SS: Sunday Saves (#55)

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to my Sunday Saves. As I’m sure you know by now, if you haven’t read last week’s post, you’ll find it right here or if you want to read my previous Sunday Saves over the past year, you’ll find them right here! This week’s theme is focusing on fitness: more specifically, preparing for a workout, tips on being a beginner runner and finding the motivation to work out in the morning.

1) Lifestyled by Jennie (Motivational Reasons For Exercising In The Morning)

I am such an advocate for exercising in the morning so I am, of course, going to celebrate Jennie’s post about it. She gives us four genuine reasons why working out in the morning is better than the evening, straight after work for example. I can’t wait to write about my own experiences on this!

2) Fit Cake (Preparing for a Workout)

So now that you’ve read Jennie’s post about getting the motivation to get up in the morning, why not read Emma’s post on how to prepare for a workout. This includes making sure you drink your water (especially when working out, I can’t stress how IMPORTANT this is!) and the art of stretching.

3) Harmony Blaze (Me, Myself and Running)

Emma’s post (Yes, this is a different Emma!) has come at a great time for me as I begin my own running journey just before the Summer. Originally, I had begun last year; it was around this time last year I signed up for my first Park Run but unfortunately life happened and I never kept up with the running. Thankfully, that’s changed this year and I’m finally ready to give it a go again. Emma talks about why she took up running, what she loves about it and even a few tips to newbie runners like me.

That’s all from this week’s Sunday  Saves; if you have any other fitness posts you think I should read, please tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake on Twitter or leave a comment below. I crave more fitness posts! Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend, whatever you get up to!

Why I Enjoy Yoga.

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It was my second yoga birthday last week and last year I shared my story on how I got started (which you can find here!) and advice for those who are thinking of trying yoga for the first time (and you’ll find that right here!) So this time I wanted to share the five things that I enjoy the most about yoga.

1) It’s something to look forward to every week.

Now in my New Year’s Resolution post, I said that I wanted to incorporate more yoga into my home life but for right now,  I love having something to look forward to every week. I go on Monday nights after work so even though almost everyone hates Mondays, this softens the blow a little.

2) My progress is amazing!

I’m doing poses that I couldn’t do two years ago or even a year ago. I can straighten my legs in poses that I had struggled to do with a bent knee. With practice and constant progression in class, I’ve surprised myself and to me, that’s exactly what I want get out of learning any new skill. If you’re not learning then what are you doing?

3) I am “in the moment”.

I can only ever remember two yoga sessions I had where I couldn’t stop worrying about what was going on in my life and therefore, I didn’t enjoy the class. The majority of the time however I can completely zone out of my life for an hour and take every moment as it comes. I want to do that more this year and because yoga has already incorporated this element, I think I’ll find it easier to do it in other parts of my life.

4) It improves your gym workout.

I taught myself to sit up straighter on the rowing machine because of yoga. My posture when I’m doing weights is much stronger now because of yoga. My stretches at the end of my workout are now longer and more effective because of yoga. When people say it can change their performance in the gym, they really mean it.

5) It’s the start of a bigger journey.

I don’t know if I would have dived into the world of mindfulness and meditation  if it hadn’t have been for yoga. Mindfulness was really opened up to me in therapy but it was talked about during our weekly yoga classes from time to time. Meditation is something that we take part in at the beginning and the end of the class so when I do it at home, it’s second nature to me.

What do you love about yoga? Let me know your thoughts on all things yoga, good or bad, I want to hear them!

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(Blogmas Day Ten) SS: Sunday Saves (#33)

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Nine! This day next week it will be Christmas Day, what?! I don’t feel prepared at all yet! Aaaaah! So back to this week’s Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about potential goal ideas for the New Year.

1. Sarah’s Abode (How To Achieve Your Goals)

So Sarah’s post is a good one to look at if you’re wanting to set up a goal and actually achieve it. New Year for most of us is the time of year to set goals but some of us don’t know how to properly set it out, like if it’s realistic, if we want to achieve it (Do we really want to run more or do you just want to get healthier?) and what to do if things goes wrong. So if you’re like this, stick with Sarah’s post as your go to!

2. My Healthy Curves (7 Tips To Shake Up Your Fitness Routine In The Run Up To Christmas)

Breanne’s post is more on the lines of the pre-Christmas fitness routine but you can usually work this into working out a post-Christmas routine too. She gives seven tips that have helped her get back on track with her fitness and two that will help if you’re struggling with being out in the cold, workout challenges and workout DVD’s. Workout in the house until you feel like you can take that ran outside or head to the gym on that frosty cold morning.

