Thursday, June 6, 2013

Slim-Fasting My Way To Hot Mom Status

No little girl ever says, "When I grow up I want to be a hot mom." The reality is, that's exactly the kind of mom I want to be. 

I guess I always just assumed I'd be The Hot Mom. I'd be fun and cool, toting a baby on my hip while fondly overlooking the field my toddler was frolicking in. The three of us would be dressed to the nines, not a stain or stray hair among the lot of us. We'd have play dates and go on field trips and dine al fresco, exploring and appreciating the world around us. It goes without saying that I would also look this good almost immediately post-delivery.

Talk about delusions of grandeur.

Now I know those aren't the most important aspects of mothering (the play dates, the trendy clothes, the experiences). Of course I want to be stern yet empathetic, compassionate yet authoritative, supportive while simultaneously fostering independence. It also goes without saying that I want to raise kind, gracious, thoughtful and respectful gentlemen but I want to be and do all of those things while being The Hot Mom. 

Hollywood not only makes child-bearing and child-rearing look easy but it also makes the post-delivery and recovery process look like a breeze. Starlets enter the hospital swollen, sweaty and 40 weeks pregnant only to walk out three days later looking svelte, well-rested and ready to take on the world one screenplay, well-paid assistant, and cute, cuddly new accessory at a time.

Let me be the first to say that is not reality. Reality is wearing your maternity jeans well after your baby is born. Reality is washing both your face and underneath your arms with the same make-up removing cloth because you haven't had the time to take a decent shower in days. 

Reality is gaining and losing over 100 lbs in thirty-six months, undergoing two abdominal surgeries in the form of planned C-sections and working your ass tush off (literally) to make the weight you were in college look just as good (meaning less baggy and saggy). 

I want to be The Hot Mom. I want to make two kids look damn good. And when it comes down to it, who wouldn't? Have you ever heard a woman say, "Meh, I don't really care what I look like after two kids. Heck, I'm happy with my flabby, mushy belly!" I didn't think so.


With summer right around the corner and an influx of swimwear catalogs finding their way into my mailbox every other week, the desire to be The Hot Mom is in overdrive and I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking for quick and easy ways to slim down and lose a little extra weight before donning a bathing suit and spending a weekend chasing my two little gentlemen up and down the beach. 

My quick and easy solution? Slim-Fast. Not only is it a great short-term weight loss solution but it tastes good and is perfect for busy, on-the-go moms like myself. With a wide variety of product options and flavors, I don't find myself stuck in a rut of boring, tasteless shakes and bars. 

I especially like Slim-Fast's 3-2-1 Plan, a combination of smart snack suggestions, meal bars, shakes and easy meal recipes designed to help you quickly and safely lose weight without wasting time or energy. I also appreciate how Slim-Fast sets you up with tools to succeed. You can visit their website where you'll find weight loss and BMI index calculators designed to help you create a weight loss plan that is both safe and effective.

Thanks to Slim-Fast, while I'm chasing my kids up and down the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland this summer I can be confident that fellow beach-goers won't be laughing at the sight of me in my bathing suit. They may, however, be laughing at my awesome parenting skills and that is just fine by me. After all, at least I'll look like The Hot Mom while losing complete control. Maybe I'll even get mistaken for the boys' nanny! 

I can't be the only one who wants to lose a little extra weight quickly and safely for the sake of say, fitting into a swimsuit for a weekend at the beach. What about you? 

What is the juiciest/funniest REAL reason you've ever tried to lose a few pounds? Seeing an ex for the first time? Or worse, his new girlfriend? High school reunion? School field trip with the mean moms? Tell me about it.  Just leave a comment telling me about the silliest reason you've had for trying to lose weight. Entries will be pooled between participating blogs and two lucky winners will be picked at random to each win a $1,000 SpaFinder gift card!

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67 comments :

  1. There is a local St. Patricks Day dance every year that my husband, our friends, and myself go to. It's in the town I graduated from so all of my exes and old snobby girls I graduated with go to. I always do a quick fix 10 plus pound weight loss before I go!!! =) You are such a hottie with a body AP!

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  2. My juiciest reason for losing quick weight was going home and seeing friends that I hadn't seen in years.

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  3. definitely when I go home & see people i haven't seen since I had Hudson and maybe just maybe I get satisfaction when someone who dislikes me for no reason turns out heavier than me......tmi but man it feels good when u look good

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  4. Goodness gracious it took me a year to lose the baby flab from my first pregnancy. Now that I am due with baby #2 in August- all I want is for it to be easier this time around. I hated not feeling healthy and am going to work my darndest to cut my recover time in half! I just think that running after two munchkins is going to take a lot of energy and I better be fit enough to handle it! Plus, I would love to look in the mirror and like what I see. : )

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  5. your belly is so high in both pregnancies! i am jealous. that is ADORABLE! and you are a hot mom. you look SO SO good! i hope you are enjoying nola!

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  6. We just planned a trip to my home state for 3 months from now and I really want to lose the last baby weight before it!

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  7. We just planned a trip to my home state for 3 months from now and I really want to lose the last baby weight before it!

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  8. You look amazing! I need to lose a few pounds because my stupid allergist put me on nose sprays(4 of them) plus a daily pill to help me with my allergies and forgot to mention that they were FULL of steroids...I've never had to work this hard to lose weight!

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  9. Hey Hot Mom, you do look great, my Dear! ;) I wish I weight as little as when I'm back in my college year but I just know it's not going to happen. My silliest reason to lose weight? Well, to stop people looking at my belly and have that wondering look in their eyes thinking if they should ask if I'm pregnant or not....or, at least that's what I thought what they were thinking when they look at me. That could be a silly reason, but also a very serious one at the same time.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  10. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/342914148323180544

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  11. I want to lose weight so I will be healthy enough to keep up with my 3 active kids. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Mine is juicy only in that it tells people we're almost ready to have kids. I want to lose weight to be healthy when I'm pregnant in the future!

