A little health update

Hey guys,

sorry that it´s been that quiet lately for soon a week – but since Sunday I am pretty much all struck down thanks to a flu that I probably already had caught in Bremen at the concert. The week that followed on after the show was already tricky, that Thursday last week I felt really bad and on Friday I had stayed at home and did home office already simply because I didn´t have the power to go to the office.

The last weekend did not make it any better, and a visit at the doctor´s showed what I had feared – that all my symptoms, the fever, the aching joints, the weakness, the “i am sleeping all day”, belonged to the flu and I was able to do was rest.

And that´s what I did – I hardly moved out of bed, and the way from bed to couch was already feeling like a marathon at times. I slept up to 18h a day, and now I am slowly getting better. Baby steps, really.

Today my doctor said that from tomorrow on it´s supposedly getting better because I am halfway over the time it usually takes to get over it – well I really hope she is right, because this exhaustion and dizziness and weakness and everything is really killing me. I´ve never been the healthiest person but this really kicks my ass right now.

So yeah, I am off to bed now again and sleep yet another round!

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Hello, Bremen! (10.02.2018)

It´s funny that so far I had only seen the main station, the airport and the soccer stadium in Bremen. I noticed that when I was planning this little trip in order to see Versengold play in Bremen. So I kinda listed a few things I wanted to see, booked my car and then started the trip at 9am in the morning, in icy temperatures. And being somehow not in the mood for driving and walking around but still – I did it!

And those temperatures really killed me later on – because the closer I had come to Bremen, the less sun I was seeing. In Hamburg and on my way to Bremen I still needed my sunglasses whilst driving, in Bremen itself the sky was just all grey. And still it was cold.

I was happy I found a parking spot close to Schnoor, the oldest part of the city – but 4 Euros for 2h parking at a parking lot right next to the street was too much for my taste, but no chance to get it cheaper anywhere close by.

So I started walking and walking and whilst I started with chec

king out the Schnoor area, I continue with the cathedral and afterwards literally asked google for interesting sightseeing stuff close by and how hilarious routes I walked you can see on the screenshot 😉

It was nice, because I love looking at old buildings, but especially at Schnoor it was too crowded for myself – I really don´t know at which time it would be empty and proper for photographing.

But I always had people in my shots, but still it was fun. But cold. Really cold. Too cold maybe. My legs were halfway freezing and I was happily driving to the venue – in the warm car.

But there it was no bit warmer of course, no surprise. Why should it. Except the fact the venue was in an area

where I would not want to live to be fully honest. And it was funny seeing the police station right next to the venue – at first I was really worried when I saw police cars and police men going for the venue (that´s what I thought) – just later I noticed it was all harmless hahaha

And parking in that parking house was no bit cheaper than in the centre – okay, it was but still I paid nearly 10€ for the time I have been parking there. Ah well, shit happens. At least it was warmer in the parking house than it had been outside – and it didn´t matter anymore how you tried to warm up during waiting xD

The concert istself – check out the last post before this one 😉



Last but not least – here is the GALLERY for the shots I took in Bremen city centre:

Here you can check out all photos:

https://carinaullmannphotography2.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/sightseeing-bremen-germany-02-2018/ 

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Concert: Versengold – Nacht der Balladen (Bremen, 10.02.2018)

Writing this one is a tough one because my brain is still processing the evening if you can even say so. It´s simply been a touching experience – this night of mostly ballads.

Anyways, the show was totally different – seated, a small venue, mostly ballads, new arrangements and a totally different feeling, a totally different athmosphere. And I was surprised how hard this different atmosphere actually hit me.  I was really in need of tissues because I got so emotional. Back to topic – they had an additional percussionist, additional strings. I am not sure if it really needed the latter.

So we came into this venue, one of us dropped off the jackets and then we ended up waiting in front of another door anyways – but at least they had let us into the warmth earlier than it had been written on the tickets. It´s been so bloody cold that you were fully frozen after waiting. It´s not really been fun even though the company good 😉

And then after yet another hour waiting at least inside and on our chairs – yaaaay, frontrow again! – it was time. The curtains were closed, and the show started. The start into an intimate, honest and emotional evening. They played so many songs that mean so much to me, like “Vom Zauber des Wildfräuleins” that has been right from day 1 been a song that felt like THE song to me. And hearing it finally again surely gave me goosebumps and tears.

