ONE YEAR today....best decision ever :-)

I am a 49 year old mother of 3 (17, 15, and 13). I...

I am a 49 year old mother of 3 (17, 15, and 13). I was quite overweight before and during my child bearing years but have lost a considerable amount of weight and kept it off now for many years through diet and exercise. I currently weight 145 at 5' 10" but because of loose skin, a c-section scar and stretch marks I still see "the big girl" in the mirror.

I considered this procedure when I was in my mid 40's but it just wasn't the right time for me mentally. Now it is and I am actually very excited for next Monday morning. I know that I will have a long recovery and I never underestimate the gravity of a surgical procedure but my brain just knows that this is the right thing for me at this time in my life. I have come to realize that all of my work to maintain my health deserves to be rewarded-does that makes sense?

I am also getting a breast life at the same time but my brain is very much focused on the tt and recovery.

I have been watching this site now ever since I made this decision in June and I have absolutely loved how supportive everyone is. I'll try and get some before pictures up.

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You look fabulous for a 49yr old mom of 3.....Excited for you & can't wait for the pics....Good Luck
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Thanks and you need to post your before shots also. I love looking at the difference for everyone after they are "finished"
Just found your review. You look great already! I's obvious you work out hard! You're, like, the perfect candidate for a TT. I can't wait to see your results. Just one more week and tour belly and boobs will match the rest of you! Keep us posted!
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Thank goodness for realself when you dog gets you...

Thank goodness for realself when you dog gets you up at 4:30 and you start thinking too much. I am a little obsessed with looking at before and after pictures. I wish more people would post 6 month and 1 year and further recovery pictures as I feel better when I see that the scars really do fade. I have a 17 yo c-section scar than you would have a hard time finding except for the unmatched stretch marks and shelf of skin but I'm 49...I don"t really want to wait 17 years :-)

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I'm actually going for my consult on the 29th. Must be a good day for us! I have given this much thought too. Three C-sections, sagging belly, turning 50 end of November, I finally gave myself permission to give this gift to myself. My husband is totally behind me on this too, naturally! LOL. Good luck can't wait to see the results.
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I love your attitude and look forward to hearing how your consult goes. I will have plenty of time to read about it next week so keep me posted and best of luck. I hope you hear everything just the way you want it
I am also 49 and lost 67 pounds after 3 c-sections (who are now 25, 22, and 17) and a complete hysterectomy about 8 years ago. I am so happy about being smaller but continue to focus on the lovely skin flap on my stomach and deflated breasts. I know exactly how you feel. I have wanted this for a long time but wasn't in a position mentally or financially to do this before. Now I too feel this is the right time. I know people don't understand that this is something that I want for myself. It isn't about what other people think about me. Good for you for doing this for yourself. You do deserve a reward for all your hard work. We are so used to taking care of our family that we feel guilty for doing something for ourselves. Don't feel that way. I am so excited for you! I can't wait to go through this with you. My surgery isn't until Nov 20th but I will follow your progress and pray for you to have a speedy uncomplicated recovery.
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I should have know that when I bought Halloween...

I should have know that when I bought Halloween candy for 100 kids but I know I'll only get about 40 that the carnage would be bad. And it was. Feeling a little sugar hangover this morning but I will try to be better today. Ha.

I will get the call tonight about my time for Monday. I'm hoping for first thing but I'll deal with whatever I get. Not a lot of choice at this point except maybe another trip to Walmart for just a little more candy.

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You are going to look fantastic! :)
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Can't wait to here how it goes. You will do great! I'm 9days PO and would do this 100 times over again. Although I'm swollen and bloated I'm now "flat" :) and once again have nice full perky breast :). Keep us all posted!
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It really is sneaking up on me fast. I'm excited for you and can't wait to read your post op posts. I'll be praying for you!

Having a few minor anxiety attacks today but I...

Having a few minor anxiety attacks today but I guess that is normal. Asking myself a few too many questions that I have been over in my head again and again. Been trying to keep busy but am feeling very worn out tonight....trying to be too many things to everyone but me so tomorrow is going to be a laid back day. Hang with my kids and get through the day as easily as possible.

