2016 lessons learned and highlights earned

popband-002img_8714Hi all! I hope you had a great start to the new year! Today I am taking a little moment to look back at 2016. It was a very special year for me for many reasons ūüôā First of all, I turned 40.¬†I¬†can honestly say I believe that¬†40 is the new 30 because I both¬†feel and look happier and healthier then ever! My mind set changed a lot last year. Just accepting who I am and not care about what anyone else thinks. I kind of found myself…and one thing lead to another so last year is also the year that I started to blog¬†because I¬†started to¬†believe that I can motivate and give positive ideas to those around me.

2016 was also an amazing friendship year. Some of my old friendships grew stronger and I some new friendships got started.

My big worry of last year was Davidson getting older. But he is still here, a happy little old man. We enjoy every moment we have together and take each day as it comes. Every day with him here is my best gift.

Here are some of my last year highlights in pictures¬†‚̧

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Maiti Nepal- My 2017

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Today on the very first of January 2017, I want to tell you about my project for this year, so please take the time to read my story below donation link. I have big hopes in my ability to make a difference for these girls. I also want you to know that I will go to Maiti Nepal’s shelters and meet the girls and show you where your money has been used. I will prove to you all that any gesture of kindness, no matter how small, will make a huge difference in someone’s life. Help by donating on: We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone

The cruel reality is that  more than 15,000 women and children a year are trafficked from Nepal and 150-300,000 Nepalese girls are currently estimated to be in brothels in India.  7- 24 years of age and servicing up to 50 men/day. Most are kept in cages. Maiti Nepal funder, Anuradha Koirala, has dedicated her life to these victims and her achievements so far are truly admirable.
Maiti Nepal focus on prevention of girl trafficking . They raid brothels to rescue victims. 496 traffickers have been convicted due to Maiti Nepals legal efforts. They go to jail for up to 18 years. Maiti Nepal also try to educate civilians as well as the police force in the high risk areas. They rehabilitate the victims and teach them new income-generation skills such as bead work, sewing, horticulture, furniture making, baking and cooking and they are provided shelter until they are ready to stand on their feet.
Maiti Nepal currently operate 12 intervention posts in the border areas to rescue the girls before reaching their end destination and with help from rescued girls, they can find the routes used and help recognize traffickers. The cost to operate a border transit home for one year is 20.000$ but the impact it makes is worth every penny.
I say: Stop Human Trafficking! If you have access to read this post, you have the means and possibility to make a difference.
“Take every child as your own daughter, and soon you will see her sorrow and then you will feel the strength that comes out of you to protect them” – Anuradha Koirala

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Marbella in red alert

15327513_10157911543990118_3870834759138276874_nJust arrived home after 10 days holiday to Sweden and a most amazing trip to Iceland. Unfortunately I have returned to a Marbella and Costa del Sol in complete rain chaos and flooding. So my holiday blog posts will have to wait a few days. When we landed in Malaga my phone was bombarded with videos and photos of the disasterous morning many of my friends had woken up to. During 12 hours up to 200 l/ m3 had fallen. My pick up had not been able to leave home with the car as large parts of Nueva Andalucia was under water. I called taxi Marbella and they could not confirm if I would be able to get to my house. They recommended me to take the airport bus to Marbella and hope for the best. After waiting for the bus and making my way back the rain luckily calmed down so taxi could take me from the bus station and home. My apartment is on the first floor so it was luckily fine but my heart goes out to so many people and animals that have been badly affected. It is a very scary feeling to see this right on your door step. The tunnel under San Pedro under water, garages flooded and cars floating down rivers. Part of the Swedish school under water. A picture says more than a 1000 words so take a look at the images below. I also want to say that help is needed, both housing, warm clothes, food and aid with evacuating animals in refuge shelters along the coast: Help Costa del Sol after rain disaster

The rain has picked up again and seems to continue for the night:-(

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Triple A Marbella- ways to help

img_9681For those of you who don’t know, Triple A is an¬†animal¬†rescue organization taking care and rehoming homeless animals, mainly dogs. Not all of us are able to adopt another pet but I recently found out that we can still help. How?¬†Through years of hard work they have now a strong colaboration with Germany, Finland and also Sweden. Many of the dogs and cats find new foster homes there. These animals need to fly to their new family and can of course not travel alone.¬†Meet Dock, a pit bull that has spent several years at Triple A shelters and now just been adopted by a Swedish family. When I anyway was flying to Sweden I offered to bring Dock along to his new home. It was a very easy experience. Triple A added a dog to my booking and they brought him to Malaga airport and helped with the check in there. All I had to do was pick him up at bagage claim in Stockholm, take him through customs, showing his passport and out to the arrival hall, where a very excited family was waiting for their new family member. It was a great feeling to see this happy ending for Dock as he walked off into his new future of love.

