Justine Huggins / Transformation

Justine Huggins' amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    65.5kg
  • After
    65.5kg

"I loved how EASY the Challenge was to follow. I didn't have to think too hard at all...just follow the nutrition and training plan set out for me. Once I followed the plan the weight just literally steadily dropped off me."

Details

Program

Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

I was desperate to get into shape a year ago after having my baby (who is now just over 2 yo). I was still breastfeeding at the time and I emailed the Maxine's Challenge Team to ask if I could still participate and take the supplements whilst breastfeeding. The feedback from the Team was soo supportive. They basically said you need the fat to make breastmilk, and this year is not your time. I'm so grateful for the honest feedback, it helped me relax, not be so hard on myself and focus on my child.

Well THIS YEAR IS MY TIME. I'm no longer breastfeeding. I have the added challenges of time management being a single parent and part time worker. I want my body to represent how mentally strong I'm feeling. Whilst I've overcome many personal challenges in the past 18 months, I just can't seem to push the bar to get to the level where my physique was pre-baby.

I know Maxine's Challenge is going to nurture me, kick me up the butt, and ultimately help me achieve my dream physique. I've already lost 2.5kg (was previously 68kg) in the past 2 weeks leading to Registration Day by listening to the Coaches advice about gearing up for the challenge and making the small changes to get prepared. I KNOW I'm on the road to success with Maxine's Challenge. Watch this space. :

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I loved how EASY the Challenge was to follow. I didn't have to think too hard at all...just follow the nutrition and training plan set out for me. Once I followed the plan the weight just literally steadily dropped off me. I knew I was on a winner and it really made me commit harder each week. I also looked forward to the Coaches weekly video updates. I felt the Coaches were talking directly to me. I also liked how easy it was to navigate around the Maxine's website. The Forum (which I have NEVER EVER been in to) were fabulous, fun and informative. The entire experience was obviously designed to be stress-free so I could just focus on executing the Maxine's plan.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

I feel the hardest thing about the Challenge is taking the first step to enrol in it. To upload your photo, and finally to commit to the 12 weeks wholeheartedly.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Wow - where do I start?! Maxine's Challenge pushed me out of rut I thought I was permanently stuck in. The Challenge has transformed me more mentally and emotionally than just physically. The Challenge made me discover I have so much more TIME. What did I do with my time before?? I think I loitered around in my pj's at home until about 11am, and just fluffed around not achieving much. I would be resentful that I didn't get time for myself. Since I commenced this Challenge, it forced me to manage my time more effectively. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and urged me to join a gym and utilise the crèche for my 2 1/2yo. In doing this I suddenly got 1 1/2 hours uninterrupted ME TIME at the gym that I NEVER KNEW EXISTED. This ME TIME has helped me recharge my single parent batteries, gave me a positive stress release (rather than food and alcohol), and made me generally a happier more content person.

The Challenge also has taught me how to love myself again. How to nurture myself and not punish or reward myself with food & alcohol. I've had to learn to be "present" with my own feelings, and just sit with them and embrace them. I've got so much clarity now. I've also discovered how rewarding it is to write down your goals, execute a plan and achieve them. The sense of self-worth and pride I have now is immeasurable.

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

If I can do it - so can you!! It is a wonderful experience...THIS IS YOUR TIME. Your time to focus your energy on loving and nurturing you!

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

The support you receive from the Maxine's Coaches, Ambassadors and Team is AMAZING. The Team really invest time in EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT to make everyone feel acknowledged and supported.

Journal

  • Justine Huggins
    17 May 2015
    9:41 PM

    DAY 84: WHO AM I? Hi, my name is Justine. I'm a 42 year old, fulltime Mum & part time worker. 12 weeks ago I thought I was in pretty good shape for my age and post baby health (although he is now a toddler). I exercised on average four times a week, mainly concentrating on cardio and circuit type weight training. I broke free from a toxic marriage 12 months ago. I was feeling mentally strong, but I was also trying to rediscover ME. I lacked lustre for life which I had in abundance in previous years. I was tired from being a single parent, and I felt stuck in a Groundhog type day/week/month. My mental strength never flowed to my nutrition which was my kryptonite. I seemed to turn to food for happy, sad, & mad occasions. You name it, I found an excuse to eat...LOTS. I decided to participate in Maxine's Shape Up Challenge a year or so ago after my ex told me about Max's Challenge. Other than my son, I cannot thank my ex enough for this beautiful gift he gave me...the link to Maxine's. :). I was disappointed when the Challenge Team emailed me responding to my question to say I could not and should not participate in the Challenge OR take their supplemente as I was breastfeeding and needed fat to make breastmilk. They told me "THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME". The Maxine's Challenge Team's response was so professional, responsible, and put mine and my then baby's needs first...I thought from a Midwife's perspective, "What a supportive, class act". I ceased breastfeeding 9 months before the challenge commenced when I was ready. My son was 18 months. I then stumbled across a Facebook post off Maxine's page and I thought "I'M READY NOW. THIS IS MY TIME". Well here I am on the final day of the Challenge. Yesterday I reflected on all my goals I set out to achieve. I smashed pretty much ALL OF THEM. I am full of pride for myself. This challenge has taught me how to love myself again. How to nuture myself and not punish or reward myself with food. I've had to learn to be "present" with my own feelings, and just sit with them and embrace them. I've got so much more clarity now. I also discovered that the sky is the limit in regards to mental strength. I'm astonished in my inner determination to complete this challenge giving 100%. As I've mentioned before in my blog - CHAMPIONS DONT CHEAT!! I stuck to the plan and process and I've honestly loved EVERY SINGLE 84 DAYS OF THIS CHALLENGE!! I am telling everyone about Maxine's Shape Up Challenge. THANK YOU MAXINE's TEAM. You have all been so incredibly kind, nuturing, supportive, funny, informative, empathetic & just fabulous. You have helped me break free from the rut I thought I was permanently stuck in. I've regained my lustre for life. That sparkle in my eye has returned too!! Big hugs xxx Special big hugs to the beautiful two ladies who unbeknown to them, walked me daily through this journey. Lyndal Trott & Jo Philip. You both are beautiful, strong, unique, funny, caring, compassionate woman. I've loved your Blogs. Thank you for sharing. Xxx

  • Justine Huggins
    17 May 2015
    1:04 AM

    DAY 83: TIME TO REFLECT ON MY GOALS 12 weeks ago I committed wholeheartedly to this Challenge. Out of all the goals I set for myself, the main goal was to COMPLETE MAXINE'S SHAPE UP CHALLENGE, TRUST THE PROCESS, AND GIVE IT 100%. I did not want to be a quitter, or a cheat, or look back with regrets. For once in my life I wanted to execute a plan and follow it all the way through. I am sitting here on the second last night of thIs wonderful journey, on my couch with my ritual Maxine's Nitetime protein shake in hand....and I can tell you I've never been soooooooooo incredibly proud of myself. I have never invested this much time in myself EVER BEFORE. Today I declare I really love myself...inside & out equally. It is such a beautiful, fulfilling & euphoric feeling. My other goals were; 1. Get to 57kg - well currently I am 58.6kg. Only 1.6kgs away, however I realise this is just a number now. It does not measure my strength, my muscle mass or positive mental health. Very happy with 58.6kg. (Total loss of 6.9kg on Challenge OR 9.4kg if you include 2 weeks leading up to Rego Day) 2. Visually see abdominals - well I can see them, but I can also feel them so much more easily than before under the layer of flab. 3. Feel confident in a bikini - YES I DO! :) 4. Strut stuff in bikini in Hawaii - YES I WILL. Family holiday booked for July 4th. 5. Run non-stop twice around Lake Monger (approx 7km). - YES I HAVE SMASHED THIS! PB 38mins 6. Finish Top 10 for Challenge - I've given this Challenge everything. It is out of my hands now and up to Jugdes. I LEAVE THIS CHALLENGE A WINNER REGARDLESS. :) 7. Fit into size 8-10 clothes - EASY 8. Hold plank for 3 minutes - can you believe it, I got to this goal and said "Sh$T! I've only got up to 2mins 29secs" So I JUST NOW DID A PLANK/HOVER IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BLOG. I HELD IT FOR 3mins 12secs!!!! SMASHED THAT GOAL TOO! Feeling like SuperWoman!!!!!! Wow! Still amaze myself every day!!! 9. Perform 20 push-ups on toes - EASY Maxine's Challenge, Coaches, Ambassadors & Team have put together such a well organised, easy to follow and well supported nutrition and training program. I honestly felt nurtured through this entire process. I have pretty much achieved ALL my goals I set out for myself. So tonight at work EVERYONE now knows I am taking my finale photos come Monday...why do they know? Hospital gossip?..oh and the spray tan I have on! Hey I love it...it is positive chatter. I'm proud that I work in the health industry and I walk the talk. All my colleagues are so excited to see the final transformation photos...so am I. Training: 30 mins HIIT crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% pics: me on crosstrainer before work.

  • Justine Huggins
    16 May 2015
    12:41 AM

    DAY 82: HUUGGGEEE DAY IN THE GYM Today was a HUGE DAY in the gym. I did want to make up some lost ground from missing a session yesterday. So I went to my planned Body Attack class (still love this class!), then upstairs to the weights section for some light weighted exercises on legs, shoulders, back & abs. My friend Branka joined me. We took nearly 3 hours in total today. I was having a blast and time went so fast. Branka said we burnt over 1000 calories as she has a Polar watch on. Wow! I had no idea!! By this afternoon I was physically spent! God bless my son, as he took an arvo nap and Mummy had to have one too. :) My body and mind felt so good today. My nutrition is just on auto pilot - so clean...I love it. I finally got my BIG MAXINE'S ORDER delivered. I purchased 10 boxes of Maxine's protein Burnbars & 2 boxes of Maxine's choc protein shakes. THIS JOURNEY IS NOT ENDING FOR ME. THIS IS MY TIME.......ALWAYS. SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE CONTROL BACK. Tonight I scoured the Forum on how to access your Blogs post challenge. Found out I need to manually save it myself. So I screen grabbed every blog entry. I think I would like to actually make an album out of the blog. Then I can read my journey and remind myself of all the reasons why I needed Maxine's Challenge. Why I did this for ME? Sad only a few days left. Got my spray tan in morning ( Saturday). getting my pictures taken on Monday. Training: cardio - 1hr, weights - legs, back, shoulders, abs. 2 hrs. nutrition: 100% pic: my son flexing his biceps. He was so excited to open the box to find Mummy's chocolate bars!! ;) cute

  • Justine Huggins
    15 May 2015
    2:41 AM

    DAY 81: HEADACHE FROM HELL! I've had a massive headache on the verge of a migraine since my big run yesterday. It lasted for more than 24 hours! I was up and down popping Panadol all night. I could not move too quickly at all as the throbbing was so intense, it felt like someone had kicked in the side of my skull. I debated and debated with my own conscious whether or not to train before work today. There was NO way I was calling sick into work. I just can't let my colleagues down unless I'm really really really poorly. Finally I asked myself "What would Janet & Harps recommend or say?" I think Janet would be nuturing and say something like - "You must look after yourself first, training second". I think Harps would say in regards to me struggling with my guilt for not working out, "Justine - suck it up...it is only one day in your life, deal with it and listen to your body and rest!" So with my inner voices of Janet & Harps speaking to me...I accepted training today, despite being the final week, would do more harm than good to me in my current state. I felt a little low Missing training...but had to accept basically SHIT HAPPENS! And if this is the worst thing I have to deal with in life right now...then my life is pretty FABULOUS!!! The other positive was I powered on and went to work and it [the headache] finally subsided half way through my shift. I walk so much at work, and always take the stairs...so I feel like I got in some gentle cardio anyway. So it occurred to me that I have only ever missed 2 training sessions throughout this entire Challenge. That is really impressive. Go me!! Another positive I took from not being able to train today was that I slothed around in my pjs until lunchtime. I thought "THIS IS JUST LIKE THE OLD ME!" It reminded me how lazy I was at times pre-Challenge. Such a flip side now, as by 10am I've usually achieved so much and have loads more energy. I don't want to go back to being in my pjs for half a day anymore. I want to set more goals and go and tackle them head on...with purpose and belief in myself. :) So no physical workout today but got the mental health workout instead. :) Training: rested nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    13 May 2015
    10:12 PM

    DAY 80: FINAL COUNTDOWN - 4 DAYS REMAINING Today I had my regular weekly PT session with Luke. He is an awesome trainer. He is so friendly, encouraging and positive, and balances it all with ass kicking workouts. He is totally stoked for my results with Maxine's Challenge. :) Me too! Today was legs...and no 400m weighted lunges this week....THANK GOODNESS!!!! NEarly took me 3 days to work 'properly' from last weeks session. After my session I came home and did my usual housework until my ex picked up our son for 2 hours. So that meant RUNNING AROUND THE LAKE for me!! My friend Tania joined me for the run today. OMG! TAnia kicked my ass!! She is so fast. I kept urging her to run on faster without me...but like a true friend she stuck to my side. Although I felt slow compared to TAnia....the positive was I had just finished a big leg session at the gym with Luke, I had a 'dodgey' foot/ankle....but chose to take Panadol and 'ignore' it (ain't nobody got time for that!)...and I jogged twice around the lake chatting the entire way. So that is a huge improvement on my cardiovascular fitness. I did have to stop once to take my asthma puffer...as the recent smoke has made it play up. But we stopped for 30 seconds for me to take it..have a quick drink of water and then we power walked for 2 minutes until I caught my breath and could run again. Still ran the 2 laps in 40mins 40secs. Awesome effort I say. Post run I then had a killer headache/is it going to be a migraine?? More Panadol. My son came home right in the thick of the headache...but unfortunately he wasn't the slightest bit interested in going down for a nap with Mummy. So Mummy just sucked it up and rode it out. Happy to say it is 95% gone. :) When I get a migraine-like headache I usually crave something really sweet. Don't know why? I was going to make myself an omelette for dinner....but opted to make myself guilt free Maxine's strawberry protein pancakes with some frozen berries and greek yoghurt. I just used 3 egg whites and a scoop of strawberry protein powder. Well it hit the spot. Sweet cravings gone and I got a protein packed meal. I just couldn't stomach and omelette or any meat tonight. So I have 4 days left on this Challenge....but not really. I will NOT allow this Challenge experience to end for me in 4 days. I am going to live the Maxine's way. THIS IS MY TIME. Training: weights - legs 40 mins + cardio - outdoor jog/run 50 mins total Nutrition: 100% although mixed up tonight's dinner for medicinal purposes Pics: PT Luke & I, My gym selfie (note I have to wear a grey sport bra/top under my green top as it is too big now....how did I ever wear it by itself?), post run red face.

  • Justine Huggins
    12 May 2015
    11:06 PM

    DAY 79: Today I went to my planned Body Attack class. Different instructor today, and yet again another beetroot red faced fabulous fun workout. I still feel like I'm in a Flashdance class...and I just Rock it out in my head. :) Grinning is winning! :) Today I was in the front row of the class. I'm not embarrassed to be out the front. Talk about vain...I couldn't keep my eyes off my own reflection in the mirror at class. No jiggly bits (Well except my boobs). Are they my shoulders? How buff do I look? Look how high i can lift my knees. Man, I'm amazed when I look in the mirror that that body NOW belongs to me. IT IS A GIFT. I SHALL BE SURE TO TREASURE IT. Busy morning....again. I did an extra 15 mins on abdominals post the class this morning. That was all I could fit in before rushing my son to his swimming lesson across town. Did some shopping with my Mum and son for a new workout outfit. Found a lovely one which I may wear for my final pic collection. Ha - I will be all dressed up for my Backyard shed gym workout pics! Such a change from my usual gear I usually wear in the dirty dusty shed. Got a little stressed out in the middle of the day Today. I think I'm a little anxious about ensuring I fit all my workouts in. I work 3 shifts later in the week/weekend, and logistically speaking it is really tight. Trying to fit my cardio, spray tan, enough time to wash off spray tan before my shift, attend a 70th party and rest. Hmmmm. I WILL FIND A WAY. In the last few weeks I've noticed that if I feel anxious or stressed ALL I WANT TO DO IS EXERCISE. This is such a positive release compared to my binge eating habits when I'm stressed. What a transformation. Happily snuck my second workout of weights in when my soN went down for a rare arvo nap. Bliss :) i have a confession to make. As a shift worker, my rosters are done sooooooo far in advance it is ridiculous. However as I had a goal to be in the Top 10 for the Challenge, I actually requested the weekend of June 13th off Just prior to starting the Challenge..just in case I made it. I'm glad I requested the weekend off as it helped to solidify that I believed in myself and the Maxine process. So now I leave it up to the Universe (& judges). If I am meant to be at the MCG come June 13th, then I WILL BE THERE. :) Training: cardio 1hr + weights (abs) 15 mins + weights (BSB) 30 mins nutrition: 100% pics: my greens

  • Justine Huggins
    12 May 2015
    1:47 AM

    DAY 78: EEKKKKK!! LAST WEEK ALREADY I cannot believe I am in the last week of this marvellous challenge. I always teased myself privately that Im a "Gonna" type of person at times. As in "gonna" do this "gonna" do that but never finish or follow through. It just leaves me feeling disappointed and ashamed that I let myself or others down. So on the positive flip side of that now is ME. I'm officially now a "Doer". As in I did this and accomplished that! This Challenge has supported, nurtured, and kicked my ass....all of which I wished for when writing my reason to start the challenge months ago. Today I had a hairdressing appointment. My friend was also there getting her hair done. My friend Nat and hairdresser were in awe when I rocked up in my gym gear post workout. Nat asked me to lift up my shirt, which I did with pride. I was totally drilled about every aspect of the challenge. I didnt mind their questions as I love talking about Maxine's and how awesome the products and Challenge team are. I got a beautiful message from my new gym friend Branka today. I took Branka and Tania for a leg workout last Friday. Branka said she could hardly walk over the weekend due to muscle aches, but she wants MORE!! she loved it and booked in to workout with me this coming Friday. i am going to keep the weights light this week as suggested in the info I read on the Challenge site. So this will be perfect for Branka when she works out with me. Smokey hazy day in Perth today. My asthma has flared up a bit. I can't workout outside when it's like this. So tomorrow I've decided to do a Body Attack class first thing then take my son to swim lessons then try and sneak back to gym later in arvo if my Mum can mind my son for my weights session. Logistics! Logistics! Actually this challenge has really helped me with my time management skills. I love being on time and feeling organised. It reduces my anxiety and overall stress levels immensely. Training: weights - chest & triceps 50 mins + 20 HIIT on crosstrainer. Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    10 May 2015
    11:23 PM

    DAY 77: MOTHER'S DAY & ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO!! What a beautiful day. I spent the day with my favourite people...my son, my Mum and my Dad. Mum cooked us all a hot breakfast. I had scrambled eggs with avocado, capsicum etc etc in it (no cheese), plus I had mushrooms and tomatoes on the side and one piece of toast (my essential carb). I must admit I ate bacon for the first time in 11 weeks...it tasted good but salty. The bacon was my Mother's day gift to me!! ha!!! I PASSED on the crossaints with ham & cheese, the hash browns and the fruit juices. We all went for a walk across the road to the large park to walk off breakfast and soak up the sun. When we returned I cooked up Janet's recipe for healthy protein strawberry pancakes. OMG!!! THEY WERE DELICIOUS!! When I was talking with my folks on the walk about what I was cooking for morning tea...my parents just scoffed at the idea of only egg whites and protein powder. Mum was salivating over pancakes dripping in maple syrup and icecream and wanted to dash up to the shop to buy a ready to go bottle of pancake mix and other naughty stuff. I told Mum off and told her it was defeating the purpose of me trying to cook us all (except my son) a healthy snack. Mum gave in and let me take the reins in the kitchen. JUST TRUST ME MUM! Well these pancakes only had warmed up frozen berries and a dollop of Greek yoghurt on them. They were absolutely divine. NO MAPLE SYRUP OR ICECREAM NEEDED. My folks were in AWE!! They loved them. WINNING! Well the pancakes were meant to be for morning tea...which was late around noon...and it kept me full I totally forgot about lunch. Went for a big run around Lake Monger (ran 1.5 laps around and walked .5 laps) as the weather was beautiful and my folks wanted to walk with my son. They go one direction and I go the opposite around the lake. Well I smashed 2 minutes off my first lap!! I honestly feel so light on my feet....I guess losing almost 10 kilos since the start of the year will do that to you. :) Mellow evening with my son. Just lovely. Training: cardio - 30 mins run/ 30 mins pram pushing brisk walk - with intervals of jogging with my independant/stubborn 2 1/2 yo. Nutrition: hmmm 80% - had bacon at breakfast and then forgot to eat lunch as full from protein pancakes. Had a full Maxine's protein bar for dessert. pics: Strawberry protein pancakes.

