In August 2015 I gave birth to my beautiful “surprise” 4th baby Grace. I say ‘surprise’, as my 3rd bub Florence was only 5 months old when I fell pregnant.
Initially, when I found out I was pregnant again I fell into a sense of despair – this wasn’t part of the plan! The main reason for this despair was the sheer fact that I hadn’t yet lost all the baby weight from Flo and I was still sitting around the 75kg mark.
Throughout the pregnancy I tried to be as careful as I could with my nutrition but was unable to exercise from about 20 weeks due to severe sacro-iliac joint pain.
On the day of Grace’s birth, an early arrival at 37 weeks, I weighed in at 90 kgs and honestly felt as if my poor frame was buckling under the strain!
Arriving home the next day I was determined to start walking and losing the weight and I managed to get back to around 77kg by the time Grace was 4 months old. However, I knew I needed a more structured plan.I was 77kg and knew I needed a more structured plan.
I was 77kg and I needed a more structured plan
Previously, when I have embarked upon a training and nutrition plan I have had an “all or nothing” attitude – cutting my carbs drastically which ultimately ended in me bingeing after a few days. This led to me feeling like a complete failure and resolving to re-start the following Monday.
This time I was really hoping I would find something different – and I certainly did!
One day I entered Ideal Bodies Online (Sue’s other website) into Google. I had purchased a 12 week program from Sue in the past but didn’t fully see it through – and to be honest felt embarrassed at that fact. However, when I saw her new program – 40 Day Max Fat Burn – I had an epiphany moment! Here was something that was laid out for me – the food, the training, all broken down into manageable phases! I’d struck gold!
Having 4 children ranging from nearly 6 months (fully breastfed) to nearly 12 years, you can imagine dinner times in our household were usually a time of stress as I would have to make a couple of different meals to suit everyone.
But when I started 40 Day Max Fat Burn I told the family that we would all be eating the same thing at dinner times. They have really enjoyed the meals and I have loved the fact that I’m only cooking one meal for everybody, and you don’t feel like you’re on a diet as it’s all so delicious!
You don’t feel like you’re on a diet as it’s all so delicious!
The support from the Facebook group kept me fully accountable and if I felt like slipping I would log on and read the other girls posts which invariably pulled me out of the sabotaging mindset I had so frequently found myself slipping into in the past.
The structured 10 day Phases really kept me on track and the time flew by.
There were several challenges along the way, not the least having to go into hospital for a day surgery procedure. In the past I would have used this as yet another excuse to let everything go. Not this time!
Although I could not train at all for the first week after my op, in the second week I incorporated a daily walk but kept food 100% on the plan. Weigh in and measurement day plus my “after” photos were coming up and I did not want to fail again!
On day 40 I weighed and measured myself and I honestly had to do a double take! I lost 6.5kgs and a whopping 30cms from my body!
I lost 6.5kg and a whopping 30cms from my body!
I felt on top of the world! Not just because of the changes in my body but also the changes in my mental state. I feel happy and grateful. My kids are benefiting from a cheerful mum and my partner is benefiting from my increased self-esteem and body image. And my fitness improved so much without me even realizing!
I no longer crave any of the “naughty” foods I used to crave and have gone on to complete another 40 days as it feels more like a lifestyle to me now and I LOVE it!!
Thank you Sue Heintze! I am so, so glad that I googled your website address that day. Anybody reading this considering the 40 Day MAX Fat Burn program – I say go for your life! You will not have any regrets and it can only change your life for the better!