6 Fit Moms' Inspiring Transformation Stories to Get You Through Gym Day
Following the birth of daughter Mia, trainer and Good American ambassador Emily Skye has kept her followers up-to-date on how the fitness aspect of her life has changed — and how she's working hard on regaining her strength.
The Aussie influencer credits midnight workouts (when her baby is asleep) and candidly spoke about how she felt "slow and sluggish" at the beginning of her journey at six weeks postpartum.
"It was hard to notice changes until I looked back to where I started," Skye wrote on Instagram, adding that she doesn't follow strict guidelines. "I'm feeling pretty proud of myself because I have worked really hard but I've been really balanced [with eating] too."
For Kelsey Wells, her call to get fit came after a doctor suggested she try habitual exercise to combat her post-partum anxiety and depression.
"I stopped and started many times before finally committing to prioritizing daily exercise no matter what, and the ways my life began to change were nothing short of incredible," Wells shared with her followers on Instagram. "Far before I saw any physical changes in the mirror, I started to feel them. I slowly began to gain confidence and appreciation for my body and manage my anxiety in a holistic and healthy way."
Mom-of-two Sia Cooper agrees that exercise is important when it comes to feeling strong again after baby, but hitting the gym on a consistent basis won't produce impressive results without proper nutrition. "Avoid processed foods and stick with eating foods in their most natural states," she advised. "While I was breastfeeding, I wanted to eat the entire house! But I kept a healthy snack drawer on hand with granola bars, nuts, seeds, jerky, cheese, boiled eggs, hummus, veggies and fruits."
As for working out, listen to your body. "Start working out when you feel it," she wrote. "I was doing light things upon a week postpartum such as pelvic floor exercises and brisk walking."
The former bodybuilder's transformation came after the birth of her child, which prompted her to rethink her lifestyle choices.
"After having [my daughter] Bella my belly was so mushy and stretched I thought there was no hope. Believe it or not I never had abs until after I had a baby," Alcantara, who trains Kim Kardashian West, said. "Your body can do all sorts of things, it truly is unbelievable. So before you go out and buy all those products or get all these surgeries, try doing your best naturally. Eat well, drink tons of water and weight train to fill out the loose skin with beautiful round muscles."
Massy Arias wants everyone to know making a big lifestyle change, like losing weight or putting on muscle, doesn't happen overnight and requires plenty of patience.
"I lost the most muscle and gained the most body fat after giving birth," Arias shared in an Instagram post. "I lost all connection to my body and with the post-partum depression, it was a real struggle to get back to the mentality that has driven me all these years."
She added of her recipe for success: "I didn't starve. I didn't waist train. I didn't take any appetite suppressants. I followed a balanced nutrition that was sustainable with proper supplementation."
Try not to feel overwhelmed by your big-picture goal and listen to your doctor's recommendations, says fitness influencer Carissa Johnson, who welcomed her child, Skylar Joy, in 2016.
"I lost my butt after my postpartum rest and recovery and with nursing, but I'm steadily working hard on getting some glutes," added Johnson of her journey. "I still have a long way to go, but I'm making baby steps."