Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso

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Myth #2 – Tall and slim = fit and healthy January 6, 2016

Filed under: In pursuit of a bikini,Life — Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso @ 8:45 am
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For the better part of my young school life I hated being tall. It was the ideal thing for nicknames. Giraffe was a favourite one. Having been skinny at the same time also didn’t help matters as I’d be called names like skinny legs, mosquito, motsetserepa etc.
For a long time I walked around with a notion that I was slim and therefore healthy. What a shock when a few years ago I was found out to have a very high cholesterol level. I couldn’t believe that a slim person could have such an issue. Granted, it was also genetically influenced but my diet also had a great contribution. This called for me to relook my nutrition and not think I was healthy just because I was slim.
When I was at boot camp recently and battled to do exercises that tall people were apparently supposed to easily do, I again realised that tall and slim is definitely not equal to fit. I performed poorly in most of the challenges at the beginning of the camp and felt so much pressure because some of those who were slightly heavier, or way shorter or even older were performing better. This gave me sleepless nights and propelled me to have additional running sessions in the mornings to build myself up.
There was a 2M wall that I was supposed to jump over which was supposedly easier for taller people. I’m 1.76m tall so I guess I get the logic. Unfortunately with no upper body strength, that wall beat me twice. Then I understood the need for push-ups. Push-ups were the main punishment and when I noticed their benefit, I incorporated more push-ups in my private time to improve my upper body strength for the wall and the monkey climb challenge (pics below). Again people who were shorter or even a little heavier than me could jump the wall because they were fitter and they couldn’t understand how I couldn’t do it.
Long story short, I eventually conquered the wall and went a couple of times more net for control lol and was also able to improve my running time. All these things took effort and practice. They didn’t just fall on my lap just because I was slim and tall. What should have been ‘easy’ for me wasn’t simply because I wasn’t fit, and people who were fit showed their strength. Do the work and see the results.

 

MYTH #1 – I’m not a morning person  December 24, 2015

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I have just come back from a 3-months basic police training course and my,what a time I had. Apart from academics and musketry (firearm) training, I also needed to be competent in fitness in order to successfully complete the course. Now, I have a love and hate relationship with exercise. I would much rather discipline myself with food rather than hit the road so I knew going into the course that the fitness part would be a challenge for me. At the end of it all, I learnt so much about myself and other people and hope to share some of the lessons from my boot camp.

One of the things I quickly learnt was that although I had always told myself I was not a morning person,  boot camp showed me I could be what I needed to be as the need demanded. Waking up at 03:00 or 03:30 in the hope of rushing for warm / hot water, my not-a-morning-person body quickly got accustomed whether the alarm was on or not. I needed to be ready for parade at 05:15 and in that time I had to have had a run, bathed, made sure my uniform was well ironed, boots polished and shining and cleaned my room (this is a whole specific process of shining floors and ironing the bed – specific process I say).

More often than not, we give names like ‘not a morning person’ to things that we do not like or prefer and not necessary things we are incapable of doing. By the 2nd month, waking up at 03:30 had become such a norm that calling myself a non-morning person just sounded like a cop-out. When I thought back to all those mornings in the past where I snoozed by alarm a million times instead of choosing to wake up to exercise or study and eventually the bed winning the fight, I realised how much I could have achieved.

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My morning runs at boot camp were at 4am. Salaminah Tshwane was my morning run accountability partner so I was grateful to have had someone to do it with. When I felt lazy she would urge me on and vice versa. I eventually got so used to waking up that early for a run I even went when she wasn’t around. Since my return I’ve adjusted my rising time slightly since I have no morning parade to attend and I have hot water 24/7 (one of the reason for early rising) but I still wake up early, earlier than I’ve done before. I have decided to adopt this lifestyle of waking up early to firstly start my day with the Lord and then proceed to do some exercise. So far I’m all smiles 😄.

So from now on I will be careful of things I say about myself especially things that have a negative connotation. If you’re like me and don’t consider yourself a morning person, wait until something pushes you to wake up early then you’ll see it was probably only a preference or an area needing some discipline. Give it a try. For me personally, it was laziness. If I needed to wake up at 6am, I’d set the alarm for 05:20 so that I could snooze 4 times before eventually grudgingly having to wake up. At the end of it all, I had wasted 40 minutes in which I could have done something productive or could have had 40 minutes extra proper sleep, so who was I really kidding? So although I generally feel I am more alert at night, at the college I noticed that I just had to adjust my bed time and then waking up early wasn’t always a situation of me popping out of the bed like toast, but it did become easier. So what can I suggest for someone who wishes to be a morning person?
— Sleep earlier.

— Avoid multiple alarm snoozing. Don’t snooze but if you must, try snooze only once.

— Just kick those blankets off and get out of bed.

— Do it everyday until it forms habit.

— lay out the activity you plan to do for that time the night before. If it’s exercise, lay the clothes out and ready. If it’s studying, have the books ready etc.

— If possible, ask an early riser to check on you now and then to make sure you’re up. You’d be surprised at how many people are up and about already when you are snoozing.

 

My first “no” to vetkoeks / amagwinya August 14, 2012

Filed under: In pursuit of a bikini — Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso @ 6:37 pm

So my bikini pursuit continues… I feel like I wasted 45 minutes at gym today. I mean those things they call aerobics nowadays are a waste of time, I promise I can lose more kilos walking. I mean its just silly, spinning, touching your hips, pseudo dancing moves; noooo. Didn’t enjoy it at all. I mean if I wanted to have a dance class I would have attended a Zumba session. Perhaps it was just today’s trainer. I will try someone’s else if no joy, I will keep to the circuit. it worked before, should work again.

So today the “no” test began as I was offered vetkoeks at work this morning. So for non-South Africans a vetkoek is Afrikaans for fat cake. Literally a ball of dough fried in oil. I have attached a pic. I know they look gross, but trust me, they taste better than they look 🙂 I only ever eat the brown skin anyway as I find the dough far too stiff and results in me missing the bathroom for a couple of days :).  So I am very proud that I said my first “no” and hopefully I keep it up, keep the gym thingie moving and soon, pursuit conquered.

Magwinya / Vetkoeks

 

In pursuit of a bikini August 11, 2012

Filed under: In pursuit of a bikini — Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso @ 1:54 pm

So I have never ever worn a bikini in my life. Sure I have worn a one piece suit but never a bikini. I have decided as part of my 1000 things to do before leaving planet earth I will wear a bikini before the next winter. I have no phobias for a bikini at all :). I love those little things. I just don’t have the body for it I always tell myself. my body retains water and I have problems with my digestion so no matter how hard I try I always kinda have a bump in my abs area. Anywho, though that’s the case, I have over time not taken proper care of my body and now have gained so much weight it is making my life difficult. Whether it being naked in front of my husband, buying clothes in a shop and having to fit in front of those 360′ mirrors, or the idea of fitting at all…It is all a bit painful right now as I have to fit into bigger sizes. I can fool myself into thinking clothes are made smaller these days what with the Chinese invasion on our shores, but that would be just that – fooling myself. I know the truth is I do eat even when I shouldn’t, even more so I eat a lot of what I shouldn’t eat because I lack self restraint. My washing machine has not shrunk my favourite skirt, I have just gained some extra kilo’s because I am not teaching my flesh to say ‘no’. I give it what it demands every time. I reckon being honest with myself and not lying to myself is half the battle won. So today, 11th August 2012 I take a trip in pursuit of a bikini. Before the next winter I will be in a bikini by the pool or beach. That is a promise. My flesh is about to be baptized with a new word ‘NO’ or perhaps ‘NOT today.’