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Appearing on “TODAY” to discuss her new memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down,” Hudson revealed that she underwent a bit of a shock when she started gaining noteriety for her singing talent as well as her weight.

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Speaking of her red carpet appearances during “American Idol” early in her career, the Grammy and Oscar winner said,

“I didn’t define myself that way so it was, like, it was a shocking moment for me. Actually when I started on the red carpet doing ‘Idol,’ I had already lost 60 pounds then. By then, I was, like, a size 12. This is every woman’s size. The average size. I was, like, what are you talking about? Here it is again: image, image, image, image. To me, it’s talent, talent, talent, talent. At least where I come from. Definitely it’s my faith in God and growing up — my mother, even though she’s not here now, she trained us well. I always dreamed but never this big, and look what God can do. That’s something my grandmother used to always say. She would always shout… how great thou art! And I never understood … until I’ve been able to travel the world and see God’s marvelous works around the world and I would find myself saying, oh, my God, how great Thou art,”

I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, available for purchase Jan. 10, 2012, chronicles Hudson’s beginnings as a choir singer in a church on the Southside of Chicago, as well as her “meteoric rise from ‘American Idol’ to ‘Dreamgirls’ to her amazing weight loss on the megablockbuster Weight Watchers diet plan.”

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