I’m always looking for new techniques and to understand what existing techniques make waist-training work. Recently for both Lee, one of my two present waist-training coaching students, and for myself, I’ve begun to use the “visualizing a range of weight” down from my present weight, to see if it keeps me moving in the right direction — down. I think it does!
Three weeks ago I set Lee’s visualization goal as to stay in the “115s” weight range. At the time she weighed 116.5. What she and I wanted to see was a weekly or bi-weekly weigh-in that consistently stayed somewhere in the 115-pound range. It seems that she has reached that goal, and so today, I set her next goal as the 113s. She has two more weeks of her formal initial three-month coaching program in order to reach 111 from an initial weight of 121. After that she decided to continue for another month to cement her progress and then switch to a tighter, new corset in the comfy wasp silhouette about to be constructed for her by our corsetiere Sheri Jurnecka.
Lee has also adopted and successfully adapted our waist-training coaching technique of long continuous hours of corseting six days per week gradually going down in restriction by 1/2″ increments. Today she reports that she wore her corset at 23.5″ or an actual under-corset measurement of 22.5″ down from her snug natural waistline of 26.25″, a 3.5″ reduction, and for three hours.
Instead of taking it off at that point, since she had then met the contract plan, she opened the corset up 1/2″ more and wore it another 10 hours. In other words, she is “bouncing” down for as long as is tolerable in order to meet her plan, then not taking it off but continuing her progress with a more gentle do-able restriction by loosening it up just a wee bit. The body will normally feel that as definite relief and will obey in tolerating the lesser corset restriction for a good number more of hours as Lee has experienced.
Speaking of seeing results, pictures are another technique that makes waist-training work. Be sure and take accurate front, side and back pictures both before you begin, half way thru, and at the end of waist training. (Note that it is very difficult to render images taken over time with exactly the same perspective, but there are visible if somewhat subtle changes pictured here for Lee after eight weeks. Remember that for already-slim people like Lee, changes that improve the figure shape will not be dramatic although posture almost invariably improves quite distinctly).
Pictures can be incredibly motivating and can help you survive those days when your body rebels and you want out of that corset–“The Big O” I have labeled it, or “The Big Get Me OuttaThisContraption!” It happens to all of us at one time or another, but it’s not lethal. When Lee reaches a level 8 on her comfort/discomfort scale of 1 to 10 (10 equals true pain) she then opens up the corset and goes for more hours as the slightly looser level. I gave Lee this scale concept to use to communicate her feelings to me in a rational way, and to help her become more conscious of her body’s messages so she could manage corseting proceedures better on her end.
Lee is now down 5.5 lbs and 1.25″ in her waist from her start of waist training–no mean feat because Lee had already lost down from over 150 lbs. a year ago to her starting weight of 121 lbs. when we began her training. She is a tiny lady to begin with and already in good shape, just wanting to tone and tighten her figure and improve her posture to get to her “fighting” weight where she feels best and most energetic about life. She has set reasonable goals, demonstrated a rational, thoughtful approach over a year to weight loss and figure-shaping, and thus has a sterling chance of achieving success in corset waist-training to boost forward her progress.