life update.

Hey guys,

so I thought I’d just give you an all around update on my life, university, fitness, health, all that stuff.

Covering uni first cause I think it’s the topic I can cover the quickest. So I’ve been studying International Business Administration for almost two months now. I have to say that I am not really sure if that is really the thing I am looking for, but it’s just the beginning and I guess there’s a lot of base that needs to be covered first. Some classes are really interesting and some are not and I’m actually kind of nervous about the exams that are starting in the middle of July. I just hope that all goes well and I don’t have to do a class again.

Now onto health and fitness. I have to say that I have been really good with the fitness part at the beginning. Like I went to the gym 3-4 times a week at least and on the days I didn’t go I did some yoga at home. Lately I’ve been slacking, though. I just feel really down and don’t really have the energy to do anything. But, it’s finally starting to wear off and I feel more like being active again and am really looking forward to going to the gym again.
Health wise though I am struggling a little. I want to get into meal prepping, but can’t really find the perfect recipes. I usually eat what I’m in the mood for and as you know from my previous post, breakfast is the only thing I am actually prepping. I do prep lunch for mondays as I am at uni all day. Hope I’ll be able to do more of that in the future, as it will really help with being more aware of the calories and macros I eat. What I can recommend to prep though are rice dishes like the one I posed in my Favorite recipes post a while ago or wraps are an easy thing to prep as well. Just cut up a few veggies and you’re good to go. IMG_2411

 

 

Here I just added some Hummus as my sauce then put on some lettuce, spinach, cucumber, paprika and corn. Usually I also add some Tofu that I seasoned with some pepper and paprika then cooked it with some coconut oil and soya sauce and then cut into stripes and some beans, but I didn’t have beans at hand that time and was too lazy to prepare the tofu. But I hope you get the idea 🙂

 

 

 

 

I also started to increase my protein intake.
Here you can see some of the protein bars I’d like to eat. Most of the time I have one of them at hand to snack on if I didn’t pack enough food for Uni. Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

So here we have Veganz (they are currently only available in Germany, but if you’re from the US I can recommend trying the GoMacro Bars, which are also vegan and have a great message behind them), Clif Bar and the protein ball co. I also ordered myself the vegan protein blend by MyProtein, which I like to take during the weeks when I am going to the gym often.

I hope you got an idea on what’s going on in my life right now. Health and fitness wise I also decided to join a fitness community that includes 12 week challenges, which I’ll join around the middle of June. I will update you on that and tell you which one I decided on when I actually joined and am in the middle of the challenge maybe so I can also tell you about my experiences and show you some results. If you can’t wait that long, then follow me on Instagram as I will probably post something about it on there as well.

Hope you enjoyed that post and I’ll see you next time – xo.

 

My Go-To Breakfast|vegan

Hey guys,

today I thought I’d share my go-to breakfast with you. I’m seriously eating this almost every single day. It’s perfect on the go and really quick to throw together. Here are the ingredients:

  • one apple
  • oats
  • flaxseeds
  • walnuts
  • dates
  • soya yogurt

 

All you now have to do is mix everything together and you’re ready to go. When I take it with me to uni I put the yogurt extra, because I personally don’t like it when it has that mushy consistency.

I also wanted to just give you a quick update on how my workout and everything is going. I have been going to the gym a lot lately and started lifting weight, which I really do enjoy. Unfortunately my body isn’t really used to it, that’s why I felt really down yesterday and just did a light yoga session and went for a walk outside. I think it is really important to listen to your body, but still do something, like go for a walk or do a quick and easy workout at home. Just be easy on yourself and don’t push it. Try to slowly increase the intensity of your workout sessions.

Anyways, I hope you all have a nice weekend.

See you next time – xo

trying to get my shit together.

Hey guys,

so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been trying for years and now seriously want to pursue… Get serious about working out and eating healthy.

I hope that writing this down and sharing my progress with you might actually help me do this for real now. I still have to figure out how often I can go to the gym now that university starts on Monday and I have a lot to learn about meal prepping. At the moment I will have Wednesdays and Fridays off, but I seriously have to find a part-time job. Being used to earning money and now being completely cut off, will definitely be hard. I do have a few savings in  my account, but turns out I’ve been spending more money than ever this past month. This will be a really hard time.

