Mum of five from Laura shares her weight-loss journey with The Healthy Mummy

BRAVE: Mum of five Hannah Pech lives with her husband and children Imogen, 8, Angus, 6, Hamish, 4, and two-year-old twins Harriet and Estelle.
BRAVE: Mum of five Hannah Pech lives with her husband and children Imogen, 8, Angus, 6, Hamish, 4, and two-year-old twins Harriet and Estelle.
INSPIRATIONAL: Hannah Pech, left, was invited to Sydney for a photoshoot and is now on the cover of a magazine. She lost 37 kilos in two years and said she will never look back. Her story has inspired many others to join The Healthy Mummy lifestyle.

INSPIRATIONAL: Hannah Pech, left, was invited to Sydney for a photoshoot and is now on the cover of a magazine. She lost 37 kilos in two years and said she will never look back. Her story has inspired many others to join The Healthy Mummy lifestyle.

Hannah Pech is a mum of five from Laura who made the swap to a healthier, happier lifestyle after reality kicked in.

"In May 2017 my twins were five-months-old, I weighed 105 kilograms and I had chronic back pain," she said.

Mrs Pech said she reached a turning point when her doctor prescribed strong medication, which would require an adult to be around to help look after her kids.

"I went home and thought this is fairly serious if the medication knocks me out," she said.

"I never filled it... I put the prescription on the fridge and decided to change my life and I have never looked back."

Mrs Pech started 'The Healthy Mummy' weight-loss program through Facebook, losing six kilograms in a month.

Two years on, she has lost a total of 37 kilograms, her back problems are gone and she has a new level of confidence which has led to her being on the cover of a magazine.

She said the opportunity came about through a post on the Facebook group, inviting members to share a transformation post to motivate others and have the chance to go to Sydney for a photo-shoot.

Mrs Pech shared her story, not expecting much to come of it but then received an email inviting her to Sydney.

"It was a real celebration of the hard work and commitment I had put into changing my life," she said.

"The experience was amazing. I was one of nine other women who shared similar stories and we are all like sisters now... we talk everyday."

But life used to look completely different for Mrs Pech, who turned to food as a coping mechanism.

"I used to eat a lot of sugar, chocolate... probably more than I would realise... lots of convenience food and my portion sizes were the same as my husbands... but that was normal for me," she said.

"I tried so many diets and they were strict on having no chocolate, sugary foods or carbs. I would do it for two months, lose five kilograms and think that was great, then I was straight back where I was because it was not maintainable."

She slowly made changes, adding fruit and vegetables to her diet, drinking more water and embraced exercise in the form of walking and riding bikes with her children.

Depsite many challenges, Mrs Pech said making the switch to a healthier lifestyle was the best thing she has done for herself and her family.

"I was lucky, I had a lot of support from family and friends," she said.

Mrs Pech is now a consultant for The Healthy Mummy and runs a Facebook group with over 15,000 women from around the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula.

"I am still amazed that women inbox me daily for advice and support and feel great knowing they are motivated by my journey," she said.

She is a completely different woman now and said she looks forward to working on personal goals and being more active with her kids.

"I still remember taking my before photos in my bra and shorts and my mum said why not take them in your undies and I thought I will never share photos of me in my undies... now I am doing just that but on a cover of a magazine."

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