Looking at bikini photos of Melissa Joan Hart now, it's hard to believe that she was "horrified" by unflattering bathing suit pics of her - or that she has given birth to two kids in the last three years. But the girl looks hella good.
"I still read blogs about me discussing how fat I've become," the former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star revealed to People magazine in its new issue.
"Everyone still thinks I'm huge," says Hart, 33, who has Mason, 3, and Braydon, 14 months, with husband, Course of Nature singer Mark Wilkerson.
"But I'm not anymore!"
Reclaiming her figure took Melissa Joan Hart 14 months of hard work.
"It didn't happen by magic – it was as hard for me as it would be for anyone," Melissa Joan Hart says. "I didn't want to take any time away from my sons."
Hart says there are enormous pressures put on by a public that has grown accustomed to seeing stars get back in skinny jeans mere weeks after giving birth, not to mention anorexic waifs like Lindsay Lohan flaunting their rib cages hard.
Her inspiration to finally get back in the best shape of her life? The women in her life, including her friend, actress Jaime Pressly, who has a son, Dezi, 2.
"I realized I didn't have to be heavy just because I have kids," she says. Adds Pressly: "She took the time to take care of herself. I'm blown away."
To get back in bikini shape, Hart worked with nutritionist Derek Johnson to change her diet. She also hit the gym with trainer Mark Harari.
As for how she feels now? "I feel amazing!" she says. "I had to prove to myself that I could do it. I had to give it a go!"