Thought for the day…

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Take back control

It all starts with a decision to change…Take back control ~ Get back up ~ Believe in yourself, commit and change your lifestyle. It will be tough & there will be days that you want to quit BUT don’t and if you did – It’s okay, get up – This is your time!

Winter Shape Up with @usnsa will help you to reach your goals ~ Summer bodies are made in the winter. You could be the next hamper winner. Take a shape up selfie or photo using ‪#‎usnshapeup‬ – www.usn.co.za

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Lets take back control – One step at a time ‪#‎fitness‬ ‪#‎lifestyle‬ ‪#‎usn‬‪#‎weightloss‬ ‪#‎transformation‬ ‪#‎teamusn‬ ‪#‎fitnessjourney‬ ‪#‎phedracut‬

Do it for YOU!

JUST be.

For a brief second, for a moment everything came to a stand still…Breath in, breath out, and just be, for this few seconds, minutes, for this moment in time. Words playing a sweet sound over and over in my mind calling out. Come to rest, it is time for a sound mind.

This moment. . . Now, this moment. . . Oh, girl, stay

enjoy this day

Light Italic words embed on my computer screen in front of me became words with meaning, that touched my soul deep down…

I don’t know if you are a mom, a dad, a wife, a husband, a single parent, married, divorced, full time business women, an entrepreneur,  a caregiver, an athlete, a student, jobless or whatever your “status” take a moment in this “busy” life and reach out to your deepest feelings and be still and JUST be…

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Lay down the burdens of the things that you carry around if there is any. Ask yourself for a moment what it is that sets your soul on fire. What it is that you do that brings a smile to your face. Don’t get so busy and overwhelmed with life and all the expectations there might be, and most of the time the ones we set out for ourselves. For a moment this moment and a few more to come think about “YOU”! Do more of the things that sets your soul on fire and less of the things that drags you down. The little things in life that gives meaning and purpose. Find balance in everything you do.

It does not have to be big or small – Just a moment to appreciate the moment. Even if it is 5 minutes that you need as a  “Time Out” for yourself to sit down and appreciate every little thing there is to be thankful for, without thinking about the “next”.

We are all on a different path leading to different destinations but I want to encourage you, and myself to learn how to be still, and just BE and enjoy life without being to serious🙂.

Reach out to someone today or just a simple smile and hello for someone in need or whatever it is.

No matter what tomorrow holds, live for the moment, for now, appreciate the little things in life, listen to the soft voice and come to a standstill if needed.

There is so much that I want to share and say but without the perfect words I wan’t to get to the POINT – STOP being to busy, embrace every precious moment. Take care of your mind and enjoy life.

Have an amazing day.

You are worthy of a TIME OUT every now and again. 

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Claudine

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Bible Journaling

The journey starts here…So this is all new to me but I’m super excited to start this awesome new “hobby”.

Bible Journaling…Have you heard of this before? Well I didn’t even know there is some sort of “bible journaling movement” happening until I saw a Pin one day on Pinterest and it immediately  triggered my creative hidden passion…

So I used to have a passion for journaling or rather studying the word of God. I could never just read a passage without making notes or having my highlighters and notepad close. Taking notes, writing down, highlighting scriptures, drawing or writing big bold words and colouring them in etc. But as time got limited I started to neglect what I enjoy doing, priorities changed, things changed and so I can think of many excuses.

Here it is🙂 My new Bible:
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NOTE: There will be times in life that you feel far away, but you have to remember that God will never neglect you. He will never give up on you or be distant from you. We are the ones that turn away. He is there waiting for your return and He will receive you with open arms. I miss my personal time with God and in the word and what better way to take up my love for studying the word by being creative with my Bible…

SPECIAL time spend with this little princess. My precious baby girl❤.

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These are my favourite Bible Journaling supplies so far, the Schneider pens are amazing and they don’t bleed through, Faber Castell watercolour pencils, bostik neon twister highlighters and then my daughters twist crayons… 

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I’m no artist and you know what that’s okay. It is NOT about the best “artwork” or masterpieces but about your effort and personal relationship with God. Yes there is some beautiful samples on Pinterest etc when you search bible journaling BUT you don’t have to be an artist to do this and don’t compare yourself with others. Just as you don’t have to be PERFECT to be accepted or loved or good enough for God. Don’t wait any longer. We all have flaws and believe me I have ALLOT but start somewhere. With everything in life you have to start SOMEWHERE…ohne2.jpgTherefore the reason I decided to share this post today —> What is it that you love? What is it that you enjoy doing? Do you have hobbies or a passion for something that you neglect doing? Maybe it is time to take out your pen and paper and start writing again. Maybe time to take your camera and go for a walk and capture some of the beauty around you, so what if your first few images are over or under exposed or without depth of field or out of focus – SO WHAT! Maybe it is time to get in your car and go the store and buy the ingredients and bake your favourite cake…Maybe it is time to put on your running shoes and go for a run, even though you can only reach the 300m mark ->JUST DO IT. Whatever it is, I challenge you to MAKE THE TIME and do the little things that bring joy to your soul. Stop waiting for the perfect time or circumstances. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection always remember that. 

