EMMA Frances Goode was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first son.
But she spent the next nine months in constant exhaustion and regularly snacked on high-calorie snacks.
As her desire increased, so did her pain and weight, and soon she found it difficult to walk around her block or leave her bed without assistance.
She ended up finishing 15th on the scales – the heaviest she’s ever been.
Despite the joy she felt after the birth of little Harvey, the 26-year-old knew something was missing in her life.
Desperate to recapture some of the “old Emma” – who often jogged and lifted weights at the gym – she vowed to change.
It worked. Emma, from Shepparton in Victoria, Australia, is now 66 pounds lighter and four dress sizes smaller and feeling better than ever.
she said news.com.au: “I’ve been a very active person my whole life, but when I got pregnant that stopped and I felt heavy and exhausted.”
“I always had big cravings and didn’t restrict myself at all, I wanted to enjoy this special time in my life.”
“I love chocolate and had a craving for chocolate mousse every day. I wanted cheesecake, flavored milk, anything with sugar.”
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Emma attributes her postpartum weight loss and change in attitude to the following simple lifestyle changes:
- Easy walks with her son in the stroller
- Doing light housework with Harvey strapped to her in a carrier
- Using food cans as light dumbbells
She also overhauled her diet – opting for low-fat, high-protein, high-carbohydrate foods and ensuring that she maintains a calorie deficit (eating fewer calories than she burns).
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- Swap whole milk for skim milk
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But the hairdresser, who wants to be a good role model for her son, saw serious results without giving up her favorite snacks.
The key, she said, is to enjoy them in moderation.
“I don’t want to restrict myself and I still eat chocolate every day,” said the single mother, who also focuses heavily on her mental health.
“They were very small steps, but they made a big difference.”
But Emma, who shared her trip on Instagram (@miss_no_goode), wants to remind people that there is “no such thing as a quick fix.”
This week she posted: “Every morning you have two choices: continue sleeping with your dreams or wake up and chase them.”
“Stay consistent with your diet and exercise and the results will follow.”
What Emma ate in a day to lose weight
Breakfast (7am) – Chocolate overnight oats
Mid-morning snack (10am) – chocolate chip cookies or fresh fruit
Lunch (12 p.m.) – Bagel with two eggs and low-fat cream cheese
Afternoon tea (3 p.m.) – muesli bar
Dinner (6 p.m.) – Spaghetti Bolognese
Evening snack (9 p.m.) – protein shake
Source: Daily Mail Australia