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Move more, more or less

September 5, 2017

I haven’t done a fitness update in while, mostly because there is not much to update. I’ve been going to gym on and off. This is dependent on my school and work schedule. There was a point where I went every morning to gym for a week. Then I fell ill and struggled to get back into my routine after 3 weeks. And basically, since then I’ve been going to the gym whenever the wind blows in the right direction.

I also tried out the new Pound class at Virgin Active, and oh my word, it is so much fun. I went on Women’s day and unfortunately the only times that the class takes place is when I’m working, which makes me so sad. I’d really love to attend it regularly.

Run? Where?

And then there’s the running. Or shall I say lack there of? Since I’ve tried completing the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon, I probably went on one jog. How on earth am I ever going to complete a half marathon if I keep this up? I realised that the reason I’m not making any progress is that firstly I lack willpower, but mostly because I don’t have a routine. My gym routine consists of doing a few spin classes, a functional fitness class or two, or some cardio and strength training. I realised I wasn’t working towards anything. How am I supposed to reach my goals without having a plan? It’s like going on a road trip to Cape Town without following a map. Chances are you’ll end up spending 4 hours on a gravel road before you reach your destination, that’s if you reach it at all.

Ideally, I would love to go back to my personal trainer, I saw so much progress when I was with him. Unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t allow for them at the moment. Apparently, I’m brilliant at making poor financial decisions.

The way forward

I’ve decided that the best plan for me would be to start from the bottom again. That means starting with a 5km plan. The Runners World 5 Weeks To Your First (Or Best) 5-K, plan is one that I’ve completed before.  I  feel that this plan would be a good place to start again. Once I’ve completed it, I’ll move up to a 10 km plan and from there to a 21km plan.  There are 6 months till the 2018 Two Oceans Half Marathon, and I feel that is sufficient. I reckon if I dedicate 5 weeks to 5kms, 3 months to 10km and the rest to 21km training I can make it.It would have been better if I had started immediately after the last Two Oceans, but time cannot move backwards. I can only prepare and plan from here and now.

I’ve been posting a lot of my workouts and meals (even if they’re not so good) on my Instagram stories, so be sure to give me a follow to keep up to date. I’m at @osoinspired.

Featured image via Pixabay.

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

April to June 2017 Empties

August 2, 2017

Wow, this post is nearly a month overdue. These days I feel like I’m constantly busy but never get anything done. I’ve been feeling very fatigued, lethargic and generally tired. My face looks like a hot mess from breakouts and me picked at pimples. I haven’t been working out like I should be. OSI still hasn’t been rebranded. And I can go on. Recently my family and I had a lovely, but short break to McGregor, and I had such a lovely time that part of me feels like they should have left me there. But I digress, this post is long overdue.

Body products

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion

This is the last of TBS Shimmer Lotions I had. As much as I love TBS products, I am so glad that I am done with all of these lotions.  At first, I loved the shimmer, but after a while, I felt like a disco ball every time I used it. There was just so much shimmer! And it got on everything I wore. I seriously doubt I would ever buy shimmer lotion again unless it a teeny tiny bottle. That being said, I enjoyed the scent and the product itself is not terrible.

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil

This has now become my go to tissue oil. As I’ve said before, it works well and at R20, is super affordable. I keep one on my beauty shelf and another in my gym bag.

Avon Femme EDP

This was a light and lovely feminine scent. It has floral and fruity notes, without being too sweet, so it’s right up my alley. It can only be purchased via an Avon representative. I would repurchase this perfume.

EAD Tissue Oil Body Butter

I took this on a whim. I was in Edgars picking up some essentials and my feet were sore from running errands all day. The last item on my shopping list was a body lotion, and I saw this on one of the shelves at the checkout line. So instead of going to another store, I decided to try it out. It’s a pretty decent body butter. It’s not thick, it feels more like a lotion than a body butter. To be completely honest, it’s not terrible, but it’s not amazing. It’s one of those midrange products. I’d probably buy it if I was in a similar situation again.

Mitchum Roll On

This roll on is one of my monthly staples. It’s one of a few that works for me without turning my clothes hard and white. I always try to keep at least one back up.

Foot products

Skin Logic Foot Repair Treatment

I love the Skin Logic Foot Peel Mask, so I thought I would give the Foot Repair Treatment a try. It’s not as amazing as the peel, but it does a decent job. I feel like I need to give the treatment another try.

Avon Footworks Cooling Spray in Ruby Grapefruit

I love Avon’s Footworks Cooling Sprays. They’re great at preventing and masking foot odour (it’s inevitable if you wear pumps). I would repurchase. In fact, I’m already using another one in a different scent and have a backup.

