Losing Weight: What it took

I have done many things to lose weight. I did the LCHF, keto and paleo diets. I even tried to pick up running and I hate running. Nothing worked for me. Now that I’ve moved, things have changed.

The scale moved. I was like “WHAT IS THIS?”

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After a weight plateau that lasted what seems eternity, the scale finally moved. I’ve lost 6 pounds since moving to Norway. At this rate I could be my goal weight of 115 pounds by the end of the year!


So the big question you are probably wondering is “What the fudge did I do to finally lose weight?” Well dear readers, it wasn’t just a diet but overall watching what I eat without denying cravings. I do not deny cravings for candy, soda, sweets. . . . . because I learned that I would binge eat. The difference in Norway is everything has less preservatives and crap in it. Everything is much more fresh. I’m also eating like a Norwegian does. Fish, potatoes, carrots, cheese, butter, bacon and meats are all common to eat. They eat lower carb and higher fat but not extreme like the LCHF diet itself. No fat bombs here! ACK. Another thing I do is smaller meals throughout the day. I eat approximately 4-5 meals per day and work out 4-6 times a week.


What have you done to lose weight? What has worked for you?

And these are a few of my favorite things . . .

Following beautybeyondbones ‘s post, I have a list of things I am into right now.  I thought her post idea was a good one to steal!

  • Castor Oil
    • I was originally looking for a eyebrow and eyelash serum that would help grow hair longer and thicker. Everything was super expensive. One boutique had one serum priced at $175! Yeah, like I am going pay that. My brother-in-law’s girlfriend suggested I use Castor Oil via Pinterest. She bought me organic castor oil. I just use a cotton swab and dab on the oil to my eyebrows. I’ve been too nervous to get it near my eyes to grow longer eyelashes. I researched if this will work and if anything it is a super healthy way to have healthy hair. It even is a way to help eczema. So far it is working.
  • Coffee
    • Norwegians love their coffee and I’ve caught the bug. My in-laws have a Nespresso machine that makes the coffee and milk have froth. This is fancy shit! I like to sip it slowly in the morning by the fireplace and crochet with leads us to the next fav’ on this list.
  • Granny Squaresf8ic6pkg4pboyza-medium
    • After going to a difficult crochet class, I have learned to read patterns and create different stitches. This came in handy as I really wanted to learn how to create what is dubbed a “granny square.” I figured it out from a tutorial and I am quite literally hooked! I am going to make a blanket. 289 squares is needed. My life will be this blanket for awhile but that’s okay. I really like making these crocheted squares.
  • Homemade Smoothies
    • I was up late one night with a friend discussing how she has lost lots of weight. I said I was struggling and eating is a pain due to allergies and medical reasons. My friend suggested homemade smoothies and ways to make them. She sent recipes from pinterest (I love pinterest, can you tell?) and suggested one of the ingredients should be oatmeal. OMG where has this idea been all my life? I absolutely love oatmeal. I consider it to be comfort food. I cooked stovetop oatmeal here in Norway and it was super creamy. Yummy! I made a lot to portion and plop into smoothies. My favorite are oatmeal peaches and cream smoothies.
  • Reading
    • 8401348-3x2-940x627I am currently reading Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures and the novel version of Ghost in a Shell.  I’m such a nerd. . . . I bought the novel version of Ghost in a Shell for my kindle after seeing the movie with Scarlett Johansson. Many people didn’t like that version but I did. I loved it! So I bought the novel version and then mangas. I’m going to complete the novel first.  I am reading Style Tribes to get my social anthropology fix or aka study the norms and values of societies in terms of, in this case, fashion. I’ll discuss my love of anthropology in the next blog post but in short I LOVE IT. I read especially about subcultures. I read comics and study science. I’m a nerd about what I enjoy. Nothing wrong with that, right?

So that is my list of what I am into right now. Feel free to steal this idea and create a list of your own or comment your list below!

Serving the News

41bftck5t-l-_sy355_The Bad News

I’ll give it to you straight. . . . . .  I won’t be able to take Norwegian classes until I am “in the system” as my husband puts it or legally able to stay in Norway. Right now, I am here on a Tourist Visa.  I actually have to fly to the US for three months starting in April until I get a documents saying I can stay in Norway. I’m really not happy to fly back, without my husband, and stay there waiting. We won’t be together for our anniversary this year. I hope he gives me a teddy bear since we will be apart. I have hinted I want a Care Bear.

Despite this news, I’ve been trying to be in good spirits.

The Eh Okay News

I went to the diabetes specialist and found out I truely am type 2, not type 1. I was misdiagnosed. Highly annoyed, I asked further how this could be. How I came to gain weight and my age are symptoms of type 2. Also genetics play a huge role. Most of the diabetics in my family are type 2s. It is not for sure, but I will likely no longer be using an insulin pump and will switch to insulin pen injections with a different kind of insulin(s). There might be another medication added to help make my blood sugars human range too that is meant for type 2s. There are all kinds of add-on medications out there now for type 2s she assured me. Not sure if I should be happy about all this or not. I just want to be healthy. . . . .

