I needed to take time this morning to reflect on how far I have come. We all get days that we feel down and want to indulge in everything possible but again just realized it so NOT worth it…
Have you struggled before with motivation and dedication?
Wow what a journey its been so far, and as I sit here I cant believe how far I’ve come. I realize now as I’m writing this post that we never make or take the time to actually sit down to think about what we’ve achieved and by giving ourselves the recognition for it – You CAN feel proud about yourself when you reach your goals or when you achieve something personally no matter how big or small it may seem to others. We tend to be so “hard” on ourselves that we sometimes neglect the importance of acknowledging the “ME”.
It is so easy to motivate or compliment or believe in others but do you believe in yourself?!
Take a moment and just recap about how far you’ve come over the last few days, months or years. Whether it is fitness goals / academic achievements / a good report / a promotion at your work / new opportunities given / starting a new job / becoming a new parent or whatever it is no matter how small or how big acknowledge it for a moment. Today I’m doing just that!
As most of you know I took up the Challenge 12 Weeks ago 20 May 2013 to transform my post pregnancy body! Today I want to admit that I was so afraid of taking up the challenge and for failure of not reaching my goals. There was a time that I didn’t even believe in myself to achieve my goal for in the “natural” with all my circumstances going on it almost seemed impossible! The CANT’S overpowered the CAN’s BUT never the less I did not allow my emotions and my fears to keep me from trying and giving my best! Today I want to encourage you to take on your fears. Whether fear of failure / fear of disappointment / fear of getting hurt / fear of being let down or whatever your fear might be and believe today that you can turn your fear into victory! When you set your mind to it you will achieve it so believe it…Everyday is closer than your yesterday.
I’m sharing the message with you that I have on my heart today: Never never never ever give up on yourself…And whenever you feel like quieting – put your hand over you heart and feel every beat and realize that YOU are alive for a purpose!
We get so busy in our everyday lives that we sometimes don’t even reflect on our days. We tend to be like “robots” getting up and going through an ordinary day. Today I want to challenge you why not do something EXTRAORDINARY!
Its been a while since I shared my progress but here goes.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an appointment for my measurements for Week 10 but I managed to get one for Week 11 & 12.
The reason why I share my progress pics is to motivate others where and if possible.
Week 12: DONE AND DUSTED:
This is not the end of a healthy and fit lifestyle…The feeling of being back in shape is absolutely amazing and I hope to encourage you to take it on! It is NOT THAT difficult if you have the right mindset.
Believe in yourself.
I have lost 25kg in 7 months and I never ever thought I would see abs again. Thank you to all my amazing followers, all the comments, and support!!!
Thank you USN for sharing my story and my journey. Without the EXCEPTIONAL products this would not be possible to achieve. I’m proud to be associated with the USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition Brand.
Thank you for all the support from friends, followers and my blog visitors. I really do hope I can can inspire others to become healthier. It is possible and YOU CAN DO IT!
Believe in yourself!
Claudine Kidson is doing the USN 12-week Body Makeover Challenge for a second time. The first time she did so well that she was one of the 10 finalists in the USN Body Makeover Challenge competition. This time, she’s doing it to get back to her best after becoming a mom. The two challenges have been quite different because of so many changes in Claudine’s life and her body. Her journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s inspirational to all women, whether you’re a new mom or not.
What motivated you to do the 12-week Challenge the first time?
I was tired of being overweight and unhealthy. I felt bloated, tired, irritated and left with a low self esteem most of the time. I had the “dream” in my heart of being in shape for the first time in my life by transforming my body to be a healthier version of myself and to experience being confident in my own skin! It was something I wanted to do for MYSELF! Obviously the prize money was a HUGE motivation to enter because I needed it so much…
How long after you completed the Challenge the first time did you discover you were pregnant?
Only five months after being in the best shape of my life I found out I was pregnant, which of course was the biggest blessing of my life. I completed my first challenge at the end of November 2011 and I found out I was pregnant April in 2012.
Was it tough to accept that all your hard work was about to be undone to during your pregnancy?
Yes, it was EXTREMELY hard, as I worked so very hard to achieve my goal. BUT the best part was that I had the “taste” of being in shape for the first time in my life. And once you have felt the feeling of a healthy self-esteem and being confident about your body, you will never look back… So I knew I would work hard to get back into shape post pregnancy!
Did you breastfeed?
Yes I did, but only up to 3 months.