Just as “Nebelfee” – when I had heard it for the very first time, I was touched, and in such a setting like in the video, tracks like that become even more dangerous for the heart. And yes, I have been crying a lot – it hasn´t really surprised me, but still surprised me some way.

And then – my personal highlight because I had so wited for that – “Tjark Evers”. Initially a song by another german band, Schandmaul, but changed to a certain German dialect to make it more appropriate. And I had been counting days to finally hear this song live. And then it was there. And I felt like it just dragged me into a totally different world far away from reality.

But I was also happy to hear some songs where you did not need to be sitting – okay, here comes the apology to the rows behind me: sorry I´ve always been so quick in standing up, but faster songs just do never keep me sitting. No chance. Give up.

And of course – I totally got excited when they played – right after the break they did – “Biikebrennen”. I love this instrumental, and if they would have not played it (even though it clearly is no ballad) I would´ve been highly disappointed. I think I had never been up from a chair and dancing as quick as last night when I noticed the tune xD Same goes for another instrumental part – I just love those. And I don´t care what anyone thinks about me when I am simply having fun then 😀

What I haven´t yet mentioned was, that they also had a female singer- after having been really skeptical due to some not so convincing live video on Facebook and my general dislike against female singers, I really liked it. Okay, except for sone song where for me it simply did not fit to have a female singer plus she didn´t sound too well during that one. But I can get through this one, though it´s also a really important song to me.

So I´ve been talking around and around…CONCLUSION?
I loved it, it´s been a great experience though I am not sure if it´s the right format for me. Why? Because I already am a melancholic and thoughtful person in “everyday life”, and hearing loads of emotional ballads in a thoughtful atmosphere – I am really not sure if that does the trick for me compared to the “normal” shows that Versengold usually do. Usually I can turn off the mind and totally dive into another world, go to my happy place – and this show rather has been a “look here that shit happened and that sad thing happened and here have some tears” show for me.

I will nevertheless go to Leipzig as I had planned and also I have booked everything. Simply because I want to see if it feels different when seeing the show a second time when not everything is new and super emotional. Let´s see what happens.

But that all does not mean that the show would be bad – it´s really great, and something you should see if you like the band – because it´s just so different to the usual happy crcazy escalating shows you get to see. Full of emotion, quiet passion, melancholy…

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Inspire me!


Lately people asked me, if – now that I workout and run so much – if I had any role models. I must have one they said. And so I actually sat down for a while to think about it and: no, I do not have a role model.

BUT: I have runners that do inspire me. For zillions of different reasons that partially are even hard to put into words. And the funfact right at the start: those people I actually just found via Instagram and later figured out that they´re not all unknown in the end.

And that´s already the first point that makes them special: they´re approachable, they don´t look down on you, they reply to comments, they´re eager to help fellow runners and they share a lot about their runs and what not.

I know, I know, you read until here to hear names. Would be too easy and nice from me to already give them, right?

My first inspiration is a German long-distance runner, who was German Champion over 5000m and 10.000m and even was European Champion in 2006 over the 10k distance. And here you go with the name: Jan Fitschen!
I am closely following him on Instagram, and he´s a great motivation for me with all of his posts and everything. The way he acts, down to earth…honest and just normal. And I LOVE when he is giving his tips in e.g. his stories and such. It´s really helping me, because I am really at my beginnings. With my knowledge and everything – all I have is google because I don´t feel like joining a club or team (yet) and simply don´t have the money to go for a coach right here or anything like that. In all ups and downs, always a good portion of motivation is to be found in his posts! And that´s just what I need in my half-marathin preparation time!
I would SO love to meet him…that would totally boost my motivation…

The second runner that is inspiring me is also German, and is a long distance and ultra distance runner. Maybe some of you know #runwiththeflow or have read it somewhere already. And the name is: Florian Neuschwander!
He is also someone I got to know thanks to Instagram– and he is someone who is a funny and entertaining guy, and inspiring through the stuff he does and the distances he just easily seems to be running. I really cannot exactly tell why he is inspiring to me, he simply is. And makes me wish I was able to run just in the same surrpundings where he is runing…so jealous!

