Wow, where to start? Haha. First off, I'm still in...
I joined the military right after high school, I met my husband in Heidelberg, Germany and a few years later we decided to start a family. In 2004, I gave birth to my one and only child and my body has never been the same since.
I have always enjoyed being active, I love running and weight training. I actually became a Certified Personal Trainer and was going to college to get a degree in Kinesiology but no matter how hard and long I would work out, that stomach flab NEVER went away. Sure I could hide it pretty well, and most people thought I probably had a six pack but if I wasn't wearing some sort of Spanx-like garment, my flab always showed through! This alone hindered my confidence so much when it came to personal training, people base how good you are by the way you look and I was ashamed that I just couldn't get rid of that stomach no matter what I did, both at the gym and the kitchen!
I've contemplated getting a tummytuck for 8 years now, constantly looking at pictures and reading blogs, it just was never the right time for my family to do this. Now I am so excited to say that I am in a point in my life where I know that I am mentally and financially prepared to do this for myself. My husband loves my body the way it is now, but, come on, he's not the one that has to live with it! Haha he supports me 100% on this decision and has made it a priority to get this done for me, he knows its something I really wanna do.
Currently I am again trying to trim down as much as I can before surgery so that I can achieve the best results I can. I'm active 6 days a week, currently going on 2-3 mile runs every other day, plus I'm doing Insanity and P90X simultaneously. I can't go to the gym because I don't have someone to watch my daughter right now. So my home videos will have to do this summer!
Anyways, I am excited to read more blogs on here and looking at everyone's progress pictures! I wish everyone the best of luck during their tummy tuck journey!
My Inital Consultation
The pricing: $9,475. Here's the break down: $2,400 for the surgical center, $1,235 for anesthesia, $1165 for surgical packet and garments. The tummytuck itself was for $4,575. My consultation fee was $100. That was my pricing, from what I understand, the price is different for everyone.
I had a previous consultation with another surgeon but he just seemed uninterested and bored. He was not a good fit for me, Dr. Sozer seems very knowledgable and professional. He also did not hesitate to answer any questions I had. Although I am still very nervous and sometimes wonder if he is the right surgeon, I think all in all I made the right choice.
Weight Loss Update
Starting weight: 149lbs
Starting Waist: 38in
Left arm starting: 15in
Starting left thigh: 24in
Current: 21.5 in
Starting Hips: 40in
Current: 38.5 in
I'm trying to get down to my 120's again before surgery, Im sick of yoyo-ing between 120-150lbs. I bought the BodyMedia Armband so that I can really tweak my meal plans. Anyways, I'll keep you guys updated! Good luck to all you ladies having your surgery in the next few days!
Secondly, my 9 year old daughter and me wanted to participate in The Color Run 5k, that's in September 15th. If I have the schedule in August I know I more thank likely wont be able to participate in it.
I can reschedule my surgery for end of June or sometime in July, I just don't know if it would be better to have my husband here taking care of me or to rely on my mother? What would you guys do? Should I wait for my DH to get here and do it while he's on his R&R or should I just get the surgery out of the way ASAP? Thank you ladies in advance!
Quick update & Abdomen Lipo
Anyways, I have been reading that not many surgeons do abdomen Lipo at the same time as a tummytuck, my surgeon does. I don't know if to be nervous or glad about this....I've heard good things about Dr. Sozer and have done extensive research on him. Just hope it all turns out great.
Paid off my balance!
I'm so excited, it's been 9 years since I have wanted this and am so happy it's almost a reality!
No Pain Pump
I'm also going to call my Drs office to or row and try to schedule my surgery to an earlier date, hope they have something available in July. I'm still working out like a mad woman, my weight hasn't dropped but I have lost a few inches. I started doing 2 workouts a day and I love it. Anyways, hopefully I can reschedule my surgery tomorrow because I want to get this over with!!
Haters Gonna Hate
Anyways, I guess I'll do a progress update from my workouts while I'm at it. I'm only 3 weeks away from my surgery! Awesomeness!
Starting weight: 149lbs
Current: 143 lbs
Starting Waist: 38in
Current: 32.5 in
Left arm starting: 15in
Current: 12 in
Starting left thigh: 24in
Current: 22 in
Starting Hips: 40in
I have just been doing my Insanity Asylum 1 & 2 hybrid. I love it. I always watch what I eat, don't really eat much sugar or salt. I try to eat good carbs and lean proteins. My Shakeology is a must. I'm not worried at all about gaining weight after my surgery, I know how to work out and eat, I honestly just want to get it over with so that I can participate in the Color Run in September and hopefully start going to the gym again around that time frame. After all, I need to shut up all the haters. ;)
Alright, girls, I'll talk to you in a few weeks! Take care!
