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Jennifer Hudson’s body has totally transformed over the past year and she sat down with Self Magazine to discuss her weight loss, Hollywood and her Oscar! Jennifer even went on to say, “Iâ€™m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people.”
Why she decided to get healthy: â€œIt really started when I was pregnant with David, whoâ€™s 2 now, and I thought, Hold onâ€”why doesnâ€™t anybody know Iâ€™m pregnant? And I wanted to set a good example for my son. Right after I had him, I began trying to change things.â€
Was she unhappy with her appearance before? â€œNo, never. I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, â€˜How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?â€™ I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? Iâ€™m plus-sized? In the neighborhood Iâ€™m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.â€
How she got herself started this time: â€œFour days after my cesarean section, I began walking 30 minutes every day. It was my therapy, my moment to myself, and it was all I could do. I figured, me walking is better than me sitting on the couch. Even if I canâ€™t climb a mountain or do 100,000 push-ups, these steps matter, and theyâ€™re leading somewhere. I started with walking, but before long, I built up to other things. When I didnâ€™t want to be cooped up in the gym, Iâ€™d come up with other options. Iâ€™d ask myself, What do I love? I love being outside and feeling free, so I would jog or ride my bike. Some days, Iâ€™d play basketball and tennis.â€
Do people treat you differently? â€œYes! You never know youâ€™re being discriminated against until you see what youâ€™ve been deprived of. Everybody wants you to wear this or put you on the cover of that. Before, my career was great, but since losing weight, I havenâ€™t stopped. I have worked every single day of this year.â€
How about your fans? â€œSome love it and say theyâ€™re inspired, and others donâ€™t. Some have even questioned whether I can still sing. My voice has gotten stronger! I canâ€™t care about whether Iâ€™m too big for some or too small for others. It goes back to how you feel about yourself. I like me the way I am. For anyone who wants to lose: Dude, if I can do it, you can do it. And for those who want to stay the same, I hope I can be an example to you, too; I was proud of being a big girl.â€
What was the key to your loss? â€œItâ€™s like my mother said: â€˜Well, honey, when there is a will, there is a way.â€™ You have to want it, but donâ€™t rush yourself. When youâ€™re ready, youâ€™ll set goals for yourself. Once you do, itâ€™s good to have support, but you donâ€™t need it, because everything you need is in you. Iâ€™m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people.â€
Personally I would be prouder of the work achievement only because they can’t take the Oscar away but…she could gain the weight back!
Photo from Self