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Wonder Woman’s Secrets

POSTED ON December 6, 2013

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Have a baby. Four days later endure kidney stones and kidney stone removal surgery. Next up, the flu. Following this, a sinus infection…and Baby Ruby isn’t even two weeks old yet! On her two week birthday, I do my first workout. Two weeks and 2 days post baby, I wear a little blue (not black) dress for family pics. Same day, an exercise photo shoot for Family Circle Magazine (due out this March). Two weeks and 3 days post baby, we jet set to Hawaii for work commitments. Two weeks and 4 days post baby, you see me relaxed on the beach. And with ALL of this going on, I appear utterly and totally at ease with my life…in photos, at least…which seems to make people think I am Wonder Woman.

How do I do it, you ask? I have some major, MAJOR secrets to share with you all.

Secret #1 – I cry…a LOT. I am an average post-partum mommy ☺. Photos only show one bleep in time. They don’t show my ugly “crying face” that comes out to Chris, Kamala, and the kids nearly every day since Ruby was born…whining that life feels overbearingly tough sometimes. Ladies and gentlemen, I am human. When I am pregnant, I am moody as all get out. After I have babies, I am an emotional wreck that feels like life will never feel normal again. I have my good days and my bad days. I have happy moments and I have sad moments. I am a woman. With or without pregnancy and babies, I ride a monthly emotional rollercoaster. And I’ll venture to say that my emotions might be more volatile than most…but we can let Chris confirm this ;).

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Secret #2Spanx, Baby. Yup, you got it. I don’t have the ripped abs back that I had pre pregnancy with Ruby. Not even close. I will admit, the exercise I did during my pregnancy has made “body after baby” bounce back a little quicker than before, but I am a ways from what the photos may suggest. Flattering clothes and Spanx are to thank for keeping my core activated (which is supposed to help abdominal recovery) and my belly minimized. This, my friends, is the only way I was able to appear somewhat back-to-normal in the exercise photos for Family Circle Magazine. Spanx works miracles.

All in the name of vanity? Maybe, but I don’t know a woman out there that wouldn’t take advantage of a modern, manmade miracle (called Spanx) to slim the figure for a national magazine shoot ☺. If you are one of these woman that would let it all hang out, you have my respect!!! I am still working on my own insecurity issues though.

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Secret #3 – I can be wimpy. I hear so many people giving me a pat on the back for my toughness. While I did have a baby (or two) natural, with no drugs, my “toughness” ego was brought down a few notches when kidney stones set in. Boy, oh boy. For someone that has always prided herself on “no drugs or pain killers for anything”, I sure realized it was okay to make the occasional exception. The doctors and nurses in the hospital with me will tell you…I was anything BUT tough those days ☺. I was in so much pain that I was willing to take whatever it was that they would give me. I’ve never experienced such desperation for relief before.

Side note: Ever wonder which is more painful, childbirth or kidney stones? Having experienced both within 4 days of each other, I have my opinion. Without a doubt, kidney stones. Just an opinion though ☺

Secret #4 – Do what you gotta do, no matter what anyone else says. Yes, I know flying with a 2 ½ week old is not ideal. I get it. As conflicted as some of my readers were over this, I assure you that I was more conflicted. This sweet baby Ruby is MINE…no one in this world cares more about her than we do. No one. Unfortunately, there are certain situations and circumstances in life (such as contractual obligations to a show that shoots year round) that do force us to make the best decision in a scenario that may not have ANY ideal choices. Without going into too much detail, I assure all of you that on SO many levels, the choices we make for our children are in our entire family’s  best interest. I appreciate the care and concern of so many, but rest assured that we would never make a choice for our children that wasn’t in the best interest of their well being. Just keep in mind though – judgment is tough to make when you are only seeing the cover of the book, and you are unable to dig into the meat of the chapters to see what is really going on in the story.

Accepting that everyone will have their own ideas of how life should be lived, and knowing the truth that there is no “right way” has been a life saver to me. “Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter” are words I try to remember ☺

Secret #5 – I have help. You see me making life, a clean house, and parenting while traveling and working seem easy. What you don’t see are the little helpers I have behind the scenes. We have the most amazing family and friends there to support us, help us out of binds, watch the kids last minute, sit by my side at the hospital, help Ruby take her first bottle of formula when I couldn’t be there to nurse her, clean my house when I’m in too much pain to get up, and make me smile simply because they love us so much. Without them none of this would be possible. They help our family function and allow us to keep doing the things we know will make this world a better place.

