Marina Georgievski / Transformation

Marina Georgievski's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    52.2kg
  • After
    47.1kg

Details

Height

157 cm

Program

Get Strong - Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

I have always wanted to get back into shape since having my 2 children, whom are aged 6 and 4. I have always admired the dedication and determination of body builders, as such I would love some serious definition and shape. Committing to the challenge means I get some "me" time to focus on goals I have wanted to achieve for many many years but always found myself falling into a stereotype or simply being a busy mum. I would hope to become a role model and inspiration for other mums who feel and that have been told "once you're in your 40's it's all down hill". I want to prove this stereotype wrong and to make other mums feel that their dreams can also be achieved....for if I can do it so can they.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I loved the sense of community and belonging the Challenge created. I was given the opportunity to associate with other like minded people that gave me the confidence to come out of my shell, a sense of belonging was something I haven’t felt for 20 years. The forum/web site and support was pivotal to my progress, especially the coaches and ambassadors who were always on call and always so happy to help and so positive. As I came out of my shell I realised who I really am. A strong, independent, unique, supportive and determined woman. Having all of these attributes made me a better person, mum, wife, sister and friend. The Challenge has given me a new sense of drive, that drive is to help other’s achieve their goals. I already have requests via my social media from women and men asking for help and wanting to join the next challenge.

I’ve been given a new lease on life. For this I am forever grateful to all behind this amazing challenge.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

I was a little hesitant to believe in the process in the very beginning as I have tried other programs in the past that just didn’t work, this was my final attempt. I had to learn to let my guard down to Maxine’s Challenge and when I did the results came flooding. Do I believe in the process now? Without a doubt in my mind.

I used to be a chocolate lover, so it was hard parting ways with the beloved Nutella. However, the Challenge made me think differently and open my eyes to what I was eating in the past, checking food labels and knowing what was going to fuel my body best. My new sweet love that I will NOT part ways with is the Burn Bar. I love putting the Maxine’s Burn Bars in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and indulging with a few berries. I still can’t decide which one of the 7 flavours is my favourite...it’s between the Choc Mint Fudge and White Choc Raspberry...or is it Choc Caramel Crunch?

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Where do I begin? The impact has been immense.

Firstly and most importantly, I’ve learnt to love myself and the body that is my home. Learning to love myself has taught me to appreciate life and the simple things. I am a calmer more patient person. I'm so happy and I laugh a lot now. I take the time to really listen to my girls, whereas before I would get impatient and stress over the littlest things. I have the time to have proper conversations with my husband and friends, whereas before I would be so caught up in wasting time stressing over all the work I had to do, yet I still have the same work however I get it done and still have time on my hands....interesting.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind.

2. A new found ROMANCE. Having a new body and mindset has sparked a new chemical attraction with my husband (whom has registered for the next Max’s Challenge in Feb), though we’ve been married for 15 years I feel that we’ve just started dating! I’m in love again...

3. ENERGY & DRIVE! I can now do things that I thought were impossible. For example, being a mum on mum duties and also working full time I was generally exhausted by 2pm. Now, everything has changed, I also have time for myself and the gym. I never thought I’d have this. The Challenge has effectively given me more hours in the day that only a fit and healthy person can understand. I think twice before I panic or stress over anything now.

4. EDUCATION, I’ve learnt how to eat, what to eat, when to snack and when to rest (although I don’t like Rest days...much prefer to be at what I call my palace...the gym lol). The Challenge has been a major impact on our new found eating habits, I refuse to call it dieting, it’s simply clean eating. Our girls now know “good food” versus “bad food”, they now ask, “is this good for us?”, they also know that “Macca’s is no good for your insides”, so they simply have learnt to eat like my husband and I now do. Making healthy food choices has now become a fun game for the kids.

Our little girls know it is standard routine now to eat healthy and to exercise and just be happy. Our oldest has started gymnastics because to her it's a gym for little kids. Our little one will start gymnastics too next year. I have to add a funny comment my 4 year old made a while back. I had just come home from the gym and she sat on my thighs and says "sorry I'm squashing your QUADS mummy, are they sore from training?" I had to laugh. The little ones obviously listen to everything we say. After-all we are their biggest role models.

