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

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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?

Health

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.

Humour

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

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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

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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©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…

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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.

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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.
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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.

BUT I REST AND ALTERNATE MY WORKOUT ROUTINES

  • 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

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Amanda

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

Physiotherapist

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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)

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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)

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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!

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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:

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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

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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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    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.

MaKupsy

Social Media Cleanse

I used to be all over the show where Facebook and Twitter were concerned.  I lived for social media.  When I look back I envision my social media life back then as a disorganised closet.

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BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA CLEANSE

Twitter was my greatest enemy, I would enjoy watching the retweets and favourites go through my timeline.  I broadcast my day to day events especially about my personal life. I would get involved in online drama and would thrive on the attention I would get from it.  The people I followed didn’t even make it any easier, there was always mischief and mayhem going on there so you can only imagine the mess that used to go on there.   It just took one day from out of the blues for me to stop and ask myself if all this unnecessary attention was even worth it.  I asked myself what other people my age were doing with their time instead of spending hours on end playing online doing absolutely nothing productive.  And so I took some time out to cleanse social media from my system.

That is round about the time I decided to start blogging.  I wanted to divert my energy and time towards doing something positive.  It started off at a pace of probably a blog a week just to see how things would go and before I knew it I was going for 3 blogs a week.  This was definitely a whole lot healthier than spending close to 8 hours of my day trolling and tweeting about sex all day.

I had always planned on visiting the beach at some point in this lifetime.  I guess the social media cleanse somehow helped in getting that done.  I would like to believe it was mainly because I was not ranting and raving about it for anyone willing to listen it actually materialised and I got to visit Durban and had one heck of a great time!

I started learning how to drive at the age of 18 and can you believe I finally got my driver’s licence last year???  Talk about procrastination!!  I had to focus on finally getting my licence and getting it out of the way before the year came to an end and thankfully because I was focused and I was giving my lessons the full attention they deserved I got my licence at a second attempt at the road test.  Hurray to me!

And lastly I finally got serious about weight loss.  After I weighed myself and realised I was weighing the exact weight I was at full term when I was pregnant I got the shock of my life and started dedicating an hour to exercising each day.  I started at a light pace because I did not want to shock my body and then easily give up.  It was not easy, some days I wanted to give up but I remembered all the benefits that would come with exercising.  I created a Whatsapp group while I was at it titled #TeamFitness ,a lot of good things can come out of social media once you decide to use it wisely…

A certain ex boyfriend of mine once told me that I was fat and I used to embarrass him with my weight.  Well, look at me now? I have lost 5 kgs and I plan on losing 5 more kgs and I feel absolutely brilliant.  My confidence levels have sky rocketed and I am healthy, strong and happy.   I am actually thankful for him saying that to me because it was part of the reason I decided to push myself and live a healthy lifestyle.  I would not be this healthy and happy if I had stayed at my then weight.  At least something good came out of that “relationship”.

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AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA CLEANSE

So you see.  That social media cleanse was just the change I needed; now my “closet” is clean and neatly packed.  I dropped using social media for the wrong reasons and now I get nothing but positive things from it.

My drive and determination has also increased.  Through exercise I have become a self motivator and I push myself even further with each workout.  The amount of drive I have for exercise is insane and I plan on practising in all the other aspects in the year 2015 and years to come.

MaKupsy

My Health & Fitness Journey

 

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I have had weight issues for as long as I remember.  I blame my skinny friends…all my friends have always been smaller than me so I was always wanted to lose weight and fit in.  After I had my daughter I became curvier and that simply put me under more pressure to lose weight.  It has been a yoyo experience, sometimes I lose the weight, other times it just piles on when I stop working out.

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 I have decided to start taking notes on my workout regime and hopefully find out where I am going wrong.  However, my mission now is to lose 10 kgs in 3 months and then maintain my weight from there and make sure working out and eating healthy is a part of my life.  I want to incorporate the following activities in the bid to losing weight:

  • Zumba
  • Aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Jogging
  • Power walking
  • Dancing
  • Healthy eating habits

Instead of bombarding you with my everyday routine I have decided to only document the first few days of each months’ workout programme that way you can enjoy reading and following my journey.