  • Justine Huggins
    9 May 2015
    8:45 PM

    DAY 76: LOVE MY SATURDAY HOME WORKOUTS! I could not resist jumping on the scales again first thing this morning....I know it is really really bad. I'm just feeling so "tight"....no jiggily bits....especially around my abdomen. It is so amazing to me to see the scales going down steadily and consistently. Today I weigh = 58.6kg!!!! That is a total loss of 6.9kg since Rego Day. I have always kept a log of my weight since having my son in September 2012, and I weighed in at 86.8kg back then. So to date I have lost a total of 28.2kg since giving birth. That is almost half of my current weight!! Yikes!!! As today is Saturday I workout at home in my shed. I call it my "GIRL POWER SHED". My Mum comes over after her workout with her Trainer (which is also my trainer Luke). I make Mum a healthy breakfast, morning tea and lunch (all off the Maxine's Nutritional Plan) when she hangs out with my son and I on the Saturday. I had a great workout in the Girl Power Shed. Mum took heaps of photos as per usual. Ate really well today. I'm just in love with my oats with Maxine's vanilla shake on it. I will not give this up post workout....or the rest of the nutritional plan to be honest. It is just too easy. A dilemma I have created whilst being on this Challenge is that now I have hardly ANY clothes that fit me. I need new bras (AGAIN!!), new jeans, new tops, already got a new bikini, new dresses. Basically I need a new wardrobe. My Mum has a half work day next week so she has agreed to come clothes shopping with me in the city. My budget is really tight because of our upcoming family holiday...but I don't want to spend my holiday clothes shopping. I'd rather spend the holiday having quality time with my family and reuniting with old friends. So I'm biting the bullet and treating myself. I then will do a huge cull of my bigger sized clothes and donate them to charity. Loving life xxx Training: weights BSBA - 50 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: my weight log since having my son in September 2012, Girl Power shed workout.

  • Justine Huggins
    9 May 2015
    12:53 AM

    DAY 75: WHO IS THIS MAXINE????? "Who is this Maxine?" This is a question I get asked frequently, along with; "Who is she?" "Why haven't I heard about her before?" These questions are mainly from the girls in the gym, in particular the cardio classes. My friend Tania has opted out of doing her usual Body Pump class for the past 2 weeks to "Do Maxine's" as she likes to call it. Honestly it has created a stir as Tania is normally at EVERY morning class. Well this week another fellow aerobic-goer (?) Branka asked if she could join myself and Tania for a weights session after the Body Attack class finished (Which we all did). Of course I'm like "the more the merrier". So off we trotted to play with the Big boys!! I was the little trainer talking them through their technique and coordinating the little super setting circuit. It was fun. One thing I noticed when I previously did Body Pump class was the poor technique some participants displayed. Even though the Instructor was showing correct technique, I felt the amount of reps and pace compromised form for some participants. So it was nice to talk the girls through a deadlift and get them to concentrate on their every move. The girls loved it. We did the legs workout. Branka saw me looking at my workout notes, and she asked me whomwrote my program? Of course I said "Maxine's did!" Start the barrage of questions......."Who is this Maxine? Etc etc Think I've recruited another Challenger for next round in July. After gym, we all (Tania, Branka & myself) got our boys out of the crèche and had a picnic lunch at the park/playground next door to the gym. We invited another Mum from the Body Attack class to join us. It was so lovely. It was really nice to sit with new friends. I've got many friends and come from a huge extended family...so I never felt I needed 'more' friends. Then I had my son later in life (I had him at 40) when most of my friends already had children many years earlier than me. So not that my friends aren't awesome, but hard to hang out when they are running their kids to sporting events, dance classes or school, or dining out at posh places ( and no children allowed) and I am in toddler mode. So a HUGE POSITIVE is that Maxine's Challenge has really helped me connect with new lovely friends. All mothers of toddlers like me, just needing a positive break from being someone's Mum. I feel really warm & fuzzy about this. Feeling grateful :) Thankyou Maxine's. Xxx Training: cardio - Body Attack (1 hr) + weights - legs - (1 hr) nutrition: 100% pics: abs????

  • Justine Huggins
    7 May 2015
    4:51 PM

    DAY 74: IN THE ZONE Today at the gym I had a revelation - when I work out I actually feel like I'm in my own little bubble. I REALLY LOVE THIS BUBBLE. It feels like it's just ME in there. No one else. And it's not Justine the Mum, or daughter, or sister, or friend, or worker....it's just ME. Just existing. Just breathing, just zoning out, just sweating, just feeling alive. I've never been able to "switch off" when trying to meditate before, but when I exercise I can do so easily. So I guess exercise = meditation for me. I never forgot the saying I heard from an inspirational fitness DVD years ago. A guy said "Fitness is the anchor which I hold on to." I've always loved this quote. Today I feel the same. I feel fitness, in particular this Challenge has been my anchor. I was caught up in a groundhog day, rat race life, and I felt suffocated. Maxine's Challenge broke that funk I was in and helped me find a better more rewarding path for my life. Training: weights - chest & triceps 45 mins + 30 mins HIIT crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% pic: The photo on the left was taken at the end of December last year, only 5 weeks out frim Registration for the Challenge. Picture on right taken only 2 weeks ago. I'm amazed at my transformation!!

  • Justine Huggins
    7 May 2015
    12:11 AM

    DAY 73: LUNGES!!!!!!! Today I had my PT session with my fabulous & supportive Trainer Luke. It is our once a week gig, and has been since my son turned 1 yo. Well today Luke made me lunge 400m with a 15kg barbell on my shoulders Up the street outside his gym. It was torture! I pushed as hard as I could...and I kept rationalising that the barbell was only 6kg as I've already lost 9kg in body weight since Feburary. So it was if the old me was lunging with my start weight plus 6kg. Boy how did I move at 68kg? I had Luke & my son walking alongside me cheering me along Whilst I lunged and cursed under my breath. Every 50m or so I had to stop and perform 5x one legged straight leg deadlifts Per leg. My legs got a huge pump going on, and I felt they were the size of elephant legs on the home stretch. Talk about a killer workout! Not sure if I will enjoy sitting on the loo over the next couple of days!! See pic attached for my grimacy face. Highlight of my day was BIKINI SHOPPING!! The last time i was in this particular shop I think I weighed about 79kg after having my son. My breastfeeding boobs were a size 14G and I was an easy size 14 myself. I hated looking at myself in the mirror back then. We'll talk about a 360!! I was so confident in the store, waltzed up to the size 10 rack, picked a few different styles and promptly tried them on. Who is this girl?? Oh it's the NEW ME. I LIKE HER! I am sooooooooooooooooooooo Excited to say I FOUND MY BIKINI! I LOVE IT! I was not embarrassed at all to show the assistants helping me. I didn't hide in my cubicle like last time. I was out looking at myself in the main mirror of the change rooms...and well just loving on me, my new shape, my adrenalin buzz and my confidence. I WAS ON A HIGH....AND NO SUGAR OR ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED!!! :) Yay for me. The assistants were asking me all about the challenge and were astonished when I whipped out my phone and showed them by before photos. May have recruited a few more challengers for next round. Looking forward to how the finale photos will turn out...especially with a spray tan and new cute bikini. :) :) :) :) Yep can't stop smiling. Training: Weights - legs!!!!!! 50 mins (switched my cardio for today to Saturday as legs made of lead after sess) Nutrition: spot on! 100% pics: 400m lunge, lunch, dinner prep, dinner - love my prawns

  • Justine Huggins
    6 May 2015
    1:26 AM

    DAY 72: PUSHED & PUSHED TODAY Had another sleep in today. It was absolutely freezing last night but I was just too tired to put socks on or grab another blanket...so I just froze and doze!! Poor quality sleep. Silly me! When my son climbed into my bed at 6am I thought we would easily get up at 7:30. Instead I woke with my alarm going at 08:10!! A whole 40 minutes of alarms I slept through! Must've been tired. I could've raced around frantically to get to the gym on time In the morning...but rushing or being late for something just stresses me out. So I decided to eliminate the stress and just rearrange my schedule entirely. Had a relaxed breakfast with my son. Love my oats and protein shake. That will definitely be my breakfast staple forever. No more honey on oats either. You know I haven't bought a squeezy container of honey since commencing this challenge. I could easily go through one per week! I use to buy the honey in bulk. Man I saved a lot of honey money...sorry bees putting you out of work! Heard there was a honey shortage a while back....NOT ANYMORE!! After taking my son to his first "Big boy swim lessons" we came straight home and I did my weights in the shed. I have always printed off the ho,e training and gym pdf's just in case my plans change like today. Had a great session. Took a break after weights to put my son down for a nap...then I snuck off to the backyard for 30 mins on the crosstrainer while he slept. Man I was in struggle town for the entire 30mins! But I did it. :) Nutrition on track. Have been daydreaming about my first treat meal after the finale photos submitted. My Mum is going to make me her gluten free vegetarian pizzas and she saved me a bday cupcake for dessert. The pizza isn't that high in fat....and I love Mum's pizzas So I'm really looking forward to it. I don't crave alcohol which is great. I'm more than happy to put my hand up as the Skipper these days. I don't want to go nuts on food now that the challenge is nearing the end. I have to remind myself THIS IS JUST THE START! The start of self discipline of knowing what's right and wrong to eat. My training is on track and I can't wait to ramp it up. It's my nutrition that needs more...nuturing. A close friend text me yesterday to say Catch of the Day had "my bars" on sale. So I joined the website and bought 10 boxes of protein Burnbars and 2 boxes of Maxines protein shakes! Bargain!!! Training: weights BSBA 40 mins + cardio 30 mins crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% pics: me totally knackered after cardio, me & my never empty stash of Maxine products, my bruising coming through from gym incident yesterday.

  • Justine Huggins
    5 May 2015
    1:04 AM

    DAY 71: EXPERIENCED SPOTTER WANTED!! So today I was excited yet again to go to the gym. I watched the Master Coaches video message Late last night. I honestly cringed when Janet said now is not the time to skip a cardio session. I instantly felt a pang of guilt as I had an easy cardio day yesterday. D'oh! Well today is a new day. So off to the gym I toddled. I felt really strong in the gym. I got up to 12kg db incline press (that is with my overhead tricep extensions super setting). For the flat db press I knew I could go heavy than last week. I saw a trainer in the gym who appeared to be a general help/spotter for anyone. I saw him helping out a couple of guys. I finally got the courage up on my last set of flat bench press to ask him for help. He was more than happy to help. I was pushing 14kg Dumbbells and felt strong until those last 2 reps. Well the last rep I said I was struggling...it was obvious...and my spotter failed me. Yep i dropped 2 x 14kg db on my chin and chest. I was shocked and embarrassed. The guy was apologetic. I just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. I wasn't hurt. Just my ego bruised. So I've decided to stick with a lighter weight and just rely on me! Still can't believe that happened. Oh well lived to tell the tale. Two guys separately asked me what I was training for. I told them firstly FOR ME & secondly for Maxine's 12 week challenge. Both guys said I look great and I'm working hard. That was nice. Made up for my bruised ego. Training: Chest & triceps 45mins + Express Attack cardio 30mins Nutrition: 100% pics: my favourite lunch of all time, dinner (chicken mini patties and greens).

  • Justine Huggins
    3 May 2015
    11:04 PM

    DAY 70: SORE!!!!!!! Well today I just ached all over. My feet were sore, my hands were sore, my legs felt heavy, my ankle is sore, my hips are sore, my glutes were sore and finally my shoulders are killing me! The positive is for me it affirms that I am working hard. But I'm feeling physically shattered. Today was a scheduled cardio day. At work I did heaps of walking and stair climbing. Then this afternoon I pushed my 18 kg son in his pram up to the local Laneway festival. Walked for about an hour at a slow to moderate pace. In view of my aches and pains I decided the low geared cardio day for me was okay. I promise to hit it hard tomorrow! Another positive day that put a huge smile on my face....THE ROCK aka Dwayne Johnson turned 43 yo today. I will turn 43 in June. So he's not completely out of my league :) Must have goals set for after the Challenge. So I'm officially announcing my next goal is to go on a date with The Rock. Hey the sky is the limit. I like his vibe, his look, his discipline, his talent, his humour, his commitment to his health and his drive. Positive role model. Major crush alert! Cant believe only 2 weeks left. Where has time gone. Still 100% committed and focused On being the best ME. Training: walking, stair climbing, pram pushing. - easy active day to rest weary body Nutrition: 100% pic: The Rock

  • Justine Huggins
    3 May 2015
    1:00 AM

    DAY 69: 59.5kg!!!!!!! Last night I decided a sleep in was far more important than getting up early to train. Today was a rare Saturday off work. So I decided to flip my training schedule to late afternoon after my little boy was dropped off to his Dad for an overnight stay. So glad we (son and I) got a sleep in. Need to recharge those batteries so I can hit it hard in the gym. Jumped on the scales this morning...and BAM! 59.5kg!! I cannot believe I've broken the 60kg plateau. Amazing. When I committed to this journey I weighed in at 68kg. But after watching all the Max's TV episondes leading up to Registration Day I was so motivated I actually lost 2.5kg before I even registered. So for me I have lost a total of 8.5kg!! FAR OUT MAN!!! Is all I can say. THANK YOU MAXINE'S CHALLENGE :) Went bikini shopping quickly today. I have never been so excited to try on bathers before. Totally new vibe for me. Loving being in my skin. Fell in love with a bikini top but no matching bottom...bought the top anyway and have ordered in the bottoms. Not sure if the order will be in time for the finale photo deadline....so must find another bikini pronto. I headed straight to the gym after dropping off my son to his Dad's place. I had never trained at the gym at 4:30pm on a Saturday. Lots of different faces and quite busy in there. Not too busy that I couldn't complete my supersetting. So I was very happy about that. THE BIGGEST MUSCLE GUY in the gym said to me as I walked past.."You're lifting heavy". I only had a 15kg barbell which I was putting back after my bicep curls. I replied to the guy "Not really". He then said "Yes you are. I saw you doing your shoulder lifts [upright rows] and you have lifted the heaviest I have seen any girl in here!". Wow! A compliment from a super fit muscle guy. Wow he has been watching me....and I did get to 25kg barbell upright rows. I didn't think it was "heavy"...just the heaviest I could possibly do at the time. So nice to be acknowledged. Thank you Muscle Man for taking time out to compliment me (& stroke my ego)...you put a huge smile on my face. Oh and it was definitely NOT flirting....just pure "GYM TALK". Moments like that in the gym make me feel like I fit in. I don't feel timid and awkward in the gym anymore. This journey has truly rebuilt my confidence up. THANK YOU MAXINE'S CHALLENGE YET AGAIN :) Training: weights BSBA - 50 mins + 20 mins HIIT on treadmill Nutrition: 100% pic: my current weight log :) STOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justine Huggins
    2 May 2015
    1:38 AM

    DAY 68: HUGE GYM DAY Today I had planned to meet my friend Tania at the gym to do Body Attack and a legs session. I've missed Attack the past few weeks as I wanted to focus more on weights with HIIT cardio after. I know everywhere I read you should do cardio after weights....well today I took my chance and did cardio first. I felt the hour session really warmed up my legs for heavy weights. So after Attack Tania wanted a leg workout with me. We did the super setting routine and Tania loved it but found it hard, as she is use to Body Pump and isn't so focused on technique and strength. I can't wait to see how Tania's legs feel tomorrow or the day after :). So nice to give her that time & effort back into her as she has done for me. Im surprised how much energy I still have today after 2 hours training. In saying that my batteries are fast running out. Ate so clean today. Zero cravings. Soooooo glad I fought my sugar cravings last night at Mum's bday bash. My sister got some free box VIP tickets for 4 people to go see the West Coast Eagles play Essendon on June 13th at Domain (Subiaco Oval) Stadium. I told my folks I want to go....BUT .......I'm planning on being at the MCG that night. Fingers crossed! I've worked so hard to give this Challenge and more importantly ME everything I have got...whilst being in Top 10 would be fabulous...I'm in a win win situation with my body and mindset. :) TIME WILL TELL, HOWEVER, THIS IS MY TIME!!! Training: cardio x 1hr ( body attack), weights - legs - 1 hr nutrtion 100% pics: lunch, dinner & me

