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World Diabetes Day 2018 Focuses on Family Health

November is diabetes awareness month and today, 14 November 2018 sees International World Diabetes Day focus on family health.  An issue very close to my heart for two reasons.  Firstly, because 23 months ago doctors told me I was a borderline diabetic. Secondly, because my family’s health is my greatest priority.

I’m of Indian descent which makes me have a higher genetic predisposition to diabetes.  Many South African families sit in the same boat.  Is it partly genetic, partly culture that we have to blame?  Us South Africans have a tendency of showering each other with sweet treats, unhealthy snack foods and TV and computer games is seen as a sign of love.  However, this unhealthy eating and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle could be contributing to the steady increase in diabetes, which is threatening the health and lives of people around the world.

“This international Diabetes Day, South Africans should consider ways to love their families to a state of peak health”, says Novartis South Africa.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), around 15.5 million adults aged 20-79 are living with diabetes in Africa, with over two-thirds (69.2%) of them unaware of their condition. More than half (55.3%) of adults living with diabetes in the region live in urban areas.

As is the case in many countries around the world, the incidence of diabetes across Africa and in South Africa is on the rise. Around 1.8 million people currently have diabetes in South Africa, with this number expected to top around 2.7 million by 2045, according to the IDF. In addition, more than two million South Africans may have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).  What is IGT, I hear you ask.  Well, IGT is a transition phase between normal glucose tolerance and diabetes, also referred to as pre-diabetes which is what I was diagnosed with.

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes rose from 4.7% to 8.5% of adults.  This worldwide increase in trend is cause for makor concern.  Diabetes is dangerous because of all the complications that can occur.  Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.  It also increases ones risk for heart attack or stroke by 2 to 4 times.  Severe cases see people loose limbs and even their eyesight.

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This World Diabetes Day focuses on the family and diabetes, highlighting the important role families play in helping spot the symptoms of diabetes, as well as in encouraging healthy living to reduce the risk of diabetes.

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As a family we have made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle change.  Healthy eating, an increase in physical activities and exercise combined with a serious reduction in the consumption of sugar has seen our health improve drastically.  I had gestational diabetes during both my pregnancies which makes my children susceptible to becoming diabetic.  A lifestyle change was not negotiable as I don’t want my children to be affected by this dreaded disease.

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Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.  As a family, we have done this and so can you.  Diabetes concerns every family.  Could you spot the warning signs??

For more information on World Diabetes Day, visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/

Mom life|Parenting|Wellness|Women

Knowledge can boost confidence for oral contraceptive users

Oral contraceptives are chemicals taken by mouth to inhibit normal fertility.  All act on the hormonal system.  Female oral contraceptives, colloquially known as the Pill, are the most common form of pharmaceutical contraception.  They are used to prevent pregnancy.  The pill is also used to control symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.  Many doctors prescribe the Pill to women who complain of dysfunctional uterine bleeding

Pros & Cons of Oral Contraceptives

Birth Control Pills
Success Rate with Typical Use: 91%
Pros Cons
  • Very effective against pregnancy if used correctly
  • Makes menstrual periods more regular and lighter
  • Decreases menstrual cramps and acne
  • Makes you less likely to get ovarian and uterine cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, and anemia
  • Doesn’t interrupt sexual activity
  • Doesn’t protect against STIs
  • Depending on your insurance, your birth control may be free or there may be a co-pay.
  • Need to remember to take every day at the same time
  • Can’t be used by women with certain medical problems or by women taking certain medications
  • Can occasionally cause side effects such as nausea, increased appetite, headaches, and, very rarely, blood clots
  • Need a prescription
  • Still need condoms to lower the risk of STIs

The above table is obtained from https://youngwomenshealth.org

Managing lesser known but important side effects, can reduce concerns for users of oral contraceptives

Enabling women to make choices about their fertility is empowering and offers women better economic and social opportunities.   Since their introduction in 1960, there have been many advances towards minimising the side effects of oral contraceptives (OCs) and thus to improving compliance.   Lower dose oral contraceptive formulations have resulted in a decrease in side effects such as breast tenderness and bloating. 

