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FIBO Global Fitness named FitLikeMummy aka “ME”, as the Face & Body Ambassador of the Lifestyle and Fitness show

I recently blogged about the launch of FIBO Africa and the fact that I was over the moon to be one of the Fit Influencer for the event taking place later this year. I received tons of messages of congratulations and well wishes, but I don’t think any of us expected the next phase of my journey.

The Face & Body of FIBO Africa

Monday, 23 July 2018 FIBO Global Fitness named FitLikeMummy aka “ME”, as the Face & Body Ambassador of the Lifestyle and Fitness show. When I started my weight loss journey in January 2017, little did I know or even consider that 19 months later I’d be a Fitness Blogger, Fitness Influencer …. and definitely not the Ambassador of an international fitness show. I mean really, THE FACE & BODY OF FIBO AFRICA! Let me just pinch myself, because that’s actually me that they are referring to.

About FIBO Global Fitness

From Cologne to Shanghai and Johannesburg to the United States, FIBO is expanding its global activities and establishing a direct presence in the target markets. FIBO in Cologne, the Leading International Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness and Health, draws about 1,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors to Germany each year. This is where innovations are launched. This is where international trends are set. This is where the industry comes to invest. FIBO China has been the central meeting place of the Asian fitness industry since 2014. FIBO USA will also be launched in 2018, but first it’s time for FIBO Africa to bring the heat.

About FITLIKEMUMMY

I am extremely passionate about helping individuals realise that there are #NoExcuses and that we shouldn’t allow anyone or anything from stopping us live our best lives. I’m a 40-year-old working mom who blogs part-time, and has managed to improve my health and fitness despite being a social butterfly. I’ve spent the past 19 months smashing stereotypes and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. #SMASHEDBYTASH

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“We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us but also those that we have of ourselves.

My Ambassadorship

  1. I’m going to record my nutrition and exercise regime daily on social media (so best you go follow me on social media if you aren’t already)
  2. I will be doing a BIG REVEAL which will take place at the FIBO Festival on Saturday, 27 October. Yes, you heard right! I will be strutting this FACE & BODY on the Saturday, but I can’t do it without you. Please come show your support as I step out of my comfort zone to show your how I have found my FIT in FITness.
  3. Many of you have been wanting to learn to Meal Prep Like a Boss, so join me at the FitFood Zone on Sunday, 28 October 2018 as I will be demonstrating a 7 day meal prep you don’t want to miss.

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So with all that being said, best you head on over to www.computicket.com to purchase your tickets for FIBO Global Fitness Africa and come have loads of fitness fun with me and all the other amazing Fitness Influencers

For more information about FIBO Global Fitness Africa, visit www.fibosa.co.za

Lastly, to celebrate this amazing news I am giving away 2 tickets to FIBO Africa. Check my Instgram for the deets.

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Fit Like Mummy Set to Tackle a 4 month Body Transformation

Some real Talk

Firstly lemme keep it real. Over the past few months I’ve been slacking and yes I have had a few setbacks but my mind hasn’t fully been in the game. And I can’t use the setbacks as an excuse. It was all me. Hence my progress has been little to none.

Time for Change

But that’s about to change. Tomorrow (18 June 2018) I will start a 4 month body transformation journey. A defined timeframe with specific goals. Follow #SmashedByTash on social media because I’m ready to smash my goals and take my body to the next level. I’m going from fat to fitter and stronger.  I promise that you don’t want to miss this. The next 4 months will not be about perfection, but about a commitment to myself, dedication and perseverance.

Why a 4 month transformation?

Why 4 months, well because I turn 41 in October and what better gift to myself than good fitness and health, after all your health is your wealth. But there’s another reason which will be REVEALED in due course.

