She’s a gymnast, a diver, and a member whose presence in the PumpUp community is difficult to miss. She radiates positivity, and lives by the mantra: “You are the creator of your own destiny.” Can you guess who our Wednesday Spotlight is? (Hint: it’s @akvile!)
There’s a saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and this was partially true in Akvile’s case. Due to stress, inactivity, and forlorn feelings of isolation during a home-stay exchange program in Spain, Akvile gained fifteen pounds in the three months that she was there. “I was placed with a family where people didn’t care about me and didn’t talk to me, so I was stressed almost all the time,” she explains. “Even though I wasn’t eating a lot and walked long distances, ran, danced, and exercised because there wasn’t much else to do… I gained so much weight and so little muscle.” It was difficult for her to adjust to this physical transformation when she arrived at home. “I was even more stressed out because everyone mentioned that I changed a lot,” she admits. “I said to myself: ‘It is time to work out a little harder.”
Since then, she sings praises about how her resolution to exercise became the best decision of her life. It wasn’t without challenges, as her weight fluctuated a bit after that fateful summer. “I was naturally quite skinny before Spain, but [when I began to exercise after], I lost 24 lbs in 4 months,” she explains. Akvile began by eating very small portions and engaging in intense cardio exercises: hour-long cycling sessions, long-distance running, and more. “I burned more calories than I ate!” she exclaims. “I was underweight—almost anorexic. [Now], I am so happy to say that I have found the right weight.”
Akvile attributes the bulk of her success to weight lifting, working out 3-4 times a week, and being mindful of what she eats. She joined the PumpUp family three months ago in pursuit of motivation to work out harder. “I thought, here I could find people who are dreaming about the same things. They will push me to work out harder and won’t let me give up!” affirms Akvile.
For PumpUp members looking to become more active, Akvile advises that we should never complain about not having enough time. “You are reading this post, after all, which means you have free time,” says Akvile. “As you become active you will feel stronger, healthier, and happier! I know from experience. The beginning is always hard but as long as you stay strong and motivated, you will reach your goal!” She counsels us to start modestly and slowly, for example by gradually increasing the distance and/or pace of our runs.
As Akvile continues to inspire others on PumpUp, she aspires to motivate them to reach their goals. “I just really want to help others because I know how important motivation can be!” she professes. “I already have so many followers who make my day with their amazing comments and positivity! Here, I have found so much positivity and happiness.” She admits that she also feels like a role model for a lot of people on PumpUp. “It forces me not to skip my workout, because I can share it with my second family,” she warmly smiles.
Her biggest motivation is seeing her own results, because it provides purpose to any residual soreness she feels when she exercises. “Strive for progress, not perfection,” she states. “We have different types of bodies and striving to look like somebody with a thigh gap when you have narrow hips could destroy you!” Akvile also looks up to Pamela Rf and confesses, “She is the one that I would change my body into, if it could be possible!”
Favourite Food and Drink
My favourite snacks are nuts, peaches and cheese (I love cheese!)
Meals: Chicken with rise and pineapples, whole meal bread with peanut butter and banana! Drink: kefir!! Cold water and green tea with honey
You are the creator of your own destiny! Excuses don’t burn calories.
Akvile’s workout routine (ABC):
• 25 crunches holding 5 Kg(3 reps)
• 15x2 side bends holding 15-17 Kg(3 reps)
• 15 leg raises(3 reps)
20 simple squats - 3 reps
15 squats with 15 Kg - 3 reps
15 donkey kicks with 2,5 Kg weight - 3 reps for each leg
15 fire hydrant - 3 reps each leg
Cardio: Running, walking long distances, jogging, cycling, dancing and etc.
Abs: Monday, Thursday; Butt: Tuesday, Friday; Cardio: Wednesday and Saturday or Sunday.
Akvile’s Cold Soup Recipe
50 grams of dill
100 g of onions
500 g kefir
1/2 cup sour cream
100 g red beets
Mix kefir with salt, put cut into strips red beets, cut onions and all other ingredients and mix it! Put a sour cream on the top and enjoy it with a boiled potatoes!
It is really tasty and refreshing! Bon appetite!
More about Akvile
I am a gymnast! I used to have gymnastics lessons when I was 7, but I had to quit it because of illness. However, I still can do everything the same way that I could11 years ago and have been able to accomplish even more by teaching myself :) I just love it and try to do my best!
Also, I love photography! Every time I feel sad or just bored, I take pictures of a nature! I walk, breathe fresh air and take amazing pictures!
These year I began diving! So far, I’ve received my “Advanced Open Water Diver” licence, which is just unbelievable for me! I am looking forward to go to Egypt during my autumn holidays to dive there!
I love dancing and singing! Actually, I was always dreaming about becoming a famous singer, but I realized that I wouldn’t live life as I wanted as being a singer.
I am wearing braces (that is why I don’t smile in pictures :D), I never do what others tell (I find it so annoying! ), I am caramel ice cream maniac ( I eat it everyday, I just can’t handle it! ) I love when people smile at me!
Follow Akvile on PumpUp @akvile and on Instagram @elivkaaa