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Be the Best You Can Be | Life Inspiration for 2014

Hi everyone

Wow, I realised I haven’t had a chance yet to post on The Good Girls Guide this year yet (slightly embarrassed)…life has just picked off straight where I left it on the 21st of December when I went on leave.

After 2 glorious weeks of relaxing, swimming, eating and soaking up a simply incredible Cape Town summer (nice and hot), it was back to work with a bang. Throw in a body now well on the way into 30 weeks of pregnancy, a husband about to be caught up in the madness of a new school year (he’s a teacher), the realisation that I have to get all my ‘affairs’ in order before heading out on maternity leave in just a few short months…well it was rather a lot to take in!

The good thing is that I never doubted it could and CAN all be done. God is just so constant and present in my life right now and He has such control over little piece – I can walk through a day of back ache, last minute supermarket visits, and forgotten laundry knowing that despite all those very ordinary things, He is still with me.

I’m also feeling rather inspired that while 2014 is bringing the biggest change to my life in 29 years, it’s a year that is ever so slowly motivating me to be the best I can be, and the best God wants me to be. Whether that’s being the best new mom I can be, the best wife, friend, sister or daughter, I was called to never settle for just being normal. Here’s to 2014.

Best you can be

Friday Happy Bubbles

Just a little bit of cute inspiration for your Friday! A few little things that make my day – add to these a good long soak with bubble bath, wine in the bath (!), finding something you love that you packed away, jeans that fit right first time, watching your favourite reality TV when no one else is around, a sneaky chocolate or marshmallow flavoured Steri Stumpi…

…rain on an old tin roof, waking up to coffee in an aluminium cup and views of a remote little corner of South Africa, reading a novel that takes your breath away it’s so good, laughing madly with your friends at an inside joke, running through the forest with the smell of pine needles and rain in the air… what are the little things that make your day?

Make My Day Friday Dreaming

Happy Girls, Happy Monday

So. What I learnt this weekend (otherwise known as happy Monday musings):

1. a lit fireplace draws people in, creates actual and perceived warmth, makes red wine taste nicer and your dog lift her chin so she can get a little warmth on her chest. cute.

2. when the rugby is on, there’s not much else occupying your husband’s mind. Honestly. Just leave what you have to say/suggest/ask till the game is over (that includes post-match commentary)

Happy Girls Shine Brighter

3. when keen beans suggest an early morning run, don’t jump on the bandwagon because you know that it’s actually going to pour with rain in the morning and so it’s no point even setting an alarm and ruin your sleep. (guys you know who you are and I love you)

4. everyone needs to try skilpaadjies on the braai.

5. sometimes you just can’t connect. So stop trying and just let God…

6. it’s worth checking out your neighbourhoods and extended neighbourhoods a little. it’s also amazing the difference in culture, sounds, noise level, types of cars and sidewalk appeal. no kidding.

7. sleeping in is really worth it. best is getting out of your PJs and gown after 12pm.

8. reading a new book all the way through on a weekend means you have little to worry about, you have time to chill out and you are able to enjoy the preoccupation of a fictional world for 48 hours. bliss.

9. when you have a sudden urge for cheesecake, don’t go look at it over the edge of the counter at the shop. Rather get the ingredients and make one. if you have the time and the will, then go for baked.

10. give a little love. to everyone you know and life will be a better place. it really always is!

The Importance of Stretching After Exercise | GUEST POST – healthline

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger* Valerie Johnston from – With ambitions of one day running a marathon, this health & fitness writer in East Texas ensures she’s up to date with all the latest wellness news! Today’s post is on the importance of stretching – when to do it, when not to do it, and all the best (and secret) methods to recovery. Read on and be inspired!

Stretching is an extremely important part of any workout routine. However, what most people do not know is that it is actually more beneficial to stretch after exercising rather than before. Stretching beforehand can actually cause more damage than it prevents.

Stretch After Your Run

When Not to Stretch

Stretching before working out has been proven to lead to more injuries than if people did not stretch at all. This is because the purpose of stretching is to relax the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body. When these parts of the body gets too relaxed, it can be very dangerous to perform high intensity activities.