So, back to me trying to work out more and eating more healthy. I have a gym membership for about three years now and there were times where I went regularly and times were I didn’t go for months. I recently got back into going at least two to three times a week with a friend of mine. We’re usually just hitting up some of the courses that my gym offers and feel really good afterwards.
Thanks to YouTube though I’ve been following a lot of Fitness channels and been loving them ever since. Didn’t really change anything about my motivation in actually working out though. Yesterday I was at the FIBO in Cologne though and I actually got the chance to meet two of my favorite YouTubers (Nikki Blackketter and Rob Lipsett) – super nice guys by the way – and just being there and the vibe that was going on, made me want to be serious about this now. I can’t always just say I’ll do it, I have to start and once I’ll see the results I know it was worth it.

Of course another big part in working out and getting my body into the shape I want it to be, is eating healthy. I’ve been vegan for almost two years now and I have to admit I haven’t really been the healthiest one. I like to eat, I like food and I looooove sweets. In my opinion eating healthy doesn’t mean you’ll have to cut out special foods and all that – it’ll just makes you crave the more if you do – you just have to find the right balance. I thing that starting Uni on Monday will actually help me to get into being more healthy easier, because I am forced to meal prep as I have no clue if they have any appealing vegan options there.

So in the following months I’ll try to keep you updated about my progress with meal prep posts and maybe a few fitness posts, even though I’m not sure how to actually write and structure on (any tipps?). I also put it on my bucket list to get more into blogging now that I will have more time to dedicate to this blog. Hope you guys are excited and will follow my blog to not only see if there will be a transformation in my body, but also how things at university will go.

I’d love for you to share your stories with me. Just leave a comment and let me know if you already started working out more and getting healthy or if you do want to start with me – always makes more fun when you know you’re not alone and can share your struggles and experiences. Until next time – xo

 

PS: I also had to share the pictures I made with Nikki and Rob at the FIBO 2017.

Favorite recipes

Hey guys,

today I thought I’d share two of my favorite vegan recipes with you. The first one will be for breakfast and the second one for lunch/dinner. Hope you’ll like them!

Banana-Cinnamon-Oatmeal 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cup of oats – you can use any size of cup you like
  • 1 cup of soy milk – or any other dairy free milk
  • 1 mashed banana
  • cinnamon
  • dates, chia seeds and walnuts as toppings

I always start with just the oats and the milk heating up and after a while put in half of the mashed banana and lots of cinnamon. Make sure to stir all the time. When you think the oatmeal has the perfect consistency put in the other half of the mashed banana and stir again. Then put everything in your favorite bowl and top everything with the dates, chia seeds and walnuts. And then you’re ready to dig in!

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Rise dish with Tofu and Needle Beans

Ingredients:

  • any kind of rice you like
  • Tofu
  • one onion
  • some garlic
  • needle beans
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • salt, pepper, chili powder

I’d suggest you start with cooking your rice, as this part usually takes the longest. While your rice is cooking you can start cutting the onion, the tofu and the sun-dried tomatoes. Head up a pan and put in some oil or just some water and start cooking the tofu first. Let it cook for a few minutes before adding the onion and garlic. Next add in the needle beans and the sun-dired tomatoes, you can also add in any other vegetables you like – I also like to mix in some bell pepper every now and then. When your rice is cooked add the rice to the pan and then season it with salt, pepper, some chili powder and other seasonings you like. Then put in some tomato paste and water and you’re ready to go. – I have to add that I made this dish up by myself when I was super hungry and couldn’t find anything to eat. So I basically put everything in a pan I could find and it turned out to be quite yummy. That’s also why I didn’t put any measurements in the ingredients list, I normally just decide while cooking how much I’d like. Hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.

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Let me know if you redo those meals and tell me what you think! – xo

Things I Like

Hey guys,

I didn’t really know what to write about on my next post and still wanted to upload something today, so I decided to just tell you a little mit more about myself and the things I like. Hope that’s okay with you. I’ll just do different categories and start rambling a little.

