Melanie Loia / Transformation

Melanie Loia's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    98.5kg
  • After
    79kg

Details

Height

164 cm

Program

Tone & Shape - Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

OMG don't know where to start, still trying to get over the fact that I've just posted up my before photo for everyone to see lol... Well just a little bit about me, I'm a stay at home mother of 2, I wasn't always big, just like every other mum out there, you gain weight after kids, I did try to get back into shape before, but failed. I found out about this challenge through my brother who is now one of the ambassadors, seeing his results from the challenge inspired me big time. So this time I'm doing it together with my partner which (to me) is more motivating, it's going to be a great challenge for the both of us. Personally I just want that self confidence. Getting rid of these love handles, muffin tops, thunder thighs etc... will be an awesome achievement. My aim in this challenge is a healthier lifestyle, making the right decisions with what I eat, having more energy to play with my kids, and just Loving my body. #SUPEREXCITED #BRINGONTHECHALLENGE

What did you like most about The Challenge?

What I liked most about the challenge were the check ins. Seeing my results through the photos were amazing, trying on old clothes that were too small for me, to now fitting in them comfortably. But there were many things I liked about the challenge, the motivating challenge tv, listening to Craig Harper weekly, learnt a lot from him. Reading others journals and seeing how great everyone was looking and knowing we were all on the same boat.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Eating every 2-3hrs. Training was hard, pushed myself into doing extra sets and reps and having to wake up most mornings with a sore body getting ready for another workout, ouch. NO PAIN NO GAIN!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Its made a Massive impact on my life, not only myself but my adorable handsome partner, who has helped me the whole time.
From eating comfort foods to eating healthy, from enormous portion size meals lol... to small portion size meals, from drinking coke everyday to straight water. LOVING IT! From no exercising to exercising daily and being more active with my babies. Just having a positive attitude towards myself now. It's awesome!

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

What are you waiting for? Sign up now! Straight up, don't hold back. This challenge works 100%. Give it all you've got with no excuses. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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

Thank you so much to the Maxine's & Max's challenge team, couldn't of done it without you guys. To the ones that created this program WOW, you guys are legends!
Now its time for my partner and I to continue on with this program without you guys. Also just want to say a massive congrats to all the challengers that have completed it this time around. WOOHOO, WE DID IT!!!

Journal

  • Melanie Loia
    30 Oct 2016
    6:51 AM

    SATURDAY CHEST/ARMS❎👎 Didn't have a workout today, wasn't my usual self today, very strange. Don't know if I was feeling stressed out or over worked or what... I just really wasn't myself today. Been having Migraines on and off this whole day. So I thought I'll just take it easy today and just listen to my body. 1st rest day since week 4, so glad to have a break from my workouts. Enjoyed the day just laxing out.😎😎 NUTRITION ❎👎 Had oat, protein and mixed berries for breky, for mid morning I had a orange and 15 almonds, Lunch I had a sandwich🙈, Afternoon I had my kids gluten free health chips just a small packet but still, shouldn't of had it🙈, Dinner I had a chicken salad, slice of pizza and a handful of hot chips🙈 Didn't have my night shake tonight🙈 My tummys playing up now. Must be hating the food I've just eaten, oh well teach me a lesson. Gotta give it my all these last 2weeks, no time to slack off now, and once this challenge is done, the next challenge is to maintain it, keep working out and keep eating healthy, I know I can do it, I've been doing it for the last 2months and a bit now, so surely my partner and will continue on with it. This challenge WORKS for sure. Never did I ever think that I could change in just 12weeks but I'm seeing it already and it's week 10. AWESOME! Today was just a bump along the way. I ain't gonna let today get me down. Keep my head up and keep pushing forward. 😊😊👍💪 till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    30 Oct 2016
    6:08 AM

    FRIDAY LEGS B✅👍 *Warm up 10min run *Bb front squats 15reps 4sets 20kg *Bb back squats 15reps 4sets 20kg *Fitball lying leg curls 15reps 4sets *Fitball wall squats 25reps 4sets *Db reverse static lunge 20each leg 4sets 5kg *Glute bridge 20reps 4sets *Seated calf raises with bb on lap 25reps 4sets 20kg Was a good workout, my legs are so hating me right now😬🙈 NUTRITION ✅ 👍 Had all my 6meals so that was good. Had a good day,😊 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    28 Oct 2016
    1:36 AM

    THURSDAY CARDIO BACK/SHOULDERS✅👍 *CARDIO HIIT SESSION 20mins TABATA *Warm up 10min run *Bent over bb row underhand grip 15reps 4sets 30kg *Shoulder press 17reps 4sets 20kg *bb clean &I press 15reps 4sets 20kg *Bent over bb row wide overhand grip 17reps 30kg *Single arm db row 20reps 4sets *Front plate raises 15reps 4sets 10kg *Bent over rear db delt raises 8/8/8 4sets 2.5kg Was a good workout added extra reps, WASTED MUCH😣😫 wouldn't be a good one if I wasn't wasted.💪🏋 NUTRITION ✅ 👍 Was good today, had all my 6meals. Just finish having my shake will be heading to bed shortly. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    27 Oct 2016
    1:55 AM

    WEDNESDAY CARDIO✅👍 *Dumbbell clean and burpees push up combination. Dumbbell clean 10reps Burpees push up 5reps No rest Completed 6sets, legs were super fatigue, and a lot of heavy breathing😤😤😤 lol... REST then... Had a 5k brisk walk. Tried jogging, didn't last long though coz my legs were wobbly, felt like they were gonna collapse on me so just stuck to the power walk instead, which was still good. NUTRITION 👎 UMMMM not so great today, had all my 6meals which was good, but I gotta admit, I couldn't resist my kids yummy donuts🍩🍩, I ended up devouring not 1 but 2🙈 I even had to hide from my kids while doing it aswel lol... What a shame, tasted so good, yet felt abit bad. Oh well what's done is done, Im just going to brush it off. When you fall , you just gotta pick yourself back up and go at it again. Also listened to Craig Harper's podcast for this week. It's great listening to him every week, helps a lot. Oh well off to bed now. Till next time...😊