5. CHARITY. Donating all my large clothes to charity was somewhat of a cleansing moment, shedding my clothes the same way I shed the unhealthy me was a moment I will cherish.

6. CONFIDENCE, I used to be a very reserved quiet and shy woman. Head down most of the time. I have learnt to shine, to step out from behind, to be seen, to be heard, to have the confidence in myself to hold my head up high and be proud of my achievements. I am proud I have inspired others, my goal has been achieved and in the process I have gained so much more.

Never once would I have imagined that I would be walking into a gym in a crop top and gym shorts and feel good about who I am. I now do this with confidence, with my head held high, and I SMILE (and laugh a lot now). It overwhelms me to receive compliments from strangers and to know they genuinely mean it, means the world. The ability to translate that confidence into my two little girls is simply priceless, they love their new confident mum. They walk around posing with muscles and telling their friends “my mum has muscles”. Their proud of me and that makes me cry happy tears. For I want them to grow up with their heads held high and have the confidence I have found. I did this Challenge for them too.

7. REAL! A significant impact has been learning who true friends are, for example, overweight and unhealthy friends now have pretty much excluded me from their world. Why? I believe the lack of encouragement and acknowledgement from people is a result of their insecurities and not me. I have learnt that my new attitude and the new me has attracted a new circle of friends that are like minded. We encourage each other to go that step further, there is no jealously in this new circle, we are all proud of each others individual achievements and they are the positive people I want to be around, and that I want to be there for. I know I have made lifelong friends out of strangers in this 12 weeks. How awesome is that! I truly believe that as humans we grow and develop and I have outgrown certain old friends and it’s proof that the Challenge has helped me grow as a person I never knew I could be.

8. INSPIRING. One of my goals at the beginning of the Challenge was to hopefully inspire other mums, who were told they couldn't get their body's back after having kids and being over 40. Well, I've achieved this and am so so so happy. I look forward to helping others on their journey, in any way I can.

I posted a pic of my little family on my facebook page of us at the gym during my photoshoot and one of my husbands friends made this comment which just puts the biggest smile on my face.

Janelle Johnston wrote "You guys are so awesome. Full of love, inspiration and connection. Love it so much. Go you. Family power. Keep doing what you guys are doing. Love it."

I read that comment over and over and just smile. It's the best feeling ever.

The last few days I have added some photos to both my Insta and Facebook pages and the response has been massive. I posted on FB last night to all a little about the program and linked the web pages for both Max and Maxine's Challenge and have been encouraging all to go and register. Have a read of all the comments, I'm just so proud I have inspired others.

Oh and while on holidays, I noticed my parents who are overweight watching me eat and heading to the gym everyday, that they started asking us to go for walks in the morning and asking about our nutrition. I'm hoping this means that they will start looking after themselves alot more. If I have inspired them, then I think I can inspire anyone.

Final impact....eating clean, training and being happy, healthy and fit is standard routine now....our lives are changed forever.

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

RESULTS, results speak louder than any words. People have seen my progress and current photo’s and that is enough motivation for them to want to start. I get alot of positive comments, “I want your Abs”, "you look amazing", "Wow, look at your back", "you're inspirational". On my social media feeds and just in general at family gatherings, I have had many requests from friends and strangers asking me to help them. I gladly spend the time explaining the program and sending them to our (Max and Maxine's site) and asking them to register, I’ll be there to help them in Feb. But it’s not what I say to people, it’s showing them that convinces them. I would encourage everyone to do the challenge, this is not about just losing weight, it’s a complete lifestyle transformation that you cannot compare to any other program. I am walking proof and the biggest advocate of Max and Maxine’s Challenge.

I have been telling all who ask to do themselves a favour and path their way to a new healthy, fit life, in mind, body and soul and go and register for the next Challenge.