Many users are however unaware of less obvious OC-induced side effects, resulting from the depletion of certain nutrients, such as some of the Vitamin B group.  Greater knowledge of the most common nutritional shortages and their possible impact, should assist users of OCs to decide, in consultation with their physician, whether they would benefit from taking appropriate dietary supplements. 

   Medical disorders that can occur because of vitamin or mineral deficiencies caused by OCs include cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure and thrombosis; anaemia and anorexia, as well as the more serious neural tube defects (NTDs) occurring during pregnancy.  NTDs result from the failure of the neural tube of the embryo to close by the fourth week of pregnancy, causing birth defects of the brain and spine.

   Some of the key vitamins and minerals that may be deficient in women taking OCs include B vitamins (in particular Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12); folic acid and zinc.  Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with a heightened risk of arterial and venous thromboembolism while Vitamin B12 is essential for cell growth and replication. Both Vitamin B12 and folic acid are important in the prevention of NTDs, while folic acid prevents anaemia.  Zinc plays an important role in the proper function of the immune system and cell growth, while a lack of zinc may lead to anorexia, anaemia, atherosclerosis or affect the immune system. 

 Efforts to prevent micronutrient depletion with supplements or food should be considered for women who take OC for a long period. Taking appropriate dietary supplements is recommended as the first step, as various factors such as bioavailability, diet, unhealthy lifestyles and illness can also have an impact on the availability of certain nutrients.  So it’s best to consult your doctor or pharmacy to source appropriate dietary supplements to prevent micronutrient depletion.

 

 

Fitness|Progress pics|Wellness

Fitness Found Me & Im Not Ready to Throw in the Towel

Fitness found me, but the decision to throw in the towel reared its ugly head at the beginning of last week. Refer to my Instagram post below for more details.

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😓Time for some "beginning of the week real talk" – is it time to throw in towel??? . Injuring my foot has really been a huge setback in my life. More so mentally than physically in terms of my transformation.😤 . Yes, I walk around with a huge smile and high energy. Well that's what you guys see most of the time. What you don't see is the early morning and late evening crying which is more related to my frustrations than anything else. The pain has improved tremendously so that's not the issue at hand. I'm limited in everything I do, I've slowed down considerably and I can't do most activities with my kids which is really depressing me. My entire lifestyle has been affected and I'm tired. 😭 . Follow up with the doc today, sees us seek a second opinion from a specialist to make sure everything is in order. I've been working out and going about my day to day activities all under strict supervision. . But today, I honestly feel like throwing in the towel. While I should be doing my evening workout, I'm in bed with a migraine and a sick child. . 🔴I'm faced with so many pressing questions 🔳How many more setbacks do I need to endue? 🔲Do I have anything left in the tank to help me see the next two months through? 🔳Will I need that op on my foot? 🔲Is it all worth it 🔳Should I just throw in the towel? . Its time for bed and I'm hoping that I wake up with a clearer vision in terms of my journey and my way forward. I also wanted to thank everyone for the love and support over the past 2 months. I'm eternally blessed to have you guys in my corner 💞

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Truth is, I’ve fallen into a little bit of a depression due to the setback created by my injury. The not knowing has been killing me. Not being able to do certain things with my kids has been killing me. Not been able to workout properly has really gotten to me. It’s been a continental stuff up with my foot injury and … the timing could not have been worse. I’m human and I’ve been taking strain.

However in a recent interview with Get It Online we discussed my weight loss journey and somewhere during the interview, I had an aha moment.

When asked how my journey had taken me from one end of the scale to the other…. this was my response. “I honestly believe that fitness found me. It’s been a saving grace in so many respects and it’s something I am now extremely passionate about. Living to inspire was never on my initial agenda, but I’ve found this to be the best and most rewarding part of my journey”.

