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Best Yoga Products
for Hyperhidrosis

This post is dedicated to Meagan, one of my readers. Sweet girl, you are not alone in your sweaty life.

Are you one of those people who think you can’t do certain types of physical activity/exercise because there aren’t products that are sweat friendly to help you cope with your hyperhidrosis? Think again! Let’s talk about yoga.

Best Yoga Mat for Sweaty Hands and Feet

I spent hours searching online for the best yoga mat that would prevent me from slipping and sliding all over the place. Here’s the one I bought:

Gaiam Sol Soft Grip Yoga Mat

Gaiam Sol Soft Grip Yoga Mat

I’ve used this mat while doing yoga in the rainforest where it’s extra humid. Okay, that makes me sound like a jet-setter. I did yoga at a butterfly pavilion, which is kinda the same thing. This mat gave me good traction so I could actually focus on the yoga and not my sweating.

Best Yoga Towel for Sweat

For days when I’m having a really hard time controlling my sweating, I like to use a yoga towel on top of my mat. This one also works as a travel mat and folds up nice and neat so you can throw it in a suitcase. The microfiber provides extra grip and absorbs the sweat really well so you can practice your asanas with confidence. It’s also machine washable so you can get the nasty off.

Gaiam No-Slip Yoga Towel

Gaiam No-Slip Yoga Towel

Hand and Foot Covers for Sweat

For extra sweat protection, you can try these grippy gloves and socks. I personally feel like I do better when my feet are bare and exposed to the air, but you can start out with socks if they help you to feel more confident (like when you’re in mountain pose with your feet firmly planted). They come in cute Mary Jane styles (both open-toe and full-toe) and also more manly versions for the sweaty guys out there – hey, dudes!

ToeSox Grippy Half-Toe Bella Socks

ToeSox Grippy Half-Toe Bella Socks

Gaiam No-Slip Yoga Socks

Gaiam No-Slip Yoga Socks

These grippy gloves are perfect for poses like downward dog when your hands are supporting a lot of your weight and are more likely to slip and slide.

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Gaiam Grippy Yoga Gloves

More good news: in addition to the Gaiam website, you can now find select Gaiam yoga items in Kohl’s department stores.

Yoga on Gaiam TV

Still not ready to venture outside of your sweat box and expand your horizons by taking a yoga class in a studio or gym? That’s okay. You can do yoga any time, anywhere with My Yoga on Gaiam TV. A subscription to this online streaming service is only 99 cents for the first month, and then $9.95 month thereafter. I’ve done many of these yoga videos in my living room when no one else is around. There’s a great beginner series on their website, too, if you’re just starting out with yoga. And, it’s not just yoga that you can watch. They have a ton of inspirational films, documentaries, and original shows that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s like Netflix, only way cooler. Plus, they have free content like articles and yoga poses.

The other neat thing about Gaiam TV is that you can download your favorite content to your device and then take it with you. This is great for yoga because as you get comfortable doing it in your living room first, you can then experiment with it in the park, your hotel when you’re traveling, indoors in a high school gym, etc. This is perfect for those with hyperhidrosis since we like to test and adapt to our environments. The more control we have over our surroundings, the better we can manage our sweating, right?

Yoga to Retrain Your Nervous System

Yoga actually restores and resets your nervous system. It calms you down. So when our sympathetic nervous system is constantly in overdrive and behaving in the fight-or-flight mode, we sweat, and way more than others because our eccrine glands are constantly in the “on” mode. The sympathetic nervous system acts like a thermostat, and it’s hard to turn it down in those with hyperhidrosis.

This is where the parasympathetic nervous system comes into play. This is the system we want to tap into to produce calm in our bodies. When we open the energy channel of the parasympathetic nervous system, we can tune into ourselves and stop worrying about our excessive sweating problem because we’re becoming one with the moment. Sounds lofty, I know, but I have done yoga classes where I am completely dry by the time I arrive at shavasana (corpse pose). I’ve left the class wanting to cry tears of joy for experiencing an activity dry like “normal” people do all the time.

