• 3 tips on being less self-conscious to overcome intimidation at the gym

    We’re all into the new year, new me gig (well most of us at least). So naturally, in the month of January, my gym is fuller and busier than usual. Which I think is fantastic as people are working on their health and body goals. Some people might feel intimidated at the gym, actually I often still do. Mostly because I feel self-conscious at the gym. So here are a few tips that I use to be less self-conscious at the gym. Join a group class Group classes are fun, especially for people who don’t know what they’re doing (read me). Also, they’re generally really tough and if you’re feeling…

  • Healthy braai alternatives I’ll be making this Braai Day

    It’s almost Heritage Day, or as it’s commonly known Braai Day. I’ve been eating really unhealthily over the past week so this Braai Day I’ll be making some healthy braai alternatives. This doesn’t mean my meal’s going to be bland. In terms of the actual cooking, a braai is actually really healthy. Provided that you use fresh cuts of meat, no oils or added fats are added in the cooking process. Healthy braai alternatives Toss the marinade and spice it up instead Braai meat is actually quite healthy, but marinades, especially store-bought, can contain bad fats (yes there’s such as good fats), sugar and other ingredients that are not good…

  • My Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon 2017 Experience: Running the Race

    This post is a continuation of My Two Oceans Half Marathon 2017 Experience: The Build Up. If you have not read it,I suggest that you first read it and then continue with this one. Run Odette run It took my brother and I about 1 minute to cross the starting line. Being fitter than me and having longer legs, I always knew that he would be faster than me, and have a stronger chance of finishing the race. About 20 metres across the line, he was already a few metres ahead of me. He slowed down, turned around and glanced to see where I was, and I signalled to him. “Don’t…

  • My Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon Experience: The Build Up

    It’s been a little over a week since the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon so an update is in order. I needed the time to mentally go over everything and get some work off my plate before sitting down to write this post. I was really hoping to fit everything into one post, but it is already long and I haven’t even gotten to the race itself. This race is the result of months of preparation, so a sparse post just stating the facts won’t do. Let’s begin On Friday morning I jetted into Cape Town, my stomach a mixture of nerves and excitement. My first agenda for the day was to get…

  • Still standing, still moving

    It’s been a while since there’s been a fitness post in these parts of town. And although I not yet ready to share the reason why I temporarily stopped writing fitness posts, it’s time for them to return to the blog. Back to the gym Firstly, I joined a gym. Virgin Active in Port Elizabeth to be exact. So far I’m quite happy with them and hopefully will get an opportunity to share why I joined VA. I’ve also gotten a personal trainer. On the road again Secondly, I signed up for my first half marathon. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. Late last year, I flirted with the idea…