WBFF South Africa: A night to remember

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.

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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!!!

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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THE RESULTS:

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Diva Bikini Model 35+ WINNER — with Lorraine Coleman.

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Diva Bikini Model Short WINNER and BEST DRESSED FEMALE & NEW PRO — with Vanessa DeFreitas Wbff Pro.

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Diva Bikini Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Jody Calitz Wbff Pro

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Male Fitness Model WINNER and NEW WBFF PRO (Tall Class) — with Jacques Fagan Wbff Pro

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Women’s Figure 35+ WINNER — with Vivian Goosen 

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Womens Figure Short WINNER

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Womens Figure Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Lairen Terblanche Wbff Pro

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Male Muscle Model WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Gavin Perry Wbff Pro

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Male Muscle Model TOP 3 & NEW WBFF PRO’s — with Jaco Moolman Wbff Pro, Gavin Perry Wbff Pro and Dean Mason Wbff Pro

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1st Place Fitness Bikini u1.63 and 1st Place Fitness Bikini +35 – Lauren Zita Fick – awarded her Pro Card

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Diva Fitness Model Tall WINNER & NEW WBFF PRO — with Monika Human

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Mens Body Building Light Heavy WINNER — with Michael Appelcryn

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Mens Body Building Heavy WINNER

WBFF Pro Cards

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!

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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

Love,

Claudine

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It is all about the journey…

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.

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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…

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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.

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This is what my life is about…LOVE this angel with my life

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.

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My monthly supplement supply. Blessed to be sponsored by the best!

The beginning of my journey to WBFF…

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All about dedication & having fun in the process..

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My food prep for week 1 & 2

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I lift & squat bro…Love my new training vests…

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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.

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Myself and Bella Falconi – She is such an inspiration.

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

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Progress

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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…

Love,
Claudine

Truth about Fat Loss and Nutrition

Truth about Fat Loss and Nutrition

So this weekend was the Truth about Fat loss and Nutrition Workshop and I believe it was a huge success, educating people about some general guidelines on nutrition / food labels and understanding the Truth about Fat Loss.

“We did a little test with the 4 products listed here and did you know that if you had to consume 1 litre of this milk, 1 litre of this 100% orange juice, 50 g box of future life cereal and 500g box of Kellogg’s Special K in a week….you would be putting 57 teaspoons of sugar into your body. No wonder people are not winning the fight against the bulge!!!!!! Avoid health foods…..especially if they come with an advert!!!”

Some of the foods we looked at was:

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Thank you Eugene for an Exceptional Perfect Pulse Seminar – the knowledge you have is amazing and the passion you have for sharing the truth is absolutely inspiring…This is only the beginning of big things to come.

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I decided to do a post today on my view on a few things…Why do I feel the need to bring the truth to people on Fat Loss and Nutrition or health in general? Because I feel we need to start moving forward by knowing the truth. We live in a world where things get covered up way to easy and I’m so sick of companies making millions of profit by clever advertising skills, “covering the truth and exposing lies”. The general public in return are the ones walking around with sickness and health concerns.

I walked into a well known “Health Shop” yesterday where they sell supplements etc. So you would think the people employed in this positions will be educated in their field of expertise. As I walked down the isle I couldn’t help but to overhear the conversation of the guy (Supplement sales person) giving advice for a lady wanting to buy supplements & products to lose weight! I almost felt as if I can run the guy against the wall when the first thing he said to the lady was to cut out ALL CARBOHYDRATES and limit protein by replacing it with a “Shake”. Even typing this message makes me so angry when I think of this misleading and wrong advice…Listen today – NO Shake will replace good quality protein and neither will you have sustainable energy to get through a day without carbohydrates. We tend to trust others with our health or follow advice without really focusing on what the truth behind it is…We put our trust in someone who walks around with the qualifications without taking the time to research if it is indeed the correct information…

First of all Ladies & Gents you NEED PROTEIN | CARBOHYDRATES & FAT in your diet.

Your body needs carbs, healthy fats and protein. Protein is essential for tissue growth and repair. Dietary protein supplies the building blocks of muscle tissue. You have to remember that when you hit the gym for your weight training routine you are actually breaking down your muscle tissues. So WHY is your diet so important? Because you build your muscles outside of the gym just like they say Abs are made in the kitchen – that is the TRUTH…To do that you need a proper nutritional plan with the correct amount of protein/carbs/healthy fats to fuel your body…That is why I believe BCAA  (Branch Chain Amino Acids) is a good “supplement” to add to your plan if possible. If insufficient amino acids are present, your body will start breaking down muscle tissues to get the required aminos and you don’t want that. So what is the use of a good weight training session, if you don’t nourish your muscles when you walk out of the gym?! So never leave out the correct amount of Protein and Carbohydrates to fuel your body for sustainable energy levels throughout the day! So if you feel depleted and hungry most of the time consider looking at your protein intake. Remember protein takes longer for your body to digest which means you will be fuller for longer…

Since your body expends more energy to process proteins than it does to digest carbohydrates and fats, people who consume more protein throughout the day might see faster fat-loss results than people on a lower-protein diet plan.

Ladies protein WON’T make you bulky or muscular that is NOT the truth…You don’t have the amount of testosterone like males to build muscles like your boyfriend ;-) So make sure you incorporate high quality protein sources into your diet like fish, eggs, chicken and lean cut red meats. And if needed SUPPLEMENT with a good quality Pure/Isolated/ Whey Protein.
Not replace it but SUPPLEMENT with a protein shake…

Your body needs energy to survive. Your systems energy requirements are mostly met by your daily food intake. The energy value of food is important but the source of the calories and your portion control takes priority. The more processed and refined the lower the vitamin and mineral value of food will be and the higher the Glycemic Index or fat value tends to be. Processed and refined foods tend to have a drastic effect on elevating your blood sugar levels and increase the likelihood of fat storage occurring. And don’t ask questions when those cravings kicked in…

Guideline on how to measure Calories and Kilojoules:

Calories and Kilojoules is measured per gram of food:

1g of Carbohydrate = 4 calories / 17kj

1g of Protein = 4 calories / 17kj

1g of fat = 9 calories / 37kj

1g of alcohol = 7 calories / 29kj

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CONCLUSION:

Stay away from refined and process foods and try to balance your macro values to support your goals or general healthy living. Never follow a diet by leaving out a macro nutrient. DON’T follow a low carb diet / a low protein diet. It is not healthy and your weight loss goals will not be sustainable. Everything is about BALANCE…Consistency is key and always option for the best healthiest choices. Make a mindful decision to educate yourself on the values of food and see it as an investment in your health. Don’t let weight loss become an obsession but rather see it as a journey to better health and lifestyle.

