Jemma Spowart / Transformation

Jemma Spowart's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    67.0kg
  • After
    62.2kg

"The Challenge has had a positive and HUGE impact on every aspect of my life. I have more energy, more confidence, I feel strong both physically and emotionally. I love the way my body looks and cannot wait to push it further."

Details

Program

Get Strong

Reason to start The Challenge

Have worked with people that completed the challenge in 2013 & 2014- after seeing their amazing results I have wanted to push myself and see results. I broke my back in 2013 ruling out training for some time but I finally feel ready to tackle this challenge and achieve my goals!

What did you like most about The Challenge?

It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that I liked most as there were so many things that stood out to me however if I were to pick one it would probably be the FORUM and subsequent support from it. I signed up to the challenge after seeing results from colleagues in 2013 and 2014 but because I hadn’t put my own research in I wasn’t aware of the Max’s an Maxine’s community- Forum, Social Hub, FAQs, blogging and access to previous top 10 profiles and how these could assist, support and encourage me on my journey.

I was committed and had folders with our meal plans, exercise plans and shopping list but when I discovered the Forum in Week 5 it changed my challenge experience. I felt I hadn’t seen results in my first 4weeks and questioned if I had chosen the right program for myself being Get Strong rather than Tone and Shape I immediately learnt about the support available to competitors on the Forum. The responses to questions were almost immediate and between the Challenge Team, Coaches, Ambassadors and fellow challengers there was an abundance of knowledge available on there. I found most questions I had were already asked by challengers and answered and I had access to all of this meaning I could immediately resolve my concerns or find the support I needed to get through that work out or that week’s meal plan.

I have previously participated in a 12week challenge which I made it to about week 6 and then fell off the wagon, there was no support to keep people on track and no website and profile to enable blogging and keep me accountable. Having this during my Maxine’s challenge meant I ACTUALLY FINISHED! I STUCK TO IT! I DID IT!

On the home front the best part of the challenge for me was doing it with Tyson Brock my partner. We had strong foundations before this challenge but WOW this has brought us even closer together and we have supported each other through the good days and bad and our relationship is even better-which I didn’t think was possible!

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

For me the hardest part of the challenge was working around shift work especially the two lots of 7night shifts during the challenge. I didn’t have a particular week during the challenge that I found the most difficult but rather just random days. I found trying to chug down tuna and salad at 2am on night work was really difficult as well as motivating myself to train after 10shifts straight when all I wanted to do was come home, collapse on the couch and have a bourbon.

Being a police officer some days at work are harder than others depending on the jobs I attend. Previously my method of dealing with a bad day was to reward myself with food and alcohol. It was a hard transition for me to start throwing myself into the gym after a bad day but once I started the workout the endorphins were better than any pizza or beer I have ever had!

Negativity and jealousy was also pretty hard. People would say

“You are looking gaunt”…

“Your arms are gross like boys arms”….

“Horizontal abs on girls is gross”…..

“Why are you doing a challenge you aren’t fat”…..

“You look like a bloke”…..

“You will never look feminine if you do so much weights”…

Talking to Tyson about this and having his support as well as reading through other peoples blogs, forum- general chit chat etc made it quite easy to overcome these negative comments and say-

“Well guess what everyone I am not doing this for you I AM DOING THIS FOR ME”

“I feel strong, happy, healthy and beautiful and I LOVE MY MUSCLES”

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

The Challenge has had a positive and HUGE impact on every aspect of my life. I have more energy, more confidence, I feel strong both physically and emotionally. I love the way my body looks and cannot wait to push it further. But most importantly I have learnt that if I push through my mind telling me I can’t my body CAN DO ANYTHING.

In 2013 whilst working as a police officer I was hit and dragged 30m by a stolen vehicle. My injuries were 13fractured vertebrae in my neck and back, two severe tears in my shoulder resulting in inability to move it and lots of lacerations and bruises. The Dr’s had a fairly glim prediction for my future at that time basically telling me my career could be over and I would never run, train heavy weights or do physically demanding activities again.

This time for me was a challenging one but I told myself I would heal, I would run, I would remain a police officer and I would do whatever challenging activity I wanted to. Slowly my body healed however I always felt restricted. I avoided pushups, chin ups and heavy weights because I was scared I would fail. When I started this challenge I was determined to breakthrough this mind block and see what my body was capable of. I started the challenge with pushups on my knees, hadn’t done a burpee since the crash and never thought I’d complete strict chin up. Well in phase 3- week 9- I BROKE MY MENTAL BLOCK. I did not only one but THIRTY push-ups on my toes. I did not only one but FIVE strict chin ups. And I am doing burpees like they are going out of fashion!

