From Housewife to the Big House and Back Again: Teresa Giudice's Emotional Journey

The new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, beginning with Giudice's return from prison. Here's a look back at her whirlwind journey – and what to expect this season

LIFE IN PRISON

Giudice, who served an 11-month sentence, opened up to PEOPLE about her harrowing experience in prison, including the moment she realized her prison room was a hub of sexual activity and the workout plan that got her down to a size 2. "The ladies were getting it on so much that our room became known as the Boom Boom Room," she shared. Giudice stayed focus by working out three times a day, doing everything from running on the track to lifting weights and exercise classes. "It got me through this whole ordeal, and I can't live without it now." For her 43rd birthday, her inmate friends surprised her with a special dinner of chicken, linguine and cookies.