In your own skin…

I am struggling right now. With what you might ask? Fashion. Writing about it, I am just about managing, but wearing it? Buying it? It’s just not happening.

I kid you not when I say I bought no new outfit for Christmas – something I have done for as long as I can remember and strange as it may sound, really put a dampener on my Christmas. I’m seriously struggling with New Year as I write this and considering hiding in a bin bag until the whole thing is over, and I’ve lost some weight. I’ve said it, I am just too heavy right now.

I always umm and ahh over writing posts like this. I’m more than aware of the influence print and film media have over their viewers and blogging is no exception. I’ll come right out and say it, I am not over weight medically, or unhealthy. The bottom line? I just don’t fit into my clothes and it’s pi$*ing me off.


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Let’s get the details out here first. I’m 5ft 6 inches and right now, butt naked on the bathroom scales first thing in the morning, I’m tipping 10 stone 2lbs. Again, please don’t think this is a judgemental post, I’m fully aware there are plenty of you reading who are happy at heavier weight than this – whatever works for you is what I say. I certainly don’t look at women walking around at a size 12, 14, 16 and think, look at the size of her. All women can look good, even at the curvier end of the spectrum, as long as you’re fit and healthy.

I’m not one of those women who stands in front of the mirror prodding myself and bemoaning a muffin top or making myself miserable… I just don’t wear stuff that makes me feel like that. In fact, I realised the other day that I haven’t worn a single pair of jeans for over 2 months which is quite something given that they are my usual hang-about-the-house-or-anywhere-else-for-that-matter clothes. My current pairs are too tight. Uncomfortably tight. Not just a muffin top, but uncomfortable to sit down in tight. And because I am convinced this is the wrong size for me to be and I will eventually sort it out, I have refused to buy some.

The only other place it bothers me? The changing room. This might all sound like ridiculous ranting because I’ve never heard anyone say this before, but half a stone makes a massive difference to me buying clothes. Let me explain. The Ted Baker NYE jumpsuit I posted for Friday Frock a while back? A size 2 was too small, just too small. A bit tight around the top of the thighs/groin/bum and the zip did up but was un-breathably tight at the waist. Size 3, baggy and too big. I have a real ‘thing’ about clothes fitting properly and hate seeing people in tops that gape or trousers straining across the front. But that’s the situation I’m in right now. I love shopping and I love clothes, trying new looks, experimenting andย looking good, but I’m frozen between sizes and it’s making me really fed up.


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Looking back, I’ve lost weight in the past, most notably during a stint on Weight Watchers mid way through uni, when I realised that I still had 3 years to go and couldn’t keep eating like a dirty student or I’d exit uni looking like a house. Back then, I went from 10st 4 (my heaviest ever) to 9st 3. And I felt great, even though I was a little obsessed with counting my points! I kept it off for a while then gradually crept up to hover around 9st 7, which for me, is my ‘happy weight’. I can eat pretty much what I want as long as I’m exercising and fit all my clothes. I’m a happy bunny. Before my wedding I lost weight again, stress-induced, falling from 9st 12 a few months after we got engaged (the heaviest I can be and still fit my clothes, just,) to about 9 stone on my wedding day.

I kept that off too, you see I used to have one of those metabolisms that makes people really jealous. Or so I hear people say, because in actual fact, I was just really active. I went to the gym 3-4 times a week but more than that, I was watching what I ate and I never. sat. down. Until then, my day job was something that meant I was always on my feet, walking between departments, even running sometimes. Come 2010 and I found myself changing jobs to one that meant I barely sat down and then, along came blogging. RMW was so busy, so quickly, that I spent every minute that I wasn’t at work (sat on my bum,) in front of the computer screen. You guessed it. Sat on my bum. And now I’ve been this weight, or thereabouts for the best part of 2 years.


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If this all seems a bit over the top, although this is a lifestyle blog, Florence Finds is also a fashion blog. Achievable fashion, but fashion all the same. I love clothes and I want to wear them in a way that makes me feel good about myself instead of feeling miserable about it. There’s nothing wrong with that. I really dislike when women (and we all know someone like this) don’t live their lives because they fear putting on a pound or two, won’t have a glass of wine because of the calories or share a slice of cake at a coffee stop on a girlie day out. But I can’t keep using my dislike of that kind of behaviour to pretend ‘living my life’ is an excuse for feeling like this.

