I weighed 228lbs and when I gave birth to my son. Today I weigh 139lbs. Of course, I have weird loose skin on my stomach. ITS NORMAL. If that voice in your head says you should hide your body or that it doesn’t deserve to be appreciated, tell that voice to sit down and shut the eff up! Check out my story if you want behind the scenes of this 5 second transformation �� #bodypositivity #bodyafterbaby #fitmom #fitmum #realbodies #realfitness #looseskin #cellulitesaturday #stretchmarks #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #bopo #mombod #boymom #npcbikini #bikiniprep #npc #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation

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@bikinialfredo posted an important remind about what “normal” means postpartum. “I weighed 228lbs and when I gave birth to my son. Today I weigh 139lbs. Of course, I have weird loose skin on my stomach. ITS NORMAL. If that voice in your head says you should hide your body or that it doesn’t deserve to be appreciated, tell that voice to sit down and shut the eff up!”

My little honey is 3 weeks old ❤️ 3 weeks postpartum and we are starting to find some balance. Margot is on the mend and now weighing in at 7lb6, she’s a little greedy guts and has been a lot more alert this week, following voices and looking for her sister. Things are very different from 3 weeks postpartum with Nellie, we had just been moved out of intensive care and were struggling to reach 2lbs. It’s been hard, exhausting, emotionally draining but also the best 3 weeks of my life. . . . #3weekspostpartum #3weeksold #newborn #babygirl #postpartumbody #toddlermum #preemiemama #babynumber2

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“My little honey is 3 weeks old. 3 weeks postpartum and we are starting to find some balance,” @sageandnellie writes. “It’s been hard, exhausting, emotionally draining but also the best 3 weeks of my life.”

FINDING SELF LOVE. It’s not easy and it’s not instant, you can’t just flick a switch a love yourself and or your body. It’s a constant battle with your own thoughts and self judgements. It’s not about being perfect or really even about your body at all. It is about accepting yourself with every flaw or every imperfection. Its about learning that self love comes from within and that your body is not the determining factor of your worth. It is about learning to love and respect your body for being the vessel that allows you go on the journey that is life – to walk, to breathe , to create and carry a child, to hold your kids hands, to kiss your husband/wife/partner, to swim in the ocean or laugh with your friends. Anything that you love to do is because of your body carries you there. Finding self love is also about remembering that you might not like yourself every day either – you might have days that you feel uncomfortable in your bikini or your belly may feel bloated but that you will not let it control your thoughts or your life. You can accept those days and move on hoping the next day you will love your self again. By finding self love and continuing on the journey of having a healthy relationship with my body is crucial to me to ensure a body positive attitude is reflected on to my daughter. This is what finding self love means to me. #selflove #confidence #mentalhealthawareness

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@bybrittanynoon’s post was long, but every word is worth reading. “FINDING SELF LOVE. … It is about learning to love and respect your body for being the vessel that allows you go on the journey that is life – to walk, to breathe , to create and carry a child, to hold your kids hands, to kiss your husband/wife/partner, to swim in the ocean or laugh with your friends. Anything that you love to do is because of your body carries you there. … By finding self love and continuing on the journey of having a healthy relationship with my body is crucial to me to ensure a body positive attitude is reflected on to my daughter. This is what finding self love means to me.” Preach

▫️9 months IN▫️ [vs.]▫️ 5 months OUT(today)▫️ There’s not one BODY TYPE that equates to SUCCESS. Accept the body YOU HAVE and be the BEST you can with it! … and when you are done, of course flex that gorgeous muscle you’ve worked so hard for.������ BRING ON the holiday weekend!!!����☀️�� . . . . . #flexfridaymotivation #fitnessonthefly #homeworkoutideas @heatherannpettit

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This mom is five months out and loving the progress she’s made! “There’s not one BODY TYPE that equates to SUCCESS. Accept the body YOU HAVE and be the BEST you can with it! … and when you are done, of course flex that gorgeous muscle you’ve worked so hard for,” @heatherannpettit writes. 

