Elle Hickey / Transformation

Elle Hickey's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    82.1 kgkg
  • After
    70.8 kgkg

“Uploading the before photo was the best motivator as it pushed me to where I am today, because this is the new me, and I’m never going back to where I was.”

Details

Program

Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

I've constantly struggled with weightloss and am sick of being ashamed of my body. I find I loose weight but then let myself go again and put myself in a state that I don't want to leave the house. I have very low self esteem and low confidence and am always "on a diet" but not achieving the results I'm after. I'm sick of yoyo diets and yoyo weightloss as you just end up back where you started! I want to accomplish a toned body and feel comfortable in the skin I am in! I get married next year and would love to achieve the body I want this year and have a goal to maintain it for my wedding next year! I need the self confidence boost and want to be able to look in the mirror and not hate what I am looking at. I want to be able to walk into summer and flaunt my new body, and new state of mind !

What did you like most about The Challenge?

The EXTENSIVE amount of information and support you receive!

This challenge is like no other! I was a bit worried at first that it was Australia wide and not local. I thought I wouldn’t get any support or encouragement but that is far from the truth.
Due to it being Australia wide all the information you need is located on the internet in your own personal profile which you can access at anytime!
Great for when your out and a bout and think of something, you just have a quick look on the forum or social hub and your question is answered!
Not many other challenges provide that instant response!
Maxines provide you with everything you need to know to loose weight/ gain muscle, what ever your goal is!
Maxines educated my thinking!
They provide you with eating plans, shopping lists, supplement and protein recommendations, gym or at home workout plans and schedules, workout videos, cardio options, tips and tricks, mind coach and videos, success tips check in points to make sure you are on track, weekly check in videos from coach, daily inspiration and moving quotes on the maxines fb page, 24hr support for any questions or queries !
(i loved the forum and that you could type a question and see if any other challengers had already asked a similar question. Not only does this answer your questions promptly it was great to read that other challengers were on the same page) the social hub, (the instagram social hub is AMAZING!! it allowed challengers and the outside public to connect via Instagram. So many positive and up lifting people. If you were having a down day you could post your feelings and before you know it someone was there to lift you up!)
then theres the blog. ( the blog has been one of the best things for keeping me on track. It made me accountable for my fitness and mind. I would write everything in my blog, especially any negatives in my life. i feel being upfront with my feelings helped me get them out of the system and move on
with the blog I found myself pushing myself harder because I couldn’t wait to brag about my efforts!
I wanted to improve me and my images/ appearance so much and couldn’t wait to upload it to my blog or the social hub!
I truly can’t boast enough about maxines!
I have tried so many different weightloss programs and I never achieved the results I was after.
I never received this type of support and encouragement and I truly believe that is what pushed me to succeed in the challenge.
They really give you their all, which encourages you to give it your all back

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Mindset !!!
I believe your body will not go where your mind doesn’t push it.
If you have a negative mind frame you will not succeed.
I know because I’ve had that negative mind frame for so long now and it wasn’t until the maxines challenge that I changed my mindset and saw massive changes in my body!
I found that one small positive thought at the start of everyday can change your entire day.
Every time I felt like I was going to fall off the wagon I would refer back to that quote to hold me in!
It was so hard trying to train my mind to thinking and seeing the good in every situation, but its amazing the difference it has on your life once you do it!
It was an up and down battle at first but not any more! I fell, but I got back up! And I feel I’m on the rise and succeeding.

Mindset truly changes everything! I found I could stick to the eating plan, go to exercise but as soon as I lost my mindset,I lost my clean eating and exercise.
At first I struggled going to the gym because my negative attitude always thought the worst!
Someone would look my way and I would have to pack up my things and finish my session.
‘Why are they looking at me!!’ ‘is my cellulite obvious, legs jiggling, maybe its my muffin top, maybe i sound like an elephant on the treadmill, am i puffing too hard… ’
it was causing me to not want to exercise so i had to make the change!
I started to train my mind into thinking differently. if someone looked at me i would smile and think ‘maybe they like my clothes or shoes, maybe they like my workout etc’
When i stopped the negative my body rewarded me with positive!
With eating; i changed my mindset from ‘I’m sick of eating this, why can’t i just be skinny naturally’
to now saying : ‘yay whats for dinner tonight, how can i get creative and then photograph my food!
The happier i got, the more i enjoyed the body i was seeing, the more i forgot about emotional eating and didn’t let things get to me.
I no longer turn to food for support. I had the forum and the social hub to keep me on track!
If i was feeling really down i would go to the gym and take it out on the weights by lifting heavy!
Another BIG thing i had to change my mind set about was the scales.
At first this was really hard. Ive been scale obsessed my entire life.
Ive let a number simply define the way i feel.
I found if i was feeling good about myself i would jump on the scales and if it didn’t say what i thought i would hate on my self!
I would then want to give up. i felt like ‘nothing i do is working, may as well give up’ … again i had to remove that mindset in order to succeed!
I hid the scales and slowly but surely started to learn the importance of measuring and how muscle weighs more then fat!
And then there is the change of perception
What i was seeing of myself wasn’t real!
Even though i had lost weight, gone down a size, lost cm’s i would still look in the mirror and hate me.
Pick at every little flaw i had!
i never saw the positive changes but rather spent more time hating on the negative.
The sooner i began to love my reflection and transform my negative thinking into positive the sooner i started to truly appreciate me and my achievements!

The maxines mind coach and Facebook inspirational quotes everyday helped so much with keeping me positive and on track!! They helped me to think I CAN instead of i CANT !!!

if i learnt one thing this challenge its don’t let others opinions define who you are as a person!
Ive wasted so many tears on people who meant nothing to me in life and their cruel words defined who i was!
Joining the Maxines and having the support behind me 110% of the way helped me change my thinking and helped create a new me!
People will try to make or break you no matter what the situation!
It doesn’t matter if your fit, overweight, rich or poor there will always be someone out there who will try to bring you down.
I let others opinions define who i was! It lead me to emotional eating and a me i truly hated!
Once i changed my mind frame i found it easier to handle others criticism !
I found that it doesn’t matter what others think of you, what matters is how strong you stand.
Through maxines I’ve built strong shoulders and i have grown strong as a person; not only physically but mentally too!
Maxines truly got me here.
When i was down i approached an ambassador who made me feel on top of the world!
Reminded me that to succeed you need to hold your head high and put on your blinkers to the negative people who know nothing about you.
She really lifted my spirits and helped me to not give up.
i have never had this type of support before so to receive this while on such a journey was amazing!
As mindset has been a massive part of my entire life and where i am, it was definitely the hardest thing to change!
And i can’t thank the maxines challenge enough for getting me there.

Once you control your mind, transfer the negatives into positives, believe you can and you will!!
i started to think of mindset like your muscles, you need to work on them daily to get stronger.
The more you train the stronger you get! Whether you are training your mind or your body, make yourself stronger both physically and mentally!

To have success you need to believe in yourself, but first you need to find yourself. At first it was hard, so very hard! But i am proud to say after changing my mindset, i changed me, and found a part of me that i am never letting go of!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

It hasn’t just impacted my life, its CHANGED IT!!
i wish i wore a go pro from week1 until now so you could truly see what it has been like for me.
Ive lacked self belief my hole life, i always saw the negative in me and was always influenced by others opinions.
Ive never loved me, i never thought i actually could!
But after doing maxines it has opened up a whole new avenue of life for me.
I am glowing with confidence and i no longer care what others think of me.
Their cruel words will NOT lead me to emotional eating or sabotage ever again.
I want to and i am going to keep this new me!
I haven’t been this happy. I never felt good enough for anyone and couldn’t stand seeing myself in mirrors, i hated the reflection staring back at me, i hated everything there was to hate about me.
Now finishing this challenge i can’t believe i had wasted so many years being so unhappy.
Letting others cruel words about my weight and looks define who i was as a person.
Ive come out of this strong, stronger then i have ever been and its all thanks to you!!

For a lot of people its all just about achieving the body they want, i wanted that but i wanted most what comes with it; Self confidence and self esteem.
I was over seeing the negative in life, over never going to the shops or doing the groceries because i was scared of others judgement.
I was living a life of fear, for what?
Its not until i took this plunge and lost the weight that i now realise i wasted so many tears and countless years worrying about others opinions and acceptance.
I didn’t realise that the biggest acceptance needed to come from me!
I needed to learn to love me for me and accept the person i was.
No one is perfect so i don’t know why i was trying to chase perfection so much,
it just ended up worse because i would get disappointed for not achieving goals and before you know it from stress and emotional eating i had put all the weight back on!
I sabotaged myself! causing more and more hate on myself!

I don’t think words can even explain how much this challenge has changed my life!!
The best thing about it was it wasn’t week 12 that i started appreciating me.
It was way sooner!!! like half way!!
It was great because i knew then that if i did go to fall of the wagon and turn to emotional eating i still had 6weeks with maxines support group to keep me on track.
I never had that much support before.
So many encouraging people telling you to keep going, your doing great!
The positive vibes from ambassadors, the coach, the forum, the social hub and other challengers is just phenomenal.

i wish i found maxines a lot sooner in life!!!!!

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

What have you got to lose except for fat, which is only a gain !!!!!!
Its the only time you ‘lose’ but you win at the same time !!!
Ive won the war with weightless and I’m loving my new beginning!
My life has changed ever since i entered the Maxines Challenge 2014!
I’ve tried so many other weightloss programs and i just didn’t seem to get the results i was after!
there was one challenge i did and was happy at the end but i was only happy when the final photo was taken,
then due to not changing my mindset i put all the weight straight back on afterwards!!
I was so over yoyo diets and needed a complete lifestyle change!
Maxines is a totally different ball game!
i was feeling good from week 6 onwards it just seemed to get better and better everyday!
Not just at the end!

The nutrition and exercise plans are so easy to follow, before i knew it the program became a way of life. I never felt like i was on a ‘diet'
The maxines bars and protein are so delicious!
There is no limitation of how many you do or don’t need to have for the competition but i guarantee once you try them you will be hooked!!

Also your not forgotten afterward either as they provide you with tips of what to do after the challenge is finished!
Go for it!! Do it! i will be with you all the way!
Stay dedicated, motivated and trust the process; IT WORKS!!

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

i would say thank you but i truly don’t think its enough!
I don’t think i can speak highly enough of the maxines challenge!
thankyou for empowering me to upload my photo public and confront my progress!
I found choosing to have the ‘public’ eye see my before photo created an effective motivator.
i believe this pushed me to achieving my goals!
I was so embarrassed of who i was and knowing that the public could see me, i just wanted to change.
I never wanted to see that me again!!

Thankyou for challenging me throughout the challenge
Thank you for showing me i can be all that i can be
Thank you for showing me how to appreciate me and help me love my imperfections
Thankyou for showing me the joy from exercise endorphins
You have made me view life with a whole new perspective, a feeling i never thought possible
Thankyou for giving me your all, because of this and all your extensive and educated information i succeeded and achieved ’THE BODY I WANT’.
Thankyou for showing me what it feels like to be happy, to jump out of bed with a spring in my step
Thankyou for making me realise that it doesn’t matter what others think, what defines you is you!
Thankyou for introducing this healthy and clean eating exercise.
Thankyou for making my LOVE for weights grow stronger
Thankyou for me creating a better version of me
Thankyou for helping me achieve the body i want and giving me the confidence to walk into summer and FLAUNT IT!

Its hard saying goodbye to something that has had such a big impact on my life. You have change my life beyond measures
This is a start of a new chapter for me, a new beginning
A lifestyle that one can only dream of, i know because i use to be that dreamer.
Im no longer the dreamer, I’m the believer
Im a little sad the challenge has ended, but am ecstatic that my journey has just begun


ohhh and guess what!!! I weighed myself Monday 20.10.14
(day one of the completion process)
and i weighed in at 70.8kg !!
(when i wrote my last blog i was 72kg, it just keeps getting better!!!!!!) woohoooo

Journal

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    9:02 PM

    Got my tan on slowed down on water today, only drank when thirsty n non tonight added more carbs the past two days too!! Cant wait for tomorrow! Cant wait to have my achievements photographed!! the hard part will b only choosing 10 for the judges !!! Anyone one wanting to follow my progress I will up load the rest on my maxinea aocial hub #cautionnewbodyinthemaking

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    8:37 PM

    BLOGGING !!! to to write my blogs I would write them to myself in a message and then just copy and paste them to my blog! Sometimes I woukd do it during my walking warm up and then post and add to it later! I made the time by being productive :) doing two things at once ! The blog kept me motivated so I knew if I bailed on the blog I would bail on the challenge!!

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    7:10 PM

    VIDEOS and photos ..... haha ah trying to pose, no sure how it's exactly done but hey I'll take a wack at it !!

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    6:42 PM

    GOODBYE MAXINES It's gunna be hard saying goodbye to something that has had such a big impact on my life !! You have changed my life beyond measures ! This is a start of a new chapter for me! A new beginning!! A lifestyle that one can only dream off.... I know because I use to be the dreamer but now I'm the believer! It may be the end of the challenge but my journey has just begun

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    6:41 PM

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  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    6:41 PM

    I hope u enjoy reading my journey as much as I've enjoyed creating it! I hope to be an inspiration to anyone and everyone who reads my blog! I hope my blog and journey encourages you to stay motivated! Dedicated ! and leads u a step closer to accomplishing ur dreams!

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    6:40 PM

    REWARDS I rewarded my achievements with> massages> Lorna Jane> and my partner rewarded my efforts with new nikes :)) Not only did I feel special with the little treats they made me feel amazing !The massages I think helped with blood circulation and relaxation! Also unknotting all the muscles! Making me feel free and less sore!n the Lorna Jane made my feel great every time I wore it

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    6:40 PM

    THANKYOU So today is the last day of the challenge! I wanted to take some time to thank a few people and show how truely grateful I am for everyone's help!! AMY BERT : Amy is a bridesmaid in my wedding! I remember calling her n having a big cry about how much weight I had put on, how big I had gotten n how I despise the thought of having to try on a wedding dress!!! thank you for introducing me to Maxine's and makin me sign up.. With the words "" wat haveU got to loose"! Thank you for our check in phone calls and always uplifting my spirit! Doing the challenge together from two different states had been fun!! I can't thank u enough for making me sign up! TASH : arhhh my bestie, my partner in crime! This is the girl you see me being silly crazy and fun with in my videos ! She brings out the best in me and has supported me the hole way through the challenge! She helps me think with a positive mind and always lifted me up wen down! Tash is the person who took the first photos when we had a "feel good" photo day in week 11 ! Thanks for making me feel beautiful ! Thanks for our training sessions n millions of laughs MATT: my fiancé is unbelievably amazing! He also he has also not long llIt's a lot of weight! We r a lot healthier with our entire lifestyle! train together stay together! HahaHe is my rock! Keeps me motivated and encourages me to "lift heavier" ! He has done so much for me throughout this challenge! Too much to even list! But for example when on a full weekend of night shift and my fatigue levels r through the roof he helps me prep my meals! Also our life has been so full on wit trying to sell our house and build a house. So much going on but with selling u hVe inspections ! He always gave me 110 % around the house so their was less for me to have to do and I could dedicate the time to gym! He has been SOOOO supportive. So encouraging n is another reason I could achieve my goals!! KELLY:"Fit for kings personal training"I started personal training from week 6 onwards. Dues to the fact that I just didn't have the money the first 6 weeks! But I tell u, looking at my photos and body it's the best thing I did! She pushed my limits and made me feel vomit on numerous occasions! She went above and beyond to help me achieve my goals. Even getting up at 2am to train me so it fitted in with my schedule :))She's always so encouraging and taught me about focusing on muscle groups and form! Training with kel has helped change my body drastically! AIMEE: Thankyou aimme for giving up ur time tomorrow to photograph my achievements :) SOCIAL HUB FOLLOWERS: my Instagram followers!U gVe kept me motivated, inspired and kept me on track! Thank u for getting involved in my Exercise Challenges and pushing me to Challenge myself. I would make challenges n the amount of likes it got determined how many reps I did ! I filmed each challenge n pushed myself to give it my all so I didn't let my followers down. I the. Uploaded the videos for them to see! But because u all got so involved in my challenge it pushed me further to succeed! Thank uThanks to everyone who has been so supportive ! Thank u for ur kind and encouraging words! Thank u for inspiring me to be inspirational ! I didn't want to let all u down so because of all of ur positive ways I kept on keeping on! MAXINES:Wow!! How do I even begin to thank u! It's hard to find the words to express how truely grateful I am! Thank you for showing meThat I can beAll that I can be For showing my how to appreciate meAnd how to learn to love me You have made me see life with a hole new perspective and made me feel there is more to life then I ever thought possible! Providing ongoing support , information, and knowledge. It's been am experience like no other! Everything u ever need to loose weight; from eating plans, shopping lists, fitness tests, supplement and protein recommendations, exercise plans n schedules, exercise videos, at home or at gym options, cardio and weights workouts, tips and tricks, mind set advice, success tips, check in points to keep u in the ball, weekly check in videos from coach to keep u in trAck m motivated? Daily inspirational/ moving and motivational quotes on fb, 24hr support for any questions or queries, ( I loved that u could type a question n see if anyone else had asked the question. It was great knowing that it wasn't just me struggling with certain questions, it was great to see other challengers where also on the same page! and most the time the question had already been answered so I didn't even have to write a question! It seemed so quick and easy to get answers!!) the social hub also allowed challengers and outside public to connect via Instagram! So many positive and up lifting ppl! If u where having a down day u could post on there and before u knew it ur spirits where lifted! When I didn't feel like working out I would refer to the page for inspiration to get of the couch!!! And then the blog! The blog has to be one of the best things! Tracking everything I did defo kept me on track! Writing about my feelings helped remove any negatives in my head! I found my self pushing harder at the gym because I couldn't wait to brag about it in my blog haha! I wanted to improve me so much so I could update my photo album on my blog! It kept me on the ball that's for sure! I seriously can't boast this company enough! I've tried sooo many different weightloss programs before but none compete to this! Even just look above at the extensive range of support supplied Thank u for giving me ur all! In doing that allowed me to give my all with the war with weightloss!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Oct 2014
    2:23 AM

    FINAL MEASUREMENTS .>?)(#$%^& week 1 WEEK 12WEIGHT : 82.1kg 72.0kg :))) 10.1 KG LOSS MEASUREMENTS(Total loss)Week 1 - week 12 Weight 82.1kg - 72kg (10kg)Lh arm 33.5 - 29 (4.5cm)Rh arm 33 - 29 (4cm)Chest 103- 95 (8cm)Below chest 84- 75 (9cm)Waist 86 - 70 (16cm)Hips/muffin top 108-92 (16cm)Hips/ pelvis 113-102 (11cm)Rh thigh 72- 63.5 (8.5)Lh thigh 72.5 - 64 (8.5)Above lh knee 49-44.5 (4.5)Above rh knee 49- 44 (5.0)Lh knee 43.5-39.5 (4cm)Rh knee 42.5 - 39.5 (3cm)Lh cave 39- 36 (3cm)Rh calve 40-36 (4cm)Lh ankle 22.5 - 21(1.5cm)Rh ankle 22.5-21 (1.5cm)

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Oct 2014
    9:40 PM

    As we blow out the candles on our birthdays we always make a wish!!! My wish was always to be "skinny" ... My birthday is the day after the completion process is finished, I no longer have to wish for a skinny body as I've achieved better then skinny. I've achieved fit! I couldn't imagine a better birthday present then that! Happy birthday to me, I wonder what this years wish now will be #maxinesshapeupchallenge #maxineschallenge14 #maxinechallenge14 #maxineschallenge #maxschallenge14 #maxschallenge #maxsmuscleup #wearechallenge #beastmode #fit#fitness #cleaneating #healthy #weightloss #exercise #maxinesprotein #gymlife #gymjunkie #fitfam #training #chickswholift #cautionnewbodyinthemaking #cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking #cautionnewbodyunderconstruction #fitforkings

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Oct 2014
    8:58 PM

    VIDEO : body comparison

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Oct 2014
    6:34 AM

    VIDEO : BABY GOT BACKKKK !!! Ohhh my gosh !!! Practicing posing this morning and asked my partner to film ny back to I could see what looks best!!! I was so shocked with how super dooooooer my back now is!! Omg I can't stop watching this video! I never thought I would loose my back fat and back rolls ! LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVEEEE!!! im in starting to think I love my back progress more then my front :))) muscles yewwww!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Oct 2014
    5:42 AM

    PRACTICING POSES - arhhhhh this is hard lol never thought after all the selfies ive taken that practicing posing would b hard lol .. looked at at some photos my partner took today. Im really srruggling to make myself feel flexed everywhere but also not look like I'm posing !! Trying to look as natural as possible but I just look flat haha !! Then I flex pose n look like I'm bulking!! photos on Monday will be interesting lol one more practice tomorrow morning beforw work exfoliating and shaving tonight then tan time tomorrow night straight after work :)))) and a a bit more practice flexing while all tanned up(please excuse the excess tan coming off.. looks pretty gross hey. but i wanted to upload a pic before the blog all closed so u will have to deal with last weeks patchy tan haha)

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Oct 2014
    5:16 AM

    BLOG : TIME TO REFLECT BACK feeling fit as a daisy Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: feeling really good about myself! I'm actually feeling so good I'm a bit bummed I have to work all weekend because I really want to take more photo and upload them and also make heaps of collages of my transformation !! can't believe I thought that when they said completion process ends Wednesday that that's when the blog closes but it closes Sunday. I'm so silly lol ! hope you can all see ffom what photos I have uploaded how amazing my transformation is :) im feelling amazeballs!! i feel on top of the world!! I really wish I read earlier that the blog closes Sunday cuz I would have done all the videos and photos on Thursday and just cancelled my house thing. Bugga bugga!! All these awsum ideas if photos and videos are going through my head! >today's mental feeling: feeling soooo good! sooooooo so soooooo good! Words can't even explain how good! I got so many complements at work yesterday and it seriously just makes me feel ontop of the world! I feel so good about my body and feel I have really given it my all this competition!! I'm SO PROUD of my efforts!! > exercise: today was planned light cardio but somebody's alarm didn't go off. I had to rush n get ready for work so didn't get to fit in a workout before work. Which sucks as I love working out before dayshifts because it keeps me going the hole day !!! I've read tho that light exercise or no exercise is good these two days because it lets ur muscles repair for ur photos (I hope so, I feel lazy not going) oooppps! My body is prob loving me for the extra sleep at the moment tho because I have been sooooo tired. My sleep pattern was really knocked a round nightshift n stull only just getting back in order. smashing out some oats, egg whites n protein powder for breakfast tho. That shud give me some energy. I added a little but more sweet potato with my lunch too and water as usual 2-3l :)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "it's a shame for a women to grow old without seeing the strength and beauty her body is capable of" im so glad I started this challenge '!!! I didn't want to live in the depressive rutt I was in for the rest of my life. My my mum use to always say to me "what do u want for ur birthday" I would respond " I wasn't a magic wonder to make me skinny and happy" next week is my birthday, I no longer need that wand and don't want skinny anymore as I am now fit! i don't need to make the birthday wish of "lord make me skinny and happy" because I have it!! I don't think I could ask for a better present then this feeling I am feeling! Fit, fun, crazy, silly, happy, laughs and just feeling absolutely amazong ! The saying goes "don't wish for it ... Work for it" And that I did!! I had had several goals at the start but the more I worked out the more my goals changed! I have cosntantly been challenging myself and ttying to succes at everything I did. If I failed I would laugh then get back up and try again there are so many exercises I still haven't perfected but I love the challenging task of practicing them! i will ill be honest there are some goals I havent achieved so lets reflect back since my day one blog ::: :) 68kgs: I wanted to be 68KGs at the start of the comp but the more I lifted weights the more I grew to knowing the scales suck and muscle weighs more then fat. Every one and their bodies are different so even tho I may b this weight I may look smaller and fitter then someone who is 68 or vise versa! Don't be scale obsessed . it will do ur head in. I read all these girls where loosing all these KGs and I could work out why I wasn't !! I felt skinnier but then I would jump on the scales and just seeing a number was defining who I was and how I felt!!! it prob took me half the challenge actually to realise this ! Now when I loose weight I quickly run and get measuring tape because I'm scared I'm loosing muscle haha funny how that works ... do at least one pull up: still can't do an unassisted pull up but I have done extremely well with my assisted ones. My personal trainer filmed me doing one ... Omg I fell in love with my back when I saw it haha ;) Now I'm not going to focus on what I didn't achieve but focus on what I did!!Wow..... I don't know where to even start. work jeans: I hated how my legs constantly felt like they where being strangled in my jeans! I couldn't buy nice designs as they never fitted my thighs! Not any more!!! I'm in two sizes smaller n no muffin topWoooooohooooo!! ( will up load photo) I no longer have "fat popping out every which way" as described in my first blog Start every day on a positive note with a daily inspiration to reflect back on: everyday i would upload to here or the social hub a positive/ inspirational quote. everytime i felt like falling off the wagon i would refer back to this quote and it would give me the motivation to keep going Lungs n asthma is struggling bad: i was struggling to breather so bad when i first started. my lungs felt like they where going to cave in and my asthma was so bad i was going through a puffer a week. which is soo bad!! but ive noticed the biggest differences lately. i hardly ever need my puffer any more its amazing !!!ive also noticed my skin is getting cleaner and my hair is starting to grow thicker and longer !!!!!! Make food and exercise a way of life and not a chore ""I don't want to diet anymore I want to make it a way of life"": misson acomplished!!!!! i dont even have to think about what im eating anymore. it is now A WAY OF LIFE!! ive gotten myself in such a procedure with meal preps and what i eat on the days i work and the days i dont work that i dont even have to think about it anymore!!! im not like ''awww im sick of dieting' 'i hate this' etc and i think its because im seeing results and so ive learnt to love that if i eat healthy my body will flow better and i will look better, and feel better!!! ive learnt how important food is for lifting weights. after night shift i struggle big time because im lackng propper meals and also lacking energy! The importance of carbs for muscles and protein.... OMG PROTEIN!!! I LOVE MAXINES PROTEIN SHAKES!! i religiously have one before bed every night! i love the vanilla and chocolate flavour... and then there is the maxines bars!!!! arhhhhhh !!!! soooo goood!! usually when u start a diet type plan and have to eat their products they taste yucky but i am OBSSESSED WITH THE BARS AND PROTEIN! even with the challenge ending tomorrow, ive ran low on protein so ordered another batch of that and the bars!!!! i dont think i will go back to any other protein! I think its helped ALOT with my weightloss!!! now time for a confession ..... :( when it says to only have half a bar ........ i had a full one!! BUT THEY WHERE SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! I hate going to the gym because there are so many judge mental ppl there. I want to feel comfortable enough not to care what they think as it's stopping me from going: I LOVE THE GYM! I can't get enough of it haha! Ppl still stare but I no longer think the negative I now think "maybe they like my workout"... "Maybe they want this machine after me" "Maybe they like my shoes or clothes" maybe they think I'm doing really well! Negative nancy has now left the building :)) if someone looks at me i think positively! and if they keep staring i work harder so they think im fitter then i am haha ... it actually then works in my favour because i push myself more!!! Someone want to be me : my hole life ive looked at others as inspiration and always wanted to be someone i wasnt. i always admired girls arms, their toned back and belly and smoking hot legs. ive always wished that was me. i wished that i was pretty enough for others to want to be me.. i wished that i had a nice body that others would want to be me. my mum always said 'but u have a beautiful heart and u are strong on the inside... but i didnt want that! i wanted a body i could flaunt. a body i could show off. a body that people walked past and looked at me checking me out not looking at me in disgust at my tripple back fat or massive muffin top. i just wanted for once in my life someone to be me!!! I walked into this competition nervous of all helll but i was on a mission!!! i wanted this so bad!!! so i pushed for it. i worked for it! as the weeks went on i started to notice more n more changes with my body!! i started to learn to love the skin i was in. i uploaded photos of my journey to the MAXINES INTAGRAM SOCIAL HUB to share with others everything and anything i was doing! i didnt know if i was doing it right or wrong but wanted to share it so then anyone with knowledge in the area could correct me if i was wrong and push me in the right direction. as the weeks went on my body begin to form into muscle and tone ... i would upload my weekly photos and thats when it all started..... i started receiving several comments saying im an inspiration. i recieved several personal messages via the social hub asking how others can get on to the maxines challenge, when can they sign up, people where writting to me saying that because of me they have got up and moved, they have taken a step in life to change their life!! .... everyone was complementing me so much and saying how im such an inspiration. i coulldnt believe what i was reading. i would go to sleep on a night shift and wake up to soo many comments and likes and feedback about my progress. i couldnt believe this was happening to me! noooo not me, im the fat girl. im not an inspiration, y would anyone want to be me... i then watched my video from week one and looked at the photos i took from my progress... omg, this is me!!!! OMG .... THIS IS ME!!!! i just wanted to scream. i just wanted to put my maxines shirt on, crank some music and flaunt it!!! and thats what i did (video in blog) i couldnt believe how happy i was. I cant believe that im actually an inspiration for others to start their fitness journey..... ME..... MEEEEEEE !!!! its one of the greatest achievements! its something i have wished for my hole life. no one has wanted to be me, no one has said 'i love ur body' 'i wish ur my body looked like urs' 'because of you im starting back at the gym ' because of u im starting my clean eating today' .... because of me.. !!! everytime someone says this too me it brings the biggest smile to my face. im sooo so happy that my experience encourages others to also change their life. its the best decision i have EVER MADE!!! and i hope others view and read my journey and know that it is possible. stop wishing for it and start working for it. The hardest part is starting!!! i hope that anyone who is in a similar emotional, or depressive state like i was can start a journey of a life time like i have and change their ENTIRE life. i just cant believe that ppl want to be me. I cant believe i am finally an inspiration ::))) wow its honestly such a feeling! its a totally different feeling to even seeing my progress shots. its such an achievement... arrhhhh even tho i write so much i feel i dont have the words to describe my happiness!! Overcome my state of depression and eating my emotions away. : pretty sure i sort of covered most of this above... but i believe i have also overcome the demon depression devil.. i use to not be able to count the amount of times i was happy in a day... now i cant stop smiling, i cant stop singing. i feel like my hole life has been turned around. i feel this journey has started a hole new beginning for me. a hole new life. a new chapter!!! my collegues have all commented about my crazy antic, my singing, dancing and how i am just glowing with confidence!!! That they have never seen me this happy before. My family have all made similar comments . and what they are describing is how i am feeling. CRAZY STUPID WILD AND FREE .... i no longer sit there moping around, being down in the dumps feeling sad and sorry for myself! its like im a hole new person. When i was diagnosed with depression i refused to take anti depressents as i had a friend who was on them and addicted. once she got off them her life went down hill fast and she tried to kill herself. It was a horrible feeling knowing that i nearly lost a dear friend to suicide... and from that i always refused anti depresents. i ditdnt want my family to go through that pain. its a disease and its evil. i wanted it out of my life. i wanted it gone!!! but i wanted to do it a healthy way! i knew alot of the reasons why i was so depressed and struggling with anxiety but the main one was due to my weight and low selfesteem! not only was my weight going bad but when all the other things went wrong in my life i had a very hard ime dealing with them and emotionally ate my sorrows away. food made me happy thats all it was too it. i didnt know how to deal with the problems other then eat. chocolate was my saviour. i constantly had this negative attitude and hated life. i hated me. i hated everything. as soon as something would go wrong i would think why me, why always me!!!! i had to turn my life around. i cnt live like this anymore. when your struggling with depression the last thing u want to hear from ppl is 'stay positive' or 'think positively' no one ever understood the pain i was going through, how could they tell me to think positive, y dont they take a step in my shoes for a day.... i knew i had to turn my life around and fast. i had to stop thinkin the negative. i had to start loving me. stop hating the person i was. i was sick of being fat, sick of being critiscised for being so fat, so over weight, about to bust my jeans. i was sick of being hurt by others and never feeling good enough, sick of never going to festivals because everyone wears little to no clothes and if i did ..LOOK OUT,!!!!! WE GOT A BEACH WHALE HERE ON THE DRY LAND, I REPEAT.. haha (i can laugh at myself now) but in all seriousness thats what it would feel like. so i never went to those things. i hated when ppl invited us to backyard ppol parties or out on the boat knee boarding because i was so ashamed of who i was and how i looked. i was never going to get out of this rutt and stop the war with weightloss and emotional eating unless i first focused on my mind set ..... Change my mind frame: i think mind set is one of the biggest part of any transformation. with out a positive mindset you see things in a different light. i know i HATED ppl saying to me think positively or start viewing things with a positive mind.. i seriously wanted to punch them!!! but when i walked into this challenge i thought nothing else has kept me happy so im going to take a wack at it... three things that also really helped for me: > start everyday on a positive note. as i said previously i would find a positive quote and try and refer back to this quote everytime u feel down. remember why you choose that quote and remember what it reflects. > at the end of everyday reflect back on your day with three achievements (it may be as little as 'today i got out of bed when my alarm went off') they will most likely start short, simple and lame ... but before u know it you will want to be writting more then three achievements!> turn negatives into positives: everytime a negative thought comes to your head, get rid of the evil thought straight away, replace it with a positive! It was hard at first... but the more positive i got the less i worred about what others thought of me, the less i emotionall ate, the more i wanted to go to the gym because i didnt care then about who was looking at me or what they where thinking. i just did what i had to do! Positivity has actually helped change my life!! i think WEIGHTLOSS shouldnt be 70%food 30% exercise i think 'mindset' needs to be in there!!! if u have a negative mind frame u wont get fr. i use to always think and say 'its too hard, 'i cant' etc but with a positive mind frame i now laugh at my failures and then cant wait to try again the next day!! i then use it as motivation to succeed at the thing i failed at!! weightloss definately needs to be 35% mindset 40%food and 25%exercise! after changing my mindset everything else just flowed easily !!! learning to not let others opinions define me was one of the hardest things to do. But i believe i am where i am today because i ignored it. I used others horrible words as motivation to run faster, i used it in anger when lifting weights to push out the weights harder, take my anger out on the weights!! i couldnt believe how good this made me feel : Self esteem and confidence: I've struggled with this my hole life, four years ago I got breast augmentation as I use to get bagged out so much about my saggy boobs. I hated them so much n hated wearing swimmers. It's like they where flabby bits of skin. So I got breast implants hoping that would boost my esteem . Yeh it did for a bit but then I let more people get to me and more things happened in mylife that I then got more depressed and emotionally ate. i lost all my self esteem and any bit of confidence i had due to bullies and their cruel words. I let the hole world define who i was a as a person by their judgemental comments. This is where the mind frame comes back in. the moment i shut it all out of my life was the moment i noticed a change!!! my self confidence is now 'glowing... ive had so many ppl complement me on how they have noticed my confidence just go through the roof. i am glowing with self esteem and truely am starting to love all there is to love about me. why, why did i waste so much of my life being this evil devil. why did i let the world define who i was as a person and how i felt.... it reuined me. i now feel so comfortable in the skin i am in. i finally feel 'pretty' enough, i finally feel 'good' enough... i finally have the confidence to live my life to the fullest :) I hate my flabby arms n back fat: not any more i dont!!! hoollley doooley!! I AM IN LOVEEEEE!!!!!!!! I don't want to be scared of going to do groceries, scared off ppl seeing and judging my appearance, what I am wearing or what food I buy: I NO LONGER CARE!!!! Woohoo I even wear shorts out some days! Yep u heard right SHORTS!! I'm more excited to leave the house now and show of my new body ;) clothes fit me now! I no longer feel my body is suffocating !! I don't care who sees me grocery shopping I buy healthy food because I'm looking after me. It's a way of life, I don't care who judges me now because I am happy and that's all that matters :)) I don't want to look in mirror anymore and hate myself the more I look: well we all know this has changed DRASTICALLY... haha i cant even walk past a mirror now without looking in it ... or flexing or even a quick selfie. I love the person i am becoming and love the reflection of this life. love living and love seeing my achievements!!!! i no longer hate the mirror or the person i see. I am Ashamed an disgusted with my before photo. Especially that it's public! I want to be able to brag about my body not be ashamed: im pretty sure u can see from my photos i am now far farrrr from ashamed!!! i love taking photos of me, i love bragging to the world about my new fit body.. i now dont care that anyone anywhere can see that before photo, because that is a photo of the old me. a me that me or the world will NEVER see unless they view that photo. i am so proud of how far i have come and truely believe that having my photo on public is a main factor to y i look the way i do today... i had soo many ppl following my progress that i was soo embarrased they could see that part of me. i just wanted it removed so bad, but wanting it removed from a website wouldnt remove it from my life. i realised i need this public because knowing that ppl can see that gross me will make me want to change soo bad because i am so embarrasssed of it!! as the weeks went on i couldnt wait to upload more n more photos ..... i couldnt wait to show the world how far i had come. that im no longer that fat girl that everyone bagged out. im new and improved and loving every part of my life!!! im loving showing off what i now have, i just wish i took the plunge years ago. i wish i knew then what i know now and gave it the dedication i gsve this challenge!!! But my next goal is ongoing. maintaining my body and keeping it off for the wedding: I'm really glad that the gala is actually four weeks after the challenge because this will put me to the test ! IfI can maintain it for these next four weeks I will defo maintain it for my wedding!! the next 4 weeks will be a massive test but i have confidence i can do it!! i no longer seems 'hards' it just seems a way of life. .....I use to always swim in t shirts and boadies, but that's no more! I can't wait to go out on the boat and wear my two piece and show off my new back!! Omg I love my back and love my tummy!!! Arhhhh<3....... Wedding dress: i dispised the hole idea of having to go dress shoppin. trying things on, having the things i wanted not look good, be too bulgey or gross looking. the thought of the idea just gave me bad anxiety and really upset me ... NOW i can not wait to go try dresses on!! i am so excited and am pretty certain the dress of my dreams will now fit. im not too scared to go shopping now!!!! woohooooo SHOPPING!!! can not wait to show of my new body in my amazing wedding dress. i no longer care i will b photographed the hole day, i no longer care ppl will see me on every angle. i now cant wait until my wedding day FLAUNT IT :::: WELLLLLL !!!! IF u have all been following my blog and have read my first blog u will know that all i have EVER wanted was to FLAUNT MY BODY to walk into summer and be proud!! annnnndddd guess what !!! boooom-chack-a-lacka-- i cant wait to get on the boat in swimmers, i cant wait to flaunt my new body. I did a video with the music 'flaunt it' as u have probably seen in my blog. i was feeling so good and confident and just wanted to DANNNNCCCCCEEEE AND FLAUNT IT!!! ive never been able to flaunt my body like this, ive never been proud of my appearance, i feel fit. i feel good i feell ... arrhrhh words wont explain it haha look at my photos and you will see how i feel. the comparison from now and then and how unhappy i was. im so happy now and its all thanks to u maxines... thanks to u i can begin my life!!!!! than ks to you i now have a body i am no longer ashamed of , thanks to u i love me for me!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Oct 2014
    8:45 PM

