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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!

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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?

PHEDRA CUT

 

 

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.

ERROR 4 YOU’RE NOT TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENTS.

“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

The real value of setting goals…

When I saw this quote it got me thinking…

Real Value
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

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.

USN

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

The beginning of my journey to WBFF…

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All about dedication & having fun in the process..

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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 

6 Surprising Fat-Loss Facts

I had to share this with you. There is so many myths out there about diet, nutrition and fat-loss. Most of us are left with confusion and end up following the wrong advice or believe systems…

Get the real fat-loss facts right here! These six Optimum athletes know just what it takes to uncover those muscles hiding out under your body fat. Here’s what they have to say about some of those pervasive fat-loss myths.

Not seeing the fat-loss results you’ve been training for? It may be because you’re falling for some fat-loss falsehoods! Get the straight facts about fat loss right here. Most regular gym-goers are there for one thing and one thing only: to lose fat. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that goal, many people aren’t training for it in the most efficient ways and thus struggle to make real progress. What’s usually to blame for these ineffective fat-loss plans is a whole bunch of misinformation.

TOBIAS YOUNG

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “If I train abs really hard every day, I will lose belly fat and get a six-pack.”

REALITY: Everyone has a six-pack. It’s a muscle called your rectus abdominus. The only reason it’s not visible on everyone is because it’s usually covered with a layer of body fat. You could do 1,000 crunches seven days per week, but that won’t help you burn that layer of fat.

In order to lose fat, you must monitor your caloric intake and eat fewer calories than you expend. That way, your body will use stored fat for fuel. When your body burns fat for fuel, you don’t get to pick which parts of your body the fat will come off. Eventually, your entire body will be leaner, including that coveted abdominal area!

JEN THOMPSON

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “You can turn all of your body fat into toned muscle by lifting weights.”

REALITY: It is not possible to turn your body fat into muscle. Fat is fat and muscle is muscle—you can’t magically turn one into the other by lifting weights or doing cardio. However, weight training is the easiest way to control the shape of your body. The more muscle you have, the more fat your body will burn.

Keep in mind, though, that you can have a lot of muscle and still have fat covering it up. That’s why you need to do weight training, cardio, and have a clean, nutritious diet to maximize your weight loss and body-shaping potential.

ALEX CARNEIRO

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “When trying to lose weight you need to drop your carbs and fats, but keep your protein intake high.”

REALITY: Fats and carbs both play a role in fat loss. Fats are responsible for hormone production, joint lubrication, and many other important health and muscle-building factors. Dropping your fats too low could compromise your health and your goals. Everyone’s body and metabolism is different, so it’s crucial to know how many grams of healthy fat you need to eat for a balanced nutrition regimen.

Carbs are always perceived as the enemy, but they too have a significant role in fat loss. The body needs glucose to work, and to a certain level, your brain requires it to think and function optimally. Some will argue that technically we don’t need carbs, but many of your body’s basic functions will decrease in performance without the right amount of carbs at the right times.

As for protein, a high-protein diet could benefit people in a caloric deficit.

KELLY RENNIE

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Eating fat makes you fat.”

REALITY: Fat doesn’t make you fat—consuming too many calories does. Foods that contain fat are part of a healthy diet, help maintain your lean body mass, and assist with metabolic function. Healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can be found in extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, avocados, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, flaxseeds, and more. If you want to lose fat, you need to eat fewer calories and/or burn more calories.

NOAH SIEGEL

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Cardio is all I need for fat loss.”

REALITY: Every gym has the guy or gal who does an hour and half of cardio but never seems to make physique changes. They’re living proof that if you don’t change things up, steady-state cardio will become less and less effective at reducing your body fat.

Most people will be able to quickly lose a few pounds when they start a cardiovascular program. Usually, this “program” is a long, drawn out battle with the treadmill or my most-hated machine, the elliptical. The initial drop in body fat is due to the new stimuli, but that trend quickly begins to taper off until eventually the individual is able to go longer and longer distances without any change in body composition. As you get “better” at doing cardio, your body makes specific adaptations to the stress being placed on it in order to become more efficient. Your body will increase your ability to transport and use oxygen, create more capillaries to deliver blood and oxygen to the needed muscles, and will strengthen the bones and muscles being used.

Simply put, as you get better at the activity, you stop expending the same amount of calories. Eventually, you’ll reach a point where you simply stop burning fat. This is a necessary adaptation from our ancestors who had to travel long distances without the amenities that we have today. (Of course, they weren’t eating any donuts or Big Macs.)

Once your body adapts to the stress you put on it, it’s time to change the stress. Personally, I’d only run for a long distance if I were being chased by a hungry lion, so it’s unlikely you’d catch me on the treadmill. I prefer to do weight training circuits combined with calisthenics, sprints, and jumps to keep things interesting. You can mix things however you wish, as long as you find it challenging.

Example circuit:
Little to no rest between exercises
Rest 3-5 minutes between circuits
Repeat circuit 3 times

20 burpees
20 box jumps
30 air squats
Bear crawl: length of gym
Crab walk: length of the gym
Rope drills (waves, slams, etc.): 4 sets of 30 seconds
Agility ladder drills: 4 sets

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This should be about a 20-minute cardio session that yields 10 times the results than an hour of boredom on the treadmill.

KELECHI OPARA

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Eating small meals frequently speeds up your metabolism so you can burn more fat.”

REALITY: Bro-scientists will insist that eating small portions every 2-3 hours will increase your metabolism. They base this on the thermic effect of food (TEF), which refers to the energy (calorie) cost of your body processing the food you consume. On average, 15 percent of the calories you consume are burned by processing them (although the rate varies by macronutrient). Someone took this idea and assumed that the more frequently people consume their meals, the more frequent TEF will take effect and thus increase fat oxidation.

This seems like a good thought at first. But numerous research studies have proven this to be false and simple math reinforces what these studies already show. Here’s an example:

Let’s look at two people consuming 1800 calories. The 0.15 represents the thermic effect of food.

Person 1 consumes 6 meals of 300 calories: 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 = 270 calories burned.

Person 2 consumes 3 meals of 600 calories: 600 x 0.15 + 600 x 0.15 + 600 x 0.15 = 270 calories burned.

As you can see, the amount of calories oxidized through digestion is the same no matter how frequently a person eats.

Eating more frequently holds no metabolic advantage over eating less frequently. Of course, if spreading your meals across six feeds per day is more comfortable and easier for you, then do it. The key is to choose a meal frequency that fits your lifestyle. That way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your plan over time.

YOUR life can and WILL be changed!

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)

  1. Pure CLA 1000 (45’s)
  2. Phedra-Cut Ultra XT (60’s)
  3. Diet Fuel Ultralean (1kg)
  4. Protein Dessert (454g)

What I would add to this:

  1. Women’s Ultra Two-a-day Daily Vitamin
  2. USN OMEGA PRO 3,6,9
  3. Phedra Cut Ultra SF (for the evenings) / Lipo

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: info@usn.co.za

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
DAILY VITAMIN

A daily multi-vitamin designed for the female who requires an essential supplement for a balanced, nutritious diet.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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.

WHEN

Daily with breakfast.

BENEFITS

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improves overall performance
  • Stimulates cognitive function
  • High in antioxidants

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).

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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.

WHEN

  • Daily with food.

BENEFITS

  • Optimises metabolic function
  • Balances hormone production
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Boosts sports performance
  • Reduces exercise related pain

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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

USN’s Phedra-Cut Lipo XT is an advanced fat loss activator, consisting of a synergistic blend of botanical ingredients, which have proven to assist in effective weight control.Not recommended for pregnant/lactating women.

WHEN

  • Prior to meals.

BENEFITS

  • Thermogenesis
  • Supports a healthy metabolism
  • Reduced carb absorption
  • Appetite control
  • Reduced glucose production in liver
  • Inhibited fat cell formation (Anti-adipogenic activity)
  • Mood & mental acuity enhancement
  • Anti-oxidation during fat breakdown
  • Energy boosting

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

As a dietary supplement, take 2-3 capsules 2-3 times daily, 30 minutes prior to meals/snacks. If training early morning, take 2-3 capsules prior to workout, and then follow with breakfast directly after training. Phedra-Cut Lipo XT is not recommended after 4pm.Take Phedra-Cut Lipo XT for 5 consecutive days of the week and stop use for 2 days before continuing again (2 off days).Optional: Take 3 capsules Phedra-Cut Stimulant Free 30 minutes before your evening meal to prolong the weight control process to an even greater extent throughout the evening.
During the 2 off days of not using Phedra-Cut Lipo XT, it is advised to use Phedra-Cut Stimulant Free 2 times per day, 30 minutes prior to meals.

or

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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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

WHEN:

Prior to meals.