What motivated you to do the 12-week Challenge the second time?
There is no better feeling than being confident with your body… The feeling I felt after my first USN Challenge was priceless. That was amazing and enough to want it for a second time. I also want to prove to other mommies out there that it is possible, even if you gained as much weight as I did, or if you neglected your fitness during your pregnancy months, that you can turn it around. I gained way above 20kg… I love the feeling of being fit, healthy and the best mommy for my beautiful little girl. I want to be an example for her to follow one day. But most importantly, I wanted to show myself that I CAN DO IT a second time no matter what my circumstances are! Giving myself that hour of “me” time in the gym is the best reward for myself…
What have been the major differences between the first time and the second time?
It felt as if I needed to start all over again. I wasn’t fit at all and carried so much more extra weight, water and fat than the first time. I’m obviously more challenged physically with all the changes that took place in my body. I had a c-section so had to keep that in mind as well.
Things are definitely way more difficult than the first time around… I’m now a single mommy and time management is crucial! No more early mornings and late afternoon gym sessions. I have an hour per day for one training session so I have to make it work. Being a first-time mom requires a lot of time and dedication itself. So there are times when I’m emotionally tired of coping with all the new responsibilities; but ultimately, I feel so much better in every area… I still wake up 3-4 times per night for feedings so there are days that I’m really tired, but the hardest part is to get to the gym. Once I’m there and I finish my training I always feel energized and happier!
The effort it takes to get to the gym is an effort in itself! Logistically I need to plan my way to get there after a long day at work. I need to collect my daughter from crèche and on route to the gym. I look like a “pack horse” when I arrive at the gym. My gym bag, baby bag, Kaylen in her car seat… So imagine that! A 7kg baby in a car seat with two bags can get heavy you know!
Has motivation been more difficult the second time around?
Most definitely. It is tough at times. I’m a single mommy now and believe me when I say there are days that I’m so tired and not motivated and have personal things going on as well so I need to be more focused. But then again I realize the reward there will be from all the hard work and dedication. I only have myself to keep motivated so I just pick myself up and work harder!
Your body went through some major changes in the past 18 months, have you adjusted your goals from what they were the first time you did the Challenge?
Most definitely, I had to make adjustments and first and most important was the mental adjustments. If you keep comparing yourself to your first challenge and progress you will set yourself up for failure. You need to take your “current” physique into account and the fact that I just had a baby and then set goals accordingly. I couldn’t expect to drop all the weight I’ve gained during the nine months in one month; it is not realistic at all. I had to adjust my training schedule and I had to focus 101% on my diet to reach my goals in the time frame that I wanted to…
Have you found the same USN supplements as effective in both Challenges or have you made some changes to you supplementation choices?
Again I stuck to the plan – the USN 12 Week Body Makeover Plan – because it works! The only adjustment I made was replacing the Diet Fuel Ultralean with the Elite Whey Gold. The reason is so I was super focused on my diet so I could introduce it sooner. I also take the CLA Hardcore on and off in conjunction with the CLA 1000. I also introduced the USN Hyperdrive N.O on occasion to assist me in training my bigger muscle groups.
I will only adjust my supplements from Week 9 which will be next week, so you will have to follow my progress on my blog to see what changes I make and just how successful I am the second time around – http://www.lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com.
To find out more about the Body Makeover Challenge vissit USN: www.usn.co.za
If I could do it so can you!
First things first…Do you want to enter the USN 12 Week Challenge 2012 then you have to start by purchasing your 12 Week Body Transformation Starter Pack. Supplements included in the starter pack will be:
(This will last you approximately 3-4 weeks)
What I would add to this:
If you don’t want to enter the competition and only do the Challenge you can buy the products separately. There are great specials available and I would suggest you buy the combo packs for they work out much cheaper in the end.
Next: So lets do a quick breakdown on each product explaining the function of each supplement.
Tip: It is a good idea to get clued up on the supplements that you will be using. Not only to educate yourself on the role it plays but for you to know what you are fuelling your body with. As the Challenge Progress we will add to the supplements but for now this is the most important…
Before I begin it is so important to know your supplements and what you put into your mouth. Why do I use USN? First of all I must give them credit on their AMAZING customer support and advice.
Gareth Powell from USN has been of amazing support throughout my Challenge. All my questions have always been answered and more. So before I go any further thank you Gareth and the team at USN for making each customer/individual feel valued as a client and for the exceptional products!
