Posts Tagged ‘Beauty’
After 6 fabulous years, Rob has finally taken the jump and is moving on to pastures new! So Rob leaves Tara and Andy to take on the Personal Training in The Dragon Hotel in Swansea to the next level and look forward to welcoming Natalie and Louise to the Team!!
As with any celebration (we are sad that rob is leaving us….honest!), there has to be some celebratory drinks.
Many of the staff from The Dragon Health Club and Hotel met up on Saturday for a day of Sport and Socialising. Naturally, some of the boys had to start celebrations after a large cooked breakfast so the partying started at 12pm. Then it was a few drinks whilst watching Swansea vs Arsenal (we lost L ) and then a few more to watch Wales vs England! Woo Hoo!!! We won!!!
So there was more celebrating! This lasted into the early hours of the morning. Needless to say, after a shift of partying in excess of 12 hours (Rob struggles putting hard work in for 8 hours) Rob was a little sleepy, and managed a bit of shut eye before actually getting to bed!!
We all partied hard to make sure Rob had a good send off and we wish him all the very best of luck in his new job!!
Good Luck Rob, We’ll miss you!!
From everyone at The Dragon Hotel
Shrove Tuesday will be upon us so we thought we’d get in really early and make sure that not only are you prepared for some flipping good fun, but you’re also having a healthy pancake day this year!
Tara Hammett, our Health Club Manager and one of Swansea and South Wales’ top Personal Trainers (Did we mention finalist in the National Fitness Awards Personal Trainer of the Year 2012?) has shared her healthy pancake recipe that will keep your mid week healthy nutrition in check! It’s gluten free, high in fibre and massive on taste!
Ingredients: (for one pancake, increase ingredients accordingly)
For the pancake:
2 Egg Whites
¼ Cup Coconut Milk
For cooking in the pan:
For adding at the end (optional):
¼ teaspoon Truvia
Mix all your pancake ingredients together. Firstly I whisked my egg whites up, then I added the flour and milk to a nice little batter.
Add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan and swish it around.
Add your pancake batter to the pan and cook on one side for about a minute whilst swishing (said that twice now) the batter evenly around the edges.
Then…..the next move is your shout….what will it be??
Risk a toss???
Well…..I’m gonna put it out there – I flipped!! Which I must say is medium on the adventurous scale, because sometimes I totally bail out and cook the other side under the grill (top tip).
Cook the other side for about another 30 seconds, then slide it out onto your plate, sprinkle with a bit of truvia and squeeze some fresh lemon and tuck in!!
So, you’ve had fun, you feel like you’ve indulged and you can enjoy the rest of your evening guilt free!!
Macros per pancake:
Well it has been a very coooold one in Swansea!
The snow certainly came and made its mark and it’s been getting to the health club staff as outdoor training has been a no go and it’s been quiet as many of the team’s personal training clients from Swansea have been snowed in, even though Swansea City Centre was still moving. Although residential areas certainly resembled more of a winter wonderland!
Andrew hasn’t been out on his bike for a week – which is unheard of! Tara had to sleep in the hotel (not that she’s moaning) on Thursday night. Rob has put on a few pounds as he’s not been able to go out running and believes ‘comfort eating’ will protect him from the cold. James has also missed a few gym sessions but luckily, we all have Tara’s home HIIT workout video’s to follow to make sure the snow doesn’t sabotage our fitness to much!
But…we’re hopeful that the big melt is on its way and getting back to fitness and healthy eating is high on the agenda!
Tara has kicked off the Diet Tribe with Badger & Claire on 96.4fm The Wave and we’re all looking forward to seeing how much weight the tribe will lose over the next 6 weeks! Listen out to Tara on air for all her top fitness and nutrition tips.
We hope you’re keeping safe & warm and continuing with your healthy 2013 goals!!
Want a change from the normal Advent calendar?
Need some motivation to keep in shape in December and burn off the Christmas party buffet & the celebratory drink or two?
Then join in with Tara Hammett, one of the Top Personal Trainers in Swansea and The Dragon Hotel Health Club Manager as she kicks off her FREE ‘Merry Fitmas – Advent Workouts’
Tara will be kicking off the festive fitness on Saturday 1st December and will be helping keep everyone fit & fab with 12 minute home workouts that you can do every morning. You can join in too for free and receive your short workouts every morning in your inbox. Take part with hundreds of others and stay in shape for your party outfits and sign up with your email on www.taransformation.com
So get ready to open the Advent workout doors and make December 2012 the most fittest, fabulous and festive yet!
Merry Fitmas from The Dragon Team!!
Strictly Swansea promises to be the biggest night on the Glitz and Glamour calendar! Tara will be performing with her professional dance partner Blair Crewther and will be competing against 7 other celebrities & personalities and their partners on Sunday 7th October.
Tara is so excited to be taking part. As well as learning a brand new skill, Tara has chosen to raise money for a cause that is very important to her. Tara regularly visits care homes and hold exercise sessions with the residents and is delighted to be raising money for the Tan Yr Allt Service Users fund.
“At the moment I have two left feet, I am totally unbalanced in my 3 inch heels and I need to become a little more elegant.
All my training has been very powerful and explosive, so to try and loosen out and be a little more dainty is a bit tough at the moment, but I’m sure with more practice and a lot of patience from Blair I’ll get it mastered by the night”
We’ll be keeping you up to date over the forthcoming weeks with Tara’s progress and how she’s tackling one of her biggest challenges to date!
I’m sure you’ll join us is wishing Tara Good Luck in the meantime!
The late great Audrey Hepburn once wrote….
