Monday, 28 July 2014

Pie & Lattes

Something I wish I had realised in my 20's: Exercise to keep fit. It becomes so much harder to lose that extra bit of weight.
In my 20s if I wanted to drop 2-3kgs, all I had to do was cut out the junk food and the weight would drop off.
Now in my 30s. I have to exercise, eat salad leaves and water and I may be lucky if I drop 1kg.
I don't want to be one of those unhealthy, overweight women with wrinkly skin that has seen the ravages of junk food and a sedentary lifestyle.

What if it is already too late?

For this very reason I have started doing Pilates. I need to get fit. Pilates works all the muscle groups, but most importantly your core.
I have not lost any weight, but I am feeling stronger.
I am not ready to diet and give up on my 6 cups of coffee a day (with brown sugar), but I really need to get my body functioning well, I think Pilates is a step in the right direction.

I have attended a variety of Pilates lessons. 3 different instructors. All different techniques. 1 thing in common:

They hurt like a mother the next day!

I realise now why they tell you Pilates is perfect for sufferers of back pain: Because everything else is so sore, you don't notice that your back is sore!

Joking aside - I am thoroughly enjoying it.

I have given Yoga a try as well, but it really didn't feel as if I had done any exercise.

What do you do to keep fit?


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Simple Gestures

Our CEO is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
He is funny, charming and tells really corny jokes. He knows the best spots for good food and great wine.

He is based in Cape Town and has been trying to get me to CT for years. One day I may just relent.

He calls me Sunshine.

The other day a poster of One Direction and a necklace of Liam - my favourite arrives in the mail. From the CEO because he knows how much I love them.

I tell you - surprises like this are enough to have me smiling the entire day!

Speaking of which - my concert at Wembley was 40 days ago. I am still wearing my armband from the show.
Yes I bath with it on - it is not made of paper.

40 Days & 40 Nights


In the Spotlight

The Boys

Happy Crowd


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

10 Things You Never Realized You Could Do To Be Happy

The older I become, the more I realize that it is up to US to make ourselves happy.

Wisdom really does come with age! :-)

I made the decision at the end of last year that I was going to be a happier person this year.
It is working. I am happier.
Yes I do still have those few days every now and then when I cannot pull myself out of the black hole that threatens to suck me in. I try to ride them out without letting it cause any ripple effects (I try not to speak to people and avoid causing fights from being over-sensitive etc)

I have a few posts lined up about aging, things I wish I knew, things I want to accomplish, etc. I hope you will find them useful and perhaps in some way they will resonate with you as well.

For today - here are some handy tips I really loved - they sound like common sense, but we don't always apply them to ourselves.

What do you do that make you a happier person?

1. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
Many seemingly happy and successful people are burning themselves alive on the fire of their inner turmoil. So focus on you.

2. Socialize.
Even if you are an introvert, force yourself into social scenarios that give you the opportunity to meet people and form connections. These connections will put you back in touch with your humanity.

3. Make healthy decisions.
It is amazing how much exercise and good diet can change your outlook on the world around you. The negative thoughts in your head that seem so very real and pressing will melt away.

4. Do something different.
Stop wasting your time trying to find the “perfect hobby.” Pick anything – whether it’s fiber art or coffee tasting. Find something that you can put effort into, build competence, and see results.

5. Get in touch with your anchors.
We tend to lose these anchors as we get older. Try to better position yourself within any communities you once found a home in, whether that’s your family, your neighborhood, your culture, or your religion.

6. Look less ahead. Look less behind.
Try to refocus yourself to the current moment more often. Start building memories instead of living in them. Start creating your future instead of just hoping for a better one. If you don’t do this, your life will become a fog that can stretch across your entire time on earth.

7. Create.
Write in a journal. Paint something. Make up a song even if you will never perform it. Start to fashion the relics that you will leave behind when you are gone.

8. Let go.
Forgive those who hurt you. I’m sorry you were hurt but if you do not leave that hurt in the past, it will follow you like a wolf – forever casting a dangerous shadow over everything you do.

9. Worry more about the others.
Many times it is our own narcissism that destroys us. It seems counter-intuitive, but take some time each day to think about the needs of the other people in your life. Helping them meet those needs will make you happier in a way that you might not understand right now.

10. Stop running.
There is no such place as “away.” Travel as far as you want, but you will still find yourself waiting for you when you get there. Pull out your sword. It’s time to turn around and fight the dragons inside you.



Friday, 11 July 2014

Online Shopping

The perfect way to spend money without having to find parking, brave the crowds and stand in a queue to make your payment.

But what do you do when it comes to clothing shopping? Unless you have the perfect figure where clothes just fit. Then I am not talking to you - don't bother reading any further.

Claudz sent me this awesome link to a site called Runway Sale - sign up and then go shopping to your hearts' content.

Huge savings on branded items such as Forever New & Guess. I found an awesome SA brand called Salt & Pepper. Classic pieces at great prices.

Take this beautiful Grey Pencil Skirt - only R79!

I would buy this in a heart beat except for 1 point: I have no idea of this skirt will fit properly. 
And will it look good on a fuller figure?
Clothing companies need to post a photo of a Size 10, 12, 14 & 16 model each wearing the exact same outfit.
This will give us a better indication of what it will actually look like. This gorgeous woman in the photo is nowhere close to me.

However, this doesn't stop me from buying shoes or make-up ... just wait for the next sale to start... 

Go and have a look! 

Thanks for the referral Claudz - my bank account however will not thank you


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Zombie Apocalypse & other disasters

Survival Guide
With all the movies around about the end of the world, have you ever wondered how you would react if it were the end of the world?

Would you be calm and take charge, or would you hide in a hole and wait for somebody to rescue you?

I really hope it isn't zombies or aliens that cause our demise....

Rather a flood or something like that. Being in Africa we would have sufficient time to prepare a ship/boat - the squatter camps alone have some much rubble we would be well prepared.

However, if it is a zombie attack - according to this website these are the 10 vehicles that will help you survive.
I am doomed.