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I Love My Curves

Today, I took back the darling gray skirt I bought last weekend. When I walked, it rode up and bunched across the front so I went to exchange it for a bigger size. Of course the bigger size didn’t fit right either. I was bemoaning to myself that I always have that problem: nothing fits my hips and my waist. If it’s big enough for my hips, it’s too big in the waist and vice versa.size_infoI then thought about the fact that I have a really hard time finding blouses to fit across my bust and fit well everywhere else. To fit my bust, I usually end up with a shirt that’s much too baggy in the waist and too big in  the shoulders.

As I had this conversation with myself, I was subconsciously drawing a picture of my figure. When I finished berating both the top and bottom half, an image popped into my head of what it looked like all together. That picture was an hourglass. And I realized I really am an “hourglass” figure.

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I’ve always “known” that the body type closest to mine is an hourglass but I’ve never really had it sink in the way it did today. And I’ve always thought that the shape I needed to be to be attractive was the rectangle, or ruler, or whatever you want to label it. I wanted to be tall, lean and straight. I’ll never be any of those and be healthy. And today I realized, I don’t want it to be the ruler. I love that I’m an hourglass.

You know who else is an hourglass?joan And I don’t mind at all having something in common with Ms. Christina Hendricks. 🙂

It’s hard to express how profound this moment was for me, but I felt like a huge awakening. I realized have a figure similar to women I find absolutely beautiful.

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Today, I accepted my body. Today, I learned to love my body in a way I haven’t been able to in the past. Maybe all of Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful excitement today helped with this realization. It wasn’t conscious, which was even better because I think that means it’s deep within me. I think I’ve finally accepted that women come in all different shapes and the perfect body shape is the shape that’s perfect for me.

And I think my curves are beautiful.curves are hot

What do you love most about your figure?

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  • Angela
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    I love this post! I too have an hourglass figure that for many years tried to be a rectangle. It took me a long time to be ok with a having my large bust and hips but now I appreciate the curves because curves are sexy!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i love my broad strong shoulders and my thicker thighs…i love that it’s indicative of true strength, even when it’s hard to find jeans or shirts that fit perfectly!

    • Teri
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      I’ve actually noticed your shoulders before – I LOVE strong shoulders. It’s what I’m always working on at the gym!

  • Chase (TheChaseProject)
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    Aww this is so adorable! I love my strong, muscular legs. I never get tired of looking ’em!

  • katherine
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    Hourglass figures are the BEST! I used to think all I wanted was a long torso, slim legs and a small chest. No more!!

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
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    I am very proud of my strong arms. 🙂

    And I love your healthy body image attitude!

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
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    Your curves ARE beautiful! And that’s too bad about the skirt, it was really cute. I have a really curvy figure and I used to hate it, but it’s grown on me! I love that I’m just a little stick, my curves make me seksi 😉

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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    Wonderful post!! I feel your frustration in trying to get skirts. I also have a tinier waist and fuller hips. It is so difficult to find anything that fits. Kudos to you for embracing yoru figure, though!! If it works for Joan Holloway it can work for the rest of us, too 😉

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter
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    An hourglass is SUCH a beautiful figure. I’m a ruler, my midsection isn’t so curvilicious but my legs and arms are very nice 🙂

    • Teri
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      I would love to have long, lean legs but it’s just not meant to be! 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
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    I too have an hourglass shape. I used to hate the fact that I have wide hips, thicker thighs, and a larger bust….growing up, I always wanted to be one of those willowy types. But now I revel in my body. It makes me feel like a woman, and I couldn’t be more proud of my curves!

    • Teri
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      I always wanted to be willowy too. Why do we all want that??

  • Becky
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    Love that body! It is beautiful! I love my legs. I used to despise them…dimpled with cellulite and all, but not they are my favorite body part. They are muscular and strong and I need them to run. It may be hard to find jeans that wrap around my thighs, but that’s OK. The clothes aren’t what makes our bodies look good.

  • Lauren
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    You’re curves are not only beautiful, they are SMOKING!!! You look fantastic girl! 🙂

    • Teri
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      You are so sweet!!! Thanks!

  • Nichole
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    Christina & ScarJo for sure, delicious WOMEN! This whole crap about itty bitty doesn’t cut it for me. I would rather see an Olympic Athlete calendar over a model’s swimsuit calendar.

    I love my legs. They take me to some great places:)

    • Teri
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      TOTALLY!!! agree about the calendar!

  • AllieNic (Frisky Lemon)
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    I don’t really know what to call it, but I love the area between my shoulders…where my clavicles are (is that weird?) I also love my arms…and I’m starting to like my legs more and more.

    It’s funny that you likened the rectangle shape to a ruler…because I consider myself a rectangle and I’m built more like a blocky gymnast! I have broad shoulders, no waist and basically no hips! I used to hate how I was built: I wanted to look like a ballerina. Since I’ve started a new workout regime, I’ve gotten more muscular, and lost fat, so I’m starting to appreciate my shape more.

