An article showed up in my Facebook memories that made me think about things that I’ve learned along my post-banding journey. I’ll share a few of the things I’ve experienced. The article speaks specifically about excess/ loose skin. Check it out here.
Thankfully, I was blessed with a tall (6ft tall since age 12), solidly-built frame, so as a larger woman I’ve got a lot of real estate; that has made my loose skin issues not as extreme. I have lost 150lbs since having my adjustable gastric band surgery in 2016. My loose skin is not quite as severe as what is shown in the video; mine is mostly my tummy and arms, my legs a little (mostly from the knees up). I can tell you that some of the ‘issues’ that have come with extreme weight loss have taken some getting used to but I’d still have made the choice to have my surgery; even knowing what I know now.
I’ve always been big but I was solid. As I’ve lost weight and my skin has gotten looser, things have gotten…jigglier. I have quite a ‘backside blessing’ courtesy of my Mama and a fantastic bloodline so that is still sitting pretty high but everything else has pretty much dropped. And let me tell you that no amount of girdling is able to control it, though it does reign things in a bit.
Something I’m sure a lot of people take for granted is putting on deodorant. Well, I have to be cognizant of the excess skin that falls into the way when I raise my arm. Talk about wings 😂!!
The skin of my legs has a mind of it’s own; dig that wiggle. It is definitely something you can’t help but be aware. When working out, things can get noisy. It’s just something you deal with and know that as you work out and eat well, there will be less to jiggle.
And then, there’s the belly. I have two words for you…Silky Underwear. I use this product every morning pre-workout and post shower in all my creasy parts; especially under my tummy. A little bit goes a long way. I would also keep a tube of diaper rash cream on hand; I use Desitin. Moisture is not your friend! I use the cream to treat the irritation (diaper rash) that happens underneath my panniculus.
I know that I joke and that this might sound unpleasant but I still feel my weight loss surgery was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel better than I’ve felt in more than a decade. I’m off of all of the chronic pain medications I was on previously. I am able to shop of the rack and seat belt issues are a thing of the past. I sat in the backseat of a Prius (Über) and had no problems. I am still learning how to love all of me, all the time. Also, while there are more clothes that I have access to (shopping off the rack is exhilarating…and intimidating), there is just as much of my wardrobe that has been rendered useless because I don’t like the way it looks on my lesser frame; still getting used to my body changes.
Whether you’re moving toward your goals through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, remember to have grace toward yourself. There will be hard days, hell, hard hours. You’ll have to reset…maybe more than once. Whatever you ‘why’ is (it’s ok if it’s you), allow that to keep moving you forward. You got this!!