Joanne Triggs / Transformation

Joanne Triggs' amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    71kg
  • After
    63.9kg

Details

Height

169 cm

Program

Tone & Shape - Advanced

Reason to start The Challenge

Have rejoined the gym and want some additional motivation to actually show up. Having a program to follow suits me to a tee, I am a list maker and box ticker, and you guys have already written the list for me!! Can’t wait to see what I can achieve over the next 12 weeks.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

o Structure – having a Nutrition Plan and Training Plan laid out for you. You literally just have to follow the steps and tick the boxes!
o Journal – I LOVED the Journal! I found I was always thinking about my next entry. It was also the first thing I did every morning when my alarm went off, 5 minutes laying in bed reading everyone’s latest journal entries. There were some amazing stories to follow, it’s like watching a movie then waiting for the next instalment to be released!
o Nothing is forced upon you. You don’t HAVE to journal if its not your thing. You don’t HAVE to stick to the Training/Nutrition Plans word for word if you can’t fit it in around your work/home/life schedule. You don’t HAVE to make your profile public for the world to see. You can do it your way, and still see amazing results through the effort you are willing to give.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Ultimately, thinking about it as a lifestyle beyond just the Challenge was the turning point for me. Once I started looking at it that way, the hardest part was getting up at 5am on Wednesdays for gym! I’m not a morning person, I don’t generally go to bed early to get in extra sleep, I would rather work out in the evening and get up later! I just looked at it as ‘it’s only one day per week, and then I have Wednesday evening with my boys to relax’. Figure out how to make the Challenge work with and around your existing schedule, and all of a sudden it’s a lot less challenging!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Coming out the back of the Challenge, I actually feel like a different person. Reflecting on the person in the before photo, she was just stuck in the motions of every day life. It showed in her attitude to food, to fitness, to her health and mental well-being in general. She was not happy with the way her body looked, but was too lazy to care enough to do something about it. She had settled. I live life on my terms now, no more just going with the flow! Setting time to go to the gym is now important to me, I feel like I have missed out if I don't go! And I enjoy cooking and eating fresh, healthy food. Following the Nutrition Plan is something I will continue, I just find it so easy to follow. I'm almost never hungry, and I know that my little purple lunchbox has something healthy and delicious in it every day!

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

Whilst the program is beautifully laid out for you, it DOES require commitment and self-motivation to get your bum off the couch, and say no to the foods that aren’t on the plan! You need to do what you can to ensure you stay on track throughout the 12 weeks - find what works for you. Set realistic goals. Set mini-goals for along the way. Give yourself treats (massage, new gym clothes). Mix things up! Don’t feel like going to the gym tonight? Go for a walk along the beach instead! But it's all worth it! Maxine’s Challenge works! It’s easy to follow, and you never feel like you are doing it alone, so just GO FOR IT! There is nothing to lose and so much to gain!

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

I have got so much out of this Challenge, and I am so proud of the results I have achieved. In 12 short weeks (because really, the time does go so fast!), I have lost over 7kg, 36.5cm, and the lazy mindset I had got myself into. On the other hand, I have gained lean muscle. I have learnt that I can say no to lollies, cake, and Doritos Cheese Supreme. And I have gained a body I am proud of, but is still a work in progress!

Journal

  • Joanne Triggs
    18 Aug 2018
    10:42 AM

    Rounding up my May Challenge journey, I had to post a final Journal entry before I print it off as a reminder of where this started and how far I have come. Unfortunately I didn’t place in the Top 3. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but it’s only a tiny little bit, and does not detract anything at all from the experience I have had or what I have got out of it on a personal level. I never started this journey with a goal to win prizes. I wanted to lose a bit of weight. I wanted to tone up and get fit. I wanted to see what would happen if I committed to the Training and Nutrition Plans every day. However after getting the phone call the day before for making Top 10, I think it’s natural to get your hopes up! This is not the end of the journey for me though! As I said in my last post, this is a lifestyle change! Not only that, but I’m also so excited because I’ve been offered and accepted a role as a Challenge Ambassador! I’ll be online to support the next round of Challengers through the program, giving back to the amazing Community that I got so much out of over the last few months! Unfortunately that means I don’t get a Journal for September 😫 I’ve found so much motivation in recording my highs and lows along the way. I absolutely will be doing the Challenge (unofficially) along with everyone else starting on 3rd September, so I’ll be utilising Instagram in the same way this time around. Looking forward to seeing some more transformations, including my own, and hopefully see some familiar faces at BTC near the end.

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 Aug 2018
    10:08 PM

    So unreal! Janet Kane rang me this morning to tell me I made Top 10!! I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry, I was just so blown away to get that phone call. When I was writing out my Social Feeds post, I actually Googled the “icing on the cake” expression, as it’s just such a cliche. But the first thing that came up was the meaning of the expression: something that makes a good situation even better. So I left it in there, because it’s true! I need to update my Check-in answers now though. Without a doubt, keeping it a secret until it was announced on the website is by far the hardest part of the Challenge!

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 Aug 2018
    7:54 AM

    I’ve made Top 50!!!! From a spur of the moment decision a few months ago, to this! I could not be more happy or proud of myself 😄😄 Definitely don’t envy the judges now trying to narrow it down to a Top 10, there are some amazing transformations in the mix! So I’ll just sit and cross my fingers now 🤞🤞🤞

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Aug 2018
    10:30 AM

    It’s a ghost town in here now! I still sign in every morning to check the forums and latest journal entries, but there’s nothing new to read! Hopefully everyone is still doing well, and enjoying a few little celebratory treats for slugging it out over the last 12 weeks. Or not, if that’s not your thing, and good for you!! I joined Instagram this week! With the closure of the Journals coming up, this journey will continue over there now! @joannetriggs Follow me, and I’ll follow you back! I have loved watching the transformations, and would love to continue to follow your journeys! It’s been so inspiring reading your journals, and a huge source of motivation for me. Right now I have an appointment, a little treat for my 12 weeks of hard work!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    9 Aug 2018
    12:19 PM

    Just signed up for September!! I'm kicking myself today. Last night I had a silly binge. With left over chips, lollies and jam scrolls from the birthday party still in the house, I stupidly thought I could just have a couple. Well as it turns out, I'm not as strong as I thought I was! It's sooo much easier to say no in the beginning, than to stop once you start. I woke up on the couch 2 hours later, and today my poor tummy is windy and bloated. So I'm being super kind to Pun today, lots of water, peppermint tea, good nutritious food, and I'm going to do a Body Pump session at home tonight and hopefully move all this wind along lmao. It's just not worth it. The plan between Challenges was always to follow the Plan, but allow myself indulgences when the occasion called for it. Wednesday night was not an occasion. Lesson learnt, punishment accepted, moving on!

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Aug 2018
    6:15 PM

    Check in complete! Feels so good to have it all done! Missed my goal weight by 900g, but regardless I exceeded all expectations of what my body and mind could achieve during this process. I have missed being able to access the website since Sunday! It’s been the first thing I’ve done every morning since day 1, turn off my alarm then check out the social feeds and forum! But I hadn’t yet taken my extra photos, so couldn’t complete check in until today. I’ve been enjoying following the Nutrition Plan still over the last couple of days, with the exception of cake on Sunday night 😄 The Gluten Free Protein Bars I made last week has been an amazing substitute for morning tea. I find I’m not hunting for food by 12pm, and even able to push my afternoon shake out to 4pm without feeling particularly hungry for it. Back in the gym last night for a workout before pics, and now back to the Training Plan to keep this train steaming along until September!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    5 Aug 2018
    9:31 PM

    OMG this happened today 🤩🤩🤩 What a way to wrap up 12 weeks of hard work! When I put my hand up to do the media stuff a couple of weeks ago that Dianne posted about, I didn’t realise Janet was going to be there! When I got a text with the details I let out a little squeal haha. Also got to meet JD in the flesh (so handsome 😉), and previous finalist Michelle Corrigan. I have to say, just a few minutes with Janet mentoring your form is worth hours in the gym! Lol I didn’t like Bulgarian Split Squats during weeks 5-8, little did I know how much worse (better? Haha) they could be!!! Tomorrow I will be back in the gym, but tonight I eat cake 🍰 I told Janet I was having cake tonight, she said “I hope it’s at least gluten free” 🙊🙊🙊

  • Joanne Triggs
    4 Aug 2018
    5:16 PM

    So much pink! I’m not a girly girl by any stretch! But as a Mum of 2 boys, I channeled my inner princess and pulled this together! My eldest came out of the room when I was done decorating and said it looked like a pink grenade had exploded 😂 Resisting temptation with all the yummy treats though!!! 24 hours to go........

  • Joanne Triggs
    4 Aug 2018
    8:36 AM

    Had been planning all week to do my final pics this morning. It was convenient as the kids were going to be home to do it for me, I wasn’t going to be able to get a gym training session in again anyway, plus I’ve got the birthday party this afternoon so was going to celebrate with a piece of cake! Plans have changed a bit, as I have an exciting little project to do tomorrow morning which means I will be getting into the gym after all, so will do another set of final pics post-workout, and upload the best ones for my official check-in. Cake will have to wait!!! In the meantime, so happy with the results these photos this morning show!! Pun is gone 👋 Bubble bum is gone 👋 36.5cm GONE 👋 My smile is back 😃😃😃

  • Joanne Triggs
    2 Aug 2018
    1:30 PM

    Day off work today, at home with my youngest who is a bit under the weather. Spending the afternoon in the kitchen. I had planned to do this Sunday, but taking advantage of a day off and getting it done today instead. Planning ahead to the week after the Challenge finishes. Ultimately I’ll be following the Week 1-4 T&S Nutrition Plan, as I want to continue to build muscle, but not necessarily lose more weight. I liked that it had a bit more variety, I can have toast with my eggs again 😍. I think it will put me in a good place leading into the next Challenge, where I’ll swap over to Get Strong!! So with all this in mind, I also want to try out a couple of the recipes I’ve had my eye on, which were not really “Challenge approved”, but ok for the weeks in between. One of them was the Vegan Gluten Free Protein Bars. I’ve used Burn Protein instead of Pure Protein, and a combination of puffed buckwheat, puffed amaranth, and oats. Also only needed about 1 cup of water to bind, so if you make them don’t just tip the whole 2 cups in!! Some accidentally went on the bench when I was tipping into the tray. OMG it is divine!!! I can’t wait to pop some in my lunchbox for smoko on Monday ❤️❤️❤️

  • Joanne Triggs
    1 Aug 2018
    7:43 AM

    And just like that, my workouts in the gym for the May Challenge are over! I will still have a couple of at home workouts to do before photos. As much as I’d love to be able to go any/every day, as my passion for the gym has been reignited, this Challenge was all about learning to a) fit in gym time with my existing schedule, and b) balance! I can 100%, without a doubt, say that I have achieved (and in some cases, exceeded) all my expectations of my mind and my body throughout this experience. Physically, I love the way my body looks now! I love that I have muscles! I love that I can do any exercise I put my mind to. I’m happy to try something new. I don’t mind being the only girl amongst the guys in the free-weights section, as even though I might not be lifting the amount of weight they are, I certainly don’t feel out of place. Mentally, I am in a much better place now. I manage my time so that I am doing what I want to do, when I want to do it. I have learned that I can get up at 5am to go to gym, so that I can spend the evening on the couch hanging out with my babies 💙💙. I’ve learnt that eating healthy is not hard, it’s about planning ahead, being prepared, and sometimes reminding yourself that “food is fuel” when your sitting down to another tuna salad when all you want is a burger. I’ve learnt that no matter what, be proud of yourself. Because sometimes, even those who cheer you on are only happy to do so as long as you fit in the box they put you in.

