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"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.
1st Season of Def Comedy Jam 1996 Weighing 240+ Size 22-26?
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!
Laura Hernandez Photo Shoot
Not Bad @ Age...
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!!.