My 1st Day with a Corset
I know, I know...they're becoming all the rage lately.
But I promise that's not why I bought one!
I actually got intrigued because I watched Nerissa Irving's video on why you should do belly binding immediately after having a baby.
I was honestly floored. I had NEVER heard of belly binding before and what she said made PERFECT sense. I mean, is it possible to avoid having that loose stomach muscle after child birth? Or, at the very least, make it a whole lot less noticeable?!
WHY do we not do this anymore? (please, please PLEASE go watch her video if you are not super familiar with postpartum belly binding! She opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities!) I mean, did you know that postpartum belly binding helps to move all of your stomach muscles and organs back into prepregnancy place? I mean, not perfectly but it definitely aids the transition to getting your prebaby body back!
Well, that ship has long sailed, given that my youngest just turned 4 years old last month. But...maybe corsets can help me now...after the fact (in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise)?
I don't know. I want to give it a try.
I've used those spandexy Spanx things. Well, the knock-off version, anyway. And they were "okay" but nothing really to rave about. Though they DID give my booty a cute little lift! ::wink:: I tried using the ones that just went on like underwear...but those rolled down. Even the ones that said "doesn't roll down!" So I preferred the ones that were like a tank top bodysuit? Click HERE to see what I am talking about.
But then you run into a problem when you go out...how do you pee?
Sorry, guys, I really can't figure it out...how in the world do you do it without peeing all over yourself?! So I would just take the whole damn thing off. In the public bathroom!! To my friends that I had a Girls Night Out with the last time I went to Ohio...what do ya'll think took me so long when I went to the bathroom? I was in there doing aerobics!! hahahaha
That's when I put 2 and 2 together.... a corset won't roll down. BUT you can still go to the bathroom without undressing all the way. Double bonus!! haha!!
So I went over to my favorite store...Amazon...and checked around. I found THOUSANDS of great reviews for the Yianna steel-boned corsets, so I decided to give them a try.
If you are looking to buy one, be sure to check out their Size Chart that is located in their little photo gallery (NOT the one right next to where you choose which size you want. I didn't realize that the Amazon-provided "Size Chart" was waaay off...and I was left wondering if I didn't know how how to measure myself or what...Because I went by THAT measurement chart and ordered mine 5XL because customer reviews said to order a size up because they are tight) (check out my fitness journey videos on YouTube if you're wondering about my measurements and weight loss)...but when it came it was WAY too big and was practically falling off. So I ordered a 3XL and even that I have to put on the tightest fitting. Just now I was checking out their Amazon page and realized that they had a size chart pictured in the photo gallery and it was way different than the stock Amazon one. I'm not sure what I'm going to do...the 2XL's largest "setting" is an inch smaller than this one...I need one quite a bit tighter in the below-chest area...but not sure how much smaller I could comfortably go in the waist...hmmm....
They say that you are supposed to wear this all day long. You only take it off to shower. And maybe have a separate one for exercising in. Many women say that you need to sleep in it, so I may try that. Cuz that's super sexy, right? hahahaha
All in all, I really do love it! I know it's only the first day...and still morning...so we'll see!
It's really not as bad as I thought it would be. It is really helping me stand and sit up straight. It's not super uncomfortable to bend over...maybe a little tight but not painful at all. I'm able to breathe fully and deeply. This really isn't bad at all.
UPDATE (next day): I've decided to go down another size to a 2xl. I didn't like how it was too loose up at the top, under my chest. My daughter felt the bottom of the corset and has confidence that I could most certainly go tighter...which was the same opinion I had, as I had put it on so easily by myself. So by going down to the 2xl (which, at its largest setting is 1" smaller than my current one), I will be able to adjust to be probably on the third row of hooks around my waist area and get tighter (2nd and 1st row of hooks) as I go higher up. But I'm keeping the 3xl just in case the 2xl doesn't work out as well as I'm hoping!
What do you think of waist training? Would you ever wear one 23 hours a day?? (not to the point where you can't breathe or it's uncomfortable...but just that it "snatches everything in"?)