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Old 06-26-2010, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never had stomach surgery, but I've had a ton of work done on my knee and yes I think surgery does diminish muscle strength, maybe not the surgery itself but not using the muscles while everything heals certainly gives you atrophy (muscle shrinkage). I've also had 3 pregnancies, and had absolutely NO ab strength left after that last baby. During pregnancy my stomach muscles split down the middle, which is fairly common, but after my last child was born they did not mend back together, I had trouble even picking my head up. What I did to get some of it back was simple crunches, slowly up 1, 2, 3, 4, slowly down 1, 2, 3, 4. I had to do this every day for about a year in order to be able to do a full sit-up. But I'm getting some tone back now. You just have to give yourself time.
Starting weight: 244.6 lbs. 10/01/09
Pounds lost: 80.6 lbs
Current weight: 164 lbs
Goal weight: 120 lbs
Weight to go: 44 lbs
Goal Date: 1/1/13
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