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Khloé Kardashian Gets Real About Emotional Breakups And Lamar Odom In Shape!

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It's no secret Khloé Kardashian has become quite the fitspiration.

The 31-year-old has dropped more than 35 pounds since revamping her fitness and diet routine — and she's opening up about the power of exercise in May's issue of Shape magazine.

Showing off her curves in a sexy gray bodysuit, the KUWTK star shares:

"I love my shape because I've earned every curve. I work hard in the gym to get it. But I also loved my shape before, when I was even curvier. I was always incredibly comfortable in my skin. Everybody else saw me in a different way, but I didn't see myself that way. I still wore bodycon dresses back then; I didn't cover up with a muumuu. Today I put in the work to get the curves I have and every bit of firmness. I feel empowered and badass that I was able to accomplish everything I have."

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When life throws her curves — be it her breakup from Lamar Odom or his nearly-fatal overdose — Koko has learned to clear her mind with some cardio:

"When Lamar [Odom] and I broke up, I had all these emotions that I didn't know what to do with. Some people suggested therapy, but instead I joined my local Equinox gym, where I'd get on an elliptical and watch bad reality TV. As a result, I started losing weight. Once I realized I could shed some pounds that way, I began working out regularly with my trainer, Gunnar Peterson, and I made a commitment to get healthy. He taught me that the trick to staying motivated is to find what you really love to do. We did cardio, calisthenics, circuit training, Pilates, and boxing."

Her commitment to her health not only reaps benefits physically, but mentally and emotionally as well:

"When Lamar was in the hospital, I stopped doing the one thing I really needed: exercise. The gym takes all the anxiety away when I'm overwhelmed or stressed out. Now I'm back to three days a week with Gunnar and turning exercise into a habit again … If I can't get to the trainer, I take classes at SoulCycle or Hot 8 Yoga. And if I don't have time to do to a class, I use the treadmill I have at home. This morning, I couldn't go to the gym, so I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, and now I feel so happy. It clears my mind of all the crap and puts me in a really good mood."

Her advice for when you're not feeling motivated to work out? Look cute, duh:

"When I buy a cute outfit, I'm super excited to go to the gym the next day. And when I look good at the gym, I'm inspired to do an extra squat or an extra lunge. Just because you're going to work out, you don't have to look like a slob. I also always wear hoop earrings; they're like my security blanket. I'm inspired to do an extra squat or an extra lunge. People laugh at me, but why not? They make me feel more dressed up. I also wear makeup when I work out. I put on a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and cherry lip balm, and fill in my eyebrows. If I feel cuter with a little lip color and mascara, why should anybody else care?"

Fair enough!

And while putting hours in the gym definitely matters, what she eats is also a huge factor in her body transformation:

"Sticking with a regular workout routine definitely affects my diet. When I'm mindful about exercising, I'm mindful about the fuel I'm putting in my body. And I find that when I work out in the morning, I want to make better eating choices for the rest of the day. My biggest mistake when I'm really busy is that I tend to skip breakfast and end up starving or bingeing on fast food."

So what are some good go-to foods to have nearby? Miz Kardashian dishes:

"I like a banana and almond butter for breakfast, a protein shake after my workout, Chinese chicken salad for lunch, and steamed veggies and chicken for dinner. I gave up dairy, and that totally changed my body, but it's the hardest thing for me to stop eating, because I love cheese."

Whatever she's doing is certainly working!

[Image via Shape Magazine.]

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