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Getting back to the routine…

I’ve definitely been MIA on social media lately, and unfortunately also from the gym! For the past month I’ve had weeks with 0-2 workouts because of traveling, family visiting, and catching 2 colds. 🙁 And it hasn’t done any good for my diet either. When I don’t work out I’m more likely to cheat with my eating. I haven’t been terrible, but definitely treated myself way too much. I guess it happens when it gets colder and darker outside. You easily end up on the couch instead of going to work out. But now it’s time for me to get back to the gym!

I’m motivating myself now to get back to the routine, because with Christmas coming up I know I’m going to want to enjoy all the delicious foods and treats. To feel good about myself I need to find my routine again, it just makes me feel so much better. I’m still recovering from a cold so I will give myself today as the last recovery day. I don’t wanna risk getting ill again. Tomorrow I’m going back to the gym, and I’m gonna come up with a really fun leg day for extra motivated.

When it comes to eating I’m also gonna go back to 1 cheat day a week, and eating clean the rest of the days.I’ll do a post specifying my diet since I know a lot of people are not sure how to eat. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s very individual. You’ve got to figure out what works better for you and your body.

Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about working out or healthy eating. I’m not a PT or a dietitian, but I’m well informed and happy to help! 🙂

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12 tips to find time to work out http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/10/06/12-tips-to-find-time-to-work-out/ http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/10/06/12-tips-to-find-time-to-work-out/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:33:13 +0000 http://www.livingislizzie.com/?p=748   With a full time job it’s so hard to find the time to update my blog and instagram as much as I would like, but at the end of the day you always have time for what... Read More

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With a full time job it’s so hard to find the time to update my blog and instagram as much as I would like, but at the end of the day you always have time for what you choose to prioritize and I do want to prioritize my social media accounts! It’s about taking the time out of your day, planning and organizing – two things I love to do! Instead of spending 1h reading blogs and looking at fitness vlogs on YouTube, I can use that time to create fun blog posts. If I add a little bit of time to my workouts I can get some pictures out of it, and same with my cooking.

There are always things you can do to make time, it comes down to prioritizing and planning. It was definitely much easier to run a blog when I was writing my thesis and working from home, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible now! I’m gonna set some goals and focus, isn’t that what the autumn is for?

The same structure can easily be applied to working out. A lot of people say they don’t have time to work out, but I think in most cases time is not the problem.

Here are 12 tips to find time to work out:

  1. Sign up to a gym either close to your house or close to your work/university
  2. Wake up earlier in the morning to work out before work/university
  3. Cut down on your TV-shows or Internet surfing
  4. Work out in your lunch hour
  5. Work out at home
  6. Remember that a 30 minute workout is better than NO workout
  7. Always work out on the weekends / your days off
  8. Find a gym buddy and plan workouts together
  9. Always work out on Mondays
  10. Find a type of workout that you enjoy and that will bring you to your goals
  11. Follow instagram accounts / blogs / vlogs of people who inspire you to work out
  12. Set goals for yourself, whether it’s loosing weight, being able to run 5km without stopping, building a booty, increasing your strength, or something else.

I’ll try to apply these tips to my own goal of updating my social media more, and I’m sure you can apply them to other things  as well. Remember that everything you do should in the long run lead to something that makes you happy. Sometimes it’s pushing yourself in the gym even though it’s raining out and you’d much rather stay home on your couch. Another time it’s working 12 hours in a row and missing out on TV-shows or dinners with friends, in order to get where you wanna be in your career.

Goals, prioritizing, planning, and balance. And focus on being happy! 🙂

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Hi guys! 

It seems like I took a break from the blog during summer, just couldn’t find the time or the energy to blog! I have  been updating my Instagram though, so I hope you haven’t missed me too much 😉

I got super inspired to blog today though, so I’m finally back and will do my very best to update the blog much more often! If there is anything in particular you would like me to write about, please let me know!

I’ve never been a big fan of oats, and always been jealous of everyone who eat that for breakfast since it’s so healthy and nutritious. But, I’ve done some research on how you can change things up from the classic version (in Sweden that means rolled oats with water in the microwave, and then adding milk and berries/jam/cinnamon), and thought I’d share it with you.

Breakfast oats

Microwave oats:
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 dl oats
  • 1 dl coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Microwave on full effect for 1-1,5 minutes, then take out and stir, and put back for another 1-1,5 minutes.

Until here, it’s pretty basic! But the key lies, as always, in the topping! For me what’s been off putting with oats is the blend texture, and the blend taste. I need different textures and flavors to not get sick of it after a few spoons.

