Jill Joyce / Transformation

Jill Joyce's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



163 cm


Tone & Shape - Beginner

Reason to start The Challenge

It's been 18 months since I last trained. Took one look at myself and thought omg! What have I done?? All my hard work down the drain due to slacking off. Look crap, feel crap, so it's time to do something about it.
So here I am, doing something about it....

What did you like most about The Challenge?

My journal .. wow! where do i start? this is my fourth round of the challenge.
18 months ago, was my 3rd round of maxines challenge and i went in with a mindset goal of hoping to place into the top 50.. After not placing in the top 50, it really rattled me.. soo many emotions running thru my head, which in turn, i got lazy and didn't bother to really put in the hard yarn of continuous training..
3 days prior to this challenge starting, i had finally decided to step on the scales, it had been a while since i last looked at them.. to my dissapoinmtent, i had gained all my weight back and a few more.. i was devasted at what i had done to myself and decided i had to and will do something about it.. it had been way too long between sessions..
i jumped on the website only to see that the next maxines challenge was starting in 3 days… i questioned myself do i want to give it a go again for the 4th time?? spoke to my hubby and with his encouragement, i signed up immediately..
With all my previous challenge experiences, i decided that this one was going to be different, I'm doing it for myself, not for the competition side of things, not anyone, just me.. i needed to get strong and fit again...
for the next 3 days, i started preparing, 5k's walk, cutting out any bad food, preparing our home gym as i hadn't done much in there for quite a while and mentally preparing myself, by reading up all my challenge info..
i was getting excited, to start monday, even with very little preparation..
sunday night, the night before day 1, my eldest daughter who is 17 had a mental breakdown at home, struggling with up coming exams and personal issues.. my life is turned upside down, as a mum, my priorities lay with my two beautiful girls well being first, thats what being a parent is all about.. we have been battling these depressive demons for quite some time now, but this was the worst i had ever seen her to be.. my heart was in my throat and my anxiety levels were to the extreme…

week 1
monday morning, day 1 of the challenge, i find myself spending the day, taking my child to the doctors, then the hospital, phone call after phone call, school meetings, parent helplines, headspace, you name it, i did it.. the day was getting on and by late afternoon, i questioned myself, how on earth can i start this lean and tone program whilst going through this, my childs health and safety comes first, training was the last
thing on my mind!! i still have another 7 yearl old daughter who needs my attention, a hubby who needs me too and dinner to cook.. i contemplated aborting the challenge..
after dinner, i sat down and had a good think, as stressed out as i was, i decided to walk into our gym and give it a go.. what did i have to lose,, either I'm going to get through the workout and continue or kiss it goodbye, walk away and do nothing..

i started off on the treadmill to warm up for 5 mins, I found myself going over the days events in my head…then i moved onto my weight training for day 1.. half way through my workout, i found my stress, fears and anxiety levels had dropped somewhat…by the time i had finished, i had actually felt soo much calmer and clear headed….. Bells ringing, hello jill, the good endorfens had kicked in.. wow! i thought to myself, my training is going to help me get through emotionally what I'm going thru to help my daughter get thru this tuff time in her life
and staying sane for the whole family.. i decided to use my training as a healing process for me to cope with my everyday issues at home..
for the next few weeks, many appointments were made, keeping a close eye on my child, looking after the other one, keeping the house in order, work. etc. i looked forward to getting in that gym each day and taking out all my frustrations in there.. it felt good!! i always walking out feeling a much better person. and ready to tackle the next battle.
by the end of week 4, i had dropped 2..4 kgs and could see a huge difference in my comparison photo from week 1.. i was on a mission…..

week 5, our new program plan begun and after two workouts, i stirred up an old shoulder injury, it put me out for 5 days.. i continued to eat well, and followed on with my cardio..slowly i got back into the weights, the injury subsided and off i went again.. trained hard, and kept up the good endorfens.
family life was slowly on the mend, soo many things were put in place to help my child get thru.. we were on the right path to recovery.. slow but we will get there..

