10 Smart Things To Do When You Are Stuck On The Couch

Have you ever experienced the feeling of sitting down on your couch and you just can’t get back up again. Just. Can’t. Get. Up. It does happen from time to time. Often when you’ve had a long day or a hard week, the couch just consumes you and there is just no chance of you actually doing the laundry you were going to do and clean up the kitchen after dinner. Not going to happen. You are on the couch. Stuck. And what is worse than being stuck on the couch is feeling terribly bad about it. But why? It’s just a date with the couch. You and the couch, just having a good time.

I know that so many will feel bad about being stuck on the couch for an afternoon or evening, so here’s a few survival tips on how to be ok with being stuck on the couch.

Awesome Ashild’s Survival Tips When Stuck On The Couch 

  1. Have a nap – it’s actually good for you and you will feel better for it.
  2. Get someone else to come lie down with you for a cuddle. There is nothing better than a cuddle on the couch. And while you are cuddling you might just find the solution to some first world problems as well.
  3. Read a good book. It’s a really good way of forgetting all your worries and drift into another world for a while.
  4. Listen to your favourite podcast.
  5. Watch some stand-up comedy and laugh. Laughing makes life better.
  6. Download a personal development book to your iPad and learn something new about yourself.
  7. Google some new LCHF recipes that you want to try, send one to recipe to your hubby/wife/son/aunty and get them to cook you dinner (you’re not going to get off the couch after all!!).
  8. Call your mom.
  9. Find 10 Inspirational quotes or pictures you can use as desktop background, print out and put on your office desk or fridge. Sometimes we just need a little pick me up in everyday life. A good quote can change your mood and your attitude completely.
  10. Meditate, breath all the way down to your belly and just be.

Being stuck on the couch really isn’t that bad sometimes. As long as you don’t make it into a daily habit, then you might get back problems. You might also just get really lazy. Or you might be lucky and get heaps of cuddles, find the solutions to all the fist world problems you can imagine, have dinner cooked for you every night and learn a whole heap of new things about yourself… I’m not sure if I would risk it though… I think I would just become really lazy.

Happy Easter. On the couch, on the mountain, in the city. Out skiing, out walking or sitting in the park. Just enjoy yourself. And this year; Eat the Easter Bunny, not what he brings :)

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Awesome Ashild xoxo

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Super Easy Low Carb Cauliflower Rice Sushi

Yesterday I got some fresh sashimi grade salmon at South Melbourne Market and I figured I should try some low carb sushi. I’ve used cauliflower rice for a few other recipes and have even made pizza with a cauliflower base, so why not?! All you need is;

Cauliflower, Avocado, Salmon, Nori Sheets, Cucumber, Carrot (or other ingredients you like on your sushi), Water or Stock, Chilli Mayo, Soy Sauce and Wasabi if you like.

Break your cauliflower into small flowers and whizz them into crumbles. Put them in a saucepan and pour over some vegetable stock or water (I probably put enough to cover about half). Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Stir a few times and leave it until cooked. Then spread the caulirice on a plate/chopping board in a thin layer and let it cool. Try to let any excess fluid stay in the saucepan.

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Get rid of any bones from the salmon and cut it into thin slices. Chop the cucumber and carrot (and anything else you like) into sticks. Put to the side. Mash the avocado.

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Now you need to wait until the caulirice cools down. You know I like to spend my time efficiently, so here you can fold some clothes, do some pushups or a Sun Salutation or two, maybe even a Happy Baby? You could call a friend you haven’t seen in a while or simply watch some MKR. Up to you, but the caulirice needs to cool down.

When the rice is cool you can put it all together. Mix some caulirice with mashed avocado. Or chilli mayo. Make one batch of each. Then spread a layer of caulirice on a nori sheet. Leave about 3cm in one end free of rice. Then add some salmon, cucumber and maybe carrot (why not, pile it up, just remember you need to roll it up afterwards). Wet the end you left without caulirice with a little water and roll from the opposite end, before you seal the sushi roll in the bare end. Put in the fridge as you continue, until there is no caulirice left.

IMG_7929IMG_7933IMG_7935It’s a good idea to leave them in the fridge for a little while, before you use a razor sharp knife to cut the rolls into sushi pieces. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi.

