Tips

I’m trying to figure out how to get back to the weight I was (just saying eat less run more doesn’t quite solve it). But these are all great tips, I agree with most of them…

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When it comes to weightloss and actually keeping the weight off, we all have to realise it’s about changing your life for the better – which means “sacrificing” laziness, fast-food etc.

I wouldn’t want to call it “sacrificing” it is more of a “trade” for the better :). But – changes in your daily life are unavoidable, walking more, less screen-time, eating differently (both in terms of what and WHEN). Then there are the small things.. like – not wearing baggy clothes. It is really important! Think about it! When wearing clothes that would fit even if you grew two sizes or more – how would you realise you did before it is too late?

When it comes to food – after all my diet-adventures i cannot find anything positive with artificial sweeteners, they are so much sweeter than real sugar, honey or syrup, they don’t taste as good and, from my experiences with aspartame, sugar-alcohols like Erythitol and so on, I’ve learned that they give you more of a sweet-tooth! You eventually get used to the super-sweet flavor! Stevia which is a natural sweetener, is also very very sweet compared to normal sugar. And also, many of the artificial ones have been reported as harmful…

Junk-food is just a no-no, of course you can eat it once in a while – but NEVER make junk-food, candy, ice-cream, soda or any other unhealthy food a habit! Especially not latte’s haha

You should, however, make water a habit, even an addiction if you can. Staying hydrated will make you look more awesome, your thoughts clearer and your belly quiet :). But don’t drink too much, (it can make your braincells explode and well… kill you).

I’ll just add: EXERCISE! Run, jog, swim, jump rope, dance – AND just move around throughout the day!

The bottom line – Calories is not something I think is good to count, once you develop this habit it is easy to slip into an unhealthy behavior like, say “a McDonald’s burger is just 500 kcal, I’ll eat this for breakfast and I’ll have 1500 kcal left, I can three bars of chocolate” NO! It will eventually make you eat more, get fat and perhaps even develop an eating disorder! (trust me I know)

However, it is good to know what foods are high in calories (like mayo, butter, nuts, some seeds, olive oil etc.) which ones are low (watermelon, leafy greens, shrimps etc.) so that you know what you can eat little and much of. It is also good to know portion size, but I highly recommend to stop eating right before you feel full. It is not easy to do this, but with the right portion size, you’ll manage 🙂

~Yours, Sockfusion

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Korean Sushi-thingy

Decided to make some sushi for me and my little sister for dinner. One single problem – no fish at home. Therefore I made sushi, in a kind of Korean style. Like kimbap, but less Korean. She loves mashed green peas, so I made some – to replace wasabi. We also had champignons, shrimps, some parboiled bok choi, cucumber and kimchi!

Other than that, I made some sookju namul…

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Now.. my tummy is full XD
Will rehearse some biology, pack a bag for the weekend and after that – SLEEP!!

~SockFusion

Bokskogen – Beech Forest

So, (most boring way ever to start, think It’s even kinda illegal… In typing-world that is) but – (ok I know, also boring). Anyhow… (naah, I don’t like that), however (that’s it! I feel like wearing a moustache!), I’ve been having quite a lot to do the past days – I’ll tell you!

Monday, I went to the doctor. She was Finnish and very rude (I think there’s nice Finnish people but it seems like they’re hiding). The nurse who took the blood sample was really bad at it. First she tried my left arm, twisting around the needle trying to poke the vessel. It didn’t work and eventually she gave up and tried my right hand instead. Now I’ve got a big bruise on my left arm AND SHE’S GOT… (some of) MY BLOOD!!! Vampire…

Tuesday, was exhausting. I went to ‘bokskogen’ (beech forest) together with the people in my class, BY BIKE. The fastest way to the forest is about 16 km , but we had to go on smaller paths and stuff. We at least traveled 40 km, that much I know. I’ve been biking over 70 kilometres some days, but then – there weren’t as much wind.. and HILLS!!! That combination folks, that combination…

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Farm…

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This does NOT look like Sweden, but it is Sweden

Wednesday, (which was yesterday), I did two out of four parts of the Swedish national exam in English. Reading and Listening, I’ve already done the writing-part, so what’s left is Speaking. It makes me a little nervous, since I know that I speak a bit slurred when I’m under pressure, since I’m nervous and I am NERVOUS!!! Eehh… Vicious cycle. What I can do about that is; run. So I did yesterday – 35 minutes constantly running took me 6,3 kilometres away. 🙂

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It had just stopped raining, the air was fresh and the sun started to crawl out of the clouds…

Thursday, which is today (for me at least), means homework and rest. Homework since… since… (ok I don’t know exactly why, I just do it) and rest, because of tomorrow.

Friday, which is tomorrow, I’ll run five kilometres (PE) in school. It’s an annual thing we do every spring but this time will be my last. I’ve decreased my time markedly since the first time and… my teacher uses me as an example when speaking about improving ones condition (I’m proud!). Therefore (and because I hate loosing, it would be a loss to not get a better result) I have to get a better time tomorrow!

