My Story: "Make It A Lifestyle, Not An Event" recently sat down with Maisha Wynn: media personality and inspirational speaker. Maisha revealed to us her incredible weight loss journey and what it takes to overcome challenges.

BDO: Is there a specific event or thing that happened to make you want to lose weight?
Wynn: Losing my beloved mother to a multitude of health issues, including stomach cancer and diabetes, was truly the turning point in my life. In her loving memory, I’ve made a conscious decision to live a healthier life.

BDO: What is your family health history like? 
Wynn: I come from a long line of family members who have battled with obesity, including myself. With this disease comes various health aliments like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. However, I am elated to announce I have a clean bill of health, from my body mass index being perfect to my cholesterol level being normal. I went from being a size 20 to a size 4. I am living proof that transformation is possible.

BDO: When you began to lose weight, what was your biggest struggle?
Wynn: The biggest struggle was making being healthier a lifestyle versus an event. We live in a world where we want to lose weight for our next big event, such as a family reunion or a vacation. However, I had to transform my mentality by making losing weight a priority for life, and not a temporary option.

BDO: What advice would you give someone who was your size trying to lose weight?
Wynn: I actually have three “Wynning” tips: