Tina Black / Transformation

Tina Black's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
    85kg
  • After
    80.8kg

Details

Height

174 cm

Program

Get Strong - Beginner

Reason to start The Challenge

After completing the challenge last year and having incredible results I really want to go the next level and push my body to see what its capable of. I knew it was going to take a few challenges to get to where I need to be but knowing how the challenge works, the support and easy meal plans , it's just a matter of commitment and time and the results follow. Seeing the massive changes in the challengers last year inspire you to push harder and stay dedicated to change your life.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I loved absolutely everything about the challenge. The easy easy meal plans, the easy to use training plans. The forum which allowed you to search for absolutely anything you needed at the enter of a word. Whether it be training, nutrition, mindset, injury , it was all there. The speed in which the coaches , ambassadors and team got back to you was crazy, the Instagram family was incredible, I have found so much inspiration and friendship and laughs with them I am truly humbled to be apart of their lives. The vibe that it has brought to the gym is outstanding.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The only time I really struggled was when I changed plans and really reduced my carbs, but within the week I was back up again. I willake sure next time I do the tone and shape straight up instead of changing at the 8 week mark which I was disappointed in myself for .

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

This is my second challenge and the impact it has had on my whole family is incredible. I am such a happier person, not to mention healthier. It is now just automatic to cook brown rice and veg, there is always oats and protein powder and plenty of fish and meats available in our fridge.

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

Just do it ! You will not regret it ! This is not just a physical transformation challenge but a mental one as well. Yes its hard, I won't lie,but its only for 12 weeks , and those 12 weeks set you up for the REST of your life. It gives you purpose, confidence, fitness, strength and LIFE ! But in saying this, give yourself time. After a long time not looking after myself I knew it would take a while to get back into shape. I can't wait till the next challenge as I just see myself getting better and better each time. Time, perseverance and consistency and you WILL get the Body you want!

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

Thank you Maxine's Challengers, coaches, challenge team , ambassadors, Instagram family, my incredible 2 children Cambel and Laura my beautiful husband Chris and all the amazing Maryborough Fitness team and of course all the Maxine's challengers. None of this is possible or as successful for me without all these people. I am eternally grateful for giving me back my want to enjoy my life and appreciate my body and my mind. Life is a tough road at times and can get frightening especially when you feel as though you may have lost your way. To feel worthy again and be able to hold your head high is an amazing feeling that you can only feel when you've been at the bottom and you start to rise ! Go get em girls !!!!

Journal

  • Tina Black
    22 May 2016
    10:30 PM

    Forgot to add what a great job my gorgeous 14year old daughter did with my makeup today , geez kids are so good at this stuff these days, so proud of her and my hubby and son their support has been amazing no wingeing that there's "no food " in the house, they simply adapt to what I'm eating. .they were and are genuinely proud, happy and supportive of everything I do, Laura my daughter just kept hugging me this afternoon telling how proud she was of me and my hubby, Cambel just wants to fish but thats okay lol. Could not have stayed so committed to this challenge if it wasn't for them. So I am extremely proud of them !

  • Tina Black
    22 May 2016
    4:58 PM

    Omg what a day.. after asking a good friend to take my photographs I am totally gobsmacked at the effort put in. Matt is normally a wedding and portrait photographer ams never done a fitness shoot, well me neither! It was new for us both, but after he got the gist and what to look for he had a ball, and so did I. After the last challenge I decided I really wanted some good pics done, after them today, I said they were more work then my wedding photos , we didn't have professional ones for that either. It felt a little flamboyant and was hard to accept this was all for me but it was amazing! So worth the effort and mucking around especially after such a huge amout of work put in over these last 12 weeks. Every one looks bloody amazing. Can't wait to get them on Tuesday. Massive cheat meal this afternoon but looking forward already to kick back in tomorrow. Big goals to kick but hey I've got my whole life ahead and what a wonderful one at that xo

  • Tina Black
    21 May 2016
    4:22 PM

    80.8kg

  • Tina Black
    21 May 2016
    2:07 PM

    Oooooo getting so close now. Had another coat of tan and it is beautiful. So happy with it. Bbq at a friends house tonight so looking forward to it, got my dinner ready to go , so it will definitely help keep my mind busy. Loving seeing everyone's pics on Instagram , bloody hell , amazing stuff. So freaking inspiring, it all makes me a tad emotional seeing what we are all capable of. Well done everyone! Easy day again today , lots of house work done which I've been a bit slack with for the last 12 weeks hee hee but priorities lol.

  • Tina Black
    20 May 2016
    5:54 PM

    Wowwwww a pure sense of calm has come over me ( except for all the weeing lol ) I guess it's the feeling of knowing we are nearly finished this challenge. It was a public Holiday here in Maryborough for our Show so had an amazing sleep in woops until 10 am and was late for my spray tan, lucky Sharee is a top chick and still let me get it . Back for second coat tomorrow afternoon. I think having a tan makes an enormous amount of difference , I feel sooooo good skin is smooth and even . Light chest Bicep and tricep workout last night and Grit Cardio, had the day off today and have started hitting up the water, omg bathroom at least 5 times through the night last night. Feel really excited for final pics on Sunday , have put in some research this time into getting better photos this time , so that is really exciting , also have my beautiful 15 year old daughter ( as they are the queens of selfies etc) and another friend to oversee to make sure I look okay as I'm not into the feminine stuff so it should be fun !

  • Tina Black
    19 May 2016
    7:37 AM

    So had my Dexa scan yesterday, and I have to say I was about spot on to where I was thinking I was too. Slightly mixed feelings with results, super happy that I have certainly lost body fat a whole 5.3kgs of it,( in 8 weeks as I didn't do my first scan until about week 4 ) reducing my percentage by 5.9% and increasing my muscle mass by 2.7kgs this program is unbelievable I love it so much. But like everyone else I am only human and always wonder if I could have done more. At the end of the day we do what we can, and for me to go from not even training just over 9 months ago because of injury and disease I really need to cut my self some slack. I'm excited to see what my body can do over the next 12 months and have specific goals to reduce my BF down more aiming at 15-17%. So all in all I am really happy with my achievements and can't believe it's nearly all over, will miss it so much, the habit of writing in the journal , the forum and Instagram....buttttt.....we can do it all again in another 12 weeks yayyyyyy

  • Tina Black
    18 May 2016
    9:58 AM

    Almost forgot arghhhh, look what I received yesterday in the mail.....my mothers day win. Omg absolutely love this stuff , and the Cola flavor is amazing , tastes like the little Cola lollie bottles and man does it give you the best pump. Thank you so much Maxines I never win anything and this time I did !!!

  • Tina Black
    18 May 2016
    9:45 AM

    Getting excited , off to get my Body Comp scan in just over an hour, really looking forward to see where I have been heading.

  • Tina Black
    17 May 2016
    9:18 PM

    81.3kg

    Easy day today, back and shoulders this morning nice weight not too heavy but not light, Grit Cardio tonight,. Feeling relaxed going into these last few days.

