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Back from Vacation

Once again, there was lack of new posts on my freshly set up blog. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and I am going to do my best to get it right this time.
However, you all know summer is a hectic time of the year, especially in terms of time. My boyfriend and I finally had a proper vacation together. We drove down to south coast of Croatia. Sunshine, relax on the beach, reading books, swimming in the sea, summer breeze in the hair and long romantic walks with my love were exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries.
Croatia is truly a magical place on Earth. I cannot really express my true feelings for this country. This was the ninth time I have been to Croatia but the first time in that picturesque town. Small town of Podgora does not have lots of roads or monuments, but it is seated on a small hill right under the Biokovo Mountain. The view gives you chill like you are on a mixed vacation – you can go swimming in the morning and hiking in the afternoon. We did not go for a hike though. But walking those stairs actually felt like hiking. I tried to keep the vacation at least a little bit active. Apart from swimming I fully enjoyed my morning runs by the sea.

Croatia has one of the most delicious cuisines. As all of the coastal countries, their specialties are seafood. I tried a tuna steak with grilled vegetables and it definitely tasted much better than steaks we can buy here in supermarkets. Even their fresh fruits and vegetables are something amazing. The size of them is twice as big as the ones in myIMG_20170801_201141 country. Peaches, grapes tasted like sweet gold and tomatoes were meaty and gigantic. I guess the sun and constant humidity makes great condition to grow. The other days I had a „Greek“ salad with traditional Croatian salty cheese and olives. I love the taste of fresh, not pitted olives. It is addictive.
The advantage of narrow coasts is these little towns are close to each other. One day we went for a longer walk (3,5 km) to a nearby town Tučepi. I know it is a magnificent place, because I have been there three years ago. We had a nice dinner in the marina, walked around the center and walked back. Next day we walked up on a hill to check out the Galeba krila (Pidgeon wings). This monument marks the victory over fascism in the Adriatic Sea.


Galeba krila

Unfortunately, extreme heat caused terrible fire which endangered this tiny town in the middle of June. The forest above the town is almost completely burnt out. We had a closer look on the devastating result of the fire as we walked to Tučepi and around the monument.  I felt so sorry for the residents, but the way they treat each other, the nature around the town and what they have got was simply inspiring.

Our 10 days in this paradise flew by the blink of an eye. Suddenly we were on our drive back to reality. The shock of responsibility and real life was so enormous; I have started to search for another spot for vacation.
All in all, I highly recommend visiting Croatia at least once in a lifetime. It does not matter which place you choose. This country will catch your heart.


Goodbye, Milk

Couple weeks ago, I have decided to watch what I eat and how my body responds to it. I have noticed my body reacts to milk and dairy products differently, but I have never considered it might be caused by processing lactose. There are days I can eat dairy products in all my meals and there are days when even a small yoghurt can make me bloated or gassy for the whole day. Today I have learnt I might be lactose intolerant at some point.

Summer has already arrived in my area, meaning the temperature have not got under 30°C for several days causing hot and like when a storm is brewing air. It is impossible to get your beauty sleep without an AC. Sadly, we do not have any.

Thanks to difficult sleeping conditions and the fact the working week is coming to an end, I woke up extremely exhausted this morning. My concentration and ability to think was at the lowest level you can imagine. Therefore, I needed to a refill of caffeine. My choice fell on iced coffee – it would cool me down and dose up with caffeine.
All iced coffee drinks you can buy in a supermarket include some type of milk. Even when it is a classic black. I believe it is a concentrate of powdered milk or something like that.

Soon enough I regretted my actions. Barely 30 minutes after I chugged the 250ml bottle of iced coffee the result had arrived. My concentration was at the highest but not thanks to the caffeine. I was bloated, had belly pain, cramps and unfortunately even diarrhea. It got uncomfortable, because having such pain anywhere is terrible but being in pain at work is simply…uncomfortable.

Honestly, I am happy I got home in one piece, but the digestive difficulties are remaining. This is a good lecture that I really should listen to my body and avoid dairy products. Especially milk. It is going to be difficult, because I am a vegetarian and my diet consists mostly of cheese and yoghurts. I believe I am lactose intolerant only at some point and I may eat dairy products in limited amount. I guess, there is no other way to find out than to try it out.


Credist to the owner

Does anybody suffer with similar problems here? What are your experiences? Is there anything to ease the symptoms (in the case they appear again)? In better case to even stop them? Would drinking a black or herb tea help? Dark chocolate or banana maybe? Or do you have to wait it out till the body gets rids of „the bad stuff “?

I suppose there are a lot of things I must learn now… Since I have been suffering various problems that affect my diet, I am quite nervous about this one. Soon enough there will barely be anything I can eat…


Am I back in the vicious circle?

