Where have I been and here goes nothing…

So, here goes nothing…

I can’t run anymore.

Like ever…

And this is not one of those posts where I tell you how I can and will power through the pain and get my running back and all, no i am afraid is not. This is the kind of post where i tell you that my foot is so messed up that now even hurts without me even standing on it. If you don’t know what I am talking about have a look back in the post from last December…

After six months of trying everything under the sun I think it is time for me to let go of the idea of running more than 1-2 miles from now on.

So what happened? Well, apparently my foot didn’t agree with my marathon – like at all!! – and decided to give me a (huge) overgrown bunion. And in my case is not even that simple because the extra growth is pulling on my tendons on top of my foot and then makes that spot and my calf hurt… To respond to all questions the answer is yes. I have tried all the things that could potentially help (braces, physio tape etc) short of surgery. Which I even considered as an option but the doctors (and I did go to someone I truly trust) told me that I am to young for it, if I try running again it’ll grow back -stupid genetic shit!!@!@!- and also the amount of pain is incredible and my foot will be out of order for at least 3 months… All that for the stupid thing to grow back in 5-7 years IF i don’t run!

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So… what now you ask??

Well, I wish I had the answer to this one. I have to admit it has been a rough couple of months lately, with some family health stuff that have been going on (sorry can’t share more 😦 ) and me spending two months back home to help out my family, totally got me out of my routine but I am trying to get back into to things, blogging is one of them. I am not the one to moan and complain about things (usually) but life has taken a “funny” and super sharp turn after new years at this point!

I haven’t been on top of my game lately, with a bit of anxiety and low moods and being super physically tired but I am still try to try….that must count for something right…

So what is the outcome after all this? Well, about 15 extra pounds on me (since for the past 4 months I have been eating my feelings), almost started smoking again and I have never been in a worse shape than I am now. Like ever… My physical condition has probably hit rock bottom at the moment. I cant believe that this body run a marathon less than a year ago…

What do I do about it? Well I am (kinda) working on it. I have already started to eat healthy (no cake and sweets for more than a week now!!), try as hard as I can to stop smoking AGAIN and make myself get back to exercise. This is the hardest part of it all… When there is no mental strength to make yourself see that doing something would be good for you… I have made myself – due to circumstances – work super hard and do a lot of things I wasn’t keen on for quite a while and now my mind and body is totally averse to the idea of pushing myself…

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Totally tired selfie at work – late night microscope sessions are CRUEL!

I did miss blogging but to be honest, I didn’t know what to blog about. This little corner of the internet for me was always about sharing my training and running and fitness struggles – it was never a lifestyle blog or anything like a journal… And now I really feel like I have nothing to say!

Hopefully I’ll get my groove back soon, because I did really – REALLY – enjoy hanging out here and connect with all of you guys.

For now, I think I have to try to get my life back in order and take control of things. 🙂

Thank you for hanging around for so long even if I ve been in completely radio silence mode for over two months!

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“Just take a minute” – Ways to relax and recompose.

Hi friends 🙂

I hope you are all doing well and that this week has been treating you great so far. Things here are quite hectic the past few weeks (as you can probably tell from my “radio silence” mode…)

Work has been pretty insane – i know… i know … when isn it, right?? – and there have been quite a few changes going on. Since life happens, and very rarely asks you if it is convenient or not (LOL), all you can do is just roll with it. So, there is been quite a change of plans for me lately. You ‘ll notice that for the next couple of months I’ll be going back and forth between Athens and London quite a bit – some personal stuff going on – and also my fitness routine has changed a little bit – more about it soon! – in order to accommodate my current “country hopping” lifestyle.

I have to admit, even though I am quite flexible, all these changes were a little bit challenging. And it took a few nights with wine, good friends and heart to heart talks to make some sense out of things and get some much needed perspective. Where am I going with this mammoth introduction here? Well, if there was one advice that really hit me was, what my friend Eileen told me.

“Just take a minute”

You ‘ll probably think, what kind of advice is that… well that was all it took to get me thinking. Did I ever stop for a second? Did I give my self literally a minute of mindfully taking a break? And I don’t mean just blankly starring at your feet on your train journey… So here are a few ways that I found really worked for me to HONESTLY and TRUTHFULLY just “take a minute”!

1.Have a shower – ok ok no brainer right? Well, next time just try and take a few deep breaths. Enjoy the quite and the water.

