tisdag 22 augusti 2017

Preparations

I don't like being late. And I like being prepared. That's just who I am. Especially when it comes to work. Being on time to meetings and sticking to a well planned agenda. I know, I sound fantastic, right? 😆 
Truthfully I do try my hardest to always be on time to meetings (almost always making me early instead), because I don't like disappointing or disrespect others attending the meeting. Time is money. And for you to be able to have an efficient meeting you need to be as prepared as you possibly can. On occasion, especially when having too much to do, I attend meetings unprepared and it's truly not a good feeling. 🙈 Besides the reading through specific notes, I need to know why my presence is needed, and what expectations others have on my participation and delivery. And a well thought out and prepared agenda is almost as important to save time.

Today I came prepared to our management team meeting. I even got time to get me a cup of tea before we started. Unfortunately most meetings ends as the next one begins (I'm sure you're familiar with this type of problem, it's not new) and I barely have time walking from one conference room to another. Sometimes I think of having meetings always ending at :00 and starting at :15, giving me 15 minutes for transportation and coffee refills. But, I'm not sure it'll work. 

Do you have any good suggestions for solving this issue with meetings ending/starting at the same time?

Tomorrow I'll enjoy a whole day of leadership development learning with my coach Catharina (whom had her book release last Friday which I wrote about in another entry) and the rest of our management team. It'll be a great day, for sure! Looking forward to it! But first things first, it's time for early morning workout in the gym tomorrow. I'll be there when the gym opens! đŸ’ȘđŸ»

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

mÄndag 21 augusti 2017

Muscle soreness

Those of you having been pregnant might just more easily relate to this blog entry than others. Why? Well, remember those last few weeks of the pregnancy when you couldn't see your toes anymore and when a dropped item had to remain on the floor because going down to get it would mean staying down? Like a ladybug stranded on her back, with no way of coming up again without help. That would be me today. Not because of being nine months pregnant (or pregnant at all for that matter, all done with that) or overweight. No, purely because my leg and butt muscles are burning like they're on fire when I try to use them. Having the worst muscle soreness! So bending down today means staying down. 😂

But I'm really not complaining. I enjoy this kind of pain as it's a sign of me having done a good job in the gym! 😜

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 20 augusti 2017

Sunday workout

I ate way too much candy yesterday, as I told you in my last entry, so today I had to work off all that sugar in the gym!

As usual I started off my workout with a fifteen minutes run, and it felt great! I felt like I could have run forever, but it was a warm up, so I stepped off the treadmill feeling strong. And it was leg day so that feeling of strength continued on! I even added 20 kilos to one of the exercises, leg press, really killing my butt and legs! The others just got an extra 2-5 kilos added. 

This is my favourite exercise! Love, love, love it! 

I did 4 different leg exercises today, 12-15 repetitions in 4 sets on each machine. Then ending it with one back and one abs exercise, the same number of repetitions and sets. Doesn't sound much as I write it down, but my legs were burning and shaking as I walked to my car!

Lower back exercise. I think I need to ad weight to this one (holding it in my arms), but I'll talk to my PT before doing it. It feels like I could use the extra weight to work the muscles harder.

All done and ready to go home for a shower. 

Tomorrow is work day again, and it's going to be a busy week full of meetings for me! How's your week looking? Something fun happening?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 19 augusti 2017

Sleeping in

I had such a lazy day yesterday! And I ate to much candy (Swedish candy Polly, which is my absolute favourite. Chocolate covered soft marshmallow sweets with flavours of arrak, buttertoffee and vanilla). So although sleeping in this morning this will not be a lazy day! Wait, yes it might be (mini me has caught a cold), but I won't eat candy and I will go to the gym! Running off all that sugar and lifting weights to build some muscles instead of fat. 🙈

But first I need to leave bed, and that is a quest of it's own. I love my bed! ❤️ And I love lazy Sunday mornings! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 18 augusti 2017

Important people

Today I've met two people that has been/still are really important in making me grow as a person and as a leader. One of them is my former boss, great friend and mentor, Jonas, and the other one is Catharina that I met when attending a leadership development program a few years back. As always I had a really great talk with Jonas and as usual he challenges me to be brave and do stuff that I on pure instinct (due to lack of confidence) would say no to. 

I know, this filter doesn't really seem appropriate when being serious and talking about really important people in my life, but a caring and happy smile is always a good thing, right? ❤️

Catharina has written a book with a friend and today I was invited to attend her book release party together with Jonas who also knows Catharina through that leadership program, and of course We just had to be there. I'm so looking forward to reading her book! 

Translating into "The teenage book", TonĂ„rsboken is a book that gives you perspectives on being a parent to teenagers. Giving you views on the challenges you meet parenting teens and inspires you to do what's right for you and your family. So far you can only read it in Swedish, and if you want to buy it you'll find it here

Now I'm back home drinking tea as I reflect on today's talks, feeling blessed to have such great people in my life! 

Jonas has an amazing podcast, also in Swedish, and you can listen to it here! It's a truly great one, so go listen! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 17 augusti 2017

Dinner date

This will be a short entry because I really need to get into bed. I've been on a dinner date with three of my former colleagues in Stockholm and just got back home. It's more than two years since I started my new job and left these three guys behind (among others) and every time I meet up with them I'm struck by how much I miss working with them! They're so great, and besides being really nice and funny guys, they are true doers! Always working hard and getting things done! I'm not sure I've ever heard them complain about anything. 

