What Happens After The Weight Is Gone? When you lose a lot of weight there are some physical issues you might have to deal with. Let’s just say… things “fall down”… My stomach is no longer huge, but, that skin didn’t disappear… and the same goes for other areas, my arms, my backside, and my chest. When you stretch your body out like that it’s hard to pull it all back in! lol
In my case the Dr. told me that no amount of exercise would change most of these areas for me. I sure thought losing 100 lbs would make me “look” better, but all I see in the mirror is loose skin, when I was fat at least it was tight and things were …firmer…! 🙂 I know I am healthier and I know I am better off now, I just wish there was a little physical reward… Ok, so no it’s not all negative – I quit snoring, I don’t have heartburn anymore, I can walk for longer periods of time, I have more energy, and with the right undergarments I can hold it all still and in the right places! lol
What Happens After The Weight Is Gone?
I remember when Kate Gosselin had her plastic surgery donated to her to remove the extra skin she had in her stomach after having the sextuplets. I am not up for plastic surgery, that is not something i think I would want to do. Although I had thought about implants until a friend told me you have to have them replaced every 10-15 years – did you know that?! I didn’t, that changed my mind and quick!
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But, more than physical there are mental things to deal with. Even now, and I lost over 100 lbs about 4 years ago, I buy clothes that are too big for me. I shop in the wrong size section. I am looking for ways to hide my belly and backside. All things I did when I was fat. But, when I look in the mirror and when I am shopping I am still that fat girl.
It’s hard to switch gears. A few years ago, pretty quickly after I had lost the weight, I was at a blogging convention and a blogger friend of mine told me my clothes were too big and I needed to go have someone measure me and tell me what size I should be wearing. So, I went to buy jeans, and I did that very thing, I thought she might be right. I was totally shocked and still don’t believe it, but, I walked in wearing a size 10 and left with size 2 jeans! That’s nuts! I was seriously buying clothes that weren’t my size, it was in my head that I was still fat and a size 10 was AWESOME!
Even four years later I still struggle with the same thoughts and feelings. When I think of styles and things that will flatter me, I think of the same type clothes I wore when I was trying to cover up all the weight.
Has this happened to you? Can you relate to what I am saying? I wanted to write about it because I heard someone on TV that said this very thing and I said “YES!” because I KNOW that feeling and those thoughts. Gaining weight not only makes you unhealthy it affects you emotionally and mentally. Just some of my thoughts…
Gena Baker-Lantzy says
I had gastric bypass and stomach stapling (roux en y) when I was 15 (16 years ago) and I made huge plates of food for about 7 years afterwards….even when I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat that much. It took me about 10 years to stop seeing the 250 lb me and see that I was a new me. My Mom told me to stand in front of the mirror with a paper bag over my head (with eyes cut out) so I could see me the way others saw me…and it really helped. I think it takes a while for our minds to wrap around the weight loss and realize that we’re a new person. =)
That’s very true and what a great thing your Mom did for you. It’s good to know there are other people who went thru the same thing. It’s still hard now sometimes. I also think there’s always a hyper-awareness of our weight that will never go away. I suppose that can be good and bad. But, I love that I have taken it off and kept it off!
Congrats to you!
Thanks for sharing!