Starting to exercise – don’ t make weight loss your top goal

Starting to exercise – don’ t make weight loss your top goal
Everyone likes the idea of being fit but a lot of people genuinely don't know how to get there. Many know that they need to lose some excess weight but every time they start to exercise they give up after a little while because it's hard and the weight doesn't shift very fast and they think that maybe the extra kilos don't bother them THAT much... I think one of the…
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Back from holidays. Batteries full.

Back from holidays. Batteries full.
My usual 3 week summer holiday at home in Estonia has now come to an end. As the kids say, it was "epic". We had one single rainy day, the rest of the time it was very sunny and hot. I only went for a run twice, I just cannot run when there is no shade anywhere. Instead we walked a lot, cycled more, swam almost daily (2km for me…
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When the first spin is out of control, spin again

When the first spin is out of control, spin again
I did it again. I wasn’t sure I was going to after my first (& horrendous) experience but many of you said to give it another go and I had 2 credits left so I went to a spin class again yesterday. This time at lunchtime instead of 7am and with a different instructor. She yelled a little bit less but was still nicely enthusiastic. She also wore glittery disco…
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KidZania London

KidZania London
There is a new town in town. It's called KidZania, it's located in Shepherd's Bush and it's only for the use of children. I took my boys there last week and they had a blast. In case you haven't taken your offspring there yet, here's what it's all about: The idea is that it’s a city for kids in which they can do many different jobs or take part in…
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My first spin class left my head spinning

My first spin class left my head spinning
Let me start from the beginning. Before I was a runner or a Crossfitter or a rock-climber, I was a cyclist. Moving to Australia and marrying a cyclist meant I soon got a road bike and all.the.lycra and padded shorts and shoes with clips and for 6 years I rode my bike to work every day, 20km round trip on cycle paths that allowed me to push my speed quite…
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Lu-Ma organic cafe in Wimbledon

Lu-Ma organic cafe in Wimbledon
Today I popped into Lu-Ma Cafe in Wimbledon for the first time. It's been open for over a year and I often walk past it but for some reason I've never been in before. The cafe has plenty of seating inside and outside, in fact more than I imagined. However, I love cafes where coffee machines and cakes are visible behind the counter and where I can always smell coffee.…
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When my brain tells me I’m too big, I kindly remind it to shut up

When my brain tells me I’m too big, I kindly remind it to shut up
There are so many reasons I love Crossfit. I love it because it’s fun and hard and challenging and the feeling of being able to pick up more weight or do something that felt impossible at the beginning is priceless. I love it because the people are great and going to the box always feels like going to see friends. I also love Crossfit because it’s pretty much the only…
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Sugar free protein ice coffee

Sugar free protein ice coffee
I froze some espressos last week and have been experimenting with making ice coffees. For sweetness I've added either dates, maple syrup or a frozen banana in addition to some coconut ice cream. I've found that the frozen banana is the best - it's sweet AND cold. The protein comes from the egg white protein powder, 30 grams of it adds 24g of protein and a LOT of fluffiness. 200ml unsweetened almond milk…
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June in pictures

June in pictures
Summer has come and my solar powered brain is pretty happy right now. Since there's so much to do outside and away from the keyboard, not much blogging is happening. Follow me on Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook) for your daily dose of Mind over Matter :)  Here's a bit of what's been happening:   I tried out Tempo Pilates (if you haven't tried it - it's an absolute ab…
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How I run: little and fast and alternate breathing

How I run: little and fast and alternate breathing
My first race was a half marathon. I had started running 6 months before, I finished the race in 1:53 and was certain of two things: I can actually run and I am good with long distances, not short and fast ones. Five years later things have changed. This is how I run these days: 1. Short & fast I have become a Crossfitter, a boulderer (is that a word?) and…
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Find Your Summer

Find Your Summer
I love summer. My brain and my body are totally solar powered and every winter/autumn/spring I feel that I'm just muddling through life, waiting for the hot days of summer to recharge my batteries. The weather here in the UK is very temperamental but every day that's above 20°C I consider a summer and therefore a blessing. When there are too many 10°C days in between I go and find summer…
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Paleo Supper Club

Paleo Supper Club
Last Friday night I met up with a great bunch of fit ladies in Greenwich for Wonder Woman Workshops' Paleo Supper Club. The dinner, organised by Suzi, the original Wonder Woman herself and the bestest PT in Greenwich, included 3 courses of delicious, beautiful and healthy food cooked by a chef on-site just for us. I got to catch up with some girls I know from Crossfit but I also…
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Give kids a chance

Give kids a chance
I have a vivid memory from probably 10th grade – a friend of mine who was in the track and field team had a few bring-a-friend days and she invited me to some training sessions. My only experience with exercise had been from PE classes which I disliked greatly. Mostly because I had glasses and was afraid of breaking them (a few times I did break them), but also because the…
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Two weeks of PBs but my brain misses running

Two weeks of PBs but my brain misses running
This post is more for myself than anyone else. My mind's not quite been over the matter in the last 3 days and I've felt a bit frustrated with how slow my progress in Crossfit is. These feelings don't hit me often. I'm usually happy with any PB, even if it's by 1kg. I'm usually happy just enjoying the journey. Slow & steady has always been my game. But I…
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Midlife crisis vol.1 – Done and dusted

Midlife crisis vol.1 – Done and dusted
In case you missed my birthday post, I turned 39 at the end of April. For several months before that date I was seriously struggling with what I think was nothing but a good old fashioned midlife crisis – constant panicking/anxiety (more than usual :), a massive case of FOMO (fear of missing out), feeling completely invisible and insignificant, seeing only wrinkles when I looked in the mirror, constantly doing…
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The weight on my barbell – interesting, the weight of my body – not so interesting

The weight on my barbell – interesting, the weight of my body – not so interesting
When I first started Crossfit it was really hard mentally to handle the fact that I started to gain weight. I could still fit into my clothes (still can) and felt great but just the fact that the number on the scales was going up was hard to handle. Women are so defined by the number on the scales like that. Most of us know that it makes no sense but…
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The best things in life are leafy greens, weight lifting, sunshine (and a few other things :)

The best things in life are leafy greens, weight lifting, sunshine (and a few other things :)
The past week was a bit hectic and annoying at work but this Saturday has been perfect - a sleep-in, followed by some bouldering, followed by lunch at Wahaca, followed some weight lifting in the back yard, followed by some Crossfit Games watching as we speak. And the sun is shining for a change! A perfect day. I specifically mentioned the lunch at Wahaca because I finally, FINALLY have BOTH…
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On what it means to be sporty

On what it means to be sporty
Considering how obsessed about running / cycling / bouldering / Crossfit / swimming both MrB and I are, it might come as a surprise to you that we don't have particularly sporty children. The 6-year old has decent enough hand-eye coordination so he does ok with football and tennis at school, but he's still so little that mostly he just wants to ride his bike, wrestle with his brother, swim (mostly…
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My regular reality check

My regular reality check
Just like I don't read magazines, I don't really read newspapers anymore either. I say "really" because I do flip through The Times every Saturday and Sunday but mostly just to read Caitlin Moran's and Melanie Reid's columns (sometimes Giles Coren, he's pretty good as well). Caitlin, because she's funny as heck and she points out all the bullsh*t in today's society, especially when it's got something to do with women.…
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