What I’ve Been Doing Lately and the Best Ever Challenge Accepted

I have been quite absent from the blog, but it felt sooo good! During this transition time I really needed to tune down a while, so I can focus more on family and work. I also didn’t work out as usual, but again, I kind of needed that time off.

Two weeks ago my husband and I took a sailing course and we learned how to maneuver a sailing vessel, how to dock it, how to navigate during night, how to schedule carts and so much more! It was a fun but insane intense course, where we made lots of new friends.

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(In charge of the boom winch – mainsail adjusted)

During the training, we sailed on two different boats – a cruiser, which was so comfortable you almost forgot you were on a boat, and a competition boat. Opposed to the cruiser, the competition boat was so uncomfortable, and required a lot of action – with each changing of the tack of the boat (tacking or jibing) the skipper had to do, the crew had to execute the assigned maneuvers and then quickly pass on the other side of the boat to balance the boat. Was so much fun! Not to mention the speed that boat was sailing! Now we have to pass the official exams in order to obtain the sailing certificate and be able to rent sailing vessels on our own.

After we returned home, the same weekend we hosted a series of barbecue parties with family that came from our hometown to spend the holiday with us. We were lucky the weather sided with us and the high temperatures dropped by almost 10 degrees Celsius right before Friday. It was warm enough for having a perfect barbecue party.

Then, after two weeks of almost no workout done, Kelli and Daniel from Fitness Blender announced a new 5 days workout challenge. That was exactly what I needed to get back on track with my training and get back in shape. (I know it sounds so weird that only a coupe of weeks of no activity can put you out of shape, but it’s true! It’s not that you can’t do the workouts or you’ll be sore the next days… It’s just the way you feel during the workout that tells you you’re a bit behind the form you used to have.) From my past experience with Fitness Blender’s 5 days challenges, they rock as they really work! It may sound impossible, but by the end of the 5th day you can actually see a difference. Should you try it, make some photos of you before and after the challenge and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Of course, altogether with maintaining a healthy diet.

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(Day 1/5 – 394 kcal – HIIT and strength workout)

So I encourage you to join this challenge! It’s not important that you’re starting late, it’s important to do it and finish these 5 amazing workouts! So who’s with me? 🙂

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I know I said I’ll be taking some time off blogging, but I need to share this. 🙂 Today when I woke up I found in my Inbox a new comment on my About page. It was from Charlotte from trextotigressdotcom, and said something about being nominated for an award. That got me wide and awake, because I really didn’t expect that, especially after the On hold announcement.

So I went to her blog to see what’s the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award all about. I found a really fun post announcing her nomination. I was reading all about the award rules, the fun facts about Charlotte, other bloggers that were nominated by her and I felt so good – it was the great way to start the day. And I hadn’t even had my coffee yet!

Therefore, thank you, Charlotte, for nominating me! You have a great blog I really enjoy reading!

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Now, let me tell you how this award is all about (aka the rules and my inline answers):

  • Link the person who nominated you – as stated above Charlotte from trextotigressdotcom
  • Share seven facts about yourself
    1. I used to model when I was in high school. It was a great period, the best to try this kind of thing (I had responsible parents by my side, who made sure I received the proper education so I can choose what’s right for me and say NO to situations that might out of my comfort zone).
    2. Between age 10 – 15, I used to play handball and my team won 3rd prize in an international championship in Italy in 1998.
    3. When thinking back on events from childhood, I can easily remember the year something happened or took place because until I was 9, every 3 years, I had a cast on my broken leg, then the other leg and finally an arm. So the events were pretty much in between accidents and that makes them so easy to track. Weird, I know…
    4. I kinda love-hate the city I live grew up. I miss the surroundings from that little town, my family and the few friends that returned home after graduating, but I just couldn’t live there anymore – business-, cultural-, lifestyle-wise.
    5. I love skiing, but absolutely hate winter (actually the cold, the snow on the streets and icy sidewalks).
    6. I don’t watch TV shows (except Friends, which I’ve seen at least 10 times). Fun or not, I’d rather read a book or play with my dogs.
    7. When traveling, I pack almost everything for that just in case situation, which of course never happens. But at least I am relaxed knowing that I am prepared for it.
  • Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them and provide a link to your post. So here’s my list:
    1. The Fit Foodie Mama
    2. Helly on the Run
    3. TRexToTigressdotcom
    4. Kama Fitness
    5. Mommy’s Me Time
    6. Fat Girl to Ironman
    7. Piece of Cait
    8. Fitness by Alicia
    9. Food Addict and Fitness Fanatic
    10. Running With The Girls
    11. The Gym Bag Diaries
    12. Confessions of a Mother Runner
    13. Healthy is Happy
    14. Mini Me Wannabe
    15. Run Salt Run

These are my favorite blogs, that are always filled with joy, positive vibes and inspiring activities that promote the sporty and healthy life. Please visit them when you have the time!

As for the nominated blogs, please know I don’t expect you to participate, only if you want to and find this fun. 🙂 I love reading your blogs and I think you are a perfect fit for this award.

Now I’m officially out, since it’s already night here. Good night!

See you guys soon with another workout!

Cheers!

Diana

On hold

I kept postponing this post just in case it won’t be necessary, but it seems to be inevitable… For an undetermined period of time, I will no longer blog here. It might be a month or several months. During this period, I will continue to post my workouts, but I won’t be able to explain them, detail the way I felt during and / or after the workout and other aspects I used to share.

In short, I am about to leave project management in favor of quality assurance specialist. It will take lots of training, reading and work to make this switch, but I will return! 🙂

Till then, have fun and live the sporty life! I know I will! I will certainly miss you guys, but I really hope we’ll be seeing again really soon!