  • Joanne Triggs
    30 Jul 2018
    11:34 PM

    🤔🤔🤔 Lost property at the gym. I have so many questions... Who brought baked beans to the gym? Why?? How did you forget to take them with you when you left? 🤷‍♀️

  • Joanne Triggs
    30 Jul 2018
    6:36 PM

    Today is a struggle! I’m tired, and just feel like eating! Stayed on track so far, but I’m home now, I’ve had tea, had my half Burn Bar, and still just want to pick. I’m going to try just ignore it, I might have a bath, that will keep me out of the pantry! Just have to get to 8pm then I’m off to my basketball game followed by gym... I can do this...

  • Joanne Triggs
    30 Jul 2018
    7:32 AM

    63.2kg

    Only 200g to go! Weighing myself every Monday will be a habit that has developed in the last 12 weeks that I will stop after the Challenge I think. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad habit, as it’s only once a week, and has helped to keep me motivated and accountable. But I’ve put a tick in the weight loss box now, so unless I start going backwards in some staggering fashion, I think the scales can be put away until next Challenge.

  • Joanne Triggs
    29 Jul 2018
    9:28 PM

    Was undecided what to do at gym today. I had already ticked off each of the workouts on the schedule for the week, plus had my rest day. I was thinking about doing the “home” Conditioning workout. But sitting at home, thinking about the final week, I decided to start next week’s schedule early. I have my boys for the weekend, so I know I can’t get to the gym. I have a Princess Party at my place on Saturday for my best friends daughter. Friday night I will be baking her cake, so no workout, even at home! So I started Week 12 training today with Legs A. I’ll get 3 more gym sessions in before the kids come on Wednesday night, so there’s enough time to fit everything else in 1 more time. Home Conditioning Thursday night, and then a light workout Saturday morning before I get the kids to take my final photos! Mixed emotions heading into Week 12. Craig’s Week 11 podcast summed up everything that’s been on my mind! I am worried that if I relax too much on the “rules” of the Plans, I’ll start making too many excuses for myself and things will snowball. But on the other hand I have been really strong throughout the Challenge, and I’ve learnt that I CAN say no to junk food. Going to the gym regularly is DEFINITELY a non-negotiable for me now! I love my time there. I may even continue to get up at 5am Wednesday’s just to get that extra day of training in. Maybe 😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    28 Jul 2018
    2:03 PM

    Tried another recipe for lunch today, the Blueberry Protein Muffins! Mine don’t resemble the recipe reference photo! I did use the Kitchen Wand to mix the ingredients together rather than a whisk, so it was quite foamy when I poured into the muffin tray which might be why they are more soufflé like 😄 They did collapse as they cooled. I also used vanilla protein instead of chocolate. Definitely delicious! 4 is a meal, which is great, but they still disappeared far too quickly from my plate!

  • Joanne Triggs
    27 Jul 2018
    11:57 PM

    Just in time for a Flex Friday. Post- Conditioning abs. Literally flat out on the floor. Might stay here just a little longer.....

  • Joanne Triggs
    26 Jul 2018
    8:41 PM

    Felt really flat today. It’s amazing how much influence the words of anonymous strangers can have on you! So today was a grow/rest/mental health day. Nutrition stayed on point, but did not train. I’ve trained the last 3 days, and don’t have the kids this weekend so will train the rest of the week too. I shaved my legs, washed (and straightened!) my hair, planned a shopping list for my best friends daughter (my daughter from another mother lol) princess party I’m throwing next weekend, and chilled out on the couch. The fire is also finally burning nice and hot too, so all in all I’m feeling a lot better tonight.

  • Joanne Triggs
    26 Jul 2018
    9:51 AM

    Reminded this morning why I don’t comment on public forums. Words can be read, intentions cannot.

  • Joanne Triggs
    25 Jul 2018
    10:30 AM

    Woooooo hoooooo I’m back!! 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 After 4 weeks at the scorers bench, I finally plucked up the courage to hit the court on Monday night! Taped my fingers together for a bit of support. My ball handling, as a result, was atrocious haha, but it seems my shooting has improved as I top scored for the team (12 points) which was also a PB!! I must say also, my fitness was a hell of a lot better than 4 weeks ago, I wasn’t tiring as quickly. Definitely felt like I could keep going! During my spell on the bench, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to turn up and keep my winter woolies on in the cold stadium, so it’s been 4 weeks since the girls have seen a glimpse of my skin. Well! Wasn’t I in the firing line with questions haha! “Jo have you been going to the gym?”. “You’re ripped man, you look awesome!”. “Do you have a six pack? Show me your abs!”. “How long did it take? How often do you train? How long are you at the gym for?”..... etc etc etc! I told them I’ve been working out for 10 weeks, and no I definitely didn’t have a six pack before I started! I told them I’ve been doing the Challenge, explained the details and how much it costs. “Is that all?!” they said!! Maybe a few new Challengers in September!! So after basketball I headed to gym for Legs on Monday. With my weight loss goal almost completed, I’m giving myself a new Challenge, 5 unassisted Chin Ups! When I started the Challenge I could not even do 1. I hung from the bar, and my boyfriend said “OK, when you’re ready”, not realising I’d already been trying 😂 It was like someone was holding my feet down, I did not move at all! So I tried again on Monday night, and out of nowhere, 1.5 Chin Ups! This isn’t a personal Challenge to achieve within the timeframe of the Maxine’s Challenge, just something new to work towards 😊 The last thing I wanted to mention from Monday night was my Calves. I was on the Leg Press doing the Toe Presses, and I was actually admiring my Ankles and Calves! I’ve always disliked this part of my body. I’ve always been “sporty” and as a result I’ve always felt that my calves were disproportionately thick compared to my ankles. In high school I would wear knee high socks scrunched down below my calves to visually thicken my ankles 😔 So Monday, I really looked at them, and I liked what I saw! I looked at my Calves and saw a beautiful SHAPE, I didn’t think of them as thick or chunky or out of proportion at all! I hope everyone has a happy Wednesday ✌️

  • Joanne Triggs
    25 Jul 2018
    7:40 AM

    Bo-o-oring! But even an egg white and spinach omelette is delicious after a 5am Legs workout! Also my house is FREEZING! I ran out of firewood on the weekend. I went to buy some from the servo this morning after gym to see me through til the weekend when I have time to take the trailer to pick some up, but my card declined 😭 it was a new card as the old one recently expired. I didn’t read the letter that came with the new card. I haven’t activated it. Read the instructions, Joanne 🤦‍♀️

  • Joanne Triggs
    23 Jul 2018
    11:05 AM

    63.9kg

    I cannot believe it. I have almost achieved my weight loss goal! Remember that highly scientific "I used to weigh that once upon a time and would like to weigh that again" figure. 900g off 63kg with 2 weeks to go! Now that I am getting happier and happier with every passing week at the body I see in the mirror, the number on the scales each Monday is of less importance to me. However setting this goal in the Challenge WAS important to me. It has given me motivation to stick to the Plans, something to strive for, and a way to measure success. And the best bit is it was done in a healthy, nutritional way. No crash dieting (I eat more food now than before I started the Challenge), and all while building muscle and strength!! Strong not Skinny!

  • Joanne Triggs
    22 Jul 2018
    10:05 PM

    Started out with the best intentions! Good intentions don’t get good results though, hah! Still pretty happy, completed 3 full rounds of the workout, but my head/thoughts got in the way of my focus, and I cut it short. I think this is one of the perils of working out at home. I feel if I was at the gym, I’ve got added incentive to finish the workout (I’m already there, so I may as well!), plus there are no distractions (sometimes, even cleaning the bathrooms and toilets seems suddenly important). Nothing I can do about it when the kids are here, I just have to push myself! I think those two little valleys in the chart are me laying face down on the carpet! Does everyone find the Conditioning workouts incredibly intense?

  • Joanne Triggs
    22 Jul 2018
    9:05 PM

    Last thing I feel like doing at 9pm on a Sunday is Conditioning! But reminding myself only 2 weeks to go!! I can have every Sunday night off in just 2 more weeks if I want to! But for now, I’m pulling out the runners and gloves, and getting it done!

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 Jul 2018
    2:35 PM

    Started the day with my favourite, hot porridge with protein! But running the boys to both their basketball games, plus grocery shopping since then and my head was telling me that a tuna salad was NOT going to cut it for lunch. Blueberry Protein Pancakes! Yum!! Topped with some plain yoghurt mixed with juice of half a lemon. And the entire recipe, 2 dinner plate sized pancakes, is ONE SERVE!!! My tummy is sooo happy right now 😍

  • Joanne Triggs
    20 Jul 2018
    9:59 AM

    My mum took this pic on the second day we were in Darwin. I love my abs in this photo!!!! Day to day, I generally see a three-pack lol, so I’m working on uncovering them all over the next couple of weeks! I have always wanted a six-pack, but never really done anything about actually achieving one!

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 Jul 2018
    9:46 AM

    Freedom! It’s funny, when I signed up for this Challenge I had not one single thought about the “Competition” aspect, other than to actually choose to be a public participant and therefore eligible. And I made that choice because it was MY choice this time, not because of anyone else controlling me. I knew I was READY to make a change in my life, I had a fire in my belly that wanted to throw everything I had at transforming my body, my mind, my attitude. And I have! I was SO happy with my Week 4 Check-In, I was showing anyone and everyone my results! And that’s when the little voice in my head started whispering to me, reminding me about the Competition haha! I guess it’s always there, in the back of my mind, and to receive that recognition by a panel of expert judges would be incredible! Top 50 out of all of the Competitors, it’s hard to even imagine! It’s there, in the back of my mind. But that’s not what drives me. Every time I work out, every morning when I pack my lunchbox, every night when I go to bed knowing I did everything I needed to do for just that day. That feeling of accomplishment, self satisfaction. PRIDE. That’s what drives me. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

  • Joanne Triggs
    18 Jul 2018
    10:18 AM

    Since I have arrived back on Saturday morning, I have been playing catch-up with the Training Plan. I have now completed the whole 9-12 Program once through. My hamstrings have been aching since my 8 sets of 8 Deadlifts on Saturday, plus Deadlifts on Sunday, plus Deadlifts on Monday... Legs B Day today. No Deadlifts, yay! But! Wall Squats and Cable Pull-Through, followed by 210(!) KB Swings got the backs of my Legs feeling like fire! As awkward as the Donkey Calf Raises look, they were like rainbows and unicorns and fluffy puppies and a big warm hug for the wonderful stretch down the back of my legs at the end!

