Fantasia’s life is a mixture of ups and downs. But she wants to look forward and not backwards. Aside from feeling better, the American Idol winner is also 50 pounds lighter. She reveals:
“Working out started as something mental. It was a way to release and let some things go.”
Fantasia started to gain weight in 2011 when she was offered to play the role of Mahalia Jackson. During that year, she was also pregnant with her son, Dallas Xavier. In order to get back in shape, her trainer Sonya McRoberts provided her a workout plan. Fantasia did the workout at home and even on the road. She said:
“I workout every day, sometimes twice a day. I keep my trainer with me and she travels with me. I love Pilates, yoga, and spinning. I also attend bootcamp class and they have become my workout family. Doing it with them makes me feel good.”
Aside from the workout, she is also careful in her food choices. Fantasia revealed:
“The fried chicken, the collard greens with the fatback, it’s good when we eat them, but all of that stuff that we put into our bodies eventually breaks our bodies down. Sonya helped me come up with ways that you can still eat good, but it’s healthy.”
Losing weight has not been easy for Fantasia but she wants to be the model of her family as well as her fans.
“A lot of my cousins who are my age or are in their 30′s are on high blood pressure pills and it’s like, c’mon, you’re too young for that. I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say, okay we have to eat better and workout. I want to be around for a long time. I can’t travel like I do and not be healthy. You know how I move on stage. At any minute I could just pass out and that’s not good.”
Fantasia is now slim and trim and she is planning to stay this way.
“I’m on that health kick right now. This is something I had to do for myself and for my family. I just feel confident. If no one ever says it, I can look in the mirror and say to myself, ‘Good God almighty, you’re a bad mama-jamma!’”
Way to go Fantasia!