Day 1: My Blogging Journey

Last year I challenged myself to blog for 30 straight days in September and this year I had no plans of going through that madness on my own.  I think if you consider yourself a blogger then that challenge is something you need to do try out at least once.  This year I went through the challenge options on Google search and nothing on there got me excited.  All the topics were uninspiring and I thought to myself why are bloggers in Africa not coming together to make some noise about our colourful continent?  No offence on the “Share your outfit of the day topics” but gosh they are tiring to say the least!  I’m that one person who no longer wastes time hoping someone else will create something,I now make s*it happen!  I spread the word on different social media platforms and wasted no time bringing African Bloggers in one space to get involved in what the group termed the #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge


Emotional Well-Being

When I started blogging I was still hurting over past relationships.  I was in an a very bad space.  I needed somewhere to bleed out my emotions.  I had no idea putting my thoughts on my blog would actually help me heal.  It was a tough journey but when I wrote about my experiences and I read through comments I realised that I was not alone when it came to some of the things I had been through.  A problem shared really is a problem halved.  When I look through my posts now I realise I have really come a long way and I can safely say I am happy and I let go of all the things that used to steal my joy.  It’s a great space to be in.  Sharing my story and being a part of the blogging world activated my mind to opportunities.  Not only seeing opportunities but acting on them as well.  I am currently a blogger for UnPlugged Zimbabwe and enjoying every moment of it.  What’s not to love about pursuing the things that fire your soul?


The same time I started blogging was the same time I started my health and fitness journey.  There is nothing that puts you under pressure as much as documenting an activity because now you have to actually show some results!  However, it was a great move because if I had not done so I probably would not have lost 10 kgs in a year!  The toughest year of my life if you ask me.  It’s really easy to gain weight, it can happen in a space of days, losing weight on the other hand is a real mission!  I have made new friends through the different challenges I set up each month.  (I have also gone on to create another blog that is specifically for fitness and you should check it out!)  Creating challenges not only helps me stay focused but those around me also get that extra drive to exercise because they can see that I am consistent and actually get results.  Now I have the body I always wanted and I feel fantastic!  I will tell you this for free…maintaining your weight is the hardest part of the journey.  One of the best things that has come from my blogging journey so far is partnering up with Steward Health for both the September Challenge as well as working together on my vision of parkruns in Harare.  It promises to be an exciting journey ahead.


There have been occasions I have been upset about something and all I want to do is rant about it on a blog post.  The ironic thing is after a few sentences into the post I actually find that I am being petty but continue to write about it all the same.  You see, life doesn’t really have to consume you with negativity.  Fair and fine you will have a bad day or two but there is always something to smile about.  Blogging has helped me through bad days because I have a few blogs that I follow that specialise in humour and there is never a dull moment there!

I have had access to some exciting events and partnered up with some digital savvy brands over the years, that’s definitely the upside of being a blogger.  I have worked with #PPCZimbabwe #ZarkLaunchParty #ZimBiggestBraai #NafunaTV #UnPluggedZim #KidzCan #NaturalsZW #GoldenPilsenerGo4Gold

Blogging has given me the voice I didn’t realise I actually had.  I am MaKupsy.  The Blogger. The Fitness Consultant. The Traveler. The Naturalista. The Social Media Influencer. The Mother.

I would like to hear from bloggers…what was the reason you started and are still blogging?  What are some of the lessons you have learnt over time?

For the readers, what do you enjoy reading the most from my blog and what keeps you coming back for more?

You too can take part in the #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge, the more the merrier.

©MaKupsy 2017


ParkRun Harare

ParkRuns have been a major part of my health and fitness journey.  I remember the first time I set foot in the park with my neighbour for my first run.  The most unpleasant experience of my life!!  However, I kept going back for more because it was a place I felt safe because there were other runners as well.  Most were slow runners, others were on a mission to sprint away but generally the atmosphere was just right if you were serious about getting in shape.  Nearly 3 years later I still put in some parkruns when I need a place to bring back fond memories of the start of my journey.  I managed to lose weight from running in the park and I also got my fitness on while I was at it!

