I am 5'3" and 173 lbs....my job right now does not...
I am new to the site and was encourage to right a blog by Great2BMe, so i decided to go for it.
I am 38 years of age with 3 beautiful children ages 20,13, and 3. I am married with a very supportive and wonderful husband, who also supports my decision in wanting and going through with a tummy tuck.
We have decided that we do not want anymore children and I do want my body back at this stage of my life.lol I have been so disgusted with my tummy for many years now, I had considered it several years ago but my husband and I was also newly married and was waiting until after we have a child. It has been three years since the birth of our son and I am finally going to be able to achieve this dream that i have been waiting for a long time now.
I am currently trying to lose some extra pounds that i would like to shed before having the tummy done tuck. I was 184lbs before and currently down to 173lbs. I have simply changed my eating by cutting a lot of carbs, portion control and only water. My weight is mainly in my midsection and my body is well proportioned all over. I am solid and thick not skinny at all, however i cant seem to lose my hanging pouch and rounded upper belly. I am looking for any suggestions in helping me lose some extra weight, so that my stomach can hang a little more loosely to achieve a better tummy tuck result.
I am planning on using DR.DAVOUDI , so any whao has used him please feel to contact me so that i can have some more insight on his practice and your personal opinions.
For those who are just starting their journey like myself, I wish you all the best and for those who are going through it, good luck and best wishes for a healthy and safe healing process and for those who already gone through it happy maintenance!!!
171 lbs and counting!!!!!!!!!!!
I used a Mc David neoprene waist belt which i got off Amazon for $13 and even though i am limited to the time i have to exercise i am able to sweat in the morning around my midsection for my one mile walk to work and at night for the same. My walk takes about 15-18 mins but i was surprise i was able to sweat in that period of time.. So hooray to the belt.
I will start checking on my inches now that my weight loss is on target and consistently decreasing. I do take a daily CLA vitamin called AbCuts it is suppose to aid in decreasing belly fat from the midsection, thigh and butt area. In another weeks or so i will attempt to start juicing for atleast one of my meals or doing a protein replacement shake. But i will keep you all updated. I have lost 6 inches last year with a breakfast that i got from Dr. Oz show and taking CLA and pure green coffee bean extract, but i am unable to it now again due to work. I have limited access to the outside world right now, but will start again once i am back home. It did work for me!!! and my then employer..
Get well wishes to everyone recovering and keep on the journey diligently for those like myself who are on the journey to a new body.. Till next take...take care Triana876
Oh My Gosh! Brownie Desert temptation
Brownie Tempation weight update
I am currently trying to find a friend to come and stay with me to help after my surgery. Howfully what i am trying to do will work for her so i can get the need help at that time. I didnt think it was so much to have TT and recovery stage but from all these ladies on realself, it sure is a long but rewarding journey.. Just tryin to prepare myself mentally and physically...
safe and happy healing to you all on your flat side journey
Consult date with Dr.Davoudi for mid December.. Yeahhh
If all goes well at that appointment I am still 100% comfortable with him, I will pay for my surgery and make my date asap. I am hoping for a surgery date of February or March 2014 so that by my birthday in July I my scar should be healed and I will definitely have a NEW FLAT SEXY TUMMY in progress...LOL....Can't wait Ladies..
Weight loss is slow...
Had my consult 12/19 and paid my deposit
I have paid my deposit and set my date for FEB 19th,2014 two months exactly from the date as i am going overseas to visit my grandma before I have surgery as i promised her i would visit by the new year, so i will go do that and return to focus on my healing and self afterwards. I am so excited i cant believe the real journey begins now...
Pre- Op Appt tomorrow...so excited!
So approximately 2weeks before I cross over to the flat side with all you lovely ladies already there and then i will be waiting for all the other lovely ladies to cross over eventually one by one. you guys are all progressing so well, loved all the result and updates i've read. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me to make things easier for myself who is following behind and the many other ladies like myself who will eventually follow. I truly appreciate all the detailed updates..
Have a great day...
Pre-op day....went well
supplies shopping starts tomorrow...
Few more days before i start my liquid diet..........