This is the link to their website: USN – Ultimate Sports Nutrition
Email Gareth at USN should you have any queries on this 12 Week challenge or for some advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust me even though this is allot of information make the time to read through it and get the foundation right of your knowledge beforehand.
WOMEN’s ULTRA TWO-A-DAY
A daily multi-vitamin designed for the female who requires an essential supplement for a balanced, nutritious diet.
USN WOMEN’S TWO A DAY is a scientifically formulated, nutrient rich multi-vitamin/multi nutrient, designed for the active female who has specific micronutrient demands for the continued maintenance of good health, immune support and energy availability.
Daily with breakfast.
Improves immune function
OMEGA PRO 3,6,9
ADVANCED CELLULAR ANTI-OXIDANT
A combination of Omega-9 (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) and Omega-3 and -6 (poly-unsaturated fatty acids). Omega-3 and -6 are Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s).
USN OMEGA PRO consists of a combination of Omega-9 (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) and Omega-3 and -6 (poly-unsaturated fatty acids) – Omega-3 and -6 are essential fatty acids.
All these fatty acids are necessary for the formation of healthy cell membranes, the proper development and functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the production of hormone-like substances called eicosanoids (thromboxanes, leukotrienes, prostaglandins).
These chemicals regulate numerous body functions, including blood pressure, blood viscosity, and vasoconstriction, immune and inflammatory response. They have profound beneficial effects on the body an influence hormone production, immunity and cardiovascular health in addition, they keep the skin and other tissues youthful.
PHEDRA-CUT LIPO XT
EXTREME THERMOGENIC FAT LOSS ACTIVATOR
Phedra-Cut Lipo XT provides all the benefits of the Phedra-Cut Ultra XT, but now includes a patent-pending encapsulated form of premium, highly concentrated natural capsicum extract, Capsimax™, which protects the esophagus and gastric barrier from the burn often experienced with cayenne pepper and its extracts. Due to the protective nature of this encapsulation, a higher quantity of capsicum actives form part of the formula, making it even more effective as a weight control aid.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
PHEDRA-CUT ULTRA XT
FAST ACTING THERMOGENIC FAT BURNER
An advanced, multi-phase extreme thermogenic, fast activating fat loss activator, scientifically formulated to rapidly increase fat metabolism, appetite suppression and to boost energy production.
PHEDRA-CUT ULTRA XT is an advanced fat loss activator, consisting of a synergistic blend of natural ingredients, which have all proven to assist in safe and effective weight loss.
Benefits of PHEDRA-CUT XT:
• Increased fat burning activity (incl. abdominal fat)
• Blood glucose regulation (which may eliminate cravings)
• Reduced carbohydrate absorption
• Appetite suppression
• Reduced glucose production in the liver
• Reduced fat accumulation
• Inhibit fat cell formation (Anti-adipogenic activity)
• Mood and mental acuity enhancement
• No estrogenic interactions
• Anti-oxidation during fat breakdown
• Energy boosting
Prior to meals.
PHEDRA-CUT ULTRA STIMULANT FREE
FAST ACTING NON-THERMOGENIC DAY AND NIGHT FAT BURNER
A non-stimulant primary weight loss supplement designed to optimise the metabolic pathways associated with increase fat and carbohydrate metabolism without increasing thermogenisis or central nervous system activity.
PHEDRA-CUT ULTRA SF has been formulated for individuals wishing to achieve optimal weight-control and energy levels, without central nervous system stimulation.
It can also be used in combination with Phedra-Cut Ultra XT to continue the weight-regulating process during the night as well as over weekends.
PURE CLA 1000
ADVANCED BODY TONER
A non-stimulant weight loss supplement that supports weight loss and the metabolic processes involved with fat burning. With further health benefits including blood sugar regulation to promote a lean physique.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is seen as a “wonder nutrient” that occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods such as beef, some dairy products and turkey.
This “wonder nutrient” has been scientifically proven to inhibit the process that is responsible for the deposition of fat in the body (especially in the abdominal and leg areas). CLA directs the body to use fat reserves for energy. Research has shown CLA to increase lean muscle while reducing body fat. A number of other studies also revealed dramatic cholesterol-reducing effects with CLA supplementation.
USN CLA 1000 primarily provides the Cis 9, Trans 10 and Trans 11, Cis 12 isomers in a 50:50 ratio, as recommended for optimal efficiency. Supplementing with CLA should result in a leaner, healthier body.
