When Justine McCabe lost her mom and husband within the space of two years, she found it hard to cope with the heartbreak. She sought comfort in food, but her eating habits eventually led her to gain over 100 pounds. Then, when she looked in the mirror, she didn’t recognize the woman staring back at her. So she devised a unique way claim her life back.
McCabe’s mom passed away in 2013. She had been undergoing chemotherapy, but there were complications compounded by her excess weight. Shortly after, in February 2015, McCabe lost her husband to suicide after he lost his lifelong battle with depression. They had only been married six months. “This just destroyed me,” McCabe told Today in July 2016. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.”