The only issue i am having right now is where i will be sleeping. I love being in my bedroom but if i am at home by myself everything is downstairs if i need to eat. I know i'll be more opt to drive myself crazy if i am downstairs in the recliner as it is not my room and that is where my husband normally takes up domain and I really really love relaxing in my room. not sure what i will do yet...
I have cleaned and dust everywhere in the house and will be tackling all bill this weeks making sure they are paid and everything is done before surgery date.
will post more recent pics soon just before surgery
take care yall...
Day One of my liquid diet..
Day 4- Liquid Diet
I am soooo excited for my surgery I cant contain myself. I am sooo ready! I have talked about this for years and finally i am almost there. I just hope and pray that i get through to the date of surgery and afetrwards without any complications and a safe recovery. I am sooo ready for the improved Triana...
Day 6- liquid diet
I am still excited about surgery on Wednesday, not nervous at all atleast not yet. I guess with wanting this so long i cant wait to see my bang belly finally not there infront of me anymore.
Today start the daily cleansing of the body with Lever 2000 soap and Betasept antibacterial. I cannot use lotion, deodorant or anything on my body. This is the part i am scared about really. My skin get very dry in winter so after showers I oil and lotion my body so that I don't look like a scaly fish. I hate when my skin feel like it is cracking especially on my back. Its very uncomfortable for me.
Well RS friends, I am almost there!..
Happy healing to all before me, wish my safe, healthy and speedy recovery and safe journey for all those planning and moving forward to get to this point..
Looking for to seeing you all get want you want.
have a great day!
Tomorrow is the day..........
Hello Ladies............I am home and recovery safely on the flat side.
well i have a few problems, I can hardly eat no appetite for anything and on top of all that I have excruciating heartburn from the binder being so darn tight. I had to loosen it a bit in order to urinate as i would sit there on the toilet for at least 3-5 minutes before i start a little trickling of urine. I loosen a tad bit and now i can urinate freely, but the heartburn is killing me, it more a chest pain that acidic reflux. i can take it. I cant even drink water without getting it .
my hubby says that i look skinny and that my arse looks bigger that i may need a butt reduction. lol
Anyway, i will post a few pics of before surgery, in my binder and when i change my belly button gauze. will keep u all posted again asap. i'm sleepy again..lol'
My most recent pics ..............
I am hoping that my drain/drains will be out sometime this week. The fluid accumulation seem to be decreasing. I can hardly eat much either which is great. Appetite is good but i am limited to the intake amount, very limited and small portions.
i have been sleeping in my bed since i got home from the hospital, in a semi sitting position. I am doing just fine with sleeping. I am walking around a lot upstairs since i have been home (no climbing stairs).
My stretch marks are almost all gone only a few left which are now in my pubic region. My skin creases, however my PS states they will start to decrease around 6-8 weeks. My incision is very low.
I am hanging in there and just hoping for the best with the rest of this healing process.
Will keep you all posted ladies and please keep me posted on ur progresses.
Today- 1 week post op... WOW!
My binder is still a pain in the ass as it still rides up. I think with the output of drainage i have I should be getting them both taken out tomorrow, which will be great. I can shower then and start moving around more normal. Cant wait!.
My creases seems to be decreasing I think, hopefully its not my eyes or mind playing tricks on me..lol I remember when i was a teenager and had a small waist like i have now, feels so damn good.. but i am loving my body now more and it is more mature and thicker. This tummy tuck sure makes me feel soooo much sexier already and i haven't even tried on one outfit yet..
Well RS hons, happy healing to all and safe journey to the flat side to those venturing on over.
I am loving it here!........
One Drain removed today
I feel so good on a scale of 1-10 my pain level was only about a 2, just back aches from binder mostly...This is better that i though it would be as far as my recovery. Thankfully and hope it stays smooth sailing all the way.
Had a great weekend!
I was feeling great yesterday Sunday, I helped with laundry and grilled dinner for the first time since surgery. It was great, the weather was perfect. It was 71 degrees and i enjoyed every minute of it. I was sitting outside for hours watching the baby play on his swing, playing soccer and just having a ball.
