SHARE YOUR JOURNEY Finding Her Confidence That’s what helped Brandy Wolowidnyk lose more than half her body weight, take the fitness stage, and become a role model for her son. Now she’s opening up about personal adversity and how to overcome it. PHOTOS BY CHRIS V. LINTON (@CHRISVLINTON) SHOT ON LOCATION AT ORANJ AIRDRIE, AB At 37, Brandy Wolowidnyk had a great job in Fort McMurray, Alta., and a partner she loved. When she became pregnant, she decided that the oil sands were not the ideal environ- ment for her and her bun in the oven. It was then, after having sacrificed her career for her family, that her weight 78 D’FYNE - Winter 2019 began to spiral out of control. She topped the scales at 285 pounds and spent the next five years enduring fad diets and fasting. Nothing worked for long, and her failures ate away at her confidence. Unhappy in Her Skin Brandy knew that she needed a lifestyle change, but her shaky confidence was holding her back. She used to wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the gym when no one else was around. When another person came in, she would pretend to finish her set and leave. She felt intimidated by people who could achieve their fitness goals. “Those people BRANDY WOLOWIDNYK AT A were so perfect,” she recalls. “They were everything I wanted to be.” Some of the diets Brandy tried led to weight loss, but she always gained it back. Meanwhile, her personal life had become complicated. She left her partner and decided to raise her son on FAVE EASY RECIPE Protein pancakes GUILTY PLEASURE Buttered popcorn at the movies GO-TO CARDIO Walking PERSONAL MANTRA Do yourself a favour; do it yourself!