She Wears Skirts-Hide Your Mommy Tummy!
A comment I hear frequently from ladies is "I just don't look good in skirts." While many of you you may not feel like skirts are as flattering on you as you might like, I have recently found a way to greatly improve my appearance in skirts!
Being a mother is a blessing, but it also leaves your body greatly changed. I've been blessed beyond measure to have four children seven and under. I always nurse for at least a year, so trying to do a special diet after having the baby is really not an option for me. With this last child, I realized that over the course of having my babies I had gradually gained some weight, all of which ended up in my stomach. I have the typical mommy tummy with stretch marks and loose skin. Amy recently wrote about Diastasis Recti and the struggles she has gone through with that. I don't have that problem, I simply have relaxed stomach muscles from being pregnant four times! Having caught glimpses of myself in the mirror, I've been bothered by what I see.
When I was shopping in Marshalls the other day, I looked at the shapewear. I was intrigued by a tummy shaper and decided to try it on. Amazingly, it was comfortable and it actually helped the looks of my stomach area! After wearing it for several weeks now, I've been extremely pleased with the results. I have no clue if this is related or not but I've even lost four pounds since I started wearing the shaper! At any rate, after measuring myself today with the shaper on, and then taking it off, I discovered that I am three inches smaller in my waist with the shaper on. WOW!
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So what is this fantastic shaper? The one I bought is hard to find online, so they must be discontinuing it. Here is one store that still sells it.
This shaper sold at Amazon is from Flexee also (same company as my shaper) and has a lot of good reviews! I think it would be even more conveinant as you can wear your own underwear, making bathroom breaks easier. It still hooks up the front, which I think is very important for a shaper to work correctly. I have tried several others without the hook, and they never gave me the desired result.
I would give a caution if looking at this style of shaper. After trying this type a few times, I quickly realized that I was getting yeast infections after wearing them! They simply do not allow air to circulate (I know, a lot of details here!) That is why I prefer the other type, plus they seem to work so much better!
I have also been doing the "Hit The Floor" workout from T-Tapp. It's excellent! The workout really focuses on the stomach area. Body brushing is also a good way to tighten up loose skin, and I have been trying to do that faithfully :)
Here are some pictures with the shaper on (picture #1)....
With the shaper taken off (picture #2).
Notice how much straighter I stand with the shaper on?
I hope this might give you some hope that there are "helps" out there to assist you in looking better. And ladies, please remember - whether you weigh a slim and tight 110 pounds, or you weigh 225 pounds and are fluffy all over, you all have beautiful qualities about you!
Over at Raising Arrows, Amy is talking about what styles of clothes are flattering for different body shapes. Be sure to take a peek!
She Wears Skirts
Part One - Modest Series Begins!
Part Two - What Guys Think About Modesty
Part Three - A Peek Into The Modest Mom's Closet
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