The day I started my YouTube channel

Hey guys!

Hope you have been well. After 6 years of being crippled by fear and procrastination I finally decided to start my channel on YouTube.

I have realised that there are Some things that I cannot easily capture through writing and find that speaking carries the message better. The purpose of my channel is to deliver content on fitness, beauty and books in a relatable and authentic way that will give my viewers a few laughs along the way.

If you’re feeling a bit lonely and/ left out on Female Millennial Musings, maybe head on over there and see what I’ve been getting up to 😃 here’s the link to my first video, would really appreciate your support: https://youtu.be/8p_ro8ALRIY

Tshego

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10 tips to kickstart your fitness journey

Hey guys! So last Monday I shared my “why” with you where I broke down the reason why I manage to stay consistent as well as why I chose weightlifting as opposed to cardio or sport.

This week I want to share 10 of the most important things to keep in the back of your mind or in your fitness recipe pot for when you’re starting out. You don’t have to have all of these all the time but all together they’ve really helped to keep me focussed, committed and accountable.

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  • Support circle

I’d say that a support circle is one of the most important things to start with. If you are about to undergo a serious body transformation. You need those around you to understand your process (maybe not accept it), know why it’s important to you, and why you need their support. I for example go to gym 4/5 times a week. Apart from the weekend, I usually get to gym really late at night, (say an hour or 2 hours before it closes) my family never understood why I went so late and it is something that cuts into family bonding time a few times in a week but now we are all on the same page and we make it work. Sometimes if I have time and get off work earlier I’ll go home first and have supper with them before heading to the gym and that has added a new and exciting dynamic to our evenings.

  • Gym membership

Some people might not agree with this but I think a gym membership works well if you have no idea what you want to do but know you want to do something. My gym offers lots of different types of classes, there’s a pool and a yoga studio and obviously all the other traditional gym equipment one might find. But I’ve heard that classes (which run 7 days a week) are both challenging and exciting and also a great way to make friends. Gyms also offer personal trainers and meal programmes (but I use an app for that- keeps costs low).

  • Macro calculator

So important. Especially if you are on a muscle gain/ fat loss journey. 60% of the transformation in your body is in what you eat. There are plenty of macro calculators out there that you can google as well as apps that you can use to help you track what you eat. Currently I’m on a very loose diet. I’ve been tracking my macros for over a year now and what you will also notice overtime is that you’ll begin to accurately eyeball portion sizes and you will no longer need to measure everything. But when you start, get into the habit of calculating your macros so you don’t over/ under-eat. This is going to be the most admin- intensive yet critical habit you will need to stick with throughout. Diet really goes beyond what the gym could ever offer.

  • Fitness programme

This, just like a gym membership help keeps you accountable and engaged. I also use an app for this and what’s so cool about the one I’ve found is that you get a video demonstrating form and how to actually carry out that specific exercise (this helped a tonne when my partner and I started training independently- he trained me for over a year and when our fitness goals changed it just made more sense to train separately and I found an app to train me).

  • Find your drivers

This is the same as your “why”, you know mine :).

  • Insta influencers

Over and above knowing what you want to do; you need to visualise it. I have found my Instagram influencers who just keep me so motivated with how they train and how much work they put in. They remind me that anything is possible if you work hard.

  • Accountability partners

I have the most amazing partners in fitness who share the same drive and hunger for both mental and physical wellness. They get me to rest and reward myself, to push when I feel defeated and demotivated and I’m truly appreciative for this amazing online motivational circle that I have.

  • Commitment

Progress takes time so you need to set a date (a realistic one) and then keep your head down and honestly push yourself till that date. If you’ve kept true to yourself and you’ve pushed yourself when you look in the mirror each week you’ll see your efforts. The mirror doesn’t lie (your clothes don’t either 😂😔)

  • Track progress (and celebrate the small wins)

So so key. As you build endurance and get stronger, the changes will get smaller and sometimes your body might begin to plateau. You need to learn how to monitor those small changes not just with a scale- I hate scale. I take photos and measurements. This way when the going gets tough and it feels like its not getting anywhere you know where you’re making progress and where you aren’t so you know what changes to make to see growth and progress again 🙂

  • Have fun

Nothing is ever worth it if you aren’t having some fun in the process. Dig deep and get your “why”, this will make you fall in love with the process and as a result, you’ll have so much fun along the way!

