Mo’Nique’s been laying pretty low since her late night show ended on BET, but one thing fans do know is that she’s been hitting the gym hard in her down time. The funny lady has been so dedicated to her workout program that she has dropped 82 pounds since she started on her weight-loss journey.
But getting a new body didn’t come easy as she told the morning crew at Hot 97. “I tweet every morning my workouts because I wanted women to see–especially us big women–you don’t have to let them cut and suck it out. You don’t have to let them staple you up, you don’t have to let them give you a pill,” Mo’Nique told Hot 97. ” If you just put the work in baby, I promise you, it comes off. Now, I’m three years in.”
Right now, Mo weighs about 218 pounds, but she’s still got a little more work to do since her goal weight is between 190 and 200 pounds. The wake up call came for Mo’Nique, who said she was once a food junkie, when her husband asked her how much she weighs.
“I said 262, but I really don’t know if that was the right number,” Mo recalled. “That was the weight I had a year prior to him asking me that. When I watch ‘The Parkers’ and I watch the reruns, I know I was tipping about, close to 300.”
She added, “I am the best Monique I’ve ever been in my life. I still have a ways to go, but I feel amazing.”
Mo built much her buzz around owning her status as a big girl. While she’s still proud of her voluptuousness, she acknowledges that she took that mentality to an unhealthy extreme. “In my mind, things never got sideways until someone brought it to my attention, which is my husband. But in my mind, I believed what I was saying, I was this big, beautiful, sexy woman. I still believe that,” she explained.
“I had to step back and look at the damage I was doing to myself, made me say ‘Sis, you got these babies,’” Mo’Nique continued. “I had to get back to a place where I said, ‘Listen, let me stop being selfish and eating everything.’”
And while she was sitting down with Hot 97, they had to ask her about her continually controversial stance on having an open marriage. One thing that she wanted to clarify was that she didn’t approve of keeping things open because he wanted to mess with other women.
“That had nothing to do with my husband,” Mo stated, hinting that she may have been the one stepping on her man. Many people automatically assumed that because her husband is very attractive and she was fat that he was the one sleeping around, but the comedienne set the record straight. “When I did that interview, I didn’t realize the king that I had. I was just being old Monique. I was an entertainer. Listen, the road is what it is. It goes for men and women.”
Seven years in, though, Mo’Nique is leaving all other men alone because she’s is perfectly content with the one that she married and no one can measure up to him in her eyes. “Now that I understand what I have, baby, listen, there’s not another man on the face of this earth that can compare to mine,” she stated. “In my humble opinion. Every woman should feel that way about her man.”
Mo’Nique and her husband are still in an open relationship, but they define what it is to be “open” a little differently these days. She explained, “We are open and we’re open because we’re honest. When I said an open relationship people automatically thought sex,sex,sex. An open relationship means to us, there are no secrets.”