LIV Village

LIV Village is found in the heart of Durban, and they are the most incredible organisation.

I had never been to LIV Village and I am so glad that I did! It is such a special place, and the children are so amazing I have asked to be more involved in the future. I believe everyone should go visit and see the amazing work that they do there.

We recently collected Easter eggs at our Easter Secret Sunrise and our fabulous Secret Sunrise family came through! We were able to donate to two baby homes as well as to LIV village. We also donated pre-owned running shoes from my Shoeperstars campaign and the kiddies were so excited! LIV village creates a safe home for 181 children right now. They pair children with a mom in their own home and together with 3-5 other children, they become a new family. The facilities they have are amazing. There is a clinic with a doctor, a dentist, a psychologist and an occupational therapist. They eat really healthy nutritious food, so their illness rate is drastically reduced as well. They have a school that ranges from Grade R to Grade 11, with the Grade 11’s becoming the first Matric class next year. They have started giving jobs to those in the communities surrounding the village, and have taught these people amazing skills. There’s a factory where they sew products, a welding school, agriculture where they farm veggies and moringa, LIV labels, LIV flowers, LIV culinary school and they are part of LIV cleaning as well! Sadly, recently, other members of the surrounding communities rioted and protested outside LIV wanting jobs. They caused enormous damage which is going to set back the village in their efforts to create more jobs for the community. It costs roughly R2 million a month to run this amazing facility, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably thought twice about donating because you have the misconception that they’re so well supported because they’re always on social media with sports stars etc. Only after I visited and spoke to Caitlyn about it did she bring it up that a lot of people think that, but their costs are so high.

 

They’re currently launching a £1 campaign where they’re asking people to donate £1 a month. That’s R20, the cost of a cappuccino. Doable right? I’m committing to donate R20 a month this year and I’m challenging you as well! If we can get 1 million people around the world to donate £1 a month, that would be their target and they can take in even more vulnerable children!

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My whole feeling from being at LIV is that it is such a happy place! The kids are growing up in an incredible environment and to see how many kids are being helped is just heart warming.

If you’d like to shop online and buy their products check out their website here. I have had the coffee and it is really good! They also have amazing woven rugs in their store at LIV so pop in and support them sometime and grab a coffee at their coffee shop too!

 

If you would like to use zapper to donate anything from R20 towards helping them rebuild or support the kids then scan this code. You can also use zapper to donate monthly if you like!

If you’re more old school and prefer eft or online payments then you can donate here.

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If you would like to donate anything to LIV for the rebuilding please feel free to use this Zapper code.

 

Have you been to LIV Village before?

I hope you’ll join me when we do our special Mandela Day Secret Sunrise event. We have launched the event on Facebook and you can find all the details here

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International Yoga Day and what 30 days of yoga did for me

Today is International Yoga Day

Today is International Yoga Day and what better way to honour this day than to share my 30 day yoga journey! I had only ever done two yoga classes in my life, about 5 years ago, so I thought I would challenge myself to doing 30 days of yoga to see how my body responds. I am a weight training junkie. I loved crossfit and running and everything fast, so you must know this was quite a scary idea! I know for a fact that my hamstrings are naturally tight and that downward dog was going to be my nemesis, but I pushed on, literally.

I had heard great things about Tree Natural in Umhlanga and that they had a great unlimited package for a month. That sold me on this idea and I signed up! What really sold me on the idea was Dr Megan Medina. You know those two yoga classes I had been to all those years before? Well this were taught by Megan and I LOVED THEM! I loved them so much that I had never forgotten her name. I only stopped because I switched gyms.

I went bout 4 days per week, sometimes 5 when I could make it. I was challenged mentally as well as physically. The first night I was zonked! I wanted to go to sleep at 6pm! The same the next day, but after the third day I was already sleeping so much better than I was before. My body was clearly in shock, because it was doing things it had never done before. I found it amazing that I could deadlift 105kg’s but doing something as simple as triangle pose had me shaking uncontrollably.

