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On Self-Esteem & Body After Baby (Plus Yummie Tummie Giveaway)

When I was younger, I cursed my too-skinny body. I was teased for my “chicken legs” and wanted nothing more than curves. Then I finally got them, and Sir Mixalot had to go & ruin that for me, too. Thank goodness for the grunge phase—it was easy to hide my 36x24x36 in baggy, flannel shirts.

It’s been 15 years, 3 kids and 2 weddings with 1 fabulous hubby since those high school days, and I don’t feel any better about my body. There’s the “silver” hair, the “laugh lines” and the extra pounds. But, it’s so much more than that. Sure, it’s beyond time to lose the rest of the “baby” weight, but my body will never be the same anyway.

The hips that sit just a little wider than I’d like. The boobs that don’t quite sit where they used to. The stretch marks I will forever hide from the daylight. I wish I could be one of those women who view it all as a badge of honor. Afterall, those hips birthed 3 kids. Those boobs nursed for more than 2 years. And, those stretch marks represent the growth of each child.

I earned them—but I don’t want them.

And, I’m not about to show them off. I didn’t take pregnancy pictures. I didn’t allow photos during labor. And, I don’t like what’s left of my tummy showing itself now. I have so often hidden it all in baggy sweaters & hoodies. I’ve even noticed flannel button downs are becoming a trend again—but, well, I’m a grownup!

Heathers: YT Creator & Her Biggest Fan

So, Yummie Tummie is my grownup solution. Created by Heather Thomson (who I had the immense pleasure of meeting at BlogHer earlier this year), this shapewear is comfortable, sexy and a huge part of improving my wardrobe, not to mention my self-esteem.

I’ve tried squishing my body into a variety of shapewear brands, but instead of providing the confidence I need to wear something that isn’t 3 sizes too big, they’ve always made me feel worse. Hello, sausage casing. Believe me when I tell you this is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Yummie Tummie is soft, cozy and hides the mommy tummy so clothing fits beautifully. Even on me. I now own several styles—the new fall tee is my very favorite—and I covet many more. (I’m looking at you, Chiffon.) The original tank is a closet staple, since I can wear it with anything in my wardrobe.

And, Yummie Tummie wants to give one to one of our readers too! Simply leave a comment here to let me know I’m not alone in this. You can also earn additional entries by:
  • Subscribing to our site by email or RSS
  • Following Yummie Tummie and Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter
  • Writing about this giveaway (blog, forum, public Facebook note)
  • Tweeting about this giveaway: Win a @YummieTummie Original Tank from @MiscMom! http://bit.ly/cSGmLU

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 9/30 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on 10/1 and receive a Yummie Tummie Original Tank. Winner will have 48 hours to contact us or a new winner will be chosen.

I have received a free Yummie Tummie through promotions in the past but with no expectation for a post or positive review. This opinion is 100% real and honest.

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Article by justheather

Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , , , Read 94 articles by

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  1. Jen says:

    Ok, I tweeted, follow @miscmom & @yummietummie, and subscribe by email. Not sure how many entries that gets me but I wanna win!

  2. Amanda J Roy says:

    I could relate to that. I am now down 72 lbs. In the last 8 months and thinner, by far, than I was even when I got married at 19. That was 14 years ago. I love my legs now, though wish they were longer, but still have the loose skin on the tummy from my 2nd C-Section. Though I am now comfortable wearing a bikini, naked I am very aware of my lower tummy. My hubby has said I could get a tummy tuck if it would make me feel better, but I think I will continue to work on it and wear what I can’t loose as my badge of honor (or have something to hold over my younger daughter’s head and blame her for when she is older).

    I have shared this on my facebook– Amanda Roy

  3. YAY! I’ve really really wanted one of these.

  4. I already follow YT and MM on twitter!

  5. I had to check my reader cuz I thought I had your feed, but I didn’t so I just added it. I think I have your other blog instead.

  6. Brandy says:

    This would be so awesome. after my kids i’ve always had a pouch and would love to cover it up.

  7. Brandy says:

    following both on twitter

  8. Betsy Hoff says:

    You are so not alone. I lost all but 5 pounds of my baby weight, but everything isn’t the same as it used to be so I look and feel much heavier.

  9. Betsy Hoff says:

    I follow Yummie Tummie and Misc Mom on Twitter as bukaeyes

  10. punkinmama says:

    You are so not alone. Hoping I win so I can try again. I’m a YT #fail.

  11. punkinmama says:

    I follow both on twitter.

  12. Andrea says:

    You’re definitely not alone. I’ll be needing this after my pregnancy!

  13. Andrea says:

    I follow Yummie Tummie and Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter as @ampaetka

  14. amy pugmire says:

    I sooo need this! sounds great! I am going to have a new baby on monday and this would definately help me out πŸ™‚

  15. Ria says:

    I had only about 5 more post-baby weight pounds to go but then b/feeding made me ravenous so now I have about 10 lbs to go.
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

  16. Ria says:

    rss subscriber
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

  17. Ria says:

    follow both on twitter @rsmc1
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

  18. Janice says:

    oh, you are definitely not alone

  19. Mary Preston says:

    This Mummy does indeed have a tummy. What a brilliant giveaway.

  20. Allison says:

    Pick me! Pick me! a) I have an extra long tank and love love love it. b) I appreciate how they responded to my feedback about their Runway-style video (I felt like all of the models were super skinny and didn’t represent real women) c) the price point is a little high–but SO worth it! If you don’t win this giveaway–even in this economy, you need to consider getting one. I wear mine a few times a week!

  21. Sabrina says:

    Great giveaway! You are not alone!

  22. Mama Zen says:

    You are SO not alone!

  23. sara says:

    What a great product – I HATE stretch marks!
    seraphou at aol dot com

  24. Lillian says:

    I subscribed via RSS

  25. Lillian says:

    I’m following you both on Twitter

  26. Lillian says:

    I wrote about you on FB and on my mom’s group through meetup.com!

  27. Lillian says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway…@lilsunflowerz

  28. Lillian says:

    You are not alone! These tanks look great!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, my tummy could use one of these! Baby left some baaad stretch marks.
    I’ll be honest. The flab was already there.

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I subscribe πŸ™‚

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. dasha says:

    i totally relate…i am always sucking in my stomach around people older than 8 lol.

  32. dasha says:

    i follow you on twitter @clothbootycutie

  33. dasha says:

    i follow YT on twitter @clothbootycutie

  34. abby says:

    A smooth tummy is #1 on my wish list…would love to have a yummie tummie!

  35. AutumH says:

    After having kids my confidence in my body and my self esteem has definitely plummeted. I think a lot of woman would be with you on the whole “You’re not alone!”
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  36. AutumH says:

    subscribe to your blogs rss feed through google reader.

  37. AutumH says:

    Follow you both on twitter-AutumH

  38. Angela R says:

    I really need this after recently giving birth!!!

  39. Tina says:

    Don’t worry too much about this stuff, you aren’t alone! Everybody goes through things like this πŸ˜€

  40. Linda Kish says:

    I definitely need this.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  41. Jennifer Barr says:

    Your definately not alone there. I still have an extra 20 pounds to lose since my last baby was born …9 years ago! ugh!

  42. Jennifer Barr says:

    Subscribing to our site by email or RSS

  43. Jennifer Barr says:

    Following Yummie Tummie and Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter



  44. Denise Malia @animundi says:

    I follow both on twitter, I subscribed by e-mail and rss and I tweeted, phew….time for a nap ! ; )

  45. Oh, how I love my Yummie Tummie! I’ve nearly worn my white one out, so I could use a new one!

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