Country superstar and athletic wear designer Carrie Underwood is keeping it real as ever after the January 2019 birth of her second son, Jacob Bryan. Underwood spoke with People and admitted that she felt real frustration when her body didn’t “bounce back” to her usual size as easily as it did after the birth of her first son, Isaiah (now 4). She shares her sons with husband Mike Fisher.
Underwood told People, “After having my first kid, I felt like I bounced back fast. And then with Jake, it was like my body took a minute to get back to me. It was frustrating, because I’m like, ‘Why wasn’t it like the first time?’
The CALIA by Carrie Underwood designer spoke with People in Aspen earlier this month, celebrating her label’s new collection — and modeling its mantra, “stay the path.”
“I’m four years older,” Underwood continued in the same interview. “That also helped me shift my mindset — I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics.”
And as for “cheat days” during the holidays? Underwood’s not a fan of that line of thinking.
“I don’t like to call them ‘cheat days,'” she said. “You’re just enjoying life. I feel like holiday time can be stressful when it comes to health and fitness, but it doesn’t have to be. You can just say, ‘I’m going to enjoy myself on the holidays.'”
She added, “It’s all about friends and family and food and parties and indulging responsibly. And when New Year’s is over, get back on the horse. It’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve had my holiday fun. Now it’s time to get back on my path.'”
In March, Underwood let fans in on her frame of mind — and body — after Jacob’s birth in a touching (and powerful) Instagram post:
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I’m going to be honest, “bouncing back” after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately. I go into the gym and I can’t run as fast or as far. I can’t lift as much weight or do as many reps as I could a year ago. I just want to feel like myself again…for my body to feel the way that I know it can. As I was working out today, I realized that for the past 11(ish) months, my body has not belonged to me. It was a perfect home for Jacob. And even now it belongs to him every time he drinks his milk. As I prepare for red carpets and for life on tour, right now I make a promise to myself to start appreciating what my body CAN do and stop focusing on what it can’t. I promise to stop analyzing every angle and every curve and every pound and every meal. I’m going to keep staying the path because it is a journey and as long as I’m always working towards my goals, one day I’ll reach them. I’m going to take it day by day, smile at the girl in the mirror, and work out because I love this body and all it has done and will continue to do! #bodyafterbaby #fitmom #healthy #staythepath @caliabycarrie
She wrote, “…As I was working out today, I realized that for the past 11(ish) months, my body has not belonged to me. It was a perfect home for Jacob. And even now it belongs to him every time he drinks his milk. As I prepare for red carpets and for life on tour, right now I make a promise to myself to start appreciating what my body CAN do and stop focusing on what it can’t.”
We’re a fan of every mom who keeps it real — there’s comfort for other moms in honesty and body positivity, and Underwood’s words hit home in the best way.