Janelle Brown: Another Kind of Support
Janelle Brown of Sister Wives is Kody's second wife. Follow along on her journey forward to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
So I have been debating whether or not to write about today’s subject, but after talking to a few people when I have been out and about, I’m going to just do it. I think this subject is one of the things a person never talks about -- they just deal with it. But ultimately, I started writing to discuss things that possibly weren’t being discussed. And I hope in being very honest in my weight loss journey I may help someone else.
What is the subject, you ask? Well, I’m talking about the, er, "flapping.” Even as I write that word I am cringing. When you are a bigger person you have lots of -- let’s say skin. So when you finally arrive at that awesome point that you are strong enough to be able to do higher impact activities, your body, beyond your control, makes noises. These noises are not just noticeable to those around you, but they can cause you physical discomfort, too.
My awesome fitness mentor, Sean, was such a gentleman, and would just put headphones on when it was time for me to sprint, etc. But ultimately this noise became such a mental/emotional barrier for me, I quit being willing to do anything with higher impact. I searched and searched the internet for a solution. There are lots of men talking about managing the jiggling in their chests when they run, but no woman discussing skin in such an unladylike manner. So I started my own trial and error. For two weeks, I bought all combinations of undergarments and support garments. Nothing worked well enough. Until finally, I found a solution! There are spandex shapers available at many of my favorite clothing stores. They are thin, like nylons, so they work well when being active; think of it like another piece of support clothing like a sports bra. I can now sprint, jog, do some of the more challenging CrossFit movements, all without being embarrassed.
The whole process was really an exercise in further empowering myself as a plus-size person to continue on my fitness journey. A lesson in how small adaptations can open up whole new worlds. Also, it was a reminder that being plus-size (for the time being at least!) doesn’t have to stop me from doing anything I want to do.