If you cannot eat the rainbow, at least eat your veggies.

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Simply cannot get enough of this dish at the moment. So ridiculously simple, so tremendously good. You have seen it all before, cherry tomatoes, yellow pepper, leek, courgette, aubergine, sun-dried tomatoes and once finished topped with some low-fat feta cheese. Heavenly good.

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I have spent a good amount of time at the gym today, focusing on legs mainly. It was very busy, which is rather unusual during the summer but it was a ‘nice kind of busy’ if you know what I mean. People were focusing on their training and simply channeling that kind of ‘good’ workout energy. Normally I prefer to train alone, unless its with a Personal Trainer, but I love the company of other gym members. I love to learn from watching the super-fit people, the talented lifters and the splendid runners. They all serve as fabulous inspiration and motivation in my own fitness journey. But I also adore the beginners, the sometimes careful and insecure ones that seem to want to disappear into the walls when the machines make odd noises or when they cannot figure something out. And I love the many seniors, sometimes strong as oxes and more often than not they outrun me on the treadmill without breaking a sweat. I love the gym-family, when it is a good one. And I happen to be a member of a gym that has a lovely down to earth attitude, professional staff that also take the time to get to know you as well as carefully looked after machines and training areas. After all, the gym does serve as my second home, and it is important to me that it is a place where I as well as everyone else who spend time there, feel equally welcome.

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Anyway, post gym, I always want to eat something quick and healthy. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I tend to eat lighter during the day so a vegetable-based lunch is all I need really. I don’t feel the need to add another protein source, except for the feta cheese, as I hit my protein goals just fine every day. However, please note that I cannot be used as a general example of how you should eat, my diet is carefully controlled by my general practitioner due to my Hashimoto. If you struggle with weight loss or if you simply want to know what diet would suit you best, I recommend you to contact a professional (dietician, nutritionist or your GP) for adequate advice.

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It has been a lovely break to write this entry, but time flies and I have to get back to my psychology books for a bit. August is here and my next study year will ‘unofficially’ open up in September so it’s about time to get properly started now. This summer has disappeared in a heartbeat really, but somehow I still feel quite energised and happy and ready to take on another year. My second last one, kind of mind boggling to be honest, halfway there and through plenty of hard work and determination I have managed to get distinctions only up to this point. Hopefully it will be a lasting trend, I would love to finish with a first!

Gym members with bad attitude.

Gym-day today, I had a great session which I ended with some crosstrainer to get the pulse up for 15 minutes. However, despite my own training being good and all that, for the first time ever (in this specific gym) I experienced proper bad atmosphere and attitude from another girl in the gym. I honestly do not understand why some people feel the need to have a shitty (pardon my language) attitude towards people that they do not even know. I think that most people that are familiar with training at gyms know of these kind of people that walk around as if they own the place and look everyone else up and down continuously in some poor attempt to cover up their own low self-esteem. This kind of behaviour makes me both angry and sad, angry because I think that it is those kind of people that make going to the gym an impossible task for far too many that may not feel perfectly comfortable in their own skin. Personally I have a rather thick skin, I know my body and I love my body despite its all current imperfections and I am certainly not ashamed of myself or the way I look. Saying that, it does not mean that I do not want to change my current shape, because I really do. But I certainly won’t let anyone else treat me disrespectful or act out on their own insecurities around me. It is simply not acceptable behaviour, period.

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Additionally it makes me so sad to see how less thick-skinned people sort of ‘crumble’ under the pressure of these kind of ‘stuck-up’ individuals. Don’t get me wrong I have no problem with people showing of their beautiful and ‘perfectly’ shaped and hard-earned bodies at the gym, it is not those kind of people that I am talking about. In the same manner as I accept my own body and the way it currently looks, I also adore the fact that other people embrace their journey no matter what path (weight loss/gain, building, defining and so on) they may be on. It is also rarely the true gym “bunnies” and “buffs” that waste time trying to belittle other people, they are far too busy focusing on their own training routines. Nonetheless, having to share the room with individuals that seem to be at the gym for completely wrong reasons – does put a bit of a downer on the experience as a whole. Because the sad thing is that there is very little that I as a normal member can do about it, and it makes me wonder how gym personnel actually think and plan for an accepting and positive atmosphere at the gym? Perhaps that is never even on the menu or is neglected by more important issues to solve when owning an otherwise successful gym. As a budding occupational psychologist it would be interesting to hear what gym owners (and workers) think about these issues and how it potentially can be prevented? Because surely it is not as if they are immune to the atmosphere in the gym where they work.

Not great, but okay.

Since I wrote last I have unfortunately had to go back to the hospital again. I am okay (I think) but I have had a rather nasty bacterial infection in my breast, which has not – to say the least – been pleasant whatsoever. I am still under medical supervision and have a new appointment in the start of October but right now it seems like it is headed in the right direction. Fingers crossed!

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It has been pretty difficult to keep a high spirit and even though I have managed to stay away from most of the goodies (comfort foods) I have also failed in some ways by letting portion control go and indulge a bit more than I should. But it has been a tough few weeks, many dark thoughts have been going through my head and even though it feels like a failure to have lost control of my portion sizes it is also okay because I know that it is rather easy to mend once I get down to it. On the bright side I have this week been able to return to the gym, which has been impossible due to the pain for weeks, and being back among people and training gear makes me SO happy! It certainly does bring out my good mood and I am so grateful that I have been able to take on the treadmill again.

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Unfortunately due to my most unwilling break from training (and walking, it has been that painful) I have not lost any weight lately, but at least I have not gained any so I am pretty much status quo which is all right. I am okay with that, not thrilled, but okay.

Have a lovely weekend dear hearts!

Secrets be told.

I am proud to say that it is finally time for some of this ⤵

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Yep! Yesterday I joined the gym in the city where I currently live and I must say that I am quite excited about this and all the opportunities being a member of a gym entails. Since it was my first day yesterday I could not resist doing 15 minutes on the rowing machine as I have missed it a lot (it used to be one of my favourite cardio machinesluckily I had also somehow managed to forget how much of a hard work it is, sweat galore! The whole idea of going back to training in a gym was a bit intimidating to begin with, not only because it has been a while since I have been in one but also because each gym certainly tend to have its own “atmosphere” and it is not always that you feel comfortable in it. I have experiences from both good and bad ones but let us not talk about that right now as my current one seem to be a very friendly and welcoming place, good choice me!

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As of yet I am not really sure exactly what I will be doing at the gym, or well – that is not entirely true as I know I will be trying for the gym machines three times per week (and later on get some help with the free weights as I am quite the novice in that area and want to learn the right techniques from start) followed by cardio. I am of course very excited about the treadmills since I am one of those that really love to run (jog at this point) on treadmills and much prefer it over running outdoors. Odd I know, but I am not the only one! I used to enjoy crosstrainers quite a bit in the past but then I grew tired of them, unfortunately it is not a cardio machine that I can remove from my list of to do’s so I will try to keep an open mind but I do find them oh so very boring. Anyway, this is the start of a whole new chapter when it comes to training and it will certainly be interesting to see what comes out of this. The plan is of course to continue with my walks too, but perhaps not the days when I am at the gym, not sure yet. I think I may have to create a proper training schedule at this point, stay tuned! ♡

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