My secrets are out. But the real secret seems to be that there is no secret to Wonder Woman at all. In fact, Wonder Woman doesn’t even exist. I am simply a woman, just like you (or your wife or mother), trying my darndest to make the best life possible for my sweet family.

I am far from perfect.

If there is one thing though that does make so much possible for me, it is that I refuse to give up. No matter what life throws at me, no matter the comments that are made, no matter the fullness of my plate, no matter the pain I am in. I. Will. Not. Quit.

Maybe, just maybe, this creates Wonder Women and Super Men…

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[...] talked to Heidi more than Chris because I read her blog and I really loved her posting about being Wonder Woman after having a baby and I wanted her to know that I really enjoyed it.  I was also a little too [...]

Hi, Heidi I Love you honesty and transparency. I just love you and Chris story and how you all help people everyday. I was praying for you after you birth. I saw the posts that Chris posted. I had kidney stones after the birth of my son who is now 16 and it was so worse than having the baby.

You guys inspired me so much. I am nearly in tears writing this. I know we do not know you all personally but you guys open you heart so much to world. I watched Cassandra story last night on hulu and it is so much my story. I was an athlete in my younger days and now very much over weight. My son said last night that I should write you guys. I laughed but then today I saw your blog. It is good just to share my heart and be open about it.

I would like you guys prayers. I struggle with emotional eating. I promised my son before he graduates in 2015 that I would be the smaller woman that he has never met before he was born. It is a long journey. I am gong to follow Chris 90 Day Cycles and move on my Journey.

Congrats on the new baby and much peace, joy, and happiness on your daily journey of being a mom, wife, and care giver to so many.
Blessings, Nicole

Starla says:

Heidi,
Wow, well said. I appreciate your honesty, and your powerful words. I am going through some really tough times right now and I feel like I can’t be everything to everyone. I am my moms caregiver. She is almost 88 and has Alzheimer’s and I also have a family. Hard to stretch me!!! I get depressed and feel overwhelmed. You make me smile with your positive ness. Thank you.

Brittney says:

You are just a beautiful person! I love that you are so real.
Your family is an inspiration!

Desiree says:

Thank you for writing this. It took me three children (now 6yrs old and twin 3yr olds) for me to realize that I do not have to be “Super Woman”! I’m a great mom because I can work – I know that may sound crazy but it’s true. God bless stay at home moms bc I could never do it. I’m a full time mommy with a full time career who just closed down my group training studio because it was too much… And we don’t get help and I become an emotional controlling mess who spiraled out of control.
Thank you – you’re doing great!!!

Tasha says:

I think you are a great Mom and Wife!! I like how you are honest and real about what we don’t always see in the ‘picturesque’ life of yours. It helps all of us be able to relate and empathize with you on a true level. I’m glad to know that you are just like the rest of us Mom’s who do what we have to do even if we may be having a rough day. You help me feel normal and not inadequate being a Mom! Thank you! :)

Janet says:

You are just lovely, and you have the most adorable family in America.
Thanks for being such a wonderful example.

Brittany says:

I love this Heidi! You are an incredible inspiration to all moms! I especially love #4. You guys know what is best for your family! Keep up the good work! :)

Melissa says:

Well said. And thank you for being real. Life can be tough for everyone and while no one likes to hear people complain, we still want to relate.

Deanna Kelley says:

MY ROLE MODEL!!!

Janet Randall says:

I think you are wonderful and amazing!! I agree with your Dr. Seuss quote…those who matter don’t mind. We can recognize that you and Chris are doing an incredible job at giving your family and SO MANY OTHERS the best that you can give. Thank you for all that you do. (And as a mother of 4 too, I hope you get a chance to rest every now and then). :)

Heidi I loved this. I write a blog too on all kinds of things but lately it’s been inspiration on healthy lifestyles … Keep on writing .

