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List of the week, Walking with Mari & Crampy runs.

I said I would post my little week plan with daily do’s and week goals on Monday. That was yesterday and I didn’t post anything. And it wasn’t because I forgot to, it was simply because I was too lazy to make the list between working out, hanging out with Mari, work, and cooking/eating. I honestly wasn’t too sure what plans/goals I would set for this week, but I do feel like I was able to make a decent list.
Daily do's & Week Goals
Today has been a nice workout day! I already knew I wanted to go for a run today. So I woke up, had my breakfast, waited two hours and then went for a run. It started out great and then I got cramps for no reason. Same thing happened on Monday so I figured it would turn out pretty much the same way as then – I turned around at the 2 KM mark and the cramps stopped when I was just a couple minutes away from my house. Great. Not today, Satan, not today! So I just kept going. The cramps came and went, then came back and it just kept going like that for a little while, before they finally stopped. Not sure what that’s all about (the cramps I mean), but hopefully I never get them again so I don’t need to figure it out either, hah! Anyway, the run was obviously not one of my better runs.. But on the happy side of it all I actually bothered to check my phone because I started to walk at some point and guess what?! A text from Mari asking me if I wanted to go for a walk with her. Of course I wanted to do that! So I replied that if she could wait 30 minutes I’d love to join the walk. So I hurried home, changed into some less sweaty clothes, then went out for our walk. We walked for almost 2 hours – walking, talking, catching a couple Pokémon. Perfect walk with one of my best friends.
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This is a random fact you probably didn’t know: after every single run that isn’t on a treadmill and every walk I track I take a picture of myself, and if I’m with someone they will obviously also be in the picture. It probably sounds a bit weird, but it helps me remember the run/walk a lot better when I look back at my workout history in the app I use – how the weather was, how I was feeling that day, if I was with someone; what we talked about, and a lot of different things I enjoy looking back at. These pictures are not always the most flattering ones, but they are always filled with memories.

What are some of your plans and/or goals for the week?
Do you like looking back at and “re-live” your workouts?
Marie Alessandra

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The first week of August

..has been exactly what I needed!
August
I still haven’t made a workout plan for the month that I want to follow, I’ve only made a little plan in my head. It’s hard to make a day-to-day workout plan to follow when you live somewhere with weather this unpredictable. I mean, this week the weather report has been so off it has gotten to the point where it’s pissing people off. I’m not saying we’ve only had bad weather, not at all! Most days has started out really nice and sunny then in the afternoon it gets grey and rainy.
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Good thing a little unstable weather can’t stop me from having a great run-week! My main thing this week was to get back into a good running routine and hopefully feel like my shape is starting to get back to where it’s supposed to be. All the runs were pretty similar. The old railroad path to the end and back. Every now and then I changed it up a little, added some hill training, but I always did the same old railroad path. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday/today. I wasn’t supposed to take a rest day on Saturday, but the weather was insane in the morning and I had plans the rest of that day.. Five out of seven days isn’t bad though! My shape is starting to get back to what I want aswell. The difference from Monday to today at the same distance is approximately 10 minutes! Which is awesome! I don’t think I could have dreamt of better progress this first week. Hopefully I’ll keep up this when I drag my KMs to double digits again.
August runs
I won’t be making a day-to-day plan to follow this week either, but I will be making a little week plan with daily do’s and week goals that I’ll be posting tomorrow.

Have you had a good weekend?
Do you have any fitness goals for August?

Marie Alessandra

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Short run-week recap.

Three times a week‘ she said, ‘being consistent‘ she said. It’s still a work in progress.
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Take a quick look at the photo below – this is what my week has looked like. Not a great run-week for me.. I’ve been so stressed out all week, I need to stop making too many plans at the same time. You see this mirrored in my runs. Being stressed and tired doesn’t  The run I’m the most happy with this week is the short 3.02 km run I did with my mom on Friday. Which is a little weird to me, because normally I’m not happy with a run unless it’s at least ‘so and so’ long. The reason I’m so happy with our short run is because Friday was a day where I really didn’t want to go out and run. I felt so *in lack of a better word* blah. Just blah and gross. I checked the app I’m using to track my runs and decided to take a look at the challenge of the month. My mom and I have been doing this fun little motivation thing for 2 months now; we have a challenge on who can run the most km in a month (the app let you make your own fitness challenges and challenge whoever you want). Anyway, I checked out our challenge page and realized I was only 2 km away from reaching 100 km this month and I automatically needed to reach at least those 100 km. Even though I now knew I was going to run I still struggled to get out the door. We’ve all been there, right? Haha! That’s when I asked my mom if she would help me get through this super short run. She came with me and that’s how I was able to do that run.
This weeks runs
It’s nice to feel happy with a run for other reasons than just the distance or time. But trust and believe, once I’m back from my vacation I’ll be chasing times again and train harder than ever before.

