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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

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New year and new goals…

So after a month or 3  “off-season” I’m back and ready for this year more than EVER! Back to “clean” eating & pumped training. Ready to be fit, healthy, strong & toned, are you?!

This is me now :-), don’t look at the hair & make-up cause theres none haha, had a good sweat!

Bring it on

I don’t know if it’s only me but oh my Holidays just make me gain weight! I went all out this holiday and believe me when I say I overindulged in sweets, “good” food NO NOT HEALTHY food 😉 and then of course the more than usual “social” drinking.

I do believe we all let go at some point the question is just will you get back to what is best for you? Do you have any goals or resolutions? I don’t normally have resolutions but I do have goals.

One of them is that I want to be fit to enter a race or two in running and Mountain biking. So I started running again and its GREAT! Going slow but I’m super motivated to get back to where I use to be at and even at a better pace!

Then there is some EXCITING things lined up and I will share them with you as soon as everything is finalised!

Let this be your best year yet. Stick to the plan and don’t be a January / February gym attender, but let this be a year of consistency and dedication. Don’t set unrealistic goals and set yourself up for failure by not achieving them.

Get a plan and stick to the plan…Let everyday be a journey to a healthier & happier you!

Do you have any goals? Please do share them.

Have a super week,

Claudine

Decided to share…

Hey everyone,

Allot of people ask me about what protein/carbohydrate/fruit options did I have during my transformation challenge etc.

So I decided to compile these to maybe give you a guideline on the options you can use!

Remember one thing – You must never see this as a diet – This will only set you up to fear failure or believing that it is to hard to achieve!

Get your mind in the right place first – I can give you my word this is the only reason I could succeed in this was by seeing it in a different perspective! It makes it so much easier I promise!

Living a healthy life is not that difficult, you can still enjoy your food and love what you eat!

Let me know what you think or if this can help you.

Remember I have a passion for what I do and would love to share it with you. So if you have any suggestions let me know and we can compile something awesome!

Have a super Tuesday!

 

 

For the ones that lost hope at some point…

There is something on my heart and I want to share with you what I have noticed this last couple of months being pregnant…If you haven’t also already noticed, but once you fall pregnant it is as if everyone starts telling you how you should live your life, what is allowed and what isn’t, what you should be doing when you should be doing it and so the list goes on.

Today I want to tell you that to much mixed information is NOT a good thing. Go with what you feel is the right decision for YOU! Get a trusted friend or someone you KNOW will not share any information if not proven facts or only by sharing experiences without coming down on you on the what you should and shouldn’t be doing! If you believe that raw meat, sushi, raw eggs for example is a no no during pregnancy  – Then stick to what you believe in and don’t let others try to convince you otherwise!

I can give you my own story and you can do with it whatever you like but I do hope it can encourage you in some area. First of all I want to encourage all to stay on a healthy balanced nutritious diet. When I say diet I mean lifestyle – NO CRASH / weight loss diet! I want to stretch the importance of continuing the lifestyle as before pregnancy or if it wasn’t all that good to better your lifestyle. I made the mistake of letting go. From being SUPER fit and active in the gym once a day – to a not so fit once a week in the gym without any confidence…

With tears in my eyes I want to encourage you to not let go. Don’t see your pregnancy as a escape route of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t have the mindset oh well I’m gaining all this weight anyways so why bother making healthier choices… Since the day I found out of my pregnancy it was as if my body went into overdrive and I gained weight by the day – or that is how it felt. It was a HUGE adjustment and with all the changes going on inside my body I started to fall into a “depression” if I can call it that. I started getting negative about my body the way I look and then the pattern started of I don’t care anymore. BUT DON’T GO THERE. Your lifestyle is so important for the little one growing inside of you. As most of you know I have a under active thyroid (Hypothyroidism). So let me explain this briefly:

The thyroid gland

Your thyroid is an endocrine gland. This means it secretes hormones into your bloodstream. Hormones are chemicals produced by your body to help regulate how your cells and organs work. They are sometimes called chemical messengers.

Your thyroid gland makes two hormones: thyroxine (also called T4) and triiodothyronine (also called T3). Together, these hormones regulate your body’s growth and metabolism. Your metabolism is how quickly your body burns energy and how quickly reactions in your body happen. It affects lots of things, including how much you weigh and how much you sleep.

The production of thyroid hormones is controlled by another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). This is made by an endocrine gland in your brain called the pituitary gland.

Hypothyroidism causes a general slowing down of your body’s functions.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • feeling tired and sleeping a lot
  • feeling the cold easily
  • dry and/or pale skin
  • coarse, thinning hair and brittle nails
  • sore muscles, slow movements and weakness
  • a hoarse or croaky voice
  • a change in facial expression
  • depression
  • problems with memory and concentration
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • fertility problems and increased risk of miscarriage
  • heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods
  • a slow heart rate

TIP: If you experience some of the above or all make an appointment and go and see you GP and get a reference for a blood test.

