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I just watched a routine on So You Think You Can Dance, I know Norway is a bit behind everyone else:P Anyways the dance was with Robert Roldan and Allison Holker.  The Choreographer Travis Wall did an amazing contemporary dance to the song “Fix You” by Coldplay.  The piece was truely amazing and I think that anyone who has cared for a loved one that has become ill will think the same. You just have to see it youself:

One website said:

Robert Roldan with All-star Allison – Contemporary

The moment I learned that his pair would be dancing a routine dedicated to choreographer Travis Wall’s ailing mom, I knew this would be “Cancer Dance 2.0″–one of those lump-in-throat, hair-on-end weepers that would elicit tears, raves, and, hopefully down the road, Emmys. (Actually, Adam did say, “Travis Wall, if you don’t get an Emmy nomination for this, there is no God!”) With Robert portraying Travis the supportive son (amazing acting skills here) and Allison (thankfully recovered from her own injury from last week) playing the fragile mother, these two danced this painfully personal piece (set to Coldplay’s “Fix You”) with equal amounts of grace and grit. By the dance’s end, everyone was a basketcase–Cat was choked up, the three judges were on their feet, Travis had tears running down his cheeks, and even Robert looked emotionally spent, heaving for air as if about to collapse into sobs. Nigel said this piece “transcended a television dancing competition.” Adam dubbed it “one of the performances of the season” and admitted he had a “snot bubble” from crying. And Mia, who lost her father a couple years ago and her mother earlier this year, said through her tears: “That’s the best I’ve seen you dance this season–really, really stellar.” All season long, Robert somehow has not connected with viewers, despite dancing excellently week after week after week. Will this be the routine that finally wins over America? I have to think the answer is yes.

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I thought I would inform all the Norwegian costumers with Xtravaganza about big price difference we found out between prices for the diet in Sweden and Norway.

As I said before in a previous post, Xtravaganza is a Swedish concept that has been in Norway the past couple of years. It just reached Oslo where I live.
VLC = The soup or shakes, is almost 30% cheaper just 2 hours driving from where I live in Oslo.  Xtravaganza isn’t really a cheap diet, but it works. So I thought it would be worth if to just kick this weight once in for all.  First of all you don’t get any discounts on VLC in Norway, even though I’m doing full speed for 3 months.   In Sweden you get a discount so that if you buy a week worth of food you get it cheaper. This results in that the VLC packets are 13kr (about 1,2£) cheaper pr pack in Sweden. When you eat 3 packs a day, that is 3£ a day and (273kr NOK) 21£ a week I’m saving on just driving to Sweden to buy the food.  My mum and I put up a spread sheet to show how much we have bought on full speed and what we save by going to Sweden

This is for 2 people on full speed and as you can see by the yellow marker we save almost 8000kr NOK which is about 800£ by buying VLC in Sweden compared to Norway. That’s insane.
My mum contacted the Norwegian head of Xtravaganza, because there had to be something wrong with this calculation. He said that this is how it is because of taxes etc (which isn’t that much) and that he wouldn’t give anyone a discount.

The Program has just reached Oslo about a year ago, and this resulted in that the only health consultant at the health centre is pretty new. I got the impression that she was new and seeing we could compare with what other health consultants were saying in other parts of the country, we figured that she didn’t really know what she was saying. I instead listened to my Aunts health consultant- who knew here stuff after many years in the program.  Whist the oslo cosultant was saying to slow down on the oil when the weight loss was stopping up, My aunts health consultant were telling me to increase the oil when the weight was stopping up.  Etc.  I know that I was starting this diet at the beginning of the summer and that it would therefore be some limitations to the program. However the health centre in Oslo closed off all group lessons for 10 weeks!!!. I don’t like doing strength 3 days a week and therefore mix it up with classes like step, aerobic, step interval, spinning etc.  This resulted in me having to pay to work out at another center.  The Oslo health consultant also left on vacation for 3 weeks, so I was asking what we were paying  a 100£ (1000kr NOK) for that month. Here in Norway you pay 100£ (1000kr) per month for the 4 first intensive months and then you only pay for the workout center after that.  I refuse to pay 100£ to someone who isn’t there or to a center who isn’t offering me anything! My mum talked to the Head of Norwegian Xtravaganza again, but instead of trying to sort things out., he got angry and said that ”Well we don’t want any costumers who’s not happy with us, so I’m ending your contract”. What kind of business is that? You’re always going to get problems, and cant just jump off when that happens!

