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Rita41

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 06:59
Hello Everyone...I'm putting this out there because I was hoping for some advice.

About 13 months ago I was about 180+. I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old. Both were BIG babies (I had gestational diabetes)delivered by emergency C-sections....so by body was pretty banged up shall we say. 13 months ago I could not do a single crunch and only 2 modified push ups before my core collapsed. I was desperate to lose weight and get in shape for my boys.

I chose Dukan as my means of weight loss and in about 9 weeks lost 40+ pounds at the same time starting P90X every morning at 5 am. I have stuck with working out every morning (two rounds of P90X, insanity, turbo fire...you name it I'm doing it). For those unfamiliar, the weight loss phases of Dukan are very high protein low carb, low fat. I did not feel terribly healthy but was glad the weight was gone. I just didn't think any way of eating that limited fruit and veggies was going to be sustainable for me in the long run....I really craved fruit. I also have two little ones that I need to worry about and how they are going to eat....I certainly don't want them growing up seeing me cutting out nutritious food. After that I just watched what I ate but kept loosing and gaining the same 10 lbs over and over gain for about 6 months....even though I worked out quite intensely 6 days/week. Truthfully during that time I did not record what I ate.

I had enough of the roller coaster and just wanted to get to my goal. I now eat very clean foods sticking to about 1600-1800 cal/day. As "clean" I mean I eat pretty much as a vegan 5days/week and lighten up a little on the weekend to accommodate my husband but stay under 2000 cal. I reached my goal last week but I think I need to lose more.

13 months later I'm physically in the best shape of my life. My arms are toned and strong as is my back and legs. Instead of 2 modified pushups I can now do 40 real ones and have no trouble doing core exercises. My HR went form 90 to 45 and my BP when from 130/80 to 100/65

It seems the only problem I have is my belly. I still have no feeling in my lower belly and I'm told I'll likely never get that back. It seems if I lose or gain a pound it comes straight from there. It's loose and for lack of a better word "flabby" even though I feel hard abdominals underneath.

How do I get rid of it now?? Do I just keep doing what I'm doing?
mgerger

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 11:15
Hi I am a 59 year old woman who had 3 children. I was never ever really fat until after i turned 40. Then i realised that i was as heavy as i was when i full term pregnant.
I started with the south beach diet which limits carbs and hit a plateau at 133lbs. Then i kept hearing about high fat diets, specifically the bulletproof executive. (Google him)
also i read DR. Mercola's News letter every day. really helpful info.
if you can google Dr Mercola website then at the top in the header there is a search bar. Search Intermittent fasting. Read up on that.
It explains that when your body is empty of glycogen there are no more stores of energy saved in the body after 14 - 28 hrs later after last meal that your body turns to the body for energy, and if you are exercising, your body only has one direction to find energy - your body's fat stores.
I started bullet proof coffee in the morning and lost that really stubborn last ten to twelve lbs. My fat stores are going a little bit at a time. I am 59 years old. you are much younger which should be easier. read every thing on these two websites. oh yea there is this other ref.
google
interview-christine-cronau-author-of-the-fat-revolution

watch this interview it should explain why all of us think low fat is healthy when it is not!
mgerger
kkd1125

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 17:27
Rita41, it's probably not fat under there any longer. If it's loose and flabby, it's probably just loose skin, which unfortunately won't go away with diet and exercise. Our skin has to stretch out quite a bit during pregnancy and weight gain, and some women will snap back to normal and some won't. I'm sure it depends on how fit you were to start, how much weight you gained during pregnancy, genetics of the elasticity of your skin, etc. You can try a little longer at burning fat through diet and toning with exercise, but it may not go away.

I've read about and seen on TV many overweight people who choose to have skin removal surgery after weight loss. That's a personal choice, of course, and not one to take lightly.

I have been overweight most of my life, have had two pregnancies as an obese woman, and still have 80 lbs. to lose. I'm afraid I may be one of those women with skin leftover when I reach my goal. I think I would probably like to have the surgery if I need it, but I would have to check out the risks. And I'm sure the cost is outrageous.

Good luck to you.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 19:12
That flabby skin... have it under my arms, thighs and developing it on the belly as the fat leaves town. Some call the flab under the arms angel wings. Others call bat wings. I call them nasty and refuse to wear anything sleeveless. My personal preference.

As kkd said, it will take surgery to remove it. A poster on this site, King Keld, had his done a couple of times. Perhaps you can talk with him. He lost a tremendous amount of weight and is a dynamic fellow to talk with.



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kmunson

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 21:37
I have heard that if you lose weight too quickly it does not allow the elasticity of your skin to respond. If you gradually lose weight the skin tends to shrink back better with your loss. I am still in the early stages...but where I have lost the stretched out skin so far seems to be responding by shrinking as well. I don't know other than surgery to get rid of the excess if you lost too fast. I plan on the slow loss because I want to try to prevent the extra baggage at the end of my weight loss. I know it may not get it all...but I have a lot of stretched out skin to think about.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 21:50
I've lived in this body for 61 years. Over 20 years with it stretched out of shape. With age you lose elasticity and the ability to rebound. Imagine a piece of elastic being stretched to the max. Release the pressure after a length of time and you'll discover the stretchiness is gone. That's my body. There is nothing other then surgery that will tighten it up.



Goal: 160 by 5/1/2014--Okay... I didn't make it. Such is life.
155 or less by 9/1/2014

May I be free to be the me that I came into this world to be.
Rita41

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Posted: 19 Jul 2013, 09:36
Unfortunately they nearly lost me during the second c-section so I will not risk surgery for vanity's sake. I was not a big girl before my first child ..about 135lbs but two back to back pregnancies starting at age 38 got me up to 205lbs when I came home after my second. Hopefully time and a lot of firming lotion will work (as it did on my arms and legs). Until then I always have my Mother Tucker ! Smile. Thanks ladieS!
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 19 Jul 2013, 10:07
Two questions Rita... what is a firming lotion and what's Mother Tucker?



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155 or less by 9/1/2014

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Rita41

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Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 12:59
Palmer's makes a firming lotion. Nivea does as well. A mother tucker is a compression tank top I wear under clothes. Got it after my pregnancies helps hold everything in. If u google it you'll be at a sight that sells Belly Bandit, another post pregnancy aid.



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