My highest weight was 73kg and after 5 months of my bikini cookbook recipes I dropped 18kg and got down to my goal weight of 55kg. I have never been more fit and healthy in my life! Now after 4 years of my bikini cookbook lifestyle I have been able to maintain a healthy weight. This is the best thing I could have ever done for myself, I never want to go back to how I was.
I jumped aboard ‘the bikini cookbook’ wagon not long after the first book was released. At nearly 90kg, I was grateful for any help I could get and at the time I didn’t realize just how much of an impact ‘bikini cookbooking’ would have on my own weight loss journey or that of my family. I lost almost 30kg in my first five months of using the books and have kept it off for nearly three years.
I came across the series just as the second book was preparing to be released, I couldn’t have been more surprised! For very little cost, given the book is self published, I not only had recipes my family devoured but recipes that were economical and even included our beloved slow cooker. I also had the support of the fabulous author and beautiful person Michelle. To this day, 7 book releases later, we still cook those recipes routinely. It’s not a diet, just simple healthy fast fresh meals, it’s just what we eat now.
In 2013 I weighed in at 87.8kg, I was once just over 93kg but managed to lose a few kilos before then. Instead of making a new years resolution I set myself a goal. I wanted to be fit and fabulous when I turned 30 that September. I lost 5kg on my own which was tough but then I discovered ‘the bikini cookbook’, I haven’t looked back since. Before my 30th I had lost just under 15kg and by the end of the year I reached a 20kg loss. I’ve now hit my goal weight of 60kg and I’m keeping it off with the help of these amazing cookbooks.
After having my second child my weight sky rocketed to my heaviest 113kg! I decided enough was enough and something had to be done. I searched the internet for different body transformation programs only to be disappointed that I couldn’t afford to participate in due to a single income family with two children. I accidentally stumbled upon ‘the bikini cookbook 1’ through an online fundraising auction and was lucky enough to win the book.
I have been very lucky for most of my adult life to never really have any problems with my weight. So when I put on about 10kg in 2012 and weighed 88kg I was at my highest weight. I was really struggling to find a healthy eating plan that caters for me as I am coeliac and on a gluten free diet.
When I first started this journey I had no idea how easy it would be. I tried to lose weight so many times before and nothing worked, I will always be grateful for the day I met Michelle and bought my first book.
I was 92.3kg, the heaviest I had ever been! I loved how easy and tasty all the dishes were so I then bought the complete set. In 12 months I lost a total of 22.3kg, in that time I was laid up for four of them with a broken ankle but I still managed to lose 7 kg with very little exercise.
I started my weight loss journey at nearly 99kg! I’d always been the ‘chubby’ one and after trying numerous weight loss programs, shakes, fads etc, I started to think it was just me – the way I was supposed to be forever. For nearly all my life I’d always worn size 16 clothes but now I was into size 18 or 20. I had no self-esteem, never had any energy, I HATED shopping for new clothes and I struggled to keep up with my twin boys. I actually stumbled across ‘the bikini cookbooks’ by accident assuming they were another “get into a bikini quick” fad…..
I have been a member of ‘the bikini cookbook’ community since the beginning. I have all the books and use them on a daily basis. Since incorporating the books into my lifestyle I have noticed the difference in my health. For example, it has been about three years since I’ve had a cold. I love ‘the bikini cookbooks’ because it is normal ingredients that I am use to eating. The only difference I found was the amount of fresh herbs I started using.
I started out January 2012 at 92.1kg and very unhappy, so unhappy I would look in the mirror and cry at what I saw. I was overweight, unfit and knew that I had to do something. I signed up for the 12wbt program and through that found out about ‘the bikini cookbooks’ and made my first purchase. With a combination of using ‘the bikini cookbooks’ and exercise, bootcamp initially and then the gym I lost 23.2kg and completed the City to Surf.
