Monday, 28 November 2016

Why I Stopped Crossfit



It's been a few months since I have written about my first week of Crossfit.
For many of you the name Crossfit conjures up images of super shredded
men and women doing insane physical tasks in the gym. There are also 
heaps of fail videos all over Youtube depicting people getting seriously
hurt attempting these tasks. That is why I am writing about why I stopped
my Crossfit journey to switch to weight training and boxing. 


At first when I joined this Gym that specialises in Crossfit I knew it would

be difficult, and challenging. I completely trusted that my trainer/coach knew
what he was talking about and instructing us to do. Even though I spoke with
him about me being a beginner and recovering from an ankle injury, he didn't
seem to listen. When I asked about how to do certain things that I knew I 
wasn't doing in the correct form, he would just say 'You'll get there eventually".

I knew if I continued doing some of these exercises without proper direction,
that I would indeed become injured. So I listened to him and tried my best
to keep up without hurting myself. He times our ability to complete our circuit 
training doing various exercises as quickly as we can. So this is the perfect
recipe for injury, and my husband at one point was a personal trainer so I 
am aware of what 'not-to-do'.  

So here is my breaking point


During my timed workout session I would go from Power-cleans, to Burpees,
to Skip rope, Squats, and Hand Stand Push-ups. At the time, I didn't have 
the upper body strength to do a hand stand much less push-ups while 
doing them. I pushed through, and got through most of the work out. 
When I got to my third set of Hand stand push-ups something popped in my 
elbow, and I lost balance and fell on my right arm. My arm was immediately
sore
after that. My coach didn't seem to notice, and his mentality about training
really rubbed me the wrong way.



Hand Stand Push-ups (img crd: www.crossfitinvictus.com)


I didn't have a good vibe from this gym and it didn't seem to be anywhere
near the environment I had been looking for. I felt like my coach was almost
mocking in his comments, and felt awkward being around him. So every time
I went to go back I would break into a nervous sweat on the way there. It didn't

help that the coach had taken my number off of my forms that I had submitted,
to send me messages about training. At the end of the day that just creeped
me out.



I am now training at home or at the gym doing various weightlifting,
resistance 
training, boxing, and jogging. I feel much stronger and happier 

with what I am focused on right now. My husband has helped by showing
me 
proper forms and movements for exercise routine he has put together. 

This post is dedicated to him for helping me find fitness to be almost
fun again. 



Monday, 21 November 2016

How to Deal with Stress



Sometimes I ask myself how I handle such high stress situations.  
It took me a while to realize how much of a difference your own 
reaction to these situations can affect the overall outcome. For me,
I use my creativity as an outlet of sorts, by writing and making jewelry.
When I look take a step back and look at the 'bigger picture', it makes 
me want to take any negative thoughts or feelings and put it into
something that will be positive for me in the long-run. 


I see many bloggers/vloggers who have issues coping with depression,
anxiety, and stress in their daily lives. Unfortunately, life has it's ups-and-downs.
The most important thing we can do is control how we react and respond.
Freaking out about something you can not change will not affect the outcome. 
I find accepting whatever has happened in my life, and finding a positive direction
really makes a difference.


If I get to the point where I find myself dwelling 
on something to the point where
it affects my state of mind daily; I will write
about it or push myself harder during
a workout. 
I hope that this helps even just one person, that would be amazing.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 


Friday, 11 November 2016

Back to Brunette + Tips for Colouring @ Home



So, as much as I love being blonde or having light brown hair, 
it is literally killing my scalp. I get horrible welts all over my scalp
that tend to bleed. It gets so painful that I have to douse my head 
in full cream milk to soothe and heal it.

I noticed that my readers are 
loving my reviews on hair colouring,
and seeing my mishaps 
as well as success stories. Loads of you
are probably nervous 
trying a whole new colouring product or just
trying to do anything d
rastic to your hair. 

My advice on this is to have someone help y
ou, even if it's your
partner. It helps to have someone to go over t
he back of your
head to make sure everything is even and covered. Another 
important tip, would be to check the amount of dye given in your 
box/mix. Some have more than others, where some of the more
expensive brands may have less to spread through your hair. 


If you have thick or long hair, I highly recommend doubling up
the product. That way you won't get to the end of your bottle 
and still have the ends of your hair to cover. It's a common mistake
that I'm sure loads of people make, but will save you a trip 
back to the store to fix your colour.

For me, I want to stick as close to my natural hair colour 
as I can,
which is a deep dark brown colour almost black. 
If you find yourself
using a darker colour, be aware of any droplets that 
fall onto your skin
or clothes. They will darken up anything they touch or stay
on if you do
not wipe it off with a damp towel. If you find that your skin has 
marks from
the dye, don't worry.  The best method I have found is using
a damp towel
and dipping it in ash (gross but effective), then gently rubbing it 
on the areas
you want cleaned. If you don't have ash, I would recommend 
trying mi-cellar
water instead (not as effective). 