And why haven’t I done anything about it? Several reasons. Until Florence Finds and me spending more time on clothes, I really didn’t give it much thought, I don’t obsess over it. And 7 lbs? It’s such a small amount it’s hardly worth losing, right? I’ll just watch what I eat? Wrong. I love my food and I have a really thing about self denial… life is short, I think you should enjoy it while you can. In the moment, cake is always going to win out over feeling virtuous. But I’ve started to realise that the cake gives me 5 minutes satisfaction then when I can’t fit into the clothes I want, half an hour of frustration over why I haven’t done something about it.

So I’m going to. And to make me, I’m going to keep you all updated. January is about fresh starts, new beginnings, good intentions and I needed to get the party season out of the way first, but from here on in I’m going to be tackling my spare half stone.

I’m guessing there are more than a few of you reading who will be thinking the same thing, so if you would like to join in and get a bit of group motivation then please drop me a comment to keep me going and I will tell you how I go about it in regular posts throughout January.

Lots of goodbye spare pounds love,
Rebecca,
xo

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44 thoughts on “In your own skin…

  1. Go Rebecca! This was really well-put – weight is such a delicate subject and people have a tendency to become defensive over it, whichever way they feel, but I totally get where you’re coming from. I pulled on a pair of shorts the other day and they would. not. go. up. CRINGE. I told myself if was just because I was wearing tights under them, but I’m pretty sure the layer of festive flab didn’t help much either. It’s so depressing when things that would normally fit you are a little on the “snug” side, and I’ve had more than one changing room meltdown in my time. Good luck, and keep us posted! (I’ll be in the corner, sullenly munching on a piece of lettuce…)

  2. Its so annoying isnt it? I was in hospital briefly before christmas and lost some weight, but ever since I’ve been out and after christmas scoffing I am now I would say half a stone heavier. ARGH. Plus my lovely new Marks and Sparks skinny green jeans wont fasten without giving me major overhang and somehow everything either looks like it is cutting me in half, or it actually is. So I have invested in the ‘Cook yourself thin’ cookbook (some nommy recipes in there) and put myself on a strict three meals a day plan. I lost AMAZING amounts of weight last summer on Dukan but it has crept back on. Have also said that I cannot have any new clothes until I have shifted some weight. I am also 5 foot 6 and my ‘happy weight’ is 10 stone but I reckon I’m pushing 11 at the moment – too scared to weigh myself!! ๐Ÿ™ x

  3. Hi Rebecca! I completely agree. My only motivation to lose weight is my clothes. I can have outfits that are goregous and technically fit but would look so much nicer if I was a bit more slender. I have 2 stone to get off and I am heading to slimming world to help me plus being brave and joining a netball team to get some exercise! Wish me luck!

  4. I hear you Rebecca – group motivation sounds like a good plan! I lost nearly a stone for my wedding last summer, and although I wasn’t overweight before, I wasn’t too skinny when I lost it either! It made me realise how easy it had been for it to creep on and if I hadn’t had the motivation of the wedding, I might have put on more. However, without the pressure of knowing 100 people are going to be looking at me wearing a fitted dress, the pounds have started to creep back on over Christmas. I lost the weight with a combination of exercise (1/2 hour DVDs, pilates, the odd circuits or boxercise class, once or twice a week) and normal healthy eating, which I enjoy anyway. I didn’t deny myself a glass (or three!) of wine at the weekends, or a massive Friday night pizza, but the key seemed to be sticking to healthy food and exercising during the week and not having any major blow outs!! I’m going to try really hard to get back on it again as went pretty wild on the cheese over Christmas!! xx

  5. Well this is a bit of a strange one for me as I’m normally unhappy with my weight and always looking to lose that stubborn 7lb, especially after Christmas.

    However I am at the moment at my happy weight of 8st 7lb {I am a midget though, 5ft 3lb} but this is not through diet or exercise.

    No, this is through Breastfeeding. Yep, sat on my backside three or four times a day burns 500cals and so my baby weight has literally fell off and although I am eating more than I normally would I have a few times dropped below happy weight.

