New year. New goal.

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 New year. New goal!

This April I will be running the Berlin half marathon! Here I said it and now it’s official. Jeez now there is no backing up.

Living in India I wasn’t a much of runner. I did some treadmill running every now and then. It was moving to Holland that got into running. About 4 years ago running 5k was a mental and physical challenge. And I must say I have come far from that. Now a sunday runs are 10 to 12k and I run at least 3 to 4 times a week. However, sometimes it’s difficult to keep with the schedule due to work.

I have never done anything like this… so I am excited and nervous at the same time. I have done some reading on this matter. Things like Fartleck, Tempo run, hills and interval runs are all new to me. I will share this journey with you. However if you guys would like to know anything specific then ask and I will share.

A big part of training for marathon is also what you wear. Some people tend to ignore this essential. But wearing the right gear can boost your performance and also keep you injury free. Recently I have tried and tested this new brand called doSport Live.  The product looks amazing and delivers in all other aspects. For shoes you need something that can take on the long runs and as well outdoor conditions. I have been running on Nike Vemero for almost half a year and I absolutely love them. I will not getting into more details because I have tried a lot of different running shoes and everyones needs are different, so I will come back with a new post just for shoes and gear.

Wish me luck!

Sita ❤

Trust the magic of new beginnings!

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Good morning lovers!

I know I have been missing here for few weeks now, but I promise I will do my best to keep up with the post. It is going to be hectic as I am on the last stage of finishing my dutch language course. I certainly feel like I am back in school. This month is bombarding me with all the exams and testing. However, I am excited and determined to finish this with flying colours.

Well for me I am starting my year with strong motivation and a grateful heart. 2016 was defiantly the year of learning new lessons and a transition year for few of us. I am truly grateful for all the lessons and new beginnings. Change is the scary thing and it comes in all forms. Heart break, new job, moving abroad or sometime even your existing relationship needs some change to reform itself to exist. Most of the time we all love changes that are good and exciting and leave out the ones that scares us. Learn to accept all kind of change with open heart. This one is going to sound like a cliche but it’s so true “Change is inevitable”.

On this note: I want to focus my energy not on fighting the old but building the new!

Sita ❤

We train like an Athlete!

 

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Iara:Sports bra Nike, pants Zara; Sita: Sports bra Nike, Shoes Cortez, Trousers Zara

I have always been a big fan of sports and active lifestyle. Today I want to narrate a story I created through these pictures. We are 2 very different people but share one thing in common… active lifestyle!

Athletes are not necessarily always the ones with athletic carrier. I believe it’s everyone who lives a committed and active lifestyle. I am not a professional athlete and I don’t have a carrier in sports. However, I still train 6 times a week and love my morning runs. I have never trained with wrong intentions of body goals or punishing myself for what I ate. I train because I love myself and have got addicted to see what my body is capable of. And If I happen to get the best abs during this process than why the hell not.

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“Dancers are athletes of gods”

Meet Iara, a professional dancer and teacher. Who lives and breathes dance. She has the insane gymnastics that makes every move look so easy. Dance is a sport which takes strength and effort. For her dance is a way of living!

So don’t be fooled by all the glitter and fancy outfit it is still one of the hardest sport that only they can make it look easy.

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Dress Zara

No barbie crotch for me #iamnotplastic

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Well for many women and especially women in sport barbie crotch is not their ultimate goal. And why should it be? They have lot more to worry about than a camel toe which I believe is a normal phenomena than something to be ashamed of. Women body shaming has now gone to such an extend that her talent andathleticism is over looked and what’s left to discuss is her looks. As we all know, camel toes happen and that is something we don’t plan to do.

As most of you may know that I like taking care of myself and enjoy spending time in the gym. Here I see so many man running around in their fitted shorts and flashing their junk. This on one hand is considered totally normal and nobody gives him that eye. And here I am walking down the street after gym, and been taunted by strangers “camel toe” not once but twice.  In fact, I quickly realised that most women who passed by also had this face “what the hell?” Well, I didn’t plan to flash you with my camel toe. I am not ashamed and will certainly will not give up on my workout tights. I don’t have to be insecure about my body just because you have a problem. I am human and I refuse to give you barbie crotch.

Sita ❤

How to transition your summer wardrobe into fall?

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Pink Skirt Topshop, Shoes Nike, Earrings Topshop

Morning lovers!

