I watched a programme once where a woman was having some kind of plastic surgery on her stomach, and they talked in great detail about what you mention, the muscles being torn and hers had occured after a normal pregnancy. I'm sure i have the same problem as they showed how you have a dip in the middle of your tummy where the muscles won't go back together.
I would imagine excercise would help tone your stomach now that you have lost weight, i think the surgeon means it will never look the same again.
I find it really depressing as the rest of my body is ok, i just have a big tummy and i also seem to get really bloated nowadays aswell. I am terrible for sticking to sit ups, i do loads in a few days and then the novelty wears off.
well done for the massive weight loss and for doing so well with the ME (your a childminder aren't you? wow!)
Sorry can't help much with the tummy, it is always the last thing to go when you loose weight and the first place you put it on, I hate mine, I have pretty slim arms and legs but my tummy is a nightmare, and sit ups are a nightmare! The thing with sit ups though is that it's not really the amount you do but how effectively you do them, even just a few each day might make all the difference, someone mentioned pilates on another thread, maybe some sort of excersise like that might be better, as it's quite a gentle excersise?
Katie - my GP offered me a apronectomy if I chose to go that route (and still needed it after losing weight) on the NHS. Apparently some surgeons are sympathetic to this problem (apparently one in Brum) cant remember where you are though?
Same here KatieMac. I've lost three stone since having my two but my tummy is still a complete disaster. TBH I still look pregnant unless I actively suck it in and I've got loads of flubby skin I'll be watching this thread with interest.
Oh definately give pilates a go - it is the only exercise I have ever done which I can say has really changed my body shape!
I've still got a saggy tum but only cos I need to lose one more stone
If you can you need to go to a proper studio and do equipment based pilates which is much more effective than mat classes. The sessions themselves are not ardous - the opposite really they are deeply relaxing
Oh its very very gentle - my days of killing myself on the cross trainer or climbing wall are defo over
It really is a lovely way to exercise - quite holistic. To completely put your mind at rest - there is a lady who is paralysed from the waiste down who uses the same studio as me each week and she loves it