"It truly lets you know what you’re made of," said the actress about her weight loss journey.

Charlene Cooper
Mar, 09, 2014

Over the past year, Mo'nique has shed 82-pounds and she's crediting her husband and children for her success.

The actress shared her weight loss journey and motivation for working out while at the 22nd Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival.

“It truly lets you know what you’re made of,” said Mo’Nique. “People always say ‘Mo’Nique, what motivates you?’ I had to do it for my husband and my children,” she explained. “And I have to get out of my own way.”

The actress also offered advice to others working towards healthy goals.

“I say to those people who are desperately trying to get healthy, in those moments where you feel like you can’t go any further, you can.”