My mind was the only thing holding this last part of my recovery back and this challenge impacted my mind and allowed me to see it was my only hurdle-my body will keep going long after my mind has told it to stop. This challenge has changed my life and my recovery and although I know I will suffer from my injuries for the rest of my life- my mind is no longer a barrier for my body’s ability….. I CAN I WILL, END OF STORY!!

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

DO IT!

DO IT!

DO IT!

No seriously DO IT!

I thought I was pretty fit and healthy before I started this. I trained most days and ate meat and veg a lot. But WOW was I doing it wrong. I never had a plan when I trained I would just meander around and jump on a piece of equipment and punch out 3sets not really pushing myself. Or I would ask Tyson “what are you training today” then I would just copy him at a lighter weight. Doing the challenge has taught me structure, training plans, meal plans and PREPARATION!!!! It is something that has changed my life FOREVER and I now spend less time in the gym but look 1000X better!!!!

I would say “Trust in the program, give it 100% and you will thank yourself later, it will change your life in more ways than you could ever imagine!”

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

YEP…..THANK YOU MAX’s MAXINES Challenge Team, Coaches and Ambassadors! Even though I spent hours and hours checking out the previous top 10 and I had seen results in fellow colleagues I didn’t think I’d get results like I did- but as was suggested to me I trusted the process and IT WORKED!

I went into this with the sole purpose of gaining ABS but I have gained so much more than just Abs. BUT BOY OF BOY DO I HAVE ABS haha!

My grandmother passed away from obesity related diseases and the female lineage of my family tree are generally overweight. I always told myself I would not be like that that I would starve myself to stay thin..but that’s not the key..I have eaten more during this challenge than ever in my life but I lost weight!

No longer is my goal to be skinny! My Goal is to stay FIT, STRONG AND HEALTHY!

I saw a picture during my challenge that read ‘I don’t train to be skinny I train to be a SUPERHERO! This is SO me! Working in a male dominated environment like the police it’s hard to prove yourself and your ability. Well I believe I have done that now! The boys know I can hold my own and I have had many tell me lately “I’m proud to serve beside you Jem” This is the best feeling! Better yet Tyson tells me every day how proud of me he is and it means the world to me, I am proud of myself and I cannot wait for our future together being that fit, healthy, happy couple! Life is never perfect but there are things we can control; our health and fitness is one of them and with that Tyson and I feel we can tackle anything!

Journal

  • Jemma Spowart
    17 May 2015
    7:11 AM

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Took our pics in gym and made this collage- wk1, wk4,wk8,wk12! AMAZING Just proves if you put in 100% and trust he process the results will come!!! I cannot believe that is me!!! Will go go through the other pics tonight and chose my 10 for my challenge completion process! Wow I am so proud of myself! have also been checking out the General Chit Chat Forum- Progress Pics there are so many AMAZING transformations! Everyone should be so proud of themselves!!!!! Nice work Maxine and Max's challengers!

  • Jemma Spowart
    16 May 2015
    10:20 AM

    I train to be a superhero! sums up my challenge!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    16 May 2015
    8:50 AM

    WOW it's nearly over I cannot believe it! When I started this I though 12weeks was going to last FOREVER but it has absolutely FLOWN! I am feeling AMAZING! Tyson and I got some family photos done with our puppies on Thursday to capture the end of our challenge and how good we are feeling! We've only been given a handful back but I am so happy with them! It's us all over! Myer are both feeling so proud of our achievements and are keen to keep up the program into the future! I have just been looking at the Challenge Completion Questions and reflecting on my journey! Wow what a journey! I don't know anymore what I was expecting from this challenge but what I do know is it has exceeded my expectations in more ways then I can describe! I know that when it comes down to it I did this and without my commitment to it I wouldn't have achieved the results I have but I also know that it's only because of how the challenge is set up that enable me to commit 110%! The support is amazing and blogging has really helped me during the good and bad days! I don't know who thought of all aspects of this challenge but they are a genius! Making it a community instead of just an individual journey has kept me on track, kept me motivated and is the main reason I am still here today! I I know I will continue habits I have developed into the future and I am so excited to push myself even further!!!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    13 May 2015
    6:44 AM

