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Melissa Joan Hart is looking amazing!

The actress revealed her slimmer bod after losing 40 pounds last year, and has managed to maintain the weight with the help of NutriSystem. Now, Hart reflects on her journey to getting her body back and explains what it was like to slip into a bikini again.

"Well last year getting into that bikini—that was nerve-wrecking but it was such a challenge and it was so awesome to be able to do that," she explains.

"I just thought, you know, in my 30s, I can't wear a bikini. I just thought, that's not what women in their 30s do and especially after three children. But there I was, down in a bikini, running around the pool. So it's been great, it's been a confidence builder."

Hart has said she gained 60 pounds while pregnant in 2012, and the weight gain really took a toll on her, both physically and mentally.

"It's never easy when you put on the weight and you're just uncomfortable. Nothing fits right, you have to be careful what you wear, how you hide and that kinda thing so, being able to take off layers or put on a size jean that's a size smaller is so refreshing and it just makes it easier just to move through life, you know," she says.

"And especially when chasing children. It just makes it easier for me to play with them and run after them and have the energy. Just staying in shape and staying fit is so important in my life just because of all the things I wanna do."

In the same manner, her healthier lifestyle has also improved her well-being in more ways than one.

"On the inside, it just meant confidence. It just made me happier. It made me feel physically and emotionally lighter to be able to do the things I wanna do, to be able to wear the clothes I wanna wear, to be able to feel sexy around my husband again," Hart candidly expresses.

"I'm very proud of myself."