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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,827
1/9/13 7:36 A

Lie flat on your back...on the floor...feet together and arms at your sides, palms down..slowly raise both legs and the quickly pull them to a bent knee position...hold to a count of 3..then straighten both legs and raise them til your toes point at the ceiling...do 4 reps daily

also Breathe right...stand straight with your feet together and inhale and slowly tighten your stomach muscles...keep it in until until you feel as thou your stomach mucles are pressing up against your spinal column...also while driving inhale, hold stomach in, exhale slowly...repeat as many times as you can....these exercises help to flatten the tummy

Also try standing up straight and bending over to touch your toes without bending your knees...do as many as you can......

You could also be retaining fluid...eat water based foods such as asparagus.cucumber, celery, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, spinach, strawberries, grapefruit and brocolli, artichokes, watercress, cabbage, onion, even carrots, cantalope, ice slushies made from fresh berries, and also homemade veggie soup (less sodium when homemade.)
These foods act as a natural diuretic....

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
1/8/13 10:55 P

Abs are made in the kitchen. It is very difficult to lose in that area. When I first started I had rolls and rolls of fat and couldn't even sleep on my stomach without it hurting, now I am amazed. No 6 pack but my abs are so much flatter now than when I started and I am not done yet. Very lean diet will help!

JKW1957 Posts: 170
1/8/13 11:53 A

I am in the same boat. I would be happy at my current weight but feel like I have to much fat in my stomach and loose skin. I would probably be a pants size smaller. I'm hoping if I can maintain my weight and continue abd. workouts it will get better. If I had the money I would be tempted to get a tummy tuck or liposuction. Their seems to be a genetic predestination in my family to store their first. I'm happy that I am eating healthier and more fit physically.

Edited by: JKW1957 at: 1/8/2013 (11:58)
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1/8/13 10:38 A

Eowyn,

If you don't have six pack abs, you're not alone. Most women don't have perfectly flat stomachs. the images you see in magazines aren't reality.

Here's an interesting article I thought you might like to read. Why Women Hate Their Bodies. It's a really thoughtful article of one woman's hatred of her body. And I have to tell you, her feelings are not unusual. Like I said, many women are highly critical of themselves.

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1364740
/PENNY-SMITH-Why-women-HATE-bodies.htm
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EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,764
1/8/13 9:41 A

Thank you, ARCHIMEDESII. You always make me feel better with your well thought out replies. I guess I've been very critical of my body. But I do have a little bit of a belly problem; maybe not as catastrophic as I perceive it to be but nevertheless, I don't have flat or 6 pack abs. I'd settle for 2 pack abs but even that's very difficult to achieve.

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1/8/13 6:17 A

I am wondering if you are focusing a wee bit too much on your perceived flaws??? At your weight I don't see that you would have a problem to be concerned about.

Often people actually wear incorrect sized clothing without realizing it, and this can make the wearer's body APPEAR to be a problem. Bras and jeans are the most common mistakes. By checking that your clothing is the correct size and if it isn't, then trying a different size on, but with the aid of an experienced shop assistant, you may be pleasantly surprised. The style of clothing can make a huge difference, too!

If what you perceive to be a problem actually IS a reality, then why not get a fine meshed tubular body trimmer. I have one and it really DOES make the tummy look heaps smaller. BUT, I have a feeling that you could be suffering from a Body Dysmorphic condition whereby we see flaws in ourselves that aren't really there! This is quite common. It might be worth talking to your Dr about this, and if need be ask for a referral to a Therapist to help you overcome your negative thoughts about your body.

Good luck,
Kris

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1/8/13 5:20 A

EOWYN2424,

Take a deep breathe. We are our own worst critics. Flaws we see in ourselves, no one else sees. you are not fat ! and you most definitely DO NOT have a huge belly. You have to stop these negative comments about yourself. They are not healthy.

I know you're under pressure from your family and friends to lose weight. But the fact is, you are not obese. You have to stop listening to these toxic people. You're a lovely woman ! You have to BELIEVE that !

Most women do not have perfectly flat stomachs. Why do the women in magazines have flat stomachs ? Because they've been photoshopped to look perfect. No one is perfect. Real women have curved stomachs. Real women do have some fat on their stomachs. And you know what ? That's perfectly normal. Women do not have the figures of adolescent boys with boobs. Yet, that is the figure that the magazines portray as being the perfect figure for women.

That is a totally unattainable and unrealistic vision of women. That's not how women look. We come in many different shapes and sizes.

It's not going to be easy, but if you want to start feeling better about your body, you have to stop the negative comments. Instead, you're going to have to start playing up your POSITIVES. Start making more positive statements about your body and with time, you will start feeling better.

The negative talk isn't healthy at all. Here's something I'd like you to try. I want you to sit down and make a list. I want you to list out all the things you do like about your body. When I see your photo, I see lovely skin and beautiful hair.

Play up your positives ! Keep playing up those positives. That's how you learn to love your body. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. You are totally unique and wonderful.





EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,764
1/8/13 5:05 A

My belly is getting huge! whenever I sit down, it hangs over my waistband! I hate it! I feel so fat! I'm wondering, can I EVER get flat abs?! Is it even possible in my case!? I'd be happy at my current weight if only I didn't have this huge belly!!!! Help!!!!

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