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All new USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition BCAA AMINO+

Oh YES please…One of my favorite supplements that I use in the gym is the @usnsa BCAA AMINO+. It is now available in a great new Rascals Blueberry Flavor 😱

Train HARDER ~ recover FASTER 💪🏼 For maximum performance, to build lean muscle and highly effective amino acid ratio of 2:1:1. I use it as pre-and intra-workout and the results are amazing and it is free from stimulants!

I started with my running again a while back and I have to say this makes a huge difference on my performance and endurance. I can feel the difference when I used it and when not. We all get the occasional “off day” in the gym and I have to say this product assist in giving me the energy throughout my workout. Do you use a Intra-workout or pre-workout before gym?

You can get this product online at www.usn.co.za trust me you will never use anything else. Fuel yourself with the BEST and get the BEST results… 👌🏼

Make time

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to do the things you love and are passionate about.

I know how it goes…Life gets busy and you just manage to get your daily to do list checked, if you are lucky enough to do so…Today I hope that I can inspire you to just take a step back, reflect and think about yourself for a minute or two…

Are you taking the time out for yourself as a mother, wife, full time employee, stay at home mother, student no matter what your title might be.

We can easily become consumed by all the HAVE TO do’s that we forget about the WANT TO do’s. Don’t neglect yourself, your passions or the dreams. You are worthy to be passionately driven and happy while on the journey of life.

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So stop making excuses and start living the life you so desperately want. Take back control of you health, get back to the gym even if you manage to get 30 minutes in. Go for a walk, make healthier choices in the kitchen. Sit down and read your book, write in your journal, whatever it is that you enjoy doing for YOURSELF do just that.

I hope you have an amazing day and week ahead. I will check in more regularly here as blogging is something that I’m passionate about, that I admit I have neglected for a while…

xxx
Claudine

USN Product Review: Diet Whey Isolean

Everyone wants to get into the best shape of their life. Whether you want to lose or maintain your weight, USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition have a perfect shake ideal for you.

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USN’s Diet Whey Isolean is a delicious shake that would be the perfect addition to any weight loss plan. It is specially formulated to contain high protein and low carb – the perfect ratio for healthy weight loss and maintenance of lean muscle. Per serving contains up to 23g of protein and only 1.5g of carbohydrates, as well as a variety of important vitamins and minerals. There are four delicious flavours available, so you are able to switch it up whenever you want. High levels of fibre keep you satisfied for longer and prevent unhealthy snacking during the day.  Green tea extract and L-carnitine is also incorporated to boost your metabolism, speeding up the rate at which you burn calories all day long. The main source of protein included is whey protein, which is a great protein recommended for people who are trying to drop body fat and maintain lean muscle.

You can drink this shake at any time during the day and either before or after exercise.

Safe and healthy weight loss along with the maintenance of a healthy body and mind are best achieved by being consistent and following a few simple sounding steps.

  • Eat a balanced diet, containing wholefoods
  • Remain calorie-controlled
  • Get regular exercise

However, it’s not always that easy. We all have a busy lifestyle, which can make it a constant challenge on a daily basis to eat right and exercise hard.  So, support your recovery, maintenance, metabolism and fatigue, USN Diet Whey Isolean could be your key supplement to shed those extra kilos and really make a difference.

Order yours Online: www.usn.co.za

Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

#USNFitFoodIdea Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

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Serves: 9
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Coconut oil
4 cups brown rice crisps (or classic Rice Krispies)
½ cup all-natural peanut butter (or other nut butter), partially melted
½ cup brown rice syrup
3 scoops of USN BlueLab™ 100% Whey Protein Vanilla flavour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation
Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together melted peanut butter, brown rice syrup, protein powder and vanilla until it forms a dough consistency.
Add brown rice crisps to the peanut butter mixture. Use your hands to gently fold the rice crisps into the mixture. Then, pour mixture into the pan.
Using a spatula, spread mixture out evenly and press into pan so the bars are compact.
Place into freezer for at least 30 minutes
Before serving or storing, use a sharp knife to cut your treats into squares.

Pro Tip
Do not substitute honey or agave for brown rice syrup, since this sticky ingredient is essential to the recipe’s texture. Shop USN BlueLab™ 100% Whey Protein: http://ow.ly/NilV30hPnW5

You can use my code when you shop online and get extra 10% Discount with free delivery (Only valid in South Africa) Discount Code: claudineUSN (Remember it is case sensitive)

Eating plan for men

So for those who don’t know where to start with your fat loss, healthy living journey, take the first step towards a healthier balanced lifestyle and get your diet on track. Click on the image to download your Eating Plan.

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Each food categories exchange list contains food items which can be interchanged with each other. The serving sizes of each food is important to note as it is calculated so that the macro-nutrients per portion are similar. Remember, some processed foods such as sauces, ready-made meals and spices contain added sugar. It is recommended to avoid processed foods and sauces as far as possible for best results.

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Often the hardest part of achieving your lasting weight control goals is the ability to create the mental shift that is needed to develop routine. You can have total control over the way you look by taking charge of the things that you do. 

Introducing forward planning and preparation into your lifestyle helps you to take charge over your habits and routines. By simply getting to grips with this concept, you can make your ultimate physique a reality. It is often the small changes that yield the biggest results.

The USN Body Makeover Challenge has been designed to significantly transform your body and lifestyle during a 12 week period. For more information click here: www.usn.co.za

Eating plan for women

So for those who don’t know where to start with your fat loss, healthy living journey, take the first step towards a healthier balanced lifestyle and get your diet on track. Click on the image to download your Eating Plan.

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Each food categories exchange list contains food items which can be interchanged with each other. The serving sizes of each food is important to note as it is calculated so that the macro-nutrients per portion are similar. Remember, some processed foods such as sauces, ready-made meals and spices contain added sugar. It is recommended to avoid processed foods and sauces as far as possible for best results.

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Often the hardest part of achieving your lasting weight control goals is the ability to create the mental shift that is needed to develop routine. You can have total control over the way you look by taking charge of the things that you do. 

Introducing forward planning and preparation into your lifestyle helps you to take charge over your habits and routines. By simply getting to grips with this concept, you can make your ultimate physique a reality. It is often the small changes that yield the biggest results.

 

The USN Body Makeover Challenge has been designed to significantly transform your body and lifestyle during a 12 week period. For more information click here: www.usn.co.za

Just start somewhere

Stop waiting for the perfect time…Whatever it is take the first step, and if you are afraid DO IT anyway.
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Believe in yourself first…

Believe in yourself first

It’s not a destination…

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USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition: The Industry’s first…

The first ever Premium Whey Protein developed based on consumer feedback research.

This is the Protein that I supplement with, it comes in the most delicious and innovative new flavors! The BEST of the BEST. #USNBlueLabWhey #designedbyme.  Claudine Kidson

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WHEY PROTEIN IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A SPORTS SUPPLEMENT…

WHY?

