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Flight to Happiness

So many things has been flying around in my head these last few weeks.. Some good, some bad, mostly confusion. I’m not saying it’s all bad. This week has been really great on the health front. Both diet and activety has been on point for the most part! I’ve been running, I’ve been walking, I’ve even done some pilates ab workout videos at home. I’m finally back in the zone!

This morning a friend picked me up at home and went to the gym with me. I think it’s a lot easier to go to the gym when you’re not alone (and not just because I don’t drive, haha!). It’s kind of weird to be back on a treadmill for a run longer than 20 minutes, but I’ll get used to it again soon. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run a full 60 minute run on the treadmill today so I just threw in some intervals here and there and allowed myself walk breaks whenever I absolutely needed them. 60 minutes of that, followed with 15 minutes where I just walked. I was exhausted! Ended my workout with 50 sloppy crunches and some random stretching. Even though this probably doesn’t sound like an A+ workout I would rate it as so! I was sweating buckets and I was happy, and that is pretty much what I needed this Saturday morning.
Oslo - Berkeley
I am so happy that I’m going to Berkeley to visit Mari on Tuesday! Nothing can cure a messy mind like the comfort of traveling half way around the world and hanging out with one of your best friends in the whole world. Am I right?! I am so relatable sometimes. I’m planning on having a very healthy and happy trip. Not as in “I will not be eating anything unhealthy” or “I will treat this trip as a bootcamp”, not at all! I will be eating unhealthy things and I will be relaxing a lot. But I do plan on eating mostly healthy and I will be going on walks and such with Mari. She has a gym membership with Berkeley Rec Sports so I’ll probably purchase a day pass there a couple days aswell. We’ll see. The main thing for me (other than visiting Mari, of course) is to focus fully on myself and what makes me happy, because I truly need that right now.

Things are changing and that’s okay. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!
Marie Alessandra


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The struggle is real

April was not my month. To be completely honest, April was the most depressing and mind nagging month I’ve had in a really really long time. I have already complained about the whole “not being allowed to run before the stitches were taken out” thing, but that’s not the only problem I had with this month. My kryptonite, Pollen, was also being a real pain in the ass. Not to talk about the fact that “the monthly visitor” decited back at the beginning of 2015 to stay for waaay longer than just a week (we’re talking months, help!), and that didn’t exactly make things any easier either. I was pretty much thrown off balance, my routine got wrecked, and no matter how hard I tried I constantly messed it up. I was exhausted, tired all the time, constant pain, wasn’t able to wake up early, my breathing sucked, unhealthy eating, forgetting to eat at the right times, feeling lazy and fat, the list goes on..

I finally removed the last stitches and I could run again (you might remember me saying I was allowed to try to run and all that, well, I didn’t do it. Trying to take a shower was hard enough so I realized I’d just have to wait those extra 10 days before running again). Finally! It took me a few days to put on my Nikes again, but on Saturday I finally went for my first run after the break. Before heading out I was really nervous it would be pure hell to run again. I had only gotten 2 runs between Berlin and then so I was prepared for the worst. But the run actually felt amazing, not just because I had missed it so much, but also because I didn’t feel out of shape at all. My legs felt fine, my tempo was fine, all in all it was a great run. On Sunday I went out for a run again. It was pretty much the same as the day before. I am so happy it won’t take me much time to get back to top running shape again. I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier when I was talking about the doctor’s appointments, but my blood results showed a high iron deficiency. I’ve been taking iron every morning now for the past 2 weeks and I think that might be the reason why it was so easy to run after the long break. We all know how important iron is, it just makes sense! So I’m glad it seems to be working.
Sunday run
Now that I am finally getting back into a good routine with my running I hope and pray all the other stuff I’ve been struggling with lately will fall back into place aswell. Taking 100 mg iron every morning seems to be helping with the dizzyness and fatigue. The running helps with most things. I think the only important thing I have left to fix is my diet. Which in my case means I need to stop eating unhealthy things, start following my meal-times again, eat more veggies, quit snacking, and drink more water. My brain and body is in a place right now where nothing tastes good and I don’t have any cravings (other than Starbucks Frappuccinos, haha!). I don’t really get hungry when I’m off balance like now, and because flavor is the most important thing to me I just end up eating things that I believe will taste good whenever I want to eat something or if I get dizzy. So a healthy eating routine is important in my life. I don’t like feeling unhealthy, I don’t like feeling bloated and insecure, I just don’t like it. I will get back on track and feel comfertable in my own skin again very soon, that is a promise I’ll make for myself.

All I need right now is some extra motivation and inspiration. And a thousand crunches, haha!

How are you doing?
What motivates you when it comes to being healthy?

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