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Spreading myself a bit

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Monday, November 26, 2012

You know you're middle-aged when it all starts to spread. People aren't kidding when they say it's like holding a flame near a wax candle and watching the effect. All over.

I mean honestly. Today I wore a white blouse to work, that I haven't been able to wear for about eight years, and the blouse fits ok. But . . . it's rather short and my skirt (which was too tight when I was on holiday in France) is slipping down, and so there was a bit of a gap at times.

Draughty, darlings, draughty.

So there I was clutching my middle region rather self-consciously. I mean, my gut is MUCH smaller than it was a few months ago, but it's not what you would call a thing of beauty. By definition a gut isn't, is it? It's . . . well, it's a gut. And in the case of mine, it's sort of deflated rather than reduced in size. It's all there still but there's less of me filling it out than there used to be.

I used to think that the term 'middle-aged spread' referred to weight GAIN but now I'm not sure. Now I think it's possibly the habit that whatever you've got just . . . reaches further. Side to side. Top to bottom (don't even get me started on my bottom). A few years ago one of my colleagues suggested I needed a bodyshaper which is what my mother would call a girdle. I thought that was the single nastiest comment anyone had ever made about my fat. She must have thought that one out with both hands for a fortnight.

It's a good thing she can't see my now, that's all I can say. She'd probably go out and buy me one for Christmas.

Never mind.

Anyone mentions bodyshapers to me, they get my halo wrapped round their chops.

I've been properly on track today for the first time in a week. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBLYNN323 11/27/2012 10:29AM

    You are too funny! emoticon

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CHUBERASER 11/27/2012 10:24AM

    I believe it was Celine Dion that said that you know you're getting old when you choose comfort over style. Well...guess what? I choose comfort!!!
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INGMARIE 11/27/2012 10:22AM

    Love it, emoticon thanks.
triangles ,squares, circles etc now that is SHAPES.
Dont worry ,the shape we are in ,refers to our state of mind,yes??
Love your blogs, so to the point and funny emoticon

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SCHNEBL 11/27/2012 10:11AM

    So true....interesting that the younger generation does not think about a body shaper like we think about a giddle...still I am with you!

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LIS193 11/27/2012 10:06AM

    Too funny!

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BOBBYS1GIRL 11/27/2012 10:00AM

    Lol!! This post is too funny. Whoever invented the body shaper deserves to be tarred and feathered.

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SLIMLEAF 11/27/2012 9:57AM

    Keep up the good work, Chantal. It's obviously working!

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MOMOSG 11/27/2012 9:46AM

    Execellent blog and a wonderful laugh. Body shapers really are a joke. I'm convinced the only women who can wear them and look good don't need them anyway!

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LYNCHD05 11/27/2012 9:43AM

    At this age we all look better in our clothes so get rid of that too short top and fiNd something that fits properly and everyone will notice how great you look.
Once again, thanks for my morning chuckle you halo wrapper you!!!!

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JANETRIS 11/27/2012 9:41AM

    Body shapers can only do so much...hehe! Congrats on deflating your gut...we take what we can!!

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DJSHIP46 11/27/2012 9:40AM

    Glad to hear you back on track, so am I emoticon

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DAWNO64 11/27/2012 9:36AM

Any "body shaper" I've ever tried has the ever-so-much-more-attractive affect of squishing everything out the top and bottom. Yup, my middle is nice and smooth, but I have boobs on my shoulders and quadruple rolls above my knees. No, thank you.

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    I have decided it is gravity! Perhaps spending 3-4r hours each day standing on one's head would remedy the situation. LOL!

Make today a great day!

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GIRLINMOTION 11/27/2012 9:32AM

    Sounds like someone needs to go shopping. And not for a b.s.

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LSIG14 11/27/2012 9:26AM

    I have a body might work to smooth my stomach if I could figure out how to get it over my derrierre! Just keep up the good work and ignore the deflated skin!

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TINY67 11/27/2012 9:21AM

    emoticon keep it up.

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OFGREENGABLES 11/27/2012 9:17AM

    you always make me laugh!

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DDHEART 11/27/2012 9:17AM

    Laughing so hard I think my wax just I mean puddled! LOL

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KACEYSW 11/27/2012 9:16AM

    Gravity works in many ways, even when laying down. Not a pretty sight no matter how you paint it.

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MAVERICK59 11/27/2012 9:15AM

    emoticon Congrats on being back on track.

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SH9719 11/27/2012 9:13AM

    Our bodys will never be what they were. All we can do is make them better than they are now. I know about grabbing the gut. It is good to not the change in size. Mine has gone from to big to grab to 16" softball sized. Congratulations.

