Hi there, my name is Timea. Welcome to my blog!
I’m a personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who loves throwing around heavy stuff and swinging kettlebells – the girlier the colour, the better. (Ideally, raspberry pink). I also love disappearing for long runs in the Buckinghamshire wilderness, usually fuelled by smoothies. Writing this fitness & running blog is a juggling act as I’m currently training to complete 12 half marathons in 12 months, and working in a full-time job as a Human Resources Advisor at a large professional services company in the City.
I’m based just outside London with my Hubby and two adorable Siberian Forest pussycats, Holly and Lydia – or the Furminators, as I like to call them.
Below are some questions you might want to ask about me and this website…
What is this blog about?
This blog is centered around building resilience, to help people grow into the strongest and fittest versions of themselves, inside-out, no matter what life throws at them or what they choose to throw themselves into.
Based on my own experience, I firmly believe that building resilience starts with fostering a strong and fit body first.
I also think that fostering strength and fitness in the two other dimensions – mental and spiritual – are on equal footing with this, however, my starting point would be physical training; the way I see it is that it works its way from the outside into the deeper dimensions of the mind and the soul. I believe that if you train your body by getting yourself out onto the trails, tracks or the gym floor, your mind and spirit will be forced to come along for the ride.
I also believe that if you want more strength, then you need to challenge yourself more.
During every tougher workout or running race, I am faced with the choice of either dealing with the discomfort, or playing it safe for fear, or quitting. It is when you face the discomfort, the fatigue and the fear, you grow stronger and develop true grit. I have certainly been able to develop a resilient mindset and gained more confidence in all walks of life through the physical dimension.
It has also been scientifically proven that exercise physically remodels our brains for top performance and can positively alter our mental states, preparing us for a stronger response to all sorts of challenges.
Who is this blog for?
This blog is for you if you want to live better, reach higher, and are not afraid to dig deeper to get there. As George Sheehan (running legend and writer) said,
Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.
If you want your life to be what you want it to be, and embrace it to the fullest with all its exciting adventures, you need to adopt the mindset of an athlete and live like one by making sure that your mechanics (your body, mind and spirit) are fit, healthy and strong so that you can function at your fullest capacity. This, in turn, will help you live up to your potential and purpose.
This quote is infused into my writing, because it has changed my life – and I hope it will change yours, too, if you stick around reading my blog.
How did you come up with this blog?
I have had this blog for a couple of years, but kept it as a hobby for a long time and used it as an outlet to write about my running and fitness adventures, mainly for my own pleasure.
However, when I was exploring different career paths at work in 2016, I was led to do lots of soul-searching about what I am really passionate about and what I want to truly stand for. The answer was clear: I do not want to be stuck in a desk job for the rest of my life dealing with ‘problem children’ in the world of disciplinaries, grievances, redundancy projects and performance improvement plans. Therefore I decided to invest more time and energy into my blogging to see where this would take me, as I love connecting with people through my writing and being a positive influence on their lives.
Through my writing, I hope to be seen as a ‘go-to expert’ on the latest fitness and health ‘know-how’, bringing practical and actionable content to help people take their fitness game to the next level.
What can people expect to find here?
I love writing about all things fitness and enjoy exploring topics around peak performance and resilience through developing the mindset of an athlete.
I tend to write about races and events; free workouts, fuelling your training, favourite products and best finds, interviewing inspiring role models, dealing with injuires and coming back stronger; life lessons from running, general running and training advice, mental strategies to build resilience; setting yourself up for success, active escapes.
Feel free to browse around, especially if this is your first time landing on my blog!
Finally, some fun facts about me…
- I was born and bred in Hungary, but I call England my home. My life took a 180 degree turn when I left behind my home and family in 2007, as a love-stricken puppy to be with my English boyfriend. Thankfully, things have worked out well, as he is now my husband. (A very lucky man, haha!)
- The idea of having pets in the house used to be my worst nightmare. My hubby actually did not want to propose until I agreed to having cats. I was desperate to get married, so I finally gave in. Since we got our pussycats, I am a new person – I’m known as the ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ who keeps drooling over her cats!
- When people first meet me, they say I appear to be very formal and composed (a side-effect of spending too much time in the corporate world, I guess), but once people get to know me more, my witty and fun loving side emerges. Please bear with me!
- I am known to empty a nut butter jar or finish a whole bar of chocolate in one sitting – rationing and hiding things are the only things stopping me from turning into Miss Piggy. (You can always bribe me with a box of dark chocolate coated Brazil nuts.)
- My special ‘ninja skill’ is being able to sneak in and out of places without being noticed, and guessing what others are thinking. (This latter one freaks me out, too!)
- I once featured in a Hungarian women’s lifestyle magazine – it was a rather adventourous project with an amateur photographer and a stylist friend.
- The only time I’m not a girly girl is when it comes to books and movies. Bring on the zombies, an apocalypse, or give me a space ship full of aliens!
- My fitness idols are Paula Radcliffe, Molly Galbraith, Zuzka Light and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In health and happiness,