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My mom’s first triathlon!

On Saturday I went to a place in Oslo called Sognsvann with my mom, my aunt and my mom’s friend. And we didn’t go there for no reason, oh no. We went there for my mom’s first ever triathlon! She has been training for it for a while now and the day was finally here. It was a Sprint distance triathlon, which means: 750 m swimming, 23 km cycling, 5 km running. We came early so she didn’t have to get too stressed out before the race, and so that we could watch some of the Olympic distance participants and cheer them up at the running part. It was pretty cool to have seen a triathlon, feel the energy, be surrounded by all these strong and sporty people. But the best thing to me was obviously to finally get to see my mom participate in a triathlon! I filmed a little here and there so I could make a little video of it, please take a look:


(ignore the time & date stamp in the right corner of the video, I forgot to set the right time & date in the camera)

Her official time was 1:37:59. I am extremely proud of her! October 2nd she’ll be doing her first Olympic distance triathlon in France and I am so excited to see how well she does in that one aswell.

Do you have a sporty mom, or ARE you maybe a sporty mom?
Have you ever participated in a triathlon?

Marie Alessandra

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Playlist: Summer 2016

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When you need motivation

To me running is fun and I have a great time doing it. But some days I’m just not feeling it. There are a lot of reasons as to why you don’t want to work out and need some extra motivation. Most of the time the hardest step is to actually get out the door, then once you get out and start running you no longer understand why you had trouble getting out in the first place. Here is a list of things I could think of that might help you those days when the doorstep mile feels a lot longer than normal.

  1. Buy new shoes or clothes.
    I personally like to do this every now and then. When I buy a new pair of shorts I can’t wait to get out and wear them for a run!
  2. Remember why you run.
    Whether it’s because you’re trying to get the “dream bod”, you’re training for a race, or it’s just your therapy. Remembering why you do this will make it a lot easier to get past that horrid doorstep mile on days you’re just not feeling it.
  3. Running is therapy.
    If I feel like too much is going on around me or if I feel like there’s a lot of chaos in my head I always feel better when I put on my running shoes, get my pulse going, breathe in all the fresh air, and sweat. This is also great if you’re angry/pissed off because then you’ll need to get that anger out somehow, which to me has often resulted in random PBs.
  4. Be happy you CAN run.
    I was never good at thinking this way, but after I had surgery and couldn’t run for a long long time I have started to appreciate it a lot more. Not everyone can think back to a time when they couldn’t run for a longer period because of a surgery or similar stuff, but most people have experienced a cold or something that has forced them to take a few extra days off from running. It’s equally as annoying, so think back to that time and you’ll most likely think “I should get out and run now just in case I’ll get sick in the near future”.
  5. Listen to music.
    Sometimes a run will be easier if you listen to music while running. Make a new playlist on your phone, put on your headphones and go for a run! What I like to do is look for new songs from different countries.
  6. Set goals.
    If you have a goal to, let’s say, run 100 km in a month. Then you have to run to reach that goal. If there’s only 1 day left of the month and you still need 8 km to reach your goal then it’s not that hard to get through that 8 km run even though it might be raining outside, it’s only 8 km after all.
  7. Have a challenge with a friend.
    My mom and I have done this a few months now. We both use an app on our phones to track our runs and with that app you can challenge your friends. Our challenge has been “Who can run the most kms in a month?”. You can make your own challenges, it doesn’t need to be the same as ours, do what suits your own goals and workout plan.
  8. Reward yourself.
    For some this means “If I run today I can eat chocolate tonight” for others it means “If I crush my personal best time on 5K I’ll allow myself to buy new shoes”. Do what motivates you.
  9. Sign up for a race.
    Having something to train for other than your ego is awesome. Knowing I have a marathon to run at the end of November makes it more tolorable to run in the bad late fall weather or spend hours inside on a treadmill. You don’t have to sign up for a marathon, obviously. 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, other. A race is a race and it’s all for fun.

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Do you have any other tips on how to stay/get motivated?
What is your “go to” action to do whenever you need some extra motivation?

