I've always been pear shaped and, like Meg, was at one time two sizes bigger on the bottom than on top. This has definitely improved; I'm now only one size bigger on the bottom than on the top.
The good news is that I can actually find dresses that fit and look good on me--this is so exciting that I've bought five new dresses since I got down to my current weight. I try them on just for kicks and get so excited about how they fit, I buy them even though I honestly don't know where I'm going to wear them all. For years, dresses were just out of the question (they just don't make dresses that are two sizes bigger on the bottom than on the top).
Unfortunately, the weight has come of my hips a lot faster than off my waist. I've lost about 10 inches in my hips but only about 7 inches in my waist. My boobs, however, remain tiny compared to my hips (and continue to get smaller although my waist seems to have stagnated
). So, I've changed my shape, but not in a good way. I'm now small on top, kind of lumpy through the middle, and with smaller hips. On a size chart for one catalog company, my hips were a size 4 and my waist a size 10!