D'FYNE Fitness Magazine Winter 2019 - Page 79

her own. With the support of her parents and sister, Brandy became a single mom and started to rebuild her career. In doing so, she found her inner strength and realized that she was worthy of health and happiness. Building Strength Free of her emotional burdens, Brandy worked to become stronger—both phys- ically and mentally. She furthered her education, climbed the career ladder, and was able to provide more and more for her son. She also managed to lose weight along the way. Brandy’s work frequently kept her away from home, but her parents were able to help with childcare. After Brandy’s father passed away un- der tragic circumstances, she was thrown into emotional turmoil once again. She started binge eating to cope with her stress, and she gained 20 pounds in less than two weeks. However, this setback didn’t make her give up on her fitness journey. Instead, it helped her identify stress eating as her most important trigger. Finding Her Passion Brandy told an old friend that she had always wanted to be a pro wrestler like one of the WWE Divas. Her friend introduced her to a bodybuilding coach who helped her lose weight and inspired her to enter a fitness competition. She didn’t place, but she found herself energized by the new friends she had made and the knowledge she had gained. Soon enough, she won the UFE 90-day challenge and placed third in a competition’s Glamour cat- egory. Under the stage lights, Brandy felt accomplished and accepted. She had come a long way from the woman who couldn’t bear to be seen at the gym. Now, at 42, Brandy weighs 108 pounds and is in the best shape of her life. More im- portantly, her confidence is rock-solid, even when things go awry. “I want to be an inspira- tion to my son and a mentor for others,” she declares. “If you believe, you can achieve.” D’FYNE - Winter 2019 79