After posting a picture of herself in a bikini on Instagram a few weeks ago, Jessica Simpson is once again opening up about her impressive weight loss journey.
Although fans of the 41-year-old might expect the singer to have embraced the best foods for weight loss or kicked off an intense workout regime, Jessica has actually revealed that the secret to her losing 100 pounds has been "determined patience."
"Well, it took three years," Jessica said while appearing on The Real. "I believe in setting small goals for yourself because in my life and how I've done it, there's easy ways to throw in the towel and just feel like it's impossible. So, the small goals for me are what helped me achieve the main goal."
Jessica is no stranger to dieting. In fact, just a few weeks ago, she took to social media to announce that she has actually "gained and lost 100 [pounds] 3x," following the birth of each one of her children with husband Eric Johnson (Maxwell Drew is 9, Ace Knute is 8 and Birdie Mae is 3).
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"I definitely gain weight, a lot of weight, in my pregnancies. I celebrate pregnancy, but this last pregnancy was really hard for me," she said recently. "I don't know if it was because I was older, hormones and all kinds of stuff, but whoa, Birdie gave me a brutal stretch."
Although Jessica has clearly used Instagram to celebrate milestones and reinforce positive body images, she’s also been forced to constantly deal with trolls and followers who put her down.
When asked about those detractors, she said, "I have to know that I didn't post that for those people. I posted it for the people that are on their journey and that haven't given up and that want to give up but need that extra push."
The singer and entrepreneur, who has recently announced that she’s working on a men’s clothing line, also has some words of advice for other folks dealing with body shaming and weight loss issues.
"I think that if everybody gets to know themselves, they'll like themselves more instead of aspiring for perfection to look like somebody else," she said. "But if we praise our unique features and qualities, like I've never fixed my nose or never got braces for my buck teeth. I like those, what to some people are flaws and they filter."
Wiser words have never been spoken.
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Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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