BENEFITS

  • Increased fat burning activity
  • Advanced blood glucose regulation
  • Reduced carbohydrate absorption
  • Appetite suppression
  • Reduced glucose production in the liver
  • Mood and mental acuity enhancement
  • Inhibits fat cell formation
  • Antioxidant effect
  • Energy-boosting
  • Non-hormonal

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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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.

  • Increased fat burning activity (without CNS stimulation)
  • Blood glucose regulation (which may eliminate cravings)
  • Reduced carb absorption
  • Appetite suppression
  • Reduced fat accumulation (also in liver)
  • Mood & mental acuity enhancement
  • Anti-oxidation during fat breakdown
  • Energy boosting
  • May lower the level of CRP (C-reactive protein) in the body and hence reduce leptin resistance.

WHEN

  • Prior to meals.

BENEFITS

  • Decreases weight and fat mass
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Improves blood glucose regulation
  • Reduces starch digestion
  • Inhibits amalayse enzyme production
  • Improves thyroid function
  • Increases fat and glycogen metabolism
  • Improves metabolic function and energy levels
  • Non-hormonal

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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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.

WHEN

  • With or directly after meals.

BENEFITS

  • Promotes fat metabolism
  • Protect lean muscle mass
  • Increases energy expenditure
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Enhances immune function
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Prevents high cholesterol

DIET FUEL ULTRALEAN
LOW-GI SLIMMING SHAKE

Premium high protein
Low-carbohydrate meal replacement
Contains the USN Lean System for effective weight management

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

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.

WHEN

  • As a dietary supplement
  • Two servings daily at 10:00am and again at 3:00pm

BENEFITS

  • Muscle retention
  • Muscle growth
  • Stabilises blood sugar levels
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Increases fat and glucose metabolism

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.

Happy Friday,

Claudine

Click on the image to download your diet for your fridge!

USN – Post Challenge Claudine 22 May 2012

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!

Expresso Show SABC 3 Interview

I had so much fun with the Expresso Team and with USN. It is amazing that I had the opportunity to share my story with you and I truly hope that I can encourage or motivate you to become the best you could be.

You are so beautiful within and what a added bonus to feel super from inside and outside!

Know that it is possible – It will be hard but it is NOT that hard once you make it a lifestyle and a goal to achieve.

Have a super day…

 

Welcome to a new week!

Hi and welcome to all the new followers to the blog…

If you are a USN 12 Week Challenger Contestant | LiveFit Trainer | or just a friend on the blog — here you will find the much needed motivation/inspiration/advice and just a good “blogging” chat towards a better healthier lifestyle…

So how was your weekend? I must confess I had a horrible weekend snacking wise or actually the last 2 weeks. I’m so glad to start the 12 Week Clean Eating Changed Lifestyle journey with you all. No more M&M’s / Rusks / Cappuccinos 🙂

Had a little downer after the operation and gave in to snacking on some sweets/ice-cream here and there BUT as from today it is time to FOCUS and to reach new goals. Have you also noticed that once you snack or give in to temptation or a cheat your mind goes into overdrive thinking oh well I have already messed up so I can just as well carry on and start “new” tomorrow?? I know that feeling but we need to be stronger and harder on yourself even more when we know its an unhealthy choice we are making!

Put yesterday behind you and lets focus on today. Give everyday your EVERYTHING! Don’t see this as a 12 week diet PLEASE for it is not. It honestly becomes a lifestyle. It will get tough at times but I promise you today that EVERY drop of sweat or tear will be 100% worth it.

If you haven’t yet joined the Facebook page do so today by clicking on the Facebook icon at the top.

Do you plan your night before gym?

I put my gym gear out every evening – Mrs Organized 😉

So I spend yesterday planning my weekly program and this is how it looks like:

This is my Calender for the week… I like to print this out and to put it in my Diary then I know how to plan my busy day/schedule.

What are you up to this week?

I am in the process of working on the meal plans but for now I will post them either here or on facebook.

Get MyFitnessPal and add me as a friend so that we can be kept accountable over this 12 week and encourage one another.

Let me know how was your first day.

I had a great back session in the gym this morning and I’m really making an effort to focus on my form/posture. I am in Phase 2 of the trainer and the repetitions in this phase fall between 8 and 10 reps and I’m working/lifting at about 85% of my maximum effort which means my last rep in each set is a struggle but still doable.

I’m doing some sprints on the treadmill tonight oh my don’t know how that will go but will let you know.

Chat soon.

USN 12 Week Challenge starting 30 January 2012

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!

Cellulite…That pain in the…

Hi everyone so how is your day so far? I decided to read up/research more on Cellulite, for this is an area that I struggled with for quite some time. So I got the relevant information explaining this little pain in the butt 😉

Cellulite is very common in women, much more in woman than men and is mostly found in the abdominal area, buttocks and thighs/legs…So have you ever wondered how you can reduce cellulite? Well I can tell you today you can reduce cellulite by decreasing excess body fat. By having a cleaner diet and by exercising more for a start!

By following a balanced diet can significantly reduce your amount of cellulite. I can speak out of my own experience for I had “ALLOT” of cellulite before I lost the amount of fat and weight like I did! My legs even had cellulite and this resulted in me having no self confidence to even wear a short!

I believe that the cellulite I had was from eating allot of junk food, excess consumption of saturated fats and from allot of sweets/sugar and the fact that I have a underactive thyroid. But all of this was used as an excuse for way to long and today I can honestly confess that the cellulite disappeared the more toned I became!

Cellulite is also caused by: (This paragraph/material from Wikipedia)

1.       Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogens may be the

important hormone to initiate and aggravate cellulite. However, there has been no reliable clinical evidence to support such a claim. Other hormones, including insulin, the catecholamine’s adrenaline and noradrenalin, thyroid hormones, and prolactin, are all believed to participate in the development of cellulite.

 2.       Genetic factors

There is a genetic element in individual susceptibility to cellulite. Researchers led by Dr. Enzo Emanuele have traced the genetic component of cellulite to particular polymorphisms in the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and hypoxia-inducible factor 1A (HIF1a) genes

3.       Predisposing factors

Several factors have been shown to affect the development of cellulite. Gender, race, biotype, distribution of subcutaneous fat, and predisposition to lymphatic and circulatory insufficiency have all been shown to contribute to cellulite.

4.       Diet

Improving one’s diet, combined with exercise, can improve the appearance of cellulite.

5.       Lifestyle

A high stress lifestyle will cause an increase in the level of catecholamine’s, which have also been associated with the evolution of cellulite.

What is cellulite?: and by having excess fat underneath the skin (bodybuilding.com)

Cellulite is a collection of fat that pushes the connective tissue beneath the skin which causes the changes in appearance of the skin. Cellulite is much more common in women than men because of differences in the way fat, muscle and connective tissue are distributed under the skin.

The best way to reduce the amount of cellulite is to decrease excess body fat, eat fewer calories and exercise more.

Changing Your Diet

A combination of proper eating habits, aerobic exercises and strength training are the best things you can do to fight against cellulite. Opposite from that, if you live a sedentary lifestyle and you continue eating fatty foods, the cellulite will get bigger and bigger.

A well balanced diet can help women reduce cellulite. Improper diet and lack of physical activity can lead to accumulation of fluid, toxins and waste products in the body that make cellulite formations.

TIPS TO BETTER YOUR FUTURE PHYSIQUE:

A balanced diet contains the right proportions of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.

The diet should contain a high amount of fiber, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.

Intake of trans and saturated fats must be minimal.

The food must be rich in omega fatty acids and essential fatty acids.

Avoid junk foods and fast foods, which contain bad cholesterol.

Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Drink plenty of water every day. Avoid the use of caffeinated drinks.

Junk foods, most canned foods, fast foods, food with preservatives, oily foods, sugary foods, and refined foods all provide extra calories, slow down metabolism and increase the chances of getting cellulite.

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a great amount of fiber and essential minerals that help detoxify the body.

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Help Detoxify The Body.

Restrict the use of alcohol and sweetened carbonated water because there is nothing nutritious about them. Alcohol and smoking affect metabolism by slowing it down which can result in worsening of the cellulite.

Besides a healthy diet, the most effective and long lasting way of fighting cellulite is by performing cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling, running, and performing weight training exercises.

