Monday, January 4, 2016

Project New me - day 4


I have officially been a non-smoker for 3 days, 9 hours and 38 minutes (yes - I have an App that never forgets to remind me how incredibly slow time is going now that I don't smoke any more.
My strategy is survival, but I have also found these things help get my mind off cigarettes:

- Wine

- Long, nice walks (it is so cold in Vienna right now it actually feels like torture – kind of!)

- Wine

-  Chewing gum or ice cubes

- B- vitamins (recommended by the guy at the pharmacy, might be placebo)

- Sweets (Yikes)

I have tried nicotine gum (hated it, made my throat hurt really badly!) so I have decided to use my electronic cigarette in case of emergencies. I don’t want to use it too often as I am scared I will just get addicted to that too.


I also haven't had any Cola light since last year – but that achievement is overshadowed by the fact that it is so incredibly hard to quit smoking! Who would have thought? I heard some country wants to introduce a law that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone born after year 2000 – EVER! I say go for it! It will make their lives a lot easier…

The good news is: I made it without smoking and my hubby and kids are still alive (and miraculously we are still together). He is a keeper!

The bad news is: I've had cheese burgers (hangover) and a lot of chips and chocolate (no hangover). This too will end, next week I have planned to do a detox!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Same procedure as every year - with a public twist!

It's that time of the year again; time to make promises to ourselves that we can or cannot keep. Some people think New Year's resolutions are unnecessary; others embrace them – year after year. This year I will join the clichés and start my own journey towards a better life on the 1st of January 2016. I am in desperate need of a fresh start, and what better time to do so than on the first day of a brand new year.

Because I may or may not have a limited amount of will power, I have decided to use this blog as my diary. Hopefully it can inspire people, and give me the motivation to keep pushing when everything looks dark and hopeless. I know I will have ups and downs, but I am hoping to come out on the other end of this year as a happier, healthier and better person.

Being an "all or nothing" person, I have (of course!) decided to go all in. There isn’t an easy way to go about it (believe me I have tried!), so I am just jumping, head first, into unknown waters – without the many things that have been my comfort in life for way too long!

Cigarettes: Good bye little devils! I will miss you, but believe me when I say: it is not because I want to miss you! This is probably the most difficult part of my challenge, at least in the beginning. I am not proud to be a smoker but it does, unfortunately, feel very scary to become a non-smoker. Still, I will fight that evil little, nicotine-driven voice in my head with everything I have- so bring it on!!

Diet coke: When I lived in the US for a year I drank A LOT of diet coke, and long story short (insert person easily influenced by large corporations), fast forward 10+ years: not one day goes by without me drinking at least half a litre of the black goo. It needs to stop and it will. Cold turkey – the only way I know how!

Unhealthy food: This is a very tricky one for me! I LOVE anything with melted cheese on it, give me a good double cheeseburger and I will love you forever. I am also not a huge fan of most vegetables, but I do my best to hide that in adult settings. I take pride in not eating a lot of sweets, and usually celebrate that achievement with a bag of chips or a bowl of mac and cheese. Do you see what I mean? Action is needed ASAP, my body isn’t happy, and neither am I! I will be (way too...) open on the blog, but it is the only way- so please stop by tomorrow for the numeral proof of my binge-cheesing!

So in case you didn’t see where I am going with this: in two days I will quit smoking, drinking diet coke, and stop celebrating my ways with melted cheese (literally and figuratively)! I will try to find other ways to make me happy and keep me busy while doing so, and will post my findings, failings and successes on the blog. I will most likely not be able to run a marathon, or be a mindfull yoga-queen, but everyone has to start somewhere right?  

(I just ate a whole bag of peanuts while writing this - I have proved my point!)

Friday, October 30, 2015

International grocery shpping in Vienna..

Finally Friday- and in true Norwegian style: time for fredagskos (a newish Norwegian "tradition" that usually involves tacos or pizza and a whole lot of tv-watching on friday evenings!) We will make an amendment to the taco rule, and go for enchilladas instead!

One of the many advantages of living in a big city like Vienna, is that you dont have to buy the normal, store-bought Tex Mex brands (unless you prefer those of course!) I am sure you can find the right ingredients a lot of places in Vienna - but I prefer to go to Prosi

This international supermarket is in Vienna's 7th district, and has most of the things you need if you are about to cook something non-Austrian! Their prices are not too bad either, and they also sell the yummy tortillas from Casa de Mexico! So if you don't want to travel around the city for your PG Tips, Salsa, Pop Tarts and curry - this is the place to find all of it under one roof (yes, I generelize)

 My favorite enchilada recipe coming up later - until then enjoy your Friday afternoon!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Simple and cheap DIYs!

Before showing you all my recent DIY-projects, I though I'd show off some of my past favorites. I love any simple project that doesn't require me to do a lot of planning or shopping. Let's face it - there isn't enough hours in the day for luxuries like that when you are spending most of your time running from work to school to soccer and repeat!
These are all very simple and cheap DIY projects - let me know if you end up trying one out!