The 31-year-old reality star stripped down into nothing but an open shirt (and no bra!) for the cover of Women’s Health magazine and got candid about what initially sparked her decision to change.
“It started around 2012,” Khloé said of her transformation. “I was having a hard time with Lamar [Odom]. It was toward the end of our union, and there was so much drama. I needed a release. At first it was so hard. It was baby steps, but I started feeling so much better.”
She decided to call her longtime trainer Gunnar Peterson to get her into a major fitness routine, which she admits was super scary at first.
“The first 45 days you’re like, ‘Fuck this shit.’ You’re exhausted, you’re sore, and I actually felt fatter because I was swollen,” she recalled. “If you keep going, you’re eventually like, ‘Wow, is that an indentation on my arm?'”
She couldn’t help but add that the hard work eventually became her M.O. for telling her haters to screw off. “Yeah, it’s a revenge body,” she admits. “But it’s just as much for all my critics who called me ‘the fat one’ for my entire existence.”
Khloé has taken such pride in her transformation, both physically and emotionally, that she’s decided to write a book about it.
“It’s about mind, body, and soul becoming stronger,” she shared of the self-help novel. “I think the beauty of growing up is not really knowing and figuring it out for yourself… I do love the evolution of people in general. I think it’s a beautiful thing when someone progresses and evolves in life.”
After all, KoKo has definitely seen her fair share of ups and downs thus far – something she admits she couldn’t get through without the help of her family.
“If it wasn’t for my family and us doing it all together, I don’t think this would be a bearable thing,” she reflected. “I think because all of us are going through the same thing… we can vent to each other about it and we all understand what we’re going through. I think if you’re the only one and you have no one to talk to that has to be so hard, or you have people to talk to but they really don’t understand what you’re going through. In this, we all give each other advice, we’re all sounding boards. It’s a blessing that we all have each other.”
With that being said, she adds, “I understand why people go crazy. It’s very easy to do so.”
See more from her WH cover story here!