OU’s Stacia Kingston Loses–and Wins–on A&E’s ‘Heavy’

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.

Follow Stacia's journey on March 14, at 10 pm/9C on A&E's Heavy. The show even follows her back to Atlanta for a "reveal party" following her six-month leave for the show.

“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!”

Congratulations, Stacia!

[UPDATE: Watch the full episode online.]

2 thoughts on “OU’s Stacia Kingston Loses–and Wins–on A&E’s ‘Heavy’

  1. I couldn’t help but be awed by how hard Stacia worked on the show. She is truly an inspiration, and I wish her the best in her continued journey!

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