Over the long holiday I realised that there is actually no time like the present and I should start organising our very own parkruns in Harare!  This is how it’s going to work.

The goal is to meet up for parkruns once every week on Saturday morning.  

We will start off the first month of parkruns with running 2.5K each week and gradually increase the distance over the next few weeks until we get to the ideal 5K distance.  Everyone is invited to come along for the parkruns; young, old, kids, as long as you have a goal to have a healthy body and mind then you must make sure you come through.

ParkRun Perks:

  1. The park runs are free!
  2. I will teach you how to run and share fitness related information.
  3. You will be able to lose weight or maintain it.
  4. You will make friends with similar interests.
  5. If you can’t run walking is still an option so please don’t feel excluded.
  6. Exercise is a stress buster.
  7. You will challenge yourself to commit to a habit that your body and mind will thank you for in the not so distant future.

Fitness Bae works towards enhancing the lives of the community through support, encouragement, mental and physical health awareness activities. 

I find pleasure in helping those around me achieve their health and fitness goals.  For this reason I have decided to start hosting parkruns starting from the 2nd of September 2017 going forward. (save the date) 

Like my Facebook page @thefitnessbae to stay updated on the parkruns and to also get weekly updates on different health and fitness events and information happening in and around Harare.

Have you tried going for parkruns?  If yes, what has been your experience with running outdoors?

Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series Episode 8 will be live on Tuesday at 9:00am.

®Fitness Bae


My Pieces Of Running Gear

I have a dream, to one day own at least half the running gear on my Pinterest Board!  The running gear is sassy, colourful and definitely inspiring.  Why would I not want to go out for a run when I am dressed to the nines like that?  When I started running looking good was the last thing on my mind.  I just wanted to get over and done with it; never mind how I looked while doing it.

Over the years things have changed and I have my running swagg on!  I can’t just go out and run without deciding on which running gear I will wear on that particular day.  I get excited when I buy new sports bras, running shoes, socks the whole shebang because for me it’s not just about the running anymore, it’s about investing in comfortable clothes to show off the hard work I have put over the years.  Today I will share my running gear outfits.


The All Out Running Gear 🙂

When you see me dressed like this I mean business.  This running gear outfit is for days I run more than 5K.  I don’t usually run with music but positive self talk can only take me so far.  Pictured above I have my favourite pieces:

  • Phone Pouch: I love my pouch, minus the colour. Instead of holding my phone in my hands throughout my run I am assured it has a snug place on my arm so there are no chances of it dropping.
  • Earphones: I create a fast paced playlist and it is obviously titled #RunWithFitnessBae no prize for guessing there.  I love danchehall music so that definitely keeps me going.  Unfortunately sometimes my earphones keep popping out of my ears so they can be a real distraction.
  • iPhone: Without my phone I can’t track my runs so I ALWAYS have it with me.  I love the NRC application.  Okay, I am obsessed and biased when it comes to NRC but I love how I get to push myself harder when I hear what my pace is after each kilometre.
  • Vest: What I like about this particular vest is that I can “breathe through it” so to speak.  There is nothing as hectic as running with a cotton material t-shirt and next thing you feel hot and unable to focus on your run.
  • Running Tights: I love this pair is just the right length, enough to show off the legs that run.  However, this is one of the things on my running gear collection that I replace the most because they keep popping in the middle!  The material is not strong enough so I have to replace them every other month.  This is actually a great business opportunity for me, I need to start importing these because I know a lot of women have the same dilemma.
  • Adidas Running Shoes: This is my favourite running gear piece.  I love the colour, the comfort and the grip.  I feel like I am floating on air when I have these on.
  • Water Bottle: (gift from a friend) I can’t live without water.  Each time after my run I have a whole 1 litre of water before I proceed to do anything else.  You need to get yourself a pretty water bottle, the normal ones are boring and will probably stop you from enjoying a refreshing bottle of water.  I challenge you to add a nice looking water bottle to your running gear pieces and show me in the comments section once you have one.

