Lequesha’ Brooks lost 71 pounds


Success story

Lequesha’ Brooks, 36: From 225 pounds to 154 pounds

Former weight: 225 pounds

Current weight: 154 pounds

Pounds lost: 71 pounds

Height: 5 feet, 5 inches

Age: 36 years

How long she’s kept it off: She started seven years ago, when she first moved to Atlanta. A year ago, she started boot-camp classes.

Personal life: “I am single. I have a nephew; he hangs with me in the summer. … I am a high school counselor working on an Ed.D in leadership with a concentration in curriculum,” Brooks said. She lives in Hampton.

Turning point: “When I got to Atlanta, I wanted to lose weight; I met Casi (Fields) last year.” She started classes with Casi’s Straight Military Style Bootcamp (casisbootcamp.com). “Getting started was the hardest part … especially during running week, getting up at 4:30 a.m., to get there at 5:30 a.m. So here I’m juggling work and grad school and now I’m interfering with my sleep time. … (Casi) makes us feel responsible for what we’re doing, how we’re eating and how we’re exercising. I am not a water drinker and now … I have never drank so much water in my life.”

Diet plan: “She actually has a meal plan. … It’s incorporating raw vegetables, 10 days with no meat … all the sugar is out the door — no pound cake now. I’m eating my green vegetables without ham hocks, just salt and pepper and Goya brand seasoning. I try to eat every two hours.”

Exercise routine: “I exercise five times a week, Monday through Friday, as my schedule permits. I try to fit in a Saturday class with Casi and I’m a member of a gym in Griffin.”

Biggest challenge: “Probably getting started and leaving sugar alone. I can stay away from bread, but I am a sugar person. … If I don’t keep it in my home, I won’t reach for it.”

How life has changed: “Life has been good; it changed for the most part. … I had to replace my clothes; I didn’t like the financial part of it. I met a whole new group of people who are working toward the same cause — trying to be healthy. You need support while you’re doing it.” Her secret to success was perseverance. “I tell my kids all the time: It’s not how you start out, it’s where you finish. … If there’s something you want, you’ve got to find a way to get there. … Don’t give up, don’t let go. … You (might) have to find another way — you can’t give up on your dream!”




Next Up in Living

Jamie Dupree, SiMan, Mitch Faulkner, Rob Stadler, Denis O’Hayer in Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 2018 class
Jamie Dupree, SiMan, Mitch Faulkner, Rob Stadler, Denis O’Hayer in Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 2018 class

A cavalcade of Atlanta radio vets were inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in LaGrange Saturday night. Among those who entered the hall were Majic 107.5/97.5 host Silas “SiMan” Alexander, Classic 102.9 host Mitch Faulkner, retired WGST/WABE host Denis O’Hayer, former Star 94.1 newsman Rob Stadler, former 96rock and Eagle...
Ludacris, Will Packer hosting Stacey Abrams fundraiser October 21
Ludacris, Will Packer hosting Stacey Abrams fundraiser October 21

Atlanta producer Will Packer and actor/musician Chris “Ludacris” Bridges are hosting a high-ticket fundraiser at Packer’s Atlanta home Sunday, October 21 for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Their wives Heather Packer and Eudoxie Bridges are also co chairs. Tickets started at $1,000 for the 4 p.m. event. (The $1...
How to practice mindfulness exercises
How to practice mindfulness exercises

Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Spending too much time planning, problem-solving...
Low-dose aspirin offers no overall benefit for healthy older people

A regimen of low-dose aspirin offers healthy, older people no benefit in staving off cardiovascular disease, dementia or disability and increases their risk of bleeding in the digestive tract and brain, according to a large study recently released. Millions of healthy people take small doses of aspirin regularly in the belief that the drug will prevent...
Long-suffering patient becomes a cyborg to find pain relief

“I became a cyborg to manage my chronic pain” Popular Science —- Janet Jay is a cyborg. No, she’s not RoboCop or Darth Vader. But she shares a similarity with those characters: Her all-too-human body has been upgraded with a machine. A next-generation implant deep in Jay’s back stimulates her spinal cord, overriding her...
More Stories