week8 checkin.. i am down 4.5kgs to date.. i am stoked and am feeling that i have reached my weight goal, but still have work to do as i couldn't see much of a difference from wk4 to 8..
i worked hard on making sure i lifted those weights properly with good form, tensing the muscles to feel that burn..
i was pleasantly surpassed with an email from the challenge team with the news that i was a week 8 checkin winner.. super excited, i had no idea what i had won, but i was and still am stoked just seeing my name light up on my screen every time i logged in for the next week.. you couldn't wipe that grin off my face!
thankyou for the new shaker and protein powder, it was just what i needed..

week 9-12 our final program plan starts.. Omg! did it pack a punch for the first week.. sore, tired and hungry.. i pushed on and found the second week, my body had settled into the new routine and was no where near as sore as the first. i now was noticing a big change in my physique.. muscles were popping out more, veins poking out here and there and i found myself feeling very proud and loving my new look. hubby was encouraging and supporting me all the way, which in turn, has now given him the motivation to get in there and train.. its been three weeks for him and he is doing an awesome job..
we have encouraged both girls to get into the gym with us, and both have embraced it too..

week 11 ,tightening up with the carbs, was taking its toll on me, i was feeling irritated, tired and lethargic, so i listened to my body and tried to rest when possible.., eat more often (celery and some hommus a fav), my house work was taking a back seat for the moment..
final week of prep, i did 3 weight training session, thursday and friday 25 mins treadmill walk. I found myself needing to rest as i was getting tired some more..
I made it a mission to involve my 17 year old daughter to help me prepare for photos.. she did a wonderful job of tanning and doing my make up, followed by taking my final pics. we had a blast of a time doing this together.. it was great to see a smile on her face… my child thinks I'm a hot mum.. lol

Anyway to end things off. i am super proud of my achievements, i trained hard, ate well with a few slip ups here and there but hey i kept going and thats the main thing.. we are only human.. i stayed sane throughout the whole 12 weeks in and out of the gym, and i can't think of a better way to cope with every day stress other than to go for long walks, get in that gym, push the weights and take it all out on them.., best therapy ever. it saved me from going down hill…
i can honestly say, i am a much stronger ,calmer person mentally and physically, for myself and my family. super proud of my achievements..

This challenge came to me at the right time this year. and i would like to thank everyone at maxines for putting together a great program., and for all your support throughout my 12 week journey..
thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The hardest part for me was at the beginning. Setting up a routine for myself to set aside time for me to train.. At first I felt like there was not enough hours in a day to get everything done.. Housework was sacrificed for a while, until I got into my rhythm.
Oh! and lets not forget, giving up that glass of wine at the end of each night, it had become a bad night cap habit.. thank goodness I kicked that one!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Huge! Mentally, I am feeling a lot better.. training has brought out the much calmer happier person in me opposed too the old grumpy, whingy, stressed out woman that I used to be.. Nobody likes a person like that 24/7.

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

If you are thinking of doing the challenge, I highly recommend it. It is amazing what you get out of it.. The program is set out for everyone, is very easy to follow and you get soo much support along the way. We are like a family unit. I have done 4 rounds and am returning for the next one.. 12 weeks comes around pretty quick.. you won't be disappointed...

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

I am extremely thankful to have come back for my fourth round. I love this program.. I work out from our home gym and maxines has given me the opportunity to train at home and get the results I am after without going to a commercial gym. Thankyou again and look forward to the upcoming challenge.


  • Jill Joyce
    19 Aug 2017
    10:51 AM

    I have had a week off to recover and now back to training this morning. Feeling much stronger and energised

  • Jill Joyce
    14 Aug 2017
    11:30 PM


    Very happy And ready for Bali 😀😀

  • Jill Joyce
    12 Aug 2017
    2:02 PM


    I have completed my final photos and I'm happy. I ended up taking today as we didn't have time yesterday and my final weigh in after the photo session is 53.7kg. Wahoo!! Happy dance..😀😀 One sneaky pic to share 😊

  • Jill Joyce
    11 Aug 2017
    8:58 AM

    Good morning sunny Melbourne... Yesterday I did a 25mins walk on the treadmill. Followed by getting my waxing done. My daughter tanned me in the evening and I woke up this morning, took one look in the mirror and scared myself!! I look like a chocolate frog 😂😂 Now to have a shower to wash some of it off and get ready to take my final pics. Excited and a tad frightened too see them.. I took a weigh in too this morning and I'm really happy with my result 54.3kg... Reached my goal and couldn't be happier 😀😀💪🏻💪🏻

