The CrossFit queen is tracking her fitness progress without being too hard on herself.

By Faith Brar
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Photo: Instagram/@christmasabbott

Christmas Abbott-aka the Southern belle of the CrossFit world-is known for being a total badass in the gym. But when she got pregnant with her first child, things didn't quite go as planned. "I tried to work out but gaining 60 pounds on a 120-pound frame made general life difficult," she previously shared on Instagram. "All of my years of training since 2002 did NOT prepare me for this." (Even Emily Skye has admitted to being frustrated with her post-baby body progress.)

From that point on, Abbott vowed to embrace her changing body and focus her efforts on enjoying pregnancy and motherhood. Now, six months postpartum, she's sharing how proud she is of her progress, but that she's in no rush to get back to her pre-pregnancy shape.

"I've been keeping these progress pictures to remind myself to take it slow, how far I've come, and to honor what my body did over the last year," she wrote alongside three side-by-side photos of herself. "I would be lying if I didn't say I still had the urge to go harder than I should in the gym and adjust my nutrition to give me more extreme results but a chiseled body ISN'T my goal." (Related: Why Tone It Up's Katrina Scott Says She Prefers Her Post-Pregnancy Body)

Abbott explained how having a healthy and complete body is now a bigger priority for her. "That includes self-care of my physical recovery as well as my mental and emotional state," she wrote. "Our bodies go through a ton of trauma to birth a child. How can we put such harsh pressures on ourselves to bounce back in an unrealistic timeline in a truly healthy way?" (Related: This Influencer Is Keeping It Real About Stepping Into a Fitting Room After Having a Baby)

She makes a valid point: Women's bodies are able to grow and nourish a developing human. That in itself deserves as much recognition as any strength gains. Plus, if it takes nine months to grow a baby, it only makes sense to give yourself the same amount of time (if not more) to recover and readjust.

"Each body is different and has its own recovery journey to live and experience," shared Abbott. "I hope that you find happiness in the journey and not frustration. Appreciation instead of disgust. Love and not hatred."

Though Abbott may not be as physically fit as she was pre-pregnancy, her resolve is as strong as ever. "We only have ONE body in this life," she wrote on Instagram. "Why wouldn't you love it for all it is and all it can do for you?"

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