Customized this @impishlee lingerie set at a time when my body was going through lots of changes. I chose blue velvet for the luxurious vibes (and because of the film), floral mesh for the vintage ones, and gold spandex to feel fat and queenly. It felt good to make something that felt very “me” in the moment. More on navigating the post baby bod as a plus size human if you follow the link in my bio ❤️ . . . . . . . #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizeblogger #psblogger #celebratemysize #alternativecurves #fatpos #fatacceptance #fatpositivity #newmom #postbabybody

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This new mom customized this lingerie set when her body was going through lots of changes. “It felt good to make something that felt very ‘me’ in the moment,” she wrote.

#onemonthpostpartum still have a long way to go to get back to my pre pregnancy body but so far so good �� #fitmoms #fitmama #momswithtattoos #fitmomsrock #postbabybody

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@Aspen232 is only one month postpartum and feeling great! “still have a long way to go to get back to my pre pregnancy body but so far so good,” she wrote.

Lovely surprise this morning… while going through my “someday I’ll fit this again” clothes, I decided to try these summery skinny crops on… lo and behold, they fit! ❤️ I’m only .5 lb away from #25lbsdown, can’t wait to take progress pics! ����‍♀️

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New mom @stronghappymama got a nice surprise when she found out a pair of her skinniest jeans fit again. “Lovely surprise this morning… while going through my ‘someday I’ll fit this again’ clothes, I decided to try these summery skinny crops on… lo and behold, they fit! I’m only .5 lb away from #25lbsdown, can’t wait to take progress pics!” she wrote.

I can’t be the only person to actually see some definition coming to my post baby belly which I thought was beyond repair??? ���� what is happening???? #tranformation #doyoueven #fitgirl #bestrong #abs #postbabybody

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“I can’t be the only person to actually see some definition coming to my post baby belly which I thought was beyond repair???” Instagram user @sdanfox wrote in a recent post. 

Worked my way up to getting 3 workouts a week, my body is starting to adjust again and I slowly feel like my strength is coming back, funny thing is I’m doing more cardio now than ever (pft who needs a treadmill when you have a 3 month old who sleeps up stairs, pulls out her soother, gets pissed and wants it’s replaced multiple times, oh and can’t connect sleep cycles lol) but definitely feeling better everyday ✌������

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At three months postpartum, @britt.lealand wrote, “Funny thing is I’m doing more cardio now than ever (pft who needs a treadmill when you have a 3 month old who sleeps up stairs, pulls out her soother, gets pissed and wants it’s replaced multiple times, oh and can’t connect sleep cycles.” 

2 weeks postpartum. I feel very confident in my skin after this baby. Probably more so than I did with my first two & with them at this time I weighed less, had less cellulite & all my postpartum clothes fit again. Right now I somehow completely lost my butt, which has never happened. I’ve always had a huge butt. I have that tummy flab, cellulite through the roof & I still can’t wear any of my jeans. But I feel good about my appearance. I have no intention of doing anything about anything for quite a while. For one because I’m removing still & two because I’m nursing two, but mainly because why should I? There is nothing wrong with my body right now. According to the bogus BMI chart I’m a bit over weight, but I don’t see that when I look in the mirror. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been more comfortable about how my tummy looks, even before pregnancy period. I just feel really awesome. I’m really proud of myself for so much. I feel empowered. I feel the way I think I always should have after having a baby. I’m glad I’m able to have these beautiful thoughts & feelings about myself. Who better to have them about. #4thtrimester #postpartum #stopcensoringmotherhood #csectionrecovery

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“2 weeks postpartum. I feel very confident in my skin after this baby. Probably more so than I did with my first two & with them at this time I weighed less, had less cellulite & all my postpartum clothes fit again,” Aliesha Watson wrote. “Right now I somehow completely lost my butt, which has never happened. I’ve always had a huge butt. I have that tummy flab, cellulite through the roof & I still can’t wear any of my jeans. But I feel good about my appearance.”

” Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been more comfortable about how my tummy looks, even before pregnancy period,” she added. “I just feel really awesome. I’m really proud of myself for so much. I feel empowered. I feel the way I think I always should have after having a baby.”

