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3 Secrets to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

 By Shaun Chavis

My favorite part of my job is working on our “I Did It” weight loss success stories. I get to talk with so many amazing people who have truly changed their lives. Medical professionals say they think it’s an unusual achievement for someone to lose 10% of his or her body weight and keep it off, but every month we get emails from people who’ve topped that. Here are three things the successful dieters have in common:

They eat breakfast. Just about every single person who has sent me a success story kicked off her new eating habits with a healthy breakfast each morning. It boosts metabolism and keeps you from a mid-morning doughnut break. (Check out this research about breakfast and weight loss—trust me, you won’t want to skip your Wheaties.)

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They compete. Many successful losers become regular marathon runners or triathletes. Unlike a simple gym session, the competition really keeps them motivated. Rachael Heitman, 31, our October 2007 success story, used to weigh 238 pounds. Inspired by watching an Ironman competition, she got herself a copy of Slow, Fat Triathlete and started cycling, jogging, and swimming. She felt nervous going to her first competition—but when she looked around, she saw people of every shape and age warming up. Rachael realized that you don’t have to look like you belong on the cover of Runner’s World to race. She lost 73 pounds and turned into an avid triathlete.

Jennifer Dearing, who lost 166 pounds, started with a 5K and has her sights set on doing an triathlon, too. Thirty-year-old Taysha Urquhart of Los Angeles lost 78 pounds and keeps it off by running marathons for charity; she started with the National AIDS Marathon Training Program. Friends and diet buddies Amanda Bard and Amber DeBeer Larson lost 200 pounds between them. They stay slim—and stay in touch—by running half-marathons together.

They launch new careers. Many big losers also go into fitness or diet-related work—sometimes working second jobs—to help themselves stay fit. A number of women who’ve shared their stories with us go on to become trainers or registered dietitians, or they start organizations and online communities to help others lose. It makes good sense: The hardest part about the weight loss journey is maintenance, and it’s the part of weight loss with the least support. You have to work harder—research shows women who’ve been overweight need to do more exercise to keep weight off than someone who’s never carried extra pounds.

You also have to master motivation. It’s inspiring when you can see the numbers change on the scale and people around you are complimenting your new bod. But once the flattery goes away and you don’t see your body changing, it helps to have strong tools in place to keep yourself on track every day. Mary Garrett, 37, our May 2007 success story, lost 90 pounds and increased her bone density after getting a diagnosis of osteopenia. Mary became a certified YMCA personal trainer and helps women who have weight to lose. She’s now working on a degree in health promotion. Twenty-nine-year-old Megan Marquis-Conner of Maine used to weigh 250 pounds. She started taking cardio-kickboxing classes and lost 104 pounds. Now she teaches cardio-kickboxing, and she’s about to be certified as a Zumba instructor. And check out our March 2009 issue (it should be on the stands in a few weeks) for the story of a Houston woman who lost 40 pounds and started a women’s-only boot camp. She says she’s found her calling by helping other women lose weight and feel good about themselves.

How do you keep weight off? Leave a comment and share your secrets. And if you’ve got a weight loss story to share, please email me.

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Two men have been arrested after they were caught speeding in separate incidents on the N1 in Limpopo on Sunday.

A 42-year-old man was arrested next to Nyl Plaza, tweeted the Limpopo department of transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation on Sunday.

He was driving his BMW X5 at 208km/h in a 120km/h zone.

The speedster has since been detained at Mokopane Police Station.

In a separate incident in Limpopo, a 48-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Lumina SS was caught  driving 214km/h on the N1, next to Dinoko Lodge at around 18:30 on Sunday.

He was detained at Westernberg Police Station, the department said.

The South African Police Services were not immediately available for comment.

Both arrests formed part of the province’s ongoing #OperationZeroTolerance. | Blitzboks settle for bronze in Cape Town as Fiji walk away winners

Cape Town – The Blitzboks have settled for the bronze medal after edging New Zealand in their third-place Cup clash at the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday.