So, stop making those BS excuses as to why you think you can’t try yoga and be sweaty at the same time. If you’re extra worried, do a hot yoga class where everyone is sweating right alongside you and you can better blend in. After all, you’ve got the products now to help you.

(Note: I was not paid for this post nor did I receive any products for free. I simply took the time to find what I needed to make my life as a puddle a bit easier. It’s all about asking – and looking – for what you need in order to live a drier life.)

Read More About Yoga and Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis & Yoga

Hyperhidrosis & Yoga (Round 2)

The Best Shirt for Underarm Sweating

I flashed two coworkers the other day. No, really. I had to. They were talking about underarm sweating, so I simply had to lift up my sweater and flash them my pits so that they could see how well protected and dry they were. It’s the dead of winter right now where I live, so dry pits under a heavy sweater is kind of a big deal. Let me tell you about this new dryness.

Women’s Hydro-Shield Bamboo Slim Fit

I’ve talked about The Thompson Tee before. President Billy Thompson’s latest design is a slim fit shirt for women with hyperhidrosis (or those who may just be extra sweaty) that is less like a T-shirt and more like a cute girly tee. It’s perfect for wearing underneath sweaters and long sleeved shirts, yet it looks nice enough that you could wear it under a blazer or other business attire. It’s not bulky, although the underarm sections are a bit thicker than the rest of the shirt. This area is where the magic happens.

I’ve tested this shirt out several times under a sweater, a sweatshirt, and when doing yoga to really make sure it works. In all of these sweat fest categories, the product delivers on dryness. It’s also super soft and comfortable to wear. The thicker pit sections take a little bit of getting used to, but after awhile you stop noticing it. These shirts run a bit small, so if you don’t want a super snug fit then order one size up.

Product Features

  • Form fitting women’s sweat proof shirt, silhouette with a deep scoopneck
  • 95% ultra soft, lightweight, premium bamboo/5% spandex* (exclusive of Hydro-Shield area)
  • Tagless collar for comfort
  • Stays tucked in with added length
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • Proprietary sweat-proof barrier blocks armpit sweat from passing through, while allowing body heat and perspiration to escape as vapor
  • Fights odor with anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties
  • Integrated design provides sleek, stylish, and consistent look and feel
  • Made in the U.S.A. quality guaranteed

 

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Get 10% off your order with the code IHS2015, thanks to the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

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The new women’s bamboo Thompson Tee is the new hotness. As in the kind where you can feel cute and confident, not sweaty and insecure.

Want more info? Read my other posts about the Thompson Tee.

 

(Note: I was not paid for this product review. I am simply sharing the sweat love with you in the hopes that you, too, can find pockets of dryness in your otherwise sweaty life.)

 

 

The Thompson Tee – Thanksgiving Promo

If you are looking for a shirt to wear that’s sweat-friendly, doesn’t show pit stains, and actually keeps you cooler as you sweat, then you need to check out the Thompson Tee. Right now, from November 21-28, you can get one for 20 percent off using the code president Billy Thompson created just for you, My Life as a Puddle readers. That code is Puddle2014.

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I’ve got several of these shirts myself, both the men’s and the women’s versions, so I’ve personally tested these out and done things like shovel snow in a fleece sweatshirt and winter coat. You know, stuff that really makes you sweat under all those layers. These shirts work!

A few of my favorite things about the Thompson Tee:

  • they are made in the good old USA
  • 30 days risk-free – wear it, wash it, try it
  • earth-friendly manufacturing process that doesn’t produce VOCs
  • they are comfortable underneath dress clothes – button-down shirts, blazers, and suit coats.

And, I correspond regularly with the president of the company to give him feedback on these products. What’s better than firsthand experience from someone with sweaty underarms?

So grab ’em while the price is hot and before YOU get hot.

Go to www.thompsontee.com and enter code Puddle2014 for 20 percent off. Let me know what you think.

