April 23rd, 2012
01:39 PM ET
Moroccan and Monroe have one smokin’ hot mommy.
First order of business? The Jenny Craig spokeswoman says she had to clean up what she was eating.
"I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet," the 43-year-old singer says.
And then there was that other necessary evil: the gym - and beyond.
"Today my workout routine is more about getting and staying toned," Carey tells Shape. "And for me, that means either taking hour-long walks a few times a week or jumping in the pool three or four days a week to do 45 minutes of aquatic exercises."
Carey’s renewed commitment to a healthy lifestyle comes at the perfect time for husband Nick Cannon, who spent some scary moments in a hospital recently after he was diagnosed with a "mild" kidney failure and an autoimmune disease similar to lupus.
"He's taking better care of himself, eating a diet low in sodium and sugar, and getting more sleep," Carey says of Cannon's condition. "It was really frightening, but he's feeling much stronger and is definitely on the right track."
And on the music front, it sounds like Carey's fans have something to look forward to. "I’ve started writing songs for a new album, which I hope will come out in 2012," she says. "Getting back in the studio and making music again—which I truly love doing—is the best way to end this crazy year."
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