PICTURES: Some of the ‘out there’ outfits from the Cape Town Sevens

The Blitzboks won 10-5 after the scores were tied at 5-all at half-time.

Neil Powell’s side scored two tries through Werner Kok and Dewald Human.

New Zealand, who were the defending Cape Town champions, could only muster a solo try by Sione Molia.

Meanwhile, Fiji capitalised on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town Sevens title 29-15, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.

The upside for the USA is that they now lead the series standings by a point.

Fiji scored four tries – and led 22-0 before the USA could respond – as they clinched a first title in South Africa since 2005.

Kalione Nasoko was the first over for Fiji in the third minute as no USA defender committed and he kept going down the left wing.

Vilimoni Botitu intercepted and raced away from deep inside Fiji’s half for the second five-pointer.

Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored off Perry Baker’s error, when he threw the ball away, and Botitu’s second came when he broke through two half-hearted tackles.

The USA lost to New Zealand in the final of last weekend’s season-opener in Dubai.

Results from the second and final day of the World Rugby Cape Town Sevens tournament at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday:

Cup quarter-finals:

South Africa 21 Scotland 12

Fiji 46 Spain 7

New Zealand 26 Australia 17

USA 19 England 12

Cup semi-finals:

Fiji 17 South Africa 12

USA 31 New Zealand 12

Third place match:

South Africa 10 New Zealand 5


Fiji 29 USA 15

Fifth place semi-finals:

Scotland 7 Spain 12

England 24 Australia 21

Fifth place final:

England 14 Spain 7

Challenge Trophy quarter-finals:

Samoa 31 Wales 26

France 31 Japan 0

Canada 28 Zimbabwe 24

Argentina 34 Kenya 31

Challenge Trophy semi-finals:

Samoa 31 France 7

Argentina 24 Canada 14

Challenge Trophy final:

Argentina 38 Samoa 14

13th place sem-ifinals:

Wales 28 Japan 7

Kenya 31 Zimbabwe 19

13th place final:

Kenya 33 Wales 26 | Zondo, Van Wyk power Heat to Newlands win

Cape Town – Half-centuries by Morne van Wyk and man of the match Khaya Zondo helped the Durban Heat win only their second Mzansi Super League match of the season after they stunned the Cape Town Blitz by six wickets at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

Veteran Van Wyk struck a solid 56 (48 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) with Zondo clubbing a crisp 67 off 42 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) as the bottom-placed visitors eased to a 162-run victory target with three balls to spare.

It was only a second win of the campaign for the KwaZulu-Natal outfit with their only other one coming in their second-round encounter with the Tshwane Spartans.

They remained rooted to the foot of the table, although the victory will go some way towards lifting the mood in the dressing room.

For the hosts, they found out before the first ball that they were assured of topping the table – and with it earning a home final – after the Jozi Stars were beaten by the Paarl Rocks.

But they will certainly be unhappy after ending their regular season with defeat, which came despite Quinton de Kock again starring via an unbeaten 86 (55 ball, 9 fours, 3 sixes).

The Proteas all-rounder led the way for his side after a top-order flop left them on 28 for three in the seventh over.

Asif Ali (18), Farhaan Behardien (17) and Mohammad Nawaz (23) did offer some support, with the Blitz ending on 161 for six.

Heinrich Klaasen with one for 12 was the most successful of the bowlers for the visitors.

Sarel Erwee (1) and Hashim Amla (16) were the early wickets to fall for the Heat, both to Nawaz (2/21), which left them on 39 for two.

But Van Wyk and Zondo combined nicely for a 79-run third wicket stand that took them to 118 for two, with David Miller (16 not out) helping them get over the line.

Scores in brief:

Cape Town Blitz 161/6 (De Kock 86*, Klaasen 1/12)

Durban Heat 162/4 in 19.3 balls (Zondo 67, Nawaz 2/21)

Heat win by 6 wickets. | Breast implants may increase your risk of a rare type of cancer

Most people are aware that there are some risks when it comes to getting breast implants – like scarring and infection, to name a few.

