I am Cashé Kidd and yes that is my real name. I am a tattooed, Jo’burg dwelling mom with a bit of a twist. I have a human son and two furry kids who come for dinner when I call them. I am married to a really tall, very supportive, really wonderful guy who just happens to tattoo exceptionally well. We collect antique furniture, books and music as well as embark on this wonderful healthy living business together.
How did you get in to fitness and wellness?
My journey started on February in 2014, I’d been overweight for a while and was often very ill for very long periods of time. The final straw was when my son asked me why I’m always so sick and sad, which made me seriously reevaluate my health and lifestyle choices. I signed up to gym that month and so started my long journey to a healthier me.
How do you track your progress?
I make use of MyFitnessPal to make sure that my meals are on track, I typically go by how I’m feeling and how my clothes fit me as a body measure. I’ve long ditched the scale, so I don’t know how much I weigh anymore.
What tips would you give to someone who’s struggling with being fit?
Fitness isn’t a copy/paste kind of thing to find. You have to try a few things before you find your fit and keep looking until you’re totally happy with your find. I absolutely hate running and really force myself to do cardio, but I love weight training and body building. So, to compensate for that, I’ve recently started doing Crossfit to increase my fitness levels. Find the activity that makes you excited about moving, not the one you feel like you must force yourself through.
What is your day to day routine like?
I start my day between 5:00 – 5:30 and start getting my son ready for school, I feed my men and get myself ready for work. I’ve recently started training at 7:00 in the morning so that I can attend Crossfit classes with my son in the afternoon. I eat on clockwork too, I have a 10:00am meal, 12:00 snack and 14:00 pre-workout meal. I take nutrition very seriously as it plays a huge role in a successful fitness journey.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by so many women, notably athletes who have transformed their lives like Jenadine Havenga, Dana Linn Bailey and Brooke Ence. There are so many women who I cheer on from the sidelines too, ordinary heroes who balance work, family and fitness like absolute pros and they keep me pushing. I think it’s very important to celebrate those women just as often as we celebrate the celebrities and athletes who flood our social media feeds.
Do you have any favourite books (health or personal development)?
I’m obsessed with knowledge, so I’m currently completing my Personal Trainer diploma after my certificate. While I wouldn’t call my TriFocus textbook a favourite, it’s definitely invaluable for me. Another great read has to be How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnigie. For a serial worrier like me, it’s an absolute must read.
What is your favourite exercise and why?
I struggled to pinpoint just one thing that I love doing more than the other, that’s the beauty of finding the fit that fits me. I love weight training and training hard, I have surprisingly strong legs so I’m particularly fond of leg day. I also love training my back and shoulders, actually… I love them all.
How do you incorporate your pin-up lifestyle in your everyday life (Please share a bit about the Pinup culture)
The pinup culture has been around for a long time, it is the celebration of independent women from all walks of life, shapes and sizes. Typically borrowing style from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to create the gorgeous looks, but with an alternative twist. We form part of the Rockabilly community, and pinup culture is very centred around sisterhood, women empowerment and naturally the incredible clothing. Pinup for me is something I live, it is so much more than a fashion statement and is my way of showing that strong can be feminine too.
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