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Old 08-23-2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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Hi all, just thought I would share how I feel. Just a rant really cause I doubt there is anything I can do about it.
Medication and exercise has changed my shape so drastically I don't recognise myself. All last year I exercised and dieted and all I had to show for it was the fact that my Wu weight shifted to my tummy. (a side effect of meds). No weight did I loose and all the go and specialist say is at least I didn't pile on weight. I am now a shape I do not recognise and have never been this dress size with a belly......as much as I have always been overweight I held the weight in my hips bum and thighs and by the time I was this size I would have a flat toned looking tummy. I exercise lots. Things like body attack and combat and ever occasionally powerhoop. These are all meant to tone my tummy but arghhhhh nothing is happening.(rant over)
Is anyone else struggling with how they see their bodies or changes to it or am I alone in my distress?x
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:04 AM   #2
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When I gained weight back last time, I felt like it went right to my stomach and that I became an "apple" after having been an "hourglass" for most of my life. Turns out, it was only me who was sensitive to it- I still looked proportional to others and in photos.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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I notice my shape changing too. I don't know if it's menopause looming, or the thyroid meds, but I have a spare tire. I've never had a spare tire. I was the girl with the textbook proportions. I was 35-25-37 when I was 15. (Though I grew some after that and expanded... I am LARGE built). But always I had a waist. Now? Not so much. AND I have this ring of fat. But now I'm wondering if it's loose skin.

All I know is that I gained weight over vacation last month (9 pounds in 4 weeks). And I swear every single pound went to my tummy. Some of it might also be that I wasn't going to strength training classes too, but I hadn't been doing those for awhile while I worked on landscaping at home and the gut was still smallish. Now?? Geez...
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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I have the belly pudge of doom thing going on too...I've always had it, and as it turns out, it's pretty common for it to stubbornly stick around in people with PCOS (boo...). At this point every other part of me has visibly shrunk (even my waist is down at least 13 cm), but my belly just doesn't want to go away.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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Changing shapes seem to be the norm. I guess that makes me an outlier, because I have exactly the same shape today as I had 40 years ago at 15. Of course my skin doesn't look as young and I have some varicose veins, but there hasn't been any redistribution of fat stores.

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Old 08-24-2012, 12:37 AM   #6
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I am experiencing this too. I think my stomache is a result of two children and 20 years of obesity. I am still an hourglass by measurement, but the definition is less and my stomach does not seem to be shrinking as much as the rest of me. JUST today I was in new stores and trying clothing that was just not working for my shape, but I could not figure out anything that DID work...not quite an apple, not quite an hour glass?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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I'm an apple now and I've always been an apple. I hates it, I does.

There's nothing I can do about it, though. It just is.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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I have more of an hourglass shape but I did go through a period of gaining 50 pounds extremely quickly (First 3 months of Freshman college after losing a lot of weight on a crash diet my senior year of highschool) and I was completely round, no waist whatsoever and my small waist was what everyone used to comment about). I do think your figure can look different depending on how quickly you gain weight as well as genetic factors like aging.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #9
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I feel like I've barely lost on the bottom and lost everything on top, except my gut. I keep grabbing this gut and asking my husband 'when will this be gone?' . He has been great, he keeps telling me this is the thinest I've been since we met, but I know better...
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