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Be Courageous!

Came across this quote today which sums it up to the T…

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Radmacher

It’s pretty damn awesome right?! RIGHT!

This morning I was thinking about my Meh… post and I actually wanted to kick myself for feeling like that … yes, it happens but gosh you could swear I had lost a limb or something even worse … it was just a little bump in the road. A lot of people slither back into a dark corner when they are struck with disappointment but it’s the person that is battered and bruised from the day but still gets up the next morning just to try all over again … that is courage!

Courage is facing Goliath – YOUR Goliath! No matter how many stones have been thrown your way. Everyone faces a different Goliath, but the fact that you are brave and bold enough to stand up means you have courage.

Let the stones, bumps and bruises come … you just tend to your wounds, shake it off and get right back out there.

Have courage in everything you do today!

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xoxo

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‘Cos that’s how I roll!

ok .. so it’s been awhile since I have last blogged – but what happened yesterday deserves one me thinks and its perfect timing as it follows on from Solo Plateau.

Yip… you guessed it – I had my 3 month weigh in yesterday, or should I say, assessment, because it is no longer about the weight, and to say that I was happier than a white fluffy bunny rabbit in a field of daisies (yes, I shall give you a moment to picture that) was an understatement! Even though I knew (fingers crossed behind my back) that the results would be better than last time I hate … HATE weigh-ins – being weighed, measured, pinched, prodded … no fun … BUT then when a certain personal trainer, aka Wesley, punches in the information to gather the difference and a huge smile breaks from his face you can’t help but want to air punch like your life depends on it!

The last few months have been the toughest … both mentally and physically – far more mentally than anything else. But not only that, these few months have been the bravest I have ever been, I have fought demons that I create, I did something that I would never have believed I could achieve (I ran the Two Oceans 22km trail run) and I have finally taught myself how not to listen to myself when I want to quit – quitting is no longer an option. It is no longer a goal – it is now my life. And I am BEYOND grateful for the enormous support I have had from Wesley through the blood, sweat and tears (and the occasional gag reflex).

Oh! And I now swing a 24kg Kettle Bell … ‘cos that’s how I roll!

It’s been a journey that I hope everyone can find themselves on one day because, as cliché as this sounds, it can be done! Your body will listen to what your mind tells it!

I do this for a lot of reasons, reasons that change every day and 2 reasons that are prudent for me at the moment is 1. “they will first ask why you do it, in time they will ask you how you did it.” and the second reason is a quote from Socrates: “No citizen has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

ok … enough of the deepness … let’s get onto the real reason behind this post … the results!
*drum roll please*

Red is my first weigh in that was done on the 26th May and blue is yesterdays one …

Weight: 72.7kg65.5kg – (I love how this is no longer a major issue – lean muscle baby!)
Waist: 92cm81.5cm
Chest: 96cm90cm (nothing a boob job can’t fix :-))
Bicep: 30cm27.5cm
Thigh: 58cm51cm

Body FatSkin Fold in mm:
Abdomen: 40mm27mm
Supra illiac: 25mm 10mm
Tricep: 29mm14mm
Thigh: 25mm13mm

Body Fat %: 28.6416.65 (YES! That’s right! SIXTEEN. POINT. SIX FIVE)
LBM: 51.8854.59
Fat Mass: 20.82kg10.91kg

*does the Mr Bean Harlem Shake*

And the cherry on the top? I bought (and fitted into and look good in) a pair of size 8 jeans! yes please!

Let me just put one thing straight – this is not some crazy diet where I detox drink my way through the day or measure everything I eat by the milligram … I train my tush off and I eat well … I will have the whole slab of chocolate if I like but I just wont have the whole chocolate every day because of course you do have to watch what you eat and how much of it you eat. As the guys from Sleek Geek say … Eat Clean. Train Dirty. It really is as simple as that.

You Just Get Stronger…

So as you know I am taking part in this year’s Impi Challenge {read about it in You Tarzan. I {GI} Jane.}

My story so far…

I have this silly fear for gyms, for the mini hulk hogans that spend more time looking at themselves in the mirror and the girls that prance around like a unicorn on steroids … and all the equipment – it’s kind of intimidating. When I was still up in Jo’burg I had a gym membership {not really by choice} because I would get a lift to work {which opens at 09:00} by my mom who always thought that leaving home at 04:00 was a good idea … anyway, so I got the membership to keep me busy for 3 – 4 hours … now, now … I never worked out for that long, in fact, I hardly ever worked out – I would find an empty stall in the bathroom, get all comfy on the floor, using my towel as a blanket and my bag as a pillow and I would sleep … do not judge me … there was the odd time when Mr. Wanna-be Hogan and Mrs Unicorn weren’t around that I would actually gym.

{Fast forward a few years, a Curves membership and newly signed on Virgin Active Membership and we find ourselves at the moment I decided to do the Impi Challenge and walked into 360 Specialized Training}

360 Specialized Training {otherwise known as The Fort} – Holy Crap Balls! So you walk in and you feel good because it doesn’t seem that intimidating BUT as your mother has taught you, never judge a book by its cover – these guys and girls are there to bring out the demon in you – they are not there to let you stop or pat you on the back with a ‘ag shame’ when every bone and muscle in your body is screaming profanities. You will forget to breath. They are not there to be your friend but trust me, once you start living and breathing their motto: One Legion. One Philosophy. One Heart Beat you will want to buy them birthday presents and take them home to meet the parents.

They are not Virgins!