  • Jill Joyce
    7 Aug 2017
    5:16 PM

    Wow! Here we are day one of week 12. These past 12 weeks have just flown by. Super excited to see everyone's final pics, showing how hard we have all worked. Well done to everyone. Good stuff!! 😀😀😀💪🏻💪🏻

  • Jill Joyce
    3 Aug 2017
    11:15 AM

    Friday legs session done and dusted.. 😊💪🏻

  • Jill Joyce
    1 Aug 2017
    5:47 PM

    Is it just me? Or is anyone else feeling exhausted today ??? I have trained, worked , had dinner (we eat between 5pm-5.30pm) and now I am laying on the couch watching millionaire hot seat. Need more energy... early one tonight!

  • Jill Joyce
    30 Jul 2017
    10:27 AM

    Last night we went to a 21st gathering.. boy did I cop the omg! You are soo skinny, why do you need to train??? Well well, most of the women there were overweight, complaining of health issues and I found myself sitting around the table giving them all a life lesson about training, nutrition and the benefits of it, especially for us women over 40.. a lot wows! And Thankyou's at the end of the nigh!! Hope I inspired them opposed to offending them 😊 Amazing how many people have little knowledge or choose not too. Surprises me all the time!!!

  • Jill Joyce
    28 Jul 2017
    8:05 AM

    Friday already!! 4 days straight of weight training and I'm feeling pretty good in this second week of the last phase. No where near as sore as the first week. Today's cardio will consist of a long walk uphill on the tread mill. Feeling pretty good with how my body shape is progressing. Not sure what is different in this fourth round of the challenge, maybe my whole mindset is different, not over thinking, just getting on with it and following the plan has made me feel soo much more content with myself and a much happier, calmer self. Happy dance 😀

  • Jill Joyce
    26 Jul 2017
    8:03 AM

    Went to bed last night skipping my nighttime shake as I felt I wasn't hungry enough to have it. After tossing and turning for hours , 2 trips to the loo, I woke up starving at 2.40am this morning. I had no choice but to get out of bed, head down to the kitchen and have a shake and then back to bed until my alarm went off at 6.50am. Won't be doing that again.. still starving .. now for breaky!

  • Jill Joyce
    25 Jul 2017
    2:17 PM

    Bicep, back and abs done. My arms are my fav 💪🏻😀

  • Jill Joyce
    24 Jul 2017
    6:29 PM

    Sunday cardio. Fun play at the snow😊⛄️❄️

  • Jill Joyce
    24 Jul 2017
    12:37 PM

    My prize arrived today. Thankyou, just what I needed 😊😊

  • Jill Joyce
    22 Jul 2017
    1:21 PM

    Woke up friday feeling like I had no energy left in the tank. 4 days of hard training, I can feel my body telling me to rest, so i did. no cardio, just kept to the eating plan and early night. slept like a baby. This morning, woke up energised . Biceps, shoulders and abs training done.. no where near as bad as tuesday's workout. can really see good changes in my body shape. Shame it is covered up under the layers of winter clothing :(. ...

  • Jill Joyce
    21 Jul 2017
    10:59 AM

    Omelette with mushroom tomatoe, spinach and whole grain mustard yum! 😀

  • Jill Joyce
    19 Jul 2017
    11:04 AM

    Chest and triceps done!! Pushed them to fail, not sure how I'm going to go cutting hair this afternoon 😩 A pic of my little abs poking out.. my iPhone 5 isn't the best in focus..

