Sunday, 10 June 2018

Motivate Yourself to Work Out

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You plan to get up 6 am to go to the gym on a Monday morning. A fresh start to the week and you feel motivated AF.



Okay, so, you didn't go to the gym, but that's okay because you have many more Monday's to start your work out. To those who can do this though, YOU GO GLEN COCO. I am always motivated to do something, but when the time comes to it, I hate past me for making those plans...and now I have become even lazier.

But not anymore, I've decided I need to up my game and finally stop being so indolent constantly. Now, getting up Monday mornings to exercise is never, and I repeat NEVER going to happen. Do I look like I am going to leave my comfy bed to exercise? No.

With your social life taking over it can be hard to stay motivated, but I have managed to find a few ways to do it, and I wanted to share these with you all.


Set a 
     GOAL
Set realistic goals and each time you work out try and better yourself. You aren't going to be Mo Farah on day 1, but each time you exercise you're going to get better and one day, you could be just as good (well at least try and think that you could be).


Keep yourself
           HYDRATED
It may sound obvious, but this does help. If you're not hydrated, your body can't perform at it's highest level.

I recently have been trying vit stix as I have seen many people use these before a workout and they really keep me going. They are a vitamin drink which you have with water and they are a great way to keep you energised, hydrated and also stay healthy.



Change it 
              UP 
Doing the same exercise day in and day out can be tedious, who wants to exercise while they feel the time is dragging away.

Have a plan by writing different exercises down or by doing those '30 day challenges' on Pinterest. You can work on different areas to tone your body and will also have a variety. 

Track your
           PROGRESS
 Checking your progress can be a way for you to keep going and try harder for when you next work out.

Either checking on how far you have run or taking weekly pictures of yourself to see how much you've toned. I love comparing pictures when you can actually see results happening.


Create a good
            PLAYLIST
Music always gets me in the mood. If you have Spotify or Apple music, make a playlist or look for a workout one to put on in the background.


I hope I've motivated you as much as I've motivated myself. Do you have any other ways to motivate yourself?


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Saturday, 9 June 2018

A Tribute to Rik Mayall

It's been four years since the death of Rik Mayall, and it still doesn't seem real. 

My absolute favourite movie is Drop Dead Fred, I can't remember when I first watched this, but I have seen this around twenty times now and have cried every single time... even more so now. Not only that, Bottom is one of my favourite TV shows ever too.


I love to make people laugh and not take everything so seriously, and I like to think Rik is the main reason because of this. From a young age I have always adored Rik, I remember watching The Wind in the Willows at primary school and was so happy to hear Rik as one of the characters and I have been obsessed with him ever since. Very random but I love watching Family Guy as Stewie Griffin reminds me so much of him. 

Rik was different to many people, he was always himself, and that's what I loved about him. Not only did he play entertaining characters he was a joker in real life too. He had the talent of making people laugh and also being a fantastic actor. 

I miss you, Rik x



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Monday, 4 June 2018

This or That Challenge

I was nominated by the lovely Lauren for the 'This and That Challenge'.

I honestly love doing these things I am obsessed with the ones on people's InstaStories so thought I would try this on here.

Shower in the morning or evening?

I prefer having a bath to a shower, and I have them in the evening.

City centre or close to nature?

I have lived in a city my whole life, and before living with my boyfriend, his parent's house is in the countryside to which I love being there as it's so peaceful and away from people and noise.

Bright colours or neutrals?

Neutrals for sure

Spring or autumn?

Autumn is the one for me, the start of cold weather and the excitement of Christmas and my birthing coming. The darker nights and hot chocolates are the best too.

Mint or cinnamon?

I am obsessed with mint at the moment. Mint ice cream with chocolate chips is soo delicious, and I also love the herb mint in lemonade... nommmmm

Planned or spontaneous?

I like to know what I am doing, where I am going and what I will be eating (of course). Spontaneous trips are nice, but there's nothing better when a plan comes together.

