Getting to know… Natasha Clark

Natasha Clark is one of those bloggers whose work you just can’t stop reading. I came across Natasha on twitter thanks to Che Dyer and Keri Bainborough, and I have been following ever since! Highlight was meeting her, finally, at the Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics in October. From her writing to her bunnies to her boys, everything about her is honest and interesting!
Let’s get to know Natasha Clark:


What does healthy mean to you?
I can see I’m unhealthy when I look at my face. Bags under my eyes, tough skin means I’m not hydrated enough and I’m not getting enough sleep. For me healthy also means weight – having the right BMI, and doing loads of cardio to get the heart rate up and keep fit.


What is your chosen form of exercise?
I run and do shape / aerobics type classes. I also go for one or two long walks with the kids and dogs every day!


What does your way of healthy eating look like?
Healthy eating means eating low in the food chain, and nothing processed. I try eat pure fruits, vegetables and grains where I can. I try not to eat anything that comes in a packet or tin, if that makes sense. Nothing with preservatives and weird things.


What is your passion project?
I’m pretty passionate about my blog cause it’s my only escape from work and our other projects and businesses. I like to write stories and take pictures and keep those as memories. I’m very sentimental so I like to keep my thoughts hanging around!


What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day: Graeme leaves for work pretty early, so I love my mornings with the boys. I drop them at school, then take the dogs out. I cram a few very productive hours of work in to the morning so I can go to gym after fetching them from school. I’m very lucky that their schools and gym are all within 1km of the house and my office. We have lunch together, which I LOVE or some days we’re at soccer practice. Once I’ve finished my work for the day, we take the dogs for another long walk and then get supper ready. When the evening run is done, we all watch a movie together, or G and I will have a glass of wine and chat about our day.


What would you like people to know about you?
I think that people assume that they genuinely know or understand people via following them on social media, but it pays to remember that I don’t share intimate details of my life involving my kids or husband, marriage, work or extended family. While you might see a cute picture of my son on Instagram, I may have lost a big client that day. Maybe G and I had an awful fight or maybe one of the kids is struggling at school and it’s breaking my heart. While I want to talk about all these things, I do value and respect the privacy of those around me. 


What do you want people to know about your work/business?
The Birdhouse is everything to me. I started it with a dream to fill the gap between the bigger ad agencies and the small business and start-ups. We work with every budget and we’ve never turned anyone away. Whether we can help them through training or run a full digital campaign, we never say no to anyone – and I’m pretty darn proud of that. 


Favourite workout song?
I listen to the Chicago Musical soundtrack, cause it has a great storyline and fights off the boredom. The movie is also great. Cell block tango is my best to run to, Check it out here! it just speaks of feline power and strength and really gets me in the zone!

Favourite exercise and why?
Jane I don’t know what this stuff is called!!! I HATE (secretly love) lunges cause I can’t walk for like 6 days after, which makes me feel good although I complain every chance I get (Graeme LOVES it)


Favourite quote/advice?
“Here’s to me, here’s to you, here’s to love and laughter. I’ll be true, as long as you, but not a single minute thereafter.” It’s a poem from a Lewis Carrol book I read years ago and I never forgot it. It really speaks of human nature, and I am very much like this: Fiercely loyal, happy, generous and kind but I do apologize for the wrath that ensues when someone breaks my heart. It’s not pretty, but it’s who I am!


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Getting to know… Robyn Francis

Robyn and I have been friends since 2007, when we met at a hair model casting. We’ve been quoting movies and text-watching them together ever since! Shes driven, HARD WORKING, hilarious and my go-to tech guru. 

Let’s get to know Robyn Francis:

What does healthy mean to you?

Being fit and strong, and having an intestinal system that works well. Having a spastic colon means I need to exercise and eat a lot of fresh fruit and veg. When that doesn’t happen, it’s remarkable how sluggish and gross I feel. 




What is your chosen form of exercise?
Running




What does your way of healthy eating look like? 
Lots of fresh fruit and veg, wholewheat things, lots of water, but balance – I drink coffee and wine, and I eat carbs. 




What is your passion project?
a) Building a blog that speaks to regular women – interested in business and the world around them, finding a balance and happy space, and just living well, without obsession. There are so many important issues that face us daily and are swept under the rug, or discussed briefly and left on the side. It’s not ok. 

b) Helping small businesses make the most of the free tools at hand to let the world know about their amazing products / services. 




What does a typical day look like for you? 
If I run – wake up at 4:45 (5km)
If not – Wake up around 5, coffee and email catch up. At work until 6ish, try sneak in a trip to the park for a run/walk with Bruce, dinner, work, bed (10ish)




What would you like people to know about you?
I know I take my work too personally and ‘work too hard’, but I’m fine. This is what works for me, and I’m enjoying it. 




