29 July 2014

Abs and Squats | Day 1...

Hey guys, I'm just reporting on how today's workout went; you can see the original post and calnder for yourself here.

Well here's the verdict.

The sit ups. I expected these to be quite easy, as I normally do a couple of sets of ten in ballet and contemporary anyway. They were almost as easy as I thought, except I did start to feel something at the end.

The crunches. I hate crunches with a passion, so I was really dreading these. But it turns out they weren't as bad as I'd thought, so these were over and done with quickly.

The leg raises. Not too bad. I struggled to keep correct form, however, so I had to do five more with my hands under my bum to stop from arching my back, and this seemed to work much better.

The plank. Easy. Enough said.

The squats. I did them in two sets of 20 then a 10. Ouch!


Awaiting pictures. Check back tomorrow.

30 Day Workout Calender | Abs and Squats...

Hi guys, do you feel up for a challenge?! I've merged two workout calenders together to create this monster of a challenge, and I'm going to give it a go, with today being day 1!

For the past week and a bit I've been 'relaxing', essentially just lazing around, with only a couple of dance classes to keep me going. Now 90% of my classes have stopped for the summer, and I always manage to put on so much weight over these six weeks, so I thought I'd better do something active to keep my weight down. And why not tone and strengthen while I'm at it, eh? Bonus!


So this is it. You work for three days, then get a rest day. And repeat. A lot. So just stick on some music and get going!

Remember to take before and after photos and send me the links, I can't wait to see your progress! I'll be keeping a little diary as I go, to keep you all updated, why don't you do the same and blog about your experience after? It'd be an interesting read :D

27 July 2014

Think Happy...42/52...(and the t20!!)

Good evening everyone, or morning, or afternoon! This week I've  been enjoying a week off from school!


1. Last night I attempted some levitation photography with my brothers. Eben took this one of me:


I think it's pretty realistic! Then I took these of Gabriel:

Getting sucked into the bin!

This took so many attempts, but we got there in the end!

This is a blooper, but it looks like he's doing pointework, which I find highly amusing!


2. Dance this week has been good. In street we added to our dance, and it's turning out awesome. In ballet we were worked hard by one of the student teachers, Jade. I still ache now!


3. Contemporary was so good on Tuesday! We've almost finished the dance we're doing now, and it's so pretty, and I'm getting used to this different style of dancing. We were also getting hyped up about all of the competitions we're going to be doing! We're allowed to do either two troupe dances, or a troupe dance and a solo/duet/trio. I'm really hoping to do a troupe and a solo!


4. On Wednesday I danced at the T20 that was aired on Sky Sports 2! I don't know if our dance was actually shown on TV, but we were on the big screen in the stadium!

Selfie in front of the pitch!

Afterwards with Holly and Amber


5. I got the Sims 2 Ultimate Edition! Which means you get the base game and all 18 expansion packs for free, until the end of the month!


6. I got my dvd of this year's dance show! I've now been able to watch all of my dances back, and my friends' and my little ballet class'! So good!


7. I was gaming on a server yesterday and this dude was being ever so racist, so I kicked him out; it felt so good!


8. Did a mini photoshoot with Eben!



9. I ordered a new leotard, finally!


10. I made a new friend called Никита, I think, or Nikita. He's Russian :)

23 July 2014

Tunesday...

A day late again, but this is a pretty song! I'm gathering songs for a contemporary dance solo, any ideas?

21 July 2014

Welcome to the Family Little Ones...

Yesterday I made two more bower birds, a blue one and a pink one, and they're so pretty! See here for my first one.



Now here are all three of them together!




20 July 2014

Think Happy...41/52...

So this week has been outstanding for me! Let's begin!


1. Did my hair and makeup! Cat's eyes and bun with bandana :D



2. Dancing has been fun this week. In street on Monday I was on my own but I got to show off my epic tricks, which was cool. Contemporary was better, although, again, I was on my own. Becky (our new teacher) put us in a really cool looking formation. And ballet and pointe was good yesterday, painful, but good!


