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10/28/10 8:48 A

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Thanks Lisa - I appreciate knowing that. Right now I'm pacing myself learning new things. In the past I've rushed to figure it all out all at once and burned out. I am committed to not having that happen this time. As of Sept 12, 2010 I gave up on diets once and for all. I promised myself a new lifestyle and am living that dream now. Right now - I am working on food and exercise - the basics.

I guess my question was merely to learn of people's experiences - positive or negative - and see what, if anything, made any difference.

When I was in college, I had an aerobics instructor who had lost about 125 lbs. She was SO FIT. One day the whole class decided to hang in the jacuzzi pool after class. I saw her abdomen for the first time. She didn't have a flap of skin - but you could see how her stomach skin had recovered over a long time. She had had stretch marks and those were still there only much closer together. The effect was a little like crinkly fabric. She had never had surgery and indicated that it took her skin about 2 yrs to catch up to her body. Honestly - she looked great. I'm sure if she had a tummy tuck she would look better but she was wonderful as she was.

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10/27/10 11:46 A

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Just so you know, we will be dealing with forming a realistic, inspiring vision for our weight loss in the Mind over Body Workshop, in about a week.

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10/27/10 10:16 A

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I hear you! I think it's something that I just got fixated on. I guess I'll cross that saggy bridge when I get to it! LOL.


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I've lost a lot of weight and gained it back since then (never made it to a goal weight though). I was younger.

I just think (for me) it's important to have reasonable weight loss expectations. It's still kind of hard to give up the dreams though:)

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10/27/10 9:32 A

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Dusty is completely right. It's something you just have to find a way to deal with. Padded bras are great because I now have floppy pancakes. LOL

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10/26/10 9:41 P

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Dusty - thanks for sharing that - yes - I can understand the bitterness. Boy can I!

I'm really glad to be part of this group where one can talk about this openly.


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10/26/10 9:06 P

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I went from 425 down to 120 and my skin sagged of course. A big bag of skin and bones. It was a lot of weight to lose. I wore clothes (Spanx, etc.) to help cover it all up, but I knew.

I couldn't do anything I really wanted to do or dreamt about doing once I reached goal weight. I couldn't wear anything except long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves or long pants. No swimming, beach, shorts and forget about being with men. Dating was fine but that's as far as it would go. And no money for plastic surgery. People thought there was something wrong with me because of how I dressed when it was hot. I always said, "I'm just always so cold." I had to turn down invites for a different reason then I do now.

I became very depressed and started eating and bingeing again and here I am.

I know now if I lose weight again that hopefully it will be easier because I won't have any delusions.

YES I was a workout fanatic and lost weight at an average pace.

I don't believe any creams or whether losing weight fast or slow matters.

Like others have mentioned it's all about genetics and to a very little extent your age.

I'm still bitter about it all. Can you tell? LOL!



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10/26/10 8:10 P

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Thanks for everyone's insights. I hold most of my weight in my chest and abdomen so those are the areas of concern (and yes - thank goodness for clothing!)

I don't know why I feel insecure about this - I just do. I am trying to lose S L O W L Y to combat as much sag as possible and also use lotion (thanks Lisa for the baby oil tip). I also need to exercise more - I think this is what gets me. I am often in A LOT of pain (I mean "scream into your pillow" pain - "discomfort" is a good day for me - really good!) I think I need to look into some kind of water exercise for the time being.

I ramble....

Seriously - thank you all for the information! And keep it coming if you have something to add.

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10/26/10 3:50 P

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I have lost 93 lbs from my highest weight, even thougn I am still around 400. I already have an "apron" of very thick flab that goes "wishy-washy" from side to side as I walk.

I know it will get smaller but hang lower as I continue to lose weight.

I have seen the TV shows about a "total body lift" (front and back) and I have even talked to a plastic surgeon about it.

It is a horrible, painful operation, because it is your sensitive skin that gets cut and moved around, and also because there is nowhere to lay after the operation that is not on an incision!

Medicare will pay for the skin reduction if you can prove the saggy skin is a hygiene issue (a history of multiple skin infections in the skin fold, etc.) and I suppose under those circumstances I would consider it.

But overall, I could care less about saggy skin! I feel like I am the one who destroyed the way my body looks and I am the one who has to live with the consequences. That is just a personal viewpoint.

Thank goodness for clothes!!

