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Thursday already!

Wow where did the week go, I cannot believe it is Thursday already!

So how is your week, sticking to your goals or commitments? Well I am proud to say it is Thursday and my week have been super clean with no chocolates or sweets ;-).

Then I have to share my excitement about my trainer that I’m bust designing – I’m super excited about this. I’m putting in allot of time and effort and believe this is going to be BIG!

I just realized that you won’t get such a funky designed program worked out to perfection anywhere for R150 in the format I’m doing it. I just realized that I put in HOURS and HOURS on perfecting my routines / helping others / replying tons of mails / messages for absolutely free and for the passion off helping others and will keep on doing so.

But with this program I decided if you want it you will pay for it – if not so be it! There are thousands of programs online to copy and paste no doubt but I’m focusing on the perfect combinations, convenience of easy to follow, time limited effective workout routines.

I know what worked doing a 12 week total body transformation challenge. You don’t want to end up getting bored with your routine, spending hours in the gym per session, not getting results and switching between programs as you go along. I’ve been there – Trying every second program that seems to look o.k. Been there done that. Paying others to work out a program and what do you get? A generic excel copy and pasted A4 spread with days repeated same exercises, same repetitions and myself on the other hand getting bored and frustrated – looking for the next program.

Enough about that…

Yesterday was Zumba day – Again great fun and a super workout with a great calorie burn. Do you have a specific workout that you love doing. That workout that seems to take your mind off from everything else. Well this is it for me. I must admit that I’m very specific when it comes to the fitness instructor giving the class. The one currently giving Zumba at our gym is absolutely amazing – don’t think that it will be the same if she isnt the instructor!!!

I’m playing an action netball game tonight so lets hope for a win will keep you posted!

Well have a great day.

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HUMP day…

Can you believe it is Wednesday already – downhill from here to the LONG WEEKEND? So with a week packed with deadlines – I only found out yesterday that Friday & Monday are public holidays…Can you believe it! So lets recap on my weekend – My friends got married on Friday. Always lovely to attend a wedding and too see two people so in love…They got my love tag for this post 🙂

They bride looked absolutely beautiful and the groom well what can one say well groomed hehe!

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The food was absolutely amazing not even to mention the chocolate wedding cake ;-)…How was your weekend?

Ok so back to now…Do you have anything planned for the Easter Weekend? I don’t have anything planned and think I will just relax not doing much.

Tonight is Zumba and I’m super excited – This is always the highlight of my cardio in the week. I have a super calorie burn,  feel sexy while shaking it and just overall loving the workout.

What is your favorite workout? I love doing weights with a combination of cardio. I neglected my running for a while now and I’m actually looking forward to my next run. I think I must enter for a race then I know I have to train ;-).

I love my running shoes that I bought a while back – The Nike LunarEclipse 2 – I must honestly say since I started running with them I feel a difference in my feet / shins. This may sound crazy but I have a training shoe for most activities :-).

For action Netball I use a court2 shoe. For general gym I use my Nike Airmax / Adidas and for my running I wear my Nike Lunars

“The rule of thumb is that if you do an activity three or more times a week, you need a sports specific shoe,” says Carol Frey, MD.

Word of advice: If you are looking to buy new shoes (especially for the first time), try it on, take a quick jog and see how it feels even if it is in a store. This is what I did the last time around. I may have looked like an idiot but that might be so – but I now have the correct shoes. My previous shoes purchased almost cost me R2000 and it ended up being to big and only for me to find out after my first training session with it – What a disappointment! The shop assistant assured me that those specific Nike Airmax only comes in half sizes! What a lie…So please make sure the shop assistant have the knowledge and question them if you are unsure.

You don’t want to end up with the incorrect training shoe.

Well this is it for today…Have a super Wednesday!

-C-

Festive season…

Hi everyone, sorry for being quiet on the blogging side of things but I have been really busy working on compiling the LiveFit training log sheets and spend allot of time prepping for the Challenge starting on 2 January 2012. So are you excited already? Well I am SUPER excited and can’t wait to start this challenge with all of you…2012 will be your best year yet! How is your motivation level over the festive season? I must admit it’s been a tough week or two. Diet/Food wise there is no problem but oh my when it comes to my craving for sweets it’s another story.

Training wise things is going great. I’m taking it easier now; only to hit it hard again on Monday 2 January 2012. When I say taking it easy I mean trying to stick to 1 training session per day and not the usual 2…

The first phase of the Challenge will definitely be a HUGE challenge for me when it comes to the no cardio part but I just HAVE to do it. I am a little cardio junky who loves my running/zumba/mountain biking etc. but if that is what it takes I’m doing it.