    But this is concerning to me as I will have to carry on Breastfeeding now for the next 15 years in order to keep this weight off {or I guess I could watch what I eat and join a gym but that sounds like hard work ;)}

    Seriously though I guess I need to get back in to the swing of exercising as even though my weight is ok my shape is not and I am not at all toned. Before I got pregnant I was exercising and going on the power plates and clothes fit me really nicely even though I was a little heavier than I am now and so that’s my aim for this year.
    Xx

    • So with you on the breast feeding!! I lost my baby weight and managed to get into my wedding dress with no diet/exercising in 3months (size 10) but its the tone in certain bits – tummy mainly, never had a wobbly one! Have stopped breeding now and really need to get back into a fitness regime to get back to my happy weight of 10st, I’m 10.7 now so at 5ft9 I know I’m hardly huge but like you said Rebecca it’s how u feel yourself and how you fit/wear clothes being Inbetween sizes just doesn’t cut it for me.

      Awesome post, very honest as per ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I think I naturally fluctuate by about half a stone – mainly between summer and winter and probably due to the changes I make in my diet and lifestyle between the seasons (winter makes me hibernate) – I can’t imagine living the same way all year round, but that’s probably not a good thing.

  7. Such a difficult issue, and especially for me with my wedding coming up. I’ve always thought my happy weight was right where I am now, just above 9st (I’m 5’9), but as the wedding gets closer I’m constantly being asked when the diet starts… and now I’m feeling like I should get started on one!

    • Really?? wow, I can’t believe someone would actually ask you that! That’s like the pre-wedding equivalent of asking if you’re “trying”, i.e. a completely inappropriate question that makes me want to punch people.

      It you’re at your happy weight then don’t be afraid to stick with it – I’ve seen a couple of brides take the wedding diet too far and end up looking tired and ill on the big day. Better to be happy and beautiful and filling out your dress in all the right places ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I’m with Kirsty on this one – at your weight and height people are being irresponsible telling you that. IGNORE! Do what you feel you need to look your best and shut out the mindless drivel others seem compelled to spout the minute you get engaged.

        Px

    • Totally agree with you girls. WHY do people find themselves with inane verbal diarrhoea when talking to you pre-wedding.

      If you are happy, then you’ll look happy and beautiful which is the most important thing.

      And weight:height you must look fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Xo

  8. Firstly this is a great post Rebecca, like Kirsty I think you’ve done an excellent job of writing about weight.
    I too seem to have gained some extra poundage over Xmas. Dec is always busy for me with b’day and of course Xmas and NY but this last one was not helped by my gym being closed for the latter half of Dec for refurb and also being ill.over Xmas which just made me eat more to comfort myself!
    I think my realisation came on NYE when whilst wearing my fave party frock (a gold sequin number!) that I painfully realised it was pinching me horribly around the tops of my arm and was a bit too snug. Plus it totes left me with marks from the pinching. Boo.
    So yes to the healthiness, to hitting the gym and to group motivation!

    xoxo

  9. I agree wholeheartedly with this, but just for the sake of balance (plus I’m contrary by nature!) I have to add that the clothes will look/fit just as badly if you go too far in the opposite direction. When we were living in developing countries for months on end last year, the weight absolutely slipped off me, and because as girls we’re always looking to lose a little bit (or I am, anyway) my first reaction to weighing in at 60kg (that’s 9st4, and I’m 5.8ish tall) was ‘yes!’. My husband, however thought I looked unhealthy, and my brother in law said I was ‘scrawny’. I put it back on fairly quickly because the loss was through living a life where food was merely fuel, but looking back on photos of me in favourite outfits when we first returned to the UK, where I thought I’d looked great I actually look drawn, and skinny, and my clothes are a bit gapey. I think the key here is finding a happy, healthy medium.

      • Brit Mil Fit is SO GOOD for this – my arms were so toned!! I have always hated my upper arms but they were looking awesome when I was doing the BMF pushups every other day! plus one of my BMF instructors spoke French and would sometimes slip into it when giving orders…. it made it so much more chic ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  10. Once again you have written about something troubling me at the moment!

    I think you have written very sensitively about the weight issue! I also used to have a job that was active without me even realising and so I never really worried about my weight, but for the past 18 months I have been sat at a desk and done any exercise at all and so I have gained weight (not surprisingly!) I have always been a size 10 but now my clothes feel too tight and I have bought some size 12 essentials (trousers for work etc) but they feel just a bit too big! Hopefully with a bit of exercise I can get back to feeling comfortable and carry on having the occasional sneaky treat! x

  11. What a well-written post, you really sum it up exactly. At the end of the day, it’s not really about how you look in reality, it’s about how you feel about yourself and your body, and if you don’t feel happy in your clothes, then you’re just not going to feel happy in general. I do live by the mantra that clothes should fit me and not the other way around, but it’s still depressing when everything becomes just that little bit too tight!