This photo makes me realize 2 things- {1} the female body is seriously amazeballs and {2} Damn! I got some good wear out of these togs ������These 3 photographs taken at 21 weeks, 37 weeks and baby girl Lexington is 5 months old. I STILL cant believe I grew a human, the sweetest little human I could have ever dreamed up- Baked for 41 weeks and 3 days right there in my belly. ���� I remember just after having Lex I still looked about 6 months pregnant �� it was such a shock. Despite trying to convince myself that it will go back down, inside I believed my tummy would stay that way forever. It took a good 3 months for my pouch to start shrinking again. But it does shrink back down, I promise. In hindsight, yes, a bit of patience would have come in handy �� but that has never been my strong suit. For a trip down memory lane, ���� #reviejanesbump

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Six weeks after her daughter’s birth, @reviejane posted a photo with an emotional caption, writing, “I caught myself feeling sad when clutching the loose skin that was once tight, unmarked and toned. I tried to embrace and remind myself what it was all for but am left feeling so self conscious.”

Fast forward to five months postpartum, and she’s sharing some wisdom for new moms: “I believed my tummy would stay that way forever. It took a good 3 months for my pouch to start shrinking again. But it does shrink back down, I promise.” Patience is a virtue, people!

Five weeks postpartum? This mom of three looks closer to 5 months! But she makes a great point about how frustrating it can be so work so hard without seeing much of a payoff. Her message? Just keep pushing yourself. 

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��, @donnabowker! The most important thing for new moms to remember: Your body just did something incredible. Whatever goal you choose to go after next — even if that’s just losing the baby weight — you got this.

#transformationtuesday is a progress check in. 10 weeks postpartum vs 18 weeks postpartum. I’m down about 7 lbs on the scale, but more than anything I’ve had several non-scale victories where my pre-pregnancy clothes are starting to fit again and I just feel more comfortable in my own skin. Progress is slow and steady, but that’s what I want to see. It’s much easier to maintain. I tell friends on fitness journeys to ALWAYS take pictures. When you stare at your own reflection every day, the small changes are often invisible to us…but I can’t tell you how many time I pull up photos to remind myself how far I’ve come when I’m working on fitness. I still have a lot of work to do with my diet, toning that post baby belly, and my running to prepare for this half marathon BUT that’s just part of the journey. #choosejoy ❤️����

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One of the best ways to get yourself back to your pre-baby body: Set a goal. Putting in the work is so much more fun when you’re working towards something.

From 40 weeks pregnant to two days postpartum, all the way through nine months postpartum, this mom looks amazing! Even better: her reminder that just because life happens and sometimes you miss a workout or two doesn’t mean you aren’t killing it.

A little truth bomb this morning…not everyone bounces immediately back into shape after having a baby… it’s really an unrealistic expectation. The women who do are either genetically blessed or had an uncomplicated pregnancy and were able to work out throughout and keep their fitness… or a combination of both. I am neither. I’ve never bounced right back and this pregnancy I was very limited on the physical activity I could do and therefore lost a lot of my previous fitness. But you know what? I made a human!! My body did some seriously hard work and for that I’m eternally proud. I don’t need to fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans right away to feel accomplished. My accomplishments are in the form of a healthy baby that I not only delivered, but am now his only source of nutrition. I’m one week post partum and am loving my comfortable clothes. I’ll get back to my jeans eventually. I’ll be back to Crossfit and crazy workouts… but for now I’ll be in a glider rocking a little one to sleep and knowing they I’m going a great job ❤������

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Unrealistic expectations can be a new mom’s kryptonite. But @identityundecided serves up some real talk by reminding women to be proud of the work their body did in bringing a baby into the world — and does, by keeping that baby fed and happy!