    Smile :))

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Oct 2014
    4:53 AM

    BLOG LOCKOUT --- noooooo !!!! I have just read I will be blocked out of this blog as of Sunday!!! As as im working all weekend I had my shoot booked in for Monday!! I thought I read photos couldn't be uploaded until Monday and to take lots and lots of photos as well as ur after photo with a newspaper! But if I will be blocked out as of Sunday how can I upload all my photos that are taken monday!?? Ive be also been making full body videos and was going to do that Monday too and upload it as well as get a dexta scan Monday and upload the results from that and write about it but I'm blocked out as of Sunday ???? .... Damn it I just assumed if photos where taken mon - Wednesday and photoshoot recommended that I would still have access and able to upload all my photos/ videos / measurements and dexta scan !!! arhhhhhhhhhh ! :( i wrote on the forum asking the question! Hopefully we aren't completely logged out so I can upload everything :( ...... yerp so my blog is defo locked out as of 12pm Sunday. Bugga! So this now means I need to choose 10photos only out of my photoshoot to forward to the judges!!! Hmmmm what will it be! Pitty I won't be able to upload every photo from the shoot for u to all see haha I'm feeling pretty confident that they would have looked amazing!! i will upload them to the MAXINES INSTAGRAM SOCIAL HUB ... So u can all still see them if u #. #cautionnewbodyinthemaking You will be able to find them there as of Monday! But don't think I will be able to upload my final video now of my body to match my week 4 and week 8 videos!!! I'm so silly. I just assumed by it closing Wednesday that I would have that time to keep uploading everything I had planned!! I had heaps of creative ideas for videos too but can't do them now bugga! so now the hard part will be choosing 10 photos which best represents me and my transformation! to go with my final photo.. can't wait for Monday so I can have my achievements photographed :)))

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Oct 2014
    4:12 AM

    BLOG: count down!3 MORE DAYZZZZZ Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: feeling good :) feeling fit and toned :))) >today's mental feeling: physically and mentally drained. Still really tired.Didn't start the week off too well with night work as u have prob read in my other blogs! Up early this morning for 2.30 am gym sesh as I'm on day shifts! Last heavy weight session before photos!!It's getting serious now :) > today's exercise:weights: legs These final few weeks have been all over the shop with muscle groups. I've been doing legs three times a weeks n WOW noticing the differences! AND LOOOOVING IT. It's been hard sticking to the training plan these last few weeks as I have used my personal training and so my training works around that!! I haven't isolated just arms/ shoulders/ abs / back but sort of included them together in full body workouts > are you feeling strong : I AM FEELING VERY STRONG!!Iron man ;;)) > are you feeling good after your workout ?I feel great! I will miss weights over the next few days tho that's for sure !!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" every morning u have two choices, continue sleeping with ur dreams, or wake up and chase them";)

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Oct 2014
    2:08 AM

    WORKOUT - last day for heavy weights before photos!!!! early morning sesh for me as I'm on day shifts

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Oct 2014
    8:02 PM

    EXERCISE SCHEDULE .... a lot of people have been asking what my workout schedule is like! move been writing pretty much everything in my blog but if I write my blog in morning n do a second workout in evening I may forget to write it in so thought I would sum it up here :: (Due to my rister I work out certain time in certain days one week and different the other so will write it on a two week basis)) WEEK ONE MON : 2x workout (1workout if I come of night shift) TUE: 2x workout WED: 1x workout THURS: 1x workout FRI: 2x workout SAT: 2x workout SUN: 1x workout WEEK TWO MON: 1x workout TUE: 1x workout WED: 1x workout (sometimes two if not coming off night shift) THURS: 2x workout FRI: 1x workout SAT: 1x workout SUn: 1x workout ..... then back to week one etc :)) >>>>> WORKOUT TIMES: DAY SHIFT : 2.30am NIGHTSHIFT : 2.30pm DAY OFF : 7am then afternoon sesh carried depending on what I was doing that day or if I went I to dayshift the next day etc COME OFF NIGHT SHIFT: 1.30pm >>>>>>> all morning workouts where done on an empty stomach! Mainly because I feel like I will throw up if I eat before working out!! (Not sure if this helped or not with my weightloss I've heard of fasted cardio before but I also fasted for morning weight sessions. Not for any other reason then my stomach not agreeing with food before hand. It may have helped it may not have done anything I don't really know haha but thought I would write what I did etc)

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Oct 2014
    7:50 PM

    HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING ????? being a shift worker I sometimes have trouble sleeping!! i will be listening to this tonight with lavender in my vaporizer (helps relax and put u to sleep) i wish i did this the other night but totally forgot about it!! Its also great for anyone who struglles with depression and anxiety too !!! :)) just search it through google and play away!! <3 it! It it really relaxes the mind !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Oct 2014
    6:47 PM

    BLOG:, : EXERCISE - u r my sunshine, my only sunshine! U make me happy when skies r grey" Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling and mental feeling : ughhhhh feeling... Flabby??? Can fatigue make u feel like this. WHAT IS GOING ON BODY!! SNAP OUT OF IT! im so unbelievably tired! Just spent 9hrs doing house plans and selections .its drained me even more then I was drained! > today's exercise:Round 1: personal training : upper body. Arms, shoulders Round two: cardio circuit training > are you feeling strong: I am!! I was watching my muscles flex as I worked, it looked so super awsum!! Can't believe the muscle I am getting!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT > are you feeling good after your workout ?I feel wonderful now... This morning I was exhausted n just wanted to go straight to sleep! After my cardio circuit I'm exhausted but feel so much happier with myself! I nearly bailed!!! Due to fatigue but looked up "never back down" on you tube and watched the muscle tone and workouts on there! The inspirational music just made me want to get up n go!THATS THE SPIRIT!!Haha Its my Last day I can do two sessions due to work tomorro an all weekend so couldn't bail!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Sometimes ppl with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures"" .. just smashed out an AWSUM CARDIO SESH !!! circuit training I love u!! Round two session :)) feel so much better now!!!So much happier !! Now bed time! tonight I am listening to a relaxation tape on youtube to help relax me and put me into a nice deep sleep :))... Can u tell I'm tired!!MY BLOGS R ALL OVER THE PLACE HAHA!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Oct 2014
    5:25 PM

    STRESSSSSSSED !!!! me grrr just had to spend 9hours at the building place choosing colours for our new house! I'm now mentally and physically exhausted! As u have prob read I've had little to no sleep these past few days with working nightshift and just couldn't sleep. My body is paying for it too. I feel a bit flabby??? like.... Ummm it's hard to explain. Anyways i I can't stop thinking about Monday! No have a photoshoot and also final photos! some people r discussin wear heels others aren't. What is required ? What isn't? should I have standard plain back ground or should I get out side in open doors! it says no posing but to flex ur muscles with looking natural, I've been practising this for weeks but what if I don't do it right? what if I pose too much! What if I don't pose enough? it says to wear the same clothes/ similar to first photo but I've read heaps of challengers have all brought new bicinis and that for final photo!! OMG THERE IS SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT! And then there is this carb loading type thing. And light cardio only the last few days! I've read that other people have tried the carb thing n light cardio before n it made them look heaps "flat" but some people swear by it !!!!! will this make or break my final photo!! im working 12.5 hours fri/ sat n sun and am always feeling flat after a weekend of work my legs usually feel "puffy" from sitting down for so long (like when u fly on an areoplane) please lord be good to me for monday. I don't know why I'm so worried !!! I've worked so hard for this new body and am so happy with where I am at, it should be easy Monday right? But theres still just that feeling of worry.... Arhhh ... why am i so stressed about this? Ive been feeling so confident lately but it's like it's coming to the end and all feeling too for real ! i really didn't think I would be so nervous about the final photos!! I hate I have to work all week end :( I just want to prepare lol it feels like it's all coming up way too soon. Now theres not enough time to prepare! Where did the time go!! omg I talk too much ..... silly head is going crazy right now. So many different ideas for photos but what's good, what's not? What poses? How to flex naturally! ok enough going to gym! Smashing out a workout and then SLEEP !!! This crazy girl needs SLEEEEEP :))))) ..... later ...... finally got a chance to listen to coaches weekly messages today!!! Wish I watched this earlier!!! i don't think I'm going to even try the carb load thing!!! I know the eating I've been doing and nutrition I've been doing has been working and to be honest I don't know what the hell I'm doing with carb loading etc so I could stuff it big time!! DONT OVER THINK IT!! Haha that's exactly what I've been doing! Overthinking it! Thinking too much into everything and bringing unnessacary stress onto myself. and so I've got a photographer booked for Monday. She should hopefully know about the lighting to make me look fabulous! Going to look at the image requirements and try make sure I do everything the image requirements ask for!! and like ive coach said JUST ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!! That's right I have worked so hard for this. So instead of over thinking it all I'm going to have fun being photograph ed. Have fun flexing, and be the silly crazy and super dooper AMZING person I've become! Be fun and have fun!!! WHY DID I NOT VIEW COACHES VIDEO SOONER !! I feel sooooo so much better now :)) Man actually now excited for this photoshoot! bring on Monday !! Wooohohoooo

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    10:52 PM

    So I've been so tired these past few days and I'm laying here not being able to sleep!! i thought I was doing so well and so strong but all of a sudden today I feel I've hit a brick wall :( its probably because I came off night shift so my sleep is all out, my eating today sucks because I wake up at 1pm so only 4hrs sleep n I only basically have two light meals (ur not u when ur hungry) i have learnt during the challenge to shut out others and their opinions. and learnt that I no longer care what others think of me but there comes a time that even the strongest people can only take so much. I must say I've built mighty fine and broad shoulders over these past 12 weeks but today ppls words have really got to me :( i don't know if it's jealous of achieving my goals or if it's just the person they are but sometimes life would be easier if horrible ppl kept their opinions to them self! Ive ve been feeling so totally awsum and amazing lately! I feel I finally have a body to go flaunt! But I feel since getting this body and coming closer to the end of my 12 weeks ppl r just being cruel! I've said it before that u need to not let others bring u down, don't let others take away the unlimited supply of joy I've been having lately! Don't let these people rain my parade! That it doesn't matter what these people think! I don't even personally know these people so need to ignore their posts and comments.!!! The best thing about his challenge is even tho there are some cruel people in this world trying to bring u down the challenge has provided some ABSOLUETLY AMAZING ambassadors TO LIFT YOU UP!!!! I was talking to yollande on the social hub and she wrote the above comment to me! And she is right I need to put my blinkers back on and block these people out! Not worry about them and their words! I'm here to change me and that I have! I am so happy with the way I look and how I feel so why am I going to let someone take that away from me! IM NOT!! I'm going to keep moving forward, keep looking towards my new goals and smash em!!! I'm going to hold my head up high like I have been and look into the mirror and see the amazing person I am! The amazing person I've become! you can never please everyone in this life, so you need to learn to live and love urself! Ignore others and any negativity they have to say to try and bring you down. Keep on keeping on! THANK YOU YOLLANDE for pulling me back in line!! this afternoon has been a bit emotional but I have definately brought my positive vibes back and turned my frown upside down ;) thank u Maxine's challenge for having the social hub available for this type of encouragement!! This type of inspiration ! People to talk to and encourage you to keep going When u are feeling down! It was great for Yollander to compliment me and to encourage me to keep my head held high because she has done this hole challenge before. So wise encouraging words coming from her just mean a lot! If u get what I mean. now off to sleep and up bright and early for personal training!! i really need sleep! I think that's y my emotions today r playing funny games and my body feels flabby !! Nightshift= 1 elle = none !! goodnight all!

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    9:24 PM

    Tonight I saw a shooting star; this brought back a few memories of when I was growing up. I remember laying in my bed at night crying myself to sleep about the cruel words bully's would say or do to me due to being overweight. Lookin out my window to the stars was my happy place. I remember onced being told if u wished upon a shooting star and blew ur wish towards the star ur dreams and wishes would come true! I remember always wishing that I could be "skinny".... I ve been wishing for many years now, and finally I feel my dreams have come true. i never thought this could be real, I always just thought I was "genetically" bigger! But this challenge has turned my life aroundAnd made me appreciate my life so much more! I now feel so fit and healthy! It's amazing !!!! It's shown me that dreams can come true, your just need to keep persistent, have perseverance, start strong anddetermined And have a desire to succeed and inspire! Don't stop chasing ur dreams! keep wishing upon those stars and work hard towards the body or dreams u want!!!! NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    9:17 PM

    cardio circuit the other day!!! did some of Maxine's recommendetions in the cardio options workouts!!! but didn't have my boxing gloves or inners so used weights :) .... push ups on my toes .... crappy angle and bloated n flabby feeling as I came of night shift ... Feeling here was ugh! Haha weird how no sleep can make ur body feel n look exhausted

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    6:39 PM

    Having to walk up front stairs after leg sesh with personal trainer was a little hard !!! Haha

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    5:52 PM

    A FEW PHOTOS ::: not the best angles in my max"s shirt but it's the only place I could put my camera to film n photograph :))

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    5:48 PM

    BLOG : coming off night shift sucks :( need more sleep Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: today I feel ... Puffy. I feel my legs are swollen and yeh my body feels puffy. Prob from night shift and sitting for 12.5 hours etc. hopefully i won't feel puffy tomorrow as it's my day off! >today's mental feeling: really tired. Come of night shift and these past few nights at work where hard! With fatigue that is!! Lacking in sleep which mat also have something to do with my body n feeling puffy? My body needs rest so early night tonight > today's exercise: personal training again today. We did legs again! This is a target area so that's why I have upped the days! We did some squats/ front squats/ deadlifts / ghd reverse crunches/ kettlebell jumpsquat/ Sled pushes/ sled pulling :)) > today's weight: 72.0 !!!! Woohooooo just broke a loss of 10kgs this made me feel really good considering how puffy I feel today!!! Such a good feeling! I stopped being scales obssessed but weighed in today and am feeling fabulous after seiing that!!! Happy happy happy!!!! > are you feeling strong: I am!!! I love heavy legs sessions with my trainer ! it's sooooo good having someone spotting u, correcting form and upping my weights!!! i love the burn feeling ! The feeling of finishing the sets! I am am starting to really love deadlifts too!!!! Haha I always have a little giggle when doing them! Love be training legs actually! It's one of my fav"s!!! > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great!!! It was really hard walking up my stairs at home afterwards tho haha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: ""Because it's my turn to become beautiful, strong, confident and sexy"

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    5:47 PM

    SMILES SMILES AND MORE SMILES !!!! just when hen I thought things couldn't get any better BAMMMMMM another achievement! I have now lost 10kgs :)))))) my ohhhh my it feels good! :)))))))

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Oct 2014
    4:27 PM

    as u know at the end of every workout I've been adding an extra exercise to mix it up a bit. Adding a bit of a challenge! Yesterday au I wrote my name with my legs!! My can do this several times for the more burn!! ... i then had someone challenge me to do the alphabet!!! So challenge accepted! This one hurt a lot more tho haha love these little challengers!! It's great because u think ur exhausted n can't do anymore so having to complete a challenge at the end keeps the workout going and burning more :))) <3 <3 <3

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Oct 2014
    4:29 PM

    BLOG: challenging myself everyday Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: alive! Fit and healthy!Loving everything there is to love with my body at the moment! >today's mental feeling:inspirational!I've had so many personal messages and comments asking how others can achieve what I have achieved. How they can get onto the Maxine's challenge and when the next sign up is! where can they buy the maxine shakes and bars!!! That because of me they want to change their life . Their unhealthy ways, they want to start a new today! to be honest this is such an achievement for me on it's own. I remember writing in my first few blogs that all I ever wanted was someone to want to be me instead of me always wanting to b someone else, someone to be inspired by me and my determination .... I feel that Ive accomplished one of my biggest goals. To inspire others with my determination , I wanted people to keep going and not give up because of me! And I feel I've done this. :))It's such a great feeling that somewhere out there I may have changed someone's life because Maxine's challenge has change mine. I really wish I had the words to explain what this challenge has done for me.I feel I'm getting repetitive with my blogs and just boasting about how good I feel but I seriously just want to SCREAM IT TO THE WORLD ! I wish I carried a go pro on my head a month before the challenge and the last month of the challenge so u can truely see how much it has changed my life!I try to explain this feeling but it's so hard to explain I don't think my words are making senses because there is so much I want to say at once!!!!I never thought I would escape my depressive demon for this long! :)) > today's exercise: cardio mixed circuit training > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel wonderful! The best feeling having to go home n wash all the hard earned sweat out of ur hair :)) (just sucks having to blow dry and straighten it haha) ... Night shift tonight!!!good sleepFeeling fresh! Oats and 3egg whites with a protein scoop for breaky this morning! Omg I'm so in love!!! my fav breaky ever!!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:""For me exercise is more then just physical - it's therapeutic ""

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Oct 2014
    3:33 PM

    CHALLENGE YOURSELF So lately at the end of every exercise I've been trying to challenge myself with something new! A new exercise everyday that I may not have done during the challenge! Challenge yourself and be better then you where yesterday

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Oct 2014
    2:27 PM

    exercise videos:: hope u are all enjoying my exercise videos haha! So I started personal training at week 6 going twice a week! This has pushed me so much more :) obviously my personal trainer has introduced different workouts on those days so I had to mix around the Maxine's workouts to suit!! To to keep it interesting I've ALSO been adding a few extra exercises and trying new things at the end of my exercises or searching workouts to do that seem like a challenge ;)) I've uploaded the videos and also the extra workouts I am doing to try keep everyone involved with what I am doing and also so others can try the exercises too! I don't upload the Maxine's workouts to my social hub incase ppl who r following me are not in the challeng (I don't want to give away any of the Maxine's workouts) after starting personal trainint twice a week I think this is when I've noticed the biggest differences! it's true you don't push yourself as much when on ur own n having a trainer helps so much more with form and heavier weights! But in saying that I think I did extremely well the first 6 weeks following the Maxine's program on my own the first 6 weeks. I couldn't afford a trainer the first 6weeks but if u see my photos the first 6weeks I still did extreempy well ;;)) but having a trainer the final 6weeks just pushed me so much more! the fitter Im getting the more exercises I've been adding to Maxine's workouts as I've had spare time etc :) I've also been trying both the tone and fit workouts and the get strong!! My my fav type of cardio tho would have to be the recommended "kettlebells" and circuit type training! Love the feeling of muscle burn and exhaustion n this defo does that ;) (there r heaps of recommended cardio things to do in the Maxine's training under "cardio" options) but kettle bells was my fav! I also tried banners skipping challenge - wow exhaustion haha and also the other two cardio challenges in "cardio options" r really good but nearly killed me! squat n press with Burpee = breathless

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Oct 2014
    7:44 AM

    VIDEOS: a few workouts with my legs session !! a bit of a circuit/ weights session ;;))) 1) stair master 2) ice skaters 3) squat and pulse 4) lunge and pivot 5) clean and press

  • Elle Hickey
    13 Oct 2014
    4:29 PM

    BLIG: LEG DAY :) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: AMAZE-Balls !!Can't stop looking in mirrorCan't stop taking selfiesFeeling really REALLY good about myself :))) >today's mental feeling:on track!PositiveMotivatedI just want to runN singN dance"Dancing in the shower..: laaaa deeeee laaa daaa la darrrrr singing in the shower"Haha I feel great!Can't wipe this smile off my face ;) > today's exercise: LEG DAYA quick leg sesh before night shift! > are you feeling strong : I feel strong but I think I feel way stronger when I have my partner there or my personal trainer there to spot me! It's defo a Mind over matter thing when doing heavy weights so today I didn't push myself to hard because I didn't have a spotter but doing legs again Wednesday with personal trainer hopefully so we will push my limits then ;) kapowww > are you feeling good after your workout ?My legs where burning!It felt sooooo good ;)Feeling great!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" I refuse to give up on myself" I refused to give up on myself this challenge and I am so thankful for it.Of course there where times I wanted to but I was too embarrassed that my pic was public, I couldn't give up! I had ppl following my progress on insta and I would have looked like a failure. I didn't want that!I didn't want everyone to look at me n know every fat roll I had under my clothes so I just kept pushing on!!! I'm so thankful I did because I feel amazing today. I feel so much more confident, I am just so so happy u have NO idea! I love to sing ! I love to dance! I love leaving the house! Love buying new gym wear! Love going to the gym and love the gains from eating clean! Had an AMZING sleep today so feeling fresh for nightshift!Can't wait for tomorrow so I can hit the gym again hehe :)Over n out

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    9:18 PM

    BACK and BUTT progres <3 p="">

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    9:10 PM

    some of my WORKOUT!! Superman push ups medicine ball walks attempting side hover thinga! Ohhh my gosh these are hard lol. Did them at training the other day n sucked! So practised them today! At least I'm staying up this time but may just have a bit too much swing ! Practice makes perfect tho :)) love trying things and aiming to one day perfect it haha Now hold that muscle group..... WAHHHTHHHAHHTTTTTTT HOLD IT THERE! My ohhh my muscles r burning! Arms r hunna snap ! But it felt sooo good :)))

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    8:44 PM

    round two work out arms abs and chest yewwwwww!

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    4:42 PM

    This is a photo of my in year 12 and a photo of me now i hated yes everything there was to hate about me. No diet ever worked and I ended up emotionally eating way too much. I never want to go back to this person ever!!!! I love who I've become and I'm loving every part there is to love about me. I never thought I would be able to actually fight this war against depression and emotional eating but I feel I have !!! I feel on top of the world and would love to help who ever I could to achieve what I have achieved! It was hard at first, but I kept pushing on and I'm so thankful I have gotten to where I am today but couldn't have done it without the supportive team we have!!! I don't think I could thank who ever I need to thank enough for changing my life! I don't feel like I have been on a diet I feel it's a MASSIVE lifestyle change ! everything about my life has changed for the better !!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    4:36 PM

    photos :)

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    2:44 PM

    BLOG: don't let others opinions create ur future ;) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: AMAZING. Woke up, gym clothes on ready for a good sesh. Look in the mirror. Omg look at my stomache.. LOOK AT MY STOMACHE!! This is me. This is real! I love it. I love my new body. I never thought this could be me. So what do I do... Bummm bummmm baaaa selfie ;;)) everything looks like it's heading just where I wanted. I feel amazing. I feel all my hard work has defo paid of. ive tried so hard for this and really feel the hard work is paying off. I feel great. I cant even complain about me at the moment . I'm so excited for next month to flaunt my new body on the boat. I'm usually the one covered in clothes while others in in two pieces but NOT THIS YEAR!!! Wooohoooooo :))) >today's mental feeling: pretty much everything above... I feel AMAZING, positive and determined to be this better part of me! IM LOVING EVERY PART OF IT! > today's exercise:this morning I did5min running warm upThen a mixture of arm and leg weights :) > are you feeling strong : I am. I looked in the mirror as I did bicep curls and couldn't believe how nice and toned my arms where looking. Hehe may have got caught flexing in he mirror too!! Loving my muscle gains > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great. Lately at the end I've been trying to add in an exercise I haven done during the challenge haha. Some are really hard.Did some push ups while feet where on the fitness ball and stacked it! Haha but got back up as I was determined to do this exercise.! "I get knocked down but I get up again bummmbaaaa bumm" (sings to self) haha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"When u judge another I do not define them u define yourself, love everyone and love yourself and your own inner beauty. Your smile is worth a million words" I remember a few weeks back watching muscle tv and them mentioning something about " people will try bring u down as they watch u succeed" and I thought to myself surely ppl wouldn't do that. Surely they wud b proud of u and your inspirational efforts but I've recently experienced this. it's sad that there are ppl in this world that do try to be little you, calling u names. Or trying to bring down your self esteem butAs hard as it is ignore these people. Think positive! And continue to inspire the inspirational! we don't have time for people like that in this life so thinking positively and keep doing what ur doing. my mother always taught me I would get no where with cruel words or a cruel heart. To treat others how u want to be treated. That ur beautiful smile, kind heart and shining personality will win people over. Never sink to a bullies level. Walk away!-- don't let anyone take away ur feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! --- don't let anyone tell you u can't achieve ur goals because YOU CAN!! --- when people try to bring you down to better them selves LET them! Take it as a compliment ! - it's taken me 25years to realize this! To realize what others think of you doesn't matter! It's what u think of u that matters! Keep ur head held high and love u for you! No one is perfect and you will always have haters whether u are famous, skinny, fit, chubby, rich, poor; whatever it may be don't let people judge you and Create a you that u wish u never where! I did.I use to! I use to let everyone's cruel words tear me apart. When running at the gym during school someone yelled out some cruel words to me which made me not want to go to a gym. I then sat at home n ate my feelings. And the bullying got worse. I've realized it doesn't matter who u are or what you look like, people will ALWAYS have their opinions of you, you just need to learn to love you!! DO THIS FOR YOU! NO ONE ELSE JUST YOU!!! You are beautiful and you will succeed further with your goals blocking out negativity. Love you, love the new you and if your like me and wanting to change the old you THEN GO FOR GOLD! Don't let anyone tell you that u can't do it because I know u CAN! People told me I couldn't and this was my motivation to push forward just to prove I could do it !! Stay positive, think positive and remember to ignore the critics! xxx

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    12:04 PM

    Do what makes YOU happy ! Positive mind frames can change the world. When struggling with depression the last thing u want to hear from ppl is "stay positive" or "stop being negative be positive" depression is a disease and one of the hardest things to overcome! when ur in a negative mind frame it's not as easy as telling yourself to be positive it doesn't change over night!!! but here's a few things that I have found helped me along the way ... 1) start every day with a positive quote. Everytime u feel negative or upset refer back to this quote 2) at the end of each day reflect back on three things u are proud of that you accomplished today. It may be as little as "I got out of bed when my alarm went off today" start with small accomplishments and they will soon be big ones! 3) try to turn any negatives thoughts into positives. And Remember to keep smiling

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    9:17 AM

    Sat game changer at the gym :))

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    9:12 AM

    Selfie

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Oct 2014
    9:11 AM

    Crazy, fun, wild and free!!! Sato gym sesh antics with my bestie :)

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Oct 2014
    11:30 PM

    BLOG: feel good frenzy ... When you have come so far and always had a dream to be able to show off a fit body that u have worked so hard for .. Then go for it! Photograph ur body! Flaunt ur body and be proud of who u are!!! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I feel wonderful! I honestly have nothing about my body today to complain about. I just feel great! I know my body isn't the perfect body but hey I'm still working towards a better me. I feel I've aimed high and achieved above the standards I thought I would achieve and it's just making me see life it self so differently. I hate wasting the day no, love getting up early mornings to work out and love seeing what I am seeing. >today's mental feeling:: I feel so good about myself. So positive and just loving every aspect there is to love about my life at the moment. > today's exercise: this morning I did cardio circuit training which I uploaded to my Maxine's social hub!!! and and tonight we did mixed arms plus a bit of cicuit training. > are you feeling strong: I am feeling strong! Not only in the way of fitness but mentally strong as well. I feel that people can try their hardest to pull me down and break my stride but I'm not going to let it affect my journey . My mother always taught me to never have a nasty heart and treat others the way u want to be treated. I've been bullied my hole life and I would never wish bully's or what it does to a person mentally upon anyobe. I believe highly in karma so if someone is insecure enough to bully u don't retaliate as this is what they want. They want to bring u down as they are insecure in their own skin and can't stand u succeeding or may have their own problems that they take put on u! I feel that being larger for so long has created a personality in myself like no other. I am a strong individual with a good heart ! so today my friend and I went and took some fitness pics of each other etc to try n make ourselves feel good about our jpurneys n how far we have come!! It took me a lot of strength and courage to upload them all to the public Maxine's social hub but I did because I was so proud of where I am now and where I come from!!! photographing these happy memories, these fun times of playing at the car wash and capturing these memories to always look back on if I ever fall of the ban wagon... if I ever fall I am going to refer back to this fun day, the silly was of dancing and singing at the car wash while having water fights with my frienda. Throwing soap at each other and then acting parts from movies and capturing these memories!! I will refer back to the photos and remember the self confidenice it gave me to just BE ME !!!!!!! not be acared who was looking at us while we lunged up public stairs in shorts ... Not be scared what ppl thought of is while we flexed at each other or had a water fight in shorts at the car wash n pulled our shirts up in the heat n not be ashamed of our tummies or our bodies. I will refer back to the fun photos today in the park of me n my friens photographing as I worked out, or when I was laying there and we where discussing how far we have come n she says "hold that position of u laying there u look amazing and I want to photograph it so u have this memory for ever" and looking at these photos just makes me smile! Looking at me and me being all I've ever wanted to be! And now I have these memories forever! I was a bit scared to upload them to the public as I think unless u where there or read this u wouldmy understand the fun we had today! The self confidence boost it have us and all the silliness we had n photographed!!! we planned to do this today because we wanted to capture this memory so if any of life's doubles try's to brings us down we want to refer back to how truely amazing we felt today! And all our crazy stupid fun and silly workouts we did . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "Keep on keeping on, suns guns out " ive had so many amazing people complement me today and my progress complement the person I've become! That I'm an inspiration to them on their journey and they can't wait to sign up to the next challenge. I had had a random at the gym complement my body and say I was looking really fit!! for someone to call me, ME THE FAT GIRL FIT LOOKING IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPLIMENTS !!! a feel good moment that's for sure :) ... At the gym my bestie n my fiancé all played a game where we would choose a hard exercise each n then everyone had to do it. One of them where push ups n clap in the air !! Haha my golly gosh it was hard! I kept stacking it and couldn't stop laughing! We always try to do something fun like this at the end of our workout. We always leave laughing and gigiggling about one of us stacking it etc !! I love gym time. It makes me so happy !!! Especially when we make it fun!!! Sometimes my bestie n I have running races on the treadmills and comentate the race haha until the other day when we saw ppl looking at us n we realised how loud we where being.. Oops haha . But it was heaps of fun!!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Oct 2014
    11:07 PM

    Maxine's car wash :) it was over 30 degrease today and after working out and taking photos we where exhausted and my car needed a wash so we went to the car wash and had some fun!! Best cool off ever !!! It was soo much fun! My friend n I where dancing and singing and just being silly! It felt good to actually feel good about myself and just laugh and have fun n not care about what anyone thought.

