03.12.2012 – 1st day of SCD

Feeling this morning: a little grumpy as night ended at 5.30. Couldn’t go back to sleep and was very hungry.
Breakfast was quick (thought it would take longer), lentils tasted great, will remember to season spinach… Not sure if I’m full or not. Not so very motivated to do Pilates but pushed half way through.
Thoughts at night: Had too many eggs, feel sick but satisfied. Need to eat sth inbetween lunch and dinner. Came home starving but also forgot to eat beans at lunch.

What I ate:

Breakfast *2 scrambled eggs
*1/2 cup lentils
*1 cup spinach
Mid-Day Snack *Carrots & Hummus
*1 boiled egg,
*cucumber and tomato slices
Lunch *pork chop
*scrambled egg
* Salad
Dinner *Alaska Pollock
*Bowl of Salad
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02.12.2012 – or the nightmare before SCD

Hello there world!

I know I haven’t been around here for a long time. (okay a really loong time…) but there has been a lot going on in my little world.

And with all the stress, physical and mental, another problem arose: weight gain!

I have struggled with my weight pretty much my entire life, set off by a very bad disease which had me in hospital for half a year in 3rd grade and the medication increased appetite and reduced the feeling of being full.

I reached my peak weight during my exchange at 187 lb and worked off 33 pounds simply by going to the gym 2-3 times a week. Then I hit a plateau, tried changing my diet and have been bouncing back and forth ever since. Now… I’m back at about 176 lb and really discontent with the overall situation. I never ever wanted to go back there again!

So last week, I came across a great book: the 4-hour-body. I mainly got it to see, if the claims made had any significant scientifical background. Read it through in 2 1/2 days.

At the beginning I thought: “You can never, ever go without carbs! What do you do without pasta? Or your beloved bread? Let alone chocolate and sweets?” and then slowly I started considering it. Didn’t sound so bad after all.

Different then what I did before, I took my time to really get into the topic. Searched forums, communities and blogs featuring the Slow Carb Diet for recipes, stories and results. And it stuck with me. I could do that too. Maybe not for life but for quite some time.

Setting the starting date to Monday, 03.12.2012 helped me get prepared. I figured out a meal plan to have enough variety (nothing as bad as the same meal every day) and help prepare them.

As a student I have little time and money so it all takes some planning beforehand.

I stocked my freezer with proteins (fish, turkey, chicken) and my pantry with beans and lentils. And I got excited. Really excited. If it was for “my other self” (the bad, impatient one) I would have started right away. But like this, I had time to rethink and prepare. And now I can’t wait to get started.

Thank you for your patience and for finishing that post πŸ˜‰

from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

On the lyrical site…

I have a silent love for poetry, probably woken by an overly ambitious teacher who provided us with whatever lyric she could come up with.

Although, today I do not read poetry to analyse it, I’m still just so amazed by the talent the authors possess to put their thoughts into words, working with images, metaphors, rhymes… their ability to have me thinking about one outstanding line all day long.

Poetry is so versatile. It ranges from cute little notes with a special twist to elaborate stories following a rhyme flow that stays in your mind like a song. It can tell a whole story within a few lines, have you smiling like a Cheshire cat or make you question your attitude by the time you finish the last verse.

The way those everyday words, when put in the right hands, can create such beautiful pieces of art and castles in the sky is a bit like magic.

Therefore I’ll be showing two of my personal faves:

It is so cute and simple but it takes time to be understood. There was a point when I thought, this was just a random collection of words πŸ˜‰ It makes me smile everytime I read it.
And then there are the more thoughtful pieces:

Why I Hate Reading Maps

by Gabriel Gadfly

I have unrolled a map
onto my kitchen table
and put one finger
where you are and
another where I am.

The space between
is only inches. That close,
I could feel you breathing.
I could reach out and
run my fingers through
every strand of your hair,
touch your lips and
barely need to move.

In the corner of the map
there is a guide for judging scale:
every inch a hundred miles
full of roads and rivers and trees,
the guide a sharp reminder
that you are where you are
and I am where I am,
inches apart.

Can you feel the emotions in it? The slight tremble going through the narrator in the 2nd stanza? The frustration and resignation of the last lines?

It’s like listening to a beautiful song, leaving goosebumps all over your body. I just wish I had the talent to create something like that.

On the organizational part

Okay. I admit it. I’m a declutter-addict.

Seriously, I’m obsessed with decluttering, probably because my family has always been some kind of hoarder and collector… Nowadays I go through all my stuff all the time, kicking out a little every now and then. It’s a constant process.

And I love being organized. If it was for me, my flat would be covered in lists, charts and schedules {still keep forgetting things all the time anyways}.

But today I’m here to share two of my favourite {and free} printables to keep my life a little organized.

First of all, there is this really pretty birthday calender {yay, no more apology-cards ;)} from ThePrettyBlog.

It’s too sweet not to be used and I taped it across my fridge as a daily reminder, right next to the 2nd print: my weekly schedule from IHeartOrganizing. Be sure to scroll down and check out all of Jen’s awesome work. I love the bright and pretty colours.

It is so easy to stay organized when there people who make all these beautiful thingies for us. Thank you so much!

… from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

Second Project

Soo, now I’m back to Berlin. Well, I have been for the last 2 weeks almost, however, they let me work without break ever since… Haha. That’s Hotel business.

But on my train ride I had enough time to finish this little fellow:

He’s cute, don’t you think?