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness…
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone…
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
Now, that’s all well and good and may indeed make you more beautiful on the inside but sometimes we need a little more help with the outside…and that’s something we can happily take care of here at The Dragon Hotel Healthclub and Spa.
Introducing our fabulous new full time Beauty Therapist Sandra Halfpenny, who is ready and waiting with fantastic facials, marvellous manicures or a mind chilling massage.
Sandra hasn’t been with us for very long but I have to say that her eyebrow shape and tint powers are amazing and age defying facial treatments, wonderfully relaxing. Her favourite colour is black although she is an extremely colourful and bubbly character, and she would most love to snog George Clooney (wouldn’t we all ladies?).
I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming Sandra to our team at The Dragon Hotel.
Well it’s all happening in the Healthclub this month……!! Not only are we giving you the opportunity to get your Beach Bodies ready with our June offer of 3 Free Personal Training Sessions or 3 month Summer Body Membership, we are now able to offer you the support to lose the pounds and get into that bikini by joining our fantastic weight loss club!! So get motivated and get ready to strut your stuff this summer!
Motivation speech over with…time for the news!!
We are due to say a temporary farewell to our fantastic Beauty Therapist Michelle, who is going off on Maternity Leave (her bump has officially out grown the treatment room!) She will be missed by us all (her Dermalogica facials are to die for!) We wish her all the very best for the imminent arrival of Baby Domenic (Sparkle as named by the rest of the team) and hope she enjoys her baby holiday!
So with the lovely Michelle out of action, the Beauty treatments will be placed in the very capable hands of Harley, who many of you are familiar with (another facial and massage goddess) and a new Beauty Therapist Karen Young who we offer a very warm Dragon Hotel welcome! So don’t worry girls and boys…our team of pamper experts are here to make you beautiful!
We will keep you updated with all the latest offers and baby news!! Until then – think beautiful thought!
Well this week it’s all snow, snow and more snow!! But that hasn’t bothered any of our beauty clients. Whether it’s party glamour or beauty maintenance, it is not something that the snow can get in the way of, OH NO!! It is essential and whether our clients have had to walk, hike, ski or slide their way to us, they’ve made it!!
We also know there will be some very special gifts underneath the Christmas tree. Husbands and boyfriends have done well this year buying gift vouchers for their loved ones. A real luxurious treat and perfect Christmas surprise.
Michelle’s top tip for your beauty regime in this harsh cold weather is:
Make sure you moisturise daily, use a heavier moisturiser at night and use a gentle exfoliator once a week. Also, when inside with the heating on, keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of hot or cold drinks!
For more information on your skin care or for FREE Dermalogica face mapping call us now to book your appointment!
Merry Christmas and a Happy & Beautiful New Year
Michelle & Harley
This is your opportunity to learn random things about The Dragon Health & Fitness Club Manager Tara Hammett - FAB! (As Tara would say…)
1.Coke or Pepsi?
2.Desk: messy or organized?
3.Are you always early or terminally late?
4.Who would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
5.What is your favourite word?
Fab! (or amazing..say that a lot too)
6.What is your least favourite word?
7.What sound or noise do you love?
8.What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9.What profession would you not like to do?
10.If Heaven exists, what would God say to you when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You haven’t shut up all your life, now get in and be quiet or you’re going back!!
11.On a scale of 1-5 how organized are you?
12. Do you exercise regularly?
13. Have any nick names?
14.Do you have tattoos?
15. What is/was your worst subject in school?
Worst at History and Geography
16.Do you like to dance?
17. Name your favourite colour
18. Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?
19. Ever had an imaginary friend as a child?
Still got one.
20.Do you drink?
I do drink but can’t handle it at all.
21. What annoys you?
Robert Crabtree – Mega mind!
22.Do you wear pajamas to places other than at your house?
I have standards thank you!
23. Have you ever stolen anything from a store or from someone?
I once stole a melon
24. Ever cheated on a test?
Never – I’m a complete nerd and I love studying!
25. Name 5 of the most important things in your life?
Husband, Family & Friends, Love my job, Food (lots of it), Socialising
26. How many languages can you speak and what are they?
Just English but I speak so fast you could count it as my own language
27. Are you a touchy feely person?
28. Do you have any phobias?
29. Are you a heavy or light sleeper?
Um, don’t really know?!? But I’m good at it!
30.Are you a morning person?
I don’t look great but I like to think I am a morning person
31. Ever broken any bones?
Yep, both wrists and my nose.
32. Do you play any instruments?
33. Have you been told you can sing well more than once?
No, I haven’t got a good talking voice, so you can imagine what my singing voice is like!
34. Name your least favourite feature?
35. Name the clothing store you shop at the most?
36. Pecs or Abs?
37. Name someone you can tell just about anything to?
My imaginary friend
38. Where were you born?
Neath General Hospital
39. Do you live in a street or in the middle of nowhere?
A street with a fab view.
40. If money were not an object, what would you do with your life?
41. What would be your last meal on earth?
Sushi followed by seriously chocolate fudge cake!!!
42. What is your favourite film?
Oceans Eleven and ATime to Kill
43. What possession do you love the most?
44. Apart from your husband, who is your number one man?
45. What is your favourite TV show?
Don’t watch TV much, bit I do like Hustle.
46. Who is your biggest inspiration?
47. If you could have dinner with 3 people in the world, who would they be?
Rob Crabtree, Daniel Bevan and Andrew Morrissey
48. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
A cheetah, because I use to think I was Cheetara from Thundercats when I was young
49. If you were prime minister, what would you change, or impose?
Make a law that everyone had to do some form of exercise everyday
50. If you were deserted on a desert island what one item would you want with you?