It is a source of protein that is easily absorbed by your body, contains minimal fat and carbohydrates, and has various health benefits including:

  • Preventing muscle loss & assisting with recovery
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Curbing hunger
  • Encouraging anti-aging
  • Boosting immunity
  • Promoting better bone health

Protein is a key nutrient your body relies on for optimal health. Whey Protein contains more protein per gram than any other supplement, as well as so many other health benefits, that’s why whey protein should be part of everyone’s healthy eating habits.

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You can get yours online www.usn.co.za and use my product code: claudineUSN (Case Sensitive) and get 10% discount and free delivery!

Order your supplements online 

Hi to all my fitness friends, I’m excited to share my USN coupon code with you. Use this code: claudineUSN (case sensitive) and get 10% discount on supplements and FREE delivery when you order online at www.usn.co.za  

Share your supplement stack with me on any social media platform and tag me #claudineUSN and you could win The BEST selling fatburner in South Africa ~ USN Phedra Cut Lipo XT. 

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Your summer Slimspiration Plan

This is not JUST a competition but the perfect time to change your life! Everything you need is right here: https://www.usn.co.za/facethefat

YOUR SUMMER SLIMSPIRATION PLAN:
* 8 WEEK EATING PLAN
* WEEK TRAINING PLAN
* 8 WEEK SUPPLEMENT PLAN

What more do you need? YOU! You need to take the first step and make the decision towards living a healthier lifestyle and reaching your goal. You will NEVER look back I can give you my word. With the help of @usnsa it is so much easier.
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Do this for yourself – You are beautiful, unique and worth it.

You could win an Island holiday to Bali worth R50 000 what a BONUS!

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Thought for the day…

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Take back control

It all starts with a decision to change…Take back control ~ Get back up ~ Believe in yourself, commit and change your lifestyle. It will be tough & there will be days that you want to quit BUT don’t and if you did – It’s okay, get up – This is your time!

Winter Shape Up with @usnsa will help you to reach your goals ~ Summer bodies are made in the winter. You could be the next hamper winner. Take a shape up selfie or photo using ‪#‎usnshapeup‬ – www.usn.co.za

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Lets take back control – One step at a time ‪#‎fitness‬ ‪#‎lifestyle‬ ‪#‎usn‬‪#‎weightloss‬ ‪#‎transformation‬ ‪#‎teamusn‬ ‪#‎fitnessjourney‬ ‪#‎phedracut‬

Do it for YOU!

JUST be.

For a brief second, for a moment everything came to a stand still…Breath in, breath out, and just be, for this few seconds, minutes, for this moment in time. Words playing a sweet sound over and over in my mind calling out. Come to rest, it is time for a sound mind.

This moment. . . Now, this moment. . . Oh, girl, stay

enjoy this day

Light Italic words embed on my computer screen in front of me became words with meaning, that touched my soul deep down…

I don’t know if you are a mom, a dad, a wife, a husband, a single parent, married, divorced, full time business women, an entrepreneur,  a caregiver, an athlete, a student, jobless or whatever your “status” take a moment in this “busy” life and reach out to your deepest feelings and be still and JUST be…

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Lay down the burdens of the things that you carry around if there is any. Ask yourself for a moment what it is that sets your soul on fire. What it is that you do that brings a smile to your face. Don’t get so busy and overwhelmed with life and all the expectations there might be, and most of the time the ones we set out for ourselves. For a moment this moment and a few more to come think about “YOU”! Do more of the things that sets your soul on fire and less of the things that drags you down. The little things in life that gives meaning and purpose. Find balance in everything you do.

It does not have to be big or small – Just a moment to appreciate the moment. Even if it is 5 minutes that you need as a  “Time Out” for yourself to sit down and appreciate every little thing there is to be thankful for, without thinking about the “next”.

We are all on a different path leading to different destinations but I want to encourage you, and myself to learn how to be still, and just BE and enjoy life without being to serious :-).

Reach out to someone today or just a simple smile and hello for someone in need or whatever it is.

No matter what tomorrow holds, live for the moment, for now, appreciate the little things in life, listen to the soft voice and come to a standstill if needed.

There is so much that I want to share and say but without the perfect words I wan’t to get to the POINT – STOP being to busy, embrace every precious moment. Take care of your mind and enjoy life.

Have an amazing day.

You are worthy of a TIME OUT every now and again. 

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Claudine

Win a trip of a lifetime with USN

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Do YOU want to win a trip to Las Vegas and attend the 2016 Olympia worth R100 000 ~ Trip of a LIFEtime

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Bible Journaling

The journey starts here…So this is all new to me but I’m super excited to start this awesome new “hobby”.

Bible Journaling…Have you heard of this before? Well I didn’t even know there is some sort of “bible journaling movement” happening until I saw a Pin one day on Pinterest and it immediately  triggered my creative hidden passion…

So I used to have a passion for journaling or rather studying the word of God. I could never just read a passage without making notes or having my highlighters and notepad close. Taking notes, writing down, highlighting scriptures, drawing or writing big bold words and colouring them in etc. But as time got limited I started to neglect what I enjoy doing, priorities changed, things changed and so I can think of many excuses.

Here it is 🙂 My new Bible:
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NOTE: There will be times in life that you feel far away, but you have to remember that God will never neglect you. He will never give up on you or be distant from you. We are the ones that turn away. He is there waiting for your return and He will receive you with open arms. I miss my personal time with God and in the word and what better way to take up my love for studying the word by being creative with my Bible…

SPECIAL time spend with this little princess. My precious baby girl <3.

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These are my favourite Bible Journaling supplies so far, the Schneider pens are amazing and they don’t bleed through, Faber Castell watercolour pencils, bostik neon twister highlighters and then my daughters twist crayons… 

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I’m no artist and you know what that’s okay. It is NOT about the best “artwork” or masterpieces but about your effort and personal relationship with God. Yes there is some beautiful samples on Pinterest etc when you search bible journaling BUT you don’t have to be an artist to do this and don’t compare yourself with others. Just as you don’t have to be PERFECT to be accepted or loved or good enough for God. Don’t wait any longer. We all have flaws and believe me I have ALLOT but start somewhere. With everything in life you have to start SOMEWHERE…ohne2.jpgTherefore the reason I decided to share this post today —> What is it that you love? What is it that you enjoy doing? Do you have hobbies or a passion for something that you neglect doing? Maybe it is time to take out your pen and paper and start writing again. Maybe time to take your camera and go for a walk and capture some of the beauty around you, so what if your first few images are over or under exposed or without depth of field or out of focus – SO WHAT! Maybe it is time to get in your car and go the store and buy the ingredients and bake your favourite cake…Maybe it is time to put on your running shoes and go for a run, even though you can only reach the 300m mark ->JUST DO IT. Whatever it is, I challenge you to MAKE THE TIME and do the little things that bring joy to your soul. Stop waiting for the perfect time or circumstances. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection always remember that. 

Even my blog. There was a time that I couldn’t wait to post or share my day. Just writing and sharing whatever was on my heart. It wasn’t about how many people will read my post and how “perfect” my writing style is. It was pure for the passion of writing and sharing and reaching out to others, if one or none read my post then so be it. DON’T or STOP complicating things, get back to basics. Forget the voice in the back of your head saying: You’re not good enough, your effort isn’t good enough, you will fail, you don’t have time” or whatever it is that you believed for so long. Get up and get back!

