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Mother, 27, loses 50 kilograms in 18 months

Before pregnancy, Crystle McBride, 27, weighed 80 kilograms.

But in the year following the birth of her son, the Brisbane-based mother developed a takeaway habit that saw her gain 40 kilograms and eventually tip the scales at 131 kilograms.

However in 2015, Ms McBride decided to make her health a priority again and the then 24-year-old completely overhauled her health regime.

Now, not only is Ms McBride 50 kilograms lighter, but her confidence has skyrocketed, her mental health is better than ever and she was able to wear her dream size 12 wedding dress down the aisle.

Before pregnancy, Queensland mother Crystle McBride, 27, weighed 80 kilograms but after giving birth she tipped the scales at 131 kilograms (pictured in May, 2014)

However in 2015, Ms McBride decided to make her health a priority again and the then 24-year-old completely overhauled her health regime (left in 2014, right in January, 2018)

‘After giving birth I couldn’t stop eating and I was often eating McDonald’s three times a day,’ Ms McBride told FEMAIL.

‘I never cooked at home and I gained the weight really quickly. It was so extreme that my anxiety levels were through the roof, I was sweating all the time, I was having panic attacks and I couldn’t walk more than a kilometre without losing my breath.

‘I woke up one morning and I looked at my son and realised I couldn’t do this to myself or him anymore. He was only three and needed his mum – I needed to snap myself into gear.’

'After giving birth I couldn't stop eating - I was often eating McDonald's three times a day,' Ms McBride told FEMAIL

'After giving birth I couldn't stop eating - I was often eating McDonald's three times a day,' Ms McBride told FEMAIL

‘After giving birth I couldn’t stop eating – I was often eating McDonald’s three times a day,’ Ms McBride told FEMAIL (pictured left in 2015 and right after) 

Ms McBride was living with her sister who had purchased a treadmill and decided to incorporate walks into her daily regime as well. 

 I felt hungover because my lifestyle and diet was so different.

‘I saw her doing it and I figured I could do it too. I was too embarrassed to walk around the streets in my state and I was scared people would stare at me,’ Ms McBride said. 

‘I was walking at only three kilometres an hour and I was lucky to be able to do one hour on there at the beginning. 

‘I also went hard in my diet – I cut out all sugar, takeaway food and just everything bad out in one go.’

'I also went hard in my diet - I cut out all sugar, takeaway food and just everything bad out in one go,' she said 

‘I also went hard in my diet – I cut out all sugar, takeaway food and just everything bad out in one go,’ she said 

What is Crystle’s day on a plate?  

Breakfast: Eggs on toast or a healthy cereal 

Lunch: Healthy wrap with salad or a soup – something healthy and light 

Dinner: Palm-sized serving of lean protein with lots of vegetables 

Snacks: Rice crackers, pretzels and dark chocolate 

Foods she avoids: Bread mostly as it makes her feel bloated

Ms McBride was shocked to see a three kilo loss in the first week and was immediately motivated to keep going. 

‘Seeing it working helped me through because that first week was really hard,’ she said. 

‘I felt hungover because my lifestyle and diet was so different and I had no energy. But after that first week I noticed a jump in my energy and I started cooking all my meals up at home in bulk.’ 

Ms McBride started using free recipes from The Healthy Mummy – an online weight loss community – before joining the program and trying some more intense workouts. 

In August, 2016, Ms McBride got engaged and by the time August, 2017, came she was able to marry her husband in a size 12 dress

In August, 2016, Ms McBride got engaged and by the time August, 2017, came she was able to marry her husband in a size 12 dress

'I was a size 26 before and I was so determined to fit into a beautiful size 12 dress and I did which was just amazing,' she said

‘I was a size 26 before and I was so determined to fit into a beautiful size 12 dress and I did which was just amazing,’ she said

‘The recipes were amazing because they were so healthy but they also tasted amazing and were easy to cook,’ Ms McBride said. 

‘I was making things like chocolate doughnut shakes and having dark chocolate snacks – it was great because you don’t really feel like you’re giving anything up. 

‘I also tried their shakes and started doing their strength workouts at home when I built up more confidence and did them in my living room whenever I had time.’ 

‘The exercises included things like lunges and push ups and aerobics style routines and it was good to be able to do it at home because nobody would laugh at me if I tripped and fell or anything like that.’  

'The exercises included things like lunges and push ups and aerobics style routines and it was good to be able to do it at home,' she said

‘The exercises included things like lunges and push ups and aerobics style routines and it was good to be able to do it at home,’ she said

'My depression is gone, my anxiety is next to nothing and I have no panic attacks anymore,' she said

'My depression is gone, my anxiety is next to nothing and I have no panic attacks anymore,' she said

‘My depression is gone, my anxiety is next to nothing and I have no panic attacks anymore,’ she said

In August, 2016, Ms McBride got engaged and by the time August, 2017, came she was able to marry her husband in a size 12 dress. 

 Looking back at the photos – and I do all the time – I know I’m never going back there.

‘I was a size 26 before and I was so determined to fit into a beautiful dress and I did which was just amazing,’ she said. 

It took Ms McBride just 18 months from that first day to lose 50 kilograms and she is now an energetic, confident mum to her seven-year-old. 

‘My depression is gone, my anxiety is next to nothing and I have no panic attacks anymore,’ she said. 

'I do three kilometre walks four or five times a week, I've just started doing Pole Fitness once a week, I go to the gym and do weights when I have time and I always walk to pick up my son from school,' she said 

‘I do three kilometre walks four or five times a week, I’ve just started doing Pole Fitness once a week, I go to the gym and do weights when I have time and I always walk to pick up my son from school,’ she said 

Ms McBride makes healthy versions of her favourite frappes and smoothies

Ms McBride makes healthy versions of her favourite frappes and smoothies

Ms McBride makes healthy versions of her favourite frappes and smoothies 

‘I do three kilometre walks four or five times a week, I’ve just started doing Pole Fitness once a week, I go to the gym and do weights when I have time and I always walk to pick up my son from school.

‘Looking back at the photos – and I do all the time – I know I’m never going back there. I truly do feel so happy and it was worth any and every bad day I had.’ 

Ms McBride advises all women wanting to lose weight to just stick with it.

‘Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t give up if you have a bad week, we all have them,’ she said.

‘Sometimes your body doesn’t show results on the scale but that doesn’t mean you are not changing.’    



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