Finally did it!!!

I am 49 years old, 5'3" and my two kids...

I am 49 years old, 5'3" and my two kids are aged 17 and 10. For my first pregnancy I was put on bed rest for ten weeks and basically got pretty huge...so there was a lot of weight gain and stretching. After my second child was born and I lost the weight I always had a big fold of skin and fat down there..ugh.

Recently got some funds so I am going ahead July 14th!!! Very excited and a little scared. I am pretty fit, do kickboxing, and about 20 pounds overweight.

Will post photos soon!

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Thank you for posting your story here on RealSelf:)

Only a few more days and you will have your new tummy.  I bet you are really excited now.  We will all be thinking about you this next week and sending warm wishes your way.

Keep us up to date and do post those pictures. 

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Only four days to go now, actually three and a...

Only four days to go now, actually three and a half..LOL!

Thursday is my day!

Will get hubby to take my before pics soon and post them. Yours (to Kimmers 25) really inspire me! we are also planning a belated 25th anniversary Carribean trip in Feb so that is real motivaton to take good care of myself..:) We have never been to an all inclusive nd both kids will be off at university so we plan a really romantic trip! That will be my bikini time!!

I will put updates on here later this week..wish me luck!!!
Carolyn in caada :)

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thanks...anyone else feel these sort of 'spasms' when your stomach totally tightens involuntarily?? they kind of freak me out. remind me of false labour contractions..just like those. i peeked at my scar and it looks nice and low. hubby leaving for a business trip tonight so relying a lot on my 20 year old daughter..she is great. 17 year old son gets grossed out too easily..haha. even this much typing has worn me out..back to bed..:)
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Hi all, my daughter is typing this to help me out. First, surgery went really well. I was joking with the aenesthetist before going under :) This is day 2, and pain is a lot better. First night was rough because painkillers made me throw up 3 times. So ladies, start the Gravol early! My husband has been a saint, and my daughter too. Still in bed, but moving better. Still can't get out of bed by myself, but almost. The other hard part was yesterday when I got the giggles with my husband and then started weeping because it hurt so much. Has anyone ever noticed how funny it is to try not to laugh? My stomach looks flatter, and my husband said "It better after all this!" haha. Will post a picture soon with the girdle on. can't take it off until the drains are out - that is next Wednesday. I hope the ladies who had surgery the same day as me are doing well...actually, I hope everyone is doing well! I think I will sign off - time for more meds. Thanks again for the good wishes.

-Carolyn
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So glad to hear you are home and doing well.  It sounds like you have two good nurses taking care of you at home:) 

And yes it is hard to not laugh when your tummy hurts.  Darn it:)

Keep us updated and rest, medicate, drink your fluids and keep your chin up.

Oops, kids are 17 and 20..sorry for the typo....

Oops, kids are 17 and 20..sorry for the typo..empty nest looming but sexy mama ahead!! :)
Still have binder on but will post pic later this week, had my daughter take it but hubby is away and he is the computer whiz who knows how to post the photo..LOL!!

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Hey! Now day five and feeling sooo much better! Talked to my nurse and the spasms are totally normal. Get drain out tomorrow yay! Peeked at new belly button and scar and it all looks pretty awesome!! So excited because all this means I will be able to work out and get more results...my tummy was always the place where it made no difference. Look out world! Still challenging sleeping and moving around for me too...haha re the period stuff, hope mine ends today..at least i am getting it all over with at once this month!! I have head headaches too..interesting, this morning is first day no painkillers yet, and I slowly went back to coffee :) have a great day too!!! xx
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Morning Caro, thanks for your message. Glad to hear you are doing okay. You right about bad timing, my period also decided to arrive post op day 3 so its been fun and games. Definitely having up and down moments. Had a downer at 2am this morning, was in a lot of pain and had a screaming headache. Also tried to lie on my side but felt like my stomach was moving around !!! The spasms I think are normal as well as burning and tingling sensations - I like to think its the body repairing itself :) Have a great day x
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Hey Gals!!! I got my drain out yay! I was...

