Procrastination Busters

Some tips for when you struggle with motivation that helped me…

Change your environment

If you’re in the gym day after day, change it up and get outside! It can make all the differnce. Go to the beach, go for a run outside, go hiking or biking.

Get a gym buddy

Meeting up with a mate locks you down to that session, and makes you less likely to cancel. And, it’ll make your workout fly by if you’re catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in a whgile.

Buy some cute new gym clothes

Call me shallow, but a cute new outfit has given me that extra boost. Use it as a reward to motivate you to achieve a goal.

Buy some new gym gear

Similar to the above, buy yourself some new trainers, a heart rate monitor, resistance bands, a protein powder or bars etc, something to re-invigorate your passion for exercise, and again, you can use it as a reward for achieveing a goal.

Set Goals

Whether it’s a particular muscle group, running for ‘x’ amount of times or km’s, going to workout ‘x’ times a week, or a weightloss goal, it helps to be working toward something.

Change up your playlist

Get a whole new playlist to get you moving, New tunes, and a great tip I love to do is to put a song I love halfway, and at the end of a workout.

Try some classes

This helps you stay motivated and working hard on days when you’re not feeling it. Also, helps change it up, try yoga classes, crossfit, pump at the gym, martial arts, whatever is new and challenging!

Invest in a personal trainer

Yeah, it may be expensive, but if you’re in struggle town and it helps it’s worth it. It’s like an amped up version of the gym buddy too. No cancel, commitment, and someone to push you to that next level.

There are loads of other things you can do, walk or ride to work, join a team sport, download a new app, and follow a program.

Hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me!

Cute little calories burned chart 🙂

Pocket Yoga

So, as mentioned I have found my motivation and am back in the sing of things. I did a beach walk, back and bi’s and tried the pocket yoga app for the first time – I am in love! Soooooo good, has any one else used this? I highly recommend it. I did it in a hot room and didn’t turn on the fan or air con, told myself this way it’s kinda like a hot yoga. I wasn’t expecting that much from a yoga app, but man was I wrong. I know my aunty said it’s awesome, but she does a lot of yoga, while for me it’s been a while so I was worried that I won’t remember poses, or it’ll just say names, or be hard to follow, but it was simple to follow, and clear, and is great for beginners, as well as those who practise often. It gets my seal of approval for sure.

Love ❤

I did the Ocean setting, and did it for 30 mins (it’s been a while, like I said). I think next time I’ll do longer, and might try Mountain, desert sounds a little boring.

What are other good fitness apps you love? I haven’t been huge on this before, but now this app has made me open to it, and I’d love some recommendations, if you have them.

I am so so motivated!!! If I can do it you can too!

Lately, I have been slack with eating habits relaxed, exercise routine very sporadic. The number one reason for this blog is to keep me accountable, so there it is. I’ve blogged about my struggle with a plateau, losing my mojo etc. BUT- I will not give up! I am so close to my goal, and I WILL get there. I want to still lose about 5 kilos more and firm and tone up. Summer is around the corner, and come 2013 I want my body to be at a point I’m happy with, and can maintain. I am so close, and want to get there for once and for all! I got this, and if I can do it, so can YOU! 

 

NAIL ART TUTORIAL: BABUSHKA

I love nail art! How cute are these? You have to check out this blog, it’s got some great ideas and tutorials! ❤ it!

polishyoupretty

Hi Guys! We want to apologize in advance for our lack of posting this upcoming week. Danielle is currently in the middle of moving, so this week will be a little slow. Everything should be back running on schedule in September. In the meantime, check out Danielle’s latest tutorial for MTV Fora – inspired by Charlotte Olympia again, Danielle recreates her Babushka design on an accent nail.
See the full tutorial here.

Let us know what you think of this Charlotte Olympia inspired design! Have a great week everyone 🙂

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9 Foods For Amazing skin

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/10/24/9-foods-for-amazing-skin/.

I came across this today and thought I’d repost, I love superfoods for skin! Like the Perricone Diet – amazing skin if you can make yourself eat COPIUS amounts of fish! For me, the sauerkraut and cabbage wasn’t a surprise, in Poland we know how good it is for your skin! And best of all, these are all really easy to incorporate into your diet, have loads of other health benefits, and and not obscure, and hard to get. I always have lemon and water first thing in the morning, have chia seeds in a brekkie or sometimes as a pudding, cucumbers in salad all the time, love a seaweed salad from sushi train, recently tried papaya for the first time (i know, hey, but I’ve always avoided it and thought I didn’t like it),  pumpkin seeds I put on a salad for crunch etc.