I used this Koala bear pattern for the body and limbs and invented the head myself because I couldn’t find a pattern to suit my taste πŸ˜‰

Gave him to my flatmate for her birthday because she’s so into horses. πŸ™‚

By the way, currently it is snowing outside when I look out of the kitchen window. And in my bedroom the sun beams in… Gotta love April πŸ˜‰

… from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

Finished the first project

As usual, little-Patricia stumbling through the big World Wide Web, I found this great site showcasing {free} Amigurumi patterns. For those who didn’t know {including myself}: Amigurumi is Japanese for little crocheted or knitted stuffed toy. And you can really find some cute patterns out there.

Soo… off I went, buying wool and hooks for teaching myself how to crochet. It looked like fun πŸ˜‰ And I adore how the result turned out:

For little Timmy I used this pattern by the amazing Joanne at CraftPassion. He doesn’t look exactly like the original cause I forgot to take the wool 2-stranded. xD It was quite an adventure doing this as a first project but I’m a little proud.of it. It’ll be a great Easter present for my sheep-loving-mom πŸ™‚ Next on my list: horse on a keychain for a friend’s birthday.

… from the sunny Freiburg with love,

Patricia

Math Exam: Check :)

Just finished my first Math Exam at university and I swear I have never done so much for math… And it feels great, thinking you got it all right πŸ˜‰

Plus: Today it’s so beautiful outside. We got 18 degrees Celsius in the middle of March and I feel like pulling out my summer dresses πŸ˜€

And here’s how I reward myself for all the hard work done in the past weeks:

There was a Chai Latte going with it but it didn’t make it back home πŸ˜‰ However, I have come to the conclusion that it’ll be quite difficult to reward myself the same way everytime I pass an exam. There will be 11 of them next semester…

And to perfect the whole day, here’s some great music for you:

Conor Maynard – Use Somebody (Cover)

From the beautiful Freiburg with love,

Patricia

Time to confess…

My name is Patricia and I’m terribly addicted to all things sweet and sugary.

And that’s why I cut out all sweets from my diet until Easter. Do I feel better now? No. Not really. Instead I miss chocolate and cake and cookies. But that’s probably normal for the first few days. I do hope though it’ll get easier day by day.

I’ve really been wanting to make healthier choices in eating, cutting out processed foods {That one wasn’t hard. I love cooking and baking :)} and carbs at nightΒ  but sometimes it seems just so hard to always worry about things like “Is this right to eat?” “Should I not have left that out?” Always feeling guilty when indulging in something you know is bad for your body and wondering whether you are getting enough nutritions with your foods. I’m not quite sure how to keep myself motivated especially when stumbling across these on the net…

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My newly discovered beauty routine

Since the beginning of the year I’ve decided to go {almost} all-natural on my beauty routine and I have to say, so far it works charms!

I have gotten rid of my bad acne if you don’t consider the few break-outs every now and then and my skin has a really healthy glow to it. It is great for my ecological conscience, not to speak about all the money I save from not buying those cosmetic-industry-driven products.

Soo here’s a short overview of what I changed for what:

Face Wash & Toner

Β Instead of rubbing off all the natural oils from my skin every night, I’m now using a mixture of castor and olive oil, also known as the famous Oil Cleansing Method. To read more about it try Beauty Suite 101. My mixture is 30 % castor and 70 % olive oil because I tend to have very oily skin. I’m using this method every night and afterwards apply a little of my “newly discovered” moisturizer.

Moisturizer

For a facial moisturizer I found that Grapeseed oil is perfect. It’s a very light-weight oil, anti-bacterial oil that doesn’t clog your pores. A few drops a just the right thing morning and night.

Body Lotion

The cheepest method I could find {all-time-broke student} is using pure Coconut Oil. I heated mine, added in a bit Olive oil for extra-nutrition and filled it in a pretty jar. If you have a little money at hand, you may add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. I do miss that girly-lotion smell. However be careful when using coconut oil. It liquifies quickly at higher room-temperatures and when exposed to direct sunlight.

Conditioner

The winner is: Apple Cider Vinegar! Mix about 2 tablespoons vinegar with 1 cup of water and pour over your hair. Let sit for a minute or two and rinse completely. It also remains stable for a few weeks in an air-tight bottle if you want to make larger quantities.

Body Scrub

For a refreshing body scrub I mix my morning coffee grounds with some shower cream. It makes a whole lot of a mess in the shower πŸ˜‰ but it is a really gentle scrub which might even help fight cellulite because of the caffeine.

Heat Protectant

Again my favourite allrounder: grapeseed oil. Spread a few drops on your hands and massage into your ends and use to flatten frizzy hair. Then blow dry or straighten your hair.

You can also turn it into a deep conditioning treatment by using it like shampoo, then wrap your hair into a towel and let sit for 30 minutes. Relax, breathe, have a coffee, paint your nails. Then wash as usual with shampoo and conditioner.

So that’s pretty much all about it. You may have noticed that I have not yet given up shampoo, I just don’t trust the baking soda treatment. Other products I can hardly substitute are my favourite shower cream, my deodorant and the medical toothpaste. And of course my decorative make-up…

But for a first, I think it’s been a great step towards a greener, healthier beauty routine.

Tell me! What else have you found helpful/essential?

from Freiburg with love ❀ Patricia

Out for the movies…

… or at least I wish I could have been. Was stuck in bed all day because of a terrible flu that makes its round here at the students’ residence.

So after I couldn’t sleep anymore, I said to myself, why not watch a movie, you won’t have time anyways when real life hits again.

My decision fell on: Toast. {klick to see the trailer}

It is a really hard-warming story of a little boy fighting his way through life. I strongly recommend you watch it when it’s bad weather outside,Β  hugged in a cozy blanket with a cup of chocolate in hands. There’s real comfort in this πŸ˜‰