Diapers, cries and milk. Those three words define the daily routine of many mothers, but one San Diego author hopes to encourage more women to prioritize their own needs.
Luci Lampe, a local mother of four, is the author of the new book, Achieving Sexy: Redefining Your Momlife & Mombod. She’s also the founder of the “Sexy Mama Movement,” a campaign to empower mothers to “live a life they love in a body they love, through online coaching, videos, podcasts, blogs, music, and now books.”
Lampe answered questions from Times of San Diego about the movement and her new book, which will be available Jan. 1.
What kind of feedback have you received about the Sexy Mama Movement?
I see quite a few surprised faces when I associate the word “sexy” with motherhood, and I actually like that. It’s meant to get people’s attention, and make them think twice about the stereotype of both sexiness and motherhood. I believe the two should absolutely coexist, and to make that the norm, we must redefine sexy to describe much more than just a scantily clad woman with a come-hither look.
What are some of the biggest challenges mothers face today? What challenges do you face?
I’ve found that many moms today—particularly millennial moms—set a different standard for themselves. We want to “have it all” without sacrificing what matters most, and crave fulfillment in our personal relationships, parenting, careers, health, and fitness. It can feel impossible to effectively juggle family life and relationships with self-care and work. Practically speaking, time and energy can be extremely challenging to come by. As moms, there will always be valid reasons or obstacles between us and our goals; the stars will never fully align for us to “start tomorrow.” There’s no time like the present to take a step toward a healthier life and body. I face these challenges myself, being “on” 24/7 and not knowing how much sleep I’m going to get from one night to the next.
Tell me about your new book. What’s the goal of the book?
Achieving Sexy outlines the fitness and nutrition strategies I’ve used to “get my body back” four times now, but I also give my readers much more depth with zero fluff. The ultimate goal of the book is to equip millennial moms to live purposefully. This book covers relevant topics on creating a sexy life moms can be genuinely excited about, from emotional mastery and stress management to self-worth and sexual empowerment. When we create a vision for our lives, our families, our health, and our relationships, we squelch that unsatisfying feeling of wandering through life aimlessly in survival mode.
What’s the biggest takeaway from the book?
The biggest takeaway from the book is that every mama is worthy of living a life she loves in a body she loves. She doesn’t need to do, be, or change anything to be worthy of an amazing life, and that very self-worth is what ultimately compels her to take better care of her body and live purposefully.