25.7.14

THE FREE GYM


How many of you are signed up to a gym? 
How many of you actually go to the gym?

If you're anything like me then the first answer will be Yes and the second answer will be No.

I must have spent over £500 on a gym membership which I used no more than 20 times.
Mainly down to working, travelling to the gym, not feeling the motivation I needed.
When I was there I'd just use the treadmill, the bike, the stair master and the light weights.

All things I have at home.
I don't really have that much money, having just graduated and trying to find my feet so £20 a month is A LOT of money to be spending out on something I could do for free and enjoy myself a lot more.

Since I started to take my health and fitness more seriously I have been enjoying the weather and taking my workout outside in the sun! Now I actually prefer running around my local park for half an hour, breathing in fresh air and looking at the beautiful landscape around me than staring at a wall or the sweaty guy on the treadmill in front of me. I'm starting to enjoy exercise a lot more.

This post isn't to say, everyone should quit the gym!

The message is you don't need a gym to become fitter when you have all you need around you at home!
The gym is perfect for those on a higher level of fitness but for those on a budget, have little time or just don't have the confidence to join a commercial gym just yet, working out at home is a great alternative.


A quick example.

30 mins Treadmill feeling unmotivated, staring at a wall.Watching the timer and wishing it could be over!

to

30 mins run around the park / streets visually seeing my progress, thinking wow, I've done pretty well so far! I could probably keep going!



200 steps on stair master almost falling to my death every time I lift my head up to have a nosey around the gym.

to

Walking up and down the stairs in my house 20 times. 


10 mins on the bike whilst scrolling through instagram.

to

 10 min bike ride on a real bike stopping to take pretty pictures for instagram.


I know I'm feeling more motivated and I have an extra £20 to spend on new clothes yay!

Ready to sign up to the Free gym?

Here are some workout examples you can do in the comfort of your own home or garden.

(All images found on pinterest, I do not own copyright)









All of these can be done in 30 mins or less!
You could do these at the time you'd be doing something to pass the time,
such as in between cooking a meal, running a bath etc. 

So now you have no excuse.

See my facebook page for more tips!

https://www.facebook.com/CinnamonTanBlog

Have a great day!











15.7.14

THE POSITIVE DIET


You may have tried out every diet under the sun and nothing has worked.
Statistically 95% of people who diet fail.

Ever wondered why?

Ask yourself why you do things in life, the answers will be of two things:
-Because it makes me happy.
-Because it makes me unhappy.

 I believe that before anyone starts a new diet or wants to change something in their lives for good,
they should first change the way they think and go on a mind diet.

Without a clear mind you are just setting yourself up for failure because as soon as one hurdle comes along, you'll shut down and give up.

I, like thousands of people around the world have been depressed about one thing or another,
I'd sit around and cry and generally feel sorry for myself saying:
"I hate my life"

But I didn't / don't hate my life.. not all of it at least, just the parts that make me unhappy.

I recently started to think more positively and my life changed in so many ways, I no longer hated my life 
and even said -
 "I LOVE my life!" 
Something I would have never have said before.



I stayed happy for 37 days and had the best 37 days of my life.
But like most dieters I failed on day 38, I let somebody else's negative thought get in the way of my happiness. I allowed their thought to drag me back down to my unhappy state and I began to hate life again.

 This "positive diet" won't undo a lifetime of unhappiness, but it can arm you with techniques to help you get out of those darker days to feel happier, feel at peace with yourself and feel healthier from the inside, out. 

Through positive thinking I got myself out of the unhappy state and I'm ready to start day 1 again.

Over the next 7 days you will need to talk to yourself religiously.

Words such as:

"I can't"
"I hate"

must disappear from your vocabulary.

You must stay strong and don't give in.

Start your day as you mean to go on, as soon as you wake up - smile.
You have so much to be happy about, think about all the things that make you smile.
Find the things that make you smile the most and stick them up where you can see them every morning.

For me it's pictures of my siblings, my friends, my family, my boyfriend, 
images from my pinterest boards 
and a ribbon from the prettiest bouquet of flowers I've ever received that 
made happier than I've ever felt.

You have so much to be grateful for, even though you may not see it that way at times.
Write down everything you are grateful for in your life and each day keep adding to that list.

I am grateful for my health, my family and friends, my boyfriend, my job, my pets, my bed, my home, my sight, my happiness, being warm, having food to eat and water to drink, having a good education, being around positive people....

On the bus? On your lunch break? Bored?

Instead of going on your phone and scrolling through facebook for half an hour, take a walk in the park, or sit out side, or stare out of the window and allow your self to day dream.

Think about what you want out of life, what truly makes you happy then allow yourself to slip into a day dream, clearing your mind of any negativity. 

I like to day dream when I'm in the queue at the post office, I think about the things I want to do in my life, new things I want to try and I instantly feel happier and more motivated.

Doing something good for someone else, 
(Committing a selfless act)
can do amazing things for your happiness.

This can be anything from helping someone with their shopping, doing someone a favour or even just saying a few nice words to someone who's feeling a bit down. 
Passing on your positive energy will only ever create more positive energy, 
making someone smile will make you smile. 

It's contagious. 

From time to time you will get that bad thought wiggling its way  into your mind,
it's ok, nobody is happy 100% of the time.



Try to replace those bad thoughts with good as soon as you think them.

I'm having such a bad day, nothing is going right for me.. I hate my life
-
Actually, I made somebody smile today and that made me feel amazing, I'm just having a bad day.. not a bad life.

Make yourself a wish list, this can be material or just things you'd like to achieve in life.
I personally love making wish lists as they remind me that I have so much to look forward too
and I feel happy and more positive when I get to cross one off. 

The more you involve these steps into your daily life the more you will feel positive and in turn become a more positive person. If you feel like your having a really bad day / week, or if someone pushes their negativity on you, just remember that this is just one small speed bump on your road to happiness.

Remember when you feel positive you free your mind to achieve new things,
so if you want something go get it!

That new body, it's yours!
New job? Go get it!
A happier life.. You know how to achieve it.












28.6.14

ROSIE FOWLER - GRADUATE COLLECTION

 
























This week I had the absolute pleasure of photographing
Rosie Fowlers graduate collection.
Beautiful floaty fabrics paired with beautifully crafted neoprene jackets.

Model: 
 Daniella Schutze
velvetsundaystyle.blogspot.co.uk

Designer: 
Rosie Fowler
Instagram : @Rosie.x.designs






26.6.14

HEALTHY IS THE NEW BLACK


Healthy is the new black.
Health and fitness is a huge part of our current generation. 
Everyone is striving to become a better version of themselves. 
I'm not talking about "fad diets", "yo-yo dieting" and "quick weight loss".
I mean those who are making a change to their eating and exercise habits - for life!

I love scrolling through my social media accounts and seeing amazing achievements being
reached each and everyday. It makes me happy and makes me realise that I should have made a drastic change to my lifestyle a long, long, time ago but, that's not to say it's too late. 
In my opinion it's never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle
 unless of course you have underlying health problems.

In aid of helping others to lead a healthier lifestyle I've put together a fitness planner called,
you guessed it, Healthy is the new black. It contains pages to plan your goals, monitor your progress and track your workouts and diet. I'm currently giving away 30 copies of my trial version which lasts 1 month.
I have 15 copies left, please get in contact if you'd like to be apart of the trial. 


The complete planner will last 6 months - 1 year and will contain more inspiration, motivational tips,
exercises, recipes and much more. Please enjoy the first 4 weeks, any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Good luck with your fitness journey.