A new bamboo/Spandex version is also available now, too, so I’m looking forward to trying one of these next.

Want more info? Read my other posts about the Thompson Tee.

Summer Shoes for Sweaty Feet

If you have hyperhidrosis and it affects your feet, finding shoes that are sweat-safe can be a challenge particularly in the summer. You want to be able to wear sandals, flip flops and open-toed shoes like normal dry people wear, but it’s hard finding shoes that make you feel safe. When I say safe, I’m talking about more than one meaning.

Dangers of Sweaty Feet

When it comes to shoes, the slip and slide factor is a legitimate concern. Sweaty feet inside shoes that are not absorbent or have a smooth footbed with little to no texture could lead to your feet literally slipping right out of your shoes. Picture this scenario happening on a flight of stairs or when crossing a busy intersection. Ankle twists and bone breaking are not cool. But if you have hyperhidrosis, the not-cool factor gets bumped up a notch because it leads to emergency room/doctor visits, bandages and/or casting, and potentially navigating life with crutches for awhile. These are all triggers for hyperhidrosis, which would then require additional modifications in an attempt to achieve dryness.

Hiding the Sweat

The other safety I’m referring to is the kind that will keep my hyperhidrosis as hidden as possible, safe enough where I don’t have to think about it too much. There are certain types of fabric and styles of clothing and shoes that I simply will not wear because they’re not “safe.” For example: silk is not sweat-friendly and shows sweat marks very easily. I used to wear Keds white canvas shoes as a kid. The seams turned yellow on those shoes after the glue came loose from my sweaty feet and seeped into the surrounding fabric. I’m afraid to buy white canvas shoes to this day because of that.

Some Shoes to Try

So, when I find shoes that work with my sweaty feet, I get really excited. I feel more confident, more normal and like I’m making progress in navigating a drier life. Here are the shoes I bought this summer that work really well with my hyperhidrosis-ridden feet. The only ones that show any sweat marks are the Skechers, but you can only see the sweat marks when I take them off. I haven’t worn the blue fabric wedges yet; I’m hoping the fabric doesn’t stretch after it gets wet. I did have to poke another hole in each strap to get them to fit tighter around my heel.

 

 

Read my other posts about more sweat-friendly shoes and other sweat-friendly products.

Do you have any favorite shoes for your sweaty feet? Leave a comment below and share the sweaty love!

 

Hyperhidrosis and Fingerprinting

Getting fingerprinted with sweaty hands can be a problem. And no, I’m not a criminal who had to be checked into the police department. But that would be a good story, I’m sure. Bad decisions make good stories. Back when I was still in college, I had to be fingerprinted in order to do my student observation in a local high school. I was pursuing a teaching certificate at the time, and part of the requirement was a full background check including fingerprints so I could get clearance to enter the school.

One of my readers emailed me and asked if I have any tips for getting fingerprinted when your hands are really wet. I do!

Explain Yourself

Call ahead of time and speak to the people who will be collecting your fingerprints. Tell them you have hyperhidrosis and may require some additional time for the prints. Once the people know what they’re dealing with, they may have ideas already that they can begin thinking about and even implementing to help you complete the process.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Ask if you can come in early so that your body can adapt to their room’s temperature. Additionally, you can ask if a private appointment is possible. When I had mine done, all of the other students in the teaching program were there at the same time. You know what that means – LINES. I hate standing in lines. They make me sweat. Your best bet is to have both – a private appointment so you’re by yourself where you can arrive early and just hang out for a bit to get used to the room temperature. Whenever I arrive somewhere, it takes about 10-15 minutes for my body to adapt.

Bring Some Sweaty Supplies

You may not need all of these items, but bring whatever works best for you to help you get dry enough to get good prints.

