If you follow her on Instagram, you know that everyone's favorite reality TV sister is all about her fun (and tough) workouts. But there's more to her sessions with Gunnar Peterson than fitting into Hollywood's size standard. Even though she's clearly been kicking butt in the gym lately, it's not necessarily a result of the pressure to be thin — Khloe Kardashian says she never felt fat despite her critics, and her fitness journey has been just as much about mental health as it has been physical.
Lately, Khloe's been talking about her new healthy habits and what's been behind her motivation to work out and live well over the past couple of years. Her hard work is paying off, but what's more important is why she made the change, not the change itself. It was for her, not for the haters: "I have never felt 'fat'," she told Cosmo UK in their special "Body" edition. "I just didn't realize how unhealthy I was until I look back at pictures."
Khloe lives under some major media scrutiny, and she's been the subject of some nasty comments regarding the way she looks over the years. So it's awesome to know that the lifestyle she's dedicated herself to wasn't a response to the people who tried to bring her down. It was about her well-being, as any lifestyle change should be.
Her killer confidence is a testament to the fact that she's as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside, and her attitude towards health and fitness is refreshing considering the industry that dominates her life. Quick fixes, crazy regimens, and unforgiving criticism run rampant, and the level head that Khloe has kept throughout her journey can inspire anyone working towards a goal in the long-term.
Khloe has some encouraging words for anyone who's trying get in shape (or even just thinking about it), and her views are honest, straightforward, and incredibly reasonable. Here are 6 body positive quotes that'll inspire you to work hard, be patient, and love yourself (before and after a weight change in either direction.)
1. On Why She Works Out
"Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul."
2. On Fitness for Mental Health
"About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week."
3. On Getting Started
"We all have to start somewhere and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don't get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency. There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results."
4. On Loving Yourself First
"I'm not against plastic surgery – if you want to do a tweak, I'm all for it, but you have to love yourself first because no surgery is going to change your heart."
5. On Goals
"It would have been such an easy solution to get liposuction or whatever, but you have to be healthy to maintain that. I've always felt like, 'Wouldn't it be great to accomplish that on your own?'"
6. On Our Personal Journeys
"We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone. Remember in the end the turtle won the race. Slow and steady. Dedication and tenacity."
You go, Khlo.