Hope everyone had a good week. Well, here in Holland the summer has just started. We had such an incredible week. Summer brings lots of colours and good vibes all around us and not to forget even in our wardrobe. Soon the days will get shorter and colder and sooner we will not want to wear our colourful flowery clothes. Unless, you are Iris Apfel. Btw it’s a good thing to be her.

So here is the trick to transition dressing. Especially, If you have such crazy in between weather like Holland. Remember this “It’s never too early to buy sweaters”. In between weather will bring unexpected showers and chill in the air. So be prepared. One minute it will look all sunny and next thing you know it starts pouring outside. So keep things colourful and summery with touch of comfort. I am so in love with my pink skirt. It’s a perfect length for all weather and a very versatile piece to style. Adding a chunky or fluffy sweater will give you quick autumn fix.

So this autumn don’t be afraid to bring out your summer clothes and style them like it’s cold outside 😉

Happy week everyone!

Sita ❤

LOVE YOUR SLEF FIRST AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO IT’S PLACE

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It’s a new week with new possibilities. This week I am sharing my love for yoga and few thoughts about self love. These pictures were taken last year, and I have come far from then to now. Keep your eyes on the blog, I will be soon posting some progress pictures and the journey from then to now.

So here we go, let’s talk about Self Love.

My whole teaching is this ” accept yourself, love yourself and celebrate yourself “

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It sounds so simple ” accept yourself, love yourself and celebrate yourself” however it just until recently I came to realise that I did everything in the same oder but just for others.  Some time we act or do things without self awareness. I don’t understand why is it so hard for us to be gentle and kind to ourself? Until you don’t realise it you wouldn’t act on it. So here is something to get you started.

I believe practice makes anything possible. So let’s practice self love until turns into our habit or rituals we can’t live without.

  1. Write notes to yourself, AKA what I like to call it is “Love letters for myself”. Write how amazing you are, how great your health is, how happy you are with your life, write everything good what you need to hear on a bad day.
  2. Talk to yourself like you will talk to someone you love. This might sound very simple but it’s one of the hardest thing to do.
  3. Eat like you love yourself.
  4. Move, walk, exercise, yoga. Pick a activity that you enjoy.

Happy week 🙂

Sita ❤

 

 

I tried this thing called juicing cleanse

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Last week I tried juicing cleanse, so here is my experience and everything you need to know about juicing. Honestly, this is one of the hardest thing I have done in my life. This cleanse was on my list for a while now and I finally  had the courage to face this. Some of you may think why Am I so melodramatic. Well, because the hardest part about the detox was psychological and I am so proud that I didn’t cave in.

So here is my experience and fact about juicing. I hope this encourages you to start a healthy lifestyle.

Why did I want to detox?

The first question everyone asked was “Why did you go on this cleanse when you are already skinny? So, first of all I did not start this detox to loose any weight. As most of you know I train hard and workout regularly to stay fit. Last year I was diagnosed for hay fever. So I was sick most of all spring until end of summer. People with this condition will understand how difficult it is to wake up in the morning with itchy eyes and sneezing all day. With this detox I was hoping to boost my immune system for spring. A detox like this is not a cure to hay fever, however I have prescribed medication for this condition.

Fun facts:Research and study says that plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.

Did I loose any weight?

As I said before, I did not go on this cleanse to loose weight. The fact is I did not weigh myself before and after so I wouldn’t know.

What was my diet consist of?

For the last 3 days I only had liquids. No solid food at all. My morning started with 2 glasses of water. Cup of detox tea after half an hour. First juice before leaving to work, I called it mean green because It was less tasty then the rest. It had green apple, spinach, celery, ginger, cucumber and coconut water.

I would make my second juice and carry it with me to work. This was the delicious smoothie which had lots of good stuff for e.g.: banana and almond milk. I will have 2 small cups every 2 hour. By afternoon I was craving for coffee. My body was use to getting caffeine dose around this time so I felt a bit sleepy and had a cup of tea instead. By day 3 I was well adjusted to tea and did not seem to miss caffeine any more.

Then came night, the hardest. My mornings and day went super easy it was the night that I thought of giving in until the last day. My previous routine was work, home, snack, gym and end with light dinner. Well, I stayed in at  nights and and try to keep myself busy. I could not concentrate well at night so instead of fighting I treated myself to house of card marathon.

Did I work out?

