On Tuesday, December 20th of 2016, Katherine Heigl welcomed the birth of her third baby with husband John Kelley.
The couple had already adopted two children, but baby number three presented a couple of new challenges -- childbirth and that post-baby body.
Heigl has now shared her weight loss journey with some starkly honest underwear photos. Take a look!
"It’s been almost 14 months since Joshua Jr was born and it has taken me about that long to really get back in shape," she writes in her captions.
Describing a three-part image (below), she continues.
"The first pic was taken one month after he was born."
She still looks great, but it's clearly no secret that she'd recently given birth.
"The second pic was taken almost a full year later."
Which was really not that many weeks ago -- her little baby only turned one year old in December.
"And the last pic was taken this weekend."
And here is this series of photos:
She laments that she didn't have more photos for her weight loss collage.
"I wish I had a few from in between the first and second so you could really see how slow my progress was but alas...I was busy covering it all up those months, not posing in my unders!"
"Anyway, I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April and my deep desire to feel fit, strong, and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally [lose] the last of my baby weight."
Sometimes, you just need that extra piece of motivation. Professional motivation can do that.
But she had more on her mind than just losing fat.
"And do a deep dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere!"
She talks about her secret.
"I was wholly and totally inspired by Miss @rachparcell and the before and after pics she shared after taking the #bbg challenge. I had never heard of it but she looked so damn great (she had her baby just a few months before me) that I had to check it out."
Note that she's writing B-B-G, not B-B-Q, in case you for one blissful moment allowed yourself to dream that her weight loss secret involved eating barbeque.
"I found a fantastic app called #sweat that features several different #bbg programs you can choose from and makes it incredibly easy to do anywhere, which for me means in my bedroom at home!"
That's such an unpleasant name for an app but, hey, if you're serious about weight loss, you're likely to sweat during the process.
"I won’t lie, the workouts are real ass kickers but the progress I’ve made in only 5 short weeks has kept me motivated and inspired to keep going!"
She talks about the success that she's found.
"I am so grateful I’ve had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs."
Having that time is good for your body -- swinging back and forth between extremes may be impressive, but it's not healthy.
"And wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape but it is time to make the strength, fitness, and overall health of my body a priority."
Again she gives a shoutout:
"And I am so grateful that @rachparcell shared her story and got this mama motivated!"
For years, Katherine Heigl has had a reputation -- that she's difficult to work with on set.
More recently, however, many have begun to question whether that reputation was unfairly earned -- especially after people found out about unpleasant working environments in Hollywood and beyond.
So maybe some folks judged her too harshly.
Regardless of your opinion of her, however, it's wonderful that she's shared what worked for her and helped her to get the body that she wants.