    Whoops slept through my 3:30 alarm this morning for fasted cardio. Had to start work at 6am so when I woke again at 4:30 it was too late! A bit disappointed in myself for it as we are due to take our photos tomorrow so I really should have gotten out of bed! But I won't beat myself up too much about it I will do a workout when I get home from work this afternoon! It's leg day today but I am undecided if that's what I will do given the pics tomorrow- if I do legs I will just use moderate to light weight so I am not too sore tomorrow! Yesterday afternoon I came home to a surprise present from Tyson- he is so amazing! I have been talking about this watch for months! It's he Garmin Vivoactove with heart rate monitor!!! SOO LUCKY! Gave it a test run during shoulders workout last night, was interesting to see the heart rate data on a graph on my phone! Can't wait to test it out on a run!! Spray ray tans are booked for tonight but Tyson told me he is feeling a bit hesitant about them. I think he thinks he will go orange or look ridiculous! I am hoping I can convince him to come along and I will tell the tanner to put him at ease and not go too dark! Hopefully it doesnt backfire as I've also booled some family photos for tomorrow afternoon and I don't want Tyson to feel like he looks silly! We are planning taking our own after photos in our gym sometime between tomorrow and Sunday- probably tomorrow! Hopefully Tyson is happy with his achievements as I am of what he has achieved and he sees what I see in him when we take pics! Our relationship was already strong but this challenge has bought us even closer together! We can take on any hurdle or obsticle and know if we tackle it together head on we will get through!!! Goodluck to to the rest of the challengers out there! cant wait to see some final pics coming through!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    12 May 2015
    5:47 AM

    Fasted Cardio before work in my old Maxine Burn shirt! 12min AMRAP10 kettle b swing10 burped10 kettle b swing10 dips10 kettle b swing10 squats10 kettle b swing10 knee raises 3 rounds plus 8burpees Thinking I might do my leg workout after work instead of shoulders since we are taking photos Thursday I only want to do a small workout on Wednesday feeling good, hoping the results I see will appear in my pics regardless though this has never been about the competition for me, I have already won. I've gained exactly what I wanted out of this challenge and my life is and will be so much better for it!

  • Jemma Spowart
    10 May 2015
    7:01 PM

    Final Week Lunches Prepped for Tyson and I! Big week ahead of early morning fasted cardio, normal workouts until Thursday. On Thursday we will take our pics and then head to the beach for some family professional photos! Tans bs are booked for Wednesday haha poor Tyson still isn't too sure about it but I think once he sees the difference in photos he will be happy! Today....well today we went for brekki for Mother's Day! With an order or an egg white omelete For me with mushroom, sun-dried tomato and short cut bacon. Wasn't on the meal plan but I am happy with my healthy selection with a green tea to boot. About to to finish tonight with another green tea...alarm is set for cardio before I start work at 7am..planning Janet's Skipping Challenge! Cant believe eve the challenge the challenge is finishing up! Planning to stick to meal plan 80-90% just allowing ourselves a cheat meal and maybe some more variety with dinner- healthy recipes etc rather then what we have been doing for 12weeks which is meat and steamed veg! Have saved a heap of the recipes from the page so I am looking forward to trying then! Hope me our photos look good! Fingers crossed!

  • Jemma Spowart
    9 May 2015
    7:06 PM

    I thought being this close to the end of the challenge I would be SUPER pumped and excited but today I have found myself SUPER flat and unmotivated! I forced myself self to do 1min skipping 20sec rest for 25 rounds as fasted cardio Then at midday I did the rostered leg workout which I struggled with every rep but completed the whole thing at same weight I was on last week for each exercise. not sure why I am feeling flat but I am glad I pushed through it and still exercised also glad I didn't have a cheat meal or anything as comfort food! Proud of myself for that! hopefully after a good sleep tonight I will wake up feeling better and ready for the FINAL week!

