Friday, June 19, 2009

Fitness Friday

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?
You can go here and here.
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!


JulieMom said...

I love many of your clothing tips! Great pics to share.

As for the neuropathy (did I spell that right?) I have never heard of that before. Wow. Good to know, and thanks for sharing. It wasn't a downer, it was informative and helpful. God bless.

RCUBEs said...

I've seen diabetics complaining of so much pain from their neuropathy, I know it isn't fun. Praying for your healing sister and thank you for sharing those wonderful pics. Lots of tips here to make us look good, feel good! Have a great weekend and God bless.

Denise said...

My prayers remain with you my dear friend. I know what a battle diabetes is, I am type 1. I take five shots a day.

Tami said...

I know where you got those pictures! LOL, I shop that magazine all the time! I LOVE IT.
I'm keeping you my dear friend and sister in my prayers. GOD WILL HEAL YOU. I have enough faith, and know The bible tells me so. =) *Big Grin

Love you (MUCHO)

Giovanna said...

You are surely right, neuropathy is very serious. When I was a medical adjuster it was a long and debilitating disease to have to manage. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ! You need to manage this as soon as possible.

I like your clothing tips! Cute tops

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Thanks Julie's mom. I'm glad the information was informative, that was the whole idea.

Thank you RCUBEs. The pain is no fun, but there is no point in crying over it. Instead, I'm praying, leaning on the Lord, and commanding those mountains to be moved! Glad you liked the tips!

Wow Denise. My prayers are with you dear sweet friend. Can't phathom what that might be like. Bless you for your wonderful heart!

Thanks Tami! How cool is that? This is the first time I've come across them, but am liking what I see. I will probably be ordering from them. I'm believing too. I had a good prayer day with Him and felt Him moving. I'm totally believing in Healing. Thank you so much. Love you too. Mwah

Thank you Giovanna. I'll tell you, it's been a wake up call and I am taking it very seriously. Scarey stuff, but I know it's all going to work out. I'm praying others can be helped with this information so many more will not have to deal with it.

Blessings to you all! Have a beautiful weekend.

Brenda said...

Well you are a wealth of information! I'm going to have to come re-read this before I shop. I love all the pictures!!!

I am sorry to hear about the problems you have been having, but glad to know you have an answer and that you are learning and working to make things better. Good for you! Yes, a very good reason to take care of yourself!!!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

That information about belly fat is a wake up call for me. That's where most of my excess weight seems to end up.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Thanks Brenda. I am very thankful to know and somewhat understand what is going on. The down fall is being impatient and wanting it to all happen right now, but am hanging in there. One day at a time.

Great Granny, yes, the belly fat was a huge wake up call. When the doc started explaining it, I thought why don't we all know about this. We need to be warned of this very thing. So the more that knows of it, we can get the word out.