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An Embarrassing Accident Inspired Aretha Franklin's Dramatic Weight Loss

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In order to lose weight, you have to REALLY want to lose weight. Aretha Franklin admits although trying to lose weight most of her life, she "didn’t know how to lose weight.”

Recently, the singer has begun an incredible transformation and lost 85 pounds, leaving people to speculate that she may have surgery to thank.

In actuality, she should be thanking an embarrassing accident! In an interview, Aretha revealed that she BROKE an exercise machine at her heaviest, which spurred the revaluation that she was "just to heavy."

She explained the accident, saying:

“I had a Power Rider that I used for exercise and I actually broke it — I was that heavy. I didn’t know how to lose weight.”

Besides the actual epiphany to R-E-S-P-E-C-T her body, the singer credits good old fashioned healthy exercise for her weight loss, saying:

“I’m on the track at least three times a week, and the treadmill. I’m up to about 26 minutes on the treadmill and a mile and a half on the track. I haven’t worked up to a run yet; it’s more like a slow trot.”

Trot or not, we're ecstatic that she was able to focus on the positive after her embarrassing fitness accident, instead of focusing on the negative.

Keep up the good work, gurl! We can't wait to see more pictures of the results!

[Image via WENN.]

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