The Let’s Get Over & Done With It Gear

Tell me more about your running gear.  Where do you buy it from?  How much are you willing to spend on it?  If you are in Harare are there any places you can recommend I try out for running gear.  Please do not refer me to places that charge an arm and a leg, I still have other things to do with my money; such as buying healthy food options to prepare for this body that runs 🙂

Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series Episode 4 will be live on Thursday at 9:00am.  I will be sharing My Relationship With Food.

Fitness Bae®

I Found My Purpose

I never really wanted a lot of things badly enough.  I could like something alright but really want and need it was a different story.  I went through the greater part of my life having a luke warm attitude towards a lot of things until one fateful day.  The day I went for my regular medical examinations and hopped on the scale to reveal how I had gone from being fat to obese was a life changing moment.  It was at that very moment that I decided I was going to do everything in my power to do something about the excess weight I was carrying around.  I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant.  Why is this important to note?  Well, when I was full term and a few days before giving birth to my baby girl I was 85kgs so you can imagine the horror!  It was time to get up and do something!

I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant.

With no money to subscribe for gym membership I was left to my own devices.  I decided running would be my best bet since it was free and all I needed was myself.  The first days were hard and I power walked through most of the distances I had set out for myself.  After weeks  of pushing myself I eventually ran for longer without stopping and I got all the motivation to keep going…I haven’t stopped running since.

I did not have much information to work with when it came to my eating habits so I simply worked with what other people were trying out.  I remember waking up in the middle of the night and sending a message to my friend telling her how hunger was stopping me from sleeping.  I had adopted a diet where I ate a very heavy breakfast, sometimes it even had sadza, a heavy-ish lunch and close to nothing but a glass of water and fruit for supper.  The scale was not moving, I was unhappy, I was hungry.  It was only after reading an article on the internet that I realised that I was doing myself more harm than good and started learning the art of preparing healthy balanced meals.  That was one of the best things that ever happened to me!


I am going to be the first NikeWoman from Zimbabwe 🙂

Running got much more fun.  I had set out distances to try out and each time I managed to run through them.  My goal was to run 10K and if I could do that I would have officially accomplished the biggest goal in my life.  It did happen and it was just as I had pictured it.  From thereon I started challenging myself to run not just longer but faster and the hobby slowly became an addiction.  When I started I showcased my fitness journey on social media.  I knew I would have no choice but to show up come rain(in every sense of the word) or shine because my followers would be expecting to see my progress.

I switched things up and added Zumba, Yoga, NRC Workouts, Aerobics, Swimming and Tennis.  I realised that running alone was going to get boring at some point so the more activities I included the better variety to choose from.  I was bubbly, stronger, happier, fit and lean.  I did all this from the comfort of my home and never had to part with a single dime to reach my desired goal.  I have bumped into friends from College who can’t believe I haven’t changed at all because I am physically the same person.  If only they knew how much change that has taken place mentally as well.  I am a completely different person now.


With family and social media followers starting to compliment on my progress I felt the need to to work harder.  When I realised the impact my journey had on people around me I created a WhatsApp group which has turned into a movement termed #RunWithFitnessBae.  At the beginning of the year it was trending because of a Fitness Challenge I had planned and organised.  The movement has participants from different parts of the world but mostly Africa.  I have taken the movement from WhatsApp to Facebook, Blogging and Instagram.  As it stands I am currently the only Zimbabwean Fitness Blogger and I create fresh content each week!

It brings me so much joy to know that even though my fitness journey was mainly pushed by a case of depression; the fruits that have come from it have actually created a passion and purpose that I could have never imagined.  I have managed to inspire people across the globe; especially mothers, to exercise and get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies.  Those who have come into contact with me have become better not only physically but emotionally as well.

