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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


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





A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FITNESS COACH

Fitness Coach

As I said being a fitness coach is not only about counting reps. It's about being role model. We personal trainers are devoted to educating people on healthy lifestyle choices, which means my work does not end with my last training or last person I train with in the studio. Follow my typical day and learn to live "happy and strong"! Here's what a day in my " sneakers" looks like.

Morning- The most important part of the day. That's why you should kick off your morning with breakfast that is simple, healthy while giving you energy and nutrients you need. Honestly, cereals would not be my first pick, but this morning I did not feel like getting up 15 minutes earlier to prepare my favorite omelette. Cereals, omelette, toast with almond butter, anything you choose is better than leaving home with no breakfast at all. Today, I added a teaspoon of cinnamon and cranberries. BTW, did you know that cinnamon circulates the energy to the rest of the body and is thought to have a warming effect? Just perfect for a cold morning like this. And, don' t let me forget.... I always start my day with glass of cold water, so I actually wake up, lol!

Ready to work and ready to help people achieve their goals. Yes, I seem to be a little sleepy, but I actually enjoy working early in the morning. After all, who does't like to start the day with workout and that awesome feeling of accomplishment? I love my job and you cannot imagine how happy I am to see results and to see people who are healthy, happy, strong and satisfied with their improvement. And motivated to keep going. 

A little break for coffee and healthy snack (because you know what happens when I become hungry).

Although I have finished my work day, it does not mean that I stopped being a fitness coach for today. It's time for my workout (to keep myself fit and prepare for Triathlon season 2015) and pre-workout energy booster.  Banana, nuts, and Nutella (don't judge me, I would never quit Nutella anyways).

Yay! Let's see what I have prepared for myself today.

Run 2 miles

Full Body Tabata Intervals

Pull Ups (video coming up soon)

Run 2 miles

Foam roller

Time to refuel again! I just combined raspberries, banana and raw protein powder and blended on high until thoroughly blended and smooth.

I prepared my lunch very fast today. You cannot go wrong with red and green spinach, gorgonzola cheese, cranberries and pecan pieces. It's delicious and full of vitamins.

Time to work out my brain. I am recently working on my Sports Psychology diploma, so keep your fingers crossed for me. 

There is no better way to calm down than yoga. I believe that practice helps me to keep both, my mind and body focused. Plus, for me (impatient stretcher) it is crucial to relax and stretch my muscles, so I am able to push harder the next day. 

Have a good night & wake up happier and stronger tomorrow.