In a series of Instagram posts, Mariel Padilla recounted the days she was "super fat."
Without a doubt, motherhood made her life complete, but the extra weight she gained during pregnancy made her feel less confident about herself.
Mariel gave birth in Delaware, U.S.A., on November 14, 2016.
It was on Christmas Day, December 25, when she posted her first photo as a mom.
Back when she was a co-host on It's Showtime, Mariel regularly posted her OOTDs on Instagram.
She became less visible on social media after giving birth.
Describing herself as "fat, extra large, huge, gigantic," Mariel put out less than 30 photos of herself in a span of one year.
Mariel admitted, "I barely posted photos because I really didn’t want people to see how big I got."
This was taken during their trip to Europe. Her baby was six months old.
It didn't help that body-shaming is rampant on social media.
"Here are some of the selfies we took but I couldn’t post because I didn’t want to be cyber bullied for being super fat!
"But look at us we were so happy (we still are hehe)"
She also shied away from public appearances.
"I dreaded going to events or parties. I only really 'came out' for @severianoelliott's 1st birthday. That was my fat debut hehe.
"When I would be invited to parties I would decline, I’d tell them I’m too fat to be seen (you know that ate @iloveruffag hehe).
"When my management @asianartistsagency would call me for work, I would tell them 'please ask if it is okay that I am fat because they might expect the old mariel and she is not here at the moment.'"
Mariel "got super fat" because her hormones "messed up."
She also had problems with her milk supply.
"I had very little milk and I wanted to exclusively breastfeed her (which I did for 14months) so I ate my way to have milk.
"It worked for me but my body suffered. No regrets though."
The Kapamilya host was at her heaviest when her daughter Isabella was about a year old.
She wrote, "I was 178 lbs!!! Heavier than my super fit husband.
"Even my fingers were fat... my rings could not fit me.
"I only had a few clothes to wear (it used to be a big deal to me because I did not like repeating clothes... super shallow of me I know).
"I had to buy new shoes because all my shoes did not fit me anymore because everything got soooo big.
"But I knew FAT IS NOT FOREVER! I was not going to let that be the new me."
To date, Mariel has so far lost more than 40 pounds.
Her arms and face are noticeably smaller, too.
It won't be long before she wears her lovely dresses again, thanks to her determination, and a little help from slimming treatments."