Don’t take life too seriously..

Everytime I find myself in my dark corner the words of my late grandpa comes up “my child, you’re taking life too serious” . I was only between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Today I am a thirty one year old lady and I still find myself in that situation sometimes.

It is a tough journey but I have God by my side at all times.🙏

When I decided to start blogging in 2016, I did it because I love sharing. I am not shy to share my story, it takes a lot of courage and truth. I believe somewhere out there I might touch that one life..

But, (long pause)

I found God through my Health and fitness journey. I feel I’ve achieved a lot the past almost two years. I admit I feel I am struggling a bit with the slow progress on social media but that don’t put me down. I appreciate the people that come along to share and connect.

My Yoga

I am a proud and happy yogi, this past weekend we had an awesome session. Yoga for trauma. We’ve learned so much and it was helpful for many of us. I told our teacher I am still struggling to be still in savasana my mind is too busy and I get anxious. And I must say, I fell asleep after our trauma yoga session Sunday lol

I just love our teachers who teaches us the real value of yoga and how to become really good teachers for our students.

Along with my journey it’s like something just want to put me back all the time. I am getting sick frequently and I developed severe eczema around my underarm area and I got hives. It is actually so frustrating and painful.😢

This picture shows the marks

The one thing I know is that I am nit the girl who gives up. I went to a book review of my aunt’s friend last week and it was so motivating. It showed once again no matter when, what age or how but, your time will come!⏳

And that’s why I believe….

Believers are Achievers

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Diagnosed with measles(still positive)

Hi all!

I hope you are doing all good. I’ve been in bed since Monday with measles. But I am still blessed and thankful God is by my side.

I’m just laying here thinking, it is almost December and I will be a qualified Yoga Teacher(exciting stuff).

I won’t be able to attend this weekend’s class but at least I can make up. I am using this time in bed to prep my page, website, research pricing, venues, and many more. Contacted my friends to book them, making sure they know I am getting started now. Good to start with friends so they can be the critics for now hehehe.

Even though I am laying here very worried that I won’t be better by Monday, I am still positive. This

weekend will be a wonderful weekend indoors with my family.

Stay positive what ever challenge you are facing, God never forsake us. Don’t give up on your hopes, dreams and beliefs.

Dream Believe Achieve

MJ

No Competition, No Haste, It’s Kind…( Yoga)

Be Mindful, Don’t force yourself, Prevent injuries, No one cares about how advanced or flexible you are… We are here to prevent injuries and learn.

These are the words of owner and founder of Wellness Connection. A awesome Yoga teacher along with her teachers at her studio. I feel so blessed to do my teacher training there.

To gain strength, patience, flexibility without pushing and forcing yourself into poses. To understand and listen to your body. Take it step by step and know you will improve. Understand your sequence and why you are doing certain poses, the muscles it targets and the benefits.

People do yoga for various reasons. I’m doing it for so many reasons too. It’s so different to the harshness of life and Vigorous exercises. Oh, and talk about ending with savasana. A beautiful way to end.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

Will I ever be Happy with my body

I can’t understand why I always find fault with my body. I always feel the need to judge myself. If it’s not my tummy, it’s my thighs and butt.

Through all the self judging and dissatisfaction, I am proud of my progress. I must say the journey goes up and down but, I keep moving forward slowly but surely.

I am learning everyday and make it a point to improve. I believe I still need alot of work on my diet. Because I am toning and build muscle but this small layer fat is so tuff to get rid of.

I took this photo without pre-exercise(activated muscles) Lol

To get perfect ab pics I Normally exercise before hand hehehe

Starting the yoga practicing and following a proper exercise plan is working so far. I can’t wait to start with the Nutrition part of my studies as I did not have time yet… Too busy becoming a yogi hehehe

But Yay to Will power and Determination

Let’s Do Health Peeps

My Progress (physically) and my Yoga Teacher training

I’m so happy and excited about this journey. 

Call me crazy but ever since I started with my yoga teacher training, doing yoga fully… I could see a difference in my body in one week.

I never use to practice yoga fully, I only added poses to my exercise routine. But now, hehehe I need to practice 3hours per week as part of my homework and I love it!!! 

I am moving much closer to my goals for my legs and tummy. Yay to yoga!!