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You look GREAT now, you going to be rockin you new body. YOU got this! Enjoy being and doing too much now because in a few days they will remember how much you are and do for them as I'm sure the roles will be riversed for awhile and you will need to completely rely on them. :).
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You can do this. You're gonna look rockin'. You deserve it. It's a great investment in your future happiness, and so worth the time and money. Have I left anything out? Enjoy your last workouts for a while, then watch how fast you'll be ready to go again! Kick butt!! We can't wait to see your results! Oooh, and get internal pics!
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I woke up this morning to some very positive and...

I woke up this morning to some very positive and kind words in my comments. Thank-you so much for that ladies-I don't think you can imagine how they affected me.
So I had a little cry and told myself, "you have so got this" Bring on tomorrow :-)
Now my biggest obstacle will be not eating/drinking until 1...most days I have eaten 3 times by then -I may just be a bitchy

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Wow you are a hot mumma and I am sure you will be smokin by the time they finish with you!!! You will rock it hun nothing to be scared of only to look forward too xxxx Good luck and Happy healing xxx
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I'm excited for you both. I actually have an appointment tomorrow at 10:30 for my first consult. Will be looking forward to your post procedure posts and pics. Praying for a safe procedure and speedy recovery! 0:)
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Lots of luck with your consult. Looking forward to hearing about it and I'll be sure to let you know how mine goes.

What some women won't do for a quiet night in a...

What some women won't do for a quiet night in a fine surgical suite. All good ladies and I'll update tomorrow. Sweet dreams :-)

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Yea!! So glad you are on the other side. Now it's just rest, relaxation...and healing. :). Can't wait to see pics!
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Good morning! I can't wait to see new pics! My emotions are going haywire...I can tell, cause I'm feeling nostalgic for YOUR old body (most feel nostalgic for their OWN old bodies) :P. You must look amazing already, though, and as strong as you are, you're going to heal so fast! Ahhh! Let us know you're all right when you can, and don't forget you promised to detail your workouts when you can write without your eyes crossing! :D
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Sounds like it all went well! Happy healing and rest up and excited to hear all about it!
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It has been an amazing 24 hours. My surgery was...

It has been an amazing 24 hours. My surgery was pushed back to 2:15 so needless to say I was hungry, thirsty and just a little stressed. Once I got there however all was good. Staff was perfect- let me keep talking to deal with my stress.. Wasn't long before I was marked up and brought to the OR. Wasn't long after that I was waking up in my room. Still talking-I think :-)

My doctor informed me that all had gone well. I now have reshaped breasts that will no longer get lost in my armpits when I lay down and a very low tt scar with a bit of a vertical :-( line that he assures me will blend in time with the small stretch marks I still have that were above my bb. All most certainly still very low. I'm happy.

I have little to no pain in breasts and very little discomfort in the abdomen. I do have a pain pump which I believe is working magic and have taken ibuprofen only once since my last dose of narcs around 7 last night.

Sleep has been sketchy but I think that is because I am on a bit of a high. When reality of sitting around for the next weeks sets in, I may change my mind. ( I did time my surgery so that it was at the end of road bike season but I would be well healed by the start of cross-country ski season, however :-))

Honestly I still can't believe I have done this- maybe just the left over sedatives talking but I am already so pleased that I have made this step for me. 49 is not too old to still want to be the best that you can be :-)

Pictures will follow.

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I'm trying to get used to the thought of having the vertical scar as well. I have no stretch marks on my belly, so there's nothing for it to blend in with. But I'm still hoping the twin skin will reach. Your excess skin was loose but mostly lower it looks like from your pics. I have never been so impatient to see pics ;). I hope you get some sleep first, though.
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I just have to say what a great supportive group you all are!! There are pre surgery gals, up coming surgery gals and post surgery gals all supporting each other!! this is great! Keep the posts going. :)
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Glad you are resting up and doing good!!
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Hope everyone is doing well. Doctor called last...

Hope everyone is doing well. Doctor called last night and said I could sleep in fetal position instead of sitting up....big relief as I then had a fairly good night. Back is tight but using a heating pad which is nice....keeping up with the ibuprofen for that. Drains are not producing too much so he said I could probably end up getting them out Friday instead of Monday. Time will tell on that one.

I am tired easily...made breakfast but now will rest before I attempt to wash my hair.

Still haven't seen to much of my "work". Maybe a bit of denial that it will look any different (stupid, i know) or don't want to lose the security blanket of my cg... Can't decide

I will post pictures when I can stand up straight enough that you can actually see something.