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Half Marathon – Training Week 17 (29.01.2018 – 04.02.2018)

30.01.2018

25 crosstrainer // 16min stretching // 40min weights

I received my resistance bands today for my hip workout and was totally eager to use them right when stretching at gym anyways as I usually did – and well, the difference between with no band and the thinnest one – bloody hell! I did suffer, believe me – the rest of the workout was nothing against that.
Okay, maybe some of my leg exercises, some of those are simply not my faves and never will be but – no pain, no gain and shit like that!

01.02.2018

35min crosstrainer // 17min stretching // 51min weights

I really didn´t feel like doing a lot of cardio today and I was happy when my warmup on the crosstrainer has been over- I was feeling as if I had run a marathon already.  The strength training then went better – still not as good as it could have been but I was okay and happily exhausted doing my programme.

03.02.2018

50min crosstrainer // 17min stretching // 42min weights // 25min seated biking

Cardio day today! That was my plan, but in the end…So yes I did a lot of cardio with trying a new programme when being on my crosstrainer and at the end of the workout I decided to add on some seated biking.
But in between it´s been of course stretching (why do guys always look at me as if I was an alien when warming up properly?) and then more weight training than I had initially planned and I made it legday. But I felt good, and time was running faster than I had expected.

04.02.2018

4.47km – 35min running

So it was snowing outside, and cold and usually not a time where I would happily go for a run but today I just felt like I had to. The first run since my injury and physiotherapy and the run itself felt really good, though I noticed I was out of shape no matter how much I did cardio and everything – it´s still something different.
After the run I noticed how my muscles stiffened and my injury made a bit of problems gain – but during the run I was high on happiness. As simple as that!

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A bit about this and that


This blog entry will be probably a bit of everything – usually I have my headline ready and then fill it up with content, you know – this syndrom of always needing to structure everything, plan everything and have it in the own hands.

Today I will be just writing about whatever comes to my mind, now that I returned from my very first run after my break. Well, actually I am still on that annoying break but when I saw it had snowed, I had to get into my running shoes and give in to it. And I didn´t regret it, though the brain said it´s been a probaby really stupid idea – snow, maybe slippery and then going for a run. But my mind was happy in the end, and that´s what counts. Soon physiotherapy again – and though I love my physiotherapist, it really starts to be annoying as it kills two evenings a week. I could really think of something nicer than this – like a lazy evening of not doing anything at all or so.

Simply because my half-marathon training has really eaten all of my free time and no matter how much gym and everything makes me feel good and clears m mind, the times where I am simply annoyed about it all and would like to ditch it all. I am simply not used to really devoting that much time to training up to a certain event, it´s something totally new for me. And besides that physical aspect, I really got to know me better, body wise and especially mind wise. And I learnt how much the mind plays a role in all of this – in good and bad times, on good and bad days. And I am surprised I can be so full of discipline, never would´ve guessed that. But yeah, I am happy when I have finished my half marathon and have less pressure for going to workouts and for runs..

But well, until this is gonan be the case, a lot of other things are coming up…Versengold concert in Bremen coming weekend, the weekend after it´s Versengold in Leipzig and at the start of March Apocalyptica in Glasgow. And what I am also really looking forward to is my vacations in Abu Dhabi – though everything feels so far away and whilst I am planning so much at work, for my private life I really suck at planning and arranging right t the moment. Maybe I used all my energy for work and gym that my brain simply says no afterwards. All my discpline is used up once I am home hahahaa

Same goes for being social – I guess I never needed that much time to myself like I need it right now. Okay, I don´t have much time anyways, but when I do, I like to be alone – with TV, with computer games, music or my books. Just not being social – even though I like my friends, I simply don´t have the power to socialize xD And that´s what most of my friends at least understand, luckily. Still, I feel guilty about being so unsocial but I cannot change it at the moment somehow. Also I am still searching for the excitement for all my concerts trips – usually I was all excited in advance but now it is rather like “okay, I am going to a show…and actually I am too lazy to travel”. I have no idea what happened to me hahaha I have become such a boing person…but once I am there, I will be all happy and enjoying it, even though I really have been becoming calmer and less outgoing. But that´s totally fine ^^

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Boost the workout, kill the rest


A year ago I would´ve been laughing and shaking my head about poeple who are using any kind of energy supplements for the workouts. That especially counted for those energy boosters giving you more strength and endurance during your workout – I never understood why someone would need or use it.

