Nico Soleil / Transformation

Nico Soleil's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    58kg
  • After
    54kg

Maxine's has made my body banging! I wish I could bottle this feeling and keep it for an eternity. I feel on top of the world!

Details

Height

161 cm

Program

Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

I often look at people within the fitness arena and wish I could look that perfect, that toned, that fit and that fabulous.Yet I do nothing serious about making that dream a final reality! I am on and off the bandwagon so often that I never see any serious and amazing results. Today, this changes. Committing to this challenge is equally the scariest and most exciting thing I have ever done. I have always been quite competitive, even against myself, so even though I am scared to fail at the dream, I am too proud to do anything than see this through now it's a 'real' thing. Entering this comp makes it real. It's public. The world is watching. It's time to get those results. I am truly exciting and thank you for the opportunity to push myself to make this happen :)

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I loved being pushed to my limits. This is the first 'challenge' I have set myself that I have seen through to the end. I was determined to complete this and was driven by the motivational emails and reminders from Maxine's. This is a tough challenge, but a realistic one. Maxine's have really set the bar for me. I also loved the fact that, for the first time in my life, I felt the best I have ever felt wearing a bikini on holiday a few weeks ago! Maxine's has made my body banging! I wish I could bottle this feeling and keep it for an eternity. I feel on top of the world!

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Staying on track during 'challenging' times. Fitting training into the diary around work and social activities was the biggest hurdle. I almost packed it all in after being diagnosed with a thyroid imbalance that left me feeling constantly tired and unable to shift weight smack bang in the 4-8 week mark. Just as that was evening itself out, I injured myself causing me to drop my weight down after seeing so much improvement. This occurred right at the 8 week mark! The last 4 weeks were critical, i knew it, but had to just deal with the fact that I was injured. This was really disappointing as I had to adjust my training around my injury which meant no 'beast mode'. I had to dig super deep during these time when I could have easily given up to the weariness and pain.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

I am almost 40 years old and possibly the fittest I have ever been! I have learnt so much about myself, my capabilities, my strengths, my weaknesses, my limits and just how far I can push past them. This has been one of the most frustrating and challenging yet equally educating, satisfying and rewarding journeys I have ever embarked on. I am proud of what I have achieved. I feel happier, stronger, sexier and so much more confident. You cannot put a price on that. It is life changing to get through something like this.

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

I would be completely franks to say, this is NOT easy. It is not for the faint hearted. There will be times when you just want to give up. You will look at yourself in the mirror and wonder why you bother when you have had a tough day, aren't seeing any results, feel tired, unmotivated and just pain 'blah' but the feeling you have when you hit the 12 week mark is like nothing you will ever experience. All the early mornings, hunger cravings, all the tiredness, missed social activities, all the aches and pains will be nothing but a distant memory compared to the shear elation you will feel when get across the finish line. It is hard, it isn't called a challenge for nothing. But it is worth the sacrifice and you will never, ever regret feeling and being a better version of yourself. So go for it. Be brave and do it for you! I highly recommend it.

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

Firstly, thank you Maxine's for the opportunity to be a part of something that really works. I am a believer!

Secondly, I thank my amazing partner who probably wanted to strangle me 100 times. When ever my alarm went off at 5am, when ever I had teary tanties, for icing me up after having a massive stack, for prepping my meals while I trained and above all else not letting me quit and for just being the most patient, supportive human being ever for the last 12 weeks! I owe him so much! I think he deserves a prize for going through his own 12 week challenge.... hahaha ;)