Today it’s only one week left until my dad and I are going to New York again. I am so excited! It’s my favorite place on earth, it’s a place that calms me and makes me happy. New York inspires me. I love it so much! To me traveling makes it easier to organize my thoughts and forget about stupid and stressful things that doesn’t really matter. It’s almost like a cleanse. Now I’m rambling, haha! I hope everyone has had a great week! Good night.

What are you doing this summer?
Do you make “post vacation workout plans” before going too?

Marie Alessandra

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Warm weather, Mini meal prep & Bare belly run

We’re already 2 weeks and 2 days into the month of May and let me tell you; it’s been a good month! A great month, really. At the end of April we had some days where it would randomly snow and I didn’t really think summer would be here for a long long time. Boy was I wrong! Once it was May summer arrived. We’ve had multiple days with around 30 degrees (86 degrees fahrenheit), and so much sun! Which of course means I’ve been running as much as I’ve been able to! I was sick a few days, but I came back even stronger.
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Yesterday was a perfect day! Before I went out for my run I decided to do a quick meal prep for the week.
Mini meal prep
Nothing major. I just wanted to get the basics done so I made 2 boxes with french beans and whole grain rice, and 2 boxes of french beans and whole grain fusilli pasta. I’ll make the tofu chicken or whatever I want to have with it the same day as I’m eating it, I just wanted to have most of the meal ready because I’ve been so bored with cooking lately and I personally think meal prepping can help you with staying healthy even when you’re bored and lack motivation.
Basic meal prep
After my mini meal prep I went out for a nice little run in the sun.
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It was great! I even challenged myself a little and ran with a bare belly! I have never ever done that before, and at this moment in time I don’t feel extremely happy with my belly or anything so it’s not like I have amazing abs I want to show off, haha. I wore a tank top but I stuck it up under the edges of my sports bra so that it was almost like just wearing a sports bra, but having the option of covering up if I started to feel uncomfortable. I did use my cover up solution a couple times, but all in all I am proud of myself for how much of the run I did with a bare belly. Why is this so important to me? Well, I am one of those people who can travel halfway around the world to a beach where I know no one and I’ll probably never see any of the people there ever again in my life – yet I won’t feel okay wearing a bikini or shorts because I’m worried these random people will think “ew, she looks gross”. Some people will say this is stupid, some people will know exactly what I mean. Anyway, I feel like if I’m able to run with shorts and a sports bra here – where I actually risk running into people I know, then it’ll be easier and easier to feel confident and be happy in my own skin no matter what I wear and how my body looks that day. Maybe it will also motivate me to do more ab workouts, haha?!
Enjoying the sun
After my run I enjoyed a bowl full of delicious strawberries and a banana. Yum! Strawberries are probably my favorite thing to eat in the whole world!
Let's have a great summer

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Has summer arrived where you live?
What is your favorite summer food?

marie alessandra

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So happy with my progress!

Hello and happy Friday! This week has been amazing! Not only have my eating been on point, but I’ve also been able to go for a run every single day and I’ve had so much progress with my running that it’s almost unbelieveable to me. Even though nothing is a 100% perfect yet, I am still so happy with how things are going! Work, run, work, run, work. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s spring or if it’s because I finally get to run again and I’m eating healthy, but my mood has finally started to improve so much. I love it!
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I am in a good place, sort of, and I have accepted that it will take me some time to get back to where I used to be when it comes to my running times. All I can do is work, work, work, then before we know it I’ll be smashing my distances and PR’s again! I’m already excited, haha. On Monday I went for a nice little 6 km run. I was really happy that I finally was able to get all the kms in less than 8 minutes. I had to walk a lot, but at least I still managed to get them all under 8 – which was the goal. On Tuesday I went for a 7 km run. 4 of the kms in 7-something minutes, 3 in 6-something. That’s progress again! I still had to walk a lot – and I’m pretty sure it will take some time before I can get through a whole run without any walks again, but as long as I’m getting faster again I don’t mind it too much. I haven’t gotten through a whole kilometer without having to walk yet. It’s a work in progress.
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On Wednesday I went for the same 7 km run. And guess what?! I was able to run the two first kilometers without having to walk! Haha, the smallest things make me proud and happy now, and that’s honestly pretty refreshing and motivating. The rest was again a mix of running and walking, but at least I did it with a little more tempo! As you can see all the km’s except for 1 was in less than 7 minutes. Which I’m really happy with, let’s facd it: last week I struggled to get through a km in less than 8 minutes. Then there’s Thursday! Yesterday’s run was the best one yet, the first time this week I’ve felt like it’s actually been a real run almost, haha! The first 3.5 km I didn’t have to walk at all! I was able to push myself a little more – get out of my own head and just keep going whenever my brain went “you NEED to walk now, WALK!“. I only walked a little, then I started running again. The next time I walked was only because I had to take a sip of water and I’m still having a little trouble drinking without having it go up my nose (yes, that is a valid excuse for having to walk when you drink, don’t try me!). The next time I walked was the same thing. Yes, I only had to take 3 short walk breaks this time! And only 1 of them was for something other than needing a sip of water. 5 of the kilometers were 6-something minutes, then the last 2 were 5-something. YES! Now that is progress!
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Another little thing I want to mention really quickly is that now that I don’t have super long hair my neck doesn’t feel all stiff and sore after my runs. I am so glad I cut my hair, haha! I’m gonna go for a nice little Friday run aswell, but I’m probably going to take it easy and don’t push myself too much, I don’t want to go too crazy too eary on – I’ve done that before and it’s not the smartest thing you can do, haha.

