Week 2 was perfect, and I was hitting all my numbers in myfitnesspal every day to reduce the effects of the weekend to come. We had a house guest, so I knew I’m going to eat heavier meals. Just to have an idea of where I’m standing, I weighed myself on Friday morning. 54.1kg, better than my DietBet goal weight. Wow, all my efforts have paid off! On Sunday morning, after our guest left, I weighed myself again. 55.5kg. What a massive difference after just three meals. And I said bye-bye to my goal weight (for now). I immediately went back to my light meals,Read More →

We’ve lived in London for almost four years now; we’re past the classic visits to the Big Ben, Tower of London or Hyde Park. So every time we have a friend visiting we try to do things that are also new to us. In Alex’s case, I wanted to do something involving sports, him being a fitness enthusiast as well. And I can say he’s even more hardcore than us, having already done a few triathlons and we’re far, far away from that. He stayed with us from Friday evening to Sunday morning, so we had one full day. Things to do if you haveRead More →

For both Alin and I, the last health check happened four years ago, before moving to London. In Romania you get a mandatory blood test every year, ordered by your employer, so we got to check ourselves regularly. Since this is not the case in the UK and we didn’t have any other issues except for a cold, we haven’t set foot in a consultation room since 2013. After losing weight and recently becoming vegan, we were very curious about a few things – cholesterol, any vitamin deficiency (especially B12), VO2max, male/female specific cancer tests and body fat percentage. For our current lifestyle, these resultsRead More →

I joined DietBet and started the PIIT28* programme Monday, 2nd of January. I’ve explained in my previous blog post what each of them is. A week has passed, and I got up on the scale feeling nervous but hopeful. According to my math, I should have lost 570g. I was pleasantly surprised to see -2.1 kg on the scale. 2.1kg!!! That’s very close to my goal weight, the -2.3 that I need to have at the end of January to win the DietBet game. Amazing result for week 1. Now let’s try to improve on this! I still have my Christmassy nails 😛 The PIIT28*Read More →

The WHY For the past year, my weight has been shifting from 55 to 57kg and back, but my goal weight is 54. I’ve never been able to get lower than 54.9. With the Christmas foods and a bit of stress from having a sick dog, 2016 left me at 56.7. So I needed a kick, motivation, something to push me to finally get to that target of mine. PIIT28 I’ve been doing Pilates for a while and following some of Cassey’s (Blogilates) workouts since I became a Pop Pilates instructor. The PIIT28* programme seemed like a good fit for me, so during the ChristmasRead More →

Active people tend to think of injuries after they happened or after the point when they become painful or uncomfortable. Because of some medication for alleviating pain is available over the counter, we can forget about an injury for shorter or longer periods of time. Most of these medicines also act as anti-inflammatories, so they heal. It’s natural to forget about physical issues once we “treat” them. We are in fact only treating the effect and not think about the cause. The lazy glute Andreea had a 6 months long knee pain, and she delayed seeing a physiotherapist as much as she could because sheRead More →

Due to their popularity, road races might put you in danger of limiting your running surfaces spectrum. However, many professional long distance runners launch their careers not on the tarmac or the track, but on the grass and mud. And whenever you put grass, mud and running together, you’re talking about cross-country, often abbreviated as XC. Paula Radcliffe‘s first gold medal was as a junior at the World Cross Country Championships in Boston 1992. Mo Farah‘s first junior race was English schools cross-country when he finished ninth. Derek and Callum Hawkins, Andrew Butchard, they all started competing in cross country races. The point is thatRead More →

Wow, this went by fast! Everywhere in the world, 2016 was a year to remember. Some things were awesome (the Rio Olympics), some things not that awesome (Brexit, the US presidential election and a few horrible events). For us? A lot of firsts and a lot of lifestyle changes. The first half of the year was definitely dominated by running, whereas the second half was dedicated to minimizing everything. So far, we have nothing planned for 2017, so looking forward to seeing what the year will bring. Goodbye, 2016! Races 1. 1st of January – Family Parkrun We don’t care about New Year’s, so weRead More →

We started our minimalism journey this summer. You can read a few previous blog posts to see how we decluttered: Becoming minimalists. 7 reasons why you should do it too Decluttering clothes Declutter phase – Bedding Declutter phase – Books & DVDs The true cost of your unwanted things Decluttering done – what’s next? Ditch the disposables. How much I saved in a year But what’s been happening since then? This is a continuous learning journey – we keep experimenting, acquiring new habits and adapting them to our own lifestyle. No one way will work for everyone. Minimalist habits to try out 1. Selling stuffRead More →

As a typical recreational runner, you get into some big races, have some results, and you’re satisfied by the medal count. And then one day you get up and tell yourself: I want to do better. However, to do better, you need a reference. Can you compare your 22 minutes for last weekend’s parkrun with the 4h30 marathon you just did? And that’s where the running scores come into place. Age grading It’s a percentage of your time compared to the world record for the age category you’re in and for the same distance you’ve run. It is obtained by dividing the world record timeRead More →