And then at ome point I had a phase where I was exhausted but still wanted to be working out at gym and needed energy – so I ordered a booster and tried it. And I love the way it makes me energetic and active and everything. So good.

And I simply ignored the possible side effects – I wasn´t sleeping properly anymore during nights that followed on my workout, insomnia at its best – and I had no idea why that was happening. I was blaming it on simply being stressed out or having had enough sleep anyways, so no big deal.

Then I started tracking my heartrate and was a bit surprised that it was higher than usual – not really making any connection. I simply thought I was out of shape, having a bad day or anything like this.

And then came the day of the MudMasters run where my heart rate didn´t want to go down anymore even when I had been resting in the ambulance. That was the wake-up moment for me, really. From then on I used the booster and really watched how I felt and how everything had been different to the “normal” me – the higher heart rate, the heart rate that hardly calmed down after having worked out, the insomnia always only on days when I had been using the booster…

So from the initial dose of the booster I went down to 50% of it and now am down to around 25% of what they say on the box how much to be using. And that is okay – but I can only encourage everyone to have a close eye on how the body reacts onto such things. It can be dangerous, depending on how well your body is doing.

And no, I am not as such saying that boosters are bad – I just have a not fully positive experince with those so far, that´s why I encourage everyone to think about how they use it – just as I would advise with energy drinks, caffeine pills and what not.

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Half Marathon – Training Week 16 (22.01.2018 – 28.01.2018)

23.01.2018

33min crosstrainer // 16min stretching // 25min weights

Discipline is what made me hit the gym today – not the will for a workout. It had to be done and I know that I must not skip training days because if I do, I would never get my half marathon going and working out.
So yeah, my bad mood – I felt sorr for everyone at gym, I simply put on my headphones, turn up the volume and zoomed out of reality to just get it done. But I more and more start getting fond of weights again, it´s fun if you vary it enough!

25.01.2018

35min biking // 17min walk-run // 14min stretching // 13min weights

Because of my leg making problems, I had to switch from crosstrainer to biking and hell that was so terribly boring that I ended up watching a series on my phone because otherwise it would have just killed my mood even more.
Total no go, next time I´ll be bringing a book -.- When my muscle relaxed, then I gave it a try to go for a little run – I mean, 2min walking and one minute of running for a bit and it went quite well.
I think the biggest problems when I have fully recovered will be my mind, because it will be making up hilarious worries and thoughts of if I run properly and normal, if it might start hurting in a bit, if I am stable enough…it´s really a struggle.

27.01.2018

45min crosstrainer // 21min stretching // 35min weights

Today I was even quite motivated – and went to gym in the late morning – and it was so beautifully empty!
I was having a good sweat during my cardio training, cooled down a bit during my stretching that partially made me struggle due to the pain in my leg – it was there all of a sudden and left and came back and…it was annoying. But my weight training was good, even though now walking and lifting things is not that easy anymore 😉

28.01.2018

35min crosstrainer // 15min stretching // 55min weights

I had gotten up at 2pm – because my depression blocked me again and my bed held me hostage. All of a sudden I kicked my ass, got mealprep done and immediately packed up for gym, prepared with my workout booster.
And it worked – I was having power, though I really just felt like I needed to work out to have sore muscles afterwards and feel more alive than before, and it worked. It was a heavy workout, and even though I wasn´t able to zoom out and fully focus, it was a good choice!

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You don´t look like you´re doing bad

You don´t really look like you´re doing that bad […] be happy your blood test results are all good and you are health!
[My doctor]

Sounds okay at first, doesn´t it? And I´ll be honest – it could be worse. I could have cancer, some hidden inflammation or what not – but my blood tests all came back perfectly well and shuld make me positive.

If there was not one thing: feeling exhausted and tired all the time, having a mind that never gets to rest, hardly ever feeling happy for months. And that all goes along with many more symptoms, bodily symptoms. Tiredness, feeling permanely like not having slept, like being a hamster in a wheel, dizziness attacks and sudden shaking (yay, panic attacks)- but you know, I am healthy. I am supposed to be happy. It doesn´t matter f all of this makes me feel like being only half a human, that it kills my concentration, makes me frustrated, depressed and even more stressed out.