  • Melanie Loia
    26 Oct 2016
    1:17 AM

    TUESDAY CARDIO-AM CHEST/ARMS-PM✅👍 *For cardio was pretty much just a 40min brisk walk and house cleaning. *Warm up *Floor db chest press 17reps 4sets 7.5kg *Flat bench db chest press 17reps 4sets 7.5kg *Flat bench db flys 17reps 4sets 5kg *Incline db outer curls 17reps 4sets 5kg *Bb French press 17reps 4sets 5kg *Seated bicep curls 1+1/4reps 17reps 4sets 5kg *Close grip push ups 1+1/4reps 17reps 4sets *Bb rollout 12reps 4sets *Jackknife 17reps 4sets Was a good workout, had my partner there pushing me, loved it. Now he's gone away again for work stink😒 But all goodies Ive got this😉👍💪 NUTRITION: ✅👍 Had my 6meals, just finish having my shake, had my dinner a little later than usual because my son had a musical performance at school tonight so had to take him. Got out of bed this morning and my legs were still in pain, really didnt want to do any cardio because of that, reason why my cardio was just a brisk walk. Good day overall.😊 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    24 Oct 2016
    11:43 PM

    MONDAY LEGS A✅👍 Firery Workout🔥🔥🔥 *Warm up *Bb back squats 1+1/4reps 15reps 4sets 20kg *Db step ups 15each legs 4sets 5kg *Hack squats 22reps 4sets 10kg *Stiff leg deadlifts 22reps 4sets 20kg *Db ski squats 15reps 4sets 5kg *Db alternating forward lunges 17each leg 4sets 5kg *Skipping 60secs 3sets Legs were shaking to the bone😖😵 my legs were in pain from yesterday's workout, and now today's one really done the damage. Added extra reps to all my exercises, I wanted to drop it back down after the 1st set but then I thought no way "I can do this!" No pain No gain right!😉👍💪 so happy I got it done. NUTRITION ✅ 👍 Had all my meals today. Good! Overall good day today apart from having sore legs. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    23 Oct 2016
    11:26 PM

    SUNDAY CONDITIONING/ABS✅👍 *Bb clean and press 15reps 6sets 10kg *Bb vertical jumps 45sec 6sets 10kg *Overhead plate low walking lunges 15each leg 5sets 10kg *Db squats no lock out, keep tension 25reps 5sets 5kg *Burpees 15reps 4sets *Russian twists 12 each side 4sets Was a good workout, did an extra set for all exercises. Didn't want to but I pushed myself to do it, and plus coz my partner was there cheering me on. NUTRITION ✅ 👍 Had all my meals 2-3hrs in between, was feeling pretty hungry in between but was good, just held it out till it was time for the next meal. Had a good day. My partner and I also did the dumbbell clean and burpees combination after breky, he completed 10sets💪😱 woohoo great job babe. I completed 6sets, was wasted, had a rest and then started my workout, legs were shaking when I was done. So glad we're in this together.😊😊 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    23 Oct 2016
    2:40 AM

    SATURDAY CHEST/ARMS✅👍 Went for a morning jog today with my partner was good. *Warm up jog & skipping *Floor db chest press 15reps 4sets 7.5kgs *Flat bench db chest press underhand to overhand 15reps 4sets 7.5kg *Flat bench db flys 15reps 4sets 5kg *Incline db outer curls 15reps 4sets 5kg *Bb French press 15reps 4sets 5kg *seated bicep curl 1+1/4reps 15reps 4sets 5kg *close grip push ups 1+1/4reps 15reps 4sets *Bb roll out 10reps 4sets *Jackknife 15reps 4sets NUTRITION✅👍 Had my 6meals today was good. Another good day.😃 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    22 Oct 2016
    12:16 AM

    FRIDAY LEGS B✅👍 *Warm up 10min jog *Bb front squat 12reps 4sets 20kg *Bb back squat 12reps 4sets 20kg *Fitball lying leg curl 1+1/4 reps 12reps 4sets *Fitball wall squats 25reps 4sets *Db reverse static lunge front foot elevated 20each leg 4sets 5kg *Glute bridge 20reps 4sets *seated calf raises with bb on lap 25reps 4sets 20kg Good workout, legs are still in pain. NUTRITION✅👍 Had my 6 meals today. Great stuff! Glad I was able to do extra reps and sets. Just have to keep pushing myself to get it done.💪🏋 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    21 Oct 2016
    12:12 AM

    THURSDAY CARDIO & BACK/SHOULDERS✅👍 Cardio: * Tabata HIIT session 22mins Back/Shoulders: *Warm up 10min run *Bent over bb row underhand grip 12reps 4sets 20kg *Shoulder press 15reps 4sets 20kg *Bb clean & press 12reps 4sets 20kg *Bent over bb row wide overhand grip 15reps 4sets 20kg *Single arm db row 20reps 4sets 7.5kg *Front plate raises 15reps 4sets 10kg *Bent over rear db delt raises drop sets 8,8,8 4sets 2.5kg Nutrition Had breky, mid morning, lunch, missed afternoon coz I forgot my shake at home, had dinner and just about to have my night shake. Was a good day today😃 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    19 Oct 2016
    10:50 PM

