#tbt

New year, ney gym, new motivation. It's one of those #tbt photos to show where I first thought I was in good shape. I was in terrible shape. Too skinny, not eating enough, didn't feel good about it more than I saw my abs. I thought that was the way to get abs until two years later when I started to work my ass off, eating alot and getting in my best shape ever. 
Today I felt the same motivation as I did a year ago when I was in the middle of my transformation. I registered for a new gym yesterday, did 30min cardio then, today I did 1h cardio intervals pw and run with and without incline and 30min strength and tomorrow is leg day. đŸ’Ș can't wait.

10.30am

I have already went grosserie shopping, prepared lunchboxes for 3 days and had an appointment at my physical therapist. I get surprised every time I can get up in time and get stuff done haha. I'm so lazy in the mornings but lately (since my detox) I have done much better. 

So yesterday I had 4h of coaching sessions and the evening was spent with Rebecca, a girl I got to know this Christmas. Really enjoyed our conversation yesterday, had dinner at one place and went across the street for some tea afterwards. Definitely not the last time I'm spending time with her, such a sweet girl! 

Other than that my week has been good. Taking it easy on practice this week since we don't have any tournaments or matches to bowl this weekend and my back is sore too, going to the gym later today to do some cardio. Actually trying out a new gym called 24/7 today. Pretty much all of my friends are at that gym and it's closer to the downtown city/bowl too so I hope I like it there. :) 

Lunch with my babe's at 1pm, guess who's gonna make the lunch? Hahaha me. Wish me luck. 🙋


World bowling tour finals

The finals was aired yesterday on ESPN2, did you guys watch it? I did. It was just as heartbreaking to watch it now as it was after the show in Vegas. Yep, that one shot where I miss the head pin still haunts me. 

But Im extreamly proud of myself for bowling the way I did on the show though. I did the best I could in every single shot. I was a 100% me on the show. It was an amazing experience and I'm gonna take all of it with me and hopefully be able to stay in the top 3 and get back on the show later this year. 

How did you guys like the new format? 

Personally I'm not a fan. Growing up in a bowling center my coaches, parents and even now when I'm coaching I always tell people to practice spare shooting and that you win on making your spares. I'm a spare shooter (even though I didn't show that on the show in 2011, haha). 
I believe that if you bowl good, you should get the advantage that a double or even a spare will give you. I believe that convert a big split or have the front 7 with the chance of making a 300 on TV is way more exciting to watch. Maybe I'm an old fashion 23year old. 

I would love to hear your thoughts, comment!! 

And not to forget a big fat THANK YOU to all of you for your nice words, tweets and Facebook posts. It warms my heart to know that I'm surrounded by such amazing people. I wanna thank Rotogrip for supplying me with the best equipment on the market. I wanna thank Vise Inserts. I wanna thank my lovely parents for making it possible for me to travel the world and do what I love the most. Thanks World Bowling, PBA. It has been a dream come true to bowl on TV and even bigger to get back on the show. 

"This one's a fighter" 
I'm ready to work harder. 

Bring on 2015, let's #OwnIt 


ESPN2

Don't forget to watch the show tonight at 1pm et/7pm swedish time on ESPN2!!! 

50

Yesterday was the 21st of januari 2015. 50 years ago on that day the person that I admire the most on this planet was born. My mom. 

Yesterday we got to surprise her on her birthday at a very cozy place called Brösarps GĂ€stgivargĂ„rd. She was having a facial treatment at the SPA when we snuck into the relax and waited for her in the bathtub. Oh boy was she surprised! 
Champagne, Anti pasti and a nice moment just hanging out with the family. 

As if that was the whole surprise.. 

We had the lounge for an hour, then we showered and changed, got ready for dinner. 

At dinner our closest friends and family showed up to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday with us. 
The dinner was incredibly delicious. I can be picky but this was so yummy. All of it. 






Thanks to my lovely dad for arranging everything. You did great ♡ 

And mom. 
Thank you for inspiration me every single day of the year, year after year. Thank you for loving us the way you do, there is never a question or a doubt about it. You are always there for us, no matter what time it is, what day it is, no matter the cause. Always. I couldn't wish for a better mom than you. Thank you for being you. I love you to the moon and back. 