Marie Alessandra

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Spring cleaning my thoughts

As I mentioned in the previous post there has been a lot of stuff on my mind lately. This whole year so far has felt really messy to me. I constantly kept getting sick, I wasn’t able to stay positive or motivated for long enough to get back into a good healthy eating plan, I wasn’t able to run very much because of my throat, whenever I felt like things were going right I would get sick again. Then I finally had surgery. The time after I got my tonsils removed I obviously wasn’t allowed or able to be active, which gave me a lot of time to think. Normally thinking too much is bad for me becuase it gives me time to find (or create) flaws in whatever I’m thinking about. It started out like that this time too – I saw all the flaws with my life and myself. Like always I told myself I would change things and everything would fall into place once I could start doing stuff again. All the things I wanted to change and how I was going to do it was the main thing on my mind for the first weeks. Then I went to Berlin.
This is Berlin
What I haven’t already mentioned is that I am one of those people who are great at making plans, but I am also really good at coming up with reasons as to why I shouldn’t do the things that I planned. I kept having these thougths in Berlin too. What I wanted to change to make things better, how I would change those things, why I shouldn’t do whatever I came up with. But for some reason I was finally able to organize my thoughts quite well while we were walking around on German ground. And I’ve started to realize that one of the main reasons as to why I don’t do things that I feel like would make my life much more enjoyable is that I am scared that the outcome won’t be as I’ve hoped. I’m extremely scared of failure, therefore I stop myself before I even get the chance to try. What’s the worst that can happen? If the answer isn’t death and as long as it isn’t illegal, then it probably isn’t a big deal and you get a new chance. I know this is such a cliché, but Nike’s “Just do it” came to mind and all I could think was “Yes! Just do it! If there’s something I want to try or do then I’m just going to do it!”. And I don’t just mean big things like travel to places, quit a job, buy a house, etc. I mean everything! One of the little things I started with was to send a text to an old friend of me. She had put out a story on Snapchat from Australia and I was curious about what she was doing there, if she had moved there or what – instead of just leaving it at that and forget about it I sendt her a message and asked her what she was doing there and all that. Long story short, now I have a coffe date with a girl who used to be one of my best friends back in 2008-2010 that I haven’t seen in 3 years. I’ve done a bunch of little things like that now.
Asked people stuff, try things I want to try, wear something that I’m not sure looks nice, go for walks when I want fresh air even though it looks like it’s going to start to rain soon, just small random things like that. You might think this all sounds really silly, but guess what – taking a lot of small steps on my way to the bigger things will make it feel a lot smaller. As a runner I’ll compare it to marathon training – you start your training with short runs, then you run longer distances, then we do some short interval sessions here ande there, all of the sudden you’re doing really long training runs, and by the end of doing all these things for weeks then you have the race, the real thing, the main race: the marathon – which doesn’t feel too hard because you’ve been training for a long time, not only doing long runs but also quick intervals. Everything you do prepares you for something bigger. You get what I’m trying to say? Anyway, I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair for a really really long time now, but I haven’t done it because I keep thinking “what if it looks ugly, what if I regret it” what if, what if. So what, it grows out again! So this Friday (the 15th) I did it. I went to the hairdresser and had 12 inches (30 cm) cut off. And I couldn’t be happier! It feels great and I love it! The more you force yourself to just do whatever you want – the more natural it becomes to just do things without overthinking everything, and before you know it you no longer worry about stupid things.
Haircut
This week I also finally started running and getting back into healthy eating again. Sure, running isn’t as easy as I want it to be right now. I have to walk a lot and I don’t run as fast as I’m used to. But hey, I’ll work myself back up to where I want to be in no time! I’ve done a few run-walk-run-walks and I’ve also been walking a lot when I couldn’t run. Right now I’m really just doing as much as my body allows me to. I signed up for a virtual race that I learned about from Karen. I was thinking about going for the 5K, but I figured that I wanted to challenge myself and go for the 10K instead. So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s going to be hard for me, considering I haven’t run 10 kilometers in forever, but I don’t mind. I love a good challenge. I think this is going to be fun because I didn’t get to run Berlin half marathon this year, so this is in some ways making up for that loss. I also have more races planned for the year, new ones finally! I’m really excited for that.
