You Go Girl!

Published by Carrie Blackshaw on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm.

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Contributor: Carrie Blackshaw 

Remember when Simon Cowell dissed Mandisa’s badunkadunk during Season 5’s American Idol auditions? (He said they’d need “a bigger stage.”)

Well, check out homegirl now! Right before dropping her new album, she reveals a new body and she looks amazing 75 pounds later. 
The Grammy-nominated gospel singer’s weight battle was borne of early trauma – she was told People magazine that she was sexually molested as a child and raped at 16. “A lot of girls turn to men to fill that void and some turn to drugs,” Mandisa, 32, said. “I turned to food as my drug of choice.”

She set a goal to drop 100 pounds after feeling winded at a trip to Mt. Rushmore last summer.

“I thought I couldn’t get up and sing about freedom when I had been chained for so long,” she says.

How’d she do it? Cardio workouts five days a week, a diet heavy on salads, lean meats and fiber, and counseling to work on her childhood issues.

“Being able to fit into clothes I couldn’t before is great,” she says. “To be able to walk into a room and not feel self-conscious, I don’t ever remember feeling this way.”

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Comments

Meka Said on

Mandisha, you go girl!!! You look wonderful and you give all us that are trying to lose wieght hope. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you in all that you do.



Sarah Said on

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Sarah

http://www.lyricsdigs.com



Pro'Lyrik'L Said on

Are you healthy and are you happy? What else is there to say about someone who already blessed with the voice to move those mountains? The weight was a symptom of the underlying causes of her “childhood issues”. Thank goodness she is strong enough to know when her life was jeopardy and her soul needed mending, and now her beauty that was cloaked with her weight, and the only reason a person would turn towards her was to hear her sing. Now we see you MANDISA, and you are an inspiration to those who struggle to know why they have a void and what they have to do to make it alright….God, right (?).



tiffany Said on

I am trying to lose weight but it is hard. Do you have any tips? Please let me know.



RED NECK HUNTER Said on

I LOVE BIG SISTERS !! BEING A STRONG BLACK MAN I CAN HANDLE THEM WITH EASE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SIX FEET TALL AND OVER TWO HUNDRED POUNDS. IF YOU HAVE THE PASSION FOR THAT WOMAN YOU CAN BE FIVE FEET FIVE AND A BUCK FIFTY AND IT’S ALL GOOD!! BUT IF YOU HAVE A BEEF WITH HER YOU GOT PROBLEMS!! IT’S NOTHING LIKE THAT EXTRA COMFORT.





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