Happy birthday. 
♡ 

Detox [check]

I did it! I survived the 9 days detox. 
It has been a great challenge at times but never felt like it would be too hard to complete. 

So let's sum it all up. 
My goal was to get more energy, feel better, getting back on track with working out and to eat healthier. 
I must say all of it happened. I feel that I have more energy, I actually do things during the days. I hate winter since its dark and cold and it can be quite depressing, so for me thus was very important. I have been so lazy cause I haven't been able to find any motivation at all to leave my apartment compared to now when I have been out power walking, running etc. 

I feel much better in my body, my stomach is working so much better now. 

As I said, I've been out power walking and running. Also been bowling alot and been able to represent myself. 

And last but not least: eat healthier. I have cooked all my meals myself and I have actually enjoyed it. Pasta with meat sauce, lasagna, currychicken with rice and vegetables. I have made my dinner boxes and prepared every meal and this is something I'm gonna try and keep doing. Now I know more about calories and how much I should eat and should not eat.  

I have lost 1,8kg in weight, 2cm around the waist and a half cm around each leg. Butt is still the same big size Hahaha. 

I am so happy with my decision of doing the detox and I'm very pleased with my results. 

If anyone of you guys are interested in doing this detox you can email me for more information Sandra@bowlare.se 

day 6

After a few ups there's always downs. I had so much fun at work yesterday, drilled and plugged a few balls and then I had two coaching sessions. I really enjoyed the coaching sessions I had, it's an amazing feeling so share my thoughts and what I have experienced to someone that is very open - minded to new things. 

- after this, when I got home, something happened and I'm still trying to figure out what. I had a shower and got ready for my cousins graduation party and all of a sudden I busted into tears and I just couldn't go. I wanted to but at the same time my whole body said no. At that moment I had no idea why. I went out for a walk, I just couldn't stop crying. One tiny thing grew into something so big in my head. As always when I feel sad, I always end up at the beach. I sat there for 40min. Didn't move. Music in my ears. Tears. And I have no idea why it all started. 
My thoughts now: it's been too much lately. So many things to be worried about and trying to get everything together. I guess all of us are weak at times.
Luckily I have amazing people around me who's always there for me, of course also last night. ♡ 

Today was a better day, but I was extremely tired. Maybe I forgot to mention I was away for 2h last night. I'm only "allowed" 30mins workout during detox. I also did some intervals running/pw. So we I woke up, my face was all swollen cause of crying last night. I was tired, exhausted. I was a little sore but much happier with myself. 
Two matches today was a bit too much during detox I must say. 4h on the lanes takes a lot of energy. Good thing I have only one match to bowl tomorrow. 
Anyways we won one of the two today. Which was good. Hoping for another win with the girls tomorrow. :) 


Now: sleep. 
Really hope I get as much energy tomorrow as I got in the beginning of the detox. 

Xx

day 4

The energy level keeps going up. I'm surprised myself. I feel more motivated than ever. 

Today I have been looking at one apartment. I don't think I have told you guys that I have to move out of this apartment before may 1st. Which sucks but the owner of the apartment I live in has to sell it. Anyhow, This new apartment is in the same building and I liked it ALOT. Doubt that I will get lucky enough to get it though so I have to keep looking. So if anyone of you, I would prefer my swedish readers, know any apartments for rent or sale in my area please let me know? Would be great to have somewhere to live in the summer.. 

After that I went out for a run, or powerwalk/run. I'm allowed to do 30mins workout during my detox so I went out. We can call it interval training. Did some stairs - workout too. It was fun but tough. I can feel that my body is not use to running anymore haha. Better get this back on track, if my knee allows. 

Other than that I haven't done much today, thinking about heading down to the bowl for some practice but I might wait til tomorrow since I already did today's workout. 

