I was standing around at the end of an event waiting for my husband so we could leave. A chill was in the air so I wrapped my arms around to hug myself and take the chill away. My fingers reached as far as they could and wrapped around my rib cage and I gave myself a big bear hug. Then I paused... I pushed and pushed running my fingers up and down pushing in on this mushy yet firm stuff. It's almost as if my boobs had shifted and were rolling down the sides of my body in an angle from my arm pit. I pushed some more and just froze. What? What the hell is this between my bra straps springing back onto my nimble fingers that were quickly assessing the situation as I continued to press. Son of a Bitch are you telling me I now have bulging back fat. I find this the week before another midlife birthday. Damn! Now how in the hell do you get back frickin fat? Better yet how do you get rid of it!
Never in all my years have I felt this so-called back fat. It wasn't spilling over my bra it was more like filled inside the space of my bra right in the horizontal netting. Now yes I know weight gain is usually the culprit, but I haven't gained much weight. I just started drinking my summer beer a few weeks ago. How could this be happening already? I went digging for answers and found some interesting back fat culprits in addition to weight gain. No shocker here but age is a major reason. I have told you time and time again that as we age our skin gets less and less firm. Why am I beating around the bush? Ladies, it becomes soft and spongy especially right there on our bra line. Throw on top of that a bra that has creeped it's way up, or a bra that is too thick, or even one that is too thin.. add a little soft supple pudgy midlife skin and SURPRISE you have the ever so lovely back fat. Now I can't have bumpy shirts all summer. I have to get rid of this stuff. Experts say that women neglect their lats and their upper back more than any other muscle group, here are some exercises to get rid of back fat.
I will admit I was so shocked to find this junk all around the mesh of my bra, that while waiting for my husband I had no hesitation in calling the women around me and shouting, "Hey do you guys have this darn back fat." One lady was like oh ya, " It's a pain to get spray tanned I have to lean forward and shrug my shoulders so I don't get back fat spray lines." Another lady said she just doesn't wear a bra to relieve the problem. Ahhhh not an option for me. It also made me think of how unaware I am of my back and what could be on there. Note to self, when you go get a physical get your back checked also. You don't have to be over weight to have back fat, at midlife it's just the deterioration of that firm skin. Consider this though, you need someone to look for moles, rashes, skin tags, or any type of lumps or bumps that should not be on your back. Just looking at my husbands back a few years ago in bed I found a huge bump on his shoulder. I immediately made him go get a cat scan. He was fine but we learned it was called a buffalo hump and they can be dangerous. Here is my plea to all of you. Every time you go get a physical, open that gown and make that doctor look at you back. Yes, it may just be the dreaded back fat... but you never know. Better safe than sorry!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...
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