Comedian Mo’Nique, love her or dis like her, she always has something to say. has made a career out of embracing her body weight or at least helping others come to terms with their body issues, specifically women.
Nearly two years ago, she reached a personal milestone: weighing under 200 lbs. for the first time since she was, in fact, a teenager. And while nearly everyone and their mama is gained weight during the pandemic, Mo was able to keep it off. She posted on Instagram imploring her ‘loves’ to continue their hard work. She shared this message with her fans:
“I said that I would share this journey with y’all, the weight loss and getting healthy, and today when I got on the scale, since I was 17 years old, I’ve been over 200 lbs. Today was the first time in my adult life that I’ve been under 200 lbs.”
Mo’Nique wraps up her message by emphasizing the hard work it took to get this far.
“Hey my loves. UNDER 200 lbs. WE CAN DO IT. BELIEVE YOU CAN. DON’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT BUT IT HAPPENS. RAW FOOD IS THE TRUTH. SWIPE LEFT. Luv y’all 4 real”
With her exercise and healthy recipe videos she shares on her social media, the funnywoman has also been steadily remained healthy. Check her out on Instagram:
Mo’Nique received a lot of pushback from people when she decided to lose weight. Many of them said that she was “turning her back on the plus-sized community” that helped make her a successful comedian.
There was a lot of speculation as to why she decided to do it, but Mo’Nique had her own reasons. One of those reasons is what her husband said to her that Mo’Nique took to heart.
“When my husband asked me my weight, I answered and he said ‘…That’s too much weight. I want you around for a lifetime and that’s not healthy.’
It was at that moment that I went through guilt, I went through shame, because of my size. Because I never felt love like that before.”
That’s when Mo’Nique said she decided to “save her life.” Now, she’s using her star power to inspire her fans to lose weight.
“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.”
Two other reasons for her change of heart for her health is being diagnosed with high blood pressure and topping out at 262 pounds.
“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,” Mo’Nique remembered. “I had never felt that type of love before.”
Currently, the star has gone from a size 20 to a size 14. She says that she’s not done yet, and that her goal is to get down to 180 lbs.