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I'm so glad that you're doing so well! I was wondering about the pain pump. I'm getting one too. I can't wait to see your pics. I'm so happy for you!!!
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So glad you are okay...congrats...looking fwd to lots of pic
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You sound tired... keep resting and hopefully the tiredness won't morph into that post-op depression. Sending positive thoughts and healing vibes your way!
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Okay. I bit the bullet and posted some shots. I...

Okay. I bit the bullet and posted some shots. I remember how helpful it was for me to see others so I'm paying that forward.
I'm doing quite fine. Mobile except for back spasms, sleeping fairly well, pain pump is now gone-so off to have a shower. Trying to just do this in baby steps. I was prepared for rest and am taking full advantage of it....going to try to get out of the house a bit later today or tomorrow even if just to walk around my yard.
My waist started at 29- I would like 27 but now it's 31----oh, the irony!

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You look awesome! Did you have a lift with augmentation? If so, what ccs? Great results!!
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You look great!! I say DONT go and take a walk! I literally only walked to the bathroom and back for a week and I REALLY think it helped with the healing. You look amazing and I'm glad your feeling good. Ya, I'm two weeks post op. I now weigh less then I did before surgery but I still can't put on my jeans. Dr. Said it could take 6 months for swell he'll to disappear. Time is our friend :)
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Yeah decided against the walk..just the shower and sitting out to eat supper got the better of me and I'm back laying down again.. One day at a time. Thanks for the advice :-)

Well last week at this time I was impatiently...

Well last week at this time I was impatiently waiting to head to the clinic, hungry, very thirsty and very grumpy. What a difference a week can make. I am honestly feeling so good that I have to remind myself to take it easy....this will be the most difficult time for me.
Went for a post-op visit today and got that drain pulled. What a weird feeling. It was only draining about 15cc per 24 hours of clear fluid so glad that is gone. I have a bit of an irritation where it was in my incision so have to keep an eye on that. I posted some pictures today but not of the incision. Tape is gone and it is something i have to get my head around before I share :-) It is low and neat and all....just pretty foreign to me right now. Otherwise all good-can stand up "almost" straight but notice I have lost the curve in my lower back so obviously not standing properly yet. No more need for any pain meds and back tension is easily handled with a heating pad. One word of advice....have water with you at all times and drink it. Flushes out the toxins, keeps you regular,, prevents swelling, makes you get mobile which is so important and controls throat tickles-you don't want to cough. I also drink a lot of dandelion tea to combat retention and green tea because it is just good for me in so many ways.

I am already so pleased with my results and it will only get better with time. I have not once in the last week regretted this. I spend the hour that I am not in my cg looking at myself and I don't think I'm a really vain person. I am just seeing all of me now instead of the parts of me that I didn't like before and this makes me happy about my body probably for the first time in my adult life...wow.

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You look fantastic! You are itty bitty! Jealous of full MM. I only had TT. Wish I could have lifted the breasts. How was recovery?
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Ps I am 5'11 but 40 lbs heavier than you. I hate it when people use the adjective "big girl" for tall girls. You are like a model now! Oh get this here in MN someone even used the term "farm girl" to describe a tall girl with curves. I almost had my first girl fight at age 39 lol ;-). Congrats on getting your confidence back and feeling amazing!
Hi...I only embraced being this tall when I hit 40, I think:-). Big and tall are certainly not the same thing and usually only used interchangeable by envious women or short men...haha. The breast lift was and has continued to be very easy. I really had no expectations going into it other than getting rid of some of the loose skin and making them roughly the same size so bra shopping would no longer be a nightmare but what a fantastic decision it was. They are perky and only slightly smaller. If someone happened to see cleavage when I bend down it will no longer be frightening (you know the stones in socks look) and they do not hang off my pectoral muscles while standing nor into my armpits while lying down. I am really happy I have done it. "Farm girl" -I love that- rude on so many levels :-)

Two weeks today. What can I say....so, so happy...

Two weeks today. What can I say....so, so happy that I have done this. Pretty uneventful week except I am gradually getting back into life. Turned a big corner this weekend it seems with energy level. I have been walking and getting out to do something at least daily. Still making sure I take some time to rest between things. Important to remember what my body is busy doing on the inside and give it what it needs to do it properly.