Kelli C says:

Thanks so much for spilling your secrets! I love your honesty: good, bad and ugly.
PS: I had a kidney stone during my first pregnancy and I didn’t know it at the time…but yes (I concur with you) it was worse than labor & delivery ;)

millia says:

Wow! This is really inspiring and thanks for showing the real inside story!

Leslie S says:

Thanks for sharing! Seriously.

Kathy says:

Heidi,

The fact that you can admit that you do not always have it together is proof to me that you are a Wonder Woman. Wonder Women are tough when they need to be but honest enough to recognize it isn’t always going to be easy and they look for and accept help when they need it. Congratulations on your new addition to your already beautiful family. Hang in there! You are an amazing inspiration to your fellow Wonder Women out here and we are rooting for you! :-)

Donna says:

Thank you for sharing this. I have seven children of my own and with one of them I had a kidney stone the size of a quarter that was stuck and I could not pass it. I carried it for nine months as well as my baby (painful)LOL! After she was born I was rushed back to the hospital to have surgery. It was not fun! I agree that a kidney stone is worse than giving birth.

Micaela says:

Heidi! thanks for sharing your secrets! I am a mother of 3 myself and it is not easy! I would like to ask you some after pregnancy abs, my after 3rd baby is really bad and I don’t know what to do to get it flat again! hope you can advice something specific!!! thank you and you certainly have my admiration!!!! greetings from Bolivia!!!

Dona says:

Well said!!!

Ángela says:

Heidi! You rock! I agreed. The only way you can get back is if you have your support team. You look beautiful even going throughout so much! Thank you for thanking the time to share the inside story with all of us. You are doing the best you can to be a wonderful mother and a wonderful woman! I have to confess. I am happy to know that you wear spanx!

Liz says:

Thank you for sharing your “secrets”. It’s nice to see a woman in the public eye be honest and discuss the reality behind the photos of perfection. You guys have an amazing family and the support and love shows through in all of the posts and photos. With that support and your dedication you can accomplish anything, Take care of yourself and let those boys spoil you every now and then :)

Silvia svk says:

Heidi ure an inspiration, thnx 4 sharing your post :) sending love to your house and family
*kiss

Jeannine Koski says:

That is the voice in our head Heidi, “I will not quit!” Especially after trampling through Thanksgiving slugging on towards Christmas. We love you, wish I could roll up my sleeves to help! I am praying for you and your family, we love you all. Thank you for leading the way!!!

Laura Sarrach RN says:

Thank You. We love you for sharing the truth. No one’s life is perfect, we all have our ups and downs. But you letting us know, that you do too, lets us know, your HUMAN and don’t walk on water. God Bless, and take care of yourself first, then everything else will fall in place.

Claudia Barbosa says:

its amazing how we guys can manager all that in such harmony, dedication and faith!

Ashley says:

Love this Heidi! I think you are a rock star but its awesome to hear that you have your overwhelming times like the rest of us. I love following your cute little family and all that you guys are doing for everyone else. Thanks for being so real. You are truly an inspiration!

Kristina says:

Wow! I love how you just say things the way they are! You aren’t scared of what others will think! This made me cry. I deal with pain everyday, not just moderate pain but pain on a scale of 1-10 that on an average day would be an 8 and on bad days off the charts. It is hard when I see so many out there doing so much and I have to sit on the side lines of life watching. It kills me, I didn’t plan for this, it is hard and it truly hurts!!! Not many see the side of me that is hurting because who wants to see that side? Most see the side where I am smiling and don’t say anything about the pain I am dealing with. Most people who find out about my pain are shocked because I don’t act like I am in pain, but how do you act in pain? I walk with a cane and move slower than most. I spend most of my time in bed or a home so people don’t’ see those bad days. It is so nice to read someone being real about there not be a real super woman! Thank you!

Camille says:

well said HEIDI!

lisa y says:

YOU ARE AWESOME! THAT’S IT…. JUST AWESOME.

