“I decide that this is the help that I needed because I couldn’t do it my own,” she told Essence.com in an exclusive interview.
“I prayed about it for a minute to make sure that I wanted to make this step,” she added. “Looking over my life and just thinking about everything, I was like, man, it would be great to be an encouragement to somebody else and not just to help myself get over this journey I’ve been struggling with my whole life, because I’ve lost weight and gained weight, and lost weight. I’m really excited about the lifestyle change and to be able to have people that you can connect with and who can coach you.”
Tamela also took to social media to share the exciting news about her WW partnership in hopes of inspiring others with their weight loss goals.
“I’m so excited to start my @ww_us journey!” she wrote on Twitter. “I joined @ww_us b/c I’m really ready for this lifestyle change and I know WW, the new Weight Watchers, can help me lose the weight–Let the journey begin…”
Weight Watchers is just as thrilled to have Tamela on the team.
“Tamela Mann is a wonderful addition to our WW family, as we build on our leadership in weight loss to become the world’s partner in wellness,” said Sherry Thompson, SVP of Community Engagement & Activation for WW. “WW aims to make wellness accessible to all by helping millions of people adopt healthy habits for real life. With Tamela’s help, we hope to inspire more African American women and their communities to live healthier by providing the tools, information and inspiration to get there.”
In related news, Tamela and her husband David were recent recipients of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author for their book “Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family,” per blackdoctor.org.
“We are honored and blessed by the recognition from the NAACP Image Awards for our book Us Against the World,” said David and Tamela who are currently starring in Tyler Perry “Madea Farwell Tour.” “We hope readers are uplifted, spiritually encouraged, and feel inspired about love, family, and marriage when they read it.”