'My only competition is Me', 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Emily Simpson posted about her fitness journey
Emily Simpson is the “strongest” she’s ever been.
“Around age 42 I gained 40 pounds and it wasn’t until now (age 47) that I was able to finally get it off and feel like my old self again…,” Simpson’s caption read. “Just to be clear though… I rocked a bathing suit on TV for 5 years and never felt ugly or not confident in myself or my body. Not once.”
Simpson’s video begins with a photo of her holding a bottle of water at the beginning of her fitness journey. The clip then switches to her doing various exercises at the gym, including pull-ups, before ending with a photo of her showing off her figure in a white bikini.
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“I am the strongest (mentally and physically) right now … at age 47 … and I will continue to improve myself daily. My only competition is Me ❤️💪🏻,” Simpson continued in her caption.
The RHOC star, who has had several plastic surgeries, went on to thank her fans for following her journey and encouraging her with kind words. She also had a message for the “haters," saying: “For the haters out there.. I love you too! You motivate me daily to lift harder and eat better ❤️💪🏻🙌.”
On Wednesday's episode of the Two Ts In A Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge podcast, Simpson revealed that when she gained weight at 42, it was not the result of lifestyle changes.
“It's not like I went out and changed my diet or I got depressed,” she said. “I think it was all hormonal and just being middle-aged and you know, probably dealing with the show and not dealing with it well.”
Simpson went on to explain that she decided to take her fitness seriously because she wanted to feel comfortable and “feel like myself again.”
She ended her Instagram post with a shoutout to her trainer: "Thank you @paulinastein for texting me at 6am every morning and confirming that my ass would be at the gym by 7 💪🏻🙌😂"
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