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 challenge. I look at it as a challenge and I enjoy the challenge.
C. James: 13:00 That’s really cool. You seem to have had like just an easygoing experience. You just jumped right in and came up with the process that was good for you. A lot of people struggle just figuring out what regimen is going to work for them. And then finding that balance. And then, of course, a lot of people just hate, they just hate fasting and they’re always like, oh, I want to eat. I actually think I had a similar process too, I got to a point where I was like, I really don’t want to eat, you know, and it would encourage me to go to the gym–like I want to treat my body better. It was really weird. I just had like this instinct. I was like, yeah, I need to go to the gym and you know, drink more water
Kim: 13:50 Yes.
Kim: 13:51 I mean, thanks to you, because when I got into it, my first week, I watched your videos–all week. And I remember you saying you don’t take your time with it. How often do you have to have a balance? So from just listening to your videos, watching your videos, I watch your brothers’ videos and I’m like, okay. Then as long as I have a balance, I know what I’m doing. And then I just, I fell in love with fasting and my thing now is I love to fast.
C. James: 14:20 So, now that you’ve been at it for a year, do you feel like you can still kind of eat like you always did, you just eat less, you just eat less often. What does your week look like now, you eat regularly and then you do a little bit of fasting. How do you kind of handle things now?
Kim: 14:44 Well now, for the last month, I’ve been eating every day–just once a day–and I workout. I workout very hard cause I want to tighten up. And then recently, I said, well I don’t want to be eating every day. So now, I’m back on fasting. I don’t enjoy eating every day. Now, like, I find it odd to be eating every day.
C. James: 15:15 So funny because I don’t know about–for the audience–she’s from Balise, that’s where the accent is from. But, I don’t know how it is Balise, but here, I know that we’re taught since little babies that you’re supposed to eat three meals a day, and what I noticed was if you observe children, not like infants, but like, you know, younger kids, they oftentimes will tell you they’re not hungry. And, and we as adults or parents, we tend to like tell them, no, you need to eat, you need to finish all your food. And so, we kind of create these bad habits. Is that the same in Balise?
Kim: 15:59 yeah, it’s the same cause when I started my weight loss journey, I was so scared to tell my mom for the month, I’m losing weight, I’m dieting. But I’m telling her that I’m bad thing. But I really wasn’t [I was fasting]. When I finally told her, her reaction was the best. And then when she saw me lose weight, she’s like, now you can stop. You look good. But, I tell other people, oh boy, I’m telling you, they’re like “oh, you’re going to kill yourself”. I’ve never worried about what anyone has to say and just watched your videos, like, good. I know what I’m doing is good.
C. James: 16:36 That’s good. I mean it sounds like you were determined and you knew what you wanted. And everyone isn’t blessed with that determination. A lot of people are very, you know, wishy-washy, or they’re not sure or they’re listening to other people. So like when I very first started doing this, oh, people told me I was going to kill myself. I was going to die. I was going to do permanent damage. I heard everything.
C. James: 17:12 Yeah, I mean you look great. Um, yeah, seriously. I mean, you just, you, I don’t know. It’s probably cause you’ve got that natural light and you’re like in the tropical area and everything. That’s where I’m trying to get man, one of these days I like to move to or, or not maybe permanently, but maybe have a house or something in a tropical area.
Kim: 17:35 You would love here. It’s beautiful.
C. James: 17:38 Fresh fruit, do you have fruit trees that just kind of grow around?
Kim: 17:46 Um, yes. In the villages, not in the city. I live in the city, so we don’t, we have a market, but the fruits are so cheap. I would go whenever I eat, whenever I break my fast, I break it with fruit salad, I’d go to the market and buy $5 worth of fruits and that would last me like a week.
C. James: 18:08 Oh, okay. That’s, that’s insane. Here, I went to the grocery store, I don’t know, maybe yesterday and I got two bags of food is mostly produce. Um, just, just a small bit of some, you know, other things. And it was like $70.
Kim: 18:24 Oh No, you should, you, you need to move to Balise cause 2.50 US dollars would be like $5 for us. Your money’s double our money.
C. James: 18:35 Yeah, if nothing else, I’m going to take a trip one of these days and spend a couple of days down there–get some fresh air.
