2/13/07

Oxygen is necessary for life...

but not something i think i will be picking up to READ again. why might you ask? because of a stupid article about how to fix your sagging skin after weight loss that give girls like me advice which are loaded with CRAP! someone on the 20s board suggested it because it's such a common question and people always give such varied answers. I thought I would have a look while i was at the grocery store the other day... let's discuss, shall we? 1. slow and steady weight loss - 1 -2 lbs a week- DONE AND DONE. i lost 70lbs in 80 weeks. very safe. So explain why i have skin about the size of my arm hanging down from my abdomen every time i lean over? hmmm...sure is quiet in here.... 2. your water bottle is your best friend - I drink about 3 litres a day - my skin has the consistency of uncooked poultry. My little brother looks at it when I wear anything that shows too much skin and he tries to poke it. He then runs out of the room giggling like a school girl and shuddering. 3. invest in good moisturizer - you've got to be fuckin kidding me, right? i'm not about to slather myself in cream because frankly, i'm allergic to most of them and unless we're about to roast me on a spit....not happening! 4. pump iron - done and done and DONE again. This has helped me get smaller and tighter but STILL, i've got chicken skin PEOPLE ! I flex and I have man arms but I raise my arm and I've got a bit of a wing...maybe I could take flight...hmmmm I think there was another but it just annoyed me to no end. and then tucked away in the corner...YOU GUESSED IT! plastic surgery! the cure-all for loose skin. the sure fire way to get rid of it all! I think this was the one true piece advice of the two-page spread while I found the rest filler. I always find these one-size fits all advice articles to be so ...er, ill-fitting for most, especially people who have had substantial weight loss. Our skin doesn't have great elasticity and there's NO WAY that water, moisturizer and light weight training is going to help ME rebound quickly. I'll probably have to work out for the next year and half to see my tummy get anywhere near flat. I'm flattered that some of you think that it is from my previous pic, but I, like many of you, have the tummy flap, it's just smaller than it used to be. It's just taken A LOT of HARD work. It's taken me six months to lose a couple of inches around my mid section and I'm a self-proclaimed gym rat. I have friends and family constantly telling me that I need to take a break. I finally listened in the last 3 days because I feel run down. But it's just that articles like this arm people with dangerous knowledge and then they go around to others, like on the boards, telling them it's going to be a-ok when it could be in their specific case but other times it's a loooooong uphill battle that could be very discouraging for some if they're not willing to stick with it to the end. me? i'm going to keep flapping my wings until the fly right off :)

8 comments:

jules said...

i love reading your posts!
you tell it like it is!

~paige~ said...

holy shite, you are sooo funny. fly on little chicken, fly on!

Antonia Z said...

You're young. Your skin is still elastic. Give it some time.

The worst thing you can do is gain/lose/gain/lose.

Shirls said...

oh man did you hit a pet peeve of mine! if one more person tells me to just walk some more cause cardio is the only thing that is going to tighten it up, well lets just say it won't be pretty..

When you loose a large amount, safely over a long period, drink all your water and become exercise crazy, yes it is still possible to have and always have flaps, here there and everywhere, it is what it is.

marie said...

thanks, antonia. I'm not too worried about MY skin just yet... I'm worried about other people taking advice at face value, not seeing results in a timely fashion and getting discouraged.

if it takes me another year and a half of hard work, so be it. I'm prepared to do whatever it takes. I spent the last 15 years being plus sized and my skin suffered. It's not going to rebound overnight. But I appreciate your support

marie said...

shirls, i knew you'd get it and that's why i loves ya! :)

Angie All The Way said...

here here!

I am at the stage in my weight loss where I am curious about the loose skin. I am still flabby and there is still plenty of fat to lose, so I am unsure what will remain as loose skin. We shall see. But for the time being, I could fly around the world and back! lol

Mandy said...

Can totally sympathize... wow, it's like I wrote that, it's so what I think!

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