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Week 2 Progress Update

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

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

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

Week 2

Week 2 Measurements

Week 2 Measurements

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

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

Day 12

Day 12

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

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

So entering week 3 Lets do this!

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DAY 1 TOTAL BODY POST-PREGNANCY TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE…

Okay so let me try again…Weeks have passed since the birth of my little angel girl Kaylen born on the 8th of January 2013.

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As a result of being pregnant I gained a shocking amount of weight. To be exact 22kg. The morning I went in for delivery I weighed 73kg. When I found out I was pregnant April 2012 I weighed in at 51kg (I had to gain weight from 48kg to be able to get pregnant for my weight/fat percentage was to low at the time).

I went from this: 45.7KG

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To this in 9 months: 73 KG

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I have to admit I hated being pregnant, feeling the way I did. Some people LOVE being pregnant and the way their bodies change but it wasn’t for me!

Since the day I got out of the hospital I made a mindful decision to get straight back on my clean eating. I couldn’t start training with my cesarean and had to wait 6-8 weeks on recovery! So my wound healed but still NO GYM. Allot has happened since and I got separated with my husband and so the story goes on. To get to the bottom of it – Getting to gym was almost impossible and there was always excuses of how difficult it is – which it is. I just didn’t have the time as a first time “single” parent to manage my schedule and everything that goes with it not even to mention the lack of sleep!

25 February 2013: 65KG

Before (2)

Currently this is where I’m at :-(: 20 May 2013 – 55.7KG

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BUT today is the day that I decided it is TIME. Being unfit and in bad shape really got to me this last couple of months! I want to look and feel my best. No more excuses or what ifs it is now TIME!

So fat measurements was done today and the horrible BEFORE pics was. Remember for someone that use to be in “top” shape this is a huge thing to share or make public but I’m going to do this for one reason and that is to help others and to motivate myself in the process…I am so embarrassed about the weight I gained and can go on about my under-active thyroid and medication being wrong etc but I’M DONE WITH EXCUSES…

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I have allot of water retention, cellulite etc and this will require hard work and dedication like never before!

I will try to share my journey on a daily basis but I cant make any promises as I mentioned before to do this will take allot of dedication and time.

What I have learned from my previous challenge is not to allow your mind to stand in the way of reaching your goals. “Weight loss is more than a physical challenge, its a mental challenge.”

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I’m so glad about the Whatsapp group that I started – This is a great way to motivate and inspire each other! Get someone that can help you or motivate you when things get tough!

So being able to track progress I started of with a before pic and this will follow by taking progress pics every second week with fat %!

I was SO shocked today when I saw myself on the photographs. I almost burst into tears. I took a moment to realize where I’m at but then I knew I had to change my way of thinking to where I’m heading at.

So if you feel discouraged before you even started don’t worry I know how it feels but we just have to be positive and believe in ourselves.

Please do share your story on your weight loss journey I would love to hear more about it.

You can even email your story to lifestylechallenges@gmail.com and we can motivate and inspire each other together.

I trained Chest & Tricepst today – Started with Jamie Easons Livefit trainer. What an amazing program to follow she is a role model and I’m so inspired by her.

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So lets do this!

Have a super day

Wednesday already…

Hello blogging friends…

So the long weekend came to an end and everyone is back in the rat race ;-).

I had a mini vacation for a week – but have to admit it was anything but a time for rest! We went to Cape Town for a few days for the wedding of my beautiful friends Landi & Roy. I was a bridesmaid and was proud to be part of such a beautiful meaningful day! The venue was in Yzerfontein named Strandkombuis. It was a perfect beach wedding and it turned out to be the day with perfect weather conditions. The day before was everything but perfect weather wise, but deep down in my heart I knew the weather on the wedding day will turn out to be perfect!

Then on the NOT SO COOL NOTE: I lost my purse or it got stolen 😦 what a bummer to stop all my cards etc.  Also no gym for the week and let me tell you I felt like crap after the week although I did manage to go for 1 run hehe, and to crown it all off I got a phone call from USN for the next Expresso shoot within a week…This Friday 4th of May! Feeling bloated, irritated with myself for not being able to workout and I feel few kg heavier after the “mini vacation”. But in good spirit I’m back in the gym and loving every minute of it!

Tonight is Zumba whoop whoop always the best high intensity cardio workout. I love the sweat and the burn is just a bonus.

What do you have planned for the day?

Well have a super fantastic HuMp DaY – Stay healthy & fit…

For those doing the USN 12 Week Challenge – DON’T give in or don’t give up. You have what it takes to be transformed from inside and out. It will get hard at times but that is when you must keep your eyes focused on your goal!

Good luck to those entering dehydration phase keep it up almost there…

Claudine

Blogging for the love of it…

Blogging for the love of it…

Oh how have I missed my blogging everyday, the place where I can  let my thoughts free ;-).

Its almost weekend, how is your week so far? There is so much to share on here as its been a while since I last blogged. You may wonder why? Well honestly I went through a little “bad” patch training wise but I’m back in full swing. Have you experienced this before? The feeling of being so overwhelmed by things, lack of interest in something you use to love so much or just being uninspired and demotivated?

Well friends those are the things that sometimes happen in life and we all experience this sometime or another!

You know what…It’s ok to feel that way — BUT now is the time to get back up and take charge…

I have also came to the conclusion that I will get back to blogging about my everyday life, experiences and the things I love. This is not only a fitness blog but more a network of friends getting together sharing about the journeys of everyday life!

