Monthly Archives: January 2012

New job, new life, new city…

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I was kinda MIA this week but I have a really good reason ! I was really busy. As I said I’m looking for a job. So I had a lots of phone calls this week, a few interviews (one went really really bad, I just wanted to punch the guy in the face… anyway…) and Friday I took a flight and went to an interview in the south of France. I had a few interviews on the phone with the company and loved the project they were offering… It went really well on the phone (with the HR and the project manager) so they wanted to see me ! And it was great ! I loved the company, the people, the project, the city and I got the JOB !!

So I need to find a place, to move, to start working, to move my horse, to deal with a few things in Paris… so I’m busy but happy !!

 

Workout this week

Monday : CXWork and 30 min walk

Thursday : 1h30min cardio (light cardio)

Wednesday : OFF

Thursday: I don’t remember if I went to the gym, so probably not …

Friday : OFF

Saturday : heavy weight lifting and 1 hour walk

Sunday : cardio (1h) and I was able to run 20 min !!

Today : CXWork (core training) and 30 min walk

 

So I took a lot of rest, I really need to be more committed ! But My job was a priority this week =)

 

Food

Few easy snacks… Yummy snacks =)

Frozen raspberries and riccotta cheese !

Apple and dark chocolate

Apple and hazelnut butter and peanut butter

 

I’ll be in a new city, so I need to meet some people, make friends… It’s not the easiest thing for me… But I’m lucky, my sister lives here !

 

How do you do when you move in a new city ? Are you anxious about meeting new people? How do you make new friends if you don’t know anyone ??? (I feel like a need a “101 friendship” class :p)

Spa, scallops and shrimps

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Hey ! How is everything going ??

Workout

So Sunday I lifted heavy, and it felt so good. I loved it ! I did chest, back, and arms ! The trainer showed me a new move for my biceps and I was sore Monday !

The afternoon, my parents invited me to the spa : sauna, hamam and jaccuzzi !

How relaxing! I really enjoyed it =)

After my talk with the trainer Sunday, I chose to try a fitness class.. Since my injury, I haven’t gone to a class and really missed it ! I need the instructor, the music, like-minded people …

So monday I chose to go to a CX30 class (Les Mills, see the video below) . It’s an amazing core training, no rest for 30 minutes, good music… Felt really good ! And my leg was fine !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNsSJ6WaRd0&feature=related

 

Today, I did some light cardio for 1h30 ! Since I can’t do any sprints, I chose to make a longer workout…So I walked 10 min (a little inclined), then 20 min of elliptical, 10 min walk, biked for 20 min and finished with a 30 min walk.

 

Food

I just wanted to share this awesome dish (I just no the ingredients, no the measurements)

Shrimps and scallops with coconut milk, tomato sauce, onions and curry!

My mother made this recipe but she doesn’t even know her measurements, she just does it …

So goooooooooood !

 

What is your favorite seafood ? Favorite fish ??

Privacy

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Workout

Today, I’m going to lift some weights with my father! It’s going to be cool and hopefully I’ll kick his ass  :p (my father doesn’t like heavy weight lifting). My plan for today is chest/back/arms (tri, shoulders, and biceps)!

And this afternoon, my parents invited me to the spa, so it’s going to be a really relaxing afternoon! I can’t wait!!

 

Food

Some eats now…

Favorite breakfast of the week ! Coffee + cinnamon and dried fruits toasts with a lot of peanut butter and apricot preserves (no sugar added), mapple syrup ! DAMN GOOD !

Greek yogurt and hazelnut butter + half of a chocolate/hazelnut muffin (Starbucks). Moderation is the key =)

Hummus and crudites

Favorite dinner of the week : veggies and this “roll” made by my mother : Tuna, eggs and cheese !!

Easy and quick snack : Apple and dark chocolate =)

I changed my profile picture yesterday and I’m a little uncomfortable with the « blog and privacy » issue.  How do you deal with it? Are you cool with the fact that everybody can see who you are and your personal story?

Please Share, I’m really interested =) 

Healthy on a budget !

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First of all, I wanted to share this, because when I saw it, I just laughed like crazy =D 

WEIRD, huh ?

 

Workout

My harmstring is stronger everyday ! I’m so happy. I was able to workout more this week (elliptical, short runs, upper body weight lifting !) It feels good ! I love sweating, I feel so high and hyper after my workout. And when I workout, I eat healthy, sleep enough… Just awesome !

