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Transcript C. James: 01:49 All right, Kimberly, we got you. Okay, so just so everybody has, you know, a little background information about who you are and you know, what you were kind of dealing with. If you want to just give us a little bit information about like where were you before you kind of started your health journey or what kind of inspired you to want to make some changes in your life? Kim: 02:16 Okay. Well, I’ve always been a chubby girl, so I was struggling to lose the weight. I was at about 315 pounds. So, uh, for a year and a half I’ve been wanting to lose weight–I’ve tried a lot of different things and one morning I just woke up and I was, well I was on youtube and I was like, what are ways to lose weight? And I came across this video on Good Morning America of someone was talking about intermitting fasting. And I said, okay, well let me try this. And I went and googled; I researched “what was intermitting fasting”. So I came across your page of a healthy alternative and I was looking at your videos and I said, well let me try this. So, that’s how I came across fasting and from that day forward, February 1st, 2018, that’s when I started my journey. C. James: 03:08 Okay. So you’ve been at it for about a year now? Kim: 03:11 Yes, about a year. C. James: 03:12 That’s cool. All right. That’s a great reference point. So you started at 315 pounds, both before a try and fasting. Had you tried other like diet plans or you know, different ways of eating? Kim: 03:24 Yes, I tried. I tried dieting; I tried exercising and I tried a lot of different things and nothing really worked for me. If I would lose weight, it would come back in a couple of weeks. So this is the only thing that’s really worked for me. C. James: 03:42 Right, right. I think one of, one of the things that I noticed is when it comes to dieting, we have this idea in our head that, okay, there’s a like a normal way of eating and then when you’re dieting, it’s abnormal. And when you’re dieting, it’s always like a “healthier thing”, but that’s actually the “abnormal” way of thinking. And it just seems that for a lot of people, it’s not sustainable. So, what I always try to encourage people to do is look at healthy eating, or healthy eating habits, as a lifestyle and not like a diet, not temporary. And then, take your time and kind of, you know, walk into it and eliminate things slowly. So, out of curiosity, I know you said you were dealing with the weight. Did you have any other health issues that you wanted to see? Were you even aware of the fact that fasting could heal you in other ways? Kim: 04:38 Not until I came across your videos. I was prediabetic so, well now I’m off of that, but I was pre diabetic. That was my only issue or health issue. But other than that, everything was okay with me. C. James: 04:50 Okay. Well that’s huge though, because, as I mentioned earlier, John, he actually was prediabetic and there’s a lot of diabetics and prediabetics out there, especially in the United States. It’s huge out here. So for people to hear that you were able to get out of that prediabetic range with your fasting regimen, I’m sure that’ll be helpful for people. Yes. So, February 18th you said… Kim: 05:22 February 1st. C. James: 05:23 Okay. February 1st, 2018, you started with intermittent fasting. What was your schedule like? Kim: 05:31 The first day I tried the 16 hours [fasting], and that worked out pretty good for me. And then the next day, I went into 24 [hours fasting]. So I worked my way up from the first day at 16, then 24, and then I tried 48, then I went to 72. So, every time I would go longer until I reached five days, and then I would go backward. So I went 16, 24, 72, and then I came back to 16. C. James: 05:59 Oh, that’s interesting. I never heard that one before. Was every day it was consecutive– so it took you roughly two weeks to complete this entire process or… Kim: 06:15 yes. C. James: 06:15 Okay, okay. That’s, that’s interesting. I think that actually might be fun for people to [try], you know, number one, it allows you to kind of progressively increase your fast so that you’re not like going full bore, but then, also, you reach a peak and then you kind of stepped back down. I really like that. Kim: 06:36 Yes, that’s how I did mine C. James: 06:38 All right. So let’s say you did your–we’ll call it one cycle. You go from a 16 hour fast to 24 hours to 72 hour. And then, you come back down. So that’s one cycle. How often would you do this intermittent fasting? Was it continuous? Kim: 07:00 Well, I did that for about three months and then when I saw was losing the weight so rapidly, I stopped. And then I just went to–the most I would go was 96 hours. I wouldn’t go past 96 hours. When I had