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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ok, so maybe Depeche Mode lyrics are totally inappropriate for the next picture set, but you have to use humor sometimes to diffuse tense situations right? I couldn't tell you if this is NSFW or not. Everything is covered! It may offense more sensitive viewers, though :P Because of this, I'm putting a cat spacer up!

Yes, Nugget is a beefcake.

Now to the rest of it.

I've been a member of spark for well over a year and a half now, and there's one thing I haven't ever posted. Naked pictures! Now, I call them "naked pictures" but none of you are actually naked when you post yours, so I don't know what to call them. Underwear photos? I guess?

Honestly, I've been too embarrassed. Not nessesarily of my body. My body is what it is, and it's not going to be titillating to anyone, so I suppose it's more of a modesty issue? I mean, I've worn one or two pretty revealing costumes in the day, but you never actually see my underwear!

Anyway, every time I happen to be wearing the underwear that matches a certain (unsupportive) sports bra, I think.. "I should make today the day I take my crappy selfies"... I never do, though.

I want to keep growing and progressing as a person, and that sometimes involves doing things that are scary to push myself. So, I am showing you guys my body. Some people take lots of these so they have really great in-progress photos! I never have, so you don't have a starting point. I did not suck my stomach in here, but you can bet your ass I squished my legs together to make my thighs look smaller! LOL

As some of you can attest, front shots hide a lot of imperfections on certain body types! My front is my best side :P It's not until you see the other sides that you get the full picture, yo!

Yup, the thickest thing about me is my legs! What I can tell you that you can't nessesarily see here is that over the last year and a half, my back has really smoothed out. Most of my belly is gone. A lot of it sagged downwards, but I think my last few months being totally off track gave everything some time to shrink a little. The areas with the loosest jiggly parts right now are my underarms and my inner thighs... and even those have gotten a little better over time. The tummy has stopped jiggling. I'm hoping that as I continue to lose more, my body can keep up with the tummy loose skin. I have no hopes for my thighs or arms, but it honestly doesn't bother me that much!

My backside was hard to take a picture of. Sorry! It's a two-parter because I seriously couldn't see WTF I was doing. I think I did pretty well, all things considered!

Again, I'm really sorry for the picture quality! I had to go without the flash since I was taking a picture in a mirror, so everything is kind of blurry/grainy. As we all know from soap operas, though, everything looks better through a haze of Vaseline!

I don't really have much to say about the back shots. It is what it is! It's not that flattering! LOL. The lighting and angles really let you see the underarms in all their jiggly glory! Sometimes I wonder if I could hypnotize people by waggling them. Honestly, though, they don't really bother me that much. I used to have a lot of issues with sleeves. I would have to size up sometimes just because my arms wouldn't fit through tight sleeves. It's not as big of an issue now, though, and even with the way they are, they fit in most L size tops, so I am much happier now. I have no problem continuing to jam them in things as long as the sleeves fit! It's a huge relief to not have to worry about that specific problem anymore.

I still have to worry about finding things to fit my thighs, though. As you can see, I'm short and my natural waist is pretty high. I suppose mom jeans would fit best, but they are not sexy! I always try to go with something that buttons at around the navel, or just below it. strangely, even putting pants just above the hip like that, I still have problems finding something that fits snugly there, but roomy in the leg. :( STRETCH PANTS FTW!

I am thankful for my naturally defined waist, which makes waist definition when dressing myself a little less complicated. If it isn't structured, I can belt it, yo!

I need to wait until I have a patient friend around the house, but I still want to make that clothing post. As you can see from my photos, it's a challenge to get the balance right between legs/torso. If I go with shorter skirts, it makes my legs look longer. I work best with things that hit mid thigh. It's got to be a dress, though. Tunic tops are dangerous territory. If they hit mid thigh and I don't have to wear a skirt under, that's great. If they need a skirt, the long shirt makes my top half look too long, and I have to go with a shorter shirt and break the top up with clever layering of jackets and whatnot. Remember my other post. SCIENCE! Dressing yourself is science, srsly.

I also wear heels whenever possible.. even if it's a small heel. Flats are awfully unflattering on my legs! I need every illusion of height I can get :P

I thought I'd end this post with a wedding photo. I am thinner now than I was when I got married, but I wouldn't say it's by too much. maybe 20 lbs? I hit my heaviest like 10 years later. I was totally on the way up by this point, though. I'd been away from home for 4-5 years, and easily put on 30-50lbs from highschool. Next time, I should dig up embarrassing colorguard photos for you guys, so you can see what I looked like before all the weight gain!! You can't see the details in the photo, but there are brocade panels in the front of the dress and the inside of the bell sleeves. I made the whole thing myself, but it was years before I learned anything about proportion. It was very pretty, if not the most flattering thing. lol. But hey.. I made the whole thing for around 200 bucks!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIKKI-G 11/23/2013 12:37PM

    I'm in the same situation being shorter(I'm 5'3) & thicker on the bottom. I found "mom jeans" are actually quite flattering especially if you wear alot of your tops over it as it sucks it in, & hey, high waisted items are in style. But like you, am very lucky to have a small waist to give me some shape.
You'll get where you want to be & rock it too!

