When I fell pregnant with my firstborn girl I was already overweight – just before I fell pregnant I lost someone close tome to cancer and turned to food for comfort, and that’s when I gained most fo the weight. Before I knew it, my two precious daughters were both growing up and I was still very overweight and unhealthy.
After holidaying in Mauritius and after many yo-yo diets and just going up and down on the scale for years, I felt overweight and unhealthy in my bikini on the beach. I was in paradise, but did not feel good at all, due to over-eating and lack of exercise.
I had to start exercising properly and eating properly, so I changed my lifestyle completely. I did not go on a diet, I adapted my eating to healthy and clean. My husband and my family supported me through the entire process as well as a very good friend at the gym who guided me with correct exercise and eating, which I committed myself to and still do. I still have all their support.
I honestly thought I would not be able to lose the weight as I was now older and my body had changed.
Lucy’s typical daily eating plan
- For breakfast, the most important meal of the day, I have Jungle Oats with water, nuts and a sliced banana. Or, I’ll have boiled eggs (two with egg whites only and one with the yolk) and dry rye toast.
- Snacks: lean biltong, apple or nuts like almonds.
- For lunch I will have protein and a carb for example tuna and brown rice and salad or a grilled chicken breast with lemon juice and sweet potatoes and broccoli. Another option is a brown wrap with chicken, avo and salad.
- After training, I have whey protein powder shake mixed with water.
- I mostly skip the carbs at night.Now my dinners consist of chicken or fish with salad or veggies such as broccoli or carrots or marrows etc.
- Every night before I go to bed, I have a cup of warm water and 5ml of apple cider vinegar and some fresh lemon.
Do you cook separate meals for your family?
My family enjoy what I eat, but I also cater for them with some different meals on some days.
Do you have cheat a day?
I didn’t cheat for a long time, but only until I achieved my end goal. Now I do occasionally cheat to keep the balance. It will be on a weekend, but not every weekend. I do keep myself balanced though and when I am away on holidays I still exercise, but I do relax too.
What are your top 5 healthy snacks?
- Nuts in general
- Lean biltong
- Protein flapjacks
Protein flapjacks recipe
You will need
- 120g oats
- 100g peanut butter (no sugar and salt)
- 60g whey protein powder
- 125-150g low-fat milk
- 15g honey
- Place whey protein powder and oats into a large bowl and mix together.
- Add milk and peanut butter and mix together until evenly mixed.
- Add honey and stir evenly through mixture.
- Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and drizzle with a touch of coconut oil.
- Spread the mixture onto the paper (1-3cm thickness).
- Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 190°C.
- Place in over for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove, slice and leave to cool.
Tell us about your training programme
I train five to six days a week for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and sometimes for an hour and a half.
I have two daughters, who are five and eight years old, and I’m a working mom, but make the time for training as it’s one of my passions. It has gotten me where I am today. I find time to work out between work and school pickups.
I do cardio, weights and abs and I also mix it up a bit with some cross fit exercises on some days.
For my weights and cardio, I do a body parts (like legs or arms) and cardio per day and abs about four times a week.
How long did it take you to achieve your goal?
It took me 18 months to reach my goal weight. I weighed 115kg before I started on my weight loss journey. My maintained weight is now between 67 to 68kg.
What advice do you have for moms trying to get their pre-pregnancy body back?
Exercising and eating clean go hand-in-hand. Establish a healthy eating plan that you can live with and not one that is unrealistic. Most importantly, it should be a healthy one that includes wholesome foods like broccoli, lean proteins, nuts, fruits and two litres of water a day. Keep balanced and keep your goal in mind.