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Actress, comedian and Oscar winner Mo’Nique has lost over 80 pounds but she’s still a big girl, in her head at least. She’s looking great these days, showing lots of pics of her routine via her Twitter and even impressing Tom Joyner, who says she looked great in person when she sat in with the crew this  morning.

Mo’Nique says she’s committed to fitness and has been going hard for a while now.

“We’re putting the work in. It’s been five years now and we’re still going strong. We’re working out today at 12 noon. We are doing it five days a week,” Mo’Nique says. Despite her current weight, she  did once write a book called Skinny Women Are Evil. Has her mindset changed now that she’s thinner?

“I aint change my mind. I’m still standing strong. They tried to gang up on me – Dominique talking about ‘You said’….I am still a big woman. I am still 200 pounds. That’s still considered a big woman in this country. Now if I was over in Africa, I might think differently. But in this country, I’m a big gal. High five, Dominique, pow!”

For women who are still challenged by obesity, Mo’Nique says that commitment is the key.

“Keep going. And don’t give up. It does not happen overnight. It does take some time, but whatever you do, don’t quit. Just keep going. If right now, there’s a sister listening, put the doughnut down. I know right now, you’re trying to swallow it really quick. Let it be your last bite. You [can fall off] but you don’t want to fall off every day.”

Mo’Nique has even come up with a name for her fitness crusade – Team Mo’Fit, which includes a workout partner, not a bad idea for anyone trying to lose weight. “Friday is my cheat day. I’m trying so hard to get past this cheat day because if I cheat today, it’s the weekend, I’m going to cheat tomorrow and then I’m a cheat on Sunday.”

After winning an Oscar and hosting The Mo’Nique Show on BET for several years, Mo’Nique dropped off the public scene for a minute. The wife and mother says it was necessary to take a break.

“I have been enjoying this journey called Life. I have been being loved on and being loved and loving. Just having a good time with life. I’m excited that we’re shooting a comedy special tonight. Something different. I don’t want to say a comeback, but excited to get in it again. You take that break and sometimes a break is needed to refresh.”

For more information on Mo’Nique and her weight loss journey check her out on her official Twitter and her official website.

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