Fit Chef 21 Day Challenge Results are in.

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Be Amazing. What a great slogan from Fit Chef. Matches very nicely with the Cow’s Slogan of #LoveLivingLife. We have to be the best version of ourselves especially if we want to be around for our kids and grandkids.

Straight off the bat, I can tell you this wasn’t about losing weight. Even though Discovery says I should be under 80kg’s but they haven’t seen the size of my calves so we will forgive them. Jokes aside I’m not Discovery Vitality bashing as I have learnt so much from the Vitality programme about regular exercise and health it’s unbelievable. I’ll save that for another blog post though.

My main goal was to see what the challenge would do with my general health as my Cholesterol was raised and my liver wasn’t functioning properly.

Results:

Before: Cholesterol 6.3mmol/L   After: Cholesterol 5.1mmol/L

Before: Weight 84.5kg’s                 After: Weight 80.5kg’s

Before: Waistline 36inches         After: Waistline 32inches

Liver function has also returned to normal according to my blood tests.

The Excema on my hands has all but gone, I am no longer carrying Gaviscon around with me, I’m sleeping like the dead and my energy levels are through the roof. TMI but I’m back to being as regular as clockwork.

Things I learnt from the Fit Chef 21-day challenge.

  1. Quality over quantity.
  2. The meal selection is vast.
  3. Damn, they’re tasty.
  4. Portion distortion is real and I had been eating way too much beforehand.
  5. The Fit Chef snacks are incredible.
  6. You can learn to appreciate new tastes.
  7. Quinoa and Couscous are a nice filler
  8. Carbs are not the enemy if eaten in small portions(The Bunless Burger is my favourite meal.)
  9. Fit Chef is SO easy.
  10. Smoothies are incredible and packaging makes it the best on the go snack/filler.
  11. You are what you eat.
  12. This is not a diet it is teaching you a way of life.
  13. If you want to see your Abs you need to give up beer.

I cannot recommend Fit Chef enough. Besides the results, it’s shown me so much more about how to eat, what to eat and when to eat.

#eatclean #drinkclean and go and check out the ever-expanding range and packages.

http://www.fitchef.co.za

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What price would you put on your health?

We send our cars in for a service once a year, why not our bodies?

Post-Dusi Canoe Marathon I’ve been feeling flat so decided to take my body in for a full service. Turns out my cholesterol is above average and my liver isn’t functioning properly. I hate drugs (Especially Cholesterol Drugs as I believe it’s a money-making racket but this is whole other conversation.) I also believe that with nutrition and balance in life we can treat most ailments.

WHAT THE ACTUAL? I’m fit and healthy and exercise like a madman most of the time. How can this be? How can I have high cholesterol? Why is my liver not functioning properly?

I’ve decided there is no cost too high when my health is in question. Especially as my Dad died from Heart Disease and my Mother from Leukemia at 67 and 68 respectively. I’d really like to survive long enough to walk my daughters down the aisle and play with my grandkids.

Enter http://www.fitchef.co.za and the 21-day challenge which I started this morning. What I like about the meals is that they are damn tasty. I don’t feel like I’m eating cardboard. Sure the portions are quite small but I think it’s my portion distortion which is out of whack more than FitChef being mingy with the portions. Yet another great way to push reset and make a change for good.

Have a look at all the pricing and options here.   https://orders.fitchef.co.za/customer/menu/21-day-challenge I personally think just shy of R4000 for a 21-day kickstart is not bad at all. If you factor in the R50 a day I spend on lunch plus R15-R30 on cooldrink and water that’s R1800 a month on lunches alone during the week. Now factor in takeaways in the evenings and weekends and the R4000 is all of a sudden looking like a bargain. The 21-day challenge gives you all of your meals and smoothies for 6 days a week.

Let’s see where my cholesterol and liver function end up after the 3 weeks. Maybe my abs might make an appearance too.

Starting Stats:

Cholesterol 6.3mmol/L (should be below 5mmol/L)

Weight: 84.5kg’s (According to Discovery I should be below 80kg’s)

Waistline: 36inches

Other indications:

Bad eczema on hands.