I am a woman on a mission to make the most of every opportunity life throws at me.  I believe everyone can exercise for the body that they want and if you can not afford the gym there is no excuse not to get fit.  I am a living example of what park runs can do for you.  I am currently 74kgs and I have never had to part with a single dollar to lose weight.  I have been through it all, the fad diets, the hoping for miracle weight loss, the drinking fruit juice all day but at the end of the day what I have learnt is that you have to eat right, exercise and be patient.  The results will come, just make small changes everyday and you will be amazed at what your body can do.

If you would like to talk to someone about weight loss or weight management then I am the person for you.  If you would like to be a part of the current Winter Challenge feel free to join us, all the more competition for the team.

Never give up on what you truly want, it’s not everyday that people get to find out what it is that fires their soul!

I found my purpose.  The one thing that makes me get up in the morning and look forward to starting the day.  The one thing I dream of, the one thing I get excited talking about, the one thing that keeps me up at night writing up ideas and chewing up my data while I do research on the internet.  The one thing that I can’t live without.  I think, eat, dream, live fitness.  I am Fitness Bae.

I have a series coming up on Tuesday 18 July, be sure to log onto my Fitness Blog and subscribe.



©MaKupsy 2017


You Are Your Own Competition!

Today I am featuring one of the people who inspire me.  Her name is Ropafadzo Amanda Banhwa and this is her story…


This weight loss journey started off as a joke. I never noticed that I was this big until it was already too late. Imagine hitting 135kgs! I am sure I even weighed more than that. The sure road to going fat lies in JUNK FOOD, PROCESSED FOODS, FAST FOODS, FIZZY DRINKS, AND NOT BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.

Before I gained weight I was never skinny. Maybe the smallest size I ever wore was a size 38. I was always the bigger one amongst friends. However; I played sport so I always managed to maintain my body around a 38/40 size. Unfortunately I stopped basketball and BOOM I hit 135kg.  I realised it when I went to South Africa for shopping and I couldn’t find anything that I could fit and I didn’t even use the shopping money.

It was time to make the change I had obviously been avoiding over the years.  The trip to South Africa that brought me back empty handed motivated me to lose weight. People had tried to tell me that I was big but my EXCUSE was that I was big boned and it was a family thing. (Yeah right! everyone has an excuse and very silly excuses in most cases). I decided to go on the Internet and research about weight loss.  All the articles I got were talking about vegetables, water and fruits.  I decided to give it a try.  Though I was too drastic on myself it worked.  After 2 weeks living on fruits and vegetables a whole 10kgs was gone. I felt so excited.

I read more about weight loss and the best ways to do it which were not harmful. They stated:

  • being active for at least 30 minutes a day,
  • using stairs instead of an elevator,
  • walking more often than driving,
  • eating smaller potions and eating more frequently; 4 to 6 times a day,
  • eating more vegetables and fruits; 4 to 6 potions
  • Drinking a lot of water; 1l for every 25kgs.

The most difficult part for me was and is still the food. I am seriously dedicated to exercising but food is my enemy.  In order to lose and maintain weight the secret is to watch 80% of what you eat and 20% is regular exercise.

I never gave up; weight loss is a journey and your body will reach a stage it will plateau, you will gain, you will lose all you need is believe in yourself. Love who you are. Chose an exercise that you enjoy and it won’t hurt as much.


I have a few tips that you can follow that might work for you as well.

