Alison Trinder / Transformation

Alison Trinder's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    66.5kg
  • After
    57.2kg

"I loved so many aspects of the Maxine's Challenge. This year I really embraced the Forum, daily Blogging and especially looked forward to the Weekly Messages on TV or via the website from Janet and Harps our Master Coaches."

Details

Program

Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

The results I achieved last year were amazing & I really had great focus while on the program. After the challenge I slipped back into old habits, relaxed & enjoyed the Christmas holidays now I'm ready to get serious again and smash it

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I loved so many aspects of the Maxine's Challenge. This year I really embraced the Forum, daily Blogging and especially looked forward to the Weekly Messages on TV or via the website from Janet and Harps our Master Coaches.

The Forum was a great source of information. I loved the motivation and support offered here & the sense of being a part of the Max/Maxine's community. The ambassadors give such great practical advice and encouragement. It was also a great spot to find some yummy recipe ideas when I needed a bit of inspiration

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

I have been pretty determined since day one to better my results from last year. So the most difficult thing for me was being patient. All I wanted was to see some definition in my legs and lose weight off my hips which has always been my 'problem' area. I got a bit of the 5 week blues because I wasn't seeing many changes in my weight or shape. I hopped on the Forum and I wasn't alone! I just trusted the process, followed the training/meal program and didn't over think it.

The Weekly Messages from the Master Coaches were so meaningful to me. A few I watched repeatedly. It was as though they could read my mind and the reassurance really settled and self-doubts I had sneaking into my head.

Juggling my workouts around the kids, my husband's shift work, both of us doing Max/Maxine's program, food prep and my full time job was at times a challenge in itself. I just learned to be adaptable and sometimes sacrifice sleep just to make sure I trained & got it done. No excuses.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Without sounding too cliche, the Maxine's Challenge has totally changed my entire outlook on life. I feel amazing!!! I have never been so proud, confident and happy. I did this (eeekk!!) and will continue my fitness journey. I have new dreams, goals, motivation and above all determination.

I can't wait for my workday to finish just so I can get to the gym and smash out a session. I love training & cooking healthy foods. This lifestyle is now my passion.

What would you say to people who are thinking of doing The Challenge?

You owe it to yourself to give the Maxine's Challenge a go. It's not always easy but the results you can achieve at the end of 12weeks are phenomenal. The team at Max/Maxine's are so supportive and you are given all the tools to change your life. The Maxine's supplements are amazing too! I love the Maxine's Vanilla protein and am so addicted to the Maxine's Burn Bars Cookies & Cream. The 12weeks goes really quickly, so give it 100% and go hard!

Anything else you would like to tell us about your Challenge?

I've already done a big thank you in my Blog but I honestly could not have achieved the results I have without the continued love, support & encouragement from my beautiful family. The help I've received from my parents with the kids, my husband for scheduling his gym times around mine, my awesome trainer and my gorgeous friends who haven't seen much of me, I thank you for you patience!

I loved following the progress of others on Instagram and making friends with a few inspirational challengers from previous years via social media. Hopefully I will be lucky enough to cross paths and meet them one day.

Positivity is contagious!

Journal

  • Alison Trinder
    17 May 2015
    9:51 PM

    DAY 84 SO HAPPY, EXCITED & PROUD!! i have done everything I can possibly do. Trained my butt off & have achieved more than I thought possible. Tonight completes the first step in my journey. I can't wait to continue what I have started. I love the new me and cherish the fact I have accomplished so much in 12 weeks. Had a bit of a fail moment tonight. Spilt my water while sitting on the couch & I now have a white stripe down my neck where it washed off my spray tan. Lol, hope you can't see it in my final pics. Anyway, this has been a blast. Thanks Maxines for giving me the confidence & happiness to be a better, healthier, stronger me xxx

  • Alison Trinder
    16 May 2015
    8:16 PM

    DAY 83 what a privilege it is to say I have completed another Maxines Challenge. I'm feeling quite reflectful tonight and cant help but think about all of the wonderful people in my life who have supported me in this amazing journey. I have shown myself that with willpower and determination I now have the body I have always dreamed for, I am mentally stronger and I am surrounded by positive people who nourish my wellbeing. i hope that one day I can give back and inspire others to chase their goals. I just want everyone to experience how amazing life can be. To my beautiful family, trainer, best friends, gym buddies , new found facebook & Instagram friends and my work mates I don't know how to thank you all. I am so lucky to have you all in my life. Thank you so much!! Ali xxx

  • Alison Trinder
    15 May 2015
    10:16 PM

    DAY 82 Yay! No more early mornings for me :) The kids and I drove to Apollo Bay tonight. Very long day! Hopefully I get a sleep in tomorrow. My eyes are so blood shot and big dark circles under. Chilling out with my family, soaking in the fresh sea air and going for a few nice walks will be fantastic. Aaah, time to relax and enjoy Life :)

  • Alison Trinder
    14 May 2015
    9:54 PM

    DAY 81 Well, another day closer and I'm loving my new body, healthy mind and commitment to the early morning gym times. Stalked around on Instagram today for some final photo motivation and I love Tomica's poses. Will start practicing a few to see if I can pull it off and look as gorgeous & muscley as she does :) happily joined the work crew for lunch today. Watched them eat pizza while I munched away on my salad. Omg, I love pizza! So again, tested the willpower, didn't give in and felt good for it. Aaron & kids gave me a new dress for Mothers Day. We had a staff photo shoot today for the website so put it on & too much delight, I fit into a size 8 dress!!! Never, ever, ever have I worn size 8!!!! Started packing tonight for the weekend away. Got my essentials - Maxines Vanilla Protein & a couple of Burn bars for the drive. Hopefully I get phone reception so I can blog before Sunday. Will be so strange if I can't access the Internet. I'm sure I'm not alone here but it felt so strange writing about myself or what I've been up to but it has become part of my nightly ritual. I am really going to miss not jumping on, posting pics & reading thru the Forum. Anyway, 5am gym today was good. My eyes are so glazed & red but at least my quads Have finally cut, excited pants!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    13 May 2015
    7:32 PM

    DAY 80 just hanging out at the hairdressers looking super glam in my foils lol. Looking forward to seeing stage one of my final makeover! Staying blonde, was tempted to go a bit darker for winter but always regret it when I do. Another early a.m training session today. Arrived at 5am did my thing & had a quick 1/2 hr power nap on the couch before work. Bit tired & grumpy today at work, no coffee & early starts catching up with me. It will be nice to have a sleep in on the weekend :) Showed the girls at work a sneak peak of my bathers photo. Apparently my abs look like a Ninja Turtle (thx Mel lol xxx)

  • Alison Trinder
    12 May 2015
    7:19 PM

    DAY 79 Eeekk! Excited and neverousvat the same time. My bathers have arrived in the mail. I desperately want to try them on and crossing fingers they look great. Just cooked dinner for the kids and wish I could just try one little meatball but I promise I'm just smelling them :). Really looking forward to my post photo meal. Heading to Shankas which is an amazing Itallian restaurant near gym. Will allow myself this meal as a well earnt reward then it's back on track. Last year one meal turned into one week and so on until I undid all of my efforts. This year the challenge has made me appreciate how good real food tastes and I enjoy how my body responds to healthy options. Even desserts. I crave my Maxines protein, oats & raspberries for breakfast and equally strawberries & yoghurt after dinner. Well, it's time for me to bite the bullet & try these kinis on. Wish me luck!!!! MY KINIS FIT!!!! AAAAHHHH !!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    11 May 2015
    8:08 PM

    DAY 78 Weeee!! Final week is here. Managed to roll out of bed for my first of five early morning gym sessions. I've decided to cut coffee for my final week as I find I'm having too much. I managed to survive in two this morning. Must drink more water. I completed all of my weights circuit today & added some extra abs at the end. Tonight I sat in the sauna for a little bit. Absolutely starving today! Cooking salmon & steamed veg for tea. Yummy! Mood: focused, positive, determined

  • Alison Trinder
    10 May 2015
    6:26 PM

    DAY 77 Very spoilt this Mother's Day! lots of beautiful gifts :). Ate a protein pancake for breakfast and may have indulged in some protein balls for afternoon tea. So yummy!! Squeezed in a quick gym session today, wishing I had time for more but a busy day. I'm loving my biceps. Yesterday's PT had made them pop & arms are getting really vascular. I think this coming week will be my biggest test training wise. Due to the husbands shift work I'll be doing 5am sessions all week and no nights :(. We go away to Apollo Bay Friday night so not sure what I'll do without the gym. I know I can pack some kettlebells but I prefer the machines.

