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New routines – think smart

In the 45 days I stayed at the temple I got a new routines like meditation, yoga, supplements, diet , walking a lot and low-stress lifestyle, which I really need to keep going.

It’s so easy to implement new habits and routines, while living in a protected world like the temple, where everything is based on having these healthy habits. Sticking to them outside in the real world is a challenge.

Practically  it’s challenging since I’ve got a steady place to live yet here in Sydney. Therefore every day is filled with a massive amount of new impressions, new people and using a lot of the time on the process of getting settled. Keeping up the new routines will be a lot easier when I get a steady place, where I’ve my stuff around me and easy to access. Until then I just have to do the best I can.

The easiest thing to do is the supplements and the food (here in Bondi there are healthy food stores all over the place). The yoga has become the greatest challenge since I need space and peaceful surroundings, but now I’ve a mat so on dry days I can go to the roof of the hostel or the beach to practice. The meditation has been a challenge, but this morning I went for a walk in the rain and put on my theta wave music – that worked wonders – just like using it in the evening just before bed time.

When I get my “own” space (probably a shared flat or a room) – my morning routine takes about 1 hour beside breakfast and personal stuff. Yes I’ll have to get up early in general, but that is not a problem for me.  I need access to a good kitchen, refrigerator, live close to organic stores, hot water washer, not waste too much time on transportation and be able to get early to bed (quiet place). I really hope to live in walking distance to the school maybe 15-20 minutes so I’ve some walking Incorporated in my day. Why do it the hard way if you can do it the smart way ;).

I don’t know about you guys but it’s possible, but it takes effort and smart thinking. Getting as much as possible incorperated in the daily routine so it also frees time to the fun stuff 🙂

I know I’ve to do this because the benefits make a huge difference in my life and I might actually get a life free of any symptoms from my dyspraxia. Again it’s about smart thinking and long term thinking in this case long term isn’t that long since I already experiences a huge difference from before I stayed at the temple. 🙂

Later on I can add more like trigger point and starting studying in the evening beside work but first I’ve to make the foundation for my new life work. It’s like building a house. If the foundation is solid and good the house will last and will be easy to maintain 🙂

 

Living at a temple

This has been an amazing and life changing experience, which I haven’t been close to another place.

This Zen retreat is one of the few, where foreigners are accepted and allows long-term stay. You also become a part of the place and are expected to participate actively in the temple life.

Our basic daily schedule looked like this:
My alarm went of at 5:00 – yes together with the chickens 😉
5:30 the monk start chanting and this half our is the best time of the day for me.
6:00 Meditation
7:00 Tea time and private time (bath time etc.)
8:00 Yoga
9:00 Work started (all from domestic work, preparing rooms for new arrivals, chopping wood, weeding, collection vegetables from the garden, projects like building shelters that are “typhoon” safe, gathering bamboo from the forest)
11:00 Cooking, lunch and dishes
13:00 Private time – but most of the time we went on excursions, napped, had activities at the temple, did private stuff etc..
17:00 cooking, dinner and dishes
19:00 2 hours of social/private time – and also the time where treatments were done
21:00 Quiet time – most of the time we went to sleep if we wasn’t sleeping already.

2-3 times a week we went to the local onsen (hot spring) at 16:00.
1-3 times a week we went on longer excursions so we skip yoga and start working early and leave early to f.ex. Yufuin, Usuki or Beppu.

Oita was where we go to do our shopping which couldn’t be done in the local area and to get massages when the body is to beaten up. They have amazing shops.

I stayed 45 days and now I miss sleeping on futons, sitting on the floor and having access to squat toilets 😀 funny how fast habits can change or rather how fast my body realized that this was really good for me.

During my stay I learned a lot both about nutrition according to body constitutions, different types of meditation, which types of exercise that suits my body constitution, posture and mental training over to the more basics like chopping bamboo in the forest, caring for a duck, cooking Japanese food, Zen gardening, Wabi sabi (seeing the perfection in the imperfect), healthy lifestyle, Japanese lifestyle and mentality (no wonder they can be tough cookies but also is amazingly helpful and caring), unity in society etc.

All this has made me look at a lot of things in different ways and I’ve already made changes or rather major changes in my life that I are going to stick to. When I get my own place I’ll have futon’s instead of beds if possible, use the practice of sitting on the floor etc. (I saw people in their 90’s squatting with the heals in the ground – guys we so limit our bodies and lives big time by the way we live).

Right now I’m sitting in the common area on the hostel on a chair with cross legged because it strengthen my core, is more healthy and I actually prefer to do this now by reflex 😀

The best part has been seeing the wabi sabi practiced in the home, garden, lifestyle yes a lot of places. Things doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful which a lot of Western people has been taught by society.

At the same time I got 45 days where I could relax and I had people that cared about me and I had a network which was so nurturing for my heart and soul to experience. I’ve got in contact with some amazing people and I’ve got some new friends and a network to take with me and I so appreciate that.

I hope I can return sometime or in time maybe work on a retreat like this.

New recipe – body booster wrap

BodyboosterwrapWhen i make a new dish I always takes pictures and often share them on my facebook/instagram/twitter. This time I was asked for the recipe from several people, so here it comes – the recipe for my wrap of spinach pancakes with homemade mayo, salmon and avocado. 🙂

How to maintain exercising while traveling

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Bekkestua SATS

I woke up this morning totally stressed out because how do I maintain my body while traveling for such a long time? and more important how do I increase my muscle power while traveling so I can reach my goal? I’ve come so far with my PT and throwing the hard work away is not an option.Yes I’ve to increase my budget for food and exercise but I’m used to from my daily life now 🙂

So what to do?