Most important whatever you do do it with PASSION. Give YOUR best. Your best is THE best and that is what is important. Not what others think, say or do.

Please share and tell me more about your hobby / passion?

You can follow me on Instagram / Pinterest / Facebook / Twitter or just here, there or not :-): Tag me and share your awesome ideas/hobbies

ClaudineKidson ❤

 

USN Face the Fat

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I know you must have heard about the “New Year New Me” tagline going around all over and I also know what goes through your mind most of the time…”Just another scam, just another quick fix new year resolution to set me up for failure, just another product or diet or plan that doesn’t work and so the list can go on…”

I used to be the one seeing before and after pics online thinking to myself it is a lie, it is impossible, the before and after photos was edited in Photoshop, that transformation wasn’t 12 weeks its impossible etc- UNTIL I made the mindful decision to transform my body and lifestyle and end up being the one with before and after photos that I couldn’t even believe what I have achieved. I made the decision to take on the Challenge and that was the best decision I could have made for myself.

Today I’m here to tell you that if it is your hearts desire to become the best version of yourself and to reach your weight loss goal then there is no better time to start this journey than now with the support of USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition.

The market leader with the BEST products and plan to assist you in your journey to reach your goal – Proven results over and over.

Everything you need is right here: www.facethefat.co.za – Set your goal and become part of a community sharing the same passion and goal. Show off your hard work while you’re at it and even stand a chance to win R10 000 in cash or 1 of 12 Phedracut Lipo XT’s. The prize is a bonus – DO IT FOR YOURSELF never the less. Use the tagline on social media #USNfacethefat #facethefatwithclaudine for I would love to follow your journey and motivate you where possible.

You can follow me on social media networks and please do contact me if you need any help while on your journey. I will assist you as far as I can!

Twitter: ClaudineKidson
Facebook: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson
Instagram: Claudine Kidson

I look forward to see your results!

Your training plan / supplement plan / eating plan ~ So NO MORE excuses ~ Take back control and set a goal that you will reach. The feeling of achieving a personal goal is so rewarding and so worth taking on the Challenge. You deserve to be healthy & fit.

This was my four weeks I did:

My personal goal was to lose 4% of my body weight and I did 🙂 So once again set a personal goal for YOURSELF. Goal weight was 52.8kg

Start weight: 55kg
Weigh in: 52.4kg

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Bring on the next four weeks 😉 The Challenge is ON are you with me?

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Face the Fat

USN Face the Fat – Your New Year’s weight loss solution to reach your goal. I will help you where possible. This was the best decision I ever made for myself.Daily-Eating-Plan.jpg

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Decide | Commit & Change your lifestyle forever. You will be in the best shape of your life! Take control and make this a reality and not just a far fetched dream…

YOU GOT THIS – Pledge and join in. Get the support from an online community all sharing the same goal www.facethefat.co.za

What is 28 Days?!

4 Weeks {ONLY 28 Days} can it be that hard?!

NO it’s NOT, so why not accept the challenge to get that summer body in shape.

Have you ever heard of DietBet?! If not join the club:-) DietBet has been around for a few years though…But not to worry I will share more details here.

Jamie Eason started a challenge on DietBet called Jamie Eason’s Holiday Hustle, and I decided to join in. You have NOTHING to lose but that extra pounds/kg’s that added up over the months…

You can follow any plan / training program / nutritional plan but joining the “pot” while doing your #FaceTheFat #USN challenge with the benefit of being part of this amazing fitness community, all with the same goal of losing 4% of your body-weight in a 4 week period and then of course winning in the end.

It is without a doubt worth the while to read more about it. We are currently 3 253 players and the pot is $97,590
(R 1,335,434.06) 
 whoohoo!

The challenge started yesterday but you can still join – you have 14 days still to enter but remember then its less days to reach your goal of 4%….

So I decided to take on the next four weeks and shred the last bit of fat and reach my goal just in time for summer while HELPING YOU!

I will use my USN Supplementation to assist me in reaching my goal. Here I will share my journey for the next four weeks.

The reason why I decided to join in on her challenge is to be part of a community where you can help inspire and motivate others and yourself. Become part of a fitness community even if it is online/social. By becoming part of a group like this makes it easier to keep yourself accountable and it helps to know you are not alone in this journey!

Everyone have different goals – Even if it is to become fit, or to lose weight, improving on a healthier lifestyle or whatever your goal join me!

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BE A WINNER

Here is the link: http://diet.bt/8qSkeT

So, this is what DietBet is all about.

How it works

Bet on yourself to lose weight. Reach the goal … split the pot! EASY AS THAT 

What’s your goal?

This Is Why You’re Not Losing Fat

Lean. Ripped. Shredded. No matter what you want to call it, the process of stripping body fat from your frame and revealing the dramatic muscle beneath isn’t easy. It requires patience, dedication, consistency and hard work.

Did we mention patience? Because damn, sometimes that scale will just not budge, despite what you’d rightfully consider superhuman effort.

In those moments of doubt—when you’ve hit the gym regularly, dieted religiously, avoided temptations, and otherwise applied the perseverance of a monk to your fitness efforts, all to no avail—sometimes an outside perspective is key.

ERROR 1 YOUR CARDIO ISN’T GEARED TOWARD MAXIMUM FAT BURNING.

“More is better.” It’s the mantra that built America, right? So if 20 minutes of cardio is good, 40 must be even better. Heck, let’s just round it up to 60, and I’ll be ripped in a week!

Ah, if only it worked that way. Yet in reality, if you could plod your way to a great body—and catch up on your favorite shows in the process—everyone in your gym who camps out on the cardio equipment for hours at a time would be spectacularly lean.

In the case of cardio, more is not always better. In fact, it can be wasteful at best, and counterproductive at worst, as you often end up compromising your muscle mass without ever adequately tapping your fat stores for energy. Instead, you’ll want to drastically cut down your cardio sessions while ramping up your intensity to maximum levels.

“If somebody really wants to drop and burn body fat in the quickest, most efficient way possible, and they have the drive to undergo it, there’s nothing better than high-intensity interval training,” Balcombe explains. “Nothing is as effective as HIIT. There’s no exercise protocol I would recommend more to someone who wants to get lean.”

YOU’LL WANT TO DRASTICALLY CUT DOWN YOUR CARDIO SESSIONS WHILE RAMPING UP YOUR INTENSITY TO MAXIMUM LEVELS.

HIIT alternates periods of high intensity and low intensity in a repeating pattern. For instance, if you’re running, you’ll do 15 seconds of an all-out sprint followed by 15 seconds of a slow recovery jog or walk. The better your fitness levels, the further you can push yourself during the active phase—you can do 15/15, 30/30, 45/45, or even 60/60, although a 60-second all-out phase is definitely pushing the upper limits of your short-term abilities and may cause you to fatigue early in your workout. Someone new to HIIT can also consider a 15/45 work-to-rest ratio, which is obviously easier because of the longer low-intensity periods.

