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

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter: ClaudineKidson
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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

 

 

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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!

Hello all my blog friends…

Monday…

Wow what a week. I did my first tv interview/shoot with USN for the Expresso Show on Monday, this was definitely a highlight and great fun… I was nervous like hell that I must admit but before I knew it I was relaxed. The team I worked with was great and they made me feel right at “ease”. I met Ewan and what a great guy and exceptional presenter. He is an absolute natural and such a genuine grounded person.

Me & Ewan Strydom on set

The screening will be on the 1st of February on the Expresso Show SABC 3 starting at 5:30-8:00 am. I will upload the clip on my blog once it is released. I must admit I could have done MUCH better and there was so much more I wanted to say during the interview. You know how it goes, only after the shoot everything plays over in your head what you could have said/done. We also did some close up shots of different things like me skipping/jogging/push-ups (yes they made me work) 😉 and some general dumbbell curls etc. These will be used as inserts over time.

I treated myself with some well deserved Sushi after the shoot..Yum, my all time favourate – Smoked Salmon Fashion Sandwiches no mayo and 4 Rainbow Rolls.

Sushi my favourate...

I don’t have the calorie breakdown of them yet and not sure if I want to know 😉

What is your favourate “cheat” meal / snack to have?

Tuesday…

Then Tuesday came and it was time for me to go for an operation! Had to be at the hospital at 5:00am oh my that was so early, the Hospital is in a different town so we had to leave 30min earlier…I was rather upset when I got there and I had to pay in a ridiculous amount of money…I’m talking thousands!!!Then you ask yourself why do we have a medical aid like Discovery? mmm I wonder!

As mentioned my hubby and I have been trying for a little one since last year April…Well we went to the doctor and he decided that it is better for me to go for a laparoscopy and a hysteroscopy to make sure everything is fine on the inside. Which also turned out, that he had to burn off endometriosis and do ovarian drilling.  I’m sharing this with you all so that you make sure you go for a regular check-up. Ladies it is important, if you haven’t been to a gynecologist then make an appointment today. Rather make sure now than later, even if you’re only planning on having kids later in your life or just for your health in general…

This was me just before I went into the operating room…

Few minutes before going in to surgery

Then the one below: Me few hours after the operation…I was brave enough to tell them I dont want a wheelchair. I got out of the bed when they said I can go home and said: I DONT want a wheelchair I’m going to run out of the hospital hehe…All said in good spirit until I took my fourth step or so when I realized I had extreme pain and a burning sensation in my abdomen, and that is when I realized there is no ways I will reach the car they can bring the wheelchair hehe! First time ever that I’m in one 🙂

Wheelchair

I have pain but at least the being nausea’s part is over now, thank goodness for that! From here on its positive thoughts trusting God for a little one when the time is right and getting better…

The worse pain noted by most women and by me is a sharp stabbing pain in my shoulder. This is a side-effect of the gas that is used to distend the abdomen, which seems to travel around the system. The pain can feel as though a sword has been driven through you. “Just read this up for it didn’t make sense that I have such bad pain in my shoulder area.”

Feeling swollen, bloated and have some pain…

Then…

Wednesday…

I got the news that I will be out of the gym for at least 4-6 weeks! This is a massive stretch for someone training twice a day. Very sensitive area but will have to focus on the results and why I’m doing this? Those who are mommies will probably say hey it is all worth it??

I feel extremely depressed that I cant train but now I can focus even more on my diet and clean eating… I have tried out a few recipes already and Yummy…

Then I want to thank my friends and family for the support, I really do appreciate it.

I have received some beautiful flowers, a card, messages!

Hope you all have a super awesome week – It’s almost Friday…Whoop whoop.

Look after yourself and NEVER EVER take your health, life for granted. Live life passionately and give it your best!

Beautiful week ahead…

Its Monday, the beginning of a beautiful new week and there is allot to smile and be positive about. We are alive, healthy and blessed with family and friends to spend time with over the festive season!

Will you be going away over this time?

