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How to prepare for the 12 week challenge

If you’ve just joined Healthy Mummy and signed up for the 12-week challenge starting August 30th, congratulations! You have taken the first step on an exciting journey towards weight loss and better health!

If you don’t have time! Join the 12 week challenge With a super budget offer here!

what is next? It’s easy to feel a little frustrated and overwhelmed, especially if you’re committed to making some serious lifestyle changes. Rest assured, we’re here to help you every step of the way! Below you’ll find a breakdown of the next steps so you have everything you need to smash your goals in the 12 Week Challenge!

What is the 12 week challenge?

If you are new to the healthy mummy program, you may be wondering what the 28 day weight loss challenge has and what that has to do with the 12 week challenge.

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has helped hundreds of thousands of moms achieve their health and weight loss goals. With access to the Healthy Mummy app, the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge provides customizable meal plans, at-home exercise videos, wellbeing and mental health videos, along with tools to track your progress.

The 12 Week Challenge is basically 3 consecutive 28 day weight loss challenges, with additional support, motivation and accountability benefits including a 12 week challenge toolkit, access to a special 12 week challenge support group and regular support emails. Plus a chance to win $2000!

How do I prepare for the 12 week challenge?

Here are some essential things to know and do to prepare for your 12-week trip that will get you ready for success.

1) Read the free 12-week challenge kit e-book.

This will be sent to you with an email confirmation of your order. It has everything you need to keep you motivated and responsible on your journey. IIt contains invaluable information that will set you up for success with tips, tricks and hacks to help. It takes you on a step-by-step guide on how to approach this challenge and you can keep referring to it along the way.

2) Measurements and photos

It is important when you begin to know your initial weight, and to have good pictures and measurements so that you can accurately measure your progress at 12 weeks.

Remember that sometimes if you are tightening and gaining lean muscle, the scales may not move but you actually lose a few centimeters! This is very motivating and an important step in keeping you on the right track. Remember to record your measurements in the Healthy Mummy app.

Watch healthy mummy Lauren talk to you about the best way to take measurements

While metrics won’t always tell you the whole story, good before and after photos often will!

Get these 8 tips to take before and after photos that will show off your success.

3) Set realistic goals

Set yourself several realistic goals within the time frame of the 12-week challenge, although you may want to break it down into week by week or month by month. Your goals may revolve around ensuring that you stick to a healthy eating plan and get regular exercise. Once you set your goals, be sure to plan a reward for achieving them and choose a few rewards that will keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle.

4) Make your 12-week pledge

If you haven’t done so already, you can make a pledge here

Think carefully about what you’re going to stick with during this 12-week time frame and make a commitment! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a number on the scales, it could be how you want to feel, or how you will achieve your goal. Write it down or take a screenshot, so you can refer to it throughout your trip.

5. Planning and preparing meals

One of the best things about Healthy Mummy is that it plans healthy meals for you. The weekly meal plan for the following week will be in the app every Wednesday.

Take 15 minutes each week to customize meal plans that work for you, then your shopping lists are made and you’re ready to go! All meals in the Healthy Mummy app were created with busy and poor moms in mind. They’re easy to prepare, healthy, family-friendly, and budget friendly. Set aside an hour or so at the beginning of the week and then maybe another amount of time in the middle of the week to prepare some meals and get you ready ahead.

If you haven’t prepared a meal before you feel a little overwhelmed with how everything works, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Meal prep has helped a lot of moms move on, and it saves you time in the long run.

  • No more cooking in the kitchen every day – Cooking in batches means you have meals ready to grab and reheat
  • Saving Money It is often much cheaper to buy ingredients in bulk. Every little bit of money saved is money in your pocket.
  • Helps you avoid temptation Having a batch of healthy prepackaged meals means that when you’re tired and hungry, you’re less likely to eat a quick and often unhealthy option.

Check out the ultimate meal prep guide for moms who don’t know where to start.

6) Have a workout plan

If you are new to exercise or training, the 12 Week Challenge is the perfect time to start your exercise plan to ensure you meet your goals. Not only does exercise and movement help us burn calories, but it can also lead to weight loss and has many positive effects as well.

Losing less than 5 kg can significantly reduce your risk of diabetes!

