Katrina Scott is a personal trainer and fitness coach, who often uses her social media platform to post influencing messages about health and fitness. Recently, she shared that it is important to focus on self-love rather than obsessively comparing yourself to others.
The fitness enthusiast wrote on Instagram, “Officially 9 months postpartum,” with side-by-side photos of herself holding her daughter Isabelle Margaret.
She continued, “Instead of posting a pic at 9 months pregnant, I chose a pic at 3 months postpartum because 3 months is where everyone kept telling me I’d be ‘back’ to where I was. I’d have the fitness SnapBack. That wasn’t my journey.”
Scott did not lose as much weight as she was expecting once she hit the three-month marker, making her feel disappointed about her body. She wrote, “On the left, I was not disappointed…nor was I sad that I didn’t live up to the expectation a lot of people had on me. In fact, I was the opposite,” she wrote. “I was happy, proud & body positive. And my mind was healthy…I mean, I made it through the 4th trimester! Woohoo.”
The co-founder of Tone It Up went on to say that she’s “equally happy, proud & body positive” today.
Scott wrote, “I feel healthy & strong for my daughter. I truly believe that giving yourself patience, grace, & kindness each day leads to progress & strength.”
“Imagine if I was hard on myself, ate my emotions, hated the body that gave me a beautiful daughter, or if I tried to live up to what I thought everyone expected of me? I don’t think I would be where I am today. It would have led to me feeling like I failed myself & everyone who followed me. It would have led to self-sabotage & maybe i’d be stuck bc I wouldn’t think I deserved self-love,” explained Scott.
She continued, “I want u to know that ur postpartum body is remarkable. For me, I appreciate my tiger marks, my dimples that stayed on my booty cheeks, my tummy that expands more than ever when I eat & the new skin I’m in,” she wrote. “I also love that I can do yoga. I can do our @ToneItUp postnatal workouts & I can carry Bella around for 12 hours a day!”
“Everyone’s journey looks different & every mom has her own unique path ~ so let’s not compare our chapter 1 or 3 to someone else’s chapter 30,” she added. “If ur feeling down or defeated, I want u to know it’s ok. Start with this 1 thing — kindness. Everything u say to ur body is important bc it’s listening. And somebody that baby of yours will hear u too. Do it for her (or him!).” Scott concluded, “So start now. Start with ‘I am beautiful. I am capable. I am worthy of my goals & dreams. I am exactly where I need to be today. I can do this. I am loved. And I am so grateful for this body, my beating heart & my beautiful mind.’ Every decision u make, make it with self-love and because you deserve it.”