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How I learned to love myself through exercise

I was never big on exercise – because frankly, I didn’t like it! But that has changed after I joined the Tone It Up community and learned how to love myself through exercise!

How I learned to love myself through exercise
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I never played a sport when I was in school. I joined a dancing class that was in town and that I really enjoyed. But after a while, they closed down and I never picked up a sport again. I always had the excuse that my school work was more important because I actually enjoyed school for the most part.

But in university in my last year, I actually started having hives from stress and I knew I had to do something. So I downloaded light yoga and aerobic exercises from YouTube to do in my very small flat. And it worked a bit to release some tension.

Fast forward to adulthood I again slacked on the exercise department, until my sister forwarded me a link to the Tone it Up website and their free workouts on YouTube and I was hooked!

I loved the short exercises and the motivation that they brought to the workout. I downloaded a few of the workouts at a coffee shop to do at home because I didn’t have internet at home at the time.

Last year, in May, I joined their Studio Tone it Up App. (The app is available on Android and Apple) And so far I loved it. Because I have uncapped internet at home, it makes it easy to follow the workouts.

Studio Tone it up app
Image credit: Screen Shot from the Studio Tone It Up website

So to be clear I don’t have the results that are shown on their website, because I don’t follow their guidelines to a T. But they have thought me a lot this past year.

Things I’ve learned from exercise – And How it Turned to Self-love

  1. I am surprised how much I am capable off
  2. Not every day will be a good day, but If your workout is not good today, it will definitely be better tomorrow!
  3. Your body doesn’t feel the same each day. Even if you do the same workout routine/video, your body will react differently week to week, day to day. And that is okay – just keep going.
  4. Every day is progress even if it doesn’t feel that way
  5. Results will not happen in 2 weeks, but rather 4 to 8 weeks – be patient
  6. I really do feel better after a workout! And the day I didn’t work out I feel sluggish
  7. Making the time to workout and showing up really feels great!
  8. Exercise is a form of self-care.
  9. My mood and outlook on life have changed to a more positive one, and I hope to convey it to those around me.

5 things that the Tone it Up community taught me

  1. Give yourself grace. You are doing the best you can.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people with a great outlook on life. Then you also become more positive.
  3. When women support each other, great things happen.
  4. When you show up for a workout, you show up for yourself
  5. Living your life and having that chocolate will not be the end of the world. Live your life – it is a journey, not a race.

The TIU community of women are so inspiring and lately, they have been absolutely killing it on their YouTube channel. You can check out their latest Wine not Wednesdays videos here where they had some of their best content to date, in my opinion.

I would love to buy their nutrition plan, but that hasn’t been in the budget yet. But maybe at the end of this year!

How I schedule my workouts

Because we are not on the same time zone as the US, and I like to workout in the morning, I cannot really use the scheduling feature in the app. I did last winter when I worked out late afternoon and the reminder the app gives you really keeps you accountable.

Every Sunday I receive the weekly workout schedule by email and then I just write it in my weekly planner. If I forgot to do it, I look up the workout in the morning that they recommend for the day and then I find it in the ‘on demand’ section in the app. Easy peasy.

Workout Schedule for the week send straight to my inbox
Screen shot from the email that I receive

The workouts vary in length and they are constantly uploading new workouts. So you never get bored! Today, I completed my ‘Ultimate Morning HIIT’ workout and I worked up quite a sweat!

The app is subscription based, but in my opinion, it is really affordable. It is my ‘gym membership’ every month. And it is convenient, because I don’t have to drive anywhere and I don’t care how I look when I workout, because no one sees me.

Since joining the app, I’ve been looking forward to working out every day. And I really hope to continue working out with the TIU girls for a long time!

Please note! this is not a sponsored post! I just love the community and wanted to share it!

Until next time – Keep it Classy!

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Valentine’s day gift guide – 2019

Well, it is already February and I haven’t done much on the blog. But what better way to start again is with the month of love and with Valentine’s day gift guide!

Valentine’s day for me isn’t about spending a lot of money on gifts, but rather celebrating what it means with the one you love. But if you have to buy something, here is a few ideas all under R300.

(Disclaimer: all of these products are from Woolworths, but this post is not sponsored. I just love Woolworths products)

For Her:

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You just cannot go wrong with flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter. But maybe you do it differently this year and actually give her flowers that last longer than a week. Orchids are such a special flower and will brighten up any room in the house and also her mood!