Even my blog. There was a time that I couldn’t wait to post or share my day. Just writing and sharing whatever was on my heart. It wasn’t about how many people will read my post and how “perfect” my writing style is. It was pure for the passion of writing and sharing and reaching out to others, if one or none read my post then so be it. DON’T or STOP complicating things, get back to basics. Forget the voice in the back of your head saying: You’re not good enough, your effort isn’t good enough, you will fail, you don’t have time” or whatever it is that you believed for so long. Get up and get back!

Most important whatever you do do it with PASSION. Give YOUR best. Your best is THE best and that is what is important. Not what others think, say or do.

Please share and tell me more about your hobby / passion?

You can follow me on Instagram / Pinterest / Facebook / Twitter or just here, there or not :-): Tag me and share your awesome ideas/hobbies

ClaudineKidson❤

 

USN Face the Fat

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I know you must have heard about the “New Year New Me” tagline going around all over and I also know what goes through your mind most of the time…”Just another scam, just another quick fix new year resolution to set me up for failure, just another product or diet or plan that doesn’t work and so the list can go on…”

I used to be the one seeing before and after pics online thinking to myself it is a lie, it is impossible, the before and after photos was edited in Photoshop, that transformation wasn’t 12 weeks its impossible etc- UNTIL I made the mindful decision to transform my body and lifestyle and end up being the one with before and after photos that I couldn’t even believe what I have achieved. I made the decision to take on the Challenge and that was the best decision I could have made for myself.

Today I’m here to tell you that if it is your hearts desire to become the best version of yourself and to reach your weight loss goal then there is no better time to start this journey than now with the support of USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition.

The market leader with the BEST products and plan to assist you in your journey to reach your goal – Proven results over and over.

Everything you need is right here: www.facethefat.co.za – Set your goal and become part of a community sharing the same passion and goal. Show off your hard work while you’re at it and even stand a chance to win R10 000 in cash or 1 of 12 Phedracut Lipo XT’s. The prize is a bonus – DO IT FOR YOURSELF never the less. Use the tagline on social media #USNfacethefat #facethefatwithclaudine for I would love to follow your journey and motivate you where possible.

You can follow me on social media networks and please do contact me if you need any help while on your journey. I will assist you as far as I can!

Twitter: ClaudineKidson
Facebook: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson
Instagram: Claudine Kidson

I look forward to see your results!

Your training plan / supplement plan / eating plan ~ So NO MORE excuses ~ Take back control and set a goal that you will reach. The feeling of achieving a personal goal is so rewarding and so worth taking on the Challenge. You deserve to be healthy & fit.

This was my four weeks I did:

My personal goal was to lose 4% of my body weight and I did🙂 So once again set a personal goal for YOURSELF. Goal weight was 52.8kg

Start weight: 55kg
Weigh in: 52.4kg

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Bring on the next four weeks😉 The Challenge is ON are you with me?

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Face the Fat

USN Face the Fat – Your New Year’s weight loss solution to reach your goal. I will help you where possible. This was the best decision I ever made for myself.Daily-Eating-Plan.jpg

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Decide | Commit & Change your lifestyle forever. You will be in the best shape of your life! Take control and make this a reality and not just a far fetched dream…

YOU GOT THIS – Pledge and join in. Get the support from an online community all sharing the same goal www.facethefat.co.za

What is 28 Days?!

4 Weeks {ONLY 28 Days} can it be that hard?!

NO it’s NOT, so why not accept the challenge to get that summer body in shape.

Have you ever heard of DietBet?! If not join the club:-) DietBet has been around for a few years though…But not to worry I will share more details here.

Jamie Eason started a challenge on DietBet called Jamie Eason’s Holiday Hustle, and I decided to join in. You have NOTHING to lose but that extra pounds/kg’s that added up over the months…

You can follow any plan / training program / nutritional plan but joining the “pot” while doing your #FaceTheFat #USN challenge with the benefit of being part of this amazing fitness community, all with the same goal of losing 4% of your body-weight in a 4 week period and then of course winning in the end.

It is without a doubt worth the while to read more about it. We are currently 3 253 players and the pot is $97,590
(R 1,335,434.06) 
 whoohoo!

The challenge started yesterday but you can still join – you have 14 days still to enter but remember then its less days to reach your goal of 4%….