My Plan of Action

  1. Work on a plan of action. 4 months to be “Fleshed out“, fitter and stronger. Start date is 18 June 2018 ending in October 2018.
  2. Tuesday morning I will take my progress pics. I’m going to do a weekly update comparing with this pic and not my previous ones. For me it’s the best way to see progress (Now go on … take that first dreaded pic. It’s the best motivator by far).
  3. Wednesday I’m off to see a guy about a thing.  Official first weigh and measure.  Going to do some testing to determine a baseline and figure out my diet and exercise regime. You will have to wait until Wednesday to see who the guy is.  Trust me when I say he deserves a reveal of his own.
  4. My diet will be supplemented to aid my progress. Did loads of research and I’ve decided on a new brand. Separate post to follow regarding my decision.
  5. I’ve decided to set some smaller goals along the way. Every 5kg lost will be celebrated with a trip to the spa or maybe some clothes shopping.  Post to follow with my starting numbers

Steps for a Successful Body Transformation

  • Day 1 means photos
  • Set a goal and create an event
  • Know your starting point
  • Create your plan of action
  • Nail down your nutritional needs
  • Your workout must match your goal
  • The smart way to incorporate cardio/HIIT
  • Rest and recovery is a must
  • Build your support system
  • Pay attention to your feedback loop and make change where necessary
  • Don’t delay

Wish Me Well

So that my POA.  Tonight I go to bed, excited that tomorrow is the start of a new chapter in my journey.

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FIBO Global Fitness Africa is heading to Johannesburg

The announcement came at the end of May 2018 that the world’s biggest trade show for fitness, wellness and health, FIBO Global Fitness is coming to South Africa.  I followed the show that took place in Cologne, Germany via Instagram and I can’t express enough how excited I was to attend the FIBO Africa show.  Those who follow my journey will tell you that I am the Queen of Fitness Events because FITNESS is indeed a lifestyle.

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If I wasn’t excited enough already, I received a call asking me to be a Fitness Influencer for the event.  An absolute surprise but one that has me jumping for joy.

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Global Fitness Africa will take place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. Over the three days, FIBO will present an exciting summit and festival showcasing all that is hip, happening and futuristic in the world of fitness, wellness and health.

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As a visitor, you will be will be able to explore the latest developments in the fitness and wellness world and immerse yourself in exercise apparel, work-out equipment and nutrition goods. You will be able to get active and get involved in various group fitness activities or feel inspired watching fitness competitions.

To ensure that visitors get the maximum out of your visit to FIBO, eight unique zones have been developed. They are:

  1. FitBody: Focusing on wellness and beauty, visitors will be able to find out about the latest and best in the beauty business.
  2. FitFood: Focusing on nutrition this zone is all about clean eating, health supplements and natural nutrients to boost your body.
  3. FitGear: Focusing on interior, equipment and consulting services, this zone will showcase all types of machinery to maximize muscles and movement as well as the latest must-haves for gym.
  4. FitKids: Focusing on starting kids’ fitness, this zone aims to uncover our future fitness stars.
  5. FitStudio: Focusing on group training and fitness, visitors will discover trusted training to motivate movement.
  6. FitTech: Focusing on the latest technology and trends in the health and fitness world, visitors will be able to experience fitness like never before.
  7. FitTravel: Focusing on destinations that will keep you in shape, visitors will be able to plan their next trip knowing that their fitness needs will be taken care of.
  8. FitWear: Focusing on apparel, this zone is all about getting fashion fit and to help visitors train in trending gear.

FIBO Global Fitness Africa is about action, power, passion, thousands of people enjoying fitness, clothing, shopping, nutrition, new equipment and exciting concepts.

The official launch of FIBO Africa 2018 took place at Go Health Club in Sandton on Wednesday 28 May 2018.  To my surprise, FIBO Africa asked me to share my transformation journey at the launch.  Truth be told, I was super nervous, talking about my experience made me exceptionally emotional.  I didn’t realise how much my journey meant to me, until I stood on that stage and shared my story.  It was great to listen to the other influencers share their stories.  Real people, Real stories!!!

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So if you would like to hear more about our stories and how we have found our FIT in Fitness, you can find us at the show.  You will be captivated by the wide range of exhibitions and activities; from trendy functional sports clothing, equipment, innovative training techniques, nutrition and wellness treatments to active participation in various special fitness classes and competitions.

Be a FIBO-natic and find your Fit in Fitness. Book your tickets now through Computicket and join the biggest gathering of the fitness tribes in Africa at FIBO Global Fitness Africa, Ticketpro Dome from 25 – 27 October 2018.

