HOW MARIAH GOT HER GROOVE BACK
A year after having twins, Mariah Carey looks and feels better than ever. She opens up to SHAPE about weight loss, wellness, and Whitney in the May issue.
On her pregnancy weight gain: I put on around 70 pounds, but if you look at photos of me when I was pregnant, you'd say, "Wow, she gained 9,000 pounds!" A lot of it was water weight because I pretty much had head-to-toe edema, which is very painful. Luckily, all the swelling went away fairly quickly after the babies were born. Then I had about 30 more pounds to drop. I have such empathy for people who need to lose a lot of weight, because I know what they're going through. I remember thinking at the time, "I'll never look or feel the same again."
On picking Jenny Craig to help shed the baby weight: I've been on other diets before-my weight has fluctuated 15 to 20 pounds over the years. But I liked the structure of Jenny Craig and that I can prepare my own food along with eating the company's meals and snacks.
On her exercise routine: Swimming is my favorite form of exercise, which is surprising since I almost drowned in the ocean when I was 6. It was scary, but it didn't traumatize me or deter me from going in again. My mother just put me back in the water and told me it would be fine. And it was.
On new music: I've started writing songs for a new album, which I hope will come out in 2012. Getting back in the studio and making music again-which I truly love doing-is the best way to end this crazy year.