Last Sunday we completed our first Half Marathon. Time results: Andreea – 2h 17min, Alin – 1h 35min. I honestly think these are great times and we will keep improving, so we might see Alin win one at some point :). What did we like, what we didn’t like? Good The course is beautiful You run the most part along the Thames in a lovely area of London. We decided to go for a walk sometime soon and explore more (yeah, more than 21k!?). The theme The medal is hilarious, and everything around the race theme was great – a dude dressed as Henry VIIIRead More →

1. There is no magic pill or tea. Weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Yes, both are important and it’s you who has to put in the work. Sometimes I wish I could workout all day and just eat whatever I want, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like this. 2. The only diet that will work is the one you can keep forever. If you opt for short fixes (“lose 10 pounds in 1 week”), the results will also be short term. Think about it: if you only make some changes for a week, you will only see results for aRead More →

Our first toe-dip in the raw world was a promising success. We know that the best amount of nutrients are preserved with minimum to none heating, so we believe in the raw concept, although far from religiously. But raw protein-rich foods were something we wanted to try for a long time. So here’s the story of our first try. We used the food processor for this task; we can only guess that you can also use the blender. And that’s pretty much the only utensil you need. Ingredients we have popped in the processor: nuts mix (Brazil, cashew, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans) – 150g datesRead More →

If you have an Instagram account and practice yoga, you’re probably one of Kerri’s 1m followers. She comes to London every year for 3 days of workshops and I was lucky enough to get tickets before they were sold out. Here’s some of the things I took away after 9 full hours of yoga wisdom. Day 1 – Strength and Flexibility Your diet influences how flexible you are. For this reason, Kerri has recently become a vegan (and if you’re not a vegan, do know that dairy is a no-no for flexibility). Being a vegan myself, I’m glad that my decision will also have aRead More →

We’re very excited to tell you that Wren Kitchens reached out to us to take part in the #LittleKitchen campaign. The campaign is all about getting children involved in the kitchen – cooking and eating nutritious, wholesome meals and having fun doing so. This was right down our alley. In a time when fast food consumption is dangerously high, teaching children where food comes from and how easy it is to eat healthily is a simple way to make things better. Update: This recipe made it into the #littleKitchen e-book! Whoop whoop! You can read about the campaign and download the e-book here. We’re crazyRead More →

I knew I wanted to be a running coach at some point. I also knew that England Athletics provided some courses on coaching. However, my procrastinating conscience left the idea in the queue to be picked up later. Hey, don’t give me that look, the procrastinator in me is very good at managing that queue! Like everyone else’s :)… And then, I met some wonderful people at the UK Fitness Bloggers Virtual 5k in-person run. All friendly people, including Mr Michael Brown, a.k.a. @CoachMikeyBee. Meeting him had a significant impact on me and was a huge motivator. We talked quite a bit – about coaching,Read More →

We know that being healthy is more than exercising 3-4 times a week and being careful about not eating too much sugar. It’s also the little things that you do every day. We made a list of *our* little things. If you have any other ideas or tips, please, let’s make the list bigger. Physical Health Use natural products. From your toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel to beauty products. The industry has evolved enough for us to get what we need without the added chemicals. The brands that we’re using all the time are Jason, AloeDent (which is a fluoride-free toothpaste), Lush (I can’t think aboutRead More →

We just did and never looked back :). That’s the short version. Truth is that it was a good combination of lucky shots later proved as very good tricks, plus a really good dose of willpower. We still consider it one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves and we hope quitting at that moment in life was enough to stop any long term damage to our bodies. First of all, we knew the moment will come months before. We planned we’re not going to linger for too long into smoking so that we’re as clean as possible when a child would popRead More →

The Finish lines of 2015 (races and life) 24 February First of all, we got married. Twice. The civil ceremony happened in London, at the Enfield Council on the 24th of February (which for us in Romania is like a Valentine’s Day). It was simple and nice and ended with 6 people having dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. We were just one month in the weight loss program, so still a bit chubby. 10 May The big fancy wedding happened a few months later in Bucharest, Romania. We celebrated together with all our friends and families in a wonderful location. Ceremony was outside,Read More →

A few weeks ago, we registered for a winter virtual 5k because we couldn’t join any local Christmas themed races. What is a virtual 5k? It’s a race that you can run anytime, anywhere, and you get the medal by post. We joined the one from The Journey To Skinny, called Winter Wonderland. The medals were delivered so we started planning. Where to run? When? The only request from the organizer was to run between the 20th and 30th of December. On the 22nd the Beagles were with some friends, so we decided to make a day out of this event. We had 2 moreRead More →