Incisions are healing nicely. I am heading to my 2 week po appointment shortly. My biggest complaint right now would be swelling right around incision- gives me a little shelf but I am getting to be a genius on how best to minimize it with compression and my ab binder. That will be something that I continue to use to stabilize and reduce outward stress on my core during gym sessions- especially heavier weights.

I use my waist measurement as an indicator of how much I am swelling. It can vary up to 2 inches between bedtime and morning. It is an interesting stat to gauge progress with as it is easy to measure and more accurate than a scale for me. That is all over the place these days as I know I have not been eating as well as I could be. It is just some boredom eating and it too will pass :-)

I can't think of anything else but if anyone has any 2 week concerns-ask away.

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you look great!!!
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Did anyone find good prices on Compression Garments? Online? My doc gave me a company they use, like $60-$90.00! I mean it's not like I'm planning on using it again!
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My ps office supplied me with what I needed plus a spare

It's been 3 weeks already. All good. I don't...

It's been 3 weeks already. All good. I don't think my pictures show a big change from last week but physically I have made huge improvements. Standing totally upright 95 % of the time. Walking 3 or 4miles daily at my pre surgery pace. I am still swollen more at night but nothing crazy and swelling around scar area seems to be slowly going down. I think I have more sensation in my abdomen now but do have some scabs where my vertical incision is that I am trying to get to heal properly to minimize future scars. I still have quite a few stretch marks but I'm not bothered. They were well earned and without the loose skin they are just my stripes :-)
Breasts are perky...scars are as expected at 3 weeks. I guess I wasn't expecting much there but am really pleased with the results. All my old bras fit, just better now without all the loose skin.

Resting is still important- went to a house party on Saturday. Didn't drink but also didn't get home until 1:30- not good....I was shaking by the time I got to bed and then did nothing on Sunday until about 1 other than lay in bed. Feeling okay now but that was overdoing it. Didn't help that one of the drunk men insisted on hugging me and almost pulling me over when I left- I came very close to striking him ;-)

My daughter (she's 13) and I are flying to Toronto this weekend for some shopping and a concert. I am looking forward to it but will remember to "take it easy"

I told my sister finally. She just didn't want to talk about it except to say it is not something SHE would ever do-I said that I did what was right for me and was very happy about my decision. Refrained from making excuses for myself or saying something rude- I was proud of me. I guess I thought she might just be happy that I was happy but.... Maybe, in time, but it's not something I need to hold my breath for.

I hope everyone is healing well and for those waiting, know that it will be so worth it
Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating this week.

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WOW! You look amazing!
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I wan't provided with a compression garment and wonder what you use. Esp. with regard to what it covers, since it seems to move the swelling to whatever isn't covered....
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How's every little thing? I hope you are feeling great, tired but great. I am still wearing my wrap around heavy duty binder with Velcro closure. Another few days of that for 23 hours then I can reduce to 12 hours for about another 2 weeks. I have started to combine it with a pull-on Walmart Cupid waist cincher. Wear Velcro one low over the incision and let the other one ride up and cover to just under my bra. This gets my entire torso and you are tall like me so you will probably have to play around with what you use. I don't have swelling that is uncomfortable but I know after a busy day I am just "bigger" through my torso.

I honestly cannot believe it has been a month...

I honestly cannot believe it has been a month already. I thought the time would drag but not really. Life is pretty much back to normal which is good.

I have included one picture but I don't see much change from week 3. My side view is actually a little disappointing to me. I seem to not be getting my curves back but perhaps I still am standing strangely to protect the abdomen. It does still feel tight especially when I take compression off.

Most days are positive. Some, not so much. When I still can't wear jeans that easily fit me before or do all the things I was doing before surgery, I get a little down- that is when I pull out my before pictures to remind myself of what was and remember that I am still healing. The tt scar is still pleated and still has a few scabs so not doing scar therapy yet. I am pleased with it's placement but look forward to the point in time when it will be diminished. The swelling I do get is mostly right above the scar now so that little shelf is not very pleasing to me especially in side views. The breast lift has been very positive. Scars are healing nicely and it is nice to not have all of that skin flopping over the top of a bra :-)

As of Monday I no longer have to wear my cg continuously. Basically I still keep it on when I am at home. I notice a little more swelling with it off but that is just part of the process. I certainly feel better putting on clothes that don't have to hide it...I was getting a little sick of baggy tops and leggings.