But my doctor just saw a person with a fake smile on her face, because I´ve learnt that this is the way to go. That´s how I go through my day most of the times, only few moments where the smile is an honest one – mostly it hides the exhaustion and the wish to just be alone. She heard me laugh, a desperate short laugh, because I was noticing that she wasn´t really understanding me anyways. For me, it sadly wasn´t even surprising. She fulfilled that cliche of: you are just depressed, get your shit together and get over it. Well, if it was one of my hobbies, fine – but I haven´t really chosen that shit. And if then someone comes to me and tells me that I am not looking that bad and that she is sure that I just make it worse than it is.

Sure, I make it worse when I sit at my desk and out of no apparent reason I start to shake, my vision blurs and I feel lik epassing out every second. Sure, nothing happened, no problems. If you have someone not taking you serious when you finally get the strength to actually go and talk with someone about it. When you got the strength that you crawled out of the safety corner and stated: yes, I need help, I acknowledge that.

And all of that in times where it should be accepted as an illness like any other chronic illness someone can have – but seemingly some people are still so narrowminded, that you need to look like dying that they believe you are mentally done. And that frustrates me so bad, there is no words for that. Just because I am not wearing a damned cast around my head/mind/heart/soul – it still hurts. It really does. And yes, the mind does affect the body, sure. It´s one. One all together – so my body reacts to when I feel all full of anxiety and fears and everything…

Sorry for this ranting post – I had to get it off my chest – because even though it´s happened nearly  a week ago, it still bothers me. And makes me angry.

Over and out. Off to better and nicer topics!

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Half Marathon – Training Week 15 (15.01.2018 – 21.01.2018)

17.01.2018

30min crosstrainer // 15min stretching // 17min weights

It´s been one of those workouts where you really don´t have the energy, nor the will – it´s when discipline needs to be kicking in because otherwise you don´t even make it to gym. But: I made it to gym and also did around an hour of workout, which is less than usual but I didn´t feel like having any power left for a proper workout, and also my right leg was bitching a bit – not my day, to sum it up.

 

21.01.2018 

35min crosstrainer // 21min stretching // 30min weights

Sunday, funday, or something like this – my mood was low again but at least my leg cooperated far better than earlier on this week. Small improvements, you know – baby steps is what counts at times though it sucks. The crosstrainer and I are becoming best friends, once more and more less – today was a good one, and also I had left enough power to torture my legs, back and upper body with my weight training. It can always go like this if it was me!

 

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Cooking: Salad of glass noodles, radish, mango and asian dressing


Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  20min
Actual time:  25min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~2€


I think my biggest struggle was at first trying to split up the 100g of glass noodles that I had – in the end split it up after the cooking/soaking in hot water. The combination of those noodles with the rest of the ingredients, clearly something spicy and and patially hot – the only thing that makes this dish not perfect for winter time is that only the noodles were warm, and the rest of the salad was of course cold.

There was one thing I had to adapt – the vinaigrette, as in the recipe it was with peanuts and I am allergic to those, so I instead too some spice mix from Just Spices that was made for an asian dressing. And it fit really well!

So this is clearly something that is perfect for a summer evening where you need somethig fresh and light and still filling – but not for now 😉 So I am gonna wait until summer and then do it again ^^

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Half Marathon – Training Week 14 (08.01.2018 – 14.01.2018)

So instead of actual training in form of running, I had to switch to workouts in the gym – simply because the muscle that is killing my sciatice nerve needs some rest and a chance to relax and I need it to recover in shape of physiotherapy that I am having twice a week.

Therefore, it´s gonna be a report on my doings at gym for this week!



Monday

35min cross trainer // 10min stretching // 16min weights

I started off with some cardio on the crosstrainer, 30 minutes are still doable even though I always gotta watch my muscle and see if it starts bitching or not – but luckily it didn´t. Then I went on to my stretching routine (15min), and noticed that here and there my muscle felt more loose than it had been lately – but then all of a sudden it snapped and started hurting again.
Unfortunately. So I had to be extra careful with my strength training, but I took it easy and did some upper legs, and then of course arms and back…
And in the end, my good mood still didn´t come back – I staed grumpy and annoyed about being unable to go for a run.

