It feels SO good to be waking up refreshed and revitalised after a full 12 hour, horizontal sleep! Yesterday was a truly incredible day.
It actually began in Malmö, Sweden where I waited an extra 80 minutea for my bus to arrive. Once on the bus I immediately fell asleep for about an hour. The next 7 hours were spent tossing and turning, trying to find a reasonably comfortable position. I also got chatting with the boy who sat beside me. Maes was a boy from a beach town in Denmark who was off to Stockholm to meet a friend of his.
Although I wasn't able to see or experience much of Copenhagen, he gave me a ton of information on Denmark as a country so I was feeling very lucky to have sat beside him.
When we finally arrived in Stockholm, I asked him what a good swedish meal was. He recommended we go to a fast food place (as boys do) called Max. It is just like any other fast food joint but I figured I'd give it a try. We had breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, ham, and cucumber. Eating something freshly prepared was so nice, even if it was from a fast food restaurant.
Maes then left to neet his friend and I was off to Gamla Stan or the Old Town in Stockholm. Honestly - this whole city is stunning. Stockholm is known as the Venice of the North and rightly so. There is water everywhere! It weaves through beautiful palaces, the city hall, the majn parliament buildings, and many other buildings - old and new.
Keeping it in the realm of fitness and health - I walked around and saw just about everything you could see in Stockholm. It was over 20km's of walking and over 35,000 steps. I stopped along the way to get a salad and deli meat, which I ate down by the water watching people get picked up and dropped off by the hop on-hop off hoat tours. It was VERY hot so I did some searching and found an ice cream place tucked away in one of the alley's in the old town. Swedish ice cream is advertised everywhere and I am not sure what makes it special BUT it was amazing. So refreshing on a hot day like yesterday.
It was around 1pm at this time so I went back to my hostel, properly checked in and took a quick 1.5hr nap. I woke up feeling much better and continued on my tour of the city.
I ventured over to the shopping area of the city past the Riksdagshuset or the Federal Government Offices of Sweden. I wandered around and found myself at the Hötorget or the Haymarket where there was a flea market arranged in the square. I almost bought some fresh jordegubbe or strawberries but I was feeling something a little more Sweden-specific.
I have a friend who had mentioned that swedish kebab was something I had to try while I was here so I found a place called Mega kebab and asked for the full kebab experience. Oh my goodness was it ever good!!
I spent the rest of my day window shopping and taking in as much of this city as possible. It is beautiful and I wish I had more time to see more of the city.
Here's just a few shots from yesterday
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Well my bus was supposed to be here 40 minutes and has not arrived so I guess I'll cover some of the excitement from today.
I kept my fast going for quite some time because I wanted to save if for amazing danish food. Unfortunately I had a bit of a complication when I arrived in Copenhagen.
First - my credit card was being blocked. Very strange. Very annoying.
Then! - my SIM card was not working. So I was on a train that only made announcements in danish with just a few hours to kill before I had to somehow find my way to central station. It was also uncharacteristically hot on copenhagen. So safe to say I was literally a hot mess.
There is a beautiful canal (?) In Copenhagen that has lovely running paths on either side of it so I decided to just take a seat and figure my life out on a bench. I lowered my stress levels, cleared up my mind, and just got myself to the central station.
I was looking for red pølse to eat, which I learned is a boiled hot dog type of thing. Hot dog stands are a big deal in Denmark so the red pølse is their specialty hot dog. I don't know if it was the heat or the jet lag sneaking in, but I did not see them and ended up buying a random wrap and a protein drink.
So since about midnight London time, I have had the chicken dinner served on the flight and the random wrap that I ate.
It is going to be my main focus to eat the most delicious and nutritious food when I am in Stockholm tomorrow. Kale and Crave is on my list, I have to have a kebab, you know I'll be mowing down on some swedish meatballs. Might even treat myself to a swedish princess cake.
Fun fact there is a world of videos on youtube of people making and decoratin swedish princess cakes and it is SO satisfying to watch.
I did a good amount of walking, I have been trying to keep my water consumption at a healthy level. All I need is a good night's sleep. So hopefully my bus ride can offer that.
Until tomorrow, my friends! Do something good for your body today!
I love how you can make the most amazing plans and then they can all fall apart just by simply sitting beside the wrong person on a plane.
My IF idea was working out perfectly. I ate around 5pm - had a lovely salad with lots of protein. I was drinking lots of water and I was starting to strategize my sleeping position to optimize my posture, and minimize my back pain.
Then I got to my seat.
I do not speak french very often but can still understand it so when I arrived at my seat I found myself sitting with a really nice family. 3 girls and their parents, all from Montreal and flying to London for a 27-day long family vacation. As I arrived I could hear the daughters poking fun at their mom (in french) and she getting frustrated in response. It brought me back to travelling with my sisters. Get the 4 of us going and we might as well have our own comedy special on netflix (s/o to my blonde squad). Anyways - I don't think I even had the chance to sit down before the mother was introducing herself to me. She asked if I spoke french, we exchanged some words in french, and then I thought it was time to settle in.
I could not have been more wrong. I proceeded to get a french lesson - always a welcome thing. Then I was being educated on where gluten comes from. That was a bite-my-tongue kind of conversation. We talked about reading food labels, cholesterol, and "My 600lb Life".
Then we took off.
This woman, bless her soul, was so sweet but for an overnight flight I would have taken the grumpy old guy who doesn't want to talk. So we take off and of course, being that there are massive engines on this plane, it made some noise. Well my new friend did not like that. I am enjoying one of my favourite parts of the flight, my movie has started, and I get a tap on my arm - "This is too loud... it is very loud... this hurts my ears."
