PAULAMARIEF

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Belly fat. Is this what everyone has been talking about?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm sitting here at the computer and I had to write this blog. For about a month I have this blob when I sit down hanging below my belly button. It was never there before, I swear. I can squeeze about a fist full of fat. My weight is within the range I'm used to. I am doing my ST. I don't do cardio right now (because I'm just bad). My eating is good not great. Did things shift? Does something like this just happen? Even hubby noticed it and joked (not something you do with a person who has a huge ED past). But seriously is it my age (45), having baby at 41, or it's my time to work harder and I've just been fortunate?

If any one can shed some light on this new issue I would appreciate it. OH and when standing my waist measurement is the same 26 inches not more!

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  • 5FRUITSNVEGGIES
    hi there paula! i am catching up on blogs after being gone from spark for over 6 months!..

    i am at the peak of my physical health at 40---my b-day was a few weeks ago....

    my belly blob is stretched out skin from babies....either it's operation for me or i have to sit up at straight and possible and hold in my abs slightly--not strongly because that's when the skin hangs...

    not sure if this is what you are talking about-

    but i saw your recent photos and you look amazing!...wow! and a personal trainer now!! congrats on all your progress
    3285 days ago
  • IRNGIRL
    NO ITS ABSOLUTELY NOT AGE!!!!!!!

    ITS 80% DIET and 20% EXERCISE!!!! Maybe even 90/10.

    Any bodybuilder will tell you that their abs dont show until they "dial in" their diet.

    Cut out all the white stuff, flour, sugar, rice etc. Add more fiber and eat more whole "clean" food. SUGAR and in some cases dairy will bloat the belly.

    Seriously, you can tighten the lower tum-tum at any age. It's consistent diet and exercise. AND its not easy which is why 95% of the population DOES NOT have a 6pack. Myself included! I'm working on it though. emoticon It's tough after 3 c-sections and having "kid food" in the house. BUT temptation is all aroud and you have to ask yourself, "Is it worth it?" Some days it'll be worth it and you'll eat it. Whatever that "it" may be. It's ok! Forgive yourself and get back to making smart choices and don't wait until the next day. Make smart choices the very next meal.

    Speaking of which you should eat 5-6 times a day.

    Done! Hugs n High Fives
    3414 days ago
  • LFLFLPLP
    I hate that!! Easy solution I guess, we just have to either stand up straight or lie flat at all times. emoticon

    You look so great though, clean the food and cardio up and I bet it will disappear in no time.....mine, well it may be a little while longer....
    3660 days ago
  • FLYFIGHTER
    sounds frustrating--hope you figure out how to beat it back into submission!
    3660 days ago
  • FITCHICK421
    That would be the same thing that keeps me from liking how I look. I sit it's there. I stand it's there. It's what keeps me from looking at myself in the mirror.
    3670 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3514403
    I have this problem everyday Paula! It was getting better until my rough day yesterday. So hopefully mine is just water and bloating most of the time I'm guessing. I'd love to have the day where I felt lean and great when sitting down.
    3670 days ago
  • 5FRUITSNVEGGIES
    yep i have it...but it's not too bad...i was thinking about it one day that of course when i am sitting down, things around the belly will roll up.....if i had a flat stomach while i was sitting, i would not be able to stand up because the skin would be so tight.....

    but also after having a baby does change things...

    i've accepted my roll...it's not there when i stand.....only when i sit....and only when i lay sideways at the beach, does the fat hang down, but that has to do also with the elasticity in my skin....


    3670 days ago
  • no profile photo KRISTINARAINES
    I can relate! I just had my son 16 weeks ago and I still have this belly thing going on. Very gross. I am used to a flat stomach with visible hip bones and I am not there yet. I a hoping that time and reducing my body fat % will help me.
    3670 days ago
  • RACHEL_MAC
    Are you certain it's fat and you're not holding water? You're so incredibly healthy and fit, it's hard for me to imagine you've suddenly developed a pocket of actual fat where there wasn't one before. I OFTEN get "pudgy" "soft" or "squishy" in the lower abs, to the point where it hangs over a tight pair of jeans when I sit a certain way, but it's water. Always. Try eliminating all sodium from your diet (like, as close as you can get to LITERALLY all), pump up on fiber for like a week, drink a gallon of water a day, then scale back on fiber, two days later scale back on your water, and see where that leaves you. If you've still got it, it's possible it's fat, but I'm betting it's water.
    3670 days ago
  • DAWNO64
    It's the dreaded age thing. Something shifts hormonally and it becomes a real struggle to keep (or get) the flat belly. Add cardio and core exercises and you should be able to keep it in check.
    3670 days ago
  • PIXIEPIE
    Same here. I'm only 35 but each year I notice my belly looking a bit fatter. At this same weight in the past I've had a totally flat stomach. I don't know if it's age but I guess that is what it is for me. You look 100% better than I do though! You look great! emoticon
    3670 days ago
  • JFIT4LIFE
    I've noticed my belly fat increasing as well. I'm not in great shape right now, but when I've been this same weight, activity level, etc., I haven't necessarily had as much belly fat. Part of it probably is two big babies and not optimizing my nutrition and exercise, but even with that I think over the lat year stress and age has added to it. Have your stress levels increased?
    3670 days ago
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