  • Jemma Spowart
    7 May 2015
    5:03 PM

    BOOM a boot full of protein should take us well and truly past the end of the challenge and into our new Fit For Life Phase!!! Had a great gym session today- used some of Tysons BetaPump! WOw! How did I only just discover this!?!? Did Thurs weights plus a 12min AMRAP 10 kettle bell swing 10 burpee 10 kettle bell swing 10 tricep dip raised legs 10 kettle bell swing 10 air squat 10 kettle bell swing 10 V ups Did 3 full rounds and up to 5 burpees pretty tired now at work though haha!! Can't believe how quick this week is going! The end is so near! I was 62.3kg today down from yesterday. i am seeing a lot of changes in my body..veins popping out here and there and even my posture has improved! I no longer hate looking in the mirror! Am thinking I would love to compete in a INBA competition at some point so I will look into that once the challenge is over- craziness! this is our new way of life and I love it!

  • Jemma Spowart
    6 May 2015
    12:43 PM

    Wow cannot believe we are in the final two weeks! Hopped on the scales today to see 62.7! That's the lightest I've been in years yet I've got more muscle then I've ever had! I am struggling to budge some fat that's sitting on my hips and am not sure why! Tyson and I have followed the nutrition plan 99.9%! I see people have cheat meals or even just adding things like honey, sauce, cheese etc to meals- we don't do that. This week I've done fasted cardio every day to see if I can budge it before next week. At this stage it looks like we will have to take our final photos on Thursday the 14th as Tyson has to go away for Army for 5days and we will be unable to do them after that- plus he may loose muscle tone eating rat packs for 5days which would diminish results for his photos. This week for me has been the tease week- it's my fault as I posted a pic on facebook of Tyson and I showing our Abs with our shirts lifted. Colleagues and friends have heckled us about it but as we said to each other last night it's just jealousy! We are proud of our results and that's why we are happy to share pics! I have even booked a professional photographer- not for our final photos but for next week to get some pics of us and our puppies at the beach while we are feeling and looking our best! We have even followed suggestion and booked spray tans which is something we never do! Looking forward to seeing the result- let's hope we don't go orange!

  • Jemma Spowart
    4 May 2015
    7:27 PM

    With the arrival of our Max's and Maxine's shirts this afternoon. Some fasted cardio before work (Janet's skipping challenge) and Monday's weights workout with Tyson in our gym- the bad mood from yesterday is GONE!!! Love this guy and how he picks me up! Love how we both have embraced this challenge, pushed each other to our limits and made each other so proud! This is is now our way of life! Yes we will have cheat meals or days when we need a bourbon but this challenge has changed our habits and made us healthier people! I am so excited to continue our healthy journey together into the future! We have sparked so much interest at work and hope to get others into the challenge later this year and show them how the best gift is knowledge about nutrution and training and then what you do with that is up to you! I am grateful to have been a part of this and will continue to support Max's buying their products in the future!

  • Jemma Spowart
    3 May 2015
    4:46 PM

    Today my body is tired and sore and I feel physically and emotionally drained! Ive be decided to have a REST day and allow my body and mind to recover. I believe rest days are very important especially for shift workers like myself- sometimes we work up to 10days straight so add training into the mix especially weights and cardio days can lead to fatigue! Rest day today meat- meal prep for the whole week lunch and dinner for both Tyson and I. Clean the home gym and walk the puppies :) ive be included pics of puppies and home gym. This is where Tyson and I have done 100% of our training. We are lucky to have it in our back shed meaning no time wasted travelling to gym! Today I am feeling a little overwhelmed thinking of only having two weeks to go and feeling like I have a lot of work to do! But I am ready! I've written out my shifts and training times as well as sleep yo ensure I am getting the most of of these last two weeks. With food prep done I have no excuses! Come on Jemma! Rest today but as of tomorrow iTS ON!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    2 May 2015
    6:32 PM

    Negative People/words/posts Thoughout my 10weeks I've copped a number of negative comments - you look too skinny -your arms are gross like boys arms - horizontal abs on girls is gross - why are you doing this you aren't fat - you look like a bloke - you will never look feminine if you do so much weights WELL GUESS WHAT EVERYONE- I am not doing this for you I am doing it for ME I feel strong and beautiful and I love my muscles! I have more shape in my waist now then i EVER have! My legs look Great- heels or no heels! My chest muscles help define my boobs and they look better now then before! I can do 30 push ups on my toes- how many can you do? I can pull up mynbody weight without assistance! I am happy with with who I am and who I am becoming and I am not doing this for your approval I am doing it because I WANT TO! that is all

  • Jemma Spowart
    1 May 2015
    7:21 PM

    SUPER EXCITED OMG walked into Rebel sport today and saw this UnderArmour Sports Bra!!!!! Had to have it for my final week 'After' pics!!!! Its exactly how I'm feeling at the moment on this challenge! Bring on on the last two weeks!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    30 Apr 2015
    8:45 PM

