I wanted my daughters to see me being healthy
d forever, and because I have two daughters, I didn’t want them to do that, either. I wanted them to see me being healthy.
“My eldest was two when my second was born and I was exhausted. I wanted to keep up with them and have more energy. And I thought if I didn’t do it then, how much worse was I going to get?
“Weight loss is obviously the big thing, but everything that comes with it is just as good.
“I get out and play with them, that’s so important to me. And going into clothes shops and buying things I want to wear.” or Jessica Magill, 24, losing 20kg after her second daughter was born and 17kg after her third has brought her a new sense of confidence. She says:
“This is a whole lifestyle change. I had a really unhealthy diet before this. We barely ate any vegetables and basically kept potatoes and carrots in the house and that was it. That’s what my kids would have grown up knowing. Now I’ve gone vegan so we eat a ton of vegetables.
“And my kids see me exercise and think that’s a normal part of life. They see the food we have in the fridge and know that fresh fruit and veggies is best for your body. It also gave me a routine and focus.
”Being a mum was my identity and still is, but I just didn’t have anything for myself — which was mostly my choice too. I didn’t really know who I was. I was only 19 when I got married and had my first baby at 20, so I was still finding out who I was when I had kids. Since joining I’ve found who I am and I have so much more confidence.” ichelle Knight, 47, has found a renewed sense of optimism and self-worth after embarking on her weight loss journey. She says: “I started with the smoothies and recipes in February last year. I’ve since lost 25kg, which I’m proud of. You know when people say they want to find the old me? I’m loving the new me, I’m loving getting to meet myself. “It’s never been about weight loss for me, but mental health and becoming healthy. I have seven kids and eight grandchildren. Twelve years ago I had a bad car accident.
“I was very fit before that, I played indoor soccer and cricket and was always at the gym. Afterwards I suffered bad depression and put on weight. I’ve always said size doesn’t affect me, but looking back I’m starting to see how much it did. But I woke up one morning and realised while I’ll always have depression, for the first time since the accident, it doesn’t have me. Now I’m the granny that jumps in the pool or kicks the football around.”