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GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (199,289)
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4/16/13 10:59 A

We are who we are...and nothing beats a great pair of higher-rise stretch blue jeans for holding in your gut! :)

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
4/16/13 5:32 A

I think some serious ST should be very helpful. I liked looking at pictures of women just like me, they didn't look as bad as I think I look.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (309,906)
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4/16/13 4:50 A

There is always hope! At 59, I can still wear a bikini and it wasn't always so. I had a vertical c-section and thought I would never get my flat stomach back. I did a couple of times and it happened after serious cardio and strength training and a low carb diet. I love food, so the weight has crept up a few times. Now I'm committed to being the best I can be.

I will say, the stomach is the last place I lose weight, but the six pack shows up AFTER the last few pounds come off. If you drink alcohol, try quitting to see fast results. Core exercises are a must - Pilates is wonderful - try some of the videos here.

To be honest, I'm a "pear" and will never have skinny thighs - but I keep hoping.

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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4/16/13 4:33 A

Thanks. The photos were very interesting, but I'd love to look like any of those ladies. I'm 5'7", 151.5 lbs, with approx. 28.6% BF, I'll be 45 this June and at risk of becoming too skinny in my legs while I continue to try and shed the baby hippo hanging from my front. I've looked into plastic surgery and at $10,000 (Canadian dollars), and no available health coverage for it, it's just not an option with three kids to put through college.

I was hoping that there would be someone who had been where I am that could share an encouraging story of a least being able to wear pants without a great spill over. I know I'll never have a flat stomach and I'm okay with that, but at this point, I'd like to know how many more pounds it will take before I can even look good in a one piece bathing suit. At this point, there are few things I can wear that don't make me look 5-6 mos. pregnant. It seems the more weight I lose, the more pronounced my mid-section seems.

After so much hard work, it's just very disheartening.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (199,967)
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4/15/13 12:30 P

You might find this website very helpful. It's called My Body Gallery. a woman created the website to show how different women's bodies can be.

I'm not sure of your height. For not, I inputed 5ft 6" and 150 pounds with an apple shape. If you check out this link, you'll see pictures women have posted. They are ALL different even though they are the same weight and height.

Will you ever have a perfectly flat stomach ? After multiple pregnancies, it's not going to be an easy thing. You may have to consider a tummy tuck if strength training and a healthy diet don't get you where you want to be. Cosmetic surgery is always an option if you have the money.

I know I will never have a perfectly flat stomach. When I lost weight, I ended up with sagging skin on my stomach. Can I wear a bikini ? I can, but it wouldn't be pretty. LOL !!! The point ? What I can with my body since losing the weight is more important to me than how it looks. I'll never have a flat stomach and I'm okay with that.

Do check out that link and look at the photos. It's really interesting.

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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4/15/13 11:56 A

JK. All joking aside I know that I'll always have a gut sticking out, but I'm in need of a little encouragement. I'm at a healthy weight and have slim arms, legs, hips etc and even my waist is coming along nicely with the strength training and cardio that I do. I'm trying to eat as cleanly as possible and avoid processed carbs as much as I can, so my question is this: for those apples out there who have gotten your belly down as much as it will go, what does that look like? I mean, I think I have to resign myself to never having a flat belly, but I wonder when I suck it in if it will ever look like that with continued ST and clean eating as I continue to tighten the muscles there and everywhere. My BF%age and weight are still getting lower, but my measurements tell me that I'm still losing everywhere and I really don't want to look like I have noodles for limbs attached to a flabby torso. I've had my babies and at 45, I just don't want to look pregnant for the rest of my life. Tell me there's hope?

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