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!

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A simple yet YUMMY snack!

I have been on the search for a quick and easy snack to take to work that I could nibble on in the afternoon. I was taking a few small things but noticed that I was always looking for more. Not really a huge meal but little things that I could snack on over a longer period of time.

SNAP PEAS AND HUMMUS is the answer!

It’s really simple, and I promise you its really tasty! I can’t believe how much flavour they have when you put them together.

It’s also so much better for you then the chips and chocolates we all tent to sneak in at least once a week.

Exciting times ahead!

 On some of my previous post I mentioned that I was looking to make a change in my working career and that I was going to studying!

Well over the last few months a lot has changed, I have enrolled in an online learning course that focuses on web development, learning everything from HTML to Java and also covers some design elements like photoshop.

 I have had a bit of a slow start but I’m sure from next week I can really put some time aside to learning as much as I can.

On another interesting note I am also looking to change careers, and somehow this amazing opportunity has presented itself, tomorrow night I will be meeting with a potentially new employee, so very exciting times ahead.

One thing that has taken a little of a back seat is my training and gym time. With all these new things on my plate I’m finding it much harder to make time for the gym and due to this my healthy diet had also seem to have flown out the window! Trying to learn how to juggle all these new aspects of my life is proving to be quiet difficult but it’s all about learning so I’m sure I will be able to structure it all back into place soon.

Fashion

 Who decides what’s fashionable or not?

I really want to have a word with them, because I really don’t feel that skinny jeans makes anyone look good unless you’re a size 2 with no hips or ass and have never done any sport in your life so that your calf muscles are super small.

I have been out shopping and must of tried on 100 pairs and none of them look good.

I have however found the best alternative, they look like skinnies to most people but don’t squeeze the life out of you. It’s almost guaranteed not to make you muffin top!!!

They are called straight cut Jeans, TRY THEM!!!!!

Getting back on track

This year has started off very bumpy, my personal trainer moved back to Brazil and since then I have found it hard to get back into the swing of things. I also went home for a few weeks in February and found myself eating out every lunch and dinner. Now trying to eat right again is proving to be very difficult.

I have tried everything to get back into it but nothing seems to work. I have gone from going to gym every day to maybe twice a week.

Does anyone have any suggestions that would help me get back on track?

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.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, NEVER skip it!!!

Not only does it kick start your metabolism, it gives you the energy you needto start the day. Skipping breakfast makes you more likely to binge eat later on in the day and it troughs your sugar levels right off and causes you to snack on all those unhealthy sweets.

My yummy breakfast this morning was a big bowl of bran, and to avoid using sugars I added some sliced strawberries and a few raisins…

Tomorrow morning breakfast for everyone!!!!

Get your diet on track.

I hope by now everyone has started the 2012 fitness plan and is well on their way to a healthy year. In order to reach your goals faster and have the energy to keep active and not be tempted to eat all those naughty foods you also need to make sure your diet is on the right track

I’m sure you can see how pointless it would be if you went to the gym and let’s say burnt 500 calories in a spin class but then went and had a lunch at KFC with the average meal being about 1300 calories.

The key to my success has been to educate myself in what my body needs and how much of it to give it. Your diet should not only be about how many calories you are eating but are you giving your body the nutrition and energy it needs. A slice of cracker bread may be low in calories but it’s not giving your body any nutrition. Swap that for a handful of nuts and a cup of green tea and you will have more energy and be filler for longer.

I’m currently on a 1400 calorie diet; I try eating 500cal for breakfast, then a 1oocal mid-morning snack;. 400cal for lunch with another 100cl snack in the afternoon and then 300cals for dinner. If I’m still a little hungry before I go to bed I have another 100cal snack.

Take some time to put together a weekly eating plan for yourself, this will help you to eat healthy and keep you on track.

I’ve added one of my eating plans below to give you some guidelines to how I do it.

I can’t believe that 2012 is already here!!

If last year is anything to go by then I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me this year.

I’m sure most of you have set a few New Year’s resolutions and I hope have not broken them yet.

Let’s make 2012 the fit year, the healthy year, the year you reach all your fitness goals.

Over the Christmas break I took a wonderful holiday, I went to Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam and Belgium. I had the most amazing experiences and made some wonderful friends. With all those countries came wonderful foods and flavours, and way too many calories.

In three weeks I’m leaving on another holiday to South Africa, with it being summer there I can’t hide all the extra kilo’s under a winter coat so the next three weeks the goal is to try lose all those extra flabby bits.

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