  • Tina Black
    16 May 2016
    7:07 PM

    Another day closer to the finish :( finally feeling great and lots of energy, even though the weekend was hectic , I really thought I would feel more tired than I am . I think having the day off training on Saturday did me the world of good even though you feel like it isn't at the time . Grit cardio this morning and it felt relatively easy too so I know my fitness have increased so so much, will do fitness in the next few days and will also get another (Dexa Scan) Body Composition done hopefully Thursday. Really looking forward to it to see where my changes are. I know I have lost a air bit of body fat and definitely increased my muscle as I have only lost around 4 kgs but so so many more things are fitting better than last time, also doing the tone and shape food my body has no option but to lose fat. I am so glad I switched to tone and shape and proven to myself I really don't have to eat so much bloody food and my body can still function normally lol. I cannot see reason for me to increase my food too much more after the challenge as I still have plenty of body fat to reduce but will certainly drop the training back to normal sets but still try and add on some more muscle over the next three months getting to get ready for the next challenge. I can't wait to see all the transformations next week ,so much hard work gone in over the last 12 weeks and we haven't even seen the boys yet !

  • Tina Black
    15 May 2016
    10:17 PM

    Beautiful weekend, family, friends, shopping, NRL. What more does a girl need ???

  • Tina Black
    15 May 2016
    10:12 PM

    What an amazing weekend, footy, body building comps , DFO shopping, family catch ups and home for legs. Now less than a week til finish. Cannot believe it's finally here. Wow. Have a new Hero in my lufe, just watched the Sunday Night program and the story on Kate Sanderson the ultra marathon runner who suffered 60%burns to her body during an Ultra Marathon in Kimberly WA. She just compleyed a 257km ( i think thats right) ultra Marathon through the Sahara Desert. Far out, had me in tears, what an incredibly inspiring, humbling, crazy, stubborn, courageous woman, just what I like. Really , feeling a little hungry or sick of the same food, pfft couldn't imagine going through what she did and SURVIVE not just physically but mentally too. She's humble, doesn't look for pitty or to be put on a pedestal, she's just getting shit done. Absolutely phenomenal.

  • Tina Black
    14 May 2016
    11:36 PM

    Omg what a day pfewww exhausted. Didn't journal last night was busy getting meals organized for a weekend away and was smashed. Today we headed off early for the Brisbane INBA Classic to support 2 friends of ours who went absolutely awesome. Absolutely enjoyed every minute of it and has really pushed me for this week to knuckle down and see it through , hard all the way to the finish line. Was do busy didn't really think about food at all, had a beautiful salad for lunch and was really content. Thought if they can do it , so can I , just 1 more week. Then we were off to Suncorp Stadium for the NRL Double header, Cowboys vs Storm and Broncos vs Manly. Omg everyone was eating chips and hoydogs and just CRAP ,I jad my cold chicken brocoli zucchini and avo and was happy then enjoyed my night time dhake when we got home. Legs will have to be tomorrow when we get home but did plenty of power walking today , on and off buses around the stadium, all over the place. What an amazing day with my gorgeous family. My kids and my dads first Bodybuilding show and the first big Nrl game for the kids. Feeling so so thankful right now. And even better I'm in bed xo nite nite.

  • Tina Black
    12 May 2016
    10:14 PM

    Wow what a day , chest this morning, biceps triceps and Grit cardio tonight. I am smashed to say the least. Tired and emotional today , did two lots of grocery shopping, one at lunch then again tonight and everyone wondered why I was cranky when I got home, because apparently there's no food in the house. Well nothing you can pull out of a bag anyway. Was so hungry had 2 pces of salmon and veg and almost cried un my food. Generally I'm good but small things upset me. We are supposed to be going to the double header for footy on Saturday as well as the Inba in Brissy but on the way how he wants to stop off at Sunny coast and see his brother which would normally be fine but I pointed out by Sunday I will just want yo go straight home. Well that didn't go down too well so now I don't want to even go, I've come too far now to risk having a shit weekend ! Massage tomorrow yayyyy hopefully no more stiff neck and headaches that'll make me feel better at least. Ni night

  • Tina Black
    11 May 2016
    9:25 PM

    Love my dinner so much, could stomach mushrooms again thankfully, they were upsetting my tummy too but were all good tonight!

  • Tina Black
    11 May 2016
    9:23 PM
  • Tina Black
    11 May 2016
    9:21 PM

    Feels like it took forever to find my mojo to get to gym and train legs tonight, but when I was ready, I was ready. Dropped the weight a little but pushed shorter rests and just kept moving, ended up being an awesome workout ! Really really happy with my legs too, I cannot remember them feeling this lean forever, I can actually feel my butt muscles now and even see them, when I squint hard ha ha, but super dooper happy.

  • Tina Black
    10 May 2016
    9:50 PM

    Also tried grating my sweet potato and had it raw mixed through my luch and made it so much more filling was delish.

  • Tina Black
    10 May 2016
    9:49 PM

    OMG what an amazing day ! Finished my workout this morning with Jenny , walking out the gym checking Facebook etc and boom I've been tagged in the Maxine's for the random mother's day draw as one of the five winners. I was gob smacked and so so excited to win something far out, can't thank Maxine's enough and all the effort put into this challenge to make us all feel so special ! Really feeling awesome, morning back and shoulder workout was great, dropped weight back a little bit and went on assisted chin up machine insread of band chins to protect my neck a bit as its still stiff on the left side but just adjust things to suit. Food on point again , and feel really good going into these last few weeks and so excited to see everyone's transformations and looking at IG and journals its going to be spectacular! Cannot wait , keep up the awesome work girls and guys !

  • Tina Black
    9 May 2016
    9:31 PM

    Feeling oh so much more human today. Had an awesome sleep last night and a sleep in until 7:45am hit the gym around 9:30am for chest tris and bis, dropped the weight a little bit to protect my neck and back a bit as it's still so sore and kinked. All i can think of was I did assisted chins with band and tried different grips, normally always do palms out but trued palms in and hurt my neck, git through workout but very average , still did Grit plyo and had a good session. Cannot believe it has been over 10 weeks. It has gone so far and will miss it all so so incredibly much. I've noticed even more changes in my body the last few days, feeling harder and leaner and can see veins in my biceps more now again. Can't wait to have a good tan that always makes you feel so much better. Also can't believe how much i still love Chicken and fish omg some days can't get enough also can't believe how good i still feel , regardless of the tired days but they are there anyway, even doing a challenge or not so no different. If anything these 2 challenges have proven to me I can still train hard, stay committed and get results. Someone tried to say to me the other night "oh yes Tina, we are getting older ". I was like HA you maybe but not this chick, don't throw me in the same bucket. Age is not an excuse, your mindset is, age is not the reason ypu can't commit to your training and diet. I think by the end she got my point lol

  • Tina Black
    8 May 2016
    9:43 PM

    81.5kg

    So glad I didn't journal earlier, I started to but deleted it as it just wasn't me. Was feeling emotional and yucky and cranky. Wingeing about mothers day etc. Then boom that time of the month ha ha you'd think after all these years I would have my shit together lol but nope every month like clock work cranky pants are on. Any way feel better now went out for dinner had a 300gm rib fillet hot rock with a tiny bowl of garlic cream sauce omg yummmmm salad and about 5 chips that were disgusting..... so excited because I know all the crap is behind me now for the next 2 weeks and I can focus on feeling great and smadhing this last part out. No wonder I felt like I had actually gone a bit backwards the last few days but knowing my diet and training has been on point was bewildered lol. Plus I had a rest day today as I have strained my shoulder and neck pretty bad on Friday and today just got worse. Can't wait for tomorrow feelis like forever since I trained even tbough hubby and I did cardio walk on Saturday night.