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Fitness wasn’t the plan either. Losing weight was. I just wanted to lose the weight and improve my health. Little did I know that my journey would change to one of fitness and that I would become immensely passionate about fitness.

Fitness has brought an incredible amount of clarity and peace into my life. Its calms me and helps me focus. Fitness has guided me towards my life’s purpose. I’ve always wanted to help people achieve their full potential but U didnt know how. Inspiring people to dig deep and never give up is indeed rewarding and helps me stay on track. Fitness has transformed my life in the most incredible way, so how can I throw in the towel. In addition to that, I am supported by so many amazing people that throwing in the towel is not even an option.

“Okay so you are progressing and there is room to improve for further progress.. It’s not easy but you have to keep giving 100%.. If you do that you can’t be disappointed and you won’t be! I know its tough when you don’t see the results that you are expecting but those who end up achieving their goal are the ones who keep struggling and keep pushing! Trust us!” – Jason Dunning

After taking a week off from literally everything to deal with my mental game I can honestly say that I’m back and I ain’t going anywhere. I am ready for the final push and my mental game is on point. Simply put … I’m not throwing in the towel!

Wellness|Women

I Seriously Underestimated My #WysJouMaag Challenge

Towards the last week of July (spurred on by a post from one of my followers), I decided to create the hashtag #WYSJOUMAAG (translated into English, it means show your stomach). I however seriously underestimated the power of this challenge.

Known for my workouts in a sports bra, (despite having fat rolls and stretch marks), I have been receiving an abundance of messages from women praising my confidence and courage. I decided that for the month of August , also known as Women’s month, that I wanted to impact the lives of women with the main focus being self-love.

I launched the #WYSJOUMAAG challenge on 1 August 2018 and after a mere 5 days into the month, women have unequivocally accepted the challenge.

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I am ENOUGH … and so are you!! . Happy Womens Month – #WysJouMaag Challenge . Let's make it one for the books. Let's work on our self-acceptance and self-love. Let's work on not giving a damn, because is too short Let's just do us . Use the #wysjoumaag and step outside your comfort zone. Challenge yourself to love the skin you are in. Right now in this very moment. . 🔊I'm looking for 31 women to step up to the plate and accept my challenge for the month of August. Don't forget to tag me in your posts and use the #wysjoumaag . Let's be the revolution!! . Have a empowering, energising and excellent month of August 😘 #iamchallenge #iamperfect #iamallwomen #nofilter #iamallwomen #wysjoumaagchallenge

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The month of August is the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society.  I want to especially focus on learning to celebrate ourselves, flaws and all. I want to inspire women to accept and love themselves. I want them to realise that they are enough, that they are perfect and that they are unstoppable. I want women to know that they deserve better and that they should never settle.  I want women to just stop giving a damn, but rather embrace what is and celebrate the now.

I started the challenge keeping in mind that I probably wouldn’t have many people saying, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED”, I however have been surprised beyond my wildest dreams. I am humbled and in awe. Women are being so badass about the challenge that they fill my heart with an unbelievable amount of happiness and joy. Yesterday I received a video that had me in tears. The good, proud, this is so worth it kind of tears.

You my dear Merlize are courageous, immensely brave and strong. I want you to know that you are ENOUGH and that you are indeed OWNING THIS LIFE.

Thank you to all the women who have accepted my challenge.  You are pretty damn amazing and have forever changed my life with your awesomeness. So to all of you out there, I challenge you to join the #WYSJOUMAAG movement. Post your pics on social media, tag me and use the hashtag.  Show some love to the incredible women who are stepping outside their comfort zones and challenging themselves to live their best lives.  Be the kind of women who celebrates other women.

Let’s be the revolution, because self-love is indeed the greatest revolution.

