I wanted my daugh­ters to see me be­ing healthy

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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.”

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