  • Tina Black
    7 May 2016
    12:54 PM

    Ahhh finally legs are done , omg felt like forever this morning even though there was about 6 challengers all doing it at the same time so it was really motivating, it was still tough lol. But now I feel great and having a look through Insta and journals. Last night was a pleasant surprise to see more positive journals I've noticed some really unhappy ones, which in turn actually make me think harder about the positive changes in myself, as I spent too many years being unkind to myself and at times feel as though I really lost out in those years because it was my youth and you can't get that back. Now I love my big legs, they have given me strength to squat, dead lift, press , race my bike , given me shape, allowed me to run and jump with power, not to mention helped my carry two of the most important human beings in my life my amazing children now I embrace them and everything they have done for me over the years. So I really encourage everyone to have a good look at them selves and pick out the amazing things our bodies are capable of and really appreciate them, give your self the love you deserve xoxoxo

  • Tina Black
    6 May 2016
    9:42 PM

    Feeling great, tired as during work out but pushed through, got am awesome pump and could really feel my back working especially in the tbar row, went up 5kgs so that probably helped. Feeling like I've been naughty last couple of days and over eating protein so really have to be super strict on muy serving size. It's mostly that bloody salmon omg I love it sooo much usually have 2 pcs so if my bf doesn't shift it's my fault , i never go over my carbs, chicken or red meat though, only my fish. I've never had allergies or intollerances but can no longer eat egg whites even the thought of them makes me sick. The ladt three times I've eaten them I have thrown up straight away, so I have a shake and greek yogurt instead, totally sucks because normally I freaking love eggs ! Can't wait until next weekend off to Brisbane to watch some guys from the gym at the Qld Inba show, should keep me fired up for the last week !

  • Tina Black
    5 May 2016
    10:10 PM

    Another day done another day closer to the finish. Tired tonight, had to go back to gym and do biceps triceps and some abs plus Grit plyo. Afterwards it hit me soooo tired lol. But feeling better after a good dinner and ready for bed. Can slowly see more veins across my chest and in my arms so really happy, sleep in day tomorrow and massage yayyyy . But it throws me out of whack when I'm used to getting up at 4.30am feel like I'm behind all day. Night night x

  • Tina Black
    5 May 2016
    7:41 AM

    Oh my gosh couldn't get onto blog last night and felt so lost , jumped straight back on at 4:30 am to check and a big surprise , lots of new things to look at on the web site ! Love how each of the challenges trough the year land on either mothers day or fathers day and the effort that goes in to making all us mums and dads feel so special, especially when we've been going so hard for the last 10 weeks. My day yesterday was fantastic, not sure exactly why, I think everything is just falling into place and feeling really content with how I am travelling. There's really no areas that I feel disappointed in, I mean sure I could say Oh I'm not happy with my butt, my tummy skin is a bit lose, I would like to be leaner with bigger boobs, but I really don't think about that any more. I have just learnt to love my body and how hard it's worked these last 10 weeks and not failed me. Mind you I really look after my self , weekly massages ( bloody painful though lol) keep my food on point and my supplements too, without this I believe you are setting up for failure as our body just can't recover. I am amazed this week at the adaptation of my body, going from last week barely being able to move and so tired, telling myself that this week will be better , getting through it and now feeling so good is motivation in it's self. Got in a 60min session on the bike again last night , thought my legs were going to be sore but all good, a little tight this morning but that's all at this point in time anyway. The Recover certainly helps and I'll have it up to three times through the day if I'm really sore , I think the constant top up of magnesium helps. ready for chest bis and tris this morning, another thing I can't believe, training in the mornings when I'm not a morning person , how time shave changed !

  • Tina Black
    4 May 2016
    1:33 PM
  • Tina Black
    4 May 2016
    1:29 PM

    Absolute epic workout this morning. My gosh what a change today, felt strong and focussed and absolutely loved it, even went up in weight.....what the hell ????? Still no soreness from yesterday, tight , but not sore. This week is a major turn around from last week where I thought I was going to die ha ha. Food is still excellent and can really feel how much leaner I am as my tummy skin is a lot softer and stretchier lol. Deadlifts 70 kgs supersetted 140kg legpress 4x12 Bench squats 70kg supersetted leg curl 50kgs 4x12 Walking lunges 10kgs supersetted 25kg leg ext 3x12 reps. Having a lay down getting ready for cardio this afternoon, will see how stiff I am later. Love love love Betapump my gosh really believe thats what helped me smash my work out.

  • Tina Black
    3 May 2016
    10:06 PM

    Wow what a day, feeling a little on edge today and a bit overwhelmed, probably letting small things effect me that shouldn't effect me normally. Had a great back and shoulder work out with my Tuesday training partner Jenny , we are about the same strength so we have awesome workouts together and shes a funny bugger too which makes it so much fun and I look forward to the workout with her each week. Definitely feeling better this week energy wise, my body has certainly adapted to the extra training and added cardio sessions and feeling good about the next few weeks. Even had okay energy in Grit as well, so that is very positive, normally so fatigued by then. Food on point , my dad dropped off a heap of fresh Rosemary and beem adding it to all my meat when cooking and omg delish ! Really wanted a latte this morning but my fave cafe hd no low fat milk so someone was looking after me and had my usual long black, and was so glad I didn't have the latte lol.

  • Tina Black
    2 May 2016
    8:58 PM

    Chest Bis and Tris Tri sets Dbell chest press 17.5kg 12reps x4sets Incline dbel flyes 9kg Flat dumbbell flyes Only because gym too busy so better to stay in one place lol. Ezybar curl 20kg x12 reps x4 sets Supersetted Dbell tricep ext 17.5kg x12repsx4sets Alternative dbell curls 1xset x15kgs 2 sets 12.5kg x 12reps x4 sets Bar tricep push down 50kgsx12reps x3sets Feeling awesome

  • Tina Black
    2 May 2016
    8:54 PM

    Wow 1 day can go so fast feels like forever since I blogged. Will be glad to be back to normal tomorrow. Too many sleep ins and feeling blah thankfully my awesome hubby gave me a break so feel incredibly pumped for this week. All training and food on point so feeling confident that I just have to keep hammering it for the next three weeks. All challengers are just blowing me away, not just physical changes but the mental changes in people. Because at the end of the day the mind is the most powerful thing of the body.

  • Tina Black
    1 May 2016
    8:02 PM

    A shout out to all you girls out there that maybe struggling atm or feel disheartened when they see others progress etc. This is your journey, no one elses, I share my pics to help maybe inspire someone and to remind me of how far I've come. The pic on tje left is me at my heaviest 99.9kgs. Very sad , very lost and making a million excuses and always saying one day. I was rippong off my slef and my family. Grumpy , slow and tired....what an inspiration. It's taken a long time to be happy again. I know this challenge isn't an abs show, but to me, it finally means I'm getting healthy again. My body fat is at a healthy level and I am strong again. It shows all of you that you can do anything you want to do if you believe in yourself and you believe in tjis challenge , because seriously if you want it bad enough you can do it !!!!