When your done with the microwave add: 

  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used salted caramel, I think vanilla or chocolate would be yummy too)
  • Toppings of your choice:
    • Fresh berries and fruits (if you have frozen berries, add them in when your stirring the oats at “halftime”)
    • Nuts, coconut flakes, puffed quinoa, seeds (chia, sunflower, pumpkin etc.)
    • Nut butter
    • Dried fruits and berries
    • Quark, cottage cheese, or greek yogurt (I personally didn’t try this, but found this in another recipe)

I chose fresh blueberries, raspberries, grated coconut, pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa, and crunchy peanut butter. Yummy!

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Hi guys! 

I thought I’d share a leg workout and cardio session with you. I did it last week, but for once I’ve got some pictures from the gym 😀 It’s so hard to take pictures there now, and it sucks because I wanna share my workouts with you, and what better way than pictures? First of all I’m going when it’s super crowded since I’m working normal office hours now. Second, loooots of people are going to the gym at this time since many realized summer is here and they wanna feel and look their best!

Is it just me, or is it harder to find the motivation to gym in summer? It’s so hot out lately that everything makes me absolutely exhausted! I’m allowing myself 2 days off the gym during the weekdays so I only have 3 days when I have to drag myself to the gym after I get home from work. Phew! Weekends are sacred, haha I LOVE my weekend workouts. I have lots of time and energy, and a bit more space.

Also there are always other things you wanna do in summer. The long days with daylight until late. Lots of fun plans during the evenings and weekends that might seem more appealing than sweating in the gym. I try to “force” myself to go anyway, I feel so much better after. I also know I need to stick to my routines as much as possible, that’s when I feel the best.

Shuffle on treadmill variation

Leg workout and cardio:
  • Hack squats: 3 x 12
  • Leg extensions: 4 x 16
  • Seated leg press (both legs, single leg, single leg): 3 x 10
  • Glute kickback machine: 4 x 15
  • Lower back extensions machine, focus on glutes and hammies: 2 x 20

When it comes to the cardio, all treadmills were taken of course. But we found a new machine that was way better! My friend named it “the death trap” lol. We did shuffles, intervals, and low “sledge pushes”, and it was SO hard! Loved trying something new, and it felt even worse than normal intervals on a treadmill haha.

Hope you’re having a great week, tomorrow it’s FRIDAY! 🙂

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Stay healthy when traveling http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/23/stay-healthy-traveling/ http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/23/stay-healthy-traveling/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:35:02 +0000 http://www.livingislizzie.com/?p=733   I’ve written about this before, but I think it’s worth mentioning again since summer is here and some of us will be traveling. How do you avoid losing track of your eating and workout routine when you’re traveling?... Read More

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I’ve written about this before, but I think it’s worth mentioning again since summer is here and some of us will be traveling. How do you avoid losing track of your eating and workout routine when you’re traveling? Basically what to do  to stay healthy when traveling. As it happens, I’m traveling to Sweden today to celebrate Swedish  Midsommar (Yay!) and I thought I’d share how I think about how to stay healthy when traveling.

First of all, if you’re going on vacation you should definitely let yourself enjoy it to the fullest! It’s only a short time if you look at a whole year, and since you’re already being so good for the rest of the year (I’m sure you are! Don’t be too hard on yourself) I say you should indulge a little when you’re on holiday.
However, you still wanna treat your body and soul right. The sunshine, the new cultural experiences, the trying of new exciting foods, and meeting new people are already giving you so much on your holiday, but there are more things your body might “crave”.

For example I wouldn’t eat food with no nutrition, or drink alcohol every day (ok, maybe if it was a bachelorette trip haha), but I’m going to have pasta, ice cream, cocktails etc. whenever I feel like it. I would still want to be active, maybe there’s a gym at the hotel? Or you can do everything by foot? I love traveling and for me to go to the gym for 45 minutes a few times during my stay somewhere would just be fun! It becomes a bit obsessive (in my opinion) if you for example skip exploring the culture because you have to go run or go to the gym. You want to stay healthy when traveling, but also remember the reason for your holiday, and that you don’t wanna miss out on fun activities that you would love to experience!

As with everything health and fitness related it’s all about listening to your body, enjoying yourself, and not mistreating your body! Eat what you feel like eating, it’s only a week or a weekend so don’t be too strict with yourself. Most likely you are going to want to eat nutritious foods because you’re used to it and your body will let you know that’s what it needs, but do indulge in that yummy lasagna, or those fried calamaris!

