Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is known for whipping stars — from Gwyneth Paltrow to Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio (and now Lena Dunham) — into enviable shape, but her life isn’t always so glamorous.
On Monday, the mom of two shared a candid throwback photo of herself on Instagram, which revealed the realities of motherhood. In the snap, Anderson is wearing dirty pajamas and is covered in breast milk, while holding her baby daughter Penelope (who is now 5 years old).
“At the end of the day who even needs breast pads as long as they are happy, healthy and full of love for themselves and others!” she wrote.
A post shared by Tracy Anderson (@tracyandersonmethod) on May 21, 2017 at 6:07pm PDT
The honest image is in stark contrast to the polished photos she typically posts — and her 300,000 Instagram followers loved it, with the post garnering more than 12,000 likes. Several commented on what a “beautiful” photo it is and related to Anderson’s “raw,” “real life” share. “So true!” wrote Instagram user elizamapple. “Happy to see someone honest about early motherhood!”
Happiness is Contagious ???? "If you always compare your children's abilities to those of great athletes, entertainers, and celebrities, they will lose their own power. If you urge them to acquire and achieve, they will learn to cheat and steal to meet your expectations. Encourage your children's deepest joys, not their superficial desires. Praise their patience, not their ambition. Do not value the distractions and diversions that masquerade as success. They will learn to hear their own voice instead of the noise of the crowd. If you teach them to achieve they will never be content. If you teach them contentment, they will naturally achieve everything. We all want our children to be happy. Somehow, some way today show them something that makes you happy, something you truly enjoy. Your own happiness is contagious. They learn the art from you." #William Martin ????
A post shared by Tracy Anderson (@tracyandersonmethod) on May 14, 2017 at 8:33am PDT
For many followers, Anderson’s post brought back their own memories from when they were breastfeeding their newborns.
Instagram user josheik19 wrote: “I’m in tears because I so relate to this pic,” while eating_enchanted commented, “I love this so much Tracy! It brought me back to the early days with both of my kids. When it is all love and very little sleep. Thank you for being a woman who’s never afraid to be real!”
Added mlm_tam, “So many memories just flooded back for me after seeing this picture. This is so raw and real. So much love and selflessness for those babes.” And abolan74 commented: “Best one yet..I nursed all of my children and there is no more beautiful and intimate experience in the world!”
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