WIAW & Food Stress

These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster when it came to food. With all the exercise and training I am doing, I want to be able to fuel my body properly before and after each workout to ensure a full recovery – so I go to the store most mornings before work and stock up on food that is meant to last me a week of healthy snacks… but that doesn’t really work well..

I like to eat. And when I have food near/in front of me, I will eat it. Or I will imagine eating it/ remember a positive memory of doing so for so long, that I end up convincing myself I need to snack. When I am at the office I find myself mindlessly munching away, even when I am not hungry, and all the snacks I purchased to last me a while, get eaten up in one afternoon…I mean ok, it’s mainly just fruit, but the amount of fruit I have been able to consume lately has been freaking myself out – especially since I am technically trying to learn to practice portion control and the whole “everything in moderation” thing.

Not buying snacks is not an option for I live in fear of getting hungry or not having enough power at the gym (don’t ask why, I only have this while travelling. At home I can go hours snack-free). Having said that, my lunches here a more substantial than at home because I don’t have access to the same things and kitchen utensils so I turn to raw food (I mainly eat salads), which don’t really fill me up as much as cooked foods would. Technically I wouldn’t need a larger snack, like I eat at home pre-workout because I really am eating way more than I need to (nutritionally), but again, I still do, for whatever reason. So much so, I often eat more than I should in an entire day by the time my workout comes around that I start beating myself down for not having any self-control… although I know I have it.. I mean I have intermittent fasted at times.. but still I can’t stop snacking and overindulging in fruit and nutbutter at my desk.

But still I keep going on my quest to a healthy, balanced life. I know I do better in Zürich, so I try to calm myself down. It’s only 5 more weeks – ok I have no self-control here in Munich and probably won’t ever learn it, but in Zürich I somehow do and can go hours without snacking, so it will all be ok…

With this in mind, I always make sure I eat a post-workout snack, even if I had already eaten enough (calories), because I know that I otherwise won’t be able to train the next day without proper recovery fuel. Problems start there when I suddenly get “post-workout” hungry and don’t ever seem full. High protein meals to the rescue!

So that’s what is stressing me out lately and going through my head when it comes to meals in Munich.. it really consumes too much of my time and I need to work on transferring whatever I am doing right in Zürich to life in general, as I hope to travel a lot in my life and don’t want to stress out over not having access to my beloved kitchen at home every single time because of it… cause that would be sad..

And with all that said, here is a day of eats. Thank you Jenn for hosting!

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Breakfast

Green protein smoothie, with Chocolate Vital Protein, banana and spinach

Lunch

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Big salad filled with tomatoes, hemp seeds, kidney beans, peas and carrots, avocado and cucumber

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Dessert

Loving almond butter and dates lately. I’ve been eating at least 2 every day as either dessert or pre workout snack. If I don’t buy Medjool dates (pictured) I am able to eat half a pack of the smaller, plain dates as they aren’t as melty sweet and disappear way faster… (again no self-control, and it tastes sooooo goood)

Pre-workout

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Banana with peanut butter (I was actually able to keep the serving to this!) and 2 more Medjool dates with almond butter.

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Post workout

This is the tricky part. Sometimes I am hungry, sometimes I am not… if I haven’t had a smoothie I generally have a small one now, and a side of scrambled egg whites dipped in miso. If I am slightly hungrier I serve 2-3 eggs sunny side up over spinach. This time I wasn’t hungry when I started eating, but had a terrible sweet tooth from not eating much fruit all day (I really need to cut back on the fruit sugar, as my body is obviously addicted to it, like eating 1 kg of cherries without any problems). So to get that sweet tooth under control I had another snack right before bed.

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Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar with cashew nut butter

All in all I had a balanced day of food, but ate more than I should have. I really need to work on mindless snacking, as I am still fighting the “freshmen 15″ I gained in New York. The amount I am eating now is great for maintenance and for all the sports I am doing and it is great to know I can eat this much… but I also know I don’t “need” to eat this much and want to learn to eat when I am hungry and stop all this terrible snacking in between!

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Powder, Perfume and Face Wash – oh my!

I finished 4 products in the last 2 weeks. Amazing I know. So not me.

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*pats self on back*

I also haven’t received any replacements from the office! Can you believe it? I actually have enough products at home to survive without acquiring more. No surprise there though, huh? I am pretty sure you could all imagine that I gather and hoard too many products at home – but I must have shocked all of you by actually, finally getting round to using them ;)

What will become of me?!

