It's that time of the year again. In an effort to better ourselves, we're setting goals for the year to come. This year, instead of setting goals to completely change who you are, why not set goals that will inspire you to be a better you?

The Trick To Beauty Resolutions

Here are some fabulous new year resolutions:

Resolutions

Add Some Colour

It's easy to stick to colours like mauve, beige and grey. But this year, add some colour to your life. You don't have to limit colour to your wardrobe, try hair colours or bright makeup and nails.

Check out these places for some colourful inspiration: 

Resolutions - Dance

Just Dance!

Most of us will be setting goals to join a gym, eat healthily and to drink more water. But, not many of us will stick to these goals. Going to the gym can be expensive, time consuming and intimidating. So, why not try something different?

Dancing is a fun and exciting way to keep fit and stay healthy. Not only is it fun, but it's also one of the best ways to get your cardio in and tone up your muscles. If you have two left feet, don't worry. You can still achieve all your fitness goals while having a blast with a Zumba class.

Dance Spirit, on the Rooftop of the Maboneng Precinct, is a wonderful class for beginners looking to start dancing.

Resolutions - Lingerie

Slip On Something Tasteful

A great new year resolution to set for yourself is to embrace who you are instead of trying to change yourself. To give yourself a confidence boost, find yourself a good pair of undies.

Lingerie is not just for the slender ladies, voluptuous women can also rock lingerie.

Spoil yourself at these lingerie stores in Joburg.

Resolutions - Confidence

Confidence

Nothing is more beautiful than confidence! This is the best resolution you can make. This may be easier said than done, but it's one of the best goals to work towards. Nurture yourself and share your personality with others, because that's where true beauty lies.

Do you have beauty resolutions? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

What Is It?

The Strong - End Of Year Fitness Party By Zumba is bringing all the High Intensity Interval Training.

So be sure, to bring your game and get ready to end off your year on a high!

Ticket price includes:

What to bring along:

When Is It?

Friday, 24 November 2019 at 07:30.

Where Is It?

World of Golf, Maxwell Drive, Waterval 5-Ir, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R250 per person, get your tickets Here

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

What Is It?

Have some fun with a variety of options to choose from at the Dance For Your Health Fitness Day.

Many will be coming to together to join in on the fitness fun in the many activities that will be taking place including Zumba, Capoeira, African dance, high impact and many more.

There will also be some professional instructors to answer your questions or to guide you. The day will be filled with a lot of activity.

Take a couple of friends or/and family have a good time. The event promises to be exciting.

When Is It?

Monday, 30 November 2019 at 06:00

Where Is It?

Soweto Theatre Court, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R150 - R200 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

Sweat Pink At This Amazing Event

October is breast cancer awareness month. And if you'd like to support, contribute, and spread the word and awareness on how to spot and prevent this silent killer, then be sure not to miss out on this amazing initiative.

Gold Reef City, one of the country's most loved local entertainment spots, in association with CANSA and Icarus Media, is hosting a Zumbathon on Sunday, 13 October 2019 at the Jozi Urban Market.

Zumba

The aim of this exciting event is to set a record for the most people participating in a Zumbathon in South Africa and to raise much needed funds for CANSA. It's time to break some records for a wonderful cause!

The Shades of Pink Zumbathon and Jozi Urban Market aim to attract a diverse group of people from all walks of life! From young to old, fit or flat, big or small - everyone is invited to get involved and join in making history with this gruelling yet fun 90-minute session. And once it's done, enjoy a delicious and guiltless meal complemented with an exotic drink at the popular Jozi Urban Market!

Zumba

When Is It?

Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Where Is It?

The Jozi Urban Market is situated on the fifth-floor covered carpark rooftop of Gold Reef City Casino, which offers a spectacular view of Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Gold Reef City charges R10 per car to enter the Casino parking while entrance to the Jozi Urban Market and Kid’s Zone is FREE.

Your Shades of Pink entry is R150 per adult and R80 for children under 12, which includes a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag for the first 500 entrants.

For ticket info, visit www.tsogosun.com.

