Everyone needs a little self-improvement, right? That’s why I’ve set a personal challenge for the month of July to tweak here and there areas in my life that need some extra attention. Nothing radical mind you. Just little things I can do to bring more clarity, more joy, and more vitality to improve my daily routine.
Day 7: Go Spanx!!!
My problem: Where did all these bumps and rolls come from? Call it what you want: love handles, middle age spread, bread basket, spare tire, or just plain flab — it is very discouraging dealing with it.
My goal: Don’t put up with love handles…put them down!!!
Why not have my plan be a tummy tuck? After all, after 50 something years, don’t I deserve a little nipping and tucking? My answer is NO. Basically I am cheap and I am a chicken. I don’t want to spend the thousands of dollars on something so vain AND I don’t want to take the risk of something going wrong with extremely elective surgery. So the next best solution? Spanx!!
What is Spanx? Founded by Sara Blakely in 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia, (if you have time, read her personal story here; it is truly remarkable) Spanx began as a hosiery company featuring toeless hoisery with hidden waistbands to fit multiple sizes. Made of a combination of polyester, cotton, and spandex, the line quickly grew to include undergarments. But what Spanx has really been a leader with — and what I was most interested in — is in the realm of foundation garments: shapewear that is intended to give the wearer a slim and shapely appearance.
What had I heard about Spanx? That Oprah touted it as one of her favorite things. That celebrities swear by it. That it can provide the taming of the bulge that I was looking for. It also helped to have Clinton Kelly (yes, the What Not To Wear Clinton Kelly) tell me at a recent Macy’s event that to help my prominent tummy not be so prominent, “Wear Spanx occasionally.”
Where to purchase it? When Spanx first started out, it was sold in high-end retail stores like Neiman-Marcus, Saks and Bloomingdales; not my usual places to shop. It has expanded to other department stores including my favorite, Nordstrom. I had acquired a few Nordstrom Notes and decided that this would be a good product to use them on. I went to Nordstrom Rack first, hoping to find Spanx for even less. Sure enough, I was able to purchase my first pair of Spanx: a pair of Hide and Sleek Mid-Thigh Smoothers. The tag said it offered a “tighter tummy and trimmer figure.” The garment was made of “a cool fabric that remains invisible under tight, clingy clothes with a medium slimming level.” Perfect. And yes, I got it marked down 70% (last season’s style — who cares. It goes under my clothes and no one is going to see them. More money to spend on other great buys!).
When to wear it? I wore it for the first time yesterday to church. I had bought this dress when I went to review Clinton Kelly and have worn it a couple of times. While I knew the pattern and style would be complimentary for my “personal issues,” those lumps and rolls were still visible. I simply slipped the Spanx over my undergarments and WA-LA… the bumps and rolls were virtually gone. Not to mention the dress just fit better. Hallelujah. And by the way, I received numerous compliments. Hip Hip Hooray for Spanx!!!
Drawbacks? 1) I did know I was wearing them, especially with my upper thighs. It wasn’t painful or anything, just noticeable. but that is a good thing right? It reminded me to stand up straighter!! And that I was wearing something special, out of the ordinary, and that felt good!!! 2) I only wore them for four hours total although the package says you can wear them all day (I was hearing Clinton Kelly in my ear). Next time I will go longer. 3) They are black. Not sure how they will look under lighter clothes. My next pair will be the nude color that Spanx offers. 4) I have only worn them under a dress. Next time, I want to try them with pants.
Added bonus: When I was researching Spanx, I learned that Sara Blakely was asked by Target if she would consider bringing her shapewear to their stores. She created Assets, a better undergarment choice for women everywhere. And Assets gives back!! A portion of all Assets (and Spanx) purchases go to the Sara Blakely Foundation, which focuses on supporting and empowering women around the world. Win-Win all around!!!
Day 7: Go Spanx!!!!
***Note: Just in case you are keeping count, I didn’t skip Days 5 and 6. It was the weekend and I was practicing my recent improvements. Practice is the key to success with any new change to a regular routine.