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This mum lost 15.8kg and her IBS is slowly clearing up through healthy food

Sarah Mills James has lost 15.8kg since January this year!

Losing 5kg in the first month on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge taught Sarah a lot about portion control and what foods are a trigger for her IBS.

Read her inspiring transformation story below.

SARAH MILLS

Sarah’s transformation story

“Some of the things I have learnt through my weight loss journey so far this year… and I feel like I’ve only just begun!

I won a free trial in January so I hooked in, I remember it was a ‘cleanse’ challenge so it was full of highly nutritional food, no added sugar, and whole foods.

At the time I didn’t fully understand what it all meant but I was so inspired by all the success stories that I read that I didn’t really think twice.

I knew the way I was eating wasn’t good so I followed the meal plan 100% for a whole month and lost 5kg. This taught me A LOT about portion sizes and man was I shocked at how much I was eating.

I was eating nearly three, sometimes four times more than I was supposed to be eating, so no wonder I had been putting on so much weight for so long. Clearly, I had been in denial for years and I ‘thought’ I was being healthy but really I wasn’t.

I am only 163cm tall and my start weight was 99.8 kg, and I got so angry at myself that I refused to see triple digits, especially knowing of certain health issues in my family, some brought on by added weight. I have been bouncing between 84-86 kg for about three months now.

I have been learning about self-love and what is good and bad for my body. I knew that the girls in magazines and on TV we’re all airbrushed and photoshopped but I still didn’t give myself a realistic version of myself in a healthier fitter vision.

Through watching others following the challenges (and not) with whatever they were doing to better themselves [I worked out] what may or may not work for me.

I try new exercises every week to find something that I love and my body reacts to it well. I have never liked exercise so this has been one of the harder things for me. I really don’t enjoy cardio but I love walking and jogging!! I’m also not a fan of at home workouts but after following this month 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge 100% so far I have been seeing results!”

Sarah

“I haven’t been consistent on taking measurements or progress photos so everything is all over the place but when I look back trying to do new progress shots for Transformation Tuesday or Flashback Friday it’s a constant battle to find new pics and the best ones to show my true results.

I have been told not to focus purely on my figure and what should be changing in the mirror so I say ‘yeah ok’ and continue to obsess over my insecurities and what I don’t like about my body and what I want to change. But I am still learning and will continue to teach myself to love myself for who I am and how my body changes as I continue my journey to a better me.

My shape may not become ‘skinny’ but I can be slimmer. My butt and my legs may always be larger but I can sculpt and tone down and learn to convert all that fat into muscle. I have a vision now to be a fitter and healthier version of myself and that may or may not come with a total 30kg loss but it might and that’s ok.

Losing weight is such a massive mental battle with myself that I need to be ok in my head so I can plan and see things clearer.

My IBS is slowly clearing up through eating the right foods and finding my trigger foods. Bread and apples who knew?

So I swapped bread for sourdough after doing some research and thumbs up there. I’ve also been finding both sugars, natural and added make me bloat and this has also been a hard one as it includes fruit. I was so sore the other day after eating strawberries so it’s definitely related and I just need to be careful.

I have goals, some are short-term, some are long term but I’m getting there every day. Each day I take small steps that lead me towards my bigger goals and in time, with determination and consistency, I will get there.

Losing weight is hard, self love is hard, saying no to some of your favourite foods is hard (everything in moderation I still eat chocolate ) and mental health is hard. BUT I do believe that it is The Healthy Mummy that has pulled me through having PND amongst other things and to that I say.

Thank you. Thank you to everyone who has inspired me so far and helped me.”

Are you ready to become a Healthy Mummy?

If you are wanting to lose weight and improve your energy – not to mention – help improve your overall health and wellbeing – our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an awesome program to check out.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge includes:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans (including 7 Day Cleanse)
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

To learn more about our 28 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE CLICK HERE or purchase our Smoothies.

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!