‘My weight loss journey began on the 1st June 2013.
My children are now both teenagers, and I was re-married in November 2012.
Due to not having my children with me all of the time, I find it super important to be able to spend quality time with them, preferably outdoors and doing fun stuff (not constantly indoors on the X-Box etc.)
It’s a high priority to encourage them to be active and to eat healthy too.
I have found the Motivating Mums to be so helpful with their great advice.


Knowing that they are all so busy and that we all have ups and downs but can still get back up and go again is such a wonderful motivator.

Thank you to all of you and thank you to the team at Lose Baby Weight for making all of this available to us.
My favourite healthy mummy smoothie this week was a green smoothie with a twist.  I call it Blackberry Buzz
Blend ¼ of an avocado, ¼ cup baby spinach, 1 tbsp oats, 1 tbsp LSA, 1 tsp coconut, a handful of frozen blackberries and 2 tbsp vanilla Healthy Mummy Smoothie Mix with 200 – 250 ml of your choice of milk.
I also have a regular old favourite (the Banana Fat Blaster). YUM!
I like to walk for between 20 and 60 minutes daily and have been slowly introducing a jog / run into each walk.
As motivation, I sometimes challenge myself to complete the distance in less time.  I don’t always get in my 10,000 steps but it’s great just to know that I am moving every day.
I try to fit in activity whenever possible, and I like to include some strength work each day if I can.  Squats and lunges are 2 of my favourites and they’re great because they can be done almost anywhere.
We are lucky to have a circuit type set up of “adults” play equipment at our local park (right next to the kids play equipment); and the basketball and tennis court, so there are many opportunities to exercise and have fun with the family at the same time!
Crazy dance around the lounge room moments are lots of fun and they burn heaps of calories and cause lots of laughter too.
When it rains, I march on the spot to warm up, and follow that with more squats and lunges through the day.  Wet days are a really good chance to get in an extra ab workout too.
My husband and children have been great as far as their support in trying new and different foods goes.
They are not fussy eaters but they have their favourites, so they have been taken outside their comfort zones too.
The chickpea protein cookies are a real hit at our house as they are quick and easy to make (mind you they disappear very quickly).
Quinoa is becoming a regular staple in our meals and it’s so versatile to use.
I have been trying to add chia seeds to each smoothie I make (and things like Lose Baby Weight style custards, Lose Baby Weight style ice-creams, cereals, porridge, omelettes too).
I have been enjoying the meals from the 28 Day Diet and Exercise Plan, and have found the Calorie Bible so helpful when I’m out and about shopping or heading out for lunch.
Another motivator for me is to have my before photo on the fridge with a list of my short and long term goals as a constant reminder of why I am on this journey.
The most important lesson I have learned so far is that every day is different, and there are new challenges to be faced each day.
By breaking down your larger long term goals into smaller, more achievable ones, it makes each day easier to face and each goal easier to achieve.
Then, if you have a set back (such as illnesses or friendly visitors bearing cakes), it’s not so hard to get back on track.
My weight has fluctuated up and down quite regularly, and I have been through several weeks (sometimes 2 or 3 in a row) where it has hit a plateau.
These are the hardest times to get through, so the important thing to remember then is not to give up.  You will make progress again.
Perhaps those are the times when you need to try something a little different with your food, or change your exercise around a little.  Add a few more crazy dance around the lounge room sessions in!!!
My results:

  • Weight 56.4kg (down 7.9kg total) with a loss of 1.2kg this week.
  • Bust 89cm (down 14cm total) with a loss of 3cm this week.
  • Waist 80cm (down 14cm total) with no loss this week.
  • Hips 86cm (down 8cm total) with a loss of 2cm this week.
  • Thigh 54cm (down 2cm total) with no loss this week.

My goals this coming week are to:

  • Try 2 smoothies I haven’t yet tried.
  • Add in 5 to 10 minutes of chill time each day (meditation or quiet time).
  • Try a new form of exercise to keep things interesting.
  • After a really big loss of 1.2kg last week, to lose 500g this week.

Keep up the great work everyone!’
 Traci Hampson
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