Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shirt dresses are my new favourite thing. I picked this one up on the end of season sale at Cotton On. It's so soft and light and easy to wear. I've worn it on the weekend and to work at the magazine. They are usually on the cusp of being a little short for me so I stick to wearing them with flats. I also bought a black one from Milady's - they have had a bit of a makeover and I am seriously loving their stuff - no jokes! It has a reputation for being for 'older' woman but if you sift through you will find some great pieces. Think mix between Country Road and Mango and Woolworths kinda-ish!. Shirtdresses are literally one piece wonders. I mean what's easier than slipping one on with a pair of Persol's and Superga's? Nothing! Plus, it keeps me cool in this scorcher weather. It's been so hot, I only wanna wear things that are loose and cool.
P.S The end of season sales are on, go!
P.P.S Loving olive green everything at the moment.
P.P.P.S Ha! I threw my Superga's in the wash, they were almost black, and they are as good as new! Chuck them in with your regular load, just make sure they don't go in alone or else you'll break your washer!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Oh Billabong you've stolen my heart...with this dress! I hate doing this, but I have no idea if they have it in store anymore. Sorry! I bought it at the start of the summer clothing season but only wore it for the first time while I was away in Plett during the holidays on the day these pictures were taken so I apologize in advance if you can't lay your hands on it. I wore it over a strapless bra but ideally it should be worn over a cute bikini because the straps are adjustable so the back can be totally open and the hem even lower! I love the delicate embroidery and the high neckline too. And anything with some form of a tassel is an immediate yes for me. This is my new favourite weekender dress. If you can't find it, they usually have a variety of beachy dresses to choose from anyways.


Friday, January 15, 2016


So my last fitness post was all about my new eating journey and how I'm loving eating less meat, minimal milk products and no chicken. It came across very green and clean. But I want you to know we all have off days. Literally the day after that post, I made a smoothie bowl for breaky (scroll down for the recipe) and followed that by a slice of cake, a chocolate brownie, a scone and hot chips. This happened for a lot of reasons. 1: a special person I worked closely with was leaving and it was  a sad goodbye (emotional eating!) 2: I have very little will power (and that's okay, in moderation) and 3: it was my last day of work for the year and I wanted to enjoy it. My point is, we all fall off our paths sometimes. But we can just try get back on it. So cliché, but that's how it goes for me. The day before my pig out I worked out twice in one day. The morning of said pig out I walked and the day after ran 21kms. So I think a few sweet and savoury treats are ok. I hate the guilty feeling after eating something unhealthy most so I am really trying to not feel it. For me, and I am sure it can work for some of you, I find if I work out almost five days a week, then eating delicious treats really is ok. There's no reason to feel guilty. Work out and eat well 80%, eat whatever you want 20% - that ratio works for me. Do you feel the same? Or are you wracked with bad food guilt? Let's get over it, enjoy what we put into our bodies and sometimes just let it all go. Live a little.

It was a very indulgent festive season but I'm back into my routine and feeling great! I have my besties wedding in March so really am going to try eat well until then so I feel great in my dress. I'm mostly sticking to a high veg, low meat plan and as hard as it was on holiday, I'm loving it. The hardest part by far is finding decent veggie dishes when eating at restaurants. There are very few places that serve yummy vegetarian. I did have an incredibly nourishing meal at Sexy Food on Bree. Think all raw goodness. If you know of any other decent places I should try in Cape Town, please let me know!

Enough of the food talk. Onto some fitness fashion! When I found out Mango (my all time fave brand!) was doing sportswear, I immedietly wanted to know if it was coming to SA. Well, it's here! Spree sent me some goodies and I have found THE workout tights of workout tights. How amazing are these? They are high waisted. Genious. This is nothing new, I know they have been done before but it is the first time I am wearing a pair. You know when you see a girl at gym working out in tights and just her sports bra and her stomach is on show and she looks amazing and you kinda hate her. Well that happened to me. Thing is this girl wasn't stick thin, she had meat on her bones and she looked confident and ahmazing! Now I know why. High waisted gym tights! I wore these sans a top, just with my sports bra to gym and although I was self conscious AF,a friend said I was looking so good. That's because they nipped and tucked me in and showed off just the right places. I actually felt really empowered and confident and had one of the best workouts. I find if you see the parts of your body you want to work on while you are gyming, you push a little harder. Also, new gym gear always makes you workout harder. My point is that I said good-bye to muffin top gym tights thanks to these. I am so buying another few pairs, hopefully more brands will start to offer this style. This sweatshirt is also Mango sports from Spree. It's all relatively reasonably priced. Check out their full range online here.