If you are stressing about your diet etc I want to encourage you that you CAN stick to clean eating and healthy living even when on holiday. Yes it is a bit more challenging at times but keep in mind how hard you have worked to get into shape or to feel good. Don’t go and and waste all those well deserved results on bad food choices it’s just not worth it! Keep your mind set on living a healthier lifestyle. Stop seeing eating clean as dieting. Living healthy is a lifestyle it is not following a strict diet, if you get your head around that you are well away!

So as I mentioned, today is the beginning of my gym program that I will follow for the next four weeks. I decided to repeat my cutting/toning phase for I feel I can achieve better results and then I will focus on maintaining from end of January. We obviously want to look our best over the holidays so why stop now 😉

Yesterday was such a relaxing day. I went to the gym and did cardio and decided after cardio to go for a swim. This was out of my comfort zone but oh well I bought a “gym” costume with a swim cap so nothing was stopping me!

I got in the pool and was that relaxing, I enjoyed it so much. I think the last time I had a swim at the gym was 16 years ago ;-).  I encourage you to try different things at times. Don’t get stuck in repeating the same exercise routine. It’s always good to keep your body guessing.  Tonight will be my first Yoga class ever. Have you done Yoga before? Share by commenting at the bottom of this post what I can expect. I’m a Zumba lady who loves the intensity of it. But hey it’s worth giving Yoga a try and see!

I did legs this morning – what a workout! This is what I did:

Training: Legs

Calories: 583kcal

Calories Fat: 31%

Fitness Improving

Duration: 1hour 34minutes

Legs

This is how my week looks like:

Monday: Quads & Calves | Yoga in the evening

Tuesday: Back, Arms and Sprints | Cardio/Pilates: 1 hour

Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders, Abs | Cardio: Zumba late afternoon

Thurday: Hamstrings, Glutes & Calves | Yoga in the evening ( Still deciding)

Friday: Back, Biceps and Abs

Saturday: Shoulders, Triceps, Calves and Zumba for Cardio

Sunday: Rest day

Are you going on holiday over December/January? While I’m sitting here I cannot help but to make plans for my next holiday ;-). I’m trying to convince my hubby that we must try to find a place for a few days over December; I will even compromise and camp as long as I can be close to the beach.

Really this can’t be it; I can’t go into a year if it doesn’t even feel like I was on a holiday already. J I know I just come from holiday/the sea but I want to go again hehe. I loved it so much I need to go again. I don’t know what is going on with me lately but I’m on a mission when it comes to enjoying life and by doing things differently. I can’t help but to think that I cannot live an average/mediocre life anymore. I want things to be extraordinary, I want to wake up mornings without knowing my exact schedule or plans for the day. I even do different things in my gym program, and then you must know! It cannot be midlife crisis for I am very far from that 😉 but its similar I believe. I am a very structured person sometimes even a perfectionist but let me tell you the last couple of weeks I’m different. Must be because of all the energy I have with my new lifestyle.

Ok so I went to a yoga class tonight and uuhmmmmmm I don’t know! I think I must stick to the high intensity training or let’s say if I try it again I will definitely not do a legs session the morning hehe. I think my muscles did not know what is going on. There was some stretches, boy oh boy, I was even afraid of getting an injury at one stage.

Hope you had a super day.

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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4-8 November – Day 79- Day 83

Hi everyone sorry if I was a bit quiet these last couple of day I was just so busy with functions and work that I just didn’t have the time to update my blog. 😦 How was your weekend and how is your week so far?

I can’t believe that my challenge end date is on Thursday (10 November), this truly feels so unreal. Those about to start the challenge believe me 12 weeks go by fast…

Today is day 6 of my dehydration cycle and I was fine up to today but I am really starting to feel tired and don’t know where I will get the energy to go to gym again this afternoon. Will just have to ;-).