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  13. I may have split open a seam of my pants in front of a class of teenagers when I bent down to pick up a pencil. Yep, that'll get your butt on a treadmill quick as a whip. I was mortified, even worse so when a Mom called to tell me she's done that before and sympathizes!

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  14. Three months after I had Charlotte, I had to go to the wedding of our of our friends. She and our other friend are always so skinny and cute that I really wanted to drop those last 15lbs that week so I wouldn't feel like a whale next to them.

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  15. https://twitter.com/MomMandyMusings/status/344092402610487296

    Tweeted

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  16. When my husband decided to get healthy and loose some weight. I wasn't about to have him looking better than myself.

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  17. Silliest reason? I work at a church & took 18 high schoolers on a trip last summer- tried my best to slim down so that I would fit in with them!

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  18. Mine is pretty simple, really- I'll be having a baby in only two weeks, and I'll need to get back in shape! This would be great. :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  19. I don't have a juicy reason, just trying to keep up with my 18 month old son and trying to decide if I want to add another little one to our household.

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  20. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/344632968855318528
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  21. Back in college I was all about keeping the lbs down because my high school bf and I had just split up and I was trying too prove something to him. In the end I didn't need to waste my time (though I still love being fit) since it did nothing to help the situation wit him and when he finally did come crawling back it wasn't for that reason and I wasn't interested. Can honestly say I'm glad sometime plans don't work the way you expect. :-) Now I'm just all about being healthy...regardless of size. I do want to be a hot mama though! (Seven weeks postpartum as we speak from my second.)

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  22. I've never tried to lose weight as I hail from a lineage of giraffes :) tall thin people, but I do try to keep myself healthy by exercising to maintain my muscle tone!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  23. Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/KaizenFashion/status/347235810430550017

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  24. Tweet Tweet . . . https://twitter.com/SusieQuips/status/347427798752837632

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  25. The silliest reason, isn't really that silly I guess . . . I am tired of being the photographer (by choice) simply because I don't want to see any fat pictures of me. TIME To record those memories with ME In them!

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  26. I want to loose weight to look good for the high school reunion

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  27. i want to look like i did in high school again
    pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  28. here's my tweet https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/348517996345581571
    pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  29. my silliest (albeit most honest) reason for losing weight? I have a twin. Said twin does not have a child. I do. But I'll be dammed if I'm not just as good looking as she is. HA! I'm pathetic. :)

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  30. TWEET! https://twitter.com/TiedTheKnott/status/349221762279546881

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  31. to be the woman my husband fell in love with

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  32. to fit in some cute jeans i got on sale

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  33. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/350273786047758337

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  34. I've wanted to lose weight in time for a vacation.

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  35. craziest reason is knowing I was going to see an old boyfriend at a friend's wedding and the look on his face was worth it!

    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  36. I wanted to fit into my boyfriends's jeans

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  37. Ive lost all my weight but I want to look tones and tighten that after baby bulge
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  38. My silliest weight loss reason was My ex-high school boyfriend's wife was in PTA with me.
    Diane baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  39. I told my son I'd be "mini" and he is excited that I am going to turn into "minnie mouse."
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  40. No juicy or silly stories. Sorry! Just wanted to get on a healthier track. :)

    hillesha(at)twc(dot)com

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  41. I want too loose weight to be sexy for my hubby again

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  42. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/350870293075603456

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  43. I have never lost weight for any funny reasons. Stupid reasons yes. To please my mom, my in-laws, impress other people, etc. dumb.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  44. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/350984074426454018
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  45. My silliest reason was probably for a high school reunion.

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  46. my main motivation is the health benefits of working out...I am not looking to lose weight just to be able to outrun my hubby :)))

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  47. my main motivation is the health benefits of working out...I am not looking to lose weight just to be able to outrun my hubby :)))

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  48. My friend got married with only 2 months planning - I was Maid of Honor. I tried to lose weight so she'd be happy with her wedding party photos
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/351120944196091904
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. No funny reason. I just want to get my body in shape and eat better so I am not so bloated!

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. I'd love to be able to be confident enough to go out swimming with the family. There's a Great Wolf Lodge nearby and my daughter has been wanting to go. *sigh* Can't do fun things when you're bigger.

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  52. New York Blogging Events are an endless array of cocktail parties, and after spending most of last year in the hospital I need to lose a few to get back into my little black dress since I couldn't excercise from a hospital bed. Not sure how funny it is per se, just tired of trying to hide it all under pants! ;-)

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  53. I want to get my beach body and look great.

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  54. Exercise is always a good thing it is just hard to get motivated sometimes.

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  55. I'm losing weight right now because I'm trying to eat a bit better and exercise a lot more!

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  56. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/351373422812602368

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  57. My reason always revolves around a swimsuit!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  58. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/351440158337409024
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  59. The silliest reason was because I knew I would be seeing an old boyfriend I hadn't seen in 20 years. I hadn't even thought about how he would have changed (got fat).

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  60. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/351441043843055616

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  61. I stay active by swimming 3 times a week and want to look good in my bathing suits.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  62. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/351486957622276097

    slehan at juno dot com

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  63. No weird reason, just baby weight.

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  64. I wanted to look like my wedding pic again.

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  65. https://twitter.com/sohamolina/status/351493559804887042

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  66. I wanted to lose all of the weight gained at school so that I can start my new career looking fabulous:)!!!

    THANK YOU SO SO SOOOO VERY MUCH:D!!!
    mslamani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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