But now, a new NBC News report points out that there’s one more thing people should consider: Breast implants may be linked to a certain type of cancer.

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), is a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a.k.a., cancer of the immune system), according to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In most situations, BIA-ALCL is found in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant, but in some cases, it can spread throughout a person’s body.

The good news? BIA-ALCL is rare and easily curable, says Dr Richard J Bleicher, a professor at the department of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Hold on, tell me more about this cancer.

The FDA actually identified a possible link between breast implants and cancer in 2011 – though at the time, the risk was considered to be extremely low. “Years ago… it was thought that the incidence was one in a million,” says Dr Bleicher. “However, as awareness has grown, and a registry developed, the data noting this has been updated and the incidence is now felt to be higher.”

Years later, in 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated BIA-ALCL as a “T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants,” per the FDA.

As of September 2017, the FDA says it has received 414 reports of BIA-ALCL, including among nine patients who died. This indicates that while the cancer is still very rare, it may be slightly more common than experts once thought.

The FDA also notes that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently in breast implants with textured surfaces rather than smooth (it’s thought that a textured surface cuts down on breast implant movement, per NBC). Though, per the FDA, there’s no greater risk for silicone versus saline breast implants.

Also of note: Nearly half of the reported cases of cancer were diagnosed within seven to eight years of someone receiving implants. Still, “the risk of this remains low,” Dr Bleicher says. “A woman having breast implants should be aware of the symptoms, but not be overly concerned.” He also points out that plastic surgeons at his organisation “who place at least 160 implants a year have also never seen a case.”

Read more: 8 breast cancer myths you need to stop believing

Well, what are the symptoms of BIA-ALCL?

They’re pretty easy to spot: The main symptoms are persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant, per the FDA.

During an exam, doctors will usually see fluid collected around the implant (called a seroma). Some patients also say that they feel a lump under their skin or see a thick and noticeable scar capsule around the implant.

“If women notice enlargement or swelling of the breast, or ulceration of the breast, especially more than one year after the implant placement, it becomes important to bring this to your surgeon’s attention,” Bleicher says.

Read more: Exactly what to do if you notice a lump in your breast

So, should I have my implants removed, just to be safe?

Not according to the FDA, which recommends doctors continue to give patients routine care and support (like check-ups and monitoring when something seems off).

“Because it has generally only been identified in patients with symptoms such as pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry that occur after the surgical incision has fully healed, breast implant removal in patients without symptoms or other abnormality is not recommended,” the FDA says.

“Although we don’t like the idea of development of cancer no matter how rare, fortunately, the likelihood of developing these is very low,” Dr Bleicher says. “There have been rare cases of women who have developed ALCL and died from it, but most cases of ALCL, as uncommon as it is, are treatable and many localised just to the area around the implant which is typically curable simply by removing the capsule around the implant with the implant itself. Women should definitely not panic.”

The bottom line: If you have breast implants and notice swelling, pain or a lump around your breast, see a doctor ASAP. Otherwise, you probably don’t need to worry.

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The Art of Finding a Diet Partner

 By Shaun Chavis

I’m in the market for some motivation—in the form of a new fitness partner. It’s easier to tear myself away from work in the evening when I’ve got an unbreakable appointment with a walking buddy or my trainer (since I’m pinching pennies, I don’t see my trainer as often these days). People were more successful at losing weight if they had an exercise buddy who also lost weight, according to a 2005 study.

But finding a fitness partner isn’t always easy. For me, the best fitness partners were women who needed me as much as I needed them. I’ve had partners who hit the trails or the gym like clockwork every day. Exercising, to them, seemed as automatic as brushing their teeth in the morning. I’d partner with them, hoping that their great habits would magically rub off on me, but I’d always have this nagging thought, “She’s doing me a favor… she’s not getting anything out of this.” It felt like I was getting exercise charity!