I started writing my winning report and will deliver it to the USN head office on Monday, the day before I leave for my Ballito holiday. I am so looking forward to this I can’t tell you how much I need this break and to spend some good quality time with my hubby. I booked my two yorkies into a kennel in Ballito and man is this a stretch. At least they will be close by and I can go and pop in whenever! They are my babies and I love them so much. I can’t leave them behind for I have no one that can look after them or whom I trust enough ;-). This 12 weeks was lots of commitment, focus and allot of my time was spent on the success of this challenge that most of my energy went into it.

Remember today that Balance is KEY! Take the time to focus, set goals and plan ahead but focus on where you are today.

The end date of this 12 weeks: Believe it or not but I am happy and sad at the same time. I definitely have to set some new goals, for this is sometimes a good way to stay motivated and always good to set some goals and to have something to work towards!

I must honestly say that even though I have worked so hard over the last 12 weeks I am still not at the point where I want to be. There is still hard work ahead and my training program will definitely be adjusted to reach my goal physique. I am actually looking forward to slow down with my training program in the way that I was in such a hurry to reach cutting phase that I skipped a big part of my Phase 2!

After the challenge I will sit down and really do some research about some nutritious meals. Living healthy doesn’t need to be distasteful. There are so many good recipes out there that are very healthy. I can’t wait to try making Jamie Eason’s Protein biscuits etc. You have to make your diet interesting so that it is a lifestyle and not a “diet”. The moment your head think diet you can be doomed for failure.

I will definitely upload it on my blog once I have compiled some good recipes. Do you have any to share?

Training wise this last week was great; see my training log. The intensity is tough and I must say I am looking forward to my holiday next week. I will have to jog every morning and evening for I cannot get to the gym where I am going! I do have hand weights and yoga matt for my abs sessions so will take this along. At the moment my routine in the gym is more like a circuit with different exercises and 4 sets each repeated with 20+ reps then rest for 2-5 minutes and repeat for 4 sets! Obviously a drop in weights for the repetitions is much more!

This week I will do two muscle groups per day. For example Back/Abs in the morning and Chest/Calves circuit followed by some cardio in the evening. This is an exciting phase of the training program just wish I had a week longer for this cutting phase but oh well what’s done is done! I may be too hard on myself, for it really feels like my progress slowed down over the last 2/3 weeks!

Although I am the one preaching about throw out the scales now I am on it every other day.lol. Maybe because of my last measurements that was such a disappointment and with Gareth telling me they made a mistake and I must go for a second measurement that I am under 10% fat! Well I didn’t go for a second opinion will just have to see on Thursday!

So I just spoke to my photographer about our shoot on Thursday and man I am so excited and nervous at the same time. His brainstorming some ideas with me that I really like, but will have to see what we decide to do :-). Love it when creative’s come together. So my final measurement is on Thursday morning 7:00am and even though I don’t think there is a major difference in my measurements I will just be positive and see! My photo shoot will be after measurements!

I just realized that this 12 week challenge may come to an end but living healthy and reaching my ultimate goal does not have a deadline! From here I can only look better and take my time to reach my ultimate look.

Take every day as it comes and set some goals for yourself and realize that every decision you make now will have an effect later.

Here are some tips on 10 Ways to stay motivated. I got it from Jamie’s site

Make Working Out a Key Part of Your Life:

Schedule it in, and put it on your calendar. Make it a real commitment. It is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix.

Choose a Convenient Gym:

Choose a gym or a place to work out that is convenient and close to you.

– Set Attainable Goals Instead of saying, “I aim to lose 40 lbs” or “gain 10 lbs of muscle,” set weekly and monthly goals to increase your reps or weight and/or increase your cardio.

Start Off Slow:

Don’t go in and work out so hard that you make yourself too sore to move. Focus on form and getting into the groove.

– Vary Your Routine Doing the same thing over and over will likely result in a plateau. Try to change your sets, reps, weights and/or rest period between sets at least once a month.

Keep a Journal:

Keep a journal and hold yourself accountable to making improvements. How will you know when you get there if you can’t remember where you’ve been?

Use the Buddy System:

Train with a friend to keep up the energy. There is nothing like some friendly competition to spur a good workout.