A movie at home or at the cinema?

At home is so much better and relaxing plus you can go to the shops and get all the food you want and not be having to spend a fortune.

Espresso or latte?

Neither! I cannot stand coffee or even tea.

Hugs or kisses?

Depends what mood I'm in but a hug is much more relaxing.

Spicy or mild food?

I'm getting better at spicy food but mild food any day.

Leather or lace?

I love leather trousers and have wanted them in forever, but I have always loved those cute lace tops that Khloe Kardashian wears... I say both.

Overdressed or underdressed?

Overdressed.

Adventure or comfort?

Adventure if fun, but I am more of a comfort person as I am quite lazy. #noshame

Tv series or movie?

A TV series is where it's at as you can be so invested in a show and it can be a rollercoaster as you can relate to the characters and it's emotional when the show ends.

And by that, I am talking how I felt when watching Safe... what a show!!

Rock or country music?

Rock for sure.

Red or white wine?

Neither. Not a huge drinker but I do love Malibu with coke.

Working alone or in a team?

Both and if any employers wanting to hire me... I am highly experienced in both too ;)

Swimming or sunbathing?

Hmm, probably swimming though I am not a great swimmer.

Fast food or a sit-down restaurant?

I am a food lover, but I choose restaurants any day as it's so exciting looking at what the menu has to offer.

Matched or mismatches socks?

Couldn't care less.

Dancing or singing?

Singing, I cannot dance to save my life... though I can't probably sing to save my life too, I like to think I can.

Phone or the internet?

Phone.


Hope you enjoyed this post and I will tag those on Twitter.



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Monday, 28 May 2018

Why Self-Care is SO Important

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Self-care to me is the most important thing. I stress out way too much about little things, the stuff I've stressed out about a week ago doesn't mean anything to me now. It's super important to make sure you are happy and feel comfortable in life as you will feel so shitty when you don't take care of yourself. 



I adore blogging, but it can be nice to take a break from it at times and be able to do what you want. Working full time, I sometimes want to come back home, eat and do absolutely nothing. It can be tiring to start blogging after coming home from work as when your mind is elsewhere you have no inspiration to compose any blog posts. I do love however having a blog and working full time, though I may not love my current job I do like the balance.

There are many ideas you can do to ease your mind to make you feel that little bit better. Even if you take care of yourself whether that's once a week or everyday, as long as you feel good, then that's all that matters. Whether you are looking after your mind or body, it's all important. 

15 self-care ideas:


Be Selfish 
    Do one thing that makes you happy. Forget anyone else and think of yourself. 

See a friend
   Have a good old catch up, binge a TV show or eat together. 

Unplug from social media
  Looking at Instagram and seeing someones 'perfect' life can become a real reflection of your own life. Their life probably isn't half the life they show on Instagram anyway. Get away from that for an hour or so and enjoy life. 

Delete negative people off your feed
    Why waste time and look at someone's profile when you know you're only going to get annoyed, take them off and focus on the people who are there for you and make you happy.

Take deep breaths
      Every time you feel anxious sit back, close your eyes and take 10/12 deep breaths. You will be focused on your breathing, meaning the situation won't be the focus of your problem anymore.

Play your favourite music LOUD
    Play music out loud and dance around your house or even while you're cleaning, for me, music gets me motivated and makes cleaning fun. 

Exercise
    If you're not a huge exercise lover, it may not be the best thing in the world, but once you've done a workout, you will feel tons better.

Take a quick nap
    A nap is always the answer to everything. 

Play with your pet (if you have one)
   Stroking my cat and kissing him on the head makes me feel 10000% times better.





Spend some dollar
    If you see a cake in a supermarket, buy it. There's a sale at your favourite shop, have a shopping spree

Have a home spa
    Put on a bubble bath, paint your nails, put on a face mask and wear that dressing gown.

Watch a film
 And by a film, I mean the cheesy chick flick with some popcorn and lit candles. Oh and tons of chocolate.

