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Why This Woman Is Celebrating Her 18-Pound Weight Gain While Recovering From an Eating Disorder 

She gained weight—and also a healthier, happier life, as she shares below.

Not long ago, 22-year-old Lucia López weighed in at 112 pounds. López, who lives in Spain, was suffering from orthorexia, an eating disorder characterized by a fixation with healthy eating. She was also obsessive about her workouts and devoted herself to cardio.

RELATED: How to Help a Friend With an Eating Disorder

But two years ago, after realizing her lifestyle was unhealthy and self-destructive, she bravely made some changes. She now weighs in at 130—and she has seen both her body and mindset change for the better. On Wednesday, López took to Instagram to share how her daily routine has evolved

“Me before:

  • doing tons of cardio
  • thinks carbs are bad
  • thinks weights will make you look manly/bulky
  • doesn’t eat enough protein – changes her routine every week
  • does 8 minute Abs routines
  • underweight.”

“Me after:

  • lifts heavy + ocasional cardio that I enjoy (walking, cycling…)
  • enjoys food and carbs and pizzas
  • knows weights will help enhance curves
  • hits her macros
  • consistent and planned training plan
  • healthy weight.”

López tells Health that her new diet and exercise plan reflects her recovery from her eating disorder. “I went through orthorexia a couple of years ago and basically I believed everything I read online about exercise,” she wrote in her post, referencing headlines that promise abs in less than 10 minutes and other incredible fitness results.

“Now I’m completely recovered, and after studying personal training, I want to help people develop a healthy mindset towards eating and exercising,” she shares.

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Lopez adds that she now allows herself to indulge in pizza and ice cream every once in a while, and that she hopes to motivate young girls to be body positive and embrace feeling good and being strong—not underweight and obsessed with food and fitness, as she once was.

“They can love their bodies while also enjoying food and exercising in a healthy way!” she says.

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Jennifer Garner Shows Off Ripped Arms After Getting In Shape for New Action-Packed Role

Thanks to a new movie role, Jennifer Garner is in amazing shape.

While making an appearance at CinemaCon on Tuesday, the actress, 46, talked about amping up her workout routine for the upcoming action-thriller Peppermint, in which she plays a lone vigilante out to avenge the death of her family.

“It actually felt really good,” she said. “I was in pretty good shape going into it.”

Garner added boxing and martial arts into her workout routine to help prepare her for intense fight scenes.

“Everyone gets very invested and are you going to actually look the way we want you to look,” she said. “I don’t know if I did, but I just always followed what felt right to me.”

The actress shared a look at her gym sessions on social media earlier this year. She posted a video of her extreme workout routine, which she dubbed the “Recipe for Turning A Mom Back into Action Lady.”

Garner explained in the caption that she did an hour workout with Body by Simone and 90 minutes of “stunt team.” She also worked cryotherapy into her routine. For her pump-up playlist, Garner set the footage to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai.

Peppermint also marks Garner’s first return to action since starring as an international spy in the ABC hit show Alias.

“The thing about Alias that made it so special was J.J.’s [Abrams] script, and how compelling the stakes were for that character all the time,” she said at CinemaCon. “To do action for the sake of action has never interested me but this script was so smart. There’s no bigger stake than your children and nobody had never asked me in a smart way to do something as a mom for her child.”

She continued: “This was to avenge your child’s death, and there’s no bigger reason to go out and get into really good shape and then kill people.”

Peppermint hits theaters Sept. 7. | Danny Jordaan re-elected SAFA president

Danny Jordaan has been resoundingly re-elected South African Football Association (SAFA) president by a margin of 95.12%. 

Jordaan received 234 of 246 votes, two votes voted against and one spoilt vote. 

Former referee Ace Ngcobo withdrew his candidature for top position, which meant Jordaan went into ballot box unopposed. 

Ncobo and Jordaan were supposed to go to head at the Safa elective congress in Sandton, Johannesburg. | Another school torched as Zaaiplaas protests continue

Police have deployed additional public order police to the Zaaiplaas area outside Groblersdal, after the school administration block at Leriane Secondary School in Holneck village was set alight on Friday evening.

Police spokesperson, lieutenant colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the provincial commissioner in Limpopo, lieutenant general Nneke Ledwaba has ordered the deployment of additional POPS members to the Zaaiplaas area to normalise the situation.

He said police and the fire department had been notified after a passer-by had noticed flames coming from the administration block of the school.

Ngoepe said this was the second school administration building to be set alight, with the Rehlahlilwe Primary School in Keerom, also in the Zaaiplaas area, having been torched. He said a police van had also been torched and a police officer injured in a separate incident.

