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Old Sun, Sep-20-15, 18:10
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I agree. After a certain age (don't know which one) the skin doesn't snap back with weight loss. Skin gets flabby with wt loss, but most of the areas where there's flab there's also muscle. I read somewhere that after age 50, people lose a certain % of muscle tissue regularly, so if the sort of exercise one is doing isn't working to develop some muscle tone in thighs & upper arms & (yes) the abs, then it's gonna be droop city by the time you're my age (70). Doesn't mean there won't still be some flabbiness, just less of it than there'd be without persistent exercise of the sort that develops muscle tone. ~~ mo
Mo,
As you know, I'm your age. The strange thing is that the skin on my body is still resilient with no looseness or folds. It's just the arms that worry me, and not just what I call my "wing flaps." Now the skin between the elbow and the wrist looks sort of like drifting sand. I definitely have to go back to the gym and spend some time growing muscles under there.
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Old Sun, Sep-20-15, 18:15
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Plan: SBD->atkins twist->paleo
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FYI- when those of us in the TDC loose more than 100 lbs, the loose skin issue is very much of an issue. You ladies(bluesinger and Desert Mo) are not in the same category.
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Old Mon, Sep-21-15, 08:35
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I am really noticing the skin on my arms getting loose. And, as I change shape, as well as lose weight, the skin on my thighs, as well. I've always had larger legs--from my dad's side of the family. I remember, in my 30's, seeing my aunts and being horrified to think that I would have legs like them someday. Yup. I do.

Something happened this summer, though, to make me feel better about it all. The Senior Games were held here in the Twin Cities, and for two weeks, there were photos of men and women in the 60's to 80's, proudly smiling, wearing medals for their athletic achievements. ALL of them were sagging, somewhere or another.

And I realized that, while it would be ideal to have firm skin, like I did in my youth, if I am going to live healthy and happy into my 90's, as I plan, the healthy part is more important than the saggy/non saggy part. And I can deal with saggy, if I stay healthy.
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Old Mon, Sep-21-15, 08:58
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At age 66 and 107 lbs down I have a fair amount of loose skin, belly, thighs, upper arms, but not enough to really get in the way, just enough to look ugly. Luckily I can live my life dressing so that the looseness remains hidden and not too many people ever see me naked, so I don't worry about it.

Jean

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Old Mon, Sep-21-15, 11:09
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I've given up worrying. I had a tummy tuck a few years ago so that isnt too bad, but my thighs and upper arms... and my face, neck, butt.... I'm over 50 and I'm never gonna have the body of an 18 year old. Sadly, its just part of aging and losing weight has simply made the wrinkles worse - serves me right I guess! At least I can cover the body

Jo xxx
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Old Mon, Sep-21-15, 12:47
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None of us have skin that young, or elasticity. Oh but a girl can dream: (LOL)
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 04:11
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Butter Bob Briggs has added a new video about his loose skin...and he keeps it in perspective. Watch if you need a visual and his simple philosophy about it: https://youtu.be/SZBCAR95QYI
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 04:49
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Oh my GOD, that was terrific Janet! Thanks for sharing the link
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FYI- when those of us in the TDC loose more than 100 lbs, the loose skin issue is very much of an issue. You ladies (bluesinger and Desert Mo) are not in the same category.
I can't agree more!

I have loose skin too exactly like Bob showed. Like he says, it's part of life and a matter of perspective!

Seriously, I'd rather have my loose skin that I can hide under regular length shorts and a tank top then have all the fat I had before...

And I have no desire to have surgery to remove it... actually it's all out-of-pocket b/c my insurance wouldn't cover it.

At my age, it's all good b/c I look way better than most of my peers! Just ask me!
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 05:38
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Oh my GOD, that was terrific Janet! Thanks for sharing the linkI can't agree more!

I have loose skin too exactly like Bob showed. Like he says, it's part of life and a matter of perspective!

Seriously, I'd rather have my loose skin that I can hide under regular length shorts and a tank top then have all the fat I had before...

And I have no desire to have surgery to remove it... actually it's all out-of-pocket b/c my insurance wouldn't cover it.

At my age, it's all good b/c I look way better than most of my peers! Just ask me!


I watched the video and agree with Bob. You just have to keep perspective.

Of course I also agree with Jo. I wear regular length shorts and no crop tops exposing my saggy midriff. There's a bit of extra thigh stuff going on slightly below the end of my walking shorts and a bit of upper arm flappiness at the bottom of my short sleeve shirts and t-shirts, but so be it. I'm OK with it.. Not only is surgery expensive and not covered by insurance, it's also dangerous. I lost weight not just to look better but to be healthier. Why risk that with surgery?

I have seen pictures of people with so much loose skin that it may pose significant problems that go beyond looks. That would be a different story.

Jean
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 06:35
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I watched the video and agree with Bob. You just have to keep perspective.

Of course I also agree with Jo. I wear regular length shorts and no crop tops exposing my saggy midriff. There's a bit of extra thigh stuff going on slightly below the end of my walking shorts and a bit of upper arm flappiness at the bottom of my short sleeve shirts and t-shirts, but so be it. I'm OK with it.. Not only is surgery expensive and not covered by insurance, it's also dangerous. I lost weight not just to look better but to be healthier. Why risk that with surgery?

I have seen pictures of people with so much loose skin that it may pose significant problems that go beyond looks. That would be a different story.

Jean
Yep the dangerous aspect of the surgery is a big concern of mine as well!

Did you ever hear this podcast that was shared on another thread...

“Tell me I’m Fat” Lindy West accepting her weight & Elna Baker 110 lbs weight loss:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/rad.../tell-me-im-fat

The part about Elna and her surgery to remove loose skin after her weight loss was truly eye-opening and that really convinced me that if I had the $$$ (win the lotto???) I still wouldn't do it!
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 06:51
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Yep the dangerous aspect of the surgery is a big concern of mine as well!

Did you ever hear this podcast that was shared on another thread...

“Tell me I’m Fat” Lindy West accepting her weight & Elna Baker 110 lbs weight loss:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/rad.../tell-me-im-fat

The part about Elna and her surgery to remove loose skin after her weight loss was truly eye-opening and that really convinced me that if I had the $$$ (win the lotto???) I still wouldn't do it!


I did listen to that, Jo, and if I had ever considered surgery that would convince me not to do it. I just mentioned casually to me doctor at my annual check-up that I wished I didn't have all this loose skin. Her response was that surgery was dangerous. I told her that I had no intention of going that route. I would be happier without it but so be it. It's really not a problem for me accept in my own mind so better to just accept it and get on with life.

Jean
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 07:54
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The point at which the abdominal skin hanging over the belly creates a growth area for fungus is the point where I'd have a tummy tuck.

Because then it's long term danger VS short term.

And you can sure bet that I'd agitate for coverage, if I had that issue!
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Old Fri, Jul-15-16, 12:04
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I watched Bob's video. I loved all of his videos and re-watch them from time to time.

His candor is awesome..... I don't have the guts (or the money ) to get rid of my extra skin..... so I guess I will keep my clothes on ROFLOL .......

I knew when I started this journey that I'd probably never have washboard abs or perfect thighs and I accepted that fact. As he said, I'd rather have the extra skin that the extra fat.
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