I can not speak highly enough of ‘the bikini cookbooks’. These books have changed the way my whole family looks at food and how we cook. I have done complete dinner parties with the recipes from these books and had wonderful comments about how flavoursome the meals were and when told they were all healthy from ‘the bikini cookbooks’, they were amazed! These people went on to buy their own set of cookbooks from Michelle. All the recipes are put together so well and require little effort, which on a busy day is very helpful indeed. Thank you Michelle for these lovely books and for changing our lives, you have sparked back my interest in the kitchen. Tracey
Being a full time working mum of 3 children, I was and still am very very time poor! I need breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks that are quick, easy and fresh for me and my family! I discovered ‘the bikini cookbooks’ whilst I was on my weight loss journey. The cookbooks have family friendly calorie controlled, easy to follow recipes which I could incorporate into my weight loss/healthy eating plan. It makes it possible to have fresh meals for my family at a moments notice and is great for time poor parents on the go! Most of ‘the bikini cookbook’ recipes are freezable so on weekends I like to do a cook up and fill my freezer full of nutritious healthy meals! Start weight 120kg, end weight 70 kg, 50 kg loss. Kristy
At my wedding I remember getting dressed and was worried the whole time about sitting down as my dress was a very tight fit. That was 16 months ago when I weighed 104kg.
In Feb 2014 I was gifted ‘the bikini cookbooks’, book 1-4 for my 30th Birthday. I decided I needed to do something so I started to just eat the recipes for dinner times. Then I increased it to lunch and dinner, now it is 3 meals a day for 6 days a week. I know to this day my weight is still on the decline and I currently weigh 82kg.
After having my second baby I was determined to get fit and healthy again and as we all know there is no quick fix, just healthy food and exercise. I joined the gym down the road and opened my ‘bikini cookbooks’! Having 2 girls has pushed me not to use the word ‘diet’ but healthy eating and to show that exercise is a daily activity that can be fun too!! Michelle’s books are easy and the fact they are all calorie counted makes it easier to plan my food. Before baby 2 I was 63kg, straight after baby 2… let’s say a fair bit more…. so to date I am 65kg. So much fitter, stronger and healthier than I have ever been. Naomi
Just wanted to say thanks for your wonderful ‘bikini cookbooks’. I have been using your books over the past two years to help maintain my weight. The meals are so easy to prepare and my very fussy children have enjoyed every single meal I have prepared… unheard of in the past! I can honestly say I have not found a recipe we haven’t liked!
These 7 books are my favourite cookbooks, so much so I have gotten rid of all my other cookbooks that have collected dust in the cupboard through lack of use! These 7 books have pride of place on the book stand in my kitchen. ‘the bikini cookbooks’ are jammed packed with good healthy meals that don’t leave you feeling hungry or deprived. They contain everyday ingredients that you can find in the supermarket and there is minimal waste which is really important to me. The recipes are budget friendly and you will be surprised that you probably have a lot of the ingredients in your pantry already.
I’m only a few weeks into a lifestyle change but already your books & private forum has made an incredible difference in the way I feel! I’ve done the shake thing & only eaten one meal a day & had to take dozens of supplements & I was miserable. It never felt realistic or like I was living life to the fullest. Thanks to my sister & a few girlfriend’s I finally decided to buy the whole range of your books. BEST DECISION EVER!!
I haven’t got a before and after shot just yet! I am a work in progress but I can tell you that I stumbled across Michelle and her BCB Collection in January 2014 and I am so so grateful! I have tried every known diet under the sun and none of them come close to the divine, clean, fresh recipes that these books provide. I am finally able to feel like I am NOT on a diet and that my daughter and partner can enjoy meals with me as a family. Not only do they taste amazing but they are quick to make and utilise a really convenient collection of ingredients.
Two years ago I bought my first ‘bikini cookbook’ on the recommendation of a family member. Since eating ‘the bikini cookbook’ recipes I have lost 8kg BUT really the weight is only one benefit. Perhaps the biggest benefits I have experienced is that I no longer suffer from IBS and my migraines have reduced from 2 a week to 1 every couple of months. My energy levels have increased and my ability to cope with stress has improved dramatically so that I no longer engage in emotional eating. Eating healthy, non-processed foods has so many benefits and ‘the bikini cookbooks’ make it an easy goal to achieve. I cook the meals for my whole family and they love them all! Kirsty.
I have been using Michelle’s ‘bikini cookbooks’ for a few years now and my family and I absolutely LOVE the recipes. They are all delicious and very easy to make (and always work!). I also love that Michelle personally gives additional support, tips, menu planning and is always only a message away to answer any questions through the Facebook page. It makes all the difference to receive such wonderful service and I couldn’t have lost 15kg without the books & Michelle’s support! I can’t wait to add the next editions to my collection! Bianca.