Jessica Simpson had shed 70 pounds of baby weight after giving birth to daughter Maxwell on May 1, 2012. Imagine her surprise when five months later, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman learned she was pregnant with baby No. 2. She and fiancé Eric Johnson welcomed son Ace via planned C-Section on June 30, and since then, the Southern superstar has been working hard to get back in her famous Daisy Dukes.
"When I had Maxwell I gained a lot of weight. More than I thought I would," Simpson tells Tumblr's MomFeeds blog. "And when it came time to try to take it off, it felt overwhelming. Stepping on the scale and seeing that number was really scary. With a toddler on the run and an infant to look after, I knew I needed a plan that's simple and fits into my life along with the support that's so important to my success. I know Weight Watchers works so I got on the plan again."
Of course, it doesn't hurt that Simpson is earning a reported $4 million to endorse the program. The 33-year-old mom of two has been sticking to her plan and even recruited friends to join her group.
"Most of the women in my group have been my friends for years. Not only are we very close, but we're also all going through some of the same things in our lives," the singer shares. "It makes it hard to not be accountable for what you're doing. And we spend so much time together that we're helping each other make better choices, whether it's choosing the menu for a business lunch or deciding where to go out for dinner on the weekend."
Having a strong support system is crucial, according to Simpson. "We celebrate each other's successes, talk about challenges and how to tackle them," she says.
Known for her killer curves, the former Fashion Star mentor says it hurts to know that people are so focused on her figure. Even so, she feels more comfortable in her skin than she has in years.
"I'm a lot more confident this time around. With Maxwell, I didn't think about the weight I was gaining, and the first time I stepped on a scale and looked at the number—I mean, that wasn't a number I had ever even considered—I was faced with a pretty serious truth," Simpson says. "But since I had already done Weight Watchers, I didn't put on as much weight with Ace and I just know a lot more now."
Simpson says her children sometimes crash meetings, but Johnson usually keeps them occupied elsewhere in the house. "Maxwell usually gets some attention from everyone, and Ace is always an attraction because he is still a baby," she shares. "But they're pretty good about giving us our time, and Eric's a very hands-on dad. He's not afraid to go two-on-one."
Johnson, 34, is helpful in a multitude of ways. "The great thing about Eric is that when he played football, he was always conscious of his weight and either gaining or losing, so he knows what it's like and he's helpful," Simpson raves. "Plus, he loves me and always makes me feel beautiful, so he's awesome."
Simpson doesn't consider herself a "perfect" parent, but she does enjoy helping fellow first-time moms like BFF CaCee Cobb. "She'll call me and say, ‘He won't stop crying! What should I do?' I love that I'm considered an expert!" she tells MomFeeds. "But it's great to have the perspective from the first one already. You know, you've just got to keep calm and roll with things. And it helps to have a good sense of humor. I try to make her laugh."