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Just wondering if there was anyone out there who was flabby and got to firm... please share your experiences... do you have excess skin? How did you get used to your new body? Were you surprised at what your body actually looks like? Thanks

Mon. Apr 17, 12:02am

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i have the same question!! someone has to have been flabby now firm!

Monday, April 17, 2006, 12:25 PM

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make that three people who want to know!

Monday, April 17, 2006, 8:26 PM

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and 4!! C'mon fit people lets hear it!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 12:25 AM

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bumbping this back up the list... I really want to know! someone must have some info!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 6:35 AM

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I too would like to hear from someone who did it in a HEALTHY way. I did it by working out 5 days a week for 1-2hrs a day, and only eating about 1000 calories a day. I was tired and miserable all the time. I ended up getting so sick of depriving and pushing myself so hard, and I have since gained a ton of weight...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1:53 PM

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I guess I hesitated to answer because I don't consider myself "firm" but I have lost about 70 lbs. I did it very slowly. When I first started losing I followed the Body for Life program. I lost about 30lbs and then just worked on maintaining that for awhile (a whole year) and then I decided to make further changes and lost the other 40lbs. I would still like to lose another 15 lbs but I think I'm at the point where I should just maintain for awhile. My theory is that I only want to make lifestyle changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. So, I do it a little at a time.

I'm not "firm" yet but I have collarbones that I could never see before. It also hurts when I lay on my side because my hip digs in to the bed and my "bony" knees rub together. Sometimes I'm amazed when I see myself in the mirror.

I firmly believe that slow and steady wins the race. Also, donate your clothes when they don't fit anymore. Keeping bigger sizes shows a real lack of confidence in yourself in keeping the weight off.

Hope this helps...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 2:03 PM

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I have been slowly building my "firm" body. :-)

I've basically been walking (at both a fat-burning and a cardio pace), and taking dance classes has also helped (mixes up the muscles.)

I've tried to take sugar out of my diet for the most part, and logging my food (even the junky stuff) on PT has helped me to see what I am an am not putting into my mouth...

My legs have gotten much more toned since I started walking more, and everything fits better.

The idea about donating the "fat clothes" is good, but then again, make sure you're not wearing the big ones too long after you lose weight. (nothing looks worse than pants that are 2 sizes too big!) Instead, opt for buying maybe 1 or 2 pairs of "staple" pants as you get to a better size (don't get a whole wardrobe, but do have some that fit.)

As you start seeing changes in the mirror, your confidence will start to increase!

Taking "progress pictures" is also a good motivator!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 3:49 PM

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I've lost weight in the past, and not worked out... I got skinny, but still had a soft, sort of flabby stomach. Then I gained weight... still had a soft belly. then worked out some, and lost some weight... still soft in the belly... gained some muscle in chest and arms though, then gained weight again.
now I've lost weight again, and am planning on working out with weights again, to build up more muscle... build up, tone up, etc...
thing is, I am still soft around the middle. I want to know if working out is really going to take care of that... am I ever going to have a firm stomach?
right now my main exercise is walking, and once I reach my goal weight, about 7 more to lose to hit that goal, I plan on hitting the weights.
someone must have a similar experience... or there must a trainer out there who can shed some light on this...

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 6:41 AM

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To the 6:41 poster...some people will never have a flat stomach...you can thank your genetics for that! But, if you want to try you'll have to focus on your diet. It would take a seriously controlled diet...you just have to decide if it's worth it. Cut out sugar, processed foods, sodium, drink lots of water, etc...

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 7:23 AM

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Pilaties is also a good option when you get the weight off to create lean long and strong ab muscles. Don't just do a ton of crunches as you'll get more of a thicker look

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 10:48 AM

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C'mon firm people... we know you're out there....

Friday, April 21, 2006, 10:16 PM

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