  • Tina Black
    30 Apr 2016
    6:12 PM

    Didn't do any actual measurements when I started either challenge but my belt was that big when I started the last challenge in Aug last year and my denim skirt was firm at the beginning of this challenge. Could not be happier, this is what it's all about, reaching the small goal that join together to make the big ones !

  • Tina Black
    30 Apr 2016
    4:42 PM

    60kg squats supersetted with 45kg leg curls 4 sets x12 reps.

  • Tina Black
    30 Apr 2016
    4:40 PM

    60kg deadlifts supersetted 140kg leg press 4 sets x 12 reps min rest.

  • Tina Black
    30 Apr 2016
    4:36 PM

    16336 kgs moved through my leg workout. Gee makes a difference when you add it all up wow, puts it into perspective. Was a bit of a struggle to get started but ended up being a great workout. Felt strong but smashed by the end.

  • Tina Black
    29 Apr 2016
    9:05 PM

    Back and shoulders done oh geez it was hard work tonight. Thank god for pre workout it certainly helped push me through. So hungry , got home from gym and scoffed my food so fast now I've got a huge pain in the tummy. But at least I'm full.....for now. Ready for bed big time.

  • Tina Black
    29 Apr 2016
    4:42 PM

    Ahh good to be able to journal on a computer and not a phone . Great week so far, feeling lots of changes physically and mentally, I think the intensity of the program makes a big difference and physiologically adding in all the extra cardio helps too. Even though it's not just that that is responsible for the body fat loss, it's all the hard work combined from the last 8 weeks and the homework off season that makes the difference...you can't not study for an exam and expect to get an A+ from cramming it all in in in day. Janet said on the forum we pull out the big guns in the last 4 weeks and that's what i'm trying to do . Min 60min on the stationary bike every day , weights and 3 Grit classes plus a 10 km walk on Sundays with all the other challengers in out team. I still can't believe I am training twice a day , I was so super excited when I was just getting something in on every day as it's been so long since I've been able to. Just little things like being able to walk home from the gym and have enough energy to do so, take my time enjoy the walk and stop off and look at shops etc make me feel like I'm my own person again. For so long being mum, wife, working etc you really tend to lose your identity and forget who you are , I can feel the old me coming back. I', enjoying clothes shopping like I haven't for over 20 years , my confidence has increased so much and feel worthy to be able to buy clothes. Now when some one says you look good I actually believe them and thank them instead of saying oh no I look terrible blah blah and make excuses for myself. I even believe my husband , which has had such a huge positive influence on our relationship. I'm no longer so cranky ( unless I'm hungry or tired ) And I'm looking at him and the kids differently, my resentment is less because I am making an effort instead of just winging and feeling sorry for myself . So the Maxines challenge is certainly not all about how you look, how this program makes you feel the community support and the health (mental and physical ) are incredible. eeek too soppy now.

  • Tina Black
    29 Apr 2016
    1:38 PM

    Morning cardio done. Dropped my son's car off at the Auto Electricians and walked to gym, 60 min of the bike off for yummy black coffee and my maxines bar. Walked home only a couple of ks but stopped off at my fave shops. Yes the op shop lol bought some beautiful jackets and a size 14 usually I have trouble fitting into anything thats fitted. Always fits my waist but too tight on my shoulders, or fits my shoulders and huge around the waist and I look like a block. So amazing to be able to be back buying clothes and even more fun recycling and getting a bargain and supporting charity organizations as well.

  • Tina Black
    28 Apr 2016
    9:29 PM

    Mmmm hungry tonight when ducking into the shops, these were surly the best tasting tomatoes in the world! !!! Biceps and triceps done tonight gosh it was hard , so sore , every bit hurts but feel awesome, really enjoying the upped workload and feeling my body change so much . Everything is feeling tighter and leaner. Grit session for cardio after bis and tris it was tough but so worth it ! Really happy with my workouts today and food was 100%. So incredibly proud of our team they are really putting in an incredible effort and reaping the rewards.

  • Tina Black
    28 Apr 2016
    4:05 PM

    Got to work out with hubby sort of today loved it. Chest done and omg was soooo tired had a big nanny nap and didn't have lunch until 3pm eeek. Plan to hit tris and bis tonight before Grit . Then our Max and Maxines weekly meeting.

  • Tina Black
    27 Apr 2016
    9:13 PM

    Amazing afternoon. Spoilt by my beautiful hubby, flowers card and scratchies to say how proud he is of me for sticking to this program for so long and how good I'm looking, as I really struggle to stay on track was so lovely. Quick trip to Hervey Bay with my beautiful daughter for a bit of shopping. Then back to gym for a 60min bike session. Feeling good legs aren't sore.....yet lol everywhere else is tho

  • Tina Black
    27 Apr 2016
    12:29 PM

    Wow how things have changed. Actually did a morning gym session and loved it. Always winged saying oh I'm too tired, i train better in the afternoon blah blah. Had a great leg session. Accidentally went heavier in some exercises than I wrote down and thought oh well gotts stay there now. Supersets Deadlifts 60kgs x 12 reps x4 sets Legpress 140kgsx12repsx4 sets Squats 60kgsx12repsx4sets Leg curl 45kgsx12repsx4sets Walking lunges 12.5kg dbells x12 repsx3sets Leg extension 35kgsx12repsx4 sets Standing calf raises 25kgsx20repsx3sets Legs still feel tired now. Cardio tonight. Woop woop. Feeling great and nice feeling knowing I have done my weights and can just get in some bike tonight.

  • Tina Black
    26 Apr 2016
    10:04 PM

    Omg omg omg had to put this in . Just went into the bathroom having a look at my tummy and holy shit I could see veins. I could see some in my shoulders and chest but wow my tummy blew me away. Just when u think nothing is happening.

  • Tina Black
    26 Apr 2016
    9:21 PM

    Cardio certainly done and dusted tonight. 60 min on the bike and follwed by Grit hybrid. Half strength half plyo. Felt awesome the whole way through. Mind you I did have a nana nap today, I do every day just so I can get through, the perks of starting at 4:30am I guess. Looking so forward to legs tomorrow yayyyyy.

  • Tina Black
    26 Apr 2016
    12:03 PM

    Thank god for Matt at Vf Sups Maryborough he's always got my favorite bars stocked. Yummy yummy can't get enough of these,could eat the while box.

  • Tina Black
    26 Apr 2016
    12:02 PM

    Greattttt workout this morning with my Tuesday training partner Jenny. Super setting together and hardly any break was awesome and neither of us wanted to back down ha ha so pushed each other to stay heavy. Assisted chin up medium band 4sets 15,12, 10, 10 reps Shoulder press 15kgs ×12 reps 3 sets last 2 drop set to 12.5kgs Lat pulldown 45kgsx12reps 3 sets last set drop set to 40 kgs Rear delts 7kgsx12reps 3 sets ooops supposed to be 20 reps T bar row machine 25kgs×12reps 3 sets Side raises 7kgs x20 reps last set drop set to 6kgs Feeling awesome but sore .

