October 01, 2011 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ
On the series premiere of The X Factor on Fox, we watched as 42-year-old Stacy Francis blew the judges away, after telling a heartbreaking story of her failed relationship. Stacy Francis also lost a lot of weight prior to the show, and now Stacy shares what inspired her – Simon Cowell! Read on for more!
When we met 42-year-old Stacy Francis on series premiere of The X Factor, Stacy shared a sad tale of how her ex put her down all the time, to the point where she started to believe it herself, but did you know that she lost a lot of weight before her audition? That’s right, the single mom of two children lost a whopping 70 lbs before coming to the show, and she recently revealed that her inspiration was none other than…Simon Cowell! How did Simon inspire Stacy Francis? Stacy Francis told E! recently: “I had Simon’s picture on my wall to inspire me. I made a commitment to myself that when he saw me and I got in front of the world, I was going to be 70 pounds lighter.”
And it worked as the mom worked her buns off and is now 70 lbs lighter, but what else did she do to get the weight off? Stacy Francis said she could not afford a gym membership, so she chose her own exercise routine. Stacy said that her routine consisted of hiking the canyon, or a run. Stacy added that when she couldn’t get a sitter: “I would then strap my baby to my chest and I would walk that canyon for two hours.” Stacy Francis proved to be determined in her weight loss, and in proving her ex wrong. We have a feeling this talented mom will have a great career ahead of her, regardless of how far she gets on the series.
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