Thursday, 30 October 2014

PT Off Piste

I'm back in study mode at the moment, preparing for my final PT exam (the practical part was done last week). Although I am sure I would pass the exam today, I want to take the time to really let things sink in, especially the anatomy part! I know it's a clichĂ©, but after all, I am learning for life not for the test.  

To mix things up a bit, I have started training my lab rats, I mean parents. Pappa was off to a flying start today, doing lunges like there was no tomorrow. I realised quickly though, that there was no point in training them at the same time. Herding cats would have been easier.

Inspirational poster for my male clients
After my parents left the gym, I did a few rounds with the weights myself, then walked/ ran home. My new "thing" is to go out of my way to walk on uneven surfaces. As much as I enjoy pumping iron, I do prefer my exercise to be as natural, fun and functional as possible. So off I went, galloping across a field, on the grass next to the path and off piste through the woods. If people thought I was nuts before...

Who knew that a ditch could be so much FUN?

---------------------Å SÅ PÅ SVENSKA---------------------

Japp, dÄ var det pluggdags igen, inför det sista provet pÄ PT-utbildningen. Jag antar att jag skulle klara det galant om jag tentade av det idag, men jag tar lite extra tid för att lÄta det sjunka in lite extra (speciellt anatomin!). Man lÀr ju för livet, som det heter!

För att lÀtta upp saker och ting har jag börjat agera personlig trÀnare Ät mina förÀldrar ("försökskaninerna"). Pappa var förste man till rakning och tog i för kung och fosterland. Utfall med pinne, check! DÀremot sÄ insÄg jag snabbt att det inte skulle funka att trÀna bÄde mamma och pappa samtidigt. De blir som barn pÄ nytt...

Efter förÀldrarna stuckit (haltat) frÄn gymmet körde jag sjÀlv en omgÄng med fria vikter och sprang/ gick hem. Min nya "grej" Àr att gÄ och springa pÄ ojÀmna ytor i sÄ stor utstrÀcknig som möjligt, för Àven om gymmet Àr trevligt ibland sÄ föredrar jag att röra pÄ mig sÄ naturligt dom möjligt. Sagt och gjort. Det blev fri galopp över ett fÀlt, samt gÄng i dikesren och genom skogsnÄr. Kul och lagom knasigt!

Gym culture, exhibit A. #paulssonpaleo #misogynistadvertisingatitsbest

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Today's lab rat: daddy dearest. Dagens försökskanin: stackars pappa. He he he. #paulssonpaleo #pt #mfgruppen

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Contract and Cake

Boom, and my parents' house has been sold. That was quick! But since we've still got a month and a bit before we start moving into the new place, it hasn't really hit us yet. 

Although I wanted to keep it clean (food-wise), my parents voted for a proper cream cake from the bakery. One cannot sign away one's home while nibbling on paleo approved ketoballs, apparently. 

We've now got half a "prinsesstĂ„rta" left in the fridge. Pappa gets to eat it aaaaaall on his own. Let's just say he's pretty chuffed. 

------- Ä sÄ en snabbis pÄ svenska! ------

Hepp, och sĂ„ var mammas och pappas hus sĂ„lt. Jisses vad snabbt det gick! Vi har nog inte riktigt fattat det Ă€n, tur att vi har mer Ă€n en mĂ„nad pĂ„ oss att flytta till det nya huset. 

Jag ville ju givetvis köra pÄ vanliga paleospÄret inför kontraktsskrivningen, men blev nedröstad av mina förÀldrar. PrinsesstÄrta blev det alltsÄ. Man kan tydligen inte servera ketobollar till vem som helst...

Nu har vi iallafall lite ovanliga gĂ€ster i kylen som pappa fĂ„r Ă€ta upp alldeles sjĂ€lv. He he he, vilken lycka. 
Cream cake and her dairy pal are feeling a bit left out in the cold...
Prinsessan o grÀdden kÀnner sig lite utfrysta...

If you're going to eat cake, do it in style. Buying cake for the contract signing later today. #paulssonpaleo #proteinballsapparentlydontcutit #faileo

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Viewings and Chow

While I've been happily immersing myself in functional movement in a gym, my parents have been slaving away at home, preparing to sell the house. Things suddenly got a bit hectic, now that we've found a fantastic place out in the sticks and now need to sell this house. It's been go, go, go for a few weeks now, whipping the house and garden into shape for photos and tomorrow's viewings.

It's good to be home though, eating food off proper plates and not from glass jars. Despite a rather full on cleaning day, we managed to eat pretty darn well. And tomorrow, while potential buyers are viewing the house, we'll be treating ourselves to brunch in a restaurant. :-)

Omelette with home cured bacon, lingonberries and salad. Fermented beetroot juice, don't ask...

Home pickled herring in paleo mayo, with salad and cold sweet potatoes.

Salmon fillets wrapped in smoked salmon, salad (we like kraut, yeah), paleo mayo sauce and some cold rice.

Keep your fingers crossed for us tomorrow!

No-one wanted to join me for a swim! #paulssonpaleo

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Taking every chance to go barefoot before autumn finds me. #paulssonpaleo #barefootingit

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Functional workout of the day: putting the finishing touches on our parents' house before tomorrow's viewings. Exciting times! #paulssonpaleo #movingtothepropersticks

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Friday, 3 October 2014

Trigger Point(less)

Wow. Where have the last three weeks gone? Commute, class, work out, eat, class, study, commute, eat, sleep. Repeat. Whoop!

I've been extremely impressed with the course so far. The teachers are extremely knowledgable and have FIRE in their bellies. The coursework takes me out of my comfort zone on a daily basis (anatomy, anyone?).

However, the key takeaway from this week is the distance I have put between me and my old life. That - not so exact - distance can be measured in my shoulders' trigger points.

You see, we learned a few handy massage techniques in the last days and some of them focused on the little knots (trigger points) that so many of us develop in our muscles, preferably in our shoulders when we're have a stressful desk job.

Ever since I started working I've had stiff, knotted, painful shoulders. At one point it got so bad that I lost all sensation in my right index finger. At another point, my shoulder gave me so much grief that I couldn't sleep properly for months. Let's just say I was expecting to be the perfect lesson in locating trigger points.

I wasn't. Actually, I SUCKED as an example. Even the teacher struggled to find much.

THAT's how far I've come.

My face after two days of kneading

Friday morning trigger point face. #paulssonpaleo #mf_gruppen #primal #paleo

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014