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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

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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…

 

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.

First 10+ km ever, feeling SUPER chuffed

I did it, my first 10+ km ever. I’m SUPER chuffed and wanted to share this moment with you 😉

First-10+ km ever

Saturday-Monday 22-24 October: Day 66-68

22-24 October 2011 (Day 66 – Day 68)

Happy Monday all my wonderful blog followers whom I don’t even know who is reading my blog ;-)…But again thank you for visiting my blog and for those who comment! They really help a lot and always come on the perfect time!

This is only the beginning of my journey and this blog will go on after this 12 week challenge is completed.

So let’s start at the beginning: How was your weekend? I had a wonderful weekend apart from some disappointments. So let me get the confessions of from my chest ;-). On Saturday we had a wedding and how difficult was this to plan or eat beforehand for the wedding started at 16:00?? My weekend started with an awesome gym session Saturday morning before we were on the road to Pretoria…Everything went great until the evening when it was time to have dinner. I had a small piece of fillet, with salad, mushrooms (think canned) and then….a pumpkin fritter with little bit of caramel sauce! Yes I know I know…Only one but this is not where it ended! Then came dessert, oh my, oh my only seeing the desert table was like being in heaven lol. See the pic. I just had to capture it even though you can’t really see what it smelled or looked like in real life! I had 2 marshmallows, a handful of sweetie heart sweets, two Mari biscuits and some unsalted biscuits, a mouse mallow (only half of it then I threw it out of the car window) and then two ginger heart biscuits! I recon it could have been much worse hey? This was hectic and I felt HORRIBLE/TERRIBLE after all I had. I condemned myself to a point where I felt very guilty. UNTIL I realized NO WAYS this is not healthy thinking patterns and what is done is done…I had to make a mind shift and realize that by meditating on the past or things that went wrong will only pull you down. So it is behind me and hey this was my first real cheat in almost 10 weeks.

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This is a new week and now it is time to keep my eyes focused on the end result. I already feel like a new person after almost 10 weeks and hey isn’t this what it was all about in the first place. I started this challenge to feel better about myself and comfortable in my clothes etc. We tend to be way too hard on ourselves. Are you the same?? If you put less pressure on yourself things will tend to go more naturally!

I took leave for this coming Friday for the model photo shoot that I have told you about…I am excited and nervous at the same time. Have no clue what to wear but I am excited about my hair, makeup and nail appointment. Wonder what I am going to do with my hair. Any suggestions? I must say I like Jamie’s hairstyle it’s just a schlep in the gym for I don’t have the time to dolly up for gym.

Well again I hope you have a blessed week filled with lots of energy and smiles.

Saturday Training Morning: Cardio
Gym: 6:07 am
Calories: 392 kcal
Calculated fat: 22%
Duration: 1 hour 6 min
Average heart: 150 Maximum: 179
Maximal performance and fitness improving

I spend some time on the treadmill and jogged my 4.5km or so! I am not a jogger but hey with my Phedra cut slim pack I seem to be a natural lol!

I decided to join my sister in the gym for the last 3 weeks of the challenge to assist each other with the verbal motivation 😉 but I must honestly say I hate doing weight training in the afternoon. The gym is PACKED and there is no equipment available when needed. This makes it extremely difficult during this Phase where super setting plays a big role! There is no time to wait for some equipment. But hey if we can help each other why not. For now I do my cardio hour session in the morning and my weight training session in the afternoon? I am very use to training twice a day for this is how I have trained the entire year, but have to say I will definitely take it slower after the  challenge and only train my 5 / 6 days a week!!!

Thursday is measurement day and I am little skeptical on what the results will say…My weight is definitely on a point where I don’t even lose one gram! Don’t know why. Think I am on 48.4kg now and no clue what the fat percentage will be on Thursday. Don’t think it dropped too much though.

Monday 24 October 2011

Monday Training Morning:
Gym: 5:45 am
Calories: 283 kcal
Calculated fat: 35%
Duration: 1 hour 14 min
Average heart: 128 Maximum: 169
Fat burn and fitness improving

Monday Training Afternoon:
Gym: 16:27
Calories: 407 kcal
Calculated fat: 30%
Duration: 1 hour 38 min
Average heart: 131 Maximum: 180
Fitness and maximum performance improving

During Gym:

Phedra Cut Sachet

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats with 6 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 XTs

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

Late afternoon:
1 Serving  100% Whey Protein

30 Minutes before dinner:
3 Phedra Cut Stimulant Free

Dinner:
8 pieces smoked salmon Fashion Sandwiches without mayo and added salmon. This was not filling and I’m actually still hungry! L

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Before bed – Pure Protein Shake

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,

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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 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…

Journal day 38: 24 September 2011

Ok today was SUPER TOUGH!

I had to remind myself constantly about why I am doing this challenge. I again realized that the mind is so very powerful. Although I could resist temptation, it did not make it any easier. I was VERY hungry the entire day and this I would say is no mind thing only. Dinner time could not have come any earlier tonight.

