Mum shares 5 valuable tips for losing weight during Coronavirus quarantine

Kerry Herten is a mum of 2 girls (ages 7 and 11) who has been following the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges for the past 4 years and has successfully lost 19kg, transforming both her body and mind.

Determined not to let the Coronavirus quarantine wreak havoc on her weight loss success to date,  she has made a few adjustments to help her keep on track.

She shares her 5 valuable tips below for staying on track with weight loss during quarantine.


Kerry says “Back in the day, I carried a bit of weight, but it never stopped me from attempting something new. But it was a struggle.

Joining the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges

Having sat on the fence for quite some time she eventually signed up to The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges and says “I haven’t looked back since!”.

As a member of the Heathy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges Kerry receives a weekly meal plan and access to thousands of recipes which she can choose from in addition to hundreds of exercises – all which she can access via a handy Challenge App on her phone.

How my life has changed since joining The Healthy Mummy

“Since joining, so many changes have occured!” says Kerry.


“My relationship with food has become more positive. I’ve learnt how to fuel my body properly to gain more energy.


I’m doing more to keep myself fit and healthy and my attitude towards exercise has changed. 

For a couple of years my exercise was inconsistent apart from playing netball once a week. Now I can run without feeling puffed out and I play netball twice a week.

My exercise is consistent leading to the results I have now!


I am more confident in myself and my mindset has become stronger”.


My clothes are fitting better and are much looser!

Weight Loss Result – 19kg

“In these 4 years, I have lost 19kg, gone down from size 16 to a size 10/12 and lost 120cm from all over my body and I’m feeling AMAZING for it!”.


“I don’t rely on the scales anymore”

Kerry no longer uses the scales to measure her success. Instead she says “I’ve found measurements and how my clothing fits on me, more accurate!

Not only can I see the changes, but I can feel the changes in my body.

Recently I had my annual blood check up and it all came back perfect. I was super stoked!

I’m continuing my journey proudly and confidently”.

Excellent news Kerry!

Determined not to let the Coronavirus quarantine impact her weight loss success to date, Kerry shares 5 tips below that could help you too.

5 tips for achieving weight loss results during quarantine

1. Improvise if you don’t have all the ingredients

Kerry recently decided to make the spinach and ricotta cannelloni from the 28 Day Challenge meal plan but discovered she didn’t have any pasta.

No pasta, no problem! She simply improvised with wraps instead.



She says “I’m having the simple spinach and ricotta cannelloni!

I didn’t have pasta on hand so I improvised with wraps. Still tastes and works just as good!”

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2. Find a meal you like and put it on repeat!


If there is a meal on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge that you love simply Kerry recommends that you repeat it as many times as you like throughout the week.  This makes light work of shopping and avoids food wastage.

She says “this delish tomato and boccocini pizza was on my menu for 4 out of the 7 days.

I chose 2 different lunches during the week to save money.

I had run out of pizza bases.. no biggie! I had wraps left in the fridge. So I used a wrap for my base.

Messier to make in the end..and made it interesting to try and eat lol.. but tasted soooo good!

I’m all about no food wastage in my home! And with these uncertain times, this rule is incredibly important!

If you dont have all of the ingredients for your meal, substitute the ingredient for something else! Easy done.. and it will still be healthy and yummy!”.

3. Meal prepping? Make extra portions to help others

There is no greater gift than the gift of giving. If you have a relative that is struggling to get out of the house or who is working long hours, spend a little time making some extra meals to give them them. No need to hand the meals to them, simply drop off on their doorstep and call them to let them know. They will be so grateful.

Kerry often tries to make an extra portion of the Healthy Mummy meals for her mother to take to work.

She says “My mum needs to keep her body fueled with goodness as she is a nurse in an aged care facility. So staying healthy is very important for her! She will pick it up on her way to work tonight!”

Looking for affordable meal ideas? Read: Mum makes a whole week’s worth of mouthwatering meals for just $100!

4. Get in a daily walk / walk the dog


Getting outdoors and doing some exercise each day is one of the best things you can do for your mental health and very important during times of stress.

Take the family or go solo, being mindful of the distance requirement imposed.

Kerry says “One thing I love about Healthy Mummy and having a dog is that after school drop off we enjoy a walk as I now have the energy to do so! 

Once upon a time, I would drop the kids off at school and go straight back home! Not now. We walk to our little hearts are content.

Ellie (my dog) and I are pros at social distancing.  For those who don’t know, she’s not a fan of other dogs.

Until otherwise told, we will continue walking with our hounds following the rules of course!”

4. Get creative with in-home workouts

The gyms might be closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t work out.


This week Kerry participated in a game of tag squat with mums in the Healthy Mummy Facebook community.

The rules are simple. Film yourself doing a certain number of squats, then upload the video and tag a few friends to do the same. It is a great way to stay connected and keep active.

You can also choose to follow any of the hundred of exercises available on the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App.

If you aren’t a 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member you might enjoy reading Don’t skip exercising when stuck inside here’s how to workout at home which includes link to some of our free exercises.

Also check out How to make your own home gym  

5. Practice gratitude

positive mind, vibes and life

With all the bad news flooding the media, there is no better time than now to carve out 5-10 minutes each day to focus on GRATITUDE.

Write down one thing each day that you are grateful for. Share with others if you like.

Kerry say one of the things she is grateful for is: I can now run without feeling puffed out.

My body has benefited greatly from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges!

19kg down, I have loved every minute of my journey!”. 

The Healthy Mummy team would like to congratulate Kerry for being such a positive influence to other mums and for sharing her valuable tips with us. Together we can get through this!.

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