Its all about the choices you make, so think about what you fuel your body with!

Have a super amazing and productive educated week ;-)

REFERENCES
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11429982
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1426093
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889822
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein
  5. www.bodybuilding.com
  6. www.usn.co.za 

Girls, Get Your Guns

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Girls Get it right…

Originally posted on Body and Lifestyle Challenges:

Why Women Should Lift Weights!

Hormones and diet make the sexes different, but women can still build muscle and gain strength. You don’t want to look like a man, but you need to become a stronger woman!

Many women make a huge mistake when they step foot in the gym. They assume that heavy weightlifting will turn them into gargantuan man-ladies. If you’re a woman, answer this: when you go into the gym, what is the typical tact you take to your workout program?

Do you first do a light warm-up on the mats? Then do you head over to the cardio machines for a good 20 or 40 minutes, thinking you’ve gotta blast that cheesecake you mashed last night? Then, do you flex with a few rounds of lightweight circuit sets? Finally, maybe you head off to the exercise mats to crunch for 10 to 20 minutes trying to…

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6 Surprising Fat-Loss Facts

I had to share this with you. There is so many myths out there about diet, nutrition and fat-loss. Most of us are left with confusion and end up following the wrong advice or believe systems…

Get the real fat-loss facts right here! These six Optimum athletes know just what it takes to uncover those muscles hiding out under your body fat. Here’s what they have to say about some of those pervasive fat-loss myths.

Not seeing the fat-loss results you’ve been training for? It may be because you’re falling for some fat-loss falsehoods! Get the straight facts about fat loss right here. Most regular gym-goers are there for one thing and one thing only: to lose fat. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that goal, many people aren’t training for it in the most efficient ways and thus struggle to make real progress. What’s usually to blame for these ineffective fat-loss plans is a whole bunch of misinformation.

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FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “If I train abs really hard every day, I will lose belly fat and get a six-pack.”

REALITY: Everyone has a six-pack. It’s a muscle called your rectus abdominus. The only reason it’s not visible on everyone is because it’s usually covered with a layer of body fat. You could do 1,000 crunches seven days per week, but that won’t help you burn that layer of fat.

In order to lose fat, you must monitor your caloric intake and eat fewer calories than you expend. That way, your body will use stored fat for fuel. When your body burns fat for fuel, you don’t get to pick which parts of your body the fat will come off. Eventually, your entire body will be leaner, including that coveted abdominal area!

JEN THOMPSON

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “You can turn all of your body fat into toned muscle by lifting weights.”

REALITY: It is not possible to turn your body fat into muscle. Fat is fat and muscle is muscle—you can’t magically turn one into the other by lifting weights or doing cardio. However, weight training is the easiest way to control the shape of your body. The more muscle you have, the more fat your body will burn.

Keep in mind, though, that you can have a lot of muscle and still have fat covering it up. That’s why you need to do weight training, cardio, and have a clean, nutritious diet to maximize your weight loss and body-shaping potential.

ALEX CARNEIRO

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “When trying to lose weight you need to drop your carbs and fats, but keep your protein intake high.”

REALITY: Fats and carbs both play a role in fat loss. Fats are responsible for hormone production, joint lubrication, and many other important health and muscle-building factors. Dropping your fats too low could compromise your health and your goals. Everyone’s body and metabolism is different, so it’s crucial to know how many grams of healthy fat you need to eat for a balanced nutrition regimen.

Carbs are always perceived as the enemy, but they too have a significant role in fat loss. The body needs glucose to work, and to a certain level, your brain requires it to think and function optimally. Some will argue that technically we don’t need carbs, but many of your body’s basic functions will decrease in performance without the right amount of carbs at the right times.

As for protein, a high-protein diet could benefit people in a caloric deficit.

KELLY RENNIE

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Eating fat makes you fat.”

REALITY: Fat doesn’t make you fat—consuming too many calories does. Foods that contain fat are part of a healthy diet, help maintain your lean body mass, and assist with metabolic function. Healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can be found in extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, avocados, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, flaxseeds, and more. If you want to lose fat, you need to eat fewer calories and/or burn more calories.

NOAH SIEGEL

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Cardio is all I need for fat loss.”

REALITY: Every gym has the guy or gal who does an hour and half of cardio but never seems to make physique changes. They’re living proof that if you don’t change things up, steady-state cardio will become less and less effective at reducing your body fat.

Most people will be able to quickly lose a few pounds when they start a cardiovascular program. Usually, this “program” is a long, drawn out battle with the treadmill or my most-hated machine, the elliptical. The initial drop in body fat is due to the new stimuli, but that trend quickly begins to taper off until eventually the individual is able to go longer and longer distances without any change in body composition. As you get “better” at doing cardio, your body makes specific adaptations to the stress being placed on it in order to become more efficient. Your body will increase your ability to transport and use oxygen, create more capillaries to deliver blood and oxygen to the needed muscles, and will strengthen the bones and muscles being used.

Simply put, as you get better at the activity, you stop expending the same amount of calories. Eventually, you’ll reach a point where you simply stop burning fat. This is a necessary adaptation from our ancestors who had to travel long distances without the amenities that we have today. (Of course, they weren’t eating any donuts or Big Macs.)

Once your body adapts to the stress you put on it, it’s time to change the stress. Personally, I’d only run for a long distance if I were being chased by a hungry lion, so it’s unlikely you’d catch me on the treadmill. I prefer to do weight training circuits combined with calisthenics, sprints, and jumps to keep things interesting. You can mix things however you wish, as long as you find it challenging.

Example circuit:
Little to no rest between exercises
Rest 3-5 minutes between circuits
Repeat circuit 3 times

20 burpees
20 box jumps
30 air squats
Bear crawl: length of gym
Crab walk: length of the gym
Rope drills (waves, slams, etc.): 4 sets of 30 seconds
Agility ladder drills: 4 sets

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This should be about a 20-minute cardio session that yields 10 times the results than an hour of boredom on the treadmill.

KELECHI OPARA

FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Eating small meals frequently speeds up your metabolism so you can burn more fat.”