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Postpartum Mom-Bod Update | I can’t believe I’m saying this, buttttt I can’t wait to get cleared by the doctor to actually start working out again! That being said, I’m still impressed by the journey a woman’s body can take and the transformations it makes in just 3 weeks! I always liked my pre-pregnancy body, it was “easy” and comfortable and honestly pretty low maintenance. But I LOVE my post-baby body. It’s strong in ways I didn’t know I was capable of being and beautiful because it carried my daughter for 41+ long weeks. I thought I was prepared for the multitude of emotions brought on by bringing a new life into the world but my new found appreciation for my body was something I didn’t expect. ✨ #3weekspostpartum #takebackpostpartum #postpartumjourney #bodyafterbaby #4thtrimester #birthwithoutfear #loveyourself #bodyappreciation #mombod

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What a woman’s body can endure during pregnancy is incredibly inspiring, and @mmichellemmeyes sums it up perfectly: “I LOVE my post-baby body. It’s strong in ways I didn’t know I was capable of being.”

Took a lot for me to post this pic (completely no filter) if u don’t like it unfollow me!! �� As u can see 3 weeks ago I had a baby…Unfortunately I’m covered in stretch marks & absolutely devastated! ������ I’ve always been body conscious & im not where I want to be but at least im on my way. Still have a really long way to go & I know im guna have to work really hard to get a good body back!����������������count yourselves lucky ladies!! #motivated #3weekspostpartum #ladylumps #chunkymonkey #momlife

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Sometimes, it can be tough to find the confidence to post a photo where you look less than perfect; @destinyoooo proves all new moms should embrace and take pride in their imperfections.

What can you achieve in 3 weeks??? A lot ���� I’ve spent the last 3 weeks following a nutrition guide that teaches you how to eat healthy balanced meals. I focused on this 80% of the time, and still allowed myself the things I enjoy the other 20%. Love me some �� and �� I drank my health shake every day. No real exercise yet, but that all changes this week yay! I’m so excited for my progress! This is why we encourage the ladies in our group to take progress photos bc if I’m honest I haven’t felt like my body has changed much. I still have a long way to go, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far! This is JUST the nutrition side of things. Imagine what you can accomplish when you mix exercise in too! My next accountability group starts October 3rd. There is still room for a few more ladies to join us! If your ready to make some changes and crush some goals shoot me a message or visit the link in my bio for more information! We can do it together ✌��️

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Losing the baby weight is all about baby steps, and @jacqueline_mazza knows that appreciating the little successes will make you love your body even more.

Happy hump day! No filter on these.. obviously I don’t have a dream body, but my gosh the excitement when I wake up in the morning and I can see my mini hipbone definition coming through. �� That’s a big deal folks! I’m down 1lb this week which puts me at a total of 44lbs⬇️ Yesterday was leg day, today was back attack. Feeling pretty good ����������‍♀️ #fit #fitfam #fitness #fitmom #postpartum #weightlossjourney #weightloss #beauty #girlswholift #momswholift #teamruban #progress #momoftwo #gym #humpday #legs #thick #thickwomen @teamruban

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Celebrating the little wins is so important (hell yea, hipbone definition!). 

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I can’t believe the changes my body is experiencing daily! The photo on the left is me at 42 weeks pregnant and the right is me today 2 weeks postpartum. It has been a crazy two weeks. I am breast feeding and I thought for sure my nipples were going to fall off but now True and I are in sync with feeding!���� (p.s. Get this nursing bra from @bravadodesigns @barenecessities it will change your world! I sleep in mine it is so comfortable.) My insides are still adjusting back to normal. I had constipation and stomach pains that were affecting my overall mood. I had two crying breakdowns from hormones, lack of sleep, and just feeling overwhelmed. But I am quickly reminded it is all worth it every time I look at my sweet girl. When it comes to my body, again I have not worked out yet because I need more time to heal. I have not changed my diet at all. I am just lucky to get a meal in here and there when I can so if that is pizza I am eating it lol. Just continuing to work through some of the discomforts and trying to be as positive as I can by telling myself and my body that I am doing a great job! ✨�� #postpartum #postpartumbody #2weekspostpartum #truebaby #katiehwillcox #bodylove #stopbodyshame #selflove #truth #itshardbutworthit #newmom

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Remember to cut yourself some slack, like @katiehwillcox, who writes, “Just continuing to work through some of the discomforts and trying to be as positive as I can by telling myself and my body that I am doing a great job!”