Becca says:

Your humility and honesty are amazing. You and your husband are my favorite celebrities. :) I really loved your pic of Cash “reading” the Gideons Bible that you posted on FB today!
And you are so right about never giving up! That is the only way of reaching our goals. No matter how hard, we can’t give up. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Carine says:

I just want thanks you n tell you that you are an amazing woman and mother. Keep doing what you do and don`t listen the bad mouth. (excuse my bad english, i’m french canadian! ;) ) I admire you and Chris a lot!! :)

Wendy says:

You have been through so much Heidi glad your feeling better.Congrats on your new little beauty. Thanks for sharing this with us you and Chris are a big inspiration to us all.

Deb Lelinski says:

Thank you Heidi for sharing your story with us. We all beat ourselves up so much when what we really need is a lot of credit. I never post on a blog or page of someone I don’t personally know but your story moved me. I love your honesty and you are Wonder Woman to me for the many reasons you just posted here.

Colleen says:

I knew you were a cool chick, and an inspiration. I’m actually glad to hear that you aren’t quite “Wonder Woman”… though you are pretty wonderful. :-) Hope you’re feeling 100% soon! And congratulations on your newest addition. She’s a beaut.

Lynette says:

Thank you for being real. So happy for your family!

sam greenwood says:

I am not one to ever comment on someones blog but i admire your honestly. You are a fantastic role model to all around you. Its good to know that you have support, nobody is wonder woman as you rightly said so take a break when you need to :) congratulations to your family and long may your happiness continue x

Linda Wark says:

This is the first time I have read your blog and I must say it was a very refreshing read. Love the candid honesty, that’s relatable & appreciated by people far & wide. Sometimes people only see the tip of the ice-berg and make decisions based on that – thank you for the reality check, I hope it helps people not to make sweeping judgements (whether positive or negative) as they never have the full story. Look forward to more from you!

cori says:

After reading this blog, I have just become as big of a fan of you as I am of your husband. You are real and need to answer to no one. Those that are judging you don’t know you and have no say over your life. You and Chris have my respect and admiration.

Jenna - your favorite cousin says:

Heidi – we love you, imperfection and all. Next time you fly to the PNW, please come on over. Miss you. xoxo.

Jennie McCartney says:

I love what you wrote, Heidi. Women who work and juggle family should always support one another, never judge. I am certain that all you are doing right now has challenged your serenity and pushed your postpartum limits. I’m cheering you on…you go, sis! Xoxo

Alicia Dahl says:

You are amazing, you shouldn’t feel as if you need to explain yourself. I have three boys, type 1 diabetes, and hashimotos. I worked out with all three my babies because it brings me joy, it made labor and delivery so much easier and faster recovery. At times, it was hard going to the gym because I would get comments like, you’re running while pregnant or you’re making people shift uncomfortably. What is the driving force behind people’s comments? We will never truly know, but it should come from a place of love and respect. It’s so sad when it’s judgmental. We all have strengths and weaknesses and mom to mom we should support each other and lift each other up in the journey. Well done, you’re living the dream.

NY Phoenix says:

Moms have invisible capes…. it’s how we know that the sound of silence means kids are either getting into trouble or plotting HOW to get into trouble without getting caught. All anyone can do is what’s best for their families. I did the AP thing with my guys and was (and still am) a full time stay at home mom. Some days they drive me up the wall and I wish I were back in the working world (or at least back in the “spending 12-14 hours a week in the gym” world, but that will come with time). Do what works for you and your family, the thing that most people nowadays seem to forget is that the families that seem to have it all together are those who work as a TEAM. have fun with TEAM Powell, it won’t be long before you’re in my shoes trying to hide your emotions when your baby starts getting their letters from colleges scouting them (when your “baby” is only 15! and a couple of these are Ivies!) and trying to NOT be a helicopter while they start the journey onto the next chapter in their lives….. You get the best part of the little ones right now… that contented little sigh babies do just before they melt into your body that says “yeah, all’s right in my world and it’s all good now!” and the snuggles from toddlers who like tickle fights and being silly :) You and Chris have a beautiful family :)

Angie says:

All the more reason to respect you and be inspired by you :) You are right – you are not Wonder Woman… You are Heidi Freakin’ Powell! You are a “Super” of your own kind! :)

Kim says:

RESPECT you so much and my opinion of you after reading this blog post soared. ♥

Deina says:

Thank you for sharing your life! You are an inspiration!!

