Adding to the frenzy of celeb slim-downs is Melissa Joan Hart, former star of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She does look wicked amazing, bad pun and all. Inspired to lose her baby weight when unflattering bathing suit photos of her at a larger 155 pounds circulated around the Internet, Melissa lost 42 pounds. Now she's proud to say she's in the best shape of her life.
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Melissa wanted to prove to herself she could get in shape by her 33rd birthday. She said, "I'm not getting any younger. I need to lose this weight now or else I will never do it." It took her 14 months and she admits, "It didn't happen by magic — it was as hard for me as it would be for anyone else." In addition to exercising, she also stayed away from candy, bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes. Hiring a personal trainer and a nutritionist was helpful, but her biggest inspiration came from seeing other women lose weight after having babies, including her friend Jamie Pressly, and her own mother, who had seven children "and is tiny." She realized, "I don't have to be heavy just because I have kids."
Melissa's biggest fear is gaining the weight back. She says, "It's always going to be a struggle for me." She stays on track by allowing herself the occasional treat like chips and guacamole or frozen yogurt. She also keeps a food journal to ensure she makes healthy food choices, and hits the gym with her trainer three times a week to do a 60-minute interval training session using weights and resistance bands. Melissa also takes two group fitness classes, such as spinning, every week.
It's inspiring to hear Melissa say she's finally at peace with her body. She says, "I have a wonderful career, an amazing husband, and two beautiful sons. I really can't complain about my thighs!"