    • Teri
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      I get exactly where you are talking about. I think that’s a totally sexy area! I love that you pointed it out!

  • Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes
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    Well I’d say this is a pretty important day. What a wonderful thing to realize! It’s so important for woman to accept their bodies, just like anything else in life. Once you’ve done that, life is so much better. Glad you’re on board lady!

    • Teri
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      Thanks for understanding what a big deal this was for me!

  • christina
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    you have a great shape! that’s awesome that you love it, too 🙂 i seriously have no idea what my shape is. i wouldn’t consider my self bigger on the top or the bottom but i’m not a rectangle either…ummm. maybe i should ask someone else!

  • Holly
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    It’s been a while. Thought I’d stop by. I liked what I saw. Happy late Anniversary, I love the ring Rob got you! So fun. It’s true…you are beautiful, so happy you accepted your body today…and that you loved it…what a great day. When you figure out a way to love cellulite let me in on your secret;)

    • Teri
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      The way to love cellulite is to wear self tanner because it conceals it. That’s my honeymoon tip for you. 🙂

  • Stacy (Little Blue Hen)
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    Pencil skirts are unforgiving on most figures; it took me a year to find one that I could actually wear. That was much faster than the 2.5 years it took me to find knee-high boots that fit.

    I’ve always been self-conscious about my curvy lower half, so I’ve learned to focus on accentuating my waist–which I really like! Dressing to fit my own body instead of trying to make it look like someone else’s made me more confident, too.

    • Teri
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      I love a good-fitting pencil skirt. I have a nice black one but still searching for a gray one!

      I need some tips on accentuating my waist!

  • Lisa @ I'm an Okie
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    Heck, I love your curves too! I’ve always admired your body (hope that doesnt sound creepy)! I think it’s hot. You look like a WOMAN and that is always a sexy thing.

    • Teri
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      Oh my gosh, that is SO flattering!! Especially from you! Not creepy at all! Thanks girl! 🙂

  • Ashley
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    I am SO happy for you. Angela made a great post today too about finding your “healthy weight.” The weight that is healthy for YOU and only you and is easy to maintain. I made a realization the other day that that is where I am. I eat what I want, exercise when + how I want, and maintain this comfortable weight/size.

    you.are.beautiful. <3

    • Teri
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      Thanks. 🙂

      Yes, her post was awesome!

  • Véronique
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    I have the same body type as you, and I too have just come to terms with it. I will never be able to change this without going to extreme measures (which are not healthy in the slightest bit). Now that I have acknowledged my healthy hourglass figure, I appreciate my curves that my boyfriend goes gaga over :).

    I love how I fit into a body-hugging dress! I may have challenges fitting into certain types of clothes, but everyone has obstacles and I have learned to deal with mine and wear what looks good on me, not what’s in style at the moment.
    🙂

    • Teri
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      That is such a good point: it’s better to wear what you feel good in instead of trying to look good in what’s trendy.

      yay for curves! Our men love them so why shouldn’t we? 🙂

  • Véronique
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    P.S. just want to say thank you for the lovely post, as it is always a good feeling to be able to relate with someone, and feel like I am not alone.

    • Teri
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      yes it is nice to know others can relate! Thanks for commenting!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun
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    I like that my figure allows me to have a flat tummy! Hello, bikini! 🙂

    • Teri
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      ooh, that is a good thing!! 🙂

  • Lisa
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    I love the chick from Mad Men! Her curves are amazing and she always looks beautiful in those dresses!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
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    Great post! I definitely wouldn’t mind having the same figure as all of those beautiful women you posted. 🙂

    I like that I’m now okay with the fact that my figure isn’t too stickly thin, but strong and healthy. It took a while to realize it, but knowing that I’ve got strong muscles under my curves is a good thing!

    P.S. – Did you know you won my Food Should Taste Good giveaway??? 😉

    • Teri
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      OMG, no!! I didn’t know! I’m behind on my google reader and hadn’t gotten to that post yet. YAY!! I’m so excited!

  • [email protected]
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    thanks for sharing — i think you’re beautiful! the latest anthro catalog is totally mad-men-esque. i loooove that lady-like look.

  • [email protected] La Vida Pura
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    I love my little bitty almost-not-there-at-all boobs. I also hate them.
    Why love? Because I can run without those big things flopping all over the place.
    Why hate? Because I am constantly reminded that I am not considered “attractive” because I don’t have those big things flopping all over the place. Nor am I “womanly” or “feminine.” It’s pretty fun to be reminded that men only love large-breasted women!

    Not, of course, that I agree with or believe this nonsense… it just wears on you after a while.

    • Teri
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      When I was younger I really wanted a breast reduction because I hated them. I think small boobies are beautiful – honestly. I don’t think having a smaller chest makes you less womanly or feminine – those characteristics come from the inside!

