Thanks to the cold that is still occupying my upper respiratory tract I have changed the object of my dedication for Dedicated December a bit - instead of strength training it will be teaching myself how to knit for this week. 2 days and 60 cm of scarf later I slowly but surely have gotten my fingers used to the first kind of pattern. A friend who is a real knitting pro will come over on Saturday and teach me all she considered essential in knitting. If I keep up in roughly the same tempo I will have finished this first project just in time so that I’m free for something new.
Initially this day was planned to be a very sporty one - a short run plus some strength training. But thanks to a monstrous headache and a sore throat the sportiest I did today was going for a walk. At least the fresh air helped to get rid of the headache part but my throat is still sore as hell …
I was allowed to work from home today (and this will also be the case tomorrow).
I went for a run when the weather was still okayish early this morning - there was nobody here to complain about wet hair and PJ bottoms at work which was my work attire after the run.
I did two rounds of laundry and some ironing in-between my work phases.
I cooked two portions of vegetables with peanut sauce and rice (yay for a quick, easy, healthy lunch tomorrow) and a huge pot of pumpkin soup for dinner.
Current favourite breakfast - the extra healthy version of porridge with almonds, linseed, amaranth and roughly cut oats. The only things I add are hot water, a few sprinkles of cocoa and one teaspoon of unsweetened peanut butter. Instant hot breakfast that satisfies me and keeps me full until lunch time.
First Christmas in Hamburg since 2006 - bring on all the Christmas kitsch you have!!! So much looking forward to this!
I love to read English magazines and books but especially the first cost way too much money here (just to give you an idea: for one issue of the US Runner’s World I can buy roughly three German issues). With the iPad came the wonderful opportunity of getting the electronic versions of various magazines - I have currently a one-year-subscription for the US Runner’s World for 18 €. A true bargain when I think that one US print issue is sold here for ~ 12 € …
Nutritious November - I remember making one posting on it (the initial one) and never truly catching up on it. What I have definitely learnt: Planning out and preparing my workday breakfasts and lunches as far as I could really worked out for me. I ate more balanced, had zero cravings during the day or in the evening and lost 2 kg without counting points, calories or whatever. So I will keep up doing this as it a) makes me feel way better and b) de-stresses my life.
December is usually a month where I allow myself and my body a break from the stress of the last months … However, I already kind of did this in November and feel quite energetic now so that this December will be a bit different: Dedicated December - dedicated to keep up with my strength training as it does so much wonderful things to my body and I feel stronger than ever. And dedicated to run at least one two-digit run per week since I have the feeling that my body and my mind are kind of missing out on those slower, longer runs. I kicked it off with 11.5 km today and managed to get those few precious moments today where it didn’t rain.
Sooo … December 1st it is and also the first advent so we could light up the first candle. The last month of this awesome year has begun now during which I have made so many great memories and have learnt so much about myself that I have the feeling that I finally know who I really am and what I want from life.
One of the two torture chambers where I’m currently working on getting some muscles - as you can see it’s pretty basic (there are some more weights etc. but as those were occupied I couldn’t take any pictures) but that seems to be exactly what I needed. You really focus on working out and I’m usually there with my boyfriend and some fellow team members so it’s always tons of fun.
Look what came with today’s post! My medal for finishing the Berlin marathon has arrived - finally!!!! (For those who didn’t know this: they ran out of medals during the Berlin marathon and we received the smaller version from the children’s mini marathon a day before instead of the real big medals.)