fitness

Why I quit my job

I actually don't know why. I wish the reason was so simple to explain. It was purely "following my heart" decision. As any decision with heart involved, this was not easy. My schedule was perfect (Well, I am morning person. I really don't mind getting up at 4am), my clients are my friends and I cannot be more grateful for each and every person that coaching brought into my life. That hurts the most. Leaving people who believe that I can make their goal come true. But I believe that coaching is about inspiring and influencing people's lives. I hope I was good enough coach to make that change. I take goals and dreams seriously. If I am your coach, I consider your goals to be mine. I feel accomplished and happy only when I know that I put all my energy, knowledge and passion into what I am doing. Now, it' s time for me to slow down. Just a little bit. Taking one goal at the time. 

I just realized that I am typing this post in very same Starbucks, where I was getting ready for my interview 3 years ago. Funny, isn't it?

Challenge is what keeps us all moving forward. Apparently, I like challenges. When I decided to move to United States after graduating from college nobody could understand why. All my friends and family were trying to talk me out of it. It made no sense to them that I want to start my life from 0 in foreign country. That is true. But I knew that this is what I want. If I didn't try it, I would always wonder how great it could be. Fast forward four years, it is great. Now, I know it. Was I scared that time? Oh, I was. Did I doubt my ability to make this happen? Certainly. As they say: "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try". I am little scared now. But I have few new projects coming up this year, and I know that stepping out of my comfort zone is step #1. It is like bungee jump. Once you are standing on the platform ready to jump, you should just do it. Chances are, you may not jump at all. Which is fine, you will just never feel beauty of the free fall. And rebound afterwards :-)

 

 

 

 

Späť na jóge alebo benefity cvičenia jogy po pôrode

Včera som zašla na prvú hodinu jógy od narodenia mojej malej tekvičky. Cvičenie ma sprevádzalo celým tehotenstvom, citíla som sa občas síce trošku neoordinovane ale energie a sily som mala za troch. A preto som si myslela, že po pôrode to bude len lepšie a lepšie. Veď budem predsa zase ja sama a vo svojej koži. Snáď je jednoduchšie cvičiť o 10 kíl lahšia, bez opuchnutých členkov a nemotorných končatín. Po súhlase lekára som sa rozhodla pokračovať hneď ako sa len dalo. Ale... Pôrod ako aj tehotenstvo je zásadnou zmenou v našom tele, a tieto zmeny neobchádzajú nikoho. Ani mňa. Až teraz vidím, že získať spať moju vytrvalosť, silu a flexibilitu bude naozaj výzva. A tak som ju prijala. Cvičenie jógy po tehotenstve určite nie je ľahké ale tu je niekoľko dôvodov prečo by ste mali začať, a to najlepšie ešte dnes. 

Prírodný antidepresant

V dnešnej dobe je veľmi jednoduché zájsť k doktorovi, ktorý vám predpíše antidepresant v tabletkách, Tabletky, ktoré u ľudí vyvolávajú serióznu závislosť. A tá závislosť sa stane väčším problémom ako depresia. Jóga ukľudňuje telo aj myseľ a zastavuje tak nekonečný prúd myšlienok, ktoré na nás v tomto období pôsobia vyčerpávajúco. 

Urýchľuje zotavenie po pôrode

Cvičením, ktoré sa zameriava nielen na brušné svaly, ale aj svaly panvového dna, chrbát a boky získate silu a vytrvalosť. To je skoro ako 5 v jednom :-)

Podporuje správne dýchanie

Jógové dýchanie doslova "zašije" späť brušné svaly a taktiež podporuje stimuláciu endorfínov, čím prispieva k lepšej nálade. 