  • highonhealthy
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    You are rocking your curves! I think all the body shapes are beautiful (pear, apple, ruler, etc.) but I really love the hourglass figure.

    I use to get annoyed with my body because I’m an hourglass.. but without the boobs. Now I just embrace it because it’s ME and I love my shape.

  • [email protected] Gunslinger
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    YAY! From one hourglass shortie to another, you rock!!! 🙂

    What I love most about my figure is that I have an hourglass shape AND curvy AND athletic. The best of both worlds! As I lean out, I appreciate that my curves remain in all the *right* places, while the rest gets lean and toned!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
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    Amazing!!! It’s so profound to come to that realization. Hourglass figures, and all figures, are beautiful. You are beautiful!! I love hearing stories like this. I’m learning to love my curves as well. I’ll never be long and lean, but that’s okay!!

  • Britta
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    You are beautiful! I always wished I had a curvier body…it’s so feminine. Reading this post though made me do one of those little inner reflections and I started to think that I guess my mini body is ok 🙂 I don’t have anything super sexy about it, but it’s mine and it’s healthy and it’s trying! Bless its (my) little heart!! haha

  • Renee @ Actively Ordinary
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    Great post! And to echo everyone else, you have great figure! I’ve had to accept certain things about my body, and it’s great when you can learn to love those assets about yourself.
    PS – I’ll take Christina Hendrick’s body any day!

  • Carla
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    What a great realization!! I too have an hour glass figure…that I have been slow to appreciate! Thanks for this post! As for what I love about my figure…I’ve been loving my arms lately…and my flat tummy! Feels weird to toot my own horn…but “toot toot!” Thanks again!

    • Teri
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      You deserve to toot your own horn!

  • Katie
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    Ow! Ow! Smokin’ curves, lady. I also have an hourglass shape and I LOVE my small waist. 🙂

  • Kelly Olexa
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    What an amazing post and YEE-HAH for us hourglass girls!! I was the same way- in the past, always fighting my natural shape. I wanted to be like Jen Garner or Shellie Blanks.. When someone recently said KO you are so Kim Kardashian body and I said I’d rather be boyish, these women were like ARE YOU CRAZY?? They started saying they envy women with real curves and I finally accepted me, MY BODY and my shape. I still want to lose the fat that I know I can, but I am no longer fighting my genes. I’m proud of the curves FINALLY!!
    😉 Great post!!!

    • Teri
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      What a huge compliment! KK has supersexy curves! I’m so glad you are proud of your curves now!

  • Nicole @ Getting Back to the Basics
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    I love that it sunk in and became a positive for you! Nothing ever fits me right either (thus I’m probably the only woman in the world who can’t stand shopping!) and I hope one day I will learn to love my shape!

  • [email protected] Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries
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    Loved this post! 😀 Finally accepting and loving your body is one of those things that lets you know you’ve matured and have come into your own as a woman! Good for you! I’m not quite there yet *insert embarrassed face* but I am getting closer. As far as my favorite part of my figure, I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with it. It’s my arms. I love them because they have a natural muscle tone to them so I’ve never had to work at all to tone them up, but I hate them at times because I’ve always wanted slim, sexy, feminine arms. I’m learning to accept them more and more everyday though! 🙂

    P.S. Great meeting you at Carrabba’s today! I’m looking forward to following your blog!

    • Teri
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      I actually noticed your arms on Saturday and envied them. They are BEAUTIFUL and strong! Seriously! I work my arms all the time because I would kill for them to look like that!

      It was so great to meet you too!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run
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    I love this p9st!!! This is an awesome realization — one that I’m still working on having all the time. I’m at the point where I love my curves MOST days. But some days — when that cute skirt or pair of pants that I really want doesn’t fit right because the waist is hanging off me in order for it to fit over my butt/hips — are still tough.

    That being said, I love that my legs are strong and can carry me through marathons and hikes and long bike rides. I love the strength in my entire body, and I love that athletic look that really does come in all shapes and sizes.

  • Kate
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    Absolutely love this post! My favorite part of my figure is the curve of my lower back into my big bootie (which I LOVE). I love big butts and love the way it looks in a short, tight dress! 🙂

    • Teri
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      I agree that the lower back into a curvy booty is so sexy! Probably why I love Kim Kardashian so much! 🙂

  • faith @ gracefulfitness
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    Great post! I’ve always really appreciated that my body is very proportional. I suppose I am a rectangle (but definitely not a ruler!) and I like that my sturdy bottom half is balanced by a broad and strong top half.

  • Tina
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    I just found this post and LOVE it! You’ve always had such a cute figure! But, I’m glad that you now also love your figure. One quick thought … you know a lot of stores will gladly do alterations. For example, Nordstroms. If you find a cute skirt that you love, get the size that fits your hips, then ask the sales person to call their alterations person. They will alter it for you. Then you have the cute skirt that fits you perfectly in the hips & the waist!