  • Justine Huggins
    1 May 2015
    1:58 AM

    DAY 67: CONQUERED ANOTHER FAMILY BIRTHDAY forgot to set my alarm last night. Not good after going to bed at 1am. My son crawled into my bed around 3am. We both woke at 9:30am! I could not believe it! We both needed it. I had to call the gym crèche and cancel my booking as it was for 9:30am. I did not feel guilty at all. I'm really glad I forget the alarm as I feel I've recharged my batteries totally. the sleep made a huge difference to my training today. I worked out at home in the shed. Did chest and triceps. I find when I work out at home I spend my minute rest in between sets fiddling with re racking my weights. It is time consuming and annoying. It is a huge advantage being in a gym and having ready to go Dumbbells there on hand. Oh well I guess the positive is my rest time is not really rest so I'm burning more calories in the long run. Enjoyed the workout and pushed myself yet again. I could only hold a plank for 90 secs today. I notice I turn my core on with every exercise and therefore have an ab workout every session. So my goal of holding a plank for a full 3 minutes still eludes me. My knee felt okay this morning so I gave it my all on my crosstrainer for 30 mins of HIIT. SWEAT WAS DRIPPING OFF ME! LOVE THAT LIQUIFIED FAT!! Had a fair bit of running around to do this arvo. Today is my Mum's birthday. All the family are gathering at my folks place to celebrate. Menu = pizza + cake. Not for me thanks. I made a huge pot of Turkey & veg chilli con carne to share, plus a huge salad. My dinner was delicious! Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow with brown rice. Yum. Had to fight big time cravings for a birthday cupcake tonight. It was torture! for the first time ever in this Challenge I came close to caving into my craving. I sat there and salivated whilst everyone around me ate cake and lots of it. Cupcakes, chocolate mud cake & lemon meringue. My son sat on my lap and dropped the frosting of the cupcake all over me. My Mum sat next to me and kept making "Mmmmmm" noises with the spoon in her mouth. I actually snapped and told everyone to stop teasing me. It was like a Snickers commercial....except I wasn't hungry...just craving. Then I asked Mum if I could eat some of her No fat Greek yoghurt with the Swiss Choc Nitetime protein powder she had. I whipped it up together in the bowl and it was like CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. BAM! CRAVINGS GONE!!! Felt so much better! Crazy crazy crazy wave of emotions over SUGAR! Friggin sugar. I thought I was over it!? Obviously not. But in the end I conquered it. So glad I did. I haven't come this far to let myself down. THIS IS MY TIME. training: 45 mins Chest & triceps (Backyard gym) nutrition: 100% but had serve of nonfat Greek yoghurt for dessert with Nitetime protein. PICS: re racking of weights, barricading myself in from dog & toddler, abs showing through, my Dad & brother in law with pizzas (my dinner in foreground), turkey chili concarne and salad, Greek ypghurt & Maxine's nite time

  • Justine Huggins
    30 Apr 2015
    2:10 AM

    DAY 66: NEARLY FORGOT TO BLOG! Okay my day was a little all over the place today. Hence the reason for today's blog title. Feeling scatty and tired today. Took my son to the Perth Concert Hall to see an orchestra play (especially for kids). We meet some other Mums and kids there. My son loved it. I had originally planned to walk through the city with my son for half the day after the concert. Instead it rained unexpectedly, so no long walks for me. We had a relaxing morning tea with the other Mum's (while I had my skinny flat white & Maxine's Burnbar of course!!). I decided to chill out at the cafe with my son and have lunch there and wait for our lift. For lunch I ordered a Mushroom and spinach omelette. I was too timid to ask for 1 yolk & 3 egg whites...so I just accepted the fact it probably had more yolk than usually scheduled. At least it wasn't cake!! My son and I got home late after my sister and neice picked us up. It was 4;30pm before I could do my workout...and Legs were on the cards. I was already tired but pushed through. Straight away into the weights session I felt pain in my left knee AKA "my good knee"!! I couldn't believe it. Even when I did body weight it was painful. I tried to push through as much as I could...but had to leave out lunges as I was whincing in pain. I have no idea what is wrong with it. I'm guessing it may be that my quads are getting tight and pulling on the patella....so I've read. Probably the sprints on the tready have flared it up. Who knows. So I decided NOT to do cardio after weights and just rest it. That I did. Fell asleep on the couch at 6:30pm. Woke up to my son saying. "WAKE UP MUMMY!" Totally knackered. I wish I could've gone to bed then and there but I had so much paperwork stuff to sort out instead...and time was running out to sort it out. So I had a coffee and here I am now at midnight, finished paperwork and now blogging away. Have to say I loved slipping into my size 10 jeans with ease. Felt sooooooooooooo good. Training: weights - Legs 40mins Nutrition: Ate half piece of cabiatta toast at lunch with omelette for my carb. Otherwise 100% Pics:

  • Justine Huggins
    29 Apr 2015
    1:35 AM

    DAY 65: FEELING LEAN Today I couldn't resist but to jump on the scales again. I weigh 60kg!!!!!! I can see my abdominals more and more each day. It is amazing!! I have to go out and buy a new bikini for the finale photo as my old pair are way too big! For the first time in ages, I'm actually excited to buy bathers/bikinis. The last time I felt this confident in my skin was approximately 2009. I had a good session at the gym this morning. I am so glad I joined the local gym. It is a wonderful facility (Beaty Park Gym & Pools). It has a state of the art gym. Two large cardio studios for aerobics. A creche facility. Two cafes (one healthy food, one Unhealthy greasy food). Indoor pools, outdoor pools, water slides. They even have resident masseuses. I may have to book a massage and put my little guy into the creche for it. Takes the stress off finding a babysitter. Did my weights session (Back, shoulders, biceps & abdominals). Man I notice I'm starting to grunt when I do really heavy weights. I turn down my music in my ear so I can monitor the level of my grunting. I don't want to annoy anyone...but it comes naturally when you give it all you got. It doesn't happen all the time...but it does happen. :) oops! I am still improving every session with my weights. I always try to lift a little heavier...and if I can only get out 2-3 reps on that weight then I drop set back to the previous weight and finish it off. You just never know your strength until you try. Was able to run 20 mins on the treadmill doing HIIT. It is so easy running on a treadmill compared to outside. Again I tried making it more challenging by increasing each speed increment up from the the last session and incorporating the incline into it. Session looked like this - Slow jog @ 7km/hr x 1 min Med jog @ 9km/hr x 1 min Fast run @ 11km/hr x 2mins......then start back at 7km again - repeat cycle. The last cycle I did 7.5km/9.5km/12km to finish. Straight after the gym I had to rush to swimming lessons. My son finally has graduated from Water Babies. Yay!! Achievements all round at the Huggins' household today. We were both exhausted after gym and swimming and both had much needed arvo naps. Got to listen to my body and rest when I can. Training: 1 hour weights BSBA + 20 mins HIIT Treadmill Nutrition: 100% pics my beloved omelettes, food prep (chicken stir fry)

  • Justine Huggins
    27 Apr 2015
    7:53 PM

    DAY 64: WEIGHT SAME BUT SKIN FOLDS DOWN!!! :) Okay I have been a little frustrated with the scales...even though we are encouraged not to jump on them. My weight has remained static at 60.3kg for 2-3 weeks. I so badly want to be under 60kg on the scales...but really does it matter? Not really. My clothes are loose, my muscles are popping, and finally I can see my abdominals showing. My Personal Trainer took abdominal skin fold measurements last week. My abdo skin fold = 10.5mm (on Wed 22nd April) + weight 60.3kg Today abdo skin fold = 9mm + 60.3kg So I must be building more muscle whilst shedding fat. Sounds good to me. :) Had my PT session today and we did Chest & Triceps. I already know I will be sore tomorrow from it. Hard session. Speaking of sore, my calves are caning me from the run yesterday. My energy levels are low. I'm working out hard. I made sure I had an early night last night as I'm a bit of a night owl to my own deteriment. I average 5-6 hours sleep per night...but I know I need more. I stay up late as I get stuff done late at night when my boy is in bed. I will try harder to get to bed earlier in these next few weeks. Training: 1 hr weights Chest & Triceps + 20 mins HIIT on crosstrainer Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    26 Apr 2015
    10:56 PM

    DAY 63: IN A GROOVE Still can't believe the official finish line is 3 weeks away. I've learnt so much on this Challenge. These learnings are the fundamentals for continuing my life on a healthy path. I cannot imagine having my oats every morning without Maxine's protein shake on it. I cannot imagine life without lifting weights hard. I cannot imagine not eating this clean the majority of the time. I cannot imagine not drinking my Nitetime protein shake. I have formed so many positive habits that i would be a fool to let it all slide. So happy and so grateful to be a participant. :) i wrote on the Forum the other night to answer a question Janet posted - what have you discovered you love? My response was heartfelt. I will attach it as a photo. So lovely yet again to get positive feedback from Janet and Ambassador Helen. I think Janet has replied personally to about a dozen or more of my posts. I've had Craig reply twice Plus Adam. I've also had several ambassadors reply like Jo, Helen, Lyndal, Brenda, Chris, Didier, the list goes on. Honestly I don't know how they all do it. There are thousands of posts on the forum and no comment goes unnoticed. The Maxine Team not only read and answer your post, they take time out to check out your profile. You do feel noticed in this challenge. And that acknowledgement of existence goes a long way And boosts your self esteem and drive. Amazing. Getting deep Jus! I'm just so passionate about this entire experience. Today was my cardio day. After a long day at work coming off back yo back shifts, then picking up my 2 1/2 yo and doing food shopping run...I was exhausted. I picked up my folks and we all went for a walk/run around the lake With my son. I ran around the lake once quite easily. Not even short of breath. Amazing. I ran for 30 mins (making it 1,1/2 times around.) was so exhausted so decided to walk with my son the rest of the way. Healthy dinner at Mum's. Training: cardio 30 running + 30 mins walking nutrition: 100% pics

  • Justine Huggins
    25 Apr 2015
    2:09 AM

    DAY 62: LEGS! Last night's outing with the girls was lovely. I wore a new red top (size 10) with my "tight old jeans" that weren't tight at all! It is weird...even though I weigh 3 kgs heavier than when I first bought the tight jeans years ago...they fit me differently. I feel I have more muscle composition and definition. Loving my new renewed body shape! It was a cool night last night...but I wanted so badly to show off my shoulders and arms. As soon as we were inside anywhere...I would whip off my jacket to show the world my new shape. I'm becoming the exhibitionist. I'm just enjoying feeling so confident in my own skin. My girlfriends can't believe I haven't had an alcoholic drink in months now. Since having my son I have not really drank much alcohol...just the odd glass or two. But to have ZERO and not be tempted to have just one...or even a sip with a gourmet meal...they are in awe of me. I treated myself to sparkling water...loved it. Today was a productive day. Worked out legs at home with my Mum and son watching and keeping me company in the backyard. Mum is my official photographer and happily takes my home training pics for me. I so much want to take my Mum under my wing and walk her through the next 12 week Challenge. I love her so much (& Dad) and just want her to feel comfortable in her own skin, as she deserves to. She is so caring, loving and giving and strong...I hate seeing her down on herself and seeing her suffer with her ongoing health issues. I'm writing this in my Blog as I know she will read this. Mum if I can do it...YOU CAN TOO! THIS IS YOUR TIME TOO!! xxx Training: weights - Legs 50 mins Nutrition: 100% Pics: Going out last night, legs training today.

  • Justine Huggins
    24 Apr 2015
    3:29 PM

    DAY 61: BUSY DAY Insanely busy day. Proud that I got my weights session in nice and early. Glad I did my cardio yesterday as no time today. Had to take my son to his Allergy Research appointment at the children's hospital. He had to have several skin prick and blood tests. Thank goodness for numbing cream and wonderful nurses. My little guy didn't even flinch. Next priority was going to Supp store to replenish my Intraboost stock. Workouts aren't the same without it! Bought the Green Apple flavour. YUMMO! Even treated myself to two new workout tops as the old ones are....old and overused. Finally took some photos in the gym with my beautiful supportive friend Tania. She was doing cardio downstairs so I ran down from the gym in between sets to take a few pics. :) Tania is telling everyone.."Justine is doing the Maxine's Challenge!" Tania has become a mini ambassador herself. Going out to comedy show and dinner tonight with some girlfriends. Looking forward to having a steak. So much nicer when someone else cooks it! Training: BSBA 50 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: Tania & I, lunch.

  • Justine Huggins
    24 Apr 2015
    12:45 AM

    DAY 60: WHERE HAS TIME GONE? 60 days down! Unbelievable!! Where has time gone? It has gone so fast. I'm sort of panicking that this Challenge will be over....and then what?? This Challenge has so far meant so much to me....it has been my focus, my goal, my coach, my guide, my psychologist, my comfort, my company late at night, and my confidant. It's weird but I feel like when this Challenge ends I am losing a really positive and fun friend. I can't tell enough people how much I have loved the experience of this Challenge. So far it has exeeded my expectations. The whole journey has been more nuturing than the "kick up the butt" I thought it would be. I needed the nuturing too. :) Ahh I'm getting soppy over a Challenge. It's more than Maxine's Shape Up Challenge...it is a journey to find the BEST ME. OKay back to today's nitty gritty. Went to the gym this morning. Bumped into an old family friend who I now know works out at the gym. I was trying to gauge when he usually works out as I'd love a spotter. But I didn't have the heart to ask him. Too soon...plus I don't want my strength to intimidate him. :) The free weights area of the gym was rammed with females this morning. No men! It was weird...usually it is the other way around. GIRL POWER!! I was looking around at some girls wondering if they too are doing the Maxine's Challenge...as their exercises seemed similar. Then I saw that they were lifting too light...and didn't really have that determined look that I think everyone gets when you have a goal in mind. Okay maybe one other girl had that look. There is a guy at the gym who I have noticed that he seems to be there every time I am. Today I noticed that he was really trying to make eye contact with me. I was polite and smiled back at him. He said "you are working really hard". My response was "I try to". End of conversation. Is that just 'Gym talk'? Or is he flirting with me? Ha :) Whatever it is...it is nice that people are friendly. It makes working out a nicer experience. His comments actually made me work harder...as I thought...he is watching me...I'd better go harder. It was just before my last lot of exercises of supersetting pushups with bench dips. I did ALL but 3 pushups on my toes. It was hard work. Today for me wasn't meant to be a cardio day...but I had a lot of extra energy so I jumped on the treadmill for 30 minutes doing intervals of joggingand sprinting. Felt great after getting a good sweat on....or as I like to call sweat - LIQUIFIED FAT!! Worked tonight. Every ward I go the topic always seems to get back to this Challenge and my transfortion. I love talking about it. So I'm more than happy to answer questions and help inspire others. I have always believed that working in the health setting (ie hospital), that the employees should promote health and lead by example. I cannot understand medical and nursing staff that smoke for example. So it is one passion I have always had trying to keep my staff healthy. Okay I wasn't in the finest shape myself pre-Challenge, but I exercised regularly,...clearly my nutrition was out of wack. I see many other colleagues who are exactly like the 'pre-Challenge' me. They are working out regularly but undoing all their hard work with poor eating and drinking habits. One Nurse told me tonight she is past the age of help as she turns 60 this year. I told her about the inspiring transformation of Brenda Austin!! Never too late to give it a go. Training: 40 mins Chest & Triceps + 30 mins HIIT jogging/sprinting on treadmill Nutrition: 100% - back on track pics:

  • Justine Huggins
    23 Apr 2015
    12:18 AM

    DAY 59: WHAT A DAY!! Okay...so today goes down in my history as THE most exercise I have ever completed in one day! And now I am shattered. I had a PT session and today was LEG DAY! Then I had to rush immediately to take my son to swimming lessons...I still have to get in the water with him for the lessons. We sing songs and I help keep my son afloat...then come the songs where I have to lift and throw my 17kg son up out of the water. All I can say is....my ARMS ARE KILLING ME!! Yep the new weighted workouts are smashing me. :) But I really do love it. Then after swimming my ex picked up our son for 2 hours and I decided to try and run around Lake Monger twice (approx 7km). It was a hot 27 degrees here in Perth. And running in the middle of the day with no breeze on hot pavement was probably not the best idea. But hey....I'm a Champion...and Champions don't cheat. We just DO. So that I just DID. 41 min and 58 secs later. SHATTERED! Not my PB, however I had to remind myself I already fatigued my legs with weights a few hours earlier. So I'm really proud of my achievements today. Despite drinking oodles of water and sneaking in a 20 power nap, I managed to get another killer headache. Headache only got worse when I had to phone a internet company about my TV and internet being down. Then I was stuck on the phone for and hour and a half...after already being on phone for and hour and a half with them the night before. ARGHHHH!! 1st World Problems. Hey - as I like to say...if this is the worst thing happening in my life....then LIFE IS PRETTY GOOD. Still SH&T me! Hmmm nutrition was really good until I decided to eat a serve of greek yoghurt with my Nitetime protein powder. I should've eaten half a Burnbar...but I was craving the yoghurt. I compared the calories and proteing....just a few more carbs in the yoghurt. So whilst I feel guilty...really in the big scheme of things it isn't that bad at all. A far cry from eating 2 Frosty Fruit icepoles, or a chocolate bar and not even batting an eyelid. Fell asleep on the couch at 8pm. Should've gone to bed but was waiting for internet company to call me back. Now wide awake and trying desperately to avoid the Forum. The Forum sucks me in and I could get caught up in reading all the info for hours. Off to bed now. I wonder if I can walk okay tomorrow? My calves are already making their presence known. Yikes!! Training: 50 minutes weights LEGS & 42 mins jogging outdoors + 15 minutes power walking Nutrition: 90% as had extra non fat greek yoghurt for dessert instead pics:

  • Justine Huggins
    22 Apr 2015
    12:39 AM

    DAY 58: HIT THE GYM HARD I never really knew that I had THIS MUCH SPARE TIME. WHAT DID I USE TO DO WITH MY TIME IN THE PAST? I HAVE NO IDEA!!! Since I have made ME part of the PRIORITY LIST (ALONG WITH MY SON OF COURSE)....I have found I have SO MUCH TIME FOR ME! I feel so much more organised. I'm no longer loitering around in my PJs until midday! No more fluffing around the house not really achieving much. I now get up with a purpose and goal in mind. I feel so eager to achieve more in my day. I went to the gym at 9:30am and put my son into the creche. I set my stopwatch as I had 1 1/2 hours of ME TIME. As this is a new training program, I really had no idea how long it was going to take me. One thing is for sure...I will not rush a good thang! I am loving the supersetting. I'm love feeling challenged mentally and physically...and this week is really pushing me hard already. I had to ask a trainer in the gym to help me with cable crunches....as I just blanked out as to how to do them correctly. I told the trainer I didn't want to be the idiot that appears on YouTube for doing an exercise completely WRONG! She just laughed and was really helpful and understanding. The only bummer about training on your own is not having a spotter to push out those last few reps. I think I would definitely go harder in the weights if I had a safety net of a spotter. Until then I just push as hard as I can. If Harps or Janet were on the sidelines offering me $1000 to do another rep...the money would stay in their pocket as I have left ZERO IN THE TANK. I finished off the weights after about 45 minutes. I didn't rest too much in between...but that is a good thing. I think I read on the Janet's blog that Arnold Sw said "cardio? Just lift weights faster!" So I kept that in mind. Did finish off the session with interval training on crosstrainer for 30 minutes. I wish it were longer but ran out of time. Once I picked up my son from the creche we actually hung out together at the gym cafeteria for 40 minutes. I had my post workout Maxine shake and my son had his morning tea snacks. I was really relaxing. Once we came home we cleaned out the back patio and did gardening together. We worked/pottered outside for a good 3 hours. Felt so productive and really relaxed. Was a beautiful day. Training: weights - Back, Shoulders, Biceps & Abs (BSBA) & cardio - 30 mins HIIT Crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% - appetite huge today!! Chewing on sugar free chewies like mad!! pics:

  • Justine Huggins
    20 Apr 2015
    11:05 PM

    DAY 57: OMG...NEW TRAINING PROGRAM My arms are aching as I type this....again - as my internet dropped out after I typed today's blog! It was such a fun and witty blog. Now I can't be bothered blogging it all again. Main points of achievement today; Weight down to 60.3kg (loss of 5.2kg + 2.5kg pre-rego = 7.7kg total)Loved the new training program. Did Chest & Triceps and my arms quivered like Elvis Presley's legs doing a flat bench chest press of 10kg dbs....far cry from my PB of 17.5kg.My son loved the gym creche today. I'm happy he is having a fun time too at the gym :)Despite giving it my all in the gym sess today, I had uber amounts of energy and got ALOT of SH*t done around the house with my little buddy helping me. We even washed the car together!!Got to watch the Coaches weekly message today. Yes there are always family and friends....even some ladies in the gym saying "stop it you are getting too thin. blah blah blah". Also people are surprised I haven't had any alcohol for 11 weeks now. I haven't really missed it at all to be honest. I just want to finish something I've committed to. I'm in a win win situation for ME. THIS IS MY TIME! I'm already thinking about life after the Challenge. I'm going on a holiday with my son and parents to Hawaii, then my son and I go to Seattle alone until my parents meet back up with us after they explore San Fran. It will be fabulous!! We have rented houses and apartments vs hotels as it is cheaper..but I'm sort of kicking myself now as a gym in a hotel would be nice. I don't want to undo all my hard work. We are away 4 weeks in total. I will have to do some body weight exercises until I can access a gym casually. I don't want to obsess about it while I'm on holiday...but I want to maintain this awesome figure I have newly discovered! :) Current weight: 60.3kg Training: 35 mins Chest & Triceps; 15 mins HIIT Treadmill runs + 30 mins Body Express Attack Nutrition: 100% Pics: my lunch today and prep for tomorrow

  • Justine Huggins
    19 Apr 2015
    10:20 PM

    DAY 56: FEELING FAB BUT TIRED Man I worked all weekend. Did back to back shifts (finished at 10pm started next morning at 7am). I think my blog last night was pretty average as I was sooooooo tired and found myself asleep on couch with iPad in hand! Work is full on to say the least. I'm constantly walking around the hospital, sometimes even running. So I'm grateful that I'm not stuck behind a desk constantly. I LOVE MOVING!! But boy it can be exhausting. When I got home from work this arvo after picking up my little man I just wanted to SLEEP. I really really really had to dig deep to move and complete my cardio. I did an outdoor weighted circuit with skipping and stepups etc. I still struggled through the workout but I DID IT! It did give me a second wind and I was able to do some gardening and other chores. Winning :) At work this weekend I had so many compliments from my fellow colleagues about my physical transformation. It's really nice to hear the positive feedback. Of course I had to whip out my phone and show them my comparison photos from Week 1-8. It is interesting to talk to some colleagues this weekend that I spoke to pre-Challenge. They cant believe I can transform in such a short amount of time. They can't believe the Challenge is FREE. And they now wished they started the Challenge the same time as me! I'm telling everyone to give the Maxine's Shape Up Challenge a go! I honestly am so excited to show my final picture at Week 12 to my colleagues. When I'm asked "Do you have abs?" My answer is "I will by Week 12!" YES I BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND THIS CHALLENGE. So nice to have that much self-belief and confidence. Who is this woman? Oh it's the NEW ME! THIS IS MY TIME!!! Training: 30 mins cardio weighted circuit Nutrition: 100% pics: Can I see abs???, tuna salad lunch, my little guy & I eating out frozen raspberries for dessert.

  • Justine Huggins
    18 Apr 2015
    9:36 PM

    DAY 55: FITNESS TEST SMASHED!! I really enjoy my "Backyard" gym workouts. I like being home for the workout while my 2 yo plays around me...oh and don't forget the dog. The dog wants in on the action too. It's actually a nice change to potter around the house and then do the workout after you've made beds, washed dishes etc etc! And the bonus is I dont have to chase my son to get dressed or get out of the house on time. Did Shoulders, arms and abs today. Man I love pushing weights! Feeling stronger every rep! At the end of my session I remembered to do my fitness test. I really smashed my previous recordings. I held a plank for almost 2 1/2 minutes...and that was with my 17kg son on my back for the first 50 seconds!! Ok im falling asleep while typing this. Got home late from yet another crazy shift at the office! Tired. TRAINING: SAA 40 minutes Nutrition: 100% clean but decided to have half serve of Greek yoghurt (instead of berries) with my Nitetime protein powder. YUM! Pics: my lunch. Addicted to 3 egg whites/1yolk omelettes!

  • Justine Huggins
    17 Apr 2015
    11:40 PM

    DAY 54: MENTALLY PREPARING FOR WEEKS 9-12 It is so weird...it seems any spare moment I have, I am daydreaming about the new training schedule. I'm visualising what exercise I will do where in the gym, what equipment I should bring next to which apparatus to make the super setting smoother. I have also been looking at the gym cardio schedule to see when I can fit in the cardio in accordance to the creche being open for my little one. The 2 hours on a Wednesday lunch time my ex has agreed to have our son I have now decided to make that my outdoor cardio run time. Logistics logistics logistics. Am I a little obsessed? Yep. But this is for once a healthy obsession. As I've said before...IT IS THE MOST TIME I HAVE INVESTED IN MYSELF! And I am loving spending time with me! I actually feel "present" with myself. Sounds weird trying to explain it...but you know when you are talking with someone but you sense they are not really listening to you at all...therefore they are NOT present. Well I felt like I did that alot with myself. I ignored my own feelings and inner voice, and I covered them all up with food and alcohol as a coping mechanism. But feeling "present" with one's self is refreshing. Today at the end of my cardio session at the gym I felt really emotional. It was the end of another hard session...I was laying on the ground stretching...and tears started to well. I guess I had a mixture of feelings about my failed marriage. I never really mourned the end of the marriage much. I just stayed strong and soldiered on. I guess I was busy healing from all the trauma within it and focused on being a single parent. It is weird how life turns out. I was never "allowed" to be friends intially with my beautiful neighbour over the road - Tania, as my ex wanted us to remain "private" from the neighbours. But that's NOT me. Be friendly first, I have always been told. Tania is now one of my closest friends and a HUGE support in this Challenge. She has been there for myself and my son whilst we were experiencing the separation. Tania has also put me under her wing at the gym. I honestly don't think I would've joined the gym if it wasn't for her. So the positive in it all (I always like to think positively in the end) is that while I lost an unsupportive husband, I actually gained an awesome super fun and supportive friend instead. I promised Tania if I make it to the Top 10 of this Challenge, I am bringing her along to Melbourne with me! So now Tania is cheering harder than ever on the sidelines. :) Ahh poo. Went off on a tangent. Sorry. I am "metabolising" my feelings each day. Nice to let them surface and embrace them. THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE - IT IS A JOURNEY. Training: 1hr Body Attack (did have a mini heart attack when I felt a twinge in my operated knee! Noooooo. Keeping an eye on it). Nutrition: 100% Pics: loved this photo from Week 8 photos. My son wanting in on the action. LOVE HIM!! healthy Turkey meatballs.

  • Justine Huggins
    17 Apr 2015
    1:10 AM

    DAY 53: GETTING MY HEAD AROUND NEW SCHEDULE Felt bad that I couldnt blog last night...but I had a killer migraine that only went away after a good nights rest. Now have time to reflect on my progress pics. I'm actually really happy with my progress & transformation thus far. Will definitely need new bathers for the finale pic as these green bikinis are now too big! My top half are not at ally supported and the bottoms are loose. Happy dance :) wonder what my 12 week photos will look like?? I do hope I can see my abs. oh the elusive abs! Had Body Combat this morning. Love it. Feeling like my general fitness and stamina has gone through the roof! Looked breifly at the next 4 weeks schedule. Wow I need to study it! Looks totally serious. BRING IT. I'm so ready for another challenge. Have a few questions about it, so will need to hit the forum again. Training: 1hr Body combat Nutrition: 100% pics: lunch, defrosting my Maxine's Nitetime protein paste I put in freezer - ROCK HARD! Yummy :)

  • Justine Huggins
    15 Apr 2015
    7:15 PM

    DAY 52: PHOTOS ARE IN! Really happy with my progress. Amazing that that is me! Would blog more but have struggled with headaches on and off all day. Feels like migraine now. Panadol and bed. nite nite x

  • Justine Huggins
    14 Apr 2015
    10:55 PM

    DAY 51: PUSHING HARD Great training day again today. Did SAA with HIIT cardio on the bike for 30minutes. Although it wasn't really busy at all in the gym, the bits of equipment I needed were always in use. So I had to think outside the box. I couldn't go hard on my overhead skull crushers due to lack of equipment, so instead I tried for the first time the assisted dips machine. Killer! I made sure I then went hard on the tricep cable push downs. Went hard on my abs today...harder than usual. At the end of my ab session I could only hold a plank for 60 seconds. No PBs today. At least this is a sign I went hard. Tried something different for my cardio component of the double session. I did HIIT on the stationary bike. I HATE THE BIKE. That's why I did it! Need to get out of my comfort zone to get results and push that bar to the elusive next level. Nutrition is still on track. I'm so proud not one crumb of junk has been consumed (except for the 1/3 bbq sausage incident) in over 10 weeks!! That is incredible. My son is still eating EASTER eggs, but I'm not tempted at all. Amazing. I really put it down to Maxine's Burnbars helping me with my sweet tooth. I really hope in the last 4 weeks they are still part of the nutrition plan. Went on the Forum again this arvo. Read Janet's post about "Doing more?" Yep I still had that nagging feeling until I responded to Janet's post and she responded right back. I'm doing everything by the book. There are no sauces or extra snacks to cut out, I haven't missed a training day (well actually only one when my son went to hospital but I made it up on my previous rest day). I am trying my hardest to be a model Maxine Ambassador. So I need to trust the process and if I want to give more I need to give it in the weights sessions. I will study up different exercises to hit different target muscles just to mix it up. Although I am excited to see the next 4 week training program. I told Janet I am nervous & excited to see my week 8 progress photo. I will either con my Mum or lovely friend Tania to take it for me tomorrow. Fingers crossed I see the changes I've worked sooooooooo hard for. Training: SAA 60 mins, cardio HIIT bike 30 mins Nutrition: 100% no pics today :(

  • Justine Huggins
    13 Apr 2015
    10:56 PM

    DAY 50: FEELING CONFIDENT IN THE GYM So today was my scheduled LCB day. Last night I read a post on the Forum about the 7 principles body builders/sculptures use. The main point that resonated with me were go into the gym prepared knowing in advance what you will be doing. I do this EVERYTIME. I take my little training notes in my bumbag and refer to them often. I love feeling organised. :) I am really happy with my weights session today. I tried the Leg Press instead of squats today. I feel I have more control over my dodgey knees with the press. Pushed some good weight. I got a PB with the Flat bench Chest press...got to 14kg dumbbells without a spotter required. Stoked. I am definitely getting stronger week by week. I also got to hold a plank at the end of the session for 2 whole minutes. Yet another PB for me. Read Jo Philip's blog last night (Day 49) about comments she recieved in regards to being told not to get "too skinny". It is weird but I've had those comments too. It initially hurts when people say these comments...strangely enough as hurtful as saying you are fat. I, like Jo stated don't want to be skinny. I want people to look at me and think.."is she a professional athlete?" :) I want the strong athletic look. I want to build muscle and be rock solid. So I will keep doing my thang....and do it the Maxine way.....because it works and it is the healthy way. On average I have lost 0.5kg per week. That is the perfect rate of excess weight loss. So as Taylor Swift sings.."HATERS ARE GONNA HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE! SHAKE IT OFF! SHAKE IT OFF!" Weighed myself this morning. My weight is up 100gm to 60.6kg. It is that time of the month. 100gm is nothing compared to the 1-2kgs weight gain I'd blame on "that time of the month". I am loving this journey. I really feel it is the first time in a long time that I have invested this much INTEREST IN MY OWN WELLBEING. My parents are already so proud of me doing this Challenge. It's not because I'm losing the weight...they are proud of me because I am getting back to my old self. I'm the fun loving, easy going, confident, determined daughter they remember. Unfortunately I lost all those lovely qualities of myself in my now failed marriage. It really doesn't pay to put someone's elses needs above your own TOTALLY. I handed over all of my power and autonomy....and I only have myself to blame. But I'm back now. I re-read my "Reason to start the challenge" blurb. I said, "I want my body to represent how mentally strong I'm feeling". Interesting comment....as I am sooooooooooooooo much stronger mentally and emotionally because of this Challenge. I had NO idea it was such a mental and emotional journey. It is not just about WILLPOWER...it is about discovering what type of person you are when you take out your emotional crutch....for me...FOOD. So far I am really liking ME...inside and outside. Happy place to be. :) Training: LCB 70 minutes Nutrition: 100% pics:

  • Justine Huggins
    12 Apr 2015
    7:24 PM

    DAY 49: FEELING ON TOP OF THE WORLD! Today was the day....yes I was going to attempt to achieve my goal of running twice around Lake Monger....approx 7km NON-STOP. So I woke up early, had my oats and Maxine's shake. Then I ummed and ahhhed at the black heavy clouds and rain outside. Man oh man...at least there wasn't any lightening!! So back and forth in my head I was saying..."Run outside OR go to gym treadmill and run?" Then it dawned on me. JUST DO IT! FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR PLAN JUSTINE!! CHAMPIONS DON'T HESITATE!! I thought if it did rain, no big deal I will wear a hat and a jacket anyway. If I feel it's too slippery and may slip...then I will stop running and power walk. So I skulled a full scoop of Intraboost in about 200mls of water (normally have a scoop in a full water bottle). ZING!! Off I went. I decided to pace myself for the first lap and run "safely" on the wet pavement. My first lap felt soooooo good. I think between the Intraboost and my new music playlist I was set up for success. I was surprised how many other people were also out and about either running or walking in this hideous weather. Glad I wasn't the only crazy one!! 3/4 into my first lap it started raining. Well I just popped my hoodie on without skipping a step and embraced running in the rain. I felt so free, so strong, so determined. NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP ME. I honestly felt like Rocky Balboa in the hoodie....[play Eye of the Tiger music now].....was tempted to run doing some shadow boxing....but kept that thought to myself and saved my energy (and sane reputation) :). 40 mins 30 secs later I DID IT!!! NON-STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SO ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!! I last ran twice around this lake pre ACL injury in 2008. 7 YEARS AGO!!! Mum and Dad took my son and I out to a Winery for a lovely drive and lunch. ABSOLUTELY ZERO ALCOHOL FOR ME....HAVE REMAINED ALCOHOL FREE ALL CHALLENGE. SO REFRESHING. I ate a lovely steak, greens and salad. I must admit I did eat mashed potato...but only half a cup serve...as they had no sweet potato or brown rice. I wasn't going to sweat about it...as it is still a vegetable and it is all about portion control and the timing of the food. I watched my family eat cookies and cake for dessert...and I salivated over my favourite snack...skinny flat white and a Maxine's Burn Bar. Just lovely. Saw the tail end of the Weekly Coaches message on TV. Will have to watch it online like I usually do. Trying to organise a coffee meet up with my fellow team Challengers on "Perth Challengers" that I have NEVER EVER met before. I have been following their progress and some of the team members are just SMASHING IT. So happy for them. Excited to meet them and swap journey stories soon. Will keep you posted. Training: Jogging/running (7km outside in wind and rain) 40 mins 30 secs Nutrition: 99% due to mashed potato pics: Me & my favourite snack at the Winery, post run bliss (not glam pic but GLOWING).

