Thursday, February 26, 2009

Going to lunch!!!!

Today I went to a birthday lunch with my lunchclub. I thought I couldn't eat, but my friends are so considerate these days that they make food I can eat. It was delicious, and eating with others makes the food taste even better.

I think it's so nice because everybody are so interested in what the project is, the consept of it, and wants to know my progress. I feel stronger as well, so even if everyone had a gorgous cake, I wasn't even tempted. It felt so good!

I feel like I'm on my way to a change in lifestyle, it doesn't just feel like a temporary thing anymore. It's not hard to stay on the diet, and it just feels natural to me now. Of course I won't miss my dinner smoothie after these six weeks are over. A proper dinner with my family will be sooooo nice. Now I just cook for them and drink my dinner in peace.....

But I do enjoy the fact that I can keep my social activities alive and well even on this means so much to me to be able to feel part of something, it keeps my focus off what I can't do or have...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Go away cold!

This was the week where things really was going to take off, and I was so ready for it. I was on a roll, and that's usually when something goes wrong....and so it goes! Yesterday I woke up sick, and today even more so. This is just so typical. I had really gotten into the workout routine and the diet had started to get easier for me. Today my body doesn't want to move in any way, everything aches....and my appetite is non-excitent....I have gotten through breakfast and lunch, barely....kinda like forcefeeding, so not the amounts I'm supposed to eat. But with a stuffed nose, nothing tastes like anything...oh, I wish my cold would go away, fast!!!!!

Go away cold!!!!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I can honestly say that eing social on the PCP is the hardest part. I have been tested to the max this last week. We went to our lovely neighboors last weekend, and I thought I can just eat my food and that will be ok. But not so, everything else looked sooooo good. I actually had to go home and sit in my kitchen and eat alone, then I went back and everyone had got to be an early night for me.

Then again this Firday, we were invited home to a colleague of my husband. I brought my salad and felt really good about it. Even thought it tasted delicious when I ate it at the party. I felt really strong with my altime favorite food, indian, and pepperoni pizza right in front of me at the table. But again, by the time the chocloate cake came out, I started solution was to tell everybody about the project and I got really good supportgroup...that sure helped.

Today we were again invited to some other neighboors and I had to say no, it's just so hard, even though I can eat, I just get so tempted by everything around me....

That's what I won't miss after we are done.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reconnecting with old friends!

For a long time my friends have been on me about signing up for Facebook, but I thought it was hard work and something I didn't need. But yesterday I caved in and signed up, and voops all of a sudden I had reconnected with a bunch of my friends worldwide. It's fantastic really. Everyone under the same roof so to speak. And so little work involved and so so addictive....I was on there chatting with my friends for hours yesterday, I loved it!

Don't know if I'll have time for the PCP now, Patrick....haha, just kidding of course! But definitly something fun to do during my sets of agonizing ab repetitions....or I should really say after a gruelling muscles are screaming these days, but I love it!!!! That's another thing that's addivtive....but it's worse things out there to get addicted to than Facebook and working out isn't I'm good!

By the way, I'm so excited to see what week 6 will bring of hopefully good surprises on Thursday!!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fantastic workout!

I just had the most amazing workout! You know when you have one of those mornings where nothing seems to be working for you. You just want to stay in bed all day and do nothing, well that was me when I woke up, but I got up, had my breakfast and got my workout clothes on and went out in my garden. I stood by the pool in the sunshine, got my music on and started jumping, and at once my mood changed. It was fantastic! The exercises are quite hard and many of them, but today I did them all with a huge smile on my face.

My routine this week is this:

1300 jumpropes

4x20 squats/lunges

4x20 creeps/4x12 floorjumps

4x4-6 chest dips/4x 6-8 pull ups

4x 15 standing ovation/rowing

4x 15 forward shoulder raises/ da vincis

4x 15-17 leg ups/4x 25 sit ups

3x 8-10 v-sits/4x 30 sec plank

In addition we do an 8 minute ab routine off you tube.

