Former TOWIE star Maria and her boyfriend Kelvin Batey welcomed their daughter Evie into the world six weeks ago, and she has now decided to try and get back into shape.
Maria, 29, put on three stone during her pregnancy and, although "proud" of her mummy tummy, she is hoping to lose the extra weight over the next 10 weeks.
Having posed for some new pictures, Maria says: "Lots of female celebrities don't like to show off their mummy tummy and keep themselves covered up after having a baby.
"But I am proud of every inch I have put on my waist because it all came from nurturing little Evie."
She adds: "I feel blessed to have such a beautiful baby girl and I love being a mum, but I feel ready to get back in shape. I am going to blitz it for 10 weeks because I want to get back into my bikini in January for some winter sun."
Maria's partner Kelvin is a former world champion BMX rider and he has helped the star create a fitness plan. As she is unable to breastfeed Evie, Maria is also replacing one meal a day with Forza's Shake It Slim drink.
"It's not going to be easy because I am showing a lot of fat around my midriff," Maria explains. "But I'll put in the work and do it properly."
Maria and Kelvin welcomed Evie into the world on 21 September following a tough labour. However, having waited the recommended six weeks, Maria feels fit enough to start working out again.
She says: "I had a difficult birth and lost a lot of blood and it has taken me a few weeks to feel my normal self.
"It was great to enjoy some bonding time with Evie and Kelvin and experience all the joys of motherhood for the first time.But now I am raring to go."
Maria continues: "I am planning to get down to my ideal weight of 9st by January, when Kelvin and I are planning a winter break with Evie.
"I am determined to have a six pack to match Kelvin's when we both hit the beach."
Maria is a weight loss ambassador for Forza Supplements whose Shake It Slim meal replacement is sold by Boots.
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