P.S I'm a fan of Lorna Jane sports bras. They are super pricey, I've only ever gotten them as gifts and I had a voucher that I used to get this one. They are great because they have such awesome styles. They are also super supportive. Pity that the colours run sometimes, I just make sure I wash them separately.

P.P.S I really love hearing from you! Please share your fitness tips, restaurant recommendations, recipes and health journey with me.

P.P.P.S Smoothie bowls

I never really got the point of smoothie bowls. Surely you can just drink the damn thing. But then I made a smoothie one morning that came out too thick to drink and voila, I got the point of it. Eating breakfast in a bowl like you would regular cereal is way more satisfying. It's also more delish because you can add all the crunchy toppings. Try these out...

Bunch of Kale
One banana
Spoonful of Chia seeds
Half a cup of raw oats
Some almond milk

Mix, pour into your bowl and top with fresh mango pieces, goji berries, Chia seeds, sunflower seeds and mixed raw unsalted nuts.

Cup of blueberries and strawberries
One banana
Bunch of kale
Half a cup of raw oats
Spoonful of Chia seeds
Macadamia nut butter
Some almond milk

Mix, pour into your bowl and top with fresh blueberries, goji berries, sunflower seed,Chia seeds and slivered raw almonds.

Your can honestly throw anything into yoursmoothie bowl, I just loved these two concoctions.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy new year to you! I'm back home after three and a half weeks in Plettenberg Bay. It's honestly my favourite place and I feel totally refreshed and ready for the year ahead.

It was an overly induglent festive season, too much wine and treats, but that's for my next post. It's too tough to stay on track over the holidays.

My uniform there (when I wasn't in my costume) were these soft shorts from Cotton On teamed with loose tanks and off-the-shoulder tops. How beautiful is this one from Fashion Express? They have re-branded and there stuff is looking so good, and so cheap! I have occasionally found some suprising pieces there but have always had to sift through the rails of average items to find them, although they have always had amazing footwear. Now the clothes have caught up and it's kind of amazing that there is another store to compete with Mr P. 

One thing I realized was how little clothing I actually need. I didn't pack too much and managed to wear a new combo just about ever day. I think it's time for another wardobe clean up!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

You know by now that I am a fitness fanatic. Beside helping me to maintain my weight, it is a huge stress reliever. It's taken me a long time to figure out what workouts, combined with my running, work best for my body.

I have grown up to realise my Mom and I are very similar in our body shapes and the way our bodies react to certain foods. I've seen her yo-yo between diets and weight, and 28 years on I think I have finally found what works, for me. Since I can remember I have suffered from IBS. Not the kind that makes you dash to the bathroom, the kind where my tummy bloats so bad from certain foods (white grains, too much sugar, or even stress) that I can barely stand up straight. It comes out of nowhere sometimes, and feels debilitating. In general what I eat, you can see on me. I can wake up with a flat tummy, and normal face and by the end of the day, depending on what I have eaten, will have a bloated stomach and swollen face. Even my fingers swell sometimes if I've eaten or drunk something specific. It's taken a long time for me to sift through foods and learn what affects my IBS. Some of it I don't touch anyways because I've always feared carbs like white rice, pasta, bread, pizza. I don't buy any of it and very rarely eat it out. Unless it's pizza, i'll suffer for a good pizza. After I saw a stomach doc, we realised other things effect it too like high sugar fruit, sugary sweets, anything gummy. I know if I eat these things, I'll be in pain. I've found herbal meds and probiotics that help in preventing it, but I have to take them every day. It's a pain, literally and figuratively. My Mom's suffered from it so she's the one person who understands. 

At the end of last year I was trainging a lot and running upto four times a week but was always hungry. I went to see a great sports nutritionist in Cape Town who basically told me to increase my portion sizes and change up my carb vs. protein intake depending on if I workout that day or not. He also taught me to eat before a workout and after as a recovery. He doesn't believe in cutting anything out. Carbs can be good! It was high protein, semi-low carbs (brown carbs that my tummy could handle as well as greens - yep, spinach leaves are fibourous crabs and are good ones to eat!). I ate a lot of eggs. A lot. And it worked. Flashback to this time last year, I was more toned then I had ever been. I had previously spent hours in gyms, had a personal trainer, I did it all but could not tone because my muscles had nothing to use, I learnt. I reached my goal, went on summer holiday, turned 28 and came back and carried on the plan. For a while it worked. and then training for my first marathon began. I went back to my nutritionist who changed up the plan to include more carbs (in line with my more intensive training programme) and also added whey protein into some of my meals and snacks. I ran so much I thought I would surely loose a bit of weight. I gained. Let me tell you, running won't make you skinny. I finished the marathon heavier than when I began training. My skin was bad and in the two months since, I struggled so badly to drop wight and tone up again. And let's not even get into how my tummy was suffering.