  • Alison Trinder
    9 May 2015
    11:06 PM

    DAY 76 Did a meat shop today to make sure I am organized heading into the final week Had a killer PT with Scotty at 12pm. I'll be lucky if I can move my arms tomorrow. It's amazing the difference a great PT can make. I always work hard but somehow he makes me push past my comfort zone and I'm capable of so much more. Once I recover I will definitely be booking another one before D-Day next weekend. My afternoon has been all about food prep! All of my meals are sorted until next weekend. Happy I will only be cooking for the kids through the week & not doing double the cooking. Mum totally exhausted tonight. Hoping for a sleep in for Mother's Day. My own body clock is the reason for early rising, not the kids :). Cody is pumped about giving me his present from the school stall. Love gifts that the kids pick. Mum sent me a message tonight with a reminder photo of how far I have come. I never want to feel like I did last year. This photo attached is from Bali, March 2014. I didn't even recognize it was me at first. its so good to feel strong and confident again. I've worked hard and pushed through a lot of personal obstacles. I love who I am now and will never give up to be the best I can.

  • Alison Trinder
    8 May 2015
    10:35 PM

    DAY 75 Tonight was all about sweat. Did a 45min boxing class on the bag due to odd numbers which suited me fine :). Hard & fast, lots of foot work and ducks. I was a mess by the end and absolutely loved it. Jumped straight in the sauna afterwards for 45mins so I looked delightful by the time I got home. Tag team effort tonight. Aaron is at gym now & I'm just chilling out on the couch for some rare Rest & Relaxation... Kids asleep so very peaceful! Uggs & PJs on, winning!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    7 May 2015
    8:02 PM

    DAY 74 Abs are really feeling it today after my training two days ago. Didn't realise I had worked them as much as I did. Hurting to blow my nose lol. Abs are looking so good now! Set the alarm early and went to gym for an hour before work and have just returned home after an evening weights circuit. Can see the finish line clear in sight and am working my butt off to get in as much training as possible. I've booked my second PT for Saturday afternoon & looking forward to getting slammed. Mothers Day on Sunday will be a low key affair this year. Just inviting our parents over for afternoon tea. trying to think of some healthy snacks, think I'll make protein balls & just not tell them they are healthy ;). Not that my mum will mind, she is focused on her journey too. I ordered another pair of bathers last night online so hopefully they arrive in time for my final pics & crossing fingers they fit perfectly.

  • Alison Trinder
    6 May 2015
    6:55 AM

    DAY 73 Another a.m gym session and boy was it cold, dark & windy outside. No rest for me, I had a clear vision of AB day. Had the gym to myself so snuck in a few ab selfies. Happy with their progress and can't wait to see how much I can develop them in the next week & a half. Time to get ready for work. Lots to do! So happy I can start my days positive & pumped. Morning workouts are the best!

  • Alison Trinder
    5 May 2015
    5:46 PM

    DAY 72 Game face back on!! Mentally readjusted after my weekend freak out and it was back to what I do best. Early morning gym session. Lots of weights, confidence back and it was just good to feel like me Again. Focusing on the positive, focusing on what matters, focusing on the task at hand. I walked out feeling accomplished, determined and clear headed. My goals are clearly written down. Everything is within my grasp and I will keep pushing forward to get to where I need to be. A balanced life that brings me happiness & makes me want to jump out of bed every day. I'm beyond excited! Maxines is the best!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    4 May 2015
    9:51 PM

    DAY 71 so glad I watched the week 10 Weekly Message from Janet & Harps today. Wow! What great timing that was. I've been having a full on panic about my bathers & if I'll do myself justice for the final photos. I realized today how far I've come after comparing my photos over this journey. I have achieved great results in just 10weeks and I need to cut myself some slack. I have been doing everything I can training wise & my diet has been spot on. Still two more weeks to go and I know I can dig a bit deeper & find the strength to add on a few more reps and go faster in my cardio. I can do this & I still have plenty of time to reach my goals.

  • Alison Trinder
    4 May 2015
    9:51 PM

    DAY 71 so glad I watched the week 10 Weekly Message from Janet & Harps today. Wow! What great timing that was. I've been having a full on panic about my bathers & if I'll do myself justice for the final photos. I realized today how far I've come after comparing my photos over this journey. I have achieved great results in just 10weeks and I need to cut myself some slack. I have been doing everything I can training wise & my diet has been spot on. Still two more weeks to go and I know I can dig a bit deeper & find the strength to add on a few more reps and go faster in my cardio. I can do this & I still have plenty of time to reach my goals.

  • Alison Trinder
    3 May 2015
    6:04 PM

    DAY 70 quick gym session today. Half hour of cardio on the cross trainer followed by a half hour sweat fest in the sauna. I've always struggled being in a sauna but this one was great. It is an infra red one so the heat is very dry and I could still breathe. Found some bathers today for the final pics. Cut the tags off & now I'm doubting my purchase. Doh! Might need to go any buy another pair just incase I'm not loving them on the day. I've decided to wear them around the house for the next two weeks so I feel more comfortable and normal. So used to wearing gym clothes.

  • Alison Trinder
    2 May 2015
    7:53 PM

    DAY 69 bit of a parent fail today. Took Cody to a birthday party that wasn't until tomorrow. Lol! Good practice run Dragged him into Frankston to look for bathers. Nothing in sight! Detoured via ASN to pick up some more Burn bars so the trip wasn't a complete waste of time. Scooted off to Fit for Life gym and survived my leg PT. Kimmy & I were totally wrecked afterwards. Jelly legs to the max. My legs muscles are still burning. I won a free PT session this week for our gyms #flexfriday comp all thanks to my double back bicep pose photo I took for the Forum. So excited!!! Even got the compliment of 'being a rig' . Lol, happy with that!!

  • Alison Trinder
    1 May 2015
    6:40 AM

    DAY 68 yesterday I did an hour of various Kettlebell exercises before work because we had our friends over for dinner last night. it was so great to catch up with them again. Between work, aarons shift times and both of us doing the Max/ Maxines challenge and 'tag teaming' our gym workouts I feel like I've been a lousy friend. Thankfully Kate is doing the challenge too so she understands. Anyway, I love having such special people in my life. I'm very lucky to have the friends and family I have. It's Friday again and another work week comes to an end. I'm looking forward to catching up on some rest. So tired and muscles are very sore. I am going to finish the final two weeks strong and proud. This challenge is not the end for me. It's my new way of living ---------- evening check in had a great day at work today. I love productive days :). Hit the gym with Kim and did back, shoulders & chest. Started a bit slow but finished well. Took a while for my muscles to kick into gear. Very shakey on some reps. Yummy chicken, veg & a little bit of rice for tea. So full & happy. Doing my first PT session tomorrow - legs. Scared but excited!! Bring on the weekend :)

  • Alison Trinder
    29 Apr 2015
    11:05 PM

    DAY 66 its starting to sink in that we only have 2 1/2 weeks until the 12 weeks is up. Today I booked my hair in for a cut & colour (finally, lol), wax and spray tan. I'm ready!! Now to do a bit of bathers shopping on the weekend and I can relax knowing there is nothing to worry about accept keep sticking to the plan and focusing on being the best I can be Tonight it was more barbell squats, walking lunges, leg press, leg extensions, calf raises and leg curls So proud of my new legs & can't wait to take my final photos. wish I had a pair of Maxines booty shorts like I've seen Janet rocking .. So cute!

  • Alison Trinder
    28 Apr 2015
    9:25 PM

    DAY 65 im really still so amazed at how well my body has responded to the Maxines food and training program. I feel happy, I'm the leanest I've been in my adult life, I don't feel tired, bloated or mentally drained. I am truely living & loving every day Raced off to gym after work for boxing and was powering out my punches. The weights have definitely intensified my strength & speed. I was a sweaty, dripping mess by the end and I LOVED it!!! Sorry to Kimmy if your arms are sore from pads tomorrow. #besttrainingbuddyever Love you xxx New addition in our home tonight - a dedicated supps shelf for all of our essentials including my newly replenished supply of Maxines Burn Vanilla. I really love it so much. I've tried other proteins in the past but the Maxines is by far the best! All of this hard training & I know it's what keeps me fueled and my recovery time is great

  • Alison Trinder
    27 Apr 2015
    10:32 PM

    DAY 64 cooked the most delicious steak & veg for dinner tonight. Happy tummy! Redid my fitness test tonight & shocked how far I've come since the beginning :). Silly me forgot to push start when I was up to jump squats lol, did 65 & thought.... That's too many. So rested and ripped out another 58. Just made a batch of protein balls for a desert treat. Put the calories they my fitness pal and I never knew dates had so many calories. Limiting myself to two ;) weighed myself this morning & I saw my magic number 60kg staring back at me!!!! Two days in a row now so it must be real. Pinching myself!!

  • Alison Trinder
    26 Apr 2015
    5:21 PM

    DAY 63 Another weekend over :(. I do love the flexibility of being about to workout in the middle of the day. I'm feeling extremely focused on producing amazing results and I hope to inspire others to follow the same path. Maxines Challenge has taught me so much about the person I am and I finally get it. It's not just about losing weight, it's really changing my life for the better. I love the friendships I'm forming at my gym. Such a great, positive atmosphere. Go team Fit For Life xx Today I did some back & shoulder work and gave the legs another hammering. i still can't believe I have leg def. Keep touching & flexing them nearly time to go shopping for bathers, book hair, tan & wax. I don't want this challenge to end.

