BBC (Burst Your Bubble Cooperation)

I have come across some really party poppers in this lifetime.  Like how does one find joy in ruining the next persons day just like that?  Sometimes it’s so bad you would think they probably had urine in place of their usual coffee in the morning.  Let me tell you some of the incidents that have happened in the past that left me speechless.

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  • I had just got my driver’s licence and I was absolutely ecstatic about it. You have to be Zimbabwean to understand just how hard it is to get your licence and go through the Eastlea Vehicle Inspection Department without catching a stroke.  That place gives you nightmares and once you get your licence that’s the last place you want to be.  I got my licence on a Saturday and come Monday I was showing everyone who would care to see.  Then from out of the blue this colleague asked “Why are you excited about a licence when you don’t even have a car.”  I didn’t have a come back to that one, I was too shocked to reply him.  Like who says things like that???

 

  • My weight has been an issue for a couple of years now. I then decided to get up and do something about it.  The first few weeks were hard but I eventually got to adjust to my new lifestyle.  This one time I chose to run the route were I ran all the way to Samora Machel and Glenara Road.  That’s a good 4km to get there from my place.  I bumped into an ex boyfriend (Ex 1 in that post)  who by the way is overweight.  He was stuffed in his car and slowed down and started talking to me during my run.  I told him I can’t run and talk at the same time so if he needed to talk he would have to call me afterwards.   He simply said “Uri kuzvinetsereiko uchingori wakafuta wani” Translation >> Why are you even bothering you are still fat.  I was FUMING I ran at an unusually fast pace all the way home.  How dare he say something like that?  I was now running a whole 8km nonstop and he just had the audacity to say I am fat!  I had lost a significant amount of weight by then and he just had to find a way to demotivate me.  The moment I got home I composed a very strong message and told him to never contact me again.  PLUS I reminded him that this was one of the reasons why we never worked out.  He was just a huge being of negativity!

 

  • My hair doesn’t grow. Well, it does but stops at a certain length which doesn’t sit well with me because I want long hair that goes all the way to my neck and shoulders.  I have tried and tested everything and I know it won’t happen because it turns out I have 4C type hair.  I’m living my long hair dream through my daughter and making sure her hair is healthy.  Back to the story at hand.  I cut my hair because my hairline was losing meaning and when I did so I felt refreshed and happy because I was holding onto something that was never going to materialise.  And while everyone was busy saying the look was great and I should have cut my hair a long time ago there was obviously an individual who said “You really look like a guy now!”  Okay, fine, this bubble didn’t burst so badly, I knew I was obviously going to look different and people would take time to get used to the look.  That was actually funny but oh well.

I am not saying I don’t like criticism or feedback I don’t entirely agree with.  What I’m saying is that sometimes some comments are really uncalled for.  What do you lose from keeping quiet if you genuinely have nothing nice to say to someone?

Have you faced any moments where someone burst your happy bubble?  Let’s share and have a good laugh.

©MaKupsy 2018

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

February sure did take it’s time to get here, it honestly felt like it was January since December last year!  I’m taking part in a blogging challenge termed #SheHeals but I will only be doing the first 7 days of it just to kick start the month.  From the daily prompts it looks like it’s going to be one challenge that will dig deep into my soul just leave it out to dry.  It will be good for me, I have a lot of healing to do and this is exactly what the doctor ordered!

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There are so many layers to me I don’t even know where to begin to tell you what I see and who I am right now.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman who is in desperate need for a career change.  I’m eternally grateful for the job I have but it’s time I moved onto something that I love.  Social media is my happy place; there’s always something new happening.  I’ve been blogging and creating content since 2014 and I absolutely love it!  I have declared that in 2018 I’m going to land a job as a Social Media Manager and I am going to flourish!

