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One mom’s story: I lost 42 lbs, threw out my scales and begun relying on body measurements

Charlotte Leorke is a 22-year-old mom of two (ages 3 and 1). Four months after welcoming her youngest son into the world, she felt as though she was stuck in a rut. What’s more, her weight was beginning to bother her.

Before falling pregnant with Ben, I had begun to lose weight,” Charlotte says. “During my pregnancy, I was constantly worried about the weight I was putting on.

Eventually, the midwives told me I was a possible high-risk pregnancy due to my weight. That stuck with me long after Ben was born and all I could think was that if I ever got pregnant again it would just get worse.”

That’s when Charlotte discovered the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

I threw out my scales and now go by body measurements

While waiting for a maternal child health appointment, I was on Facebook and found the Healthy Mommy page,” Charlotte says.

She immediately signed up to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. “I signed up straight away and gave it a go for the first month. Like a lot of people I self-sabotaged myself and let old habits creep back in,” Charlotte admits.

A few months on, Charlotte and her family were on the move, with her partner accepting a new job. “I decided that it could be a new start for me and my outlook on life. I jumped on the bandwagon again and I haven’t looked back since,” Charlotte says.

However, it hasn’t always been an easy journey. “It was hard. I had to overcome a lot of self-doubt and loathing of my own reflection – but I did it.

After just under four months, Charlotte had lost a whopping 42 lbs and achieved one of her biggest goals – getting back down to 186 lbs. “I hadn’t been this size since I was 16,” Charlotte adds.

One mums story: I lost 3st, threw out my scales and begun relying on body measurements

Ever since Charlotte has continued with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. “I threw out the scales as they were putting me into the wrong mindset. I now mainly go off measurements and was over the moon when I fit into a size 12 pair of jeans!

Charlotte says when she and her family moved back home after her partner’s 6-month work contract was up she was so thrilled by everyone’s reactions to her weight loss. “It was the best feeling. A real confidence booster.”

Charlotte’s advice for other moms? “One of the most important things I would say to any mom considering joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is to have realistic expectations of what you will achieve. It’s not a ‘quick fix’, it’s a sustainable long term lifestyle that just gets better,” Charlotte says.

You also need to be realistic. “You need to realize that if you are ever going to have any success, it takes time. Big results take time. But it does happen,” Charlotte adds.

Future goals

One massive goal of mine is to be comfortable in a bikini,” Charlotte reveals.

With a holiday in the works, this young, inspiring mom would love to have the confidence to pull on her bikini.

I’d love to just lounge around all day in my bikini and not care about who might see me and what they’ll think. Building confidence is so important, and even though I am fairly confident in myself, there is always room to grow.”

Charlotte is on a mission this month to stick to her meal plans, mix up her 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge exercises and go for more walks.

All of these things will push me in the right direction to conquer my goals and finish out this challenge round feeling proud of myself and my efforts.

Keep up the amazing work Charlotte!

Are you ready to be a Healthy Mommy?

28 day challenge

If you are wanting to lose weight and improve your energy – not to mention – help improve your overall health and wellbeing – our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an awesome program to check out.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge includes:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customizable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans (including 7 Day Cleanse)
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy moms – under 30 minutes
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to a library of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!


*Images and references to pounds lost are as supplied by the individual in the story. The Healthy Mommy assumes information and photographs supplied to be true in nature and is not responsible for any false misrepresentations or claims relating to their programs or products.

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