  • Alison Trinder
    25 Apr 2015
    7:43 PM

    DAY 62 rainy day and cleaning the house doesn't equal a great deal of motivation for me to go grocery shopping. i was struggling for dinner ideas based on what we had in the house. What better place for a bit of inspiration than Maxines recipes!! i ended up cooking a delicious tuna & vegetable frittata with salad. My whole family loved it!!

  • Alison Trinder
    24 Apr 2015
    8:54 PM

    DAy 61 exciting day for me!! My quads show when I flex!!!! I have never in my life had upper leg definition and I can finally see the results of lots of leg work. Just finished another leg and ab workout. Tried to target my butt so we'll see how that progresses over the last few weeks. Crossing fingers this catches up. I'm reaching so many goals this challenge. Would be so awesome if I could get a nice bum too :)

  • Alison Trinder
    24 Apr 2015
    1:54 PM

    DAY 61 spreading a bit of # love to #maxineschallenge15 on Instagram. Got a 'shout out' from InBody scans USA. Worldwide love to Maxines!!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    23 Apr 2015
    10:29 PM

    Just quickly posting my InBody scan results!! eeekkkk!!! had my last scan just 5 weeks ago in that time I have put on 1kg of muscle and dropped to 12.9% body fat SO HAPPY!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    23 Apr 2015
    1:54 PM

    DAY 60 5.30 am gym visit today & sweated it out doing cardio on the cross trainer. Knee joints were a bit sore from last nights legs so it was low impact & effective Tonight after work I'm heading to ASN Frankston for my second In Body Composition scan and I am looking forward to seeing how I've progressed since the last one 4 or 5 weeks ago. Stressful day day at work again. Never enough hours in my day. At least im making time for me & keeping up with regular training. It's the only thing keeping me sane.

  • Alison Trinder
    22 Apr 2015
    11:46 PM

    DAY 59 Hit some new PBs tonight!! calf raises 110kg leg press 120kg unassisted leg extension 110pounds, assisted 220 pounds i feel like I need to serious reevaluate some things in my life. I'be always believed you should do what you love. Never really known what that was. Until now. I've made some notes and now I think a leap of faith is needed. I must believe in my capabilities. I must be strong. I must have a clear plan.

  • Alison Trinder
    21 Apr 2015
    11:13 PM

    DAY 58 Surprised myself by getting up at 4.50am to get ready for gym. It was chest day. i haven't upped my weights for a while on chest as my shoulders have been locking a little. So I stuck with consistency and slow reps holding the contraction for a few seconds to target my pecs. At work today I was introduced to some new clients and the gentlemen turned to his wife and said "well she works out" i can't explain how thrilled I was that a complete stranger noticed

  • Alison Trinder
    20 Apr 2015
    10:04 PM

    DAY 57 Aaron is back at work again so need to adjust my workouts this week to suit his roster. I missed today's workout. So tired from the weekend. I need to regroup & focus again on making sure I'm still on track. I've been following the program but think a bit of motivation is needed. Will speak with my trainer at gym & let him know I'm feeling a bit flat. Ordered another Maxine's pack today & picking it up tomorrow. Love the Maxine's Burn Vanilla protein so much!!! Im extremely hungry today but my water intake has been terrible the last 3 days. Really need to drink more again.

  • Alison Trinder
    19 Apr 2015
    8:07 AM

    DAY 56 busy, busy, busy! We moved house yesterday & didnt realize how much stuff we had to move. I've woken up so sore today.. Killer workout. Packed my Maxine Burn bar to eat while on the run between car trips & had almonds on standby too. todays workout will be intense. Cleaning the old place top to bottom & I'm sure I'll be a sweaty mess by the end lol. Would rather be at gym but this will be great for the arms & I'll be doing lots of squats cleaning floors. Just need to tell myself 'it's a workout' and not cleaning so I enjoy it more lol Loved wakung up in our new place this morning! Having a quick coffee now before my oats for breakie. Just need to find the box with my Maxines Burn Protein so I can get cracking!!

  • Alison Trinder
    16 Apr 2015
    11:11 PM

    DAY 53 Our gym has just started boxing classes. Ohhhhhh!! I have missed it so much!! It's been about 4 months since I last did boxing training and it was so good to have the gloves on again! It was an odd number class which suited me fine, so I punched the bag & didn't take a rest when the others had to swap pads. 50mins of punching - 45sec on, 10 sec rest (but rest was an option of squats/lunges/push ups etc). Even though I had my wraps on I managed to shed a bit of skin off the knuckles...I've gotten soft lol. At the end of the class I added an extra round of 100 jab/cross, 10 burpee/pushups 100 hooks, 10 burpee/pushups 100 uppercuts, 10 burpee/pushups 100 up high, 10 burpee/pushups Needless to say I had sweat dripping off me. Woohoo!! Arrived home to a delicious meal tonight...steak perfectly grilled - medium rare!! So lucky to have a man who can cook :)

  • Alison Trinder
    15 Apr 2015
    5:31 PM

    DAY 52 Set my alarm early today for 5.30am bootcamp. I'd only had 4 1/2 hours sleep so had some pre workout to get me pumping. It was only a small group today so I enjoyed it. Battle ropes, kettlebell swings, sled push, burpees, tricep dips, sledge hammer on tyre, squats, close grip pushups and steps ups. So, the big 8 Week progress shot. I like getting this out of the way so it's behind me & I can now concentrate on the last 4 1/2 weeks of the challenge. I've only dropped a tiny bit on the scales in the last 4 weeks but a loss is a loss and I feel much stronger. I desperately need a spray tan but saving that (& a trip to hairdressers lol) for my 12 week final photo. Really happy with my ab progress. It's a bit hard to see due to my skin being as pale as Casper but my second little abs are starting to come through. Officially none of my everyday tops fit me. See ya boobs! Gym gear is the only thing that fits & doesn't leave me swimming around. Mmmmm...thinking about a reward for shop at the end of the challenge. Need to re-stock on pretty much everything but my first priority will be some full length 2XU training pants. Wonder if I can wear them to work lol x

  • Alison Trinder
    14 Apr 2015
    10:39 PM

    DAY 51 Oh my goodness! Read the MAXINE'S CHALLENGE TEAM email this morning & it's time to upload our 8 Week progress pic from tomorrow. Eeekk!! I can't wait to compare the changes since registration and week 4. It's funny, I look in the mirror everyday and can see improvements but I still have that little voice in my head that casts doubt if there will be much of a change. I've got 100% confidence and belief in the MAXINE'S training program and meal plan but I just can't shake that seed of doubt. Have I done enough? Have I eaten well? Will there be a noticable change or just a subtle one? I know I have worked my butt off, eaten everything I should, stayed focused & determined. Oh dear scale god, please be kind to me tomorrow for weigh in. Must ignore the scales, must IGNORE the scales!!!!!! It's like I've conditioned myself to always measure my achievements on such a tangible thing. I know for a fact I have built muscle. I know muscle weighs more than fat.....now the mental game of "it's just a number" and "it doesn't define you" begins. I have complete confidence I am winning in this LIFESTYLE CHANGE. My mental strength is unwavering. I can see and feel myself becoming a new and better version of myself. I crave eating healthy food to nourish my body. I just feel amazing because of it. I can not & will not self-sabotage after this 12 weeks is over. I was talking to one of my trainers at gym tonight, the lovely Sylvia ;), and we had a great little chat about our goals, where we want to be and how we always let fear stand in the way. I can almost touch my fear. Sounds corny but literally see it, it's only two arms lengths away from me & (stupid, lol) it's my reflection in the mirror at gym. I will DEFEAT YOU! I will CHASE MY DREAMS! Sit back & watch as I SUCCEED. (Nothing like a little pep-talk to yourself in a blog...hahaha! So hardcore, it must be the protein)

  • Alison Trinder
    12 Apr 2015
    9:22 PM

    DAY 49 Woohoo! Completed one hour on the cross trainer today. Loaded my iphone with some killer workout tracks and had an absolute blast of a time. Not normally one for cardio it turns out I was just missing music which motivates me. Silly it's taken me this long to catch on. Lol! After training I had to brave the stairs to leave the cardio area. So thankful to my husband who prepare a delicious lunch of steamed veg & kangaroo. Anyway, I feel great. My legs were still pretty sore from my previous leg sessions but I am moving much more freely tonight thanks to today's massive sweat fest. Aaahhh....will be sleeping like a baby tonight. Earnt it!

  • Alison Trinder
    11 Apr 2015
    10:07 PM

    DAY 48 10am bootcamp - completed :). So much for my hopes of it being an 'easy recovery' session after legs yesterday. Tire flips, battle ropes, boxing, kettlebell swings, tricep dips with 10kg weight plate, sled push, sledge hammer on tyre (i was hopeless on this lol), bit of a beep test (had to stop due to my hip) and abs. After that finished I was given a run through some additional LEGS/GLUTES exercises to push myself a bit harder through my training. I've been struggling to engage my glutes and I'm guilty of lifting from my back which is a worry. Anyway...new stuff to try this week. My afternoon has been pretty low key. Legs are stiffening up and I've been on the couch in my trackies & uggs. So glamorous hahaha!! Had a relaxing soak in the bath tonight and some protein. Will do some light cardio tomorrow to loosen the muscles up a bit because I'm guessing I'll be walking a bit awkward On a positive note, I can really feel the shape/size of my leg muscles increasing. Desperately waiting to see definition when I stand normal.

