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Post-flu back to action, and some blog news

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well. I’ve been quiet here recently but I’ve recovered from the flu (or whatever that thing was, too nasty for being just a cold, too mild for being the flu, seemingly not Covid) and I think I’m back to business!

I was hiding under a blanket for 4 days and then I started recovering but had very little energy. I tried to go for short walks and tried to figure out when I would be fit to go back to the gym (obviously impossible to say at the time). On the Thursday I decided I should cancel the gym for the Friday… but when the Friday came, I felt quite good and did some simple moves in the form of lunges, step-ups and lateral raises (with 5 kg dumbbells).

Getting back to being active after a viral infection like the flu or similar means to listen to your body, and take it easy, one thing at a time. I definitely wasn’t good enough to hop on the bike or do anything else energetic, but started with short walks of 2-3 km, bodyweight squats and the likes.

Two weeks after the virus hit, I’m back in action. My body is itching to move, and I can’t wait to get back into the routine again. Let’s talk about the first post-flu week in the gym and else.


The gym was closed because of the St Brigid’s day bank holiday. Although St Brigid’s day was on the Thursday? Well, you don’t have to understand everything!

I did some simple bodyweight moves, lunges, squats, pushups, and then the high step-ups.


I was back on the bike! That felt good. I took an easy-ish ride, 7,3 km on Zwift. There were some steep uphills and my quads weren’t really back on track yet, but you have to start with something and I didn’t want it to be totally flat.


First day back at the gym! I got what I hoped for, a soft enough comeback session since I wasn’t sure how my body would handle heavier weights.

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Bulgarian split squats – my old friend.
How I’ve struggled with these after my foot injury. My balance simply isn’t back to where it used to be, and it gets to my head and I overthink it and get nervous. Every time they go “well enough” is a step forward so today was good for my attitude. Today I managed all my reps! They are so much easier to do with dumbbells, and I love that I get to do them in this way and hopefully work up the balance and confidence again.

The flyes were hard today, while with the shoulder press I managed almost a full set of nice reps and that’s a good step forward. The other two sets were quite poor, but this is one exercise I need to be patient with so it’s ok. Every step forward is good even if it’s small.

I had the odd feeling all day that it was Monday!


I had planned a bike ride today but then I came across a nice walking challenge on Instagram and hopped on board. It’s simple. Walk at least 30 minutes every day, take a photo during your walk and send it to Bianca Ljunggren on Instagram. I saw this as a nice photo challenge too – I tend to mostly take photos of a wet road with green hedgerows on the sides. Different parts of the road, and different roads every day but still boring! I can’t send her same-ish photos every day so now I need to get creativer. And get walking every day! After all the weeks of not walking much, my left foot is easily fatigued again so I really need to get back to walking.

So obviously I opted for a walk instead of cycling, and it was a foggy cloudy day but very mild and pleasant with 10C and almost no wind.


I continued my walking challenge, which is easy on a day like this. We had 10C and a lovely sunshine, and it felt like spring! On gym days I’m in the office in town, so there was no country road walk, but I captured some beautiful green along the way anyway.

In the afternoon I enjoyed a good session in the gym. “Enjoyed” may not be the right word for a tough workout, but especially after last year’s events, it truly is a moment of joy to put my body to work even when it’s really hard. Today I felt in good form but even exercises I usually never struggle with had me almost lose my breath! Perhaps it was still the post-flu talking.

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Bulgarian split squats again! That’s only positive. I have a love-hate relationship with them, and need to practise them. I can’t say I felt confident on the left leg but I managed all my reps again. I fixed my eyes on the dumbbell rack along the opposite wall, and kept telling myself ” I can do this!”

I managed full sets on everything except the chest press (but 12-12-11 so not too bad) but was basically on the border of failure at the end of every set. I was absolutely exhausted but felt good when I left the gym.


This day had forecasted rain all day but it actually looked very nice in the morning. I did my daily walk and decided to go to my new favourite beach. The waves were fabulous today!

On the way down I passed this rainbow – I had barely noticed it rained at all in the morning.

The walk was 6,7 km in total and I felt great, despite some very tired legs and other body parts after the Friday gym session. The rain started when I was on my way back.


This will be a busy day… the last full day that I’m in my 40s. So yes, tomorrow is my 50th birthday. It feels unreal but that’s it!

