Hi, I'm 33 and my entire life I have been very athletic, played competitive sports throughout college and continued to be very very active throughout my adult years. I have always been chubby. I was a fat kid and grew up as a girl who hid it well. Pretty face, great hair and I could hide my tummy well. I would win the boys with my face but they wouldn't stick around...I have never worn a two piece bathing suit in my life.
When I was 25 I joined Weight Watchers and quickly lost the extra 30 pounds my body had been carrying with my for years. It was like my body knew the weight it wanted to be. It was all about portions. I could exercise twice a day and not lose weight but if I watched what I ate and didn't drink in excess the weight would stay off. However, my damn hanging tummy was staying put. I'm 5'8" and a very healthy, fit weight of 150 (at the time of surgery). I am a certified yoga instructor in addition to working a full time job that I love in the field of internet advertising. I have always had a poor self image and decided it was time that I deserved to have the body I wanted and that I deserved. I was very scared because I thought only women who've had babies have tummy tucks and that I was copping out. I don't have a baby and I want kids so it's a huge sacrifice to do it before having kids.
By the way, it doesn't prevent you from having kids at all I'm just sure I'll want to do this again (God, Help me) after I do. At the time of surgery I had a 4 inch separation in my transverse muscle and was ready to say goodbye to my tummy. Anyway, it's been the best thing I've ever done for myself. I have a wonderful boyfriend who is so supportive and loving and would do anything to make me happy. I didn't take any pre-op photos as I couldn't bare to so once I get them from my doc I'll post. At the time I'm writing this I'm 27 days post op and feeling better every day!