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sábado, 16 de fevereiro de 2019

FEBUARY Running Playlist

NickaPaulo


I want to try something new and share here a PLAYLIST every month. When I have the time I love going on SPOTIFY and listen to some new songs it suggests me too. When I LOVE a song I add it to a list. I usually have a GYM/RUNNING list and another activity list (cleaning, reading, GYSTing...). I love finding new songs and getting addicted to them during the month.

Last year I started doing one for running every month then I got into other types of lists and towards the end of the year, I just listened to other peoples lists (another great way to find undiscovered - for me - music that I come to love).

As much as I hate cold weather and short gloomy days, I'm trying my best to work out every day and run outside every day I have a chance. A new interesting RUNNING list always helps.


I still don't which one is my favourite but by the end of the month, I will have the song that makes me RUN HARDER... FASTER and that will be my favourite for sure.

This was a good month because Ariana Grande released her new album and it sounds quite good.

I invite you to listen to this PLAYLIST and my others and tell me in the comments which are your favourite.

sábado, 9 de fevereiro de 2019

Challenges to Do

NickaPaulo



As I said on Sunday, I'm very excited to start a new CHALLENGE every week and walk towards my goals/resolutions for this year.

Today I have a list o CHALLENGES that will be a guide to what I will be doing every week but I  may change it from week to week because I prefer to create a HABIT that I'm excited to do that one on the list just because it's there.

I would also love that you leave me a CHALLENGE in the comments if you are as excited as me.

Challenge #1: Wash my teeth 2x per day 
Challenge #2: meditaion 
Challenge #3: wake up at 6:45 (#10days)
Challenge #4: run 2k 
Challenge #5: 2.5L of water 
Challenge #6: 30 days of Instagram 
Challenge #7: 10 days 10 clothes 
Challenge #8: run 5k 
Challenge #9: Sesy workout book #1
Challenge #10: 30 days of Instagram (other account)
Challenge #11: 10k steps
Challenge #12: read 30 min (#15days)
Challenge #13:  #100 abs   
Challenge #14: meditation (#month 15 min)
Challenge #15: wake up at 6:45 (until it becomes natural)
Challenge #16:  yoga
Challenge #17:  buy a plant
Challenge #18:  Sesy workout book #2
Challenge #19: everyday small wins (#month)  
Challenge #20:  12k steps (#15days)
Challenge #21:  dairy free  & gluten free
Challenge #22: run 5k (#15days)
Challenge #23:  Wash my teeth 3x per day (#month)
Challenge #24: yoga (#month)
Challenge #25: salads
Challenge #26: HIIT (#month)
Challenge #27: 3L of water (#month)
Challenge #28:  run 5k (#30days)
Challenge #29:  read 30 min (#month)
Challenge #30:  workout application (#month)
Challenge #31:  meat free
Challenge #32: 100 squats (#month)  
Challenge #33:  vegan for a week
Challenge #34: 100 push-ups
Challenge #35: gratitude (#month)
Challenge #36:  1000 abs
Challenge #37:  wake up at 6:30 (until natural)
Challenge #38: 1500 abs
Challenge #39:  30 days of Instagram (other account)
Challenge #40:  2000 abs
Challenge #41: 3L of water (#month) 
Challenge #42: 2500 abs
Challenge #43:  DIYs Christmas (#10days)
Challenge #44: 2500 abs (#month)
Challenge #45:  soup
Challenge #46:  30 days of Instagram (Christmas theme)
Challenge #47: workout like ...



These are some of the CHALLENGES I'm thinking of doing but I will add your suggestions in between.

I invite you to do some of these CHALLENGES with me if they are part of your New Year Resolutions or even if you want to make a HABIT.

The duration of the Challenges can change depending on what I'm doing during the weeks but I want to stick to the days I have planned (the ones that don't have a period of time will be #7days CHALLENGE). I might also have some weeks with 2-3 challenges at once if I get the hang of it.

I'm very excited even though have already started the first one this week. If you want to see how I went please go to my YouTube channel (you can find the links on the top).



domingo, 28 de outubro de 2018

Fall Bucket List || 2018

NickaPaulo


Today everything is going slow and work is not wanting to get on track so I'm pausing to de-stress and write what is on my head and how I'm feeling...

