Positivity

Good morning! I was looking at the morning news and they said Stockholm would have a nice sunny day today. I looked out my window and saw that it was nowhere near nice. That got me thinking about Swedes, weather and positivity. If you know anything about Swedes, you know that we’re obsessed with weather, probably because we’re always hoping for sun but most often get some gray-cloudy-sadness thing. So today when I expected sun but got clouds I realized how most conversations are going to go today… “it’s so sad”, “I’m so tired”, “the weather is horrible today isn’t it?” and on and on it goes. I agree that it’s not so fun with this type of weather but I also think it is perfect study weather, awesome weather for training inside and it makes me want to drink tea, which I don’t do often enough. However, it is very unlikely that someone will tell me these things when I talk to them, we tend to focus on the negative aspects of life and therefore my mind wandered to positivity and our own power to control how we feel.

positivity
noun | the quality or state of being positive

A friend of mine taught me about this and how we control our own happiness. Happiness does not come from something we have, it comes from within. It is a state of mind, you decide to be happy. Now either you think I might be on to something or you probably think this sound like complete rubbish. But I’ve found, again and again, that this really is true. From the simple thing like not letting the weather get you down to the big problems we face from time to time that makes us feel worthless. I’m not saying this is always easy but if you truly believe you can turn things around for yourself then in the end you will be able to.  Choose what you want your life to be about, and try to make decisions that will get you there. If you do that then everything will workout, maybe not right away but when you start seeing good things then suddenly they’re all around you. Before you know it, you will be that annoying person across the street who is just walking around, smiling for no apparent reason. That is not only going to make you happy but everyone else you meet will also catch some of your happiness. This is how I try to live, with positivity and the belief in myself and that I control my mind. I hope this gave you something to think about. That’s all for now! See you soon.

Superstars!

Today I was at the Les Mills Superstar auditions/semifinals in Stockholm. It was an amazing day and I think I watched or participated in almost all performances. We have some awesome instructors for sure! I wish I would be brave enough to audition too but I get nervous just by watching the others compete. I realize it would be a great experience and there is so much you can take with you but I have this feeling that I don’t know what the jury is looking for. I mean today I really didn’t agree with the 3 people they chose to send to the finals in Copenhagen. Don’t get me wrong, they were really great but they where not my top 3 picks. So, how do you approach a challenge when you’re not sure what you need to do or how to tackle it? I guess I’ll have to think about these things if I ever want to try the competition myself. Overall, I’m really happy about the day and I’m glad I got to be a part of it!

Now I need some sleep for my very exhausted body. Tomorrow is a new day with new possibilities. See you then!

Overtraining

I came across this article from Les Mills on fb about overtraining.  I can really relate to it so I thought I’d tell you my relation to overtraining and how I’ve avoided it despite being close to it a couple of times.  I’m definitely not a fitness professional, training is my hobby and it’s what I do in my spare time. I call myself a workout enthusiast so these words really hit home…

“These ‘exercise addicts’ identify their favorite types of training and then just go and go and go – they don’t stop! And they have a tendency to add to their regime [rather than replace] when something new comes along.”  – Bryce Hastings

This is exactly how I would describe myself. Right now I don’t workout as much as I used to but a couple of years ago when I really got into Les Mills I started to workout purely because it was so fun. This led to a lot of classes and mostly high intensity ones.  I could tell the results where coming slower and my performance during every class was not as good as before but I didn’t workout for the results anymore so why did it matter? I never got to the level of true overtraining but I could feel the onset, one part was the performance decline and also after doing lots of similar classes I would feel some pain in my knees and feet.  See, when you love something it’s easy to forget the pain because often it doesn’t hurt while you do it, it comes afterwards.

So what stopped me from basically breaking my body by doing something I love? For me it’s all about being honest with yourself and humble to your body. I could push through a Grit class with my favorite instructor, knowing it wouldn’t feel great afterwards but I would do it because I knew eventually I would take my time to rest. Because lets face it, your body is amazing… it will do almost anything you ask of it and handle it with grace, whether its eating something that’s not very good for it or exercising too much.  That is why I always took that rest, even if it was a couple of days too late to be optimal, because my body works for me so I have to work for my body. I think you can call that my “secret”. When all I wanted to do was to workout, I had to remind myself to take a step back so that I would be able to keep training and not get any injuries. It’s all about realizing that if you want to keep going you have to accept that the body needs some rest every once in a while. 

My advice is to try to stay humble, I promise it will be easier to find balance then. It’s okay not to stay within the lines all the time because your body will tell you when something is wrong. Listening to your body is not that hard, it will tell you loud and clear if you workout too much or eat too much ice cream (yes I’m a sucker for ice cream) and all you got to do is accept what it’s telling you and do something different the next day. That doesn’t mean you have to decrease your training drastically but a little variety in your workout routine can go a long way for a tired body.

That my story of overtraining, even though I never actually where overtraining. But stay humble and as we say in Sweden “lagom är bäst” which roughly translate to “just the right amount is the best”. That’s true about almost anything in life.  Thanks for reading!

Love Ellie