Chasing Waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen Valley

As international travel is not an option for me in 2020, I have chosen to do staycations and domestic travelling throughout Switzerland for the rest of the year. My first outing took me to Lauterbrunnen Valley, the valley of 72 falls.

What is Lauterbrunnen Valley?

Lauterbrunnen Valley is in the Bern region of Switzerland and it is a trough valley surrounded by mountain peaks and rock faces. Two of the most famous falls in that region are: Trümmelbach Falls and Staubbach Falls. The image that you have conjured up in your mind of a Swiss valley in the Alps with the meadows and mountain inns, that is Lauterbrunnen Valley. Surrounding the valley are other touristic locations such as Jungfrau, Mürren, and the Lobhorn mountains.

A snapshot of a waterfall in Lauterbrunnen Valley

Why did I choose to travel there?

In my opinion as a non-Swiss, spending summers exploring the country is one of my favourite activities. I often describe Switzerland as two countries in one. In the winter, the snow brings the country to life and it has that Narnia-esque feel. Then the summer captures the beatiful place you see on postcards.

The Visit

TLC once said, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to…” I had to ignore that advice and went after them…and they were beautiful. It was quite a far journey from Lausanne but I arrived in 3 hours and spent the day there. If you are visiting Switzerland, I suggest getting a Swiss travel pass before you explore. It covers you for all modes of transportation across the country. As soon as I arrived to Lauterbrunnen, I took the bus to Trümmelbach Falls in the ‘Black Monk’ mountain. These are ten glacier waterfalls inside the mountain, the largest subterranean waterfalls in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It costs 11 CHF to see these set of falls but the price was worth it! I did have to wear a mask in the lift up the mountain and in the mountain itself as there were quite a few people in one place. I didn’t anticipate that the temperature would drop once inside the mountain due to the pressure of the falls but I managed to keep myself warm with a cropped hoodie and a jeans jacket. I would suggest bringing a jacket or a warm fleece to keep yourself warmer.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to…

TLC, Waterfalls
A picture of the lift inside the mountain

Once I left Trümmelbach Falls, I stopped over to their restaurant at the base of the mountain and then jumped on the bus to Staubbach Falls. Staubbach Falls is the touristic highlight in that region, it is a 40 minute walk away from Trümmelbach Falls but I didn’t want to get lost on the way. I hiked up and in the falls until I was underneath it. It looked amazing to see the view from that point. I forgot to bring my tripod and pointer with me but managed to prop my phone on my bottle and with the assistance of self-timer took a few shots.

A snapshot of a waterfall in Lauterbrunnen Valley

I decided to walk back to the train station to start my three hour journey home and I was able to catch 39 mini-falls on the trek to the train station. It was really good to get outside after being cooped up inside for months. If you plan to visit Switzerland, I recommend adding this stop to your list.

Shooting September With AfriBix

Wearing AfriBix Fitwear

This post is sponsored by AfriBix. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s easy to wear the same gymwear from the same companies because you know how they will fit and look on you. It’s easy to stay in that comfort zone and not venture out of it. Thanks to AfriBix, I can say that I will be bringing more patterns and prints into my fitness fashion style. Doing my first photshoot outside and wearing patterned and printed clothing that are statement pieces in themselves allowed me to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

All the items I wore in this shoot were gorgeous from the colours down to their representation of Black and African culture. I always love having a piece of my Nigerian heritage in everything that I shoot whether it is clothing, hair, jewellery or the music around me. The bold red colour with the various African prints are perfect for not only gym sessions whether that is powerlifting or running, but they are comfortable for a lounging at home – which is perfect now that it is autumn and we are spending more time at home.