Saturday, 15 October 2016

Announcing our shop on Etsy

I am very excited to announce that I have finally opened my Etsy store.

We also do custom orders for different occasions. 


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Focused on Fitness


Recently, I haven't felt happy with my body image and overall health. 
When it comes to fitness I sometimes have trouble pushing myself
when I am not in a group environment or under direction of a trainer. 
After setting my personal fitness goals I looked into starting classes at
a local Crossfit gym. Yes, crossfit. Most of you will think of those insane 

Youtube videos of super-fit guys trying to jump onto stacks of high boxes
and sometimes failing at it hard. Since I've never tried it before, I didn't
know exactly what to expect.   


After my first couple classes, it has been one of the most intense
and hardest workouts I've ever had. My coach is the most no-nonsense
guy you will ever meet, and reminds me of an American drill sergeant.
If you're looking for a full body workout that will leave you starfished on
the floor crossfit is perfect for you. I am still working out what hairstyle 

will be best for these varying exercises I will be doing. 

An example of what type of exercises
you will be doing as a beginner:


  • 15 Burpees
  • 15 Cleans
  • 15 Air-Squats
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 15 Cleans
  • 15 Burpees

Let's say you have 8 minutes to do all of this, and if you finish you start
the list 
over again and do the proper movements as fast as you can without
getting 
dizzy. If you are unfamiliar with these specific exercises, I've posts
examples below.


Burpees



Cleans

Air-Squats


Sit-ups

Friday, 26 August 2016

Review: Coastal Scents 120 Palette

The first time I came across the brand Coastal Scents was when I was 
subscribed to BellaBox ages ago. They sent me a single eyeshadow pan
matte dark brown/
burgundy colour called 'Deep Roast'.  It was a colour I 
probably wouldn't have chosen if I had the full range of colours in front 
of me to choose from. After a month of eyeing it in my makeup collection
finally tried it and fell in love with how pigmented it is. It became my 
main everyday eye shadow. A little goes a long way, and I enjoyed the
overall quality of this product.

Img Crd: Coastalscents.com











 














My husband knew how much I liked Coastal Scents and surprised me 
with the 120 Palette. It was exactly the direction I wanted to go next with
my makeup collection.They have so many great matte and shimmery shades
I have 
tested only about a dozen so far.Their products are cruelty free and
they also offer ingredients to make your own cosmetics. 
If you are thinking
of trying this palette 
or this brand in general I highly recommend their products.



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Taking A Stand Against Online Hate


I consider the freedom in writing to be a privilege for those brave enough
to try it. Sometimes we have similar thoughts or ideas and this leads to 
a similar end result. Most rational people would contact the other person 
for an explanation (or to receive credit), and some just let it go. 

A few weeks ago I asked someone who created a hate page for Dani mansutti
 on instagram (which turned out to be Sparkle on Guru Gossiper) why she puts
so much effort into hating Dani Mansutti. And that if she was so concerned to do
something about it or stop this hatred/drama from spilling onto instagram. I
mentioned being a writer and that most of the time you can't stop people from
 copying or reusing your work. Especially, if you have thousands upon thousands
of people who follow your work. It happens.





So, after we spoke on instagram she used my twitter name in my bio, and
went to my twitter only to get my Youtube channel and Blog urls. She went onto
reposting a biased side of the story using screen shots of our conversation on

instagram as well as linking all my social media accounts that she could dig up.
 



Sparkle went on to call me a fraud defending a fraud, and summed up all my
account stats (incorrectly I may add) to make me look bad I suppose. She never
asked to see my writing or say these nasty things directly to me, which makes
me 
think she loves twisting stories. I am glad to share my side of the story.


I have been a writer for over 10 years (copyrighted), and when I refer to
'my writing' I do not mean this particular blog which was only started
one year and one month ago.  I will post a screenshot of the statistics
from 
my writing below. Three of these are still in-progress, and I have had
 many more online that I have since taken down or published elsewhere.
 


















 Bambi seems just as if not more involved than Sparkle with her attitude and assumptions. As I said I am a writer, and no I do not have a Tumblr account. 
Your icon speaks volumes on how little you actually know about lighting. 
Who the hell cares if she uses a bit of contrast? Who cares if it's white or
yellow 
lighting? Bottom line, it's her choice to do whatever she pleases with
her media. 






UPDATE: Someone under an anonymous named contacted me via twitter to 
inform me that Sparkle is not whom I was speaking to on Instagram. Although,
there are many girls associated with her throughout social media creating accounts
purely for the purpose of 'informing' Dani's followers how awful they believe her to be. That still doesn't change my stance against targeting people who challenge their 
little hate campaigns. 




This blog is important to me, and I am well aware that I am no where near 
the following I hope to have one day. I know I am not perfect, and I never 
claim to be. You may have your opinions about me, but at the end of the day
that won't affect my goals and happiness.