Brandy Evans, Meetings, Lost 32 lb*
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose up to two pounds per week. Brandy lost 32 lb on a prior Weight Watchers program and SmartPoints®.
“I say to myself, ‘My best days are ahead of me, not behind me.’”
In Brandy’s words:
When my size 14 pants started cutting into my skin, I decided to join the Program. It was December 30, 2014. I didn’t want to wait until the New Year to start getting healthy—losing weight wasn’t a resolution for me. I felt compelled to start immediately, even though I had a party to go to on New Year’s Eve. I live in Louisiana, so I knew there’d be a classic Cajun spread there—pralines, gumbo, and peach cobbler. But I ate before I went because I didn’t want those foods anyway. I was super excited to make a change that would last forever.
Second time around
I had tried Weight Watchers before and it worked for me. Once I lost the weight though, I thought I could do it on my own. I lost motivation and I found myself slipping into old habits. When I found a meeting near my home, I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn’t quit, I wouldn’t stop. And the meetings helped me do that. Everyone at our meeting is super supportive. We do a scavenger hunt at the grocery store and we get snack and meal ideas from there! Or our Leader will set up a 5K that we can participate together. At the end of one 5K, we all did a “balloon release.” The balloons symbolized our weight—we’re releasing the weight, and it’s never coming back!
Living in Louisiana
As you can imagine, it’s very easy to eat unhealthy foods here in Louisiana. I work for the tourism board in Shreveport, so there’s often food and drinks involved in our line of work. Whether it’s shrimp po’boys for lunch, meat pies for dinner, and beignets for dessert, there are a lot of foods that don’t fit into my SmartPoints allowance. But I’ve learned that health fruits and vegetables can be so delicious. There’s also such fresh seafood here on the Gulf Coast, and it tastes even better when it isn’t fried. I love to make a stir-fry with shrimp and vegetables like broccoli and carrots. And I’ll get pre-cut fruit at the store that’s ready for me to eat so there are no excuses. And every now and then, I save up my SmartPoints for traditional Lousiana fare!
Making peace with the past
Growing up, we were poor. We moved around a lot, and my childhood was very unstable. You gain lots of baggage from living in the ghettos, and in poverty, and because of that, I ate. That’s how I would feel better. When I started the Program, I searched for the root cause of my emotional eating. Figuring out that it was painful memories from my childhood helped me start the healing process. I’ve learned to let go of the past, and I’ve made peace with it.
Do what you love
I bought myself a bike—a lime green one!—and I love to ride it. I feel so carefree; I feel like a kid again when I’m riding. I also go to Zumba class, and I love to use the kettlebell. Working out first thing in the morning helps me set the tone for the entire day. I’ve learned that I’m important; that I deserve to take care of myself. I have every reason to say that I’m worth it. I’m giving myself a fighting chance to live a long life.
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