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Mind Reset

“Why do you work out?

 You are not fat. You look fit!

Your body looks ok.

Why do you need Zumba? I am the one who should be working out……..”

I have been getting a lot of this from my friends when I mention that I do work out.

You see, I don’t go for Zumba to keep fit, to stay healthy or to lose weight; in fact, I have to feed really well to maintain my weight, otherwise it drops drastically after a few classes. I do Zumba solely to refresh/ reset my mind. The other benefits are an added advantage like keeping fit, healthy living, toning especially the bum (the twerking we do could give Rihanna a run for her money) and so on.

Zumba is a musical work out, with lots of dancing and with my love for dancing, it’s just what the doctor would recommend to rejuvenate my mind……well, until I get an opportunity to explore my other interest in pole dancing, which intrigues my mind and is in my bucket list (don’t give me that judgmental look, judgement is for judgement day).

The activities in our daily lives can be overwhelming and you can easily get bogged down. From careers, to families, to businesses, politics and so on. There’s just a lot that requires your attention and many times you feel like you need 5 of you to execute everything accordingly. You hear of people who succumb to depression, which you thought is a white man’s disease.

Some people die while they are still alive, and they live a cycle or robotic kind of life, following a schedule. A month passes and once in a while they come alive and ask: ‘haiya, where did time go’, then they die again and live like that for many years. It’s very easy to live like this, and not even realize that you stopped living.

Just like the electronics in our houses need resetting, our minds need that too. We have to keep refreshing our mind, so as to operate at optimum level, given that it is our central processing unit. We don’t want it ‘overheating’. This is where an activity you love comes in; could be jogging, a walk in the park, swimming, singing, just something different and sustainable that your mind looks forward to every so often. It rejuvenates and refreshes the mind, giving it a break from the norm and that, re centers it.

Find your ‘thing’ and help your mind to reset.

I DO

So, on Friday I walked down the aisle!

……only that several other people walked in after me, and finally the bride walked in and said I DO!

It was my friend’s wedding; dang!

You see, I am a typical girl who dreams of a dream wedding; I have the song I will walk down to in my mind, I know how my gown will look like, I know you will all listen to country music the whole afternoon session and you better come prepared to dance, and I mean a lot! I am just waiting for the day..and the groom; we can call that waiting upon the Lord, right? Ha ha ha

Marriage is a beautiful thing and my friend’s wedding was simple and awesome. The theme was African and I got the pleasure of owning my second African print dress. (I am not into African prints or anything contemporary).

The design I chose complimented my body shape and was simple and elegant, my style. At least I will get to wear it many more times, starting from this coming Easter holiday as I go to visit my grandma (she will definitely be proud of me, dressed in a ‘womanly’ dress covered from head to toe).

The last time I went to visit her, of course still in a dress (anything else –namely trousers- gets her very vexed), she asked me to turn around to see if I had been feeding well ( Really?..) and she gave me a thumbs up. I might need to overfeed and gain some weight seeing that I have shed some kgs recently.

Here are some of the pictures of the dress:

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Retro

I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight,
I’ve never seen you shine so bright,
I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance,
They’re looking for a little romance, given half a chance,
And I have never seen that dress you’re wearing,
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes,
I have been blind;

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me,
It’s where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight;

……..

Found myself humming to this song over and over again as i uploaded these pics, never mind that the dress might be orange to some people and not red, and no, there was no dance at night we just did a photo shoot; or maybe i need that dance….

Going back to the 80’s with that super Afro look and a skater dress! SLAY-AGE!

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Stay In Shape

Weight issue is probably a girl’s biggest nightmare, besides finding something to wear. A flabby tummy being part of it that we try so hard to tuck in. I believe in loving myself in my own skin but I also believe in trimming to a size that I am comfortable in.

I wouldn’t say I have totally flat tummy but just like most women, I try to keep it as flat as possible. I am generally a poor feeder with a sweet tooth but I do try to keep the carbs at bay if need be. Whenever I feel like I have gained extra kilos, I cut or go slow on carbs.

The one time I really struggled with weight was after my second baby and I had to go on a strict low carb diet. That involved a normal heavy breakfast, avoiding processed foods and sticking to organics. My lunch was a normal portion with minimal carbs again. My dinner was strictly salad but since I am not a fan of veggies, I would do a tomatoes-cucumber-capsicums-mangoes salad interchangeably with grated carrots-desiccated coconut-raisins salad. I avoided any snacking at night and did away with sugar in my tea hence drinking chocolate became my preferred hot beverage. Stuff I did away with included pizzas, fries and sodas but the rest I could have in moderation. Within a month the weight started melting off me.

I don’t like the green smoothies people make nowadays, I can’t stomach blended raw spinach, but then again, that’s me. I don’t think gym helps in losing weight, it comes in handy in toning and firming up the body and keeping you fit. I am lazy when it comes to running so you will catch me jogging only when I want to relieve my mind and to catch some fresh air.

To me, losing weight is a matter of discipline on keeping the carbs low. As for the flabby tummy, sit ups, crunches, planks, leg ups etc help a lot. If you stick to a schedule of doing like 10 each every day, you should be able to see some change. Never mind that I also struggle with the discipline and end up with a muffin top which is so irritating when you want to wear fitting clothes.

All in all, dress up according to your body type, always.

Flaunt your good parts and try to camouflage what you are not comfortable with.

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Humble and kind

Inspirational words don’t always come from reading the bible or in church. They could be a lyrics to a song, words from a wise person, actions from a small child, own life experiences or the actions of a stranger. If you are keen and attentive, you could learn a thing or two. So i was driving to work today and listening to McGraw – Humble and Kind and i just loved the words, quite the reminder we need every so often. It goes something like this, in parts:

Go to church because mama says so, visit grandpa every chance that you get, it won’t be wasted time, always stay humble and kind. Hold the door, say please, say thank you. Don’t steal, don’t cheat, don’t lie. I know you’ve got mountains to climb but always stay humble and kind. When the dreams you are dreaming come true, when the work you put in is realized,  let yourself feel the pride but always stay humble and kind. Don’t hold a grudge or  chip because bitterness keeps you from flying. Know the difference between sleeping with someone and sleeping with someone you love. ‘I love you’ ain’t a pick up line. Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you , and when you get to where you are going, don’t forget to turn around and help the the next one in line.

Isn’t this just sweet to listen to?

On my blog, got some high waist black jeggings, slim fit and full length that have slits on the knees. They can be worn casually with a top and flats or dressed up in heels and blazers; whichever way you prefer.

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