Bree Boyce had big dreams. But she also had a big body that got in the way of achieving those dreams. One day her appetite for her future exceeded her appetite for junk food and the 17-year-old embarked on a healthy lifestyle that started at home and ended up on a national stage.
Bree, who weighed 234 pounds a few short years ago at age 17, was recently crowned Miss South Carolina. In the past she ran from cameras; now she embraces them. As an overweight child Bree never went to pool parties. “So to go up on stage in a bathing suit was terrifying.” But having worked so hard for it, her proudest moment was strutting her stuff in a slinky black swimsuit during the recent fitness competition of the state pageant and she rocked that swimsuit all the way to winning that round. “I proved a lot of people wrong. Winning that swimsuit award was the icing on the cake. The cake I didn’t eat the night before.”
What’s her secret, you might ask? There is no secret, she’ll tell you. It’s just about hard work. And keeping it up everyday. It took Bree three years to lose 112 pounds the old-fashioned way: through healthy eating and exercise. She has changed from eating fast food in her car from the moment she got her driver’s license to viewing food as fuel for her body. She works out every day, up to three hours when she is training for a pageant, and is now an avid runner.
And thus her platform was born. This beauty queen is preaching healthy living and has the history to validate that she knows what she’s talking about. Bree doesn’t regret her overweight past, because it’s helped make her who she is today and gave her the background to help others. She says that it isn’t about being a certain number or size, it’s about being “size healthy” and loving yourself. And she is well on her way to inspiring people of all ages to “become healthy through good eating habits, exercise, and believing in yourself.”
I envy Bree. Not for her crown or her body. (Okay, a little for her body.) But because she is so wise at such a young age. And acting on it! If you’d like to learn more about this healthy living role model, who clearly is more than just another pretty face, check out her facebook page. And for a different perspective, read this thought-provoking blog post. Now go out there and strut your stuff, crown or no crown:)
When did the concept of “healthy living” come to mean something to you?