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Lunden loves her new life as a stay-at-home mom

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Unemployment suits Joan Lunden just fine.

"I was addicted to structure," the 47-year-old former host of "Good Morning America" says in the July issue of Ladies' Home Journal. "If you told me six months ago this would be the best summer of my life, I would have thought you were crazy."Lunden left the ABC talk show last September after 17 years on the job. Now she's enjoying being a stay-at-home mother and her reborn love life with boyfriend Jeff Konigsberg, 37.

"He is my Rock of Gibraltar," Lunden says. "He's so incredibly grounded that I call him John Boy Walton."

Life after "Good Morning America" hasn't been all relaxation. Lunden has a book coming out in October. She plans to take a complete year off TV work before deciding what to do next.