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It’s easy to look at actresses and think they’ve got it made. Sure, they might be pressured to look a certain way and be a certain weight, but when the package is that pretty and what they’re starting with is pretty spectacular, not too many people are going to sympathize with them. For some, though, the route to ‘perfection’ can be quite a journey. Take Katherine Heigl. She and husband Josh Kelley welcomed their biological son, Joshua, in December 2016; he joined their other kids, adopted daughters Naleigh and Adalaide. But childbirth made it an entirely different experience for Katie because this time, there was baby weight to lose. Throw in a new job on an established hit show replacing a major player and she knew she had her work cut out for her. And work she did.

It’s been almost 14 months since Joshua Jr was born and it has taken me about that long to really get back in shape. The first pic was taken one month after he was born. The second pic was taken almost a full year later and the last pic was taken this weekend. I wish I had a few from in between the first and second so you could really see how slow my progress was but alas…I was busy covering it all up those months, not posing in my unders! Anyway, I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April and my deep desire to feel fit, strong and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally loose the last of my baby weight and do a deep dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere! I was wholly and totally inspired by Miss @rachparcell and the before and after pics she shared after taking the #bbg challenge. I had never heard of it but she looked so damn great (she had her baby just a few months before me) that I had to check it out. I found a fantastic app called #sweat that features several different #bbg programs you can choose from and makes it incredibly easy to do anywhere, which for me means in my bedroom at home! I won’t lie, the workouts are real ass kickers but the progress I’ve made in only 5 short weeks has kept me motivated and inspired to keep going! I am so grateful I’ve had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs and wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape but it is time to make the strength, fitness and overall health of my body a priority and I am so grateful that @rachparcell shared her story and got this mama motivated!

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Her timeline is similar to that of Blake Lively, who recently showed off her own 61-pound weight loss. Katie, however, was much more candid about how she did it, sharing that she accomplished her goal in a way that makes us non-celebs who don’t have access to celebrity trainers believe we can do it too.

Heigl revealed she followed the Bikini Body Guide program by Australian trainer Kayla Itsines, whose workouts are quick, challenging, easy to follow and inexpensive. And, bonus, they can be done at home. Katherine also uses Itsines’ Sweat app which, again, is something anyone can download. So, two things we mere civilians can also do? Nothing to hate about that.

But what’s best about Heigl’s post is that she doesn’t take anything for granted. She acknowledges how lucky she was that she had an entire year to work on herself and “wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape.” Not a lot of women in her position get that time.

While some would argue that Katherine’s first photo — the “before” shot taken a month after having her son — is already pretty enviable, you can tell how much she wasn’t loving it. From her posture to the way she’s almost hiding within herself, you know that wasn’t the Katherine she knew herself as.

Way to work, Katie.