So I decided to take on the next four weeks and shred the last bit of fat and reach my goal just in time for summer while HELPING YOU!

I will use my USN Supplementation to assist me in reaching my goal. Here I will share my journey for the next four weeks.

The reason why I decided to join in on her challenge is to be part of a community where you can help inspire and motivate others and yourself. Become part of a fitness community even if it is online/social. By becoming part of a group like this makes it easier to keep yourself accountable and it helps to know you are not alone in this journey!

Everyone have different goals – Even if it is to become fit, or to lose weight, improving on a healthier lifestyle or whatever your goal join me!

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BE A WINNER

Here is the link: http://diet.bt/8qSkeT

So, this is what DietBet is all about.

How it works

Bet on yourself to lose weight. Reach the goal … split the pot! EASY AS THAT 

What’s your goal?

This Is Why You’re Not Losing Fat

Lean. Ripped. Shredded. No matter what you want to call it, the process of stripping body fat from your frame and revealing the dramatic muscle beneath isn’t easy. It requires patience, dedication, consistency and hard work.

Did we mention patience? Because damn, sometimes that scale will just not budge, despite what you’d rightfully consider superhuman effort.

In those moments of doubt—when you’ve hit the gym regularly, dieted religiously, avoided temptations, and otherwise applied the perseverance of a monk to your fitness efforts, all to no avail—sometimes an outside perspective is key.

ERROR 1 YOUR CARDIO ISN’T GEARED TOWARD MAXIMUM FAT BURNING.

“More is better.” It’s the mantra that built America, right? So if 20 minutes of cardio is good, 40 must be even better. Heck, let’s just round it up to 60, and I’ll be ripped in a week!

Ah, if only it worked that way. Yet in reality, if you could plod your way to a great body—and catch up on your favorite shows in the process—everyone in your gym who camps out on the cardio equipment for hours at a time would be spectacularly lean.

In the case of cardio, more is not always better. In fact, it can be wasteful at best, and counterproductive at worst, as you often end up compromising your muscle mass without ever adequately tapping your fat stores for energy. Instead, you’ll want to drastically cut down your cardio sessions while ramping up your intensity to maximum levels.

“If somebody really wants to drop and burn body fat in the quickest, most efficient way possible, and they have the drive to undergo it, there’s nothing better than high-intensity interval training,” Balcombe explains. “Nothing is as effective as HIIT. There’s no exercise protocol I would recommend more to someone who wants to get lean.”

YOU’LL WANT TO DRASTICALLY CUT DOWN YOUR CARDIO SESSIONS WHILE RAMPING UP YOUR INTENSITY TO MAXIMUM LEVELS.

HIIT alternates periods of high intensity and low intensity in a repeating pattern. For instance, if you’re running, you’ll do 15 seconds of an all-out sprint followed by 15 seconds of a slow recovery jog or walk. The better your fitness levels, the further you can push yourself during the active phase—you can do 15/15, 30/30, 45/45, or even 60/60, although a 60-second all-out phase is definitely pushing the upper limits of your short-term abilities and may cause you to fatigue early in your workout. Someone new to HIIT can also consider a 15/45 work-to-rest ratio, which is obviously easier because of the longer low-intensity periods.

“These alternating periods of intensity target both type I and type II muscle fibers, enhancing not only overall aerobic conditioning but muscular strength and power too,” Balcombe says. “HIIT not only helps you burn fat, you’ll also spare muscle because of the shorter workout periods, as you’ll spend less time in a catabolic exercise state.”

To do HIIT right, you’ll need to approach cardio like you do your toughest lifting sessions. That means no reading, no watching TV, no chitchat; you’re waging war, and every rep—or in this case, interval burst—counts.

“Back when I was following a HIIT program on a regular basis, I would either set aside a whole training session for it, even though the sessions are only 10 or 15 minutes, or I would do it at the beginning of a regular weight workout,” Balcombe says. “I personally loved to do it before I worked out with weights, because you go into your weight workout with all the fat-burning hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine elevated, giving you an additional fat-burning effect long after your cardio session is over. Of all exercise protocols, HIIT just annihilates all others in terms of how much fat you burn, both during your workout and afterward.”

HOW TO HIIT

BEGINNER
Frequency 2-3 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 5-9 sets,* 5-12 min.
Intervals 15-20 sec. high intensity
45-60 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 minutes
INTERMEDIATE
Frequency 2-4 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 10-12 sets, 10-18 min.
Intervals 30 sec. high intensity
30-60 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 min.
ADVANCED
Frequency 3-4 times per week
Warm-up 5 minutes
Sets/Time 15-25 sets, 11-18 min.
Intervals 30 sec. high intensity
15 sec. low intensity
Cool-down 5 min.

