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Quick Quote: Jennifer Hudson Talks To Redbook About Getting Used To Her New Size

by Erika Nicole Kendall

In the latest edition of Redbook, Jennifer Hudson shared the following:

“I’m getting used to my new self more than anything else. I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, ‘Okay, who am I?’ I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, ‘No, you need a medium or a small.'”


I think we’ve all been there – or will be there – at least once in our lives. It took me almost a year to stop wading over to the plus size section of a store first. It just.. it takes time to unlearn weird little habits like that. I’ve accepted that.

She also shares her thoughts on people who keep telling her “Don’t lose any more weight:”

“I’m at the weight I want to be. But I hear all the time, ‘Don’t lose any more weight, you need to stop.’ People are under the impression that I’m still losing but I’m not.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… people need to mind their own business. And, as a celebrity, I can only imagine how many times she hears that during a normal day. Yowzers.

What do you think? Can you relate?

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Paulette November 15, 2012 - 12:03 PM

I just had someone say to me that i was looking quite thin. I laughed it off because I know I need to lose another 20 lbs according to Weight Watchers.

But then it got me thinking about if I really do need to lose the weight. Maybe I just need to tone up the lower half and then I’ll be satisfied. So what WW says. I need to be happy with me, right?

Erika Nicole Kendall November 15, 2012 - 12:19 PM

Word. Besides, you might tone up and shrink, and that wouldn’t result in a 20lb weight loss. It might only be 10…or 6. You never know.

Paulette November 15, 2012 - 1:27 PM

I’ll admit that I am more concerned with how I look than what the scale says. Since I was following the WW plan, I decided to get as low as I could and see how I feel.
Now that I am 70lbs lighter, I do feel pretty good. I’ve done 2 half marathons and several 5k’s and 10k’s. The goal of getting to someone else’s idea of “my goal” weigh isn’t that exciting to me.

Okay, you’ve got me thinking more about focusing on my strength training before I start training for my next half marathon. Thank you for the kick in the pants!

Kia November 15, 2012 - 6:39 PM

I understand how you feel. I know what they want me to be and I want to get there but thanks partially to this blog I am much more focused on toning up now and the mirror more so than the scale sometimes.

Curlsz November 15, 2012 - 12:25 PM

I can SO relate! Shopping is actually a little challanging right now because I seem to pick the wrong size no matter what, usually it’s too big. I can’t seem to get a grasp on what size I am. And when people are astonished at how much I’ve lost since they last saw me I think, really?? Yesterday someone showed me a photograph of me from over a year ago, I finally got what they see. When I say I want to loose about 10 more that’s when the opinions start flying, I just laugh it off, not a battle I want to fight.

Kia November 15, 2012 - 6:37 PM

I understand completely….I have lost almost 75 pounds with weight watchers and 110 total. Even though my brain knows what size I need. I am still shocked when the smaller clothes actually fit or button around my waist.

San November 15, 2012 - 7:05 PM

I am going through the same situation. I lost over 150lbs over almost 3 years and still try to maintain my gym rituals. I get approached by family, friends, and strangers telling me I need to stop working out and eat like a “normal” person. That I should no longer loose weight and offer their solutions to where my weight should be. These are the same people the made a resolve to remain where they are with their weight, their lack of movement, and hop from diet to diet instead of a lifestyle change in order to get quick results. I even started going to therapy based on their fears of my “over exercising” and watching what I eat! I need to slowly allow myself to see where I am and ignore those who couldn’t even say anything to me about my size prior to the changes.

Jasmyne November 18, 2012 - 5:03 PM

How do you really get serious…I know I want to shed this 100+ lbs, but my mind, body and soul are out of tune. They are not on the same page. Everytime I start…I STOP!!!! I have been researching and learning so much, but that still doesn’t stop me from indulging in a cupcake or not getting up an hour earlier to workout. I am really crying for help to say the least…Background: Fulltime Special Educator, Married living single mother of 5 eight and under….Is it even possible with such a hectic life???? I really admire those whom have met or exceeded their goals…my question is…HOW?????

Erika Nicole Kendall November 20, 2012 - 7:48 PM

“Is it even possible with such a hectic life???”

Of course it is.

JusaintRite August 9, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Im right there with you Jasmyne smh!

Kami August 9, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Don’t lose any more weight, you need to stop.’

Excerpted from Quick Quote: Jennifer Hudson Talks To Redbook About Getting Used To Her New Size | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss
People need to keep their opinion to themselves. Sometimes I have to ignore the comments. I am losing weight and being healthy for myself . My goal is to see less jiggle and have a more toned body.
Now a days shopping is hard for me. Sometimes I do not know what size to start from when shopping. Overall goal is to look good inside and outside my clothes.

Kim August 9, 2013 - 9:06 PM

On the shopping/clothing sizes. I am still struggling with this. I’ve lost 89 lbs so far and my mind hasn’t wrapped around the fact that I’m out of plus sizes and into standard sizes. I have a few good girlfriends who have told me repeatedly that part of my problem is that I don’t know how my clothes are supposed to fit, which is probably true. After spending so long in stretchy shapeless clothing with elastic waist bands I’m lost.

Annette August 11, 2013 - 12:40 AM

Erica just had to say love the fro..from your instagram pic on the side of this article.

Anyway I just hate those people who think it’s their business to tell you how to run your life. It’s funny I don’t know how to shop now. I am constantly going to the plus size section. Now it’s about learning a new habit. Learning my body all over and what stories to shop at.

It is been so long since I was in a smaller size. I picked out a nightshirt randomly. It is so big on me. I remembered when I thought that is fit great. I just wasn’t able to see how big I was. It didn’t happen over night. It was very slow, constantly making substitution and changed gradually.

Now I have to learn how to shop which stores have the best deals and form new habits. I guess my brain needs to catch up with my body.

Jean January 25, 2014 - 8:45 PM

There’s no need for people to tell other people unless they are the person’s physician, personal trainer or hired dietician, to lose weight or eat more food.

Even parents can quietly help children by simply preparing healthier dishes and not buy junk food for home. Keep it low-key but be consistent and firm for children.

I get annoyed when people tell me I need to eat more. I’m at the correct weight for my petite build. I’ve never had weight problem…I just live my life. That’s all.

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