Category Archives: Save the Planet

I’m back and I’m here to stay!!!

I have to apologies to all my lovely readers for going a little MIA over the last few months and falling off the edge of the World. I had a little dry patch in my fitness and healthy lifestyle and in tern didn’t have the motivation to exercise or blog anymore.

But that’s all in the past now, I have reassessed my lifestyle and kicked this healthy living into hyper drive.
Since we last spoke I have moved houses and jobs, cancelled my gym membership and taken up running, which I have to say I’m terrible at! I have also decided to re-look this blog and make a few changes.
Why I lost motivation
When I started my fitness career in the middle of last year I had a goal, I wanted to lose as much weight and get as fit as I could for my trip back to South  Africa in February of this year and I really did do I good job. I managed to lose more than half of my target weight loss and really felt fit and healthy. I was eating healthy and loving it, passing up a chocolate or a naughty fast food meal was easy and I actually lost the taste for it. Where my down fall came was during and after my trip. while I was there I allowed myself to change my eating patterns thinking I’ve worked so hard the hole year and that a few weeks on holiday wouldn’t hurt
well it did!!! it hurt a lot.
In a few days I got the taste for fast food and sugary treats and then found it hard to say no, one chocolate turned to two and so on, I was in a downward spiral. Once i got back to London and went back to gym it had all changed. My personal trainer had move back to Brazil and as much as my new trainer was great we didn’t have the same connection and  I slowly lost my drive. even cancelled my gym membership
Back on track
After a few months of neglecting my healthy eating and exercise I started feeling the weight coming back. Even though the scale hadn’t moved up that much I knew that I had lost my muscle and was putting on double in fat and knew I had to try some how get back on track and fast before I undid the hard work I had done.
It took a little time but I have found my motivation,
I never realised how much weight I had lost or how much better I looked until a few days ago when I decided to look back on some old pictures and saw how big I was. the worst part was I remember looking at the photos at the time and thinking that I actually looked good in them.
I am more motivated then ever to not go back to that and have decided to change my exercise routine a little
Updates to follow…

I’m in love with SWISHING PARTIES

I am in love with swishing party’s! A friend of mine hosted our first ever swishing party over the weekend and it was a great success.

Have no fear, a swishing party is totally different from a swinging party, you get to keep your clothes on!

Swishing is, like, totally trending on Twitter right now, and there are loads of stores and organisations who have jumped on the Swishing bandwagon.

So what is ‘swishing’ anyway? Glad you asked. Wikipedia definition here.  

It’s really just a street term for ‘swapping clothes’ (while drinking wine and gossiping.)

How does it work? It’s not rocket science. You get a friend to volunteer their place for an afternoon and then you go over with any clothes you don’t want to wear anymore. Perhaps you’re not ready to give the item to a charity store just yet, maybe you don’t want to cut the proverbial biblical chord to the point where you never see the item again. Perhaps you think it’s easier to part ways by giving it to a friend so you get to see it every now and then? It could be a belt, earrings, a bangle, a pair of shoes, an old coat, a shirt, you get the idea. 

It’s a great way to go shopping without any money every exchanging hands.

Carrots charity walk

Were there is a will there is a way

 So as most of you all know I’m not some big hot shot company or event planner that can whip together a 10 000 man run through London in the next few months, but don’t worry I have found a way to make sure we do it.

One of my clients is putting together a charity walk, you can chose between a 6 or 15 mile walk and it’s all for a good cause!

We are going to raise money for research into Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, a rare, auto-immune, blinding disease that is treated with toxic medications to try and preserve sight, but leaves patients with severe side effects.  We are planning to set up a biobank to hold samples from all Birdshotters so that research can be undertaken to prevent the next generation being blinded, or at least find medications that are less toxic and do not destroy their quality of life.

Rea Mattocks has set up a charity, BUS – the Birdshot Uveitis Society  and they have partnered with Fight For Sight, the leading charity that funds research into eye diseases, and all money from this walk will go specifically to Birdshot and the biobank.  

We need £140,000 and this is the start of their fund raising journey.

This should be great fun, a chance to make some new friends and finish with drinks/fun somewhere in the West End – and of course raise money for Charity at the same time.

To enter, we need to pay a £25 registration fee and then commit to raising a minimum of £150 through sponsorship.

Please let me know if you are interested and ill send you more details!

This should be loads of fun and a start to the many fun events I would like to be a part of!

Run Free!

