A few weeks ago, the boys and I went on vacation to the Biloxi area to visit family. I took Judah on a wagon ride on that Sunday morning while Josiah, his older brother, was spending time with a cousin close to his age. We walked about a half mile from the hotel. Then we turned around because Ju said, “Mommy, it’s hot.” I was hot too but enjoyed the fresh air. My nicely coiffed hair was melting in a mass of sweat. I was gettin’ it down the side walk just thanking God for His creation. (There is nothing like just being able to see a body of water for a sense of relaxation that takes over a hyper worked mind.) Even still, a divine interruption came gliding in along side of us.
The journey began after the death of my mother, my best friend. In 2001 I had gastric bypass surgery after the March 2000 death of my mother. She died from complications due to her diabetes. She was only 53! At that point I was over 300 pounds and vowed not to get as sick as my mom did. I gained the weight between graduating from college in 1997 and starting my career in Knoxville, TN. It was me that packed it on. Being on the road most of the day and even into the night sometimes. Just made poor eating habits. By the time July 2001 came around I was able to lose about 50 of the pounds just eliminating the Depo-Provera shots. I lost about 80 pounds after the surgery. This sounds great, right? I have to admit; the loose skin was discouraging.
My name is Joya Bryant. After being overweight for the greater part of my life, I've lost the weight and have kept it off! God has given me another chance at treating my body as a temple. I want to help others to accomplish the same!
Exercise Tip for Partner Workouts:
Pray before getting started. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you endure.