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12 Tips When You Are Feeling Stressed Out

It happens to all of us.. And yesterday I was having one of those moments as I was about to freak out. I felt so stressed as my head was filled to do -lists. I felt annoyed and I snapped at my family. Also, lately I have had difficulties in falling asleep although I feel tired and what fears me the most is that I will lose my hair, as I have been ripping my hair out of my head when I sleep 😟 Accordingly, I decided that it is time to slow down. This means that I have to concentrate on my English courses, work and family. But as my motto is "Listen to your body" I will listen to it and after my courses are finished (at the end of March), I will have more time to create content here and be creative. The best of my posts will come up when I have rested well and had good work outs 💗 Below are my tips what to do when you are feeling stressed. When stressed outGo for a walk in the forest. Fresh air and trees decrease my blood pressure. I believe that Nature will heal everything …

Where to Find Inspiration?

It has been a while since you made some New Year's Resolutions and decided to invest in your health, so where to find motivation and inspiration again? When you make these decisions to live healthier, the decision itself can motivate you for a while but in the long run you need more..  Even though my regular exercise routines are my strengths in this area, I have times when I need to find inspiration from somewhere. There are times when you just need an extra boost to get to the gym. When these moments arrive, I try to find motivation in the following things.
Where do I find inspiration?
Number 1 is a good night's sleep. I can say that when I have slept well, I have a lot of energy to do everything and in these days my workouts are the best. My endurance and strength in resistance training are better than ever before. Therefore recovery is the best medicine for creativity and inspiration. Here I wrote how you can improve your sleep.Instagram feeds. If I see a great workout, I …

How I stopped stress eating

Food. What a wonderful thing. The fuel to your body. It gives you energy to workout or it acts as comfort when you are feeling a bit under the weather. You can't live without it but eating wrong foods can ultimately make you sick. You become what you eat. 
There are a lot of controversial knowledge about food and from time to time media presents different diets which are "good" for you. It is easy to get lost up in this jungle. What is actually healthy? What type of diet should I follow? My friend was able to lose weight with low Carb diet. Should I try it?  I have been here myself. I had tried many diets and restricted my diet with many things. Wondering and pondering all the possibilities. Until some day I just let it go and ate what I felt like eating. I started to listen to my body. What did it crave? This was the time of summer which made everything a little bit easier. I had a lot of fresh foods available and vegetables were cheaper than in the winter time. As a r…

How to Become a Morning Person

As I mentioned in my previous post, I haven't always been a morning person. In fact, I had to learn how to become a morning person and I have to say it was worth it! So in today's post, I will share some useful tips how you can become an early bird. I encourage you to try this because it really changed my perspective to waking up in the mornings and specifically my mornings have become better and now I even look forward to waking up in the mornings!
How to become an early bird:It's all about preparation in the previous evening: if you want to train first thing in the morning, search your workout clothes and place them before the door, pack your snacks (snack ideas), find your daily clothes and most importantly go to bed at a reasonable time (9-10 pm). Create a night time schedule. Relax yourself in the evenings: read a book, drink caffeine free tea, stretch or watch TV. Don't stay up too late and leave your phone in the living room.
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Detox Juice

Is there anyone else who is feeling a little bit under the weather right now? Yup, me too.. I decided that I will not give in this time and started my own war against it with this detox juice 😋 It does wonders to your body and immune system but it also tastes so good and fresh. One of my favorite ingredient in juices is ginger.  I simply love ginger! My healthy shot:one orange ginger 6 garlic cloves one lemon

Why these ingredients? Lemon Lemon contains ascorbic asic which helps to detoxify the body. It also supports your digestive system and hydrates your body. It will balance your body's PH-levels. 
Ginger Ginger is very antioxidant and inflammatory. It enhances the body's bile flow. Ginger has many medicinal properties, such as reduce nausea, help fight the flu and it may reduce muscle pain and soreness. 
Garlic Garlic also has medicinal properties and contains antioxidants. Garlic is highly nutritious (contains Manganese, VitaminB6, Vitamin C and Selenium). Garlic boosts the…

I Gave up Coffee Again!

Previously I wrote about How becoming a morning person made me more productive and at the end of the post I promised to share my tips how to become a morning person. However, I will post that  on the weekend because it is still work in progress..In the meanwhile I have a confession to make... Remember when I wrote about I quit drinking coffee and it changed my life. Well I have a confession to make... I somehow got addicted to that stuff again! As you know, I continued my university studies in December and I have always combined a cup of hot java with studying and one thing let to another.. I went from having occasional coffee twice a week to once a day... And now I want to detox myself again..
Ok, so why do I want to give up coffee again?Because it tastes so damn good until it isn't healthy for me anymore... Last time when I stopped drinking it, I felt better and more energetic throughout my day. Here you can read more.I know I will sleep better without it running in my systems. 