16 days postpartum. In the process of healing a little case of mastitis. Whenever my body is going through something, I like to look at the metaphysical aspects of it at play. According to Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” mastitis is “A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Overmothering. Overprotection. Overbearing attitudes.” Interesting huh?! What a lesson to learn in these early stages of motherhood. It’s so important to put ourselves first. That doesn’t mean breakdowns don’t happen. It’s natural and part of the process. But how we relate to the breakdowns, and how we’re able to bounce back from them and minimize their impact…that’s the key. Here’s to you practicing your own healing in your life!

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Just because your whole life seems to have been taken over by a tiny human doesn’t mean you should let yourself go. Taking care of yourself means you can take better care of your baby!

#transformationtuesday ➰Amazed at how staying physically active and eating nutritiously throughout my pregnancy positively affected my labor and post partum recovery so far. I am so thankful for baby Beau and I’s health! All the hard work was more than worth it. It was definitely not easy. I had days where the exhaustion and fatigue wanted to take over. I did NOT want to workout at all. Netflix and couch was alllll I wanted. There were evenings I wanted a dozen donuts for dinner or a dozen cookies. (Hello sugar cravings!) But I practiced moderation with cheats, and looked at baby Beau’s ultrasound photo for motivation. The work was HARD, but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. ➰Consistent exercise + balanced nutrition is fool proof! No matter what season of life you’re going through. Continuing my shakeology and 80/20 clean eating to densely nourish my body for recovery and for breast feeding. Exercise will pick back up when I’m cleared by the doctor! Debating what program to do next in the mean time… �� ➰For now I am proud of where I am health wise. I am completely in awe of what women’s bodies are capable of, and I cannot wait to push my limits even further when it’s safe. ������ PS I’d love to share the simple tools I use to stay on top of balanced nutrition for anyone who’s interested!

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Sure, getting back to your pre-baby body is tough. But, as @asmithfit writes, “The work was HARD, but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.” 

Don’t get me wrong most of the time I’m pretty realistic with my expectations about my post baby body but even I still have days where criticise myself. I moan to my husband about the pouch of skin which was created by my c-section scars. I get caught up over the fact that I don’t have a perfectly flat stomach like before. But when I feel like this I stop myself obsessing with negative thoughts and look back at how much my body has changed. When I saw this it was a total wow moment and I was like “ok Rhia Get. A. Grip!!” I’m totally amazed by the female body and all it can do. Sorry guys but being a women totally rocks! I believe in sustainable methods for sustainable fat loss. No fads. No extremes. No restriction. Everything I have achieved has been done by keeping it simple. Don’t overlook the basics ….. They work!!! – Eat a source of protein with every meal. – Control but not eliminate carbs. – Include a source of healthy fats in at least 2 of your meals. – A hydrated body is better equipped to burn fat than a dehydrated body. Drink a large glass on waking and then aim for 2-3l a day. – Ultimately eat like a responsible adult. You wouldn’t feed your kid crap all day or starve them so why do it to yourself? – A little bit of what you fancy is perfectly OK! Stop being all or nothing, be ok with being ok …… Ok!!! (See where I’m going with this) – Move your body a little every day. Don’t consume yourself with trying to have the perfect workout. Walk, run, swim, cycle, lift. Do whatever is your passion. ** I have a few spaces opening up for online coaching starting in October. If you want to re-shape your body, regain control of your diet and work towards your goals with an amazing bunch of inspiring and supportive women email me [email protected] or shop via my website www.sustained-results.com #fitmom #postpartum #postpartumfitness #postpartumweightloss #postpartumjourney #training #fatloss #postbabybody #balance #lifestyle #leanin15 #ldm #bbg #abs #momswholift #girlswholift #strongbeatsskinny #workout #nutrition #fitfam #ukfitfam #activeliving #movenourishbeliev #befitlondon #BelieveInYourSelfie @fitnessfirstuk

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Criticizing yourself for not losing weight or toning up fast enough helps no one — “Stop being all or nothing, be ok with being ok,” writes @sustained_results. 

