Come Healing Of The Body, Come Healing Of The Mind

As winter slowly descends here in the Southern Hemisphere, the days get shorter, the nights a little colder, we all start to wrap ourselves up again in warm clothes and a little extra comfort food. It seems like a natural progression that we all gain a little extra weight over this time too.

Over the past few years I have witnessed some personal battles with weight and with body image and I have seen some truly remarkable transformations too. I have seen people not only shed pounds but also shed their own negative images that seemed to have plagued them for years.

Now let me stop right here and stress that in no way am I implying for even a second that thin people are happy people! What I am saying is that people who have a good image of their own body, regardless of the size or shape, are certainly happier within themselves.

This weekend I was listening to a little music when I heard “Come Healing” by Leonard Cohen and some of the lyrics really stuck with me.

Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

So we can blame magazines, super models, our parents, the movies or just about anyone for our own low self esteem and belief or we can say “The buck stops here” and choose to have the body we want, not the one anyone else thinks we should have, not the one you saw in a magazine or a movie, just the one you want and will love.

In some cases our own poor body image is a result of terrible things that have been said to us over the years by lovers, friends, family or others. These words have penetrated deep within us and sit there tearing at the fiber of our being. These people will not be back to heal you, that has been left to you alone.

As I embark on my own personal umpteenth 12 week challenge in search of the body I want, I know I will crave sugar, comfort food and a giant pizza, I know I will slip occasionally but the 12 weeks (or perhaps much longer) will be so worth it.

When you choose or decide the time is right, you too will set off down a long and difficult road, you too will struggle and falter and get up again and try all over. Just remember there are so many people supporting you, here to help you and encouraging you. Speak to the people who are winning their own personal battles (Note I did not say “have won”) they too can offer you advice or guidance.

Me, well I am off to the gym now, with Leonard Cohen as my personal trainer blaring through my head phones.

Leonard Cohen “Come Healing”

O troubled dust concealing
An undivided love
The Heart beneath is teaching
To the broken Heart above

Listen to the words very carefully.

To Sasha On Her Batmitzvah

For reasons beyond my own control, I will not be able to stand up at your batmitzvah party and deliver the words I would like the whole world to hear, I will not be able to present you with a video story we have talked about for so many years. Here are those words, the things I would like to shout from the rooftops and as for the video, you know I will build it and you know I will share it with you (and everyone else).

Thank you Sashki Lashki!

Bati08When you came into my life 12 years ago, I was filled with such lofty ambitions and high ideals, I was going to teach you right from wrong, and I was going to teach you to be a good person, to show kindness, to give charity, to care for others and to put them first. I was going to teach you to live your life to the fullest, to see the fun in all you do, to suck the marrow from the bones of life and to never waste a single second.

Little did I know that Hashem had in fact sent you to teach ME those very lessons and for that I am eternally grateful to BOTH of you. You have both taught me so much.

What could I possible teach someone with such wisdom beyond her years, with such a deep understanding of emotions, with such a contagious love for life, with such a grasp of what is right and what is wrong and with such kindness for her fellow human beings? Perhaps I am here to keep you grounded, to feed you lamb ribs, to clean up after you, to allow you space to explore, to do crazy stuff with you, encourage your sense of adventure while still keeping you safe, to be your father and at times your friend. I am not exactly sure what role Hashem wants me to play but I know I love them all.Bati07

Rewind twelve years to the moment I held you in my arms, tears flowing down my cheeks, unable to talk… that was the moment I knew that you would change lives, not just mine but in sometimes tiny and sometimes huge ways, the lives of all those you came into contact with. My eyes still get misty when I remember that moment.

Fast forward a few years to leotards, ballet outfits, torn jeans, beautiful dresses, bare feet, old dirty ugs, flip flops, shorts, gym clothes, onesies, denim shorts, point shoes, school uniform, your batmitzvah dress, in fact anything! You just look so comfortable, so at home and so beautiful.

