Finding a comfort zone.

We’ve fast forwarded to 2019 and here I am back again after a literal eternity, on my blog. Untouched, dusty, yet waiting for me. With blog posts only I have written, words that have crossed my mind only and spilled from my fingers onto my keyboard, here my blog, a part of me, waits. Already a few steps behind the fashion, it already needs a re-do, to be fancy and glam and back up to date.

However, today I’m not here to talk about how I’m going to re-do my blog, what I will be posting or what about, I’m sure you’ll find out yourself as the days go by. Today I’m posting about our comfort zones.

A phrase which we’ve been accustomed to dislike and one we’re always being told to leave, to jump out of, something we should leave behind in order to enable us to go further, reach higher and run faster. Do I disagree completely? No. Do I have something to say about this? I always have something to say about everything.

Whilst all or none of the above may be true about comfort zones, whilst you’re reading this on a Monday morning I want you to truly think about what is our comfort zone and why is it called this? Because to me it seems almost like it has been tainted with a black mark. Like we’re almost supposed to hate feeling comfortable with ourselves, such a paradox. When in another way, beings can only achieve great things if they are comfortable in and within themselves.

How can I achieve great things if I’m not constantly in a comfortable zone with myself? Does the phrase ‘comfort zone’ really portray what we think it means? Can we not stay there and also jump higher, reach our goals, the stars and beyond? A comfort is a comfort and yes, of course, if we take this away we are putting ourselves into an agitated state in order to push our minds, bodies and spirits to regain this back. And then what? We’re pushing it further and out the boundary again. A constant push and pull, a discipline which teaches us to take away and then self reward. Whilst in the long term there of course is nothing entirely wrong with this, I have started viewing things in another perspective.

S E L F LOVE. Is an expression in which I have taken great interest in lately and within this I have found a greater and deeper perspective of seeing things, a way of being in which you love who you are enough to want more for yourself. You are so comfortable with yourself it gives you great confidence to go and reach what you think further belongs to you and claim it as yours.

So, on this Monday morning I am pondering the link between self love, comfort zones and where we really need to be in order to reach our goals. What are your thoughts on this?

WordPress on the Weekend.

Hi guys, so it’s the weekend and I’m going to be enjoying it with my family, what are you guys up to this weekend? My intermittent fasting posts were a hit over here on the blog and I just wanted to take some time out to THANK YOU guys for liking and reading my posts!

This week, not only did we reach *MOST LIKES* in a day at Life of a Chocolate Girl but we also reached *100 followers on the blog*! To some this may be a miniscule amount but to me this is a mountain, hopefully my first of many mountains, I would not have reached here without my subscribers and I am so grateful and happy for my mini milestones which I have reached.

So to celebrate these mini milestones, I am planning so much for you on the blog, amongst all the chaos of the family, I have so many life changes which have taken place and as always I will be bring you on every journey with me. For the moment we will remain on the journey through intermittent fasting and on the next blog post I want to talk more to you guys about KETOSIS…so keep an eye out.

So my fellow followers, have a creative and great weekend, and keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

Love R, xox

With love, 2019.

It’s been a long year and boy, has a lot happened. 3 years since I faded out from the blog, two babies which are so not babies anymore. A whole lot of love, some downs (welcoming change) and as I’ve just blinked it’s already nearly 2020.

I don’t know how that really happened, but it’s all been a blur, a transition period looking back retrospectively on it, but here we are again with all types of projects, so much to do and so much to tell! I’ll be here again more often, until then for daily updates, catch you on instagram over @ lifeofachocolategirl and see you soon! XOXOX

Cherry Beauty Lounge presents – BTL EXILIS ELITE.

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It’s dawned on me recently that I am in fact getting older, I know many will think about my age and then wonder to themselves, what? Older? But let’s face it, going through a few pregnancies, sleepless nights with babies, just a general mama life and all the rest of the worldly chaos (which I love being a part of – really takes a toll on your body. And it is only recently that I’ve started waking up and wondering to myself, ‘wow, I’ve started ageing.’ Not that there is anything wrong with ageing, however, as I’m running around a majority of my time, nursery runs, shopping, baby clubs, lunch dates, shopping again, photoshoots, I want to stay as fresh faced as possible, for as long as possible, in the most natural way possible. So today I explored and did my first ever facial treatment – BTL EXILIS ELITE. 

