Mom of two shares how she lost 48kg in 18 months!

Posted on February 12th, 2018

Lucy Cartwright was borderline diabetic and had high cholesterol levels when she decided that enough was enough and lost 48kg! Here’s how she did it.

Lucy Cartwright's post-pregnancy weight loss journey

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.

Lucy Cartwright

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.

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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.

Lucy Cartwright

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.

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What are your top 5 healthy snacks?

  • Almonds
  • Nuts in general
  • Lean biltong
  • Apples
  • 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.

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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.

Lucy Cartwright

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.