You often ask me if I miss my mom and of course the answer is yes. I miss having her here to share my life with me, to talk to and to guide me. I am really sad that she never had the chance to meet her beautiful granddaughter but I see so much of her amazing spirit in you, her wisdom, and her genuine love for the people around her, her ability to see the good in everyone and how she would talk to everyone with real interest. Thank you for helping keep that memory alive for me.

Bati06To quote one of my favourite bands Queen “And bad mistakes ‒ I’ve made a few.”, but then who hasn’t? I know that some of the mistakes I have made may impacted on you but when I look at you, I see I must have done at least a few things right too. Learn from my mistakes by not repeating them and I promise to do the same.

People tell me that I am making it really hard for some guy to win you over one day that I am setting the bar too high. That is not the way I see it, I hope you will never settle for less than you deserve and always continue to give so much of yourself. Remember the rules… he has to support Liverpool, love camping and be able to make a decent braai, the rest he can learn as he goes along, or you can teach him too.

There is nothing you do in half measures! From your love for acrobatics and dance, your friendships, your Instagram account or trying to get in an extra five minutes of sleep in the morning when I am trying to get you ready for school… as you say “anything worth doing is worth doing properly”. That is just another of those wonderful qualities I am trying to learn from you.Bati03

To arrive somewhere and have people walk up to you and say “Ah so you are the famous Sasha, your love of life is legendary and your smile unmistakable” just leaves me beaming with pride, I am just so proud to be known as “Sasha’s Dad” There are million stories I would like to share with the world, but chances are if they have seen my Facebook page, I have shared them already!

People are drawn to your smile and your warmth, they are taken with your humour and your charm, no matter what crosses your path, it will be those character traits that see you emerge smiling and beaming on the other side. I feel a little like Polonius as he dispensed the advice to his son Laertes (don’t worry if you don’t know who they are just yet, there is plenty of time and Google to learn) some of those words are now legendary and offer such a good guide to life…

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Bati02May you continue to shine light on everything, may you continue to inspire those around you, may you know the kind of joy you give so freely and may you always be happy and healthy.

Waldo Emmerson once wrote

To leave the world a better place, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Now believe me young lady, I have no intention of leaving this world anytime soon, but you, Sashki Lashki are my success.

As strange as this may seem, sometimes even I can’t find the words to tell you how I feel. Perhaps you will forgive me if I turn from my own feelings to the words of another unusual chap: Bob Dylan. This is actually what I wanted to say

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young

Sasha Delivers Her Message At Her Batmitzvah Ceremony

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Fourteen Lessons I Learned In Twenty Fourteen

This has been quite a year, some incredible highs and some staggering lows. I have made some amazing new friends and lost a few others through death, disease and sometimes by choice. There has been a lot of war and there has been a little peace. So I will share the fourteen things I learned in twenty fourteen. Thank you to all who have inspired this writing… that by the way is all of you.

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The Difference Between Men And Women

Couple02 Let’s say a guy named Roger is attracted to a woman named Elaine. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

And then, one evening when they’re driving home, a thought occurs to Elaine, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realize that, as of tonight, we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?”

And then there is silence in the car. To Elaine, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he’s been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I’m trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn’t want, or isn’t sure of.

And Roger is thinking: Gosh. Six months.

And Elaine is thinking: But, hey, I’m not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily toward . . . I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?

And Roger is thinking: . . . so that means it was . . . let’s see . . February when we started going out, which was right after I had the car at the dealer’s, which means . . . lemme check the odometer . . . Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change here.

Couple01And Elaine is thinking: He’s upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I’m reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed — even before I sensed it — that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that’s it. That’s why he’s so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He’s afraid of being rejected.

And Roger is thinking: And I’m gonna have them look at the transmission again. I don’t care what those morons say, it’s still not shifting right. And they better not try to blame it on the cold weather this time. What cold weather? It’s 87 degrees out, and this thing is shifting like a garbage truck, and I paid those incompetent thieves $600.

And Elaine is thinking: He’s angry. And I don’t blame him. I’d be angry, too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can’t help the way I feel. I’m just not sure.