The Good News

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2013,  prisma color pencils

I have been doing some art.  I went to a crochet class to further my knowledge of crocheting. . . .my limited knowledge.  I kept screwing up my granny square that the instructor was trying to teach. She was nice enough to speak some English for me but after 3.5 hours I became very frustrated. I had to rip out so much of what I crocheted! Now I have figured out how to crochet a regular granny square. It took 2 hours to figure out but I did it!

I’m also learning how to knit. It is very different than crocheting and I really like how the stitches look. It looks more like fabric. It is no easier than crocheting is, however.

I also have started to draw Elsa from Frozen. She will be a realistic Elsa with watercolor pencils. It’s a slow start. I haven’t done a drawing like this in quite some time. I want to keep how she looks a secret. Te he he!

That’s the news with me. I’ve had major writers block so I hope this post helps. **tip: just write even if it seems mundane.**





The Blond Misconception

7399c79702ea260c9eac3b9dc4f98a7e-birthdays-disney-cruiseplanDo all Norwegians look blond, blue eyed and bushy tailed? Do they look like Anna and Elsa? What does a Norwegian look like?

It’s a stereotype to think they all are fair, most definitely. It is one stereotype about Norway that I have had to come to terms with that I am just wrong about. For example, this area has had shipwrecked sailors from Spain settle here. This has made some of the people have darker skin and dark black hair. Actually some of my husband’s relatives are darker skinned with black hair. They are no less Norwegian than a fair-skinned blond blue-eyed person.

I keep saying I want to look Norwegian. I want to be less embarrassed about being foreign. One of my brothers in law kindly pointed out that I can’t completely change myself just for the culture. I need to be myself. If that means I have dark hair and dark eyes with olive skin and stick out, then that is me.

Perhaps I will not put blond in my hair after all.

Thank You Note 5

Thank you,

Norwegian Coffee

for making me feel

like I drank Starbucks

mixed with Speed.





To be a real Norwegian, you must drink coffee all the freakin time, all hours of the day and take it black. Strongest coffee, besides Hawaiian Kona coffee, that I’ve ever had. Kona coffee made me think I my heart was going to explode and I thought I needed to go to the emergency room. While Norwegian coffee is not as caffeinated as Kona coffee, it has the power to render me sick and hyper at the same time. So what do I do? What any American would…. drown it in milk and call it a day. (No flavored cream here, wahhhhh!!!!!)


Repost: Scandinavian Fashion

So it’s finally time for my part two of this little series, a bit later than I first planned but sometimes life just gets in the way of things. I did a blog post recently of what I think is the key points when it comes to Scandinavian style within interior and now I thought […]

via What is Scandinavian style? Part 2 – Fashion — Scandi Lifestyle

All About the Blogger

To celebrate 50 followers, I want to introduce myself more so. Feel free to also fill out this questionnaire on your blogs. I would love to learn about you as well! Tag me!

About the Blogger


Name: Christina Marie Ulvestad

Age: 28

Gender: Female

A Selfie

Me with my husband, Kim


Food: Skittles candy, pasta, true ramen, pho ga, svele,  grilled cheese, bbq chicken, tacos, fajitas, chili

Drink: juice, milk, chocolate milk, coffee

Book: Anna of Byzantium, Emily Dickenson, Ghost in a Shell, Death Note

Song: There are far too many songs that I love and are emotionally attached to. I have “til the love runs out” from One Republic tattooed on my shoulder. . .

Movie: Boondock Saints, Lilo and Stitch, Fight Club, Ever After, Ghost in the Shell, Pulp Fiction, Hanna

Band: Right now I am into Combichrist, Lykke Li, Austra and Deadmau5. I like a wide variety.

Solo Artist: see “Band” answer above.

Place: I need to travel more 🙂

Subject: anthropology, sociology, food, art, crochet/knitting, Scandinavian everything

Sport: Football (US soccer)- Manchester United Fan just like my hubby!

Male actor: John Travolta, Johnny Depp

Female actor: Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Drew Barrymore


Schooling: High School then I did community college and took as many social science classes as possible. I participated in classes such as Muslim Studies, Global Religions, and Abnormal Psychology. My sociology class is how I met my husband. I interviewed him for a paper on Norwegian religions.

BF: I have several close friends. I am amazed at how awesome they are and different they can be from me but still respect me. I love them very much.

Political ideology:  I don’t understand the political system in Norway very well. I’m like a conservative moderate socialist.

Religion: Christian, with Catholic and Orthodox parts. I am quite old school.

Tattoos: Marimekko Unikko print tattoo in green, one I got at 18 years old, then the “til the love runs out” I mentioned before. I want more all over. ❤

Piercings: Ears!  Several on my ears. I had my nose done but a particular person hated it and I took it out. I might get a Medusa or a Monroe and my belly button. It all depends. I think long and hard about these things. I need to make sure I can get a job.

Languages: English, some Spanish, a little French, learning Norwegian Bokmål

Reason behind your blog’s name: Stiina is my childhood nickname given to me by my mother. It is also a nod to my love of the Finnish people because it is oddly a Finnish name!

Why you blog: I want to document my integration into Norwegian culture and teach about Norway. I really want to write a book but a blog is much easier.