reached, more or less, 250[lbs] from the 315 lbs. Kim: 07:20 when I got to 250 lbs., I stopped on 96 [hours fasting]– that’s the the longest I would fast. And then, I would come back down. C. James: 07:32 Okay. So if my math is right, you lost about 65 pounds in three months? Kim: 07:38 about that in three months. C. James: 07:41 Wow, okay. So that’s really interesting. I really, really like that. I think I’m actually going to start promoting that cause it just, it sounds really good. And obviously, you got great results from doing it. So then, the big question would be, when you were eating, what did you eat? Kim: 08:01 Well, my first couple of months I mostly ate fruits. I was eating mostly fruits and then after that, I started eating like, maybe, flour–a little bit of wheat flour–and then after my first four months, I started eating somewhat normal. C. James: 08:21 And what would you– so, your normal, what would you consider that? Can you give us like an idea? Kim: 08:26 Oh boy, hahaha C. James: 08:27 hahaha, don’t worry! We’re not gonna judge. haha Kim: 08:32 My normal would be anything, pizza, burgers, ice cream, anything. Like I would just, I would have those moments that after a month I would say, okay, I am going to treat myself, and I would treat myself to eat whatever I wanted, however, I wanted. I would just forget that I’m fasting. I would forget that I’m on a diet. C. James: 09:01 That’s, but see the thing, the thing about it is I think personally, especially when you’re, when you’re transitioning or you’re kind of new to it, it’s really good to have that balance because I know that control was something you were able to achieve during this process. So do you feel like by creating this fasting regimen and then allowing yourself, you decided, hey, all right, I, I’m going to treat myself and just eat whatever I want. Did that help you kind of establish control in your life? Kim: 09:35 Yes. To me– that was perfect for me because I set it as a real reward at the end of the month. I said, okay, at the end of the month I could do whatever I want and I will give maybe two or three pounds and I’m good. I could go right back and lose it. C. James: 09:54 Okay. Hey, I like it because a lot of people that have this issue with control, whether it’s, you know, binge eating or other aspects of their life, I think that when you’re able to accomplish some of these, these fasting achievements, it does give you a sense of control and empowerment in all aspects of life. So that’s, I mean that’s perfect. So then, when you said you eat kinda crazy, how long would that last? Kim: 10:28 Well I would do it for like one day, maybe 2 days at the most, and I will go right back into my fasting cause I didn’t want it to get too much out of control. C. James: 10:35 Right, okay. You know, it’s funny because when I very first started doing fasting I did something similar. I think we all love pizza–I think that’s like a worldwide thing. But, what I would do is, I would fast for, you know, x amount of days. I was doing like maybe 10 days, 14 days, and then at the end of the month I would be like okay, I’ll have one pizza at the end of the month, and I order a large pizza…and it worked out. Kim: 11:06 Yes. Because you have to be able to not cut off everything. Because for me, if I would have cut out everything, I would be missing some things. So, I’m not missing anything cause I know, okay, at the end of the month I could just have that. C. James: 11:22 That’s good. I really like that. So, I know that you said you were dealing with the prediabetic condition. Were there symptoms associated with it or were you just going in and you got tested? How did you know that you had it and then how did you know that you didn’t have it anymore? Kim: 11:41 I got tested, I went to the doctor and they said I was prediabetic. But after I lost all the weight I went back, and I’m clear from that. C. James: 11:52 Okay, was that after you lost the first 65 pounds, like after the first three months, or when did you get your second checkup? Kim: 12:00 Like three months ago. C. James: 12:04 Okay, cool. So, you know, just to put things in perspective for the viewers, it doesn’t take long to see these types of changes. I mean losing, you know, almost 70 pounds in three months and then within roughly, eight or nine months and losing the prediabetic condition. I think that’s very encouraging. Kim: 12:29 Yes. C. James: 12:32 Outside of weight loss, I’m just curious, did you notice anything else that you really enjoyed about the process? Kim: 12:42 I don’t know. I just look forward to fasting. Like when I eat I would get bored. Like I’m tired of eating all the time if I eat. I looked forward to fasting. I enjoyed the c
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