Wow what a journey its been so far, and as I sit here I cant believe how far I’ve come. I realize now as I’m writing this post that we never make or take the time to actually sit down to think about what we’ve achieved and by giving ourselves the recognition for it – You CAN feel proud about yourself when you reach your goals or when you achieve something personally no matter how big or small it may seem to others. We tend to be so “hard” on ourselves that we sometimes neglect the importance of acknowledging the “ME”.
It is so easy to motivate or compliment or believe in others but do you believe in yourself?!
Take a moment and just recap about how far you’ve come over the last few days, months or years. Whether it is fitness goals / academic achievements / a good report / a promotion at your work / new opportunities given / starting a new job / becoming a new parent or whatever it is no matter how small or how big acknowledge it for a moment. Today I’m doing just that!
As most of you know I took up the Challenge 12 Weeks ago 20 May 2013 to transform my post pregnancy body! Today I want to admit that I was so afraid of taking up the challenge and for failure of not reaching my goals. There was a time that I didn’t even believe in myself to achieve my goal for in the “natural” with all my circumstances going on it almost seemed impossible! The CANT’S overpowered the CAN’s BUT never the less I did not allow my emotions and my fears to keep me from trying and giving my best! Today I want to encourage you to take on your fears. Whether fear of failure / fear of disappointment / fear of getting hurt / fear of being let down or whatever your fear might be and believe today that you can turn your fear into victory! When you set your mind to it you will achieve it so believe it…Everyday is closer than your yesterday.
I’m sharing the message with you that I have on my heart today: Never never never ever give up on yourself…And whenever you feel like quieting – put your hand over you heart and feel every beat and realize that YOU are alive for a purpose!
We get so busy in our everyday lives that we sometimes don’t even reflect on our days. We tend to be like “robots” getting up and going through an ordinary day. Today I want to challenge you why not do something EXTRAORDINARY!
Its been a while since I shared my progress but here goes.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an appointment for my measurements for Week 10 but I managed to get one for Week 11 & 12.
The reason why I share my progress pics is to motivate others where and if possible.
Week 12: DONE AND DUSTED:
This is not the end of a healthy and fit lifestyle…The feeling of being back in shape is absolutely amazing and I hope to encourage you to take it on! It is NOT THAT difficult if you have the right mindset.
Believe in yourself.
I have lost 25kg in 7 months and I never ever thought I would see abs again. Thank you to all my amazing followers, all the comments, and support!!!
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)
- Pure CLA 1000 (45’s)
- Phedra-Cut Ultra XT (60’s)
- Diet Fuel Ultralean (1kg)
- Protein Dessert (454g)
What I would add to this:
- Women’s Ultra Two-a-day Daily Vitamin
- USN OMEGA PRO 3,6,9
- 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 😉
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: email@example.com
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
A daily multi-vitamin designed for the female who requires an essential supplement for a balanced, nutritious diet.
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.
Daily with breakfast.
- 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).
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.
- Daily with food.
- 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.
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
Prior to meals.
- 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
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.
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.
- Prior to meals.
- 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
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.
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.
- With or directly after meals.
- 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
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.
- As a dietary supplement
- Two servings daily at 10:00am and again at 3:00pm
- 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!