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Celebrating 20 Years in Aviation

The 14th of January marked my 20 year career milestone in Aviation. Looking back, my random and very spur of the moment decision to join the South African Air Force was the best decision I have ever made.

It was  April 1997 and I was 19 years old. I woke up one morning and decided that I was heading to Pretoria because I wanted to join the South African Air Force. I really wanted to study but didn’t have the funds, plus now I needed to work to support myself. So I packed my bag and headed to a city I knew very little about.  I immediately applied to the Air Force and not long after  that I had my interview and psychometric tests. In December 1997 I received my letter to say I had been accepted and that I would start Basic Military Training on 14 January 1998.

So this young Indian girl from Durban who had no idea what she had signed up for was heading to the military. Firstly, my Afrikaans sucked. Secondly, I don’t take to orders or being screamed at too well. Thirdly, I’m as stubborn AF. Fourthly, at that age I was a rebel with a cause.  I arrived at the SAAF gymnasium and reported to the rugby field, with suitcase, ironing board, a box of cleaning material and there began my career in Aviation. Now let me tell you, if you want to get fit then the military will whip you into shape in 3 short months.  You literally run your ass off while being screamed at (for no apparent reason) all day long.  You sing for your food (as crappy as it may be), do everything at the speed of light and the phrase “val saam” takes on a whole new meaning.  Even though it was super tough, I had the time of my life and the most fun ever.

The kids and I went to the SAAF gymnasium last week, so that I could show them where it all began for me and so that we could walk that very path from my first day again.

I passed military training and then started my studies towards a qualification as an Aircraft Instrument Mechanic. After 3 years of exceptionally hard work, commitment, dedication and having to prove myself daily (because I was a woman in a male dominated environment). I qualified as an Aircraft Instrument Mechanic on the C130 aircraft at 28 Squadron, Airforce Base Waterkloof in Pretoria.

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C130 Aircraft
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28 Squadron

Shortly after that, I left the SAAF to work at the South African Civil Aviation Authority as an Airworthiness Inspector.  Words enough can’t express how amazing this part of my career has been.  My learning curve was incredible and the responsibility of this job was huge, but it wasn’t all work and no play.  Working for the SACAA afforded me the opportunity to become a jetsetter and travel the world.  In the past 14 years I have visited more than 100 cities worldwide.  I have had the pleasure of working with truly knowledgeable, remarkable people who have played a huge  role in impacting my life.

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Airport Life = Waiting for Luggage

Due to personal reasons, I had to give up my dream job.  It wasn’t just a job, I loved what I did and was truly good at it. Anyway, I resigned from the SACAA and went into a partnership where we owned two Aircraft Maintenance Organisations and a Consultancy.  This was hard work indeed and even though it didn’t work out well in the end, there’s always the opportunity to learn and to grow.

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Final checks on a helicopter awaiting delivery to a client.

I went on to relocate to Cape Town with my kids, where I was employed as General Manager at an Aviation Company.  I helped run an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation, Aircraft Training Organisation and an Operator.  The exposure obtained while working in the industry was invaluable and definitely served me well.

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In 2012  I returned to the SACAA but only this time it was in the position of Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigator.  This is a part of my career that was life changing, almost soul destroying  at times.  As an accident investigator you sit there waiting for an accident to happen.  You deal with things after the fact and nothing you say or do brings comfort to the families left behind.  Determining the outcome of the accident, does however bring some closure to them.  During this period I was fortunate enough to be given the opprtunity to study towards obtaining my fixed wing pilots license.  At the same time, there was an unfortunate spate of fatal accidents.  So I spent weekend after weekend dealing with dead bodies, traumatised and bereaved families while trying to conduct accident investigations.  Then came my normal work week where I spent the majority of my time flying.  In retrospect being an accident investigator and student pilot concurrently didn’t make for the best learning environment.  I passed several of my subjects and flew 20 hours, before deciding to call it quits.  I didn’t feel that flying was for me.  I’m definitely a far better engineer than I would ever have been a pilot.  I’m a firm believer in following my gut, so I don’t regret not finishing but I’m super grateful for the experienced obtained as a student pilot.