Enjoy your vacations this summer guys, and feel free to write me if you have any questions or need any advice on what to do or how to stay healthy when traveling! 🙂

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My awesome leg and shoulder workout http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/16/awesome-shoulder-workout/ http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/16/awesome-shoulder-workout/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:24:06 +0000 http://www.livingislizzie.com/?p=729   I finally went back to the gym yesterday, and of course I did a leg day! Felt soooo good to be back, and I had a great session! Today I did a shoulder workout and finished off... Read More

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I finally went back to the gym yesterday, and of course I did a leg day! Felt soooo good to be back, and I had a great session! Today I did a shoulder workout and finished off with abs, I got such a great pump in my shoulder muscles. I feel so excited about being back in the gym, and am already planning what I’ll do tomorrow, and this weekend 😀 Anyway, I thought I’d share both my leg and shoulder workout with you guys, maybe there’s someone out there who’d need some inspo? These were both “new” routines for me, sometimes you get stuck doing the same exercises, but these workouts are a bit changed up. Especially the one for shoulders 🙂

Leg and shoulder workout:

LEG WORKOUT 

Warm-up, Leg press: 2 x 20

  • Squats in the smith machine: 4 x 10
  • Kneeling squats in the smith machine: 3 x 10
  • Leg curl machine (hamstrings): 4 x 12
  • Straight leg deadlifts with dumbbells: 4 x 12
  • Cybex squat press (the leg press machine where you push more upwards): 4 x 10

After this my legs were barely keeping my up straight!

SHOULDER WORKOUT

Warm-up, upright rows – shoulder press – front raises with dumbbells 2 x 10 on each with no rest in between the each exercise.

  • Shoulder press: 4 x 10
  • Shoulder circuit; front raise – Y raise – T raise: 4 x 10 on each
  • Shoulder press machine: 4 x 8, with drop sets x 10
  • Face-pulls with cable: 4 x 20-15-12-8 (increasing weights)
  • Upright row with cable: 4 x 10-12, plus a drop set of x16

I finished off with 4 sets of 3 abs exercises, and now after having had dinner I’m dead. I’m sure I’m gonna be super sore in my shoulders tomorrow, my hamstrings are killing me from yesterday. Love it!

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This morning I was out of acai powder, and couldn’t make my usual (been eating it for the last couple of days) yummy acai bowl. Many times it’s when I realize I’m missing an ingredient that I also come up with a new recipe or dish, and that’s exactly what happened this morning with this protein bowl. Nothing extremely innovative, but basically a mix of my acai bowl and my protein smoothie. Sooo delicious, and super healthy as well!

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 As promised, here is the recipe for this mornings protein bowl:
  • A splash of coconut milk (around 0,5-1 dl)
  • 1 scoop strawberry stevia protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • Oats (I didn’t measure, but maybe 0,5 dl)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (finally find a way to get those slimey bastards down! haha)
  • 4 fresh strawberries

Mix well in a blender, and serve with your favorite topping. I chose 1/3 banana (what was left from a snack yesterday 😛 ), fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, grated coconut, and a spoon of peanut butter. YUMMY!! Definitely recommend this for breakfast guys, so delicious and full of nutritious things! 🙂

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Working out when you’re sick http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/13/working-youre-sick/ http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/06/13/working-youre-sick/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:14:06 +0000 http://www.livingislizzie.com/?p=714   Happy Monday everyone! I’ve spent the weekend super sick. Somehow I managed to get a flu, with fever and everything 🙁 Not how I planned my weekend to go. I’ve been in bed or on the couch... Read More

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Happy Monday everyone!

I’ve spent the weekend super sick. Somehow I managed to get a flu, with fever and everything 🙁 Not how I planned my weekend to go. I’ve been in bed or on the couch the whole time, and today I even had to stay home from work. I’m really not feeling good at all, and I have no energy for anything. Just doing laundry made me feel dizzy and completely exhausted. I’m really feeling sorry for myself as you can see!

I’m missing the gym so much, it sounds silly but I realllly wish I could go work out! Since I started my new job I haven’t been able to get any amazingly long workouts in during the week days so the weekends became my favorite gym days. So having a weekend with basically no activity what so ever (my fitbit is probably laughing at me) feels no bueno. I’m still adjusting to having a new job, and I’ve had a lot of people visiting here since I started, so I was really excited now to really find a new routine for when I go to the gym. Ugh. Anyway, I’m hoping to feel better tomorrow and that I can get back to the gym soooon!