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Oct 2014
    11:04 PM

    Few more pics from today :)

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Oct 2014
    10:36 PM

    So today my best friend and I decided to take all my new fitness clothes and take some feel good photos to try and help with our self esteem!! OH MY GOSH!! I feel my confidence has gone the ought the roof! I know my body isn't perfect but I am truely LOVING all my inperfections! We had soooo much fun today just taking photos and being silly !!! theN looking back at the photos of each other n wow !!!! I feel soo good! I keep looking at the pics from today then looking at what I use to look like! Wow! I am so proud of me! I still can't believe how bad I let myself get! I wish I did this sooooo much sooner in life!!! I'm never going back to that old me! I feel ive changed my lifestyle for the better ! I love exercising, love cooking heathy meals and just love the results I get in return for loving things!!!! Soooo happy with today! I was going to do an actual photoshoot on Monday week and after playing around today with my bestie I can't wait to do a photoshoot!!!!!! it will be so much fun!!! Arhhhhh I just still can't believe THIS IS ME :))))

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Oct 2014
    7:07 PM

    Photos ;) brpught some new new sexy workout gear today :)))) feeling fit and motivated!! Usually i go in a shop and my anxiety goes through the roof because I had ppl say to me before "that's way too small u need bigger" and it just makes u feel like pop! But today I felt amazing ! The girls at Lorna Jane where so lovely!!! I left with the biggest smile on my face and feeling ontop of he world! I was getting a new pair of tights and she goES " what size r u" I reappended a large and she said " there is no way u r a large, try on the small! Trust me". I really didn't want to as I qas scared at first. What if they didn't fit n she says t. Many yuck they r way too small go bigger! I would feel so crap... But they fitted! She was like see ur not a large! looking at u I could tell there was no way u cud b a large!! It made me feel so good about my self :))) ... so I did some feel good things today! Shopping for new clothes, eyebrows waxed Nd tinted and my eyelashes tinted :) feeling good n very spoilt!! ... did measurements today too! Ohhh my gosh I can't bieve how tiny my waist is getting!! 86cm down to 72.5 IVE LOST 13.5cm !! My ohhhh my that's a good feeling! All this hard work n dedication is defo paying off!!! .....

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Oct 2014
    6:51 PM

    BLOG : a smile is more attractive then a ugly heart. Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: FANTASTIC !!! Looking in the mirror and love what I see! Love love LOVE!!!! >today's mental feeling: amaze- balls!! Positve motivated and just feel... Wow can't even explain again my feelings! I'm just soooo happy n loving taking selfies hahaha > today's exercise: workout 1 personal trainin: cardio circuit training workout two: legs : > are you feeling strong: I am feeling very fit n strong ! Yewwwwwww > are you feeling good after your workout ? I sure am ;))) pulled up a sweat! Felt the muscle burn and feeling AMAZING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "yeh it sucks at first ..... KEEP GOING !!!! Each day will suck a little less! Pretty soon u won't even have to think about it YOU JUST DO IT !!!" When I use to come home from school crying telling my mum "I don't want to go, they where horrible" and telling her all the horrible words they would say to me or things they would do .... She would respond with "Elle u are fine the way u are! But remember ur beautiful smile and amazing personality is far more beautiful then a person with an ugly heart. U can and you will loose weight if that's what u want to do. U have the determination to do so! But remember u will get further in life with that beautiful smile and personality then those girls will with their ugly hearts!" It always sticks in my head! Its so true, yeh I'm fat and can loose then weight but u will always be an arsehole! I feel like this challenge has seriously changed my hole life!!!!! I was looking at photos today of the past and present and I'm truely so proud of my achievement! I've been determined to finally hit this war with weightless on the head and transform I to a better me! I've tried so many weightloss things to y ferguson, lite and easy, weight watchers, A 12week body challenge, body trim! U name it I've probably tried it, but not one of them have given me this feeling I am feeling now. The best part of it is, I'm not even feeling it in the final week! I've been feeling this amazing feeling for several weeks and I'm not even finished yet! I felt good at the end of the 12 week challenge I did previously but only on he last day when the photos where done, the hole time I felt I was always hungry n craving everything and really don't think u got much support at all. I had to keep asking n asking my trainer and instructor what should I eat, how should I train on my days of and it would stress me!the Maxine's challenge is a COMPLETELY different atmosphere ! The help and support u get throughout the entire challenge is phenomenal !!! When ever in doubt of something I have been using the Maxine's forum on their website; I would type the question in and 80% of the time someone else would have already asked the questions I was after! I love that not only do I get answers for my questions, it is so easy accessible and also easing that others in the challenge had similar questions and concerns made me feel normal!!! Then the support on the Instagram social hub is out of this world! The challengers all help each other and encourage each other to keep pushing on!!! It's so motivational and inspirational it's amazing! I've never EVER had this much support on my weightloss journey and I think this is a main reason y I've never felt this accomplished!!! When feeling down I would upload a photo and my Maxine's family would help encourage me to keep going, u r doing great etc (as would I to those also struggling) ... when I feel like I don't want to work out I would get on the social hub and view everyone's motivational photos and it would help motivate me to get my butt to the gym!!! The social hub is like a long distant family! We r all there for each other no matter what! Even tho there is a massive prize at the end of this comp I don't feel like people are negatively competitive. I feel we r all chasing the same prize and that's our new fit bodies, the Maxine's prize at the end is a MASSIVE bonus! I was scared having so much connection with everyone in the Challenge would bring me down as I was scared of ppl being cruel to me so then I would fail n they would win but it's not like that at all! It's not competitive in a way that ppl are cruel to each other ! It's amazing! It's the best challenge and experience I have ever had! I don't think I have met so many beautiful minded and kind heated people In my life! N what makes it even better is we are all on the same journey! When someone falls down we pick them up, we try to motivate and inspire each other to achieve our own personal goals! I LOVE IT !!!! :))) and then there is the public photo ... Eeekk! I hated this at first! When I read it had to be public to win I had the worst anxiety! I was crying to my partner as I was so sooo embarrassed of me! I didn't want the world to see me! Especially in bras and undies! This was really hard for me but I overcome the fear and chose public! I then got involved with the social hub and realized it wasn't too bad! But then I had ppl I went to school with who use to bag me out to such an extreme it caused my self esteem n confidence issues! I was a mess! I didn't want ppl to see me! Especially ppl who r so cruel! I hate this cruel world! I didn't want ppl to bring me down!! ... I wanted to change it to private so bad but I kept on keeping on! I used this as motivation to push forward! before I knew It I couldn't wait to upload my weekly photos and show the world my achievements! That I'm not that girl anymore!!!So yeh I think that's another reason y I've gotten so far! Having my photo as public was and is such a motivational tool to I to do this! the embarrassment and anxiety I was getting the more I got followers just made me want to change so bad! And it's working!!! I'm now LOVING uploading photos of me! I love showing all those ppl who said I couldn't do it that I can! I love showing off the new me and showing the world it can be done!!! I'm not even finished yet but I'm so freaking happy with my achievements and where I am at today; both physically and mentally! I'm a new person! My life has completely changed and I'm am just unbelievably happy! I love this new me! Every part of it! I'm starting to accept all my imperfections and accept the person I am ! This has been the best challenge and weightloss journey I have ever done! I've finally achieved a person I wanted so bad to be! I wished for it and I worked for it!!! I don't know how to ever thank who ever I thank for changing me!!! Maxine's you've pulled me out of a physical and mental rutt I never thought I could escape! It's because of u I feel like this! so yeh not only all the support from the social hub and the forum but also the extensive information about all the do"a and don't"s ! The weekly meal plans and exercise plans! What cardio to do, how long for! The exercise plans of when to do what muscle group when! How much cardio how much weights!!! WOW no orher weightloss thing I have done has ever given u such extensive range of information!!!! I feel like my fitness knowledge is through the roof just from reading everything on the Maxine's website! And the best thing I can access it at anytime on my mobile so when in doubt I would just quickly look it up! So many work out videos, it was like I already had a personal trainer but just on my phone via correspondence!!! ok I think I've wrote a fair but today but I just wanted to explain to the world how I was feeling and why!!' MAXINES CHALLENGE !!!! YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE! YOU HAVE MADE ME FEEL LIKE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ! the extensive information and support u have given me has changed my life physically and mentally FOR EVER!! I know it's not week 12 yet but already I can not thank you enough For the help and support u have given me to change me life!!! I LOVE THE NEW ME! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Oct 2014
    9:24 AM

    LEARNING TO LOVE MY IMPERFECTIONS ALL THIS TIME IVE BEEN FINDING MYSELF AND DIDNT KNOW I WAS LOST:: I'm not perfectBut no one ever is!My legs wobbleMy celulite shows,My stretch marks glare in the sun!my hips are wideI have thighs, and sometimes a giggly bum! I'm learning to love my imperfections and embracing this life we live!I feel I've wasted many years trying to be this "perfect" kid.My body is different, no one is the same. so I no longer care about all those evil names! I'm training for a better me,I'm striving to achieve.Love me or hate meI no longer careThis is me and only meAND IM ALMOST THERE ;)

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Oct 2014
    8:47 AM

    good morning training :) personal training ing this morning outside in the open air! the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the scenery is bliss!! Today i wore shorts to training ... YES U HEARD CORRECTLY I WORE SHORTS!! i don't remember the last time I trained in shorts :)) feel good moment that's for sure ... we did a mixture of exercises in a sequence of pyramid training! it was good! Feeling the burn! Started with some shuttle runs then some legs and full body kettlebell exercises and also abs! We incorporated the grandstand today too doing some step ups/ jumo squats and lunges! u really can do so much with training outside! if u cant afford a gym membership it's amazing how much u can make use of a local park !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Oct 2014
    8:37 PM

    LOVING MY BACK !!! Wow! love love LOVE

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Oct 2014
    5:10 AM

    BLOG: looking forward to the weekend :) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: good! Loving this flat tummy :) >today's mental feeling: tired. Had a crappy sleep! But still got up bright and early for my morning gym sesh. Feeling more awake after that :)) > today's exercise: hardio, I mean cardio ;;)) haha > are you feeling strong : ummmm im feeling fit :) feel like I pushed myself today! I did really well!! > are you feeling good after your workout ?I sure am. I had no energy when I woke up n wanted to keep sleeping but I know I will struggle to get through day shift if I skip the gym so off I went! Once there I was fine. Cranked my beats n away I went!!!! Was so sweaty after wards that's for sure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" a dream written down with a date becomes a goal! A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes ur dreams come true" I never would have thought this dream would come true! But as the saying goes, set a date make a plan and put it Into action and bammmm ;) 12 weeks felt so long at first but coming into the final weeks I think holey Dooley where did the time go! if u told me I would be this close to my dream at the start of this challenge I would have saidBULL$@"? !!! I would have told u it's not possible, that there is no way! I think that's what has held me back for so long! I had this negative mind frame of I can't, I won't, it's too hard, I sit on my butt for 14 hrs a day I'm stuck this way, it's genetics, I'll never get there...... Once I turned my mind frame around and thought positive I set goals and I've been smashing them!!! Once I achieve one goal I make another and keep moving forward. it doesn't get easier.... Well it's does in a way! Like I've find the more fitter I get the more I try to challenge myself more so if something feels easy time for a change! Up the weight, up the intensity and my weightloss goals just keep coming with it!They say if it doesn't challenge u it doesn't change u !!! :P Feeling really motivated today and ready for the weekend ahead of me!!! Training training and more training :) So keen! Off to work now! A long day shift sitting on my butt..... haha although my friend n I play this game to see who can hold their stomache muscles in all the way up the ramps! Haha sometimes it's really hard, especially the really long ramps. Or we see who can do the most butt clenches or sit ups while in que at the digger! Who said u couldn't be fit while sitting on ur butt?Plus there is 20 stairs to get onto my truck so as I step up each step I try to tense my leg muscles and glutes ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Oct 2014
    8:07 PM

    Leg press ! 150kg yewwwwww !! I been stuck on 100 for ages so 150 felt so good! Only did one set of 10 but hey it's a start! I'm feeling so strong !!! :))) plus it was after 3 sets of 100 so pretty good effort I must say!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Oct 2014
    5:03 AM

    BLOG : confidence is something I never thought I could have Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINE SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: my bloating has GONEEEEEEEEE ... About time ;) thank god this happened the past two weeks tho n not the next two!!! My tummy feels flat n amaE-balls!!!!! I'm loving my tummy! N may be showing a few to many ppl my tummy but arehhhhh fuck it ! >today's mental feeling: feeling great, wonderfull, fabulous, AMZING,fit , fantasic !! Okay I don't think there is enough words to explain how truely amazing I feel! Aint nobody gunna un a break my stride! Ain't gunna hold me down!! > today's exercise:: legs today - didn't do very heavy today, just lots of reps! To be honest I'm not feeling very good about today's workout! I don't think I pushed myself enough! I may just be a bit hard on myself as it's the final few weeks , but I don't feel I have it my all today! May have to back it up with a round 2 after work ;) day at shift today so did a 2.30am session and home at 7.15pm tonight!! > are you feeling strong: ummmm I feel strong but don't feel like I was strong in today's workout if that makes sense haha > are you feeling good after your workout ? Nope! I should have pushed myself harder I think! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "Be stronger the. Your insecurities " confidence is something i thing I thought it would never have! I've had such low self esteem for so long now I had myself in a depressive mess feeling I was worthless! I'd often not want to leave the house because I was so ashamed about the way I looked! It was take me hours on end to try and get ready to go anywhere and I would spend countless hours / days even shopping for an outfit to make me look "skinnier" it always ended in tears and my anxiety made me not want to go! I'd constantly make my partner go into the shops on his own as I was afraid of seeing someone we knew and them judging the way I looked, scared of ppl looking at me and saying "omg I can't believe she is wearing that the size she is" .... I feel I've missed out on so much of my life not attending festivals with my friends because I was "too fat" never going out of the jetskis and back of the boat because I knew I would look stupid trying to cover up on a 40" heat day while everyone else was in two pieces! I realised I was starting to become a hermit !! all my friends where a quarter of my size and I was just so embarrassed too be around them! .... This challenge has turned my life around!!!! I never would have thought that for this long I would feel this happy! I seriously can't whipe the smile of my face! I feel like I've just began a hole new life, a hole new me!! I thought yeh by 12weeks I will feel good but to be honest I've been feeling amazing for the last three OR MORE WEEKS !! ive been on stop taking selfies and uploading them to the social hub, posing like there is no tomorrow haha! I've accepted the body god has given me and am LOVING my curves ! Love my flat stomache and omg I can't believe how amazing my back looks! I wud have never thought in a million years I could get rid of that back fat rolls! some me people have been so cruel to me though this life, called me every name under the sun! Creating me to loose all my self esteem and put myself in emotional eating depressive state of mind! Good made me feel happy! But to be honest it didn't really cuz it made things worse! after being bagged out for so long about being fat, having people tell me I am their new "fitspiration" or their "inspiration" makes me feel ontop of the world! People are sharing photos of me in bras and undies and complimenting me , rhey are telling others how I'm their inspiration to get on te fitness wagon !! WHAT!! CAN I SERIOUSLY BE READING THIS! SOMEONE IS ACTUALLY SHARING MY PHOTOS AND SAYING NICE THINGS!! NICE THINGS!! Omg! Ohhh my god!!! I'm so use to things like " tell the beach whale to get back in the waterR" or "ai fatty boomba" or "if this fat sl&$ was my gf I wud be ashamed to go to the beach with her" or "seriously ppl who think this size is acceptable to wear swimmers needs a bullet" some very cruel cruel words so having people admire me for my body with some amazing complements has honestly made me feel ontop of the world ! I never thought I would be an inspiration to others! I never EVER thought someone would tell me "I would love to have your body"! I never thought people would copy my workouts and say in inspirational! I never thought this person could be me ! I feel amazing! I feel ... Wow... I just ..... Yeh I didn't think this feeling was ever possible! I never thought there where actually humans out there who would comploment my body, look at my body and like what they saw! Well this is me :))) AND I LOVE IT!!! Im loving my body! My new life! The new me! Im never going back!!!! I'm loving every little part there is to love about me!!! Ohhh wait I hope I don't sound up myself, I don't want to b up myself ... Arhhhh stuff it !!!! :)))))) Maxine's u have changed my life !!!!!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Oct 2014
    4:21 AM

    Tuesday round 2 workout Tricep ext x20Scull crushers x10..(4x) Tricep Jack hammer x15Straight arm tricep push down x15....(4x) Lay bicep pull downs x10Wide arm lat pull down x10..(3x) barbell bicep curls x10Bicep 90" push out x10..(3x) Shoulder barbell pull up and hold at top for 5counts5x..Deadlift and row x7 (3x)RestChange grip repeat 3x...Wide leg dead lift and liftX10..(3x)Tricep push down x10..(3x) Then random Mixed arm exercises to fill in extra time :))

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    6:35 PM

    VIDEO - as promised here are the full videos of kettle bell swing challenge the other day!! To see shorter videos view my Instagram on maxines social hub :)) the he challenge was : for every 1 "like" I wud do 1 kettlebell swing :) i ended up with 130 likes so u know the dril ;;)) OK IT WONT LET ME UPLOAD IT BECAUSE ITS TOO LONG :/ I'm going to download an app to compress it and try again on my days off!!! .... matt and I also then attempted kettle bell push ups! He found my weakness that's for sure! There's no way that was his first time doing them! my golly gosh they where super hard haha

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    6:31 PM

    kettlebell workout the other day

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    6:21 PM

    Massage today :) ive be been trying to get a massage every two weeks!! it really gets the blood flow moving and gets me through the long days of sitting on my butt!! such cha good feeling having a massage! Arhhh bliss

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    6:07 PM

    NOW AND THEN ...... Just going through my phone looking at pics ;) thought I'd upload a few

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    10:41 AM

    VIDEO : today's stair squat jumps and lunge reverse ohhh and did I mention decline push ups :))

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    10:13 AM

    VIDEOS AS PROMISED :)) so u may have read the other day I did a Burpee challenge on the Maxine's social hub. For every 1 "like" my photo got I did 1 Burpee. It ended up getting like 134 likes so I had to do 134 burpees. I googled different types of burpees and ended up doing 13 different types! I recorded the complete sets for all my followers !!! You can see the full videos above or the shortened videos on the Instagram social hub! Some where really really hard , like that medicine ball one! But some I really enjoyed! Ito was a great motivator that's for sure !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Oct 2014
    9:50 AM

    work out !!! This morning I went to personal training for cardio circuit training!!! It was fun!!! We we did a circuit which involved 4 different types (listed below) but each set we changed the exercise !! 20 kettlebells workout (eg kettlebell swings / figure 8"s / squat and press) 20 abs (eg v-sits , obliques etc) 20 viprs 20 stairs i think we did about 10 diffetent sets then we threw in farmers walks with 12kg kettle bells plus squat and jumps up the grand stand then back lunges down and 5 reps then decline push ups !! Feeling good :) bloated and flabby today. Being a girl sucks! But thinking positive; at least his has happened this week and last week and not my final week !!!! omg this bloating in the final week wud be death so repping the current bloating and just working my but of trying to forget about it ;)) (before training if bloated I wud sit at home n cry about it n not want to leave the house!!! Now I work harder and don't emotional/ hormonal eat yewwwwwww) photo: beautiful gardens at training this morning

  • Elle Hickey
    6 Oct 2014
    4:22 PM

    FOOD!This day light shavings has screwed me haha So I was thinking heaps last night as how I haven't mentioned much about my eating in my blogs etc and I thought to myself why! And to be quite honest I think it's simply because I don't even think about what I eat much anymore. My body is in a rhythm and healthy is now a way of my life!! I have set meals for the days I work and then mix it up on my days off! Food doesn't seem to be on the top of my mind anymore :)) yeh I crave here n there but whenever I do or I'm hungry I just have a Maxine's shake im in such a rhythm with measurements and my shopping list I don't even have to think about it at all anymore!! wow ! Times have changed !! I'm so use to the Maxine's food plan and have tweaked it to suit my shift work and swapped tuna for vhicken/ egg as I don't like tuna etc it just now feels like an everyday way of life like going to the toilet haha it's like the only think on my mind is exercise and wanting to smash goals!!! I think I have my eating down pack but just love changing it up and challenging myself with my workouts!! although i I must admit the food plan says to only have half a Maxine's bar but I have a full one :( I feel like I'm cheating when I do but I think to myself "if having a full Maxine's bar is the worst of my diet then I'm doing ok" ;))) considering I use to have take out every second night! Or dairy milk chocolate ! I'm pretty proud of where I'm at And what I'm eating !!!! ive ve learnt too how much food has to do with your energy levels and muscle building !! one day I ran out of oats and was in a hurry so just had eggs after a massive weight session and my body HATED it! I was so fatigued The hole day! It's like my body needed that little bit of complex carbs and protein straight after my workout to get me through the day!! Gone are the days of thinking "mayb I'll just starve myself to be skinny..." Haha that always got me no where! When I did eat then I would binge eat!! My body needs healthy food for weight training :) i also drink about 3.5 liters of water a day I always train in the morning on an empty stomach but that's only purely because my body doesn't agree with eating first .... anyway all this talk about food and I'm hungry. Time for my late lunch/ dinner (come of nightshift today so my eating times r weird haah)

  • Elle Hickey
    6 Oct 2014
    3:39 PM

    LEG DAY Lying leg curl x1230kg18x wide leg pulse.....(4x)Leg extension x1250kg/50kg / 57kg/64kgLeg curl x1250kg/57kg/57kg /64kg.....:(4x)squat x1230kg40kg60kg....Squat and pulse x2020kg....Leg press x12/12/1050kg/100kg/150Calf press x25/2050kg/100Wall sit while partner does leg press . Hold until he finished .....(3x)Squat wide leg 20kg x40Wide leg squat n pulse 20kgStraight leg deadlift 5x slow 20kg.....(3x)2min stair masterTwice STRETCH

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Oct 2014
    4:27 PM

    BLOG: last night shift tonight WOOHOOO Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I feel like I've been shot !! Haha one hole week of bloating and pms symptoms n the devil is finally here. Hopefully now the bloating will go down for the final weeks n my body will start to go back to normal >today's mental feeling: feeling motivated and wanted that extra push. I'm have no energy n the worst lower abdominal pain and knew I wouldn't give 110% in this afternoons workout so I made a Burpee challenge! For every like I will do 1 Burpee! I know I have to complete it cuz I can't let my followers down! It's the best motivation cuz now I know it will b a good workout!! > today's exercise: 134 burpes > are you feeling strong ; I sure am! 134 burpees! Strong alright ;)) mentally and physically haha > are you feeling good after your workout ? Holy shat I feel so good!I googled all different types of burpees to keep it interesting and then did 10 of each Burpee etc and filmed each set! I will upload all the videos on my days off :)Can't believe I just did that and before my last night shift! This is usually when my workout is at it's worst simply because I have no energy but I just wanted to smash them out to say I DID IT!!! Yewwwww . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"the sky is the limit, just keep pushin" feeling so proud of my efforts at the gym today and yesterday !!! This social hub challenges is a great push! Also because I can't cheat or pag out cuz I video the hole thing so I can show all my followers I actually did it :) motivation to keep pushing that's for sure! Last night shift tonight woohooooo!! Daylight savings has screwed me! haha we worked an hour less last night but then it stuffed meWith my sleeping today!!! can't stop thinking about my workout. Yewwww killed it! I think it's the best idea! If u think u don't have the motivation to push through a workout DO IT !!! it gets u going that's for sure, n u have to video it other wise there is no proof u actually did it ;)) arhhhhh feeling good! Some forms where a bit hopeless but I just kept trying! Some I probably didn't do right cuz I have never done them before but just kept going! My muscles where burning so it must have been working lol

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Oct 2014
    4:19 PM

    MAXINES SOCIAL HUBBURPEE CHALLENGE !! For every 1 "like" I will do 1 Burpee : 134 likes means 134 burpeea. I googled different types of burpees and found 13 different types so thought I would smash out 10 reps of each and the last sort I did 15 :)).... 1)Normal Burpee no push up10...2)Burpee push up10.... 3)Box jump Burpee10..... 4)Burpee jack(Once down kick feet out sideways)10.... 5) Plank row Burpee10... 6) Medicine ball burpee10... 7) Dead lift barbell Burpee10.. 8) Deadman Burpee( when you drop to ground drop all ur arms and legs onto ground. Push arms out the sides)10... 9)Jump over Burpee( jump over a small step in front of u)10... 10)Lateral Burpee(Jump over a small step beside you)10... 11)Frog jump Burpee(On the final jump jump forward )10 12)Mountain climber Burpee(Instead of push up do 4 mountain climbers)10... 13) Star jump Burpee( on the jump do a star jump) X15 ;)

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Oct 2014
    4:17 PM

    BLOG: kettle-bell challenge Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: woke up feeling good. Bloating going down yeww >today's mental feeling: positive and motivated to smash out the last few weeks > today's exercise: kettle-bell workout I uploaded my week 10 update photo to the social hub and set myself a little challenge! For every 1 "like" I got I would do that many kettle bell swings haha! Ok so I ended up doing 130 kettle bell swings with a 10kg kettlebell! My legs where burning, my heart was racing! I was going to do it in 4 separate sets but addrenilin kicked In and so I did it in two seperate sets instead :) it was actually soooo much fun! I videoed the hole thing so will upload it on my days off but wow I was exhausted after wards!!! I'm really LOVING to workout! I think the more u start to love something, the more it becomes a part of ur everyday and the more u just want to do it! It's not a chore anymore it's a way of life! And for that I find I'm getting the results I want! I no longer wake up saying "I don't waNt to go to gym but I have to..... I now get excited to go to bed knowing I can wake up and attempt a hole new workout!! Keeping it fun has helped keep me motivated that's for sure! I attempted kettle bell push up and rows! I failed big time haha but it was fun! It's something I've never done before so I liked the challenge! I look funny doing them tho espescially next to matt. He smashed them out. I also videoed that so will upload it on my days off too. Here's a little idea of what I did today:: 5min walk Maxine's social hub challenge: 130 kettle bell swings >>Mixed kettlebell workoutWith 10kg/12k -Squat wit weight down sides-standing obliques- dead lift wit 2kettlebells- dead lift and lift- weighted squats- around the worlds- one arm dead lifts- more kettlebell swings (3x)20x 8kg sit ups26x 8kg obliques 5x kettle bell push upsOmg I suck haha 10kg x20 really fast dead lifts (4x) (4x)10x fast bicep burls 10kg > are you feeling strong : hellllls yes > are you feeling good after your workout ? Sweaty sweaty sweaty! Feeling great . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Make goals n SMASH EM ;))" today day I am deadset feeling amazing after my gym sesh I got home from the gym and looked in the mirror naked and smiled !! ONG I SMILED!!! I can't wip. This smile of my face!!! I'm feeling sooo bloody good about myself, a feeling I could never imagine I would feel in a million years ! I look in the mirror and like what I see, I am loving my shape and loving my body. I just want to DANCEEEEEE naked haha ok not naked that cud be scary but u know what I mean! I'm literally skipping around the house singing! I am so happy!! my my birthday is the day after the challenge photo cut of so that weekend I am heading out with friends to not only celebrate my birthday but to celebrate the new me! I can't wait to go dress shopping for my birthday! (I usually hate it cuz nothing fits) I just can't wait to show off my new body!!!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Oct 2014
    4:29 PM

    BLOG: night shift ninja Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: still lower abdominal bloat >today's mental feeling: feeling positive and motivated!!! Just smashed out an awsum gym sesh !! Had a great sleep today and ready for the night :)) > today's exercise: LEGs 2min stair climb (x2) 12x 100kg (x4) leg press 10x 40kg squats-slow n pulse wide leg 10x leg extension36kg/ 43kg/50kg/57kg 3x leg extension slow64kg (3x) Leg curl 10x43kg/ 50kg/ 57kg/ 64kg 3 leg curl slow n HOLD71kg Stair climb (x3)2mins15xjump squats > are you feeling strong :didn't try break or make any p.b"s today but felt strong with what I did. Today's I te situ I tried to hold the weight at the hardest part and other times I pulsed at hardest part! FEEL THE BUR ! BURN BABY BURN > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great. I'm sore and waddled out of the gym so I'm dreading day two haha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"It doesn't get easier, u get better"

  • Elle Hickey
    2 Oct 2014
    9:13 PM

    Circuit training workout 5min walk -15 incline ...(3x)2min stairclimb1min rest... (3x)Dead lift-25kg x20Dead lift straight leg x10...(4x) really fast -lightBicep curls x30Shoulder press x105kg-5kg -7.5kg-7.5kg...(3) really fastBench press x30 15kgShoulder pull up x15 15kg....(3) normal pace 15kgBicep curls x10Bicep push forwards x10 5x 15kg scull crushers5x ea side lunge n row40 x weighted an tucks

  • Elle Hickey
    2 Oct 2014
    9:02 PM

    BLOG : preparing for a photoshoot Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: bloated today and not much energy. I wish this girly stuff would just hurry up and hit because pms for a week sucks lol >today's mental feeling: still feeling positive :) > today's exercise: today I did weighted circuit training! I loved it Then played wrestles for an hour with my friends 3year old if u count that as a workout haha I was exhausted afterwards hahaha > Mondays weight: 74.2 > are you feeling strong : I was feeling strong today. Watching my muscles flex as I lifted the 15kg bar. > are you feeling good after your workout ?I felt great! Pulled up a sweat that's for sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"The only bad workout is the one you didn't do" So today I've been reading a few of the forum comments about doing a photoshoot for the end of the comp as well as the final photos. So I've been looking into getting one done on the Monday 20th. To be honest I'm a little scared to get my body out in front of a photographer but at the same time I'm a little excited! don't know why I'm scared, maybe because it's something a little different :)) I think I'm actually scared about what to wear haha what colour crop too or shorts, what colour shoes, what type of shoes, what type of look am I going to go for! That's probably the scary part. The photo part should hopefully be fun !!

