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It is all about the journey…

My topic today is: It is all about the journey…

HEALTH | FITNESS | LOVE | COMMITMENT | DEDICATION | TEARS | SWEAT | JOY = REWARD – only to mention a few keywords, there is so much to say…

As most of you know I’m prepping for the WBFF South Africa taking place Friday 20th & Saturday 21st June 2014 at Carnival City Casino. This will be my first ever Fitness Stage Bikini Competition and believe me what a journey indeed.

WBFF South Africa

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I took a moment to sit down and recap on how far I have come and in the process I realized my deep passion for the sport! From being so unhealthy, fat, low self-esteem to being fit, happy, content, and blessed where I’m at. Some people say but WHERE do I start…Or they think about the duration of the journey to reach their goal and that in itself is discouraging for some BUT today I want to encourage YOU!

Take the first step, you will never look back!

This sums it up for me:

Working out and eating clean doesn’t have to be a chore, have fun with it…

motivation

You have to get the right mindset and stop seeing this as an obligation and a chore, but rather an investment in your health and overall life.

So many moan non stop about their diets, the schlep of working out, prepping food etc…Well I cannot wait to food prep not even to mention my gym hour.

As a single mommy this to me is absolutely necessary. Doing something for myself only for it to be a benefit to my beautiful princess girl. I want to be the kind of mommy to whom she will look up to and see an example of living a healthy lifestyle. I want her to value herself enough to one day take care of her body & mind. I believe with working out and a good nutritional diet there comes a sense discipline and commitment. This I believe will form part of your everyday life whether in your workplace or in an environment surrounded by others. Be an inspiration to yourself first and then to others. Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there.

People ask me how do I get abs, or have time to food prep or go to the gym, or how do I get the time with a 1 year old girl? Well I make time and prioritize and set boundaries with certain things in my life!!

Well let me tell you it is all about consistency. I have abs all year round, why? Because this is my lifestyle this is part of who I am. I don’t believe in quick fix diets etc and I don’t see my lifestyle as being on a diet. I love my food and I make sure I fuel my body with the best. And yes of course I cheat and have sweets and the occasional night out partying but AGAIN its about consistency. No matter what I stay to my routine and I will be in gym the following day. Stop condemning yourself for the bad choices you make. Get up and go on…

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” Lao Tzu

Make it fun and love the journey…

This is some of the pics of my journey the last month or two…

Let me start at the beginning – This little beauty is my little princess. She is what my life is about. I live, breath and do EVERYTHING for her. I strive to be the BEST EVERY single day.

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This is what my life is about…LOVE this angel with my life

Secondly I want to share my excitement that I my sponsorship with USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition has been extended for another year. I’m so grateful to be part of the USN family and so passionate about the brand. I believe in the best and only the best and this is the ONLY Supplements that I use…

Thank you USN for an amazing 3+ years I am honored to represent the Brand. Visit the website or please do ask if you need more information: http://www.usn.co.za/

I adjust my supplement plan as I go along to form part of my goal.

USN

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My monthly supplement supply. Blessed to be sponsored by the best!

The beginning of my journey to WBFF…

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All about dedication & having fun in the process..

week 1&2

My food prep for week 1 & 2

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I lift & squat bro…Love my new training vests…

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Then the USN Gala Evening – This was the high-lite of my evening when I had the honor of meeting Bella Falconi. Wow she is a true inspiration. Again an athlete who breaths success and who is a true example of consistency.

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Myself and Bella Falconi – She is such an inspiration.

This is my current progress on the ABS – I’m going for 8 😉 so lets see how the definition goes along as my diet gets adjusted

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Progress

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Then thank you for each and every one of my Blog & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter followers. There is so many amazing people that I got to meet over time and I appreciate each one of you. If you havent followed me yet please do so @ClaudineKidson

Every comment, every like, every share, every Inbox message is what makes this journey even more rewarding. I want you to be the best version of yourself.

Good-luck to all those prepping for shows – Be YOUR best!

