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Currently revising for my last examination for this entire study year and let me tell you, it has been such a beast of a year! 🙅🏻 However, I have learnt so much despite being absolutely swamped with work, additional reading and preparing for examinations. Studying psychology is most definitely serious business and the amount of knowledge which we have to accumulate is broad and at times decidedly complicated. It does make me feel very proud of myself though, for making it thus far and I am still hopelessly in love with this field. I simply cannot see myself doing anything else in the future than this. I did however have to put 365evermore on hold for most part of the year. I simply did not have time for updating here as well as staying on top of training, socialising and studying. But here we are – 11 essays later, two statistics tests, one poster and in two weeks the final examination of this study year. I am a tad hesitant about the examination but for some odd reason feel quite calm as well perhaps because I totally feel like I have learnt so much and rest rather comfortably in that feeling. So, bring on the 7th of June!

Shortly after the examination I will be flying back home to Sweden to spend some time with mum and completely collapse for a week or two. Truly looking forward to enjoying the sun, walking on the beach (take in the lovely ocean..mmm!) and enjoy fantastic food and the company of a most loved one. It is certainly much needed, much longed for! I will return mid June with a few changes to 365evermore and a bit of a reboot, stay tuned!

Saturday evening, study books and running plans!

Spending my Saturday evening in front of the computer, creating various mind maps with the fantastic ‘Simple mind‘ app. If you are a student and do not use it already, go and download it pronto! You will not be disappointed, it is that good! This study year is rather packed with information and I spend most of my days studying either theory or numbers (currently learning SPSS). I really don’t mind spending most part of my weekend studying, I love my subject and when you love what you do everything seem rather easy and enjoyable. Though I don’t mind studying, I also believe that it is important to have breaks and live life a little. Yesterday evening was one of those times when I took the evening off to go out for some yummy sushi with my fiancé and a couple of his colleagues. Celebrating that they had published some work in a research journal a while back. We all had a fabulous time eating plenty of food, drinking a bit of sake while chatting and laughing the evening away. Enjoying life, simple as that!

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Anyway, tomorrow I will have yet another date with my books and computer. However I do have a run planned so it is going to be interesting to see how my body will react to that since the last run was a bit of a drag. I do think it was due to the ‘pre virus outbreak’ drowsiness in my body though, since I did come down with a cold and a sore throat two days after the run. I don’t know if that was the true reason for my low energy at that time, I do however know that I am so very psyched to go out for a run tomorrow! Garmin is charged, my running clothes are folded and ready, shoes are cleaned and my spirit is high! I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday evening whatever you may be up to!

To gently let go of the past study-year.

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After a well-deserved week of relaxation mixed with a few outdoor runs in the pouring rain (one of my favourite things to do in the summer) my attention is now focused on 365evermore solely. I always need a week after finishing the last examination to ground myself again, or perhaps find a ‘new meaning’ if you like. I know that it can be difficult for non-students to relate to this feeling as the concept of ‘vacation’ when you work is completely different and usually something that is fully and whole-heartedly embraced. However, I believe it is the constant pressure to perform at your very best when you are a student that makes it a lot more difficult to accept the abrupt end once the last essay is handed in. Don’t get me wrong, it is lovely to have finished yet another year and to be one year closer to achieving my degree. But for me, there is a combined ‘sadness’ and ‘sigh of relief’ at the end of of every study year. Perhaps it’s because I love, love, love the field of psychology and being able to study this does not only challenge me it also feeds my never-ending hunger to learn everything I possibly can fit into my brain during a study year. And this year have been fabulous, so many pieces have fallen into place and I feel a lot more sure of my own knowledge within the field.

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A week has passed since I handed in my last essay, and the university related Whatsapp- and Facebook groups are slowly entering summer-hibernation (or perhaps I should say aestivation) and discussed topics have switched from being psychology related to now mainly entail plans for the summer and stories about sunny days spent in the garden enjoying life. And somewhere in the midst of all this, I finally found myself beginning to relax and gently letting go of the past study year. Shoulders lowered back down, feet comfortably up, a good book in my hand and wholly allowing the loving sun to kiss my face.

Absence, month of May is bringing me to my knees!