  • Alison Trinder
    10 Apr 2015
    10:21 PM

    DAY 47 Wow, feeling exhausted! Had a PT tonight with Kimmy & it was a killer leg workout. I don't think I've ever been push to the limit that much in my life. I screamed, grunted, sweated & cursed like a woman possessed. Yowsers! So glad my car is an auto cos there was no way my legs were doing more than the basic after that. Yarlz, if you ever read this post, I absolutely love you as a trainer!! You inspire me, you know how to get me to breaking point without crushing me and you are mean, firm and fierce in the most wonderful way. As for me, I hope I can walk tomorrow. Heading off to gym for a 10am bootcamp which will be a breese (lol, i hope) after tonight's training. Will be sleeping well tonight thats for sure! Night peeps! Stay strong!! Maxine's forever!!

  • Alison Trinder
    8 Apr 2015
    10:55 PM

    DAY 45 Cody's 5th birthday today! My baby is getting so big. We went out for dinner tonight to the local pub & I ordered a Vietnamese Chicken Salad. Ate about 2/3 of my plate which would have equated to about 150g of chicken. The salad was beautiful & fresh with a hint of lemon juice, fish sauce & olive oil dressing. Very lightly tossed through so I was pretty excited. After dinner we were craving something warm & comforting for dessert. It's really chilly tonight in Melbourne so winter food was in order. I whipped up the most delicious healthy version of an Apple & Blueberry Crumble with ingredients I know are within our food plan. Aaron & I both rated this 10/10 on the taste scale, hence we ate the whole lot. I put the recipe through My Fitnesspal and the calories were pretty good. Only downside was carbs at night but hey, i'm not complaining :). Ali's Apple & Blueberry Crumble Crumble - Blend ingredients 1 cup Oats1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews1/2 cup natural almondsFilling 4 medium apples, thickly sliced & peeled1 cup blueberries1/4 cup water2 tsp cinnamon1 dessert spoon Rice malt syrupPre-heat oven to 170 Stew apples in boiling water, rice malt syrup & cinnamon for approx 5 mins. Stir ingredients Add blueberries to apple mixture, stir for further 1min. Turn off the heat & leave covered for 2-3 mins Place cooked ingredients into baking dish. Save liquid in saucepan Cover filling with crumble mixture Topping for crumble 1 tablespoon coconut oilapprox 1 dessert spoon Shredded coconut1 tsp cinnamonDot coconut oil (not melted) across crumble, sprinkle coconut & cinnamon Cook in oven for approx 25mins Meanwhile.... 2 scoops of Maxine Night Time - French Vanilla mixed with equal part chilled water - Stir so it becomes a thick paste and pop in freezer to chill. Re-heat the left over liquid from the saucepan - this is a nice gooey syrup now :) Serve into 4 bowls Pour heated syrup over each & chilled Maxine Night Time My Fitnesspal - (NOTE: This breakdown doesn't include Maxines Night Time, I added this separately) Servings 4 Nutrition facts (per 1 Serving) Calories - 288 Fat (g) - 14.4 Carbs (g) - 38.4 Protein (g) - 6 This was a really yummy "Special Occassion" treat which I will be eating again after the challenge ;). I was checking out my arms while waiting for the crumble to cook. Shoulder definition is rocking!!

  • Alison Trinder
    7 Apr 2015
    9:50 PM

    DAY 44 I had such a great easter break & it was so good to sneak in some daytime training at gym rather than working. Swapped my leg routine to today due to machines being held up yesterday. Really happy to report a new PB for my barbell squats tonight - 4 sets x 10 reps @ 60kg!!!! My shoulders & back are feeling pretty bruised from the bar but hey, no pain - no gain! Can't believe we've hit the half way mark already. It doesn't feel like a chore or struggle to continue eating well & training. In fact, if I miss a day at gym I really don't feel complete. Looks like i'm changing my mind and body. #firstworldproblems - I gave away my belts to my mum yesterday, too big. Got ready for work in my skinny jeans (because my work/clown pants can't be worn) and now my skinny jeans are too big in the waste too. Love my beautiful mum so much!! She went & bought me a new belt today :). **Special**. My mum's weightloss through the Maxine's program is amazing...5.5kg down in 6 weeks!! She's looking great & rocking her favorite white jeans!! Only 2 more weeks until our next progress pic upload & already I'm wondering what I'll achieve. Time to up the training intensity a bit and add some a.m. cardio. Not everyday as I don't want to burn out but I know I can be working harder. Health wise I'm feeling pretty strong and have started going to bed at about 10pm instead of 11.30pm. The extra sleep has been really good for my muscle repair, haven't been getting as sore and I'm waking feeling refreshed from a solid sleep. It's Cody's 5th birthday tomorrow so I'm sure it'll be an early start. Can't believe my baby is so grown up. We are having a family party for him on the weekend & saving cake until then so there are more people around to eat it. Aaron & I can have a fruit salad ;)

  • Alison Trinder
    5 Apr 2015
    10:16 AM

    DAY 42 Finally re-did my finess test today so my comparision results are showing a heaps of improvement Burpees Pushups Crunches Alt. Lunges Plank Jump Squats Week 1 22 32 55 42 1.16 45 Week 2 25 43 58 48 1.29 54 Week 6 27 47 60 51 2.15 59 Killed my Saturday session yesterday - Should, biceps, triceps & abs. Did a few flexes after my training & I am loving the definition coming through in my back and biceps. Easter temptation is no match for me. It comes down to what I want more. I choose abs over chocolate :). Took a progress photo this morning to remind me of this. I've taken a couple of progress photos during the challenge to keep track of by abs because I want them sooo bad!! I was very happy with my food choices yesterday. Had a delicious chicken salad for lunch and lamb cutlets, greens & roasted sweet potato for dinner. Massive pizza cravings last night but that passed as soon as I ate my first bite of sweet potato. I've got this roasting thing down to a fine art. I am very self critical sometimes and need to cut myself some slack. I can get caught up in how much I want to lose that I forget i'm only 6 weeks into this challenge and I still have my whole life ahead of me to get the body I want. I have a lot of loose skin where I've lost fat but I need to have faith in my body's ability to adjust. Maybe I should find a sauna & see if I shrink like a pair of jeans in the dryer. NOTE: Ab comparison progress dates taken (L to R): 5/4/15, 23/5/15, 7/3/15

  • Alison Trinder
    3 Apr 2015
    9:26 PM

    DAY 40 It was so nice to have a mini sleep in today...Well by slee in, I mean I didn't have to set my alarm. Still got up at 7.30am. Due to us not having Hot Cross Buns in the house, thought I'd still make something nice for my boys for breakie. I made (sort of) protein pancakes. They tasted really delish but quite dense in texture so very filling. Blended cacao powder, vanilla Maxines Protein, tiny bit of coconut flour & oats. Then stirred through 6 egg whites, coconut milk & a dash of vanilla essence and some frozen raspberries. I cooked them in coconut oil & served with greek yoghurt & cinnamon. Due to such a massive breakfast (i had two) My feeding times were a bit out of whack. I popped into work today for 5.5 hrs, munched on a Burn Bar & some almonds. By the time I got home it was nearly dinner so I essentially have missed a meal today. Not impressed with myself. Salmon & veg for tea...I love salmon! My gym was closed today for Good Friday. My intentions of a boxing workout at home didn't come go to plan. Oh well, rest day/slack day/life in the way day. Need to get this booty moving tomorrow or else!!!!!!!! Catching up with my bestie Kim tomorrow for a coffee & a chat. She reminded me I hit a plateau last challenge at the 6 week mark & then I kicked off again. It's so great having someone who understands what I'm going thru. BFF's ROCK!

  • Alison Trinder
    2 Apr 2015
    11:02 PM

    DAY 39 Hectic day yesterday at work & needed some family time. Went out for dinner last night to the RSL & ordered the healthiest thing I could find on the menu - Vietnamese Beef salad. While it looked delicious it was drowning in oil & soy sauce. Blah...I was hungry so I ate prob 2/3 of my plate, it didn't settle well at all. I went to gym at 9pm last night & did an hour of cardio to try and feel 'normal' again. Today I woke up feeling absolutely dreadful - I was bloated & could really notice how badly my body had reacted from last night's meal. Feeling so regretful & shouldn't have forced it down when I knew it was too rich. I made sure I ate light today, salad at lunch and dinner so hopefully I regulate and get this crap out of my system. Have been to gym tonight and worked my legs...upped my reps & sets while maintaining good weights. I was really pleased with my walking lunges. My set is 10m in length so I carried 2 x 15kg dumbbells doing alternate lunges for one set. The next 5 sets I did a double lunge on each leg as I went. I'm definitely getting stronger. On instagram today I noticed on the Maxine's Challenge page #janetsbootychallenge to perform 30 squats prior to each meal...I can to this :). Might look a bit funny at work but whatever ;) Temptation has been at an all time high this week and I'm very proud to say my willpower has been really good. Have said no to cake pops, shortbread and a lindt bunny at work (he's been tucked away in the pantry now). Evil delicious Lindt Bunny...staring at me with your cute little bell and full of creamy goodness.

