The Unsupported Boob

How many of us can truly say we love shopping for new bras? Unless you a Victoria Secrets model then maybe.  I often hear people talk about how after they have children their tummies and hips will never be the same, or about the stretch marks that we now have for life, but what about our BOOBS?? Oh these poor things take a hammering!

I’m writing about this because you see my sports bra and I have an odd relationship but before I get to that, let’s talk about what our boobs experience during pregnancy and after. I have always had slightly larger boobs pre pregnancy and they were the perfect size and shape too.  Then I fell pregnant and they started to expand. Now at this stage, we all love this new feature of pregnancy, walking around like we just had a boob job, loud and proud! Then the baby arrives and yes they are finally put too good use and serves it’s purpose to feed!  Unfortunately for me, this didn’t happen and I couldn’t breastfeed my girls.  So then they fill up and it’s like you are walking around with rocks on your chest…oh the pain…even worse, some ladies end up with really bad mastitis.

Once the milk is gone and they are back to being just your boobs (no husband’s they don’t belong to you) you take a good look at them and then shock horror!!!  It’s like looking at two socks that have tennis balls in each one hanging quite low!  So now I have one boob that is slightly bigger than the other, is it just me or does this happen to every women, where one side is larger than the other? Also gravity is not helping the situation. I said to my husband, if we ever win the Lotto, I am going for a breast lift and reduction!  Big breasts are not all what they are cut out to be I would much prefer smaller size boobs that stay up in my opinion.

I recently got fitted for some new bra’s at Bendon and managed to buy three but really only rotate two which are more t-shirt bra’s just plain in beige and black (I may need to get me some sexy looking ones in colour I think), I’m sure everyone has their favourites that they use all the time! Also I bloody hate bra fittings, in all honesty it doesn’t take long or anything I just don’t like it! Now let’s get to the sports bra!

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This year I started running again and I had this sports bra on (above photo) which I bought from Rebel and didn’t get fitted just bought my usual size, as you can see, one side the fit is a fuller fit and it fills out the cup more (thanks to odd sized boobs).  So here I am running past some shops on my morning run and I decided to have a look at my reflection on the shop windows (as you do), well let me tell you, I never put on a jacket so fast in my life, these things were freaking bouncing all over the place like no ones business!! It was so hot and here I was running with a rain jacket on with my arms really close to my chest so to cushion the bounce…..I’ll just let you think about what that looks like for a bit……it doesn’t look good!

So the next time I tightened the bra strap’s, another thing that always seems to slowly slip each time I exercise oh and I kept my jacket on this time!  Running along the main road and all of a sudden I feel a sharp poke in my boob, off course I couldn’t stop and put my hand down my shirt, in front of all the peak hour commuters, no,  I made it home and what did I find!  One of the underwire had completely snapped in half and was trying to deflate my breast!  This is the 3rd time this has happened where the wire on one side snaps, I found this with my previous sports bras too.  My boobs must be far to heavy and all that bouncing sure isn’t helping, so I continued to use a one wired sports bra that did nothing for me for a little while longer.  However now, I think though it’s time I go shopping for a new one, I just wish they weren’t so expensive!  How many of you actually get fitted for a sports bra?  Also with sports bra’s do you usually have to go a cup size or two smaller so they squish them in nice and tight eliminating bounce?

A recent article in the NZ Herald called The underwear mistakes we’re all making cover’s a few things that women are doing wrong when buying bras! So have a read through that and see if any applies to you.

But for now this bra is going in the bin, an it’s time I get a new one!  Much to my boob’s delight!

Ronell x

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The Art of Packing

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Is there truly an art to packing when you are off on a holiday? We leave for our Fiji holiday soon, so it’s time to start packing.  We have the suitcases in the lounge and that’s as far as we got!  We are hoping to finish all of the packing tomorrow.  So this whole time these suitcases have been staring at me, waiting patiently, and it got me thinking is there a perfect way to pack?

I like to pack light, where as my husband he is a serial over packer!  Every time, even if it’s for one night he over packs.  My theory is if we are staying in a place where we have our own washing machine and dryer then we don’t need to pack extra clothes just do a wash now and again.  However, in saying that, there is one thing that I always over pack for the girls and I, and that is underwear!  Don’t ask me why, but I don’t worry much about the clothes bit, but I pack all our underwear, if we have lot’s of underwear I’m at peace.

We are taking 3 suitcases this time, 1 which will hold all our clothes (that’s four of us), 1 for food that we are taking with us, and a small 7kg suitcase which will have all our toiletries and half of our local pharmacy in there too.

I’m thinking I will try and roll all our clothes and fit them in the suitcase, and hopefully this will save us some space, and it will only be a bit tight on the way there, because coming back home we wont have that much food to bring back.

If you have a technique or any tips that you use when you travel that saves space and helps keep your sanity whilst packing, please share them with me!

 

Ronell x