The Art of the Comeback

The old cliche is here again…. ‘Sorry I’ve been away and haven’t been writing…Bla Bla Bla’ I haven’t posted in over a year (419 days to be exact), probably because, as it often does, life takes over and I could never find the time just to sit for a few minutes and type my thoughts. 

I’m not going to go into a big speel about my goals this year or whinge about the life events of the last year. Instead I’m just going to talk about now, the present moment and what I’m doing since the turn of the new year to start it off well. Out with bad habits….in with good ones! 

 
I thought January would be a month for recharging the batteries but I’m glad it’s the opposite and we are motoring on through it nicely. I have a few beauty purchases to review and I’ll get into them in the next post or two. 
At the moment though I’m trying to get through all mails and enquiries and get everything sorted for the next year or two for all you lovely brides which can sometimes be an arduous task. So thank you for baring with me. A makeup artists biggest fear is without a doubt making a double booking so I’m not taking any chances this year! 

In the little time I keep for myself I’ve been trying to focus a little more on my health, both physical and mental and hit the gym more often. As usual I’ve become run down after a hectic Christmas and now I’m trying to get some alignment and order back. 

  
I’ve been using a few apps to get my head and body in a little more harmony and I wanted to share them with you. If you feel like you need a little recharging or gain more balance what better time of the year than January to get started on the right path for the months ahead….

Here’s a few of the apps I use and love to relax my over active mind….

1. Relaxing Melodies

Available in the App Store, I use relaxing melodies at night and play wave sounds along with a melody and a guided meditation to help me drift off to sleep. I add a few drops of lavender to my pillow, take a few deep breaths and just listen. It must be working because I never remember the end of the session! Love this app!  

    
 

2. Headspace

Also available through the App Store, I found Headspace just yesterday and started using it today…it actually was the inspiration for this post. It’s about taking ten minutes by yourself to just meditate, a mindfulness technique that helps you focus your mind more in the moment and helps stop thinking or worrying about the future or the past (helps with anxiety and stress, something a lot of people, me included, suffer from) I’m loving this app so far!

  
  

 
3. Adult Colouring Book Apps

I love these apps. They are easy to use and a simple way of keeping your mind focused on the present ands great way to take a little time out to help focus the mind. Quicker and easier than buying books and colours and it takes less time out of your day.    

 

And when it comes to the body I’m using one or two key apps to train with and document my progress….

4. My Fitness Pal

My Fitness pal is an app that helps you track your daily intake of food and also helps you to keep track of what percentages of food types you are consuming. It tells you what percentage protein, carbs and fats you’re taking in, it graphs your weight progress when you update it. You can even scan the barcode of any product you are about to eat and it calculates the fat/protein/carb breakdown And calorie intake so you know what you have left to eat in a day. It lets you make goals and gives you tips based on what you’re eating. It is also compatible with fitness apps which track your Excercise and subtract your calories burned off. It’s basically an online food and fitness diary and I find it great!

   

5. Nike Training Club

I’ve just downloaded this and I’m starting it today. My cousin Orla swears by it (Hi Orls πŸ™‹πŸΌ) and I watched her use it once when she came to the gym with me….lets just say the sweat was dripping off her by the end of the session and I had barely broken a sweat πŸ˜‚

 January is when everyone goes bananas for fitness and then it dies off before Febuary is on the horizon. But because I had a friends wedding on New Year’s Day I tried to hit the gym as best I could over Christmas. So now I’m upping the levels day by day as I have my other friends wedding in 6 weeks and her hen in two weeks. 

You can follow workouts on the app, choose your fitness levels or even create your own custom four week programme tailored to your goals whether you want to get lean, tone up or increase your fitness ability. I’ll update you on what I think of this in the next few weeks!

   
   
So these are the tools that I’m utilising to start the year off right for both my mind and body. And the best advice I give myself is ‘bit by bit, day by day’ Hopefully by focusing on the short term goals I’ll get the longevity I’m looking for and more positive results!

Let me know if there’s any other great apps you like to use or swear by!  

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