Losing It

My mad, crazy journey to health and beyond

Paging Nicola, come in Nicola

on August 1, 2014

Ok, so as you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t put a blog post up for a while. This is not because I’ve been hiding at home feeling sorry for myself and shoving all manner of saturated fats into my piehole. Oh no! For once I have actually been a good girl (hard to believe, I know). The reason why I haven’t posted for a while is because:


1. I have been working like a muthafuuuuuuuucka!

Seriously. It’s like someone ran a nationwide ad campaign for my (writing) services without me noticing, and the whole country suddenly decided they HAD to get me to write for them. I don’t blame them, because I am pretty freaking fabulous. But it does mean I’ve barely had time to pee in the last 7 weeks, let alone blog.

In all seriousness, I am massively, hugely grateful for the work. As a freelancer, I depend on it to pay my rent and keep me in Lindt 85%, so I am in no way, shape or form complaining. What’s noteworthy about it is that the tsunami of work began as I started my 100 days of sobriety. I’m a huge believer in things like that, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that because I took control and started to take care of myself, the universe decided to start taking care of me too. So I’m gonna keep on riding that work wave as long as it hangs around. In the meantime, here’s a picture of me you can cut out and keep by you in case you miss me too much:




2. I have been hitting the trails

Yes, I am now a trail runner. Ok, walker. But still, it counts! For the past two weekends I have been trudging up hill, down valley, over dale (whatever a dale is), across bridges, through rivers and having a grand old time.


Trail Run 2

Grand old time.


I initially signed up for the Spur Winter Trail Series just out of curiosity – I wasn’t expecting to like it because walking bores the fuck out of me, and hiking is just for crazy people who like walking uphill a lot. But to my gigantic surprise, I actually love it! Yes, I am now close personal intimate friends with the sweepers (the guys who walk right at the very back – or as I like to call them, my walking partners), yes I have come stone last both times, and yes, I fell on my ass in the mud FOUR times, but who cares – I have taken up trail running and I love it! I’m even going to go out and get me some proper trail shoes – that’s how much I’m into it (I know right?). My next run (walk) is scheduled for the end of the month in Franschhoek. Look out for me – I’ll be the one coming in dead last, with a big smile on my face!


Sort of like this.

Sort of like this.


(On a side note, Fit Girl Fab shirts work just as well on the trails as they do in the gym. I even got a shout-out from the MC for my awesome gear. Of course by then I was too exhausted to do more than nod a vague thank you in his direction before passing out from fatigue.)


3. I have been sticking to my sobriety like you wouldn’t believe

Check it out people – 47 days down and still going strong!


47 days


No cheats, no close calls, no real urge to drink, nothing. I wouldn’t say it’s been easy – there have been a few girls’ nights out where I’ve wanted nothing more than 1 or 12 glasses of wine, and a few times I’ve had to restrain myself from French kissing people just so I could suck the alcohol out of their mouths, but other than that it’s actually been ok. 53 days to go, and I still got this!


4. I have been getting hotter

I shit you not. Take a look.


Day 1

Day 1


This morning.

This morning


See what I mean? Way hotter. Please inform all your single male friends – I expect my inbox to be full by the time I get back from lunch.


5. I have been losing weight

The scale does not lie.


Two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago.


Last week.

Last week.


This week.

This week.


All in all, that’s a total weight loss of 11.6kg in the past 6 weeks. Oh yes people – I am a lean, mean, weight loss machine and I am showing no signs of slowing down. Be afraid, double digits – be very afraid!!!


6. I have been making time for things that don’t involve drinking

As busy as I’ve been, I know how important it is for me to do some fun stuff, or else my brain will explode. And we don’t want that. Which is why I’ve been:

Going out with the ladies


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Going out for (soft) drinks




Going for trail runs (see previous)


Booking trips away

Booking future road runs and trail runs

Booking for folk music awesomeness




Taking bubble baths


Dancing around the house like a crazy person

Going to pub quiz (sorry, that should be WINNING pub quizzes)

Doing extra-curricular courses

Sitting on my ass watching chick flicks and eating chocolate

Getting my nails done at Rouge


Pretty no?

Pretty no?


prince charming


This is a colour called Prince Charming. Before you ask, no, I have not found him yet. But if you see a confused guy riding around in circles on a white horse, please point him in my direction.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the things you’re trying to achieve, that often you forget to take time out, have fun, be mad, crazy, silly, and just do the things you love doing, or even just do nothing at all.

(And on that note, if you feel like doing something fabulous for yourself, Rouge is running this awesome pampering special every Monday:)


manipedi mondays NEW


So ja, that’s what I’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks. Not binging and feeling bad, but getting up to all sorts of awesome stuff and feeling good!


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Catch you on the flip side peeps – have an awesome weekend, and spare a thought for me as I continue to work my fabulous ass off.

Mwah xxx



10 responses to “Paging Nicola, come in Nicola

  1. inscrybe says:

    AH! Awesome post, Nicola. We missed you!

  2. Gail Starr says:

    What an awesome blog today Nicole! I too have come way last in races before in fact one memorable occassion all the marshalls had packed up and left the course before me 🙂 But you know what, i finished and had fun and went back and did it again and again and again and I have been doing it now for close on 6 years! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. Eileen says:

    Well done love your blog , can’t wait for the next one .

  4. Frederic says:

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  5. Just seen the link to your blogpost on Rouge’s page – SO funny and inspiring! (And we loved that your sobriety calendar is printed on Simonsig paper – the irony!) Keep up the great work!

    • nicface says:

      Thanks so much! Yeah those are the only magnets I have – haha! I actually don’t see them anymore, they’re like wallpaper. But I think some Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel will come in very handy when I’m done 😉

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