When your body says no

Ok, so my bootcamp experience lasted for one day. One night only ladies and gents… I am truly so sad while writing this. Turns out my body completely shut down, I fainted and got sick.

And just to emphasize: this has nothing to do with Rawhouse and the class! I can truly recommend the place! It was fun, challenging yes, but never in a way that made me fill nauseous or ill. However, this has something to do with me.

Had a long talk with a very friendly doctor and turns out I have underestimated the need for rest. And the importance of listening to my body.

Turns out my body is just not cut out for that type of high intensive training at the moment (or if it ever has). She also mentioned my heart condition (yes, I have a tiny tiny tiny heart thing) that makes it harder for the blood to be pumped around or something doctorish like that. And the fact that I operated not to long ago (which in my opinion has nothing to do with this, been 6 weeks and I feel completely fine).

And then there is this thing called sleep, healthy food, stress... So much to think about!

So the best medicine turned out to be rest, listen to my body and stick to moderate exercises for now, at least until I feel better. Then slowly build up some strength before hitting my next bootcamp. So I was actually adviced to not participate in a bootcamp, because my body can´t really handle it.. Hello shame and tears..

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Restmode with little Dallas

Turns out a lot of people actually experience getting sick after periods of intensive workout, because it can affect the immune system. And now I am obviously not talking about me of course, after all; one class can not exactly be compared to a period of working out.

But what happens is that the number of white blood cells drops which again makes you become more susceptible to infections immediately after a hard workout because it is the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses. And the reason may be caused by the adrenal kick and extra rapid blood flow as a result of the exercise. Really interesting to learn how the body actually works, hihi!

Nevertheless, I cancelled my bootcamp and might just go for a walk instead (can you handle that body?!). Then it´s time to forgive my shortcomings and get back on the horse (after some rest).

Ever experienced something similar? Or having a hard time listening to your body too?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

  

Time to shut up and take my own advice

Well, you will never believe it! In the spirit of my new campaign “Let´s get moving” I said yes to join a 8 weeks bootcamp with FitnessCollection. And it´s safe to say I am terrified.

But while getting ready to blog about my big fear of tomorrows first class, I came across something I wrote about a year ago. A text, that after having read it, truly opened my eyes and made me realise I need to shut the hell up and take my own advice. Because I can do this, and I do belong! Take a look:


Right where I belong
Being Editor in Chief of Best of You, I have been getting to know the health community in Stockholm more and more. Not only in terms of our collaboration partners, but all the wonderful personal trainers, yoga teachers, coaches and brand owners out there. We work together, go to events together and often train together.

Which used to terrify me!

I have never been this super fit gym lover, who makes lifting weights and running on a treadmill look as easy as a Sunday stroll to the local bakery. Let me try to explain: I am more the type of girl who gets a mild heart attack after a few meters of running, who is so red in the face that it looks like my period came out of the wrong place and lifting those 2-3 kg like my life depended on it. Making it hard to feel any connection to all those bloggers and influencers out there, promoting health.

When I met all these wonderful trainers and started to get invited to their workouts and events I was terrified. “I am not fit enough for this”. “I am not one of them”. “What the fuck am I doing here”. These where all thoughts running through my head.

But then I realised that this is exactly what I want to change

I want you to know that you don’t have to be fit to join a gym class. You don’t have to be soft and limber to be able to do yoga, and you don’t have to be skinny and have abs to be able to call yourself healthy. You find what feels good to you and a balance based on your life, your body and your needs.

Which is also what inspired me to found Best of You in the first place. Because I love yoga, but I also love wine. I love to work out and sweat, but I also love my relationship to the cookie jar and our late night dates with Netflix. And that doesn’t mean I don’t belong.

So don’t think you need to fulfil certain criteria’s to be part of something. You are more than enough and health is for everyone! Coming from the girl who still goes to fitness events being the only one there not being able to do pull ups or hand stands, but still enjoys herself!

So go lift those weights girl, or go to that yoga class you always wanted to try or head straight into the lions cave and join the heavy bodybuilders at the gym. Whatever you prefer, but don´t let a label or the thought of not being good enough stop you. Because you rock, with or without abs!

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  Plank position might give you abs, but so does laughing /Photo: Jānis Šaulis

Plank position might give you abs, but so does laughing /Photo: Jānis Šaulis

So, time to take my own advice and get going again! And don´t forget to join my Facebook group for a little dose of inspiration and motivation!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

When life gets a little too hectic

This week it feels like a have been running a little on auto pilot. In between meetings, work and the gym I have been so sleepy, lying at home under the blanket, eating way to much candy. Therefore I am so glad I chose to take a long walk after this mornings first meeting, ending up at Downtown Camper and their beautiful lounge on the 9th floor.

Felt like I walked into an oasis, and it was just what I needed.

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So now I am sitting here, enjoying the view, the silence and all the sunlight shining into the room, while getting everything done before my meeting later today and then I am ready to welcome the weekend.

