Wednesday, August 7, 2013


So I have been casually blogging as part of the Maxines 12 Weeks Challenge and figured that I should share with you all here what my new adventure is over there :)

So from now on, everytime I update my blog over there (Maxines 12 Week Challenge), ill copy the blog to here so that my readers can read and I can share with you all my experience.

Just to catch you up, here is Week 1 entries (last week!)

29 July 2013, 12:45pm

Day 1, week 1 and we are off!! I am actually looking forward to what will be after 12 weeks. Being a full time mum, full time uni student and full time wife can prove difficult at times but with some preplanning hopefully this wont be too much of an issue. It is even more exciting that my husband Michael is also doing the challenge. He is a freshly qualified personal trainer so I can see that qualification coming in handy for us both as the weeks progress. 
I have been following the menu loosely for the last 2 weeks and still cant get rid of the evening popcorn. Everything else from softdrink to chocolate was easily gone but mmmm popcorn! Something to work on. Have changed the menu a little as I just cannot stomach tuna. EWWWW! So having some grilled chicken instead for lunch today. 
So exciting!! I hope you enjoy following me on my journey. Through the ups and downs, highs and the lows, its going to be a challenge but we will survive :)

30 July 2013, 7:31am

Breakfast of champions consisting of Body Effects and some L-Carnitine to start the day followed up with a Maxines BURN Protein shake and topped off with yoghurt! Yummo Thought I would be a little sore after yesterdays workout as I pushed myself beyond limits but feeling pretty good actually! 
Have an amazing day everyone. I am out at uni all day today and am all prepared with precooked food and snacks. No excuses!
Eat Clean. Train Hard!

30 July 2013, 8:17pm

It's time for a change!!
That is my motto for the next 12 weeks. Spent the day at uni and pre-preparing lunch meant no slip ups on the way! Now the matter I do need to control is POPCORN!!! OMG I love the stuff and finding it hard not to have my nightly fill of popcorn. I guess it could be worse but no where on the plan does it mention POPCORN! Maybe the nutrition crew forgot to add it on ;)
Original start pics are up and im planning to take new ones next week since that will hopefully show some nice changes that I know I can see/feel happening.

1 August 2013, 10:31am

Morning of day 4 and its going to be a tough one! I have a few assessments that have slowly piled up and are all due next week. Difference this time however is I dont have my old friend chocolate beside me. Instead, its all clean eating and when things get too tense, I have a boxing bag I can let off some steam with :)
When these are done, I will be able to sit down and write my story to share with you all. It is a battle I have been fighting for years now and this time im playing to win :) Havent had this determination in any of my other ventures so I think I might finally have it right now.
Anyhow, I hear assessments calling my name (they are a bit noisy actually), so whilst the house is empty, I should probably focus on those. I can see why they call this a challenge cause for me, it is going to be just that since the whole 12 weeks are my uni session. Preparation is really key for me. So glad I have hubby on board (he is doing Maxs).
Better add a blurb in about my pics. Pic one is of my yongest daughter who is 4 and loves to sit out in our home gym counting out our reps. A real little PT in the making she is :)
Second is of breakkie this morning! Mmmmm love my porridge with BURN shake. Not to mention it really fixes those hunger pangs you sometimes get first thing in the morning!
Report back later! 
Eat clean, train hard

1 August 2013, 7:49pm

Week 1 Day 4 Update - managed to get through the day really well! Diet is SPOT ON! Can't do any better (although having myself a boiled egg to fill the gap that is giving me hunger pangs this evening!). Thinking of taking another pic on the weekend as that will be the end of 3 weeks of healthy eating and working out so something should be changing ;)! Early one to tonight as starting to get a decent sleep pattern happening finally. Eat clean and train hard everyone. Until tomorrow, goodnight, sweet dreams.

4 August 2013, 11:17am

Hi gang!!
Here we are at the end of week 1 and what a week it has been!! Diet has been spot on, weights training (other than last night) has been over and above whats needed cardio is still a bit of a worry but knowing that I am not sitting all day is a good thing!
Yesterday was the biggest challenge so far though. My son was playing rugby league at the schoolboys carnival all day. This meant some time away from the safety of my home. I packed a couple of BURN bars not even thinking about lunch! Around 11am we wandered over to the Liqurice Factory for a hot cuppa. Mmmmm hot chocolate.....WAIT!! Thats not on the menu EVER!! So I asked for a cup of green tea with lemon. They were lovely and cut me some fresh lemon slices to put in my cup. YES! I had flexed my will power muscle in a shop filled with hot chocolate and cheesecake.....not to mention chocolate covered liquorice!
Step two was working out what to have for lunch. As many would know, a footy carnival isnt really the place to find the healthiest of foods. Then it clicked! Steak sandwich! Yes! I could have a steak sandwich with no onion and no sauce. Even better, I used the bread as a plate and easily threw those carbs away when I had finished! Thats right my friends! Steak sanwich with no bread ;) SCORE!! 
To finish the afternoon, I had another BURN bar and it was time to head home. Didnt feel much like cooking so swayed a little from the menu and had steak cookd on the BBQ and an egg. 
Exhausted and tired, both hubby and I agreed to put off our weights workout. I think both of us would have been too tired to get through a session after today. Standing on our feet from 9am till 4.30pm would have been a workout in itself.
So there you have it folks! You can go out for the day, even whilst on this challenge, and still get through without the need to sway from the plan too much. With our busy schedules, there will come times when you have to really think about what to do BUT there is always a light. We just have to not be blinded by the carbs and sugars that are in our way.
Have a great Sunday and bring on week 2!!
Oh forgot to add!! I am weighing in at 75.1kg today!! So excited!! I am getting lighter and lighter. I havent been this weight for almost 4 years now. 

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