• Sarah Greene

Let's Try a Waist Trainer, they said. It'll Be FUN, they said.

We got into a minor car accident a couple years ago and messed up my neck. The migraines I experience became even more frequent due to this neck injury. For any of you who deal with migraines, you know how annoying and painful seeking treatment can be. Because of the many types of medications I was trying to ease the migraines and inactivity from the neck injury, I gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Just as the next person, I don't want to admit the issues with weight that I have but I hit my lowest self-esteem at my highest weight: 348. Once I got to 300lbs, I said, "That's it. If I go over 300lbs, I'm going to start throwing up everything I eat." I cried all the time. My marriage started to suffer because I was insufferable. Then I hit 348, and I thought, "I am done. I'm losing myself and don't know what to do."

I know what some may say: "Sarah, what about diet and exercise?" "Sarah, puking is not the answer." "Sarah, it'll get better." Forgive me, but no. Dealing with such severe depression and trying to save face in front of every person I know, it was hard enough just making myself put clothes on in the morning to go to work. Led alone somehow find the will power to start a new diet and exercise plan.

It was a terrifying time.

About this time last year, after 7 months of being away from the roller derby team in Rolla, Missouri [Rolla Rockets - Facebook page HERE]. I started going back because we had someone visiting from Washington for a few weeks and she needed a ride to/from practice. Accountability, people. Accountability.

So, I wasn't skating since I was still on medical profile, but I was going to practice 2 times a week and getting back into somewhat of a routine. Just being accountable to someone else, helped me get back into a tiny bit of social life and building my confidence back up just a little bit. I was DEFINITELY still wearing my "I'm so happy all the time" mask. The rest of 2017 was focused on work, derby, school, marriage and puppies. Nothing to it, right? Yikes. Bare with me....

In May, I started to diet a little bit. When I say LITTLE, I mean, I was subbing a salad for lunch 2-3 times a week and walking the dogs 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes or so. This was all my brain could handle. My husband held me accountable for the dog walking because a) I worked a few blocks from our home so I would go home at lunch and walk them and/or b) we would walk them at night when it cooled down a little bit. By October, never weighing myself or really trying, I had lost 40 pounds. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Let me tell you my little secret:

I quit trying so hard.

I'm not saying this is the way to go, folks. What I'm saying is I sort of let go of my self control, added a few salads here and there, and saw results. Imagine what would happen if I worked on muscle growth and learning how to properly diet? I can only imagine. BUT NO MORE.

Fast forward to January 2018. I am an avid searcher on garage sale/second hand Facebook pages because you can usually find some really great stuff. Let's be real with each other: living military and moving to a different post every 2-3 years, things tend to break or get ripped or moldy or ruined in some way that you have to buy all over again. For example: exercise equipment.

The other day, I found a post for a waist trainer that this lady was giving away. FREE?! Hell yeah! So I contacted her and picked it up Monday morning. Tuesday morning comes and I thought, "Better now than never!" I've tried waist trainers a couple of times before that I purchased off Facebook and because of my size, they were either too small, to flimsy to hold all of this "lovin" in [I hope you're giggling because I just cracked up], or they were crap material and fell apart after one day. So, I'm betting that this waist trainer is going to do the same thing and, if it did, oh well! I got it for free, so who cares?!

Not only that, but a friend of mine was also selling a FitDesk [Amazon link HERE] for a super cheap price and I had been thinking about getting one for months, just didn't want to spend the pretty penny.

Day 1:

Okay, this is a little uncomfortable but do-able. After about an hour in it, I started to research online if there was a rule of thumb to follow when starting to use them. Do I wear it for 24 hours a day? Do I wear it every day? I found this SITE with a helpful 7 day challenge.

After breaking in your waist trainer, wear the slimming garment for 2 hours the first day. This amount of time can be adjusted according to individual needs. You can opt for 2 or 3 hours during the first 3 days.

I ended up wearing the trainer for 6 hours today. What can I say? I like to push the limits and I want results. I did notice that the fat rolls on my back were pretty sore but it's only motivating me more to see if this works.

Day 2:

Wear your waist trainer for 4 hours today. If you are a beginner, be prepared to feel constricted. Your body will become accustomed to it quickly. Don't push yourself and listen to your body – if you feel any kind of pain or pinching, remove the waist trainer.While wearing a workout waist trainer, try to begin an exercise program, like Pilates or basic stretching to prepare the body for lengthier exercises.

I went to bed crazy early last night so I'm up at 7 to start my day and get some homework done before starting my work day. Decided about 10am to put the thing on again even though I know it hurt my fat rolls yesterday. This thought sort of maddens me so I say to myself, "I'm going to surpass 6 hours of wear today." And, I did. 10 hours. Fat rolls on my back, not as sore and it was seemingly easier to wear for the day.

I also used the FitDesk Elliptical for about 2 hours today. Felt good to be able to be working on myself while still being able to concentrate on typing, reading, designing, etc.

Day 3:

Today waist training time limit is 6 hours. Keep doing stretches and try to incorporate 12 minutes of cardio.At this point, you can increase your waist training to more. If you are accustomed to the waist trainer, you can choose to wear it for 8 hours. Until you get the routine of wearing your shaper, do not sleep or exercise with the garment on. The longer you can comfortably wear your waist trainer, the more dramatic the results. [*NOTE: This 7 day challenge is not mine. It is from the corsetcenter.com.]

Today is Day 3 and I put it on just before deciding to write this post. I have been making very conscious decisions to eat wayyyyyy better than I have been. For example, eating one salad per day for either lunch or dinner, trying to make sure I eat breakfast trying to make sure I eat a few healthy snacks throughout the day, eating less sweets and drinking more water. Basically, my body is in shock. I'm okay with this because a) I FEEL better. b) I feel MORE energized. c) I feel MOTIVATED. d) I feel like I'm being more productive with my schoolwork and with my paid work.

I also decided to use the FitDesk for the entire time I write this post. Going forwards and backwards at the typical pace, and below, you'll see some of the photographs from breakfast this morning, how the waist trainer looks and the FitDesk. 67 minutes and some change. Not bad for a post this fricken long :)

I'm trying to get better. I'm trying to keep myself accountable, ESPECIALLY, since I'm posting this online for the world to see. Any input and comments are appreciated!

Stay awesome. Stay motivated. Stay true to yourself. That's all I want to do. <3

There are videos of the FitDesk on my Instagram: @sarahbelaine and on the Facebook page [link HERE].

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