Mama's 4 week reset

Mama's 4 week reset

I’m on a mission to hit the reset button. I need to take a holistic view and make the necessary lifestyle changes to optimise my overall health and wellness. I’m super excited to be partnering with nutrition guru Patrick Holford to bring you an adaptation of his “Six weeks to Superhealth” program, in my attempt to do just that.

Fatties Anonymous

Fatties Anonymous

A friend, also looking to make some changes in her life, had added a few of us to the group to see if we would be keen to join a weight loss and fitness challenge. I teased her that she had signed me up for Fatties Anonymous – and the name stuck.

#Run4Walker

#Run4Walker

Continuing with the general theme of my life that is “overcommitting myself” I signed up for my first trail event, The Drakensberg Northern trail 40K challenge. I should add that when I signed up I didn’t even own a pair of trail shoes and had never done a trail run before.

Rise and shine

Rise and shine

6am: Feed the one-year-old his cereal. His love of food is matched only by his love of new-found mobility. By the end of the meal he’s consumed about half the bowl. The rest covers his face from chin to hairline (“There’s Something about Mary” style) and is spread over various items of furniture in the lounge.

Life's not all downhill

Life's not all downhill

The increased impact when you run downhill requires greater eccentric control to decelerate your legs as you hammer down the hill (some of us more heavily than others).

Climb every mountain

Climb every mountain

So, I’ve decided to take-up with some of the local mountain goats and take my running off road, which means I need to increase my hill training. With much enthusiasm, and little sense, I sought out some serious climbs, and paid for it.

*Happy* new year

*Happy* new year

I quite like Australian comedian Tim Minchin’s take on happiness. His advice is, “Don’t seek happiness. Happiness is like an orgasm: if you think about it too much, it goes away. Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy, and you might find you get some as a side effect”.

Resolutions just go in one year and out the other

Resolutions just go in one year and out the other

The moral of the story is “just chill, you can’t do everything, you are not coconut oil”! In fact my mantra for this coming year is, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”

I can't feel my face... but I love it!

I can't feel my face... but I love it!

So, my journey to younger looking skin as I trialed the Environ Focus Care Youth+ range has come to an end. Do I feel any younger? No. (But then I got very little sleep last night thanks to a teething baby so that could have something to do with it!)

The long walk/run to freedom

The long walk/run to freedom

By adding pre-determined walking intervals I was running faster during my run splits and walking faster during my “breaks” as well. I feel that this strategy is a safe and effective way to start running when you are starting from the couch. It allows you to build up mileage slowly while decreasing your risk of injury.