  1. Watch what you eat. I realised I was eating a lot of bad food.  I totally erased fast foods and junk food and starch. I did it drastically which is not recommended but I did it. I started eating only vegetables and fruits and water. No fizzy drinks nothing sugary and in 2 and 1/2 weeks I had lost 10kgs.
  2. Check your physical side. I was as lazy as a toad.  I started with what I could manage and that was a stepping stone.
  3. Don’t do too much too soon. Don’t push yourself beyond your limit. Remember that Rome was not built in a day; the same way you did not gain weight overnight is the same way you won’t lose it over night, it takes time, be patient.  Weight loss is NOT an overnight success.
  4. Change your routine of exercise because if you stick to one thing your body will get used to that. Try swimming, Zumba, skipping, running, jogging, power walking, steps, stair climbing, yoga, dancing.  Anything you can think of in terms of exercise. All you can do in terms of exercise. Don’t isolate the body and say I just want to lose my tummy because your body is not isolated.
  5. You need to know your blood group because whatever you eat should at least be linked to your blood group. People are not the same and what works for me won’t work for you. When I discovered my blood group I made positive changes.
  6. Consistency is the key. The problem we usually have is that we want quick fixes but that only works for a while.
  7. Eat well balanced meals rich in vegetables and you won’t go wrong.
  8. You are your only competition.  Do not judge your progress with someone else’s, you are on your own weight loss journey.

Amanda at Comrades Marathon Kwazulu Natal

When I started running I could only run as far as 2K but now I can run  42K nonstop. I love running and using the stairs.

  • I exercise between 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes of running 3 or 4 times a week.
  • 30 minutes stair and 20 minutes weights at least once a week.


  • I also do a lot of sprinting especially hill sprints and most of my runs are on hilly roads.
  • I aim at 1 hour of exercise a day.
  • I ameating well these days but I also cheat at times. Remember it’s 80% eating well. But my motto is 80% eat well 20% spoil myself.

When I had lost 30kg (in 4 months) the weight started being hard to drop. I started making sure I was extra cautious with eating healthy. Here is a sample meal plan:

Morning snack – green tea and fruit
Breakfast – whole wheat cereal with fruit and yoghurt or 2 slices of bread with polony/cheese/ham/bacon
Lunch – 1/2 potion of mixed vegetables 1/4 potion of starch and 1/4 meat
Snack – fruit/nuts/corn
Supper – vegetables and meat
Snack – green tea



4 years down the line I’m now a size 34/36. I have lost over 60kgs. I’m now 80kgs. My hip is now 44.5, waist 30 inch, mid waist 32, lower waist 36,  breasts 34 and my BMI is at 25.2.

I have not accomplished my goal yet. Yes it’s been 4 years since August 2013 till now but I am so proud of the work I have done so far.

If you would like to get in touch with her for weight loss and weight management issues details are below:

Ropafadzo Amanda Banhwa



Contact Number: +263713674274

Fitness Bae®

Winter Fitness Challenge

Hello Winter, you are NOT ready for what we have in store for you!  Fitness In The Park team is on a mission to get lean this year and because we are all weather fitness people we will sail through winter like it’s nothing.  From the 1st of June through to the 31st of July 2017 a lot of different activities will be taking place.  The details of the challenge are as follows, be sure to pick your poison:

Run Everyday Challenge (June)

Participants are to run for 30 straight days throughout the month of June.  The prescribed distance is 2K but if you feel you have energy to run a greater distance by all means go all out.  If you choose to run the 5K for #JustDoItSunday you will be entitled to a Rest Day every Wednesday of the month.  Each week there will be a different challenge on pace, elevation gain, time and consistency.

This winter focus we will focus on working out the entire body. 

Ab Challenge (June)


Image from Google

The challenge above will work on strengthening our core.  I have used this challenge in the past and produced positive results.  The trick is to do the workout in proper form, eat right, stay hydrated and not miss a single day that is prescribed.  I know you can do it, you’ve got this!

Squat Challenge (June)


According to Researchers squats can actually help you improve both your upper and lower body strength.  One of the many benefits of squats include; great for digestion, the exercise does not put a strain on your back, you don’t need any fancy equipment just yourself and hello toned legs!


Skipping Challenge (July)

We had this Skipping Challenge in January and it was a success and because of that we want to do it again!  The only difference this time around will be that we will start the challenge from day 30 going backwards.  Brace yourself for 10 000 skips on day one!  Remember you can buy your skipping rope from me in case you want to start practicing in advance.