REALITY: Bro-scientists will insist that eating small portions every 2-3 hours will increase your metabolism. They base this on the thermic effect of food (TEF), which refers to the energy (calorie) cost of your body processing the food you consume. On average, 15 percent of the calories you consume are burned by processing them (although the rate varies by macronutrient). Someone took this idea and assumed that the more frequently people consume their meals, the more frequent TEF will take effect and thus increase fat oxidation.

This seems like a good thought at first. But numerous research studies have proven this to be false and simple math reinforces what these studies already show. Here’s an example:

Let’s look at two people consuming 1800 calories. The 0.15 represents the thermic effect of food.

Person 1 consumes 6 meals of 300 calories: 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 + 300 x 0.15 = 270 calories burned.

Person 2 consumes 3 meals of 600 calories: 600 x 0.15 + 600 x 0.15 + 600 x 0.15 = 270 calories burned.

As you can see, the amount of calories oxidized through digestion is the same no matter how frequently a person eats.

Eating more frequently holds no metabolic advantage over eating less frequently. Of course, if spreading your meals across six feeds per day is more comfortable and easier for you, then do it. The key is to choose a meal frequency that fits your lifestyle. That way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your plan over time.

Believe and you will achieve…

I have come so far and I believe YOU CAN 2. I’m sharing this even if I can inspire 1 person to make the decision to CHANGE and become the BEST version of yourself. Never EVER EVER give up and NEVER fear failure…

BELIEVE AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE. Never give up on yourself you are worth it.

Believe You Can

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Slow progress is better than no progress

Crazy week or two with so much going on at the moment and I cannot wait to share it all.

How are things going with your new year resolutions / goals etc, are you one step ahead or maybe two steps behind? If two steps behind don’t worry its not to late. Get up, get back and give it your all.

Remember slow progress is better than NO PROGRESS!

Believe you can

So the holiday season is over and everyone is slowly but surely getting back to “reality”. Most of the time a “Holiday” is exactly what we all tend to do over the festive season – (often holidays) an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling. A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done…Holiday comes with leisure and loads of snacking, socializing, drinking, eating more than usual. So now that the holiday is over it doesn’t mean all your temptations will be over and that is why we need to be realistic in setting weight loss goals from here. I would like to share a few pointers on how to get back on track.

* START by making sure you are well hydrated. Replace all your sugary / alcohol drinks with water and loads of it. Start by cleaning your system by drinking a glass of luke warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. This will kick start your digestive system and it is a great liver cleanser. There is so many advantages of lemon to the body but I’m not going into the details now!

* Then prepare your food in advance as far as possible. This will not only prevent you from driving into the first available fast food drive through! Remember fail to plan and plan to fail.

* Set a weekly goal. For example: I will attend gym 4 times this week and have one jog / walk over the weekend…Print a calendar and put it up on your fridge. Make healthy living FUN and part of your life. It doesn’t have to be a barrier to get to the gym – see it as a fun and effective way of stress relieve and let the feeling of accomplishment drive you!

* REWARD yourself: Yes you’re right I said reward yourself. Depending on your budget or what you perceive as a reward and let it be once a month where you go and actually “reward” yourself with a manicure / pedicure / sport massage / a nice t-shirt whatever it is. Set out 1 day in the month and stick to 1 reward per goal. This is a great way to stay motivated if you know there is something “at the end”…If it is pizza / food make sure the timing you have your meal is correct! Don’t over indulge in a pizza or dessert before you go to bed for example lol.

Start with small steps and in the end you will be a runner towards success in every aspect of your life! Don’t fear failure. Let everyday be a new day. Forget about the past and move forward!

One of the things I said to myself was that I want this to be my best year yet when it comes to Fitness / Nutrition and assisting others to reach their goals and to transform not only bodies but minds & lives. If I can be an inspiration or a motivation to one person to start their journey to become healthy, then I’m already happy and one step closer to my goal.

As you all know by now I have a passion for “healthy living”, nutrition & being a fit.

So I decided to do a 2 year Diploma in Sport Science…I just realized that I have such a passion for this and would LOVE to further my passion with knowledge, by being even more qualified to help individuals. This will be done part time, so where I will manage to find the time with my life / work / 1 year old hehe I don’t know yet BUT I WILL SUCCEED and live my dream one day at a time!  I want to offer something different! Not just an average personal trainer you work out with leaving the gym empty handed, but rather equip and educate you in the process of what it is that you’re really doing! I will use my Design background and design workout log sheets for each client with a gym & nutrition plan specifically designed for you. It will be compiled either in a file or booklet format with a unique personalized program etc. This will not only motivate yourself to track your results / process but will also inspire yourself to look back on a “journal” to becoming the best version of yourself! I’m almost done with my Sport Nutrition & Supplementation Certificate so I’m excited to say the least :-)…Busy busy busy

Then: GREAT NEWS for Potchefstroom!!!

Perfect Pulse

Myself and Perfect Pulse have just finalized the details for the “Perfect Pulse Truth about Fat loss Nutrition and Exercise Workshop”. We will be hosting it on the 15th March @ Willows Garden Hotel Potchefstroom. 82 Govan Mbeki Drive and we will be starting at 10am sharp. Please contact me Claudine on 082 555 2174 or e-mail claudinekidson@gmail.com to book your place. Once you know the truth, you will see just how easy it is to achieve that dream body and maintain it WITHOUT dieting. It is time you know the truth….see you there!!!! It is R150 per person and believe me when I say this will be the best investment you can make for yourself!

Hope to see you there…

Then Personally:

I had to share this with you all. My baby girl is so cute she is “at a stage” where she copycats everything I do and when I saw this picture of us (which I never thought I would share) it reminded me of her = mommy & baby TEAMwork lol

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You must have a blessed week and remember to get up and give it your all. Set goals and believe in yourself!

New year and new goals…

So after a month or 3  “off-season” I’m back and ready for this year more than EVER! Back to “clean” eating & pumped training. Ready to be fit, healthy, strong & toned, are you?!

This is me now :-), don’t look at the hair & make-up cause theres none haha, had a good sweat!

Bring it on

I don’t know if it’s only me but oh my Holidays just make me gain weight! I went all out this holiday and believe me when I say I overindulged in sweets, “good” food NO NOT HEALTHY food ;-) and then of course the more than usual “social” drinking.

I do believe we all let go at some point the question is just will you get back to what is best for you? Do you have any goals or resolutions? I don’t normally have resolutions but I do have goals.