 

Is there anything you think is key in the fitness journey that I may have missed or do you have a different view? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

5 habits that will lead to happiness: for the serial over thinker


Ok so right off the bat, I’ll admit, I am a serial over thinker. For the longest time my biggest and unconscious habit was finding ways to put myself into a bad mood. I had gotten to a point where my sister created an invisible “power off” button at the back of my neck that she would literally press when she felt that my brain was overheating. It’s that bad. Overtime I have come to realize the power of our minds and our subconscious thoughts and although I will admit, I do not get it right everyday but I have found that when I focus, I have been a much happier, stress-free human and I want to share with you how I achieved this.

  • Habit #1: Take every negative thought and spin it into a positive and RUN with it
    • Literally let your mind run wild and obsess over the numerous positive possibilities. Your mind for example could be telling you that someone might be out to get you, immediately when you get this thought, just start thinking about how much that person has on their plate and this will begin to show you how low on their priority list you actually are.
  • Habit #2: Try not to sweat the small stuff
    • It is so easy to get yourself worked up over the smallest (and oftentimes), unnecessary detail/ action. when you contextualist the detail / action into a lifetime, does it really shift the dial that your colleague walked in without greeting you this morning? Nope.
  • Habit #3: Sometimes appearance is reality
    • Most of the time there are numerous ways that people or situations can communicate with you. if someone or something shows itself as an apple for example, don’t find ways to turn that apple into a banana, its an apple.
  • Habit #4: Exercise or mediate
    • The brain is a muscle that benefits greatly from exercise, I have personally discovered that when I work out, I am much more positive version of myself. I am relaxed and I can think clearer and more logically.
  • Habit #5: Understand and believe that people are inherently good
    • They just sometimes do some really fucked up shit- I will leave this one here.

Thanks for taking some time and stopping by today. If you found my post to be useful, please share it with a fellow over thinker who could find some value in these 5 habits.

Also, its not too late in the year to incorporate a few of these habits into your New Years resolutions. They really work like a charm in getting me out of a funk, I hope you find them just as useful!

Unboxing my Apple Watch Series 4

In the last week of January I finally purchases my Apple Watch Series 4 after years of procrastination. It finally felt right and I could justify the expense better to myself with reasons beyond the aesthetics.

So as some of you know I started my fitness journey, lets say around June last year. when 2019 rolled around and I was still taking the gym life seriously I decided to actually activate my Vitality and as a passive resolution I committed to transform my body into the fittest and healthiest form it has ever been in. Naturally I am a goal driven person and this is why the vitality program works so well for someone like me. Those weekly goals really get me going and the rewards- absolutely amazing.

There comes a point on the Vitality program where you can only meet your weekly goals with the aid of a wearable and this is how the Apple Watch came into my life. it was love at first wear. I am not naturally a watch person, but ever since i got my watch, I have been wearing it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m in love guys! ❤

I started on Bronze status this year (the second lowest status). It is now March, and I am 7000 points away from getting to gold. To put things in perspective:

  • When you start on the Vitality program you’re on the Blue status bar and all you need to achieve is 100 points in a week
  • 100 points can be attained in various ways but the simplest is either by walking 10 000 steps or swiping your card at the gym (and actually going in lol)
  • As you achieve or exceed the number of points, the goal increased (reasonably)
  • There will come a time when you have to achieve >700 points and that is where I am now and things get a bit tricky because you can only go to the gym so many times in a week and the program only counts 1 gym entrance a day and the highest of all your activities in that day
  • This is when the watch comes in handy as the workout programs are linked to points which are dependent on how hard you exert your body and heart. the points are tiered according to the percentage of exertion on your heart based on your age and they range from 60% up to 80%, the highest securing you 300 points per workout exceeding 30 minutes.
  • With the help of my watch I have been able to achieve in excess of 1000 points in most weeks and this has allowed me to fast track my progress on the program and with the fitness rewards on offer, you can see why my A- type personality is exceeding expectations on this program, and I use the word exceeding because there are people on the program who believe it is impossible to progress more than 1 tier/ status level in one year and before the first quarter of the year ends, I am already well positioned to attain two status level movements. the doubt also low-key motivates me

So yes, we can sit here all day and I explain some cool features on the watch and take you through comparables with the Apple 3 series vs 4 but Im really not here to do that. I am glad I waited until my purchase meant something greater than following a fad. All I want to say is that I love my watch and it has fundamentally changed the way I operate and view my health and fitness journey and it is worth EVERY last cent that I spent.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you also have a wearable you are obsessed with let me know what it is and why you believe it has made all the difference in your life 🙂