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Do you wear Spandex?

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Weekly QuestionI can’t take credit for this weeks question idea.  I was in the mood for a more lighthearted topic. I mean it is April Fools, right? So while sifting through my email, I came across Suzan’s question.  It just made me chuckle (sorry if you didn’t mean it that way Suzan).

Roni
Do you think the invention of spandex was a diet disaster? I do. It is SO easy to buy a medium and stretch and stretch to the point one does not realize if they have gained weight or not. The clothes just keep on stretching.

I threw away ALL my pants with spandex and only wear pants with a button and zipper.  Believe it or not it really keeps me conscientious of my body and  happy  I’m not stretching pants to the max.

What do you think? Throw them away??

So this weeks big question is… Do you wear Spandex? Or do you agree with Suzan.

Me? Well I honestly, I have a few pairs for the gym.  LOL but I’m in a pair of jeans just about everyday.




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    Red

    April 1, 2008

    I don’t know about you, but me in spandex is like a pregnant John Belushi. Nothing gets me to diet faster.

    Christie

    April 1, 2008

    I heard somewhere once that one way to monitor how much weight you are losing is to get a great pair of jeans and judge your weight by how well they fit. So I’m not too much of a spandex girl. I do have some stretchy pants that I wear to bed or some gym type pants for the gym but I wouldn’t wear them out anywhere.

    MizFit

    April 2, 2008

    I echo christie.

    just wrote a mag article on precisely that.
    when I GAINED weight it was due to my ohsoFORGIVING spandex.

    oops :)

    just my .02

    Robin

    April 2, 2008

    I think once your ready to lose weight for real ….you do what you need to do , no matter what your wearing…..but if it helps some people not to wear them….then whatever it takes for you….for me I like the stretchy material because of my body type…some parts are way bigger than others…so it helps to be able to buy pants small enough to fit the smaller parts but stretchy enough to “stuff” the rest in.

    jancat30

    April 2, 2008

    I did not wear jeans for 3 years because I refused to buy a size larger than 14. At the time, I thought spandex was the greatest. Never again! Now I am just like Suzan. I make sure I can button my pants. It keeps me in check. Spandex is only for the gym!!!

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    I must disagree. I love the way clothes with 10% or so spandex drape on my body, especially tops. Also, I have an apple shape, so un-stretchy clothes that fit my waist are way too baggy on my hips/bottom. So, I fit my hips/bottom with a waist that gives a few inches. The new RightFit jeans at Lane Bryant seem to work better so I may have my first pair of “true jeans” in years! PS. I see gals squeezed into too tight jeans all the time, so that theory isn’t working for them either LOL
    Alinakaren (away from home pc)

    Candi

    April 2, 2008

    I have to agree with anonymous on this, all my jeans have a little spandex in them and I like it that way. I buy 95% of my jeans at Old Navy and I love the way they fit. A while back I ended up with the cutest pair of jeans but not realizing it until I got home, they didnt have any spandex, they were horribly uncomfortable. They fit fine, they were the right size and everything but they didnt “give” any. The material was just extremely “tight”. I know that even when I get to my desired weight, I’ll still buy jeans with a little spandex. because lets face it, I gotta sit down once in a while! Spandex is in a lot of material, not just gym clothes.

    Vickie

    April 2, 2008

    I totally agree. I too got rid of the “stretch” and elastic waist band pants for all but the gym or sleeping.

    Candi

    April 2, 2008

    Totally off subject but why doesnt my name come up in blue when I leave a comment? What am I doing wrong?? I have a weightwatchen blog…

    http://blogs.weightwatchen.com/candicane123/

    casmommy

    April 2, 2008

    Spandex is a little evil, but not b/c it stretches, but b/c it shows every lump and bump. Consequently, I only wear it when I’m in shape. I do like a little in my jeans though.