Had my second meal today too. Pasta with meat sauce and salad. So yummy. Is it possible to be in love with food, or maybe eating? Hahahaha. Cause I feel so happy now when I can eat. Ridicoulus. 😊 

Tomorrow is Friday, drilling one bowling ball and having some coaching sessions before going to my cousins graduation party. And of course I'm bringing my own dinner ;) 

day 3

WARNING! 

This post may surprise people so do yourself a favor and sit down before continuing reading. 


Before noon today I had finished doing following things: 

Breakfast a la detox 
Showered
Cleaned the apartment
Food - prepped two dishes for 8 dinners
Packed laundry bag 

How crazy is that? I have never ever done all that in one day before. Barely one week 😂 

I feel that I have more energy even though I have been without food for 64h. 

Did I mention I love this detox?! 

Bowling in 3D

So what I did today was a 2h drive to gothenburg. 3 bowling balls ready. I walked into the bowl, I got all these balls taped on to my body. I did some test shots and then we did the real stuff: 


I got to do 15 shots when I played right and 15 shots when I player deeper in the lane, I rated every single shot from 1-3 where one was perfect, 2 good, 3 bad. the study will show the difference of the body between the bad shots compared to the good shots. How cool is that? 
It was a little nerv wrecking and a little hard since I was kinda tired in my body and mind but I think it's gonna be just fine. Can't wait to see the results! 


Other than that, today has been an OK day with my detox. I'm low on energy and my body is a little grumpy but it's easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part today was to go grossery shopping to prepare for tomorrow. So many nice things in the store 😍 haha. Countdown: 24h til dinner!!! 

Gonna take my last drink of the day now and then cuddle up in bed. 
Tomorrow: 
Work
Coaching
and 
FOOOOOOOOOOD

Good morning day 2

I really took advantage of the fact that I had nothing planned on Monday.  I slept from 11am-5pm. Was awake for a few hours and fell asleep again around 11pm and woke up by my alarm a half hour ago, 8.30am. 

I'm still tired, my body has no energy which I totally understand. I'm hungry but I don't have to feel lonely cause my stomach is talking to me every minute. 
Took my first pills and waiting for my "real" breakfast soon. Have to get up and ready to drive to gothenburg to do one of the coolest practice sessions in a while. I will try and take as many pictures as possible and tell you all about it later. :) 

home sweet home

This trip was supposed to be short and easy. It felt like the longest travel day ever. We were supposed to Flyg out last night at 9pm Finnish time, reason why we did not was cause of the baggage. I wasn't allowed to bring bags and there was obviously a misunderstanding with the guy that was gonna bring my stuff back home so we had to book a new flight for this morning at 6.45am. Good thing was we got to spend the evening with the best people, had dinner and was few drinks. Bad thing was when  I got tired around 1am we didn't have a room so I could not go to sleep. We had to sit in the lobby until 4am when we took a taxi to the airport. Oh yea I might have to mention that they decided to move the finals so it started at 7am Sunday morning so we had to get up at 5am. This means at 4am I had been awake for 23 straight hours. 

I fell asleep right away when we got to the airport. One hour sleep on a couch, one and a half hour sleep on the flight. Train ride, fell asleep and woke up like every other min. Find out in helsingborg that the rest of the ride is cancelled due to some technical problems so I had to get off there and catch a bus that replaced the train. BUT of course the bus was not gonna stop in Ängelholm so i had to walk around to try and find another way to get home. Found a train and an hour later I made it home. 

Finally home.  Dead tired on the couch. And guess what? Monday means day one of my detox. I'm ready to die. I'm so tired. So hungry and just Blaaaah. 

No, im gonna make it. I have meassured myself and gonna weigh myself either today or tomorrow. Wish me luck! Hoping for alot of energy by the end of my detox.  

ballmasters

Do you guys remember how excited I was for the ballmasters? 

I bowled 1324, 1291 and last squad I shot my highest block I've ever bowled during qualifications in a world tour/European tour event - 1411. I would have qualified without my 48bonuspins. 🙌 

I am extremely happy about my performance even though I couldn't pull it together in the finals. I started out great but ended up 34th I believe. My hand and body are very sore but my heart and soul are very happy. 

