Go here to learn more and link to other stories about this weeks segment. This Friday we are to post pictures of ourselves or from the web of ways we use to make ourselves look slimmer. Hmmm, I don't want to post ones of myself :0) so, I went searching on the web. I'm not having any luck. wah. But...I have found a site that is very beneficial to this episode to start with. Titled, how to look slim. They have some great tips. The first one was love color and talked about how black isn't the only way to slim. Yeah!!! Hubby is tired of me wearing black. :) You can go here and here.
I've found pants with a wide waist band that are form fitting a little long and flared are the best. They accentuate your lower torso without giving you that big look. Those with control tummy panels really work well too. Also, stretchy material is a major help.
Tank tops that are longer help hide the bulge(s). Those that have the layered look can distract from the center as well.
I've found that dresses can look okay as long as you have one that is flairy on the bottom half with a wrap around type upper half. I was really surprised with this one. A print and darker color makes a difference to. Also one with a jacket really helps. However, I don't like to wear skirts unless they are the a-frame and flared and not long. Those long dresses and skirts causes one to look bigger.
Capri's are great if you have them loose fitting, but not baggy. Any type of baggy bottoms makes one look even bigger. They have to be calf length for me. I've found if you get the ones with the wider waist band, they have a more slimming effect.
Blouses/tops that flair, and have a bodice binding of some sort is better than those that have the binding around the waist, as the binding around the waist makes the top flair more giving you that pregnant look accenting your midsection. Having it in the bodice area distracts from the midsection.
Shirts or even pants that have stripes need to be running down. Those with the strips going around you makes you look bigger. Striping running vertical makes a big difference and can be very slimming.
I like blazers for those moments when you are feeling a little self conscious and want to use something to hide those bulges and look nice.
Jackets are also a nice cover when you need one and can really accessorize and look attractive.
Blouses that are longer, loose, and have something at the top to draw attention from the midsection is nice. Often times too with sleeves that have something going on makes a difference.
As to how I am doing, well I'm finally losing weight after the wake up call I received. I found that I have neuropathy, which is why my feet are numb and are actually in worse shape than thought. So I have some interesting information to pass on. Belly fat is the cause of this to happen. It can cause other health issues as well. You see, as we start to age, our bodies prepare us for the end, so we start decomposing inside. The toxins are taken to the belly. If there is too much (which happens with the larger your belly gets), then toxins are dispersed to the base of your body (feet) and makes its way up if not cared for.
When not properly taken care of my dear friends, we are taking years off of our life. If I were to continue going like I am with the neuropathy set in already and spreading fast, I could die in another 10 years! Yes, you read right.
I went on line and looked up belly fat and found a couple of articles from places I trust and want to share them with you. These too are eye openers. Oh, and it turns out that they are sure I either already have type 2 diabetes or the onset of, as this is very common with all that is going on. Did you know you can actually have it for years and never know. Also, feet can start to numb before you even realize it. I thought it was just in my toes and had worked it's way to the middle of my foot. Yeah right, nope, wrong. It's into my ankles and starting up one of my legs. So here are the sites. Good reason to work at eating right and losing weight huh?
All photo's came from here Woman Within Plus Size Clothing
This wasn't meant to be a downer, just an informative post that hopefully will help others that could be at risk so that you don't have to go through what I am. Believe me, the whole feet thing has not been fun. Have a great week all, until next week!