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Positivity check

Happy Saturday ūüėČ Maybe an odd subject but who cares right? Fact is,¬† I often get asked how¬†I can be¬†so happy all the time. So without being¬†over enthusiastic I am going tell you a few of my tricks! Most importantly, good sleep! If you are tired, everything is shit. Then I have realized that if you go to bed with a good thought, you usually wake up happy and vice versa. The power of your own thoughts are so strong. I bet that all of you can get really sad in just an instance if you focus on something sad. So train yourself to focus on happy things. So how do you do that? ¬†I play, like, a little game with myself: theto-see-the-best -in-each-situation” game.¬† My “game” can be to try to pick out as many positive things in a situation as I can think of. It is just like a private little mind game with myself lol. In the beginning it was quite¬†difficult and I had to remind myself, but as you get used to it, all of a sudden¬†it just¬†becomes a natural reaction. Give it a try and enjoy the best of each day ūüôāimg_9268img_9407

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(*This post  is obviously not meant when it comes to illness or death to someone we love. That is a different ball game.)

Don’t forget your beauty sleep

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Most people giving advise about fitness, forget one of the most important subjects- to rest! It’s all well and good to learn how to train and eat right but it is just as important to sleep and recover. There is a reason why it’s called “beauty sleep”. For example, did you know that you burn fat while sleeping? Not only that, but it also prevent aging, wrinkles and inflammations and it stimulates your muscle growth. As a normal adult, you should aim for minimum 7 hours good sleep/night. I have always slept a lot and I really think that’s one of the reasons as to why I have been able to eat a lot without gaining weight and when training I gain muscles easy. Without getting too scientific, basically we release insulin while sleeping that makes our fat cells remove fatty acids and lipids from your blood stream and prevent fat storage. Bad sleep or not enough sleep makes you more insulin resistant. Also your Growth Hormone (HGH) rises during deep sleep which often begins about 30-45 minutes after you have fallen asleep which is when the muscles growth is stimulated, especially in the muscles you have trained that day. So my advise is to prioritize sleep, not only to benefit more from the hard work you put in at the gym, but also you will feel happier in general!! Win-win situation ūüôā

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Marbella Fitness Life part 2

11406101_10152814660992890_2012614269135175505_oThe other day I wrote about how I got back to the gym and how great it makes me feel. So to continue from there, I want to tell my story of starting to compete in bikini fitness at the age of 38. Many of you probably ask yourself: “What the hell got into her?” I actually don’t really know myself to be honest ūüôā I know that among the amazing new friends I met at the gym , two girls were competing in fitness themselves and they both encouraged and motivated me. They made me feel like I could do it too. I like achieving goals and that is probably what made me go for it. At first it was just a thought but once I decide to do something, I do it 100%. I was introduced to a well known Spanish trainer, Hector Defez and he set up a 3 month training program including cardio along with a tough diet plan. I have a very strong upper body but my legs and bum were lacking size so the training program included leg training 4 days/week. The following 3 months were really tough but mainly fun ūüôā It was so amazing to see my hard work pay off! It was like fine tuning a car haha, every little detail matters. Each meal is carefully measured and weighed. One thing I must say is, I wasn’t really hungry. I ate 5 meals/day of just the right quantities. It was just like fueling a car. The problem was the munchies, omg, haha, I was dreaming of cakes. We measured my body fat with calipers and I went down from 8.5 mm at the front belly and 19 mm at the back on the 7th February to 4.5 mm belly and 8 mm back the day before competing 1st of May 2015. To give you and indication, the fat on a normal hand is aprox. 3 mm. Another important part is the posing. Presentation is everything and the posing is very hard. Belly in, bum out, straight back and a relaxed and effortless smile to go with it.

You need to have a strong will power and while prepping for competition you focus only on that. You need a lot of sleep and the mood is not the best haha. But on competiton day, when the blingy bikini and the tint is on, I look myself in the mirror and think: Wow, how proud I am for standing here now. I did it!

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