Then I have been approached a few times and asked if I will compete in the fitness industry next year. After long thinking and pondering about it I have decided that I will give it a try ;-). The first competition is in April 2012 and by that time we will finish the LiveFit program and definitely be ready to hit the stageJ. So will you compete next year? The Challenge will end 26 March 2012 do you have any rewards set in place for achieving your goal? This is a great way to stay motivated.

Post a comment here if you will join in on the challenge. It is always better to have a support system and close friends/family/online friends who can encourage you at times when it gets tough. Believe me it does! There will be days that you feel discouraged, tired, bloated and irritated. Those days are the days where you need that support system, so follow the blog and let us help each other. For those of you that don’t already have MyFitnessPal get it today. This is a wonderful app to keep track on your food dairy, calories etc. You can add me if you like then we can share our food dairy etc. My user name is ClaudineKidson on twitter and bb.com and MyFitnessPal.

Supplementation wise for those that asked: I will carry on using my USN products and will keep you posted on what I will use. I’m still deciding though. If you have any questions about supplementation please feel free to post your questions here.

Tomorrow will be my last day at the office for this year, or NO wait I work on Christmas day 😉 but that’s ok after lunch is served I’m officially on holiday. I can’t wait to take some time out and to get a good rest. We will spend some time with family at the Lodge and then a few days at Sun City Resort. We have a Christmas Lunch at the Hotel every year and the Menu looks amazing I have to say. This will be the one day that I will enjoy the menu – Even though I will NOT over indulge I will enjoy it! What will you do on Christmas day? Remember the food can be overwhelming on such a  big family gathering/occasion but DONT over indulge and make up for all the food you did not get to have throughout the last couple of months ;-). It’s not worth it…Be one step ahead in January.  As I’m typing this paragraph it’s as if I’m preaching to myself here.lol

Well I just wanted to let you know I’m still here (on the blog) even though I don’t post every day… It’s time for me to get back to work on Phase 3 – Will keep you posted once it’s done.

Have a blessed day and if you are on your way to your holiday destination or to family/friends be safe. Drive save and stop next to the road for some stretching…

 

Loving toning phase!!

Day 2 of cutting program: Tuesday Training: Back, Arms and Cardio with Swimming

Calories: 595kcal

Calories Fat: 31%

Fitness and Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 33minutes

Afternoon Cardio: Running

Run: 7.93km (45min)

Calories: 561kcal

Calories Fat: 20%

Maximal performance improving

Duration: 1hour

Day 3 of cutting program: Wednesday Training: Chest, Shoulders and Abs | Swimming | Zumba

Calories: 573kcal

Calories Fat: 30%

Fitness and Fat burn improving

Duration: 1hour 27 minutes

Afternoon Training: Zumba

Calories: 567kcal

Calories Fat: 17%

Maximal performance improving

Duration: 1hour 2minutes

So how is your week so far? Mine is going rather slow.

So I started swimming some lengths at the gym and I must say I’m really enjoying the change of scenery ;-)…Have you tried to incorporate something into your program that you are not familiar with or not use to doing? I’m doing weights in the mornings and then I do cardio in the evenings/late afternoon. I don’t have time in the mornings to include 30-40 minutes of cardio. I did cardio last night for 47 min and then it was time for a nice steam bath session (cooled down the body first this is important) and then it was time for a swim. Changing your program or incorporating something different makes things interesting and avoid you getting bored with your training program.

Tonight is Zumba time and I can’t wait. Zumba is my old time favorite and I just love the intensity of it. I am passionate about dancing and music and this is the perfect way to combine that with fitness. Have you tried a Zumba class before? I must also say that the instructor plays a major role in the success of the class. Mary-Ann is the Zumba instructor at our Virgin Active and I must give her a high 5. Zumba just won’t be the same without her. She is passionate about it and you can see it in her rhythm and personality!

If you haven’t already joined the Zumba revolution do it 🙂 – This is an excellent calorie burner when it comes to exercise and will improve your overall performance/endurance.

Diet wise it’s going great, clean eating is part of my life by now. I do increase some portion sizes at times. I bough a new flavour of USN 100% Whey Protein and I can’t wait to try it out!

