"Saggy baggy skin"

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I've been getting probably 1-2 private messages every day asking me if I have issues with excess skin now that I've lost over 100 pounds. Some of these messages are very tactful, and I'm more than happy to answer them. However, a few of them have been offensive and leave me feeling a little insulted, so I thought I would address it in a public blog. The most recent e-mail asked me, "Do you have all kinds of extra saggy baggy skin now? That's my biggest fear about losing weight!" and another, "I am so scared of getting gross saggy skin..."

Asking a question like that is like me saying to a redhead, "Red hair repulses me! I just think it's awful, and I would be horrified if I had red hair! By the way, do you have red hair?"

I understand that saggy skin a fear of anyone that is trying to lose weight. I've thought about it a lot over the past 11 months as I've lost. No, excess skin isn't pretty, but it's certainly not a reason to stay overweight!

To address my skin issue: OF COURSE my skin has not snapped back to how it looked when I was a teenager. The extra weight caused lots of stretch marks. Losing the weight has given me trouble areas as far as skin goes--my arms now have "wings", my stomach looks like a deflated balloon (thin skin, wrinkly, etc), my boobs are no longer perky, and my thighs don't look like your average 28-year old's thighs (the inner thighs sag).

I thought I would be HORRIFIED at all the excess skin from losing weight, but I'm really not that troubled by it. I would like to get a tummy tuck and a brachioplasty (to fix my arm skin), but my thighs and boobs are very easy to cover up with clothing and the right bra. If I don't end up getting the plastic surgery, I'd be okay with that, too.

And besides, I MUCH prefer the "saggy baggy" skin to the 100+ pounds of excess fat! My skin might tighten up over time, but even if it doesn't, the weight loss was still totally worth it. And I'm SO MUCH HEALTHIER than I was before.

I've gotten so many wonderfully nice comments that I'm completely overwhelmed! I thank you all so much for your support, cheers, and well wishes. I wish the best for each of you in your own journey!
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    Great post! I have the arm wings and still have a long ways to go. I think the fear is a normal one but I happen to agree with you. I would much rather deal with the excess skin issue than hang on to the fat that currently resides in those places. Way to go, girl. You really do inspire me!

    Have a great week!
    3845 days ago
    Having been through the sagy skin dilemma some years ago, I am certainly sympathetic to your sensitivity about it..I ended up getting a tummy tuck and some lipo because I was not happy with the way I that i'm older and wiser and trying to lose weight (again), I'm not nearly as concerned with what I'll look like after.
    I have asked some of my Spark friends how they're handling it, more out of curiosity than anything else, but there's also a piece of me that is looking for inspiration and, because of the surgery years ago, I'm pretty sure that when the spare tire is gone I will not have the saggy skin that marked my first major weight loss..
    As a guy who was never comfortable taking my shirt off at the beach, I'm always a little more motivated when I see the Spark guys showing off their "After" selves. It helps when I'm feeling tempted and /or frustrated...

    3845 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1259906
    Sounds like you know what you want. I had a tummy tuck, but only because of health issues, other wise I would still be me, saggy or not.

    You are an inspiration to all of us who have lost a lot.

    Linda emoticon
    3845 days ago
    You are an incredible inspiration to all! You look AMAZING! I love this post. I would rather have a few baggy areas then be obese and in poor health. I can't wait to get to the point of my journey that you have already acheived! emoticon
    3845 days ago
    I am 21 years old... I lost 90 pounds in high school, then endured a twin pregnancy in college, and have lost weight again. My skin isn't perfect, but it has bounced back considerably! I think it's all about age and genetics. I do have stretch marks, and some sag, but I am proud of them! Like war scars. :D
    3845 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    I do believe the people asking about the saggy skin are not being mean but curious. Do younger people shrink quicker than older skin? Do I start saving now for plastic surgery or will the excess just tighten up? etc. etc. Anyone that has been on this journey long enough to have extra skin would I am sure, be only asking in a very kind not malicious way.
    Wonderful job.
    3846 days ago
  • SURCH1
    Nicely put!! I can't wait to get saggy skin cuz that means all the fat behind it is gone! emoticon
    3846 days ago
    I think the "fear" of saggy skin just highlights the media induced hate of aging. Better to be fat than look older and saggy! It is all ridiculous anyway. You go girl and I agree, better to be healthy anyday!!!
    3846 days ago
    Hehehe. I've had a couple of those too, but no-where near as many. I guess guys don't obsess about these things anywhere near as much.

