Olivia Wilde had a baby not too long ago – almost a year ago, which sounds longer than I’d have expected in writing it, but it’s not REALLY that long ago. Anyway, she’s been doing the whole breastfeeding thing and spending time with her little one and totally not at all worrying about ~bouncing back~ to society’s standards of what’s acceptable for post-childbirth bodies. Of course, she looks absolutely amazing and is, in fact, completely back to her pre-pregnancy body to the naked eye, but that’s neither here nor there.
For her April 2015 SHAPE Magazine cover feature, Olivia wanted to turn things on the head by writing the feature herself to get real about health and fitness. Here are some great quotes:
On her post-baby physique: “I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot. The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
On the first weeks of motherhood: “First of all, you haven’t seen your vagina in months, even though it’s all her fault you’re in this situation. Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn’t the gal that you remember, and would rather you back off and give her some space (and an ice diaper) for the time being, thank you very much.”
On getting back in the workout groove: “If I wasn’t at work, I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man—and by ‘party’ I mean, of course, endless rounds of the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Also, I like beer. And pizza. And these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.”
Well, isn’t she lovely (or at the very least, completely inoffensive and rather pleasant)?
Scans of the entire feature – which includes a step-by-step of some insane hip hop workout thing that I don’t quite understand, but it seems to work for her – are below: