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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No more “New Year’s Resolutions” for me…

So, you know how when December rolls around there is this huge commotion about “New Year’s Resolutions” and all the things we want to do starting January 1st?? Yeah… those things that by the end of the month, most of the times, we can even remember who or what they were…  Studies have shown that gym membership purchases go up to 70% percent in the months of December and January. And you know how many of those are actually being used? Less than 30% 😦

That being said I am totally not pulling my tail out of it… I have been there, I have been this person who would swear to be better, lose weight, eat healthier, quit smoking – that I actually did but not in New Year’s… And every time when February would roll around and life would relentlessly move on and take over and the high was gone, so were my “resolutions”… And I know I am not alone out there!

This is why this year instead of making a “2017 resolutions” list, I made a “how I’d like to welcome the new year” list. What do I mean by that?

I mean no more waiting for that “magical unicorn looking like” 01/01/2017 date. Chances are most of us would be totally hang-overed or with barely enough sleep to wake up in the next morning and be healthy, fit, not smoke etc etc… So already this way you would set yourself up to fail. It’s been proved that 25% of people when they try something new if day 1 doesn’t work they never make it to day 2…so there goes your “resolution out the window 😦

So my list, is all about the things i’d like to START TRYING to change! It’s about the new year finding me ALREADY trying (or maybe have achieved some of those goals!). Resolutions fade but GOALS, are here to stay. Semantics one can say and you’d be right but it does make a difference.

Resolutions have restrictions and time frames. Goals are more flexible and if you fall off the wagon of trying for something it’s not a failure like it would have been if that was a resolution, it is a setback… (just my two cents on the matter.)

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So here is my  “how I’d like to welcome the new year” list:

  • cutting down on caffeine (yeah already 2 days in without it and it’s been VERY hard… I had no clue I was THAT depended on coffee… )
  • starting a new workout program and I am TOTALLY excited about it!
  • Get my eating back on track since it was all over the place – Thank you marathon training!
  • Get my running calendar for 2017 sorted so I wont have to worry about races every month!
  • KICK ASS at work by getting as much analysis as I can out of the way!!!

See this is the same concept as “Monday I start a diet” kinda thing… that Monday comes life happens and that diet never happens…

I ordered a new planner and I – very consciously – didn’t have the first month to be January it is December. The reason for that isn’t that i am impatient (well that too…) but mainly because my old system turned out not to be working for me and I needed a new one STAT – aka before i forget another important work meeting or blog deadline…. (yup that was totally me for the last month).

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So this time, I am going for GOALS, not resolutions, not changes, not cutting out stuff…and this is my why 😀

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Project: “Daily Gratitude”

Hi friends 🙂

I have a confession to make… Well it’s not much of a secret butI might as well start from the beginning… So, it’s been 8 months since we left New York and moved to London. And yes everyone who knows me will tell you that I wasn’t too happy about it and that i ‘d keep complaining about how much I miss NY… Well, granted I still do miss it but that past few weeks after some experiences my eyes have “opened” wider to the world…

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I have met so many incredible people through this blog, people that deal with really bad situations and come out winners! And also i ‘ve met some amazing fighters, in my line of work (spinal cord injury research), who try as hard as they can every day to gain their life and their independence back… so a few days ago it hit me! We, people, are so blind! We keep complaining about things we don’t have, thing’s we can’t do, things we are missing…and of course we miss the point! We miss out on life, on what we have! It is easier than it sounds to stop seeing all the good things in your life… to wait for the big haul! Don’t get me wrong following your dreams and working hard to achieve them is different and am totally for it. But not “seeing” or not being grateful/happy/excited about all the good every day things that are happening is like missing out on your life!

So after all these thoughts, i decided to be a little more mindful about my everyday life. And this is how the “Daily Gratitude” journal project began for me 🙂 Cheesy?!?! You bet! But you know what, taking these 5 minutes (and not every day since then it makes me feel pressured to do it, only when I feel like it) to reflect and write down a few good things that have happened can completely change your attitude towards your day and people…

13282311_1085055024885229_381680778_nFor example, yes I was having a few pretty frustrated days at work and London was getting to me… but after thinking and digging a little deeper i saw… the “light” LOL! But seriously, I thought “yes work can be stressful and not always great, BUT how many people get to do what they choose and what they really love???”. Where I come from certainly not many.. Also I reminded myself how lucky I am to have gotten this opportunity to be here! In such an amazing lab with a boss that believes in me enough to give me the freedom I so much need when it comes to my work 😀 So my after thoughts?  “Really Ellen? Complaining about what?!?!” … oh yeah i do talk to myself quite a bit … 😉 Also I did started to look at exercising (and of course running) from another point of view as well! I don’t “have to” work out, I don’t “have to” put in this long run… I am lucky enough to “GET TO” do this! I am healthy and strong and I get to workout and run and exercise! So yes another thing to be grateful about… Don’t take it for granted EVER! Honestly, I don’t take anything for granted any more…

Another up side? If you are a stationary  (and notebook) junkie like I am, you get to use another notebook 😀 I picked this little beauty at a discount the other day and totally love it!!

