Wednesday, August 31, 2016

#MoveMore Challenge...in my rear view mirror.

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Aaaaaaaaand we are done!
The 30 day #Movemore Challenge has come to an end,
to be followed almost immediately by a new one
 that will I with be starting soon.

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Proudly South African?
Yes, I am...
Proud to be a member of the SleekGeek community?
Even more so...
This is my final video wrap up of the last 30 days
and more specifically the exercises that we were tasked with doing.
https://www.facebook.com/david.batzofin/videos/10209291903828741/

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A big "THANK YOU" to all those who commented on the postings
and the videos that I published.
The latter was something I have not had the courage to do before,
but with the support of the SG community,
I felt that I would not be judged too harshly.
And I was not.

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We all have "bad hair" days and it is those that we have to overcome
in order to be the best person we can be.
Why did YOU do the Challenge?
I know that for me, it was all about having measurable goals to work towards.
Did I achieve all of them? NO, I did not.
In the past, I would have been disheartened and might have slipped
back into old eating and training habits.
But, hopefully, that behaviour is behind me now.
I am learning to focus on the positive and to ignore the negatives

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After all the jumping exercises that we were tasked with doing,
I feel like I could be.

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Remember, there will be days when you feel "fat".
More often than not it will just be YOUR perception
and NOT how others see you at all.
That was proved to me when I posted before and after images
in the closed group and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback.

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These were my goals for the Challenge.
How has my life changed?
Before I joined SG, training was not a"front of mind" option...
Now, although I don't go out at 05h00, 
I do try to get to the gym by 07h00.
My runs start at about 07h30 and can last for up to an hour 
during the week and twice that on a Sunday.
Saturday is my "off" day...not even a Park Run can entice me.

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You need to take a long term view of your "new" lifestyle.
You are not in it for 30 days or even 8 weeks.
It is a life and lifestyle change that you have to be willing to commit to.
I have, I am hoping that you have as well.

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Elan was recently a guest on my "Travel & Things" radio show.
Listen to the Podcast to hear what he shared with me.

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For this Challenge, my team mate has been exceptionally busy
with a variety of projects, which has kept her more occupied than she expected.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#Movemore Challenge. I look back at week 4.

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Final week done and dusted...
Only two more days and the Challenge will be over.
Even though there are 31 days in August,
a "31 Day Challenge" just does not sound right...

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You need to be wise when you enter these Challenges.
What are YOU hoping to achieve,
and how do YOU set achievable goals.
Yes, the reps of each activity do increase
but that does not mean that YOU have to injure yourself trying. 
It is amazing for me as to how quickly these "events" reach a conclusion.
It seems like only 21 days ago that this #Movemore Challenge started,
and we are at the end of the final week.
(with the exception of the actual final days being next week)

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These are not really that difficult.
My only (unanswered) question is...
Do left and right leg movement equal "climber",
or alternate legs counted as "climber" each...
Answers on a post card please

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I do like squats...the more the merrier.
But doing 60 in a row and then trying to walk can be somewhat challenging.
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To think that I was unable to complete 20,
and now I do 22 as a warm up to each exercise.
(The daily push-ups are part of a 22 push-ups for 22 day Challenge)

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EVERYONE hates these...including the guy who invented them.
I think that I will request that these be replaced
with lunges or crunches in the next challenge.
Just a thought.

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My steps are all done during the course of my runs.
Back when I did my first Challenge,
it had been a while since I ran, so I had to walk.
All that has now changed and I have once again competed
in a 21.1km road race and completed the course in a respectable time.
1km =1312 steps, you can do the math!

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We are all STARS...so let us celebrate!
When asked to do these, we should not ask "How high"?
The question that we should be asking in "How many"?

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I did not realise how exhausting dancing actually is!
I look at YouTube dance videos in a whole new light
and with a LOT of respect for those who make it look so easy

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If you had said to me a couple of months ago that I would run to
a race and then still compete, I would have laughed at you.
Yet I did exactly that when I completed in the Cell C Day of Races.
10.17km to get there and, it seems that the 5km course was a little short.

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I did my Star Jumps at the side of this dam at
Askari Game Lodge & Spa in the Magaliesberg.
I did 100 instead of 70 and added 50 Squats and 70 Mt. Climbers,
just because I could.

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Put THIS in you diary.
I do believe that I have some "toning" to do,
so I will probably do the final heat...
Last time I did the first and had to wait for the final outcome.
This time I will start last so that the wait for results is shorter.

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Elan was a guest on my "Travel & Things" radio show.
Listen to the Podcast to hear what he shared with me.

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For this Challenge, my team mate has been exceptionally busy
with a variety of projects, which has kept her more occupied than she expected.
I therefore had to do it "alone".
But my daughter was "in the wings" to give me encouragement
and keep me focussed when I wanted to give up.
Thank you Jayne...your words mean a lot to me.

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Askari Game Lodge and Spa. The closest Big 5 experience to Johannesburg.

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It has been a while since I last visited this property.
This time round, I was here to do research
for an upcoming TV series.
I am certain that the room interiors will not be featured,
so I thought that I would show you
what you "won't see on TV".
Even though it is supposedly a single room,
there is more than enough space for two people.
The only piece of furniture that it was "lacking" was a desk.
That being said, it had been a long day and the bed beckoned immediately,
so no work needed to be done.

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I really enjoy relaxing in one of these,
however, with the drought situation as well as water restrictions,
I felt that having a shower was the better option.

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The view from my verandah.
THIS is part of why I love Africa.

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Inside the Plumari Heritage Museum.
They have a selection of restored coaches second to none.
There are several in the grounds as well,
but unfortunately, those on the outside are not in great condition.

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Dresses are a new addition.
I wonder if any of the mens clothing has survived?

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More of the coaches that are on display.
Each has an information board that will give you facts(trivia)
about the particular vehicle.

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Some of the tools used in coach building.
Considering the terrain that they traversed,
I am amazed at how they survived given the rather sparse tool kit

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I discovered this "stash" of books under the staircase
in the main lodge building.

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But it was time to take to the track less travelled
and see how many of the Big 5 we could find.
The reserve does not have resident leopards,
but there are individuals that traverse the property occasionally.

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My colleague photographing buffalo from a safe distance
and seated inside the game drive vehicle.

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You do not want to get too close to THIS while on foot.

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Or for that matter a mother hippo with a calf!
Would you believe that hippo can run at a speed of more than 25kph...
Not even Usain Bolt would be able to out-sprint that.

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Some of the bird life at the "Hippo Dam"
A Black Headed Heron keeps an eye on the competition.

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A Giant Kingfisher keeping an eye open for a possible meal.

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As the sun was setting, the birds were settling down for the night
This African Darter was basking in the last rays of the afternoon.

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An animal designed by a committee.
This lone Blue Wildebeest watches as we drive past

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Zebra are possibly my favourite plains game species to photograph.
Their patterns are like human fingerprints,
no two are alike.

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International tourists LOVE giraffe.
I am not sure why, but they seem to want to turn the Big 5
into the Big 6 by adding these beautiful animals to their"must see" list


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Meals are eaten in this building...
and what meals they are!

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This was my dinner.
Beautifully prepared by Chef  Wanda,
it boasted a Champaign Sorbet as a palate cleanser.
My main course was an Ostrich fillet with sweet potato and seasonal vegetables.
Not a morsel remained on my plate.
I figured that I had to eat ALL the vegetables in order to have dessert.

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For more information on what they offer,
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