Flat side!

I'm still in the contemplating stage despite the...

I'm still in the contemplating stage despite the fact that I have put a 3200$ down payment down for an Oct. Surgery..(after summer, school starting and one kid's bday).

My PS actually told me I was an "in the middle group"...not a "no you don't need a tummy tuck", but not a "oh yes, you for sure would be a great candidate". I'm 5'7", 145. I used to be 185 (20 years ago) and have also been prego 3 times in the past 8 years...so my tummy is stretched and marked and I have always hated it....but I look OK in clothes...mostly.

I'm trying to get my head around this....who I should tell...I'm kind of embarassed...but at the same time, with my saggy belly, I still kind of see that 18 year old chubby girl...even though I work decently hard (I could work harder) at being in OK shape. I also worry about looking like a chubby girl with a flat tummy....know what I mean?? Like I actually did a naked plank to show my husband all the sag...lol. He doesn't really get it, but he knows I hate my belly...

some days I wake up and think that doing it is the best idea....other days I think its crazy...I'm terrfied of the healing and pain and trying to run my family without a mama...this family needs its mama!! anyways, this is my rant....I read this site often and Im sure someone else has some of these crazy thought?!

More and more excited

Maybe excited isn't the perfect word but summer clothes sure make a girl want a flat tummy. My date is set for Oct 2 and I'm getting my hubby prepared for taking time of work and being mr. Mom for a couple of weeks. I have been eating well and exercising regularly and unfortunately it isn't making me feel smaller... So I'm pretty sure that this is still the right decision... Just a bit of a scary one...

10 days..

Of course all three of my kids have runny noses and one has a terrible croupy cough.. it will be a miracle if I can make it through thenext10 days without getting something... I have allergies and every time I sneeze I think about how much it's going to hurt...

The week before...

Here are my before shots....

Recovery

Well, it's not fun... My body does not like anesthetics nor these narcotics... Today I am day 3... I fainted early this am when I got up to go pee... Luckily for me I am still in the hospital. I got back to bed and slept for a couple of hours. Still no real appetite, and hospital food leaves a bit to be desired but I am moving around better and better. I'm swollen and sore and I really want to poop!!

Slowly but surely ... Day 15

I'm not going to lie... Still hard days... I'm sure missing my mother in law who ran my household seamlessly for a week... But some days I feel ok.... The hardest part for me is the regression.... I want to feel the same or better every day and when I hurt more than the days before I find it hard on the spirit...

On the plus side....

Down 8 lbs! Very little appetite still...

3 weeks -1 day

I would say that today I resumed almost normal activity... Minus any work outs... I did all my own driving and dropping and picking up 3 kids off at school and preschool, made sugar cookies for Halloween, grocery shopping, had a friend for coffee, made dinner and went to my oldest daughters music class...on my feet a lot!! I'm now in my zero gravity lawn chair and hubs is putting kids to bed as I have had it! Hope I'm not sore tomorrow...

5 weeks

Feeling great at 5 weeks... Scar is red and still spitting stitches but I walk the dig now, hopped on my elliptical for 20 mins, and am keeping up with my three littles...
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Ill totally admit I'm jealous at how great your tummy looks! How's your swelling?
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Looking great!!!
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Awesome any regrets?
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Absolutely no regrets... It's been a journey but I am glad to be on it
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Looking good! It sure doesn't feel like it's been 5 wks since we were in hospital together…. Where has the time gone?
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I know!! So glad to have had your daily support!
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Likewise my friend! Truly lucky to have met each other. :-)
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Were 1 day apart & seem to be on the same track getting back into routines. How's it going so far?
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yes..I am doing Ok. I have soreness by the end of the day...and i still do pop Aleve first thing in the am, but I sleep well in my bed and am able to do most of my usual stuff...minus the work outs...as much as I miss them, I plan on taking off til January...just get back to brisk walks in a couple more weeks. 3 weeks was for sure a corner turner for me...at 2 weeks I was still rough...how about you?
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I'm doing good just trying to have my kids help me with picking up around the house to limit my bending. I'm actually going later today for a semi brisk walk with my 3 lbs weights. I'm so sick of doing nothing. I take my Advil at the end of the day.
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You look great! Hang in there, everything will get easier from here on out.
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I'm right there with you. Some days I feel great and others I can't get myself to get up to make myself something to eat. Hang in there!
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U just look amazing!
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Wow! Thank you! ... If only I felt amazing:)...
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Looking good! :-)
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You look awesome! I hear you on the appetite! I
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Love your results!
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Also you have no swelling that's so awesome, my Dr says my body acts as a sponge so it will take some more time.
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oh my gosh...I feel soo swollen...I may not be super puffy, but I am swollen....I sometimes feel like I am going to pop!
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Looking great! I have yet to weigh myself I'm waiting on both drains to be out!
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I hope you are doing better today! Drink lots of water, it will help with the toileting issues :)
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You look a lot like me! Check out my photos to compare. I can't wait to see your results.
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It does get easier at least your in the hospital an not at home with you fainting... Continue to rest an drink your fluids. Take some MOMs or stool softner it does help. Happy healing!!!
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Sorry your having a hard time. What are they giving you for pain? I think my pain pump probably helped me out a lot.
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