I had always been reasonabley fit when I was younger, but I had
never really had a healthy eating plan or understood good nutrition.
After the birth of my first daughter, I lost the baby weight without too
much trouble. But when my second daughter was born I struggled to lose
any of the weight. I wasn’t sleeping enough and I was resorting to
buying take away because I was too tired to cook and eating a block of
chocolate a night. I finally realized I had to change what I was doing
when my daughter turned 1 and I was still putting on weight. I was at
the point where I had to start moving or start buying larger clothes.
I had attempted to diet when my daughter was a few months old, but
without direction or a proper diet plan, I quickly drifted off track.
I chose to complete the 12 Week challenge because I felt it would
offer the motivation I needed to follow through and reach my goals.
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy changing the way I had been eating
for so long and trying to fit exercise around two children and part
time shift work. So I enlisted the help of Hilde Brunnbauer from Get
Active Online. She helped me with a nutrition and training program that
fit well with my life style and was constant support throughout the 12
It wasn’t long before I really began to enjoy the changes. With my
one treat meal a week, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. The
biggest thing I learnt was portion size! The meals I had been eating
previously were 2 or 3 times the size they should have been. I now keep
my meals smaller and more often. If I start to get hungry I know the
next meal isn’t too far away.
My husband was fantastic support throughout and helped keep my
eating plan on track. While he didn’t complete the challenge, he has
also started training and improving his health and fitness.
I thought the biggest challenge was going to be lack of sleep from
work, but I found the healthy eating gave me more energy and I was able
to cope better looking after the kids. I feel that I’ve got far more
energy for my beautiful children and I can get up and play and dance
with them rather that sit exhausted on the couch.
Doing the challenge has given me back my confidence and I love feeling fit and strong again.