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Mum’s 30kg weight loss helped her overcome depression and gain ‘self worth’

Mum Megan’s 30kg weight loss with The Healthy Mummy has been a journey of self discovery. Gaining self worth and BODY CONFIDENCE.

She shares how she lost the baby weight and the four very important reasons she has to keep living her best and healthiest life.

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Megan is one of 7 inspiring mums who was invited to take part in the EPIC Healthy Mummy BODY CONFIDENCE photo shoot in Sydney.

The first of three photo shoots (other in New York and London) designed to unite mums of all ages and sizes from around the globe to live happy, healthy lives and be BODY CONFIDENT.

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She looked absolutely stunning on the day but says she hasn’t always been so confident. Here is her story.

“I’ve not always been kind to my body”

Mum-of-four Megan admits that she hasn’t always been kind to her body or treated it with the respect it deserved.

She says “I spent over 10 years allowing myself to let excuses stop me from looking after my health and fitness. Because they were just that……EXCUSES!

I hit rock bottom 9 years ago with the suicide of my husband and becoming a completely solo parent to two young children.

Eventually one day it clicked…….I needed to change, I needed to get off my fat butt (and yes I said the “f” word, because sometimes we need to be straight forward and practice tough love).

I needed to start moving my body and learning how to fuel myself correctly.

Not just for my two children but for myself because I was sick of catching glimpses of myself in mirrors. Hating what I saw and spending way too much time crying over what I had allowed myself to become. Knowing I was the only one responsible for everything I had done to reach that point”.

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Missing out on fun with eldest two children

Megan was conscious that being overweight meant that she missed out on having a lot of fun with her two eldest children when they were young. She knew she no longer wanted to be like that.

She says “I no longer wanted my children miss out on fun with their mum because she was too big to fit in a slide or run around the park.”

Starting her Healthy Mummy lifestyle

Shortly after having her third child Megan started her Healthy Mummy lifestyle.

“When I started The Healthy Mummy in September 2018 I honestly believed it would take me a lot longer to drop the weight, but I have lost the weight and more. 

Weight loss results – 30kg

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Megan has lost 30kg in 9 months.

How Megan lost the weight

Losing weight has come from eating nutritious meals from The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge meal plans and upping her exercise.

She says “I mainly walk and have been since I joined. I aim for a 5-6km walk five days a week and 9km walk one day a week. Occasionally I do a Bodypump from YouTube. My step count is set at a minimum of 15,000 but I try to hit over 20,000 steps a day.

Breakfast is always a glass of warm water with lemon and apple cider vinegar, a cup of Milo (I’m breastfeeding but this isn’t helping weight come off at all) and normally a ricotta and spinach roll.

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I snack on either choc chip banana bread or whatever muffin I’ve made in the afternoon, lunch is normally leftovers from dinner from night before. Dinners are picked from The Healthy Mummy, family friendly and quick, budget friendly.

Evening snack is Greek yoghurt with Healthy Mummy SKIN Collagen Powder and a few frozen berries. I occasionally have a smoothie for lunch if my partner or 16 year old takes my left overs but I try to stick within 200 calories of my basal metabolic rate (BMR) calorie target.”

Roadblocks in weight loss journey

Regardless of how it may look from the outside Megan says improving her health and fitness hasn’t always been a walk in the park.

She says “It has taken becoming vulnerable, opening myself up to change, battling the negativity and demons in my own head, lack of sleep and energy ( I’ve had 2 more children in the last 2.5 years) self-doubt, injuries.


I give 100 percent each and every day, no matter what because I deserve to feel amazing. I deserve to have body confidence, I deserve to love myself, I deserve to live a long, active, healthy and happy life”.


Sure, there have and will continue to be days where I’m in tears because humans are our worst enemy sometimes and those pesky inner voices will do their best to sabotage my journey but I am stronger than they will ever be again.

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Megan’s advice to any others considering changing their life

“If you keep putting it off till tomorrow you’ll never see the results that you want to see.

Turning 40 this year and having just had bub number four and breastfeeding, I thought it would be almost impossible to drop the extra weight as my metabolism has always been slower but I put my health and fitness on my priority list, became a #HealthyMummyforlife and haven’t looked back.

It hasn’t happened overnight, but my determination and consistency as well as the incredible support from the Healthy Mummy community and amazing App has seen me drop 30kgs in the last nine months and gained back my confidence, energy and zest for life.”

The Healthy Mummy team would like to congratulate Megan on her AMAZING mental and physical transformation and for sharing her story with us.

Join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

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Whether you have 5 kilograms to lose or 35 kilograms to lose – The Healthy Mummy is here to SUPPORT YOU and your PERSONAL WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY.

To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.  You can also PURCHASE Healthy Mummy Smoothie here.

 

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written by:

Jill Brandenburg

Jill is a design junkie and lifestyle writer from Brisbane. Now living in San Francisco, when she is not begging the school mums to try her vegemite sandwiches she is busy creating interior schemes and animations.