3. I made three Bower Birds, see here for the first one!



4. Found an awesome new ballet and stretching YouTube channel!


5. Found out that I'm taking an AS level along with my GCSEs next year!


6. Last week at school!


7. Saw my cousin instead of my cinema trip today, which was sadly cancelled :(


8. Got a summery feeling!!



That's all I can think of for now, but watch out for these next six weeks. Lots more posts!

19 July 2014

Attic24's Bower Bird...

Hiiii!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited to write this post today because it's finally happening! After a year-long wait, Lucy's pattern for a bower bird was released the other day, and I finished mine today!


Isn't she just the sweetest?! I highly recommend that you go check out the pattern right here, because she has so many gorgeous birds over on her blog.


I love her so much! She's made from acrylic DK yarn, but the pale blue details are stitched with cotton DK, and I actually prefer this yarn, so maybe I'll make an entirely cotton bird one day soon.

Anyway, here's another full-body shot...


Aww, it feels like I'm falling in love! Anyway, I already have another on my hook, so I'll leave now so you have time to make your own. Send me a link once you have, I'd love to see yours! Bye!

17 July 2014

Toothless...

Today was my last full day at school, and my last day in uniform! We had a celebrations assembly this afternoon, and I won two awards and came a runner up in another, resulting in me receiving £10 in vouchers. Result!


Can you see Toothless?


My friend Nina drew him on my arm in class today whilst we watched a movie, and I'm so excited for when I go to see this film on Sunday! But before that, I have 3 hours of school left tomorrow, so I need to rest up, goodnight!

16 July 2014

Tunesday...

Hi guys! I found this gem on the net earlier, and I'm so excited by it! I apologise for not posting this yesterday, but I had one last piece of homework to do before summer, then I had dance. I would have posted after that, but our car broke so I was stuck at dance until about ten at night, with no internet! Haha, I hope this makes up for it :P

13 July 2014

Think Happy...40/52...

I've had such a long day today, which means I'm shattered now, and I can feel my eyes closing as I type this. I went up to the Peak District today with my parents and one of my brothers, and we did so much walking. I took hundreds of photos, but I'll save them for another day.


1. PEAK DISTRICT! I had an amazing time, here's a selfie!



2. This week was pretty cool. I had a full street dance class on Monday night because I didn't have to go out and practise a performance dance with Shanice, Mia and Hannah. It was also pretty cool because a guy called Luke was there. We were in the same class in year 7, but then he moved to Hannah's school and became close friends with my cousin, Jasmine. It was awesome to see him and dance with him for the first time in over three years!


3. Contemporary was different on Tuesday. Not necessarily a bad different, just weird different. For a start, we had a new teacher, a girl called Becky instead of Tanveer. I dance with her anyway in other classes and she's covered contemporary before, but her dance style is very different to Tan's. Tan's are/were very physical, maybe that's because he's a guy, and I love them so much. Becky's, however, is very slow and lyrical, which explains her song choice. I don't mind this kind of dance, it's just that I prefer Tan's because I find it more challenging.

Another change was the class size. In our usual class, there are only about four or five of us that Tan teaches. However, Becky has now brought in so many more students. They're all, as you would call them, the 'populars' within our dance school, and they all generally do street dance, which is quite a leap (pun intended) from contemporary. This has made our class size more or less quadruple, which isn't fun in the studio. All of the new girls literally shoved in front of Alice and myself (who were standing towards the front of the studio, since this has been our class for a year), and forced us to stand at the back in the corner. How kind of them.


4. Erm, what else happened this week that was good. Oh, we had sports day on Thursday. What made it good was that I didn't compete, so I sat in the sun for two hours and tried to get a tan. Like that was going to happen! What sucked is that my form came third (out of our year group). We had won the cup three years running, and this year the girls won all of the finals, but the boys didn't even make it to any finals, causing us to lose the crown. But still, it was fun missing two lessons.


5. Dance yesterday was pretty good, actually. We did more stretching and strengthening, and Hannah and I took some photos.





6. On both Wednesday and yesterday I went to my friend Katie's house and helped her practice her flips and front hand springs. And I discovered how amazing the shutter speed changing mode on my camera is :D





7. I bought a new rubber ball, so now I can actually roll my feet out before ballet - score!!


And I think that's all for now, to be honest. This morning I had a bit of a relationship malfunction, but you know, you just get on with it. Have a good Monday!