    Massive day in the Spowart/Brock house! Our Acre of land settled and the current house sold (contract signed today) Tyson and I sat at the table this afternoon at 5pm contemplating pizza and cider to celebrate. Instead we went out to the shed/gym and trained! Proud of our efforts during this challenge so we took a few happy snaps! We feel we have both come a long way on this journey both in physical strength and mental. Given the day and the rain I am100% certain if it wasn't for our commitment to the challenge we would be stuffing our face with pizza right now! We have ummed and ahhhhed about getting spray tans for our final photos but today we decided we are going to! We have worked hard and we want our efforts to show in our pics! Although there have been times during this challenge we have felt anti-social when out with our friends rocking up with our esky with Tuna and Salad while they devour Burgers and Chips we haven't shyed away from still attending. Although I am looking forward to a bit of a celebration at the end of it I honestly believe our daily training and nutrition has changed FOREVER for the BETTER thanks to Max's and Maxine's challenge! We are both proud of ourselves and the strength I am gaining is assisting in my recovery from my spine injury and also getting through hard shifts/shift work! Loved seeing a little bicep vein today whilst training! Just still trying to budge some stubborn fat from my hips and butt! Come on Jemma you can do this!!!!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    28 Apr 2015
    6:38 PM

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I NEVER WIN ANYTHING!!! THANK YOU Maxine's Challenge!!!! What a week!!!! In February Tyson and I put a deposit on an acre block of land and this Monday we finally found out it is settling THIS WEEK! Then we put Tysons house in the market and it appears to have sold within 2hours of photos being taken provided all goes well! THEN the doorbell rang and Tyson said "It's a parcel for you" i was like "huh? I haven't ordered anything!" He replied "Well it's for you" i looked at the box and he was right it was for ME! I opened the box and WOW it was Maxine's Nite Time Protein! Having been following the page I immediately knew what it meant! It meant I won the Week 8 check in!!! The funny part is I am on the page EVERY DAY and EVERY DAY I see the WINNERS section and I remember looking at the top name and stopping there 'why bother looking Jemma you never win anything I thought' I WAS WRONG!!! How exciting!!!! Can't wait to try it tonight as I have been using Max's Nite Time as its easier for Tyson and I to share supplements- but this baby is all MINE!!! Thank you Maxines Challenge!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    25 Apr 2015
    5:10 AM

    LEST WE FORGET

  • Jemma Spowart
    24 Apr 2015
    9:00 PM

    Strict Pull Ups for my workout today. Only 5 per round though but still happy!

  • Jemma Spowart
    24 Apr 2015
    8:08 PM

    For the first time in the whole challenge tonight I battled myself not to drink bourbon and coke! Prior to challenge I used to drink 3-4bourbons maybe 2-3times per week. Although I've felt like having one a couple of times it was more of a social thing but tonight I am home alone and after an emotional day I really struggled not to pour one! But it I didnt! I put my gym clothes back on and went out for a second gym session! Snapped a few photos of back and abs! Feeling good! Can definitely see progress and growth! Still have some flabby bits when skipping but overall for the end of week 9 I'm feeling pumped!!! Early morning tomorrow up ow up for the Dawn Service- ANZAC DAY 2015 Then heading to Brisbane City for the 9am parade to watch Tyson march as he is a current serving member of Australian Army Reserves. Big day so my food prep is done that way I won't cave to temptation of an ANZAC biscuit! I have tried challenges before but never made it last week 5! So proud of myself! Nearly week 10!!!! I will finish!

  • Jemma Spowart
    24 Apr 2015
    11:13 AM

    Holy Moly SORE! Thisphase workouts are killing us! Tyson and I have always trained and eaten relatively healthy but WOW this challenge is showing us how much further our bodies will go and what we can really do! this morning was a classic example of the OLD us- we are sore from mon-thurs weights and we woke up and NEARLY used that and being hungry as an excuse not to do fasted cardio this morning. But we supported each other and pushed each other to get our butts out to the shed and JUST GET IT DONE! Tyson did 1min on 15sec rest skipping for 30min I did Janet's Skipping Challenge no fan and shed shed closed so we sweated up a storM! Feeling Great! Love the accountability to finish the program and stay on track with our goals!! Thank you Max/Maxine challenge!