* One set includes the high and low intensity components; so a 30-second work-to-rest interval would mean each set is 1 minute.

ERROR 2 YOUR EATING IS OUT OF PROPORTION.

With HIIT in your repertoire, you’ll have taken a great leap forward in your training efforts. But that’s not even half of the equation if weight loss is your goal, Balcombe warns. “Exercise has a very small impact on fat loss compared to dietary changes,” he says. “More than any training or supplementation changes you make, diet has by far the most major effect on weight loss. And the biggest mistake I’ve seen people make nutritionally is [eating] portion sizes [that] are so out of whack.”

Blame it on restaurants—or your well-meaning family members—who heap dinner plates with food, throwing off our ability to eyeball a proper serving of just about anything, from steak and potatoes to breads and cereals.

“People may think they’re eating a normal portion, but in reality they’re eating 3-4 times what they should be,” Balcombe says. “It’s the most important part of weight loss, and it’s the one part people have the least awareness of. They’ll instead focus on the next level, which is looking at things like macronutrient ratios and food types. Of course, those other aspects have an effect, but when you’re overconsuming calories, the ratios don’t make much of a difference.”

The solution, thankfully, is simple, and temporary as well. Balcombe recommends a set of measuring cups and spoons. “You don’t need to actually weigh all your food, just put it in a measuring cup before plating it,” he suggests. “Over the course of a few weeks, you’ll start to get a real feel for what a proper portion is, and eventually you’ll no longer need the measuring devices to know what you’re doing.”

DIET HAS BY FAR THE MOST MAJOR EFFECT ON WEIGHT LOSS.

ERROR 3 YOU’RE NOT MINDING YOUR RATIOS.

“Once you have portion control down, you can start experimenting with macronutrient ratios,” Balcombe says. He recommends that 15-20 percent of overall calories come from fat—mostly the healthy unsaturated variety found in foods like nuts, fish and avocadoes. The rest will come from protein and carbohydrates.

How much of each? Well, that depends on you. “It comes down to your lifestyle and training,” Balcombe says. “For instance, if you’re doing HIIT regularly, you won’t be able to handle it if you’re going low carb. When I first started HIIT, I was on a diet of no more than 50-70 grams of carbs per day, and I just couldn’t pound out the interval sessions. So I had to crank up my carbs.”

Balcombe suggests a 2:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio for people on a HIIT program, with the carbs consisting mainly of slow-digesting carbs. “I don’t use the terms ‘complex’ or ‘simple’ carbs, because they don’t really mean much,” he says. “You have complex carbs like maltodextrin that break down fast and behave just like a simple sugar, for instance. So forget about simple and complex, and just rely on slow-digesting carbs as your main source.” Options include sweet potatoes, brown rice, green leafy vegetables, and steel-cut oatmeal.

The one exception, where a fast-digesting carb is preferred, is within the 30-minute pre-workout window. “That can include anything from a Gatorade to a dextrose drink to maltodextrin or waxy-maize starch, which might be included in a pre-workout supplement,” Balcombe says. “Having carbs that break down faster in this time is okay because your body is chopping through massive amounts of glycogen (energy) during these workouts.”

OPTIONS INCLUDE SWEET POTATOES, BROWN RICE, GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES, AND STEEL-CUT OATMEAL.

ERROR 4 YOU’RE NOT TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENTS.

“Even though I run a supplement company, we don’t pretend that these products are a magic bullet,” Balcombe says. “We want people to have proper expectations, which is that they can lose weight from dieting and exercise. A well-designed supplement, meanwhile, will help give you an extra edge in propelling your results forward.”

When it comes to choosing a fat-loss supplement, look for research-backed ingredients like green tea extract,caffeine, and yohimbine, all of which have been shown to increase energy expenditure and accelerate fat loss. “Green tea extract—specifically its level of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG—has an impact on caloric expenditure, while caffeine improves energy and alertness,” Balcombe explains.

Natural plant extracts, like Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana, may also help to fuel your fat-loss efforts. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, subjects taking 400 milligrams of Meratrim (an ingredient composed of both Sphaeranthus and Garcinia) two times a day (for a total of 800 milligrams) showed significant weight loss in as little as two weeks.1

“A WELL-DESIGNED SUPPLEMENT, MEANWHILE, WILL HELP GIVE YOU AN EXTRA EDGE IN PROPELLING YOUR RESULTS FORWARD.”

“At eight weeks, subjects on Meratrim reduced their waist and hip circumference,” Balcombe adds. “This research suggests these benefits are being brought about through Meratrim’s ability to partially block fat cells from both the uptake and the formation of fat.”

