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9/19/10 10:41 A

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Thanks for all the perspectives. I think I'm going to have to accept that diet and exercise can do only so much on this 57-year-old body (as of next Sunday). Some people are just luckier than others in this regard. I'm happy about my birthday coming up and sent out invitations that say 57 is Heaven! But I don't think I'll wear anything sleeveless. emoticon

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9/19/10 9:23 A

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I worked my arms out so hard that I messed up my rotator cuff, I have an 18 BMI, and I STILL have crepey skin on the inner side of my upper arms. It sure does flap when I bend over! To be honest, I've pretty much accepted it and just hope people notice the definition in my biceps and outer arms more than they notice the loose skin!

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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WALKINGANNIE's Photo WALKINGANNIE Posts: 1,815
9/10/10 5:19 P

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As well as using Bio Oil - as in my earlier reply - I have started massaging the problem areas with exfoliating gloves twice a day before applying he oil. It does seem to be smoothing out the skin a bit. I'm pleasantly surprised at early differences on my inner arms and thighs.


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9/3/10 7:11 P

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The only real solution I found was liposuction. Of course, once that heals, you have to get back to the arm strengthening or your arms will look like sticks. As far as the skin...well, I have no idea. Skin thins as it ages, no matter what you do.

Depending on the amount of weight lost, sometimes surgery is the only solution. There are websites where you can see women who have lost vast amounts of weight, and their skin was just left hanging. For some, it must be cut off. I read about a woman near here who had to have 40 pounds of excess skin removed. She was getting infections in the folds. It was only after it was removed that was able to exercise, and she was thrilled! Her surgery was very difficult, and she has scars all over her body, but she can now actually run and bike, and do all the things she could never do.

Surgery is not a substitute for either diet or exercise, but a complement to it. Without a healthy regimen, it's just a waste of pain and money.

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WALKINGANNIE's Photo WALKINGANNIE Posts: 1,815
9/3/10 5:22 P

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I recognise "the inner edge that is exposed looks cottage cheesy and sagging at the same time". I'm trying to deal with the same problem. Tricep curls, etc. haven't made much difference to me yet but I'm still trying.

I'm trying a product called Bio-oil (might be UK only?) It might be wishful thinking but I think that the skin just above the inner elbow might be improving ever so slightly.

Let me know if you find a solution.

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9/2/10 2:18 P

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Hon, MOST of us would love to have zero fat amd excess skin anywhere on our bodies. I saw your picture on your SparkPage, and you look terrific. I am sure you hear that quite often because it really IS true.

Other than having the excess skin surgically removed, all I know to tell you is to "Be Patient," "Do the Exercises for Arms," and continue on with the rest of what you are doing with the SparkPeople Program. You are 61 years old, and probably 99.99% of the 61 year old women have a thing or two that they don't like about their bodies. I will be 61 this month; I have never been overweight, and I have exercised faithfully 5 or 6 days a week for the past 36 years. I also have a little excess skin. I don't like it, but when I look at a lot of others in my age group, I realize that I could be a whole lot worse. You Look Terrific! Stick with the program, and be proud of yourself for your accomplishments. You are Beautiful, just the way you are!
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9/2/10 1:54 P

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But how do you get rid of the fat UNDER the tricep? For some of us who are as thin as we can be and still be healthy, at 18.5 BMI or less, arms can be very strong and still have the fat hanging underneath. It only takes a few tablespoons of fat to jiggle under aging skin. You can increase muscle, but you cannot turn fat into muscle. I want zero fat under my arms, and lipo was the only way to do it. There is still the skin, but I didn't want to have the skin excised, which is fairly common in the procedure.

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9/2/10 1:41 P

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Good advice has been given. Yes, look in the list of exercises here on the site for those that work the triceps. That is a problem area for all of us as we age because very few (if any) of the activities that we do in our day work the tricep muscle. Be patient, and hang in there. You may never have 'arms of steel' but with continued exercise and healthy eating you should notice in time that you will see improvements in the appearance of your arms. Best wishes in reaching all of your goals.
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9/2/10 11:46 A

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It will take time - I strength train 5x a week and they are better, but still there - I'm 53 and have been at goal for over 3 years. Lifting weights do help and spark has some good exercises that target triceps, which is the area I'm assuming is giving you trouble. Keep at it, mine are only really noticeable to me now I'm told:)

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9/2/10 10:16 A

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Heredity plays a big part in where your body deposits fat. My mother and grandmother, neither of whom were ever overweight, had "batwings". And, of course, I got them, too. They weren't big, but any jiggling fat draws attention like balloons on a roadside sign. I had the little fat I had lipo'd out, and I am left with some crepey skin, but at least it doesn't jiggle.

A 61 year old body just doesn't look like a 21 year old body. Or a 31 or 41 year old body, no matter how thin you are or how much you work out.

Bummer, but there it is. At least I'm wiser.

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I've been pleasantly surprised that at my age my skin has done as well as it has. It has continued to very slowly tighten up and I've lost a considerable amount of weight. Nothing to brag about between my waist and my knees but I'm not unhappy with my arms. I weight train regularly, take yoga classes (do not look good upside down!), and am very active. Lost the weight slowly this time and am in my 5th year of maintenance. Don't give up, it can happen. Make healthy choices, lots of fruit and veggies, and keep moving! Pictures of my journey are in my JOURNEY blogs. Be well, Joy

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OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 8,344
9/2/10 8:41 A

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Okay, I know I'm going to have the flapping skin of the arm, but I get discouraged because when my arms are down by my sides, the inner edge that is exposed looks cottage cheesy and sagging at the same time. I'm not at maintenance yet, so I'm thinking it's going to get worse if I lose more weight. Is there anything I'm going to be able to do about that, or will I just have to accept it as part of the price for losing weight when I'm older? Thanks for any help. emoticon

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