Diary of a WMMA Newbie Week 1

Yes I’m still very much a newbie. I started MMA in March 2013 but stopped training earlier this year when diagnosed with a sacroiliac slip separation that caused immense pain in my hip and thigh. After a few months of treatment, some uninspiring gym sessions in a “regular” gym and piling on a few kilos, I’ve decided to go back to training.

Screw the pain, I’ve lived with it and am over my pity party. Screw the limitation of a screwed up pelvis, I know my limitations and now need to find my way past them.

When I walked into the gym to reactive my membership, I got such a warm welcome that I know this is the right decision and I can’t wait to start next week. To add another level of motivation I’m going to blog about my journey back into WMMA.

Week 1:

What didn’t go well: I got sick so couldn’t start on 1st October as I had hoped so will start 6th October.

What went well: Bought new MMA gloves. I already had the Shute gloves like the newbies are supposed to use but all the boys in class used MMA gloves which are harder.

What I leant: Your plans don’t always work out the way you want; don’t beat yourself up about it. Figure out if you are using a reason, or an excuse.

A New Weigh for me

So I’ve just started a new weight loss challenge. This one is a little different to what I’ve tried before as it’s more about food combinations and weighing your food. Last year I was more focused on fitness and ensuring I knew how to fuel my body properly to cope with the high intensity training I was doing. It worked, I dropped 6kg and I’m sure my metabolism was raised as I only picked up 1kg over the festive season and I had been off training for 2 months. Now that I know how to fuel myself properly, I’m confident that I can take on this new challenge.

Yes I want to lose weight and look good but one of the main reasons for me to lose weight is to be able to be fitter, faster and fit into the correct weight category for a fight (MMA or Kickboxing). Coach says I shouldn’t go below 65kg, but honestly, there are very few women in Cape Town fighting at that weight so hopefully I can make it down to 60kg and still be strong.

So, a little more about this new challenge. There is a “support group” on Whatsapp, which is very encouraging and helps so much. Every week to so a weigh in and measurements and this week we did a fitness test. The fitness test felt a bit weird because usually I do these exercises at gym, but I didn’t do as well as I would have at gym. I think it’s because I didn’t have that hour of training to get pumped up first. We get a list of foods we can eat, the combinations they should be in and a few example recipes. Take my word for it, those example recipes are delicious!

So I’ll be blogging about my progress but if you want to know a little more about A New Wieigh, check out their:
Website: http://anewweigh.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anewweigh
Instagram: http://instagram.com/anewweigh

My latest obsession – MMA


Its time I shared with you my new obsession, MMA. MMA or Mixed Martial Arts started off as a bit of a curiosity for me but has fast turned into a passion and I want to help other women get involved.

Why I got into MMA

I’m surprised how many people ask my ‘how’ did I get into MMA and never’why’ I did. Surprisingly, it wasn’t for fitness. Yes I was and still am over my fighting weight, but that didn’t bug me. I got into this because I needed a mindset shift. I know I’m a fighter but in everyday life that fighter wasn’t showing and it felt like I was missing something. Finally at the beginning of 2013 I decided to try MMA as I knew it had that “just get in there and fucking do it” attitude that I needed.

How I got into MMA

Turns out there is an MMA gym around the corner of my house, how convenient is that? I started off going once a week and it was love at first sweat drop! As soon my mommy schedule could be altered, I started going 3 times a week. Then my coaches advised me to start kickboxing, so I was going to gym 5 days a week, 3.5 hours of MMA and 4.5 hours of kickboxing. I love the Jui Jitsu side of things so I’m started one class a week of that and had to drop one kickboxing class.

The Future

I need a GI, hopefully this month I’m getting a Scarab GI, so excited! I want to be graded and have just started on my grading prep card. One class a week is frustrating as Jiu Jitsu is awesome and wish I could do it everyday. Right now I’m focusing on getting my kickboxing grading done in September, then I’ll chat to the coaches and see if I can shift focus to Jiu Jitsu or not.

I want to fight. My aim is to be fight ready before March 2014. Part of that challenge is that I need to drop between 8-13kg to fit into an appropriate weight class. I’ve made diet changes and have started a new supplement so hopefully that helps.

For The Ladies

Don’t be scared, most gyms are very welcoming to women, especially if they can see you’re serious. Most also offer 2 weeks free training or at the least, 1 free lesson. Just go for it!

Some great gyms in Cape Town:

Who to follow on Twitter:

Great website to follow:


Santa is back in the goodbooks #blogsecretsanta

Its no lie, as a kid I thought Santa was a total weirdo. This guy you don’t know comes into your house while you’re sleeping and you go to the mall to go sit on his lap. All this while your parents warn you on the dangers of creepy men you don’t know. I just didn’t get it.

Things changed after my gran died. My family stopped doing the traditional things and I realised, despite creepy Santa, we desperately needed cling to traditions. Its what gives a family spirit. Now that I have my daughter, I can start our own family traditions. Some are based on past traditions and some are new but most of all, we’re going to be consistent. So Santa is in my good books for now.

Well, a favourite of mine is Secret Santa, and this year I get to participate in #blogsecretsanta which is being run this year by The Stilleto Mum.

So… to my Secret Santa, here are a few things I like:

  • Chalk Board anything.
  • Anything from Yuppie Chef (I’m more backing than cooking inclined).
  • Tattoos by Ryan Bell
  • You know that little pink piggy you see being sold on the side of the road made of pink plastic packets? That.
  • Christmas crackers – bonkers for them (and buttons), would pop them all year long if I could.
  • I’m a Google Geek and an SEO by trade – not sure what this means for my Secret Santa, but there it is.
  • Chartiy, do something crazy for charity
  • Trinkets of any kind. What I would love best, is a box of trinkets that you have put together. Something that shows me a bit about you, and bit about me.

To learn a bit more about me, check out my Pinterest Boards.

The perfect pap ‘n sous (phutu pap & sheba) – recipe

Pap ‘n sous has got to be one of the recipes I can count as part of my ‘heritage recipes’. My father taught me this recipe and he learnt it from his mother so we’re all stywer (tight) pap fans. Every time I make pap I remember my childhood maid/nannie Maria. Sometimes she would babysit my sister and I and make pap and boerewors for dinner. The thing is she would boil the boerewors in milk and make pap with a more porridge consistency which I thought was just awful. So those nights I would go hungry.

Anyhow, see below for my family’s recipe for the perfect pap ‘n sous.

Tomato Sous
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: African
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  • 1 can chopped tomato (2 if you want to make more)
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • 30 ml Worcester sauce
  • your choice of spices or herbs – e.g. garlic, chilies, rosemary, pepper
  • maizena or any thickener of you choice if needed

  1. Fry chopped onion in a pot till softened.
  2. Turn down the heat and add 1 (or 2) tin/s of chopped tomato and Worcester sauce and simmer.
  3. Add your choice of herbs and/or spices to your taste.
  4. If the sous looks too thin, add a little thickener like maizena.


The Perfect Pap
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: African
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  • 750ml water
  • 500g maize meal
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 5ml salt

  1. Add water, oil and salt to a pot and boil on high.
  2. Once the water is boiling add the maize meal to the water slowly while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. When all is combined and lump free, turn off the heat and cover pot with a lid. Allow the pap to steam in the pot. Don’t worry if a little sticks to bottom, that usually happens, just make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove from stove if it does start to burn.