Let’s do Health Peeps!!

My Yoga Teacher Training started

I am so excited about this Journey!

This is just a quick update about my busy schedule. I can’t wait to share more and change my blog content. 

I really need to blog more regularly, attract more liked minded people. I love the bloggers I connected with so far, they are awesome bloggers and I am grateful. 

So yes!! Yoga yoga yoga and fitness fitness fitness

Houtbay

My first weekend was quite intense and a lot to learn.

Keep well all and stay Fit and Healthy

Mom, you have a big bum

It was a normal Monday night having a family bath. My husband and I get into the bath with our son sometimes just to have some bonding and playtime. I’m always getting out first and my son don’t like it. So, last week Monday he decided to tell me I’m having a big bum… Hmmmmm 

At first I laughed and thought it’s just because I got out but no.. He meant it. I thought okay, interesting. I asked why he think I have a big bum and the explanation was as follows: its at the bottom, your bum is suppose to be up not down. 

I honestly couldn’t stop laughing, I mean what the heck! A five year old boy, what does he know oh my word. I made such great progress with the “bums” and I am well aware it still needs a lot of work. Here my son comes and put it right into my face hehehe

Today… He looked at me smiled, and told me: “mom you must do fast exercises and it’ll work, then you will get stronger and your bum will lift. Dad’s bum is up and mine..

He clearly feels like I should really work harder. 

So yeah, more squats and leg press exercises for me. I already decided to do more of resistance workouts from Monday. 

Maybe this pic will give an idea of the buns that needs a lift Hahahaha

Transformation vs. Progress

When we undergo transformation we decide on making a change. Going into an entire new direction of a different level of effectiveness.

That’s how it works when we decide to lose weight and starting a Healthy Lifestyle. The change feels good, your body change. The way your clothes fit, the flatter tummy, the shrinking waist, all just so awesome.

Eating less, drinking more water, exercise regularly, and taking part of more activities. 

You reached your goal to lose the extra weight, to fit into your clothes and to be more active. 

Where to now….


Progress

Forward or onward movement towards a destination:  destination should not be Weight loss only

Develop towards an improved or more advanced condition: work towards maintaining and a Healthier lifestyle

We tend to repeat the Weight loss cycle, going on diets and new year resolutions. Making it so difficult to stay the weight that makes you happy by not focusing on the Right reasons and factors of a Healthy Lifestyle. It’s actually not so difficult at all.

It becomes a problem merely because we do not want to Sacrifice. We do not want to give up bad habits. To make a change in your diet for seven days feels like hell, believe me I’ve been there… And I’ve Done it! Because I wanted to achieve my goal, I wanted to see if it is true what all this Health Gurus are saying LOL 

So,

As long as you are trying, keep moving. When you fail just pick up yourself and start over. It is not a train smash, don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to be Patient. I can assure you, patience is Needed!! Fitness and Health goals can not be rushed. Be gentle with your body. Just do not stop trying and there must be Progress, you Must see and feel change.

Let’s Stay Healthy Because it is just so Awesome!!!

Keep well

MJ Armstrong



Is the Gym really the Motivation you Need

So here I am again, on the topic of the “Gym”

A few years ago before I decided to take on the Health and Fitness Journey, I didn’t like the idea of a Gym. Simply because of time, money wasting and maybe a bit of social anxiety. I like the ladies gyms a lot actually.

I am also a Gym member now…. I needed to join because I need to spend a lot of time there for practical hours, so I thought it’s a win win. 

My husband joined three months before I decided to join too. So I asked him if it is a real motivation to him, what do they offer or how is the support system from the staff. As he is a complete newbie at gyming. Well, not the feedback I expected. Or I should actually say I knew it! What a waste of money! Hehehehe

So where am I heading with this topic..

Personally I feel Motivation starts at home, it starts with you, from within. If a person can’t find the time to do a fifteen minute workout at home how are they going to make a success at the gym. From what I’ve seen and heard, people are paying gym subscriptions and are not even going there. 