My love and I had a concert date the other weekend. My favorite punk rapper was in town and I have had the tickets since the first day they were on sale. You can say I was really looking forward to it, lol.
The concert was incredible, full of energy and vibe which charge your batteries instantly. However, I must post some comment on errors that made the experience a little unpleasant.
First of all, promoters should have considered a better venue – too many people at too little space. I know concerts are known for zero private space, bruises all over your body and losing your buddy in the crowd.  Believe me, I am used to it. This was extreme though.
Even though there were seated places, the majority was right in front of the stage. You can imagine how it could look like. I, with my 5 feet 4 inches, was squashed before the gig even started.
I would have survived being squeezed but closing doors at a covered venue with no air condition in summer is unforgivable. I do not want to imagine what could have happened in that heat with no way to get in the middle of the crowd. What’s more, we all created this one common odor no one would buy if it was bottled.
Anyway, the artist was amazing. He is one crazy mofo who does it right. My love and I have enjoyed every second of it. Even this terrible cold I am fighting with now, it was all worth it.
Soaked in sweat, deafened but smiling we tried to catch the last bus home after the gig. It was windy and it rained the time we went outside. Despite the fact I had an umbrella and an extra, clean and dry sweatshirt I ended up sick.
DSCF4828 exI have been having problems with my immunity since last summer. I was sick every  month – sore throat, runny nose, weepy eyes.  The longest period of not having a flu lasted for 4 months. And now, here I am – sick when it is 30°C outside… Isn’t it funny?
I feel like I have tried everything to boost my immune system. I do my best to eat healthy – veggies, fruits, have it all fresh (well, as fresh as you can have it from supermarket), exercise regularly, running, avoiding processed food, vitamin pills, etc. I am even trying to cure myself in a natural way – herbs, teas, lemon and ginger, garlic… And nothing seems to help. Therefore I am forced to swallow the pills…

Before last summer I was not sick for 2 years straight. That was the time when I have started my route of getting healthier, workouts and everything. I would really appreciate any tips of how to get my immune system back on track… The last thing I want to fall back to that vicious circle of being sick for a week every month.





Every Workout is a Lecture

Does it happen to you that every time you are at the gym, go for a run, hike or do any kind of activity, you become wiser? Well, it does to me.

I had a year and a half break from active training because of some health issues. Of course, it was reflected on my body and form. Since I have started visiting the gym more often, I always end up disgusted. I am mad at myself how weak I am and how I lack the strength. Every time I pick up those dumbbells I keep on thinking ‘Where are those times I lifted two time heavier weights and did more reps?’ All these negative thoughts are killing my vibe and love for lifting. I remember how gym was my sanctuary, the only place I felt alive. And now? It means torture.

10347419_10204183288852572_2364968878294607004_nAs I was at the gym the other day, resting between crunches, I realized one thing. When I want to make progress and stay motivated I why am I comparing my actual body to the one at the best form I ever had? It took me almost two years to build THAT „best“ form and I want it back within one workout? Oh dear, you know better. It takes tons of courage, liters of sweat and a bunch of time to get there.

Right now, I must stop comparing myself to a historical figure and start celebrating my progress from now on. I am sure changing the direction of my thoughts from negative to positive will help me to stay on track and be less frustrated. It does not matter how much I lift or how many kilometers I run. I lift. I run. And that is what matters.

Sunday Art

Social media – the most loved and hated modern tool. Today, thank god for it.
This morning my mobile phone beeped. New message from my boyfriend. We send each other pictures and videos of cute animals or funny moments. But this time it was something completely different.
The moment I have opened the message and clicked play I am not sure whether I was amazed, stunned or impressed… I guess, it was a mixture of all overwhelming feelings a human being can feel.

I have started typing Andrew Myers into Google immediately. This natural talent blends materials into art the way it seems impossible. My soul has been moved by his 3D screw art. He creates portrait of studs!!! Yes, those studs we mostly use only for constructions.

This gal is incredibly talented and his passion for self-realization is unbelievable. I respect people who goes against all odds. They fill me with energy and give me vibe.

It manifests we shall do what we love. No matter if its some kind of art, work, sport or something else. When it is driven by love, passion and determination it is done well.

Go check out Andrew Myers’ webpage or one of his social media streams. There are tons of beauties like this.

Andrew Myers - Opposites Attract

© Andrew Myers


Finally Made the Decision

The idea of starting a blog has been in my mind for quite a long time now. And here I am writing my first post for this blog.
My intention is to update the online world with my adventures, observations, snaps and fitness.

Hopefully, you will find the content interesting and if not, it is okay. During my life I have learnt I cannot please everyone. However, that aint stopping me from doing what I like.