Mum who lost 17kg reveals her top 5 tips for weight loss and go-to recipe

Samara lost 17kg and over 40cm from her body in just 8 months.

She has since been maintaining her weight loss with help from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and by continuing to make SMART goals.

In this article, Samara shares her best weight loss tips.

SamaraThis mum lost 17kg in 8 months and reveals her weight loss tips

Having been a Healthy Mummy since January 2016, it was only after Samara’s second daughter was born that she decided to really give the Healthy Mummy a try using all the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge tools as support.

She says, “My goal is to really work on toning my body, especially my core area.”

Samara daughters

Samara’s top tips:


Keep.It.Simple.Sweetheart. “It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Start with small changes and eventually lead up to big changes,” Samara says.

2. Hydrate

Samara keeps a water bottle on her at all times! With the months cooling down, it will be harder to remember to drink your water so keeping one with you always, will help!” she said.

Consider lemon water for a boost in weight loss.

3. The scales aren’t bible

“Do not rely solely on what the scales tell you,” she says. Taking your measurements and using your progress photos is a more accurate and healthy way to track your weight loss success.


Always having something prepared for the week ahead means you’re never left unsure, reaching for something you shouldn’t and you have more time to do other things!

“Whether you are just cutting up some veggies to cook your meal through the week, or whether you go all out and make 50 meals and snacks over the weekend, always have something prepared!” Samara said.

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5. Look for ways to incorporate incidental exercise

Samara says to ask yourself, can you walk to pick the kids up from school instead of drive? It could be as simple as that to get some activity into your day. “There’s always a way to fit exercise in throughout your day,” she says.

Samara does the weights workouts on the 28 Day Challenges, “I love incorporating weights into my workouts and adding a little resistance!”

Squats are easy to fit in through the day. Use resistance bands to get the most out of your next squat session!

Samara healthy mummy

Samara’s go-to snack recipe

The mum-of-two says her all time favourite feature of the 28 Day Challenge app is the recipe hub. “It’s super easy and never fails,” she says.

If you want to make something with 500g of asparagus that has been in your fridge for 2 days, this is where the recipe hub comes in handy!

She adds, “On those days where nothing is planned or I need to come up with a meal quickly, I can use the recipe hub to search for specific recipes that include ingredients I already have!”

Samara’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipe is Orange and poppy seed muffins found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge! “SO GOOD!” she says.

Orange and poppy seed muffins


  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1/2 orange (65 grams)
  • 1.5 cups wholemeal self-raising flour (180 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Nativa (96 grams)
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (4 grams)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (125 grams)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat milk of choice (125ml)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly spray 12 muffin tin holes with cooking oil spray. Zest and juice the orange.
  2. Combine the flour, Natvia and poppy seeds. In a separate bowl, combine butter, milk, orange zest and juice.
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to just combine, don’t over mix.
  4. Spoon into the prepared muffin moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre.
  5. 1 muffin is 1 serve (141 calories).

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