Octomom: I Lost 145 Lbs. for the Money

Celebrity Moms Feb. 24, 2010 AT 1:55PM
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What inspired Nadya Suleman to get back into 24-inch-waist jeans nine months after giving birth to octuplets?

"The main reason was obviously revenue and I'm the first to admit it," she said on The View Wednesday of dropping 145 pounds through weight training and a sensible diet. "I'm very, very open and honest about that."

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The 34-year-old Suleman - whose eight babies turned 1 this past January - said she still worries about how she will take care of her 14 children and pay her three nannies.

"Every single hour of the day, I contemplate how I am going to do this, to be able to support them," said Suleman, who had been studying for a master's degree in counseling before having the octuplets.

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"It is a Catch-22," she continued. "If I go back to school ... I couldn't possibly earn enough money to take care of them ... So the only other option is to delve into other opportunities ... you know, doing interviews ... to make the money."

She said the money issue never dawned on her before she had the kids.

Asked if she was out of her mind, she replied, "I’ve asked myself that for years ... I was in denial for so many years thinking, 'Oh, I'm so smart ... I only have a year more for my master's ... I can do it all.'"

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She denied she was mentally unstable. "If I were genuinely 'mentally unstable,' I would have drowned from the beginning," she said. "I know for a fact."

These days, she said she sleeps "two hours a night" as she "desperately" tries to have one-on-one time with her kids every day.

"My life has become literally a blur of child rearing," said Suleman, who added that she also is working on a book.

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Would she ever have another baby?

Not until "far, far, far in the future when [the kids] are older if, God willing, I meet somebody," she said. "I'm not going to say 100 percent no."

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