Sherri Shepherd has been busy lately with balancing her role as a co-host on Dish Nation, recurring roles on ABC’s Call Your Mother and Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias, and launching her new podcast, Two Funny Mamas (just to name a few!). But, there is one thing she wants to regain focus on in 2021 — her personal health.
“We’re not going to be in the quarantine for much longer, I’m having that much faith, but I’ve got to lose this weight before I get out!” Sherri says. “I’ve got to get back to the basics of being healthy.”
Recently, she posted a couple of pics to her Instagram showcasing her weight loss progress. Newsflash: She looks AMAZING!
“15lbs & a #doublechin gone…” she captioned the photos.
But this isn’t Sherri’s first battle with weight. She first partnered with the weight loss incentive company, HealthyWager, in 2019, where she had weight loss success. Being an individual weight loss challenge customized to her goals, the HealthyWager was the perfect fit for Sherri’s busy schedule. Not only was she able to pick her weight loss goal and how long she wanted to lose it in, she also had the flexibility to choose HOW she lost the weight. “There’s something about betting on yourself; it’s so much more fun and so much more of an incentive.”
Despite her success, the weight steadily crept back up when COVID hit, and Sherri found herself in the “quarantine 15” group. With the start of a new year, Sherri’s now determined to leave 2020 in the past and conquer this weight with a new HealthyWager. As a proven program that’s given her success in the past, Sherri’s excited to team up with HealthyWage again and start shedding those unwanted pounds…for cash!
Sherri remembers the exact moment she decided to turn her health around.
“I was 197 pounds, sitting on my couch, eating pizza and watching infomercials. I am an infomercial whore – I’ll watch any of them! But anyway, this infomercial for Zumba showed up and I couldn’t get to my credit card fast enough! I knew it was time.”
That new weight loss came right on time during this year’s Oscar Awards. Sherri had an incredible Hollywood glam-inspired photoshoot that she shared exclusively with PEOPLE, paying homage to Black women icons.
She looked beautiful! Take a look at the pics below:
One of the initial reasons for her to get in shape was to boost her energy levels.
“I have a very energetic son,” Shepherd, 46, says of Jeffrey, now 8. “And I would take him to the park and sit on the bench while he played. And I was the mom who would be yelling at him from the benches because I was just too tired to move.”
Sure, that sounds good. But what was the real reason she lost the weight?