As you exercise, you sweat, which flushes out toxins from your body and reduces cellulite appearance. There are many great exercises and types of equipment that can burn calories and fat beneath the skin. There is an excellent selection of exercises which can target cellulite problem areas.

So are you one of those women who has to hide an area of dimpled, cottage cheesy flesh? If you said yes, then you’re pretty normal. Here is what to do!

Sad but true though, even women of ideal body weight can still have cellulite. Cellulite is alleged to be a special type of “fat gone wrong,” a combination of fat, water, and “toxic wastes” that the body has failed to eliminate.

Important:

The safest and long lasting way to reduce cellulite is by combining a low-fat diet with an appropriate exercise program that tones the underlying muscle. Therefore, an aerobic only exercise program aimed at burning fat is not enough.

Strength training is an important element in reducing the unsightly appearance of cellulite since it increases muscle tone and decreases total body fat. But the way you strength train is even more important. A program that targets fat loss in the lower body, specifically hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks is ideal for most women.

The routines that I recommend for women with these goals in mind involve a 15-25-repetition concept, which also keeps the heart rate up. I also encourage that when training for shape, not size, that the exercises are performed with no rest between sets, only for a drink of water. This type of training will create more fat-burning muscle while still giving you a longer, leaner and shapely, not bulky body and can also be considered as a two in one system. Resistance training and cardio in one.

First, let’s discuss some of the physical issues that plague many women regarding body shape and body composition. Most women have the same issues. They want to become more firm and leaner, they want delicate feminine cuts, and they want to defeat the battle with the hips, thighs and back of the upper arms. In many cases, women want to not only firm up these problem areas, but they want to reduce the size of these areas.

Although nothing can replace the benefits of aerobic training for the heart, aerobic training does not tone muscle, and muscle tone is the only answer to the battle. Women need to incorporate lightweight training into their fitness routines in order to have the best body that they as an individual can possibly have.

In addition to the visible physical changes that will result from consistent resistance training, there are numerous health benefits that only resistance training can provide for women such as:

Slowing down the aging of the skeleton and increasing bone mass.

Improve the strength and function of tendons and ligaments.

Rev-up metabolism by building lean muscle. For every pound of lean muscle built, an additional 50 calories a day will be used.

Replaces the 1/2 pound of muscle that we lose each year as we age, beginning at around the age of 30.

There are many other benefits of resistance training, but those are several important ones. If properly done, your workout can not only give you that swimsuit model physique that you want, but it also can provide you with results that can reverse some of the inevitable results of aging.

It will in fact reduce and firm the areas that you battle with that won’t go away, no many how many aerobic classes you take.

The Bottom Line

The amount of fat in the body is determined by the individual’s eating and exercise habits, but the distribution of fat in the body is determined by heredity. In most cases reduction of a particular part can be accomplished only as part of an overall weight-reduction program.

Remember that you are never too old to begin. No matter if you are in your 20’s or your 80’s, if done properly and safely, resistance training can change your life by making you stronger, and firmer in a very feminine way.

Recap on the week…

Just when I started typing; the following words in a song started playing in the background…

You’re exceptional the way you are you, don’t need to change for nobody…Whether you believe that….YOU ARE… You are nothing but exceptional.

These words are on my heart for today and I want you to take heart that you are special indeed!

How was your week, still on track with all you do?

I had a little “bumper” in my week with some days filled with many mixed feelings/emotions. I went to the doctor in the week and I will be going for a “little” operation (laparoscopy) on Tuesday – nothing major and I trust that everything will work out for the best! No training for those few days but hopefully I can be back in the gym in no timeJ. I’m a little depressed on the no training side and I have no idea how long is recovery time but hopefully not more than 3 days or so. Like I said in my previous post that I’m at a point where there is so many things going through my head – From the competing side in fitness – to starting a little family! Well the doc instructed for me to pick up a bit more fat and around 2kg! But oh my this is something to wrap my head around!!! I just decided I will carry on eating clean and healthy and if I do pick up I will make sure it is good muscles and not just fat! But that is left there; let me share the good news…

VERY EXCITED AND HAVE TO SHARE:

I appeared on my first magazine add in the South African Shape Magazine for the USN Phedra Cut Lipo XT product.

I was always the one thinking that the photographs of a “weight loss” product was a scam, you know those before and after photos, with your first reaction oh yes that’s some good editing skills that went on there…hehe! Well today I can tell you that my photographs used in this add is my transformation without any editing – that was really my before and it was an exact 12 week journey towards my transformation. That was not the end though and I would say I’m in better shape now than then but still those photographs were taken exactly on the day marking the first and the last day of week 12!

I don’t have the digital version yet but here is a photo I took from the magazine 😉

Shape Magazine February 2012

Then I received my script for my first TV shoot for the Expresso Show on SABC 3. I’m excited, nervous all at the same time. The shoot will be on Monday and I can’t wait for this experience. I will keep you all posted. The screening will be on the 1’st of February so keep thumbs that everything will turn out the way it should.

So now you know why I said I had a rollercoaster week: First the news of the operation and some other things – then the news that I am the face of USN Phedra Cut Lipo XT.

Excitement with a tad bit of nervousness.

Next week will be week 3 of the LiveFit trainer – How is everyone going on? Do you log your exercises? Obviously my week 3 will move on until the following weekL. You must keep me posted.

Enjoy your Sunday and if possible prep your food in advance.

Stay focused…

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

Calories: 554kcal

Calories Fat: 34%

Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 38 minutes

Day 6: Saturday Training: Cardio / Running

Run: 7.91km  |  Pace: 5.44

5 Min Fly walker

Calories: 451kcal

Calories Fat: 19%

Maximal Performance Improving Fitness improving

Duration: 55 minutes

It’s the weekend:

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

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

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

Enough about that…

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

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

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

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

Godspeed,

Claudine

Loving toning phase!!

Day 2 of cutting program: Tuesday Training: Back, Arms and Cardio with Swimming

Calories: 595kcal

Calories Fat: 31%

Fitness and Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 33minutes

Afternoon Cardio: Running

Run: 7.93km (45min)

Calories: 561kcal

Calories Fat: 20%

Maximal performance improving

Duration: 1hour

Day 3 of cutting program: Wednesday Training: Chest, Shoulders and Abs | Swimming | Zumba

Calories: 573kcal

Calories Fat: 30%

Fitness and Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 27 minutes

Afternoon Training: Zumba

Calories: 567kcal

Calories Fat: 17%

Maximal performance improving

Duration: 1hour 2minutes

So how is your week so far? Mine is going rather slow.

So I started swimming some lengths at the gym and I must say I’m really enjoying the change of scenery ;-)…Have you tried to incorporate something into your program that you are not familiar with or not use to doing? I’m doing weights in the mornings and then I do cardio in the evenings/late afternoon. I don’t have time in the mornings to include 30-40 minutes of cardio. I did cardio last night for 47 min and then it was time for a nice steam bath session (cooled down the body first this is important) and then it was time for a swim. Changing your program or incorporating something different makes things interesting and avoid you getting bored with your training program.

Tonight is Zumba time and I can’t wait. Zumba is my old time favorite and I just love the intensity of it. I am passionate about dancing and music and this is the perfect way to combine that with fitness. Have you tried a Zumba class before? I must also say that the instructor plays a major role in the success of the class. Mary-Ann is the Zumba instructor at our Virgin Active and I must give her a high 5. Zumba just won’t be the same without her. She is passionate about it and you can see it in her rhythm and personality!

If you haven’t already joined the Zumba revolution do it 🙂 – This is an excellent calorie burner when it comes to exercise and will improve your overall performance/endurance.

Diet wise it’s going great, clean eating is part of my life by now. I do increase some portion sizes at times. I bough a new flavour of USN 100% Whey Protein and I can’t wait to try it out!

100% WHEY PROTEIN
WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE & CONCENTRATE FORMULA

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

High Biological Value (BV)
Rapidly digested
Instantly availably amino acid delivery
Low calorie
Low carbohydrate

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

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

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

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

WHEN

  • As a dietary supplement. Upon waking
  • Post exercise
  • Anytime snack during the day.

BENEFITS

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

More about Emotional Wellness – Steam Baths

WHAT IS A STEAM BATH?
Not unlike a sauna in that it induces sweating, but with entirely different atmospheric conditions, the steam bath not only relaxes you and renews your energy, but also promotes your health and beauty as well. It is operating most effectively at temperatures of between 43C(110F) and 46C(116F) and a relative humidity above 100%. In a steam bath, steam (or to be more scientifically correct, MIST) should be permanently present. This requires an efficient steam generator, a precise control system and a steam-tight cabin to prevent steam escaping and damaging the fabric of the surrounding room.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Between 1983 and 1986, at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology a comprehensive series of comparative tests were conducted to determine the effects of the sauna, steam bath and whirlpool bath on the human body in view of a considerable uncertainty which had previously surrounded the steam bath. Steam baths should not be recommended or prescribed to clients with known cardiac pathology. Steam baths are recommended wherever generalized moist heat applications are indicated.