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Oct 2014
    10:36 PM

    Omg vipr personal training was so hard wow this was wow lol so much cardio! it's hard to explain the tyoe if workout this is. Probably google "VIPR training" and search videos got a better understanding! It was too dark to video anything tonight which sucked cuz Ito was an amazing workout! lots of squats, squats and lift, squat and press, sit ups with vipr, push ups on toes then pull vipr across, v sit obliques with vipr, then squat n flip with vipr, squat and twist, lunges forward, lunges back, ski jumps, squat jumps omg and soo much more then to top it of at the end we did pytamid shuttle runs. We had to sprint to the trainer then 1 squat jumpe. It then went two, three , four and all the way up to 10... THEN we had to come back down!! I felt like vomit! by the end my legs cud hardly run haha arhhhhhh the feeling of satisfaction :))) LOVE IT cant wait for another sesh !!

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Oct 2014
    3:47 PM

    strong is walking into maccas to only buy water because u r dying of thirst ! The smell didn't bother me what so ever, didn't ever crave it at all !! i felt for walking in and walking out with just water..... BAMMMMM !

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Oct 2014
    3:37 PM

    be yourself! Crazy, wild, wonderful and FREE!! Free we from the self esteem devil, free from the self confidence devil free from the evil inner me :)))

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Oct 2014
    3:35 PM

    Sunshine and exercise = happiness MOTIVATIONAL WEDNESDAY

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Oct 2014
    3:08 PM

    BLOG : aiming to achieve what was once believed the unachievable :) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I woke up feeling pretty bloated again.. Especially lower abdominal but went out and about and then came home and headed for the gym. I was then feeling like the bloat had gone down some so I tried on my motivational size 10 Maxine's shirt that I won.... AND I FIT !!! Wooohoooo as u can see in the photo above I am wearing my Maxine's SIZE 10 SHIRT and shorts :) yippppeeeeeee i then took some behind photos and realised OMG I AM SO CLOSE how I want my back and behind!!! As you can see in the first photo! I would have never thought 10weeks ago that that could ever be achieveable for me :) I hated the fat rolls in my back but I'm starting to really LOVEEEE my back ;))) >today's mental feeling: feeling positive! I want to smash my goals and I believe I'm going to achieve ;) keeping positive and loving the new me! I never ever thought I would fight away the self esteem and self confidence devil but I think he may be gone??? Is it too soon to think that??? Like considering I've been so bloated the last few days I haven't hated on life like i use to.... I've been waking up everyday soooo happy. I'm not embarrassed to go out places. I love going to the gym and don't care what others think, is this it??? Is this self confidence?? I don't know how to define self confidence but I must say I feel like I like me! I look in the mirror and I'm no longer disgusted , I smile and say "yeh I have curves and hips but this is me :))" and just smile and ok take selfies haha but I am feeling really good! watching the coaches video the other night about ppl judging u and your progress and that even tho your doing so well ppl will try bring you down. I've had a few ppl mentions to mr "why are you bulking" usually I would be so offended by this but I just thought what's it to u what I do, and I'm not bulking I'm lifting weights to shred the fat and gain the body I want! People can keep their opinions to them self and if they dint I don't care any more :) I'm LOVING THE NEW ME. I am loving my muscle tone, loving my new shape and loving that I can't stop smiling :) bulk, shred, weightloss: what ever you want to call it I LOVE IT !!!!! ive ve also had some people comment my smile, people say "wow Elle your always smiling lately" or people comment "your so happy, all you do is sing and dance" it's true! I am so happy lately and can't explain to ppl why! I guess it's because I feel my hole life has turned around! I don't let others negativity bring me down anymore and since shutting that out of my life Ive brought happiness in. I've changed my look, Ive changed the person I am and have love the entire journey of it! I never would have thought I could ever be this happy :))))). I guess dreams do come true. Its pretty sad when you have wished to be happy for a hole week, that you have wished to not sweat over the small things, wished to not let others opinions bother you. I've made several wishes in my life but to think I was heading for the body I want plus a happy me and not caring about others opinions I would have said that's crazy .. That will never happen but it has!! exercise, weights , healthy eating and a healthy mind frame has changed my life and the challenge isn't even over yet! I'm feeling good and I'm feeling motkvated to give it my all !!! > today's exercise: Maxine's weight session-chest, bis and tris with a few abs !!! Then peraonal training tonight . We are doing VIPR! It's like cardio circuit base training which targets all different areas of the body. Great full body workout! It's controlled movements too and I find I use muscle groups I never would have thought I could use before :) defo pulls up a sweat and you feel the burn!!! > are you feeling strong: I do feel strong! Especially when I look in the mirror when doing arms ;) hehe > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great! LOVE WEIGHT TRAINING ! I can't get enough of it ! Wish there where more days in the week or more hours in the day so I can smash out more workouts! Bammmm ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "be yourself, crazy, wild, wonderful and FREE"

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Sep 2014
    4:49 AM

    BLOG : not letting this bloat pull me down Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I feel so puffy and bloated! pms hormones are going cra cra craaaaaaa !!!! But I remember the same thing happened a week out last time. my body is doing weird things! not gunna let the bloat get to me tho. I remember last time I did and it stopped me from training as hard as I just felt like I was putting in n couldn't work out why. I can feel the puffiness but not gunna let it worry me because if I do ill have a massive turn around!! "Fighting against hormones" yewww lolIt's so bad u would deadset swear I was pregnancy! N my boobs are achin. Just want these pms symptoms to hurry up n rack off lol. >today's mental feeling: feeling pretty positive and motivated even tho I'm so bloated > Today's exercise: my personal trainer came with me to my 2.30am session!!!We did legs so that's two leg sessions in a row oops but it's the only time we could fit in a heavy session! I'm too scared to do heavy dead lifts on my own yet cuz I'm scared of hurting my back so having her there watching and correcting my form makes me feel heaps better !!We did front squats too! This was the first time I've ever done them! So I puta 20kg bar on the front part of my shoulders and keep elbows up and squat! Wow it felt good haha! Worked different places. I don't know if I like them or hate them lol!with our normal squats we kept it to 20kgs so onlight weight but on every 5th rep we held the position for 5counts. my heart rate was going through the roof for a 2.30am session! Yewwww ! Feeling very satisfied and accomplished after tht one > are you feeling strong YERP !! I did another p.b today !! 70kg dead lifts !yewwww ! I did 5reps 4times! And ever after a full workout of squats etc > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great !burn baby burn ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:A one hour workout is 4% of ur day! No excuses ;)) this bloating is wild haha pms deadset sucks ! The joys of being a lady ;) haha times like this I wish I was a boy! Oh well! Smashed out the legs today n feeling wonderful!Booked in a group vipr session for tomorrow night too ! love vipr ! Have u ever done a vipr session? U should check it out !!! One of my fav exercises!!! Well off for a busy day today at work! Sitting on my bum all day so maybe a few butt clenches here n there haha !!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Sep 2014
    4:19 AM

    BLOG: rise and shine, early am gym time Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: still bloated >today's mental feeling: positive and motivated to whip out theses last few weeks :))) > today's exercise: weights/ legs > are you feeling strong : I felt really strong today. Pushed myself well. Did 70kg weighted squats :) woohoo only did three reps but hey I DID THREE WOOOHOOO > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great! Just what my legs needed :) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more " so many people have complemented me and said "I wish I could exercise but I just don't have the time!" When u want something as bad as I do! u make the time! ITs actually surprising how much time you can find, you will suprise yourself!! I surely did! And I thank myself everyday for it! I always feel so much more alert and aware through out the day just by getting up that little but earlier and smashing out a workout :) you learn to LOVE IT!! Today au I made myself a big egg and chicken salad! It looks so good I want to eat it now haha I had my usual oats/ choc protein scoop and two egg whites for breakfast! it fills me up well I love it! If ur making this make sure. U only put it in microwave for little bits of times or it turns into cake haha. I go 18secobds at a time then stir and keep going until it's done! This is my fav breakfast as it so quick n easy for me :))

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Sep 2014
    7:40 PM

    BLOG: Sunday fun day Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: well I woke up feeling amazing, with a spring in my step but then after working out I came home and my stomach was sooo bloated. I was real cranky too. Not sure what's going on lol I'm among being a girl and hormones haha >today's mental feeling: this morning I was deadset feeling ontop of the world ;))Can't say the same about this arvo tho. It's defo a weird bloat .. Hmmm wonder of food cud have done it > today's exercise: weights: arms > are you feeling strong : felt pretty strong at the gym but didn't break any p.bs > are you feeling good after your workout ? I was feeling accomplished :) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Learn to love the burn" My leg muscles where pretty sore today! It felt so good! My arms where burning during my workout too which was awsum!!! really can't get my head around this bloat and yesterday's cravings where out of this world. Hopefully it goes down by tomorrow :) Love looking at photos from yesterday and our fun in the sun!!! Got into my swimmers today. Maybe I should have waited until my body bloat went down cuz it downed my mood that's for sure! Took a few selfies tho! the sun was amazing today! Layed on the front drive way relaxing while picking colours for our new house :)) I got some colour on my shoulders which is good !!! I miss having a tan!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Sep 2014
    3:35 PM

    Good feeling gone .... I feel really bloated suddenly ??? Not sure why! I put on swimmers too which wasn't a good idea while bloated haha! I wonder what's bloated me..... Last night I had THE WORST CRAVINGS... And yesterday I randomly cried for no reason haha hormones maybe??? it felt that weird that I did a pregnancy test today because my body is acting funny! Lol negative ofcourse !! but u never know! I've been told I will never have kids naturally but after everything last year u never know so I did a test just in case! But yeh not pregnant so not sure what this bloating and that is all about lol Sometimes being a girl sucks haha

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Sep 2014
    8:09 AM

    Good morning ! Good morning ! Good morning!!! Rise and shine is mother loving gym time whoop whoop! Ive be woken up in one mighty fine mood! Looked in the mirror and feeling FABULOUS !!!! (Sings in high pitch voice) haha so the end of week 9 ai! this challenge had changed my life !! And we still have a few weeks left :)) i honestly cant can't remember the last time I felt this happy, I use to never jump out of bed with a spring in mt step. On sunny days is just sit inside cuz I was tio embarassed to go anywhere. Yesterday was an amazing day! Walking around the water, being physically active while having the time of my life we took soooo many selfies and I couldn't wipe the smile of my face !! This feeling is amazing! Last night as I was craving pizza BADDD!!! .... Guess what!!!! I FOUGHT AGAINST THE CRAVING AND DIDNT GET IT! I was feeling lazy so just re heated one of my fresh chicken stirfrys that I prepared the other day in the freezer! Woke up today feeling even better then yesterday :) I feel so accomplished by not getting pizza! sounds silly but I really so feel so goo. That I fought against the urge :)) i feel light today and fresh! Ready for a day of exercise :) dig I had pizza I wud have felt heavy and wanted to stay lazing around all day! I I just want to get up and start singing "I feel good, na na na naaa na na naaaa" "I knew that I would now na na na naaaa na Naa SOOOO GOOD bum bum so good " wohooooopo!

  • Elle Hickey
    27 Sep 2014
    9:47 PM

    Mmmm pizza !! NO! NO ! NOOOOOOOO GO AWAY STUPID CRAVING! U don't want pizza !! Pizza is bad! Shoooosh JUST KEEP TELLING MYSELF "FOR THE BODY YOU WANT, FOR THE BODY YOU WANT" stay strong!!! keeping motivated by looking at before n after pictures !!! ... i said to myself.... Ok if u want pizza u need to go to the gym and try do 10kms withing the hour then u can have pizza! I know for a fact if I did 10kms in an hour there is no WAY I would want pizza after that!!! im way too exhausted from my two workouts today to do another 10kms so that's out of the questiong! So there's one for u ;)) If u think u r craving something bad, go to the gym! Set a goal that sounds really hard and ur reward is the craving! Without a doubt after smashing out an awsum workout the last thing I want to do is reuin it by eating ur craving so most likely u will get over the craving ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    27 Sep 2014
    6:57 PM

    Just a few selfies from today : 1) loving my new shoes and Maxine's shirt :) wow I am feeling fabulous !!! 2) mmm protein ;) 3) sumo shadow selfie 4) skinny shadow selfie 5) just a little pose with my fav Maxine's bar : caramel crunch! Nom nom nom! Scoffed it straight down haha 6) today's cardio was along the water doing hill walks and stair climbs! So peaceful and relaxing! 7) stairs around the water :) 8) stirfry the other night 9) found a rock so pretended to rock climb on our walk today 10) attempted diamond push ups 11) sky diving today - haha not really just having some more fun in the sun but upside down this time 12) loving life, being gangsta n stuff haha 13) love my new kicks! Wonder how long they will stay white for ?? Lol had such a physical but relaxing day today! The weather was amazing!!! 14) enjoying the view on our cardio hill walk/ stair climb 15) enjoying the view on our walk today 16) enjoying the goodness of life :))

  • Elle Hickey
    27 Sep 2014
    6:52 PM

    BLOG: such a productive and physical day today :) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: woke up feeling bloated again today. Not sure why! But headed to the gym and took it out on the weights haha then took some selfies and felt better :)) >today's mental feeling: was feeling down about being bloated this morning but after an awsum circuit weights workout it didn't worry me :) > today's exercise: workout 1: circuit weight training Workout 2: hill walks and stair climbs around the water!! Wow this was so much fun! The weather was beautif. Soft breeze n the sun was shining. After yesterday's legs and this mornings exercise my legs where tight so as I walked these hills at a face lace my legs where burning! Burn baby burn ;)) love the feeling of muscle burn.. Haha I say that now, bet I won't be saying that tomorrow when I waddle everywhere hahaha > Mondays weight: 74.6 > are you feeling strong : I am feeling great!!! > are you feeling good after your workout ?Both my workouts where amazing!I'm so exhausted tonight and can't wait for bed! I feel so satisfied with both workouts too!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" don't fall for temptation" OMG OMG I can't stop craving pizza today! It's the strongest craving ever!I keep telling my self "for the body u want, for the body u want" .... Y am I craving it sooooo bad! Go away craving GO AWAY!! Arhhhhh ! "For the body u want.. Mmmm pizza" NO PIZZA NOOOOO!! MUST -STAY -STRONGGG!!! I keep looking at my before photos to try help me keep motivated and get over this craving!! . ... Today has been an amazing day! I woke up feeling a bit low as I was a but bloated but I went and smashed out a good circuit training workout! That soon turned my from upside down. Then home for a quick clean up before our open house today ( as we are selling) then headed in town for walks up the hills at bar beach and stair climbs. The weather was amazing and the views where out of this world. Walking with that scenery just makes u appreciate life so much! We had a blast photographing everything and making silly selfies (as u can see in my pics) the view just really takes ur breathe away.It was so relaxing but such a good workout at the same time.Everytine wr stopped for photos we had to do some type of workout eg: diamond push ups/ squats/ lunges!! It kept it interesting and my bestie and I always made it a race!!!we then found these large rocks on the side of the walk way and pretended we where rock climbing ..We also had fun tipping our heads upside down with the clear sky pretending we where skydiving haha we got wolf whistled at a few times---- this made us feel so good about ourselves haha I feel like I'm a kid again. "Omg that guy just checked u out" type childish talk haha!As we have both come so far with our bodies these small confidence boosters made us feel ontop of the world today :))

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Sep 2014
    9:14 PM

    MEASUREMENTS : week 9

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Sep 2014
    9:10 PM

    BLOG : feeling bloated today Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: my tummy feels bloated today. But my body does weird things when I come of night shift. Hopefully back to normal tomorrow >today's mental feeling: still feeling pretty good about myself. Especially after making another p.b at personal training!Went from 40kg squats to 60kg squats :) such a proud moment > today's exercise: legs today with my personal trainer. Lots of dead lifts / squats and farmers walks! > are you feeling strong : I sure am, especially after making ANOTHER PERSONAL BEST!! > are you feeling good after your workout ? I sure am. Especially because usually after night shift I have no energy so it felt good to accomplish some goals today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:" I want to work so hard that I inspire others that they say -because of u I didn't give up-" feeling pretty bloated in my tummy today which is a downer but I didn't let it stop me from exercising or achieving my goals. tried to not let it get to me. I always feel funny after night shift anyways so it's prob just my body adjusting !! So I'm rostered on to work the weekend of the gala but last night I was informed that my boss approved my days off !!! WOOHOOOOO gala here I come ! Purchased my tickets this afternoon too and I am keen as beans to put faces to all the beautiful friends and motivators I have made along the way! It's like we are all a massive little family! Everyone wanting similar goals and encouraging others too keep going! It's so good ! We have all help inspire each other to get our goals and when down help lift each other up! It feels like we are all training together even just by all our uploads on the social hub :) Had a massage tonight too! Felt sooo good and so relaxing ! I defo needed that!!

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Sep 2014
    4:27 PM

    Today's cardio workout Warm up - 5mins- 10.5 incline (run last 30sec then quick stretch) ...Cardio...(5x)13.5incline - 9.7km30sec run...20x air squats...5min stair climb machine(24 floors)...20x wide leg air squat...Bike5min30sec on 30sec rest12 level(2.46km)...Run 1min - 8incline -9.7speed20x squats5jump squats30sec plank (9incline-10.5speed25squat- 10jump squat -35sec plank) (12.5incline - 12.9speed35squat- 20 jump squat- 40sec hover) EXHAUSTED!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Sep 2014
    4:26 PM

    BLOG: that feeling of doing "hardio - cardio" and walking out of the gym looking like u jumped in a swimming pool! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I look in the mirror and I just smile. I can't believe how far I have come already. I feel really good!! Can't wipe the smile off my face lately. >today's mental feeling: happy happy happy !! So many people are telling me I am an inspiration to them, asking me how they get into the Maxine's! That they want in! That I'm there fitness motivation! I NEVER, EVER thought I would hear those words about me. It makes me feel amazing! The fact that someone uses me and my Maxine's progress as their inspiration just makes me feel out of this world! it all seems too good to be true! If u told me 9 weeks ago that I would have this body if I stuck to the Maxine's challenge, ate Maxine's bars, drank the protein n worked my butt off I would have asked what drugs u where in haha. But the fact that I've stuck to it and am seeing the results I have dreamed of is out of this world! I really don't think words can explain my mental feeling right now ! I want people to know it's possible and I love seeing that ppl are inspired by my progress, I'm glad I have spoke in my blogs exactly how I am feeling, where I have come from, and where I am heading because I know there are so many ppl who r where I was ! In that frame of mind, that feeling of "whatever it won't work, nothing ever works, I'll always be a fat person"The hardest thing I think is mind frame! Once I turned my negatives into positives I saw and see results, but if someone said to me at the start if the comp to think positively, turn my negatives into positives I prob wud have told them to shut up and go away. tell them that "u don't understand" etc I'm just feeling so good right now. Loving it!! > today's exercise: cardio :) > Mondays weight: 74.7 > are you feeling strong : hell yeh :) > are you feeling good after your workout ? Wow I feel like I jumped in a swimming pool! Felt like I was gunna vomit a few times but my god it feels good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:

  • Elle Hickey
    24 Sep 2014
    4:27 PM

    BLOG : night shift tonight Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: still feeling pretty good about myself .. >today's mental feeling: > today's exercise:Warm up: 5mibs bike10mins cross trainer Then Maxine's cardio workout #1Holy Dooley this killed me ! I started of using sum bells 5kgs ea hand then my i read it says barbell in the description so I changed to a 20kg barbell and I was rooted :) As I can't do push-ups to well on my toes I use a small step, did a Burpee but instead of arms on ground I did it on a step then with my jump I jump onto my step! > Mondays weight: 74.7 > are you feeling strong : yerp > are you feeling good after your workout ? I'm exhausted! That workout was awsum!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"It's not about perfect, it's about effort. And when u bring effort every single day. That's where transformations happen. That's how change occurs "

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:35 PM

    BLOg : I think I'm addicted to exercise :) I love it! Love the feeling of finishing, and love seeing results!!! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I feel my body is changing each and everyday :) my legs and hips are still a bit behind! Wish they would catch up so I can wear some sexy shorts !! >today's mental feeling: feeling good! Today was another positive and physical day. at pt we did upper body and i felt so good looking at myself in the mirror and then looking at eg videos of my workout afterwards. I'm feeling really good! then in my round 2 exercise my friend and I went to the bathrions and where really proud of our efforts in our sesh that we started doing a victory dance! We suddenly got a boost of energy and self esteem and decided to video ourselves dancing! It felt so good just to "shake out" our happy vibes and be proud of our accomplishments! We have both come so far so it was good to look in a mirror and appreciate where we are and where we use to be :) yewwwwww !! Getting them gains > today's exercise: workout 1: upperbody personal training session workout 2: legs and abs circuit training >new goal : to be able to do an unassisted pull up! I don't care if it's just one!! ONE!!! I would Love to just do one unassisted pull up! Started doing so assisted pull ups today to get the muscle group working! > are you feeling strong: I felt very strong today! It was a great feeling! I'm LOVING weight lifting and the muscle burn feeling! Arhhhh it feels so good > are you feeling good after your workout ? In feeling amazing after both workouts :) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "once you see results it becomes an addiction" so true! I think I'm addicted to sticking to my eating and sticking to going to the gym! I love workout and love the gains my body is receiving! I've had soooo many peopl comment on how haopy I am lately! How confident I am starting to get! everyone's kind words really make u feel so amazing and like it's all worth it if that makes any sense !! I already have a sense of accomplishment and I'm LOVING the new me. Haha sorry about all the videos and selfies I just really am enjoying seeing and photographing me :) I see gains and just want to photograph them and show the world!! y did did I not change my life so long ago! Last year I lost a fair bit of weight but thats when I fell pregnant etc!!! But this time is sooooo much better! I'm feeling so good n confident lately and I didn't feel this good before! I want to inspire others, I want to tell people to DO IT, and keep at it! I can't explain this emotional feeling but I wish I could just so others who are in the state I was 9weeks could give a wack at this and know what happens! The physical changes, emotional changes and most of all the change in my mind set!! i feelibg really good :) love it

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:31 PM

    VIDEO: workout 2 complete ! So victory dance was well deserved haha we have both come so far from where we use to be so looking in the mirror after our workout we just wanted to dance!!! So that we did, I grabbed my camera and away we went !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:21 PM

    VIDEO:Personal training today: upper body

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:15 PM

    VIDEOS: personal training today : upper body ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:09 PM

    lunch: make ur own sumo salad dinner: home made kebabs ohhh hh and how could I forget breaky: I had cake haha protein cake of course : just a scoop of maxines protein, 1egg 1efg white, and a touch of water

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Sep 2014
    9:06 PM

    Stole my finances asn hat haha :) love the look ;;)))

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Sep 2014
    9:23 PM

    BLOG : cant wipe the smile off my face :) yipeee- I - ai !! Today has been a good day ;) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: still feel a tad bloated in my belly! But took a selfie and was suprised with how I looked! That boosted my esteem and then I was complimented today with the way I look which made me feel wonderful!! still feel the same places need improving but I'm going to keep on keeping on and get to where I want them to be :) >today's mental feeling: amazing! Today has been one happy day ! I haven't been able to wipe the smile if my face. I've had one thing after the other after the other go RIGHT today! Which is an amazing feeling. Such a different feeling!Today I received a phone call from the Maxine's challenge team! Just a few motivation words can go such a long way! That made my day ! It made me feel so special! the sent their condolences regarding the loss of my mate and told me to keep doing what I am doing, in doing great!! Just having that call has just seriously made me feel ontop of the world. I was so happy !! I then receive a message from someone else saying congrats I won the social superstar and won myself a shirt and protein bars! This just topped my emotions! I was over the moon. Then recieving all encouraging comments from everyone after winning this amazing prize was just so motivating and made me feel amazing! Actually hearing that so many ppl follow my progress and are inspired by me just makes me feel AMAZING!!!! > today's exercise: legs in the morning Then cardio : walk/ run around the beach/ water around lunch time! Plus a few squat pulses and step ups :)) > Mondays weight: haven't weighed in yet. Weighing in Wednesday > are you feeling strong : I am :) I'm feeling tonned too > are you feeling good after your workout ?I felt great!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:""Suck it up now and you won't have to suck it in later"" Yes I am defo sucking it up because this summer I refuse to suck it in! I refuse to hide my body! I want to flaunt my body for the HOLE summer !! today has been absolutely amazing! So many positives today! I feel ontop of the world! I am so overwhelmed with the support I am receiving from everyone this hole challenge! My partner told me in week 1 he would buy me new nikes if I got to week 8... Today THREE pairs of nikes arrived! I felt so special! I felt I was rewarded today for all my hard efforts in so many different ways! The feeling of accomplishment is so amazing The feeling of being happy is great! I was told these past few days by a couple of ppl that my positive energy and happy energetic attitude to life and exercise and everything is making others smile. I've had friends now also want to find out how to do the Maxine's challenge because I have inspired them so much, ppl ask me how I have Gotten so much confidence, gotten fit, how have I stuck to it all! I think once u see results u just want to get to where u want to be! I want this soooo bad! for once in my life I want to be acknowledgdd about how good my body looks, how tonned I am, how ppl envy my body!!!I usually get people calling me fat/ chubby/ that I shouldn't be wearing that/ asked should I be eating that/ asked in sarcasm how my diets are going etcI want ppl to not have to ask, to just look at me and say "wow u look great, what are you doing" It would be absolutely, positively amazing to be acknowledge with positive voices about how I look instead of negative!! Wow that would be a great feeling!! I've always wanted to be able to flaunt my body and be proud of it! I want a body I am proud of, a body everyone wants to see, a body to brag about! I'm heading there! And I will get there :) I'm feeling good! I'm feeling motivated and I'm going to work my hardest and strive to achieve .... we we also had our very first land purchase settled today! Ready to build our house on !!! (Photo of excitement above)

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Sep 2014
    7:36 PM

    Getting them gains :)

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Sep 2014
    7:23 PM

    Social hub posts (saves writing them twice)

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Sep 2014
    6:35 PM

    Can't wipe the smile of my face today!! First I recieved a motivational phone call from someone from the Maxine's challenge team! It's amazing how such small little words can make you feel so good :) it made my day that's for sure!! Then someone commented on one of my social hub ig photos saying congrats for winning the shirt and bars.. I was like huh?? they informed me it was announced on Facebook so I logged into my Facebook and saw the post! My ohh my ohh my! My day just keeps getting better today! So much positive energy at the moment ! I feel soooo good today! This really made my day. It made me feel so special !! And then reading all the comments on my social hub of the Maxine's shape fb page from other members stating :> congrats Elle your progress has been amazing to watch> congratulations, very well deserved> you are my inspiration> well done girls, I follow Ellie on Is and she is always posting everything she is doing. A true inspiration! Keep up the great work>congrats ladies, I love Ellie's IG she is smashing it> how exciting, well deserved> very well done> great job, it's super fantastic having great motivators> I've stumbled across Ellie's blog and she is very driven to her goals, it's quiet inspiring I am so overwhelmed with everyone's kind words ..I've always wanted to be an inspiration to others. I've always wanted time one to be me for what ever reason instead of me always wanting to be someone else! I again can't explain my feeling and emotions today. I feel wonderful!! I'm so over the moon with everyone's encouragement and motivational words!! I am in love with the social hub! So much on there with all the members. I feel like we have all became so close and love helping each other. It's a great way to share what we are doing and get ideas from others. Wow I am so happy right now! This is an amazing feeling !!

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Sep 2014
    9:41 AM

    Out and about today, so I take my bucket of Maxine's protein shake for just in case :))

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Sep 2014
    8:22 PM

    VIDEO - this is my week 8 body update video :) feeling proud and confident

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Sep 2014
    7:33 PM

    VIDEO :so after my week 8 photos I felt my confidence suddenly went through the roof!! I was dancing and singing and just felt so good about myself i even made this funny video haha :) its an an amazing feeling confidence! One I haven't felt in a long time ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    20 Sep 2014
    7:40 PM

    Not much to write today!! I missed the gym because I slept in :( after last night and yesturday being so busy with the funeral and everything I forgot to set my early alarm im feeling really diaapointed today. I alsp feel bloated which I'm assuming was from yesterday!! just got got home from work and now off to bed ! Alarm set for 2am so I can do a gym sesh before work! And hopefully try and squeeze one in after work to make up for it!!! My body defo missed it today :(

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Sep 2014
    7:33 PM

    BLOG : today we said goodbye to a special friend r.i.p Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: as sad as today was and as hard as it was I felt physically good! I always worry being around these girls as they are size 8"a and Im always the big girl. Last night I had bad anxiety as to what to wear to the funeral as I hate always feeling like a fatty. But I brought this beautiful black dress that fitted perfectly. It flowed nicely and wasn't tight!!! I felt so comfortable the hole day in my outfit and just couldn't believe that I could actually go out and feel like I wasn't the fat girl!!! I didn't feel too embarrassed to stand to close to them because I no longer felt "massive" next to them which was an awsum feeling. i also got a few compliments from people who we hadn't seen in a while which was a good feeling :) >today's mental feeling: not very good today as you can imagine for someone attending a mates funeral > today's exercise: 6am personal trainingCardio circuit training :)It was a killer but felt so good to finish > are you feeling strong : not exactly strong but I felt "fit" today in my outfit :)) > are you feeling good after your workout ? I was feeling BUGGERED! It wrecked me but felt so good at the same time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"It's ok to slip as long as you get straight back on the wagon" So today at the funeral I was going to have a drink for Ryan (our mate who was killed) but I drove so then I could only have one drink !! But by the time we got to the wake I wasn't really in the mood for any type of drinking cuz I knew I would have wanted more and wanted to party wth everyone and I have to work tomorro and b up at 2am so drinking wasn't a good idea. I decided to let go a little today. For dinner at 5pm I had some chips and gravy. I would usually order chips and gravy plus a burger and Pluto pup but instead just shared my chips n chips only with my partner. I was craving it so bad and really just wanted a little something. But I read a quote saying it's ok to let go a little as long as you get straight back on the wagon :) and that's what I will do! They tasted mighty fine too but it wasn't worth going all out having that plus a burger plus Pluto pup, I was highly satisfied with the amount I had and for once I didn't feel like I HAD REUINED EVERYTHING or WRECKED ALL MY HARD WORK... I think because yes I had a little but I didn't go overboard!! OMG my self control is changing! Now getting home feeling really good about myself as I had a little treat without going overboard and I don't want anything else..Is this the same me??:) wow I am proudI never knew I could actually have self control to have a little n not pig out then or pig out a few hours later :))Feeling really good about that!! so yeh today was tough with the funeral and everything but I still managed to sneak in a early gym sesh! :)) ... Tomorrow is a new day, it was sad to say goodbye today, but it's been a long dragged on week and a half since he was killed. Because it was such a crime scene it took forever to get the funeral organised and the coroner to inspect the body.. But glad his partner could finally say her goodbyes... So very sad tho.

