Happy Sunday everyone!
I spent my weekend with friends and it felt so good to be surrounded by all these amazing people again. I even seen some old friends which I haven’t talked to in ages because they have moved to different cities to study. All in all just good times.
Yesterday I felt so energetic and went to the gym again to do a High Intensity Intervall Training. After a quick warm up and 10 min. of Jumping Jacks, Split Squats and Kicks I was sweating like a pig. It really got my metabolism working because even an hour after my workout my body was still heated up. A 30 min. workout was totally enough.
Because I saw one of these 2 min. cooking videos on Facebook that day I decided to cook excactly that (well.. I had an eggplant in my fridge that had to be cooked soon anyways). So it was kind of an eggplant-pizza: eggplant topped with marinara sauce, corn and looots of cheese. So yummi! I could eat a lot of it because it was a very light meal. While cooking I listened to a podcast. The first podcast I have ever listened to was a motivational one about self-love and it got me so excited to change my life or well at least change the way I think about myself, hell yea I was sooo motivated afterwards. So I think I will keep doing it, listening to podcast – especially when I am really really low.
So this one podcast was from the fitness trainer and coach Mark Maslow. I have read about him in the magazine FitForFun shortly before so I was surprised when his podcasts suddenly popped up in my Spotify feed. I listened to his first episode and I must say it was very inspiring – his voice was great listening to and the words easy to follow. He designed the formula M.A.R.K. which in German stands for: Mental training, balanced diet, right weight training and cardio. It all makes so much sense. Especially (like mentioned in a blog post before) that the diet is the most important thing to look at and to improve. I am definitely going to keep listening to his podcasts. And honestly I would suggest you to do that to – listening to podcasts that push you, that motivate you to move mountains and embrace yourself.
my week has been soo great! On Monday (after my last blog post) I went straight to the gym and joined a Thai-Bo class which got me really sweating. But still I jumped on a bike and pedalded for another half an hour while reading. After that day I decided to always bring my gym cloths with me to work. Just so I don’t have an excuse of not going to the gym. And going straight after work is so much more motivating instead of going home first – and seeing my lovely bed or the food in the fridge.
Yesterday, even though it was only 45 minutes I did a freaking intense workout. Something similar to HIIT. High Intensity Intervall Training:
- Jumping jacks
- Kettlebell squats
- Cross body mountain climber
- Bench Step-up
- Plank with Side extension and rotation
Just to give you an example.
Do you remember roller blades? Or better – when was the time you last used them? Yea, right! I haven’t been rolling around in roller blades since I’ve been 13 years old. Haha! But because when I was in Spain beginning of this year I saw a really pretty girl flying through the streets. It really inspired me and I wanted to look that cool as well. So I got the old roller blades of my aunt. I seriously might not look that cool when blading through the city – but you gotta start somewhere, right? Honestly it is quite a workout for your legs and you gotta be really good at balancing. I took them to get to work today, it was definitely an exciting way to start the day. I will keep doing it!
this morning I came back from my hiking adventure in Austria. Two friends and I spent 2 nights in a hut located 2.500 m high in the mountains. We took a night train straight to Innsbruck, we slept a lot on our way there and started hiking immediately we got to Umhausen. We reached the hut after 5 hours. On our second day we hiked all the way to a 3.000 summit called Fundusfeiler. When we got to the top a storm broke out. We rushed down again. It was very scary but not even half way down the mountain the beautiful sun started beaming and a rainbow exploded right in front of us. Thank you, Universe! We relaxed at a tiny lake and slowly walked back to the hut. On our last day, of course, we had to go down. We took a different way than the one we came from. Back in civilization it felt quite strange.
I must say I haven’t really worked out for this trip and I could feel my calves on the second day already. I used to be fitter to be honest. When I was in school – around 18 years old I was extremly fit. Going to the gym daily to at least burn 500 kcal on the treadmill was the standard. Yepp, it wasn’t really the healthiest fit. I did not even feel fit and skinny. I most likely hated my body and wanted to be better, do better and couldn’t stop comparing myself with other even skinnier girls. Typical girls-puberty I would say. Now I know better. I started to care much more about myself, my health and my body. But because it isn’t always easy to stay motivated I wanted to start blogging again and share my experiences, struggles and inspirations with you. Not sure what my goal is yet but soon I will have it all figured out. Hopefully!
This trip to Austria has been a huge motivation for me to get back into shape. Because I want to climb more mountains and need a base of fitness. Stronger definitely.