Where do I begin to explain something that is beyond what words can describe. WBFF South Africa was without a doubt the biggest Fitness Extravaganza that this continent of Africa has ever seen. It was personally one of the best experiences I have ever had and a night to remember and treasure forever.
I have never seen such a well organised show and I take my hat off for all involved in the process and planning of making this such a prestigious event. The hours, days and months up to this event must have been hard work and dedication, only a team of masters could make it happen. Well done to Jaco de Bruyn, Chris McWilliams, Gareth Israel, Andrew Carruthers and then ALL involved behind the scenes, too many to mention but WELL DONE to each and everyone for making this a huge success. This is a team that I can say I look up to and who accomplish allot. They are not only the once making this sport recognizable in South Africa but also leading examples in the Fitness Industry, setting benchmarks with everything they take on. This was by far the biggest Fitness/Glam/Fashion/Bodybuilding show in South Africa and has definitely become the benchmark in the Fitness & Fashion Industry. Without them and all the amazing athletes this would never have been possible. Well done!!!
I was privileged to attend this day as a VIP guest and was honored to a have met so many amazing people in the process. As you all know I would have competed at this prestigious Fitness/Glam/Fashion Show but due to personal reasons I decided not to about four weeks out. I did have regret as the event came closer and had a personal battle between why I chose not to. But everything happens for a reason and by being obedient to what I know was right at the given time was all about to become worth it. When I got there everything made sense and I knew that there was better things for the given season that I was personally in. So the regret faded away of not stepping on stage for the first time and I became humble by the honour of getting to spend it at the “other side” of the stage.
So about my days leading up to the event. This was the exciting and fun part that every girl loves doing. Shopping, shopping and more shopping lol – who doesn’t love shopping for Outfits, Jewelry, Shoes, Make-Up, Hair Products for that extra shine, only to mention few. If a Women can get an excuse to go shopping or take some “me time” to be spoiled then she is happy…From getting a Caribbean Spray Tan at Beauty Studio Potchefstroom, Nails done, Eyebrows done, did a Brazilian, Colour and Hair Makeover, and then rounded off by getting my make-up done by Face to Face by Charlene Warwick backstage at the WBFF. Thank you for all of you, for making sure I looked beautiful on the day. I felt like a million dollars for myself.
Then the pre-judging started and I got to sit next to beautiful WBFF Pro Monika Coorey on the judging table who is all the way from Sydney Australia. We had so much fun and good laughs. It was a pleasure meeting you and Matt, your presence was amazing and the two of you are such a beautiful couple with amazing personalities.
I cannot wait to see you again next year to catch up. Good luck with the journey towards WBFF Worlds Las Vegas happening August 15th & 16th that will be held at the one and only The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for those of you who can or want to attend. I will be there in spirit to support you when you step on stage with your beauty.
Then the moment of meeting Sergi Constance… Wow what an honour. I have been following Sergi for some time now as he is a true inspiration when it comes to training, nutrition and consistency. He is definitely an inspiration when it comes to a ripped and toned physique and as you all know abs are my favorite ;-). He was on the judging panel at the WBFF S.A. Again I was blown away by his charm 😉 and amazing personality. It is leaders like himself in the Industry who lives by example of being the best version of yourself! It was nice to spend time with all of you.
Got my signed copy of one my Favourite Inspirational Athletes and my Favourite SA Magazine “Fitness His”. So let me tell you this girl is smiling all the way.
This is my Bikini and it came out ABSOLUTELY beautiful and just the way I had the picture in my head and even better. My concept was put to life by Katherine from Magic Bikinis – Thank you Katherine. It was great to work with someone that I can give a storyboard to and they immediately “feel” or see the end result! Believe it or not I received it at the event so imagine how eager I was to put it on and get on that stage lol ;-). There will come a time that I will shine and walk the walk but for now I’m blessed to have experienced a night that I will forever cherish. More amazing news to come about my next goal – so keep an eye out. Will share ASAP.
I met so many of the athletes who I followed and became friends with over social media. What’s amazing about this industry is that even though everyone is competing for the title there is still the true friendships and brotherhood that is formed amongst the athletes. The Spirit backstage was amazing, and it was so good to see everyone coming together sharing their passion and love for the sport! Was once again evident in the atmosphere and WBFF Fever before the event…
The ladies looked breathtaking and beautiful in their Evening & Theme Wear and the Guys were ripped and build like I have never seen before ;-). The line-ups was HUGE and I was blown away by the talent and physiques, the competition was tough. You could see the hard work and dedication of these athletes. Months of prepping leading up to the event! Well done to each and everyone. To those who placed, or who became Pro’s and those that didn’t place – CONGRATULATIONS. I believe each and everyone who stepped on stage that day was A TRUE WINNER and you can be proud…
Diva Bikini Model 35+ WINNER — with Lorraine Coleman.
Diva Bikini Model Short WINNER and BEST DRESSED FEMALE & NEW PRO — with Vanessa DeFreitas Wbff Pro.