When I look in the mirror I see a woman who is tired of shortchanging herself when it comes to relationships.  Just yesterday I read a quote that said: “Do not pour out your sunshine into someone who doesn’t think of you as their sky”.  I realised that is me right there!  Always trying to turn people into projects that need to be fixed, loving someone so much with all I have only to get half baked kind of love.  I’m a woman who has told herself that from this year going forward only the best is good enough.  If love doesn’t set my soul on fire then I will continue to focus all my energy on loving every bit of myself.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman obsessed with her body for the most part.  I strive to exercise, eat right and focus on positive vibes only.  On the least part I’m a wreck, take last month for example; I didn’t give a single fu*k about what I was eating, barely exercised and I was drinking alcohol like it was never going to be sold ever again!  I honestly need a new coping mechanism.  However, today I’m back on the wagon of being straight and narrow and come end of the month I would have lost a cool 4kgs and yes, I will share the evidence.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman with one major goal in 2018 and I will make all the sacrifices to make sure my goal comes to fruition.  For the first time I won’t be sharing what this goal is, you just have to sit tight till the year ends for the big reveal.

When I look in the mirror I see a woman in pursuit of her dreams.  A woman who is going to grow like crazy, make mistakes, learn a great deal, set big goals, make a lot of money and make sure she achieves every single one of them!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

©MaKupsy 2018

#UrsulaChallenge

I have to be honest with you, when I initially started working out I never in my wildest dreams thought that it would inspire so many people around me.  It has been and continues to be an interesting fitness journey.  I created a WhatsApp group with amazing individuals and everyday we push each other do to better than we did the day before.  Within the group there are Fitness Instructors, Physiotherapists, Lawyers, IT Personnel, Secretaries, University Students, Bloggers…tell you what, the list is endless and the group is diverse.

The great thing about it is thanks to technology we don’t have to be all in one place to run, just a running application on your mobile device and you are good to go.  There are runners from the UK, Algeria, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa,Zambia, Zimbabwe.  Minus running we get to learn different languages, cultures and foods.  Okay, I will have to expand on this on a different day, for now let  me talk about the #UrsulaChallenge

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The last challenge we had, Taku won hands down.  We have a rule that whoever wins the challenge is the one who will choose what the next challenge will entail.  I decided to have a little twist to it because I realised that to keep the motivation alive runners who are improving need to get some form of recognition as well and so Ursula was the lucky runner to get chosen. She has been running with the team since October and she has outdid herself, even running after a long day when all she wanted to do was sleep.

There are a few additions to her challenge which are:

  • Participants are to weigh in on Monday morning or Sunday evening and have their weight recorded.

You are encouraged to weigh in at the same time you weighed yourself at the beginning of the challenge and to use the same scale.

The one who loses the most weight during this weeks challenge gets 15 bonus points.

P.S The weight loss is for those who have it as their goal to lose weight, if not please do not worry yourself with the weigh in.

  • There will be a cook off on the Rest Day of the challenge.  The participant who sends through a plate that has healthy  food options, is well presented and appealing to the eye will get 5 bonus points.

I hope you will take part in this challenge, trust me, if you are a fitness enthusiast you will completely enjoy it and probably come back for more.  All the best in the upcoming challenge team, and may the best runner win!

#UrsulaChallenge #RunWithFitnessBae

P.S We always use Nike+(read as being resistant to change) for the challenges but this time the rules are more flexible and participants can use Strava, Cardio Trainer, Adidas and NRC.

Share. Like. Join.

©MaKupsy 2016

Set A Goal And Then Demolish It!

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

This journey started off as a joke. I never noticed that I was this big until it was already too late. Imagine hitting 135kg. 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 was 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. Then it happened I stopped basketball and taboom 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 losing weight.  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 and 10kg was gone. I felt so excited.

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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,South Africa
  • eating more vegetables and fruits; 4 to 6 potions ( eating 2 different fruits and 4 potions of vegetables). Drinking a lot of water; 1l for every 25kg.

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 10kg
  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.
  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 u 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 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. It all boils down to consistency and determination.
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Ropafadzo

When I started running I could only run as far as 2km but now I can run  42km 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 stairs 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. But I range from 45 minutes.
  • I’m eating 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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2 years down the line I am a size 36/38 from a size 48/50!!!! I have lost 49kg from 135kg.  My hip was over 60 inches nowit’s 46. Upper waist was 44inches now it’s 33. Lower waist was 48inches now 36. Boobs were 48 inches now 36. It’s funny and all crazy. My BMI is currently on 27.  I am 85.8kg and I’m 1.77m tall.

I have not accomplished my goal yet. Yes it’s been 2 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 health and fitness issues details are below:

Facebook : @amanda.banhwa

MaKupsy