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Week 5 Progress – YOUR best is the best…

Hi all my fit and fab friends, how is everyone doing?

Well I decided to do a post on my progress – Week 5 is where I’m at!

I have to admit that its been a “challenge” this last 5 weeks just to actually manage my schedule/time and lifestyle to make it to the gym. I realized by the end of week 4 that I’m putting so much pressure on myself and decided to make a MIND SHIFT! Things have changed in my life and it is time for me to adapt accordingly. NO I cant train twice a day like I use to – I’m limited to 45-60 min 4x a week so I had to make the decision get negative about it or embrace it and see it as my effort of the best!

So I cancelled my 4 week measurement session but decided yesterday I must face it…So I went and hey I was impressed with myself.

Dropped only 1kg but so much in centimeters and fat.

Herewith my 5 week measurement.

Week 5 Measurements 001

Week 5 Progress Pics:

Week 5 Progress Pic

I want to encourage you to take progress photographs EVEN if you don’t feel like it! I didn’t realize I was making progress until I saw this photos. It will motivate you to work hard!

Day 1 - Week 5

NEVER GIVE UP -Even if your progress is slow or you only manage 45 min a day or whatever situation you face JUST KNOW that your best is the best!

There is times that I feel discouraged and think about all the reasons WHY I cant train or get to the gym – but the difference is I still do it even though I don’t feel like it 😉

So again I want to encourage you to put in the effort that you know you are capable of – If it takes you 3 months longer to reach your goals so be it at least you are on your way!

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING THINK ABOUT WHY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE…

 

Do you have defined goals?

Defining your goals will be the first step of your journey to success!

You have to be clear on what it is that you want to achieve. The moment you define what it is you want to accomplish the easier it will be to set out your goals and objectives.

By having set goals you are already more focused towards your success than not having a starting point or clear vision of your goal!

Write down your goal and be realistic. Take your time and really think this through. Differentiate between your personal goal, family goal, financial or business goal.

As I said be realistic about this. WHY do I say so? So that you don’t end up setting unrealistic goals in an unrealistic timeframe to only be overwhelmed and discouraged by not reaching them in the end. By setting realistic goals in a proper timeframe will increase your chances of actually achieving them.

No matter how small or how big your goal might be, write it down or print it out and put it somewhere where you will be “visually” reminded of how bad you really want this.

Once you have your goal, set your time frame for achieving your goal. Work on a time frame for a long-term or short-term goal. For example – Have a 3 Month / 6 Month / 1 Year / 5 Year / 10 Year Goal.

You will see how amazing it is to look back after 3 months or a year and actually see what you have achieved or reached.

The feeling of achieving a goal is absolutely priceless and it is like an “inner being” accomplishment!!

Be SMART when you set your goals?

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Timely

Tips to help you achieve your goals:

Get a mentor or “role model”. This person must be an inspiration to you or someone who achieved a similar goal than the one you are setting for yourself. Do research on the goal or similar goals or people who reached it for example a Weight Loss goal. Research the things they did or what helped them to achieve their goals and let this be a guideline for you! Always remember to never compare yourself with others we are all unique individuals.

Let it be a guide or motivation only. Then share your goal with a friend, your spouse, co-worker, family member or through a blog. This will keep you accountable believe me this is how my blog became such a big part of my “journey”. Sharing stories by not only motivating myself in the end but others as well.

So go on set those goals. Don’t set NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS rather set SOLUTIONS and GOALS.

We can do this.

set and reach goal concept

I will shortly share why I posted this specific topic on Goals or Motivation.

Please share this post with others so that we can help and motivate each others to becoming the best we could be…

COMMITMENT IS THE GLUE THAT BONDS YOU TO YOUR GOALS!

Have a super awesome day it’s almost the weekend! Whoop

Claudine

Decided to share…

Hey everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a super Tuesday!

 

 

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

Click on the image to download your diet for your fridge!

USN – Post Challenge Claudine 22 May 2012

Hi all my fit and fabulous friends. If you’ve missed Expresso this morning check it out here.

