Lauren Pennell / Transformation

Lauren Pennell's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



167 cm


Tone & Shape - Beginner

Reason to start The Challenge

I had a baby in December and put on a lot of weight. I completed the challenge after my first baby in 2015 and had amazing results so wanted to push my body and mind again and to feel mentally and physically stronger again. Love the challenge buzz.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

The support you get with this challenge is like no other. Not only from the Maxines team but from fellow challenge. Everyone is so supportive and full of positive advice and motivation.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Getting my training done when you kids were sick and my husbands away and we have no family support but us mums do what we have to and get it done some how.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

A massive impact. I no longer feel like it have to hide myself away. I walk with my head held high instead of feeling ashamed. It has helped with my anxiety levels and I can feel much for confident in myself and like my old self again physically and mentally.

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

Just do it. People think I wouldn't be able to do something like that but you can and you will thank yourself for it. You will never regret it. Put your best food forward.

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

The support that comes with this challenge it what gets you through those hard days and keeps you doing and not giving up.


  • Lauren Pennell
    16 Aug 2017
    9:04 AM
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    14 Aug 2017
    8:34 AM
  • Lauren Pennell
    3 Aug 2017
    7:34 AM

    With a bit over a week to go I am feeling fierce.

  • Lauren Pennell
    28 Jul 2017
    7:36 PM

    With just over 2 weeks to go, the end of the challenge is weighing heavily on my mind. I am not ready for it to end as I have not achieved all my goals. I know I will continue my journey long after this challenge and although I have not achieve everything I wanted I need to appreciate what I have achieved so far because I would rather be the person I am now to the person I was. So much happier with myself and it can only get better as I keep working on it one day at a time.

  • Lauren Pennell
    18 Jul 2017
    10:02 AM

    4 weeks to go.

  • Lauren Pennell
    16 Jul 2017
    11:30 AM

    8 week check. Week 5-8 have been a massive struggle for me. I have not missed a workout and I have stuck to the eating plan and feel I have not got the results I wished for. Scales have been going up and down and I am only 2 kgs different. That does not seem good enough for 4 weeks work. I have really battled my mind. The first part of the challenge was a breeze for me but from then on it has been a up hill slog. I guess what I can take from this is I am still here, I am still trying and I am ready to smash this last part of the challenge. Bring on the next 4 weeks. I am determined to make these weeks count the most as we all soar for the finish line. All the best to all my fellow challengers

  • Lauren Pennell
    12 Jul 2017
    7:47 AM

    A bit frustrated with my results at the moment. Have followed the plan. Haven't missed a meal besides 1 outing where I ordered a omelette and drank water and haven't missed a workout but not seeing the results like I did in the first 4 weeks. The only thing I have changed is I am doing hiit instead of long walks because of issues walking with the kids. Feeling unsure how to fix this.

  • Lauren Pennell
    25 Jun 2017
    8:37 AM

    2 c-sections πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ» -Stitched up unevenly -Photos taken same day, same time, same weight. I have a uneven belly and a snag on one side so depending which side I photograph from. Working to get rid of the sag.

  • Lauren Pennell
    25 Jun 2017
    7:18 AM

    I alway see people doing flex Friday and am working on being able to participate one day. I have always carried a lot of fat on my arms so although I can see change and can see some muscles in there my arm still looks like a log when I try to flex. These will one day be comparison photos.

  • Lauren Pennell
    18 Jun 2017
    7:40 AM

    Before this challenge I did not believe. I knew I was ashamed and uncomfortable in my own skin, I knew I was unhappy and that I wanted to be a better version of myself but I was so overwhelmed about the amount of weight I had to lose. I didn't even know where to start, how I would do it or if I could ever get back to a place I was comfortable and be able to leave the house without wanting to hide myself away. I wanted my husband to walk beside me and be proud. I wanted my children to have a happy, confident mummy. I felt so lost in the this person I had become. I seemed the more weight that went on the more dull and suppressed my personality became. I did not like this person and wanted my fun and confidence back. Even though I had done this challenge before and knew what to do I struggle without the challenger support and knowing others are doing this will me. When I tried following the plan on my own I always struggled and only lasted a day or two. When I saw that a challenge coming I felt a instant weight lifted, I could finally see a way to get me back on track. I new with the challenge support I could do this and I BELIEVED ❀️. I feel unstoppable and empowered with this new strength and know once the challenge ends I just need to keep pushing and set new goal. I now feel anything is possible.

  • Lauren Pennell
    17 Jun 2017
    8:24 AM

    This is why I love the Maxine's challenge. You stick to the plan and you get results. I will need more than the 12 week to get where I want to be but pumped to see what the 12 weeks brings. Feeling fitter, stronger and overall more positive in all areas of my life. This challenge is not just about your body it's a happier, healthier mind.

  • Lauren Pennell
    12 Jun 2017
    4:36 PM
  • Lauren Pennell
    12 Jun 2017
    11:49 AM
  • Lauren Pennell
    29 May 2017
    8:46 AM
  • Lauren Pennell
    29 May 2017
    8:39 AM

    Week 1 = Done Week 1 was great. I really enjoyed having a plan to follow and knew if followed the plan I would get results and that I did. I was 100% with my food and training and although I was really struggling Wednesday and Thursday, I felt extremely drained and sore by Friday I was feeling good again after pushing through. Took my fitness test Thursday when I was drained and sore and didn't do so well but it's a starting point and can only get better from here. Also took measurements Sunday 28th so a week in but its a starting point for week 4, 8 and 12 week measurements. I have been power walking for my cardio pushing a double pram as I am unable to do high impact at the moment and the sunshine and fresh air has been good for my mind and soul. Overall a great first week.

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