I miss India

Work has taken me to India quite a few times and I truly love it. It has been 6 months since last visit, and it looks like its a long time until next visit.
I love the smiling kind people, all the colors, the extreme contrasts and the fabulous foods.

My day there would typically be like this:
Up at 5
Yoga with the view of the sunrise by the pool
Big breakfast
Work for 9 hours
1 hour by the pool
Big dinner
Bed

In the weekends I would go shopping, hiking and sightseeing.

I soo hope this was not my last visit to India, and probably will save up and spend my vacations there in near future!

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The garden at my hotel is wonderful!
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Not everybody spends their mornings wandering about in their garden…
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Colorful girls out in the streets during the monsoon
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I love that the trucks are painted in these vibrant colors!
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Fishing boats in the morning mist!
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Shopping in India is NOTHING like shopping in Norway!

Home workout is the best! New efficient videos

Oh my goodness I can hardly walk… My hips and thighs are so sore. As I always do, I wentΒ out a bit to hard and ended up like a stranded whale on the mat.
I searched youtube to find a couple of workout videos cause I was a bit bored by my normal regime.
I wanted one that would target the hips, thighs and area around my knees as I am a keen Telemark skier. I found one that seemed easy enough and added a couple of Yoga once to cool down.
However… mostly I was whaling on my mat. Yes its now a verb. Β πŸ˜‰

In this first one, there are a couple of new moves I have not done before, and Tracy was almost done with a move when I got the hang of things. Well I got about 11 reps inn on each, so I will have to build up.
Today, the day after I really can feel how efficient this workout was, and in areas that I wanted. And today… very very sore. I am very happy with it, and will do it once a week.

After some serious down time on the mat I cooled down and opened up with this:

First workout of 2015 – Auch

Armed with my brand new playlist, some candles and a magazine with a promesing strength routine I headed for my basement. My corner gym!

I did 2 mins of the Kettlebell swing and then 2 minutes with toe kicks opposite streighIMG_20150104_185118t arm/hand. Finished the warm up with some jogging around the mat feeling pretty stupid. πŸ˜€

For strength I did about 7 minutes of legs and 5 minutes arms. After that about 5 minutes abs and back.

I then started the yoga part and did 3 Sun salutations, the frog, the warrior, the triangle and ended up in some good stretches.
I then mediated for about 10 minutes, not very successfully. Loads of thoughts streaming through πŸ™‚

Al in all it was a good workout to be the first since before Christmas! About 1 hour after workout my muscles started complaining. Now, the morning after it is picking up! Its a good pain though! πŸ˜‰

New find – youtube channels – Makeup

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I love Youtube. I often joke about having learned all I know from youtube, and it is not entirely true, but my goodness so many gems to discover and new topics to learn.

On of my recent finds is Vivianna does Makeup. She is so cute, and funny and have pretty similar taste to mine. Wish I also had her skills.
I highly recommend her videos if you are not already following her!
Link to her channel >

Getting fitter – yes it is that time of the year

So this blog will be my exercise journal the next months. I am going to get back into shape. Normally I start off January with a detox (love them), but this year it will have to wait. I am a mum first, and now is not a good time in my family to run off on my own foodwise. So I will eat less, log everything I eat in my Lifesum app.

My basement has an unused corner and it will now be my personal gym. It will have a bike, kettle bells, mats, wights, a ball, speakers that connect with my phone and candles for my yoga sessions.

I have made myself a playlist on Spotify. It is 2 warm up tracks, 4 heavy lifting tracks, 1 cool down track, and then 3 yoga tracks. The last one will make me sleep for sure! Might have a wakeup alarm in there as well πŸ™‚

A picture of my corner gym will arrive shortly πŸ˜‰

Here is my playlist, suggestions are wanted!

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Spring dog walk

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Visiting Hampshire!

One of my great loves is traveling! And most of all I love to travel England!
I am affraid it has become an addiction!
I need to go visit regularly.
It is hard to describe when and why this interest begun, but it might be that Jane had a finger in the game πŸ˜‰ Both Austen and Eyre.

I love the English hospitality, how politely and lovingly I am treated when visiting! Their love for gardening and dogs help off course. The countryside is magnificent, the coast is wild and rough and the moors, hills and meadows of the north is captivating.

So far I have mainly visited Surrey. Some scattered visits to north, south west and west, but mainly Surrey! Some say Surrey is like Florida. Mostly tourists and rich people, but I adore it!

Next week is easter vacation and I will have loads of days off. Hmmm what to do? Yes, England off-course.
A brit at work suggested Meon valley in Hampshire. I asked why and here is his answer: Peaceful, picturesque cottages and villages, great local food, valleys, woods etc.
Well I was sold at peaceful!
And yes, Jane lived there as well!

So a quick google search for Meon Valley + B&B and there we go!
Add a rental car and some overpriced flight tickets and off we go!
But not until next week!

Hiking in the South Downs is on the plan! May also spend some time in Winchester. My camera will tag along and help me save all the precious moments!