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How You See Me in Clothes is Not How I See ME! - Cape Girardeau, MO

Hello Everyone! I first want to say THANK YOU ALL...

Hello Everyone! I first want to say THANK YOU ALL for sharing your wonderful (and not so wonderful) journeys. I have been stalking this site for about a month and just now got the nerve to post something. You ladies are all brave and beautiful!!

Now, with that, I am a 42 yo 5'7, 170 lb wife of 23 years and mother of 3 awesome kids, 22, 19, & 15. After a 35 lb weight loss I have decided that it is time to remove the part of me that is in the way of making me feel proud of all the work that I have accomplised. My husband has been my BIGGEST supporter and I love him dearly. He has told me that he thinks that I am gorgeous just like I am, but I don't feel that way about myself (99% of the women do).

I have not had a consultation as of yet, but my DH and I will be attending a seminar for a mommy makeover at the end of the month. The ps that is hosting it is the same ps that my doctor recommended (so that makes me feel more relaxed about attending). I am hopeful that after attending I will book my consultation and possibly my tt. I am a huge ball of nerves and had my first breakdown a few days ago (btw, my DH can talk me down from any bad situation, I just love that). He told me that I deserve this, and that if I want this then WE will do it (which made me realize that it won't be just me suffering through this!)

Anyway, I will post pictures soon of what people see (me in clothes) and what I see (me not in clothes - gross).

Also, I pray for all you past, present and future tummy tuckers. May God give you peace of mind and the belly of your dreams!

When I got pregnant with my first child I was 19...

When I got pregnant with my first child I was 19 and 115 lbs. I gained 42 lbs. with her, lost about 20 of it, got pregnant with my next one, gained 40 with her and didn't lose much of it. When I got pregnant with my 3rd one, I found out that I had gestational diabetes. I only gain 18 lbs. and lost 30 after he was born. I had gotten down to 150 lbs. after he was born and slowly over the last 15 years I gained 50.

18 months ago I was desperate to lose weight (and I have started every diet under the sun..but had never got passed the first several days) so I prayed really hard one night for God to show me what to do. The next morning some friends of mine on facebook were talking about starting the the Couch to 5K program on Monday. I kept thinking "This is God telling me that to lose weight you need exercise AND diet, not just diet". So I joined them on Monday, finished the 9 week program, ran 4 5K's since then, and exercise 5 days a week for an hour each day (anything from Zumba to walking/running up and down the bleachers at the football field). There are just 3 of the original 10 that started 18 months ago and we count on each other to be there Every morning. I have since lost 35 lbs and feel better than I did when I was in high school.

My body now does not show how good I feel or how hard I have worked. I am like most women on here, I don't want to tell my mom until I have actually scheduled and paid for my tummy tuck. I joked about it one time about 5 years ago about getting one and her words were "Oh honey that is MAJOR surgery, don't put yourself through!" I know that when I tell her she will be by my side 100%.

I am looking forward to being "on the flatside" hopefully within the next 3 months.

Oh and btw, the stretch marks above the belly button were caused by my 2nd baby....an almost 9 pounder!

Well, I went to the seminar and meet the ps. Dr....

Well, I went to the seminar and meet the ps. Dr. Humphrey was very friendly and informative. I have scheduled my consultation for Monday, March 18th. I am hoping that I will have decided one way or the other if I'm going to go through with it by then.

I have been at a point that I didn't think the surgery was going to happen because of the sequestration and possibly losing my job. But, I was informed this past Wednesday that I will still have my job until at least June 2014, so that's a positive note for now.

I'm just going to go to the consultation (since it's free for attending the "Mommy Makeover Seminar") and see what he says. I will post again after the consultation to let y'all know what I have decided.

Oh, and btw...I have gained 7 lbs in the last 2 weeks because of the stress of my job. I want to get at least half of that off by the time I go to my consultation.
Cape Girardeau Plastic Surgeon

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