This time of the year is useless for doing fun things because of the elephant in the room unpredictable weather, but it looks like the weather will actually be good enough, so we’re planning a hike along a trail near Gougane Barra, and later dinner in a nice restaurant.

So what’s the blog news?

I’ve been using this domain name for a personal blog of sorts since 2019. That blog has existed in many different shapes since then – it changed drastically during the height of the pandemic and then I got out of the flow and didn’t know what I wanted to do with it really.

But when I got into fitness, blogging became more interesting again although I didn’t have much of a plan with it other than using the blog as an accountability tool. This is probably the longest I’ve kept a blog active, I enjoy writing here and I plan to up my game and write more than for the weekly rundown post. But this domain has hosted anything and everything, so I feel it’s time I give the blog another domain.

By now you all know about Jävlaranamma. This is the mindset that keeps me going and helps me to always bounce back, particularly after my foot injury and being diagnosed with osteoporosis. I’m 100% determined to keep working on building strength so I can keep living a good and active life.

So for a domain name, there was only one option of course. Welcome to the Jävlaranamma blog!

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If you’re reading this from a link-up, I’ll show up there with the new domain soon, and there will also be a link from here after I move.

Thanks Kim and Deborah for hosting the Weekly rundown link-up! I may be late getting around to the other bloggers this week.. but I’ll get there!

28 responses to “Post-flu back to action, and some blog news”

  1. Coco avatar

    Oh, that’s a great domain for your blog!

    Your photos this week are stunning! That rainbow is gorgeous, but so are the others.

    One thing I miss most with my hamstring is not being able to push myself hard, so I get what you are saying about it feeling good to be back to hard days at the gym.

    Glad you are feeling better!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh, I really feel your pain about not being able to push yourself. One thing that really bothered me with being diagnosed with osteoporosis was “will I never be able to challenge myself again?” and it almost made me feel I lost some purpose in life! I’m so grateful that I can challenge myself in the gym and with walking. I so hope you’ll be better soon and back to your normal form!
      Thanks for your lovely comments about my photos!

  2. Wendy avatar

    Excited for the new iteration of your blog!

    I struggle with Bulgarian split squats all the time. I’m sure it’s my weak hips, which means I should do them more.

    Your photos are amazing!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you so much, Wendy!
      And yes about the Bulgarian split squats. They’re such an excellent exercise for so many areas. I’ve never thought of them working on the hips!

  3. Deborah Brooks avatar

    What a fun new blog name! Love it! I will have to start learning how to incorporate that word into my vocabulary LOL. Maybe you can give us some ideas 🙂 Glad you are feeling better. I like that walking challenge. Maybe I will jump in as I do that anyway most days. Have a great week!

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m glad you like the blog name! I’ll have to do a new short intro to the word when I move over!
      I have quite busy weeks these days and I tend to go for walks (other than just to the gym and back!) only on my at-home days but this new walking challenge made me take a break for walking also when I’m in the office so that’s a great thing. I meant to link to her IG page but totally forgot but I think she has a quite unique name so you’ll find her if you want to join.

  4. Jenny avatar

    Yes, reading Wendy’s comment above- if there’s something we “hate” and we’re struggling with, it means we should do it more. Not that I always do that, of course!
    Sounds like a really solid week post-virus. And your photos are so beautiful- I love this walking challenge. AND, I love the new blog domain- it’s perfect!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh, it’s hard to get those things done that we really need to work on. I’ll have to start doing the Bulgarian squats at home with my super light bar just to work on the balance part. But it’s a great thing to have a trainer in this context – he makes me work on my weak areas and of course I can’t say no when I’m in the gym!

  5. Darlene S. Cardillo avatar

    So happy that you are well again.

    Now I’ll have to remember your new blog name. Lol. Looking forward to it.

    Love that rainbow pic.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yeah – I know it isn’t the most straightfoward name, lol. But it fits my blog so well and there’s nothing else that would be as good! But you can always save it to your browser and I’ll be in the rundown link-up most weeks!
      That rainbow was so surprising. We only had a light drizzle in the morning.

  6. Melissa avatar

    Welcome back!! How exciting to have a new blog/domain name. And omg that rainbow photo looks UNREAL! The colors are so vivid and the grass is super green. Beautiful!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Aww, thanks Melissa!! That rainbow was such a surprise and it’s so rare to be able to catch the colours properly in a picture. Rainbows usually fade away so fast.

