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Sep 3rd '15, 00:01 AM  
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Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 74

A question for any long-term target members out there

Hey all,

So for the first time for as long as I can remember, I recently got into a healthy BMI range. However, I still want to lose more to feel better about myself, as there's still areas for improvement.

What I'm wondering, is for those who have maintained a healthy weight, did you notice your size shrank even though your weight stayed the same? How long have you been at target for, and have you noticed much change?

The reason I ask is that as chuffed as I am with seeing 2lb losses or whatever, I don't expect to see that difference in a week. I'm not sure how long skin takes to "snap back", as I heard someone put it recently, so I'm wondering how long it took you to notice your skin naturally tighten up, even though your weight didn't change and you did little to tone it up.

If you don't mind me asking, could you post your age too? I know skin loses it's elasticity as we age, but with me being 22, I hope things will one day make it seem like I was never obese to begin with!
Sep 3rd '15, 11:33 AM  
SoSlim Rising Star
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 137

I reached my original target in May 2013, which was 11st 5lb and meant a loss of 7.5 stone. Over the next 12 months, without particularly trying, I lost another stone and my weight has settled somewhere between 10st and 10st 4lb. I have to say that I was left with quite a bit of loose skin (I'm 48). I don't think skin does 'snap back'- once the elasticity has gone, that's it. Having said that, in the past year or so I have increased my activity enormously, walking around 5 miles per day and the skin on my stomach does seem to have tightened a little.
Sep 4th '15, 22:06 PM  
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Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 74

Thanks for the reply!

I've recently started running for 30 minutes 3 times a week, so I hope that will help. Though I thought it would be toning exercises that would help rather than cardio.

I see photos of people who've done Slimming World with their stomachs showing, and you'd never have known some of them were as big as they were.
Sep 4th '16, 09:44 AM  
SoSlim Rising Star
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Ireland
Posts: 174

Hi matt9210,

Although I am 1lb off target and so not a long term target holder I understand your worries about loose skin.

I notice we have similar start weight and target weight however I am *coughs* A LOT older than you. 30 odd years as it happens.

Yes, I have ended up with some loose skin but nothing like as horrific as I imagined. I have been reading addictively about this subject and it seems that things like keeping your skin moisturised, drinking lots of water, avoiding sunbathing etc. seem to help. I always moisturise anyway and am drinking lots of water and never bother much with sunbathing so that probably did help me.

I do 'hot yoga' once a week and I think that definitely helps. I am doing a little weight lifting exercise at home for the backs of my arms and I have a step machine to help with the tops of legs and bum. Other than that walking the dog is my only exercise ~ I am not, nor ever will be, a gym bunny and as I am allergic to the chlorine in swimming pools I can't swim in them.

And the way I figure is that even if you are left with some loose skin, so what? You certainly look much better having lost the weight and other than your partner no-one sees you naked (well, usually :-D ), so what's to worry about? Just roll with it and enjoy your slimmer self. :-)
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