“Be stubborn about your goals,” shares 34 years old Lauren Kolstad. “And don’t let bumps in the road stop you.”
Lauren is a mum-of-two (aged 2 and 5) who has been working hard over the past 4 years to take charge of her health and weight with help from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. “I lost 27kg in around 10 months before falling pregnant with my second and now I’m working back to goal weight.”
“I’ve followed the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge as a full time working mum, while pregnant, while breastfeeding, as a stay at home mum, as a part time working mum and also while we were temporarily living with my parents and sharing food,” Lauren shares.
“No matter my circumstances I was able to follow the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, stick to a tight budget and never get bored with my food!“
Lauren says she initially joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge because of a birthday present bought for her then 2 year old son.
“The reason I joined nearly 4 years ago was because my son was getting a trampoline for his 2nd birthday and I was over the weight limit to go on it,” shares Lauren.
“I stay following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge because I am so ready to reach my goal weight and get fit and healthy.”
Lauren believes to see awesome results from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – you should spend the time customising your meal plan to suit YOU!
“My biggest tip is to customise your meal plan to really make it work in your lifestyle,” Lauren reiterates.
“It takes me 15 minutes to customise my meal plan. I use the ‘Favourites Tab for easy snacks which I pop into my meal plan. Then use leftovers for lunches. Dinners are more often than not cooked in under 30mins from getting ingredients out of the fridge to on the plate. Smoothies for breakfast mean I can make one while getting kids ready for school and me ready for work. The challenge is MADE for mums on the run!”
Lauren says she doesn’t ever do big meal preps either.
“I don’t do big meal preps. I just make extra serves at dinner for the freezer, or extra snacks as I go during the week. The meals are so quick and easy I don’t find I need to prep much.”
As for Lauren’s future health and weight loss goals, she reveals, “I want to lose 20kg, wear a size 14, deadlift 160kg and run 5km.”
5 things that helped me blast belly fat (and can help you too)
Along the way, Lauren has found the following 5 things have really helped her shift weight around her midsection (and believes they could help you too):
- Follow the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – the recipes you need are literally at your fingertips
- Drink up – your water that is
- Limit your intake of processed food. Your belly (inside and out) will thank you for it.
- Exercise regularly and consistently. However, that doesn’t mean you need to exercise for hours on end. 15 minutes of high intensity will work too.
- Laughter – enjoy your kids, dance like crazy! It all counts. PLUS it’s great for stress reduction. Did you know stress can add to your waistline?
Here are 14 other causes of belly fat.
“…And remember, be stubborn with your goals, but be flexible with your methods.”
If you are inspired by Lauren’s transformation and are now ready to start your own weight loss journey, check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Here at The Healthy Mummy we are all about helping mums lose weight and get healthy. Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has over 4,000 healthy, family-friendly recipes and more than 350 exercises and 24/7 support from fellow mums to help you achieve your goals.
To learn more about the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge (including the meal plans and monthly themes) click here.