    WEDNESDAY CARDIO✅👍 Substitute my cardio for workout 1 on the training tips and cardio section. *Dumbbells clean & burpees combination✅ Warmed up 5min running, 5min skipping 5kg Db clean 10reps and then push up burpees 5reps completed 7sets. NO REST TIMES IN BETWEEN😵😫😵 Was smashed on the 5th set but we pushed on for an extra 2 more. Definitely a heart pumping workout👍❤️ LOVED IT THOUGH and will be doing that again, going to try and aim for 10sets next time. My partner just got back this morning from working away, so happy to have him back. We did this workout together so was good. NUTRITION✅👍 Had my 5meals just waiting on my night shake will be having that soon. Had a good day today.😃😊 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    19 Oct 2016
    12:32 AM

    TUESDAY CARDIO & CHEST/ARMS✅👍 For cardio: 50min run/brisk walk Chest/Arms: *Floor db chest press 15reps 4sets 7.5kg *Flat bench chest press underhand to overhand grip 15reps 4sets 7.5kg *Flat bench CB flys 15reps 4sets 7.5kgs *Incline db outer curls 15reps 4sets 5kg *Standing bn French press 15reps 4sets 5kg *Seated bicep curl 1+1/4reps 15reps 4sets 5kgs *Close grip push up 1+1/4reps 15reps 4sets (tried to do it on toes but struggled on the 2nd rep so did the rest on my knees) *Bb rollout 15reps 4sets *Jackknife 15reps 4sets Was a good workout. Pushed myself to do extra reps for this one👍💪 Nutrition: Had 5meals today, I missed my afternoon coz I was out and forgot to take my shake with me. Just had my night shake off to bed soon. Legs are still sore from yesterday. Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    17 Oct 2016
    10:40 PM

    MONDAY LEGS✅👍😵🔥 Killer workout!!! *Bb back squat 1+1/4 12reps 4sets 20kgs *Db step ups 12each leg 4sets 5kgs *Hack squats 20reps 4sets 10kgs *Stiff leg deadlifts 20reps 4sets 20kgs *Db ski squats 12reps 4sets 5kgs *Db alternating forward lunges 15each leg 4sets 5kgs *Skipping 60secs 2sets 😵😩😫😖 my legs are wasted specially from those back squats 1+1/4rep and the hack squats! Even though I dropped my weights I still felt the burn/PAIN🔥 So happy I got that out of the way. NUTRITION✅ Had all my meals every 2-3hrs. Just waiting to take my night shake and maybe another drink of my recover burn, my legs need it for sure. Legs are still in pain right now😫 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    16 Oct 2016
    11:51 PM

    SUNDAY CONDITIONING & ABS✅👍 *Db deadlift 20reps 5sets 7.5kg *Bb jump squats 45secs 5sets 10kgs *Bb clean and press 15reps 5sets 10kgs *Db sumo squats 20reps 5sets 7.5kg *Skipping 60secs 5sets *Leg raises 15reps 5sets *Sit ups 15reps 5sets *Side Plank 60secs 5reps 6meals today✅ Just finish having my night shake and recover. Today I was about to bail out on my workout😬😞 I so wasn't in the mood for working out, but had to push my ass to do it. Wouldnt mind having one rest day though but noooo... Ive got no rest days, WHHHHYYYY...😫😩😫😂😂😂 Had my xt-burn and away I went. Pumped it out, was gonna stick to the sets that were given but then thought what the heck, so added an extra set or 2 for each exercise. Was wasted after that😵😥 glad I got it out of the way. Smashed week 5-8 with no rest days...woohoo. Now it's week 9-12, and I'm going to give it my all, not that I wasn't giving it my all in the past 8weeks, I can't be slack these last 4weeks.💪 Anyway checked myself in today and I'm pretty happy with my results so far. Shows all my hard work has paid off for sure. Hate the lighting of my photo though, but never mind, had to get my son to take my photo since my partners away at work lol... My poor son. Oh well better get some rest. But till next time...😄😄

  • Melanie Loia
    16 Oct 2016
    1:47 AM

    FRIDAY CARDIO✅👍 *Skipping challenge took me 21mins👍 *Spent 40mins on tready jogging, brisk walking with incline on 12 Had my 6meals✅ TODAY (SATURDAY)SHOULDERS & ARMS✅👍 *6min jog for warm up *Bb push press 12reps 5sets 20kg *Db Arnold press 12reps 5sets 7.5kg *Bb upright row 12reps 5sets 20kg *db side lateral raises 12reps 5sets 5kgs *standing Ez bar bicep curls 12reps 5sets 10kg *Lying db tricep extension 12reps 5sets 7.5kg *seated db hammer curls 12reps 5sets 7.5kg *overhead CB tricep extension 12reps 5sets 10kg Had my 6meals✅ Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    14 Oct 2016
    12:00 AM

    LEGS✅👍 *Bb back squats 15reps 5sets 30kg *Bb deadlift 15reps 5sets 40kgs *Sissy squats 15reps 5sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 15reps 5sets 40kgs *Db Bulgarian squats 15reps 4sets 7.5kgs *Step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises straight,pigeon,duck 10,10,10 4sets Pushed myself to do extra sets today💪😥 Had 4meals today because I was out shopping and I thought I would of been back in time for my afternoon shake but I wasn't, so had dinner and now just gotta have my night shake and that'll be 5meals. I bought my night shake and recover today yippee😊😊 Legs are pretty sore😩😣, so I best be taking my recover tonight with my shake. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    13 Oct 2016
    12:11 AM

