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jelly belly!!

wahh! so i've lost more than 60 lbs-slowly of course!!! and while my stomach has more musle than it ever has, and my waist is small-i'm left with stretch marks and loose skin that hang free in the ugliest way if i'm say, leaning over my boyfriend "nekkid", or say in a plank pose in a yoga class (if wearing a tight tank-no problems, but a loose t-shirt and i fear the person behind me is wondering what's going on w/ my flesh blanket!! haha). i know i should just suck it up and be happy with my weightloss-i know i look great otherwise-and no one would know i have this gross belly by looking at me with clothes on . . . and i know there is not much i can do about the condition of my skin-old old stretch marks.

but please tell me there are others out there who have thi s jelly belly after losing weight!!!???? at least when i was heavier my belly was somewhat firm! haha! commisserate with me!!!!!

Fri. Dec 22, 3:13pm

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My best friend went from 110 kilos (242 1/2 lbs.) to 57kilos (125 1/2 lbs.) and has kept it off for several years now. She too was left with a "skin apron" that she's very self-conscious about. Her solution? As a single mom, she's saving up and doing the research no matter how long it takes, to have a first rate tummy tuck. When it comes to large amounts of excess skin, I'm afraid surgery is the only real alternative if you truly want it gone. Good luck with whatever solution works for you. Congratulations on your loss. Be proud. As with my friend, I'm sure you notice it much more than strangers and even your man. Take heart!

Friday, December 22, 2006, 4:21 PM

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Well I've had 2 kids so it's probably contributed. My tummy is nice and flat and taut when I'm standing but when I bend over it hangs loose and funny. Luckily it's not that bad. If it really bothers you, set you reward for reaching you goal weight, or for something like the 1 year anniversary of your goal weight as a tummy tuck surgery and save your money.

Friday, December 22, 2006, 6:52 PM

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Yup, tummy tuck, my neighbor had gastric bypass surgery and then had to have a tummy tuck.

Saturday, December 23, 2006, 9:46 PM

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i would never get surgery to look better. i know it's a personal choice, but that is my choice. it must have been possible for folks to lose that extra skin before all of this crazy plastic surgery took over for effort.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 4:52 PM

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I think in the past it was more of an issue of people not showing as much skin. You really can't cheat physiology. If skin is stretched and loses elasticity, it will not just dissappear with effort. Some people have an easier time of it based on genetics, but my friend (I'm the 22 December, 4:21 PM) is definitely putting the effort into being fit and healthy. The skin just isn't going to go away.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 5:04 PM

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