A while ago I started a Money Series on the blog and if you read the blog post and tried to budget for a month, you have successfully finished Step 0 – Now you know what you’re spending money on. If you didn’t, you can start now as the month has just begun. Step 1 is one of the most important and life changing ones. The Emergency Fund. It’s usually a sum between 1000$ and 1500$ (it’s the average amount that could cover almost any type of common emergency) but depending on your currency you might just settle for something else. For us, it was 5300Read More →

If you want to spend a fabulous day out in London, watching expert demonstrations, listening to entertaining talks, discovering wonderfully creative British crafts people or trying all sorts of mouthwatering foods and drinks, I have the perfect thing for you! I have a pair of tickets to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair that I can offer to one of my readers. And not only that, but I also have a discount code for anyone who would like to purchase a discounted ticket. Here’s a bit about the fair. This year The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair moves to an exciting new venue, where theRead More →

Everyone wants to be healthy these days, but as you’ve probably discovered, it can be pretty hard to wake up early, force yourself into the gym, and get stuck into a good workout. If you’re finding it tough to motivate yourself towards your fitness goals, it may be time for a different approach. There are many more enjoyable ways to improve your fitness and shed some pounds. Here are just a few… Trampolining If you bought your kids a trampoline years ago, then you may have a fun and effective tool for getting fit literally in your own backyard! As your son or daughter willRead More →

If you’re following me on Strava, you’ve probably noticed that I described my North London Half race with words that I almost never use :). The reason for that was that it was both a hard and an enjoyable race, all this goodness concentrated in a wee bit over 1 hour and 24 minutes, an unexpected outcome, so I had to share this state of mind with the world. The pace. My greatest weakness so far in big races, especially longer ones, was starting off too fast. Not this time. I believe that keeping myself from going too fast during the first 5-10 minutes ofRead More →

As the regular readers of my blog will know, I’ve been taking my health very seriously this past couple of months. In ‘Pimping up my Running Sessions’, ‘February Planning’ and “March Planning” I detailed how I have been hitting the gym and smashing my exercise regime. What I haven’t said is how I cool down, which is just as important as exercise to me. So, here’s a cool down plan that I think everyone will enjoy because it involves a lot of lying down and relaxing! Stretch I always stretch at least the main muscles involved in the previous activity. If I went for aRead More →

8 weeks ago I started a programme called “Scream if you want to run faster” organized by Julie from “Too fat to run”. It was a 5k improvement plan and I tested my time with the Grovelands Parkrun in North London. This particular parkrun is pretty hard, very hilly and it has 3 laps, with an incline of 46m. My Personal Best was 28:53 which I got one week after the London Marathon in 2016. That means that I’d been training at that moment for about 4 months. No wonder I got a PB! However, time passed, my training months were long gone so IRead More →

Achieving great physical fitness shouldn’t be boring, right? There are sure to be a lot of people who find the suggestion that exercise could ever get boring to be ridiculous. But even people who have kept up exercise for years may suddenly find themselves feeling a little dispassionate about the whole thing. So let’s take a look at ways in which you can change things up! Why you should be exploring new angles in exercise A lot of people make the mistake of sticking to a very rigid and unchanging exercise routine. It may have a lot of running and weightlifting, but they’ll basically justRead More →

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. Otherwise, you’ll find an excuse. Since I started exercising, I’ve had many conversations with many people about this matter. Some saying they couldn’t do what I do, some saying they should be exercising more but for all different reasons they don’t, I rarely found someone on the same page as me. I probably heard all possible reasons for not working out, from serious ones to plain excuses. Talking about the latter, here’s top 3 and my opinions about each one. 1. I don’t have time to workout “I don’t have time”, the mother of all excuses.Read More →

None of the two of us were heavily involved in sports activities during school. However, I believe that if our PE teachers had more interest in the future of their young students, they might have motivated us to pursue an athletic career. The turning point for our lives was the moment when we quit smoking. We were already doing some other changes in our lives (saving money for example) and we understood that by doing nothing out of the ordinary, we will achieve nothing out of the ordinary. So we had to take control of our lives and fill the void left by the missingRead More →

When it comes to fitness, social media is both wonderful and horrible. And everything in-between. There are people who genuinely want to share their journey and their tips, but also brands that leave meaningless comments and then run away. Faking engagement doesn’t work, at least for me it doesn’t. So if I follow you or not, you can see the reasons below. Instagram Our instagram account is 100% real. We rarely have professional photos done and don’t take part in fancy events. And this is what we’re really about – ordinary people can make health a priority in simple ways. I’m NOT gonna follow youRead More →