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Katie Willcox Says She Cried After Her First Post-Pregnancy Workout

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Model Katie Willcox has been spreading the message of self-love for quite some time. The founder of the Healthy Is the New Skinny movement has been open and honest about how difficult it was for her to find a place for herself in the modeling world, how the body-positive movement is neglecting medium-sized women, how women shouldn't have to feel the need to lose weight to find love and how you're so much more than what you see in the mirror.

 

So excited to share the August cover of @parents magazine!!! I kept the conversation about motherhood and body image as real and honest as I could in this interview. I am so happy I was able to share this experience with my favorite girl. “I’m back to my usual weight of 165 pounds, but it took me 18 months to get there. I can’t imagine the stress I’d have felt if I’d thought I had to return to my prebaby weight right away. I tried going to the gym after six weeks, and I left in tears because it was so defeating. I had no strength, and I literally peed my pants! After that, my husband, Bradford, who used to be a personal trainer, told me, ‘We’re not going back there. Let’s just take a walk.’ So that’s what we did. No workouts, just walks. After a few months, I started lifting weights again. After nine months, I did some Spin classes. It was gradual. I put away the schedule and focused on True. You can’t get that time back with your baby, so I told myself, ‘I’ll take the extra pounds for now. I’m cool with that.’ ”  Tap the link in bio for more body-positive inspo #healthyisthenewskinny #katiehwillcox #truewillcox #parents : @brigitte_sire

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Now, the first-time mom is opening up about her decision to be transparent about her 60-pound weight gain during pregnancy, and how it took her much longer than she thought to go back to "normal".

"I'm back to my usual weight of 165 pounds, but it took me 18 months to get there," she told Parents for their August cover story. "I can't imagine the stress I'd have felt if I'd thought I had to return to my prebaby weight right away." (And just FYI, it's normal to still look pregnant after giving birth.)

Regardless, Willcox admits that she slaved away at the gym hoping to snap back into shape and learned the hard way that these things take time. "I tried going to the gym after six weeks, and I left in tears because it was so defeating," she told the mag. "I had no strength, and I literally peed my pants!"

Noticing her struggle, her husband stepped in to suggest she scale back a bit. "My husband, Bradford, who used to be a personal trainer, told me, 'We're not going back there. Let's just take a walk,'" she said. "So that's what we did. No workouts just walks. After a few months, I started lifting weights again. After nine months, I did some Spin classes. It was gradual. I put away the schedule and focused on True. You can't get that time back with your baby, so I told myself, 'I'll take the extra pounds for now. I'm cool with that.'" (Related: Emily Skye Reveals That Her Pregnancy Workouts Didn't Go As Planned)

 

I’m proud to partner with @Dove and the Dove Self-Esteem Project because did you know that 8 in 10 girls with low body confidence will opt out of important activities? As anyone who follows me knows, I am passionate about educating girls and women about the harmful effects of media. Now that I have an almost two-year-old daughter who can already navigate my phone and iPad on her own, the reality is sinking in more and more. What she sees will contribute to how she thinks and feels about herself and, as her mother, it is my job to continuously communicate with her about the media she is exposed to. That is why I am happy to share Dove's new film, created in collaboration with Shonda Rhimes, that focuses on spending an #HourWithHer. Every girl needs a mentor, and not everyone is fortunate enough to have the person be their mother. In the new Real Beauty Production film, you can gain powerful insight into the growing need for positive female role models and mentors, and understand how you can make a difference in a girl's life. Becoming a mother has changed so much of my world. It has changed how I choose to use my social media platform and what messaging I want True to receive from it. As our culture continues to change rapidly with new technological advances, our parenting styles and mentoring abilities must continue to evolve as well. I don’t have all the answers, but I have all the love for my child, and I am dedicated to learning as much as I possibly can so I can be the best mother I am capable of being. Head to my story to hear more about the film and for the link to watch! Remember, when we collectively mentor young girls we are raising a better world together. #HourWithHer #Dove #selfesteemproject #DovePartner #katiehwillcox #motherhood #raisingtheworld

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Willcox says it was during this time that she also learned to love her body again—and that was all thanks to her daughter. "We're all born loving ourselves," she told Parents. "It's not something we have to learn how to do. Our kids love their body because they haven't been conditioned to see flaws. True loves herself. She kisses herself. She loves being alive. We were all like that once. If you want to understand how to love yourself, all you have to do is watch your kids."

Because our bodies are badass and feeling strong, healthy, and confident is for everyone! Help us spread the body love and be a part of our #LoveMyShape body confidence movement: Post a photo or video on social sharing why you love your shape. And check out Movemeant Foundation, our partner in empowering women and girls to be body positive.

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