I have excited news! I am going to run marathon number 4 (side note: number four is my lucky number). As some of you know, I have started this blog to share some positivity around but also write about my running journey. And also some of you know that I have ran 3 full marathons and 2 half marathons around the globe. I love it, and it makes me feel free and strong! But I have not done any marathon or running for the last couple years. I was not motivated and somehow I thought that I was not able to ever become a good runner.
A couple weeks ago I started looking into exercising and working out. I don’t like the gym, it is just not my place to be. So I decided to run again. Give it my full attention and dedication. And so I signed up for my 4th marathon, in one of my favorite cities, Paris!
I will be standing at the start line on the 5th of April 2020 and hoping to finish with a great time! The time that I always wanted. I will also do this differently, I am more serious about my health, training schedule and my knowledge about running. To still make us of this blog, I will also write about my journey and what is does to me. Some real tips and tricks that I can give you based on my running experience.
The good thing is that I am a beginner, and I am starting with a beginner’s training schedule. This also means that I do not know everything and therefore I am eager to get more knowledge about running. I already have three books that tell me more about running better, faster more efficient and extra home exercises to keep me going.
And because I am passionate about writing and running, I will share with you what I learn.
I hope to inspire and to get you motivated to start doing something you love.
I have been trying to eat healthy since I came back from my holiday. I went to visit my families and when I am on a holiday I like to let myself go and enjoy all the food. I never calculate calories or such.
Since I came back to Sydney, I made sure that there is always something healthy to eat in the fridge. Yesterday, I was lying down in bed and I could not sleep. Scrolling down Instagram I found some very creative ways of having my yoghurt with my Muesli and fruit. I could not wait for the morning to come so I can create something delicious for myself.
And here it is:
Ingredients: Strawberries, Muesli, Nuts, Vanilla Yoghurt, Orange, Apple, and Berries 🙂
Since I am injured and I cannot exercise, I thought to myself I have to eat healthy because I am not moving a lot at the moment. This breakfast was delicious, fresh, smooth and crunchy.
Try it out and let me know your thoughts!
Follow me on Instagram for more inspiration and motivation.
To be able to enjoy your life and be simply happy doesn’t sound so simple at all. Many people say they will be happy when this happens or when that special person comes into their life or when they get a promotion. The problem with this attitude is that you will probably never be simply happy in your life. There is always something else waiting for us when we accomplish a goal.
Many of us don’t see how lucky we are to be alive, to be healthy, to have a job, to have food on the table and a roof above our heads. These things are taken so much for granted, just because these things are the ‘basics’ of life. When as a matter of fact, THAT is luxury.
It is a luxury to be alive in a free country, where you can speak your mind and do what you want. It is a BIG LUXURY to be healthy, walking and running and talking and moving and playing and working and traveling and reading without feeling any pain or being limited. It is a luxury to have food in your stomach and going to sleep in a warm bed. It is a luxury to have clothes to choose from in the morning, clean water to drink, and be able to go to the movies once in a while.
If you can not see how lucky you are now, you will never be happy. The attitude that you show when you have the “simple” things in life with bring you the “bigger” things you desire. Going on a holiday far away, lying on the beach, sipping on your cocktail will mean nothing and it won’t even add anything to your happiness if you are not well.
Luxury is when you recognize how lucky you are and how blessed you are in your daily life. Anything else that comes after that is just a temporary happy thing. It won’t keep you satisfied for the rest of your life.
How many times do you feel sad when coming back from a very nice holiday, or when a great party just finished, or when you phone broke and you have to get a new one. Temporary happiness is fine and you need some of that in your life, but don’t let it take your focus away from the true happiness that you already have.
In the end the simple things in life are what count the most.
A little more than 3 months ago I started a challenge, the 100 happy days challenge.
AND yesterday was my last day of posting a picture of my 100 happy days (of course not the end of my happiness). The challenge was to post each day a picture, a happy moment as I call it. Even on my worst days I still had to “search” for a happy moment. That is the challenge, you can’t skip a day! I HAD TO POST IT.
The failing percentage for this challenge is a little bit more than 70%, and I wanted to know if I belong to this group or still finish it despite of the challenges that we face in our daily lives.
When I look back I must say that I am VERY PROUD of myself. My subconscious mind has probably changed as well because I reached and did some awesome things in the past 3 months.
- Got a job which I REALLY needed because I had to save up some money for an amazing adventure. They even extended my contract twice, and yesterday was the third time (yeaaa, more money to save!)
- Blessed with my supportive brother and sisters
- Glad that my parents took good care of me when I was ill
- Started exercising on a more regular basis
- Run a PR for the 21.1 KM distance
- Booked my ticket to my dream destination
- Ran a marathon
- Visited a new city, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Got a spiritual healing
- Turned 27 years young and accepted the getting “older” process
- Accepted that people will find their own paths in life and say goodbye to you
- Ate delicious food without feeling guilty
- Started drinking more water
- Started to make motivation videos
- Started my own Facebook page Maanitalk
- Gave away an amazing book to one of my followers
- Started a blessing list (and I continue to add more things every day that I’m grateful for)
- Did volunteer work
- Met Nick Vujicic and took a selfie with him (haha)
- Met new and amazing people
- Had many many many cappuccino’s
- Took some pretty nice selfies
- AND MANY MORE HAPPINESS MOMENTS
To me, this challenge was about one simple fact… THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE HAPPY ABOUT. Very simple.
I encourage everybody to start this great challenge, and see for yourself what it will do to you and your life.
Let the HAPPY days continue, because life is great and God is good 🙂
Link to start the challenge—> click here
My first day without cigarettes, man it is hard! I’m moving all the time and I cannot focus a 100% on one thing, I’m doing many things at the same time. Looking at my phone, blogging, writing my thesis, eating, thinking about running, thinking about when to book my tickets, where I should stay, who is passing me by now, what are people doing. ALL OF THIS at the same time in my head.
BUT until now I managed NOT to smoke, even though I want to run to the store now and by a new package.
So to keep my mind away from the cigarettes, I am now listening to some zen music.
I have read on the internet that eating bananas can help you stop quitting and also vegetables. They also recommend to not drinking coffee because it will give you the desire to smoke a cigarette as well. This is because smokers associated cigarettes with coffee. SO this morning I did not have coffee but a forest fruit tea. I also brought my vegetables with me to school. And one last thing is to drink lots of water so you will get the feeling of being full. Every time I think of a cigarette I take a sip of my water.
Last but not leasttttt is will power, I WANT TO QUIT PERIOD!