“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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#FridayTruths

Here we are again, and one more week has come to an end. Time does fly away doesn’t it…? So #FridayTruths, here we go!

1.I decided to cut down on Caffeine and that means no coffee for at least 5 days and then only 1 a day… (jaw dropping sounds…) Yes I know trust me as someone who was drinking about 5 coffees a day for a long time now this hasn’t been easy. But I realized a few days ago that I had totally overdone it with coffee – especially since I quit smoking 3 years ago. Let’s see how that ‘ll go…

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2.@mymamus is traveling again this week and I have to admit I quite miss him… but as I ‘ve been told that is a VERY good sign for long term relationships 🙂

3.I had two pieces of good news this week 🙂 One work related and one family related! Can’t say more but take it from me I was excited – and relieved!

4.Still not much going on on the fitness front… It’s weird how hard it is to get back at it once you ‘ve stopped for a while. I think it is more mental than anything else thought and I am currently working on it…

5.Looking forward to this weekend. I got absolutely nothing planned and I hope to get A TON of work done for a lab presentation that is coming up on Tuesday and also get sometime to relax, rest and workout.

6.After my – very hard- marathon I never said I’ll be saying this so soon but I have missed running! I think I’ll lace up in the weekend and hit the streets. I am getting excited even by just thinking about it! Apparently some time apart does make the heart grow fonder in every relationship even running!

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7.I can’t wait for next Friday!!! It is the day when we’ll be putting up our Christmas tree 😀 This year we opted for Christmassy t-shirts and not jumpers since it gets waaaay to hot in our small apartment. Our good friend Katalin is joining us too and I can’t wait for the mulled wine and Christmas songs 🙂

8.I signed up for my last race of this year! It is a 10km at Greenwich park on the 18th and the medal is TOTALLY awesome!!!

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And finally, don’t forget to check out my Christmas Gift guide and giveaway 😉

Well that’s pretty much it for me. Do you guys have any big plans coming up?? Any races coming up?

Have an awesome weekend everyone!!

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#FridayTruths

Hello people !!! And happy -almost- weekend 🙂

I hope everyone (who celebrates) had an amazing time yesterday ❤ Our Thanksgiving dinner will take place on Sunday since yesterday was a working day for us here in the UK.

So, a few #FridayTruths to share with you today!

1.Got an awesome email yesterday telling me that @taleoftworuns‘s comment on “The science museum” was featured on TIME OUT London!!!! OMG yes! I was ecstatic!! I mean occupational hazard right??? Also do have a look at the article I think it is pretty cool if you are planning to visit/move to London.

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2.I order my planner for 2017. Anyone who knows me, knows my absolute ❤ for stationary AND notebooks/planners. I was looking for something VERY specific since I got tired of carrying around 2 different ones – one for science work and one for blog stuff – and I didnt find anything to suit my needs. So after reading quite a few reviews I ended up in this website and made my own planner. It looks pretty amazing – on the screen – and I ordered it today. You get to personalize EVERYTHING! From the covers, to the layouts and to what you ‘d like it to include – to do lists, weekly meal plan etc – and it was ONLY £22 ($27)!! Can’t wait for it to arrive next week. Here is a little preview 😉

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3.My eating has been completely off the rails… but oh well…. I mean why can’t I have two donuts or cupcakes after dinner right ?!?!? Just kidding… Marathon is over so after Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday i am pulling myself together and getting both my eating and sleeping back on track!

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4.And… I miss this girl (and NYC). Hopefully I’ll get to feel the way I felt back then again soon… Step number one, get my body back to how it used to be 😉

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5. Post-marathon thoughts and plans… Well I am still working on that. I feel a little “purposeless” but i think giving myself a few weeks of running/exercising was much needed! Promise I’ll put all my thoughts here and share soon…

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Athens Marathon 2016…(part 2)!

(Very long post alert)

So where were we?

Oh right! I lost my phone (again…) While I was on the bus I looked EVERYWHERE for it! But no luck… and that was the moment when I had to accept the fact that I’ll be running my first full marathon WITHOUT my music 😛 … Epic fail I say… So for a while I focus looking out the window. The bus route was on the marathon route and I managed to get a full view of all the uphills to come. Yeah, that didn’t really help with my anxiety and nerves…

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Remember Maria, the girl I mentioned @mymamus and I met at the meeting point? Well she was being an angel and she was talking to me, and introduced to me to another woman Vassiliki. Both of them were so nice to me, telling me how it’ll be OK and that it ‘ll be an amazing experience! And it was right then and there that Maria totally saved the day!!