The Healthy Mummy app includes over 450 exercises as well as full-length guided video exercises that can be completed at home or on the go and you can also keep track of all your workouts in the app.

Whether you decide to get up the first thing to get your workout done, or even when the kids are in bed, make sure you take some time in your day to energize.

7) Get to know your Healthy Mummy app

During the 12 week challenge, the Healthy Mummy app will be your best friend. It’s literally your meal planner, fitness coach, motivation, calories and fitness tracker in one great app in the palm of your hand.

Take some time before the challenge to learn about the app’s features like how to customize your meal plan and track your progress.

You will find some great articles to help you here

8) Get support from moms just like you

The 12 Week Challenge has its own support group where you can talk to other moms about the challenge just like you. Besides the weekly prizes, it will also assure them of support and motivation in this group, as well as accountability. This is a space where you can ask questions, get practical advice, witness the successes and other struggles of mothers and it will be an integral part of your journey. Amazing things happen when women support each other!

For a chance to win $2000!

One lucky person will get a chance to win $2000!

To enter, you’ll need to register your weight and initial measurements before September 5th on a special page – we’ll be sending details of where you’ll be recording your details via email and in the kit from August 22nd, so stay tuned!

Still have questions about the 12 Week Challenge?

See the FAQ here

Check out some great results from moms in the 12 week challenge!

1. Cassandra Perrin – Lost 30kg and 80cm in 12 Weeks Challenge

Cassandra Perrin 12 Week Challenge

Cassandra is 41 years old from Bridbow, New South Wales and the mother of six beautiful children between the ages of 19 and 6 years old. She admits that pouring her heart and soul into her amazing family over the past 22 years has meant that she lost herself quite a bit along the way.

In fact, Cassandra says that after two stressful pregnancies, children with special needs and dealing with the challenges they face as a teen, has led to her putting on weight.

I got depressed and it was a vicious cycle. It amazed me when Challenge 12 was announced because that was just what I needed,” Says.

“I had 12 weeks of support and accountability with a group of women who were all out there doing the same thing, and I could do it safely in my home and still be connected to a great community support system and each responsible for a week with my weight, measurements and progress photos.

“I didn’t have to go to the gym. As an overweight woman with social anxiety and depression, this was amazing. I was excited to be part of a community and still hide.”

Watch more of Cassandra’s story here.

2. Kirsty Whitehead – Lost 18.5kg and 72cm in 12 Weeks Challenge

Kirsty Whitehead lost 18.5 kg and 72 cm on 12 week challenge Find our budget offer to join here! The 39-year-old mother who lives in South Africa was following 28 day weight loss challenge Since 2015, he has lost 38.9 kg in total.

“Before announcing the 12 week challenge, I made the decision to focus on myself and my desires. The timing was perfect and I wanted to do my best,” Says.

My pledge was to abide by myself. To not give up, to focus on myself completely, physically and emotionally as well as my inner health. To lose 10 kilos.

Watch more of Kirsty’s story here.

3. Kristen Hamann – Lost 13 kilos in the 12 week challenge

Kristen Hamann lost 13 kg in a 12 week challenge

Kristen Hamann lost 13 kg and 32 cm in just 12 weeks 12 week challenge Find our budget offer to join here!

The South Australian mother of three decided to take on the challenge because she needed to give herself a head start.

“I became satisfied with my health journey and the scales started slowly rising again,” recognize.

“My pledge was to lose 5kg and stay consistent all the way and I exceeded my pledge and lost 13kg 32cm.”

Watch more of Kristen’s story here.

4. Cerstal Joy McGuire – 11.2 kg

Cyrstal Joy Maguire lost 11.2 kilos in a 12 week challenge

This Grafton-based mum lost 11.2 kg in just 12 weeks on The Healthy Mummy’s 12 WeiNS challenge Find our budget offer to join here!

Krystal was watching 28 day weight loss challenge Since the end of April 2021 but already started when the 12 Weeks Challenge started in May 2021.

“I decided to join as I saw a full length picture of me on our vacation in April 2021 and it was so horrible that I said I couldn’t look like that anymore and that my son needed a healthy mother to keep up with it and not to be an embarrassment to my son,” Says.

Watch more of Crystal’s story here.


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