It's time to get moving

Stepping out of my comfort zone has become my personal mantra for the past year. And this month, I took another big step, literally!
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I have been pondering over the best way to write this post for days, being mindful not to come across as being body-image obsessed or shaming my own body.
While I love my curves, I haven’t been happy with the extra bulges. So, I’m on the “healthy” side – it’s just a nice way of saying I am carrying around extra weight. How did this happen? I guess, life happens. I got so caught up in everything else, that I gradually put on weight. It’s bad lifestyle choices – eating what’s not good for me, eating at the wrong time or not eating for hours and not being physically active as I previously was. Face it, there’s nothing “healthy”  about that.  All I’m doing is putting myself at risk of lifestyle diseases – which has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. Have I tried to change? Oh yes! But as the saying goes, I fell off the bandwagon.
Enter biokineticist Tas Chetty, and I’m firmly on the road to  a healthier me.
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I have been seeing Tas Chetty and her team for almost two weeks, and to say it’s been life-changing is an understatement. Sakeena Munga and Romaana Cassim have me working on a routine that includes cardio and high intensity work-outs. Some exercises seems so simple, but I can feel the aches and pain later. The pain is a good pain. My muscles are sore at first, but then they are more relaxed. Some exercises leave me out of breath. And every time, when I feel I cannot make it, they push me on, “Go Maya, you can do it!”
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And, if I can do it, so can you. While I’m training at the superb Moses Mabhida Stadium at present, there are days when I can’t make it to the gym.
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The great thing about Tas Chetty and her team is that they help you with exercises that you can do at home too. And even though I have exercise machines at home, I have always made excuses not to use them. Not anymore. I make the time to get onto that bicycle or stepper. And, we have fun! Okay, I try to muster a smile while working out.
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Have I lost any weight? No
Have I lost any centimetres? Yes!
So you see, ultimately, weight loss isn’t the main goal, it’s about a healthier lifestyle – which we all should aspire to.
Since my first session with Tas, I decided to make simple changes and choices. I do not drink anything else besides water, lots of it, and black coffee. (Still can’t get rid of my coffee obsession) I have cut out bread and other carbohydrates from my diet – pizza, pasta are no-gos. Junk food is gone too. Being a vegetarian, my diet has been very poor. So Tas is helping me with that too, with a referral to a dietitian.
There are other amazing changes that have noticed too, again, not linked to weight. My skin looks brighter. As someone recently told me, my skin looks like it’s breathing. I haven’t suffered with back pain, as often as I used to. My posture feels better. I am surprised that I have achieved all this, just from moving!
All I have to do now, is keep moving.
Let’s move together! Join me on this journey as I share updates and tips, every two weeks, on the road to health and wellness.
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You can find out more about Tas Chetty and her team here, https://www.facebook.com/durban.biokinetics/
Check out a video of Tas Chetty on my Facebook profile. I’m unable to post here due to technical issues.
 

3 thoughts on “It's time to get moving

  1. Amazing read Maya! So motivational that I feel like getting out of bed and doing a few squats. Keep it up!

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