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No I’m not pregnant…I just stopped wearing my girdle

One of the first things I had to do with this acid reflux thing was find out all the things that made it flare up. I knew things like orange juice, tomato sauce, eating too late at night are major culprits.  They want you to cut your food off by a certain time (like 3 hours before you go to bed), elevate your bed, sleep on your left side (keeps all the slush from coming out of your stomach), take probiotics and a whole host of other things.  However, on the list, was tight-fitting clothes.  That was cool because I don’t really wear that stuff anyway.  Then I thought about it…so that meant my girdle had to go. REALLY!  The gig is up and the facade that most of the women I know had to go.  I mean, even men openly say they wear them now. It’s bad enough I don’t subscribe to the other things like weaves, fake eyelashes, ceramic nails ( Not bashing it, just not my thing), but I have to give that up!  No Body Magic, no Spanx, not even panty hose with the built-in belly slimmer?!?!   That’s just wrong.  My girdle and I have been through a lot together.  We have been to work, hot dates, church and of course many banquets and weddings (where I will combine the belly slimmer hose, girdle and some other contraption). Oh well, it’s for the cause.  As my old college roommate used to say “Sometimes you gotta do the things you don’t want to, to get to the places you gotta get.”

So the first week without the girdle was interesting.  My friends who keep reminding me that I’m not getting any younger keep looking at my belly hoping for some good news.   So they look at my belly and smile then give me the look.  Visions of pink or blue is all they see. They hint around, “so do you have any good news to report?” I say “Sorry to bust your bubble.  I’m not pregnant, I just stopped wearing my girdle.  Now you see that I just eat too much”  They look at me like I am kidding since I am quite the jokester, but I am dead serious.  They look embarrassed and disappointed.  I just laugh.

Its been about a month now and I don’t really think about it anymore. Actually, I breathe a little better and have lost a few inches.  I don’t have the weird lines on my belly or back when I get home from work. I really don’t care what it looks like at this point because I know what it will look like in April.  And by September Serena Williams will be calling for some tips…Don’t hate!

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  1. Valerie

    This is quite enlightening. I thought only old people wore girdles anymore.

    1. Nichole Renee

      Yes! They just call them slimmers, whalers and spandrels!

  2. shawn claybrooks

    girl never mind the girdle, join me in scheduling a tummy tuck….lol I am serious…….lol

    1. Nichole Renee

      Shawn you are a nut! Thanks for reading and make sure you pass it on!

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