By Staff Blogger
Mo’Nique is not just a great comedian, she is also a respected actress. She won an Oscar for her performance in the 2009 hit film, “Precious ,” and has since had a show on BET. She keeps her star power going and is respected around the world.
One other thing that Mo’Nique has done to earn a huge amount of respect is lose dozens of pounds of weight over the last few years. She says that she became concerned when she reached 262 pounds and found that her blood pressure was getting high.
“For a long time I was a child in my way of thinking. I thought that I could eat what I wanted, do what I wanted, and was reckless in the sense of abusing my body. That’s when I was younger. I think that the journey I have to take now is that I have babies. I have a son who is 23, but I also have a son who is nine. And we have twins who are seven. I want to meet their children. I want to be able to play with their children. I don’t want to be a burden on my family due to self-neglect….I was fortunate to watch my grandmother play with my children. I want to be in the same position.”
Mo’Nique says that her husband was honest with her about her weight problems, and let her know that he expected her to do something about it. She describes her husband’s reaction in her own passionate and compelling way.
“My husband said ‘That’s too much baby. I want you for a lifetime. I love you so much that I can’t lie to you,” she said. “I had never felt that type of love before.”
Mo’Nique’s workouts have been like magic. She dropped from 262 to 217. Her size has gone from 20 to 14 and she’s not done yet: She says she wants to get down to 180 pounds before it’s all done. She joins another formerly big and beautiful celebrity, Jennifer Hudson, who also dropped a great deal of weight. Hudson recently hit the headlines when it was revealed that her husband-to-be may not be as happy with her weight loss as she is. But when you’re on your journey to wellness, not everyone is going to be happy about it, but you have to do what is best for your health.
Mo’Nique works out with a personal trainer five days per week. She also has a few more elements to her regimen:
Drinking a gallon of water a day
Avoiding fried foods
Eating raw fruits and vegetables and fresh fish
Giving up red meat