Think that’s all ;P

~SockFusion

김치 – Kimchi

Ok. Bought some kimchi (simple version, just chinese cabbage) a few days ago, since I was really curious about what it really tasted like. It tastes like sweet chili sauce, but not as sweet. I’ll absolutely buy this stuff again, – or even make my own? (It seems easy, but most asian things are more complicated than they appear… (good) sushi is one example). For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about when I say ‘kimchi’, I’ll explain;

Kimchi is a korean accompaniment to food. It is basically; fermented vegetables with red chili, garlic and sometimes ginger. The most common type of kimchi is based on chinese cabbage, but there are all kinds of variations, with radishes, leek etc. Korean people eat it, together with almost everything and anything. You could say, that it is used like sweet chili sauce or soy – either as an accompaniment or as an ingredient in dishes. There are even dishes specially made with kimchi, like kimchi stew (kimchi jjigea 김치찌개) or kimchi pancakes (kimchi buchim 김치부침).

One thing I’d like to try is cooking Nokducheon (녹두전), which is small ‘pancakes’ based on mung beans. Would be interesting, the only problem is the rarity of the ingredients. It’s not very often we have mung beans, bean sprouts or sesame oil in our kitchen… ~ㅋㅋㅋ

I only ate half of it, so I put the rest in a small glass jar – which there has been swedish “sill” in once! Glass jar changes nationality in half a second, from pure swede to real korean in an instant!

~한나

IKEA desolates old-growth forests

I’ve grown up with IKEA. My first real bed was named VIKARE. When writing this, I’m sitting in a SKRUVSTA chair, laptop on a VIKA desk-solution which stands next to my RAKKE bed with a SULTAN mattress, on top of which there is a KRYP GRÄS blanket and behind me is, of course – a BILLY bookcase. I’m so damn swedish! XD Completely surrounded by IKEA furniture. Why?

The answer is – good quality at a low price. That’s at least what we consumers think. Because in reality it is:

Low Prices – At ANY Cost

This has recently come to my knowledge. Actually, I got to know about it just an hour ago, watching morning TV. There has been rumours about where IKEA gets their wood. Therefore a swedish tv-team went to the old forests of northwestern Russia, to find out if the rumours were true. They were, of course. So, even though IKEA are marketing themselves as an environmental-friendly company, saying their wood isn’t harming the environment, even though they’re friends with both the FSC*and WWF** and so on – they’re actually cutting down (CHOP! CHOP! ~tree screaming AAAAA!!!) forests as old as 500 years, at this very moment.

Forest Stewardship Council

** World Wildlife Fund

Let me introduce you to Karelia, the place where the swedish tv-team went. Here we have beautiful, untouched nature, with trees that has been standing here since the last ice-age. Forests like these are not supposed to be cut down. Forests like these are not just popping up every now and then and they’ve become a rarity. The forests of Karelia, are like the rainforests, which you’ve heard of for sure. They are both homes for hundreds of different species, living in a special balance – the only difference is the location and type (there are not the same tree-types etc.).

Most of it is russian territory. The republic of Karelia is located in Russia, which means that it's owned by the russian government. The russian government lets IKEA rent parts of Karelia and cut down forest there.

This is what things look like after IKEA/Swedwood been there:

Photo © Daniel Rutchman

Photo © Robert Svensson

Photo © Robert Svensson

Photo © Robert Svensson

For more evidence and pictures – go visit protect the forest here.

It is a cruel crime against nature, against ourselves in the long run, to do something like this. We can’t just cut down all forests just because we want new furniture, trees are what provides us with oxygen. No oxygen = no humans and then new furniture doesn’t even matter anymore.

It is not just about cutting down the forests. See, Swedwood*** moves around. They go to a forest, hire locals who cut down the forest for them at a pretty small cost and then they leave with the wood, ready to go to the next forest and do the same thing. What’s left then? Clearcuts and people with no jobs. What are they going to do? There can’t be any tourism because the forest is gone and there can’t be anyone maintaining the forest because… it is gone. Why do people agree on doing this job then? Well – they had a tough life in the first place, but IKEA/Swedwood doesn’t give a damn about that, no.

*** Swedwood is a “Daughter-company”, meaning an underlying/associated/affiliated company to IKEA. IKEA says that they know what Swedwood is doing and that it is not desolation, instead they claim that Swedwood has developed responsible forestry in the area. Not exactly what’s shown in the pictures, right?

If you’re against this, perhaps shivering a bit like I did when seeing the pictures, there are things to do. You can go to protect the forest and sign here. It is probably the easiest thing to do as a regular consumer. Only 10% of the ancient forest in Karelia remains, this has got to be stopped.

Note 1. As you can see the pictures are not mine. Contact me if there are any problems with this.

Note 2. See! I had to make a completely new category for this!

~SockFusion

What the hell is this!?

Yeah, now I’ll bring strange people to this blog. People who want to take a closer look at this gruesomely gross picture.

The headline above, is not going to be answered in this post. Because, I do not know what’s going on in the picture. Even though it’s actually MY OWN KNEE. Kind of scary. First, I get a blister, for no reason! Thought it was some usual pimple or something so I poked it and it broke. (stop reading if you think it’s disgusting). Then, it turned into a wound, but it never bled. It is just weeping lymph or something, the thin skin is coming off and.. it is also growing in size… ehh eww…

The kind of flat area in the middle is where the blister was.. the rest is how much it grown since… again.. ewwww… and it’s like… STUCK.. no.. it .. it… IS ME … EWWWW…..  and the stupid care centre only gave me BAND-AIDS.. uhh.

