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Thursday 27 October – Measurement Day Week 10

Hi all today was measurement day and as you will see I did not drop that much in my fat percentage and weight!

See the Progress Gallery for latest pics on progress up to week 10, and measurements is also uploaded. I did expect better results though but this is what it is.

Last two weeks of the Challenge and will give it my ALL even though I have given this my EVERYTHING the last 10 weeks.

Have a wonderful day.

 

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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 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…

Journal day 31-32: 17-18 September 2011

Hi all I have updated the progress gallery with my 4 week progress pics...

It is amazing how much of a difference it makes to rather look at the progress pics than just looking at yourself in the mirror…

I would advice that you do the same. This will result in you actually seeing where you need work, focus areas etc. I started with some sun bed sessions so you will see the slight difference in skin tone ;-).

And then oh my I can’t believe I  am sharing this with you…I have the 3 biggest “spots/pimples” on my face. I have NEVER in my almost 26 years had a pimple and NOW all of a sudden my face looks like…..What is strange is that it was not like a pimple it was more like a water “thingy” difficult to explain. I am so self-conscious about this…I think it is maybe because of my body that is in a cleansing/detox phase, I don’t know.

In general about the weekend: It was 100% clean eating for me and all my supplements was taken as usual so not going to post that. Yesterday was my rest day and I was working at the lodge yesterday and today!

I decided that I am going to join in on the mountain bike trail with the group this morning and wow it was awesome. I only did 18 km mountain biking with some up hills and dirt road…This was tough for me for I have not done this before and to top everything of the wind was blowing like crazy. It was fun at the end, I enjoyed it!

Mountain Biking
Gym: 7:34 am
Calories: 635 kcal
Calculated fat: 18%
Duration: 1 hour 15 min
Average heart: 159 Maximum: 184
Maximal performance improving

How was your weekend? Oh I did have Sushi yesterday was delicious as always, I just opt for the non mayo sushi :-).

Tomorrow is a new week and new challenges, stay focused and positive. Don’t get discouraged if the progress gets slower. Focus on your gym program/cardio and set a goal for yourself for this week.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon. I am so tired and think I will be in bed early! And if you have popcorn with the 20:00 movie, have it in moderation, popped with extra virgin olive oil 😉

Some pics of the weekend:

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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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