The most important question to ask is, what does one have to do with the other?
This is a tough topic to tackle. Post-baby body image is sensitive for so many women, myself included. But as a mom who has worked hard to eat better, to improve my health and energy and to bounce back after a baby, I have a dog in the race.
It is disheartening to hear fit moms called selfish, vain gym rats who neglect their kids in favor of a treadmill. The other more plausible explanation for a fit mom is: Maybe she is a woman who wants to get back in shape to improve her self-confidence, to feel good in her own skin and to rediscover her identity outside of her children. There's no crime in that.
In the media, we've seen this phenomenon time and again. Model moms are slammed for sharing sexy postpartum bikini photos on Instagram. British bodybuilder mom Abby Pell was accused of fat-shaming when she posted a picture of her six-pack and her daughter with the caption, "I have a kid, a six-pack and no excuse." "No Excuse" fit mom Maria Kang is perhaps the most famous of all after her ripped photo with her kids went viral in 2012.
Are these women jerks or just proud of their accomplishments after having kids? I choose to believe the latter. These 10 real-life fit moms have worked hard and deserve our respect:
Image: Britney Munday
Munday chronicles her impressive postpartum weight loss on her blog — she dropped 42 pounds and counting just three months after baby.
Follow Sponsored Bikini Competitor/ Fitnessmodel, online personal trainer and mother of 2 for daily inspiration and fitness motivation. ✨ @dianaskific ✨ ✨ @dianaskific ✨ "My fitness journey began back in 2010; it was time to regain my health back. I wanted to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. I have always been a pretty active person involved in dance and sports when I was younger, but life caught up to me after having 2 kids, working full time and taking care of a family. Needless to say fitness and nutrition wasn’t my top priority. There was always an excuse for everything why I couldn’t take better care of myself. So I hired a personal trainer, my goal was to compete in a fitness show, push my fitness to the next level. My humble beginnings started back in 2010 by creating a home gym in my basement, And with a vision board of what I wanted to achieve, and look like I Borrowed a friend’s treadmill, bought a few weights, resistance bands, bench, and exercise ball. There would be no more excuses. Since then I’ve placed 1st in fitness competition, published fitness model, and now I’m a online personal trainer and Sponsored Athlete. I am able to maintain and live a happy and healthy lifestyle 365 days a year, just by cutting out a few bad habits and incorporating exercise and proper nutrition. Fitness has changed my life for the better. I’m in the best shape of my life right now, strong and confident. It’s taught me the importance of a healthy balanced lifestyle and what ever you put your mind to you can absolutely achieve it. Hope to inspire and motivate others that it is possible, just don’t give up on yourself.. Always keep striving more out of life, never give up and believe in yourself. Dream BIG!!" #weightloss #weightlossjourney #losingweight #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessmotivation #fitmom #cleaneating #eatcleantraindirty #instagood #beforeandafter #progresspic #nodaysoff #beastmode #gymflow #noexcuses #sheliftsbro #healthylifestyle #healthymom #igfitmoms #exercise #running #instafitness #momswholift
There's an entire Instagram account dedicated to fit moms? Say it ain't so.
Twitter user Jes posted a Sunday flex selfie complete with sexy tattoos and a ripped bicep. Get it, girl.
According to fit mom BlueOxBabe, "hard work pays off." Her rock-hard six-pack is proof.
Fitness has helped me mentally, physically, and emotionally. I've fallen in love with everything about it!! Every day I workout jamming to my favorite music mentally transporting myself to a place where all the bad energy goes away! I eat delicious healthy foods, my posture has improved tremendously, I look STRONG and lean, I feel like supermom because of the increase of energy which benefits my entire family! I did all this on MY OWN! No program, no dvd, just me and my determination to try different things everyday giving it 100% and learning new things! The reason why I opened this account and I'm studying to be a personal trainer is because If I can make ONE PERSON change their lifestyle and experience all of this, I'm going for it!!!
Nana Fitness Mom, a self-proclaimed proud mom of two, has dedicated her Instagram account to sharing her home workouts, fitness passion and personal progress. Can I be the first to say I'm impressed?
Image: London Moore Beauty
This 34-year-old mom with less than 20 percent body fat looks unbelievable.
A rockin' body at seven months postpartum credited to clean eating? Sign me up.
This toned mom understands the plight of the criticized fit mom all too well. She says, "Why do other women get pissy when some prefer #naked in the locker rooms… I'm a proud #fitmom."
This adorable fit mom looks so good 12 weeks after having a baby that I almost don't believe her.
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For fit mom Shelly Debicki, her dramatic transformation was all about inspiration for her newborn son. Shelly wants to pass on the health, fitness and nutrition lifestyle to her kids.
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