Physical agents act directly with a physical effect; that is, radiant energy becomes heat when absorbed by living cells. Physical agents may in addition indirectly influence the AUTONOMIC AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS as well as the ELECTROLYTE balance. The BIOLOGIC RESPONSE to the “push” of physical stimulation of the VEGETATIVE HORMONAL SYSTEM is an adaptive reaction to stress, which involves the adrenal cortex and increases blood steroids. In fact, the interrelationship between adrenal and blood steroids may be an important factor in the hit-and-miss success of this form of hydrotherapy. If so, the intensity (or dose) of physical stimulation will determine the “stress” of this hydrotherapy program.

TEMPERATURE IS CRITICAL

Physiologic Effects
The body tries to increase its heat loss through all possible avenues-especially the skin and lungs. If the environmental temperature exceeds that of the body, the only way to lose heat is through sweating. The body cannot maintain a constant temperature when the environmental temperature is a s high as that reached in a steam bath or sauna, and so the body temperature begins to rise. As the cutaneous circulation increases, heat is accepted more readily by the body from the environment. A reduced skin circulation would reduce the rise of body temperature, but this is not possible. The rise in body temperature depends mainly on (a) the temperature and humidity content of the steam bath, (b) the sweating capability of the bather, and (c) the bathing time. Body temperatures have been found to range from 37.6C (99.6F) to 40C (104F). Thus, the physiologic changes that occur during the bath are due in part to the rise in body temperature and in part to the influence of the reflexes of the hormonal and nervous systems, which attempt to increase the heat loss.

The research results revealed that, given the correct choice of temperature and duration, a steam bath produces the same thermal effect on the body as a sauna and is equally beneficial. This is due to the fact that the saturated level of humidity in a steam bath is markedly counter-balanced by lower temperatures than in a sauna. The enjoyment and benefits that the steam bath affords thus depend critically on the correct temperature being set and maintained. In a steam bath, the optimum temperature lies within a narrow 43-46C(110-116F) range. These temperatures are not only experienced as the most pleasant, they are also the most beneficial. If the maximum temperature is exceeded by as little as 2-3C, the atmosphere is felt to be too hot. Proper steam bath control systems prevent such a temperature rise and maintain the optimum conditions with the utmost reliability, regulating the temperature, the supply and density of the steam, the intake of fresh air and the extraction of spent air entirely automatically.

EFFECTS OF A STEAM BATH
A steam bath is health giving as well as enjoyable. As a supportive activity, a steam bath is especially recommended to alleviate the conditions listed below by virtue of its high steam content and the general benefits of moist heat. The list was confirmed by the research carried out at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology at the University of Munich: Bronchial asthma, bronchitis, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, coughs, hoarseness, expectoration (particularly with the assistance of essential oils) non-acute rheumatic complaints and restricted or painful movements of the joints.

In addition, again as a supportive measure the steam bath is beneficial for persons suffering from: Sleeping disorders, particularly through over excitability, poor skin circulation, dry, chapped skin, muscular tension, muscular weakness in the subcutaneous blood vessels, and sensitivity to sudden changes of temperature.

A great advantage of the steam bath lies in its highly beneficial effect on the skin, a feature particularly appreciated by women. The moist heat stimulates the subcutaneous blood flow and cleanses the skin intensively, opening the pores, removing dead skin and impurities and leaving the skin feeling soft, clean and silky smooth.

THE CORRECT WAY TO TAKE A STEAM BATH
The method that has proved successful for the sauna applies to the steam bath, too:

  • Shower before the first session-time the stay in the steam bath in accordance with your personal sensitivity-do not exceed 15-20minutes
  • Cool off with cool fresh air and cool water without shocking the system and avoid shivering
  • Take a warm foot bath if you have cold feet
  • Do not take more than 2-3 sessions in the steam bath. In the case of combined facilities like sauna and steam bath, which provide for different types of bath, you may also switch from one type to another. What is essential though is that you cool off thoroughly after each session. Never start a fresh session if your body is warm (or worse still, hot) and never change from one type of bath to another until you have cooled down properly. To do so could overtax your circulation. Unless the body has cooled down properly after a steam bath, even a swim in a heated pool could be physically harmful as it can be after a sauna. Enjoyed correctly, a steam bath will help to overcome the stresses of everyday life, to relax and recover and to gain new strength and improve general physical and mental well being. And what’s more, a steam bath can also be fun. STEAM AHEAD…

Time for new beginnings…

Hey everyone…How is your weekend so far? I am officially on leave and wow how amazing does that feel. I am sick in bed but I still feel great ;-).

I must say it is a killer not to be able to go to the gym being sick, but it is better to doctor myself now. Who wants to be sick on holiday at the beach?? We are going to Ballito for a week or so and I can’t wait. I will definitely stick to my diet and I’m taking my running shoes, dumbbells and yoga mat with for those early morning training sessions. I wanted to transfer my gym contract there for the week but there is no virgin active :-(… It is in times like this that planning and sticking to clean eating is crucial and important. I have worked so so hard that I just WONT give it up in one week. I will pack the healthy beach snacks for those cravings, but will not indulge in the food like I use to over December holidays!

Recap over the last week: This week have been a week filled with emotions like I can’t describe in words or over a post. It was a 12 week journey that came to an end, final preparations in gym,  final measurements, final photo shoot, writing and compiling my winning report and so the week was packed full of to do’s.  But what an excellent week it was.

I am excited about what is ahead. This 12 week total body transformation may have come to an end but that is only the beginning for me to what is to come.

I will be visiting the USN head office on Monday where I will personally hand in my passport for the competition as well as discuss my maintenance diet and supplement changes! Looking forward to that and will keep you posted!

I want to thank USN South Africa and everyone involved in this campaign – 12 Week Body Transformation. I can confess today that it exactly what it says! I was always the one pointing fingers saying it is impossible to make such a big transformation in your body, or those people must get paid to do that advertisement, or that is some good editing skills etc. But today I can wholeheartedly say that I believe in the product with my whole heart and that I am proof that change is possible!

You can give hundreds of excuses why you can’t do it believe me been there, sayings like this: I don’t have time for gym, I don’t have time to plan or make healthy meals, I have an underactive thyroid I can’t lose weight or things like I have depression I can’t use any medication/tablets or products, my lifestyle does not allow such drastic change….

Yes you can go on forever making excuses and each one listed there was what I used…Until I wanted it bad enough.

Today I can tell you this: I am no longer tired, don’t have a headache every single day, don’t have mood swings, don’t struggle with panic attacks/anxiety anymore, and don’t feel bloated. There is so many things I can mention here why it is so worth the effort to how you will feel at the end. But the shift must happen/take place in your heart!


I will walk this road with you and share all the advice I possibly can. You can ask me. If it is personal and you don’t want to comment on the blog feel free to email me at mailto:bodyandlifestylechallenge@gmail.com

You absolutely do have the power to change…Believe in yourself! Have a super fabulous Saturday.

12 Week Total Body Transformation – Final Shoot

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.

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2-3 November 2011 – Day 77- Day 78

Hi all how is your week so far? My week is great and I have to say I’m going through emotions like never before…

Good ones though and occasionally the mixed emotions. I get ALLOT of queries about the last 11 weeks of my transformation, and there is so many things to write about but then I will go on forever.

There is one thing that I want to share about this journey so far and that is the following:

There is NO quick fix in undergoing such a body transformation and no pill / supplement will give you overnight results, and it is so important to know that SUPPLEMENTation is exactly what it says. It is a supplement to a healthy diet! Not a replacement of food whatsoever. I am definitely a walking testimony that changes CAN take place in your physique or lifestyle but that it will require hard work and much dedication. I believe in my heart that anyone can do it, but you will have to make the decision within yourself that you will persevere! Set a goal and be motivated. For motivation is what will get you started…You must have the will to succeed. I really did put in ALLOT of effort, hard work, intense training and clean eating over the 11 weeks and that is what gives the results.

I had measurements this morning and it was disappointing to see that there is almost no change! See measurements page / progress gallery if you would like to see the results. I did send my measurements through to Gareth at USN and he said it is definitely wrong? I don’t know anymore. He said I must go for a second measurement.

