<<...Previous Entry...NextEntry...>>   Written on the 14th December 2015 We last left off with my not so great test results. Since then I have been feeling a lot better. It’s amazing what 25000ius of vitamin D twice a week, getting some sun and keeping your liver and kidneys in a constant state of detox can do for you. I feel a lot more energetic, motivated and responsive to training it would seem. In January I have a check in with my endocrinologist and blood tests to see how my body is faring internally since the start of my prep. I have however, been doing a lot of thinking though in these last 2 months. As I wrote last year in my closing blog for the year, there are people in our lives that help us along this journey and that we should value them. My year has been filled with ups and downs. My bulk ...

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Seeing that we are fast approaching or actually already in the festive season, I thought this would be a fitting topic as my first post. Whether you are a competitive athlete or someone that has made substantial progress when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle in 2015, what you do and put into your mouth can, in my opinion set you back greatly or set you apart as an athlete. Same goes for the person that has made the choice to live a healthier life. Being in the industry and competing myself I know of many guys and girls that still train on holiday, they still follow their set meal plans. I myself am not taking a break this festive season, yes there will be rest days, but no binging, no alcohol, just my weekly cheat meal, and maybe a cheat day over Christmas Day or so. There is simply no ...

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My name is Duan Dewet van den Berg, born in Heilbron, Free State on the 1st of February 1989. I am the youngest of 3 siblings, my sister , Chariza(41), brother Leon(38) and myself (26). My dad, Leon is 61 and my mom, Rentia passed away about 3 and a half years ago. Since I can remember I was a very active child. Participating in every sport imagineable. I really excelled in Rugby and Cricket, throughout primary and high school, and made every age group provincial side in both sports. Cricket seemed to be what I was gonna do until I was contracted to the Lions Rugby Union after my matric year in 2007. I played professionally for 4 years before injury setbacks forced me to stop. Through all my weight training for my strength and conditioning, I slowly fell in love with the process of pushing my body past limits that ...

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It’s been an exciting and busy year for me. I launched the Layman’s Lament just over a year ago with my first review being done on the very first Amateur Mr Olympia Africa. I had intentions of reviewing Body Beautiful SA 2014 as well but due to a family members wedding being on the same day I could not make it to what seemed like a great show. This year I decided to close out my year with the show. Let’s get started on the admin of things. Firstly I have to commend the BBSA committee for having the rules and criteria easily available for me to find online. It allowed me to go into the show with an understanding of what was being looked at. I was also invited to attend the judges briefing which I have never before been afforded the opportunity to do so as to make the ...

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  <<...Previous Entry...NextEntry...>> Ok to recap in my last entry I left you all and myself wondering what the outcome of my bloods would be. Shortly after that post I picked up some Bronchitis which left me out the game for 10 days and due to the meds I was on (not anti-biotics which I refuse to take) I had to wait a further week to do the bloods. That being said I have done them and consulted with my endocrinologist as well as a specialist. Why  a specialist I hear you ask? Well reader, my results weren’t as flattering as I had hoped. So I am not diabetic and I am not hypothyroidal, BUT I do have a serious Vitamin D deficiency which is causing the lethargy and falling asleep I was experiencing. I had put lot of thought into whether I want to reveal the next bit of information or not, but ...

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