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From Postpartum Struggles to Fitness Triumphs: Simmy J. Hassan Shares Her Inspiring Journey

The fitness enthusiast opens up about her winning photo, love for CrossFit, and balancing motherhood with wellness.

photo credit: Blair Johnson

At 34, Simmy J. Hassan, a manager in Customer Experience from Arlington, TX, has captivated many with her dedication to fitness and her candidness about the challenges of her postpartum journey. Known for her mantra, “One day at a time,” Simmy’s winning photo for PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT’s June 2024 Instagram contest isn’t just a snapshot—it’s a testament to resilience and inspiration. So dive into Simmy’s story, from her athletic roots to her current fitness regime, and discover how she balances motherhood, career, and a passion for wellness.

Tell us how your winning photo came about.

Navigating my postpartum journey has been a wild ride, and when I posted that winning photo on Instagram, it was all about sharing my story with you all. I did this the first time I had a baby, and I was super consistent with it. Now, I’m back at it again, showing that it can be done a second time—even with all the ups and downs. This journey has had its fair share of struggles, but I want everyone to know that everything takes time. It’s all about taking it one day at a time. I hope my journey can inspire others to stay positive and persistent, no matter what. We’re all in this together, and I love having this space where we can share, laugh, and support each other. Let’s keep pushing forward, one step at a time!

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us. 

I’ve always been an athlete, with a particular passion for sports, especially volleyball, which I played in college. After graduating, I found myself missing the active lifestyle, so I joined CrossFit. My love for working out skyrocketed, and it quickly became the center of my life. If you ask anyone what my favorite thing to do is, they’ll either say lifting heavy or working out! I genuinely love it.

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout?

OMG… CrossFit class all day, but I love a good cycle class.

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

For my pre-workout meal, I’m always reaching for a banana. And I fuel with either a protein bar or shake after my workouts. 

What is one item that is always in your gym bag? 

Weightlifting belt!

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow? 

  1. @prettygirlsweat
  2. @crannonn
  3. @noellebenepe

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I secretly enjoy running.

What are the top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

  1. model healthy habits for my children and those around me
  2. educate & empower
  3. and never stop growing.

What do the words PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

For me, PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT (PGS) means embracing a diverse lifestyle where I can indulge in all the things I love, whether it’s enjoying traditionally “girly” activities or pushing myself in the gym. It’s about showing that women can be strong, confident, and multifaceted in their interests and pursuits.

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

Currently, I have Dove Aluminum-Free Coconut and Pink Jasmine Deodorant in rotation.

How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

@simmyjhassan on all platforms; also get to know me more at simmyjhassan.com 

Simmy J. Hassan’s story is a powerful reminder that fitness and wellness are journeys filled with ups and downs, requiring patience, persistence, and community support. Whether she’s hitting a CrossFit class, sharing her experiences on social media, or modeling healthy habits for her children, Simmy embodies the spirit of PGS. Stay connected to her inspiring journey and join her in celebrating strength, confidence, and multifaceted living.

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