What would you like people to know about your work / business?
I believe in what I do, and doing it properly. I think there are a lot of people ‘doing social media’ and ‘content’ but there is so much more than just posting to Facebook. 




Favourite workout song?
Jump on my shoulders – AWOLnations
Waiting all night – Rudimental




Favourite exercise and why?
A good, long run. By long I mean 10km. 




Favourite quote / advice:
We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time.
Any Given Sunday 

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Getting to know…. Cath Jenkin
I’m very lucky to call this special lady a good friend! She is so kind, talented and hilarious. It was only fitting that she be the first person featured in my Getting to know series.
Let’s get to know CATH JENKIN:


What does healthy mean to you?
I don’t think I have a “Standard” definition of healthy, because I am a big believer in living life to the best of your ability. For me, healthy is a state of mind and a state of being, not just your meals and fitness. I feel far healthier nowadays than I did in my early 20s. 


What is your chosen form of exercise?
I’m a (terrible but enthusiastic) casual runner, and I love walking over any other form of exercise, purely because it gets you not only moving, but helps clear the mind too. 


What does your way of healthy eating look like? 
For me, it’s all about balance. By that, I mean, always aiming for balance and if that means a cookie in each hand one day, and two naartjies in your hands the next day, that’s okay. In raising my kid, I always opted to give her choices when it came to food and meals, as I believed this would enable her to make better nutrition choices later on, and it seems to have worked. As a result, we can polish off a platter of vegetables for dinner one night and then enjoy a creamy and decadent pasta the next. I’m not a believer in restricting food types or the like, but I am a believer in making choices that have forethought. 


What is your passion project?
Ooh, good question. I guess my passion project is DigiKids (www.digikids.co.za) Yes, it’s work-related but it was spawned from a shared passion with a friend, and I am always thinking about it, and devoting my spare time to it, when and wherever possible. 


What does a typical day look like for you?
Hehe. I’ve learnt that there are no typical days for me, because the things I get to do each day are always changing. But, every day starts at about 05H45 with a cup of coffee and, according to my kid, this is “funny to watch, because it’s like you go from floppy to wakey wakey as you drink it”. Then it’s a run around to get everyone out the house, take care of our dog, Jake, attack my inbox, sign in to Skype for meetings if there are any, and then attack my to do list. I usually wrap up my morning’s work by 2pm, then it’s handle homework, dinner and family time, only to be back at my computer at 8pm until I am done for the day. 


What would you like people to know about you?
Hah! Um. That’s another good question. I think that if you know me online, you know how I am in real life. I’m not afraid of having a bad day, because I know tomorrow will be better. I reckon if there’s one thing people could learn about me, is that I am always hopeful, even when I’m having a fall down horrible day.


What would you like people to know about your work?
It’s often misconstrued that people working in creative industries have “easy jobs”. Writing isn’t an easy job, because it involves having to “be” the client, while retaining an essence of creativity and adventure. Telling a good story is as important as providing a great service, and I always feel very privileged when asked to help people or companies tell their story, for whatever purpose or platform. It’s an honour to help! 


Favourite workout song? 
I have three favourite tunes for this:
1) P!nk – This was playing in my ears on the day I finally conquered running 2kms (which was a huge feat for me, as silly as that sounds) and it never fails to get me going.

2) Katy Perry  Hot ‘n Cold – this song got me through a really bad patch in my life (as lame as that sounds!) but it also reminds me that, when things get tough, I can get past it.

3) Watch it! <—- because it’s super cheesy and instantly puts me in a good mood. LOL


Favourite exercise:
As I said I’m a biggest fan of running and walking, but if I can’t do that, throw me into a Yoga class. I’m thinking about starting Zumba soon too. 


Favourite Quote/Advice?
“You are not just a person, my child. You are a legacy. Act like it” – My dad (In an email sent to me in the very early 2000s, when I wasn’t exactly acting like much of a legacy to be proud of).​


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Fitness Friday

I am VERY excited about today’s Fitness Friday subject! My friend Kate has always been into health, wellness and fitness, but this past year she has just FLOWN! I really have enjoyed watching her transition from road running to trail running and doing SO well!

Introducing Kate Deary-Henning:

1. How did you get into Trail running?
I have always enjoyed running, more so on road until recently when I made the transition to trail. Towards the end of last year when there weren’t many road races on the go so I decided to tag along with some friends & give a little 10km trail run a bash. From then on I was hooked!

2. What is a training week like for you?
I work a full time job but in between this I train 6 days a week, I do take 1 day off. For me I feel it’s important to rest & recover! My sessions can vary anywhere between 1hr to 3.5 hours long and include quite a comprehensive mix up of runs & cross training.