    CARDIO✅👍 Tried out Janet's skipping challenge for HIIT, was good. * 1min skipping, 1 burpee, 1 star jump, 1 push up on toes. 30sec rest * 1min skipping, 2 burpees, 2 star jumps, 2 push ups, 30sec rest * 1min skipping, 3 burpees, 3 star jumps, 3 push ups, 30sec rest * 1min skipping, 4 burpees, 4 star jumps, 4 push ups 30sec rest and so on.... All the way to 10. Took me 23mins to complete. Got a sweat out of it, was good👍 *Ended it with a 30min brisk walk. Had my 5 meals today✅ Will be back to my 6meals tomorrow. Woke up tired again today, feeling pretty weak. Hopefully once I get my night shake and my recover tomorrow I'll be good to go. Just looking at week 9-12, I wasn't as scared as I was when I saw the week 5-8 plan, I guess I was getting myself ready for a big one. Nervous but I know I'll get through them, happy with the nutrition plan. Gotta get myself prepare for next week. Gotta say it's gone by so fast. I think I'm gonna miss this challenge when it comes to an end😔☹️ Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    12 Oct 2016
    12:06 AM

    TUESDAY CARDIO & CHEST&BACK✅👍 *Db pullovers 12reps 4sets 15kg *Bb bench press 12reps 4sets 35kg *Incline db row standing bent over 12reps 4sets 12.5kgs *Db flat bench chest press 12reps 4sets 12.5kg *Lat pulldown 12reps 4sets 20-25kgs *Bent over bb row to belly 12reps 4sets *Incline db flys 15reps 3sets 10kg *Push ups 15reps 3sets CARDIO *Just a brisk walk/jog 30mins Had my 5meals today. Missing my night shake. Since I haven't been having my night shakes I've been waking up feeling tired, worn out, sluggish, just no energy, it sucks. Cant wait to get my night shake. My partner left today for work aswel, so stink☹️ on my own again with my babies. Pretty nervous for check in this week, coz in the mirror I don't look different from my last photo, guess I'll find out one once my photo goes up.🙈😖 Till next time....😃

  • Melanie Loia
    11 Oct 2016
    1:36 AM

    SUNDAY CONDITIONING & ABS✅👍 *Db deadlifts 20reps 4sets 7.5kg *Jump squats 45secs 3sets *Bb clean and press 15reps 3sets 15kg *Sumo squats db 7.5kg 20reps 3sets *Skipping 60secs 3reps *Leg raises 15reps 3sets *Sit ups 15reps 3sets *Side Plank 60secs 3sets Had 5meals today, Didn't get to have my night shake coz I'm out, need to buy some more this week. MONDAY LEGS✅👍 *Bb back squats 12-15reps 4sets 40kg *bb deadlift 15reps 4sets 40kg *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Stiff leg bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets 40kg *Db Bulgarian Split squats 7.5kg 12reps 4sets *Step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises straight,pigeon,duck 10,10,10 4sets Had my 5meals not my normal 6 because I don't have my night shake yet. Had a good day. Glad my partner was there to help me get the 40kg over my head to do my back squats, sucks how I don't have a bloody squat rack😠 Oh well gotta quickly order it online now with my partner always working away. Good workout!😊 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    9 Oct 2016
    1:29 AM

    FRIDAY CARDIO✅👍 *HIIT TABATA *30min Brisk walk/Jog Had all my 6meals✅ Went to bed late from watching movies 🎥 Today SHOULDERS & ARMS✅👍 Only had 4hours sleep lastnight NO GOOD!😵😩😞 Anyway had my workout in the morning with my partner who just got back from working away😁 *5min Jog warm up *Bb push press 12reps 4sets 20kgs *7.5kg dbs Arnold press 12reps 4sets *Bb upright row 20kgs 12reps 4sets *DB side lateral raises 12reps 4sets 2.5kgs/5kgs *Standing EZ bar bicep curl 12reps 4sets 10kgs *Lying 7.5kg dbs tricep extension 12reps 4sets *Seated DB hammer curls 12reps 4sets 5kgs-10kgs *Overhead DB tricep extension 12-15reps 4sets 10kg DB Had all my 6meals today✅ Had a tired but good day today. Now feeling buggered so gonna head off to bed. Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    7 Oct 2016
    12:52 AM

    LEGS✅👍 *Bb back squats 15reps 4sets 30kgs *Bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets 30kg *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 15reps 4sets 30kg *Db Bulgarian split squats 12reps each leg 4sets 7.5kg Dumbbells *Step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises (straight, pigeon, duck) 10,10,10 4sets Good leg workout, felt the burn for sure! 🔥😣🏋️‍♀️ *Just had my night shake, so I've had my 6 meals✅ Good day😊 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    6 Oct 2016
    12:01 AM

    CARDIO✅👍 Just had a 30min brisk walk/jogging. Body's feeling pretty sore today, mostly my back and chest. Had my 6 meals✅ just finished my shake so I'll be off to bed shortly. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    4 Oct 2016
    10:49 PM

    CARDIO & CHEST/BACK✅👍 *DB pullover 12reps 4sets 10kg dumb bell *Flat bench Bb Bench Press 12reps 4sets 30kgs *Incline DB rows Standing bent over 12reps 4sets 10kg dumb bells *Flat bench DB chest press 12reps 4sets 10kg dumb bells *Single arm DB row 12reps each arm 4sets 10kg dumb bell *Bent over bb row to belly 12reps 4sets 30kg *Flat bench DB flys 15reps 4sets 7.5kg dumb bells *Push ups 15reps 4sets Struggled doing DB flys with 10kg so I dropped it down to 7.5kg Cardio TABATA HIIT workout✅ Had my 5 meals today, just need my night shake before bed. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    4 Oct 2016
    2:52 AM

