This is essentially a reflection and response to my SQUEEMING TRUTH blog which went viral last week. Thank you to you all for commenting (good and bad), sharing and helping spread the message. I received hundreds of private messages, as well as public ones displayed on my post, which made me dig deep and think a lot of things through. My usual posts are about MOTIVATING and INSPIRING people through respecting their body through proper nutrition, daily movement, positive thought and embracing of their body. Needless to say when I wrote the “squeem” post, it was outside of my comfort zone; but I felt a need to speak out on something that, IN MY OPINION, is horrible to project onto young women in the fitness industry. Having to succumb to “waist training” to meet the judges criteria. The few “negative” comments I received alluded to my “lack of research” and “scientific proof.” To those I respond, this is NOT a science journal, rather my blog in which I post my own personal opinion. I don’t need a study to write my opinion, but rather know over a dozen girls who have had long term side effects from squeeming. Their testimonial, and my personal conversations with a G.I specialist were enough “evidence” to write an opinion blog. In terms of “corsets” which ARE different and used for different reasons outside of the fitness industry, it was not my intention to mix the two in the same bowl- however I am sure that “tight-lacing” regardless for the reasons behind it, is still not ideal in terms of digestion, deep breathing, and comfort, but hey, that is only MY OPINION. What I really wanted to touch upon, and what really hit home was a couple of comments regarding “breast augmentation” surgery and the fitness world. Here we go….deep breath…this isn’t easy for me, but I once again feel a need to write….
When women train and eat for their specific sport, whether they are into bodybuilding, cross-fit or gymnastics, they start to lose body fat percentage and their physique starts to change;not only is the body fat lost on their legs, arms and abs, but unfortunately, their breasts as well. I discovered this first hand over 7 years ago as I went through two milestones. I had just finished one whole year of exclusive breastfeeding with my daughter and also discovered training for the first time in my life. When I say that my daughter “sucked” the milk out of me, it seems as though she sucked out all of the breast tissue as well:) I gave a new meaning to the term “rocks in socks.” I had already been to a plastic surgeon years before in Spain while living there (it is quite common there), but chickened out and decided that if it were to ever happen for me, it would be post- childbirth. So here I was, postpartum, with many hopes and aspirations for my new born as well as my new family. It was also the first time in my life that I took my old habits of overeating, zero exercise and drinking too much and flushed them down the drain. Along with my new fitness lifestyle, came all of the AMAZING positive results; new found energy for my newborn, better moods, better posture, clothes fitting better etc etc. But of course, there was not enough padding in the Victoria Secret Warehouse to make up for my concave chest. With the support of my husband, I decided to go for another consult and took the plunge. My daughter was 2 at the time, and although I had started in the competition world, this had NOTHING to do with this new hobby. This was an old “skeleton in my closet” that reared its “ugly” head. Not that I need to share this, but I did return to my “pre-pregnancy” size- 34-B. Most people did not notice, and many friends asked why I even spent that kind of money for something that is unnoticeable to most. And I guess that is my point. I did this for ME. I DIDNT do this to win a plastic trophy, or make sure my proportions on stage fit the ideal of an organization. The truth is, I DONT look all that proportionate as my breast size is still “small” in regards to my frame. But guess what?? I AM HAPPY! I now love shopping for bras and buy the ones I love, not the ones with the most padding. I love to wear bathing suits to the beach, buy dresses I like, wear halter tops and backless dresses without worrying about if I can wear a “level 5” bra with it. But the question that pops up in my head is, but is this all that different than the other extreme measures? I really don’t know. To be honest, I am on the fence. I also feel like this opens up a pandoras box…but hey, why not?
Did I change my body? Yes. Did I “contort” its natural state? Yes. Did I use an extreme measure other than diet, exercise and hard work to get them? Yes. Is it really that different to waist training? I guess not. Could it potentially harm me as I suggest with my former blog and squeeming? Yes. Did I do it to meet a panel of judges criteria? NO.
Where do you stand? I would love to hear your opinion…..of course I will post it here, as long as it does not start with ….”your retarded”