“These alternating periods of intensity target both type I and type II muscle fibers, enhancing not only overall aerobic conditioning but muscular strength and power too,” Balcombe says. “HIIT not only helps you burn fat, you’ll also spare muscle because of the shorter workout periods, as you’ll spend less time in a catabolic exercise state.”

To do HIIT right, you’ll need to approach cardio like you do your toughest lifting sessions. That means no reading, no watching TV, no chitchat; you’re waging war, and every rep—or in this case, interval burst—counts.

“Back when I was following a HIIT program on a regular basis, I would either set aside a whole training session for it, even though the sessions are only 10 or 15 minutes, or I would do it at the beginning of a regular weight workout,” Balcombe says. “I personally loved to do it before I worked out with weights, because you go into your weight workout with all the fat-burning hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine elevated, giving you an additional fat-burning effect long after your cardio session is over. Of all exercise protocols, HIIT just annihilates all others in terms of how much fat you burn, both during your workout and afterward.”

HOW TO HIIT

BEGINNER
Frequency 2-3 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 5-9 sets,* 5-12 min.
Intervals 15-20 sec. high intensity
45-60 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 minutes
INTERMEDIATE
Frequency 2-4 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 10-12 sets, 10-18 min.
Intervals 30 sec. high intensity
30-60 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 min.
ADVANCED
Frequency 3-4 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 15-25 sets, 11-18 min.
Intervals 30 sec. high intensity
15 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 min.

* One set includes the high and low intensity components; so a 30-second work-to-rest interval would mean each set is 1 minute.

ERROR 2 YOUR EATING IS OUT OF PROPORTION.

With HIIT in your repertoire, you’ll have taken a great leap forward in your training efforts. But that’s not even half of the equation if weight loss is your goal, Balcombe warns. “Exercise has a very small impact on fat loss compared to dietary changes,” he says. “More than any training or supplementation changes you make, diet has by far the most major effect on weight loss. And the biggest mistake I’ve seen people make nutritionally is [eating] portion sizes [that] are so out of whack.”

Blame it on restaurants—or your well-meaning family members—who heap dinner plates with food, throwing off our ability to eyeball a proper serving of just about anything, from steak and potatoes to breads and cereals.

“People may think they’re eating a normal portion, but in reality they’re eating 3-4 times what they should be,” Balcombe says. “It’s the most important part of weight loss, and it’s the one part people have the least awareness of. They’ll instead focus on the next level, which is looking at things like macronutrient ratios and food types. Of course, those other aspects have an effect, but when you’re overconsuming calories, the ratios don’t make much of a difference.”

The solution, thankfully, is simple, and temporary as well. Balcombe recommends a set of measuring cups and spoons. “You don’t need to actually weigh all your food, just put it in a measuring cup before plating it,” he suggests. “Over the course of a few weeks, you’ll start to get a real feel for what a proper portion is, and eventually you’ll no longer need the measuring devices to know what you’re doing.”

DIET HAS BY FAR THE MOST MAJOR EFFECT ON WEIGHT LOSS.

ERROR 3 YOU’RE NOT MINDING YOUR RATIOS.

“Once you have portion control down, you can start experimenting with macronutrient ratios,” Balcombe says. He recommends that 15-20 percent of overall calories come from fat—mostly the healthy unsaturated variety found in foods like nuts, fish and avocadoes. The rest will come from protein and carbohydrates.

How much of each? Well, that depends on you. “It comes down to your lifestyle and training,” Balcombe says. “For instance, if you’re doing HIIT regularly, you won’t be able to handle it if you’re going low carb. When I first started HIIT, I was on a diet of no more than 50-70 grams of carbs per day, and I just couldn’t pound out the interval sessions. So I had to crank up my carbs.”

Balcombe suggests a 2:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio for people on a HIIT program, with the carbs consisting mainly of slow-digesting carbs. “I don’t use the terms ‘complex’ or ‘simple’ carbs, because they don’t really mean much,” he says. “You have complex carbs like maltodextrin that break down fast and behave just like a simple sugar, for instance. So forget about simple and complex, and just rely on slow-digesting carbs as your main source.” Options include sweet potatoes, brown rice, green leafy vegetables, and steel-cut oatmeal.

The one exception, where a fast-digesting carb is preferred, is within the 30-minute pre-workout window. “That can include anything from a Gatorade to a dextrose drink to maltodextrin or waxy-maize starch, which might be included in a pre-workout supplement,” Balcombe says. “Having carbs that break down faster in this time is okay because your body is chopping through massive amounts of glycogen (energy) during these workouts.”

OPTIONS INCLUDE SWEET POTATOES, BROWN RICE, GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES, AND STEEL-CUT OATMEAL.

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“Even though I run a supplement company, we don’t pretend that these products are a magic bullet,” Balcombe says. “We want people to have proper expectations, which is that they can lose weight from dieting and exercise. A well-designed supplement, meanwhile, will help give you an extra edge in propelling your results forward.”

When it comes to choosing a fat-loss supplement, look for research-backed ingredients like green tea extract,caffeine, and yohimbine, all of which have been shown to increase energy expenditure and accelerate fat loss. “Green tea extract—specifically its level of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG—has an impact on caloric expenditure, while caffeine improves energy and alertness,” Balcombe explains.

Natural plant extracts, like Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana, may also help to fuel your fat-loss efforts. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, subjects taking 400 milligrams of Meratrim (an ingredient composed of both Sphaeranthus and Garcinia) two times a day (for a total of 800 milligrams) showed significant weight loss in as little as two weeks.1

“A WELL-DESIGNED SUPPLEMENT, MEANWHILE, WILL HELP GIVE YOU AN EXTRA EDGE IN PROPELLING YOUR RESULTS FORWARD.”

“At eight weeks, subjects on Meratrim reduced their waist and hip circumference,” Balcombe adds. “This research suggests these benefits are being brought about through Meratrim’s ability to partially block fat cells from both the uptake and the formation of fat.”

Resource: www.bodybuilding.com – Sebastian Balcombe

Face the Fat

Do you feel tired, depressed, irritated, bloated, FAT and discouraged with the way you look and feel?!

Well believe me when I say I can relate with all the emotions only to mention few. I’ve been there and not only once…That is why I’m sharing this post with YOU today. I know how it feels and I want to give you hope to believe that YOU CAN become the best version of yourself.

Im passionate about helping others to reach their goals. There is no better feeling than being happy with who you are. Not only physically but mentally. I want to inspire others to take the first step because YOU deserve this for yourself.

NOW is the time to take back control. You don’t have to feel this way for the rest of your life.

Don’t get stuck in your current feelings and mood. You just have to take the first step even though you dont “feel” like it NOW you will eventually. Just do it!

Losing weight is NOT impossible or as difficult as we perceive it. We are afraid to start before we even begin. WHY?! We fear failure before we even start, rather than believing in ourselves…You have nothing to lose, only extra kg’s 😉

Remember this is a journey not an overnight quick fix. So take the barrier down of failure and overcome it with the believe in yourself that YOU CAN DO IT. You are strong and brave enough. Snap out of the “diet mode” and see this as a kick start to a lifestyle challenge.