100% WHEY PROTEIN
WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE & CONCENTRATE FORMULA

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

High Biological Value (BV)
Rapidly digested
Instantly availably amino acid delivery
Low calorie
Low carbohydrate

USN 100% WHEY PROTEIN is to be used immediately after training to prevent the damaging effects of cortisol (stress hormone) on the integrity of muscle tissue. The high quality Whey Isolate and Concentrate blend ensures rapid digestion and absorption of the vital Amino Acids to assist in post exercise muscle recovery.

Whey Protein is the highest BV (Biological Value) Protein available in nature. Research has shown that the highest rate of Nitrogen retention is achieved with Whey Protein.

USN’s 100% Whey Protein provides the highest quality Protein packed into one serving. It also contains Proteins such as lactalbumen and immunoglobulin’s, which are known to be vital for proper immune system function and are of special importance to body-builders and athletes.

Now with revolutionary Amino Rx technology, the proper uptake of the Whey Protein and its conversion into Amino Acids by the body is optimized.

WHEN

  • As a dietary supplement. Upon waking
  • Post exercise
  • Anytime snack during the day.

BENEFITS

  • Muscle retention and spares lean muscle mass
  • Assists in weight management
  • Assists in immune support
  • Suitable for diabetics

More about Emotional Wellness – Steam Baths

WHAT IS A STEAM BATH?
Not unlike a sauna in that it induces sweating, but with entirely different atmospheric conditions, the steam bath not only relaxes you and renews your energy, but also promotes your health and beauty as well. It is operating most effectively at temperatures of between 43C(110F) and 46C(116F) and a relative humidity above 100%. In a steam bath, steam (or to be more scientifically correct, MIST) should be permanently present. This requires an efficient steam generator, a precise control system and a steam-tight cabin to prevent steam escaping and damaging the fabric of the surrounding room.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Between 1983 and 1986, at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology a comprehensive series of comparative tests were conducted to determine the effects of the sauna, steam bath and whirlpool bath on the human body in view of a considerable uncertainty which had previously surrounded the steam bath. Steam baths should not be recommended or prescribed to clients with known cardiac pathology. Steam baths are recommended wherever generalized moist heat applications are indicated.

Physical agents act directly with a physical effect; that is, radiant energy becomes heat when absorbed by living cells. Physical agents may in addition indirectly influence the AUTONOMIC AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS as well as the ELECTROLYTE balance. The BIOLOGIC RESPONSE to the “push” of physical stimulation of the VEGETATIVE HORMONAL SYSTEM is an adaptive reaction to stress, which involves the adrenal cortex and increases blood steroids. In fact, the interrelationship between adrenal and blood steroids may be an important factor in the hit-and-miss success of this form of hydrotherapy. If so, the intensity (or dose) of physical stimulation will determine the “stress” of this hydrotherapy program.

TEMPERATURE IS CRITICAL

Physiologic Effects
The body tries to increase its heat loss through all possible avenues-especially the skin and lungs. If the environmental temperature exceeds that of the body, the only way to lose heat is through sweating. The body cannot maintain a constant temperature when the environmental temperature is a s high as that reached in a steam bath or sauna, and so the body temperature begins to rise. As the cutaneous circulation increases, heat is accepted more readily by the body from the environment. A reduced skin circulation would reduce the rise of body temperature, but this is not possible. The rise in body temperature depends mainly on (a) the temperature and humidity content of the steam bath, (b) the sweating capability of the bather, and (c) the bathing time. Body temperatures have been found to range from 37.6C (99.6F) to 40C (104F). Thus, the physiologic changes that occur during the bath are due in part to the rise in body temperature and in part to the influence of the reflexes of the hormonal and nervous systems, which attempt to increase the heat loss.

The research results revealed that, given the correct choice of temperature and duration, a steam bath produces the same thermal effect on the body as a sauna and is equally beneficial. This is due to the fact that the saturated level of humidity in a steam bath is markedly counter-balanced by lower temperatures than in a sauna. The enjoyment and benefits that the steam bath affords thus depend critically on the correct temperature being set and maintained. In a steam bath, the optimum temperature lies within a narrow 43-46C(110-116F) range. These temperatures are not only experienced as the most pleasant, they are also the most beneficial. If the maximum temperature is exceeded by as little as 2-3C, the atmosphere is felt to be too hot. Proper steam bath control systems prevent such a temperature rise and maintain the optimum conditions with the utmost reliability, regulating the temperature, the supply and density of the steam, the intake of fresh air and the extraction of spent air entirely automatically.