    LEGS✅👍 *Bb back squats 15reps 4sets 30kgs *Bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets 30kg *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 15reps 4sets 30kgs *Db Bulgarian split squats 12each leg 4sets 7.5kgs *Step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises(straight, pigeon, duck) 10,10,10 4sets I felt a painful and unusual feeling on my right thigh, it was painful 😖 during my Bulgarian squats. But i still managed to get it done. Legs are still feeling sore. Had my meals✅👍 So till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    3 Oct 2016
    3:15 AM

    CONDITIONING & ABS✅👍 *Db deadlifts 20reps 4sets *Bb squat jumps 45secs 4sets *Bb clean and press 15reps 3sets *Db sumo squats 20reps 3sets *Skipping 60secs 3sets *Leg raises 15reps 3sets *Sit ups 15reps 3sets *Side plank 60secs 3sets I would of pushed for 4sets for each execise but had a busy day ahead of me and I was running behind schedule. Just glad I got to complete my workout💪 Body is feeling the pain for sure! Had all my 6meals✅👍 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    1 Oct 2016
    4:01 PM

    CATCH UP: THURSDAY LEGS✅👍 Added more weights to my training. *Bb back squats 15reps 4sets *Bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 15reps 4sets *Db Bulgarian split squats 12each leg 4sets *Step ups 15reps 4sets *standing calf raises with db, straight, pigeon, duck 10,10,10reps 4sets This workout killed me😵 Legs were in pain the next day. -Had all my 6 meals✅ FRIDAY CARDIO✅👍 Did my normal cardio with TABATA, and brisk walk. Legs were still abit sore from the day before. -5 meals✅ Missed mid morning snack☹️️ TODAY SHOULDERS & ARMS✅👍 *Bb push press 10/11reps 4sets *Db Arnold press 12reps 4sets *Bb upright row 12reps 4sets *Db side Lateral raises 12reps 4sets *Ez bar standing bicep curls 12reps 4sets *Lying Db Tricep extension 12reps 4sets *Seated Db Hammer curls 12reps 4sets *Overhead Db tricep extension 12reps 4sets Shoulders are pretty sore now. -Had breky, missed my mid morning again(no good) Had Lunch✅👍 just gotta have my shake for afternoon, then my dinner then night time shake. Was pretty busy the last 2days reason why I didn't fill in my journal 📓 But till next time...😁

  • Melanie Loia
    29 Sep 2016
    12:25 AM

    CARDIO✅👍 We didn't go for our morning walk this morning but had a HIIT session together with my partner today. TABATA *Skipping, Push ups, Kettlebell swings, Leg raises, Burpees, Shoulder press, Jump squats, Bicycle crunches. 20secs exercise 10secs rest 7cycles/sets Had all my meals✅ I did have my dinner abit later thou, try not to make it a habbit. Gotta get to bed now coz I'm buggered. But till next time....💪

  • Melanie Loia
    28 Sep 2016
    12:31 AM

    CARDIO/CHEST & BACK✅👍 My workouts *Db pull over 12reps 4sets *Bb bench press 12reps 4sets *Db rows Standing bent over 12reps 4sets *incline bench DB chest press 12reps 4sets *Single arm DB row 12reps each arm 4sets *Bent over Bb row to belly 12reps 4sets *Flat bench DB flys 15reps 4sets *Push ups 15reps 4sets Had my cardio straight after. Added more weights to my workout today. Hard but good😅💪 Had all my meals today✅ Ready for bed! Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    26 Sep 2016
    10:57 PM

    LEGS✅👍 Started my day off with morning walk with partner, was freezing cold, didn't wanna get out of bed but I forced myself. I had my legs workout in the arvo. *Bb back squats 15reps 4sets *Bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 10reps 4sets *Bulgarian split squats 12each leg 4sets *Step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises straight, pigeon, duck (10,10,10) 4sets COMPLETED✅ Ended with stretches. My body's pretty sore today😣 Guess I just gotta suck it up! Training is getting harder, but I know that every time I complete my workouts, I know that I'm only getting stronger💪 Woohoo... Had all my meals today✅ Week 6 WOOHOO!!! HALF WAY THERE!💪😇 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    26 Sep 2016
    12:47 AM

    CONDITIONING & ABS✅👍 Today was a pretty good day. Went and took our babies for a bike ride at the walk track along the beach, had a nice family day out. When we got back had lunch and after lunch I got straight into my workout. *Db deadlifts 20reps 4sets *Bb squat jumps 45secs 4sets 10kgs *Bb clean and press 15reps 3set did one set with 10kg was pretty easy so I upped it to 20kg on my last 2sets *Db sumo squats 20reps 3sets *Skipping 60secs 3reps *Leg raises 15reps 3sets *Sit ups 15reps 3sets *Side Plank 60secs 3sets Felt wasted after my workout, got a good sweat out of that one😅 Had all my meals which was oats for breky, burn bar for mid morning, tuna salad for lunch, shake for afternoon, lemon roast chicken for dinner, and night time shake for bed. Loving how things are going right now with the challenge. HOORAY LADIES WE HAVE REACHED THE HALFWAY MARK👍💪😄👏 awesome stuff!!! Good work to everyone that's still going strong✊ KEEP IT UP. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    25 Sep 2016
    1:42 AM

    SHOULDERS & ARMS✅👍 Had a little sleep in today, my partner and I went for our walk, and man was it cold😖 Had a race up the hill sprinting, well I was coming 1st but then I felt sorry for him so I let him win... Lol... Nah, I just got tired😫🙊hehe... Got home rested for abit and then we got into our workouts. *Bb push press 10reps 4sets *Db Arnold press 10/12reps 4sets *Bb upright row 10reps 4sets *Db side lateral raises 10reps 4sets *Standing EZ bar bicep curls 12 4sets *Lying Db triceps extension 15reps 4sets *Seated Db hammer curls 12reps 4sets *ovehead Db triceps extension 10reps 4sets Had a good workout, felt it burn in my arms, glad my man was there to help push me😊🏋🏼💪 We had all our meals, unlike me yesterday👎 Felt good when I got up this morning. Had to go do our weekly shopping today. So prep day tomorrow. Overall had a good day. Just finish watching movies with the fam bam, so just heading off to bed now, it's a late one😴😴 till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    23 Sep 2016
    10:31 PM

