Transcript for 2 Women Share How They Collectively Lost Hundreds of Pounds
kept it off featured in "People" magazine's half their size blockbuster issue. We'll meet them in a moment but first ABC's Mara schiavocampo has hair stories. Reporter: 49-year-old mom of two, Joanne Raymond has battled the bulge for most of her life. I've gained and lost hundreds of pounds and each time I gained it back. Reporter: Tipping the scales at nearly 250 pounds in 2014, Joanne finally reached her breaking point. I was shocked at the belly that I now had and no clothes fit me. I was sick of my life being a constant struggle. Reporter: Her 28-year-old lindita halimi growing up in war-torn Kosovo, she never knew when she'd get to eat. We were refugees in the mountains. We would boil leaves and we ate that just to survive. After we all got back home, I had this mentality of let me eat now because I don't though when I'm going to eat later. Reporter: After years of overeating lindita reached her heaviest, 250 pounds in her late teens. The aspiring entertainer saying she hit rock bottom after winning a 2009 Albanian singing competition. All the criticism started to affect me. I knew I had to make a change. Reporter: Now these women are half their size. Ready to show their transformation. For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York. That is terrific. Thank you, Mara and before we see how Joanne and lindita did it, we want to take one last look and welcome Catherine Kast from "People" magazine. Thanks for having me. One last look at Joanne and lindita before. Who is ready to see them? Come on out, ladies. No way! So, get rid of the old pants. You don't need them anymore. So fantastic. We're going to get some great tips from both of you but Catherine, I want to ask, you chose these guys for your "People" issue on how to trance form yourself because of fitness. Talk to me about the choice. These women have an incredible mind-set. They work out, their habits are amazing. But also they've developed methods that will help them keep it off. Not only just lose the weight but keep it off. Awesome, congratulations. So come on over here. We'll move over and find out how Joanne and lindita did it and start right here, so, Joanne, for you it was about a fitness app. Yes. There is a million. What was it about this one that really sparked something in you. I have actually gained and lost 100 pounds twice so this time around it was about keeping it off and chose my fitness pal because it allowed me to track -- I heard it's very easy to use. Very easy, I can track my calorie, carbs, protein, my calories are between 1800 and 2000 a day and eat three healthy meals a day. I hear you are rigorous, no snacking. No snacking at all. I used to graze all day long and that's what got me into trouble. Even healthily you were upping the calories. It's about telling myself you get to eat three times a day, that's it. Catherine, this girl is not kidding around. She's not. So my fitness pal, no snacking and very strong. All right. So, lindita, get over here, congratulations. Thank you. Appreciate it. Wow, the transformation is incredible. For you it was about incorporating moving in your life. Right. So I drastically changed my diet first and started to do light walks since I couldn't run or jog because of my knees, but I also -- I also saw a lot of results when I started weight lifting which was my favorite. They say it's not just about cardio, it's about lifting weights. It didn't bulk me up but one of my main exercises I love to do. Real quick. We got three -- we got three ways to do it. It helps to tone your upper body and ab. We have two audience members doing modified versions. You're doing the super size. I like the challenge myself. Obviously it's working. What an incredible story. Thank you, thank you. Thank you guys so much for being here. Thank you, Catherine, as always. "People's" half their size issue hits newsstands tomorrow.
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