3. Blue Bow (DIY Gift Idea – The Happy Jar)

This idea is really adorable, so much so that I want to do it for myself! It really is cute, and Sammy gives us tips on how to make a jar ourselves for either a gift or something that you can have for yourself as a New Year goal. (If anyone does this, I want to see progress throughout the year!)

That’s it for this week’s Sunday Saves! I’ll still be posting on Christmas Day because I know people still go online on Christmas Day (I know I do anyway) but I’ll try and add a special twist to such a special day. Have a lovely Sunday!

SS: Sunday Saves (#19)

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday so far! I’m back with another Sunday Saves of course, and if you’ve missed any of my other posts in this series, you can click right here to find them all!

1. As Told by Chlxe (Yoga Log: Session 1)

I love reading about other people’s yoga experiences! I have written about mine; I talked about my first experience, my first yoga birthday and advice to those who were interested in starting. Chloe has been doing yoga logs which I can’t wait to see grow, but this post that I’m featuring is her first log so she talks about her perceptions of what she thought yoga might be like, how she felt beforehand, during and afterwards too. If you’re interested in finding out more about yoga, you should definitely keep up with Chloe’s yoga logs!

2. Ms. Mistry Blogs (Lets Talks About: Being A People Pleaser)

People pleasers. Yes, I used to be one and I guess part of me still is. I worry when I upset someone, I don’t want to let anyone down, I want to come across as this perfect person to everyone. Let’s be realistic though; that’s never going to happen, is it? I’m not a perfect person, I upset the people around me unintentionally and I feel like a failure when everything doesn’t go perfectly. I’m working on forgiving myself and realising that I can’t be this perfect person; things will go wrong, the little things I do won’t always go to plan, it’s just a case of me learning to accept those things over time. This post on Ms.Mistry Blogs is a guest post in her series, Let’s Talk About… where she has guest bloggers talk about their life or even about real-life events. Becky over at Blogger and the Geek was featured this month and she talks about how she is currently working on becoming less of a people pleaser by setting out a simple plan that she has found successful so far. It’s a very interesting read!

3. More About Cat (Life Lately: Onto The Next Chapter…)

Life updates are probably one of the most popular types of posts on lifestyle blogs but what I found so relatable on Cat’s post is that it just felt so relevant to me. Cat talks about feeling like she has so much going on her life that everything else hasn’t been a top priority, which is where I feel like I am now. She has had a lot of change in her life recently and I have as well. I obviously haven’t had the exact same changes but I feel like everything has gotten on top of me lately, almost to the point where it’s uncontrollable. In order to combat that, I’m planning on laying low on social media for the next few days, starting tomorrow (Monday 5th). Who knows if it will actually help but baby steps, right? It’s just nice reading about someone else’s life and their life changes, so if that’s something you’re interested in, you should give it a read.

That’s all this week for my Sunday Saves! Remember to click on all the girls I featured, and I hope you enjoyed this week’s post!

SS: Sunday Saves (#18)

Happy Sunday! I’m back for another Sunday Saves this week and I’ll start off like every other week; if you haven’t read any of my other posts in this series, click here and you can see what other posts I’ve loved! In this week’s Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about the gluten free lifestyle, Twitter and not having your life together yet.

1. The British Feather (Week 1: Getting Moving and Gluten Free Testing)

I came across Gemma when I found her on Twitter talking about recently being diagnosed with coeliac disease. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a gluten intolerance (I just have to say gluten intolerance is not the same as coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is a lot more serious.) so I was interested in following Gemma’s journey as a newly diagnosed coeliac and how she would get on. In her post, she talks about her first week eating gluten free (although she can’t go completely gluten free until October but if you read her post, she explains why!) and she talks about her fitness journey too. I’m hoping to work out more outside too (like Gemma), so I hope to find a good balance between outside and the gym. I don’t follow many bloggers who have to eat a certain way because of their health so that’s why I’m so glad I found Gemma’s blog.

2. Thrifty Vintage Fashion (The Ultimate List of Hashtags and Retweet Twitter Accounts for Bloggers)

As much as it pains me to say it, I’m not always so up to speed with every single hashtag on Twitter. I used to think I was pretty up-to-date with Twitter; I’ve tweeted over 31,000 times and I’ve had it for about five or so years now, but sometimes I’ll see hashtags and I don’t know what it means. If you sound like me, then you need Nicole Marie’s post. She goes through all the hashtags to do with bloggers and all the re-tweet accounts that you would need to help boost your blog via Twitter. It’s super helpful so if you’re confused by some hashtags like I was, it’s the post for you!