Face Products

Clicks Berry Delight Face Mask

This mask smells so amazing. It does a decent job and is pretty affordable. Also, you can easily get 3 to 4 uses out of it.

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

I’ve been let down a number of times with hyped up products. The Porefessional is worth the hype. I have another sample, but in a tube, and I’m using it sparingly, as I don’t want it to finish.

Himalaya Herbals Natural Fairness Cream

When I first started using this cream, it worked well with lightening dark marks on my face. It doesn’t, however, work for acne scarring. I would repurchase, but every time I go into Clicks I get distracted by other products and end up forgetting to pick one up.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

This is a hyped up product amongst online beauty personalities. Just for clarity, it’s often used as a primer, which is used underneath foundation. The first time I tried it, I loved it, but the more I used it, the more I disliked it. Firstly, it made me get oily faster. Secondly, it felt like it was clogging up my pores. There’s still quite a bit of product in it, so this is a declutter. And no. I won’t be repurchasing.

Avon Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover

Until recently, I never saw the appeal of liquid make up remover. To remove my makeup, I used baby wipes, followed by washing my face. Then I started getting into makeup removers. This is a declutter. I’ve had it for years, so it’s probably not safe to use. I don’t think I used it consistently enough to decide whether or not it is worth repurchasing. That being said, I’d probably give it another try.

Lipidol Night Oil

This oil I received as a gift in a Women’s Health magazine. It did a decent job and my skin felt so smooth and moisturised after using it. It has unfortunately expired, so into the bin, it goes.

African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Facewash

African Extracts is a great, affordable local brand.I enjoy using this face wash. It does a great job cleansing my skin, but doesn’t feel harsh on my skin, or dry it out. This was in fact, my second bottle. So yes I would repurchase.

 Himalaya Herbals Repair and Regeneration Shampoo and Conditioner

My aunt brought this shampoo and conditioner from the UAE. I’m pretty impressed with both products. Especially the shampoo. The products are sulphate and paraben free. I have recently discovered that it’s sold at Clicks. At my local Clicks its found by the natural hair care products. I would definitely purchase these.

Oh so Heavenly Love your Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

This has a great scent. I’m not a fan of the shampoo (it has sulphates) but the conditioner was decent. The bottle sizes were so convenient, I ended up popping them in my gym bag.

Kair Silicone Serum

This silicone serum is a staple in many homes. However, it takes forever to finish. I’ve had this bottle for so many years, it needed to be decluttered.

Eye products

Essence Lash and Brow Gel

This is probably the 3rd or the 4th tube of this gel that I used up. It holds my eyebrows well and is pretty affordable. I would continue to repurchase this gem.

Elizabeth Arden Lengthening Mascara

This mascara was a part of a gift that my brother bought me. It did a decent job. Most mascaras have the same effect on me, so if I could get this for a decent price, I would repurchase.

Essence 3D Duo in Irresistible First Love

I depotted this and a bunch of other colours. The container I stored them in, fell and smashed most of the eyeshadows I depotted. Check out my project pan roulette to see one of the eyeshadows that survived. I’m not heartbroken about it, I don’t think I ever used it, as it’s too light and cool toned for my skin tone.

Avon True Colour Duos in Crushed Orchid and Ocean Waves

These duos were also victims of the great fall. I’m also not heartbroken as I barely used them. Also, they were very old and had gotten a hard pan. These colours are too bright for me, I wouldn’t wear them regularly enough to justify repurchasing.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

I went through a phase where I only wore this lipstick. I loved it. It was so moisturising and went so smoothly onto my lips. It has, unfortunately, expired. I think this range has been discontinued, else I would repurchase.

Avon Colourtrend Lipstick in Deluxe

Gorgeous shade, but this lipstick had a terrible colour payoff. Also, it expired. I’ve found that the Colourtrend lipsticks to not be very opaque.

Essence Effect Lipgloss in Frosty Flakes

If wearing large flakes of glitter on your lips is your thing. This is the lipgloss you need. It is however not my thing, especially if the gloss has worn off and I’m left with random pieces of glitter all over my lips.

Revlon Colourburst Lipbalm in Charmed, Audacious and Honey

I loved these so much. They’re so moisturising and had a great colour payoff. Honey was my favourite shade. I wore Audacious occasionally, but only swatched Charmed (it was too light for me). The colour of Honey was buildable and it left a lovely dark pink stain on my lips after a few hours. They have unfortunately expired. I would repurchase Honey, but not the other 2.

