It's November 15th, in about 80 days I will be going under the knife for around 6 hours. I will have a full tummy tuck with flank liposuction, a full Anchor breast lift and new implants put in. Excited is not the word for how I feel. I am over the top giddy about this. I am also nervous, anxious and a bit terrified of the whole process.
I chose and met with my Plastic Surgeon (Dr. Obaid) in August of this year and scheduled my surgery for February 3rd. At the time I was not in good shape, I had not been working out, I felt horrible and I looked it. To not sound so hard on myself I had just given birth via Emergency CSection - 6 months prior. But still no excuse for my lack of motivation.
While at the consultation, I had pictures taken - Naked - it's considered the before pics for your file. I was sickened that I had to stand there and do this. I knew what I looked like and I hated it. That's harsh right but I am gonna keep it real. I.AM.VAIN. I am not going to hide that, I want this surgery to look better physically to my self and to others, not gonna try to say it is medically necessary. It is really not, although my tortured abdominal wall will benefit from it and in turn that will help my back out. So maybe it is not all vanity but probably it is.
After that consultation, I decided that the next time I was gonna see them and (at preop January 11th) have more pics done for my file that I didn't want to feel the way I felt at the original consultation. I left that office that day and made a plan to get up off my fat ass and workout.
I have done that and more...
I have lost 25lbs, 4 pant sizes, 2 bra sizes and I don't even know how many inches. I get up every workday morning by 4:30AM and go to the gym, I have totally revamped my diet and I have muscle once again.
I am still going strong, I will be in the best shape of my life when that surgery date rolls around and I am proud of that. I am thankful to be able to get up everyday and have the option to workout and get fit.
I do have concerns with the surgery and probably will all the way up to the actual surgery day. I am concerned about the recovery and the time it will take. My home is filled to the brim with activity and I so do not want to miss out on all of it even for a second. I am concerned with the amount of time I will need to take off at they gym - Some say 6 weeks and some have said 12 weeks. I know I have to be careful getting back to my weight routine after surgery and I will be careful, I have just worked so hard for the muscle I got and I don't want to lose it all. I have a great support team in place for the weeks following the surgery, so I know it will all go smoothly. For goodness sakes, I will have a morphine pain pump for a few days, can't be that bad.
My great friend "T Hance" will be documenting my surgery day and recovery with her mad photo skills and I will be blogging my progress. In fact the day before my surgery I will post a pic of my belly (at different angles) for the Pre Tummy Tuck pics. That is only fair, I don't want to (cause I am VAIN) but I will. It is a journey and I want to share it with others that will benefit from it. I will say that my belly area is tightening up a bit but not enough to cancel the surgery.
My boobs act as if someone has died and they just hang their head down in sadness. Of course engorging to a 42 EE after this last pregnancy didn't help that state. So combine the milk making with a set of LARGE silicone implants and now the weight loss, My girls are so damn confused they do not know which way is up. No worries, Dr. Obaid is going to work his magic on them and defy gravity once again. And just to appease the few people out there that are so concerned with what size implants I am going with (not that it is any of their business) - BIG. Enough said.
I had wrote down after my consult in August, my goal, the size I wanted to be prior to surgery and I am happy to report I have reached that goal and 80 days ahead of time.
So if you are finding every excuse in the book to not get into shape, you can suck it. I have done it with a full time job and 5 kids in tow. Get up off your fat ass, put down the fork and start moving.
I would be happy to shoot down your excuses if you want to throw them my way.