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

The program is simple and clear to follow. I found it was made easy for us, I didn’t have to think much at all. Shopping lists done, meal plans done, training plans done, supps worked out for you, questions usually already answered on the forum, weekly podcasts etc to keep you motivated. Recipes if you wanted to venture out a little (I didn’t, maybe next round I will a little). Understanding the Maxine’s supplements and using them gave me a thorough understanding of the importance of fuelling your body through the transformation. It was just perfect. I can not fault the program what so ever. I have loved every second of the whole 12 weeks.

Thank You to Amino Active for developing a life changing program. Creating a team of professionals that helped us all through our journey, the team behind the scenes and all the Coaches and Ambassadors have been nothing short of outstanding. Their forum responses were quick, informative and educational.

The level of gratefulness cannot be expressed in a few sentences, I wish Maxine’s Challenge could feel my overwhelming gratitude, as the tears fall on my keyboard I would like to say moving forward “Watch this space”, I will be continuing on my journey and look forward to standing on a podium sometime soon, I owe all of this to the Challenge. Forever grateful.

With Love, Marina
(aka M, aka MsplaInjane2016...or as one of my fellow team mates suggested...I need to change my Insta name now).

ps. I burst into tears when I saved my submission and my very first photo was right beside my final. Totally overwhelmed with happy emotions at what I have achieved. I can not thank you all enough.

Journal

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    10:48 PM

    A final Thank You.... With Love, Marina G

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    10:46 PM

    A flood of pink!

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    10:45 PM

    More photos

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    10:45 PM

    Love all the photos, love how happy I am

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:26 PM

    Ouch!

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:25 PM

    When I'm at the gym, it's just me competing against the mirror.

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:23 PM

    I love my arms!

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:22 PM

    More great pics

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:20 PM

    I love all the photos, Luke took....I can't believe that is me!

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    8:19 PM

    I just love working out!

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Nov 2016
    3:07 PM

    Can things get any better? I decided to do a final Body Compsition Scan this morning and I can not believe my results. At first as I watched the screen to see my body fat % go above my last reading, I was in shock....BUT then it started going back down...and down...and down... to 8.3% Oh my goodness. WOW And all I did was follow the program. I also realise that essential fat for women is between 8-10%, so I'm not sure what to do now to ensure I don't drop anymore. I guess seek some advise. Wow just wow

  • Marina Georgievski
    15 Nov 2016
    11:25 PM

    So much fun on Sunday...although I did start off a little nervous, as the gym wasn't empty!! It didn't take long to get into the swing of it and have fun...

  • Marina Georgievski
    15 Nov 2016
    11:23 PM

    Another favourite pic.

  • Marina Georgievski
    15 Nov 2016
    11:21 PM

    Photo shoot I'm so overwhelmed with my progress. I wanted to share some more photos from Sunday. Hubby and I...

  • Marina Georgievski
    15 Nov 2016
    10:19 PM

    Totally Overwhelmed with happiness. I just completed my final submission and burst into tears when I saved and saw my first photo versus the new me. I can not thank Maxine's team for helping me find myself...a new me...a me that will forever be grateful for the experience and the the new life ahead of me. Just astonished by my body changes, but more so my mind... Truly forever grateful...