    CARDIO day✅👍 Had an alright day today, was feeling pretty weak. My partner just got back this morning from working away, good to have him home again😊😍. I had my workout together with my partner in the arvo, that was good. Cardio was my norm, HIIT (TABATA) 20mins *Skipping, push ups, kettle bell swing, leg raises, burpees, shoulder press, jump squats, bicycle crunches. Then ended it with a 30min brisk walk. For my meals I missed Lunch (no good😞). Had breky, mid morning snack, afternoon snack, and dinner. Wasn't really hungry at lunch so I ended up just having a banana and 10 almonds. For dinner we tried the spaghetti bolognese with zucchini noodles from Max/Maxines Recipes, was delish, nice change😊 Been feeling pretty weak☹️today. But it's been a good day🙂 Just laxing out now, gonna have my night shake soon and then off to bed. I think that's all it is, not enough sleep💤. Oh well hopefully I'll feel much better in the morning. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    23 Sep 2016
    12:19 AM

    Legs day✅👍 Had an alright day today. Started my legs workout with a *10min jog/brisk walk for warmup *bb back squats 15reps 4sets *bb deadlifts 15reps 4sets *Sissy squats 15reps 4sets *Bb stiff leg deadlifts 10reps 4 sets *Bulgarian split squats 12reps each leg 4sets *step ups 15reps 4sets *Standing calf raises (straight, pigeon, duck) 10reps each 4sets I ended my workout with a brisk walk 20mins. Good workout, was just the Bulgarian squats I struggled with. Really glad I completed it though. Had all my meals 2-3hrs✅👍 Off to bed now😴 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    21 Sep 2016
    11:53 PM

    Cardio✅👍 Started my day off with HIIT session TABABTA. Was good worked up a sweat😅 as usual. Skipping, push ups, kettle bell swings, leg raises, burpees, shoulder press, jump squats, bicycle crunches. OMG was I so wrong about not feeling it on my chest yesterday, got up this morning to get ready for my workout and damn was my chest and back sore. Yep, so I guess it was a good workout yesterday after all. I may be in pain but I'm loving it, I'm glad that I'm sore in the right places. It probably would of felt worst if I didn't have the Maxines recover drink. So went through the whole day with sore chest and back muscles👍😣 Before dinner I had a 30min session on the tready, 1min brisk walk, 1-2min run and so on... Another sweaty one😅 I've been great with all my meals, also having them every 2-3hrs. Had my night shake so I'm off to bed, resting up my legs for tomorrow, and my thighs are still hurting😩 from Mondays legs session. Till next time... WE'VE GOT THIS LADIES!!!👍 👊💪

  • Melanie Loia
    20 Sep 2016
    11:57 PM

    Chest & Back day down✅👍 Had my xt burn before my workout. Started with my chest & back. *Warm up skipping *Bb pullover 10reps 4set *Bb bench press 10reps 4sets *Standing bent over DB rows 12reps 4sets *Incline bench Db chest press 12reps 4sets *Single arm DB row 10reps each arm 4sets *Bent over bb row to belly 12reps 4sets *Flat bench DB flys 15reps 4sets *Push up 15reps 4sets Got a sweat out of it, but not that much. Couldn't really feel it in my chest. Had my brother over, so I went through my workout to show him, just to make sure I was doing it right, he said yeah, i was doing them all right, I just needed to add on more weights. So will definitely be adding on more weights on my next chest & back day. My workout was followed by my cardio, was 1min brisk walk then 1min run, that went on for 30mins. Got a good sweat from that, so that pretty much made up for my not so sweaty workout earlier. Had all my meals. Feeling good, thighs are still abit sore from yesterday's workout, which is a great sign👍 Getting ready for bed now, Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    19 Sep 2016
    11:34 PM

    Legs day down👍👍 Had my 30min brisk walk first thing in the morning and my legs workout, I done that in the arvo. Warm up skipping... Back squats: 15reps 4 sets Bb deadlift: 15reps 4 sets Sissy squats: 12reps 4 sets Bb stiff-leg deadlifts: 10reps 4sets Db Bulgarian split squats: 12each leg 4sets Step ups: 15reps 4set Standing calf raises(straight, pigeon, duck, 10/10/10reps 4 sets Started the Bulgarian squats, and man my legs started shaking...lol... Sissy squats were painful aswel, geez I surely felt the burn in this workout! Loved it though. And I can still feel that my legs are abit sore, so glad I have the Maxines recover drink, coz I don't think I'd be able to move my legs, this drink has helped me alot. Had all my meals today. Was another good day! Bed time, yippee😴😴 Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    19 Sep 2016
    12:04 AM

    Rest Day🤗🤗 Had a nice sleep in. Woke up at 8.30am and was feeling pretty hunger, so breky time, thought I'd try the psyllium husk that coach Janet mentioned about, added one tablespoon to a cup of water, stirred and then drank straight away, I had it yesterday aswel with my oats which was good but 1st time mixing with water and just drinking, anyway it helped my rumbling stomach lol...😬For my breky I had a Wholemeal toast and an omelette 3eggs 1yoke, and a cuppa tea. Mid morning snack was a burn bar, lunch was 100g chicken with broccoli and brown rice, afternoon snack was Maxines protein shake, dinner was 150g steak with mushrooms and mixed veges, just had my night shake, heading off to bed soon. Nice to have the day off training, resting my body for a good workout tomorrow. Also prepped my meals for the week. Was a good relaxing day today👍. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    18 Sep 2016
    2:05 AM