Thursday

40min cross trainer // 15min stretching // 30min weights

Happy to be feeling better, I gave gym another try and kep it rather short with my cardio because it somehow didn´t feel too good, and rather invested a bit more time than I had planned into working with weights, exercises for a variety of parties in my legs and my upper body and arms – I sure do know I will have sore muscles tomorrow…

Saturday

50min crosstrainer // 20min stretching // 35min weights

Had a not so amazing mood before gym and felt weak and sleepy – so actually getting to the gym was the biggets struggle today – but I made it. Luckily. The workout went well, I felt better during my time on the cross trainer and I so enjyed the work with weights and doing all the exercises for my arms, and a bit for legs, belly and back.

Sunday

55min coss trainer // 5min stretching // 15min weights

Actually I hadn´t even planned on going to gym today but somehow I didn´t want to clean up my apartment and thus found it the best excuse to go for a workout whilst listening to the soccer livestream as the 1. FC Köln was playing – so my heart rate recordings are not really usable, because whenever it got exciting in the stream, my heart of course reacted…but it was a good workout, even if it was shorter than usual – simply didn´t have enough power and will left anymore.

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Bucket List #19 – Eat vegan for a whole week

Well, first off – this is not the start into a totally vegan life – I simply love my animal products too much and fell well with eating those. But I wanna broaden my horizon, wanna try out new things and gain back my excitement for animal products.

One thing already now – I tried to go without my protein shake, but had to go back to it because the amount of proteins that I had through my normal food was simply not enough – and I am not gonna buy special vegan protein powder for such a short amount of time.

Day 0 – Grocery Shopping

I already expected it to not be THAT easy – but I was surprised in the end in how many products are not vegan which I thought that they were vegan. And also it kinda made me upset how expensive that vegan cheese, the soy products and whatnot actually are. It´s hilarious, really. Fresh and healthy food also is – and that´s somethin that really made me annoyed alread doing shopping, besides feeling like always checking what was actually in the ingredients…

Day 1 – Monday (09.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Smoothie of raspberry and coconut water
    Really tasty, but not made for a breakfast because it´s just too sour – next time as a lunch I think!
  • Lunch – Bread with fake coldmeat and a bit of salad
    That coldmeat…I will never get to liking it, really…i´s awful I think. Maybe I will at least get used to it…
  • Dinner Falafel, beetroot, onion and some pointed cabbage as as salad
    Tasted so amazing! One of those things I will clearly make more often!
  • Snacks – Bio crackers with taste of tomato and herbs, chooclcate rice waffles, vegan gummi bears
    Really good for in between when you usually had some sweets – okay, I also had sweets as you can see but…less than I used to.

From morning on I felt like a truck had ran over me or parked on me, and somehow the headache and this odd feeling simply didn´t want to leave at all – I felt like going through withdrawal from something. It really was no fun, and actually I expected it to be easier than it had been in the end.

Day 2- Tuesday (09.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat, salad and avocado
    A really good and tasty mix, that made me feel full for long – and was still good for my bitchy stomach
  • Lunch – Alpro soy yoghurt with lemon taste with rice-chocolate waffel and coconut-chocolate bit
    Good and heavy, nothing to eat in one go, rather something to be eating over several hours and that´s also what I did
  • Dinner – Tofu with pointed cabbage and tomato
    And that pre-spiced tofu was really tasty, like, really – something I will surely be eating again. Just the cobination with the veggies I chose wasn´t the best somehow.
  • Snacks none, added them to the yoghurt

During nighttime I had migraine signs, and when I woke up it didn´t get better and I just felt sick – fully sick, like my body was performing a full strike on my costs because it´s pouting about the food it got yesterday. But I anyways stuck to my vegan eating…and it felt easier today than yesterday, maybe also because I wasn´t exactly hungry anyways because of not feeling well.

Day 3 – Wednesday (10.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake cheese and salad and tomato
  • Lunch – Smoothie of raspberry, banana, coconut water and soy milk
    I love smoothies – so much! It´s just annoying they lose their taste if you don´t prepare them all fresh like I did today.
  • Dinner – Falafel, corn and beetroot with salad
    Not too creative, but quick, healthy and rather friendly to the stomach – and I simply love beetroot, it´s become THE vegetable of the winter time for me!
  • Snacks – Veggie chips
    They were okay, I expected more but somehow…they tasted odd. Not gonna buy that brand again, maybe some others.