Kim Roberts says:

Hello Heidi! I so love that you are humble enough to share your personal struggles too! Such a inspiration for us all! Have experienced the dreadful kidney stones 7 times now. Thankfully,always passed them on my own! But my last bout put me in the hospital long enough to get catherized because the stone blocked my urine flow for over 4 hours while I was drinking TONS of water trying to pass it! But on the positive or maybe funny thing to me was that I could pee standing up with my take home catheter! Told hubby now I know how to leave the seat up too! Ha! …..as for the spans, I have not had that pleasure,but ran across some great detox wraps that help shrink that loose,sagging skin! Especially after having babies! It tightens,tones and firms! Check out my site! Do some research on body contouring! You will fall in love with it too!

Jennifer says:

I love reading your posts. The fact that you are able to juggle all that you do is absolutely amazing. People will always judge you especially being in the public eye but it’s your life and your business. This world would be a better place if there were more people like you and Chris. Your positive attitude is infectious! I love seeing pics of your beautiful family too!

Rosalie says:

You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. Do the best you can. You are woman, we will hear your roar when you are ready.

Toni Wendler says:

Nice to see someone in the limelight that admits they are human just like the rest of us! You have a lovely family and you and Chris continue to support and motivate my fitness journey.

Jennifer Lohrke says:

You are an absolute amazing woman and you and Chris seem so down to earth. Thank you for being honest and letting out some of your secrets. We all tend to think that everything is perfect in a celebrity’s world and we need to be reminded that it’s not. If you can make it through these issues, then so can many others. Truly a humble woman!

Ada Moon says:

Heidi you don’t look like you have had any kids. You look great. I think what you and Chris do to help people is wonderful. I think you.

Elizabeth says:

Heidi,

Congratulations on the birth of Baby Ruby. It is an incredible gift to every other woman out there who is struggling trying to figure out the whole new mom and parent trap of being the “perfect mom”.

Perfect is a word that I strongly dislike, I don’t believe that anything is perfect.

Bless your family and congratulations again.

J Mauss says:

Incredible! Funny! Inspirational. Thanks for sharing your life honestly with the rest of us!

Cortney says:

Hi Heidi! I am really not one to comment on blogs as websites. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I have. I am 30, currently with no kids, and so of course I find your ability to be a mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister and business woman incredibly impressive. But what I love even more about you (yes love!) is your discerning transparency; your honesty. Your integrity. I am sure more than enough people have made comments in either direction about your choices as a mom – I am not here to do that! None of us are you, in your shoes, or know the behind the scenes and frankly, if people did they’d probably have a lot less opinion to express! I just want to tell you- from woman to woman not knowing you at all (except for social media and what’s clear to be true about you) that you’re simply incredible. Not because you can juggle so much, but because (like you said) you never give up. And all the while amidst public opinion and heresay, you stay true to you. I am so thankful a woman like you is in the public eye, as hard as it may be at times, because women need women like you to look to. Full of strength and character, yes, and also- human, vulnerable, and fully woman. So happy for you and your sweet family. Be encouraged. You’re doing awesome.

Karla van der Ploeg says:

I love your uttermost honest words that you are sharing with everyone, that takes a lot and I have great respect for it!

Sheila Lechner says:

Wonder woman or not – you are amazing and inspirational. Thanks for this – a glimpse behind the scenes. =)

DJ says:

I love your posts, people can be so petty and none of us are wonder women we all have problems and can have down days. You are doing an amazing job and I am sorry that people’s opinions made it worse for you. I have a post on my page “Life is to short to worry about what others say or think about you. Have fun and give them all something to talk about” hugs, DJ

Carrie Deal says:

1st….I admire you for writing this and answering to your fans and critics.
That was some personal information that I don’t know that I would divulge to people.

2nd…I feel bad for you that you had to answer those questions. I don’t understand people judging and saying negative things to you. It is really nobody’s business how you and Chris conduct your lives or raise your children. Anyone who has paid a lick if attention to you guys knows that your children are first and most important to you.

Congratulations on your wonderful family, I am so glad you are on the mend And hopefully your life will get back to “normal” soon. Just keep doing what your are doing.

I thank you and Chris for your awesome tips everyday and most of all your words of encouragement and inspiration.

