A Mindful Month : June 2019

A Mindful Month : June 2019

Ok! Ok! so we back to some kind of rhythm. By rhythm I mean getting out of bed, getting out the house , going to work, seeing people…getting back to self. last ‘month’ was bumpy to say the least but guest what? I actually managed to squash 85% of a list I made 2 months ago and progress is slow but it’s being made.

June is upon us. It’s almost halftime! Imma be very honest and tell you that 2019 has already been long and it’s either 2020 starts today or 2019 re-start.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mantra– ”What do we say to the gods of death. NOT TODAY!”. Maaaan, it’s so easy to be thrown off of progress or have your day ruined in one fell swoop because the devil is busy. ZfwbpIt’s especially difficult when you are trying to reset and when you live in Zimbabwe . The other day I tweeted …..” These days asking the question ” How are you?” is a trigger” and a lot of people resonated with that . It’s hard to say how you are because there are so many things going wrong or not working to make being ok and positive possible. The devil is busy my distinguished. But where and when we can we need to let him know ‘ NOT TODAY. We not having it.

affirmation – “You Are Loved! ”. It’s become so important to me to remind myself to trust that the people who say and practice love to me do so willingingly and unconditionally….the same way I love them. That means I can talk to them about how I feel, what I think and what I want and know that it will be appreciated and acknowledged.

More good days in June!

goal – Get back to working out regularly. Just the thought makes me tayad. But I bought some new gear so I’m excited to wear them. Now to work out in them!

My everyday luxury this month – a healthy home cooked meal! I really don’t know how I will manage this with the current load shedding but i will at least try to make myself something warm and yummy everyday. Nothing says “ I love you” like food 🙂

Vision – Getting started on a social entrepreneurial project I’ve been dreaming up! Stay tuned…

Your turn! What is your mantra, goal, and focus this month ?Inhib

Peace , Love & Light be with you x

How I lost 10 kgs in less than 6 months !

How I lost 10 kgs in less than 6 months !

If you’re following me on Instagram and watch my stories (which I hope you are!) then you’ve probably seen my workouts.( if not you can find the work under the SWEAT highlight) I often do a time lapse video that I share in fast motion so you all can get a glimpse into my workout routine. I have gotten tons and tons of questions about my workouts that I try to answer as I get, but I figured it would be best to talk all about my workout routine, what I do, the equipment I use, and some FAQs all in one place. That way it’s easy to look back on and share with you all!

PAUL

This is Paul. Yeah… I know. Makes you believe don’t it?

You all have probably seen this guy Paul in my weekly workout stories . His brand and Instagram name is Paul B (@theneroeff3ct) but don’t let that fool you. Don’t let the image above scare or intimidate you his workouts are for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and professions. Infact looking at how he works and takes care of himself was motivation and inspiration for me. I knew I was dealing with someone who knew what they were talmbout ! Most importantly someone who would help me meet my goals.

Paul first approached me more than a year ago offering to train me and your girl was not serious about the things! But guess what got serious? Life! My already diagnosed depression had elevated to severe and this was in addition to my already alive and well premenstrual dysphoric disorder ( PMDD) . It was literally do better or die in terms of my mental health and I knew that one of the biggest and most important lifestyle changes I needed to make was to take care of my body so it can help me take care of my mind.

I called Paul.

Before , Sept 2018. I was bloated mmmkay!

I started working with Paul shortly after a really open and honest phone call. The basics was, I was depressed and I needed help in getting my body moving and working for me. We didn’t discuss a target weight the focus was on how I would feel. Tracking my feelings instead of pounds is something that changed the game for me. We all been there right? Where you try exercise, eat right and the weight don’t go nowhere! I started with Paul officially at the start of September 2018 I’ve gone to him or done his workouts at home on and off since then. The first 5 months are the times I was the most consistent and pushed myself the most and in turn, seen the biggest results. I’ve lost 10 kgs and have kept it off. Starting this June I am progressing more towards my personal goal of having a strong, thick , long and lean body that is fit and toned, without being bulky. I enjoy the workouts and don’t get bored doing them because there is an endless combination of moves and order in which I can do them. I am 100% sticking to his method and can’t wait to continue to see results!

December 2018

AT HOME WORKOUT EQUIPMENT

  1. A Yoga Mat
  2. FitBit
  3. Sometimes…a date!
Oh hey Carol!

FAQ’s

I’ve rounded up a bunch of FAQs I get about my workouts that I post including a bunch that you all submitted in one of my question boxes on stories. If your question isn’t answered below feel free to leave a comment, DM me, or e-mail me and I’ll answer it + add the question below. They aren’t in any real order, as I just added them in and answered them as I got the questions in!

How long are your workouts?

