I want … to stop holding my stomach in

June 14, 2011

You know what I mean. You get up from the table at the restaurant to find the restroom, and you suck it in as you weave your way past people at other tables. Someone’s taking a picture of you, and if you weren’t able to get away with hiding behind someone else, you have to hold it in with every muscle fiber you can possibly engage. And smile at the same time. Or you stop to talk to someone on the street, and you have to hold it in while making conversation. It takes some practice in order to breathe, smile, and talk normally! It would be nice if it weren’t necessary to do this.

You may say it is, in fact, not necessary, but to me, it is. I’m just being honest here.

Now, I know that holding in the stomach and tucking in the butt is good for your posture, and we wouldn’t want to disappoint our mothers, who learned at Mom School that they must be diligent about the state of our spine. Also, tightening the abdominal muscles can strengthen and tone them. But I’d prefer to do that during my workout or at times of my own choosing rather than when I know someone’s looking at me and I need to lose 5 pounds, like, this instant! We can identify with this woman, can’t we?

It’s become such an instinctive reflex over the years that it would probably take me years to stop doing it once it becomes unnecessary! As I said, it’s not a bad thing to be aware of bettering your posture, but I’m referring to the self-conscious stomach-suck. Here’s another version of the above commercial:

I know that nobody is as concerned about my stomach as I am, so I could probably stop holding it in and no one would notice. But I’d rather get rid of the underlying problem, which is fat. I’m working on that!

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Vince E May 17, 2012 at 4:08 am

That is very true. It becomes such a natural reflex that you would not even notice not needing to do it once you have lost all the weight.

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Serena May 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

I suppose it helps strengthen those abs, though! :)

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