Gabourey Sidibe has been an inspiration since she came onto the scene in her Oscar-worthy role of Precious in the film of the same name. Sidibe has remained a bright light where it comes to self-confidence and self-love.
The Empire star recently underwent laparoscopic bariatric surgery last May in order to help her lose weight, but the decision to go under the knife was not one that Sidibe took lightly. Ultimately, it was her own peace of mind that convinced her.
71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel – Arrivals
Featuring: Gabourey Sidibe
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 12 Jan 2014
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The decision came on the heels of her and her brother both being diagnosed with diabetes. This is often the point that many fat people find themselves worrying about; because that is the point of no return-unless you can change your habits.
That isn’t to say that anyone should get a say in anyone else’s eating habits, weight, or health. Everyone should just remain concerned with themselves and their own life lessons; concerning yourself with someone else’s is simply an unnecessary distraction and often only points to the log in your own eye or some prejudice that you’ve internalized.
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Gabourey Sidibe as Andrea in The Big C (Pilot) – Photo: Jordin Althaus/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: thebigc_100_2828[/caption]
Gabourey decided to undergo the lapband surgery after several attempts at losing weight the old fashioned way. But some people, whether it be to hormone imbalances, body type, or mental blocks, just have a harder time losing weight than others.
Sidibe points out, rather poignantly, that the people who feel drawn to ridicule her weight under the guise of being concerned about her health, are full of it. She says it is straight up impossible for them to care more about her health than she does.
Gaby is experiencing what many people do when they undergo this particular procedure, or really any kind of dramatic weight loss, her mind hasn’t caught up with her body. She still obsesses over food, she still finds herself weighing herself many times a day, she still worries about her weight.
Besides eating healthier, Sidibe has also added exercise to her routine; she swims, works out with a trainer, and keeps her trusty tricycle near her for getting a workout in between filming scenes. She is dedicated to this lifestyle change.
The acclaimed actress has firm weight-loss goals, but she prefers to keep those to herself. She doesn’t want to get overwhelmed or lose sight of the ultimate goal; being healthy.
Gabourey Sidibe has always been outspoken about the importance of self-love. If you truly, unconditionally love yourself-if you give yourself the kind of love that you’re always trying to give away to other people-outside opinions do not matter to you.
Haters aren’t even motivators; they don’t exist. She explains that feeling beautiful and understanding your own worth as a person is the key to self-love.
Sidibe loves her blackness, she loves how she looks like her parents, she loves her talent and intelligence, she loves her hair, her style, and how she feels in high heels. Sidibe is proud of who she is and has absolutely every reason to be.
Losing weight isn’t the answer for everyone, but for those that wish to, it can be an uphill and highly emotional struggle. It’s hard work, especially working against the socially held (incorrect) beliefs that all fat people are lazy and sloppy; making fun of us for even having the audacity to work out at the gym.
If Gaby feels as good as she looks, she’s doing A-OK. Congratulations on your hard work, Queen, keep slaying.