Kayla Itsines BBG Program RESULTS – it works!

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

A while back when I first started BBG I promised you guys to update you on my results. These 12 weeks past faster than I expected.

First of all I have to admit I didn’t finish the whole program. I finished my 11th week before I was going to see my family in Chicago. The time there was so active and whole days filled with activities I din’t even have a moment for myself to go through 12th week’s exercises. At least I walked a lot, right?

From all 11 weeks of bbg workouts I have learnt that I can achieve more than I thought. I had more time than I thought as well. I could somehow squeeze in every workout into my busy schedule. I started to really enjoy exercising even thought it was very hard to go through all resistance trainings from begging to the end. It didn’t get easier, I could just do more. It was kind of addictive.

Resistance trainings I performed at my home and for LISS and HIIT I was hitting (no pun intended) the gym.

I saw that my body is definitely stronger and looks leaner. I took photos before and after program and saw a very big difference (I’m still embarrassed of them, therefore not gonna share them with you, sorry)! I lost 2 kg through the whole process even though I didn’t change my diet at all. I didn’t want to drastically change everything about my lifestyle. Coming from somehow not so good diet and zero exercises to restrictions and working out like crazy didn’t sound good to me. I know I could have achieved so much more by eating well while doing the program, but I just couldn’t make myself do it.

When I came back from Chicago I din’t continue the guide through the last week. For 11 weeks I’ve not missed even one workout. It was a very hard work, but also very rewarding. I decided to take a break.

Now I’m trying to keep an eye on my diet and I’m getting ready to start BBG again soon! Maybe even next week! I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to learn how to value your body and feel better and stronger in your own skin!

xx, Olita


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How Do I Edit My Instagram Pictures

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Today I want to share with you how I usually edit pictures for my instagram. For a while I was looking for a best combination of different apps and their features to make all the photos look brighter and cohesive. I wanted to create my IG theme and little did I know, it just came to me with every pic I was editing.

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Even though as you can see on my profile photos where changing, all my photos are kept in neutral and warm tone with a splash of contrasting colour in a detail.

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I always prefer to take my pictures with the natural light. Usually they look too warm or sometimes even with an orange tone. What I like to do is to use Facetune and with the tool whiten, whiten all the yellow tones off the photo

After Facetune I use the VSCO app to adjust brightness and contrast to my liking. For the effect of an analog camera I like to add some grain to the picture. Usually I keep it between 3-4, but of course the intensity of this effect and other adjustments depend on an individual picture.

And that’s how the fully edited photo look like.

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Hope you enjoyed the post!

Let me know in the comments how you edit your instagram pics and what apps you’re using! Do you have any cool tips?

xx, Olita


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HOW TO GET IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER: tips from someone who tried it all and hates exercise

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

The winter is fortunately coming to an end and soon we’re gonna lose the heavy layers of clothing and switch to lighter and shorter pieces. In summertime, since the hot weather makes you wear more reviling clothing it’s obvious you want to look your best. Maybe you want to lose a little bit of that winter weight everyone puts on, since you need those extra calories to stay warm, and you treated yourself with more junk food and chocolate than usual? Or maybe it was to cold to go out for a jog or you simply preferred to stay in and watch Netflix than go to the gym?

Don’t worry! I’m here for you to motivate you and give you new perspective about working out and eating! Believe me, it’s all coming from a very lazy person who loves food and hates to work out.

For about last 6 years I was constantly struggling with eating right and keep doing some kind of exercise. I’m vegetarian since I’m 11 years old and during last 2 years I’ve tried about 5 different diets to see if I can lose weight. I’ve been twice on Lemonade detox and lost a lot of weight but very soon I’d come back to my previous weight.

I hate to work out so I was trying to do everything else than that. To the gym I was going at first with my boyfriend when we started to live together, but I hated it so much it felt like punishment. Then I stopped and went from binge eating to starving myself. I couldn’t keep my weight steady. I ate too healthy or too badly. There was never in between.

Nowadays I feel like I found my balance and that’s why I wanted to share with you my tips.

One month ago I weighted myself and I was (and still am though) the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life and that really scared me. I decided to join the gym and do whatever I felt like there. No strings attached. The only rule will be I won’t quit. I’ll decide each time I go what I want to do, which machine to use or which fitness class to attend and just do it. Since then passed over one month and I’m still going! I go every other day and I can’t express how happy I feel that I continued. I’m proud of myself for not giving up! I can see results (little but still!) in my body already!

The whole process to get healthy and fit I decided to do step by step, not like I used to do from day to day cut all carbs and go to the gym everyday with a planned work out routine. For today is just the gym. I didn’t change how I eat yet.

I want the exercise and healthy foods become my lifestyle not a detox or a short-term diet. That’s why I decided to go so slowly. Few days ago I cut alcohol (before I went a little crazy with wine). I’m not saying I’ll never drink wine again. I will, maybe in a month or next week and that perspective keeps me sane. I’ll just try to cut those bad foods from my diet one by one switching to delicious and healthy plant-based meals.

Today, even though I didn’t change completely my diet, I already feel so much better mentally and physically. I just feel like I’m finally on a way to balanced and healthy life!

Here’re are just some few of my tips to keep you motivated! It’s never too late for a healthy change!

