Kate Gosselin is no stranger to hard work — and when the reality-show mom of eight wants something, she goes for it.

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As OK! reported last week, Kate is ready to find love again and she’s determined to look her best, should love knock on her door.

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“She was really happy with how her body changed on DWTS. She loved that she could show her stomach and feel good about herself,” a source tells OK!.

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So when she noticed a few extra pounds coming on, she started running and working out on the elliptical every morning (at 5 or 6 a.m.!) for an hour. “It’s her ‘me time’ to zone out before the kids are awake,” adds the source.

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