Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My first proper hike in .... who knows how long!

Sitting on my butt for six months straight (more or less) has rewarded me with a hefty weight gain. Just what I needed, more to lose. Ah well, it is what it is. I'm hoping to find some of that determination I had way back when .. when things were easier and everything wasn't such a struggle foodwise. Baby steps! I'm getting there.

So I went hiking on a local trail, trying to navigate in my brand new neck of the woods. I must admit that it's hard. After spending 8 years in Bergen I knew the countless trails, I always knew which ones were good options no matter what weather. Out here, I am lost. So I need to pick myself up and start exploring again. You'd think it's all fun and exciting, but for some reason I've always been scared of getting lost in the woods/mountains. In the city area it was easier because all the trails were signposted so well.

Up through the forest

Close to the top, a majestic mountain in the distance

The fjord, seen from the top of the mountain
The pictures aren't my best work, but I was hiking light without my camera, so it is what it is. I'm sure I'll go hiking there again and feel like bragging about it here. ;)

Friday, 21 November 2014

November like I've never seen it before!

As I'm trying to get back into the groove, working out .. eating healthy.. November suddenly took a turn for the better! Keep in mind that I'm used to a slushy, snowy, cold and wet November, where going outside really just stinks.

Now, however - it's amazing!

The local shipyard aka what's keeping the village alive!

So sunny, so nice! The float you can see is a fish farm

Amazing November!
It hasn't been easy turning my eating habits around again. Sugar is such a delicious and vicious frienemy! We're getting there though, just one carrot at a time - right? Exercise is hard too, but I'm trying to go with the idea of every baby step being a step in the right direction! :)

Also, thank you so much for the warm welcome back - it's much appreciated!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My new life

As I am trying to get back into the swing of things ........ again..... I'm trying to kick start my blog. It's so easy to just shut it down when you stray from your plans, but here I am. Never give up, right?

Since I last wrote, life is so different. Actually, it's not recognizable! I used to live in Bergen, the most amazing city in all of Norway ... 

My life changed dramatically April 2014, when I met the man of my life. He made a massive impact from day one, and soon had me moving away from Bergen. It began by me taking the speed boat from Bergen to Sogn, where he lived.
The actual speed boat :)
He picked me up, showed me his house, the surrounding area.. and it was simply breathtaking. I'm sure you know Norwegian fjords, and the Sognefjord is stunning! Let me show you some of the views I had while traveling up here!

Beautiful, right?

Now we live together in a small white house by the fjord. I work at the local school while studying for my Master's degree. Life is good! This is the view from the school I work at. Sigh!
My workplace
Morning mood at the lake I drive past on my way to work!
Fish farming by the fjord
It's been a magical rollercoaster of fun and love. I have so much to share, but this post is just to announce that I'm back in business! My life is better now. It's new, something completely different .. and probably just what I needed! I'll finish off by sharing two photos of me and my beautiful man:

Fun times :)

Boat life!

I hope you are all doing well,
and hopefully you've lost more weight than me ;)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The finished result, my biggest tattoo ever :D

Just wanted to show you how it turned out in the end! It was a long and rather painful process... but I got there in the end. Doing 5h one day and 6.5h the next was rough. Anyway, now that's done and I can heal up and enjoy the result.

Keep in mind that it looks a lot darker in the photos than it does after healing. The part on the middle of my back is more accurate, as that part was done in January!

Click for larger image!

I know it's rather large, and it's quite .. crazy. Obviously I love it, or I wouldn't have done it. The pattern is based on traditional Norwegian folk art, namely rosemaling (translates to rose painting). I guess growing up I always had an attraction to this part of Norwegian culture and history, and somehow I found myself down this path.

Edit: After Nicki's comment I have to add something about this... on an emotional level. I have wanted to do this for ages. Originally I was going to wait until I was ready. Ready meaning physically ready. Thin enough to get it, or good enough. Like I wasn't there already. But at some point I decided...... I am now. So I did it!

Hope you like it - if you don't, that's okay too. ;)

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Painful days..

... 5 hours today, and another 5-6 hours tomorrow.. Work in progress, but it's getting there!

Yeah I know. I'm crazy ;)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Losing weight in London!

I went on a trip to London with my siblings, and managed to actually lose a pound. I was stunned when I weighed in today, because we had a lot of good food! I steered clear of the sweets though, and we walked a lot.. but still, I was just stunned!

This takes me to 105.4kg, which is 20.1kgs / 44.3lbs lost in total. I've been looking forward to finally hitting that 20kg mark. I'm now at the lowest weight I have been since I started this weight loss journey, and I am really, really looking forward to seeing double digits for the first time in almost 10 years. I know that "onederland" is huge for you guys, but getting below 100kgs is huge for me. Then I'll work toward onederland! I'm also excited about working toward 50lbs lost, that is a big deal! Every single lb I lose now is a new "lowest weight in 10 years", so I'm just really happy!

Here are some shots from the trip! If anyone of you is on instagram, my account is marenlm!

The London Eye!

Golden Jubilee Bridge

And from the air!

Such a city!

Big Ben!

Big Ben + sunset

Tower Bridge

Big Ben at night!

London Eye at night

Playing with my camera, catching a bus ;) (Not photoshopped,
just a long exposure)

Hope you guys are well!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Recent eats. Yes, this is a bragging post!

I'm in SUCH a good flow these days. I make my meals healthy, simple, good! I'm losing weight, feeling pretty good about the effort I'm putting in. There are a lot of things that could be better in my life, but this specific part of it is under control. It feels amazing to have hit the 40lbs lost mark (albeit again......), and I want to keep going. I'm motivated!!

Rotissary chicken, salad, low fat dressing.. Mmm!

A chicken/tomato/creme fraiche pie I tried making. This serving
was 450kcal without the avocado.

Steak, corn, tomato/red onion/feta, cucumber, aioli

BBQ steak, cucumber, tomato, onion, avocado, potato salad.

Fruit salad!

Ham, scrambled eggs, sour cream, cucumber, melon

BBQ chicken, corn, potato salad, cucumber, tomato.

Low fat vanilla quark with fruit

Vegetable & sausage soup!

BBQ chicken, salad, home made dressing and croutons!
Whenever I fry something I use light options, all low fat dressing, I meticulously weigh my food - especially the rich on calories stuff. I feel like I need to cling on to this mojo and just keep doing it. It's going so well right now and I sincerely hope that every day makes me closer to making this a lifelong change!

I do however need to expand my repertoire .. as you can see, I eat the same stuff over and over again. ;) If these eats made you think of something you like, please share! I need suggestions for sure. :D