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SO this morning I woke up and looked in the mirror and CRIED... I am pretty sure this is the smallest my stomach has ever been and it is so rewarding to see it going inward instead of flopping, knowing there is muscle being built below all that... extra... "Unused muscle" As my dad used to say. I don't weigh myself because it is depressing (because muscle weighs more than fat the number hasn't gone anywhere) BUT LOOK!!!
@ mandabear: you are "narrowing" dramatically--everything is shrinking in front to back and side to side. Congrats on your progress!
SLightly OT/down the road: if at the end/goal weight you have extra skin you aren't happy with and can't get rid of, i've had a tummy tuck and while it is QUITE the surgery it was SO worth doing. But you look young & young skin is elastic skin so hopefully you won't have to go that route or you might not even care about the skin if you have it.
You are looking great--keep doing what you're doing because it is working for you!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Lolly! I was thinking about that and my stretch marks the other day... I have had stretch marks most of my life from drastic weight gain... not often loss though. My skin seems to be going in the right places but if it does bother me I wouldn't mind a tummy tuck... it's not like I am getting lipo... I did all the work myself! But then again maybe it will be my battle scar... we'll see how bad it is. I am only 22 so hopefully youth is on my side for this one!
Wow! Congrats Mandabear, you are annihilating the fat. Totally know what you mean about being inspired watching your belly go in instead of out. When I close my eyes and imagine looking in the mirror, I still see my puffy face and my big belly hanging over my belt. Then I open my eyes, and OMG!
I agree with Primalchild on the matter of stretch marks (and extra skin, for that matter) -- we should be proud of these last lingering battle scars from a dark and dangerous past. May we always keep a few flaws to remind us of our humble origins.
Deb and Mirrorball, your progress is awesome and very inspiring. Keep on grokkin'!