I can give you my word that doing this for yourself with the right mindset is what will differentiate your journey between success or failure.

Pledge to lose 4kg in 4 weeks and let the journey begin. Put the winter behind you and focus on the amazing summer sun ahead! You still have time to get that summer body in shape and let this be your best Holiday season to date…

Visit www.facethefat.co.za and pledge to lose 4kg in 4 weeks with the help of the new USN Phedra-Cut LIPO XT. I used Phedra-Cut with both my transformations and it assisted me in reaching my goals so much faster. Now there is the new and improved Phedra-Cut Lipo XT available and you can get it from your Local Dis-Chem store.

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For all my International friends if you don’t know where to purchase it or get it online send me a message and I will direct you where possible. You can send me a mail: lifestylechallenges@gmail.com or drop me an Inbox message on Facebook: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson. I will share meals and training tips with you so keep an eye on my Socail Media Networks and let’s do this together.
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So share your pledge and win fantastic USN starter packs.

I have one Phedra-Cut LIPO XT to give away to help you get started. 

Tell me why you want to lose 4kgs. Tag me, and use #FacetheFatwithClaudine and #USNfacethefat.

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries and remember;

Together we can achieve so much more 🙂

Pumped-Up Pancakes

A fluffy stack of pancakes might seem like a major cheat, but this recipe proves you can eat clean and have your pancakes, too!

Who doesn’t love waking up to a short stack of hotcakes? These pumped-up pancakes use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, and the addition of Greek yogurt and whey gives them a protein kick while keeping the total calorie count low. So have two cakes; you’ve earned them!

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INGREDIENTS:

OAT FLOUR 3 CUPS

VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER 3 SCOOPS

COCONUT SUGAR (OR ANY LOW-CAL SWEETENER) 2 TBSP

BAKING POWDER 2 TSP

SALT 1/2 TSP

UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK 2-1/2 CUPS

GREEK YOGURT 6 OZ. (170 gram)

UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE 1/4 CUP

VANILLA EXTRACT 1/2 TSP

EGG WHITES 4

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, protein powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix almond milk, yogurt, applesauce, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined.
  4. Use a 1/4-cup measuring scoop to measure out each pancake and pour onto a preheated skillet.
  5. Cook approximately 2 minutes on each side.

Tip: I recommend adding a little bit of extra protein alongside these pancakes to make a complete meal, such as two egg whites or a homemade chicken or turkey sausage patty. If you’re looking to prep an easy breakfast for the week ahead, these are great! The pancakes freeze well and can be reheated in the toaster.

Resource: Jamie Eason

Will you accept the challenge

Summer is around the corner and you don’t want to end up standing around the corner because you are to shy to have fun out in the summer sun!

It is now the time to take back control and become the best version of YOU. I was the skeptical one about transformations or weight loss journeys and the Before & After photos you see so publicly posted here, there and everywhere – UNTIL I took up the challenge and did it myself…I want to encourage you to take 12 weeks of your life and dedicate it to your health & well being and in the process be transformed not only physically but mentally.

This was my journey and I want to share with you that IT IS POSSIBLE. Yes it will be tough at times but I promise you today it will be worth it. I did the USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition 12 Week Body Makeover Challenge not once but twice and I was transformed indeed.

After my pregnancy I was left with LOADS of weight that I gained and I never thought it was possible to see my six pack again {achieved by my first challenge} and then I did…

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I wish I can carry each one of you to the finish line and inspire you to do it for yourself. Wish I can personally share my journey with each one and encourage you. You deserve to feel amazing and confident and beautiful inside out.

This is just a “tool” for a lifelong journey. At first I didn’t know where to start or what supplements to use or what program to follow – then I opened my USN Started pack and there it was – ALL the information compiled to educate me while taking on the biggest life changing challenge for myself. It made life easier and I was no longer overwhelmed by all the information out there, everything that I needed to assist me in reaching my goal was there…Before I knew, it became a lifestyle and I will never look back.

Yes we all stumble somewhere along the road but the question is; Will YOU get back up and take control?
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For more info on this Challenge follow the link and be sure: It is LIFE CHANGING!

http://www.usn.co.za/body-makeover/body-makeover-challenge/body-makeover-home-56.html

The real value of setting goals…

When I saw this quote it got me thinking…

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There are values in setting goals… The number 1 value  that it adds to our lives is the person we become while on the journey of setting goals and achieving & reaching them.

Today I want to share my personal view and opinion on the importance of setting goals for YOURSELF. We can so easily get discouraged or derailed from our goals the moment things get tough or we slipped up. We tend to experience the emotions of failure and disappointment in self the moment we slipped up! Whether you missed a workout or made a bad choice when it came to nutrition. Maybe your cheat meal ended in a cheat day and then snowballed to a cheat weak or month?! Can you relate, have you experienced the feeling of condemnation for not having enough willpower to succeed the first time? Well I have and its a terrible feeling indeed.

NOW how can we overcome this pattern and make it sustainable to reach our goal?

You can have the willpower to set out a short/long term goal BUT without a plan and a sustainable vision you are most likely to stumble and fail.

My advice is to take your overall goal and to break it up into smaller realistic goals…Let this be a journey and embrace it as an investment in yourself. Be realistic with yourself. This way you will be sure to reach your ultimate goal.

Then, set time frames for each and be sure to focus on them one step at a time. Once you overcome the first hurdle then think of and take on the second goal towards the “BIGGER goal”. You know yourself. Maybe you perform on rewards. Whatever it is do this for yourself. e.g If I lose 2 kg by week 3 I will buy myself a new training top. No matter what you DON’T purchase that top if you haven’t reached your personal goal. I promise you will take accountability for your decisions and this will form part of your commitment to what is important to you!

Your nutrition and training don’t have to be complex. By sticking to a fundamental, realistic, and systematic approach to your goals you are more likely to achieve them. Don’t over complicate things – This is often my problem and as a result I jump between diets and training programs. Don’t go there. Get a program, stick to it and pull it through! Get to know your body and what works for YOU.

I’m sharing this and believe it is a good read for those in need of change.

SET GOALS AND DEVELOP A PLAN

First and foremost, you need a plan that is curtailed to your needs, goals, and lifestyle. You can’t pick up your husband’s, brother’s, or cousin’s workout plan and expect it to work. Before you jump in, sit down and think about what you want and why. If you’re not absolutely positive about what you want or why you want it, then you’ll struggle to follow through. It might seem like a really basic first step, but it’s the one most people fail to do.

You also need to be realistic. I see too many people with the get-back-into-my-high-school-jeans-by-tomorrow mindset fall off the wagon. Sure that’s a great goal for the long term, but you need to ask yourself: What am I capable of right now? If you are 50 or more pounds overweight, thinking you’ll be down to a size 32 in a matter of weeks will set you up for failure. Instead of focusing on that big, 50-pound goal, take a smaller bite. Try, “I will lose five pounds by the end of the month.” It may not be a drastic change, but achieving it will feel great and will serve as excellent motivation.

Additionally, choose a goal that bolsters your health and well-being and doesn’t just focus on the way you look. By improving your overall health, you’ll feel better, sleep better, think better, and live better!