Oddýchneme si

Teraz ako nové mamy potrebujeme vedieť "vypnúť " viac než kedykoľvek predtým. Meditácia ukľudňuje a umožňuje nám tak byť tou najlepšou mamou - oddýchnutou a vyrovnanou. Je dôležité si uvedomiť, že na to aby sme sa plnohodnotne mohli starať o svojich milovaných, musíme sa najskôr postarať o seba. Znie to možno sebecky, ale je to naozaj pravda. Sama som sa presvedčila o tom, že keď som oddýchnutá, spokojná (a najedená) viem si vychutnať každú sekundu dňa a materské povinnosti pre mňa nie sú povinnosti, ale zábava.

Zlepšuje rovnováhu

Psychickú aj fyzickú. Rovnováha počas tehotenstva býva narušená zmenou ťažiska, ale naše telo má úžasnú schopnosť to dať zase všetko rýchlo do poriadku  ak tomu dopomôžeme cvičením a pohybom. A hormóny, tie sa tiež časom ukľudnia (teda aspoň dúfam). :-)

Vráti vám sebavedomie

Yoga podporuje zdravé sebavedomie a ukáže nám čo všetko naše telo dokáže. A navyše je to skvelý pocit sa znovu po dlhých týždňoch zase hýbať. Najmä pre tie mamičky- atlétky, ktoré boli zvyknuté športovať je jóga perfektným odrazovým mostíkom, pretože nám umožní začať pomaličky, postupne. Krok za krokom- presne tak ako to teraz potrebujeme. 

Stay happy & strong,

 

Dominika


Overnight apple cinnamon oatmeal

overnight oatmeal

Wouldn't it be nice to have breakfast ready as you wake up in the morning? I love waking up to aromatic scents from slow cooker. Walking into the kitchen makes me happy because our entire apartment is usually perfumed with sweet scent of apples and cinnamon, just like apple pie. As I mentioned already so many times, breakfast is a must! So, when it comes to fast and balanced breakfast options, it's hard to beat overnight oats. 

1 1/2 cups milk (I used whole milk)

1 1/2 cups water

coconut oil spray (or any cooking spray)

2 unpeeled apples and cut into small cubes

1 cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 tablespoon butter

1 cinnamon stick (remove from slow cooker when oatmeal is ready)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts- almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts

Before you go to bed: Bring milk and water to a boil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat slow cooker with coconut oil spray (cooking spray). Place hot milk with water, apples, oats, butter, honey, salt and cinnamon in slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until oats are tender.

After you wake up: Spoon oatmeal into bowls, top with honey and nuts while and enjoy your nutritious breakfast!

Workout myths = excuses?

Hey all Happy & Strong people!

Remember that exercise is an important part of your life. Don’t let the excuses to keep you from getting the workout you need. Let me debunk the myths to help you maintain a healthy weight and stay in shape. 

TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT

There is still too much emphasis placed on what the scale says.Your weight has very little to do with your fitness level. Muscle weights more than fat, so it’s common to see an increase in weight when performing lifting regimens after a few weeks.  What is important to measure is seeing how your clothes fit and how you feel overall. I' m 5'6 and my pre-pregnancy weight was 130 pounds. Confusing..I know, but this is what 130 pounds looks like with 15% body fat.

 

TRUTH ABOUT EATING WHATEVER YOU WANT AS LONG AS YOU WORKOUT

Your body needs extra fuel to workout. Good fuel!  Losing pounds and burning fat happen when you have calorie deficit. However, caloric deficit works the opposite way, that’s why your food intake should consist of a balance of healthy fats, protein, vegetable and fruit. My snack is always a little bit of everything: healthy fat, protein, fresh fruits and veggies. It's the best way to fend off food cravings. If you plan your meals and pack your lunch or snack, it will keep things under your control. It means that you will eat exactly what your body needs to refuel, instead of eating anything just because you're dying of hunger. In addition, such approach also slows down your metabolism. Great news is that working out on regular basis helps balance an occasional high-calorie splurge. 

