PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION: Q&A WITH EVA CZARNOCKA
How do you keep toned?
I believe in balance in every area of my life. For me, it represents a fundamental state of mental and physical calm. After travelling constantly over the last few years I realised that perfection doesn’t exist. It is almost impossible to keep a strict workout or diet routine without the base. I was kind of shocked at first, but then it turned out that losing extreme self- discipline made me more free and happy. It also helped me to expand the other areas of my life and spirit I wasn’t focused on. I learned how to listen to my body deeply by practicing Astanga Yoga a few years ago. Astanga shows you who you really are and what you need from your body. Of course, I had a lot of layers to go through before I got there! The process wasn’t easy but worth it. Now I do Astanga occasionally just to keep myself more creative and maintain flexibility. When I am not able or don’t feel like working out for a week, I push myself harder the next time. I also created myself a routine that mixes yoga with fitness elements. I do it after my cardio session at the gym. I am always focused on my spirit and mind rather than the body. Everything comes from within.
What do you eat?
I eat everything. In my opinion, every restriction leads to the failure. From my personal experience, the timing and calories matter most. Usually, I do intermittent fasting 16:8, it is natural for me. I like to keep myself active and awake during the day that’s why I decided to do so. I am not the biggest fan of dairy because I spent a lot of time in Asia, where diary basically doesn’t exist. I am not a vegan; I do eat meat (usually chicken breast or lean beef steak). I drink a lot of milk and I find the eggs as a great source of protein. Moderation is the key to everything. If you want to check more informations about calorie intake or specific meals please go and check out my ebook.
What is your workout routine?
I don’t like the term routine. My body is built on Astana Yoga. I am doing gym, HIIT training, Astanga or any dynamic yoga right now. My next goal is TRX. When I feel like I need more grounding I am doing yoga for a week or so. I am flexible both with my workout routine and diet. You need to realise: you do it for yourself, not to impress other people. Don’t be hard on yourself just listen to your body and spirit deeply. Do whatever YOU feel like doing and don’t watch the others. Never!
How do you keep your ABS so perfect?
I am sorry to tell you this but abs is 80% your calorie intake. I will be sharing my exact abs routine in the upcoming ebook. Also remember that abs and core should be engaged into every activity you are doing. Make sure you eat enough protein. Abs are also a genetic predisposition. We all are different and this is amazing!
What cardio do you do?
I was doing the elliptical machine for last 2 years (from 30 to 40 minutes) but I am trying switching to HIIT training to be more effective in a shorter period of time. It can help you to achieve 40 minutes of cardio machine in 20 minutes. HIIT helps me with the conditioning and coordination. I used to swim a lot in my past.
How many workouts do you do per week?
Right now I am trying to do 6 workouts per week.
How long have you been training to get to this stage?
I believe in progress over perfection. I started to train on regular basis 5 years ago by getting myself into heavy Astanga Yoga practice. At this stage of my life, I was very miserable and disconnected to my true self. Yoga helped me rebuild my strength both physically and mentally. When I moved away from Poland and started to live and travel, I couldn’t manage to practice every day. After several years it was enough for me. I realised my body is even too flexible without appropriate conditioning and coordination. That’s why I added the gym to my routine. Any form of physical activity is very cleansing and I find working out as a great therapy.
How many calories do you eat in a day?
Please check my ebook for a calorie intake