  • A fan for air flow
  • A towel to wipe your hands
    – Wash the towel and test it for fuzz factor, as you don’t want fuzz on your fingertips right before you get them inked.
  • Rubbing alcohol
    – Alcohol will help to dry your skin and evaporates quickly.
  • A bowl of ice
    – If you’re really having a hard time controlling your sweat, immersing your hands in ice may help to cool them down. If you can get your wrists in there, too, that will help cool your overall body temperature through the pulse points on your wrists.
  • Really thin plastic wrap
    – I’ve not tried this personally, but you might be able to stretch it over your fingertips and still get a fingerprint to come through.
  • Baby powder
    – I’m not sure how this will affect the fingerprint transfer, so ask the professionals first. But, it might be absorbed fast enough in your sweaty hands to give you a brief window of time to place a drier finger on the paper or scanning machine.
  • Wear jeans
    – An old job of mine required me to clock in using my fingertip on a glass plate that scanned my fingerprint. Sometimes rubbing my finger up and down on my jeans helped me get a better scan.
  • Paper towels to wipe off the ink afterward
  • Ask to go outside to be fingerprinted
    – Depending on the climate, I tend to feel more comfortable and more dry out in the open air.

Create an Environment to Thrive

Based on all of these tips, the biggest one for me is to be able to adapt to the environment. So make sure you are giving yourself plenty of time in the space wherever you’ll be fingerprinted. I do much better when I don’t have to walk into a room and go straight to the action. Slow down, try not to over-think it, and then when you feel comfortable approach the person who will be helping you. Bring a magazine or something to distract yourself with for a few minutes. You don’t want to get caught in the vicious inner monologue many of us experience when we are in a situation that we know has high potential for sweat factor. Good luck!

Have you been fingerprinted with sweaty hands? What was your experience like? Leave me a comment below!


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Yoga Products for Sweating

I decided to try yoga classes again despite my fears of sweating in public in close proximity to others, especially in compromising and vulnerable positions. Yoga classes can be intimidating for those with hyperhidrosis. The fear of dripping sweat all over the mat, on clothing, and on the floor is hard to overcome. But if you make the choice to do one thing every day that scares you, then maybe you, too, can finally be one of those people who doesn’t let their excessive sweating rule every aspect of their lives.

Find a Yoga Class

lululemon offers free yoga classes every week at their stores. I didn’t know this until my sister dragged me into one of their locations. If this is your first time doing yoga, I recommend locating some free classes first before you join a yoga studio or pay for individual classes at a gym. It’s a good way to test out different styles of yoga to see which you like best. It’s also a good way to lean into the discomfort factor of being around other people when exercising and sweating. Remember, sweating when exercising is good and very normal, but for those of us with hyperhidrosis this is taken to a whole new level physically and emotionally.

Wear the Right Clothing

My sister owns quite a bit of lululemon clothing and begged me to try on some of their yoga pants. I had no intention of buying anything, but once I tried on a pair of their Wunder Under crops, I was in love. They are crazy comfortable, and what sold me on them was a combination of things: they came down past my knees, which is an area that sweats very inconspicuously on my body sometimes. The fabric was also thick enough that I didn’t worry about anything showing through if I bent over or stretched my legs. The texture of the fabric also is important for those of us with excessive sweating. The Wunder Unders are very soft and smooth; I could wipe my hands on them, and they didn’t show wet marks or leave salty white stains behind when they dried.

As far as yoga tops go, I don’t own any from lululemon. Yet. However, I do have some racerback tanks made out of polyester that work well for me. You can find some pretty decent items at sporting goods stores online or at department stores like Kohl’s. A couple of the tanks I like are the BCG Women’s Racerback Tank Top – which has moisture wicking fabric to help keep you cool – and the Marika Dry Wik Performance Striped Racerback Tank.

If you’re worried about your feet sweating during yoga, there are yoga socks for this, which I’ve written about in my post Hyperhidrosis & Yoga.

Create a Safe Zone

Since it was my first time doing a yoga class indoors, in a retail store location and not a gym or studio, I wasn’t sure what to expect temperature-wise or air flow-wise. I arrived early so that I wasn’t rushed, since we all know that feeling rushed and being in hurry-up mode is an instant trigger for a sweat fest.

