Transcript for This woman transformed her body and mind amid quarantine to lose 55 pounds
It's time for our inspiring new series quaran-lean with so many focusing on self-improvement during this time at home we wanted to highlight some of the amazing journeys people are on and this morning we are starting with one incredible single mom who changed her state of mind and revolutionized her habits. Take a look. I just kept thinking to myself at some point, my luck is going to run out. Reporter: With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Cincinnati single mock Jackie Wilson knew it was time for I got fatigued and started to notice that there were health problems creeping up on me. Reporter: Right when the pandemic hit Jackie lost her job and schools shut down so took the time to focus on her health losing 55 pounds. Before quarantine I was 290 pounds, now I'm 235 pounds. How did she do it? With intermittent fasting. Within the first three weeks I lost 13 pounds and I was excited by that progress but at the same time that success made me a little bit nervous. Reporter: Focusing solely on her 11 to 7:00 eating window breaking the fast with foods that reduced her risk of type 2 diabetes. Nutritionists agree this approach can work. Making those foods ideally whole and minimally processed like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, go in in a way that keep your blood sugar level rather than a spike. Reporter: Her message. Life is uncertainty and there is a lot we don't have control over and it really is about what you choose to do next. And Jackie joins us now from Cincinnati. Jackie, good morning and congratulations. You look amazing and the smile says it all but a lot of people are watching at home and inspired by your journey. What advice do you have for people who were in your situation? Good morning. So, I would be like if I said I was a believer, you know, I had to be converted. A lot of intermittent fasting, a thought process goes against our conventional wisdom about what we think about nutrition and eating and my advice for anyone who is inspired by my story is to just take a step, I mean, my initial goal for the year was to drink more water, to be more hydrated and just doing that gave me a lot of energy and clarity to, you know, take a look at what I could do next in my overall health. You know, I am somebody who tried everything and I had kind of diet fatigue and kind of put my health in the back for a bit and this journey was amazing and I would say my other piece of advice is to take a look at your overall health benefits and what intermittent fasting could do for you if you're thinking about trying it then thirdly is just to look at those nonscale victory, sometimes the scale is not the best indicator. I had a dress that I thought looked really great for a gala I wore in November and I tried it on three days ago and I'm swimming in it now so, you know, that's a huge win. That's amazing. I'm a huge fan of intermittent fasting because there are health benefits so a lot are intimidated. How do you stay motivated? Yeah, I think that, again, for me there's a couple different things. I think we know a little -- we think we know what our body also do and how they'll respond based on what we've done in the past. And I think -- I think we get used to eating within, you know, in certain patterns in our lives so this idea that, you know, you might be able to go for this length of time and that there are health benefits associated with it are, you know -- You can do it. Yeah, everybody can do it. I know one of the ways you stay motivated you buy your pair of favorite jeans in a smaller size and then you work your way towards that. We want to show you that we have bought your favorite pair of jeans in the next size. I have them. Yeah, right here and we sent them to you. You've got them. You're motivated. Awesome way to keep going. Jackie, congratulations. We're so proud of you. Thank you for inspiring so many other people.
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