Children|Family|Fitness|Lifestyle

#TeamUp 2018 Winner Announcement by BOS Sport

BOS Sport has been running a competition over the past few months to motivate school going kids to get up, get active and #TeamUp with their fellow school mates.  Teams had to create a unique profile, get people to vote for them and take part in team challenges which would then earn them extra votes. The school teams with the most votes at the end of the campaign would win incredible prizes.

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BOS Sport believes that sport is the vehicle to unite and inspire youth, instilling in them the powerful values of commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

This fantastic campaign was developed to reward school sport teams who show a passion for their team and sport, no matter what the result.  The entries submitted were a clear indication of both immense passion and team work that exists in many of our South African schools.  This December sees the #TeamUp competition come to a close.

Time to Announce the Winners

Drum roll please …

The school team with the most votes is Winston Park 1st Team Rugby. They racked up 1702 votes and received a total of R20 000 (R10 000 for the school and R10 000 for the team).  In addition to the prize money the team also won 10 cases of BOS Sport.  Kuswag 7’s Skummels scooped second place by racking up 1577 votes. They won a total of R10 000 (R5000 for the school and R5000 for the team), as well as 10 cases of BOS Sport.  Third place goes to Montagu Laerskool O/13 A Rugby who received a total of 745 votes, which earned them a prize which consists of R2000 for the team, R2000 for the school and 10 cases of BOS Sport.

The BOS SPORT Team Up initiative is an incredible programme for schools which managed to achieve its goal to encourage sport teams and sporting individuals to rally support by showcasing their skills, passion for the game, and team spirit.

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Fitness|Giveaway|Lifestyle|Weight loss

NPL, The Supplement Range That is Helping Me Achieve Great Results

I started my weight loss journey in January 2017 and never used supplements as I didn’t feel the need.  By October last year I hit a serious plateau.  Months had passed and my efforts proved futile.  In June 2018 when I was named the Face & Body of FIBO Global Fitness Africa, I realised that I needed the added advantage to help me achieve my goals in 4 short months.  I teamed up with NPL and started using their products.

Not all supplements are created equal

NPL is a South African brand making fitness supplements in an approved manufacturing facility for the best quality.  NPL also happens to be one of first sports Nutrition companies to step up and provide high quality products to consumers with full transparency. A strict Non-Proprietary Blend Policy means everything in the product is disclosed to you.  This gives me the peace of mind and reassurance I need, as I’m all about knowing fully well what I’m putting into my body.

My supplement regime

My supplement regime isn’t overly complicated and even with my hectic lifestyle it has been exceptionally easy to incorporate into my life.  Here’s the low down on the supplements I use daily.

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L-Carnitine

  • Liquid fat burner
  • Supports fat metabolism
  • Energy production
  • Mental focus
  • Zero sugar
  • Zero calories
  • Sweetened with stevia

This powerful fat burner aids in encouraging your body to utilize fat as energy. As well as a fat burning enhancer, it increases one’s recovery rate after exercise, decreases exercised induced muscle damage and decreases muscle soreness. It is even an antioxidant which helps stabilize blood sugar levels thereby reducing cravings, especially on a low carbohydrate diet.

CLA Ultra

  • Targeted weight reduction
  • Supports weight management
  • Supports the breakdown of fat stores
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Stimulant free

Supplementing with CLA may have a significant impact on how the body utilizes and deposits fat. Studies suggest that CLA supplementation can help reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass (especially in leg and abdominal areas). CLA is free from stimulants and has shown to reduce cholesterol levels

Amino Burn

  • Essential amino acids
  • Supports lean muscle growth
  • Speeds up recovery
  • Supports metabolic function
  • Increases fat loss
  • Increases energy
  • Enhances mental focus
  • Zero carbs
  • Zero sugar

Amino Burn tastes amazing and increases energy.  It helps improve recovery and promote fat burning. It can be used anytime throughout the day to boost mental focus and enhance metabolic function.