I started with my dehydration cycle today and I have never done this before 🙂 always a first time! I cannot believe that today marks Week 11 of this challenge of mine – Time goes by so fast… It feels like only a few days ago that I woke up crying feeling “ugly”, fat, tired and bloated.

I’m so relieved that those days are finally over, and I will never ever look back. I will love my body as a temple of God and will look after myself like I am suppose to. I will respect my body by knowing what I put into it. NO I am not saying I will never have a treat or a take away or whatsoever I’m just saying that I will be more aware of what I eat or drink and definitely more specific on my portions!

Yesterday was a great training day. I did legs in the morning and some Zumba in the afternoon. I LOVE ZUMBA and believe it is the best high intensity workout/cardio for me. Because of the fact that I so enjoy what I do is what helps to burn those calories even more. So after all, this is a fun exercise with benefits of some good cardio. Have you tried a Zumba class at your gym? The girl giving Zumba at my gym is so passionate about it and you can really see the hard work/effort she puts in by her preparation for each class. You can see when someone is passionate about what they do.

Training 2 November

Training Morning: Legs

Gym: 6:12 am
Calories: 327 kcal
Calculated fat: 31%
Duration: 56 min
Average heart: 135 Maximum: 174
Fitness and fat burn improving

Training Afternoon: Some Calves and Zumba
Gym: 16:59
Calories: 634 kcal
Calculated fat: 21%
Duration: 1hour and 33 min
Average heart: 145 Maximum: 181
Maximal performance improving


Training 3 November – I did Back & Biceps

Gym: 5:19 am
Calories: 527 kcal
Calculated fat: 34%
Duration: 1 hour 38 min
Average heart: 131 Maximum: 166
Fat burn and fitness improving

Friday 21 October: Day 65

Wow the intensity of the training is getting intense! I must say the time it takes to get through my program is a bit hectic… I hate being in the gym for more than a hour and a half! This program is something else but never the less amazing! I’m starting to see the results!

I don’t regret going on this 12 week live fit training program and will definitely do it over once my USN challenge is completed. I will stay longer in Phase 2 to make sure to gain as much muscle as possible before the cutting phase. I had to start with my cutting/toning phase yesterday otherwise I won’t get the results needed to win this challenge 😉 all jokes!

So how was your day? As said previously I had a golf day today where we did some marketing for our company, serving the most delicious pancakes/wraps filled with chicken/bacon/salami,spinach, feta etc.mmmm looked delicious not even to mention the dessert and the juice and grenadine and extra light ice cold white wine… Won’t think this was all done on a golf course but believe it or not we did it. The response was really amazing and we made the impression we wanted to! Can’t really see on the pic for there was another table etc.but see our hole!

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You must have a wonderful, clean eating weekend!

30minutes before breakfast: 3 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats with 8 raw Almonds
2 CLA 1000
1 Cup Decaf Coffee

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving 100% Whey Protein
Apple

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread with fat free cottage cheese and cucumber
Small piece of chicken wrap

Late afternoon:
Green Apple
1 Serving 100% Whey Protein (before gym)

Before Dinner: 3 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
Mixed Veggies – Steam it
3 x Skinless Drumsticks steamed +-150g
Cucumber wheels

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Training: Afternoon Session:
Gym: 16:26 pm
Calories: 298 kcal
Calculated fat: 39%
Duration: 1 hour 33 min
Average heart: 121 Maximum: 160
Fat burn and fitness improving

THE WORKOUT I DID TODAY

Superset:
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
3 sets of 15 reps – 22.5 kg

Underhand Cable Pulldowns
3 sets of 15 reps – 22.5kg

Working Set + Active Rest:
One-Arm Dumbbell Row
3 sets of 15 reps, per arm – 7kg

Exercise Ball Pull-In
3 sets of 15 reps did 20 reps last two

Working Set + Active Rest:
Seated Cable Rows
3 sets of 15 reps – 30kg

Jackknife Sit-Up (on a bench)
3 sets of 15 reps

Working Set + Active Rest:
Bent Over Barbell Row
3 sets of 15 reps – 15kg

Mountain Climbers
3 sets of 20 reps

Superset:
Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl
3 sets of 20 reps – 5kg

Bench Dips
3 sets of 15 reps

Superset:
Preacher Curl
4 sets of 12 reps – 7kg

Pushups (Close and Wide Hand Positions)
3 sets of 15 reps

Working Set + Active Rest:
Triceps Pushdown – Rope Attachment
3 sets of 12 reps – 20kg

Mountain Climbers
3 sets of 15 reps each side

Thursday 20 October: Day 64

During Gym:

Phedra Cut Sachet

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats with 8 raw Almonds
2 CLA 1000
1 Serving 100% Whey Protein

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving  100% Whey Protein

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread with fat free cottage cheese and cucumber

Late afternoon:
Green Apple

Dinner:
Mixed Veggies – Steam it
180gram Fish Steam It – Sea Harvest

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Training: Morning Session:  Cardio (30 min treadmill, Stepper where you use arms (don’t know the name) some rowing and bicycle.
Gym: 5:53 am
Calories: 398 kcal
Calculated fat: 24%
Duration: 1 hour 8 min
Average heart: 148 Maximum: 175
Maximal performance and fitness improving

Training: Afternoon Session:  Legs (What a killer)
Gym: 16:20 pm
Calories: 405 kcal
Calculated fat: 26%
Duration: 1 hour 20 min
Average heart: 141 Maximum: 185
Maximal performance improving

Legs - Cutting/Toning Phase

Hi almal ek is jammer as ek bietjie stil was die laaste paar dae, maar hier is ek weer ;-). Ek sien die interaction op die blog word nie meer nie en sou graag bietjie meer advies wil he van julle af van hoe ons meer soos ‘n community kan word waar ons idees en gedagtes en ervaringe kan deel? Die challenge sover vir my is LIFE CHANGING! Mense ek was al moeg, opgewonde, sad, happy, challenged en alles in een die laaste paar weke.

Kyk myself leer ken in die proses is defnitief op die lysie! Ek is oppad na week 10 toe wat volgende Donderdag sal wees en die tyd raak min. By tye voel dit of die tyd vlieg en by ander tye voel dit of dit stilstaan…

Ek het besluit om die post in Afrikaans te tik, sommer net omdat ek wil ;-). Dan het ek ook my oefen program aan gepas en het besluit om nie die laaste week van my Phase 2 te doen nie maar dadelik in te gaan op Phase 3 wat beteken cutting/toning tye wat nou voorle.

Vandag was die eerste dag van bene en ek is GEDAAN. Nee wag dit is ‘n understatement. Die intensiteit van die Phase is redelik hoog en defnitief in die rigting van baie fat burn en endurance so tussen in. Die reps is aangepas na meestal 15 toe asook met ander vlakke as die van die gewone program. Meestal supersets of working sets met ‘n aktiewe rus soos bv. Springtou tussen in. Dit was rof maar lekker.

Diet gewys gaan dit baie goed en het nog nie regtig een cheat gehad nie. Dalk die 6 chippies nou die dag maar that is about it! Die is al absoluut vir my ‘n leefstyl en weet nie of ek ooit weer anders sal kan leef nie. Dalk die feit dat dit sulke harde werk verg elke dag.

More het ek ‘n Golfdag waar ek bietjie gaan bemarking doen vir ons groep: Willows Garden Hotel | Elgro Hotel |Elgro River Lodge. Sal more oggend moet seker maak oor my kosblik wat ek pak want dit gaan beteken mooi pak…Dan gaan ons die naweek bietjie Pretoria toe waar ons dan ‘n troue aan het die Saterdag. Julle ek het besef hoeveel motiveering dit verg by sulke geleenthede. Ek het in die week (Dinsdag aand) die Luiperd Rugby Jaareindfunksie gehad en kon natuurlik niks eet nie. Het myself darem voor die tyd bederf met Sushi maar dit was net nie dieselfde nie! Het wel bietjie slaai ingeskep en moet maar se dat die mense jou maar vreemd aankyk aan tafel as jy nie eet nie! Boonop het ons maatskappy nog die catering ook gedoen so wonder wat die mense gedink het ;-). Maar nou ja so kom mens ook op ‘n plek waar wat ander dink nie noodwendig meer saak maak nie…

Dan as dit kom by die supplementasie: Ek het bietjie adjustments gemaak bv GEEN Creatine meer nie (gelukkig net so 3 keer gedrink) en dan ook geen Diet Fuel vir in between meals nie maar net 100% Whey Protein. Dan het ek nou begin om my Phedra Cut Ultra Xt te vermeerder na 3 kapsules i.p.v 2. Ek moet eerlik se al die pille en dinge is vir my nog moeilik om deel te maak van my leefstyl. Ek is glad nie lief vir medikasie/pille nie so dit bly nogal vir my moeilik om te grasp dat soveel wel gesond en noodsaaklik is? Wat dink jy?