Now to the healthy eating part of this post. Honestly, this was one of the things I really wanted to go deep into with this post, but we’ll see how this goes. I don’t think I’ve told you this, but December was a really bad month for me – I came back from Italy and just felt sick after the marathon and I only bothered to eat easy Christmas stuff like chocolate and anything else that is bad for me. Then I went to London with a friend – continued to eat random and unhealthy while there. Came back home, more chocolate, Christmas, more unhealthy food, New Year’s, then this whole year has been a rollercoaster with messy eating, tonsil hell, not being able to work out, and just feeling worse and worse about myself. After this long with too little activity, too much bad foods and a messy eating schedule it’s quite obvious that I’ve gained some weight. I don’t really weigh myself very often because it’s so easy to get obsessed with the numbers and forget about the important thing, which is how healthy your body is and how happy you are – seriously, I will only step on a scale when I feel great about myself and when I know 100% that the number won’t affect my mood. I already knew I had gotten bigger and I was sure I had gained weight, but I got it confirmed after I had to weigh myself before the tonsillectomy. And I was not happy about it. And what do we do when we’re not happy with something? That’s right, we change it! It’s not like I’ve all of the sudden turned into a whale or that my clothes don’t fit anymore (a couple more pounds and I’m pretty sure I’d have to go up a size tho, haha!), but my body a lot softer and less toned than I am okay with. To be brutally honest I’ve been feeling the F-word lately. Fat. Yes, I said it, I’ve been feeling FAT. I’m not saying I AM fat, I know most people wouldn’t consider me as being fat – I know I’m not even close to being overweight, what I’m saying is that I weigh more than I’m personally okay with, I’m not as toned as I’m used to, and my jeans are not comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. I’m just trying to be honest here. And this makes me think about when I first started being healthy and got into running. Back 2013 when I came back from a trip to New York I changed my lifestyle completely (you already know this if you’ve read my About Me page). I wasn’t happy with my health or my body, so I decided to change it. My main thing was to eat healthy foods and eat at the right times. It worked then, so it’ll work now. So I’m just gonna follow in my own footsteps and do whatever I did back then again now.
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I never ever thought I would share these pictures on my blog, but I guess this is the right time. This was me back in 2013 when I first started my healthy lifestyle. As you see a lot changed in a short amount of time. I don’t know what I weighed in either of these pictures – I believe that using pictures to track your progress is a lot smarter than using numbers because numbers don’t let you see how you look. If it wasn’t for these two pictures I wouldn’t know how much my body had changed. This took me 45 days (that’s 1 month & 2 weeks). The first 2 weeks I was eating healthy and doing crunches, after those 2 weeks I went for my first run, which made me add running to that list. So that’s 2 weeks of healthy eating and daily crunches, and 1 month of healthy eating, daily crunches, and running whenever I could. I wasn’t fat in the first picture, but I was soft (is that word starting to make sense to you now?) – then in the 2nd picture you see my tummy is a lot more toned and my thighs are a lot slimmer. So yes, I’m currently doing what I did back when I first started, doing what I know works. You don’t just learn from your mistakes, you also learn from your own success. I will probably be writing a lot more from now on because sharing things keep me motivated and I really enjoy writing about these things.
And I just want to give you all a little advice: don’t be anything you don’t want to be.

What do you think about my new hair?
Do you hold yourself back from doing things you want?
Are you getting any spring cleaning done aswell?

marie alessandra

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Workout

Today is the premiere date for the 8th season of my favorite TV show – RuPaul’s Drag Race, so I figured I could make a little workout for it. I wanted to make one that would work for previous and future seasons. With some help from other RPDR fans on Reddit this is what I came up with. Hopefully this will work for the new season. If you try it, let me know!
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And for those of you who think this was too easy here are a few extra things you can do. Oh, the “if your favorite queen wins” can be the winner of a challenge, of a mini challenge, or winner of the whole season, it’s up to you.
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Celebrity Big Brother Workout

A few years ago I used to make these little workouts to go with all my favorite TV shows in order to not feel “guilty” or “lazy” for watching TV instead of working out. Recently I’ve started watching Celebrity Big Brother, and while watching I realized this could be a great show for a TV workout. So that’s excactly what I did, I made a little workout to go with CBB! The only bad thing about this is if any of the housemates I’ve included in the workout has to leave the house, haha! Let me know if you try this.
CBB workout
Marie Alessandra xo

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