READ: Limpopo primary school, police van torched by residents on rampage

“It is alleged that a group of community members went on [a] rampage and torched this building before running away,” he said, speaking of the Leriane Secondary School fire.

Ngoepe said the protests stemmed from protest action, which started a week ago after a group of community members from Zaaiplaas barricaded the R579 road.

He said the protests turned violent and several cases of malicious damage to property, assault and two counts of arson were opened.

“Since these violent protests started in the area, five suspects, aged between 28 and 50, have been arrested for public violence,” he said.

Ngoepe said more arrests were imminent, with police honing in on the ringleaders behind the unrest. He said investigations were ongoing, and police were monitoring the situation in the area.

Reiterating his warning to all the communities in the Zaaiplaas area, Ledwaba said anyone involved in the recent spate of violent activity, characterized by the destruction of property, would be hunted down and brought to book.

He called on communities intending to protest to do so within the boundaries of the law.

“Destroying schools is detrimental to the future of our children and it cannot be allowed.

“Perpetrators of these barbaric acts will meet the full might of the law,” said Ledwaba.

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Apply for other Jobs on Job Mail. | Matfield, Paulse off the bench to replace removed trio

2018-05-26 14:04

Cape Town – Former Springboks Victor Matfield and Breyton Paulse are in the SuperSport studio covering Saturday afternoon’s Super Rugby matches in South Africa.

EXCLUSIVE: Why SuperSport said the Willemse incident wasn’t racist

The Bulls entertain the Brumbies at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria at 15:05, while in the later game the Stormers and Lions cross swords at Newlands (17:15).

Xola Ntshinga is anchor of the show, which will also cover the Springbok squad announcement at 19:00.

The panel changes come after the pay channel confirmed on Friday that the trio of Ashwin Willemse, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha would not be on duty.

It followed after conflict between the trio, which saw Willemse walk off the live set during last Saturday’s broadcast, was not resolved.

Willemse had accused Mallett and Botha of patronising him, adding he could not “work with people that undermine other people”.

The three parties had met on Monday but could not get to the bottom of their issues.

“We have had discussions this week with all parties in an effort to resolve this matter amicably and expeditiously,” SuperSport said in a statement.

The matter, SuperSport added, would now be placed in the hands of an independent mediator.

“Despite good progress initially, the matter has unfortunately not been resolved. We have therefore decided to instruct an independent Senior Counsel, Advocate Vincent Maleka SC, to chair a review of the incident which occurred and to make recommendations to our management.

“Pending the outcome of the review, the three presenters involved will not appear on-air. None of the presenters have been suspended and they will continue to be remunerated in terms of their contracts.

“We are committed to getting to the bottom of this serious issue. Advocate Maleka SC has been asked to make findings and recommendations by Monday, June 11, 2018.”

Motshidisi Mohono was the anchor last weekend.

eNCA | UPDATE: 48 killed as bus rams into tractor and truck in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda – At least 48 people including 16 children died in northern Uganda when a bus hit a tractor driving with no lights at night and then a truck, the Red Cross said Saturday.

“Evacuation teams are working tirelessly to rescue the injured”, said Ugandan police spokeswoman Emilian Kayima, adding that all three drivers had died.

“The death toll is now at 48 including 16 children,” Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita told AFP.

READ: 13 killed in horror Satansnek bus crash

The accident happened on Friday night in Kiryandongo, about 220 kilometres (140 miles) north of the capital Kampala.

The bus collided first with the tractor before hitting a truck transporting beer.

Local media said the death toll exceeded 30.

Uganda has one of the worst records for road safety, due to the poor condition of vehicles and roads as well as dangerous driving.

More than 9,500 people died in a road accident in the country between 2015 and 2017, according to figures from the transport ministry, with the situation worsening each year.

AFP | ‘I finally learnt how to skip at the age of 36 – this is how you can do it too’

My journey to skipping started on my 36th birthday when my husband gave me a skipping rope. I know. Who does that, right? Well, against all odds, it turned out to be one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

A diary of shame

I’ve never been able to skip. I have vivid memories of sitting on the sidelines at school – and we’re talking all the way back to pre-school – while other girls did criss-cross. For all my hours of practising, the best I could manage was an ungainly gallop.

As an adult, I learnt that skipping has all kinds of amazing fitness benefits. I desperately wanted to reap them. But I couldn’t go 10 skips without tripping over the rope. (Not ideal when you work for a health and fitness magazine and regularly have to try group workout classes where skipping ropes are standard.)

It took me about four months to learn to skip. These are the tips that helped me.

