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Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom Paperback – March 29, 2011
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About the Author
Kara Douglass Thom is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, multisport, pregnancy, and parenting topics, and she blogs about fitness and motherhood at mamasweat.blogspot.com. She is the author of two books and has written for numerous periodicals. Kara has been a runner and triathlete for 20 years, and she is mom to seven-year-old twin girls, a six-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an incredible book; inspiring and entertaining without being pushy and judgmental.
As a (previously) non exercising mother I liked how it read. At some points it almost felt like they were in my living room talking about my piles of laundry stacking up and my kids running around. At one point they compared squeezing exercise into your day to squeezing that last box of waffles into the freezer after doing groceries. Who can't relate to that?
It encourages you to " treat your body as well as you treat your kids" .
It's a good, easy read and has some great advice.
The mom to mom quotes also gives you a sense of camaraderie. Ladies, we are not in this alone!!!!
The authors acknowledge the fact that some advice is just tired. "Work out while the baby sleeps" assumes that your baby will always sleep! Instead, the book offers suggestions for exercising with the baby and guilt-free motivation for leaving baby at home while you run, bike, swim etc.
There is no way in the world I could do that, and I want to know who does all the "stuff" that is routinely on a "to do list", if these women who wrote this book are not doing them. Does the husband schedule the dentist apt., pick up the dry cleaning, get the wall painted on the garage, buy the new school clothes, take the cupcakes to open house, find out about better insurance, meet with the teachers, plan the meals, buy the food, get the refrigerator fixed, buy the birthday presents - well, all moms reading this know the list never ends. I think these author-moms are the ones with house cleaners, lots of babysitters to choose from and they say things like "I have a great husband, he lets me do anything I want". Actually, my husband would leave first, before he was the servant. So this is TOTALLY unrealistic for me. As to the issue of getting fit after 50, THAT's the book that needs to be written: "get your yourself fit NOW, over 50 it's a bitch; but here's how to do it, if you must". (I exercised some in my adult years, but eating only when I was hungry (most of the time) was enough to be in a small clothing size, so I've been an exercise snob).
Highly recommend this book, no matter where you are on your fitness journey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like to read about others' experiences that are similar to mine. I know that I don't know everything, and this book offer some good ideas I hadn't thought of before.Published on February 11, 2013 by lisamarie1081
This is not a get-thin book, not an over-the-top fitness book. Hot (Sweaty) Mamas will help any busy mom figure out how to fit exercise into her life and into her family's life. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Kate Hopper
This is an ok book if you are a new mom or a new mom to exercise. It is a definite motivator to get out the door and begin. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Kayla F. Smith
This book is not just for women. I found it informative, funny, entertaining and insightful. I love the Mom2Mom quotes as well as Kara and Laurie's personal examples. Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by Chad
I read about this book in Parenting magazine and immediately picked it up. Easy to read. Funny. Inspiring. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by EWH