Stay motivated throughout the cold winter months, set new goals and make sure you keep your program interesting at all times!

Don’t let the winter months get to you and set you back on where you want to be. During the colder months we tend to reach out to warmer comforting foods and beverages. Make sure to go for the healthier options!

Keep up the hard work and work around those cold mornings, even if you don’t always feel like it get out of bed go to gym and before you know it you will feel energized and ready for the day!

Quick Poll: 12 Week Training Program

I’m doing a quick poll on whether you would pay R150 for a complete 12 week training program created and designed by me. It is A5 in size, easy to print, laminate and perfect to take with to the gym!

I took all the exercises that I used over completing my 12 week total body transformation challenge and designed the program accordingly.

Believe me I know what it feels like not having a program or a personal trainer. I did not have a Personal Trainer during my 12 week Challenge I had to figure everything out myself.

Let me know if you would be interested or not by completing the poll below?

Expresso Shoots

Happy Monday,

So the Expresso Shoots went great and I had so much fun once again.

In the image: Me and Graeme the Expresso Show presenter – What a great guy, such a warm and friendly personality!

I will let you know when the show will be on if not I will post the clip here!

Its all about winter maintance and some tips on grocery shopping and some healthy ideas for your menu 🙂

Have a fabulous week, work hard train hard and enjoy every second!

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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 –

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…

 

Burn it to earn it…

Oh goodness, what a workout this morning phew…

So how was your session? My sister and I decided to hit it hard this morning and wow turned out to be a great session.

We did Chest/Abs and Cardio, and let me tell you by neglecting abs this last 2 months – I felt it – was burning like you wont believe! Those toe touches oh my I looked like an idiot ;-).lol

My sister did her fat measurements yesterday and I’m so excited to help her reach her goal– so will keep you updated on her transformation. So fun to see someone reaching their goals one step at a time. J I guaranteed her great 6 pack abs after this 12 weeks so now its focus time to reach goals. Oh it’s fun fun fun – Time to sweat it out wha ha ha!

We had a friendly netball game tonight against the guys and must say its always fun to be around the girls.

Then a reminder to all who asked me: I will share my story on Expresso Show SABC 3 tomorrow morning. Rather nervous but excited to tell those who gave up hope that there IS hope and that you can also transform not only your body but your life.

If you can’t get to the tv that is ok will try to upload the clip tomorrow morning.

Sorry for not writing to much, was a very busy day and I’m rather tired. So will keep you posted tomorrow on the show.

Let me know what you think – and oh my please look behind the before pics – so embarrassing 😉

Good night all *

 

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!

Recap on the week…

Just when I started typing; the following words in a song started playing in the background…

You’re exceptional the way you are you, don’t need to change for nobody…Whether you believe that….YOU ARE… You are nothing but exceptional.

These words are on my heart for today and I want you to take heart that you are special indeed!

How was your week, still on track with all you do?

I had a little “bumper” in my week with some days filled with many mixed feelings/emotions. I went to the doctor in the week and I will be going for a “little” operation (laparoscopy) on Tuesday – nothing major and I trust that everything will work out for the best! No training for those few days but hopefully I can be back in the gym in no timeJ. I’m a little depressed on the no training side and I have no idea how long is recovery time but hopefully not more than 3 days or so. Like I said in my previous post that I’m at a point where there is so many things going through my head – From the competing side in fitness – to starting a little family! Well the doc instructed for me to pick up a bit more fat and around 2kg! But oh my this is something to wrap my head around!!! I just decided I will carry on eating clean and healthy and if I do pick up I will make sure it is good muscles and not just fat! But that is left there; let me share the good news…

VERY EXCITED AND HAVE TO SHARE:

I appeared on my first magazine add in the South African Shape Magazine for the USN Phedra Cut Lipo XT product.