One of them is that I want to be fit to enter a race or two in running and Mountain biking. So I started running again and its GREAT! Going slow but I’m super motivated to get back to where I use to be at and even at a better pace!

Then there is some EXCITING things lined up and I will share them with you as soon as everything is finalised!

Let this be your best year yet. Stick to the plan and don’t be a January / February gym attender, but let this be a year of consistency and dedication. Don’t set unrealistic goals and set yourself up for failure by not achieving them.

Get a plan and stick to the plan…Let everyday be a journey to a healthier & happier you!

Do you have any goals? Please do share them.

Have a super week,

Claudine

A beautiful day – 8 January 2014

What a beautiful special day. Today 1 year ago I gave birth to my beautiful princess girl…I have tears of joy when I think about the year that went by so fast and I feel so blessed to celebrate this day as a proud mommy. 

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My life has changed so much over the year that I don’t even have words to share the journey.

There is one thing though and that is that being a mommy is the most rewarding, amazing, biggest blessing there can ever be. She is the sunshine in my life. From the moment I hold her close to my heart I experienced a love that I can never explain in words.

It’s been a bumpy year here and there personally but with her in my life everyday was so worth getting up and giving motherhood my all.

I’m not only her mommy but believe her best friend. We have each other and that is what I LIVE FOR! We do EVERYTHING together.

This post is dedicated to all the mommies out there and all the soon to be parents; Cherish every second with your little ones, they grow up so fast!

 Celebrating life! I love you BOO you are an amazing special girl and the biggest blessing I could have EVER asked for. 

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Her birthday party is on Saturday and the Theme I decided on is Hello Kitty, this is the invite I designed for her :-), its in Afrikaans for those who don’t have a clue what is written on it ;-)

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What a year… {31.12.2013}

I come to the end of 2013 with a sudden flash of events going through my mind. Trying to recap 2013 is almost impossible, with so much that went on…

I can recall the moments that changed my life! There were moments of tears and moments of uncontained laughter. There were obstacles followed by rewards of conquering what I thought was the impossible. There were sadness and there was uncontained joy, there were heartaches and breakups and there were new relationships! I can honestly confess that this is the one-year that I NEVER want to relive although I will live from what I’ve learned. This however was a year of personal growth and achievements, a year that required strength in the things that mattered most.

We need to learn to take what we need from the experiences only to equip us for what is to come. Most of of all learn how to leave behind the things that pulled you down and look forward to the things that will pull us up.

With a welcoming heart I’m eagerly waiting for 2014…Isn’t it amazing how the human mind perceive the last day of one year to the first day of a new year as a new beginning…

Lets focus on the positive and the amazing things ahead. Enter 2014 with an expectation. Set goals and standards in the areas you wish to improve. Make a mindful decision NOW that this will be your best year to come. Let the past be foundation blocks only to building a better feature. Learn from your experiences and be thankful for how far you have come.

No matter how small the steps, the journey is what counts; always strive for progress and not perfection!

Lets make it count. I look forward to more blogging and sharing my new goals for 2014…

Have a super New Years Eve.

Blessings,

Claudine

 

Never Skip Leg Day

Never Skip Leg Day

Being a mommy…

Can anything EVER be as rewarding as being a mommy…I wake up daily with this song in my heart. Loving my little angel more and more every second that goes by. She is 10 months old and I can’t believe in less than 2 months we will celebrate her first year of life!

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Did I ever really know what love is? Maybe a little, maybe not even at all. Until the day I gave birth to my beautiful princess girl. Being a mommy can be tough at times. It requires ALLOT of your time, patience, care and responsibility but nothing can ever be as rewarding. I believe there is times we feel like failures and times that we feel like super Moms, all apart of the wonderful journey of being a parent!

Yesterday my baby girl had a visit from her daddy, which in the end was the “Perfect me time” opportunity, to get things done that I don’t normally have time for! As I drove away from the house the only thing I could think of was my little “babsie” and how I miss her already. Is it normal or is it strange…

So what did I do in my “me time”…LOL

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Well first of all I’m proud to say I registered for the first time to be able to vote in the elections next year! Yes I know almost 28 and never voted before. Shy & Embarrassed to say the least but Oh well now I can ;-) and just “maybe’ my X will make a difference!

Then I decided to go to the mall to spoil myself with “something” ONLY to walk out with shopping bags filled with…what?? Clothes for my little one HAHAHA! Can you relate? Going to the shop for one thing walking out with 10 things but the 1 you initially went there for? I love buying beautiful things for her and to be honest I put her first every single time and will do so way before I put myself first! Ok ok, I did buy something ;-) a Nike short and training vest…

Can’t post it all but how cute is this:

First of all check out the Nike Shorts & T-Shirt – Isn’t it just adorable? As you know by now I love NIKE so believe she will to ;-) or that is what mommy will buy her haha! Then the LTD outfit next to it – The fabric is amazing.

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Then…with summer here I decided to buy her a swimming pool and she loves it. Its so cute.

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Then the not so fun part, or rather the more expensive part…It was time to upgrade the car seat and Oh boy this can get an expensive exercise! If things go on like this I might just apply for a second job and a third ;-)! BUT again seeing her smile and “appreciation” is priceless and once again every cent well spend!

She loves her F1 Car Seat that have 4 recline positions so from here she’s driving in style!

New Car Seat

Core of my message: You are the best mommy or daddy to your little one. Although things might be overwhelming at times and the ‘me times” limited we are what they have. You were blessed with a child, a cousin, a friend for a reason and maybe just a season. So appreciate the ones around you and see the personal reward in everything you do.

Once again a productive and fun-filled weekend. Every day holds in something new…Never take one day for granted. Appreciate every second of every moment. Time waits for no one. You are like a gardener planting the foundation seeds in your child’s life that will flourish one day at a time!

Taking on this challenge, will you join in?

So I received an email tonight about NaBloPoMo, have you ever heard of it? Well this was the first time I’ve heard of it *blushing* BUT if you knew about this then now is the time to give yourself a HIGH FIVE ;-)!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal of the NaNoWriMo project is where thousands of writers aim to complete a novel of 50 000 words by November 30th / NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month.

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So first things first I’m definitely not a novelist or writer by profession so I would rather stick to the 30 Days = 30 Posts idea?! So what do you think, will you join in on this challenge? The challenge is to post once a day for the entire month of November. I personally think this is a great way to get started or to “fire up” your passion for blogging, or just to get you back to blogging if for some reason you neglected posting for a while (that’s me)!

