The Aussie fitness and health guru posted a split-screen photos of herself—head-on and in profile—in a blue bikini looking lean and strong four months after having her daughter Mia. But Emily admitted in the caption:
“I haven’t reached my fitness goal yet & I don’t know if I ever will. That’s the thing with living this lifestyle, there is no end goal for me, it’s ongoing & all about setting & achieving smaller goals."
The 33-year-old trainer has built a fitness empire off of her FIT Program—which combines workouts, a healthy meal plan, and mindfulness and motivation exercises. She's also been regularly posting selfies since her daughter Mia’s birth in December, sharing her efforts to reclaim her pre-baby physique.
She's been following her own program, and the progress definitely shows. But Emily revealed that her post-baby fitness journey hasn't exactly been easy. “I’ve had a few hurdles that threw me off track—but that’s just life. I try to accept & adapt,” she wrote.
She also noted that she's not immune to self-criticism:
“I often preach loving yourself & your body, not beating yourself up and not comparing to others etc. But sometimes I don’t exactly ‘walk the talk.’ I try to & WANT to but sometimes I forget.”
Emily admitted that she's asked herself "'Why aren’t I getting leaner?', 'how come other people get back in shape quickly after giving birth & I didn’t?'" And sometimes she even lets negative people, who say she’ll never get her pre-pregnancy body back, get to her.
But the one way Emily brings herself back down to Earth is remembering to be just as kind to herself as she is to Mia: “Love myself the way I love her. It’s SO hard to do but I believe that’s how we should treat ourselves because if we can’t love & care for ourselves how are we supposed to love & care for others?!”
She’s been sharing down-to-earth sentiments in other recent posts, too. In one selfie she shared about a week ago, she rejoiced in the fact that she’d put on a couple of kilograms .
“What I’m really happy about is the fact that my weight is INCREASING while I’m getting leaner! You know what that means?! I’m building muscle!” she wrote, sending the clear message that a higher number on the scale isn't necessarily negative.
In another post, only about a month after giving birth, she’s wearing a two-piece and is using a resistance band by her pool with Mia in a carrier nearby, and candidly shared that it’s hard to fit in workouts when you have a newborn.
As she notes in her latest post, despite the challenges, Emily is focusing on what she does have—a beautiful family and her health. And what could be more inspirational than that?
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US