    Good job on the 100!
    3846 days ago
    you are awesome, thank you so much for sharing, you are indeed an inspiration
    3846 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2405644
    Well done. Very well said.
    3846 days ago
    You've accepted yourself for what you are, and gotten rid of the parts you didn't want to accept. Good for you. Thanks for the frank discussion and the inspiration.
    3846 days ago
    Great blog! Congrats on the weight loss! I agree with you!! I would rather have some saggy skin than all the extra weight!!!
    3846 days ago
    Great post!
    3846 days ago
    Have always been embarassed by my upper arms and boobs anyway. By dressing accordingly I have kept them out of sight for years. So what's new? emoticon
    3846 days ago
    I'll take my excess skin & being able to fit into a size 14 over not fitting into size 26 pants any day!!!!

    Very well said!!!
    3846 days ago
    All I can say is, bring it on. (I mean, the saggy skin, not the total head up the wazz tactlessness.)
    3846 days ago
    Thanks so much for this post. I was just searching for info on this topic. You look beautiful. I hope I can have the results you have had. For now, I am staying hydrated, strength training, and losing slowly. Even then, it can take years before skin ever shrinks, and sometimes it never will. Congrats on your success.
    3846 days ago
    Very Very encouraging blog. The honesty was nice. emoticon
    3846 days ago
    better than full skin lol amen emoticon
    3846 days ago
    I've lost 146 lbs and yes there is excess skin... and it sorta bugs me cuz it's a reminder of what I once was... I'd really love to show off all my hard work and toned muscles...but am very self conscious.

    hopefully one day... when I have an extra $30,000 laying around I can get it all fixed.. until then I hope I can become as comfortable as you are with your body....

    Thanks for the post...
    3846 days ago
    this is one of my fears about losing weight! Thank you VERY much for posting!
    3846 days ago
  • no profile photo TRABOLD8567
    great blog. Thanks for sharing
    3846 days ago
    What an amazing blog post! You are comfortable and confident in ur skin and at the end of the day that is what counts.... Beautiful photos YAY YOU!!!
    3846 days ago
    Those comments are not limited to member blogs. I have had people walk up to me at the gym and ask if I had had gastric bypass, or if I had lost alot of weight. when I asked why they were curious, their answer is inevitably about my arm say. I worked hard to get that arm sag.
    3846 days ago
    Great going on the weight loss. As far as the skin goes, what is more important? good tight skin or good health. I say good health.
    3846 days ago
    Glad you had the courage to share this. Thank you - and congratulations on your weight loss!!
    3846 days ago
    Thank you for your courage and awesome attitude.

    3846 days ago
    You are young and I know that your skin will tighten up over time. But you are right, loose skin is far better than the excess weight. In my case, I am older and a yo yo dieter in the past. So I know that my skin won't tighten up that much but I look good in clothes and who has to see me otherwise.
    3846 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6550047
    I was worried just a little and I read several articles and blogs stateing that if you exercise the skin will tone up.. When you loose fat it takes time for the muscle to take over.
    And that being said... I'm much happier filling my medicine cabinet with nail polish and make up instead of enless medications... and that is worth all the jiggle out there..
    3846 days ago
  • QUEEN56
    This is great--thanks for openly and honestly addressing such a "sensitive" issue. I have 90 lbs to lose, and seeing your success just makes me want jump up and shout!! emoticon

    I'd rather be healthy with saggy skin than continue with poor health that comes with those extra lbs. emoticon

    You rock!!!

    3846 days ago
  • DAWN_B
    thanks for the wonderful post, I know lots of people have those questions, as did I at one point.
    3846 days ago
    Be proud of your saggy skin, It shows how hard you worked and what you have achieved, I have thigh, butt, and upper arms saggy skin myself, I just cover up, I love my saggy skin much more then the fat that was there before.

