Two years ago I discovered that I could run a lot faster. But the kick was actually the fact that I spent the first months of 2015 not running but training to improve my fitness. Well, if you have to know, it was also to lose my belly fat and man boobs :). So I found myself being able to run a 10k in just under 50 minutes, whereas previously, I could squeeze a 7k in 40 minutes with the cost of a couple of day’s worth of leg pain. Like any runner who went up a level, you start reading about how to train.Read More →

We recently celebrated 1 year of minimalism and in the anniversary post I mentioned what we purchased in the last 12 months. But there’s also a lot of stuff that we didn’t buy. When we were still in the decluttering and minimising phase, we tried to switch everything we can to a reusable option. I wrote a blog post about all the new habits we were trying out, but the emphasis was on space optimisation and environment, but truth is, we also saved some money. While I’m writing this, I have no idea how much, but let’s do the math together. Kitchen paper towels I wouldRead More →

If you’re not among the few lucky people that get to work from home on a regular basis, it means you have to spend a reasonable amount of time commuting. The average commute for a Londoner is 45 minutes to 1h one way, but there are many people (like us) who decide that their living standards are more important than the distance to the workplace and live much further away. I spend 3 hours commuting on every day I go to London, so doing something useful with those 3 hours is pretty important. Otherwise they just go to waste. When we were living in London,Read More →

We set ourselves the big goal of saving 25000 pounds by March 2019. We have weekly and monthly goals and in this post I'm listing all the tools I'm using to save money in August.

A few years ago we changed our relationship with money to be able to get rid of debt and enjoy a money-stress-free life. Going through Dave Ramsey’s 7 steps, we created an emergency budget, then got debt free and eventually built up the emergency fund to accommodate 6 months of expenses in case one or both of us would lose their income. We’re strong believers in keeping a budget and I have a few blog posts that explain how to create and use a budget, why it’s important to have an emergency fund and things you shouldn’t spend that much money on. But things gotRead More →

I remember August 2016 very well. In just a few weeks I experienced all possible feelings – anger, frustration, depression, exhaustion, and then freedom, relaxation, happiness and tranquillity. That’s what decluttering does to you. I was tired and took some personal time from work with the sole purpose of resting. So I was home, just hanging around and one day I got very frustrated that we had a pile of clothes on the exercise bike. I looked around and there were so many things. And the more I looked, the more things appeared. And so it started. It took us about a month to declutterRead More →

Last year was our first year of serious racing. We did 3 halves and one full marathon. Of course, most of them were PBs because we didn’t have any previous races to compare to. Just running those races wasn’t enough for me. I didn’t get to the bottom of “why” I’m trying to be faster, I’m not asking questions, I just do it. So I started to read a lot of literature, train more and the results improved. Although my efforts started during the autumn of 2015, I broke the sub 20 minutes parkrun 5 days after the London Marathon in April 2016. And thenRead More →

This year in March we took a big step – moved to the country side, in a proper grown ups home, to get away from the noise, crowds and stress of London, if only for a few hours a day. We didn’t plan for this initially, but while on a walk with the dogs we saw an ad that some allotment plots are available for hire. The price per year is almost nothing, so we immediately imagined ourselves eating and bathing ourselves in salads and tomatoes. It was like a vegan dream. The process We called the council and received by email the plan ofRead More →

Every October, the running community follows a trend called “run every day”. Back in 2015 when I started to run again after a few months of intense weight loss and fitness activities, I ran for a mile every day of October. Last year, 2016, I found myself in a much better position, so I did a little experiment called “run 10k every day“. People asked me about going from 1 mile to 10k in just a year and “why not just 5k?”. Well, 5k is a fairly short distance for me. Even when running below the lactating threshold, the time I spend for that 5kRead More →

Everybody makes mistakes in all areas of life. When it comes to running, I made quite a few during my first marathon, half marathons, parkruns, club league, or whatever races I did. But the most important achievement was learning from these mistakes, as I pointed out in my Great North Run and London North Half reviews. Starting off too fast Probably the most common mistake is going too fast. For me, this is caused mostly by bad or no planning. If I don’t know what pace I’m going to run at, “too fast” loses its full meaning. You know you started too fast when you’reRead More →

For the last 3 years I’ve been working out regularly, so I can’t say I’m a beginner. But still, Yoga and (mat based) Pilates require almost no equipment and most of my training sessions at the gym were personal training sessions, so all equipment was prepared for me and I didn’t have to do anything but use it. A few weeks ago we decided to get a gym membership at our local gym in Hertford. Even though we have some dumbbells at home, the gym is the only place close by with access to a pool, a sauna and of course classes and equipment. We registeredRead More →