I get trained by Wesley and let me tell you something, even though he has known me almost half my life, he takes no prisoners – he is there to get the best out of you and he will push you because he knows it is there, he will motivate you and what I love the most is that he gets down, dirty and sweaty with you and doesn’t just stand there with a clip board and stop watch! He is the only trainer you are not allowed to take home! 😉

My first training session was … um … the word intense seems like a game of hopscotch but we will go with intense for the time being, {until you go and find your own word} – I thought my body was going to tear apart and that was just with the warm up! I will not even try to explain how I felt the next day…

As they say: “It doesn’t get easier. You just get stronger.” – those words are so true because I now find myself after my 4th session and here I sit, 4 sessions later and I feel like a brand new person … The workout gets more hectic, your muscles scream louder and your heart beat pounds that much harder against your rib cage but fuck it feels good!

You will be in pain
You will cry
You will forget to breath
You will hate your trainer, you might even throw up but…
You will NOT give up!

Your whole approach to life, to yourself and to the people around you does a full 360 {excuse the pun} once you start realising that there is no such thing as ‘I can’t do it’, You will change your tune to “I’ll be damned if I won’t at least try” – GONE are the days when I would rather sleep than train … I want it! I was sitting in a 2 hour meeting this morning and all I could think was ‘I would much rather be training” … true story!

So if you want to go to gym to impress everyone else then go to gym … if you want to train to impress yourself then go to 360 – it’s as simple as that really!

I will now hand over to the professionals – check out {and follow dammit} Wesley’s blog to find out what really goes down at “The Fort” and get a taste of hard work in your mouth!

Image by Mel Neethling

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360 Specialized Training

Go out and get strong!

xoxo

Be Gentle…

I saw this on the Invisible Children Facebook page today and it shouted a message that I think people are starting to forget – be it of your own doing or the doing of society around you.

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We are all, yes – even you, are guilty of doing something that hurts (although we seem to be outrageously passive in our acceptance of it), we have spoken badly of someone who is not there to defend themselves, we judge, we gossip, we throw stones and as much as we hear quotes like “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” or ” don’t judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.” – those quotes are starting to lose their substance and it’s only when you are in the firing line do you have a taste of your own ammunition.

This quote made my heart stir a little:
“You know my name, not my story.
You’ve heard what I’ve done, not what I’ve been through.
If you were in my shoes, you’d fall the first step.”

Image from bravegirlsclub.com

You will never know the storm in someone’s life until you risk the time to get to know them, so be gentle with the people who come into your life.

Take the time to be kind to a stranger, even if it is a passing smile. You never know, you might just save a life.

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xoxo

Once when I was little…

I have an emotional attachment to music so when I hear a song, I don’t just listen to the words, I close my eyes and I feel them with every fibre of my being and one song that has been playing a lot on my play list is ‘Once When I Was Little’ by James Morrison and it really got me thinking about how quickly life sucks the child out of us … how we have to hold on to it for dear life and a few lucky people do manage to hang onto it but slowly lose it as more and more people tell them that they must ‘grow up’ … seriously?!

Life was so much easier when we were little, friends were friends because we were friends. Plain and simple. There was no such thing as friends with benefits, and I am not only talking about the sexual kind, I mean all kinds, emotionally, financially and status wise.

I have started realising how quickly I am losing the person that loved playing in the mud, climbing trees, laying on the grass and looking up at the sky, getting lost in the millions of pictures I could find in the clouds.

When we were little it was so easy to laugh, it was second nature to us. With that I ask you … when last have you laughed so hard you cried, when you couldn’t catch your breath and then falling over from complete joy?

I give you this task today … climb a tree, draw stick men with a pencil, write a letter (on pen and paper) and pass it along to one of your friends, play in the sprinkler, go to bed without eating dinner but eating pudding … just be little today and live your life as honestly as a child.

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.” Tom Wargo

xoxo

Things I have learnt …

I stumbled upon this blog … stumbling upon things is so much more appreciated because they happen when your life needs it the most… anyway – the blog is www.marcandangel.com where I found a post about 30 Truths I’ve Learned In 30 Years and even though I am only a young 28 this year I have been thinking about my 30th almost every single day with seriously mixed emotions – there is a slight possibility that I am on the road to a mid mid-life crisis, but we will get to that another time.

The post has made me think of some of the things that I have learnt, some being from my own experience, some being from being apart of someone else’s life, and some from it being written by someone else and then having an ah-ha! moment…

1. I have learned that “In the end everything will be alright, if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”

2. I have learnt that only you can live your life, it is not selfish to put yourself first – it is a right as no one can direct your life

3. I have learnt that it is ok to smile when you are hurting inside, it doesn’t mean you are not, it means you are stronger than you think

4. I have learnt that it is ok to feel what you feel until the feeling is gone. “It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.” – from 30 Truths I’ve Learned In 30 Years

5. I have learnt that sleep is more important than you think.

6. I have learnt that you have to honest with the people in your life, no matter how hard the truth is – it’s harder to keep quite than to speak out.

7. I have learnt that you can still climb a tree, it might be a little harder the older you get, but it can still be done – so do it!

8. “This too shall pass”

9. Take time for the ones you love, both young and old

10. I have learnt that you will be missed – no matter how far you run.

I am going to leave it at 10. as I know that there is so much left for me to learn, you are never too old to learn something new, so keep your eyes, your heart and your soul open to lessons.

On a little lighter note – here are 30 things that the oh so knowledgeable Dr. Seuss gives us to remember. It’s hard to choose a favourite but if I had to I would say 1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 5. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”  and 17. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”


Go out and find your lesson learnt.

xoxo

Hello again…

Hello friendlings

Sorry for being gone for so long! So many things have been happening – Christmas family time, job hunting, getting and starting a new job and a few tears, laughter and everything in between, so I am sure I was forgiven before I even left.

All my great blog idea’s have already been taken *true story* so I thought I would start my first blog of 2012 with a some wise words that I hope to take (and remember) throughout the year.

and last but not least…

Till we meet again!

xoxo