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Sep 2014
    2:45 PM

    getting whey-sted

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Sep 2014
    2:43 PM

    Personal training again this morning circuit training !! Hated it but loved it haha!!! It was hard but great to finish it and feel accomplished :)

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Sep 2014
    8:37 PM

    BLOG : loving personal training !! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking............>Today's physical feeling: I feel bloated today >today's mental feeling: still can't believe the changes :)) > today's exercise: weight training.Today I did personal training! It was great! We didn't focus on any areas in particularly just did all different areas! It felt good having someone thereTo spot me and correct my form :)I felt like I got so much out of today !!! > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives Break some p.b"s > are you feeling strong : I felt great today. Really felt my muscles burn today which was a great feeling :) > are you feeling good after your workout ?Sure am! Booked another session in for tomorro morning 6am ;) I LOVE working out so much! Love the feeling of finishing a workout !!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Strive for progress not perfection" This is a big problem I need to erase from my mind! I constantly strive for perfection and get disappointed when I don't achieve it! Turning that mind frame around and aiming for progress :))) .... I still can't get over all the amazing support I am recieving on the social hub! It makes me feel so good about myself! Everyone is so encouraging and helpful! I love sharing ideas and seeing what helps others! Today we where talking between a few members about what bloats us etc and what products everyone doesn't eat to prevent bloating! It's good sharing and seeing that your not abnormal and that other people are feeling the same way :)) As you can see I've uploaded heaps of pics the last few days comparing NOW AND THEN ! I'm still in shock at how my body is changing! I can't believe how bad I had let myself get ! You really don't realise how gross u where until u compare photos :)

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Sep 2014
    9:43 AM

    PHOTOS : now and then

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    10:26 PM

    Photos - NOW AND THEN :))

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    9:21 PM

    WOW !!! Something I've always wanted is to inspire others! For or someone to want to be me for once! For someone to be jealous of me for once!! Since uploading ing my week 8 photos I've had so many people comment that I am now their inspiration.... That they are jealous of my dedication... that they are proud of how well I am going ... this is feeling is amazing!!!! I never thought ppl would actually say those words to me :) it feels absolutely wonderful. So many people are so supportive and boosting my self esteem so much! Im LOVING the Maxine's social hub !!!! The connection and support everyone has is out of this world! :)) I feel amazing

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    8:52 PM

    BLOG : today I feel ONTOP OF THE WORLD!! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: everywhere is starting to look wonderful !!! >today's mental feeling: I'm feeling fabulous. I feel like all my hard work and dedication is finally paying off! > today's exercise: circuit training (workout in other blog) > today's weight: 75.8 > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives :) And also to make a minimum for 3 personal bests !!! > are you feeling strong : I am feeling amazing! Strong : YES !!! > are you feeling good after your workout ?I felt great! Today my best friend trained me. We both have a day each, one day I make the session and the next she makes it. We have to complete all that is planned for the workout. It's like we are our own personal trainers! It's a great catch up and having each other pushes us to compete against each other and push each other to do better! I love it !!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:""The less you give a damn the happier you will be"" Such a true fact!! in so many different ways!!! I am one person who cares way too much about what others think of me but if I start bit giving a damn it's amazing how much happier one can be!!! .... So today I did check Ins!I was feeling positive about this weeks check in because my work clothes where starting to fall of me that I had to get smaller sizes, and was just feeling lighter!!! I was so excited and couldn't wait for my partner to hurry up and get home to take photos. He took the photos and I did my collage and wow! Couldn't believe the differences. I then said to him "but I don't feel like that? " "I don't feel that little" "I don't feel that tonned" I even made him take all the photos again trying different poses..... I was like "is that just a good camera"? Maybe it's the lighting ...it's like as soon as I get a bit of confidence I start to second guess myself! my partner told me to snap out if it and that I need to turn my negatives into positives..he said "Elle u need to get out of ur head that u will always be this fat girl/ the fat girl and start appreciating how beautiful u really are. Your body has had massive changes due to all ur hard work !! Stop second guessing yourself and celebrate"I then looked in the mirror and started to feel good again!Tried turning my negatives into positives!! I then ran to my room and got my size12 Maxine's shirt (which was really tight at start, I've been wearing a 16 and the 12 was my goal) I put it on and little black pants and cried!!!It fitted ! I can't believe it!! I then heard a song play on the tv "go on and flaunt it" and so I started dancing n posing like a crazy person!!!I couldn't wipe the smile off my face ! Omg this is me! this is real!So I got my camera and started filming me posing and dancing lol and uploaded it to the social hub! I felt like I all of a sudden had so much confidence! I wanted to run in the street dancing and singing with excitement!!! But I just kept making silly videos and taking selfies haha What is this feeling?Is this self confidence?Is this happiness ?This feels weird?Do I have my self esteem back? I seriously can't wipe the smile off my face! I then uploaded my pics to the Maxine's social hub and had soooo many comments and likes I couldn't believe it! So many supportive people in the competition complementing me!!! It was an amazing feeling. I even had my sister and a guy who is doing the max challenge give me a shout out for all my hard work!!! It made me feel amazing! I'm feeling great.I really can't explain the feeling I am feeling right now! :))))))

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    8:26 PM

    Nutrition - today's nutrition isn't the best due to coming off night shift eggs before bed Slept until 1pm Then had a Maxine's bar :) then gym protein shale after gym the chicken stack for dinner ( salad and chicken with taco seasoning to taste for flav) then protein shake Before bed plus I went halves in another Maxine's protein bar with my partner :/ oops that's one and a half today

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    8:14 PM

    Exercise circuit training 10min walk warm up! Then above workout then 5min -15inclibe - 5.5-6.0 level STRETCH !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Sep 2014
    7:23 PM

    week 8 check in :)))) wow people are so supportive through this challenge!! Another member even gave me a shout out with my progress, this was a great feeling !!! :)

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Sep 2014
    4:29 PM

    BLOG: night shift Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: still feeling good about myself :) >today's mental feeling: bit drained, but always feel like that with night shift. Can't wait for a day off tomorrow :) > today's exercise: cardio : > This weeks goal: makes some personal bests :)) > are you feeling strong: not really today. Bit tired tho after nightshift > are you feeling good after your workout ? Yep :))) feeling great . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "just get up and do it" :))) nightshift again tonight. A little on the tired side but woke up feeling good about my body :) last night i got got a few compliments at work which makes me happy :)) did my fitness test today. Didnt do as well as I thought I would but smashed the abs :)) I think next time I will try do it not after nightshift haha my body is just a little heavy and tired!! i will upload my results with my measurements and photos tomorrow I'm feeling confident that there will be cm differences! I'm feeling better in myself so hopefully tomorrow brings me good news :))

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Sep 2014
    3:23 PM

    Cardio today as I'm doing chest and arms Thursday with personal training :)) training this week is all back the front but still getting it done :) just on different days !! 5mins walk warm up..Maxine's Fitness test..5min stair climb..TreadmillWalk- incline 15 2mins walk30 sec wide leg squatRepeat 3times.....bike - 3mins20sec flat10sec restLevel 14....10 crunches10ea obliquesRepeat

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Sep 2014
    4:32 PM

    Nutrition Protein shake after gym 4.00pm oats- egg whites- protein scoop green apple maxines protein bar, caramel crunch zucchini, + green veggies quiche/ slice I made :)) protein shake 7.30am poached eggs .... workout legs 5mins stair climbs squat 20kg/40/50/50/50. (10reps each weight) deadlift 40kg/ 60/60/ 40 (10reps each weight) leg curl 50/57/57/64 (10reps ea) added intensity slow and mod pace plus hold some at end leg ext 50/57/57/57 (10reps ea) added intensity as abovw 2mib stair climb calf raise 20kg x 40 wide squats and pulse 20kg x 3 reverse lunge 20kg 10reps ea side. (3x)

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Sep 2014
    4:27 PM

    BLOG : leg day yeww Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I feel like I'm still heading in the right direction :)) WOOHOOO everywhere is looking really good :)) wow >today's mental feeling:Feeling confident and motivated ! I get so excited to go to the gym now !! I just want to push myself more n more ! I feel I'm so close to getting where I want to be!! > today's exercise: legs! Maxine's leg day plus a few extras > Mondays weight: today I weighed 77kg so I've put on 400g but I been weighin in Wednesdays so may be different Wednesday !? I don't feel bigger so I'm going with muscle! Measurements Wednesday! See how I go > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives and break 3 personal bests :)) > are you feeling strong : yerp !! Did ANOTHER p.b today > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel great! I wish I had more time! I didn't want to leave! Maybe that means I'm not pushing myself enough while there or not going heavy enough? But I broke a few personal bests so feeling proud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Challenge yourself" And today I did that!I tried to do better then my last leg day in several exercises :)p.b Squats : 50kg :))Leg curl: 64kg :))Leg ext: 57kg :) I tried to hold the motion also for more intensity !!!it burned! And felt so good!!! I got complimented today at the gym also by a friend who I saw! She said I was looking great and doing really well! That really boosted my self esteem !!! Off to work tonight for nightshift!Had a great sleep today which is good! Also got a delivery today !!! My bulk order of Maxine's products! I still can't get over how amazing they taste. I think they have cured my sugar cravings :)))

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Sep 2014
    6:39 PM

    Nutrition breaky: poached eggs on burgen bread snack: protein ice cream :)) yummy ! A little treat :)) lunch : sumo salad snack: protein shake dinner : open hamburgers with no bun > protein shake with almond milk ... exercise approx 45mins -1hr hiit warmup 3mins walk 3mins : sprint/ jog/ walk (5incline) hiit 30sec sprint 30sec rest repeat 10x 1min sprint 30sec rest repeat 4x stair climbs 2mins cross trainer 2mins ( arms only. Stand on sides. 1min level 9.1min level 14 repeat twice circuit (small) repeat twice 5kg bicep curls x 20 10x push ups on toes 40x bench press 15kg 50x mountain climbers

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Sep 2014
    6:35 PM

    Squats last week started with 20kg bar then moved up to 30 and 40kg "s this was before starting personal training ! Now that I've started personal training my form should improve :))

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Sep 2014
    6:25 PM

    Stair climbs only 2mins twice in a circuit but defo gets you sweating

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Sep 2014
    4:52 PM

    BLOG : ohhh my week 8 tomorrow already !! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I'm feeling really good! I feel once the middle part of my body starts co operating I will have the body I have always dreamed of :))Loving my look in boob tubes ! Can't believe my shoulders upper back, traps chest n arms :) so happy >today's mental feeling: feeling really good! I've come so far and can not wait to see the new completed me !! Yeww keen as > today's exercise: cardio circuits > Mondays weight: 76.6 > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives > are you feeling strong: I sure am! I still have areas to improve tho. LikeMy legs! But leg day tomorrow so let's see what that will bring :)) > are you feeling good after your workout ? I felt great!! so much sweat dripping of me :)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Work out now so next year everyone be like HOLY SHIT" haha found this one quite funny :) So week 8 tomorrow and I'm actually excited to do my measurements and photos! I've been feeling really good looking in the mirror and noticing some amazing changes! All my hard work starting to pay off!! I feel like I have so much to write about my feeling/ emotions and exercises but as soon as I get to writing it I forget everything haha !! I'm really loving the Maxine's challenge!!! I am already getting a little sad that tomorrow is week 8 because that means it's not long to go !!! there are so many motivational and encouraging people on the social hub, I just love it!!! I've made so many social hub friends who we compare things to and show each other what exercises we are doing and food and recipes we are cooking !I created a group at the start but not sure how weCould all talk and communicate within the group, so we just talk now via the social hub network instead!!! there's so much I want to tell my blog with everything but there's just so much to write! I alread write really long ones but feel like I've forgotten heaps! Anyways now I've lost my train of thought !!! .... So legs tomorrow! I can't wait! I really want to get my legs into gear! my god I love weights and am really LOVING to exercise !! It's funny how excited I get to exercise! I feel like a kid going on a school excursion and can't wait to tall everyone what happened haha !!! The feeling of accomplishment is seriously the best feeling !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    13 Sep 2014
    5:56 PM

    Nutrition breaky : protein smoothie with almond milk and bananna snack : nuts and protein shake lunch: garden salad snavk: Greek yoghurt dinner : chicken and green veggies Also : a protein bar from the shop as I have ran out of Maxine's again :( delivery should arrive Monday exercise : personal training circuit training :)) burpees, push ups on toes yewwww !! , backward lunges, step back lunges, vipr rear lunges, vipr squat and twist, mountain climbers, toe taps, Spider-Man push ups, v sits, bycicles slow, side hovers, 10kg kettlebell await and press, kettlebell figure 8"s , 2min stair climbs , 2 min slow double step stair climbs !!!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    13 Sep 2014
    12:18 PM

    BLOG : feeling amazing! Getting them gains !! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: I had so much energy, went to p.t at 8am and now I am rooted!! Did one of he best sessions! My heart race was racing, sweat dripping off me n wow it felt good !! My shoulders are really looking amazing! My waist is shrinking ! I still have a long way to go with my thighs and muffin top but feeling good :)) >today's mental feeling: I'm feeling really good today :) started the day fresh with a workout and now off for a gathering with all our friends to get together after the loss of our mate ! I'm dezo as alcohol bloats me so bad n just doesn't agree with me during weightloss so I decide no drinking for me :)) > today's exercise: personal training circuit training ! mixture of body weight exercises / cardio and so exhausted ! Wow it was good > Mondays weight: 76.6 > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives > are you feeling strong : I did push ups on my toes today :) yewwwwAlso did 80burpees !! Yerp you heard right 80!! It killed me but felt so good to finish !! > are you feeling good after your workout ? My god I am feeling good !!! best workout! So much sweat!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Discipline is choosing what you want NOW and what you want most "" Last night we all got together so we to plan the funeral of our mate and go through all our old photos of Ryan! It was good all being together and keeping our minds busy and laughing about all the good times we had !!they served up all these pasta bakes, lasagna and pasta salads etc but was a bowl of lettuce leaves and quiche so I went and got a protein shake from the car and had a bowl of lettuce and cut a slice of quiche in half and only had half :) I'm so proud of me!!There was also a heap of slices and cupcakes and nibblies that everyone keeps dropping off to the house and everyone was picking and eating in front of me and i was so strong ! Didn't even have a tiny piece :)) all I kept thinking about was my new summer body and know that I'm a sugar addict and if I had one I wouldn't have the self control to stop so my self control was to not have any at all !!!If I needed a sugar hit there was a bowl of bananas so I thought it I really can't stand having this sugar in front of me I will opt for a bananna but I didn't even need to do that! I was strong !!! Yewwwwwwwww !!!! .... saw the "my precious" Maxine's protein bar post on pinterest! Thought it was gold who ever made it hahaha !! Cracked me up lol

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Sep 2014
    10:14 PM

    So much motivation from others :) (Maxine's social hub/ Instagram) and so much more on there.... so many beautiful and supportive ppl helping me with the Maxine's challenge via the social hub!!! It's awesome !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Sep 2014
    10:03 PM

    New personal best 60kg deadlifts

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Sep 2014
    9:23 PM

    Nutrition breaky : protein pancakes snack : protein shake and protein bar, few strawberries lunch: salad dinner: quiche and lettuce leaves snack: almond mik protein shake 2pm snack before bed: protein shake exercise personal training (workout in previous blog) legs deadlifts : 60kg new P.B squats : 40kg (room for improvement here but we where focusing today on form) ........ photos 1) protein shake on the go 2) bruising from accidentally hitting my legs with the weights in a dead lift rep 3) my new awsum $15 blender !!! Makes the best protein shakes! Actually tastes like a milkshake 4) flex Friday ... Ohhh hey there traps ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Sep 2014
    12:40 PM

    BLOG : today I conpleted another P.B !! Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: feel lower stomach bloat and my muffin top area but everywhere else is feeling good! I am loving my "traps" right now and my shoulders ;)) >today's mental feeling: a bit down in the dumps due to our loss but trying to keep my mind busy !!! Feeling AMAZING after doing another p.b > today's exercise: MY FIRST one on one personal training session while in the challenge!!! Today we did legs and focused on technique as I really feel I lack a lot of technique, it felt so good to focus on the muscle burn. and feel them gains :) I wish I had the spare money to use one sooner but i didn't! But by looking at my photos n my body I've shown you can do it without a personal trainer if money is low! I think I did extremely well on my own and following Maxine's videos and exercise plans , so it can be done but I now have new goals now and want to improve form and technique and gain a bit of muscle! so as I have a little spare money I'm going to do at least one a week !! (In saying that I have another booked tomorrow as we got a good pay this week ;)) > Mondays weight: 76.6 > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives.... This goal has been extremely hard these past few days with loosing a mate and everyone around you in so much hurt and heart ahce .. It's hard to turn the negative of death into a positive but I've tried to sort of turn my train of thought so if I was at Work and a horrible thought about the death I would try stop that thought and try think of a totally different topic .. I find that's helping > are you feeling strong : I sure do :) it feels so good to accomplish these little goals in the weight room ;)) love the feeling of satisfaction and achievement! Pushes me to work harder to try beat it !! > are you feeling good after your workout ? I sure am... Can't wait to go back to the gym or do another personal training session tomorrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "Set goals, then demolish them" ive set a few fitness goals and everyyime I work out I'm getting closer and closer to these goals and it feels so good ! I love the feeling of accomplishment !!! Today felt so good to comple another P.B ! Today it was deadlifts ! I did 60kgs :) feeling so happy and proud !!! First day today with a one on one session with a personal trainer! It was great to have someone there adjusting your form and making sure you where doing everything right to get the most out of it :)) doing another session with her tomorrow. I wish I had money earlier to do personal training sessions but I think I've done extremely well without one. .... workout (3sets) 10x 30kg deadlifts (5sets) 3x 60kg dead lifts 1set. 10x 20kg (4sets) 10x 30kg squat (4 sets) 10x reps. Squatted 40kg

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Sep 2014
    4:13 AM

    BLOG: lifting out the pain Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: bloated but empty >today's mental feeling: grieving and trying to be so strong at the same time for everyone around me > today's exercise: Maxine's back > Mondays weight:76.6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Don't eat your pain lift it" at the gym. 2.30am. It hurts so much to loose someone. I just want to take away everyone's pain away. Everytime I think about it I try to push out a rep in anger, the more it hurts the more I'm pushing!! On the treadmill first trying to walk out the pain and clear my head! then onto the weights. I don't want to do my normal emotional eat and comfort food thing so thought going to the gym is a much better option to release the pain.......today was a better day at work. so many supportive people around me which makes things easier.i havent turned to emothinal eating yet. which is great for me . i just need to keep being strong and continue to stick to my healthy eating. sugary foods only make me feel happy while i eat it and then i regret it so much afterwards... its just not worth it. hopefully i can keep to this!!! breaky: oats and protein scoop snack: protein shakelunch: chicken, cabbage, spinach, brocolinni snack: protein shake dinner : eggs and weight watchers bacon! .........

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Sep 2014
    8:17 PM

    Nutrition breaky : oats, protein scoop, 1egg white sneck: green apple lunch : chicken, cabbage, spinach, brocolini snack: protein shake , Maxine's bar dinner : green veggies and steak

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Sep 2014
    8:15 PM

    So mich hurt and heart ache. One of our mates was killed yesterday in an accident at work.... We where in so much shock yesturday but it really hit home this morning. Especially having to go to work where I work with so many escavartors and just knowing that that is how he died.... Knowing that they can't even get to the body as it's too dangerous and have to get cranes in to try lift him out. it's my biggest fear loosing the person I love so dearly and to watch one of our dear friends go through this hurt n heartache is just gut wrenching .... a few tears today but I need to be strong for my partner who is really doing it tough about it all. i need need to try keep my mind occupied... i went to the gym bright and early to try take away my pain there! It helped a bit! Exercise really does create happy endorphinES but then getting home and seeing the pain in my partners eyes just melted my heart .... Such a horrible tragedy . i didn't want to write about it on my blog but feel having a little vent can't help to get it of my chest. You really don't realise how much we take for granted in life until something so big like this happens. It starts to make u appreciate so much more those little things...

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Sep 2014
    3:29 AM

    Janet Kane's cardio skipping challenge complete ! Wow that was hard ! Feeling exhausted !!!! did it in about 25mins !! Nice little 2.30am sesh ;;)) now off to get ready for workies !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Sep 2014
    1:56 AM

    So tired. Had little aleep last night n just feel ugh !! Was up all night with everything running thrPugh my head . Had to get up for gym before work because if I miss a day I just feel worse !! was going to sleep in but it's only aN hour extra sleep and now my body is use to waking up and going to gym as soon as I miss a day I'm so fatigued the hole day so thought I better just get up !! Off to do Some cardio ! Hopefully that shud wake me up !!

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Sep 2014
    7:57 PM

    MEASUREMENTS :))))

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Sep 2014
    7:17 PM

    .Nutrition and exercise.............. Nutrition : today's nutrition is in my photos :) ....... EXERCISE : maxines chest and biceps >Time : 1hr >Reps/ sets / weights will upload in photos > Feeling after workout : felt really good! Strong and motivated !!

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Sep 2014
    7:12 PM

    BLOG : r.i.p Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's physical feeling: bloated >today's mental feeling: workout this morning was good ! Felt great while there but feel a bit down now after hearing the bad news of a loss of our mate > today's exercise: Maxine's chest Nd bicep > Mondays weight: 76.6 > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives > are you feeling strong : I sure was today ;) > are you feeling good after your workout ? Yep! I did a p.bBicep curls with barbell 20kgs! Could only do three at a time then rest then another three etc but aiming for 10! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"Sweat more bitch less" Haha do u bitch a lot while working out?? I know I do! But it's like complaining about it while I do it makes it easier haha !! today I was feeling great at the gym! My arms felt like they looked really toned today Unfortunately as I was driving out of the gym I got a phone call one of our mates had been killed in an excavator accident at work! Soo horrible!Went and spent the day with all the our friends to support each other!!! R.i.p Ryan. U will b missed!! trying to be very supportive for my partner also as he was close to him! Hasn't really hit yet exactly what has happened. Still on shock I guess!! But still so sad! I was in such a hurry leaving I forgot my protein shaker but had spare protein in the car so with a bit of "paper funnel" and a water bottle I created a protein shaker haha! Will upload the photo of new new shaker!!! ....Feeling really bloated tonight. Being a girl sucks at times ;)) but I guess it's a way of life! .... I messaged a personal trainer today! I think I have got myself pretty far already on my own but I know with certain exercises I can lift heavier but I don't because I don't have a spotter so a personal trainer will good!I couldn't afford it in the first few weeks and think I have done extremely well without one but just want that little extra push now to get my goals :)) Possibly starting Friday!! Anyways that's all from me for now! I haven't taken this weeks photos as I usually take them Tuesdays but with everything that has happened this morning n being so full on I haven't had a chance so will take them tomorro :) Ohhh before I go...Did measurements this morning which really made me feel good about myselfI will upload them in my blog photos :)I've lost that weight I put on too which was a feel good moment !!!

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Sep 2014
    9:26 PM

    BLOG : I feel good, na naaa na na naaa na na... I knew that I would now na naaa na na naaa na na!! (Sings to myself) Elle Hickey ... ... ... ... FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking ... ... ... >Today's physical feeling: I feel my waist is smaller, and my arms are starting to get shape. I can also notice my actually knee cap! Yerp I can see my knee!!!! >today's mental feeling: feeling great! I feel the Maxine's challenge was the best thing for me! We are half way and it's down hill from here ;) I feel I'm heading in the right directions and am motivated to punch myself > today's exercise: Maxine's legs session > Mondays weight: 76.6 (last week 78.4) > This weeks goal: turn all negatives into positives !! I think I need to keep this as a goal I focus on again as I need to keep my mindset looking forward with a positive attitude > are you feeling strong: I sure am! I'm seeing a bit of muscle tone too > are you feeling good after your workout ? I feel I could have pushed myself harder if I knew I was limited to time! Bit disapointed about my efforts today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "The strongest factor for success is self esteem, believing you can do it, believing you deserve it and believing you will get it" In order to progress further I need to ramp it up a bit!! I've started a little diary for my food and exercise which I can keep on me at all times! I find this will b a lot easier for me to write exactly what I eat and when as I can't have my phone at work so maybe I was missing things in my blog when I was writing it at night?? I will take photos of my daily diary and upload it to my blog still but thought this would be a better alternative for me to try keep track of every little detail :) I think I need to really focus on a few things 1) NO MORE SCALE comparisons! It does my head in! I will still weigh in every week but I'm going to try not weigh everyday ;) and also try not to worry about what my weight says!My body is changing and noticeably so going to leave the judgement up to- looks- feeling of my clothes- and measurements B2) concentrate a lot on my EATING . When I'm eating and what in eating! Am I skipping meals? Am I eating too much! Time to crunch down 3) EXERCISE ! I'm going to graph and log my exercise to see if there is room for improvement? More intensity? Can I go heavier I feel I'm on the right track but want so much more so time to push myself to where I want to be :) I'm really starting to feel good about myself! Looking at all my photos and comparing has gave me a lot of motivation to keep going! You don't realise how well you really are doing without this comparison! And it feels GREAT :)) measurements tomorrow and and I will also upload some photo comparisons to see how I am going ::)) looking back im so glad I didn't quit when I fell into that hole! I'm so glad I picked myself up and kept moving forward! I have some very encouraging people around me who really helped me in that soft spot, and I thank you all for that :)) thats ta all from me for now! Over and out

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Sep 2014
    9:06 PM

    Nutrition and exercise.............. Nutrition : today's nutrition is in my photos :) ....... EXERCISE : maxines legs day >Time : 45mins >Reps/ sets / weights (Will upload reps and weights in photos) Intensity: with a lot of the exercises today I tried to hold the position for a count of three seconds and rhen release :) it felt good !!! > Feeling after workout : today I didn't push myself. I'm a but annoyed at today's workout as I had to cut it short because my partner wanted to go home. All good tho I will make up for it tomorrow.

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Sep 2014
    4:50 PM

    Starting to really like what I see ... :) starting to to get a little bit of self confidence back and feeling good! And what comes with confidence??? SELFIES !! So look out ;) kapow !!! Ive reached half way and its down hill from here :) feeling good, feeling fresh! Getting them gains ! Yewwwww ... I also need to do a little shout of to all my Maxine's social hub followers!!! You all have been so supportive so far and have really helped me get this far already and I'm feeling great! Thank you all so so much!!! it's great to have so many amazing people helping you when you are feeling down and it's good to see and read that others are also struggling ! That we are completely normal for struggling but we just need to pick ourselves up and keep on keeping on ;)) It's a great little community and family :)

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Sep 2014
    4:48 PM

    BLOG: feeling like I'm gaining a little confidenceWeek: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: like I'm gaining a little confidence ;)> today's exercise: cardio > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote:"positive thoughts lead to positive out comes" I've noticed a big change in the way I think this week! Considering last SUNDAY I wanted to quit because I felt I had failed!life wasn't ment to be easy and the weightloss journey never is or like they say if it was easy everyone would be doing it !!! it's like a rollercoaster!! you go up and down and sometimes you just want to screen but you can't, sometimes ur eyes water and sometimes you smile, other times you may be afraid of what ahead but you just need to hold on and enjoy the ride !!! I woke up today with positive thoughts and i feel I'm starting to gain some self confidence!! I looked in the mirror and actually smiled out of joy! I feel ..... Different..... I think I like parts of me that I see... I feel more toned, I can actually see my knee, my back rolls are going, my legs are shrinking and I think I can see a little muscle tone in my quads!!! today I actually appreciated me :))I'm learning to embrace my curves! I am actually starting to thank my mother for my figure. I usually curse her wit "u gave me these thighs and hips" etc but the more I tone and loose weight the more in actually starting to appreciate the skin I am in!! I can't believe I just said that, am I drunk haha!! ..Off to night shift tonight after sleeping all day then headed for a cardio gym sesh and off to workies to earn some dollars !!I hate sitting on my butt for 14 hours or so! I feel so lazy but last night I played a game with myself! As I drove up these really long hills I would suck my stomache in as far as I could and see if I could hold it until I got to the top!! Then if I didn't make it I would try again the next round to get further up the hill then before!!I also did a few butt clenches haha hold one side of the butt cheek in, hold muscle for 1,2,3 then slowly release! Then I would do the other side then both together :)) I can't believe how much being for and exercise is on my mind lately :)I'm loving it !!! So we have come to the end of week 6!Basically finished the half way mark!How am I feeling?? I'm feeling wonderful! I'm so suprised at what I have achieved in the first 6 weeks that I can not wait to see what's next in these following weeks! If I keep up this consistency I just may have the body I am after ;)) I'm feeling keen! Motivated and determined !! Over and outElle breaky on the go today as I was in a massive rush! This was so easy to eat on the way to work and so easy to drink !! I am in love with Maxine's protein scoops in my oats... It adds that extra flavour n makes it tastes like it's naughty but it isn't :$) .... exercise today cardio 1hr Treadmill 15mins - hiit - run/ jog/ walk6/11.5/12.9 Cross trainer 10 hiit/ change positions every 30sec Treadmill 5mins 13incline 4-5speed : on every step squeeze ur butt muscles and leg muscles 10kg/12kg/14kg20kettlebell swings12 around the world ea side 30mountain climbers (3x) stretch and I felt soooo good after. The sweat was dripping off me! I hate cardio but LOVE the feeling of finishIng ! That satisfaction of completing a good workout is unexplainable !!! LOVE IT !! ... Food diary workout on empty stomach 4pm protein scoop, egg white, oats, water Snack : green apple lunch 11pm : zucchini quiche snack : Maxine's choc bar. ;) dinner : eggs Omlette Maxine's shake before bed ! 2litres water oxyshred, lcarnitine

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Sep 2014
    7:11 AM

    PIZZA NIGHT ??? What pizza night??? NOOOOOOO!!!!!! This picture looks like the boys at work haha !!! Last night at work the boys organized a massive pizza night! It's like school camp But with grown ups i was so strong!!! they tried to tempt me so much. I got into the lunch room and they had piles of pizzas on the table that I usually sit at .... So just to prove my self control I still sat with the pizzas infront of me and ate my zucchini slice :) "One bite and all you dreams will come true" .... More like one bite and my dreams will be crushed!! As I wouldnt be able to stop at one !!! omg pizza had had never looked and smelt as good as it did but all I could think about is my new summer body :)) im so proud I didn't cave to temptation or to peer pressure !!! Yewww

  • Elle Hickey
    6 Sep 2014
    4:27 PM

    BLOG : love the feeling of a good sweaty workout Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: I'm feeling really good about my self :$ yewww > today's exercise: legs weights > This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: " don't wish for it WORK FOR IT" arrhhhhh such satisfaction after a massive gym sesh! Sweat dripping off my face, legs shaking! Feeling GREAT!! really starting to feel good about myself! today I looked in the mirror and was proud of what I was becoming!! ive spent So long wishing I had a better body, more confidence etc but no more wishing... I'm now working for it! and I aim to achieve !!! off to work for a long night shift and then I can't wait for bed and do the gym again :) thats all from me :)) over n out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    6 Sep 2014
    4:18 PM

    dear diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION...................Food diary :so you may see a lot of my food is repetitive but to be quite honest I still haven't got over what I am eatingYet.. but these things are so quick and convenient and I find it a lot easier to eat this and squeeze in an exercise rather then wasting time cooking and preparing each night. This is heaps easy and quick to already have preped > 4 pm breaky : oats protein scoop, Maxine's choc bar ;))> snack : protein shake n boiled egg> 11pm lunch : zucchini quiche> snack : protein shake> 7.30am dinner : eggs day/ night shift: nightWater : packed 3lSupplements : oxyshred lcarnitineProtein shake #:3are you hungry? TRAINING...................Workout: legsWarm up - 10mins - 14.5 incline - 5.8 speed Leg curl x10 (x4)Hold last 4 reps pulse last rep..43kg/ 50kg/57kg/57kg Leg extension x10 (x4)50kg slow hold at top50kg mod pace57kg slow hold at top57kg mod pace 20kg::40 squat20 lunge30squat20lunge10 sit feet/leg roll10lung n lift ea side20 wide leg squatPulse wide legLunge20 jump squats20moubtain climbers20jump squats20noubyain climbers How long: 1hr How do u feel after workout? Sweetly amazing wow :) good feeling!!Are u feeling good? God yes

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Sep 2014
    4:31 PM

    Dear diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION ...................Food diary :> breaky : oats- protein scoop- egg whites> snack : protein shake> lunch : zucchini egg slice!!! Nom nom nom> snack : boiled egg protein shake> dinner : eggs day/ night shift: nightWater : packed 3litresSupplements : oxyshredL carnatineProtein shake #:3are you hungry? TRAINING...................Workout: cardio treadmill 15mins hiit - sprint 2.0incline 12.9 / jog 11 / walk 6.0 300m row (100m sprints 20sec rest) Bike (pedal 2 the beat)Mod pace 6Sprint 10-add each time12 @130rpm 30 x ropes (5x) Crunches w 10kg 20xBicycles 30xRepeat 20 mountain climbers10 jump squatsWall sit as long as posRepeat 3x :How do u feel after workout? Amazing! Hate cardio but love the feeling once I'm finished ;))Are u feeling good? Sure anare u feeling strong? I'm feeling fitter :)

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Sep 2014
    4:27 PM

    BLOG : feeling freshElle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: good :)> today's exercise: cardio > This weeks goal: turn negative into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5th September 2014, FRIDAY Daily inspirational quote:"Definition of a good workout, when you hate doing it but love finishing it "" I hate cardio!!! But always feel so alive once I finish it :) night shift tonight so up at 2pm for a 2.30 cardio sesh before work!! Feeling fresh!! Had a great sleep today too!!! So have heaps of energy to get me through the night! Feeling positive again and on a mission to loose these extra KGs and cms I put on :) that's all from me for nowGotta go to work Over and outElle

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Sep 2014
    9:30 PM

    Dear diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . food and exercise diary NUTRITION...................Food diary :> breaky : Maxine's protein and oats> snack : Maxine's choc bar> lunch : Eggs and weight watchers bacon> snack : Maxine's shake> dinner : chicken, green veggiesMaxine's protein shake day/ night shift: offWater : 1.5litresSupplements : oxyshredLcarnitineProtein shake #: 3are you hungry? No TRAINING...................Workout:

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Sep 2014
    7:42 PM

    squat challenge! Posted a pic to the social hub saying for as many likes it got I would squat that many !! I wasn't able to do in Monday due to being so sick but did it yesterday :) here are the results frim me 1 like = 1 squat challenge !!