Hire a Trainer or Coach:

There will be days when the last thing you’ll want to do is spend time at the gym. A professional knows how to motivate you on those days, and you will be more likely to go when you’re paying someone.

– Be Patient Make a promise to yourself to stick with it for at least 3 to 4 months. Consistency is key! Mark your calendar at the 3 or 4 month mark and if you stick to it, reward yourself with a new outfit or a vacation.

Get Enough Sleep:

Lack of sleep will derail your training program faster than anything. You will likely overeat to compensate for energy and/or skip the gym all together.

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

Tuesday 1 November 2011 – Day 76

Hi everyone today was a tough day…I am on my stimulant free day and man do I get tired on these days? I definitely need a pre-workout on stimulant free days, just for the extra focus!

Because of my starch/carb dropping the energy levels are low but just keep telling myself it is ok and that it is essential for the last conditioning to take place. I am in a stage where I need to be so FOCUSED and not to let my mind let me think any different! The mind is powerful and you need to get to a place where you can decide what you meditate on. It will get hard, you will get discouraged at times but that is when you need to focus and focus once more.

Don’t put your confidence or source of motivation in other people for you definitely not going to get it there! Get focused by your own willpower!

I took my “ouma” for some grocery shopping today and man it felt like torture looking at all those muffins/chips/donuts etc. I was so hungry at the time and she didn’t make it any easier by offering some of her “treats”. Never the less I did not give in to temptation and I am proud to say that. It is so easy to give in to (unhealthy) snacking but you have to stay strong when temptation steps in.

These last few weeks are only the beginning for me and being serious about fitness. There was nothing like the feeling of reaching Elite Fitness on my Polar training watch! This may sound stupid to some but this is another goal that I set for myself way back. I never reached it for I did not train correctly. I was either over training in the wrong Zones or did too much High Intensity training. This is not always the answer guys! You have to learn to know your training zones for your results to be efficient!  Getting into competition shape for the first time ever is definitely a learning school for me. I look at bodybuilders/fitness athletes in a way different perspective! I have respect for the ones competing in the fitness industry, for let me tell you it is hard work and perseverance is absolutely KEY!

So training wise I did Cardio in the morning, Chest/Shoulders for the afternoon followed by an Action Netball game (this was not planned). Don’t know if you remember that I told you I do Action Netball for the fun of it, but then I had to stop a few weeks back for my shins gave me problems and I could not take the risk for this to affect my competition preparations! But then they asked me so nicely yesterday to come and help out that I could not say no! It was great fun though but today I feel the shins again! After the challenge I will definitely take the time to see someone about this!

Training Morning: Cardio
Gym: 5:43 am
Calories: 363 kcal
Calculated fat: 30%
Duration: 58 min
Average heart: 139 Maximum: 168
Fitness improving

Training Afternoon: Chest and Shoulders | Action Netball
Gym: 16:24
Calories: 667 kcal
Calculated fat: 24%
Duration: 1 hour 52 min
Average heart: 137 Maximum: 191
Max performance improving

Diet for the day:

1/3 Oats

6 Raw Almonds

1 Serving Whey Protein

10:00 Serving – 1 Serving Whey Protein

Lunch:

100gram steamed fish with green steam it veggies (broccoli and cauliflower)

15:00 Afternoon Snack – One serving whey protein

Action Netball:

After Netball: 1 Serving Whey Protein

Dinner:

100 gram grilled fillet

1 Cup Mixed Steam It Green Veggies with cauliflower and broccoli

Green Salad with avo

“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got. We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.” – Jim Rohn

Monday 31 October 2011 – Day 75

Hello everyone, so how was your Monday? My day started off with an awesome gym session.

