Monday, 27 February 2017

I'm On A Break !

Hello Lovely People,

I just want to start by saying that you're all the most wonderful people and I love you all to pieces and thank you for creating this lovely little blogging community.

Some of you may know that I'm an A-level student and in June this year I will be sitting the exams that determine whether I will get into university. I struggle with college work a lot, from understanding the work to having the motivation and focus required to sit down and do it. So, I hope you understand why I've made the decision to take a break from blogging. I have put in a lot of thought and consideration to this decision and decided that I will stop blogging ( and unfortunately won't have enough time to visit your lovely blogs either ) from today until the end of July. My exams finish on the 29th of June however I would like to take the month of July to spend some quality time with my girlfriend and learn who I am without the stress of exams and college and find out who I want to be now .

I will be continuing with yoga and part of me really would like to still share my yoga journey with you guys but I appreciate you're all very busy and as I won't have time to visit your blogs and considering I will not be posting my normal posts I thought I would leave this decision up to you. If you would still like me to post short weekly yoga updates then let me know in the comments ! I would love to continue them because I do them for myself and my own motivation as much as anything else but if nobody is interested then I will keep track of my progress in a personal diary.

I hope you all understand why I'm doing this. I feel that for the next four months I need to put all my energy into fighting this last fight and passing my exams. I will be purely focusing on my health and fitness and studying ( I feel the two things tie together ) and I will be removing all social media apps that distract me from my phone. Now is the time for focus.

I will be back on August 1st and ready to introduce a hopefully fresh and happy me who will be about to start a whole new adventure and I really hope you will all be their to join me !

I love you all lots and lots !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Love, Marianne xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Person You Really Need To Marry

Hello, lovely people !

Happy Valentine Day! I know some people are cynical of valentines day but I think a day specifically dedicated to have nice it is to show love to everyone is a lovely idea. However I wanted to share something a little different this Valentines day, for those in relationships or single or anything in between.

Now, if you've been around for a while then you'll know how important I think self-love is. Looking after yourself and creating a healthy, happy you is the best thing you can do for both yourself and everybody else because to love somebody in the way that they need, you first need to love yourself.
I learnt everything I know about self-love on the wonderful blog Rainbow-Rose Blossom
So if self love is something that you'd like to apply to your life ( and I really recommend you do ) then please have a little read over at Rainbow's blog. You won't regret it, I promise !

A few months a go, I watched a video and it really affected my life in a positive way. This video was  a Ted Talk discussing "The Person You Really Need To Marry" and I urge you to watch this video because I just don't want any of you to miss out of the change this could make to your life.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the video! I'd also love to hear if there are any inspirational or interesting ted talks that you recommend because I'd love to see them !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Yoga Diaries | Week Seven

Hello, Lovely People!

So this week I was back at yoga class after a two week gap due to my girlfriend being in hospital. I was definitely excited to be back at yoga this week but the class was a little up and down as far as my ability went. As the class began I realised how achy and for lack of a better term "Not stretchy" my body was as a result of not doing yoga for two weeks ! I actually got concerned that I might have to leave the class and try again next week, but I persevered and everything quite quickly became easier, in fact I was immensely proud of myself by the end of the session! I felt I managed the whole of sun salutation A fairly well and I only had to go into child's pose once to take a break In the whole session ( I might be glossing over the fact that I stayed in child's pose so long trying to catch my breath that the instructor stopped the class to check ( and I quote ) that she "not broken" me ) . Overall I'm feeling pretty proud of myself and am going to try and do some very gentle yoga at home this week and see how that goes !

What went well: Sun salutation A went extremely well and I was really getting into the flow of it after a few goes ( I even demonstrated it to my very confused looking girlfriend when I came home and was telling her about my class )

What I need to improve: Allowing myself to enjoy the class

How I'm going to improve it: I found that when I focused on my breathing and exhaled and inhaled when the instructor told me to, the poses were actually much easier and much easier and more enjoyable. So I'm going to focus more on myself and trust myself to listen to and work with my body.

What have you done this week that you're proud of ? I'd love to hear about it in the comments !

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

One Simple Way To Maintain an Exercise Routine

Hello, Lovely People !

In my February goals post ( You can find it here if you missed it ) I mentioned that this month, I would like to exercise at least 3 times a week. The more observant of you might of noticed that this was also one of my goals last month and I stuck to it for the first few weeks and trailed off a little in the last two. However when I was exercising and eating well I noticed a massive change in my energy and my emotions. I felt fantastic! I was full of energy and after the first week I was raring to go and excited for the next work out. Unfortunately you have to go through that rough patch to get there and there will always be days when you'd rather watch Netflix and eat a whole pizza to yourself than go to spinning class, but I've found a way to make sure you get that workout done EVERY. SINGLE.TIME. Using one simple technique; negotiables and non-negotiables.

A lovely woman told me about this techniques a few months ago but only recently have I began to practise it in my everyday life and see the benefits. Now, you might be thinking " What on earth are you going on about Marianne ? " but I promise this is worth your time.

What is a negotiable ?

Everything that you do in life falls into negotiables and non-negotiables. A negotiable is something that you can do but you have the option not to so even though it might be good for you, you may choose not to do it. This might include things like having a salad for dinner, going to the bank or even, yes, you've got it, exercise !

What is a non-negotiable ?

Meanwhile non-negotiables are things we just do because we think we have to. For example, brushing your teeth or changing your pants, these are things you don't even think about getting out of because it's just not an option in your head.

How can you use this ?

The trick is, you have to make exercise a non-negotiable. Make exercise something that in your mind is as essential as brushing your teeth. By removing the option to get out of it, you're far more likely to go.

How I use this.

 In my week of exercise I have three non-negotiables and one negotiable workout, so my week look like this :

Monday : Yoga Class ( non-negotiable )
Tuesday : Spinning Class ( negotiable ) I go spinning every other week
Thursday : Swimming (non-negotiable)
Saturday : Gym ( non-negotiable ) 

This way I give myself some flexibility but I absolutely will exercise three times a week in the same way I will brush my teeth twice a day, everyday !

So why not give it a go and let me know how you get on in the comments ? I'd love to hear from you so we can all motivate each other ! If you want to be kept up to date on my weekly exercise progress then follow my social media (links below ) because I'll be tweeting every time I exercise to make sure I'm getting my 3 non-negotiables every week.

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :)

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

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