Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Hollywood Moms

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Whether it’s pictures of Angelina Jolie parading her brood through the airport in a skin tight outfit, watching a news story about Kate Middleton’s amazing post baby body, or seeing Heidi Klum walk down the runway of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show less than a month after having a baby, it’s enough to make you feel sub-par. How are these women pulling this off? How come I’m still in my maternity pants 6 weeks postpartum, and she’s walking a runway in underwear? Trying to measure up to Hollywood’s standard is nearly impossible, and here’s why.

To expect Heidi Klum results, without being Heidi Klum, is putting far too much pressure on yourself!

According to People.com, in order for Heidi Klum to pull off her post-baby transformation, she flew celebrity fitness trainer, David Kirsch, to her home. The pair worked out together twice daily. In the morning, it was lunges, core strength exercises, yoga, and shadow boxing. Afternoons brought more core work and cardio, including up to 45 minutes on an inclined treadmill or elliptical trainer. They also hiked and lunged around L.A.'s Franklin Canyon. Beyond the workout schedule, Kirsch cleaned out Klum’s refrigerator and put her on a strict diet. For breakfast, she’d have a protein shake (180 calories), followed at 10 a.m. by a 4-egg-white omelet with vegetables. Lunch might be broccoli sauteed in a teaspoon of olive oil, skinless chicken, and a salad, and maybe 10-12 raw almonds as a 4 p.m. snack. For dinner, Klum might have another protein shake or a small meal like a cup of turkey chili. (Did I mention the time away from her children and work?) Because of her star status, she was able to afford to take the time off, and pay for child-care or have a spouse available to do it.

Now, I don’t judge other mothers–it’s just not something I am willing to do because it opens me up to far more criticism than my sensitive little self can handle. Plus, I’ve learned that if I think it can’t happen to me, it most certainly will. So, as far as the way others choose to parent, I say to each their own. But, that being said, I don’t think that I could make that big of a commitment away from my BRAND NEW baby! I know how much work it takes to simply prepare three healthy meals, let alone two workout sessions a day. How do you fit that all in, you know, between breastfeeding and diapers?

I guess all I’m saying is, to expect Heidi Klum results without being Heidi Klum, is putting far too much pressure on yourself. Take time to enjoy your baby, and set realistic expectations for yourself, based on your own situations. It’s very hard to compare yourself to someone else without walking a mile in her shoes. Or, when comparing yourself to a workoutaholic supermodel, you’d have to walk a marathon in her stilettos… NOT easy!

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Do you get caught in the trap of comparing yourself to celebrities? Other moms? Which celebrity, would you say, is the worst for comparison? 

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Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Hollywood Moms

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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3 comments

  1. Jullie says:

    That stuff written above sounds slick but, uh…No. Those celeb broads have c section and get a tummy tuck on the spot! Lipo follows shortly after, then they fly the trainer in to tone the rest. I’m a soldier and after maternity leave i went back. I did p90x until I was medically forced to stop. I also did Zumba. I also did 2 and 3 a days for months and this is at work! I breastfeed still, almost a year later and noooowwwwwww the last 20-25lbs is trying to come off. Notice I haven’t added any home workouts in yet. I only gained 51 lbs. Those broads aren’t real people to me

  2. KT. S says:

    We are real people who have to raise our children, work, and have a significant other to take care of as well. We don’t have the time, money, or pressure that celebs do. Most celeb moms HAVE to look good in order to get a job or a part in a movie… Thankfully I don’t have to worry about that. All I have to do is go to work and concentrate on my two little girls as all moms should do. Who cares about celebrities concentrate on the beautiful you.

  3. Kerra says:

    Not all of us have the money nor time to work for these bodies after we have a baby .. these celebs life is their body so to go to work or feel good being followed by the camera they want the perfect body us not famous people don’t have people talking our picture all day it seems more logical we can hide our body till we have time and motivation to work on it

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