If there’s one thing creative people agree on it’s that the more you do something, the better you get at it. If you want to be a better writer, you have to write; if you want to be a better blogger, you have to post. And one way to break down the barriers between thinking about writing and actually doing it is by posting every day for a month.

Don’t put pressure on yourself to post the perfect post, just get started and be YOURSELF. Write about the things that inspire, challenge or interest you. Easy as that, no rules, no guidelines, just you and your creative mind speaking to the “bloggers” world ;-)!

So if you decide this challenge is for you then join NaBloPoMo and Add Your Blog to the 2013 Blogroll Now – http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-november-2013-blogroll before November 5th, make sure you are added to the official blogroll and remember to tag your posts with NaBloPoMo so other WordPress.com bloggers can find you.

Note: I did not go into detail about NaBloPoMon / NaNoWriMo so if you need more information go and read more about it at:

I’m just using the concept as inspiration to get back to what I love…Blogging!

Happy blogging friends.

C

I DID IT and now need your support…

 I DID IT!

I have been chosen as one of the top 38 USN Face of Fitness entrants which means I am one step closer to my goal, and I need YOUR VOTE to help me.

I took on the Ultimate Challenge this year after my pregnancy to get back into shape after gaining a terrible amount of weight, 25kg to be exact.

My goal was to enter the 2013 USN Face of Fitness cover model search. It is 1 of my ULTIMATE goals/dreams to be on the cover of Fitness Magazine and to be part of the USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition team and if I could win this it will mean I get the exposure to reach more people. To inspire, motivate and help others to get into the best shape of their lives is what makes me happy…Apart from that I really do need the cash prize that comes along with it…

Therefore I want to ask you to PLEASE VOTE FOR ME, I have worked SO HARD for this.

Click on the link to vote it will only take a minute of your time. Please remember to confirm your vote on the verification email that will be sent to you.

VOTE HERE: Claudine Kidson - http://www.fitnessmag.co.za/usn-cover-search/vote-top-38/gallery/claudine-kidson/vote/

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Thank you for your amazing support and by taking the time to vote… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so excited and blessed to be part of it. Thank you for your vote.
Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson

Time for a new goal…

So my 12 Week Total Body Transformation Challenge came to an end and I was super happy with my results and reached my goal as I hoped to. I lost a total of 25kg and I reached my goal weight of 48kg… The aim is NOT to be be skinny but rather to be STRONG & FIT, TONED & LEANED OUT!!!

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Skinny is not sexy – Strong & Healthy is beautiful – This is my opinion…

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But now it is time for a new challenge and a new goal… I reached my transformation goal now I want to focus more on the detail of building muscle, to boost my strength, and get absolutely shredded by burning fat, AND to top it off I only have six weeks to achieve the next “thing”. I cannot reveal it now but I will tell you everything in 39 days. :-)

So new program – new diet –  new goals – new supplementation…I decided to try out Jim Stoppani’s  6 Week Shortcut to Shred! I absolutely LOVED the LiveFit trainer from Jamie Eason but I did the trainer a few times over the last two years, so I’m up for a new challenge/program…

More about the program:
Shortcut to Shred is a fast-paced fitness attack guaranteed to torch body fat, build muscle, and boost your strength. It’s an intense, six-week plan built on six workouts per week, linear and reverse linear periodization, cardio acceleration, a precise three-phase nutrition plan, and a cutting-edge supplement program. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.

Shortcut to Shred isn’t easy, but you don’t want easy. You want results.

So is there anyone out there NOT on a specific program who wants to join in on this challenge?

I’m starting today – I switched the days around cause I did Chest & Shoulders yesterday – So here goes:

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Whoop lets do this… I will post more about my supplementation etc soon.

Then to all my new blog visitors & subscribers & Facebook group friends – Welcome – I hope we can encourage, motivate and inspire each other on the journey on becoming fit and fab! Get your friends to like my Facebook page, join the blog, follow a tweet and lets get this circle of friends going.

Have a super day.
– C -

Week 12: DONE AND DUSTED…

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.

Week 10:

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get an appointment for my measurements for Week 10 but I managed to get one for Week 11 & 12.

This is Week 11 – Did the measurements yesterday and the progress pic today!
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The reason why I share my progress pics is to motivate others where and if possible.

Week 12: DONE AND DUSTED:

Progress 12 Weeks: Body Transformation Challenge Round 2 Post Pregnancy

Progress 12 Weeks: Body Transformation Challenge Round 2 Post Pregnancy

Week 12

Week 12

Week 12 Measurements

Week 12 Measurements

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!!!

CLAUDINE’S QUEST TO HER NEW BODY – POST-PREGNANCY

Thank you USN for sharing my story and my journey. Without the EXCEPTIONAL products this would not be possible to achieve. I’m proud to be associated with the USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition Brand.

Thank you for all the support from friends, followers and my blog visitors. I really do hope I can can inspire others to become healthier. It is possible and YOU CAN DO IT!

Believe in yourself!

This was released in the USN July 2013 Newsletter.

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Claudine Kidson is doing the USN 12-week Body Makeover Challenge for a second time. The first time she did so well that she was one of the 10 finalists in the USN Body Makeover Challenge competition. This time, she’s doing it to get back to her best after becoming a mom. The two challenges have been quite different because of so many changes in Claudine’s life and her body. Her journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s inspirational to all women, whether you’re a new mom or not.

What motivated you to do the 12-week Challenge the first time?

I was tired of being overweight and unhealthy. I felt bloated, tired, irritated and left with a low self esteem most of the time. I had the “dream” in my heart of being in shape for the first time in my life by transforming my body to be a healthier version of myself and to experience being confident in my own skin! It was something I wanted to do for MYSELF! Obviously the prize money was a HUGE motivation to enter because I needed it so much…

How long after you completed the Challenge the first time did you discover you were pregnant?

Only five months after being in the best shape of my life I found out I was pregnant, which of course was the biggest blessing of my life. I completed my first challenge at the end of November 2011 and I found out I was pregnant April in 2012.

Was it tough to accept that all your hard work was about to be undone to during your pregnancy?

