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Addicted to Fitness Events

Hi! My name is Natasha and I am addicted to fitness events.

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Fitness Addict

If you are following me on Instagram then you will know that I absolutely and totally love attending Fitness Events. I really can’t seem to get enough of them. Is it the actual fitness, hanging out with like-minded individuals or the unbelievable amount of fun and feel good vibes experienced? Well, for me it is actually all of the above.

I recently attended Botle’s Fitness Fest. Adidas brand ambassador, Botle Kayamba hosted her first of many fitness events in Johannesburg. For weeks leading up to the event she had promised us loads fun and a whole lot of sweat …. and boy did she deliver.

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Botle asked me to be the MC for the event and I really couldn’t say no to a woman I admire and respect tremendously, but this was a first for me and very much out of my comfort zone. I however have to admit that it was loads of fun and I love that my journey is forcing me to operate well outside of my comfort zone.

After registration and striking a pose for the camera guy, the proceedings were underway. Ntsekie Majoro and Sello Seboka, put us through our paces. The high intensity boot camp had everyone sweating up a storm. I honestly don’t think I ever moved that fast in my entire life. Both personal trainers were completely amped and pushed the crowd to give their very best. It was super special to see Ntsekie again as he was the person pushing me when I started this journey in January 2017. I couldn’t afford him as a personal trainer, but that didn’t stop him from motivating me to push myself.

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After a well-deserved and much-needed water break, it was time to shake what our mammas gave us. Loads of fun was had as we did the Vosho, Gwaragwara, lotsa twerking, Pantsula, Kwasakwasa, Qopetsa, Twalatsa and NaeNae. Some of you are wondering what the hell am I talking about. Well these are dance styles synonymous with South Africa. They are dance styles that get those hips moving while you listen to the beat of the music. YouTube it, if you must and then try it. Even Rihanna knows how to Gwaragwara.

I almost forgot to mention that Botle’s Fitness Fest produced one of the coolest fitness goodies bags ever. We were definitely spoilt at this event and I can’t wait for the next one.


Best of all, is that I got to hang out and workout with friends, work colleagues and insta friends who are now real friends. I absolutely love my #FitSquad. Friends who workout together most certainly stay together.
I can’t wait to see you at the next fitness event Beautifuls.

Fitness|Progress pics|Weight loss

Lemme Keep It Real

As for those that follow me, you will know that the information I share with you is raw, uncut and a 100% true reflection of my life. This being said, its time to keep it real and share the numbers behind my journey.

I went for my first full body assessment for 2018 and the detailed report left me smiling. Granted I’m choosing to focus only on the positives and I still have a long way to go. So here goes …

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In terms of my body composition I’m big boned, have 10.2kg of muscle and a mother load of fat. I will need to reduce my body fat mass by half to be exact. Now lemme tell you, that 10kg of muscle is what I’m truly celebrating. A year ago I literally had almost nothing in terms of muscle. I can feel the leanness in my back and shoulders to be honest.

My overall score of 57/100 is not ideal but is mainly due to my BMI, which requires me to lose another 29.1kg. That’s like losing a child to be honest, but it is what it is. The focus isn’t on my weight as much as it is on my visceral fat. So, this is my focus area and I will need to put a lot more effort into losing around my tummy area

Visceral fat is known as a “deep” fat that’s stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It’s a form of gel-like fat that’s actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidney.

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We also did measurements and here are those figures as of end January 2018:-

  • Waist – 40
  • Arm – 16
  • Calf – 19
  • Chest – 43
  • Hip – 48
  • Thigh – 27

Back to those 10kg of muscle. The distribution is basically around my arms, thighs and believe it or not … my abdominal area (and I have the photos to prove it).

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This happens to be the same pink top

I also found out that I’m not eating enough in a day. This came as a shock because I eat all day long and I’m often too full to have my 6th meal for the day. I use my fitbit app to track what I eat and have been aiming for 1500 kcal. According to the report my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is 1486 kcal which is pretty damn accurate. I should however be eating approximately 1900 kcal. That’s basically another healthy meal. So I’m planning to include more complex carbs into my diet.

Many of you must be wondering why I said I was smiling after receiving my report. Well it’s about progress for me. I can see the changes and I can definitely feel it. I also know this is a journey and having information like this report empowers me to work on specific areas. I’m done living in denial and I’m happy to tackle improving my health one day at a time, so bring it on!

Fitness|Weight loss

The 80/20 rule helped me lose 15kg in 10 months

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Pareto developed both concepts in the context of the distribution of income and wealth among the population.

The Pareto principle can be applied in all aspects of life. When applied to healthy eating it basically means consume healthy food 80% of the time and fun food for the remaining 20%. The 80/20 rule is really an approach to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s about eating the foods you like, losing the weight and keeping it off. Is it possible that you can have your cake and eat it too???

The Pros

  • Can avoid that failure-prone mindset
  • Keeps you motivated
  • Able to enjoy your diet more
  • Don’t feel so restricted
  • Get to enjoy the foods you love
  • Able to maintain your eating plan long-term

The Cons

  • Determining that 20%
  • Over-indulging
  • Falling back into old habits

Winning at Life

10 months into my journey I managed to lose 15kg, but here’s the catch … I still ate carbs and sugars (in moderation of course).

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Progress Not Perfection

Seeing as I am an absolute foodie and have been basically all my life, this flexible approach to weight loss serves me well. I love food, the yummy, tasty, hearty not so healthy kinda food.

I aim to eat clean from Monday to Friday. I’m however less restrictive over the weekend and tend to eat the food I love that may not necessarily be on my eating plan. This may or may not include the occasional glass of G&T.

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G&T because I can

I’m a true Libran, always looking to sustain balance in my life. The 80/20 rule allows me to live my best life, while I smash out my goals. If I slip up in the week and don’t achieve my 100% clean eating I no longer beat myself up about it. I no longer feel guilty about the occasional piece of decadent chocolate cake and I refuse to allow minor slip-ups to derail me.

Lets be real people. Life isn’t perfect and life “happens”. Setting a goal like 100% clean eating can and will only set you up for failure, making you feel despondent and even depressed. This often leads to us just throwing in the towel, because the situation has become too overwhelming. So instead of setting the bar too high, rather set small goals and gradually work your way into a lifestyle change. Do everything in moderation and focus on positive and happy vibes. The rest will eventually fall into place.