It's no secret that Hollywood stars often make dropping the pounds after pregnancy look quite easy. In fact, sometimes it looks downright magical. But that's why it's so refreshing when an actress like Zoe Saldana admits that it's actually quite hard—and even details the specifics of the struggles.
After gaining 70 pounds while carrying twin boys—who arrived last November—the Star Trek actress embarked on a journey to get back into shape and is sharing the experience with fans on her Facebook page. In addition to uploading photos and videos of herself at the gym, Saldana has posted diet and fitness tips as well as very honest notes about her "slow ... painful ... and frustrating journey" towards getting back into shape.
Earlier this month, she wrote:
As you all know, we welcomed twin boys last November. Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I'm sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I'm about to say.
Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you've had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born.
Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work..... my clock is ticking!
Since then, Saldana has provided a play by play of her workouts (which includes a lot interval training with fitness expert Steve Moyer), documented her diet struggles, and shared motivational messages.
Last month the star described how she has had to adjust her post-baby outfit choices. “I still miss a lot of things when it comes to fashion, and I still can’t wear a lot of things," she told InStyle. "But it’s okay, because I’m loving this new bodysuit that I’m in. And if it stays forever I’m going to be a very happy lady.”