3. A Hearty Home (It’s Okay To Not Have Everything Completely Figured Out Just Yet)

For anyone who feels completely stuck in their life and thinks they’re failing because they haven’t got everything figured out yet, go read Margot’s post. I’m also in my mid-twenties and when I was eighteen, I seen my life look very differently than what it is now. Obviously I’m very glad about how my life has turned out so far but when people ask me, “What’s next?” That could be about moving out of my Mum’s house permanently or what’s the next step in my career, I can’t give them an answer because I’m really not sure. I feel like I should have everything figured out right now and it’s a little frustrating not having the answers to those really important life choices. Margot’s post is relateable and it’s one of those posts I would recommend you bookmark and if you’re feeling freaked out about life, go back and read it, it will make you feel less anxious about your life. I can (almost) guarantee that!

That’s all for this week’s post! And remember, go read all the posts I mentioned and hopefully you’ll discover a blogger you’ve never heard of or seen before.

SS: Sunday Saves (#13)

This Sunday is probably one of the best Sunday’s because it means I don’t have to go to work this entire week! If you can’t love that, what can you love? In this week’s Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about Twitter chats, reading and living your life to the fullest!

1. Anne Smiles (An Active Summer #HealthHour No.4)

I’ve started talking to Anne just over the past few weeks, all because I found out about #HealthHour. If you don’t know what Health Hour is, it’s a Twitter chat hosted by Anne about health related topics on Monday nights at 8pm. It’s the first Twitter chat I’ve ever looked forward to every week and even though I’ve only taken part in two so far, I love connecting with everyone. Anne posts recaps every week of the previous chat, to tell people what we had been talking about and to give an insight into what questions were asked. So if you’re into health, fitness and food, you should join in with us!

2. Momentarily Dreaming (8 Ways To Do More Reading)

I’m always looking to read more, I think it’s really important for everyone to take a step away from social media and take a minute for yourself with a book. (I should really listen to my own advice sometimes too!) Even though Sam’s post is from last year, I only just found it this week and she gives some quick tips on how to read more. I think the tips that would work for me the most would be taking time away from social media, setting an amount of time for reading each morning/night/day and setting myself some goals. Everyone who reads my blog, know that I’m a goal setter, so these are perfect for me.

3. Always Inspired Life (Top 10 Goals To Create A More Meaningful Life)

In Alina’s post, she talks about leading a more motivated life and I couldn’t agree more. If you’re living for someone else, not doing what you want to do or just going through life in the easiest way you can, I don’t believe you’re truly living. Being yourself, working on yourself, taking chances and being passionate are just some of the ways she mentions in her post, and I think it’s so refreshing. There’s so many posts out there on “being a better person” but this post isn’t like that, I love the way she has written this one, it’s honestly such a lovely read.

That’s all from this week’s Sunday Saves. My favourite thing about Sunday Saves is exploring new blogs, connecting with new people, finding out about different things that I might not have even known before and most importantly, to always keep learning. You can find me over at @RetroSnowflake on Twitter if you’ve found any new blogs or even want to send me your own blog. Have a lovely week!

SS: Sunday Saves (#11)

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! If you don’t know what Sunday Saves are by now, here’s a link to all my previous posts. This week I’ll be talking about Q&A’s, cleaning and stationary!

1. Harmony Blaze (Fitness Bytes with Harmony Blaze)

Emma over at Harmony Blaze does these posts every fortnight of health and fitness bloggers in the community and gives us a Q&A with them. This week she interviewed herself but she interviews lots of different people too and I think if you’re into health and fitness but don’t follow a lot of people who are in that community, check out her posts and you might find some new blogs to follow. It’s a really easy read too so you could easily fly through these fitness bytes!

2. A Hearty Home (The Satisfying Feeling of a Clean House)

There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down after a long day (or week) of a full house clean. It’s also exhausting. I know when I lived at home and I was only having to clean my bedroom, it would take me days but it was all worth it in the end. I felt more relaxed, I felt productive and I felt motivated to keep it clean. That’s what Margot talks about in her post this week except she has an actual house to clean and not just one room! I don’t see a lot of posts on cleaning, or even just people’s thoughts on cleaning, so it does actually motivate me to keep the house clean, so I don’t have to look at a pile of clothes on the floor and think “Oh I’ll sort that later”. So thanks for the motivation Margot!

3. A Handful of Sparkle (Stationary Haul)

For people who don’t lose their mind over stationary, I don’t get it, how could you not? Stationary is one of my big things! Every year I used to look forward to the end of August because I would get to go and buy all my new stationary. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens are my absolute favourites pens; I use them in work when I can and I even use them in my colouring book that I have Instagrammed a few times now. They’re so neat and clean. And Siobhan, you can never have too many notebooks. That does not exist! Siobhan is on my wave length with this haul.

Thanks for reading this week’s Sunday Saves! I love discovering new blogs and I hope through these posts, you do too!