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Life as an Accident and Incident Investigator
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Life as a Student Pilot

To commerorate my 20 years in Aviation I got a half sleeve aviation tattoo.  Of all my tattoo’s this is indeed the most sentimental.  The tattoo specifcally designed for me includes a female aviator; the C130 aircraft I qualified on and 3 paper planes that are sumbolic of my life as an engineer, student pilot and accident investigator

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My Amazing Tattoo by the Uber Cool & Talented Jinx

 

I continue to work at the SACAA as an Airworthiness Inspector in the Consistency and Standardisation department.  I absolutely love what I do for a living and I work for a really great Aviation organisation.  A career in Aviation is and can be exceptionally demanding and it’s very easy to find yourself pretty much running on empty while you burn the candle on both ends.  My previous jobs required a lot of travel and overtime which meant I was never at home.  After 20 years I’ve finally found work-life balance, by making the decision to stop travelling. I needed to  make this decision so that I could focus on my family and myself.  This major decision (though I miss travelling tremendously) has been amazing for my life as a whole.  I’ve managed to prioritise myself and in so doing, my health has improved and I’m most certainly living my best life, by having the best of both worlds.

Happy Flying Lovelies

FitLikeMummy

 

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Speaking my truth

Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globes this past Sunday with a speech so powerful, that it has given me the courage to finally SPEAK MY TRUTH.

I often hear parents and grandparents talk about the dangers of the internet and social media. I’m going to be honest and say it infuriates me to a certain degree. Don’t get me wrong here, the internet and social media used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous and can easily expose any of us. Geo-tagging and inappropriate photos of our kids on the web can make this already convoluted situation much worse. My big issue is that we don’t warn our kids with the same tenacity about the possible dangers looming from the people closest to them. Where’s that tenacity in warning them against the people they spend most of their time with or people we assume will always love and protect us because they are family. My personal feeling is that we can educate our kids about the internet and that we can put measures in place to help aid these efforts, but as human beings its instinctive to trust family and why shouldn’t we? It is however unfortunate that we live in a world surrounded by monsters who abuse, deceive and manipulate  without even batting an eyelid.  It really has nothing to do with the times we live as this problem has existed for centuries.

I’ve carried this secret with me for more than 3 decades, but there are a handful of people (who I trust) that know my truth. As a little girl l was sexually molested by a family member. It was a hot summers day and I clearly remember his sister and the domestic worker watching through the window as he penetrated me. It only happened on the one occasion (one time too many I’d say), probably because I never returned to that house ever again. I also chose not to tell anyone. Back in those days you didn’t speak out. Children were meant to be seen and not heard. After all, who would believe me and I already lived a life riddled with chaos and drama. I just wanted to forget about what happened and move on.  I couldn’t deal with anymore turmoil in my life.

At that point, my secret was safe and nobody was the wiser. Forward several years later, and another family member chose to target me. He would constantly touch me and feel me up, always waiting for his opportunity. Peeping around corners and through windows while I bathed or changed. This time I was older, confident and stronger, okay maybe the correct word was angrier. I wanted justice and I wasn’t prepared to keep yet another secret. So I told my family, but to my shock and horror I was asked to keep this a secret. I needed to protect his family because they would be hurt by his actions. Really, like seriously WTF!!! His family would be hurt!!! What about me???

Here began the unraveling of my life as a woman in a world that protected and empowered men over anything and anyone. I turned into an angry and rebellious teenager. I can honestly say I was a teen from hell. I was so angry with my family, with myself and basically with the world. I felt short-changed and unloved. I felt worthless and didn’t see that l was beautiful and gifted. Worst of all, I felt empty and this is where my comfort eating started. I ate irrespective of whether I was hungry or not. I just had an insatiable appetite to fill that emptiness. Aside from the comfort eating I spent most night’s punching the walls. I was consumed with anger and hurting myself became my outlet.