  • Justine Huggins
    12 Apr 2015
    1:38 AM

    DAY 48: LOVING MY BODY Did I just say that out loud? Yes I did! This Challenge is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!I have never eaten this clean in my life! I know I talked about panicking that we are already half way through the Challenge....but I have just reflected on how far I have come. 7.5kg down courtesy of this journey. I really don't know how long it would've taken me to achieve this amount of weight loss and 'shape up' on my own. Today I think I see a faint hint of abs through my remaining layers of "flabdominals". Talk about a slow reveal! Stick to the plan...stick to the plan. Must be patient. All good things come to those who wait....hang on...NO they don't! All good things come to those who seek them out and work hard for them. THIS IS MY TIME! Had a great day today hanging out with my Mum and son. Did my weights session in the shed..and boy was it bucketing down outside. I train with the door open for ventilation. Well had to stop at the abs component of the session as the rain was pelting into the shed. I completed the abs in the living room...and you can see from the photos the challenges that "us" parents face when training at home......THE MINI COACH!! So my Mini Coach decided it was a great idea to hug and hang onto Mummy as long as he could whilst I tried my hardest to hold a plank. I lasted 50 seconds with 17kg of wriggling Mini Coach on my back! Not bad I say. Word is out at work about my fitness journey and "aim to get abs!" I do like that most people know I'm NOT on a diet but a BODY SCULPTING JOURNEY. I have got another Nurse Manager hooked on Maxine Burn bars. I've had long talks with my colleague about nutrition...and as she works Night shift she hardly eats. Not good for the ole metabolism. She is now using up her old stash of protein shakes and will buy Maxine's protein powder when she is finished. I have promised to bring her in a serve of Choc Latte to try. Delicious. Drinking the Choc Latte shake is like drinking an iced coffee...and this has already helped me to cut out and excess coffee from my day. Winning! I'm still up late after work at 12:36am. I wanted to download some running/workout music. My old playlist is getting stale and I need some extra OOMPFFF!! Ministry of Sound to the rescue. Need to get to bed so I can fit in my big run around lake tomorrow. PLease NO rain tomorrow. Training: 40 mins SAA Nutrition: 100% pics: me..the plank..& the Mini Coach, outside my backyard gym, lunch omlette.

  • Justine Huggins
    11 Apr 2015
    12:22 AM

    DAY 47: PANIC SETTING IN I've just read both Lyndal's & Jo's blog for Day 47. They both had a sense of panic that they were running out of time in the Challenge. I feel the same! I'm confused.....do I up my cardio? That will only burn off more muscle if I do too much...so do I put in extra weighted exercises? Or do I just follow the plan? Not sure. What I do know is that I give 110% of my energy and effort in every session. For example this morning I did Body Attack (still love it!!). I gave it everything I had. I kicked as high as I could, I jumped as high as I could, I ran on the spot with the highest of knees, I just pushed myself as if Craig and Janet were on the sideline watching...offering me $1000 to do another rep or kick a little harder. I have friends in this class that do another class or two straight after Attack (Body Pump). I just couldn't do another class if you paid me because I gave it all in that previous hour! Why train at a medium pace for 2-3 hours when you can SMASH IT in one hour! Don't get me wrong these girls are super fit....but I'm training the MAXINE'S way. Im still guzzling the water down to keep hunger away. So far so good. Came home upset with poor customer service (actually just really rude service) at my local supermarket after a big grocery shop. I was on the verge of tears over the incident. I had a mixture of feelings from humiliation at how I was spoken to in front of a dozen people, anger that I spend my hard earned cash there regularly and disappointment in people in general. The emotional eater was FIERCE tonight. She tried to tempt me to eat all sorts of food to "SHOW THEM!" I reasoned with her, and told her that I would only be punishing myself in the long run. Funny how I want to eat crap when I'm upset, angry, joyful wanting to celebrate & bored. However when I'm hungry I want to eat nutritious full meals. Learning to eat when hungry and learn to deal with my other emotions....mentally. Ah so much to learn about ME & FOOD. Good news for the day is that my ex has agreed for me to pick up our son Sunday 10am (my day off) instead of immediately after my Saturday evening shift at 10pm. I'm excited for uninterrupted sleep but so so more than excited to get up early and attempt to achieve my goal of running twice around Lake Monger. Rain, hail or shine I'm running it! Watch this space. Training: Body Attack 1hr Nutrition: 100% pic: check out the guns, babt got back!

  • Justine Huggins
    10 Apr 2015
    1:05 AM

    DAY 46: WATER WATER WATER Well I went on the Forum last night to resolve my EPIC hunger crisis I had yesterday. I've taken on board the advice from the Ambassadors to consume more greens but more importantly drink more water. I don't think I've been drinking enough. So on the way to work I sculler 1L of water. This was a good option because at times I don't get a chance to get to my water bottle much at all. I didn't feel hungry one bit, but at least I was hydrated. Went to Body Combat this morning before work. Awesome class. Turns my pale face red!!! Got home decided to do some chores. Then at 11:45am decided I should do a cookup. Why oh why when I have to leave house at 12:30pm. Talk about pressure. Thank goodness for food processors. Shredded and chopped everything in a flash a dinner cooked in 15 minutes. Yay for me! Felt organised! :) Feeling back on track and mentally good. Training: 1 hr Body Combat Nutrition: 100% pics: lunch, dinner (Turkey bolognese)

  • Justine Huggins
    9 Apr 2015
    12:22 AM

    DAY 45: HUNGRY!!!!!! Somebody stop me! Sooooooo hungry today. I allowed myself an extra protein shake this arvo...mainly because I was hanging out to try the new flavours of my recent online purchase of Maxine products. OMG the Strawberry shake tastes like Strawberry Quik! Reminded me of my childhood! Delicious! Anyway I was still hungry. Maybe it's because I'm really pushing myself hard in each session? I think my body is trying to adjust. Not sure if I just stick to the nutritional plan or tweak it to include more calories? I will jump on the Forum and see if anyone else feeling like this. The other possible reason for my raging hunger is the sudden change in weather and drop in temperature. Sounds like a lame excuse, but for me when it's hot I don't really crave food other than icecream (my Heroin) or ice poles (my cocaine)! In cooler months I just want to eat warm food and drink Milo all day long. Artghhh - fighting off a new tsunami of food cravings!!! Yet another challenge within the Challenge. I did succumb to my hunger at dinner as I had tummy cramps for about an hour. Although we ate lovely salmon and greens, I also ate some sweet potato. I know I should have this sweet potato at lunch but at least it was a vegetable and low GI one at that. So I've decided not to beat myself up about it. I had my serve of fruit at night but did have some low fat Greek yoghurt on it. All in all I consumed more calories today but I really feel like I needed it. Feeling much better in the tummy. Tomorrow I have Body Combat at 9am...so I promise I will go hard as always....heck I've the fuel to burn now, PT was great this morning. My strength is constantly improving. Being lighter has its advantages in the gym...I can do triceps dips and chin ups with less assistance, I can also perform push-ups on my toes again. Training: PT LCB 40 mins Nutrition: hmmmm not sure what to rate it...maybe 70% as all the food was nutritious. Pics: Me at PT, happy to receive online delivery, stoked up with Burnbars, lunch.

  • Justine Huggins
    8 Apr 2015
    12:13 AM

    DAY 44: 5 KILOS DOWN!!! YEOWWWWW!! I can't believe I weigh 60.5kgs! I think the last time I weighed this "little" was in 2009 before I did my ACL injury. As it is HALF WAY through the CHALLENGE, I should reassess my goals as the Coaches have suggested. So here goes. JUSTINE'S CHALLENGE GOALS; 1. Get to 57kg - update - currently 60.5kg (total loss on Challenge 5kg + 2.5kg pre-Rego = Grand total 7.5kg) 2. Can visually see abdominals - update - can see some obliques...work in progress. 3. Feel confident & sexy in a bikini - update - taking my son to swimming lessons tomorrow...and I still cringe at myself in a one piece! Working on my mindset. 4. Strut my stuff in bikini in Hawaii- update - holiday booked for July 4th!! Yeah baby! 5. Run twice non-stop around Lake Monger (7km) - update - can only run once at this stage due to time constraints & babysitting issues, however the positive is I've improved on my time for the one lap. Running outside still uncomfortable for me. Can run easily on treadmill but not the same. 6. Finish in Top 10 for the Challenge - update - whilst this goal is ambitious...I believe in myself, BUT more importantly I need to remind myself IT's YOU VS YOU! 7. Fit into my size 8-10 clothes - update - easy peasy! Fit into a comfortable size 10!!! So in summary I believe I'm on track. Sticking to the plan and believing in the process. I have no doubt I will achieve my goals in the next 6 weeks. Need to ADD a couple more goals. 8. Hold a plank/hover for 3 minutes total. 9. Perform 20 push-ups on my toes. Training: 40 mins. S.A.A. & 5 mins on Stairclimber thingy (had to hop off as major butt burn) + 15 mins of HIIT (jog 1 min/sprint 2 mins) on treadmill. Nutrition: 100% pics: current weight, THE ROCK.

  • Justine Huggins
    7 Apr 2015
    2:03 AM

    DAY 43: GOING STRONG Forgot that today was Monday today (due to long Easter weekend)...and hence forgot to weigh myself today. Actually is a good sign that I'm not jumping on the scales more often than I ahould. Going by my clothes...looking good. Had a good LCB session in backyard (no crèche on public holiday). I've decided to end every training session with a hover/plank/bridge (whatever u call it). My aim is to get a PB every time I do the hover. Today's PB = 1 min 50 sec CANT BELIEVE IM HALF WAY THROUGH THIS CHALLENGE. IN SOME WAYS IT HAS GONE SLOW BUT IN OTHERS IT HAS FLOWN BY. So happy with my progress so far, never thought a transformation I've seen in the past competitors could happen to me!! Tired now from working 5 shfts in a row (late shift, early shift, late, early, late) Exhausted! Training: 35mins LCB Nutrition: 100% Pics: my crush The Rock, dessert - frozen berries.

  • Justine Huggins
    5 Apr 2015
    2:41 PM

    DAY 42: CHOCOLATE-FREE!! THIS IS MY TIME!!! Today is going to be easy...because I choose for it to be. THIS IS MY TIME!! Well I wrote the above line earlier today. It stands true. I BEAT THE EASTER BUNNY. So incredibly proud of myself. Not a crumb of chocolate touched my palate. I even resisted licking my fingers when I helped my son with his melted chocolate, I just washed my hands immediately. Resisted every temptation at work. Didn't bother to take photos of all goodies at each ward because the amount was ridiculous! Straight after work today I picked up my son and then dropped him at my folks for a half hour while I ran around the lake again. My feet felt heavy today but I still ran non-stop and at a really good pace. After the run I met up with the whole family at my sister's place. Today is my nephew's birthday so we all had gathered for an afternoon tea for him before my sister took him to the Ed Sheeran concert. Everyone exchanged Easter eggs. My son got a truckload! At afternoon tea I had a coffee and my Maxine's burnbar while everyone ate cake, donuts, hot cross buns and chocolate. THIS HAS TO BE THE FIRST EASTER EVER I EATEN CLEAN IN MY LIFE! Blown away every day in this challenge. Took my folks and son out to our favourite Italian restaurant for Easter dinner. Ate the best marinated grilled chicken. And veggies. My taste buds are much more sensitive since starting the Chsllenge. I'd say it's akin to a smoker rediscovering their taste buds again...just my addiction was sugar. No berries tonight for dessert. Treated myself to my 3rd Burnbar for the day. Broke it up into little pieces and savoured every piece with my skinny flat white. Delicious! Happy Easter to me. Training: 30 min jogging nutrition: 200% pics: afternoon tea temptations in background (thank heavens for Maxine's burnbars), lunch, dinner, can't believe those toned arms are mine!

  • Justine Huggins
    5 Apr 2015
    2:11 AM

    DAY 41: BEATING UP EASTER BUNNY Great day apart from smashing my head on wall whilst vacuuming! You can see big knot on my head! After I recovered my clumsy head injury I still trained SAA. 100% committed. No excuses. Mum took photos of me working out in my shed and backyard. Can't believe THAT BODY belongs to ME!! Loving my new body...unfortunately not loving my old looking saggy skinned face though. :( Wish fat would come off my gut rather than my face. Oh well...can't have everything....nothing a bit of botox can't fix. :) Going to be big challenge tomorrow with Easter. BRING IT!!! I'm so ready to dig deep and fight off the temptations. I've NEVER been so FOCUSED and DRIVEN in my LIFE like I have NOW. THANKYOU MAXINE'S CHALLENGE TEAM FOR BRINGING OUT THIS AMAZING INNER STRENGTH IN ME. I thought I was strong...but nver this strong. AMAZING! Training: SAA 35 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: beating up my cravings with the Easter Bunny, backyard gym workout.

  • Justine Huggins
    3 Apr 2015
    3:16 PM

    DAY 40: SHOULDERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! OMG! My shoulders are killing me. I had no idea that an hour of shadow boxing in Body Combat could make me this sore. My shoulders started aching last night at work...but this morning they feel ridiculous. I secretly love the pain...as to me this confirms I'm working hard :) At work today the same ole same ole chocolate and cake EVERYWHERE!! I had to have my Maxine's Burnbar before I did my ward rounds at the hospital...as I didn't want to be tempted by the Easter eggs. I love Easter egg chocolate....and I'm craving it badly. ANOTHER CHALLENGE WITHIN A CHALLENGE. I CAN DO THIS. THIS IS MY TIME!! Thank goodness for Maxine's Burnbars is all I can say. I love them more than Easter eggs!! As it is Good Friday today our family tradition (like many other families) is to have fish & chips for dinner tonight. I've asked my folks to order me grilled fish instead. I also told my folks I'm bringing along a big salad for everyone to share. NO CHIPS FOR ME!! Glad I didn't wake up with the same headache I went to bed with last night. It was a shocker. Have more ZING in my step today. Drinking my Intraboost in my water bottle at work might have something to do with it. :) Back again at 8:45pm. Had an awesome run around the lake after work. Did it in record time...non-stop. My goal is to be able to run 2 laps non-stop By the end of this challenge. IT WILL HAPPEN. THIS IS MY TIME! Survived the torture of watching everyone eat fish n chips in front of me at dinner. I DID NOT HAVE A CHIP.....NOT EVEN A CRUMB!! So proud. My grilled fish and salad was delicious. Training: 35 mins jogging Nutrition: 100% however had 1 cup of frozen berries instead of the usual 1/2 cup. Had sweet tooth. Will work hard tomorrow to ensure I burn it off, pics: lunch (salmon, greens, rice with soy sauce), dinner (temptation in background).

  • Justine Huggins
    3 Apr 2015
    2:02 AM

    DAY 39: BODY COMBAT Went to my first Body Combat class this morning at the gym. Love it. I was so red in the face and sweaty. Great workout. Only downside is that I've had a raging headache all day/night since. Must've got my heart pumping. Unfortunately no amount of water took away the headache away....especially not a busy crazy shift at work. Panadol finally to the rescue and bedtime for me. Can't blog too much as have an early shift tomorrow. Gotta love those back to back shifts. Still have headache :( nite nite Training: 1 hr Body Combat Nutrition: 100% Addit: ate my cold sweet potato on its own after lunch. It was like eating NATURE'S CANDY. YUMMO

  • Justine Huggins
    2 Apr 2015
    12:23 AM

    DAY 38: GREAT DAY Had THE BEST SLEEP EVER!!!! Boy that makes all the difference. Felt recharged today. Had my PT session an hour earlier than usual (as per my request). I feel now I want to get training out the way early in the day so I don't procrastinate and waste my energy. Also training earlier helps me follow the nutritional guide better. Otherwise I'm snacking then training then have a shake post workout. It's all about the timing for me. Went shopping with my son after PT. What a challenge shopping with a 2 1/2yo and Easter eggs EVERYWHERE. I don't know who taught him those rabbits are made out of chocolate....but boy he knows! Temper tantrum City. Deep breaths. I'm happy to say my training session gave me extra patience with him and his "outbursts". Training sure does have its advantages. My ex picked up my son from the shops and I took full advantage of my 2 hours free time. Bought myself a couple of pairs of PJ pants - size 8-10. :) No more baggy pants for me! I also treated myself to a skinny flat white coffee in peace at a cafe all by myself. I looked at options for eating lunch at the Food Court, but nothing appeared as "clean" eating wise as I liked. So the coffee tied me over until I could eat at home. I booked myself in for a neck/shoulders/back massage for half an hour. Total bliss. Can't remember when I last had a massage. My body truly deserves it...as it's been working really hard. Need to do more often. I just remembered I text my family members yesterday that would usually buy me Easter eggs (Godmother, Godchildren, sister, folks etc). I kindly asked them not to waste money on Easter eggs for me this year. EVERYONE AGREED NOT TO BUY ME EGGS. Great news, however my son will no doubt get a truckload. I just need to be strong and fight the temptation to eat ANY...EVEN A CRUMB. My backup plan is if I get chocolate cravings I'm just going to have a delicious Maxine's burnbar instead. :) MUST STICK TO THE PLAN. Bought some new containers for my protein shakes. Ziploc bags and me don't go too well. And because I'm in the protein shake bag so often, I thought it should have a nicer, more accessible home. Made sure I labelled them accordingly. Don't want to accidently take the Nitetime protein in the day!! It would knock me out!! Current weight: 61kg (total loss 4.5kg since rego day + 2.5kg leading up to rego listening to Master Coaches advice) so total loss for me on this journey is really 7kg!!!!!!! Whoop whoop!! Training: LCB 40 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: PT training pics, lunch, new home for Maxine's proteins.