For More Information

For more information about Gold Reef City and this amazing event, visit www.tsogosun.com.

You can also contact them on 011 248 5000 or [email protected].

Follow and like them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

What Is It?

PopUpGym events attract fun loving, likeminded ladies in their droves to enjoy energetic exercise outdoors. These events sell out fast. If you want to be part of the PopUpGym at Carnival City’s next month, book soon. PopUpGym, powered by adidas, is a boutique fitness movement that encourages people to train at unique outdoor (non-exercise related) venues such as the Carnival City, promoting their train anywhere, anytime motivational mantra.

PopUpGym was founded by fitness gurus, Letshego Zulu and Khethiwe Mlangeni, who are on a mission to prove that a health and fitness lifestyle can be enjoyed anywhere, any time. They want to show people that exercise can also be fun and enjoyable. The event is sound tracked by silent disco headphones and comprises three 45min group training classes, with health and fitness conversations between each class. The classes include Zumba, Aerobics and Dance Fitness.

When Is It?

Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 07:00 - 11:00.

Where Is It?

Carnival City, Century Road, Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R200 per person, get yours on Quicket.

For More Information

For more information email [email protected] or find PopUpGym on Facebook, Instagram (@PopUpGym) or Twitter (@PopUp_Gym) or call 0739070486.

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Zumba has taken Johannesburg by storm, offering an effective yet fun way to bump up your heart rate while having a good time. Zumba promises a serious cardio fix minus the boredom. This high-energy, dance fitness class is just the way to go if you want to get a little more out of your workout. Dance to great music, while meeting new and interesting people, and have a blast while working out. Cardio sessions have never been more exciting!

What are you waiting for? Let's get ready to Zumba in Johannesburg! Check out the list of venues in and around the city that offers Zumba classes. All you have to do is book your class or sign up for a membership, throw on your gym gear, grab your sweat towel and water bottle and make your way to the nearest class. And, if we have missed out on a few classes, be sure to let us know!

Zumba Classes In The City

Dance Fun

+27 82 903 4257 / [email protected]www.dancefun.co.za

Viva Gym

www.viviagymsa.co.za

Mad About Dance SA

+27 74 817 7092 / [email protected] / www.mad-about-dance.org.za

Katz Dance

+27 11 886 0529 / [email protected]The Nicolway, 61 Woodlands Avenue, Hurlingham, Bryanston, Johannesburg / www.ksdance.co.za

Dance On Main

+27 82 940 3469 / [email protected]www.z-zone.co.za

Select Virgin Active Health Clubs

0860 200 911 / www.virginactive.co.za

Select Planet Fitness Clubs

0861 496 463 / www.planetfitness.co.za

Zone Fitness

www.zonefitness.co.za

First things first!

To get on your way with Banting, there are a few rules that you need to know. Now, some of the things I’m going to tell you might make you feel a little emotional (bye bye, baked delights!), but life without sugar and carbs is possible! I’ve been through it myself and promise that everything is going to be okay. It's easier to miss cake when you're two sizes down, right? Right.

On your Banting journey, you’re going to have to remember these simple rules:

  1. There are three lists of food that you will live by – the green list, the orange list, and the red list. How I thought of these lists was to think of them as a traffic robot, green is for go, orange is for caution or yield, and red is stop. You must only eat foods from the green list, and if you are looking to treat yourself (in moderation, of course), then eat some things from the orange list. The red list are foods that you must avoid as much as possible, as these are the no-no foods! Check out Auntie Banting for the full lists.
  2. You need to keep an eye on the amount of carbohydrates you take in daily. The rule is that you need to ensure that you eat less than 50g of carbs a day. If you stick to the green list, your daily intake should be correct.
  3. Plan your meals ahead of time! Taking time to prepare your meals will give you the opportunity to put more thought into what you are eating, and help you stick to your Banting goals. To help keep yourself motivated, write out your Banting goals and stick them somewhere where you will see them to help reduce temptation of snacking on the bad (but oh-so good) stuff.
  4. Last but not least, you’re going to have to practice self-control and willpower. It’s pretty hard giving up carb and sugar ‘addictions’, but in the long run, it will definitely benefit you and your health. The first week will be one of the hardest weeks to conquer, but after that, the ride gets a little smoother. Also, expect to experience a ‘carb flu’ while your body is adjusting to the Banting way of life. Don’t worry though; they don’t last long and will only give you mild flu-like symptoms.

