If you want to know the truth….

Look what I found? A gem I forgot to publish last month……….

Just ask your kids. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t ask.

Trust me on this one if you haven’t found this out for yourself.

Yesterday while lounging by the pool I was complaining about my weight (I’m ridiculous. I know. Weight isn’t important. It shouldn’t be a focus. Blah, blah, blah).

“I haven’t been to the gym once this summer. I’m pretty sure I’ve gained 5 lbs. I think I have more cellulite than I had before I stopped exercising.”

Or course, the answer I was hoping for from my husband was, “what are you talking about? You look great. Fantastic even. You’d never know you’ve had 5 kids. Don’t be silly.”
Even if it wasn’t true.

What I got was my child pipping in with the truth before my husband had the chance to fib to me.

“Um, mom? I did notice that your legs look a little flabby”.
Um, Thank you very little?

See? Lesson learned.

Note to self: If you can’t handle the truth, don’t ask. Don’t fish. Just do something about it.

One of these days, I WILL get back to the gym. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to be fully and completely self conscious when I’m in a bathing suit. How’s that for the truth?

P.S Don’t worry. My daughter assured me today that my legs look less flabby in this bathing suit than the one I was wearing yesterday.

Thanks? I think?

Note to self. THROW out the bathing suit I was wearing yesterday.


  1. 1

    Rebecca says

    I just love it. I've had similar conversations. Anna asked me one day, while patting on my chest, how I had "two tummys?"

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    Lolli says

    Yes, I've had that kind of conversation before. I distinctly remember my 8 year old son saying, "Mom, I think that swimming suit is too small. I can see your bottom hanging out of it." Oh, yikes!

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    Mayhem and Moxie says

    Honestly, if those blog friends of yours would stop harassing you so much, you could actually probably get to the gym once in a while.

    Who are those people you hang out with anyways?


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    Robin says

    Ouch. Reminds me of the time my daughter asked why my (very NON-pregnant) tummy was so big.

    That was the week I finally got serious about losing weight.

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    Live.Love.Eat says

    Uh, yeah, I actually got the same thing when I was putting Tristan to bed last night. Ironic: Huge wake up call when going to bed. Hah.

    Thank God I already had it in my head to start back to exercising today because I have been slacking majorly.

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    Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama says

    My dear sweet children lovingly refer to my curves as my "flubber". Outta the mouth of tweens, I suppose 😉

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    Shell says

    My four year old actually grabbed a bit of my stomach roll and asked what that was and if he was going to grow like that and that he hoped not b/c it was really weird-looking. Ouch.

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    brunger bunch says

    I am not sure what you are talking about! You look great! I did have one of my primary kids tell me that my legs were chubby. (I didnt even ask!!)

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    T Rex Mom says

    Classic. My hubby says there is no way of answering that question safely without offending the one asking so we have a rule around the to never ask!

    Maybe a new swim suit, though. A little shopping always cheers me up!

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    Swirl Girl says

    I was always amazed that children don't see overweight in their own parents -only in other people.

    if you say that long enough, you'll start to believe it!

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    Eliza says

    Baby steps…I'm going twice a week and plan on working my way up. Even if I don't succeed at losing those extra pounds I DO feel a lot better about myself!

    My new blog is up, would love to have you visit!

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    Bina says

    Hopped over from Alicia's More Than Words…and am SO happy to have found another family with five kids! We have five also…aged 14 to 8…and I LOVE this entry!! I can relate…and skinny is over-rated…believe you me! 🙂
    Hugs to you today…

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    Bina says

    …and in looking further, I see that you are also a redhead…with little redheads!!??!!?? Oh – the world is a wonderful place today! 😉

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    Kelly says

    OH MY STARS!! I one time had Jenna (at two no less) tell me I looked "Faaah ow ow…" She was saying fat and trailed off. (((HUGS)))

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    Sara @ Domestically Challenged says

    Yep, that suit would be gone! oh, and my hubby told me that "I'm less flabby when I am doing weight training/running than just running." Um, thanks.

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    Alicia says

    Oh, that is sooo true about kids! They do not hesitate to tell you how it is!! And, they give you a complex at the same time. Great!

