Enjoying afternoon tea while perched on a gilded hotel armchair is a fine British tradition, which has thankfully found its way into today’s societal way of life.
The Women’s Lifestyle Expo presents you with the opportunity to sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom.
“The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” – said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo.
What to expect
Expect to sip on champagne and gin cocktails while enjoying delicious gourmet food. You will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they can continue their pampering experience at home.
The #WLE2018 High Tea is however no ordinary high tea. The high tea features a panel of multi-talented, dynamic women who will share their thoughts and experiences on their road to ‘Redefining Success’. Your panel comprises of:-
Gugulethu Mhlungu – Youngest ever station manager and panel moderator
The Deets for the High Tea
Tickets to the High Tea are R650 per person – which includes access to the entire Women’s Lifestyle Expo – and can be bought from www.itickets.co.za. With limited space available, you’re urged to book now to avoid disappointment.
When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September
Times: Saturday, 29 September 9.30am to 8pm
Sunday, 30 September 9.30am to 6pm
Venue: Montecasino Piazza
Tickets: R180 per person per day for a general entry ticket. (more…)
Fitness Magazine’s Fit Affair series is gaining rapid momentum, as the fourth fitness event in the series is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 1 September 2018.
Fit Affair 3
Before I give you the low down on Fit Affair 4, let me recap Fit Affair 3. The event which took place in June at the Rietvlei Zoo Farm, was an energy filled event that catered for the entire family. There was definitely something for everyone with a wonderful line-up that saw everyone work up a sweat.
The line-up packed a punch with an energetic Boxercise workout by Mika Stefano, who was also the MC for the event. Participants got to muscle up with the functional fitness experience by @train_boutique_fitness. The days drew to a close with a cardio Zumba session with @gusmarimaritz.
The Main Reasons I Attend Fit Affair
The event caters for everyone including families. This means that my #FitFam gets to workout with me.
I get to meet and hang out with like-minded individuals. The regular Fitness Fanatics show up in all their glory to not only workout, but to encourage and motivate participants who are on their individual fitness journeys.
Rather honestly … Fit Affair is a vibe
Fit Affair 4
It’s definitely been an exceptionally cold and long winter. The welcoming of Spring just happens to coincide with Fit Affair 4. Its time to bring the heat and join in on the action as we get ever closer to the summer months. Fit Affair 4 will take place on Saturday, 1 September in Muldersdrift between 8-11am. The line-up includes celeb trainer Mika Stefano who will lead the warm up. So be prepared for to say #MikaMadeMeSquat! A bodyweight team challenge session with Simone Jacobs Fit is sure to get your heart pumping. You can also expect a fantastic resistance band session with wellness and fitness business owner, Lisa Raleigh. The days events will finish up with a killer ‘cardio-dance’ session by @macdavaan and @_fitnessicon_ so be prepared to get your party on!
I am giving away tickets to Fit Affair 4, so make sure to enter on my Instagram page. T’s & C’s apply.
I’m often asked about my commitment, dedication and perseverance with regard to my transformation. What people really want to know is how to start and how to keep the momentum going. Sounds easier said than done, or is it a simple approach to a radical lifestyle change that is required?
So, when I was asked to write for the Entertainer Hub about this very topic, I jumped at the opportunity.
The hardest part of any fitness journey is knowing where to start.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
Those of you who follow me, know that my family is indeed a #FITFAM. I couldn’t look at improving my health and fitness level, without including my kids. Being fit as a family is important to me, as it’s created lasting moments of quality time spent together. I know my kids will look back and cherish our moments of fitness fun.
Fit Family of the Month
It’s so important to me that I’ve decided to do a series about Fit Families who inspire me. Today I’d like to introduce you to Emanuel and his family. Mani (as he is better known as), is a Dad blogger who shares Darren’s and his personal journey as gay parents in South Africa. They are the gorgeous family behind the blog Two Dads & a Kid
Mani has generously agreed to share their story as a Fit Family with us and I’m over the moon and grateful to have them on the blog today.