EFFECTS OF A STEAM BATH
A steam bath is health giving as well as enjoyable. As a supportive activity, a steam bath is especially recommended to alleviate the conditions listed below by virtue of its high steam content and the general benefits of moist heat. The list was confirmed by the research carried out at the Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology at the University of Munich: Bronchial asthma, bronchitis, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, coughs, hoarseness, expectoration (particularly with the assistance of essential oils) non-acute rheumatic complaints and restricted or painful movements of the joints.

In addition, again as a supportive measure the steam bath is beneficial for persons suffering from: Sleeping disorders, particularly through over excitability, poor skin circulation, dry, chapped skin, muscular tension, muscular weakness in the subcutaneous blood vessels, and sensitivity to sudden changes of temperature.

A great advantage of the steam bath lies in its highly beneficial effect on the skin, a feature particularly appreciated by women. The moist heat stimulates the subcutaneous blood flow and cleanses the skin intensively, opening the pores, removing dead skin and impurities and leaving the skin feeling soft, clean and silky smooth.

THE CORRECT WAY TO TAKE A STEAM BATH
The method that has proved successful for the sauna applies to the steam bath, too:

  • Shower before the first session-time the stay in the steam bath in accordance with your personal sensitivity-do not exceed 15-20minutes
  • Cool off with cool fresh air and cool water without shocking the system and avoid shivering
  • Take a warm foot bath if you have cold feet
  • Do not take more than 2-3 sessions in the steam bath. In the case of combined facilities like sauna and steam bath, which provide for different types of bath, you may also switch from one type to another. What is essential though is that you cool off thoroughly after each session. Never start a fresh session if your body is warm (or worse still, hot) and never change from one type of bath to another until you have cooled down properly. To do so could overtax your circulation. Unless the body has cooled down properly after a steam bath, even a swim in a heated pool could be physically harmful as it can be after a sauna. Enjoyed correctly, a steam bath will help to overcome the stresses of everyday life, to relax and recover and to gain new strength and improve general physical and mental well being. And what’s more, a steam bath can also be fun. STEAM AHEAD…

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

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

Journal day 36: 22 September 2011

Wow what a awesome workout. I can definitely feel the difference in the exercises that I am doing. Also decided to take my eyes of the calories while weight training.  I just give it my all and know that I am working hard during my sessions. So if I must walk out with only 100 kcal burned at least I know I gave it my all every time.

Remember discount at Dis-Chem

Don’t forget the special that Dis-Chem stores offer. So stock up on Friday 🙂

I did Back and Biceps this morning and added 3 sets Bench dips of 10 reps. My cardio for today is Zumba again at 16:15. My favourite cardio workout ever! I will then try to do some Abs at home tonight.

I have to confess I am thinking of Sushi 24/7 lol…This little Chinese restaurant is on my way home so it is so tempting every time I drive past there. Just have to stay strong and set my mind on something else. Can’t have Sushi every night come on…I never even liked sushi before, now it’s a different story…

Morning Session: Back and Biceps

Gym: 6:00 am
Calories: 219 kcal
Calculated fat: 46%
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 112 Maximum: 152
Fat burn improving

Back and Biceps

Evening Session: Zumba

Gym: 16:24 pm
Calories: 676 kcal
Calculated fat: 13 %
Duration: 1 hour
Average heart: 174  Maximum: 195 (a little high)
Maximal performance improving

In the kitchen: ;-)

Wake up: 1 Phedra-Cut Slim Pack Sachet mixed with 500ml water.

Weight-Loss Phedra-Cut Slim Packs

If you ever wondered about the slim packs this is the response I got from USN:

My question:

Hi USN can I take Phedra CUT ULTRA XT’S with my slim packs. To how many Phedra Cut XT capsules is one sachet equivalent to? I just love the slim pack as a gym drink, must I rather use another drink? Entering week 6 of the 12 week challenge and going strong…www.lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com. Thanx Claudine

USN SA – Ultimate Sports Nutrition Hi Claudine, one sachet of the Slim Pack is equal to one serving (3 pills) of the Phedra-Cut Ultra XT. The Slim Packs can be interchangeable with the Phedra-Cut Ultra XT during the day, and other benefits include assisting with hydration and improving you satiety level. Good luck with the second half of your challenge! Regards, USN

Breakfast:
Half cup cooked oats

2 CLA 1000’s Capsules

Mid morning Snack:
1 and a half scoops Pure Protein Shake

30 minutes before lunch:
2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT’s

Lunch:
Rye bread, half table spoon mayo (lite) and half tin tuna and cucumber

30 minutes before Dinner:
2 Phedra Cut SF

Dinner:
Steamed 100 gram fish with 1 packet mixed veggies. Yum, loving this steamed microwave fish. This is really delicious and is ready in a few minutes.