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Sep 2014
    7:22 PM

    fBLOG :eeling motivated :)Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: still bloated in my tummy but feel like I'm back on the right track> today's exercise: am: weightsPm: circuit training > This weeks goal: turn all negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th September 2014, THURSDAY Daily inspirational quote:"I still have a long way to go, but I'm already so far from where I use to be and I am proud of that" today was a good day! Very productive and I'm feeling a lot better in myself again :) Did two really good gym seshes and ate well also! Took some more photos today also and feeling like I'm back on track. I still have a long way to go but hey, I'm so far from where I use to be :)) i got a much needed massage today too!!! Arhhhh feeling so fresh and relaxed afterwards!! my hole body felt so tight and now feels so good!!! defo needed that !! not much from me tonight but feeling really good :) wore my new bright lorna jane clothes again today and it really makes me feel so much happy! It's amazing how dressing nice for the gym boosts your self esteem a little... And loving these bright colours too :) thats ta all from me for now over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Sep 2014
    9:27 PM

    MAXINES SOCIAL HUB POST / INSTAGRAM ::: A year from today I was told they had to take you away. It was a long and painful 7days! But the pain never goes away. I still wish to this day you made it to the womb. You where our little miracle, given but taken too soon. The past few days have been ohh so rough, me being so sick has kept me from being my normal ""tough"". I've been as strong as I can but that doesn't let the nightmares and memories fade... I'll never forget seeing ur little heart beat on the screen and begging them not to take u away. I'll never forget the look and tears in ur dads eyes when I awoke from the ansesetic, in a state of delusion but now a state of depression... he had to convince me I hadn't had a c section and that they had to take you away, I guess it will be our day another day. We all grieve in a different way but I wish someone could take this pain away! <3 .... Time to get back to the challenge and my positive ways, this depression gets you nowhere and can be so cruel in many ways. no more comfort food, no more tears, I want this body I've been working so hard for for many years! time to let go, let the pain go away! Gone but never forgotten, I'm going to #lift for better days

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Sep 2014
    9:20 PM

    dear diary . . . . . . . . . . . food and exercise diary ;) NUTRITION...................Food diary :> breaky : eggs, spinach, mushrooma, shallots .. I had some fun with my food today haha see above photo! My "love for eggs" and "star breakfast" lol> snack :Maxine's protein cookie (cookies and cream flav ;))> lunch : chicken, salad> snack : protein shake> dinner : mince, egg whit and onion made into a rissoles pattie.... Then made open hamburgers! Lettuce tomato onion beet root YUMO day/ night shift: offWater : 1.5lSupplements :oxyshred and lcarnitineProtein shake #:1are you hungry? Nope TRAINING...................Workout:Cardio in the am on empty stomachRound 1: speed Demond: high intensity interval training (as pic shows)I had a couple of stops tho to catch my breath.15mins for round2.33kmMax speed 12.9 Round 2: 5rounds for timeRun 200m on 2.0incline10squats10 push upsI completed it in : 9.59 minutes Round three: bike.Interval traininglevel 7 at average pace while beat on my iPod is slow.... ThenLevel 13, pedal as hard as I can when that beat drops!Completed : 4.51 kmTime : 10mins THEN STRETCHED weights at night.Back / chest a few shoulders ( my partners workout) How long: 1hourIntensity: added weight ea set 10 reps - 4sets ea exercise How do u feel after workout? Amazing !Are u feeling good? I feel a lot better then I did yesturday that's for sure!are u feeling strong? I was during that session! Did a p.b on deadlifts too!40kg ! Yeww :) feeling STRONG !!

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Sep 2014
    9:02 PM

    BLOG: depression got the best of me...Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: better then yesterday and motivated to move forward with a positive mind frame ;)> today's exercise: cardio in the AM and weights in the pm > Mondays weight: I put on :( back to 79.1 this week which got me really depressed and I turned to comfort food and lacked in exercise due to being sick. Double slammer !!! > This weeks goal:***TURN ALL NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVE**I've had this goal before in one of the other weeks but I believe I need to get back into that positive mind frame so using it again for this week !!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daily inspirational quote: "When you dream of something for so long and it's taken from you in a blink of an eye, it hurts! But I am strong and I'm not giving up" This inspiration refers to two things at the moment.I've been on the quiet side the past few days as I have been so sick with the flu and vomiting virus which made me very sooky. I ate bad on sat which made me bloated and down. And then I started to grieve on my loss as it was coming up to the anniversary of when I lost my baby. I dreamt for the day I was told I was pregnant for so long as I was told at 21 I would never have a child naturally. That it was not possible for the sperm to reach the egg, so the day I found out I was pregnant was the best day of my life! ... But then that was taken from me within the blink of an eye. It's one year today since they started the procedure to remove my baby from my tube. It was a long and painful 7days on methotrexate to then realize my baby continued to grow and needed to be cut out of me. My baby fought against the drug and the only thing the drug did was badly damage my liver. They cud not give me a second dosage as my liver would fail so I had to go into emergency surgery and have my baby removed. Before the surgery I demanded another ultrasound as they told me if I got to 8weeks the tube would have ruptured and I would have bleed to death, they also told me they may have to take both tubes as they where unsure to which tube the baby was in! With this uncertainty I wanted confirmation my baby was defo in my tubes! Plus it's hard to believe doctors when they told me this could never happen!! ... I then proceeded to the ultrasound room where they Showed me the little heartbeat :( and that the baby was defo in my left tube! In tears i nooded and approved the surgery and they gave me the ansesetic and went from there. I had a bad reaction to the anesetic and when I woke up I woke up in a delusion and state of mind that I thought I had a c-section ! I came out of recovery and was smiling. I asked my mum "have you held him yet" ... She busted into tears... I looked at my sister and explained "they said he was 8pound 9 and a very healthy baby" my partner then hugged his mum and sobbed in her shoulder.. My sister then explained to me "Elle, you haven't had the baby. They had to remove the baby from your tubes, I'm sorry" ... I ignored my sister and held my partners hand "Matt he has your eyes" I said to him. My partner broke down in hysterics and held my hand tight as he sobbed. He tried to speak but had no words..... my sister then tried to explain to me again that I hadn't had the baby, I lost it! I lifted up the blankets and showed her all the bandages .. This went on for a while but as the ansesetic wore of so did the delusion.... so the past few days have been sooooo hard for me. After my sugar hit on sat whilst having the flu and vomits I then started having nightmares about all of the above. Flashbacks of every little detail would come back to me. ... Sunday night I was vomiting my hole up wit this bug I caught and Monday was tough as I was so sick I couldn't go to work. I then started getting depressed about the nightmares, the flashbacks and started turning to comfort food :( I felt well I've stuffed this hole comp now since sat I may as well give up.Tuesday I felt so bloated, so sick, runny nose and sore throat but the vomiting had stopped. I was back to work Tuesday but not feeling 100%....on my way home from work I was so upset that I had let my depression get the best of me. Yeh I have a good reason to be upset and to grieve but I don't need food for comfort !! I think being sick with the flu didn't help either as I felt so hopeless being sick, had no energy to cook decent meals, couldn't b bothers clean eating and I always get so emotional when sick cuz I can't do anything! And to my second point....I was feeling soo bloated and sooo flabby from sats sugar overload and the past couple of days of not sticking to my meal plans. I felt like I had thrown all my hard work in the bin and so I thought; stuff it I'm giving up on the competition. I can't do it, I've failed! depression got the best of me!!! I felt like I was doing ohh so well but then felt like this was also taken from me in a blink of an eye.. 4 days to be exact! I then read this quote and remembered that I AM STRONG, and IM NOT GIVING UP !! Today I went out strong!I wanted to make me feel better so instead of using comfort food I brought myself a new Lorna Jane outfit and couldn't wait to wear it in style to the gym !!I did two sessions today and felt so accomplished after both. I'm feeling a lot better now !My flu is going away and I feel I'm in a Lot better mental state also. everyone grieves differently and I wonder if I wouldn't have been so sad and upset and depressed if I wasn't sick but it still hurts to loose something that I've wanted for sooo long! Time to focus on the challenge now and get back to my positive way of thinking and positive mind frame. I'm not going to loose this weightloss battle with myself! I am strong and I AM IN CONTROL of this one. I wasn't in control of the baby situation this time last year but I AM IN CONTROL of my eating, my exercise and my POSITIVE MIND FRAME ! looking forward and not looking back. time to kick some butt and loose this weight once and for all! I'm back. Im feeling good. It's been a tough few emotional days but I'm going to keep my mind busy and my body active and strive towards a new me :) Over n OUT !!!Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    2 Sep 2014
    3:31 AM

    Still not feeling well no gym this morning but back to work i have no motivation to do anything my hole body feels so bloated n flabby n so heavy but all I want to do is lay in bed n eat comfort food . I have no energy to cook, no energy for gym :( I feel like I've thrown away all the hard work I have done :( humph

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Sep 2014
    12:00 PM

    still sick :( my body is physically and mentally drained at the moment :( not feeling good at al!

  • Elle Hickey
    31 Aug 2014
    12:47 PM

    Dear diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . food and exercise diary ofcourse NUTRITION ...................Food diary :> breaky : protein pancakes : blueberries, Maxine's protein scoop, egg whites, oats > snack :> lunch : > snack :> dinner : day/ night shift: off Water :Supplements : oxyshred, lcarnitine Protein shake #:are you hungry? TRAINING...................Workout: Maxine's back workoutHow long: 40mins Intensity: increased the weights each set How do u feel after workout? I feel I need to concentrate more on form !!! Are u feeling good? Lacking energy due to sugar yesturday and having the flu but finished the workout so feeling good for that are u feeling strong? yes ;)

  • Elle Hickey
    31 Aug 2014
    12:35 PM

    BLOG ... sick, down, need some energy !!! Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: down in the dumps > today's exercise: maxines back > This weeks goal: run 500m without stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31st august 2014, SUNDAY Daily inspirational quote: "To dwell on the past simply causes failure in the future" correct! I woke up this morning feeling disgusting. i chested myself yesturday by eating sweets at the christening :( I have no energy as it is from being sick and I added to it by having a sugar overload yesty ... I woke up feeling like I have reuined everything and that I should give up now. I feel that bloated n gross :( but I found this quote! And it tells u to not dwell on the past as it will cause more failure for example "me wanting to quit is failure" ... Or thoughts of "I've reuined my diet now may as well eat more crap" I'm only tormenting myself really! doing all that will just send me back to where I started. And I NEVER ever want to gI back to that person EVER ! So I'm going to stop these negative thoughts keep me from achieving my goals! Looking forward n now trying to work on gettin rid of this nasty flu n getting my energy levels back !! over n out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Aug 2014
    8:04 PM

    BLOG... SICK :( Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: sick and grumpy > today's exercise: Maxine's shoulders workout > This weeks goal: to run 500m without stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30th august 2 014, Saturday Daily inspirational quote: "Giving up is simply not an option" sooooo I've caught the flu or something! Bad stomache paiins, stuffy nose, sore throat and flem, cough and finding it hard to breath. Really needed to catch up on cardio today but my body just won't let me :( so hard to breathe so only did one session today : weights. I then attended my neices christening and got home about 4pm where I crashed out with exhaustion in bed. Vaporous on watching movies ... hope I get over this illness asap so I can get back into hardcore training! thats all from me for now. Over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Aug 2014
    8:04 PM

    dear diary . . . . . . . . . . food and exercise diary ;) NUTRITION...................Food diary : still feeling under the weather so prob haven't Eaten the way I should have but there is no excuse. I also over endulged in cake/ slice and lollies at the christening... So ate the below and a heap of sugar sweets. It was so yummy ... But my body got the biggest sugar hit and wow I was sooooo fatigued and felt even worse. Not having sugar in 5weeks and having a big hit wrecked me. I went home and felt like I was deadset hung over. I laid in bed went to sleep around 4 woke up about 8 then back to bed n slept until 8 Sunday morning. I'm pretty proud I lasted 5weeks without a cheat/ treat meal and wow do I regret it! My body enjoyed it for prob half an hour and then pretty much hated me for doing it :( gahhhhhh > breaky : protein shake> snack : protein shake> lunch : healthy special brown rice (the recipe in my blog snack: protein shake Dinner: chicken n veggies day/ night shift: offWater : 3.5 litersSupplements : oxyshred, lcarnitine .... And I've been sucking on anticole to stop my runny nose n sore throatMaxine's protein shake #: 3are you hungry? No TRAINING...................Workout: Maxine's shouldersReps/sets/weights : as per program. I recorded my weights. Will upload them laterHow long: 1 hr How do u feel after workout? Good :) but I need a personal trainer or someone to train with me as some exercises I felt I could have pushed myself if someone was there to spot me but because they wherent I was scared of injuries so didn't go heavierAre u feeling good? Yeh, but I needed to also do a cardio session today but being sick, im syruggling bad to breathe so didn't go back for a second session :( feeling a bit disappointed in myself.are u feeling strong? Yes

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Aug 2014
    4:54 PM

    VIDEO..... Shoulders ... videos are really good as I look back on them and see where I can improve for example I need to use the rest of my body less and just the area I am working :)

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Aug 2014
    8:48 PM

    I did vipr personal training today with my best friend as it's half price for two!! So much fun and my muscles are burning !!! my golly gosh it felt good!!! Burn baby burn !!! ;) back to weights tomorrow. Going to have to do "Fridays" weights tomorrow :) ... can't wait !!

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Aug 2014
    4:50 PM

    BLOG .... Sick :( or man flu?? Haha Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: under the weather, runny nose, headaches etc > today's exercise: short cardio run and vipr personal training sesh > This weeks goal: run 500m without stopping.... And I completed this today!!! Wooohoooo winner winner chicken dinner :) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29th august 2014, FRIDAY Daily inspirational quote: "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done" just like if you dwell too much with man flu you won't get anything done haha! still feeling under the weather with this sickness but had plenty of energy when I woke up so went to the local oval for a workout ! I wanted to catch up on the cardio I missed out on and thought running in the fresh air is better then running in a stuffy gym! i wanted to accomplish my 500m goal today... And... I DID ! Wooohooooo it felt so good to get to the 500m mark! I feel even more accomplished because i did it with a blocked nose and heavy breathing! I wanted to give up so bad but I talked myself trough it as I ran.... I said to myself " just imagine this hot / sexy body at the finish line. Pretend you are in a running race... If you win the running race you will recieve a prize of a got body transformed into you.. U get all the money in the world and it's all done for you.. So I ran to the end! realistically I still win the new body as just by completing that race in my head pushes me one step closer to the body I am chasing :) unfortunetly the rain then hit so I had to leave straight away . If I wasn't sick I would have finished my workout in the rain but didn't want to risl getting any sicker! I'm pretty happy with my runs today tho :) tonight I'm going to do a personal training session with my best friend. We are doing VIPR !! omg I love vipr! If u haven't tried it, u should seriously try it! I don't have the money at the moment for personal training on my own so going with my friend makes it half the price and we always get a laugh out of it too :) Can't wait!! Thata all from me for now! Over and out Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Aug 2014
    4:29 PM

    dear diary . . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION ...................Food diary : Today's food is all over the place. I had breakfast this mornng as soon as I got home (which I includ in yesturdays meals) I then have a sleep but get up at 1pm so I can shift my body back into dayshift mode . once up I had my supplements and then went up to the oval for a run on an empty stomach! when I got home I made a special rice (in my next blog is the recipe) which was full of healthy proteins / carbs and veggies! Im now off for a personal training session to do "VIPR" :) so as u can see I don't really have much time today to eat as I spent half the day sleeping! Not sure if I'm eating enough or not coming of night shift but it's just the way I find things work for me > breaky : n/a - sleeping > snack : n/a - sleeping > lunch : special healthy rice (recipe in blog) > snack : protein shake (after vipr sesh) > dinner : day/ night shift: come of night shift this morningWater : I find today I don't drink enough water either!!! Supplements : oxyshred, l carnitine Protein shake #:1are you hungry? nope TRAINING...................Workout: Workout #1 : I wanted to set some cardio runs in today, but being sick I don't think I would be able to breathe properly in a sweaty stuffy gym! So I went outside and engaged in the fesh air! I got 4x 500m laps in and 2x 100m sprints before it rained!! Struggled a fair but to breathe but kept pushing on and accomplished my this weeks goal : to run 500m without stopping :) yay Workout #2 personal training - VIPR 4kg vipr - 1hpur session - heart rate was through the roof Intensity varried with each exercise! How do u feel after workout? Wow I feel great! My legs where burning and during the abs section I could hardly get up. My stomach muscles where sooooo sore! Are u feeling good? Considering ive come down with some illness (man flu) lol I felt a fair bit of struggle with breathing throughout but afterwards I feel really proud that I pushed through :)) are u feeling strong? I sure do! Although I felt pretty weak during the workout ! Love the controlled movements ! You can really feel the burn !!!! And in places you didn't think had any muscle there haha! We did a massive stretch afterwards! Hopefully I can walk tomorow lol! .. photos : me doing shadow selfies at the park in the mud :)

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Aug 2014
    3:55 PM

    RECIPE- HEALTHY FRIED RICE . . . . . . . #yummmm #tastesogood #isuprisemyselfsometimes #healthy #herbs #spices #cleaneating #healthylifestyle #carbs #protein #greens #veggies #wow #maxinesshapeupchallenge #maxineschallenge14 #maxinechallenge14 #maxineschallenge #maxschallenge14 #maxschallenge #maxsmuscleup #wearechallenge #cautionnewbodyinthemaking #cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking #cautionnewbodyunderconstruction ....... Wow this tastes amazing!! ! - I added all the veggies I had in the fridge ;) - #spinach - #zucchini #cabbage - #redcapsicum #bokchoy - #brocollini and stems - (pop all veggies in microwave to steam) then cook in a pan 5egg whites and 2 eggs, constantly stiring- then cook In a pan #dicedonion, #shallots, #basil, #corriander, #parsley, #ginger, #garlic, #soysauce #crackedpepper - cook 250g #brownrice, - then mix ALL ingredients together and wow!!! :))) I made 4 servings out of this and froze the rest !!

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Aug 2014
    7:16 AM

    Nooooooooo !!! Please body don't get sick :( last night was painful! Vomited twice, bad nausea! Swollen throat, runny nose, constant sneezing and coughing :( wahhhhhh not feeling very well at all! There has been a few bugs going around and I think I may have caught one or two :( off to bed now after the LONGEST night shift! hopefully when I wake up at lunch I feel better! I had so much productive excize plans for this weekend! waaahhhhhh! :( .. photo : the sun as I was leaving work after my long night shift! It always brings a smile to my face :))

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Aug 2014
    4:30 PM

    Dear diary . . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION...................Food diary :4.00pm > breaky : oats, berries, egg whites , almond milk , maxine protein scoop> snack : boiled egg > lunch : today I packed oats and protein as I'm not feeling very well. Didn't want something big on my stomach. Was going to take canned soup to work but looked at the back and it has way too many calories so thought I would have some nice warm oats > snack : Maxine's protein 7.40am (fri) dinner : eggs day/ night shift: NIGHT SHIFT Water : 7x 600ml water Supplements : oxyshred, lcarnitine Maxine's Protein shake/ scoop : # 3 are you hungry? No, I struggled eating breaky. Not feeling the best today. Feel like I'm coming on with a vomit bug that's going around :( TRAINING...................Workout: cardio How long: 45mins Intensity: added incline and 3kg hand weights on treadmill and added leveled on the bike hiit on bike - walking up hills on treadmill How do u feel after workout? Not good :( I couldn't push myself as I started running and vomited :( ... I kept walking just on a hill with incline to try get my cardio in but feel disapointed that I couldn't complete my full hiit workout but I needed to listen to my body today!! Are u feeling good? Nope. Feeling under the weather.

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Aug 2014
    3:56 PM

    BLOG .... Last night was toughWeek: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: today I'm feeling a but sick. Vomit sick :( haven't vomited yet just feel nausea and under the weather! Hope I don't get sick!!!> today's exercise: cardio (catching up from yesturday > This weeks goal: run 500m with out stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28.8.2014, WEDNESDAY Daily inspirational quote:"It's you v"s you" that's right! Time to out do myself! ...Wow last night was tough !!! I struggled bad with fatigue last night and I'm pretty sure it's because I skipped the gym because I had a meeting before work! it's amazing how exercise Before work can help so much with your energy levels. Off to gym now before work! Time for cardio. I'm not feeling the best tho so see how it goes :) Over and outElle

  • Elle Hickey
    27 Aug 2014
    3:36 PM

    Dear diary . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION...................Food diary :3pm > breaky : oats/ protein/ 2egg whites ...... Still hungry so had a Maxine's shake > snack : boiled egg, maxines protein bar > lunch : stuffed chicken and green veggies > snack : protein shake 7.30 am > dinner : poached eggs ) day/ night shift: nightWater :7x 600ml bottlesSupplements : lcarnitine/ oxyshredProtein shake #:3 are you hungry? TRAINING...................Workout:? No workout todayAre u feeling good? No :( really wish I went but need to be at work heaps early today for a meeting

  • Elle Hickey
    27 Aug 2014
    3:14 PM

    BLOG ... having gym withdrawals Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: sad due to gym withdrawals a haha > today's exercise: none wahhh > This weeks goal: run 500m without a break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2014, Daily inspirational quote: "That moment it's rest day, and just don't know what to do with your life anymore" today in on nightshift and having gym withdrawals !! We have to go into work an hour earlier for a me saying which then cuts into my gym time :( I cNt get up any earlier because that would defo be citing into my quilts sleep tben. now sitting hear eating my oats and I'm having withdrawals!!! This sucks. Wish they had meetings after work instead of Before !! not much to write today! Ive ran out of Maxine's bars AGAIN! So have to make another order! Made my partner go to all the local supplement stores to get me somE to get me through until they get here !! anywaya that's all from me for now over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Aug 2014
    10:18 PM

    MEASUREMENTS - week 5 My ohh my!!! Finally this morning the scales moved! And a hole 1.5kgs! i did my measurements n my body is changing so much. I've lost cms again!! Feeling WONDERFUL !!! :))) its true you put in the hard yards and rhe results will show!! finally starting to see that all my hard work is starting to pay off!! Im im really happy with how my upper body is starting too look but it's like from the waist down that's the killer!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Aug 2014
    2:20 PM

    dear diary . . . . . . . . nutritiona and exercise diary ofcourse nUTRITION...................Food diary :After workout : protein shake Late Breaky : half chicken, lettuce tomato, mountain bread wrap - pepper - dab of lite mayo Snack: smoothie - bananna, natural honey, protein, water lunch: Eggs, low sugar baked beans, sweet potato, spinach, mushrooms, 1x slice burgen bread toast. Snack: Maxine's protein shake Dinner: grilled fish and veggies day/ night shift: OffWater : 3 x 600mls , plus another 1 Supplements : oxyshredProtein shake #: 2 so farare you hungry? No. I feel full :) still got the rest of the day/ dinner to go tho TRAINING...................Workout: am chest Maxine's weight session How long: weights - 1hr Intensity: hold the positing on leg press and leg extension How do u feel after workout? good! I feel I could have pushed myself harder tho! Are u feeling good? Yep are u feeling strong? I don't feel as strong as I think I should feel in my legs but I think it's because today I was restricted with what machines I could use because the gym was so busy. I'm going to swap Mondays for legs days and Tuesdays for chest days !!more machines for legs where available Monday as my partner did legs Monday so hopefully once I switch days I can workout with him and also be able to use the machines I need :) all good! I noted the weights I used today and next Monday I want to beat them! I will upload a photo of my weights used later tonight in a graph. ..... Round 2 - workout mixed circuit. Low intensity as I was helping my sister who is also in the Maxine's challenge. Showing her how to use the weights at the gym :) 1hr feeling good after the workout even tho it was a low intensity slow paced workout :) feel like it still did me good !!

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Aug 2014
    1:16 PM

    BLOG .... "The scales FINALLY moved" Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking Today's feeling: fabulous ;)Today's exercise: Maxine's legsToday's weight: FINALLY ITS MOVED !!This weeks goal: run 500m without stoping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26th august 2014 , TUESDAY Daily inspirational quote:"There's no substitute for hard work and getting out there and busting your butt at whatever it is. Nothin comes easy. You can overcome so much just through hard work, focused work" Love this quote !! So today I did measuremts and I jumped on the scales ..... And ..... Wooohooooooo! Finally they have made a move! Weighed in at 77.6 this morning :) so happy!Not sure if it was my second workout yesterday or because I hold fluid after a full weekend of work. Who knows but getting on this morning brought a smile to my face that's for sure! I did measurements also and I have lost cms too :) feeling so good about myself! all the hard work I've been doing is really starting to pay off!! finally !!!!! so went to the gym and did Maxine's leg weights session! All the squatting racks where taken which was a but annoying but I only had the set time to get things done because I had an appointment so I had to settle for the "smith machine" really hate that machine actually. ... And the barbells where all taken so had to do my deadlifts with the already weighted bar. (The short bars)I feel if I had the other bars I could have pushed myself more with the weights but I don't think with these bars I could have pushed myself! Out and about all day today so packed a protein shake for the afternoon incase I got hungry. We went out for lunch while out today and went to the "raw cafe" restaurant who does all healthy meals! I don't want to exclude myself from others when they want to do things so instead of going to a greasy take away shop I oped for the paleo/ raw style cafe :)I ordered eggs for protein, beans and sweet potato for carbs n healthy fats n spinach.Feeling pretty happy with staying strong!! Over and put Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    26 Aug 2014
    11:49 AM

    VIDEO - Maxine's leg day :)

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    8:35 PM

    VIDEO ....... full video of Maxine's weights session - chest - biceps and abs :)) i find having my exercises filmed is great for imorovement... For example i thought I was doing great with bicep curls but looking at the videos I think there is defo some roim for improvement there :))

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    8:14 PM

    REGRETS ::: i really regret not not taking more photos in the first four weeks... I was too embarrassed to upload anymore then what I did but now with a little bit of confidence heading my way the photos keep hauling on in ;)) just wish I had more to compare to!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    8:10 PM

    Dear diary ;) . . . . . . . . . . NUTRITION...................Food diary :> breaky : 3eggs > snack : handful nuts > lunch : forgot to have lunch as was so busy... Really should not skip meals! > dinner : lemon and herb chicken with greens >snack : 1/2 Maxine's protein bar and 1 choc shake day/ night shift: NONE !! Off today :) yipeeeWater : 4x 600ml water Supplements : oxyshred , lcarnitine, fibre chews Protein shake #:3 shakes are you hungry? I was pretty hungry after dinner. So that's why I had 1/2 a Maxine's protein bar and a shake! probably wouldn't of been so hungry if I ate more food throughout the day tho. Oops ! I cant believ I actually forgot to have lunch today! No wonder I was so hungry at dinner! Big mistake by me. TRAINING...................Workout: 8am Maxine's get strobg chest biceps and abs workout 3pm walk/ run with my dog. a total of 6kms How long: 1hr weights .... Cardio we went for 1hr 30mins. Had to keep stopping and waiting for my partner and the other dog to catch up lol Intensity: weights - tried to up the weights ea set cardio : intervals of running and walking plus some hills some flats How do u feel after workout? I feel great! Exhausted but well worth the exhaustion. Are u feeling good? Sure am cancan ;)) are u feeling strong? Yes today after my session I was feeling strong. I feel there is plenty of room for improvement tho that's for sure. But feeling accomplished at what I did get done :)) photos: my dog and me at our cardio session lemon herb chicken n greens for a quick dinner a shadow selfie because workouts should be fun ;)) a sign I saw on the way to the gym so I made a little saying from it haha then me at my workout todays workouts and weight / reps log