Hubby(Darren) and I both grew up during a period that sport was part of the school curriculum. You weren’t expected to participate in every single sport the school offered, but we were expected to participate in at least one sporting discipline in addition to PE (now known as Physical Training). Darren was into athletics and his rugby. He loved rugby so much that it became part of his career. I on the other hand was exposed to and participated in a variety of sports disciplines ranging from individual activities like squash, athletics and swimming through to group disciplines like soccer and cricket.
Into our adult life, sport or rather physical activities have always been a part of our daily routines. We either at the gym for 30 to 60 minutes doing weights or cardio, or we are on the road, running or cycling. Entering races has become part of your weekend routine, not to win but to finish and improve on your previous race time. When our son was placed with us, he was our support crew with whichever spouse was not participating. Early morning starts became part of our weekend game.
Even before our son came home, it was a given that he would be encouraged to participate in sports. So, it was no surprise that we introduced him to swimming at age 6 months. At this point we attended lessons for about 4 months before he had had enough. So, we stopped. I’m so glad that we attended these lessons though, because a Sunday afternoon a year later he accidentally fell into the pool. Thank God for the lesson, because instinctively he turned himself onto his back and started kicking his legs and moving his arms about. What felt like minutes, was a lot less. When I eventually reached him, he was calm. This scenario could have been deadly, thankfully it wasn’t. Drowning is real! Besides saving your life there are many other benefits to learning how to swim. Swimming is great for the heart, lungs, improving your strength, balance, posture and flexibility. In recent years child obesity has become a huge concern, as it may lead to diabetes, swimming is a great preventative measure.
Although our son disliked the pool for a while, today he is loving his swimming lessons. We’ve introduced him to the world of Karate, Basketball, Soccer and Mountain Biking to bring a little more balance. Of all these disciplines, Mountain biking is where his heart is. He is a true MTB Rider. Seeking all the challenging routes while out on the trails. Although the hills are still his nemesis, if neither Darren or I are around, he will give it his best, refusing to give up, and giving him a sense of achievement. As he matures, being out on his bike will be another way for him to meet and make new friends. Although relatively new to schools, MTB is growing at school level with many events now introducing a prize for the school with the most entrants, for example. The best part of MTB or Cycling is that you can go out onto the trails as a family and it’s a skill your child will have forever.
Benefits of Exercise for Families
it improves our moods by releasing endorphins in the brain, that natural ‘high’ you feel after a good workout
kids that exercise regularly are more likely to pay attention and switch between tasks with better speed and accuracy
perform better on tests regular exercise also builds a child’s self-esteem
provides an environment for kids to meet and make new friends
Different Strokes for Different Folks
As a family we don’t necessarily all excel in the same sports. So, for example, Darren enjoys MTB more than I do. For that reason, he tends to be the one hitting the trails with our son. Swimming is my fortes, so besides swimming school, whenever I get the chance I hit the local pool at the gym and basically get our son to show me what he has learnt during swimming class. All three of us enter races. There’s nothing like a medal to boost your spirits and push you to do better.
Their motto is that as a family they do not give up. They may not be the first to cross the finish line, but they will finish! If you would like to follow these amazingly inspirational dads as they keep fit with their handsome son, then go and vist their blog TWO DADS & A KID and follow them on social media.
I’ve recently tried out a few EMS workouts at EMS Body Studio at the Bedford Wellness Centre, all in the name of satisfying my curiosity and being able to share my experience with you. Imagine getting the effects of a three-hour workout in only 20 minutes. Is that even a possibility? It very well might be possible so I could not resist giving EMS training a bash.
EMS workouts are really making waves in the fitness industry and with people scrambling for more time, this kind of workout claims to be the future of fitness.
What is an EMS workout?
EMS stands for electrical muscle stimulation. In training, a machine delivers electrical pulses that stimulate muscle contraction. EMS workouts heighten the contractions and intensify your workout in a way that your body could not possibly do on its own. So it basically mimics the natural action of our central nervous system, sending electrical impulses to contract our deep muscle fibres.