“WHAT? No phone? No music?? Don’t worry girl I got two MP3s on me, and you can totally have my back up one!!!”

Jaw dropped! This awesome lady that didn’t know me offered me her music! Thank you SO MUCH Maria you are a rockstar…. And we have very similar taste in music! – save #1!

After this was settled we started to get ready on the bus – taking off extra clothes, putting on shoes etc – and this is where Vassiliki saw me putting on my long sleeve yellow t-shirt.

“Are you out of your mind???” I heard… “You will melt!! It’ ll be so hot!!! Don’t even think of wearing it! Keep only your tank top! And (thankfully) I listened … – save #2!

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The bag drop and walk to the blocks was a blur… I ‘ve never seen so many people gathered in one place! It was like a party! Everyone was smiling and it didn’t matter who you know and who you don’t, you ‘d get a supportive look or a thumbs up a pat on the back anyway…Both Vassiliki and myself were on block 7, so we decided to stick together. We both hugged Maria (she was at a faster block), wished her good luck and went our way. We were pretty much in one of the first rows of our block. I was looking around totally amazed, thinking to myself –this is it… You made it! You are here!! Vassiliki looked at me, we high fived and held hands for a second and smiled to each other!

And then the gun went off and we were running….

I WAS RUNNING MY FIRST MARATHON! I WAS RUNNING THE AUTHENTIC ROUTE!

I felt so full inside those first minutes! Pride, honour, happiness…!

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We passed by the tomb of Marathon (5-6km) where the 300 brave soldiers were laid to rest and I could barely hold back the tears – and trust me I wasn’t the only one… You could feel that the atmosphere was a little heavier there… the crowd was thick there and they were handing out olive branches. I grabbed one and it was like I felt the history and the essence of the place running along with me.

And I kept running. The first 11-12km passed like a blur and I kept a steady pace. But at around 14km the heat started getting to me… It was HOT! It was around 10:30am and the temperature had already climbed up to 25C…. November in Greece hmmm….I told Vassiliki, I’d walk for a bit, take a gel and some water, so she gave me smile and run off… (Thank you Vassiliki! For pacing me for the first 12km, you were awesome!)

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And this is when the struggle started… From 14km till 29km there is a slow, steady, painful 3% incline. The fact that I had only trained for hills (aka steep hills) along with the heat totally killed me… My quads locked and I was in pain from 17km onwards.

I run, I walked, I cried, I hurt… At about 26km I knew I had to let got of any time goals I ‘ve had in mind. I cried a little… but I knew this wasn’t going to happen… So I focused on putting one foot in front of the other and my head down so I wouldn’t have to face the uphill. At 28km I heard my name – someone I didn’t know was telling me to keep going and have faith… Thank you!

And then after a while we made it to 30km where FINALLY the downhill started! Still in a lot of pain but it felt so refreshing on my tired quads. But I knew that from this point onwards I’d see my people and my pace started to pick up again.

The first person I saw was my friend George at about 32km!! You can not imagine the joy!!! I screamed (poor EMTs thought something happened to me!) and run towards him and gave him a tight sweaty hug!! He told me I am doing great and I run off. Thank you for my awesome gift George 😉 I ❤ it!!

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Next stop… 36km… my family was there! – they were expecting me in a yellow shirt so my mum was so surprised when I run to her and hugged her 😉

I hugged my mum and started crying… I remember telling her that it is so hard and that the heat was killing me! She looked at me and said “You are doing great! We are all here, you can do this!” My dad hugged me as well and said he was very proud of me – I think we were both teary at that point!

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Everyone was there, my grandma, my aunt and uncle! And they were cheering for me! After all the hugs and cheers, I run off feeling like a different person! I knew I could do this, and it didn’t matter how long it ‘d take me.

37km. @mymamus and his mum were there waiting for me. I hugged them both and @mymamus gave me a kiss and said “you got this babygirl, I believe in you! You are almost there! Go get it!!”

By that time, I was telling myself that I only had 4 miles to go… Trying to forget the pain and just run! Everything was a blur – and quite – from that point till 41km, where the crowd had thickened again and everyone was screaming and cheering for us!