As I grew into a young woman I found myself constantly attracted to the wrong kind of males (notice I didn’t say “MEN”).  My choices weren’t the best, but then again how do you make good choices when you don’t even love and value yourself. Why would anyone else see the value in you when you couldn’t see it in yourself? In my recent post about My Insane Self-Love I mentioned that there were other reasons for my lack of self-love, so this is the story for another day I mentioned. I may have lacked self-love and was totally oblivious to my good attributes, but my life had turned me into a fighter. There was a part of me that just wasn’t prepared to give up on myself. I fought for myself day in and day out. but sometimes it wasn’t necessary.  I turned into the person who was permanently in self-preservation mode and I’d hurt you long before you hurt me.

About 10 years ago I finally made the decision to see a therapist to work through my horrid childhood.  There was so much to process and it was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for myself.  After months of therapy and years of journaling, I have been freed from the shackles of my past.  I no longer needed retribution from the people who hurt me.  I’m not angry anymore and speaking my truth today is not about hurting the people who had failed me.  It’s about empowering myself and in so doing, encouraging and supporting others.

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To be totally honest, I have to admit that the fighter in me that I mentioned earlier is alive and kicking and is a part of me that will never die. I now value myself and I know that I am worthy of the right kind of love. I refuse to settle for less and I certainly deserve only the very best.  As Oprah said in her speech “I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon.”, so to do many people associate sexual abuse with just females or girls, but I’m here to tell you that abuse of any kind does not discriminate in any way or form.  Nobody is safe from the monsters that surround us on a daily basis, as they are hidden behind the many disguises of life.

To you, the perpetrator I want you to know that “YOUR TIME IS UP!

And to you my Lovelies, I want you to know that your past doesn’t define you.  I want you to know that you are enough and you are worthy.

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2017 – My Year in Review

2017 was supposed to be the year of adjustment for us. Having relocated to Gauteng in September 2016, the plan was to take things slowly, settle in and find our feet in the City of Gold. Life however, had other plans for us and we hit the ground running (both literally and figuratively).

When I set out on my weightloss journey on the 4th of January 2017, all I ever had in mind was losing weight and improving my health. That was it, the goal was pretty simple. So I did the New Years resolution thing and the kids and I joined the gym. I mean, who really continues gyming after the first two to three months anyways?!?! Well, I did. We gymed 6 days a week and this became our everyday normal. There were no excuses and it felt great to be exercising again. I started becoming obsessed with exercise and never missed a session. If you were looking for me at 5am on Saturdays and Sundays, you would have to find me at the gym where I spent no less than 2 hours training.

I initially considered a personal trainer but later opted to see a biokineticist instead. My weak core and issues with my back meant I needed to focus on those areas before anything else.  Tasneem designed a training program specific to my needs and wants, and after a few short weeks I was no longer experiencing any back pain.  I was losing centimeters and gaining muscle.  Yay for gains!!!

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Progress not Perfection

 

Thanks to my friend Heidi Shrive, I attempted running.  She got me to join her for a night run at Steyn City.  I did the race because I hadn’t seen my friend in years and was more excited to see her than to actually run, but I was prepared to take one for the team all in the name of friendship.  Now let me tell you that I absolutely hated running. I didn’t get it. My mind refused to even consider the possibility of running. I guess my hatred for running stemmed from my days in the Airforce were I was forced to run for 3 months straight while being shouted and screamed at. (I don’t take to well to being ordered around). On a side note, I think I need to write a blog about my experiences with basic military training. Anyways, I went from that one night run with Heidi (best decision ever) to weekly Parkrun’s and 5km races. I started out walking a 5km in just over an hour, to achieving personal bests week after week with my best time being 40.59.

Jumping for joy after completing the Discovery Run Series with a PB

 

I stuck to my diet like a legend and consumed no carbs and sugars. I also gave up alcohol and in 4 short months I had achieved insane results. My approach to eating was aggressive and not something I would be able to maintain long term because I’m a foodie through and through.  After several months I adopted a more sustainable 80/20 approach to my eating. Everything in moderation!

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Jan to April 2017 Progress Pics

 

Just as I was hitting my stride, I fell ill. In May I was experiencing a lot of pain and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I was really frustrated because the pain was impacting my energy levels, moods and training. After several days in hospital I was discharged with the fact that the doctors thought I had cancer and were awaiting the results for the associated tests. I was pissed off to say the least and despite being sick and in a tremendous amount of pain, I decided to do the Discovery 947 Run. My Instagram post read “Despite being sick and in a lot of pain, tonight I needed to do this race. I needed to remind myself that I’m no quitter, that I don’t lose and that I’ve overcome so many obstacles. So whatever the future may hold, I will take it in my stride and I will be okay!!!”