I wanted to write here on the blog a little about it, because honestly, I loved it, non invasive, hydrating and personalised to me, it’s the perfect treatment for a mama on the go and for sanity’s sake it’s great to be a little spoilt every now and again. Most of you have probably never heard about BTL EXILIS ELITE, (I hadn’t, but I am so glad I discovered it!), therefore I thought that in this post I’ll take you a little bit through exactly what this treatment is and what it consists of.

What is BTL EXILIS ELITE? – The BTS EXILIS ELITE is a non invasive face and body contouring device, designed to tighten skin whilst reducing fat and signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

It uses a combination of monopolar radio frequency (RF) energy, ultrasound to stimulate fat lipolysis (the breakdown of fat cells) and collagen remodelling (for skin tightening), alongside skin cooking, helping to contour the body and face.

HOW DOES IT WORK? – The Exilis Elite uses a combination of radiofrequency energy (3.4Mhz up to 120 Watts), ultrasound and skin cooling to deliver controlled heating to target deep tissue, addressing deeper wrinkles, sagging skin, as well as the superficial skin layer, treating finer lines.

The tip of the applicator on the end of the handpiece uses focused thermal (heat) energy to disrupt the collagen fibres deep within the skin. The aim of treatment is to raise the temperature at the skin surface to 40-42°C for 4 or 5 minutes in each area treated to achieve the collagen tightening. This will be felt as a warming sensation (feels like a warm face massage.)

HOW QUICK ARE RESULTS OBTAINED? – Like most non invasive treatments, results differ from person to person, however, on a general note it is recommended 1-2 sessions every 2 weeks, with a visible change within 2-3 months, with the best results being seen at 6 months (where treatment most likely will no longer be needed except for maintenance).

So there you have it, a quick overall idea on what exactly is the BTL EXILIS ELITE treatment, on my next blog post I will write a little further in depth on the steps and process of the treatment, also which serums were used personalised to me. (Keeping it for another day, as it is A LOT to absorb).

Any questions, just ask me! Or message me on my instagram account @lifeofachocolategirl

You can also find the girls from Cherry Beauty Lounge (where I did my treatment) on instagram and Facebook [just click the words].

Further below, I have written this post also in ROMANIAN for my lovely Romanian readers, enjoy! 🙏

Romană

Am realizat recent ca de fapt îmbătrânesc, știu ca unii dintre voi va gândiți la vârsta mea și va întrebați, ce? Îmbătrânit? Dar haideți sa fim sinceri, doua nașteri, nopți nedormite cu bebelușii, si in general viața de mamă și restul haosului de zi cu zi (căruia cu drag ii fac aparțin, dar care lasă urme pe corpul meu). Și doar recent m-am trezit și am realizat ca “wow îmbătrânesc?!” Nu ca ar fi ceva foarte in neregula cu asta, dar alergând in marea majoritate a timpului, ducând copiii la grădinițe, cumpărături, cluburi cu copiii, întâlniri la prânz, cumpărături din nou, ședințe foto, vreau ca fata mea sa fie in cea ma proaspătă stare, pentru cât mai mult timp și in cel mai natural mod. Drept urmare astăzi am hotărât sa experimentez primul meu tratament facial numit – BTL EXILIS ELITE. 

Am vrut sa scriu aici pe blog puțin despre el pentru ca sincer îmi place foarte mult, neinvaziv, hidratant și personalizat pentru tenul meu, e tratamentul perfect pentru o mama extrem de activa și sinceră sa fiu pentru ați menține mintea limpede din când in când. Mulți dintre voi nu ați auzit probabil de BTL EXILIS ELITE, (nici eu, dar ma bucur ca l-am descoperit! ), prin urmăre am hotărât ca in aceast articol sa trecem peste exact ce este și in ce consta acest tratament.