L’Oreal Infallible  24-HR Matte foundation

This foundation is another case of me liking something when I first purchased the product. In summer, this foundation was wearable, but in winter my skin is so dry and this magnified all of the dry spots that I had. I am just really over matte foundation, in general, to be honest.

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Starry Night

This eyeliner was super soft and super pigmented. However because it was soft, it broke off easily. I would repurchase but preferably in black.

Unbranded Flat top Kabuki brush

This brush I bought at a Chinese shop and it worked well for a number of years. I used it to apply foundation. It has however begun shedding and having bits of hair all over my face is not appealing.

Not pictured is a Ubu Baby Blender. I forgot to include it with the photographs. I loved this blender, but recently I’ve begun breaking out (my face is a hot mess at the moment) and I suspect that this gem may have contributed to it.

Have you used any of these products? What products have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Travel

A weekend away in McGregor

July 31, 2017

Nestled in the Langeberg Valley is the quaint McGregor Village. Thanks to McGregor Country Getaways and the #ECMeetup I won a weekend away for 6 people. I ended up taking my family, my brother’s in-laws, and as McGregor is a 2-hour drive from Cape Town, I invited one of my best friends who resides in the Mother City. We ended up being 8 people going for the weekend, so my brother and his wife booked a place across the road from the cottage where the rest of us were staying.

The road to McGregor

The trip from Port Elizabeth to McGregor is roughly 6 hours. Which for me felt like a life time. The last time I travelled to the Western Cape by road was in 2011. The trip would have been quicker, but we had leisurely breaks at Storms River and Mossel Bay. Then, of course, there’s the GPS. Sometimes I think these things are traps. My dad’s one is always taking him via dodgy or rural backroads. And on this trip, it lived up to its reputation and took us on a 19km gravel road. That alone took us an hour. Once in the village, we learned that it would have been quicker and more vehicle friend to travel to the village via Robertson.

Francolin Cottage

It was early evening when we arrived in McGregor, so we all got settled in. We stayed in Francolin Cottage, which consisted of the main house and a flat. The cottage accommodates 6 people in total. The cottage had a very homely feel to it and there were a lot of small touches that made staying in the facility enjoyable. Firstly, we arrived to find preheated rooms and beds (they had electric blankets. In other news I’ve been looking the prices of them, they are the bomb). Being in the middle of winter, and in a valley, the village can get really cold, I’ve been told. But in my opinion, it was not as cold as I expected it to be.

Another nice touch was a welcome bottle of wine and that the cottage has filter coffee. Yes, proper decent coffee! Not those Ricoffy sachets most other places have.

Another unique touch was that the cottage does not have a TV or radio. And to be honest it was a great thing. This forces visitors to either A) Talk to one another or B) Explore the village. There are though a number of games in the cottage to encourage interaction. However, there was some big rugby match on the Saturday afternoon, but there is a pub a few houses down from where we stayed. It’s so quiet though, that it would be easy to miss that it was a pub. In any case, most of us went down to the pub. My family went to watch the rugby at the pub and enjoyed themselves.

Karoux

On Friday night, after we settled in and chatted for a bit, we went out to eat at Karoux restaurant. Karoux is owned and run by Ryan and Aimee Josten. Their menu is written on a black board, as it changes regularly (I think weekly, if not daily) and it is dependant on the fresh produce that they find.

The highlight of the meal for me was the salted bread that was put on the table. OMW, I think I had three pieces.  I’m not a salt lover. I cook without salt and can easily eat meals without it. But that salted bread, I loved it.

I find the restaurant to be a mix of artisanal and fine dining. I had springbok loin with pampoen tert, baby spinach, sherry and porcini sauce. The chef serves the springbok rare, but it can be well done on request. I’ve never had springbok before or eaten rare meat ( I prefer medium or medium rare depending on where I’m eating), but I thought. When in McGregor, do as the McGregorians do. The meat was very soft and tasty, but I think in future I’d stick to meat that’s done medium. I really enjoyed the pampoen tert as well. My mom had the pan roasted sea bass, ginger pickled calamari, rice noodle, Thai red curry and coconut cream broth and I tried a bit of it as well. It was also really enjoyable, and the red curry gave it a bit of a kick.

Saturday Morning Market

Nearly everyone told us that the Saturday Market is small and short and over in an hour. The market takes place at the church on Church street. It starts at 9 and it is said to only last an hour. We were running late but fortunately got there around 09:20 before everything was sold out. There aren’t many stalls, but if I remember correctly no two stalls sold the same items. We picked up some lovely finds, including a litre of olive oil for a mere R60! I picked up some herbs, treats for Bishop, olive oil and a book.