Acidic.

Heartburn.

Bad sleeping patterns.

Energy levels low in the evenings.

Not as regular as I have been before.

You can watch my journey here or look at my socials for #gordsdoesfitchef #eatclean #drinkclean

FitChef Socials:

Twitter: @eatfitchef

Instagram: @eatfitchef

http://www.fitchef.co.za

 

 

 

Live your life by what people will say about you at your funeral

If you die tomorrow, how will you be remembered?

It’s been far too long since my last blog post. Truth be told, I’m not a blogger but in all my crazy antics this year. I seem to be inspiring a few people, so let me try write about it.

If you’re 20 something and reading this. I encourage you to look long and hard at what interests you and see where you would like to make a difference before you have a midlife crisis. Just because you feel invisible now, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about the impact you will make in your lifetime.

If you’re 30 something and reading this. You should be  ready to make a difference if you’re not already. You too can make an impact, so now is the time to start making a positive change. Choose two (or more) charities and pour every cent you raise into them. Check out my previous post to see how I chose my two.

If you’re 40 something and you’re reading this. You may have a long forehead that starts at the back of your head, a beer belly, girls might not find you attractive anymore, you’ve bought a Porsche to compensate. Or you may just feel like you’re in a rut. I am talking directly to you. You should be thinking about others and not just yourself.

Two events that happened this year cemented my reasoning as to why I am determined to live my life by what people will say at my funeral.

I lost my Mum in February to cancer. She was a massive influence in my life. She force fed me the “power of positive thought” from a young age which made me an eternal optimist and the man I am today. For that I will be eternally grateful. My Mum was 68.

I also lost a good mate last week. Keith was my tenant in my granny flat for eight years and he has moved in when my second daughter was three months old. Keith was only 63 but lived a full life of sex, drugs and rock and roll but was also a really positive mentor in my life. He had a humble and carefree attitude to life that was as rare as a snakes’ armpit.

The impact of both these deaths was massive, but it has brought out some new perspective which I would like to share with you.

“Live your life by what people will say about you at your funeral.”

With this thought in mind I’m committing to doing more and making more of a difference which will be tough as my teams and I have had an amazing year. More about that later.

Progression. A simple word. I think about it each day. How am I going to be better today than I was yesterday? We could be like a selfish politician who’s interested only in filling his pockets and not benefiting all the voters who voted you into power. But I promise you, in giving you shall receive way more than receiving.

In the last two years since joining the Cows I feel I have achieved a lot but need to take stock and see how I can progress and make more of an impact.

Achievements:

  1. Celebrated 20 years with my wife this year and she still loves me.
  2. Remained married and faithful to my wife of 13 years in tough times.
  3. My company turned 10 years old.
  4. I have two amazing daughters who are thriving in sport and school.
  5. Total distance cycled, swum and run in competition: 1803,5km
  6. Total raised directly from 2013-2015: R200 000.
  7. Total raised by KZN Herd in 2015: R600 000.
  8. Rode 106km Amashova on an Ice Cream Bike.
  9. Rode 94.7km Momentum Cycle Challenge on an Ice Cream Bike.
  10. Finished Ironman 70.3 taking 50 minutes off previous best time.
  11. Finished the 42.2km Deloitte Marathon.
  12. Honored by Rotary Umhlanga for my charity work.
  13. Honored by The Cows as the top individual fund raiser for 2015.

In essence I think what I’m trying to say is:

  • Stay true to yourself.
  • Make clear cut goals.
  • Be selfless and not selfish.
  • Keep stock of achievements and set bigger goals all the time.

Prepare yourself for some cliches.

  • Surround yourself with winners and you too will become a winner.
  • Life is short.
  • Get a life.
  • Get a new lease on life.
  • When life gives you melons, your probably dyslexic.
  • Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
  • Life’s a bitch.
  • Life’s a beach.

These are all so true and need to be lived and not just preached. At the end of the day, your life is exactly what you make of it.

My teams I alluded to earlier are my secret to success. I owe everything to them.