Wednesday the 28th me and my mum drove 2 hours each way to Sweden and bought 300 VLC and talked to the health consultant there, who had run over 25 courses the past couple of years. She really knew what she was talking about and was appalled about how the Oslo consultant was handling it. She recommended some new products that they didn’t have in Norway:
To clean out the system whilst doing Xtravaganza to help the weight loss she recommended

  • Xtra psyllium, which is psyllium seed shells.  These seeds will go into the digestive system and clean it out. You drink extra water with this (very important).
  • She also recommended more oil if the weight loss was stopping up.
    we use rapeseed oil (make sure its quality oil)
  • I found that when I leave for work early in the morning and need oil during the day I could bring the oil by having it in a 60 ml container- very practical =)

In Sweden the expiration date on the packets was a lot newer, which was very noticeable on the powder when i make the shakes- it mixes a lot better.
Sweden also had another flavour chocolate toffee. This shake was meant to have less lactoses. I personally though it was sickening and wouldn’t recommend it=)

By the way I had my part goal on Monday and I reached it- wooohooo

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Wikivet- Veterinary help tool I love it, I mean we use Wikipedia enough of the time. Going to join and see if its any good=)
I’ll keep you posted

Veterinary education at the click of a mouse The Royal Veterinary College has collaborated in creating WikiVet, the world’s first comprehensive online knowledge base for veterinary students, nurses and graduates. WikiVet helps veterinary students keep abreast of changes to the curriculum and gives them learning tools, such as flashcards, videos and clinical case examples at the clic … Read More

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Im Launchin a new blog=)

http://studentvet.wordpress.com

This blog will have information about what ive learned, Pictures etc to help me remember this stuff and hopefully help other vet students like me=)

lets see if it works=)

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  • “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow” Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Good luck is the result of hard work and preparation”
  • “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward

  • “The best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started.” ~ Anonymous

  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  • “Procrastination is the thief of time.” ~ Edward Young

  • “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” ~ Art Williams

  • “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” ~ William Durant

  • “You’re never a loser til you quit trying.” ~ Anonymous

  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

  • “Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never.” ~ Winston Churchill

  • “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is for you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” ~ Max DePree

  • “If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~ Thomas Edison

  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” ~ General Colin Powell

  • “Aim for the stars and you’ll hit the forrest”

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My 69 year old anatomy lecturer Professor Boyd at Glasgow vet School, did his party trick during a dissection for Children in Need=)
Hes a legend!!

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It´s a lovely feeling just set your mind up.

Xtravaganza is this diet I’m on at the moment, and I thought I would tell you a little bit about it, how it is going, and what the concept behind it is.

Xtravaganza is this unique concept to loose weight and basically change the way you eat and live. There is a reason why I’ve gained weight over the past couple of years, so I was obviously not eating right or doing the right things to lose those the mean kg. I must admit that I’m a bit of an impatient person when it comes to weight reduction. I tried the Norwegian diet program ”vektklubben vg” last summer and lost about 5kg over the summer by just eating 1300kcal a day. This is a good way of losing weight, you can eat what you want as long as you keep to the calorie counting, but for me I kind of lost hope when after the summer I couldn’t see much change and I had stuck to the program.  This Easter I went lambing as part of my EMS for vet school, and I talked to my aunt one night on the phone. She had just started on Xtravaganza and was telling me how great it was, the results she was getting from it, concepts etc. I was soon convinced and after 2 months she told me that she had lost 25kg by just following the program. First of all I didn’t think this was possible and secondly I was intrigued that she could get results so quickly.

My aunt before and after the diet

I decided to start on the program as soon as I finished my exam to not jepordize my exam performance.  Seeing Xtravaganza had not reached the Uk yet, just Norway, Sweeden etc my aunt agreed to send the food to me and I would join a program where I lived in Norway when I got home. Whilst I was having my exams I chose to have a low carb diet, to ease my way into the program and lost 3kg by just doing this (+ a little bit of stress because of exam nerves :P)

Xtravaganza is a Swedish program, that has been in Sweden for about 15 years, Norway for about 5 years and then coming to the UK now in September.  The program is build around 4 Guiding stars:  Mind Training, Mental Nourishment, Good Energy and Joy by Movement.  This is so that one can easily change the way you eat and live to reach your goal.  When I reached Norway in the beginning of June I found a centre close by me to start the program.  I got a health consultant who became then my ”healthcoach” that arranged and had the group meetings once a week where she taught the people in my group about the program and about the four guiding stars. She was also there to answer any questions we might have.