Finally feeling better, yet still weak and thus needed many vitamins in form of whatever food possible – thus a lot of different veggies, and trying not to think about how much I was longing for some good chicen breast or salmon…okay, I permanently was thinking about food today, no matter what kind of food…no other thoughts.

Day 4 – Thursday (11.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat and vegan cheese, salad and tomato
    It starts to become so terrible boring…I really need something else, something more inspired…
  • Lunch – Zucchini, beans, champignons and corn amaranth waffle
    Light and trying to get some more proteins – just the right amount for a good amount of lunchtime food
  • Dinner – Tofu with zucchini, corn, salad and vegan cheese and salad
    Quick, and with the cheese a bit heavier than usual but h so good I could have been eating 24-7!
  • Snacks – Vegan gummi bears

I feel like I am doing well, except the fact my macro tracking really tells me I am having too little protein – I need to change that, working out with so little protein in my food is ridicolous.

Day 5 – Friday (12.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Bread with fake coldmeat and vegan cheese, salad and tomato
    Nothing special, just a desperate try to get rid off the cold meat without it being the only taste giver of the meal xD
  • Lunch – Pointed cabbage, beans and tomato with curry sauce
    Something quick and light for lunchtime, which was more than I had expected and thus filling me really well
  • Dinner – Lizza pizza with vegan cheese, selfmade tomato spread, onions, paprika and corn
    I just needed a “cheat meal” – and pizza always goes, and decided for Lizza because less carbs and more protein combared to normal dough – what a great meal it was!
  • Snacks – Lemon sorbet
    I needed something “sweet” – would´ve loved some ice cream but…nope.

The moment when you go to the store to buy stuff for a pizza…and you want pine apple and salmon and end up with a veggie pizza. To be fair, veggie pizza was tasty but it feels lik ethe lamest thing one could ever be eating. I am annoyed, really.

Day 6 – Saturday (13.01.2018)

  • Breakfast- Bread with avocado and onion
    Avocado…I love it in all kinds possible, and on a warm and crispy bread…good start into the day!
  • Lunch – Bread with fake teewurst, tomato spread, tomato and onion
    Quick and dirty, surprised about the fake teewurst – clearly a recommendation for me though it will never be as good as the real one!
  • Dinner – Shirataki spaghetti with arrabiata sauce, veggie skewers and tofu
    Far too massive, but also really good – especially the tofu that I prepared with curry and such – I ould really get used to this all!

The day felt good, I felt pretty much fit and like I got used to eating vegan – even though going through the store and pass by all the meat and cold cut meat was tough. But what was even worse: passing by my beloved feta cheese. Oh how I dearly miss it…

Day 7- Sunday (14.01.2018)

  • Breakfast – Pancakes with jam, banana and chooclate and raspberry sauce
    Man, what a breakfast – and the first time I did pancakes not with a certain mix but all myself and they turned out oka – the mix made it amazing though!
  • Lunch – Rice crackers with avocado
    …because I needed something light but healthy, and that combination was just dope!
  • Dinner – Potato dumplings with veggies
    A heavy dinner that turned out bigger in the end than planned to be honest – and I am not a fan of those dumplings, but the other ones weren´t vegan…

To be honest, all I really do miss is cheese – any kind of cheese. And surely the first thing I´ll be doing tomorrow morning is having cheese. Real cheese. As the first thing in the morning. And maybe some fish. Tuna e.g. I don´t miss meat anymore at all, never expected that this happen!

CONCLUSION

Man, what an experience. At first I thought it would be a walk in the park, then during the first two days I thought I was never gonna be finishing this week and then at the end it didn´t feel that tough anymore because I found so many great unknown products that I wanted and still need to be trying.

And this is why I will continue – with a difference: it will be MOSTLY vegan, but not only vegan. Simply because I am missing certain products too much and have always been missing them throughout this week. Others I rarely missed (like real milk, yoghurt and such), and so I will try to not have them anymore.

So: it´s been great to widen the horizon, and I am happy I really tried it!

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