For months, Zoe Saldana has been lamenting the fact that she hasn’t lost the minor amount of baby weight she was holding onto after having her twin boys, Bowie and Cy, in November, 2014. In April of this year she wrote that the weight gain from pregnancy was “a very challenging experience,” that “bouncing back feels impossible,” and that “it is slow, painful and frustrating. But it is worth it.”
Then, this September she said that “everything hurts and feels uncomfortable” compared to her pre-pregnancy body and that “I feel bad for those women who are desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby… I definitely took a break and trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready. I never wanted to push myself.”
Well it’s been a year and Zoe can once again fit back into her Guardians of the Galaxy costume. She posted the following picture to Instagram, along with a bikini pic.
Holy S—! You guys, I had to share this, this is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013. After twins I can't believe I was able to slip into this. @marvel and @jamesgunn don't be mad, I'm not showing anything that hasn't been seen before… besides, aren't we designing new stuff?…. It pays off to work hard! I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too.
In the past two years I lost 50 lbs and got to my goal weight. I was able to lose it because I got my appendix out and that solved a lot of ongoing health issues I’d had. Plus I had the time and freedom – I work from home and have more time to exercise, and I figured out that if I count calories it’s a lot simpler than eliminating my favorite foods. (I used MyFitnessPal and a food scale. I do emotional eat but once I started counting everything it became easier to control.)
My point is that yes weight loss is achievable by us non-celebrities, and I definitely get the urge to share it and explain how you did it, but I don’t do this unless people ask and I would never presume to tell someone else that “if I can do it all moms can.” Weight loss has to be on people’s own schedule. Zoe knows this as it took her a year. Some women work 9 to 5 and then go home and have to make dinner, care for children, and clean the house. I’m not saying weight loss is impossible for anyone, it’s just that some have it much harder than others.
You would think that Zoe, who complained multiple times that it was tough for her to lose the weight from having twins, would not frame her weight loss this way. If Zoe would have posted that picture and just talked about it on her own terms that would have been fine. I just question why she addressed her post to all mothers, especially when she’s an incredibly privileged celebrity with so many advantages and resources.
On the other hand, maybe she’s talking like this because it was really hard for her and she’s trying to be encouraging. There are just shades of Maria Kang in that post.