Do not ask Kerry Washington how she got her post-baby body back.
"A few weeks ago, my manager asked: 'Do you feel like you're back? I feel like you're back.' She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, 'You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it's not about going backward in life,'" the Scandal actress, 38, says.
And, as the Django Unchained star explains in SELF's September issue, "I've been really focused on not being 'back' to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don't want to be pre-miracle."
The TV star welcomed a daughter, Isabelle Amarachi, in April 2014. Since then, her daughter's schedule has dictated Washington's workout schedule. "I try to get it in so I can be back with my kid early. I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to. It's important to have rest days," the actress tells the magazine. "But in the long run, if I don't work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better."