I still have more Spring Break updating to do. LCCMom left on Saturday and I’ve been working away ever since. I also ran 7.5 miles (fueling with 8 days of cup cake eating is a poor choice, FYI –> felt like I was going to puke the entire time) and went to a FANTASTIC yoga class Sunday night. I love yoga so much right now! My arms were dying today and it felt great.
The rest of this post is about body image and weight loss. If you might find this triggering, I suggest you stop reading.
Over spring break I spent copious amounts of hours in various fitting rooms. I’ve said that I am going to stop posting about weight loss, but I feel like there might be value in posting what happens after weight loss. I am very happy with my body right now. I feel physically very strong and generally well fueled. Plus I still eat cup cakes. I’m still in the mode of replacing my wardrobe (from a size 8/10 to a size 4).
With that being said, here are some fitting room observations from last week:
- Just because I’ve lost weight, that doesn’t mean every style will flatter me. For example, I loved a flowy dress in the Calypso store. Unstructured dresses have never been “my style” but the subtly emerging California hippie girl in me has always wanted them to be. New flash: they still aren’t my style. Also, just because you’ve lost weight doesn’t mean everything will fit you. In my head I always thought someone that was a 4 would look good in everything. This is so not true at all, I can promise. Belted waists for life for this girl.
- If you didn’t like a body part before weight loss, you aren’t necessarily going to like it any more after weight loss. Getting smaller won’t change your mental perception. You have to love yourself to love your body. Its all about internal attitude change. I had to remind myself more than once that an item not fitting my hips wasn’t a problem with ME, it was a problem with THE CLOTHING.
- Just because you’ve lost weight, that doesn’t mean your body proportions will change. My hips are ALWAYS going to be x amount wider than my waist. I might be rocking a size 4 jean, but I still wear curvy cut. My hips don’t lie. And it’s all good because women are supposed to be hippy. It’s how we’re made.
- Jeans that fit are the greatest thing ever. Instant self esteem boost. Also, Gap jeans have gotten much better in the past few years. I was very happily surprised. While I love me some J Crew I may just have become a Gap convert.
- Getting a good bra fitting was the best idea ever! I haven’t had a proper fitting since I was in high school. I went to Victoria’s Secret and they measured me to be a D. If you’ve ever met me or seen a picture of me you know that this is highly comical. I had a vague idea of where I was but I was shocked at my size (32C in strapless? You could have knocked me over with a feather) and how much better I felt about myself once I was in the proper size. Seriously, Oprah didn’t lie, every women in America needs a GOOD bra fitting.
- I still haven’t bought a new Bikini. It needs to happen but I think I am going to raid the J Crew swim section. I was reminded while trying on an unsupported string top that string tops aren’t a viable option for me (or a comfortable one!)
I had several new acquisitions over the week which will be presented here on the blog including a bridesmaids dress! Stay tuned!
I love this post, and I completely agree. I thought losing weight would make my hips disappear and allow me to wear anything I wanted, and it didn’t. But I learned to love my hips and embrace that, while I couldn’t wear EVERYTHING, I could wear much more because of losing weight. And it made all the difference. 🙂
Glad to hear you identified with this. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.
Such a great post lady!!! I agree with every single point you made, especially the dress one…i too love the hippy ones but ya know what, it just isn’t gonna happen for me!