Danette pimperton Bramlette says:

I’m smiling, you rock!

francine says:

Heidi it’s okay that you are not wonder women, none of us really are. Thanks for revealing the truth to us all! You and your re beautiful family are such an inspiration!

carolyn says:

I so appreciate your honesty and cheer you on to accomplish all the wonderful things you and Chris do. Warrior on!

Carla says:

Heidi – people can be so mean! I’m so sorry you have to be subjected but just carry-on. There are thousands if us out here the love and admire you.

SaraJane Garvey says:

Nicely said, Heidi! The Powell ‘pack’ are good people!
Ottawa, Canada

Stephanie says:

Thank you for your blog! You and Chris are very inspirational and I love what you do for others. I am overweight and I feel like I can tackle anything after one of yours/Chris’ shows! Don’t listen to the negativity of others..keep doing what you’re doing.,

Beverly Whysall says:

I always have so much I wish to say, but keeping it short and sweet, You Rock! Thank you for your kindness and your ability to be YOU!

Lindsay summers says:

Heidi, I do love your blogs! I was a big workout freak before I had my daughter. The motivation was still there but so did being a mum. I work out whenever is possible, whether it be squatting while doing laundry and dancing while washing dishes. For a while after she was born I was in the best states possible. Til April 1st 2011 I had a 8 mm and 2mm kidney stone, it hit me harder than Labour at pretty ugh the exact same time I started with donna. THE WORST PAIN I HAVE EVER EVER EVER EXPERIENCED. I was down and out for at week building up to trying to pee it out. Obviously an 8 mm stone to a 4 mm tube it was never going to happen so I ended up having the surgery. They had to put a stint in for a week because the stones did a little damage. I would never wish it on my enemy, to top it off I was so sick I tore my ligaments and tendons in my jaw. Since then I’ve never felt or been the same. We are women we are human but I wish we could never suffer from kidney stones lol. Mt husband had a 1 mm one two months before I did.

Beth says:

Heidi, my husband and I love Chris’s show. We are health and fitness junkies and we love the way Chris goes about transforming people’s lives. I am also 37 weeks pregnant with our first child and have found great comfort in your blogs throughout my pregnancy. You seem to have a “never give up” mentality that I can relate to. However, I can not believe how busy you have been post baby. You have my complete respect. As a wife and mother juggling becomes part of your job description and you have had to manage a lot! Keep it up. You are an inspiration to many people.

Lynn says:

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

Kim says:

Thank you for your honesty! It’s refreshing, to say the least. Society’s expectations only make it worse. Kudos to you, and I agree… kidney stones are MUCH worse!

God bless!

Carole Fuchs says:

I love your honesty!! I HATE when other women judge each other! If they would channel their energy towards positive comments and support what a better world we would live in! As a mother who suffered severe post partum with my first I learned quickly to ignore the women who thought they knew everything, cuz honestly those women had NO idea what it was like to have post partum, and surely didn’t know what it was like to be me! We should all support other moms and then maybe it wouldn’t be so hard for mothers who are struggling to talk about it! Keep being amazing, supportive, positive and beautiful!!

Xo,
Carole
http://www.pipleyboutique.com

Lourie says:

Crying is therapeutic!!! Your hormones are in an uproar and my God, in the last 2 weeks, your life has been in an uproar too! Spanx are a miracle cure for what ails you (personally, though, I am still a long ways from the help they can give). Hang in there, you are Wonder Woman… and your blog and your wonderful husband’s gift of working with people like me, inspire me to be a Wonder Woman, too.

Katy says:

thank you so very much for being so real! You inspire me so much and as a mama about to give birth to her second baby just knowing that you have struggles as well and aren’t afraid to be real is so comforting :) I am so excited to get healthy and in shape after this baby and you are so much of that inspiration!!! :) And I am going to go for that spanx as well! Thank you again and blessings to your precious family!

Vickie Cannoles says:

Thank you for the truth you experience… so many women (including myself!) look at others and think “How do they make it look so easy and why do I struggle so much???” The truth is we all struggle. So true that you have to realize every one will comment but no one truly knows what we go through or the reasons for the decisions we make! It is hard not to let those comments bother us but we need to try to just live our lives and do what is best for us :) Again thank you for this post! :) You have a beautiful family!