I was always the one thinking that the photographs of a “weight loss” product was a scam, you know those before and after photos, with your first reaction oh yes that’s some good editing skills that went on there…hehe! Well today I can tell you that my photographs used in this add is my transformation without any editing – that was really my before and it was an exact 12 week journey towards my transformation. That was not the end though and I would say I’m in better shape now than then but still those photographs were taken exactly on the day marking the first and the last day of week 12!

I don’t have the digital version yet but here is a photo I took from the magazine 😉

Shape Magazine February 2012

Then I received my script for my first TV shoot for the Expresso Show on SABC 3. I’m excited, nervous all at the same time. The shoot will be on Monday and I can’t wait for this experience. I will keep you all posted. The screening will be on the 1’st of February so keep thumbs that everything will turn out the way it should.

So now you know why I said I had a rollercoaster week: First the news of the operation and some other things – then the news that I am the face of USN Phedra Cut Lipo XT.

Excitement with a tad bit of nervousness.

Next week will be week 3 of the LiveFit trainer – How is everyone going on? Do you log your exercises? Obviously my week 3 will move on until the following weekL. You must keep me posted.

Enjoy your Sunday and if possible prep your food in advance.

Some clarification

Hello everyone just to make it clear for if there is some confusion.

I did the USN 12 Week Total Body Transformation which you will see under the drop down menu named USN 12 Week Challenge. All the relevant information on that Challenge will be under the drop down of USN 12 Week Challenge.

I am however currently busy with a completely new Challenge/Eating Plan/Trainer/Gym Program – LiveFit Trainer. Please do not get confused between the two, the diet or training program I am currently on is NOT for the completion of the USN 12 Week Challenge so please don’t get confused.

If you would like to join me on the current program please do so. There is Log sheets designed with all the relevant information on the trainer or if you have any queries related to the USN 12 Week Total Body Transformation please feel free to ask/post/comment!

Have a fabulous day and check out for my post tonight 😉

Super EXCITED…

Day 4 of cutting program: Thursday Training: Hamstrings, Glutes & Calves | Some cardio/running

Calories: 465kcal

Calories Fat: 35%

Fat burn and fitness improving

Duration: 1hour 25 minutes

Afternoon:

Run: 4.72km

10 minute rowing

Calories: 252kcal

Calories Fat: 32%

Fitness improving

Duration: 1hour 25 minutes

Have to share my excitement with you:

Ok so today I received wonderful news!!!I will have my first television interview/shoot for the USN slot on the Expresso Show. I am super excited, honored, and nervous all at the same time.

I am truly passionate about USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition brand and about my supplementation, for this is what assisted me to reaching my goals. Being an Ambassador for such an amazing brand is an absolute honor. If you believe in something it will speak for itself. I am living the proof of what can be achieved in 12 weeks through the correct use of supplementation but most importantly the importance of a good balanced diet. I use to be the one thinking before and after pics is a lie until I have done it myself throughout this 12 weeks transformation process. I want to encourage you to take before/after and progress pics of yourself. This is the best way to see your results in front of you and by being able to assess the areas that needs more work. It really is possible to transform your body if you set your mind to it by being committed enough to reach a set goal. 12 Weeks is only what sets the foundation of a new lifestyle, it is not the end of the road…

I promise you today you will never ever look back. You will have a healthy confidence that I believe is a must for every women or men out there.

There is 100’s of excuses not to change your lifestyle, or how difficult it is but I tell you that is nothing in comparison to how you will feel once you achieved your goal physique. You will not only look better but you as a person will be transformed. Your mood will change from negative to positive! You will feel comfortable in your clothes, you will be healthier more focused and committed in every area of your life. Even your relationships, work etc will benefit if you feel comfortable/happy about who you are. Yes it is the festive season, yes it will be more difficult but believe me today if you are serious enough you will start even on the last day of the week/on Christmas day. I remember I started my Challenge on a Thursday. I can recall every emotion experienced on that day and let me tell you feeling tired and bloated are not what want to experience ever again.

Start by changing today…You can do it. We can do it…Together we can motivate, inspire and help each other. If you have any questions feel free to post a comment and I will get back to you.

