Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2017

Sporty Me

I am very proud that so far I am doing yoga or a kettlebell workout every day! Okay: maybe I sometimes take one day off when I am not feeling well but who cares? I feel very fit and I can even see the benefits on my body - there are really muscles somewhere underneath my bodyfat! 

Kettlebell training 
Yoga with a spectator

But more important is that it makes me feel better. The only thing I am neglecting is the meditation/mindfulness training. And the healthier diet. I don't know why I can't bring myself to improve in this respect - I am really aware of how much I would benefit from it. However, I try not to scold myself too much for it and focus on my progress because I hope that by being positive the other resolutions will eventually be fulfilled (sorry - you probably can't say that but you get what I mean) as well. 




Last year I bought some yoga props and I don't regret the purchase. I love the yogawheel as it helps you get into asanas that are too hard for you or you are afraid of. I use the blocks mainly to work on my splits as I noticed I'm turning my hips while doing the splits and this isn't the correct way to do them. The strap is great for stretching further into certain poses. To sum it up, all of the props really help you to improve your asanas and I can really recommend them. 

I am most excited about my progress with the inversion asanas (handstand, forearmstand, headstand,...). The yogawheel mainly gives you the security to try those poses because it's mostly fear which keeps you from trying them!


Hand-, chin-, and forearmstand Training with the yogawheel 


I only started the kettlebell training because my husband did but I am very satisfied with the effect - you feel yourself getting stronger every day which is very helpful when you have to carry around a 13 kg toddler all the time. But it doesn't make me look like Arnie - thank God! 

I really hope I'll keep up the training. Maybe now that it's on my Blog it will be an even bigger incentive to do so.

Montag, 9. Januar 2017

Hello 2017

Unfortunately, the last quarter of 2016 has been a bit problematic for me health-wise. Nothing serious but it kept me from  keeping up the yoga routine I had taken up throughout August and September (I am blaming my very bad diet and some too extense exercises).
My health was improving in December but at the start of the New Year I caught a cold so now I have to stay in bed instead of trying to fulfill all my New Year's resolutions. But then again, even though I am not happy about it it also means that the year is very likely to improve for me. And I might not be able to start daily exercises again at the moment but I can try to eat more healthily and (very important for me) to drink more! Not alcohol though, apparently. I am trying to drink two liter of camomile tea during the day at the moment - to fight the cold mainely but I think I'll try to keep this habit up.
And even though I can't do exhausting exercises at the moment I have a new plan to do some physical exercises every day which are not exhausting - just a little stretching to train the fascia (I've read a very interesting article on the most recent research on the fascia today!).
My other resolutions are as uncreative as the above: read more, be more creative (sewing, knitting, writing, drawing...), more meditating, character-improvement (trying to be nicer and not a bitch so often), cooking, ... That's all I can think of right now. If I manage to do at least a little more than last year, I'll be content :)

Donnerstag, 24. November 2016

Ch-ch-changes

Whoa! It's been a LONG time that I last posted something here. I feel very guilty - my numerous readers and followers (Well, hello there Marina and Anke!) must be craving for a new contribution to this blog! (I don't even know if the designation "blog" is still valid after a break that long... But anyway, here I go again!)

Of course A LOT has changed in my life! I am a mom now and my cute little baby isn't even really a baby anymore - he is my cute little toddler and apparently quite big for his age. 
Now I am a stay at home mom - and at the moment I am very happy with this arrangement. 

We also proceeded in furnishing and decorating our apartment and I am eager to post some photos of the results here :)

Well, actually, I can't think of any more changes but then again the first change is such a major one that it weighs at least ten times as heavy!

It's funny to see how sometimes your life doesn't change much for several years and then even a couple of months or even one day - or even second - can change everything! But if those changes are as positive as the ones I have been experiencing in the past 16 months I don't mind :-D

Have fun, good luck, take care!