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May is here and it is my most challenging month of the year since all my final essays are due at the end of this month. I am so busy at the moment I barely have time to breathe, but it is okay I actually quite enjoy working under tight deadlines. As a matter of fact I prefer it, its always been that way for me when it comes to studying. I asked my mum about this once (she used to be a university lecturer) and she said that it is very common among students to wait to the very last minute and that many excel at that point too. Not everyone of course, but many. Now, my current essay writing isn’t done in the very last minute as I have quite some time left, but it is still tight time wise and in particular since I don’t budge on my training schedule (6 days / week). However, I often find that training clears my head and its easier to write efficiently after a morning run compared to staying home a whole day trying to force it out.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that I am alive and that I am typing away on my essays while munching on some lovely fruit to keep me going. I am aware that it is awfully silent in here, but I will return in full force at the end of May and then for the entire summer until my third university year starts. I already kind of fear (with more than a bit of excitement though hehe!) the steep workload that awaits next study year, eep!

Back on track | And a fruity treat 365evermore style!

So, we are 12 days into 2016 and I have been utterly busy ever since mid December and until today basically. After a very relaxing Christmas (plenty of lovely gifts, will show you some later on!) and a tremendous New Years Eve I all of a sudden realised that I wanted to re-write my Psychology essay, so yeah, that is what have been occupying me since the start of this year. Perhaps not the best thing in the world to think of the first day of the year but I must admit the final result of my essay was so much better than the first draft. Fingers crossed my tutor and marker will think so too!

Anyway, due to being busy writing away I have only had time to keep up my training routine (been lifting some rather heavy weights in the gym which I currently love doing!) but all the hours sat still writing has also made me skip a cooked lunch a few times and instead indulged in a bowl of yummy fruit! I wanted to show you all since I personally think it is a fantastic thing to do to boost your body with some fabulous vitamins and nutrition. You have to excuse the rather dull colours in these pictures but the weather is horrendously grey and dark which makes it (at least for me and my newbie photograph skills) impossible to take any bright and lovely photos! Hopefully you will enjoy this despite the lack of daylight.Version 2

I start by adding 1 banana (130 gram) and one kiwi (20 gram), this alone looks so yummy that I could eat it at once but since this actually were my lunch today I needed a few more fruits and berries to add up the calorie count. Please do note that this ‘fruity treat’ is a rather ‘hefty’ meal so if you are like me and on a specific calorie amount per day, you need to make sure that you have about 300 calories to spare on top of the meals that you need/would like to eat during the day. As I mentioned before, when I have a ‘resting day’ I tend to remove a cooked (or more heavy) lunch and eat something light such as this ‘fruity treat’ or a simple soup. But I am not a dietician or a health care professional, so whatever works for me may not work at all for you and I cannot stress enough the importance of getting to know your own body and its needs. And if you have special requirements please do consult with your general practitioner.

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Secondly, I usually add some blueberries (40 gram) because they are awesome for body and mind (follow this link to a previous post about blueberries). I weigh all my food, all the time – I know that some people do not want to do that because they are scared of becoming obsessive and that is a-ok. You need to do what works for you, that is the most important thing. However, since I am on a weight-loss journey and also need to control my food intake to a tee due to my malfunctioning thyroid it is vital for me to be in control of what I eat and how many calories (and vitamins, minerals, nutrition etc) it contains. Simple as that really!

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This is basically it, I sometimes add a bit of organic mild natural yoghurt, usually full fat because I do not eat much milk products. I am allergic to almonds so I cannot eat any products based on that, but if you can I am sure you can use some almond milk (yoghurt if that even exists) or quark if you prefer that. Anyway, this is my ‘fruity treat’ according to 365evermore! This lovely bowl of goodies ended up on 278 calories, included in that calculation is 20 gram (a bit more than one table spoon) of organic natural yoghurt. Yum!

Checking in.

Holiday season is here and as such I really do not have much time to blog, my training is now alternated with various christmas parties, meet ups with friends in towns cosy many cafes and strolling around in the city centre enjoying the Christmas markets. I suppose that most of us feel like this during this time of the year, relaxed, happy and enjoying ourselves to the fullest. Simply the way it should be! I do however have a psychology essay to hand in at the beginning of January so I won’t have that much time off,  but it is okay the most important thing is to be able to have some time off with the people I love the most.

