Mom of seven is constantly mistaken for 22-year-old daughter's sister
In all likelihood, you have heard the phrase "you could be sisters" said as a compliment to a mother, or even said it yourself. Yet however great or youthful people look, we rarely mean this literally. But in the case of 43-year-old Jessica Enslow, you could say the above with complete honesty, and it turns out that many do.
The mother of seven, from Utah, US, has apparently retained her good shape simply through eating well and regular exercise. She regularly posts on Instagram, where she displays family photos, work-out videos and progress shots, amassing over 120,000 followers.
Jessica had her first child in 1994 when she was 19 years old, and her second in 1996. She went on to have another five children in the years since, with her youngest being born in 2013. Her eldest daughter, the 22-year-old Alyssa, is often thought of as Jessica's sibling rather than her child, given how youthful her mother looks.
Jessica said she gained weight during her first pregnancy, then was shocked that she didn't bounce back to her pre-pregnancy size afterward, deciding to make a change in her life which resulted in the woman you see today.
"I literally got home from the hospital and immediately put on my pre-pregnancy jeans only to find they wouldn’t go any farther than mid-thigh," she told the Mail Online. "This is when extreme fear and a little depression set in."
With the support from her husband and children, she started to ramp up her fitness regime to a new level last year, completely transforming herself in the time since. She now goes to the gym three times a week while her children are at school and also gets up every Monday morning to get some cardio into her routine. On her Instagram she writes:
"I also know if there’s a will there’s a way. It’s been an adjustment for us, but it’s working really well for now. I always say, ‘You do what you can!’ Be strict about your goals & flexible on how to achieve them!"
"There are plenty of moms out there who have made tons of progress from their own homes."
"Make modifications, if necessary, but we can all improve our health if we really want to!"
As far as her diet goes, she makes sure to have plenty of protein and keeps snacking to a minimum. Other than that she tends to eat "intuitively", training herself to stop eating when she's satisfied rather than full. She also avoids cheat meals entirely, claiming that she "just can’t handle a burger, fries, milkshake, and dessert once or twice a week".
Jessica said she feels fortunate to have evaded the fate of many mothers, having little trouble with stretch marks and loose skin, but empathizes that she, like the majority of mothers, "wouldn’t trade their children for a flawless body. We all kinda know that’s part of the deal."