  1. Focus on your health not your weight
  2. Search internet for inspiration (instagram is amazing)
  3. Find kind of exercise you love doing
  4. Start slowly, step by step. don’t worry it takes you longer to get to your dreamed body. it will be worth it and forever!
  5. Don’t go on a diet, it’s not worth it. focus on eating healthy and balances meals.
  6. Treat yo-self! it’s not a punishment! you have a party next week! go ahead, have a drink 😉 maybe just one less than usual
  7. Change it up if you don’t like routine
  8. If you don’t have any idea what to do you can ask gym instructor to help and guide you do best exercise for you
  9. Maybe try a fitness challenge?
  10. Go work out with a friend!
  11. Instead of buying a snack to treat yourself, buy something different like new nail polish or a lip balm
  12. Cook homemade food more often, you know what you add in restaurants you can never be sure

 

AND LONG STORY SHORT:

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Hope you enjoyed this long post and hopefully it motivated you to start a more healthy lifestyle. Share with me how you stay motivated and your tips as well!

xx, Olita


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💕 LOVELY FEBRUARY: the Most Beautiful Love Quotes

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

To continue my February’s love series, today, for the last “love post”, I’d like to share with you some of the most beautiful quotes about love.

To get you in a romantic mood, to inspire, to feel love and give love…

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook

“I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.” — (Unknown)

“All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy

“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.”  Angelita Lim  

“I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.” — (Unknown)

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — When Harry Met Sally

“Because I could watch you for a single minute and find a thousand things that I love about you.” — (Unknown)

Which one is your favorite? Share with me your favourite love quote if it’s not one of the above!

Love fact about me: I write more music and paint while I’m heartbroken than deeply in love.

xx, Olita


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💕 LOVELY FEBRUARY: The 5 Languages of Love

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

This month, since it’s a special month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day I decided to dedicate whole February to love. Doesn’t matter if you’re in happy relationship or you’re single and proud atm, those four posts will be for everyone. Because who doesn’t like love? ❤

Every week I’ll also give you one love fact about me. Leave your in the comments!

This week I’d like to start with sharing with you the theory of 5 love languages. Some of you probably have heard about it already, but if you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the explanation:

“The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1995 book by Gary Chapman. It outlines five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls “love languages”: receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch.”

They say it can really improve the communication in your relationships if you find and understand each other’s love languages (your bae’s, mum’s, dad’s, sister’s brother’s etc).

HERE you can take a quiz and find out your love language! The 5 Love Languages® profile will give you a thorough analysis of your emotional communication preference. It will single out your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect with your loved one with intimacy and fulfilment. Let’s get to it!

My love language is quality time:

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there – with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby – makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Quality Time also means sharing quality conversation and quality activities.

What’s yours? Let me know in the comments!

Love fact about me: I had a few crushes but I’ve truly fallen in love when I was 23. 

xx, Olita


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🇪🇸 Christmas in Madrid – photo diary

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

I haven’t really been present for a last few weeks but after spending Christmas and New Year’s at my boyfriend’s family home in Spain I’m back! Rested and ready to go back to blogging!

This week I decided to share with you a few chosen photographs from our trip I hope you’ll enjoy!

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P.S. Let me know if you like this kind of blog posts featuring only photos! I have a few more ideas for more posts like this – my inspirations, fashion, beauty, makeup etc.

xx, Olita


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Meaningful & Romantic Last Minute Gift For Your SO

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

Since Christmas is almost here I wanted to share with you some ideas for presents that mean a world and are super romantic, sweet and fun but actually don’t cost a penny (or could if you wish them to).

Those ideas for gifts are not reserved only for Christmas. It’s perfect for any occasion! Birthday, anniversary etc. Anytime you want to give something meaningful. Or maybe spent days on looking for a perfect gift but couldn’t find it, this one will make anyone happy!

It all started with the idea of a meaningful and romantic present I wanted to give my boyfriend for our first anniversary. It happens to be on 28th of December and after I spent so much money on all Christmas gifts for everyone I wanted to make anniversary gift even more special and give something handmade, straight from the heart.

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What I made is I bought a small Christmas box and 12 little envelopes. One for each month of the year. I took some of my watercolour paper and cut it to size of envelopes. Each card I decorated with abstract watercolour painting.

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Inside each card I wrote a love letter or a poem. So with the beginning of each month my boyfriend could enjoy a little love note from me.

Depending on occasion and person you can change absolutely anything. You can decorate the envelope as I did or just pass this step and for example buy colourful paper. You can do it fancy and buy nice box and decorations or make it from what you’re already have at home. You also don’t need a box. You can just put a bow around all the envelopes and it’ll still look great! There’re so many different ways to make this gift, mine is just an example.

Next gift idea is a little box of coupons. For this year’s anniversary I made 4 per one month for my boyfriend to draw. On each of folded cards I wrote different thing I’ll do, for example: breakfast in bed, day I won’t say “no” to you, you choose the movie etc. You can put whatever you have on mind and as many as you wish.

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Also you can decorate the box with the bow or just simply put those little cards in a jar. As well as the first one, this gift you can personalise depending on the receiver.

I hope you enjoyed those simple gift ideas! I think they’re pretty romantic and with those coupons you can also spice up your relationship 😉 or bring a little bit more adventure!

 

Merry Christmas! ❤

xx, Olita


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