"I workout every day, sometimes twice a day," says Fantasia."I keep my trainer with me and she travels with me. I also attend bootcamp class and they have become my workout family.

Becoming a fitness junkie did not come naturally for Fantasia, but she made the commitment to get in shape to set an example for her family and fans. At any minute I could just pass out and that's not good." Now that she's slim and trim, Fantasia says she's sticking to her new lifestyle and loving every minute of it. This is something I had to do for myself and for my family. If no one ever says it, I can look in the mirror and say to myself, 'Good God almighty, you're a bad mama-jamma!

"A lot of my cousins who are my age or are in their 30's are on high blood pressure pills and it's like, c'mon, you're too young for that," says Fantasia.

"I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say, okay we have to eat better and workout.

She's 50 pounds lighter, but just by being in her presence, you can tell that her spirit feels lighter, too. It was a way to release and let some things go," reveals Fantasia.

Fantasia started to pack on the pounds in 2011 when she was cast to play the lead role in the Mahalia Jackson biopic.

The project later folded, but the same year, Fantasia discovered she was expecting her son, Dallas Xavier.

In order to get her pre-baby body back, Fantasia and her trainer Sonya Mc Roberts devised a no-nonsense workout plan that Fantasia sticks to at home and on the road.

Cast members and judges old and new came together to bid farwell to America's biggest talent contest and celebrate the show's 15 seasons on the air. Many of today's biggest vocal stars were discovered on the Idol stage, including season three winner Fantastia Barrino, who returned to bless the stage and was joined on stage by her fellow season three cast mates, Grammy-award winner Jennifer Hudson and Latoya London.

Keeping it Real: Celebrities Who've Had Reality Shows Together the trio sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Remember the Music," and of course, they slayed the stage.

winner has endured her fair share of ups and downs, but these days, Fanny is laser-focused on looking forward and not back.

During a visit to the ESSENCE office, it was easy to see that Fantasia is not only feeling better, but girlfriend is looking hotter than ever.