Bev McKay says:

Thank you Heidi, it is so refreshing and inspiring to have a woman tell it like it is.

Anna says:

Thank you for sharing this. It was touching and inspirational. I really enjoyed reading your inside perspective on what many readers think they know about you and your life.

Regina says:

Heidi, thank you so much for this article! I don’t know how it’s possible, but I like you even more! You sound so much like myself! I use to feel so guilty after my third child was born, sometimes I would just want to get out and have a day to myself. It seemed everything was just overwhelming! We are all human, no matter who we are. And thanx for the spanx secret, I’ll have to check into that!

Heather says:

I met you at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I was also pregnant actually due one week before you and had my little 2 days before you. I seriously fell in love with you and Chris even more after meeting you than when I watched the show. It’s not because you are “celebrities” or because you were ridiculously nice to my family and I…it was because you didn’t pretend to be perfect, your kids were doing the same that mine were doing. You were real and not perfect you were just human! Thank you or sharing this because after this 3rd baby (with health issues no less) I feel like I have hit rock bottom most days…I too have the ugly cry with my husband and hate the way my belly looks post baby but you friend are an inspiration! Thank you!

Cathy says:

Love this Heidi! Women need to hear this. Although I don’t have kids yet, nor am I a wife, it’s refreshing to hear these kind of things when I begin to set my expectations for future and for what to expect of myself when it’s my turn! Life is a circle and you have to take the ups with the downs. The downs are just as valuable and important to life in lessons as the ups b/c they make you the person that you become! All the best! xo!

Nancy Jensen says:

This post just makes me want to give you a big hug.

Betsy Butler says:

I feel so blessed to have been introduced to your blog and your story and your family! I think you are amazing! And not because of all the outside things but because of how real and how honest and trutjful you are. I understand that all of the comments both negative and positive alike must be difficult but you handle it all (all least from the outside) beautifully. Thank you for speaking your truth and trusting all of us with it. You inspire me in so many ways!

Katie says:

You and your family are simply amazing. Thank you for your honesty and letting the rest of us know it’s doing your best that makes you Wonder Woman. Best of luck to you and your sweet family. Travel safe and merry Christmas!

Candice says:

I think the one thing I love about you guys the most is how REAL you are and present yourself to your fans. It’s inspiring. Thank you for being you.

AshleyLS says:

Thank you for being so open & honest! It’s refreshing! Congrats on your new baby & may God bless you greatly! :)

Colette says:

You are amazing.. and human. Doing the best you can is all anyone can expect of you.

Lindsey says:

Thank you… I think as women we try to do it all and while doing it all with a smile on. I appreciate you putting it out there and bring so real.

Erin says:

You are amazing, Heidi! Loved reading this and the honesty behind it all. I never met a mom who has it “all together”, but you know we all strive to do what is best for OUR family. Seeing how positive you and Chris are with your family is a real inspiration. :)

Jessica Ward says:

How many times did you cry writing this? You made me weepy…from one mom to another…we get what we get and we don’t throw a fit(or maybe we do, but that’s life)…haha. xoxo

nona says:

lol* Thank you very much — very clear and touching.. BIGSMILE*

Tanya Soucy says:

You are awesome Heidi! Thanks for being bold and sharing your truth. You are an inspiration to so many!!

LeeAnn says:

Heidi…you are a Wonder Woman simply because you are not afraid to tell us the truth. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for being human like the rest of us. Your family is a delight to watch. Thank you for sharing them and yourself with the rest of us.

jennifer Elarton says:

Heidi,
you are such an inspiration to me, I love you no quit attitude and your decision to do what’s best for your family, despite what other people may think. I to have had to go on my own path, despite opposition from my family, without going into to much detail, I have married the love of my life who happens to be a women. It has made all the difference, there are times when we are out and about and we get looks, and we had to go to another state to get married, but all that matters to me it that I made the decision that was best for me and if anyone has a problem with it, its their problem not mine. thank you for being such a light and inspiration for everyone, in short, YOU ROCK Heidi powell !!!!

amy says:

Love this post! Love the honesty of it all. You and your family are fun to follow. Keep up the good work Powell clan I am proud of all you do for your family and others! :)

A

You and Chris are some of the few people I admire in this world. It is plain to see how much you love your kids and each other. I am praying for your continued success with the Lord’s blessing :)

Tami Chaffee says:

I think you’re awesome…that’s it-short but sweet!