On to some very dear to me products I will definitely be missing in my quest to be more economical:

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Farewell, old trusted friend. My morning routine will not be the same without you…

I have yet to find an appropriate successor/replacement that really meets Clarins’ Energizing Cleansing Gel’s standards. Sure, it might just be the placebo effect, but I do find it has “wake-up” qualities… all of the other products I own are just plain old cleansers. siiiigh. I guess I will have to make do with just their Energizing Lotion, but I cannot guarantee not caving and buying enough to last me a lifetime when that one runs out. Oh the things I do to keep me sane ;)

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Now this I am never worried about running out of. I always have at least 4 bottles of the Body Shop’s Brazil Nut Body Mist (it is my (inexpensive) signature scent after all). I keep one at the office, one in my room in Munich, one in my purse and one in Zürich. Oh actually I have (after finishing this bottle “had”) 6: I have backups stored away at home too.

Moving on..

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I have finally finished a compact powder! Those things never seem to end. And if I am brutally honest I doubt I would’ve ever finished it if I hadn’t been super clumsy (as always) and dropped the whole entire thing on to marble floors… leaving a crumbly, powdery mess and a few salvaged pieces of the (partially used) pressed powder. Maybe it’s time to invest in loose powder? Maybe then an (unavoidable) drop would mean fewer “casualties”?

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I actually bought this powder to use underneath my eyes to help seal concealer, but when I moved to Munich, I started using it over my BB Cream on my face as well for a little extra coverage, you know, multi-purposing and all that jazz, so that I could travel “light” and avoid bringing a foundation (which I ended up doing anyways) and my precious Météorites Powder (got one from the office…). I guess that was the advantage of them not having a small size available… you see I originally started using powder over concealer when I bought Bobbi Brown‘s Creamy Conealer Kit. Being the conceal-a-holic that I am, I frequently mixed and matched the various concealers from my collection in an act to try to use them up, but always finished off the look with a pat of powder from this kit. I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Zürich to buy a replacement powder, but that small size only existed as part of the kit, ergo I bought the larger size…

The colour really matched my skin perfectly, but I will wait to buy another one. I still have a few unopened compact powders to use up and have also started to drift away from the use of powder for a more natural, less cakey look anyways… let’s see what make-up path this one finished product will lead me on .

And finally:

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Another oldie but goodie… Clarins Gel Contour des Yeux. This is my second or third bottle that I have finished since my best friend took me to get my skin evaluated at the Clarins counter 3 years ago and if I didn’t already have a few other eye creams to use up at home, I would go ahead and buy another!

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Do you have favourite products you can’t live without and thus stock up on them? Or do you switch up the products frequently?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

People say that I’m a Dreamer…

..but I am not the only one.

That was proven once again last Thursday, when one of my childhood dreams came true.

I GOT TO SEE THE BACKSTREET BOYS LIVE IN CONCERT!

And you betcha that’s my tone-deaf voice singing along as loud as I can.

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Now I am not saying I am a hardcore fan… Yeeeeers I did buy the tshirt and filmed nearly every. single. song, and yes, I may or might not have known all of said songs by heart (I have a great memory and don’t forget things easily), but well.. what else was I meant to do.. it was the Backstreet Boys and I grew up listening to their songs and dancing along to their video clips (by the way, they still have the same choreographies and boy band moves).

I am still not a hardcore fan. I was not among the 35 + year olds swooning at Nick Carter when he waved in their direction, nor do I own all of their CD’s. My fascination of their music is purely nostalgic (I never got to see them when they were the bomb.com), and I wanted to enjoy  them while they were still relatively young and hunky and able to “shake what their mama’s gave them” (Howie’s words, not mine ;) ). I guess I kinda saw this as a once in a lifetime experience that I had to enjoy to the max.

Oh and another fairly legitimate argument for why I am definitely no hard-core groupie: I also adored NSYNC*. Oh the horror…liking rival boy bands?! How could I…

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The concert was held at Live at Sunset, which is my mom and my favourite venue. The atmosphere is relaxed and genuine –  it’s not overly packed and the spectators go there to enjoy a nice evening outside with great food (from Hiltl, Yoji’s and Nooba to name a few) and close to their favourite musicians – even the one or two random husbands/boyfriends who were most likely dragged there against their will were having a fantastic time by the looks of it.

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I went there last year to see Sting and Natalie Cole as you may recall.

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This was the first time I couldn’t go with my mom and it was hard not to share my first “boyband” concert experience with her. She is always up for a good performance, even if she isn’t the biggest fan, so I made sure to send her all the videos I made that night.