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Awesome Ashild xoxo 

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When Life Gets In The Way – Spend Your Time Wisely

You know that feeling when your To Do list just keeps getting longer and the days shorter? This usually happens about the same time as you feel really run down and are about to get sick and your social life is also peeking, so there really isn’t much time left to do the things you’re ‘gonna’ do or ‘should’ve’ done… That was March for me. I even took a day off work, because I completely lost my voice (I talk non-stop from 5:30AM every day..) and I never take a day off work!! Because I want this space to be a positive, inspiring, happy place where you can come for a time out, I didn’t want my low energy to affect you. Therefore, March was a month off for me.

But today, on the morning of the end of daylight savings, I have just won myself an hour. And what better way to use it, then to say Goooooood Morning to all my readers out there in the world? A part from a little morning yoga, I can’t think of any:

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Since I last saw you I’ve turned a year older. So far it doesn’t seem like 31 is all that bad. I am blessed with friends and family around the world in different timezones, so I was getting messages for about 48 hours! Winning! Can’t imagine celebrating my birthday in only one timezone, I love celebrating it too much to let it last for only one day!

Time is an interesting thing isn’t it? No matter how you use it, it will still keep flying past. You can’t but time in the bank, there is no interest to be earned. You just need to use time when it’s here. I saw this beautiful film clip the other day where a kid says you’ve got 86,400 to spend a day. At midnight the amount resets and whatever you didn’t use is taken away from you and you get a new 86,400 to spend for the next day. He’s talking about seconds and how the seconds go by no matter how you choose to live your life. Today I was give the gift of 3,600 extra seconds and I am going to use them wisely. I am going to spend them happy, being grateful for my health, my family, my fiancé who makes me laugh every day, my friends, my job that gives me an opportunity to change people’s lives, my colleagues I get to hang out with every day, my clients… The list is really endless when it comes to how much I am grateful for. No better day than the end of daylight savings to appreciate the sunlight, have a cup of tea (maybe even do a sun salutation) and just smile.

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How are you going to spend your extra hour today? Don’t let life get in the way and make it a happy one :)

Awesome Ashild xoxo

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It’s Boring To Be Sick

I am really bad at being sick. It is sooooooo boring! On the top of coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose every few minutes, I also lost my voice for two entire days!! And even for those of you who don’t know me, you must have noticed how much I love talking. I can talk non-stop from I wake up until I go to bed (and some days I actually do just that). It was pretty hard not being able to have an opinion. I have many of them. All the time. So Thursday and Friday I was very, very quiet! Booooring! I finished a book I’ve been reading for a while though. And now I am hooked on Henning Mankell books and need to go stock up on the ones I don’t have! Have you read any of his books?

I’ve also spent a lot of time on the couch the last days. Every time I have tried to move more than walking to the kitchen and back, my body turns into a coughing machine. So needless to say I haven’t been able to do much exercise at all the last week. Like literally nothing and it’s killing me. I went for a walk today and that was the first thing I’ve done in aaaaaages. Can’t wait to work up a decent sweat in the nearby future. Double-yay!

But hey, enough about being sick. There’s a limit of how much of that you want to read on a Sunday. How about reading about delicious avocados instead. Or, more correctly, looking at pictures of them. Look how delicious this looks;

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Yum, yum, yum. Pressed, dried capsicum crackers with guacamole and sour cream. You should try it! Seriously! Do you know what else you should try? Having fresh herbs growing on your balcony. I got some new ones organised today as my previous ones died in the heatwave! I am a bit of a slow mover with house work related stuff, so I only got organised to do it today! Look how pretty they look;

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Anyway, this post is turning into just babble. Maybe it’s because I have been deprived from talking lately! Really looking forward to getting back into it next week. I’m planning on having an awesome week at work spent with all my beautiful clients, I’m planning on getting right back into training with a minimum of two weights sessions, three yoga sessions and two running sessions. I’m planning on organising Shakespeare in Botanic Gardens with some gorgeous girlfriends and maybe even go for a Sunday drive to a beach or a winery with my man on Sunny Sunday. So guess what? Next week is going to be an awesome week, just because I said so! How’s your week going to be?

Awesome Ashild xoxo

 

 

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