Blake Lively shares an honest photo showing the reality of losing weight after being pregnant

Blake Lively was known in her own right for her roles in TV shows like Gossip Girl and appearances in films such as The Town and The Age of Adaline, but many know her as one half of possibly Hollywood's most popular couple with actor Ryan Reynolds.

They met while filming Green Lantern in 2010, began dating the following year, and got married in 2012. Since then, both of them have shown that they have what the strongest of relationships have: a sense of humour. From birthday message pranks on Instagram to general trolling to the amusement of fans, they seem to have it made.

In 2016 the two of them welcomed their second child into the world, but it wasn't always such an easy journey. Like many mothers out there, Lively found that she had gained a lot of weight during the pregnancy, and it's not as if things return to how they were before without a lot of hard work.

Today she shared a post about her weight loss on Instagram, after spending the last 14 months working off the 61 pounds she gained during the pregnancy. The photo, in which she poses with fitness trainer Don Saladino, has already amassed nearly 2 million views, as many related to what she went through and were happy to see her back to her old self. In the caption, she wrote:

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

Most of the commenters were supportive and positive, with one writing that the post "just made me feel so much better as to why I didn't just "bounce back" like all the celebrities", while another user commented: "You look absolutely amazing!! Hard work pays off! What an inspiration you are to all of us Mama's out there @blakelively"

However, there were some that took issue with the positive feedback, pointing out that as a celebrity she has access to resources not available to most mothers.

"Girl crush for sure. She looks AMAZING. BUT it doesn't hurt when you're rich and famous and have the best trainers and nutrionists, house keepers etc money can buy," said one. Another added: "I don't mean to be negative, but this isn't the reality for most moms/women out there. Not everyone can afford personal trainers who can do that ASAP".

Others have responded to this to say that while she has greater access to these things, it is possible to follow suit with information on the internet and some hard work, while others argued that she doesn't have t represent non-celebrity mothers when she isn't one.

Either way, it looks like the actress' transformation was a successful one, offering inspiration for many people out there looking to lose a little weight.