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    Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    ha ha ha ha ha….my boys are still too young to notice that mommy isn't perfect – i fear the day they learn better!!! That is too funny…

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    mommaof4wife2r says

    my girlies say the craziest things…b told me about 4 months ago that if my belly was gonna be so big it should have a baby growing in it again…i started back to the gym!!!

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    Justine says

    ROFLMAO! I'm sorry to laugh at your humilations, but… well no. I'm not sorry. It's damn funny. Especially because you think 5 pounds would make a difference in your leg flab. Heeheeheeeee

    Justine 😮 )

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    Cecilia says

    I'm sure you look great! But if you're ever in UT and feel like exercising and partying at the same time, come to my Zumba class! I've lost 22 pounds since May just doing ZUMBA! It's so much fun! I love teaching and helping people loose weight!
    If you don't think you're going to be in UT anytime soon just go to http://www.zumba.com and find an instructor in your area ;D You'll love it!!!!

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    Lula! says

    Sometimes I pretend that I've had 5 children, and that 2 of them are monoamniotic.

    But then I look at you and realize…nah, I'm just fat. And she's just fabulous.

    And I still love you. But I win. As I have more cellulite. The end.

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    Mama Kat says

    Lula's comment is awesome.

    I only talk about how pretty I am to my kids and they have no choice, but to agree to everything I say lest they forfeit dessert.

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    scrappysue says

    a very quick note from work (ugh!) to let you know your package arrived – thank you so much angie! will leave unopened until the 26th

    thanks again!

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    Amy says

    Oh I think I feel this way sometimes. I need to work out but it seems to go down hill at times. I hope you are having a great week. Have fun in Vegas. I hope they do this again so I can join in. This year I am at my parents and can't.

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    Carissa(GoodnCrazy) says

    How funny… I think… wait I have same issue.

    Since starting FC my world is a whirl of visits and more and more and other hoo haw.. my excuse? EXHAUSTION.

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    CC says

    Ugh. I try to keep my mouth shut around the kids regarding this kind of thing. Because the husband? He's pretty kind. 🙂

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    Happy says

    Seriously? I see your profile pic and yes, I realize you aren't in a bathing suit, but still…I can't imagine that you have many issues in the weight department. And you definetely do not look like a mother of five.

    So. I say bleh to the gym. Have a hamburger instead!

    But very funny post!

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    Elaine A. says

    I posted about my body image today too. Us women just always struggle with this don't we? Why, I just don't know… P.S. You look awesome from the pics I've seen of you Angie and someday the kids will be adults too… ; )

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    I would say fasting is deifnitely a fast weight loss strategy. My experience was shedding 6 pounds by 6 days juice fasting. I then continued with intermittent fasting (IF), aiming for one meal a day. I was doing it 3-4 times a week and lost altogether 20 pounds in six months. And my body weight has been stable for the past four years. I would say a one-week fasting + IF is a fast, economic and safe way to lose weight.

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    I would say fasting is dfnteiiely a fast weight loss strategy. My experience was shedding 6 pounds by 6 days juice fasting. I then continued with intermittent fasting (IF), aiming for one meal a day. I was doing it 3-4 times a week and lost altogether 20 pounds in six months. And my body weight has been stable for the past four years. I would say a one-week fasting + IF is a fast, economic and safe way to lose weight.

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    There is a voice that is rising up witihn our nation that is calling for a return to simple New Testament Christianity in the Church. In the midst of today’s pressing problems, slick Sunday morning shows fail to deliver mid-week power.I don’t know about you but, I long for the day when our youth will once again be required to carry their bibles to church. Do we really need double jumbotrons in mid-sized churches that weaken our already lax ability to know our bibles?I say, nix the electronica and fast, pray and get the clear voice of God once again. Have we contemplated why Jesus didn’t come to the earth in 2009? Just think of all the technology he could have at his disposal! But then, it is not technology that changes lives, it is God’s supernatural power distributed by Spirit led saints.

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    I haven’t tried the fast, but I’m tired of? seeing ppleoe comment thinking its bad for you. Yes, you drink water and eat no food. But what about malnutrition? You take vitamins. And it’s not bad to sneak in 100% pure juice, like cranberry (antioxidants) or prune juice (helps bowels, therefore letting the water get toxins out faster). And you don’t just stop eating like that. You ease yourself in, and ease yourself out, but start eating healthy when done. There you go, non believers.

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