|Mandisa at the 2012 Grammy Awards.|
I have loved Mandisa from the first time I heard "Only You" played on K-LOVE. She is the only artist in recent memory whose CD's I have purchased on the day it was released. Her music is that good.
Not only is she a talented musician, but her strong faith and passion for Christ ooze from deep within her soul.
And the current road I'm taking is a path she's traveled before.
Mandisa has lost over a hundred pounds since her appearance on American Idol.
Mandisa has been very honest about her weight loss journey. She's talked about the ups and downs. She even kept a video diary of her battle - a battle she ultimately won.
Simon Cowell was a huge catalyst in Mandisa's pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Listen to his comments regarding her size below:
Mandisa's character, charm, and faith won against Cowell's cowardly remarks. When Mandisa presented herself to the judges prior to the final cut-down to the season's 24 semi-finalists, she told Cowell: "What I want to say to you is that, yes, you hurt me and I cried and it was painful, it really was. But I want you to know that I've forgiven you and that you don't need someone to apologize in order to forgive somebody. I figure that if Jesus could die so that all of my wrongs could be forgiven, I can certainly extend that same grace to you." Cowell told Mandisa that he was "humbled" and apologized to her immediately.
You can hear much more from Mandisa herself about her struggles with food and how she finally overcame the addiction. Below is a video from her appearance on Life Today with James Robinson:
I am thankful for Mandisa's witness and each of her songs have become a personal anthem in my life as I fight to lose the weight that I've put on over the past thirteen years.
Some of my favorite songs to workout to, I have put in a playlist in the right side bar of this page. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and that they lead you to the one and only Deliverer.
**Update on my weight loss progress - Tomorrow marks week 5. I have lost 13 pounds. Still have a long ways to go but I know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.**