  • Jemma Spowart
    21 Apr 2015
    7:16 PM

    Day 2 of Week 9 loving the super-set weights programs!!! I tend to get bored waiting around so this style of training is really suiting me! I am happy with my progress but I have got some stubborn fat sitting on my hips, thighs and bum. I am hoping keeping the heart rate up during these super-set sessions as well as the fasted cardio three times a week will help shift this! Tyson and I are curreny on holidays so it's making things SOO much easier!!! Getting proper sleep, no shift work, time to cook each meal fresh instead of frozen after a weeks prep is AWESOME! We are both excited about the last four weeks and keen to work extra hard. I am so proud of Tyson and I- we have followed this program almost 100% and absolutely to the best of our ability! This has definitely changed our lives for the better and although I know we will enjoy endugences in moderation we will definitely live a healthier happier life equipped with knowledge from this challenge! Feeling happy! Ab chek!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    21 Apr 2015
    11:37 AM

    Mine and Tysons supps have arrived!!!!! Yayyy!!!! #wearechallenge

  • Jemma Spowart
    20 Apr 2015
    7:48 AM

    Sore back update- still tight and jarring on certain movements but after heat packs, ice, tiger balm, stretching and Thera-cane I am feeling better! back on the bike for some fasted cardio today then hopefully weights this afternoon! Grocery shopping today for Phase 3 and Tyson and I are ready to go with supplements ordered on Ftoday which should be delivered today from nutrition Warehouse! 4weeks to go!

  • Jemma Spowart
    18 Apr 2015
    8:48 PM

    For the first time in my life working out has become a HABIT! Usually I will work out 3-5times a week making excuses like I'm tired, I'm on night work, I have a sore throat, it's too cold, my tummy hurts or whatever I can think of at the time to justify being LAZY! Well lk it's now a HABIT! I want to work out! I don't care if it's weights or cardio I feel good doing it, I feel good after it and I'm seeing differences in my body. I uploaded week 8photos last night ready to kick off the next phase strong! With a few days off training last week due to illness I was ready to smash double sessions a day to hopefully really see the magic in these last four weeks. then last night after a midnight toilet run I stupid crawled into bed from the end making my way up to my pillow. Being pitch black my right hand completely missed the bed half way up and I fell- hurting myself. This probably wouldn't hurt a normal person but I was hit by a car in 2013 breaking my spine and neck and I still suffer from it. So today despite wanting to train I rested with heat packs and tiger balm. Although because of my previous injury these things are usually in my pain mabasement daily strategies I increased frequency and duration of the heat pack. feeling pretty sad and sorry for myself and hoping I feel better tomorrow!

  • Jemma Spowart
    17 Apr 2015
    11:51 PM

    Today we did our 8week profess shots. I am happy but not as happy as I thought I was going to be when I took the black and white AB in week 7. Tyson and I have been sick for the last few days. I had 3days off training compiled with nightwork fatigue and being sick. I felt incredibly guilty however stuck to my nutrition plan with only an added oats meal to account for the night work extended awake hours. Still though I feel my progress dramatically stopped and my tummy was not as lean in my pic. But that's ok I am back on track! Trained today and I will be doing weights tomorrow as well as cardio! Bring on Phase 3- weeks 9-12!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    12 Apr 2015
    6:51 PM

    What you eat in private you wear in public... Today I want to binge. I'm tired. I'm hungry and I'm grumpy. None of this has anything to do with the challenge it's because I am on nightwork and I have slept a total of 4hours in the last two days. That leaves A LOT of awake time making me soo hungry and although I've tried my absolute best I've had to add to my food intake. i wanted to binge and eat anything but I didnt I had some oats with peanut butter, MoCha shred and water- still feeling guilty :( my partner Tyson Brock is sick at the moment as well so we are both a bit down i am also having a rest day from my rostered cardio as if I am too fatigued at work it is dangerous so hopefully tomorrow o get a better sleep and can do a double session cardio and weights! Night fellow challengers

  • Jemma Spowart
    11 Apr 2015
    8:03 PM

    I've named the workout I just completed- I'm tired and I want to go to bed 20 MIN 1min spin bike 1min star jumps 1min spin bike 1min squats 1min spin bike 1min knee to elbow 1min spin bike 1min push-ups 1min spin bike 1min plié squats 1min spin bike 1min tricep dips 1min spin bike 1min crunches 1min spin bike 1min kettle bell swings 12kg 1min spin bike 1min lunges 1min spin bike 1min reverse crunch so now its night work time!