Discovery 947 Run smashed!!!

So its turns out it wasn’t cancer after all, but the doctors did thankfully find the cause of my pain. I had this huge cyst which had to be removed. It meant an operation which inadvertently meant no training or running.  This was a huge set-back and I wasn’t eating right either.  I guess I was feeling sorry for myself, but that meant I had put on 5kg.  As much as this was a set-back, it was also a wake up call.  It made me realise that life is never going to be perfect.  It has its ups and downs, and set-backs are actually the things that make us stronger.

I had the operation in July which saw me celebrate my 3rd wedding anniversary in hospital.  Exciting right , well actually yes!  I’m blessed with amazing friends and I just want to say, “Thanks Sonya for making that a special day for us.  We really really appreciate it.  Love your stacks!”  Balloons, flowers, yummy food and non-alcoholic bubbly sealed the deal and we had an awesome anniversary dinner despite being in hospital.

I started training as soon as I received the all clear from my doctors.  I went back to gyming, running and attended many cool events like Fit Night Out and Muddy Princess.    Due to time constraints imposed by my mummy duties, I moved from exercising at the gym to home workouts.  I had no intention of slowing down and there was no room or time for excuses.   Then Woolworths started the #startswith challenge in September and I was keen to give the challenge a shot.  It was a truly amazing experience where I learnt to find balance in my life.  Below is my submission for the last challenge that pretty much summed up my #starstwith experience.

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Dear @woolworths_sa and my #startswithme fitfam. Words enough cant express how truly grateful l am for the past 7 weeks of pure inspiration, motivation and encouragement. This has been a life changing experience which has impacted my life in the most remarkable. . Ive learnt so much more than what l could squeeze into those 30 seconds 😅😅 but l hope you enjoy this video and how the #startswith challenge has helped me . Dear Tracey aka @fitnessgirl_za you have been a rockstar of a motivator. Thank you for being so inspiring, motivating and givingof yourself . Keep at it lovelies because "YOU GOT THIS" . Much love … FitLikeMummy 😘😘😘 . #fit #fitness #keepingfit #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #fitfam #fitmom #weight #weightloss #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #dedication #commitment #routine #homeworkout #hiit #exercise #fitspo #fitspiration #noexcuses #health #healthspo #healthylife #workout #workoutmotivation

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I turned 40 in October and I was rather chuffed with myself.  Over the year I’ve lost 15kg and I went from a size 44 to size 38.  I have learnt to prioritize myself and I am living my best life.  I made the lifestyle change that improved my health, self-esteem and well-being.  Best of all I stuck to the promise I had made to myself and hit the beach in a bikini. No sarong, shorts or long t-short to hide my body.  Turning 40 saw me realise that self-love is the key to happiness and a well-balanced life.  I don’t give a shit what people think about my appearance (wait, did I ever??).  Okay so let me rephrase that  …. I don’t give a shit about the so-called perfect body.  I don’t have any intentions about waiting to be the right size or right weight or right anything.  I’m perfect at this very moment, jiggly thighs, stretch-marks and all.  I am immensely happy with who I am.  I’m prouder than ever of myself for persevering and achieving so much in just 12 months.

2017 wasn’t only about the serious stuff like lifestyle changes, fitness and weightloss.  It was also about adventuring.  We definitely are that family who’s constantly chasing the next adventure and we love exploring our country.  Here are some pics of what we got up to this year

 

Through this journey I’ve met so many inspirational and amazing people who have truly motivated me.  I’m so so appreciative for these connections and absolutely love this federation of strong women.

Last but not least, I’d like to thank my family and friends for their amazing support this year.  I really couldn’t have done this without you.  Just know that there will be no letting up as we will be hitting 2018 harder than ever.  2018  will be the year we achieve our full potential while we live our best lives.