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    First of all…the word “Spandex”. It just isn’t an appealing word. In Iowa we have Ragbrii…..biking across Iowa. If you have ever seen thousands of people in Spandex at once it can be overwhelming for the eye!!!! Very few people can slip on a pair of spandex shorts/bra and parade around in them confidently. It is kind of like the bra “double bubble” syndrome. It squeezes you together in one area to push it somewhere else……yeah…anyway as you can tell not much of a fan unless it is under your clothes to keep you really warm….then it is a GOOOD THING!

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    Love the topic!!! Boy is it important to LAUGH! It helps keep things in perspective doesn’t it? Life can be sooo funny and yet we take everything sooo seriously! In this weight loss journey laughter at where you have been, where you are going and how you are getting there can be such a relief. We can’t beat ourselves up about every little detail. Celebrate, encourage, laugh, and perservere….all leads to a positive outlook on our journey. Thanks for the laugh Roni….you brightened my day remembering back to these spandex leggings I wore. I am positive that I thought I looked good in them. A good morning laugh!

    Caroline

    April 2, 2008

    I found a pair of old spandex shorts recently that I used to exercise in. I have never been one to wear spandex a lot. I’m in jeans 99% of the time. But now so many jeans come with “stretch” in them (particularly the bigger sizes of course), and I do have some of those. I don’t think that does anything to contribute though. Even though they may “stretch”, when I gain weight they cling and stick to me which I hate, so I know I’ve gained the weight.

    Kathy

    April 2, 2008

    Stretchy clothes feel great but they do take away the accountability that is built into waistbands and buttons!

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    I can understand your point about spandex not allowing us to keep ourselves in check weight-wise, but I have to say THANK GOSH FOR SPANDEX! I have a slender waist, and a big ol’ butt and thighs. If spandex wasn’t around I would find it nearly impossible to find any jeans that fit me (it’s already quite hard!). Plus, I love my comfy house/work-out pants that have a little bit of spandex in them – they make it so much nicer to move around in (especially if my belly feels all bloated from that time of the month).

    Maggie

    April 2, 2008

    spandex lining in front of panties, help keep my second belly in check. :)

    Kelly T

    April 2, 2008

    i either wear yoga pants or leggings to the gym, which both have some spandex. i need something breathable that wont get caught in the stairclimber. They are good that time of the month pants as well.

    RunningNan

    April 2, 2008

    I don’t like the jeans with the stretch in them.. That seems like all of the jeans they make now a days have that.. so by the time I sit in them for about 30 minutes, I have a saggy ass… I have 2 pairs of jeans that are a size 12 that were bought before all the jeans were made with the stretch. I am now a 10, and they hang off me, but I will wear them in a pinch, because they look better than stretched out jean of the right size

    Ashley

    April 2, 2008

    I’m gonna go with no spandex, no stretch jeans, no nothing that won’t retain it’s shape after me moving around campus all day. It just looks better on me.

    And I remember watching a show many many years ago (Dr. Phil maybe?) where the host of the show was helping his guests lose weight. He went in their closets and threw out anything and everything that had an elastic waistband. Once they lost weight, he threw out all the clothes they’d gotten too small for. His reasoning was that if those bigger clothes are around, it’s easier to not let a weight gain bother you, but if you’re forced into buying new clothes, you’ll be more likely to change.

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    I do like spandex, it definitely has it’s place in my wardrobe although I do think one can depend on it a little too much at times. I think they’ve come a long way since stirrup pants! How hideous and unflattering were those?! On the other hand, non-spandex clothing does look more polished. Great question!

    Amanda

    April 2, 2008

    Ok I don’t know if it’s technically spandex per say, but my running pants for winter are pretty crazy tight like spandex however they are the only thing I can really wear… beyond that it’s not really a normal every day thing though!

    downhomedieting

    April 2, 2008

    I love elastic pants!