Rules Of The Challenge

  1. If you miss a day of the challenge you will be disqualified.
  2. Share your workouts on any social media platform.
  3. Use the #RunWithFitnessBae challenge together with your other favourite fitness hash tags.
  4. You do not need to complete each exercise in one go; for example 100 crunches, feel free to break it up if needed.  You can do 50 crunches in the morning and the other 50 in the evening as long as you complete your 100 crunches for the day.

This is meant to be nothing but fun and at the end of winter we will announce the winner.  There will be a prize or two to be won so keep your eyes on the blog for updates, you don’t want to miss out.  All the best on the challenge and may the best man or woman win!

P.S. Make sure you print and stick the challenge on your mirror or fridge as a reminder of what you need to do that day.

Get up every morning and tell yourself, I CAN DO THIS!

Fitness Bae®

Skipping Challenge Highlights

Skipping has had the month of January completely action packed.  Members of team #RunWithFitnessBae have been on a mission to smash their goals.  When we started this challenge we all thought it was going to be a walk in the park but have we been shown otherwise or what?!  Even though this month the main focus was skipping we still did various workouts depending on each person’s fitness goal.  Below are some comments from the team members:

skipping for runners.jpg

Image from Pinterest

I used to do 100 skips per minute now I can do 150-200 depending on how tired I am and the abs are finally coming through!  Also, each time I have a headache it stops after skipping
I usually have morning headaches. Babes we Fitness

When I started skipping in December I noticed that I ran faster and my abs were coming through. But come January after doing the challenges I am gaining weight. Sob Sob. I have put on a kilogram from early December.  My tummy is just okay. Hasn’t really changed. However, I have been eating anything I want. Anytime. Lol. This could be it.

Physically though I can see how I am so much stronger. I can hold my yoga poses for longer. My triceps (I think) are becoming more pronounced. .I have been working up earlier.  Motivated to exercise in the morning. It so exciting. I’ve never stuck to a 30 day challenge in my life. I’m determined to make it. Fitness Duchess

Day 26.  I decided to rest this morning, my body almost gave up on me yesterday.  Hope to work out in the evening. Nyago

Morning workout done.  But guys…I was manually counting and according to my manual count I did 5 000 skips but rope says 6593; could I be making an error or these Private School ropes ain’t loyal? Chido

Insanity polymeric cardio 40 min session complete plus 1 000 skips to cool down.  Evening workout unlocked! Christie 

I’m just hungry, besides that I love food but hmmm and the cravings are out of this world!  Doughnuts are now 35 cents in Food Lovers.  Get behind me Satan! Tendai

I don’t know about everyone else but personally, if  I run anything more than 5 kilometers I get a headache all day long that day!  Today I did 6 000 skips and I feel like I overworked myself, how is everyone else managing? Fitness Bae

I haven’t weighed myself but some of my clothes now fit. Queen of Hearts

4 000 skips done and dusted.  It got so frustrating having the rope getting caught up in my feet.  Felt like throwing it against the wall!  Felt like I was gonna collapse on the last 600 skips but I pulled through. Primal Pete

The notable change i have seen is endurance and pace and I have noticed that im actually losing weight. Fitness Hunk

Just wanted to say glory God and thank you all keep it up👏👏… this is the longest I have stayed true to getting fit and healthy.  Yes I admit I Have been sketching  (🙈I’m sorry) when it comes to skips (keeping up with y’all is hard and I am certain none of you are from this earth🌍..😂) but all your stories, workouts keep motivating me each day to make sure I have done something towards my goal and from joining weighing in at  122 kgs today the scale was saying  114 kgs🙃🙃🙃For a while you think you are wasting your time and nothing is happening, I guess it’s one step at a time…once again thank you😄 ScousePatsie

There you have it.  A lot of things have changed.  Skipping has worked on us physically and mentally.  I think from now on I will incorporate my other workouts with skipping for maximum effect because the results I am seeing on the scale have left me smiling all the way to 30 January.

Have you tried skipping?  If not, what are you waiting for?