Journal

  • Nico Soleil
    19 Oct 2015
    9:15 PM

    Maxines Blog As I hit the final 4 week mark I can almost hear my body breathe a sigh of relief. The hardest part is behind me. I can see the forest for the trees. I am not saying this has been a difficult journey, but I am not saying it has been easy either. The week before last I had a wee health scare. I left the doctor believing I had thyroid cancer after she discovered a 3 x 4.5cm lump in my thyroid. THREE TIMES FOUR POINT 4 CENTRIMETRES. That is no small lump. I was urged to go and get a ultrasound ASAP. I can tell you though, I didn't needed pushing. "No appointments until next week". The worst thing you can hear when you desperately seek answers... Not one to give in, I waited a few hours and called back. LUCK! An appointment had opened up for the very next afternoon. A quick discussion with my manager and I was all booked in Some relief! During the commute home I let Dr Google get the better of me. I researched all different scenarios and the one thing that concerned me the most (obviously the thought of having cancer was my number 1 fear) was how, if my thyroid was dysfunctional, it would affect my training and my ability to lose weight. I had just committed 6+ long and hard weeks to a rigorous training regime and diet. I had noticed that, by the end of the 6th week, didn't offer any significant or obvious changes to my fat loss. If anything, my legs appeared more fatty and I wasn't shifting any weight that week and I had been experiences serious fatigue for no real reason.... I sunk in to myself for the next 24 hours biding my time until the appointment with the radiologist..... After my scan revealed the lump was most likely NOT cancer and appeared to be inflammation, I was still left with this looming doubt of what type of thyroid imbalance I was suffering. Is it overactive or underactive? Am I go to lose weight easily or struggle to lose weight. The worst case scenario was putting on weight with little or no affect on this from exercise and diet. This didn't sit well with me. I have worked so hard. I didn't want all my effort to come unstuck by an autoimmune function. I couldn't believe my luck. I have been suffering EXTREME exhaustion which frustrates me. The MaxinesXT-Burn has really been helping alleviate this as much as possible. I can still see fat in my legs that isn't shifting as fast as I feel it should be. This is demotivating. I wont have an official diagnose until this challenge is all over. I have been tempted to give up wondering why I should even bother if I am not going to get the results with this silly condition. But I didn't. I kept training. This week I had a massive stack while running. I was so tired and a 1 metre obstacle I had been hurdling jumping all weekend became a trip hazard at 10cms because I was just way too tired. I bruised my knee, something in my hip flexer snapped and I twisted my arm and am suffering muscle bruising. Is this a sign? A sign to give up? My body feels so tired. Which kinda really sucks as fitness normal makes me feel on top of the world. I have never done a challenge like this. When I signed up it was because I have quit my commitment so many times. I wanted to see this to the end. Stupid non-cooperative thyroid. DON'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE PUT INTO THIS? This weekend I was really considering stopping. True story. But I think about the people I have inspired in my journey and how they have looked up to me so tonight I said to myself: "You know what, you are not going to quit now. You are so close. You may not get in the top 10, or even top 50 but at least you can say you have finished. It's an achievement. 3 more weeks girl, just keep going". I didn't have anyone arranged tonight to take my photo for before the cut off time. I didn't think I was going to continue until I got home. It isn't the best quality but it shows I have given it my best. And albeit how tired I am feeling, I feel pretty good to get this far. THREE MORE WEEKS TO GO. I AM GOING TO MAKE IT THREE DAMN GOOD ONES!

  • Nico Soleil
    22 Sep 2015
    12:58 PM

    Let's talk about the F word. We're all thinking it. We all want to say it. But we're too afraid to say what we really feel. It becomes such a taboo word at times like these. It's constantly on the tip of our tongues. We think about it several times a day. So let's be real about it. Let's yell it out at the top of our lungs. From the roof tops. FOOD! There, I said it. It's out in the open. Everyone knows and I feel so I am much better now. It's everywhere. Sometimes I feel that there's no escaping it. The more I train the hungrier I feel. And more frequently. I have a fairly strong will when it comes to temptation. Well... would like to think that I do. I don't eat fast food and very rare eat junk food. I can have a fridge full of chocolate, and not eat it. I am proud of the fact that I can see past all kinds of goodies when I look in the fridge. I can also avoid purchasing these (99% of the time) as I stroll through the supermarket aisles. The only exception to this is when I shop when I am hungry!' It's true what they say; NEVER shop when you are hungry! But you don't always have control over the F. It has been challenging at times to stay on track food-wise. This is most particularly true whenever I leave the house. With the exception of most weekday lunches (which are prepped at home the night before) there is always SOMETHING that just 'pops' up into the social calendar that seeks to railroad my progress. Whether it be a work farewell afternoon tea and dinner for a colleague who suddenly resigns, an impromptu visit from a friend for lunch, a sweet colleague bringing you a (nonblack) coffee, a friend's birthday celebration, weekend lunch with the in-laws. It's true a majority of restaurants and cafes have at LEAST one dish that would cater to the (what my friends are starting to call me) a "fussy eater". Protein and veges with no sauces, gravies, dressings, chips, salsas, jus, bread, cheese, fries, potatoes, (insert more). Simple, clean and lean. But often, it really is restricted to one choice. Not all chefs are accommodating I am surprised by how many restaurants can't (or won't...) allow the slightest change in one of their a la carte dishes. And many can't (or, gain, WON'T) make you something to order - despite haven't all the ingredients in other dishes on their menu. It is easy enough to seek out a venue that is more flexible, or one that you know already has a variety of 'healthy' options as part of their normal offerings, but that choice isn't always yours when it comes to social gatherings. This is a problem I have faced over the past few weeks. When you look at a menu in a majority of today's restaurants you would see that we are spoilt for choice. And we are, that is if you can, and will, eat almost everything. But what if you don't, or can't? And let's not forget to mention beverages. I am by no means a big drinker but I am partial to the occasional glass of wine or G&T with a meal when out with friends. Honestly, I haven't missed this that much. But there have been a few chaotic work days that would have been best served with a nice big glass of red at the end of the day. We make our choices. We learn to adjust to them. Over time they become easier and I guess this will be true for me as I reach the half way point of this challenge. But some days I just want to eat a large bowl of thick cut fries dripping in aioli serviced with a fat juicy steak that's drowning in mushroom sauce... And other days I just want to stay indoors to avoid the temptation at that birthday pub lunch. Until then, I will just keep fighting the temptation of the F word. Other than that, I am enjoying watching my body become leaner, sexier and stronger. Thank you Maxine's for pushing me through my paces. I can't wait to see the results.

