Funky Fitness Friday – ZRH

So I had orientation yesterday! I was quite surprised by how well my friends helped me prepare for university these last 2 weeks, as I actually already knew most of the info they told us and had done most of the things on their checklist. I was really relieved they showed us around the various university buildings as the Media and Communications campus is spread all over town… so it will definitely be an adventure getting from one class to the next! Among the people I had met, I felt like the super nerdy girl who was way too prepared, for whenever I asked the others about the books we had to buy or the courses they were taking, I received loads of confused glances, eye-rolling or pleas for help. Honestly, that gave me a slight boost of confidence, I guess 🙂 (don’t want to jinx it though!) Oh and also, I am not too worried about getting “distracted” from my studies as there were like 5 guys among the 600 girls….. some of the girls were really nice, and I already know who I can go to class with next week! Always good to have a study buddy for the first week 🙂 Workout-wise I’ve been trying to fit in as many classes as possible these last few days. I still didn’t make it to my favourite dance classes at Tanzwerk, but I plan on going tonight. I was going to go yesterday, but chose to spend time with some of the girls from my classes and later with my best friend instead. Also, I definitely need to cut back on partying, as my body really has not recuperated at all from this last half-year, and I don’t seem to be able to bounce back as quickly the next day anymore… weird development as I never used to have this problem, but I am taking it as a sign that I need more sleep and general “me-time”. Good thing school is starting on Monday 😉


Thursday:

Bauchtraining (yawn) and MAX. After falling in love with Les Mills CX Works, the standard for a good ab session has been set pretty high. I went to a class here titled “Bauchtraining” (ab work) but it was full of crunches with no breaks for 30 minutes. Les Mills taught me that there are so many other ways to train your core, and I frankly found the class to be very “behind the times”. I was very disappointed. The MAX class afterwards was fun though. It was basically a 30 min HIIT incorporating the step and various different muscle groups. There wasn’t much strength involved though, like as a cool-down as in Body Step, but it was good to do cardio for a change.

Friday:

Rest day from one night out. I was shocked how tired and weak I was feeling..

Saturday:

Stretching class: making mega improvements with my splits IMG_1654 Sunday:

Rest day, travelling back from Geneva

Monday:

I had all the best intentions in the world to start going to dance today, but just couldn’t muster up enough motivation… I made a pre-workout snack of egg whites and cottage cheese, but my stomach felt uneasy after and I just didn’t feel energetic. I went to town and bought protein powder and Kabocha instead. I’ve pinned a few recipes for protein energy bites and hope to make them this Sunday. I know that oatmeal is a great pre-workout snack, but I’m trying to find higher-protein and less filling alternatives for when I just need a boost.

Tuesday:

After not falling asleep until 3 am (apparently there was a full moon) I was still able to get up at 8 and go to Body Pump. We got to do quite a few tracks out of release 91! It is deadly with a capital D! In release 90 I was at a point in my training where I was able to increase the weights to 12.5 kg (either side) during squats. Now my legs were on fire with all the “bottom-half” squat-repetitions and had to decrease the weights again. Also, the triceps track is a killer… push ups, dips and using the overhead disk…. This release should definitely take my training to the next level! In the evening I went to a fixed-schedule dance class. I’ll be trying to go to this class (and Saturday’s stretch) as much as I can, and have marked it in my calendar throughout the semester, so that I have a bit of a fixed workout schedule. I will also try to always go to at least one Bodypump class, but will pretty much wing when exactly. Also I plan on spontaneously choosing dance classes (on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday) and trying to go to crossfit twice a month with friends.

Wednesday:

Bodypump (release 90 again, so increased my weights as I know this release by heart). I wanted to go to dance today, but saw my favourite teacher wasn’t there. She won’t be there today either sadly, but there are more classes I enjoy going to today than on Wednesday so I plan on going anyways.

Thursday:

I had wanted to go to modern, but didn’t take my dance clothes with me to orientation (I’m “special” enough as it is with all my hyper-active, totally open talking…didn’t need to be a pack mule as well 😉 ). By the time it was over, I didn’t have enough travel time to go home, eat, pick up my clothes and go to dance by 5.30 pm, so I decided to hang out with some friends instead.