  • Joanne Triggs
    18 Jul 2018
    7:48 AM

    In a moment of incredibly poor judgement, I purchased some “Raw” flavoured Casein. I have been having my night time protein with my raspberries anyway, so in my brain fart moment I figured I could blitz them together for a delicious raspberry mousse. I could not have been more wrong! Raw flavour definitely IS NOT the same as flavourless! It was so yuck! I literally ruined my favourite “meal” of the day 😭 So I have a kilo of crap in my pantry which I was planning to throw in the bin, figuring I’ll never ever use it again. But on Monday I had a moment of inspiration! I steamed up some cauliflower, and made a pizza base using the protein powder as the dry ingredient (instead of flour/Parmesan cheese). And OMG it was YUM!!! I had it for tea last night topped with spinach and some of the leftover slow cooked chicken from the weekend. Sprinkle of curry powder and maybe a tablespoon of grated cheese to make it stick. After it was cooked I drizzled some yoghurt mixed with crushed garlic and lemon juice over the top - it was just like a Tandoori Chicken Pizza! But without the guilt!!!! And so filling. And did I already say it was yum?!

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 Jul 2018
    4:06 PM

    “SALE” and “BURN BARS” in the same sentence... The way to a woman’s heart ❤️❤️❤️ Who says we are hard to please 🤷‍♀️

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 Jul 2018
    10:13 AM

    64.1kg

    It’s Monday, which means it’s official weigh-in day. I missed last Monday as I was away, but 2.3kg down over the last 2 weeks 🙌 6.9kg lost since the start of the Challenge. I have exceeded my (realistic) expectations as far as weight loss goes now! Any more is just a bonus. What I would prefer to see over the next 3 weeks is an increase in muscle definition! I might get the kids to take a progress photo when they come back from their dads in a couple of days, and see how much changes between now and the end of the Challenge 💪💪

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 Jul 2018
    8:53 PM

    2 hours since I’ve finished the Conditioning workout, and I’m pretty sure I’m still in shock lol. My whole body is refusing to move, my brain is not working too well either. So glad I left the mattresses in the lounge room, as I’ve pretty much not moved since I got home! A few thoughts I had this afternoon... driving to gym at 4.15pm “hmmm it was probably a bit late in the day to have pre-workout, should have just had creatine”. Getting myself set up “straight bar or wavy bar for power clean?”. After first set of 12 reps of everything “OMG I still have ages to go 😫”. Half way through 10 reps of power clean “I think I’m going to be sick”. After 10 reps of power clean “I think I’m going to pass out”. After 10 reps of everything “I’m SO glad I had pre-workout today!”. Starting 8 reps I actually thought “I can do this!”. It was so damn exhausting though, definitely the best workout I’ve done. Could NOT have done anything more. Even writing down my weights after, my hands were shaking 😂

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 Jul 2018
    3:05 PM

    All done!! The Chow Mein turned out sooo much better than I was expecting!! It tastes just like the packet mix with all its sugars and preservatives, but without the nasties!! I can’t wait for tea now haha! I also created a salad dressing. I got so sick of tuna salad while I was away, and it’s a pretty regular staple so now I can jazz it up a bit! Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, pink salt, and pepper. Just chucked it all in an empty jar and shook it up! Time to clean up, and then hit the gym! Conditioning today, hopefully it’s not busy as I’m going to be the most hated person there with all the equipment I need all at once 😬😬😬

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 Jul 2018
    1:26 PM

    It’s Food Prep Sunday! I cleaned out my fridge and freezer before I went away of all the meals I still had, so I’m starting a fresh stash today! Tuna Patties in the oven, pot of Lentil Soup on the stove, some meat slow cooking for a quick meat and steamed veg tea, and Chow Mein ready to go once the soup is finished and I can reuse the pot! Yum yum yum!! My best friend came over last night. After my sos to her about my doubts around the break up, she asked me what my plans were when I got back from Darwin, and then told me she was coming over without the kids and we could do whatever I wanted. I really think it was an intervention to ensure I didn’t go see him lol. But we had such a good night, went for a counter meal and a poke at the local pub (even walked out with a win), then came home, dragged the kids mattresses out to the lounge room, and watched a movie in front of the fire. No drinking, no snacking, just a casual girls night. Just what I needed 💖

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 Jul 2018
    2:19 PM

    On such a high right now and haven’t even had my pre-workout yet 😂 Just hopped on the scales for a quick “post holiday weight gain/loss assessment” and I’m down 1.1kg 👌 there really was no doubt in my mind that I would have lost, after a week of walking, climbing stairs, and great nutrition! The amount was a nice surprise though! But but but!! Even better than that, MY HIPS HAVE FINALLY TRIMMED DOWN A BIT 🎉🎉🎉 96cm down from 99cm (my early week 8 measurement)! Hooray! Cheeky peach pic attached 😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 Jul 2018
    9:28 AM

    ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ Back to cold Melbourne, and back to hot oats haha. OMG the thought of breakfast today kept me sane on the sardine packed red-eye! All 3 of us got a bit of sleep, so I’m actually not feeling too bad at the moment. But nevertheless I’m finishing this off and going to bed for a few hours to get some sleep, and hopefully recoup enough energy for a gym session before I restock my fridge with a big grocery shop! One thing I learnt while away is how much better all the meals taste with fresh ingredients! Eg just swapping frozen spinach for fresh in my omelette makes a massive difference! Definitely going to keep that up now I’m back! Time to stoke up the fire and get some 😴

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Jul 2018
    12:14 PM

    Last night’s tea and this mornings breakfast! We had fish and chips on the beach at Cullen Bay last night, everyone comes down with their picnic rugs, bubbles, and watches the sun set. I ordered the grilled barramundi and garden salad, which I really enjoyed, but would love to throttle the person who stacked all the potato cakes in front of me!!! Soooo tempting haha! I did join Mum in a glass of bubbles, half soda water half bubbles. Wow, after not drinking for so long, I found it so sour!! Definitely not enjoyable, and not worth having another during the Challenge. Breaky was an omelette for me, and a piece of fruit. No that’s not my seasonal banana in the pic, that’s Granny spoiling the kids with pancakes topped with caramelised bananas! Talk about resisting temptation 🤤 I’ve brought my trusty purple lunchbox with me for the trip, I pack it with my lunch and snacks each morning, and been finding it just as easy to stay on track while away as when I’m at home. It’s just become my routine now. Temptation is always everywhere, but it’s become so much easier to resist!

  • Joanne Triggs
    10 Jul 2018
    10:03 PM

    Madness! I’m on holiday with my family and yet here I sit, super jealous of everyone posting in journals, Facebook, instagram about how good the new workout plans are, how crippled their muscles are after... I cannot wait to get back to give them a go! In the meantime, best I can do is my daily walk, 10,000+ steps, and climb a bunch of stairs over and over and over and over..... my legs will be beautifully toned by the time we get back! These boys of mine are wearing us all out, waterslides every day! Since we arrived I have also achieved my 8 hours a night sleep goal, because we’re exhausted and going to bed so damn early!!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    9 Jul 2018
    9:29 PM

    Now that I’ve got some sleep and energy, I’ve gone for a 4km walk the last two mornings. I get up, have a coffee with Mum and Dad, then pull on the runners and go before breaky. First morning I just walked. Took some photos, had to stop and check maps a couple times lol. It was damn hot, but it was nice to be exercising, and it felt great to have the sun on my skin in July! The second morning (today) Dad gave me some headphones! I have never used my music while working out before, it was such a novelty haha! I was in my zone, powering along on the opposite side of the road this time because I couldn’t hear cars coming behind me, singing along because there is nobody around to hear me!! Look at the charts!! Clearly the music keeps me calm lol, because I did the exact same circuit at the same time of day. Same weather, same effort during the walk, and less stops for sight seeing! Doing it all over again tomorrow. I usually don’t like walking, I get bored and want to start to run. But I know that I’ll have at most 30 seconds of run in me before it’s too hot, and then I’ll be staggering back and not making the most of my time.

  • Joanne Triggs
    8 Jul 2018
    6:27 PM

    Photos done and officially Checked-in for week 8! Actually pretty happy! Was not expecting a big change, but I can definitely still see change which is great! More definition appearing in arms, back and abs. Still got work to do on the pot belly and bubble bum though lol!

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Jul 2018
    5:05 PM

    Checking in from sunny Darwin ☀️ Due to delay after delay, we didn’t get here til 3am 😴 no sleep on the plane as it was packed and couldn’t get comfy, so today is officially rest day! Keeping on track nutrition wise though, still had my Protein porridge for breaky despite it being 25 degrees at 9am instead of the 5 degrees i have been used to! Might make an overnight oats version for next time and have it cold! Tuna Salad with brown rice for lunch at Leanyer Water Park. The kids have been looking forward to getting back there, as 3 years ago when we were here last, they were too short to slide alone!! Steak and salad on the menu for tea, no mention of an afternoon bubbles 🥂 but I’m quite happy with my water. It’s so hot, I’m drinking so much, I think I’ll be back to peeing all night! Check in photos to be taken and uploaded in the morning. Not overly excited, definitely not seeing the definition at the moment that I’ve been getting over the last week. My stomach had a random blow out at work on Thursday, and I think it’s still settling!