Diet for the day:

1/3 Oats

8 Raw Almonds

1 Serving Whey Protein

10:00 Serving – 1 Serving Whey Protein

Lunch:

1 Tin Tuna with a big green salad

Late afternoon after gym 18:00 – One serving whey protein

Dinner:

100 gram steamed fish

1 Cup Mixed Steam It Green Veggies with cauliflower and broccoli and beans

Cucumber Slices

Half Avo

1 Small Peach – Just had to

Before bed – 1 Serving Pure Protein IGF-1

Ok everyone so as you all know by now I am in the de-carb phase of the challenge, that means cutting out unnecessary carbohydrates. Some things that changed is: No more rye bread, potato or starch in the afternoon, no more “1” small glass coke zero from here, no more coffee/fat free milk/xylitol. Only green veggies as far as possible, green beans, asparagus or broccoli, no more spices or the occasional drop of Nandos pepper sause ;-). Have to confess I just can’t seem to cut the salt and vinegar spice although I know I absolutely HAVE TO!

Less red meat and more Tuna/Fish and Skinless Chicken Breasts oh and no more sushi for now. If I really crave sushi it has to be in the afternoon. NO SALT or sodium rich foods.

When de-carb – You will feel tired, depleted and fatigued, but you force your system to burn fat. This is an uncomfortable, but very essential part of getting the best physique. Cardio will be particularly uncomfortable as you have very low energy levels.

In general: I’m really starting to see drastic changes in my body and I realize that the end of the competition is in sight and I am actually sad about it. Hehe. Just the thought of doing a competition can drive you more towards your goal than you think. But that is definitely not the end of my journey. This new lifestyle and passion for fitness, my blog and by being and inspiration to others will definitely not stop there.

I started this blog from day one firstly to keep myself accountable but more so to reach other people. Helping others, being an inspiration and to have a portal where all with the same goals/fitness goals etc can come together and can share some stories/advice or by being an inspiration to each other.

If there is anything you would like to know more about please let me know and I will make sure we get it done.

People are starting to ask me questions and this is definitely something to get use to! The supplement sales rep at Dischem actually asked me if I won’t consider competing in the fitness industry! Well that question came unexpected but let me tell you one thing it got me thinking! I realized during the challenge how much I really do enjoy this. Even though I have been active most of my life by playing sports, trained etc I never did it right! I thought I’m living a healthy lifestyle but I never really did. I thought I had my health under control but I never did, I thought I had my general well being under control but I never really did…What I am trying to say is that even though I thought I’m living a rather healthy lifestyle I did the opposite. The convenience of drive thru restaurants, take always, quick and easy options is on the rise and believe me I know how convenient it is. You won’t feel all bad in the beginning, you won’t pick up weight in the first month, you won’t have immediate health alerts but you can be sure that that will be the result in the wrong run. I don’t want to preach here and I don’t want to tell you to never have fast food again that is NOT the idea but as a walking testimony I want to encourage you to live/maintain a healthier lifestyle for the reward of the feelings you will experience is far beyond the effort of healthy living.

P.S I have measurements on Thursday…

The bottom line is: Live healthy and start making those small adjustments everyday!

Have a super amazing blessed week and I will be posting soon!

Total body transformation…

This last 10 Weeks has been life changing and a journey that no words can describe. I still have some hard work but I am excited about the progress so far!

This is VERY embarrassing to me but I want to share this with YOU and to tell you that YOU can make a difference. This was me ten weeks ago. Bloated, tired, emotional, no self confidence and ALWAYS felt tired, irritated and so much more. Everything changed the one morning when I woke up and said to myself this is it! Take charge of your health and life. You absolutely can do it!

Tuesday 25 October: Day 69

Hi all, so how was your day? As I’m typing here I’m battling to keep my eyes open :-(. Today is my stimulant free day again and man do I feel drained and tired? Do you experience days like these?

I have to know this for I don’t know if I am doing something wrong perhaps. I am SOOOOOOOO hungry and don’t know what the heck is going on with me. I can’t stop thinking about everything that I am craving for. Believe me I will not cheat. Even though it is so hard at times I will keep my mind set.