So you can see that its a lot of reps and the muscles scream sometimes, especially on the last set it seems like they are saying " No more, please!", but it feels incredibly good when the workout is done, and I can't wait to do it again tomorrow!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Still hungry!

Ok, I'm officially older, but wiser and better than ever. I feel that with my participating in the PCP, I am absolutly doing something great for me and everyone around me. But after 5 weeks, I'm still hungry. Patrick keeps telling us the hardest part is over, and that from now on it will only get better. My cravings are all gone, but new ones has arrived. I never used to think about food, or feel hungry, but now thats all I do or feel. I never get full from my meals and can't wait until the next one, it's quite exhausting. I have gotten used to eating healthy, and I love the food I can eat or figuring out what I'm going to makew, but it's never enough. The worst time of the day is between lunch and dinner.....I can't stand being hungry all the time.....

This week my diet consists of:


80 g carbs
120 g veg
1 egg
120 g yogurt

Morning snack:

70 g fruit


130 g veg
130 g protein
90 g carbs

Afternoon tea:

70 g fruit
1 eggwhite


50 g carbs
1 eggwhite
70 g veg

Night snack:

80 g fruit
100 ml milk

This week the exercise routine has changed a lot too, it's a lot harder, but that's the part I love. I might not get through it with a smile all the time, but I feel I'm getting stronger, and I just tell myself that You can do it!

I want this, the change for a lifetime...but the road to get there is so far a bit rocky, hopefully it will be smooth sailing soon, and very soon......PLEASE!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me! I am so happy that our little treat came during this week, as it would have been very hard not to have any cake on this particular day. I have had the flu today, no wonder since I have had two kids with the flu this week. So my body is aching, cold and hot, and not really cooperating with me. So to be able to indulge in something I shouldn't have, is fantastic. I can't say that it tasted any different, but I sure felt more guilty about having it. So my first treat was 4 red licorice, my absolute favorite candy. I could easily eat the whole package, but today I felt ok with putting it away after 4. Very proud of myself for that!!!!

I baked my cake yesterday, and the smell was incredible, couldn't wait to eat it. But today was like an anti climax sort of. It's been in my sight all day, but I feel like I don't want to have it. I will of course, but just a little later. I am planning on sharing with my kids and my husband who has been out of town for almost a week. He comes home this afternoon, hopefully with a lot of birthday goodies for his wife....

It's been a really good day. My family has all called me from Norway. This is one of those days when I really miss having them around. I have gotten used to not having them there after 5 years abroad, but some days are harder to do without family.

Just had that birthday cake. It tasted yummy, but not as good as I would have thought. Was that what you meant Patrick? But I did enjoy getting cake on my birthday anyhow. It's not a real birthday without the blowing of the candles and everything. My kids sang happy birthday for me, and I opened my presents.

I am planning a movie night with my long missed hubbie. We are watching Nights at Rodanthe with Richard Gere and Diane Lane, I think one of the most romantic movies around, and lit candles everywhere...sitting next to my sweetheart again....can't get any better than that....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friends and Family!

I want to say a special thank you to all my friends and family that stands behind me, and beside me through this project. It means the world to me to have wonderful people supporting me and beleiving in me. I have learned through these trying times, that without you I couldn't have made it past the starting line.
Lifechanges are hard, testing our strenght and sanity, it really shows what we are made of. My failures in the past has come down to willpower, without it we can't achieve anything, and now through great motivation, I have found mine. It was berried deep down, but now it's reach daylight, and I won't ever let it disappear again. This all comes down to having your support to begin with, and having you cheering me on in this great and difficult journey to a new and better existence.
I want to make better choices for myself and my family, and to learn how to find my confidence and true happiness. It has been and will continue to be an amazing adventure, the most important one so far in my life, and I am so lucky to have you all there with me. Thanks to you I am so motivated and so ready for this change.

Thank you, I love all of you so much!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Taking the good with the bad!