  • Joanne Triggs
    6 Jul 2018
    1:14 PM

    🛫 WoooHooooo it’s FLYDAY!!!!! The sun is out in Melbourne today, and while everyone else is rolling up their sleeves because they are warm in their winter coat, I’m over here trying to decide which bikinis to pack for the next 7 days 😏 Did my measurements this morning. Almost no change at all! Like, anywhere! “Excuse me, Hips? This is Exercise and Nutrition speaking. You have already been notified you are no longer wanted, looks like we have to send in the Big Guns for the next 4 weeks”!!!! It will be interesting to compare my photos to week 4, after I take them tomorrow, as the measurements suggest there won’t be much difference. I’m not toooo worried if that’s the case, I keep reading about the magic woven into the 9-12 Plans, and seen results from previous Challengers which proves it to be true if you just keep at it! Just polished off a salad with 3 spinach meatballs for lunch, now it’s time to finish packing!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    5 Jul 2018
    12:14 PM

    Week 8 Check-in time is here. So far I have printed off my new plans, but not actually checked in yet. I spent yesterday’s lunch break watching YouTube videos and making notes on all the new exercises. And this morning I started trying to figure out starting weights based on how much I have been using up to this point, but also taking into account the extra reps!! Last night I started measuring and packing my supps and a few food items to pack for my trip to Darwin! Also texted Mum a shopping list, all the while thinking I sound like a fussy pain in the ass who she will be glad to get rid of after a week 😂 So I haven’t checked in yet because I have a little problem.... I fired my photographer (dumped my boyfriend) on Tuesday night. There was obviously more to it than just his comments on the weekend, but I decided for my own mental well-being I needed a break from it all. I don’t think it’s going to be forever, I love him to death, but he needs this time to sort out his own issues too. Yesterday was a really difficult day for me. After being so sure on Tuesday that this was the right decision, I ended up in tears at my desk questioning myself. An emergency sos text to my bestie helped, as well as a great leg session at the gym, where I increased my weights on Squats (body weight now woohoo) and Leg Extension! I’ll just have to get Mum to take my pics for me on Saturday. At least I won’t be cold in my swimmers ☀️🏝👙

  • Joanne Triggs
    5 Jul 2018
    9:22 AM

    📣 Public Service Announcement 📣 Don’t leave your machine like this!! Pack up your weights when you are finished, your fellow Members are not your keepers. If you were still at the gym when I went to use this after you, I would have frisbee’d 180kg at your head! 😡😡😡😡

  • Joanne Triggs
    4 Jul 2018
    11:06 AM

    Got a massive compliment at the gym last night! The Manager came over to me after I had just finished my first super set of the night (Behind Neck BB Shoulder Press/DB Lat Raise/Bent Over Rear Delt Raise) and asked me what my training background was, and am I qualified. I said no, not qualified. So he asked again about my background, and I said I just train for fun! So he went on to say that my technique and form were spot on! Not bad for someone who learns from YouTube lol!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    3 Jul 2018
    10:44 AM

    Farewell Legs A 👋 Your Bulgarian Split Squats will not be missed!

  • Joanne Triggs
    2 Jul 2018
    10:33 AM

    66.4kg

    800g lost this week. Now down 4.6kg in total. Even though everyone says to throw the scales out for the Challenge etc, I knew I had some weight to lose so seeing the numbers go down is motivating. So that pic is obviously not me! It’s just a random photo I got from Google for this journal entry, because of a conversation with my boyfriend on the weekend. He told me Saturday that he had been telling some of his family members the night before about my Challenge. About my changes, about how good I am looking. About how he is proud of me. Fast forward to Sunday, and he starts calling me She-Man. That I need a reality check. That I’m already starting to look like these body builders. That he doesn’t want a girlfriend with a body like that. He wouldn’t listen to me when I said I personally don’t find that look attractive, it’s not something I’m striving for. So instead I told him that I don’t know whether he is lying to me when he says he is proud of me, or if he is jealous of me. But I am proud of what I have achieved so far, I love what I am doing, and I’m not going to stop. So if he is concerned about how his girlfriends body looks, he’s going to have to find a new girlfriend, because this one doesn’t give a shit what HE wants my body to look like. Then! Instead of realising what an asswipe he had been and apologising, he lashes out again and asks when have I ever given him compliments for his work in the gym?! Umm how about get out of my house buddy! I’m not looking for compliments, but don’t come here and start criticising my efforts! He is skating on thin ice at the moment, I’m not far from cracking. So I’ve decided to do what any grown adult would do in this situation. I’m going to be the bigger person, and make her my Facebook Profile Picture 😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    1 Jul 2018
    10:07 PM

    How I finish every day! Night Protein and teaspoon of fibre mixed together with warm water to a mousse consistency, then add my half a cup of raspberries. Eaten in front of the fire. I love this time of the day. The house is quiet, nobody needs anything, there is literally nothing else I would rather be doing for these 10 glorious minutes. Now to take myself off to bed, and wake up fresh to smash out week 8!

  • Joanne Triggs
    29 Jun 2018
    12:23 PM

    Finger update... Went back to the Dr on Wednesday morning to get the results of the Radiologist report. Volar Plate Avulsion Fracture. So no broken bones, no dislocation, but the ligament has been torn from the bone. The good news is, it could be worse haha. It will heal on its own, in time. I’ve been wearing some beautiful bling (not exactly the shiny thing I had hoped to wear on this finger one day 😆) which has been great for keeping it immobile and protected from little bumps, but the Dr said now that swelling has subsided, I need to start taking it off and getting some movement into my fingers so they don’t get stiff! I had noticed that even my pinky was quite stiff, as it doesn’t bend on its own without the ring finger! So as you can see, it does have some movement in it, but there is still no strength. I can’t make a fist etc. Still got 2 weeks off basketball, and on a modified Training Plan, but I’ll get there!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    28 Jun 2018
    10:15 PM

    It’s my at home cardio night tonight. I did the same sort of thing as last Thursday as I quite enjoyed that for a cardio workout. 4 stations, counting down from 10 reps in the first set, to 1 in the last. 50 skips at the start of each set, no rest between stations, 1 minute rest between sets. This week I wanted to work different muscles to last week so I did (in total): 55 Lunges (each leg) 55 Skull Crushers 55 Lat Pull Down 55 Leg Raises (abs) 500 skips 50 minutes, 195 calories burned. Job done ✅

  • Joanne Triggs
    28 Jun 2018
    3:29 PM

    One more week until the kids and I fly off to Darwin! Can't wait to escape this cold Melbourne weather. Tomorrow morning I will drop them off at school, and then I won't see them again until I pick them up from their dad's on the way to the Airport. I'm going to miss them so much! We don't usually do a week each, but we changed it this school holidays so I could make the most of spending the money on airfares by going for as long as we could! On the other hand, it means I can get to the gym for my workouts EVERY DAY until we go! No excuse not to be bikini ready now! We are staying with my Mum and Dad, who have just finished the Gibb River Road and will meet up with us in Darwin before continuing on across the top of the Country. I have already told them about the Challenge, and showed them my progress photos. I'm hoping that by "preparing" them in advance, they will be a bit more understanding when I decline the afternoon glass(es!!) of Bubbles every day! If I can get around that, then I'll be right I think, as Mum and Dad eat very healthy anyway. I'll take my supps with me, and might have to do a little shop for a few bits and pieces, but otherwise Nutrition should be ok. No gym where we are staying though, and no car to get to one, so I have bought some pieces of equipment (resistance bands, and an ab wheel thingy) which don't weigh a lot and aren't bulky, that I can use while there. I also plan to walk/run each day for half an hour, even if its just a couple laps of the caravan park. Hopefully my week away is not too counter-productive to my week in the gym before we go!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    27 Jun 2018
    8:00 AM

    Progress! Gym was chock-a-block last night, and someone was using my 5kg dumbbell when I wanted to do the Lateral Raises. As I’m stubborn and don’t want to go down as it feels like backwards, I picked up the 6kg instead of the 4kg, and what do you know! Grunted out my 4x5 on BOTH the Lateral Raises and Rear Delt Raises with them! Also added 2.5kg to the Shoulder Press (and the little + is a note to myself that I think I can go heavier next week). Plus went to the 20kg bar for Bicep Curl as I’ve been rocking out sets of 10 at 17.5kg at home since last week. Did 2x6 and 2x5! The last 2 nights also were my first 2 games as Official Scorer and Cheerleader for my basketball teams. It was agonising being on the bench when I just wanted to be out there with them. The only good thing about it was I didn’t have to run around in shorts and singlet at 10.30pm. Oh and the girl who was scoring with me but for the other team last night was uncomfortably pregnant, and she told me her and hubby were off to the hospital THIS MORNING to have her baby!!!!! How exciting for them! No idea why she was spending her last opportunity for a full night sleep at a basketball game though! Dedication!

  • Joanne Triggs
    25 Jun 2018
    10:33 AM

    67.2kg

    🌟🌟🌟 HALF WAY 🌟🌟🌟 🍏 Leaner 🏋️‍♀️ Stronger ⚖️ Lighter It’s Challenge Hump Day today! All downhill from here, this is the easy part... Hah! So motivating seeing how far I’ve come, the changes in my body over the last 6 weeks. My 9yo took my flex pics for me this morning, I’ve never seen my back muscles before!!!! Recorded my biggest weight loss for the Challenge this week too, 1.2kg! Stuck to the Nutrition Plan, and just modified my workouts by focusing on what I COULD do, rather than dwell on what I couldn’t. What broken finger? 😏 Going to increase my cardio (😧) from now on and do a 30 minute walk down the driveway to the front gate on my lunch break each day, weather permitting 🤞it’s a 3km round trip, and seeing as I seem to have invisible chains linked to my desk when I’m at work, it’s going to be good to get the blood flowing, heart pumping, not to mention just some fresh air!

  • Joanne Triggs
    24 Jun 2018
    9:30 AM

    Morning abs. I know they are under there somewhere, because they scream to me every time I cough, laugh, sneeze, or move the wrong way. They are like the giggly two year old playing hide and seek behind the curtain. I can hear them, I know they are there. I just can’t SEE them!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    23 Jun 2018
    7:39 PM

    Hot roast chook two ways... Guess which one was my dinner 😑

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 Jun 2018
    10:05 PM

    Ohh I sparkle after cardio 😅 So I did it!! 10 rounds, counting down from 10 reps in the first round to 1 rep in the last! 55 bicep curls 55 chest press 55 shoulder press 55 ab rolly things 500 (!!) jumping jacks Now finally, FINALLY, I can have my berries and mug cake 🤗

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 Jun 2018
    8:27 PM

    I’m huuuuungryyyyyy! I can’t stop thinking about my berries and mug cake, as it’s all I have left for today! But I’m actually keen to do some cardio first (not sure what’s wrong with me lol), so I thought I’ll blog about eating instead of eating. Seeing my basketball is completely out of question now, and probably will be for the remainder of the Challenge, I spent some time today exploring options. Out of curiosity, I changed my training plan over to Get Strong, just to see what they look like. Et Voila! A couple of pages dedicated to cardio!! I’m going to set up 4 different stations, each working a different muscle group, plus a 5th station of skipping to boost the heart rate. Then I’ll do 10 reps at each station, 20 second break between, with a 60 second break at the end. Then next round I’ll do 9 reps, then 8 reps etc til I’ve counted down to 1 and finished!!! First, I’ll finish watching Masterchef though, otherwise my 20 second breaks will become “until the ads” breaks!! Got to focus!

