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11/2/08 12:29 P

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My arms were my worst!

I had a fair amount of extra skin lower, too. For that area, I rely mainly on squats and lunges. I use the Cathe Friedrich dvds, such as Gym Style Legs and "Butts and Guts". Jari Love has some nice squat variants in her dvds too, where you do a squat one legged off of a step, weight in hand.

I'm not sure if it helped with the skin, but the ballet-style exercises in Lotte Berke and Kari Anderson's Reach have been really helpful. In those, there's a backwards leg extension/lift sequence that helps strengthen the glutes and hamstring.

Recently I bought a kettlebell! It's a little tricky to use without injuring one's self; I am sticking with just the one or two exercises that a long-distance friend taught me last time I visited. The double-handed swing is hitting the overall lower body very nicely :). You can see a picture of it on youtube if you're curious.

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11/2/08 12:17 P

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Well that is certainly encouraging. What exercises do you use for thighs? Mine kinda sink down around the knees!!

I don't have the problem with my arms....9 1/2" bicep and 8 1/2" forearm seem to be firm enough.

Thanks!!

Edited by: DUBINJL at: 11/2/2008 (12:19)
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11/2/08 11:32 A

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My loose skin has by and large tightened up. I do quite a bit of strength training, and that is what took care of those nasty bat wings. Tricep exercises are a wonderful thing :) I especially like reverse dips and kickbacks for that particular area.

While women don't bulk up in the sense of getting huge, I definitely have increased muscle and that does fill in many of the gaps. There are a few areas that continue to sag. I think they are the places I carried extra weight the longest - bell, glutes. Even there the skin does seem to be gradually tightening.

I'm 46, soon to be 47, never was a smoker but am a six year cancer survivor, postmenopausal from the chemotherapy drugs.


1/07 Decided ENOUGH is ENOUGH (SW 180)
2/07 Found SP
8/31/07 Maintain 129-132
4/01/08 Maintain 126-129

Height: 5'7", Female, 47. Size 2.


A healthy lifestyle gives strength and time to spend on those we love, and to do things that matter. - myself

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness - Frankel
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11/1/08 10:29 A

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Wow, LOOKIN2LIVEIT, I am really impressed. You've given me hope! Thank you.

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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11/1/08 7:33 A

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Two years ago I got serious about weight loss. I've lost 140 pounds. I have skin issues, but working out with weights has really helped me reshape my body. I've been able to lift my flat, saggy butt and fill up my baggy under arms by increasing the size of my biceps and triceps. It will never be as if I was never morbidly obese, but it helps! I know if I could have done this at 30 years old instead of 50, it would have made a huge difference! All we can do is start from where we are and improve from there! Eat right, drink lots of water, and exercise!

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10/31/08 10:07 P

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There is always a catch! My loose skin looks better somedays than others

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10/31/08 9:01 P

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Thanks for the info!

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10/31/08 7:16 P

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Here's the skinny on the skin issue....

I did some lookups on the web and on SP and have narrowed the results down to a few statements:

1. If you lose weight slowly enough, and you're young enough, and you have the right genes, it is possible that over time the loose skin will tighten up.

2. The other extreme is surgery.

3. In between, there's
(a) the non-surgical injections that build up the space between the muscles and the skin
(b) exercise that makes the muscles larger so they fill the void (but we know women can't "bulk up" with exercise).
(c) topical creams that shrink the skin

There's an interesting article on ConsumerHealthDigest.com that evaluates and rates the topical creams. Their research rates Celrase as the best skin shrinker. Downside is that it costs $55 for an 8-oz bottle and there was no information on how long or how many bottles it might take. On the sales site (NutraCart.com) there's some testimonials on how well it works, but no indication of final cost or time.

As for me, I'll just live with the flab......

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

Take a sad song and make it better!!
We're on this earth to give glory to God.

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10/30/08 7:57 P

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arggg, I guess it's the price I have to pay for my former lifestyle. I take it as a reminder.

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10/30/08 8:32 A

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I just won't look at myself in the mirror with no clothes on. Sure can't go to a nudist camp now. Skeeter emoticon

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10/30/08 5:19 A

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I'm 57 and have a bit of loose skin --- I've been maintaining for a little over a year, and it has gotten better. I exercise regularly, both cardio and strength. But I think that, due to my age and the fact that I had a total hysterectomy and don't take HRT, I'm just going to have to live with it. Doesn't really bother me, though.

Edited by: ZELLAZM at: 10/30/2008 (05:35)
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10/30/08 1:55 A

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I have issues with loose skin too. Oddly, the loose skin that bothers me the most is the skin on my face. I feel like I look older now that I've lost the weight because I seem to have grown a whole crop of wrinkles ... they were probably always there I just didn't know it because the skin was drawn tight over all the fat. I've thought about a face lift, but just don't want to take the chance on elective surgery. I have lupus, am a slow healer and prone to infection. I think I'd rather deal with the wrinkles than scaring and infections.

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10/29/08 11:45 P

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I met a woman (around 35-40) who lost 200+ over 2-3 years, and her doctor also told her she would need to have surgery to get rid of the loose skin on her abdomen. The doc said she would lose another 10-15 pounds through the surgery! I am about 60 and did not stay at goal weight long enough to really tell... I bounced up about 15 pounds and I am still trying to get back to goal. I was working with a trainer who said crunches & other ab work would not really help that much but that aerobic exercise would make more of a difference - elliptical, walking, biking, etc.

Congratulations on reaching your goal -- and maintaining it!

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10/29/08 10:35 P

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At my highest I was 275, so yes I have issues with skin. I too often ask myself why the heck I ever allowed myself to get so big??? My doc says it's not bad for how much I have lost. He did say if I wanted it gone I would probably need surgery. I just turned 31 so I would love to get rid of it when/if I have the money. I know extreme right? I am so self conscious because of it though.

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10/29/08 8:41 P

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I am 60 yrs, and I queried this also, because I have loose skin!!!! I was told that it would take time to tighten up but it would eventually. Also challenging strength exercises can help, but to always challenge yourself. I use an avocado and oatmeal face mask, but I have to use it every few days and then use a good moisturiser afterwards. it is a problem. I often ask myself why I allowed myself to get fat in the first place!!!!

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10/29/08 7:38 P

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When I started this weight-loss journey, I knew that I'd end up with a problem of loose skin. First, I'm 70 years old and secondly I smoked cigarettes for the first 20 years of my adulthood.

For all you young gals out there, let this be a lesson that (1) DON'T SMOKE and (2) DON'T WAIT TIL YOU'RE 70 TO DROP THE WEIGHT. (Sorry, I digressed)....

So...have any of you conquered the problem of loose skin? Does your skin eventually tighten up? I see so many people on Dr.90210 getting stomach lifts....seems to be a horrible solution. Any thoughts?

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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We're on this earth to give glory to God.

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