Yes, it was EXTREMELY hard, as I worked so very hard to achieve my goal. BUT the best part was that I had the “taste” of being in shape for the first time in my life. And once you have felt the feeling of a healthy self-esteem and being confident about your body, you will never look back… So I knew I would work hard to get back into shape post pregnancy!

Did you breastfeed?

Yes I did, but only up to 3 months.

What motivated you to do the 12-week Challenge the second time?

There is no better feeling than being confident with your body… The feeling I felt after my first USN Challenge was priceless. That was amazing and enough to want it for a second time. I also want to prove to other mommies out there that it is possible, even if you gained as much weight as I did, or if you neglected your fitness during your pregnancy months, that you can turn it around. I gained way above 20kg… I love the feeling of being fit, healthy and the best mommy for my beautiful little girl. I want to be an example for her to follow one day. But most importantly, I wanted to show myself that I CAN DO IT a second time no matter what my circumstances are! Giving myself that hour of “me” time in the gym is the best reward for myself…

What have been the major differences between the first time and the second time?

Physically?

It felt as if I needed to start all over again. I wasn’t fit at all and carried so much more extra weight, water and fat than the first time. I’m obviously more challenged physically with all the changes that took place in my body. I had a c-section so had to keep that in mind as well.

Emotionally?

Things are definitely way more difficult than the first time around… I’m now a single mommy and time management is crucial! No more early mornings and late afternoon gym sessions. I have an hour per day for one training session so I have to make it work. Being a first-time mom requires a lot of time and dedication itself. So there are times when I’m emotionally tired of coping with all the new responsibilities; but ultimately, I feel so much better in every area… I still wake up 3-4 times per night for feedings so there are days that I’m really tired, but the hardest part is to get to the gym. Once I’m there and I finish my training I always feel energized and happier!

Logistically?

The effort it takes to get to the gym is an effort in itself! Logistically I need to plan my way to get there after a long day at work. I need to collect my daughter from crèche and on route to the gym. I look like a “pack horse” when I arrive at the gym. My gym bag, baby bag, Kaylen in her car seat… So imagine that! A 7kg baby in a car seat with two bags can get heavy you know!

Has motivation been more difficult the second time around?

Most definitely. It is tough at times. I’m a single mommy now and believe me when I say there are days that I’m so tired and not motivated and have personal things going on as well so I need to be more focused. But then again I realize the reward there will be from all the hard work and dedication. I only have myself to keep motivated so I just pick myself up and work harder!

Your body went through some major changes in the past 18 months, have you adjusted your goals from what they were the first time you did the Challenge?

Most definitely, I had to make adjustments and first and most important was the mental adjustments. If you keep comparing yourself to your first challenge and progress you will set yourself up for failure. You need to take your “current” physique into account and the fact that I just had a baby and then set goals accordingly. I couldn’t expect to drop all the weight I’ve gained during the nine months in one month; it is not realistic at all. I had to adjust my training schedule and I had to focus 101% on my diet to reach my goals in the time frame that I wanted to…

Have you found the same USN supplements as effective in both Challenges or have you made some changes to you supplementation choices?

Again I stuck to the plan – the USN 12 Week Body Makeover Plan – because it works! The only adjustment I made was replacing the Diet Fuel Ultralean with the Elite Whey Gold. The reason is so I was super focused on my diet so I could introduce it sooner. I also take the CLA Hardcore on and off in conjunction with the CLA 1000. I also introduced the USN Hyperdrive N.O on occasion to assist me in training my bigger muscle groups.

I will only adjust my supplements from Week 9 which will be next week, so you will have to follow my progress on my blog to see what changes I make and just how successful I am the second time around – http://www.lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com.

To find out more about the Body Makeover Challenge vissit USN: www.usn.co.za

This is for the ladies…

4 Ways To Relieve PMS Symptoms.

Trying to overcome PMS can be a challenge, especially when you don’t feel like yourself. Many women face the uncomfortable reality of their menstrual cycle. Try these tips to conquer your symptoms and feel better every month.

“That time of the month” can turn even the most polite princess into a complete ogre. Many women experience severe symptoms not only during menstruation but also in the weeks leading up to it. Mood swings, cramps, bloating, fatigue, and headaches can take their toll, but enough is enough!

PMS shouldn’t get in the way of your daily activities. Nobody should have to spend the whole day on the couch with the lights down and a heat pad on. Try these four helpful methods for reducing the pain and discomfort!

Even if you don’t suffer from severe symptoms, these methods can help keep you going throughout that “fun” week.

/ Keep On Trucking

Pain and fatigue can make you feel like you should skip the gym, but don’t! Exercise improves circulation, which can help reduce cramps and headaches. It also releases endorphins for a feel-good high and a boost of energy.

Try exercising 30 minutes at least a few days each week. You’ll feel much better. Keep it fun. Run, swim, lift, hit a yoga class, or just take Spike for a walk.

/ Banish Bloat

Bloating associated with PMS is uncomfortable and can interfere with daily activities. There are a few ways to reduce water retention and eliminate that heavy feeling. First, drink lots of water. Although it might seem counterintuitive, water will actually keep you from bloating.

If you’re dehydrated, your kidneys tell your body to hold onto water. If you need help getting that much water, eat hydrating fruit like watermelon and oranges.

Next, reduce your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain water and caffeine and carbonated beverages can also cause intestinal distress and bloating.

Third, eat clean and healthy foods rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, like celery, asparagus, and cucumbers.

/ Try Natural Supplements

Not everybody loves running to the drugstore for bottles of pills. If you want to keep it pharmaceutical-free, try some natural supplements.

A calcium supplement may effectively curb PMS symptoms. It may help relieve headaches, mood swings, and muscle cramps. For best results, try 1,200 mg per day1. You can also take magnesium, which may reduce muscular contractions, ease cramps, and reduce fatigue.

Chasteberry, or Vitex, is another great option for manage your PMS symptoms. It reduces symptoms of irritability, depression, headaches, and bloating. In a study, subjects consumed one 20-milligram tablet per day to ease symptoms2.

This herb is particularly helpful to prevent breast tenderness by decreasing the release of prolactin from the pituitary glands.

/ Take A Chill Pill

Another natural method to relieve PMS symptoms is through relaxation techniques. Acupuncture is an ancient medical treatment used to treat a variety of health conditions. It increases circulation to ease menstrual cramps and promotes increased natural endorphin release. As with a killer workout, you’ll feel great almost immediately.

