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?

  1. It is never too early to start. Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Eating clean is the biggest and most important part. exercise just improves the results
  3. 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

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