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PENOWOK 11/27/2012 9:12AM

    Love it!! You are doing this without a body shaper...wait until she sees you in another month or so! Every day you are getting better!!!

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/27/2012 9:10AM

    Funny! emoticon

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FARIS71 11/27/2012 9:10AM

    Deflated tummy - that is exactly right - perfect way to describe my midsection. Another marvelous blog!!!!

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STHAX10 11/27/2012 9:09AM

    As much weight as I have lost, the only place left to loose is the mid section. It tends to be the hardest for me, since toning is an issue due to my back. Bending and twisting just kill me. Now, I am having trouble with modified floor exercises due to my recent hand surgery. So I am kind of in a rut. Glad I have the treadmill to keep me active in cold weather.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/27/2012 9:08AM

    emoticon You are too funny!!! No girdle talk here!! Ugh!!!

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FUSCHIA6 11/27/2012 9:08AM

    Reply, " oh, are you losing your filter?"

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STHOMAS1009 11/27/2012 9:07AM

    I have a friend who would say "Thinking Box!" when someone (usually me) spouts an inappropriate comment.

Way to go on your weight loss. Hope to join you soon.


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    You are a hoot...I also noticed that my gut was is almost is my badge of pride that I no longer want to stretch my skin over an ever growing body...I take pride in the wrinkles under my chin and the soft wrinkly skin that was holding much more gut..God is good All the time...

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BRAVELUTE 11/27/2012 8:57AM

    Congratulations!! Oh, not for spreading out. For being featured blogger again!! I love reading your blogs.

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NEWMOM20121 11/27/2012 8:56AM


love it

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NEPTUNE1939 11/27/2012 8:50AM

    Girdle? LOL I havn't heard that term since the 40's. Great blog, love the "halo" effect, Earl emoticon

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KELSEY54 11/27/2012 8:48AM

    Yes that middle tire, the last to go even deflated.

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SHARON5679 11/27/2012 8:45AM

    Funny! I have worn Spanx for special occasions...but other than is too much work! I've noticed the spread is all around my middle is hard to get rid of! Keep up your tracking!!!!

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/27/2012 8:40AM

I'm sorry, I was bad. emoticon

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FANCYFREE15 11/27/2012 8:03AM

    You are too funny! I loved the "halo around the chops" visual! LOL! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 11/27/2012 7:45AM

    the person who made the comment needs 10 lashes with a wet noodle....

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DMEYER4 11/27/2012 7:41AM

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PINKANGEL73 11/27/2012 7:39AM

    And there was I thinking that they'd started making tops a lot shorter these days! Never put it down to my middle age spread! emoticon

As for the body shaper - well I do wear the big girl pants with control to smooth things out a bit. However, they are very comfortable and help support my bad back. If they aren't comfortable and cause overhangs - you are squashing way too much into something way too small! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 11/27/2012 7:38AM

    you go girl ... but oh how badly I want to tease you and chant emoticon "b**ysh****r" now.

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MIMIDOT 11/27/2012 7:30AM

    Great blog! Back on track. Good for you! Keep it up! Have a nice day.

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TEACHING1ST 11/27/2012 7:25AM

    One good thing is that no matter how awful we feel about how we look in certain outfits, there's someone else wearing something similar with 'no shame' and you realize no one's looking at you anymore, lol! Have a great day, Chantal!

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BLACK741 11/27/2012 7:22AM

    thanks nice to know that I am not in this alone with all of this deflated skin. I don't like it, but really like that I am thinner and feel so much better, so guess I will get used to the saggy arms and skin.

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LIFETIMER54 11/27/2012 7:10AM

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GINGERVISTA 11/27/2012 7:03AM

    One of my biggest regrets is doing the yo-yo thing for decades, so body has stretched & shrunk ad nauseum. At least since finding SP, I don't feel I'm so alone, even with body shrinking & drooping! Can't have it all, right??? emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 11/27/2012 7:01AM

    Good one! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 11/27/2012 6:58AM

    Unfortunately, you can have a normal BMI and still have the dreaded spread. Hey, where did my waist go!

My mother used to wear girdles. Tried to get me to wear one. The first of my many revbellions.....and maybe the smartest!

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CVRONEK 11/27/2012 6:57AM

    Nice one. Keep going and you can wrap the body shaper around your colleagues mouth! emoticon

I, too know the spread. Working it out and getting hot! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/27/2012 6:46AM

    Body shapers were invented by men who never have to wear them! I needed this bit of a chuckle today................THANKS! AND.......congrats for staying on track!!!

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