Let's go back to April this year. I took a work trip to Stockholm, home of the freshest fish you'll ever eat. Think salmon for days. Literally. Not one piece of chicken or red meat passed my mouth. I ate fish for lunch and dinner. I drank wine. I had very limited sweets and chocs (have you seen the exchange rate!?). I touched down back home with glowing skin. I didn't have one issue with IBS there either. It made me start to think about how animal products affects my system. But life happens and I never got round to eating cleaner. I carried on gyming my ass off, and trying to follow the original eating plan. I dunno if turning 28 set some bad hormones into effect, but I've never struggled to drop weight as I have in the last few months. Beside for this, my skin hated me. Then about two weeks ago I landed up eating red meat almost every day, including biltong for snacking. I felt gross, and my skin, omg! I finally realised how it was affecting me and decided to try cut out red meat. I had coffee around the same time with a friend who is vegetarian. We got chatting about this and he sent me a documentary to watch on veganism. That was three weeks ago, I have not eaten red meat, chicken, eggs or milk since. Yes I've had milk in a choccie, but no more milk in my oats or yogurt or cheese (unless it's in the dish I order). My tummy is already flatter, my skin is glowing and at night I go to bed feeling as good as I woke up. I've been to see a plant based dietitian who is going to help make sure I get enough of the good things we need, the right amounts of protein for example. She is also going to give me recipe ideas. I can only eat so much fish and vegs! So I will chronicle bits of this food journey because I know there are loads more women who suffer with severe IBS like I do and it helps hearing what works for others.

I know it's been a long read, thanks for sticking with it. For the next few months I am going to share my journey with you along with my workout gear posts. I'm no medical person, but this is working for me so if you can get any tips, yay!

I've realside three main things so far. One, red meat ferments in your stomach, that's why my tummy hurt when I ate it. Plus, most of the meat we eat is so basted with sauce we never taste the meat. Taste it plain, you won't like it. Sure I'll have a burger once in a while, but I'm also going to TRY make more effort to know where the meat came from and how it got to be on my plate. That documentary opened my eye's to the harsh treatment of these animals. I've never been a huge animal fan but even I find it sad. That goes for the chickens too. Two, after watching, reading and learning a bit I honestly believe we are not meant to eat milk after we finish having it from our mother's breast milk as babies. That milk has loads of good things we need. The milk we buy in store has pus in it. Serious. And three, I learnt where eggs actually come from. I just can't eat them daily like before. It's all in the documentary. Watch it, but I am warning you...you may not eat properly again. Also, carbs are good - just because we are drilled to eat high protein and low carb, doesn't mean it is right. Oh and five, try avoid anything that is an extract of something For example, juicing isn't always good...they've extracted all the goodness out and left you with sugary water basically. Whey, why? Why eat whey protein when there is so much of the real thing to choose from?

These are just my personal thoughts about my personal journey, I hope you can relate in some way and find some useful tips going forward. I would never project my thoughts on eating certain foods onto anyone, but I don't doubt that there are other women who share similar issues.

P.S I am loving Cotton On Body's range of gym bras and workout tops. They invited me to pick out some new gear and I dashed straight to this open back top. The criss-cross bra is built in and love that the top is open back! Feeling good in your workout gear is the best way to start your session, feeling confident in your skin and your gear is the first step to getting in shape! Also, I love their knee length gym tights. I always stock up on these because they fit really well and don't cost a fortune.

P.P.S These are an early birthday present, I so badly needed a new pair or running shoes. Finally I am in a lighter running shoe with a little less stability because I am now a stronger runner, yay! These are Asics GT 1000's that I bought at The Sweat Shop in Cape Town - if you need running shoes, this is the store to go buy at. They have legit real marathon runners helping you so they know what they are talking about! Not mad about the colour option but it's not about the look, it's all about the shoe.

That's it for me, I'm off to Plett for the Summer holiday's next week, cannot wait! Please feel free to use this as a platform to share your food and exercise journey's with me too! Happy holiday's everyone! X

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