When it comes to working out when you’re sick I really make sure to listen to my body to not make things worse. A lot of people will still go to the gym even if their bodies are craving rest. Of course it depends on how you’re sick; for example if your throat is hurting or you have a fever, you shouldn’t work out at all. So since I’ve had both those symptoms, and been super dizzy and with a heavy head, I haven’t been able to go. But as soon as that goes away, and I’m just congested, I’ll be back at the gym but starting light. You know when you’ve had a flu or a bad cold, and you feel like you’re back to normal but you still sound sick and sniffly? At that point I consider my body ready to go back and work out. It really makes no sense to force a sick body to exercise because you’ll get no results from the workout, and worst case you’ll even make more damage to your body, meaning you’ll end up having to stay away from the gym even longer!

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And what do I do with the cravings that come when you’re sick and feeling sorry for yourself?
I really try to eat healthy also when I’m sick, because in a way that’s when you need nutritious food the most! I’ve had big healthy breakfasts, light lunches, healthy snacks, and dinners. Basically I’ve been eating the same as I normally do, but lotssssss of fruits for snacks. There’s been a little bit of Häagen Dazs going on (oops!), but overall I’ve been good! 🙂

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I hope you’re having a better start to the week than I am!
Hit me with your workout for today so I have something to look forward to doing when I’m better! 

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Happy Sunday!

Yesterday I did such a great leg day, I can really feel my glutes and hamstrings suffering today, haha but what a lovely feeling! I’ve signed up in a second gym that is even closer to my house, so like this I can manage to get workouts in even when I really have no time. I don’t love it as much as my normal for leg days, so I had to look for some new inspiration for what exercises to do. I of course found some from one of my favorite fitness bloggers, and I basically copied one of her workouts for legs 🙂

Here is the workout from my great leg day!
  • Front squats with barbell, not super heavy and with focus on technique and doing them deeeeeep: 4 x 12
  • Lunges with dumbbells: 3 x 10 each leg
  • Step-ups on a bench with dumbbells: 3 x 10 each leg
  • American deadlifts (squeeze the glutes on top!) with dumbbells: 3 x 10
  • Sumo squats with dumbbell: 3 x 10-12
  • Back extension with focus on the glutes: 2 x 16
  • Glute kickbacks with elastic band: 2 x 12 each leg

I’m now gonna go get ready for a lunch in the sun with some of my favorite people 🙂 Best way to spend a Sunday!

I hope you also have a great day! 

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How to find time to work out http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/05/31/get-time-workouts/ http://www.livingislizzie.com/2016/05/31/get-time-workouts/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 16:56:27 +0000 http://www.livingislizzie.com/?p=709   I get a lot of questions regarding how to find time to work out. A lot of people find it very hard to get time over for the gym after work, university, studying, groceries, house work, and... Read More

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I get a lot of questions regarding how to find time to work out. A lot of people find it very hard to get time over for the gym after work, university, studying, groceries, house work, and spending time with family and friends. And on top of all the things you have to/want to do in a day, you also need to have time for coming up with healthy meals, cooking, eating, and getting the right amount of sleep. HOW is this even possible to manage? I thought I’d share some tips on how to find time to work out. It doesn’t have to be so complicated, and it doesn’t have to mean you never see your friends, or never sleep haha.

Tips on How to find time to work out:
  • MAKE time. You might have to sacrifice watching TV, getting stuck in front of Facebook or Instagram for hours. I’ve had to cut down on my time spent on tv shows, Instagram etc. to free up more time.
  • Every minute counts! It might be hard to get in 1-2h a day at the gym, but even if you’re only there for 30-45 minutes it still counts! Save the longer workouts for the weekend or your days off.
  • Wake up earlier. A lot of people get their workouts done before going to work/uni. This way you still have the afternoon/evening free for everything else, although you might need to go to bed a bit earlier.
  • Work out with your friends. You’ll get your workout done, and you’ll spend time with your friends as well – win win! It’s more fun to work out together anyway, and it makes it more motivating as well. To birds with one stone!
  • Plan your days. If you know you have a lot to do in the afternoon, then make sure to get the workout done in the morning. Weekends will be the days where you can do a massive leg day for example, or really take your time with those intervals.
  • Move working out up on your list of priorities. If you want to be committed to the gym, you’re gonna have to prioritize it.
  • Be creative! Go out and run for 20 minutes, do a HIIT circuit at home, start walking or riding a bike to work/uni, do a little abs workout before bed. There are many ways to get your workouts in without spending lots of time!

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