During my Stockholm visit, I went training at X-Force in Vasastan. As I had been once before last year, I kind of knew what was waiting me, but I still got surprised when I ended up with muscle ache for almost 4 days afterwards. Especially my abs where in bits lol.
The difference from the gyms we are used to is that their machines are built to increase the negative strain on the return movement. Sounds odd, yes, but it actually make sense. Basically the difference when training at X-Force is that you feel the weight resistance mainly when you go back as 40% more weights are added on, and you need to make the return movement very slow. Activating our negative muscle power for 5 seconds during this return movement gives such a big difference in result that you need only a one day work out/week to achieve the same results as from a traditional gym work out. Good eh?!! I absolutely loved it and just wish they will open a franchise here in Marbella soon:-)
Happy Saturday 😉 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: the “to-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 🙂
(*This post is obviously not meant when it comes to illness or death to someone we love. That is a different ball game.)
We all get that autumn flu that totally knocks us out. I was in bed for 5 days flat and on antibiotics. Do you feel it is hard to get back training again? I hear many people say: “I don’t feel up for it yet, let’s wait until I can give 100%. Yes, let’s start Monday again.” And so it goes. My trick is to start as soon as I am fit enough to go back to work, whatever weekday that may be. The more you wait the harder it gets. Why wait for Monday?
The first days, it is important to not over do it. I start by doing 2 exercises for each muscle group with many reps and less weights. I stick to that for the first 3 times and then I get back to my normal training routine again. It is also really good to take some Probiotics after having taken antibiotics. It will get your immune system back on track. Another good thing is to powerwalk. A nice walk along the beach or in the mountains makes wonders for both body and mind!
There is one thing I really miss from Sweden, the nature. Yes, it is amazing to go for a walk or a ride along the beach in Marbella but to get out in the forests of the northern countries, that is really wow. I never appreciated it when I lived there. I have climbed La Concha mountain here in Marbella twice and it is really something I recommend you to do! It’s a nice hike and not to hard so most people can get all the way to the top and enjoy the view of the Costa del Sol. Last weekend I went for the second time to the Bavarian Alps and we climbed the peak Jenner in Königsee. It is 1871 meters high. We also went on a boat trip on the lake. The nature was completely mesmerizing, like in a fairy tale. Check out some of the hundreds of photos I took!!!
In Sweden, eating ecological food is nothing rare and you find it everywhere. In Marbella it used to be almost impossible but slowly with the demand, ecological fruit shops, restaurants and butchers are popping up around Nueva Andalucia and the Golden Mile. So great 🙂 I never use to think a lot about eating ecological but with my competition diets, I noticed how important good nutrition is. Now I only buy my fruits and vegetables from the new fruit and vegetable shop, La Freshquita in Nueva Andalucia. Yes, it is more expensive but both taste and quality is different ball game.
Working as much as I do, it is important to have a relaxing lunch break or some nice home made food to take back to the office. I love picking up my lunch box from Nellies Deli in Aloha Gardens. Always freshly made with different quirky spices and unusual combinations that even inspire me to cook a bit myself 🙂 It is also nice to sit at Nellies homey atmosphere with “picnic” table cloths watching the owner Karin cooking, so sometimes I just bring a magazine and relax. As I don’t eat bread myself, the smell of home baked bread is hard to resist. On my cheat day, I might take home a Swedish pastry though;-) They are to die for!!! And one thing I am looking forward to trying, are their new selection of fresh juices! For the next coming week, you receive a 10% discount at Nellies Deli if you say you read my blog, so why not make a visit? Enjoy 🙂
Nellies Deli Open hours: Mon-Fri 9-17 Sat- Sun 9-15 Tel: 951 319 439
The 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 🙂 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 🙂 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!