Librarian’s Lifestyle Change – Interview With Dwaymian Brissette
Librarian, Dwaymian Brissette underwent a dramatic lifestyle change that turned his life in a different direction. Most times we highlight women who have undergone serious weight-loss but today I want to highlight a fellow Librarian. Here we have a young professional male who has undergone a lifestyle change and I hope this serves to encourage someone who thought it was impossible.
Can you just share a few sentences about yourself?
Dwaymian Brissette is a Virgo from the Parish of St. James. He lived and worked in Kingston for 12 years but for the past year he has been living and working in St. Lucia. He holds a MA and BA in Library and Information Studies along with a minor in Human Resource Development and Certificates in Management Studies and Supervisory Management all from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Dwaymian has also received professional certificates in Leadership and Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management and Financial Management; and has a Certificate of Merit from Texas A&M University in Advance leadership. He is a trained Mediator and holds a Certificate in Mediation Practice and Procedure awarded by the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. His crave for knowledge and love for the creative industry motivated him recently in completing a course in International Copyright Law from the University of Amsterdam. Dwaymian was the 2012 Thomson Reuters Leonie Asgarali, Grant awardee, a 2013 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC fellow and a 2014 Open Society Foundation Scholar. Dwaymian volunteers his time to conduct workshops in career development, conflict resolution and social justice based on a strong commitment to community development and youth empowerment for various NGO organizations and youth clubs.
Would you say you have always had issues with your weight or is this something more recent?
I have been overweight my entire life, even though I have always lived a fairly active lifestyle.
What made you decide to take your health more seriously?
Motivation of wanting to live a long and healthy life, and realized that yo-yo dieting and my fitness regime was neither sustainable nor helpful in my weight loss quest. So, I made a change.
Is this your first attempt at being healthier?
It was not not my first time ; however, it is the first in a serious and structured way.
Do you have a cheat day and what do you eat on that day?
Yes, I eat a cheat meal mostly on Fridays. A cheat day is not sustainable and should be avoided at all cost.
What do you use to satisfy your sweet tooth?
I use sugarcane and ripe banana to satisfy my sugar rush.
How do you plan to maintain?
By striking the right balance between good nutrition and fitness training.
Any pearls of wisdom you would like to share with someone who is about to start this journey?
Remove the word “diet” from your vocabulary and replace it with the phrase, “lifestyle change” so that you can achieve your desired results and maintain them.