Melissa Joan Hart graces the cover of PEOPLE magazine this week in a bikini showing off a leaner, stronger physique than her beach body last year. 

The former “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” star was “horrified” by beach pictures that circled the Internet last summer, which bloggers were quick to attack. Like many people, seeing photos of herself in a bathing suit was a wake-up call that she needed to focus on fitness. 

The weight was left over after giving birth to her sons Mason, 3, and 14-month-old Braydon. Melissa is honest about the fact that it took hard work and more than a year to go from 155 pounds down to her current weight of 113. “It didn’t happen by magic – it was as hard for me as it would be for anyone else,” she tells PEOPLE. 

She was inspired by her mother as well as her friend and fellow actressJaime Pressly who slimmed down quickly after giving birth. “I realized I didn’t have to be heavy just because I have kids.”

Melissa’s story is not unique, but a reminder that even with young kids at home it is important to find the time to take care of yourself and your body. “I feel amazing!” she says. “I had to prove to myself that I could do it. I had to give it a go!” 

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This frankly makes me SICK!!! I cannot believe that this is the focus
of the COVER of this magazine. This is great, just the idea that we
need to give to young girls and women....that you are horrid, ugly,
and unacceptable if you are a LITTLE bit overweight. 155!!! I weigh
more than that by 5 pounds, have yet to have a child,  and am
struggling with self acceptance everyday! The media pumps girls and
women full of garbage just like this saying that you are not
beautiful unless you weigh 105-120 lbs! Well you know what---that is
horrbile! We need to convey that true beauty is in the inside! It is
who you are as a person. You need to be within the healthy BMI for
otpimal body health but that is it! As long as it isn't affecting
your health. These are the pictures that are plastered all over
magazines, TV, movies, and billboards----guys are starting to use
this as what a women's body should look like, obesity is on the rise
in this country (sadly) and THIS is not the norm! We need to get
people to care about physical HEALTH rather than physical
APPEARANCE!! Getting women to love themselves for who they are DOES
NOT start with all this crap!! 
“Melissa’s story is not unique, but a reminder that even with young kids
at home it is important to find the time to take care of yourself and 
your body.”      really?? is that the message this article is sending to 
young girls? I’m sorry but it looked to be that it is saying (subliminally)
“being fat is repulsive, look at that ugly picture os her fat body, you should
be like this in a bikini to be beautiful—look at THIS body!!”
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THIS MAKES ME WANT TO CRY (and this isn’t even the worst of them, this is
just the straw that broke the camel’s back and make me feel the need to
blog about it!
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