Gemma Collins has been oozing confidence after switching up her lifestyle to lose three stone.
The former TOWIE star has been eating right and working out on top of taking slimming injections in a bid to lose weight.
Gemma, who turns 40 in January, says she’s happier than ever as she handed out advice to others who might be looking to shed those lockdown pounds, and she said it all starts with “self respect”.
During an exclusive chat with Mirror Online, Gemma said: “It all starts in the mind and that’s the best advice I can give anybody.
“It all starts in the mind and self-love within yourself and that’s when you’ll get on a healthy weight loss journey.”
Gemma, who runs her own boutique Gemma Collins Collection, added: “I turn 40 in January and my life is going to begin at 40.
“I cannot wait to turn 40 because it’s going to be incredible for the GC – bring it on!
“This year, it’s about self respect.
“The minute you start respecting and loving yourself, everything falls into place.
“Sometimes once everything starts falling into place in your life everything just has a knock on effect and more positive things start happening.
“I couldn’t be happier, to be honest. I love waking up, yes we’re in difficult times but I’m having a ball every day.”
Gemma said she has barely stopped during the pandemic, working hard to keep her businesses afloat and film her TV show Diva Forever.
But she says she’s still making time to hang out with her friends virtually through new lottery app BravoSpeed.
She said: “I’ve not stopped, the GC is in demand throughout this pandemic. I’ve not stopped but it’s been good.
“I’ve been entertaining myself by playing the old lottery app. I think people need fun more than anything right now.
“I’ve not stopped working but I do miss my friends more than ever because usually you’d finish work then you’d socialise with your friends in the evening and we can’t do that at the minute.
“But with this BravoSpeed app you can invite all your friends to play it so I’ve been getting all my mates on board with it and we’ve been having a bit of a social.”
She added: “I’ve struggled not being able to go out in the evenings.
“I work so hard in the day doing shoots or filming so that’s my bit of time to unwind.
“People need to download this app. It’s free to play and you know me, I don’t put my name to anything that I don’t believe in.
“This is a bit of fun with your friends. You end up having a right giggle and they give away loads of prizes as well.”
Gemma also laughed off her diva reputation, insisting that it’s not the real her.
The reality star, who is launching some humanitarian projects next year, said: “If I was such a diva I wouldn’t be inundated with work would I?
“It’s ‘the GC.’ We have a laugh with it but deep down I’m just a hard working girl. I was born in Romford and I’ve just worked so hard.
“I have fun being the GC but behind it, I’m just a very normal girl.
“I keep trying to kill her off. I’ve tried for the last five years but people love it.
“Now that I’ve got my own show and stuff people see the other side to me and know it’s very tongue in cheek.”