  • Jemma Spowart
    11 Apr 2015
    7:14 PM

    STRUGGLE STREET wow I am on struggle street! Tonight marks night shift 3 of 7! I work 10pm to 6am. Today I stayed awake after getting home until 1pm because my partner and fellow challenger Tyson Brock is sick and I took him out to chemist etc before he had to go to work at 2pm. Ive now slept between 2-7pm and have woken up. All I want to do is sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee and a Tim Tam (or 6)! This is my normal pre-nightwork ritual! I do not feel like training and I have already found myself making excuses (your body is fatigued let it rest, you are a little sick lile Tyson don't make it worse etc etc) normally by by now id easily have talked myself out of training but tonight despite being on struggle street I WILL TRAIN! It's funny how you get so far into something and have worked so hard that you don't want to stuff it up-that's how I'm feeling! I want the beautiful toned body at the end and some amazing photos of Tyson and I to cherish! I want to maintain this mimdset and strength to get past the excuses and do what's best for me and my body! Ive never ver had this type of dedication and I owe it to his challenge! Today i I upload a photo I took a few days ago, one I am very proud of! It has helped keep me motivated!

  • Jemma Spowart
    11 Apr 2015
    7:14 PM

    STRUGGLE STREET wow I am on struggle street! Tonight marks night shift 3 of 7! I work 10pm to 6am. Today I stayed awake after getting home until 1pm because my partner and fellow challenger Tyson Brock is sick and I took him out to chemist etc before he had to go to work at 2pm. Ive now slept between 2-7pm and have woken up. All I want to do is sit on the couch and have a cup of coffee and a Tim Tam (or 6)! This is my normal pre-nightwork ritual! I do not feel like training and I have already found myself making excuses (your body is fatigued let it rest, you are a little sick lile Tyson don't make it worse etc etc) normally by by now id easily have talked myself out of training but tonight despite being on struggle street I WILL TRAIN! It's funny how you get so far into something and have worked so hard that you don't want to stuff it up-that's how I'm feeling! I want the beautiful toned body at the end and some amazing photos of Tyson and I to cherish! I want to maintain this mimdset and strength to get past the excuses and do what's best for me and my body! Ive never ver had this type of dedication and I owe it to his challenge! Today i I upload a photo I took a few days ago, one I am very proud of! It has helped keep me motivated!

  • Jemma Spowart
    8 Apr 2015
    3:21 PM

    JANETS SKIPPiNG CHALLENGE DONE! Did it at 8am as fasted cardio for the 2nd time this week! Meal prep finished for Tyson and I for the rest of the week! Feeling tired today. Still need to catch up from Leg day that I missed out on yesterday but I am sitting on the couch blogging and procrastinating! Might take some pre-workout and get my butt into gear!

  • Jemma Spowart
    8 Apr 2015
    3:21 PM

    JANETS SKIPPiNG CHALLENGE DONE! Did it at 8am as fasted cardio for the 2nd time this week! Meal prep finished for Tyson and I for the rest of the week! Feeling tired today. Still need to catch up from Leg day that I missed out on yesterday but I am sitting on the couch blogging and procrastinating! Might take some pre-workout and get my butt into gear!

  • Jemma Spowart
    7 Apr 2015
    6:54 PM

    Feeling proud of Tyson Brock and I! Zero cheat meals have stuck to training 98% Have read in Maxine's magazine and also looking at the profiles of the top 10 from 2014 that the real magic happens in the last 4weeks! CAN'T WAIT !!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    7 Apr 2015
    9:20 AM

    Fasted cardio again because I'm on a day off work and about to start nightwork Thursday. My training always suffers when I am on nightwork and fatigued! Weight training this afternoon. All in all feeling pretty good at this half way point. Meal prep is definitely the key to success and luckily with Tyson and I both being shift workers we do get a chance to go shopping in non-peak hours and get some meal prep done! I am fairly happy with my progress so far. still have flabby bits I want to tone, hence the fasted cardio and weights this week. I have also started taking L-Carnitine as of yesterday so I don't know if that will make a difference. Not really craving bad foods anymore which is GREAT. I am having peanut butter in my oats brekki but that's it. Love checking out the social hub and seeing what others are up too! This challenge has surprised me as I NEVER stick to ANYTHING! Brekki Time...mmm eggs