Thermo Fuel

  • Extreme energy
  • Mental focus
  • Weight control
  • Appetite control
  • Appetite control

Thermo Fuel is an enhanced weight control aid, designed to target body fat and preserve lean muscle. It basically increases core body temperature in order to accelerate your metabolism.  It also increases the levels of focus and energy.

Platinum Whey

  • Low carb
  • Great taste
  • Excellent source of protein
  • Improves muscle recovery
  • Promotes lean muscle mass

Whey protein contains all nine essential amino acids. It’s high in BCAA’s which are necessary for stimulating muscle protein synthesis following training or exercise, and therefore important for muscle growth.

My Overall Review

After using these products daily for the past 5 months, the first thing I noticed was an insane increase in my energy levels.  At the age of 41, energy levels really take a beating but using NPL has definitely given me the edge.  I have also noticed better concentration and focus throughout my day which are areas are normally struggle with.  All the products that I use taste amazing and there’s no aftertaste.  I started every single morning by hopping out of bed to take a tablespoon of L-Carnitine on an empty tummy prior to smashing out a cardio session.  I have on occasion used the Whey to bake with or create healthy snacks.  I love the taste of the Platinum Whey which also keeps me full and curbs my cravings.  The Thermo Fuel was hectic in the beginning but I was weaned onto it over a two-week period and my body soon adjusted.  As for the Amino burn well I add it to my water and sip on it all day long.  It tastes great and really helps me meet my water quota for the day.

I’m beyond happy with the NPL products because I’ve seen so many incredible differences that I just can’t ignore it.  Best of all, as each day passes I see how my body is transforming and  that is why I highly recommend NPL supplements.  If you are unsure but would love to try out some of their products, I’d recommend you follow their Instagram pages to find out where the #YellowArmy team will be next.

Giveaway

I wanted to share the love so I’m giving one lucky winner the opportunity on win an incredible NPL supplement stack that will see you take your body to the next level.  To enter simply follow the rules on Facebook and Instagram.  Good luck lovelies

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4000 Followers Giveaway

Should you have any queries regarding NPL or supplements in general, please pop them in the comments and we will do our best to respond with all the deets.

 

 

 

Adventuring|Children|Lifestyle|Mom life|Parenting

My 10-year-old and I faced our fears together

I recently took the boys on a Mom and Sons weekend away. We are a crazy yet fun threesome who love new experiences. Let’s just say we are a bucket list family who plan to bring you many more adventures. So, off we headed to the quaint little town of Cullinan, but we were not in search of diamonds. We were in search of adventure and exploration.

You can read more about our entire weekend away to Cullinan on my blog post Sho’t Left to a little town called Cullinan, but now I’m going to share the decision we made to face our fears.

Ashton, my 14-year-old is an adrenaline junkie who doesn’t fear much. He’s a thrill seeker who’s ever-ready to try the most daring thing out there. Skylar on the other hand, (my little baby … okay, not so little, as he is 10-years-old), is afraid of almost everything. In fact, Sky and I are a lot alike in this respect, but we decided a few years ago, that every adventure requires that we challenge ourselves to step outside our comfort zones.

We headed to Adventure Zone Cullinan and signed up for Ziplining. Ziplining, when 2 of the 3 of us are terrified of heights! How incredibly brave are we ??

Anyways, we arrived and were suited up with safety harnesses, helmets and gloves. As a person who works in the Quality and Safety environment on a daily basis, I asked the necessary questions like :-

  • When last were the harnesses load checked
  • What were the weight limitations? (apparently the straps can carry the weight of a bakkie, so I was good)
  • What if we got stuck in the middle? (my biggest fear)
  • Why was it so windy?

All my questions were answered without any hesitation during the safety briefing. Our group then climbed onto a truck and we made our way to the first zipline. At this point, I thought I had the option to choose the zipline of my choice, but I was wrong. Four ziplines formed part of the adventure and it was an “all in” commitment that was required. I had already paid, so there was no turning back. Oh, and talking about paying … we made use of the Entertainer App’s buy 1 get 1 free deal for the Adventure Zone. Yay, for saving money on a weekend away.

