picture of me. I usually always wear make-up in front of people (or when people see me in general) because I can't stand my super lightly colored lashes. But I'm getting used to it, trying to be more proud of how I am naturally. I guess that is what I was trying to say above, I enjoy blogs where people are proud of themselves more than blogs where they pretend to be somebody else.. Let me just also say, I know that this does not count for everybody - some people are just so lucky as to have a busy life where they can make themselves look good everyday. 


Hm.. I don't know if this blog post made any sense to anybody.. I just felt like blogging on this fine friday morning! Have a great day everybody!


-S.

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