Successful goal-achievers also pay constant attention to their progress. Write down your goal in hardcopy journal, in a phone app, or on BodySpace! This way you can revisit and assess how you’re doing.

2 DON’T OVER COMPLICATE YOUR TRAINING

True, training is probably the most difficult aspect to figure out. When I first began, I would walk into the gym and train my chest, biceps, and triceps. I would do this every single day. If this sounds familiar, that’s OK—you have to start somewhere.

This year, instead of doing some biceps curls and then heading to the treadmill, follow this basic system:

Build Muscle Shed Body Fat
Weight training frequency 3-6 days per week 4-6 days per week
Rep range 6-10 10-15
Rest periods 1-2 minutes 30-45 seconds
Lifting load Heavier weight Lighter weight
Cardio frequency 2-4 times per week 4-6 times per week
Cardio duration 10-30 minutes 15-50 minutes

Like I said before, the most important aspect of training is to support your goals. If you want to gain muscle, aim for longer rest periods between sets, exercise with heavier weights, and shoot for lower rep ranges. If you want to shed body fat, train with lighter weight, high reps, and short rest periods.

Remember, this doesn’t need to be super complex! It is better to keep it simple. The key is constant progress. Each week try more weight, more reps, or shorter rest periods. Record your workouts so you can keep track of your progression.

Although resistance training will be the most effective way to achieve your physique goals, I like to encourage cardio. If your goal is to gain muscle, keep your cardio sessions to just three times per week. Use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) techniques to ensure the preservation of your hard-earned muscle. If you want to lose body fat, I still suggest HIIT, but I’d increase the session frequency to 4-6 times per week and increase the duration.

Finally, you have to rest. Spending days away from the gym will allow your body adequate time to rebuild and repair. You can schedule rest days whenever they best fit your schedule, but don’t leave them out!

3. DON’T OVER COMPLICATE YOUR NUTRITION, EITHER

Nutrition might be the last thing I’ve written about, but it’s the most important part of your progress—it always trumps training. Despite its importance, people tend to overlook it because they “work so hard” in the gym. You can kill yourself every day, but if you supplement that training with cupcakes and hot chocolate, you won’t see gains or losses where you want them.

I also see people eat too little. The point of your fitness resolution is to make lasting change. Nobody wants to lose 50 pounds and then gain it all back again, right? A month-long liquid diet or 1,000-calorie plan might work in the short term, but they won’t provide you the nutrition for a healthy mind and body or the building blocks for a lifestyle change.

Don’t make it complicated. Simply put, your calories should come from all the major macro-nutrients: fat, carbohydrates, and protein. You need all of them— there isn’t a magic way to meet your goal by eliminating one or the other! Eat more protein than you think you need, don’t skimp on complex carbohydrates, and don’t skip healthy fats. Don’t worry about counting calories just yet. Get in the gym, eat whole, nutrient-dense food, drink plenty of water, and cut out the processed crap.

Similar to goal-setting and training, it’s important to keep track of your diet in a journal, app, or BodySpace. Write down what you eat, how you feel, and any other aspects of your nutrition you’d like to chart.

4 ENJOY YOURSELF!

We covered the essentials, but there’s one more thing I need to cover. To be a success story, find something fitness-related that you enjoy doing. Whether it’s Zumba, CrossFit, bodybuilding, cycling, or powerlifting, do what you like. If you hate what you’re doing, then it’s difficult to be motivated to get back in and do it again. Furthermore, your fitness and your goals are personal. Make sure whatever you do is going to help you be the best you.

You have the tools to succeed. Now go do it!

Resource: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/simplicity-for-success-a-guide-to-winning-fitness-resolutions.html

SMART GOAL SETTING:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Accountable
R – Realistic
T – Time-frame

From my side my friends, I want to encourage you to take up this goal, challenge yourself and go out and DO IT FOR YOURSELF. For no other reason but YOURSELF. If you failed before so be it. Don’t dwell on the past or where you find yourself at this moment. Take it one small step at a time and be proud of every single healthier choice that you make.

We all mess up some point or another – I did too but NOW is the time to get back up, look up and NEVER EVER GIVE UP on yourself.

Be passionate about what you do and always give your best. You deserve to look and feel your best. Value yourself enough to make the changes toward becoming the BEST VERSION OF YOU!

I believe in you, so now believe in yourself.

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Have a fit and fabulous week everyone.

Claudine

Let your setback be your comeback

Today I want to encourage you to have the mindset of a champion and a conqueror. After listening to a video clip today “UNBROKEN” a few things came to mind that I want to share with you. We all go through our own battles in life and everything isn’t always as easy and perfect as it seems. Somewhere someone might be going through a tough time or just need a word of encouragement facing a difficult time. I strongly believe that there is no better exercise for your heart than to reach down to others and lift them up, and this is the reason for posting today.

I want to encourage you today to have the confidence to follow your heart <3. It is time for you to start believing in yourself again. No matter how small or how big the challenge I want to encourage you to #ChallengeYourself. In life, in work, in your relationships, with your goals but most of all your personal life. For once focus on YOUrself.  Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown your inner voice. Find out what it is that you LOVE and have the courage to follow your heart <3. You will have some ups and downs and that is normal and part of this amazing journey. Don’t allow a setback to be the reason to give up. Let your setback be the platform of your comeback, you will be stronger if you learn from it! Most give up on themselves way to soon or just before the breakthrough. Don’t let your current situation derail your focus on the life that is destined for YOU.

YOU are unique, fearfully and wonderfully made.

The real challenge of growth mentally, spiritually and emotionally comes when you get knocked down. It takes courage to get back up when life knocks you down but it will be worth it.

Don’t stand still at the could haves and the would haves if it should have, it would have…

Fear kills hope, fear kills passion and I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, break down the boundaries of {I can’t} that is so set in your mind and start living YOUR LIFE, YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY.

STOP fearing and start dreaming. Don’t let your emotions rule you it is time to take charge over your emotions and thoughts, you can discipline your emotions.  So the next time fear comes knocking at your door you better not open…Before you speak something negative think about it and speak positive!

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Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Change is NOT EASY if it was everybody would do it BUT I’m telling you if you take control YOU WILL MAKE IT. You will be stronger & better. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or make you happy. You will value your worth and respect yourself enough to live life with passion & drive.

Forget about yesterday come on people – It is NOW that matters, NOW NOW NOW!!!

You can – you will – You are a conqueror…LIVE YOUR LIFE PASSIONATELY
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Much love,

Claudine K

Heritage Day Fun

What a fun day spend with special people for a special cause…

I spend my Heritage Day with Toys for Africa as a Proud Ambassador. The event was hosted at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre Pretoria.The day was filled with fun and laughter. A new World Record was set of 999 Tyre Flips with a 100kg tyre for Joost van Der Westhuizen. Well done Chris Batts and Chris Liebenberg on completing this in 1 hour 5 min. There was a few who did the #ALSicebucketchallenge with the aim to raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) affecting so many people across the world including our own Legend Joost van der Westhuizen.