Hey Gals!!!
I got my drain out yay! I was really nervous and did not sleep at all last night...finally took a pain pill at 3 am to help me sleep. No anasthetic for taking it out but my daughter let me squeeze her hand! it was okay. My yoga pants are looser at the front now..WOO HOO!!!!
Doc does not want me back at work this weekend so will go back Monday..that is ten days off...I felt a bit guilty telling work cuz he had not really told me that before, oh well.

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Morning Caro, I think the coffee I drank in the waiting room at the PS yesterday triggered my migraine so I am definitely keeping of the cafeine. Wonderful that you are now drain free and feeling good. The numbness is totally normal and you should gain most feeling back in due course. I was very numb especially on my left side and it is still quite numb. The feeling is coming back slowly but the numbness can be a permanent thing close to the cut and belly button. A lot of women who have had ceasar's still suffer from numbness 10 years after birth. Hopefully you will got most of your feeling if not all back in time. Don't let it get you down. Have a fantastic weekend at the cottage - sounds great. Relax and take it easy :)
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Thanks so much Robyn!! It helps a lot. Otherwise I am thrilled at my new shape! I am getting my hair trimmed and washed this afternoon cuz I dont have enough energy to do it myself! :) I figure I deserve the treat. And a pedicure tomorrow and they are going to shave my lower legs for me (I asked specially post surgery:) cool huh??
yeah, re: coffee, I agree. I have loved it for a long time, but it is now not worth the jitters I feel. Especially because my activity levels have had to drop off, so I find I am kind of keyed up anyways.
Thanks for your help Robyn, you sound as sunny as SA must be!! :) xx
Glad your feeling better! Better to listen to the PS where work is concerned. You don't want to hurt yourself. A week at the cottage sounds awesome! Enjoy.
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Here we go...finally got some after pics from days...

Here we go...finally got some after pics from days 4 and 9 post op.
Feeling good but really tired!!
back to work Monday ...ack!

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Wow you look sooo good!  What a big difference in the tummy. 

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loving your po pics hun. great to hear you're doing so well. Hope work goes ok for you on Monday, I'm sure it will though. Love your girdles, I'll have to look for some of those, must be more comfy than a binder anyday
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Your after pics are great! You did it! Hang in there! I am right behind you going in on Tuesday!!!
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I did NOT go back to work today and am taking the...

I did NOT go back to work today and am taking the last three days off before my vacation. No way I can even consider a 45 minute drive to work. Good thing my boss and co-workers are so awesome, and work is pretty slow in the summer so that helps.
Went clothes shopping with my daughter today, she really wanted to, did it slowly and only one store but still, tiring. How long will these tired effects last I wonder. And I am totally emotional, laughing or crying at will!!

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I'm so happy for you that you did this for yourself! I think you should be very proud of yourself. Your looking great!! :-)
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Thanks so much, isn't this site great? Wonderful to have support like this from women all over the world!! :)
Looking great, Caro! Look at that teeny, tiny waist!
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Hi...13 days post op today. Feeling a bit blue,...

Hi...13 days post op today. Feeling a bit blue, grown kids are both at work today so I am on my own. Still feel very tight down there, I ordered a compression binder online today and hope it comes before we go to cottage this weekend...I don't think my shape wear is really tight enough (with the current girdle). I hate the swelling I get over the top of my scar, especially at night, and if I have done too much during the day. (which is not much: just too much walking around the house or standing or bending..argh!!)
Finding it hard to be patient but trying, my friend brought me a book today so that might take my mind off things! Was too tired to shower this morning. :)

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Good days and bad days but soon they will all be good:)

My hubby was home with me for a week and the day he went back to work I cried all day.  What a big baby. 

I called my 93 year old neighbor lady and asked her to come over.  Poor thing could hardly walk, well she walked better than I did at that point.  She came across the street with her walker to stay with me.  Shame on me right....

Try and sit outside in the sunshine and that will lift your spirits.

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Wow Caro .... how is that tiny waist of yours !!!! Looking fantastic girl :) Good thing you aren't rushing back to work and how wonderful to have such cool work collegues. As Kimmers says, don't plan any after work events if you can and get your feet up as soon as possible at the end of the day.