 

Fitness|Wellness

World Hypertension Day

In December 2016 I rushed to the doctor as I was experiencing severe headaches and my feet were swollen. For weeks I had been blaming it on the December heat. At my visit to the GP we discovered that my blood pressure was 155/115. After numerous tests, it was confirmed that I was hypertensive. I was immediately treated with medication, but losing 15kg has helped me keep my blood pressure under control.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension in the world and there are more than 1 billion people affected by this silent killer worldwide. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and even eye diseases.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension occurs when the body’s blood vessels are persistently put under increased pressure.

How can I be affected by hypertension?

People may develop hypertension because it is genetic or due to lifestyle habits, such as the harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, being overweight, high salt intake, or even stress. According to the Hypertension Society of South Africa, approximately four in 10 adults older than 25 have hypertension .

Blood Pressure Readings:

Blood pressure readings comprise two readings:-

  • Systolic – The maximum arterial pressure during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.
  • Diastolic – The bottom number indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.

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The Effects & Treatment of Hypertension

Left undetected or untreated, hypertension can damage one’s body as highlighted in the below illustration.

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Treatment for hypertension depends of the severity of the blood pressure reading. The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower high blood pressure and protect important organs, like the brain, heart and kidneys from damage. Treatment for hypertension has been associated with reductions in stroke, heart attack and heart failure according to research. A lifestyle change is ultimately the solution to preventing or reducing hypertension. Treatment with medication is recommended to lower blood pressure to less than 130/80 in people older than age 65 and those with risk factors such as diabetes and high cholesterol. The downside of the medication is that the there are several side-effects.

Lifestyle Changes to Treat High Blood Pressure

A critical step in preventing and treating high blood pressure is a healthy lifestyle. You can lower your blood pressure with the following lifestyle changes:

  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Reducing the amount of sodium in your diet to less than 1,500 milligrams a day if you have high blood pressure; healthy adults should try to limit their sodium intake to no more 2,300 milligrams a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt).
  • Getting regular aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, several days a week)
  • Limiting your consumption of alcohol

Hypertension Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the 17th of May and happens to be a word-wide celebration with a purpose of educating people to be aware of their blood pressure status. This years theme is “KNOW YOUR NUMBERS” with a goal of increasing high blood pressure awareness in all populations around the world”.

It is important that you know that hypertension is a preventable and treatable condition. Go have your blood pressure checked today and have it checked on a regular basis. Don’t become a statistic.

Wellness

Grabbing PMS by the Balls

At the very tender age of 40 I can thankfully say that I have no freakin clue as to the kind of havoc PMS can cause in a woman’s life. Well I do, but I don’t if you know what I mean. That time of the month is really a non-event in my life but so many of you have a completely different story to mine. In the interest of understanding what throws you over the edge and turns you into a crazed lunatic, this post if for you, the woman who has to face the dreaded monster called PMS.

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How long should it last?

PMS should start consistently a week to two weeks before your period and stop a day or two after menstruation starts. Which basically means that on average you have a week of calm and peace in your life. Like WTF?? But that’s life and we got to find ways to roll with the punches.

The most common emotional PMS symptoms

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Crying
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Food Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Over-sensitivity
  • Sadness
  • Rage

Ways to cope with PMS

Exercise. As much as you didn’t want to hear this, physical activity can lift moods and improve depression. Exercise may help counteract some of the hormone changes that may trigger severe PMS. No one is expecting you to run a marathon. Try taking a walk, running, cycling, swimming or even yoga.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sweets. Another thing you didn’t really want to hear. I mean what the hell are you going to be left with. I’m not entirely sure that this is the answer to your problem, but avoiding caffeine, alcohol and sweets (sugar) can make a considerable difference.

Small, frequent meals. Eating small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big meals may also help ease PMS symptoms. Try to eat six small meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Calcium supplements. It’s been said that getting plenty of calcium can help ease mood changes related to severe PMS. Chat to your GP to get a supplement that can help your body cope better during your menstrual cycle.