And Roger is thinking: They’ll probably say it’s only a 90- day warranty. That’s exactly what they’re gonna say, the scum balls.

And Elaine is thinking: maybe I’m just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I’m sitting right next to a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

And Roger is thinking: Warranty? They want a warranty? I’ll give them a warranty. I’ll take their warranty and stick it right up their ……

“Roger,” Elaine says aloud.

“What?” says Roger, startled.

“Please don’t torture yourself like this,” she says, her eyes beginning to brim with tears. “Maybe I should never have . . Oh, I feel so……”

(She breaks down, sobbing.)

“What?” says Roger.

“I’m such a fool,” Elaine sobs. “I mean, I know there’s no knight. I really know that. It’s silly. There’s no knight, and there’s no horse.”

“There’s no horse?” says Roger.Couple04

“You think I’m a fool, don’t you?” Elaine says.

“No!” says Roger, glad to finally know the correct answer.

“It’s just that . . . It’s that I . . . I need some time,” Elaine says.

(There is a 15-second pause while Roger, thinking as fast as he can, tries to come up with a safe response. Finally he comes up with one that he thinks might work.)

“Yes,” he says.

(Elaine, deeply moved, touches his hand.)

“Oh, Roger, do you really feel that way?” she says.

“What way?” says Roger.

“That way about time,” says Elaine.

“Oh,” says Roger. “Yes.”

(Elaine turns to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last she speaks.)

“Thank you, Roger,” she says.

“Thank you,” says Roger.

Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted, tortured soul, and weeps until dawn, whereas when Roger gets back to his place, he opens a bag of Doritos, turns on the TV, and immediately becomes deeply involved in a rerun of a tennis match between two Czechoslovakians he never heard of. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there in the car, but he is pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it’s better if he doesn’t think about it.Couple03

The next day Elaine will call her closest friend, or perhaps two of them, and they will talk about this situation for six straight hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification. They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, maybe months, never reaching any definite conclusions, but never getting bored with it, either.

Meanwhile, Roger, while playing racquetball one day with a mutual friend of his and Elaine’s, will pause just before serving, frown, and say:

“Norm, did Elaine ever own a horse?”

American Dance Awards 2014

My beautiful princess, ballerina one week, acrobat the next. Dressed impeccably or roughing it in the gym or the park with me… You never cease to amaze me.

Wednesday morning you simply blew me away. Your perfomrance at the ADA in Pretoria was breathtaking, it is no wonder you received a special mention fro the American Judge who commended you for the way you engage and captivate the judges and the audience with your smile and your eyes.

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Stones On A Grave – one moment of light in a place of darkness

Stones On A Grave – one moment of light in a place of darkness

IMG_0411It all started one Wednesday morning in September. I attended the unveiling of a man I had only met a handful of times but for whom I had developed a great respect. A man of humble means who was able to give and to share so much with the world. While standing next to his grave the Rabbi began to tell us a little about him and the kindness he shared. When someone was unable to say Kadish for a deceased relative for whatever reason, he would ensure that Kadish was recited and the memory preserved. Such a simple yet powerful and important gesture. From there I made my way down to visit the grave of my late mother Sadie and to spend a few moments of reflection and introspection as we all do when visiting the cemetery.

A few days later I found myself back at West Park for the unveiling of an old friend who died way too soon. Once again I made my way down to my late mother’s grave. On the way, as I always do, I found a nice stone and set out to place it there. It was my second visit in only a few days and I was emotionally overwhelmed. The feeling of loss and longing was stronger than I had ever experienced it before. As the tears filled my eyes and emotions flowed through me, I was struck with a thought that there must be hundreds if not thousands of people around the world who shared my emotions but because of time, distance or simply the means were unable to visit the graves of their loved ones.

