How to start a weight loss journey when you’re a busy working mum

Being a busy WORKING mum is one the HARDEST job on the planet!

We are stretched as thin as it gets. From waking up in the middle of the night to comfort our kids to the school drop and run and then also trying to keep up with our workload – us mums have busy schedules and that means we’re often exhausted!

When it comes to looking after our own health and fitness, it’s very overwhelming! After all, where is the time to eat healthily and exercise in a very hectic day?

Fear not, there is a way! Five of our amazing mummies share exactly how they started their weight loss journeys.

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – how to get started

Bek Tickner

Bek Tickner has lost 13.3kg through the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and she reveals she made a major life change 12 months ago and quit her job to nine years to study for her dream job.

“Once I made this change my life also began to change in a bad way, I was eating bad, drinking too much and never exercising,” she reveals.

“I began cleaning part time and one day caught my reflection in the mirror and realised I looked as bad as I felt. I had been following Healthy Mummy on Facebook and finally decided to join.

“That was September 2021, I have since become a Platinum Member and have totally changed my life! I began my journey at 77.5kg and a size 14-16, very unmotivated and had to push myself to move my body, now I’m 64.2kg size 10-12 and so motivated!”

Bek’s top tips for other mums looking to start their health journey in 2022

  • I make sure I move my body every day, some days more than others but every bit counts. I have now made changes to my life and I never want to go back to how I was.
  • My advice for new Healthy Mummies is NEVER GIVE UP, the first step is the hardest but also the most rewarding.
  • Forgive yourself of you stumble, get back up and continue your journey.
  • No matter small the step is as long as it’s in the right direction that’s all that matters.

Erin Nicole

Erin Nicole had previously lost 23kg with The Healthy Mummy but gained some weight back and is 4kg down again.

“I work for myself running a flower and gift business. The thing I struggle with working from home is food is always there, and when I’m constantly working with my hands. I just grab stuff that’s quick to grab and eat but wasn’t always the healthiest,” admits the mum-of-three.

“I really love the Healthy Mummy approach of every single BODY is different and your calories required will differ to each person. I also love the meal prep idea so having food ready to go that I can just microwave and heat up or grab quickly is so handy!”

Incredibly, Erin’s began by going through the App and looking for her favourite meals, things that were quick to make, filling and yummy!

“Also, I looked for things I could bulk cook and freeze easy. Setting alarms is a good idea if you forget to eat… or find you’re eating at crazy times,” she says.

“Honestly, I feel wrecked if I exercise during the day plus I’m always on my feet for work, so I prefer to do a quick 10-15-minute workout with the kids before bed. That way I can just go straight to bed afterwards and find I sleep better too.

“I do meal prep each Sunday, things like gnocchi, minestrone soup, and muffins are my faves!”

Erin’s top tips

  • When you only have limited time do things like bake a batch of muffins at dinner while the oven is already on, set aside 30 mins – 1 hour a week to meal prep and plan ahead for groceries (perhaps when chilling on the couch after the kids have gone to bed instead of watching tv)
  • ‘Shop your pantry’ to save time and money by making meals around ingredients, herbs and spices you already have and try a 10-minute workout.
  • Make sure you have a good, filling, nourishing brekky. This will set you up for a good day.

Claire Moore

Claire Moore is a teacher based in Brisbane and has lost a whopping 3.9kg in 10 weeks.

“I made small changes at first with my exercise and meal prep. Then I got into my Healthy Mummy groove,” says the mum-of-three.

“I started by using the amazing app to plan our family meals ️ I also committed to doing 3-4 app workouts a week.”

What’s more, Claire says she manages to squeeze her workouts in before the kids get up in the morning.

“I love the 28 Day Tone Up challenges and the take 10 workouts from the app! They’re also easy to do while dinner is cooking,” she says.

“I also meal prep for the whole week on the weekend.”

Claire top tips for mums looking to start in 2022

If you’ve got a super tight time schedule, then I recommend:

  • Picking a few healthy snacks to prep for the week – make double and freeze some
  • Set yourself small goals life increasing water intake or an extra 1000 steps per day – it al adds up
  • Take those photos and measurements!
  • Talk to your family about your goals
  • Make a shopping list of everything you need and prep on a Sunday
  • Find any exercise buddy or invoke the family in your workouts
  • Do the best you can, that’s all we can do – you’ve got this!

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