I am pretty sure I just smiled and said it would be over soon. It is at this moment that she tells me she can't sleep on planes and is letting her husband sleep because he is doing the driving. She also pre-apologizes for keeping me up.
So I decided I would stay up and wait for the meal to be served. It was chicken, a grain of some kind (?), a corn salad, a bun and a brownie. I get the chicken and so does my new friend. I take a bite and instantly burn my tongue and before I could warn my friend she is burning her tongue and telling her husband, her children, and - you guessed it - me.
I finally got my free wine, enjoyed that in record time and put my headphones in to finish watching Jumanji. Great movie by the way. Nothing worth any kind of award but I was in tears laughing a couple of times.
And yes, my friend did check on me while I was crying laughing to see if I was okay.
So the flight goes on and I start feeling the snooze train pulling into the station. I put the complimentary pillow at my low back and my Dreamville pillow behind my neck and slightly to the side so I can rest my head. Well then I get a tap on my shoulder... she had to use the restroom.
The wine cart came back shortly after this so I asked for another bottle and challenged myself to beat my last record time. Mission accomplished.
Now that I had a bit of a buzz I could really commit to this friendship. She came back from the bathroom and we gabbed like old girl friends catching up. It was actually really funny and fun and I think just the right amount of conversation to allow me to sleep in peace.
I may have gotten 3 hours of spotty sleep but when I woke up, my friend had gotten me a glass of OJ and the breakfast loaf that I would have otherwise missed because I was sleeping.
We shared a few more stories and opinions, the plane landed and we bid adieu.
I am now sitting in Heathrow airport, 1 medium americano coursing through my veins, a quick stretch completed, and taking in all of the people-watching that this massive airport provides.
I may be slightly sleep deprived but I love that I had that silly experience on my flight over. Travelling alone always poses the risk of feeling isolated in new places, but I think that flight has shown me that that won't be the case. I seem to invite conversation (Maybe a little too much).
I am so excited to get on this plane to Copenhagen and start really exploring!
Do something good for your body today!
The time has finally come! I am on vacation and on my way to Scandinavia and Belgium for 10 days and could not be more excited.
Over the next 10 days I will be doing my best to post about my travels through a fitness and health filter. I am doing all of these posts from my phone so I apologize in advance if the desktop presentation is less-than appealing.
If anything becomes clear over the next few days, I hope you see how much I love this. Putting myself outside of my comfort zone is something that I have committed myself to and so far it has been incredibly rewarding. Travelling and challenging myself to maintain some semblance of a healthy lifestyle will be interesting. Thankfully I have done this before (sorta).
Last summer my sister and I went on a 6-week backpacking trip to Europe. Before leaving I was a bit stressed about food and changing timezones and how that would affect things. I started to practice intermittent fasting 2 months before my trip and I credit IF for some of my sanity while travelling. You don't always know when you'll have a quality meal available, or how many timezones you'll be changing. IF took the craziness out of not eating "at the right time". It showed me that I can last many hours without needing food and it saved me a ton of money! Money that I could then spend on a really good quality meal.
Fast forward to this year and I am really putting my IF to the test to help with this trip. I have mentioned before that I do 24hr fasts. These are normal for me now and I love how I feel after a 24hr fast. For this trip it is going to be especially helpful.
10 days is not a long time for travel and I am going to see 5 countries in that time. I jump 6 hours ahead and spend 2 nights on a plane and a bus. If I want to survive these very intense days of travel and not have jetlag slow me down too much, I need a little help from my hormones.
Thankfully international flights are set up well so I leave at 7pm my time and arrive at 6:30am London time. So the light aspect of my sleep cycle will be taken care of. My brain will register sundown here and then when I arrive in London it will register sunrise light. So my melatonin should be on a good cycle.
Melatonin has a few friends, though, that I need to take care of. Leptin and ghrelin control your hunger and satiety signals in the body and it is their natural cycle that plays into the melatonin release cycle. So as of 9:30pm last night (Thursday) I have not had anything but water today. So my body is running on fat stores for energy (the purest kind - gotta' stay sharp on the road) and melatonin will just be waiting for sunset to start prepping me for sleep.
Shortly before my flight boards I will break my fast with something that has lots of protein and fats. I don't need a ton of quick energy, I'll be sitting on a plane for 6 hours after all, so I can keep carbs low. This will eventually cause a release of leptin. A few hours later I'll be sleeping (hopefully) on the plane. When I wake up it will be morning in London. Although it will be the middle of the night in Canada, I will have a small breakfast to set my body onto my new time zone.
This in conjunction with a good night's sleep (again - hopefully), should set my internal clock to my new timezone and give me the energy and mental clarity to push through my first day in Denmark!
And hey, if I can't get to sleep right away there's apparently free wine on the plane.
Do something good for your body today everyone and stay tuned for more travel excitement!
Ladies and gentlemen - supporters of this blog and all other visitors to the website - we have officially dropped the ".weebly.com" and have become a full ".ca" website!
It was so important to me to use the .ca as I want it to be made perfectly clear that I am a Canadian and this is a Canadian website. This country has so much to offer and I want to be a part of that, and I want everyone who visits this website to understand that.
Riri's Discoveries is going to be changing at an unprecedented pace over the next few months. I will begin offering programs to my followers which will be found on a full-on product page. There will be more diverse content found on the website. You won't have to leave the website to get all of the content related to Riri's Discoveries.
It is time for all of us to take this leap of faith. I started this project in October with the intention of dropping the .weebly.com, and eventually making this a website where my followers can find resources for what they need to begin living a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the coming months and I want to thank everyone for all of the love and support they have given me over the past few months. It hasn't been easy and I know it won't be easy moving forward, but the challenge ahead is exciting and will be worth every rough patch and bump in the road.
Do something good for your body today!
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