  • Justine Huggins
    1 Apr 2015
    1:49 AM

    DAY 37: FEELING MORE HUMAN TODAY Amazing what 3 hours straight of sleep can do for your body & mind. My little guy is on the mend. Praise the Lord. Unfortunately he didn't let Mummy sleep past 5am. No fevers overnight. YAY! I took him first thing this morning to a scheduled appointment with GP. So nice to see my little man smiling again. Told my GP I wanted him checked over so I have a clear conscious when I take him to a crèche or playgroup. Doctor's orders were to stay away for another 24hours. This meant time for Backyard Gym! Decided to do my cardio straight after Drs and run with my son in the pram around the lake. I wanted to go early while I had the energy, and while my son was in good spirits. I also wanted to outrun the forecast showers. Had a good run. Felt really strong. Had to stop halfway at the playgriund. I however did not stop and continued doing exercises while following my son around. My son wore himself out by 12:30pm. Woo hoo! Nap time for 2yo and Shoulders, Arms & Abs time for Mummy. :). Really pushed myself in the session. I liked doing the tricep push downs at the gym, so I was able to think outside the box with my equipment and modify it to perform this. See pic. Stoked! Had pizza night at my folks place. I brought my own food of leftover stir fry prawns and veggies. Yummo. Pizza smelt good but I wasn't tempted. Put my winter pj pants on tonight as it is starting to get cooler in Perth. Man my pants literally hang off me. The waist band is elastic and usually is a comfortable snug fit. Not anymore! The pants are embarrassing. (See pic) I'm going to the shops tomorrow to buy SMALLER PJS. HAPPY DANCE. Really loving my body's reflection in the mirror. Can't stop looking at myself. Insert song "You're so vain!" YEP I AM! :) I've worked really hard to get here, and I'm soooooo excited to see how the next 6 weeks will transform me. Training: 45 mins jogging with pram & circuit exercises. Weights (S.A.A.) 35 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: homemade tricep push down, my baggy pj pants :)

  • Justine Huggins
    31 Mar 2015
    12:59 AM

    DAY 36: ZOMBIE LAND Yep shattered again after another interrupted sleepless night. Not surprised that I was hungrier than usual Today. Tired Justine = Justine wanting to binge eat My eating was on track until dinner time when I cooked my son a sausage. I cut it up into pieces for him, and to entice him to eat I ate one piece of sausage hoping he would follow. BOY OH BOY IT TASTED GOOD......OR SHOULD I SAY REALLY REALLY BAD?! It was salty and I wanted more! My son did not eat any sausage but I ended up eating about a third. Feel guilty about that. Then I baked up my sweet potatoes for lunch whilst cooking dinner, couldn't help myself by eating 4 cubes of it whilst packing it up into containers. Other than 1/3 of sausage and 4 cubes of sweet potato, I'm on track. Must admit this is the first time in 7 weeks that I've deviated off the nutritional guide. Pretty good effort. At least it wasn't a huge blowout of an icecream sundae etc etc etc. How can I prevent this from happening again? 1. Don't eat food for my son....if he's hungry he WILL eat it. 2. Drink more water 3. If really hungry because tired, rather than binge just have an extra protein shake or Burnbar. Had to do my weights session in my shed as I still can't take my little one to gym crèche sick. Boy how quickly we forget. I miss the gym equipment already. 10 mins into my workout, my son awakes (from his 20 min power nap!....argh!). He woke up saying "I want to exercise". Ok ok. So I set him up in the shed and he could count my reps for me. THE MASTER COACH!! Rushed the workout due to grizzly boy. :( I hope my son gets better soon for many many reasons. Nearly forgot to mention today's weight = 61.3kg ( total loss 4.2kg) Unbelievable Training: LCB 30 mins Nutrition: 80% due to 1/3 sausage and 4 extra sweet potato cubes at dinner :( D'oh! Pics: lunch omelette with rice, my little man flexing his muscles in our "gym", dinner, today's weight.

  • Justine Huggins
    30 Mar 2015
    3:03 AM

    DAY 35: BACK ON TRACK After my rest day yesterday I woke with a mission today - to get back on track with my training. I completed my shoulders/arms/abs workout in my shed. Then I quickly washed my car, had a healthy lunch and headed to the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival. I opted to be the driver for my friends so that I wasn't tempted to drink alcohol. I knew I would be dancing at the festival, so I did not do a cardio session before I went. At the Festival while my friends bought beers and ciders, I bought a bottle of water and put my little Baggie of Intraboost in it. I looked a little dodgey tipping a little baggie of "purple powder" into my water bottle and thought..."Shit people are going to think I'm doing something illegal". I felt like I was drinking something special....and it was nicer than plain water while watching my friends drink alcohol. Plus I knew it would give me a buzz for my dancing. :) Options for dinner were pretty poor in the "healthy food" department, so I made the best choice I could. I bought a roast beef roll WITHOUT the bread roll, & WITHOUT gravy!! JUST THE MEAT!! It was delicious. I felt like a true carnivore! I skipped my arvo snack, but instead had my Maxine's burnbar later in the night as dessert. I treated myself to a skinny flat white too. YET ANOTHER FIRST - SOBER AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL. Who would've thought I'd be eating protein bars and drinking coffee?! Amazeballs!! I honestly danced for at least 2 hours. I did crack a sweat especially to GEORGE CLINTON & THE PARLIMENT FUNKEDELIC!! I was at the front of the stage and danced my little legs off! Legs now THROBBING! I'm now home after picking up my little man from his Dad's place. Realised that my night time ritual is to make myself a Maxine's Nitetime shake and drink it whilst I blog. Nice ritual. What will I do when the Challenge finishes??? Just drink the shake all alone I guess. ;) Training: weights (S.A.A) 30 mins & cardio (dancing) 2 hours Nutrition: 100% pics: healthy lunch pre-music festival, dinner - MEAT, my good friend Philip and I at festival...I like this pic as my face looks slim :)

  • Justine Huggins
    29 Mar 2015
    1:48 AM

    DAY 34: FEELING GUILTY BUT SHATTERED Another sleepless night. I was actually nervous to go to sleep as my son was still so sick with fevers. Slept with a light on so I could see his colour at a glance. I really haven't had more than 2 or 3 hours straight sleep at a time and it's taking its toll. This morning when we finally got up, I had already made up my mind that I wasn't going to do my scheduled weights session. Although I feel guilty I also know it is okay and not the end of the world. As long as my nutrition stays on track I can go twice as hard after some quality rest. I actually had to wrestle with my mindset today to tell myself it is OKAY NOT TO TRAIN TODAY. I have to listen to my body. I just don't want an injury by training tired. And believe me I'm turning into a zombie!! Breakfast this morning was Greek yoghurt mixed with protein powder. My taste buds have truly changed as I use to think Greek/natural yoghurt was bland. Now I love it. This morning I could only mix in half a scoop of Maxine's protein powder as I felt it made the yoghurt too sweet otherwise. Did I just say "too sweet?!" WHERE OH WHERE HAS MY SWEET TOOTH GONE? Mixed the other half of protein powder with water as a small shake. Yummy brekky. After a few doctors calls and a run to the chemist, I finally got out to do some clothes shopping. A new bra was on top of the list. I'm happy to say im officially a size 10DD. Pre Challenge I was a 12E/F. Yay!!!! Also bought myself .....drum roll please.... Size 10 skinny jeans. OMG they fit me like a glove. Spoilt myself with a couple of tops that show off my shoulders. Loving how toned my arms look. Feeling chuffed with my progress. I couldn't help but weigh myself this morning. Down to 61.7kg. WOW! Amazing! Must go to bed as I'm falling asleep typing. Training: Nil - forced rest day - will promise to go twice as hard tomorrow if I get enough rest. Nutrition: 100% pics: brekky, eggs for dinner....failed omelette.

  • Justine Huggins
    28 Mar 2015
    12:48 AM

    DAY 33: SLEEPLESS NIGHT & long day Rushed my son to hospital at 5:30am today. He has had high fevers for 2 days and he was blue around the mouth when I was woken up by his raging furnice of a body next to me. Gave me a scare. After thorough checks at the hospital I was reassured he is still fighting a virus. I feel helpless for him. Lots of cuddles today. My ex is back from overseas now. He picked up our son at 4pm for an overnight stay. However my ex phoned half an hour later saying he's not comfortable having our son overnight with his current illness. I don't blame him. It is scary when your child is sick....and that's coming from me...a medical professional. I was more than happy to have our son back after dinner. I squeezed in another HIIT cross training session before dinner and before the little man came home. I was sooooooooo tired and could've easily napped or relaxed on the couch watching tv, but i just couldn't allow myself to do that. I thought, even if I only make 20 minutes, then I've done something. Surprised myself again. Lasted 30 mins! Oh nearly forgot to say I got a spray tan this arvo. My beautician was sooooooo surprised how my body had transformed. She told me I looked like I had been lifting weights. She also said "Your stomach is looking awesome." No one has EVER said that to me before! Another first. :) Training: 30 mins HIIT on crosstrainer NUTRITION: 100% (took a stash of Burn bars and protein powder to hospital in case we stayed longer than expected. Never leave home without them!) pic: lunch, post cross training session.

  • Justine Huggins
    26 Mar 2015
    3:45 PM

    DAY 32: CHAMPIONS DON'T CHEAT I was talking to my friend Tania about how I struggled with my appetite and cravings yesterday. She suggested I give myself a cheat day. My response was this ......"CHAMPIONS DON'T CHEAT!!!" Had to blog this comment before I forget it. CHAMPIONS DON'T CHEAT! CHAMPIONS DON'T CHEAT! Back again. It's now 10:30pm. I'm running on empty. Was up and down all night checking my son's temperature. Rushed him up to the GP this morning as his temperature was raging. Yep, just as I thought, he is fighting a virus. Just needed GP confirmation as I'm scared I may miss something....or even worse being a nurse/midwife I over analyse and think the worst. I had to take today off work to care for him. As my son was clingy all day, I thought there was no possible chance for me to get my cardio in. However, once he finally dozed off late arvo I mustered up the scraps of energy I had and jumped on my crosstrainer. Smashed out 30 mins HIIT! Spent the afternoon scouring the Forum. I replied to a post Janet (Master Coach) posted. So unbelievable that THE MASTER COACH & 2 AMBASSADORS would respond to me directly. THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT IS OUTSTANDING. I now get why it is recommended to participate in the Forum....it keeps you feeling connected. Also hearing from 3 pros who have taken time out to read your profile and encourage you is really personally validating. It has really spurred me on. Think I'm in for another sleepless night. Just tucked grizzly feverish little guy into my bed. Bless him. Training: 30 mins HIIT crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% pics: my lunch omelette (looked up vegetarian options on the T & S meal plan for a switch up) yummo

  • Justine Huggins
    26 Mar 2015
    1:15 AM

    DAY 31: FEELING PUMPED Scheduled an early PT session today so I could go straight to the zoo with my son. I want to reward him for helping me on this journey. Whilst I'm experiencing my gym jitters, he is adjusting to a new environment also...the gym crèche. There have been a few tears from him when I drop him off...he knows how to make me feel guilty...however I know the crèche ladies are lovely and have no doubt he has forgotten me in 30 seconds. I'm bit bummed out that I haven't lost ANY weight this past week. Still at 62.2kg despite sticking to the training and nutrition plans 100%. I think however I'm gaining muscle mass instead. My arms are looking fantastic...if I do say so myself. My butt is lifting back to the position I love...give me a Flo Jo butt anyDay! Pity I still have a gut. I can't stop looking in the mirror at myself, looking for any change. It's exciting watching yourself transform. I'm getting a spray tan on Friday for an event. I always joke if you want to look 5kgs lighter just get a spray tan. I haven't had one in a while so excited to see how my arms and rest of the body will look with it. Will post a pic then. So after an awesome PT session of LCB, I WALKED FOR 4 hours at the zoo. Hey every step counts. I've noticed that I have loads more energy in the past two weeks. I think a lot of that energy has come from positive mental health. A healthy body = a healthy mind indeed. Had a lovely healthy picnic lunch at the zoo. Made a beautiful dinner of chicken patties with stir fry vegs. Struggled with my appetite majority today. Was really hungry all day. Ate 4 extra almonds in arvo. I drank copious amounts of water to help with my appetitE. Happy to say my kidneys are flushed And my skin well hydrated. Should drink that much water all the time. I ate my frozen berries for dessert still frozen. I savoured every one individually. Loved eating them that way. It lasted me longer Than my usual scoffing me down. Berries not the same without yoghurt, but they lovely frozen. Drank my Nitetime shake early as still hungry. Made me fall asleep on the coach unexpectedly. Was about to jump into bed then thought...BLOG! Good day overall. Now managing my son with a raging fever since we came home from zoo. Hopefully it settles down and he gets better soon. I think it is a virus. Poor love. He is sleeping in my bed tonight. Better jump into bed for no doubt some interrupted sleep. Training : PT weights session - 50 mins + 4 hours incidental walking at the zoo Nutrition: 99% add 4 almonds pics: healthy picnic lunch, dinner, frozen berries.

  • Justine Huggins
    25 Mar 2015
    2:01 AM

    DAY 30: GYM JUNKIE - IT'S ANOTHER FIRST!! Today I went to the gym TWICE!! I can't believe it myself. I did my scheduled Shoulders/Arms/Abs workout this morning in the gym. My beautiful aerobic junkie neighbour (Tania) that got me hooked on joining the gym, met me in the weights section...a part of the gym she herself had NEVER BEEN in her 2 year membership. I was her little trainer/training buddy for the session and she was able to spot for me so I could hit my PBs. Tania lifted the heaviest she had ever lifted, surprising herself. Last week before a Body Attack class I gave Tania a dose of Intraboost to put in her water bottle. She loved it and is now hooked. Yet again I am a MAXINE'S AMBASSADOR IN THE MAKING. So ROUND 2 at the gym was at 7pm to take my Mum to her requested trial of a BODY JAM class. I was there to support my Mum on her fitness journey. She is trying to follow the nutrition guide and principles, she is also eating the Burn bars and Nitetime shakes now. We both had a hoot at the class. It was totally out of both of our comfort zones but we had fun and worked up a sweat...and that's really all it's about. At times we both felt like we had 2 left feet and couldn't keep up...but we just laughed...kept moving and carried on sweating. Mum wants to go again next week...I'm there. The only down side of going to an aerobic class/gym so late (7pm) is trying to figure out when to eat. I made sure I had a late lunch and late snack so I could work out on an empty stomach. Scoffed my turkey bolognese and vegies in minutes once I finally got home. Good day all round. Feeling generally happier in myself. Thank you Maxine's Challenge for helping discover ways to get MY TIME. It's weird but I'm feeling more grounded the more exercise I do...just like the old days. :) I remember hearing someone say in an interview years ago..."Exercise is the anchor in life that I hold on to". Training: Shoulders/Arms/Abs 1hr 10mins & Body Jam (cardio) 1 hr Nutrition: 100% Pics: dinner consumed in record time post Body Jam.

  • Justine Huggins
    24 Mar 2015
    12:48 AM

    DAY 29: PRODUCTIVE DAY What a difference solid sleep makes. I honestly swear by Maxine's Nitetime shake. Knocks me out. I feel it helps me unwind after work as I usually come home with my adrenalin pumping. I've talked my Mum into buying and trying the Nitetime protein as she gets insomnia. I'd prefer her to give exercise and this [Maxines Nitetime] a go rather than prescription meds (Sedatives). Helping Mum on my journey. Yet another challenge within a challenge. Started day early with chores etc then took my now 2 1/2 yo to swimming lessons. After swimming and a quick change at home, we both headed for the gym. FIRST DAY GYM JITTERS!! I made sure this morning I wrote my legs/chest/back exercises on some paper to bring with me into the gym. Checked my son into crèche and officially had 1 1/2hrs MUMMY TIME to utilise wisely. I thought "I will be done with these exercises in 35mins" like at home". WRONG! I spent 1 hour 20 mins doing my workout ( that included 5 min bike warmup & 10 min treadmill cool down). Just goes to show how I rushed my exercises at home because my boy needed my attention. I wasn't as nervous as I anticipated at the gym today. I felt organised. Kept referring to my notes like a pro. :) Was the only girl in the free weights section. It didn't bother me one bit. Bring on the eye candy. :) WAS IN MY OWN LITTLE BUBBLE IN THE GYM AND LOVED IT! Have secured regular time slots throughout the week at the crèche for my son which is great. So now I can give this training plan 100%. Had loads of energy after the gym. I felt so mentally alert too. Usually by the afternoons I'm so exhausted I take a nap. Not today. Felt like I got to the point in my workout where I actually released some HAPPY HORMONES. WIN WIN. Oh how I've missed that positive adrenalin rush. Cooked up a lovely batch of greens tonight with garlic and thyme. I also added in some authentic homemade Italian tomato puree from my close friend. Delicious!! Looking forward to tomorrow's gym session. Training: LCB (legs/chest/back) 1hr 20 mins nutrition: 200% pic: delicious greens

  • Justine Huggins
    23 Mar 2015
    2:08 AM

    DAY 28: ENJOYING MY LAST REST DAY! I have studied the new nutrition plan and training plan meticulously the last few days. I have to jig the training days around as I have PT on Wednesdays and want to work out Legs Chest and back with him. Also I have Mummy duties (swimming lessons, playgroup etc) I have to attend. Add in being a shift worker. Hmmm I will work it out. Yet another challenge within a challenge. going to upload all temptations I'm constantly faced with at work. My lovely colleague Nisha has agreed for me to post her pic to my blog. These pics are only what I've seen or been offered today. Amazing. Ps my staff thought I was crazy taking photos of treats they offered me then NOT EATING ANY :) Although today was a rest day - I actually drank Intraboost in my water bottle at work. I figured I'm constantly walking from ward to ward and using stairs, sometimes running to a ward but mainly fast paced walk. I thought it would give me a boost at work. I think it did :) excited for next phase of this journey. Have been on the forum for past hour and flipped out when I read no more yoghurt for dessert! NOOOOOOOOOOO! Didn't notice that until tonight. Must read nutrition plan carefully. Did some food prep tonight. Made my turkey bolongese finally. Stocked up. See pics. Coincidence I saw Janet posted her recipe on forum. Very similar recipe To mine. Yummo Training: rest day Nutrition: 100% although I think my salad portions may be too big. Need to buy smaller plastic containers for them. Pics: everyday temptations at work, my food prep.

  • Justine Huggins
    22 Mar 2015
    1:54 AM

    DAY 27: CONQUERED A FAMILY BIRTHDAY DINNER...again Had another busy day at work. Food temptations on every ward yet again. Will upload a pic of typical Nurses' station desk. Feels good NOT to be tempted. Was totally drained when I got home. Decided I was too tired to do my weights session before heading to my cousin's 40th birthday celebration dinner. Had my arvo snack of Maxine's Burnbar and a coffee only to perk up, feel guilty, and talk myself into doing my scheduled weight session. Have been really disciplined thus far, so don't want to start bad habits. Can't "allow" myself to have an out, otherwise I will just take advantage of myself. Glad I completed weight session. My "dodgey" previously operated knee felt dodgey again. So No PBs for me today. Must listen to my body when it communicates with me. Made healthy choice at the pub for the birthday dinner Tonight. Would've preferred more greens. Loving my greens. Drank water and watched others drink Alcohol...lots of alcohol. Not tempted at all. Saving calories and $$$ at same time. Looking forward to my last rest day for a while tomorrow. Training: weights 35mins Nutrition: 100% but ate Burnbar before workout so omitted the dessert tonight Pics: dinner out. Did not touch the chips.