Wel ek is gedaan en gaan nou nag se aan almal en ek hoop dat jou Vrydag more amazing sal begin en dat jy ‘n clean eating naweek sal he.

Groete tot volgende post,

Los gerus ‘n comment by hierdie post!

Journal day 62: 18 October 2011

30 minutes before breakfast:
2 x Phedra Cut SF

Breakfast:
1 Whole egg and 2 egg whites on 1 toasted rye bread
2 CLA 1000′s

Before gym: Pure Creatine

Training Morning: Arms
Gym: 5:50 am
Calories: 225 kcal
Calculated fat: 38%
Duration: 1 hour 6 min
Average heart: 123 Maximum: 159
Fat burn and fitness improving

Mid morning Snack: 10:30
1 Serving whey Protein

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Small steamed fish
1 Cup mixed veggies
2 CLA 1000′s

Late afternoon:
2 Phedra cut SF
Serving Diet Fuel

Dinner:
8 Pieces Sushi
After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Journal day 56: 12 October 2011

Hi everyone, how was your day today? I had an emotionally downer today. I don’t know if you experience this at times but I am going through an emotional rollercoaster at times.

I must honestly confess that things get tough at times and it is so crucial to be in control of your mind! The mind is so so powerful and we must honestly take hold of our thinking patterns and to keep our eyes and “mind” focused on our end goal…

I do feel that I can snap at times and then on other days I feel like a million dollar ready to take on the world 😉

Have you experienced mixed emotions like this? Well I had a talk with my sister who is also doing the challenge and she is four days or so behind me and I said to her that we must really be there for each other and to support one another wherever we can. Do you have someone that is supportive?

Then the discouraging ones out there, and believe me you get LOTS of them. Those making the comments like, “soek jy nie ‘n stukkie brood” (sarcastically as if I don’t eat), or do you ever eat and so the list of comments goes on! Well let me tell you today, turn the negativity and use it to your advantage to rather motivate you to strive towards becoming the best you… For people to make comments that is out of place or to try to break you down then there must be some sort of jealousy towards you becoming the best you could be! These are most likely the ones that will come back later asking you for some advice. This challenge for me is really not all about me but reaching others by helping them with advice wherever I can, supporting those that struggle reaching their goals etc. Remember to NEVER compare ourselves to others or others’ goals. Remember I maybe don’t have 15/20 kg to lose but for my length 1.52m I had to set my realistic goal on what is healthy. No I won’t lose 2kg per week or lots of fat % but I will reach what is healthy for me. It is important to reach the level of confidence that is “healthy” for you as women/men. Whether it is losing those extra kilograms or fat after your pregnancy, or those kilograms you picked up along the road towards becoming women and no longer teen etc.

Yes I was discouraged today and we must be honest and true to our emotions and what we experience. I can tell you every day is so amazing but that won’t be true. It is tough at times to focus on 100% clean eating and healthy living but then there will be times that will be tough! Give it your best shot everyday and I promise you it will be good enough.

I realized today 101% that this challenge for me is all about a lifestyle change, not a quick fix and then back to normal before we know it. I did email ….. today for some more advice diet wise and I must honestly say after being discouraged 😉 I took the help/advice and then decided what will work for me… This must be a LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE/CHANGE keep it in mind. Things must work for you. I’m not saying you must go and have that occasional cheats I’m saying you must make decisions on where you going to cut down more or where some more attention is needed.

Some questions or answers you may thought about, I sure did:

You can include the Protein Fuel 25 as a replacement (that readymade drink I told you about, really amazing taste) to Diet Fuel for a mid-morning/ mid-afternoon snack.

1)      Is lean mince allowed during the challenge- I don’t eat this regularly maybe once in two weeks but feel so guilty afterwards? I prepare it in water and don’t add any oil? Yes – you can have mince 1-2 times weekly.

Select low-fat, very lean sources. Olive oil is a good medium to cook in.

2)      Is spices like steak and barbeque Robinson spice / salt and vinegar spice allowed?

No mixes spices because they contain too much sodium. Herbs and single spices are fine.

3)      Is sugar free peanut butter occasionally allowed?

Make sure your peanut butter is the low-fat, sugar free options.

4)      How do you feel about 1 glass coke zero a day?

You can get away with it, but only water from week 10.

5)      Is ……….. Caramel Syrup that is sugar free, aspartame free, fat free and contains 18 calories per 10ml serving allowed? I would like to sometimes rather have this on my rye bread for lunch than tuna? Not beneficial to your diet in anyway. Try to avoid it!

6)      When is the closing date for the 2011 USN 12 Week Challenge?

The official finishing date is the 31st May, and then there will be 12 weeks to allow those people to complete the Challenge. Top 10’s will be notified in August 2012.

I for example have my small glass coke zero every night with my dinner; will I give it up – NO – WHY? Because this make things sustainable for me and not bored by my 3litres of water each day…Do I use some spices over my food – Yes I do – will I compromise on everything –NO – WHY? Because I use it in moderation and in such a way that my steamed food always look and taste good while being a much healthier option than my previous lifestyle.

What am I trying to say? It is important to change your mindset towards a changed lifestyle. This is not a 12 week quick fix. You have worked so HARD it just won’t be worth it to give up after 12 weeks because you could not keep up. You can do it, I believe in each one who is in this challenge with me. We must support each other and respect our bodies! If you are really tired and you have aching pains etc – take the time to recover even though it is a few more hours. Do not over train expecting to get those quick fix results for I can promise you today you will only burn yourself out ending being depressed and tired all the time.

I had a Zumba cardio class tonight at the gym and this was just what I needed. This is what I enjoy doing so it’s important to work it into my gym program! When I walked out of the class I felt energized, positive and ready for my next session 😉 why, because I enjoyed what I did! It is fun and what I enjoy most. Do you love Pilates/Spinning/Swimming or some form of high intensity cardio/exercise? Then make sure you work it into your program.

Tomorrow will be the end of week 8 and Friday will be the first day of week 9. There is only four crucial weeks lets for me to get drastic results…I would love to become a USN ambassador, and I’m working so hard to achieve that goal!

So at the end of each two weeks comes measurement day. Decided no more stressing, I will reach a time where I won’t drop as much fat/weight and that is perfectly normal. Now it is time to focus on my workout and my diet and what I put in.

I made our holiday reservation today and I am so excited like you won’t believe. The last vacation I had was more than a year ago in Mauritius but only for 6 nights. Can’t wait; time to look for that perfect bikini. It’s been YEARS since I last walked with confidence in a bikini.

I entered a competition for a model photo shoot a while back, think the week before I started the challenge, and guess what? I was announced as a winner for the price! Believe it or not this is not my thing @ all but I am still so excited for the experience. It is 28 October and I have decided to make an appointment for the hairs, nails etc and hopefully I can take the day of. When last did you do something for yourself? Take some time out. Even if it is a long bubble bath!

Please do ask me anything should you have a quesion/advice.

Some legs and Zumba
Gym: 17:02 pm
Calories: 767 kcal
Calculated fat: 20%
Duration: 1 hour 28 min
Average heart: 155 Maximum: 189
Maximal performance improving

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats
2 CLA 1000′s

Mid morning Snack:
1 Scoop 100% Whey Protein

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra SF

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread with some tuna/fat free cottage cheese very lightly as if it is butter and green salad

Late afternoon:
Half a Avocado

30 Minutes before dinner:
3 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
160 fish, veggies and green salad

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Journal day 48-50: 4-6 October 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

100% Whey Protein Overview:

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

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

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

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

BENEFITS

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

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

In the gym..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal day 47: 3 October 2011

Hectic hectic hectic day but what a beautiful new day it was…

My day started with a awesome gym session. I took it to another level as from today. As I said in my post yesterday I am entering Phase 2 of my 3 Phase gym program. Some super sets and cardio after the weight training will be included.

