One former Pretty Little Liars star joined Dancing with the Stars this season, but her goal wasn't simply to make an appearance on a network TV show. Instead, Sasha Pieterse said straight out of the gate that she was hoping to get into shape before her upcoming nuptials, and Dancing with the Stars certainly seems to be kickstarting that goal. The actress said during the show this week that she actually lost 37 pounds during her time on the ABC series.
We're halfway through the competition and I've lost 37 pounds. It really is magical.
The magical comment has to do with the fact that this week's episode was Disney-themed, with Sasha Pieterse and her partner Gleb Savchenko doing a Little Mermaid-themed rumba. Sadly, the whole night was not to be magical for the dancing couple, as Pieterse and Savchenko were eliminated, despite the fact the judges really liked her performance and she seemed to be doing a little bit better every week. Although she won't be winning the Mirrorball Trophy, it really does seem like joining dancing with the stars was a win. The actress lost 15 pounds two weeks into the competition, and now she's slimmed down 37 pounds.
If you know much about Sasha Pieterse, it's that weight is often at the forefront for the actress, mostly because her fans saw her put on the weight while she was on Pretty Little Liars. She's said on Dancing with the Stars that she did put on 70 pounds because of a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome and it's been really hard on her to hear comments about her weight. She's previously taken to social media to talk about the reaction of her fans and random people on the internet to her weight gain, and it's been hard to put on a positive front.
There was major backlash on social media. People were angry that I gained weight, I was being (and still am) called names, made fun of, the (unfortunate) usual but it wasn't until people started asking and assuming I was pregnant that I had decided to say something... I decided at that point to love myself the way I am right now. That doesn't mean I don't want to improve myself, it means that I am making a point to love myself at every stage and chapter of my life. I know I will get to where I want to be and I will do it in a healthy way.
Dancing with the Stars is hard work. It's often causes contestants to lose weight--whether or not that is an intended goal, and plenty of contestants and professional dancers have gotten hurt during or leading up to episodes. The ABC series takes a toll on your body, but it doesn't seem to be a competition that most of the people who join end up regretting.
As for Sasha Pieterse, she seems to be wanting to focus on losing weight and getting healthy before her wedding to Hudson Sheaffer. We wish her the best of luck as she moves forward. It's going to be a whole lot harder to stay motivated now that dancing won't be forced on her, but she seems to be in a pretty happy place with her body, regardless.