Brooke Skuse / Transformation

Brooke Skuse's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    70kg
  • After
    58.5kg

Details

Height

171 cm

Program

Tone & Shape - Beginner

Reason to start The Challenge

After having 3 kids and always putting myself second I decided it was time for me. So here I am ready to roll! Bring it on!

What did you like most about The Challenge?

What I liked most about The Challenge was the simple, straightforward nutrition and exercise plans that were provided and the ongoing support offered along the way. It was easy to understand and apply to my life even though I had no previous experience

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The hardest thing about my Challenge would have to be changing my diet. I love to cook delicious meals for family ad friends and thoroughly enjoy eating them as well. Following the nutrition plan in the Challenge meant sacrificing many foods I would normally eat.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

The Challenge has had a major impact on my life. I have not only changed my eating habits and endured exercise galore, but my personal life has experienced a dramatic shift. This has literally been the first thing I have done for myself in over 10 years. I had spent the past 10 years dedicating my entire life to others. My God, my husband and my children have always come first and it will continue to be that way, only now I have finally found time for myself as well. Time to improve my health and fitness. It has given me such a boost in energy, both physically and mentally and I am convinced that it is essential for me to continue to make time for myself in this way.

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

If anyone is considering doing this Challenge I would tell them to go for it. No turning back. It will only make a better you and in the end everyone is a winner.

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

This whole Challenge started for me with Mother's Day. Mother's Day 2017, I struggled to think of anything I could possibly want or need as a gift from my husband and kids. My younger sister had been going to the gym for a few months and spoke of how she enjoyed it. It dawned on me that a gym membership would be the ideal gift. My husband took me to the gym and signed me up. That first week of exercise was the hardest thing ever. I could barely walk, which was a sign of how unfit I was. That next week my 2 sisters signed up for Maxine's Challenge and wanted me to sign up also. I tried to convince them that I would tag along with them but not formally sign up. Well, my sisters went a step further and signed me up so there really was no turning back. No excuses. I am so grateful they did. I have learnt so much about exercise and nutrition through this Challenge. I have watched my body transform and feel just how strong I am. I am so very blessed to have been gifted my gym membership on Mother's Day, because it has brought me so far. I have accomplished more than I could have dreamed. I am so thankful I had my 2 sisters doing the Challenge with me, for the wonderful gym I am blessed to be a part of and my darling husband and children for the most amazing gift they could have given me and all the support along the way.

Journal

  • Brooke Skuse
    9 Aug 2017
    3:03 PM

    Weighed myself again today and I'm in the 50's!!! 59.5 to be exact. I haven't been this weight or size since before having kids. I'm just a little excited about this. Hahaha. Having a great support group is the key to success. I have my amazing sisters doing this with me, my husband and kids by my side and of course the awesome owners of my gym that are always there to help. So blessed

  • Brooke Skuse
    5 Aug 2017
    2:39 PM

    Saturday today and I rode with 2 of my children to my sisters house and then off to the gym to squeeze in another arm workout. Trying to keep my focus on the finish line and not get distracted. I have bought a bucketload of lollies, chocolates, dips, cheeses and crackers for my one and only day off the challenge. I am going to give myself just one day after this challenge is over to go all in on whatever I want to eat. A celebration for myself. I am so excited to be able to sit down and enjoy some delicious food with my husband. I will probably make myself sick, but it's only a day. After that I am back to the gym and back onto my normal nutrition plan. I will however give myself a meal a week to enjoy whatever I desire, just to keep me sane. But in no way will it lead to bad eating habits ever again. I am set on staying healthy and strong. It feels so good. I am looking forward to seeing results in my photos. I see so much definition in my upper body when I look in the mirror. It will be awesome to compare photos.

  • Brooke Skuse
    3 Aug 2017
    12:44 PM

    I am feeling so grateful. This challenge has been a blessing for me in many ways. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and 3 gorgeous kids that encourage me along the way.

