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3/16/13 8:57 A

Very good question. It is my sabotager.

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3/15/13 2:34 P

I can answer for me, not sure if this is common to others though.

After losing 100+ lbs, my "extra skin" was like ... imagine crumpled up tissue paper. Not so thin it would rip, but it was papery.

Before I got to that point though I did have fatty skin too but that eventually went away. My worst problem was in my chest. I went from a G cup to a D cup. It was so papery and thin and I would have to stuff it into my bra/bikini top and hope it didn't show. It was a bit weird. Then I gained some weight in my chest and it filled out. Now it's coming back because I'm losing the weight I gained there. I'm thrilled but NOT thrilled if you know what I mean.

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3/15/13 2:27 P

I have both.

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3/15/13 12:51 P

I'd love to hear more from others and from you on your journey. I already have some sagging skin in my stomach area, so wonder if that will ever resolve itself.

I read from one poster one month. Is that a reasonable amount of time? What is reasonable?

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3/15/13 12:12 P

I guess your focus is now the tone like crazy phase.
That's fantastic.
Sculpt that body and fine tune those muscles
and look more and more like your login name. emoticon emoticon

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3/15/13 11:55 A

I'm just not sure when to quit. I guess I'll know right? DH is quite concerned that if I continue to lose weight that other parts of me will continue to get smaller and I don't want to look like a stick person with a marshmellow middle. LOL

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3/15/13 11:47 A

Good question. Much of it has to do with how much weight was lost. When I lost 40 pounds, my stomach looked like a hound dog's face. Skin is a miraculous organ though and it resolved itself within a month. I actually have a six pack which was never revealed when it was covered with fat. I have a friend who underwent gastric bypass surgery and she had to have her extra skin surgically removed at a high price tag. I think if she had waited and introduced exercise instead of surgery her skin also would have adjusted.

Remember that the stomach is usually the last to lose weight and the first area to store it again, so maintain your weight loss and continue to do core exercises.

Good luck and congratulations.

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3/15/13 11:41 A

So, here's a question for those of you who have met your weight loss goals or gotten to the size you'd like to be. If you started with an excess amount of fat in any area(s) and my have the extra, loose skin, how did you know when you were done?

The last of my stubborn fat hangs off my core and although my BF% and BMI are within healthy ranges AND the rest of me is starting to look downright skinny, I am left with this hippo hanging from the front of me. It is quite floppy, but I'm not sure how much fat I actually have left to lose and how much is leftover skin.

How were you able to tell? Does the skin (without the fat) actually just hang like a flat flap or what?

Hope I haven't grossed anyone out, but this is my reality after a 72 pound loss.

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