Resource: www.bodybuilding.com – Sebastian Balcombe

Back Online

This post is to all my followers and the companies promoting Healthy Living & Lifestyles, who send me emails without receiving a reply. I want to take the time to apologize for this. I only retrieved my email address now and therefore only received mails today. Some dated back months😦

My email is up and running and please if you didn’t receive a reply you are more than welcome to send me a mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible lifestylechallenges@gmail.com. Some amazing transformations & success stories of living healthier lifestyles was received and wow I’m so proud of you all. I read each and every email. It is indeed inspirational and thank you all for sharing.

Hope you have an amazing day.

Email: lifestylechallenges@gmail.com
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Face the Fat

Do you feel tired, depressed, irritated, bloated, FAT and discouraged with the way you look and feel?!

Well believe me when I say I can relate with all the emotions only to mention few. I’ve been there and not only once…That is why I’m sharing this post with YOU today. I know how it feels and I want to give you hope to believe that YOU CAN become the best version of yourself.

Im passionate about helping others to reach their goals. There is no better feeling than being happy with who you are. Not only physically but mentally. I want to inspire others to take the first step because YOU deserve this for yourself.

NOW is the time to take back control. You don’t have to feel this way for the rest of your life.

Don’t get stuck in your current feelings and mood. You just have to take the first step even though you dont “feel” like it NOW you will eventually. Just do it!

Losing weight is NOT impossible or as difficult as we perceive it. We are afraid to start before we even begin. WHY?! We fear failure before we even start, rather than believing in ourselves…You have nothing to lose, only extra kg’s😉

Remember this is a journey not an overnight quick fix. So take the barrier down of failure and overcome it with the believe in yourself that YOU CAN DO IT. You are strong and brave enough. Snap out of the “diet mode” and see this as a kick start to a lifestyle challenge.

I can give you my word that doing this for yourself with the right mindset is what will differentiate your journey between success or failure.

Pledge to lose 4kg in 4 weeks and let the journey begin. Put the winter behind you and focus on the amazing summer sun ahead! You still have time to get that summer body in shape and let this be your best Holiday season to date…

Visit www.facethefat.co.za and pledge to lose 4kg in 4 weeks with the help of the new USN Phedra-Cut LIPO XT. I used Phedra-Cut with both my transformations and it assisted me in reaching my goals so much faster. Now there is the new and improved Phedra-Cut Lipo XT available and you can get it from your Local Dis-Chem store.

Believe

For all my International friends if you don’t know where to purchase it or get it online send me a message and I will direct you where possible. You can send me a mail: lifestylechallenges@gmail.com or drop me an Inbox message on Facebook: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson. I will share meals and training tips with you so keep an eye on my Socail Media Networks and let’s do this together.
Twitter: ClaudineKidson
Facebook: Body and Lifestyle Challenges Claudine Kidson
Instagram: ClaudineKidson

So share your pledge and win fantastic USN starter packs.

I have one Phedra-Cut LIPO XT to give away to help you get started. 

Tell me why you want to lose 4kgs. Tag me, and use #FacetheFatwithClaudine and #USNfacethefat.

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries and remember;

Together we can achieve so much more🙂

Pumped-Up Pancakes

A fluffy stack of pancakes might seem like a major cheat, but this recipe proves you can eat clean and have your pancakes, too!

Who doesn’t love waking up to a short stack of hotcakes? These pumped-up pancakes use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, and the addition of Greek yogurt and whey gives them a protein kick while keeping the total calorie count low. So have two cakes; you’ve earned them!

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INGREDIENTS:

OAT FLOUR 3 CUPS

VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER 3 SCOOPS

COCONUT SUGAR (OR ANY LOW-CAL SWEETENER) 2 TBSP

BAKING POWDER 2 TSP

SALT 1/2 TSP

UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK 2-1/2 CUPS

GREEK YOGURT 6 OZ. (170 gram)

UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE 1/4 CUP

VANILLA EXTRACT 1/2 TSP

EGG WHITES 4

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, protein powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix almond milk, yogurt, applesauce, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined.
  4. Use a 1/4-cup measuring scoop to measure out each pancake and pour onto a preheated skillet.
  5. Cook approximately 2 minutes on each side.

Tip: I recommend adding a little bit of extra protein alongside these pancakes to make a complete meal, such as two egg whites or a homemade chicken or turkey sausage patty. If you’re looking to prep an easy breakfast for the week ahead, these are great! The pancakes freeze well and can be reheated in the toaster.

Resource: Jamie Eason

Will you accept the challenge

Summer is around the corner and you don’t want to end up standing around the corner because you are to shy to have fun out in the summer sun!

