Sunday, May 19, 2013

Slovak Wedding from Choir Perspective

Wedding season is on and our choir got a first gig this year this Saturday. I love to spy on the wedding from our "bird" perspective from the balcony and this time I grabbed my camera. Of course I snapped a few picture of us, the choir.

There were the usual Wedding marches, Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You and Clare Benediction and Frisina. The bride was beautiful and radiant and obviously everybody was having a good time. We got "výslužka" (gift of food - I can' stress how amazing this Slovak wedding tradition is - you get a box of desserts and cakes and some alcohol!!!). We got three Sacher tarts and three bottles of rosé wine from very grateful father of the bride. And, of course, we stuffed our faces ASAP. It was delicious! When is the next wedding, please?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Shake it like you mean it!

I have a new toy. Looks like this. And yes, unfortunately, I am already at that stage of my life when my toys are kitchen appliances. Sad sigh.

I have loads of recipes for shakes, smoothies and frappes. They range from superhealthy:

after workout:

to the most decadent drinks like: (shout-out to amazing Irey from Eat drink paleo and her recipes!)
Raspberry Mojito Frappe:

1 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, 6-7 mint leaves, 1 tsp coconut or maple syrup, 1/2 cup orange juice.

Apple Cinnamon Pie:

1 cup Granny Smith apples, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla essence, 1/4 cup cashews, 1 cup coconut milk

My First Shake:

1 banana, 200 ml coconut milk, 200 ml milk 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 espresso coffee, 1 tsp salted caramel

Any other ideas for amazing drinks to make in blender out there?

Monday, May 13, 2013

5 Thing I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago - Running

You know that Eureka feeling you get when you figure out finally something for yourself and you are incredibly happy with the feeling "NOW, I KNOW!" I absolutely love those. But unfortunately afterwards I think to myself - I wish somebody have told me about this before.
This is my first edition of Things I  Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago. This time about running.

1. The fastest and best way to lose weight? Running.
This is the most important advice I wish I've gotten years ago! Running is definitely the best fat-melting exercise and gives you gorgeous legs and butt, melts away that stinking love handles and floppy arms.

2. Run 10k. Run more.
I used to run three, four or maximum of five kilometers. And I thought I was doing the most I could. But then my man did his first 10k. And few months after that, when I was already running frequently, I decided to try it. Just to try it, mind you. If I felt exhausted or injured or couldn't go on, I would just stop. But I ran and ran and ran. It was amazing - I found out I could do it! 10km sounds incredibly daunting. But it is not. If you are a frequent runner, you should definitely try to run longer distances.

3. First km is the hardest.
When I leave the house, I already know how much I want to run. But no matter if I run intervals or distance, I found out that the hardest and laziest is my first km. I also found out that I can't give up and that it will eventually get easier.

4. Run intervals
Running long distances is OK, but there is nothing better for weight loss, flat belly and speed than intervals. Sprint as long and as fast as you can, then just walk it out. Repeat. My little trick when I feel unable to sprint anymore? - I start to pump my arms. Your arms move in opposition to your legs to keep you in balance. When you start to pump your arms, your legs will start to move faster.

5. Your biggest enemy is your brain
Your legs will move, you will make another step and another. It's your brain that will try to convince you you can't do it anymore. (Of course in the case when you are not injured!) There were times when I felt like I can't do it anymore, that I just wanted to stop, that I just wanted to go home. At the times like these I always force myself to think about something else. And then I realize that I have already run another km. My brain got distracted and my legs continued to move.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

30 Day Squat Challenge

What is life without a little bit of excitement to it? After successfully finishing my March Running Challenge, I decided to try a new challenge in May: