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Being a mommy…

Can anything EVER be as rewarding as being a mommy…I wake up daily with this song in my heart. Loving my little angel more and more every second that goes by. She is 10 months old and I can’t believe in less than 2 months we will celebrate her first year of life!


Did I ever really know what love is? Maybe a little, maybe not even at all. Until the day I gave birth to my beautiful princess girl. Being a mommy can be tough at times. It requires ALLOT of your time, patience, care and responsibility but nothing can ever be as rewarding. I believe there is times we feel like failures and times that we feel like super Moms, all apart of the wonderful journey of being a parent!

Yesterday my baby girl had a visit from her daddy, which in the end was the “Perfect me time” opportunity, to get things done that I don’t normally have time for! As I drove away from the house the only thing I could think of was my little “babsie” and how I miss her already. Is it normal or is it strange…

So what did I do in my “me time”…LOL


Well first of all I’m proud to say I registered for the first time to be able to vote in the elections next year! Yes I know almost 28 and never voted before. Shy & Embarrassed to say the least but Oh well now I can 😉 and just “maybe’ my X will make a difference!

Then I decided to go to the mall to spoil myself with “something” ONLY to walk out with shopping bags filled with…what?? Clothes for my little one HAHAHA! Can you relate? Going to the shop for one thing walking out with 10 things but the 1 you initially went there for? I love buying beautiful things for her and to be honest I put her first every single time and will do so way before I put myself first! Ok ok, I did buy something 😉 a Nike short and training vest…

Can’t post it all but how cute is this:

First of all check out the Nike Shorts & T-Shirt – Isn’t it just adorable? As you know by now I love NIKE so believe she will to 😉 or that is what mommy will buy her haha! Then the LTD outfit next to it – The fabric is amazing.


Then…with summer here I decided to buy her a swimming pool and she loves it. Its so cute.


Then the not so fun part, or rather the more expensive part…It was time to upgrade the car seat and Oh boy this can get an expensive exercise! If things go on like this I might just apply for a second job and a third ;-)! BUT again seeing her smile and “appreciation” is priceless and once again every cent well spend!

She loves her F1 Car Seat that have 4 recline positions so from here she’s driving in style!

New Car Seat

Core of my message: You are the best mommy or daddy to your little one. Although things might be overwhelming at times and the ‘me times” limited we are what they have. You were blessed with a child, a cousin, a friend for a reason and maybe just a season. So appreciate the ones around you and see the personal reward in everything you do.

Once again a productive and fun-filled weekend. Every day holds in something new…Never take one day for granted. Appreciate every second of every moment. Time waits for no one. You are like a gardener planting the foundation seeds in your child’s life that will flourish one day at a time!

USN – Post Challenge Claudine 22 May 2012

Hi all my fit and fabulous friends. If you’ve missed Expresso this morning check it out here.

Stay motivated throughout the cold winter months, set new goals and make sure you keep your program interesting at all times!

Don’t let the winter months get to you and set you back on where you want to be. During the colder months we tend to reach out to warmer comforting foods and beverages. Make sure to go for the healthier options!

Keep up the hard work and work around those cold mornings, even if you don’t always feel like it get out of bed go to gym and before you know it you will feel energized and ready for the day!

Nike Lunareclipse 2

Ahoi friends how was your weekend?

I had a fabulous weekend and will tell you more about it later, but first I am so excited to share my new Nike running shoes. I’m in love with them and while having a few pairs of training/running shoes this is definitely my best ones.

What is your favorite running shoes or brand?

Well at the moment Nike is my favorite brand and I love the comfort their shoes offer.

Time for some serious miles ahead, who is with me?

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Dynamic Fit eliminates the space between the foot and the shoe for unparalleled comfort, no matter the foot size or shape.


I had a nice run last night. I took it slow. I must say I prefer road running to the treadmill but I still enjoyed it never the less!

Do you like running?