What are you up to today?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia



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Your voice, your mind, your vision

After a lovely birthday weekend, it´s now back to reality. Had a drink or two too many, so Monday was lived through a haze, hihi. But had to feel young just a little bit longer, you know. On the other hand, the blow of turning 30 was mildy put to ease by my wonderful boyfriend who gave me… wait for it…. a trip to Thailand over Christmas. Can´t really believe it! I am such a lucky girl, and the countdown has officially begun!

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But, before going too much into vacay mode; Today I had a long and very efficient workday at Selma City Spa, together with Marie and Ulrika. Since I have gotten wishes to be more personal on Best of You´s Instagram, I did a little behind the scenes on Instagram story and the engagement made my day so much fun! Love to interact with my followers, so please never stop!

Being able get in touch with so many amazing people, who are complete strangers, spread across the world, over social media is just weird. Wonderfully weird.

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I came to talking to a woman from Australia about owning your uniqueness and that we are all here for a reason. We all have something great to offer, and learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to sharing your gifts with the world.

The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your vision.

Never stop being you and spreading your passion. The world needs more of it.

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We simply must push through our fear. It’s so seductive to tell ourselves that we’ll go after what we want when we have more experience, more money, or more time. When in reality it’s only when we get clear on our fears and recognize how they are holding us back that we can begin moving forward.

So put on a smile and embrace yourself and the things you love.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Birthday girl

30! It´s all a big joke until it happens to you!


Anytime before the age of 25, if someone mentioned turning 30, I felt truly sorry for them. 30’s. That’s like real adulthood. Gross!

But here I am, officially turning 30 years old. We´re talking instant death of youth, soft supple skin, and free-range irresponsibility. The time has come to stop looking for an adulter adult in the room when needed. Because now I am supposed to be one! I am entering the third decade, and I have dreaded this day for a long long time.

So I guess I will be 29 until further notice?

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But then I woke up to so much love, pink and white balloons and breakfast in bed, which made me realise that this day will not be so bad after all. And I might be entering a new part of life, but I will always be a child at heart; Curious, open-hearted and full of love. So bring it on 30s! I am ready for you!

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Sthlm Barre - My new place?

Today I testet a new workout form through FitnessCollection; something called Barre, at Sthlm Barre at Östermalm. And I honestly think I found my new thing!

Barre is a workout form combining pilates, ballet and yoga, all in one! I had no idea my muscles could burn that much during 45 minutes! It was challenging, but in a good way, and really felt like something I can see myself doing more often.

  With    FitnessCollection    you can easily sign up for a Barre class //Sponsored app

With FitnessCollection you can easily sign up for a Barre class //Sponsored app

It was a beautiful studio, and the two ladies owning it were so welcoming. It was me and 4 other ladies attending the class, which is perfect because then the instructor can focus more on each person and make sure we do it right.

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Will not be able to move tomorrow though, that´s for sure! I will be a handicapped birthday girl, hihi! Yes, you read it right, I am turning 30 tomorrow! Don´t know if I should cry or laugh".

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

The good and the bad

Working on your passion, being able to be your own boss and have the freedom to work from wherever is a dream come true. And this is something, luckily, more and more people do today. And even though there are little downsides to being an entrepreneur, there are some. But they are rarely talked about.

One of them being the lack of income.

Because nobody wants to talk about the hard parts, about the struggles or be perceived as negative. But guess what, being an entrepreneur is not only bliss and rainbows.

When I quit my job and took a part time job instead, to be able to focus half of the week solely on my own company, I knew it would be tough. But it was a choice I made. Nevertheless, getting 10 000 kr less each month when you have bills to pay, a company to run and a life to live. Well, I guess you get the picture.

Still, I have managed pretty good. Amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. But, life still happens! Like when your mac decides to fall to the floor and injure itself (whyyyy me) or when your tooth needs fixing and half your salary suddenly disappears. Or when you have to travel home several times (and home is the most expensive country in the world). Well, then you’re suddenly not so free and on top of your game anymore.

Which of course brought me to tears yesterday. Because I am so tired of life being portrayed as this fairy tale all the time. Because even though it is amazing, it is also hard. And I work my ass off, but still it is hard to make ends meet.

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Nevertheless;

I rather go broke building my dreams, then just get by living somebody else´s.

At the end of every day, I'm grateful to be able to do what I truly love.

So, after having pulled myself together, I made a little list. A list of the good and the bad, just to portray the reality of how I experience being an entrepreneur.

THE GOOD
Controlling your own time
The freedom to plan the day just the way you like it. Like now, when I needed a break and felt like blogging. Or later today when I am off to a Barre class. The fact that I can do as I please, without having to report to someone or be somewhere at a certain time.

Stand up for what you believe in
Being an entrepreneur also gives you the chance to stand up for what you believe in, and spread the word. I have a view on health and wellness that I want to share with the world, and every single day I get to do that. And I get to help people, affect them in a positive way and spread good vibes.

