Exercise! - I'm getting "National Geographic" boobs! Can I fix them?!




Snoofie
04-25-2012, 03:07 PM
Look, I knew that when I started losing weight, the weight was going to come off all over. I knew that I couldn't target specific areas, and that, most likely, the areas where I wanted to lose weight the most would be the most stubborn. And I knew, from previous experience, that once I started losing weight, the first place I was going to lose it from was my chest. (If I lose ten pounds, eight pounds of it will come off my chest, I swear.)

But I did *not* expect things to go to this degree. :/ Since January of 2011, I have gone from a 44DD to a 38C, and things are not pretty in that particular area. Like, at all. I mean, I used to joke that my boobs could double as a handy shelf if needed...and now, oh holy ****, there's no way that would ever happen. They're just....there. Barely. And it's fine, I suppose, as long as I'm wearing a bra, but, I mean, let's face it. If you're a woman, you know what I mean...you kind of want to look good naked, too, don't you? But I don't. Well, I do, for the most part, but there is major, major sagging going on.

What I'm wondering is: is there a way I can improve things? I know I can't turn back time or whatever (after all, I'm not old by a long shot, but I'm not twenty anymore, you know?) but even if there was something I could do to naturally lift things, I'd be somewhat satisfied. I've begun weight training, but is there any kind of specific target weight training I can do to try and maybe strengthen my chest muscles so things can be lifted a little?

It's honestly so bad that at this point, if I can't eventually do something about it naturally, I'd consider having surgery...but I'd really rather not, if there's something I can do myself.

It's just so disheartening to have worked this hard to get where I am, and still have this issue that is wreaking havoc on my self-esteem. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it.


sontaikle
04-25-2012, 03:32 PM
While my boobs still aren't all that great, they seem to get better when I'm wearing the right bra.

I don't know if you're wearing the right size or not (38C sounds like a big band for someone of your size) but it always is worth it to double check. runningfromfat has some great resources!! Check out her blog: http://bralessinbrasil.blogspot.com

I swear within weeks of wearing my proper size my boobs looks so much better! Much more so than any strength training could hope to accomplish (and I'm very much into the strength training)

Snoofie
04-25-2012, 03:37 PM
Maybe I *am* wearing the wrong band size. There are times when it seems really big around my ribcage, so maybe that's part of the issue. Friends of mine have also recommended getting some push-up bras, too, which I'll probably look into (but it's so weird for me to even be considering that, because for most of my life, a push-up bra is something I never even needed. EVER).

I really wish there was a place around here to buy bras that wasn't WalMart, you know? Seriously, that is the ONLY place around here to buy them (well, other than the plus-sized specialty store, but for obvious reasons, that's not a place I can shop, because, hey, nothing over there fits me!)

I guess I have to go bra shopping. OH JOY, OH BLISS. *L*

PS: That link in your post doesn't work, btw. :(


PrincessAmy
04-25-2012, 03:42 PM
I don't know any exercises to help with your boob problem..but there's not a mall around you? Go to Victoria secret..i LOVE there bras and they make them look amazing and i noticed that even when i take my bra off they looked better once i started wearing VS bras..or maybe its just all in my head?? lol but there bras are so comfortable to me and to boot sexy & adorable!

berryblondeboys
04-25-2012, 03:48 PM
My guess is for sure your band size is too big.

But, no exercise is going to help with the sag. Mine is sagging really bad too. I can flex my pec muscles and that will raise the muscle wall behind the boobs (or should say above the boobs as they are sagging way below that), but there is no hope for the girls without surgery and surgery isn't happening.

The title killed me though. I TOTALLY have "National Geographic boobs" except they've never seen the light of day, so they are so white they glare, but I almost look flat when braless as they hang so low flat.

To make you laugh (as sometimes you just have to laugh). I found this cartoon a few weeks back.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g80/melissa_sinclair2003/SaggyBoobsLOL.png

Snoofie
04-25-2012, 04:01 PM
I don't know any exercises to help with your boob problem..but there's not a mall around you? Go to Victoria secret..i LOVE there bras and they make them look amazing and i noticed that even when i take my bra off they looked better once i started wearing VS bras..or maybe its just all in my head?? lol but there bras are so comfortable to me and to boot sexy & adorable!

I live fifty miles from the middle of nowhere. The nearest VS store to me is roughly 2,500 kilometres away. There is a La Senza store in St. John's (the nearest major city) but that's still about 450 kilometres away. The *only* place in town where you can buy bras is WalMart, which does me *no* good because the bras are complete garbage.

berryblondeboys
04-25-2012, 04:02 PM
I live fifty miles from the middle of nowhere. The nearest VS store to me is roughly 2,500 kilometres away. There is a La Senza store in St. John's (the nearest major city) but that's still about 450 kilometres away. The *only* place in town where you can buy bras is WalMart, which does me *no* good because the bras are complete garbage.

