While a new year motivates a lot of people to want to lose weight, the reality is that we don’t all have a gym membership or have the desire to drive to the gym in the snow. Cold winter weather can make it difficult or even dangerous to go for walks outside, but it turns out that it’s possible to make healthy positive changes without even leaving your home.
Meet Jessica Slaughter. She’s 86-years-old, and she lives by herself in a one-bedroom apartment. She’s scared to go outside by herself because she doesn’t want to risk falling, but she’s not letting that stop her from being active.
Slaughter walks 3000 steps every morning before she lets herself stop. No, she doesn’t have a treadmill. She walks back and forth through her living room and kitchen in her small apartment.
The results are remarkable. Slaughter has lost 120 pounds, and this slow back and forth walking in her apartment is the only exercise she does. She truly proves that there is no excuse not to be active.
When Slaughter was in her 70s, she decided she wanted to lose weight. Along with her new exercise routine, she also made significant changes to her diet.
Slaughter used to love foods like fried chicken, cakes and pies. Now, she’s on a vegan diet and fills her plate with things like fruits and vegetables.
Losing weight is more than just a number on a scale for Slaughter. She used to be pre-diabetic. Now, she’s probably the healthiest she’s ever been in her life.
Slaughter says, “I went to my doctor for a checkup. He told me my health was better than his. I was a borderline diabetic. I’m free of all that, and I know it came from my way that I eat and exercise.”
Now, Slaughter uses technology to keep track of her daily steps. Her granddaughter recommended that she get a Fitbit. Otherwise, she doesn’t have any special equipment, just her own motivation.
Slaughter hopes that her story can inspire other seniors. “I just want seniors to know just because we’ve gotten a certain age, we don’t have to stop living. I want to tell them that there’s a better way of life if they choose.”
See inside Slaughter’s refrigerator and watch her exercise routine in action in the video below.
Does Slaughter’s story inspire you to make positive changes to your diet and exercise routine?