At lululemon, they supply the yoga mats for you, so all I brought with me were my yoga socks, a hand towel for wiping off my hands and feet, and a full-size towel to spread on top of the mat supplied. I also brought a water bottle, since staying properly hydrated is important when exercising, especially if you have the uncanny ability to make your own raindrops and further expel more water from your body than the average person. Proper hydration replenishes and refuels the body while also helping to regulate body temperature, so drink up, sweaty peeps. Sometimes I’ll add a dash of sea salt to my water since I lose a ton of salt when sweating.

So, I had the things I needed in order to feel as comfortable as I could, but I still wasn’t sure what to expect from the class.

Once Safe, Venture Out

I’ve been to two free yoga classes so far. The first time I was able to secure a spot in the back row so no one had to look at me from behind. I was in the corner directly underneath a vent in the ceiling where the air conditioning blasted out every so often. Just as I was feeling pretty good, the yoga instructor explained we would be doing a silent walking meditation outside for the first 15 minutes. She said we could wear our shoes if we wanted, but that she’d be walking barefoot. I had my yoga socks on, which I didn’t want to take off and then try to struggle to put back on again once we came back inside. I could have worn them with my flip flops, but there’s a certain dork factor to deal with there, so I decided to take them off altogether and not be inhibited by my fears of sweaty feet on pavement for all to see.

I’m proud to say I made it through the walking meditation completely barefoot with only a few pieces of grass stuck to my feet afterward, which I wiped off as soon as I returned to my mat.

Had I not gone barefoot, I wouldn’t have gotten the full benefit of the walk. The pavement and sidewalks were hot, but it felt good to feel the texture of the ground as it warmed my already hot feet. The grass felt good, too, and cooled me off for the short time I was touching it.

The second class I attended was a bit different. I had a hard time finding parking, so by the time I arrived there were already quite a few people there with their mats set up. I ended up in the front row but still underneath an AC vent. I tried not to freak out about people seeing me from behind or having to look to the side to copy what everyone was doing. I didn’t bother with my yoga socks this time. I didn’t even bother to bring them, deciding instead to leave one of my safe-zone items at home. Sometimes the socks make my feet sweat worse, so I figured I’d just let them sweat anyway and dry them off with my towel if needed.

Despite the faster paced Vinyasa flow yoga we did in the second class, I ended up doing pretty well sweat-wise. There were a few poses where I was standing up and started to sweat for whatever reason, but for the most part my feet stayed relatively dry with only a few glistening drops of sweat versus a full-blown drip attack.

It’s All About the Mat

I was thrilled to discover a mat in the pile of class mats lululemon provides that was sweat friendly. It’s called the hot (towel) mat, and it’s normally used for hot yoga. This mat saved me in class for sure. I didn’t even have to use my towel over the top of it to absorb my sweat. It’s a very thin mat, though, so I recommend placing a thicker one underneath it if you are a beginner or just like some extra cushioning when you’re contorting your body. Some of these mats have extra grippy stuff on each end, others are just the microfiber all the way across. I had the grippy version the second time in class, which I liked even better than the first one I used. lululemon also makes a towel version, so if you already have a yoga mat you can just buy the towel instead. A yoga mat tailored to your specific needs makes all the difference in the world. So grab this mat for sweat, do yourself a favor, and go live in the moment. If I can do it, then so can you.

The hot (towel) mat from lululemon makes yoga possible with hyperhidrosis.

The hot (towel) mat from lululemon makes yoga possible with hyperhidrosis.

In case you missed these posts, catch up and read about my other hyperhidrosis and yoga experiences – Hyperhidrosis & Yoga and Hyperhidrosis & Yoga – Round 2.