  • Marina Georgievski
    13 Nov 2016
    10:26 PM

    And that's a wrap! Wow, what an amazing 12 weeks it has been. I really don't know where to start. A life changing journey, in mind, body and soul and not only for me who took part in the challenge, but for my husband, who has been so inspired by me and my achievements over this time in not only major body transformation but more importantly he notices how calm and happy I am now. He has registered to do the Feb challenge and I will be there to support him as he has supported me. I too will do the challenge...really don't want the community to end. It has just been so motivating and inspiring and I want to be there for others next challenge to help and motivate them along the way. I have loved every single second of the whole 12 weeks. Our little girls know it is standard routine now that we all eat healthy, exercise and just be happy. My oldest has started gymnastics because to her it's a gym for little kids. My youngest wants to start too and she will next year. It's just amazing how even our 7 and 4 year olds know now what they are eating is healthy, they know mummy and daddy only eat healthy foods, which means they do too. Making healthy food choices has now become almost a fun game for the kids. For when we are eating out, they know we by pass take away restaurant like Mc Donalds and KFC because they realise they are not a healthy choice. It puts the biggest smile on my face. Amino Active, you really have the most amazing program. It truly works, as we have said all along, trust in the process. I haven't deviated from the meal plans one little bit, I didn't even venture into the recipes (which I will try next challenge I think). I stuck with the training plan on all days other then when I trained with my trainer, he liked to shake things up a bit. I had tried other ways to achieve my goals but nothing worked. I am proof Maxine's Challenge works and I have had so many family and friends and their friends comment and even while on holidays last week in Byron Bay I was questioned about my definition in the gym by complete strangers, one girl asked me if I compete on stage..WOW what a massive massive complement (no I don't compete, maybe I should?). I was so flattered, but I spent the time to give a run down of the program and sent them to the site to register for the next one. I hope they do. It's so overwhelming...in a good way to hear people say "you're so inspiring", "You look amazing", "you look so strong and healthy". And this comment just a moment ago on my facebook page after I posted the pic above, which I captioned "One of my favorite photos from today's shoot because my journey created a spark which ignited my husbands new journey and as a result our children's way of life....this is forever..... Active Fit Fam...": "Janelle Johnston You guys are so awesome. Full of love, inspiration and connection. Love it so much. Go you. Family power. Keep doing what you guys are doing. Love it. " Yes I am, yes we are as a family so much happier and healthier. I'm so proud of where I am today....and where my family is... and it's all because of the team at Amino Active who put the best program and team together...I hope you realise just how big of an impact you have had on my life and many others....for this I can't thank you enough.

  • Marina Georgievski
    10 Nov 2016
    5:01 AM

    Our last day of our family holiday in Byron Bay and I'm just getting to bed at 5am, only to be up in 2 hours to get ready to head home. My little girl was coughing all day yesterday and I thought it was Croup. I took her to the GP who told me it was just a virus and there was nothing I could give her. At 1am this morning her coughing was getting worse so I had my husband get in a cab and take her to the hospital. I still had that gut instinct it was croup. I had to stay in the hotel with our other little girl who was asleep. I was wide awake and needed to hear from my husband to see what the doctor said. Surprise surprise it is croup! Croup closes up the airways and I knew she needed the right meds ASAP. She's in bed now and feeling better already. Mothers instinct!! Never doubt yourself....

  • Marina Georgievski
    7 Nov 2016
    6:47 AM

    I'm being watched...I'm making an impact... I posted on the forum a while back about being away the last week of the challenge and noticed this morning Laughlan Harkin had some advise for me. I thought I'd share on my journal as it's the best feeling ever when you notice you are being watched and quietly making an impact on others lives. Laughlan's reply to my original post "Hi marina it's pretty easy to stick to your plan whilst away. The people You are with obviously understand you have chosen to do this challenge and the reasons why so they should support you. You can still eat well and if you go out for a feed just choose wisely off the menu." My reply just this morning .... Hi Laughlan, Sorry for the late reply, I'm not getting notifications for some reason. I'm away as we speak and it hasn't been too difficult, only I haven't had any sweet potatoe and wonder if that will hinder my results? I'm a sensible eater and always choose well. The challenge has taught me this and now it's normal to make healthy choices. What has been a little hard is that I usually train in the morning after school drop off when back home and as I don't want to take away from any family time with my little girls I've been training mostly at night when they go to sleep. So am out of my usual routine. I wonder if this too has any impact? There is a post about not trying anything new, changing anything this close to the end. It's awesome to see that my parents whom are with hubby, our kids and I, have learnt how to eat and exercise finally. For years I have been telling them to watch what they eat etc and it's now, this week that they finally understand and see how the rest of us eat and look after our body and are making better choices and cutting back portion sizes, not skipping meals and eating at good times and are even asking us to go out for long morning walks. Wow what a change and impact me being in this challenge has made on them. I have hardly said anything to them about good choices they have just been watching me... best feeling ever.

