When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, there are no shortcuts. A diet and exercise plan that is tailored specifically to your goals plus working with a personal trainer or coach, can help you achieve the results you’ve been looking for. The key is to sustaining everything you’ve achieved. Vitamin King sat down with busy mum of two, Stacey, to discuss how she bounced back after the birth of her children by making small incremental changes that she has been able to sustain long term. No crash diets and extreme measures here!
At what point did you start to prioritise your health and wellbeing?
Around 8 months after the birth of my first child. I was struggling to keep up with the demands of a busy bub and feeling uncomfortable in my skin. I decided to engage with a personal trainer and nutritionist to get on top of my health and wellbeing.
How did you feel at your unhealthiest? What did you struggle with?
I was about 10kgs over my normal weight and struggling to fit into my clothes. I was relying heavily on sugar laden foods to keep me energised which in the long run, only made me feel worse! Losing sleep in that first year after having a baby made me feel so tired and lethargic. I knew it was time to do something!
What keeps you motivated?
Keeping up with the demands of 2 busy boys! I think we all struggle with the ‘busyness’ of life these days. Trying to take time out for myself and my health is important as everything will fall apart if I don’t.
What are your favourite workouts/activities to keep fit?
I adore yoga and have been practicing for many years but for that great high intensity training, F45 is my absolute fave! Anything that gets your heart rate up is bound to make you feel great afterwards.
How often do you exercise?
I try exercise at least 3 times per week but I don’t like to pressure myself too much and view incidental exercise like bike rides and walks with my dog as just as important as sweating it out in a class
What does your diet and nutrition look like?
I like to follow a keto diet when I’m feeling sluggish, bloated, and tired. I get beautiful Keto meals delivered which helps with the demands of life. When I’m not on keto, we eat as fresh as possible, unprocessed and cook from scratch for all meals. Saying that, my absolute favourite indulgence is a jam doughnut – it’s all about balance!
Do you take supplements?
Yes! I’m a big believer in supplements. I use BRaw’s delicious Salted Caramel flavour protein in smoothies for the family. I also do “Hulk” smoothies for the boys using Nutra Organics Super Greens and Reds powder. We all take a Multivitamin and Multi Mineral plus the kids take Ethical Nutrients Zingles with added Vitamin C which keeps them super healthy and strong*
Do you have any advice for people struggling to prioritise their health? Or feeling demotivated?
Set realistic goals for yourself. Too often we crash diet, kill ourselves at the gym and 3 months later, we are burnt out and the weight piles back on. Set small, incremental goals that you can achieve daily, weekly, and monthly for the rest of your life. Looking after your mental health should be the number one priority and if talking to friends and family doesn’t help, seeking professional help is never a sign of weakness. I’ve done it many times in my life, and it was exactly what I needed.
Do you have any future goals that you’d like to achieve?
I always made a promise to my dad that we would climb Mt Kilimanjaro one day. That is a life goal I plan on achieving!
How do you look after your mental and emotional health?
I talk to my friends and family about the way I’m feeling and seek advice or guidance from those who know me best.
*Vitamins and minerals can only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.