I was working at the lodge today. We had the Amarok launch there since Thursday and I must honestly say well done to the team for a excellent launch on the VW Amarok Single Cab. Wow what a beautiful and impressive vehicle. You can visit their dedicated VW Amarok website if you would like to know more about it http://www.amarok.co.za/

For me it was tough at times when packing out the snacks etc lol 😉 but again we must stop meditating on things like all the foods we are craving for or how nice a sweet would be. Stay focused it will not be easy at times but the new “us” will be so worth it at the end.

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30 Minutes before breakfast 2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats

2 CLA 1000′s Capsules

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving Diet Fuel
Green Apple

30 minutes before lunch:
1 Sachet Berry Phedra Cut Slim Pack

Lunch:
1 Rye cracker bread, half tin tuna
Green Apple

Late afternoon:
1 Serving Diet Fuel

30 minutes before Dinner:
3 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
Steamed skinless chicken x2 (+-100gram) and 1 cup mixed veggies…

Today was my rest day and no gym…This is a good thing for I need to recover and give my muscles and body some recovery time. I missed it though. Would love to work in a session tomorrow, but will have to see how the day goes. Tomorrow is our 1 year wedding anniversary – no eating out and if so it will be salad.  😉

How is your weekend so far? Well enjoy the time with your family and friends and make every second count.

After dinner 2x CLA 1000’s

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

Journal day 35: 21 September 2011

Hey everybody, I did legs again this morning and some Zumba tonight for my Cardio. You may think there is a repetition of some exercises in one week.

This is because I am doing a 12 week Jamie Eason program, but because I only started with it on week 4 of my 12 Week Challenge I am trying to work it in so that I can get on track with the program and to finish at week 12 the same time as my challenge ends.

The reps dropped to 10 reps per set as from today…

I am now in Phase 1 (Building Muscle) week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer

Started with Walker for 10 minutes

In-between sets I did:

Ball Crunches: 3 Sets of 12 reps
Dips: 3 Sets of 12 reps
Reverse Crunches: 3 Sets of 12 reps

Legs

Morning Session: Legs

Gym: 5:47 am
Calories: 308 kcal
Calculated fat: 40%
Duration: 1 hour 10 min
Average heart: 121 Maximum: 158
Fat burn improving

Evening Session: Zumba

Gym: 17:30 pm
Calories: 526 kcal
Calculated fat: 17 %
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 161 Maximum: 185
Max performance improving

In the kitchen: 😉

Wake up: 2 Phedra cut SF

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats
5 Almonds
1 and a half scoops Pure Protein Shake

2 CLA Green Tea Capsules

Mid morning Snack:
Green Apple
Diet Fuel Bar (Remember to limit this to one every 3 days) I never have this!

30 minutes before lunch:
3 Phedra Cut SF

Lunch:
40 gram fish
Medium baked potato
1 cup Broccoli

Lunch

After lunch: 2 CLA Green Tea

Dinner:
100gram steamed fish with mixed veggies and cucumber

After Dinner:
2 CLA Green Tea

Enjoy your evening all can’t wait to be back on the Ultra XT’s tomorrow, can’t wait to try out my Phedra Cut Slim packs. I got the berry flavour!

Journal day 33+34: 19-20 September 2011

Hey all happy Monday…New week, new challenges and new beginnings
for some.

How was your weekend?

Be motivated this week, give it your all. We all do get the off days, I know that believe me but that is why we have each other…to encourage each other in tough times.

I bought Phedra Cut Slim packs today and I can’t wait to drink it.

Today and tomorrow are my stimulant free days – so no xt’s for me ;-). At least now I have something to look forward to on Thursday…

Training wise it’s going ok. I really do feel discouraged at times when I walk out of the gym with 200kcal burned and no sweat. It just doesn’t feel right for a cardio junky like me. 😉 I know I must take my eyes of from the calories burned etc but it just doesn’t feel good! I am seriously going to read up on this matter for I need to know what is it that makes your gym workout as effective as possible and worth the effort. I can not lift the weights heavier to get my heart beat up. I cannot do more reps than I’m already doing…So what is this that’s getting to me! I will just have to go figure.

This is what I did in the gym the last two days:

Morning Session: Back and Biceps

Gym: 5:52 am
Calories: 290 kcal
Calculated fat: 41%
Duration: 1 hour 6 min
Average heart: 120 Maximum: 166
Fat burn improving

Back & Biceps

Evening Session: Legs and Calves Not all of it though

Gym: 17:32 pm
Calories: 254 kcal
Calculated fat: 37%
Duration: 54 min
Average heart: 123 Maximum: 167
Fat burn and fitness improving

Morning Session: Shoulders and Abs and the rest of last nights legs (Seated Calf Raises, Squats)

Gym: 5:54 am
Calories: 199 kcal
Calculated fat: 48%
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 109 Maximum: 152
Fat burn improving

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