  • Joanne Triggs
    20 Jun 2018
    4:05 PM

    I did not even want to post this because I actually want to cry. I injured my finger at basketball last night. I’ve jarred fingers on so many occasions that I didn’t think much of it last night. I got up at 5.30 this morning and went to gym to do legs. My finger ached the whole time so I took myself off to the dr instead of work today, and turns out it’s broken. I’m devastated. I’m out from basketball for at least 4 weeks. I can’t wrap my head around how I’m meant to train upper body with a splint on my finger, I can’t even operate cutlery 😭 I have my boys for the next 5 days, which keeps me out of the gym anyway. I’m going to try to keep positive. I’ve done my 2 leg sessions for the week, and 1 of my upper body. Was planning to do the other at home on Friday, which makes it a modified version anyway, so I’ll just see how I go. The splint, while inconvenient, is great for protecting the injury as well from little bumps, so hopefully it’s not feeling as sore in a couple of days. Looks like I’m going to have to have a more open mind when it comes to cardio now. Scoring a basketball game doesn’t burn many calories 😢

  • Joanne Triggs
    20 Jun 2018
    7:23 AM

    It might be the pre-workout talking, but what a stunning sunrise today! So hard to keep your eyes on the road on the way home from gym when this is distracting you! Happy Wednesday Challengers!

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 Jun 2018
    9:45 PM

    Got my weights sorted last week for the new 5-8 Program, so it’s nice this week going into the gym and knowing what I need. Some notes to self as I work my way through.... DB Bulgarian Split Squat. Squeeze glutes during this entire set. It takes the fire out of the quads during the exercise. And if it doesn’t, it at least give you something else to focus on. Preacher Curl. Don’t focus on lifting the weight, focus on squeezing the bicep. Got out all reps by shifting my focus this week, whereas I needed to self-assist with the last few reps of sets 3&4 last week. Cable Crunches. Don’t do these with your eyes closed. You will headbutt the floor 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 Jun 2018
    1:53 PM

    So there you go. Just when I thought I had this whole site sussed, the Dashboard directs me to the Mindset page! I'm going to look into it more tonight, and I'm hoping that those little clips from Kate Alderman are along the lines of what your Yoga Instructor might do during Savasana, the slow, meditative, guidance for your thoughts. I think this will be brilliant after basketball tonight, the game starts at 10.10pm so by the time I actually get to bed it's midnight and my mind needs help to settle! Speaking of basketball, we won last night! Little old Swift beat the team on top of the ladder! Go us!

  • Joanne Triggs
    18 Jun 2018
    8:03 AM

    68.4kg

    Pun is still shrinking! Bigger boobs through a smaller stomach, it’s all about perception hahaha

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 Jun 2018
    11:08 PM

    It’s the end of week 5! An emotionally up and down week for me, but I’m definitely finishing on a high! Did the second conditioning workout tonight, my heart rate was up and down also! It was the damn skipping!! I could tell I was getting tired by the 3rd round as I tripped on the rope. In the 4th round I tripped on it 4 times 😂 OMG my abs though.... 10/10/10 of the hanging leg raises, with bicycle crunches and plank thrown in. x4 😫 I made the Spinach Meatballs today for something different to put in the freezer! I also made a spicy tomato sauce to go over it, can’t wait to try it tomorrow night! Served with zoodles, broccoli and zucchini. Throughout my lows this week, I noticed that it was this Challenge that I turned to for comfort. It was my constant in a period of fluctuations. Whether it was spending time on the Forum or Facebook page (I don’t contribute a lot, but I lurk hehe), reading journals or writing my own, scrolling the Instagram feed (I don’t use Insta so I just look at the ones that come up on this website), or just spending time reading through my training program to see what’s coming up, or the recipes for some inspiration...... Not once did I feel like turning to chocolate, or wine. In fact I never even thought about it! Bring on week 6! In just 7 more days, we’re half way there!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 Jun 2018
    9:35 PM

    Built-in planking motivation 💪

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 Jun 2018
    5:08 PM

    Picked up my Check-in Prize from the post office today 😍 Thanks again Maxine 👌

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 Jun 2018
    10:27 AM

    It felt soooo gooooood to get to the gym last night. After feeling flat Thursday, half hearted cardio that night, and waking up Friday with too much on my mind, last nights workout was just the medicine I needed. Didn’t matter that we didn’t arrive until after 9pm, there was no chance that I was not going! I’ve switched and swapped my training days around to fit my schedule, so last night I did one of the conditioning workouts. It was fun! And challenging. The Turkish Get Ups drew a crowd lol, did not realise I was even being watched 😅 my boyfriend said I was so lucky he didn’t have his phone on him or he would of filmed me. Nobody had any idea what I was doing (including me haha) 😂 2 days left of the week, 2 blank days of my training schedule. Upper body today, and the other conditioning program tomorrow. Really enjoying the variety in the 5-8 Plan. Spent 20 minutes last night after my training going over a couple of the exercises for today which I wasn’t familiar with. YouTube and practicing in an empty gym with light weights so I don’t look like a doofus today! It’s date night tonight! We are going to see a movie, and dinner. Going to swap my snacks around today, and have my shake in the AM, and take my Burn Bar to have at the movies in the PM. Making smart choices when eating out are becoming easier and easier too! It’s no longer mind over matter, it just comes down to knowledge and strength 👌

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 Jun 2018
    7:11 PM

    Aaaarghhhhh!!! Commitment to my goals is being tested tonight in full force and from every angle... After a slow day at work, I go out to my car to find some inconsiderate twerp has let their door fly open into my car and left a dint but no note 🤬 I pick up the kids and after a short conversation with them find out that an issue with their dad which I thought had been resolved is actually ongoing 🤬 To top it off, they wanted nachos for tea, which this morning I was thrilled about as that meant taco bowl for me (yum) but the reality of making them nachos set in when I actually had to make them... Doritos are my FAVOURITE snack 🤬😭😭😭 The only saving grace is that they picked the yellow bag and not the red (Cheese Supreme ftw). I was good, I put the leftover chips away quickly so I couldn’t be tempted. I made my tea quickly, swapping chopping up salad items for nuking frozen veggies. I’m currently in two minds about my cardio, as I REALLY don’t want to do it now. But I’ve come this far, I’ve stayed strong, I think I’ll just have some tea, rest my mind, and then get it done.

  • Joanne Triggs
    13 Jun 2018
    8:33 PM

    Feeling hungry tonight. I suspect it’s a combination of a heavy legs session this morning, and not incorporating carbs into my lunch (I just ordered a tuna salad from Chef today). I’m actually going to make the mug cake tonight. I feel this will be enough to satisfy my brains desire to chew/eat, and then go to bed before my stomach registers that it was tricked! Edited to add: Raspberries and mug cake totally hit the spot!! Yummy, and filled that hole.

  • Joanne Triggs
    13 Jun 2018
    7:43 AM

    Excuse me? Waiter? I think you forgot my sourdough, smoked salmon and hollandaise!! Oh also, I’m pretty sure I found a misprint on the Training Plan. 25x4 on Leg Press... Maxine can you please get your Torture Squad to check this out? 😆😉😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    12 Jun 2018
    11:00 PM

    Hehe my first cheeky flex pic 😄 I worked upper body tonight, could feel the pump at the gym and even starting to see veins pop but I’m too self conscious to take a selfie there. Might sneak off to the bathroom and get one in the mirror in there next time 😂😂 That mess of a food pic is how I had my night protein today. It was meant to be a mug cake with raspberries. I saved my half a cup of berries from after dinner and left them on the bench to defrost while I went to gym. Plan was to smoosh them up and mix with the choc protein “batter” then nuke til ready. Well. I got as far as pouring the batter over the berries, then I did the silly thing of tasting it... and that’s as far as my cake went. Yes I ate the batter. And yes I licked the bowl 😂😂😂😂

  • Joanne Triggs
    12 Jun 2018
    8:08 AM

    I think I need to tattoo dotted lines on body parts so I can make sure I measure the exact same spot each time. I’ve made a note to use my belly button as the guide for doing my waist going forward as that’s not going to move 😄 7cm lost from my tummy (for some reason we refer to our tummies as Pun in our household). My belly button is not the smallest measurement of Pun either, but at least it will be consistent. Now if my Hips could get the memo over the next 4 weeks, that would be super.

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Jun 2018
    11:02 PM

    Legs A. I don’t even know what to say. My calves burned, my thighs burned, my glutes burned. And I’m betting that it’s not even half as bad as it’s going to feel tomorrow! I’m not sure that the workout is meant to take 90 minutes though? I did muck around a bit trying to get the weights right as a few of these were new to me and wasn’t sure how heavy to go. Also choosing what kind of weight to use... dumbbell, barbell or plates!! I struggled using the 10kg dumbbells for C1/C2 superset, but found the 10kg plates easier to manage. Regardless, I needed a 30 second rest after each set just to rest my arms! Also, the glute bridge I found it hard to get a heavy dumbbell on my hip, so used a barbell. It’s nice to feel the ache in my legs again though, after a great workout. I know I’ll be eating my words in the morning, at least they don’t contain calories 😉😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Jun 2018
    2:05 PM

    OMG! Pretty and delicious!! I have more Lentil Soup now than I have containers to store it in. So I’m going to fill up my freezer with what I can, and take the rest to work for my colleague. I keep raving to her how good it is, and gave her the recipe but I don’t think she’s made it yet. Sharing the Lentil Love 👌 The other is the One Pot Chicken. I’ve been wanting to make it for a week but didn’t have enough room in the freezer! It is so so tasty! I’ve changed the recipe ever so slightly, as I only browned the chicken on the grill the covered and baked it for 30 minutes to finish cooking and absorb all the flavours and juices of the other ingredients. Served with Cauliflower Rice so it’s low carb too.

