Post # 1
Since it’s a post-a-thon day…!!! ( anonymous account)
Bees, I’ve lost 40lbs and would really like to get in bikini shape. The only thing is, I have never worn a bikini once in my life. Not even close. I now weigh what I weighed in middle school. I reached my goal weight of 135 (I’m 5’4) and I decided I need a new goal. I have always been envious of girls who could wear a bikini and I want to look good in one too. I do want to keep a healthy BMI though and will not go under ~112 lbs.
How much weight would you guess I would need to lose? I honestly have no clue if its 10lbs, 20lbs or not even possible for me. Just a rough guess will be fine since I need to account for muscle gain and body composition, etc. I remember being 5 years old and having a muffin top so idk if I can ever get it off.
I’ve been running, going to cardio/weight lifting classes. What else can I do??
When you weigh less, does each pound lost have a greater effect on appearance? It also gets harder to lose as you get smaller, right?
Can I keep losing some weight (3-5lbs) up until my final fitting or will it completely mess all of my alterations up? I would hate to put my weight loss on hold for a whole month. My dress is button up so I dont have a corset for adjustments.
UGH I just hate how I look in undies/naked but here are photos anyways!
Edit: I know this is my anon account and some regular bees may have guessed who I really am…thats 100% fine, I just dont want it linked to my other account since my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor have been known stalk my real account 🙂
Post # 3
I think you could wear a bikini now, but it’s all about how comfortable you feel. It’s a totally personal thing- your “comfort” body shape might be after losing 5-25 lbs- I have no idea what it would be for you. Some girls would kill for your body! A lot of girls wear bikinis with your body shape, a lot are skinnier and a lot are bigger, so I don’t think there is any magic number.
Post # 4
@diyboudoirr: How do you define a bikini body? I am tiny (size 00), work out 6 days a week for an hour a day, and have never been able to see my abs or not have to hold in my stomach. So I recommend getting the “bikini model” idea out of your head (they don’t have those bodies anyway– and I am not saying you are going there) and hope to look like other girls at the beach.
Right now your body looks better than many I see at the beach right now. If you are confident, you could rock one now.I would say that if you are weight training I would try to lose 10 pounds and you will be able to comfortably wear a two piece (I would). With 20 you will look smoking. With 30 you will be getting onto seeing your abs. But see above– not a good idea.
However, I think doing weight training alone you can get yoru shape firmer and more bikini ready. If you watch Biggest Loser, you will see Danni is like 160 pounds and has a bikini body from all of the weight training.
Good look and congrats on the major weight loss!
Post # 5
since you only mention what you do in the gym, I’m taking a new angle- what and how much do you eat?
Post # 6
@diyboudoirr: I have the same body type as yours. I’m 5’2” and about 126 right now. I know how hard the muffin top is to loose. Honestly, I think you can totally pull off a bikini now! Just make sure you wear the right size. I wear a medium in undies, but I tend to buy Large bikini bottoms, just so it doesn’t pinch out the muffin top. Also, the kind of bikinis with ties at the hips work really well (not the string bikinis though, the ones with thicker straps).
I noticed that with my body, if I work out with heavier weights, I see results quicker. Maybe try doing some body pump classes?
Post # 7
I think you look great as you are!! One swimsuit trick that helps me is since I have rounder hips (I hate to say “larger”, ugh!) is swimsuit bottoms that tie up on the side so I can adjust them just right for my figure. That eliminates most of the spillover from where the band sits on the hips.
Personally I am not slowing down my diet/excercise routine because I might have to alter my dress… I am totally willing to shell out a bit more money for “emergency” alterations closer to our big day, if it means I will feel even better about myself 🙂
Post # 8
Umm…honestly if I looked like you I’d wear a bikini!!! I say lose the elastic band on your cotton panties in favor of something lace. It doesn’t give you the side bulges. That’s why I only wear lace panties now. Haha.
Post # 9
@TogetherThroughLife: +1 on the laces band undies- same here! 🙂
Post # 10
@little_d: Wait. What? Even with the muffin top/spare tire thing?! I would have never guessed that I could wear a bikini now. I’ve never hung out by the pool or at the beach too much so all I know about bikinis is what I see on TV and in magazines!
@Pollywog: I think I honestly have the “model” image in my head and dont know what a real person in a bikini looks like!! Wow. I want to still have some body fat and curves, just not the muffin top/roll thing I have going on. I think I’ll try to make ~15lbs my new goal to lose. I do have one question though, when you say “weight training” do you mean heavy weights? I have been doing light weights 8lbs with many reps. Thats what we do in the body sculpt class. We also do ~30lb bar with squats, etc.
Post # 11
Pilates mat workouts work wonders for your stomach and core. You can buy good dvds at target.
Post # 12
@vmec: The last 3 weeks, I’ve really slacked off since I reached my goal. But while losing weight, I did what the doctor had wanted me to do. ~1200/1300 calories. I havent been eating the best foods, but they have been mostly home cooked (but I still add salt.) Eggs for breakfast (they keep me very full,) sandwiches for lunch and a protein w/veggies for dinner. I normally have one or two trail mix bars as snacks. Its waaaay better than I used to eat, but I’m still not sure how great it is.
Post # 13
I’m glad that you mention BMI and that you will have to account for muscle weight gain in your post… you already know the basics and are being realistic. As the other Bees have said, it all depends on your definition of “bikini body” and ther really isn’t a magic number.
At my most-fit and best body of my life I weighed 128-133 (I’m 5’7″ with a small bone structure) but now I’ve lost almost all of my muscles and am the same dress size at 120. Also I have more “saddlebags” and a pooch now than I did at my heavier weight (not that I really have a pooch or anything, just that my bum doesn’t look as good in my super tight jeans as it did before). I also thought that I looked younger and healthier at ~130, so I wouldn’t focus on the numbers, just focus on how your clothes are fitting.
Increasing the weights you are lifting wont make you bulky or anything, so I’d recommend that. As well you should switch up your routine now and then. “surprising” your muscles makes your workouts more effective. But you’re on the right track, keep it up!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@diyboudoirr: I think that sounds like a healthy diet. I heard 80% of weight loss is diet so if you want to slim down more (which btw you do not need to!!) I’d say focus on food. That’s how I lost my 10 lbs.
Post # 15
Congrats on the weight loss! I agree with the others…try bottoms that tie on the side. If you haven’t tried them it’s hard to imagine that it actually makes that much of a difference, but it really can. Also, with weight loss sometimes it takes your eyes and mind time to catch up to your new body. Meaning you are used to seeing what is no longer there or you have your “trouble spots” in your head even if they are minimal or gone.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Each pound you lose has more of an impact on appearence as you get lighter. I am 5’2″ 120 right now, and I would feel fine in a bikini. So maybe 122 would be a good goal for you right now