Thursday, January 19, 2017

So this year started off with a challenge for me, it turns out not only has my Chronic Fatigue worsened but it is now more or less Fibromyalgia.

It seems that my gut is giving me the run around (excuse the pun) with constant upsets, and worse yet it is not absorbing all my nutrients. The result of which is the degeneration of my health as mentioned above.

For those who know the joy of not being constantly tired and drained to the bone ... enjoy every day! You do not know the value of an energy-fueled, pain-free day until it is gone. While sufferers like myself with Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia struggle to just get out of bed and have to make a conscious decision to fight this unseen disorder over and over again!
I recently went to have myself checked out when I realized all was not well. I was attended to by the most awesome Dr. Graham Duncombe a doctor at Health Renewal part of the Renewal Institute; he is the kindest and most gentle spirited man. After countless tests amounting to about R3400 (gulp, sheesh) we were able to pinpoint why I am so exhausted all the time. Why despite constant exercise my fitness levels and muscles never improve and worst of all why my body aches, I can't sleep and have started gaining weight despite my best efforts.

Life is not an easy journey, but when it comes to your health, it is important to get to the root of a problem, no matter what the cost (and no, I am not on Medical Aid). 

Invest in yourself and do your damnedest to get better. I have now been put on a low GI gut restoring diet along with many changes in my supplements, and my weight loss is on hold but most of all I just want my energy back.

Here are a few vital supplements if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia to help limit inflammation and support your body:
- Vitamin D
- Omega 3
- Curcumin
- Green Coffee Bean
- CoQ10
- Devils Claw & Celery Seed
- Pre and probiotics
- Adrenal support

You can find most of these at Health Renewal branches.

I apologize for my long absence, but I will slowly get back into the swing of things I am sure.

I am looking at starting a blog about coping with Chronic Fatigue/Adrenal Fatigue/ Fibromyalgia, would you be interested in reading this? I am looking at lifestyle tips, symptoms, supplements, recipes and more. Do please let me know?

Have a super day x x

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

It's a funny thing really, as humans we fall into one of two categories ... hoarders or minimalists. Now I know many will argue and say that there is a third category somewhere in between, but nope! There isn't!


Living generously every day

You either have the gift of being able to be satisfied with little or you prefer nesting, anything in between is just simply procrastination. And, sadly, I am a procrastinator! I have many things I know I don't really need, and yet I struggle to let them go. I am not a hoarder as when the need calls to let go and get rid of 'stuff' I do and can ... but it's those other 'bitty things' and old papers ... man alive I struggle!

The new year has not brought on any new life changing resolutions for me, but rather a resolve to refine the art of letting go, and being generous by giving what I don't need to others who do.

This year's Christmas gifts were the best ever thanks to the recession. For the first time, I felt like people truly put thought into their gifts as they only had a few pennies to spare and wanted to make it meaningful. It is the first year in which I did not receive copious amounts of bath stuff and chocolates (sniff sniff, these I missed) but rather I got some lovely treasures which I will use throughout the year.

I plan to once again sow into the community this year and give back with my time and my gifts (gardening) because anyone can give cash but time and love are irreplaceable. Have you planned a year of cleaning out and generosity? I would love to hear what you have in mind?

So by not being an object collector, I have already started spring cleaning my home and my life, and I can see it will be an ongoing process. Procrastination be damned!

Have a Super 2017 everyone and remember you are original ... no one can be a better you!

Friday, December 23, 2016

I don't know about you, but I am not made for summer, in fact, every year I dread the day the heat arrives in its full intensity (as a friend recently said 'I am not made for hell'). Don't get me wrong I love the sunshine, but for me, I thrive in Spring and Autumn!
These blazing hot temperatures result in drought, fire and little else in my opinion! I find that the heat not only makes me retain water, it genuinely makes me miserable.

This year with having moved into my first home (which I own), I was not sure what the summer would be like. Previously while it baked down on the upstairs level of the duplex I rented, my downstairs was always blissfully cool.

Well, I am dying here people, the heat is unbearable and has made my kitties sick twice already.