Hope your day started of focused and motivated for the week that is ahead. As I said my week is a hectic one ahead with Aardklop Festival that is held in Potchefstroom. This will require much motivation and endurance for this is challenging time for food preparation/gym etc for 15 hour shift per day is no jokes. But no excuses and I will make sure I hold myself accountable for a good week. I have to say I must get to the grocery store for there is nothing left in my fridge, was just too busy to do my monthly shopping but now I dont have a choice for I think there is one hake left in my fridge ;-).

Monday 3 October 2011 – Back and Cardio 
Gym: 5:41 am
Calories: 525  kcal
Calculated fat: 28%
Duration: 1 hour 21min
Average heart: 140  Maximum: 178
Fitness and maximum performance improving

5 min stepper for warm up

15 minute jog on the treadmill
10 minute on the fly walker
3 minute skipping rope – This is a great way to get the heart rate going

Diet for the day:
Woke up: 2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats
2 CLA 1000′s

Mid morning Snack:

1 Scoop 100% Whey Protein

30 minutes before lunch:
2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Lunch:
Small skinless chicken and a small potato

Late afternoon:
1 Green apple

Phedra cut slim pack – Berry Flavour

30 Minutes before dinner:
3 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
100 gram Beef stir fry (mixed veggies and mushroom)

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000’s

Pure Protein before bed (Still have to make this)

I did not reach my trophy on my Polar (watch) star program but at least I got one star hehe.  This is the advice given. Will have to work harder this week!

Advice:
Reach up for more stars by training closer to the given targets!
Feedback:
Nice work! One star is better than no star. You did very well by training nearly as much as requested.

You must have a wonderful week and I would like to thank everyone that is active on this blog, for all the comments, emails and for the support…

Let me know how far are you in the challenge? Make the decision today by living a healthier life.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Journal day 43: 29 September 2011

In the gym:

Back and Biceps

I added 3 sets of 10 Bench dips
3 Minute Skipping Rope in between sets
5 Minutes stepper

Morning Session:

Gym: 5:57  am
Calories: 424  kcal
Calculated fat: 28 %
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 144  Maximum: 177
Fitness improving

I had an awesome gym session…I won’t be able to do Zumba for I am working on the lodge the entire day/evening with a wedding…

Wedding was a success but my feet were killing me at the end of the evening. My day started of great with my eating, but then I ran out of food. 😦 bad planning. Or not really ok! I thought I will be back at home at 19:00 which turned into 22:30 the evening. I was so hungry around 18:30 and had no food…Then there was the basket I made up for the wedding couple and yes you guessed right I got the biltong piece from there…oops 😉 I was just so hungry and had to eat something for I was dizzy. Again planning is crucial and we must make sure to always have extra shake/fruit in our bag…I did have diet fuel but it was at the main lodge and I was on the mountain top at the stage where I got so hungry.lol

Diet for the day:
Woke up: 2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats
2 CLA 1000’s
1 Scoop 100% Whey Protein

Mid morning Snack:
1 Scoop Diet Fuel

30 minutes before lunch:
2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread with half a tin tuna and cucumber with half a table spoon lite mayo

Late afternoon:
1 and a half scoop Diet Fuel
1 Green apple

Phedra cut slimpack – Berry Flavour njum

Dinner:
1 Piece Biltong
Hand full of grapes

Pure Protein before bed.

What a day, tired tired tired…

30 September 2011

Hi everyone…

So yesterday was measurement day and I must be honest I feel slightly discouraged today. Not particular about the results but just in general. Think everyone have these days.

I uploaded it on the measurement/progress gallery page.

Firstly I was told to stick to the diet 100% which I did, now I feel like the response is that it is not good enough and that my body is in starvation most of my sleep cycle…I know this may sound strange but I am also at a point where I am confused.

I must honestly say that I know my fat percentage is low but I definitely don’t feel toned/skinny or nothing. I am short at 1.52 and can easily look chubby. But hey, its time to make some adjustments.

My diet is adjusted thank you USN I will take the advice and adjust accordingly.

This is how things will be from now:

1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil in the morning

Not 5 but 8 Almonds it will be 🙂

No more lite mayo – will replace it with fat free cottage cheese (Fat-free cottage cheese has a high-protein content where lite-may is carbs and fats)

Not 100gram fish anymore (not enough protein) will have 180 gram fish from now on. (evening protein is way too  low – your body is in starvation most of your sleep cycle. Upping the  protein content will prevent this)

Once my Diet Fuel is finished I must replace it with 100 Whey Protein for mid morning and mid afternoon snack. Will start replacing the mid afternoon with it right away 🙂

So this is some adjustments so let’s see how it goes. How is your Challenge/Diet/Lifestyle change going so far?

Have a wonderful Friday…

Journal day 36: 22 September 2011

Wow what a awesome workout. I can definitely feel the difference in the exercises that I am doing. Also decided to take my eyes of the calories while weight training.  I just give it my all and know that I am working hard during my sessions. So if I must walk out with only 100 kcal burned at least I know I gave it my all every time.

Remember discount at Dis-Chem

Don’t forget the special that Dis-Chem stores offer. So stock up on Friday 🙂

I did Back and Biceps this morning and added 3 sets Bench dips of 10 reps. My cardio for today is Zumba again at 16:15. My favourite cardio workout ever! I will then try to do some Abs at home tonight.

I have to confess I am thinking of Sushi 24/7 lol…This little Chinese restaurant is on my way home so it is so tempting every time I drive past there. Just have to stay strong and set my mind on something else. Can’t have Sushi every night come on…I never even liked sushi before, now it’s a different story…

Morning Session: Back and Biceps

Gym: 6:00 am
Calories: 219 kcal
Calculated fat: 46%
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 112 Maximum: 152
Fat burn improving

Back and Biceps

Evening Session: Zumba

Gym: 16:24 pm
Calories: 676 kcal
Calculated fat: 13 %
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 174  Maximum: 195 (a little high)
Maximal performance improving

In the kitchen: ;-)

Wake up: 1 Phedra-Cut Slim Pack Sachet mixed with 500ml water.

Weight-Loss Phedra-Cut Slim Packs

If you ever wondered about the slim packs this is the response I got from USN:

My question:

Hi USN can I take Phedra CUT ULTRA XT’S with my slim packs. To how many Phedra Cut XT capsules is one sachet equivalent to? I just love the slim pack as a gym drink, must I rather use another drink? Entering week 6 of the 12 week challenge and going strong…www.lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com. Thanx Claudine

USN SA – Ultimate Sports Nutrition Hi Claudine, one sachet of the Slim Pack is equal to one serving (3 pills) of the Phedra-Cut Ultra XT. The Slim Packs can be interchangeable with the Phedra-Cut Ultra XT during the day, and other benefits include assisting with hydration and improving you satiety level. Good luck with the second half of your challenge! Regards, USN

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats

2 CLA 1000’s Capsules

Mid morning Snack:
1 and a half scoops Pure Protein Shake

30 minutes before lunch:
2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT’s

Lunch:
Rye bread, half table spoon mayo (lite) and half tin tuna and cucumber

30 minutes before Dinner:
2 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
Steamed 100 gram fish with 1 packet mixed veggies. Yum, loving this steamed microwave fish. This is really delicious and is ready in a few minutes.

Simply Steam Fish - Sea Harvest

This is so convenient and takes a few minutes…Here is the Nutritional Values.

Nutritional Information:

Average   Values Per 100g
Energy 290kJ
Protein 14.2g
Carbohydrate 1.0g
Of   which total sugars 0.0g
Total   fat 0.9g
Of which mono unsaturated fatty acids 0.19g
Of which poly unsaturated fatty acids 0.18g
Of which saturated fatty acids 0.49g
Of which trans fatty acids 0.0g
Cholesterol 33.7mg
Dietary   fibre 1.8g
Sodium 356mg

Top tips on cellulite management

Cellulite occurs in up to 95% of the female population. Cellulite does not occur as a result of being overweight – although weight can contribute to the problem – and many thin people also have cellulite. There is not a lot of forthcoming information or research on the negative effects of a low pH level, especially when it comes to one’s appearance and health status. An optimal pH level in the human body is 7.4, and an average is around 6.3 and many people are a lot lower. Many women are unaware that a body that is more acidic may actually help to cause cellulite amongst other health problems.

Adopting a more alkaline diet and ridding yourself of acidic foods may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Here is a closing thought – one glass of a carbonated beverage has a pH of 2.5. You would have to drink 30 or more glasses of water with a pH of 10 to neutralise the effects of this! Raising and maintaining an optimal pH level could help you get rid of cellulite.