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10/26/10 3:24 P

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Well I have lost 165 lbs and yes just call me saggy. I am 63 years old so there isn't much elasticity left. I cannot afford plastic surgery for my saggy tummy nor for my grandma wings. I usually wear long sleeves weather permitting or elbow length sleeves but in the summer I don't care. (HOT IS HOT.) When I was much younger I didn't have that problem with saggy skin. I think unless your a young thing it probably won't matter to you but I could be wrong.

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10/26/10 1:23 P

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I use one from vasoline intensive care. It is a blue bottle, I can't tell you what it is called right now, but it has elastin in it. Elastin is the "elastic" part of the skin. I am hoping that will help my skin shrink back. And being vasoline intesive care, it's pretty cheap.

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10/26/10 1:12 P

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I think Palmers makes a line of cocoabutter creams, oils and lotions that are supposed to be quite good. The other thing I heard was really good is BioOil (white box with orange writing). Emu oil is amazing but pricey and hard to find on our side of the globe (I got some in Australia and it is pure oil and does great things for the face - I'm sure the body will love it as well). One other thing I used to use is baby oil in the shower (or cocoabutter oil). When you are done in the shower, slather it on, wait a minute or two, then blot yourself dry (don't rub or you'll rub off the oil). This REALLY moisturizes you without leaving you slick or greasy.

Time to start taking my own advice on this one. It is too hot in Cayman to use lotions (I feel too sweaty), but the oil trick works, even here!


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10/26/10 10:22 A

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RUNTOFINDME: Thanks for your insights. Your scenario is pretty much what I expected. And huge CONGRATS on the weight loss!

LISA: I have heard similar things to what you listed below.

Anyone have any good suggestions on moisturizing cremes/lotions?


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10/26/10 9:53 A

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METAMORPHICLISA is right. I have lost 125 pounds so far and yes there is some sagging skin. It Really depends on what you have to start with. My arms were very large to begin with. I have lost fat off of them but still have the good old bat wing, lol. There is no way that it will go away there is just too much. Someday I will have it surgicaly removed but it is just something I will deal with until I get closer to my goal weight. I look at it as a reward and my husband knows it is an expense we will have to pay for in a few years. There is some skin around my lower abdomen. No big deal. I am so much smaller, you can't see it with clothes on and I am way healthier than I was at 346 pounds.
That is how you have to look at it. Skin or not when you lose the weight you are so much healthier and have a much higher quality of life. That itself is worth more than worring about the skin That may appear. It is always fixable is what I keep telling myself. There are a few things you can do to help and that is keep your skin moisturized and exercise and toning as well.

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10/26/10 3:40 A

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Tough one and I think on most people's minds who have quite a bit of weight to lose. I know when I lost about 90lb before I never had sagging skin but I was exercising and doing it slowly (took just under a year). But I have now had 2 kids so I am not sure how my body is going to react to my weight loss...
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10/25/10 11:07 P

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Well, not speaking from experience because I've never actually LOST enough to have to worry about saggy skin, but I think I've read/heard that there are several factors that will affect your level of sagginess.

1) Age; the younger you are, the less likely you'll have the sag.

2) How fast you lose the weight - the faster you lose the greater chance of sag (though I also read that after a year or so it can "catch up").

3) Your type of skin and how elastic it is. I'm guessing those more prone to wrinkles would have a greater chance of sagging skin.

4) The amount of weight lost - if someone is losing several hundreds of pounds then they will most likely have excess skin that needs to be removed (not sure if insurance covers that or not).

5) Exercise - apparently the more you exercise, the tighter you are and the less sag you get.

Hopefully we all have good genes and manage to avoid having issues with excess skin when we're all skinny and sexy!

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10/25/10 10:29 P

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I've been wondering about this myself. I hear the stories about how when you lose as much weight as I need to that you have to have surgery because your skin sags so much.

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Hi everyone!

I know there are those on this board who have lost some serious amounts of weight. I'm looking to lose about 150 lbs myself. So my question to you is this - how did your skin react to the weight loss? I know some people have almost no skin sag and some people have significant sag.

What,if anything, did you do to alleviate skin sag?

This question has been bugging me because during the worst of my illness, I took a large amount of prednisone - which is known to lead to skin sag. Now I'm fighting severe dry skin as I try to get my thyroid levels to even out (been working on this for a year now - it should be between 0.3 and 3.0 - mine started at 132 and is now 16.4 - at least I'm getting closer!)

Thanks!

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