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Ok guys. So the before photos were taken when I first got home from hospital a few days after the birth and the after photos were taken just over a week ago at 3 weeks postpartum – I’m not allowed to workout yet but I’ve been eating clean and I trained throughout my entire pregnancy except for the last couple of weeks as I had some complications. I’ve lost A LOT of muscle but I’m pretty happy with my postpartum body so far ! So many women think you can’t get your body back after pregnancy but this just isn’t true. I can’t wait to start training again in a few weeks and get my body into the best shape it’s ever been in ������ – Also I have my new meal plan that is now available on my website for you guys (www.tammyhembrow.org) so definitely check that out if you want to see the type of diet I usually follow and the kinds of things I eat ����������

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“So many women think you can’t get your body back after pregnancy, but this just isn’t true,” writes @tammyhembrow. Positivity matters! If you set yourself up for success, you’ll get there.

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Can we talk postpartum bodies for a second? I knew this would be a strange new world for me- but didn’t anticipate how strange. I don’t hate my new body… I’m just getting to know it. And after 34 years in a different looking body- it’s an adjustment. This is me 5 weeks postpartum after the twins arrived. I’m not even brave enough to show you the front view of my stomach at the moment (linea nigra – which stretches all the way from my rib cage down my entire stomach, crazy stretched out belly button, stretch marks, and all). I was fortunate enough to be just 4 lbs above my prepregnancy weight 1-week postpartum, and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight within two weeks of delivering the boys… but that doesn’t mean I was back to my pre-pregnancy body. My stomach is still 5 inches bigger than it used to be, and my chest is 4 cup sizes bigger (not a fan of the breastfeeding chest size, I’m just saying!!! Sorry if that’s TMI, but whoa!)… along with that I’m still really tender in my stomach area, my csection scar is still healing & sore, and this diastasis recti is no joke either. Anyway- this is all to say – I’ll take all of it and wear it like a badge of honor because this crazy amazing body I live in brought me two healthy baby boys that I carried to term and 7 lbs each! I feel like superwoman when think of all it has done & continues to do as I provide for these little dudes all day everyday through breastfeeding. BUT – how do you dress this new body?! I’ve been living in leggings/maternity pants and nursing tanks for 5 weeks and needless to say – I’m over it. None of my old clothes fit but I don’t know if shopping now makes sense? What did you ladies do? I don’t want to buy a bunch of stuff now and then have it be too big in a month – but I also go back to work soon and need things to wear! What did you all do? Did you ever fit back in your old jeans? Also, if you had diastasis recti, were you able to do exercises to help heal? Share your experiences, mamas! Thanks in advance. Xoxox #ctpfertilityjourney #postpartumbody #twinmom #5weekspostpartum

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@christytylerphoto has one the best outlooks out there: “I don’t hate my new body… I’m just getting to know it,” she writes. Sure, it’s different — but different doesn’t mean bad.

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I am about #5weekspostpartum from baby number 3! I have been eating clean for the last 3 weeks and trying to make it to the gym as much as possible (so far that has only been about 2-3 times a week). I lost 1 pound last week which isn’t too bad considering I was out of town for part of the week & not working out/eating clean. I am about 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, however, I don’t think after I lose those 8 pounds I will be exactly where I want. I don’t like judging progress by the scale but by how I look/feel, measurements & body fat %! It took everything in me to post this photo because I am no where close to where I want to be! ���� I am consistently reminding myself that I just had a baby and progress will not happen over night! Some days it’s hard and I get frustrated that I am putting in so much work and the results are so slow and I think most people can relate to that no matter what stage of fitness you are at. But keep pushing for your goals and it WILL happen!! I think it helps me stay motivated to take progress photos because although you might not notice a change while looking in the mirror it is easier to see those changes through progress pictures!

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If your goal is to get your pre-baby body back, find the motivation that works for you. In @mckinli.fitness’s case, it’s posting progress pictures to stay accountable.

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