Friday:

Today I plan on going to Barre a Terre, jazz, and possibly urban contemporary. Let’s see if I actually finally make it for a change. I really wonder what is holding me back… Now I am off into town to buy some last-minute school supplies and more kabocha squash (I just roasted the second one I had bought and have eaten too much already) and bananas, as I am planning on doing another smoothie-packed day tomorrow.

Have a beautiful day and go check out Sam’s blog for more fitness fun 🙂 !

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Thinking out Loud Thursday – 2 Weeks at home

For someone who actually really enjoys travelling and hopes to one day discover loads of the world, home has become the unwritten answer to all my problems. No matter what I am going through or dealing with, I know my life in Zürich will always cheer me up. During those last few days leading up to my departure from Munich, I was obsessed with counting down to when I got to return to the life I had missed. Don’t get me wrong, I adored my job and the people I got to meet, and all I got to experience – I wouldn’t trade it for the world… but living in New York and then Munich has taught me that I am a creature of habit. I am also someone who likes to please others too much, and thus forget that it would actually keep me more sane to “do my own thing” sometimes and even be alone.. despite my über-open personality… but that’s a story for another time.

I have now in retrospect learned to accept that I don’t really enjoy living with people who are very different from myself. For if I do, I tend to put things I enjoy or ways I prefer to act on the side to make and keep them happy, which of course results in me being very unhappy.. long story short: I miss my food processor, a kitchen full of vegetables and fruit and all my beauty products scattered in an organized mess. Those things were MEGA- lacking while living with others… I have learned how to treat myself well and what things make me feel good, and most importantly I strive on structured days I can fully control. I craved my weekends at home; I filled my days with yummy food, dance and body pump classes and my evenings with friends whenever I was home for the weekend – I felt free, and I have been enjoying this now seemingly never-ending freedom to the max for the last 2 weeks. No needing to return to Munich. I am home. For good.

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There are some things I have started to miss in Munich though…

1. My favourite café with the cute barista. I visited the café during my last week to give him one last chance to ask me out on a date, but he wasn’t there….

I coincidentally got to go again during the week, and also left with a steaming mug of matcha, but no phone number.

It wasn’t meant to be I guess 😉

2. My membership at Munich Gym expired during my second to last week and I sort of avoided going back because I didn’t want to pay the daily rate 3 times (which is almost as high as the monthly one). I ended up not going on Monday, because the classes I do are almost identical to Thursday (when I had planned to go anyways) , and had a yummy green smoothie in town instead 🙂 When I went in on Tuesday and explained the situation, the guy at the front desk told me he would deal with it. So I went and got changed, came back with my wallet and asked him what it would cost me and he said I should speak to the manager. She then generously extended my last month through the end of August (although my card had run out mid August). I was stunned and shocked by their kindness, and so very thankful that I got an extra week to enjoy my favourite gym… such a shame my flu took over and I had to stay in bed the rest of the week 😦 Sure, the gym in Zürich is great, but the community in Munich felt like this big fitness family.. all the more reason to return ;), even if it’s just for CXWorks, the protein shake bar and champagne after class.

3. I really miss the people I met and the friends I made – especially the girls from other magazines. I also really enjoyed all the press days and product launches where it was warmly welcomed to dive headfirst into my obsession with cosmetics

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Oh and of course, being published was kinda cool too 😉

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(there’s even one more page to come with my name on it!)

4. There are some things I am really enjoying being back in Zürich though too, like the ability to visit my cousin because he only lives a train ride away. Let me tell you, a 2.5 h train ride to Geneva is NOTHING in comparison to the nearly 5 I endured TWICE each weekend. The trip over to the French-speaking part of Switzerland was like a walk in the park… oh and I ate something amazing: Truffled Sushi! like, whoa whoa whoa how could that be so DELICIOUS? My taste buds have really been exposed to some great foods since I have been more open to eating fish.. like the afore-mentioned truffle salmon nigiri. I wish I had gotten a picture.. I guess I have to visit Geneva soon to take a picture of the yumminess 😉

5. It’s also great to go to my favourite restaurants with some of the best people. I mean, I do realise I used to go eat at these places at least once a week before leaving, but during this half-year away, I  barely ever got to go… I am quite surprised that I haven’t overdosed on Nagasui, Hiltl and Tiffins by now though, and have been enjoying cooking at home a lot. I’ve been a food prepping genius lately, but have noticed a tendency of convincing myself I need to snack when I am not even really hungry just because “the food is ready and tasty”.

