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In the story, which features photos taken 11 weeks after her daughter Lincoln was born in March, Bell says that she’s 15 lbs. heavier than her pre-pregnancy weight, and she’s okay with that.
“I’m going to continue working out and see where it goes,” the actress, 33, explains.
“I’d like to get back down to where I was before the baby … But if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I’m not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before.”
“I like my Lincoln Leftovers because they’re proof I did something extraordinary. I gave life to my new BFF & she gave me a comical amount of midsection skin,” Bell Tweeted, and she admits that her fiancé, Parenthood star Dax Shepard, loves her new curves.
“All he did was tell me he loved me chubby,” she reveals. “He even asked me to stay chubby after the baby was born.”
Bell gained 43 lbs. with Lincoln and has lost some of the weight through healthy eating — fruits, veggies and protein shakes — and low-impact workouts, along with the slimming side effects of breastfeeding. And she insists that she didn’t obsess about her weight gain while she was pregnant, so she’s not about to start freaking out about it now.
“I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse,” she says. “Look, I’m like any other woman. All this evolved b.s. that I’m telling you is my mantra: It’s not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that’s just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”
— K.C. Blumm