Stress management. Stress can make severe PMS symptoms worse, so finding ways to give stress the slip can help treat PMS. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga.

Chart your symptoms. Chart your symptoms for several months to be sure that you are experiencing PMS and not another conditions. Debilitating PMS is a reality which includes both physical and emotional symptoms. It is therefore best to consult your doctor on ways to cope.

Holistic approach. Massage and acupuncture have been known to help some women cope better.

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Wellness

I Got Manhandled by a Chiropractor

….. and I loved it.

After numerous tests, doctors confirmed that I had sustained an injury in my sternum.  Over the past few weeks I have been living with the most insurmountable pain, so I made my way to a Chiropractor at the Bedford Wellness Centre.

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Chiropractic is a health profession specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractic practitioners essentially rely upon non-invasive treatment methods and will refer patients to medical practitioners should medication or surgery be indicated.

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Everything you need to know about having an Angiogram done

I recently experienced severe chest pains and to my dismay, landed up in the hospital.  My cardiologist was determined to rule out any life-threatening possibilities and after several ECG’s, blood tests and scans, it was time for an angiogram.

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What is an Angiogram

A coronary angiogram is a procedure that uses X-ray imaging to see your heart’s blood vessels. The test is generally done to see if there’s a restriction in blood flow going to the heart.

What is the procedure?

An angiogram is performed by a cardiologist.  During an angiogram, a type of dye that’s visible by an X-ray machine is injected into the blood vessels of your heart. The X-ray machine rapidly takes a series of images, offering a look at your blood vessels. If necessary, your doctor can open clogged heart arteries (angioplasty) during your coronary angiogram.

Why is it done?

If you have any of the following:

  • Symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as chest pain (angina)
  • Pain in your chest, jaw, neck or arm that can’t be explained by other tests
  • New or increasing chest pain
  • A heart defect you were born with
  • Abnormal results on a non-invasive heart stress test
  • Other blood vessel problems
  • Chest injury
  • A heart valve problem that requires surgery

What you need to know?

  • Talk to your doctor about your medical history. Mention chronic conditions and pregnancy if it applies.  Also tell your doctor if you have a history of asthma, kidney or bleeding problems.
  • Complete all necessary pre-procedure tests. Your doctor will determine what testing you need to undergo before your angiogram.
  • Blood tests.  You may need to have blood taken before the angiogram.
  • Allergies.  Tell the doctor if you are allergic to iodine or shellfish. Iodine dye is usually used in this process.
  • Fasting.  You need to fast for around two hours before the procedure.
  • Duration of the procedure.  Angiography usually takes around 15 – 20 minutes as it only involves detection of any clots in the heart, which block the blood flow.
  • Anesthesia.  During the process, you will be given local anesthetic, which means that you are awake during the process (I watched what was going on, on the screens).
  • How invasive is the procedure.  A small incision is made in the side groin area.  A tube is then inserted through the groin.  At the end of the procedure a plug is inserted.  The plug will dissolve over a period of 3 months.
  • Angioplasty.  Once angiography is done and if the doctor’s decision is to undergo angioplasty, then it is advised to do it in the same sitting (at that particular moment). This is because the tube is already inserted into the heart and only a wire has to be passed through the tube for angioplasty.
     
Fitness|Wellness

My Surprise Trip to the ER

An average Friday in my life recently went like this …

But first … turn back the clock two days prior. My weekly dance fitness workout had me gasping for breath while I clenched my chest. No idea why I was experiencing such pain but it was very out of the ordinary and needless to say that workout pretty much sucked ass. I went home, had dinner and attempted a bit of blogging but the pain was rather intense so I called it a night.

I woke up the next morning in pain, but it was more intense. Off to work I went but scheduled an appointment with my GP. Big mistake on my part because I should have just went straight to the ER. He drew bloods and I returned to work eagerly awaiting my results. Doc was checking for a possible heart attack or blood clots.

