Brisbane weight loss mum shares how she lost 103kg

An inspirational mum has shared her jaw-dropping Christmas weight loss transformation photos taken three years and an incredible 103kg apart.

Mum-of-three Rikky-Leigh Johnson said her self-esteem had reached an all-time low in December 2016 when she saw how she looked in her Christmas photographs.

The 26-year old from Brisbane, was at her heaviest weight of 179kg while her wardrobe was full of unflattering size 26 clothes.

But after turning her life around, getting into shape and ditching her junk food habit, the amazing mum managed to drop an astonishing 103kg and six dress sizes.


Rikky-Leigh and son Ryder in 2016, before her weightloss/
Rikky-Leigh and son Ryder in 2016, before her weightloss/ Credit: CATERS NEWS AGENCY/Caters News Agency

Now in this year’s Christmas photos, Rikky-Leigh – who is engaged to fiance Brandon, 28, looks unrecognisable in her slimmed down 76kg, size 10-12 figure.

The photographer, who is mum to Libby, six , Ryder, four, and Skylah, two, said: “I look completely different. I feel so much happier and healthier.

“I gained weight after being in a bad relationship where food was my only comfort.

‘It finally got to a point where I decided enough was enough’

“I was not active at all during this time, and eventually I put on so much weight that I hardly recognised myself.

“I would binge on chocolates, chips, lollies and anything deep-fried.

“It finally got to a point where I decided enough was enough.

“Deciding to lose weight was the best decision I ever made.”

In 2017, Rikky-Leigh completely overhauled her diet – swapping her sugar-loaded and deep-fried binges for healthy high protein and veggie-packed meals.

The mum also joined a gym and began working with a personal trainer to help get into shape and slim down

In a year, the inspirational mum had dropped a whopping 93kg and was feeling stronger, both physically and mentally, than ever before – and has now lost another 10kG, bringing her total weight loss to 103kg.

She said: “I hated being overweight. There was constant judgment from strangers, I was always sweating and never fit into any nice clothes.

“The worst thing was not being able to run around with my kids. I’d be out of breath just from picking them up. It broke my heart when I’d see their faces drop when I couldn’t keep up with them.

“Once I turned my diet around and started working out, I was feeling so much better.

“I busted my guts to get where I am and I’m so proud of myself.

Rikky-Leigh Johnson takes a selfie after her weightloss.
Rikky-Leigh Johnson takes a selfie after her weightloss. Credit: RIKKY-LEIGH JOHNSON / CATERS NEWS

“There was no magic tricks, just hard work and all natural weight loss.

“Now I have so much energy and I can run and play with my kids. It’s incredible.”

The incredible mum is now sharing her story to inspire others for the New Years – and show it is possible to turn your life around and have a happier and healthier future.

She said: “I want to share my story to show others that there is hope. Deciding to change my diet and exercise has saved my life. I don’t even recognise the person I was before.

“If I can lose weight and change my life, anyone can. I am so excited for the future.”

BEFORE DIET

Breakfast: Fruit loops, four pieces of toast and big cup of Milo

Mid-morning Snack: Chocolate and lollies.

Lunch: Something deep fried such as dim sims or hot chips

Afternoon snack: Chips and chocolate

Dinner: Deep-fried takeaway food

Dessert: Ice cream or milkshakes

AFTER DIET

Breakfast: Boiled eggs and avocado on toast

Mid-morning Snack: Yogurt and a muesli bar

Lunch: Sandwich or wrap with lean meat or chicken

Afternoon snack: Crackers with eggs, avocado or light cheese

Dinner: Chicken and rice or steamed veggies with lean meat

Dessert: Cup of tea before bed

What About You?

It is reassuring to know that you can do it too. It might take time but getting tired is not an option! You too will get it right soon. What have you tried? Share your story, we’d love to hear your too.

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