TRUTH ABOUT SKIPPING BREAKFAST

Because you haven’t eaten for 7-8 hours during night (we really hope you get enough sleep) your body metabolism is at its lowest. To kick off your metabolism you need to eat breakfast that is simple and healthy while giving you energy and nutrients you need. Cereals, omelette, toast with almond butter, anything you choose is better than leaving home with no breakfast at all. 

TRUTH ABOUT bulking up

Heavy weights build the strength of your muscles so they increase your metabolism and burn fat. To really bulk up, you have to spend hours and hours in the gym lifting extremely heavy weights along with eating a very strict diet that promotes muscle gain. Loosing fat makes you look leaner - not bigger. Not to mention that muscle tissue is more dense than fat. 

TRUTH ABOUT being hungry

Don’t be fooled by habitual or emotional hunger. Your body is smart enough to let you know, when it’s actually time to refuel. Emotional eating is triggered by stress, boredom, sadness or happiness and habitual hunger is simply a habit when your body is used to eating meals or snacks at set time. If you are experiencing low cognitive functioning, so you cannot focus well, then you know it’s real biological hunger.

Stay happy & healthy & strong,
Dominika

 

Hi all Happy and Strong people!

I am logging in to my blog after few months. I am sorry that I didn't post anything to keep you happy and strong, but I am sure you are all doing just fine. Working on my diploma and multiple projects was more time consuming than I thought. Of course, the most important became - "project baby". Yes, I am expecting a baby girl and I am very excited and happy to share this wonderful news with you. 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually, today is my birthday and this is what I got. The cutest, the best & the happiest present ever <3

Here is my "Birthday workout" for you. Because, what is the best way to celebrate :-) Start with 2 miles walk and perform 3 sets. 

25 plie squats

25 seconds side plank

25 knee push ups

25 lunges

Stay Happy & Strong **

 

AVOCADO-BANANA PUDDING

banana avocado pudding

Avocado and banana pudding is the best and super healthy raw treat. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, delicious and borrowed from my friend Karinka. All you need is banana, avocado, cacao powder and 15 minutes. Btw, did you know that banana itself is considered a berry? Interesting, isn't it?

2 avocados

2 bananas

1/3 cup cacao powder

Combine avocados, bananas and cacao in blender and blend on high until thoroughly blended and smooth. Feel free to sprinkle it with nuts or garnish with fresh fruit.  

avocado banana


JUST KEEP SWIMMING

Swimming

I am very excited to start my triathlon season 2015! How did the first training in the pool feel? Tough! Uncoordinated & clumsy! The most important is to get that "feel of the water" and I can proudly say that by the end of my training I was able to manage that. Yaaay! If you're a triathlon newbie and you find this workout interesting, please feel free to use it. 

100 yards warm up

Swimsuit

6 x 50 yards focused on technique - length, direction, high elbow (you can read more here: http://www.joefrielsblog.com/)

3 x 10 seconds vertical kicks

2 x 50 yards focused on head position and breathing

2 x 50 yards freestyle with fins - speed (my favorite)

3 x 200 yards freestyle easy

4 x 50 yards freestyle with paddles and buoy (focus on high elbow and propulsion)

50 yards freestyle cool down

Swimming is a great full-body workout that improves your posture, cardio and core strength. That' s why I prepared for you a swim cardio workout. Have fun!

Swim Cardio


COOKIES LOVE YOU TOO

What is better than cookies? Chocolate cookies, yaaay! I decided to share with you my new recipe how to prepare quick & healthy pre-workout snack. And what I love about these cookies the most? The fact that I don't have to bake them at all.

You will need:

1 cup almond milk

3/4 cup honey

1 cup almond butter

6 Tbs cacao Powder

5 cups oats ( I use rolled, gluten free)

1/3 cup slivered almonds

20 g protein powder ( chocolate, vanilla)

Heat honey, almond milk and chocolate powder in saucepan, stir occasionally until it comes to a boil.  Add almond butter, oats, almonds and protein and mix until well incorporated. Form mixture into cookies and voila...enjoy your no bake cookies!

