After the recent rain flooding here, I really thought I had seen it all haha…well, wroooong! Last night at about 8pm, a snow flake suddenly pops up on my dash board and the thermometer goes down to 3,5 degrees Celsius. For being Marbella, it was freezing! As I got home it had started snowing over La Concha mountain and all Malaga harbour and beach was covered in snow by midnight. This morning like every week day, my alarm rang at 6.15 and as I went to the gym it was pitch black but driving back home the sunrise gave me a big surprise as you can see on these photos and the video. Beautiful but definitely not our regular January weather! Luckily by Saturday the sun is back again 🙂 and all keen skiers will have a great time in Sierra Nevada !!
Last weekend I went to the UK for some me time. Of course there was no way I could stay away from the gym 😉 Luckily my friend over there is a big gym fan too. He pushed me so hard:-) It was great!! I was completely wrecked haha. Not only did I learn some new things but most of all I realized that this last year I have been training within my personal comfort zone. I have honestly thought that I am training like a beast and can´t do more when in reality I CAN DO SO MUCH MORE. It´s funny how we can block ourselves mentally thinking we can´t do something. This weekend I was pushed out of that comfort zone and gained new confidence and motivation. I have now been back home for 3 days and every morning this week, I have upped the weights on every single exercise! How about that??!!
So my tip for this week is to get someone to push you out of your normal routine and try some new exercises and give you the balls to put more weights on. It´s not only good for the muscles but more than anything for our head!! Feels awesome 🙂
Below is my Sunday back routine that I can still feel today! And another video showing a different way training those important hamstrings!
Apart from eating loads of Christmas food, we have had time for some beautiful morning power walks along the promenade between Puerto Banus and Marbella and also to San Pedro. It is the best way to start the morning. It is so peaceful and the sunrise over the Mediterranean is mesmerizing. We get time for some girls talk while burning off the Christmas food and there are so many fitness exercises that can be done along the way. The best cardio for fat burning is to power walk. It is much better than running! Once warmed up by with the power walk and fresh mind, I continue to Panatta Gym for my daily gym routine. It has been a lovely 2 weeks of holiday with family and sporting activities to enjoy! Today I am back at work again, hungry to sell some properties:-) but I will keep my beach walks to my weekend activities 🙂
Hi! I hope you have had a great Christmas! I have my dad here and he will stay over New Year too. It makes me very happy. One of the down sides living in Marbella, or the only down side really, is that my family is so far away. I miss just getting in the car and pop over to my mum or my sister for a coffee and chat. Easy to take such things for granted. Luckily they come and visit me quite often though:-) This week I am off from Nordica to spend some time with dad but I have so much with the gym and my personal training clients that I will be very busy anyway. No rest for the wicked haha. I am just setting up my own youtube channel where you will be able to follow my workout videos and also some of the training of my PT-clients. I hope that will give you some more motivation to get in shape for 2017. So stay tuned, I should have it up by the end of this week! Now I am off to the gym to train shoulders and triceps. 😉 x
Hi there! Today I have a day off work so I went a bit later to the gym for a change. Later to the gym means more people haha…for good and bad. Today was good because I bumped into my best friend Roslin and she joined me for a killer hamstrings work out 🙂 Hamstrings is so nice on women, that little curve on the back of you upper leg really makes a difference. A year ago I didn’t have any but with hard work it gets done. Here is a video of my favorite exercises to get there:
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:-)
For 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.
In Marbella we celebrate Halloween big time. Most clubs and restaurants arrange fancy dress parties. The port is full of disguised people and big night clubs such as Olivia Valere and Suite at Puente Romano are packed with people in crazy costumes. Everyone really make an effort which makes this night so much fun! As I studied to make up artist many years ago in Stockholm, I absolutely love letting my fantasy run wild! Here below is the step-by-step make up for my disguise of Halloween 2016: Little red riding hood meets the Big bad wolf 🙂
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!