12 Week Challenge – week one report

Whooooo!

Week One – weight lost, 8.6 pounds.

Take a moment to let that sink in. Eight point six pounds.

AWWWright!

Word count… um – zero.

But I’m re-immersing myself in the Regency era, and have to ask – was there ever a time when the fashions were so unforgiving to the weight-enhanced? And then you read descriptions of the meals (we’re talking upper classes here, of course), and they were enormous and went on for a very long time — why wasn’t everyone the size of a house?! Granted, in 1812 people walked a lot more than in 2012, but still — all that food! Is it processing and additives in modern food that make the difference? Could I time travel back to the Regency and eat lobster patties to my heart’s content? (And would it be worth it when you consider the hygiene standards of the era? Umm… maybe not.)

 

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  1. I think the Regency fashions were VERY forgiving! for women anyway — the dresses were like nightgowns. No need for to suck in the gut ;-D They didn’t even wear corsets, until the waistline started dropping and the wasp waist look became de-riguer.
    No spandex though. Thank gawd for 20th century innovations!

    • Well, by unforgiving, I didn’t mean uncomfortable – I meant there was no place for the excess to hide! Yes, the dresses were like nightgowns, but nightgowns only flatter the sylphlike. The previous generation had their panniers and the following generation had their hoops, which doubtless looked better on the stouter. But come to think of it (says she, sitting here in her tee shirt and sweatpants), I don’t guess I’d wear panniers willingly, even if they were fashionable today.

  2. “…why wasn’t everyone the size of a house?!” Maybe they were and it is just the best kept secret. Great news on the weight loss. I know how much that can cost a person. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • Good point! The romances never mention the… aroma, either, even though to our refined noses everyone must have been a bit reeky. Beau Brummell, bless his heart, made frequent bathing fashionable, but however clean the person was, a lot of those fabrics weren’t washable by the technology of the day, and as near as I can tell some of the more elaborate and delicate garments never got laundered at all. I frankly just try not to think about it and tell myself the residents of that time period wouldn’t notice because they’d just be used to it.

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