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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:
MCSWIGAN 11/27/2012 6:31AM

    Those shaper things are crazy. I tried one once.....need I say more?

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LYNKIN 11/27/2012 6:22AM

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THEIS58 11/27/2012 6:15AM


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JGRAY76 11/27/2012 6:13AM

    Ahhhh, the body shaper. Who invented those things anyway?

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GRAMPIAN 11/27/2012 6:11AM

  Enjoyed this. emoticon

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NCSUE0514 11/27/2012 5:08AM


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PETAEMES 11/27/2012 3:41AM


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PETAEMES 11/27/2012 3:27AM

  Hi, a common predicament.
Children grow up and adults grow out.
It's just a matter ( oops ) of shaping it to be aesthetically pleasing, preferably with natural exercise daily and moderation in eating.
Exercise gyms can help after lapses and cooking your own food certainly stretches the time between meals and snacks.
It took me a while to register that it wasn't the brand of jeans I was buying that mattered, but to go up one size and they're nice and modest now.
Skin tight jeans look fetching on youngsters but at my age modesty is more pleasing to the eye. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/27/2012 3:25AM

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LEXIE63 11/27/2012 2:25AM

    Tried some hold-it-all-in knickers once. Never again! I couldn't sit down and they cut into my thighs. UGH!
My wobbly bits don't do fettered, and that's that! LOL

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POPSY190 11/27/2012 1:58AM


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KRISUA 11/27/2012 1:42AM

    A fun reading!

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EABL81 11/26/2012 11:58PM

    Ah, yes. Ain't gravity wonderful?

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/26/2012 11:36PM


I know EXACTLY what you mean !!!

I too am getting a deflated belly

The scales aren't budging much
But my body and clothes are different


Have a Terrific Tuesday

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KONRAD695 11/26/2012 10:35PM

    Everything you write is a wonderful piece. emoticon
I always thought bodyshaper outfits went with whips and handcuffs. What's wrong with those? emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/26/2012 10:31PM

    I love your story!

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/26/2012 9:58PM

    I enjoyed your story. It's interesting how the term in our mothers' era was called girdle, but now are called body shapers. My mother was a stay at home mom, but when she went out for an evening, her girdle was always with her.
I would forget the body shapers unless you like being encased in sausage skin (okay, everyone get their mind out of the gutter.)
One of my girlfriends told me she never wears panties or what I refer to as underwear since I grew up with 5 brothers. This was information I did not want to know. No way, no how.

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REGILIEH 11/26/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I laughed so hard I was in tears! I want to tell you to get a body shaper just so you will come get me and I can be with you in person! emoticon emoticon

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CRANRANA 11/26/2012 8:06PM

  Please don't beat me.....but Spanx and their cheaper friends are WONDERFUL. I wear them snug enough just to hold things still, not to cut off circulation, I've lost 100+ pounds and won't be getting anything nipped or tucked anytime Spanx is my little secret.

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JUNEAU2010 11/26/2012 7:36PM

    I so thought from the title that you were going in a very much different direction! emoticon
I do agree with what you said about girdles!

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DANAPRIME 11/26/2012 7:19PM

    Keep up the good work!!! Staying on track is what makes all the difference.

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DOVESEYES 11/26/2012 7:01PM

    Yep I feel for you, but isn't is great to fit the 'old clothes' you loved and tucked away till you could get into them?

Keep up the great blogs we love them

My Mum had a 'body shaper' ugh all the excess rolled out over the top and bottom of them not a good look. Go the natural I say!!!!

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/26/2012 6:49PM

    You seem to be feeling better today. Glad to see it. As for your colleague, she probably... Oh wait, we're supposed to be polite and supporting here. Well, anyway, I'm sure the karma will take care of her.

It's probably better to shape our vision of ourselves, our futures, our attitudes. Bodies will be bodies. Time marches on.

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NEWTINK 11/26/2012 6:22PM

    I love this .. you are so funny .. it will work out for you soon

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EZRIN101 11/26/2012 6:09PM

    WTG keep on that track!

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NOMORENOMORE 11/26/2012 6:00PM

    LEt me tell you about my experience with body shapers:
-The edges cut into your fat. Not a pleasant experience.
-The bits of you above or below the body shaper spill over creating another bulge.

I think they're meant for women who are not terribly overweight and just want to hold in their jiggle. I was probably 20 pounds overweight when I wore one. Maybe mine was too small?

As for the troll who suggested you get a body shaper? I'd likely gift her with a book on manners.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 11/26/2012 5:51PM

    I noticed that as my spreadable parts spread the length of my tops got longer. The "unmentionable" is not a good idea, it will just make you cranky and not really solve any problem. Great Blog, fantastic pictures, keep walking.

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MICKEYH 11/26/2012 5:13PM

    Forget it about body sharper or girdle whatever you want to call it. For me when I wear it feel bit slimmer? or I should said secure a bit. But my girdle does not hold my gut. Lol)) and feels too tight and uncomfortable. Scientifically, I don't think its good for you. May cut your blood circulations as well... Looks like you've started your week right. :) Hopefully, you'll keep going and have a wondeful week. Take care for now.

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FORMERFATGUY777 11/26/2012 5:09PM

  My Dad used to say he didn't have a beer belly, his chest fell. I just don't worry about getting older to much and attempt to be the very best I can be.

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IAMWINNING 11/26/2012 4:59PM

    I've thought about a bodyshaper - but my thoughts were along the lines of something more than a girdle (which is buried somewhere in my dresser) and would come up over the midrife, too. But I don't even think too much about it. I figure that if someone doesn't like the way I look, well, there's plenty other things to look at. emoticon When I lived overseas, I saw enough really large ladies in two piece swimming suits, that I have no shame whatsoever in wearing a one piece myself. Again, if you don't like how I look.....look at something else. Haha

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BRAVELUTE 11/26/2012 3:51PM

    One word: Zumba. Now if only I'd take my own advice and act on it!!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/26/2012 3:49PM

    I was just contempating to myself that the top Im wearing today warrants that I should aquire said shapeware to keep my bits 'in' a bit more. I would certainly never forgive anyone who suggested the same to me-how insufferable! However, totally approve of the skirt being loose! emoticon

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LINDAK25 11/26/2012 3:30PM

    You've described it perfectly. How depressing. Worse yet, I've noticed shorter shirts at the store. Please tell me that's not going to be the new style!

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STONECOT 11/26/2012 3:28PM

    The best thing about my bottom is that it's behind me where I can't see it! You know, out of sight, out of mind!


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NEW-CAZ 11/26/2012 3:23PM

    Love this Anne, I'm keeping on track so that no bodyshaper invades my wardrobe drawers LOL.
WTG for keeping on track! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/26/2012 3:10PM

    You rock, keep up the good work emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/26/2012 3:08PM

    Hahaha! I thought middle-aged spread was a somewhat aged soft cheese...

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SPARKSUE1985 11/26/2012 3:07PM

    Hey, I love the bodyshaper! I wear one under dresses in the evening. I have to say I don't need to worry too much at work about how I look but when I go out I like to hold it all together!
Yes, the joys of middle age, it's all going south!

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WISEDIETER 11/26/2012 2:55PM

    The draughty bits I have experienced that my self nasty ! could not agree more about the spread but must at some stage fine down as the weight goes. Great you are back on track I am hoping the Christmas gremlins will not be out to get me this year

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SUZYMOBILE 11/26/2012 2:51PM

    Love it! I'm sure you're keeping in mind that this doesn't give you license to fill out the loose parts.

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