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Saturday, 28 September 2013


I feel like that cat that's got the cream - very pleased with myself!  As some of you know, I had some interesting heart-related health challenges at the beginning of the year.   Although the worst was over by March, I generally felt lethargic and unmotivated.  I wasn't exercising as much as usual and started putting on weight.

Three months ago my weight reached a thirty year high.  It was time to take some action and get purposeful.  I set a purpose of restoring myself to optimum health. I set target of losing 10kg (22lbs) and getting fit again to a certain level.

Some of the things I then did: I signed up for an eight week spinning course with the excellent Cadence Cycling Performance Centre.  (I have done one such course a year for the past 3 or 4 years.).  I took on the Paleo Reboot diet for a month.  With the help and guidance of the amazing healer, Dr Kaz (aka Dr Kazalette Kiepiel aka my wonderful wife) I got my nutrition, supplements and hormones right.  A little while ago we also spent a week of healing, detoxing and nurturing at the wonderful St Francis Health Centre in the Eastern Cape.  Apart from those and some other health steps taken, I also looked at and reduced my stress levels, focusing on workload, meditation and so on.

Yesterday I took the final Cadence test at the end of my course.  The results: an all time personal record for power pushed during the test AND I have lost 11kg in three months.  I am now the lightest I have been since 1986 and feel revitalized, energized, fit and as well as I have felt for years.

I am thrilled with the outcomes and will be riding a 3 day bike race in 2 weeks time on my rejuvenated frame.  More importantly, I wanted to share with you what can be achieved with purposeful-ness and pre-determined goals. 

The important piece here is to hold onto the purpose.  Why do you want this?  What is the bigger picture or benefit?  Once you have that piece, any realistic goal becomes possible.  The challenge, however, is not to get driven or frenetic about the goals and outcomes.  If the purpose and plan are right, the goals will follow. 

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