A mother to a nearly 2 year old, a solicitor, a wife and now an exercise enthusiast. 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Steph has learned how to time manage in order to reach her weight loss goals.
Steph has lost 5.6st while on her Healthy Mummy journey. AMAZING!
Here she talks about how she juggles it all, makes time for herself and her envious meal prepping skills!
How this mum lost 5.6st
“I discovered a new lease on life with the weight I lost and I couldn’t believe how much better I felt,” she says.
Steph is in no hurry to lose more weight and is going at a healthy pace, letting her body tell her when she has reached a ‘comfortable’ weight. She says, “I’m in no rush and happy to take it at whatever speed my body can manage. It’s about my journey to health and fitness. It’s a lifestyle now.”
The busy mum says it all comes down to preparation and motivation and her biggest obstacle is juggling her busy life.
She makes sure she is always prepared by meal prepping her meals from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, “I meal prep like crazy! I do fortnightly preps for both lunches and dinners,” Steph says.
Steph has been shopping online for years and absolutely loves it as she says it saves the family a lot of money and stops them buying unnecessary items. “Following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge meal plans and meal prepping, our grocery bills have dropped and I have a whole new appreciation for food,” she adds.
Steph’s meal prepping usually takes 4-6 hours every second Sunday which makes the entire fortnight of meals.
“I choose my 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes, get my groceries and set aside time to cook. The key with meal prepping is to utilise your kitchen. I have up to 4 meals cooking all at once; slow-cooker, 2 on the stove and one in the oven,” Steph said.
Being such a dedicated efficient meal prepper, people comment on Steph’s meal prepping and the biggest and most common thing she gets told is “I can’t do it. I don’t know how to start.”
She says, “the first time I meal prepped it took me 11 hours over 2 days. The kitchen was trashed and I was stressed trying to juggle everything. But once I got past the first prep, it got easier. My cooking time reduced each time, I began to understand how long each meal takes to cook, how to multi-task and eventually it became second nature.
It seems scary but preparation beforehand is the key. Start with your list of meals, get your groceries and just give it a go!”
Steph’s husband has also lost weight due to the family all eating the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge meals, 1.8st to be exact! Steph says it has also changed their relationship.
“We have always had a great relationship but from my weight loss I have developed more confidence and am happier. My son will happily eat anything (lucky me!) and will often choose healthier options over treats,” she says.
“I would love to run a half-marathon one day”
Before now Steph never knew what it was like to run, but now she absolutely LOVES it. Her fitness and health goals are endless and she is aiming to compete in some upcoming challenges with her bootcamp crew.
Steph’s advice for those that want get their health on track, “It is a journey, not a quick fix or diet. You need to mentally give it 100%. You need to find your motivation and go for it. There are weeks when you may lose a few pounds and some where you will gain. Develop the knowledge and understanding. Gains aren’t always bad,” she says.
Steph stays motivated by focusing on how far she’s come, and by NOT focusing on “I still have to this far to go.”
Are you inspired by Steph’s transformation?
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