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4-8 November – Day 79- Day 83

Hi everyone sorry if I was a bit quiet these last couple of day I was just so busy with functions and work that I just didn’t have the time to update my blog. 😦 How was your weekend and how is your week so far?

I can’t believe that my challenge end date is on Thursday (10 November), this truly feels so unreal. Those about to start the challenge believe me 12 weeks go by fast…

Today is day 6 of my dehydration cycle and I was fine up to today but I am really starting to feel tired and don’t know where I will get the energy to go to gym again this afternoon. Will just have to ;-).

I started writing my winning report and will deliver it to the USN head office on Monday, the day before I leave for my Ballito holiday. I am so looking forward to this I can’t tell you how much I need this break and to spend some good quality time with my hubby. I booked my two yorkies into a kennel in Ballito and man is this a stretch. At least they will be close by and I can go and pop in whenever! They are my babies and I love them so much. I can’t leave them behind for I have no one that can look after them or whom I trust enough ;-). This 12 weeks was lots of commitment, focus and allot of my time was spent on the success of this challenge that most of my energy went into it.

Remember today that Balance is KEY! Take the time to focus, set goals and plan ahead but focus on where you are today.

The end date of this 12 weeks: Believe it or not but I am happy and sad at the same time. I definitely have to set some new goals, for this is sometimes a good way to stay motivated and always good to set some goals and to have something to work towards!

I must honestly say that even though I have worked so hard over the last 12 weeks I am still not at the point where I want to be. There is still hard work ahead and my training program will definitely be adjusted to reach my goal physique. I am actually looking forward to slow down with my training program in the way that I was in such a hurry to reach cutting phase that I skipped a big part of my Phase 2!

After the challenge I will sit down and really do some research about some nutritious meals. Living healthy doesn’t need to be distasteful. There are so many good recipes out there that are very healthy. I can’t wait to try making Jamie Eason’s Protein biscuits etc. You have to make your diet interesting so that it is a lifestyle and not a “diet”. The moment your head think diet you can be doomed for failure.

I will definitely upload it on my blog once I have compiled some good recipes. Do you have any to share?

Training wise this last week was great; see my training log. The intensity is tough and I must say I am looking forward to my holiday next week. I will have to jog every morning and evening for I cannot get to the gym where I am going! I do have hand weights and yoga matt for my abs sessions so will take this along. At the moment my routine in the gym is more like a circuit with different exercises and 4 sets each repeated with 20+ reps then rest for 2-5 minutes and repeat for 4 sets! Obviously a drop in weights for the repetitions is much more!

This week I will do two muscle groups per day. For example Back/Abs in the morning and Chest/Calves circuit followed by some cardio in the evening. This is an exciting phase of the training program just wish I had a week longer for this cutting phase but oh well what’s done is done! I may be too hard on myself, for it really feels like my progress slowed down over the last 2/3 weeks!

Although I am the one preaching about throw out the scales now I am on it every other day.lol. Maybe because of my last measurements that was such a disappointment and with Gareth telling me they made a mistake and I must go for a second measurement that I am under 10% fat! Well I didn’t go for a second opinion will just have to see on Thursday!

So I just spoke to my photographer about our shoot on Thursday and man I am so excited and nervous at the same time. His brainstorming some ideas with me that I really like, but will have to see what we decide to do :-). Love it when creative’s come together. So my final measurement is on Thursday morning 7:00am and even though I don’t think there is a major difference in my measurements I will just be positive and see! My photo shoot will be after measurements!

I just realized that this 12 week challenge may come to an end but living healthy and reaching my ultimate goal does not have a deadline! From here I can only look better and take my time to reach my ultimate look.

Take every day as it comes and set some goals for yourself and realize that every decision you make now will have an effect later.

Here are some tips on 10 Ways to stay motivated. I got it from Jamie’s site

Make Working Out a Key Part of Your Life:

Schedule it in, and put it on your calendar. Make it a real commitment. It is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix.

Choose a Convenient Gym:

Choose a gym or a place to work out that is convenient and close to you.

– Set Attainable Goals Instead of saying, “I aim to lose 40 lbs” or “gain 10 lbs of muscle,” set weekly and monthly goals to increase your reps or weight and/or increase your cardio.

Start Off Slow:

Don’t go in and work out so hard that you make yourself too sore to move. Focus on form and getting into the groove.

– Vary Your Routine Doing the same thing over and over will likely result in a plateau. Try to change your sets, reps, weights and/or rest period between sets at least once a month.

Keep a Journal:

Keep a journal and hold yourself accountable to making improvements. How will you know when you get there if you can’t remember where you’ve been?

Use the Buddy System:

Train with a friend to keep up the energy. There is nothing like some friendly competition to spur a good workout.

Hire a Trainer or Coach:

There will be days when the last thing you’ll want to do is spend time at the gym. A professional knows how to motivate you on those days, and you will be more likely to go when you’re paying someone.

– Be Patient Make a promise to yourself to stick with it for at least 3 to 4 months. Consistency is key! Mark your calendar at the 3 or 4 month mark and if you stick to it, reward yourself with a new outfit or a vacation.

Get Enough Sleep:

Lack of sleep will derail your training program faster than anything. You will likely overeat to compensate for energy and/or skip the gym all together.

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About lifestylechallenges

Brand & Marketing Manager | BA Graphic Design & Multimedia | Higher Diploma in Photography | USN Lifestyle Athlete | Busy studying Sports Nutrition & Supplementation | USN 12 Week Challenge Contestant | Passionate about healthy living and working out...

Posted on November 8, 2011, in Daily Post and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi 🙂 have been following your posts (following Carien Theron on FB and stumbled across yours there too :)) I am on day 60 today so trying to push extra hard for the next 24 days but still have a far way to go! . What is a dehydration cycle?

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