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11/12/12 I Looked Better Fat

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's been a while since I was active in Spar People. I have continued on my weight lose goal. I am now at 53 lbs and my next goal is 60 by Christmas. I don't think I will have a problem with making the goal. I don't eat as healthy as I was eating when I was active in Spark. My calories are low, but before I was more cautious of balancing my carbs, protein and fat.

I am blogging because I am upset about the weight loss and what it looks like on me. My top portion looks great, but from the waist down it's absolutely HORRIFYING. My stomach is a ton of loose skin and I have started to get the loose skin on my thighs between my legs. I LOOKED BETTER FAT! I know I am healthier, I know I have more energy, I know I will live longer.

I am going to be one of the people that will need to have plastic surgery at some point. Problem is...who the heck can afford 20-30K to have a tummy tuck and thigh surgery? I was afraid of this when I started the weight lose journey because I knew there would be no way for me to afford to pay for the surgery. I will continue on and since I haven't been exercising at all, I will get back on track with that and try to target some of the areas where I have the most loose skin.

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    I have the mushroom-top of excess skin that flaps over the top of my jeans, no matter how much trying to tuck it in I do. Just remember... your body will, in time, readjust your skin to fit you again. It takes a while for it to happen, but it does in fact happen. I know this because there used to be an awful lot more of me than there is right now, and while it's taken a while for it to go away, the excess skin has slowly disappeared. :)
    1954 days ago
    The one blog I read, Runs for Cookies, had her skin removal surgery paid for by her insurance company. Not that this is a choice for everyone, but in case you're curious, you can read more here: http://www.runsforcookies.com/p/pla

    She's also a Sparker. Her user name is SlimKatie. Good luck!
    1954 days ago
    Even people who have been slim all their life, get saggy baggy skin, it's a great equalizer..... emoticon
    1954 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I have to chime in. At 62, and after a 95 pound weight loss, I won't lie. I was wondering what was going to happen. My arms still have a slight bat wing excess, and I still have some loose stomach skin. But it has become better as I exercise and run. The most important thing I focus on though is the fact that I've added years to my life! This is a lifestyle. I embrace it and i will continue to exercise & run for the rest of my life! It's all about the quality of life!
    1954 days ago
    In clothes I look a lot better - and no one sees those thighs in my hot new jeans. Also I intentionally make myself look away from "the issues" when I look in the mirror and concentrate on the package (hey, I even talk to myself outloud saying "you look good, girl" because I promised myself I was going to do this once I lost the weight no matter what my mind said). Put on the jeans, cover up those upper arms and away I go!
    1954 days ago
    I think this is an issue for a lot of us who had a good deal of weight to lose. I am not thrilled with sagging skin but it does seem to be improving a bit with continued exercise. Not great, but I did it to myself and all I have is this body to last me for as long as I can keep it going. And since I also ruined my knees with my excess weight, the lighter I can be, the longer I can put off knee replacement and the better my recovery will be if that time comes. I had a health situation come up at the beginning of this year, requiring visits to various doctors and outpatient surgery. I have to say, even though I was still considered obese at that time, it was great not having my weight be a part of the problem or a factor complicating my treatment and recovery. In fact, while in pre-op, the nicest thing all the very nice medical professionals said to me was when the anesthesiologist told me, "You're healthy and we're not going to have any excitement today." That is what I want in my life more than a flawless body or even one without the battle scars I have given it over the years. Health, strength, resilience, long life. Here is hoping the same for you!

    1954 days ago
  • 62NVON
    I have some skin issues too, but I definitely didn't look better fat. I'm older, so it's definitely harder for my skin to spring back. I've been at maintenance weight for 2 years now, and it has gotten better over time.

    As MKELLY says, strength training is very helpful in minimizing it.

    CATMAGNET... I feel like you... When I'm dressed, I'm smokin' hot! =)
    1954 days ago
    I definitely have my saggy baggy elephant days myself, but I also know that once I get my clothes on, I'm a knockout. I'm also much more fit than I've ever been in my life, and am the most confident I've ever been. I think those things definitely outweight some stretch marks, some saggy skin and some cellulite. Those things just remind me of where I don't ever want to be again.
    1954 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    I have had trouble dealing with that issue too. Over time, however, I have either become more accepting of myself or I have improved the appearance of my legs/ tummy with continued strength training. I don't train hard or anything, but I think it has helped. It's still not perfect, but I feel like it's better.
    Good luck, and no matter what you are doing good things for yourself by eating healthy!
    1954 days ago
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