Happy New Year FitFam

Much Love

FitLikeMummy

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Boss Lady of Meal Prep

Pretty much a self-proclaimed title, but I do meal prep like a boss and I’m damn proud of it.

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A year ago, I pretty much sucked when it came to planning my meals and basically ate on the fly. The nature of my job didn’t help much as I was always travelling, constantly finding myself in a car or an aircraft. I ate whatever I could get my hands on, which was mostly unhealthy food. I also over ate because l had no plan and didn’t track what l ate. Six months into this journey, I had read about meal prepping and thought that I should give it a bash. Now I can honestly say that I love my Sunday afternoon meal preps. It’s my day to reassess, refocus and set new goals for the week ahead. By the end of my two hours of meal prepping, I’m left feeling focused and ready to smash out another week of goals.

Meal preparation, better known as meal prep can mean different things to different people, so it’s a matter of figuring out what best serves you and makes your life easier. I meal prep for four meals per day for five days. Dinners are spontaneous as I need some spontaneity in my life. Some people however, just prep snacks or lunches. Irrespective of your type of meal prep, you will find that its saves you money and time, keeps you motivated and helps you achieve those goals.

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My daily meal prep

Steps to Meal Prepping Like a Boss

  • Step 1 – Plan ahead

Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,”. It’s a rather harsh adage, but there is some truth in it. Planning is a far easier way to achieve your goals. It gives you the edge and serves as a constant reminder of what you have set out to achieve. Set some time aside to plan your meals according to your dietary requirements. Thereafter, make a grocery list so that you are prepared when hitting the shops. Make a point to ensure your meals are balanced and healthy, so that you load your body with plenty of yummy and wholesome goodness.

  • Step 2 – Right Tool for the Job

So you have now created your meal plan and finalised your grocery list, so now its time to check if you have your storage game on. I went through my cupboard to check what containers I had, but opted to buy a new set. This made stacking in the fridge much easier. Make sure your containers are compact; of a good quality and are airtight to keep in the freshness. I prefer smaller containers as I eat small portions throughout the day. Mason jars are great for storing breakfast parfaits, salads and snacks like power balls or nuts. I also use the snack size zip-lock bags to portion out my almonds and biltong for instance. Glass Pyrex dishes with lids are a better option if you are prepping bigger meals.

I use different equipment when cooking to speed up and make my meal process a lot more efficient. My air-fryer is probably the most used item in my kitchen, but I also use a stick blender, spiralizer and julienne strip grater. A kitchen scale and measuring cups are a must if you are super serious about meal prepping. Slow cookers, pressure cookers, rice cookers, and steamers can also be helpful during a meal prep, but are not items I use. I prefer keeping things simple and aim to complete my full meal prep within 2 hours maximum. A large oven tray is also extremely handy.

  • Step 3 – Hit the shops

So now that you are organised and prepared, its time to hit the shops to get the groceries you need for your meal prep. Don’t leave home without your grocery list, as this will keep you on track and curb the impulsive and unnecessary shopping. Stock up on fresh and organic items where possible. Keep an eye out for healthy alternatives for carbs and sugar. Just a tip – don’t go shopping on an empty tummy.

  • Step 4 – Routine is Key

I’m a creature of habit and thrive on routine. It’s also the key to successful meal prepping and goal smashing. I personally spend my Sunday afternoons cooking up a storm to prep my meals and snacks for the week ahead. Choose a day that best suits your lifestyle, so that you can establish a routine.

Fitlikemummy’s Basic Meal Plan

Breakfast (I alternate between the below choices):

  • Yogurt, berries and chia seeds.
  • Eggs (add some mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes or avo to create variety)

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Protein
  1. Chicken
  2. Beef
  3. Turkey
  4. Fish
  • Vegetable (low carb options)
  1. Cauliflower
  2. Broccoli
  3. Spinach
  4. Tomatoe
  5. Cucumber
  6. Lettuce
  7. Mushrooms
  8. Baby marrow
  9. Kale
  10. Peppers
  • Carbs (1 of the below only at lunch and no later than 2pm)
  1. Quinoa
  2. Brown basmati rice
  3. Sweet potato

Snacks:

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Power balls
  • Nuts
  • Biltong
  • Olives
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4 day meal prep that didn’t break the bank

Benefits of a Meal Prep

1. Saves you money

Despite popular belief, healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive if you plan correctly. Buy things in bulk and peel, chop and store in the freezer. By planning ahead and being prepared you will know exactly what you need to buy. No more shopping for unnecessary things. No more spur of the moment trips to the canteen at work or the nearest garage shop. The best part is that you will no longer be throwing food away because it spoils before you get to use it. When you meal prep, you make use of your ingredients for the week, and it is highly unlikely that you will have any leftovers.

