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Mother-of-three reveals how she lost a staggering 41 kilos in 15 months

A mother-of-three who lost 41 kilos in 15 months has revealed how she shed the staggering amount of weight without giving up chocolate, beef stroganoff and spaghetti bolognese.

Teacher Sally Stepniewski, 35, hadn’t always struggled with her weight and grew up competitively dancing, but getting pregnant with twins took four long years – a battle that saw her turn to food for comfort.

‘I lost an ovary to cysts and was going through menopause at 28 so we had to go down alternative paths as my chances of conceiving naturally were almost non-existent,’ the Victoria-based mother wrote on Facebook.

‘I hit 100 kilos the day they were born and was so upset I’d hit the triple digits.’ 

Teacher Sally Stepniewski grew up competitively dancing, but getting pregnant with twins took four long years - a battle that saw her turn to food for comfort (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

Teacher Sally Stepniewski grew up competitively dancing, but getting pregnant with twins took four long years – a battle that saw her turn to food for comfort (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

In 2016 Sally was surprised to learn she had conceived again with a little girl, weighing in at 118 kilos the day her tiny blessing was born.

‘I was in disbelief and too embarrassed to tell anyone,’ she said. 

In April 2017, after plenty of failed attempts trying fad diets that only made her binge later in the day, Sally joined The Healthy Mummy Facebook group, spurred on by the results of other mothers.

She weighed 110 kilos at the very start of her weight loss journey. 

In 2016 Sally was surprised to learn she had conceived again with a little girl, weighing in at 118 kilos the day her tiny blessing was born (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

In 2016 Sally was surprised to learn she had conceived again with a little girl, weighing in at 118 kilos the day her tiny blessing was born (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

What does Sally eat in a day?

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie from The Healthy Mummy app

Snacks: Carrots and hummus, bananas, hard boiled egg, muffins, rice crackers

Lunch/Dinner: Beef stroganoff, spaghetti bolognese, stir fries.

Sally enjoys tabata and High Intensity Interval Training sessions from the app to supplement her regular family walks and runs. 

The first month saw her shed six kilos, with another five ‘falling off’ the following month, putting her weight back into the 90s. 

‘I wasn’t hungry as I was eating 2,200 calories a day, which felt like too much, but I was told to trust it,’ she said.

‘I didn’t binge eat and the food was simple to make, even my hubby was enjoying it. I started walking every day I could, throwing all the kids in the pram or walking after work. 

‘I enjoyed the simplicity of the app taking the stress out of meal planning and the support in the community. I enjoyed how it worked for busy mums. I could see it working for me.’

'I wasn't hungry as I was eating 2,200 calories a day, which felt like too much, but I was told to trust it,' she said (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

‘I wasn’t hungry as I was eating 2,200 calories a day, which felt like too much, but I was told to trust it,’ she said (pictured left at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

Sally partakes in tabata and High Intensity Interval Training sessions from the app to supplement her regular family walks and runs

Sally partakes in tabata and High Intensity Interval Training sessions from the app to supplement her regular family walks and runs

Describing herself as an ‘average cook’ Sally easily whips up a breakfast smoothie from The Healthy Mummy guide, snacks on rice crackers, hummus, fruit, hard boiled eggs and muffins and enjoys pasta, homemade chocolate and carb-heavy dinners with vegetables. 

Sally partakes in tabata and High Intensity Interval Training sessions from the app to supplement her regular family walks and runs.

She has since competed in three different half marathons, some of which raised money for charity.

She has since competed in three different half marathons, some of which raised money for charity (pictured left in 2017 at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

She has since competed in three different half marathons, some of which raised money for charity (pictured left in 2017 at 110 kilos and right at 69 kilos)

A year after changing her lifestyle, Sally had lost 37 kilos – and she lost another four kilos three months later.

‘I’m now happily rocking size 8-10 clothes at 69 kilos and am feeling a confidence I never knew I had,’ she said.      

Despite losing her mother to cancer in 2019, which took a toll on her mental health and desire to follow the guide, Sally continues to maintain her weight even now with the encouragement of other mothers online.

She hopes to have walked or run 2,020 kilometres by the end of the year. 

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