  • Marina Georgievski
    6 Nov 2016
    9:55 PM

    A tonne of Confidence..... Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought my confidence would soar through the roof as it has through the challenge. Thanks to the challenge, not only have I transformed my body, mind and soul, as I have said in past journals and posts on Instagram, my confidence has sky rocketed. I was always the shy, reserved type who in a group environment would usually just follow, not anymore. I have learnt to shine, to step out from behind, to be seen, to be heard, to have the confidence in myself to hold my head up high and be proud of my achievements, to be proud I know I have inspired others, my goal has been achieved and in the process I gave gained so much more. Maybe it is time I change my Instagram name as one of my fellow team members suggested.... "there is nothing plain about you" I think she is right. I'm not 'plain' anymore, I'm a strong, confidence, positive women ready to empower other women to feel the same... Marina Xx

  • Marina Georgievski
    6 Nov 2016
    6:09 PM

    Day 77. A beautiful message from my hubby...I'm so happy to know I have inspired others...

  • Marina Georgievski
    5 Nov 2016
    7:09 PM

    A Reflection.... A reflection of where I was two years ago to a few weeks ago....feel so much better in mind, body and soul...I am so much more healthier, have so much more energy, I'm happier, have so much confidence, I'm a better mum, partner and friend... and feel like I can take on anything.... a total new lease on life....

  • Marina Georgievski
    2 Nov 2016
    9:42 PM

    Day 72. On this day I posted a pic of a heart made of gym equipment on Insta and had the most wonderful comment by a fellow team member (prefer the words 'team member' over 'challenger' as we are the Max and Maxine's team, helping each other through motivation and inspiration to achieve our own personal goals). It was such an awesome feeling to know I have inspired a beautiful lady on her journey. I hope to inspire more.... Have a read...

  • Marina Georgievski
    28 Oct 2016
    10:06 PM

    Day 68. Happiness is contagious..... a txt message I received from my hubby yesterday... it says a lot about what this life transformation challenge has done to not only me but those around me bit even directly participating..... (Photo won't upload properly, message reads 'It's funny how I'm at work very happy whistling and smiling because I know you're smashing it at the gym... your happiness makes me happy!' )

  • Marina Georgievski
    28 Oct 2016
    9:41 PM

    Day 67. Loved every bit of my gym session yesterday with my trainer. We hardly ever talk or take photos or video during the workout, it's focus focus focus ..he's a tough man! I was lucky enough to get video footage by a work experience student who followed us around. And it was only after I played back his footage that I realized just how much by body has changed. So so happy with my progress. I've come such a long way...in mind and body. Just so happy. Xxxxx

  • Marina Georgievski
    27 Oct 2016
    10:13 PM

    What a day!! Day 66. When you give it your all.....even after the massive day you've had!! Today I had a early morning meeting in Melb, then back to work in Geelong, only to log in to my laptop and get a call from a tradie at my house whom should have been there tomorrow, pack up my work stuff...I guess I'm working from home!!! Phone conference at 4pm luckily the kids were behaved , then hubby gets home from the gym exhausted gets up from the couch and collapses to the floor...panic kicks in for a second then I remember what to do...once he's ok and the kids are in bed he tells me to get to the gym...so I get in my car and the thing won't start!!! OMG!!!! Call Road side assist and take hubby's car to see my therapist...."GYM" Had a great session with my therapist we worked on legs, then back home to take my car for an aimless drive (as per road side assistants suggestion), then to get the kids ready for school and a kinder party the next day. I somehow, although exhausted just got it all done and went to bed...waking up energized today....yep this Challenge has made massive changes in my life. Prior to the challenge had I have had a day like this I would have just fallen into a heap, stressed out and cried. Nope not the new me, I sucked it up and took control and focused. Feeling great!

