lose_baby_weightToday we are setting you a challenge (well, 5 actually) that will see you step out of your comfort zone.
Have you heard the old saying about the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result?
If you feel as though you are not getting the results you would like then perhaps it’s time to make some changes, and that’s what these challenges are all about.
Don’t worry, it’s not something as drastic as a cabbage soup diet (which we definitely do NOT recommend!) or jumping out of a plane (which you could try if you wanted to with a qualified professional!).
Just take each day’s challenge and really give it your all. See if the change helps you to rev up your motivation and improve your weight loss results.
So, are you up for it?

Day 1 – Clear Out

There is physical baggage and emotional baggage, but interestingly enough the two are sometimes related.
If you have loads of clutter around your kitchen it makes it difficult to get motivated to get in there and cook a healthy meal. You might think ‘it’s such a mess in there I might just order a take away.’
As well as this, you may still have some less than healthy things in your fridge/freezer/pantry cupboard that need to get the old heave-ho. Give them to a neighbour or someone that can make use of them.
Sure it might seem like a waste but it’s much better to have unhealthy food out of sight so that you aren’t tempted in a moment of weakness/tiredness/extreme hunger.
While you’re there, why not try your best to throw out any negative thoughts or emotional crutches that you’ve been holding onto.
Now is the time to clear out, clean up, and make room for the healthier version of you.

Day 2 – Get Creative

Today you need to try a brand new recipe – one that you haven’t made before. Check out the recipe pages on our website for inspiration or flip through a recipe book that you’ve been meaning to get stuck into.
Here are some ideas:

  • If you’ve never tried quinoa, why not try our Warm Mexican Quinoa Salad.
  • Make a healthy fruit jelly from scratch.
  • Cook your own custard for a delicious dessert – simply serve with some sliced banana and cinnamon.
  • Spice things up with a hot curry – add some chilli for a bit of a kick
  • Try a lighter version of a favourite dessert such as our Healthy Apple Pie
  • Master the art of lasagne with our simple Mexican Lasagne recipe.
  • Get the kids involved to make your own pizza – yes including the base! Chop up a load of different toppings and let everyone make their own.
Day 3 – Make A Move

This is the day that you try a new exercise. It could be something you used to do but then have stopped doing, or perhaps something you’ve never tried before.
Here are some ideas:

  • Book in your partner or friend to babysit while you attend a Spin or Pilates class
  • Take the kids to a pool with a friend and take turns to do laps while the other minds the children
  • Grab a skipping rope and skip non stop for 5 minutes. Rest and repeat!
  • Got some stairs at your place? Get running!
  • Pinch your child’s hula hoop and get your hula on.
  • Borrow a workout DVD from the library and set your alarm early so that you can try it out.

Trying something new might just spark the interest you need to get into a new type of exercise.

Day 4 – Cook Up A Storm

We get a lot of feedback from mums who say that they have their breakfast sorted with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie; then they have dinner organised for the family; but it’s the lunches that let them down.
Often as busy mums we are so flat out getting the kids organised, washing done, juggling work and of course our partner’s needs that we can either a) forget to eat, which is not at all ideal when you are trying to lose weight; or b) end up getting so hungry that we make a poor choice at home or a high fat or high calorie choice at the shops.
So today you are not going to let that happen. Today you are going to cook two things: one soup and one casserole/stew/big pot of goodness that will see you through for lunch for the next week.
Keep them in the fridge, or package them up into portions for the freezer. Then just heat and eat.
The best part about this (besides the fact you don’t have to think about what to have for lunch) is that you make one big mess on one day, instead of making mess every day.
Here are some great ideas to start with:

Day 5 – Smoothie Shake Up

Today you need to try one of our smoothie recipes. But it’s not as simple as that. It needs to be one that you NEVER thought you would try.
Here are some of our favourite ‘out of the box’ ingredients and the links to their corresponding smoothie recipes. Who knows, they might just end up being your new favourites.

So there you have it! 5 days to try 5 new things. We would love to hear how you go with the challenges, let us know in the comments section!
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