Walk down the roads of McGregor Village

After visiting the market, we walked down the main road (nearly everything is in walking distance). We popped into some of the shops on the road. We went into a shop that sold jewellery and stones, a gift shop and a few wine shops.

While walking through the town, we also stopped at Bemind, a boutique wine cellar, where we had an impromptu wine tasting. But hey, you can’t go to wine country and not taste wine. I bought a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc. We also stopped at Rhebokskraal Olive Estate’s shop in the town. They have a variety of olive products and they offer olive and juice tastings. I picked up a delicious smokey olive pate.

Viljoensdrift River Boat Trip and Wine tasting

Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to walk through the entire town, as we needed to get to Viljoensdrift Estate for a river boat trip and wine tasting. The estate is on the Robertsons wine route and is 20 to 30-minute drive from McGregor.

We tasted some of their wines and I bought a bottle of their rosé Muskapino (a muskadel and pinotage blend) to enjoy on the boat trip. The estate also has a deli where you can purchase a bunch of snacks to eat while on the ride. The 50-minute trip took us up and down the calm waters of the Breede river.

After, the trip most of us went to the pub to watch rugby. I only stayed 15 minutes, because I’m not a fan of most sports. We then prepared a braai for supper.

The trip was way too short. I wish we had more time to explore the village and surrounds. I really wanted to go on one of the hikes, but no one else was keen. I’ll do a haul post with all of the goods that I bought in McGregor soon.

Overall, we had a lovely time and hopefully, I will see McGregor soon again.

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

Winter 2017 | Project Pan Roulette

June 30, 2017

This Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette post has been sitting in my drafts since 09 June, so it’s a bit late. Yikes. I’m attempting to cut down on most of my beauty products by using them up and where needed decluttering items. For the most part, I’ve been doing quite well in both using up products and decluttering them. However, I feel that I’ve come to a point where I am stagnant with the products that I’m finishing/getting rid of. With the exception of perfume, many of my empties consist of skincare which I buy on a regular basis. So most of the beauty items I have, are not getting used up. I’ve reached the point, where I am quite hesitant to declutter. Make up can be quite pricey, throwing away products that can’t be given to someone, is kinda wasteful.

So what better way to solve this than to have an official project pan? I’ve officially started it on 07 June and it will end on 31 August 2017.

What is a Project Pan Roulette?

A normal project pan is when you select a bunch of products and try to use them up in a certain timeframe. With a project pan roulette, you have a list of categories (which can be found here). Using a random number generator or drawing numbers out of a bowl, you select 10 categories (or however many categories you want). The time frame is also up to you.

I decided to go with the Project Pan Roulette as it forces me to use makeup items I normally wouldn’t use. It forces me to step out of my comfort zone. Also, I think 3 months is a good timeframe. It’s not too long (to drag out) and not too short (so I’ll be able to actually finish some/most of the products). For this Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette, I used Google’s random number generator. These were the categories I drew:

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

The tube of this lipstick is so pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t normally wear such bold lipstick. Then again, fortunately, it’s winter so bold lippies are normally in for the season.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

I bought this lipstick before I found out it is a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I love this shade and lipstick’s formula. This lipstick is the closest I’ve every gotten to finishing a lipstick. I kind of feel like it’s cheating to put Bare it All in this project because there’s so little left. But, I have another lipstick to work through and I really want to make some good progress.

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

I’ve had this blush for nearly 2 years. I’ve used it more than any of the blushes I own (actually I use it about 90% of the time) and I only hit pan on it two weeks ago! Just to compare how long it is taking me to use up this blush. I bought highlighter for the first time last year and I hit pan on it a few months after buying it. I’m not going to pan another one of my blushes until this old faithful is used up! 

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

Gosh, another cheat item. There’s a relatively large pan on this already. But in my defence, I take a while to use up concealer. This I normally use as a base for my eyeshadow. It helps make the shadows pop and last longer. My aim is to completely use the light beige shade up. Cream products tend to go off quickly, so even though there’s a large pan showing, I need to use this concealer.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This eyeliner is part of an Elizabeth Arden gift set that my brother gave me a while back. I lost the pencil for a while, but now that it’s  found it needs to be finished.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Initially, I had selected Elizabeth Arden’s lip pencil in Sugared Kiss as it goes well with the Wet n Wild Bare it All lipstick. Then I realised if I finished the lipstick early on, I wouldn’t be able to pair it with my the Elizabeth Arden Rouge lipstick. That’s why I picked this lip pencil. I’d be able to use it with the red lipstick I’m trying to use up. It’s a win-win!