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Once again I came to realize while meeting Joost that we so often take our health for granted. We must be so thankful for being alive and healthy. Never ever take your health or one day of your life for granted. You have one life live every single day to its full potential. To see Joost with a smile on his face touched my heart and I was so thankful and honored to be there in the moment.

Take every opportunity to meet new people and to touch lives. It was great making “new friends” and I look forward to see some at the next upcoming event.

Ambassadors for Toys for Africa:
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Was so nice to meet the two of you, your personalities and presence uplift a conversation.

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Mr & Miss Abs ;-). Was nice to meet John Owens current Mr South Africa.

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Then last but not least my personal highlight of the day once again…Joost you are such an inspiration and a True Legend for ever like I said to you yesterday. You inspire me to take life on with both hands and to live life to the fullest. I pray that the Lord will touch you through this journey and that you will be clothed with hope & strength every single day. Always have that “Priceless” smile on your face.
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This was my Ice Bucket Challenge, I made my contribution to the foundation and truly hope that more research can be done on this disease affecting so many!

Thank you to The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa for their sponsorship making it possible to supply 8000 learners with stationary.

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The Centurion Rekord Published the story:

New world record on Heritage Day

Heritage Day was celebrated with a new world record and much more at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre.

Heritage Day was celebrated with ice bucket challenges and tyre flip world records at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre on Wednesday.

Chris Batts and Chris Liebenberg established a new world record for flipping a tyre 999m in honour of Heritage Day.

The day was arranged by Toys for Africa, who is currently on a mission to hand a new toy to every underpriviledged child in South Africa and later Africa itself. To date over 131 400 children have benefited from this passion.

Joost van der Westhuizen attended the event with his family, while various guests took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Joost’s J9 Foundation.

Other celebraties who attended the event were current Mr. SA, John Owens, the Houlson twins, tyre flipping record holder Chris Batts and many more.

The event also provided the opportunity for PHASA to donate thousands of pens to underpriviledged children to be able to write their exams this year.

The beneficiaries included secondary schools situated in Olievenhoutbosch, including Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School and Walter Sisulu Secondary School.

According to Danie van Loggerenberg, spokesperson for Toys for Africa, the focus of the day was on Grade 12 pupils specifically, with the upcoming final exams around the corner.

http://rekordcenturion.co.za/28249/new-world-record-heritage-day/

WBFF South Africa: A night to remember

Where do I begin to explain something that is beyond what words can describe. WBFF South Africa was without a doubt the biggest Fitness Extravaganza that this continent of Africa has ever seen. It was personally one of the best experiences I have ever had and a night to remember and treasure forever.

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I have never seen such a well organised show and I take my hat off for all involved in the process and planning of making this such a prestigious event. The hours, days and months up to this event must have been hard work and dedication, only a team of masters could make it happen. Well done to Jaco de Bruyn, Chris McWilliams, Gareth Israel, Andrew Carruthers and then ALL involved behind the scenes, too many to mention but WELL DONE to each and everyone for making this a huge success. This is a team that I can say I look up to and who accomplish allot. They are not only the once making this sport recognizable in South Africa but also leading examples in the Fitness Industry, setting benchmarks with everything they take on. This was by far the biggest Fitness/Glam/Fashion/Bodybuilding show in South Africa and has definitely become the benchmark in the Fitness & Fashion Industry. Without them and all the amazing athletes this would never have been possible. Well done!!!

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I was privileged to attend this day as a VIP guest and was honored to a have met so many amazing people in the process. As you all know I would have competed at this prestigious Fitness/Glam/Fashion Show but due to personal reasons I decided not to about four weeks out. I did have regret as the event came closer and had a personal battle between why I chose not to. But everything happens for a reason and by being obedient to what I know was right at the given time was all about to become worth it. When I got there everything made sense and I knew that there was better things for the given season that I was personally in. So the regret faded away of not stepping on stage for the first time and I became humble by the honour of getting to spend it at the “other side” of the stage.
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So about my days leading up to the event. This was the exciting and fun part that every girl loves doing. Shopping, shopping and more shopping lol – who doesn’t love shopping for Outfits, Jewelry, Shoes, Make-Up, Hair Products for that extra shine, only to mention few. If a Women can get an excuse to go shopping or take some “me time” to be spoiled then she is happy…From getting a Caribbean Spray Tan at Beauty Studio Potchefstroom, Nails done, Eyebrows done, did a Brazilian, Colour and Hair Makeover, and then rounded off by getting my make-up done by Face to Face by Charlene Warwick backstage at the WBFF. Thank you for all of you, for making sure I looked beautiful on the day. I felt like a million dollars for myself.

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Then the pre-judging started and I got to sit next to beautiful WBFF Pro Monika Coorey on the judging table who is all the way from Sydney Australia. We had so much fun and good laughs. It was a pleasure meeting you and Matt, your presence was amazing and the two of you are such a beautiful couple with amazing personalities.

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I cannot wait to see you again next year to catch up. Good luck with the journey towards WBFF Worlds Las Vegas happening August 15th & 16th that will be held at the one and only The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for those of you who can or want to attend. I will be there in spirit to support you when you step on stage with your beauty.

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Then the moment of meeting Sergi Constance… Wow what an honour. I have been following Sergi for some time now as he is a true inspiration when it comes to training, nutrition and consistency. He is definitely an inspiration when it comes to a ripped and toned physique and as you all know abs are my favorite ;-). He was on the judging panel at the WBFF S.A. Again I was blown away by his charm 😉 and amazing personality. It is leaders like himself in the Industry who lives by example of being the best version of yourself! It was nice to spend time with all of you.

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Got my signed copy of one my Favourite Inspirational Athletes and my Favourite SA Magazine “Fitness His”. So let me tell you this girl is smiling all the way.

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This is my Bikini and it came out ABSOLUTELY beautiful and just the way I had the picture in my head and even better. My concept was put to life by Katherine from Magic Bikinis – Thank you Katherine. It was great to work with someone that I can give a storyboard to and they immediately “feel” or see the end result! Believe it or not I received it at the event so imagine how eager I was to put it on and get on that stage lol ;-). There will come a time that I will shine and walk the walk but for now I’m blessed to have experienced a night that I will forever cherish. More amazing news to come about my next goal – so keep an eye out. Will share ASAP.

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I met so many of the athletes who I followed and became friends with over social media. What’s amazing about this industry is that even though everyone is competing for the title there is still the true friendships and brotherhood that is formed amongst the athletes. The Spirit backstage was amazing, and it was so good to see everyone coming together sharing their passion and love for the sport! Was once again evident in the atmosphere and WBFF Fever before the event…

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The ladies looked breathtaking and beautiful in their Evening & Theme Wear and the Guys were ripped and build like I have never seen before ;-). The line-ups was HUGE and I was blown away by the talent and physiques, the competition was tough. You could see the hard work and dedication of these athletes. Months of prepping leading up to the event! Well done to each and everyone. To those who placed, or who became Pro’s and those that didn’t place – CONGRATULATIONS. I believe each and everyone who stepped on stage that day was A TRUE WINNER and you can be proud…

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THE RESULTS:

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Diva Bikini Model 35+ WINNER — with Lorraine Coleman.

