Season 5 Idol, Mandisa, has just released a new single, available on iTunes now. She shares some great news in her latest MySpace blog post–she’s lost 65 pounds! Here’s an excerpt:
I’m sure that most of you know that I have battled with food addiction since I was a child. At a very early age I began turning to food to find comfort. Well now God is teaching me that I need to turn to Him to find comfort. There is no such thing as “comfort food”. Any comfort I received from food was always temporary and resulted in more pain. That is why my new song “My Deliverer” means so much to me. I’ve really wanted to share with you guys what He has been doing in my life concerning this food-related stronghold. HE IS SETTING ME FREE!!!!! I’ve lost almost 65 lbs, can you believe it!?!?! I’ll talk specifically about what I am doing later (soon, I promise), but the short version is that I am NOT dieting! I have simply changed the way I eat…for good! I have a personal trainer and workout about 5 days a week. But more than anything, the biggest change has been to my mind. I have had to change the way I think about food and change the way I handle temptation. For me, that has meant A LOT of prayer and meditating on God’s word. That is the only way I have been able to resist the temptation to give in to every desire that I have. You’d be surprised by how much the Bible has to say about food and temptation. It has been a lifeline for me. That is why I can say from my heart that “My Deliverer has rescued me from all that held me captive!”
Her new album, Freedom, is set to be released March 24.