Wow, what a journey Amanda Brown has had! Incredibly, she’s been able to lose 20kg in 12 months by following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
“I have a lot more energy now I am fuelling my body well and carrying less weight,” she says.
“I used to have a lot of gut issues, but since I have been eating healthy and ditched soft drink, those issues have all but resolved.”
Amanda has lost 20kg in 12 months and she says she’s feeling like herself again
Amanda says after her youngest child was born she was keen to get her body back and feel like her old self.
The mum-of-two admits she put on about 20kg with each of her kids. She had struggled with postnatal depression after her first child was born and was determined to be physically and mentally fit and healthy to avoid going down that path again.
The 34-year-old mum, who lives on the Central Coast, says during the first covid lockdown in April 2020, both she and her husband found themselves unemployed.
“With both of us at home, I realised it was the perfect time to start a lifestyle change, because my husband was home to share the load of housework and caring for the kids, so I had free time to plan and prepare healthy meals and exercise each day,” she says.
“His practical support really helped me to begin the journey well. For Mother’s Day I received a food processor, which was awesome because then I started making Weet-Bix Slice and having smoothies.”
‘It’s easy to lose yourself when you are a mum’
Amazingly, Amanda says she is feeling stronger mentally as well as physically.
“I am feeling a lot stronger mentally. I don’t give up or write myself off anymore. I might make a poor choice in a moment of struggle, but I own it and move on. No guilt,” she says.
“Being a Mum is an immensely selfless job and it’s easy to lose yourself amongst those constant acts of sacrifice.
“It’s only when I started The Healthy Mummy that I really started to consider my needs and actually work towards getting them met. Now, I am starting to feel more like the me I was before kids – a woman who enjoys spending time with friends, coaching netball, being active, having guests for dinner, and motivating and encouraging others in their pursuits.”
Feeling better within herself
Physically, Amanda says she is also feeling a lot stronger and fitter.
“My body moves more freely and faster,” she says. “When I started, I was doing only the app workouts. As the weather got cooler I really wanted to be out in the sun a bit, so I also started walking around the flat areas in my neighbourhood.
“Knowing that progressive overload is important for training, after I wasn’t feeling so puffed, I began walking small hills, then as time went on, quite steep ones. This all helped to keep the weight coming off and me feeling like I was pushing myself.
“A big moment for me was this January when I finally started running (back to flat courses..haha). That was the first time I’d run in 5 years! It’s also when I realised I was finally starting to feel like myself again.”
What a day on a plate looks like for Amanda
Amanda’s top tips for success
1. Understand your weaknesses/triggers/ways you self-sabotage, and plan how to avoid/deal with them before they arrive
2. When you hit a plateau, it’s time to change things up
3. Know what motivates you and then use those things to your maximum advantage.
Amanda’s advice for other mums
1. Think positively
2. Be kind to yourself
3. Remember everyone has off days
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