Have a cry
   Letting it out makes it better, don't let anyone think that crying is weak because it's not!!!!

Look at old photos
    'Memoryall alone in the moonlight. I can dream of the old days. Life was beautiful then'.

Hug someone
    A tight hug for a good 10 minutes is the only thing that can make anything better.


What else do you do for self care?


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Sunday, 20 May 2018

1 year of blogging // What I've learnt so far

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I've been blogging for a year now. A whole year, and I am so glad that I started doing this. Working full-time means that it can be hard to put my all into it, but I love every minute of it. Some days can be tricky as not every day you'll get much motivation. I spend most of my evenings on my blog as I like to socialise at the weekend and though I may not be working on it, I'm still thinking about what I can do and get inspired for future blog posts. 

Blogging is so enjoyable and so much has happened in the space of a year. I have learnt soo much and thought I would share it with you all...



It takes a lot of work


It can be difficult working full-time plus working on a blog too, all I want to do when coming back from work is to unwind. Being at work looking at a computer and then coming home and doing the same thing can be tiring. It's important to give myself time to breathe.

I've learnt to balance the blogging life and not get too stressed, it may not be fun all the time, but I love it.

Don't compare


It's easy to think 'I can do that' but being different makes your blog unique.  I was a little scared doing all of this because I noticed so many trends people were doing and various ways they write or even do certain things but I think it's important to focus on what you know best rather than what others are doing.

It's dull seeing everyone be the same and it can be refreshing to see diverse things and people. Embrace your uniqueness rather than hiding it.

Write what you love and know about


Reading people's blog posts, you can think that it's a great idea, though it's a good idea for them, not for you. I have had more draft blog posts than published ones, as it doesn't resemble me or fit my blog.

Some brands can take the p*ss


Just because we write blog posts doesn't mean we will write about anything or everything. We want to be able to work both ways rather than giving the brand full credit, and then we get nothing back. When a brand wants to work with you be sure they truly want to work with you because when they say 'you can have 20% off anything', this doesn't mean jack to us. We can get 20% off retail stores when they have a sale without being a blogger so why should we use some small offer. No thank you x


What have you learnt whilst blogging? 


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Monday, 14 May 2018

Starting To Run // Tips

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Me and exercise have never really seen eye to eye. I am quite a lazy person. In the past, when I have tried to run I would get a stitch right away and be out of breath but I am eager to start running more.

Finally, the weather is starting to be a lot better, the sun is out (sometimes), and I am finally motivated (ish). As a winter lover, I am so excited for the summer this year, not only are we going to America this year, Harry and I are going to become homeowners. I cannot wait BUT and that is a big BUT, I need to get my ass into gear.  Now, I don't need to lose a crazy amount of weight, but stupidly, I have bought all clothes that are a size 8... and these are a little tight.


Running is probably my least favourite type of exercise but I have no money to join the gym, and I want to prove to myself that I can do this. Harry and I have started to run and crazily in the short amount of time that I have been doing this, I have become so much better than I ever thought. I've been doing this for nearly two weeks now and was expecting a six-pack by now. It sucks how it's easier to put on weight than to lose it and tone up.

Here are a few tips if you wanted to start running:


Run with a partner

In the past, I would never push myself or was never motivated.  Running with a partner is a lot easier. Harry and I have started to go running together, he is a lot faster, meaning I have to catch up with him though it can be annoying as I hate it, it is also good in that I have become a better runner. I would always run the same pace or give up, being with a partner you can talk it through together, and help each other out.

Take your time

If only you could start running and not be out of breath within 2 minutes, unfortunately, that is me. I thought I could run a mile or so, but I can't even run 500 yards. It takes time, and it is easier going bit by bit, possibly going 4 or 5 times a week than doing a 5k run once or twice a week. You need to build up your stamina and know what works best for you, after running for a week now, I have noticed a tremendous improvement.

