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BBG-Bikini Body Guide, Fitness, Health, Inspiration, Pregnancies, Weight-watchers

I promised myself that 2017 was gonna be the year where "I do me". I turn 30 in January and when I do turn 30 I'm gonna be in the best shape ever. The background to this is that I've been considered overweight (according to BMI ) for too many years. I gained some weight when I fell in love (+12kgs 26,4lbs), a lot of weight when I became pregnant with my now 5 year old daughter (+24kgs 52,9lbs) and didn't loose all the weight (-11kgs 24,2lbs) before I got pregnant with my now 2,5 year old son (+22kgs 48,5lbs).

After I had my son in 2014 I joined Weight-Watchers and lost all of the weight from both pregnancies. In august 2015 we went on a vacation to Greece and after that vacation I couldn't find the motivation to keep it up. But I still wanted to loose the "love-kgs". So that's what I'm doing now.

Since January this year I've been eating better, counting calories (and keeping track of my macros) and working out, mostly resistance. The scale hasn't moved but I can feel a difference. My clothes fit much better, which is definitely a win. But this isn't enough for me. I want to slim down. For January-March I've been doing BBG at home and eating around 1800cal/day. And since that isn't cutting it, I've switched it up.

This is what I'm doing now, since last week:

- I eat around 1200-1300 calories a day, which comes from healthy foods so that I don't walk around being hungry. During the weekends I expect that there'll probably be a day with a calorie intake of around 1800 calories.
- I do intermittent fasting 16:8. Which means that I fast 16h and have a "eating-window" of 8h. In my case I eat breakfast at 10 a.m., lunch at around 1 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. If I'm hungry in between I'll have a fruit or drink some water.
- I drink at least 2L (67oz) of water or sugarfree juice/soft drink (can't find the english word for what I'm looking for) per day.
- I focus on cardio and try to do either HIIT (15min) or a powerwalk (60min) on my treadmill at home six days per week. I also try to go to the gym two times per week. Last week I did, but this week it'll only be one time.
- I'm a working mom so even though I don't plan resting days, I expect that there will always be one per week.

The result from my first week doing this is in, and even though we had a birthday weekend with both icecream and cake I ended up losing -1,2kg (2,6lbs).

To help me keep track of everything I use the apps Lifesum and Viktkoll. Instagram is also a really good forum for inspiration.


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Everyday life, Fitness, Inspiration, Music

I consider myself a lover of all music. When I was little Spice Girls were my heroes and I played their cds so much that they almost broke. My stepfather played Enya and Mark Knopfler at home and in my teens I listened to Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. Then I got into hiphop and r&b. When I was 20 I listened mostly to hardstyle.

Today I listen to a lot of EDM since that's what makes me perform better when I workout. For workouts where I need more contact I go for music with a slower tempo, but still upbeat. But the music that I really LOVE now, that I can listen to over and over without getting tired of is Hurts.

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BBG-Bikini Body Guide, Fitness, Health, Inspiration

While searching for inspiration I found an article that included a 30min treadmill workout from Barry's Bootcamp (Sandra Bullock and Khloé Kardashians trainer). I printed it out as a pdf-file and although it's very detailed which means it could be too much to keep track off during an actual workout, I'm gonna give it a try today.

Maybe this could help in my quest of running a 5k under 30min June 1st.

While searching I also found an article that described something much easier. Put your favourite music on, do a proper warm-up, set the timer on 30min and then jog during one song, walk fast during one song and so on. Do that 2-3 times the first week and then next week walk during one song but jog during two songs. And then keep on making the workout harder and harder.

If you try it, let me know how it went!


Old photo from a 5k race 2015:

Photographer: Fredrik Petersson

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Everyday life, Fitness, Health

I think it's safe to say that almost everybody have heard about the 5:2 diet ? A lot of people have also heard about the 16:8 diet. When 5:2 was new around 2012 I tried it. But it wasn't for me. I love food and don't want to be without it. Since then I haven't given intermittent fasting anymore thought. But then I strumbled across it the other day and realised something...