As we approached the first tower it dawned on me that I was adventuring alone with the boys. I was faced with choices of who would go first, was the line secure, what if Sky decided to bail at the last-minute. Was I being paranoid, over-protective or just being a mom whose instincts naturally kicked in??

I eventually calmed down and sent Ashton on his way, who faced his first zipline without any hesitation. Then it was Sky’s turn, but he panicked the moment he set foot onto the platform. He started hyperventilating and wanted to cry. He insisted that I go first, but how could I go first and leave him behind. Chances are he would panic again and derail the process for everyone. So with a stern mom-voice and darting eyes we got him secured onto the line. He looked at me and begged to get off. The guide then looked at me wanting a decision to made …. and then my mom instincts to protect and nurture disappeared for a second. A nod of the head gave our guide the go ahead to let him go. My heart sank for a split second as there was complete silence as he was pushed on his way, and then I heard a scream of exhilaration. He was good and made it safely to the other side without getting stuck along the way.

I was relieved but now it was my turn. I freaked out and I couldn’t do it. I was standing on the platform losing my mind and the guide said to me, “Your kids just did this. There’s no way you are going to bail”. I was honestly terrified, but I had no choice. I guess the saying “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you” applied. As my foot left the platform I felt my heart rate increase as my body temperature rose. I’m very sure I held my breath for a few seconds, but before I knew it I was enjoying the zipline. It was pretty damn amazing and the view was incredible. As I reached the boys, their faces were beaming and they were pumped. They were so happy and thoroughly enjoyed the first zipline. They are always inpressed and proud when I try out activities with them.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles Swindoll

We continued onto the next 3 ziplines. The speeds varied on each zipline and weirdly enough the fastest one was my favourite. I was utterly relieved that we chose to go through with the experience and face our fears. Had we not have pushed ourselves, we would have missed out on an amazing experience.

I’m the kind of mom who doesn’t mollycoddle her kids. It’s a tough world out there and I strongly believe that it’s my duty to challenge my kids; to push them to function and think in situations of difficulty and uncomfortableness. It is my duty as a parent to use every opportunity possible to prepare them for life as an adult. I want them to have inquirying minds and souls. I want them to live with adventure in their hearts and an appreciation for the beauty that exists in the simple pleasures life has to offer.

Disclaimer : This is in no way a sponsored post.

Adventuring|Children|Family

A Mom & Sons Sho’t Left to a Little Town Called Cullinan

My boys and I are pretty much cut from the same cloth, especially when it comes to our adventuring spirits. We always say yes to adventure. The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time. To be in the fortunate position in which almost nothing is so familiar that it is ever taken for granted.

I recently took the boys on a “Mom and Sons” weekend away. Not keen to drive too far out, we opted for a Sho’t left to a little diamond town called Cullinan which happens to be only an hours drive from home. Car packed and loads of excitement, we hopped in and set-off on our way. Skylar (age 10) asked to be in charge of the GPS and I agreed. 30 minutes out and I realised we were off-course. It wasn’t a train smash, as I was more focussed on Skylar learning how to use a GPS. I use our adventures as the opportunity to learn new things, sharpen our skills and face our fears.

We immediately got back on track and sang along to the music chosen by the boys. Needless to say, I had a headache by the time we arrived. “Guess, it’s a tell-tale sign that I’m maturing“, she says with a grin on her face. Before we knew it , we had arrived in the quaint little town of Cullinan. We opted to stay at the Cullinan Premier Hotel.

Day 1

We arrived late afternoon so decided to have an early evening at the hotel. We enjoyed undoubtedly the best burgers in town while we played scrabble. I was so excited and impressed that both boys wanted to play scrabble and that they in fact packed it into our luggage. It’s like a sure mom win for me. We also used the time to plan our adventuring for our weekend in Cullinan. I’m normally overly organised and plan our itinerary ahead of time, but felt that it was time that I lived in the moment. I must admit it was rather refreshing for a change. After dinner we climbed into bed and watched movies while laughing for no apparent reason.