If there were two things I would invest in right now given the funds, it would be aircon and insulation in my roof. You see the sun rises and beats down on the one side of my house, then progresses to the roof and later beats down on the other side of my house ... resulting in a hot sticky home!

So needless to say I started to explore my options and see what is out there, I couldn't avoid Samsung as a brand because most of my appliances are SAMSUNG and I do love the brand. Here are a few solutions I found for your home and business and both are energy efficient:

FOR YOUR HOME
SAMSUNG MALDIVES 12000 BTU Inverter Aircon, is attractive to look at, has great benefits and did you know that you can now rent to own Aircon? Who knew right? Well, this one is available over at Teljoy.

BENEFITS
- Anti-corrosion finTurbo cooling
- Energy-efficient Digital Inverter
- High-density filter collects up to 60% of dust and allergy causing bacteria


MODERN HOME SOLUTIONS
So once again on my exploration I came across another Samsung beauty, it is modern (as in uber modern) in design it is a free standing unit. The gorgeous SAMSUNG Q9000 Floorstanding Unit Aircon is just gorgeous, and it comes with many benefits too:

The outdoor unit can be located up to 20 meters away, ensuring little indoor sound levels. R410A gas guarantees eco-friendliness and S-Plasma Ion plus ZERO filter ensure a healthy environment.

FEATURES

Sleek modern design
Powerful 28 000 Btu/hr output
18m³/min air circulation
Heating & cooling
S-Plasma Ion and ZERO filters with
anti-bacteria coating for a healthy environment
Eco-friendly R410A gas

SANTA CAN I HAVE TWO ... PRETTY PLEASE!! (I've been a good girl)



FOR THE OFFICE
Samsung has also come up with a compact, practical and space saving solution for your business this summer, they have taken a look at past load shedding and created an energy efficient system.
Samsung has engineered an air-cooled chiller with the revolutionary Digital Variable Multisystem (DVM) Chiller, the company has embedded its world-class Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) Inverter Scroll Compressor with Flash Injection technology, limiting both electricity requirements and wear and tear. There is no need for cooling towers, installation is easy, and Samsung’s DVM Chillers offer instant temperature control.

Since no cooling tower is required this is the ideal solution for small business, and it doesn't break the bank account. Enquire at your nearest SAMSUNG agent.

I love the new and innovative solutions which Samsung is coming up with, and from this overheating Cape Townian, all I can say is, I wish that I had two of these aircon unit in my home this summer ... because unlike Santa, I do not live in the North Pole.

Say a little prayer that the kitties and I make through the coming heat and what seems will be a very long dry summer.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

There is nothing that makes a home feel more like a home that the sound of chatter, laughter and of course a healthy dose of competitiveness. I had forgotten how much fun board games can be and when I recently invited a bunch of friends around, my house was bulging at the seams ... with love and the most amazing sense of family.

HOW MONOPOLY MZANSI CREATES TOGETHERNESS


Being single can be lonely, it means your home is always peaceful, calm and a bit of a sanctuary from life for me, but ... every now and then I yearn to feel that ever so fleeting glimpse of family and camaraderie that does not often resound in my walls.

I recently got sent the Monopoly Mzansi board game ... an excuse for a get-together, which turned out to be such a blessing for me. So a huge, big THANK YOU, to MR MONOPOLY from me!
The new MONOPOLY MZANSI features fabulous places from around South Africa including our stations, airports and of course well-known streets and venues such as Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cradle Of Humankind , Johannesburg Zoo (for those who followed my clue) and our very own Table Mountain to name but a few .

A new twist has arrived, one that I had never heard of called the 'speed dice' (we steered clear ... call us chicken or conservative if you must). The new game also features little metal figurines to move along the board ... so much nicer than the old plastic figurines (and they have a kitty too ... yay! for us #CrazyCatLadies).

After splitting into pairs of two, the competitive fangs and forked tails soon started to show as people were buying, bargaining and building to bankrupt their competitors. It is amazing to see how adults and children alike enjoy the fun associated with board games. A modern rarity thanks to sadly having been overshadowed by the digital era. I have vowed to change this in my household and have games nights far more often!