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Jun 2018
    1:54 PM

    🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 That’s my name!!! I know it’s a random selection, but wow what a boost for the motivation!! Thank you!!! Well done to the other Check-in Winners, and to everyone who has made it this far 👏👏👏

  • Joanne Triggs
    11 Jun 2018
    7:53 AM

    68.9kg

    In 4 weeks I’ve averaged 500g loss per week. Super happy with this progress because not only do I see it on the scales, I can feel it in my clothes 😍 If it continues at this rate, I won’t reach my “goal weight” by the end of the 12 Week Challenge. However, really that goal was just an arbitrary number I picked because I used to weigh that a number of years ago 😕 scientific, I know 🤦‍♀️

  • Joanne Triggs
    10 Jun 2018
    9:29 AM

    Last day of week 4, last day of phase 1, last day of bread!!!!! Haha that just reminded me of my last journal entry on the day before the challenge started, only it was a chocolate brownie 😂 As I enjoyed my breaky this morning, I went over the new Nutrition Plan and started a shopping list for the coming week. I’m going to do up a double batch of Lentil Soup and freeze portions, even though I just realised this will have to be a lunch meal now as not many dinners contain carbs! Also going to make the One Pot Chicken, with cauliflower rice, and freeze in portions for a low carb option. I’m so excited to get to the gym tomorrow and do the new Leg program!! There are a couple of things on there that I’ve never done myself, so I’m not sure how much weight to use but excited to try!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    8 Jun 2018
    11:56 AM

    Packing the kids into the car after work today, and heading out to visit my best friend for the night. She has moved about an hour away, and if we are lucky we catch up once a month! She has a son the same age as my eldest (that's how we met, the boys were in Prep together), and all the kids love the catch ups as much as we do! Normally, these catch ups involve pizza slabs and waaaaaay too much alcohol! However, she is currently on hospital pain killers, and I am on the Challenge, so we are having a dry night! I swear the kids will be up chatting longer than we will tonight!! So I decided this morning to have my rest day today, and will do my Cardio on Sunday at home instead. I am tossing up in my mind about what to do re my nutrition... she is doing roast for tea which is great as I can pick and choose what to have from that. Breaky is usually bacon and egg rolls, I am thinking of taking my oats and protein though and just making my porridge. We will likely leave by lunchtime so no need to worry about that, I can always take a shake with me in case we leave a bit later and swap lunch with afternoon smoko. Apple, almonds and a peppermint tea can easily be thrown in my lunchbox for morning tea! Can't say I'm not committed!! I'm looking forward to our next boozy catch up though!

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Jun 2018
    7:27 PM

    Cardio tonight. Picked a random YouTube workout, it only went for 20 minutes and I really didn’t feel like I had done enough at the end, so I did the Fitness Test as well. Wow! Improvement all around! It’s amazing how slowly a minute goes when your working out! You wonder how you got in “only” 18 burpees, but after those 60 seconds, your totally spent, and know there’s no way you could have done more 😄

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Jun 2018
    1:00 PM

    Little bit of food porn to add to my journal today 😉 New chicken salad on the menu for Ladies Day at the Club! It’s yummy! Has a bit of a mustard dressing on it. Look at the grease on my fingers after removing the sweet potato skins from the top though!! They look pretty on the plate...and that’s where they will stay!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Jun 2018
    11:31 AM

    ***NO LUNGES IN THE NEW PLAN*** 😍😃👌💃💥🏋️‍♀️🎉❣️ (I’m sure there will be something else to dislike instead haha)

  • Joanne Triggs
    7 Jun 2018
    10:22 AM

    I have no words to explain how happy I am with my results so far. The photos speak for themselves really. I did this!! I achieved this in 3.5 weeks!!!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    6 Jun 2018
    10:56 AM

    So so so tired. Struggling with focus today, have even had an extra coffee but it's not helping. Only sleep can fix this I think! Sunday night - terrible sleep! Monday 5.30am gym session, 9.30pm basketball game Monday night slept well, up at 7am Tuesday 7pm gym session, 10.10pm basketball game Tuesday night slept well but due to late game didn't get to bed until midnight, then up at 5.30am for a gym session today. These kinds of weeks will hopefully not be too common, at least I hope not as it's definitely not sustainable! Quiet night with my babies tonight, already got out a serve of Lentil Soup for my tea, they will be rapt with party pies. I'm going to lay on the couch and watch Masterchef, then go to bed at 9pm. I'll get one of the boys to take my check in photo tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to seeing the weeks 5-8 plans!

  • Joanne Triggs
    5 Jun 2018
    7:30 AM

    69.2kg

    My alarm shocked me awake at 7am today. That’s a good thing, it means I slept well! I stayed at my boyfriends house Sunday night and slept terribly, got up at 5.30am to drop him at the station then went to gym to do legs. Lucky it was super quiet and I could get in my zone, I was feeling flat walking in there so needed to pull myself together to get it done. Worked all day, then drove an hour to an after work work meeting. Hour drive back to pick up my boyfriend, then off to my basketball game which I had to play the entire thing as germ season has set in and we only had 5 players. Dropped boyfriend home, then I went home, started fire seeing it had time to burn itself out, made parfait for the morning, showered, and FINALLY collapsed into bed! So as I sit here munching my fourth parfait breakfast of the challenge, I’m contemplating what’s coming up when the plans change! Is this my last parfait?! I’ve heard/read we lose our morning toast, will I lose my oats?! Will it become more important to eat our macros at the time stipulated on the plan, rather than just ensuring we eat them all in the same day? Not long til we find out I guess!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    3 Jun 2018
    8:57 PM

    Not exactly restful! But spent my rest day doing something I love ❤️ Packed all my food, water, afternoon shake. Feeling super happy tonight and ready for a good night sleep!

  • Joanne Triggs
    2 Jun 2018
    4:53 PM

    When you get home from gym, hungry, and haven’t done your groceries yet. Pulled together an omelette using one of my Turkey Muffins from the recipes for a late lunch!

  • Joanne Triggs
    2 Jun 2018
    2:49 PM

    Woop Woop! 6/6 days training completed for week 3! My abs are going to love rest day, every time I sneeze I say “ouch” instead of “bless me” lol. Can’t believe I’m a quarter of the way through the Challenge already! And only 1week til it’s a third of the way complete! I haven’t felt this good about myself in a long time. I’m finding it easy to pass on the treats I would normally devour without a second thought. And the people around me are getting used to me having berries and yoghurt for dessert (when in the plan) without rolling their eyes 😄

  • Joanne Triggs
    31 May 2018
    8:11 PM

    Really happy with a 189 calorie burn in 30 minutes tonight!! Was looking for 30 Day Shred on YouTube with no luck, but found something similar and smashed that out instead. Timing wise, it’s perfect for a Thursday night cardio session at home, as I have my boys so can fit it in around homework, dinner prep, showers etc. I took that selfie in the bathroom afterwards... red faced and sweaty, it’s the coolest room in the house!! It’s “fish and chips” night tonight. My eldest and I have salmon, my youngest has fish fingers. The boys have chips, and I have salad. There’s half a Cookie on the plan for tonight, but I’m thinking I’ll swap it out for yoghurt and protein powder again as I don’t have Cookies but I don’t want to miss out on dessert 😆

  • Joanne Triggs
    31 May 2018
    1:53 PM

    A before and after of my lunch today. Chef brought me his daily special, Tuna Fritters. They looked and smelled so yummy, but unfortunately they were deep fried 😭😭😭 so I knocked them off the top of the salad, and mixed in a small tin of plain tuna from my emergency stash instead. Sigh. I’m going to wait until later in the day after he’s left to return my plate to the kitchen, so he doesn’t see that I didn’t eat them.

  • Joanne Triggs
    30 May 2018
    10:14 AM

    Every. Day. #maxineslife 😂

  • Joanne Triggs
    30 May 2018
    8:04 AM

    3 weeks, 3x 5.30am alarms for gym training before work. I’ve swapped legs to today instead of tomorrow as I can get to the gym on Wednesday but not Thursday. Thought I’m better off doing those there than at home, so I can use the machines, and have access to heavier weights. Cardio I can do at home on Thursdays. Lowered the weight right back to 40kg for Deadlifts today. Coupled with a bandaid for my popped blister, plus gloves, I was able to smash out the 4x10 with minimal stops between reps to regrip. I was even able to do them superset with the Row as per the plan, as the gym was not too busy. Over cooked my eggs last night 😆 forgot about them on the stove while I was eating tea and watching Game of Thrones! Despite that, today was the most I have enjoyed this meal, as I added a small smear of whole grain mustard to my toast. Just that little bit of extra flavour was perfect. And to sip that’s Recover lol, not a Pop Top haha! The bottle is perfect though as it’s 250ml. I already had my morning coffee with my creatine before gym!

  • Joanne Triggs
    29 May 2018
    11:31 PM

    Upper body tonight, after my basketball game! Again, a new exercise and new equipment for me... Decline Sit Ups. The REAL challenge with this movement is actually getting onto the equipment 😆 My boyfriend, who is so nice and tall, kindly came over and demonstrated with his lovely long legs, how easy it is to climb on haha. It’s so not easy! I was sliding down backwards while trying to get my legs over and feet under the cushions! Oh and the Lateral DB Raises. Superset with the Military Press, and the day after Deadlifts, I was using 2kg weights!! My boyfriend laughed at me lol. It was the only way I could get through the 4x15 and it still burned 😂 Up early tomorrow for lower body at the gym again before work. Hopefully not busy, and I can do all the supersets in the plan!

  • Joanne Triggs
    28 May 2018
    11:55 PM

    Wooooohoooooo 💪 Feeling a bit proud of myself tonight. I switched my training plan over to advanced starting today, and finished my first workout. My hands are blistered and my back aches but it feels good! I actually had no idea what weights to use for a couple of things... I’ve never done deadlifts before. I kind of thought it needed to be heavy. I talked it over with my boyfriend and decided to add 40kg to the bar. Hah! First time I tried to lift it, I turned to him and said “I can’t even get it off the ground” lol. Then I turned back around, focussed, and lifted it! It was definitely difficult, but not too bad. So I did it again! I actually got out 3 sets of 10 and a set of 8!! So stoked! My poor accountants hands though! In one training session I managed to create and open a blister! So badly wanted to do those last 2 reps bugger it!! Gloves ready for Wednesday now! This was AFTER my basketball game too, as it was an early one today. Imagine what I will be able to achieve when I can channel that energy into a weights session before a ball game 😃 Let’s see what upper body has in store for me tomorrow!

  • Joanne Triggs
    28 May 2018
    11:05 AM

    69.4kg

    Woken up feeling so pumped for week 3! Made the decision during week 2 that I’m going to switch to T&S Advanced Training this week, and I’m so excited to get to the gym and get started!! Looking forward to the Fitness Model physique and 6 pack abs I can achieve with this plan 😏. I’m going to stay on the Intermediate Nutritional plan for the time being, as I never feel hungry as it was. If the additional training makes me start feeling hungry, then I’ll switch that over also. I know I said I wouldn’t, but I did. I weighed myself this morning haha. 600g down since last Monday, and 1.6kg lost since day 1. Forgot to prep my hard boiled eggs for the week yesterday, so I actually got to have a hot fried egg with a runny yolk for breaky today! So good!! And didn’t take as long as I thought. Still looking pregnant in my side profile pics lol, but feeling better and less bloated. Goal is for boobs to naturally be bigger than my belly 😆

  • Joanne Triggs
    27 May 2018
    8:44 PM

    I skipped lunch today. We went to the market, I thought there would be SOMETHING I could eat. Nope. There was a food truck section, boyfriend and Kids stopped at the second truck and got hotdogs. I walked up and back and got nothing. The closest thing to plan appropriate was the souvlaki truck, I could have got the meat in a tray with a bit of Greek salad. It was $18. From there we went to my grans house for a quick visit. Tea and biscuits. Nope. From there we went grocery shopping. By the time we left, it was 3.30pm and I was the definition of hangry. I was impatient with the kids, and snappy with my boyfriend. I was starving. Had my afternoon shake when we got home, dinner at 6pm, and I was ok. It’s now 8.30pm, I’ve already had my night time shake, and I’m still hungry. Adding to the torture, they are making HAMBURGERS on Masterchef 😭 Lesson learnt. No more skipping lunch. Don’t rely on there being SOMETHING... It’s got me thinking though. What is worse? Skipping lunch, or eating something that “I don’t eat” anymore?