How does it work?
In just a 20 minute training session, a personal trainer will put you through a customised 1 on 1 program – giving your body over 150 times more muscle contractions than a conventional workout.
Upon arrival you are asked to change into a suit that is provided. You don’t wear underwear under the suit provided to ensure maximum contact with your skin. Just so you know, the items are washed and sterilised after each wear.
Your weight and measurements are fed into the computer and then loaded on a card that is assigned to you. Basically it stores your progress.
My PT gave a gentle spray of warm water over the electronic pads attached to the vest. I was strapped into a vest with fabric similar to what’s used in a wetsuit with red and yellow cords poking in and out. These all come together into a singular plug and are then attached to the unit. Next came the leg straps and the armbands followed.
Shortly after that, an initial assessment is performed to determine your level of tolerance to the actual EMS workout. Depending on your level of fitness and goals, your training session is either low impact (with basic exercises to awaken muscles) or highly intense, with strong contractions and dynamic exercises to activate deep muscle hypertrophy. Workouts are customised to suit each client, from heavy strength training to fat and cellulite reduction regimes.
The system activates upwards of 90% of total deep muscle tissue as opposed to conventional weight training which on a good day hits about 50%. I have a super high pain threshold so the majority of my initial settings were extremely high. This is where I have to caution you. If you are known to have a high pain threshold, then I strongly recommend that you ease into these sessions as you need to allow your body to adjust to the intensity that EMS workouts provide. As the repetitions increased so did the impulses. I followed a routine of basic exercises which was illustrated and communicated by my PT. Your movements are extremely slow but I caution you not to underestimate the impact.
I would describe the entire experience as intense but rewarding. Your muscles contract to the maximum whilst you complete the movements and slowly work those particular muscle groups. I experienced muscle pain like never before and I was sore for a few days thereafter, but that was the assurance that EMS workouts are indeed the next level of fitness.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Four decades on this planet and I still can’t ride a bicycle. Seems like such a waste really so I, aka FitLikeMummy decided that it was time to learn to ride a bicycle even at the age of 40.
Why I can’t ride a bicycle?
I must tell you guys, I did have a bicycle as a child and I was 6 years old at the time. Shortly after receiving my bicycle my dad passed away and for some reason unbeknownst to me, I was not allowed to ride that bicycle anymore. It was brand new and the training wheels never came off. Then, 18 years ago I decided to try again. What possessed me to ask my fellow aircraft engineers to teach me is seriously beyond me. Approximately 2 seconds into my lesson, I found myself on the bonnet of a car in the parking lot. That crash sealed the deal and my need to learn to ride a bicycle was a thing of the past.
Why I decided to learn to ride a bicycle?
Learning to ride a bicycle was a thing of the past … well that was until I turned 40. Turning 40 has given me a new lease on life and I’ve become a bucket list ninja, now more so than ever. In addition to that, I had the encouragement or should I say subtle push from Martene Esteves and Manii (Dad blogger behind blog 2 Dads and a Kid). Many people have asked me why I want to learn to ride a bicycle after all this time. Learning to ride is a form of exercise first and foremost. It’s the opportunity to learn a new skill. It will also open the door to more exciting adventures with my sons. And let’s not forget the bragging rights to say, “I can do anything I put my mind to.” There are life lessons to be learnt from this experience. In addition to this, Im hoping to inspire people (especially my boys) to realise that we are never too old to learn new things.
My plan of action
I didn’t want to just wing it, plus I don’t have a bicycle or helmet. So after much research, PWC Bike Park came highly recommended. I signed up in the hope of going from zero to hero in a mere five, 45 minute lessons. I seriously doubted that 5 lessons would be enough but Marc Fourie reassured me that all would be good.
