Weight Loss and Bra Fit

It’s good news…I’ve dropped some pounds recently. But there’s a downside. My bras are now on the tightest hook, even the newest ones. If I lose any more weight, I’ll have to replace my bras. In my line of work, wearing great bras every day is a necessity — nobody wants to listen to a bra fit expert if she’s not walking the walk. So I own lots of gorgeous bras and I love buying new ones. But even a bra expert feels a little sad about tossing relatively new, pretty (and not inexpensive) bras — the fact that I’ll donate them to a good cause helps ease the pain. A little bit.

I often hear women say that they want to buy new, prettier, better fitting bras…once they’ve lost some weight. It’s always seemed, to me, like these women were putting their lives on hold until they were happier with how they looked, and I haven’t understood it. A properly fitting bra makes you look better in your clothes, appear thinner, and encourages you to stand up straighter — all things that help inspire us to improve our lives, feel motivated and stay on track with our goals. Why wouldn’t every woman want that immediately?

And the answer is that of course every woman wants that immediately, but it’s just so easy to promise ourselves that we’ll be even better next week. It’s easy to put ourselves on hold, but when I step back and re-examine the question, I ask myself…why? Why would I want to knowingly look less good than I could? Why would I want to favor gravity’s odds against my girls? When is a good day to be uncomfortable? And when I look at it that way, my choice is clear.

I need to take care of body and my health. Wearing a properly fitting bra is one way I can do that, every day. The fact that it’s also pretty is just a bonus.

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