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???
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…
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!
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!
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!
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!!!