    Congratulations to you!
    3847 days ago
    Hey, I saw your pictures and you look fabulous! Your arm was up holding your pants and I am not seeing any flappy skin! You are young, your skin should go back for the most part. I heard it takes about a year. And if you are doing weight training, that will help too. So do not fret, you are on the right track and looking great already!! Congratulations!! NO GOING BACK! as so many do......
    3847 days ago
  • MILANMOM1969
    Thanks so much for your candid approach to a topic that I would consider too personal to ask about. It is certainly a concern for everyone who has a lot of weight to lose. I appreciate your honesty and I admire your achievements on your goals. We should all take notes!


    3847 days ago
    Regarding the wings, I only look down on the top of my arms, and they look pretty good. Unless one of the grandkids comment I don't even think of wings.
    3847 days ago
    The only time I have observed excess skin, was on an older lady. She had just lost a lot of weight and hadn't had time for her skin to recover. I know that I will have loose skin when I am at goal weight, but with the exception of my wings, I wear clothes that don't allow those excesses to show.

    Congratulations on your discarded weight. I am following in your footsteps.
    3847 days ago
    3847 days ago
    I do not have nearly as much problem with "extra skin" as you would expect. But~as you said~I MUCH prefer the loose skin to the 164 pounds that I was carrying around. It is easily covered by clothes, and those sags, bags, and wrinkles have a story to tell.
    3847 days ago
    Thank you for posting this blog. I have often wondered what will happen to my skin once I am at goal. I've noticed that as the pounds come off, areas like under my arms and my belly have begun to feel like "marshmallow." I had thought of approaching one of you successful 100lb "plusers" but thought it was too personal a question to ask. I love your attitude and appreciate the candid nature of your blog. Thanks!
    3847 days ago
    I totally agree with you. I am down almost 50 with another 100-150 to go. So much prefer the saggy skin to the unhealthy fat.

    Congratulations on your amazing success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3847 days ago
    I'm generally not flaunting my saggy skin publicly, but I do wear it with a certain badge of honor. I have lost nearly 90 pounds and my deflated tummy is proof of that! Fortunately, most of it sits in my nether-regions and can be covered up. You're absolutely right that some extra skin is far better than an extra 100 pounds.
    3847 days ago
    You are fabulous:)
    3847 days ago
  • no profile photo RITAROSE
    I've lost 70# in the past 15 months. I have some excess skin, but way less than I thought I would. I attribute the situation to healthy eating as you say, drinking copious amounts of water, tons of exercise and a tip I found somewhere to scrub your tummy or other problem areas to get rid of dead skin to prepare for new skin cells.
    I agree with you wholeheartedly, I'd rather have the weight gone any day than have my skin fit!
    BRAVO for you and your successful loss! emoticon
    3847 days ago
    "And besides, I MUCH prefer the "saggy baggy" skin to the 100+ pounds of excess fat! My skin might tighten up over time, but even if it doesn't, the weight loss was still totally worth it. And I'm SO MUCH HEALTHIER than I was before."


    emoticon You look terrific!
    3847 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    Congratulations!!! Amazing job! I, too, have lost a lot of weight over the past year and like you have some areas that have not snapped back as of yet. I am finding, however, that my skin is a lot tighter than I thought it would be and as I continue to eat whole healthy foods and doing plenty of strength training, my new skin cells will be healthier. I may decide to get a tummy tuck, or I may not. Either way, I am healthier and have a beautiful lifestyle that I have built over the past year.
    3847 days ago
    After losing the weight I will be too thankful to worry about sagging skin.You look great! You are my inspiration. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 7/17/2010 12:11:22 PM
    great post sweetheart!! I am looking forward to baggy look amazing and are such a encouraging can be done
    3847 days ago
    I agree. Most definitely would be saggy and healthier as opposed to overweight and unhealthy. I think you look absolutely wonderful. An inspiration to all of us. emoticon emoticon
    3847 days ago
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