It is now the time to take back control and become the best version of YOU. I was the skeptical one about transformations or weight loss journeys and the Before & After photos you see so publicly posted here, there and everywhere – UNTIL I took up the challenge and did it myself…I want to encourage you to take 12 weeks of your life and dedicate it to your health & well being and in the process be transformed not only physically but mentally.

This was my journey and I want to share with you that IT IS POSSIBLE. Yes it will be tough at times but I promise you today it will be worth it. I did the USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition 12 Week Body Makeover Challenge not once but twice and I was transformed indeed.

After my pregnancy I was left with LOADS of weight that I gained and I never thought it was possible to see my six pack again {achieved by my first challenge} and then I did…

Believe

I wish I can carry each one of you to the finish line and inspire you to do it for yourself. Wish I can personally share my journey with each one and encourage you. You deserve to feel amazing and confident and beautiful inside out.

This is just a “tool” for a lifelong journey. At first I didn’t know where to start or what supplements to use or what program to follow – then I opened my USN Started pack and there it was – ALL the information compiled to educate me while taking on the biggest life changing challenge for myself. It made life easier and I was no longer overwhelmed by all the information out there, everything that I needed to assist me in reaching my goal was there…Before I knew, it became a lifestyle and I will never look back.

Yes we all stumble somewhere along the road but the question is; Will YOU get back up and take control?
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For more info on this Challenge follow the link and be sure: It is LIFE CHANGING!

http://www.usn.co.za/body-makeover/body-makeover-challenge/body-makeover-home-56.html

The real value of setting goals…

When I saw this quote it got me thinking…

Real Value
There are values in setting goals… The number 1 value  that it adds to our lives is the person we become while on the journey of setting goals and achieving & reaching them.

Today I want to share my personal view and opinion on the importance of setting goals for YOURSELF. We can so easily get discouraged or derailed from our goals the moment things get tough or we slipped up. We tend to experience the emotions of failure and disappointment in self the moment we slipped up! Whether you missed a workout or made a bad choice when it came to nutrition. Maybe your cheat meal ended in a cheat day and then snowballed to a cheat weak or month?! Can you relate, have you experienced the feeling of condemnation for not having enough willpower to succeed the first time? Well I have and its a terrible feeling indeed.

NOW how can we overcome this pattern and make it sustainable to reach our goal?

You can have the willpower to set out a short/long term goal BUT without a plan and a sustainable vision you are most likely to stumble and fail.

My advice is to take your overall goal and to break it up into smaller realistic goals…Let this be a journey and embrace it as an investment in yourself. Be realistic with yourself. This way you will be sure to reach your ultimate goal.

Then, set time frames for each and be sure to focus on them one step at a time. Once you overcome the first hurdle then think of and take on the second goal towards the “BIGGER goal”. You know yourself. Maybe you perform on rewards. Whatever it is do this for yourself. e.g If I lose 2 kg by week 3 I will buy myself a new training top. No matter what you DON’T purchase that top if you haven’t reached your personal goal. I promise you will take accountability for your decisions and this will form part of your commitment to what is important to you!

Your nutrition and training don’t have to be complex. By sticking to a fundamental, realistic, and systematic approach to your goals you are more likely to achieve them. Don’t over complicate things – This is often my problem and as a result I jump between diets and training programs. Don’t go there. Get a program, stick to it and pull it through! Get to know your body and what works for YOU.

I’m sharing this and believe it is a good read for those in need of change.

SET GOALS AND DEVELOP A PLAN

First and foremost, you need a plan that is curtailed to your needs, goals, and lifestyle. You can’t pick up your husband’s, brother’s, or cousin’s workout plan and expect it to work. Before you jump in, sit down and think about what you want and why. If you’re not absolutely positive about what you want or why you want it, then you’ll struggle to follow through. It might seem like a really basic first step, but it’s the one most people fail to do.

You also need to be realistic. I see too many people with the get-back-into-my-high-school-jeans-by-tomorrow mindset fall off the wagon. Sure that’s a great goal for the long term, but you need to ask yourself: What am I capable of right now? If you are 50 or more pounds overweight, thinking you’ll be down to a size 32 in a matter of weeks will set you up for failure. Instead of focusing on that big, 50-pound goal, take a smaller bite. Try, “I will lose five pounds by the end of the month.” It may not be a drastic change, but achieving it will feel great and will serve as excellent motivation.

Additionally, choose a goal that bolsters your health and well-being and doesn’t just focus on the way you look. By improving your overall health, you’ll feel better, sleep better, think better, and live better!

Successful goal-achievers also pay constant attention to their progress. Write down your goal in hardcopy journal, in a phone app, or on BodySpace! This way you can revisit and assess how you’re doing.