Diva Bikini Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Jody Calitz Wbff Pro
Male Fitness Model WINNER and NEW WBFF PRO (Tall Class) — with Jacques Fagan Wbff Pro
Women’s Figure 35+ WINNER — with Vivian Goosen
Womens Figure Short WINNER
Womens Figure Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Lairen Terblanche Wbff Pro
Male Muscle Model WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Gavin Perry Wbff Pro
Male Muscle Model TOP 3 & NEW WBFF PRO’s — with Jaco Moolman Wbff Pro, Gavin Perry Wbff Pro and Dean Mason Wbff Pro
1st Place Fitness Bikini u1.63 and 1st Place Fitness Bikini +35 – Lauren Zita Fick – awarded her Pro Card
Diva Fitness Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Monika Human
Mens Body Building Light Heavy WINNER — with Michael Appelcryn
Mens Body Building Heavy WINNER
Congratulations to all the New WBFF Pro’s
Then last but not least my amazing friend Pieter. I have known you for 7+ years and what a blessing it is to know a special person like yourself. You are an amazing person and I think everyone who knows you will agree with me that you are a true blessing to so many. You are always there to reach out to others. I value you as a friend and will forever do. Without you this would never have been such a special event. I appreciate your friendship and want to thank you for everything!
The Best of the Best competes with WBFF. This “slogan” became alive that day when all the athletes stepped on stage…I will definitely without a doubt be on that stage in 2015! I cant wait to be part of the experience only this time sharing my passion for the love of the Sport on stage. #FitFam #Beauty #Glam #Fashion
Hope everyone stays on track with their fitness goals and don’t backslide now…Better yourself and always strive to be the best version of yourself!
Keep it up, until we meet again
My topic today is: It is all about the journey…
HEALTH | FITNESS | LOVE | COMMITMENT | DEDICATION | TEARS | SWEAT | JOY = REWARD – only to mention a few keywords, there is so much to say…
As most of you know I’m prepping for the WBFF South Africa taking place Friday 20th & Saturday 21st June 2014 at Carnival City Casino. This will be my first ever Fitness Stage Bikini Competition and believe me what a journey indeed.
I took a moment to sit down and recap on how far I have come and in the process I realized my deep passion for the sport! From being so unhealthy, fat, low self-esteem to being fit, happy, content, and blessed where I’m at. Some people say but WHERE do I start…Or they think about the duration of the journey to reach their goal and that in itself is discouraging for some BUT today I want to encourage YOU!
Take the first step, you will never look back!
This sums it up for me:
Working out and eating clean doesn’t have to be a chore, have fun with it…
You have to get the right mindset and stop seeing this as an obligation and a chore, but rather an investment in your health and overall life.
So many moan non stop about their diets, the schlep of working out, prepping food etc…Well I cannot wait to food prep not even to mention my gym hour.
As a single mommy this to me is absolutely necessary. Doing something for myself only for it to be a benefit to my beautiful princess girl. I want to be the kind of mommy to whom she will look up to and see an example of living a healthy lifestyle. I want her to value herself enough to one day take care of her body & mind. I believe with working out and a good nutritional diet there comes a sense discipline and commitment. This I believe will form part of your everyday life whether in your workplace or in an environment surrounded by others. Be an inspiration to yourself first and then to others. Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there.
People ask me how do I get abs, or have time to food prep or go to the gym, or how do I get the time with a 1 year old girl? Well I make time and prioritize and set boundaries with certain things in my life!!
Well let me tell you it is all about consistency. I have abs all year round, why? Because this is my lifestyle this is part of who I am. I don’t believe in quick fix diets etc and I don’t see my lifestyle as being on a diet. I love my food and I make sure I fuel my body with the best. And yes of course I cheat and have sweets and the occasional night out partying but AGAIN its about consistency. No matter what I stay to my routine and I will be in gym the following day. Stop condemning yourself for the bad choices you make. Get up and go on…
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” Lao Tzu
Make it fun and love the journey…
This is some of the pics of my journey the last month or two…
Let me start at the beginning – This little beauty is my little princess. She is what my life is about. I live, breath and do EVERYTHING for her. I strive to be the BEST EVERY single day.
Secondly I want to share my excitement that I my sponsorship with USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition has been extended for another year. I’m so grateful to be part of the USN family and so passionate about the brand. I believe in the best and only the best and this is the ONLY Supplements that I use…
Thank you USN for an amazing 3+ years I am honored to represent the Brand. Visit the website or please do ask if you need more information: http://www.usn.co.za/
I adjust my supplement plan as I go along to form part of my goal.
The beginning of my journey to WBFF…
Then the USN Gala Evening – This was the high-lite of my evening when I had the honor of meeting Bella Falconi. Wow she is a true inspiration. Again an athlete who breaths success and who is a true example of consistency.
This is my current progress on the ABS – I’m going for 8 😉 so lets see how the definition goes along as my diet gets adjusted
Then thank you for each and every one of my Blog & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter followers. There is so many amazing people that I got to meet over time and I appreciate each one of you. If you havent followed me yet please do so @ClaudineKidson
Every comment, every like, every share, every Inbox message is what makes this journey even more rewarding. I want you to be the best version of yourself.
Good-luck to all those prepping for shows – Be YOUR best!
Have a super amazing Easter Weekend and don’t overindulge more than you can handle 😉 Stay fit and think fit…