Kerry Washington recently sat down with Self Magazine to talk handling her body, baby and career, as she takes the cover of the September issue.
The interview centers around how she chooses to be her best self with balancing the many hats she wears.
The 38 year old is a new mom to her 17 month old daughter, Isabelle, the star of the hit show, Scandal, and a wife.
When discussing her post-baby body she stressed the fact that she didn’t have a goal to return to her pre-baby body.
“A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back,’” she told Self. “She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what?
I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life.’ I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”
Although she isn’t focused on getting back to the body she had before Isabelle, she still works out and remains fit.
Washington picked up pilates as a way of working out that would be rehabilitating after an injury but also challenging enough to stay in shape. She considers it to be her anchor and has been completing 2-6 pilate sessions a week for the past 5 years.
“I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to,” she adds. “It’s important to have rest days. But in the long run, if I don’t work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better.”
She works out early in the morning so she can get back home to her family.
Kerry looks amazing! I believe we can learn a lot from her. Although I’ve yet to carry a child, I know the importance of embracing who you are now and who you are becoming.
The fact that you’ve carried life is inevitable going to result in change in your physical. Choose your best self all while loving the new you and being healthy, but don’t stress about trying to return to a form that is “pre-miracle.”
Watch the video below to find out how Kerry Washington remains her full self!