My favourite season is FALL and I also love Spring but a bit more Fall because of Halloween and also Christmas is so near you can almost smell it.

I never do Bucket Lists specific for a Season but this year I just need the extra push and pick me up because I'm feeling drained and I have a lot to do before Christmas.

1. Decor for Halloween.

I do this every year because it's one of my favourite holidays. I've been buying stuff every year, adding to my collection of cute and spooky around the house nick-nacks. I have two bins of Christmas stuff and one bin of HALLOWEEN, that is how much I love it!

2. Perfect my pumpkin bread recipe.

I've been trying to make pumpkin bread without flour because I'm gluten intolerant and I don't like the no gluten flour - it seems to make me bloat the same. I've tried it out with oat flour and it became a sort of a pudding. Next time I'm trying chickpeas

3. Buy some new leggings to work out in.

This is already done by the time I post this. I'm thinking they have to be an autumn colour because I always buy black, high-waisted and cover my ankles. They also have to be warm so I can use them all winter or until the SALES.

4. Drink hot tea or lattes every night before bed.

Yesterday I did a tea for David and a latte for me. It just warms me up and I feel all cosy watching a movie (Ant-Man and The Wasp). Also, preps me for a good night sleep which has been difficult these last weeks. There is always something and this last week it was the wind, my parents have no electricity or phone and I could not contact them for days.

5. Cut my hair.



After going to Algarve and swimming with seaweed it just made me pull out all of my hair getting it out so it's really fine at the moment. I love giving it a trime in the FALL because it falls out a lot during these months and I want my hair to be beautiful for December (something important coming up in December so subscribe to my newsletter because it's free and/or to my youtube channel, I'll be announcing it everywhere soon!)

6. Go for walks in the park.

I love to walk at night in the park. It has been the best thing moving to this apartment among a lot of others. I have a new phone game POKEMON game which makes me want to walk more so our 10-30 minute walks are more like 1-2 hour walks at the moment. It's good but our series and movies are getting pushed and also dinner time is a bit too late for my liking.

7. Fireplace lite.

My and David love our fireplace and when it becomes a bit colder when can light it. This apartment is warm even in the winter so we don't need it just yet but I do want to make one or two fires just to see it lite for a little while.

8. Buy some new pillows for the Living room.

I want some SEASONAL pillows that I can change the covers from time to time but I'm so picky that I never buy any. I have my outdoor furnisher in my living room, at the moment because I don't want it to go bad in the rain. I want to tye them in with the grey and brown going on but IT'S GREEN and I have always been a little hesitant to buy green anything for the living area. We have some plants there and I always have some flowers but having green pillows or chairs was a no-no. Since I got the outdoor furniture, GREEN has been growing on me and I'm finally thinking of getting some green pillows. What do you think? Black (TV, TV stand, fireplace, table and shelves), grey (chairs and coffee table), brown (sofa/couch), white (floor and walls) and now GREEN... Is it too much?

9. Watch Nightmare Before Christmas and if possible the new Grinch movie.

I love Halloween and when it's movies that make Halloween and Christmas dance together I just need to see them all. If you have a favourite tell me in the comments because I've might not have seen it.

So these are the main things I want to do this FALL. I did some of these last Fall and I loved them so much I just had to add them on the list (1, 3 and 4). What is your bucket list for FALL? What is your favourite thing from this SEASON that you always do?

Have a beautiful day doing what makes you happy.


domingo, 15 de julho de 2018

I Need To Make More SALADs

NickaPaulo



I love to cook and do new things from time to time but I always go back to my own recipes and it's not because they are more flavorful it's just easier and what's in my brain first when I need to make something fast (which is always).

So this Summer (It's almost here) I want to try some new recipes (achieve one of my year goals) and make more salads.

When I go in search of a new recipe it is always appetizers or deserts... sometimes I do something new and VEGAN but that is like once or twice a year. Don't get me wrong I love vegan and vegetarian food but I usually just put everything that I have in my fridge in a bowl and it's almost everytime VEGAN or I'll add an egg and it's vegetarian.

I never make new salads, never... I see from time to time a Watermelon salad or a Peach one and I think: "I'm not going to like this" and I never try it. Today I'm thinking I'm missing out.

