5 things I’ve realised

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The past 2 weeks have been rather useful and provided me with plenty of time to reflect over what I was actually doing, what needs to change and where I’m heading. Something I most definitely need to improve is my blogging. I always have these great ideas pent up in my head of things I want to write about, but for some strange reason I haven’t able to sit down and get it down on paper (keyboard/screen?). But guess what! That will change. My fingers are itching! Apart from blogging there have been 5 other things I’ve thought about or realised during the week that just passed:

1. I can’t put things off – Skipping a run because  it’s getting late (8 pm – which isn’t really late as it’s summer and light outside) is something I need to stop doing. Finding excuses to not run is dangerous.  I’m afraid of slowly slipping into my old habits of lounging on the sofa and doing absolutely nothing but stare at the TV. Now that I’ve come this far I can’t simply let it all go to waste. It’s time to toughen up and go for a run!

bild 22. Muscles remember – Apparently I still manage to run my regular distance after some absence. For some strange reason I had imagined that I would have to repeat several days and be out of breath before getting back on track. It was not without effort and persistence of course, but it looks like I still got it! Speaking of muscles, my legs have finally gained enough strength for me to bring out my Vivos (Vivobarefoot) that I bought when I was in London. Hurrah for comfortable barefoot shoes!

3. 2 more runs until 5K – Surreal as it may seem, it remains 2 more runs until I reach day 25. That’s when I will run a total distance of 5 km. How far I’ve come! I’m nervous and excited at the same time.

4. Some people can make a 360 – I remember a few years ago when a lot of people were appalled by the fact that I was a vegetarian (never really been much of meat eater and the step towards becoming a vegetarian felt like the only obvious thing to do). There were those who thought I was mad and those who said that I was going to have all kinds of deficiencies. There are those who will never understand me and those who make 360 just by having read a certain book, seen a movie, experiences something or simply had a change of heart. I’ve never been a person who talk people into my believes and way of living, but it’s rather refreshing to see that some of those who couldn’t understand me will now ask me of advice and have even started to take interest in Raw Food after having been served “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).  Speaking of zoodles, they are surprisingly easy to make (if you have the right tools) and so incredibly delicious that my next recipe post will probably cover this fresh treat .

bild 1 (1)5. I need to drink more tea – I know that sounds rather odd coming from a teaholic. But recently I’ve decreased my tea intake, mostly due to the fact that the selection (read quality) of tea at work is lacking and for some strange reason the nearest coffee/tea/water machine at work has this strange and bitter aftertaste when I choose the hot water. The easiest thing would be to have a tiny kettle, but we’re not allowed to. Yes I know, first world problem! For me to get a reasonable cuppa I have to walk up one floor, through a tunnel, down one floor and enter the cafeteria. Quite an effort for just one cup of tea. As a contrast, I lost count over how many cups of tea I had this weekend while at home. I even went to the most darling tea place in town. I felt complete. There’s nothing more comforting like a big cup of tea AKA hug in a cup. I’m not sure how I will solve my tea-at-work dilemma, but I’ll have to think of something…

What are some of the things you’ve realised or thought about recently?

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Halfway and Ready for a Change

 

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How surreal this almost seems. Not too long ago I had almost given up running after barely getting started, and now I’m almost halfway through my C25K scheme. For the majority part of my life I’ve despised running, I could barely run for 1 minute without getting short of breath and every muscle in my body begged me to stop. Some days have been incredibly tough and I’ve asked myself why I’m actually doing this. Then there are those days where the clouds part, the sun comes out and everything seems possible. Like the optimist that I am, I try to focus on those positive days and change my way of thinking. I can’t change the past, but I certainly can change and improve my present and future…all it requires is some discipline and dedication.

Just because I’m getting closer towards my goal doesn’t mean I’ll stop there. My journey has only  just begun and there are many more extraordinary adventures to come. With that said, I believe I’m ready for a change. A change that I will take you all with me.

Behold, my new blog haven that goes by its new name:

This Veggie Runs

I’ve felt for quite some time that my blog name didn’t really portray what I was blogging about, and truth be told it was actually meant to act as a temporary option.  This time I need a clearer message. Something that will describe the overall topic of this blog and me as a person, yet stay simple and easy to remember.  So in short, I’m a vegetarian who runs!

I’m still uncertain how all of this will work out with changing a blog name, but hopefully all my posts and all you lovely followers will follow with it.*fingers crossed*

P.S. You may still see my old blog banner. I need to find some time to sit down and design a new one. Please, bare with me! Hopefully this change won’t be too traumatic for all of you. 😉

 

Liebster Award

101 followers! Wow, I’m amazed and so thankful for all of you out there who take your time to read and even comment on my endeavours to improve my life and health.

