Start Weight:(15 Jan 14) 255.0 lb
Current Weight:(24 May 15) 181.0 lb
Goal Weight:155.0 lb
following: EmmaMaJig's own diet
performance: losing 2.6 lb a week

I'm a recent graduate of a small liberal arts college. I'd been wanting to lose weight for awhile, but college often stood in my way. Then I let exercise be my solution. I started making time for the gym on campus and I stopped giving in to junk food, all during my final and most stressful semester. I found that my healthier lifestyle helped me cope with a lot of daily stresses, more so than usual anyway. I lost thirty-some pounds by graduation and am still making slow but steady progress toward an ideal, healthy weight.

November 27, 2014 - Down a total of 50 lbs
January 24, 2015 - Onederland

FatSecret member since: 15 Jan 14

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EmmaMaJig's Latest Member Challenges

  Lose a pound a week for 7 weeks.
status: Completed
ended: 28 Apr 14
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  7 Miles a Week...again
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ended: 29 Mar 14
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EmmaMaJig's Cookbook

cals: 172kcal | fat: 6.75g | carbs: 1.58g | prot: 24.96g
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
A wonderful fix and forget recipe.
cals: 114kcal | fat: 0.68g | carbs: 28.52g | prot: 1.50g
Frozen Cocoa-Banana
A smooth frozen cocoa-banana dessert concoction with maple syrup and vanilla flavor.
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Abdominal Pannus
I had considered corseting eventually, but mostly to gain some semblance of a waist. However, I'd read that corseting while still significantly overweight could simply push the fat down and out, which would make the pannus worse. But maybe something in the girdle department would help.

I know I should be grateful that this is the worst part of weight loss for me so far, but I guess I wasn't mentally prepared for this potential consequence. I feel like people don't talk about this stuff enough, especially as it applies to young people. They make it seem like if you get in shape while you're young it'll all be fine. I knew that couldn't always be true, but I didn't know what to expect all the same.

I've calmed down a bit, though. Thank you for replying. I guess I'll just have to track how I progress and the complications that do or don't arise, and whatever happens can serve as a reference for someone else in the future. :/ Either way, I found that I'm in too deep to stop at this point, because post-pity-party I was still compelled to workout today. This is life, now.
posted 28 Feb 2015, 00:38
Abdominal Pannus
Brace yourselves for a crisis-rant.

So I just discovered that it's not just my natural shape and that there's a name for this special bit of grossness that torments me. Mother-fudging pannus. I've been fat for so long I don't know what I would have looked like without it.

Key words here: would have looked like

And that's why I am here. I am panicking. Everyone who goes through major weight loss worries about loose skin at some point, and I guess it's my turn.

I have lost ~60 lbs since January of 2014 and I have roughly another 60 to go. I am just now seeing a lot of sagging in the abdomen area. If it were just a normal belly, I might be able to handle that. But no, I have this disgusting curse called abdominal pannus. And everything I'm seeing about it so far points to surgery as the only real solution.

Granted, mine is not as bad as I'm sure it would have been if I didn't start losing weight when I did, and I'm only halfway to my goal weight and I can't know how my body will change before and after I get to that point... But if this pannus sticks around in the form of excess skin hanging over my pelvic region, developing rashes like it tends to now, and making it forever impossible to find comfortable and flattering clothes, I'm afraid I might be blind to all the other benefits of weight loss.

I'm afraid I will never look like a regular, healthy, fit person. I've been fat since I was little and I'll be 23 next week. And now I feel like my body is ruined for ever looking remotely normal. I can handle stretch marks and a little loose skin as long at it doesn't get in the way, but pannus is always in the way. And surgery is out of the question. Besides my fear of going under the knife, I will never ever be able to afford it.

I feel trapped in this body now. Going backward or staying the same won't help. But losing the rest of this weight seems almost pointless, now, too. I know that's silly, to be worked up over a primarily surface issue when the goal should be to get healthy. But my biggest motivation for continued weight loss has been this image in my head of what I could look like by the end, and now I can't see it any more. I just see a deflated balloon.

I guess I just need to know that there is a chance that the pannus will smooth out with the rest of the fat and excess skin. I need proof that it has happened for some people, but I'm not seeing it in my searches. Please tell me there's hope, because I am in a very dark place right now.
posted 27 Feb 2015, 10:51
having lost 10lbs, I see none of it was from my waist?
I've found that the places you lose/gain weight and the rate at which it happens is kind of random. It seemed like when I was gaining a lot, it packed on to my stomach and sides the fastest. When I first started losing the weight around this time last year, like KSttride, it seemed to come primarily off my back the fastest. I went down shirt sizes faster than pants sizes. My body shape is actually a bit different now as I'm going down than the last time I was this weight and going up. Now that I've shed the first 55+ lbs, I'm noticing my waist-line changing faster. It's hard to keep really accurate track of that, so I only measure once a month and only bother recording it if it's a clear quarter-inch or more difference.

So even between the last time you lost weight and now, your shape may just be a little different and so the weight will come off differently. I guess it's best to not have too many expectations on how your body will handle the weight-loss, because it's like the thing you want to change the quickest will end up being the slowest. :/ As long as you're losing, though, that's the important thing! It'll add up soon enough.
posted 17 Feb 2015, 15:56
Before and After, anyone?
Way to go, Snezica!
posted 16 Jan 2015, 09:39
Before and After, anyone?
Y'all are giving me a fat head and I can't have that! Lol. But not gonna lie, one of the things that makes me smile about this is my high school class ring I'm wearing in the before pic is now WAY too big. Which also makes me sad until I get it resized, but it's one of those perspective things.

Can't wait to see some more pics from the rest of the community! Before-and-afters are one of my favorite sources of inspiration.
posted 15 Jan 2015, 09:42
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