My favorite partner was an anchor at a television station where we both worked. She was fitter than me, but we started going to a YMCA near the station between the 6 o’clock and 11 o’clock news. We’d get on side-by-side treadmills, so pace wasn’t an issue. We both needed each other: I was nervous about going to the gym alone. She couldn’t go alone either—not if she wanted to get a good workout. People would recognize her, come over to talk, and her hour would be up before she could work up a good sweat. I helped cut down the interruptions. It was a mutually beneficial relationship, even though we were at very different fitness levels. It was rewarding to know that she needed me to help her meet fitness goals, too.

But great partners don’t have to work out together: Amber DeBeer Larson and Amanda Bard both had about the same amount to lose—nearly 100 pounds each. They went to Weight Watchers together, checked in with each other throughout the day to cheer their successes, and pulled each other through rough spots. Sisters Julie Marsh and Cathy Andrew—our April 2007 success story—shared recipes, made diet-friendly food for family gatherings, and found ways to make exercise fun by trying things neither would have tried on her own. Julie lost 85 pounds, and Cathy lost over 100.

I’m curious, what’s been the best fitness or weight loss partnership you’ve had? Who is your “ideal partner?”

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Cape Town – New Zealand beat the Blitzboks 26-21 in their final match of the day at the Cape Town Sevens on Saturday.

As it happened: Blitzboks 21-26 All Blacks Sevens

New Zealand led the Springbok Sevens 14-7 at half-time.

The All Blacks Sevens scored two tries in the final few seconds of the game to snatch what looked like an unlikely victory.

The Blitzboks led 21-14 with 20 seconds remaining but let in two tries to hand the Kiwis victory.

New Zealand, who earlier lost to Samoa, had to win the game to advance to the Cup quarter-finals.


South Africa

Tries: Rosko Specman, Werner Kok, Branco du Preez
Conversions: Justin Geduld (3)

New Zealand

Tries: Andrew Knewstubb, Sione Molia (2), Vilimoni Koroi
Conversions: Knewstubb (2), Koroi

Cup quarter-finals:

South Africa v Scotland

Fiji v Spain

Australia v New Zealand

USA v England | Mob hunts down, burns to death 3 men they suspect of murder after beer hall fight

A mob in Mphephu outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo has attacked and killed 3 men, suspected of killing another man at a tavern in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is understood that a fight broke out at a beer hall in ga-Mulelu village where a 22-year-old man was later found dead in a pool of blood.

Subsequent to this death, it is alleged that members of the community mobilised each other and started hunting down those who were purportedly responsible for the man’s death.

When they found the trio they suspected of the murder, they took them back to the spot where the 22-year-old was killed, stoned and burned them to death.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said a “massive manhunt the group of suspects who took the law into their own hands has been launched”.

“Four cases of murder have been opened for further police investigations,” Ngoepe said.

The process of identifying the three deceased was still unfolding.

READ: Murder case opened after mob justice attack in Port Elizabeth

Limpopo police Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the recurring incidents of mob-attacks and killings that are still prevalent in some parts of his province “with the most strongest terms”, and warned members of the community to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

“The police must be given a space to deal with any criminal act without [the community] resorting to violence which is totally uncalled for,” Ledwaba concluded | Suspects wearing EFF t-shirts accused of vandalism released on warning

The six suspects who were arrested for allegedly vandalising Vodacom shops at Mall of the North in Polokwane have been released on a warning.

Their malicious damage to property charges have now been postponed to February 22 for further police investigations.

On Sunday, the group together with scores of others wearing EFF t-shirts, vandalised a Vodacom store in the Mall of the North in Polokwane, Limpopo. There were also reports of an vandalism in Makhado, as well as Greenstone mall on Monday.

The protests followed a lecture by the chairperson of corruption watch Mavuso Msimang at the 2018 Vodacom journalism awards where he presented an image depicting EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu as “abusers of freedom”.

Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo said “the identity of the suspects, whose ages range between 25 and 45, will for now be withheld, pending police investigations that are unfolding,”

He said more arrests are imminent, despite Vodacom and EFF having had a mutual agreement.

