Charlotte Leorke is a 22 year old mum of two (ages 3 and 1). 4 months after welcoming Ben, Charolotte’s youngest into the world, she felt as though she was stuck in sort of ‘rut’. What’s more, her weight was beginning to bother her.
“Before falling pregnant with Ben, I had begun to lose weight.” Charlotte says. “During my pregnancy I was constantly worried about the weight I was putting on. Eventually the midwives told me I was a possible high risk pregnancy due to my weight. That stuck with me long after Ben was born and all I could think was that if I ever got pregnant again it would just get worse.”
That’s when Charlotte discovered The Healthy Mummy.
I threw out my scales and now go by body measurements
“While waiting for a maternal child health appointment, I was surfing Facebook and found my local Healthy Mummy page,” Charlotte says.
She immediately signed up to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
“I signed up straight away and gave it a crack for the first month. Like a lot of people I self sabotaged myself and let old habits creep back in,” Charlotte admits.
Come July, Charlotte and her partner moved across Victoria for work.
“I decided that it could be a new start for me and my outlook on life. The Healthy Mummy’s 100 Day Countdown to Summer was just about to begin, so I jumped on the bandwagon again and I haven’t looked back since,” Charlotte says.
However, it hasn’t always been an easy journey for Charlotte.
“It was hard. I had to overcome a lot of self doubt and loathing of my own reflection but I did it.”
By the end of the countdown, Charlotte had lost a whopping 20kgs and achieved one of her biggest goals – getting back down to 85kgs.
“I hadn’t been this size since I was 16,” Charlotte adds.
Ever since, Charlotte has continued with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges. “I threw out the scales as they were putting me into the wrong mindset. I now mainly go off measurements and was over the moon when I fit into a size 12 pair of jeans!”
Charlotte says when she and her family moved back home after her partner’s 6 month work contract was up, she was so thrilled by everyone’s reactions to her weight loss. “It was the best feeling. A real confidence booster.”
“One of the most important things I would say to any mum considering joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is to have realistic expectations of what you will achieve. It’s not a ‘quick fix’ where you lose 5 kilos in a week, it’s a sustainable long term lifestyle that just gets better,” Charlotte says.
However, “you need to realise that if you are ever going to have any success…it takes time. Big results take time. But it does happen.”
“One massive goal of mine is to be comfortable in a bikini,” Charlotte reveals. At the start of June, the young, inspiring mum is off on a cruise and she would love to have the confidence to lay out on the deck in her bathers.
“I’d love to just lay on the deck all day in my bathers and not care about who might see me and what they’ll think. Building confidence is so important, and even though I am fairly confident in myself, there is always room to grow.”
Charlotte is on a mission this month to stick other meal plans, mix up her 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge exercises and go for more walks.
“All of these things will push me in the right direction to conquer my goals and finish out this challenge round feeling proud of myself and my efforts.”
Keep up the amazing work Charlotte.
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