I hope everyone has had a great week!
Done anything fun this week?
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
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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Out for a walk

Today I went for a walk with my mom. I am slowly trying to get back to working out (if you didn’t already know I had throat surgery 3 weeks ago) and my mom has been sick for a few days now so she also has to take it slow at the moment. A walk is better than nothing. 8,12 km in 1:43:13. Nice and slow, but oh-so great.
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I have a lot of stuff on my mind, but I think that needs to be in another post. Anyway, today’s walk was really great. Sometimes a little fresh air is all you need.
marie alessandra

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Quick Tonsil Update

Hello my little Easter bunnies!

It’s been 10 days since I had my tonsils removed now and I am finally starting to feel a little better. Hopefully I feel better for real and not just because I’m on a lot of strong pain medication, haha! Well, I suppose it must be better today because this is the first day after the surgery that I have been able to drink water without it going up my nose and being an incredibly painful task close to impossible. Yes, my throat has been so painful that I haven’t been able to drink anything. One day was so bad that my mom had to take me to the E.R. because I was in so much pain I couldn’t even swallow my own spit. Removing your tonsils ain’t no joke. I’m really looking forward to when the recovery time is over so I can start running again. I miss it so much! I miss so many things, haha! Honestly, the thing I miss the most is eating anything that isn’t popsicles or ice cream.. Yup, that has been my post-surgery diet. And some yogurt. I miss chewing! Haha, that sounds so sad, but it couldn’t be more true. It’s going to be nice to start doing something again. One thing that I am a little sad about is that I won’t be running Berlin Half Marathon this year because – hello – obvious reasons. But I am still going to Berlin, and I’m still going to the expo and and all that just for fun. Sad I won’t be running my favorite half marathon this year, but I’m still looking forward to the trip. Now I’m going out for a little walk (just a 5 minute walk I’ve been doing every day after my tonsillectomy, sadly nothing crazy), enjoy the rest of the Easter!
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How has your Easter been?
Eaten anything good?
(haha sorry, I just really miss eating)
marie alessandra

How to make a Healthy Easter Egg

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Meal prep for the week

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I’ve been wanting to get back into meal prepping for a while now and I figured today would be a good day to start. I’m already very into the planning, so why not prep aswell? I wanted to make dinner for the next 4 days (Monday to Thursday). Dinner is the only meal I almost always struggle to make, this is the meal for me that will make of break a healthy day – simply because I am very lazy when it comes to cooking. For breakfast and lunch I normally just have something simple like oatmeal, crispbreads or protein pancakes. Then it’s dinner: “late”, time consuming (anything that takes me more than 10 minutes stresses me out if I’m hungry – I’m one of those people who feel hungry and need food right away), too many different things to choose from. That’s why dinners are my favorite meal to prep! I love the idea of not having to cook this meal every single day.
Meal prepping foods
This is what I needed for my meal prep this week: Whole grain tagliatelle, tofu “chicken” fillets, sweet potato, and frozen veggies.
Meal prepping
I started defrosting the veggies and browning the fillets in a frypan with some Pam spray. When the water for the pasta started to boil I threw in tagliatelle balls and let it boil for 6 min. I put the sweet potato in the microwave for 7 minutes and cut it in half once it was ready. Not sure why I felt like I needed to explain this, but I did and now you know, haha!
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meal prep veggies
And here is what came out of this! Four delicious and nutritious meals. Yum! I’m not sure how long it took me to finish cooking everything, but it wasn’t too long considering I made 4 full meals and my foods of choice isn’t the slowest cooking ones, haha. It was also a lot nicer to make dinner in the morning instead of evening because I don’t like cooking when it’s dark (I actually really enjoy cooking, but it has to be early and it has to be light outside). Once I get more into meal prepping again I’ll probably do breakfast and lunches aswell, but this is a good start.
meal prepping for runners
meal prepped and ready

Do you enjoy meal prepping?
What are you having for dinner today?

marie alessandra

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Happy Halloween!

October has been a really bad month for me. I was sick for 3 weeks and wasn’t able to run, then finally this week I’ve been better again and I’ve gotten 3 nice runs. Thank God, because Firenze/Florence marathon is getting really close now and I seriously need all the training I can get.. I have a lot to write about, some things that has messed with my training so much this year and that has been a true hell for me, but that will be a separate post because it’s a lot.
Pumpkins
Anyway, this post is mainly to let everyone know that I’m still alive, I’m still running, I haven’t forgotten about my blog or anything like that. Now that I’m finally able to run and train for my marathon again you better believe I’ll be blogging about it!
Halloween Bear
I wish you all a Happy Halloween! And by the way, I’m a bear, DUH!

Marie Alessandra

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