Make it a habit

Whether you think you don't have time, you do! Just go out there whether that's 5 minutes to half hour, it all adds up and pushing yourself out there means you can go despite whatever happens whether that's being on your period or raining. Just do it.

Have a good playlist

If your partner isn't available, music can help. I always find music soothes me a lot easier than running with a partner as you have to catch up with them and Harry likes to talk a lot. Music keeps you going and makes me motivated. 


And breatheeee

The first run I did (after many many months) I thought I was dying. I noticed my breathing was all over the place. Each time you run you get better without realising it.


Have you started running or are you an avid runner?


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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Holika Holika Pig Nose Blackhead 3-step Kit | Review

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For so long I have struggled with blackheads. There is nothing worse than looking into one of those close-up mirrors and seeing all your blackheads hanging out together. I have tried many many products to get rid of them from charcoal face masks to homemade products using baking soda (I heard this is good for the pores btw). NOTHING HAS WORKED. I want these bad boys to be gone.



After doing a little soul-searching I found this brand by Holika Holika called Pig-Nose, it's a 3 step (1 pack) blackhead pore strip. I purchased this from Amazon for £5.49. I wasn't too pleased I spent that much on a one-time thing and was hoping it would be a miracle product and take every single blackhead off my nose. Before buying this I wanted to do some research to see if this is good or not, but me thinking I clicked the 'bag' button... I accidentally clicked the 'Buy with one click' button, whoops. 



Step One 
Holika Holika Pig Clear Black Head 3-step Kit (1step) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum(Lemon)FruitExtract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, RosmarinusOfficinalis (Rosemary)LeafExtract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, ThymusVulgaris(Thyme)Flower/LeafExtract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract,   Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, CitrusAurantiumDulcis(Orange)FruitExtract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance(Parfum)


The first strip is a wet mask sheet that helps your pores open up. It was very slippery, so it was quite hard to put on at first. It was advised to leave this on for 15 - 20 minutes, and as I have a lot of these, I always like to keep it on for the whole 20 minutes.

I didn't feel anything had worked although when I did take this off, I looked into a mirror and I could see that my pores had opened up. After I had rinsed my nose, I was tempted to have a good squeeze on the blackheads, but I managed to stop myself.


Step Two
Holika Holika Pig Clear Black Head 3-step Kit (2step) Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, CI 17200

The second strip is a regular blackhead strip, before putting this on you need to wet the nose thoroughly as it will stick on better and hurt less when taking it off, then place it on for 10 - 15 minutes.

I absolutely love these as I'm one of those that enjoy seeing the dirt and blackheads come off on these. It's disgusting but it's like squeezing a spot, it's sooooo satisfying. Again, I like to leave it on a little longer just to make sure every one of them comes off (I wish!).  I pulled it off and was very disappointed to see that there were hardly anything on there. I've used cheap strips from Wilko's before and I've had better results. I was trying to be happy and smile on the fact that I spent nearly £6 on something that hasn't worked. As there is still another step, I thought I'd give that one a go too.


Step Three
Holika Holika Pig Clear Black Head 3-step Kit (3step) Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Erythritol, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum (Lemon) FruitExtract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)

The final strip was a tightening gel mask, this felt very refreshing and is meant to tighten the pores.

It was hard to put on as it was verrryyy slippery and gooey. The instructions said to gently 'tap' it for better absorption... I didn't get the memo to what they meant, and I couldn't see anyone doing anything special in any review videos, so ignored the 'tapping' part. Once it was off, my skin felt very refreshed indeed. 

Overall...
I wasn't that best pleased with the results. I did notice however that it was easier to squeeze my blackheads straight after, probably shouldn't have done this but a lot of blackheads did come off. 

Would I buy it again? No

BUT I don't want to say not to try it yourself as it could work on you, as it has worked on other people in the reviews that I have seen, just don't get your hopes up too much. 

Let me know if you have tried this product before?



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