No one can can forget Mandisa, from Season five of the popular Fox show, American Idol. Now a successful gospel singer, she is the young woman who was subjected to some of the then judge, Simon Cowell’s piercing brand of hurtful critique.
“When I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ Simon Cowell told me I had a pretty face and I was so happy that he didn’t talk about my weight…But when I was home watching the auditions with my friends he made a comment like, ’We’re going to have to build a bigger stage,’ and my heart broke. Right then me and my friends prayed that God would have mercy on him and give me the strength to forgive him and I did.”
On how to start your weight loss journey if you have made several attempts and failed, Mandisa suggests starting slowly. She says,
“Try cutting out soda and drink water instead and have more fruits and vegetables.”
Mandisa also shares that you must find peace with not only a healthier body, but mind as well.
“More importantly, beyond healthy eating and exercise is the mental and emotional health…I’m a food addict, and just like an alcoholic, I tend to bury my troubles in something else. So even if I had lost the weight years ago, which I did, it would always come back until I learned to deal with my issues.”
The singing star also emphasizes letting go of yo-yo diets and being honest and realistic.
“The most weight I ever lost on the Hallelujah Diet was 70 pounds, which was essentially a vegan diet with no white flour, no dairy, no meat and lots of fruits and vegetables…I tried to convince myself that I could eat like that for the rest of my life but it was a lie.”
Mandisa says its a good idea to add variety to your workout.
“You have to learn to mix things up and not allow our body to get used to one thing because it needs to be challenged.”
In the end, while weight loss happens in the body, it’s important to realize that it has to happen mentally and emotionally as well.
“Once I’ve achieved my goal, because I still have a long way to go, I’m done and any rewards I receive from my improved health will be for the rest of my life. It’ll be my personal congratulations to myself on making a [mental]change now.”