  • Marina Georgievski
    19 Oct 2016
    8:00 PM

    Date with my man...at the Gym of course!! It's not often hubby and I get to go to the gym together, juggling work, kids and so many other commitments. So when we realized the kids didn't have Geelong Cup off school the first thing we both said was "gym together". Hubby was going to do Max's challenge, however I think the real reason why he didn't was to let me shine, let me have my own special thing to do. Something to give me my "ME time" and to better myself. He stands on the side line and cheers me on. So supportive and so encouraging. Always there to compliment me on even the smallest achievements. Always there to lift me up if I'm feeling a little down or to take charge with the kids when I'm tired. Never complains about it...I bet he thinks I don't notice...but I do...I notice every little thing he does to make my journey to better myself that much easier and focused. We had a great day date today, gym in the morning, followed by some retail therapy, lunch and an afternoon coffee... So thank you my darling husband for all your continued support and for just being you...Love you to the moon and back... ps. I'll be his cheer squad as he takes on Max's Challenge next year...we'll do both challenges together...

  • Marina Georgievski
    18 Oct 2016
    4:29 PM

    My Fridge!! Love when my fridge is packed with all fresh food and veggies and organized into containers.

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Oct 2016
    8:57 PM

    Feeling Alive in Mind, Body and Soul....A new Woman!! I have been hesitant to post complete progress photos of myself until recently when I started receiving so many compliments and question about what I was doing to look and feel so good. People asking me what my secret is. So here you go... (excuse the quality of the pics, i'm trying to use an app to put all pics together..) Pic 1. Taken May 2016. I was unhappy with my bloated tummy and wasn't getting anywhere with exercise. My body fat % was 20.9% and my mind was unhappy, I lacked energy and found myself getting sick easily. Pic 2. Taken at the start of the challenge. My body fat % was 14.8% as at 2.8.16. I was ready to get focused. I had decided that if Maxine's wasn't going to help me make changes in both mind and body nothing was!! Pic 3. Week 4. I was seeing massive progress physically but even bigger ones in mind. I was beginning to feel so healthy, happy, I began sleeping well, I had more energy to do things with my little girls, I was showing confidence and feeling so alive. I wasn't expecting such changes so quickly. I finally found a program that works in all aspects of my life. Pic 4. Week 8. Wow what a change in mindset. I feel like a new woman. So many people stopping me to comment on my change and asking questions. Of which I gladly reply. A boost of confidence for me....don't they say "Confidence is what makes a woman sexy!!" LOL I'll take that! I had a woman come upto me at the gym last week while I was with my trainer and I'll never forget her words "I am in aur of you, I've been watching you train for weeks, you look amazing". I had goosebumps. I spoke to her after my session and explained in details what I was doing. I told her I would do the program again with her next year...I would help her along the way. My body fat % is 9.8% as at 8.10.16. But besides the physical changes, Maxine's has changed my thinking for life...for me the program is a Life Transformation. I want to help others..even if in the smallest way. If I can make a difference to someone else's life then my mission is achieved. xx

  • Marina Georgievski
    16 Oct 2016
    7:07 PM

    Week 8. Checkin feeling so great...although little physical change. I was questioning my training progress from the past 4 weeks as I can't really see much physical change. I know I have done all the right things, stuck to the program and really worked hard. I know my progress to date is great and I am extremely happy with my fat lose, as I got my body fat % down from 20.9% (In May 2016) to 14.8% (2.8.16) to 9.8% (8.10.16). Maybe I just hit a brick wall physically and the next 3 weeks will see major progress. Either way, if nothing changed physically from now til the end of the challenge, it doesn't matter as my transformation in mind, body and soul has changed forever. I now know what clean eating is all about and what it takes to fuel your body correctly, how training makes me feel in mind. I know I'm a happier, healthier more energetic mum, wife, sister, friend. I know I have the ability to guide others make long term life changes and direct them to this amazing life changing program. This program is so much more then just a body transformation...it's a life transformation... Couldn't be happier...