My second drain should be coming out either today or tomorrow, called my results in this morning and waiting for the nurse to call back as to when i can come into the office to have it removed. My drains for Saturday was a lil over the required amount but Sunday was back down to the removal amount, so i should be through with this drain no later than tomorrow...
My only hope is that underneath this surgical tape the incison is healing well and no complications. How the scar looks is a concern but not too much, i am more concern about how i feel in my clothes cuz its only my husband who is seeing me naked and he loved me with my big belly so i know with this mid section improvement he loves me the same and thinks im even hotter binder, drains and all.
A few pics of my TT incision and the creases
Second drain gone........whewww
I took a shower as soon as i got home from the doctor and started on my dressing as i want this to heal quickly and properly. I have to do my dressing and belly button 2x daily with bacitracin. My first shower was divine, however the longer i stayed in the tighter my back got. It was great to feel the water running all over my body. I was finally able to oil my entire body and start getting rid of my dry flaky skin YUCK!. I was so dry on my legs it was ridiculous... I will be able to venture out tomorrow to get a pedicure as my feet are in dire need of a foot massage and meticulous cleaning.
I go back to doctor tomorrow to have some of the stitches removed from the incision and belly button. My skin takes a while to heal so i am curious to see how this incision/belly button will heal. I pray that it does well with minimal problems. I am gonna get back on that muscle milk high protein shake again. I cant even eat much, i get so darn full so easily. A few bites or sips of anything and I feel like i am going to burst open. I had 2 lamb chop and 6 asparagus and i was full. My chops were so good i wanted more but i could even take a another bite. I could eat the entire bundle of asparagus myself, i just love it, but i couldn't. That was upsetting but good at the same time LOL...
Total pounds taken off from TT
Still have some healing to do.........One month Post-op
I am now weighing in at 158 lbs, I am not looking to lose any weight but I am losing whether i try or not as my portion size as decreased and i am watching what i eat more closely. I consider my tummy flat, if it gets flatter after swelling stops then that's a bonus. With swelling and all my measurements are as follows:
Bust- 36 in
Waist- 30 in
Hip- 43 in
My incision is healing slowly but surely. I had some stretch marks that was above my belly button prior to surgery and we ladies all know the stretch marks leaves the skin very thin, so with the marks being brought loweer in my pubic region and the incision coupled with the fact that my skin was sensitive to the sterri surgical tape it did peel the top layer of the skin off in the pubic area above the incision and gave me little blister and its now an open wound which i am dressing 2x a day. it is healing but slowly. I do have very sensitive skin and heals from a simple scrape much longer than the average person. I do not smoke or drink and never did, neither do i have keloid skin but my sensitivity is making my healing much longer. So for all you ladies who are planning on having a TT, if your skin is sensitive as mine or keloids please let your surgeon know and you should also prepare your self mentally just in case you have a little setback like mine. I have accepted my situation and is completely happy still so it doesn't bother me to be doing wound care as i know it will heal eventually. My PS has also assured me that if anything needs fixing after it is all healed he will do so. I am confident and trust his word on his commitment to me as a client. Other than that the rest of my incision has healed properly and the creases are decreasing slowly over time.
I love looking at myself in my clothes now WOW! LOL . All my friends and family who has seen me or seen a pic says I look great....
My 6th anniversary will be in 3wks and I cant wait to wear a nice little dress and not worry about my stomach like i did last year. I tried on a dress a last year and bought it but never wore i so i tried it on yesterday. It looked amazing on me. Will post so u all can see.
Ladies, have a great day, safe journey everyone and safe and happy healing ... All the best on this new path we are all venturing on. Its an amazing experience and I dont regret a minute of it..
Much Love Ladies.....
Pics of Wounds ...............
Life is back to normal - despite wounds
It’s been a little while. I wrote and entire review last week and the darn thing were submitting forever and never upload at all so i lost all i had to say. I was too frustrated so i didn’t redo immediately. So here i am attempting again, hopefully this works today.
I am able to sleep on my sides totally and have gotten rid of a few of the pillows from under my head but I still do sleep with atleast three. I normally sleep with two before surgery so I am almost there.
