How American Idol finalist Mandisa Lost 100 Pounds and Kept it Off
Mandisa talks about her weight loss journey, from the moment she decided to lose weight to her current diet and exercise routine.
-My journey on American Idol started with my weight. My first audition, Simon made fun of my weight. -Do we have a bigger stage this year? -It was the premier episode so 30 million people were watching and I was watching with a room full of my friends and I realized that I had just been ridiculed on national television. Some things happen in my life that triggered me turning to food. I was a child like 10 years old, I started being molested by a family member. And then when I was 16, I was raped by my best friend's next door neighbor. I would eat my emotions. I would sit in front of the television and I felt like it was an escape for me to just binge. And so, I noticed that when I ate and got larger, men stopped looking at me and what started as I think sort of a defense mechanism turning to a habit. After I hit about 300 pounds was when I just stopped weighing myself. When I was at my heaviest weight, I was in South Dakota and we went to Mount Rushmore and when I look back on that picture now, I'm astounded at how heavy I was. You have to walk up an incline and I remembered being in the back with elderly people like 80 year-olds and I was heaving and out of breath and so, that's what made me realize I really have to do something right here and right now. Up, down, up, down. You got it, keep it going. I love dancing. And so, finding a form of exercise that I loved changed my life when I discovered Zumba. Shimmy. I've been creating my own routines and so, I have dubbed it Mandisercise. I have lost over 100 pounds. I'm still going. I would say my diet plan was to focus on the fiber so I ate a lot of whole grains and fruits and vegetables and I do that to this day. My latest album is Overcomer and that is me saying I know I'm not at my goal yet but I'm not going to be an overcomer. I'm an overcomer right now and that is because I'm choosing every day to get up and to fight. March it out. Good job.