 

Relaxation through meditation is another great way to calm body and mind to ease PMS symptoms3. Take some time for yourself anytime of the month, but especially while you’re menstruating. Allow your body to go through its natural process.

When to See a Doctor ///

Menstruation can be a painful, uncomfortable inevitability for many women. These strategies should ease many PMS symptoms, but they are not fix-alls. If you grapple with excruciating pain every month and nothing seems to be helping, go see your physician.

These are some of the top natural remedies to help you manage and potentially ease your PMS symptoms. Start using two or three of these techniques yourself and you should notice significant improvements in the way you feel throughout this 7-14 day period.

References

  1. Jurgens, TM. (2009). Herbs, vitamins, and minerals in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 16(3).
  2. Schellenberg, R. (2000). Treatment for premenstrual syndrome with agnus castus fruit extract: prospective, randomised, placebo controlled study. BMJ. 322:134.
  3. Albert J. Arias, Karen Steinberg, Alok Banga, and Robert L. Trestman. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. October 2006, 12(8): 817-832. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.12.817.

 

My current progress

My current progress

My current progress the post will follow…

Week 8 Day 4:

Week 8 (5)

Measurements:

Week 8 (6)

Week 5 Progress – YOUR best is the best…

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

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

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

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

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

Herewith my 5 week measurement.

Week 5 Measurements 001

Week 5 Progress Pics:

Week 5 Progress Pic

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

Day 1 - Week 5

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

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

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

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

 

Bodybuilding terms explained…

Understanding weight training and the terms used used in most advanced training programs:

Weight training helps tighten and tone your body from head to toe. When you add more lean muscle to your frame, your metabolism increases even more which means you will end up to burn more body fat while you are at rest.

So I just finished my first 4 weeks of the LiveFit trainer with no cardio…The reason why no cardio was to ensure that I add the muscle that I want. The aim here was some muscle building…

PHASE 1: WEEK 1 & 2 LiveFit Trainer

Repitition range of 3 Sets x 12 Reps per set:

“This is the muscle-endurance phase, and it’s based on a traditional training split. The goal is to prepare your muscles for a strength-training program that will also promote muscle growth. Not bodybuilder-quantity muscle, but leaned, toned muscle that’ll give your body the “lines” you’ve always wanted.

During these first two weeks I did 3 sets of 12 repetitions (3 X 12) per exercise, resting 60 seconds (give or take) in between each set.”

Week 3 & 4 LiveFit Trainer:

Week 3 marked the start of the muscle-building phase. The rep range fell to 10 reps so 3 sets of 10 repetitions per exercise so now we started to lift heavier. (3×10)

Remember your last repetition of 10 should be difficult but not impossible to complete. Remember, too easy, increase the weight; too hard, decrease it.

Today will be day one of Phase 2:

This is the start of intense muscle-building and the introduction of cardio, to kick-start the fat-burning. Oh yes bring it on!!!!

The repetitions in this phase fall between 8 and 10, with the exception of certain exercises, where really taxing the muscle requires more volume.

Work at 85% of your maximum effort, which means your last rep in each set should be a struggle but still doable.

Don’t sacrifice form for strength, and ask for a spot as you progressively lift heavier weight. Safety is key!

Lifting heavier means you’ll need longer rest periods between sets. For some exercises, you’ll feel ready to continue after one minute; other exercises might require two. Regardless, the rest period should be long enough to allow you to tackle each set with as much exertion as possible.

The one exception is when you encounter exercises grouped as a superset. This means performing an exercise set immediately after a different exercise set with nearly no rest taken between exercises (sets) — only enough to position yourself for the second exercise.

While we’re on the topic of definitions, you’ll also need to know what “lifting to failure” means: On your last set of an exercise, instead of lifting to a set number (rep), continuing to lift until the muscle is fatigued and another full rep can’t be performed.

Incorporating cardio:

Though lifting heavier will increase your heart rate, at this point in the program, we will begin to incorporate 4 days of medium-intensity cardio, done in 30-minute increments.

Forgoing the cardio in the first phase allowed your body to use all of the “clean” calories it consumed for everyday activities and building muscle. By introducing medium-intensity cardio in Phase Two, we’ll begin to facilitate fat burning, while minimizing the risk of losing any hard-earned muscle.

Exercise

Each individual movement (e.g., a seated pulley row, barbell curl, or seated calf raise) that you perform in your bodybuilding workouts.

Set

Group of reps (lifting and lowering a weight) of an exercise after which you take a brief rest period. For example, if you complete 10 reps, set the weight down, complete eight more reps, set the weight down again, and repeat for six more reps, you have completed three sets of the exercise. A grouping of repetitions that is followed by a rest interval and usually another set

Repetition (rep)

The number of times you lift and lower a weight in one set of an exercise. For example, if you lift and lower a weight 10 times before setting the weight down, you have completed 10 “reps” in one set.

Rest Interval

Pause between sets of an exercise, which allows muscles to recover partially before beginning next set.

Superset:

This means performing an exercise set immediately after a different exercise set with nearly no rest taken between exercises (sets) — only enough to position yourself for the second exercise. Supersetting involves doing two exercises with no rest in between.

Lifting to failure:

On your last set of an exercise, instead of lifting to a set number (rep), continuing to lift until the muscle is fatigued and another full rep can’t be performed.

Failure – That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

1 Rep Max:

The weight that allows a person to go to failure following just one rep.

Drop Sets:

Also known as strip sets, drop sets involve the immediate reduction of weight between sets with no rest. This will thoroughly burn out a muscle.

Rest-Pause:

Do a set to failure. Rest for 5 to 10 seconds then do a few more reps with the same weight. Do this once or a few times depending on your energy levels and how far you wish to push. With this technique you can take a weight you can only do for a certain number of reps and increase that amount.

Forced Reps:

Forced reps are a frequently used method of extending a set past the point of failure to induce greater gains in muscle mass and quality. With forced reps, a training partner pulls upward on the bar just enough for you to grind out two or three reps past the failure threshold.

Negative Reps:

One or two partners help you lift a weight up to 10-50% heavier than you would normally lift to finish point of movement. Then you slowly lower weight on your own.

Partial Reps:

Performing an exercise without going through a complete range of motion either at the beginning or end of a rep.

Pyramids:

Increasing the weight with each new set while decreasing the number of reps. The weight is then reduced and the reps increased.

Trisets:

Three exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.