2.Sit on a bench for a while. Sounds silly right? So, just try it out. Sit there, and again, breath…

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3.Wake up, and cozy up on the couch with a blanket for a bit – stay away from your phone and SM. Starting my day like that some times, just made me able to put my thoughts in an order and really think about things that were just laying dormant in my head for a while.

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4.Write down anything that you have to remember. I am a planner person and trust me when I tell you, it doesn’t have to be planning, just unload your mind/memory of things that a phone or a diary can remind you. Liberating! So much free “space” in your brain for things that really matter 😉

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5.Give yourself some room for error. I struggled a lot with that one… seeing how I really  REALLY – like things to be (if not perfect at least) my way… but what I’ve learnt is that life has tons of ups and downs and sometimes things will work sometimes things wont and we have to learn to be OK with that.

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6. BREATHE. Most of you who know me, know I am not a “zen” type of person. Yes, I love yoga but for its restorative effects not the meditation. But what i have found super helpful lately is to literally just stop & breath. No matter what I do or where I am if I get that feeling which says “its getting a little too much/ i need a break/ WTF” I just drop everything and literally breath for a minute… sounds weird/silly/indifferent? please try… I thought exactly the same before I took my friend’s advice and made it work.

What is your way of “just taking a minute” when you need it? I’d love to hear your ways of relaxing and recomposing!

I hope you have an amazing week everyone 🙂 Talk soon!

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Cheese & Wine- Had an AMAZING time with the ladies :)

Hello 🙂

Just wanted to to pop in and share a few snippets of the amazing Saturday Cheese & Wine night with the girls!! After some really intense time with work and life the past couple of weeks it was great to relax and just have some fun.

So, since it is a Monday morning and i have sooooo much work to do, I ‘ll keep this one short. But I promise I’ll check in later in the week ❤ Have an awesome Monday and a great week everyone 🙂

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“Clean Eating” – Can we just talk about it for a minute???

Well first things first… It irks me – like big time! So if you are not in the mood for a rant maybe this isn’t the best post… Apologies in advance for it. 

CLEAN food??? What is that suppose to mean? Is there any dirty food?? Like what, you roll it in mud before you eat it or something??? – Ok, ok of course i am familiar with the actual trend. But still… It irks the heck out of me (and this is a post I wanted to write for quite some time now…)!

This is what you get if you google “clean eating” today:

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So “clean” food is associated with fresh veggies, healthy fats and fruits and in general a healthy diet. Saw that? There is a word which is actually representative of the concept HEALTHY!

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It’s a trend, a concept and to my opinion a very (VERY) wrong one! Let’s try an experiment… change every time above the word clean with the word HEALTHY, there! Now just think about it for just one second. Now look at what comes up when I google “dirty” food:

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Apparently in western societies (#firstworldproblems) dirty food = junk food. Well Google, no! Dirty food isn’t junk food. Dirty food is food that you find in the garbage when you can’t afford to eat, is food that has gone bad but you still eat it because you have no choice… I did use google for it too, but I ‘ll spare you the photos.

The main selling point of “clean eating” –> it is healthy, good for you , will improve your life. So, let’s have a look at a few facts, shall we? These countries have the most healthy diets in the world with Mediterranean diet to top it all! This is how the Mediterranean diet looks like if you google it:

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Well let me tell you that most of these foods (feta cheese, pita breads, generous amounts of olive oil, even fried seafood, lamb and many more) would definitely not make the cut into the “Clean eating” category – and  i ‘m referring to it in a general term and not in specific forms like paleo diet, keto diet etc…

There are so many things wrong with this concept . It is very hard for me ( and I am not a mother) to accept that some teenagers grow up thinking there is a distinction between clean and dirty food and this is it… That young girls will grow up seeing some food groups as “evil” or “dirty”! Is it really this, that we want to teach the next generations??? Really?

Eating healthy is in everyones best interest and many people – me amongst them – are doing it (or at least trying) and even talk/photograph/blog about it which I think is great 🙂 But “eating clean” is an industry and personally I REFUSE to stand behind anyone and anything that represents this. Especially when the majority of those people (i am not here to point fingers/shame anyone) are NOT TRAINED professionals! Just have a look here and you ‘ll see what I mean. I googled most of those authors and not even half of them are at least Registered Dieticians or some short of professionals… To my point of view, this is I-N-S-A-N-E! Would you ever go to someone who tells you “oh I can take out your tonsils/appendix. I am not a doctor actually but don’t worry I have a book”…. Really? Well then why would you listen to someone about what you should or shouldn’t put in your body?