A few days ago I received the Liebster Award. I would like to thank the lovely Cia at Little Yellow Butterflies for nominating me. Be sure to visit her blog. It’s filled with insightful and thought provoking discussions, reviews and colourful flowers. Thank you once again. You are awesome! 🙂

The rules:

  • Make a post about the reward
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate bloggers with with less than 200 followers and make 11 questions for them to answer (they are at the very bottom)

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1. Favourite dessert?

My favourite dessert changes depending on the season.  This winter it was all about vegan Oreo cupcakes. At this very moment I have a huge craving for ice cream. It’s a tie between vanilla and chocolate soft serve ice cream or lemoncurd and meringue ice cream.

2. Is there anything going on in the news at the moment that you’ve got a particular opinion on?

Let me put it like this, every nerve in my body is electrified by disgust and frustration when I read about the abduction of 276 girls in Nigeria. Not only is dreadful news, but the debate it has stirred is both fascinating as well as horrific. Some people seem to draw the reason behind this abduction straight to Islam. It’s not religion itself that is the reason behind this act. It’s the misguided, damaged interpretation of religion by a minority of people. Don’t condemn the people who have faith and live their life in peace and love by shaming them with the worst action of intolerance and cruelty towards humans. My heart goes out to the families of these girls.

3. What’s your best way to unwind after a bad day?

First of all, I give myself some “me” time and a moment to breathe and recharge my batteries. I take a warm shower, and there are times where all the feelings I’ve had bundled up are released and tears stream down my face. Sometimes it just gets too much for one’s heart to bare. But that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with crying .

Afterwards I curl up under a blanket with a hot drink (look at Q 5) and for a moment escape into a different time, life and place in a book or movie/TV-series. I can find comfort in a book or a movie. Getting lost in things as marvellous as the written word. For a moment a book or a movie can make me forget about my own troubles.

Now that I’ve started running and as time goes by as I improve, I might go out for a run to clear my mind.

4. If you could go exploring anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

The Louvre. Not only would I  love to explore the displayed collections (I’ve seen some of them, but not all of they as time slipped away when I was there years ago), but the “hidden” collection would be at the top of my list. The “hidden” collection is inaccessible to the public and consist of 200,000 artefacts, including paintings and tens of thousands of sculptures and other objects from antiquity. I would never be bored!

5. Best hot drink?

Tea! Oh, my precious tea! It’s like a hug in a cup. It comforts you when your cold or feeling down, gives you inspiration and energy, and most importantly tea offers an opportunity for contemplation and slowing down. In short, tea is a tasty magical potion.

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6. Has becoming a blogger led to anything surprising or unexpected for you?

It has provided me with that much needed extra boost when I almost gave up running after just two weeks. I didn’t want to leave you all hanging there in mid air and most importantly I didn’t want to disappoint myself. Who knew a blog could do that. The support here is amazing!

7. If you had to live in one place forever, where would it be?

Pembereley! Oh bummer, it’s fictional estate owned by Mr Darcy…

As an Anglophile I would have to say somewhere in England. I’ve previously lived in Brighton for a year and enjoyed it immensely. It almost feels like a second home to me. Living by the sea and being surrounded by green hills as far as the eye can see has always appealed to me.  I do however have a huge crush on London and I always get this warm and fuzzy feeling whenever London is mentioned. It’s a beautiful city filled with historical architecture, large parks, cultural events, possibilities…well my list could go on and on. I would probably live in a beautiful Regency/Victorian terraced house situated by a park.

8. Show us your favourite blog post that you’ve made so far?

That must be my previous post. At that very moment I felt and still feel like I’m moving forward, I have a sense of purpose and I’m starting to believe that I might actually be able to complete my C25K running program.

9. What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

Oh,  that’s a tough one! The world is filled with beautiful places, things, people and unselfish acts. However, one place that came to by mind and simply dazzled me was the Navagio “Shipwreck” Beach at Zakynthos. That place is so beautiful it’s almost surreal. The blue water is crystal clear, and the sheer limestone cliffs and white sandy beach will almost blind you.

10. Do you like to cook, and if so, what’d your fave recipe?

I love to cook! It a nice way to let the creativity flow and discover new flavours.

I don’t tend to strictly follow recipes, unless it’s for baking. Usually I just remove or replace some ingredients in order to create my own personalized dish. However, there was one recipe where I found a great way to prepare a good crispy tofu. Before frying it, squeeze out the excess water between a piece of paper towel, sprinkle the tofu with cornstarch (just not too much or everything will stick together), heat a skillet with oil and your ready to go! Why not add some fresh chili and ginger! Once the tofu is golden you can add it to any dish or sauce to your liking. A fast and easy way to get a delicious glaze/sauce is to add some freshly squeeze lemon or orange juice and a few spoons of mango chutney to the fried tofu and stir for a minute or two. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy this mind-blowing delicious sweet and savoury tofu with noodles or rice. Yum!

