Kirra Simpson / Transformation

Kirra Simpson's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



169 cm


Tone & Shape - Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

I want to get my eating and training back on track. I want to set realistic goals and tick them off one by one, which the last challenge really helped to achieve. Unfortunately, life just got in the way and the weight came with it.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

This challenge I really understood the importance of calories in vs calories out. I found that I actually understood what types of food I needed to eat (fats, carbs, and proteins). I think this understanding came with the introduction of foods such as ice cream and light cream cheese into the meal plans (the thought of this type of food while you're eating healthy, kinda sends alarm bells ringing, but it was great to learn that you could still enjoy these things in *MODERATION*). I also really loved the community, at our gym we have a variety of challengers and mentors who are all so supportive. Having access to our own group helped to keep each other accountable, along with Thursday night meetings. I also really liked how the forums were set out, I found most questions I had I could find really easily in the forums. I seriously don’t think there is anything that I didn’t like about the challenge!

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

One of the hardest things was working long shifts at odd hours. It made both eating and training really hard. I found however that if I switched my meals around e.g having dinner when I was supposed to have afternoon tea, it helped a lot because I could just snack on my afternoon tea while working.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Two weeks in I got really bad shin splints and had some severe lower back pain. Doing the challenge pushed me to try different things instead of sitting around, crying poor me over the pain. I started playing basketball and swimming, I did exercise to build my lower back and muscle supporting my shins. Which I enjoyed so much! Exercise stopped feeling like a chore after this. Instead I became more grateful that I was able bodied and these injuries were minor in the scheme of things. I now see that spending 5% of my day contributing towards my health by doing some form of exercise for 1-2 hours isn’t much at all. Not only that but it’s put into perspective the future health benefits such as avoiding the risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc.

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

Stick to the plans 100%, push every rep of every set and sweat out every cardio session down to the last second. If you have a considerable amount to lose, you’ll drop kilo’s within the first 4 weeks. Don’t let that be the end though, keep pushing for the next following 8 weeks and you’ll see muscles you never knew you had, you’ll gain self-worth and your cravings will eventually subside.

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

It’s amazing how easily grief affects your life. After the last challenge I was certain I wasn’t going to put weight back on, but having my Dad pass away meant a whole lot of emotional eating. I knew that I needed to do another challenge after hardly making it up one of the local mountains because of all the extra weight I had gained. I needed a every 20 metres. So the next day I registered and can now say the same mountain that probably took me an hour to get up last time, took me under 20 minutes.

This challenge I have learned that it’s so easy to regain focus and get yourself where you want to be in such a short amount of time.

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