I only got the results on Friday morning and everything was clear. So why the hell was I in such excruciating pain. I wasn’t convinced or happy with the diagnosis so I went for a second opinion. Listening to my body and all that. The girl is learning, so lets take a moment to celebrate the small victories.

More blood tests ensued. I was put on a treadmill to try to induce the chest pains. Yeah, you heard right. Like I wasn’t in enough pain, they wanted to trigger the chest pains further.  Wait for it … this is actually called a STRESS ECG. I had arrived in a mini dress and cowboy boots, definitely not dressed for the occasion if you ask me. So dressed in opaque stockings, cowboy boots, bra-less and in a hospital gown I hopped onto the treadmill. Lemme tell you what, the quickest way to lose your dignity is to get sick and have to undergo medical procedures. There I was walking on a treadmill with my saggy boobs exposed and wires attached to me. Thank the good Lord I only survived two minutes on the treadmill before the pain pushed up from my chest into my throat. The thought of my boobs flopping around uncontrollably was just too much to bare.

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Cheers goodbye – it was a hospital admission for me, so a cardiologist could have a bash. He wasted no time and ran more blood tests and an ECG. Doctor arrived with this Rolls Royce of a computer system that checks out your heart. OMG, the sonar of my heart was epic. I never seen my heart beat like that. It was strong, powerful and honestly …… beautiful to watch. I got a bit emo about it. Probably because we take the non-stop functioning of our hearts for granted. Then Doc did a sonar on my neck to check for fatty deposits which is an indication of high cholesterol. Great news, that was all clear.

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Doc mentioned that my symptoms were significant and he was concerned. So he wanted to check for possible clots on my lungs. Quick wheelchair ride to have my lunch lungs looked at (I’m starving as I write this while I wait for the food trolley to arrive).  Upon arrival I had to strip again and hop onto the bed so that they could prep me.  I had to listen to the nurses standing on either side discussing how to get the needle into my arm. At that point I had lost all confidence in them and wished they would just shut the hell up and pretend they knew what they were doing. Surprise, surprise … the needle was in but it was a FUCK UP.  Let’s try your other arm they said. More discussions took place and at that point I asked for the doc. Well, Dr Cool walks in, takes my arm, jabs the needle in and Bob’s your Uncle. It was like a military sneak attack with no warning  but the needle was in. My body didn’t agree with the contrast and I ended up vomiting just as we finished. Not glamorous at all but hey that’s life.

Now before I continue, here’s a serious question for you? What is it about hospitals and medication, that turns a normally calm and poised woman into a bloody fart factory. Lemme just say I was ever so grateful to have a room all to myself.

Anyways, all my results were back and my results were amazing. I’m a healthy, fit woman in a body that refuses to fail me. My lifestyle change has paid off and all these tests confirmed that, but I still had pain and no answers.

So it was time for an angiogram. They basically make an incision in your groin area then work through there to check on your heart. Firstly, the nurse asked if I had shaved my GROIN SIDES. WTF!!! What is a groin side?? I still don’t know. Thank goodness for neatly maintained pubes because that archaic shaver would have been a disaster. I was awake for the procedure and watched the screens as the Cardiologists worked from the tiny opening on my “groin side” all the way up to my heart. It looked like a bloody alien moving in my body. Very freaking weird if you ask me. I could see them inject the dye into my body and how it lit up my arteries. I even felt it touch my heart (like literally). It was truly amazing to watch and experience. The Cardiologists said my heart was beautiful and perfect. I’m gonna take that literally and figuratively. My arteries are fantastic with perfect flow and no signs of blockages.

After a battery of tests, all the dangerous possibilities have been ruled out.   Another stress test will take place in a week.  Let’s just mess with me before another weekend and induce some pain in my life, why don’t we.  The likelihood that its hernia or stress is becoming more and more evident.   In the mean time NO EXERCISE and NO ALCOHOL.

How ironic that I was discharged on World Health Day with a clean bill of health (but no explanantion to my pain).  Fun times ahead I tell you!

