“How I lost 23 kilos”
Mum of six reveals her secrets to staying motivated
By Practical Parenting team
August 15 2018
Eight At Home blogger Krechelle Carter has been on a weight loss journey for the past nine months. In that time, she has dropped 23kg and is “on a roll” to lose 23kg more.
The mum of six has talked openly about her health and fitness on her Instagram page and says sharing the journey has helped her to keep going.
“People ask me how I stay motivated,” she wrote. “And the answer is I never lose sight of the end goal.
“One nurse once said to me she genuinely worries about people who are near or over 100 kilos as their health risks are astronomically higher; I don’t want to be another statistic. I choose my health. I choose life,” she added.
When it comes to mealtimes, Krechelle says she likes to keep it simple: “I can’t understand these programs with 102 ingredients; mate I don’t have the bloody time. Broccoli green chicken sweet potato mash; meal.”
She also keeps portions sizes small, focusses on lean protein, eats heaps of greens including spinach, pears, celery and kale, snacks on carrot sticks and protein shakes, and stays hydrated by drinking two litres of water a day and limiting herself to one milky coffee.
Finding exercise she enjoys has also been a game-changer for Krechelle.
“If I can’t wait to exercise then it’s not a chore anymore it’s fun, it’s exciting; it’s a good part of my day,” she wrote in her blog.
“I love lifting weights, I love netball and I love gym classes and beach walks so this is what I do. Because I want to!”
Having a workout buddy has also helped – she has five! – because it keeps her accountable and is a great way to catch up with friends and work out at the same time.
On days when she can’t get to the gym, the Adelaide mum pops on a YouTube workout at home.
“I burn on average around 400 calories in 45 minute home workout and that makes me super happy!” she adds.
Her six children also help motivate her to be consistent with healthy eating and working out because she is conscious of setting a good example:
“Exercise and healthy eating is not just important for us it’s important for children to learn at a young age, and we lead by example.