Fitness Bae®


Losing Weight Is NOT Expensive

Hello my darlings, I hope you had a restful weekend.  For us in Zimbabwe, last week was the shortest working week because we only started work on Wednesday thanks to a long holiday.  Now it’s back to normal working days and Monday never felt so blue.  However, I am here to make you feel better if you are one of those people who always tell themselves I will start exercising or working out when Monday comes.


A lot of people have the “Dieting is expensive excuse” when you ask them about their eating habits.  Well, I will have you know that it’s not true.  It is all about portion control.  Eat what is available but just make sure you cut down on the quantities.  For example; if you have been eating 8 slices of bread for breakfast, cut them down to 4.  From experience, the body needs gradual change.  If you do something too drastic it will reject it.  I have seen people who wake up one morning and claim that they are on a diet and go all day surviving on water and eating one meal a day.  Do not do that to yourself!  You will starve and the next thing that will happen is you eating everything in sight trying to make up for the day you were on “a diet”.   Like I said, make small changes and your body will adjust accordingly.

The other thing you should aim to do when you are trying to lose weight is making your own meals.  I am a fitness girl on a budget and I rarely spend my money on take out because I know I can cook way better.  When I go to work I always try and pack a lunchbox and make sure I pack a healthy meal and snacks in advance to avoid eating the wrong foods. (insert chocolate, doughnuts, cake, all things you can think of that are an enemy of weight loss progress).  When you make your own meals you have more control over what goes into your food.  Most of these take outs are packed with calories and we aren’t trying to have more of those in your diet.  On a typical day I will fix an egg, lettuce and tomato sandwich and have it with a cup of horrible green tea with lemon.  I do not like green tea at all, I only drink it for the health benefits.  The great thing about sandwiches is you can play around with ideas depending on what you have available.

P.S Leftovers make great packed lunch ideas.


Image from Google

Lastly, you don’t have to join the gym in order to lose weight.  Remember we are all about saving money in this post so look for an activity you enjoy doing.  Running, power walking, swimming, playing sport, YouTube workout videos.  Thanks to technology you can now watch and download workout videos and try them out in the comfort of your home. Some people are really body conscious and this will be a great idea for them instead of going to a gym where everyone’s attention will be on them. g

There you have it, there is no reason why you should not be working on your body to have it looking the way you want it to.  It won’t be easy when you start but trust me as time goes by you will enjoy seeing the results so much that you will want to outdo yourself.  Speaking of outdoing yourself, also know when to stop and start maintaining your weight.  I have seen some people with to-die-for bodies lose their figure because they didn’t know when to stop.  If friends and family keep telling you it’s time you slow down then maybe you need to hear them out.  They usually have your best interests at heart.

Have you started on your weight loss journey?  If not, what excuse do you have today?  Do you think you will ever start or the Monday will never come?


©MaKupsy 2016


Burpee Challenge

Burpee : a physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust made from and ending in a standing position.

It’s a lovely Friday morning.  I went for a sleep over last night at my oldest sister’s place and we caught up on what’s been happening in both our lives for the past few weeks.  We talk on the phone every once in a while but sometimes you need that face to face interaction to really get your thoughts across.  We have our moments when we don’t get along just like most siblings out there but we always work things out and get back to our happy space.  We are currently in that happy space so we make sure we make the most of it while it lasts.  I blame our age gap, she being the oldest and I being the youngest but at the end of the day we both mean the world to each other.  Anyways, she stopped me from doing my morning run today because we slept late and I couldn’t get myself to get out of bed when it was time to go for my run.


MaKupsy at 69 kgs

Which brings me to the heart of the matter.  This week my running has been on a minimum; mainly because my legs have been giving in.  I’m sure they are trying to tell me to slow down seeing that I have been running for a year and a few months now.  I think it’s time I spiced things up a little bit and make room for different exercise routines.  To be honest I am getting bored with my running routes and I think my body has now adjusted so even after running say 8 kilometres I don’t feel like death anymore because my body is just like bring it on, you know you can do better than that!  I have reached my goal weight.  I initially meant to get to 75 kgs and maintain my weight from there but as I type this I am currently 69 kgs.  I have mixed feelings about my weight because minus 69 being a naughty number I feel that maybe now I need to slow down before I become just skin and bone.