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This was part of Essence Merry Berry limited edition, which they had I believe the year before last. The scent is lovely, but it doesn’t have much shimmer. It’s a great product if you’ve been to a braai and you can’t wash your hair but need to cover up the smoke smell.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

This is a stunning blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is so hard to get right.  Whenever I wear this eyeshadow I fear I look like a 90s hot mess. My fear is even greater considering that I’m also trying to use up a red lipstick. This shadow was de-potted and the container that I kept it in fell and all of the shadows broke, with the exception of this one and a silver and lilac duo. I was considering throwing it away, but I realised that I may need it for an event later in the year. I am not going to buy blue eyeshadow again just to wear it once before throwing it away. No darlings, I’m also doing this project pan to cut down on spending. My aim is to get a generous dip in it. There’s no way I am able to completely use up a nearly full container of blue eyeshadow in 3 months.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

This is a lovely matte brown that’s great for all over the lid colour. I read somewhere that Colour Pop’s shadows dry out and expire quickly. I have only swatched this (I tend to overlook my single shadows and reach mostly for my palettes) and I really don’t want it to go to waste. It’s such a versatile colour it can be used for many looks. I also do not expect to finish this shadow, but I would like to make a generous dip.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

If you ever see my highlight on fleek, it is this baby right here. I even have a backup. There are 4 highlighters in my Carli Bybel palette, so logic is telling me to give the backup away, but I don’t know. I only started using highlighters last year and I already have a huge pan on Wisp, which tells you how much I love this highlighter.

And that’s my pick. I’m hoping to finish at least 5 items. Wish me luck!

Have you ever done a project pan before? Let me know in the comments below.

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My journey

My Two Oceans Half Marathon 2017 Experience: Reflections upon the race

June 28, 2017

Just when you thought I’ve moved on from writing about My Two Oceans Half Marathon Experience, here’s another post. Since the race took place, I have had a number of reflections and have learnt a lot from the experience. Before you continue with this post, I strongly suggest that you read up on “The Build Up” and “Running the Race”, and if you’re keen on learning more about my preparation for the race.

Have you read these posts? Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Incorrect pacing

As I had previously mentioned, I started off the race way too fast. I had forgotten my watch at home and got caught up with the speed of everyone around me. Eventually, I ended up tiring myself out. The first 2 kilometres are relatively flat, but I tried storming up Constantia Nek and that ended up tiring me out.

More time on the road

Here was probably my biggest mistake. I spent more time on the treadmill than on the road. Running on the treadmill is not the same as running on the road. I suppose treadmill runs are good for speed training, but half marathons are endurance races. Yes, there’s a time limit, but when training for the race one needs to ensure that you’ll be able to cover the distance. With my sessions with my personal trainer, we worked a lot on endurance exercises, to ensure that my body would be able to cover the distance. I still believe that I would have been able to finish the last 3kms if there was not a cut off time.

With my sessions with my personal trainer, we worked a lot on endurance exercises, to ensure that my body would be able to cover the distance. We also focused on some speed work. And after my sessions, I had the endurance needed to complete the race. I still believe that I would have been able to finish the last 3kms if there was not a cut off time.

In my build up for 2018, I will focus more on speed training and outdoor runs, as I feel that I now have the endurance and can maintain it. This is also coming from a woman who has not run since the OMTOHM. My excuse is that it is winter and I can’t run alone outside. I need to get my butt into gear and at least do fun runs on weekends.

Fast food trips

I ended up being that person. The person who rewards themselves with food after a gym session. Sadly that was me. I have on more than one occasion made a trip to MacDonald’s after a workout session. Instead of nourishing my body, I feasted on hash browns and fries. To be straightforward, I wasn’t eating healthy.

No weight loss

Let me be straight with you. I am in no way saying that bigger people cannot complete or run half marathons. But in order for me to complete the OMTOHM, I need to run faster and losing weight will help immensely with that. In between the MacDonalds trips and workout sessions, I only lost 3kgs. I know I could have lost more if I ate better. Eating healthy would be easier if salad tasted like brownies and ice cream.

Also running is a high impact sport. So the heavier I am, the heavier the impact will be on my joints such as my knees and ankles. When I was fit and weighed, I finished every race I participated in. Granted they were 5kms and 10kms, but the fact remains I finished them within their cutoff.

These are the main reasons I did not reach my goal of finishing the OMTOHM, but they won’t be stopping me from completing the race in 2018

Images via Pixabay