Let the journey begin….Weigh in 85kgs

Day 1 Wednesday 13 August 2014

Morning workout – 20 push ups, 15 squats, 50 jumping jacks, 30 crunches. (repeat 3 times) = burn 100 calories I got this workout from @healthyliveways

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 2 Thursday 14 August 2014

Morning workout – 5km powerwalk

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 3 Friday 15 August 2014

Morning workout – laundry, YES I consider that a workout because the amount of energy I use when I wash a whole basket of laundry is insane!  I could actually feel my arms strengthening and toning…  After laundry I did 50 crunches, 50 squats and 50 jumping jacks

Evening workout – 50 crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Day 4 Monday 18 August 2014

Morning workout – 30 minutes of Zumba

10 situps, 5 push ups (the real ones not the lady push ups) , 10 second planks

Evening workout – 10 situps, 5 push ups (the real ones not the lady push ups) , 10 second planks

Day 5 Tuesday 19 August 2014

Morning workout – 2.6 km ((see stats below)) jog and 10 situps, 5 push ups, 15 second planks

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Evening workout – 10 situps, 5 push ups, 15 second planks and took a walk to the store to do a bit of shopping that was a good 2km powerwalk!

Day 6 Wednesday 20 August 2014

Morning workout – 30 minute aerobics (strength workout) and 15 situps, 7 pushups, 20 second planks

Evening workout – 15 situps, 7 pushups, 20 second planks

Day 7 Thursday 21 August 2014

Rest Day

Who does laundry on their rest day though? The energiser bunny in me simply couldn’t help herself.

Day 8 Friday 22 August 2014

Morning workout – 15 situps, 10 pushups, 25 second planks, 10 bicycle crunches, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks

Evening workout – Zumba 30 minutes

Day 9 Saturday 23 August 2014

Morning workout – 20 situps, 10 pushups, 30 second planks I spent the weekend at my parent’s place so it was a case of #DeathByHousework I probably burnt 1000 calories from house chores!

There was no evening workout, ARE YOU CRAZY?

Day 10 Sunday 24 August 2014

Though this was supposed to be my “rest day” there was still more housework to be done!

This week I am going to try and avoid starch, have starch once a day only and take it from there.

 September to November 2014

At first it was about oh my word I have to lose so many kgs or my life is going to end right here and now.  However, I have learnt that with all this working out I am strong and fit with each passing day.  If I get to lose the 10kgs after a couple of months then that will be a bonus. I love my body and I want to be good to it and exercise as often as I can, watch what I eat and continue this lifetime journey of health and fitness. 🙂

December 2014

This month my strength and endurance levels have sky rocketed!  I now run 5km in 30 minutes.  Impressive, if I do say so myself!  When I started jogging I would probably stop so many times along the way but now I only stop once and that will be to powerwalk for less than 60 seconds and complete the rest of my jog.  I feel completely miserable if I don’t work out.

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I was incorporating the “Ab Challenge” workout with my other workout routines and trust me it has done wonders to my tummy.  I will post a picture sometime next month so that you get to see the progress.  I had a lovely Christmas because I weighed in and I am now 78.5 kgs!!!  To think I started this journey off at 83kgs.  It has been slow but steady progress but I am happy with the changes all the same.

January 2015

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It’s a brand new year and I feel nothing short of fabulous!  My skin has cleared, I have no pimple or breakout on my face.  I drink 2 or 2.5 litres a day.  I now run 6km three times a week.  I have trimmed down and can even wear white and not worry about any dimples showing on my bum!! I now weigh 78kgs… The journey continues.  This month I have been working out using dance workout videos.  I do Zumba like I was made for it.  I have a 30 minute one and a 50 minute dvd I recently got.  Trust me, after doing them I am out of breath but feel great for completing the workout.  I have a goal to run 10 km by my birthday in April so each week I am pushing myself a little further to make this possible.

 February 2015

I plan on travelling this month so it is not going to easy sticking to this particular list of “NO’s”.   However, I don’t already eat most things on the list but my greatest challenge will be ice cream.

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This month I also incorporated a Leg Challenge I got from @tcmawerera (Twitter) and I can’t help but feel it helped with my endurance during my runs.