At this moment, when this post goes live I'll be in Italy and it will be all about the pasta and the "gelato" I can eat but when I come back I will start my - Getting Back on Track LifeStyle - Which I'll have a post on, in a near future.

But I want to have an eating plan that makes me eat a bunch of salads and takes me out of my comfort zone because when I'm bored with food I'll eat whatever and if I make something new and different I'll be excited to eat it even if it tastes weird. Hopefully, I'll make good recipes that I can repeat and go back to when I'm bored again.

So this is a post very exciting to me because I'm going to list some SALAD recipes that I never tried and during the next 5 months make them all and then share with you the results and which ones I'm making again. Just have in mind that I will alter the recipes making my own version of things I love and have on hand but I'll leave the links to the original recipes.

1. Cobb Salad


This looks like a colorful bowl and something I'd eat on a regular basis, that is why I put it first. Getting into SALADs with what I know.


2. Massala Lentil Salad


Since I tried Vegan Tika Massala that I've been loving everything Massala. So this one I know I will like too. Also, I already have all the ingredients at home. I just need to prep and cook.



3. Bacon and Spinach Salad



I'm not that into BACON but my boyfriend loves it and it does give a nice flavor when it's not too much but I will maybe leave it out this time.




4. Greek Salad



This is my kind of SALAD. I usually add some rice or quinoa depending on what I have on hand. But I need to leave the olives out because my boyfriend doesn't like them.
I do add them to my bowl or plate after serving, though.


5. Ultimate Ceaser Salad



I don't know why this SALAD doesn't stick to my regulars. I have made some variations in the past and it just never is that good to stay. My memory is bad so it has to make a great impression to stay.



6. Potato Salad



This is a new one. I've never tried anything like it but Byron makes some out of the box recipes that are amazing and this might be one. I'll tell you when I make my version.



7. Ultimate Grilled Zucchini Salad



It looks so good and I know I love grilled zucchini so why not try it and see if I like the mix. It does take some time to grill but the caramelized taste is without equal.


8. Best Broccoli salad



Broccoli is a green I have almost year round and I love when in season but then I just stick it in the freezer to never be seen. It will be good to have a good broccoli recipe to use it up.



9Waldorf Salad






10. Vietnamese-Style Salad



This just looks gorgeous. I just ate but I would eat this plate just with my eyes.




11. Best Quinoa Salad





I had to try a BEST recipe from Kate because it's just my go-to recipe site. I love quinoa and I have never mixed it with chickpeas before.



12. Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad





This recipe sounds like one I would never try to make if I wasn't doing a CHALLENGE like this. So I had to have one of these in here.



13. Mexican Green Salad with Jalapeño-Cilantro Dressing






I just had to have one with Jalapeños because my boyfriend loves them and he is going to try these recipes with me. One just for him.

This was really funny... I picked out the recipes without thinking of how many weeks it was and I picked exactly 16. I think it's meant-to-be.

You can see that Cookies and Kate is one of my favorite because I have like 5 recipes from there but it never lets me down on the other recipes so I always go back to it.



domingo, 20 de maio de 2018

My spiritual Animal

NickaPaulo



I've been watching a lot of  Kalyn Nicholson and I loved this last video of her's, where she talked about various things but one got my attention: What is my spiritual animal?!

I did three different quizzes and I got 3 different animals:




BUTTERFLY:

The quiz was a bit difficult and not as clear but they have a clearer animal explanation here that I was a bit more to my liking. Still does not seem too similar to me and my character.





BEE:

I was reading and I don't think my personality goes with this one click here to see. a bit better than the others but there are still questions that I'm torn between one or the other.
They also have a butterfly in their collection of insects, but they don't have a cat.
I wouldn't mind my spiritual animal being a black panther and after reading I think it's the most similar to me and how I feel. I do have a lot to learn about life still but I comprehend others really fast and know how to react to how they behave giving good advice. Do the advice is another different matter.




CAT:

I think is the most similar to my personality click here to see. The quiz is the best between the three. I did repeat it just to see if it would be different but I got the same spirit animal.

My favorite was the CAT as I already own one. I think the description is more related to me, at least as I see myself. The BUTTERFLY is cute but the description is not as accurate and the bee is nothing like me, in my opinion.

If you are curious do the quizzes and leave me in the description what was your favorite.

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