– I want to be clear though, I am not saying don’t look for resources for a healthier lifestyle, what I am saying is look for CREDIBLE ones from professionals – certified professionals!-

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“Basis of Mediterranean Diet” (Olive oil, bread, oregano, olives & feta cheese)

Someone may say… “Semantics”. Is it really? Just say it out loud and then try to get into the shoes of someone who is hungry and doesn’t have any food not clean nor dirty just plain nothing. The first time I did that i felt completely entitled – and mostly like a jerk pardon me…

One last thing, before I stop my rant and leave you to it 😉 Have a look at these posts here and here. They are from our vacation time in Greece last year, where we spent two full weeks eating incredible and amazing food but in larger amounts than what we were used to – both families wanted to feed us LOL ❤ Well, believe me when I tell you, I did not gain 1 lbs during those two weeks…. Just have a look at the photos and you ‘ll see what I am talking about 🙂 🙂

Thank you all for reading, I would love to read you opinions so do comment away!

PS: These opinions are all my own as always and I am NOT a professional. Also apologies for being MIA once again but i am battling a really persistent cold for the good part of two weeks now.

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Fitness Update :)

Hello everyone!

Happy Monday 😀

After a completely insane weekend, with quite large amounts of alcohol – whoops…- today i do feel a little sluggish. But I have to say it was TOTALLY worth it! Haven’t had so much fun in a while!

I was totally obsessed with this ballon for the WHOLE night LOL!! They have little LEDs in them and I found this hilarious – or the tequila did 😉

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Brunching like champions on Sunday morning, because the best cure for a hang over is some more alcohol right!?!? #bloodymary

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So after this crazy weekend it’s time for me to (literally) pull myself together and get back to my routine which if I may say it has been pretty good the past 3-4 weeks.

Starting from the last week of December till last week I worked out 16/28 days and ate OK for most of those days, even did a few double workout days 🙂

 

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It felt really good to get back to it after all the time that I spent being sad and confused about my foot – you can see how my last run was a 7 miler on the 31st and then its all spin and strength. I am re-learning how to enjoy other types of exercise again after a long time of running being my key work out! 😀

So i decided after 4 weeks of nice and easy so and so routines to step up my game and push a little harder.

 

Weekly Goals #1

Strength training x 3 (BBG)

Spin x 3

WATEEEEEER

Cut down sugar – 3 cupcakes and a tiramisu in a weekend might be a little too much (LOL)

Oh, quite a few of you asked me last time what is the BBG. The BBG is the Bikini Body Guides from Greek-Australian fitness trainer Kayla Itsines (apparently now she also has an app which I have never tried). I got the guides a long time a go but never really gave the 12 week program a chance so now when I was looking for something new I thought I’d give it a shot. It is actually quite hard and I like it (I did skip the 4 weeks pre training though)! I am currently at BBG week 3 and I do quite like it. It has a structure that allows you to decide when to do what and I love that – i am not very good when people tell me what to do LOL!  (PS: i am in no way affiliated with the BBG program and this is not an advert, I just wanted to try it).

So happy Monday friends 😀

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Giving London a chance…

I always try to be honest here and this time is no difference. And even though it is not #FridayTruths time I do have a few truths to share 🙂

ALERT – not a fitness related post so it’s totally OK to be bored to read about me mumbling away 😉

It has been a few tough days around here lately. This past weekend @mymamus and I started a conversation – you know one of those eye opening ones that happen once in a while in every relationship… the ones that aren’t always easy but they do always worth it… This made me rethink a few things and re-evaluate. So here are some of those thoughts 🙂

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When we first moved to London (about a year and half ago) I had absolutely no expectations from this city. Coming from New York – for me one of the most amazing places on the planet!!! – I knew that it would be hard to love anything else as much but I did promise myself to try and have an open mind. Well I completely messed up and broke this promise… I am so sorry London, it’s not you it’s me!

I admit that I never gave London the fighting chance it deserves.

I admit that missing NY made me (literally hate) everything about London.

I admit that this turned me into a pretty miserable person who all I did was complain day in day out about everything I didn’t like.

Well, I admit that this is OVER now! I am not sure how I got here, I used to absolutely love new adventures and I used to always see everything in life as an amazing opportunity. Somewhere along this journey of mine though, I think I lost sight of what matters the most… So thank you @mymamus ❤ for this eye opening conversation!