Have a super amazing Easter Weekend and don’t overindulge more than you can handle 😉 Stay fit and think fit…

Love,
Claudine

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Stay focused…

Day 5 of cutting program: Friday Training: Back, Biceps and Abs

Calories: 554kcal

Calories Fat: 34%

Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 38 minutes

Day 6: Saturday Training: Cardio / Running

Run: 7.91km  |  Pace: 5.44

5 Min Fly walker

Calories: 451kcal

Calories Fat: 19%

Maximal Performance Improving Fitness improving

Duration: 55 minutes

It’s the weekend:

Hi all, so how is your weekend so far? I’m working at the Lodge this weekend. It is the Elgro River Lodge Traditional Archery festival this weekend and what great fun it is. Check out the blog www.elgroriverlodge.wordpress.com. If you ever want to go away for the weekend whether with the family, a corporate group or if you are just a individual passionate about Mountain Biking, 3D Archery, Bird watching or if you are a fly fisherman this is the place to visit.  Away from the hustle and bustle of business, the Elgro River Lodge is the true African experience situated on a bend of unexpected beauty on the Vaal River, 30 km from Potchefstroom. Situated on the Western side of the historical Vredefort Dome. If you want to see more just visit the blog…It will be worth it. There is so many activities and I can assure you it will be an experience.

So I have to confess, yesterday was a terrible/horrible day diet wise. Everything started out great until the temptation of all the snacks got to me. Normally I have very strong willpower and will not give in to temptation, but I don’t know what happened yesterday. I must tell you today that when you are following a strict eating plan like I do and you give into temptation you feel terribly condemned afterwards. It is truly not worth it take my word on this one. I did not only feel terrible about my snacking but I felt tired afterwards. Ok so by now you must wonder what in the world did I eat? I had droëwors (not one a few pieces), then it was Simba chips and peanuts, and fruit salad, mints etc. That is it but man was it unnecessary! I’m telling you if I start snacking I will go on and on and on…After a few hands of chips, “SALTED” peanuts and droëwors I decided this is it. You better stop now! I had a second look at all the chips and snacks and thought to myself no ways can you allow this to have such a cravingly influence on you. Know where to stop and should you have a cheat day or a sweet or two keep it in moderation. The guilt feeling afterwards is so not worth it!

At least I did not have some of the Buffet we served at the function we had! When I decided this is it stop snacking my mind was set again and I am ready to stick to my diet again ;-). In the industry that I am in it gets tough at times believe me. I have 3 – 4 functions sometimes at a time/day. Then I’m talking full buffet, spitbraais, platters, heavenly desserts and everything that can lead you to temptation. But again when your mind is set you will not fail and if you do fail get up and go on. Do you know what makes me angry? When people try to convince you by saying: “No man have a piece of this/ just gym harder tomorrow/a few of these won’t do anything/try this…” so it goes on! Don’t even start with that type of thinking. Don’t go there by saying I will just work harder tomorrow, or I will train longer…What’s done is done. It is not worth it to give in to unhealthy eating. I’m not saying you can never have something other than “clean eating”, don’t get me wrong. I just want you to have the right mindset and to be self disciplined enough to know where to stop!

Enough about that…

I had an awesome run this morning of 7.91km and man do I enjoy this. I think this running thing is getting more serious than I thought. What started off with an attitude of “I have to run once or twice” a week, is now resulting in a love for running. I am not a pro in running but will definitely consider reading more about it!

I want to make a list of things that I am interested in like running, mountain biking and fitness and then I want to set up a calendar of events happening next year. I will share it on my blog then we can maybe get a group together prepping for an event or so? I think this can be much fun. We can follow a program together online that I will post and we can communicate daily sharing tips to each other. What do you think about this? The calendar can only expand and we don’t have to attend everything each group can decide what they want to get involved in.

Think about this and let me know what you think. I will do all the research just send me a mail at bodyandlifestylechallenges@gmail.com or leave a comment underneath this post if you think this could be fun and let me know by making some suggestions are?

Have an awesome weekend and remember do everything in moderation and think before you put anything into your mouth.

Godspeed,

Claudine

Journal day 48-50: 4-6 October 2011

Hi all my loyal blog followers, I’m so sorry for neglecting my blog the last two days but as mentioned in my previous posts I’m hectically busy with the Aardklop Art festival.

My hours are hectic and when I get back home after gym I’m really just to tired.

Gym is awesome and Phase 2 of my program is really on another level. The intensity is much higher.

How is your training going? This week we dont have any cardio (Zumba) classes at the gym and this is frustrating. I love my Zumba workout…Next week everything will be back to normal and I cannot wait! For those of you that asked me about the program when it comes to the cardio side I did incorporate cardio from the beginning of Phase 1. The reason so is because I have been training for a while so it’s not as if I started for the first time…It would have been better to skip cardio for the first 4 weeks like suggested by Jamie Eason to really make sure you gain lean muscle, but I only found this “wonder” gym program when I was 2 weeks in my USN challenge so I decided to carry on with the cardio. This training program really works we just have to stick to it. I am not in the cutting/toning phase so even though it may feel as if the results are slow, endure and don’t give up. Phase two that I am in now is focused on building muscle and I can’t wait for Phase 3.