When I was living in England for the summer when I was 17 I tried a diet that I had heard of before I left Sweden. I lost weight but it was really difficult. And then I gained it all again when I started eating like normal. When I now read about intermittent fasting again I realised that what I was doing in 2005 was The warrior diet! One of the trending ways of eating right now.

And I also discovered that there's another way of intermittent fasting nowadays, the 14:10 diet. I don't like calling it diet because it's a way of life but... My discovery there was that I'm already doing it! I eat breakfast at work at 9:00a.m. and I have dinner with my children at 6:00p.m. at the latest. So it's something that I do but don't have to work for. Win!


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Health, Inspiration, Everyday life

I en artikel i Corren igår stod det om hälsofördelarna med att stå när man arbetar. Vi svenskar är visst de mest stillasittande i hela världen. Vill man inte dö för tidigt av "sitt-sjukan" som den kallas bör man stå minst fyra av de åtta timmarna man arbetar.

"När vi sitter statiskt förbrukas 5 kalorier i timmen. När vi står stiger förbränningen till 15 kalorier."

Jag har ett stillasittande arbete men har sedan några månader tillbaka ett höj- och sänkbart skrivbord och sedan jag började stå har jag även införskaffat en ståmatta av bra kvalité. Visst är det jobbigare att stå om dagarna, men det är ju meningen. Hellre det än stelheten man annars upplever genom att ha suttit ner hela arbetsdagen. Jag är inte heller främmande för att förbränna lite fler kalorier varje dag.

Nästa steg för min arbetsplats är att sätta upp kabelsamlaren under skrivbordet som jag köpte förra veckan.

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Inspiration, Everyday life

Under hösten/vintern har jag gått på något som kallas Företagarskolan här i Linköping. Det är ett samarbete mellan Linköpings kommun, ALMI, Mjärdevi Science Park, Nulink, Nyföretagarcentrum m.fl. Företagarskolan vänder sig till både etablerade och nya företag som vill hitta nya möjligheter att utvecklas.

En kväll i veckan har vi setts och under dessa veckor har vi fått lära oss om allt mellan sociala medier och marknadsföring till skatter och bokföring. För min egen del var detta jättebra. Jag fick med mig en hel del som jag direkt kunde implementera varje vecka på vår egen verksamhet. I princip varje vecka var det även någon föreläsare där. Detta gjorde varje tillfälle väldigt levande. Och för mig som har ett etablerat företag var det intressant att höra om hur andra företagare gått tillväga eftersom att jag kan rätt mycket av det grundläggande redan.

En bild från avslutningskvällen med några av tjejerna. Drivna tjejer! Någon driver en foodtruck och någon annan är wedding planner.


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BBG-Bikini Body Guide, Health, Inspiration, Fitness

De som följer mig på Instagram vet att jag har satt ett mål denna vår. Mitt mål är att jag den 1 juni ska klara av att springa Blodomloppet (5km) på under 30 minuter.

I maj 2015 sprang jag Blodomloppet på 42,40. Och det var första gången jag klarade av att springa 5km överhuvudtaget (!). Senare under sommaren i slutet på augusti sprang jag Stadsfestloppet på... 36,49!! Eufori!! En förbättring på 5,91, helt jäkla fantastiskt. Men sen hände livet...

Förra året sprang jag Blodomloppet i maj igen. Denna gång utan att ha i princip tränat på 4-5 månader. Jag kom i mål på 40,40. Och det var jag riktigt nöjd med ska tilläggas. Så jag tänker nu att om jag verkligen går in för det under de kommande 3 månaderna så borde jag fixa det?! BBG 3 gånger i veckan, HIIT 2-3 gånger i veckan, lite promenader och så bra mat som möjligt. Sen får vi se hur realistiskt det är. Jag har ju trots allt ett jobb att sköta och två barn att ta hand om. Men jag ska fasen göra mitt bästa och jag är på god väg redan.

Jag är så peppad inför det här!

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