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Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Hit my goal weight on December 17, 2010:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

“Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support.”

Why have I never heard any of you ladies talk about the Brassiere Removal Approach (B.R.A.) of getting food unstuck?  Yeah, I just made that acronym up.  It's an official bandster word now.  You're welcome.
I have now used the B.R.A. method on three or four occasions (luckily I'm usually at home!) to get a stuck vitamin or piece of food to go down.  

Here's how it usually goes down (literally):
  1. I swallow the food/vitamin.
  2. It gets stuck.
  3. I slime, slime, slime, then slime some more.
  4. I walk around for a few minutes with my arms/hands above my head stupidly thinking this will help.
  5. Then I undo the clasp on my bra, I swallow a few times and down the vitamin/food goes down.
Crazy, indeed!

I did some searches on the interwebs about this B.R.A. method and I did find THIS forum post.

Let me assure you, my bras are not too tight.  I am technically a 34D and I'm still wearing my 36Ds 'cuz they're more comfy.  And I almost never wear underwires...those b*tches are painful torture devices.  Just sayin'.

So, has anyone else used the B.R.A. technique? I want to know.


  1. Nope, not me. I hadn't even heard of tightness of a bra being an issue (though I did read someone complaining about Spanx and tightness a while back).

  2. Never heard of this... kind of funny though. I wonder if there is any truth. Lol.

  3. Oh I really wish I had read this about 4 hours ago! Tonight I had my very first PB, after experiencing that horrid feeling you are talking about. It was just awful and I never ever want to do it again. BRA it is, I will try it in case of emergency.

  4. Hmmm...will def. give it a try next time.

  5. Not me, but it's an interesting theory. I'll try it next time I'm stuck at home! I usually just go puke, not nearly so glamorous!

  6. Never heard of it... but its good to know!

  7. I have not, but this might be my favorite blog post title ever. :)

  8. I do all crazy shit. I jog in place, do jumping jacks...you name it, I've done it.

  9. I cannot even begin to undo my bra that way....LOL But I am glad it works for you!

  10. All. the. time. Whenever I get that really funky feeling I undo it. Even if it doesn't go down immediately, it makes it much less uncomfortable to sit through while waiting for relief. I'm a 40DD (Down from a 42DDD!!!) and I def find myself loosening the boulder holders when I feel I just can't get relief.

  11. Haha, that's awesome! I'm going to try that next time!

  12. I wonder if it is the movement of bringing your arms back and opening your chest that helps? I know it helps me when I am stuck and I stretch my arms out like that.

    My biggest help when I am stuck is to lie on my right side, it seems to help it pop right down. Obviously laying down isn't always an option though... depending where you are!


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