Mom shares her tips on how she ditched smoking AND lost weight

Thanks to The Healthy Mommy Jade found the motivation to ditch takeaway food, soft drink, alcohol, and cigarettes and has lost over 17 pounds. Go, Jade! She has shared her tips to help other moms break the habit.

“I’m now 162 days smoke-free. I feel I have more energy and my body clock automatically wakes me up at 6 am.”

Mom shares her tips on how she ditched smoking

Jade Wills, 35,  is a single working mother to 3 children aged 11, 9 and 5.

She joined The Healthy Mommy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge in August 2019 and in that time has lost 17 pounds.

Jade shares, “Physically I look in the mirror and see myself happier. My skin looks better because I’ve ditched the takeaway soft drink, alcohol and cigarettes.

I’m now 162 days smoke-free. I feel I have more energy and my body clock automatically wakes me up at 6am.

Mentally I feel like I could take on the world. If I can do this I can do anything!!

How Jade ditched smoking

“I’ve been a smoker for 20 years !! My last cigarette was August 27th, 2019, so about 5 months ago.

“I feel fantastic now that I no longer smoke. More money in the pocket. I no longer stink like a ashtray, which a few people have commented on.

Unfortunately no hero story with ditching the cigarettes. I’ve tried cold turkey before and failed so my doctor prescribed me some medication called Champix.

Side effects are common, luckily enough I suffered only a few mild ones but I know people who are depressed or suffer anxiety or mental illness are definitely not people who should take this.

Fortunately for me this method has worked and I know I will always be a smoker, I just choose not to smoke.”

Jade’s tips for other moms wanting to quit smoking

Jade recommends you plan ahead. “Choose a quit date and then cut down slowly over a period of time. Always make sure you have supportive people around you. People who won’t smoke around you or offer you one etc.

Calculate $$$ spent per week so that you can see how much you could save.”

Jade loves the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app

Jade says, “I am a lifetime member and I pick the lunches dinner and Snacks I eat. I don’t always follow the weekly plan.

I use the app for my exercise. I try to do the daily fit advanced routine then add a couple of extras in 3 times a week. I also try walking 3 times a week. I love the fact it’s all in one. Exercise, food and calorie counter.

Jade’s favorite Healthy Mommy recipes:

All these recipes and more can be found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Jade’s tips for other moms:

  • Don’t let one wrong choice ruin all your hard work. Tomorrow is a new day wipe that day away and keep going.
  • If you feel you can’t go without something, whether it be chocolate, alcohol or ice cream. Try a healthier version or just in moderation. I LOVE fruchocs and I’ll buy a small pack. Sometimes it will last me the week and sometimes it last me 2 nights lol.
  • It took me 3 months to see a 2kg loss. My doctor said it was because I’d given up smoking. He advised that my body was still adjusting and that my metabolism may be affected. I cried to my mum many times in that 3 months.
  • It is hard to lose weight but reach out to your loved ones, friends and from your fellow Healthy Mommy’s for advice and support.
  • If the exercise your doing doesn’t excite you try to change it up. Instead of a stroll around the suburbs try a hike or a trail along the beach.

Join the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

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written by:

Tracy Hardy

Tracy has been a digital content producer for the past 9 years. Mum of two boys, slowly finding her way through the tween and teen years at the same time. Beach lover. Terrible housekeeper. Tea drinker. Wine sipper, who sadly can't eat cheese or ice cream. Life is cruel!