  • Brooke Skuse
    1 Aug 2017
    6:36 AM

    Less than 2 weeks to go! Trying to do a bit of extra cardio during the day to step it up a bit. Rode the kids to school yesterday which helped with the recovery of my poor worn out legs. Did a boot camp program on Sunday. Was a nice change to my normal Sunday cardio. Being super strict with my diet. Can't wait to see final photos

  • Brooke Skuse
    22 Jul 2017
    2:03 PM

    61.7kg

    I can't believe I have only 3 weeks left in this challenge. It seems like the end is creeping up on me all too quickly. I am so close to where I want to be with my body. I can see it right in front of me and all I have to do is push myself these next few weeks and be very strict with my diet. I haven't caved with my nutrition, but I feel like my portion sizes of my meals have increased in my struggle to avoid craving bad foods. The worst I have done on this challenge is eat sugar free lollies and 90% cocoa chocolate. And even then, I don't ever sit there and eat an entire pack. It is eaten over days. I think for the next 3 weeks I will drop that and just focus on the basics. I have made it this far. I want to finish strong. My plan for after this challenge is to continue with the same nutrition plan and rotate between exercise programs. Maybe I will sign up for the next challenge and do Intermediate this time. I feel my body can handle so much more than I had ever dreamed. I am proud of myself and so thankful for my 2 sisters that are doing the challenge with me. It makes the entire challenge so much more enjoyable. Support is the key when doing this challenge and thankfully I have that with my sisters and the gym I go to. They are amazing.

  • Brooke Skuse
    8 Jul 2017
    4:15 PM

    I took a photo again last week but couldn't see any changes so deleted it. I wasn't disappointed at all as I was well aware that everyone goes through a bit of a plateau stage. I am sticking with it and in the past few days have noticed little changes to my body and am pleased with what I see. I also weighed myself at the gym (twice just to be sure) and I am down to 62.5kg. Holy Moly! I need to weigh myself somewhere else to check as I'm still not convinced that I have lost 7.5 kilos hahaha

  • Brooke Skuse
    27 Jun 2017
    10:43 AM

    Burn bar days are the best. Such a treat. Yum. I feel like I'm finally getting past the cravings. Made yummy healthy tacos the other day. Tonight is spaghetti night at home so zucchini spaghetti it is for me

  • Brooke Skuse
    23 Jun 2017
    3:45 PM

    I'm struggling with cravings! I don't know why. I have not been tempted at all until now. I'm not caving. I will stay strong, but I feel like my mind is going crazy with all the amazingly wonderful recipes that are running through my head. Ahhhh

  • Brooke Skuse
    22 Jun 2017
    6:49 PM

    Week five has started off well. I can really feel my muscles working again now that the program has changed. Feels great. I can see changes in my body and I feel awesome.

  • Brooke Skuse
    8 Jun 2017
    1:10 PM

    66kg

    Still on a high and feeling pumped. I'm excited to see the changes in my body in a couple more weeks. So far I notice I am stronger and starting to see shape in my body. Nutrition is fine although I felt cheated when I realized that the friggin Greek yogurt I was eating is super high in fat. Oh well, it's a learning process. Reminder to self. Check the label!

  • Brooke Skuse
    28 May 2017
    4:37 PM

    66.5kg

    Sunday, day of rest and all I can think of is how I can't wait to get to the gym again tomorrow. Did an easy bike ride with the kids just to keep me moving. Finding the nutrition side of the challenge easy to handle. No complaints. So thankful to be doing the challenge with my sisters and being able to support each other.

  • Brooke Skuse
    26 May 2017
    12:05 PM

    68.1kg

    Day 5 and still going strong. Gym closed today, so managed to pump out a great cardio workout at home with kids climbing all over me. Haha. I feel so healthy already. Yay

  • Brooke Skuse
    23 May 2017
    3:51 PM

    Day 2 and feeling pumped. So looking forward to seeing the difference in my body in a few more weeks

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