Mo'Nique has been offering up fitness motivation long before the approaching swimsuit season made it the popular thing to do.
For the last year, the comedian and actress has been hitting the gym hard and taking to Twitter to show her followers the results.
Her goal -- somewhere between 190 and 200 pounds -- is not far from her current weight of 218, Mo'Nique explained in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 Monday, and she's relying on old-fashioned exercise to achieve it.
"I tweet every morning my workouts because I want women to see -- especially us big women -- that you don't have to let them cut you 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, you don't have to let them put a band around your organs. If you just put the work in, baby, I promise you, it'll come off," Mo'Nique said around the 4-minute mark.
Her weight-loss journey has been three years in the making, beginning somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 pounds, she estimates.
In addition to her weight, Mo'Nique, who's been relatively quiet since BET network halted her late-night talk show, "The Monique Show," in July 2011, kept it candid about her open marriage with husband Sidney Hicks and why she experienced a change of heart since she first revealed the status of the relationship in an interview with Barbara Walters in 2010.
“When I did that interview, I didn’t realize the king that I had. I was just being old Mo’Nique ... It actually backfired. I thought I was saying to women "you can enjoy your cake and eat it, too." It backfired ... 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. In my humble opinion. That’s just for me ... When you really take the energy and pay attention to your relationship ... and really take the energy really put your all into that relationship and love him in a way that your mama didn’t teach you how to love a man, don’t neither one of y’all wanna go nowhere ... Sisters listen, treat ‘em like a King if you wanna be treated like a Queen -- it works.”
Check out Mo'Nique's full interview with the Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show, plus a full look at her dramatic weight loss in the video above.
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