  • I’ve prepared a little by packing a separate bag with my exercise clothes, swim wear, running shoes, TRX, a trigger ball and a double trigger ball and 4 cloths. When I arrive in Sydney I hopefully will get a lightweight full body wet suit too.
  • This morning to calm my brain down I went on the internet and as always I found a lot of pages of various quality. In all this will be my plan:

I have made a pact with myself:

Yes I made a pact with myself about committing to the exercising. I probably will miss doing it so not a problem.

Food is very important:

Priority every day will be to eat well. You can’t build muscles without eating well and even though I’m booking hostels and bnbs with access to kitchens/barbecue areas I actually don’t know what to expect before seeing it with my own eyes.

  • Breakfast will if possible be
    • banana pancakes with veggies and fruit
    • scrambled eggs with bacon and veggies
    • overnight oat with nuts and fruit (if nothing else is possible)
  • Lunch:
    • chicken or fish salad
    • sushi (I don’t use the soy and wasabi)
    • overnight oat with nuts and fruit (if nothing else is possible – many airports allow me to bring it in to the airport)
  • Dinner:
    • chicken, fish or meat with veggies etc. (If I’ve access to a kitchen I can make it myself. If not and the days I feel like treating myself I’ll find a good place to eat)
  • Snacks:
    • almonds
    • fruit
    • in Australia they’ve some amazing bars in the health stores
    • dried meat (organic)
    • overnight oat with nuts and fruit (as a last resort) – oh man I’m going to be so tired of that one 😀
  • Getting enough fat:
    • Getting enough fat can become a challenge, so I just have to buy a bucket of good olive oil and a jar of coconut oil and some raw cacao, nuts etc. and mix together and eat every day.
  • During the flights:
    • I’m so lucky I’ve a note that allows me to bring food with me into the airport and on the flight, but I never bring fluid stuff to avoid trouble. So I bring nuts, fruit or bars in a good quality. Some of the airplane food works for me but that’s because I never travel with the cheap companies.

I might find other alternatives while traveling but I let you know if I do 🙂

Exercising:

This is the hardest part but I got it turned around to become the fun part. Because in Darwin and Sydney I’ve arranged a PT so I can get roughed up a little but that is not enough. I need a daily routine and I hope to be able to bring my TRX, trigger balls and 4 cloths. So what to do:

  • In front I google where there are places for street-workout and  routes for running with exercise stations on the way.
  • When I arrive I’ll take a walk and check the area out for good places to run and exercise.
  • I’ll take a workout every second day.
  • Every day I’ll keep active by taking a swim, hike, walk etc. (no heavy duty stuff). This is not a problem for me since I get bored after a couple of hours on the beach 😀 and I’ve the ginger skin, so the sun burns me if I’m not careful and in Australia it burns.
  • In the airports while in transit I’ll be the crazy lady making body weigh exercises and strolling around to keep my body active.
  • In advance I’ll have made some programs and hopefully my PT will help me. + I’ve downloaded an app with TRX exercises. I just want to be sure to cover the whole body the right way to avoid damages, over training or to fail some muscle groups.

(made as a page at this link)

The challenge called breakfast (recipe)

chia choco puddingLife gets just to boring if I eat the same every day so I’ve started experimenting with chia seeds. On top of that I’m excluding another source of gluten (the gluten-free oats are filled with husks and I get desperate when I in each mouthful have to spit one to several husks out again).

The reason why I’ve begun to add chia seeds to my diet is the high level of omega acids and minerals. At the same time it taste like dessert and who doesn’t like to eat dessert for breakfast and still maintain a healthy lifestyle.

My first result is my chia choco pudding.

Reach your exercise goals faster – Get a PT

Bekkestua SATS

Bekkestua SATS

When I returned from Australia in February I knew I had to change my life and one area was to get much stronger. In the autumn I was 2 months in bed and 3 months on crutches because of the shingles and it cost me a lot of strength. I needed that strength back and build an even stronger body than that. Therefore I got a PT and did the impossible possible 🙂 – read more about my experience and advice on getting a PT when you live with dyspraxia

Healthy food has to look great and taste like heaven

These last months I’ve been going through a lot of recipes (all clean living and paleo), The thing that struck me was that a lot of the pictured recipes looked grey and dead. Wonder why it is like that. No wonder people stick to what they know.

I don’t eat food just because it’s healthy. For me food has to smell good, taste good and look appealing. If I want to use a new recipe it has to be better than what I usually cook.

When I cook it’s like a dance that I love where I use my senses. I smell the food. Like when I shop f.ex. strawberries, I never buy them if I can’t smell strawberry. I always taste so the food is tasty. If you forget to taste the food often is bland. It has to look good so I want to eat the meal. For me an appealing look is colourful and nicely arranged.

11377198_10205956088073618_7236669379016976083_nThe picture is from yesterday where I celebrated a good result, so I made a 3 course meal. The meal was based on what I could find in the shop so it became: As appetizer green asparagus with serano, homemade paleo mayo on mixed salad. Then hot beetroot with feta, fresh spinach, walnuts, dried figs and a little mayo. For dessert it was chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries. The beverage was organic apple juice. All made as clean living and mostly paleo.

This was a good meal. Smelled good, looked good and tasted amazing.

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