  • Nico Soleil
    25 Aug 2015
    4:05 PM

    Wowzas! What a week! Who would think that you could experience so many low and highs in seven short days! So much to tell. Let's see if I can make it brief though. No promises, as I love a good yarn ;) The weekend just before this started I sat down with partner made a careful plan as to how I would approach this. I told him what I needed in regards to support from him which including meals and how we would structure our time together i.e. meal and social activities away from the safe and control environment of home! We did our weekly shop and I picked up my Maxine's protein supplies for the next 4 weeks. Sunday night we prepared the meals for Monday as I knew I would be housesitting away from home for a week. I want to be prepared and ready. Monday morning came and I hit the ground running. I packed a gym back and planned to hit the gym after work straight after my appointment. I stuck to the diet all day. No issues there. I didn't really feel hungry at all. Work helps with distracting you that way... ;) 5pm came and I raced off out the door. Got to my appointment keen to have it over and done with so I could go straight to the gym. And then, I hit my very first hurdle. I wasn't seen til an hour after my original appointment time. By the time I got out it was late and I knew if I trained I would be late to other commitments. I was pretty disappointed. I didn't let this happen on Tuesday. Met with a personal trainer to ensure I stay on track during this challenge. After our meet & greet I went off for my own session. I left the gym Tuesday evening feeling on top of the world. Now I am on track! Wednesday was another great day with a great PT session which taught me some great fundamentals to ensure the correct form for squats and pull ups/chin ups. Boy did I feel the ache on Thursday! But I kinda like it ;) Now here I had my first real win against temptation! I attended a 6:30am networking breakfast. It was my first time at this particular event. I didn't know what to expect. As I was sitting listening to the speaker a sneaky little breakfast Ninja (aka waitress) guilefully placed a plate in front of me. When I turned my head and looked down at the plate in front of me I see what looks like heaven on porcelain... Perfectly toasted sour dough bread gorgeously stacked with an accompaniment of crispy divine bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, a golden hashbrown and two poached eggs.... The devil that left this evil temptation was long gone so it was too late to object. I imagined that those morsels of deliciousness did not even exist, I ate the tomatoes and eggs then (reluctantly) pushed that prized plate from hell out of my site! 1 Nico | 0 Breakfast Demons! A dinner meeting could have been equally challenging however, I carefully chose the cuisine to ensure eatability! I met my colleague at a Thai restaurant so I could be safe with a nice beef salad. Who would have known it would be enough to feed the entire restaurant! The portion Ninjas strike! They're out to get me today. Honestly though ,I ate it all. Nico 0 | Gluttony Gods 1. Sigh :( Friday was smooth sailing. Quiet night at home with the man. Sat their refusing to make eye contact as he chugged on a few cold beers as I sipped my boring water.... Mmmmmm.... But in his defence he waited until I went back to the housesitting location to scoff down the white chocolate mud cake his mum had left on our bench for us Friday morning. I peaked in the container and convinced myself it would taste AWFUL. I think his mum hates me.... Not really. But I am convinced her baking must be poisoned. Nothing can convince me otherwise.... At least not for 11 more weeks! Nico 1 | Baking Witch 0! Saturday was the most beautiful day so I took my training outside. Grabbed a rope - LOVE skipping for my cardio - and some other bits and bobs and took to the local park. I wasn't feeling it for the first ½ session but got that second wind and made up for the lost time. Sunday I felt a bit down that I couldn't train as I was bursting from the seams with energy. But I had already over committed myself before I had signed up for this content. And this is going to be my toughest challenge during this journey. How to manage my time and ensure I get the right amount of training time into my schedule and not let myself down. It got me thinking about all the other women competing in this challenge and wondering about how they are managing their time. Particularly the busy working mums that are already balancing work and family commitments. How do they do it all and do it successfully? I don't have the same family commitments - no school pickups, no school lunches or making large meals and helping with homework. I am pretty lucky to have some liberty in this regard so, if those busy mums can manage to fit in their training around everything else they have going on, then I have no excuse. Pretty in awe of them. Week 1 Pros: - Lost approximately 1kg already- Feeling lighter- More energy throughout the day- Bloating dramatically reduced- Flatulence reduced (yes I said it)- More regular- Sleeping better- No real cravings- Skin looks clearer- Feel motivated Week 1 Cons - Too many commitments vs. finding time to train :(- Fighting food temptation Ninjas (they're everywhere)- Turning down social engagements at pubs / bars- Feeling thirsty all the time?- Forgetting to take healthy snacks when away from home/work for long periods So that is week one done and dusted. Bring on the other 11!

  • Nico Soleil
    17 Aug 2015
    10:06 AM

    Today marks the start of an amazing (albeit tough, sweaty and carb tantrum withdrawal) journey. I woke up pretty exhausted on account of the cat deciding to check to see if my entire book collection was filed in the bookcase correctly, accordingy to the Dewey Decimal Classification System, THREE times in the middle of the night. I guess the ones that fell extremely loudly to the floor at all hours of the night didn't make the grade... But other than that I feel pumped! I can't believe I have actually, and finally, signed up to one of these challenges! Nervous as I am equally excited. Time to kiss that little fat booty and shamefully bloated chubby tummy goodbye. Looking forward to setting up a YouTube blog so watch this space! Sheet is about to get creative!

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