  • Tina Black
    25 Apr 2016
    9:38 PM

    Gym too busy tonight to do all exercises for tri sets for chest so did Flat db press 15kgs x12reps 3 sets Incline db flyes 9kgs x 12 reps 3 sets Flat db flyes 6kgs x12 reps Standing ezybar cur 17.5x 12reps 3 sets rope Tri ext 35kgsx 12reps x3 sets , supersetted . Seated db curls 12.5 kgsx12reps x3 sets Straight bar tricep pushdown 45kgsx12reps x 3 sets Trx cable crunches 4sets x15 reps No roll outs because my lower back still niggly. But had a great workout felt strong and pumped. Finished off with 2pmins on the bike and felt good. Back and shoulders in the morning with my Tuesday training partner and fellow challenger Jenny. Love Tuesday morning training. Looking forward to deadlifts on Wednesday so i can wear my On Wednesday We Deadlift singlet ha ha. The small things we enjoy lol. Had a nanny nap this afternoon and thought I wouldn't be that tired tonight.... wrong. ...lol looking for my awesome bed and even better ...it's cool.

  • Tina Black
    25 Apr 2016
    3:15 PM

    The only thing I want to winge about is that there is no LIKE button on peoples journals. Lol. I'm so impressed by people's positive attitudes and seeing how far everyone is coming along. I absolutely love reading and seeing them and progress pictures. Especially the really positive ones and everyone giving themselves a high five , because they deserve it. Keep up the awesome work every one. So looking forward to my workout this afternoon. Can't wait !

  • Tina Black
    24 Apr 2016
    9:17 PM

    My gorgeous son went fishing last night until 3 am but this is what he bought home for dinner. Threadfin salmon mmmmmm guess what I had for dinner tonight? ??

  • Tina Black
    24 Apr 2016
    9:13 PM

    Another brilliant 10k walk this afternoon. Wow I love how it gets easier and quicker each week. Can't wait for tomorrow early morning cardio then off to the Anzac day march, emotional day ahead for everyone so good idea to get stuff done early but then weights later in the arvo. Can't believe how quick these weeks are going its incredible. So proud of our group they're doing amazing. Goals being meet and passed, everyone so incredibly happy to see peoples lives changing is amazing!

  • Tina Black
    24 Apr 2016
    1:43 PM

    Sp much for cardio last night after cleaning out the shed yesterday i thought I'd have a lay down because my back was killing me. Ooops work up around 1am went to loo and back to sleep until 8:45 , no dinner no night timr shake eek but guess what....i didn't die ha ha. So lots yo make up for today

  • Tina Black
    23 Apr 2016
    5:11 PM

    Not a normal Saturday afternoon for me today. Decided after seeing all the amazing girls on here motivated and doing workouts at home, I had an awesome idea to clean out my shed so I could use my slam balls sandbags ropes etc at home instead of lugging it to parks. Omg 6hrs later I finally have some room after rearranging so much junk and cleaning out the bloody rats and ants nests ( thats how long since we've been in there) disgusting. But now I'm too smashed to do a workout ha ha but so so happy I was productive on a Saturday for a change instead of lazing around telling myself I'd worked all week and deserved to be lazy, but nothing ever got done ! So having a rest and then hubby and I will be off for a walk tonight. Food has been on point all week and really feeling changes coming on now. Xo

  • Tina Black
    22 Apr 2016
    10:25 PM

    Chest biceps and triceps of the new program. Argh was tired tonight lol but still had a great one though. Feeling in a really good place right now, appreciating what my body is handling as I really feel i am pushing it more and more and it's still working. Like the meme says "but did you die" hmmm well almost ha ha. Still deciding whether to do legs tomorrow or just cardio and enjoy another weekend off before next week. I will see how I'm feeling in the morning if I have a good sleep or not. Nite nite

  • Tina Black
    22 Apr 2016
    1:03 PM

    Just another reason not to trust the scales. I simply can not remember the last time ever that I could buy anything in a size 12..... maybe 14years ago and I was a hell of a lot lighter then. So I go into an op shop ( i love op shops ) see a size 12 denim skirt, pulled it out hummed and harrrred thought never will it fit me EVER. But to cure my curiosity I thought I'd try anyway because I loved it . So admittedly it was a little stretchy and worn but omg it fit. I nearly screamed in the dressing room ha ha. So It just proved to me AGAIN to not trust those stupid scales.

  • Tina Black
    21 Apr 2016
    10:19 PM

    Did the new back and shoulder workout tonight ahhh feels awesome to be supersetting, fast and awesome pump even without creatine. Felt reasonably strong still. Absolutely love love loving the forum and Instagram. The support is amazing, really connected and love the girls on there. They really create the feeling of belonging and backing everyone. This challenge has been so different to the last, I am going to miss all of this and all the girls so much but iy doesn't mean our connection will stol , I'll certainly be following the all after tje challenge and watching their amazing journeys xxoo

  • Tina Black
    21 Apr 2016
    12:23 PM

    Greatttt sleep. Woohoo new work out plan can't wait to get into it , love supersets and the pump from them. I also love oats mornings getting up at 4.30 I have to hang around a bit until its breaky so I get pretty hungry. Having a rest rradu for tonights workout !

  • Tina Black
    20 Apr 2016
    10:00 PM

    Week 8 check in done. Definitely happy with my progress , more toned and leaner than before. Good workout tonight with a few others and another awesome challenger Julie Palmer. Great working out with others. Looking forward to the next few weeks , big changes ahead. Very exciting.

  • Tina Black
    20 Apr 2016
    3:46 PM

    Soooo this just happened. ...dont worry this is a good thing. Today I have felt extra sore and tired , had a nanny nap and kept coughing like my throat was all congested. Got up felt average and think I'm coming down with something. So my usual thing would be to find some horrible comfort food. Nope I took a better option, protein pancake with lots of berries and Greek yogurt, a dose colloidal silver (if thats how you spell it lol ) gargled and a double dose of Maxines recover and lots of water. Don't have time to be sick, it can pack its bags and shut up ! Hee hee cardio tonight

  • Tina Black
    19 Apr 2016
    8:52 PM

    Great leg session this morning with Jenny Hopper another maxines challenger squats 4sets 30kg 40 kg 50kg 60kg x12reps Leg curl 4 sets 12 reps 40kg 40kg 45kg 50kg Deadlifts 4sets 40kg x 12 reps Leg extention 4 sets 25kg x 12 reps Calf raises 4 sets 15kg x 20reps Then Grit strength /plyo hybrid tonight absolutely love Grit. Sooo tired tonight and hungry yayyyy my body is fired up. Feeling great so excited for the last 4 weeks. Having a ball connecting with all the challengers and coaches on the forum and instagram it realy helps push you and feel like your not alone .

  • Tina Black
    18 Apr 2016
    9:05 PM

    Epic chest and bicep work out tonight. Loving the Maxines Creatine omg get such an amazing pump but I struggle to get through the last bit because i can't move lol. But certainly makes a difference to strength and endurance. Incline bench 40kg ×12reps 4 sets Flat dbell flyes 8kgs x12 reps 4 sets Pushups 12reps x 4 sets Biceps Ezybar curl 15kgs x12 reps x 2 sert 20kgs x12 reps x2 sets Dbell hammer curls 12.5kgs x 12reps 4 sets. Absolutely loveing my training. Had skin folds done and even though I know its not accurate compared to the body comp scan (dexa machine) but I can certainly see my bf has gone down, i am incredibly happy. I must say I've read a fair few journals and feel sorry for how some people are treated by their friends and family sabotaging they're hard work. People get jealous and don't like change. I am so incredibly lucky to have thè most incredibly supportive beautiful friends and family around me and I am truly blessed. I could not imagine trying to cope with negativity . So hold your heads up high girls and boys, you uswe have got this !!!

