Listen, losing the baby weight is HARD. We’re so used to seeing celebrities show off their awesome bodies days or weeks after having a baby. But honestly, for most of us that just isn’t realistic! I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t afford a personal trainer or dietitian. Real talk: after my youngest was born, it took me … a very long time to get back to where I wanted to be. I had two kids, a home to manage, and two jobs. There’s no rush. It sucks that we’re constantly bombarded with messages that we have to be back to our pre-baby selves immediately. Blake Lively shared a bit about her struggle to lose the baby weight after the birth of her second child 14 months ago. And while I’ll never have Blake’s body, or her money (or her hot husband), I really appreciated that she was honest about how long it took to lose the weight.
Blake Lively shared a gym post on Instagram, and in the caption, talked about how long it took her to lose the 61 pounds she gained during her pregnancy.
“Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud.” And you should be, Blake!
OK, I know what you’re thinking. She looks AMAZING. And yes, she’s got a personal trainer. Yes, she probably has a team that works with her everyday on diet and exercise. But still, 14 months is way more realistic than the 2 weeks we’re used to seeing from celebs! And don’t we all wish scrolling IG burned more calories?
Comments on the post were generally supportive, and many women thanked Blake for being honest about how long it took her to lose the weight. 10 months to gain, at least 10 months to lose, that should be the standard!
But some commenters were quick to call out the post for other unrealistic standards. Like I said, the majority of us just don’t have the same resources at our disposal as someone like Blake.
That’s what it all boils down to: don’t put more pressure on yourselves! Your body just did an AMAZING thing. And it takes time to get back to where you want to be. Move at your own pace, within your own means. We’re all different, and that is what makes us the kick-ass women we are!