You are so lucky you got to have your hair done ..... I am so desperate to have mine cut and coloured. I was told not to colour or put chemicals in my hair just before or just after an anaesthetic as it could have a negative effect on my hair. I have so little as it is ........I would hate it to fall out LOL. So I am being a little more patient and hopefully in a week or two I can get it done. I did manage to have a pamper session before my TT with a facial, leg and bikini wax and full body massage so that I was totally ready and relaxed before my surgery. Looking forward to being able to lie on my stomach again so I can go for a back, neck and shoulder massage. The neck and lower back have definitely taken a knock since the surgery from having to lie on my back and walking bent over. Have a great day xx
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Hey! Thanks for the comments! I just ordered a binder online cuz I am worried that my 'shaper' isnt quite doing the job :) I am getting quite swollen above the scar these days.
Yeah, I agree about the hair, I am not even having a shower every day I am so tired these days, so it was great to get that done. :) I also got a pedicure last week and got the lady to shave my lower legs!! LOL! But she didn't mind at all (I brought my own razor ha ha) and it was great cuz I find it hard to reach down there.
Good for you on the massages and stuff..sounds fab! I am waiting to redo my roots (I have dark brown coloured hair) til after the cottage week. Thanks for writing and write back anytime! xx

Two weeks post op today. Feeling better...

Two weeks post op today. Feeling better emotionally. Sat outside in one of my new outfits (capri leggings and a sexy top) and felt pretty hot!! (in a good way :) Will post new pics tonight. Scar looking pretty good, still get swollen when I overdo it. Off for a week to the cottage, totally rustic and no shower, but beautiful and with my fave people!! My best friend is coming from Vancouver tomorrow and I am sooo excited!! No regrets at ALL about doing this, so happy and thankful!!

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Forgot to add that I see my doc on Saturday before...

Forgot to add that I see my doc on Saturday before my vacay and will ask him some of my remaining questions. Don't think I will get my new binder delivered in time though, oh well.

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Caro, wow... not only a flat tummy but what a nice hour glass waist you have now!!!!!
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Thanks Kimmers, I am feeling better today. The novel I started is really good, and my daughter is around today, not at work so that rocks. I TOTALLY get how you cried all day, poor you, but I can SO relate!!!
I was sitting on my porch this morning in a different chair and noticed a robin on her nest...she has been there all the time..very sweet. Will keep you posted...xxx
PS It made me laugh about your neighbour..too funny!! I am sure she enjoyed the visit too!! :)

Okay ladies, quick update, 17 days post op, went...

Okay ladies, quick update, 17 days post op, went to a movie last night..woo hoo! Feeling great in clothes...although sticking to soft clothes like capri leggings, I don't like the feel of zippers and waist bands on my new tummy! Bought two new girdles that rock. Off to cottage today, but just wanted to post my two weeks post op pics for you. Saw the doc yesterday, and he said my scar is 100 per cent healed the belly button almost..and he is very pleased. EXCEPT then he suggested LIPO for my thighs, sigh. He said that is his job to do that, but my hubby and I kind of sighed...maybe later but for now he says he likes my booty!! :) (We are 25 years married and he rocks :) So off for a week of relaxation and then back to work August 8th...have a great week everyone!!! xxx

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You look so Great!!
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Lookin' good, m'lady! Hope your holiday is fantastic!
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I love your new pics!  You look wonderful:)

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Back from cottage and was relaxing. Now a weekend...

Back from cottage and was relaxing. Now a weekend where I don't have to work, yay, but I keep seeing jobs I should do around the house!!! (Kimmers you are so right, why are we Wonder Women???) So I am trying to pace myself. I am three and a half weeks post op and going back to work Monday. (Today is Sat.)
I saw my PS last Sat and he mentioned lipo, and it kind of bugs me cuz I do need some help in the thigh area. But I totally can't afford it. Just have to be patient and work more on the weight loss and leg workouts once I get back to exercise.
Still waiting for the binder I ordered, it is coming Monday. Scar doing well. BB still has thread bits sticking out of it..haha. Still feel tight down there. Still need to sit down and take it easy after a couple of hours up.
PS> Tried on the bikini at the cottage, carefully covering the scar, and it looked awesome. Need one that goes lower below my BB in front though!! xx

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I know we see the projects pile up and can't help ourselves.  It's a woman thing..LOL

You look great!  And I don't think that there is a darn thing wrong with your thighs.