Exactly what I needed. I'm proud of myself for being patient and for believing in my game. It has been a great start to 2015 and I hope it continues the same way. 

♡

AIK & Stureby Youth Tournament

Another tournament in the books. Or tournaments to be correct. I bowled two different ones this weekend, one youth tournament and one European tour event. 

Let's start with the youth tournament. I qualified by shooting 1393 in the my one and only squad throwing my Asylum and IQ Tour Nano. 
Top 4 took around 1410 to get a bye. 
5-16th, 3 early bird, 3 girls and turbo game 1-6 made it to the first step. 
We bowled 4 games and 8 people made it. Cut was 897 and I bowled 933. 
Step two the top 4 and the 8 people from the first step bowled another 4 games, top 8 made it through. Cut was 868 and I bowled 886. 
Step 3: 4 people on each pair, lowest score each game is out. 
I lost in the semifinals, it was only me and Markus Tidbeck left on our pair and he bowled a high 270-game against me. 

Winner was William Svensson, a young and very talented two handed bowler. I was so excited to watch him bowl, he throws it very good. Go on instagram: miniheffaa_ to watch my video of him. And of course he was throwing the best products available on the market! 

I'm very happy with how I bowled, this was a true confident boost! Overall so pleased with how I threw the ball this weekend. Watch out people, this girl is getting back on track. ✌

AIK was not as fun though. I threw it good but i had a hard time staying out of trouble. The first squad when I bowled 1293 I had a few missed spares which I'm not satisfied with. The second squad I just couldn't string strikes like I did the first squad. I had more trouble with carrying the pins. Bowled 1280 the last squad. Missed the semifinals by only a few pins. 
Sucks but it is what it is. 

So far my new years resolution is working for me. I can actually be satisfied with how I bowled, not being hard on myself. I'm excited to see what I can do in Finland the coming weekend. Ballmasters on the schedule!! :) 

2014

Almost a year ago to be exact, I planned out my whole 2014. I knew exactly what I was gonna do and I had high expectations. 
Looking back on my year, I'm trying to be happy with how it turned out, cause I have accomplished some pretty amazing and important stuff but it's hard at the same time cause I failed miserably on some things that was very important to me. 

I have challenged myself a lot the past year. I started my 2014 with being sober for 6months. This might be seen as a ridiculous thing for some of my readers but please keep in mind that I'm still young and I absolutely love to go out for a drink and dance until my feet hurt. I also appreciate a beer or maybe a glass of wine with some delicious food or some chocolate. It was a big challenge cause I had to say no and miss out on many great memories with my friends but at the same time I created my own memories and I created my way to accomplish some of my goals. During these 6months I was working out very hard and practicing bowling so much, I was a BEAST in the gym - in my own eyes. I'm not comparing myself to anyone other than myself. I have never been as shaped as I was at the beginning of the summer. 

Not only did I workout, bowl and stay sober. I also overcame one of my biggest fear in life and participated in my very first Half marathon. 21km of pure will. I have always hated running but I managed to do it and I did good. I beat my friends time with 6mins. My time was 2h and 9mins and his was 2h and 15mins. He was the one challenging me and that's what you get ;) 
Oh yea. I might have to add that before running the half marathon I bowled a qualifying match for the guys team I bowl for. Most important match of the year. 2 matches, 4 hours on the lanes, 8 games. We won and qualified for a higher league division. I went straight from the lanes to gothenburg for the half marathon and I was literally running to make the last group out on the 21km long run. Hahaha how crazy is that?

But all good things has a backside. My body took a lot of beating during this period of time. I got some problems with my knees and had to take a break from working out. Thanks to our amazing physiotherapist on the national team I could bowl without any pain and soon also get back on track with my working out. Not as intense though. 

It's starting to sink in now that this past year has been pretty good. 

We are still talking beginning of the summer. I was in the end of my 6months. European Women's Championships in Berlin. Back to back European Champions in trios and silver medalists in team event. There is no better feeling that standing on the podium with a gold medal as a necklace and hearing the swedish national anthem. UNBELIEVEABLE. What is even more perfect is that the whole team got to share the moment cause the other trios team won the silver. 