My other aunt, her son and grandkid where there cheering for me and took this awesome video 😉 It was the last 250m… I couldn’t believe it! I turn the corner and there it was! The stadium… KALIMARMARO (it means beautiful marble) and it was, it was so beautiful! I felt Goosebumps on my skin and tears on my face… I was finishing my first marathon! The AUTHENTIC route, the path that changed the world and helped in upkeeping the values of democracy!!

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And before I knew it I was crossing the line… my watched said 05:07:23. But I DIDN’T care, I had made it!

– I have to admit I felt a pinch of disappointment for the next few days…having to let go of your time goal isn’t an easy thing.. especially when you ‘ve put it out there! But then I read this post by one of my favourite bloggers, Charlie from the runner beans, and my perspective totally changed! Thank you Charlie and congrats on running NYC!! –

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I stood for a second and took it all in – even writing about it brings tears to my eyes! I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to make my first marathon so special! Thank you Greece!

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All the finishers had to walk for about 10’ out of the stadium and into a small side street to pick up their stuff. After I was done with my stuff and having no clue where I was and no phone I was a little lost… – surprise there LOL! So I asked a nice person if I could use their phone (Thank you nice stranger!) and called my mum. I told them where I was – or more specifically where I thought I was hahahaha! And sat there waiting – evidently munching on a banana 😉 !

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Before I knew it I had family and friends coming to me from every direction!! Every single person I ‘d consider close to me was there! I couldn’t believe how many people came to cheer for me!! I felt so loved and cherished at that moment!! And then photos, hugs, laughs, tears!! What a blur!

My family ❤ !

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All the amazing women in the family!!

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Thank you love, I couldn’t have gone through with it without you!

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One of my favourite people.. my grandma!

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THANK YOU THANK YOU EVERYONE! The people who cheered from me from afar, the people who came to see me, everyone for their wishes and messages! THANK YOU! I couldn’t have done it without you!! So…this was it! An experience I will never forget! It wasn’t just about running a a marathon…it was about ideals, faith, support, love, family and friends! I learnt a lot running this race, about myself and about my people!

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Again… THANK YOU!

PS: Aftermath…

For anyone who wonders THIS –> is how bad the heat was. I got some nasty sunburns everywhere apart from my face – thank you mum for giving me this awesome sunblock!

After marathon dinner with the parents! Yup, both sets! First official meeting for @mymamus’s and @taleoftworuns‘s parents 😉 It was brilliant! And yes, i did NOT take off my medal for the rest of the day!

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And last but not least… I FOUND MY PHONE! About an hour before I left for the airport the person who found it on the street called my brother! Apparently i had dropped it when I was getting on the car on my way to the bus meet up point…

OMG what an eventful few days! Well, now I am back to London and to the lab, being buried under tons of work for the next few days 🙂 But it was totally worth it!

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Athens Marathon 2016…(part 1)!

It took me a few days to find the words for this post… I felt like simple words were not enough so i decided to just start from the beginning (that’s why I decided on part one and two so you guys wont end up reading a novel LOL).

If there is one thing that I’d like to say is that EVERYTHING that could go wrong, it actually went wrong and… I made EVERY single mistake I tried so hard to avoid! But that being said … It was a LIFE CHANGING experience that I will never forget and I wouldn’t change a thing!

So,  the night before our flight our washing machine decided to go crazy and keep my clothes hostages almost all night (sleepless night #1 – mistake #1: NEVER EVER wash your marathon outfit the day before your travel.)

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Our flight to Athens was on Friday the 11th (after  a full day’s work) at 9pm and got there at 4am of Saturday morning – mistake #2 and sleepless night #2! You totally need all the sleep you can get! Also the flight was soooo crowded that it took for ever!

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We finally got to Athens and I managed to get to bed at about 6:30am on Saturday morning…totally slept like a log 😉 And I was up bright and early (at about 10:30am) so we could get to the expo on time to pick up my stuff – talking about last minute hahaha – found out later that I could have sent someone else…! The expo was awesome, even though we didn’t stay for too long since i was very – VERY – tired!

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One thing to note in the photo above –> me on a proper autumn/winter outfit and everyone else in summer clothes. No i am not photoshopped in the picture LOL! It was just insanely hot for November… but of course I was too anxious/excited/stressed/tired to really think about the HUGE difference in temperature (mistake #3…)

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After we picked up my stuff it was time to see the family 🙂 This was one of the awesome perks or running in my home country. Both mums (mine and @mymamus’s mum) did their best to feed me as much pasta as possible 😛 with HOMEMADE pesto sauce (thank you @mymamus’s dad you rock!!) – lunch.