  7. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures avatar

    I love the blog logo! I had to giggle because I don’t know about Javlaranamma, but I look forward to learning 🙂 That’s so interesting about the bank being closed on Monday. I guess they had a floating holiday! It’s funny because most of our bank holidays are on Monday, and I work Mon-Weds. That would be a good thing, except I work hourly, and don’t get the paid holiday! I used to work on Thurs to make up for the Monday holiday, but lately I’m just like “screw it”, I’ll take a short work week too!
    Glad you are feeling better and getting back at your workouts!

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m still so confused about bank holidays and the reason for some of them here. Sometimes there are just bank holidays for seemingly no reason. And if another holiday, for example St Patrick’s day, happens during a weekend, the Monday after is a bank holiday to compensate, or something! St Brigid’s day is always on the 1st of February but even if it’s during the week, the Monday after there’s still the February bank holiday. The charm with moving abroad and learning your new home country’s different glitches (many of them in Ireland, lol)!
      It sucks that you don’t get paid holiday. I used to work hourly like that years ago and it’s not a good thing really. But better than no work of course.

  8. Debbie avatar

    That’s a great name for your blog going forward! Glad you’ve stuck with writing about your fitness endeavors. I enjoy reading about your activities and the accompanying photos!

    I, too, have a love/hate relationship with Bulgarian split squats; however, I don’t do them nearly as often as you do. And there’s a reason – I let the hate win over the love. 😉

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m so glad you enjoy my posts and your comments about my photos always make my day!!
      Yes, everyone seems to have this relationship with Bulgarian split squats! They’re such a good exercise – very much a mental one too. One huge benefit with seeing a personal trainer is to be pushed to do what you’re not good at because that’s what you need to work on. I’m sure you do this for your clients too!

  9. Kimberly Hatting avatar

    Love the blog name change! Very creative and catchy! I’m glad you’re back to feeling better! That walking challenge is a good one. I get outside everyday, in some capacity, and often times I go for a walk by default 😉

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’ve been so bad at going out walking recently. The weather has been horrible until late January and then I got the flu, and I also want to do the cycling for the cardio training, and I need to work etc. I’m just not enough organised with everything at the moment so this walking challenge came with very good timing to make me go out walking every day.

  10. Michelle avatar

    Great name change for your blog! Also great to hear that you’re feeling better and getting back into the groove of things. A walking challenge is a great idea – I’ve been doing much more walking since I got sidelined from running. I really enjoy getting out daily as long as the weather isn’t too rough.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, it’s great to get out every day! Even today even if it was quite cold, but not cold enough to be unpleasant. I’m enjoying the walking challenge so far.

  11. Marcia avatar

    Congrats on the new blog domain! I’m so glad you’re feeling better. Wicked bugs have been so prevalent this year. I had no idea you were withing walking distance to a beach. How wonderful! Your pics are gorgeous!

    1. Susanne avatar

      I live on a peninsula so there are even(at least) three beaches within walking distance. Quite amazing!
      There are so many people with flu and other stuff now. February is a vicious month.

  12. Jessie avatar

    Love the new name! How exciting.

    Gorgeous photos as always!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Jessie! I’m looking forward to the blog move. Hope you have a good week ahead!

  13. Jenn avatar

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! The flu is no joke!

    And I can’t wait to read your new blog! It’s alawys hard to make that switch, but it sounds like it’s the perfect change for you!

    1. Susanne avatar

      The flu is awful! Although this one was much shorter than what I’ve had in the past. But I’m still not 100% back to my normal capacity in the gym. The blog will be same-ish as this one but better and the plan is to write more and give it a bit more TLC! Looking forward to seeing you there!

  14. Anne avatar

    So glad you are feeling better and AUGH for missing this for so long because my @#%(* Feedly took forever to update the URL! I’m set now. I think.

    Also, flu/bad colds/COVID even if you test negative are no joke. I am so glad you listened to your body.

    I am almost past the worst part of this semester, thus far, and I know I owe you an email. I am so sorry…

    1. Susanne avatar

      Well, I’m so glad you are here! And delighted the worst part of the semester is behind you! I owe you an e-mail too, but my week was absolutely mad.
      Totally agree on the flu thing. It was really nasty, although not as bad as flus I’ve had in the past.

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