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.

Do your best…

As the end of my 12 Week Transformation Challenge is in sight, emotions are running high at times and there is so many questions going through my head…

What if I could have done more, what if I did more Abs, what if I did not have that toffee ;-), what if and if and if. Until I realized the following: I have given it my ALL, I have tried my best and that is what matters. Nothing more nothing less – By giving things your best is the BEST!

For everyone out there and especially my sister Mashinke this is for you. We have worked HARD and persevered throughout this challenge…We have the rest of our lives ahead to make healthy choices and to reach those many goals.

Focus on where you are at now and don’t live or walk in regret. Life is too short for that. If you have worked hard reaching some goals or by making some lifestyle changes – Be happy and stop being so hard on yourself!

Have a super awesome day and share with others the BLISS inside you on this beautiful day!

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

Motivation determines what you do…

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!

First model shoot ever!

Hi everyone, sorry for only posting now but what a hectic two days it was…

So I did my first Model Shoot yesterday and wow what an amazing experience. I can’t explain to you all the emotions that I experienced in this one day. My day started off with an awesome session in the gym. I took leave for the day and decided that this is going to be a “me” day 🙂

I booked a manicure and pedicure to start off with and then it was off to the hair salon! I decided there and then that it was time for change ;-), drastic change…I went there for a colour and blow wave but walked out there with a complete different hairstyle. I decided to cut my hair short! I asked a few friends on my blackberry what they think and all said: Go for it! So I trusted everyone’s response and cut it short.

Then I rushed off to the mall to look for some last minute outfits or shoes for my photo shoot…So I arrived at PictureCafé and did not know what to expect. I was slightly nervous but excited at the same time. It was time for make-up and then all the fun began. Before I go any further I would like to thank PictureCafé – Johann and his beautiful wife Delene for this opportunity and wonderful prize. I would have NEVER done this for myself and this was really a God send! Again thank you for the exceptional service and excellence! As a team you will go far. I would gladly refer you to all.

Bloggers if you would like to know more about PictureCafé visit their Facebook page today at PictureCafé or contact them at johann@picturecafe.co.za

Some pics of my shoot yesterday. Week 10 of 12 – 2 Weeks to go!

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Wednesday 26 -Thursday 27 October-Day 70-71

Hi everyone so how was your day?

I can’t believe it is Thursday already, almost the weekend, and tomorrow is my photo shoot and I am super excited and nervous at the same time…

As I mentioned earlier today that it was my measurement day and I was sort of discouraged by the results for I really did expect more. I can feel the change in my body and can see the results that took place over the last two weeks, but for some reason it did not show on the results/measurements! I am focused now more than ever for the last two weeks to really give it my everything and more!

Ladies / Gents this is so worth doing. Let me tell you straight up now it is HARD work, and it needs allot of focus to make such a drastic lifestyle change but believe me today it is so doable! If I could change my life you sure can also.

Then…….

I posted about supplements etc on my page but I have decided to remove the post. I sometimes get carried away by wanting to share everything with everyone until I came to realize how bad I want to win this competition and by over sharing I might give away everything? This is actually a very difficult subject, for the reason why I started this blog was to help, encourage, inspire and be of support to other contestants that is also doing this challenge.

What is your view on this, please share underneath by commenting on this matter for this is a difficult subject matter for me and would appreciate your advice.

Don’t get me wrong I will always give advice or share information when needed or asked.

I do feel that I put in ALLOT of effort on this challenge, putting in hard work on doing preparations every night for minimum an hour or two for the followings days training, nutrition etc, and I just realized that some will just take advantage of the effort you put in? Not talking about blog followers 😉 The moment I mention something for example about a product I want to purchase people will go and purchase it without considering where they are in the challenge etc. Again I say this out of love. Think about this matter for a while concerning your life and situations. Do you sometimes take advantage of some situations to benefit yourself without considering being a help to others as well. I love to share with others what works for me, and I don’t think of it as people taking advantage of it, but the fact is it does happen.

