Real Housewives of Orange County star Emily Simpson has been open and honest about her struggles with depression, chronic pain, and body issues after she reached her highest weight ever earlier this year. And now, Simpson is sharing her success after she took some major steps toward getting healthy.
Simpson revealed on Instagram back in October that she was undergoing hip replacement surgery later that month so she could “move pain free.” She added that the “new Emily can’t wait to run, jump, workout, walk a catwalk, and dance.” The 43-year-old also explained in the comments that she was having the surgery because her arthritis had led to her having no cartilage in her left hip.
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I’m finally down 15 lbs and I owe it all to @paulinastein 12 week program with coaching! I still have more to go but I’m enjoying the journey! . I was in chronic pain, I was depressed and I weighed more then I ever have in my whole life! I reached out to @paulinastein and asked her for her help. I had no idea where to start. I felt lost. . She helped me change my lifestyle and has taught me so much about balance. She has also encouraged me to not give up and keep going. . Not only did I want to lose weight to feel and look better, but I wanted to be healthier and set a good example for my kids! I haven’t felt this good in a long time and with a new hip, and 15 pounds off I’m finally able to keep up with my kids and be more active! . You can take advantage of Paulina’s Black Friday Sale. She’s offering 20% off all her programs on her website! Let’s get healthy together friends! www.paulinafitness.com (discount applied at checkout)! . #rhoc #fit #health #healthy #workout #curves #curvy #family #blackfriday
The pain was so bad that she stopped exercising and living an active life. At the same time, she confessed to being so busy that she often found herself in a drive-thru ordering tacos. RHOC fans have watched Simpson struggle with her weight this season. And, in a recent episode she broke down after stepping on the scale for the first time in a while.
Emily’s husband Shane Simpson wasn’t much help – at least in front of Bravo cameras – because he made fun of his wife for being on a diet, and teased her with bread even though she refused.
“Everything with Shane is a joke,” said Emily. “But, this is a serious issue.”
Now that the surgery is behind her, Simpson says that “surgery is no joke,” and now she understands the toll it takes on your body. She compared it to running a marathon, and said that it’s important to prepare with specific nutrition before and after.
“While I may not be running 26.2 anytime soon, the ‘new’ me is SO excited to get into shape and run around with my kids again. Watch out, the catwalk is calling! 💃” wrote Simpson.
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Making big moves over here! Happy to report I’m seeing progress and moving around more post-surgery. #sponsored Surgery is no joke and my hips don’t lie – I now understand the toll it takes on your body. Surgery is like running a marathon, so it’s important to prepare with specific nutrition before and after as you would a big race. That’s why I used Ensure’s Pre-Surgery Clear Carbohydrate Drink before my procedure and drank the Immunonutrition Shake before and after to help me get back on my feet💪 . If you’re having surgery, talk to your doctor about your nutrition plan, and ask about the #Ensure Surgery Bundle from @abbottglobal, which is now on Amazon [link in bio]. While I may not be running 26.2 anytime soon, the “new” me is SO excited to get into shape and run around with my kids again. Watch out, the catwalk is calling! 💃 #SurgeryPrep #SurgeryRecovery
She also revealed in a separate post that she has lost 15 pounds since starting a 12-week exercise program created by Paulina Taylor Hefferan, who she reached out to for help. Simpson said that she had no idea where to start when she realized she weighed more than she ever had in her life, and she felt lost.
“She [Heffaran] helped me change my lifestyle and has taught me so much about balance. She has also encouraged me to not give up and keep going,” wrote Simpson in the caption of a full-body pic. “Not only did I want to lose weight to feel and look better, but I wanted to be healthier and set a good example for my kids!”
Simpson added that she hasn’t felt this good in a long time. And now that she has a new hip and is down 15 pounds, she is finally able to keep up with her kids and be more active.
New episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County air Tuesday nights on Bravo.