3. Where is your favourite trail?
My favourite trails have to be over & around Table Mountain in Cape Town! It’s beautiful out there! 1 run has so many terrain variances! One minute you’re on jeep track, the next you’re running through forests across waterfalls, climbing up steep rocky technical sections….it has the works!

4. Where has been your favourite trail race so far?
I was very fortunate enough to be sponsored an entry to the Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge which I raced two weeks ago. It was my first 40km trail race so a big challenge for me. The race took us over and around the entire mountain. Although this was to date the toughest race I have done, the scenery was out of this world & made it all the more rewarding!! They also threw in some tricks & surprises at us along the route. We had giant hairy gorillas jumping out of bushes & a jumping castle obstacle station to manoeuvre before crossing the finish line. Great fun!
I ended off as 4th Elite lady home & 6th lady overall so there is work to be done but nonetheless I learnt a lot & was pleased with my first attempt & to finish.

5. What has been your best achievement so far?
I am still very new to trail running so up to this point most of my races have been around the 20km mark.
My best achievement this year was 1st place in Crazy Store – valley of 1000 Hills 20km Challenge which then allowed me the entry to Crazy Store Table mountain challenge. With all trails a podium position is just a bonus, being outdoors experiencing nature & different scenery is the ultimate win! To add to this I have met such incredible people, the trail community is quite humbling & really like no other!

6. What are your future plans & goals?
Once I am well rested & recovered from TMC I aim to focus on increasing my mileage and start taking on some bigger, longer races.
My next race I have lined up is The Golden Gate Challenge in October. It will be my first multi day trail race. It runs over 3 days during which the runners cover 29km, 27km & 17km distances. The elevation gain per day is around 2200m so loads of climbing & high altitudes are going to make this one tough! I’m really looking forward to it!

7. You recently transitioned to a vegan lifestyle. Tell us about why and how you made that switch.
Although most of my recipes I make are vegan I have not made a full transition to vegan. I follow a pescetarian diet as I do still include fish, eggs & dairy. If I think back to when I ate meat I generally felt very tired & sluggish most days. I decided to give the “no meat” way of life a try to see if it made any difference. Haven’t looked back since! I now have far more energy and don’t get that overwhelming sense of fatigue anymore.

8. You recently started a blog. What made you decide to start one? And where do you find your inspiration?
Yes I did 🙂
The reason I started this blog was mainly due to the request of others. Posting my food pics on Instagram created a bit of interest. People started asking me to email the recipes which was quite a job as the recipes were mostly in my head. My blog now makes it so simple to share them with everyone & I consider it an added bonus that I now have all my recipes in 1 spot for when I want to remake them.
I’d like to think of myself as quite a healthy person. I enjoy sharing my findings & recipes with others, encouraging them to follow a healthier lifestyle. My inspiration comes from so many places…books, blogs, healthy food fanatic friends, “bad” meals which I change up into healthy versions. Most of my recipes involve little to no cooking, contain no sugar, gluten or wheat and most importantly are very quick and easy to whip up. Time is precious to us all and we don’t want to spend beautiful summer days slaving in the kitchen when there are trails to be run and loved ones to spend time with!

9. 3 Things we don’t know about you?
I love bunnies!
I HAVE to keep my trail shoes sparkly clean at all times! (I get teased for this constantly! 🙂 )
Part time retail therapist !! (But what girl isn’t 😉 )

10. What is your favourite recipe so far?
My ultimate recipe so far has got to be the Peanut Butter Choc-chip Cookie Sandwich!! It’s too delicious everyone HAS to try it at least once! Go check it out on my blog under snacks or desserts.

11. Where can we find your blog? And Instagram

My blog can be found Here
Instagram page (where I post a lot of food & trail pics) Here
I also have a facebook page which you can go and like (if you like): Here

Feel free to send feedback & comments on recipes you have tried and tested! I’d love to hear from everyone! 🙂

There you have it! Go follow this pretty lady….

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Fitness Friday

We featured a fitness app recently that we really love, and now we’re sharing a fab app that works hand in hand with MyFitnessPal. Introducing RunKeeper.

I first saw this app on my friend Keri’s instagram. She’s been using it to track her walks and runs every day and it looked so fun! You can even put a back drop photo on it, which I love. Go check out her Instagram to see her awesome fitness pics and how she uses her RunKeeper.

I love the fact that you can use this app to track your distance and route whilst doing your cardio. It’s so handy using your phone, since most of us tend to listen to music on our phone anyway!

You can sync your MyFitnessPal to the app too, so that when you do your cardio it will add it to your cardio output and minus the calories from your food for the day! How handy?

Download it from your app store for free, you know you want to!

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