I can't believe you are going back to work; where did the time go?? 

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Coroweeltrina, you are looking good! Your incision is very thin, just like mine. With those hips your curves are really nice. I don't have hips, well, not like yours! I am very happy just to have a flat tummy again!
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Thanks marinemom! I will check out your pics, do you have any new ones? I am really happy with the results. Was great to sit by the water at the cottage without the girdle and in my old bikini, even for an hour! I used to have to tuck in the fold of flab underneath, not anymore!! I actually need one that is lower in the front now to show off my flat tum tum!! :)

Hi All, Today is day two back at work....

Hi All,
Today is day two back at work. Yesterday was fun to go back (3 and a half weeks post op) but soo tiring. Awesome reaction from gals and te one guy at work...they were amazed and very enthusiastic. And it didn't hurt that I wore a really flattering new dress!! :)
felt like I had a soccer ball in my belly by the end of the day, and I work a late day, 1-8 pm, plus a 45 minute drive both ways.
My binder "compression garment" had finally come in the mail yesterday and it took me, my daughter and my best friend to put it on me...too funny! But then I tried to sleep in it and it just rode up because of my booty! AND the material made my scar all red and sore and itchy!! Forget that!! So much for that 100 dollars!! Went back to my 20 dollar Walmart girdles...the one line I really like is called "Cupid" and it goes from under the boobs to a full crotch. It doesn't have velcro but that's okay. They come in nude, white, nude and black and I have all three. Love em!!!
One other BIG bonus, I still get hungry for meals but CAN'T eat as much!! Yesterday I only ate half my salad for dinner and half my veggies and hummus. LOVE THAT!! I have lost ten pounds from/since the surgery and am eating smaller meals and still trying to drink tons of water. My goal is another 12 pounds.
I totally recommend this whole experience and am sooo happy!!!!!

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Thanks!! I know...I am almost at four weeks! Going back to work was kinda fun, awesome reactions from the women and 1 man at work!!! They couln't believe it. And of course I wore a new dress that was clingy and looked awesome!! :)
Tired and swollen last night though, now I know what the other gals mean by the feeling of a beach ball in your stomach at the end of the day!
Wow, you look amazing! Congrats!
Thanks so much!! Hard to go back to work though. Where are you in the recovery process??

Just over 4 weeks now (yesterday) and feeling...

Just over 4 weeks now (yesterday) and feeling better. A Little less swollen every day. Yesterday and today are my days off though, so not doing much. Still not cooking much or doing groceries, it was all I could do to go to work each day for eight hours and get myself home again. Often went straight to bed when I got home at 8:45!! (I work 1-8)
Not wearing spanx/girdle anymore but kinda miss it. I feel a little flabbier/looser without it but don't know if I am just imagining it!! Period due anyday too so am wearing regular underwear cuz the spanx thing with my period is a pain in the you know what.

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Passed the 4 week mark but my BB is still bugging...

Passed the 4 week mark but my BB is still bugging me so I am going in to see PS nurse on Monday to get the stitches out of my BB. At least I think that is what she said...I still have knotted threads sticking out if it and it is still pretty red. Nurse says swelling will last for six months, argh.
Work not quite so tiring now, four and a half weeks post op. Rolling over in bed easier, so is sleeping. Still swollen at the end of the day. Back to wearing the spanx clone/girdle thing because did not like the feel of not having that support.
Good luck to all just starting this journey. It IS worth it!!!!

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You look just wonderful...love those curves and your skin is like porcelain!
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Wow..thanks!! I am really pleased, and today went to the PS to get the stitches out of my BB, also started the Mederma scar cream. Slowly doing more, made chili in the crock pot for dinner and will make bread in the bread maker later! :) Unexpected day off today cuz am working an extra day later in the week for someone, so plan to take a nap and read my book and ignore the laundry!! :)
Hi, it sounds like you are having a good day! I tried to take a nap, but darn indigestion has been a problem since surgery. We are making chili tonight too!

It is driving me nuts not to exercise but it is...

