Embracing my Curves


I'm pretty down to Earth when it comes to the facts about my body. Like most of us curvy gals, I'd love to lose some inches. I've done tons of diets and have failed, I always promise to exercise and I don't. I lose 5 pounds and celebrate with chocolate and wine. I'll be honest, as of the moment, my measurements are 44, 40, 43....not so good! Realistically, I can't make my hip size any smaller no matter how much lettuce I eat! Hips are bones...your hip measurement is pretty much dictated by your pelvis and there is no shrinking your pelvis. My hip area is already bony so those 43 inch hips are here to stay. That's cool with me, though. Big hips aren't a bad thing! I've never met a man who doesn't like a gal with big hips. Big hips means you get a more hourglass silhouette when you have a smaller waist. Big hips means a big butt and any Queen fan knows that "fat bottom girls make the rockin' world go round." Pj likes big butts and he cannot lie, so yay for big butts and big hips!

The bust thing isn't anything I can deal with at the moment since I'm still nursing my little one. I must admit, the big boobs are pretty annoying when it comes to shopping vintage. I constantly battle with non-stretchy fabrics and the dreaded button-up gap! -Not- a pretty sight! Hopefully, when I lose a few pounds and as the peanut keeps eating more solids, I'll be able to report a slightly smaller bust but I don't hold my breath on that one! They've been obnoxiously big since middle school. In 7th grade, I flashed a locker room full of girls who spread rumors that I stuffed my bra! The next day, the whole school was whispering "Brittany definitely does NOT stuff her bra!" *hehe* So, I learn to live with it, but supportive bras and try to not knock anything over with them.

This morning, I was pouring over some vintage patterns thinking how life would be so much better with a great girdle. I've been drooling over a few of them for weeks now, thinking that a girdle is curvy gal must-have, especially if I'm going to start making my own seamed stockings! I found this one at What Katie Did and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! It even would fit those 43 inch hips...problem is, the waist size is 33 inches...and mine is NOT! So, that's my motivation! I started weight watchers today and began my day with a lovely breakfast of low fat vanilla yogurt (my favorite food ever) a breakfast burrito that I made with a whole wheat tortilla and some fruit. By the end, I was stuffed! So, here I go on my journey of yet another diet but this time, I have vintage fashion as a my motivation for success. No more *yay, I lost 5 pounds, I should go eat some cake!* I've printed a picture of my prize at the end of the race (pictured above) and stuck it on the fridge. Pin up girls don't eat pizza and neither do I! Wish me luck!!
Glamor Girdle above at What Katie Did


  1. Best wishes, hope that the w.w. is great, I think it's a wonderful system with lots of support. I use my fave clothes as reasons not to eat the whole pizza too.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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  2. Good luck! I know my biggest "trick" is to not buy junk food in the first place. If it's not in the house, it's not going to be tempting. If you buy stuff like that for other people in the household, store it someplace completely out of the way so it will be a total nuisance (sp?) to get to.

  3. Good Luck! You should try reading "French Women Don't Get Fat". I found it really changed my relationship with food and I have lost about 20 pounds (it took almost half a year to lose it but I haven't gained any of it back and that was two years ago!)


  4. thanks, everyone! Kate, I will pick that book up, Ive heard great things about it! I went shopping last night and bought only good healthy foods. I did buy fat free frozen yogurt, fat free pudding and some sweet things like that. I threw away all of the bad foods in the house! I just fell in love with Morningstar Farms mushroom lovers veggie burger....YUMMMM!!! I could live off of those things!

  5. Good you start w.w.! I',ve heard that is great way to loose weight and not starve!
    I guess lots of women suffer with fact I just post soemthing about it.
    It's hard to loose matter is are just a few, but it's har, all because we want the easy way to loose them!!
    We know we have to work out and eat healty.
    I have tryed girdles but it's too hard to wear them!! I really wonder how women in the 40's and 50's could do it!!!
    GO GIRL!!! YOU CAN!!! and in a future not to far you will we wearing what you want!! =)

  6. Good luck and keep us updated! Before my two kids I lost alot of weight by drinking a TON of water daily and eating smaller portions of foods I loved. Give yourself a cheat day and if you mess up one week just start again the next! If I had the guts Id do a weightloss thing for all to see so Id be held accountable but Im not ready for limitations right now!

  7. Hey!
    Just wanted to let you know my ma has been on weight watchers since just before christmas and has already lost a stone - and she doesn't even COUNT the alcohol in her points! ;)

    good luck!

  8. I applaud you for being so honest with yourself :) I'm losing weight just now but I'm at Slimming World. I've lost 10 pounds so far woo!
    What Katie Did do some beautiful things, me and my mum both own things from there which are just lovely. However I would stay away from the Glamour Merry Widow Glamour Shapewear as the boning was bendy plastic and didn't even run the full length of the garment which made it bump out oddly at the bottom and the top. I was able to return it though so phew!
    Good luck with your journey :) You can do it!
    Lottie x

  9. Oh also don't know if you know about this but they have a shop on ebay:
    Can get some things a lot cheaper and it is actually them :)
    Lottie x

  10. I agree re: the what katie did shapewear. I don't know about their girdles but I have one of their merry widows and the boning is terrible - it ends about an inch from the bottom, and it didn't even start the right place under the cup so it makes a weird bumpy shape. So disappointing. I've actually heard much better things about Rago shapewear.

    Good luck with it all!

  11. My greatest bit of advice...don't deprive yourself. Indulge occasionally, otherwise you'll go crazy! Good luck, doll!! :)

  12. Good luck with the weight loss! Sometimes i really fancy eating something naughty but i just work out at the gym for an extra 10 minutes!
    I've never been on weightwatchers, but i've heard lots of good things about it. Keep us updated! x

  13. Good luck, you should check out Bitch Cakes blog...

  14. yay for curves! And yay for shrinking to fit into vintage fashions haha :) I've got my eye on one of their corsets.

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'Penny

  15. Thar corset is so GORGOUS and you will look lovely in it. I know dieting is really hard but when you have such a great goal it makeS it much easier to visualize. Try Pilates at night. It changes your whole metabolism in about a month-seriously!!!

    BTW-I posted before but it evaporated into cyberspace. If it ever shows up again I apologize for my repetition. Just think of me like an old aunt who repeats herself constantly...did I ever tell you how me and your uncle met at a uso dance in 1949?

  16. Beth- LOL! You crack me up!! I used to work with about 30 developmentally disabled senior citizens. Repetition doesn't phase me anymore! :)
    Thank you all for all of the wonderful advice and for weight watchers day 2 and a trip to the pool.....

  17. Oh girl, am I with you 100%! Your goal is fantastic and I'm with you all the way! Good luck, you can do it!

  18. You go girl!! :) I am going through the same thing right now. Starting Monday!

  19. So just for the record I think you look beautiful just as you are. Just throwing that out there. ;)

  20. My inspiration has been the Betty page website! I wanna look like a pin up, and when I'm a little thinner and more toned I have a nice hourglass vintage figure. So may 15 I started Atkins and I have lost 30 pds in 2.5 mos, and dropped 4 dress sizes! I'm now a size 14 and just ordered a steel boned corset and two dresses from bettypage, I'm so excited!!! Good luck my dear, keep us updated and keep NURSING! in addition to being amazing for baby's lifelong health, and yours, it also allows you to actually CHANGE the number of fat cells a body has, not just shrink them.... Woo hooo!!


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