DIET FUEL ULTRALEAN
LOW-GI SLIMMING SHAKE
Premium high protein
Low-carbohydrate meal replacement
Contains the USN Lean System for effective weight management
USN DIET FUEL ULTRALEAN represents the newest and most advanced technology for the reduction of body fat as well as the maintenance of lean muscle tissue.
This delicious, low-GI, low-kJ meal replacement formula provides you with a complete, nutritious meal for anytime of the day. It contains all the essential nutrients in adequate quantities to ensure healthy and lasting weight loss.
The USN Lean System™ blend consists of N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine, HCA (Hydroxycitric acid) and a high level of bio-available Calcium, which has been shown to assist the weight-loss process through various effective mechanisms (excluding central nervous system stimulation).
The formula has a high fibre content to increase satiety levels and to assist with digestion. The reduction in hunger is further promoted through the addition of 25g High Biological Value Protein from various sources, which triggers a natural weight loss hormone (PYY) in the body.
The high quality Protein substrates also assist in improving Protein synthesis, regulating blood sugar levels to reduce cravings and improving overall health. Lactazyme™ is added to assist in the breakdown of Milk Protein and improved absorption.
Remember to take your first “BEFORE” photos with your measurements the day you start your challenge.
I’m here to assist you if you have ANY QUESTIONS. My 12 week training program as almost done for those who will be interested.
Take on this Challenge you CAN DO THIS, you will never ever look back.
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Hi all my fit and fabulous friends. If you’ve missed Expresso this morning check it out here.
Stay motivated throughout the cold winter months, set new goals and make sure you keep your program interesting at all times!
Don’t let the winter months get to you and set you back on where you want to be. During the colder months we tend to reach out to warmer comforting foods and beverages. Make sure to go for the healthier options!
Keep up the hard work and work around those cold mornings, even if you don’t always feel like it get out of bed go to gym and before you know it you will feel energized and ready for the day!
I needed to take time this morning to reflect on how far I have come. We all get days that we feel down and want to indulge in everything possible but again just realized it so NOT worth it…
Have you struggled before with motivation and dedication?
Is there anyone who wants to start the USN Challenge or just live a healthier lifestyle and get rid of unwanted fat? I have decided to guide my sister through a second round of the Challenge being her personal trainer and guide her through the use of correct supplementation and nutrition/diet! If you like to join in like my Facebook page: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson (click on the link above) and spread the word. Challenge starting on 30 January 2012! I will share a training program/weekly diet/recipes.
YOUR life can and WILL be changed!
Everyone loses their inspiration in the gym sometimes. What matters is what happens next. Here’s how to relaunch your program for out-of-this-world results.
Unless you are a beginner and have just started training, chances are you have been stuck at one point or another with a goal or a lift in the gym. Perhaps you wanted to bench 225 and got stuck at 215 or 220 for weeks. Maybe you were shooting to weigh a cetrain amount and couldn’t seem to get past the mark for what seemed like an eternity.
We have all been there. Maybe you are there now. If that is the case, then one or more of these 10 tips could be exactly what you need to break that barrier and meet your gym goals. If you are a beginner, pay attention because you will get stuck sooner or later and you can also implement these strategies to break your sticking points sooner rather than later.
1. Keep A Log
This one may seem like a beginner tip to some of you advanced guys but bear with me. There is something about seeing your barrier in black and white that just drives you nuts to break it. You can train and just keep your numbers in your head for months and still be stuck.
Instead, keep a log and you will see yourself improving in a matter of a few workouts. You will get so determined to see your goal in writing that you will drive yourself harder to do it.
Set up your own logsheet, see sample what I have done:
You Will Get So Determined To See Your Goal In Writing That You Will Drive Yourself Harder.
2. Get A Partner
If you have been training alone for a while, perhaps you need someone that has a similar goal as you or at least someone who is motivated to do big things in the gym as well. Having someone else there pushing you and encouraging you to do it will go a long way in helping you.
Knowing someone else there is watching and you could inspire them by breaking that barrier will make you work harder for both your partner and yourself. Also, having a partner you trust spotting you means you will have no fear of going heavier than usual.
Having Someone Else There Pushing You And Encouraging You To Do It Will Go A Long Way In Helping You.
Let’s face it. As great as some gyms are, most of them play typical songs that aren’t very motivating. There is something about listening to your favorite tunes that just pumps your energy levels and motivation to a new high and makes you want to go smash some iron.