It is driving me nuts not to exercise but it is all I can do to work all day, and even then I am swollen like there is a basketball in my stomach. My work is fairly active, there is some sitting, but not all day. The swelling is slightly better each day but not by much. Anyone else frustrated by this??
I got the bellybutton stitches taken out and she took out another stitch on the end of the scar that was being stubborn. so my bb is finally starting to heal. Will try and post 5 week pics on Thursday!!!

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I was advised to come see the ps tomorrow, just to make sure I don't have any fluid build up. I look and feel like an oumpalumpa! (spelling?!) :)
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corweeltrina, YES, I am having huge problems with swelling and mainly b/c I have gone back to work. I am trying to eat low sodium and hydrate, but the swelling is kicking my butt. I hope it gets better soon.
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Hang in there marinemom...I do find the swelling a LITTLE better each day!!

Wow, what a brakthrough. After I hit the five week...

Wow, what a brakthrough. After I hit the five week mark last Thursday (today is Sunday) I am feeling more and more like myself. Opening and closing model homes for my work is now okay, I am no longer feeling like a slow old lady!! I am not working out yet, but now there is hope that I will be able to pretty soon. My tummy still feels tight but that is okay, and the swelling is much less now after a day at work than it used to be. Hooray!! Hoping it only gets better from here!

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Six weeks tomorrow and will post new pics! Much...

Six weeks tomorrow and will post new pics! Much better, almost feeing like my old self. Still tight and minimal swelling at night. Not wearing girdle at night anymore and may drop it during the day. Hated the binder and never wore it. BB still kinda red, taking longer to fade. Will start mederma cream this week on scar and bb. Best wishes to all you ladis out there...you sooo deserve this!!!

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Okay Ladies...6 weeks PO and I am pretty happy!!...

Okay Ladies...6 weeks PO and I am pretty happy!! Still at least 14 pounds over my goal weight but right now I am so pleased with my tummy I am not too concerned, you know?? I think it is because that was always the thing that bothered me the most, despite being a lifetime WW member, getting back into shape after a partially bed-ridden pregnancy, running for ten years, etc. etc. Now that I have done the thing that was always my 'Achilles heel" the rest doesn't really bother me. It doesn't hurt that my hubby likes my booty and didn't want me to change anything else. :) I am looking forward to working out slowly...right now still just walking. Doing laundry and stuff today (there are mountains of it) and slowly doing regular things like house cleaning. Slow is the key!! I still don't feel up to running or aerobics. Maybe hand weights though. Here are my NEW pics...

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Your results a wonderful...Such a cute belly button :0)
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Thanks! It's a lot nicer than the old one for sure!! Still red but I am using the scar cream on it too. :)
You look great!

Just wanted to share that I had a major freak out...

Just wanted to share that I had a major freak out on Friday. I had done some things around the house on my day off, loads of laundry, cleaned up the kitchen, nothing I considered major. But mid morning my upper abs were in pain. Frightening, weird pain, like twinges but not stopping. I called the PS and they said take tylenol and use heat, and it did help, but I was in pain for a few hours, and lay down the rest of the day. I was really scared, because you don't know what is going on in there. Even thought they said it was unlikely I had ripped any stitches, it was just really unnerving. SO Ladies, DONT OVERDO IT!!!!!!

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Your looking so good! Good luck on the last bit of weight loss! That's what I'm working on as well.
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Thanks! It helps soo much having this new tummy!!! I got so used to never seeing my cootchie, or legs, and it is so great not having those rolls of flab in the way!! :)
Good luck to you, slow and steady is the way to go! You can do it!!
thanks so much!!

Okay, so our house is really empty now, my...

Okay, so our house is really empty now, my youngest kid left for university across the country on Saturday, so our nest is empty! Except for the dog who keeps barking at anything and everything expecting both kids to come home any second. :(
On the TT front, I am not wearing the girdle anymore and boy do I get swollen fast. I guess it is just something to get used to...bugs me though. See my baby sister from Florida next weekend and will show off my tummy...she is super athletic and never had kids so I was always envious of her shape...I will look almost as good but not tanned at all..LOL! Still, should be nice to have a weekend off work and with my family at this cottage that we rent once a year.
thanks for reading this, and write back if you want, i love getting messages back! :)

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you are looking amazing hun, wish my tummy was a tight as yours is x
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Thanks anmarie, I was reading your updates and will send positive thoughts your way!!! xx
Let me just say WOWWWWWW! You look amazing, I love the definition of your upper abdomen!

