A quick interview with Nadine Claasens, 2nd Place Women’s Weight Loss who lost 18kgs in the New Year 2016 Challenge!
Q: Give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
Before entering the challenges I was your regular couch potato. To put it bluntly – I didn’t even run to the toilet. I was always very body conscious, but there were so many other more important things taking up my time.
Q: What prompted you to join the Ultimate You Transformation Challenge?
A colleague of mine introduced me to SG. He showed me some of the transformation photo’s and that peaked my interest. I got very good results in my first challenge. The second challenge I wasn’t mentally in the right space, but this was the challenge right before my wedding – and those photos would be lasting forever!
Q: Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I followed the Banting eating plan that worked so well for me before. I ate dairy, but cut out sugar and starch and used coconut oil in everything.
Q: Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I worked with a trainer in the first challenge. I took the training from him and implemented it in my gym routine this time around – but I was gymming at home. Alternating one day of cardio with one day of weights. Every 6th day was my rest day.
Q: Did you use any supplements or do anything else worth mentioning to help you get results?
No – I am not able to take any supplements due to the chronic medication I am on. What was very important was the support and ‘strictness’ of my fiancée and his son.
Q: If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
- It is never too early to start. Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
- Eating clean is the biggest and most important part. exercise just improves the results
- Make sure that you are in the correct state mentally. You need to know in your mind what your end goal is and truly believe that you CAN achieve it – then break it down into smaller weekly goals and those into smaller daily goals.
Q: What did you find most valuable about your experience?
The increase in my self-confidence. I don’t feel like the ugliest duckling in the room anymore. There is still a long way for me to go, but the first step has been taken and it is a very rewarding feeling