I had done some research and reading before going on this cleanse, and it clearly said not to indulge in intense workout and training. I found this extremely difficult to skip gym 3 days in a row. I am a gym junkie and love training. By day 2 I practiced yoga and meditation in the mornings this really helped me calm my nerves and accept the changes.

Was I starving and did I feel hungry?

No. I did not feel hungry. I was drinking every 2 hours which kept full all time.

Was I tired?

Well, I started this on my day off. I knew first day will be the hardest.  On day 2 and 3 I was at work. It went really fast because I was super busy and it kept my mind of food. On my last day I got my period, by this time I didn’t want to quit and start over again. Usually, first day of period I have stomach cramps and severe pain, however on my detox I didn’t have any of these symptoms in fact I felt way better and stronger.

How did this detox help me?

Yes, I feel super energetic and healthy from inside. I have much more energy throughout the day and find it easy to wake up in the morning. Study says that juicing cleanse will help control cravings and excessive eating. After  finishing this cleanse I started to appreciate small things like eating a whole apple. During this detox I realised how much I had missed just eating a whole fruit. Detox like this will help you sustain and build new eating habits.

Do I want to do this cleanse again?

Yes, definitely. I would love to do this every 3 to 6 months.

So this was my journey and answers to some of your questions. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sita ❤

 

Do you want to take running seriously this Spring? Beginners guide to choosing the right running gear!

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Running shoes Nike,Sports bra Nike, Shorts Nike,  Wireless headphones Jaybird Sport, Long sleeve shirt Nike,

Good morning lovers,

It’s been a long time since my last fitness post, so today I am sharing some of my essentials for running. I love running outdoor during spring. Spring is so special, it’s natures way of saying let’s party. The rain brings the life back to plants and soon it’s all lush green around

                        ” Anyone who thinks sunshine is pure happiness has never run in the rain”

Since spring is all about running for us, we decided to share some of our favourite running essential. If you want to take running seriously then it’s very important to invest into proper running gear. During my days off I like to go for long distance run… 10KM or more. So my feet needs all the support and cushioning to prevent injury and henance performance. Last month I treated myself to Nike Zoom Vomero 11, I am so happy with them. They are perfect for outdoor long runs and give great cushioning and support.

Spring is kinda of in between weather, not too cold nor too hot. So I have to be carefully what I wear. Extra layers might feel comfortable in the beginning but after a mile it could be a burden and slow you down. I am in love with my long sleeve shirt., It’s perfect for almost every weather. During winter I like to wear a jacket over it, but for slightly warmer days just the shirt is enough. It keeps me super warm and dry. The Dri-Fit fabric evaporates liquids super fast, keeping you nice and dry through out your run. Spring means lots of unexpected showers, I highly recommend to use Nike Dri-Fit as it’s engineered to soak sweat and water and evaporate faster.

So all you beginners what are you waiting for? Get your gear and get running!

Wishing you all a happy Easter weekend.

Sita ❤

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution!

 

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Nike Sports bra by Zalando, Nike boy shorts by Nike

Hello February!

I hope everyone survived the goals month. January is never an easy month for most of us. After recovering from long holidays and kicking your first month of the year with new goals could be a bit stressful. Well, the question is; Are you still on it? Today I am making a serious case about surviving post the goal’s month.

To be honest, I don’t even remember how and when it started with me. Initially, It was all about looking for some change and not giving a damn about achieving them. Well, all of that changed quickly since I started writing them down. I guess writing down makes it more hardcore, and means you are freaking serious. Every year we all get the chance to start fresh, set new goals and look froward to new year with new beginnings. I personally love the fact that once every year I get the chance set new goals for myself or push myself to try something new.

Since last month was all about achieving personally goals, I want to discuss about the most talked goal every NY #fitnessgoals. 

Everyone feels guilty after the holidays. Few weeks after NYE the gym is crowded with 2 types of people; 1)The regulars: They are dedicated individuals who always show up no matter what. That’s been said they are a bit arrogant and know it all people. Honestly, you can’t blame them, they are in the gym to get shit done. They do not like to stand around chatting or checking out who is doing what. They mind their business and expect the same from others.

2) Newbie / NYE goal seeker: Well this category is very popular for few days. Haha… Nay, that’s not true, there are exceptions. I really respect people who set their mind into something and really go after it. The regulars do inspire these people but honestly they scare them even more. Few years ago I had to go through this experience as well. The fact is I wanted to be as good as the rest, but I wasn’t. So I had to deal with it. Don’t let them demotivate you, remember you are their for yourself! If you really get intimidated by the regulars then find your gym buddy. Trust me the pressure is really off when you are tagging with someone. Pick a friend who is as dedicated as you’re or else you will end up exhausting yourself trying to push someone who doesn’t give a damn.