Mittwoch, 22. Juli 2015

Banana and Berry Milk Shake

At the moment, it is rather hot and humid in Germany and it is kind of hard for me as I am entering the last weeks of the pregnancy. A delicious way to cool down is this quick milk shake:

1 banana (can already be a few days old)

a handful of deep-frozen berries out of the freezer (e.g. raspberries)

a large glass of milk (how much exactly depends on what consistency you prefer)

Mix all the ingredients with a blender and enjoy! :-)


Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015

A Magic Dwells in Each Beginning...

In retrospect I have to admit that it was fairly optimistical for me to say that I'd be back soon. However, I don't want to state the reasons and it doesn't really matter anyway. Of course, a lot has happened since my last post. My husband and I decided to buy an apartment, I got pregnant, I became an auntie, my husband and I moved into the new apartment... A-many new beginnings - and Hermann Hesse was definitely right when he said "a magic dwells in each beginning"! When I remember all of the beginnings I listed above, it's like they already merged into a fairy tale kind of memory and I can almost hear myself telling my grandchildren the stories about how Timo and I found our dream apartment, how we found out that we were expecting a baby, how my little nephew entered my life or how Timo, Emma, and Leo spent the first night in our own apartment...and I can't help but smile!

:-D

The I-just-found-out-I'm-pregnant-Selfie. I'm pregnant - I'm allowed to be silly!

View from our living room.

Baby bump!

First night in the new apartment 1

First night in the new apartment 2

First night in the new apartment 3

I'm an auntie! The three of us...


Dienstag, 30. September 2014

The Mushroom Foray Part II

Two weeks ago, Timo, Mama and I went for a walk in the forest to look for mushrooms. It was great - a nice sunny sunday afternoon! A mushroom foray is a great mindfulness exercise: you have to be in the moment, all senses acute to be successful (or you have to be like Timo who somehow found one mushroom after the other without any real talent for it - he was just lucky I guess). The mushrooms we found (yes I found at least a small number) were very delicious and obviously edible as we're still alive.

Even though I only found few edible mushrooms I found this beautiful fella over here. Even though you can't eat it I think it is a really nice and often surreal looking mushroom. This one was illuminated by sunshine and it was just perfect for taking a picture. Timo found an edible bolete very close to it and found it hilarious that I got abstracted because of this poisonous one but I am very happy about having found it and having taken this photo!



PS: Yes, I just ignored the fact that I have been absent from this blog for nearly three months. I started a new job and just haven't been in the mood. But now I start to get used to it so I guess I'll be back soon:)

Mittwoch, 9. Juli 2014

Home

A long time has passed since my last blog post! I enjoyed my last month in Galway a lot, I even went swimming three times (twice on a very nice and warm day - even the jelly fish couldn't scare Marina and me)! My sisters organized a wonderful good-bye party for me and the Irish sky provided a breath-taking background for the scene. Especially during my last week I was experiencing a very confusing alternation of feelings - sometimes I just couldn't wait to see Timo, the cats, my Mama, and my parents in law again, sometimes I would suddenly and unexpectedly burst out crying because I knew I would soon be leaving Galway, my sisters, my brothers-in-law (ok, one of'em is just my brother-in-law to be), the mad cat, and my friends behind.

Back in Germany I really needed some time to settle back in again - weirdly enough it seemed to be harder than my first month in Galway! And the settling in hasn't even concluded but that's probably also due to the fact that I haven't found a job yet (and so I still haven't got a real everyday life). On the other hand, it maybe isn't that weird really because the three months were like a break from my normal life and when you have such a break you start to reconsider some things and maybe even start to change your mind on certain views. For example, I now can imagine to move to a bigger city if I can find a good (trainee) job there - even if it means that Timo and I would see each other less often. I guess some of our friends and family think our marriage might be in a crisis but actually I think that it has become stronger in a way. And I am proud to see how Timo still supports me (except maybe my plan to get a number of tattoos). I don't really have a lot of love for myself (something I know I need to work on) so it is absolutely touching to see that someone loves you so much that he even likes the things about you he actually doesn't like...well, you know what I mean!

So, what can I say? This still is a very unsteady period of my life and I don't have a clue where my path is leading. To be honest, it scares the shit out of me sometimes but - and this shows that I really have changed in Ireland - sometimes I just can't wait to find out!