Blake Lively is getting real — no filters, no sugarcoating, just facts. As far as social media goes, the actress might be most famous for trolling husband Ryan Reynolds — because, well, who can blame her? — but her most recent Instagram post is a whole other kind of message. Lively posted a photo of herself alongside her trainer, revealing just how much weight she gained while pregnant with her second child, and all the hard work she put into losing the pounds. And while some stars are unfathomable genetic anomalies, and some have clearly had work done to get their bodies back to pre-pregnancy form mere weeks after a baby has popped out, Blake’s timeline is much more realistic.
Sure, there’s the usual self-deprecation from Blake, but in no way is she humble-bragging. It took her over a year of enduring her trainer, Don Saldino, kicking her ass to achieve the results she wanted and it couldn’t be more relatable.
Blake gave birth to her second daughter, Ines, in September 2016. So, based on her and Saldino’s timeline of events, Blake didn’t even start working out right away and gave herself three months to just enjoy her new baby, her other daughter, James, and husband Ryan. That’s impressive in itself, considering the world she’s a part of is all about snapping back into shape. Blake did it in a positive, healthy way and, man, the results are no joke.
Granted, she has access to a personal trainer, which might not be realistic for some, but that uphill grind was all her. Blake’s a gentle reminder that it takes work and dedication and, most important, time to look anything like you did before you grew a human being inside you. If you choose to lose weight because that’s what you expect of yourself (eff what everyone else thinks), then find ways to do it in a safe, healthy way. If the weight falls off you, great. But if it doesn’t, just keep working. You’ll get to a place where you’re comfortable and confident — if you’re not there already.