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Jessica Slaughter didn’t let age, income or lack of a gym interfere with her quest to improve her life and health. She just worked with what she had, losing over 100 pounds by walking. Outside, you think? Nope, Ms. Slaughter just walked in her living room, taking over 3,000 steps a day right in her house. reports:

“Even as a kid in Mississippi, I was always the fattest kid in the class. I got teased a lot,” said Slaughter. “I didn’t know how to stop eating. Fried chicken. Bacon and eggs. Desserts, like cakes and pies.”

But that was over 100 pounds ago. When Slaughter was in her 70s, she found a formula that worked for her successful weight loss. She took the suggestion of a vegan and stopped eating meat, then began daily walks in her apartment. Once pre-diabetic, Slaughter said this is the healthiest she’s ever been.

“I went to my doctor for a checkup. He told me my health was better than his,” said Slaughter. “I was a borderline diabetic. I’m free of all that, and I know it came from my way that I eat and exercise.”

“I walk 3,000 steps every morning before I stop walking.”

Slaughter said her granddaughter suggested some new technology to help.

“My granddaughter told me ‘Mama, get you a Fitbit.’ I said ‘What the hell is a Fitbit?” said Slaughter.

Now, she wears her Fitbit during her morning walk around the apartment. She wants other seniors to know that you don’t have to go fast to get into shape. You just have to go.

“I just want seniors to know just because we’ve gotten a certain age, we don’t have to stop living,” said Slaughter. “I want to tell them that there’s a better way of life if they choose.”







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14 thoughts on “No Excuses! 85-Year Old St. Louis Woman Walks Off Over 100 Pounds In Her Living Room

  1. Val Frazier on said:

    LOL! She reminds me of my tenacious Grandmother, who in her 90s could touch the floor with her palms, and exercised–her way, in the house. Remained active and fairly healthy, until very close to her death. AN INSPIRING REMINDER to get it moving with no complaints or excuses! Thanks, Ms. Slaughter!

  2. It’s pretty sad because now days every other person between 20 and say 50 are over weight. Lawd save us from looking at spandex clad women all the time. Older people aren’t as over weight as young people. Granted it’s the preservatives that are being put in foods, not to mention Genetically Modified Foods. Plus fast food diets, and virtually no fruits and veggies. Young people get a clue

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    That’s what I’m talking about momma. She looks good. No excuses. She went from a size 22 to a size 4. At eighty something years old, she can bend down and get food from the bottom of her fridge. You have people mid 30s, 40s and up complain about knee and back problems. I bet their weight contributes to all that stress on their joints. No excuses!!!!

  4. Jillian King on said:

    Life Alert please gift her a unit. Especially since she is walking so much and lives alone. Would be a shame if she fell without a Life Alert system. Thanks for your generosity Life Alert!

  5. Sharon Sneed on said:

    Congratulations, IMs. Slaughter, Keep it moving.. I pray that more of our people would follow your lead and make exercise a part of there life style. .

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