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Old 01-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default Newbie: old age & flab :-(

Not a very appealing subject heading, I know.

I did a search but didn't find what I was looking for.

I'm a 64 year old female. I've dropped 30# since last summer, which brings me into my target range of 130#.

I enjoy regular exercise, and I have been able to change my eating habits from sloppy/careless to healthy/attentive.

I'm very happy with my weight loss and all the benefits it brings.

But, is there *anything* I can do about the flab I'm left with? Short of liposuction of course.

Am I too old to turn flab into muscle?

Which forum should I participate in?

Are there any other old people out there? I'd love to hear from you.

upstate NY
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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Val, welcome to FitDay.

I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you--I have (and will have even worse, eventually) the same problem--excess skin. Short of surgery and/or trying to tone the underlying muscles I don't know what to do.

I'm sure others will offer up some suggestions.

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May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)

Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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I'm a little younger but have lost nearly 100 pounds, so I too have excess skin. My current strategy is to build up the muscles beneath the worst areas and so far it's working. If I hold my elbows up I have maybe an inch of extra skin that hangs down below my upper arms, but it goes away almost completely when I flex my muscles. Now I have to figure out how to get that going on yon saggy fanny. I also think as time goes on the amount of extra skin is going down, so I'm going to wait a year or two before I contemplate surgery of any kind. I do have a goofy belly button that needs some work, so I suspect I'll get the tummy tightened up at the same 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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