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    Roni,,I feel like I’ve made it,,you used my silly question,,,I mean’t it to be FUNNY..but nevertheless SO true..so girls,,throw those SPANDEX in the Salvation Army pile..with the gym clothes as an exception~Love this forum..Have a great non spandex day..Suzan

    Anonymous

    April 2, 2008

    Oh,,Bye the way,,I do not mean clothing with a smaller % of spandex..as I love the fit too,,I am referring to the pants that are a great amount of spandex.or jersey like fabric that do not hold you accountable~ HAHA. Also I’m not necessarily targeting tops…If I’d known Roni was going to use my question I would have written it more precisely,,You people are TOUGH critics..More power to you RONI~I don’t want your job………….Suzan

    HAPPY IN NEVADA

    April 2, 2008

    I agree with her 100%! I’m 65; kept a pair of blue-jeans that I was wearing at age 22, and used them to keep me ‘in check’.

    I still have them – still fit into them, and ‘bless them’, because I could also tell if I’d gained a pound or two, and it’s so much easier to lose it at that point.

    Diane – Nevada

    Lynn

    April 2, 2008

    Pfft. The whole “throw clothing away” thing has led to my buying entirely too much clothing. I go into a size, I go out of a size. I lost a lot of weight after I was pregnant, got down to a 16 and threw out all my 18 – 22s, and then gained it back a few years later, and guess what? Had to buy new clothes again. Got depressed, threw out the 18s and 16s… and buying new clothes again! Sheesh.

    Whoever said that had a much bigger budget to work with than I do.

    Spandex tight fitting stuff, I do not like. Bad enough I look like a potato, but I don’t think everyone needs to see every little bump and nudge.

    A little give in the jeans? Great. Especially if you’re a mom and picking up (and picking up after) your little one all the time.

    Michele

    April 2, 2008

    OK, well, I have to give my .02 here for whatever it’s worth. I think every single pair of pants I own have some amount of spandex in them, usually 1% to 2%. These are good quality dress pants and jeans, not your old elastic waist spandex stretch pants. There is a big difference there. I have to say I like the “give” of the spandex, but I HATE that it over-gives (I just made that word up) and by that I mean that once I have had them on for a couple of hours, they start to sag and bag and they get too loose. So, yes, they are very comfortable but they don’t hold their shape and they start to fall off. Belts have become my friend. Having said that, even in a size 4/6, I think that pants without at least a little spandex would be pretty uncomfortable. I’ve actually been thinking about trying a pair of 100% cotton jeans just to see how they feel. Can anyone recommend a brand?

    I also have a couple of pairs of yoga type pants that I throw on sometimes on the weekends if I have to just run to the grocery store or something. I have to admit…they are soooooo comfortable. I just need those super comfy days every once in a while. :)

    jodi

    April 2, 2008

    i prefer my pants (like khakis) and jeans to have at least 1% spandex – anything more is too much… i feel more comfortable in them and less-constrained so for me, spandex is my friend… i also wear spanx under outfits that need a bit more refinement – who cares what you wear underneath! if it makes you fee better, than that’s what matters! :o)

    Tina

    April 3, 2008

    Wow, I totally just had a 1990’s flashback. I don’t wear spandex anymore.. but I do wear Spanx. They’re great for smoothing out the bumps!!

    RunningNan

    April 3, 2008

    I tagged you! I tagged you! Come check out my blog to see why!

    Anonymous

    April 3, 2008

    I have to say that back in the
    1990s when everyone wore short overalls in the summer, I owned 2 pairs. They were a little bit large when I got them and I believe me they allowed me to eat without having that snug feeling that lets you know that you’ve had enough! I remember at the end of the summer I had gained around 7 pounds. It just blew my mind…now I know that’s not the only reason I gained weight, but still I think when we have a little reminder from our waistline – it helps us all!

    Project Swole

    April 4, 2008

    I think spandex can be a motivating factor for getting in shape. Even though they stretch, they can really make a pudgy person look bad real fast. As a guy, I appreciate spandex when it is used appropriately.

    Anonymous

    April 25, 2008

    well frist off i am a male in gresham oregon and i do wear the tight spandex and i do not cover any thing up it all shows and sticks out but women do look at me but i am not so sure if they look at me or they are looking at something more than just me in my spandex it will stick out email is spandex93@yahoo.com

    tony

    November 28, 2008

    i wear tight spandex all the time bluge shows and all i am in portland oregon emil me spandex93@yahoo.com