The material is very different to what I am used to as it is thinner than the thicker fabrics that I wear. The stretchiness and the fact that it is squat proof despite being a thinner fabric makes it my go-to outfit when I want to wear something bright to match my mood. The waistband, which can cause issues for some due to it rolling down, didn’t have that effect for me. I didn’t have to pull up the Tribal Print leggings or the Tribal Ubuntu Lycra shorts once whilst training which is a huge plus for me. The Tribal Print sports bra comes in both padded and unpadded, I am wearing a medium in the unpadded version in the photos. It was comfortable and compact – no room for anything to slip out but the padded version would have been better for my powerlifting sessions.

Wearing the Tribal Ubuntu Lycra Shorts with the Tribal Print Sports bra and the Pidgin Print trsiners

If you are looking for something that is:

  1. Stylish yet comfortable to workout in
  2. Comes in various styles that promotes body positivity and overall wellness
  3. Celebrates heritage, individuality and inclusivity
The Pidgin Print Trainers

AfriBix is worth checking out! Hands down, I love that it is a Black-owned and women-owned brand where the deisgns are completely done by the owner and her team. I love that it has this personal touch of heritage and bod positivity that is showcased in every single item. Doing a photoshoot in these pieces was an experience!

Protecting Your Mental Health

Prioritising your mental health is a form of self-care

This year did not start in the way that many of us expected. I’ve seen so many posts about 2020 is over, 2020 is cancelled but I’ve chosen not consume content that is damaging to my mental health. We are all going through tough times right now, whether that is financially or emotionally, and protecting our mental health and prioritising our self-care is paramount.

Currently, I’m working my 9-5 job, at home, trying to cope with this pandemic. I had noticed that I had worked an additional 20 hours both in March and April and I needed to slow down before I burnt myself out. I don’t know why I had worked these extra hours, maybe I was trying to distract myself from the pandemic and my thoughts. Unfortunately, the stress of it all caused me to faint at the beginning of May. The time before I lost unconsciousness scared me. I was grateful that I woke up a few minutes but it taught me that I need to stop, take it slow and work on improving my overall health. I shouldn’t have reached that stage at all and lockdown has shown me that I wasn’t prioritising my self-care and protecting my mental health as much as I thought I was.

How do I balance and protect my mental health?

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DAY TRIP TO LIECHTENSTEIN: JANUARY 2019

January is a long month for everyone. It’s the middle of winter, pay-day seems to be coming slower than usual, and if you are not an avid winter sportsperson, winter can seem like a never-ending season. Learning from my previous January experiences, snuggling myself in my blankets and preparing for hibernation, I decided to change that around and travel. I never travel during the winter but a thought of changing the status quo came to me during the last days of 2018. Here I was ready to snuggle myself in layers of clothing and go for a day trip to the little country of Liechtenstein.

One of my many goals this year is to travel to five new cities and/or five new countries. I’m sure that you’ve heard the cliché saying that “Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer”. Whoever said that was not lying. I love travelling as much as I love training and food. Travelling is like art. It starts as an empty canvas. Each place you travel to is a stroke on the canvas unravelling the stories, the memories and moments that you captured through your eyes. That’s why I love to travel. I get to different parts of the world through my eyes and not through the lens captured by society.

If you are not a fan of travelling or hesitant to do it, start out small. Travel to a new city or town in your country. I hope that this post and the many travel ones coming this year inspire you to see the world through your own lenses.

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REDUCE CRAMPING DURING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE

If these first two weeks of January have been slow for you, raise your hand. It has been pretty chill at work for me. Attempting to get back into a schedule actually creating content across all the channels has been slow. Usually, I would want to be hitting it hard as soon as a new month arrives but I’m learning to embrace the slowness and serenity of January before the workload and speed increases. If you are feeling the same way, embrace it and enjoy it while it lasts.

I know lots of women suffer through cramps during their menstrual cycle. Cramps that leave them unable to move from the bed or do anything on that day. I have only experienced it a couple of times in my life and I do not wish it on anyone. I decided to do an experiment to see if I could curb the cramps from foods and realised that if I did not eat well the week prior and the week of my period, I suffered from cramps resulting to sleeping with a hot water bottle for the first two nights. However, when I made sure to eat well all the time especially during the week prior and the week of my period, I felt fine and I actually never realised it had started. I was mainly eating more but I was pain-free.