    I work at an office job where I’m sat on my bum the whole day every day. About a year or so ago I got into a great routine where I was working out about 4 times a week and eating pretty well but that’s all slipped. So this New Year, my fiance and I have decided to visit a nutritionist to stop messing around and establish a real healthy diet, and I’m investing in a couple of personal training sessions to try to help kick-start my exercise routine. I’ve tried to avoid this because it’s so expensive but I’m not happy about the way I look and I want to do something about it in 2012.

    I’m really looking forward to reading your next posts on this Rebecca! It’s reassuring to hear someone else who everyone else considers to have a perfectly normal weight talk about their fears and insecurities!! Thank you!

    • You’ve summed it up well Celine – it’s annoying when everyone says to you ‘you don’t need to lose weight’ but you still don’t fit you clothes! What can I do, buy a new wardrobe and grow into it? I don’t think so!

      xo

  12. Hi everyone, started replying individually but I’ll be here forever!

    Thank you for all your comments. I’m on day 3 (day 2 proper) of trying to be careful and am really pleased with myself. I am still slipping up at the biscuit tin at coffee time, but have to say planning my meals has made a difference to the healthy options available.

    More to come and thanks for the support ladies. We can do this! xo

  13. Such a great post and perfectly timed! My happy weight is also 9stone 7lbs and Iโ€™m 5โ€™4. A couple of years ago I was up to 10stone 6lbs (my heaviest ever) and then joined slimming world and got down to 9stone 1 (at the beginning of 2011) I felt great and the best thing was I wasnโ€™t constantly thinking about what i could eat and what I couldnโ€™t and beating myself up about it. I would love to maintain the 9stone that realistically 9 stone 7lb in the long run is more attainable as I also love my food!!

    Last year I crept up again and Iโ€™m currently around 10stone 2lb which is unacceptable for me and with 6 months to go until my wedding Iโ€™m going to get down to 9 stone again. Iโ€™m joining a new slimming world class tonight and I have an app on my phone where you record what you eat which is proving quite motivating so far!

    Rachie xo

    • Hope you don’t mind me jumping in on your comment Rachie.
      I’m just wondering what is the app you have your phone as I wouldn’t mind getting it too. I keep debating whether to go back to SW again because of the weekly fee but just reading your comment and rebecca’s post has made my mind up and I am going to sign up again next week… I know it works I’ve lost 2 stone on it altogether and am pants at trying to do it on my own and once I reach my target it’s Free. I’m 5’4 too, 10st 2lbs and want to get to 9st 7lb. So back to group it is! Cathie x

      • Anything with a calorie counter is good, I used Fat Secret very successfully last year! Friends swear by My Fitness Pal too. I always get clients to use an app, they’re brilliant and so much cheaper than a slimming club.

        Px

        • I think My Fitness Pal is great. I think it’s also really good for letting you know how many calories are in particular food & that knowledge stays with you, helping maintain the weight you’re happy with. Off for a swim tonight if this travel ticket queue hurries up.

          • can you join slimming world if you arent actually overweight? My BMI is 24 so upper end of normal but I always fancied trying slimming world but i didnt know if they would let me join or not! x

        • Thanks for this… My friend also swears by My Fitness Pal and yesterday sent me the link to sign up to it So i am going to give this a go rather than SW and see how I get on. Cathie x

          • I’ve just downloaded it on my phone and have lost half an hour putting in today’s food count so far. New obsession for me then!!

  14. As a personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutritional consultant I see people winging their way up and down the scales all the time, and it’s started to take the emotional ARGH out of it for me to be honest! I promise it doesn’t have to be an emotional ordeal if you look at it objectively. I always gain about half a stone in December due to the extra booze and it being such a quiet, inactive period at work – but I know January is around the corner when I will be skint (no drinking) and working out hard, so it always comes off again in a few weeks. Nobody is immune, not even us who work in the industry! I think we’re just a bit more matter of fact about it because we see it every day.

    If you need a fitness professional’s advice or opinions on anything for FF Rebecca you know where I am!