2 DON’T OVER COMPLICATE YOUR TRAINING

True, training is probably the most difficult aspect to figure out. When I first began, I would walk into the gym and train my chest, biceps, and triceps. I would do this every single day. If this sounds familiar, that’s OK—you have to start somewhere.

This year, instead of doing some biceps curls and then heading to the treadmill, follow this basic system:

Build Muscle Shed Body Fat
Weight training frequency 3-6 days per week 4-6 days per week
Rep range 6-10 10-15
Rest periods 1-2 minutes 30-45 seconds
Lifting load Heavier weight Lighter weight
Cardio frequency 2-4 times per week 4-6 times per week
Cardio duration 10-30 minutes 15-50 minutes

Like I said before, the most important aspect of training is to support your goals. If you want to gain muscle, aim for longer rest periods between sets, exercise with heavier weights, and shoot for lower rep ranges. If you want to shed body fat, train with lighter weight, high reps, and short rest periods.

Remember, this doesn’t need to be super complex! It is better to keep it simple. The key is constant progress. Each week try more weight, more reps, or shorter rest periods. Record your workouts so you can keep track of your progression.

Although resistance training will be the most effective way to achieve your physique goals, I like to encourage cardio. If your goal is to gain muscle, keep your cardio sessions to just three times per week. Use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) techniques to ensure the preservation of your hard-earned muscle. If you want to lose body fat, I still suggest HIIT, but I’d increase the session frequency to 4-6 times per week and increase the duration.

Finally, you have to rest. Spending days away from the gym will allow your body adequate time to rebuild and repair. You can schedule rest days whenever they best fit your schedule, but don’t leave them out!

3. DON’T OVER COMPLICATE YOUR NUTRITION, EITHER

Nutrition might be the last thing I’ve written about, but it’s the most important part of your progress—it always trumps training. Despite its importance, people tend to overlook it because they “work so hard” in the gym. You can kill yourself every day, but if you supplement that training with cupcakes and hot chocolate, you won’t see gains or losses where you want them.

I also see people eat too little. The point of your fitness resolution is to make lasting change. Nobody wants to lose 50 pounds and then gain it all back again, right? A month-long liquid diet or 1,000-calorie plan might work in the short term, but they won’t provide you the nutrition for a healthy mind and body or the building blocks for a lifestyle change.

Don’t make it complicated. Simply put, your calories should come from all the major macro-nutrients: fat, carbohydrates, and protein. You need all of them— there isn’t a magic way to meet your goal by eliminating one or the other! Eat more protein than you think you need, don’t skimp on complex carbohydrates, and don’t skip healthy fats. Don’t worry about counting calories just yet. Get in the gym, eat whole, nutrient-dense food, drink plenty of water, and cut out the processed crap.

Similar to goal-setting and training, it’s important to keep track of your diet in a journal, app, or BodySpace. Write down what you eat, how you feel, and any other aspects of your nutrition you’d like to chart.

4 ENJOY YOURSELF!

We covered the essentials, but there’s one more thing I need to cover. To be a success story, find something fitness-related that you enjoy doing. Whether it’s Zumba, CrossFit, bodybuilding, cycling, or powerlifting, do what you like. If you hate what you’re doing, then it’s difficult to be motivated to get back in and do it again. Furthermore, your fitness and your goals are personal. Make sure whatever you do is going to help you be the best you.

You have the tools to succeed. Now go do it!

Resource: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/simplicity-for-success-a-guide-to-winning-fitness-resolutions.html

SMART GOAL SETTING:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Accountable
R – Realistic
T – Time-frame

From my side my friends, I want to encourage you to take up this goal, challenge yourself and go out and DO IT FOR YOURSELF. For no other reason but YOURSELF. If you failed before so be it. Don’t dwell on the past or where you find yourself at this moment. Take it one small step at a time and be proud of every single healthier choice that you make.

We all mess up some point or another – I did too but NOW is the time to get back up, look up and NEVER EVER GIVE UP on yourself.

Be passionate about what you do and always give your best. You deserve to look and feel your best. Value yourself enough to make the changes toward becoming the BEST VERSION OF YOU!

I believe in you, so now believe in yourself.

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Have a fit and fabulous week everyone.

Claudine

Let your setback be your comeback

Today I want to encourage you to have the mindset of a champion and a conqueror. After listening to a video clip today “UNBROKEN” a few things came to mind that I want to share with you. We all go through our own battles in life and everything isn’t always as easy and perfect as it seems. Somewhere someone might be going through a tough time or just need a word of encouragement facing a difficult time. I strongly believe that there is no better exercise for your heart than to reach down to others and lift them up, and this is the reason for posting today.

