Manuela Bu is a 56-year-old single Mum to four kids who are aged between 35,29 26, and a 16.
“I’ve been following The Healthy Mummy for about six months before I finally got up the courage to join on the 10 January 2020,” she says.
“I started January 2020 at 114.7 kg today I am 73.9 kg. That’s a LOSS of 40.8kg in 23 months and I’m not finished yet!”
Here’s how Manuela was able to shred the kilos through the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge while also going through menopause.
Before joining The Healthy Mummy, Manuela reveals she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism, suffering from a few compress discs in her back and dealing with the horrors of menopause as well, which made losing weight extremely difficult.
“I began to lose my way and slowly all the struggles began to choke the life out of me. Dealing with the constant onslaught of pain day in and day out which is hard work in itself,” she says.
“But I still had to find a way to get through the act of living, being mum and a carer to my youngest child, who is chronically ill.
“I broke! I had nothing left in me and I felt time was running out fast. I even ended up in the emergency room with heart issues.”
This was the moment Manuela said knew I wouldn’t be around for my children if I didn’t do something about her weight.
“I was having trouble walking short distances. I couldn’t stand for long without being in tears. I had some good days too, but most days were hard,” she says.
“I also had my period cycle go into over drive. I slowly started my Healthy Mummy journey by increasing my movement at home. During my menopause flare ups I rested mostly, but I still pushed through where I could.”
Eventually Manuela was able to go for short walks and over time she stretched it a bit further.
“Eating for health was another part of my focus To eat in moderation. Have what you want….. BUT do NOT go over your allocated calorie limit,” she says.
“I found Control X very useful in controlling my hunger so that I didn’t over eat.”
Manuela’s health benefits
- My health has improved dramatically.
- My fibromyalgia is better managed with less flare ups.
- My thyroid is under control with my medication
- My menopause is definitely not as dramatic as it was
“All I can say is that I am healthier, managing life so much better and having less and less crippling episodes.”
My favourite Healthy mummy products that I use are :
- Collagen powder
- Peanut powder
- Choc mint smoothie
- Caramel smoothie
- Skin range too
Manuela’s tips on getting started
1. Buy yourself a set of Kitchen scales
Weigh your ingredients/servings!
2. Don’t look at the big picture
Set a small goal that is achievable and reach for it. That will lead you onto your next… then the next. Lots of small goals added up together will lead you to success.
3. Keep it simple
Especially at the start when you are doing it for the first time. You’re less likely to give up.
4. Don’t compete against anyone else’s journey
Your journey is unique to you!
5. Find your support system
Thankfully mine is the welcoming support from this Healthy Mummy Private Support Group on Facebook. So blessed!
6. Be kind to yourself
Don’t beat yourself up but also challenge yourself. If you slip up… STOP. Re-evaluate and restart.
Manuela’s day now consists of
- 10,000 steps a day
- 2 litres of water a day
- 3 x 10 minutes workouts Mostly from the Healthy Mummy app but I’m also now doing things from memory too.
- Occasionally, I will add extra exercise when I’m not restricted.
- I’m allocated 1,200 calories but I stay around the 1,000 limit.
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