Yep, it's the downside to having a flabby stomach. My waist and thighs fit a 8 but I have the blob hanging over the sides. #1. I look great. Not perfect, but darn cute. I'll take 8 with muffin top over 26 any day. #2. Posture! I have noticed that it keeps me sitting and standing up straighter to make the best of what I got. #3. I have found that Gloria Vanderbilt and Levi's 505 brand jeans have a higher waist. #4. I heard it takes a year for your skin to shrink back as far as it will go. In the meantime, my doctor said walking fast then slow in bursts of one minute each is a great way to burn belly fat.