    Started my day with 10min brisk walk to warm up, then straight into my upper workout🏋🏼, started off with the bb military press, struggled lifting 20kg, but i smashed it out also adding in about 3 extra reps, was a killer. Done all my upper exercises, once that was done, I had a 20min jog, adding more sweat from by body. Felt wasted😵 after my workout, also felt a headache🤕 coming, had my recover drink straight after. Had Breky, once I finished, I noticed my headache was gone👍. Had all my meals on time. We were out shopping for most of the day. It's late but only because I get to have a rest tomorrow, so it's sleep in for me in the morning woohoo. Just laxing out watching movies🎞📽with my babies right now. Will be off to bed soon. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    17 Sep 2016
    12:18 AM

    Its Friday😄 Had cardio today, just HIIT on Tabata, and 30min brisk walk, really didn't want to walk but I pushed myself. Had all my meals, but I had my dinner not 2-3hours later but 5hours after my afternoon snack😔 No good, was just busy today. But hopefully I'll be more on to it tomorrow with my meal times⏰. Great to see the end of week 4💃💃 Looking forward to next week and how I'll go with the training. I might have to top up on my Maxines Recover drink. Oh well that's me for the night, had my shake so I'm off to bed🛌💤 upper tomorrow. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    15 Sep 2016
    11:17 PM

    Woohoo it's bedtime🤗💤, can't wait to just jump into my comfy warm bed, coz it's bloody cold, maybe I should go for a jog lol...😆😜 Yeeeaaahh right! Ill just go to bed, I'll save my energy for tomorrow's cardio.😂 My day went well today. Had my legs workout in the morning, had a 10min jog to warm up, and then straight into it, wow last day for legs for this plan, next week will be the new legs workout, reason why I worked my butt off today, even adding in extra reps💪. Felt so good when I had finished, even though my legs felt jelly😩 Ended my workout with a brisk walk. Had my Maxines recover drink and protein shake, and a good stretch. Had all my meals today. Still can feel it in my thighs, so that's a good sign. I've been having good and average days lately hopefully it stays that way. Oh well my beds calling me, I'm gonna crash😴😴 I'm buggered! Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    14 Sep 2016
    9:26 PM

    Just checked in, and so happy to see a change from my 1st photo. Was abit scared to post up my photo just incase there was no change. Seen the new workout plan and damn my face went from😀 to 😱 lol... but I'm excited in getting started, I'm ready!😳hehe...😜 Anyway my day was good, done my morning walk, and then HIIT on TABATA, was good, worked up a sweat which i just love. Had all my meals, just finished dinner not so long ago. Just gotta have my night shake later on, then off to bed, ready for tomorrow. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    13 Sep 2016
    11:34 PM

    Had an alright day today😏, had my morning walk with my partner before dropping him off to work, we also had to take our photos today for tomorrows check in, coz he's off to work for another 10sleeps☹️. So I'm on my own with my babies. Had my upper workout🏋🏼 which was good, was pretty hard today, but I pushed through it and made it to the end💪 had all my meals today, was good. Overall day was average. Had my night shake about 20mins ago, just glad to be heading off to bed now woohoo😴😴. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    13 Sep 2016
    12:32 AM

    WOOHOO...week 4🎉🎊 the last week of phase 1👍 So happy to have made it this far. Still feel really good about the challenge, feeling pumped💪👊 just really looking forward to the end results, can't wait. Well today my partner and I went for our morning walk. Came home and had our legs workout, was a good one. Felt it in my legs for sure, upped my weights for squats which was good, but i already know I can lift more coz I use to do PT awhile back, which was a killer, but had to stop due not having a babysitter. So just weaning my way back into it. Can feel that I'm getting stronger and fitter, which I'm very happy to see. Had all my meals today. I've adapted pretty well to the nutrition plan, it's getting easier now, thank God! As long as I do as the plans say then I'm good. So thankful for Maxines/Maxs challenge, my partner and I love it. We're learning so much from this challenge, and it's exciting to know that there's other people out there that are on the same boat as us. Woohoo, Going to sleep now😴😄. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    11 Sep 2016
    10:25 PM

    REST DAY😴🙏 Had a little sleep in, then had a mixed berries, oats protein shake for breky, and apple for morning tea, tuna salad for lunch, a bar for afternoon shake, and lemon roast chicken (from the Maxines recipes) and veges for dinner, just about to have night shake then off to bed, ready for week 4. Wow that went by fast. So glad my partner and I have stuck to the nutrition and workout plans😇👍 till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    10 Sep 2016
    11:29 PM

    Today was good. Started the day with my 5am morning walk/jog with my partner, took us 30/40mins. Had my upper workout before my lunch. My workout began with a 5min run then onto my weights, this week was 15kg weights on barbell, and Dumbbells 7.5kgs each. Hopefully next week I'll be able to take it up to 20kgs on barbell and 10kgs on Dumbbells, we shall see. If not then I'll stick to this weight until I get stronger. Felt good after my workout, had my Maxine's recover drink, so glad for this drink, coz if it wasn't for Maxine's recover then I'd be in so much pain. Had all our meals, we've stuck to the nutrition plans from day one. We prepped our meals today which was good. Glad to get it out of the way. We've just had our night shakes, just watching a movie and then off to bed. Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    10 Sep 2016
    12:55 AM