The next important thing…

It is crucial to do what works for YOU as an individual. Remember to not follow in someone else footsteps 100% by only realizing later on that it is not working for you. Let it be a guideline for you to follow. Have your own identity in all things in life.

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 the process. 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 special.

This is the link to their website: USNUltimate Sports Nutrition

Email Gareth at USN should you have any queries on this 12 Week challenge or for some advice: gareth@usn.co.za

Training and Diet wise everything is going great and I am so so committed for the last two weeks of this challenge that I will make sure that I give it my absolute all.

How is things going for you? Are you seeing results. Is there some changes you need to make to your diet, training to get better results? Go and sit down and set goals for yourself. Make your own goals by being realistic on what YOU want to achieve and always put your body FIRST!

Remember a goal without a plan is just a wish!

Thank you to all my loyal blog followers and for all the messages I get from friends etc. Those messages always comes on the right time, always motivational! I do appreciate it.

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.

 

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

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

Friday 21 October: Day 65

Wow the intensity of the training is getting intense! I must say the time it takes to get through my program is a bit hectic… I hate being in the gym for more than a hour and a half! This program is something else but never the less amazing! I’m starting to see the results!

I don’t regret going on this 12 week live fit training program and will definitely do it over once my USN challenge is completed. I will stay longer in Phase 2 to make sure to gain as much muscle as possible before the cutting phase. I had to start with my cutting/toning phase yesterday otherwise I won’t get the results needed to win this challenge 😉 all jokes!

So how was your day? As said previously I had a golf day today where we did some marketing for our company, serving the most delicious pancakes/wraps filled with chicken/bacon/salami,spinach, feta etc.mmmm looked delicious not even to mention the dessert and the juice and grenadine and extra light ice cold white wine… Won’t think this was all done on a golf course but believe it or not we did it. The response was really amazing and we made the impression we wanted to! Can’t really see on the pic for there was another table etc.but see our hole!

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You must have a wonderful, clean eating weekend!

30minutes before breakfast: 3 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats with 8 raw Almonds
2 CLA 1000
1 Cup Decaf Coffee

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving 100% Whey Protein
Apple

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
1 Slice Rye bread with fat free cottage cheese and cucumber
Small piece of chicken wrap

Late afternoon:
Green Apple
1 Serving 100% Whey Protein (before gym)

Before Dinner: 3 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
Mixed Veggies – Steam it
3 x Skinless Drumsticks steamed +-150g
Cucumber wheels

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

Training: Afternoon Session:
Gym: 16:26 pm
Calories: 298 kcal
Calculated fat: 39%
Duration: 1 hour 33 min
Average heart: 121 Maximum: 160
Fat burn and fitness improving

THE WORKOUT I DID TODAY

Superset:
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
3 sets of 15 reps – 22.5 kg

Underhand Cable Pulldowns
3 sets of 15 reps – 22.5kg

Working Set + Active Rest:
One-Arm Dumbbell Row
3 sets of 15 reps, per arm – 7kg

Exercise Ball Pull-In
3 sets of 15 reps did 20 reps last two

Working Set + Active Rest:
Seated Cable Rows
3 sets of 15 reps – 30kg

Jackknife Sit-Up (on a bench)
3 sets of 15 reps

Working Set + Active Rest:
Bent Over Barbell Row
3 sets of 15 reps – 15kg

Mountain Climbers
3 sets of 20 reps

Superset:
Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl
3 sets of 20 reps – 5kg

Bench Dips
3 sets of 15 reps

Superset:
Preacher Curl
4 sets of 12 reps – 7kg

Pushups (Close and Wide Hand Positions)
3 sets of 15 reps

Working Set + Active Rest:
Triceps Pushdown – Rope Attachment
3 sets of 12 reps – 20kg

Mountain Climbers
3 sets of 15 reps each side

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,

Los gerus ‘n comment by hierdie post!