 “Run Free, Run Jozi”

On Wednesday 21st March 2012 Nike put together a night run through the streets of Johannesburg South Africa. The hype around it was amazing, everyone one I know was talking about it and all were so excited to get involved.

After the race I didn’t see once facebook status that was negative, no one was even commenting on how tied they were that they had just done a 10km race, they were all pumped with so much adrenaline, the support for the race was huge, over 10 000 people took part in it and people not running took to the street to support, they decorated their houses, danced, sang and cheered all the runners on!

A nation came together that night and for a moment there was nothing negative to say about joburg (The crime capital of the world) there was no difference in anyone that night, every ethnic group came together and a rainbow nation came alive!

Read more about it on a friends blog

I’ve never felt more home sick then I did that night, being so far away here in London all I wanted to do was be involved.

So I have decided to see if there is not a way we could try organize a Run London! There are so many different cultures in London, lets join them all together and for one day be one! Unite together as one and get everyone to take away the labels and all be Londoners, lets get London pumped for the 2012 Olympics!

I don’t know how I’m going to put this all together but watch this space!

We’re going to RUN LONDON!

Sunny South Africa

So I’m just over half way through my holiday in SA and loving it. I’ve manage to skip all the snow inLondonand soaking up the sun here.

With all the visits to friends and amazing restaurants I am eating a little to much so decided to pop into the gym for a good workout to get the blood flowing. I popped into the Virgin Active and joined a Retro Aerobics class. Wow, so much fun! They have put together an aerobics class collaborated with 70’s and 80’s music and some very funky old school dance moves.

If you can get yourself to one of there classes it’s a must.

Walk the line…

I know I can’t speak for the English but I’m sure most South Africans can agree that one of the hard things about living in London is the lack of wide open spaces. Yes I know there are a lot of parks and commons to take a stroll in but sometimes it would be nice to see a horizon in the distance and not the next sky rise building.

I have recently learnt that there are thousands of miles of former railway lines open to the public, offering traffic-free, family-friendly routes.

The air is crisp and the only sound is birdsong or perhaps a stream running alongside the path. The pleasure of stretching your legs and enjoying the fresh air is even sweeter because there are no cars around, no large buildings blocking your view.

There are plenty of historical interests to. Look out for the signs along the way explaining the history of the line and the area.

The closest route in London is the Parkland Walk, London

A four-mile treelined route known as the Parkland Walk. The route is mostly flat but there are a couple of slopes due to tunnel closures. It can be muddy.

It is London’s longest Local Nature Reserve, with more than 2,000 wild flower species recorded, as well as hedgehogs, foxes and the occasional muntjac. It is also part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail, a 12-mile circular walk around the borough of Haringey.

You can access the walk at the following points:

  • Finsbury Park, N4
  • Oxford Road, N4
  • Florence Road, N4
  • Lancaster Road, N4
  • Stapleton Hall Road, N4
  • Blythwood Road, N4
  • Crouch End Hill, N8
  • Crescent Road, N8
  • Holmesdale Road, N6
  • Cranley Gardens, N10
  • Muswell Hill Road underpass, N10
  • St James’ Lane, N10
  • Muswell Hill Road, N10

Visit: tinyurl.com/railwayparklandwalk

What do I need?

  • You don’t need any special equipment– just comfortable shoes or boots.
  • Most railway line walks are easy to navigate, so you won’t always need a map. But do consider taking an Ordnance Survey or Sustrans map if you think you may need help finding the start of the route, or to help you work out where the nearest café, or other destination, might be.
  • Take a bottle of water with you. If you’re going on a longer walk, you may also want a snack such as a banana or some sandwiches.
  • Choose a rucksack with padded straps, which is easier to carry than a carrier bag or handbag.
  • Wear layers that you can take off if you get too warm, and take a hat and gloves and a waterproof jacket just in case.

Save the world!

Every day I am becoming more and more aware of how we are killing our planet and I really want to do my bit to try save it. About 8 months ago I turned vegetarian, it was fist for the health benefits but it is
more and more becoming about ethical reasons. I’m not here asking all of you to turn vegetarian tomorrow but there are ways we can all start saving the planet.

Bottled water!

We are told we need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day, and if you’re like me then on a good gym work out you can probably meet that target very quickly. If you are buying bottled water every day to meet these targets then STOP!  There is nothing wrong with tap water! I live in the middle of London and drink tap
water every day.

Get yourself a good reusable bottle and start filling it up yourself.  Keep some in the fridge if you prefer a nice cold bottle.

Watch this video for the full detail behind it; I couldn’t say it better even if I tried!

 

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