2. Saves you time

I can’t emphasise enough how much time is saved with meal prepping. Granted, I spend a few hours to plan and prep all my meals. I however, don’t spend time deciding what to cook or heading out to the shops on a daily basis. There’s no time spent cooking dinner after a busy day at the office. Instead your time will be your own is my own and I can hit the gym and spend quality time with my family.

3. Grocery shopping will become easier

Once you know what meals you will be eating for the week and have compiled that grocery list, shopping will be a walk in the park. No more shopping for unnecessary items. Definitely no more finding yourself in the chips and sweets aisles, being tempted to buy unhealthy goodies.

4. You will master portion control and calorie intake

Meal prepping teaches you self-control and discipline. You put in the effort to ensure you have balanced meals. As a result you will better manage your portion sizes and calorie intake. If you want to lose weight and consume the right amount of nutrients, portion control is exceptionally important. You can still treat yourself from time to time, but then it will be on your terms.

5. Weight loss will be a sure thing

Planning your meals in advance is most certainly the key to successful weight loss. It’s an easier way to track what you have consumed and impulsive eating soon becomes a thing of the past. A well thought out meal prep routine allows you to control how many calories you are consuming daily, which is the perfect way to achieve your weight loss goals

6.Variety is key

Variety is most certainly the spice of life and if you are able to put thought into your meals ahead of time, it will become easy to choose from several different food group. Variety will help you stay motivated and on track. There are no limitations and this will spur on your creativity. So don’t forget to change it up and keeps things fresh and exciting.

Happy meal prepping lovelies 💋

Body positive|Featured

I Love My Tiger Stripes

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YOUR BODY IS NOT RUINED. YOU ARE A GODDAMN TIGER WHO EARNED HER STRIPES

A large percentage of the population is affected by stretch marks, which can appear for various reasons, be it as a result of weight loss or gain, growth spurts or even pregnancy. Men, women and even children can end up having them yet they still have a reputation for being unsightly and unattractive.

I had stretch marks from a very early age due to the constant fluctuations in my weight. I was so embarrassed by them and absolutely hated my stretch marks. I never wore shorts or hit the beach without wearing a sarong or cover-up of sorts. I actually didn’t wear anything sleeveless, because the stretch marks on my arms are super bold and deep.

 

In 2014 I had plucked up the courage to do a boudoir photo shoot as a gift for my soon-to-be husband and that is where I fell in love with my TIGER STRIPES. Those unedited photos made me feel beautiful and strong. I suspect that the pure magic of the uber talented Julia Janse Van Vuuren played a massive part in me learning to love my body. Assuming she had edited the photos, I remember jokingly saying to her, “You made me look hot!!” to which she replied, “Nope, that’s all you!”. It was music to my ears, heart and soul I tell you. I figure that we are so busy being exceptionally critical of ourselves, that we don’t take the time to realise how remarkably beautiful we are.

Looking hot AF in my boudoir photo shoot

When you love your pics taken by Julia so much, that you end up having a book created

So I went from being the girl who hated her stretch marks, to the woman who absolutely loves her tiger stripes and wears them with pride. For me tiger stripes are a sign of a life lived, a sign of experience, courage and reminders of beautiful moments in my life. They are the most sentimental scars I have, as they are a constant reminder of the two beautiful and precious souls I’ve brought into this world. Tiger stripes are like dope lightning tattoos that give our bodies character and its own uniqueness.

So try to not be phased about something that is so natural! Embrace your body, every inch of it ….. tiger stripes, and all. Afterall they do make you, uniquely you. You are indeed beautiful in the skin you are in.

Now go flaunt that shit, because hey, “why the hell not?”