My extravaganza meals (shakes/soups)

My favorite meals chocolate & vegetable

The program consist of several levels of intensity.  I chose the program “full speed” where you basically change all your meals into extravaganzas soups or shakes. You eat three of these a day and that’s it!  Now what I thought at first with this was that its only about 500kcal a day. That would surely send my body into starvation mood and I wouldn’t loose a thing + wouldn’t I lose my muscles when my body got that little food.  Xtravaganza’s concept is in this way very unique. In any other case if you were to only have 500kcal a day my fears would happen, but  these shakes/soups contain all the nutrients the body needs to protect the muscles and reach something called a ketose stage where  you get maximum fat burning. I must say that you have to have will power if you want to do this program, because anything like a chewing gum, one carrot anything you eat outside these soups will ruin the ketose burning and you would lose 4-5 days before you got back into the burning process.  The first 2-3 days I got hungry between the shakes and I was told to divide them unto 2 each so that i got 6 meals a day instead of 3. This helped some, and if I got too hungry at night I would just go to bed early. The first 4-5 days on the program the body burned down the carbohydrate storages, which was necessary before the body would start the healthy process.  After day 3 my body had gotten used to the amount of food it got and I was suppliced to realise I was actually getting more energy every day.  My friends asked my boyfriend if I had mood swings—like you do on a diet, when you don’t get food and is grumpy- but actually I was less grumpy- my sugar/insulin levels were more stable on this diet so I didn’t get grumpy. The fact that I within the two first weeks lost about 6 kg also helped on the mood. Isn’t it fun to diet when you see results? =) I didn’t have any training during these two weeks , even though the program encouraged it because I wanted to let my body adjust to the low energy intake, but started working out once a week with muscle training (heavy weights).

I’ve now been on the program for about 8 weeks and I’ve lost around 14kg.  It is showing on all my clothes and especially around my face. Friends of mine that see me now are shocked.   The weight loss have slowed down some now though, so I’ve decided to step up to 3 days of training a week to boost it. I won’t lie, it has been hard going to bbq’s, restaurants or parties where they eat lovely food and drinks, and I sit there with my soup or a class of water., but I’ve motivated myself by thinking that this is temporary and then I’ll have the goal that I want. ” It will never be a good time to diet, there will always be something that doesn’t fit in your diet happening”.  On the Xtravaganza diet it is very important that you drink 3-4 litres of water a day and also supplement the soups/shakes with oil. I’ve used rapeseed oil, because it tastes a lot less than olive oil. The oil was a bit intimidating for me, because I thought that it contained calories. My health consultant explained that you need fat to burn fat and it was also important for the digestion, so the oil is very very very important that you take- once in the morning and two spoons with dinner.  Oh another question I got from a friend was how the shakes/soups tasted. I’m suprised to say that they are actually not that bad. There are several flavours to choose from:

Soups:

–          Asparagus

–          Mushroom

–          Vegetable (my favourite)

Shakes

–          Chocolate (my favourite)

–          Vanilla

–          Strawberry

–          Blueberry

–          Cappuccino

Only one more month on “full speed” and then I’ll start of something called “half speed”, where I eat 2 soups /shakes a day + 3 Xtravaganza plate meals, increasing the calorie intake to 1400kcal a day. This will still cause you to loose weight, but at a much slower pace and is also important to adjust the body after the low calorie intake is has gotten over the past 3 months and adjust the body to its new feeding habits  :

Xtravaganza plate

Xtravaganza is based around a low carbohydrate diet, meaning that you should not eat food like bread, pasta, potatoes, grain etc.  But they want you to eat a mix between proteins, fat and carbohydrates (mostly from vegetables).   Half speed is also a time where I’m supposed to test how many carbohydrates I can eat in  my meals before it starts showing on the scale.  It’s a bit scary, because I don’t want to gain the kg back after all the hard work I’ve put in with sticking to full speed.   I’ll keep you all posted on what happens when I switch from the full speed, but hearing from my aunt she hasn’t gained anything in the two months it’s been since she finished full speed and she’s now over to eating normal low crab food without the soups/ shakes and enjoying here new self. Can’t wait to eat something solid 😛

In one of the first meetings we were asked to make a collage with our goals, here is mine:

My goal immage

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