Now I just sit an wait and they will give mea call a day or two before surgery so I can go in an do my preop markings and check in with my plastic surgeon. I'm so close!!
Talk to you gals later! Take care. :)
My husband actually came home from overseas on Tuesday to take care of me, so I got my mom off the hook, haha. I'm so glad he is here, he spent all last night prepping meals for me and gave me a full body massage because he told me he wants my body as relaxed as possible and wanted me to get a good sleep. I'm so lucky and so happy he's here. My mom will be coming to check on me anyways and will be helping my husband with anything he may need. We only have one child and she is 9 years old so she's going to be my little helper also.
I've been having horrible tummy tuck nightmares lately and they are making my anxiety worse. I'm going to try not to think about my surgery and just keep myself busy.
Alright ladies, I pray all goes well tomorrow and I get amazing results! I will gives you guys an update as soon as I can. Take care, ya'll! :)
4hrs Post Op
The doctor told my husband and I that the surgery was great and that he was thrilled at the results he gave me, he said my stomach looks completely different and he can't wait to show it to me on Monday. Yay! :) The nurses also told my husband that I seem to be doing astonishingly good, that I'm really tough. I am walking around every so often for about 5-10 minutes, really hunched over though. I have been snacking on the same protein bar for about 3hrs, I'm halfway done, lol, also have been drinking lots of water.
Okay ladies, I'm getting sleepy again. Hope all is well with you guys! Take care, happy healing, and I will update you guys later. Goodnight! :)
1 Day Post Op
Alright girls, still no pictures, hopefully by Monday! Happy healing to all of you, take care! :)
2nd Day Post Op
Anyways, I have been taking Milk of Magnesia, the prescribed colonex pills, eating prunes and drinking prune juice, eating Quest Protein bars that have 18g of fiber each, and adding some fiber to my water in the morning. I also drank a cup of black coffee this morning to help me along. It all seemed to work quite well, it was painless and very soft.
I have also been alternating Coconut water and regular water. Haven't eaten anything big, today was just another egg white omelet, a protein shake, and low fat cottage cheese with pineapple. Tomorrow I have my first Post Op appointment with my doctor, lets see what he has to say. Talk to you guys tomorrow! Happy healing and hope you guys had a great weekend!
3rd Day Post Op
4 Days PO
K, girls, I will let you now how tomorrow goes. Happy healing ladies!
5 Days PO - Drain Removed
Yesterday night I went out to eat with my husband and daughter, had half a waffle and some coffee. At around 3am I woke up and decided to do some laundry, did one load then laid back down, took some Tylenol and went to sleep. Today I woke up at 8am, did another load of laundry and folded the other. I have been trying to stay out of the recliner as much as possible because it only makes my back hurt worse if I sit too long. My energy levels are nowhere near normal but as long as a rest between energy sputs I feel good.
Right now I'm walking about 85% upright, and am still extremely swollen. My next doctors appointment will be next Wednesday and that's when he will remove the stitches from my bellybutton and the tape around my incision I think.
Alright ladies, I'm posting another picture from today. Not much different than yesterday. Take care and happy healing!
1 Week Post Op
Anyways, I've been out and about the last couple of days and I do get tired real quick. I can only handle being out for a few hours at a time. Today I'm going to go watch a movie with my daughter and husband, I can't guarantee I won't fall asleep somewhere during the movie though!
What else can I tell you........still a bit hunched over, still get tired easily, still swollen. The glue over my scar is starting to fall off and this damn CG is starting to dig into my incision and it hurts like hell! I can't wait to replace it for something else. My shower yesterday felt AMAZING but it did drain my energy. My husband washed my hair first while I was on my knees and bent over the tub, then I did the rest of the shower. It was like a 30 minute task! Alright girlies, I'll try to take some pictures later on tonight or tomorrow morning and post them up. I will update again on my 2 week mark. Happy healing to all of you and good luck to all you girls up for surgery soon. Take care and god bless!
1 Week Photos
11 Days Post Op
The swelling is still presenting I feel fat and bloated most if the time but it really doesn't bother me or get me down because I know it's just part of the recovery process. I waited 9 years to be able to do this, a few months of dealing with swelling is not going to kill me! It's almost fall/winter so I'll be covering up a but more and the swelling wont be that noticeable. What is killing me however, is not being able to go to the gym!! I must work out, it's driving me crazy! Tomorrow my surgeon will be removing some stitches and the rest of the tape on my incision.
I also bought a different CG at Target because the one my surgeon gave me bothers me too much because its getting big. I'll tell him about it tomorrow. Alright ladies, hope you are all doing great! Take care and healing blessing!