Day 2

We are early risers, holiday mode or not. So we made our way to breakfast and then ventured down to the touristy hub of the town. Everything is very much within walking distance from the hotel which made life easier. We explored the quaint little stores and lapped up every bit of the artsy feel of things. My eldest is truly an old soul and loves antique shops, so we spent the better part of the morning shopping with the eye.

Then we headed to Adventure Zone Cullinan to try our hand at archery. JP from Adventure Zone Cullinan was amazing with the kids. He was funny, patient and an excellent teacher. Honestly though …. his teaching skills made no difference to my lack of archery skills and I pretty much sucked. I just have no aim. Archery is not my thing but the boys did extremely well. Ashton in true form nailed it (like always). Let me mention that we used the Entertainer app’s 2 for 1 deal, which meant we could squeeze more experiences into our weekend.

After a quick lunch we headed back to Adventure Zone for an afternoon safari. We didn’t get to see the big 5 but we did get to see an incredible amount of wildlife JP even took us to a natural spring where we drank water directly from it. There were many life lessons imparted to the boys during our safari and they honestly loved JP’s stories. He had us in stitches and made for an excellent guide.

Day 3

We started our day off by going on the Journey of a Diamond tour. I mean how could we not, after all Cullinan is all about a girl’s best friend. The boys are still too young for the underground tour, so we did the land tour. It was fabulous and rather informative.

The tour ended at the Primalux Diamond store where Ashton won a discount voucher. We left but had every intention of returning on Day 4.

It was time to challenge ourselves and face our fears, so we headed back to Adventure Zone Cullinan for some ziplining. Always wanted to try it but I’m afraid of heights and kept putting it off. We got to use the Entertainer app once again which meant more savings. I have a separate post about our ziplining experience, as it was such an incredible experience that it needed a post of its very own.

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Day 3 was crammed full of adventure and we had an absolute blast. Dinner and another evening of scrabble before hitting the sack was the order of the evening.

Day 4

We started our day off with a casual breakfast before heading back to Primalux where we met a wonderful lady named Dawn. What started as the boys buying a diamond for me as a birthday present, turned into Aunty Dawn helping Ashton purchase his very first certified diamond. No help from mom financially let me add, but my 14-year-old son is officially a diamond collector. In fact he has already planned our next trip back to Cullinan to purchase another certified diamond.

Diamond shopping done, then we explored a few more stores and even a tiny book store that was packed to the rafters with the most wonderful books. Ashton is a lover of books, so he was in seventh heaven. Sky and I used the opportunity to take a gazillion more photos and then we decided it was time to head home.

I’d say that a Sho’t left to the diamond mining town called Cullinan is a hidden gem worth putting on your bucket list. The super friendly town overflows with a wealth of history that far exceeds the diamonds discovered on a daily basis.

Children|Family|Health|Lifestyle|Wellness

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/

Food|Lifestyle

Mile 8 by David Higgs

I was beyond humbled to be part of a select group who were invited to attend a celebration in honor of David Higgs, hosted by Discovery at the beautiful #HealthyFoodStudio in Sandton.

Davids Higgs, acclaimed chef, restaurateur and TV personality recently launched his book, MILE 8. What started out as a book about cooking, has turned into a biography about a man and the events that led him to become the incredibly talented chef that he is today.

David nostalgically shared stories with all in attendance about his childhood, from catching his first fish to the humble beginnings of a young boy growing up in Namibia. He was sure to mention his mom and gran, the two strong women who played a pivotal role in his life and the person he has become today. Throughout his speech, David ever so often laid his hand on a copy of Mile 8 that rested on the counter top alongside where he stood. The intense look on his face was a clear indication of the emotions pumped into Mile 8.

