"I've been heavy-set my entire life. I was the largest of three sisters. I was always active, but I ate fast food like no tomorrow and never realized how big I was getting. By the time I was a senior in high school, I was wearing a size 18.
But I was "Cute?? As they say. LOL "I never really took my weight seriously. People would tell me, "You're cute to be chunky'," but I took it as a compliment and kept eating my double cheeseburgers. "I'm doing comedy! I'm getting noticed as a REAL COMEDIAN!!!
it wasn't until I started performing on stage that I realized people are right up on you. They see everything! While I was telling jokes, I was always pulling down my shirt so people wouldn't see my stomach ROLLS.
"I was going on road trips with big names in the business! Traveling for free!
Five-star hotels. Livin' the GOOD LIFE! But then here's the problem -- I was done performing about 12-1 am. By then, I was hungry. What's open that late? FAST FOOD! GREASE JOINTS! Often the only choice.
Author & Motivational Speaker
"A MAN IS NOT OUR PROBLEM"
40% of Sonya's material is SCHOOLING SINGLE WOMEN
with the HARSH truth! Relationships is her favorite subject!
"If SINGLE women knew their PLACE in a man's life, they wouldn't go
through 1/2 the BS they do... with men"!
"After every show, there is always at least 20 MALE fans,
that walk up to me and say...
"DAMN I PRAY MY GIRL HEARD EVERY WORD!
Interviews, Speaking Events,
Special Event Host, Media/Press
Laura Hernandez Birthday Photo Shoot
Not Bad @ Age...
"WHEN YOU TRY AND 'BLOCK' SOMEONES SUCCESS, YOU'RE LITERALLY BLOCKING YOUR OWN"
"STAY HUMBLE ALWAYS. WE AIN'T TAKING NONE OF IT WITH US"
"IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU 'NO' WITHOUT EVEN GIVING IT A CHANCE, THEY NEVER BELIEVED IN IT IN THE 1ST PLACE"
I did this almost every weekend for 3 years, which easily added 15 to 20 pounds to my already-chunky frame. But I still felt "CUTE". I'll never forget that night -- it was about 2:20 a.m. and "BET COMIC VIEW" aired and guess who I saw on TV... Me!
I was sitting in my Plush Hotel Room, eating three Chalupas from Taco Bell. I had to put my food down to really look at myself. The crowd was laughing, but I wasn't. I looked like I weighed 3,000 damn pounds!. I had no idea, Television put 10 ADDITIONAL pounds.
I was heavier on TV then off! I think I saw smoke coming from my thighs from rubbing together walking across that stage!!.
Def Comedy Jam 1998
Weighing 240+ Size 22-24?
On A 5'1 Frame!
Nominated in the "Book Of Who’s Who"
1st African American Female Comedian
to ever Own a Comedy Club. - 2005-2011
OPENING NEW CLUB - FALL 2023
For the first time in my life, I was disgusted with myself! I decided I needed to do something about my weight. (of course I took two more bites out that Taco Bell Chalupa before I threw it in the garbage) When I arrived back into Chicago, I went straight home, stood in the middle of my kitchen and said to myself..."FOOD IS NOT GOING TO KILL ME!!!
I dumped everything THAT I KNEW I HAD NO BUSINESS EATING from my refrigerator and cabinets, IN THE GARBAGE!. I had made up my mind to get on some sort of "health trip":
And my weight loss Journey began!
I WALKED for 2-Hours - 3x a week & removed ALL Carbs/Sugar/Junk/Fast Food!