I know I’m not the only women whose weight fluctuates. It feels like I’ve struggled with the same 10 pounds for the last 20 years. OK…maybe the last 35 years 🙂 When I discovered I was gluten intolerant last year, I dropped 15 pounds, just by removing gluten from my diet. Sadly that didn’t stay off long…because I discovered all those gluten-free alternatives!
Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pamela Lutrell from Over 50 Feeling 40!
Your Style Sweet Spot is when you know your appearance is sending the message you intend and feel confident you look your best. Last week Pam and I shared how we dressed for a casual day, running errands, this week we’re dressing for weight fluctuations.
These days I’m struggling with a thyroid gone crazy and it’s wreaking havoc on my waistline.
I’ve been on thyroid meds for over 20 years and doing fine until last January. As I struggled with my hip, my blood pressure skyrocketed, my hair fell out, my pulse raced, I was exhausted all the time and my weight plummeted. I will admit it was one of the worst months of my life…physically. They diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition where my body produces anti-bodies that attack my thyroid. I felt like Chicken Little with the sky falling. My normal thyroid dose suddenly became an overdose!
My endocrinologist has been slowly dialing down my medication and as a result, my weight is bouncing up and down. Losing weight isn’t always positive ladies. I ended up with lots of saggy skin to hide.
Here are some ways I slide by without having to replace my clothes.
When my weight is on the incline, I focus on wearing a column of color under a third piece…like a sweater, jacket or vest. The over piece hides the outer thirds of my body, making me look slimmer. It’s all about illusion.
This special jacket from Artful Home is a featherweight cotton which offers chic coverage without extra bulk. It’s A-line shape stands away from my body which helps me look narrower underneath. I love the shawl collar and pockets!
- I put my pants that zip and snap aside, in favor of ones with elastic waists. They’re more comfortable and less likely to cause the dreaded muffin top!
- I wear my tops that drop straight from the shoulders and chest, so they bypass my waistline.
- I rely more than ever, on clothes with stretch built-in. They can hide many pounds…and still feel comfortable.
- I put more focus on my accessories, because they’re not size dependent.
This is how I hit my Style Sweet Spot as my weight fluctuates. I hope to get this under control, once and for all. But my endocrinologist assures me this will be a life long battle.
Weight struggles are hard on a woman’s confidence. Dressing well is a critical tool to help us to feel out best.
Now let’s go see how Pam dresses for weight fluctuation.
Does your weight fluctuate?