This is my running program/goal for the week:

First run for the week: Thursday 13 December 2011: 

Earn it & Just do it…

First 10+ km ever, feeling SUPER chuffed

I did it, my first 10+ km ever. I’m SUPER chuffed and wanted to share this moment with you 😉

First-10+ km ever

Stay focused…

Day 5 of cutting program: Friday Training: Back, Biceps and Abs

Calories: 554kcal

Calories Fat: 34%

Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 38 minutes

Day 6: Saturday Training: Cardio / Running

Run: 7.91km  |  Pace: 5.44

5 Min Fly walker

Calories: 451kcal

Calories Fat: 19%

Maximal Performance Improving Fitness improving

Duration: 55 minutes

It’s the weekend:

Hi all, so how is your weekend so far? I’m working at the Lodge this weekend. It is the Elgro River Lodge Traditional Archery festival this weekend and what great fun it is. Check out the blog If you ever want to go away for the weekend whether with the family, a corporate group or if you are just a individual passionate about Mountain Biking, 3D Archery, Bird watching or if you are a fly fisherman this is the place to visit.  Away from the hustle and bustle of business, the Elgro River Lodge is the true African experience situated on a bend of unexpected beauty on the Vaal River, 30 km from Potchefstroom. Situated on the Western side of the historical Vredefort Dome. If you want to see more just visit the blog…It will be worth it. There is so many activities and I can assure you it will be an experience.

So I have to confess, yesterday was a terrible/horrible day diet wise. Everything started out great until the temptation of all the snacks got to me. Normally I have very strong willpower and will not give in to temptation, but I don’t know what happened yesterday. I must tell you today that when you are following a strict eating plan like I do and you give into temptation you feel terribly condemned afterwards. It is truly not worth it take my word on this one. I did not only feel terrible about my snacking but I felt tired afterwards. Ok so by now you must wonder what in the world did I eat? I had droëwors (not one a few pieces), then it was Simba chips and peanuts, and fruit salad, mints etc. That is it but man was it unnecessary! I’m telling you if I start snacking I will go on and on and on…After a few hands of chips, “SALTED” peanuts and droëwors I decided this is it. You better stop now! I had a second look at all the chips and snacks and thought to myself no ways can you allow this to have such a cravingly influence on you. Know where to stop and should you have a cheat day or a sweet or two keep it in moderation. The guilt feeling afterwards is so not worth it!

At least I did not have some of the Buffet we served at the function we had! When I decided this is it stop snacking my mind was set again and I am ready to stick to my diet again ;-). In the industry that I am in it gets tough at times believe me. I have 3 – 4 functions sometimes at a time/day. Then I’m talking full buffet, spitbraais, platters, heavenly desserts and everything that can lead you to temptation. But again when your mind is set you will not fail and if you do fail get up and go on. Do you know what makes me angry? When people try to convince you by saying: “No man have a piece of this/ just gym harder tomorrow/a few of these won’t do anything/try this…” so it goes on! Don’t even start with that type of thinking. Don’t go there by saying I will just work harder tomorrow, or I will train longer…What’s done is done. It is not worth it to give in to unhealthy eating. I’m not saying you can never have something other than “clean eating”, don’t get me wrong. I just want you to have the right mindset and to be self disciplined enough to know where to stop!

Enough about that…

I had an awesome run this morning of 7.91km and man do I enjoy this. I think this running thing is getting more serious than I thought. What started off with an attitude of “I have to run once or twice” a week, is now resulting in a love for running. I am not a pro in running but will definitely consider reading more about it!

I want to make a list of things that I am interested in like running, mountain biking and fitness and then I want to set up a calendar of events happening next year. I will share it on my blog then we can maybe get a group together prepping for an event or so? I think this can be much fun. We can follow a program together online that I will post and we can communicate daily sharing tips to each other. What do you think about this? The calendar can only expand and we don’t have to attend everything each group can decide what they want to get involved in.

Think about this and let me know what you think. I will do all the research just send me a mail at or leave a comment underneath this post if you think this could be fun and let me know by making some suggestions are?

Have an awesome weekend and remember do everything in moderation and think before you put anything into your mouth.



Recap 14-20 November 2011

Hi everyone, so how was your weekend? Are you sticking to your clean eating or are you snacking away?

Some pics of the holiday:

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As you all know by now I’m on holiday – and all I can say is it’s amazing to have some time off! I am so relaxed and it’s wonderful to be able to do things on your own time without being in a hurry. The weather is great although there have been rainy days but never the less we found something to do. Shopping at Gateway, visiting friends in Hillcrest, dining out or just relaxing in the hotel.

Well let me recap on the week. Training wise it went great I would say. For being on holiday and making the effort to train is already a thumb up for me. Arrived here wanting to join the gym for the week! Got there only to find out that as a “casual visitor” the contract is based on 3/6 consecutive days. So if you happen to miss one of your 3 days for example it’s your bad and you lose your money paid for that day. So after much thinking I thought to myself you know what I’m on holiday and there is no way a gym will decide when I must gym at a ridiculous cost! So option 2 it had to be…

Even though USN advised me to take the time off this week I just couldn’t ;-), I’m taking it easy by making sure I only train one session a day for not more than a hour or so!