Through this experiment, I discovered that eating foods rich in magnesium helped curb the pain and reduced the cramping throughout my entire cycle. Not all women are the same but if this list of foods can help you reduce the cramps and pain just a little, I’m happy to help.

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4 WAYS TO START THE YEAR OFF WITH A BANG!

Let’s look back at 2018 with the warmest of memories and embrace 2019 with open arms. Happy New Year.

Over the past two weeks, I have taken a break from producing all kinds of content and enjoyed the festive season with family and friends. Now I’m back from my break, back to work and slipping back into training, and I feel refreshed. Though after a relaxing break, it can be difficult to start the year off a bang.

Something that I am known for is my drive and placing high standards in everything that I do, so finding motivation has never been a problem for me. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everybody. I’ve been wracking my brain how I would start the first post of the year. I could have gone for the cliché ‘set your goals’, ‘leave something behind in 2018’ posts that have probably saturated your social media feeds these last few days (guilty as charged), but I wanted to provide you with something meaningful.

Initially I had planned to write my blog posts for the first two weeks of January during my last working week. That was not realistic planning at all on my part. If you have made it this far, thank you.  Here I am typing away during my last day before work starts up again with methods I believe that will help you start 2019 the best way that you can.

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Training for My First Powerlifting Meet: Meet Day

 

…And that’s a wrap! Meet day came by slow and went by fast. A lot faster than I expected. My nerves hit me right before I got on the platform and I didn’t get the results I wanted. I’m usually pretty harsh on myself but with my support team there with me and the support of my friends, family and social media community around the world, it made me look at the day in a different perspective.

Although I missed two bench and two squats attempts due to technique and jumping the commands, I still won. I competed for the first time and came back with lessons on how to improve. I know what I need to work on the next time because next time is coming and I’m going to own that platform.

Pushing aside all the other feelings that I had that day, I enjoyed myself and had a great time. Powerlifting is more than a strength sport and how heavy you can lift. It’s all about how you can control the weight you are carrying with good form and technique. It’s a learning curve. I may be at the bottom of that curve but I will dedicate the time and years to make sure that I experience it all.

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Training for My First Powerlifting Meet: Peak Week

 

On Monday 12th November, peak week training officially begun. I was surprisingly calm about everything which scared me quite a bit. I had looked over my progress pictures since starting this meet and I was blown out of the water. I had spent five and a half months dieting down for this meet and it is incredible to see how much body composition as well as other changes that I had achieved with my coach can be transformed via nutrition and training.

On the days leading up to the meet, I only had three training days. Volume decreased dramatically and my stress levels were low. I practiced 3 sets of 1 for squats, bench and deadlifts as well as practiced the commands in my head.

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Training for My First Powerlifting Meet: 2 Weeks Out

 

The excitement is real right now! I’m 2 weeks out and strength just keeps on going up. I’ll have to admit that I am feeling tired and my energy levels are not as high as they have been in the past. Focusing on dialing in, sleep, recovery and nutrition are my priority as I get closer to meet day. Ordering my singlet and deadlift socks tonight!

This has been the hardest training week for me ever but it will be worth it in the end. Working on my top singles for each lift and I know that these tough times are going to pay off.

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Training for My First Powerlifting Meet: 3 Weeks Out

 

I hope you are speaking your dreams into existence.

Again I’m behind on these posts especially as meet day is fast approaching (this Saturday). I will be posting the next two blog posts in this series this week and next week, I’ll post my peak week thoughts and my recap of meet day.

I thought that I wasn’t going to be competing in November because I was initially put on the waitlist. I found out at 6 weeks out that there was a possibility that I could compete. My coach and I had discussed it. Our plan was if I got into the meet, that’s great. If I didn’t, I would still prep as if I was in the meet and do a mock meet at my home gym so I got a semi-feel of how it would be on the day.

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