23lbs to go...worried about sagging skin

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I know this is a common concern, but I'm worried that my belly is going to sag. I know that saggy is better then overweight. I really do. One of the perks of getting to an ideal weight, though, is being able to wear a bikini with out feeling embarrassed.

Would I wear a bikini in public? Probably not, I just want to be able to. Do I wanna wear midrift exposing shirts to the gym no, but I want to feel that I could while feeling fantastic.

Both pregnancies left me with alot of stretch marks in the tummy. The skin in this area is ruined, in my opinion. I don't fore see it "snapping" back. I can already "move" around the skin a little. Most of my weight is right in the stomach area, a little on my back (shudder). Think of a pregnant woman's profile, that's me. It is why people ask me how far along I am. I don't have a problem with my thighs, arms, or butt. Though a couple of inches missing would enhance these features.

The weight I have lost seems to have been every where but the stomach. For example I'm still in a size 10/12 pants, but have gone from a size 8 shoe to 7/12, and my wedding ring is down to 6 1/2 from an 8. So I'm figuring most of these last 23lbs will have to be lost in the stomach and a little from my back. I really don't see where else it can be lost. I'm still in the "over weight" area of my BMI for my height.

That said, I've come to the point where I'm concerned about sagging skin. Yes, I'm loosing weight for my health, but I'm not going to lie to myself and say that I haven't dreamed of my new look. That I haven't thought of how nice it would be to surprise my hubby with a cute nighty while feeling confidant and awesome. That I want to WANT to jump in the picture next to my slim in-laws and friends.

If I denied all that I'd be a LIAR. Health is important, it's number 1 .Feeling good in my own skin ranks high as well. Feeling like the sexy gal my husband claims I am. Trying on that bikini and putting it back not because I look hideous in it, but because it's just not "ME".

I'm not asking for advice, I know that genetics, weight loss speed, age, etc ... are all factors on if my belly will sag. Surgery is an option, if I could afford it. I guess I want to know how common is saggy skin, my beginning weight was a couple of years ago at 172 my ideal is 125ish. I'm up at 148 (again). I have tons of stretch marks, which I suppose indicates that area may not be able to "snap" back.

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    I lost 80 pounds. I lost 50 after age 60. I have a little loose skin, but I've seen as much on people who were never overweight. My skin continued to tighten as I lost weight slowly for several years. Believe me I look a whole lot better naked now than I did before. Don't let this worry stop you from feeling and looking your best!!
    2424 days ago
    Thanks everyone! I hope it's not too bad. If nothing else, though, I'll look good in clothes LOL
    2425 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss! You are awesome! I think that you have to give the skin a while to shrink. Depending upon your age, it may tighten a lot or just a little. Think of loose skin as a battle scar and maybe it won't be too bad.
    2426 days ago
    just keep doing what you are doing.I lost 60 pounds but still have my stomach and under my arm lose skin.
    2426 days ago
    what about a tummy tuck in the future? My long ago personal trainer said no amount of exercise will ever get rid of excess skin,maybe your insurance will take care of it ,because it can cause sweating & irritation which can cause infection in that area.
    2426 days ago
    This is also a major concern of mine. Unfortunately when we have children some of us aren't lucky to have everything SNAP back....and we always seem to have that pooch....if everything is tight under the skin you can look into have it's not a tummy tuck it can be considered reconstructive surgery, so if it bothers you a lot, look into it. It doesn't hurt to have all the facts and know your options.
    2427 days ago
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