“We worried that we were teaching them to be obese adults,” Tanya says.
“We thought they were going to have problems in the future if we kept showing them that it was ‘normal’ to eat like this.”
A friend of Tanya’s suggested they check out the WLCW (Weight Loss Coaching Works) program on Facebook. (If the name rings a bell, that’s because it has been key to singer Casey Donovan’s much-publicised weight loss.)
“A friend of mine suggested this Facebook program. I thought, ‘Here we go again, another thing I’m going to fail at.’ But I figured I may as well just try it, so I signed up online in January 2017.
“In the first week I lost 4kg. I thought, ‘I might just keep going on this.’”
She says: “It really just involves regular healthy eating and walking 12-15,000 steps per day. The aim is to get you moving.”
Participants in the program are encouraged to walk 5000 steps first thing in the morning before breakfast.
“Once you get the 5000 steps in, the rest of the steps seems to come naturally throughout the day,” she says.
Tanya walks an extra 20-30 minutes on her lunch break at work and the children have started to get involved in the morning walks.
“We all get up now at 5.30am and we talk and walk. The boys love it. It’s changed the whole dynamic of the family. We chat about the day ahead and actually communicate with each other.”
She likes the program as it has taught her how to create a healthy diet with the “right” carbohydrates, and is eating her own “real” food instead of pre-packaged frozen meals.
“I’ve done Jenny Craig and Lite n’ Easy and things like that, but that was just putting a frozen meal in the microwave and not really knowing what I was eating,” she says.
“That’s not really sustainable unless you want to eat those meals for the rest of your life.
“I don’t even call it a ‘diet’ anymore — it’s just how we eat now.”
In just over a year the couple has lost a combined 70kg (which equals the weight of their two sons put together).