The supersets is something to get used to but I like it, for I am not someone that can stand around for a full minute to rest although short recovery before the next set is crucial so make sure you rest in between!

It is so important to keep the balance between the cardio and the weight training and this is still a learning curve for me…They say medium intensity cardio facilitates fat burning, while minimizing the risk of losing any hard-earned muscle. So hopefully I’m doing it right.

I drink 100% Whey protein for my mid morning snack where I used to drink Diet Fuel.

100% Whey Protein Overview:

USN 100% WHEY PROTEIN is to be used immediately after training to prevent the damaging effects of cortisol (stress hormone) on the integrity of muscle tissue. The high quality Whey Isolate and Concentrate blend ensures rapid digestion and absorption of the vital Amino Acids to assist in post exercise muscle recovery.

Whey Protein is the highest BV (Biological Value) Protein available in nature. Research has shown that the highest rate of Nitrogen retention is achieved with Whey Protein.

USN’s 100% Whey Protein provides the highest quality Protein packed into one serving. It also contains Proteins such as lactalbumen and immunoglobulin’s, which are known to be vital for proper immune system function and are of special importance to body-builders and athletes.

Now with revolutionary Amino Rx technology, the proper uptake of the Whey Protein and its conversion into Amino Acids by the body is optimized.

BENEFITS

  • Muscle retention and spares lean muscle mass
  • Assists in weight management
  • Assists in immune support
  • Suitable for diabetics

Tuesday and Wednesday was my stimulant free days. Things are normally a bit tougher on those days for I easily feel tired and hungry. I definitely prefer the stimulant free days in the week and not over weekends though. Weekends are tougher in general for all so I just make sure I stay busy and in routine with all my supplements.

In the gym..

Tuesday 4 October 2011 – Chest and Abs
Gym: 5:36 am
Calories: 167  kcal
Calculated fat: 48%
Duration: 51 min
Average heart: 110  Maximum: 143
Fat burn improving

Tuesday 4 October 2011 – Abs
Gym: 16:15 pm
Calories: 219 kcal
Calculated fat: 46%
Duration: 1 hour and 7 min
Average heart: 109 Maximum heart rate: 149
Fat burn improving

Wednesday 5 October 2011 – Legs
Gym: 8:30 am
Calories: 320 kcal
Calculated fat: 43%
Duration: 1 hour and 32 min
Average heart: 111 Maximum heart rate: 160
Fat burn and fitness improving

Thursday 6 October 2011 – Arms/Abs
Gym: 5:17 am
Calories: 418 kcal
Calculated fat: 37%
Duration: 1 hour and 21 min
Average heart: 127 Maximum heart rate: 171
Fat burn improving

Thursday 6 October 2011 – Cardio/Abs
Gym: 16:00 pm
Calories: 472 kcal
Calculated fat: 25%
Duration: 1 hour and 4 min
Average heart: 149 Maximum heart rate: 173
Maximum performance and fitness improving

Sorry for posting all at ones hope you can figure it out. Again I would like to thank you all for following my blog, the messages and support. It is really amazing to have support even online 😉 I do appreciate your feedback! Tomorrow is Friday can’t believe it.

Oh before I forget, are you going to the Look and Feel Good Expo?

I wanted to meet Gareth there from USN for he is the one person that I am actually communicating to from USN, but unfortunately he won’t be at the expo on Sunday. So is it worth going? Think I will be like a little zombie on Sunday after this hectic week but will see. I really do think this is an awesome expo!

Journal day 44-46: 30 September -2 October 2011

So its the weekend everyone!!!

I’m the weekend off so what to do what to do…We decided that we are going to visit my parents in law for the weekend in Pretoria. It is also my husband’s birthday on Sunday.

How did your weekend start? Are you focused on good clean eating? I must honestly say that I will not cheat at all and don’t think I will ever again. This last 8 weeks has truly been a COMPLETE lifestyle challenge thanks to USN 12 Week Challenge my life is completely changed. I was really the one person who I could say lived on take away and bad food…Always the quick option out in a busy lifestyle. Well as you all know that had to change. It was hard in the beginning but I am now so set in my ways when it comes to eating and what I put in my mouth that I must honestly say only the thoughts on how I felt as a person 6 weeks ago is enough to keep me determined to succeed.