Give it a try – if you are not doing already – and let me know what you think! You could even go fancy and use one of those “bullet journals” if your hand writing is nice and you are crafty enough. Apparently they are the new craze, I wish I could write/paint/draw as good so i could do this but no chance LOL!

Happy Wednesday (hump day 😉 ) every one!

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10 things that make running AWESOME!

So your alarm clock just went off or you just got home from work and you have a nice long(-ish) run planned for the day… well trust me when I tell you you are not the only one who will continuously press snooze or come up with a gazillion excuses as to why you shouldn’t go since you just got home from work…

Excuses will always be there, too tired, spent time with my family, hungry, raining, cold or just a plain ol’ “I don’t feel like it”… So here is some of the things I tell myself (or have @mymamus tell them to me if I am being extra stubborn) to get me motivated and out the door 😀

  1. YOU KNOW YOU ‘LL LOVE IT! All you have to do is start!
  2. Rain? So what? It’s so much fun to run in the rain…
  3. You just had a WHOLE tub of Ben’s and Jerry’s chocolate fudge last night… No more words are necessary, that would get me going for miles!Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 16.37.58.png
  4. Go run, cause punching people is frowned up – or killing people gets you jail time!!!

These are just a few of my “excuse busters” 😉

But really now? What is it with running that makes us do it in the first place???

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Let me know why YOU love running 🙂

Have an awesome day,

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Random Wednesday thoughts & Shout outs!…

And just like that it is already Wednesday?!?!?!

It seems to me like yesterday when I was sitting here typing up my weekly High Five Friday to share with you guys… Time flies so fast and I just wish there were a few more hours in the day!!

Well, I was told this is ain’t gonna happen so 24 would have to do 😉

These a few random things that I really want to share with guys today…

  • My new running buddy Sabine !! I have to give this lady a shout out ❤ cause since we met a few weeks ago she ‘s been awesome! She can drug my sleepy butt out of bed at 8am on a Saturday for a park run with incredible ease (I am sure @mama_taleoftworuns would be envious LOL)!   We ‘ve run together several times, always grabbing a coffee afterwards of course 😉 I am so lucky I’ve met her and even luckier since she also happens to be my neighbour !! She is also a blogger over at Life is a challenge  🙂

 

  • I have to admit that since we moved to London things have been a little lonely… Both @my mamus and I were too busy getting settled into work, new apartment etc that there was virtually no time to meet new people and connect with anyone…

That all change when a few weeks back I joined an awesome Facebook group called UK fitness bloggers and London bloggers!! A huge thank you to all the incredible ladies I’ve met through these two groups! You have all made me feel a little more at home here in London and you  have all been so amazing and friendly 😀

  • Another shout out for Michelle 😀 It’s been a  while since a trainer motivated me (in the fitness world I guess this is a synonym to torture) that much! My abs still hurt miss, and for that I thank you  LOL!

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  • Oh, in other news, did you guys see @taleoftworuns‘s new logo?!?!? I was so excited (a little too much LOL) when i realised it also appears at your browser tab!!! So, here we are, my little baby @taleoftworuns has officially become #ToTRuns 😀

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  • Discovered a new cute park to run in by my house 🙂 It even has 2 littles ponds – oh and ducks!! For some silly reason I get overly excited whenever I see ducks 🙂
  • I am -finally – getting a Garmin! not a very new model but I thought it ‘ll be nice to try out first before I spent about $250 on a new fancy one! So a good FB friend of mine is selling hers and I am getting this beauty for now 🙂 Can’t wait for it to get here !!