Chocolate protein cookies





SUNDAY FUNDAY

Who's ready for Sunday fun? Today, I am bringing you four quick moves to tone up your body. First, I got good warm up with jumps and rope slams and then wrapped it up with yoga. I designed my workout to get you all happy & stronger in 2015, while increasing your metabolism and improving balance. Complete 3-4 times and keep your heart rate up with minimal rest between moves. 

If you love this workout, check out my first "Workout to be Happy & Strong"!

Stay tuned & toned!

And yes! Crane pose. Checked!

crane pose
Sunday Workout


Stay happy & strong in 2015

Happy new year

Hi all happy& strong people. Hope,you had a wonderful Christmas full of joy, love and peace. Have you already set up your goal for 2015? As I said before "goal setting is essential for any human action, especially when you're expecting a steady progress. We could talk hours and hours about how important it is to have a goal.  It does not necessarily need to be sport or fitness-oriented goal like to run a half-marathon. It can be anything that keeps you moving forward, develops you as a person or professionally. Sometimes, it is just a part of your life that makes you feel fulfilled".

To help you a little bit, the key is to know how to set up your SMART goal! Please, feel free to print my SMART SHEET:

SMART GOALS SHEET

My goals are to:

be able to do 20 pull-ups with no break by the end of February. Wish me luck! As you see, I set up a specific goal with time bound and it also includes number and conditions. 


be able to do "standing split" by the end of February. My "split goal" reflects my larger goal = improving my flexibility. I definitely need to stretch more and I already took my first steps to achieve it this morning in yoga class. Namaste

complete Nation's Triathlon and be in top 5 in my age group. Very specific, very realistic and super challenging as well. Doable, if I keep hard work. The race is taking place on September 13t, which is 8 months from now.

Stay Happy& Strong in 2015 and don't forget:

"Tomorrow will be the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one".


Happy New Year


SAINT NICHOLAS DAY

Happy St. Nicholas Day everyone!

I know, St. Nick is not very popular in the US, but in Europe it' s kind of a big deal and it is one of my favorite days of the year. That' s why 6th of December usually reminds me that Christmas is coming. Traditional celebrations of St. Nicholas Day include gifts left in children's shoes. Of course, kids have to clean their shoes beforehand. I really wonder if parents like this tradition just to have us clean our boots. But why shoes? Back in the day (4th century), Saint Nicholas who was a Christian Saint and bishop built himself a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people's shoes. Nowadays, all good kids receive treats - candies, cookies, chocolate (mostly chocolate, in my case), fruits and nuts.

So, happy gift-giving and here is my present for you (I kept chocolate for myself).

Stay Happy & Strong

WORKOUT TO BE HAPPY AND STRONG

Hi all Happy & Strong people!

Today, I am bringing you a brand new workout routine that can be done done anywhere, anytime and with no equipment.  My "Tuesday Workout" is designed to sculpt your legs, arms, core while keeping your heart rate up.

This is how I keep myself in shape, so let's do it! Complete the routine 2-3 times.

You're going to love how amazing and happy you feel afterwards.

2 WEEKS GOOD MORNING ABS CHALLENGE

Wake up your abs with this 2 weeks core challenge!

As you already know, strong core is the key, no matter what you do. If you were wondering how to improve your balance or to do complicated yoga poses, it is time to strengthen your core. It is important to understand that the contraction of the transversus abdominis and multifidus muscles occures before any movement of the limbs, which simply means that all movement starts at the core. 

Remember, flat stomach doesn't mean strong core.

I recommend starting your day with simple core exercises as you wake up in the morning. It is the best way to speed up your metabolism and plus you will definitely feel awake. 

Here is your week #1 plan. I'll be back with week #2 plan on Tuesday.

Have a nice weekend everyone. Stay happy & strong!

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