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CKMATHERLY 11/19/2013 11:34AM

    Don't feel bad. You actually posted your pics. I have some. And they really tell a story, but I am not at the point of posting here. Though I may have and have completely blocked it from my mind.

I was actually thinking of taking new "before" shots since I've gained 15lbs...with a newer bikini. They are nice to have when you start to feel like you're failing. They can be very inspiring or they can just piss you off enough to get you off your duff.

You look fabulous, not meant in a creepy way. Can you say that without the creep factor going up? Who knows.

Finding pants are a nightmare. That uber low rise fad annoyed the hell out of me. You couldn't not show underwear in those things! I prefer mid-rise. I have a long torso and fat stumpy legs so elongation is key, that a at least a little bit of a heel...

Oh yeah, put a pork shoulder in the crock pot last night (I got this idea from you).oh my goodness the yummy smells kept waking me up. I have 4 oz in my go with my Santa Fe rice and beans. emoticon

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SIRENSONGS 11/17/2013 10:33AM

    I am always super impressed when people are brave enough to post pictures of themselves in their underwear, so kudos to you for doing so! I think you look great! You've made so much progress!

I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to post such photos. Honestly, even if I ever reach my goal weight, I still don't think I'll be able too. I just hate my loose skin too much. You are definitely much firmer than I am! We have a very similar body shape though. I, too, am high waisted, and hold a lot of my weight in my thighs. Actually, since I've regained my weight, I'm noticing most of it has gone back into my thighs, which does not make me very happy. Stretchy pants are the best. I hate when I have to buy one size larger because the pants don't fit around my thighs, but then they're loose around my waist. *sigh*

In any case, congratulations for posting these photos. Oh, and I think it's amazing that you made your wedding dress. It's very pretty! I think you look adorable. Man, I still wish I could sew...

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SIMONEKP 11/15/2013 1:05PM

    apparently my legs are long- 5ft 1in and my legs are 34inch long measure from outside my hip and my inseam is 30 inches. I must have measure wrong because I still have to tailor every pair of pants I own.

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JORDANLHALL 11/14/2013 2:20PM

    First thing - congrats to you for encouraging yourself to push your boundaries and face something that you've been uncomfortable in the past, especially for the sake of personal growth! I will admit at this point I'm nowhere near brave and comfortable enough to make the progress you made in this blog! Good for you! And might I say, I think you are very well proportioned. I know what it's like to feel self conscious - my thighs are the biggest part of my body, too! But I'm glad you're also able to recognize the natural pro's that your body provides as well.

Haha as soon as I get over this sickness and you get in a good place with your window people, I would be more than happy to be that patient friend! Plus I would love to take advantage of your fashion savvy-ness to get a wardrobe that's cute and not 75% scrubs and 20% hoodies. Haha.

You're making great progress!

Haha and thanks for the encouragement on my blog yesterday! It meant a lot. No worries on the protein, though. I intentionally try to incorporate more veggies into my diet because I'm so bad at doing that naturally. :\ Almost all of my snacks and meal replacements are protein heavy though. My lunch is usually a protein shake with 50% of my daily need, and snacks tend to be peanut or almond butter, boiled eggs, or Greek yogurt. And there's always meat in my meals when I eat out (which is all the time these days), whether it's a double helping of steak at Chipotle or oodles of salmon and tuna at my favorite sushi place. So no worries there! I really appreciate the concern, though! It's great to know that someone cares, you know?

I hope you have a great rest of the day today!

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ADARKARA 11/14/2013 1:09PM

    I want to do this! I don't have a digital camera anymore since mine died, but I'm hoping that Black Friday can get me a good deal on the one I want.

Dressing yourself is TOTALLY science! Frustrating, ridiculous science where none of the constants are constant. emoticon

I think you look GOOD, girl!

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MISHAMW 11/14/2013 11:29AM

    Hey girl, I think you are looking great!

I have a similar torso. It's normal length for how short I am (5ft 1in, with 26/27 inch legs). About 3-4 inches above my belly button is my waist (or the smallest part of my torso). Of course this is also only 2-3 inches below my boobs. So I don't belt things.

I also can't wear heels. I have awful feet.

So I understand your issues with clothing. My legs look stumpy if I am wearing anything other than flares, which are near impossible to find anymore. I also have that issue of finding pants that fit. I used to fit into something called curvey jeans at aero, but they don't carry them in the store. I usually have to buy two sizes up for my thighs to fit. But I'm not a skirt/dress person.

It really is science and math when it comes to dressing a normal body. I say normal, because thin tall model types have few issues.

Well I think this was a fabulous blog. And you do look good. Sorry I rambled though!

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