Throughout January’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, these mums will be here to give you advice, guidance and some great motivation tips when you need it.
Kick off 2020 with January’s Motivating Mums
Today we introduce you to your January MOTIVATING MUMS, with a bit about each mum, and their top tips for keeping you focused and motivated throughout this month’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. These mums are here to help you stay on track, stay motivated and kick your goals!
Amanda has lost 17 lbs on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Amanda, 46, is a full time working mum of two boys aged 8 and 9, living in Oxfordshire.
Amanda shares, “I lost 17 lbs between August and October 2019 with the Healthy Mummy28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, and I gained a whole ton of confidence.
“In 2020 I’d like to lose one to one and a half stone, progress the intensity levels of my workouts and join a new fitness class which combines circuit training and climbing.
“In 2019 the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge helped me to find myself again – I found my confidence, I found/allowed time for myself, I found a new hobby (joined a netball club after a teeny gap of just 30 years since I last played!!), I found friendship & camaraderie in the Healthy Mummy Facebook group, and I have started to rediscover a body that I recognise rather than the stranger who used to look back at me from the mirror.
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“I’m doing the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge as I want to be the best version of me that I can, and I want to feel happy with myself, and know that I have done the best for myself and my family. I also want to stop thinking about my body, and clothes – I would love to be able to just get dressed in anything knowing that it will look good and not spending ages choosing what to wear & then worrying all day about what it looks like.”
Healthy Mummy Smoothies
“I’ve been using the Healthy Mummy smoothies once or twice a day most days, as I find them so convenient & quick but I know I’m still getting excellent nutrition.”
Amanda’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes:
Amanda says, “My current favourite Healthy Mummy meals are the Ultimate Bean Nachos and the Stovetop Lasagne(made with Quorn as I’m vegetarian). My favourite snack is the No-Bake Muesli Bars as they are filling and so easy to make.”
Amanda’s 3 tips for success:
Start slow, give yourself time to get used to the app and how the plan works, and test a little bit at a time (E.g. maybe make one snack recipe and 2 dinners in week 1 & build up from there)
Ask questions – there’s always someone around to help.
Elizabeth, 39, is a Mum of one from Woking, Surrey.
Elizabeth shares, “I joined The Healthy Mummy in September 2018 after looking for something that would help me gain a healthy outlook on life.
“I had suffered a missed miscarriage in 2016 and was at my largest, size 18. I lost a lot of weight following this taking me to a size 12/14 but was unable to maintain. I was in a real rut of unhealthy/negative habits and was suffering from migraines and anxiety more frequently.
“Since being with The Healthy Mummy I have maintained a size 12 but am on the road to dropping another dress size. That is my goal! I have learned how to eat, drink, move in a way that is healthy, positive and achieves that healthy lifestyle I was after, without missing out on anything I like!
“I don’t suffer from anxiety attacks at all now and my migraines are few and far between. This I put down to not only my diet but the support and motivation given through The Healthy Mummy Community. It has helped me with building up my confidence and self-belief.”
“I have been using the Healthy Mummy Smoothies now for a year. They are amazing. From a non milk, non smoothie lover, I am now addicted!! I no longer miss breakfast or snack time. I used to suffer quite badly with bloating but since using the smoothies, this seems to have calmed down and my digestive system on a whole is much better.”
Elizabeth’s tips for success:
Take measurements and photos, these will really boost your motivation if the scales don’t move.
Lean on the Healthy Mummy support groupfor advice and to get that inspiration. There will always be someone there to help or who will say something that inspires you.
Make the snacks and meals that are family favourites, if it is a familiar meal but made the healthy way, you won’t feel it a struggle.
Get the family involved! Get moving together, get baking together. That way you won’t feel you are doing it on your own.
Kaire Konton Smith has lost a stone on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Kaire, 34, a mum of two aged, 6 and 2, from Scotland.
Kaire shares, “I joined the Healthy Mummy 2 years ago after Christmas when I decided enough was enough!
“I was breastfeeding my daughter who never slept well because of her allergies, I was exhausted and lived on biscuits, sweets, and chocolate. My family suffered too, I was too tired to cook so they lived on shop-bought ready meals and jars.
“I went from tight size 12 to tight 8 having lost almost a stone within the first few months. I had also beaten my sugar addiction and got the whole family eating healthier – these were my main reasons for joining.”
“I’ve used the Healthy Mummy smoothies for over a year and absolutely love them – they ensure I don’t skip meals and keep my immunity levels strong. I hardly have any colds these days.”
“I managed to maintain my weight loss for over a year, but the recent months have been stressful so I have put on a couple of lbs that I am super eager to lose in 2020. I would also like to tone up and increase my muscle mass vs fat mass.”
Kaire’s top tips:
Remember to take photos and measurements and complete fitness tests – this will ensure you can measure your progress form every angle, because scales never show the full picture
Start slow. Drink 2 litres of water, go for daily walks, try cooking your family faves the new healthier way
Check out the tutorial videos of the app under your profile, and ask questions if you get stuck. The members are all very helpful and eager to help.
Believe in yourself!
Victoria Holyhead has lost over 6lbs on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Victoria, 27, is a mum to a 22-month-old daughter and lives in a little village in Northumberland.
Victoria shares, “The results I have seen with Healthy Mummy is a 6.5 pound weight loss on the previous 28 Day Weight Loss Challengeas well as my mental health really improving and my relationship with food. I honestly couldn’t live without the Healthy Mummy now it’s just my way of life!
“I’ve been a Healthy Mummy member for almost a year and for most of 2019 it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, but I’m here to stay and I WILL not give up now!”
Victoria’s health benefits since joining The Healthy Mummy:
More energy- my fitness levels have improved so much!
Better mental health- I’m a lot happier and confident in myself.