I miss yoga, BodyPump and spin classes… But soon… =)

 

Life

Live healthy on a budget …

My whole life, I was kind of spoiled by my parents (they are really generous with me, I travelled, they paid for my school… I’m really grateful for that) so sometimes I’m far from the reality when it comes to money. I never really checked the price of my food, if I  want some new clothes (not fancy brands though), I don’t really restrict myself. Careful, I’m not a spoiled girl, who can’t stand No for an answer or who wears design clothes…  Just, I’m not used to money issues, to check the prices, to live on a budget…

But we talked ! I’m about to start my own life, to have a work, a new place… And until I have a job, we decided that I’ll have a budget to get used to it ! I mean who go to Bahamas for the holidays or  try every new food available in the grocery store when they just start working and don’t have a huge salary ??? So I needed to get back to reality ! My childhood is over =) So I ask them to help me to be more realistic.

So I have a food budget and I’m grateful for that because it’s a good transition between my student life and my future life.

I was shocked when I discovered how expensive Starbucks is! I mean I used to go one or twice a day when I was in college in USA. Let’s do some calculus: 365*2 *2= 1460 $ a year !! (I don’t remember the price for a coffee so I say 2 $. When you save just ONE dollar every day, you save 365 $ a year…I love Starbucks, it brings me good memories, so I won’t stop to go, but not too often !

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I’d rather save some money and travel to see my friends !

This takes me to my next point : Make priorities : I’d rather spend money on healthy food than expensive clothes, gym membership rather than a new laptop/iphone/technology stuff…

To save more money, I was thinking about cooking more legumes/grains (so cheap and healthy !).

For dairy and eggs, it’s important for me to buy organic, because it’s better for the animals and for my health =) I eat meat now (I used to be a vegan and vegetarian) but I make sure it’s free-range meat ! So I don’t want to save money on animal products (I’m talking about quality, not amount)

I don’t want to buy 100% organic as I used to (my bills are just crazy when I go to the organic grocery store ). I buy organic grapes, apples and tomatoes (because I eat the skin) But I don’t care if my almonds, my nuts, my sweets potatoes or bananas are organic or not.

Few or No prepared food (it’s healthier and cheaper). And I love to cook.

I don’t need to try everything new ! I feel like I’m a junky when I go to the grocery store and I buy every new thing !! It’s just insane !! So make a food list will help me !

Frozen berries and frozen veggies are convenient and really cheap too (in France at least).

I don’t need expensive anti-cellulite lotion because A. I don’t have cellulite (or not much at least) B. It’s more useful to eat healthy ! and C. It’s probably full of chemicals and other craps !

 

What are your budget tips ? What are your “budget priorities” ? Do you find it hard to live healthy on a budget ?

Have a great day !

The wrong choices

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I just graduated from my engineering school and I’m looking for an job. I chose aerospace because I liked physics and maths, not because I was crazy about aircrafts…. It probably sounds weird, but all of my friends, who are studying aerospace engineering, are passionate about it… And I’m not…

When I think about my life, my choices, sometimes I think I did a big mistake.  “I saw the light, so I came in” (I just translated some French, so maybe my sentence doesn’t have any sense, but anyway…).

I wanted to do something to help people, something close to the nature, the human body, something that makes me feel useful.

I started my eating disorders right after highschool, because I was studying maths/physics/engineering sciences and even if I was good at it, this life didn’t make any sense. I felt I was trapped, lost and had no choices, and no solutions. So I got really depressed. Real depression, no energy, I had to seat in my shower because I had zero energy. The only thing I was thinking about was my death but I didn’t want to hurt my mother… Anyway, during my exams, my body said “STOP”. In France, you study for 2 years like crazy (when I say crazy, I mean it, little sleep, class all day, one 4-hours exam every week, 2 oral exams every week too… No time to workout or see your friends, eat as fast as possible and go back to your books…). After the 2 years, you have 3 or 4 weeks of exams (the written part)… then the oral exams… So my body just gave up during the exams : 3 weeks of exams =  1 surgery for my collar bone the first week, 1 surgery for a cyst and 3 spins inside of me the second week (emergency and I had to stay at the hospital for a bit because it was pretty bad…) and an massive allergic reaction the third week… I wasn’t sick for 2 years, and just for the 3 most important weeks, I had to go to the emergency room three times, and had several surgeries… FATE ? I don’t think so… I know that deep inside of me I really didn’t want to take those exams (the doctor told me my cyst was stress-related).

I was lucky, because even if I didn’t take the exams, I was accepted in a good school… And then I had the chance to go to the USA for a year. I’m still not crazy about my major though, but for the first time of my life, I felt alive and truly happy when I was studying abroad. I met some amazing people and had a lot of fun!

