I believe in literally working your ass off to get back in shape après bébé, with this huge, massive caveat: It has to be because you want to, not because you think you should.
And one of the absolute worst reasons to kill it in the gym, or via a super-restrictive diet, is because you feel bombarded by media images of other women returning to pre-preggo form way faster than you.
I so get that it’s hard not to judge yourself. But I have a mantra I trot out whenever I feel I’m sliding down that “but she did it” rabbit hole:
To compare is to despair.
So put yourself on a path – but really commit, with an actual plan – and trust that you’ll get there when you get there.
For inspiration, read this recent piece from the Huffington Post that features a string of quotes by famous types who called bullshit on the pressure to trot around in next-to-nothing less than a month after giving birth.
There are a lot of über-motivating soundbites, but some of my faves are by the serious knockouts in the bunch:
“Look, if you go into the bikini after two weeks, good for you. But that wasn’t me.”
“You don’t have to be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away.”
“I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience.”
I might be able to guess what you’re thinking right now: All this is easy for them to say.
Amiright? They’re gorgeous movie stars with personal trainers and chefs at their access. (Not to mention that in the case of Eva and Blake, there are a couple of hot Ryans – Gosling and Reynolds – hanging around to distract them from any post-delivery poochiness.)
Suck it up, my Beautiful Civilian Mama friend. No good can come from throwing yourself a pity party. Especially when there’s so much you can do on your own that costs little to no dough.
Here are four easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, completely free ways to shed the baby weight:
- Keep a food journal: This is massive in helping you stay on track with healthy eating.
- Walk: The faster, the better. Make it fun for yourself by dragging your bestie along. You need to frigging catch up already, anyway.
- Drink gallons of H20: Okay, maybe you’ll need to invest in a good filter first. But then it’s zero cost. Zhush it with something. Cukes? Strawberries? Mint?
- Sleep: When we get enough shut-eye, it keeps our hunger hormones in check and we have the wherewithal to make better food choices. So prioritize it. Get off FB + Instagram and hit the damn hay.
You can do this. And for your health, stamina and peace of mind, it’s smart to expend some effort. But like these Hollywood hotties, do it at your own pace. This isn’t a race.