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    7:54 PM

    BLOG ..."Throw away the scales?"Week: 5Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking >Today's feeling: good :) feeling like I am making progress > today's exercise: Maxine's weights and cardio run/walk with my dog this arvo > Mondays weight: 78.3 :( still not moving much at all > This weeks goal: run 500m without taking a break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25th august 2014, MONDAY Daily inspirational quote:"Throw away the scales" I need to throw away not only the scales but the conception that I need to weigh a certain amount! I was feeling good this morning but then I jumped on the scales and was disappointed! I could have swore that this week I had lost weight. My body feels... Umm different!!! Also I am wearing my smaller work shirt n also my jeans are getting looser so I was sure the scales where going to give me some good news today :( but I was wrong!! I just need to keep reminding myself that muscle weighs more then fat!Measurements tomorrow so hopefully they give me a better result :) any who..... I'm starting to notice so many small differences in my self. Even little things like my eyes!! The white part of my eyes is getting clearer and making my green eyes stand out :) my skin is starting to feel lovely too !!! not to mention the changes in my body. I'm feeling good about myself (other then my weight) but I feel the look of me is really starting to change! I love the changes and I find seeing and realizing the small changes is pushing me more to keep going! It's given me hope that this will work! I just have to keep at what I'm doing :) I need to block out some people tho .... Time for a rant!! I'm really sick of people telling me I'm "stupid" or to "wake up to myself" for getting up early before day shift to do a morning workout! I use to struggle so bad with fatigue on day shifts that I had to find a travel buddy to drive me. I use to get up on day shifts at 3.30 am but now get up at 2am, have my pre workout, get dressed and drive to the gym! There for 2.30 for an hr session!! I honestly feel amazing afterwards and my fatigue levels throughout the day are so much better. I don't struggle no where near as much as I use to! It really is amazing how much getting up that little but earlier can change ur entire day. ... I just wish others would see that too. It may sound crazy to them but it really works for me!I understand sleep is vital to weight loss but I'm not loosing anymore sleep really. Because before doing this I would come home from work and fiddle fart around and waste an hr and a half of time doing nothing! But now I get Hme, quickly reheat dinner, have a shower and straight to bed. Instead of wasting the time in the evening I make use of the time productively in the morning :) just wish people would stop calling me stupid and an idiot or to wake up for myself! .... Range over haha I watched "the coach"s video today too. Couldn't watch it last night due to work so I'm glad they post the video on Facebook so I can catch up on what I missed!! i find it's great to watch and keeps me motivated! I took a lot out of this weeks video! It really inspired me and got me thinking!so I'm going to try write my blogs a little different and try track daily my exercise and eating. I'm going to write most of it on pen and paper and then try transfer it to my blog when I get a chance :) So this week he talks about being the danger zone. It will either make or break u!!! I think I am heading in the right direction! I'm hoping to keep this positive attitude and push forward in the future! Hopefully I'm one of those "makes" and not "breaks" :) he speaks about referring back to y u started. Y u wanted to change ur life. I think this is a great tool for me because sometimes it really is my mind that wants to quit first! If everytime I think of quiting or my mind decides to wonder in the wrong direction I'm going to try remind myself of exactly WHY I started!! Like coach says "it's ment to be challenging, that's y they call it a challenge" So round 2 : week 5! It's time to ramp it up! I've decided I wanted a bit of a challenge these next few weeks so I've chosen to complete the "get strong exercises" I find I really want a toned and fit body and know that muscle burns fat so in doing this get strong workouts I will hopefully gain more muscle!! what's working, what's not working.... Time to look at my pictures and tweak and refine my lifestyle for different changes :one thing that's frustrating me is weight. I'm not loosing any but my body is changing. I know it's just a number but I would love to see the scales actually move! I want to try and now give it more then I have before in my cardio sessions. I'm going to try aim for 4-5 productive cardio sessions and I will see if this has any further effect on my weight loss :)I would also like more changes in my legs/ butt and lower back! Ok and the hips. I know it all comes with time but would love them to evacuate immediately. Going to try squat lower and really squeeze with every rep to get a shaped butt ;) also going to really try with the deadlifts as I have read these help with lower back and ur legs :) I really want nice legs and a nice back..... I'm not too fussed on abs to be honest. If love a flat firm stomach but my main focus is my legs and my back !! Today I'm going to finish with a great quote that I stole from coach ! "Remember Don't loose site of what this is!! This is a 12week not a 12second""Great inspiration and great words! I am one who focus"s on wanting things right now! But with weightloss it doesn't happen right now. I'm going to keep my Persistence and perspiration and the results will hopefully follow. I'm feeling good!Loving the challengeLoving the exercisesThe motivationThe social hubThe extensive informationLoving the food and am a little bit obsessed with Maxine's protein shakes and bars.All in all I'm so glad I started this challenge. It's really starting to make me see my life differently :)) Over and out!Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    6:23 PM

    Arghhhhhhhh just wrote a MASSIVE BLOG and it deleted :( humph

  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    6:14 PM
  • Elle Hickey
    25 Aug 2014
    5:30 PM

    VIDEOS - chest - biceps and abs :) loved maxines weight session today! I wrote down all my weights and hopefully next week I will ramp it up ;)

  • Elle Hickey
    24 Aug 2014
    3:15 AM

    BLOG : bow-chicka-wow-wow ;) ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: super dooper :) lighter, clothes r getting bigger! Feeling GREAT!!Today's exercise: Mixed hill walking n few weights This weeks goal: turn all negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24th august 2014,SUNDAY Daily inspirational quote "Negativity doesn't live here" so how did I go this week??? I think this week would prob have to be my best week yet! I've felt so motivate and keen everyday. Yes I've had negative thoughts n down times but they didn't last long as I turned these negatives into positives straight away. I've realized this week how much ur mind can really effect ur weightloss! Since concentrating a lot on my mind and positive thinking I have noticed so many differences this week! my self esteem and confidence is starting to boost and I'm actually starting to feel really good about myself!! I've been so into the comp this week too. Taking lots of photos and videos and getting involved big time with the social hub! The social hub really is amazing at helping me stay on track! love it!!!! So how am I feeling?Well....... To be honest! I'm feeling amazing! I feel like what I'm doing is working and I'm heading in the right direction! Feeling and seeing the differences really does push u even more! Today I woke up feeling lighter again n liked parts of my body that are changing!!! And I thought to myself "omg I can't wait until the end of this challenge and to go in a bicini on the jetskis and flaunt the new me ;) Yippeeeee-da-doooo-da-day :)) Well that's me for now!Over and out

  • Elle Hickey
    23 Aug 2014
    3:32 AM

    BLOG : mind over matter ......Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tired, cold but ready to kick some butt :)Today's exercise: cardio pus circuitThis weeks goal: turn negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23rd august 2014, SATDaily inspirational quote "Your fitness is 100% mental! Ur body won't go where ur mind doesn't push it" Rise and shine! Yo it's early morning gym time!Up bright and early again! 2.30am gym sesh before work! I woke up again pretty tired and my body just wanted to lay there n sleep but my mind pushed myself to get out of bed!! I usually struggle big time with fatigue on dayshifts!! But after getting up an hour earlier n exercising my body feels alive and I'm more alert and awake the hole day! When I don't want to get up I try remind myself how good it feels to not get constant fatigue throughout the day by working out first thing! That that extra hour sleep never feels better but a good workout does :)So up I get to get them gains :) Looking in the mirror and actually feeling proud of how far I'm going :) I hated publicizing photos of me because I'm so embarrassed of myself and also I didn't want randoms bullying me about my weight. I uploaded a video to my insta social hub n unfortunately experienced this yesturday! A guy commented "fat arse butt bitch" on a video that I actually felt I looked the best in :( I would usually sit there and cry, then satisfy my emotions with food! But I didn't!! I responded " thanks. It's people like you that make me want this. Thanks for ur motivation. Ain't gunna bring me down" .... Hey it got me a little upset just to think that there are ppl out there who will try bring u down even when ur doing something about yourself but I know that if I let myself get in my usual depressive state I will go back to where I started! I referred back to this weeks motivation to turn all negatives into positives and thought "hey what a better reason to loose more weight n upload more photos to prove how awsum I am!! I'm using the crisism to motivate me more! I can't wait to burn some fat n tone my butt just to upload a pic n show this bully how super dooper amazing I am :))I did however block this user on insta so they can't view or comment any more pics but still using the motivation to push forward KAPOW!!! loving this weeks goal!It's really kept me on track and in a happy mind frame!!! I cNt believe how well I handled that guys comment! Physically and mentally :)) have I changed? Am I changed? is my depression and self esteem getting better??I THINK SO :)) Feeling proud! ..... photo #1 me hanging 10 while stretching haha photo #2 a little bit foggy this morning

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Aug 2014
    8:03 PM

    VIDEO - wow today's workout was amazing! IUPAC bright and early for my 2.30am session before work!! Cardio today !!! I sweated so much I feel like I've been swimming! I'm exhausted n short of breath but feeling amazing!! This is is what i did :)) 5min walk warm up3times (approx 5.30mins200m jog 9.7Rest30sec 9.730sec 12.930sec 9.730sec 12.930sec rest30sec 12.930sec rest30sec 12.91min rest1min 12.91min rest1min 12.91min rest(Below all took 17mins - 3.20km)(4x)20sec 12.910sec restRest 1min200m 11.3Rest400m 11.3Rest60xskips24x hooks80skips70mixed hooks/ uppercut60skipa30x hooksRow (x4)100m sprintReststetch fewling amazing and exhausted at the same time

  • Elle Hickey
    22 Aug 2014
    7:34 PM

    BLOG... eary to bed, earl to riseElle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tired but smaller ;))Today's exercise: cardioThis weeks goal: turn negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22nd august 2014,FRIDAYDaily inspirational quote "You have to get up every morning and say I CAN DO THIS!! ;) " And that I did! Up at 2am this morning for my pre- dayshift workout! Was pretty tired but knew if I got up and just went I feel better the hole day! So I said to myself the above quote and away I went! I did an awsum cardio session. The sweat was dripping off me. I look like I had been swimming!!! I'm loving the changes in my body. I put on my size smaller workshirt today and it's usually really tight that I cNt wear it but today IT FITTED!! I was so proud to wear it to work! It made me feel so good about myself today! I can not wait to see the new me... I'm loving all the small changes that are happening now that I just can't wait to see what the rest of the challenge brings :)) Over and out for nowOff to bed n up bright and early for another 2.30am gym session :))))!

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    2:40 PM

    VIDEO - ... This video has sound!!!! Haha uploaded the wrong one before but ohh well :) so here is the one with me actually talking!! Maxine's challenge 2014 week 4 body comparison #cautionnewbodyinthemaking Elle hickey

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    2:07 PM

    VIDEO - kapow :)) workout wonders

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    2:01 PM

    VIDEO - oticing differences week 4 body update

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    1:46 PM

    VIDEO - my fav exercise. Walk to plank

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    12:25 PM

    VIDEO - maxinea challenge 2014 #cautionnewbodyinthemaking my fav exercise !! Walk to plank! I can't wait to improve these, better push up, straighter legs and pump out more reps! Yeww

  • Elle Hickey
    21 Aug 2014
    11:12 AM

    BLOG : a little rain never hurt anyone ! .........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: wonderful! And lighter stillToday's exercise: Maxine's fitness test plus circuit training This weeks goal: turn negative thinking into positive :)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21st August 2014, THURSDAY Daily quote and motivation"Faith weights and protein shakes" goodmorning workout !!! Today we went outside!!! My sister is also doing the Maxine's challenge but has the problem I use to have when I started..... She is too embarrassed to go to the gym so we went to the park to workout instead!!! I use to be too embarrassed of going to gym too and eceryone watching and staring n thinking they are judging me so i understand where she is coming from! We did weights today in the pack! It was soooo much fun!!! we took heaps of photos too :) It was raining on and off while we where working out but that didn't stop us!! A little rain never hurt anyone!! it was funny too, we where doing medicine ball sit ups and throws and my sister accidentally threw the ball into my head haha. We couldn't stop laughing!! (Above photo of my battle scars haha) feeling good again today :) thats all all from me for now! over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    20 Aug 2014
    10:03 PM

    Appreciation post ..... wow!!! I am absolutely LOVING the Maxine's social hub!!! Such a great way to intrract with others in the comp and also when feeling low it's a great pick me up for motivation! Everyone is so supportive and positive!! I LOVE IT !!!! I I uploaded my week 1 and 4 comparison photos and all the amazing compliments from others has made me feel so good about myself! It's amazing how so many small words can change a way someone feels!!! :)) I'm so happy that others can also notice the small differences! I'm feeling so proud and positively looking forward!! I can't wait until my week 8 photos now to show the world how much BETTER my body is! thanka everyone following me and all your compliments and support! For someone with very low self esteem and confidence this means a lot to me and has made me feel amazing! Yewwwwww let's do this! ;))

  • Elle Hickey
    20 Aug 2014
    8:21 PM

    MEASUREMENTS WEEK4 vs WEEK 1 Week 1. Week4 Arm 33cm. 32cm Chest 103cm. 102cm waist 86cm 82cm hips. 108 102cm pelvis. 113cm. 108.5cm thigh. 72cm. 68.5cm above knee. 49cm. 46cm weight 82.1cm. 79.1cm :))

  • Elle Hickey
    20 Aug 2014
    8:14 PM

    PHOTOS !!!! week 4 photo check in :)

  • Elle Hickey
    20 Aug 2014
    5:38 PM

    BLOG : wibble wobble Wednesday ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays emotional feeling: fabulous! Today's physical feeling:Lighter :) I can see muscletone! U ripppa ;) Today's exercise: weights Mondays weight: 79.1 but I weighed myself today and I was 78.4 :)) This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20th august 2014, WEDNESDAYDaily inspirational quote "If your not scared, it's not heavy enough" Great motivation today! My partner trained with me n he really pushed me to my limits! I'm feeling so good!My muscles feel tight and amazing!!! I did I personal best today too!! WOOHOOOOO !! Winner winner chicken dinner! I said no to attempting the 20kg one arm row but my partner goes "I know u can do it, JUST TRY" ... But I was scared! so I pumped the bass to my music and BAM! I did it! I smashed out 6 each side :) can't wait not to attempt 10 and then up the weights!! Im feeling so fresh, toned, great! Excited ! Omg I can't even find the words to explain my emotions today. When getting up this arvo after night shift I felt "lighter" so I jumped into the scales and holy Dooley I had lost 0.7grams! This gave me the motivation I needed to push me today! I was so happy as on Monday I was seriously so down n ready to give up because I had put on 0.6kgs but after doing measurements yesturday and weighing in today in feeling better!! I've also been trying to get creative with food! It's fun to cook and I love taking photos and sharing the food :) I can't wait to get to bed so I can get up bright and early to train again! Loving it! Love this feeling !Now I need to stick to my weekly goal and "turn negatives into positives" I need to keep my head in this type of space and keep looking forward! lookout Maxine's challenge ;;)) kapow! Over and out for now Elle :)

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Aug 2014
    4:20 PM

    BLOG : making my sweat cry :)) .........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tired but accomplished after my workout Today's exercise: circuit training Mondays weight: 79.1 ( :( I have put on 0.6 ???????!! )This weeks goal: turn negatives into positives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19th August 2014, TUESDAY Daily inspirational quote " sweat is fat crying" the one time its ok to be a bully ;)) when your pushing yourself so much ur fat crys!! My golly gosh it's a good feeling !! Night shift last night and again tonight so the usual, feel a little low in energy n a bit tired... But did I let that stop me??? HELLLLSS NO! I pushed myself today and am do proud of my efforts!! The sweat was dripping off my so bad I looked like I had been swimming !!! it feels so good to walk out of the gym knowing that u can go home and have a hot relaxing shower and wash of all the tears of ur fat crying! Sorry fat but I need u gone ;)) haha cry cry cry!!!!!!! did id my measurements and weigh ins today. I will upload them tomorrow as I'm rubbing late for work!!! I put on grams this week which is very disapointing but I lost cms still ????!! I'm assuming I'm gaining muscle or maybe I need to push myself harder then I have been! im so determined to be a better me!! Im already on the right direction .... And if I keep a positive mind and keep at it I know I can do this! I will do this!! I can't WAIT to see the new me ;)))) bet ur excited too haha well watch this space! Crap better go! Can't be late for work! Over and out tune in tomorrow for my measurements and photos etc :))) .

  • Elle Hickey
    19 Aug 2014
    7:32 AM

    Week 4 photos I will add more and more photos throughout the week :) 1) protein pancakes with Maxine's chocolate protein! Topped with berries, yum!! 2). My favorite meal... Green stuffed chicken! My golly gosh it tastes soooo good !! 3) protein snack... Something a little different! Being a bit creative ;) 4) today I made a personal best! I trained with my fiancé and he pushed me hard! I have never done 20kg one are roms before n today I did :)) so proud! Such an accomplishment !!! Whooohoooo 5) end of week 3 start of week 4 photo:) noticing small changes!!!! :) 6) clean meatballs !! Garlic parsley mince onion and zucchini !! Tastes so good! something difgerent. Just being creative! Making cooking fun! 7) clean meatballs!! Tasty too 8) squatting !!! Only 40kgs but getting there! Defo room for improvement !!! :). Feel the burn! Yewww 9) gym selfie !! 10) another gym selfie collage 11) rolled chicken n spinach 12) stuffed chicken... I'm a tad obsessed 13) ok I need to control myself with the Maxine's bars! They taste so bloody good!!! 14) poached eggs on burgen toast with avocado! yuuuuummmmm

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Aug 2014
    6:31 PM

    BLOG : wk4 day1 feeling disappointed !! .........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: disappointedToday's exercise: Maxine's weights plus a few extra exercisesMondays weight: haven't weighed yet This weeks goal: turn negative thinking into positive :)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18th august 2014, MONDAYDaily inspirational quote"Thinking about quitting, stop!! Think about y u started!!" I haven't weighed in yet as due to my shift work I've been doing it on Tuesdays so weigh ins tomorrow. I'm feeling really disapointed in myself today tho. I had a little bit more confidence yesty n thought I was starting to look good. As I said in my yesturday blog I felt like my shoulders n collarbones where look great so I wore a boob tube but I had several ppl ask me "how is the challenge going"?? "Do u think it's working?"These questions brought down any bit of self confidence I gained. I felt so crap because I went there expecting ppl to compliment how good I am looking not ask me "do u think it's working?" Obviously if it was working they wouldn't have to ask the question.I felt so low in myself my negative thoughts came back. Y bother anymore? I've really put an effort in n no one notices. I was craving sugar so bad n sugar always makes me feel better when I am emotional..... Yerp I did, u guessed it. I gave in to my temptations. I had cake.Did it taste good!? NO!Did it satisfy me? NO!Did it cure my emotional pain? NO! ... It was a waste of carbs and sugar entering my body! I felt so sick I wanted to throw up! I seriously feel so disapointed in myself. I wish I didn't eat it now. But I just felt so low n felt like "what was the use anymore" ... but like my today's motivation says.... I need to remember WHY I started! this weeks goal is to concentrate on my mind!to turn my negative thinking into positives. If my mind didn't take offense to what everyone was saying I wouldn't have got so upset and depressive about everything! I would have kept keeping on n kept kicking butt! And that's just what I am going to do. I am going to work hard for this. I'm on the right track, I just need to keep focused!!!! Night shift tonightSo better be off to work.Over and out Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    18 Aug 2014
    3:33 PM

    Today's workout = Maxine's weights but I added in some extra exercises to get my heart rate going :)

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Aug 2014
    11:59 AM

    BLOG : last day of wk3Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: heavy still but noticing differences.Today's exercise: mixed weightsMondays weight: 78.5This weeks goal: drink more water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17th August 2014, SUNDAYDaily inspirational quote" I hate being fat so I'm changing " feeling heavy today. My butt is still so sore from my workout two days ago! so my legs feel heavy everytime I walk. I feel like my shoulders and collar bones are looking really good. We went out for a family luncheon today and I wore these black jeans and a boob tube because my shoulders and collar bones are looking really good. But I had 4 different peopleAsk "how are you going in the challenge" , "is the challenge working ?":( it upset me them asking that. I wore the boo tube because I thought people would complement how I was looking. But when people ask "is the challenge working?" Then obviously it musnt be working because if my body was different people wouldn't ask if it's working would they!?? Humphh I feel so crap right now. I depend way to much of people's complements and other peoples opinions. I wish I had confidence not to care what other people think. I wish I just felt good in me. I wish I didn't feel the need to hear compliments or feel the need to have others praise me in order to feel good about my self :( so that's me today ... Feeling pretty down in the dumps :( maybe the scales r right! mayb my body hasn't changed .Wahhhhhh! That's my rant.Glad to get it off my chest! I guess I'm gunna have to work harder and eat less! I hate being fat! I hate feeling like this .So I'm changing! Elle.

  • Elle Hickey
    17 Aug 2014
    11:59 AM

    BLOG : last day of wk3Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: heavy still but noticing differences.Today's exercise: mixed weightsMondays weight: 78.5This weeks goal: drink more water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17th August 2014, SUNDAYDaily inspirational quote" I hate being fat so I'm changing " feeling heavy today. My butt is still so sore from my workout two days ago! so my legs feel heavy everytime I walk. I feel like my shoulders and collar bones are looking really good. We went out for a family luncheon today and I wore these black jeans and a boob tube because my shoulders and collar bones are looking really good. But I had 4 different peopleAsk "how are you going in the challenge" , "is the challenge working ?":( it upset me them asking that. I wore the boo tube because I thought people would complement how I was looking. But when people ask "is the challenge working?" Then obviously it musnt be working because if my body was different people wouldn't ask if it's working would they!?? Humphh I feel so crap right now. I depend way to much of people's complements and other peoples opinions. I wish I had confidence not to care what other people think. I wish I just felt good in me. I wish I didn't feel the need to hear compliments or feel the need to have others praise me in order to feel good about my self :( so that's me today ... Feeling pretty down in the dumps :( maybe the scales r right! mayb my body hasn't changed .Wahhhhhh! That's my rant.Glad to get it off my chest! I guess I'm gunna have to work harder and eat less! I hate being fat! I hate feeling like this .So I'm changing! Elle.

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Aug 2014
    3:31 PM

    BLOG :no pain no gain ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: bloated and heavy but after watching my video I felt good, I wanted to cry seeing my shouldersToday's exercise: cardio this morning and Maxine's weights wirkout tonight !! Mondays weight: 78.5kgThis weeks goal: drink more water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16th August 2014, Saturday. Daily inspirational quote "no pain, no gain" i woke up this morning feeling so bloated and heavy. i felt gross and fat in my workout gear and didn't want to go because I felt yuck! I ended up going and did a killer cardio session! It felt so good! I added the session in my photos.. My partner goes to me. "U really need to stop worrying about what everyone thinks, what u think they think and start worrying about how u think about yourself" he filmed me and made me watch myself! As soon as I watched the video I nearly cried. My shoulders and arms look So much more defined and my legs are starting to get smaller too. I got a massive smile on my face and wanted to film me doing more! I've been pretty ashamed of me n my body and the way I workout! my fat wobbling, me looking like a spastic but today I was proud! I started to second guess myself and said to my bf "it's prob just the way I'm doing the exercise, that I just look better in the video. Anyone looks like they have nice arms and shoulders when they are in that position..... I need to get out of this negative mind feane and stop hating on myself and my body! to start thinking about my first impression when I saw the video, think about the satisfying emotions off accomplishment ... And stop thinking about second guessing myself! im so glad I joined this challenge. I needed this motivation to kick my butt into gear! I needed an extra push! and that's exactly what I am getting from this challenge. i woke up feeling so heavy.... When I went to the bathroom I had to hold on to the walls to try and help myself lower down ! My butt is sooooo sore from yesterday's workout! My ohhhh my I'm in pain! Waddling around everywhere but like the saying goes "no pain no gain" !!!!! well ill that's it for now! Over and out Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    16 Aug 2014
    1:26 PM

    Starting to like what I see. my #shoulders have #definition my #arms are FINALLY getting tone.. My #legs are #slimming and I am #LOVING the #maxineschallenge14 !!! I needed this #motivation so bad to #pushme in the right direction!! Im so sick of being fat and refusing to go anywhere because noting fits me nicely. I'm slowly but surely getting there !!!!!!! After watching this video and actually seeing a difference in my body, I felt like crying! The scales haven't given me the answers I want to see but this video proves my body is changing so screw the scales :))) #babygotback ;) #hardworkstartingtopayoff ....This is my new fav #exercise !! Looks easy but it's a killer! It's called the #walktoplank ! Suck your #stomach in as you crawl and try not to bend your legs !! #loveit #feeltheburn #maxines #maxineburn #maxsmuscleup #maxschallenge #maxchallenge14 #maxineschallenge #maxinechallenge14 #maxinesshapeup2014 #cautionnewbodyinthemaking #cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking #cautionnewbodyunderconstruction

  • Elle Hickey
    15 Aug 2014
    5:15 PM

    BLOG : Train insane !!! ........Elle Hickey FOLLOW my progress on MAXINES SOCIAL HUB via instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: accomplished after my gym seshToday's exercise:weights plus 4hlurs of cleaning my house lolMondays weight: 78.5kgThis weeks goal: drink more water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15th August 2014, FRIDAYDaily inspirational quote "train insane or remain the same" and today my morning workout defo felt insane!! We are packing up to move houses and I found my old workout book from last year. So I decided to choose a workout and go for it today! My gosh It Felt good. The sweat was dripping off me and my legs where burning!!!This is what I did, seriously if ur following my Maxine's progress, try it and let me know on my Instagram how u went! It's nearly killed me!! Ok so I started with 10min warm up walk ((Use a 20kg bar first round and second round use ur body weight! )) 5x : "walk to plank" -stand straight/ bend ur body into straghtleg dead lift position/ then walk arms to plank position without bending knees/ then do push-up / then walk arms back to standing position 40x shoulder width squat20x lunge ea leg30x squat should width20x lunge ea leg 10x squat and twist5x jump squat 10x squat and twist5x jump squat 10x ballerina - lunge with left leg forward as you come up lift right leg backwards, keeping it as straight as possibleThen swap legs 16x crunch16x crunch slow16x crunch pulse 3x16x crunch with legs 90" 5x walk to plank 20x wide leg squat1min wide leg squat n hold2min squat and hold, whilst lifting each foot, alternating sides16x wide legs pulse16x wide leg squat 4x lunge left4x lunge left really slow4x lunge left4x lunge left really slowThen swap legsThen repeat 5x walk to plank 1min : reverse crunch1min : crunch 30x squat n lift leg on one side and then squat and lift leg on other side 20x squat 5x walking to plank THEN REPEAT ALL ...My legs where burning so much and I really didn't want to repeat At all but I remembered my today's quote and pushed myself to keep going!!! I thought, well I can't afford a personal trainer at the moment so I have to refer to my pre written workouts and complete EVERYTHING on there just like a personal trainer would make u do everything they have planned for u to do !!! Because we are in the motion of getting our house ready to sell we had someone coming out today to value it and so I spent 4hours scrubbing and cleaning! Omg I am buggered! I feel more buggered then my actual workout lol!!!Defo can not wait until bed tonight! I will sleep well that's for sure Well that's all from me for now, over and out.Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    14 Aug 2014
    4:49 AM

    BLOG : frosty morning ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tiredToday's exercise: cardio rounds for timeThis weeks goal: drink more water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14th august 2014, THURSDAYDaily inspirational quote "Just wake up and work it" 2am wake up alarmPre workout - and head to the gym!so tired this morning and contemplated staying in bed that extra hour. But then I thought about it.... If I continue to lay in bed I prob wnt b able to get back to sleep anyways. I will prob just lay there thinking "I should have went"... So I did just that. I got up n went to the gym! Feeling much better now. The initial getting up part is so hard but I feel so much better once I am up ! Yesturday at work I had two people compliment me saying my face looks skinnier. I'm starting to notice some changes and I am really feeling good!! everyone asks "how's sticking to the diet going? R u over the food yet? " etc and I have to actually sit there and think about the question because no I'm not over it at all! I don't actually feel like I'm on a diet! I've been trying to get creative with my food making and I think this helps sticking to it and not feeling like "ugh do I have to eat that" ...Maxine's bars and protein are good for My sugar cravingsand the other day I had sweet potato cut like chips n just popped them in the oven. It was part of my meal plan but it felt naughty :) That's all from me for nowOff to work I go :) Over and outElle

  • Elle Hickey
    13 Aug 2014
    5:25 AM

    BLOG : early to bed early to rise Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: Today's exercise:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13th AUGUST 2014, Wednesday Daily inspirational quote ""Think fat loss not weightloss"" This is my biggest problem ... I'm too scale obsessed! I have been weighing myself everyday! And then getting really down when the scales haven't moved at all :( likw this week I cried because I have really been trying, so hard but only lost 0.6kgs! My partner told me to wake up to myself and that my body is changing and to do measurements .. So I did measurents and he was correct!! I must be gaining muscle and so that's why I didn't loose as much weight! So now I need to try tell myself it's about "fat loss not weightloss" And I also need to try and only weigh myself once a week as it fluctuates so much :)) i woke ok re up bright and early this morning! Usually get up at 3.30 for dayshift but again I got up and headed to the gym at 2.30am... Some ppl are saying I'm crazy and I will burn out etc but to be quiet honest I'm really handling the dayshifts alot better if I go to the gym before hand! I feel awake, alive and full of energy. Considering my hormones are going crazy, my emotions, anger and the horrific pain I have been experiencing I am so proud that I have still given it my all to exercise and my healthy eating... It's prob a good thing that the choc Maxine's bars taste so good because they then feel like a treat in this time. off to bed now tho and to do it all again tomorrow :) Over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    13 Aug 2014
    2:23 AM

    Boom boom pow

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Aug 2014
    7:23 PM

    WEEK 3 photos again I will add a heap of different photos throughout the week to this blog :)) 1). Last years winner yolande! Such an inspiration! A goal of mine is to be able to wear my shirt as a croptop like this at the end of the challenge! 2) relaxation , meditation oil! monday was my rest day due to coming off nightshift! I had this baby burning and relaxed while my muscles repaired! My body defo needed this !! 3) week 1 versus week 3 photo progress 4) week three gym selfie 5) soooo cold this morning (Wednesday) ... 2.30am gym sesh before work 6) this weeks goal : DRINK MORE WATER, aim for 1 glass before every main meal also ;)) 7) week 1 and week 3 face comparisons !! Feeling good :)) 8) pre - gym selfie in my new max"s shirt :)) 9) another gym selfie :) 10) my goal (another one) is to be able to wear my shirt up/ like a crop top and not be ashamed!! 11) pants still too tight..... Don't u wish weightloss wud just happen overnight! i feel good for a bit then suddenly I feel fat n bloated again :(( 12) feeling bloated n heavy :((

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Aug 2014
    7:18 PM

    MEASUREMENTS :))

  • Elle Hickey
    12 Aug 2014
    5:29 PM

    BLOG : ive lost cm's wooohooooo ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: great !!!!! Today's exercise: 2 sessions. HIIT cardio this morning and maxines weights session this afternoonThis weeks goal: drink 2.5litres of water a day (make sure i drink a glass of water before everymeal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th August 2014, TUESDAY Daily inspirational quote'fitness is not about being better than someone else... its about being better than you use to be' booooooooooommmchuckalca !!! i am feeling great! i was feeling really bloated yesturday, hormonal and down in the dumps. due to coming off nightshift monday morning i did my weigh ins and measurements this morning.first i jumped onto the scales and only had 0.6kg loss. which really got me down! ive been reading about so many people loosing like 5kgs a week, and couldnt understand y i wasnt :( i then did my measurements and bammmm 'IVE LOST CM'S' :)) so my assumption is that i am now gaining muscle :) i need to stop comparing to others and just compare to the old me !!!! everyones bodys are different and will loose weight and gain muscle in different ways! i need stop focusing on the scales and focus on how i feel / my clothes / toning and measurements! i will put a pic in my next blog of my measurements for you all to check out !!! week two was a bit difficult with everything in my life that was going on and the stress. but i found i learnt not to let things going on in the outside world affect my healthy eating and lifestyle.... i was so proud not to turn my emotioins to foodand instead i went to the gym and burnt off my anger. this isnt like me? is this a change? :)) defo a change for the better!!! i also found so far that using my daily motivations to get me through the negatives of my day is really starting to work! starting my everyday on a positive and always referring back to this positive when i feel i am about to fall of the wagon really puts my mind back on track :)i am honestly LOVING the maxines shakes and bars. they feel like a treat ! and are soooo yummy! usually when you do a program you hate having to eat their products or drink their protein but i absolutely LOVE the maxines products and find i have to make a third order!! my partner not only has stolen half my bars, but he is also drinking the protien!! which says alot because he is so fussy about what proteins he eats and drinks! i am so glad i started this challenge. i am starting to see small changes and i am enjoying eating maxines meal plan and also love the weights session.I think the weights one day and cardio the next is also really working for me. i can not wait to see what the end of this challenge will bring! im feeling after two weeks i am already visualising the end and what my final body will look likei am so determined to change and become something new! this is only the beginning, and im already so happy of my efforts and determination!! over and outelle

  • Elle Hickey
    11 Aug 2014
    5:21 PM

    BLOG : .rest day ..........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: bloated Today's exercise: rest day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11th august 2014, MONDAY Daily inspirational quote "REST remember muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed" yesturday was ment to be a rest day but due to my shift work I moved it to today , (I did a big gym session yesturday before work) any ways! Here we are in week 3 , day 1! due to my shift work and coming of night shift this morning, I am going to do weigh ins and measuremts tomorrow morning! I'm feeling bloated , but still feeling differences in my body :)) I'm feeling very fatigued and exhausted so this rest day was well deserved and worth it! I have relaxation oil burning and relaxing and relating all my muscles :) feeling fresh already! Can't wait to get up tomorrow morning n head to the gym! I haven't stopped thiking about working out all day !! I hate having a rest day but I had to listen to my body! well ... That's me for now! I will write a more in depth blog tomorrow regarding my two weeks and progress :) bye for now. Time for sleep elle