I’m so grateful that I make the wrong choice for my studies because I met some of my bestfriends and I found myself.

I know my major is not the thing I want to do with my life, but I don’t want to change my past and my choices. I just want to make my next choices the right ones. I actually think I can enjoy my job as long as I found the right engineering project for me and I keep some balance in my life. I also feel that I want to switch my major and study something else because I’m scared… just scared of the real world… scared of growing up…

So I’m thinking about finding a job as an engineer and see how it goes… It’s not about the major, it’s more about the team I’ll be working with, the project, the place where I live, the people I’ll meet, how I’ll balance my personnal/professional life…

But I want to study nutrition/wellness, while working full time as a engineer. So maybe one day, if I don’t enjoy my job anymore, I’ll have a chance to switch my job and do something I’m passionate about.

I have learnt so much the past 2 years… I can’t regret my choices. I’m in a better place now than ever, even if sometimes it’s hard and I have to find for my happiness. I WANT TO FIGHT FOR IT!

My friends, my family, the healthy living community, my therapist, my wrong choices, me … all this help me a lot, and even if my life is not perfect, I want to keep going and follow my spiritual path.

It’s really hard for me to explain everything, because I don’t even know how to express my feelings,  how happy and grateful I’m… And now I can see the positive aspect of the bad things that happened to me, and it feels good !

My message is probably confusing but apparently, I needed to talk :p

 

Do you think you can achieve happiness without your dream job ? Do you regret your “wrong choices” ?

Indian Food !

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I had a wonderful dinner with my godmother. Fabulous dinner with a lot of food (I didn’t take any pictures, because I was busy talking !).

Some kind of tomato/fish pie with homemade mayo

Salmon with rice, veggies and cream sauce (made with Indian spices, so gooooooood)

Cheese and bread (the bread was delicious and I love goat cheese)

Dessert was a coconut pie (heavy in my stomach, but to die for !)

 

My belly was full of yummy food !!

 

I didn’t take any pictures, but I have some coconut pie leftovers. So I’m gonna take a picture and post the recipe later =)

 

It’s really hard for me to go back to my healthy habits. But today is the DAY, because right now, I feel pretty uncomfortable in my body (it’s not about the weight, just the feeling). I have a lot of cravings for junk food or sweets , my body is painful  : when I eat too much sweets, my skin/muscles hurt, I think it’s because of water retention. It sounds weird but my mother and sister have the same feeling. Do you have this kind of body pain when you indulge too much ? Or this is me being weird ?

 

I did go to the gym today because

  1. I had no energy ( this is a bad excuse because working out gives me energy, but I don’t feel like going)
  2. My gym is open from 10 am to 12 30 am on Sundays and I’m going to an Indian Restaurant with my ex-Roommate.  We are meeting at 12am but it’s far from my place so I need to leave at 11am. And I need to be ready, put some make up on my face, have breakfast … And I don’t wanna go to the gym for 20 minutes !! And this afternoon, I realized my gym was closed today !
  3. I love walking in Paris, and it’s gonna be my workout for today !

 

So I was careful with my food today.

 

I started my day with a yummy breakfast :

Hot lemon water with my fish oil and my vitamins (I use Opti-Women).

I cooked some oat bran with a rice/oat/pistachios milk (It’s a new one, I bought it to try ! I don’t like drinking it but I love it with my oatmeal). Once my oatmeal was cooked, I added a sliced pear and cooked it again (I love warm pear) and then added a spoon of pistachios butter !! (PISTACHIOS DAY)

Later I had a coffee and some Mate tea.

 

For lunch, I went to an Indian Restaurant with my friend and it was awesome !  A lot and a lot of food. We chose the brunch :

I chose the Indian tea, my friend took the hot chocolate. Then we had some Indian pancakes stuffed with some coconut and maple syrup.

Then we had some pineapple juice and this HUGE plate :

This plate is just for one person…Smoked salmon toasts, Chicken, White beans in tomato sauce, basmati rice, fried eggplant, fried potato, lentil curry, potato curry, scrambled eggs.

And finally we had some fresh fruits and some delicious yogurt sweetened with some syrup.

Our bellies were full!

We stayed for almost 3 hours, and we talked a lot. Then we went for a walk in the cold weather. I love walking in Paris! We went to a park.

We didn’t realize it, but we walked almost 1 hour and a half ! Not a workout, but it feels good !

Then we headed to Starbucks and had some green tea and coffee.

More tea when I came back to my place.

And tonight, I had some veggies and tuna (light meal ^^)

What is your favorite ethnic food ?