Most women appreciate a cute bag and why not spoil her with a new makeup bag. A makeup bag is one of those things that are versatile enough to be used for other things as well, and you are more likely to win this round on Valentine’s Day than buying her a handbag she might not like.

If she is into fitness, why not help her fitness wardrobe out with a cute new cap. I would even take it a step further and wear it out on the town on a sunny day.

Is she a coffee or tea lover? Then you cannot go wrong with this mug set. And a bonus – it is dishwasher safe, so she doesn’t even have to do the dishes this special day when it is obviously meant for pampering!

Satin is such a luxurious fabric, so treat her with a cute nightie. And better yet this one comes in a set of two! Make it extra special by getting her size right the first time!

For Him:

I don’t know why it is so difficult to buy things for men. I always struggle to find something that is different than just socks and clothes. But if you think about it, if you give it to your man, he will use it sooner or later. But let’s get into these 5 gifts under R300 for your Valentine.

Valentines gift guide for him 2019
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I think biltong is to men like chocolates are to women. So why not treat him with his favorite biltong snack and or maybe his favorite alcoholic beverage?

Talking about his favorite alcoholic beverage, maybe you can surprise him with this nice Carafe set to display his favorite brandy or whiskey in? Also a very nice touch to his man cave!

If he is in the corporate world, a nice leather belt will do wonders to elevate his suit or work outfit. Or maybe he is a more casual guy, this belt will even work with his casual shorts that he is strutting around the braai!

Or what about a nice leather wallet if his’ is starting to look dated.

Something totally different is to get him a weekender bag. Maybe to hint on a special Valentine’s weekend away, or to plant the seed that he should treat you on a special weekend away.

Well, that is it for my Valentine’s gift guide, I hope you found it insightful or gave you an idea. I know it is a bit different than the normal guides, but it is nice to get something different once in a while! Have a blessed Valentine’s Day filled with love.

And as always … Keep it classy!

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Our Engagement

We are engaged!!! We’ve been together a long time (8 years), so I am thrilled that this mile stone has finally come.

I must say that I’ve become anxious over the whole thing in June 2016, because I thought this was not a important for Wiehann. But when we were in Cape Town for a quick holiday and he brought up the subject of searching for a ring and getting brochures from different jewelry stores to find something I like, I was over the moon.

I always known that I wanted something plain and simple, because my hand is small. My ring size is a “L” (or 5.5) so something with a lot of detail will not do.  And the new trend of rose gold was just up my alley. I liked that it was different from the traditional gold or white gold. So I told Wiehann what I liked and he got the ring made through American Swiss when they had a huge diamond sale in August.

So I waited, and waited, and waited….  and patience isn’t even one of my biggest qualities… urgh.  Even when he got the ring in September, he never showed it to me. And I knew he had the ring!! To say it was torture is an understatement.

The end of September he asked Mom for my hand….

December rolled in, that’s when he asked Dad (before he asked me that same day).

We agreed that he would visit me in December, because the last few times I visited him. I secretly hoped it would happen the weekend when he visited, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up, because I the disappointment would have been terrible.

Friday, the second of December, he surprised me by taking the day of from work and drove very early from Montagu to Plettenberg Bay. He didn’t tell me that he was tanking the day off so I was only expected him late that evening.

After I drank some tea and we chatted about work, he said he wanted to go to Keurboom Strand’s beach for the day. So I finished some of my work and we headed out to the beach. When we got there he opened up the car’s boot and he packed a cute picnic basket with snacks. That’s when I started to suspect something was up…

We walked to Arch Rock (which is quite a walk, might I add – and the wind messed with my hair, that’s why it is so flat L) and this is where he asked for my hand J. I am so happy and excited for our future and our upcoming wedding. We have not set a date yet.

Arch Rock – Keurboomstrand

He ‘put a ring on it’

High school sweet hearts

Mom wanted to know what he packed in the basket, so here is was included for those of you who are also curious:

  • Sparkling wine (Blush from Four Cousins)
  • Champagne flutes (which he bought that morning)
  • Varity of biscuits
  • Cheese and cold meat
  • Spring onion and chives flavored cream cheese
  • Cocktail tomatoes
  • Strawberries (my favorite, I ate them all, because Wiehann is not a fan)
  • And chocolate
  • The two plates, knife and forks he got from my kitchen when I was getting my stuff and changing clothes in the bedroom – sneaky hey?

Snacks : yum yum

It was super romantic and I couldn’t have asked for a better location. O, I forgot to mention that I also received red roses…

Stay tuned for wedding planning brainstorming, planning etc…



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