All the amazing people
During this short time, I feel I have met some of the most interesting and inspiring people ever. Many of them also being entrepreneurs like myself, creates a fantastic community and I learn so much. Also, some of those whom I meet share so much energy and happy vibes, which fuels me too.

Total freedom
Having the freedom to do what I want, when I want it and in the way I want it, is priceless. The ability to live where I want or be able to travel whenever I want is also a big plus.

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THE BAD
Missing the Benjamins
Suddenly not having so much money coming in on a regular basis both terrifying and a struggle. And like I mentioned earlier, when life happens and your salary can´t handle it. It limits you and no kidding; it sucks.

Always in work mode
Having your own company and being truly passionate about it, makes it hard to really unplug. I probably put in more hours a week then most people I know, and logging off can be a challenge. And since I invested so much time in my business there is a certain underlying pressure to succeed.

Learning to say no
Being all wrapped up in business, friends and loved ones don’t always get my fullest attention. And due to the workload, I also sometimes need to miss out on the fun stuff, and learn to say no.

Being an entrepreneur is a roller coaster ride, with tons of ups and downs. It takes time, dedication and persistence, and you will not always feel on top of the world. But that´s ok too, it is part of it, even though it isn’t always portrayed that way.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Back in the game

When I got off work today my stomach did a little flip; I was actually nervous about working out, all by myself….Says a lot about how long it has been. But I got my shit together and headed over to Clarion Sign Hotel, checked in with FitnessCollection and headed into their gym.

I started with warming up for 15 minutes, before getting to a little weight lifting. Sadly I am no fancy fitness guru, knowing all the names on the different exercises, but I can mention boxing, squats, kettlebell swing, and the thing with the barbell, among some.

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Best part was when I was done, feeling way better than when I arrived! Energized and in a better mood! Getting to take a hot shower up at Selma Spa didn’t exactly damper it either.

Next up is Barre! If I am not too sore tomorrow!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

FitnessCollection x Best of You

//Sponsored

I am proud to announce I am now brand ambassador for FitnessCollection. An app giving you access to 140 different studios in one membership. So time to get that body moving and release some endorphins. Told it is supposed to make us happy after all.

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Not having been able to work out the last few weeks due to my operation has really had an impact on my overall mood. Been low on energy, having back pain and just feeling lazy as f*ck. Kinda like I feel during the periods of time I completely check out due to lack of motivation (opsi)!

But now I am ready, starting off with testing the gym at Clarion later today, followed by Barre, Yoga and Cycling the upcoming days. Variation is key to stay motivated, so what better than to try some new stuff?

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Follow me on Instagram for a little sweat behind the scenes!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

A grateful heart

Wow! I am blown away by all the lovely feedback today! You are so kind to take the time to congratulate me, send messages and even repost my page and images. Thank you, I forever grateful!

So I am spending my evening with a cup of tea, some candle lights, reading through it all. A pretty good way to welcome fall, and my favorite month, don’t you think?

  Beautiful flowers from my team mates Sonja & Ivona who I met for lunch today <3

Beautiful flowers from my team mates Sonja & Ivona who I met for lunch today <3

Hope you had a great start to the week and that you’ŕe ready for fall.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia


A shiny, brand new Best of You

Welcome to a shiny, brand new website! I am so proud and hope you will like it too. I have been working non stop the last few weeks, together with the talented Sophie Zetterberg to create a easier, prettier and better Best of You. And best of all, my blog is finally under the same platform.

For all you newcomers; Best of You is a inspirational lifestyle and wellness community on a mission to spread awareness about health and happiness. It is run by me, and together with my health squad we are here to create a safe place for everyone, focusing on finding what feels good and what brings out the best in you!

Because I truly believe happiness is a choice. And I choose to be happy

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So take a look around, check out the other bloggers, our services and articles, and sign up to our community. I promise a big dose of inspiration! And if you have any feedback, wishes or other comments, ping me an email or leave a comment below.

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

City Spa Yoga is back

Earlier this week we kicked off this seasons very first City Spa Yoga class at Selma City Spa and I was beyond happy! So now it is back to getting up at 05:00 and out the door before the sun is even up! But it is so worth it when you get to start your day watching the sunrise over the city on Selma´s rooftop.

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While getting the mats and goodie bags ready, Mo and I chattet over some much needed coffee and at 07:00 our guests started to arrive. Mo then held a 60 minutes Hatha class, focusing on the theme “Embracing Change”. In the goodie bag I had added a card with the following quote:

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

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After the class came the best part, a DELICIOUS vegan breakfast buffet served by Clarions kitchen chef! Omg was it yummy. Cheese, butter, bread, avocado, fruit salad, chia pudding topped with berries, freshly squeezed juice and coffee. Do I need say more?

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And while the guests went off to enjoy the spa I got to working, to the most beautiful view and with a grateful heart. Love these mornings and hope to meet some of you on October 23, where the theme will be self-love.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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