Firstly my wife is extraordinary. The very best mother to my kids. My partner in crime who puts up with all my crazy antics.

My business partners and PA are gold too. Without their support none of this would be achievable.

The KZN CHOC Cow Herd are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Selfless human beings indeed.

Next year’s goals are even bigger, in fact I’ve declared it The Year of the Family, so I’ll be doing Midmar Mile with my eldest, Tour Durban on a tandem with my wife, 100 miles to nowhere with the whole family, Gabran with both my daughters and Amashova with the whole family on tandems.

If you’re interested in becoming a cow or getting involved please mail me on durbsdaisy@thecows.co.za or merely make a comment.

 

 

 

I went to a strip club …… and I haven’t ridden a donkey before either #justsaying

More hilarity from the Reluctant Mom

I have never been to a strip club.  I have also never had an STD nor have I ridden a donkey.

I figured as we were going into things I had not done, we would cover a few.  Jump in at any point and let me know stuff you have not done.

I sometimes get an idea into my head that usually starts with me saying things like “come on, lets go to XYZ, it’ll be fun …. you will see ……….”

It is seldom is fun, even I realise that 15 minutes in, but I hang in there when quitters quit.  Me being a winner and all.

Saturday night, I decided I needed to go to a strip club. Not a strip club where boys strip.

Listen if that is what you do for fun, a hobby or for a living, then all the power to you.

I am…

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Why giving is better than receiving

Living in England for seven years among such wealth and opulence certainly didn’t prepare me for my return to South Africa. With millions living below the poverty line, our public medical system being stretched beyond limits and disabled people not being helped by government or society.

Feeling overwhelmed I made it my mission to find two charities and pour my efforts into raising money for them rather than dilute my effectiveness across the board.

My two chosen charities are www.thecows.co.za and www.ethembenischool.co.za but more about them later.

In my humble opinion if you are going to try and help a charity then you should.

  1. Do your research and make sure they need help. Some charities are drowning in cash and the people running them are taking masses of cash to run it therefore a small percentage gets to where it should.
  2. Will your help make a difference, or will your money disappear into an abyss.
  3. Is the difference measurable? Can you quantify how your money or donations are helping where needed.

To elaborate on these 3 points I am only speaking from experience where I recently heard a lady was paying herself R2 Million a year and a minuscule amount of the donations were actually benefiting those who she was meant to be helping.

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35 years (and counting) of keeping more than hope alive CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support. From the onset CHOC provided support in the hospital wards, hence the name Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, or CHOC. Gradually parent groups were set up in other key centres, where the major state-funded academic hospitals are located and paediatric oncologists practice. In 2000, these regional entities merged into a national organisation. CHOC now has a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 13 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. With occupancy steadily increasing our budget for maintenance and running costs of the accommodation facilities in 2015 will amount to R7.132 million, with each facility costing over half a million and we have a total capacity of 66 030 bed nights per annum. We do not receive funding from government but rely heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are used to provide all-encompassing support – from direct practical help to the children and their families and those involved in the treatment – to necessary equipment. Our Vision
To be the leading organisation in childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Our Mission
Supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families; improving early detection and facilitating effective treatment. Our Goals
Five goals guide us on our mission:
• Support individuals, families and communities in the treatment of children with cancer
• Advocate early diagnosis and access to specialist treatment centres
• Create financial and project sustainability in all regions
• Communicate effectively to improve all relationships
• Attract, retain and grow talent Our Values
Our values provide the foundation from which we can achieve our goals. They are:
• Engaging and caring
• Trusted advisor and confidant
• Integrity beyond reproach
• Teamness and togetherness

Ethembenihttp://www.ethembenischool.co.za

Ethembeni School is based in Cato Ridge and has 400 kids who are physically disabled or visually impaired. They survive on just about zero assistance from the government and rely massively on donations as all of the kids come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Here are a couple of ways you can get involved.

