Tuesday, 20 May 2014

FITNESS MOTIVATION

Summer is coming. Which is exciting in one aspect, because of the holidays and heat but also I wish it was a little bit further away so I could really tone up! But today I thought I would share with you my fitness motivation and just tell you about what i'm doing etc.

Throughout this post I will be talking about my experiences and what I am doing etc, but I am no health expert so this won't be 100% accurate and full of statistics, only my experiences!

My goal for this summer is to tone up in general, and feel comfortable when in bikinis or shorts etc. One thing I have been doing and have seen both physical and mental changes with is a running programme called 'couch to 5k'. It's a running app, and it is the best running app I have ever used. It basically builds up your stamina and distance that you can run. You go from doing one minute of running with a 90 second period of walking, and repeating that several times, to eventually doing 30 minutes of running. This 'training programme' lasts for 9 weeks and evolves three runs each week, but encourages you to keep up running after the programme ends. At first I could never of imagined me running 30 minutes straight, but as the weeks went on it challenged me but I never gave up and this week I ran 25 minutes. I can't remember what week I'm on exactly, but I'm pretty close to the end. I used to hate running, and could never see how people enjoyed it but now I actually enjoy running and the fresh air. It clears your head and makes you feel so much better about yourself. I recommend this app if you're looking for a way to excersize which has a structure and you would like to see both physical and mental changes. It is a challenge though, but it's not impossible! One of my favourite quotes is 'Without a challenge, there is no achievement'.

Everybody knows that water is amazing for you and we should all drink tons of it a day blah blah blah, although sometimes it can be boring or not taste as nice as Fanta (yummm) or Coke. Especially when at the end of the school day your water is warm, which is lush (not). So I have turned to detox waters. It's basically water with fruit in. Simple. You just chop up some fruit of your choice and add it to your water (it tastes a lot better when the water is cold). There are some many yummy combinations but my personal favourite is Lemon and Lime, but if i'm feeling snazzy I'll add some orange aha. If you're looking for tons of different fruit combinations, pinterest is full of them!

I have been trying to find a lot of healthy alternatives to my favourite foods recently (would you be interested in a healthy food recipies post?!), and have found quite a few yummy ones. I love pancakes but they're not very good for you, especially when you add all the sugar etc. So I found a recipie for banana pancakes, and they are the amaaaaazing. I have also switched some things in my lunch, for example replaced cake with a banana etc. It's small differences which have a big impact!

I have also come to realise that most of the time I'm not actually hungry, I'm just bored. So instead of eating between meals, I'm trying to either just wait or have fruit instead or a yoghurt.

I hope this post has maybe motivated you! You can do it, just don't give up. One quote often runs through my head when working out (or even revision) is 'Short term pain, long term gain'. If you want something so badly, you will and can achieve it. Be continuous and even when you've had an awful day, chocolate will make it better for one minute, but later you will regret it!

I have been rather busy recently with exams and all those wonderful things to do with school. But I have been really trying had with trying to get fit and healthy so I thought this post would be good to motivate maybe some of you guys as well as myself! Thank goodness half-term is next week, but I already have tons of art coursework to do and finish, so that will be what my holiday will consist of. Oh, and science revision! Although hopefully with it being half-term I'll be able to write and schedule more posts...I hope...
 
'Sore today, stronger tomorrow'
 
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

SPRING MUSTS

Helloooo, yes I still exist, I once again apologise for my absence. I'm sure if you follow a teen blogger on twitter or their blog, you will know exams are taking over teenagers lives, including mine. But, I won't bore you with millions of petty excuses why I haven't blogged in well over a week (which in theory isn't a lot, but I feel annoyed if I haven't blogged in over a week...).

I love spring. It's not too hot, not too cold. It's perfect. It occurred to me that every spring, I seem to 'use' similar things. So I thought I'd do a little post all about what my spring essentials are. 

My first must have has to be this cup. I'm sure it has a proper name but I can't think of it! I brought it for £2.50 from Sainsburies, and it has become my new favourite 'thing'. It's made me drink so much more water, which is a bonus because well water is fabulous for you. 

My Topshop satchel has been a firm favourite throughout spring so far, it goes with everything and just makes a lazy outfit look that little bit more put together. It also fits a reasonable amount of stuff in!

Me and nail polishes have a 'love hate' relationship. I love the look of painted nails, but I always smudge them and am too impatient to wait for them to completely dry. But when I have painted my nails I've gone for either this sinful colours polish or my topshop mint green one! They're both reasonably priced and don't easily chip, which is fab. 

I. Love. Lipsticks. It official. Lipsticks are my favourite type of makeup products! This spring I have been obsessed with having pink lips, and at the weekends I love a hot pink lip! My favourite brands for their pink lippys are Mac, Estée Lauder and MUA. But I'm not gonna say too much as I am planning on writing a post all about them. 

Scrunchies have been everywhere at the moment! I feel as though everyone and their mum owns one. I rarely have my hair up, but when I do a scrunchie is required! Personally, I think adding a scrunchie is a great way to make your hair look a bit different or just make it look a bit 'cuter'! My personal favourites are the two dotty ones featured in this photo from New Look, and the other one featured is from Toshop.

I hope you've enojoyed this post! I will be back very soon with a outfit post, which I am very excited about! I now have to do some science revision, because by writing this post I seemed to have procrastinated a fair bit aha! Oh well! 

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO...

For todays post I thought I would do a little 'update', because although I do ramble a lot, I feel as though I don't ever just sit and update you guys a lot. Plus I love reading posts about peoples weeks, because i'm ridiculously nosy.

Rediscovered my love for face paint
Last night I went to a birthday party which was a mad hatters tea party, we all had to dress up and I decided to go as the Cheshire Cat. After hours of watching youtube tutorials, I went for it and did a massive Cheshire Cat smile, with purple smokey eyes and purple contouring, a cat nose and whiskers... you get the picture. Although it wasn't perfect (as it was my first attempt), it wasn't awful and I had a lot of fun doing it. It has also sparked my love for special effect makeup!

My obsession with bananas
Ahhh bananas, they're my favourite fruit ever. I could literally eat them all day. This week I seemed to have eaten a ridiculous amount of them. I am also 'attempting' to be on a health kick, so bananas are being my replacement for chocolate. Although, as much as I love bananas, chocolate will always be the favourite.

Revision
I hate revision. Those three words sum up my attitude whenever I have to sit down, focus and just revise. I am currently revising for science exams, and it's going okay. It could be going better, but at least I've started. Although I am starting to panic a bit, as I've just realised how close they actually are. hmmmmm, I should probably revise after writing this.

Started wearing blusher
I never used to wear blusher as I have naturally rosy cheeks, and felt as though it made my cheeks look like strawberries. But when my auntie kindly gave me this palette, as she never used it, I fell in love. Each blusher is amazingly pigmented, and gives a nice glow to the skin. I have also mastered where to apply blusher without making me look like a strawberry, wooo better late than never!

I hope you all had a lovely week and are enjoying the bank holiday weekend, it's such a lovely feeling knowing that you don't have to go to school tomorrow. If only it was like every week...

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