Weight gain

I have to say that I am really happy for have gaining weight since I came to Tenerife last Friday. When I arrived the scale was on 47.2 kilos in the morning. Today the scale is on….48.6 in the evening. I know it can also depend on the time but anyway I am so happy at least I have gained one kilo!

I have been so frustrated lately trying to gain weight but now I have stopped worrying about it and I think that has also helped a little. However, what I have started doing (with lots of effort) is to eat as many snacks as possible during the day. I go for the 80% healthy and 20% indulgent (as Miranda Kerr suggests). And it actually works better for me 🙂 I love eating healthy and I love all kinds of fruits and veggies, but, as I don’t have very easy gaining weight I cannot just live on healthy stuff so if I feel like a magnum icecream I eat that, or if I feel like chocolate croissant or two, I just eat it without thinking for the moment what I put in to my body whilst before I would probably not eat this much in a day as I have been doing here. I have been very strict to eat something every second or third hour and sometimes I had to force myself even if I’m not hungry at all as I really need to make a effort now to see any results. Another thing is to eat bigger portions, it really makes a difference I guess 🙂

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Sunday

Good morning! Just came home from a powerwalk with the most beautiful view and fresh sea air. Yesterday I woke up early determined to go walking so I just put my sneakers on and went straight (ate a banana for energy as I need to eat directly when I wake up) and had my “Despacito” song and powerwalked for about 30 minutes, walked down to the beach and ended the walk with squats and stretching. It felt so good so I decided I wanna start my days like that! So this morning I powerwalked 1 hour to the other side where the mountains are and it’s just so beautiful and relaxing to start the day! It was very hot both yesterday and this morning, about 32 degrees, but at the same time it feels good to sweat like it’s a detox of the body 😊

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Summer days

The summer is flying away and it’s soon going to be August! I feel like I didn’t blog in a long time so I will probably start posting a lot soon 🙂 We had a nice summer day with some friends outside Barcelona last Saturday having dinner and then enjoying their pool a little. (It’s definitely on our future-house-to-be-dream-list to have a pool and a little garden :))

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We spent the Sunday afternoon at the beach in Barcelona which was nice but the weather was actually very strange, windy and cloudy, not at all the typical Barcelona weather and as soon as we started to walk home it started to rain, but it was lovely with some drops cuz it was so hot! Lately it’s very humid in BCN and those days it’s even too hot to stay at the beach so I didn’t mind some wind 🙂

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Sunday evening we went to have dinner out and ended up in a nice hamburger restaurant by the harbour (and also had one of the most delicious patatas bravas I ever tried). It started to rain like crazy so we were happy we found this place just at the right time 🙂

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Bananafarm

It’s so nice to spend a few days on the banana farm after being on the beach for 9 days 🙂 The weather is not the same though, it is definitely “colder” than in the south of Tenerife but I actually enjoy that for now because when we go back to Barcelona next week it’s going to be HOT! The feeling of being surrounded by this beautiful nature is amazing and I do believe it “re-charges” your batteries as nature is so disonnecting. Nature is so important for me as I grew up on the country side in Sweden and we don’t have so much “green” in Barcelona so I really enjoy walking around on the bananafarm whilst we are here and there is always new fruits and flowers to discover. Yesterday we made a barbecue in the evening and had a big family dinner (as now we are so many). The food was so tasty and sitting outside in the garden is just the best feeling when having dinner 🙂

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Arroz a la Cubana

I was just looking back at some photos from our past times in Tenerife and came across this dish that I tried for the first time there: Arroz La Cubana. His mum cooked it with “handmade” fries (nothing frozen, just natural potatoes), fried banana, fried egg (from the farm) and cooked rice. It was really delicious and I actually liked the combinations of rice and fries even for some people it may sound a bit strange.. and fried banana is always very yummy 🙂

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Summer

It’s almost time to get ready for the summer and as always in Barcelona it gets extremely hot during the summer months, so I have a few simple tips on how to stay hydrated that I wanted to share…

My favourite summer treats;

Frozen yoghurt with strawberries and kiwi;  it’s not the most healthy but it is probably a little bit healthier then icecream + you can choose to have it with fresh fruits that also hydrates the body for example kiwi that contains a lot of water and vitamin C (supergood for the skin as well).

Pinapple and watermelon; it’s super hydrating and it’s good to have it prepared in portions in a tupperware in the fridge (ready to go) so you can bring it to work or to the beach.

Banana icecream; cut a banana or two in pieces and leave it in a tupperware in the freezer, and when it’s frozen or “half frozen” take it out and put it in a mixer or blender and you can make your own healthy banana icecream.

Ice cafe latte; just pour a few icecubes in your afternoon coffee, (or if you do have a shaker even better) and this way it’s more refreshing to get your daily caffeine. The ideal is to mix the ice with the coffee in a blender to get it smooth, but if you don’t have the time icecubes works just fine.

Grapes; put green or blue grapes in a plastic box in the freezer and have as afternoon snack for those days when it’s just too hot outside. I promise it will be your favourite summer snack, cold and sweet 🙂

Coconut water; they do sell it in more shops now than before so it’s easy to find (even in a regular supermarket, and even in Lidl!), it contains a lot of potassium as well so it is the perfect summer drink to get extra hydrated and recovered if you maybe do some sports or just have been too long in the sun.

Favourite routine of staying fresh;

Drinking plenty of water every day (keep a bottle with you so you are aware how much water you drink every day)! I usually try to drink my 8 glasses of water but in the summer I tend to drink more iceteas and juices or other cold drinks but water is definitely more hydrating then any other sugary drinks. You can also put some slices of lemon or cucumber to get a nice taste of the water.

Washing your face with icecold water in the morning and ending the shower with one minute of cold water, (especially good for the hair to get shiny). (I only do this is in the summer though).

Having baby wipes in your bag as they are actually useful for everything and they also have a better smell than regular wipes , (I use them for my face, neck and hands when I feel sticky or just sweaty.)

C-vitamin spray for the face; (I love the Vitamin C spray from Body Shop), the best is to keep it cold before you put it in your bag so when you are at the metro or at the beach you can spray it in your face and get that fresh feeling! I feel that it also gives some kind of glow to the face 🙂

Victoria secret body spray; I love the coconut one I have as it gives me summerfeelings (I use it all year around). The body spray is a bit “lighter” than perfume and easy to take with you in your bag.

Bringing a parasol to the beach (is necessary at least for me). I love being on the beach but there always comes a moment when I think the sun is too strong and it’s just too hot, and if you don’t wanna go home it’s better to bring a parasol with you so you can stay all day at the beach but without getting too much sun:)

Use a abanico; I do feel like a typical older Spanish lady using this kind of fan, but I have to say that they really work and I think they look kind of cute, so this year I will definitely buy one in a nice summer colour.

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Tuesday

This morning we had such a beautiful sunrise whilst I made my morning coffee, it looked like a little heart between the buildings;

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So yesterday I finally started the gym and it was such a easy thing to do! Sometimes I think that the more I overthink about one thing, the more energy it takes then actually doing what I should do 🙂 I have to say that even though I am not in the best shape right now, I actually don’t feel so bad about it. I will just take it step by step, and day by day I will feel stronger, healthier and have more energy. Today was my second day I went with my boyfriend and I felt very motivated and full of energy!

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After the gym and supermarket I made a fast kale salad with salmon, honeydressing, sunflowerseeds and goatcheese, and had some pistachios on the side, super yummie!

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