Really tired today. 9 weeks post op but I cleaned...

Really tired today. 9 weeks post op but I cleaned most of my large house on Thursday for my husband's surprise 50th and it was good because it was like the old me, energy wise, but yesterday and today I am totally dragging my butt! feel kind of weepy too, just tired i think. went nonstop tidying, vacuuming and putting stuff away for more than three hours. why do i always overdo it???
Good news is that the swelling is almost gone, depending on whether I eat salty stuff or not. felt pretty hot at the party last night. :)

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So...10 weeks post op and getting lots of upper ab...

So...10 weeks post op and getting lots of upper ab twinges of pain after I am active. Not working out yet either!! But when I do gardening or housework I get these twinges. So am freaked out about starting running or weights or cardio if I get pain just doing more active chores. Does anyone else?? They were really bad a few weeks ago and I had to take Tylenol. Now they are just worrying. Is it the muscles healing after being tightened? (I had upper and lower tightening). Please write back, thanks.!!

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Started running again this morning, and I think I...

Started running again this morning, and I think I waited long enough because it was FAB!!! Really helped my stress level lower too, which is one of the main reasons I exercise! I am 11 weeks tomorrow BTW. YAY!!!!!!

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Good thanks. Baqck at kickboxing yay!! Except I have gained back the 8 pounds I lost after the surgery. But I am so glad I did it. Thanks!!!
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Caroweeltrina, you look amazing!! I love the hour glass shape, just awsome.How are you doing these days?
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You look fabulous! Congratulations.
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Hi! So we took the leap and moved to San...

Hi!

So we took the leap and moved to San Mateo, California!! We have been here a month. The house was too big and empty with the kids all gone (off at university and beyond) and my hubby was head hunted so we did it! Sold the house, put the dog on a plane and went!
I will actually be closer to my kids now because they will be in Victoria and Vancouver.

Having some weight challenges and leo slip my eating habits. Part of the stress of being in a new place and not knowing anyone, plus I had to sell my car and can't legally work here for a few years. So that is a big adjustment after working full-time and having my own car to tootle around in.

So now back to the treadmill and really cutting back on bad carbs (white breads, cereals, pasta, etc, and no junk food!) Also cutting juice out of my diet. Trying to drink more tea too.

Please send me a note and let me know how you are doing if I wrote you in the past. I can't believe a year has passed since my TT!

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Huge improvement! You look marvelous now!
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Thanks, absolutely no regrets!!

Kinda gaining weight. argh. Advice??

Kinda gaining weight. argh. Advice??

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Two years later

Still no regrets! One of the best things I ever did for myself. We moved to California for my hubby's new job one year ago, and this May I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. Now getting in the best shape of my life. The move was a bit rough, very far from family and friends, but we love the weather here in the SF Bay area and are slowly adjusting. I can't work here yet so I am using all this free time to get back in shape...my tummy tuck changed how I feel about my body forever.

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Welcome to California! How has it been living in San Mateo this past year? I hope you are settled into a nice exercise routine, you want to make that awesome waistline look even more awesome! Thank you for sharing your story!
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Hi! U look great!
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thanks :)

Breast Cancer!! Lumpectomy and Radiation or double Mastectomy??

Just diagnosed two weeks ago with a tumor in my right breast (I found the lump, had a clear mammogram last November!) Surgeons favoring lumpectomy and radiation, my lump is not that large. I am favoring double mastectomy to ensure no future breast cancer, don't really want to take a wait and see approach. Overwhelmed by reading lots of info on both. I am fairly large busted. Thoughts?

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PS Also favoring immediate reconstruction..

Using tissue expanders and future implants.

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Just checking in on you. Did you get your surgery along with the tissue expanders? How long will you have them? Hoping you're doing well...we'd love an update!
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Ugh...I can't believe your mammogram was clear in November. Good for you for finding the lump. I can see you have an amazing support group with the Tummy Tuckers but feel free to start another review in the Breast Reconstruction community for another helpful group of women. Hang in there...I believe you when you say you're overwhelmed with reading all the research, etc. Wishing you the best!
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