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If you’ve kept up with the goings on of Mo’Nique outside of the short-lived drama with Lee Daniels, the Hollywood blacklisting, and you know, that whole me-and-my-husband-sleep-with-other-people-sometimes controversy, you know that the Oscar winner has been taking serious care of her health over the last few years. After originally coming out as a plus-size actress, starring in films like Phat Girlz and releasing the book Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World, the 48-year-old went on to lose more than 100 pounds in six years. She showed off that exceptional achievement recently while posing on the beach with some equally fit and fabulous friends over 40.

So how did Mo’Nique do it? Well, as of late, the actress has been busting a serious move with the help of celebrity dance teacher and fitness trainer Dwight Holt.

And as she told Dr. Oz last year, it also took overcoming her battle with emotional eating, which was attached to her history of sexual abuse.

“I think that, from a little girl at 7 years old, when I started getting molested, food was my friend,” she said. “It became my lover. It became everything because food was going to be that one thing that wasn’t going to let me down. It was going to lie to me. It was going to mistreat me, so we developed this amazing relationship…I had to break that barrier. And I remember one day Sidney [Hicks] saying to me, ‘At what point are you going to accept responsibility for you? If you keep holding onto yesterday, your tomorrow is never going to get different.’ So I had to remove that part of my life and say, ‘That was then. And how much longer am I willing to carry this with me?’ So I was an emotional eater.”

And on top of that, Mo makes sure to shake things up as she told HelloBeautiful. She lifts weights, does yoga, swims, hikes, boxes and has an absolute ball doing all of it. At the end of the day, Mo’Nique keeps on pushing in the gym, on the dance floor–wherever she can find the space, not only for herself, but also for the family she wants to stick around longer for.

“People always say, ‘Mo’Nique, what motivates you?’ I had to do it for my husband and my children. And I had to get out of my own way.”

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