Simply Steam Fish - Sea Harvest

This is so convenient and takes a few minutes…Here is the Nutritional Values.

Nutritional Information:

Average   Values Per 100g
Energy 290kJ
Protein 14.2g
Carbohydrate 1.0g
Of   which total sugars 0.0g
Total   fat 0.9g
Of which mono unsaturated fatty acids 0.19g
Of which poly unsaturated fatty acids 0.18g
Of which saturated fatty acids 0.49g
Of which trans fatty acids 0.0g
Cholesterol 33.7mg
Dietary   fibre 1.8g
Sodium 356mg

Journal day 35: 21 September 2011

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

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

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

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

Started with Walker for 10 minutes

In-between sets I did:

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

Legs

Morning Session: Legs

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

Evening Session: Zumba

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

In the kitchen: 😉

Wake up: 2 Phedra cut SF

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

2 CLA Green Tea Capsules

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

30 minutes before lunch:
3 Phedra Cut SF

Lunch:
40 gram fish
Medium baked potato
1 cup Broccoli

Lunch

After lunch: 2 CLA Green Tea

Dinner:
100gram steamed fish with mixed veggies and cucumber

After Dinner:
2 CLA Green Tea

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

Different intensities in cardio explained

What do you guys like to do for your medium intensity cardio?

There are a number of types of cardiovascular training which can help you meet your fitness goals. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some types of training are better for advanced trainers while some are more appropriate for beginning trainers.

1. Low Intensity, Long Duration Cardio

This type of training involves intensities of around 40 to 60% of Maximum Heart Rate. It is basically something slow, easy, continuous and long (over 40 minutes). This can be walking, cycling, jogging, etc. You should be able to converse comfortably while doing it (called the talk test). This type of training is good for people just getting started with cardio work. It is reasonably good for fat loss, especially in very obese people. It is also the least demanding form of aerobic training.

2. Medium Intensity, Medium Duration Cardio

This involves aerobic work done at around 70% of max HR. It is harder, therefore it cannot be done for as long, usually between 20 to 40 minutes. This is the next step up from the low intensity work. This type of training can be used for fat loss and for increasing aerobic capacity. It is characterized by the beginning of heavy breathing but not so much that you are soon out of breath and must stop.

3. High Intensity, Short Duration Cardio

This version of aerobic work is done at around 80 to 85% of HR max. That point, at 85% of your HR max, is generally considered to be the Anaerobic Threshold, though this can vary depending on genetics and fitness level. This is a very demanding form of training. It is done for between 5 to 20 minutes generally, depending on fitness level and intensity.

4. Aerobic Interval Training

The first way of doing aerobic interval training involves doing a period of moderate to high intensity aerobic work, alternating with a period of rest of low intensity work, e.g. 3 minutes of fast running then 1 minute of slow walking, repeated 4 times. You can vary the intervals and intensities to your liking, e.g. 10 minutes of moderate work, 2 minutes easy, 1 minute hard, or perhaps 5 minutes hard, 5 minutes easy. The key is variation during the work while not working so hard that you must stop completely.

5. Anaerobic Interval Training

This type of training involves going hard for short periods of time then resting for equal or longer periods of time. It is done at intensities of 85 to 100% of your HR max.

Here is an example of how it works: sprint as hard as you can for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, sprint 30 seconds, walk 30 seconds, etc. Repeat 3 to 6 times depending on fitness level.

6. Fartlek Training

Translated from Swedish, this means speed play.

Basically, you mix up all of the above types of training together into one session. You might run for 10 minutes, sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 2 minutes, run fast for 2 minutes, jog slowly for 5 minutes then sprint again. It is a good way to work through the entire intensity spectrum as well as to prevent boredom.

7. Circuit Training

Circuit training is basically aerobic weight training. Set up a number of stations with a variety of exercises that work the entire body, e.g. bench, curls, pulldowns, leg curls, etc.

Use a fairly light weight that you can lift without going to failure for a preset period of time. You will do each exercise continuously for a specified time interval, e.g. 1 minute at each station and go through the cycle 1 to 3 times. You can mix in treadmill work, skipping, cycling, etc. to add variety. It is a reasonably good way to do aerobic work and weight training work at the same time.

It also has the advantage of working the entire body instead of just the legs as most forms of aerobic training do.

