Season 1

Episode 13: Donna Dube

In this episode of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast, host Gin Stephens interviews Donna Dube about her experience with intermittent fasting. Donna is a Rhode Island native who, after retiring from her nursing career, began to work for a non-profit organization that provides vaccinations to underserved populations. She entered the IF lifestyle in 2017 after going on a cruise and being horrified by a picture taken of her. Over the three hundred-pound mark at that point in her life, she wanted to make a change that would be permanent, rather than jumping back into the cycle of unhelpful diets she had already tried during her fifty years of struggling with her weight. The internet led her to resources on intermittent fasting (including Gin’s book!), and she immediately jumped into the lifestyle.

Donna started her fast at a stretch of sixteen hours, with eight hours (including two meals) comprising her window. After a month, she slowly moved to a twenty-three hour fast each day, and then restricted her carb intake. Donna found it necessary to take these measures because, after years of dieting and counting calories, she had developed insulin resistance that needed to be accommodated. Her initial goal was to lose one hundred pounds in two years, but she surpassed that goal in the first year and is now down one hundred thirty pounds from her starting weight. She has lost twenty inches from her waist, improved in her overall health, and both increased energy levels and altered her tastes in food. She is able to listen to her body effectively, has corrected her insulin resistance, and has even seen a thirty-year-old scar nearly vanish! Though sharing some details of her journey has been challenging for her, she is excited to tell others about her story, and to encourage them to give IF a chance for themselves.

To that end, Donna’s interview is interspersed with insight and advice. She recollects her past feelings of being a failure, and her guilt because she thought her own will was to blame for her lack of lasting dieting results. She and Gin describe the sense of confidence and control that IF brings, as well as the reality of hormonal imbalances that make weight loss incredibly difficult for many people. Donna addresses her hope that medical professionals will be increasingly more open-minded about IF and encourages listeners to set realistic goals/objectives and to lean into community on their IF journeys. She advises them to educate themselves about IF, to trust Gin and follow her advice, to push themselves, and to know that success truly is possible (even if it requires patience). Success, she says, starts in your mind. And to further shape listeners’ minds and fuel their motivation, Gin and Donna discuss and recommend Donna’s newly released book, A Timekeeper’s Guide to Weight Loss.


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  1. Dixie Rivenbark

    January 24, 2019

    What an Intermittent Fasting SUPERSTAR! Yay for our Donna Dube!!! Loved ❤️❤️❤️This podcast! Been waiting for it to air ever since I heard she was goning to be on! I got up at 3 am to listen this am! Donna…you are such an inspiration to so many! I am just in awe of your wonderful story of weight loss! I am so proud of you and how you are so encouraging to others who have just started this Lifestyle Journey!..I have your book!!! Love it! Gin, you are such a wonderful leader for al of us and I thank you for doing these podcasts as we can hear from the people we “watch” on DDD ! I am almost 1 year into my Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle and 42lbs down but the best is I am a healthy 75 year old now loving my lifestyle and sharing with people who want to get HEALTHY! Lov you Donna Dube and Gin Stephen! Superstars!

  2. Cathy Terrill

    January 24, 2019

    Thank you Gin, for your podcast. Donna’s story certainly spoke to me! I ordered her book immediately!! I have also been on a quest for a perfect weight loss program for about 50 years. I’m the only “fat girl”in my family, and absolutely hate having my photo taken! I’m new to IF (day 19!), and can already see that this lifestyle is doable. One NSV so far, I have to wear OR scrubs at work, and I wear the 3X size. No one looks good in scrubs, but I have to roll up my pant legs because the manufacturers must assume that anyone who wears a 3X must be 6 feet tall! Anyway, I noticed yesterday that I really had to cinch them up, and they still feel loose! Time to try the next size down!

  3. Judie Robinson

    January 24, 2019

    Wooooo hoooo!! This is one to listen to more than once!!!! I have your books, Gin but haven’t tried this yet… I’ve done keto, and everything else. This podcast has really gotten me motivated!! Thank you Donna. As a fellow RN (capital R, capital N) I can appreciate your weight loss journey. We “just didn’t have time” to take care of ourselves, right? Thinking positive thoughts for you and your new book adventure.

  4. Erin C Richardson

    January 24, 2019

    Thank you. I purchased the book.

  5. Susan Mace

    January 24, 2019

    My first IF podcast…I loved it!! I just knew Donna’s podcast was going to be good. It was phenomenal! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Can’t wait to read your book!

  6. Great podcast with two of my favorite inspirations….Donna and Gin. Loved the podcast… Thank you. You always speak right to me!

  7. Alaina Humbertson

    January 25, 2019

    This was so on point!! I completely enjoyed this podcast along with your book Donna!! Xoxo See you in July. Great job…

  8. Tena Myers

    January 29, 2019

    I am a newby to your website, Gin…just ordered your book on Amazon (and am totally excited to getting it)
    I just listened to this podcast while at work(I am fortunate enough to have a job where I can get up and walk around)…so I was able to get in a 15 minute walk and listen…
    I am going to use these most inspiring podcasts to help me be successful!…
    Thank you so very much for all you do for IF!!!!

  9. Jen Havard

    February 22, 2019

    Just ordered the book! Thanks for the inspiration. Told a friend tonight that I have a new goal, to be invited to share MY story on Gin’s podcast. For now, I have been on a long journey to health and post daily on my Facebook group, Jen’s Journey to Health. IF since mid Jan and down over 30 lbs already so am VERY excited and feeling hopeful.

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