30 Minutes before breakfast:
3x Phedra Cut SF

Breakfast:
Two egg whites and 1 whole egg.
Slice Rye bread toasted with a drop of caramel syrup by Solal. This was delicious even though I felt like having more food 😉

2 CLA 1000’s

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving Diet Fuel (I feel fuller when I have this)
1 Green Apple

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra SF’s

Lunch:
100 gram fish with 1 cup mixed veggies and large green salad

Late afternoon:
One and a half slices of watermelon (Is this allowed in the diet? Don’t know and don’t really care for I was starving!) Better than having junk!
Hand full of raisins ( I never even eat raisins lol, like NEVER EVER but had to have something sweet.)

Tuesday Training:
Gym: 16:54
Calories: 581 kcal morning was 124kcal
Calculated fat: 33%
Duration: 1 hour 53 min
Average heart: 130 Maximum: 177
Fat burn and fitness improving

30 Minutes before dinner:
3 Phedra Cut Stimulant Free

Dinner:
100 gram steamed chicken breast/fillet
1 cup mixed veggies
Cucumber wheels

Green apple

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Before bed – Pure Protein Shake and some USN ZMA!

So the end of the challenge is in sight and I am sad and happy at the same time! I don’t have the words to describe to you how my life changed over this last few weeks. This is 100% lifestyle now. When I think back I can see myself standing in front of the fridge reading the USN diet, measuring everything. Where now I don’t even look on the fridge for I know what I’m allowed to eat and what not.

So what will change after this 12 weeks? Well first of all my training will be adjusted. Or let’s rather say my time spend in the gym etc. Then I will set up my eating plan with more options, variations and choices. I’m thinking about creating a page here on the blog only on food, nutrition and recipes? What do you think about it. I want to make it creative and like a portal of useful information. I will do a lot of research on this.

I think it’s crucial to keep your diet exciting at all times and believe me healthy living or eating can be delicious. We just need to learn how to prepare food correctly and what the facts is behind the food.

I believe that I have put in every effort that I could so far and gave it my absolute all. I really do want to win this competition I must be honest with you, but I have also realized that things are far more important than that. You are already a winner within yourslelf. We just sometimes need to take it. No competition, no pills, no nothing can give you the inner beauty God intends for you to have. You are like a pearl hidden in a shell waiting to be exposed. I can honestly say today that if I can do this you can do it!

I still have lots to say but will be posting again tomorrow.

Have a wonderful rest and hope we can all wake up 100% refreshed.

Blessings

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 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

Measurement day

I had my measurement session this morning and I am excited and feel that I am making progress.

Today 15.09.2011

Today is week 4 and I have lost a total of 4.4 kg and 7.41 % body fat so far. I am starting to feel the results and looking forward to the next 8 weeks. It is hard work but absolutely so worth it I promise you that.

If you want to know more about this challenge you are more than welcome to ask some questions under leave a comment. I will get back to you and if I don’t have an answer I will make sure I get one from the relevant people.

Have a super blessed day and I will post today’s journal tonight after gym.

USN SA said I must let them know how measurement went and this is what I send and the reply I got from Gareth from USN:

They really do support us all and that is fantastic people relations. I give credit to Gareth and the USN team by really making each and every customer feel valuable. I will promote USN and their product wholeheartedly for the “customer care” I get from them is fantastic not even to start with the results. Keep it up!

“Hi Gareth/USN, I am on week 4 today with the challenge and went for measurement this morning. In total I have lost 4.4kg so far and 7.41% body fat.I am super excited about the results and I feel so amazing since I started with the challenge. It’s hard work but 100% worth it. Check out my blog www.lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com! LOVING #USN. I cant wait for the expresso clip to be uploaded on the web today. Claudine”

USN SA – Ultimate Sports Nutrition wrote:

“Hi Claudine, thanks for your email.

Your results are fantastic, and they really do reflect on your dedication towards achieving the ultimate goal of weight management. It is Challenge, but the rewards are worth every hurdle. I will have a read through your blog to see how you are going, your difficulties and the successes you have achieved along the way.

Good luck with the remained of your Challenge and you are more than welcome to contact me for any assistance either on Facebook, or on gareth@usn.co.za”.

Regards, Gareth

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