    Px

    • Penny – I’m looking for someone exactly like you in London!!! I’m going to check out the apps you mentioned now (though i have to be honest, I have a fear of calorie counting. And of scales for that matter, I only weigh myself when the doctor absolutely forces me too at check-ups….). I’m actually very intimidated by personal trainers/ the gym in general, but I’ve made my mind up.

      • The nice thing about the apps are that it does the maths for you so it’s not as horrendous or crazy-making as doing it all yourself, you just stick the foods in and it calculates it for you. Most brands are in there and you can input stuff in yourself without too much trouble. I used it before my wedding last year and lost a fair bit of weight! Re. the gym – feel the fear and do it anyway. I really believe there is a form of exercise out there for everyone.

        Px

  15. You’ve really inspired everyone with this post Rebecca! You’re right to focus on feeling good in your skin, I think that’s the most important thing. I don’t really need to lose any weight, I need to gain a couple of pounds if anything (don’t hate me). This is sometimes just as hard when we are rushing about and not taking care of ourselves (as I know I was in the run up to Christmas). I’m determined to rediscover my inner chef and start rustling up some yummy healthy food to concentrate on feeling healthy. Might start with the Delia soup…

  16. Celine, I know an AMAZING personal trainer in SW London. Seriously, I’m a little in love with her. She’s awesome. And not scary, honestly. But she is quite far out in SW London so possibly to too easy to get to, depending on where you live/work.

    I find this such a difficult topic to write about/talk about, it’s so emotionally loaded. When I graduated Uni I was 14 stone (I’m 5.4) and I am now, after Christmas, 10 stone 10. Before Christmas I was 10 stone 5. I have two main thoughts about this….

    1) It makes no difference that at one point I’d lost 3 and a half stone, when I close my eyes and picture myself, I see a fat girl, even though when I actually SEE myself I know that’s not true. So much of how you feel about the way you look has got sweet FA to do with how you actually look.

    2) People are oddly unsupportive of weight loss. I’ve had so many snarky comments about being boring, or obssessive. Fact is, you don’t lose that amount of weight without working really hard. I don’t intend to skip dessert for the rest of my life (um, totally not worth living under those conditions) but a lot of my friends surprised me by trying (very forcefully at times) to make me eat cake/biscuits/dessert, which felt quite unsupportive, given that they knew I was trying to lose weight.

    Finally, MyFitnessPal is ace. Fact. Although don’t ever get it to tell you how many calories are in a Sainsbury’s Finest White Chocolate Cookie. It will make you sad.

    K x

  17. Rebecca, it’s so reassuring that so many others feel like I do. For the last three years, life has been manic for me? I have literally finished an MA course today which I studied for part time whilst working in a full time job which I found very stressful. Hubby and I also got married 18 months ago as well as buying and doing up our first house! Add to this the fact that we are moving to the US on Tuesday because hubby has been relocated there………told you it had been manic!

    The thing is, I just haven’t been looking after myself at all. No five a day, no eight glasses of water and exercise? I last went for a run in September. I’m 6″1 and now weigh 11st13, I really want to be back to somewhere sound 10st7 to 10st10 which is my happy weight.

    I’m lucky in that I can’t work until my permit arrives in the US so will have lots of time for exercise and cooking from scratch…….before you get jealous, the bad part is I won’t have any friends to exercise with or gt support from- I know that’s why Florence Finds will be such a help to me!

    Keep us updated Rebecca, we’ll be back in those jeans by spring! Xxxxx

  18. I think numbers are really unhelpful, so I just ignore my actual weight (partly because of trauma being weighed by the nurse at school in front of everyone, but also because muscle weighs more than fat) and go on ‘do my clothes feel ok’ instead.

    My fella thinks I’m lovely as I am, so that’d a bonus…better than any diet book!

  19. Great post Rebecca (still been reading whilst on skiing holiday!)

    Absolutely agree, would be fab to shift a few pounds… Or tone up some more. I’m naturally heavy, so much so that literally anyone that sees me on scales does a double take… so for me it comes down to inch loss and toning.

    For W-Day I was at my most toned that I’ve been in a long time, but since then I’ve just relaxed a little. Once I’m back in the UK I’m going to try my hardest to get back in to the gym, maybe do some classes that I’ve not done before to push myself too.