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This is the way to cheer pre-race 😉

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So, after we stuffed our faces (please note the second plate of pasta in front of me for dinner LOL!) at about 8pm we left the family and headed home for me to sleep. Hmmm well… maybe not exactly! Pre race jitters had me up until 10:45pm which after two almost sleepless nights was waaay too late… So I prepped my stuff, checked my playlist on my phone (twice), laid out my clothes and tried to sleep.

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And I guess at some point I managed since I woke up at 5:50 am feeling slightly rested and very, VERY, V-E-R-Y anxious… the one thing I did right was the fact that I brought my own stuff for breakfast. Oats, PB, coconut flakes, well not my own bananas LOL but I am sure they are pretty much the same hahaha!

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I had to try really hard to eat it though 😦 since I really didn’t feel like it… but i knew I had to. Also downed a cup of coffee and then by 6:30am I was all dressed and ready to go! Bus meet up point was at 6:45am and only a few blocks away from home. Double checked I have everything and then out the door we were. @mymamus drove me there and before I knew it I was standing on the side of the street waiting for the bus amongst other runners.

side note: both @mymamus and I grew up in that neighbourhood and it was almost certain that we’d meet someone we knew there and of course we did 🙂 I was very glad to get to know Maria and Vassiliki there, and who would have told me that both of them (in different ways) would save the day later on…

And on the bus I go 😀

Now from here on you ‘ll notice a … hmm… “shortage” of photos… Why is that you ‘ll wonder… Well, that is because on the bus, on my way to the start line I realized that my phone was NOT on me… I knew I didn’t leave it anywhere and I looked EVERYWHERE on the bus… So that was the point I realized that my phone aka my phone, my camera AND my music, was lost…

Stay tuned for the next part 🙂 who saved the day and the actual race!!

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What happens in Belfast … (part 1)!

Hello beautiful people 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

It’s been very crazy today 😀 but you all know how much I love the beginning of a new week  (no, not a joke!)

All my favourite people from Spinal Research visited our lab yesterday and it was really cool to get to spend time with them showing them around and chatting about my project 🙂 – which they fund 😉 – and this is why Monday was totally crazy around here!

So, weekend shenanigans! Shall we talk about it??

This past weekend I was in Belfast – thank you amazing Decathlon people! – in order to run an awesome 10km race, but more on that on the next post, stay tuned 😉 It was an incredible race!!

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Got to spent some awesome time with these ladies 😀 And we had a ton of fun!

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Belfast is a very beautiful town! It really reminded me of Glasgow I have to admit. There is so much street art to look at and many old beautiful buildings…

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City hall

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And filled with the prettiest street murals!

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Thought the evil pumpkin was totally matching the season 😉

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As for the food, well it was mostly (quite yummy)pub food. The highlights:

Vietnamese style pulled pork – a bit too spicy for me but the taste was really good!

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This Pavlova cake!!

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And finally one of the best highlights of day 1 in Belfast! I got to see my friend Stacey who I haven’t seen in about 8 years….. It is so amazing when you meet up with old friends and you realize that it feels like it was just yesterday that you were hanging out and not almost a decade LOL!

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Pre-race thoughts, race plan & let the tapper begin…

No freak out… no crazy dances around the house… just me sitting here and quitely contemplating about my marathon… my very first marathon.

So thoughts…

When i started marathon training 19 weeks ago…- wow 19 weeks! That’s like l33 days! – i thought to myself you got this girl 😉 And that by the end of training i’ ll totally feel like a badass and i ll be in the best shape of my life!! Maybe even lose a bit a weight 😉 yeah well things didnt go exactly like that…

I am at my final week before the marathon and things are very different than what i thought…

At the moment i am 10 lbs heavier, tired to no end – both physically and mentally – and i ve definately been in a better shape before… also i m very – VERY – anxious about the race. I both can not wait to be there, feel the vibe, and run this historic route and also feel like my heart skps a bit every time i think about this race! By now i have mentally run the race about 20 times!

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So, race goals. Lets see:

A) FINISH IT….SMILING!! Enjoy every single minute of it!

B) Try and run the whole way.

C) Try and get a time between 4:00:00 – 4:15:00

So as you can see i have re prioritize a little – @mymamus was right, i waa settinh my self up to fail with my previous goals.

