Success Secrets


As told to Mandy Rich

Jazzie Burns

Age 23 / Height 5'9"

Lost 35 Lb*

Lisa Peirson-Burns

Age 44 / Height 5'9"

Lost 55 Lb*

What motivated you to start on this journey together?

Jazzie When I was younger, I was very active—I took a dance class at school and I walked to a lot of places with my friends—so I never had a weight problem. After high school, I ran out of time to do these things so I wasn’t moving as much. I started making poor food choices, and it began to show. A couple of years ago, I developed serious back problems and had to have major surgery. During my recovery, I reached my heaviest weight ever. I decided that I needed to make a change to get healthier, so I asked my mom if we could join Weight Watchers.

Lisa We had been Members in the past and we were pretty successful. Of course I said yes!

Has this experience brought you closer?

Lisa Weight Watchers on Sundays has become our thing. We go to our weekly meeting and then stop at the grocery store to buy our nutritious food for the week. After we unpack our shopping bags, we go work out.

Jazzie We head to the gym, high school track or the local park to walk. My mom has really helped me stay active and has been such a great support.

What about during the week? I imagine you both have different schedules.

Jazzie I’m a college student, so there’s a lot going on. I bring snacks to eat throughout the day. Before, I used to grab chips or crackers, but they wouldn’t fill me up so I’d end up eating more. Now I pack apples, carrots and grapes and they keep me full.

Lisa Because I’m a full-time hair stylist, I don’t actually schedule a lunch hour. I had to really reteach myself that even if I only have two minutes, I have to stop and eat something. I usually bring in snack-size baggies of pepper strips and hummus that I can just grab and munch on when one of my clients is under the dryer.

What has surprised you along the way?

Lisa At this point in our relationship, we realized that we connect through our weight issues, especially because it’s something we both struggle with. Jazzie’s success drives me, and I think my success drives her, too.

Jazzie I’ve had friends ask me for advice about what to eat during the day, and that’s been pretty cool!


Favorite indulgence?

Lisa: Chips with salsa or guacamole!

Go-to lunch?

Jazzie: Grilled chicken salad with Trader Joe’s Parmesan Ranch salad dressing and a little Sriracha on top.

Favorite new outfit?

Lisa: Jeans. Getting to go shopping for jeans again was a huge deal.

Jazzie: A pair of white pants that I haven’t been able to wear in a long time.

Best new habit?

Lisa: Skipping the bread basket at restaurants.

Jazzie: Drinking lots of water.

Soup or salad?

Both: Salad!

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk.

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