  • Tina Black
    18 Apr 2016
    11:48 AM

    Finally got my fitness pal back on my phone yay. What an awesome app. So easy to use, wow just scanned my bar codes and boom. Just anither way to give you the confidence you're doing everything right even though I do and I never track away from the plan, however after the challenge I think it will be an invaluable tool to slowly increase my food intake back up slowly so I can keep control of my weight etc again. And its fun to use too even tells you how awesome you are for reaching your fibre goals and protein etc. Had a lovely sleep last night and slept in until 8.15am , the advantages of having teenagers that can get themselves ready, ones at work and one in grade 9. But it wasn't always like this, its been a long time since I've really been able to have this time to commit to myself with out being so stressed. When my son was about 6 months old I was suffering with post natal depression and was prescribed anti depressants. 17 years on I am still on them, up to maximum dose of 60 mg. However....... last challenge I managed to reduce my medication to 40mg , which is the least I had been on for about 8 years. So one of my biggest goals this challenge was to refuce it further. I am so happy to say that I am now on the minimum dosage of just 20mg. This means so much more to me than anything. My brain fog has lifted, I'm motivated and loving life. Sometimes I want to cry because I feel like the last 17years of my life I've lived in a daze with no real direction or want for anything. ..hence the weight gain . So thank you Maxines challenge for changing my life and giving me hope again.

  • Tina Black
    17 Apr 2016
    9:47 PM

    What a fabulous Sunday . Up not so early for a workout down near our fabulous river. 5 rounds 10 reps of 9kg slam ball.. Squat over shoulder toss Alternating push ups on ball. Ohead ball slam, squat jump to side, full burpee, jump back. 10 walking lunges with the ball. Had a lovely coffee with my hubby, daughter and fellow Maxines challenger . Home for housework and rest, then off on our Sunday 10 k walk. So inspiring to see so many people turning up to join me. Amazing just putting it out there on Facebook how many people love and appreciate getting outside and spending time with like minded people. Absolutely makes my day and weekend and get ready for the new week.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:54 PM

    My walking partner and biggest supporter my awesome hubby Chris with Mary Poppins also born in Maryborough.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:52 PM

    Duncan Chapman born in Maryborough was the first man to step on the shores of Gallipoli ww1 . Lest we forget. We have dawn service here every Anzac day.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:49 PM

    Air raid bunker.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:48 PM

    One of the biggest war museums in Australia. My Grandfathers original map of Papua New Guinea from world war 2 is restored here.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:46 PM

    Bond store and museum.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
    8:37 PM

    Tonight hubby and I decided to go for a walk, but this time into town. What started out as just a bit of steady state stuff , we looked around at our beautiful town in the night lights and thought we would share some pics of our amazing heritage town. From the birth place of Mary Poppins and Douglas Chapman the first man to step food on Gallipoli to our beautiful town hall. Was a great way to get some light cardio in, spend some time with my awesome husband and take in the beauty of our gorgeous home town.

  • Tina Black
    16 Apr 2016
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    16 Apr 2016
    10:51 AM

    Didn't get to blog last night , long day and busy busy. Had an awesome shoulder and tricep session last night , triceps were so pumped could hardly get out my push ups , felt strong and really good. Clean and press 3 sets @ 30kg x 12 reps Arnold press 3 sets @ 12.5kgs x 12 reps Rear delts 3 sets @ 6kgs x 12 reps Side raises 3sets @ 8kgs x 12 reps Db tri ext 3 sets @ 15kgs x 12reps Rope tricep pull back 3sets @25kgs x12 reps Tricep pushups 3 sets x 12 reps minimal rest approx 45sec Took on the advice from the coaches on the forum and definitely feeling better with more reps and less rest , gives me a way better pump, and feels stronger. Taken my carb intake down and surprisingly feel okay. Amazing how quick your mood can change though , felt on top of the world yesterday woke up this morning a bit grrrrr. Everyone still in bed when I left for work for the probably 30 something day in a row or more , but you know the saying, no rest for the wicked , well I must be bad arse ha ha . Cardio today at some time maybe quite late by the way that I'm feeling. Have to go shopping and clean the house ha ha normal womens business lol. HAve an awesome weekend everyone, keep training hard .

  • Tina Black
    14 Apr 2016
    11:23 PM

    Back session was great this afternoon quicker than normal, stayed on the same weight or just dropped despite increasing reps to 12 and reducing rest period. Felt great ! Had a great Grit session too followed by our Weekly max and maxines meeting which is a great catch up with the other challengers so glad to have organized it even when only a few or heaps turn up. Helps keep us all accountable. Our group is doing amazing so inspired by them all. And I'm feeling better and more motivated everyday. Massage tomorrow. .. gawd I love Fridays xo

  • Tina Black
    14 Apr 2016
    12:14 PM

    So a gym member celebrated his 90th birthday today, got me thinking, we really are here for a long time. And if we want that time to be a good time we really need to look after ourselves. Who wants to be old and incapacitated if it was something we could have prevented our selves??? We just can't ever give up. Be happy we are alive in good health and have family or friends around that love you. He has truly inspired me to be happier about the small things. The look on his face when he received his cake, how much enjoyment he had cutting it up and handing it to people was priceless, he was like a kid again. Gee we live in a wonderful world !

  • Tina Black
    13 Apr 2016
    9:43 PM

    Wow how good do I feel. Today has been amazing. Up early, work then 30 min on bike home for food and rest then back to gym for work out in the Alley , slam ball cleans, alt shoulder sand bag squats, pushups, 10, 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 with 40 double rope slams and a sand bag run each round. Had two other awesome Maxines challengers carving it up with me and had a blast. Feeling okay on less carbs just having extra vegies. But feel in control and pumped for the next few weeks, just hope I haven't wasted too much of the last 6 weeks :( but never mind because smashing it now.

  • Tina Black
    12 Apr 2016
    10:16 PM

    Feeling 100% better knowing I've changed my food around, already feel less bloated too. Had a great afternoon. Legs this morning nanny nap picked my daughter up from school and took dogs for a 3 k walk then off to Grit. Really need to hit the roller tomorrow as everything is feeling a little sore and tight. Looking forward to tomorrow's workout . Something nasty in the Alley.

  • Tina Black
    12 Apr 2016
    3:26 PM

    Feel a load better today. After advice from the Forum ( they are a god send Janet and Helen ) I have switched to the tone and shape food but get strong program. Increased my reps to 12 and less rest period. Yay feel like things are going to change and finally down a kg this morning. I know its not about weight but felt yucky. Already feel loads better just knowing. Great leg session this morning kept the same weights just harder. Did the Queens College fitness test , take pulse, 10 min warm up bike, 3 minute step ups and calculate pulse and came out as excellent. So feeling great.

  • Tina Black
    11 Apr 2016
    10:11 PM

    Had a great day today no Grit but had an awesome chest and bicep w'out and also did Body Step. I took Janets advice and added more reps up to 12 and less rest felt much better and a way better pump. Can't believe how much I loved step. Haven't done it for ever and now I'm so much fitter I enjoyed it so much. Did a heap of food prep today and feel really focused wahoo.

