Donna Curtis / Transformation

Donna Curtis' amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

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154 cm


Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

I have been a personal trainer for 15 years, I love my work. I have 5 children and 6 grandchildren and life has basically always been about everyone else!!!!
When I was younger I played lots of sport, with touch football my passion. I always had a goal, and something to work for.
When I turned 50 I had more than your average mid life crisis. I had to deal with some “ quite personal” family problems and issues that life, unfortunately, sometimes likes to throw at us. I lost all motivation, I had no goals to strive for, and let myself go! I now have the opportunity to think about myself for a change, and I’m excited to give this a crack. I’ve got something to strive for.
I know a few people who have done the challenge, and they have had amazing results. They have nothing but, positive, comments and praise about how good the challenge is! So I thought I’d give it a go.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

“EVERYTHING” My favourite 3 standouts would be.
1* The shopping list: made doing one of the most hated jobs a breeze.
2* The easy to follow meal plans: the options offered for different lifestyles.
3* Training Programs: Working full time as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and gym Coordinator, the last thing I wanted to do after an 8 hour shift is hang around and put myself through a half hearted program set out by myself. I loved the Maxine’s programs, and actually looked forward to finishing work so that I could train.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The hardest thing for me was the sugar and processed foods withdrawals. Up until the last couple of years I’ve been relatively lucky in regards to maintaining what I thought was a healthy weight. I never really had to watch what I ate. The withdrawals from the sugar and other toxic rubbish I had fuelled my body with for over 50 years lasted for 1 week. During this time I felt like I’d been hit by a bus. It was hard. I was sick, I had even more severe joint pain due to the osteoarthritis I had recently been diagnosed with. I thought if this is what I’m going to feel like for 12 weeks then I’m out!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Where do I start! Firstly I am 52 years old, I was starting to question myself wether it was time for a career change, due to how unhappy I was becoming within my skin. I didn’t think I was setting a good impression of what a personal trainer should portray! The challenge has renewed my passion for my work, and reminded me of why I love and do what I do. It’s made me see food in a different way, helped me become more experimental and learn about the healthier options that are available. It’s helped with meal preparation, not only for myself, but for my whole family. It has changed my negative mindset from thinking “ I’m too old now” to be playing team sports anymore, to actually get out and start playing again. I am now osteoarthritis “pain free” I wasn’t aware that sugar is one of the major causes of joint inflammation. I no longer hobble out of bed, I jump out! I am happy mentally and proud of myself. Something that I never thought I’d say about my self as I’ve never really liked “ me”

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

The amount of people I have already told about the Maxine’s Challenge when they’ve asked me what I’ve been doing is huge. I’m absolutely certain the next challenge will once again have so many people registered due to the positive feedback they receive from not only myself but everyone who has completed it. I know I’m going to sign up again. As the saying goes “ it’s the word of mouth that either makes you or breaks you”

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

The compliments, amazement and interest from people who have seen my transformation has actually shocked me a bit. I would never have thought I could have lost 10 kilos, yet here I am thanks to this “Amazing Challenge” THANKYOU

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