Sherry Mackey and Tamela Mann

Award winning Actress and Gospel Artist Tamela Mann is the new celebrity ambassador for WW (the new Weight Watchers). She's committed to losing weight and invites everyone to join her on the journey to becoming healthier.

The 52 year old Grammy and NAACP Image Award winner says that the decision to be a part of Weight Watchers was easy.

“I decide that this is the help that I needed, because I couldn’t do it my own,” she said. “I prayed about it for a minute to make sure that I wanted to make this step,” Mann told ESSENCE in an interview. “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 Mann has a message for her sisters in weight loss; “First of all, they need to know that we’re not alone and you can still have what you want, within moderation,” Mann explained. “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.”

She isn’t just investing her own healthier lifestyle, she’s investing in helping others look good on their fitness journeys as well with a new athletic wear line for curvy women. “I have a new line, and it’s new athletic wear that I can work out in,” she added. “Anyone can go to tamelamann.com and check it out. I started a soft launch and I’m adding more colors and more styles soon.”

To join her team or get more details: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/tamelamann

CHARLI PENN contributed to this story

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