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Thompson Tee Special Offer Nov. 25 – Dec. 2

Now that winter has arrived, at least in my neck of the woods, I dread having to wear jackets. They make me hot and sweaty most of the time, so I find myself choosing to freeze when I run errands. Who wants to carry around a big coat  inside the mall or the grocery store, especially when it’s probably going to get wet from being in your hands? No thanks. I’m not one of those people who can just walk around with my coat unzipped and be okay. However, there is something that makes coats more bearable: the Thompson Tee.

 

From November 25 through December 2, you can get 20% off the Thompson Tee for excessive underarm sweating. Just use the discount code Billy Thompson created just for me to share with you: Puddle2013.

 

When it’s cold outside but hot inside your coat, try a Thompson Tee for relief. I’ve even tested it out underneath a fleece and a winter coat while I shoveled snow. Check out the tag on my new winter coat:

 

Good luck with #3 when you have hyperhidrosis.

Good luck with #3 when you have hyperhidrosis.

I was not paid for this blog post. However, I own some of these shirts, and they work.

 

Read my other posts about the Thompson Tee:

The Thompson Tee for Excessive Underarm Sweating

The Thompson Tee for Women

The Thompson Tee Needs Your Help

The Thompson Tee Limited Time Offer

Hyperhidrosis and Public Speaking

Sorry to leave you hanging with my last post, Around Here Lately, where I mentioned I did some public speaking.  Remember when my dear friend Sandy passed away in April? If you missed that post, please catch up. It’s called I’ll Love You Long After You’re Gone.  My first real stint at public speaking happened as a result of her passing.  I was asked to deliver the eulogy at her celebration of life service, an honor I still to this day cannot believe was mine.

 

I was extremely nervous about giving Sandy’s eulogy.  I wanted to write something that would honor her and share with others all of the lessons she taught me.  I wanted to be able to speak well, to get through it without sounding unintelligible amidst my tears.  In addition, I wanted to deliver the eulogy from a dry place.   I am happy to report I was able to do all of these things.  How did I do it?  I started by asking for what I needed, a skill that is crucial for people with hyperhidrosis to master.

 

Ask for What You Need

Public speaking is a surefire trigger for inducing sweat.  Remember, people with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands that respond to stimuli much more easily than the average person’s do.  In order to combat the sweat fest I knew would ensue once I was standing at the podium on the alter in the church, I had to make my needs known.  The pastor  called to talk to me about Sandy so he could get to know what she had been like as a person.  When we spoke, I explained that I  had hyperhidrosis and what it was.  He knew I was fully committed to delivering the eulogy and wanted to help in any way he could.  I asked if the church had a small fan that we could plug in near the podium, which they did.

 

The morning I arrived at the church, I made sure to get there early. Being rushed or running late also makes me sweat, so I was trying to control the situation as much as I could to prevent the flood gates from opening.  I wanted to look nice for Sandy’s service so I dressed up, another trigger since dress clothes aren’t always “safe clothes” like my jeans are.  I chose a blue and white dress that matched the ocean/nautical theme of her tribute. It was made from polyester, a fabric that is really good at concealing sweat. I wore silver ballet flats that have Summer Soles shoe inserts in them for an added sweat absorption factor, plus some cotton no-show socks, so it looked like I had normal feet and a shoe selection like everyone else.

 

Trust in Yourself

When I walked into the sanctuary, I surveyed the room to get an idea of where I would be in relation to all of the people who would be gathered to honor Sandy and be staring up at me.  The podium was to the right, and when I walked up the steps to stand behind it, there was the fan the pastor had promised me would be there.  The fan was on the floor directly underneath the small ledge that would hold my paper copy of Sandy’s eulogy.  I was expecting the fan to be over to the side with just a tad bit of airflow I could feel, but it was directly in front of my feet and pointed up.  I tested out the fan speeds and settled on low.  I didn’t want to look like a supermodel at a photo shoot with my hair and dress blowing out behind me!  After placing my hard copy of the eulogy on the podium, I took out a handkerchief from my purse and placed it to my right for extra protection.  I had control over my immediate area, and I trusted that I could pull this off.

