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Failure To Find A Valentine’s Gift On Time, Fighting Blood Cancer & 45-Minute HIIT & Total Body Toning Tabata Workout

Hi lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day and a fantastic weekend! Today, I decided to give you a sneak pic into my life. *I figured, you need to know that I am a normal human being who likes to have fun and what not. Haha!*

On Valentine’s Day, my husband was a total sweetheart and sent these beautiful roses to my work.

Roses

And what I loved the most is the balloon that was attached to them!

Balloon

HOW CUTE! Right?!?!

Anyhow, I was a horrible wife. And I must admit, I failed at coming up with an idea for a gift. Yup, that’s pretty bad considering that it was out first ‘married’ Valentine’s day and I DID NOT get him a gift… Okay, okay, I made these delicious mini cheesecakes at least… on Wednesday!!! Yup, total failure and there is no way around it! *But keep on reading! As you know, there’s always hope when there is desire! Haha!*

On Saturday, we went to the Light the Night fundraiser, a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event designed to raise funds for a lifesaving blood cancer research.

My family-in-law has two very close friends whose children beat the cancer’s a$$. *If you’re interested, you can always support the cause by sponsoring one *or both* of these teams: Alyssa’s Crew or TOM THE BOMB!*

light the night

It was definitely touching to hear the survivors speak about their battle with cancer. I can’t imagine how these children have so much courage and strength to face a decease that doesn’t give a chance at life to many… It was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time! And the food was delicious!

Osso bucco

Also, there was a silent auction. *Please bare with me here, it’s important!* I NEVER thought they were fun, but then… I SAW AN OPPORTUNITY!

You see, my hubby is a BIG soccer fan and he is Italian, and there was a sports memorabilia frame with a glove of Gianluigi Buffon, a great Italian goalkeeper.

Buffon

That’s where the evening got SUPER STRESSFUL! The room was full of roaming soccer fans, and I…. I DARED to overbid someone else. Of course, I knew that that someone else was going to come back about 5 minutes before the end of the auction, so I had to use a woman’s persuasion. Here is a quick overview of my speech: “Oh hi! Please, tell me you’re not interested in soccer, there is so much of hockey memorabilia!…Can I somehow hide this bidding sheet? Oh, no? Okay… Hey guys, can you please block this table for me?…Are you the guy who bid before me? Oh no! Please, don’t overbid me! PLEAAAAASE! I bid on this for my husband, who is a HUGEEEE fan of Buffon. Please, don’t bid! We’re newlyweds… We just got married last August… And… I… I… I didn’t get him a gift for our FIRST married Valentine’s day.. PLEASE, DO NOT BID, this is my last chance to get it right!” 

And, it worked!!! IT WORKED SOMEHOW! I got my hubby a gift, a day later, but I did! *Please, DO NOT leave shopping for gifts till the very last moment. Especially, during your first year of getting married. It’s a bad BAD idea! Haha!*

And here is a picture of our fast growing beauty.

Bella 3.5 months

For today’s workout, I decided to switch it up and do this 45-minute HIIT & total body toning Tabata workout. Just because… I FEEL IN LOVE with Tabata!

Have you ever participated in a silent auction? What was your experience? Have you ever had to really beg someone to get what you want?

xoxo
Olena

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A Self Help Guide: Should I Workout Today?

Such is our human nature, we are lazy bums! Okay, stop right there! Stop denying it. Because the truth always prevails: Even if you are a super duper fitness enthusiast, you DO have some days that you would like to slack off.

Fine! Presume that I believed you. Even if you have been working out constantly and haven’t skipped one workout over the few years, I can guarantee you that you have a friend *unless you are super antisocial, of course* who bailed on you the very last moment before going to train. Please, say ‘yes’?! Haha!

Anyhow, regardless, which category you do fall under, I’ve got an excellent solution for you! I mean, CHECK THIS OUT!

A Self Help Guide - Should I Workout Today

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Isn’t this guide absolutely FANTABULOUS?!?! No one can literally say no to working according to this guide. Why? Because there are multiple reasons why you should.

Now that I know that you will definitely be working out today *wink, wink*, I’ve got a perfect cardio workout for you!

Killer Cardio

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Isn’t it fun?!

For more ways to get your heart pumping, check out:

What are you ways of combating laziness? Any tips or tricks? Please share! As we all know, sharing is caring. Haha!

xoxo
Olena

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Common Running Injuries, Ways To Avoid Them & What To Do While Recovering From Them

It probably doesn’t come to you as a big surprise that I’ve decided to look more into common running injuries after my epic Saturday fall down the stairs. Even though it wasn’t a running injury, hurting myself made me realize how little I know about how to deal with injuries and how to prevent them. Somehow we always hear about others getting hurt and yet always assume that it won’t happen to us.

Pinata Injury

So far my way of dealing with the injury was trying to change up my workout routine with a 20-minute arm workout, Yoga, and a 60-minute HIIT/Tabata training session; I want to wait on running to avoid injuring myself even further. *We have to honor our bodies first and foremost!*

However, soon I will be starting to train seriously for the Spartan Trifecta; therefore, I want to prevent getting hurt again as much as I can. First of all, I don’t want to be in pain. *DAH!* But also, I don’t want to be depressed! Yes, you heard it right, DEPRESSED, because it’s really hard on you emotionally when you can’t exercise due to an unforeseen injury. Am I alone?!

During my search, I came across this picture on Pinterest. I think, it is a great summary just to familiarize ourselves with basics.

Common Running Injuries

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It is really well done, don’t you think?!

There are few more things, however, that I would like to add to the list:

  • Cross Train: to give your body a break and to prevent overuse injuries.
  • Progress Slowly: technically, we shouldn’t increase our weekly mileage by more than 10% at a time.
  • Strength Train & Stretch Regularly: not only it helps you to avoid injuries, but also improves your overall performance *BINGO!*
  • Rest: give your body time to recover.

What are your thoughts on that? What do you do in order to prevent any sports-related injuries?

xoxo
Olena

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A Super Intense 60-Minute HIIT/Tabata Cardio, Abs & Obliques Workout

Please, don’t laugh, but yesterday was the first time I tried a Tabata workout. I know, it’s kind of shameful given that I’m a fitness enthusiast, but hey, at least I FINALLY know what it is. And let me tell you, I love various HIIT workouts, but Tabata is something else!

Exercise Motivation

A little bit of history. It was founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata. What he found out is that high intensity interval training had more of an impact on the aerobic and anaerobic systems as opposed to moderate high intensity training.

So how does it work?

You can incorporate pretty much any type of exercise into the Tabata training; however, the following rules have to be followed:

  • 4 minutes long
  • 20 seconds of intense training
  • 10 seconds of rest
  • Total of 8 sessions/rounds

Sounds simple, right? But believe me, you’re going to be SOAKING WET after this workout. WORD!

It consists of:

  • 6-minute cardio warm up
  • 48-minute HIIT/Tabata & abs routine
  • 6 minute cool down & stretch session

By the way, you’ll be glad you did the plank workout and the core building routine with me last week!

I think this picture describes the best how I felt right after the workout.

sweat

Let me know what you think, but also tell me know about your favorite Tabata routine.

xoxo
Olena

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