Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Keeping Abreast

I have been cursed (although I guess some would consider it a blessing) with pretty large breasts. Even when I was incredibly fit, they were large. I hate them. They have caused back problems, made it difficult to find shirts that fit comfortably, and pretty much just drive me crazy. After having my son, I was the heaviest I had ever been. The weight I gained during his pregnancy just redistributed itself from my stomach to the rest of my body after I gave birth. Last April I got sick of being fat and started working my butt of to lose weight, through exercise and eating right....and less. For the most part I have been successful. In the past year I have lost 30+ pounds and kept it off. I am still trying to lose another 15 to 20.

The problem is that the one place I seem to be losing very little weight is my boobs. I've lost weight across my back and across the area of my chest ABOVE my breasts. My bra strap size has decreased a couple of inches. I'm narrower than I have been in years and I've gone down 7 pant/short sizes and a couple of shirt sizes as well. I even had to buy smaller underwear. But the boobs just won't go away. At all.

Part of it may be because I am still breastfeeding my son. However, even taking into account milk production if breasts are pretty much fatty tissue and I am losing fatty tissue everywhere else on my body it would stand to reason that I would at least lose SOME in my breasts, right? Everyone says you can't target specifics places for weight loss, that as you lose weight you will lose it everywhere. This seems to be true for me except that my breasts seem to be the one targeted place that will not lose weight. (For the purposes of full disclosure, they have gone down about a cup size, maybe two....but in proportion to the amount of weight the rest of my body is losing my boobs seem to be losing next to nothing.) I can't tell you how frustrating this is.

So, any suggestions?


Johnson and Johnson said...

I can't help but laugh, because I have the exact opposite problem.... I'm stuffing my bras!!!! I think our bodies change a lot once we stop breastfeeding. I think you will notice a difference once you are done. I think they will still be large (ohhh, what a curse!), but they will be smaller. I think the big problem is that they aren't going to be back to where they once were before having kids, whether they are big or small.... they go south! Ahhh... the joys of being a woman!!! Keep working out, you're looking great and it seems that you are feeling really good too!

Moxymama said...

I hope you are right. I laughed out loud about them not going back to where they once were. I tell my hubby all the time that the best gift he could give me is a little lift to put them back to where they used to be. :)

Joanne said...

Maybe just keep working out, diet and exercise may eventually help. Maybe ask your doctor for advice?