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A mother-of-two has revealed how she came out of COVID-19 lockdown having taken 40cm off her waistline.
When Bridget-Flint Chapman, 39, from Myrtleford, northeast Victoria, went into lockdown for the first time in March she decided to do something about her weight.
'I had always been the big girl, but I was sick of it and wanted to be the best for my two daughters, Arabella, 8, and Clementine, 5,' Bridget told FEMAIL.
Just eight months later, the high school teacher has reduced the size of her stomach, hips, legs and chest - and while gained 2kg this is all muscle instead of fat. © Provided by Daily MailA mother-of-two has revealed how she came out of two COVID-19 lockdowns having lost 40 centimetres of weight from her stomach (pictured before and after)
© Provided by Daily MailBridget-Flint Chapman went into lockdown in Victoria for the first time in March, upon which point she decided she needed to do something about her weight (pictured before and after)
What is a typical day on Bridget's plate now?
* BREAKFAST: Healthy Mummy smoothie.
* SNACK: Fruit and pretzel.
* LUNCH: Wrap or salad.
* SNACK: Healthy Mummy smoothie or snack bar.
* DINNER: Healthy Mummy meal.
* DESSERT: Mug cake or fruit.
Bridget explained that while she had always had a reasonably healthy diet before the coronavirus pandemic, her portion sizes were much too large:
'During the week days, I would often limit my calorie intake during the day and then I would overeat and binge after dinner,' she said.
'My weekends consisted of way too many cheat meals and I would completely undo all of my good work that I had done during the week.'
The mum-of-two decided to switch out her large portions of processed carbohydrates for smoothies by the Australian weight loss program, The Healthy Mummy, fruit, wraps, salads and healthy versions of her favourite foods like lasagne.
'I went into lockdown number one and I was really bloated and lethargic. I knew that I would come out either fat or fit, I was very determined to come out fit and be the best version of me,' Bridget recalled.
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And within weeks, the fat started to drop off her.
Just nine weeks later, Bridget said she had lost 40cm from her stomach, and so when Melbourne went back into lockdown in July, she wanted to focus on turning it into muscle. © Provided by Daily MailBridget lost the weight from her stomach during the first lockdown and then toned up ahead of the second lockdown (pictured this year in March, April and May)
Bridget coupled her healthy diet with plenty of regular exercise:
'I work out every morning before the house wakes up and do a mix of running, HIIT, Tabata and strength training,' she said.
'At the weekends, I play netball and try to do a long run or a trail run. I have found that adding strength based HIIT training into my workout has completely changed my body shape.
'It has been the biggest changed and really allowed me to drop sizes in clothes.' © Provided by Daily MailWhile the second lockdown in Victoria was harder than the first, Bridget tried to stay focused by avoiding the scales and using measurements to guide her (pictured before and after)
While the second lockdown in Victoria has been harder than the first, Bridget said she has tried to stay focused by avoiding the scales and using measurements and photos to guide her with her weight:
'I think we need to ditch the scales and stop letting this number guide our success in our weight loss journey,' she said.
'Lockdown number two was a lot harder mentally and I just aimed to stay on track with my healthy eating, water intake and exercise.' © Provided by Daily Mail'I have so much more energy and less bloating. I feel stronger and happy. I'm more organised and my anxiety is a lot more controlled,' she said (pictured in March, April and May)
She added: 'I found by focusing on one day at a time, it was easier to stay on track.
'Keep it simple, up your water intake and cut out any after-dinner snacks. This is what worked the best for me.'
Nowadays, Bridget said she has never felt better.
'I have so much more energy and less bloating. I feel stronger and happy. I'm more organised and my anxiety is a lot more controlled,' she said.Read more