Weight Loss

How this mum has lost 27kg and is now saving herself $8,000 a YEAR on grocery shopping!

Lauren Kolstad has had a whirlwind transformation since she joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge three years ago!

Not only has Lauren lost 27kg in that time, but she’s also saved herself $24,000 on groceries in all of that time – that’s $8,000 a year!

Check out how she did it below…

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This mum is now saving herself over $8,00 a year on groceries

Lauren is one of our Healthy Mummy consultants and has been saving a HEAP of money.

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“Ive been following The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for 3.5 years now. I lost 27 kg after my first and now I’m working my way back to goal after my second,” she says.

“Before I joined The Healthy Mummy we used to spend $250-300 a week on groceries, including takeout (eaten multiple times a week) for my family of 3 (now 4). 

“Now we spend $130-150 – thats a saving of nearly $8000 a year!”

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The mum-of-two says her whole family LOVE the recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

“What I love most is how family friendly the food is,” she adds.

“I’m a working mum of two with a tradie husband who needs ‘real’ food and we all eat the Healthy Mummy meals. Over three years now and we still love them and NEVER get bored.”

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Lauren’s tips for saving money on meal prep:

  1. Shop to the specials and then customise your plan to suit – i.e purchase meat and then work out a meal plan using what you’ve bought.
  2. Repeat dinners for lunches (make dinner in bulk) and repeat snacks multiple times a week. This also saves time in the kitchen!
  3. Reduce takeout by bulking dinners and saving leftovers for freezer meals for another night – its saves us thousands a year!

Thanks so much for these amazing tips, Lauren!

Lauren’s 27kg weight loss story

Lauren Kolstad, who is a member of the Healthy Mummy community, says she was always a sporty teenager – she was national swimmer and played state basketball – and says she was never into running but always wanted to do a race, impressive stuff!

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Lauren says despite being sporty when she was younger, her active lifestyle soon went south and she found herself gorging on junk food.

She says: “I’m a nutritionist, so I know the right things to eat, but I was not taking my own advice and was eating fast food and sugar to deal with my emotions.”

After giving birth to her first child she was up to 110kg* and her dreams for running a race were further away than she hoped.

“I couldn’t run more than a few metres without feeling like I was going to spew and pass out at the same time,” she reveals.

“I struggled to run around after my son. I couldn’t do things with him that I wanted to, like take him to the park.”

Lauren soon joined the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and swapped fast food for Healthy Mummy Smoothies and changed her diet. Amazingly she dropped a whopping 27kg.

Lauren soon found herself getting fitter and faster and achieved her dream of finishing an entire triathlon!

Lauren adds: “If it wasn’t for the Healthy Mummy, I wouldn’t know all of the things I can achieve….I would still be telling myself ‘I can’t’.”

Join the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

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If you are inspired by Sam’s before and after pics and want to take charge of your own health and weight – then join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge TODAY.

With more than 3,500 delicious (and healthy) recipes, 350 exercises & 24/7 support – the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is designed (and proven) to help busy mums like you lose weight!

For more information on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, click here.

*Images and references to kilograms lost are as supplied by the individual in the story. The Healthy Mummy assumes information and photographs supplied to be true in nature and is not responsible for any false misrepresentations or claims relating to their programs or products.

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written by:

Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.