Countess Vaughn worked hard to drop three dress sizes, and she isn’t shy about talking about the process that got her here.

“I’ve always been honest about everything,” she said of the liposuction surgery that she underwent in front of the cameras. “I wanted to do a mommy makeover. I had done it after my oldest child. I really needed to just treat myself, and I’m happy about it!”

But after the surgery, the weight was not coming off as fast as she would have hoped. Although part of that was due to thyroid issues, Vaughn also decided that she needed to change the way she ate on top of everything else she had done. So, she set to work on changing her portions and her diet.

“I watch what I eat, and I’m into snacking now,” she told PEOPLE. “I used to just eat maybe once or twice [a day] – breakfast and then dinner, maybe skip lunch. But now I try to snack, have some nuts, have some yogurt.”

Throw in some exercise, and you’ve got the secret to Vaughn’s weight loss success.

“I’ve been working out and taking care of me so I can have energy for my kids and work,” she said. “I put my music on and I just walk for 30 to 45 minutes. I’m very appreciative now that my body is responding to the workouts and the diet, so I just have to keep on moving.”

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