Top tips on cellulite management:
1. Any effective cellulite reduction programme includes cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise is best performed early in the morning on an empty stomach at a moderate to high intensity. The benefits of a cardiovascular/ resistance combination based training plan have been proven to be most effective at long-term weight management and sculpting.

2. Cellulite is fat. It is stubborn because it gets caught between bands of connective tissue. In order to reduce fat, you need to alter your diet. A well-developed diet can only benefit your health.

3. Another important exercise element for cellulite reduction is strength and conditioning movements (resistance). Resistance training can include free-weights, machine and body movements to increase muscle tone and target cellulite prone areas. The compounded benefits of resistance training include an improved tone and definition, improved muscle function and co-ordination, and increased metabolic and thermogenic function as well as an improved bone mineral density, which can ward-off osteoporosis later in life.

4. You need to be aware that you have a goal to reach. Look at the bigger picture, but understand that there are many short-term goals to achieve first. Make sure that you are following the diet, training plan and using the right supplementation along your journey to a cellulite-free physique. Do an Internet search for a role model, and keep this picture on some ‘high-traffic’ areas in your home and office so that you are constantly reminded of what you want to achieve. This way, you will remain motivated.

Exercises that help reduce the creation and appearance of cellulite:

Squats:
1. Start with your legs a little wider than shoulder width apart. Keep your gaze forward, lift your shoulders up, back and around and stick your chest out. Your abdominal muscles should be gently contracted into your straight spine.
2. Bend your knees and lower your body, as if sitting down in a chair on a slow count of four. Do not allow your knees to extend past your toes. Keep your weight on your heels and stick your backside out.
3. Return to the starting position on a slow count of four. (Variation: When you return to the starting position, slowly lift one leg straight and behind you. Lower the leg back down and when your foot hits the floor, immediately begin your squat again and repeat with the other leg.)

Lunges:
1. Take a large step back so that your feet are staggered. Plant your front foot and lift your back heel so that your weight is pressed into the ball of the back foot.
2. On a slow count of 4, gently let both knees bend, being careful not to let your front knee go past your toes.
3. On a slow count of 4, rise back up to the starting position and contract the muscles in your backside and hamstrings.

Tip: Keep your torso straight, perpendicular to the floor. Don’t pitch forward as you lunge.

Isometric Exercises:
Isometric exercise means that the muscle contracts but doesn’t go through a range of motion. Here’s how you can do an anti-cellulite isometric exercise.While standing, contract the areas of your body that have cellulite, namely your backside hips and thighs. You should have your pelvis shifted slightly forward with your abdominals tightened in towards your lower back. Hold in this position for 30 seconds while breathing through your nose. Next, shift your pelvis back, sticking your backside out and contract all of the above muscles and hold for 30 seconds while breathing through your nose.

Finally, bring your legs shoulders width apart and lower your body as if you’re about to sit down. Stay in this position and contract your muscles for 30 seconds while breathing through your nose.

Plank-Raise Toner: Lie down flat on the floor with your arms by your sides. Put your feet up on a chair. Lift your whole body up from below your shoulders. This means that your head neck and shoulders will be on the floor and the rest of your body will be in a diagonal line (plank.) Try to have your lower body take your weight without putting too much strain on your arms.

Next, slowly lift one leg up slowly for a count of 10 seconds and lower slowly for a count of 10 seconds. Now switch legs and do the same. Keep your abdominals contracted while you do this.

Resourse: USN South Africa

Different intensities in cardio explained

What do you guys like to do for your medium intensity cardio?

There are a number of types of cardiovascular training which can help you meet your fitness goals. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some types of training are better for advanced trainers while some are more appropriate for beginning trainers.

1. Low Intensity, Long Duration Cardio

This type of training involves intensities of around 40 to 60% of Maximum Heart Rate. It is basically something slow, easy, continuous and long (over 40 minutes). This can be walking, cycling, jogging, etc. You should be able to converse comfortably while doing it (called the talk test). This type of training is good for people just getting started with cardio work. It is reasonably good for fat loss, especially in very obese people. It is also the least demanding form of aerobic training.

2. Medium Intensity, Medium Duration Cardio

This involves aerobic work done at around 70% of max HR. It is harder, therefore it cannot be done for as long, usually between 20 to 40 minutes. This is the next step up from the low intensity work. This type of training can be used for fat loss and for increasing aerobic capacity. It is characterized by the beginning of heavy breathing but not so much that you are soon out of breath and must stop.

3. High Intensity, Short Duration Cardio

This version of aerobic work is done at around 80 to 85% of HR max. That point, at 85% of your HR max, is generally considered to be the Anaerobic Threshold, though this can vary depending on genetics and fitness level. This is a very demanding form of training. It is done for between 5 to 20 minutes generally, depending on fitness level and intensity.

4. Aerobic Interval Training

The first way of doing aerobic interval training involves doing a period of moderate to high intensity aerobic work, alternating with a period of rest of low intensity work, e.g. 3 minutes of fast running then 1 minute of slow walking, repeated 4 times. You can vary the intervals and intensities to your liking, e.g. 10 minutes of moderate work, 2 minutes easy, 1 minute hard, or perhaps 5 minutes hard, 5 minutes easy. The key is variation during the work while not working so hard that you must stop completely.

5. Anaerobic Interval Training

This type of training involves going hard for short periods of time then resting for equal or longer periods of time. It is done at intensities of 85 to 100% of your HR max.

Here is an example of how it works: sprint as hard as you can for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, sprint 30 seconds, walk 30 seconds, etc. Repeat 3 to 6 times depending on fitness level.

6. Fartlek Training

Translated from Swedish, this means speed play.

Basically, you mix up all of the above types of training together into one session. You might run for 10 minutes, sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 2 minutes, run fast for 2 minutes, jog slowly for 5 minutes then sprint again. It is a good way to work through the entire intensity spectrum as well as to prevent boredom.

7. Circuit Training

Circuit training is basically aerobic weight training. Set up a number of stations with a variety of exercises that work the entire body, e.g. bench, curls, pulldowns, leg curls, etc.

Use a fairly light weight that you can lift without going to failure for a preset period of time. You will do each exercise continuously for a specified time interval, e.g. 1 minute at each station and go through the cycle 1 to 3 times. You can mix in treadmill work, skipping, cycling, etc. to add variety. It is a reasonably good way to do aerobic work and weight training work at the same time.

It also has the advantage of working the entire body instead of just the legs as most forms of aerobic training do.

8. Tabata Method

This is a very intense type of interval training that involves short, VERY high intensity work periods with very short rest periods. An example of this would be sprinting (about 90 to 95% of all-out) for 15 seconds then resting for 5 seconds then doing it again.

The Tabata Method can be done with any type of cardio activity and can also be done with weight training as well.

Journal day 29: 15 September 2011

Ok so it was measurement day and I am happy about my results

I did not go to the gym this morning but went this afternoon for some Cardio and to work in my Shoulder/Abs workout.

Things didn’t quite turned out the way as planned. First of all it was very rushed for the zumba started at 16:15 and I worked until 16:00.

The first NO NO, was when I forgot to drink my mid-afternoon Diet fuel shake! I was to rushed and decided to have a apple on my way to gym, that also didn’t happen!

Got to the gym and had an awesome Zumba session – but I must admit I overdid it today. After 789kcal calories burned later I was exhausted. But as you know this “give it my all” attitude I decided to go and do my Shoulder and Abs session that I missed this morning.

Well two exercises or so later I started feeling very dizzy and not ready to go further. I told my sis we must rather go and give it another go today. I was glad I made that decision for you must always listen to your body.

This is a RULE FOR ME!

This was my day supplement and diet wise:

Wake up: 2 x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast Meal 1:

2 Pieces Wheatbix with water was again to rushed to cook oats

After breakfast:

2 x CLA 1000’s

Mid-morning meal 2

1 Scoop Diet Fuel + 1 Green Apple

30 min before lunch:

2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Lunch meal 3:

Rye bread, half tin tuna and cucumber

After lunch:

2x CLA 1000’s

16:30 – 2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

DID NOT HAVE MY DIET FUEL SHAKE! BIG NO NO

Gym Evening Session: Zumba Cardio

Gym: 16:22 pm

Calories: 789 kcal

Calculated fat: 19%

Duration: 1 hour and 33 min

Average heart: 159 Maximum: 195

Maximal performance improving

Shoulders/Abs

I only did the first two today and will work in the rest tomorrow!

Dinner:

2 Skinless Chicken Drumsticks +- 100 gram
Mixed Veggies (Green beans/Broccoli/Carrots)
4 Cucumber Wheels

After Dinner: 2 CLA 1000’s

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