Fitness and Lifestyle


Now I am not going to lie doing a detox isn’t easy. Its my third time doing the Forever Living C9 Detox and I thought well I know the drill it will be easier. Its not!! I think detoxing during winter is probably what has been most difficult so I have had to dig deep but I know it really worth the results. Each time I do the detox I lose 2.5/3kg’s its a great way to kick start my body and get me back to eating healthy again.

Motivate yourself to exercise! There are days when I wake up and think I am so tired and really I can’t be bothered to get out of bed. Yesterday I faced that exact dilemma where I had slept only 5 hours and beyond emotionally and physically exhausted. My alarm went off at 5.45 and found myself resetting my alarm for another half hour more. But the reality is I would just be lying there thinking how lazy I am being. Plus I would regret not going for the rest of the day and it would effect the rest of my week. Its all about how to motivate yourself to exercise. I am the type of person that needs to plan it out and then stick to it. Its all in the mind and the minute you get your head out of the game well that’s just asking for trouble.

So there are so many mixed messages when it comes to eating and training. I sometimes feel like its a bit of a contradiction some say eat something before and some say no way eat after. I have been eating before because I am a foodie and feel if I have to train on a empty stomach how will I survive??? But then I eat again when I come home because I am starving. One of the guy models from my shoot told me this week don’t eat before you train because your body burns the stored fat. That actually sounded pretty reasonable. So I decided to give it a go.

Now for someone like me who is starving from the moment I wake up I was freaking out a little. Apparently drinking coffee before really helps burn the fat but I can’t stand coffee. So water and green tea (sounds awful I know). I thought maybe sneak in an apple before sweat 1000 but my mum who is here from overseas told me no way. OK so now I am in my car stuck in some traffic and I am really starving now and having visions of passing out on the treadmill. So I keep drinking my water in the hope that this will help. I start the class and all I can think of is food. Surprisingly after 20 mins in I actually feel OK and I am still standing. I feel lighter and I get a great workout in. I do race out the class to get home and eat but I did it and was pretty proud of myself.

After training we are told eat your carbs and protein so thats what I have done plus thrown in an apple as well to keep me going till lunch. I think the point of not eating before a workout is to change our habits and shock or trick our bodies. So many people believe that you burn more fat if you don’t eat but is that true? I did have enough energy to power through but maybe not everyone will be able to?

The other side is you have to eat before at least 3 hours before you train. But what happens when you train early in the morning? No way am I getting up at 4 or 5am to eat unless I have to be up for a shoot. So where does that leave me?

I have been eating before woking out and it seems to only makes me hungrier. Maybe a protein shake or a carbohydrate that is slow burning? What to do?

If you are in the same predicament drop me a message on what works best for you.

Shahnaz x

Running has been one of those things that I have battled getting into but I know its great for calorie burning. Its been an on and then a long off but finally I have been getting back into it at a slow pace.  At least I can run 5k in just under half hour! Over the Christmas holidays in Cape Town which is summer where you want to look hot but you find you just eat and drink everything. I came across the Redrock training app that offeres a variety of training plans but weight loss is what I need. I have put on 6kg’s yes that’s a lot and I need to get it off quick sharp. This app is definitely going to get me there.

I used to be one of those people that didn’t really think about what I really needed to out into my body. I have been drinking hot water and lemon for ages but that was really enough to kick start my day. My mum has been a real inspiration for me and kicking my ass into gear to eat right and to make sure I exercise. The C9 detox helped me really get my head into gear, and now well I am training like crazy and starting my day eating right. It can be quite daunting stepping into a health food store because really the choices are endless. In this post I cover key benefits to some of the superfoods out there and how they can help you.

I decided last month to set myself some goals to work towards and really stick to them. I always make so many promises to myself at the beginning of the year but find I actually don’t follow through. Last month I set myself some new goals and have been so proud of myself that I followed through especially when it came to my heath and fitness. This month its about following through sticking to being healthy but also set my work goals.

Today I embark on a 9 day Aloe Vera juice detox after a super long holiday where I basically over indulged on food and drink. Its the first time I have tried any kind of detox in my life and I was a little scepitical at first to try but I am doing it any way. Firstly I knew Aloe Vera was good for your skin but I really never thought about drinking it. I actually never realised how amazing it actually is until my friend who is helping me with the C9 detox explained all the benefits. Basically it will change your life health wise and I am super excited about how I am going to be feeling over this detox and how my skin is going to improve too.

Being away really helps you to take a step back and look at life what you are doing and where you want to be. This year has been lots of change. I have lots of new exciting things I have planned that is totally out of my current industry. There comes certain points in your life where you need change or need to do more with your life. I changed my career to a makeup artist in my early 30’s and now I just want to do more. Its definitely a bit of world domination or just a finger in a few pies. To inspire myself I decided to write to about my July Goals and maybe just inspire a few to make a change or make life a bit better.

After being overseas and totally over undulging on nachos, pasta, bread etc etc I stood on my scales and nearly fainted. Somehow I had managed to put on 6 kilos and with summer fast approaching that’s not great. Especially when I spend my life around model’s I needed to get super motivated. Its so hard getting your head in the game to start your diet or change your way of living. You really have to see it as a long term goal. I literally have been having a stern talk with myself the last few months. Finally my head is in the game. This may not work for everyone but it works for me as I can’t live on a high fat or carb diet. Its all about the protein for me. In the last month I have managed to shed 3 kilos which is pretty good going and I have another 3 to go. Its not easy and you have to have will power but if you really want it then go for it. This post is all about my tips on how to lose weight.

Since returning back from holiday and eating way too many carbs I have totally changed what I put into my body and get seriously healthy and back on track. I have never been one for making healthy meals my self and with the daily dietician plan I am on its inspired me to start doing things for myself. This week I decided to investigate some healthy breakfast options under 250 calories that I can of make myself and still feel like I am satisfied.