The paradox that exists between his lightheartedness and directness are evidence of a man without pretenses. Higgs is real, unfiltered and unapologetic about who he is and his journey. To be honest, my encounter with David Higgs left me in awe. There is so much more to the co-owner of Marble. He’s an old soul with a deep sense of appreciation for life and people. He’s about giving back to those in need and going good. David who happens to also be a cyclist, runs an incredible initiative called Food Cycle which supports children in sustaining their active lives.

As his speech drew to a close, David Higgs shared that Mile 8 was for his dad. An extremely emotional and overwhelmed David couldn’t continue as the tears ran down his face. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, and it all came full circle. It was rather evident that this book means the world to him and its not just a collection of his famous recipes. Mile 8, an ode to David’s dad encapsulates a lifetime of memories, dedication, determination and love.

Dr. Craig Nossel took over and sang David’s praises, before we were treated to an extraordinary lunch. The day’s festivities drew to an end as David did a book signing for all in attendance.

I honestly can’t wait to start reading my copy of Mile 8, as well as to try out some of those incredible David Higgs recipes. A very special thank you Discovery Health for a fabulous morning filled with loads of inspiration.

Giveaway|Review

Seltzer Essence Range Giveaway

Seltzer water … brought us honest to goodness flavoured water. Then they brought us Seltzer Lite. Now in 2018 they have brought us the Essence range.  The Seltzer Essence range boasts

  • No sugar
  • No sweeteners
  • No preservatives
  • Natural flavours
  • Low GI

Seltzer Essence is music to every health conscious and every fitness fanatics ears. The Essence range is no-nonsense #HonestWater that tastes uber delicious. The refreshing taste and flavours will see you through the summer heat, without negatively impacting on your healthy lifestyle.  For those looking to reduce their sugar consumption or those who opt for sugar-free, Seltzer Essence is the range for you. All the goodness and absolutely no guilt.   Better still, the Essence range is the perfect solution to accompany my kid’s school lunches. The Essence range makes for perfect anytime drink for the whole family.

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The range comes in three flavours:-

  • Watermelon and Mixed Berry
  • Pink Grapefruit and Strawberry
  • Green Apple and Mint

Seltzer Essence Hamper Giveaway

One lucky individual stands a chance of winning a Seltzer Essence sparkling water hamper valued at R500 by entering the giveaway on my Instagram & Facebook page

Fit Family|Fitness|Lifestyle|Review

My Love Affair with Fitbit has Helped Me Restore My Health

After being diagnosed as chronically ill in December 2016, the decision to fight for my life saw me embrace an immediate lifestyle change.  The thought of my children growing up without me was something I just couldn’t fathom.

Expeditious action was required, so I made the decision to join the gym on 4 January 2017. I also began exercising and eating right.  I’m 41 and to be honest the tech generation was never my thing, but I needed something to help me track my physical activity.  A month into my journey I decided that it was worth giving a fitness tracker a try.  Absolutely clueless in this department, I did my research and due to the fact that just about everyone was talking about fitbit I decided to go with it.  To be completely honest, i’m a skeptic so instead of buying a new Fitbit, I opted to buy a second-hand one to determine if this was really for me.

A few days had passed and it was final, a Fitbit was for me.  Off to the shops I went and bought myself a brand spanking new Fitbit Flex.  I loved everything about it, from the tracking of steps to the tracking of the food I was consuming, plus I could swim with my Flex.  The highlight for me was the sleep tracking on the app, which was a huge wake-up call (excuse the pun).  Fitbit helped me realise that I was ony getting 1.5 to 2.5 hours of sleep per night.  I literally trained my body to get more sleep thanks to my Fitbit.  I’m happy to report that I now get approximately 6 hours of sleep per night, which plays a vital role in productivity as well as achieving my weight loss goals.