As I stood there, I began to type a post on Facebook…

IMG_0402Visiting the graves of relatives before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As fate would have it, I have been at West Park Cemetery twice in the last few days for unveilings and this has given me a chance to visit the grave of my late mom Sadie. Standing here today I realise there must be so many people unable to visit because of time or distance. It would be my privilege to do this on your behalf. I will return to West Park on Tuesday and if you would like a grave visited, a stone placed, a message or prayer said, please send me a message with as much detail as possible. I do this is memory and honour of my late mother Sheina Chaia. (Please feel free to pass this message on to any who may benefit from it.)

Good Yom Tov all.

Within a few seconds and for days after that the responses poured in. Heartfelt requests for assistance, notes and messages of gratitude, offer of assistance and encouragement. Some written in disbelief, some with offers of payment, special requests and some of the most touching stories I have ever read.

By Monday lunch time there were over forty requests for over seventy different visits and “with a little help from my friends” I began to compile the list. Next was a call to the Chev to try and find the grave numbers. As I began to explain why I was looking for so many, the lady said “Are you Michael? I have been following this on Facebook”. So a big thank you to Charmaine R who did the research for me.

And so this little mitzvah took on a life of its own. The requests kept coming, volunteers were offering their assistance and I knew for sure this was going to be an annual event. Next year I will start a little earlier and be a little more prepared. Website for requests, time to locate all the graves and just a little better planning all round.

IMG_0409By Monday evening all was in place, we were to meet at West Park at 9:30 and get this done. My alarm went off at 5 as I was planning to make gym that morning before the mitzvah. Then I suddenly realised that I had not seen a sunrise with my mom in over 30 years. I packed my camera, a hat, some sunscreen and my list and headed off to West Park. I was relieved to find some very helpful guards on duty who allowed me in. This gave me a chance to take some beautiful images and start the day off as I was planning to finish it, at my mom’s grave.

By seven am the admin staff were beginning to arrive and I was delighted to find the list waiting for me. I started off by visiting my own family members who I had added to the list. My late Bobbe and Zeida and my cousin Michael who was so tragically taken from us. My next call was to the children’s section of the cemetery to visit four graves. I knew this would be the hardest for me and it was something I wanted to do personally and not ask anyone else to do. I spent the next hour there, wandering around, reading inscriptions and stopping at almost every grave. It was a very emotional and moving experience and by the time I left, there were simply no more tears to shed.

Back to the office to double check the list, Karen, Belinda and Julian all arrived as promised and an unexpected addition was Terry who decided to join the team. We split the cemetery into sections and armed with phone cameras, stones that Karen had kindly collected that morning, our lists, our prayers and special requests we headed out.

IMG_0406I have no idea what I expected before the day began but it was just remarkable. It was spiritually uplifting, deeply meaningful and personally fulfilling. We would stop at each grave, place a stone, read a prayer and check to see if there were any special requests. By 1 pm we had visited over a 100 graves and the list was complete. Just before leaving, a few more requests came in and I said goodbye to the others (to whom I am immensely grateful) and headed off to find the last few.

Once they were located I then went back to my mom for a final visit before Yom Tov. As I got into my car, I received a message from Julian asking me if I could do one more as an email had just come in from Australia. Of course I would and waited for the name. To my amazement it was from one of my best friends in high school to visit the grave of his late father, a funeral I had attended a few years back.

On the way to the final grave I passed the grave of the father of one of my best friends in primary school, stopped at both, took some pics, laid some stones, said the prayers and headed home… smiling inside and out.

Will I do it again you may ask… as long as I am able! And one day when I am not, I can only hope that Sasha and whole new team of volunteers will carry on this mitzvah. And not for themselves and not for me, but for hundreds of strangers they have never met and may never meet to whom this means so much.

IMG_0403When I started this project I promised myself I would ask for nothing but I have changed my mind. If you have been touched by this I am going to ask you to do two things. The first is to please give some charity, any amount to any charity and no I do not want it done in my name nor do I want to even know about it. The second is not quite as easy; please do something for a stranger with no condition or expectation. You will be amazed at the impact just the tiniest act of kindness has on people and the world around you, not to mention on yourself.