Get the right rope

Turns out, skipping ropes are not all the same. When you’re a skipping queen like Mapule Ndhlovu, you’ll probably be able to pick up any rope and do great things. But, I discovered, when you’re just getting started, finding the type of rope that’s easiest for you to skip with can make all the difference.

The rope my husband gave me was a speed rope – one of those very thin skipping ropes that people who are much better at skipping than I am use to do fancy things like double-unders. I always thought a heavier rope would be easier to control, but actually the lighter rope worked much better for me.

Adjustable handles let me figure out what length worked best for me. Even though I’m fairly short, I found a longer length easier to skip with because of the hand position (more on that later).

This is how it started. Not pretty.

Practise at home

After so many years of sucking royally, I associated skipping with failure and humiliation. So there was no way that I was going to be seen flailing around the gym floor for the entertainment of everyone on the treadmills. Instead, my husband had me practise in the garden (yes, the rope came with free lessons) and he turned out to be a surprisingly good coach.

After just one session, I was up to 20 unbroken skips and ready to be seen in public. I was also exhausted, gasping for breath and my calves threatened to cramp.

When skipping was death.

Uncoordinated? Go slo-mo

One of my biggest issues was coordination. I was constantly tripping over the rope and getting tangled because I couldn’t match the timing of my hands with my feet. My hands were much slower than my feet so, for a long time, I would do two jumps for every arm swing.

Fixing this was surprisingly easy. I simply slowed the whole movement down. Swing the rope, wait for it to land, jump over it. Repeat over and over again. Amazingly, after just a few minutes, I was managing 10 skips without any double-hopping.

Read more: This strength workout totally counts as cardio too

Adjust your hand position

Ideally you want your hands fairly close to your body for a tight, controlled movement. But I found this position had me tripping over the rope again. As I got tired, my hands would stray even closer together and the rope would hit my feet. Or I’d swing it skew with the same result. By using a slightly longer rope, I could keep my hands further apart and these were no longer issues.

A couple of months in…

If you have no rhythm, use music

A key factor in skipping success is getting a good rhythm going. That repetitive action is what allows you to sync your hands and feet. In the beginning I just couldn’t get this part right, so I was jumping high over the rope to avoid falling on my face. It not only looked ridiculous, it’s also inefficient – you end up using much more energy than you would doing small, rhythmic hops.

Someone on Instagram suggested I try skipping to music. It made all the difference – even when I was just skipping along to a song in my head, my hops became much quicker, smaller and more rhythmical. It also stopped me from panic speed increase – where I would skip faster and faster and not know how to slow down.

Read more: This 15-minute skipping rope workout will transform your arms and abs

Do a little bit every day

I incorporated skipping into my existing workout, throwing it in between strength moves as active rest. That meant I was doing a little bit at least five days a week. And I do mean a little. In the beginning, I would just skip to failure – that meant 20, maybe 30 skips at a time. So not much at all. But it made a difference.

Within a month, I was routinely managing 60 unbroken skips, which became a comfortable plateau for a while until I decided it was time to go big and upped it to 100 skips. These days some of my workouts include three minutes of unbroken skipping. And that’s the warm-up! I can’t believe how far I’ve come!

Finally able to skip!


The results

The best part of learning to skip is that I finally got to reap all those health and fitness benefits that I used to covet. But, ironically, I was so busy focusing on the act of learning to skip that I didn’t even notice them until later. My legs are much more toned – I actually have definition in my calves for the first time in my life.

And my cardio fitness has improved tremendously – I can do a cardio workout without ending up in a gasping heap on the floor. But best of all is that I no longer fear skipping. In fact (and this is going to sound crazy) after more than 30 years, I’ve finally learnt to enjoy it!

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eNCA | Saftu rejects public sector wage deal

JOHANNESBURG – Public sector unions affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will not sign the Public Service Salary Agreement in its current form, the union said on Saturday.

“The 7 percent increase itself is not acceptable to workers as it doesn’t demonstrate the government’s own radical stance on economic transformation – considering the 15 percent VAT, over and above the generally increased costs of living. The agreement discriminates our level 8-12 members against the rest of the members, especially in subsequent years,” Saftu said in a statement.

READ: Labour analysts call for speedy public wage negotiations

“The agreement subject to another torturous three year period of stagnations and degradation than a 1-year agreement as we would have preferred. Further agreement which once again takes away the members rights to Housing Allowance, in that it gives the employer the sole right to design and implement a Permission to Occupy (PTO). We are also rejecting the Comprehensive Danger Insurance… We cannot agree to take away of any cent from our members,” Saftu added.

The union accused other public sector unions that have signed the agreement of “political opportunism”.

READ: Public sector unions reach deal with government

It warned that this was “the last round of negotiations wherein workers in the public services will be insulted in this way again.”


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