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Maine woman changes lifestyle to lose over 75 pounds, hoping to prevent heart disease


In our Heart Health 8 series, we often highlight survivor stories and their message to take your heart health seriously.This month’s story features a woman with heart disease in her family who listened to those stories and made a choice before her heart made it for her.Jennifer Corbett said it was emotional the day that she finally joined her family on a hike.“They’ve always gone hiking, and I couldn’t, I held them back,” she said. “ I never went. I remember I had tears in my eyes, I did it. I really did it.”She says in December of 2019 she couldn’t fit into a new shirt she had just bought. She made choice that day knowing heart disease runs in her family after 50.“I didn’t know how bad I felt until you feel good,” she said. “I did it for me even my family didn’t know for a couple months.”So, she found a program where she eats more whole foods, lean proteins fruits, vegetables and she cut out sugar, gluten and dairy.It’s worked because she says for her, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.“Yes, I choose. It’s all about choices and it’s all about choices,” Corbett said. “There’s days I choose, and we go to 290 and I choose their fried pickles because they’re the best.”Corbett has found support in her family and through groups on Facebook where she shares recipes and motivation.“I’ve gone to the Go Red for Women lunches. I’ve been to three or four of them in my past and the stories always touch me and I’m always like that’s not going to be me. I’m fine,” she said. “Then for me to say I made a choice before I had to make a choice was really emotional.”She’s lost over 75 pounds bringing down her BMI and cholesterol numbers. But it was never about the numbers for her. It’s about feeling good and living healthier.“My goal is to hike Mount Katahdin this summer,” she said. “My kids are like okay, what have we started?”She said it’s important to find a program that works for you and plan your meals ahead each day.The American Heart Association says if you’re hoping to lose weight and get healthier, set realistic goals for yourself. Track what you eat and manage portion sizes while you make smart choices. Eat more whole foods and less processed foods. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, healthy lean proteins like poultry, plants such as legumes or nuts and fish.Also, be physically active, move more and sit less. They suggest aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.For more tips and recipes from American Heart Association, click here.

In our Heart Health 8 series, we often highlight survivor stories and their message to take your heart health seriously.

This month’s story features a woman with heart disease in her family who listened to those stories and made a choice before her heart made it for her.

Jennifer Corbett said it was emotional the day that she finally joined her family on a hike.

“They’ve always gone hiking, and I couldn’t, I held them back,” she said. “ I never went. I remember I had tears in my eyes, I did it. I really did it.”

She says in December of 2019 she couldn’t fit into a new shirt she had just bought. She made choice that day knowing heart disease runs in her family after 50.

“I didn’t know how bad I felt until you feel good,” she said. “I did it for me even my family didn’t know for a couple months.”

So, she found a program where she eats more whole foods, lean proteins fruits, vegetables and she cut out sugar, gluten and dairy.

It’s worked because she says for her, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

“Yes, I choose. It’s all about choices and it’s all about choices,” Corbett said. “There’s days I choose, and we go to 290 and I choose their fried pickles because they’re the best.”

Corbett has found support in her family and through groups on Facebook where she shares recipes and motivation.

“I’ve gone to the Go Red for Women lunches. I’ve been to three or four of them in my past and the stories always touch me and I’m always like that’s not going to be me. I’m fine,” she said. “Then for me to say I made a choice before I had to make a choice was really emotional.”

She’s lost over 75 pounds bringing down her BMI and cholesterol numbers. But it was never about the numbers for her. It’s about feeling good and living healthier.

“My goal is to hike Mount Katahdin this summer,” she said. “My kids are like okay, what have we started?”

She said it’s important to find a program that works for you and plan your meals ahead each day.

The American Heart Association says if you’re hoping to lose weight and get healthier, set realistic goals for yourself. Track what you eat and manage portion sizes while you make smart choices. Eat more whole foods and less processed foods. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, healthy lean proteins like poultry, plants such as legumes or nuts and fish.

Also, be physically active, move more and sit less. They suggest aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.

For more tips and recipes from American Heart Association, click here.

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