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They really knew how to rock the stage. I had such a fantastic time, I am kind of glad I got to see them at an age where I can appreciate old memories of them being “the next big thing” and of myself annoying my parents by always wanting to listen to them in the car… although it was kinda freaky to be able to say: Ohhh that was my favourite song 10 years ago. 

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I am officially growing up. Music is changing. Boy bands should be a thing of the past and I fully embrace that. Buuuuuuuut first take me to the next S Club 7 reunion…. Cause there are somethings I will never give up on #foreveryoung :)

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With attitude and nailpolish, Anoushé xoxo

Gone, going, gone

Hello world, hope your listening..

Do you guys know that One Republic song? For some reason, every single time I start a blog post with “hello world” I can’t get that song out of my head.

GREAT – now I can’t stop thinking of Kylie Minogue in that white leotard singing na na na, na na na na na…

Wow; look at the jumps I just made (all while also listening to this song). Multitasking #forthewin !

Before I move on to the actual topic of the day, let me jump back to the first song I mentioned. I just looked it up as I only ever knew the first two lines and found the second verse sooooo pweeeeetty:

“I get lost in the beauty
Of everything I see
The world ain’t half as bad
As they paint it to be”

Oh and a quick quote I am currently loving before officially moving on:

Definitely something I am trying to live by…

Now on to more superficial things: I HAVE USED UP MY FAVOURITE CHAPSTICKS

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I wore these daily – they were the perfect pink hue… natural, yet visibly shiny and creamy as can be.

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Now the Bebe chapstick I can easily replace (I just haven’t gotten round to it yet as I have a “pearly white” version of it to use up for the time being). The one I am really mourning is the Labello “Love Therapy” chapstick, as it has been discontinued. When I bought it 3 (!) years ago, I left it in my purse among 50 000000000 others and barely ever touched it. But when I decided to limit my opened products and cleaned out 90 % of my bathroom (extremely necessary again!!) I finally started to use it more (interchangeably with Bebe) and fell in absolute love.

It was slightly less creamy than Bebe, a darker pink and a bit more sparkly – I especially liked its sweet raspberry flavour.

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I have however tested darker colours during the day, as I only ever wear discreet winged eye makeup* and can thus legitimize a bolder lip

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(*It’s still somehow enough eyeliner to receive witty remarks from my dad like: “You look like Amy Winehouse today”. Seiously? This is how Amy Winehouse did her eyes… this is how I do mine. Spot the difference? Yeah I thought so…)

Anyhow, this is not meant to be yet another winged eyeliner post, but one about a favourite “empty product”… I drift off too much sometimes…

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I really hope Labello starts selling Love Therapy again. It’s reasons like this that taught me to buy 5 of everything, if I find something I really like (even though it takes me foreeeeever to finish anything), because you never know when they could be gone, going, gone… (I’m on a roll with including lyrics today. GO ME :))

Have a great Thursday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

IBIZA 2014

Hello hello :) Look who’s being a model blogger and posting regularly again – I’m back baby ;)

As promised on Sunday, I bring to you a recap of my spectacular week on none other than my fav of the Islas Baleares: EIVISSA (or Ibiza in non Catalan terms a.k.a Spanish)

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I mentioned to you about a year ago that I feel a real connection to this particular island’s vibe… something about the hippy-ish, party thing they’ve got going on while still being sort-of down to earth and chilled really speaks to me. I guess the island sort of describes me well: I’ve got that wild, open, fun, talkative, party personality (read: hyperactive mojo that I cannot (will not) switch off) while also love the little things described on most dating homepages ** like oh I don’t know let’s say long walks on the beach (yawn ?), captivating discussions on life (yikes), beautiful flowers (well who doesn’t), pretty bracelets (which is just ma thang) and and and and… a really good sangria? Or does that fit into “party” ? Nevertheless: me and Ibiza, we just go together like PB and J, ok?

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(**sidenote: I have yet to desperately sign up on one, but we girls all seem to think alike and think certain “fun facts” attract a particular “type” (uhm, NOT) so I have a presumption on what one might find there.. okay? ;) )

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My mom and I first started vacationing on the infamous party island when dear friends of ours invited us back in 2002. My mom being her slightly paranoid self (and I say this in the utmost loving way) couldn’t imagine why our friends would choose a drugged up, boozy British infested island as a family vacation destination and politely declined with each and every passing Summer – until said year. I don’t know how much begging and pleading went in to her booking our flights there, but knowing her will-power is far stronger than mine (I can melt like butter in a frying pan if convinced with plausible arguments… and am not too bull-headed about the idea in the first place, otherwise I can be strong like an Amazonian too  ;) ) I can imagine it took plenty of convincing… and we were both glad she “caved”: We proceeded to visit Ibiza every single following Summer.

