Candies & Crunches is a lifestyle blog which I started in November 2013. It will provide you with a sneak peek into my life: a constant battle of having a sweet tooth and trying to stay fit at the same time! In my opinion, that’s how happiness and fitness meet! Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t believe in dieting; the key is moderation. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself with a piece of chocolate or two from time to time! After all, we are only human!

But hey! Who’s the person behind the blog???


ATV tour in Antigua

My name is Olena. I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. I have a baby face, so you’ll have to keep guessing how old I am! HA!

In that part of the world, if you’re a girl, you’ll end up being either a dancer or a ballerina or playing piano or violin. But you already knew that! Anyhow, I ended up doing rhythmic gymnastics for almost 10 years. Surprise, surprise! At times, it was excruciatingly painful (countless hours of choreography, rehearsing and doing splits off two chairs). But you know what? I miss the discipline that came with it, it was an invaluable life experience!

In 2005, my family and I moved to beautiful Montreal, Canada.

And then it happened… A big course load at the university + being a barista at Starbucks => Olena x 1.5 (size-wise). Okay, it wasn’t thaaaaat bad , but those yummy blueberry muffins right out the oven…mmmmmm… and chai lattes every single morning definitely didn’t help my curves and rather enhanced them. And to be completely frank with you, I REALLY didn’t like that kind of enhancement to my body, DUH!

Fast forward a couple of more years, and I met the love of my life, Justin. Despite his Italian roots and his dad’s amazing cooking (oh, I’m so lucky!!! I wish I could invite you all to one of his dinners!), I started dropping weight naturally (woop woop!) by simply eating properly, moderating the amount of sweets and exercising on a regular basis. At the end of the day, it’s all about respecting our bodies, right?

Justin proposed on June 21, 2012 and we got married on August 31, 2013. It was the most beautiful day of my life, followed by the most wonderful honeymoon in Antigua…

Our wedding at the church

Wedding Montreal

And then we were simply focusing on enjoying our new life together and being healthy… So we got our German Shephed, Bella.


And then maybe (just MAYBE) because I wanted to be in the best shape of my life before, you know… how do I put it… before getting preggers, I decided to train for a Spartan Trifecta. It was the most fun fitness adventure of my life. Within the following year I completed the Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast (part 1, part 2) races!

Super Spartan monkey bars

Fast forward a few months and we were expecting our baby girl!


Our little princess Sofia was born in July 2015. She is our biggest blessing and joy!

IMG_5181 edit

I have so much planned for this year ahead, including my first half marathon and I’m super excited to share all those things with you soon!

Sunset in Antigua

I believe that we have only one life and we have to live it to the fullest, cherish those who are the closest to us, and make this world beautiful by smiling more!

It’s a great pleasure meeting you! Please, don’t be shy and say hi from time to time! I won’t bite, I PROMISE!!!


39 responses to “Welcome

  1. cailinceol

    You’re so beautiful! Lovely to meet you and thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

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  3. Your name absolutely fits! You are gorgeous and from your Welcome page it’s clear that your are beautiful on the inside as well! I look forward to reading more of your blog. Best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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  5. Love your blog and your attitude! I definitely agree with living your life with balance. Also, you are super gorgeous 🙂

  6. Hi,

    Started running in 2011 and felt fit, loved it. But then I got injured and somehow the injuries are chasing me. As you understand, I could use some inspiration. Not giving up though. Actually this is a new year and a new shot at becoming fit again.
    Will keep an eye on your blog, have the feeling that this one could inspire me.

    Keep going!

    • Hi darling!

      Oh, I can totally understand, injuries are no fun. At some point I had a really bad case of runner’s knee and it sat me back quite a bit. But then we have to realize that it’s all in our hands and work through the fears as most of the time the pain is psychological (or perseived) and not physical (especially after a while).

      I hadn’t run for 4 weeks prior to yesterday because of various circumstances and it took me some courage to pump myself for a 10 km run. And you know what? Once I stepped on the treadmill, I was happy to be there. It was a very liberating feeling! Don’t push yourself too hard, sometimes baby steps are better than nothing.

      I’m super happy that you passed by my blog and hope you will keep me up to date with your progress!

      All the best!


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  8. Alissa Kirkwood

    I’m so glad I stopped by 😀 Those pictures are gorgeous, especially the wedding ones! You’ve got yourself a new follower

  9. Your wedding pictures are beautiful! I am glad we have connected through our blogs, and can encourage each other along this journey of life 🙂

  10. Your wedding dress is BEAUTIFUL!! So jealous you live in Montreal! I’ve been twice and it’s always amazing 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. Hi girl, gotta say love the dress and I’m a big fan of sweets too…but seriously we always have to watch what our fitness/diet!

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  13. Look forward to reading your blog from now on

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  15. I nominated you for a Liebster Award, so check out my blog post to find out more! http://jillsliwkanich.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/liebster-award-2/

  16. Hi, Olena! Your intro is so sweet 🙂 I am excited to read more of your blog!


  17. Olena-
    I love your blog- Candies and Crunches is so creative and so true! I look forward to seeing more of your posts and following your blog : )
    PS- your wedding pictures are GORGEOUS

  18. What a beautiful journey you have had to get you to this point in your life so far – I look forward to following your future adventures! Thank you for sharing this with us! 😀

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