8. Tabata Method

This is a very intense type of interval training that involves short, VERY high intensity work periods with very short rest periods. An example of this would be sprinting (about 90 to 95% of all-out) for 15 seconds then resting for 5 seconds then doing it again.

The Tabata Method can be done with any type of cardio activity and can also be done with weight training as well.

Journal day 29: 15 September 2011

Ok so it was measurement day and I am happy about my results

I did not go to the gym this morning but went this afternoon for some Cardio and to work in my Shoulder/Abs workout.

Things didn’t quite turned out the way as planned. First of all it was very rushed for the zumba started at 16:15 and I worked until 16:00.

The first NO NO, was when I forgot to drink my mid-afternoon Diet fuel shake! I was to rushed and decided to have a apple on my way to gym, that also didn’t happen!

Got to the gym and had an awesome Zumba session – but I must admit I overdid it today. After 789kcal calories burned later I was exhausted. But as you know this “give it my all” attitude I decided to go and do my Shoulder and Abs session that I missed this morning.

Well two exercises or so later I started feeling very dizzy and not ready to go further. I told my sis we must rather go and give it another go today. I was glad I made that decision for you must always listen to your body.

This is a RULE FOR ME!

This was my day supplement and diet wise:

Wake up: 2 x Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Breakfast Meal 1:

2 Pieces Wheatbix with water was again to rushed to cook oats

After breakfast:

2 x CLA 1000’s

Mid-morning meal 2

1 Scoop Diet Fuel + 1 Green Apple

30 min before lunch:

2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

Lunch meal 3:

Rye bread, half tin tuna and cucumber

After lunch:

2x CLA 1000’s

16:30 – 2 Phedra Cut Ultra XT

DID NOT HAVE MY DIET FUEL SHAKE! BIG NO NO

Gym Evening Session: Zumba Cardio

Gym: 16:22 pm

Calories: 789 kcal

Calculated fat: 19%

Duration: 1 hour and 33 min

Average heart: 159 Maximum: 195

Maximal performance improving

Shoulders/Abs

I only did the first two today and will work in the rest tomorrow!

Dinner:

2 Skinless Chicken Drumsticks +- 100 gram
Mixed Veggies (Green beans/Broccoli/Carrots)
4 Cucumber Wheels

After Dinner: 2 CLA 1000’s

Journal day 28: 14 September 2011

And it is Wednesday, one day closer to measurement day…I am excited and nervous at the same time. Don’t know why if I know I am almost 100% cheat free so far.

Today was legs in the gym and this is what I did:

Wake up: 2 x Phedra Cut Stimulant Free

Gym Morning Session: Legs/Calves

Gym: 5:49 am

Calories: 191 kcal

Calculated fat: 47%

Duration: 68min

Average heart: 111 Maximum: 153

Fat burn improving

Started with my 10 minutes on the air walker

Legs

Hip Abductor:

Set 1: 15 x 30kg | Set 2: 15 x 37.5kg

Hip Adductors:

Set 1: 15 x 30kg | Set 2: 15 x 37.5kg

Seated Leg Press:

Set 1: 12 x 37.5kg | Set 2: 12 x 37.5kg | Set 3: 12 x 37.5kg

Legs went ok this morning I just can’t get my heartbeat up when doing this…I am in Zone 1 most of the time. Even though this is better for fat burn it is frustrating to me. It feels as if I am walking out of the gym and didn’t do much…

Breakfast Meal 1:

Half a cup whole-wheat Pronutro

After breakfast:

2 x CLA Green Tea Capsules

1 Scoop Pure Protein

Mid-morning meal 2

1 Scoop Diet Fuel + 1 Green Apple

30 min before lunch:

2 Phedra Cut Stimulant Free

Lunch meal 3:

Rye bread, half tin tuna and half table spoon lite mayo and cucumber

After lunch:

2x CLA Green Tea

16:30 – 2 Phedra Cut Stimulant Free

Was not in the mood for a shake rather had an apple before gym!

Gym Evening Session: 20min stepper/60 Zumba Cardio

Gym: 16:52 pm

Calories: 637 kcal

Calculated fat: 19%

Duration: 80min

Average heart: 157 Maximum: 190

Maximal performance improving

Then it was some Cardio time, my favourite:

Dinner:
100 gram Fish
Mixed veggies: Green Beans, Carrots, Brocolli
1 Small Avo
1 Glass coke zero

After Dinner 2 x CLA Green Tea Capsules

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