Ladies, did you know there are 8 different body types? I happened upon a website the other day that serves as a guide for dressing your particular body type. (Link posted at end of blog) I used to think I was an 'apple' (as opposed to a pear or a ruler). You know, more body fat through the midsection rather than through the hips and butt area. I thought back to how various female relatives looked (especially as they aged) and saw a distinct 'apple' trend. And you know the old saying: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree; enough said!
I looked at the outlines of the various body types. I read the distinctive traits that comprise each body type and, voila, I am an OVAL. Yep, ovoid, egg-like, wider in the middle, that's me! I read the description and was quite amazed that in my case, 99% of that description was right on the money.
I found the advice on how to dress an oval shape especially interesting and I was quite pleased with myself to see that I make all the correct wardrobe choices. It's good to know when one's instincts are in line.
The more I thought about these 8 body types the more I realized that, short of extensive plastic surgery, I always have been and always will be an oval. Scientists have yet to find a way to transform our genetic material into a more shapely body type. And since I am not a shape-shifter, I cannot look at an hourglass figure and make myself a copy of that hourglass. I can change my hair color, my hairstyle, the color of my eyes (by using contact lenses), and my weight but not my genetic blueprint. I can't and neither can anyone else.
This brings me to the point of my blog entry: No matter what natural or artificial means used to change my outer shell, I will always be me. I can certainly improve my outward appearance, but the fact remains: I am me. The sooner I learn to accept the basic 'me version' the easier it will be to improve. It's kind of like remodeling your kitchen. You start with the basic footprint of the room and then determine what you want to change and if, in fact, what you want to change is structurally feasible. (And if you can afford to make those changes!)
The challenge here is to try to have the most realistic view of yourself as possible. Some people have a distorted body image, and if that is the case there is no change that will truly satisfy them. We have all seen images of people who pushed the diet or plastic surgery envelope way beyond healthy limits. It is not always easy to find your most healthy image, and it helps to know one person who can give you a totally unbiased opinion. A cautionary note here: If you ask for an unbiased opinion, be prepared for the answer---or else don't ask!
I may wish to be an hourglass but knowing that I can one day be a healthier, more fit and toned oval is reason enough to work toward that goal. Sometimes the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is reaching your goal and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with it.
Oh, and for any men reading this blog: if you enjoy buying your significant other clothing, please buy clothing for her actual body type and not for the body type you wish she had. There is nothing more insulting than to receive a gift of unflattering clothing. (Or jewelry for that matter!)