Books

You could say I’m a little bookworm. I’ve always loved reading and just think it’s a lovely way to relax and get away from the daily stress surrounding us. At the moment I am kind of into reading series the “50 Shades of Grey”-type, even though I have to admit this series comes at the end of the list of books I like, sorry. I recently read the Hacker Series by Meredith Wild and The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, both of which the 5th book of the series is coming out this month!!! Can’t contain my excitement!!!

I also like to read a little Nicholas Sparks here and there. My favorite books of his definitely are The Rescue and The Longest Ride. Make sure to check them out if that’s what you like to read!

YouTube

Next to books YouTube is a thing of mine I can’t get enough of. I love “getting to know” other people and get an idea on how they live their lives or just get inspired my their videos and gain motivation. I am following a lot of different YouTube Channels, but here are the ones I check for a new video almost every day:

Zoella (I just loose this girl. One of the reasons I started this blog and wanted to get more into it), The Sacconejolys (this family is simply amazing and the kids are soooo cute!), Nikki Blackketter (an amazing inspiration if you lack motivation of going to the gym regularly. Watching her videos actually makes me more than excited to go to the gym and work out.), Jaclyn Hill (this woman is AMAZING! She is so gorgeous and hilarious. Even though I am noway near being able to do my makeup the way she does, I love watching her videos.) of course I have subscribed to a lot more channels but like I said those are the ones I check regularly.

TV Shows / Series

You could say I’m an addict when it comes to those. Netflix is my life! Even though I like watching a movie every now and then the think I’m really into is tv shows. I’ll just list a few of the ones I am currently watching or watched and hope it won’t get too long: Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Suits, White Collar, Criminal Minds, Castle, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill.. I’ve definitely watched more, but can’t think of them right now. Some of them I am still watching at the moment, others I’ve finished and some I just stopped watching at some point, because I didn’t have time to keep up at some point and forgot everything that happened at the next so I’ll have to start watching them from scratch again.

 Other Things I Like 

Can’t think of any more topics right now so I’ll just tell you other things I like to do in my free time, when I’m not doing anything of the things listed above.

I like just hanging out with my friends, go to the movies or out to eat or for a drink and just chat a little. I am dancing at a club in my town for like 17 years now, which is a pretty long time if you ask me. Also I enjoy cooking and baking if I have the time (made these vegan cinnamon buns yesterday: Vegan Cinnamon Buns and some pumpkin soup today)

That’s pretty much it I guess. If you are interested in anything else let me know! And I would also like to hear about your favorite books, YouTubers and TV shows / series, so I have something to check out when I’m bored! 🙂

See you next week (hopefully) – xo

Why I decided to go vegan

I’ve been vegan for just three weeks now, but I still wanted to share how and why I decided to make that step.

I’ve been interested in the topic for a while just thinking it was kind of interesting. I can’t remember exactly how I even found out about veganism, but after I heard some things about it I wanted to inform myself so I bought a book and found the topic getting more interesting the more I read.

I didn’t go vegan right away though. I ate “normal” for a while after that and became a vegetarian in 2014. I actually didn’t plan on eating vegan for a while, because like most people, I was like “hell, you won’t be able to eat anything at all.” Then YouTube suggested me some videos from vegans and I just watched them and informed myself. Watched some documentaries and read some articles.

And then all of a sudden I thought “hey let’s just try it out” because I have to admit I was a little bit disgusted with what I saw and read.

Still I am not judging anyone who still eats animal products, because I think it’s a choice you have to make for yourself and you have to respect what people want to do or in this case want to eat. Because it really is a big change you have to make and can be kind of hard. That’s why I think it is important to inform yourself first and decide after that if you want to go vegan.

Here are some videos I watched and the website of a vegan cook, who’s books I love:

101 – Reasons to Go Vegan

Tips for Vegan Beginners – there are a lot more links in the info box of this video

Vegan Cook – Attila Hildmann – loooooove his books!

If you would welcome a post about Tips for Vegan Beginners from me, let me know. x