3rd Doctors Appointment
All in all, everything is going great, I haven't taken any pain meds today at all and I'm doing just fine, I will also attempt to sleep in my bed tonight for the first time! I can't wait! Also I was able to wear my jeans today, I actually had the guts to try them on and they fit perfectly! They are size 5 and have about a 1/2 in. of give right now. I'm not worried about my pant size, like I said, I'm just ecstatic that my skin is gone!
Alright ladies, this is it for now, best of luck to all of you getting surgery in the next few days and those of you in recovery, I hope it's goes by quickly and without complication! See ya in a few days. :)
Two Weeks Post Op
Today I was out all day, went to the outlet malls, Chilis (where I had a Margarita, made me feel bloated and my abs tightened up quite a bit), and to a few other stores, a total of maybe 6 hours and I felt fine until I drank that margarita. So I'm staying away from alcohol a few more weeks. Tonight I'm also going to the movies, I guess my energy levels are getting back to normal, maybe 80%.
I'm also at the stage where I wake up flattest in the morning and swell up as the day goes by. My appetite is back to normal, my sleep patterns are still off. My agility is about 80% back, I can move easier and faster as the days go by. I have actually been wearing makeup and have dressed up the past 3 days. Everything looks way better. Haven't tried sex.......maybe tonight, hehehe.
Hmmmm, what else can I tell you? I'm absolutely happy with my results and so is my husband. My surgeon is an amazing doctor, he really knows what he's doing and he is very nice. I think that's about it for this update gals, see ya next week! Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
3 Weeks Post Op
Anyways, lets see, what changes have I seen? I'm still sleeping on my recliner because my husband is too scared to sleep on he bed with me, he doesn't want to run the chance of hurting me at night. So he sleeps on a couch next to me. I'm sleeping about 90% straight just because I don't want to put too much pressure on my incision, I want it to heal thin. I still can't sit up by myself because of my muscle repair. I'm extremely mobile though, my agility is around 95%. My energy levels are pretty much back to normal. I do get a little sad from time to time, still don't know what that's all about. I've been intimate with my husband a few times already, no pain whatsoever.......and it's AMAZING to not feel self conscious about my stomach! It's great and my husband loves my confidence and new body. If I don't eat correctly I swell more than usual, I drank a beer the other day and I didn't get swollen but my abs did tense up.
I have been using ScarGuard, Scaraway Silicone sheets, Bio oil, and paper tape on my incision. The Scaraway sheets make my incision itch quite a bit. My incision is completely healed and I just pray it stays that way.
I did buy a new compression garment at the mall, it was the same ones people order online from Colombia. It's very compressive and when I wear it I can walk completely straight. They help to reshape your waist and make it smaller. It cost me $100, I know I could have bought similar ones in downtown El Paso for like $30 but I just didn't feel like driving down there.
Alright girls, I think that pretty much sums up all the changes. If you are on the first days of surgery hang in there because it gets way better in just a matter of days! See ya'll next week!
My Compression Garment/Faja
1 Month PO
My incision is doing good, it hurts a bit if jeans rub on it but I can't use the tape anymore so I have to just deal with it. My energy levels are back to normal, I think, I only get tired if I'm walking for very long periods of time or on my feet most of the day. House work still gets me tired faster than before surgery. I still hunch over if I don't wear my CG or by the end of the day. The same with swelling, by the end of the day I feel swollen, numb, and with a burning sensation were Lipo was done.
This past weekend I took a trip to The Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde National Park, drove through New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado and I made it just fine. Just swelling. It also doesn't help that it's almost that time of the month. :(
Alright girls, sorry I didn't take any pictures today. I am recovering from my trip right now and don't feel my best. I'll take some pictures on Wednesday and will give you an update on my doctors appt.
Have a goodnight.
1 Month PO & Dr Appointment
I'm no longer slouching much unless I'm really exhausted and my energy levels are normal. I have slept in my bed and a couch both on my back completely straight and on my side, both where comfortable but it felt a bit weird. I don't know how to describe the feeling, just weird.
My next doctors appointment is not until 2 months from now at my 3 month mark, I will try to update before then and keep you guys posted on my workout progress. Wish you girls all the best on your upcoming surgeries and recoveries! If you guys have any question do not hesitate to ask. Talk to you guys later. :)
Everything is back to normal
All my clothes fit, I can wear heels again and I also started using tape over my incision once more. I'm using a new one by Nexcare and 3M for very sensitive skin. It's blue in color. It's awesome tape and it doesn't hurt when I take it off. I got it at Walgreens. I also bought a new CG at Walgreens for $40.
Alright ladies, this is it for now. If you have any questions feel free to ask! I will give you guys am update at the 2 month mark, hoping to be around 125 lbs by then!