I was home for two days before packing my bags again and leave to go to USA for my favorite tournament of the year. And here is where I have my second disappointment of the year. My first was my trip to the middle east in march. 3 weeks of bad bowling. I was devastated. Can't remember last time I felt so bad after a trip. 
USA was, as I said, my second.  USBC QUEENS was one of my main goals of the season. I was determined to make the TV show but ended up not even making the matchplay. This is when I also thought I missed out on making my second main goal of the year, the WBT finals. I thought I had to catch up with the girls on this event as it was one of the last tournaments. Luckily for me, I found out later that summer that I still had a chance of making it. A big chance. But there is a few more things I wanna share before that story. 

After such a terrible performance in America, all I wanted was to take a few weeks off bowling and enjoy my free time with my closest friends and family. When I say take some time off, I mean only bowl like once a week ;) haha. Enough about bowling for a while. 

I had THE best summer in my life. I have done so many fun, crazy, exciting things with the most amazing people. I skydived, I spent time on the beach, I danced until sunrise, I went on a great weekend to gothenburg with my favorites, I spent so many days/late evenings on the rooftop at my friends place, I played beerpong in the middle of the street in the middle of the night - why? Cause that's just who we or I am. Spontaneous. I'm absolutely crazy fun when I can be and I'm 100% dedicated when I have to be. That is one thing I have learnt about myself this year. I am dedicated. If I wanna do something, I'll do it and I'll do it a hundred percent. 
I have so many great memories made this summer that I'm still smiling about how ridicoulus and crazy we can be. 

I knew I had to get out of that bubble at some point. I had to start thinking about my future with bowling and work and so on. I decided to make a dream come true by signing up for a school to become a Makeup Artist. I had everything planned out, yet again. Until I recieved the email that was gonna change alot of feeling about my bowling. 
The email said I was still in a good spot for the WBT finals. I just had to book a short trip and bowl to make it. That short trip was a week later to Thailand. We had miscounted the points and all of a sudden I was still in top3, I just had to stay in the spot.

AND I FUCKING DID IT. 

I MADE IT BACK ON THE SHOW. 
Big goal accomplished! 

I also got to spend my birthday in Thailand. Thankful for having so many great friends all around the world, they took such great care of me. 

School started. Early mornings, many hours of train rides but 10 weeks later I finished my last test and I could proudly call myself a certified makeup artist! International Makeup Center is a school I can recommend to anyone that is thinking about taking the class. Bella and Nathalie were amazing teachers, they are so talented and understating. I didn't wanna leave! Again, all good things comes to and end. For me, it took a day for the next adventure to start. 
Last day in school on tuesday.
Las Vegas on Wednesday.
TV show on Sunday.  
First day at work on Thursday.  

I'm gonna save my thought and feelings about the TV show until Jan 25th when the show is on air but I can say I'm excited to watch it. 

Last but not least. 
Another dream came true this year. I signed with Roto Grip and I'm so excited about this. I can't wait to see where this can take me with my career. 

Not a bad 2014 after all? 
Omg I am so blessed. 

Worth mentioning is that I have donated money to 3 different foundations this year. 
And from one thing to another I have actually bowled on TV in two different countries this year and made the newspaper in 3 I belive. Pretty cool. 

A big fat thank you to every single one of you who made this year a year of struggles, relieves, challenges, celebrations, good memories, bad memories, tears and laugther. Family first. I have no words to explain how much you mean to me. I couldn't have done this year as good as it has been with out the support and love you give me. Friends. Made some new great friendships and lost a few but in the end, I wouldn't wanna change it for the world. I am excited to be heading into a new year and new challenges with you guys in my life. 

2015: I am looking forward to see what you have in store for me. My expectations are not as high as last year but my will to make it a successful year is bigger than it has ever been. 

LOTS OF LOVE 
s


(Don't hate me if I have missed out on something in this blog post.  I have worse memories than.. I don't know. But It's bad.)

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This is me. Sandra Andersson. In this blog you get to follow me on my adventures all around the world for bowling.

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