Here is a quick photo blast from the past:

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DAVID GUETTA

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We soon discovered the hidden jewels the island had to offer.. sure it is known for its parties (and they really can be as awesome as raved about) but Ibiza also offers loads of culture, history and ambience…

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And so you can imagine the amount of memories we had established by the time my father thought it was his turn to explore the magical island… And explore he did: My plan for this holiday was to show him the places I found particularly special about the island, not the places he would normally be invited to. I made a point of going to the usual “hangouts” – places my mom and I discovered – as it truly was hard for me to be there without her for a full week and I couldn’t bear not experiencing the same adventures (the last time I was only there for 2 days, also with my father.. my mom and I sadly haven’t been back since I was 16).

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But of course reliving a moment sometimes makes you forget the creation of new ones.. I don’t know how many times I annoyed my dad with: “Well Mommy would have done this differently” instead of just embracing the fact that, despite it being the same island, the same place and sometimes the same friends around us, it just couldn’t be the same experience. Looking back I probably should’ve taken my own advice to heart and tried to “live a little, loosen up, “yolo”, not compare as much to the past, stop living in the past generally….” But we’ve all been there, and done that (I think).. and as already mentioned it is becoming a big goal of mine to stop worrying/over thinking and just LIVE.

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Carpe Diem, and all that jazz…

For example: the scene: We went to my favourite sunset café in the world (Café del Mar) and then went to the cutest place where they only serve Pan con Tomate (bread with some tomato spread on top), the best manchego cheese and jamón – that’s it. Talk about not being very paleo ;)

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Anyhoo, by the time we had relaxed, enjoyed the music, the sunset  and dinner, our original plan of heading to Pacha for Steve Aoki was slowly starting to feel too overwhelming… what – you want me to put on makeup, a dress and high-heels and go pay too much for 1 night of music and terrible pick-up lines? Uhm..

But then my dad came to the rescue and said he would drive us there (at like 1 am) if we got ready ASAP. Note: I hadn’t showered yet and my friend was about to fall asleep, because, well we thought we were going to be boring and not go after all.

So at 1.30 we were walking into the club…and danced…and were thrown cake at (I had whipped cream ON MY ARM – Aoki is CRAY CRAY)… and had the most AMAHZING time.

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I will be uploading some videos from that night and the night I saw Calvin Harris (OMG) later, as WordPress seems to have trouble with large videos…

Now having a fun girlfriend along for the trip not only meant fun disco party nights, but also waaaaaay too many pictures. The rest of this post will be conducted with limited commentary (I know, almost impossible for me ;) )

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Love these two :) My godmothers children

Love these two :) My godmother’s children

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Gotta do yoga

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The time I copied Pinterest...

The time I copied Pinterest…

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She put sand into my bikini!!!

She put sand into my bikini!!!

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Cause I can only stay "serious" for so long

Cause I can only stay “serious” for so long

Yeah.. that happened

Yeah.. that happened

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Oh and for those of you who kept on scrolling and reading all the way until the end, here is a treat:

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DAVID GUETTA WAS AT THE BEACH WITH US. But of course, when we went up to him and asked for an autograph, he was too busy relaxing… he didn’t however say that to the skimpy-dressed girls who asked as well… shame

Looking back at these pictures make me want to up and leave for the island again.. I had such an amazing time with family and friends and cannot wait to go back :)

Thanks for reading! There will most likely be more pictures coming your way with the video uploads, as I didn’t want to make you look at ALL of them at once ;)

Have a beautiful day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Pump, pump, pump it UUUUUP

Yellow. How are you today? The weather in Munich is miserable with a capital EHM. Where is the gorgeous Summer we’ve long been waiting for? Talk about Summertime Sadness, people…

“The Queen is (most likely) not amused”

The only thing keeping me going during this dreary, rainy day is knowing that I will be going to my favourite BodyPump class this evening. I mean, not even tofu curry (and rice) made me happy – the HORROR! (I am now also craving chocolate.. carbo-loading…. I guess? )

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Ever since slowly seeing some results in terms of strength and how my clothes fit (no big differences yet but slowly seeing some changes), I’ve been better with a) my food choices (about 80% of the time, especially when not in Munich) and b) being disciplined and powerful at the gym. BodyPump is the class I try to never, ever miss. I aim to go 2-3 times per week, definitely on Tuesdays and Sundays, and if I can also Monday or Friday. It really depends on where I am and what my week looks like (and how much my legs hurt from squatting too low with too much weight ;) ). Of course I could just do my own weight training, but I try to do those only once a week to work on technique.. I tend to not push my self as much in solo training sessions.