11. Who are your heroes?

Anyone who has never given up and persevered despite of cynics, bullies, and a harsh life.

Being subjected to bullying or injustice can break you down and push you on the verge of destruction, but it requires a certain strength to not be suppressed and held back by someone else’s insecurities and jealousy. Never ever give up! Don’t ever let anyone  break you down and tell you/make you believe that you can’t do it!  Who are they to tell you that you can’t? If they don’t have faith in you or treat you in an unjust manner…be bold and brave in your heart.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying: I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

I nominate:

The Au Pair Diaries

You Are Not My Crutch

 Type ONEderful

Hey Hil

The Improbable Runner

My questions:

1. What would you do/Where would you go if you had a time machine?

2. What makes you laugh out loud?

3. What is the hardest thing you have ever done, or the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?

4. If you could star in a movie, which one would it be and who would be your co-star?

5. What’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

6. Why did you start blogging?

7. Favourite season?

8. If you had a super power what would it be?

9. If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be? What would you say to them?

10. What’s the story behind your blog name?

11. Who inspires you?

Post-It Countdown

To continue on the pink track, I saw something incredibly useful and creative on Pinterest a few days ago. As hard as I try not to and despite of the fact that we all have to start somewhere, sometimes I can’t help but to compare myself with other runners. Feeling that sense of purpose is required! Trying to develop a habit also requires determination and consistency. Putting up Post-It notes for each day can serve as a colourful and visual motivation when training.

After completing each run, I will just rip one off and feel that sense of pride that I’m getting one step closer towards reaching my goal. That is to say, complete a 5K run without fainting halfway through. Having it there right in front of you makes it seem less daunting. 25 runs in total (I’ve already completed 5)…hmm that’s not too bad! After today’s run it might seem almost impossible, but then again nothing is impossible. One step at a time and I’ll be there. Reaching day 25 won’t be the “end”, but the very beginning of a new start.

Cheers to a better and healthier life and future!

 

 

I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador

Fit Approach is an inspiring and enthusiastic fitness community that support a wide range of people, including everyone from ultra marathoners to beginners and couch potatoes.  A few days ago I recieved an email that put a big smile on my face. I can proudly announce that I’m officially a SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador)!

What appeals to me about the entire SPA concept is the fact that I don’t have to be a rutinated fitness guru to be part of the community. From the little I’ve seen so far, sharing experiences and stories is one of the many great aspects when it comes to being part of the SPA community.

In addition you can’t go wrong with their awesome mission:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

P.S. History class of the day: Pink wasn’t always considered a feminine colour and blue wasn’t aways masculine. As recently as the early 1900s, pink was seen by many as a colour that went better with boys, and blue went better with girls. So it’s more than ok for men to like pink too!

Lesson learned

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Staying at home for almost an entire week may sound like heaven…if it had only been for pleasure’s sake. However, this time I was ill, curled up into a fetal position and completely knocked out. Reason? I didn’t wear adequate clothes on my last 2 runs.

I’ve learned my lesson. Wearing 3 thin body-fitting layers wasn’t enough for me. It might have been if I was constantly running, but I haven’t reached that stage yet. In addition, breathing in cold and dry air wasn’t the wisest idea out there. I need to get myself a warm neck gaiter/warmer that I can pull up over my mouth and nose when the air gets really cold, and a headband to wear under my hat so that my ears won’t fall off due to the howling wind.

It’s a pity that my running schedule had to take a blow due to my absence, but once I get some proper gear I’ll be back on track once more!

Ready to start

Olivia

Hello dearest reader!

Truth to be told, I’ve been considering opening up a blog for quite some time now. The only obstacle that stood in my way was the topic I was going to focus on. But, then I realized one thing. Why limit oneself to just one thing? Why not just write about what inspires and motives me? This blog might start out being very specific and focus on wellness, but that may also change during the course of time. Only time will tell…

To be honest, I’m not a first-time blogger. During my study abroad semester in Australia I was an avid blogger and kept my family and friends back at home updated on all my adventures. I enjoyed it immensely and I still wonder why I stopped when I got back home. Reality and life got the upper hand I suppose.

But here I am again. This time I’ve found a reason to start again. Motivation. Motivation is the reason my friends. Something that I’ve recently felt was lacking. At least when it comes to certain things in life.  It’s so easy to be lazy and discard challenges, and that won’t suit me any more. Nothing good ever came from easy. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. This time I’ve made a promise to myself that I will start running once and for all, despite of the fact that I’ve always detested running.  I need a place to track my progress and keep my motivation up. So here I am…ready to start!

In addition to running, I plan to share delicious vegetarian recipes that are not exclusively for vegetarians but inviting to all.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again!

Sincerely,

Olivia