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Loose Skin and other artifacts

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Someone asked me if I had loose skin after losing weight. The answer is yes. The areas that are the worst are my sagging bosom, stomach, inner thighs, lower back and upper arms. This is the "postcard" from my 3 decade trip through obesity. I still have a long way to go so I know this will only sag more. Fortunately, my clothing camouflages most of this. Well made undergarments help provide shape as well.

The reason I bring this up at all (other than to answer those of you that sparkmailed and asked) is to make this point. While some things are NOT reversible with diet and exercise MANY are!

First - I FEEL better. You know what I'm talking about. No longer do I huff, puff and drag my body up stairs. I can stand in a line at the store without grinding pain in my legs and back. I can walk two miles!

I'm off the Blood Pressure Meds! I had a wonderful 115/68 blood pressure this morning. This means I don't have all those negative side effects of the meds. My cholesterol and triglycerides are NORMAL! They are better than many of my skinny friends!

My skin is clearer. Yes even 56 year olds can have breakouts but my new diet/fitness regimen has left me with healthier skin.

My digestive system has returned to normal. I know this is something people don't often speak about but trust me - IT MATTERS!

I have never had blood sugar issues but I do think if I had that would have benefited too so I mention it here only for those that might be in that situation now. I do believe you will only see improvement with weight loss and diet changes.

Sleep - As the weight comes off my sleep gets better and better. Sleep is so important in our overall health.

Confidence - I know that I CAN do this because I HAVE. That gives me more confidence to push on (remember my perseverance blog yesterday?) Success breeds success.

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Now given that LONG list of benefits and reversed health issues do you see why I'm NOT hung up about the loose skin? In a small way, as I shower and dress each morning it's a reminder to me of where I was and where I NEVER want to be again.

Stay tuned. 75 pounds are gone and I've got 60 more to go. Why not join me on the journey? Let's do it!

Press On!

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LAINYC 6/18/2012 11:39AM

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BECKYJ2224 6/18/2012 11:00AM

    Thanks for your inspiration!! emoticon

I am on this journey along with you!! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/18/2012 10:58AM

    You go girl. Keep sparkin!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/18/2012 10:33AM

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OREOSMILE 6/18/2012 10:30AM

    love it!

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MOMMY445 6/18/2012 10:16AM

    you are doing great! keep it up! have a terrific day! you can do this! you are worth it!

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AUNTIH 6/18/2012 9:56AM

  Great Job!!

Any ideas for losing the loose skin? I could use them.

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LDRICHEL 6/18/2012 9:32AM

    What an excellent attitude! You can tone that skin up with strength exercises...and I'm sure you will. Good for you, sweetie!

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TATTER3 6/18/2012 9:06AM

    Loose skin must be the topic lately. One sister even posted pics of loose skin, LOL. I'm with you!!! Just keep Sparkin'!!

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DJSHIP46 6/18/2012 8:17AM

    What a great positive attitude you have!!! I'm sure that is also a big part of your success! Thank you for sharing!

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COOKIE_AT_51 6/18/2012 7:52AM

    Thanks you for your great reminders as to what is really important! I think that I put off trying to lose weight for many years because of the worry about the "loose skin" ... not going to worry about it, just going to get healthy! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 6/18/2012 5:53AM

  Great! emoticon

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NCSUE0514 6/18/2012 5:42AM

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SUSANK16 6/18/2012 5:17AM

  Go for it

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NASFKAB 6/18/2012 5:14AM

  Keep up the great work

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DHEBNER 6/18/2012 3:52AM

    I have a lot of weight to lose myself and I have tried losing weight many times before and I wouldn't lose it fast enough to suit me and then I would give up. Just like now I had two gym buddies who were working out with me and then they either got a job or fell and got hurt really bad at Big Lots. But I'm not the type who wants to go to the gym alone because I had a bad experience with a guy and ever since then I don't like going alone. I was beginning to lose a few inches and a few pounds and then my friends had to stop coming with me to the gym. But I'm glad to see that you are doing really great with your weight loss. Keep up the great work and you will make your goal in no time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 6/18/2012 3:34AM

    Keep up the good work, and thank you for sharing your story. It really helps me to know, that I can do what your doing! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 6/18/2012 2:15AM

    awesome blog...thankyou so much for sharing

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BCKJJG 6/17/2012 11:03PM

  Great Blog. Thanks for sharing. You already did so well. Keep on going. All the best. So motivating. emoticon

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DOLLIE6 6/17/2012 7:41PM

    I agree, whats a little loose skin between friends. Keep up the good work I'll be right behind you. What I would give to have some loose skin, but they will come.
Thanks for sharing.

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123ELAINE456 6/17/2012 6:36PM

  Awesome Blog!!! You are doing great!!! Yes We Can!!! God Bless You and Have A Wonderful Day And Week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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WILDNTEXAS 6/17/2012 5:26PM

    emoticon blog!

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CAMAEL100 6/17/2012 4:38PM

    Great sentiment - the benefits far outweigh any draw backs so we should stop focusing on the negative and concentrate on the positive.

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LIVINGLIFEAGAIN 6/17/2012 4:34PM

    Great Blog and spot on!!! emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGGRANDMA 6/17/2012 4:04PM

    Great blog. I enjoy the benefits of losing weight as well. Even 10 or so pounds can make a huge difference.

Healthier is always better. Saggy and baggy is not important unless you planned to wear a bikini one day.

I love that you can see the results as you go along and know there are more results to come.

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/17/2012 3:27PM

    Very nice & encourging blog. I was watching Dr. Oz one day & heard him say that loose skin will eventually shrink back. Now he didn't really elaborate too much on that so I don't know how much extra skin will, all or some, or how long it takes. But I am encourged by that statement. So with hard work (meaning lots of exercise) I'm hoping to see results in that area also. Lets hope so, fingers & toes crossed.
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DEARTOMYHEART 6/17/2012 3:10PM

  You are amazing! I have thought about this for along time as I must lose more weight myself. The positive out weighs the negative. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless. emoticon

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SIMPLY-VICKI 6/17/2012 2:48PM

  WTG Girl!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 6/17/2012 2:06PM

    Yes, let's do it!

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ARLENE_MOVES 6/17/2012 1:01PM

    Such a well written blog. Thanks so much for reminding us that it's about health!

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GRACIEC 6/17/2012 12:25PM

    Your blogs are always so encouraging! Thanks!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 6/17/2012 11:56AM

    Wonderful blog! I too am enjoying many of the benefits you describe above. Thank you for the reminder about what I need to focus on instead of my droopy belly. emoticon

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BMW9295 6/17/2012 11:46AM

    THANK YOU! Just in 8 weeks I have noticed a huge difference in my BP..... I have to wait to eventually get to the doctor about other stuff... but I am already seeing a difference.
I am concerned about the skin issue... but the health benefits will be worth it.



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CHACHAOREO 6/17/2012 11:20AM

    Great Blog--very encouraging!!

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