So – If you know what this is.. please tell me…

Don’t worry about the green spots – I made them with a permanent marker, so that I can see if it gets bigger….

Yours, nauseated SockFusion

Hiking in Rain

I wanted to post this when it was still fresh, smoking hot.. no wait, literally that would be – soaking wet instead…

This weekend I went out hiking with my scout patrol. The weather was nice when we left but half an hour after we started walking… the rain came. Pouring down, cats & dogs, sheep, flamingos – everything. The hood on my jacket saved me from drowning and I had a cover for my backpack (Granite Gear Vapor Meridian Ki) but… there was nothing shielding my legs from the rain, since I was wearing jeans. I was soaking wet, as the bandage on my knee.. that unexplainable wound, hm. Several kilometers of walking , up hills and down the hills again, later we ate lunch under some fir trees* the others ate tortellini and me and a friend had some goulash soup with macaroni :). Eating outdoors is always so different from eating indoors, especially if you’ve been working/walking/running etc. – you have more appetite, also things taste better. Could be something with all the oxygen in the woods, I don’t know :P.

We continued our walking and eventually we arrived at the place where we were going to sleep. Now, most people probably think of tents when sleeping outdoors is mentioned. Now, that is too much indoors for a scout. We sleep in “vindskydd“, “weatherbreaks” which is “half a tent” you could say, it protects us from the rain and the wind as well (if it’s positioned correctly). We find fallen trees, preferably very thin (no more than 20 cm diameter, base) and tie some to trees we’ve chosen (I can’t explain the construction since it’s something you learn from watching). Then we throw a big piece of tarpaulin over our “vindskydd-skeleton” and tighten it up (so that rain-water can’t make seas and lakes in sinkages). One side is wide open, this is how we sleep.

We were walking somewhere near “Romeleåsen”.. or perhaps even on it! More pictures below!! 😀

Of course we have inflatable matresses, pillows and sleeping bags. But, it is still cold outdoor air we’re talking about and we’re in Sweden – so temperatures can sink pretty low. This time, april, it got down to about 3°C or almost 0°C. It was cold, REALLY cold. I know, because my sleeping bag isn’t working. I lied there, keeping myself awake so that I could keep on moving my toes about** and stretching my legs.. I got terrible cramps since I couldn’t stop shivering. I sound querulous, don’t I?

Well, when it was about 5.20 I got up and went to the “vindskydd” where my little sister was sleeping. Luckily, her sleeping bag was big enough to contain us both (and she’s nice enough to let me sleep there). Thank you Selma! :). Later on, we woke up and made breakfast. I cooked some oatmeal and put a package of chocolate oat milk in boiling water.. it was wonderful***… I also ate three sandwiches with jam and.. salami? Well, they had no butter and no cheese… so I pretended the salami was cheese. It worked XD. (marmalade or jam + cheese = awesome).

We packed our bags and left the place, heading towards a place where we could eat lunch. This time I ate some tomato-soup… while almost drowning in my own jacket. I was so damn WET and COLD. Could. Not. Stop. SHIVERING!!! However, the warm soup made me feel a little better and we continued walking towards the place were we got dropped off the other day. Eventually we got there and met up with our parents (now I sound like a kindergarten kid).

So, why do I do this? If I get all wet, walk all day, work like a maniac just to get shelter and almost freeze my toes off, why do I do this? Well, when doing this together with some of my closest friends and many other nice people, helping each other – all those things above are nothing. Of course, freezing isn’t something I’d gladly do – but I still had lots of fun. When people reach my age, they hang out with their either friends in school or at parties. I’m not a party-animal (nor human), neither are most of my friends, so this is what we do instead. We train leadership, teamwork, working together with people you don’t know, a lot of important things – while having fun 😛

Some say best friends last forever (nothings eternal though), but I’ve seen how so many people betray each other, how they do not care for each other. I might now know about how the future looks, but what I do know is that, my friends are not the kind of people who’d ever let me down. That much I can tell, when we suddently fit four people in a tiny tiny wooden shelter which probably was made for two, or when we’re the slowest patrol, since everyone waits for the injured. That much I can tell, which probably is a lot more than what the party-animals know about each other (nothing bad about parties).

* They don’t spread their roots as much as deciduous trees, therefore they stand closer to each other and work as.. a bad umbrella… but still an umbrella! (Not a sprinkler, at least).

** Last time I used this sleeping bag, my toes got really cold. When I woke up I couldn’t feel them anymore and they were all blue. Pretty scary since I was hiking a bit alone that time.

 *** This is what I’m talking about when I say difference between eating indoors and eating outdoors.

Some strange thing.. 

There were LOADS of these.. and I don’t even know what they are!

Commonly found in swedish fir tree-woods…

DO NOT touch toad… or lick on them (I didn’t) just don’t…

// Yours, sleepy SockFusion ^______^