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-08-22-51So I promised myself that from now on I WILL give London the chance it deserves because I am sure it’ll live up to the challenge 😉 I might have forgotten for a bit to be grateful for all the experiences I’ve gained, the amazing people I met and the fact that I have an incredible job, that allows me to be independent and creative everyday but not anymore and not ever again 🙂

So I might not be able to run for the time being, but I sure as hell can walk! And London, I am about to walk the hell out of you and find out all of your secrets 😉 This week its the first time since we moved away from the states that I feel like myself again, I feel like the girl I used to be, the adventurous girl, the fighter, the girl who sees opportunities where others see problems ❤ 😀

-Not the best selfie but I totally love this photo… It’s way before I had a blog and I remember that I woke up feeling happy and full and I snapped this and sent it to @mymamus!

 

I believe an apology is in order…

To London, I am sorry I hated you for the past year (apart from the “tube” which I still hate 😉 ) you are an interesting and beautiful place!

To all my friends here, I am sorry I’ve been this person that no one likes because all she does is complain all the time and thank you for sticking it out with me. I ‘ve met people here that I know they will be friends for life…

To @mymamus, you rock 😉 – I know i am too stubborn and thank you for having the patience to make me listen 😉 😛

To all of you, thank you everyone for following my journey, you have been an amazing support network!!

To me, I am sorry for not letting you fly and be yourself all this time! Go ahead…

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Where have I been the past month, tough decisions and some soul searching…

So first things first…

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I hope you all had an amazing time during the holidays, I know we certainly did! Even though because of my experiment I couldn’t leave the lab and take the extra 2 weeks off like everyone else (BOO!!) we still made the best of it! Stayed home for Christmas and went out to an AMAZING dinner (Thank you “The Gun“) for NYE and we met the awesomest (is that even a word LOL!?!?!) people!!

Just a few snapshots from the holidays…

Oh and @mymamus got me the BEST christmas present that I ‘ve been wanting for soooo long! Thank you 😉 ❤ I totally love it!

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Now topic number 2… Where have I been?

I wrote my last blog post literally a month ago. I have never taken such a big break of blogging since I started (a year ago yesterday…)

I have to admit it’s been a few hard days for me around here. Apart from a complete writers block for the past few weeks I had to deal with the fact that I can’t run anymore for a while…. 

I had plans you know? I was training for the Manchester 2017 marathon I was on a roll… And then my foot got totally out of whack! What happened to it is that the bunion on my right foot has hurt the tendons on the top of the foot and after anything more than 2 miles the pain gets seriously bad… something like that (i ‘ll spare you the grossness of my own feet that’s why the cartoon):

So all I could think about was… “but i have a running blog, if I can’t run what the heck am i gonna talk about….?” and this made my block last even longer.

This is a photo of my last run on December 31st…

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It all felt great after my last 7 miles till the next morning when I felt like someone was tearing my foot apart 😦 Tried again once and ended up coming back after literally 5 minutes…

So at the moment i am at a back and forth with the doctors’ trying to sort this out (and if you now NHS you’ll now that if you are not on your deathbed the referrals come for two months later…) till then i m on a non running diet doctor’s orders…

Did I accept it? I had to.

Did I like it? I am hating it.

Have I cried and been mad? Like there is no tomorrow…

But at the end of the day I am still here, still healthy (foot aside) and I can do another million things! I hate being stuck and (mentally) immobile. So I have started the BBG program and I have spent countless time on my static bike – once the weather gets a little more forgiving around here I ‘ll break out my normal bike as well!

Accepting the fact that I have to stop till further notice was a very hard decision for me (please don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that the world has way bigger problems than me can’t run and I am grateful to still be generally healthy…) but running has been my outlet, the thing that has kept me sane the past year being a place not compatible with me and my personality (i am sorry London it’s not you it’s me…)

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I am grateful for all my races and experiences last year… Running has taught me so much! How to be resilient, believe in myself and trying my best for my goals, how to be patient and how to dig deeper…

Other people made NY resolutions to start running and mine had to be to stop… Life has a funny sense of humour…

On a happier note, Happy blogiverssary to my little corner of the internet!!!

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Yesterday was one year since I started sharing my life, travels and running stories with you all. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! For all the support and the comments!! It’s been an awesome year, and I am so very happy and grateful for all the amazing people I got to meet through my blog!!

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