Tone & Shape
I completed the challenge in 2015. Felt amazing and confident. Since then I've had my 4th and 5th babies. I've struggled with energy as I'm tandem feeding them. I'm about 18kg heavier than I was at the end of the challenge. I stopped exercising during pregnancy and ate so much sugar and carbs. I felt dreadful. It has really affected me mentally so I signed up again and joined the gym about a month ago. I've made gradual changes from what I learned in the challenge before and starting to feel more energetic. I'm really excited to do this challenge. I know it'll be harder this time as my partner and I eat desserts and snacks every day and I have babies at home, but they need me to be happy and so do I. So here I am!
The thing I liked most about the challenge was the simplicity. Sure it was challenging at times, but honestly, it was set out so well and easy to follow. When walking into the gym in the past, I would often leave feeling as though I had wasted my time, but with the training plan in my hand, I had a drive and focus with a structure to follow. I left each session feeling accomplished! Also, the nutrition plans were outstanding. I never envisioned I would lose more than 13kg and still get to eat dessert!!?? I never felt deprived.. amazing!
At first, the hardest part was getting to the gym routinely due to my partner working long hours and having to rely on my eldest daughter to babysit for me ( i always got there, but sometimes it wasn't until night time)but in time I worked out that training at around 4 am was ideal. I would feed bubs and head off to the gym. I'd then return home for my partner to leave for work. This was great as it set me up for a productive day.
Honestly.. I can't believe how much this has changed my life in just three months. Being 41 and mum of five, I was self-conscious, incredibly tired and just plain depressed. I actually think I was suffering from PND looking back on it. Each day was a huge struggle. I was tandem feeding my baby and toddler, eating rubbish literally daily, I quit the gym because I was so tired (bad idea I know). I didn't feel like doing anything. I would count down the hours to bedtime and my family could see I was unhappy. I feel absolutely incredible. I'm no longer hiding so my partner can't see me naked, I get out and about with my kids, I hold my head up high when I walk. I'm on cloud nine and so grateful for this challenge.
Give it a go! People think doing things like this are challenging... nope.. struggling to get up and face a new day is challenging... hating the way you look and feel is challenging.. doing this challenge will make you proud and give you the confidence you could only dream of. It's amazing.. don't just think about it, do it!
I loved doing this challenge so much! I feel sexy again! The support is phenomenal. The Facebook group especially helped me so much. The support and comradery were fantastic. The forums always have every answer you are looking for no matter how silly the question may seem. Absolutely loved it! Maxine's products are delicious too. I'm addicted to the vanilla pure protein in my oats. Yum! I'm hooked and excited to keep pushing myself to reach my goals :)