My bellybutton was bleeding!
Other than that, I'm working out again, I ran on pavement 2 miles today. Nothing hurts or is uncomfortable. I feel back to normal aside from the burning on my flanks at times, and the muscle spasm I feel in my abs in the morning when I wake up. I do wear my CG most of the time, but I'm already trying to wean off of it, to tell you the truth I don't notice difference in swelling when I wear it and when I don't.
I'm posting a few pictures I have taken. Until next time, have a great weekend! :)
The burning from Lipo is no joke!
Other than that, I'm doing great at the gym, I have gained a few pounds but I know it's muscle. I'm not concerned about it. Thinking about starting back my Insanity Asylum workout......don't know if I'll be able to do it as good as I was able to. I'll try one and see how it goes, if not I'll just stick to the gym and running. Alright ladies, hope you guys are doing great! I'm uploading a picture that compares 4 different weeks. I took the 8 week one this morning. Laters!
2 Months Post Op
I can do everything at the gym including as long as it doesnt involve to much ab work. Pushups are still hard and I can only do them on my knees and only a few. Im trying to really watch what Im eating because I was getting a little too crazy a few weeks back and was eating out alot. The bromelain/tumeric pills are starting to help out with the swelling and I have also added arnica pills. They help out quite a bit with my swelling from my workouts. Ummm......I think thats about all I have to add this week, see ya'll later! :)
Scar Treatment Info
Since two weeks post op I have been using ScarguardMD on my incision, then over it I put the Nexcare Sensitive Tape. I leave the tape on for as long as it holds, once it's starts to peel off or look dirty I replace it and the ScarguardMD. I use the Bio-Oil all over my stomach because I didn't want to get new stretch marks like some women do. I do put the Bio-Oil on my incision every now and then but if I do I wait until it's fully absorbed before I apply both the ScarguardMD and Tape. That's all I do for scar treatment.
I buy all three at Walgreens. ScarguardMD is $30 for a small bottle or $60 for a big bottle. The Nexcare Tape is $9, a bit pricey but all the other tapes I was allergic to the adhesive. The BioOil cost me $12.
Hope this helps!
Worked out Without CG!!!
3 Months Post Op!!
I'm working out religiously, trying to lose about 15 more lbs and lean out a bit more. I think I just need to tweak my eating habits a little more, I have been eating out way too much!
Alright girls, that's it for now. Unless something major happens I'm going to wait to update you until I reach my goal weight. Best of luck to all of you going into surgery and wish you all a fast recovery!
4 Month Update & Pics
Anyways, I am also going to start training to compete in fitness starting tomorrow! Yay. I will be blogging throughout my journey, you can read my blog here: xandrakantu.wordpress.com, it is something I always wanted to do but again, even whenever I would go on a strict diet and exersice regimen I would still have lose skin where my stretch marks were located and that was just such a demotivating factor that I would give up.
Alright girls, as always, if you have questions feel free to ask! Until next time, take care and Merry Christmas!
19 Weeks PO & Pictures
I still do swell, not as bad as before but it's still noticeable. My abs aren't as strong as before, but they are getting stronger. My scar itches from time to time and if I don't moisturize especially in cold weather, my scar feels dry and uncomfortable. Other than that, everything seems back to normal aside from the abdominal spasm in the morning as soon as I wake up.
I gained a few lbs over Thanksgiving and it all seemed to have gone to my back and boobs. Anyways, I'll keep you guys posted as the months go by.
You can check out my blog where I will be writing about my fitness journey to competition here: http://xandrakantu.wordpress.com
5 Months PO
In a perfect world, extra skin would bounce back for everyone and we wouldn't have to deal with the pain of a tummy tuck and a permanent scar, but we don't and having the TT has been one of the best decision of my life. It does come with some criticism from others, mostly haters, but I have never let what others think bring me down. For all you ladies that are about to go through this surgery, stay positive and remember that surgery isn't an easy way out. You need to workout and eat healthy or you will end up gaining weight, you won't get the extra skin back unless you become obese but really, just stay active and don't rely on getting lipo every few months for lack of discipline! It's a waste of money when you can just work out!
Anyways, ladies, I really wish you all the best on your upcoming surgeries and for those of you who already went through it, hope you are happy with your results! You all stay safe and I wish you all the best year yet!! Happy New Years everyone!!!!! Let's build our best bodies yet this coming year!!
Dr. Sozer is very professional and confident with his work. He answered all my questions without hesitation and always made me feel like I was in good hands. He clearly explained to me all that my procedure consisted of, he also didn't try to push extra procedures on me. He is friendly, always smiling and positive. I would absolutely recommend Dr Sozer to any of my friends and family.