Thank you for reading this, thank you for sharing this mitzvah with me, thank you for the support and encouragement, thank you for trusting me to see this through on your behalf.

If you would like to view the images from our visit please click HERE and use the password Mitzva (Capital M)

How To Survive Your First SleekGeek Challenge

How To Survive Your First SleekGeek Challenge

10 Great Pieces Of Advice From “Class Of 99, Wear Sunscreen”
with thanks to Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)
(WATCH THE FULL VIDEO AT THE END OF THIS POST)

“If I could offer you only one tip for THIS CHALLENGE, sunscreen would be it
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now”Sunscreen (Medium)

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Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind, You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth, Until they’ve faded but trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back, At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now, How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really look.

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You are not as fat as you imagine

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Don’t waste your time on jealousy, Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourselfrunner (Medium)

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Stretch

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Be kind to your knees, You’ll miss them when they’re gone

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Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, Or berate yourself either, Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s

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Enjoy your body, use it every way you can, Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it, It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever ownStretch (Medium)

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Read the directions even if you don’t follow them, Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

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Don’t mess too much with your hair, Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

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But trust me on the sunscreen

“How I Won 5000 In The SleekGeek Winter Challenge” or “It’s never too late to get it back”

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  • 17 May, 18:57 – Cas: So I’ve had an idea for motivation for you. How does 5k sound as motivation?
  • 17 May, 19:01 – Michael Said: What do I do need to do?
  • 17 May, 19:01 – Cas: http://www.sleekgeek.co.za  They have a winter challenge on now. But also there is a buddy part of the challenge
  • 17 May, 19:02 – Cas: I’m entering. There 3 categories – Transformation and weight loss and buddy challenge. Its R500 to enter
  • 17 May, 19:14 – Michael Said: Fantastic! Time to enter

So, I am in my early fifties, pretty healthy, sleep well and I thought I was in reasonable shape… well until the morning of May the 18th I did.  I wake up on the morning of May the 18th and realise it is about three months until my 53 birthday and today is as young as I am ever going to be.

Eight Weeks… that passes in the blink of an eye.  So bravely I dust off the scale and step onto it.  I’m pretty sure I can hear it gasp as it registers 81.4k kilograms and a body fat percentage of over 21%.  To add a little perspective I am 172 centimetres tall and struggling to fit comfortably into my size 34 jeans.

Next I decide to take a look at myself through the eye of my camera and the result is not pretty.  I look tired, old and out of shape.  Not exactly what I was hoping to see.  Gaining weight is a strange thing, it doesn’t happen quickly; it just kind of creeps up on you.  One day you are weighing 74kg and pretty chuffed with yourself, the next you are wearing your belt a little looser or your shirt out.  You start saying things like “well its winter” or “actually I am still in pretty good shape for a man my age”.  So you’re not as fit as you used to be but hey, who can find the time anyway?”

It’s time to get into shape and I mean serious shape.  I want to get my weight down to below 74, my body fat below 15%, I want an athletic physique.  Why you may ask?

Well the answer lies in one of my favourite scenes from the movie American Beauty (1999) when Lester Burnham at the age of 42 decides “it’s never too late to get it back”.  He joins his two neighbours for a run…

  • LESTER: Hey!  You guys! 
  • JIM #2: Lester, I didn’t know you ran. 
  • LESTER: Just started. 
  • JIM #1: Good for you. 
  • LESTER: I figured you guys might be able to give me some pointers.  I need to shape up.  Fast. 
  • JIM #1: Well, are you just looking to lose weight, or do you want increased strength and flexibility as well? 
  • LESTER: I want to look good naked. 

So you tell me, honestly, could there be a better reason?  I didn’t think so.

photo(1)I have 8 Weeks and no idea how I am going to get this done.  For starters I decided to cut all sugar and all wheat, breads and crazy starches out of my diet in one foul swoop.  And with that I am left with almost no source of energy or vitamins at all.  By chance, if there is such a thing, I receive a call from my friend Jodi who politely informs me that I will be attending a meeting in 30 minutes time about vitamins and being healthy… “Wait I say, is this a pyramid scheme, or any other geometric shape including those as yet undiscovered?  In fact is this by any chance one of those multi-level marketing things?”