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Diva Bikini Model Short WINNER and BEST DRESSED FEMALE & NEW PRO — with Vanessa DeFreitas Wbff Pro.

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Diva Bikini Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Jody Calitz Wbff Pro

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Male Fitness Model WINNER and NEW WBFF PRO (Tall Class) — with Jacques Fagan Wbff Pro

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Women’s Figure 35+ WINNER — with Vivian Goosen 

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Womens Figure Short WINNER

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Womens Figure Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Lairen Terblanche Wbff Pro

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Male Muscle Model WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Gavin Perry Wbff Pro

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Male Muscle Model TOP 3 & NEW WBFF PRO’s — with Jaco Moolman Wbff Pro, Gavin Perry Wbff Pro and Dean Mason Wbff Pro

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1st Place Fitness Bikini u1.63 and 1st Place Fitness Bikini +35 – Lauren Zita Fick – awarded her Pro Card

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Diva Fitness Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Monika Human

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Mens Body Building Light Heavy WINNER — with Michael Appelcryn

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Mens Body Building Heavy WINNER

WBFF Pro Cards

Congratulations to all the New WBFF Pro’s

Then last but not least my amazing friend Pieter. I have known you for 7+ years and what a blessing it is to know a special person like yourself. You are an amazing person and I think everyone who knows you will agree with me that you are a true blessing to so many. You are always there to reach out to others. I value you as a friend and will forever do. Without you this would never have been such a special event. I appreciate your friendship and want to thank you for everything!

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The Best of the Best competes with WBFF. This “slogan” became alive that day when all the athletes stepped on stage…I will definitely without a doubt be on that stage in 2015! I cant wait to be part of the experience only this time sharing my passion for the love of the Sport on stage. #FitFam #Beauty #Glam #Fashion

Hope everyone stays on track with their fitness goals and don’t backslide now…Better yourself and always strive to be the best version of yourself!

Keep it up, until we meet again

Love,

Claudine

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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..

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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

Truth about Fat Loss and Nutrition

Truth about Fat Loss and Nutrition

So this weekend was the Truth about Fat loss and Nutrition Workshop and I believe it was a huge success, educating people about some general guidelines on nutrition / food labels and understanding the Truth about Fat Loss.

“We did a little test with the 4 products listed here and did you know that if you had to consume 1 litre of this milk, 1 litre of this 100% orange juice, 50 g box of future life cereal and 500g box of Kellogg’s Special K in a week….you would be putting 57 teaspoons of sugar into your body. No wonder people are not winning the fight against the bulge!!!!!! Avoid health foods…..especially if they come with an advert!!!”

Some of the foods we looked at was:

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Thank you Eugene for an Exceptional Perfect Pulse Seminar – the knowledge you have is amazing and the passion you have for sharing the truth is absolutely inspiring…This is only the beginning of big things to come.

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I decided to do a post today on my view on a few things…Why do I feel the need to bring the truth to people on Fat Loss and Nutrition or health in general? Because I feel we need to start moving forward by knowing the truth. We live in a world where things get covered up way to easy and I’m so sick of companies making millions of profit by clever advertising skills, “covering the truth and exposing lies”. The general public in return are the ones walking around with sickness and health concerns.

I walked into a well known “Health Shop” yesterday where they sell supplements etc. So you would think the people employed in this positions will be educated in their field of expertise. As I walked down the isle I couldn’t help but to overhear the conversation of the guy (Supplement sales person) giving advice for a lady wanting to buy supplements & products to lose weight! I almost felt as if I can run the guy against the wall when the first thing he said to the lady was to cut out ALL CARBOHYDRATES and limit protein by replacing it with a “Shake”. Even typing this message makes me so angry when I think of this misleading and wrong advice…Listen today – NO Shake will replace good quality protein and neither will you have sustainable energy to get through a day without carbohydrates. We tend to trust others with our health or follow advice without really focusing on what the truth behind it is…We put our trust in someone who walks around with the qualifications without taking the time to research if it is indeed the correct information…

First of all Ladies & Gents you NEED PROTEIN | CARBOHYDRATES & FAT in your diet.

Your body needs carbs, healthy fats and protein. Protein is essential for tissue growth and repair. Dietary protein supplies the building blocks of muscle tissue. You have to remember that when you hit the gym for your weight training routine you are actually breaking down your muscle tissues. So WHY is your diet so important? Because you build your muscles outside of the gym just like they say Abs are made in the kitchen – that is the TRUTH…To do that you need a proper nutritional plan with the correct amount of protein/carbs/healthy fats to fuel your body…That is why I believe BCAA  (Branch Chain Amino Acids) is a good “supplement” to add to your plan if possible. If insufficient amino acids are present, your body will start breaking down muscle tissues to get the required aminos and you don’t want that. So what is the use of a good weight training session, if you don’t nourish your muscles when you walk out of the gym?! So never leave out the correct amount of Protein and Carbohydrates to fuel your body for sustainable energy levels throughout the day! So if you feel depleted and hungry most of the time consider looking at your protein intake. Remember protein takes longer for your body to digest which means you will be fuller for longer…

Since your body expends more energy to process proteins than it does to digest carbohydrates and fats, people who consume more protein throughout the day might see faster fat-loss results than people on a lower-protein diet plan.

Ladies protein WON’T make you bulky or muscular that is NOT the truth…You don’t have the amount of testosterone like males to build muscles like your boyfriend 😉 So make sure you incorporate high quality protein sources into your diet like fish, eggs, chicken and lean cut red meats. And if needed SUPPLEMENT with a good quality Pure/Isolated/ Whey Protein.
Not replace it but SUPPLEMENT with a protein shake…

Your body needs energy to survive. Your systems energy requirements are mostly met by your daily food intake. The energy value of food is important but the source of the calories and your portion control takes priority. The more processed and refined the lower the vitamin and mineral value of food will be and the higher the Glycemic Index or fat value tends to be. Processed and refined foods tend to have a drastic effect on elevating your blood sugar levels and increase the likelihood of fat storage occurring. And don’t ask questions when those cravings kicked in…

Guideline on how to measure Calories and Kilojoules:

Calories and Kilojoules is measured per gram of food:

1g of Carbohydrate = 4 calories / 17kj

1g of Protein = 4 calories / 17kj

1g of fat = 9 calories / 37kj

1g of alcohol = 7 calories / 29kj

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CONCLUSION:

Stay away from refined and process foods and try to balance your macro values to support your goals or general healthy living. Never follow a diet by leaving out a macro nutrient. DON’T follow a low carb diet / a low protein diet. It is not healthy and your weight loss goals will not be sustainable. Everything is about BALANCE…Consistency is key and always option for the best healthiest choices. Make a mindful decision to educate yourself on the values of food and see it as an investment in your health. Don’t let weight loss become an obsession but rather see it as a journey to better health and lifestyle.

Its all about the choices you make, so think about what you fuel your body with!

Have a super amazing and productive educated week 😉

REFERENCES
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11429982
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1426093
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889822
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein
  5. www.bodybuilding.com
  6. www.usn.co.za 
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