I didn't take any pictures of them, so I won't post any pics from the dinner. We meet up at Mall of Scandinavia and had dinner at an Italian restaurant. Talking, laughing and remembering old colleagues and events. 

I hope we can meet up more often in the near future, but I guess our separate lives will make that hard.

Do you keep in touch and meet up with old colleagues?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 16 augusti 2017

Changes

I had an appointment with my hairdresser after work today. I haven't been there since the week before Midsummer (end of June), so I really needed her to do her magic! And she did! 

Before picture!

I love going to my hairdresser after work. It's a great way of stressing down and forget about everything needing my attention! She's super nice and we share a lot of interests, like interior design and travels, so we always have things to talk about. And it's never weird if we end up staying quiet. Love that! I've changed quite a few hairdressers over the years just because of feeling uncomfortable as they seemed nervous about needing to find things to talk about because they didn't want the conversation to end. I'm not sure why, but I guess some people just don't like silence. I do. But I don't like forced conversations! 

Anyways, Medina (my hairdresser), listened in on my need of change and we decided on a new colour, not as light blonde (summer blonde) as I've had the last months, but not dark enough for me to feel less of a blonde. I've tried dark hair (brown, really dark brown) and I didn't like it. I was born blonde and I'll stay blonde as long as I can. 

My new hair colour! And I like it! Medina always gets it right. If you need a great hairdresser you should definitely try Medina! Send me a message if you want to get in contact with her! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 15 augusti 2017

After work workout

I ended my workday with a gym workout before driving back home. I've been looking forward to it all day, and when I left work I was almost smiling with anticipation. My body needed the exercise, and it felt good to give it what it needed. But, and as you know there's almost always a "but", it was arm, back and shoulders day for me in the gym and I'm so, so weak in these muscle groups. Usually it's frustrating and I often end up feeling like a failure when leaving the gym after these workouts, but today it felt good! Really good! Still my weak muscle groups, for sure, but I can feel that I've gained some strength since I restarted my gym workouts, so this was a good day in the gym! 

The gym was a bit more crowded than what I've grown accustomed to on my early morning workouts, but not too much. I didn't have to wait to get access to any of the machines I wanted to use, or the treadmill for that matter, so no complaints. 

I had a hard time driving home though, as my arms was shaking so hard (out of exhaustion) when I needed to turn the wheel! 😂 Arm day always make my arms useless for a couple of hours afterwards. They're not shaking any more though, so I got myself into the shower to soap away all the sweat from the workout. And now I'm back on the couch in my pjs (no pic of that, and you would thank me if you knew how trashy my pj looks - it's just so amazingly cozy so I can't get rid of it). A few hours of reading and then off to bed!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

mÄndag 14 augusti 2017

Let the week begin

I've so much to look forward to this week! First day back at work after a total of six weeks of vacation (not counting the hours I've been working while on leave) and I'm truly happy to be back. Of course I'm going to miss sleeping in and being with my family all day long, but I love my job so going back is great fun too. And besides all that fun, and meeting all the great employees and colleagues, I'm also going on a dinner date with three of my former colleagues later this week. And I'm meeting up with my amazing mentor and friend on Friday and then he and I are going on another friends book release party on Friday afternoon. So looking forward to that! Friday is going to be amazing!

I think my jar with chocolate candy in my office has been more missed than me during this summer! It stood upside down, and very much empty on my desk today! So of course I went out to buy some chocolate to make everyone happy again! 😆

I tried a little more healthy alternative snack, a protein (peas) bar with chocolate and no added sugar. Dates, pea proteins, cashew nuts and chocolate. Have to admit it wasn't super tasty; being a bit dry, too sweet (to many dates perhaps) and I almost didn't taste the chocolate at all. I'm not sure I would have guessed it contained chocolate if I hadn't read it before eating. But I'm a chocolate nerd/addict, so I'm a bit picky.

But I made up for that lack of chocolate taste by eating some of my favourite when drinking tea this evening. 😆 I just have to work harder at the gym tomorrow...

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 13 augusti 2017

Lazy Sunday fun

Hello friends,
I spent most of my Sunday being a lazy butt. Lying on the couch reading mostly. And enjoying my last day off from work until October (not counting weekends of course). 

But I did take care of all the berries I picked yesterday! And rhubarb! Baking crumble pies to stuff into the freezer!

Rhubarb with raspberries (2), rhubarb with strawberries (2), two with only rhubarb and one with just raspberries. Gluten free. đŸ‘ŒđŸ»

And I finished off the day with a run, chasing away all that laziness. 

And remember how I told you my other run this week didn't feel good, not finding my pace and breathing? Well today it work great! I felt strong and it felt much easier than last time. So happy about that! Makes it so much more fun to run with that feeling in the body! Tomorrow I'll be back at work but ending my work day quite early (15,30) as I'm taking mini me for her first riding lesson after the summer holidays and we're both looking forward to it! 

Now I'm off to bed though! Hope you all had a great Sunday! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss