Getting my body in shape – the before & win a $1000 spa finder gift card

Summer time is here and we all know what that means….swimsuits!


I don’t think that I am ‘fat’ by any means, but I am also not one of those ‘skinny’ girls.  For proof of that you can see my post two years ago.  I have muscle and ‘big bones,’ as my grandma once told me ;) And I am ok with not being rail thin!  I am ‘mushy and squishy’ and I don’t have much tone or muscle definition either! And while my clothes hide my ‘bulge’ I want to feel good when I look in the mirror. I am really good at wearing loose clothing–nothing tight on my tummy, please! I have this little pouch on my stomach that will always be there no matter what! It is partially my own fault for not really working out and for eating out more than I probably should BUT when I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see that means it is time to TAKE ACTION and to hold myself accountable….SO, I am posting it on here for all to see :)


It may not seem like much to some people and it may not even look as bad as I feel it is but what should matter is how I feel when I look in the mirror and how I feel about my body! And right now I am not happy with it.

I want to be able to wear TIGHT clothes and not wonder if people think I might be prego or feel like I HAVE to hold my “gut” in. I want to feel proud of my body!

Since I travel so much for work, which forces me to eat out every meal of the day at least 3x a week, I decided to start out by grabbing some Slim-Fast bars and shakes that I can bring on the road for a meal replacement, along with some simple exercise techniques. Slim-Fast is a great short-term weight loss solution to help jumpstart the new tighter body I am aiming for!


I will be posting my journey periodically here on the blog–some of my work out tips and food options! I also have a board on Pinterest all about EXERCISE…check it out for extra motivation and tips! This will help hold me accountable and keep me on track with the “proud” me…the happier me!

I am staring TODAY with this 30 day squat challenge…better booty here I come ;)


{source} and NO that is for SURE not me! I wish! ha


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    Amanda G says:

    I’m getting married next April and my biggest fear is that I’ll look horrible in the photos. I’m not very photogenic and I would hate to not like any of the photos that I’m paying a photographer a lot of money to take. I’m not over weight, but I too feel squishy and untoned. I want to lose some of the fat and gain more muscle for my wedding and want to look the best I ever have. I feel like if I can’t do it for my wedding I’ll never be able to.

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    Ugh… I had my baby via c-section almost a year ago and I am so tired of the jiggly belly!

  3. 3

    I have a brand new baby, 3 weeks old, and im 20 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight. I can’t wait to get back into my old clothes (and possibly buy some new ones).

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    So my mom will get off my case about gaining a *few* pounds.

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    Jill King says:

    Going to Vegas in 60 days!! I need to do some squats :)

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    I really feel terrible and would love to get back into my super cute swimsuits and rock them like nobodies business!

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    I want to look good for my hubby. I haven’t let myself go, but I want to feel good about my body again.

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    I just wanna get back into a bikini! Nothing like hanging out on the beach in one of those;0)

  9. 9

    I’d love to not look like I’ve had six kids. And I’d love for people to do a double-take, especially after knowing that I HAVE had six kids!

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    Tiffany Vakaloloma says:

    I want to feel good about myself and set a good example for my 3 kids. ESPECIALLY my daughter!! I don’t want her growing up seeing her mom hate her body and always dieting. I need to change now and make better lifelong choices!!

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    Lora W. says:

    I really want to fit in my old clothes again and I want my ex-husband to feel really bad. =)

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    I want to look smoking hot and feel stronger!

  13. 13

    I want my pre baby body back. I would justlLove to WOW! my husband.

  14. 14

    I’m preggers with my third kid right now and this is definitely our last so it is time to get my pre-kids body back.

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    Hannah M. says:

    I want to lose some weight for the same reasons you do – just to feel good about my body! I was doing a good job of starting to get in shape this summer and then I had to get a surprise surgery so now I’m back to square 1 :(

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    Hannah M. says:
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    Janine McNally says:

    I want to lose weight so that, as I approach 50, I will still be attractive to my hubby, and to me!

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    Janine McNally says:
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    lysa filcek says:

    my craziest real reason I want to lose weight… so my knees and kankles will stop hurting…

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    I want to look attractive for my husband

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    i’m going to the beach in 2 months, so have to kick it into high gear to wear a swimsuit

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    Holly Wert says:

    i just want to look good in my clothes

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    Holly Wert says:
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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I want to be able to wear some clothes that I have pushed to the back of the closet because they were too small.

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    I want to fit in my clothes that I could fit in before, and I want to be able to wear a swimsuit without worrying about sucking in my stomach!

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    What I don’t look pregnant (and stop others from wondering if I am or not) when my baby’s due date was 4 years ago! I need helps from Slim Fast. Can’t wait to try them out.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Well, for me, it has happened when I hit the big 4-0! 10 pounds that year and ten more the next!! Argh! I haven’t changed one thing dietary or with exercise. Hormones possibly? Either way? I hate how these 20 make me look! Hate it! I want to lose ’em and be able to take my little ones to the pool without feeling like I am a beached, blubbery whale. Ah, is there hope?!

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    to be the woman my husband fell in love with

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    Erica Best says:

    i found some jean on sale and i want to fit in them

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    Erica Best says:
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    I want to look good in my new bikini.

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    LAMusing says:

    Honestly it’s all about my health – I’m tired of being tired and want to be in better shape.

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    twitted this today, 27/06

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    shannon Baas says:

    so I feel better.

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    Vera P. says:
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    Stephanie V. says:

    craziest reason is knowing I was going to see an old boyfriend at a friend’s wedding, best reason was my own wedding!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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    I want to lose weight bad, it’s mainly just my belly and muffin top, it’s really hard to lose the belly fat especially when you’re a beer drinker :p but I want to lose weight to make myself look better and feel better about myself.

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    Tari Lawson says:

    I don’t know that it’s crazy but I want to lose weight for my vacation. We will be vacationing with my husband’s family and I want to look my best.

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    Tracy L Davis says:

    I wanted to fit into my wedding dress.

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    Ive lost all my weight but I want to look tones and tighten that after baby bulge

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    I am not sure if my reason is crazy. I am doing a lot of my weight loss these days in memory of my friend, Allen, who died in March. He had lost 125 lbs before passing, and he had started an amazing fitness blog to chronicle his loss. He was going to mentor me on the week that he died…. so now I do it and think of him often.

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    laurie damrose says:

    I went from a job where I was on my feet all day to an office job sitting all day and gained 30 pounds.Now I have revamped my diet with fresh veggies,fruit etc and take daily walks and do dvds,but I really want to lose the weight because I would have more energy like I used to .I want to be abe to keep up with my son who is Autistic and is very active.

  46. 46

    My upcoming hs reunion is a good reason

  47. 47

    I’m working on losing at least 25 lbs. :)

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    mickeyfan says:

    When I hit menopause I read about all the weight women gain. I decided NOT to be that girl, so I’ve lost 20 lb in the last 2 years!

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    I am returning to my hometown this summer and when I moved away at 18, I was much thinner and pre-baby. It feels silly but I want to return and feel like I still look fun and young (not a “frumpy mommy” which is how I feel a lot of the time!).

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    tina reynolds says:

    I want to be able to wear something sexy and cute when going to the beach with my hubby

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    tina reynolds says:
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    When I was a youth under the thumb of my narcissistic mother, I wanted to lose weight so that I could make her happy. I starved myself down to her size EXACTLY so we could share clothing and the scale number was identical. Pretty sick.

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    Adrienne Bireley says:

    I’d love to lost the baby weight and just be back where I was before. But things aren’t quite that simple.

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    Chenile Clark says:

    My main motivation for losing weight is to make people jealous lol

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    Mihaela D. says:

    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 :)))

  57. 57

    The main reason I started working out was to lose 30 pounds that I recently gained while out on vacation.

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    Debra Ford says:

    Honestly, I’ve never been able to lose weight under the pressure of a special date. I have lost 20 pounds since the 1st of the year, but being good MOST of the time. Slow and steady seems to be the only thing effective for me.

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    I want to lose weight so I can feel more confident in a swimsuit.

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    I just want to get my body in shape and eat better so I am not so bloated!

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    LAMusing says:
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    Stephanie Larison says:

    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* I have so much weight to lose it looks like weight loss surgery is the answer for me. However, maybe it’s not..I’ve got two family members that have botched surgeries and horrible effects from it all. I wish I was one of those naturally skinny people.

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    Karrie Millheim says:

    I want to lose weight to feel young..move faster and show them I still got in me to run circles around the twenty year olds :)

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    CharityS says:

    I really just want to lose a few pounds for myself.

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    CharityS says:
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    I’m motivated to lose weight to just simply become a healthier version of myself. I love my curves and only really need to lose a little to be happy… I’m not a little girl by any means… I wear a size 10, but I love every inch of myself, just wish it was a little tighter sometimes. lol.

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    heather c says:

    Mostly, my weird reasons have to do with fitting into my high school clothes…from 25 years ago. LOL

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    heather c says:
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    I look at my old photos and see how slim I used to be. After 5 children I had only gained 7 pounds that wouldn’t go away. But when I hit 40 suddenly the pounds started piling on. It’s hard on my breathing as well as my knees and feet to carry this extra weight.
    I want to at least look as slim as I was at 45.

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    I’d love to feel confident in a swimsuit (or even a tank top!)

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    Jennifer Harriman says:

    My main reason to want to get in better shape is my current boyfriend, I … spitefully.. want to look better than any of his exes! soo shallow I know.. I mean the health benefits and my own personal feelings when getting dressed will be a huge plus as well!

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    Derek Timm says:

    I would just like to loose weight to be healthier!

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    misses g says:

    I want to lose weight so that I can look good for my birthday party!

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    My reason always revolves around wearing my bathing suit somewhere!

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    Whitney says:

    The only reason why I would want to lose weight is to get back to where I was. I have had a stressful past couple of months so I am eating much more than I usually do.

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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    Whitney says:
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    A wedding was a big motivator! There was no way I was going to allow myself to be pictured at that weight!

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    Just baby weight.

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    Samantha D says:

    My real reason…I want to ride all the roller coasters in the amusement park!

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    Sarah L says:

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

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    I want to lose weight so I’ll look fabulous in some amazing new clothes I’ve got stashed in the closet.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    Sarah L says:
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    Michelle Tucker says:
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    soha molina says:

    getting to look like my wedding pic again.

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    soha molina says:
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    I’m tired of paying more money for larger sizes.

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    I want to be able to wear shorts when the weather is 95 degrees

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    My husband is much younger and I need to keep his interest!!!!

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    Becky Richied says:

    My reason is that after chemo, radiation 3 more surgeries, my body has taken a heck of a roller coaster ride, on the serious.

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    Becky Richied says:
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    My #1 reason is because I want to be healthy. Cancer and heart disease and hypertension run rampant through my family…and losing weight would sure help a LOT as far as risk factor.

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    First off I loved reading your post and that Squat Challenge looks insane! I can’t wait to show my sister it so we can try it together though it looks crazy hard! I have a reunion to go to this summer where I haven’t seen people in a long time and definitely need to lose weight and look great when I go, for me not for anyone else, but I’d definitely feel better going looking great:)

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    I would love to lose weight, just to fit in so great looking clothes. v

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    This month marked the passing of my 39th birthday. For my upcoming 40th birthday, I have decided to stop calling my dunlap “baby fat” and give myself the gift of a tight tummy.

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