Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Health Update

Possible TMI because I basically just talk about breasts, but not in a sexy way. Move along if any of this is too much information for you.

Still going to the gym, still following the diet.

We stopped weighing me in a while back because, while I was still shrinking it wasn't being reflected on the scale in any helpful sort of way. Meaning, I'd lose a pound here or there, but nothing like the five pounds a week or three a week that it had been before. The issue, if you want to call it that, is that I'm building muscle while losing fat. So I'm getting smaller but not losing as much actual weight. Still a very good thing.

So we've been measuring me every two or three months. Last time we measured I'd lost, overall, more than five inches. That's taking all the measurements and just adding up how much I've lost. Very good, I think. :D

I notice the weight loss in that my clothes are getting larger, but it's a slow process. The biggest hint I get is in my bra. I've already gone down from a DD to a C cup and down two sizes around my chest as well. Right now I'm in the middle hooks of the chest strap where when I bought it it had to be at the last set of hooks. And I keep having to cinch up the shoulder straps. So that's fun!

The thing with bra's that I have is this: There are two ways the bra can be wrong. It can be too small, or too large. If it's too small then you get muffin tops a/k/a double boob. That's where you look like you've got little boobs on top of your boobs because the excess flesh is being squeezed out the top. It's not attractive. Not at all. When the bra fits properly, this is not an issue. The bra and your breast should be in one smooth line. However, when the bra is too big (either too large a cup size or too large in general) you can get a similar issue to the muffin top. Meaning: it fits okay when you put it on, but when you bend over you fall out of it. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Producing....the muffin top.

So I always delay and worry about shrinking my bras. It's a lot of fiddling for me to find just the right position of all the straps so that there is no muffin top. Because I hate that like a burning, burning thing.

Another fascinating thing: Your body changes in the weirdest ways when you're losing as much fat as I am. It's kind of like deflating. Not a particularly attractive image, I grant you. But that's what it looks like. You wake up some mornings and find new *dents* in your flesh. 

The other thing is, I've been wearing skirts almost exclusively. This isn't for any modesty or 'skirts are women's wear' kind of thing. It's practicality. 1) Skirts are more forgiving to weight loss. I can wear a skirt and have it look good a lot longer than I can pants. They get baggier and look less professional more quickly. 2) Changing clothes at the gym. Slip the exercise pants up under the skirt, whip off the skirt, voila! This is as opposed to the one woman who strips off completely and wanders around the locker room. It's disconcerting to walk in and be greeted by a naked 70 year old woman, alright? 3) I have more skirts that fit than I do pants. And I'm trying not to buy clothes until I absolutely have to. 4) I like skirts. :p

And I really need to go through my closet. Maybe this weekend. Probably not, since I'm lazy. But maybe.


  1. Congrats on losing the weight! How exciting! I'm with you on skirts, even though I'm not losing weight. I bloat a lot around my period, so I used to have "period pants" and "rest of the month pants." Now I just wear skirts. Also, they're cute! And way more flattering on most women (although not all) than pants, IMHO.

  2. Woohoo! Kudos on the weight loss!

    I better insert a TMI warning as well (although I guess if people have read all the way to the comments, they can't complain).

    I TOTALLY feel you on the muffin top issue! As a rather busty girl (I won't try and convert it to US size, because I don't get your system, but in Europe I'm a 65-70 (that's how many centimeters you are around the back) F/G (all depending on the make, time of day etc.

    It is so difficult to find a bra that doesn't dig in and hurt, or let your boobs fall out, or make them look like muffin tops. SO. FRUSTRATING.

  3. congrats girlfriend! and lol bras! They are a pain no matter what size you are.

  4. Way to go, Amber! I think we need to see new pics one of these days! :)

  5. Allie,


    Of course I say that and I'm wearing pants today...

    *laughs* Again with the TMI, but for me it's my chest. I know my period is imminent because people start commenting about 'the girls being out' and the like.

  6. Becky,

    Thank you!

    No one gets our system. We just live with it.

    It all boils down to this: being female is hard. There's always *something* with the clothes to worry about and oh, bras. Such a wonderful invention because I have no idea what I'd do if I didn't have it, but such a pain in the ass too.

  7. LK,


    Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. And I envy the women I know who can. *gives them the stink eye*

  8. Susanne,


    Yeah, if I ever get off my butt and take some. So lazy. So, so lazy...


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