Vodacom and EFF leadership met after the incidents and resolved their misunderstanding and agreed that the “matter could have been handled differently”.

“Vodacom acknowledged that it is politically neutral and it doesn’t influence party political positions in any way. Vodacom and EFF appreciate that the matter could have been handled differently to avoid the misunderstanding that occurred,” the EFF and Vodacom said in a joint statement on Tuesday. | Should you break up with your partner? Here are 5 ways to tell

Have you ever told a friend they should break up their relationship because they were so clearly miserable, but now they’re married to their partner and neither of them speak to you? The truth is, you can’t be told when it’s time to end your relationship; it’s a personal decision you have to make on your own.

So when it’s your turn to consider whether or not it’s time to end your current situation, that choice has to come from you. But how do you know if it’s time?

Read more: These 5 adventurous activities will improve your relationship

“The decision to end the relationship or not depends on what we are expecting,” says Lawrence Siegel, clinical psychologist. “What have we been getting from this relationship in terms of what we want, what we can tolerate, and what is a deal breaker? The simplest level is, are we getting what we want? If the answer is no or not really, it’s all downhill from there.”

Here are some tell-tale signs that it might be time to break up with your partner.

1. Does your partner annoy you?

Of course. When you spend a significant amount of time with someone, he or she is bound to become annoying. But we’re talking much more than loud chewing or leaving socks on the floor. If the things that your partner does in their day-to-day life – in their fundamental existence – annoy you to the point where you can’t look past it endearingly, that’s something to pay attention to.

“I think we get to a point where we have to ask whether or not we are willing to tolerate the little things,” says Siegel. “If every little thing becomes annoying, we have to go back to the basic question: What are we in this for?”

2. How much of your relationship is affected by resentment?

Every couple fights. Or, at least, the healthy ones do. It’s important to fight. But if you’re finding your arguments are fuelled by resentment – for example, if past problems creep up into every discussion and the issues are impossible to move past – that is a signal to a larger problem.

Read more: 3 toxic behaviours that could ruin your relationships

“If you start thinking about things you aren’t doing in your own life, or wish you could be doing if not for this relationship, that’s when resentment starts to creep in,” Siegel adds. If feelings of security and trust start to feel threatened, that is a big red flag.”

3. Would you rather do things by yourself?

Alone time is one thing. That’s something we all need, and are entitled to. But if you start wishing that you were having all of your adventures without your partner, that’s not the best sign. At the end of the day, a relationship is a choice. You choose to be with the person you’re in a relationship with. And if you’d rather not choose them anymore, you have to start thinking about why.

4. What is your outlook on the future?

When you take a step back and evaluate the bigger picture, do you think of your future with that person? And if so, does it fill you with dread or delight?

“All of these bring us back to the question of, ‘Is this really what I want? Do I feel better? Am I a more positive person with this person?’” Siegel says.

Read more: 9 signs you’re in a toxic relationship and need to get out ASAP

5. Do you still want to try?

Just because you answered “yes” to any or all of these, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time to call it quits. The question then becomes: Do you want to still keep trying? Every relationship ebbs and flows. There are going to be rough patches; that’s part of sharing a life with another human. But if, at the end of the day, you being without this person makes you even sadder than being with them at the moment, that is worth noting. There are still ways to sort it out.

“Is this an endpoint or a crossroad?” Siegel asks. “At that point, somebody has to be the adult. Someone has to call a timeout, and both agree that there is something going on.” From there, you need to have a discussion about how much effort and energy each partner is willing to put into repairing the relationship.

“The crisis of ‘do we move forward or do we end it’ can be the best opportunity to really talk about all of the issues we haven’t talked about before,” says Siegel.

The takeaway

If you can see your relationship thriving down the road, then you have a direction to move in. But if not, sometimes the best thing for a relationship is an ending.

“Sometimes things cannot be worked out,” Siegel explains.

The hardest thing to accept is that sometimes it just can’t be fixed – but staying and holding on will ultimately be worse for you both. Letting go and allowing each other to find what truly makes you happy will set you free.

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