A 34-year-old mom from Pokeno, New Zealand, has said goodbye to her days of living off pasta and ready-made meals after losing close to half her body weight in under two years.
Natalie James, a mother of three, set out on a weight loss journey that saw her drop a whopping 100 lbs. after making the switch to a healthier lifestyle.
Striving to become a more active parent for her kids, James made a few effective changes.
“I always knew I had to do something about it, I’ve never been ‘small’ but after having kids I was at my heaviest,” she said in an interview with News.com.au.
James drew inspiration from her husband, who was attending a Bootcamp and suggested she try some one-on-one personal training sessions. Knowing it was time to make a change, James took the plunge.
“He could see I was stuck in a bit of a rut being a mom of three small kids and I was losing a bit of myself, just feeling like someone’s mom not my own person anymore,” she said.
She added that after having children, she “never really prioritized what (she) looked like or getting into shape.”
Her youngest son, Finn, was born with the hereditary blood disease called Spherocytosis, which meant he was frequently in and out of the hospital for the first year of his life. The condition was the push James needed to make her and her families health a priority.
With a healthy diet and solid exercise routine, she lost 100 lbs. in 21 months, dropping from 243 lbs. to a healthy 143 lbs.
“You definitely need to make the time for yourself, whether it’s joining a gym or just going out to catch up with friends, you need to make yourself a priority and that makes you a happy mom for the kids too,” she said.