I read this on a Twitter account for HealthTips and I am definitely taking part.

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February Challenge

no sweets,

no cakes,

no white bread,

no chips,

no fast food,

no ice cream.

Do it for 21 days = Results.

March 2015

It’s a brand new start to yet another beautiful month.  I did my weigh in this morning and I am a nice 77.5kgs.  One of the group members of #TeamFitness also recommended that one should also measure themselves because sometimes the scale won’t move and yet there are changes happening on your body.  I filled in my first body stat sheet in January and completely forgot to do so in February but this morning I got some measuring done and I am happy to say there are indeed some significant changes.

Date Weight Mid-Bicep Chest Waist Hip Top Leg Total cm
5 Jan 78.4kgs 32.5cm 87.5cm 79.5cm 106.5cm 49.5cm 355.5cm
Feb no recordings
2 Mar 77.5kgs 32cm 87cm 79cm 100cm 49.5cm 347.5cm
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slow and steady progress 🙂

As you can see there is every reason for me to be jumping for joy.  I am making steady progress and all the early mornings I wake up to make sure I get some form exercise done are completely worth it.  BUT there is just one problem.  I have always wanted big thick hips but it seems I am shedding the little that I have…  However, the hips I can deal with it’s the ass I will be utterly devastated if anything ever happened to it.  It’s my prized possession!!  Goodness, if I lose it I might as well stop this whole journey because I am not compromising it for anything in the world.  Maybe I should do more squats this month??  So what’s lined up for the month of March exercise wise?  Well, for one there definitely going to be a lot of squats being done!  I plan on running more; my aim is to run 10km at least once a week so let the challenge begin.   I will also be doing cardio at least three times a week.  I realise that when I do my cardio come the next day my average pace when I run is brilliant!

April 2015

Weighed in at 76.6 kgs.  I have 25 days to reach my goal weight.

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My tummy is getting tighter!

It rained last night and that made this mornings run all the more fun.  Air was nice and fresh and everything was calm and perfect to let off some steam.  It’s April already and it’s my birthday month.  The month I told myself once I get to it I should be weighing 75kgs.  One thing I am definitely proud of is the dedication and commitment I have given exercising and eating healthy.  I have had days I have given up but a day later I have picked up myself and continued with the journey.  Something to celebrate this month is that “love handles don’t live here anymore.”

The plan for this month is to increase my running distance from 6km to 6.5km minimum distance I go each time I go out to run.  I will be running 10km once every week.  I am going to download a couple of workout dvds because my current ones are getting boring now I need to spice things up.  I will eat healthy as always and keep a positive mindset.  I don’t think I will up the number of crunches I do, will stick to the 200 I am currently doing each morning.  Just watch this space for my birthday I have faith I will reach my goal weight.

May 2015

Current weight : 75.9 kgs

Sadly I failed to reach my 75 kg goal and I have mixed feelings about it.  I am sad because I didn’t get to the intended goal on time and I am happy because I managed to stay focused and keep pushing to where I am today.  It has not been an easy journey.  Running is not for the faint hearted but I have managed to soldier on.

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Jillian Michaels I want those abs!

I now feel miserable on days I don’t run and so I have decided that since I don’t plan on losing too much weight I will stop running 5 times a week and bring it down to 3 and at most 4 times.  On the days I will run I will go hard and work on my average pace and worry less about the distance I have covered.  I have downloaded a workout DVD by Jillian Michaels which I tried out on Saturday and I have one word for it. DAMN!!  My abs still hurt from Saturday and today is Monday!  So this month I will do that her workout, run and buy a skipping rope and add that to the mix.  I want to keep it as interesting as possible so that I can keep going and never stop.

I will also do 15-20 km power walks on weekends.

I will record my average pace each Monday for the month of May.

