I just noticed as I was about to post this that my blogs are suddenly getting an awful lot of reads, I'm not that interesting am I?
Well, on to the purposes of writing this morning.
I've recently noticed that my fingernails, toenails, and the bit of skin that comes over them slightly, have all gotten incredibly healthy.
My nails have always grown uneven, with bits that grow so densely they look like bone of the internal variety, and bits that are so thin I may as well not have them. Now, they're growing evenly at just the right density to look like normal, healthy, nails.
That bit of skin over them too, has always grown patchy. Some digits it wouldn't grow at all and I'd develop deep sores and abrasions that went halfway up my tips, and some digits it'd grow so much that it'd completely envelop the nail! Ingrown nails were a constant worry for me, and a large part of my having developed a nail biting habit in the first place was trying to control these issues. As a male, I wasn't exactly raised to carry a nail file around, and these things were more serious than could be controlled in privacy before going to bed at night.
Now, the skin is growing exactly as it should, covering just the bit of the nail where it meets the rest of the digit, and no farther, nor missing altogether. You can still see on my left pointer finger evidence of the major deep channel of an abrasion that was the worst of the ones that didn't grow at all, but it's well faded, and the skin is recovering quickly. All other digits it's as though there had never been a problem at all.
I'm almost certain this is due to my hormonal balance. My old hormone balance had been one of seriously excessive dihydrotestosterone, I was probably reducing my free testosterone too fast to even have a chance to use any of it to tone up, which caused my slightness. Further, I wouldn't at all be surprised if I had a low progesterone and estrogen level even for a male. Both of the "female" hormones are known to encourage healthier skin, nails, and hair. As far as I'm aware, DHT is, if anything, the opposite.
My mother noticed the difference in my nails the other day and was actually the one who brought me to awareness of it, she'd assumed it had been "a deficiency in my diet that I've inadvertently corrected with my supplements..." ... if she only knew.
The final component of the title of this entry - my breasts. At work yesterday I was having a heckuva time keeping my bandeau where it belongs, it felt as though it was too loose. So when I got up this morning, I measured.
I had the unfortunate problem when buying my bandeaus that I knew I could go either up, or down, in band size as I developed, and my band size, 38, was just at the tipping point that could use either a size down, or a size up. I decided to go with the size up, thinking it'd be more likely that I'd need to go up, not down, right? I probably should've counted on things going opposite what I expected and gone the opposite direction. I've lost an inch below and above, and a half inch at, my bust. This is probably from my generalized weight loss (142 now!).
What this means, though, is that I now need a 36 band size, which means my bandeaus are too large! Despite losing a half inch in the bust, if anything, I look a little more developed... Of course, according to everything I've read about breasts, that should be normal, I'm still a B cup, but instead of being a 38B, I'm a 36B, and the same cup size at smaller band sizes is supposed to appear more prominent.
I hope I don't end up any larger than a 36C, I have a feeling they'd be unwieldy enough by then.