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Like the dent I made in this roasted kabocha squash (did I mention how much I am loving this amazing squash?) A quarter of the pan is missing..

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And another quarter disappeared at around 3 am when I was not able to fall asleep because I couldn’t stop thinking of the deliciousness (I hadn’t eaten kabocha in years, so saying I could barely contain my excitement when I took the roasted goodness out of the oven would be a major understatement)

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I also tested this whole high carb, low-fat, 80/10/10, rawtill4 thing for a day.

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I made a mango banana smoothie with a papaya carrot centre. It was voluminous and filling, but didn’t keep me from finishing off the afore-mentioned kabocha.. I ended up caving and cooking some tofu for lunch when eating another massive smoothie or 500 g of grapes didn’t seem too appealing. So technically still going strong with the low-fat thing, but staying “raw until four” is tough!

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I did manage to fit in a green protein smoothie before Bodypump though 🙂 And I had loads of energy. Carbs are a weight-lifter’s best friend!

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6. So uhm guys, I can’t believe I actually waited until number six to tell you this, but: I am starting University today. Again. For the third time. But for real this time, I promise…. I’ve put a lot of work into prepping for this day and feel (slightly) confident, but am also so so so very nervous and putting way too much pressure on myself, because I really want things to work out this time round. I am staying in Zürich, which will definitely help the process as I won’t have to get used to a new city, live with strangers (see above 😉 ) and find new friends, like the last 2 times. I am full of joy and excitement (and a little bit of anxiety) and cannot wait to fill my brain with knowledge… I am majoring in Media and Communications and minoring in Management and Economics. I will probably be taking on French next semester as well and hope to add a second minor next year (Farsi) if things work out with my schedule.

7. I am in love with this weather. The smell of Winter approaching, leaves turning orange and cozy evenings with warm, cinnamony almond milk keeping you toasty, while during the day the sun is still warm enough to barely need that woolly sweater. I love this transitional time and am not looking forward to my Ugg boots and trekking through the snow to classes, and don’t really miss the scorching heat either.. I wonder if there is a place in the world where they only have one and a half seasons: Autumn and some Spring (I adore the months before Summer, but could do without those rain showers)

8. Tomorrow I will be sharing my weekly fitness post and I think you will be surprised to see how little I have been dancing (not at clubs!) since I’ve been back. I am quite shocked myself that I can’t seem to motivate myself to go to class, whereas I have not missed a single Bodypump training since I’ve been back. I’ve made up so many excuses as to why I shouldn’t go dance, and sometimes just ended up staying at home or in town instead… weird things happening people, weird things…

That’s it for me today. I need to get some rest for my first day. *Excited screaming*

Thanks Amanda for hosting!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Whirling Words: Random Ramble Wednesday

No this is not going to be thing. I will not be opening up my computer every Wednesday to spill my heart out into the world-wide web. But, I have a thing for cutesy, catchy titles that deem a certain regularity. So, while this might not become an only Wednesday thing, this might be a regular thing, because well.. I’ve got stuff on my mind. Stuff that doesn’t really have anything to do with Manicures or Concealers, Battements or Twists, but it does involve the other part of me that I have been starting to include more and more on this blog…

Somehow, after following oodles of healthy lifestyle blogs I realised that I had an extreme interest in what they were writing, how they were living and what their meals looked like. That’s just kind of what I am in to… I can’t explain this weird interest – it definitely has to do with how I grew up, having a health-conscious (nutritionist) mom, and my own developed interest in nutrition (I got my best ever Biology grade on a test about nutrition… I knew everything by heart because I actually wanted to!). And also, I’m just going to put this out there, women like to compare themselves to others… so if I’m already checking out other blogs and getting inspired, I thought it would be nice to offer the same for others to read 🙂

I was always told to write what I would read, and since I find myself clicking through these “non-make-up-blogs” more frequently, I’m now trying to adjust my blog in a way that I can develop it (and myself) into what I want it to be…I already started this journey with my nutrition post or this one from last week.