I generally try to workout for no longer than 45 mins.

How many different workouts do you do?

The individual moves are sort of endless. There are tons of different ways to do them. I combine them into different sets each time so my workouts are always different! This helps me not get bored.

Do you follow a nutrition program along with his workouts?

I ate clean…. a mostly plant based diet with recipes I saw online! If you continue to follow the blog you will see all the recipes I actually played around with.

Do you do any other cardio outside of the workouts you post?

Nope. But I started adding yoga the closer we got to -10kgs.

Have you always been a morning workout person?

Yes! On good days ofcourse

What gives you motivation?

I’m going to work on a full blog post about staying motivated to workout, but really it is the biggest depression and anxiety relief for me. It’s my time for myself to do something for my body, to push myself, and to make improvements.

Have you noticed a difference in your body?

Absolutely! Your girl is developing abdominal muscles 🙂

Do you work out every day?

No. 3-5/weeek depending on how I am feeling

Do you do a Paul workout every day you workout?

I swear by it.

Are your workouts always full body or are some days focused on individual body groups?

Paul’s workouts are full body workouts that work all areas of your body. I don’t do a specific ‘arm’ or ‘leg’ day when I workout.

Is his workout plan and consultation worth the money?

Yes boo!

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken & Bacon in Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken & Bacon in Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.

There are a few things more comforting than a bowl of yummy pasta during the winter months. It’s really all about full belly warmth and all round saucy deliciousness. This is why you should try this 🙂

here’s what you will need :

a couple huge zucchini…
zucchini, mushroom, bacon bits, chicken breast

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken , Mushroom and Bacon

  • 3 large zucchinis, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
  • 125g button mushroom
  • 250g bacon bits / chopped bacon shoulder

Cauliflower Sauce

  • 1 medium head Cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1/2 cup Yellow onion
  • 4 cups Chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1/4 cup Reserved broth
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan/romano cheese mix
  • 1/8 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt

here’s how you make it :

Chicken tittays sliced and diced tin whichever way you please!
  1. Using a spiralizer, mandoline, or vegetable peeler, turn the zucchini into thin or thick noodles ribbons . Microwave the noodles for 1-2 minutes, then drain any liquid.
  2. Slice and dice your chicken tittays to your liking , I opted for strips. You could cube or chunk it up as you wish .

5. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chicken, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and garlic and cook until the garlic is beginning to brown and chicken and bacon is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add in your mushroom and zucchini ribbons and toss it together.

  • Now its time for the sauce! Combine all your cauliflower sauce ingredients . ( steam broccoli before this) Blend together until smooth and to your desired thickness.
  • Pour that deliciousness into your pasta pan and toss till evenly covered and dripping in sauce
  • Sprinkle the rest of your cheese and parsley and we ready!
ooooooooooh……..!


If you try this out, let me know how you liked it!

x

A Mindful Month : May 2019

A Mindful Month : May 2019

So I have pretty much fallen all the way off with this blog thing, this life thing, this everything! But hey! shit happens right? And boy has it happened! (I’ll update you in a later post I promise). There are about 12 days left in the month and I think it’s enough time to get back on the horse with this, well I can at least try to make it to the stable and say hi to the horse. riiiight!?

I do not have a lot of fun stuff planned for the next 12 days beyond making it through the days to be honest because all the little things feel like a lot currently but just the fact that I had the energy and mind to open up LN and get back on social media today is encouraging!

saying “YES!” to the fact that in the last couple of months i’ve been mindful of being a mess.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mantra– ”You are marvellous, the gods wait to delight in you”. Can you believe I haven’t repeated this statement to myself for over a month ( if you follow my socials you know how crazy that sounds) But it be like that sometimes. Sometimes we stop practicing the little things that give us that lil’ push we need to be close to our peace & centre. I want to remind myself of this daily as I build up my physical, mental and emotional strength.

affirmation – “SHOW DEM’ ! ”. This month my very own father told me that I was looking dusty and busted and really needed to take care of that and if that don’t wake you up to something I don’t know what will. No joke, he literally came to me , told me to get out of bed and said, ” When are you going to do your hair and nails because ah!” I was humbled and accepted. Basically he delivered the reminder that just because i’m going through it doesn’t mean I need to let myself go and look it! We gonna make our way to cuteness. you have been warned.

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goal – Complete a personal to-do list from 2 months ago ….#JudgeMeNot

My everyday luxury this month – Getting to know a new friend. I used to be “no new friends” but I don’t remember why! Oh to be young and live out a Drake lyric. Making new connections makes so much sense in my life at this stage because i’m aware of how we are constantly evolving and figuring shit out and i’m tired of staying the same. I started getting to know someone and I’m excited about a new budding positive friendship . Y’all do new friends too?

