London: A mother-of-two who struggled to maintain her weight during her first pregnancy and after a five-week Europe trip has shared her 24-kilo weight loss transformation. Bianca Sibbald had never been ‘petite’ as a teenager and found herself wearing ‘bigger clothes’ after finishing high school, but wasn’t truly worried about her size until she gave birth to her first son in 2015.
The 28-year-old living in Perth, Western Australia, gained 23 kilos from eating ‘convenient’ foods and overindulging on snacks after eating one large meal a day, saying that her irregular food habits were frustrating.
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‘I was working full-time and not eating regularly… and then gorging on chocolate later on,’ she told FEMAIL. So she started to follow The Healthy Mummy eating plan and very quickly lost six kilos, before realizing she was pregnant with her second son in 2016.
During her second pregnancy, Bianca gained 11 kilos – putting her within a healthy weight gain range for mothers-to-be – but after giving birth in April 2017 she didn’t have the same motivation to jump back into a calorie-controlled plan. This was mainly because she was suffering from near chronic fatigue, with doctors unable to figure out why.
What does Bianca eat in a typical day?
Breakfast: Smoothie with protein powder, frozen berries, frozen banana, and spinach. Coffee at work.
Lunch: It’s normally leftovers from the night before. If I do a ravioli for dinner I’ll do a lighter meal like a chicken noodle stir fry for lunch the next day.
Dinner: Stovetop lasagne, curry sausages, sausage pasta bake, butter chicken.
Snack: I tend to only have two snacks a day, bliss balls, or a banana cake I’ve made. Or I can make SAOs with cheese and tomatoes. Something savory and something sweet.
‘The doctor put it down to glandular fever, low iron, and suspected copper toxicity from my coil. This went on for about 12 months until I couldn’t take it anymore,’ she said.
‘I knew I needed to take more control of my life and I knew that my husband, who works for the Royal Australian Navy, would be leaving us for work in the next few months so I would have to start working out how I was going to cope while he was away.’
So she returned to The Healthy Mummy meal plan, managing to lose seven kilos while she looked for a diagnosis for her tiredness.
Finally, after undergoing a sleep study, doctors told Bianca she had sleep apnoea; a serious disorder which involves your breath-stopping and starting during the night.