Getting Skinny

How To Get Skinny And Keep The Weight Off?   Many people through-out the world are constantly looking for ways to lose weight and a great amount of them want to lose it as fast as possible not realizing the negative effects losing it too fast can have on one’s body both internally and externally. Someone who doesn’t follow a proper and timely weight loss program will more than likely experience a loss of important vitamins which can lead to dehydration, loss of skin color, sagging of skin and many other health issues, not to mention that more times than none, people who turn to rapid weight loss will put on double the weight that they’ve loss to begin with, again causing more health problems.

Why You Should Avoid Rapid Weight Loss

The external effects rapid weight loss may have is not only unhealthy, but also quite unattractive. As we know when one does not feel attractive we begin to develop self-esteem issues. It’s safe to say that losing weight too fast will create a domino effect of negative events your body will undergo during and after the weight loss. Some people may even experience skin pigmentation disorders because of the body’s inability to produce melanin due to the lack of vitamins and minerals we deprive ourselves of while trying to shed the weight too fast.

Dehydration caused by rapid loss of weight can also be extremely harmful and even fatal if not treated properly. When dehydration takes place it can do damage to your kidney’s which are the two most important organs the human body depends on to get rid of toxins, especially during weight loss. Later on down the line if you decided to go about your weight loss in a much more proper manner, it could be too late. Your body may need more nutrients than usual because of the internal damage you’ve already done making it harder for you to try specific diets that require you to cut back on foods that have what your body needs.

Closing Thoughts On How To Get Skinny 

Everyone’s body is different so if you are looking for the best and most healthy ways to lose weight, you should speak to your doctor and do lots of research. Plan your weight loss out thoroughly and prepare yourself mentally. Try not to just dive into something head first. It is more prominent to lose weight slowly to become healthy and more fit than to lose it rapidly only to drop dead a few weeks later. Of course that’s speaking hypothetically but after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

On Saturday 7th of Feb I ran my first race of 2015 – the McCarthy Toyota 10km in Pretoria. I have to be honest I have not been running consistently this year, not long distance – more track, so I was nervous I was out of shape for this race. Running a full marathon isn't easy!

Distance: 10km

Weather Conditions: HOT! Even tho this race started at 6.20am, it was still very hot on the route.

Parking/Traffic: We got to the venue very early and waited in the car. We parked down a side road a far way from the start/finish area so parking was not a problem. I am a firm believer of parking away from the venue and walking a bit than being stuck in traffic after a run!

Event Organization: As always, this race is very well run by Magnolia. Race number pick up was the morning of the event and was no hassle at all. My only comment would be that we got our race number in A4 envelopes, it may have been a bit more Eco-friendly to not use such a big envelope.

 Mccarth Toyota

Water stations: There was definitely enough stations along the route, and at the right spots, at the top of a tough hill. It was a bit messy looking with a lot of cups scattered on the floor.  I was previously on this salt free diet, which was great, but prior to the race I had to stop.

Marshalls:  Super friendly and helpful Marshalls. I always appreciated Marshalls who can see you are chugging up a tough hill and they still allow you to pass before allowing the cars to go.

Medals: The Bling, much deserved this one, I beat myself up a lot during this run and was happy to see this bit of sparkle at the end for all my efforts.


Vibe on the road: There are always a ton of people at this race, so the start is a bit congested but thins out pretty quickly with a slight incline at the start.Mccarthy Toyota

I had some trouble with my calves 1km in, a sure sign I am unfit and untrained for long distance.  Sometimes you need to learn how to ease into running.

I walked a considerable amount till I walked past an elderly lady who said to her friend how chuffed she was that they finished the first 5km in 55minutes. I was defeated. I had an serious chat with myself at that moment:

Either I quit now, get Rob to pick me up and give up all the money I am spending on online personal training or I get my ASS into gear and push it, give it all I have and keep running.


I chose the later and finished in 1hr34, my second to worst time ever in the two years of my running career. I promised myself at the end of this race that that will be the last time I see those times for a 10km and that from now on, I am committed to running and getting back my fitness.