Exercising can really get addictive if you don’t manage things well and so I have decided to start on a Burpee Challenge. 30-day-burpee-challenge-chart Instead of clocking in a lot of kilometres of running at the end of each week, I will incorporate this challenge and the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day shred workout and see if I can maintain a healthy and strong body.  I am going to be exercising for the rest of my life so I think the trick will just to keep things as interesting as possible to keep me motivated.  I have decided I will only run 3 times a week and reduce the distances and work on my speed.  This is a trial and error thing so let’s hope I won’t end up losing even more weight because in all honesty, I WILL BE DAMNED!  Weight loss is fun and games until your clothes start looking like you are wearing something you borrowed from someone else and this is a challenge I am currently facing.  Some serious shopping needs to be done next month when I go to South Africa for the Christmas Holiday!

Here is a list of reasons why burpees are an awesome form of exercise.  Please note that I got these reasons from random websites on the internet and just bunched up the ones I liked the most.

  1. Burpees are awesome because they work your entire body.
  2. You can do them in your home, at the gym, in the garden, on holiday; anywhere.
  3. Burpees aren’t just great for helping you to lose fat and build muscle; they can actually help to improve the health of your heart and lungs.
  4. They burn MEGA calories!

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Are you joining me on this 30 Day Burpee Challenge?  The most burpees I do is 25 and normally feel like I should draft my Will afterwards because death feels like a few breaths away!  It is that tough doing them but I know the results are priceless!  Show a friend or two and we can all get this challenge going, remember the more the merrier.

Have a lovely weekend ahead.


My Eating Habits Have Changed

I have been on this health and fitness programme since August 2014 and so far it is going great.  Here are a few changes I have made and I would like to believe they have drastically helped transform my body.

  • I strictly eat brown bread, two slices only with my breakfast.
  • I completely cut out margarine from my diet.
  • I only take brown sugar and have my coffee black.  One teaspoon if I am having my coffee with something sweet and two If it’s with something savoury.
  • On the days I give in to junk food cravings I buy the small packets of whatever I feel like snacking on.  Instead of a whole big packet of crisps I buy the small one.
  • I don’t eat a whole small pizza by myself anymore.  When I feel like pizza I make sure I have a friend with me and we share it.  I like to call it “sharing calories”.
  • I hardly ever include starch in my evening meals.  If I do the portion is the size of my fist or smaller.
  • I don’t drink fizzy drinks anymore.
  • I have WeetBix for breakfast and I hate it!  I have concluded that all the healthy foods taste terrible. LOL
  • I drink a lot of water, up to 2.5 litres a day.
  • I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.  Whatever is in season I’m eating it.
  • I don’t buy junk food for my house.  There is something about wanting to eat something even when you don’t want it, just because it’s there you will be tempted to eat it so no junk food for me thank you.
  • I hardly drink alcohol now and when I do it’s a glass of red wine that puts me straight to bed!
  • I eat a lot of raw tomatoes, well, mainly because I already like them and I use them to substitute starch in my meals.
  • When I eat out I usually just eat half of whatever I would have ordered to cut down on the calorie intake.


    My Skin is back to normal again, there is absolutely no filter in that photo and who knows, if I keep eating right and working out it might end up looking just like Miss Kupsy’s lovely skin 🙂

  • I stop eating the moment I feel full.
  • I watch my portions.

At first it wasn’t easy but now my body has adjusted to the changes and I feel lovely.  This is definitely something I see myself doing for the rest of my life.  I now eat when I’m hungry and not necessarily because it’s time to eat.  Baby steps can go a long way.  This is what has worked specifically for me and I am happy with the results.  I am not a dietitian of any sorts, simply playing around with food ideas and things I read on the internet until I find out what works best for me.