Amazing Shrinking Jennifer!

by Anne Bennett on February 12, 2011

During her recent appearance on the Oprah Show, Jennifer Hudson revealed that, yes, she has lost a lot of weight on the Weight Watchers program. But at first she was hesitant to state exactly how many pounds she has dropped.

When repeatedly asked by Oprah, she deferred to her Weight Watcher leader, Liz, who was sitting in the front row. Liz responded, “People get wrapped up in the pounds. … The message is: You’ve got to find what feels good for you. Who cares about the number?”

Well, let’s see. Who cares about the number? WE DO. Even Oprah said as much!

Yes, it’s about feeling healthy. Yes, it’s about self-confidence. But it’s also about the number! Why else do we celebrate at Weight Watcher meetings when members lose 5, 10, even 50 pounds? Because it matters. The number on the scale is not the only thing, but it’s a big thing nonetheless. It’s a universally identifiable sign of our success.

Hard not to notice the change!

I, for one, don’t understand what those back-and-forth glances between Jennifer and Liz were all about. Jennifer looked like a defendant on the witness stand who kept turning to her lawyer to make sure that she wasn’t perjuring herself. We all know Jennifer has lost a lot of weight. Please, if anyone has any idea as to why they played that cat-and-mouse game, enlighten me. I’m clueless.

Oprah finally got her to reveal that she’s lost 80 pounds. That’s an amazing achievement. By the way, for those who would say that she was only able to do it because she’s a rich celebrity who can afford to hire a cook and personal trainer, she responded thusly:

“I cook all my meals at home. When I work out, I like what I do. I don’t believe in overdoing myself,” she says. “It’s all about self-motivation because at the end of the day, you can have all the trainers and all the money in the world, but if you don’t have that mindset, it’s not possible.”

Amen to that, sister.

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