How Becoming a Morning Person Made Me More Productive

Happy Valentine's Day! Because it is Valentine's Day I thought that I would give you different tip today. Or maybe it is not an actual tip rather than I'm giving you a different perspective in the way you could see and face your mornings.. First a simple question for you. Would you like to wake up every day excited and feeling like it is Christmas as you did when you were a child? I definitely do but let's be honest here.. First, I love to have a long night sleep which means sleeping as late as I want or until I am "ready" to wake up.  Secondly, I have never been a morning person. In fact, as long as I can remember I have loved those mornings when I was able to sleep as long as I could. I remember how excited I felt when my maternity leave started and I was able to sleep as late as I wanted (of course my baby wasn't born yet). But things started to change when my son came into this world and boy it changed a lot! Suddenly I was forced to get up many time…

Can You Burn as Much as Calories in a Rest Day And in an Active Day?

How many calories do I burn on a rest day when I am practically "not working out"? What about how many calories will I burn on a gym day? I decided it was time to find out! Also, I wanted to use my Fitbit Charge2  steps calculator to see how many steps I took in both of these days .Guess which day is more productive in terms of steps: active rest day or passive day at the office with a workout session? a) Rest Day:I was working from 8 am to 2 pm and I was pretty active throughout the day. In the evening I went for a short walk (10 minutes) with my son. 
b) Active Day:I was working from 8am to 10 am. After this I studied on my computer until 2 pm. I walked to preschool and back, altogether 2 km. In the evening I went to football practice.



Can you believe that during both of these days I gained almost the same average 13 000 steps? On Friday (Active Day) my calorie expenditure was 2184 and I took 13644 steps, where as on Thursday I burned 2077 calories and took 12500 steps. Thi…

It's All About Motivation Or Is It?

Let's talk about motivation. It is the fuel to your actions but surely you cannot always be motivated, right? You don't. It's only human to be unmotivated from time to time. However, in these situations what really counts is your routines. If you are used to exercise, you will do that despite of the lack of motivation...Having said this, there are times when you need an extra boost to get things done and in this post I will give you tips how to stay motivated or where to find motivation.

My motivation tips:Get a plan. Put it on paper, sign up for exercise classes, hire a PT, get a gym membership or encourage your friend to join to your own challenge.
Remember how you will feel at the end of your work out. I have never regretted in going for a run or a gym afterwards!

Give yourself an extrinsic reward, may it be a smoothie, watching your favorite series on Netflix, raw chocolate, new workout clothes or whatever. Over time the motivation becomes intrinsic as your brain begins…

Why Aren't You Losing Weight?

I hope you have had a good start to your New Year in the forms of exercise and healthy eating habits! However, sometimes after you have succeeded in losing few kilos, your weight loss stops and it seems that you are not doing any progress. By the way, I encourage you to check your progress with a measuring tape or use those tight clothes, rather than using scales.. So, if you have tried to lose weight for a month and you have had only little progress, I suggest that you should consider if any of the following circumstances suit your case:
Why aren't you losing weight?Our bodies hold on to the fat if we are too stressed and our metabolism slows down. Check your stress levels.
You are not sleeping enough and your muscles and body cannot recover from your daily activities. Read my previous post on how to improve your sleep. 
You exercise too much. Take extra rest days. Be careful with over training! Read here how to optimize your recovery.
You eat too little and your body holds on ever…

How to Tackle a Busy Day?

How to manage busy days and find time to exercise on these days?
Last Wednesday I had a super busy day but I was still able to fit a workout in my day. This was all possible because
a) I planned my day thoroughly (on Tuesday evening I packed my gym gears, lunch and protein drink) b) I didn't want to miss my workout (so I prioritized it) and c) I decided that no matter what, I will stick to my plan. Here is how my Wednesday looked like: I woke up 6 am.I worked from 8 am to 1 pm.After work, around 1.15 pm I rushed to the gym and had a quick HIIT -workout (about 45 minutes).At 2.15 pm I was picking up my son from preschool.At 2.30 pm I had a quick snack and studied (I am finishing my master's degree in English).At 5pm I finished studying but I needed fresh air so I went for a walk (this was really nice! I needed to clear my head in the fresh air).At 5.30pm I made some dinner preparations and house chores.At 7pm I watched The Designated Survivor (highly recommend!)on Netflix and r…

What´s Up

I decided I would come here quickly and tell what's up right now in my life. Last time I wrote I was feeling a little stressed out and now that I re-arranged my schedule, I am feeling better. Sometimes the stress is just in your head and when you make changes in your calendar, you will see the stress melting away... I needed to take some more me time in order to slow down a bit. Having said this, writing and blogging gives me so much and perhaps even more than I realized. Even if I am helping or inspiring only one person, that is enough for me. I write this blog to my readers as well as to myself. It is a win-win situation.
"If you are helping somebody, you are awakening somebody."
"Without realizing who you are, happiness    cannot come to you."
"Kindness is the essence of life."

Lastly I would like to ask you what health foods are you struggling to eat? I will try to create some ideas or tips how to incorporate them into your daily diet.
Coming up in …