Wynonna Judd loses 55lbs and embraces life

Wynonna Judd has dropped a staggering five dress sizes after a series of events led to her to lose 55lbs. As a result, the 46-year-old is now apparently living a whole new life: “I went to my first club in Vegas and danced on the pole with friends!” she told People, adding: “I feel more alive.”

So what made Judd finally take action and lose the excess pounds? Some say it is her painful divorce in 2007 from D.R. Roach, who was charged with three counts of sexual assault and battery against a minor under the age of 13, CBS News reports. “I went to hell and back,” she told Oprah. “I started walking in the wilderness screaming at God, ‘Why?’ I call it my meditative walk.”

And if that wasn’t enough, the Grammy winner was shocked by a series of health scares earlier this year. In March, doctors found blood clots in her lungs caused by complications from surgery to repair some damaged stomach muscles. A few months later she was involved in a serious traffic accident while at Salt Lake City. These experiences made her “more determined than ever to commit to a healthier lifestyle.”

She told Oprah that walking helped her lose the weight and later told People that brain state conditioning, a treatment that helps patients be less inclined to turn to food during stressful situations, also played a large role. “My weight was a symptom and not the problem,” says Judd. “I used food to soothe and reward and I don’t do that anymore.”

Among the changes the star has made to her life are her food choices: “Very seldom will you see donuts in my house because I can eat a box,” she says. “It’s like a chip, I can’t eat just one.”

Now, Judd does not “look in the mirror and go, ‘You suck’ but rather has a constant feeling of being “on fire. From head to toe.”

And her love life? “I’m not going to say any more about it,” she told Oprah. “Let’s just say I have a pep in my step.”

Other celebrities who have battled weight issues include Oprah WinfreyKirstie AlleySara Rue and Sharon Osbourne.

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