TenAhead Day 2

The wind has been howling since the early dark morning hours. We planned on going horse riding today but decided to stay indoors with this ice cold wind blowing outside. It’s kind of cool not being readily able to communicate with people. No Whatsapp facebook, email, smses. Apparenty if you walk out to a certain hill there may be some vodacom signal. The lodge staff didn’t specify how far you’d have to walk and which direction exactly.

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TenAhead Day 1

I’ve been on this planet for 34 years today. I woke up early, opened the curtains to watch the sun illuminate the mountain landscape just outside our window. The lodge has thick stone walls making it quite soundproof. It’s a privilege being here in this setting. The quiet, no sounds of cars, trucks, ‘hardydahs’, helicopters and alarm sirens going off. Also not having cellphone and Internet access forces you to ‘temporarily’ adjust your habits. Not checking your phone constantly for one, not being able to read the news. Being able to enjoy the beauty around us without trying to capture…

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Keto lifestyle

Since Tim Noake’s Real Meal Revolution book was released earlier this year, a lot of folks in South Africa started the Banting diet. For months I was totally against the diet, being an advocate for regular exercise and a “balanced diet” (low fat, moderate protein, moderate to high carbs). Earlier this month, I started doing some research of my own – I landed upon the Keto diet resources which led to a number of interesting websites and reading material. I decided to give the keto diet a try. Why? I don’t have a weight problem. This year has been one of my…

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alcohol-free experiment follow-up

I did a good 6 or 7 months as a ‘teetotaller’. I had a sip of red wine and a shot of whiskey at dinner party in July. Felt awful the following morning! Could feel the difference to my body and my energy level from just that little bit of alcohol. I did not miss that kak feeling.  Since July, I’ve had about 5 tiny sips of red wine to taste. There has been little thought about alcohol except when we go out to a dinner or have people over at ours. I tend to sometimes romaticize having a shot of whiskey,…

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The night of 12th August 2014

It was Tuesday evening, which is our indoor rock climbing training evening. The workout was going well. We were both feeling strong and I was on my last set of an up / down drill, about 7:45pm. We were not climbing with a rope as we were bouldering and not climbing very high. I reached for a grip and honestly can’t remember why or how I landed as I did, but I slipped and landed with one leg off the mat. I felt something awful and started screaming, “something’s wrong, something is broken. Ow, ow, OW!” Sitting on the floor…

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Food Intolerance Testing (IgG test)

I recently had a test done called Imu Pro Food Allergy type III (IgG) test. This test cost over ZAR2000. The results, which arrived yesterday are a bit suspect to me.   I unfortunately did not do much research into the legitimacy of this type of test. After reading several articles whose authors believe that there is little to no legitimate scientific studies or proof to the reliability of these tests, I am feeling a little duped. Why did I do the test? I’ve been experiencing a lot of discomfort and an upset tummy for several months.  Having almost no…

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life changes

My life seems to be going through a gradual change.  It’s slow but noticeable.  I know it’s normal and expected and writing helps deal with some of the associated feelings around the changes. I have been learning more about running my own business, networking, managing clients and their expectations, setting boundaries and valuing my time more.  So thankful to the experienced colleagues and friends that have been so supportive during this continuing learning process. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the changes in my long-time friendships. At times it has been eye-opening and sad and other times, refreshing to…

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