Mamma’s gonna hook me up!

Hello beautiful ladies! Are you having a wonderful weekend so far? Today is the gay pride parade in Stockholm so I might go and check that out since today’s agenda is looking terribly empty as of right now.

But before that, a quick update –

Mom is going to the US in a couple of weeks to visit the relatives and has offered to try to bring me home some goodies if I give her a list. Happy days! So, in order not to miss anything absolutely fabulous, I’m asking for you foodie-experts advice. I’ve read about so many wonderful things on your blogs that are available in the US but, sadly, cannot be found here in La Súede. So, please give me suggestions of great foods or other things that I shoudl ask mom to stock up on. Here are a few things I have though of so far!

1. Peanut Butter Puffins

3. Peanut Butter & Co. PB

(What flavour should I get? I’m thinking White Chocolate Wonderful or Dark Chocolate Dreams)

What else? Give me suggestions!

Thanks hot mamas!

Fashion day

This morning I got up early to go to a pressday for a store here in Sweden called Gina Tricot. The store is great and I shop there often, they’re sort of like Forever21. They have inexpensive and pretty clothing and the collection changes regularly. This morning they showed us (the media/press) some of the upcoming pieces that will be sold in fall 2009.

Some of the inspiration is 80’s!

Everyone got a goodiebag, of course that included two tank tops and a pretty orange scarf.

Everyone got a goodiebag that included two tank tops and a pretty orange scarf.

Everyone also got to shop for 50% off the entire current collection in store. Now, how could I resist when the prices are so ridiculous? I got a pair of black chinos, a sheer black tank and a sheer white tee.

Everyone also got to shop for 50% off the entire current collection in store. Now, how could I resist such an offer? I got a pair of black chinos, a sheer black tank and a sheer white tee for a ridiculously lovely total price.

They also served breakfast at the event but it was so early that I wasn’t feeling hungry yet. I only briefly swooshed by the breakfast table and saw they had some kind of yoghurt, orange juice and coffee and I think there were some little nibble things too like mini-sandwhiches or something. Obviously not vegan so I figured I’d just come home and have breakfast.

10:10am Breakfast. The usual. Soy yoghurt, kiwi, ground flaxseed. Whole grain rye cracker with cucumber and alfalfa sprouts. Melon and green tea.

10:35am Breakfast. The usual. Soy yoghurt, kiwi, ground flaxseed. Whole grain rye cracker with cucumber and alfalfa sprouts. Melon and green tea.

I have been such  a lazy bum today! It was pouring rain all morning but eventually it cleared up, but that still didn’t get me off my butt and out for my walk. Not proud of that! I kept trying to talk myself into it but it just wasn’t happening. Anyway, I got hungry for lunch early today.

1:25pm Lunch. I seriously crave this wrap every single day. And can I just say, that apple was so good! Perfect combination of sweet and sour.

1:25pm Lunch. I seriously crave this wrap every single day. And can I just say, that apple was so good! Perfect combination of sweet and sour.

Did some more lazyin’-around and then got a bit hangry in the afternoon and got an idea of something fun to make.

3pm Blueberry tea. Got a little hangry in the afternoon so I made some blueberry tea and topped it with some steamed soy milk in my Starbucks cup that I bought in Prague. (We dont have Starbucks in Sweden)

3pm Tea time. I made some blueberry tea and topped it with some steamed soy milk in my Starbucks cup that I bought in Prague. (We don’t have Starbucks in Sweden)

Watched some TV, checked some blogs and generally just did nothing… bored, lonely and totally uninspired to do anything. Eventually I noticed it was dinnertime, but I wasn’t hungry so I just made a favorite snack…

6pm Snack. Never got hungry for dinner so I just had a favorite snack. A peeled apple in soy yoghurt. Yum!

6pm Snack. A peeled apple in soy yoghurt. Yum!

More boredom followed and then…

8pm Evening snack. Couldnt resist having my evening snack while watching Ugly Betty. Two carob rice crackers and honey vanilla chamomile tea.

8pm Evening snack. Couldn’t resist having my evening snack while watching Ugly Betty. Two carob rice crackers and honey vanilla chamomile tea.