  • Joanne Triggs
    26 May 2018
    11:31 AM

    Made my oats and protein into porridge today, and ate breaky with the kids. Actually really enjoyed it, it didn’t get tacky and gaggy, and it’s wasn’t grainy from cooking the protein. Cooked the oats in the microwave with water, stirring each minute until done. Then thinned it out with a bit of cold water. Mixed my protein in a bit of cold water, then mixed it through the porridge! Considered adding my afternoon berries to the porridge, but it really didn’t need it, was yum as it was. Hearty and satisfying on a chilly morning! All week I’ve had a pain in my lower belly. I’ve put it down to period pain. However that finished yesterday, and coupled with a great poo this morning, my tummy feels amazing today. Thought that was important to share. You know, for future reference 😂

  • Joanne Triggs
    25 May 2018
    9:17 PM

    Whose big idea was Friday night Cardio? We need to have words. So not motivated to do cardio tonight! Thankfully my boyfriend wanted to do a quick workout at home, which definitely made it easier to get off my bum also. Decided to have a go at the fitness test, followed by a workout I found on the Internet. I’m spent! Not bad considering I didn’t want to do anything. Had lean lamb steak with steamed veg for dinner. Boyfriend and children had tortellini carbonara. I actually didn’t even feel like the pasta, I am so surprised. I LOVE pasta! Time for a shower, and then I’m going to enjoy my berries and yoghurt over an episode of Game of Thrones (we are late to the party lol). ⏱ 28 min ❤️ 100 bpm 🔥 108 cal

  • Joanne Triggs
    24 May 2018
    8:56 PM

    Lowered the weight on the bar tonight for Body Pump and managed to get through about 90% of it properly! Still can’t bring myself to do the little pulsing movement, and so I just do a full rep instead. It also helped that I wore short shorts this week so I didn’t get so hot... did you know that knee caps sweat?! Less calories and lower average heartbeat compared to last week as a result though. Chicken and veggies as per the kids menu, Challenge approved so I didn’t have to get out one of my frozen portions. They had theirs with gravy, and I had mine with a squeeze of lemon and cracked pepper. Yum! I just checked the Plan, as I thought there was berries after tea today, but it’s half a Cookie. I don’t have Cookies, so I’m going to swap for a bit of Greek yoghurt with half a scoop of protein powder. It sounds like an acceptable swap, protein for protein... ⏱ 58 min ❤️ 93 bpm 🔥 192 cal

  • Joanne Triggs
    24 May 2018
    2:21 PM

    I love that I am looking at different meals that I love now, and thinking "how can I make that Challenge acceptable"? For example, I love Chow Mein... mince, veggies, rice, curry, yum. And so easy to make it by the nutrition rules in the Challenge, just use a lean turkey mince, brown rice, and spices (rather than the little packet mix haha). Looking at things this way, makes me think of this more as a life change than just a 12 week Challenge. It's not hard to make little substitutions like that. So this also made me realise that I have a bit of an obsession with cooking in bulk and freezing in portions. As I started writing up a shopping list for the weekend with a kilo of mince, I realised I don't actually have room in my freezer for any more containers anyway lol. It's good in a way. It means I am cooking and eating more often than I thought I would with my kids. It was a concern of mine going into the Challenge - not eating what they eat - so obviously we have been eating good, fresh food, together :) Not too much to love about Thursdays, so I treated myself to Red Lentil Curry Soup for lunch today, instead of my usual chicken or tuna salad. The kids chose Chicken Breast and Veggies for tea tonight (I give them a day a week each to choose tea, and I'm super lenient with them on these days. Usually its Party Pies, Nachos, that kind of thing. So I was surprised they picked this, no prompting from me!). And Cardio... going to have another crack at Body Pump as its easy to do at home while the boys play.

  • Joanne Triggs
    23 May 2018
    9:07 PM

    Finally was able to do my measurements last night. My boyfriend had taken the tape measure to his house and kept forgetting to pack it to bring back! I wish I could have done these at the same time as my before photos, as I’m sure my clothes are already feeling better, it would have been great to compare before and after measurements with before and after photos!! Oh well... Dessert time! It appears Wednesday got a bit jealous about my announcement on how much I love Tuesday, so is sucking up 😏

  • Joanne Triggs
    23 May 2018
    7:40 AM

    Does everyone look so glamorous after a 6am training session lol? 👸 Much easier to get up this morning compared to last Wednesday, having had a reasonable sleep. Didn’t even have to get up for a wee last night! I increased my squat weight by 5kg today, but decreased my chest press so I could complete the sets with correct tempo. We won our basketball game last night! Undefeated and on top of the ladder 🙌 Annual performance review this morning. My boss booked us in for breakfast at a cafe as originally we were meant to meet at 7.45am. He changed it last night to 9am which suits me as I’ve now had time to eat my breakfast at home beforehand and not have to leave it to chance with the cafe menu. I’ll just order a cuppa! ⏱ 54 min ❤️ 96 bpm 🔥 169 cal

  • Joanne Triggs
    22 May 2018
    11:07 AM

    How good are Burn Bars 😍😍😍 I feel like I’m cheating eating this chocolatey deliciousness!!! Tuesday is my new favourite day of the week. Parfait, Burn Bar, and mixed basketball game for cardio. Loving it!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 May 2018
    10:58 PM

    Driving home from basketball tonight was actually the best I had felt all day. Motivation in general was low, the work day passed so slowly, and I knew I had weight training followed by a basketball game to get through this evening. All I wanted to do was snuggle on the couch. I started to pick up when I was putting my parfait together for breaky tomorrow, remembering from last week how good it is! Gym was good, not too busy. Is it too early to be seeing changes? I’m sure my shoulder muscles are popping when I do the press! Had to cut it short (only missed a couple sets of calf raises and crunches) to get to the game on time. We lost the grudge match again, but we all walked away from it in one piece at least, so that’s a win lol 😂 ⏱ 48 min ❤️ 104 bpm 🔥 194 cal Can’t wear my Fitbit when I play, so only recorded the stats from gym.

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 May 2018
    1:18 PM

    70kg

    It had been months since I got on the scales prior to starting the Challenge, as I already knew from my lifestyle and diet what direction the numbers were headed in. I know it's not a good indicator for anything really, and yet it still has the ability to mess with your motivation. So I've been tossing up in my mind since about Friday, whether I was going to hop on the scales each Monday, or only at check ins, because I don't need anything (especially something meaningless) crushing my motivation! But curiosity got the better of me this morning, and I hopped on the scales. One kilo down. It is what it is. I had no expectations, so am neither happy or disappointed by what it showed me. I do think, though, that I will wait until the week 4 check in for the next installment!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    21 May 2018
    7:54 AM

    Woken up feeling a bit, um... shaky? Not feeling under the weather, and had a decent sleep so I don’t think I’m tired. You know the feeling in your legs, after the DOMS have subsided, but you do a nice big stretch in bed where you clench the bum cheeks and point the toes, and a warmth runs through your quads reminding you they are there? Well it’s kind of that, but constantly. It’s messing with my head, and therefore my appetite. So I’ve done myself a kindness and brought my breaky back to bed, give myself a chance to wake up slowly. Back to the gym today for weight training, followed by basketball at 8.30pm. Bit of a grudge match, which has been running since before I joined the team. They’ve got the better of us the last two times, and before that we had been beating them consistently. Always a fast paced and challenging game!

  • Joanne Triggs
    20 May 2018
    10:24 PM

    I ❤️ Night Protein!! I slept so well last night!! Did not even hear my boyfriend snore once 😂 You know how I know I slept like a log? I woke up during the night with a dead shoulder, from not moving. Shook it out, got up to pee seeing I was awake anyway, hopped back into bed and zonked once again. Only to wake up on the other side with a matching dead shoulder lol. I’ve just had tonight’s shake. I think I’ve got about 2 chapters of reading in me before I’ll be ready to nod off. Week 1 ✅

  • Joanne Triggs
    20 May 2018
    10:03 AM

    Spent yesterday evening making the curried lentil soup, and turkey muffins. Had the soup and a muffin for dinner as I had to try both. The soup is AMAZING!!!!! 100% my new favourite dinner! And now I have 4 portions of deliciousness in my freezer!! The muffins were good too, I didn’t have all of the spices on the recipe though, I think it’s definitely worth putting them in though as I can see they would be a bit bland without them. These are going to be so so handy to grab for a snack or weekend lunch with a bit of salad. I’m all for easy when it comes to challenge nutrition, I know I would fail if I wasn’t prepared, so if I can make something tasty in bulk, that freezes and defrosts well, I’m in! Cardio for me today, seeing I had my rest day Friday when I went out for tea. Going to start C25K, then hit the pool with my boyfriend for a few laps, and finish off with a relax in the spa and sauna. My muscles are going to love me 😊

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 May 2018
    2:56 PM

    Just finished my final weights workout for week 1! I’m feeling so good and so positive, self motivation is high at the moment!! As an added bonus, I got my Fitbit going this week, so I can track my steps and workouts. ⏱ 50 min 🔥 175 cal ❤️ 98 bpm About to hit the supermarket now to do my weekly shop. Little bit excited as I’m getting the bits to make the curried lentils, and turkey muffins today 😁

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 May 2018
    11:45 AM

    Determined to keep on track, even though it’s the weekend! *featuring my new Mother’s Day mug from my gorgeous boys 💙💙 Looking forward to getting back to the gym today!

  • Joanne Triggs
    19 May 2018
    8:29 AM

    Catch up was great last night, always lots of laughs with them! It’s funny because not long after I sat down, I was asked if I’d been working out! Apparently my arms are looking bigger! I said I had been going to the gym a few times a week, but it’s only been 3 weeks!! (The plan I’m on we aren’t even training arms in the first 4 weeks either so who knows! But I’m happy to take the compliment!) Dinner was good too. They had a range of the most amazing wood fire pizzas but I went for the grilled barramundi with steamed greens and chat potatoes. I was quite proud of myself, only ate 3 little pieces of the potato too! They ordered two garlic and cheese pizzas for the table for starters. I actually wanted to go sit outside by myself in the cold just to resist them. They smelled so bloody good! But I talked about my challenge and why I was doing it, and they were all very supportive and there was no pressure to have “just a slice”. I also passed on a slice of birthday cake at the end, which was much easier seeing I had just eaten dinner. Putting the night down as a win for my goals. Had a great night, and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner and catching up with friends.

