- Tracy Wood, from NSW, tipped the scales at 156 kilograms three years ago
- She spoke to FEMAIL about how she ditched her comfort eating and got in shape
- At her worst, Ms Wood would consume six litres of Coca Cola a day
- She found herself eating packets of Tim Tams predominantly through stress
- However, since then, the 49-year-old has got fit and lost a huge 90 kilograms
The term stress eating is one that many people around the world are familiar with.
Yet for Tracy Wood, from Lismore in New South Wales, the term is elevated to a whole new level.
After the mother-of-five’s husband was injured in a workplace accident and the family nearly lost their home three years ago, Ms Wood turned to the solace of comfort foods – which saw her balloon to a whopping 156 kilograms.
Here, Ms Wood shares how she lost 90kg over a period of three years by overhauling her attitude towards diet and exercise, and making time for herself and her health.
From meal prepping to mixing it up in the gym, Ms Wood also revealed her tips for major weight loss.
Tracy Wood, from Lismore in New South Wales (pictured left, before, and right, after), shed a whopping 90 kilograms – to take her figure from 156kg to where she is today; 66kg
Ms Wood shared her story, revealing how she used to drink six litres of Coca Cola a day and binge on Tim Tams before something inside her snapped and she lost weight (pictured before)
Ms Wood hit a size 24, weighed 156kg and found herself struggling to fit into a dress she’d bought two weeks prior, when something inside her snapped (pictured before)
According to the 49-year-old, the comfort eating following her partner’s accident was where her problems really started.
‘The weight had crept on slowly with each pregnancy of my five children,’ Ms Wood told Daily Mail Australia.
‘But it wasn’t until I was super stressed that things got bad.’
Indeed, it wasn’t until the public health administrator hit a size 24, weighed 156kg and found herself struggling to fit into a dress she’d bought two weeks prior that something inside her snapped.
‘I went to work and did what I had to do, but I was drinking six litres of Coca Cola a day and eating a packet of Tim Tams each afternoon,’ she explained to FEMAIL.
‘When I tried on the size 24 dress and it didn’t fit, something inside me snapped. I was obese, I just remember crying to my daughter and saying: “No one told me I was fat”.’
Taking matters into her own hands, Ms Wood dragged herself to an Open Day at her local gym, where she started by walking on a treadmill and then did the bike, before encompassing weights (pictured now at 66kg)
‘I reckon in the first 12 months, I lost the majority of the weight. Going to the gym became my coping mechanism and my way of dealing with stress,’ Ms Wood (pictured now) told FEMAIL
Tracy Wood’s tips for weight loss success
* Make healthy substitutes for the things you depend on – Ms Wood swapped Coca Cola for water and instantly noticed the difference.
* Meal prep in advance. Ms Wood whips up a week’s worth of vegetables by chopping up spinach, leeks, cabbage, zucchini and capsicum, then cooking and keeping in a big container. She then adds a 150-gram serving to omelettes and pairs them with healthy carbs and protein.
* Ms Wood said you have to prioritise your health and yourself. Stop making excuses as to why you don’t have time to go to the gym.
* Mix it up with your training. Incorporate both cardio and weight training to see the best results. Ms Wood does both with her PT.
* Start slow. Ms Wood began her journey by just walking on the treadmill, before she built up the endurance to go on the bike and then incorporate weights.
* Cut out white carbs such as bread and biscuits. Replace with nuts, yoghurt and homemade protein balls.
Taking matters into her own hands, Ms Wood dragged herself to an Open Day at Snap Fitness gyms in her local town of Lismore.
She recalled ‘hyperventilating from nervousness’ before she went in, but was swiftly greeted by a personal trainer upon entering the gym.
‘I would have walked away straight away had they not been nice,’ Ms Wood explained.
‘I was scared to even be in a gym.’
At first, the 49-year-old admitted she felt as though she was ‘sneaking around the gym – trying to be inconspicuous so people wouldn’t see someone fat there.
‘I just did the treadmill and walked,’ she said. But when the weight started dropping off – and quickly – she moved over to the bike, before uniting with her personal trainer, James Smedley, who she’s been seeing most days ever since.
‘He introduced weight training to my routine, and the weight came off even faster,’ she said.
‘I reckon in the first 12 months, I lost the majority of the weight.
‘Going to the gym became my coping mechanism and my way of dealing with stress.’
Ms Wood (pictured with her coach and personal trainer) also shared her tips for major weight loss, which include prioritising your health and meal prepping for the week
But it wasn’t only working out that helped the now 66-kilogram mother-of-five get into shape.
Ms Wood explained that overhauling her attitude to nutrition has been just as pivotal:
The 49-year-old (pictured before) has gone from grazing on Tim Tams to meal prepping a week’s worth of vegetables
‘I can’t imagine drinking Coca Cola now, it makes me feel sick to the stomach,’ she said – adding that she’s swapped out the six-litre habit for several litres of water instead.
‘Before, I also couldn’t eat vegetables, whereas now I meal prep plenty of them well in advance.’
Ms Wood swears by meal prepping to help to keep her in shape.
She said she prepares a week’s worth of vegetables in advance – by cutting up and grating plenty of greens including zucchini, green peppers or capsicum, leeks, spinach and cabbage, cooking them in a saucepan and keeping them in a container.
She then adds a 150-gram serving to her breakfast of an omelette, and lunch and dinner – which comes with a healthy carb such as brown rice or sweet potato and a form of protein.
‘I weigh up all my meals now, I don’t eat bread and I only eat tasty healthy meals,’ the 49-year-old said.
‘When I snack, rather than reaching for sugary Tim Tams, I go for yoghurt, nuts and homemade protein balls.’
Recently, Ms Wood started a 20-week training programme in May of this year, with the hopes of entering a fitness modelling competition dedicated to transformations; however, when it was cancelled, she had a photo shoot (pictured) instead
Recently, Ms Wood started a 20-week training programme in May of this year, with the hopes of entering a fitness modelling competition dedicated to transformations.
However, when the competition didn’t end up coming to Australia, the mum-of-five had a photo shoot done by photographer, Charlie Suriano, instead.
‘I shared them photos on Facebook because I was proud,’ she admitted. ‘But I didn’t expect the reaction I’ve received – they’ve gone viral!’.
Ms Wood said she’s been contacted by countless men and women since sharing her incredible 90kg transformation.
‘You’ve got to prioritise your health, too. I had to accept that I was obese and do something about it,’ Ms Wood said of what she has learned
Speaking about her tips for men and women who want to lose a lot of weight, but don’t know how, Ms Wood said it’s all about routine, discipline and mixing it up:
‘Lots of people say to me I don’t need a personal trainer now, but I like that I don’t have to think when I go to the gym,’ she said. ‘Someone can think for me.’
She also said you’ve got to ignore any negativity in your head and go to a gym, rather than being scared:
‘I was really scared to walk into a gym, but the gym is full of positive people, and everyone is on a journey.’
Lastly, Ms Wood said you’ve got to find balance in your life:
‘I never allowed time for me, I am a mother of five and was always running around and making up excuses about prioritising other people.
‘You’ve got to prioritise your health, too. I had to accept that I was obese and do something about it. You can too.’