Kim: 18:46 Yeah, you should, whenever you decide to come, you could give me a call, I’ll show you different areas and different places you should visit to see our beautiful country.
C. James: 18:55 Definitely. Actually, one of the things I’d like to do, and you know, I don’t know how this will work out and when, but at some point in time, I think it’d be great if we were able to do like a group trip, maybe like a cruise or staying at a resort or something like that. And we can all kind of hang out, meet and just enjoy, you know, some fresh fruit and some fresh air and some water.
Kim: 19:24 That would be nice. That would be good.
C. James: 19:27 Balise would be a good place to do that or South America in general. So, did you have a particular weight loss goal in mind or was it just kinda like–are you gonna stop once you get to a certain weight, or do you just kinda want to keep going with it and see where your body settles?
Kim: 19:55 Um, I think I want to keep going with it. At first, when I started, I said, I really want to get out of 300[pounds] I want to be 250lbs. Then when I got 250lbs, I was like “I’m still too big”, so let me try 220lbs. and then when I got to 220lbs I said, let me try 210lbs. Then I’m like, okay, let me try 190lbs. I’m going up[down in weight] as I go along. I know I don’t want to get too small, but I know I want to get to maybe 180lbs at the most. I don’t want to go further than that, but I’ll be okay. So I’m going for that now.
C. James: 20:27 Okay, my sister Chavonne, who I’m sure you’re probably familiar with, so she started at 357lbs., I think it was. And she’s down to–she lost 140 pounds. So I remember when we were originally talking, I think she told me that she wants to be maybe around 200 pounds. And I was like, look, I said, I think you should get down to like 145, 150. And it was scary for her because I guess we have in our mind this vision of ourselves at that weight. We think all we’re gonna look too small. But it’s funny, like you lose weight very proportionately, which I’m sure you’ve noticed and you really look better than what you imagined you would look smaller. So, I think it’s good that you have an open mind. You know, I was going to suggest that–if you did have a weight loss goal–having an open mind and just letting the process run its course and you know, everyone kind of out there listening that would be my suggestion to not have a hard weight loss goal. Like, oh, once I lose 50 pounds or once I get to 200 pounds, I’m done. Let your body just naturally settle. Just keep doing the right things.
Kim: 21:54 Yeah. And I think, um, with fasting too, if you have a goal, you can’t really stop cause it’s like you always say, it’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. So if you stop and go about eating normal[unhealthily], you gain all the weight back. So you have to keep on going. You have to have a balance. So, I have a balance and I’m open to wanting to go lower and lower. I just, I’m not in a rush to get there.
C. James: 22:22 which makes sense because at 350lbs., you know, there are other issues, kind of like the prediabetes and stuff like that that you start seeing and it starts to eat away at your lifespan. So you definitely, I can understand, boom, get out of that as quickly as possible. I actually just did the interview, the update interview, with Chavonne and we were talking about how she’s been able to just be consistent and her body is just doing things she’s never done. And it’s so cool being able to see her change her style, the way she dresses and become more confident.
Kim: 23:03 yes. I saw her, she posted a picture, and I’m like, wow, she has no loose skin. She looks good
C. James: 23:10 Yeah. She, she has no loose skin. It’s, just been amazing. I love being able to share these stories. People are so encouraged. You know, your story, I know people are going to grab a couple of good nuggets cause even I was like “Yo, I like that”. I think people are gonna really like the idea of trying your schedule of going up and then coming back down. Um, and then of course, exercising can be a play a big role, especially for those who don’t want to slim down too much. You can always replace the white adipose tissue or the fat with muscle by exercising.
Kim: 23:56 For me, when I exercise and fast, I lose the weight rapidly. Cause if I was to fast and then exercise, I would be losing like six to seven pounds in a day. I don’t want to be losing it so rapidly. But, as I said, I love fasting. I mean it’s the only thing that works for me.
C. James: 24:25 That’s cool. So it’s sustainable. It works. You’ve actually grown to love fasting as you went through the process. I mean, it doesn’t really get any better than that. I see a very bright future for you.
Kim: 24:38 Yes. If you trust the process, it’s work. You have to trust it and you have to believe that it works.