SkinWe may not be able to change our DNA or completely alleviate blemish-inducing stress, but we all can eat foods that contribute to amazing skin, says Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of the best-selling The Beauty Detox Solution. Snyder shares with us nine foods—from cucumbers to kale and sauerkraut (surprise!)—that can seriously impact the look and health of your skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber: Cucumber is a virtually a cure-all full of hydrating enzyme-filled water, and hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. It also contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why you put the chilled slices over your eyes for a DIY spa treatment!

Seaweed

Seaweed: Seaweed is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which helps with healthy blood flow to contribute to radiant skin. It is also naturally low in (bloating) sodium, but high in iodine, to help your thyroid and metabolism function at its peak. Order a seaweed salad when you go for sushi or add spirulina to your smoothies or diet.

Kale

Kale: The sexy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty vitamins A, C, and E, which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium that healthy skin needs. Make a green juice or massage a kale salad stat.

Papaya

Papaya: Papaya’s gorgeous reddish color is due to its high content of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and acts like a mechanic of on-going skin repair. The enzyme papain is used in all kinds of exfoliating facial masks, but when you eat it, it contributes its cleansing properties to your digestion and promotes both bright skin and eyes.

Sauerkraut

Raw sauerkraut and other probiotic-rich foods: Probiotics are one of the biggest beauty secrets for clear, radiant skin. They encourage the growth of friendly gut flora that helps keep your digestion in check, so there’s better nutrient delivery to the skin and entire body. And they help make B vitamins, critical for energy and beauty overall. How to eat more? Add a scoop of sauerkraut to a rice or quinoa bowl with steamed veggies for a zing.

PumpkinSeeds

Pumpkin seeds: A handful of these are like taking your B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin. Pumpkin seeds are also high in minerals, such as zinc, which in deficiency can lead to issues such as acne. Sprinkle them over anything from yogurt and salads to rice bowls and fish.

ChiaSeeds

Chia seeds: They’re an unbelievable source of essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and scalp. Chia seeds also contain skin-saving antioxidants (in the ballpark of blueberries) that fight free-radical damage. Be sure to soak them first before eating, or add them to a pudding or smoothie.

Cabbage
Cabbage: The humble cabbage is actually a wonderful beauty food. It’s high in fiber and contains the compound sulforaphane, which promotes anti-aging antioxidant activity in the body. It’s also high in vitamin C. How to eat more? Add sliced purple cabbage to your salads.

Lemon

Lemon: I recommend starting each day with hot water with lemon. It gives you a boost of vitamin C, and this simple drink starts you off in the day hydrated. Lemon’s enzymes have also been shown to help rejuvenate liver tissue and help support skin collagen.

What a beautiful post… All girls should read it.

moonfitness

The Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign has been causing quite a buzz in the fitness industry lately. Woman from all over have been committing themselves to live a healthier lifestyle by achieving a goal they never thought possible or one that they never had the motivation to go out and accomplish.

Bless this campaign.

I love it.

To all you woman who already appreciate your body and love yourself for WHO you are, congratulations. You’ve achieved a feat it takes some woman a lifetime to achieve. If you love yourself unconditionally, no matter what shape or size you are, then your life must be feeling pretty fulfilled already.

That’s an issue in society today that needs a serious makeover. Self-esteem. Self-worth. Self-value. Self-this/Self-that. The body is more than what society says it is; I believe it deserves much more credit. It can do things, be things, make things…

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Plateau bust & Mountain Bread sausage rolls

I’ve lost my mojo a bit lately. I dunno if it’s that there’s been a hiccup with my holiday plans, or that I’ve hit a plateau weight loss wise and don’t quite know how to bust it…. But I feel a bit hmph.. bleh… real articulate I know, but i’m sure you get the picture.

Any tips for breaking through the plateau? And, I really cannot imagine eating less calories….

I downloaded a yoga app that my aunty was telling me she’s in love with. It’s Pocket Yoga, has anyone tried this app? Thoughts on it? Apparently Miranda Kerr, my fave, uses it, and for me that’s a glowing endorsement for me 🙂

Anywho’s, the other day I was saying how I have been using Mountain Bread and got their cookbook. Well, I made yummy sausage rolls with it. It was a great dinner. I used some organic free range pork, just for a change, but you could use beef, turkey, kangaroo mince, whatever your preference is. I had yummy fresh italian herb mix in my mince, and then placed some in the centre of a rye mountain bread wrap, and rolled it. It said to use a little water to seal, but I found I had to use a LOT of water, like literally run the roll under running water and drench it! Then, I baked at 180 degrees, for 30 mins – but you have to keep a careful watch that it doesn’t burn. I served with salad, with a tablespoon of flax oil and balsamic for dressing. So yummy, and soooooo great to have a change from the usual. I hightly recommend trying it, the boyfriend loved them too, and normally doesn’t go near normal pastry sausage rolls as they give him heartbrn, but these were great!