Nicki Minaj has gone through quite a few life changes in the past year. She announced her (short-lived) retirement and even got married, but the biggest change was gaining control over herself -- starting with her weight.

The "Yikes" rapper opened up about her health journey during an episode of "Queen Radio" on Apple Music's Beats 1.

"[I] channeled all of my power and now I have control of it. I control how it manifests in my life," the 37-year-old said.

"I was trying to do this diet and I kept putting it off. I didn't think I could have the discipline in what I ate," she explained. "Once my mind was committed to it, my body committed to it."


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Nicki, who shared she is "20 pounds away" from her goal weight, didn't just commit to changing her outside appearance though, she worked on the inside too and encouraged listeners to do the same.

"I’ve been talking about that this year too, about being kind to yourself, and allowing yourself to be human, while at the same time, being motivated and powerful, but also treating yourself as if you love yourself too," she said. "And being easy on yourself. Like, nothing and no one is perfect."

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"... One time I was thinking... what if one of my best friends said the things that I say to myself? The people who love you don’t talk to you like that, don't treat you like that, don’t say things like that to make you feel pain, but we do that to ourselves," she added. "Women, we do that to ourselves all the time over our bodies."

Minaj isn't the only female in the music industry who has been working on their fitness. British singer Adele has been making headlines for her slimmer figure over the past several months as well. According to a source, "60-minute sessions that include cardio, circuit training, and pilates” are what helped her achieve her figure.

Combine the two queens' methods and it's a recipe for a total mind and body makeover.

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Nicki Minaj is pictured onstage during the Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 on Sept. 16, 2017, in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images