  • Alison Trinder
    31 Mar 2015
    10:43 PM

    DAY 37 I love my gym!! Placed my protein order last night & special delivery courtesy of ASN Frankston - My MAXINE'S Burn Pack!!! So excited to have the strawberry protein again!! This gym really is my second home :) So my first massive test of willpower tonight. My husband bought home fish & chips for the kids for tea....It smelt so amazing!! He asked me if I wanted some fish because there was an extra piece....I said No!! Yay me, not even one chip came near me either. I quickly put on my gym gear & raced out the door... Smashed out my shoulders,triceps, shoulders and abs workout & added a few extra ab things - jack knives on the fitball & some russian twists :)

  • Alison Trinder
    30 Mar 2015
    9:56 PM

    DAY 36 My arm & back muscles are still sore from Saturday's bootcamp so switched my Maxine's program around a bit tonight. Avoided chest & back and concentrated on legs with a bit of ab work tacked onto the end. Tonight I thought I'd challenge myself a bit. Rather than try to up my weights, thought I'd do the same weight, more sets/reps and concentrate on the mind/muscle connection a bit more to really feel the burn. I also slowed my reps down and made sure I felt the full contraction rather than pumping the reps out and getting off the machine as quick as I could. My hamstrings were really sore after 6 sets/12 reps of leg curls. I changed the machine setting so I was sitting forward more & this really helped me get the full range of the curl. I still don't feel like I'm targeting my glutes properly...going to ask my trainer for some pointers. Hopefully my lats repair tonight so I can do my upper body training tomorrow night. Thank goodness for payday, have just ordered a re-stock of the Maxine's Tone pack. Looking forward to my Strawberry Maxine's protein, got 2 boxes of Vanilla last order. Mmmmm...strawberry :)

  • Alison Trinder
    29 Mar 2015
    12:43 PM

    DAY 35 OMG! Ouch....DOMS bad...Bootcamp = 1, Ali = 0 Back, arms, abs..everything aches, but in the best way possible. It's incredible how your body goes into complete shock when you mix things up. I thought I was getting stronger from all of the weights I've been doing but a bootcamp of light/fast weights...well played! So after paying my 4yr old $2 for a one minute back massage I geared up for gym and backed it up today. These muscles aren't going to get better by sitting around. Cardio Sunday consisted of three rounds of: 20 burpees 20 push ups 20m walking lunges with 12.5kg dumbbells 20 star jump squats 20m frog jumps 20 kettlebell sumo squats 50 sit ups LOVING TODAY SO MUCH!!!!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    28 Mar 2015
    10:15 PM

    DAY 34 Had the best time at bootcamp this morning!! Worked so hard and put in every ounce of energy I had. So sweaty and exhausted by the time we finished. Had a little nanna nap this afternoon lol. So exhausted. I love weekends :) I think every muscle in my body is in shock and I will definitely be waking up sore tomorrow. Have made sure I've had lots of protein & pinched some of hubby's MAX BCAAs to help with the recovery. Haven't re-done my Challenge fitness test yet so must to that tomorrow. Time to rest this weary body so I can tear it up all over again.

  • Alison Trinder
    27 Mar 2015
    10:13 PM

    DAY 33 After a much needed 8 hours sleep last night I woke up with determination not to let myself down today. Love that I can turn to the Forum when I'm up or down...such a great support network and the Max/Maxine's team just know the right things to say. I said no to after work drinks tonight and instead had my protein shake. Odd one out but who cares...I had a date with gym. Quite proud of this! Tired after my day, I had a scoop of pre-workout to get my game face on. I smashed out 20mins of boxing on the bag & had a lot of steam to burn off after having a few average days this week. Can't tell you how great a feeling it is to see sweat flying through the air when you connect with the bag. Gave the old legs a flogging and managed a new PB on the Smiths machine for calf raises...started at 60kg x 1 set warm up, bumped it to 2 x sets at 80kg, then 2 x sets at 90kg and...drum roll... 1 x set at 100KG!!! Weeeee!! I feel strong, happy & so so so proud of myself. Off to bootcamp tomorrow morning :). I'm back!!

  • Alison Trinder
    26 Mar 2015
    10:05 PM

    DAY 32 I think I've got a bit of the Week 5 Blues. Today is the second day this week where I've not felt like I've had the energy or motivation to train my butt off at gym. I've had a read over the Forum and know I'm not the only one which gives me some reassurance but I just feel so frustrated with myself for being like this....Grrrr!!! I set my alarm early to go to gym today & when I arrived it was closed. I had such great intentions of smashing out a bike session to get my legs firing and endorphins pumping for the day and no....change of plans. I came home, did the dishes then mooched around and did nothing before work. I make myself so angry. All day I tried to get my head right and it was just the opposite of what I had planned. If I had of come home from gym & done a circuit at home I really feel my day would have been better. Instead I felt sulky because the office was noisy. The lights were bright so we turned the lights off & I sat in the dark. The music playing in the background was making me crazy - couldn't do much about that. The weather was cold and gloomy and I was rugged up with a scarf & cosy jumper for most of the day. I just wanted to be curled up on the couch. Instead I was a sad little sack sitting in the corner. Boo hoo me. Anyway, got home, put the gym gear on and went out on my mission to finish the day on a positive note. Jumped on the bike for 20mins, did 4 sets of leg press, threw in the towel and called it a night. Pathetic effort. Setting my alarm early so I can attempt this all over again. Tomorrow is a new day & I will not sabotage my good efforts by being negative. BRING ON FRIDAY!!!! PIC: Me on the bike

  • Alison Trinder
    25 Mar 2015
    8:51 PM

    DAY 31 Well, we all have our off days. Yesterday was mine. I still ate properly of course but the only thing I wanted to do last night was have a nice hot shower, jump in my pj's and have cuddles on the couch. I didn't even feel like blogging due to my little la la mood....lol. I made a deal with myself that if I was going to be "that person" last night that I would have to get up at 5am and also do an evening class today to catch up on the lost training. So, that's what I did :) I set myself up a little circuit to get my cardio on and sweated up gooood!! I did 1 minute at each exercise for a few rounds with about 30sec recovery between each Battle ropesBurpees9kg slam ball squatsKettle bell swingsPushups with alternating hand on slam ballmountain climbersJust returned from my night time gym where I did upper body & abs. Tweaked my sore hip by pushing a bit too hard but have given it a deep rub & made sure I stretched it out so hopefully I'll be ok to train again tomorrow. I did an ab comparison shot to track their progress and I'm pretty happy to see a little more definition. Looking forward to shredding more body fat so they look more defined. Loving the food program so much! I am making sure I have lots of snacks and protein shakes on hand for when the hungries kick in. I managed to drink 3.5ltrs of water today...Felt like I was pregnant again rushing to the toilet every hour lol.

  • Alison Trinder
    23 Mar 2015
    10:30 PM

    DAY 29 I'm surrounded by so many new faces in my life this year - at work, my new gym and through social media. It's almost like I needed to grow by getting out of my comfort zone. I'm normally very reserved and keep to myself until I am happy to open up and let people in. This is really new to me. I think it comes from a growing self confidence that allows me to smile more, relax and just be myself. I still am awkward, suck at small talk and get a bit nervous in groups but I'm making a conscious effort to let people in. It's been quite liberating. My new little gym community are so encouraging and the girls here are so lovely. If the group classes weren't so busy I'd jump in and join them but currently I'm focusing on my Maxine's program and making sure I work my hardest without any distractions. I'm really missing training with my bestie this year. It's just not the same pushing yourself without having someone by your side to motivate you & share some laughs along the way. Have you ever had the feeling that you are on the edge of something great happening? It's as if I'm working towards some monumental goal that is yet to reveal itself fully. This feels like such a "Dear Diary" entry...blah! Anyway I used to keep a diary when I was younger & I clearly remember writing an entry, then a few days later reading back over what I'd written, only to tear the pages out. These daily blogs are really making me think more and acknowledge how fortunate I am to have such positive, beautiful people in my life. I will make them proud of being the best version of me. Workouts today: 6am Lounge Room Wakeup 40 jump squts30 lunges each leg30 glute bridge30 ass to carpet squats50 mountain climbers50 bicycle crunches6pm Gym workout ShouldersBackBicepsChestAbsThe lack of cardio I feel is slowing my progression but I can't risk my hip. It has been a bit niggly so being extremely careful. NOTE TO SELF: Baby abs are forming. Top & middle set are just under the surface. Keep consistant with your diet & incorporate more abs into your daily routine. By week 7, I want to see them clearly. Keep going strong!!