This is because these muscles and tendons need to be tight and constricted in order to keep the rest of the body performing at a high level. If the bones and muscles are not being held tightly in place, they can easily be broken, fractured, or otherwise injured during exercise.

Stretching is part of Warming Down

Why After Is Better

Stretching after working out, however, is extremely beneficial and can help prevent injury. This is due to the fact that the muscles and everything else get very tight during intense physical exercise. After the tightening occurs, it needs to be released so that the muscles can recover and rebuild after being torn up from the work out.

Stretching can help relax the muscles as to not allow build up of lactic acid, the substance that causes cramping and pain in the muscles. By letting all of these acids escape and run out of the muscles, it helps people be much less sore the next day after a big work out and it allows their muscles to properly heal.

Stretching Increases Flexibility

How To Stretch

However, stretching does no good if it is not done correctly. In order to get the muscles to work at their full potential and recover at the fastest rate possible, people should follow the following guidelines. First, stretches should not be held for longer than six seconds at a time. Contrary to popular opinion, which says that stretching needs to be for extended lengths of time, a stretch should last exactly six seconds and then be released for six seconds and repeated a total of three times.

In addition, stretches should not be painful. Many people think that an effective stretch bends the body to the point where it actually begins to hurt. No pain, no gain is their philosophy. This is actually very dangerous, as over stretching can lead to chronic injuries and pain. A stretch should only go as far as the person can handle without pain. Otherwise, the stretch does more harm than help.

Stretches should also be done after each and every work out. If individuals decide to exercise and skip the stretching afterwards, it can cause a lot of pain, soreness, and likeliness for injury in the future. Sometimes it is tempting to skip the stretches after working out because one is very worn out and just wants to get home, but it is absolutely necessary for proper body function.

Always Be Aware of What is Comfortable for You

Chocolate Milk and Stretching

Something a lot of people also do not know about stretching is that, when combined with a glass of chocolate milk, it makes for the best muscle recovery possible. Chocolate milk, though often viewed as unhealthy or fattening, actually possesses all of the necessary elements to rebuild and recover muscles quickly and perfectly.  (an aside from me – this is perfect, I love chocolate steri stumpies after hard excercise, particularly a run. I find it works well as a recovery drink!)

When the muscles are worn down during exercise, they need plenty of protein, calcium, and other things to help them grow back and grow back stronger. If these muscles are not taken care of properly, they will not grow or recover. Stretching is just one way to ensure that the body is healthy and running at top performance levels.

Make Stretching a Healthy  Part of Your LIfe

Have you got any great fitness tips or things that have worked? Share as a comment below or tweet me @theggguide – have a super weekend!

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Happy New Year! It’s 2013…

Hello everyone! I’ve just got back from holiday – and what a vacation it was – and am now only discovering this thing called ‘a computer!’ how brilliant to have 2 and a half weeks off from all technology, really refreshing 🙂

But in the meantime, wishing you all a very happy new year; may 2013 be the year your dreams are realised, your passions grow and your life sees amazing change for the better! My husband and I are starting with what we’ve termed a ‘relaunch’ – a full health & fitness overhaul to get us in shape and happy for 2013. With that, and a whole bunch of other big ‘life changes’ on the cards, I’m certainly looking forward to the year! Wishing you a successful, happy and prosperous 2013!

Happy New Year!

Wisdom From Roald Dahl | Tuesday Inspiration

Here’s some Tuesday Inspiration for you all – from one of my favourite authors – Roald Dahl! It’s in the same vein as ‘The Eyes are the Window to the Soul’ –  whether you’re in a good or bad place, your eyes will be your giveaway…

And as Mr Dahl says, if you have good thoughts (a happy, healthy mind), they will shine out of your face like sunbeams! Be a ray of light rather than a drop of rain – think positive and be happy! Have a super rest of your Tuesday Good Girls (and Boys!) x

Wisdom from Roald Dahl