Fitbit Family

I was so impressed with my Fitbit, that I bought the Charge 2 for my eldest son (age 14) and myself.  Yip, you heard right … another upgrade for me. I also bought the Alta HR for my 10-year-old. It’s important to keep in mind that under Fitbit’s Terms of Service it states, users under 13 years of age are not allowed to have personal Fitbit accounts.  If you do want to sync your kid’s tracker with the Fitbit app, you will need to create your own account and let him or her access it that way.  Buying Skylar (10) a Fitbit has seen him lose 4kg and seriously improve his fitness level.  To be honest, we don’t fully utilise all aspects of the Fitbit for him, he is extremely aware of the number of steps he gets in every single day.  This little one racks up approximately 25000 steps per day.  On days when he gets home from school and hasn’t reached his target, he’s sure to head outside to kick around a soccer ball so that he can get those steps in.  Ashton (14) who was diagnosed with anxiety disorder utilises the Relax mode which really helps with his anxiety levels.  If that wasn’t enough reasons to own a Fitbit, well its made this fit family super competitive with us trying to beat each others daily steps or times when we do races.

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We Love Fitbit

The Fitbit Ionic

My Charge 2 was amazing and I had absolutely no issues, but due an injured right foot I needed to take up swimming. Monitoring my training which now includes my swimming was vital, so the Fitbit Ionic was next on the list.  The Ionic is everything and more.

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Watch this video below for a quick summary of what it can do and then you will understand why I’m completely and totally in love with the Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is more than just a smartwatch, it’s been quoted as the first 24/7 smartwatch.  From the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, my Fitbit doesn’t leave my hand.  Okay, I take it off to shower (but don’t necessarily need to).  The Fitbit Ionic tracks calories burnt, stairs climbed, exercise, resting heart rate, sleep and the latest addition to the app means that you can track your period too ladies.  I even set notifications to keep me on track throughout my day. All of the above and the battery actually lasts approximately 5 days thanks to the impressive battery life.

The Ionic is a big bold statement piece and even though it looks like a fitness tracker, I still wear it with my formal wear.  I mean, I am a fitness girl after all and fitness is a lifestyle.  Straps can be changed so you do have options.  The large screen has impressive clarity and the swipe and tap functions on the screen are effortless. Then there’s the Fitbit app which is pretty amazing and provides your stats without any effort.  It even allows you to change your digital watch face, which keeps things fresh and exciting. 

The addition of Exercise mode means that the Ionic automatically recognises a host of different exercises, from running, cycling, swimming, treadmill running, weights, interval timer and workouts.  Theres a host of dedicated apps that can be utilised with the Ionic.  Deezer and Strava are definite highlights for me.  In addition to that, your watch stores up to 300 songs on it.  The built-in Coach app is Fitbit’s personal training app, which offers workouts of varying difficulties and duration.

Life without a Fitbit

21 months after I bought my first Fibit, I honestly can’t imagine life without my Fitbit.  It  has been life changing and has seriously helped keep me on the road to smashing my goals.  I’m mindful of my body, what it does and what it needs thanks to the use of a Fitbit.  I’m 22 kg lighter and have dropped 6 dress sizes.  Sounds impressive right, but I still have 10 kg to go, so watch this space as I smash my goals as I gear up for 2019.

Press release

Say YES to Effective BEE

BEE Novation, one of South Africa`s leading transformation consultancies, will be hosting a series of national one day seminars dealing with the latest developments in transformative BEE and the benefits of implementation of the YES initiative. This is the only event that will feature YES and the DTI, supported by Izwilethu.

What is YES?

The Y.E.S initiative encourages corporates to create employment opportunities for unemployed black youth by incentivizing the private sector to participate through rewarding companies with higher BBBEE scorecard levels if they meet the targets.