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*Must be the little diva inside me wanting to be noticed ALL THE TIME. Limelight, centre stage, the one with the massive smile and talkative personality to match: That’s where you will find me ;) *

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It’s funny really. I was at a stretch class a few weeks ago working on my splits, when the instructor put my feet up on blocks and said: Work harder. She helped by pushing me down lightly… the pain was atrocious but all I could do was smile.. it’s like the 8th World Wonder or something..what is wrong with me? I guess I smile through pain? Is that… good? Hmm…

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Fun fact: my name means happiness (sort of) and yesterday I learned that my last name could be some sort of derivative of people dancing with scarves. Interesting how names can unconsciously describe people…

Back to Pump.

My addiction has become so extreme that I have even shlepped my father to the class.

Post workout selfie

Post workout selfie

He isn’t as convinced… yet ;)

Oh and guess what: I have learned to embrace my round behind: It helps me squat 16 kg and is the perfect “accessory” on the dance floor. If that isn’t reason enough to love it, I wouldn’t know what is. My name on Instagram isn’t anoushaykin_it for nothing ;)

Sidenote: Does dancing like a mad-woman at a club count as a workout? I think it should… Oh and did you know that Vodka is vegan (love this by the way – I want the shirt!)

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I’ve managed to go:

  • Right after coming back from my vacation
  • after sleeping 3 hours and partying all night
  • with only 5 minutes to spare and missing the warmup

…now that is dedication

And I have not just fallen in love with BodyPump.. I absolutely adore all of Les Mills’ repertoire. For cardio I go to Step, for 6-pack abs I go to CX-works, for HIIT I hope to go to Grits (it hasn’t been released here yet)… I’ve even been to their yoga/tai chi/pilates class a few times.

I am HOOKED.. and even thinking about training to be an instructor. You know while also wanting to take up CrossFit, go back to yoga, be a choreographer, finish my BA, write a book….. – yeah we’ve discussed that.

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Stay tuned for some progress reports on my training sessions and life in general.. as you can tell there will probably be a few posts and recaps with my growing fascination of it all :)

Have a beautiful, yet rainy day! I am still craving chocolate!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure (Monday) Sunday – I’m Back!

Helloooooooooooooo blog world. How have you been?? Sorry to have gone MIA these last 2 weeks without a proper goodbye (or maybe my rant was a sign of being burnt out?). I was on holiday (yaay) and my absolute favourite island seemed to have trouble with WIFI everywhere (not so yay) #truestory…

Honestly I was doing pretty well with no internet until my phone magically connected to the non-working WIFI in our house, received a few messages, but then proceeded to not load anymore, leaving me frustrated and longing for 3G. This pretty much happened throughout the island until our last night, where we were at a restaurant with working WIFI…. which meant I only put my phone away to eat my meal… talk about father-daughter bonding (he was on his phone too) “virtual dinner”?

But still, no internet does not forgive my absence from you wonderful people. And then I came back to a short workweek (I had Thursday and Friday off for a pretty spectacular reason ;) ), and to Germany winning the World Cup (i.e. plenty of late nights) so had LOADS of work to catch up on before heading back home to ZH…I should’ve sent a smoke signal or something to let you know I hadn’t forgotten about you… but I’ll make it up to you by bringing some sunshine and showing you pictures from our stay on the island and of life lately.

But more about that later. Manicure Monday Sunday is long overdue, so my holiday recap can wait – for now

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Deborah Lippmann 

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I’ve only tested two of her nail polishes so far, and find them to be of great quality: Highly pigmented, long-lasting and shiny even without a top coat.

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Overall more than satisfactory. If only the brush were a bit more like that of Dior’s, then it would be a done deal. But that stands for most nail polishes that aren’t made by that house of couture ;) (Cause we all know ESSIE could use a different brush too…)

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I also quite liked the colour “Break 4 Love”. I mean.. it matches my protein smoothie

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And I would totally break 4 love.. plus I LUUUURV my boyfriend/car

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So overall the nail polish suits me in many different ways possible. Win/Win ;)

Now to keep you guys reading (I have a waterfall of thoughts on life, photos and random quirkiness coming your way), here is a teaser on what is yet to come:

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IMG_2273Wishing you a great Sunday :) I’m off to my favourite BodyPump class (another thing I will be posting about ASAP)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo