“It’s now or never, and I choose now!”
Occupation: Stay at home mom, and photographer
Lives: Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal
Weight before: 114kg
Body fat before: 40%
Weight after: 72kg
Body fat after: 23%
Marital status: Married with two daughters
Social media: www.facebook.com/lucy.cartwright.739
Lucy Cartwright is a proud mother to two beautiful daughters, but when friends and strangers alike starting asking her when her third baby was due she knew she had a problem. “I wasn’t pregnant, just overweight so these questions were a real eye-opener,” she recalls.
Lucy decided while on a family holiday in Mauritius in May 2015 she had to make a meaningful and lasting change to her lifestyle.“I was in paradise but felt extremely uncomfortable in my bikini while on the beach.” Lucy started exercising and cleaned up her eating. She also had to deal with the emotional roots of comfort eating. Lucy’s commitment to her gym routine was also impressive as it included some form of training 6-7 days a week. “I combined cardio and weight training, and did loads of ab work. However, my main focus was on cardio.” With this dedicated approach it wasn’t long before she started to see results. “The more I exercised, the better my body became and the better I began to feel. I had forgotten how good it felt to be healthy, and I realised how much I had missed it!” “The fact that she can fit into a size 32 again keeps Lucy motivated to maintain this lifestyle. “It was a tough road for sure, but it is so worth it!”
Favourite healthy meal: Tuna in brine with brown rice cakes, avo and spring onion.
Favourite form of training: Cardio
Must-use supplement: Whey protein shake
Lucy’s top diet tip: Don’t diet – find a healthy eating plan that you can adopt as part of your normal routine, just make sure it is one you can enjoy.
Lucy’s advice to those about to start their transformation journey: Sacrifice will play a huge part in a successful transformation, especially forgoing your favourite comfort foods.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.