Vision – A CLEAN LIVING SPACE! Anyone wanna come clean my room for me?

Your turn! What has been mantra, goal, and focus this month ?

Peace , Love & Light be with you x

Stacked & Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roast Butternut and Cauliflower Broccoli Rice

Stacked & Stuffed Chicken Breast with  Roast Butternut and Cauliflower Broccoli Rice

One thing I’ve discovered about myself is that I do not believe in boring food. For the why? There are literally so many ways to make anything and I just might be on a mission to explore them all. My latest adventure was with this chicken and mixed vegetable dish

here’s what you will need :

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 small onions
  • 100g cheddar cheese
  • 1 bell pepper
  • kebab sticks
  • 2 large spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • chicken spice
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 large butternut
  • 1 head of brocolli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon

here’s how you make it :


  1. Chop onion, spinach. pepper, cheddar to create the stuffing.
  2. You can start stacking your chicken breasts , placing a layer of stuffing in between each layer. Pierce the sticks through your stack to keep it all together. You can preheat the oven at this point.
  3. Combine your butternut, garlic, sugar, cinnamon, cardamon and honey.
  4. Place chicken stacks and butternut on baking tray and place into the oven to bake for 45 mins at 220 degrees.

5. Steam your broccoli and cauliflower until desired tenderness

6. Heat EVOO in a pan and toss in your chopped onion, minced garlic and steamed cauliflower and broccoli. Flash fry the combination and add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Once the chicken and butternut are ready you can start plating : )


If you try this out, let me know how you liked it!

x

A Mindful Month : February 2019

A Mindful Month : February 2019

Welcome to my Mindful Month series, it was inspired by one of my fave health and mindfullness blogs . I really wanted to share part of my mindfullness practice every now and then but struggled to balance the raw feeling you get by sharing what is mostly very personal shit and the accountability posting on my blog provides me. Tessa M , the lady that inspired and guided this practice does her post once a week, i aint there yet! So i settled on sharing with you a few things i have set my mind on at the beginning of each month.

Here goes 🙂

January is over. Thank you Lordt. Now we can finally start the year for real for real. Anyone who lives in Zimbabwe or has heard about the month the country has experienced will overstand the relief that comes with looking at the calendar and thinking “ Ok, lets hope that was the end of THAT!”

I have a lot of fun stuff planned for the next 28 days, as well as a few hard things to get past . We are finally getting into the year at work and the regular programs are making their way into the mix. New projects and opportunities are coming up almost daily so….yeah, “booked and busy” 🙂  

So the way this goes is i will share a lesson,mantra,goal or focus each month. This mix of intention, visualization and reflection has helped me keep in touch with myself as opposed to my past life where I would tend to bulldoze through life and never take a time out to check in. That hasnt served me well so this is one of the practices that helps me keep shit tidy!

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mantra– ”Don’t water dead  things” I’m not really sure where i heard this for the first time but it’s graduated into my life commandments! I recently had a series of personal experiences that put me off balance temporarily and in checking in to understand why i realized i was giving energy, focus and time to things that were dead and gone. The leaves were still green (ish), slightly limp, and that spoke to the part of me that thought i could save it. WRONG. The roots were gone. I was wasting water and shine that could have fed something that had a chance to live or a chance for something new to grow

I love  how you can apply it to most things in life. Friends, work, routines, goals, and dreams. Things that have a chance to survive will respond positively to the attention you give them within a reasonable time. If it  doesn’t respond at all, even when it looks kinda alive…Well..it’s dead boo.

affirmation – ”Peace Is Yours ”.  As I was spinning from the experiences hinted at above , noting my distress, a friend of mine  said “ Peace Be With You” and i felt the sentiment in a way i never have before. Or ever. Peace has become one of the things i value the most in life. I work hard to create, maintain & protect it because of how rare it has been. In a moment of distress or discomfort it’s what i pray for. So this month i affirm that peace will never be far away or rare because it is mine.

“don’t water dead things”

goal –Is to drop the last few kilos to reach my initial weight-loss goal. I did a lot of emotional eating in January and not enough exercising. Lucky for me it hasnt derailed any progress ive made in the latst 6 months but it definitely hasnt helped either!

dream –  Is to complete the final phase of moving into a new home. Ive been dreaming of this forever and Im so close but the closer i get the further it feels! But i can see the finish line finally and the dream is alive.

vision- Is the intro to what could possibly be career defining work, which includes travelling to different parts of Africa , something I really want to do . I visualise being fully engaged and absorbing all the positive things these trips will uncover for me professionally. This month is for preparing my mind and body to be present and active when the vision is real life.

Do you have a practice that keeps you focused or brings you peace. Please do share?

Peace be with you x