For someone who just had major surgery in July, singer and actress Tamela Mann is looking and feeling pretty fantastic.
She opened up to fans about being nervous but ready for a procedure to deal with ongoing knee pain less than two months ago.
“I’m at the hospital getting ready for my surgery,” she said. “For those who don’t know, I’m having double knee replacement. I’m letting you guys in to follow me, pray with me, and be with me every step of the way.”
Tamela has certainly kept fans abreast of the progress she’s made to get moving again, but she wasn’t just trying to get back on her feet after her surgery. It seems she was being active and eating well as a Weight Watchers ambassador, because the 53-year-old has managed to lose a great deal of weight while recovering. The “Take Me to the King” singer showed off a 40-pound weight loss to fans and followers on Instagram, celebrating with balloons and confetti.
“I am officially 40 pounds down!!!” she wrote. “I’m telling y’all @ww is changing my life for the better!”
Tamela, who has been a Weight Watchers ambassador like comedian Loni Love since the spring, has lost weight in the past and even talked about her goal of getting to a size 14. However, she felt teaming with the company could really help her get there.
She told Essence at the time that she wanted to inspire other women to know they could transform without depriving themselves of the things they want and like.
“First of all, they need to know that we’re not alone and you can still have what you want, within moderation,” she said. “A lot of times what happens when we say diet, you can’t have this, you can’t have that, and you can’t do that. That’s not what WW is doing, and that, to me, gave me a little comfort there where I can kind of pat myself on the back where I don’t have to be pushed into a corner of a bunch of you can’t do and you don’t do this. It has to start individually with ourselves. I’m not just doing this for my family, I’m doing this for myself. A lot of times we’ll want to do everything for everybody else, but I want to encourage people to do it for them.”
Looking good! Tamela isn’t the only one inspiring people with her weight loss, though. Hit the flip to see the transformations we’ve been watching lately, from LeToya Luckett to Mariah Carey.
The singer and reality star showed off her post-baby figure last week, speaking of what she’s learned on her weight-loss journey, including the importance of planning her meals, working out and being patient.
“She’s learned that love is PATIENT & self love is key & not to rush the process, but bask in every moment,” she wrote, speaking in the third person.
The legendary singer said goodbye to summer while also showing off her recent weight loss and washboard abs. She’s alleged to have lost 30 pounds, though it’s unclear how she did so. Either way, she looks great!
The RHOA star revealed that by going the pescatarian route, she quickly started to notice a change in her size.
“We’ve really been trying to do better and eat better and eliminate the junk,” NeNe said of she and Gregg’s new way of eating. “I’m not doing anything crazy like doing the elliptical or riding the bike or running. I started being a pescatarian and he was plant-based, so I started there. It did help me and I felt different. I lost a couple of pounds. I’m not a big eater. But what I started to do, was just have small portions. I feel like I eat about four times a day – four, sometimes five – just nibbling on stuff, and I feel really satisfied.”
Anansa, daughter of model Beverly Johnson, had just given birth to son Ashton seven weeks before she showed off a slim post-baby figure and remarked that she still had a few more pounds to go: “45 down, 15 to go.”
While the Braxton matriarch hasn’t opened up about what’s behind her weight loss (though she has promoted some IG weight-loss drinks), fans have been greatly impressed with her new look.
The rapper showed off his 100-pound weight loss earlier this year and encouraged fans to use him as inspiration.
“I used to be fat,” he said in an Instagram video. “For people who ain’t in shape, people who ain’t healthy, people who need some inspiration, listen: I was 290 pounds, now I’m 190 pounds. I lost 100 pounds. I’m 190 right now. I said I’m 190! So check this out: You can do it if I can do it. Use me for inspiration. ‘Cause I’m seeing a lot ya’ll and y’all look terrible.”
The Little Women Atlanta star has been slimming down since she started her weight-loss journey in 2018, calling her efforts a total “lifestyle change.”
“The whole food, the way I eat, everything has changed,” she told us earlier this year. “Now I’m in the gym once to twice a day. It’s necessary because I had to do it for me, you know, getting healthy, getting fit and everything.”
Earlier this year the singer showed off the results of her continuous weight-loss efforts. It hasn’t been easy, but Kelly said she was glad to not have given up.
“There have been ups and downs. Rises and falls. Gains and Losses but the key is to never stop and to never give up!” she wrote on Instagram. “Slow and steady progress beats laying down and throwing in the towel any day!”
The new mom told Doctor Oz that she was able to snap back so quickly after having daughter Brooklyn because a lot of the weight she gained was water due to her preeclampsia. However, eating healthy and exercising a lot before baby definitely helped, too.
“A lot of it, to be honest, because of the preeclampsia, was water weight gain,” she said. “So a week after I had given birth, I lost 40 pounds. But I had a C-section so I couldn’t really stand up, I obviously couldn’t work out or do anything like that. But I was a workout person before. I took care of my body. I, what we call just ‘snapped back’ after two weeks. I thought, ‘Wow! My tummy is flat again,’ or nearly flat. I didn’t think that would happen.”
“I’m 47 years old. I was worried too,” she added. “The young girls get to snap back but what about me? [laughs] And so you take care of your body and you eat well.”
Sherri has been going without sugar for more than a year and not only has she lost more than 30 pounds, but she’s also been able to reverse her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
“I lost my mom in her early 40s to diabetic complications,” she said in an Instagram video. “I just lost my aunt. She had diabetes and she had her leg cut off. She died. Both my sisters are on insulin right now. It runs in my family. I just want to encourage you. You can take this journey to health. You can be healthy. Who are you living for? Who needs you here?”
“I just had to let you know, 5.4 from 6.6!” she added of her blood sugar levels. “You can do this! You can do it!”