Seriously, size yourself and order them. Many stores have free returns too if the sizing doesn't work out.

sontaikle
04-25-2012, 04:12 PM
Maybe I *am* wearing the wrong band size. There are times when it seems really big around my ribcage, so maybe that's part of the issue. Friends of mine have also recommended getting some push-up bras, too, which I'll probably look into (but it's so weird for me to even be considering that, because for most of my life, a push-up bra is something I never even needed. EVER).

I really wish there was a place around here to buy bras that wasn't WalMart, you know? Seriously, that is the ONLY place around here to buy them (well, other than the plus-sized specialty store, but for obvious reasons, that's not a place I can shop, because, hey, nothing over there fits me!)

I guess I have to go bra shopping. OH JOY, OH BLISS. *L*

PS: That link in your post doesn't work, btw. :(

Maybe I typed it wrong: http://braslessinbrasil.blogspot.com/

I live in NY and I have to buy bras online! The shops around here start at 32 bands and I need a 28 or 30 band. I'm a 30F usually.

If your band is loose you'd probably really benefit from bra that is the right size :) I know it seems like a small thing, but the bra is more important than the new clothes!

Snoofie
04-25-2012, 04:14 PM
Seriously, size yourself and order them. Many stores have free returns too if the sizing doesn't work out.

Yeah, I think on my way home from work tonight I'm going to drop into my seamstress' place and have her measure me. (Since I've never done it myself, I don't trust myself to do it properly.) Then I'll get searching online! (I have to admit, the idea of being able to buy LaSenza bras without having to actually go to the store excites me. *L*)

berryblondeboys
04-25-2012, 04:33 PM
Go to runningfromfat's site, but basically you measure under your breasts directly even all around your rib cage and add NO INCHES. that is your band size.

I'm a BIG GIRL and my band is 34 (meaning my ribcage is 34), so I really doubt you are a 38".

Then, the second measurement is over your breasts straight around. The difference determines your cup size.

Now, if you've been forever buying humongous bands (and if you were wearing a 44 you were wearing humongous bands), then your actual band size might feel too tight and you might want to add 2" to start out, but that you will need to see.

LAgreeneyes
04-25-2012, 04:40 PM
There is a store in our area that have "Bra Specialist". They measure you and let you know what size you are. They are great. I have a minimizer bra and it makes my boobs look smaller than they really are. I love this bra.

The only thing is that when I take my bra off, I can sweep the floor. So, I have been thinking about breast reduction. Insurance won't pay for it, so I may have to get a 2nd job. I DESPARATELY want smaller and perky boobs. I'm a 36DDD and I want to be a 36C.

COchick
04-25-2012, 04:40 PM
I don't have anything to add, except AWESOME title.

berryblondeboys
04-25-2012, 04:51 PM
I have a minimizer bra and it makes my boobs look smaller than they really are. I love this bra.


I cannot stand minimizer bras. All they do is smash you to the sides and then you look more like a man or something.

Only Me
04-25-2012, 06:10 PM
I strongly resemble that comic strip. Unfortunately, I don't see how extra muscle could possibly take up all the slack of the extra skin in my breasts. They weren't that perky when they were new, and now after weight gain and loss and 5 pregnancies, a well fitting, sexy bra is my best option. Or surgery, but I'm not willing to do that.

guacamole
04-25-2012, 06:20 PM
Love the title of this thread! So far, my band size has gone down and my cup size has gone up! I am not losing the girls, but they are sagging. I have no advice other than a good bra or surgery, but know that I and others have this same issue!

runningfromfat
04-25-2012, 07:02 PM
Thanks everyone for linking to my blog! ;)

Yes, you can measure yourself. Check out this link (http://braslessinbrasil.blogspot.com.br/p/finding-bras-that-fit.html) on how to fit yourself. I live in Brasil where they normally don't even carry bras in different cups sizes, so trust me, I know all about the issue of not being able to buy bras locally!!!

I'd say your band size has to be HUGE on you! I've started wearing 38's when I was well over 200lbs (just to give you a comparison).

One thing about having a seamstress measure you... understand that if you're wearing a very ill-fitting bra your bust measurement might be inaccurate (that's why I'd encourage you to measure yourself like I talk about in my link above). You want to take as many measurements as possible and order from there. Many places have good return policies so keep an eye out for that.

ALSO, since you're in Canada check out http://www.butterflycollection.ca/ They do skype fittings and are AMAZING from what I've heard. Really a great company and very knowledgeable. ;)

sunshauna
04-25-2012, 07:46 PM
That picture is hilarious, Berryblondeboys! :rofl:

Snoofie
04-25-2012, 09:19 PM
ALSO, since you're in Canada check out http://www.butterflycollection.ca/ They do skype fittings and are AMAZING from what I've heard. Really a great company and very knowledgeable. ;)

This is an AWESOME link! Thank you! (And I'm enjoying your blog, too! So much fantastic information!)

fitness4life
04-26-2012, 10:26 AM
LOL you are one clever and funny lady!