  • Tina Black
    11 Apr 2016
    9:01 AM

    Morning black coffee, time to get ready for the week ahead and smash it out. Grit in just over an hour, that'll wake me up for the day.

  • Tina Black
    10 Apr 2016
    3:41 PM

    Wasn't going to upload this pic as um well what do I say ?? Mixed emotions I feel looking at this. From where I was last year when I started to now is a huge change in my appearance and my fitness. I am so proud of where I've come from. 6 more weeks to go so hoping I can make some big changes from here on in. I still have only lost about 500gms to 1kg which is frustrating but will have another body comp scan at the 8 week mark to see what my body fat is doing, because I seriously don't think I could be putting on that much muscle lol. But in saying that mad crazy things happen in the last few weeks too. so all in all I'm still so happy where I am, and who couldn't be following this program, reduced the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, depression and the list goes on . So really the physical side is just a bonus, even though reduced weight is kinder to our joints buttttt not at the sacrifice of muscle . gawd damn that's why I love this program.

  • Tina Black
    9 Apr 2016
    11:03 PM

    Only got in 30 mim on the bike this morning as we had a wedding this afternoon and really wanted to enjoy it. Meals were perfect all day but your friends don't get married every day so I allowed myself to enjoy a meal with friends, chicken breast in prosciutto small potato and veg. Had two small bread rolls with butter and a couple of cupcakes, but nope don't feel guilty. It was a lovely night and the reason I don't feel guilty is because I'm still in control, I'm not scared anymore, i know i can stop and that every other meal I have is on point so I don't "fear" tomorrow or my next meal thinking I'm going to blow out and eat myself to oblivion. No alcohol but enjoyed 1 can of diet coke as I just don't drink it anymore so it truly was a treat. All up had a great night, actually wanted to get dressed up for a change and was comfortable in a skirt. Up early for some cardio torture down at the park tho!

  • Tina Black
    8 Apr 2016
    4:03 PM

    Had no phone charger last night so no blogging. Was soooooo sore from Wednesdays workouts but it was great, so happy with how much my fitness has increased over the last few weeks. Back workout last night and Grit Plyo, argh squat burpees after something like 150 squats and 150 lunges plus runs on Wednesday was tough , but well worth it.Finally got my Maxines Recover and Creatine and OMG addicted to them both. Smashed the Recover yesterday to help with my soreness and definitely feel better today, both are yum-mo and love the Cola flavor creatine, tastes like those little Cola lolly bottles. Mixing the BETAPUMP and Creatine together before my workouts and my body tolerates it really well, get a great pump and way more energy and strength throughout the work out. Was feeling really down at the beginning of the week but as the week has gone on I feel much better. During our Maxines and Maxs meeting last night we were discussing our different feeling through this journey and some one asked me how I feel in this challenge compared to the last one. I explained how I am at such a different stage now to what I was in the last challenge as in mind set etc. By this time in the last challenge I had lost quite a lot of weight whereas this time my loss is very very minimal which can really play with your head. I have to keep referring back to pics and looking at my journal to see just how much more my body can handle this time and where I have come from and be proud of myself. As humans the more we get the more we want, which is great as long as it's healthy and we reward our selves with kind words to our soul. Bad words are now banned, the " I'm fat", "I look disgusting" etc are not words or quotations I use on myself any more. I may say that I still have body fat but I am not FAT, this does not define me anymore. Instead I say I am proud of myself, I love eating healthy and pushing my body and rewarding it with massages, hair cuts and actually wanting to go out now . We have a wedding to go to tomorrow and I am soooo excited I am even having my hair done at the hair dressers and bought a whole new outfit ! About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis ( a by product of Psoriasis an Auto immune disease that effects the skin) which is very similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. It attacks your tendons and ligaments creating pain and enthisitis, swelling and extreme joint pain. After taking sulfur drugs for 6 months and risking bone marrow suppression I went off all drugs but struggled along mentally with major depression and physically for a few more years. It wasn't until the Maxines challenge last year that I actually felt worthy again. There was a goal and a time limit and even better you could do it all over again in 3 months time. Winning ! So I guess Maxines has saved my life !

  • Tina Black
    6 Apr 2016
    9:27 PM

    Epic day today. Slept all the way through to 4:30am, thought I'd be tired but felt great. Had a busy morning but had a great nanny nap before an awesome cardio/sandbag workout with two great girls and fellow maxines challengers. Absolutely smashed but feel great, definitely over that bump in the road 2 days ago but no doubt I will wake up sore tomorrow. Food is perfect and rarely feel like anything treat wise only mashed cauliflower which is my fave atm. Love these high carb days too. Mmmmm looking forward to back and tris tomorrow. Boom onwards and upwards.

  • Tina Black
    5 Apr 2016
    10:52 PM

    Arghhh 10:50pm and have to be back up at 4.30am. Upside had a good leg workout with a fellow Maxines challenger and friend Jenny, then a great Grit Plyo tonight. Cardio tomorrow will try and get two sessions in but will see.

  • Tina Black
    5 Apr 2016
    8:19 AM

    Yay feel so much better today ! Had a good read of the forum today which to be honest I don't do too much of as I'm so busy and usually I feel really in control, but gee wizz it helps so much. Even though I know what I'm going through is perfectly mormal, It's still good to hear it from someone else !

  • Tina Black
    4 Apr 2016
    9:33 PM

    Feeling really crappy atm. Feel as though I'm flogging a dead horse and getting nowhere. I know it's just a stage and it'll get better but right now it doesn't feel like it. Tomorrow is a new day and I won't stop, because there is no other option but to keep going. So proud of our team and all our group they are doing so well and making some amazing changes so they definitely keep me inspired. Up and up tomorrow.

  • Tina Black
    1 Apr 2016
    10:54 PM

    Soooo tired. Was Almost going to have a cheat meal. Noooooo. Butter chicken and garlic naan bread on my mind. Hubby said no ! He cooked me up my veg rice and chicken, (such a champion love him to bits)had a good feed and felt better but still wanted a bit more. Cooked up a protein pancake with blueberries and yog now ulgh soooo full lol. Amazing how my habits have changed. Before the challenges i woild have had 2 pancakes and wanted more.Still had a good shoulder work out but hopefully have a good sleep tonight so i can hit some good cardio training tomorrow.

  • Tina Black
    1 Apr 2016
    5:15 PM

    82.6kg

    Epic cardio workouts last night, hit up my favorite " Morrison" workout had a quick 10min break then into Grit Plyo. Omg first time I really struggled in Grit, legs were heavy, couldn't stop sweating and was absolutely smashed , but I loved it. Max and Maxines meeting at 7:10 which we do every Thursday night for everyone doing the challenge. It's a chance for everyone to catch up, share their week and some have even teamed up as training partners which is awesome. Finding I can handle more and more training and higher intensity, recovery is a lot better and I'm hanging out until my next workouts too.

  • Tina Black
    30 Mar 2016
    10:28 PM

    Good back workout tonight, moved things around so I can do 60min on the bike tomorrow and Grit but still went for a walk tonight only 3ks but better than nothing. Was really tired today so had a nice rest through the middle of the day. My son trained back with me for a while then took one of our beautiful dogs for a walk. So nice at night time around the park. Looking forward to tomorrow as usual.

