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Mum reveals secret to eight stone weight loss after changing her diet

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 20/04/2018 Hannah Moran

a couple of people that are standing in the grass © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland A mother has revealed how she managed to lose eight and a half stone in weight after changing her diet.

Weighing over 250 lbs (17.8 stone) at her heaviest, Brittany said she was ‘completely miserable and desperate for change’.

In January 2017, Brittany said she decided to make a radical change for the sake of her health and her family.

Flash back Friday! Same day. Different year. ❤️ I was about 240 pounds in the photo on the left, 140 on the right (I have a super bulky binder on underneath my top today which is why my tummy looks odd). In the photo on the left I was feeling discouraged. I was still wearing XXXL maternity clothes 6 months postpartum because they were the only clothes I owned that fit. I had lost about 20 pounds but still felt like I had an insurmountable amount to lose. Don’t focus on how far you have to go. Take it one pound, one day, one meal at a time. Persistence is key. If I focused on how far I had to go I’d quickly get overwhelmed and I’d feel like it was impossible. I celebrated small victories. I focused on how far I’d come. Change is a slow gradual process but if you stay the course you will see results! ————— If you need recipes head over to www.instantloss.com 😊 . . . . . #flashbackfriday #weightlossjourney #weightloss #fitmom #beforeandafter #beforeandduring #beforeandafterweightloss #100poundsdown #obesetobeast #fitnotskinny #healthy #healthylifestyle #bloggermom #jerf #justeatrealfood #wholefoodnutrition #wholefoodsdiet #keto #paleo #whole30 #instantloss #lularoe #lularoeleggings #postpartumbody #postpartum #fedup #fattofit

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The mother-of-three runs the blog Instant Loss, and revealed how she managed to shed the pounds by changing her relationship with food.

After previously depending on fast food, frozen ready meals and processed snacks, her family faced a shock diagnosis in 2016 which changed everything.

Her daughter was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, while Brittany herself struggled with an autoimmune condition.

Left: 260. Middle: 165. Right: 139. No weight loss surgery. No honing it in at the gym for hours every week. Just good old fashioned home cooking with real ingredients that come from the Earth in modest portion sizes. I’m going to tell you the secret, ‘just eat real food’. It IS possible. You CAN do it and if you really commit change will come quickly! I lost 125 pounds in a year! You’re not doomed, you weren’t made to be fat, if you need help we’ve have an Accountability Group, meal plans and a DietBet (starts next Monday). We can help you stay accountable and smash your goals! If you’re unhappy with where you’re at you don’t have to stay in that place. 💙💙 Check out www.instantloss.com for Meal Plans, Free Recipes, and to read more about my journey. Dietbet link in profile. 💜 . . . . . #instantloss #weightloss #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #125poundslost #halfofme #beforeandafter #mondaymotivation #motivation #inspiration #beforeandafterweightloss #obesetobeast #extremeweightloss #jerf #justeatrealfood #wholefoodsdiet #organic #livingmybestlife #ificandoitsocanyou #instantpot #blogger #foodblogger #recipes #organicweightloss #plantbased #healthynotboring #summerbod #shortshorts

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After spending 10 years taking medication on-and-off, Brittany said whenever she would start eating healthily, her hands would begin to shake (a sign that she was over-medicating).

Speaking to Today, she said: ‘I would stop taking my medication for a time and while I was eating clean my thyroid would regulate on its own.’

As soon as I began to add processed foods back into my diet, I would have to go back on the medication.’

This baby is two years old today! We named him Noah because Noah means comfort. He has definitely been my comfort. After three losses in a row, losing his older brother at 39 weeks, I was a nervous wreck throughout my pregnancy. His middle name is Eli after his older brother Elias. Noah Eli is strong and wild and daring. He’ll climb anything, jump off of anything, and gives me heart attacks on the daily. He keeps me on my toes and inspires me to be active so that I can run wild with him. I’m so excited to see the young boy and man that he grows into. Climbing mountains, unafraid to live life LOUD! My beautiful little red head, you brought me back to life and reignited my fire. Happiest second birthday to you my love. ❤️ ————— (Left: in the 250’s. Right: in the 130’s) www.instantloss.com . . . . . #weightloss #weightlossjourney #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafterpregnancy #instantloss #fitmom #babywearing #kokadi #ndwm #backwrap #rrr #croptop #healthynotboring #jerf #justeatrealfood #cesareanmom #birthdayboy #happybirthday #noaheli #rainbowbaby #2 #twoyearsold #pregnancy #postpartum #babywearing #wearallthebabies

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So what did she do differently?

Writing on her blog she said: ‘We cleansed our house of processed food, stopped eating out and stopped eating (most) grain, sugar and dairy.’

She started using an Instant Pot pressure cooker to make dishes using natural ingredients and cut processed foods out of her diet.

As a result, she had lost around 50 pounds by the end of April 2017, and was down to 9 stone by August of the same year.

Today in my Facebook history the middle photo came up. Last year this was a day of celebration for me! I’d lost 37 pounds since the beginning of January and I was feeling very confident! My goal was 150 pounds, I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d see the 130’s. I set realistic goals and I crushed them. I get asked a lot how I stayed on track. For the first couple months I stayed home a lot so that I wasn’t tempted. After that I started seeing results which strengthened my resolve to stay on course. I was working so hard I didn’t want to screw up any of my progress. This wasn’t my first time trying to lose weight. I knew what things I could handle and what I couldn’t. Cheat meals/days don’t work for me. They derail me. I was hardcore last year. I didn’t have a single cheat in 6 months. 1. Having a plan was key. Even on the nights I didn’t want to make dinner I still had a plan. Smoothies and popcorn is still better than Dominos. 2. Don’t sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now. Donuts will always be here, pizza will always be here, ice cream will always be here. But this is the only today you have! Make good choices that reflect where you want to be. 3. Grace. Don’t let bad days derail you. Forgive yourself and move forward. 4. Keep it simple and Just Eat Real Food! Keeping it simple was how I stayed successful. I didn’t have a billion foods I had to stay away from. Diets never work for me but eating food that comes for the earth, that I can do. To read more about what I’m eating and recipes visit instantloss.com This is obtainable! You’ve got this! . . . . #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandduring #transformationthursday #igblogger #fitmom #fattofit #obesetobeast #motherrunner #gmofree #healthynotboring #jerf #justeatrealfood #whole30 #keto #paleo #thedifferenceayearmakes #journey #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #healthier #lularoe #lularoegigi #maxi #denim #target #tillys

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Brittany admits she used to shy away from photographs, after struggling with her size, and says she regrets it as it means she has less photos with her children.

Sharing a throwback photo from 2016, Brittany showed exactly how far she’s come with an updated image of her new figure.

Alongside the image she wrote: ‘The photo on the left is one of the only photos I have of me from Thanksgiving 2016.’

‘I used to avoid photos at all cost especially full body photos. I don’t have many family photos from years past because I was embarrassed about my weight.’

‘Looking back I wish I would have just gotten over myself and taken the photos. It makes me sad to not have many photos of my kiddos and I from their earliest days because I was ashamed.’

‘No more. Do you dodge photos? I️ promise, we’re our own worst critics. Just be in the pictures. One day you’ll look back and wish you had.’

She looks amazing!

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