Source: NY Daily News - "American Idol Alum Mandisa Shows off her 80 Pound Weight Loss"
"My favorite memory started out as my least favorite memory and that was when Simon Cowell made fun of my weight on the very first show. That was my worst nightmare come true. When I saw Simon the next time, I told him I forgave him because an important part of my faith is forgiving others because I have been forgiven. I will never forget that reaction: the look on his face - humbled and giving me a big hug.
When I was recording that album, I started to do the work necessary to be set free: changing my eating habits. No particular diet, just eating healthy. I started working with a personal trainer and a counselor who specializes in eating disorders. I have lost 80 pounds since I started recording.
I don't believe in diets, because I have lost weight on them all, but the thing about diets is that you have the mindset that you stop a diet when you are done losing weight. This really is a lifestyle change for me."
Among the many changes Hundley had to make in her life, the singer says she cut out tempting Krispy Kreme doughnuts and worked with a personal trainer who makes her do cardio, weight training and a Latin form of dancing called Zumba.