 

My view from the podium.

My view from the podium.

Have a Plan B

When placing yourself in a sweat-inducing situation, always have a back-up plan.  Mine was having the pastor sitting right behind me as I gave the eulogy.  He told me if I got up there and suddenly panicked or was crying too much that he would take over for me.  I just had to point to where I was on the hard copy and he’d take it from there.  While I knew I wouldn’t allow myself to get to plan B, it was nice to know I had an option if I needed one.  Always hope for the best, but never underestimate the importance of having additional measures put in place ahead of time.

 

Take Risks

The first 20 minutes or so of the service I don’t really recall very well, since all I could think about was what I was about to do.  Approximately 100 people attended Sandy’s service, but I didn’t know that until I got up to speak.  I was sitting in the second row of pews, with everyone arriving and sitting behind me.  Delivering Sandy’s eulogy was almost an out-of-body experience for me in some ways.  I took a risk by putting myself out there and standing up in all my sweating glory.  It was worth it, though.  Take risks for the people you love.  Trust in yourself.  When the going gets tough, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve in the name of someone else.  I was able to speak slowly, clearly, and could be understood right up until the very end when I cried while saying the last line.

Public speaking is possible with hyperhidrosis.

Public speaking is possible with hyperhidrosis.

 

Don’t Let Your Circumstances Cloud Positive Memories

Giving Sandy’s eulogy was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life.  I wrote it over a span of a few days, but her service wasn’t until 6 weeks after she passed away.  Then, right before her service, my personal life took a turn I was not expecting.  So, the grief and sadness over losing Sandy, combined with the shock and intensity of other things, could have clouded my view the day of Sandy’s service.  We always have a choice in how we respond to our life circumstances.  Never let your current situation cloud good memories, especially if you have gathered to celebrate the life of someone you love.  Be present in the moment, because it’s all you really ever have.  I am humbled and honored to have given the eulogy for Sandy.  I am proud to say that I didn’t let my excessive sweating or personal circumstances get in the way of remembering her light.

 

A tribute to my friend and surrogate mother Sandy.

A tribute to my friend and surrogate mother Sandy.

Stay tuned for Sandy’s eulogy.  I’ll share it next time, otherwise this post will be too long, and I know you probably hate scrolling because your sweaty hand has to stay on the mouse longer.


 

Copyright © 2013 My Life as a Puddle

 

 

The Thompson Tee – Limited Time Offer

Greetings, sweaty peeps.  If you haven’t tried The Thompson Tee for excessive underarm sweating, now is the time to do so.  The company is running a limited introductory offer of 10 percent off (until October 14) on their new black tees, available for both men and women.  These are the same construction and quality as the white tees, just now available in black per customer requests.  The neat thing about the black tees is that you can wear them as “outerwear”, like a regular T-shirt and not only as an undershirt.

 

Billy Thompson, president of The Thompson Tee, told me, “One of the biggest differences from the white (aside from color) is that there is very little (if any) contrast between the shirt’s protective area and the rest of the shirt.  We’ve had customers wanting to wear our shirts as ‘outerwear’ and now they can!”

 

Here are some pictures of the new black Thompson Tee.  Please visit The Thompson Tee website today and order yours at 10 percent off.  Remember, you only have until October 14 for the discount!

 

Thompson Tee in Black for Men & Women

Thompson Tee in Black for Men & Women (image used with permission)

 

Women's Black Thompson Tee

Women’s Black Thompson Tee (image used with permission)

 

 

Thompson Tee for Women with Hydroshield Technology

Thompson Tee for Women with Hydroshield Technology (image used with permission)

 

Read my other reviews of the Thompson Tee:

The Thompson Tee for Excessive Underarm Sweating

The Thompson Tee for Women

The Thompson Tee Needs Your Help

The Thompson Tee for Women

Have you heard of the fabulous product called the Thompson Tee? If not, I encourage you to do some research, or better yet, order a few.  I tested out the men’s version of the Thompson Tee last year. You can read about that in my post The Thompson Tee for Excessive Underarm Sweating.