OMG!!! So I arrived for my first session with husband and kids in tow. The pressure was definitely on. I mean how could I fail while they were watching, plus they were rooting for me. Marc (my instructor/coach – I think that’s what you call him!) set me up with a helmet and a bicycle. A bicycle minus pedals, but a bicycle none the less. That first session focussed on me working on my balance and co-ordination. Both of which I thought were attributes I seriously sucked at, but not according to Marc. That first lesson was intense and had me build up a sweat but Marc’s approach made total sense. He is super patient and encouraging and it made the experience so much easier. Now, the one thing I was never ready for was the excruciating pain experienced by sitting on a bicycle seat. My question is why didn’t anyone warn me. I mean seriously!!! According to everyone who responded to my post, I will get used to it.
As much as everyone said that I would get used to sitting on a bicycle seat, I was taking no chances. I headed to the shops and bought a silicone padded bicycle seat cover. I arrived at PWC Bike Park on a very crisp Saturday morning. Helmet on, seat cover fitted and bicycle seat adjusted. I was ready to do this. I progressed from a bicycle with no pedals to one with the right pedal. I did a few practice rounds before Marc fitted the left pedal. Then the strangest thing happened. I was riding a bicycle and I have video footage to prove it. Not perfectly but I can ride a bicycle. I left PWC Bike park on such a high because these little victories along the way make my journey so worth it.
The padded seat cover was a definite win and made a huge difference in terms of me being comfortable. I was definitely less sore at the end of my lesson. On the down side, the seat cover moves around and was a bit of an annoyance, so I’m thinking that padded tights will be the best possible solution. Marc advised that I shouldn’t use both at the same time as the tights would stick to the seat.
I still have a few more lessons which I’m super eager to attend. I’m hoping come lesson number 5, I will be able to pop a wheely (NOT!!). Just kidding guys! I do recommend that you watch this space, as one may never know if I will consider entering a race or two, but lets first complete lesson 3 to 5. I’d love to hear if you have been faced with a similar situation, so please share your experience by leaving me a comment.
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.
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.
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.
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:
FitBody: Focusing on wellness and beauty, visitors will be able to find out about the latest and best in the beauty business.
FitFood: Focusing on nutrition this zone is all about clean eating, health supplements and natural nutrients to boost your body.
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.
FitKids: Focusing on starting kids’ fitness, this zone aims to uncover our future fitness stars.
FitStudio: Focusing on group training and fitness, visitors will discover trusted training to motivate movement.
FitTech: Focusing on the latest technology and trends in the health and fitness world, visitors will be able to experience fitness like never before.
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.
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!!!
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.
If you have been following my journey, you are probably asking yourself why I attended Fitness Magazine’s Fit Affair 2.0 that was held in Pretoria this weekend.
Well, it’s pretty simple. Firsly, I love fitness events. Secondly, fitness is a lifestyle and even though I may be battling an injury it is important that my mental game is strong. That’s why attending Fit Affair 2.0 was a no brainer. Thirdly, you can’t beat the energy and vibe at a fitness event. Events like these allow me the opportunity to keep the momentum going. Besides, it means I get to hang and workout with my #fitfam and that’s the best part of it.
It’s the beginning of winter and the temperature at 8am was a chilly 8 degrees celsius. The cold start didn’t last very long and the sun soon began to bake down on us, it wasn’t long before we started to feel the heat.
The lineup started off with a stretch and activation session, which was followed by a Brazilian Booty workout which had us moving to the beat. This was pretty much the only workout I could get involved in so I did my own thing and made the most of it. It’s about listening to my body (and my doctor) but keeping my energy and spirits high. It’s super easy to become demotivated and frustrated when faced with an injury, which in turn can see you fall off the bus. I’ve come too far to let a set-back mess me up, so I’d rather be the girl who finds the silver lining.
The last session was a HIIT workout, which I couldn’t do at all. I must admit I had a serious case of FOMO watching from the sidelines. I was however able to play photographer and it was amazing to watch my friends embrace this fitness event. They were in it to win it and gave it their all. I was so glad they decided to join me for this event because they left feeling amped and motivated. Now this is what fitness events do for me and I was glad that I got to share it with my friends.
All in all another fabulous morning of getting up and getting moving. Really hoping to see you at the next fitness event. Check my Instagram account for more deets.