Physically I am still walking a lot....back on a spin bike but hardly working hard enough to break a sweat. Doing some body weight only lower body stuff- and feeling it! Trying to remember that I am only 4 weeks but I am getting sick of watching my butt disappear. Weight is about the same as before surgery so I am happy about that. I know how much I have to reign myself in when I'm not as active because of previous injuries but it is hard not to boredom eat.

All in all I am still feeling very positive about this. I just want to hurry up and heal. All the best to those that are healing and for those about to start- this really is a good thing :-)

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Wow your pics do look familiar! Wish I could have your butt and thighs! (I need a LBL but dont think I'm gonna get it....) Thanks for your great reviews! Did you have muscle repair? Your tummy looks a lot like mine so I imagine your muscles were pretty decent, mine are good, I have killer abs you just cant see cause the skin, but PS still wants to fix them
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You are going to be so happy after this surgery...you will be able to see all of the hard work that you have put in and your recovery is going to be easier because you are strong. I didn't even consider implants-just not my nature and happy with my size-a nice c cup right now so that's okay with me. I did have muscle repair- there was some separation and it made sense to me to fix it seeing that the space was being overhauled anyway;-) My ps insisted that recovery would be about the same with or without. I am back to ab work at six weeks (first planks and crunches today). It feels weird but my ps insists that I am healed, cannot hurt myself and it's time to challenge those muscles again. I would do this entire thing again in a heartbeat and my biggest advice would be to go into it in the best shape possible and with the right attitude. Yes, it is big but get on with living again ASAP. I really like the attitude of my surgeon's office- the less time you think of yourself as a patient, the quicker you will heal :-) I look forward to seeing the last part of your transformation!
You look absolutely AMAZING!!! Not sure why I hadn't seen your most recent pics or posts. I'm seven weeks post op and still have swelling but I LOVE my results and have just started working out again and buying bikinis ;)
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6 & 1/2 week post op actually - Everything is...

6 & 1/2 week post op actually -
Everything is going well. I am pretty much up to 100% in all aspects and happy to see my results and how much better I feel about me- it's a subtle change with clothes on but it's there.
The only real problem I have had in the last 2 weeks was an area that wouldn't heal. Finally a stitch showed up, was removed and the area is now almost closed. There is still swelling that shows up mainly right above the incision line but most days is not a big deal and it too will pass. The worse day was after my family Christmas get together- drinking and eating differently are my biggest swelling triggers.
Big changes this week- no more cg and no more gym restrictions. Ab work feels a little "weird" but ps insists that I am healed and cannot do harm. Time to challenge those muscles. I seem to have lost the most strength through my chest which seems odd to me as I only had a lift. Back to spin at my presurgery intensity- this makes me weirdly happy.
I have to resist the urge to just blurt out to everyone this amazing thing I have done for me. I have on occasion lifted my shirt---- hey- wanna check this out :-)

I'm a little surprised that I don't have more to say but it's just all good. I've put up a few new comparison pictures- the bathing suit has got to go but it's neat to see the change.

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49!!! Where have you been all my life! lol Don't forget to update, we mizz u :) How are the ab workouts working out so far?
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Love the way you look! You have to be so pleased with the results - yay! Wow!!
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Thank you and yes I am very pleased with my results. The physical change is great but the way I feel about me has changed so much, it's incredible. You have so much to be excited for next week and don't worry- the crappy part will be over quickly. I'm excited for you - someways I still can't believe I did it and the woman in the mirror is me :-)

Okay no new pictures today but a little warning to...

Okay no new pictures today but a little warning to those in recovery!!!

When you are cleared for "normal" activity by your ps make sure you define what normal is. At 6 weeks I felt fantastic and within a week I was back to working out with a vengeance. Felt fine for a while but then I forgot that I had just had major surgery. Was back to long and tough workouts and didn't stop to think how mentally and physically exhausted I was becoming. Couldn't get the scale to budge and seemed to be gaining weight even though I was eating so, so clean. Looked at myself critically on Friday and realized I was looking more fluffy through my core. My waist measurement was 1 inch larger than before surgery. WTF!!! So with some advice from a very wise realself member (she knows who she is and how much her advice and worry kicked me in the ass) I am back in compression and giving myself permission to rest. Even through I think I am some sort of superhuman- I am not. I was exhibiting classic overtraining signs- irritable, not getting pleasure from life, foggy brain - ah, the list goes on and on.

