Motivating Mum Lauren Kolstad has lost an amazing 18kgs with Lose Baby Weight and shares her S.M.A.R.T goal.
You can see Lauren’s progress here.
Hi Lovelies,
I’m very excited to continue on as a Motivating Mum for October as it motivates me just as much as it (hopefully) motivates you.
Looking back over the past 4 months has been interesting to say the least! I started with 30kg to lose and it sometimes feels surreal that 4 months on I’m down 18kg and the closest to breaking 90kg than I have been in over 6 years. I started the Lose Baby Weight program by joining the 28 Day Winter Challenge and buying a tub of  the Healthy Mummy Smoothie mix.
What I didn’t realise at the time was that my decision to join the challenge would be the start of me getting healthy and fit, finding and using my willpower for the first time in years, being a happier and more emotionally stable mother/wife/person and finally, FINALLY, giving a crap about myself and doing something about the rut I was in. I can’t thank Rhian and the Lose Baby Weight team enough for the amazing program they have put together and the super fantastic closed Facebook Healthy Mummy & Lose Baby Weight Private Support Group they admin.
Not to mention the fact that my family and I love the amazing food – yum! Without these I’d still be a frumpy, grumpy overweight mum and most likely would have put on even more weight.
I have however found breaking through the halfway mark very difficult and realised that I think I’m scared to reach this weight loss goal that I have set for myself. That if I honestly give it my all and don’t get to that numerical number that I’m a failure. It’s a goal I have been working on for years with no real progress, lose a few kg, put on a few more, again and again and again, until at 110kg I didn’t even recognise the person I had become.
The thing is – my goal weight is not just about the number – it’s what that number represents. I set myself a goal of 80kg because it brings me into my healthy weight range and greatly lowers my risk of lifestyle related disease like high blood pressure and heart attack. I want to be around for my son and any future kids I might have. Actually no – I want to do more than be around, I want to ENJOY being a mum, the kind that runs around at the park, fits on the swing and slide, goes swimming with my family and turns putting the toys away into a game of tag just because – the kind of mum I have been on the inside and the kind that my weight was holding me back from being. I deserve that and my son deserves that.
Since losing 18kg I have felt more confident and am being a more active mum – I can even fit on the swing and slide at the park  I am now focused on how much healthier, fitter and amazing I will feel when I reach my goal!
So moving forward I’ve set myself a goal to be 89kg by my birthday – 4 November. This is the first time I’ve set a SMART goal:
Relevant and
Previously I have just focused on making healthy changes and letting the weight loss come as a result of these changes. By setting a SMART goal I feel more in control of making relevant choices and taking the necessary steps to get me to where I need to be. If you have found yourself struggling with setting non-SMART goals and not really getting anywhere with them, then try writing down your SMART goal today and figure out exactly what steps you’ll take to get there. More info on setting a SMART goal is here.
Ok that’s it from me – I’m not making any more excuses – not being scared – just doing what I need to do for myself and my family. You can do it too!
Lauren Kolstad
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