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The Bra Guru

I recently attended the launch of the Pretoria branch of The Bra Guru which is currently in its 4th year running.  Their flagship store is located in Hyde Park and due to the high  demand, Managing Director Taryn Palacios has opened a second store in Pretoria. 

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MD of The Bra Guru, Tamryn and I are both in agreement that “there is nothing a good bra can’t sort out”.

One of my huge issues as a result of my weight loss is most definitely my breasts. Our breasts are made up of primarily fatty tissue and when we lose weight, your body burns excess fat for energy. This is turn causes the stretched skin to sag over many areas of your body, including your breasts. One of the best tried and true methods to tighten any area of the body is to improve muscle tone. Your chest is controlled by the pectoral muscles. Exercises that target this group should pull in tissue and help firm up your breasts,  If however that doesn’t work for you or going the more invasive and permanent way of a “boob job” isn’t for you, keep in mind that it all starts with owning one good bra in your perfect fit.

Our breasts go through several changes in our lifetimes as it is a vital part of our reproduction. First before birth, again at puberty, and later during the child-bearing years. Changes also happen to the breasts during the menstrual cycle and when a woman reaches menopause.

Research has shown that more than 80% of women wear the incorrect bra size so it is important to get properly measured by a professional. While there are many stores that offer a bra fitting service, The Bra Guru happens to be a bra fitting specialist that educates you whilst helping you determine your perfect fit.  Finding the perfect bra involves more than just finding the correct size.  It involves finding a style that is best suited for the shape of your breast.  Breasts are unique, so one style unfortunately does not fit all. A proper-fitting bra tends to ensure that clothes fit better, posture improves, and in the event of back and shoulder pain, this is diminished.  The  goal is to not only achieve better lift and separation, but also to gain more confidence while being comfortable.  As we all already know, there is nothing more uncomfortable than a poorly fitting bra.

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Your bra collection should include these basic colours
The Bra Guru stocks imported bras that have been designed by an Aeronautical Engineer which is of special interest to me seeing as I am an Aircraft Engineer.  It really puts things into perspective, as I can understand the in-depth testing involved in each bra design.

How Should Your Perfect Bra Fit?

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Did you know?

  • A good bra should last you a year
  • You don’t need an underwire bra for good support
  • The straps serve the purpose of just holding the material of the bra up
  • There are no-slip devices to keep your straps in place
  • You shouldn’t use softener when washing your bras
  • The back strap gives the most support
  • The cup gives our breasts shape
  • A medium to high impact sports bra is essential when participating in physical activities
  • Your bra size can fluctuate between brands
  • You can protect your bras by using lingerie wash bags or by hand washing
  • You could be wearing the wrong size bra

Why Shop at The Bra Guru?

Well, The Bra Guru has something to cater for your every need and occasion. Their range includes bras up to a size K and they stock the following styles:-

  • T-shirt bras
  • Plunge
  • Balconette
  • Lacy
  • Strapless
  • Sports
  • No wire
  • Sleep
  • Maternity
  • Accessories
  • Swimwear

While at the launch I used the opportunity to get myself measured by the gorgeous Tamryn herself.  My fitting was professionally conducted in a comfortable and relaxed environment.  I’m extremely glad that I got measured, else I would have probably continued walking around in bras that are too big for me.  The fitting was also extremely informative and I learnt so much about bras in general.

I’m totally in love with this lacy number which is super sexy and I must say that the fabric felt exquisite.

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Their sports bra is another favourite of mine and the design is amazing.  The microfiber lining is a definite win for me.  Having had the opportunity to examine each of the bras in the range, I must tell you that the designs and quality are impressive.  The launch  has made me realise that I need to start investing in good quality bras.

I highly recommend that you give The Bra Guru a call and schedule a no obligation fitting to determine your perfect fit.  Who knows, maybe you will find the perfect bra at the same time.