I have a friend that never really liked working out but she loved being out in nature and walking. She made a pact to herself that she will make an effort to go hiking as often as she possibly could, signed up for 5km walks and social walking events, and she not only made a bunch of new friends, felt healthy & fit…but she also transformed her body completely! She has inspired me with her incredible journey and I would like to add this to our social club events as well. We would like to go on weekly hikes or as often as possible and to try and find beautiful places in our city and beyond. We started with one of my favorite places, got some friends and family together and we went on the most beautiful hike at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, JHB. We ended our hike off with some garden games, like Twister and had a lovely picnic with our special people. We have been researching some more places and I look forward to many more hikes in nature. Nature gives me a truly special feeling that cannot even be explained or described, it simply has to be felt. If you would like to join us on our adventures, be sure to Like our Facebook Page and keep an eye out for our next event. We will also be posting an event calendar to our pages, so be sure to check it out.
Took some time off posting and as usual, that reset makes a huge difference. Since we last ‘spoke’ I have been making a few changes that I hope will help my life prosper… Photo Date: 08 February 2019 Firstly, I’ve been taking my fitness a little more seriously and even decided to set a little goal I hope to achieve in the next few months, the splits! I know, what was I thinking?! But it has been humbling to see what my body is capable of and the boundaries I am able to push. I have been stretching 3-4 times a week since January. I am aiming to do this a lot more often until I am streching every day. I truly hope that in about two months I will drop all the way down to the floor. I have also been going to the gym 3-4 times a week and bumped up my cardio game, doing 100 squats almost every day in hopes to strengthen my leg muscles and booty and drop a few kilos. I’ve been kicking into gear and I feel a lot more stable and stronger after adding this to my routine. When I don’t work, I definitely feel a difference in my body so I prefer going to the gym than being lazy, which is completely the opposite to how I felt before. I have also become more aware of my nutrition and the foods and snacks I consume. I am definately far from where I want to be in terms of a healthier lifestyle but I do struggle with the diet a little bit. I am not a big eater, as it is, so I eat small meals as often as possible, sometimes my options are not particularly healthy as I will opt for a pastry, cereal or a dessert rather than an actual meal. My meals are healthy as I do not eat a lot of carbs (except potatoes), my food is almost never oily or spicy and I actually really enjoy the healthier options. I do love Italian food though, so when I’m craving for something, it has to be delicious, creamy and in most instances they are pretty rich. I already don’t like eating, so having to eat the same (somewhat flavourless) food everyday with meal prepping, is a little hard for me, but I aim to get into this and make it work for me if I’m going to take this to the next level. I’ve started a health & fitness segment on the blog and even brought on a biokineticist as a guest blogger. I do hope to bring on more health and fitness professionals, so that I can, not only add more health and fitness into my life, but to also have the peace of mind that I am doing the best possible thing, the correct way. One of my biggest issues has still been my amount of sleep! I have been trying to get to bed earlier and to just turn off my technology and more importantly, my mind! But I have been failing miserably! I have tried setting alarms to remind me to prep for bed, I have been doing as much as I can to depleat my energy throughout my waking hours, so that I am more eager to get an early night, but thus far… It has not been working! Will continue to get better at this and working at being more mindful of my time. If you have any tips or tricks to help me improve and live my best possible life, please leave me a comment. I know there must be a way for us to help each other in the struggles to a balanced life!
Shine a light on slavery day: 07 February 2019 We are calling all Freedom Fighters to join together as we stand against Slavery (Human Trafficking) with the #ENDITMOVEMENT The incredible people of Hope Risen Foundation has started an awareness project/ campaign and now is your chance to get involved… they need 100 photographs. How to get involved: Draw a RED X on your hand, and take a photo with your fist up! Send me all your selfies/photos over the next few days and I will submit to the team for you. They will be creating a post with all the photos On the day, upload your photo using the hashtag #ENDITMOVEMENT Last year I was fortunate enough to have met one of the co-founders of Hope Risen Foundation. Their Vision Hope Risen (formerly known as Hope For Women) was founded in 2009 with the vision to spread love, hope and justice in the quest to end modern day slavery and exploitation. We are doing this through prevention and awareness initiatives carried out alongside direct interventions to rescue, restore and reintegrate women, men and children who have been exploited. Their Promise We will leave no stone unturned looking for the one held captive in modern day slavery. When we find the one we will walk the road to restoration together, and we will spare no expense to cripple the industry that has taken freedom away! Read more about the incredible work they are doing and how you are able to get more involved HERE. There are so many opportunities to help and make a difference in someones life, and in turn it has the potential to change your own, forever. Take a few moments for a quick selfie and raise your fist against the people depriving us of our Freedom!