Race plan…

6 gels (along with water) roughly every 7km and a few sips of an isotonic drink in between.

Plan is to start conservatively an not fast and try to gwt tyrough the 11 mile uphill. Hoping for a slower first half and a faster second half. Planning to pick up my pace after around mile 18, where the downhill portion begins.

According to my coach – Greek record holder for the authentic marathon route- to get a good result from this race you need to embrace the route. Dobt fight it, dont fight the hills. Do your best. Be conservative and when the tine comes for the downhill portion make a deal with yourself and give it all.

And THAT is exactly what i am planning to do. Embrace the difficulty and do my best. Open up my heart and my soul and take it all in. I used to thibk that the narathob is a race, (no wait you ll see what i mean) against you and the rest of the runners, the clock and the distance. No its not! Its a race against you! Against your own thoughts. Against yourself.

I was told by someone i really look up to, that this day will change me for the rest of my life. Anvi really hope it will! I want to get to know ME better. See what i am made of.

So here we are everyone… final stretch! I can not thank you all enough for sticking around and giving me all your support all these weeks!

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#FridayTruths & BELFAST bound!!!!

WOW what a week…!

I have plenty of awesome (and random) things to share with you all 🙂

First of all,

our 5km virtual run was over last week. I think it was a big success and both Andreea and I had so much fun organizing it and running it! We decided to run it with all the awesome ladies from Spinal research on Monday (Halloween) at lunch time!

Taking off mid-London 🙂

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Being bored at a traffic light…

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Can you spot the crazy lady doing star jumps across the street 😉 ?!?! Of course on of us!

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We had an amazing time, we run and laughed and raised money for a great cause!

Can you tell I love penguins??? LOL 😉 😀 This is me killing time while waiting for one of my experiments to run…

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Next random fact, my good friend Neela sent me these photos yesterday… These weird circular thingies are called Jalebi. It is honey covered dipped fried batter, and it used to be a favourite of mine when I was in NYC…   Yummy!!

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Ok, and finally…. the big news!

(drum roll sound!!!!!!!!!!)

THIS WEEKEND I AM OFF TO BELFAST!!!!!! Excited a little?!?!? LOL!

Corey, Helen and myself are invited by the awesome people from Decathlon (remember my last event? Where @mymamus wanted to have my head on a platter afterwards?? yeah…this one!) to run their 10km race there this Sunday!! I am so excited to visit Belfast and have some quality girls time!

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I promise a ton of photos when we get back! For now I am all packed 🙂

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And chilling on the coach with @mymamus watching movies 🙂 It was a pretty long week work wise but i am totally over the moon and can’t wait to meet the girls tomorrow at the airport and head to our Belfast adventure!!!

Have an awesome weekend friends 😀 ❤

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Favourite fall salad recipe :)

You say Brussel sprouts I used to say – Blaaahh!!! I hated them for years… After my very first attempt to diet, back in 2007. I ate so many of them, boiled and blunt, that i ‘d never even wanted to hear about them.

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Until a few years ago, when a friend and me went over for dinner to one of my favourite restaurants in NYC by my old lab – The Grange bar and eatery, and he order the warm Brussel sprout salad. Well I obviously cringed, but then when it actually came and I tried it I was a big fan!

Now, fast forward a few years later, and I walked into the grocery store here and literally bump into a bag of brussel sprouts! After a long moment of me staring at them and them staring back at me I placed them in my basket wanted to try – this is the key word here – to recreate from memory that salad I had a few years back…

Did it work? Oh yes it did! @mymamus and I are totally hooked!!

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INGREDIENTS

2lbs fresh (I ‘ve never used frozen) brussels sprouts

0.5 lbs bacon bits

olive oil

salt (I love Himalayan salt) and pepper

Optional toppings:

chopped pecans, parmesan cheese, poached egg

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Heat the olive oil in a pan and brown the bacon bits. Cut the stems and wash the brussels sprouts. Dry them up using a paper towel and cut them into 3 pieces in a direction parallel to their stem. Once the bacon is cooked – not crispy – place the cut brussels sprouts in the pan and occasionally stir. Once the brussels sprouts are a little softer, add salt and pepper to taste. Leave them in medium heat until the brussels sprout are cooked and tender and not crunchy.

Pour contains into a plate and topped either with pecans and parmesan cheese or with a poached egg 🙂

Let me know what do you think! If you are a bacon lover like myself you ‘ll certainly enjoy it!

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