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Blake Lively thanks her personal trainer for her 61-pound post-pregnancy weight loss in hilarious Instagram

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Blake Lively has transformed from the precocious teenage socialite in "Gossip Girl" to a sophisticated mom-of-two before our very eyes. Now, Lively is lending visibility to a much more relatable transformation: post-pregnancy bodies.  

The shape-shifting actress recently shared a photo on Instagram flaunting her 61-pound weight loss after giving birth to her second daughter, Ines, more than a year ago. Lively thanked her personal trainer, Don Saladino, and wrote that she is "very proud" of getting back into shape.

"Turns out you can't lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through Instagram and wondering why you don't look like all the bikini models," the caption reads. "Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose."

This is not the only time that Lively has turned to her trusted personal trainer for fitness rehabilitation. After giving birth to her first daughter in 2010, Saladino whipped her body back into shape for "The Shallows." Lively needed to build strength in order to play a skilled surfer, and the vast majority of scenes were filmed with the actress in a bathing suit. 

"I was fortunate to have Don Saladino help me out and he just kicked my butt in the best way, in the most healthy way," Lively told Entertainment Tonight.

#FitnessFriday current mood. @donsaladino gives me reason to hide!....

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Although Lively has every reason to be proud of her health and achievements, she has also been outspoken about the unrealistic expectations that face women once they have children. After her body was praised while she promoted "The Shallows," Lively was dissatisfied with the focus on her aesthetic transformation rather than her incredible ability to give birth. 

"I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don't need to be Victoria's Secret ready right away, because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer," she told Australian magazine Sunrise. "You gave birth to a human being. So I would really like to see that celebrated."

We all know, of course, that Lively is stunning at any weight — and her body-positive mentality proves that she does, too. 

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