Sometimes the second time around is better. And as Jessica Simpson revealed in an October 28 interview with ABC News Radio, that's precisely how she feels about losing the weight after her second child.
During her first post-pregnancy pounds-off experience, Jessica struggled.
"Any woman, dealing with their body after pregnancy, you look at yourself and you're like, 'What just happened to me?'" she now laughs. (Read about how she sought to take off the 70-plus pounds that she gained during her first pregnancy by clicking here.)
Although she used Weight Watchers after her first pregnancy, Jessica feels that it's easier this time because she didn't gain as much weight.
"I didn't gain as much weight in my second pregnancy, but I still gained a lot of weight," reflected the 33-year-old actress and fashion designer. However, she did learn some lessons from Weight Watchers.
"Going into my second pregnancy, I was just like, 'Oh, I can't eat the whole cake. I can just eat a piece of cake,'" she explained.
Jessica did not try to diet during her pregnancy, but she placed an emphasis on exercise.
"I didn't limit myself, and I definitely was not on a diet during my pregnancy but I did stay active and I had Maxwell to chase around because she turned 1 and started walking, so I was a running pregnant woman," she recalls.
In addition, Jessica has changed her ideas of what it means to indulge, using Weight Watchers points system.
"An indulgence for me is like, ice cream, so I can have a Skinny Cow for four points, and I know that that'll be the sugar that I want that day," she said.
Jessica also relies on recipes to make healthy versions of fast food.
"Today we just had an eight-point lunch, and it was a faux spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy's but it wasn't from Wendy's -- we made it in a healthy way," she added.
Tip: You can try one of Weight Watchers' chicken recipes and read a review of their new poultry cookbook by clicking here.
How about exercise? Jessica says yes, relying on two ways to take off the pounds through fitness:
- Resistance training with a trainer four days a week
- Taking 12,000 steps each day, using a pedometer.
Jessica also is emphasizing the role that patience plays in taking off pounds.
"I'm taking it week by week so I don't get frustrated with myself," she said. "If I had a long-term goal, and that's all I thought about it, I think it would set me back more."
Instead of stressing about skinny jeans, Jessica sets a weekly goal.
"I really, every week, try to make sure I stick with my points and get four workouts in. That's my goal this week, and I hope that I can lose from that. If not, I'm going to keep on going and try it the next week. So far, so good."
And Jessica has a message for other moms: Take time for yourself by heading out and walking, she said in an interview with ABC News on October 28.
"Hormonally it helps with any sort of anxiety or if I get overwhelmed with two kids, it helps to just go out and take a long walk," she said. "I really do think as a mom we can get really caught up and not take time for ourselves, and this is a way for me to take time for myself and it definitely makes me a happier mom."