ADOPT A CHILD
Adopt a child is a project that is ongoing.  Most of our learners are from rural areas and a big percentage of their parents are either unemployed or deceased or have many mouths to feed and therefore cannot pay the hostel fees for their children, hence the project.
Education is necessary and knowledge is power and therefore we feel that all children need to be educated.
To raise funds for those not be able Fees :     Adopt  – a – Child Project. 20 Children @ ZAR 7500
How can you help?
Donate online – R7500 enables 1 learner to stay in the boarding school every year
You can donate by clicking here:

HANDCYCLE FOR PERKINS BRAILLE MACHINES



Braille improved communication for the blind by giving them a quick and efficient way to read and write .

The Blind Students of Ethembeni School are in need of new Braille Machine to enhance their Educational Career.

I will be competing in the inaugural Hand cycle event in the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon to race funds for these machines.

You can donate by clicking here:

http://www.givengain.com/cause/4337/

In essence, you can never lose by giving. So go ahead. Choose two charities and pour your heart and soul into them and see how much you gain by giving.

New glasses for the needy – a new initiative.

How could you not help this man?

How could you not help this man?

Meet Wimpy. He’s a 52 year old car guard at Blue Lagoon.

I met Wimpy one morning when I was taking my hand cycle off the back of my truck, he asked me why an able bodied man had a disabled person’s bike. I told him I was planning on riding a the Momentum 94.7 cycle challenge on the hand cycle to raise money for Ethembeni school for the physically disabled and the visually impaired. (www.ethembenischool.co.za)

He immediately introduced me to two regulars in the car park and then asked how he could help me. So a man who can’t rub two brass farthings together would like to help me raise money for the needy? What a Champion.

Wimpy is blind in his left eye and by his estimations has 60% vision in his right eye. He earns between R50 and R120 a day working his car park and he cannot afford to see an optometrist or buy a new pair of glasses.

Luckily, my mate Glenn Nugent who is an optometrist and says he can help Wimpy out. Nugent Family Optometrist (www.nugentfamilyoptom.co.za) of Durban North told me, all it will cost is R800 for a new pair of bifocals for Wimpy and he will waiver the consultation fee as he would like to help out.

Thanks to Rich and Cheryl Clacher (aka @ApothecaryRich and his wife @LadyD_Toiger) we have raised R500 and I’ve decided to throw in the additional R300 and get Wimpy some new glasses.

On the 26th of May we returned to Nugent Family Optometrist for the fitting.

elation

Look at the elation on his face.

trying them on

Glenn doing the fitting

seeing for the first time in a longtime

Focus.

thanks Glen, Cheryl and Rich

Seeing and feeling like a champion.

I don’t think it should end here.

Do you know anyone who also deserves a little lady luck? If so please could you send me a mail to gordsreid1973@gmail.com and explain why you think they deserve glasses.

The Cows

In 2008 a mother and father in Johannesburg lost a beautiful little girl to a disease that is affecting us all. Yes, the big C. They decided to turn tragedy into a triumph by raising some money for CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation of SA). they planned to ride the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in some kind of outfit and get people to sponsor them. All they could find were 6 cow suits.

And so The Cows were born. Last year we had around 500 cows riding the 94.7 cycle Challenge and we’ve collectively raised over R21 million.

I was introduces to the cows in July 2013 by a Delene Mulley who’s faught her own battle with cancer and won. Sadly she lost her sister in the middle of fighting her battle.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to have raised in the region of R150 000 directly or indirectly for CHOC completed a  Half Iron Man distance triathlon, a few half marathons, many MTB races and we’re turning Amashova, Tour Durban and Midmar into fully fledged Cow events.

The cows are the most amazing buch of selfless human beings. Iris, Lauren and Julia Varty, Ian Prentis, Lauren Brown, Lynne MacRae, Delene Mulley, Cliff Pinto, Deon van Niekerk, Michael van Niekerk, Kerrin and Grant Bain, Daisy aka Karen DeBeer and many many more.

We ride,we run, we mountain bike, we triathlon, we swim but most of all we have fun whilst FUNdraise for http://www.choc.org.za

Next on the agenda is the Tour Durban on an ice cream bike. What the local media for updates

If you’d like to change your life and give some hope please call me or mail daisy@thecows.co.za