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When I was 22, I was the kind of youngster who buys an iPhone just because the other people in the office have one and I needed to fit in. The kind of person who spends their weekend shopping at the mall for things they don’t need. That has a maxed out credit card to get designer clothes. I had nightmares and worries that I can’t repay my debts. I’ll be 30 in a week. I have no debt; I live on a boat that I bought with cash and this year I’m spending my holidays in Hawaii. I invest for my retirement, and I considerRead More →

fitbit alta hr review

On the fence about buying a FitBit Alta HR? Or any type of fitness tracker? Then this blog post is for you. I still remember my first fitness watch. It was a warm summer morning, I was wearing a bright green t-shirt and my new stylish pixie haircut. I was ready for a morning run and started the activity on my also brand new Microsoft Band. And then I waited… and waited… and then left the house and waited a bit more. Finding the satellites on that tracker was a pain, and it got worse over time. Other than that, the watch was a beautifulRead More →

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At the beginning of this year, Andreea and I have pinned down a big dream of running a race in Hawaii. We found the perfect marathon and half-marathon combo on the Kauai Island on 2 September. Perfect, because we could make it the celebration of Andreea’s 30th birthday. Where to climb? If you don’t know already, the Kauai marathon has a particular challenge for the average runner: elevation. Even though it’s a road marathon, the course climbs to some of the island’s peaks. With over 2100 ft total climb, it takes the marathon runner to some impressive views. However, this race is “only” the finalRead More →

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I’m currently reading “How not to die” (UK/US)* by Dr Michael Greger. I’ve talked about the book before in this blog post back in February, and it’s one of those books that you read with a pen and notebook. I’m learning a lot, and I recommend you get yourself a copy no matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. The book is full of science-backed claims about the relationship between food and disease. Surprise, surprise, plants are winning. I’ve already devoured the information on heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, brain disease and different types of cancer. But when I reached the chapterRead More →

thriva review home kit for blood test

Who’s had a busy life lately and started eating chaotically? Raises hand. Who hasn’t had a health check in more than a year? Raises hand. Who’s too busy to schedule a blood test? Raises hand. Or Who’s done some healthy changes in their life and wants to check how the body responded to them? Lowers hand in shame. If you raised your hand at any of the questions, read on, because I tested the Thriva blood test kit from the comfort of my own living room to check how my body’s doing after a few months of… dealing with life. My last check was inRead More →

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When was the last time you read a book, and something from its content just hit you like a ton of bricks? For me, it happened with two books in the last two weeks, but today I’m only mentioning one: “How not to die” by Dr Michael Greger. Dr Greger is a plant-based physician, and every vegan or health conscious person in the world knows his YouTube channel, NutritionFacts. Every word he says it’s backed up by science and made to sound human with his very particular sense of humour. He gives interviews while walking on his treadmill. For all these and many more, we loveRead More →

It’s that time again. Time to look back at the year that went by even faster than the previous one. To be honest, I’m surprised that I could find a few things worth mentioning because 2017 wasn’t our best year. We changed home, I changed my job and developing a new routine has been challenging. Plus, the constant uncertainty of what’s going to happen once the UK leaves the EU added some stress. But still, life goes on. And there’s one thing that didn’t change. We kept running. Races in 2017 1. [Alin] Southern Cross Country Championships Alin started the year with his first XC race.Read More →

I did it, I launched my own e-book, on my own website. It took planning, writing, editing and all my free time of the past two months. However, “The Smart Girl’s Journey to Financial Bliss” is now live on https://greenzenfit.life/shop, and with a bit of promotion work, it will bring me some passive income and help me achieve my saving goals faster. Publishing an e-book is something that anyone can do, and it’s a reasonably sized project for people who want to dip their toes in the sea of passive income possibilities. It’s big enough to give you a sense of accomplishment and test theRead More →

Finish time 2h 56min 32sec Splits 10K – 41:39 20K – 41:11 30K – 41:32 40K – 42:31 I don’t know if I heard this somewhere else, or my brain became too philosophical during the marathon, but it ran in my mind continuously during the race. And it’s true. The faster you are, the more pain you will have to deal with, and your brain will try to convince you to slow down by all means possible. And in the end, performance is all about how you cope with all this. I started to train at the beginning of the summer and followed a self-designedRead More →

Remember my rules of running better races and mistakes I no longer make? Well, I made two of those in beautiful Stockholm :). Finish time: 1h 21m 42sec Elevation First, it was the course elevation profile. For some reason, my early research on Strava about the Stockholm Half Marathon only revealed about 70m of elevation overall. I still don’t understand how can the same course ran at the same time can show such different elevation results? 70m was nothing, so I viewed this race as an easy one. No longer felt easy when I read the official race leaflets which revealed no less than 370mRead More →