I’m Starting Kayla Itsines #BBG Program!

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

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Recently I’ve been really into going to the gym. I enjoy my time there so much! It seems so special, moment just for me. I go every other day. In total it gives around 4 days a week. Some weeks more. My workout routine started from my idea to do what the hell I want to do to make working out pleasant and not discouraging (I used to hate gym!). Usually I spend 40-45 minutes on stepper, and then going to exercise on a few machines of my choice. Most often they’re leg abduction, crunches and leg press. I gradually add more weight when I feel too comfortable.

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I go to the gym very regularly, for now it’s around for 2 months. I can see small results but I wish for something more that will help me achieve my goals faster and more efficient. I don’t have much knowledge about fitness that’s why I wanted to try someone else’s professional program and try to stick to it. I’ve heard a lot about Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (#BBG). Articles on the internet, magazine covers, transformations photo and suggested posts on facebook made me want to look deeper into the whole Kayla’s program.

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On instagram I’ve seen so many transformations photos that today I decided to also make a change about my lifestyle and start the #BBG program!

I downloaded an ebook because honestly I cannot afford the app. $19,99 USD per month is too much for me since I’m already paying my gym membership. Ebook is the same program as you get with the app, just in different form.

The program consist of 12 weeks worth of workouts. And it’s divided by weeks 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. In each amount of weeks you have four different kind of trainings:

Resistance training (circuit workout prepared by Kayla that take 28 minutes to finish), Cardio (HIIT= 10-15 mins sprint training and LISS=35-45 mins power walking) and Stretch. 

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In each week you have several amount of those trainings to complete. It depends on the week number. The further you are in BBG, the harder it gets.

Actually if you think about it, it will all take around 30 minutes 5-6 times a week. As I’m getting more familiar with the whole idea it seems like it’s very flexible plan, that a lot of exercises you can do at home. Some exercises need gym equipment, but if you’re creative (or you can just use google) all can be performed at home!

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I started first day today and hoping that I won’t fail, I’ll update you with the program and my progress! If I won’t be shy, maybe with transformation photos as well! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my progress (and life) before first blog post!

LINKS:

Kayla website

Kayla Instagram

BBG/SWEAT transformation IG

Did you try #BBG yourself? What do you think about it? Let me know!

xx, Olita


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What I Got for My Birthday? (FURLA bag and Beyoncé concert!!!)

Hello Loves and happy Wednesday!

Instead writing a blog post on Monday as I usually do, I decided to do it today and share with you what I’ve been gifted for my birthday this year.

disclaimer: I don’t mean to brag. I understand those things are expensive and of course I don’t NEED them. I just want to share with you my joy and how blessed I feel to be given such beautiful presents. ❤

I was born on March 20th and this year it fell on Tuesday. Last weekend me and my family went to Germany for a few days and I didn’t get much sleep. I was really tired and on Monday I had to go to work. Even though I never used to skip school or take a day off of work for my bday, this time I felt I should reward myself and let myself celebrate this one day! So I took March 20th off. I’m usually so busy I don’t have much time to pumper myself. If I find a moment it’s mostly just food and favorite TV show. This time seemed to be pretty special, even though nothing unusual has occurred that day. Maybe I felt like celebrating it a little bit more as I used to…

Definitely I had an amazing day! After waking up I went to the gym and came back home to wonderful breakfast my lovely boyfriend prepared me. As he worked this day from home we could be together all day. 🙂 After the breakfast I went to take a long shower and took time to make a peeling and moisturise my body (which I never do, ups!), later giving myself a little pedi and mani. We watched together some tv show we’re into now (“Mom” with Anna Farris) and then after my bf’s work was done we started to get ready to go out for a dinner! Meal was fantastic (I got a cream – truffle pasta), so was our service and drinks!

Long story short I had a great time! Well, I think I can say we both did, actually 😉

For the gifts, this year they got super fancy! To continue my tradition of picking my gift myself every year (I always need/want particular thing), this year I was blessed with a little FURLA bag! I have never owned a designer bag and this one is just a dream come true! Look how pretty it is! And the quality is beyond amazing! I hope it will last me years and years!

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For the second gift, my boyfriend got us tickets for a BEYONCÉ’s and Jay-Z’s concert when they’re gonna perform in Warsaw on June 30th as a part of their OTR II tour! I’m beyond excited for this experience! I just wanna cry when I think about seeing Bey live! AAAA!

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Well, that’s all! I hope you enjoy me sharing this and you didn’t take it a wrong way.

Let me know if you’re going to see Beyoncé this year as well, or if you saw her already!

xx, Olita


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L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE Review: Is it a good dupe of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara?

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

This week I wanted to make a review of my newest makeup purchase.

I was on a trip to Amsterdam and I realised I need a new mascara. At the airport I thought I’ll use the occasion of being in a duty free zone and get myself some good quality mascara, just to try. I was going through more expensive makeup brands, from Chanel to YSL, but couldn’t decide on any of them. Finally I remembered that since I got my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara I always wanted to try its dupe everyone is talking about, the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara!

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With a quite a big difference in price (Better Than Sex is $23, Lash Paradise $10) the two of them seem to look very similar. Pink packaging and the wand, maybe Too Faced version has a little bit more of that hourglass shape to it (on a picture above it’s obvious, in real life they look more alike).

How did it work?

I have to say for the first 2-3 days I was amazed! I thought I’m not gonna buy anything else from now on but only this L’Oreal mascara. I thought it was even better than Too Faced mascara. It separated my lashes so beautifully with a perfect amount of product. They looked very long and thick as I love them to. I hate to have clumpy lushes and this mascara was just magic! I didn’t have to comb through them even once.

The “Paradise” didn’t last long, because after few days of using it I’ve been seeing many black crumbs of the product under my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening! It looked like you’re using very old mascara that is just too dry and during the day falls down from your eyelashes leaving ugly trace of black spots in under eye area.

Maybe I picked an old one (but it was still covered in paper – plastic packaging) or maybe it’s not as good as people say. This is of course, very subjective opinion about this product. I just know from my experience I won’t give it a second try.

Now I have a new favorite, I’ll be talking about in next posts. :*

What are your thoughts about this mascara? Did it work for you? Please, let me know!

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

 

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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: My Top 5 Movies About Love

Hello Loves and happy Monday!

To continue Lovely February, this week I prepared for you recommendations of my top 5 favorite movies about love. Some of them maybe are very cliché, or simple, of some maybe you have never heard about, but they all tell a wonderful story about love. But keep in mind – not every one of them has a happy ending! 😉

Psst! Click the movie title to go to its IMDb page.

 

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)

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CLOSER (2004)

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BLUE VALENTINE (2010)

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GARDEN STATE (2004)

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BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)

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Well, I have like +100 more movies about love I wish I could share with you, but the post would be way to long! Haha!

If you’re curious about more of my movies recommendations ask away in the comments! ❤ 

Love fact about me: My boyfriend came from Spain to Poland to be with me and we started to live together right away, after 3 months of talking.

xx, Olita


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LOVELY FEBRUARY: 3 Romantic Makeup Looks

Hello Loves and happy Tuesday!

This week in lovely February series I want to share with you 3 different looks perfect for a romantic date!

Click the links below the images to watch the tutorials!

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Let me know which look is your favorite!

Love fact about me: I met my boyfriend in a tiny Spain village in a bar when I played a concert. We met through a mutual friend. 

xx, Olita


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