Thursday, March 3, 2011

Loose Skin

I've been wanting to post a response to this question and have been working on it in the back of my mind.  My apologies to the anonymous person for not getting to answer this question sooner:

Q: Something that has really been bugging me is the loose skin issue, specifically the potential for it my on arms and stomach. I would hate to be stuck with "batwing" arms and a flabby stomach after so much hard work. Is this something that you experienced? Or did your arm and abs firm up when you started exercising and eating better?

Speaking for myself I have come to accept the fact that I will always have "batwing" arms in addition to extra skin on the back of my legs right where the butt ends and the leg begins (and extra skin on bottom half of my butt).  For my stomach it's flat when I'm standing however if I bend over it reminds me of what a cow's udders looks like.  They just kind of hang.  The stomach skin I've talked about with other moms (ones that are thin and always have been) and they notice the same thing.  It's all because of having babies and skin getting stretched out along with muscles not being the same (as a side note when women go through menopause there is a tendency to gain weight in the stomach area).  Bottom line is lose the fat and build some muscle and you will notice some definition and a firmness in your body (as a side not there are people who have lost massive amounts of weight and elect to have the extra skin surgically removed - my extra skin isn't that bad and I'm not a fan of surgery or scars).

I've been overweight the majority of my life and I became the proud owner of stretch marks when I was a teen.  I gained allot of weight in a very short period of time and where women get stretch marks due to being pregnant I had them from weight gain. In addition to that I have varicose veins (some of which is hereditary) that I've had for a long time and weight gain over the years hasn't helped them go away.

Is the extra skin attractive, stretch marks, or varicose veins fun to look at?  Heck no! I must say seeing some pictures of my own extra skin I find stomach churning to say the least. 

From what little I've read on the subject doing weights and toning up your muscles can make a difference in physical appearance (in combination with also losing the fat that sits just below the skin).  I'm a big believer in toning up with weights in addition to doing cardio.  I didn't want to just lose weight and be a skinnier version of my current shape.  I wanted to build some muscle and get some definition.

When I flex my arm what do I see?  I see a strong arm and shoulder with some definition.  Is there some extra skin? Of course! but before I got in shape there was some extra skin there already only with allot more fat :-) 

Extra Skin

My Hard Work

This crow pose would not be possible
without the hard work pictured above.


 
 


2 comments:

  1. Wow girl, those are some cut arms!!!

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  2. Thank you Susan :-) I've never had muscles like that before!

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