So I moved into my new house soon to be home when all the work is done on the inside and when everything is unpacked argh I hate moving ;-). How draining is it to move? Packing and unpacking, organizing and cleaning so the list goes on! Well this will be the last move for a very long time.

As from yesterday I started a new gym program that I’ve put together for myself, and I’m loving it so far! It helps to do what you ultimately love or like doing. I will eventually create log sheets for myself – Nothing bigger than an A5 and nothing longer than 90 minutes spend in the gym including cardio! Those days spending 2 hours+ in the gym is a no no for now! I want to be a wife for my hubby, do things a women loves doing – No use to spend my morning in the gym before work – getting back from work and another hour or so in the gym and before you know you are exhausted by the time you get home in the evenings without any energy to prepare food.

I still prepare my food in advance once a week – But this is only for my lunch meals. Dinner is always served fresh. My new favorite is Smoked Chicken from Woolworths – Have you tried it before? Oh its yummy I love it.

Some of my lunch options are:

Option 1:

100g Smoked Chicken Skinless Breast

1 Cup Mixed Veggies

Green Salad

Sweet potato slices

Option 2:

1 Slice Toasted Rye bread

Shredded Tuna

+-3 Cocktail tomatoes sliced with cucumber roles and a tad of green Tabasco

Option 3:

1-2 Small Wholewheat Buns

Norwegian Smoked Salmon

Cucumber

Salad

Option 4:

Steam It Fish / Hake

1 Pack Steam it mixed vegetables

Salad

  

All is low in fat, ready to eat and takes max 10 minutes to prepare. I just add my cup of veggies, large salad and I am happy 🙂

What is your favorite meal to prepare? I also want to experiment more with smoothies and want to incorporate smoothies for my in between meals. Not loaded with sugar and fruit obviously… Will let you know what I come up with.

It is so so important to enjoy what you eat – I can tell you today if you don’t enjoy your food/diet you will never stick to it! Healthy eating can be delicious. Just make smarter choices and focus on how you prepare your food. I steam most of my food and I love the taste. Its fresh.

Check this out: Love it – So creative. If I have kids I will definitely make a point to make every meal/lunch pack interesting 🙂 For now I will do it for myself

Training – this is my week:

Yes I have action netball twice a week – great fun and loving it and then Zumba twice a week. So all good and balanced this is how my week looks like:

Monday: Chest and Triceps

Tuesday: Legs and Action Netball in evening

Wednesday: Super Circuit & Zumba in evening

Thursday: Back and Biceps and Action Netball in evening

Friday: Shoulders and Abs

Saturday: Zumba Fitness morning aerobic class

Sunday: Rest Day/Early morning Spinning!

I always do a 5-10 min warm-up before exercise and always add skipping or boxing in between my sets! Whenever I have time I add a 20 min run on the treadmill after my session or a mountain bike road session on a Sunday afternoon. BUT again I aim to keep it to 90 minutes per session as from this week!

Do you have a set goal or program that you follow – What is it that works for you?

Being fit and healthy is a lifestyle and must in no means be an obligation or a temporary thing – you must enjoy it while getting amazing results…

Have a super awesome day friends 🙂

USN 12 Week Challenge

Challenge starting date: 30 January 2012- Let me know if you are in by commenting on this post/facebook page: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson

I have decided to guide my sister through a second round of the Challenge being her personal trainer and guide her through the use of correct supplementation and nutrition/diet! If you like to join in like my Facebook page: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson (click on the link above) and spread the word. I will share a training program/weekly diet/recipes.

YOUR life can and WILL be changed!

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)

If you don’t want to enter the competition and only do the Challenge buy the products separately. There is great specials available and I would suggest you buy the combo packs for they work out much cheaper at the end.

There is a 20% Off Sports Supplements at Dischem nationwide starting Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January so I will suggest you stock up that Supplement Corner now for this type of saving doesn’t come to often 😉

Dischem SALE

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 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.

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: gareth@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 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

Watch this space for the next update on the Challenge.

Remember Sunday evening/Monday morning to take your first “BEFORE” photos with your measurements. I will keep you updated on how you must go about the next step 😉

Can’t wait to start!

USN 12 Week Challenge starting 30 January 2012

Is there anyone who wants to start the USN Challenge or just live a healthier lifestyle and get rid of unwanted fat? I have decided to guide my sister through a second round of the Challenge being her personal trainer and guide her through the use of correct supplementation and nutrition/diet! If you like to join in like my Facebook page: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson (click on the link above) and spread the word. Challenge starting on 30 January 2012! I will share a training program/weekly diet/recipes.

YOUR life can and WILL be changed!

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.

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.

Set goals today…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until tomorrow…

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 😉

Your life WILL be changed…

Ok so I have some news to share with you…I get ALLOT of requests on training programs, nutrition etc and have decided to start a dedicated page on my blog where I will share my training programs, tips and diet exactly to the T.

The more great physiques and good health there is out there the better!

The first time around on my 12 Week Total Body Transformation I was rather clueless on where to start and which gym program to follow etc. Well I have found the most AMAZING / BEST program yet to accompany you to a 12 Week Total Body Transformation! This is for men and women!

I did not follow the eating plan but I have decided to redo the LiveFit trainer from Jamie Eason starting on the 2 January 2011 and would love if you join me for the 12 weeks.

I will upload every exercise, training log sheet, diet for the day. This will be like a portal where all the information will be shared and where each one can interact and share on how you have experienced the day. This is a GREAT way to encourage each other by staying motivated and dedicated!

I however want this to be interactive, so what do you think?

This will require dedication and hard work from my side so I am interested in your feedback if this will be worth it?

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