I learnt so much about myself through this challenge. I don’t think we challenge ourselves enough. I think we like comfort, safety and the familiar. We don’t push the boundaries enough. We don’t respect our bodies enough to know that it’s got us, it can handle us, and it will always trust us. We just have to trust it back.

30 days of yoga taught me:

  • Yoga is hard
  • Yoga is not just about flexibility
  • Yoga can get your heart rate right up
  • Yoga works muscles you didn’t know existed
  • Poses look easy on instagram but are really really hard
  • Yoga works the body and the mind
  • I felt more calm and focussed during the day
  • I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much
  • Your body starts craving the movement
  • Your mind is less cluttered
  • Your body responds quicker than you think
  • You sleep so well
  • You are motivated to push a little deeper each time
  • You learn to love the guided mediation of the teacher
  • You start following yogi accounts on instagram
  • You want to be better
  • Your flexibility improves in one month

 

I must say, all in all I was very happy with my progress! I took some before and after pics to note the slight improvements. I was really happy to move from using blocks or a strap, to not. It really is the small improvements that make a difference!

 

 

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There are those terrible hamstrings!

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I was happy with my progress! Megan says rather have a bend in your knees to keep your back straight and not rounded.

 

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Blocks are so useful and versatile! Start off with them until you are more comfortable in the poses.

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Slow progress is better than no progress!

 

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I found that my lower back was also tight, not just my hamstrings. When I first started cobra it was actually painful, but it is so much more comfortable after a month of loosening it up!

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This really isn’t as easy as it looks! My balance was shocking and my lower back was very tight. I am still getting there slowly but I am way better off now.

 

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Goddess squat is no joke! Blocks definitely help to keep you more upright at the start.

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So rounded and bad form to start with. Thanks hamstrings! Megan said to bend the knees to get a flat back and what a difference it made!

 

I am so excited to keep going on this journey and get to where I want to be. I know that will take a long time, but I am really happy with the progress so far.

You can find out more about Tree Natural’s yoga classes here and find them on Facebook here.

 

How did you get into yoga? Do you practice at home or a studio? Are you taking part in International Yoga Day in any way?

 

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How do I stay healthy in Ramadan?

As we head into the beautiful and sacred time that is Ramadan, I wanted to answer a frequent question I get asked by a lot of my muslim clients and friends.

Q: Can I train during Ramadan?

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A: Yes you can. Firstly I want to say that if you have any health problems, you should check with your doctor first. Everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for the other. These are guidelines that are general and fine to follow if you have no existing problems that need doctor’s clearance.

Exercising during Ramadan is actually good for you. Your body is storing food at hours that it isn’t used to, so you’re essentially storing the high calorie meals as fat. The best way to counteract this is to train, and use up that fat as energy. Weight loss is the simple equation of calories in versus calories out. So, the calories that you expend by training must equal the calories you consume by eating if you want to maintain your weight. If you want to lose weight then the calories you consume must be LESS than the calories you burn up during exercise. If you are not training during Ramadan, you are not using up those calories, therefore the calories you are eating are essentially not budging.

When you are fasting you will definitely be feeling tired and dehydrated. By fasting all day your muscle and liver glycogen reserves are reduced, causing you to experience low blood sugar. Whilst feeling this way I’m sure the last thing you feel like doing is exercising, but, it will actually help your energy levels as well. You really don’t need to keep your intensity level where it was before fasting, this month is very special and spiritual to you so make it more about reflecting and focusing on the health aspect of it. I would recommend it as a maintenance month and not a weight loss month.

I know many of the traditional foods to break fast are often calorie dense, pastries and sugary treats. These high calorie foods will be stored as fat due to the density of the calories. This is especially true when you aren’t exercising and working off the extra calories. Try enjoy these as treats once or twice a week instead of every night. You need a high intensity training session to work off such high density calories, and without the energy to exercise at such a high intensity you won’t be able to burn the calories off completely. So enjoy them, sparingly.

