There are many vices prevailing on the internet today, and perhaps the most disturbing one is body shaming a person just because they have a couple more pounds than what is considered the norm. This kind of harassment can push a person to the verge of suicide, and it should definitely be criminalized. But this model has proven that a number on the scale is of no consequence.
Meet Kelsey Wells who is on a mission
Kelsey Wells is an enlightened fitness instructor who is on a mission to prove that a number on the scale really means nothing. It's what you make of it that matters. When Kelsey got pregnant, all her admirers assumed she'll lose her amazing shape.
She proved them wrong
Most women unfortunately do end getting out of shape after a difficult pregnancy hits them. There are several reasons for this which includes hormonal changes such as the rapid increase in estrogen levels and even depression. But Kelsey proved them all wrong.
Kelsey's message to those who obsess over weight
"To any of you who are where I once was, please listen to me. I am 5′7″ and weigh 140 lbs. When I first started #bbg, I was eight weeks postpartum and 145 lbs. I weighed 130 before getting pregnant. So, based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my 'goal weight' should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans."
She got back on track
She did not allow her pregnancy to destroy her career as a fitness expert and instead hit the gym 25 hours a day and 8 days a week. She was fully committed to getting back in tip top shape.
But it's never easy
Hitting the gym after some time off is definitely not easy. One has to fight off pessimism that maybe it's time to give up. This becomes even more difficult when you've taken a nine month long break.
She got inspiration from Kayla Itsines' BBG program
One special feature about Kayla Itsines' BBG program is the way it is specially curated for women who have undergone pregnancy. So Kayla, Kelsey and other trainers joined forces to create a new fitness app called SWEAT.
Kelsey launched her own program shortly afterwards
Although the journey to get back on track has been pretty short lived, it was extremely incredible for the popular fitness instructor. It was enough for Kelsey to launch her own program to help mothers get back into shape after pregnancy.
So what changes does Kelsey's program have?
Kelsey argues that it is important for a woman to address the tones of changes they have undergone after childbirth and address them before getting back to building their strength. So she came up with a balance between cardio and strength training.
The SELF program
The beginning weeks would focus on restoring the core strength, pelvic floor strength and improving the body's posture. It is important to improve your foundation before moving to more intense training. You can also start by walking daily for 15 minutes.
Kelsey 's experience with motherhood
Although motherhood did interfere with her fitness training goals just a little bit in the beginning, it taught her about the intense love mothers feel for their children. Kelsey learnt to love herself as a result, "women can be hard on themselves" says the fitness trainer.
Kelsey's one advice
The most important advice Kelsey wants to impart towards pregnant moms is to learn loving their own body. Do not become apprehended by the prospects of what could happen after childbirth, even though it can seem a little daunting at first.
Kelsey's morning routine
Kelsey's child, Anderson actually doubles as her alarm clock and wakes her up on the dot at 7 AM daily. They watch a bit of TV and work out together. Last thing Kelsey does is catching up with her husband at night.
Completing the BBG program
A few months after finishing the BBG program, Kelsey actually gained 18 pounds which increased her waist length. But her body remained as fit as ever before. "I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week" claims Kelsey.
Kelsey's important message to the world
As you can see in the photos, gaining 18 pounds of weight had zero impact on her aesthetic looks. She looks as fit as ever and is in perfect shape. This means that gaining weight should have zero impact on your looks.
The point is to never give up
Many beginners who hit the gym assume that they will get results overnight. They stop working out when no real results are seen. This is perhaps the biggest mistake pregnant women make. It takes at least 4 months before you could see observable results. Persistent effort is of critical importance.
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