While pregnant, it is important to continue your medication and to make sure you go for regular check ups or blood tests to regulate your levels.

I believe this was a big cause of my extreme weight gain in the first 3+ months of my pregnancy – Why because I didn’t go for my regular check up at first and when I did I got the news that my medication had to be DOUBLED…So what if I went earlier would that have meant less weight gain? Well since my dosage of my thyroid medication is correct my weight gain seemed to stabilize resulting in only picking up the necessary weight.

Still left with the weight, feeling down I realized HEY THIS IS NOT THE END…You can still make a difference, you still CAN make better choices and let the rest of your pregnancy be a healthy one.

So last night I made the decision that no matter the weight gained up to now its time to get up, focus and make everyday a better day and to enjoy the last few months of my pregnancy.

So to all the pregnant ladies out there lets do this. To all the non pregnant ladies WANTING to get pregnant start making better choices as from TODAY…Not Monday or next week TODAY!  If you are over weight or under weight get your body into shape now.

Conclusion to the general blog followers: Let every single day be a day with a new meaning. New way of living, healthier options than the day before. Don’t focus on your past failures focus on the success of your future. If you got discouraged at some point get back up today. You deserve the absolute best so get your mind and body connected and start living the best life today!

Keeping it up…

Helloa all my fit and fabulous blog friends & followers,

I’m so back and ready for action ;-)…Yes I know I have only been recently back in the gym but I am super excited about every day ahead…

So what happened? The whole pregnancy, weight gain etc was a HUGE adjustment and to be honest for a while there I did not know how to cope with all the changes taking place inside/outside my body ;-)! For some reason I’m just gaining weight at the speed of light and I started to feel more and more self conscious about the fact that I have a definite baby bump at 12 weeks 3 days! My thyroid medication is consistent and its not as if I’m eating for 3 😉

But yesterday when that little voice inside my  head said don’t go to the gym, you look fat/bloated and and and, I decided to silence the voice inside my head and to just DO IT!

And you know what it was the best decision I could have made…Yes I’m the fattest that I have ever been but that wont keep me from being fit and healthy! Have you been through something similar? If so please share with me.

I decided to take it one step at a time and just to enjoy every moment of it…I don’t have any pressure in the gym as I’m no longer working towards competing for now! It is still sad to see everyone getting ready/planning for the Body Beautiful South Africa – But hey next year is going to be a BIG YEAR :-)! Are you thinking about competing / are  you currently prepping for a competition?

I’m starting with the Shape 5 week 5km challenge – Imagine a few months back I was comfortably running a 10-15km run. Where my challenge was – being so fit struggling to get my heart rate up I’m now struggling to keep the heart rate down.hehehe amazing how things change and how we adjust!

This is what they say about it:

In a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, your resting heart rate will elevate by 15 to 20 beats per minute. As is the case with all of the major organ systems, cardiovascular changes that take place during pregnancy are believed to be triggered by hormonal signals, primarily increases in progesterone and estrogen, which alert the body to the presence of a fetus. These changes begin in the first trimester.

Why Does Heart Rate Shoot Up?

Changes in your circulatory system gradually occur after you conceive. The change is to fulfil the requirements of extra blood in your body to nourish your baby. The blood during pregnancy circulates through placenta to ensure the supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus in your body. The cardiac output of your heart increases by 30-40 percent and your blood pressure decline slightly as more of your blood is aimed at the uterus, kidneys and skin.

Exercise

It used to be that pregnant women were advised not to allow their heart rate to go above 140 beats per min during pregnancy. However, in 1994, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology changed its recommendation because there was no evidence that a heart rate greater than 140 beats per min was harmful for the mother or baby. Instead, pregnant women should use their perceived rate of exertion to measure intensity, and aim to exercise at a level that allows them to carry on a conversation while exercising.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/187305-the-normal-pulse-rate-during-pregnancy/#ixzz20Dstjkvs

So that explains the fact that before I know my heart rate is 135-140 bmp while exercising! lol

Just thankful to have my Polar FT80 to monitor my heart rate while working out!

If you don’t have a heart rate monitor yet and you are serious about working out / gym / running I would definitely say it is worth every cent!

Great feautures like

  • Advanced training analyzing
  • Training Diary
  • Training Load
  • Training programs

To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate.

Keep your heart healthy by living a healthy lifestyle and by following a good nutrition plan!

Well we will be visiting the doctor tomorrow to visit baby Kidson so I’m super ExCiTeD. Will keep you posted!

Have a super day and let me know what you are up 2 by commenting below the post…

Claudine

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