  • Jill Joyce
    18 Jul 2017
    7:41 PM

    the new program takes a punch… two days, two sessions in and I have had to take it easy for the rest of the day.. listening to my body.. love this next phase :) :)

  • Jill Joyce
    18 Jul 2017
    6:06 PM

    What a lovely surprise today. Thankyou Maxine's

  • Jill Joyce
    17 Jul 2017
    12:22 PM

    Week 9. Great leg session this morning. Must say, I'm proud as punch... 47 and still able to train like I'm in my 20's.. cheers to all the 40 plus ladies out there. Keep up the great work 😀😀👏👏

  • Jill Joyce
    13 Jul 2017
    2:52 PM

    Progress pics Current weight 55kgs Down 4.5kgs. Feeling stoked 😀😀

  • Jill Joyce
    13 Jul 2017
    2:08 PM

    Working out 💪💪😊

  • Jill Joyce
    9 Jul 2017
    9:31 PM

    Not a training pic but instead a photo with my two gorgeous girls (ones photo bombing lol) Attending my eldest debutante ball on Friday night. Great night! Rest day Saturday and Trained legs and chest today 😀

  • Jill Joyce
    6 Jul 2017
    10:42 AM

    Working the arms 😀😀

  • Jill Joyce
    5 Jul 2017
    8:53 AM

    My favourite.. Oats with blueberries and Maxine's vanilla protein.. yum!! 😊😊

  • Jill Joyce
    4 Jul 2017
    9:19 PM

    Wow week 7. Been soo busy with family and training, that these past weeks have just flown by.. DB walking lunges on the wkd, what a killer!! The legs had a great workout!! Shoulder still niggling at me, taking it easy in that area.. happy Tuesday night 😀

  • Jill Joyce
    28 Jun 2017
    9:36 AM

    Last week the new program stirred up an old shoulder injury, which put me out of any weight training for 5 days. From Monday, back on track , lighter weight, more reps. Keeping up the cardio too..

  • Jill Joyce
    22 Jun 2017
    7:16 PM

    My white board 😊

  • Jill Joyce
    17 Jun 2017
    2:20 PM

    Even though I hate these pics, feel I need to post them too...

  • Jill Joyce
    17 Jun 2017
    2:08 PM

    Wow! Pretty happy with my changes so far. 57kgs Dropped 2.4kg 😀😀😀

  • Jill Joyce
    16 Jun 2017
    11:44 AM

    Training on track. Making healthy choices Sleeping not the best. 4 weeks down, 8 to go 😊😊😊😊

  • Jill Joyce
    8 Jun 2017
    11:47 AM

    Loving my new stash.

  • Jill Joyce
    5 Jun 2017
    10:13 AM

    Week 3 Weight session completed. Feeling accomplished 😊

  • Jill Joyce
    2 Jun 2017
    6:49 PM

    Weight session done this morning. Crashed and burned on the couch around 6pm. Ended up having a 20 min snooze.. now I'm up and ready to watch the footy with hubby by the fire 😊

  • Jill Joyce
    1 Jun 2017
    9:59 AM

    5 k walk done Maxine starter pack ordered Now enjoying a yummy breaky

  • Jill Joyce
    31 May 2017
    10:52 AM

    Wow!! What a great workout this morning. Pushed to the limit with my weights. Cranking up the music and playing my fav 80's stuff just takes me to another level of high :) Though I'd share some pics if my home gym. This is it. No personal trainer, no gym membership, no waiting. Got this baby to myself (except for the other members of my family) :)

  • Jill Joyce
    30 May 2017
    7:29 PM

    By the time i get my kids off to school, I swear I have gone up and down my stairs at least 10 times.. worked til 12.30pm. Missed my 5k walk today due to the crappy weather outside so instead i got the vacuum cleaner out and vacuumed the the whole house, stairs and all.. Feeling a little lazy and guilty as i sit here writing, I'm still thinking maybe i should get on the treadmill or x trainer…..Hmmm, yes i should and will.. off I go, back downstairs…...

  • Jill Joyce
    28 May 2017
    11:49 PM

    well what can i say, i have survived the first week. tomorrow is day 1 of week two and i am looking forward to hitting the weights. :)

  • Jill Joyce
    26 May 2017
    2:18 PM

    Day 5 Weights done Food on track Happy day

  • Jill Joyce
    23 May 2017
    6:08 PM

    5k walk this morning. My thighs are soo sore from yesterday's squats.. ouch!!

  • Jill Joyce
    22 May 2017
    7:51 PM


    First workout done and dusted

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