So long story short, I want to be able to share some of my thoughts on here and see if anyone reading what I put out in the world has had similar thoughts/experiences/opinions and would like to share. I am always really inspired by the support I see on other blogs and hope that mine could be one too someday…and no this will not become an online journal..the main topics will still be manicures, dance and snacks 😉

So, on that note, let’s dive in…

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I’m spending most of my time and money on travelling back and forth from Zürich to Munich. Somehow, the fear of being forgotten and left out is strong when you are only a short (4.5 h) train ride away… I didn’t have this fear when  I got up and left for New York, because I wasn’t afraid of losing what I had… I was always a social butterfly and was constantly surrounded by “close” friends – only, when I moved and didn’t have time to see everyone (and constantly be the first to strike up a conversation), I soon noticed who really did care. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now, leaving Zürich yet again, I notice a slight unsettled feeling inside… what if the friends who were left standing last time, will slowly drift away as well?

Those were my thoughts at first.. but then I had this beautiful talk with a dear friend whom I only see once every so often. He mentioned to me, that yes, while some might have shown their true character, I have also shown mine, which is: I can never truly abandon Zürich. The friends I have, I never want to, and never will, lose because I won’t let that happen (even those who didn’t care to contact me while I was in New York.. I somehow still care and keep in touch, but that’s another problem for another story). I realised living only a train ride away means I can go back whenever I want, and I never seem to pass up a chance to go home, see my friends, my parents, my dog, eat my favourite food and go to my favourite dance classes… but alas, while I love to go home, I feel I’m not offering Munich enough of my time.

Now I will attempt to spend a full weekend here. I didn’t really feel staying here was necessary before because my life is in Zürich, but since I will be living here for a while longer why not try to “live” here a little bit more? I noticed I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to discover the city I was currently living in AND to maintain life back home which lead to disastrous melt-downs every weekend where I did not want to go back to work… now, after my chat, I feel more comfortable trying to give Munich a chance while knowing Zürich will always remain in my heart, will always be my number one home and will never forget me because I would never let it, no matter where in the world life might take me…. I will always be that annoying person checking up on life in Zürich, asking my dearest and nearest family and friends what they are up to, even if all they have to tell me is that the milk at Starbucks is less frothy than usual… every little bit somehow keeps me connected and reassures me that I can try to let go a little and be more independent and thus less clingy. Because that is what I was being – clingy. I was clinging on to Zürich before I realised it won’t be going anywhere, out of fear of the “New York” thing happening all over again. But no – it won’t, it can’t, especially since I don’t want it to and could hop on a train whenever and go home…

There apparently are people who can just get up and leave and not care about the life they built in their previous hometown, but I most definitely am not that kind of person, and realizing this finally removed a lot of unnecessary stress from my life! Also I noticed that yes, currently I am living in Munich, but I won’t be here for very long. I might return every so often, but will still spend a vast chunk of my life in Zürich, which relinquishes more stress and pressure to get to know Munich as well as my hometown because I am not really building a life here at the moment…

So, there you have it, my first rant… now it’s your turn:

Have you moved to a new city? How did you deal with that?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Chocolate Brownie Protein Smoothie

IMG_1119New Year, New You!

IMG_1115I don’t know about you, but I do not plan on resolving to eat less chocolate in the new year.

IMG_1114I just plan on tweaking my recipes to make them super healthy so that I can eat them every day. Just like with this chocolate brownie smoothie!

IMG_1116Just like my strawberry cheesecake protein smoothie, this smoothie is protein-packed and good for you! Plus, it has raw cocoa powder in it – healthy antioxidants that keep you happy and healthy. 🙂 Chocolate = healthy? yay!

IMG_1117This smoothie tastes a lot like a chunky, chewy, chocolatey, fudgey brownie. So go ahead, make it. NOW! 🙂 It’s a perfectly healthy way to start the new year and it contains loads of good for you fats, fruit and protein!

