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Emily Simpson is focused on getting healthy. The Real Housewives of Orange County star has lost 15 pounds in recent months, as she shared in a Nov. 29 Instagram post.

The 43-year-old explained that she “was in chronic pain, I was depressed and I weighed more then I ever have in my whole life!” She underwent hip replacement surgery in October because of her arthritis. She also decided to work with a fitness coach who could help her get healthy. 

Emily Simpson worked with Paulina Fitness 

Simpson said that she decided to work with Paulina Taylor Hefferan of Paulina Fitness. She signed up for her 12-week program with coaching, and she couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. 

“I reached out to @paulinastein and asked her for her help. I had no idea where to start. I felt lost,” Simpson wrote. 

“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,” Simpson went on to say. “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!”

What Simpson did to lose the weight 

Emily Simpson
Emily Simpson | Arturo Holmes/WireImage

On her website, Hefferan offers several 12-week programs, including an ebook, an option with online coaching, a custom program, and a program designed specifically for brides-to-be.

Hefferan promises that her program is “non-restrictive, easy to follow, and will provide lasting results.” According to her website FAQ, her recommended daily workouts focus on bodyweight exercises, with a particular emphasis on weight lifting and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The workouts can be done either at the gym or at home (though you do need a pair of dumbbells). 

Clients also get daily diet guidance and healthy recipes for dishes like tacos, smoothies, salads, and bowls, as well as a list of food swaps, a nutrition guide, and a grocery list. Online coaching clients also get complete weekly check-ins and get feedback from Hefferan. The average client loses 25 pounds on the program, though some could lose up to 60 pounds.  

Struggling to stay on track

You have to sign up for Hefferan’s program to get the details of the plan (prices start at $100 for a 4-week program with no coaching). But based on comments that Simpson dropped during an RHOC episode, it sounds like it could be low-carb since she rejects her husband’s suggestion she eat bread while they’re at dinner 

“I’m not eating any bread. I’m not eating any bread, so stop trying to get me to eat bread,” she said. 

Simpson later said she didn’t appreciate her husband’s jokes about her weight-loss efforts. 

“Everything with Shane is a joke, but this is a serious issue,” she said. “I’ve gained a lot of weight. I’ve literally put on 20 lbs. in, like, an eight-month period. I want to be healthy for my kids. I want to play with them and take them to the park and not feel like crap. I just need, not jokes. I need support.”