  • Alison Trinder
    22 Mar 2015
    10:31 PM

    DAY 28 Today did not go as planned...**SIGH** All I wanted to do was go to gym. Was dressed, took a few selfies (lol) but then Aaron had to stay back & work some crazy overtime. Each time I spoke to him, he thought he was close to leaving so I held off on doing a workout in the hope of gym but no... time slipped away, then I was on Mum duty running Cody to a birthday party, picking up Soph from her Nanna's, picking up Aaron from Fountain Gate and then before I knew it, 6pm :(. Anyway, supermarket re-stock, cooked dinner for the kids, food prepped for Aaron & I and I didn't end up eating until 9pm. Grumble, grumble lol!! I can't wait to dig into my lunches this week: Tuna & salad (with my new food - cucumber - notorious fussy eater but tried cucumber this week & turns out I like it)Steamed Green veggiesRoasted sweet potatoStir fried chicken with Smoked Paprika, garlic, Himalayan Salt, Chilli flakes, cracked pepperSteak & steamed veg/or saladbrown riceOn a positive note - tried on my Maxine's top today & it fit perfectly!!! Not too tight on the arms or belly, so happy with myself!!. I also bought a pair of shorts at the end of the last challenge that I never got to wear & BANG!!, in them today too!!! LOOK OUT TOMORROW - I'LL BE MAKING UP FOR TODAY & TRAINING LIKE A BEAST

  • Alison Trinder
    21 Mar 2015
    11:23 PM

    DAY 27 What an awesome day!! Aaron & I went to Mim's Boxing Bootcamp at 8am this morning & it was a weight session targeting legs and triceps!! Lots of lunges, squats, tricep dips, tricep push ups, skull crushes...fun stuff :) I was pretty energised after class, took Cody to swimming, he had a little play at the park while he ate an icecream, then it was off to my gym for another workout. Seeing as I enjoyed my morning class so much, I thought I'd keep on smashing out the legs. I was on fire!! CALF RAISES: 2 sets 60kg, 2 sets 70kg, 2 sets 80kg (prior to today 60kg was my PB) WALKING LUNGES: 4 x 10m with 15kg in each hand (new PB) LEG CURLS: 1 set 100lbs, 3 sets 110 lbs LEG EXTENSIONS: 1 set 90lbs, 3 sets 100lbs Rest of the day was pretty chilled, stocked up on fruit & veg, got some meat - was going to food prep but had a little couch nap with Codeman when we were watching a movie. Lol, someone was exhausted. Cooked the most amazing dinner tonight: Roasted sweet potato with cracked pepper, garlic flakes & himalayan rock salt Stir fry zucchini, green beans & broccoli in coconut oil, tahini, turmeric & chilli flakes Stir fry beef in cumin, fresh lime juice, balsamic & tiny splash of soy Can't wait to eat my left overs tomorrow!!

  • Alison Trinder
    20 Mar 2015
    11:23 PM

    DAY 26 6am wake up workout done again today. 30 jump squats 30 lunges each leg 30 ass to grass squats 30 glute bridges 50 mountain climbers My hip is throbbing a bit tonight so more foam roller again for me. Had a date night with my two favorite boys tonight. I am one lucky girl to be married to my husband. Totally exhausted from his night shift but he still manages to be a great dad, play games with Cody, read him a bedtime storey & give me lots of love. I'm feeling pretty complete at the moment. It's not often I can tick off every box, infact I don't remember ever ticking all of the boxes..... What Completes me - Checklist My Health, fitness & mental wellbeingFamily happinessStrong friendshipsWork satisfactionFinancially okOver the years, the order of the above "what completes me" checklist has changed and it wasn't until last year when I did Maxine's Challenge that my personal health, fitness & mental wellbeing came first on the list...sadly in my head it wasn't even one of my checklist items. Now it comes first in every aspect of my life. If I can't make myself feel good, how can I expect everything else around me to flow positively and grow? I am so thankful for the place & space I currently am in my life. I can just feel such positive energy around me and know I am going to accomplish amazing things this year and maintain this in the future. I hope all of my other Max/Maxine's Challengers are enjoying their journey as much as me. Each day is a new opportunity to do great things!!! Sending lots of love to you all xx Pics from today: #flexfriday - my gym started posting this #tag today so had to get in on the action lol. My bicep is growing!! #newjeans - officially out of pants already, had to buy a girls size 14 - I'll take that, saving $$ and fit perfect #holdthephone - my desert...OMG!! I remember Sky Carden posting a pic on IG last year with a melted BURN Bar. I zapped it for 30sec with frozen raspberries & the juice soaked into the warm gooey Cookies & Cream bar, served it with greek yoghurt...I was doing a happy dance while eating it was so damn good! Follow me: IG - @ali_t1977

  • Alison Trinder
    19 Mar 2015
    11:03 PM

    DAY 25 ASN Frankston were doing a Body Composition Analysis tonight. I was a bit hesitant in finding out my figures but was told I am going really well. My body fat percentage was only 16.8 which is amazing!! Can't wait to go back in 5 weeks and get the scan done again to see how much leaner & more muscle I can build. Tried to do pull ups tonight after my weight session tonight and only managed 2.....well, better than zero a few weeks ago. Will keep adding these in and hopefully get to 5 in a couple of weeks. Very pleased with myself this morning - my new daily goal of a leg routine before breakfast was a success. Morning - 30 Jump Squats 30 lunges each leg 30 ass to grass squats 30 glute bridge Tomorrow I will add something else, thinking either burpees or mountain climbers PM Arms, shoulder, & legs all got punished tonight. I really need to be careful with my left shoulder, it's so much weaker than my right. 10kg bicep curls no dramma for right, but left I have to make sure I've got correct form and don't use my back to curl. My hands are killing. Gloves were in the car, but hey, i'm tuff now lol

  • Alison Trinder
    18 Mar 2015
    8:49 PM

    DAY 24 I am really pleased with my 4 week results. Have dropped considerable weight and not far off my target of 60kg (magic number). Compared to my registration pic, i've slimmed down, can see arm, tummy, back and the beginning of some leg definition. Opperation booty is kicking off as of tomorrow. Must train, train, train like an animal to work that sucker off. In addition to my daily maxines program I am making this promise to myself. GOAL EVERY MORNING: 30 jump squats, 30 lunges each leg, 30 ass to grass squats, 30 glute bridge I will make myself accountable each day on my blog and kick my own butt by adding 10 to each of the above if I don't do it (sickness will be excluded). My hip (glute medius injury) has been flaring up today. Foam roller agony hear I come My favorite breakfast is pictured today: 1 scoop Maxine's BURN Vanilla 3/4 cup So Good almond coconut milk 1 scoop of Greek Yoghurt 4-5 Strawberries Psyllium Husks

  • Alison Trinder
    17 Mar 2015
    9:42 PM

    DAY 23 Bit of a juggling act at home this week with my husband on night shift. We are both really committed to doing our best in the challenge this year but life's hurdles and routine still need to come first. My beautiful daughter is away this week doing work experience and we have really noticed a hole in the help she gives us in the mornings with our youngest. Aaron has luckily been able to do the school drop offs but laking a lot of sleep for his muscle recovery. I admire his dedication though and he's currently at gym after only 4 hours sleep. Hope he doesn't get run down. Luckily he'll be on holidays soon. Tonight was one of those nights where I wanted to train really hard but I think I didn't have enough fuel in the tank to smash out a hard workout. I had an afternoon snack of a few almonds & a protein shake but wasn't enough - I really need to keep a few tins of tuna in my draw at work. Anyway, I still went to gym - even if I didn't lift heavier or do more reps I'm proud of myself for just getting it done. Well, week 4 progress shot tomorrow...must think fit & healthy thoughts. Eeek...hope there is some change. I've avoided the scales since Saturday and it's killing me not weighing in every day. But, as it's been said countless times on the Forum - Ditch the scales. Absolutely loving the support & encouraging folks on Instagram. I love seeing everyone elses journey, motivational quotes, progress shots & of course food!! Mood: 7/10 ...remedy - time for pjs & a cup of peppermint tea IG: @ali_t1977

  • Alison Trinder
    16 Mar 2015
    9:50 PM

    DAY 22 What a way to end a stressful day at work!! Was lacking energy & felt lethargic so cooked up a delicious dinner waited an hour for it to digest then hauled by butt off to gym. JUST WHAT I NEEDED to get the positive vibes and mindset back in balance. Aaaahhh!! Zen ;) Did an upper body weight workout tonight & can see some real definition forming. Posed for a photo & kept on lifting. Don't know why I feel the need to look so serious in gym photos. A smile wouldn't kill me lol. I am having fun, promise! After 50mins or there abouts of upper body I tacked on some leg cardio. Lots of frog jumps, walking lunges, step up leg raises and spidermans. Left my signature sweat drips on the floor - so hot. Tried some dips on the dip thingy got 3 out...haha, need to work on that. Mood: Was less then average through the day, but stellar tonight!! Weeee, I'm back!!