Bye!

Weekend Five – 5 Running Tips for Beginners

A while ago I was telling you here and here that I’d like to start running this summer, and by late summer / early fall to be able to easily run a 5K race. So I’m still researching, buying running clothing and accessories. While searching for the best training plan, I also found lots of tips and tricks for beginner runners from experienced runners – this kind of tips & tricks are my favorite, because it’s based on experience.

Running seems so easy, but I am sure it’s not. Takes time, patience, perseverance and dedication, like in all things you care about and want to make the best out of it. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, tenth, or last. What’s really important is being able to say ‘I’ve finished’.

For the weeks to come, I am thinking on starting a 8 week series called Gone Running – I’d love to have bloggers who run as guest posting their experience with running from the day 1 until present and where I will be sharing my own progress on running. 🙂 I would love to hear your story and be a guest of my blog! If this idea appeals to you, please send me an email at hiitmom[at]gmail[dot]com.

Weekend Five Running Tips for Beginners

And now, the list of great tips and tricks I found most interesting and real:

  1. Set a goal and make a plan
    I just can’t work out without a goal – that’s why I started the year with a topnotch resolution and  that’s why I plan to run a 5K in late summer. I really need to see the progress, as this gives me the a great satisfaction.
  2. Try to avoid of the terrible ‘too’s – too fast too soon
    I have to admit I feel ready now to run at least 2.5 km (~1.5 miles) right from the start. And I am sure I’d be able to. It just seems that it’s not really good for your body to increase your mileage too quickly, because it can lead to injury. The max recommended mileage increase per week is 10%, so take the time to adjust each week. This means that I’ll be following my training schedule to determine how much I should be running. If I’ll feel like doing more, I’ll supplement my running with cross-training exercises such as biking back home. 🙂
  3. Get the right running gear
    Cotton is not a good fabric for running clothes, because it dries really slowly. Try instead running outfits made out of synthetic fabrics such as spandex and polyester, which are so much better than cotton at wicking away sweat. And, of course, you want to feel comfortable while training and running for your race, which means getting a running shoe that fit best. On this topic, I found a great post where Zelana Montminy give some tips for buying the perfect pair of running shoes for your feet.
  4. Listen to your body
    This one I already know it, but it’s always a good idea to keep it in mind when starting a new sport or activity. Your body is always trying to tell you where you are. Check how you’re feeling, check your morning pulse rate (if it’s up 10 or more beats above your average, it means that you haven’t recovered from the previous day’s training), check your healing injuries and take time off until everything returns to normal.
  5. Warm up, then stretch
    Warming up is really important, so light jogging or just brisk walking is always a good idea. As for stretching , it seems it’s better to stretch after the run, as stretching cold muscles can cause more harm than good.

How often do you run during a week? How do you cross train?

When was your first 5K and how quickly were you able to run a race?

Hello Summer Vacation!

Hello again Croatia! In the past 5 years I think we’ve been here 4 times already. So when our friends ask us where we’ll be going to spend our (hopefully first) summer vacation, they immediately say Oh, you’re Croatia fans. And I think we really are. And it’s strange, because there aren’t too many sandy beaches, and for a family with kid(s), you might expect to choose a different destination.

Well… Maybe next year – that’s what we always say. This year we’ll be spending our vacation on the Istia peninsula, “the best kept secret in Croatia”. We return to Croatia because every time we plunge into an awesome variations of hill towns and seaside villages, stone beaches and gorgeous rose gardens, not to speak about the absolutely delicious wine and olive oil.

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Istria is all about the small towns, where you can still feel the Hapsburg influence… However, if you head down the coast of Istria, you’ll be discovering Istria’s Roman and Venetian history.

One of the other things I love about Croatia is food – I absolutely love sea food so I’ll be eating a lot of it, especially because on the seaside sea food always tasted better than at home. So clean eating, trying my best to keep on track with my 100 Days of Summer Challenge and do those 3 HIIT workouts that can be done on the beach. 🙂

I can’t wait to get back with a recap of the vacation, maybe will inspire you to try it too!

What’s your summer destination?

What do you prefer: vacation at the beach or in the mountains?

Weekend Five – 5 Reasons to Embrace 30

Happy Friday! I am officially 30 years old young! It’s incredible how excited I am – don’t ask me why. Most of my friends were a little sad about turning 30, but apparently not me. 🙂 So for this Weekend Five I decided to come up with 5 reasons to embrace your 30s and fight the potential downsides of changing the prefix.

Weekend Five – 5 Reasons to Embrace 30

  1. Around 30 you finally accept who you are and feel more in touch with yourself and who you are. You know your limits, you know your capabilities, you know your body, you know what you want in life and you finally have some experience. 🙂 Oh, yes, this comes with time!
  2. Perfection does not exist! But feel free to go for the closest alternative – don’t try to be perfect, try to be the best version of you! You’ve got the mistakes you did in your 20s to learn from, so you won’t have to start from zero.
  3. Family, parents and grandparents, sisters, lifelong friends – you finally get to appreciate them more and cherish the time spent with them.
  4. It’s OK to make mistakes, really! It’s not the end of the world if you are wrong from time to time. Just think about mistakes as new experiences from which you learn, get better and avoid (as much as possible) the same mistakes. Took me 10 years to finally accept that I don’t have to be Miss(is) ‘Twasn’t-Me because it’s OK to make mistakes and not to think everyone will judge me on the spot because of those mistakes.
  5. Embrace your journey and savor all the moments! Beginning a new series of your life – what could be more exciting?! Make plans (new ones), set milestones and make wishes; then act upon them!

How did you feel when you turned 30?

What would have been the perfect birthday present for you?