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HGTV star Mina Starsiak Hawk shows off six-month weight loss as she hits back at an online troll

Mina Starsiak Hawk has opened up about her six-month weight loss journey while calling out an online troll who tried to credit her transformation to having plastic surgery.

The HGTV star, 36, took to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post before-and-after swimsuit photos of herself that were taken in July and October of last year, saying she has been prioritizing her physical health.   

‘I spent the first half of last year working on my professional development, which ultimately meant working on my own mental and emotional development…’ she wrote alongside the images. 

Starsiak Hawk, 36, took to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post before-and-after swimsuit photos of herself that were taken in July and October of last year

Starsiak Hawk, 36, took to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post before-and-after swimsuit photos of herself that were taken in July and October of last year

She explained in her caption that she developed a new outlook on her physical health while focusing on her professional and personal development in 2021

She explained in her caption that she developed a new outlook on her physical health while focusing on her professional and personal development in 2021

‘During that first 6 months I learned one of the most important thing[s] about being outwardly successful is time for myself and confidence in myself,’ she continued. ‘That led to many changes, not least of which was my new outlook on my physical health.’

Starsiak Hawk insisted that her post ‘isn’t about the size on the right being better,’ saying she has received messages from people who prefer how her body looks in the ‘before’ photo on the left.  

‘The changes I’ve made have been for ME, not for anyone else; both physical and mentally,’ she added. ‘So moral of the story: Do you! Whatever that looks like! As long as it’s authentically you it’s the most perfect YOU there is. 

The Good Bones star concluded her post by thanking her professional coach, her therapist, and personal trainer, who happens to be her husband, Steve Hawk. 

The Good Bones star later shared a screenshot of a direct message she had received from a critic who chalked up her transformation to plastic surgery

The Good Bones star later shared a screenshot of a direct message she had received from a critic who chalked up her transformation to plastic surgery

She later returned to her Instagram Stories to share a screenshot of a direct message she had received about her weight-loss post. 

‘Didn’t you have lots of surgery done?” the unnamed user asked. ‘This isn’t just from exercise and eating right.’  

Starsiak Hawk got a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast implants while undergoing a ‘mommy makeover’ in December 2020, but she pointed out that her ‘before’ photo was taken after she had surgery.  

‘Well Sassy Cyndy, you’re right. It’s not from exercise and eating right. It’s ONLY from exercise bc I still don’t eat right! The picture on the left is 6 months after my surgery,’ she responded. 

Starsiak Hawk (pictured a month before surgery) got a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast implants in December 2020 following the birth of her daughter that year

Starsiak Hawk (pictured a month before surgery) got a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast implants in December 2020 following the birth of her daughter that year 

The Good Bones star (pictured six weeks after her surgery) told the only troll that she lost weight after she had surgery and not because of it

The Good Bones star (pictured six weeks after her surgery) told the only troll that she lost weight after she had surgery and not because of it 

‘And it doesn’t bother me one bit to correct you, but maybe be kinder to other people. You never know who is in a place where they aren’t as strong as they could be. Just some gentle advice. Do with it what you like.’

Starsiak Hawk also wrote on the post that her husband ‘makes delicious and nutritious dinners for us, but I also smash burritos and we eat pizza when we want and we do date nights out and eat yummy brunches.’ 

‘It’s all about balance people,’ she added. 

The home rehabber also posted a photo of herself in a sports bra and leggings that shows the rolls on her stomach when she sits down.  

The mother of two credited her success to working out with her personal trainer husband, Steve Hawk

The mother of two credited her success to working out with her personal trainer husband, Steve Hawk 

On Thursday, Starsiak Hawk also shared a photo of her stomach when she was sitting down, saying: 'No matter how "fit" or "thin" you get, skin still rolls people'

On Thursday, Starsiak Hawk also shared a photo of her stomach when she was sitting down, saying: ‘No matter how “fit” or “thin” you get, skin still rolls people’

‘Today PSA: No matter how “fit” or “thin” you get, skin still rolls people,’ she wrote. ‘It would be suuuuuper creepy if it didn’t.’

Starsiak Hawk, who is mom to Jack, three, and Charlie, one, opened up about her decision to have get a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast implants in an interview with People last year. 

‘My C-section scar was a very visual and physical reminder of not looking like myself and not feeling like myself anymore,’ she explained. 

The mother of two also wanted to correct the four-and-a-half-inch separation in her abs that was the result of diastasis recti, a common pregnancy condition in which the large abdominal muscles separate.   

‘I do a very physical job and I like working out, and your core is so attached to everything, every movement I do, like swinging a hammer,’ she said. ‘And I just didn’t feel like I was going to be able to work out and get this back to where I felt strong, like myself, like I did before kids.’

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