"Even when I was at my smallest, my body dysmorphia clouded my view of my slender, toned body and turned it into a cellulite-ridden, flabby-armed, squishy-tummy, double-chin version in my head," Kimmey said.

"My weight has fluctuated 100 pounds over the last decade. But it isn't about the numbers or the size."

"The one thing I had been neglecting was to work on my mind and my spirit. To ask myself, 'what is all this for,' and to start to peel away the lies I had been telling myself."

On the left is Kimmey almost 10 years ago; on the right is Kimmey today. The biggest reason I find this picture so fantastic is the expression on her face — she looks so much more genuinely confident and happy on the right.

"I began digging in to personal-development books and seminars to see how I could change the conversation I was having with myself, and that all women had with their bodies."

"I started to view myself as not JUST a body, but a vessel for change," Kimmey said. "I started to see that my journey was meant to inspire other women. And I started to believe that I was worthy of abundant love, and that the source was internal."

Many people like to think that plus-size people don't exercise or eat well. But Kimmey still works out, and she still eats healthy.

The difference now is that "I changed the habit of working out for punishment to moving for enlightenment and vitality..."

"...and reversed my relationship with food to be one of satisfaction and intuition rather than guilt and shame."

Kimmey hopes to empower her daughter (and other girls) to become "a tall, strong, miraculous, undeterred, overcoming, unstoppable, inspirational, unique" woman like herself.

Her journey, she said, was "a matter of changing beliefs and my state of mind rather than weight or size."

"Anyone can reach a level of intense self-love no matter what size or shape they are."

Learn more about Kimmey's self-love journey:

Follow her on Instagram or Facebook, check out her website, or get involved with her non-profit GirlPhoria.