Now that the basics are over and done with, it’s time to take on your first challenge.

Clean Out Your Fridge and Cupboards

For me, this was one of the most difficult parts of joining the Banting wagon. Cleaning out my cupboard and ditching all of the snacks and goodies was quite a bittersweet experience. Not only did it mark the beginning of a healthier lifestyle, but it also marked the moment I gave up on delicious goodness (soft sob). But, before you start chucking, make sure you go over the three different lists of the Banting diet to clean out your cupboards accordingly, and do not lie to yourself and hide some stash! All the no-no red list foods must go! Once this is done, it’s time to draw up a shopping list to stock your fridge and cupboards with the good stuff.

Clean Out Fridge

Plan Your Meals

As mentioned in the basic rules of Banting, you will now need to plan your meals in advance. You may think that your meals will be bland or limited owing to the green list, but believe me, there are PLENTY of Banting recipes out there! Browse the internet and print out some recipes to keep your meals exciting. The spice of life is variety, so make sure you find plenty of options to add to your recipe collection. Just make sure that the recipes are Banting friendly, and that the ingredients fall under the green and orange lists. If there are red list foods in the ingredients for a certain meal, try replace those ingredients with Banting friendly options.

Meal Plan

Do Some Exercise!

It takes more than a good diet to lead a healthy lifestyle, so be sure to get active! You don’t have to go all out to get active. If heading to the gym sounds more like too much effort, then try walking! You can walk anywhere and you don’t need to pay a membership fee to do it. Other good alternatives that you can do in the comfort of your own home include Zumba, yoga, and even swimming if you have a pool. Cardio is one of the best ways to burn off energy. And since your body will be fueled by the good fats you will be consuming on the Banting Diet, the more energy you use, the more fat you will burn off.

Exercise & gym

All About Your Food

From now on, you will not be allowed to have ANY sugar or carbs. These foods are BAD! Repeat after me – BAD! You’ll be munching on lots of natural fats, from butter and cream, to animal fat. Vegetables will be your best friends, and despite what they say about fruits being good for you, they are actually your enemy due to being high in fructose (AKA sugar). So, rather act as though fruits as ‘treats’ and refer to the orange food list to see which fruits you can eat in moderation. Also, make sure you are keeping tabs on the amount of carbs you’re eating daily (carbs can be found in various vegetables). You cannot go over 50g of carbs a day. Lastly, drink lots of water!

Vegetables

Don't Eat Too Little Or Too Much

During your first week of Banting, you will feel hungry while your body adjusts to your new diet. This happens because your body was relying on carbs as fuel. The sad reality of carbs though, is that they will make you feel full, but leave you feeling hungry a short while later. Now that you have replaced carbs with natural fats, you will feel fuller for longer. Keep everything at medium portions on your plate, from your low-carb veggies to the good fats and protein. A simple trick to avoid eating too much is to pick a smaller plate over a large one. Larger plates tend to make you eat more food while smaller plates make you take smaller portions.

 

No Snacking!

This is something I definitely battled with. Some people say that it’s okay to snack in between meals, while others say you shouldn’t, but in all honesty, find what works for you. During your first week, you will feel hungrier than normal, so you may need to nibble on something every now and then, but make sure that the snacks at hand are Banting friendly! No sneaky treats or cheating. But, if you are still suffering from hunger pangs in between meals after your first week, then you need to up your natural fat intake, as these fats are supposed to be making you feel fuller for longer.

 

From my experience, those are all the basics you need to know to get started on the Banting way of life! If you have other tips for fellow Banters or if I have left something out, leave a comment below!

Good luck and happy Banting!

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