Watch this space fellow runners. You have not seen the last of the PB’s with this one.

How To Ease Into Running

How to ease into running?  It feels like forever since I planned a goal, since I ran every day of every week.

Okay, lets be real I never ran every day of every week. But a ran almost every week and at least a few times a week.

I have some exciting news, (aside from the fact that I got engaged!) I have signed up with a running coach.

I kept asking myself "How to ease into running again?"  I started last week Tuesday with the assessment, and I was given a training plan. If I am honest perhaps this isn’t the best time to be starting a new running program. My head is all up in the sky with wedding plans and I am in a happy bubble of engagement love.

So last week was a bit of a fail, I worked out 2 times and did a park run. But not nearly enough as what was on my training program.

The goal I set with running coach is to do a PB in my upcoming Soweto Marathon 10km at the beginning of November. With that in mind it means I need to be running every week. The plan is intense. It covers running an average of 24km a week, split into 5km runs that means I need to be running on average 5 days a week. On top of strength, core and body conditioning. My head is clearly not in the game and my legs well they have gone on holiday it seems.


How To Ease Into Running?

How to Ease Into Running Again


The same way I have done it before I just need to START running!

How to ease into running quote

So that’s the plan, although I haven’t run yet this week, I plan to do the following for the rest of this week:

  • Wednesday: 3km Run
  • Thursday: Run with coach
  • Friday: RPM cycling class
  • Saturday: 5km Park Run (new one! we are trying Bryanston this weekend!)

How to ease into running quotes

Wish me luck Guys! New Goals will be set and hopefully smashed in due course!  View my post on The Importance of Love.

My second 21km EVER – and I was not ready for it (training wise) and yet I still did it and I finished!


Distance: 21km – BOOM BABY!


Weather Conditions: It was slightly overcast, we started at 6am, but by the time I was coming in the sun was out and it was pretty warm out there.


Parking/Traffic: Directions to the start and where the parking was was a bit of a mess. We met up with other runners all looking for parking down side roads in Pretoria. Thankfully we like to get to a race with enough time so we had time to look for the parking etc. Because I came in late, and well after the 10km runners, leaving the parking was pain-free.


Event Organization: Like the directions, it was a bit of a mess. They had limited hands available to hand out pre-entries and not a lot of structure so there were no clear lines to queue.


Water stations: Well organised water stations and plenty of supplies, especially since I was at the back of the pack, by the time I came through the support was still strong on the sidelines and enough water and coke on offer.


Marshalls:  Super efficient. At times in the race I was only me on the road and there were at least plenty of Marshalls on the streets guiding me on where to go.


Medals: This was honestly a well earned medal. I had the option of not doing this race, or only running 10km, but I stuck it out and I finished it – and before cut off.

Bestmed Tuks 21km

Vibe on the road: We hit the streets of Pretoria bright and early at 6am. Rob have me a quick kiss and was off to try beat his previous 21km time. I started running at a nice pace in the beginning with a lovely French guy. He had a nice easy pace and we chugged along nicely together. At 3km, I had an upset tummy (over-share but at least I am honest! and it happens, right fellow runners?) I made the rookie error of changing my eating habits and drank a low GI endurance drink at the start of the race – clearly this needs to be tested on a few training runs. 4- 6km I had pain and cramps in my legs/calves and numbness on my feet. I hit 6km and I suddenly felt great – and climbed a hill for 1km in 7min. At half way, 10km, I knew I would finish the race if I kept my pace consistent. And I managed to do that. In the end it was longer than 21.1km – my watched clocked me at 21.3km! and I am telling you those extra 200km were the longest part of the race – I was mentally and physically finished. I finished in 2hrs56min – which averages as 8.15min a KM. Not too shabby for an untrained runner! 


Bestmed Tuks 21km


One thing is for sure, I proved to myself that I can run. And that I can run 21km. This week I plan to give my legs a rest. I have a 10km race this weekend and then next weekend I run Sarens 21km.