C. James: 24:45 Right. And I think what probably helped you out too is you were watching the videos, you got to see people’s struggles, and you kind of had an idea of what to expect. Did you–throughout the whole process–did you actually experience anything abnormal like detox symptom wise?
Kim: 25:04 Not really. The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the bad breath. In the beginning, I hated the bad breath. I’m like, oh gosh, I can’t, I can’t be with this by breath. But after a while, I got used to it, and now, I don’t even have bad breath anymore.
C. James: 26:17 How did your husband feel about it?
Kim: 26:21 Okay. He was very supportive. Like, he said, “I can’t do with y’all. I won’t do it”. And he’d see me do it and look at me like, “wow, you look great, but I can’t do that”. Even, I have a friend of mine that told me “I’m proud of you because that’s something you can do”. We’d go to lunch together and she eats and I look at her eating–it doesn’t even bother me one bit. In my inner circle, everybody is very supportive.
C. James: 26:53 that’s important. And I think that, uh, you know, for a lot of people who don’t have that support, uh, it can be a, um, a challenge because if, if you have to either lie, if you have to lie about it to the people around you, that can, you know, that could create more, uh, negative energy around the idea of it. Or if you or if people find out and they’re really like, I know a lot of people, their friends and family will try to offer them food and you know, really just trip them up. So having, having that support’s important. And I would, I would say that if you, if you’re out there and you don’t have that good support system, join the Facebook group because I mean the Facebook group is very, very supportive and you know, you do kind of build relationships with people where they kind of feel like they’re your family and yeah, they can help you get through a lot of that stuff and also answer a lot of questions.
Kim: 27:49 Yes, it’s true. And one thing too, what I think, um, for me, like I cut back on a lot of things. Like if I know that, uh, we’ll be having a birthday party or some months for this coming up, if I know I’m fasting at one goal, I’ll stay at home. I’d be like, okay, they’ll understand I’m not using today so I won’t go. Or I’ll schedule myself around it to be like, okay, then next week, Thursday is some such and such birthday. They’ll be having a party. Let me fasten on that. The I’ll be able to eat and enjoy with them. [inaudible] that’s, I guess just tried to make a balance. I just tried to say to myself
C. James: 28:26 that’s, I mean you’re doing everything right. I can see why you’re, I can see why your process has been so smooth. Cause you’re literally textbook. You’re doing everything right. Scheduling your fast around events, avoiding them altogether. I get so many questions like “Chris, you know, what do I do when my friends asked me to go out”, tell them that you don’t want to go out. Tell them if you want to tell them, tell them you’re fasting, tell them whatever. If you know that you’re going to be in a position where you’re going to be tempted to do something that you know you don’t need to do, just don’t go. So I mean that’s, that’s beautiful.
Kim: 29:06 thanks to you because honestly you, your group, and your videos, that’s all I needed.
C. James: 31:07 See that’s, that’s beautiful. I love to hear that. You know, obviously, we’ve got a pretty large group so I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes a lot of times. But to hear that, you know, other members are encouraging each other and working with each other. I mean I knew it was going on, but it’s always really nice to hear it.
Kim: 31:40 Yes. The group is very, very supportive, very supportive. Like that’s my goal too for today– if I know I’m going to fast, then I’ll go to A Healthy Alternative and just read stories and I’m like, okay, good. That keeps me going.
C. James: 31:55 Keeps you going. Yeah. Well, I mean I think that you–especially, cause you’ve started this young–if you maintain this, you know, you’re going to not only increase your lifespan but one of the really important benefits is it slows down aging, you know, a lot. And also, it keeps you from having to worry about really, really bad diseases down the road. You know? So there’s a lot of preventative benefits to fasting and maintaining a fasting lifestyle, which is what I tried to get people to understand because some people look at fasting as just weight loss, but it’s like, but if you think about all the benefits, it’s really good to adopt it as a lifestyle.
C. James: 32:41 Is there anything that you wanted to add? Any nuggets?
Kim: 32:48 Well, for whoever’s out there struggling, just trust the process and just know whatever you’re doing, it will work eventually. Just as long as you’re determined to do it, it will work. Determination is the key.
Kim: 36:25 Thank you, and I appreciate you too because hey, like I said, if it wasn’t for you, I would still be struggling, so thank you for everything you’ve done.
C. James: 36:34 My pleasure.