Keeping it up!

So, it’s been over two weeks since I’ve started my 6 months challenge. I must say I am really proud of myself. Keeping it up, not skipping any training. So far, I managed to work out a routine: 2 x running, 2 x gym, 2 x yoga. I also try to eat a little bit healthier, which is not the easiest thing to do, especially that I have to cook for myself. I can’t cook.. For the past two weeks I’ve been trying to find an hour to go shopping, as my fridge looks like every typical students’ fridge: wine, cheese and a carrot (thought I may start liking carrots, because they are healthy and give your skin this nice color, but well, the only possible way for me to eat a carrot is while dipping it in my favorite fatty hummus). However, when I decided to have something unhealthy in the downtown, my belly was hurting, which as far as I am concerned, means that I have already changed my diet for a better one. Unfortunately, it looks like my University professors are trying to make my die out of starvation – basically, for the past month, all the spare time I had, I’ve spent studying, so… no food for Olga!

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I can see my body is changing. It’s not like I look like one of these girls from fitness channels on TV, but there is a tiny progress. And my legs feel stronger, so last time I went for a run, I must say, it was a pure pleasure. So, I’ve completed two weeks out of 26, still 24 to go.

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About the St. Valentine’s Day.. Most hated day in the world – as always, I celebrated in an unusual way – running. As I mentioned in a previous post, we completed the St. Valentine’s 10k Run with my Dad, having my mommy as the audience. So far, it’s been one of the toughest runs I’ve ever completed. Almost 900 people (mostly couples, which was really cute), running in the forest. The ground wasn’t frozen anymore and it was 5 degrees, so you can only imagine the amount of mud we were sinking in. I reached the finish line, with my face red like a beetroot, with the result of 1:12 – the worst one over the past 1.5 year, but.. We did it, that’s the most important. The medals we got, compensated all the inconveniences.

I guess I can consider the week 2 as a successful one! I hope, guys that it wasn’t only for me. Wish you an amazing week 3!

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Fit is the new black!

So it’s officially started – my 6 months challenge. I am quite proud of myself due to sticking to my plan for the first week. I know it’s nothing really special, just 7 days, but trust me – for such a lazy ass it’s really something.

As I planned, I did 4 workouts this week, I will probably do the fifth one today. One run, 2 x gym and I started practicing yoga. Yoga that used to make me laugh, especially when I saw all these people trying not to think about anything, almost as if they were trying to make themselves levitate. That was couple of years ago. Now, something’s changed. Being such a quick-tempered person like me, you get angry or emotional very quickly. So instead of wasting energy on arguing and shouting, I’ve decided to stretch a bit and maybe try this “clear your mind, do not think about anything” thing. And surprisingly I liked it!! And that’s how the yoga mat became my friend.

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Like I wrote in a previous post, the more you exercise, the more endorphins you need, which makes you want to exercise even more. I can feel it after a week. Truly amazing!   I also made sure, I will have some healthy food in my fridge, mainly vegetables, chicken and grains To motivate myself even more, every day of the first week I was posting a pic from each workout on Instagram. It may sound silly or shallow, but I don’t really care – I am really excited about this plan – fit is the new black!

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It’s not only about posting pics of my body changing, it is also about the results: that’s why exactly in a week time – instead of going to the cinema with a guy, I’ll go for a run.. with my dad (YES, I know, it’s kinda sad!). St. Valentine’s 10k Run, where I’ll see if riding a bike and stretching helped to strengthen my muscles and gave me a better results

Another news is that I planned to participate in Wings for Life Run in Poznań on 3rd of May. The problem is that I also signed up for the race to Budapest that will be held in exactly the same time, so.. I don’t want to risk I won’t make it back to Poznań on time. That’s why I decided to sing up for the same run but in… Austria! I really wanted to join my father in Porto, as he’s taking my mom on holidays to Portugal, but I guess it will be too time consuming. So – Austria. Sounds awesome!

What about you guys? What’s the plan?

Wish me luck with the second week!

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“More” is the word

2014 is coming to an end. To sum up: I wouldn’t categorize it as the best or the worst. However,was one of the most difficult years so far. One one side-moving back to Poland in not the best atmosphere, having some problems with adapting, starting my master’s degree after two years break. One the other hand – realizing how wonderful family and friends I have, meeting new people, investing in my education. My dad always says, that our life is a sinusoid – sometimes, to bounce back, we have to hit the rock bottom first. I am pretty sure 2015 will be amazing then.

I must admit that in this whole chain of events, running has played a big role. I met many people who run because of different reasons, I am one of those who use it as a, maybe not therapy, but a tool that helps to deal with stress and anger (not that I  have problems with aggression or something). There is nothing better to calm you down when you are just about to explode. Next year I want to do more, achieve more, run more – hoping in the same time that my motivation will not be caused by too much stress or anger.

To sum up: 2014

DATE EVENT CITY DISTANCE
16/02/2014 Barcelona Mijta Marato Barcelona 21,097
06/04/2014 El Corte Ingles Run Barcelona 11
07/09/2014 24. PHILIPS HALF-MARATHON Piła 21,097
11/11/2014 IV INDEPENDENCE RUN IN LUBOŃ Poznań 10
06/12/2014 Santa Claus 10k Run Poznań 10

According to my Garmin and Endomondo accounts:

 – run over 500 km
 – spent 52h  running
 – burned over 32 000 calories
 – lost 15 kg
 Plan for 2015 ??

Apart from: buy new running shoes – I have a hole in the right one, and drink less wine and cider?

Travel more, laugh more, love more, experience more, learn and study more, eat more healthy, think more, take more risk, take more care of your body, meet more amazing people, do more things that you love, say “yes” more than “no”, have no regrets, worry less. Simpy – be happy most of the time!

Have a brilliant 2015 guys and remember that summer figure is built in winter

Cheers!

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