Yet another day home with a sick child. That's what it's like being a mum, it's always somebody else who needs you. Which most of the time is a really good feeling, but when it keeps you up all night and clings to you all day, it can be a bit too much. This has been my day today, feeling sleepdeprieved and down. A good thing about this is that I feel my dedication to my project is strong. I feel like no matter what I am keeping at it, there is nothing that is going to stand in my way. i am on the way to where I have always wanted to be, and I am going to reach my goal, my dream. It has been tough today getting to my work out and keeping with the diet, but I have done it, and that I am very proud of. It shows me that I can do this no matter what, no matter where I am or how I feel, because it's in my heart and in my mind. That's the key to success, the one thing that will take me to the finishline. My carrot is my happiness, and my happiness is feeling healthy and fit, and having loads of energy to give to my family.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I'm new to Houston, and my social network hasn't been all that up til now. But just when I start on this project, it's taking off. And what do I have to say to everyone that invites me out to lunch, dinner or to a drink out? No, thank you, I'm doing the PCP. That is just so typical, hopefully it doesn't ruin my chance for friendships. I do say, please ask me again, I'm not doingPCP my wish is that I will have a second chance....

This came up right this minute, when one of my wonderful neighboors came over and invited me and my hubbie out tomorrow with all my other wonderful neighboors....a shame, but hopefully worth it!!!!!

What can you do ey....stick with your choices and stay strong at heart!

Pull ups!!!

Pull ups, man thats tough....The minute I let my feet off the floor, I just hang there wondering what I'm doing. My brain doesn't seem to get that message as to make my arms work...funny....I tried for the first time today, and I managed a half pull up. Pathetic really...but to my releif my hubbie thought it was tough too. So at least I'm not alone in my misery. But as Patrick keeps saying, just try and it will get better, at least that's what I'm telling myself. Sometime into the future you will be able to do this, Lene. Yes, I will, but not right now!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Give me food now!!!!!

Soooooooooooo hungry today!!!!!! I can't believe it. In two weeks I've gone from hardly eating and being fine with it, to a food crazed woman who can't eat enough. PCP is making me into a monster.....ugghh, I want food!!!!

Going to the store is a nightmare, especially in the time between lunch and dinner. I'm sooooooo hungry in that time and feel like the tiny amount of fruit I get as a snack is just teasing the stomach....

This week the amount of food decreased and the intensity of the work outs increased. I can feel my body struggling with that. Don't get me wrong, I love the work outs and today was the first time I really got sweaty...finally, but with a growling tummy it's hard for the rest of the day!!!!

Patrick keep telling me that the body will adjust and that it's only a feeling, but boy is it a nasty feeling, hope my body adjusts quikly!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Roller coaster

Wow, I can really tell that my body and mind is changing fast and furious at the moment. I can see the bodily changes, I can feel the changes in energy and the benefits of actually eating right(for that sake at all!), and my mind is skifting from minute to minute. I don't know if it's good all the time, it's a lot of ups and downs, like a roller coaster. I feel happy, then sad. I feel energized, then empty. I feel motivated, then discouraged. I feel confident, then insecure. I feel a million things in a flash. I feel insane sometimes, like I'm manic depressive. My family gets all this thrown at them most of the time. But I know where it's all coming from, so I'm not scared that I'm getting sick or anything, but it's incredible how dramatically the body changes. Luckily it's all good most of the time, and I know it's not a lasting element through the project. But I do find it interesting. I now understand how badly my body functioned before, and how good this ultimatly is for me, and for my family in the long run. So I keep going strong, one day at a time, one minute at a time....

Monday, February 2, 2009

Caring mum!

Today I have been the loving mum. My son has gotten the flu. Poor little guy. So it's been all about giving him some TLC. Usually my day is all mine, and I get kinda selfish about it, I don't like it when something comes in the way of MY time, but not when it comes to my kids. They can take all the time I have, and I love them even more for it. There is something special about the time I have with my kids, it's just too little of it. The older they get, the more busy they get with their own things. Soccer, practice, playtime, friends, school....not much time for mum in there, but today I had my fill. My son is 11 already and he's just a mammas boy, he loves to hug and hold hands. It was just such an incredible day. Just me and Marcus, hanging's a day full of smile and laughter, even if my little guy is sick...I still hold it in my heart. Love you, Marcus!!!!