(Yahoo!) - Kim Kardashian may be in betrothed bliss, but the reality star has had her fair share of ups and downs over the past year.
"Pregnancy for me was a lot tougher than people saw on my show or from magazines," Kardashian tells People in a new interview. "So to get back to feeling like myself just makes me feel good again."
However, the 33-year-old goes on to explain how hurt she was by the media scrutiny and Internet memes that mocked her weight gain.
"Every day I would hear people criticize me, and it would affect me," Kim shares. "Little by little, it would chip away at my soul. I wanted to tune out the media and my public life and ignore it all."
Since giving birth to North West in June, Kanye's lady love reveals she has lost 43 of the 50 lbs. she gained while pregnant thanks to an Atkins-based diet plan and regular exercise. "This was the biggest challenge of my life, and I still have some to go," she declares, "but I feel so accomplished that I did this."
Kim emphasized her curvaceous post-baby body on Tuesday. Stepping out for the first time since getting engaged, Kardashian pulled out all the fashion stops for her post-proposal photo op, sporting an extravagant fur coat over a high-waisted skirt and camisole top.
"She's on top of the world," a source close to Kim tells omg!.
So does the twice-married reality star already have wedding planning on the brain?
"Right now she's just enjoying this moment," the source adds.
A new interview Kanye gave in San Francisco hours before he popped the question to Kim has surfaced, where he couldn't help but gush about his then-girlfriend.
"I've never loved any girl other than my mother as much as I love my girlfriend," West, 36, told a local radio station. "And I'm so happy to be with her, for us to live this life together, and with our relationship with God to be able to live forever in heaven together too, and also to raise a strong family."
We're still recovering from being on Kimye baby watch, so here's hoping we have some time before the couple's wedding countdown begins.
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