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Project Ramona: Star and Mo'Nique Got it Wrong

Let's just dismiss this as tabloid mess, because if what we heard last week was TRUE both Star Jones and Mo'Nique are wrong.

Thankfully Star took to Twitter to say she never "dissed" Mo'Nique's weight loss journey.  A so-called source quoted by everyone from BET to The National Enquirer accused the former host of "The View" of spreading the word that Mo'Nique was looking so good so fast that it seemed "fishy."

Star does know a thing or two about weight loss surgery.  She covered her's up for about four years... and it was her right to do so.  With the help of weight loss surgery Star lost nearly 160 pounds:

Over the past 3 years Mo'Nique has dropped 80.  I applaud them both for finding a way to beat morbid obesity.  If it was easy to do there wouldn't be a show called "The Biggest Loser" and Weight Watchers would've gone out of business in the past 40 years.  

It was Star's right to keep her surgery a secret, but it is not her right to find a way to put down another person who is trying to get healthy... whether it's surgical or not.   For that reason, I'm not on team Mo'Nique either.  She reportedly told an interviewer, " 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 this is an accurate quote,  then I'm begging Mo'Nique to get some good information on what gastric bypass can do for people with type 2 diabetes.  I'm begging her to look at programs like the one at Catawba Valley Medical Center with counseling that addresses the physical, emotional and psychological barriers that keep us from losing weight and keeping it off.  Like me, Monique should understand it's about more than just an eating plan and a personal trainer.  I'm guessing that many people who are morbidly obese have issues that keep the scale at an unhealthy number:

I don't know your issues, but thanks to CVMC, I'm dealing with mine.

It's about health... longevity, quality of life and shedding the issues that have plagued us since childhood.  It's not just about the number on the scale, it's about supporting others who've found a way out of an R.I.P condition.  I've lost hundreds of pounds over the years.  Hunger and issues stemming from childhood sexual abuse have kept me from maintaining a healthy weight. So, I've come to understand that whether the tool is a surgeon, a trainer, personal chef or FEAR that you won't live long enough to enjoy retirement.... it's about taking action.  Celebrate the people who are seeing the numbers on the scale go down while their life expectancy goes up.  Encourage and celebrate the men and women who've traded the couch for a treadmill.  Celebrate the people like me who've traded diabetes meds for vitamins.  It doesn't matter HOW you get healthy.  It's just important that you GET HEALTHY.

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