  • Justine Huggins
    21 Mar 2015
    2:41 AM

    DAY 26: OFFICIALLY A GYM MEMBER So happy with my decision to join a gym and utilise the crèche facilities. I have no excuses now. The people I have met so far at the 5 casual visits to the gym have been so welcoming and supportive. Some of the gym goers are mothers who are in the same boat mentally just needing "ME TIME". i attended my Body Attack class early this morning. Lurvvvee the class! After the class I took a tour of the gym. I was really nervous. This will be my next step to conquer......THE GYM. I need to write down all my exercises and go into the gym prepared so I stay focused, otherwise I think I will get overcome with anxiety and just move from machine to machine. Sounds silly I know. I'm a confident girl, but new environments are intimidating to me at times. I CAN DO THIS. THIS IS MY TIME. My mantra :) Had a busy day after the gym with doctor's appointments, food shopping, etc etc. Mainly had an emotional day today as my mother in law's funeral was today in St Kitts in the Caribbean. My son and I went to our local church and lit candles in her honour. "Grannie" would've loved that. Instead of emotionally eating, I called up my Mum later in the arvo and we took my son for a walk around the lake. Was a lovely walk. Training: Body Attack (1hr) + moderate paced walk (1hr) Nutrition: 100% however went too long between Attack class and eating lunch. Was a cranky emotional woman not to be messed with. Pics: food prep for tomorrow's lunch (including my babysitter's aka Mum's lunch)

  • Justine Huggins
    20 Mar 2015
    2:13 AM

    DAY 25: FITNESS TEST COMPLETE Smashed my fitness results! Stoked!! Was jumping jump squats for what felt like an eternity when I thought maybe I hadn't set my stopwatch properly. Stop watch set fine.,.i was just jumping fast!! Nice to see progress in other domains other than the scales. I look forward to the day I can run around the lake. I'm sure being lighter in my feet will only be an advantage. Re-read my post from yesterday over and over again. Can't stop feeling guilty for the whinge yesterday. Rather than whinge I need a resolution. I think I've figured out the best way, and most cost effective method to get ME time. I've decided to join the local gym for 3 months and utilise the low cost creche facilities. If I put my son in daycare one day a week that would cost $120+ per day. But if I join a gym for 3 months that is the same total cost as 3 full days of daycare. Plus I only need an hour or two max to myself to recharge. I would miss my son the whole day If he were to go to daycare. I think this is a WIN:WIN situation. My son gets to play with children, and Mummy gets to work out, de stress and work on herself. I think it will be safer too as I want to lift heavier weights and dont want to stress out that my son may get hurt if he suddenly is under my feet. Although I have great friends and family, it will also be nice to meet new people and watch some "eye candy" to inspire me. So going to join tomorrow. Excited and proud of my decision. Better Mummy physically & mentally on the way!! Training: Did half a cheesy Tapout cardio DVD. Remembered half way that I hadn't completed my fitness test so switched to that. Approx 35mins total Nutrition: 100% Got home late from work so just had big tablespoon of natural yoghurt for dessert as couldn't stomach berries. pics: lunch, cardio face

  • Justine Huggins
    19 Mar 2015
    12:27 AM

    DAY 24: WEEK 4 CHECK IN COMPLETED Happy with my progress this far. Seeing subtle change is better than NO change or changing for the worst. Mum took my photos tonight. She says she can see a huge difference. My friend/Neighbour across the road hadn't seen me for a week as she was away. She was astonished how much s difference a week can make. Excited to see my new plan for the next month. Nutrition looks pretty much the same except for an orange. I love oranges. The training is going to take a whole nother level of commitment. I'M READY FOR THIS NEXT CHALLENGE. Will have to liaise with my PT as we usually train Wednesdays and I'd prefer to do weights with him and utilize equipment like leg press and lat pull down which I don't have at home. The double sessions of weights and cardio will be tricky with shift work. Again I know I will just have to make it work. So we've talked about nutrition and training for next month, now onto the glue that keeps it together...my mindset. I'm feeling strong and determined...more than ever before. However, I had a little meltdown this arvo to my parents about never having time away from my son except for when I go to work. I can't arrange ANY appointments like dentist, optometrist, hairdresser etc etc unless they [the appointment] can accommodate my 2 yo. My son's Dad is unfortunately not as available as I'd like. Sometimes when I feel frustrated I just want to go for a run outside like I use to in the past...just to clear my head mentally. I don't want to be the "yelling mummy." So whilst I'm feeling mentally strong, i am feeling like I need some ME time. My Mum's answer was "dont go starving yourself. If you feel like that maybe it's because you are hungry. Just eat something!' WRONG ANSWER!! I told Mum I eat heaps and I am NEVER starving. Just need ME time. Food is NOT MY SOLUTION ANYMORE! i love my son to bits. Just want to be a better Mummy in the long run.....and go for a long run...just on my own. Sorry for the whinge Training: weights (PT) 53 mins Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 62.2kg ( total loss = 3.3kg) pics: comparison photos, current weight.

  • Justine Huggins
    17 Mar 2015
    11:40 PM

    DAY 23: TRYING TO BLOG BEFORE LOCKOUT TIME I'm conscious that tonight at midnight (AEST), so 9pm Perth time I won't be able to blog. Blogging has been crucial for me in this Challenge. It just seems to keep me focused and centred constantly on my goal. I honestly did'nt think I would be a 'Blogger" at all, however again I've surprised myself. I've actually re-read my own blog several times over. It is nice to see/read my progress along the way. I've followed Lyndall's blog since before I started the challenge, and I read her daily entry the same day as my challenge. In the past week I also have started to read Jo Philp's blog also. Why did I choose Jo to follow? Apart from her stella transformation, Jo has responded to several of my posts on the Forum so I feel like she has invested time in me and my journey. Both ladies are inspiring and I enjoy the reads. I wonder if my blog can inspire others in the future? Who knows? All that matters at this stage is that I'M INSPIRING ME!!! Had a good cardio session on the crosstrainer. Tried hard to mix up positions of my feet and distribution of energy throughout my body to avoid the dreaded numb toes. Unfortunately they went numb at the 20 minute mark. So annoying. Lasted on the crosstrainer for 37 mins...was aiming for 45 mins, but my son woke up early from his nap so I had to attend to his needs. Spent the next 15 minutes watering garden with 10L watering can...I'm hoping that counts as cardio too :) No exciting pics today. I've arranged for my neighbour to come over tomorrow arvo to take my Week 4 pics to upload. I just hope the changes are as visible as I've hoped. I promise myself I will not beat myself up about them. I know I'm on the right track. My clothes are fitting properly or are completely loose on me. The scales are down. My mindset is strong. My nutrition has never been this clean ever for this long. Feeling really good about my progress thus far. Training: 37 mins crosstrainer Nutrition: 99% as I had a bite of my son's crispy bacon.

  • Justine Huggins
    17 Mar 2015
    1:24 AM

    DAY 22: BYE BYE TOE NAIL Finally after days of hanging on for dear life my little toe nail decided to part ways...totally! Now have an aching toebed that my 2 yr old's feet constantly gravitate to. OUCH!! Have included gross photo for evidence. This injury was a result of a combination of things, training in new shoes with thick socks on my cross trainer, and not using the arm handles enough to change the effort/weight distribution through my feet, plus continuing to 'push on through' whilst I had completely numb toes. Janet helped me identify where I was going wrong via my question on the Forum. This may sound corny...but I can't believe that THE MASTER COACH is responding to my forum question. This Challenge's support system is unbelievable. I have felt nothing but total support from Max's/Maxine's Team since my very first email question to them when I was considering participating in a challenge whilst I was breastfeeding about 18 months ago. Such a nuturing Team. Hardcore exercise = losing toe nail = one hardcore Biatch!!!! Did my weight session in my gym/shed. My son wanted to be at my feet most of the session....it slowed me down but at the same time made me speed up when he wasn't literally under me. A 2 year old and free weights are a dangerous combo. I take care at all times when he is near. I have always exercised regularly before and after having my son (nutrition obviously my problem). When I tell my son it is time to go outside and play, he now says "Time to exercise Mummy?" He is my little coach. He loves to count my reps...and he especially loves standing at my feet when I do sit ups and we HIGH 5 each rep. :) Jumped on scales this morning and have lost more weight....happily surprised as I have my period and feel bloated and usually blame that on my weight gain each month. Massive sweet cravings still. Have started drinking sweet herbal tea. I diud double check on the forum it is okay...expecially as it has zero sugar or anything else. :) Training: Weights Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 62.5kg (total loss = 3kg) pics: the not so fancy gym, good meat, why am i paying for this fat? Dinner, bye bye toenail.

  • Justine Huggins
    15 Mar 2015
    11:32 PM

    DAY 21: EXHAUSTED! Thank goodness today is a rest day is all I can say. Slept a solid 5 hours straight...I honestly put it down to Maxine's Nitetime. Woke up for work feeling very ordinary...a few more hours would've been nice. After dropping my little man at my folks at 6:30am I was plonked into chaos at work. What a way to wake up! Did not stop the entire shift. I've identified when I mostly feel like "bad" food...it is when I'm really, really tired. Today I just craved cream filled donuts from the local bakery. I guess my body wants the sugar rush for a pick-me-up....but the consequences of that choice go straight to my gut and thighs. Maxine's protein bars help immensely with these cravings. I still can't believe I've eaten so clean for so long...it is now going on 6 weeks. I'm so proud I'm still fighting my cravings. Also have to mention on almost every ward at work were lollies at the Nurses' station. or scones or chocolates. Colleagues offer me the food but always offer it saying something like "Here's some scones, but I suppose you don't really want it?" Yep everyone at work just about knows I'm living the Challenge life. A few nurses were quizzing me on exercises for 'flabby arms' etc. Then they asked to see my arms, so I rolled up my scrub top for them to say they had no idea what a toned body I had hiding under there. I can't believe how impressed they were....just wait until Week 12...hopefully by then I will be flashing my 6 pack of abs!! Positive thinking. I do visualise my perfect physique alot. I have a photo I found online and I keep it on my phone. I've posted it to this blog. I would love to look like this. Training: Rest day - PRAISE THE LORD! Nutrition: 100% pics: Dream body I visualise, second pic is my body now NB: You may notice little rolls in my black pants. They are meant to be skin tight pants but are now a little loose. I'm losing inches....my clothes don't lie. :) Happy dance!! Also have to mention my boobs are "deflating" rapidly. Already my sports bar and regular work bras are too loose in the cup. I started this Challenge at 12E/12F size. Desperately need to buy myself new bras soon. Just hoping in the long run I'm able to buy cheap pretty bras from Target rather than the $80 a pair ugly ones I usually have to buy.

  • Justine Huggins
    15 Mar 2015
    3:39 AM

    DAY 20: Stocked up. Went to local supplement store again today. The girl in the store recognised me from last time. I think that is a positive sign. Bought more protein bars for my "stash". Trying out the caramel crunch. Yummy! Also bought the mothership of all proteins - Maxine's 2.5kg vanilla Burn shake. :) had an awesome weights session. It actually took me longer than previous times. I think it was longer because I upped all my weights again and slowed down focusing on my technique. Felt really good. Could feel "the pump" - as Arnie would say. Did the entire workout in my shed. another positive for the day. Cleaning junk out of shed last week made space for a perfect little set up. I didn't have to move bars or plates around like I usually had to. Saved time. had a day off today. Made sure this arvo I prepped some chicken and veg. Felt productive. Had family come over with pizza pre Kylie Minogue concert. I sat and ate chicken stir fry from earlier. Not tempted to eat greasy pizza one bit. Had my protein bar (dessert) at the Kylie concert. Did some extra cardio dancing tonight. its now 00:36am. I just had to blog before bed. I'm up at 5:50am for work With a 7am start. Got to take my son to my folks by 6:40am. Just sorted out my food for tomorrow. All organised. Training: weights 50 mins Nutrition: 100% pics: stocked up, my stash, why make one lunch when just as easy to make two.

  • Justine Huggins
    14 Mar 2015
    12:06 AM

    DAY 19: NEED SLEEP.................... Wow what a night. Came home at 10pm after an adrenalin filled shift. Took me ages to unwind....but them BAM...i think Maxine's Nitetime shake knocked me out. I woke at 3am with my son crying in my bed. Poor little fella is still sick. I at least got 3 solid hours sleep as I can't recall him crawling into my bed. I was half asleep trying to sort his medication out and settle him. Once settled I then woke at 7am...courtesy of the little man informing me he was "Hungry Mummy!" Arghhh. I need sleep. I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that I don't wake up hungry anymore. In the past, as soon as I opened my eyes I would want food. Every day (no matter what the season for the past 6 years) pre-Challenge I would make myself a large bowl of rolled oats (double the current recommended serve I have now), and I would apply honey to it LIBERALLY. I'm really surprised that I can eat rolled oats without honey....as i think I was addicted to the honey. If I could guess how much honey I used from the squeezy jar....I'd say about 1-2 tablespoons easy. That's alot of sugar! I use to go through alot of honey....and let me tell you...honey is expensive!! I LOVE MY ROLLED OATS WITH MAXINE'S VANILLA PROTEIN SHAKE! I do make the shake up with half skim milk/half water. But the shake in itself is so nice and sweet I actually prefer it to honey. WINNING! Happy to say I'm saving loads of cash by not needing to buy honey. :) Couldn't go to my much loved Body Attack session at the local gym as can't take a sick kid to the creche. Even though I was tired, I was really looking forward to going. Oh well there is always next week. Rushed my son up to our local doctor to sort him out. Once we finally got home after doctors appointment, pharmacy run and shopping run it was already after 1pm. I was exhausted and still yet hadn't done my cardio. Little man went down late for his arvo nap at 2:30pm. I fell asleep cuddling him in a chair in his room. I think I slept for 10 minutes. Talk about a POWER NAP. When I left his room all I could do was battle with my mindset whether or not to do cardio or do a double session tomorrow. In the end I thought true champions just PUSH THROUGH. So I thought I'd give the crosstrainer a go even if I only lasted 10 minutes....then I would feel satisfied in knowing I tried. 17 minutes into the crosstrainer my body actually aligned with my mindset and I was on fire!! I felt so proud of myself just pushing through that exhausted feeling. I completed 40 minutes of interval training on the crosstrainer...which is THE LONGEST TIME EVER SPENT ON CROSSTRAINER AT ONE SESSION. AMAZING PB!! YAY FOR ME :) Harps and Janet would be proud. I am :) Training: 40 mins Crosstrainer HIIT Nutrition: 100% except for a teaspoon taste of son's baked beans. Boy that stuff just tastes like sugar to me. Yuk! pics: lunch, red faced on the crosstrainer, evidence on crosstrainer, dinner.

  • Justine Huggins
    13 Mar 2015
    2:06 AM

    DAY 18: BUSY DAY Beautiful day in Perth, just had to do my workout outside. Had my cardio circuit planned out. Bought myself a new large speaker for my iPhone/iPad a few days ago. Boy that speaker was booming. Put some workout music on and my son and I bopped away together (my warmup). Pushed myself in my workout. Did the circuit twice as I noticed from reading Lyndall's blog she really pushed herself from the get go. Yes Lyndall you are inspiring!! I like reading Lyndall's blog as I feel I can identify with her. Mid-workout I realised a connection with Lyndall and I burst into tears. I hugged my son tighter. Still brings tears to my eyes typing this now. I think over the next few days I will email her through Maxine's. Had to squeeze a million chores into a little space of time as had to go to work at 12:30pm. I also had organised two different sets of babysitters to look after my son as his Dad left today for the Carribean for his mother's funeral. My beautiful babysitters (sister, nieces, nephews, Mum & Dad) did a team effort! So grateful for them all. I prepped my food for lunch and dinner and prepped my Sweet potato for the week. My parents usually come for a workout once a week with me (I'm their trainer) then stay for a healthy "challenge" dinner. As they were babysitting the second shift, I prepped them a healthy Challenge dinner, plus they helped themselves to berries and Greekyoghurt. Typing blog now at 11:46pm. Winding down from another exhausting shift at the hospital. Run off my feet. Thankfully I'm an adrenalin junkie at work and like the pace. Just did a hybrid mix of Max's and Maxine's Nitetime Shake. Time to go to beddy byes. Training: 55mins Backyard circuit (skipping, step ups, side to side box jumps, jump squats, etc etc) Nutrition: 100% pics: food prep (Cajun sweet potatoes),100gm sweet potato for lunch, lunch and dinner, folks' healthy dinner prepared.

  • Justine Huggins
    12 Mar 2015
    1:22 AM

    DAY 17: CURRENT WEIGHT OFFICIALLY PRE-BABY STATUS!!!! Woke with a mild headache, which is not great as I had my scheduled weekly PT session this morning. No excuses!! I know it is probably a combination of crying, grief, sinuses playing up and lack of sleep (as my son has a chest infection and hence his asthma is really bad at present). I feel like I sleep with one eye and ear open at all times when my son is sick. The night before last I actually was up in the middle of the night for a few hours. I was dressed, had a coffee, bag packed ready for hospital, playing the waiting game for my son's medication to kick in. Praise the Lord that the medication worked. But it was a tense few hours. So not much sleep for me. Had a fabulous PT session nonetheless. My trainer (Luke) can really see physical changes which is nice. My current weight is 62.8kg. Luke happily reminded me that my weight today iS OFFICALLY PRE-BABY!!!!! NEXT GOAL get to pre-ACL injury/surgery status which is 57kg. Had an EPIC FAIL in the kitchen tonight. Made a HUUUUGGGGGGGGEEEEE batch of bolognese with turkey mince, zucchini, carrot, onion and tomatoes. Turkey mince looked a bit dodgey....maybe had it thawed out in fridge one day to long....once it cooked up i could smell (only with half an unblocked sinus) it was DODGEY. Insert swear word here _______________!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So now my lovely dog Conan will be eating the Challenge life this week! My dinner in comparison was bland. Thank goodness for berries and yoghurt. Had an extra tablespoon of yogurt as I felt I didn't have enough protein available to eat.:( So spewing about it...but at least I won't be spewing!!! Dog will be fine. Training: PT session 1 hr - full body weights Nutrition: 100%, except for dinner incident and small tweeting, had oats for breakfast instead of eggs as ran out. Current weight: 62.8kg (PRE-BABY STATUS) - total loss = 2.7kg pics: Working out at gym (note legs blurred as still cycling whilst posing), drinking post workout (my stash in background), lunch, last scoop left of Max's (it's been yummy), finally the dinner that WASN'T :(

  • Justine Huggins
    11 Mar 2015
    12:37 AM

    DAY 16: Emotional day today. Found out this afternoon that my beautiful Mother-in-law died suddenly this morning. I was lucky enough to visit her in her home country of St Kitts in the Caribbean. May she rest in peace. Don't feel like blogging anything else. Training: 30mins HIIT crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% pic: healthy lunch choice eating out today. Dressing on the side untouched.

