Source: Beyoncé: In the Running for an Oscar

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Beyoncé’s dream of winning an Oscar helps keep her in shape.

She actually has a painting in her gym featuring the iconic gold statuette so she can run toward her goal. “I look at it, and I’m like, OK, I have to stay in shape,” she explains in the new issue of Self magazine.

That’s not her only motivator…

Shopping also comes in handy. “I buy something too small and then say, ‘I have a reason,'” the 27-year-old singer says. “I need to wear these jeans or this hot dress.”

And then there are the tiny Thierry Mugler costumes she’s been squeezing into for her tour. “[All it takes is to] do a fitting and see that my costume doesn’t fit anymore,” Beyoncé says. “I know I have to keep things in all the right places.”

300ad051909But she’ll only lose so much weight. She wasn’t happy about the 15 pounds she shed to play Deena Jones in Dreamgirls.

“I felt very chic, like a model,” she says of her thinner-than-ever bod. “But it didn’t look natural for me. I didn’t feel very sexy or feminine, and I didn’t have much confidence because I didn’t feel like myself.”

In other words, don’t expect to find her running too much toward that Oscar.

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