Whether it is hard rock, metal, hip hop, or any other genre that gets you going, get a mp3 player, add those songs and listen to them before and during your training. You will get pumped and you will get that personal record you have been striving for.
There Is Something About Listening To Your Favorite Tunes That Just Pumps Your Energy Levels And Motivation.
4. Make A Deadline
This is a great one for many people. Knowing that you must do something by a certain date or time makes you work harder at it. If a report has to be done by 5:00 pm and it is 3:30 now, don’t you work harder to get it done? Wouldn’t it make sense that this strategy would also work in the gym?
Now be realistic on this one. If you want to bench 225 by next week and you can only bench 190 this week, chances are that won’t happen. But setting a realistic deadline will inspire you to take each workout more seriously.
5. Make A Bet
Now on this one I recommend not doing anything crazy. Make a bet with a loved one that you can meet your goal by a certain date. If you win, they have to buy you dinner or give a you a few bucks. If you lose, then you must do the same for the other person.
Knowing there is a bet or a reward on the line will make you work harder than ever. Any time there is a competition or a prize involved, we as humans instinctively just step the intensity and effort up.
6. Change What You Are Doing!
Your issue may be that you have been doing the same thing for a while and you are just bored with the same routine. In this case, I suggest looking around Bodybuilding.com for a new plan to follow for a while to revive your enthusiasm to train.
Something as simple as the order in which you train your muscle groups could be the difference between being stuck on your goal for another week and moving on to the next goal.
Your Issue May Be That You Have Been Doing The Same Thing For A While And You Are Just Bored With The Same Routine.
7. Change Your Mindset
Have you been telling yourself before you go train, “I hope I can get it today?” If so, this is a no no. That word hope only sets you up for failure. Get that word out of your vocabulary right now. From now on, before you leave the house or office, you tell yourself this or something similar.
“Today is my day. I am going to do this. I have been working at this for a long time and today it all becomes worth it. I am going to the gym, I am ready and today I WILL DO IT!”
It might sound arrogant or cocky, but to do what you want to do in this endeavor, confidence is key. You have to know you are able to do it in order to make it happen.
8. Talk To Someone Who Did It
Who would be better to help you reach your goal than someone who has already done it? If you know someone that can do what you want to do, ask that person to take a few minutes and talk to you to see if there is something you are missing or another way to make it happen?
Seeing that it is possible and it has been done encourages you and motivates you to do it too. As the old adage goes, if he can do it, I can do it too.
Seeing That It Is Possible And It Has Been Done Encourages You And Motivates You To Do It Too.
The mind is a very powerful thing. If you can see yourself doing something strong enough in your mind, you will do it in real life.
Take a few minutes and sit alone. Close your eyes and imagine yourself breaking that benchmark or squatting that load of weight. See yourself pushing and straining. Watch yourself doing what you are trying so hard to do.
Also do this a few minutes before you go train. I guarantee you that you will feel stronger and more confident in your ability.
Close Your Eyes And Imagine Yourself Breaking That Benchmark.
10. Take A Break
If all else fails, perhaps you need a break from the weight room to rest and re-energize. Sometimes all it takes is getting away for a couple day or even up to a week to get that motivation back up and to feel that fire and passion again.
It might be difficult for you to do, but you will be better for it. You will feel better both mentally and physically which will help you break that barrier.
If All Else Fails, Perhaps You Need A Break From The Weight Room To Rest And Re-Energize.
I can tell you from personal experience and from seeing others that these tips work. Whether you are trying to gain muscle, lose that last few pounds of fat or get that new one rep max you have been so determined to get for so long. Implementing one or more of these tips will help you do it and also will help you break other barriers faster in the future.
I DID IT!
Those 3 words is what is going over and over in my head.
Today is the end of my 12 week challenge and how exciting, for now the journey ahead starts!
I was a little emotional this morning when I realized I did it… I can tell you today that the feeling of achieving something like this for yourself is PRICELESS…
I am excited, sad, emotional and happy and all the emotions you can think of, that is what I am currently experiencing while sitting here.
This is the biggest “personal” achievement in my life – I never thought I could transform my body the way I did but I tell you today that when you set your mind to it and if you want it bad enough you will and CAN do it.
I have worked so hard but every drop of sweat was so worth it…
I have lost 8.70kg in 12 weeks and 15.08% of fat.