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I do however keep my training going, the picture above is taken straight after (well once I got home) todays rowing session and this is my crazy post rowing sweat hair, haha! I have very thick hair naturally (no extensions) and when it gets sweaty it tends to simply explode in volume and I look rather funny! But honestly, I really don’t mind one bit, I love my training and sweating goes hand in hand no matter what temperature it is outside. Rowing is perhaps my absolute favorite thing to do (after horseback riding, which I sadly don’t do at the moment) when it comes to training. There is something in the repetitive movements that just gets me going, I don’t think I can fully explain why I love it so much, I just do. Do you row as well? Outdoors? Or indoors at the gym? Do you love it? Anyway, in case I do not get to post anything before Christmas eve I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas! x

Studentfood | Blueberry snack!

So in love with these beautiful blueberries, the color, the texture the taste – fabulous! Couldn’t even resist to take a few pictures that is how beautiful they are to me. Beautiful on the outside, beautiful on the inside and will work wonders in my body too. In Sweden (my home country) we have a different kind of blueberries (vaccinium myrtillus, or the more common name European bilberries/blueberries or blåbär in Swedish), it is actually a shrub with edible blue coloured fruit.

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There are a few differences between the ‘european bilberries’ that I used to gather in abundance in the forest back home, and the ‘american blueberries’ (photos above and below) one being the size where the american ones are bigger than the european ones. Another difference is the color of the flesh, the ‘european bilberries’ have a dark red flesh and red juice that turns into a beautiful blue color (back in the days it was used to color clothes etc) whereas the ‘american blueberries’ have white or translucent flesh. It is proven that the ‘european blueberries’ contain a higher amount of antioxidants as it is related to the blueish colour of the fruit and its flesh. But the difference that is most heartwarming to me, being from Sweden and a true nature lover at that, is that the ‘european bilberries’ grow fabulously wild in the forest, free – absolutely natural and up for grabs. Whereas the american blueberries found in our European shops are normally farmed, which certainly does not have to mean that they are of less significance or value. My enjoyment of today’s lovelies is evidence of just that!

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So, while I am quite happily typing away on my psychology essay I am also enjoying yummy blueberries – perfect little snack for student life. Additionally, I am listening to Queen B(eyoncé) singing ‘running, running I aint running from myself no more, together we will win it all, running, running, running I am ready to face it all, if I lose myself, I lose it all..’ and it is keeping me going nicely. If you have not heard this beautiful song I highly recommend it! I simply cannot wait for the weekend to begin, still nurturing a small hope of having finished the essay and being able to enjoy the fabulous weather with my lovely boy. Fingers crossed!

Typing away | psychology essay.

Yet another day that I will spend in front of my computer typing away on my essay. Deadline for the essay and affiliated assignments is next Tuesday so I am certainly a busy bee trying to finish it as soon as possible. You should see my desk at the moment, it is covered in various papers (manuscripts), psychology literature and notebooks. Not a pretty sight, but it is one of a students life and as such I sort of like it – because somehow in this mess I will find all my answers and it is always a brilliant process despite being somewhat frenetic. My current module course is quite full on and the next part starts on Saturday already with new collaborations and plenty of reading so the idea is to finish off the essay before the weekend – eep!

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I did however fuel my body this morning with some lovely avocado (my body thanks me!) and a few pieces of honey-melon, I simply cannot resist that yellow beauty. I actually never used to like melon much when I was younger, but have since become rather obsessed. Personally I also feel like it adds a bit of holiday feel to my mornings, faking a relaxed and non-stressful “hotel breakfast” start of the day. Perfect at this point when I am going somewhat crazy with millions of psychological theories, methods and terms swirling around inside my head. Breathe!  ….and improve time management for next essay.

Finding time, student life vs training.

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Get this, the weather is absolutely stunning (look above), additionally – in my hallway there is a brand new pair of Asics (walking/hiking) tempting me with some serious sweet-talking. My body is longing for some movement, but my mind is digging its heels in requiring some mature choices and my heart, well my heart is lost in dreams of crispy, lovely November air and the sun, THE SUN, caressing my face. Ahh! Even so, and sadly due to poor time-management the past week, I am stuck indoors writing up an essay for my psychology degree. I truly love studying psychology and it is hands down the perfect match for me, but being a student requires a lot of time and sometimes I simply prefer spending that time at the gym or out on a hike. I desperately need to find that perfect balance since I have to excel in both areas. Any advice or motivation is greatly appreciated!