I decided to buy 2 dumbbells (forgot my kettle ball at home) did bring my yoga Matt and skipping rope and obviously my awesome Nike training shoes ;-). No holiday excuses and off to a good training week. I don’t regret this decision for this was the most enjoyable week training wise. Change of scenery and nothing like a jog next to the coast on an early morning and weight training with the view of the ocean. Beautiful indeed.

I worked out my own little training program for each morning, consisting of cardio and weights! I got a Nike+ training band from Ian and what an awesome little gadget to have. This is a device compatible with my Nike shoes that records your distance, pace and time of every run. I was so curious to jog the same route as each morning, just to see how many km we ran each morning. To my surprise it was 5.53 km. I thought its 3km only to see this morning it was almost double the distance. I was proud of myself for I am not the best runner out there, but I have to admit I’m enjoying the running and will definitely train to reach the 10km mark which I don’t think is difficult for it is not as if I’m too tired to jog further in the mornings. The distance of the pathway next to the beach is this distance.


Eating wise there has been some slip ups. I can mention everything for I know when I cheated and on what. I feel horrible after each bad decision I make. I had half a small pack jelly tots, half a pack chocolate eggs, few M&M’s, nutri rusks, hand full speckled eggs, 1 Single Amarula Don Pedro and one evening some Prawns prepared in some souse with chips, and last night 4 pieces ribs and small piece “boerewors” and a bun! This is all the cheats during the holiday and I feel terrible about it. I must confess it’s a struggle in my mind to have something that I know is not part of my diet! Everyone tells me to relax, take a break and have a cheat meal every now and then but I just can’t. I feel condemned and guilty after each one! How do you experience this? Please share with me!

Training wise this is how my week looked like:

Monday: 48 minute cardio at the gym

– 302 kcal burned / 28% Cal Fat
Fitness improving

No training

Wednesday: 1 hour 7 minutes

Jogged 5.53km
Skipping: 7 x 1 minute reps
Crunches: 3 Sets x 20 reps
Bicycle: 3 Sets x 30 reps each side
Push Ups: 3 Sets x 20

– 384 kcal / 30% Cal Fat
Maximal performance improving

Thursday: 1 hour 36 minutes

Dumbbell alternating curls: 5kg x 3 sets x 20 reps each side
Tricep extensions: 5kg x 3 sets x 20 reps each side
Skipping: 6 x 1 minute reps
Upright row: 5kg x 3 sets x 20 reps
Crunches: 3 Sets x 20 reps
Jogged: 5.53km

Tricep kickback: 3 Sets x 10 reps each side
Cuban Press: 3 Sets x 10 reps each side
Concentration bicep curl: 3 Sets x 15 reps each side

Plank: 1 minute

– 380 kcal / 36% Cal Fat
Fat burn and fitness improving

Friday: 57 Minutes

Jogged: 5.53km
Wide Push ups: 3 Sets x 20 reps
Standing tricep extension: 3 Sets x 20 reps
One arm dumbbell row: 3 Sets x 20 reps each side
Dips: 1 Set x 20 reps
Skipping: 2 x 2 minute reps
Bent over dumbbell row: 3 Sets x 20 reps

– 395 kcal / 25% Cal Fat
Maximal performance improving

No training

Sunday: 1 hour 9 minutes

Jogged: 5.53km
Dumbbell lunge: 3 Sets x 20 reps each side
Single leg dumbbell dead-lift: 2 Sets x 20 reps each side
Alternate hammer curl: 2 Sets x 20 reps each side
Dumbbell tricep kickback: 2 Sets x 10 reps each side
Crunches: 3 Sets x 20 reps
Skipping: 3 x 1 minutes
Air bike: 3 Sets x 30 reps each side

– 472 kcal / 25% Cal Fat
Maximal performance and fitness improving

I hope you all will enter the new week being motivated, goal orientated and positive about your efforts. Always give your best! Train hard, stay focused but the most important of all is enjoy every moment.

I’m looking forward to this week being on holiday until Wednesday, I’m excited to send my disk to USN with all my photographs and then most of all I’m looking forward on the next step of training when I’m back. As Gareth USN said we will work towards the next level when I’m back :-). Remember it is important to set new goals once you achieved your current goals. Even if it is maintaining your new lifestyle and figure!

God speed,


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