Ce înseamnă BTL EXILIS ELITE? BTL EXILIS ELITE este un aparat nonevaziv pentru conturul fetei și al corpului, conceput pentru ați strânge pielea in același timp cu reducerea grasimei și a liniilor fine, a unor riduri.

Folosește o combinație de energie monopalara prin radiofrecvențe, ultrasunete pentru a stimula procesul de lipoliză (topirea grăsimilor) și remodelare cu colagen (pentru întinderea pielii) pentru a ajuta la modelarea fetei și corpului.

Cum funcționează? EXILIS ELITE folosește o combinație de energie prin radiofrecvențe( 3.4 MHz pana la 120 Watts), ultrasunete și răcirea pielii pentru a livra caldura controlată in adâncul țesutului, adresându-se astfel unor riduri mai adânci, pielii lăsate, dar și la suprafața pielii tratând riduri mai fine.

Vârful aplicatorului folosește energie termala focusată pentru a întrerupe fibrele de colagen din adâncul pielii. Acest tratament urmărește sa crească temperatura la nivelul pielii la 40-42°C timp de 4-5 minute pe fiecare arie tratată pentru a iniția colangenul strângă pielea. ( acest proces se va simți precum un masaj călduț )

Cât de repede se vor vedea rezultate? Precum cele mai comune tratamente neinvazive, rezultatele diferă de la persoana la persoana, dar ca o nota generala se recomanda 1-2 sesiuni la interval de 2 săptămâni, cu rezultate clar vizibile după 2-3 luni, iar cele mai bune rezultate după 6 luni. (După aceasta perioada cel mai probabil va fi nevoie doar menținere) .

Așa ca asta e, o idee generala asupra ce însemna tratamentul BTL ELIXIS ELITE, într-un articol viitor voi scrie mai in amănunt despre pașii și procesul acestuia precum și personalizat folosite pentru mine.

Orice întrebări aveți va rog sa îmi scrieți aici sau pe Instagram @lifeofachocolategirl

De asemenea le puteți găsi pe fete de la Cherry Beauty Lounge (unde am făcut acest tratament) pe Instagram și Facebook.

 

Acai berry protein smoothie bowl || vegan 🌱|| sugar free ||gluten free ||

Macronutrients

 C 37.5g F 4g P 12g Fiber 11.9g – 235 kcal/serving without toppings

 

Like I promised on my social media, I’ve made for you guys an amazing protein smoothie  bowl recipe. It is sooooo simple and easy to make, but at the same time so creamy and fluffy delicious that after eating it, you may rethink about getting an ice cream. In order to make this deliciousness all you need is a food processor (or a big blender) and a some basic ingredients as following:

  • 1 big frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries – I really love raspberries so I used them
  • coconut milk – for a super creamy consistency you can use canned coconut milk, but if you are calorie conscious like me use Alpro Coconut
  • 20 g Organic hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp Organic acai berry powder – the powders we got from MyProtein

Asa cum v-am promis pe social media, v-am pregatit o reteta de smoothie proteic ce se serveste in bol. Este atat de simplu de facut si in acelasi timp atat de cremos si delicios incat dupa ce il mananci s-ar putea sa-l preferi in favoarea unei inghetate. Pentru a-l prepara tot ce ai nevoie este de un robot de bucatarie sau un blender mare si de cateva ingrediente de baza:

  • 1 banana mare congelata
  • 1/2 cana de fructe de padre congelate, eu prefer zmeura asa ca am folosit-o pe aceasta, dar e la fel de delicios in ambele versiuni.
  • 50 ml lapte de cocos – pentru un produs final super cremos sugerez pe cel la conserva, pentru cei ca si mine care se uita la cate calorii consuma se poate folosi bautura de cocos gen Alpro Coconut.
  • 20 g praf proteic din seminte de canepa organic
  • 1 lingurita de praf de acai organic – eu am ales aceste produse de la MyProtein

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Simple, right?

Next just throw in the ingredients, like the frozen fruit and the powders…and

Simplu nu?