Tracy Bergeon says:

Thank you Heidi, you should not have to defend decisions you make for you family. I think you guys are amazing and let those without fault throw the first stone. You do look amazing for just having a baby and it is so inspirational. God bless your family and get some rest :-)

Chantal says:

I’m just half of reading your page of the day and I say to you: I love you Heidi. You are a real Wonder woman in a most accessible way.
I go back to reading. Thanks for sharing with us, normal people. lol

Karine says:

I am so inspired by you. I have watched Extreme Weight Loss religiously throughout the summer (which is when it aired here in Canada) and have been following your (and Chris’) posts and day to day stories on Facebook. I am due with my first baby girl in two weeks and am still moving as much as I can and plan on starting to train for a half marathon as soon as I get the green light from my Dr. after delivery. I thank you for being such an inspiration for so many and for being real and honest. It’s always good to know that we, as mothers, are not alone in this wonderful and amazing journey. Thank you!

Vili says:

Heidi,you inspire women and that makes you super woman!

Nikki says:

You bring tears to my eyes. You are one fantastic roll model to many. You have had many posts that have made me think. Congrats on for fantastic family career and life in general . Merry Christmas to you and your family

Karen says:

No matter what, you are a rock star! Everyone needs help to get things done and the fact that you have that wonderful support systems means you are a wonderful person…. because miserable nasty people don’t usually have terrific support systems! You own it, are honest about it, and get it done! That in itself makes you a super hero to me!

kristen debie says:

Your honesty is truly a breath of fresh air. I am getting ready to deliver baby #3 and all I can think about is the emotional roller coaster I’m about to embark on! It helps to hear fellow moms have been there and that it’s natural to have these feelings after the baby’s birth. Thank you for your honesty and your encouragement! I enjoy following you and Chris as you are both so down to earth and encouraging! God bless your family :)

Anna Marie Crooks says:

Thank you for such gut level honesty. Kinda broke my heart that it felt like you were explaining yourself to us. I respect you and everything you do, i don’t believe you would ever put your children in harms way. I’m sorry if the public has made you feel the need to explain yourself.

Ashlee says:

I do not know you or your family personally but I can relate somewhat. My husband and I just moved from beautiful AZ to Oregon for him to start his own business with 2 young ones and our 3rd on the way in a few weeks, its hard financially and emotionally but you said it. I will NOT quit. Thank you for your inspiration Heidi. My husband doesn’t watch T.V. very much ( but must when Chris is on) and he may not say it but I can tell that your husband, Chris is someone he looks up to as a family man.

Lori Robinson says:

Dearest Heidi
God bless you and yours! It nice seeing, reading and hearing your side. I appreciate what you and Chris do. Like you said, you have help, you have contracts that you are obligated to, and you both make the best choices for your family. If you know there are things to do, you get them done. Thank you to you and Chris for being such and inspiration to me and many others.
Merry Christmas!
Lori

Amy says:

Finally someone getting REAL and not being afraid to say “I’m not perfect” and “I need help”. Good for you Heidi!!!

Nicole says:

Well said. Good for you!! Like you don’t know or don’t want to do what’s best for YOUR family. Good grief! Keep on rockin- you are an amazing woman!

Tina says:

Simply amazing! You are such an inspiration to follow! :) Thank you for all your tips, and stories. Good luck on the new addition who is simply precious! You and your family are gorgeous!

darlene says:

I loved your transparency in this post! You’re still better at the keeping in shape than most, including me, and I am approaching 50. I have a gym downstairs and I ignore it! Then, I see what I should look like and I am making changes, step by step. You’re still Wonder Woman and bless you for reminding us that the ‘one bleep at a time’ can still look great!

martina says:

I admire you sweetie! you inspire me every day and thank u for that! kisses and hugs to the Powell pack from Croatia :*

Jessica says:

Thank you!

Mary says:

Okay, well I’m still impressed. There is no way I would be doing deep lunges 2.5 weeks after giving birth.

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