 

After I tried the men’s version of the tee, I asked president Billy Thompson to make a women’s line. I love it when people do what I tell them. 🙂 Ladies, fear not. There is now a shirt designed specifically for your own axillary hyperhidrosis called the Women’s Hydro-Shield Scoop Neck.

 

I tested this product while at work. Unbeknownst to me, I picked an excellent day for this test run as I ended up having an extremely sweaty day, but in a good way. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute. I wore the Thompson Tee under a long-sleeved shirt. Initially when I put it on, it felt a bit strange because the fabric and stitching is a bit thicker than a normal shirt. Do not let this deter you from wearing one, as you get used to it pretty quickly.

 

Here is what I told Billy about the product.

 

Overall I really liked it and felt confident despite my underarm sweat. A few comments, though:

 

1. Sizing
The sizing seemed rather small. I ordered a large and felt like it fit too tightly. I know the underarms should be snug against me (although I think the arm openings could be a bit wider), and I felt like I had to pull on the shirt to stretch it out everywhere else. I’m not a huge person, but I certainly don’t look like your model with the flat stomach. I felt a tad self-conscious in the stomach area, so I wore a long-sleeved shirt over it that concealed this area more.

 

2. Fabric
I like the softness of the fabric and the feel against my skin. I wore a white bra underneath, and you could completely see the outline of the bra. I would suggest making the fabric more opaque and/or more thickly woven and less see-through.

 

3. Design
I like the cut of the shirt, and the neckline was really nice. It didn’t look like a cheap undershirt but one that I could wear underneath a blazer and still feel professional at the office.

 

4. Future Products
I’d love to see this shirt in additional colors like black, grey, and navy. Long-sleeved options would be great for colder weather, too.

 

I think I mentioned this before, but I’d like to see underwear, too. There are so many people with groin sweating who could benefit from this. Ideally, the design I’d like to see would be more than a women’s brief, like a midway point between men’s boxer briefs and women’s boyfriend briefs. Longer than a women’s boyfriend brief, but shorter than a full-on men’s boxer brief, yet also long enough that they wouldn’t roll up and need to be pulled down and away from the groin area.

 

I believe in the Thompson Tee 100%. If you are a larger woman with a rounder mid-section, for the time being I would suggest you order from the men’s line. The women’s line runs small, so order the next size up if you go with the women’s version. I fully anticipate the next round of the women’s line to address some of my concerns, as Billy Thompson is always innovating his products.

 

Tip: Thompson Tee discount code via the International Hyperhidrosis Society

 

As far as my picking an extremely sweaty day to test out the women’s Thompson Tee? It was my one-year anniversary at my new job the day I wore the shirt. (You can read about how I struggled with my hyperhidrosis at the office in my post Hyperhidrosis at Work.) That day, I was running newsletter metrics for the monthly newsletter I write. Upon running the report, I thought I was going mad. I don’t do numbers. In fact, I hate them. Ask me about writing and grammar instead if you ever meet me, okay?

 

Well, the numbers in my report showed record-breaking click-throughs for the infographic that was in the previous month’s newsletter. I had to have someone else rerun the report just to make sure that the reason I was sweating all of sudden was due to a legitimate result. Well, it was. There it was, plain as day, that what I and my graphic design team are doing is making a difference. So, I got to run into my boss’ office and do a little happy dance and explain these exciting numbers. And that’s probably the only time you’ll hear me say “exciting” and “numbers” in the same sentence ever again. It was a great anniversary present for me, and because I was nervous about running the report and having to speak to the metrics for the first time I was already sweaty. Combine that with the excitement over such good results and it was a sweaty day indeed. I’ll take that kind of sweat over the standard sweaty day any time!

 

More information on life with hyperhidrosis: sweat-friendly products and techniques, sweat-friendly vacuum, wedding day hyperhidrosis


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