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CERTHIA
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8/18/13 9:27 A

I lost 20% of my body-weight 2 years ago. The skin is not so loose now, but there is still some sagging. Especially when I stand on all fours doing yoga. Oh well. I could probably have surgery, but like you I am still thinking I might have more children, and besides I am not a great healer so the scarring would probably not be pretty if I did.

I can live with this as it is. I do have a few tricks in my closet to help out. I will wear pantyhose most days, even under my jeans. And I just love triumphs light sensation vests. I also have some highwaisted "control" running tights that help tuck in the tummy bulge when I work out.

Edited by: CERTHIA at: 8/18/2013 (09:35)


VICKI2705
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8/18/13 4:35 A

I am in the same boat. I have maintained an 85 lb weight loss for 3 1/2 yrs. I have excess skin on my arms, thighs and stomach. It drives me nuts to see summers come and go and even though I am a healthy weight, I can't wear shorts and tank tops. My husband doesn't care about it, he loves me fat, with excess skin, etc.., but for my sake he suggested that I gain a few pounds to fill out a little more. I can't bring my self to do that though. If I had the money, I would get the necessary skin surgeries done. But until then, I enjoy being a healthy weight, eating right, exercising, and look forward to winter when I can hide everything with long sleeves and jeans. :)



SHELLSPACE
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8/17/13 10:00 P

I agree! I loat 125 pounds ( 13 years ago, regained alot of it). I was into size small tops and weighed 175. I had alot of stomach skin. I think that is why the scale had a higher number. trying to get back there again!



REDMOUNTAIN
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8/17/13 8:43 P

I have a lot of weight to lose and if I am able to do this, I am sure I will have lots of skin. emoticon



JUNKDRAWER
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8/16/13 9:20 P

no advice from me, just wanted to share that I have fears about what my skin is going to do too. While I'd like to dream I could have surgery to take it off, I'm sure that I won't be able to afford it either. I'm not there yet, but hope that I can say that I've lost as much as you have some day.



SLIMMERKIWI
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8/16/13 5:33 A

I would far rather that extra skin than carrying the extra weight! I kinda look on mine as a badge of honour that I can hide beautifully by using 'control' undergarments. Mine are really light-weight and not obvious. My mother even thought I was pulling my skin out and letting it go when I showed her the other day, and was surprised when I told her it was my tummy controller - It is really hard to tell a person is wearing it :-)

Kris



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8/16/13 5:21 A

Hey, Sam !

I'm sure most people have sagging skin after loosing a substantial amount of weight. I didn't lose as much as you, but my stomach bears a more than passing resemblance to a Shar Pei puppy ! LOL !

Some of my skin popped back after I lost, some didn't. Here's something I've learned in my own weight loss travels. I've learned that what my body can do (since losing the weight) is more important than how it looks. Unless I have a tummy tuck, I will never ever have a flat bikini stomach. And you know what ? I'm okay with that.

I really have come to appreciate what my body can do instead of worrying about how it looks. I will never be perfect. No one is. So, why beat myself up because I don't look a certain way ?

Now, if you have so much excess skin that it's causing medical issues, you can consider having the excess skin removed with cosmetic surgery. That's when the surgery would be covered. INDYGIRL did have this surgery done. So, you might want to read some of her blogs about her experiences.

Mostly, don't beat yourself up because you have sagging skin. We all do.





MSKIZ69
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8/15/13 9:07 P

Oh my yes-my inner thighs, tops of my hamstrings and my lower stomach--loose skin is there there there--and maybe one day I'll have skin removal to get rid of it. But I look at it this way too...similar to my stretchmarks, badges of honor of my battle to be healthy!



SAMZA83
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8/15/13 5:54 P

I am surprised this topic isn't addressed here more often and I think anyone with a considerable amount of weight to lose should consider what I am going to talk about.

I have maintained an 82 weight loss for about three years now. I am also stuck in a mega plateau at the moment :(

Every couple of weeks I weigh in first thing in the morning...naked :) ...and while I should be angrier about that number that hasn't changed for 3 months, I am finding myself angrier at that hanging stomach skin type deal just hanging there. You see, I carry most of my weight in my stomach. I am an hour glass shape which is nice but that means my fat literally pooled in the mid section.

Now that I have lost a lot of that middle fat I have this ugly skin pool where my abs are hiding. The hanging skin (fat?) literally curves. At the dead centre more fat seems to have pooled. When I do yoga I see that my middle fat actually condenses when I am 'on all fours' and feels like loose bag of jelly. I also have extra skin that has pooled upwards directly above my belly. I would estimate all of this weighs at least 10 pounds.

Sometimes I look at this thing and wonder what my real weight would be without all of it there, would I already be at goal? I am getting frustrated with the plateau but even more so knowing that there is little I can do about this fat pool besides reconstructive surgery which is not an option financially and I am thinking a bad idea pre-childbearing.

Anyone else dealing with this?

Edited by: SAMZA83 at: 8/15/2013 (17:56)


 
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