I do blame the Gym  too. I’m not saying they should constantly nag and bore the gym member with phone calls and updates ect. I can remember when I joined a ladies gym in 2012. At that gym they use to give you a monthly update/printout showing how often you’ve been there, your improvements and short comings. When you don’t understand why you’re not losing weight or toning they could refer to the chart. The lady use to tell me “what you put in, you get  out”  that’s the honest truth and a wake up call! They checked your BMI which showed you how your eating habits are and also how it is also playing a role. (Motivational)

It still comes down to what You put in. You getting up and going to Gym. But, what are their Motivational Tools. I think Gyms can work on that. 

The Staff

My personal opinion is: employ people who are interested in Health and Fitness, from your Receptionist. If they ‘re not fit  or healthy, be their motivation. I personally would love to walk into a gym and see each and every person has Fitness written on their face (not literally)   Friendly and Energetic! I don’t want to see how they ask to go on a quick smoke break..

If I must start a Fit Club or Gym, my goal will be to start within. Educate my staff, if they not on the road yet help them there. My conditions on employment will be “fully Healthy Equipped ” if not, I’ll help you there. It shouldn’t just be a job, but your passion. The Health and Fitness Journey is not an easy one, but it can be Fun!

I could start at home/ Joined Gym too

I am a true believer in Self-motivation. I am like this because I just needed to be from a very young age. I always get things done on my own and by myself (also a negative). It is because I want things to go perfect and my way seems like the only way. This is one of my challenges through my Journey and I am working on it.

I workout at home and it works for me. It can get tough but I make it work. When I started at the gym I just loved how quickly I toned and could see I am getting Lean Muscle!! That’s one of the many benefits of gyming! You have the opportunity to make use of all the awesome gym equipment and other services like the Zumba, stretching, spinning ect. Classes. 

Spending your time productively at the gym can lead to Great results. And except for my view on Gym  Motivation, they do help you when you need them and with a friendly smile. 

My advice

Don’t join the Gym to just show people, because that’s what 70% of people I know do. You end up gyming for a month and the rest of the two year subscription you waste your money.

Find what works for you, make notes of why you want to make a change. Set realistic goals, set up a plan and start by taking action. Challenge yourself by achieving mini goals. Something like eating less sugar, taking escalator and not lift. Skip at home or do jumping jacks. Fitness can be so much fun especially with your family.

Let’s Do Health

Oh my Hat I am eating so wrong today

I live by the rule: always pack lunch to work.  I am good at obeying that rule(hubby pack though) however, today..  Oh today! A day not so well planned.

How did my Morning start

My oatmeal was ready, I just had to warm some milk as the porridge got a little cold. My husband’s cheese toast was on the bread board (looking yummy).. I thought “agh just one bite” “mmmm so nice with the coffee” one slice down, never ate my porridge as we ran late. 

I didn’t pack fruit! Normally it’s my first snack at work (a naartjie/orange). I looked into my lunch bag and all I could see was my soup for lunch and a small packet of Frito’s, my son’s. Well, when a person is hungry you pretty much end up eating everything.  I thought “ too early for junk, it’s almost tea time for a cup of tea and a carrot muffin yum!”  I ended up eating some of the chips… Left feeling nauseous.

 Tea Time 10:15

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that muffin. Normally I eat half, today I’ve finished it all.(arrgh I’m still bloated)  I ate the icing too! Plus the tea with milk and one sugar!

Going forward

It is exactly 11:53 now, and I am still bloated! It feels like I won’t be able to eat lunch time.(an orange need to come to my rescue)

Some will maybe think “girl get over yourself” but, this is my body. And I run this factory of mine based on good production. Well nourished, well serviced and works on certain fuels. It’s like throwing petrol into a diesel car. That’s what I did to my body today and now I suffer the consequences.

That’s one of the reasons I made the decision to eliminate junk. It’s also about how you manage it. If I had to start my day right I would’ve been able to eat a peace of the muffin more enjoyable, and not by over indulging. 

The moral is: No good comes from over indulging bad foods, it just leaves you feeling uneasy, bloated and Moody.

Choose good food, you miss out on nothing!

I am glad I experienced this today, because once again it is proven what unhealthy eating habits does. NO GOOD

So, I am doing quite fine by striving to Eat Healthily and Exercise everyday. I am fine by being Judged for my way of Living. As long as I know it’s doing good for my Health.

I hope everyone can realize the Importance of Health.