  • Alison Trinder
    15 Mar 2015
    10:52 PM

    DAY 21 We went to the Arnold Classic Expo today!!!! Aaron & I had such a great time looking around all of the different stalls. Don't think I've ever seen so many muscles. Some of the guys were huge!!! Bumped into the lovely Janet Kane today! Felt like a stalker, but I'm a nice one ;). I can't tell you how much I admire her so I felt pretty nervous & excited! Had a pic together & it made my day. Haven't stopped grinning since. I looked around at all of the different supplements and proteins but stayed true to my favorite and re-stocked! Scored some of the new Maxine's Night Time protein and some Maxines Cookies (Cookies & Cream of course). Bit jealous too, the guys have Super Shred White Choc Raspberry flavour bars.....***OOOHHHHH!!!!!*** Luckily the MAX birdies told me there might be some Maxines BURN bars in the pipeline. I'm happy to be a test subject if you need a hand!! Feeling so inspired to make amazing things happen. I want this so bad! My body is going to get tested and I will push myself to the absolute limit! The day didn't end as planned though, we took our youngest for a play at the park after we returned home and he cut his chin open at the park. Two hours later in emergency he's glued back together. Such a tuff little guy. Hardly cried. UnLuckily my niece was in emergency too with a broken foot. Not the best of places to catch up but at least the time passed quickly xx Anyway, the hospital delay hasn't allowed me time to food prep for the week so will need to play a bit of cooking catch up after work & gym tomorrow night. Luckily I am sorted for lunch tomorrow! LOVED TODAY!!!!!! Mood: Best day of the challenge so far :)

  • Alison Trinder
    14 Mar 2015
    5:24 PM

    DAY 20 I've booked in to get my measurements done again on Tuesday night after work. Hoping to have lost a few cms all over. The only place I know is certain is my boobs...waahhh!! Shrinking quickly out of my bras so looks like i'll be wearing a crop top again soon so I don't scare people at gym. I think Easter is going to really test the willpower this year. Everywhere I turn is chocolate!! Not that I ever really binge on chocolate but seeing the eggs all wrapped up just tweaks some little memory in the brain that just wants to scoff one. Made Cody a hot cross bun for breakie, heated up & butter melting...ooohhhhh!! They look so yum! Didn't eat any & went to gym ready to smash out the cheeky "one bite won't hurt" voices. My arms were really strong today at gym. I could even do tricep dips on the flat bench with my feet elevated which I haven't been able to do previously. My left arm is weaker but managed to maintain 4 sets of 10kg shoulder press with dumbbells. It's so encouraging as I've been struggling to maintain this for more than 2 sets. Only got to play for an hour at gym due to swimming lesson commitments. We called into the inlaws after for a quick visit then it was off to Frankston for lunch and a re-stock of our Maxines & Max's products from GNC. I'm so excited to have two boxes of the COOKIES & CREAM BURN Bars back in my cupboard. I had a warm Vietnamese Chicken salad from Sumo Salad today... life changing! Pretty sure I can match the flavours at home so will give it a crack one night through the week. Only 340 calories for a large so winning on that! Hopefully we'll be going to the Arnold Classic in Melbourne tomorrow - little fitness inspiration / date day with the husband would be awesome! I feel so new to fitness and would love to see and learn more about it. The Arnold website had a link for kettlebell sports - didn't even know there was such a thing...pretty cool. Looking forward to loading my 4 week progress shot on Wednesday & re-doing the fitness test. Nervous that there won't be much difference...crossing fingers I grow some abs in 4 days NOTE TO SELF: Drink 2 more litres of water this afternoon

  • Alison Trinder
    13 Mar 2015
    8:38 PM

    DAY 19 Love the day after leg day ;). Everything looks better, can feel my muscles starting to take shape & have had a steady muscle burn tonight. Got to wear a pair of white jeans that I haven't fit into since the end of the last challenge :). Love that I feel confident again sitting down without folding my arms across my belly.

  • Alison Trinder
    12 Mar 2015
    10:48 PM

    DAY 18 Woohoo!! Feeling 100% health wise today & hit the gym after work. Absolutely loving my training and missed not being there the last couple of days. Food on track. Really makes a big difference meal preping on the weekend. Saves so much time through the week and don't have to think about lunch options during the week. Had a great chat to my bestie in Syndey tonight. He's also doing the challenge and it was awesome to Facetime & flex some muscle. I'm so excited to see his progress shots at the week 4 check-in. Mood: Excited & energised!! Can't stop smiling :)

  • Alison Trinder
    11 Mar 2015
    9:45 PM

    DAY 17 On the mend again so have been listening to my body & taking it easy. The time spent not training has been redirected to my internal thoughts of how far can I take this? It's great to have a dream, no matter how unattainable you think it might be. But what if? What if you worked hard enough and it came true.... I've been admiring all of the fit physiques from the INBA event held on the weekend and just imagining how hard these amazing people have trained. Their mental strength and desire to achieve their goals has me in awe. Maybe if I work hard and committed to this life challenge (instead of mentally seeing this as a 12 week challenge) I'd be confident enough and proud enough to step on stage before I turn 40 (2 & a bit years away)....just a dream at the moment...BUT WHAT IF ??? Ali xx IG: @ali_t1977 #daydreamer

  • Alison Trinder
    10 Mar 2015
    9:49 AM

    DAY 16 Crashed this morning. Woken up with a sore throat, temperature & body aches are starting to kick in. Lots of water & healthy eating for me today. Time to rest & rejuvenate the body & leave my sad little weights alone. On a positive note, my arms are looking really tough, my trackie pants fit awesomely and my focus is unwavering! Until next time gym, until next time...

  • Alison Trinder
    9 Mar 2015
    10:26 PM

    DAY 15 I'm so shocked how quickly the first two weeks have gone. I'm spending a lot of time at the gym without realising how long I've been there, averaging between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours a day. Today I worked on my shoulders and abs but decided to add some cardio...in the zone baby! Not a great lover of cardio, I find kettlebells and body weight exercises work best for me to workup a hard sweat. Today I did 3 sets of 10 x burpees/15 sumo kettlebell(16kg) squats; 2 sets of 20m walking lunges with kettlebell (12kg) pass thru/10 x burpees; more sumo squats with KB & sort of an upright row, 80 x leg raises off the end of a flat bench and then finally plank to fail (i was pretty hammered so prob about a minute). Determined to get killer legs and tone up the glutes. I am definitely proud of what I've achieved in such a short timeframe and can just feel myself becomming happier by the day. My family mean the absolute world to me and I can see a shift in everyone's enegry to be more loving, happy and grounded now that I am more relaxed and a better version of me. I'm so grateful to have such beautiful, supportive people in my life. My lunches are prepped for the week & I can't wait to eat more chicken balls. Had a few tonight for dinner....OMG! So yum - chicken mince, corriander, spring onion, turmeric, cumin, garlic & pepper. Rolled balls in almond meal & sesame seed. Cooked in coconut oil. Love Al x IG: @ali_t1977

  • Alison Trinder
    8 Mar 2015
    9:15 PM

    WEEK 2 - DAY 14 What a great Sunday! Went off to gym for weights, concentrated on legs & some ab work today. Focusing on getting my technique right and have upped my reps & increased some weights. Underprepared food wise today. My husband wasn't rostered on to work and he was keen to get out for the day. Stupidly didn't pack lunch (just a BURN bar) and we left the house hungry on the hunt for healthy food. Drove around for hours in Gippsland but nothing decent or kitchens were closed for the arvo. We both got the hangrys bad! Anyway, early dinner at the Leongatha pub....woofed it down so quick! My body hates me for lack of nutrients. Oh well, fed now & about to dig into some protein and strawbs.....yeah!!!

  • Alison Trinder
    7 Mar 2015
    9:39 PM

    DAY 13 Starting to notice some fat loss. Even though the scales aren't reflecting this so much, I am down to the last hole on my belt and my clothes are definitely less snug. I re-did the fitness test today & so shocked with how much i've improved in the 2 weeks End of Week 2 - 7/3/15 Burpees - 25 Push Ups - 43 Crunches - 58 Alternate Lunges - 48 Plank - 1.29min Jump Squats - 54

  • Alison Trinder
    6 Mar 2015
    7:36 PM

    DAY 12 Massive carb cravings today. Rainy days = hot chips :( Have opted to bake myself something healthy and yummy for tea to curb the urge. Grated 1/2 sweet potato Grated whole zucchini 1 x 95g tin tuna in spring water (drained) 2 x egg whites turmeric cumin cracked pepper. Baked in the oven on 180deg for 30minutes, then at 200deg for 10mins This will serve 3 meals with salad. Pretty stoked with the outcome, might add onion or leek next time. Have started sneaking in a few little rituals at work & dragging my work mate Danielle into my mini 'office' workouts. Today was leg squats against the wall when we go to the kitchen. Have also been adding in a few pushups against the kitchen bench.