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Raw Chocolate Brownie Protein Smoothie

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of soy milk if needed

Directions

  1. Put everything into a food processor
  2. process
  3. enjoy 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Grey Oats Variation

Oatmeal.

IMG_1088Definitely a favourite food. It’s fast and easy to prepare, requires only one pot and is more or less fool-proof (just always keep an eye on the boiling milk!)

IMG_1091Nut Butter. Also a favourite. No wonder I always pair the two.

IMG_1090Cashew nut butter. The absolute favourite of them all. I’ve written about adding it into my oatmeal more than enough times to prove that it is a delicious combination.

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To keep things interesting, I subbed millet flakes for the rolled oats. If I dare say so myself, I believe the Earl Grey Tea + Cashew Nut Butter combo is even more scrumptious this way. 🙂

You can find the recipe here, just swap millet flakes for the oats.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

I think I’m officially a walking Dough Ball

Ahhhh Christmas. It’s a glorious time of year. People are in a good mood, the streets turn in to magical wonderlands and there is plenty of festive food to feast on.

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And plenty can easily be replaced by oodles of, heaps of, or a cornucopia of food!

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Persian Rice

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Enter: the feeling of being a “dough ball”

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I’m generally someone who thrives on eating loads and loads of fruits and vegetables. In keeping with the “big words” used above, you could say I eat a plethora of them. Practicing control with healthy foods like those was never necessary and thus, I have no self-control when it comes to anything I like…

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I just eat, drink and be merry… and let me tell you it really gets to you when you start on the 21st..

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But complaints are better the morning after 😉 Let’s relish the deliciousness of this holiday and recap how I celebrated this year – my first Christmas officially not a teenager!

On the 24th my mom and I celebrated with family friends. We’ve spent the last three Christmases there and it’s starting to become a real tradition.

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I went for a glamour/chic look of a pale pink lacy dress, leopard print shoes, pink blazer…

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..and lots and lots of mascara!

IMG_1037We ate a wide variety of rice, salad, lentils, sweet potato and much much more! I also made peanut butter truffles and a raspberry frozen treat, but was incapable of remembering to take pictures… they were great though!

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I also finally enjoyed some pink champagne! 🙂

On the 25th we celebrated with my dad.

IMG_1051Leopard print shoes were a theme this Christmas… once open-toed and once just plateaued.

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IMG_1054..mascara was also a theme.. and so was loads and loads of food 😉

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On the 26th we went to visit my family in Vienna

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We enjoyed a lot of Viennese treats..

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We also enjoyed a lot from afar 🙂

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Vienna is a really beautiful city. I hope to visit it again soon! It reminds me a lot of Paris, with its majestic charm and royal flair.. I seem to have a thing for the romantic, magical ambiance 🙂

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IMG_1064Now that I’m back in Zurich, I need to go through a major detox to start feeling hunger again though, and feel less like a dough ball 😉

But of course, I had to have one more Swiss chocolate while enjoying a spectacular view during the flight back.

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IMG_1075Oh well, tomorrow is another day 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Brown Rice Miso Vinaigrette

IMG_0946You know how you follow amazing chefs on Bloglovin who seem to have time to balance work, family and healthy, scrumptious food all the time? And then you want to make yourself something amazing too, but find no motivation to make anything elaborate – or anything that requires more than just boiling a carrot. I constantly have this problem. I am generally a very impatient person and find spending time to perfect recipes irksome! I notice this also with applying nail polish or makeup – it has to be super fast and super efficient, never too crazy or outlandish, which also means that the things I create are never visually pleasant or presentable…

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But tonight I decided I had to treat myself to a “gourmet” dressing on my otherwise “normal” lettuce. No more taking the fast route. I will from now on take time to give myself food to look forward to! 🙂

And so, with this resolution, I bring to you

Brown Rice Miso Vinaigrette 

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon brown rice miso
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  1. mix all the ingredients
  2. add salt and pepper to taste

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After using half of it, I decided to add a bit of water to thin the rest of the vinaigrette down, so that I could coat a mountain of lettuce after already eating one serving. You could also just make more…

Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo