week 43 +44 / Strongaholics

Food

As I’m trying Lucy’s Strongaholics, I’ve been tracking my food. Apart from the mind-boggling “there is no bad food”, turns out I’m not eating enough protein. Also, how will I manage when I’m spending a week in Iceland? Time will tell.

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Plans

Tuesday (I guess today? I’m scheduling this for Tuesday to not have multiple posts in one day) I’m going to Iceland with Louise! It’s time for our yearly catch-up called Iceland Airwaves. Can’t wait.

October wrap-up

The books

Kristin Emilssons Den som väntar
Bernhard Nordhs Undan frostpiskan

Meh. I don’t even have an excuse – I spent a week reading on the beach and all. I just don’t feel like it?

The shows

The Orville
Jessica Jones (finished!)

The movies

Wine Country
Jem & the Holograms
Step Sisters
Dumplin’
Whitney Cummings: Can I touch it?
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Can we talk about how cute Dumplin’ was? And how it’s the best role I’ve seen Jennifer Aniston in? And how the fat girl got the cute guy (not the other way around)? The main character is Danielle Macdonald, who was also the lead in Patticake$, which I quite enjoyed as well. We have Disney+ for free until November, so obviously had to re-watch some Marvel stuff.

The workouts/progress

Also this was nothing spectacular, but I did go twice a week, every week (except the first when I was lying on the beach).

 

week 42 / a week in Sweden

Personal

This is the view from my brother’s kitchen window. I am envious and happy for him at the same time:

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Workout/progress

As I spent the week at my brother’s, I asked if Lisa was up for working out together, and she was! She does so many exercises and repetitions guys 😛 It was fun though, and the thing that made me feel that I was (am? I’m still in Sweden while typing this) back in Sweden was the fact that you have to take your shoes off when entering the building:

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It’s like kindergarten all over again 😛

week 41 / my latest luxury problem

Food

Finnish brand Gold & Green is available in Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn now. So I immediately purchased pulled oats (b/c curious to try + support veggie alternatives). It was pretty good!

Music

As I’m old and don’t listen to the radio, I was COMPLETELY unaware of Billie Eilish until someone I followed on instagram asked something about her fashion choices (the answer was “we’re too old to understand that”), but now I’ve been listening to her, and I like it!

App

Trying a new workout tracker called Strong. No, I guess this will never stop as long as I continue to go to the gym. It’s pretty! We’ll see how long I like it – to be continued.

Workout/progress

Here’s my latest luxury problem: I am now a member of no less than 2 gyms. Yes. I know. It’s ridiculous, and wasn’t I happy with my new gym?
Yes, yes I am. AND YET. Fall/winter here in the nether lands (not sic, I did that on purpose) means rain, rain and a bit more rain. And none of that silly rain that falls straight down, against which you can use an umbrella. It’s also always windy. Even with my fancy new yellow rain poncho for biking, you get soaked (on the legs). And approximately 3 minutes walking from my house there’s a gym. One of those cheap chain-gyms that I usually avoid. Now I joined that one too. Total monthly gym expense is now 59 Euro (which is still cheaper than when I went to a fancy gym), and I figure it will increase the chances that I go during the rainy part of the year. Visited for the first time on Monday, and found my favorite corner with pretty Technogym Pure Strength machines:

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Excessive? You bet.

September summary

The books

Bernhard Nordhs Fjällfolk
Jenny Colgan’s The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (Scottish Bookshop #1)
Kristin Emilssons In i minsta detalj
Johanna Mos Jag var tvungen att gå

The shows

Jessica Jones
The Orville (season 2)
Merlin
Disenchantment (season 2)

Wow, the Orville! While the first season was fine, this second one was really good.

The movies

Mute
13th Amendment
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Mute was meh (yes, OK, I watched it because Paul Rudd is in it and he’s adorkable). 13th Amendment was an eye-opening documentary. The great takeaway – Katherine Ryan! Man, she’s now in my top list of stand-ups. Watch her!

The workouts/progress

Well, the squats make me hate Stronglifts. I guess I will try something new?

week 38 / “glitter room” & gym progress

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

I watched Katherine Ryan’s “Glitter Room” special on Netflix and laughed out loud several times. That’s no small feat, I usually only laugh on the inside. Watch it!

Also watched Amy Schumer’s Netflix special and it was.. ok. I enjoyed the above one far more. (Look, I find Amy the funniest when she gets critical, rather than the Moran-style “don’t be scared of me” feminist approach, and she did that for a total of like 2-3 minutes. The rest was quite “meh”.)

Workout/progress

Yeah! I went to the gym! More than once! Also had to wait to use equipment (for the first time in the new gym). Apparently Wednesdays are chest days? I’m now dislike squats (only cause it’s getting heavy for me? Maybe), but quite like benching. I’m sure that’ll change soon enough though.

Also wore leggings to the gym for the first time ever (no, let me stress – I wore leggings in public for the first time ever. turns out it’s very uneventful).

week 37 /

Music

Listened to Mats Strandberg’s “Sommar” talk and was reminded of this excellent EP:

App

OK, so Stronglifts. I still like it (clean, nice looking design). But why does he want you to do squats EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT? My legs still hurt from the last one, then I have to do it again, just heavier? 😦 (and then bike home? ffs.)

Purchase

I have officially bought workout leggings. Now I just have to gather up the courage to wear them to the gym. (Thanks Fabletics for having plus sizes that not only look good on pictures, but also while wearing!)