I want to make a conscious choice to maximise the time I have with family and friends, to laugh at each other's silliness and growl when threatened, the frustrations, the bossiness ... I want it all!

Thank you, MONOPOLY MZANSI for showing me once again that boards games rock and will never die!

THIS IS A GREAT FAMILY GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS!! (Just saying)
Available at all major retailers and toy shops.

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Jingle bells, jingle bells ... something smells divine .. oh what fun I'll have me some every single day!

Yep, that would be my theme song if I have these YANKEE CANDLE FESTIVE FRAGRANCES in my home!

I have been obsessed with Yankee Candles ever since I first met them at what Americans call an 'outlet shop' or we what we South Africans know as a factory shop. I was on the ships and a whole group of us headed out to a district just outside of Boston where they had a whole lot of Outlet stores including Timberland, Gap, Banana Republic and of course Yankee Candles ... to say I had smelled them before I saw them would be an understatement.

These are not just your average candles folks, the scent throw is unbelievable and literally pervades every nook and cranny of your home filling with nothing but good smells and great memories.

While they are not cheap (coughs) they are pretty unique and in the past very hard to come by down here in Cape Town (unless you were prepared to pay hectic postage). I have good news, however!

Please do not storm STODELS NURSERIES now Cape Town and leave nothing for me. Stodels Nurseries now stock the best sellers in three different sizes, the small jars at approx R160.00, the medium jars at approx R339.00 and the Large jars at approx R399.00 (I say approx because I got so excited I can't remember exactly ...eish!)
So Stodels can satisfy your basic cravings for candle greatness however if you are looking for seasonal lovelies you will need to order online at YANKEE CANDLES and have them shipped to you ... le sigh!

Here are a few of this year's Festive Candle fragrances to tempt you, feel free to send me an ALL IS BRIGHT & VANILLA CUPCAKE should you have a little ka-ching that is still going wanting (tee hee).
So as I continue to tempt you with some of my favourite wishlist items do enjoy a very Merry Christmas filled with happy smells, love and light.

And no, this is not a sponsored post!



Thursday, December 08, 2016

Whilst working on the cruise ships I had a secret obsession. Here it is ... confession time *blushes* you see I am not really an ice-cream lover BUT Baskin Robbins is not just any ice-cream!
Whilst others were hovering over Haagen Dazs, I was always waiting for our South American (San Juan & Santo Domingo) ports, so that I could rush ashore at lunch time and grab my favourite BASKIN ROBBINS fix.

My weaknesses the ROCKY ROAD & PRALINES & CREAM ...yep, nothing like it!

So the other day I am standing next a guy at Canal Walk in Cape Town , I see the Baskin Robbins logo on his shirt sleeve (mind you he wasn't bad to look at either ... missed opportunity much!) and I couldn't resist asking where they are opening the store? You see there has been much hype on social media, and with Media tastings (no, I was  not part of this clearly) and it got my tatstebuds going again.

This is the logo that leads to the destrucion of all willpower!
Uh-huh it sure does ... you'll see!

So with a little tap on the shoulder, the very friendly guy informed me that they are opening this week at Canal Walk ...eeeep!

I just thought I would share the great news, my addiction and hopefully get a few of you to indulge with me ... so that I don't feel quite as guilty when I get there after the initial buzz.

Summer just got a whole lot tastier peeps!
#HappyFlavours indeed!
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Never let it be said or seen that this gal goes hungry ....oh no! Foodie is the one word that describes my heart and soul .... weight issues, now that's the theme song of my life! Flavour however, is the word that describes my happy place ... yep, she will never go hungry!

it is with this in mind that I introduce one of the most humble establishments with the most delicious food around ... PITMASTERS @LIGHTHOUSE!

Traditionally known for their food truck and local slow market food this company has now progressed to their first brick and mortar restaurant.
So one lazy Saturday afternoon myself and a few family members decided to treat ourselves (thanks to my coercion) to the yummiest meat lovers treat this side of Texas! (did ya'll hear the drawl in there ... he he he)

Here is a sneak peek at the feasting of the day.