15-17 October 2011 (Day 59- Day 61)

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats with cinnamon and 6 raw Almonds
2 CLA 1000′s

Before gym: Pure Creatine

Training Morning: Shoulders and Cardio (Zumba)
Gym: 8:00 am
Calories: 722 kcal
Calculated fat: 23%
Duration: 1 hour 50 min
Average heart: 141 Maximum: 189
Maximal performance improving

During gym: Phedra Cut Slim Pack

Mid morning Snack: 10:30
1 Serving whey Protein

30 minutes before lunch:
3x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
8 pieces Sushi

Late afternoon:
2 Phedra cut ultra xt’s
4 Sushi pieces
Half Pure protein bar

Dinner:
110 gram mince
Green Salad
Mixed Veggies (Stir Fry)
1 Small glass coke zero
After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

This is so beautiful

Saturday:

So how was your day/weekend? I had a wonderful day and spent some time with friends. My morning started off with an awesome gym session and ended with a shopping spree for my upcoming photo shoot on Friday the 28th of October. Remember I told you about the model photo shoot that I have won well time flies and I can’t believe it is almost the day. Hopefully my leave will be approved for I already booked my nail and hair appointment lol!

I am really looking forward to the experience of the shoot and that is the reason why I actually entered for the competition, not the fact that it is a model shoot (for that I am definitely not), but rather to be part of the experience and learning more about studio photography, lighting techniques, equipment etc. Photography is overall my passion and hobby just wish I get to spend more time doing it!

So I went shopping for some outfits today and wow, this was the first time in months/years that I did not curse the person in the mirror. I know it sounds harsh but that is really what we do when we feel so fat and without any confidence…I won’t say I am 100% confident, for I still have HARD work ahead towards the way I want to look. That still requires some hard work. I honestly don’t think I’m going to reach my ultimate goal/ look at the end of the challenge but rather after the challenge. I am busy with a 12 week training program and I will only be in phase 3 week 2 at the end of the USN challenge…And phase 3 in my training program is the actual cutting/toning phase! But we will just have to see. One thing I know is that I will work hard this last 4 weeks. Need to be stricter on some diet requirements cutting out on some things and giving more of an effort on the abs etc…

Sunday:

So Saturday evening came and believe it or not at 22:00 I was so sick that words can’t describe it. I got food poisoning from the mince I had earlier the evening! I have not felt that nauseous and sick in a VERY LONG TIME. I was sick throughout the night and felt terrible throughout the day. I slept most of the time and was so tired/exhausted and dehydrated and did not have energy for anything! I did not stick to my diet for the only thing I had for the entire day was one dry toasted rye bread and yes believe it or not one ice cream. Don’t ask me the name or the nutritional values for that was the only one without any information on it ;-). But an ice cream is what I wanted and that is what I had. Then after that it was back to sleep! I almost lost 2kg from being so sick. Don’t know if I will pick it up once the water is back I don’t know have never experience this before! But I can tell you one thing it was TERRIBLE!

Oh my word I just saw that I said dairy of the day and not DIARY, oh my terrible error hiehie sorry for that! Ok ok I am 100% pure Afrikaans and mistakes like that can slip in my apologies!

Monday:

So it is a new week with new challenges and new motivation is needed. We are in crunch time now and must stay motivated!

Good luck and I trust you will have a wonderful week.

30 Minutes before breakfast: 2x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats
6 raw Almonds
2 CLA 1000′s

Mid morning Snack:
1 Serving Diet Fuel

30 minutes before lunch:
2x Phedra Ultra XT

Lunch:
Toasted rye bread with cucumber and some tuna

2x CLA 1000’S after lunch

Late afternoon:
2 Phedra cut ultra xt’s
1 Serving Diet Fuel

Training Afternoon: Legs
Gym: 16:35 pm
Calories: 386 kcal
Calculated fat: 32%
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
Average heart: 133 Maximum: 167
Fat burn improving

1 Small green apple

Dinner:
180 gram steamed sea harvest fish
half a avocado
1 Cup Mixed Veggies
1 Small glass coke zero

After Dinner – 2 CLA 1000′s

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