  • Marina Georgievski
    11 Oct 2016
    9:39 PM

    The Beginning and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the Maxines Team. Way back in May of this year, I had a basic scan done and found out that my Body Fat % was 20.9 and I weighed 56kg. During my pregnancies I was carrying over 65kg in my little frame. I had been training with a group and not getting anywhere. I thought I was eating well but not seeing any results. After having two children and carrying weight all over my body for such a long time, I was feel frustrated and ready to give up, nothing was working. Until I was told about Maxine's Challenge. Why didn't I know about you all those years ago? Now...well now, I don't even look back. I have so many people asking me every day what my secret is, telling me I look amazing, I'm a machine, I'm inspiring them.... It is no secret, I gladly tell them what I am doing and how much Maxines has changed my view on fitness and clean eating. I can not stop talking about how much it has changed my life and has given me so much to look forward too and think about, such as getting on that stage as another challenge to prove to myself...."I can do this". I can not wait to bring others on this journey next year whom I have inspired, to help them achieve their goals, with me by their side helping them along the way. Who knows maybe I'll make top 50...top 10...top 3 and become an Ambassador, what an honor that would be. So thank you Maxine's for developing a program that works. That is easy to follow and takes all the thinking and guess work out for us. Thank you to the Challenge team who provide us with tips, motivate us, answer our million questions on the forum and for making yourselves accessible to all of us. You are all truly amazing and inspirational. Thank you to the staff behind the scenes that make it all happen. I have found it so easy to follow and the best part of it all is the amazing community of like minded people it has brought together. I think there will be life long friendships made. Couldn't be happier to be part of this awesome journey with awesome individuals.

  • Marina Georgievski
    11 Oct 2016
    8:50 PM

    Stage Fright! So many of my family and friends have suggested I think about getting on stage and competing. I've had the idea sitting way way way in the back of my mind, however I didn't think I was capable of getting that far with defining my body. But today I looked at photos taken over the last few weeks and I wonder whether I have what it takes... do I have what it takes? What is required? What is the prep? etc etc. So many questions to research. Who knows maybe I will surprise myself and get the confidence to get on that stage next year not only for myself but to inspire other mums over 40 to get out there...be their own kind of beautiful...

  • Marina Georgievski
    11 Oct 2016
    8:41 PM

    I've lost my boobs! Oh no I've lost my perfect DD boobs. I was expecting to loose some of them but not as much as I have. By week 6 I had lost most of them. It's the only part of this journey that I haven't been happy about. I want them back. How do I get them back naturally? I know that's pretty much impossible. It has been hard to come to terms with and even looking for evening wear for a function coming up next week has been a little upsetting. I'd love to know how other challengers a feeling about this or whether most have had this happen, but it's not something I feel comfortable posting on the forum. I guess the only way around this is to book a date with Dr M after the challenge and fix the problem. But then there is the issue of 6-8 week recovery and the ongoing training. Will I never be allowed to train chest? What other things will I not be allowed to do? Have any of the Challenge team had BA's? How have they coped? Will I lose definition in the recovery period? All that hard work and training.... I'd love to know

  • Marina Georgievski
    11 Oct 2016
    8:18 PM

    I haven't been posting journal entries as I've been posting progress on Instagram and recently on Facebook. I do spend alot of time on the forum reading and educating myself through threads and I really have found it to be not only educational but motivating and interesting to read how other challengers are feeling. Tonight I thought I should post a few journal entries of my progress and thoughts. Right from Day 1 I was prepared, I was ready to conquer the challenge and change the person I saw in the mirror every morning. I wanted to better myself, for myself and for my little family. I wanted to be a fit mum. I wanted my girls to look upto me and be proud of their fit and healthy mum. I can see that I have inspired them as they even talk the talk..."mummy has to have her protein she isn't allowed to have sugar but she can have a protein bar and that's like a dessert", "mummy you've got big muscles", "mummy you drink alot of water", "mummy you eat all your veggies". My 4 year old sat on my thighs this evening and said "sorry I'm squashing your quads mummy, are they sore from training?". Oh I just laughed. They are my everything and its so awesome having them with me on this journey.

  • Marina Georgievski
    30 Aug 2016
    9:38 PM

    Wow what a massive start to Week 2. Legs, and gluts really sore, but I'm satisfied!! I didn't do my fitness test before the challenge started and decided to do it tonight, even though I'm pretty sore. Probably not the best decision.

    17 Burpees
    49 Push Ups
    63 Crunches
    37 Alternate Lunges
    3 Plank
    40 Jump Squats

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