Monday, July 25, 2016

My Spring Challenge.Why use the word "cheat"?


The dictionary definition of the word is:
"Someone who cheats;a fraud;a deception;to deceive;
to defraud or to impose upon"
Do any of these sound familiar?
They certainly do to me...
It is easy to have a "cheat" meal or even an entire day,
because no one other than you will know it is a "cheat".
So why are we so often focussed on that "cheat" meal,
rather than all the others that we get to enjoy during the course of a week?
Is it seen as a reward for good behaviour?
More importantly, given the Challenges that we have participated in.
why are we rewarding ourselves with food?
What about a gentle run or a gym session?
Just to say to ourselves...
"See I don't HAVE to be competitive constantly"!



If, as there saying goes,
"Inside every fat person there is a thin one trying to get out",
then why do we seem to revert to our default status,
which is usually FOOD.
I have to put up my hand here as one of those...
especially after a long run,
where I will eat almost anything that is not nailed down,
hidden or locked in a cupboard.
And then, true to my nature, I immediately feel GUILTY.


Personally, I have learned that a cheat day
is not the end of the world.
It is merely a stone in the road to your final goal.
I have found that denial is more of a "deal breaker"
and often leads to almost uncontrollable binge eating.
I still have this problem when it comes to two items...
chocolate and condensed milk!
How have I overcome that deadly duo?
I cut them out entirely...
Well, I will allow myself cocoa on a cappuccino
and occasionally I will have a slice of lemon meringue pie.
But from the tin or in slabs...not any more.


I am not asking YOU to deny yourself anything.
I am just sharing with you what has worked for me.
Do I miss either or both? Occasionally,
but I know what they do to my sugar levels
and I therefore believe that doing without is the best option.

  
The lesson that I have learned from the Challenges
is that everything in moderation...
and DON'T feel guilty!
You know what you wish to achieve and
what you will have to do to be successful.
It is all up to YOU
#thechoiceismine 



It ain't over till I say it is...
That being said, I will continue with my own
"Spring is coming Challenge".
The new season starts on September 1,
which is, would you believe, 8 weeks away.
Anyone want to join me?

Follow me as I tackle what might well be the toughest
fitness challenge I have volunteered for.
The challenge starts on May 16 and will run for 8 weeks.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Henry George Gallery, Parkhurst. Johannesburg

Saturday morning...
Wife and I at a loose end...
What to do?
How about an art gallery?
Why not...it looks like this one is OPEN!

Darryl George Gray,
owner of the Henry George Gallery in Parkhurst
chatting to us about some of the local artists that he promotes.
Darryl told us that the gallery has been open for two years
and is now becoming a known entity within the art community.

The gallery is contained in an old house that has been re-purposed 
in order to show off the works in the best light
This is called "Bird of Prey",
by Sid Foreman.
It is a limited edition bronze and sells for R40000.00
That being said, there are works to suit almost every pocket.

I was going to say that this bronze was modelled
on a Blue Bulls player, 
then I realized that he HAD the ball...
so he must be one of the Lions...
The artist is Heidi Hadaway


Staying with the sporting theme.
Entitled "The Diver",
this is another work by Heidi Hadaway.
For me it worked both lit from the front and back.

An installation piece entitled
"Light the fire"...
Not really...it was wood for the fireplace.

Did you ever think that you might see a notice like this?
And if so, might you think, like I did for a moment,
that it was a satirical art work,
rather than an ACTUAL sign?

When mechanics meets art...
Made by artist Jean Paul Lemmer,
this is called "The Melody Machine"
and YOU can take it home for R50000.00

Yes, this "piano" does play if the handle is cranked
and the chain turns a variety of different cogs etc.
But is it music...or is it art?
The sound is rather discordant, 
but it is recognizable as music.

I did not get to try this "music machine"
by the same artist.

A working art work.
Now you know what can be done with empty bottles.
You can turn them into a table lamp.

I really do like this work.
"Memories of Noordhoek" by Anton Benzon
On sale at R10500.00

Beautiful in its simplicity.
"Who did this" by Sam Nhelengethwa,
is available at R8200.00

One of two pieces that we purchased.
This is by Thando Ngwenya, local artist that Darryl promotes
and whose works are selling really well.
What did we pay?
Significantly less than the work by Sam Nhelengethwa

If you visit, enquire about this initiative.
The proceeds go to a worthy cause.

This piece by Heidi Hadaway can be found in the garden
in front of the gallery.
Price tag? 
I was afraid to ask.

This "work" did have a sign that stated
"Use at own risk".
So I am uncertain if it is an item for a playground
or an ACTUAL artwork.
I never did get to find out...

The gallery can be found at 45 6th Street, Parkhurst.
It is well worth a visit and 
perhaps like us you too will invest in some of our local artists.


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Travel & Things, the broadcast. 23/07/2016


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 23/07/2016

1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10.00 - 10.15:
Sue Morrison, owner of The Bush House
in the Madikwe Private Game Reserve,
chatted to me about the property, the hide
and a recent Pangolin sighting.


10.15-11.00:
Al Prodgers,comedian and part time traveller
joined me in studio to share tales.
And how to enjoy your travels when accompanied by
a wife as well as a 2 and 4 year old!
www.alprodgers.co.za


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to "Travel & Things"

Travel & Things is sponsored by:
Extreme Bike Stealth.
The new way to travel in the city.

Travel & Things is written on a

 Cool Ideals is my service provider of choice.
They enable me to ensure that my articles
and images are sent fast and effortlessly.
Not to mention all the other benefits that FTTH offers...
Like stability and affordability!

This is "the" team that helps put my show on air.
L-R: Nkululeko, Siyanda and Ndaba...
Thanks guys...

 

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