Acum punem toate ingredientele in robot, fructele congelate si prafurile si….

then blitz….and add your coconut to get it going to a smooth consistency (don’t add to much because you will make it to thin and then you will need a straw, which is fine…it will taste just as good 😊)

pornim….adaugand cate putin din laptele de cocos pentru a obtine un continut cremos (avand grija sa nu punem prea mult, deoarece il transformam intr-o bautura si vom avea nevoie de un pai, iar noi urmarim o cosistenta unei creme…oricum va fi super gustos 😊)

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After it is all well combined into a yummy cream pour it into a bowl, top it with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds and enjoy a super heathy breakfast, desert, or snack!

Dupa ce e combinat bine intr-o crema delicioasa, o punem intr-un bol si adaugam topingurile favorite, cum ar fi nuci, alune, seminte, granola, fructe proaspete sau uscate si savuram un mic dejun sanatos, sau un desert sau chiar un snack!

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Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna!

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Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx

This blog post is not sponsored by any of the companies of which products are presented.

 

Spaghetti bolognese – vegan 🌱 soy free – gluten free 

Macronutrients 

C 65g F11g P 14g F 10.6g – 412 kcal/serving with the wholewheat pasta

Ingrediente 

  • spaghete integrale Barilla/ fara gluten pentru cei cu intoleranta
  • 2 cepe roșii medii
  • 2 morcovi
  • 2 bete de apio
  • 100 g ciuperci champinion sau salbatice pentru o savoare mai puternica
  • 1 cățel de usturoi
  • 1/2 cub instant supa legume
  • 1 pahar de vin roșu
  • 1 cutie de roșii cuburi
  • 1 lingura de pasta de roșii
  • 1/2 mana de pătrunjel verde
  • 1 băț rozmarin verde sau 1 lingurița de uscat
  • Busuioc verde pentru plating
  • Ulei de măsline extravirgin si presat la rece
  • Sare si piper dupa gust

Ingredients

  • – Barilla spaghetti / gluten free spaghetti for those with intolerance
  • – 2 medium red onions
  • – 2 carrots
  • – 2 sticks of celery
  • – 100 g chestnut mushrooms or wild mushrooms for a stronger flavor
  • – 1 clove of garlic
  • – 1/2 cubed instant vegetable soup
  • – 1 glass of red wine
  • – 1 can of tomatoes
  • – 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • – 1/2 hand green parsley
  • – 1 green rosemary stick or 1 teaspoon dried
  • – Green basil for plating
  • – Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • – Salt and pepper to taste

Metoda/Method 

Totul începe prin pregătirea legumelor si anume tăierea acestora in cubulețe mici, cu cat mai mărunt cu atât mai bine. Un hack ar fi trecerea acestora prin răzătoare, asta nefiind valabilă pentru ciuperci pentru care trebuie totuși folosit cuțitul 😊 dar nu disperați e acestea nu trebuie extrem de mărunt fiind ca odată ce se călesc in tigaie si pierd apa, pierd si drastic din dimensiune.

It all begins with preparing the vegetables, mainly cutting them into small cubes, the finer the better. A hack would be getting them through graters, which is not applicable for mushrooms for which the knife must still be used, but do not despair. You don’t need to chop them to fine, as once they shrink  in the skillet, with the loss of water, they lose drastically size.

 

 

Pune o oala la foc mare si odată ce asta s-a încins adăugăm circa 2-3 linguri de ulei de măsline, eu am folosit de sâmburi de struguri de data asta, dupa care adăugăm trio-ul de legume tăiate cubuleț.

Put a pot on the big fire and once this is spiking hot, add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, I used grape seed because I ran out of olive oil, then add the trio of chopped vegetables.

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Le lăsam la călit amestecând din cand in cand pentru ca acestea sa nu se prindă de oala pentru circa 8-10 minute, la foc mediu.

 

Intre timp intr-o tigaie tot așa dupa ce aceasta e încinsă adăugăm ciupercile fara ulei si le prajim. In felul acesta scoatem toată aroma pe care acestea sunt capabile sa o ofere.

Let them cook by stirring occasionally so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pot for about 8-10 minutes, on medium fire.

