Odyssey to wellness : a good software resource

Good morning everyone 🙂

Just a quickie post this morning about Benutriwise software. Priya Jaipal, the developer of this excellent resource, has just published her latest Health-e-news newsletter.

While the newsletter does happen to contain a rather disjointed review of the product written by yours truly, that is not the reason for this post.

Priya is offering a “ World Cup Special” of a huge discount on the price of this excellent tool. The price is only R200,00 and I do urge those of you that may have been hesitating about buying this software to download and buy it on-line.

Marketed as a calorie counting instrument, I do not only use the calorie count function. I am working on ways to track GI (Glycemic Index), GL (Glycemic Load)  as well as Weigh-Less portions on the system.

Have a great day.


Snippets to smile at … and to think on


How did the cow jump over the moon?

No-one told her she couldn’t!

Taken from Riva Greenberg’s Diabetes Stories website.

I am one of those bolshie types. I don’t like being told what to do.  I’m pretty sure there aren’t many people who do – like being told what to do that is! 

Maybe there is more of my Dad in me than I think.  Dad was a chain smoker. I mean a CHAIN SMOKER. He would light one cigarette with the still glowing stub of his last ciggie. Not filter tips either. As a child I used to see the red glow of his cigarette in the dark whenever I ventured out into the passage on my way to the loo in the dark hours of the night.

The real (and phantom) pain he suffered all his life from an amputated right arm during World War 2 was often given as the reason for his chain smoking.

One day, on one of the regular family Sundays my parents used to host on the farm, an aunt told my father that he was addicted to cigarettes and that he was incapable of giving up the habit. For that reason, he should accompany her to a Smokenders meeting during the coming week.

Typically, my bolshie Pater snorted derisively that he could give up at any moment he wished. My equally bolshie aunt retorted that he could not possibly give up decades of chain smoking ‘just like that’.

With that, Dad – by now really riled up – took his smoke out of his mouth & stubbed it out furiously in the ashtray that lived by his chair.  “ That’s the last cigarette I will ever smoke!”, he declared angrily. The whole family laughed which did not amuse my old man at all!

And – do you know what – it was! The last cigarette he ever smoked. He suffered; gee how he suffered but would never really admit it. He made my Mom give up too. (Although she started up again behind his back and for many years she thought he didn’t know it!) Til the day he died years later he never put another cigarette in his mouth. Sadly though, the damage had been done.

I’ve never been a follower. I tend to lead from the front; rise to the top; stick my neck out. Dish out orders my kids would say no doubt!

But, you know, sometimes – just sometimes – I could be leading in the right direction! Sure hope so anyway!  No-one has told me I will not reach my goals. On the contrary, I have received support all the way.

I surely do need the motivation and encouragement as I battle some unexpected obstacles……. Maybe you have some too …….. take heart, we are in this together!



Quotations : Dolly Parton

“ Find out who you are and do it on purpose. “

Dolly Parton

Ah, the incomparable Dolly! A feisty, loveable actress and queen of the country music genre. She seems to be full of down to earth humour and  homespun advice. Very privately married and has never had children. Maybe she’d had enough – she was borne ‘dirt poor’ into a family of twelve children!

How many of us know exactly who we are?

The biggest show on earth


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

– Mark Twain –

Well, IT has arrived. As if you didn’t know. The SWC. The show that has cost us billions. The Cape Times headline says “Zille says the hangover will be worth it.” I sure hope so Helen.

Like so many millions today, I will be watching the opening ceremony as well as Bafana’s debut against Mexico. Our car even has those ridiculous little side mirror muffs on it; courtesy of the Chinese who will probably make more out of the World Cup than ordinary South Africans will.

Our boys seem to have got at least some mojo going at last. Wiki mentions movie mojo as in “the sexual charm of Austin Powers”. Yeah right. Give me George Clooney any day.

Hopefully, we can escape the dire results of the vuvuzela pestilence and enjoy the beautiful game. For beautiful game it certainly is when played by the best in the world. The best, of course, does not include Mr McCarthy who thought he was a shoo-in. Tough lesson to learn Benni. Pity about Becks; he is a rather sexy fellow – until he opens his mouth that is!

Have a great World Cup day!

Quotations : Nikki Giovanni

“ I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens.

Life is only about the I-tried-to-do.

I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. “

Nikki Giovanni – Grammy nominated American poet, author and activist

Born 2 days before me on 7th June 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Her words resonate with me as I progress along the odyssey!

If my post-dated posts upload correctly, this post will be published on the morning of my birthday; 9th June.  Many Happy Returns of the Day to me!!  🙂

Wellness journey : spoil yourself a little!

Hello everyone 🙂

On what can be a very long journey to optimum wellness and ideal weight, we sometimes need a treat. Something out of the ordinary to look forward to and experience. To get our minds off our eternal preoccupation with eating plans and exercise schedules.

I had such an experience today. A wonderful pre-birthday gift from a guardian angel who has come into my life.

At a recent networking breakfast for women business owners, I met an enterprising young woman who is passionate about  aromatherapy, reflexology massage and – of all things – she is passionate about foot care. This was, of course, of interest to me as a diabetic needing to take special care of my feet.

For the first time in my life, I was treated to a full body aromatherapy massage. From head to toes, I was pampered with lavender-based oils and hot stones warming my tired muscles – all in the comfort of my own home. Wonderful!

Treating ourselves to something we really enjoy can make all the difference to our frame of mind. It need not be anything that costs a fortune.  Not at all. A little downtime for your favourite hobby? A good sleep? A new lipstick?  Coffee with a friend?

I took a dear friend with me to a card-making session on Saturday morning. We had a great morning, totally relaxed, ‘sticking bits of paper to cardboard’, as one of my very cheeky sons put it!

On your own journey to wellness, try to find time to treat yourself.  It makes the world of difference!

Quotations : Bette Davis

“ Old age is no place for sissies “

Bette Davis

Wikipedia tells us that Bette Davis was known for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters. I have never thought she was a particularly attractive woman but she was obviously a very good actress. Placed second only to Katharine Hepburn as the greatest actress of all time according to the American Film Institute.

Married 4 times, she died decades after she had shed the 4th spouse.  Another feisty lady!

Quotations : Tallulah Bankhead

If I had to live my life again,

I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner “

Tallulah Bankhead

Funny, I seem to choose quotations that are attributed to women! I come from a line of strong women and we tend to call a spade a spade. Maybe that’s why.

American actress Bankhead seems to have been quite a hell raiser and a very naughty lady who came from a powerful political dynasty; if one is to believe Wikipedia!