I want to encourage you today to have the confidence to follow your heart❤. It is time for you to start believing in yourself again. No matter how small or how big the challenge I want to encourage you to #ChallengeYourself. In life, in work, in your relationships, with your goals but most of all your personal life. For once focus on YOUrself.  Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown your inner voice. Find out what it is that you LOVE and have the courage to follow your heart❤. You will have some ups and downs and that is normal and part of this amazing journey. Don’t allow a setback to be the reason to give up. Let your setback be the platform of your comeback, you will be stronger if you learn from it! Most give up on themselves way to soon or just before the breakthrough. Don’t let your current situation derail your focus on the life that is destined for YOU.

YOU are unique, fearfully and wonderfully made.

The real challenge of growth mentally, spiritually and emotionally comes when you get knocked down. It takes courage to get back up when life knocks you down but it will be worth it.

Don’t stand still at the could haves and the would haves if it should have, it would have…

Fear kills hope, fear kills passion and I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, break down the boundaries of {I can’t} that is so set in your mind and start living YOUR LIFE, YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY.

STOP fearing and start dreaming. Don’t let your emotions rule you it is time to take charge over your emotions and thoughts, you can discipline your emotions.  So the next time fear comes knocking at your door you better not open…Before you speak something negative think about it and speak positive!

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Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Change is NOT EASY if it was everybody would do it BUT I’m telling you if you take control YOU WILL MAKE IT. You will be stronger & better. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or make you happy. You will value your worth and respect yourself enough to live life with passion & drive.

Forget about yesterday come on people – It is NOW that matters, NOW NOW NOW!!!

You can – you will – You are a conqueror…LIVE YOUR LIFE PASSIONATELY
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Much love,

Claudine K

Heritage Day Fun

What a fun day spend with special people for a special cause…

I spend my Heritage Day with Toys for Africa as a Proud Ambassador. The event was hosted at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre Pretoria.The day was filled with fun and laughter. A new World Record was set of 999 Tyre Flips with a 100kg tyre for Joost van Der Westhuizen. Well done Chris Batts and Chris Liebenberg on completing this in 1 hour 5 min. There was a few who did the #ALSicebucketchallenge with the aim to raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) affecting so many people across the world including our own Legend Joost van der Westhuizen.

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Once again I came to realize while meeting Joost that we so often take our health for granted. We must be so thankful for being alive and healthy. Never ever take your health or one day of your life for granted. You have one life live every single day to its full potential. To see Joost with a smile on his face touched my heart and I was so thankful and honored to be there in the moment.

Take every opportunity to meet new people and to touch lives. It was great making “new friends” and I look forward to see some at the next upcoming event.

Ambassadors for Toys for Africa:
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Was so nice to meet the two of you, your personalities and presence uplift a conversation.

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Mr & Miss Abs😉. Was nice to meet John Owens current Mr South Africa.

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Then last but not least my personal highlight of the day once again…Joost you are such an inspiration and a True Legend for ever like I said to you yesterday. You inspire me to take life on with both hands and to live life to the fullest. I pray that the Lord will touch you through this journey and that you will be clothed with hope & strength every single day. Always have that “Priceless” smile on your face.
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This was my Ice Bucket Challenge, I made my contribution to the foundation and truly hope that more research can be done on this disease affecting so many!

Thank you to The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa for their sponsorship making it possible to supply 8000 learners with stationary.

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The Centurion Rekord Published the story:

New world record on Heritage Day

Heritage Day was celebrated with a new world record and much more at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre.

Heritage Day was celebrated with ice bucket challenges and tyre flip world records at the Centurion Lifestyle Centre on Wednesday.

Chris Batts and Chris Liebenberg established a new world record for flipping a tyre 999m in honour of Heritage Day.

The day was arranged by Toys for Africa, who is currently on a mission to hand a new toy to every underpriviledged child in South Africa and later Africa itself. To date over 131 400 children have benefited from this passion.

Joost van der Westhuizen attended the event with his family, while various guests took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Joost’s J9 Foundation.

Other celebraties who attended the event were current Mr. SA, John Owens, the Houlson twins, tyre flipping record holder Chris Batts and many more.

The event also provided the opportunity for PHASA to donate thousands of pens to underpriviledged children to be able to write their exams this year.

The beneficiaries included secondary schools situated in Olievenhoutbosch, including Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School and Walter Sisulu Secondary School.

According to Danie van Loggerenberg, spokesperson for Toys for Africa, the focus of the day was on Grade 12 pupils specifically, with the upcoming final exams around the corner.

http://rekordcenturion.co.za/28249/new-world-record-heritage-day/

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

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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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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

Girls Get it right…

Body and Lifestyle Challenges with Claudine Kidson

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.

TOBIAS YOUNG

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

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