As a theatre enthusiast, OU’s Stacia (“Stacey-a”) Kingston never minded an audience. And tonight, she very well might face her largest audience ever. On Monday, March 14, at 10 p.m., Stacia will be featured on Heavy, an A&E docu-drama following 22 obese people as they strive to return to a healthy size. The TV show documents their incredible transformation throughout a six-month treatment program. [UPDATE: Watch the full episode online.]
Stacia, an Office Manager for OU’s Evening Degree Program, lost 150 pounds while filming, and has lost 200 pounds since January of last year. This morning on Q-100’s “The Bert Show,” Stacia explained that for her, losing weight had become more than just a cosmetic concern, but a medical and practical one. Her weight had gotten so out of control that it began to hinder her from engaging in everyday activities.
“I woke up and I was 470 pounds…,” said Stacia. “I could not walk 10 to 15 feet without having chest pains. It was hugely affecting my life on a day-to-day basis. It felt like I was going to die every night when I went to bed.”
Now that she’s back home, Stacia is working on writing an original musical, but says her weight-loss journey is not over. She is currently training to compete in her first sprint triathlon, one that includes a 500-meter swim, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 5K run.
“…Health and fitness is my number one focus,” said Stacia. “…it’s so unbelievable that I’m going to be doing [the triathlon.] A year ago I couldn’t walk 10 feet without chest pain, being out of breath, and feeling like I could die. I have a completely new life, one that I never even dreamed was possible!”
[UPDATE: Watch the full episode online.]