Good relationships with food and exercise.
Most importantly my daughter is happier too because she has a happier healthier mummy.
Victoria’s goals for 2020:
Drop a dress size for my birthday in February.
Enter the race for life 5k and run as much as I can instead of walking.
Go into the previous stone bracket (18 stone).
By the end of the year, I want to fit into my goal top – my Healthy Mummy singlet which is a size 16.
Rachael Springford, 32, is a mum of two children, one aged 5 and the other 19 months old.
“I joined Healthy Mummy 8 weeks ago. My goals for 2020 is to drink more water, tone up my legs and lose 4lbs.
“I have lost the weight I wanted to lose and got my abs back after 5 years!!!”
Take your before picture so you have something to compare to later.
Katie Elizabeth Kirkham has lost 3.5 stone on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Katie is a mum of 2 girls aged 3 and 6, From West Yorkshire.
Katie shares, “I’ve lost 3.5 stone following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge which took me 12 months to do and I have maintained this for a year and a half. I have gone from a size 16-18, feeling very uncomfortable and sorry for my self to a size 10-12 and loving life again!!
“I’m on my journey to better my self on the inside and out to be a good role model for my girls. My current goal is to tone my body using the app workouts five days a week. Goal setting is my saviour I have different ones all the time!”
“My health benefits have been amazing and I have even managed to stop smoking while on my weight loss journey!”
Make the plan work for you! Substitute ingredients, repeat meals whatever makes it easy.
Keep hydrated you will be surprised how much it helps!
Kim Burton has lost 7lbs on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Kim is from Bristol and a mum of two children, Jack 7 and Chloe who is 3.
Kim shares, “I joined Healthy Mummy in September 2019 and I have loved every minute. I have lost 7lbs but my results are NSV (non scale victories) I have lost inches over my body but want to lose more.
“I have been a bit off radar in the last month so I am super excited to start this next challenge especially as it’s belly and booty I mean how perfect for after all the Christmas festivities!”
Fiona has lost 2.3 stone on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Fiona, 50, is a mum of 3 living in Northamptonshire.
Fiona shares, “I’m now one year into my Healthy Mummy life journey having joined on Boxing Day 2018 at my heaviest weight ever, I don’t believe I even weighed as much carrying my twins!
“I became a lifetime member very quickly when I saw amazing results after a very short time of making really very small changes and wondered how really getting into it would benefit me.
“A year later I’ve lost more than 2.3 stone of my target 3.7 stone, more than 70 cm from my body measurements, as well as no more headaches, gastritis and bad mood swings.
“I drink tons of water now, eat better than ever and get regular exercise including running which I’d have laughed off if anyone ever suggested it before.
“My goal for January is to blast into the next and final phase of weight loss to take me to my goal weight in time for a trip to New York in July with my daughters ballet group as a chaperone. I’d like to buy some new clothes there in my final size.
“I also want to do a triathlon in May, as challenged by a colleague so I’m starting with a 10k run in Scotland with my sister in January which I need to train for.”
“My goals for 2020 are to get back into my fitness routine and work on my body strength.
“In 2019 I have had so many successes, gaining self-confidence and finding myself again, and most importantly being able to say goodbye to all the prescription medications I was on.”
“My reason why, is because I was desperately unhappy before, depressed, overweight, not sleeping, in constant pain and my health was becomingly increasingly a problem, with cholesterol off the charts and a family history of early heart attacks I finally realised something needed to change.
“Now that I am happier, more energetic, able to keep up with my kids and exercise, off all medication and pain-free I want it to stay that way!”
Nikki’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes:
“My favourite meals have to be Chicken laksa, Lamb and lentil curry, Nachos, with the kid friendly Beef pie being the top family favourite. Snack wise the Mexican layer dip, Mug cakes, Creme brulee and the delicious no egg Chocolate custard (yes I am all about desserts 😉 )
You are worth spending time on yourself and never feel guilty for it. I have come to realise that I am a much better person, mum and wife when I take care of myself too. It’s not selfish, it’s essential!
Don’t deprive yourself, if you have a chocolate addiction and can’t live without it then don’t try to cut it out, simply make the Healthy Mummy versions like the chocolate Weetabix slice, or Chocolate lava mug cake, so you get your chocolate fix but without all the unnecessary sugars and processed nasties.
Positive thinking, stop the negative thoughts about yourself, every time you catch yourself thinking you’ve done something wrong or something negative about yourself tell your self to stop, and then think of something positive you’ve done instead, or something positive about yourself. Positive thinking can really help you reach your goals not just with the Healthy Mummy but in life.
Vanessa, 44, is a mum of two young boys aged 5 and 4 from Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Vanessa shares, “I joined the Healthy Mummy almost 2 years ago now. I saw friends and family doing it in Australia and I was looking for help to shift my baby weight. I had 4 pregnancies in less than 2 years (2 miscarriages) and it had taken a toll on my body for sure. I felt it had affected my body confidence and mental health too.
“I didn’t want to try the other diets out there, I like to eat proper, wholesome food and not super noodles so the Healthy Mummy seemed perfect for me.
“I lost 10kg in my first year but then broke my ankle and wore a boot for 8 weeks, but I was determined to not let this setback halt my progress – so I found a way to make the plan continue to work for me and was able to maintain my weight until I was allowed to exercise again. Then in April 2019 I ran my first ever 10k race – it was such an accomplishment for me.
“My goal for 2020 to run more 10k races, and feel confident enough to run at my own pace (slow lol)!”
“I love my daily Healthy Mummy Smoothie for my lunch. I love mine with as many frozen berries and banana as I can squeeze in!!
“I have found the other mums in the Healthy Mummy communityto be an invaluable group of like-minded ladies and there is always someone able to help with any query that you may have and I am going to help as many of you as I can!”
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