Meanwhile in a pan, just after it’s hot, add the mushrooms without oil and fry them. In this way we get out of them all the flavour they are able to offer.

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Peste cubuletul instant de legume punem circa 1 l de apa fiarta pentru a face supa de legume. Daca aveți supa făcută de casa o recomand cu drag pe aceea, variata aceasta este una rapida si utila celor pentru care timpul este limitat.

Pour about 1 l of boiled water over the instant vegetable cube to make the vegetable stock. If you have a house-made stock, I highly recommend it, this is a quick and useful one for those who have limited amount of time.

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Dupa ce vedeți ca ciupercile au scăzut considerabil si încep sa se prindă de fundul tigăii adăugați putina supa pentru a le desprinde iar apoi opriți focul si le puneți deoparte.

After you see that the mushrooms are considerably reduced and caramelised on the bottom of the pan, add a little stock to remove any of the mushrooms that are stuck to the pan (deglazing), then turn off the fire and set them aside.

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Revenim la legumele noastre care ar trebui sa fie bine călite acum si adăugăm cam o lingura de pasta de roșii, un cățel de usturi razalit si rozmarinul tocat fin si amestecam câteva minute.

We turn our attention back to our vegetables which should be well cooked by now and add a tablespoon of tomato paste, the minced garlic and finely chopped rosemary and mix for a few minutes.

 

 

Dupa ce am incorporat bine si aceste ingrediente vine si momentul cel mai frumos. Luați acel pahar de vin si dupa ce l-ați gustat sa vedeți daca e bun 😁 adăugați-l peste. Nu va faceți griji in privința alcoolului deoarece acesta se va evapora si tot ce va rămâne este aroma unui vin de buna calitate. Eu cand gătesc cu vin mereu ajung sa beau un pahar si sa pun o muzica buna pentru a crea o ambianta plăcuta.

After incorporating well these ingredients comes the most beautiful moment. Take that glass of wine and after tasting it to see if it’s good 😁 add it in. Do not worry about alcohol because it will evaporate and everything that remains will be the flavour of a good quality wine. When I cook with wine I always drink a glass and put on some good music to create a pleasant atmosphere.

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Nu e un ingredient absolut obligatoriu, cei cărora nu le place sau nu il au, il pot exclude dar nu indic acest lucru deoarece aportul la aroma si gust e foarte mare. Odată redus…

It is not an absolutely mandatory ingredient, those who do not like it, can exclude it, but do not recommend it because the flavour and taste is great. Once reduced …

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Adăugăm conserva de roșii cuburi, pe care o reumple cu supa de legum si o adăugăm si pe aceasta.

Add the canned tomato cubes, then refill it with vegetable soup and add it in.

 

 

Iar pentru următoarea jumătate de ora lasati  preparatul sa fiarbă la foc mic, timp in care puteti sa savurati acel pahar vin, verificati rețelele de socializare, poate faceti niște poze sau insta stories in care va mândriti ca ați făcut un preparat foarte gustos si imi dați si mie un tag sau folosiți hashtag-ul #lcgfood 👊🏼

And for the next half hour, let your simmer over small fire, while you can enjoy that glass of wine, check out social networks, make some pictures or insta stories to show everyone how proud you are of what you have made add the hashtag #lcgfood so I can see your creation too. 👊🏼

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Nu va relaxați prea mult ca am uitat de paste 🤦🏽‍♂️

Puneți intr-o alta oala câte un litru de apa pentru fiecare 100 g de pasta la fiert cu o lingurița de sare si doar dupa ce aceasta fierbe adăugați spaghetele pe care le lăsați conform instrucțiunilor de pe pachet.

Dupa ce sosul s-a redus substanțial adăugați o mâna de pătrunjel si daca morcovii nu sunt inca moi adăugați si restul supei si mai fierbeți.

Do not relax too much because I forgot pasta 🤦🏽‍♂️

Put in another pot a litre of water for each 100 g of the paste to boil with a teaspoon of salt and just after it get to the boiling point add the spaghetti. You leave it to cook according to the instructions on the package.

After the sauce is substantially reduced add a handful of parsley and if the carrots are still not soft add the rest of the soup and reduce it again.