Total calories: 737 kcal

Exercise today:
100 crunches
(Ugh, so not proud of my lack of exercise today)

In other news, I’m seriously considering getting these two (above). I’ve heard so much positive feedback about “The 30-Day Shred” in the blogosphere and I’m hearing a lot about Jillian Michaels’ new book now too, Master Your Metabolism. It sounds really interesting and definitely like “my kind of book”. I’m this close to snazzing it off amazon.com. What do you think – should I?


Snacks and new stuff!

Today, I stopped by a new organic store I’d heard about and wound up getting a handful of snackbars. I also went to the Adidas Concept Store and bought myself a yoga mat with a gift certificate my mom got me for Christmas. I drooled over the Stella McCartney Adidas collection, I want everything! The girl working at Adidas included their yoga DVD for me when I bought my mat. I also bought a new workout outfit and a bag for my yoga mat at another sport store. What’s all this for, you wonder? I signed up for another Bikram Yoga class! Here’s all my new stuff:

Pants, sport top, yoga mat from Adidas and bag from Casall, yoga DVD (for free from Adidas store!) and snack bars.

Snackbars. Fruits: Apricot&Oat, Mixed Berry&Oat and Pomegranate, Bluberry&Oat. Raw Organic Foodbar: Cinnamon Raisin and KIDS Keerunch Chocolate Brownie Crunch.

Breakfast today was the usual, but for the sake of a good picture I switched it up a bit and had an orange instead of a kiwi and sprinkled some of the zest from the orange on top of my fruit salad.


09:55am Breakfast. Bowl of fruit (1 orange, 1 apple, 1/2 cup strawberries and raspberries), 2 whole wheat quinoa rice crackers, 1 tbs hummus, arugula. And a cup of organic green tea.


2:55pm Lunch. I whipped up my standard bowl of oatmeal for lunch. Today I mixed in a handful of frozen raspberries and topped it with a heaping teaspoon of creamy organic peanut butter. Also had a cup of green tea.


3.20pm Snack. Although I was full after lunch I was curious to try one of my new bars and Chocolate Brownie Crunch was totally calling my name. It was super good, definitely crunchy. It’s 152 kcal, 2,7g protein and 8g of fat per bar. All organic and vegan.

I waited for my food to digest and then went out for a 40 minute run followed by crunches. Then I made dinner.


6:20pm Dinner. Another salad like the other day: big white beans, arugula, sundried tomatoes, lettuce, carrot, tomato and topped with herb salt and a dressing I made by watering down some thick organic tahini. I also had two organic japanease miso rice crackers with this, and a cup of green tea.


7pm Dessert. As usual, my cravings have been off the hook today (more about that below). I wasn’t hungry for dessert but needed something to calm my cravings. I mixed together about 1/2 cup kamut puffs, 1/2 cup rice milk and crumbled one of my bars over it (this was the Moist Organic Apricot and Oat Bar: 129 kcal, 1.98g protein, 4.9g fat). It was good, the rice milk and apricot bar made it sweet. But it didn’t really eliminate my cravings.

Total calories today: 1 088 kcal

Exercise today:
20 minutes of powerwalking in town (including running up stairs)
40 minute jog/run
130 crunches
60 side crunches (30 each side)

I have to talk a little bit about my struggles. The weekends are the hardest because that is when my body for some reason naturally goes into “binge”-mode. Yesterday and today have been such struggles, mostly because I’ve passed this big candy store in town probably about four times in the past two days. Candy is one of the things I have a tendency to binge on and I haven’t got candy at this place in a long time so it’s been in the back of my mind forever and it keeps coming up and haunting me. When I passed the candy store today I forced myself to focus on oatmeal and thinking about that I was on my way home to make a nice bowl of oats with a dollop of PB. I hate that I have these bad food thoughts going on in my mind. Part of me keeps thinking “restrict/binge”. I’m trying SO hard to just eat healthy and exercise to prevent my bad thoughts and destructive behaviour, but it’s really hard.

Question of the day: I’m reaching out to all you food and fitness bloggers with a slight problem I have: I want to tone up and get my body/skin to tighten up. Despite the crunches and toning exercises I do, I’ve been noticing that my skin just doesn’t want to tighten up. There’s this layer of “saggy skin” on top of my muscles that I want to tighten up/get rid of. How do I do that? Do I need to do more toning (crunches, dumbell lifts, lunges etc.) or is it cardio I should be doing more of? Or should I change something in the way I am eating – more protein, less fat? Please advise me!