Ever seen a blooming onion ... no? Well here is one ta-da aah! It is a yummy treat served two dressings, one which is like a sweet chilli and the other a creamy quite neutral tasting sauce.
So above is possibly the most delicious cheese brisket burger,  the meat is slow roasted and absolutely divine ... yes, it tastes as good as it looks!
Just another pic in case you weren't convinced ... tee hee!
If burgers aren't your thing, don't worry they cater to everyone's taste with some fabulous pulled pork and brisket pizza's. While I did not actually partake of the pizza it looked pretty delicious too.

So there you have it folks another quaint eatery on Woodbridge Island in Cape Town. The service is slow, the food is amazing so why not sit back relax chat with a few friends whilst you wait for a delicious treat.

What you waiting for?

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Never in a million years did I think the day would come when I could tell you that I completed an obstacle course, never mind one called THE GRIND.
Life has taken many turns for me in the past year. As I continue to battle and keep my weight under control, but one thing which is unwavering and not negotiable in my mind is exercise. After living an almost entirely sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, over stressed and burned out ... life gave me a big reality check and kick up the butt ... I do not intend to go back there! Ever!

While boot camp and this kind of exercise comes with its own challenges, I have arthritis in all my arm joints which are part hereditary and part from 20 years of abuse through massaging (I am a beauty therapist by trade). I also suspect that I have Fibromyalgia which is first on my list to attend to next year.

It means more blood tests and maybe a few adjustments to my lifestyle again and is apparently a common progression after Adrenal Fatigue. Either way, I will never quit my exercise ... no matter how frustrated I get, how much pain I may endure ... it is nothing compared to just giving up!

SO WHAT IS THE GRIND?
Well there are various options available to competitors, but the two most popular categories are as follows:
6km Run and 20 - 30 obstacles
12km Run and 30 - 40 obstacle
and then there are the masters etc. (so not my league right now)

Find more info here: THE GRIND OBSTACLE COURSE

WHAT DID I EXPERIENCE?
Well going into this with no previous experience meant that I was a mixture of excitement, apprehension, and self-doubt, as well as 'clueless'!

The first kilometer was a killer with loads of soft sand which made it hard going for this wanna-be runner, but I pushed through and on to the first obstacle wich was like a spider web, with under and over movements around rope, all whilst balancing on narrow little poles ...eish!

As the day progressed the sun seemed sweltering, I was dying of thirst but it was onwards towards the other obstacles including clambering over old trees , balancing on moving beams , hoisting up a pile of tires, under and over on poles and more ... it was the sight of water that made me smile if only for a moment, as I glugged down the wetness with pure joy ... that was until I rounded the corner to the next obstacle.

Picture a wall of tyres strung together about 3 meters high (which also moves , just by the way). I quickly scurried up the front face but soon realised my weakness is my upper body strength (not surprising with my arthritis and Fibromyalgia) but hey, I got over with much pulling, grunting and determination, I looked down (big mistake) and realised how fragile we really are ... a sign of getting older I guess. Once over, I was down and on my way again.

The rest of the course comprised of leopard crawls through leafy tunnels, dragging tyres behind the body on a rope, solid wooden walls and endless time running on clay roads in the blazing heat. The competitors are so friendly and encouraging, helping each other and always happy to smile ... so refreshing considering the task at hand.

The highlight and challenge of my 6 km's actually came in the last 2 km with the water obstacles. I think the first muddy pond was my 'happy place' and I could've stayed there all day quite happily. Now the 2nd and third mud pools were pure clay sludge and really freaked my germ and bug phobia brain ... but I pushed through and made it ...even if my pants went from black to a muddy gray in mere minutes.

As I came to the last kilometer, I joined up with those who did the 12km from my boot camp and we all finished by running the hills and valley's which followed ... successfully crossing the finish line in 1.59 minutes (not impressive for some, for me a victory of note!)

HAPPY ENDING'S
Would I do it again? Heck yes, I will be back next year, and I am looking to doing far more of them too.

We all recuperated with copious amounts of water followed by ice-cream, iced-coffees, and beer!

WE SURVIVED THE GRIND!