  • Tina Black
    30 Mar 2016
    8:52 AM

    Good morning ! What an awesome sleep, only problem was I had to get up :( Tired today after a big day yesterday , but it's a satisfied tired, not a lazy tired which I hate. Cardio day and looking forward to it might head to the park again as I love working out down there and being outside. Such a good feeling to wake up in the morning and feel and see your body changing, so exciting!

  • Tina Black
    29 Mar 2016
    11:38 PM

    Had a good catchup with the other Max and Maxine challengers too. Such an amazing effort so far by all the Maryborough Fitness Team so incredibly proud of their dedication !

  • Tina Black
    29 Mar 2016
    11:35 PM

    Been trying to fit into these shorts since i bought them about 2 years ago. Finally Yesssss! Even though i was lighter at the end of the last challenge they still didn't fit. So happy ! Scales are starting to move not much only 1.3kgs so far but omg I can feel and see the difference so certainly not disappointed. My skin is softer especially on my tummy and seeing my abs better. Had a not so good start to the day, pre workout on a fairly empty tummy doesn't agree with me and missed two sets of deadlifts because I threw up lol. Still got my other leg exercises done. Back to gym tonight for 60 min on the bike then a Grit session, so hopefully sleep better than last night.

  • Tina Black
    28 Mar 2016
    11:15 PM

    Another great day. Had a fabulous sleep in and plenty of nanny naps through the day ready for my workout tonight. It was so funny because I was like wow, I feel so strong. Then I remembered ahhhh Betapump and creatine omg awesomeness. So in all had a great workout again and feel fantastic. Intraboost post workout really help with recovery too. Looking forward to legs in the morning as I've got Grit in the arvo. Another awesome day ahead.

  • Tina Black
    27 Mar 2016
    10:52 PM

    Another fabulous day. Slept in had a little bit of bacon with my breaky this morning, was amazing. No chocolate eggs just normal ones and could stomach them. Having trouble with egg whites atm make me sick. So had two fried eggs no oil and was good. Had a nice afternoon rest and sent out a fb message for anyone to join me for a 10 k walk and had 3 friends turn up two kids and two dogs, was absolutely awesome. Time went so wuick had a great laugh a great company so we're doing it every Sunday for the rest of the challenge plus who ever else wants to come along. Can't wait to start new program tomorrow.

  • Tina Black
    26 Mar 2016
    9:06 PM

    Day at the beach today, sand workout. 30 mts walking lunges 10 tricep pushups 30 mts long jump squat 10 tricep pushups. Repeat 5 times. So tired from the beautiful weather so easy dinner, protein pancakes. Mmmm

  • Tina Black
    25 Mar 2016
    11:05 PM

    No gym today as we were closed so took my training outdoors and loved it. So nice to be out in the fresh air. 50 jump squats Hill run 50 pushups Hill run 40 then 30 then 20 then 10 with a hill run in between. And a 3 k walk. Off in the boat tomorrow to the beach so a beach workout it will be. Feeling so focused right now and fit and strong. Love this challenge and looking forward to the next 8 weeks. A little bit addicted to the cauliflower mash just with water salt and pepper. It's absolutely delicious and tonight had a treat with king salmon done in egg and coconut flour yummmm

  • Tina Black
    23 Mar 2016
    11:18 PM

    Results of Body Comp Scan.

  • Tina Black
    23 Mar 2016
    11:18 PM

    Had my Body Composition Scan today. What can i say ??? Mixed emotions, great to know finally where I'm sitting with my body fat ( have never had a clue what my bf% was EVER !), which is far more important to me than my weight. I certainly have loads of muscle so I'm not worried about that. I really need to keep my cardio sessions on point and squeeze in any extras I can. Thanks to my awesome hubby I got in another 60 min on the bike this morning as well as a mediocre shoulders and arm workout tonight as the bursitis in my right shoulder is pretty painful atm even after a cortisone shot the Friday before the challenge started. Other than that feeling awesome.

  • Tina Black
    22 Mar 2016
    10:39 PM

    Huge day. Feeling normal again after a not so good weekend, just tired and emotional. But smashed out "Morrison " this morning 50 40 30 20 10, wall balls , kettle bell swings, box jumps then Grit Plyo tonight ( fave atm). Booked in for Dexa scan tomorrow to see where I'm really sitting and set my mind at ease, then will do another at the end of the challenge. So pumped seeing all the Arnold Classic pics and feeling so inspired !

  • Tina Black
    20 Mar 2016
    4:41 PM

    Can't believe its end of week 3 already. Cannot believe how much I'm struggling atm. Everything feels so overwhelming. I am definitely leaner , and harder than I was and my food has been perfect, all training sessions in, so not sure whats going on. Negative self doubt and emotions rear their head every now and then and feel like its all too hard. Tomorrow is another day and back into a routine, my daughter will be back from school camp on Thursday so will probably feel better. My anxiety goes through the roof when the kids sre away from me. Stupid really they're almost 18 and 15. Week 4 should be better..fingers crossed.

  • Tina Black
    18 Mar 2016
    9:08 AM

    Leg morning done . Chest and back tonight. Gawd damn I love this challenge. Love feeling accountable. Love feeling strong. Love feeling fit.

  • Tina Black
    14 Mar 2016
    8:56 PM

    Awesome day today, felt great after a nice rest day yesterday. Woke up early ( 5:20am) for my weights workout then back to gym at 10:20am for Grit and then a 60min session on the bike in the late arvo. If only everyday was like that, but up again tomorrow morning for work at 4:30am so will see how the day goes from there. Not losing any kgs atm but an certainly feeling leaner and more energetic. Love this challenge so much and so proud of all our team as well, they're going so well.

  • Tina Black
    11 Mar 2016
    6:21 PM

    85kg

    This could be a long one ! 1st journal entry, why???? I know that this is a long challenge and trying not to get too ahead of myself, normally I'm a bull at a gate and rush , rush , rush. This time I really wanted to see how I was feeling a few weeks in and if I still felt the same as in the beginning. And yes I do. Still super excited and super keen for the next 10 weeks. Being my second time around I must say though my emotions and thoughts are a little different. I suppose the pressure that I have put on myself is a little more as I had such great results the first time around, and am really pushing myself to achieve this again. But like I say to everyone in our group, patience, time , preparation,commitment and the results will speak for themselves. I have definitely seen a huge improvement from where I started off from last round and feels great to be in a better position as in my fitness is way higher and body fat way lower, so there's no way I could be disappointed with that. An enormous marker for me was going to new Les Mills Launches last week and being able to do 4 classes in a row, Grit Plyo, Body Combat, Body Balance and body Pump , which is unheard of for me. Even if the next day I could barely walk. I have reduced my weights right back this round and really been focusing on squeezing the muscle and negative resistance, much better for my joints and allows me to fit in more cardio as I'm not so smashed .

  • Tina Black
    6 Mar 2016
    9:14 PM
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    6 Mar 2016
    9:11 PM
  • Tina Black
    6 Mar 2016
    9:09 PM
    20 Burpees
    25 Push Ups
    25 Crunches
    25 Alternate Lunges
    4 Plank
    27 Jump Squats
  • Tina Black
    29 Feb 2016
    10:39 PM

    Wahoo we're off and running. So excited. Bring on the next 12 weeks !

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