In your case, don't dismiss surgery. I know going under the knife is scary and has it's risks, but the OP said you want to look good naked. That means, no bra can help you there.

I had a friend with your same problem. She got a lift and is amazingly happy.

I wish there were a way to transplant unwated excess to those who have unwanted [trying to come up with something clever] un-cess.

I have no boobs (32b) and skinny friggin ankles. I also have best friends with abnormally large legs and boobs. We all wanna swap some of it.

runningfromfat
04-26-2012, 09:17 PM
This is an AWESOME link! Thank you! (And I'm enjoying your blog, too! So much fantastic information!)

Thanks! And definitely go for it if you're interested in trying a skype fitting. I've just heard the most amazing things about her skype fitting (And there are a lot of bloggers out there who have tried and given rave reviews ;) ). Glad you liked my blog too! :D

Snoofie
04-27-2012, 04:50 PM
LOL you are one clever and funny lady!

In your case, don't dismiss surgery. I know going under the knife is scary and has it's risks, but the OP said you want to look good naked. That means, no bra can help you there.

I had a friend with your same problem. She got a lift and is amazingly happy.

I wish there were a way to transplant unwated excess to those who have unwanted [trying to come up with something clever] un-cess.

I have no boobs (32b) and skinny friggin ankles. I also have best friends with abnormally large legs and boobs. We all wanna swap some of it.

I'm beginning to realize that if I do want to look good naked, surgery *may* be my only option. A well-fitting bra will only do so much, and while I plan on investing in some of those as well, that will only go so far, and they certainly won't help me look any better naked.

I have no idea how much a lift would cost me (I'm in Canada) but it's worth looking into, anyway.

And isn't it just so true that we always seem to want what we don't have, and there's always someone who would happily take what we don't want? *L*

LAgreeneyes
04-27-2012, 05:06 PM
I think surgery in my area is as much as if not more than $5,000.00 and many insurance companies do not pay for it.

prettygirlkacey
08-27-2012, 05:46 PM
"I have a minimizer bra and it makes my boobs look smaller than they really are. I love this bra."

What is the name and brand of this magical minimizer bra?? Help a sister out!!

LAgreeneyes
08-27-2012, 05:53 PM
"I have a minimizer bra and it makes my boobs look smaller than they really are. I love this bra."

What is the name and brand of this magical minimizer bra?? Help a sister out!!

My minimizer bra is called Cabernet from Dillards. I LOVE IT!!! I am a DDD and look like I am a B cup. SERIOUSLY! People don't believe me when I tell them I am a DDD.

http://www.dillards.com/product/Cabernet-Floral-Satin-Minimizer-Bra_301_-1_301_500605170

ChickieChicks
08-27-2012, 07:01 PM
I know surgery isn't the answer for everyone, but I lost almost all volume in my breasts from weight loss. Seem women do, and some don't. I went from a D to an A. And post-kids, it wasn't pretty.... Definite ski-slope, national geographic boobies.

I did have plastic surgery to correct them. I didn't need a lift, just the volume put back in! It was a great decision for me, and I love, love, love them.

prettygirlkacey
08-27-2012, 07:59 PM
My minimizer bra is called Cabernet from Dillards. I LOVE IT!!! I am a DDD and look like I am a B cup. SERIOUSLY! People don't believe me when I tell them I am a DDD.

Thank you I will HAVE to get that one right away!!! :carrot: :D

Du you use it in your size or smaller for a tighter fit? (not a good idea i guess, but i tend to do that) And does it run big, small?

novangel
08-27-2012, 11:55 PM
I remember being horrified after pregnancy when my boobs dried up after I was done breast feeding, they looked like deflated rasins but (thankfully!) eventually they smoothed out and looked normal again. I have never been very large though so if I was going national geographic I'd definitely look into surgery but that's just me. Good luck. :)

Goddess Jessica
08-29-2012, 05:52 PM
Well, I will tell you that after my first baby, I totally feel this way.

novangel is right, sometimes your skin recovers, some times it doesn't. I think I am going to be in the no recovery category but it's a little soon to tell (I only stopped breastfeeding a couple months ago).

I would say you should STILL get a good bra. Surgery or not!

dangerouscurvesahead
08-29-2012, 07:38 PM
lmao! oh my goodness! the national geographic boobs stumped me for a split second then i just lol'd! and berry~ that cartoon WOW priceless i luv it n kept it for future reference! if men had a clue or had to go thru what we have to go thru as the "weaker" sex theyd commit hary cary lol! demi bras make the girls look awesome tho! luv em!

LAgreeneyes
08-30-2012, 10:11 AM
Thank you I will HAVE to get that one right away!!! :carrot: :D

Du you use it in your size or smaller for a tighter fit? (not a good idea i guess, but i tend to do that) And does it run big, small?

You're welcome. The bra specialist at the store measure me for my correct size and that is the size that I buy. It's always a perfect fit. In my opinion, I don't they run big or small. They run "just right". LOL. Try one out and let me know how you like it.