GIANT SETS

Performing a series of 4-6 exercises, done with little or no rest between each movements, and a rest interval of 3-4 minutes between each giant sets. You can perform giant sets for either two antagonistic muscle groups or a single body part.

Note: Giant Sets are extremely intense. Great care should be taken when attempting to perform a giant set.

21s:

When performing 21s, 7 reps are performed in the lower half of the motion, then 7 reps are performed in the upper half, and the set is finshed with 7 complete reps.

Resource: bodybuilding.com / Jamie Eason LiveFit Training Program

Cardio @ home

Ok so I found something on Pinterest that I can do at home who is with me :-)

Sorry cant give credit cause I don’t know who posted it originally oops!

No more excuses of no time for cardio even if I have to set my alarm for 3am lol I WILL WILL WILL DO THIS!

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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!

Day 10 Progress

Week 2 Progress

Hi to all my fit and fabulous friends… So let me recap on what I’ve been up to J

Today is day 10 of my 12 Week Body Makeover Challenge. So far I believe so good – 100% clean on my diet and ok I’m getting to one training session a day – 45min – 60 min max. I had legs on my program today but have to admit I did not have one of the best days in the gym. I don’t get to do cardio at the moment and this to me is a huge disappointment!

I have to admit that I was slightly discouraged today for I keep comparing this transformation to my previous one only to realize I’m setting myself up for failure in that way and I need to change my way of thinking…

WHY?

Sometimes in life our circumstances change and so I realized tonight that, I need to adjust my mindset accordingly. As everyone knows by now I’m a new mommy to a beautiful baby girl and obviously the time limit for myself is limited. I feel so guilty to pick her up at the daycare only to take her to the next stop – the gym L. It is terrible but I just don’t have any other option. I do feel rushed in the gym and not even to mention that I’m there on the busiest time of the day – Late afternoon 16:30/17:00 when everyone train after work! But again I don’t have any other option so I must make it work! So the gym is full, equipment all in use, my time is limited so do you think there is a chance to get irritated or discouraged – YES there is.

BUT…

Today I want to encourage you by telling you that we have the ability to make the decision whether or not we are going to allow our circumstances to determine our attitude or will we make the decision to change our mindset, adjust, be positive and make the best out of it?

So even though I cant train twice a day like I use to I will make the best out of the opportunity that I do have to train.

I did add the Waterslim product from USN to my supplements and I have to say what an exceptional product to reduce water retention!

Rapid Water Loss Drink for a toned Physique

Rapid Water Loss Drink for a toned Physique

This product is scientifically formulated to eliminate water retention under the skin to amplify weight control.

Scientifically formulated to eliminate water retention under the skin to amplify weight control.

WHEN DO I TAKE IT?

Prior to breakfast

BENEFITS

ƒExceptional diuretic properties

ƒƒAnti-fat mass effect

ƒƒAllows significant weight loss (mainly as temporary water loss)

ƒƒHelps to refine the silhouette

ƒƒNo side-effects or adverse effects shown in studies

I took a progress pic tonight to see if I can see any difference…I didn’t think there is ANY progress until I saw the pic and realized I definitely dropped some water!

Decided to share with you – Don’t look at the quality it was taken with my phone and I didn’t plan to share it ;-) Still a long way to go – BUT keeping my head up, lets do this…

Day 10 Progress photo

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

Celebrating 4 Months…

Reflecting on the past 4 months…Emotions that I cant explain. There was good days, bad days, happy days, sad days but most of it was days filled with an everlasting love!

Boo its only 4 months that we are together but YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE completely. When I think of the joy you bring to my heart I cant help but to have a tear of joy running down my cheek.

We have been through tough tough times but we have each other. Waking up to your smile each morning is priceless.

I dedicate my life to raise you up in the best of my ability. You are my gift from God. Being a mother is amazing and I am honored.

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Like a beautiful flower

Like a beautiful flower…

MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT 2013 – FINAL-ROUND

So who followed the 2013 Masters Tournament? I did and oh my with the schedule times like it was I did not get allot of sleep in the last few days :-) but oh well so worth it!

Leader Board:

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Well first of all I’m a Tiger Woods fan/supporter call it whatever you like and I really hoped for him to make a comeback to win The Masters. Again I learned something out of this TW incorrect drop on the 15th hole…And what did I learn – People can criticize and make accusations at an instance but hey give it a break! Anyways I’m not going into detail I still think he is an exceptional sportsman with great style and tact…

Well he didn’t win and so it is time to congratulate Adam Scott. He is the first Aussie to win the Masters! Adam Scott super talented and always keeping his “cool”!

The smile with the green jacket on speaks a thousand words in itself!

Way to go…

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Motivational Monday…

A new morning, a new week!

How blessed are we to wake up to a beautiful new morning…

Have you been knocked down by some situation and can’t seem to get back up? Well then this word is for you.

YOU NEED to get back to that little voice deep down saying: YOU are not done yet, it is time to get back up and rise beyond your situation.

YOU are a winner in a world full of starters. Remember there is always someone out there going through either something similar or something way worse. Be thankful for the life that you have. The fact that you are still breathing is a miracle in itself there is someone somewhere breathing their last breath!

What defines us and what builds our character is how well we rise up after falling down…

I know how it feels and I speak from a place of knowing the feeling of failing or being let down… I have been through the TOUGHEST most daring few months of my life and I was knocked down HARD until I realized I have the POWER to change where I’m heading for my future. I cannot change the past NO but I can determine the path I’m choosing for my future. It is way to easy to fall down and stay down but it takes a true fighter to get back up and pick up all the little pieces and mould it into a beautiful mosaic. 

Let your life be a beautiful canvas…

Don’t let your thought patterns consume your being make the decision today to turn away negativity by replacing it with something positive.

YOU CAN DO THIS (really you can).

Let this be a super productive & good week. Set new goals & dreams and give your life a purpose! Eat clean train mean and be POSITIVE every little thing is going to be ok!

And all those “little” things you always wanted to do…go ahead go and do them!

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” -Eleanor RooseveltImage

Be blessed

Did you know?

Did you know: Are you one of those thinking that the more cardio you do the more fat you will burn or lose weight? That’s a myth it may even cause you to burn fewer calories overall.

By doing strength training (weights) you will build lean muscle mass. Exactly what you want to be toned in the end…This will not only increase your metabolism but will burn fat throughout the day…So get to those weights and stop thinking you will gain unwanted weight!

Happy training…

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