Going back to training like a bodybuilder combined with endurance activities like a marathoner is just too much at 6/8 or even 10 weeks. I need to rest until I feel good again and them work more rest into my recovery. Cut myself some slack and allow myself more time to recover. Okay- I said it,,,now I have to do it.

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Thanks, at 4 days postop, I'm giving myself time to do not much and it is very hard. I work from home typing medical reports for a living and thiking tomorrow I would be good to get back, but I'm rethinking that, between my stomach and my back I'm not sure if I can manage 7 hrs of typing. I'm going to see what I can do and it's too much, allowing myself to not work. Take care of your self. you have plenty of time to get back to workouts. All the best!
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OMG!!! You did it. I have missed your review for some strange reason and just assumed you had changed your mind. I'm going to read it right now. Your back will kill you if you try to stay in any position for too long so 7 hours seems like torture to me. Hey, if you have any questions -ask away
No compression- couldn't stand the heat and lack of mobility of it during a workout:-) I was cleared for normal activity at 6 weeks and honestly was doing okay until I wasn't. Craziness of holiday season made me think that that was part of the problem and I'm sure it was but I should have slowed down. Most of my friends think I am some insane machine when it comes to physical activity also so you know, my definition of normal is probably a little stupid :-) At 3 weeks- walk as much as you can...the movement will actually help keep you feeling better ( that's what I was up to at that point and felt great)

I think I see a huge improvement from the weekend...

I think I see a huge improvement from the weekend when I realized how swollen I was. Have been taking it easy- just walking and wearing my binder pretty much non-stop.

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How are you doing? I love seeing your transformation! I'm 2 weeks out and the numbness is very slowly going away. Did you have much of that? I have one drain still in which should be removed tomorrow as there is very little coming out now. I'm swollen but happy w/my results. Would love to walk upright again though. How long before you were walking straight again? Keep posting, I'm using you as a measuring stick for my own recovery :) Thanks.
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Hi. I'm doing great and 2 weeks will be a big turnaround for you. I felt a lot like myself around then. I was walking upright at2 weeks but even now have a lot of lower back tension so not standing perfectly normal yet....working on that flexibility. Swelling still comes with a big workout and pretty much every night I am more swollen than the am. I am still quite numb- it seems to be coming back so gradually. Take care
You look amazing! So glad I came across this today. I'm 4 weeks and 1 day PO and dying to do some cardio. I go to PS tomorrow, so I'll see what he says, but it sounds like it might be better to do light weights only?
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3 months and the time has zipped by. All is good....

3 months and the time has zipped by. All is good.
Sensation has come back quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. Sometimes I think it feels like when your mouth is frozen from the dentist- can feel your skin but just not quite right. I can find my bellybutton by feel now- I thought that was very weird before- having to look to find it :-) And speaking of bellybuttons- I am in love with mine.
Last week I was barely swollen and actually was disappointed that the last two mornings I have been a little puffy but I promised myself I would update at 3 months, no matter what. The swelling that I do get most days is becoming more towards the midline-moving away from my hips. I wish it would go away totally but I know I have to be patient. I should be back at ps for a 3 month check-up---just have to find some time. I am pleased with the placement of the scar. The vertical sucks but is still a million times better than what I had before. I think the entire thing is fading nicely- again, depends on the time of day and what I have been doing. I think it is weird how that swelling is right above it and actually puts it into a shadow area....I'm convinced this will go away..it had better, actually. I find that I still have loose skin when I bend over or sit a certain way. There are still a far amount of stretch marks so obviously the integrity of the skin is lacking there. But when I stand, it is tight and would be weird if tighter. Overall I am happy and confident in the way this has turned out and how I look.
Exercise routine and life in general is totally back to normal. I have a ton of energy and really feel no negative effects of the surgery any longer. Most days I forget about it actually as this is the new normal...I think I've always looked like this. However, I no longer want to wear a lot of my older clothes. They still look fine and all but they tend to be looser fitting tops and why bother :-)

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Fantastic! So happy for you, you look WONDERFUL!
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You look great! I vote for the red one LOL :)
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nice transformation! I want to go back and read all your story when I have time thanks for sharing
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The 4 month mark has come and gone. Trust me...

The 4 month mark has come and gone. Trust me ladies who are just starting this journey-it will sail by.
LIfe is back to normal which I think is one of my problems. The post surgery "high" is over and the reality of my body is just that...this is now what I look like. I have to fight the self-defeat that makes me what to binge eat or find other faults because godness knows- I can't be happy with me. This is a long standing issue for me that I am sure more than a few of you can relate to. I am fighting it.