Date 1st km Pace Total Distance Covered Calories Burnt
4-May 6:26 4.7 km 368
11-May 6:03 4.58km 358
25-May               5:53  3.21km 249
27-May 5:42 5km 389

I am happy to say that the month ended on a beautiful note.  My pace has drastically improved and it was worth every second of it.  Hopefully a year from today I will be going faster than the speed of lightning.  Practice does make perfect. 🙂

June 2015

Current weight : 74.9 kgs

I am just wondering how some women manage to lose 5 kgs in a week or in a month because it seems I am not losing weight as fast as other women.  Then again, they say that our bodies are different so we won’t respond the same to exercise… Anyways, the agenda for June is:

  • to workout twice a day three or four times a day depending on how intense my morning runs will be.
  • to cut down my bread intake from two slices down to one slice.
  • to cut out syrup drinks and have my meals with coffee, tea or a glass of water.
  • to prepare home made meals as often as I can.

I am still to buy a skipping rope.  Procrastination is getting the best of me!  Here’s to a month of serious dedication and changes that will leave me healthy and strong.

July 2015

Current weight : 74kgs

July squat challenge

Last month was the toughest month of my health and fitness journey.  It was so cold getting out of bed was the greatest challenge of all but I managed to pull through the month.

For the month of July I am going to try and do the #ToiletSquatChallenge anyone else joining me?  I also want to run 4 days a week and then have one long distance run once every week throughout the month.  I am impressed with my average pace and as you can see from the statistics there have been major improvements.

I started using the #NikePlus application in February 2015, find numbers below:

 February 8:34
March 8:00
April 7:48
May 7:35
June 7:02

I am hoping that by the time I get to Februay 2015 my pace will be down to 5 minutes per kilometre.  I will be the happiest woman alive!

August 2015

There is no weigh in as the month starts because I have to wait till the day I started my fitness journey to see just how much weight I have lost over the past year…

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Left picture 83 kgs August 2014 Right picture 73 kgs August 2015

It has been a whole year of a complete change of lifestyle.  I started working out in August 2014 and I weighed in at 83kgs.  That is the weight I was when I was when I was at my full term pregnancy in September 2011.  Now you can only imagine the horror I went through after realising how overweight I was.  It took me by surprise BUT I decided to do something about it with immediate effect.  I started with a variety of act ivies such as Zumba, aerobics, yoga, jogging, power walking, dancing and above all else changing my eating habits.  (This was the hardest part for me)  I made it through and one year later I am exactly 73kgs.  I lost 10 kgs in one year.  Have you seen what 10kgs looks like???  It has been one interesting journey which I plan on continuing with for the rest of my life.  However, after a few months into my programme I dropped some of the workout activities because I realised that I enjoy running more than anything and the feel good hormones that come with it are priceless.

Let me share my fitness and nutrition essentials before, during, and after my workout

 

I am a morning workout person so I actually don’t eat anything before my workout; I simply up and go.

  • What music do you listen to during your workout?

I like to keep it hyped.  I currently have Jah Prayzah‘s complete album titled Jerusalem; The Pink Print album by Nicki Minaj and a couple of single songs by Sean Paul.

  • How do you switch up certain routines daily/weekly to stay motivated?

I started working out exactly one year ago.  I started with basic indoor sit ups, a workout DVD here and there but generally light routines.  I decided to up the tempo because I wasn’t getting any results.  I started with power walking and light jogging which over time turned into running.  I change my running routes every other day so that it doesn’t become too predictable and boring.  I also do dance workout videos that I get from YouTube as well as home workout DVDs I get when I buy Women’s Health Magazines.

  • What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most out of your work out?

After my workout I hydrate.  I usually have 500ml or 1 litre of water depending on the distance I would have ran or the indoor workout routine I would have done.  I also make sure that I have fruits just before I leave the house; either bananas or apples but bananas seem to keep me fuller for longer.  I don’t have time to make a full healthy breakfast before I leave home but two hours later I have my healthy breakfast from work and a cup of black coffee to keep me alert throughout the day.
What we do before our workout can make or break our potential success!

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March 2017 Nearly 3 years into my fitness journey at 72kgs

This is where I end my fitness journey update. I hope I managed to inspire one, two or more people.  I know that most of my friends are now on the fitness journey and have changed a thing or two about their eating habits as well.  Remember “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step;” and here I am so many thousand steps later feeling like a brand new woman who is confident, happy and fit beyond words.  If I can do it, what’s stopping you??

MaKupsy