  • Jemma Spowart
    6 Apr 2015
    3:08 PM

    Retail Therapy! #wearechallenge

  • Jemma Spowart
    6 Apr 2015
    10:02 AM

    Punishment Cardio today!!! not for eating Easter eggs I managed to go my first Easter with NO chocolate!! but yesterday after a long day at work and entertaining guests for a healthy dinner I was too tired to do my cardio! today= fasted cardio, grocery shopping, meal prep and weights training!! BRING IT ON

  • Jemma Spowart
    4 Apr 2015
    12:59 PM

    Today I tackled Janet's Skipping Challenge 1min skip 1x burpee jump reach 1x star jump 1x push up 30sec rest and then 2, e 4... Up to 10!!! i did it as rested cardio after a sleep in until 10am! i felt good until aboit round 7-8 then I had to drop my push ups to my knees and turn a fan on to blow on me during my 30sec rest! My back hurts during skipping from a spinal injury in 2013 but I worked through it and finished the challenge! I will now do that 2-3times per week I LOVED it! Post workout brekki- Oats, Mochachino Shred, a spoon of natural peanut butter and water- YUM!

  • Jemma Spowart
    3 Apr 2015
    6:24 PM

    After working last night until 10pm and then up at 4am today to work a 6am-2pm the last thing I felt like doing when I got home was training. I kept telling myself 'it's ok have a rest day' 'you can catch up tomorrow' but then I jumped onto the Maxine's website and started looking at the pics from competitors 2014 again. i was in gym within 5min and I superset my workout making it even harder for myself! Cant to wait to see my body change over the next 6wreks. I am really wanting to lean down more around my legs and bum as well as Poppinf some more defined abs! Dont know how the top 10 get sooo lean but I hope I figure it out in the next 6weeks!

  • Jemma Spowart
    2 Apr 2015
    8:52 PM

    So after sticking to nutrition 100% I decided my partner Tyson and I deserve a treat for Easter! I made some Sweet Potato, Avocado, Protein Balls :D yahooooo lets hope they taste delicious! I know licking my fingers after making them did!!!!

  • Jemma Spowart
    1 Apr 2015
    7:41 AM

    Up this morning before work for some fasted cardio! Can feel my body getting stronger but still not seeing massive changes in its appearance! Looking dorward to to stripping some fat and revealing 'hopefully' muscle! Ps. I love fasted cardio...NOT!

  • Jemma Spowart
    30 Mar 2015
    6:47 PM

    Well its Monday (day 1) of week 6. that was the hardest weekend of my challenge to date. Firstly my partner was away Friday to Sunday- usual habits at times like that would be a few bourbons with coke while I clean house, catch up with girlfriends over pizza and at this time of year an Easter egg of 10. But it I did none of that. to top it off Sunday was my families Easter followed by a 'High Tea' baby shower at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane 'Chocolate Buffet'. i stuck to my training and even did fasted cardio. I painted a retaining wall and went grocery shopping. I kept my fluid up while I prepared EVERY meal for both my partner and I for the week! I took my prepared meal to the Easter celebration and are NONE of the pavlova! I took a Maxine burn bar to the high tea and had it with 3 strawberries and a green tea! Very proud of myself for staying committed! Oh and happy with the muscles visible in my arms while playing at the park with my cousins! Cant wait to see myself at the end of 12weeks! I'm really getting into reading Forum now and checking out the social hub to see what everyone is up to!

  • Jemma Spowart
    24 Mar 2015
    9:01 PM

    Day 2 Phase 2... This is my first blog :/ Haven't thought to blog before as I guess I didn't know if it would help. Reason for blog is- I was confused if I'd picked the right program (Get Strong) I am struggling to eat the amount of carbs and didn't feel I was seeing huge results. Got great help from Forum and they suggested to start blogging! Then I looked at this pic (taken a few das ago), I have achieved results and am being way too hard on myself! Thinking I'm going to split my lunches and dinners into 4meals as I find I get hungry in between but then struggle to eat the meal I've prepared!!! Starting to to really enjoy the process of this whole challene, shift work makes things hard but my partner Tyson and I have committed ourselves and we havent cheated yet! Feeling proud of both of us and I know we will be happier with our results come week 8! Goodluck All!

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