  • Elle Hickey
    10 Aug 2014
    4:19 PM

    BLOG : time flys when ur having fun ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tired but accomplished Today's exercise: long cardio This weeks goal: squat 10x when going to toilet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10th August 2014, SUNDAY Daily inspirational quote "Never stop fighting for your dreams" wow ow it's the end of week two already! Time defo flys when ur having fun :) last nightshift tonight :) can not wait until my rest day tomorrow. Because I'm working all weekend I thought I would move my rest day from Sunday to Monday! That way I'm still working out before work! I find I have a Lott more energy if I go to gym before work so didn't want to skip today. My legs are so sore today! My body is also feeling fatigued but I'm noticing differences :) today I did long cardio! mixed between walking on high incline and riding the bike! I'm exhausted! Can't wait until weigh ins tomorrow! Feeling good so hopefully the scales and measurements give me good news lol today I made a group to try keep motivated and to get others help to motivate me :) ive noticed people have messaged me about me motivating them and it makes u feel good that not only am I helping myself but others also :) i made a goal this week to squat everytime I went to the toilet, I'll b honest I didn't do it everytime because sometimes I forgot lol but I uploaded this weekly challenge to Instagram and had comments of other competitors getting onboard :)) it was great !!! i did did really well with my eating and exercise this week and I'm feeling so proud of myself! Can not wait to see what the next few weeks will bring over and out !! Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Aug 2014
    4:09 PM

    BLOG : weekend night shift ........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tiredToday's exercise: Maxine's weight session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9th AUgust 2014, SATURDAYDaily inspirational quote"Do it for the HOLY S&$7 you got hot" ;) Feeling so tired and exhausted. Night shift last night and all weekend. I had a broken sleep today so feeling pretty fatigued. Last night I had down time at work so instead of sitting there lazing around I decided to GET UP AND MOVE!! Walking up and down, up and down my stairs! all the boys where shinning their torches at me and yelling out motivational words which was amusing! Everytime I stopped for a drink or to catch my breathe they would yell at me to keep going !!I was feeling so fatigued but actually getting up and getting my heart rate going really woke me up!! Just did my afternoon gym sesh! I am exhausted! I struggled so hard to lift weights today. I still completed my workout my my golly gosh it was hard!Today I did the Maxine's workout and added a few extras like squat jumps and push ups. And tried to do super set type thing.This is what I did 10min warm upWalk- treadmill 3rounds:leg press 100kg x10Calf raise 50kg x20Squat jumps x10...3roundsBicep curl 15kg x10Shoulder press 5kg x10Push up x10...3roundsBench press 20kg x12Tricep over head ext 5kg....3 roundsLat pull down 32kg x10Tricep push down 23kg x10...Crunch with 10kg x 20 (twice)Stretch....defo exhausted after that one!Headed home and had my Maxine's chocolate

  • Elle Hickey
    9 Aug 2014
    2:28 PM

    Do it for the HOLY S$&T you got hot :))

  • Elle Hickey
    8 Aug 2014
    11:37 AM

    BLOG : You have a choice .......Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: motivatedToday's exercise:: cardio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8TH August 2014, FRIDAYDaily inspirational quote " no matter what the situation is, you have a choice! No matter how bad it is, you have a choice" flicking through max"s challenge on fb and saw this very true and motivational quote ! we all have a choice. Unfortunately my hole life I have chosen to satisfy my emotions and stress with unhealthy eating and that is why i am in the situation I am today! I have a choice. There is a lot going on right now with my partner loosing his jobs/ we just brought land to build a house and plus all the wedding plans etc. I am feeling very stressed and when I am stressed I eat. But I HAVE A CHOICE! i am not going to let things in my life get in the way anymore of my healthy eating, gym and healthy lifestyle! I need to find a balance. Instead of turning to food to satisfy me I am going to go to the gym. take my frustration out on the weights :) night shift tonight! Ment to be sleeping all say but can't sleep! I just want to go to gym ;) can not wait until 2pm so I can go! I will ill post my results later. Over and out for now this is is my workout today :) hitt/ tabata cardio 10 minsHiit - 8kg x20Kettle bell swingAround the body (10one way 10 the other)Dead lift - n pull kettle bell up 10kg x 20Repeat above exercises ......10kg ea arm -2 rounds Oblique lean ea side x10eaLung x10ea leg..... Skip50x (3x).....5kg squat and twist (vipr)20x (3x).......5min bike fast/ slow11-132.29 kms...Hover and twist5ea side (x2)...Crunch x20Obliques x15eaHip raises x15(3rounds) Stretch feeling WONDERFUL :))

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Aug 2014
    5:49 PM

    I hate my arms so much... I can't wait until I can wave at people without being paranoid about my flab flapping around in the wind! I'm struggling to get them tonned at all tho :( I guess it's one step at a time. they may be baby steps but I need to think positively that I will get there! I can get there and I will!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    7 Aug 2014
    12:53 PM

    BLOG : Cardio Thursday and feeling fresh ..........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: a lot better the yesturday Today's exercise: 10km of mixed cardio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7th August 2014, THURSDAYDaily inspirational quote "If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you"ll find an excuse" today we had appointments all day so I was going to make the excuse that I cant be bothered getting up at 6.30 and going to gym, ..... But then I thought to myself NO! I want this, and I need this. I have to get up and go . And that i did! I'm really struggling with long cardio. And always have. So as soon as I feel like I'm too exhausted/ can't be bothered I quickly swap onto different cardio machine and keep pushing!! Today I did 10kms all together which I am really proud of :) I wanted to quit so bad at 7 but pushed trough to get 10 :) im feeling a lot better today about myself also. sratting to notice small changes again :) still feel a little bloated in my tummy. Not to sure why . im in really loving meal prep side of things Also. I have a passion for photography so can't wait until the meal is prepared so I can photograph it :) well that's it from me for now over and out

  • Elle Hickey
    6 Aug 2014
    5:58 PM

    BLOG : down in the dumps .........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: down, bloated and stressed :( Today's exercise:maxines weight session. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6th August 2014,, WEDNESDAYDaily inspirational quote " stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are " feeling very very stressed at the moment. Planning a wedding/ in process of selling our house / building a new house and my partner lost his job today :( humph ... I need to try not stress but it's really getting me down. I went to this gym this morning and did Maxine's weight session but just felt really bloated and gross. I was feeling good the other day, I can't understand how you can go from one to the other so much :( I took my week two photos and even tho I have lost cm and KGs I can't notice much of a difference between my first photo and now... I know it won't work over night but thought I would notice more. Ugh I can't let this all get me down. I need to be grateful for the supportive friends and family have with the stress that is going on and stop worrying about the stress. It's not the end of the world and I can't let things affect my eating and my exercise and my progress to the new me!!! thats all from me for now...... over and out Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Aug 2014
    7:59 PM

    BLOG :feeling bloated ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: energy was good but feel really bloated Today's exercise: cardio - tabata This weeks goal: squat everytime I go to toilet 10x. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5th AUgust 2014, TUESDAYDaily inspirational quote " starting over sucks, so keep going" today I went to the gym at 2.30am again before day shift! Wow I got through the day so much bettwr by getting up an hour earlier then what I would habe if I didnt even tho it was a good session, I am feeling very bloated and fat today :( i hate stupid mixed emotions, one day u feel great, next minute you feel bloated and gross !!! Just can't wait to get over this peak and. Learn to love the body I am in!! Well off to bed. It's been a long day. Over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    5 Aug 2014
    2:31 AM

    Boooom chuckaluckaa 2.30am gym sesh feeling keen and motivated !!! .... and this is what I did :: Warm up: 10mins 0.93km 55calWalk - treadmill....(2.0 incline)1min walk30sec jog - 9.730sec run - 11.330 sec jog - 9.730 sec run - 11.3REPEAT (for 10mins)(1.4km 10min 111 calories).....2min rest.....11.3km - 3incline20sec sprint10sec restX 4.....12.5 - 4incline20sec sprint10sec restX4......Side Step up n lift knee20sec10sec restX4......10jump squats10sec restX4.....Bikefor the bike I chose a song with a good beat. Everytime the beat dropped I pedaled my heart out. When the beat slowed down I pedaled to the Beat3.2mins - 1.46km STRETCH and I am buggered!!! But feeling great !!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Aug 2014
    8:08 PM

    BLOG : rise and shine !! Week 2 ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: really good at the moment Today's exercise: Maxine's weight circuit This weeks goal: every time I go to the toilet, squat 10 times ;) weight :79kg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th August 2014, MONDAYDaily inspirational quote " work out in the morning, before your brain figures out what your doing " Rise and shine !!! Up bright and early this morning to kick start the day with a super dooper weight session. Up at 2am- had my oxyshred - 2.30am gym sesh then my Maxine's burn shake at 3.30 after gym! Leave for work at 4.30 and off for a productive day! I usually struggle big time with fatigue on dayshifts but getting up an hour earlier and exercising made me feel alive all day !! I also put on my work jeans and they feel a little looser :) feeling really good today. Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring! Ohhh and!!!!!! My Maxine's shirt arrived, can't wait to wear it to the gym tomorrow! also more Maxine's bars arrived too!! ( I had to order more as my bf was stealing them, they are seriously so yummy!!) thats me for now !! I Will post my this weeks body shots and measurements tomorrow. Off to bed as I have to b up at 2am again bye for now Elle

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Aug 2014
    4:20 AM

    Week 2 photos :)) i will try add several photos throughout the week to this blog :) 1). Today's workout . 2). Protein protein protein! Really loving Maxine's protein. It tastes so good it actually tastes naughty 3) 2.30am gym selfie... Brrrrrr. It's cold 4) this was my fiancé this morning getting me up at 2am for my 2.30 session 5) STOP AND SQUAT !!! ... I am on my butt for 14hours a day so I feel so lazy sooo this week I plan to do 10 squats everytime I go to the toilet! I find with all the water I am drinking I need to go a fair bit so just say you go to the toilet 5x a day, that's 50 more squats then u wud have done :) winning! #cautionnewbodyinthemaking 6) weight graph : week 2 79.1kg wooohooooo 3kg loss and really feeling it :) 7) got my Maxine's shirt :) love love love !!!!! <3 p=""> 8) /.30 am Tuesday gym sesh selfie- tabata training - cardio 9) got my Maxine's goodies!!! Second lot of bars as my partner stole half my other ones :/ 10) gym selfie 11) buggeted, gym selfie 12) LOVING MAXINES protein bars, so delicious! My sister came over today and had one and couldn't believe how good it tasted! She didn't believe they where part of a diet plan ! 13) a bit of meal prep. calling this on "green quiche" wow it tastes amazing. I'm not one to eat fish or tuna so I've replaced it with eggs or chicken... This is seriously so delicous!!! A mixture of 9egg whites-3eggs - spinach - shallots - brocoli - mushrooms - onion - zucchini 14) green stuffed chicken... More meal prep! This time I flattened chicken breast, put in blender asparagus, celery, brocoli, basil leaves, coriander leaves, spinach, zucchini, onion, garlic , drizzled soy sauce ontop and cracked pepper 15) process of stuffed chicken 16) process of quiche 17) Thursday 7th- round two gym sesh selfie ;) loving my Maxine's shirt!!! 18) drinking my protwin after the gym :) nom nom nom!! They are so sweet and delicious ! I am addicted!!! 19) another selfie before the gym 20) week one versus week 2 :( I cNt really see any differences! it's got me a little down but now i am going to push harder to get the results I want! 21) a better pic of week one and two . I didn't realise I cut half my body off in other pic haha

  • Elle Hickey
    4 Aug 2014
    2:21 AM

    RISE AND SHINE ITS 2.30AM GYM TIME ;)

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Aug 2014
    8:24 PM

    more photos > 1) two day lunch prep > 2) veggie stuffed chicken > 3) stuffed chicken process > 4) overnight oats (popped in fridge the night before with 50g oats/ protein/ water > 5) selfie > 6) week one selfies stuffed chicken #stuffedchicken #mealprep #somethingdifferent #zucchini #onion #capsicum (they had no green :( ) #mushrooms #chicken #chickenbreast #basil #corriander .... Cut all ingredients, cut open full breast then beat it flat #muscles .. Then placed all vegetables inside. This breast is too big for one persons portion so once cooked I will cut it in half!

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Aug 2014
    3:53 PM

    This is me in clothes week 1

  • Elle Hickey
    3 Aug 2014
    3:35 PM

    BLOG : week 1 complete ........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: accomplished, it may be only week one but I feel very accomplished for just finishing one week!! Today's exercise:walking my dogsThis weeks goal: no junk food/ fizzy drink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd August 2014, SUNDAYDaily inspirational quote "If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food" keeping this very strong motivation in my mind being shopping day today!!! its so true, I haven't had anything bad in my fridge all week so I haven't eaten anything bad. The temptation was erased. I find to get through this challenge after every week I am going to congratulate myself that I got through the hole week and let's start again and do it all again this following week!! only this time do something a little more. I'm making little goals to get me through the week and think this is really working for me :) im starting to feel better already. This week has been tough with some stressful events happening but I am proud to say I did not turn to emotional eating :) that a very very big thing for me!!! so in a nut shell how did I go :: food : I ate clean the entire week, I followed the plan but being a shift worker just swapped a few meals around for different times as I had to eat at 3am etc..... After nightshifts it's hard to eat chicken and veggies as I just can't stomache it so instead I had protein only breakfast so eggs instead :)) exercise: I did the Maxine's weight sessions and really loved them!!! I didn't rrealise how unfit I was and can't wait to try and up my weights mindset : my mind has been very focused on the challenge but very stressed at the same time. the stress prevented me from sleep but it did not stop me from completing my first week of the challenge feeling : I'm feeling really good. I feel "lighter" and can't wait to get on the scales tomorrow and take a few more body pics. well that's my week one blog. over and out for now elle

  • Elle Hickey
    2 Aug 2014
    1:05 PM

    BLOG : feeling great...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: feeling great, lighter and a bit smallerToday's exercise: weight training This weeks goal: no junk food or fizzy drink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 2014,Daily inspirational quote "the pain of being over weightis far worse then the pain of working out" love this quote! A lot of people don't realise how bullying can really affect your mental state of mind. I've grown up constantly in a battle if weightloss which has caused me to go through stages of depression and anxiety. Today at the gym looking at myself in the mirror while in pain, ii saw my muscle flexing. This brought a massive smile to my face. I noticed a difference in my body changing today and it makes me feel amazing ! That feeling today made the muscle pain feel like nothin! Today i joined two work Mates! It was great to have friends there and laugh when you fail but get back up and try again! im feeling really good today, both mentally and physically ! I got an amazing nights sleep last night which I think has helped a lot wih my feelings. It's only week one and in feeling great! Can not wait to see what the other 11 weeks have to bring for me! Thats ta all from me for now, over and out ::) elle .... lunch today was delicious !!! I mixed things up a bit today using the ingredients listed but I also added basil/ corriander/ garlic/ chilli / egg ong this tasted AMAZING !!

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Aug 2014
    9:25 PM

    Just a few photos 1) I hate my arms but working them like a beast ;) 2) yummy chicken- veggies and herbs nom nom nom 3) I ate steak !!! I hate steak, but I actually didn't taste as bad as I thought :) 4) gym selfie !! Wore my partners shirt to the gym as his are the only ones I feel comfortable in. All mine are too tight for me at the moment! Feeling a little smaller but so much more to go !! 5) my Maxine's challenge package! OMG the protein is to dye for! And those choc bars are he best! I can't believe how good it tastes! 6) meal prep 7) starting weight 8) excitement .... when I recieved my Maxine's package

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Aug 2014
    9:13 PM

    So this is me. I'm embarrassed to upload this but I am saying goodbye to the old me. Hello to the new me! I'hate my arms, I hate the size of my legs and the rolls on my back! pretty much hate everything about my body. can not wait to see results. I said goodbye to this body on 28th July 2014 and can not wait to upload my next body video!

  • Elle Hickey
    1 Aug 2014
    8:12 PM

    BLOG : feeling heavy...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: heavy Today's exercise: circuit training This weeks goal: week 1 no takeaway / junk food or fizzy drink. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st august 2014, FRIDAY Daily inspirational quote "Go ahead, tell me that IM not good enough! Tell me I can't do it , because I will show you over and over that I can"" ive had a few people tell me that I won't be able to complete the challenge successfully as I'm a shift work! That it's pointless trying to loose weight whilst being on shift work etc .... I've constantly made excuses for my unhealthy eating and lifestyle and I'm not going to let peoples negativity get in my head that I start making excuses! Yes it is harder to loose weight in the type of shift work I do but this motivates me more to prove to everyone that I can! And it can be done! my shifts are all over the place changing from night shift to day shfTs so my body can never get in a rhythm especially my eating!! I try to find the time to exercise, especially before nightshifts! I got to the gym before work and I find it helps get me through the night. My biggest downfall is my eating with nightshift. Especially today !!! I came of nightshift this morning, getting home at 7.15am. I have a quick protein only breakfast / quick shower and head for bed! Then wake up at 1pm and head to the gym for 1.30pm. leave gym at 2.30 pm have protein shake and I am full and then not hungry until dinner! So I find today I really don't eating enough and then late at night I'm starving and craving everything!!! I really need to crack down on my eating after my last night shift! I'm eating healthy but it just doesnt seem like I'm eating enough. i had had no motivation to get up and go to the gym. So tired after these couple of nightshifts. But thankfully my friend from work is also in the challenge sent me a message saying "get up and get to the gym pronto, time to get them gains" thid brought a smile to my face and put a spring in my step! So off to the gym we went . Todays exercise consisted Of: burpes walking lunges 5min runs push ups ticep dips squats planks more running more burpes more walking lunges and then a massive stretch! Felt so good afterwards! If I went to the gym on my own there is no way I would have had the motivation to do that! having a gym partner defo helped me today :)) sooooo it's been a week since I unofficial lh started my new lifestyle change. I have accomplished my first goal for a week of eating healthy/ no junk !!!! So I spoilt my self with a nice remidial massage . It was good for my body and also good for my mind! The feeling of accomplishing something, even tho it's such a small gain feels amazing! My downfall Is usually the weekend with my eating. So sat n sun will b a challenge! But I'm going to stick to it!! And then time to make week twos goals! I am going to continue to carry on this goal into the next week but also make amother mini goal for next week. So how am I feeling? Today I feel heavy but I think that is due to exhaustion. The massage defo did me good! I didn't realise how sore and tight I was. I'll be honest this week hasn't been easy but I"M so proud of how well I am doing. I've stuck to Maxine's meal plans (except when I had to switch meals to suit my shifts etc and waking up in the afternoons) but I find the food is delicious! I LOVE the Maxine's burn choc bars and the protein is delicious! I was really anxious trying a new protein but I love it! a big downfall for me is sweets so I try to pretend to my mind that my sweets fix for the day is my protein! They are so sweet and yummy that even my bf has started stealing mine !! anyways i I think that's enough for today. Off to bed! Over and out elle

  • Elle Hickey
    31 Jul 2014
    4:29 PM

    BLOG : just keep pushing .......Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: both my mind and body are exhaustedToday's exercise: long cardio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 2014,Daily inspirational quote " push harder then yesterday if you want a different tomorrow" nightshift last night and again today. I'm exhausted! I had to really push myself to get out of bed and get to the gym but I defo feel better after it!! i sleep all day, then up at 2pm for gym, have my oxyshred, get dressed, then at gym about 2.30... then leave about 3.30 and back home! Have dinner/ shower/ get ready for work then off to work I go! Getting home at 7.15 tomorrow morning!!! Defo a long night!!! .... Long cardio..well attempted long cardio! Treadmill2.0 incline 9.0 speed Can only last two minutes and then need a 1minute walk. Repeated this several times to but my aim to keep 1 constant jog for at least 5mins!!! My lungs struggled, my breathing was heavy. Sweat was dripping off me and my legs where hurting. I wanted to stop after 1min but just kept pushing on. I only got to 2mins but hey I was gunna quit at 1min so I'm proud of my efforts.I did this for 15mina then moved to the cross trainer. After 10mins of mixed motions on the cross trainer I headed for the bike!! Great session! but next time I want to last longer on each machine! Anyways off off to work now. over and out . elle

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Jul 2014
    3:26 PM

    WORK OUTS Notes: leg press completed on first day was inclin machine calve raises: was standing on wood holding the weights on 2nd day leg press with decline machine calve raises with same machine also I did the crunches and also did some "side taps"

  • Elle Hickey
    30 Jul 2014
    3:16 PM

    BLOG : tired ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: tired, very tired todays workout: Maxine's weight session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30th July 2014, WEDNESDAYDaily inspirational quotE "no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch" so tired today. Stayed up really later last night to get into night shift mode but I couldn't sleep all day today because I was so stressed about everything that is going on. My head wouldn't stop thinking!!! i didnt want to go to the gym today but kept reading my daily inspiration n thought "screw it, I want this so bad I need to go!! Even if I just walk on the treadmill the hole time I'm lapping everyone at home on the couch!!! I can't let things in my life interrupt my healthy lifestyle Anymore!! i want togove it all I've got so I headed to the gym and within my 5mina of my 10mimute warm up I was ready and keen to push through my work out! It was weight day today so I decided I now have my motivation, the blood is pumping and I smashed out Maxine's weight session and man do I feel good! I was struggling wit a few reps and my partner goes "think of what's making you angry right now, and imagine you pushing that weight into them" and this is what I thought of and BAMMMMM I completed every rep!!! I'm soooo proud of the amount of sweat dripping of me today and I really feel like I did really well!!! I got home and feel like I have relieved a lot of stress!!! Now to get ready for the big night shift!! My meals are all over the place today... I'm still eating healthy but due to work I mix it all around. I have dinner tonight , lunch at work n then I'm going to have breakfast before bed tomorrow! But I wonder have oats/ carbs I'll prob just have eggs :) anyways i better go get ready! over and out elle!!!

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Jul 2014
    8:49 PM

    BLOG : stressed....Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking todays feeling: all of a sudden feeling very stressed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . omg so much stuff has been piled onto me right now. I'm so stressed and feel like my head is about to explode! I didn't end up going to the gym for my second session as I had to stay with my partner and be supportive with everything that is currently going on. I feel like I've failed already by not going :( I haven't "emotionally eaten" yet which is a good thing! But I'm scared of loosing my focus with this stress! I will not let obstacles in my life over rule my eating and health anymore!I must stay focus!I must!!!! Rant over :(

  • Elle Hickey
    29 Jul 2014
    10:43 AM

    BLOG : RUN FORREST RUN ...........Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on instagram:@cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemakingtodays feeling: still feeling very motivated and actualy feeling 'lighter' :) its amazing what just 5days of clean eating can make u feel like (i started my clean/healthy eating friday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29th July 2014, TUESDAY Daily inspirational quote''I will NOT starve for this, but i WILL work hard for this. It may take longer doing it the right way, but it will last longer this way. It will be better, and i will be happy and beautiful'' I Started the day with my cardio session ....at the gym. Yerp i did it in the gym :) !!!!!!!Keeping in my head the above quote i think i did extremely well at the gym. I did not worry about anyone around me, what they where thinking or if they where judging me, i just got in there and had a go!This is what i did: 15min warm up walk (2.0incline speed 6.0)bike 20sec flat 10sec rest (x4) my legs defo felt the burn row 20sec fast 10sec rest (x4) omg i felt like i was about to have a heart attack haha got between 80-100m each time tho treadmill 20sec run 10sec rest (x4) i could only run on speed 10 incline 2 :( i use to be able to run on 12.5 ages ago! this is my goal for next time!!!! squat jumps 20sec 10sec rest (x4) annnnnd BAMMMM VOMITS !!!! haha a little extra cardio holding my hands at my mouth with vomit whilst running to the toilets. yuck! ugh! hooley dooley i havent vomited whislt exercising for a while. defo makes me a little upset at how unfit i have got!5min walk just for a little cool down while the vomit feeling wore off then HIIT! for 10mins (my aim was 10-20mins) on the treadmill 30sec run - 30sec off i tried running on 10.5 but couldnt keep up and felt like i was about to have a heart attack. i wanted to get off and go home so bad but i planned this workout in advanced and was determined to get it done! so i dropped the speed to jog on 9.0 @ 2.0incline then i stretched!!!!! wow i feel so exhausted but so accomplished at the same time! cardio 1 = elle 0 haha (it only won because of the vomit. but i will win next time :) )i then came home and had my chocolate maxines burn protein shake and my serve of greek yoghurt. omg for a chocolate lover this defo cures any cravings!it tastes soooooooo goood!!! now off for a productive day and catching up with my bestie tonight for a killer weights session!!! over and outelle.

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Jul 2014
    9:38 PM

    WEEK 1 DAY 1 front view side view rear view so disgusted at how bad I have let myself go! But this will be the end of the old me! Today I say goodBye to the person in this photo and say hello to the new me! Everytime I look at myself I want to cry. i now want to look at this photo only with positive thoughts like "wow look how far I have come" this is the beginning. ... I can't wait to see all the changes!!

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Jul 2014
    8:14 PM

    MEASUREMENTS ..... WEEK 1 - 2014 TAPE MEASUREMENTS : 25.7.14weight: 82.1 /82.6 left arm: 33.5cmright arm: 33cmchest: 103cmstraight below boobs: 84cmwaist: 86cmhips/muffin top area: 108cmhips/ pelvis : 113cmleft thigh: 72.5cmright thigh: 72cmabove left knee: 49cmabove right knee: 49cmaround left knee: 43.5cmaround right knee: 42.5cmleft calve: 39cmright calve: 40cmleft ankle: 22.5right ankle: 22.5 BODY COMPOSITION SCAN : 28.7.14 completed by: Hunter Radiology total fat : 38% siri UWE fat : 29% brozek UWE fat : 28% soft tissue fat : 40% TBMC/FFM 7% Total bmd : 1.242(g/cm2)Total bmc : 3681 (g)Total area: 2964 (cm2)Total lean mass: 48099(g)Total fat mass: 32282 (g) T-score : 2.63 Young ref. : 126.9% Z-score : 2.72 Age match: 128.1%

  • Elle Hickey
    28 Jul 2014
    7:55 PM

    BLOG: IN THE BEGINNING ........ Elle Hickey FOLLOW me on Instagram: @cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyinthemaking#cautionnewbodyunderconstruction#cautionellesnewbodyinthemaking START WEIGHT: 82.1kgFeeling and emotions: Extreemly motivated, and ready to kick this weightloss war in the butt!! kapow ;) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28th July 2014, MONDAY Daily inspirational quote:''You dont have to be the best to start, but you have to start to be the best''WELL HELLLLLLOOOOOOO AND WELCOME TO MY BLOG!!! My name is Elle Hickey, and boy am i excited to be a part of the 2014 maxines challenge. I've never been so motivated and pumped to want to clean eat and exercise and not only turn my life around but also have a nice fit and toned body to go with it!!! You will notice i have added a daily ispirational quote to the beginging of my blog!Ive heard in the past having a positive mind frame will help push you towards success! I find myself constantly waking up with a negitive attitude towards myself, my image, exercise and nutrition!So have decided to start my day fresh!Everyday i willl try to have a daily inspirational quote and start my day on a positive note. i will also refer bak to this quote if there is anytime throughout the day i feel like failing or im going to fall of the wagon! :) So now a little something about me, ok ALOT! Im 24 and i am getting married next year so my goal is to loose this weight, tone my body and keep it off for my wedding in 2015.Ive struggled with weightloss my entire life and have always been a yoyo dieter and im ready to put a stop to it! I dont want to diet anymore i want to change my entire lifestyle. I want to make my healthy eating habits and exercise a way of life and not a chore! I want this person i see now, today to be the old me! And i can not wait to see the new me! I struggle really bad wih self confidence, self esteem and absolutely hate who i am and the way i look! I find everytime i need to leave the house its a constant struggle as i find 'all my clothes are too tight'. 'i dont look 'slimming', 'i dont look good', 'what if someone sees me', 'i need to do my hair', 'i need to do my make up', im to embarrassed to run into anyone incase they judge what i look like today.I find i spend countless hours in shops trying on clothes after clothes after clothes and i never feel satisfied. I find myself in tears or settling for something less because the thing i had in mind was too snug for my body! I then spend more countless hours stewing in my head about what i have just brought asking my partner 'are you sure i looked ok', 'its ok to tell me if i looked fat' 'does it make my butt and thighs massive?" and he always tells me to stop, that it looked good and that i will look amazing when i wear it but i never believe him!I want to be able to feel comfortable in the body i am in, and at the moment im simply not happy! I refuse to do the grocery shopping because too many people from my work live in the same area and im scared they will see me and judge me. (im lucky i have a supportive partner who does it for me)If we need things from the shop i will go with my partner but never leave the car as i dont want anyone to see me and what i am wearing todayI find myself constantly having to wear baggy shirts lately to cover my muffin top, and a pair of tights/leggin's so my legs look smaller then they actually are.I feel like my weight, my appearance and my self esteem issues are taking over my lifeIm sick of gettig bad anxiety everytime we have to go to an outing etc because i have to spend so many countless hours getting ready and constantly in tears about the way i look.Im always so scared of the people around me judging me, even strangers. I want to be able to know i have a nice and toned body and that people are looking at me for all the right reasons and not the wrong! I have to wear jeans to work everyday and get upset everytime i put them on. They are so tight and uncomfortable that i feel like my fat is about to bust through the skin. I feel like everytime i wear jeans my legs are suffocating! Im constantly pulling at them and undoing the button for a sigh of relief. I have already gone up to the size 16 in this brand and refuse to go any bigger!!!I never thought i was a size 16 in pants and keep convincing myself that they are a 'small make'! Maybe they are and maybe they arent, all i know is i want to feel comfortable in a pair of jeans, and not feel like my fat is about to pop from every which way. I really hate the look of myself!Everytime i look at myself i hate myself even more!I hate going to the gym, especially when i look the way i do at the moment.I feel there are so many judgemental people there and i get really paranoid that people are watching me and judgine meWatching if my thighs/ butt/ arms and back fat wobbleIf im puffing too hard? strudling to breathe doing easy exercises etc...Do i sound like an elephant on the treadmill while i run?Does my fat in my stomach roll when i sit on the leg press machine?So many things go through my head that for the past three weeks i have found myself either not entering the gym or leaving straight away!I know that as soon as i see results i will feel alot more comfortable but i find im not going to see results unless i push myself to get to the gym, and stop worrying about what others are thinking or if they are judging me.I find m body is struggling bad with carryin this excess weight and i find im puffing and panting alot more then usual.My lungs dont seem to be keeping up and even tho i have asthma it just doesnt feel right at all. I know that last time i lost some weight my lungs defo improved so i just want to get my lungs back in order so i can perform better at the gym and not sound like i have ran a marathon when i have only ran 200m. I took my dogs for a walk the other day and only lasted half an hour as i started to get bad aches in my legs. It felt like i had no circulation of blood flowing to them and i just wanted to sit down. Once sitting down i got pins and needles in my feet. After this i knew its time to fully commit. Not only to my exercise but my FOOD also! My self esteem and confidence has worsen as time goes on. I believe it all started from when i was a kid and was constantly bullied about my weight. I then found myself emotionally eating, which feels so good at the time but just makes everything worse later. (food is defo my biggest weakness)I still to this day find that i forefill my emotions with food and this is something i want to also try to begin to overcome during the challenge! I hate peoples smart re-marks about how fat and wide you have gottenAll those smart little comments and jokes that people say, they just dont understand how much it hurts ! Its like i already know how fat i am and that i dont have a toned and fit body but everytme someone puts me down i end up in a state of depression and emotionally eat my sorrows away!Its time to change this mind frame!! I need to stop! I need to change! I am ready to make a start on becoming the best of who i cn be! When registering for the comp i was so worried about adding my photo as public. I was so scared of who would see my photo and judge or criticise how i looked.I didnt want anyone commenting with smart remarks or have any cruel comments thrown at me as i already feel i so horrible wearing clothes let alone being in my bra and undies.But then i had a real hard think about it. I want no one to see this current me in bra and undies so if it is advertised to the public just knowing that everyone can look and see that 'i failed' is probably one of the biggest motivators! I now can not wait to compare my before and after photos and then brag to everyone at how far i have come! Iam so ashamed that anyone i know can see my photos and how disgusting i really look but i just keep telling myself 'wait until they see the new me ;)'I want this change!I need this change! and i am sure as hell ready for this change! From today I AM going to make the changeFollow me, support me, encourage me! and for once in my life, i want to make someone 'want to be meeeee' ;"over and outelle. #cautionnewbodyinthemaking

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