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Week 2 Progress Update

Ok so I’m discouraged with my results…But now its time to get up focus and work towards my goal.

I went for my two week measurements yesterday and I walked out feeling down & discouraged and everything BUT motivated! Why? Because I really do put in all the effort I possible can but no results showing on the stats! Yes I dropped in centimetres but in fat and kg only 1kg and 1% fat!

So here is the measurements on Day 14 and some progress pics! When I flex – Like the one pic there is a some transformation but from the other angles NONE!

Week 2

Week 2 Measurements

Week 2 Measurements

This was on Day 12 – And I felt so great that day hehe! This is a pic when I flex my abs / stomach. I do believe there is days that one hold back more water than other days.

Well I believe now is not the time to get discouraged but rather adjust some things and work on my attitude.

Day 12

Day 12

I really do struggle to get to cardio. I only have 1 hour to train per day and I’m currently doing the livefit trainer (Resistance Training) and there is just NO TIME for cardio as well? I do realize that I need to add cardio in between if I want the desired results I want in the time frame that I want it. I do add some skipping (jump rope) between my sets but obviously not enough.

So hey have you ever felt discouraged when you don’t see progress? Well I do feel better than two weeks ago so just need to focus on that.

So entering week 3 Lets do this!

Work…Life…Training…

Hi everyone, so how is your week so far?

Well I’m busy as usual but excited to say that I launched our new website whoop whoop – I’m getting into this, time to design our next site…

This is a screen shot check it out and let me know what you think? You can click on the image to be directed to the site.

This is what I do for a living for those who wondered: I’m a Brand & Marketing Manager for a group of 3 Companies. I’m passionate about my work and love every minute spend at work. Being in the hospitality industry requires time / dedication and this forms a part of your lifestyle.

I studied BA Graphic Design & Multimedia so the design work is currently an added bonus 😉

What do you do for a living? Is it what you want to do? Are you passionate about your job?

Update on training & Diet:

So who attended the Arnold Classic Sports Festival this weekend? If you did share on the Facebook page: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson | I wish there was an event like this in South Africa, must have been awesome to meet Jamie Eason or just to be encouraged by others in the fitness industry?

Then I started my second round with Phase 3 of the LiveFit program yesterday and did legs…Oh goodness I’m sore today but love the feeling.

The Workout:

Superset:

Leg Press Leg Press

Leg Press (shoulder stance) 3 sets of 15 reps

Freehand Jump Squat Freehand Jump Squat

Freehand Jump Squat 3 sets of 15 reps

Working Set + Active Rest:

Smith Single-Leg Split Squat Smith Single-Leg Split Squat

Smith Single-Leg Split Squat 3 sets of 15 reps, per side

Rope Jumping Rope Jumping

Rope Jumping 3 sets of 1 min

Superset:

Barbell Lunge Barbell Lunge

Walking Barbell Lunge 3 sets of 20 reps, 10 steps down, 10 back

Long Jump Long Jump

Long Jump 3 sets of 20 reps, 10 steps down, 10 back

Superset:

Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

Leg Extensions 3 sets of 20 reps

Lateral Bound Lateral Bound

Lateral Bound (side-to-side single leg hops) 3 sets of 20 reps

End of superset; resume normal sets

Smith Machine Squat Smith Machine Squat

Smith Machine Squat 3 sets of 30 reps, place a plate under the heels to emphasize quads

Working Set + Active Rest:

Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf Raises

Standing Calf Raises 3 sets of 20 reps

Rope Jumping Rope Jumping

Rope Jumping 3 sets of 1 min

Working Set + Active Rest:

Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine 3 sets of 20 reps

Rope Jumping Rope Jumping

Rope Jumping 3 sets of 1 min

Diet wise I’m keeping it clean! No more M&M’s and time to limit the Sushi to a cheat meal once a week like it use to be! For some reason I craved Sushi that I reached a point having Sushi 4 times a week…Oooooops I know!!!

Once you give in to snacking / sweets it can easily form part of a habit or become a routine. Don’t fall into that trap. Stay focused and don’t give in to temptation. Option out for a healthy alternative!

Well enough for now have a super day everyone.

– C –

Set goals today…

Ok so week 1 of 12 is complete and what a challenge!

I have learned allot in this week, with the new training program and diet! I have been struggling with a few things going on in my head. I have hundreds of questions going through my mind every day. Is my diet clean, do I eat too much or too little, will I gain fat or only muscle, does it work for me, what is my goal, will I compete on stage, is this the year for me and Ian to try for a “little” one…So the list can go on and on!

Friends, there is nothing more distractive than not having set goals and that is why I want to encourage you to take the time to set goals. Set realistic and sustainable goals. Whether it is to lose 10kg or to gain some muscle and lean out, just to live a general happier/healthier lifestyle or whatever your goal is write it down and put it where it’s visible!

Once you have a goal get a plan…A goal without a plan on reaching your goal is just a wish! I started the USN 12 Week Total Body Transformation Challenge on the 18th August 2011, probably a date that I will never ever forget. That was the first day towards a better and healthier lifestyle!!!

I have lost 8.70kg in 12 weeks and 15.08% of fat. My life is CHANGED and I will never look back! I can tell you today you absolutely do have the power to change, you can do it and you will never look back. I am in better shape today than I have EVER been in my entire life.

What is it that I am trying to say? Whether it’s the USN Challenge / LiveFit trainer or any program or challenge whatsoever you must make sure that it works for you and that it will become a part of your lifestyle and not a temporary quick fix!

I don’t see this as a 12 week miracle worker and then a slow release back to the old you…I’m saying you must make the choice TODAY; if that is what you want go for it!

I’m currently training once a day for approximately 1 hour and NO cardio. Now let me tell you I feel horrible. I’m so passionate about lifting weights/mountain biking/training/cardio/running and almost forgot that for a moment and needed to get back to the point of answering myself why I love it so much. I just realized that because this is a complete lifestyle change/challenge you must make it sustainable! This is something that must be maintained for the rest of your life! I’m not saying you will never have a sweet again etc NO that is not the point. The point is you need to get to a place mentally knowing where you’re heading towards and then to focus on your end goal but without missing the journey towards a new you…

Working out is such a big part of my life and I feel so much healthier and energized thereafter. There is nothing better than the feeling of being happy with whom you are. We easily condemn ourselves but where are all those compliments towards yourself when you achieve a goal or when you make the healthiest choices.

Go today or tonight and sit down and think about your goal for a moment and come back and share your thoughts, mission and vision.

Until tomorrow…

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