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So more or less, apart from a lot of running and working out, work has been crazy busy these days… This is why you guys haven’t heard from me since Friday! I really don’t like it when that happens! 😦

Stay tuned for my very first product review tomorrow!! I think all of my runner friends will be pretty interested in this one 🙂 oh what is it?!?! Well, you ‘ll see it tomorrow LOL 😛

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A walk down memory lane…

How many times have I said – out loud that is- “I miss New York?”… Plenty I guess. This is the truth though…! So in fear that i will become predictable but also me having to keep my promise of always, ALWAYS, being truthful to you guys, I decided to share a few thoughts from this past weekend.

It all started because I was looking for a photo that @mymamus had on his phone. And then I just started looking at some of our old photos… I used to have them as well on my old phone – before it back flipped into the toilet bowl…

So there it was at 2am on a Sunday a trip down memory lane… Not ideal timing but is it ever?

View from a night stroll on Brooklyn bridge.

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My favourite sushi place on earth! See the roll on the right, is called crazy monkey roll – PERFECTION!!

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Summer stroll in Fort Tryon park 🙂 A hidden gem in Manhattan – to my opinion waaaay prettier than Central park

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Stroll on the boardwalk at Coney Island… Don’t forget the hot dog of course!

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Ready for grocery shopping 🙂 We used to hit the all the mexican/spanish markets in our neighbourhood! Produce from the streets vendors was always the best!

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Date night 🙂 At the amazing Japanese dessert place! Don’t forget to try the sticky rice tiramisu ball! BLISS!!!

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The view from our apartment window (fire escape) up at 168th street…

Another one from our picnic at Fort Tryon! I am telling you this place is like an oasis in Manhattan…

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And of course I couldn’t forget the awesome High Line park, which is old train tracks over the streets of New York that have been converted to an amazing park! This is my and my dear friend Neela – who I miss terribly – enjoying an afternoon stroll there!

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As for entertainment goes, well as many of you know I am not a huge party animal but there is nothing better than spending an evening with friends 🙂 There is one thing that I absolutely loved about our old neighbourhood in Harlem in the summer. Stoop season! No no i am not kidding! I had some of the best nights of my life just like that –>

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These are our two very good friends Karla and Ellery! Which I miss so very much!! Hopefully I’ll see you at some point soon guys!

Oh the picture that i was actually looking for????

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Yes i am holding the ingredients to the weirdest (and probably most unhealthy) dinner EVER! Pringles, jerky straw and chocolate milk… Well to my defense this was our last night in New York, everything was packed into this —>

and there was no food in the house left… So we just hit the 7/11 at about midnight since none of us could sleep from all the excitement (and being sad…).

Well trust me when I tell you i didn’t really plan on writing this post but I really felt like it… I hope you guys enjoyed this little trip down memory lane along with me and also for all my friends who are in NY or planning on visiting soon, don’t miss out on those few places!!!

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Random Thursday thoughts & Happy birthday!

Hi 🙂

Just a few random thoughts to jump start the day over here!

A friend of mine sent me an interesting article last night. She is from NY so I only got to it this morning. Any thoughts on it? (Since this is Autism awareness month I think it was good timing as well).

So this message from my friend had me thinking – yes yes I know… I’ll keep it short I promise 😛 Over the years I have made so many wonderful friends all over the world! I might not communicate with everyone very often but I still think about all of them! A shout out to everyone for all the amazing experiences and lessons each and every one of you has offered me! Thank you 🙂

*More randomness…

On my way to the lab this morning THIS is what i saw the moment I stepped out f the house 🙂 What  a beautiful site isn’t it???

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More randomness I tried to do a little bit of cardio last night and I manage to pull my hamstring 😦 So NOT fun … Disappointed face you say?? a little…

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New FAVOURITE snack! Fat free or coconut yogurt topped with homemade granola and blueberries! I ‘ve mentioned it before eh? Well, I guess I just like it THAT much 😉 LAst night I even tried it with a little bit of this cocoa powder, the one that usually goes into milk… WIN!

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*And more randomness…

I read this blog post from Gina over at the Fitnessista, I thought it was beautiful! And oh so true!!

Also this article from women’s running, I thought it was very motivational and real! There is so much body shaming going around in the web lately that seeing an article like this makes me happy 🙂

And one last article – I was meaning to share this one for a while now! – that had me doubled over laughing!! Carly over at Fine Fit day asked her 4 year old son what does he think of his mama runner! Honestly I can’t handle all this cuteness!!! He is such a rock star!!

Finally, today is quite the special day 😀 It’s my big brother’s birthday!! And I ‘d like to wish him the very very BEST! We won’t be celebrating together just yet but hopefully soon 😉 Thanks for being an awesome big brother ❤