Oh do me a favour” she says “just trust me and come along, I need your support”

The things we do for friends, so off I go, pretty sure I am going to be bored and disinterested and leaving at the first chance I get.  The meeting is small, they chat, I yawn, they chat more, I stop yawning and start listening, maybe there is something to this.  Two packets of Mannatech tablets a day for everything I need, can’t be that easy?  Damn, I knew there was a catch… have you seen the size of these tablets?  Well for normal people, maybe they don’t seem that big, but for me they are daunting.  They continue to discuss the virtues of the tablets and I decide to take the plunge, what do I have to lose besides a few friends.  So the deal is as follows, I’ll try them for a few months and see if they really do make any difference.  And no!  I won’t do the referral side, this is just for me.  I’m selfish; the idea of making other people healthier or feeding starving children doesn’t stir me as much as it possibly should.  Me, I just wanna look good naked.

So with a goal of 8 weeks in mind, I start my diet, my exercise program and my daily dose of vitamins.  In the beginning I tend to forget the tablets now and again and Jodi starts a daily sms reminder system to keep me on track.  I start training pretty hard and use the Body-For-Life routines simply because they are so easy to follow and force discipline.  The weight starts to come down, the body fat percentage is dropping, I’m feeling fantastic and most importantly, there are just no cravings. Not for sugar, not for carbs… Not even for chips or chocolate!  And people start to notice and to comment.  Is there a better incentive when you are trying hard than that?  I don’t think so.

I up my cardio a little, introduce TRX training to strengthen my core and every day I am feeling healthier and more invigorated.  At this stage it kills me to admit it but those damn tablets seem to be working and I even go as far as admitting this to Jodi.  Needless to say I go the regulation “I told you so”

So eight weeks later, I haven’t eaten a chocolate or a potato chip, have forgotten what bread even tastes like, but… I’ve also forgotten what Rennie’s taste like and waking up in the middle of the night with a burning hole in my chest is just not missed as much as I thought it would be.  It has not always been easy, in my twenties I could take six months off training and just pick up where I left off, in the thirties it was six weeks, in my forties six days, now that I am in my fifties if I miss six hours it feels like I am starting all over again.

There is no doubt that earlier you make healthy eating and healthy living a way of life the earlier you will enjoy the benefits.

1408882442513So the 8 weeks passed in the blink of an eye and I am very happy to say I was one of the runner ups in the transformation section. Unfortunately for personal reasons Cas was unable to complete the buddy challenge with me and I never won my share of the R10000. But… I am pretty sure that this simple decision and the amazing encouragement I received from so many people every day, has added another 5000 days to my life and that is the greatest prize of all.

5000 days to spend with my family, my friends and most importantly my incredible daughter! Who could possibly ask for more?

In closing, SleekGeek is not a “Silver Bullet” you don’t pay your commitment fee and 8 Weeks later all is wonderful. It takes effort and dedication, it takes loads of support and encouragement, it takes like-minded people and most importantly it takes ACCOUNTABILITY and that is what you get when you join SleekGeek. I know my own achievements have helped others reach dreams and goals they never thought possible and if my story helps just one person start or continue, I will have considered this a job well done. Thank you to Elan and his amazing team for providing the platform… I owe you all big time. And Cassie, I am watching your progress through the Summer Challenge.

A Little Advice As You Embark On Your Own Journey

Everyone is looking for a successful strategy to get them the results they want from this challenge. For me it starts with FOUR QUESTIONS

1. What do you want to achieve?
2. By when?
3. What are you prepared to do to reach your goal?
4. What are prepared to give up to reach your goal?

Warning: “Some is not a number and soon is not a date”

When I entered the winter challenge I posted a pic on Instagram that said “Eight Weeks From Now You Will Wish You Had Started Today”

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