Swelling still happens. My waist can be up to an inch larger by bedtime that morning but I expect it now and don't worry about it. In the side picture with my pants down lower I think there is stilll swelling below the bb. I'm hoping that is all that it is and it will flatten more in time. It is more pronounced in real llife than in pictures.

The scar is still quite red but at only 4 months I expect that. I quit using silicon strips as they drove me crazy but switched to a gel instead. Easier to use and does seem to be making a difference. The scar does drop...mine is very low so once it whitens up and the area above it flattens out I think I will be okay with it.

My breasts have settled at about a 34C which is nice. They actually stay in the bra- yeah and when I bend down and catch a glimpse of my cleavage it is not the stuff of nightmares any longer so I am happy with the lift :-)

Best wishes to everyone waiting and recovering.

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great pictures - you look awesome!
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I saw your title and just absolutely felt the need to tell you, that you look crazy awesome!! And I like how you're all toned and strong looking. It's a look I really like and also want for myself. I'm worried apart from the pain of recovery, that I'll lose muscle tone. So there, you have my envy!!! Totally jealous!
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Thanks my dear and you will also. Your "wish" picture is basically you without the funky skin :-) I really didn't lose a lot of muscle during recovery. Eat well... Lots of protein....get moving ASAP (per your doctor's schedule) A small period of inactivity will not be an issue in the whole scheme of things. Best of luck

6 months po have come and gone by a week. I have...

6 months po have come and gone by a week. I have never regretted this for a minute. My sense of confidence has improved dramatically - I feel like a new woman :-). My shape is getting nicer- pictures don't do it much justice and I know that sounds braggy but I am pretty impressed. Waist is continuing to get smaller by the week. My level of fitness is at least what it was before if not improved as I am no longer hindered by the negative image I had of that old stomach. I actually see myself now if that makes any sense. The scar is fading especially closer to my hip bones....I go to see the ps in about 3 weeks so we will see what he says about potentially getting rid of a little loose skin right above the incision. Scars on the breasts are actually fading quicker and they have settled into a nice 34c. Amazing to think that I have to look at pictures to remind myself of what was just a short time ago.

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49in49, where are you????  It's coming up on a year, now, and I wanna know how you're doing!  You looked fantastic at six months, I can only imagine how you look now.  I'm training hard, up to 8 pull-ups, climbing poles and ropes, doubled my squat rack.  But it's slow going :D.  Update, woman!  Missing you.

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Hi. I have been creeping real self lately thinking I need to update and I will. So good to hear from you. One year - yikes. I promise I will do an update in the next week or so! Glad to hear and see that everything is going well for you :-)
Hey 49!!! How have you been? Looking going in ur most recent pics!
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ONE YEAR today.... Best decision ever :-)

Well one year ago I was just waking up from surgery. I will admit I was pretty afraid before and absolutely elated after. I think it was a huge step towards a new stage of my life....after a year I am moving on the right track- not as quickly as I might like but life gets in the way sometimes :-)
I think my results look quite natural. The scars have really started to fade out and I still get a little swelling above the incision but not much. I usually notice it more when my weight starts to creep up a bit....I try not to be too hard on myself. After many years of being overweight the fear is still there but I know my body much better now so really don't worry about going back there. My vertical scar is even fading nicely....looking forward to what it will look like by next summer. I am headed to Florida for a holiday next week and am looking forward to wearing a bikini and feeling good in my skin (and getting a little tan on my white self)
Personally....
I turned 50. Not a big deal :-)
I decided I needed to restart a career. I am a pharmacist by trade but wasn't inspired to go back into that profession so I took a course to become a personal trainer. I am converting one floor of my house to a small personal training studio - we'll see how that goes and if it doesn't ....oh well, I'll have a nice gym for me :-)

I should have something else to say but seem to be at a loss.... If you have any questions I could help you with, fire away.

Sharon

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You look AMAZING but then again, I thought you looked good before surgery! Just wanted to stop over and say hi
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Thanks for the update, you look beautiful!!!!
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Awesome results! Good luck with your new business!
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Recommendations of friends and knowledge of his work. Very professional and so is his staff. Excellent facility and personal nursing care the night of the procedure.

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