(This is part of the “Ask me Anything” Series.)
Christi asked: “After reading the story of how you transformed your life and your body, I would be very interested in knowing the affects the weight loss has had on your body. I am also curious to know about loose/saggy skin. Do you have any that you wouldn’t attribute to age?”
Since I lost weight the slow way (it took almost 2 years) I didn’t have to worry about the loose skin that often happens when someone loses a lot of weight. I am very thankful for that.
The loose skin I do have, I’m currently working on with weight lifting. I’m seeing progress and I know if I continue that program I’ll tone up.
I have stretchmarks. I’ve tried every skin product out there to get rid of them, and finally just decided “oh well.” They are part of who I am. They remind me of where I used to be and how far I’ve come. They aren’t my favorite part of my body but I’ve gotten over the embarrassment.
The first winter I experienced at a lighter weight–about 180 pounds–was FRIGID. Oh my god. I cannot describe how cold I was. The heat was on full blast in my apartment at all times, I was wearing sweaters and layers and GLOVES and I was still freezing. That was the beginning of my temperature change.
Swimming changed my figure in ways that surprised me. I developed strong, broad shoulders and a muscular back. I also saw my waist shrinking. The typical swimmer’s body is the “V”…broad shoulders, narrow waist.
Running continued to change my body. It developed my legs into strong, muscular vehicles that propel me when I run. My calves became defined.
The changes were small at first. One by one, the extra chins disappeared…the face narrowed, my rings stopped fitting. Then I could see muscle definition and I had a collarbone! That was the coolest feeling.
Seeing the changes motivated me to keep trying. Even now, when I lose a few pounds it’s noticeable.
QUESTION: What changes have you seen in your body when you lost weight?