The Revolution: Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce
We tend to think that all beauty queens are skinny. But that’s not always the case. Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and Tim Gunn welcomed Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce to talk about her journey to a slender figure.
Tim Gunn showed off the jeans Bree wore at age 17, which were much larger than she appears today. She used to weigh 234 pounds, and now she has worked hard to get in shape.
The Revolution: Bree Boyce
Dr. Tiffanie asked Bree what it was like to be an overweight teen. She said she hated her appearance and had low self esteem, but continued to eat junk and perpetuate her bad habits.
Bree started gaining weight at age 7. Finally, three years ago, a doctor got through to her about her weight and breathing problems. She would get out of breath on a five-minute walk or while walking on the stairs.
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She was inspired to take control of her life and get in shape, but she still struggles with her past body image. She still has negative thoughts about her body, even though she has made remarkable progress.
“We make things so much worse than they should be,” Bree said, recognizing that she does look good objectively.
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Dr. Tiffanie said we all have negative thoughts. She asked Bree how she gets out of it.
Bree said she remembers how far she has come, and looks back at pictures as tangible evidence of her progress. She said she has a glowing smile today that she didn’t have before.
She has lost 114 pounds since changing her habits. Dr. Tiffanie said it’s hard to get motivated to lose the weight, but keeping it off is another challenge entirely.
Bree thinks of it as a lifestyle change, not a diet, because she plans to stay in shape for the rest of her life. She has to eat in moderation and not binge on guilty pleasure foods.
The Revolution: Southern Fried Chicken Food Swaps
As a Southern girl, her weakness is fried chicken and mashed potatoes. She does a swap to trick herself, breading chicken breast with corn flakes and making faux mashed potatoes using cauliflower.
Bree said she likes her meal swap even better, and she doesn’t feel sick after eating it. She said she has more energy when she eats healthy foods instead of junk.
She said she had a wonderful experience as Miss South Carolina and is glad to have an opportunity to share her story.