After two weeks into January people start loosing their interest and are tempted to skip the routine. After all, we are human and are bound to temptations. So don’t be too harsh on yourself. However, don’t take this as a defeat and consider this a cheat meal and be good. To be honest, I personally don’t believe in a diet. However, I do believe and follow a vegan detox. As I mentioned in my previous post, detox helps me restart and jumpstart healthy habits. Eating consciously with right quantity and interval is the key. A diet will give you temporary results, so altering eating habits and building healthy lifestyle is the life time goal.

I was done with my Vegan detox a few days ago. I am not going to lie, I had my bad days during this detox. However, I am still determined to eat Vegan and have cheat days.

So don’t quit, you got this!

Sita ❤

Queen of all Yoga poses! Shoulderstand or Salamba Sarvangasana

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Hola!

Hope everyone is ready to kickstart this week. Well, I am feeling extra excited after my holidays. Last 3 weeks were amazing and obviously it went by super fast.

Today I am talking about mother of all asana; Shoulder Stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. B.K.S Iyengar referred shoulder stand as the Queen of Asana or Sarvangasana. In Iyengar’s own words (book of yoga) ’Light on Yoga’ “The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasised. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, this asana strives for harmony and happiness in the human system. it is a panacea for most common ailments.”

Do you know what Sarvangasana actually means? In Sanskrit, Sarva means “all” or “entire” and Anga means “organ” or “body part.” Translated, it means “full body pose” because of its benefits for the whole body. Since it helps the entire body you ca not ignore the benefits from this pose. In fact Sri Dharma Mittra states that “some yogi’s only do this pose,” and it can be held from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. So Sarvangasana is cure to all: from common cold to constipation.

Here are some of the positive effects of Shoulder Stand:

1) Answer to thyroid imbalance: This pose is proven to balance thyroid and hypothalamus glands. It brings blood to the thyroid and parathyroid, helping them properly secrete hormones.

2)  Strengthens the heart and lungs: Due to the inverted position, it reduces strain on the heart. It gives the heart a break from working so hard and helps to oxygenate the lungs. This pose has positive effect on people suffering from asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments may get relief.

3) Soothes and calms the nervous system: Sarvangasana is an answer to people who are easily irritated or prone to anger or nervous breakdowns. Daily practice of Sarvangasana will stabilise and make you less reactive to life’s circumstances.

4) Reduces constipation: Because of the inversion and change in gravitation the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.

5) Activates throat chakra ( VISUDDAH): Shoulderstand is also practice to activate our fifth chakra. This chakra is associated with creativity and self expression. When this Chakra is open, our negative experiences can easily be transformed into wisdom and leaning.

6) Treats insomnia: Practicing Shoulderstand promotes deep sleep and therefore help cure insomnia.

7) Reduces wrinkles: Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was a yogi and practiced Shoulderstand daily? Well, Due to increased blood flow to the face, wrinkles can be reduced.

As with many yoga postures, there are contraindications.

  •  People with high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, and/or slipped discs should not practice shoulderstand.
  • If you have or have had a neck injury, seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulderstand.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • It is advised that women avoid inversions when menstruating.
  • To receive similar benefits in a more restorative way, try placing a block under the sacrum to elevate the hips above the heart for Vipartita Karani (or legs up the wall)

How to do Shoulderstand:

Place the heels of the palms at the small of your back with the fingertips pointing up towards the ceiling. Lift the legs up high into the air into Shoulder Stand.Move the chin away from your chest, pull in through the belly and tuck the pelvis under. You want the ankles to be stacked above the knees, knees above the hips and hips above shoulders in one straight line.Exhale to release the knees back to the chest and slowly roll down the spine. Keep the knees in and slowly rock side to side.

Note: Shoulder stand is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without prior experience or unless you are performing under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Some of you who know me personally know that I practice yoga in the morning before stepping of the house. Shoulderstand is one of the posture that I will do every single day. It has personally helped me in many ways. Hope you guys are inspired to practice and get on that mat everyday. Girlies, If you have no experience and are still curious to practice, then feel free to write to me. If I get few responses; I might invest my time and do a beginners guide to this pose.

Stop, Drop & Yoga.

Have a great week.

S ❤