The Benefits of Y.E.S

  • Increase your BEE scorecard by up to two levels by implementing YES.
  • Meet and listen to the opinion creators and decision makers in charge of YES, DTI and BEE to understand the best approaches to implementing BEE and transformation initiatives across the South African landscape, through the YES programme
  • Free labour in your business or NPO if you have Y.E.S beneficiaries placed with your company.
  • Meet and interact with key players and executives in BEE and transformation initiatives including verification agencies, consultants, BEE/transformation managers and engage the DTI with technical questions on implementation of Y.E.S.
  • Understand the link between Employment Equity, the BCE (Basic Conditions of Employment) Act and Y.E.S participants.
  • Learn how best to align and structure your Y.E.S beneficiary spend and at the same time improve your procurement points in the process.
  • Understand how Y.E.S implementation partners and enhances government and business collaboration.
  • Contribute to increased economic growth, investment, social and political stability and the reduction of our country`s unemployment rate.
  • Position your company ahead of the competition through the implementation of Y.E.S.
  • Have your questions on BEE answered by experts in the field of transformation.

The Seminars Details

Johannesburg

  • Monday 19th November 2018
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • Houghton Golf Club.

Durban 

  • Friday 23rd November 2018
  • 9am-12pm
  • Gold Business Club (next to the Presidential Suite), Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Cape Town

  • Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • 9am-12pm
  • Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Tickets to this ground breaking seminar cost R1,500 per person excluding VAT.  To book go to:  http://beenovation.co.za/events/

Speakers and Q&A sessions will include:

Cricket|Women

Gob smacked that the Protea Women’s Team heads of to the Women’s World T20 tournament without a title sponsor

On the 23rd of October 2018, I joined in the festivities when Cricket South Africa (CSA) pulled out all the stops to host a send-off never to be forgotten, for the Protea Women’s Cricket Team prior to them heading off to the West Indies. Captain, Dane van Niekerk and her team are all set to take on the Women’s World T20 tournament this month.

The street outside CSA was lined with media and excited young ladies who waved South African flags as they awaited the arrival of the Protea Women’s Team. As the team bus came to a stop outside CSA, one could not help but feel Proud to be a South African and especially proud to be a female. It was evident that the send-off was a well-kept secret as the overwhelmed players disembarked the bus and made their way into the building.

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A National Sporting Team without a Title Sponsor

As the formalities got under way, it was mentioned that the Protea Women’s Team doesn’t have a title sponsor. How, in the 21st century does a team of professional players, representing their country at the highest level in a sport (that has traditionally been male dominated) not have a title sponsor? Absolutely unbelievable if you ask me, but hopefully it’s just a matter of timing. The average age of the team is a super young 22 years old. The youngest is Laura Wolvaardt who turned 19 in April and the oldest is Shabnim Ismail who has just turned 30.

These young ladies are proudly South African, unbelievably talented and continue to do their country proud. The associated hashtags, #AlwaysRising and #WeAreMore embodies the true essence of the Protea Women’s Team who give their very best with or without a title sponsor.

Chat Time with the Protea Women’s Team

I had the absolute honour and pleasure of getting to know the Protea Women’s Team when I interviewed some of them at their send-off. They are a fantastic bunch and the love and admiration they have for each other is extremely evident. I must admit their playfulness during their downtime is heartwarming and refreshing, but shouldn’t be mistaken for their commitment to the game of cricket. They ooze passion for cricket and their enthusiasm for the game is contagious. Below is my interview with some of the players, including Vice Captain Chloe Tryon.

My Message to SA Brands

To the incredible brands out there, “What are you waiting for??” The opportunity to be the title sponsor for the Protea Women’s Team is something you should be jumping at. Time is seriously limited as these ladies are pumped and ready to take over the cricket world. It is just a matter of time before they are snatched up. Plus they do plan to bring home the Women’s World T20 tournament trophy.

World T20 Kicks-off

This coming weekend sees the official start of the Women’s World T20 tournament, so make sure you don’t miss a game.

Proteas Women WT20 schedule:

  • Monday, November 12 – SA v Sri Lanka
  • Wednesday, November 14 – SA v West Indies
  • Friday, November 16 – SA v England
  • Sunday, November 18 – SA v Qualifier 1

To the Protea Women’s Team … we are 100% behind you ladies, so go kick ass and bring back the trophy like only you can.