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charismatic in a way few ever are. The recent
weight loss is not a matter of vanity. Mandisa,
like many, often turned to food in trying times.
Thus the root of the problem and the solution
go much, much deeper.
“I don’t remember food ever not being
an issue,” she says. “I was abused in early
childhood. My parents divorced. I turned to
food. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s a thorn in
After seeing some pictures of herself and
realizing the result of years of emotional
eating, both internally and externally, she put
into motion a plan to get healthy, stronger and
more confident in five easy steps.
Step 1: “I started memorizing a lot of
scriptures to help me when I was tempted. I
quoted them outloud…especially
1 Conrinthians 10:13.”
Step 2: “I started seeing a therapist to help
me get to the root of the compulsive eating.”
Step 3: “Eating right…eating healthier…”
Step 4: “I made exercise a priority in my life. I
do it at least five times a week.”
Step 5: “The last thing was a lot of praying. I
feel closer to the Lord now. I made it about my
obedience to Him.”
If you’re like a lot of folks reading this, you’re
probably thinking—Wow, what an organized, on-
track, focused, positive and encouraged woman! I
could NEVER do that!
If so, you’re right. She is organized, on-track,
focused, positive and encouraged. But she’s
Irony with a twist of
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Call Mandisa a wordsmith. This teller of tales
and creator of catchy catchphrases sums up
the last five years in a word all her own—
“I was eliminated on April 5, 2006,” she says.
“This album came out April 5, 2011.”
In case you didn’t know, the elimination in
reference was from Season 5 (2006) on the
staggeringly popular “American Idol.”
“I don’t think much was expected of someone
who finishes in ninth,” she says with a laugh.
If that be the case, consider us all wrong!
The last five years have brought along a
string of successes. from recording shoulder-
to-shoulder with industry vet and artist
extraordinaire TobyMac to collaborating with
the likes of Michael w. Smith, Kirk franklin and
Matthew west, Mandisa is proof positive that
numbers aren’t everything.
At the same time, with a twist of “god-rony”
yet again, she also shows that some numbers,
especially ones like 120, can be life changing.
“I’ve lost close to 120 pounds now,” says the
singer. “I’m not gonna lie…it feels great!”
Let’s be clear here—Mandisa has always
been drop-dead gorgeous, attractive and
drops the m