  • Justine Huggins
    10 Mar 2015
    1:15 AM

    DAY 15: ONTO WEEK 3 FEELING STRONG Even though it is officially Week 3, it is really Week 5 for me. I honestly am amazed that I have been able to keep my nutrition 100% clean and on track For this long. I have NEVER EVER EVER been this on track with my nutrition EVER! I would always have an excuse to break it, or I would surround myself with family and friends who I knew I would "allow" them to talk me into eating badly. i would joke to everyone that I exercise to keep up with my eating habits! But the reality was I never kept up. My gluttony always got away from me and hence I yoyo'd my weight for years. I can honestly see beyond this challenge and know I will still follow these eating principles. the nutrition guide and the supplements are fantastic. When I eventually manage to sit down at night to write a blog I honestly feel like I've squeezed 3 days into one. I guess any parent feels like that some time or another. Well my son was up and down ALL NIGHT LONG with a cough and his asthma. He slept next to me snoring like an old steam train. Bless him. Dispite his disrupted sleep he was still full of beans for the day, although a little grizzly and clingy., however I still managed to have a great weights session outside. Made sure I upped the weights even if it were only 1.25kgs more. It all counts. Had my first taste of Max's Intraboost. Loved the grape taste. I don't know if it was just positive thinking, but I felt I had more energy in the session. :) Watched the Master Coaches weekly message. Harps and Janet would be so proud as I do have an exercise diary. I included a pic of the list of Janet's nutritional do's and Don'ts that I saw months ago. Followed her guide 100% Happy to say Janet that I enjoy Blogging. I find that it helps me unwind for the day, plus it is a change of routine from eating my Frosty Fruit icepoles in front of the tv. No time for tv now. Training: weights 50mins Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 62.9kg (total loss - 2.6kg) pics: current weight log, breakfast, lunch, dinner, diary entries last week, notes pre-Challenge.

  • Justine Huggins
    8 Mar 2015
    11:01 PM

    DAY 14: REST DAY....YAY!! Contemplated going for a run today even though it was a scheduled rest day. However I did have a good read on the forum last night about listening to your body, and it's not just about being physically okay to train..but it is also about mentally being capable of training on a rest day. I felt like this week I had so much more energy than Week 1, but I didn't think it was a good idea to push it too far. Especially as it has been a very emotional week for me personally. So hence....I'VE RESTED TODAY. Well I actually cleaned out my shed with my Dad's help and that required some lifting but mainly lots of squealing and screaming from the dozens of cockroaches. YUK! Nonetheless, throwing out junk was mentally cleansing. So I feel mentally "reset" to tackle Week 3 head on!! [Play 'Eye of the Tiger' music] Training: REST DAY Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    8 Mar 2015
    2:20 AM

    DAY 13: A CHALLENGE WITHIN A CHALLENGE - Dining at Sizzler Productive day today. I had a slow start to the morning as I have a rostered day off...why rush a good thing?! Completed a great weights session. Was able to perform all push-ups on my toes for all 3 sets. Also was able to up the weights on every exercise. Whoo hoo! Progress! Rather than buy my products online like I have previously, I wanted to go to a supplement store today and talk to someone about Max/Maxine's products. I was stoked that the owner knew her stuff. I bought my Intraboost (can't wait to have it on Monday as Sunday is my rest day), and I also bought Maxine's Nitetime protein powder. Only have a few scoops of the Max's Nitetime left, so will have to wait to try it out once I'm finished. I told the Supp store owner that I am going to be one of her customers that WILL BE in the Top 10 of the Challenge. She was so supportive and encouraging. No doubt I will be in regularly buying more Maxine products, so she can witness my progress. Treated myself to a much needed new pair of sports shoes. My old pair were so worn they were making my ankles and knees ache. Supination sucks! Out with the old and in with the new - just like my body and mindset. So the REAL CHALLENGE of the day was attending a family birthday dinner at Sizzler. A place I previously loved to gorge myself senseless in. i never thought this would happen, but after feeling a few pangs of anxiety when I found out a few days ago about eating there whilst on the challenge i decided I CAN DO THIS! THIS IS MY TIME! I actually looked up the menu online an d researched my best option (if at all). I wanted to be decisive in ordering my meal....remain in control. So tonight I ordered a 200gm Eye fillet steak ( they dont do 150gm - it was the smallest steak, and better than any chicken option as they were all "lathered" in something), no chips, no mash, no baked potato - just steamed greens please. Well I recieved a beautiful steak ( with untouched sauce on the side), and about 4 small lettuce leaves - "the greens". This meant I actually physically had to go to the dreaded SALAD BAR!!! It was actually easier than I expected. I could easily identify good from "evil". Whilst everyone had multiple servings from the Dessert Bar and caramel mud cake, I ate my Berry Delight Maxine's Burn bar. SOOOO UNBELIEVABLY PROUD OF MYSELF! If I can conquer Sizzler, then ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! WINNNING!! Training: Weights 40mins Nutrition: 110%

  • Justine Huggins
    7 Mar 2015
    2:32 AM

    DAY 12: Eating Out. Had a great start to the day with Body Attack. Looooooooooove the class so much. I just pay casually at the local gym for the session, as I dont need a full membership. I'm so blessed to have a beautiful, supportive, neighbour/friend living across the road. Tania has been so encouraging for me on this Challenge journey. I really don't think I would've attended an aerobic class at all if it wasn't for her support. She helped me sort out my son in the crèche, and knowing her 4yo goes there is so nice as the boys get to play with each other. Hooked on my Friday gym class treat. Had a fabulous show to attend tonight - La Soiuree. It was fabulous. Talk about talented athletes. Awesome inspiring physiques. Had to have an extra protein shake pre-show as we were planning on late dinner (after 9pm). Ate out for first time and succeeded in sticking to the original meal plans. TRAINING: Body Attack - 1 hr Nutrition: 100% plus an extra protein shake Photos: Nutrition guide, lunch, seeing more definition in my arms. :)

  • Justine Huggins
    6 Mar 2015
    2:11 AM

    DAY 11: Resistance Cardio Training! Such a beautiful day in Perth today. Had to get some sunshine and exercise at one of my favourite places - Lake Monger. I'm really blessed that we live a 4 minute walk to the lake. The track around is about 3.5km. My son and I love seeing the wildlife of ducks, swans, cockatoos and penguins. I run pushing my son in the pram...but I've worked out the fitter I get...the bigger he grows and the heavier he gets...and hence the harder I have to work. It reminds me of the "Milo of Croton" fable. If you are lucky to read my blog then please "google" this fable. :) So I ran with my son in pram (son =17kgs + pram 7.5kgs + 2L water and 'stuff') into a head on wind for most of the run. Talk about resistance!! As I sit here typing my hammies and calves are screaming! We had to stop half way round lake for my son to play on playground. I feel guilty if I run past it, plus a screaming/crying/begging 2yo for the rest of the run (half way) is not enticing. I just planned that when we were in the playground I would do step ups, squats, walking lunges and push ups on the equipment. I was still interacting with my boy, I just looked like the "crazy fitness mummy"..but better than the "iPhone absorbed mummy" which I see frequently. Hmm rant over. Had enough energy to do a bunch of chores and cook up several meals. Why cook one meal when you can cook 5!?!!! So nice to not have veggies rotting in my fridge. I hate wasting food. Throw everything in and cook it up. Energy levels so much better than last week already. Forced myself to go to bed early several nights in a row. Needed it. Worked evening shift tonight. I'm an After Hours Clinical Nurse Manager. So basically it means I coordinate chaos in the entire hospital. I walk so much in my job and ALWAYS take the stairs. Staff on different wards are beginning to comment that I have lost weight. :) 3 weeks ago I talked to an entire group of staff on a ward about the Challenge. I even got up courage to show them my before photo...as they said things like "you don't need to lose weight" etc etc. Well our scrubs uniform could hide a multitude of sins. Sometimes I don't even realise a staff member is pregnant until she is literally busting at the seams in her scrub top! Anyhow I'm inspiring my staff and that makes me feel good. I have always believed people in the health industry should lead by example. I mean who want to be treated by an obese Cardiologist I Say?! Training: 40 mins interval running/jogging/power walking whilst pushing pram with a few strength exercises Nutrition: 100% Photos: Lake Monger, my son my inspiration/coach, food prep & meals

  • Justine Huggins
    5 Mar 2015
    12:21 AM

    DAY 10: Feeling mentally strong! Had an emotional day today. Accidently received a text message from my separated husband, it was intended for his obvious now girlfriend. Got the text message 2 days ago. It only hit me emotionally today. I felt a gammet of emotions from anger, short fuse, disgust, jealousy and sadness. Times like this I would turn to food...mainly sweet things that look pretty, taste delicious and that make me feel "happy". Ahh maybe that's why I dreamt I ate 3 donuts last night!!! I woke up feeling so disappointed with myself. Was relieved to realise it was just a dream. Was talking on the phone tonight with a dear friend who was listening to my woes whilst she drank a glass of red wine. Pre-challenge I would've had a red in my hand too. Not now. I'm not going to let my emotions rule me. I need this for me. THIS IS MY TIME! Had a great PT session (go every Wednesday morning). My PT Luke is so stoked with my journey on this Challenge thus far. Clearly my nutrition was the problem in stagnating my progress. Training: PT weights session Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 63.2kg (total loss 2.3kg) :) Read Lyndal's inspiring blog. Made me realise I didn't document my goals, so here they are; 1. Weight = 57kg (this was a weight I achieved when I was at my fittest pre-ACL injury in 2009). 2. Can visually see abdominal muscles. I constantly joke I have two layers of abs, flabdominals and abdominals. 3. Feel confident, comfortable and sexy in a bikini. How can this be measured? I will "just know". 4. Strut on the beach in my new bikini in Hawaii in July. 5. Run twice nonstop around Lake Monger (approx 7km). Currently can only run once around nonstop. 6. Finish this Challenge ideally in the TOP 10. I'm competitive and this is what makes it "work" for me. Ultimately I know with this attitude I'm still in a win win situation As I get fabulous guidance, support and a sense of belonging to a likeminded community In this Challenge. 7. Fit into my size 8-10 clothing that I have been saving for 5-6 years!! Maybe even reward myself with an updated wardrobe. THESE GOALS ARE ACHIEVABLE. THIS IS MY TIME!!!

  • Justine Huggins
    3 Mar 2015
    11:33 PM

    DAY 9: NEEDED TO KICK ONE'S SELF UP BUM! Exhausted again today. I think it is a combo of working too much and not enough sleep. Doesn't help when I'm addicted to reading Forum posts late at night. Now my new habit is reading Lyndal Trott's blog each day. Man this girl is hilarious. She makes my blog seem so dry. Need more humour, need more humour. I feel like Lyndal is walking me through each day. I can already gather she pushed herself right from the get go. I guess that is what makes Champions!! I succumbed to a Nana nap this arvo to catch up much needed sleep whilst my 2yo napped. As always I felt worse for it. Why do I do this to myself?! I didn't get a chance to exercise before I went to Playgroup with the little one. So that meant KICKING OWN ASS TO EXERCISE. My butt took a flogging before it was ready to move. I felt like I had a good and bad angel on each shoulder debating whether I should exercise today. Good angel won! Yay! Training: 30 mins HIIT on crosstrainer Nutrition: 100% Opted for some prawns marinated in lime and ginger with greens tonight. Looked up prawns a few weeks ago and according to my Google research they are a great source of protein. Had folks over for dinner. They loved it. Happy to say my Mum is following the nutrition guide too. Small changes for her are big gains in the long run I say. So proud. Nearly forgot to say, although I've only lost 1.5kg thus far, I can already fit into 4 pairs of jeans/pants/capris with EASE. Bye bye hideous camel toe!!! SO STOKED! :)

  • Justine Huggins
    2 Mar 2015
    11:54 PM

    DAY 8: WORKING WITH CHAOS! As a fulltime single parent and part time shift worker there really is no down time. Well not until your head hits the pillow. i have just completed my busiest week at work covering extra shifts for sick calls making me work 6 days straight. Sounds easy but it is really draining to pick up your 2yo around 10pm after an adrenalin filled shift of chaos, take him home, feed the needy old dog and try to unwind. Sometimes the unwinding can take until after midnight then BAM you are either woken by alarm to go to next shift (got to love those back to back shifts) or you are woken by a spritely 2 yo. In the past I guess I would/could've used being tired as an excuse not to eat healthy, or not exercise. Whilst I was physically and mentally exhausted I was surprised that my WILLPOWER and DETERMINATION were consistently strong. So today when my son and I got home from work I ensured I bypassed the couch and put my exercise gear on and did my scheduled weights session. Being exhausted is not the time time to try for PBs (personal bests). Instead I did my session listening to my body and focused on technique. So proud that I completed the session. Listening to Coach Harps is paying off. :) Training: weights session 40 mins Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 64kg (total wt loss 1.5kg)

  • Justine Huggins
    2 Mar 2015
    1:37 AM

    DAY 7: WEEK 1 SMASHED!! Helped my Dad clean out his shed This morning. Scored some extra plates for my barbell Plus another barbell (maybe called a Preachers curling bar?). Stoked!! I can up my weights now in safer increments vs 10kg then 20kg then 30kg squats! Also I can do skull crushers without breaking my wrists! Another busy evening shift at work. Thank goodness for Maxine's Burn bar, held me until I got a spare chance to eat my chicken and greens. Relaxing finally watching a doco on WILL.I.AM. He just said "Keep going, keep dreaming, dont stop". That's what any successful person does! I'm dreaming about my perfect physique and strong uncluttered mind. Training: Rest day Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    1 Mar 2015
    1:51 AM

    DAY 6: HUNGRY Did a great weights session this morning as per the guide. It only took me 30mins. Wondering if I should be doing more? Maybe some extra cardio to down the pounds. I think I should go searching on the Forum for some guidance on this issue. Had good energy post workout. Had to work from 1-9:30pm tonight. Work dictates when I can eat. This can be very frustrating. Tonight was the first time in 5 weeks of following the food plan that I actually felt hungry. I put it down to my inability to eat when I want to Whilst on the job. So glad I had a Maxine's Burn bar. It saved my stomach from eating itself. I had to eat it before my dinner (bar was meant to be my dessert), as too busy to warm my food up And I was literally running from ward to ward in the hospital. Training: Weights (30 mins) Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    28 Feb 2015
    1:46 AM

    DAY 5: LONGGGGGGGG DAY! Tried my first ever Body Attack aerobic session at the local gym. Man what a hoot! I haven't really done anything like this in nearly 20 years. As Harps says - we must try something new/different to change. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I got into the session so much I honestly imagined I was in a Flashdance dance troop doing the moves from a choregraphed routine. Although I was beetroot red in the face and sweating like I had rabies, I was singing and dancing on the inside. Fun fun fun Plus great cardio. Finished session off with a half hour of swimming. Great cool down. Had enough energy left over to take my son out of crèche to play in the kids pool area too. Had to go into work late this arvo as covering a sick call. So glad I downed a Maxine's protein shake before I walked out the door at 3:45pm. The shake helped me get through, as I didn't get a chance to eat dinner until 8pm. Work was CHAOS!!! Avoided cakes, lollies and chocolates (the usual suspects) on every ward/department. Honestly the temptation is everywhere at work! Finally home at 10:15pm. Exhausted! Training: Body Attack - 1 hr plus Swimming 1/2 hr. Nutrition: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    27 Feb 2015
    1:29 AM

    DAY 4: HOT DAY Completed an awesome cardio circuit in my backyard. Sweating like nothing else. Had the added challenge of a 2yo and a dog jumping on me, or getting in my way, or wanting to simply play with my equipment. All good. Didn't stop me. Forgot to blog yesterday at dinner I cooked my son a side of oven fries with his meal. When they came out of the oven I unconsciously threw a chip into my mouth and started munching. Two seconds later I realised what I was doing and I spat it out as if it were poison! Classic moment. So proud of my willpower. Training: 40min backyard cardio circuit (skipping, side to side box jumps, step ups, light weights with high reps). Nutrtion: 100% pic: my backyard gym

  • Justine Huggins
    25 Feb 2015
    11:52 PM

    DAY 3: Tired but still trying. Had to drop off little man early and then go to work for mandatory training at hospital until noon. Put my whole training schedule out. Did not have much energy after lunch, so chose a Nana nap to recharge whilst my son slept. Woke up felt worse! Pushed through my tired feelings and got right into my weights session in the backyard. Gave me the boost of energy I desperately needed. Training: Weights session 35mins Nutrtion: 100%

  • Justine Huggins
    24 Feb 2015
    11:30 PM

    DAY 2: HOT DAY IN PERTH Being woken at 5:30am by my 2 yo son now has its benefits. This means I can train before the scorching heat sets in For the day. By 9am training done plus a ton of chores. Lots of positive energy. Training: 30 mins Xtrainer HIIT - am, 30 min walk pushing pram - pm. Nutrtion: 100% Made chicken burgers/rissoles for dinner. Made up my own recipe Chicken Burgers: 1 large chicken breast (250gm) 1/2 onion garlic ground paprika chilli powder 1/4 cup skim milk 1/3 cup brown rice (instead of breadcrumbs) dashbof lime juice small tomato Blend in food processor. Mold into burgers and fry in nonstick pan with dash of olive oil. Delicious!! See photo :)

  • Justine Huggins
    24 Feb 2015
    1:25 AM

    Day 1: THIS IS MY TIME! Let the journey begin. Actually the journey began when I first saw the Max's Facebook post on the upcoming challenge months ago. I immediately took onboard the advice of the Coaches to make subtle changes and gear up for the challenge. I just could not put my goal on "pause mode" whilst I waited for the challenge to open. Something just clicked and for once I took action NOW! Well that advice has already paid off with me losing 2.5kg before Registration day!! I've already lost another 1.1kg since I registered 2 weeks ago. I'm feeling great and it's only Week 1 of 12. I can't believe how many compliments I've recieved over the past month about my physique already...just wait until Week 12. Love love love the Maxine's Burn bars. Have given out about a 1/4 of my stash of bars to family and friends to try. Got 4 people hooked On them already. I'm already a Maxine ambassador in the making :) Training: weights session 45 mins Nutrition: 100% Current weight: 64.4kg (total loss since registration 1.1kg)

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