“I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine,” the mother of three explains.
This might be the most human we’ve ever seen Beyonce.
In a YouTube video documenting the Grammy winner’s strict regimen ahead of her 2018 Coachella performance, Bey gets real about what she weighed and how she felt before embarking on her health and fitness journey.
"Good morning, it’s 5 a.m., and this is day one of rehearsals for Coachella," the 37-year-old mother of three was heard saying as she stepped on a scale, which she called "every woman’s nightmare."
"This is my weight: 175," she revealed, zooming in to the flashing number. "Long way to go. Let’s get it."
Across the screen flashes a message stating the singer followed the 22 Days Nutrition program for double the suggested time — 44 days — "to meet her goals for Coachella." She teamed up with her pal and trainer, Marco Borges, who’s also an exercise physiologist, New York Times Best Selling author and creator of the plant-based nutrition program.
"I’m back on the stage after giving birth to twins," Beyonce said in the video. "I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine. It’s time to work, so I have to get in that zone. It’s like a different head space. Me getting the weight off was so much easier than getting back in shape and my body feeling comfortable."
"We’re gonna go 100 percent plant-based from now through Coachella," Marco was seen telling Beyonce’s backup dancers, who she hand-selected. "We know the power of vegetables, we know the power of plants, we know the power of foods [being processed in a way that’s] as close to nature as possible."
"Plant-based is really about eliminating all the overly processed foods. They don’t do us any good anyways," he continued. "When you’re eating plant-based, you will definitely have more energy, you will definitely sleep better, you’re definitely gonna have improved complexion, your mood is gonna change completely."
"It’s just making a move toward healthier choices. You guys have super long schedules; I know what that’s like. You need the energy to be able to move around, to travel. You have a lot happening right now, but we also wanna make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves," he added. "These little things that help empower us are gonna make us stronger. They’re gonna make us function to the best of our abilities, and that, at the end of the day, is all we can ask ourselves — to live our healthiest life, to live the best version of ourselves. And we gotta start now, we start here, and we take this message and we share it with the world in a very inviting way, where it’s not judgmental at all."
"Let’s do this," he concluded. "Do it as best as you can, and let’s just see where we go."
After footage of Bey giving her all to her gym workouts and plant-based diet flashed across the screen, we got to see the moment she was able to fit into one of her costumes for the show. FaceTiming Marco, she shouted, "Guess who fits in the ‘One Woman’ costuuuuume?!" as she twirled about proudly.
"No, seriously, you look amazing," Marco replied. "I’m not even kidding. You look really awesome."
"Thank you! Thank you. It’s a very big deal," she said. "I’m getting there. I’m coming back! She’s coming back!"
Bey first opened up about the physical and mental challenges she faced after giving birth to Rumi and Sir Carter in her Netflix documentary, "Homecoming," which debuted in April of this year. "My body went through more than I knew it could," she recalled.
Beyonce was originally supposed to headline Coachella 2017, but plans changed when she discovered Blue Ivy was going to be getting a sibling, or in this case, siblings.
"I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior, but I got pregnant unexpectedly," she revealed. "And it ended up being twins, which was even more of a surprise."
The singer explained how she developed pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure and potentially dangerous complications for pregnant woman. The delivery, which was all documented in the film, proved to bring its own challenges, forcing her to get an emergency C-section.
"In the womb, one of my babies’ hearts paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section," she explained.
But once her babies made a healthy entrance into the world, Beyonce was faced with the reality that she now weighed 218 lbs. In the film, she explained she began to cut out bread, carbs, sugar, dairy, meat and alcohol.
"A lot of the choreography is about feeling, so it’s not as technical, it’s your own personality that brings it to life," she said of performing. "That’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. It took me a while to feel confident enough to…give my own personality."
"It’s my first time back home on the stage after giving birth; I’m creating my own homecoming, and it’s hard," she later added. "There were days that I thought, you know, I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically. My strength and endurance would never be the same."
"In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms and just, internally, my body was not connected," she noted. "My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies, and the days I could, I would bring the children."
Despite the hardships, Beyonce’s Coachella performance made history, as the singer was the first black woman to ever headline the music festival.
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