Weight-Loss Success: Jackie Waters’ Story

With the big 5-0 looming, this mom of four decided to become healthier and happier.

Jackie Waters

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It sounds like this wasn't just a diet change, but a complete lifestyle overhaul.

It's a lifestyle change, not just for me, but for my boyfriend and my children. I've been educating them and kind of converting them with the dinners I cook. I never used to cook, and if I did, it would be Hamburger Helper and stuff like that. I love cooking now. I look up recipes and make recipes, and the majority of them are healthy. If it's chicken enchiladas, which are my kids' favorite, then it's low-fat cheese. I switched us to whole wheat pasta, and they didn't say anything. Like, oh that was easy.

Now that you're about 30 pounds lighter, do you feel different?

I have more energy, and I'm a lot happier. And I'm able to fit into my smaller clothes. I'll pull something out of my closet and go, "Oh my gosh, I haven't worn this in years!" So that's pretty exciting.

You're continuing to lose weight, right?

I'm guessing I've still got a good 50 pounds to lose. And man, I'd be tickled pink if I could get down to 200, but of course, I'm not going to stop there.

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