How to be consistent in the gym

 

Hey guys! If you have been following me on Instagram and have read my review on the Apple Watch Series 4 I purchased earlier this year, you will realize that over the past year I have become more focussed and intentional with my fitness journey.

I made the decision to publicize my journey because I wanted to share a different perspective on fitness, which is what I have termed “the real come up”. I want to represent real women, who have real bodies and some audacious fitness and bodybuilding goals and publicly track and monitor my progress and setbacks. All with the aim of providing some genuine motivation and an online accountability circle.

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Ab session in the Virgin Active studio

Fitness has always been a part of my life, from a very young age I had always participated in either dance, sports or athletics. From the age of 3, my grandmother enrolled me into ballet class and a few years later my father signed me up for Irish dancing which I participated in throughout primary school. In High School I decided that I still wanted to continue dancing however there were no Irish dancing studios nearby so I explored solo Latin dancing, and became more involved in extra mural activities at school such as Netball, Hockey and Athletics.

Bodybuilding caught my attention in 2018 and being a person who is driven by continuous improvement, I instantly fell in love with the idea and the art of body sculpting. The fact that I could physically manipulate and transform my body through the way I eat and the way I gym was just something that really appealed to me and this is why going to the gym and staying fit seems like such an effortless thing for me- I really love it and I am enjoying the process. For me, it means so much more than just looking good at the beach. Its about the Kaizen philosophy that I live by, its about health and mental wellness being the new currency of wealth and its also about being a living testimony of all that is possible if one puts their mind to something.

So thats how I stay consistent. I know my “why” and it resonates deep within me when I wake up with DOMS, or I have had a long day at work and still need to mission out to the gym on a cold winter morning or night. Find yours and I promise, nothing and no-one will be able to stop you.

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Unboxing my MacBook Pro (Review and 5 things to consider)

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So I just wanted to share a quick review of my experience this weekend when I purchased MY VERY FIRST MacBook!!!! The purchase of a personal laptop has been something that has been waaaay overdue and having been an apple product user for over 10 years now, I think the brand has proven its worthiness to me :).

I must say though, venturing into the Apple space for a laptop has been an incredibly daunting experience… almost as daunting as switching back to a manual car after you have been driving your automatic for a while. There are so many specs and so much to consider when you switch. As much as I am a millennial, I cannot say I am the most tech savvy individual, however, I do make it a point to research the shit out of any big purchase because a. I work hard for my money, and b. because I loathe the idea of being told why, how and what and I should spend my money on by salespeople who are looking to hit their targets- there is power in being an informed consumer.

Cool! Now that that is off my chest let’s get to some of the areas of focus I paid attention to (thanks to other bloggers, YouTubers and tech forums)that guaranteed zero buyers remorse after my purchase.

PURCHASING PURPOSE:

So the first question I would say a user must clarify in their mind is the reason for switching from Windows to MacOs. It is a significant shift and personally, I think fortifying the ecosystem (with your phone, I pad etc) just makes the transition so much easier. And of course it looks cool!

COLOUR:

Honestly, one of the most difficult decisions I had to make, it took me visiting the iStore twice to make my final decision, and I must say, it was worth it! Silver> Space Grey any day. Its more practical, doesn’t show fingerprint/ scratches and its just classy.

AIR vs PRO:

I am a firm believer of contingency plans and as a result I overthink and over plan absolutely everything that I possibly can, as a result I “settled for the Pro” because its an over purchase that I am proud of if I underuse it but it is just perfect if I decide, and have the capacity, to use it for every possible thing I can think of/ imagine. With that said, for me it boiled down to two things that I found useful:

  • Do I just need something personal for emails and the internet- Get the Air/ MacBook
  • Do I need a powerful laptop that can multitask? (edit videos, blog, email, build models)- Get the Pro
  • If I am traveling with it, will the weight bother me?
    • If yes, get the Air
    • If no, get the Pro

STORAGE:

Seems like a no brainer right? wrong. By default the 13 inch MacBook Pro (non touch bar) is configured with 128GB and 256GB; with an approximate price increase of R2 000/ R6 000 for 100GB more memory depending on whether you will forsake speed for storage. My opinion… external hard drives offer more space than a Mac will ever give you for a smaller fee.

SIZE:

For the price you pay for one of these bad boys, I really do not think the 15inch is worth it, I went to see the size difference in store and that extra 2 inches (5 centimeters) is not worth the extra R20 000 (and yes I am probably oversimplifying the tradeoff but then again, I am an accountant before I am a techie haha- LOGIC guys).

So yeah, I think if you are looking for high level black and white comparisons to make your decision and don’t really need to go into technicalities, I would say the above points will put you I good stead to make the correct decision for next purchase.

If you have any more additions to this list please feel free to comment below. Let’s empower each other to make wiser and smarter purchasing decisions!