  • Alison Trinder
    5 Mar 2015
    8:00 PM

    DAY 11 Early start at the gym today with a killer cario session. Got a nice muscle ache going on in my abs now ;) 5 min bike warm up burpees pushups with weights sit ups leg curls kettlebell swings single hand kellbell swings sumo squat kettle bells walking lunges with kettlebells tricep dips The best thing about getting to gym early is knowing I'm going to be alert & feeling good for the rest of the day. I find cardio difficult as I prefer to do the weights program. Love the maxines weight program so much. Will try and increase my weights next week as I've been easing myself back in to avoid injury. Feeling pretty strong so time for taking it up a notch. The forum is brilliant. Stressing last night over feeling so bloated & it was such a comfort knowing some of the Max/Maxines ambassadors have experienced the same thing. Have avoided the scales today and trusting in the process. Still bloated but it'll die down soon Al x IG: @ali_t1977

  • Alison Trinder
    4 Mar 2015
    9:55 PM

    DAY 10 My little helper Cody is always keen to hang out when it's blog time. He says I'm doing very important work for my Maxine's Challenge. I'm feeling so bloated today. Should have avoided hopping on the scales this morning as my weight has increase by 1.4kg since the weekend. Deflated is an understatement. Seeking guidance from my 4yr old and he suggests more boxing...think he might be right. Definitely need to do more cardio. So blessed to have a supportive family. I worked on my abs and shoulders tonight and came home to my beautiful husband food prepping all of our meals for the week. He's a keeper ;). I forget to drink enough water and will be making a conscience effort to drink more.

  • Alison Trinder
    3 Mar 2015
    8:54 PM

    DAY 9 Looking forward to an early night to rest my muscles. Another early gym session this morning before work. Although i'm mentally more alert, my body is crashing early in the evening. Mini Blog - Positive, focused & determined Night x

  • Alison Trinder
    2 Mar 2015
    9:25 PM

    DAY 8 So today I had intended on waking up early for a morning cardio session at home but slept through my alarm. Luckily I made it to work on time. Popped home for a yummy chicken & avocado salad for lunch. Mmmmm. My day absolutely flew and I was exhausted when I got home. I've been looking forward to my leg day all week, so slammed down some pre-workout and BANG! Alive & ready was an understatement. Added a bit more weight to my sets and sweated it up hard. Currently: Walking lunges 10kg each hand Leg press 80kg 2 sets, 90kg 2 sets Calf raises on smiths machine started with 30kg on the bar for 2 sets (then my trainer spotted me - i wont be walking in a couple of days) 50kg on the bar for 2 sets barbell squats 30kg on bar for 4 sets Seated leg curls 90 pound leg extensions...Can't remember, lol...will post next time Like the pic? this is me post workout still fully charged after an hour & a half at gym. Maybe I should take half a scoop lol ;)

  • Alison Trinder
    1 Mar 2015
    10:20 PM

    WEEK 1 DONE - DAY 7 Had a pretty full on day at home today. Managed to get a bit of me time at the gym for an hour which is just what I needed. Loving my new muscles poking through & pretty much flexing everytime I see my reflection lol. I'm super proud of my mum who registered as a private profile. She's lost 2kg already & you can see the glow in her face. Just love seeing her so happy. Hubby took me and our youngest out for dinner tonight...Mexican!! I had beef fajitas, limited my usual intake and avoided the sour cream & cheesy nachos. Feeling a bit special & loved xx. Can't wait to finish work tomorrow...legs day!! (Ouch in advance..hahaha) Non-fitness related: moving to a new house in a few months...think I might pick up the paint brushes again soon & make something special. I used to paint when I was younger but always blamed lack of time & not being in the right mindset. Can feel myself changing, there is always plenty of time for me, I just didn't know it.

  • Alison Trinder
    28 Feb 2015
    7:19 PM

    DAY 6 Today I worked my tri's and bi's for an hour and a half. Walked out of gym feeling so accomplished. My son had swimming lessons so a quick rush home to have my protein, yoghurt & berries before running him off to that. Went to the park for a play after and I crashed. Needed a nanna nap, missed lunch and since waking up have only had an apple. I've got zero appetite today. But will force in a big protein dinner as I know I'll need the energy re-fuel for tomorrow. Not sure what's wrong with me today. Think just a few stressful things are taking it's toll and my focus isn't where it should be. Had all intentions of going to the beach this afternoon as it was supposed to be 36degrees. Well that didn't happen (thanks Melbourne weather lol). Anyway, had the bathers on just incase & pretty happy with my progress in just one week of eating clean. Just need my personal life to improve to match my challenge mindset. Fake it til you make it I guess. I am unsure why, but the weight loss so far has happened really quickly. Maybe it's like muscle memory that my body is just remembering...oh yeah, we respond well to this Maxines food program. I'll be talking to my trainer about my target weight and how to achieve and maintain it next week. Last thing I want to do is peak too early and loose motivation. In my head, my target is 60kg as I feel long term this will be maintainable for my shape and height. Ideally I want to lean out and build muscle definition (and target my bum/legs). Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow. Hubby and I will be doing the fitness test each week as a home cardio on weekends.

  • Alison Trinder
    27 Feb 2015
    10:46 PM

    DAY 5 You know what, i've been feeling great and full of energy today. So thankful I listened to my boday yesterday and took a rest day. Just what I needed. I guess my mind says, go hard - you've only got 12 weeks, don't stop. But I know I made the right choice to step off the pedal. Came home from work, took a new killer pre-workout and BAM! 1 1/2 hours at gym lifting weights and didn't realise how long i'd been there. Got home just after 8pm and I was still buzzing around. Only just starting to calm down but think i'll struggle sleeping tonight. Note to self...take pre-workout as directed half an hour before training. If it wasn't for my dodgie hip I'd be going out for a run. Glad I prepped breakfast last night, was great having that organised to scoff down before the mad morning rush of kids to school & work. #bootyshake IG - @ali_t1977 Night everyone!!

  • Alison Trinder
    26 Feb 2015
    5:57 PM

    DAY 4 I've woken up so sore today. My arm muscles were shaking this morning so I'm calling it a REST DAY. Although it's killing me not going to gym tonight I have been on target with my eating and know a day off will serve me well & see me energized for tomorrow. I jumped on the forum last night & it was so great. Janet responded immediately so I've taken some BCAAs and will do some light foam rolling tonight followed by an epsom salt bath. I'll be brand new again tomorrow & ready to lift some heavy stuff ;). Jumped on the scales this morning & so pumped! Can't wait to upload my progress at the 4 week mark. Mood: Feeling so upbeat!!

  • Alison Trinder
    25 Feb 2015
    9:56 PM

    DAY 3 My husband is working afternoon shift today so another early start for me getting up at 5.20. Worked my arms and back today and WOW...OUCH!! Haven't exercised those muscles for a while & instant DOMS. Couldn't even dry my hair properly. Lucky I don't have to drive far to work because the calluses on my hands are painful. NOTE TO SELF: Find your gloves woman! I'm really surprised with myself getting out of bed early to do my workouts. Normally I'd be finding excuses not to go. I am extremely tired though and need to get my family & I into a better night time routine as I find I'm still not hitting the pillow until 11.30 - 12ish which isn't giving me enough repair time. Sticking to the diet plan and enjoying eating clean again. Cooking dinner for the kids is a challenge in itself. Damn tasty, pre-packaged, crumbed pretend-chicken pieces. Lucky my willpower is strong. I'm noticing small changes already in my body. Not feeling bloated and I generally have more energy. Can't wait to see some muscle definition take shape in a few weeks when I start leaning down on the food plan. Night all, bed time :)

  • Alison Trinder
    24 Feb 2015
    10:15 PM

    DAY 2 Another day sitting at my desk in front of a computer wishing I was at the gym working up a sweat. I started working for a new company just a few weeks ago & am loving my new work mates. I've always held a desk job and realise it isn't ideal when you think of how active you should be. Over the years Ive suffered neck and back issues but have been fairly good recently since I started semi regular training last year. During the challenge last year I injured my hip (Glute Medius tear) and have been to see someone regarding it but basically rest, stretches & foam roller are my means of fixing the issue. I can't run but luckily I can still do low impact exercise including squats, lunges & warm ups for me are a basic 5min skip. Cardio for me is fairly limited so I'll be focusing on weight training. I'm a bit frustrated that I can't just get up and got for a run however the pain that shoots through my hip & glute isn't worth risking. I will hopefully heal in time for a small fun run in Apollo Bay May this year. Fingers crossed :) I've just signed up at a new gym, which is close to home and work "Fit For Life" in Carrum Downs. I can't tell you what an instant connection I had with the place. It's like a little community of support & everyone is just, I don't know... happy. My new trainer & his wife are absolutely delightful and I just know I am going to be pushed, supported and punished to the max ;). I've been shown so many new exercises & used machines I've not had access to previously so I'm going to be one sore girl tomorrow. So tired :) Zzzz IG: @ali_t1977

  • Alison Trinder
    23 Feb 2015
    6:58 PM

    DAY 1 I completed the Maxine's Challenge 2014 & was really happy with my results however I still have unfinished business. My goal this year is to make it into the Top 10. I stuck to the meal plan and training last year but knew I could have gone harder in my training. I woke up this morning at 5am to go to gym. Completed an hour of cardio including lots of legs which is my biggest 'problem' area however I am determined to change this. I am feeling really positive & in tune with my mind and body this time around. My focus is strong and my goals are clear. SO EXCITED!!!!

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