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Cand ajungeți la consistenta aceasta pot sa va felicit pentru ca ați realizat primul vostru ragu vegan! Booom 💥

When you get to the right consistency, I can congratulate you for having made your first vegan ragu! Booom 💥

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Amestecați spaghetele cu sosul ragu si puțin apa de la paste, presărați câteva frunze de busuioc iar apoi indopati-va gurile, glumesc! Trebuie sa mâncam frumos, sa mestecam fiecare gura de mâncare cat mai mult si mai bine, sa socializam cu familia sau cu cine luam masa, sau cel puțin sa incercam! 😂

Pofta buna! Bon appetit! Enjoy!

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Mix spaghetti with ragu sauce and some pasta water, sprinkle a few basil leaves and then stuff your mouth, jokes! We have to eat nicely, chew every mouthful of food, socialise with the family or eat, or at least try! 😂

Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna! Enjoy!

And do not forget to share and subscribe because you receive email notifications for each new post, I promise better pictures on the next one!

Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx

Fasting February Results

Hello, hello, welcome to March. I would love to say welcome to SPRING, buuut I have seen that all over Europe we are very much still stuck in snow, so spring will have to wait. However, for my fellow followers, the 1st of March signified something else…it signified the end of fasting February, and with that the RESULTS! If you’re new to the blog, then click HERE to catch up and to know all about what I’m talking about.

So below I will put my results of my DAILY weigh in’s, so you can see how much they differ, and YES, they vary a lot. HOWEVER, you will also see that I did indeed lose weight, which is great! I will not be posting in this specific blog post all about how I found it and the other questions, I actually would like to ask you guys on insta to send in all the questions, to which I will then do an accompanying BLOG POST VLOG. All about intermittent fasting, the pros and cons etc. etc. If  you don’t already follow me on insta, then go follow me @lifeofachocolategirl because I’m doing a different challenge for March, and always posting my daily updates on my insta stories of course of all the weird stuff I’m doing!

FEBRUARY WEIGH INS + CARDIO

01/02 – 53.3kg – 2.64km – 10.5 hours

02/02 – 53.2kg – 5.80km – 13 hours

03/02 – 53.1kg – 2.61km – 9.5 hours

04/02 – 53.8kg – 12 hours

05/02 –  Sick – 13 hours

06/02 – 51.9kg – 9.5hours

07/02 – 51.7kg – 2.06 – 12 hours 

08/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

09/02 – 51.3kg – 7.53 – 7 hours 

10/02 – 51.9kg – 10.5 hours

11/02 – 51.1kg – 13 hours

12/02 – 51.1kg – 3km- 9 hours

13/02 – 51.6kg – 5.65 –  10 hours

14/02 – 51.9kg – 14 hours

15/02 – 51.2kg – 3km – 12 hours

16/02 – 51.8kg – 10 hours

17/02 – 51.4kg – 12 hours

18/02 – 51.3kg – 8 hours

19/02 – 51.7kg – no fasting 

20/02 – 51.9kg – 2km – no fasting 

21/02 – 51.5kg – 9.6km – 12 hours

22/02 – 51.1kg – 1km – 12 hours 

23/02 – 51.2kg – 2.88km – 9 hours 

24/02 – 51.8kg – no fasting

25/02 – 52.4kg – 3km – no fasting

26/02 – 52.2kg – 12 hours

27/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

28/02 – 50.8kg – 3.08 – 12  hours 

Cardio total: 44.25Km Weight loss total: 2.5kg

A love note for Dragobete

Sweet smiles, skipped beats, held hands, heartbeats.

Catch the spark, a work of art, the beauty of her body, a beating heart.

Touch my soul, feel me fly, engulf my whole, you and I.

Taste my essence, touch my skin, feel my presence, reel me in.

Whispered secrets, dreamy gaze, exchanged thoughts, different ways.

Sounds of laughter, tears of pain, sought after, again and again.

Smell my scent, I’ll drown in yours, you’ll hold my heart as I hold yours.

Love is made and felt and seen, this is love, this is real.