The mind is so powerful but we absolutely do have the power to change those thoughts and to turn it around.

I bought myself a book fro Joel Osteen called Every day a Friday and so far it is amazing. This book is about how to change your mind and how to be happier everyday of the week and not to live only from Friday to Friday. I remember the days that I honestly only worked towards pay day/the next weekend. My mind was so set on the weekend ahead that I forgot to live in the moment and to appreciate the day that has been given to me! We must honestly change our attitude towards life.

Friday in the gym: 30 September 2011
Gym: 16:59 pm
Calories: 158  kcal
Calculated fat: 54 %
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 102  Maximum: 137
Fat burn improving

Chest and Triceps

Saturday in the gym: 1 October 2011
Gym: 6:39 am
Calories: 373  kcal
Calculated fat: 37 %
Duration: 1 hour 18min
Average heart: 123  Maximum: 168
Fat burn improving

On Monday I will start with Phase 2 of my program and I can’t wait for this…My sets will be different and it is time for supersets…

Moving into Phase Two, the focus continues to be building muscle, courtesy of a 6-day workout split. The repetitions in this phase fall between 8 and 10, with the exception of certain exercises, where really taxing the muscle requires more volume. I will work at 85% of my maximum effort which means my last rep in each set should be a struggle but still doable.

Superset: This means performing an exercise set immediately after a different exercise set with nearly no rest taken between exercises (sets)–only enough to position yourself for the second exercise.

While we’re on the topic of definitions, you’ll also need to know what “lifting to failure” means: On your last set of an exercise, instead of lifting to a set number (rep), continuing to lift until the muscle is fatigued and another full rep can’t be performed.

So we will talk next week…

Journal day 39+40: 25-26 September 2011

Hi everyone I trust you had a wonderful weekend? My weekend was great and yesterday was my 1 year wedding anniversary. Can’t believe it is already a year…

Food wise it was clean eating and the same old same old over the weekend. ;-).

I did not train on Saturday and Sunday and I think this was a good thing! Always good to recover and have rest time!

Today was a awesome session in the gym and this is what I did:

I must honestly tell you that I love this training program – This is the first program that I really do feel is for a lady ;-). It is so crucial to be confident in what you are doing. I wish I have found this wonderful program earlier. Thursday is measurement day so I just have to wait and see what the results look like. I was rather excited yesterday when I tried on some of my clothes that I have not worn for a very long time ago! This was an amazing feeling I must tell you that. All the hard work, endurance is so worth it.

Morning Session: Legs

Gym: 5:43 am
Calories: 441 kcal
Calculated fat: 31%
Duration: 1 hour 13 min
Average heart: 136 Maximum: 180
Fitness improving

I did 3 sets of 10 Bench Dips, as well as 5 min bicycle for warm up and some skipping in between sets! This is a wonderful way to get that heart rate going 🙂

Monday Legs

Woke up: 2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats

2 CLA 1000′s Capsules

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving Pure Protein Shake
Green Apple

30 minutes before lunch:
2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread, half tin tuna

Late afternoon:
1 Serving Diet Fuel

1 Sachet Phedra Cut Slim Pack

Evening Session: Cardio | Abs

Gym: 16:57 pm
Calories: 261 kcal
Calculated fat: 33%
Duration: 46 min
Average heart: 133 Maximum: 174
Fitness and fat burn improving

Dinner:
Oven grilled skinless chicken 100gram and 1 cup mixed veggies…
Cucumber wheels

mmmm tonight I am craving everything that I should not crave…

Revitalizing the Abdominal Crunch

Keep your head and neck in line with the spine. The best way to remember this is to not let your chin touch your chest. This error takes the focus off the abs and can strain your neck.

To maximize the feeling on the abs, try and reach straight up in the air as though trying to push your palms up onto the ceiling. This will make your abdominals work harder.

Most people forget the negative or lowering part of the crunch. Fight gravity on the way down from the top of the crunch to really get a burn.

Never anchor your feet (e.g. have someone hold them down or wedge them under something) when you’re doing any kind of ab work. This will activate muscles known as the hip flexors (muscles that function to bring the thigh towards the midsection). You want to isolate your abdominals and minimize hip flexor involvement for best results.

Don’t hold your breath when doing ab work. The abdominals play an important role in breathing. By limiting breathing, you will be limiting the work on your abs. The best way to breathe is to exhale on the way up and inhale on the way down.

To make the crunch easier, keep your arms flat on the floor. This reduces the amount of weight you must move.

 

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