  • Joanne Triggs
    18 May 2018
    9:18 AM

    Woohoo! Get to work and the Postie has been!! Shame there’s no Burn Bar on the menu today, I can’t wait to try one!! Shout out to Supps R Us for outstanding customer service. I ordered online on Tuesday, got a phone call within an hour to say they were out of Recover but expecting stock on Thursday so was I happy to wait. Delivered first thing Friday with a whole bunch of freebies and samples 💪

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 May 2018
    9:54 PM

    So I’ve just decided to swap my rest day to tomorrow instead of Sunday. I’m going out for tea tomorrow night for a 60th birthday, for an old colleague of mine. The group of 6 of us worked together for 10 years until we all got made redundant! We still catch up for each birthday, every year! Headed to an Italian restaurant.... Maxine give me strength not to order the creamiest, cheesiest, carbiest pasta dish on the menu 🙏 I’m sure I’ll find a suitable salad on the menu, but it also means I won’t be home until late so definitely won’t be pulling on the runners for some cardio when I get home! Also, having done cardio tonight, I really don’t feel like backing it up with more at 6am. Best part about switching rest day? I get scrambled eggs on toast for breaky in the morning!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 May 2018
    7:36 PM

    Feck you, Body Pump 🤣 Nah just joking... but not really... I’m exhausted! Finished the 55 minutes, although on many occasions I ditched the weights altogether and just moved without them. At least I kept moving! Maybe next week I’ll lower the weights on the bar to make it a bit easier on myself. I have to remember that here I’m doing ALOT of reps in just a couple of minutes, I don’t need the same weight on the bar as in the gym!!! ⏱ 55 mins 🔥 257 cals ❤️ 99 bpm Time for a shower, and MasterChef!!

  • Joanne Triggs
    17 May 2018
    3:36 PM

    I found this today! My before and after from the last time I did the challenge, in 2014!! I wasn’t as heavy in that before pic as I am starting this challenge, but I think it looks like I was...curvier, then. Looking to get nice and streamlined again this time around, but also aiming for more definition in my muscles! I trained at home throughout that challenge, and considered Body Pump a weight training day workout. This time around I’m doing it as cardio!

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 May 2018
    7:26 PM

    😍😍😍 There is DESSERT on the menu today!!! My kids aren’t even getting dessert today lol, I have hidden this to enjoy after they have gone to bed 🤫

  • Joanne Triggs
    16 May 2018
    8:02 AM

    Despite a terrible sleep I did it! Alarm went off, I got up, and went to the gym to do my weights training today! No better heart starter than stepping outside into an 8deg morning! The gym was busier than I expected. It was about 6:15am when I got there, and there was about 8 people there. What is it with people who set up 3 different stations at once to do their workouts? Eg, a guy “owned” the leg press for a good half an hour, even though he was only using it every 6/7 minutes or so between sets of chest press or dumbbell row. Or the chick who grabbed ONE dumbbell of the 5, 6, AND 7kg and took them all with her for 10 minutes?! Super frustrating. Had my protein shake on the way home, showered, then prepared breakfast. I’m pretty sure I’ve ripped myself off by buying the small size bread loaf. There’s not enough room on my toast for 2 eggs! Live and learn haha!

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 May 2018
    10:57 PM

    We won!! 🏀 Topped off a good day nicely! Stuck to the plan as best I could, substituted the Burn Bar for 2 boiled eggs, and the pear for an apple. Have set my alarm for 5.30am 😫 I had a lightbulb moment reading the Facebook page yesterday and realised i don’t have to train at night (duh lol). Because of my schedule with when I have my boys with me, I thought I would need to do weights on Tuesday when I don’t have them, as I can get to the gym. But not having them Tuesday night, it follows that I don’t have them Wednesday morning, and so I don’t have to switch around my training as long as I can drag my butt out of bed at that hour 💡 tada! I’ve got my clothes ready next to the bed, all I have to do is get up, get dressed, chug down my creatine, stoke up the fire so it’s nice and hot when I get home, and leave. I might also need my breakfast coffee whilst doing these things, to prevent me crawling back into bed!

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 May 2018
    2:04 PM

    So I just bit the bullet and spent another $130 on supps. I honestly thought that there were already too many shakes in the plan, so definitely wasn’t having one as a night cap. I wasn’t hungry or craving something sweet at the end of day 1 either. And why would I buy Burn Bars, when I could have a tin of tuna or a couple of boiled eggs. It’s all just marketing, I thought. Like the back of a shampoo bottle telling you that you need to lather, rinse, repeat! But I’ve spent a lot of time on the forum and Facebook page over the last couple of days, and decided to give it a go. Can’t wait to get them now, and fill the gaps in my Nutrition Plan!

  • Joanne Triggs
    15 May 2018
    8:09 AM

    Not so easy to get out of bed this morning... my body and mind were both protesting when the alarm went off today! Definitely feel like I needed a couple more hours sleep, although I’m sure I’d still be aching at 9.30 too, only difference would be my coals would be out and I’d be starting my fire from scratch. So fire is stoked, coffee is made, and my god was I looking forward to this parfait!! It absolutely met my expectations. Yummy. Oats can get a big gaggy after a while, so it’s great using frozen berries because as they’ve defrosted, they have released their juices to keep the parfait nice and creamy. I thought eggs were going to be my favourite breakfast on the challenge, but it might be parfait!! Cardio Tuesday today, and I’m playing mixed basketball with my boyfriend tonight. Such a fun way to exercise!

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 May 2018
    11:38 PM

    Finally in bed. Day 1 done and dusted. Not hard at all really, just same routine but different food. That was my dinner, I made it last weekend in the slow cooker and froze in portions. Beef, mushroom & tomato casserole basically. With 1/2 cup brown rice and about a cup of broccoli per serve. Not bad and nice and convenient. Went to the gym for an hour and did the workout as per the plan. I used prep week to figure out my weights and reps, so I was full of beans to get going tonight. Today was my first time using creatine before the workout though. I felt like I sweat more. Is that the creatine? Or all the water I drank today?! Shake after, then from gym went and played basketball! I sort of felt like I hit a wall with about 5 minutes to go. Sleep is going to be solid tonight. Looking forward to my yoghurt parfait in the morning! I prepped it tonight, looks amazing!

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 May 2018
    4:01 PM

    Not great product endorsement lol. Sorry Maxine 😂 Afternoon snack time. Skeptical about the number of shakes and planned to substitute the afternoon one for something else. Nobody wants to work in a stuffy office with someone overdoing the protein 😳💨 Decided to just follow the plan for the first week at least, and see how I feel at the end of it.

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 May 2018
    2:37 PM

    Last minute dash to Woolies as Chef wasn’t in, and a function meant that all the salad stuff had been used in sandwiches this morning so I couldn’t even make my own!!! Pre packaged Greek Salad, tin of tuna, and precooked brown rice. Turfed the feta and the dressing (i nearly cried), kept the olives though... need something with a bit of flavour!! Not too far from the plan. I could have had one of those sandwiches prepared for the function, but in my mind that would have been a fail on day 1. So pretty happy so far!

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 May 2018
    11:56 AM

    For someone that has usually only consumed a couple of coffees by this point in the day, this is a whole lot of food. It took me 30 minutes to finish this. I did enjoy it though.

  • Joanne Triggs
    14 May 2018
    9:50 AM

    Day 1! Woke up with....enthusiasm. Even though it wasn’t energy, it was enough to make me spring out of bed and I actually was looking forward to breakfast! As you can see, I didn’t have my egg fried, as nice as a hot runny egg yolk would have been on this foggy morning, I am a realist and I know that I just would not have time to incorporate cooking into my morning. I think I did well to just EAT it! So we were all fed, all showered, and all at school/work on time!

  • Joanne Triggs
    13 May 2018
    10:37 PM

    The last supper lol 😂 The boys and I made brownies together for Mother’s Day. There were 3 left when I was headed to bed. I figured they can take one each to school for smoko tomorrow, but that would leave 1 in the container! How loud does food talk when it’s not on your approved list of foods!!!! I would be able to hear that brownie calling to me even if I shut it in a bigger container inside the fridge out in the garage!! So I removed the temptation before the challenge officially started, and ate it in my dressing gown sitting on my bed. It was the middle piece, with no outside edges. It was sticky and gooey and yum. And now it’s GONE, and I can start the challenge tomorrow knowing I won’t fail on the first day 🎉

  • Joanne Triggs
    13 May 2018
    10:30 PM

    71kg

    Sob. Official starting weight. The only time I’ve ever weighed this much is when I was pregnant. Before my first child I would be between 60-62kg. Since having children it’s been more like 65-67kg (and I loathed it), with the exception of the breakup in 2015 where I got down to 55kg by just not eating. Boy did my weight make a comeback when my happiness did!!! I’m really quite annoyed with myself that it’s got this high. I like to think I have a good relationship with food. I eat pretty well, and rarely crave the junk food. I don’t eat breakfast, apart from a coffee. I have another coffee when I get to work, and then a cuppa soup around 11am. I am a finance manager, but I work at a golf club and lunch is made by the chef. It arrives around 1pm and could be anything - from a tuna salad, to a Parma with chips! We have a variety of dinners on rotation, no different I’m sure than any other household... Following the plan will be hard. Breakfast for starters! The thought of eating food as soon as I wake up makes my stomach turn. I’m sure for the first couple weeks it’s just mind over matter and I’ll get used to it though. Snacks and lunch I can pack, I’ll just tell Chef I’m bringing mine in, or ask him for the tuna salad! Tea I’m struggling to get my head around. As a single mum I want to eat with my boys and share that time with them at the dinner table, however I know they won’t be interested in brown rice, green veg and chicken! It’s not sitting well with me at the moment, the thought of not eating the same meal. I guess another thing I’ll just have to get used to!

  • Joanne Triggs
    13 May 2018
    10:13 PM

    Before photos. Always confronting. I can’t wait to look back at these in 12 weeks time and see my progress! I bought these bather bottoms when I went to Darwin in July 2015. It was a couple of months after I had broken up with my ex, father of my two boys and partner of 12 years. It was such a difficult decision to make, and I suffered months of anxiety afterwards, I lived off coffee and water during the day as I had no appetite, then couldn’t sleep at night due to the caffeine, then drank coffee all day the next day to keep me awake. It was a terrible cycle and I lost about 10kg over the course of about 6 weeks. The trip to Darwin was the happiest I had been in a long long time, and is still one of my most favourite holidays ever. I am going back to Darwin with the boys at the start of July this year, and I want these bather bottoms to look as good on me as they did in 2015, if not better! I want to be strong, not just skinny!!! 🍑

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