In case you didn’t hear already, my kid called me an Old Fatty. This was after he played the drums on my stomach and saw it wobble like a cross-dresser wearing heels for the first time.
And then he laughed at me.
No matter how slender I get, my mid-section will always be a little like jello.
Because my spawns stretched out my skin while they were incubating under my abs. The more weight I lose, the more my stretch marks look wrinkly-jiggly. And once the fat slab remnants are totally eradicated, my stomach will no doubt look like the chick in the picture (above) – muscle all round with the loose skin waving.
I considered what to do about this. Do I tummy tuck or just leave my body alone?
I lean towards leaving (and loving) my body as is – no cutting and chopping. What sealed the deal for me was last year’s news about former Miss Argentina (1994), Solange Magnano. She died from complications of butt lift surgery. Magnano was only 38 years-old and the mother of 7-year old twins.
She left a family behind while on a mission to make her butt look prettier. A butt lift obviously isn’t the same as a tummy tuck, but it’s all elective plastic surgery. It comes with risks I’m not willing to take.
My buddy Roni had the tummy tuck and she looks freakin’ awesome. Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice. Go for it if you think it’s right for you. But as us older women (and men) get back into fitness to shed the pounds, let it NOT come with the unrealistic expectation that we’ll achieve the taut skin of a 21-year old.
Weight loss sometimes brings the wrinkly-jiggly skin. That’s me over here. And according to my child, I am an Old Fatty.
So be it.
(Confession: I considered withholding sugary sweets from my Greedy Kid #3 as retaliation for calling me names. Bah!)