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Here are my guidelines and tips:

  • Exercise for maintenance, not weight loss
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week 30-40 minutes
  • Focus on weight training and body weight training instead of cardio
  • Have longer rest between sets
  • Do fewer sets per exercise
  • Reduce your volume of exercise and intensity
  • Strength training prevents muscle loss (so you keep that nice tone)
  • Eat healthy, unprocessed foods
  • Drink water when you break fast and keep drinking it to stay hydrated. The same in the morning
  • Avoid junk food as much as possible and treat it as an actual treat
  • Cardio will make you thirsty and even more dehydrated so stick to weight training rather
  • Eat according to your appetite, don’t overeat. Remember it takes your body 30 minutes to realise how full it is. So eat until you are still comfortable then wait.
  • Eat your protein and veg first so you don’t overload on pastries
  • Dates are really high in sugar, so don’t overdo it every night
  • Exercise 60-90 minutes before Iftar if you can, otherwise after you’ve had some dates is great too
  • If you are working, speak to your boss about the possibility of working through your lunch break since you won’t be eating, and leaving work earlier. Then you could go straight to gym, get in your workout and straight home to break fast
  • A lot of hunger is due to dehydration, so drink a glass of water first when breaking fast
  • You can actually lose body fat during Ramadan if you watch your calories and exercise. You don’t need to go at your usual intensity but look at it as being healthy and happy

 

This is a special month but you also don’t want to undo all of your hard work over the year.

Enjoy your special time

Jane

xxx

 

If you have any other questions please feel free to email jane@gijane.co.za

 

 

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It’s gonna be May!

I don’t know about you, but every time I see a picture of Justin Timberlake I sing “It’s gonna be May” in my head. It is a problem! I feel like we wait all year to see it.

I have some plans for this May:

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I’ve enjoyed the public holidays to recharge and regroup, and now I am ready to make some serious changes and hustle! There are so many things I want to be better at. We can always put more effort in somewhere, always do more, be more, say more, work more. So that is what I am doing this month!

What you put in is what you get out

Time to put in 5% more than you were putting in yesterday. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to work out.

Stop making excuses and do it! You will be so proud of yourself.

 

Get it done.

Slay all May

 

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Monday Motivation – Spread some Sparkle

In a world where people are attacking each other on social media on a daily basis, I feel like more sparkle is needed.

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When did it become ok to bash your friends for having their own opinion? When a friend posts a genuine question on their own Facebook, when did it become ok to attack them, belittle them and to attack their character? I see it every day and I don’t understand it. We were always taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I feel like everyone has forgotten this and instead social media has made them feel powerful because they don’t have to say things face to face but they can hide behind their keyboard. Sure, you are also entitled to your opinion and to reply as such, but do it in a respectful manner where you are having a discussion about the topic, not ripping his character to shreds for asking a question and having his own opinion.

I feel like it happens more and more every day, and instead of scrolling on by, people now have to get defensive about everything. I often just scroll past if a friend has said something I don’t agree with, and I am much better for it. Sure, if they’re asking a question I might give my feedback if I really want to, but in a respectful way. I would never attack their character for posing a question. If it really is something sensitive then I’ll send them a private message and take it off Facebook. If it really offends you, then why not contact them directly instead of having a public debate? Or is it an ego thing where you need to be seen. You need to be seen dominating. You need to have an opinion. Sometimes you need to look inside yourself and see where the rage is coming from. I’m pretty sure you’ll find it isn’t your friend or what he said.

To lose friends and be unfriended on Facebook over your own opinion is pathetic. Are you really a friend then? I’ll always remember his great cull of 2017. Made so easy for him by people removing themselves. It’s always better when they do it themselves right?

My point is this, spread more sparkle, spread more love, spread more joy. Stop perpetuating the hate by being part of it. Take a breath and scroll on by. You’ll feel better and your blood pressure will thank you. Stop taking things so personally.

 

Spread those sparkles everywhere! You know what glitter is like, that shit sticks like glue for YEARS! So throw buckets of it everywhere so happiness spreads and sticks for years ✨

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