“I hadn’t weighed myself all season, but I knew my clothes fit better. I thought I’d be 20 lbs. lighter,” the Good Morning America meteorologist, 35, says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “But I only weighed 2 lbs. less. That was it!”
“It made me feel better that all those years when I thought, ‘If I just work out more, I’ll lose weight,’ I was wrong,” adds Zee, who welcomed son Adrian Benjamin with husband Ben Aaron in December. “Apparently I’m just supposed to be 138 lbs., and that’s good.”
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Having battled anorexia as a young teen, she may once have been sent reeling by the lack of change on the scale, but 5’7″ Zee says she’s pleased with her body.
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And after her successful turn on DWTS – during which she also balanced her gigs on ABC’s GMA and World News Tonight with David Muir – the new mom says she’s seen changes in herself where they really count.
“Having a baby and then going into this challenge was really empowering,” says Zee, who launches her digital-first culinary science series Food Forecast on ABC.com in July and hopes to inspire young students through a children’s science show in the future. “I’ve found a pride in myself that I’d never had before.”