Waist training is a process that involves wearing a latex waist trainer or a tight laced corset to cinch in your waistline. It’s used to give women a more exaggerated hourglass figure with a really small waist but the hips remain with curves.
I’ve decided to start a waist training challenge, and I want to share it with you…
For the next few months, I’ll spend eight to ten hours per day wearing a corset as a way of training my waist to shrink in size. In time, I hope that this challenge will help me to lose weight and improve my posture, while dropping inches from my waist – helping me to feel body confident.
My fascination with the Waist Trainer challenge comes from the media. Many a-list celebs are papped wearing a corset and/or being interviewed about it. So, I thought if it’s good enough for them, it’ll be good enough for me.
Please note: I am not doing this because I am conforming to the stereotype that society upholds of how women’s bodies should be… This is fully my decision and one that I’ve come realise might benefit me.
No matter where you search, the results of “waist training reviews” are all the same… They tell you it’s really damaging to your insides with some even complaining of a broken/fractured rib cage. But, I like to think that that’ll only happen if you’re wearing a size too small. If you choose a corset that fits you, you won’t have to go through that amount of pain – least of all injure yourself!
What’s more, although waist training has had its fair share of bad publicity, it’s actually proven to work. Not only does it take inches off our waist-line, it also helps us manage how much we eat and improves our posture.
Okay, so, back to this post! I woke up at 7:30am GMT for work and decided I’ll wear it underneath my garments. For the first time ever, I was able to fasten it to the tightest it goes! As you can imagine, I was chuffed to bits… I mean, I’ve been trying to get it that tight since I got it.
After all the clips were done up, I found that I literally could not move. I felt restricted in the torso department but as the saying goes: “no pain, no gain!” Plus, I knew that this is all part of the ‘breaking into the corset’ phase so that didn’t bother in the slightest.
I soldiered on and continued with my day as usual, pouring out a bowl of Kellog’s Special K with banana chips. Look, if I’m going to do it, I’ve got to do it right! There’s no point having a Poptart [which is my favourite breakfast in the world] when I’m trying to lose inches off my waist and/or flatten my torso region.
What I noticed was how quick it took for me to feel full [something I’ve tried to tackle for years]. I also discovered my posture had changed, I was able to stand and sit up straight without slouching.
As the day wore on, I started to get increasingly uncomfortable. It literally felt like I’d just come out of a tummy tuck surgery. My ribs were starting to cave in, and my waist was starting to tighten. But, I had to stick it out for this challenge.
One thing which shocked me was my ability to continue working through all of this discomfort. It didn’t affect my work-ethic and I just didn’t care…
Lunch was hard. I bought a small baguette, some hummus, salad greens, and sliced cheese with handful of crisps. I couldn’t finish it… I instantly felt sick afterwards. I toyed with the idea of taking it off so that I could breathe and compose myself, but I didn’t knowing that I’d class myself as a failure if I did.
I managed to pull through until home-time, YAY! When I got home, I opened the door to find some Ferrero Rochers on the doorstep. Someone, somewhere is really trying to test me! But, I don’t know where I got the courage from to decline them, but I did. SHOCK HORROR!
A little part of me was thinking that if it wasn’t for Lent, I’d probably have ripped them open and this would’ve been a completely different story.
Anyway, I got home [with my self-control in tact], took the corset off for 15 minutes while I showered and strapped it back on for another hour or so – and this time proved a lot easier to put on.
Two hours later, I’m still wearing it [past my 8 hours promise] and am still finding it uncomfortable. However, I may end up sleeping in it tonight if that’d mean it’ll hurt me less in the morning.
*** This is not my first time wearing a waist trainer. I have been wearing it on-and-off since Christmas, but was doing so for one to two hours each day [on the first set of hooks]. I have since got used to it and am able to wear it for longer periods of time at the tightest set of hooks.
So, if you’re new to the whole waist training thing, please don’t overdo it and begin at the widest size. For more information, check out: http://www.waisttrainers.net.