    It would be fab to have some more regular posts about the whole health/fitness thing to keep us motivated! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo

  20. I’m totally with you on all of the above Rebecca. I am around the same height and weight as you and currently just a few pounds heavier than usual and its pi*%ing me off too. I recently had to buy my first ever size 14 pair of jeans because I was sick of trying to squeeze my bulging thighs into skinnny fit ones that really don’t suit my body shape anyway. I also sit on my bum most of the day and probably don’t exercise quite as vigorously as I used too. I don’t want to become a food bore (I love my food too much) but I am going to try to make a few small long term lifestyle changes.
    Yay for group motivation!

  21. In some ways, we seem to have similar stories. For most of my adult life I hovered around 55kgs without any major effort, it was just my body’s happy weight. Then I had Max and for a year I could not for the life of me get below 60kgs. 5 kgs (11 lbs) may not seem a lot but I’m 5″4 and any extra kilos REALLY make a difference. I couldn’t wear any of my old trousers/jeans for those 12 months. I tried generally eating less and better but I found that really hard to maintain as it felt so restrictive. Eventually I decided to cut out sugar totally. So, sugar free cereals, sweetener in tea and coffee and no cakes etc. I still drank white wine, of course, come on ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the first week I lost 6 lbs and now, a year or so on, I am back down to 55kgs although I have been eating ‘normally’ for the last 6 months or so. My body seemed to need a kickstart. I would probably be less if I constantly battled with my love of sweet things but I’ve decided I can’t be bothered as long as I can still fit into my jeans ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Just to reiterate what everyone else is saying – great, well written post Rebecca! It’s only 6 months till I go on honeymoon (15 months after my actual wedding) and the idea of baring all on the beach with the post-christmas pounds just doesn’t appeal. Thanks for the motivation! x

  23. Love this post. I’ve been saying the same since Christmas – my husband keeps saying that I’m fine, but I just feel fat and bloated after Christmas! Usually only takes a couple of weeks of being ‘good’ before I feel better – probably more psychological than actually down to losing weight!

  24. Okay I’m just repeating all the lovely ladies that have commented already but thanks for this post Rebecca and this discussion it’s created. I am currently not happy in my skin, ideally I’d like to lose a stone and be back to wedding weight but I’d settle for half a stone. I’m not overly fussed what I weight but want my clothes to fit better. Any weight I put on goes round my ass and thighs (grrrrr!) which usually means having to buy a size up in jeans and having them too big round the waist which I hate.

    I enjoy exercise and I know if I stick to running and eating better I can feel better about myself, I just keep getting side tracked by friends with wine or cake ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  25. I’m usually a habitual lurker but this is a really well written post that I can really relate to. Am also about 7lb over my ‘happy weight’, I do alot of sport and am reasonably toned and fit but unfortunately that seems to mean I am hungry ALL the time and have been very bad with the cake and biscuits and chocolates over Christmas, so difficult to resist when they are everywhere. Looking forward to trying the healthy recipes through January and fitting my jeans a bit better!

  26. A very eloquently, well put together post!
    I wholeheartedly agree, even if you can’t see it too much, sometime you just KNOW you’ve put on a few and if you aren’t happy about it I think the best thing you can do is vow to do something about it rather than sitting and moping (ok, mope for a bit, infront of Bridget Jones and her big pants…but THEN do something about it!)

    I struggle with my weight and have to weigh myself at least once a week for my sports team to check i’m still in the right category. Yup, I train up to 10x a week, so am physically fit as a racehorse. But the more I train, the heavier I get. Thank you, genes, but making me gain obscene amounts of muscle.

    I have also just chosen my wedding dress. It is not structured, has no boning and no corsetry so the shape is ALL down to me. I am trying my hardest to train smarter over the next few months and try and re-shape a little. My worst nightmare is to look butch in my dress.

    Well done for not buying new clothes, getting back into the old ones is the best kind of motivation!

  27. Loved this post Becs. Sums it all up beautifully. At one stone heavier tha when I fell pregnant (now 11 weeks after delivery) I am sick to death of miserably looking through my clothes every morning then turning to the same old baggy and miserable favourites…. Worse than this though? I’m sick to death of people telling me ‘not to worry about it’ because I’m not ‘fat’. Yes I know I’m not fat I’m not blind or mentally disturbed! I just want to feel good again in MY wardrobe MY old wardrobe that I’ve missed so much for too long!! Thank you for justifying my thoughts!

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