The Original Queen of Comedy has also now officially taken the crown when it comes to our summer #fitgoals.
Hide your husbands, hide your boyfriends, ladies, because Mo'Nique has a list of fitness goals that have had her snatched all summer, and she and her trainer did not come to play. The comedian recently took to Instagram to share that she's reached yet another fitness milestone on her road to wellness. She explained:
"When [my trainer] first brought me out to this track, he would let me walk half and then I had to run. I said to him, 'One day, I want to be able to run around this track twice without stopping.' Well, today was that day. I made it around this track twice without stopping."
Abuse comes in all shapes and forms. There's physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse and sometimes, some of the most damaging trauma can come by way of self-harm. When we're talking about the intentional sabotage of self, I don't just mean cutting out alcohol and substance abuse. Food can also be a weapon of self-harm that has the potential to be deadly, and Mo'Nique learned this firsthand after starring in Precious in 2009 when at the time, she says that she weighed more than 300 pounds.
It really doesn't matter how many people are rooting for you if you aren't in your own damn corner, and this is especially true when it comes to making a decision to live a healthy lifestyle. Although her husband, Sidney, tried his hardest to get a handle on her unhealthy eating habits, Mo says that change wasn't an option until she wanted it for herself.
Over the past few years, Mo'Nique has been candid about her personal journey to healing when it comes to both her physical and emotional health, and has lost more than 110 pounds as a result of her hard work.
"Since I was 17 years old, I've been over 200 pounds. Today was the first time in my adult life that I've been under 200 pounds, so I wanted to let you all know it's possible and you can do it and we can get there."
While in the past, some have speculated that Mo' went under the knife to achieve her results, she says that the proof is in the practice. The easiest way to form a habit is to maintain it consistently, and Mo'Nique learned that she had to make a habit out of not quitting on herself.
"I'm telling y'all, if you don't quit on you, you'll get what you're asking for. Just don't quit on you. It doesn't come overnight. It doesn't come through no magic potion or a special wand or processed boxed meals from a weight loss program. It comes from right here [pointing to her heart]."
According to the CDC, Black women have a higher rate of obesity than any other demographic. Four in five black women in this country are at risk of stroke, heart disease, and hypertension, and that's not okay. Mo'Nique has this message for women who say they'll start their fitness journey "tomorrow":
"When I got up this morning, and I read some of y'all's post and y'all say 'Mo, that looks amazing girl and I'm gonna start tomorrow and I'm gonna start next week and I'm gonna start when I get over this or over that,' then you may never get to your start date. Your start date may be 10 years from now and now your health is in poor shape and now you become a burden on your family."
The goal was never to be skinny, sis. Securing the bag is a mood, but sometimes the bag is your health. Secure that, too.
"I say that to you all because it's real. This is no joke. I show you all what I'm doing. It ain't no lie, y'all watch my weight go up and down, up and down, because it's no joke. Get out and move!"
Check out Mo's almost 20-year fitness transformation below:
KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES
Featured image by Instagram/@therealmoworldwide.