I switch CG’s often as I am trying to stay comfortable so I do have some cheaper ones that I sleep in at night so as to not feel so restricted while sleeping. Also I have easier access to the bathroom at night if I need to go. Lol My wounds are healing slowly if anyone has any suggestions or wounds similar to that of mine and can give any advice I do welcome it.
I’m loving my new shape overall. I have tried on every pair of jean i had in my closet today to see which fits and which don’t. I have a lot that now fits perfect and a few (about 8) that’s in the lose 5 lbs. pile and it will fit perfect afterwards. So now I don’t have to try on each pant before I go out. I know all that is hanging fits. Loving it! I even have a few about 5 that fit my butt, thighs and hips but is like a hula hoop around my waist. Now that was HILARIOUS!..
Realself ladies, have a great weekend and safe healing to you all. Much love and support to allthe ladies who are coming over too. See you soon.
pics of my wounds to date...4/5/14
i am eating my protein, drinking water. I feel as if i am overeating now to get in all the protein to help with my healing. I constantly feel full. I am tired of eating now.lol
I welcome all opinion and advice on this issue.
Happy Sunday RS ladies
This shape wear was purchased from fajashop.com..it is fairly reasonable about $20. It looks as if it only fits on one leg when u take it out the package but it fits when u fight to get it on. lol
I was trying on a jean bodysuit that i haven't worn in 7 yrs. I wore this to pick up my husband from the airport...it fits again, i couldn't believe it. i love cooking and this is how i have eaten for years now, simple and delicious.. enjoy!
A Spectacular Sunday Real Selfers
My wounds are healing slowly but it's getting better. One is almost healed completely so i have only two left that i doing wound care on.. All i can say is one day at a time.. Its is a very slow process but i rather treat a wound that is healing than having that big a$$ belly i had on me again. I am being patient.
I started exercising a week ago, I went to my Y and saw a trainer and got set up on a routine which is mainly strength training for toning the arms, back, legs, inner and outer thighs. I am also walking at home outside in my subdivision when i don't make it to the Y. It feels good to be out and about doing things for me.
I have not started any scar treatment as i am waiting for my wounds to heal to do scar treatment all at once. The only thing i have been doing is using a cocoa butter stick on the scars on the side and on my belly button. The main scars will be where i have my wound so nothing is being done there at all. I do get swollen by the end of the day but nothing substantial to call it swell hell. I have not experienced it that bad and i hope i don't have to. I told my hubby i was swollen yesterday he says, but your flat, i don't see anything,,lol.
Well ladies enjoy the rest of your sunday. I will check in later and post some pics after i get out of bed and get dress. So till then LATER!..
progress on my wound........
I wont start scar treat until all wounds are healed completely.
The past couple of weeks i have been experiencing a tight stomach, sneezing and coughing and trying to get phlegm up is very pain. I cant believe it still hurts now to sneeze etc. I have been hunched over to do my dressing changes so that also makes my stomach tightens afterwards. My stomach is still hard where i have my wounds, so i hope it softens up after it heals. I am very swollen along the front of my incision over the pubic area.
Took a week off from my strength training routine as i was helping a friend out with her journey. I am so excited for her.
A few pics from 4/26/14
have a great sunday ladies
recent pics since my last post
I still get swollen but its tolerable. I just wish i had did this sooner. I am loving my result. Cant wait to do with a garment but i think i will always need one for a lil while. I wish i could find one that doesnt cut into my groin area. These garments are definitely not for curvy girls or girls with assessts.. I am having trouble finding comfortable ones i can wear all day with the support i need for compression.. Any suggestions anyone..
here are a few updated pics of my now... the best part is my wounds are completely healed... yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its been a while..im frustrated
Seeing Dr.Davoudi for my consult was the most comforting experience I had when choosing a plastic surgeon. I saw him 2 yrs ago had a consult, and then saw others in between and I had a final consult with him again and made a choice that day for him to do my surgery. So far he has me even more in awe of him the second time around. Great personality and sense of humour. Funny has hell.. I will review him again once my surgery is completed. So far, my contact with Davoudi and the staff since surgery is great. Dr Davoudi called my husband to check in on me after surgery. They have been great with my concerns or questions since the surgery.