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The secret motivational tools two mums used to lose over 7 stone

Healthy mummies Nikki O’Brien and Holly Ogden share their two secret motivational tools that helped them to lose weight while following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

They’re not conventional tools by any stretch of the imagination, but denim shorts and post-it-notes are playing an important role in helping these mums reach their goal weight!

Together they have already lost 7.12st on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Want to know more? Read on to see their dramatic transformations.

Denim shorts and Post-it-notes motivated 2 mums to lose over 7st.

How Nikki and Holly smashed their weight loss goals

Weight loss motivation comes in many different forms but if you can keep your reason ‘why’ at the forefront of your mind (or right in front of you!), it will be much easier to stay on track.

Many mums find motivation boards help to keep them focused on their goals. Read here all about How to Create a Motivation Board in 7 Easy Steps.


For others, it can be a piece of clothing that represents something they are looking forward too. A bikini for that upcoming beach holiday, a wedding dress for upcoming nuptials.

For mums Nikki and Holly their ongoing motivation has come from a pair of denim shorts and post-it-notes!

Nikki was motivated by denim shorts


Nikki says “12 months ago I bought these size 16 shorts thinking I wouldn’t be too far off fitting into them. When I got home and put them on I burst into tears! 

I had already lost 1.8st. and although everyone else could see it, I couldn’t as I was still so unhappy with my weight.”

But despite the tears streaming down her face, Nikki vowed that in the next 12 months she would fit into them. And that she did – with room to spare!

Nikki’s results

Nikki says, “I have been scared to try the shorts on to be honest…. but today I plucked up the courage, and check it out!

Not only do they do up, I can literally fit my whole arm into each leg WITH my leg! 

In 18 months I have lost 3.2st.  and now it’s time to tone and strengthen and I AM PUMPED!! 

It looks like I am going to have to go shopping for smaller denim shorts for Summer! 

The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has given me back my health as well as my confidence! 

Join me on the challenge now because if I can do it SO CAN YOU!”

Holly was motivated by post-it-notes

Holly first started following the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges after she had her first son.

Her initial motivation for losing weight came after she saw a photo of herself standing next to her twin sister. She felt her sister looked amazing and was ashamed at how she had let herself go.

“My sister looked amazing and I noticed I was wearing a loose top to hide my belly”.

While the photo was what spurred Holly on to lose weight it has been post-it-notes that have kept her motivated.  She writes on them regularly, reminding herself why she is losing weight and why she is doing this for her family.

How Holly is losing weight

“Initially, I started off having 1 Healthy Mummy smoothie a day and now I am a two smoothie a day girl.”

The secret motivational tools two mums used to lose over 7st.

Top left picture – “The realisation I had started to get bigger as my twin sister was looking amazing and I wore loose tops to hide my belly”.
Top right – “When hubby and I bit the bullet and decided we needed to change”
Bottom left – “A few weeks post baby #3. Almost back to the same size as my twin sister”.
Bottom right – “4.10st. lost and heaps of inches gone.”

Holly’s results

“I’ve currently lost 4.10st. (the combined weight of Mr 3 and miss 10 months).”

Holly’s goal is to lose another 1.8st.

“Although my Healthy Mummy journey has been long, it has been so rewarding. Not just with losing 4.10st. but my overall health is so much better. And I have learned to raise my kids healthier too.

Don’t give up if you aren’t seeing progress straight away. You will thank yourself down the track”. 

The Healthy Mummy team would like to thank Nikki and Holly for sharing their source of motivation with us. We have no doubt they will reach their goal weight in no time!

If you would like to join Nikki and Holly and millions of other mums who are losing weight and transforming their bodies and lives every day join the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Inspired by Nikki and Holly?

Be sure to check out our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a family-friendly, breastfeeding-safe program designed FOR MUMS to help them tackle their health and lose the baby weight. 

Every week you are given a different meal plan to follow and each month we add NEW recipes to our Challenge Recipe Hub. That way, you’ll never get bored and stay on weight loss track while digging into healthy, yummy recipes.

Learn more about our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge HERE.



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