Leslie Jones' past year has been a roller coaster, to put it lightly. It was a year she became a household name because of her talent and charm, but it was also a year where she saw the darker side of the Internet.
While all this was going on, the "Saturday Night Live" star lost something in the process: her waistline.
A year ago a doctor told the funny lady that she needed to shed some pounds or she may risk future health issues. She heard that message loud and clear and immediately began watching her diet and kicking up her exercise routine up a notch. She's lost 40 pounds.
"The first thing is for your doctor to tell you that you need to lose 40 pounds," she told Kelly Ripa in July. "I got rid of soda and juice, that was the first thing I did. That literally was 20 pounds. right there."
What also helped her drop some unwanted weight was working on the set of "Ghostbusters" and having to wear that back backpack-like pack all day. Her costar Kate McKinnon also wouldn't let her get lazy.
"Every time we went to dinner she would make me walk to dinner, we would walk after dinner," she said. "And then it just started becoming - I would work out, I would do yoga, I really tried to watch what I eat. It's not always easy because I do have a sweet tooth that's a killer. But I do they best that I can."
"Well you look amazing," Kelly told her.
In August she showed off her killer body on the beached on Rio after NBC invited her to the Olympic Games.
Of course, there's been the downside to the year. She started a bit of controversy when she called out high end designers for not wanting to dress her for the "Ghostbusters" premiere.
Of the fiasco, she told Refinery 29, "Some small brands and young designers can't physically have samples in every single size always available — it's just not possible [when] you have [so many] pieces in every collection."
She was eventually dressed by Christian Siriano.
Shortly after that, Leslie fought Internet trolls who hurled racist and sexiest insults at her.
"I feel like I'm in a personal hell," Jones tweeted at the time. "I didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just too much. It shouldn't be like this. So hurt right now."
Then, in August, Leslie was hacked and her personal information was shared, prompting Homeland Security to get involved.
Still, she's still trudging through... and looking good doing it, too.
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