Our philosophy is one of most-of-the-time vs some-of-the-time. The below sub-philosophies underpin this and allow for some flexibility.
It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back! These days we carry plenty of straws, but how many can we handle before we break? Managing our “camel” load gives us leeway. Now, it’s true that we all get stressed periodically. And if the camel is mostly happy, it can take a little load sometimes. But, it’s important to understand what constitutes this “little” load! This is where my value lies when it comes to helping my clients. Whether to experience high energy, health, leanness or longevity. I’m the veritable camel whisperer!
OUR BODIES ARE CARS
Like cars, our bodies need ‘petrol’, ‘oil’, and water. Mostly, we should eat for the ‘car’ (healthful foods). But our emotional needs may require foods that aren’t great for fuelling the car. What they do offer though, is momentary bliss. While a good diet is the bedrock of health, there’s power in bliss too. It’s what you do most of the time that counts. If your car is well maintained, there won’t be an issue joy-riding some of the time. This way, you can have your cake and eat it. Literally!
GET OFF THE WAGON
Our exercise and eating habits have become a “wagon” to many of us. Be more disciplined! No pain, no gain! Just do it! When we fall off we go overboard in the opposite direction. Then we climb back on, only to repeat the routine. My deep work with clients isn’t about measuring success externally. It’s not about weight loss, or achieving an activity goal. It’s about letting go of being “perfect”. And it’s about embracing their body in that moment. The only way not to fall off the wagon is not to get on it. Ever!
After swopping my pointe shoes for trainers, I moved into health and fitness. I added nutrition, lifestyle management, and soft tissue therapy too. Over the past three decades I’ve done a bunch of stuff.
I was heavily involved with the South African fitness industry, designing, writing and lecturing on coursework for industry service providers. I was also a member of the industry’s standards generating body. In the mid 90s, I co-founded SA’s licensing body for fitness trainers.
I’ve written regularly for national health magazines over the years. Men’s Health, Marie-Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Shape are just some. (I also served on Shape’s advisory board). In addition, I had regular columns in local newspapers. In 2004 I wrote two books, both published by New Holland.
I’ve worked extensively within the corporate arena. This work involved presenting various wellness programmes and health talks. Also, I partnered with various schools, which has been deeply meaningful to me. My task was to help youngsters develop their sense of identity and self-worth.
In closing, I’m mom to a 14 year-old delinquent. Oh, and once a dancer always a dancer! I took up pole sport seven years ago so I now dance with my feet off the floor:)
Keynote speaker and vector presenter at various South African and African fitness conventions
Member of the South African fitness industry Standards Generating Body
Lecturer and writer for education providers in the South African fitness industry
Health and fitness writer for various Cape Town newspaper publications
Health and fitness writer for national magazines (Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, Shape)
Shape magazine advisory board member
Co-founder of South Africa’s first licensing body for fitness practitioners
Health writer for Port Elizabeth newspaper publications
Health speaker for various local Port Elizabeth and Cape Town radio stations
Corporate wellness coach for Volkswagen SA, Nelson Mandela University and their Business School, Old Mutual, South African Brewery, Investec, Nestle
Wellness committee member, Riverstone UK