Loose Skin, A Weight-Loss Reality.

So firstly I have to apologise about my absence over the past while, If I’m perfectly honest I think I’ve had a form of writers block, Wasn’t sure really what people wanted to read about and because I’m now building muscle, my food is mainly revolving around protein and working out, that’s why I’ve been sharing my instagram and snapchat a lot lately as I chat directly with you there and am trying to be a lot more pro-active and post a lot, but I also realise that a lot of you aren’t on them either so I really need to pull up my socks when it comes to my website.

My post today is so, so personal and honestly I’ve been thinking about posting this for over a year and each time I freak out and never end up doing it. Why? Probably cause it’s putting myself out there flaws and all. Weightloss is an amazing thing and it can really empower you and improve your confidence tenfold, but we all have our insecurities and before I couldn’t really hide mine, but nowadays I can and I have been ever since I hit my goal weight over a year ago. A lot of people say to me that I’m an inspiration and that I motivate them to continue on their weightloss and health journeys and I’m so proud of that, but looking through the instagrams and flawless pictures of people with fabulous bodies I want people to be realistic and to know what comes with extreme weight-loss, even when it’s not so pretty.

I think loose skin is something that every overweight person thinks about when they begin to lose weight. We all wonder how our bodies are going to look when we hit our goals and depending on our methods of weightloss and our genetics, we really won’t know until it happens, but it’s easy to be fooled by progress pictures (including my own) that show flat tummys when in actual reality, it’s not. I think nowadays when we have a billion different photo editing apps and filters to choose from it’s easy to put the best version of yourself out there for people to see but that’s not real life, and that’s not real weight-loss. I lost 110 pounds, of course there was going to be a significant impact on my body and it’s only fair I be real with all my readers and put it out there, the good, the bad and the wrinkly and saggy haha!

In all honesty though I actually think I was lucky enough that my arms and legs bounced back for the majority and my stomach could be a lot worse I know, but I think it’s down to a few things that I did throughout my weightloss and before I share my pictures with you (good lord) I’ll tell you about the things that help your skin throughout weight-loss.

  1. Lose Weight At A Moderate Pace – If you lose weight very quickly your extra skin can be quite excessive, losing 1-2 pounds a week is a great amount to ensure less drastic loose skin.
  2. Drink Water – Water is important throughout weightloss and not just for hydration but for your skin as well, it helps the elasticity in your skin to tighten and firm up.
  3. Lifting Weights & Cardio – I can’t stress how amazing weightlifting is to helping to firm up skin, building muscle is a great way to rev your metabolism up and tone as you lose weight! I accredit weightlifting to my arms and legs having very little loose skin.
  4. Moisturise – Using a moisturiser with Vitamin E can help promote new cell growth and help keep stretch marks at bay, which can help the appearance of loose skin.

So there’s a few little tips that can help you throughout your weightloss, but ultimately it comes down to your method and how you’re built. So either way you can be left with loose skin and really if you’ve exhausted all avenues and you are 100 percent certain that you don’t want it, then the only thing left really is to have it removed via abdominoplasty.

This is something I’ve been thinking about for ages, ever since I hit goal weight last year, I told myself that if I dedicate myself to the gym and to toning and trying everything to improve my loose skin, if I still wasn’t happy then I’d consider skin removal surgery. If there was a different way for me to be able to do it that didn’t involve surgery then I’d be all ears but unfortunately it is the only way and I’ve been saving and saving to get the money together to get it done. A lot of people say like why don’t you leave it, you don’t need to have it removed etc, but if I’m perfectly honest it does affect me mentally, it can get me down and sometimes I feel like I’ve come so far and yet it’s just incomplete for me. Now I won’t be getting it done anytime soon as it costs over 7500 thousand euro to have it done in Ireland (the most expensive in Europe, typical) but I have been thinking of going abroad for it, only because I don’t want to have to wait years to save that amount to have it here and if I do my research right, then I should be fine, but it is so annoying that I can’t afford to have it in my own country and it’s so outrageously priced, but c’est la vie I suppose.

Anyways whatever you decide to do when you lose the weight is completely and utterly 100% your choice, I didn’t want this post to be an airy fairy love your body blah blah blah post because at the end of the day everybody is different, we all feel differently about certain things and that’s just the way it is. I do love myself, I love how my body has changed, I love how I’ve got my health back but I’ve also put in a lot of work to get where I am now, and having this surgery would be the icing on the cake for me. Just because it can get me down sometimes doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how far I’ve come, because I’m proud of my achievements and that’s all that really matters, the surgery would just be that cherry on top.

Please be kind as it’s really taken a lot for me to post this today and I wanted to be as honest with you all about the highs and the lows of weightloss, it couldn’t all be absolutely fabulous could it? 😛

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12 thoughts on “Loose Skin, A Weight-Loss Reality.

  1. auntyamo says:

    You are an inspiration SJ. Can’t remember how long it is since I started reading your blog. But almost exactly a year ago I started to take your advice. I’ve lost almost 5 stone and still have at least that again to lose. But I can see already the excess skin and I know it’s going to get worse. Thank you for your honesty and openness. That is a brave post!!! Keep saving; and go get that op!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Keep her lit! 🙂 x

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    1. sarahjanecoogan1 says:

      Oh wow, Thank you so much for this comment I really appreciate it, you actually have me in floods of tears because putting yourself out on a limb and sharing these things with people is so scary, but you are proof that it’s all worth it. Well done you on losing 5 stone, that is an amazing achievement and I know you’ll get through the next 5 in just as positive a manner. Thank you for reaching out to me and letting me know this ❤ It's really really inspired and motivated to keep going with all my writing so thank you ❤ Xx

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  2. Rosie says:

    Crying reading this. I have lost 50 lbs and still have 15 to go to get to goal but the joy of my new body is completely overshadowed by the loose wrinkly skin hanging from my tummy. I feel like less of a freak now. Thank you

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    1. sarahjanecoogan1 says:

      Rosie, you are not a freak, we’re the opposite, we bet the odds and we continue to kick ass, get healthier and fight against what can be a very uphill battle. This is the reality, loose skin is a reality and its okay to feel the way you do because I know I do too, but be proud of your achievements and when you hit your goal the decision of what you want to do is yours and yours alone. Congratulations on your weightloss you are seriously kicking ass, I’m proud of ya!Xxxx

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  3. Joan Coogan Kelly says:

    What an amazing woman you are SJ so proud to say you are my Niece. You are beautiful and always were, but this journey had been waiting for you, and you conquered it wonderfully. Be proud of all the people you have helped through their struggles. Have a great life. Joan xx

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