    Had a good day today, my partner just got back from working away, so happy to have him home💑. We had our workouts together, we started before lunch. I jogged for 15mins then started sprinting for a min, then jogged a min, then sprinted again and so on, I did 4sets of those, then had a brisk walk, raising the incline to 12(the max is 15) and working my way down every minute, ended it with 60 crunches.💪Then had my recover and protein shake, had a nice stretch, was pretty proud of myself👍👊 coz I'm really not a runner. But anyway had my meals with plenty of water, enjoyed my day👌 now time for bed.😴💤 Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    9 Sep 2016
    1:04 AM

    Day 18 Back in Journal Action, been M.I.A due to my bloody phone playing up on me📱😩😡 and also busy with other stuff, so yep been slack on my journal😞🙈 the past few days, but happy to say I haven't been slack on my nutrition and workouts👍🏋🏼🍎. It's been good. Today I done my legs workout, 10min jog to warm up, then legs workout, then 20min brisk walk, and ended it with 50 crunches, had my Maxines RECOVER drink straight after which I highly recommend to get coz it really works) did my stretches, felt good. Doing really good with my meals and water. But I gotta be honest though, I look in the mirror and to me I still look the same, the only changes I see is that I'm getting stronger when I workout. I kinda felt discouraged😭😢, but I said to myself "No! Don't be discouraged Mel, you've got this" and yes I'm going to do this no matter what it takes💪I'm not going to let it get to me! I'm just gonna keep pressing on until the end. Ok I better get some sleep now, just had my night shake about 20mins ago. K till next time...😘😴💤

  • Melanie Loia
    1 Sep 2016
    10:02 PM

    Day 10 & 11 Day 10 5.30am 30min Brisk walk, had all my meals, 4pm went had another 30min brisk walk, was a good day. So proud of myself for sticking to my diet and workouts since day one. Day 11 5.30am 30min brisk walk, had all my meals, 1pm had my legs workout, was good, pumped it out. Now just about to have my night shake before bed. Day 11 was another good day. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    30 Aug 2016
    10:41 PM

    DAY 8 & 9 Day 8 5am Morning walk with my partner, had breky. Did our gardens today, weeding and mowing the lawns, was good but once we were done, I started feeling weak and I still hadn't done my legs workout. Had lunch and then felt a little bit better, still I really wasn't in the mood for exercising but I did it, 2pm workout hooray... So glad I had the willpower to get it done even thou I was buggered. Most of today I felt weak and tired, day 8 wasn't really a good day for me. Glads it's over. Day 8 down.... Day 9 5am walk with my partner again. My partner left for work today after lunch, 10 sleeps and then he'll be back. Had my upper workout at 4pm. Felt really good, I think I enjoy upper more than legs. Had my dinner, all that's left now is my night shake which I'll be taking soon. Was a good day today. Day 9 down. Till next time....

  • Melanie Loia
    28 Aug 2016
    9:32 PM

    Day 6 & 7 Day 6 had my rest day due to a busy day. Shopping, shopping and more shopping. Was pretty good with my meals aswel specially being out and about, we took our meals with us, and ate on the go. Day 7 Brisk walk 5.30am, had my breky, and then straight into prepping our meals for the week, was better then our 1st prep, now we're all good to go for week 2. Had my upper workout at 2pm, felt the burn👍 Another good day. Day 7 down... Week 1 down woohoo Happy days! Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    26 Aug 2016
    10:39 PM

    Day 5 "HELLO FRIDAY" Cardio today. 5am got straight into it, Was a good workout. Had my meals, tasty! Another good day, Day 5 down. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    25 Aug 2016
    11:52 PM

    Day 4.... 5am walk 30mins, had all my meals except one which was my afternoon meal coz I was abit busy, next thing you know, it was time for my workout, and thats when I realised that I had skipped a meal, try not to make that a habit. Anyway, done my legs workout which was good, after that I had a shake and some almonds. Dinner was alright nothing to brag about though lol... Gotta say my day went pretty well, compared to yesterday. But glad to have Day 4 down now. Woohoo...Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    25 Aug 2016
    9:20 AM

    Ok it's the start of Day 4 but I forgot to fill out my journal for Day 3 so here it goes... Day 3 5am brisk walk for 10mins to warm up, then straight onto my cardio. I downloaded the tabata app for HIIT that was suggested and ended up doing one of the examples from the cardio options section Skipping, push ups, kettle bell swings, leg raises, burpees, shoulder press, squat jumps, bicycle crunches 20secs exercise and 10secs rest, took 4mins to complete 1 set so I did 5 sets which was 20mins of cardio, followed by stretches. I ended up with a migraine, didn't feel so good. Had all my meals at my normal times, but I must add that I did have a handful of almonds and water due to feeling abit hungry before dinner, my dinner was yummy by the way. It wasn't a good day for me but I did pretty good due to the migraine that bugged me the whole day, reason why I went to bed early and didn't fill out my journal . Day 3 down, now onto Day 4...

  • Melanie Loia
    23 Aug 2016
    11:31 PM

    Are my legs sore or what? Day 2 another good day just with sore legs from day 1, Felt better once I got into my morning Cardio at 5am. Had my meals again at the same times as day 1, I have my alarms set for those times to remind me to eat. 4pm did my upper workout which I enjoyed more than the legs. Day 2 down, Good start so far! Just gotta take it one day at a time. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    22 Aug 2016
    9:39 PM

    Day 1 was a pretty good day. 5am Morning walk, 6am Breakfast smoothie, Mid morning 9am had 8 almonds and an apple, got me through to lunch, 12pm Lunch Salad, tuna and Brown rice very nice, Workout, damn my legs were pretty jelly, but it felt good to finish it. 3pm afternoon shake, and 6pm Dinner. Just need to have night time shake. Till next time...

  • Melanie Loia
    22 Aug 2016
    9:15 PM
    13 Burpees
    15 Push Ups
    19 Crunches
    15 Alternate Lunges
    60 Plank
    14 Jump Squats

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