Goal: Live sustainably. To workout and eat healthy (but also treat myself sometimes) so that I have the energy to build global companies for many years to come while having two children.
Background: I have fluctuated in weight a lot. For ten years time, I have weighed between 47-73 kg (pregnancy excluded). Keep in mind that I am only 170 cm. Never ever have I done it on purpose but it has been a lot about my lifestyle. If I have felt down I have lost weight and if I have felt happy I have gained weight. I have never worked out regularly but I have been quite active with my children. Today, I weigh about 60 kg (+- 2 kg depending on mood) and want to find a sustainable way of living). A body that will be able to cope with everything I want to do mentally for the rest of my life.
Regarding my diet, I stopped eating meat in August 2016. However, I did taste one meatball Christmas 2016 but did not finish it. That is probably when I realized that I really do not miss meat. This spring, I started removing fish and dairy products as well and landed in a 80-90% plant-based diet. That is the way I have lived for a while, until the end of last year. In the Maldives, the freshly caught fish looked so tasty so I started to eat fish again. Something I noticed when I did not eat fish was, however, that my portions became huge and that I started to gain weight on the plant-based diet. Now, when I have added fish and eggs to my diet again, I feel a lot fuller and I stay full for a longer time. That is important when you have an active work-life. I do not always have time for a snack and therefore I have to eat a breakfast, lunch and dinner that can keep me full and feeling good. To eat regularly has always been important to me, otherwise I do not function as I should.
When I stopped eating meat in 2016, I also quit the everyday sugar and junk food. Marabou was switched to dark chocolate and I have barely touched semi-manufactured goods or junk food since then. I would never eat candy, jam, light products, soda or pizza. Everything has to be clean. Instead I enjoy wine, dark chocolate and a dessert now and then. Maybe I consume a little too much wine and cocktails sometimes, I probably have 2 glasses of wine two nights a week and one cocktail. But otherwise, I am quite moderate in my consumption.
The plan now is to incorporate exercise in my life and keep it there. Now that I have the children every other week there are no excuses. Every hotel I stay at over the world has a gym and there is always room in my suitcase for my gym shoes. Ever since I read the book “Hjärnstark” by Anders Hansen, it has become clearer to me how 30 minutes of exercise every day can help me in my work. There are no excuses any longer.
Forward: For almost two months I have been working out 3-5 days a week. I have made it easy for myself. I have a treadmill at home, a membership at Sturebadet and I work out regularly at FitnessCollection. I know it sounds exaggerated, but now I went all-in in order to really get started. All the days where I do not have the children, I start the morning at Sturebadet or with a morning workout at FitnessCollection. Running intervals is my best form of exercise and I love it. When I have the children, I drop them off in the morning and then I work out at lunch or run on my treadmill at home. The goal is to work out for at least 30 minutes six days a week. Ideally, I would like to run half a mile every morning when I do not have the children. This morning, I ran 4 km with intervals, it is wonderful how my fitness has improved in only eight weeks. My body has always responded quickly to exercise, which is very motivating.
Photos from photo shoot with FitnessCollection
Regarding my diet, the goal is to keep eating healthy like I already do. I barely eat gluten and dairy products since a year back. The majority of my diet consists of vegetables and slow carbs, but now also fish and eggs. When I lived in my previous relationship, we had a lot of classic Swedish food and the energy I have now compared to then is really night and day. Therefore I would never go back to eating pasta with meat sauce. White flour and minced beef – no way. But wine and sometimes chocolate, that is my pleasure. I have some dark chocolate every day after a meal. Anyway, I am so excited for this year, especially thanks to my newfound love for exercise and intervals – it goes perfectly with my energy. It will be fun to see how my body grows faster and stronger. And my mentality will become even more focused and stable, I am convinced that it will make me a better entrepreneur and mother.