Weight is a touchy subject for many black women. Although a healthy portion of us is overweight, we tend to be extremely confident about our bodies. But recently, a few celebs are giving sistas a little inspiration to kick up the workouts and break many of the habits that threaten our health.
Michelle Obama, Jennifer Hudson, and Mo’Nique are just a few examples of black women who are championing a healthier lifestyle.
Once the Queen of the Phat Chicks, Mo’Nique made her living calling skinny women evil and being an out-spoken advocate for big girls. But after her husband mentioned that—although he loved her the way she was—he wanted her to be healthier, she took a long hard look at her weight.
Over the past few years Mo’Nique has been putting in work and dropping the weight. According to Black Voices, Mo says that just a few years ago she weighed in at a 262, but now fluctuates somewhere between 211 and 206. Even with more than 50 pound weight loss under her belt, and she isn’t done yet.
“I want to get to 180. That’s an amazing weight for me. I’m still a thick girl but it’s a healthy weight.”
Mo’ admits that staying healthy and keeping the weight off is no easy task, but she’s committed to being healthy. To help her stay on track she works out an hour every morning ( at 5:30am!) with a trainer and eats moderately. Although she tries to stick to fish, soups, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, nothing is off limits.
“The one thing I didn’t want to do is drive myself crazy where it’s I can only have this, I can only have that.”
Mo’s advice is dead on, and a great reminder to those of us aiming to trim a few pounds off our waistlines before summer hits.
Check out Mo’Nique getting it in at the gym. How do you stay healthy and fit?