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5 Month Update! New Photos!
Okay folks, my journey is about to begin. My...
- 12 Dec 2012
- 6 days pre
Okay folks, my journey is about to begin. My surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday, 12/19/12. As expected, I'm freaking out a little....mostly about the swelling, not being able to excercise and going back to work after two weeks.
Anyhoo, here are some lovely photos. I'm 49, 5'4" and 115 lbs. As you can see, although I don't have kids, weight gain/loss has trashed my stomach. And I've never had a great core...even though I workout 5-6 days a week.
Today, while I was having a momentary panic attack about my TT, I took these photos and I'm GLAD that I did. Looking at them re-affirmed my decision to move forward with the journey.
Stay tuned...I'll be posting as I move through the process.
Four sleeps until my surgery! Today is my official...
- 15 Dec 2012
- 4 days pre
Off to workout since these are the last ones for a while. Cardio and weight lifting are in order for today. Trying to eat lots of high quality protein over the next few days and drink a ton of water.
I can't believe that I'm on the countdown to something that I've been waiting so long for.
I spent the weekend buying all sorts of lovely...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
Yesterday, I put on my skinny jeans to say good bye to for the next month (?) or so. They fit so well in the ass BUT they are low riders and my little muffin top just rolls over the edge like cookie dough being sqeezed out of a tube. I will be so freaking happy to be able to wear LOW RISE jeans and undies. Oh, and not freak out if my shirt rises up and my tummy is accidentally exposed. This entire process has helped me come to terms with my life long, deep seeded issues with my stomach. Well, say goodbye to those issues (eventually).
Trying to remain calm, cool and collected today and tomorrow. :)
The surgical nurse called - I am scheduled for...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
Sharing a Great Smoothing Recipe Basic Green...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 2 days pre
Basic Green Monster Smoothie Recipe
1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutritional stats: 350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein
Thinking this may be good for, um, you know when I get all bound up.
Power recliner has been delivered. Dang, that...
- 18 Dec 2012
- 1 day pre
Leaving for my surgery now. And I must say I look...
- 19 Dec 2012
- Day of treatment
Yesterday's surgery went off without a hitch. Zero...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
Tip: bring a pillow with you for the ride home....
- 20 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
Okay folks, this may sound like common sense but...
- 21 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Day 3 PO. I feel pretty good...my pain is less...
- 22 Dec 2012
- 3 days post
Feeling good day 4 PO. Tip o the day: take your...
- 23 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
Funny story...yesterday a friend came over for a visit. I pulled myself together, put on my makeup and frankly, thought that I looked pretty good. My friend arrived, gave me a hug and her comment was " you look tired". Dang it! I thought I looked good. She's one of my inspirations as she lost over 160lbs and had major TT/skin removal years ago. I appreciated her honesty, though. I guess the vicodin is good for my confidence. LoL.
Happy healing everyone! It's all going to be worth it.
Day 5 PO: on my way to the doctor for a checkup. I...
- 24 Dec 2012
- 5 days post
I actually feel a little guilty that I'm doing so well and some of you are struggling so much. I know that I worked very hard on my strength, cardio, stretching and balance for a couple of months prior to my surgery. I also had weekly deep tissue, trigger point type massages. It makes me wonder if that has helped. ? I've never had any type of surgery before (other than dental), so all of this is new to me. Anyway, wishing everyone a great day. Will post an update after my appointment.
Day 5 update: Whoo-hoo, my left drain is out! For...
- 24 Dec 2012
- 5 days post
On a totally awesome note, I saw my stomach. I am so happy with the results so far. I'm having trouble imagining why I'll look like by summer. Check out the new photos!
Day 6 update: First, for everyone who celebrates...
- 25 Dec 2012
- 6 days post
When I went into surgery, I weighed 111.5. I hadn't weighed myself since the procedure but I really wanted to know this morning how much I weighed. I mentally prepared myself for 10lbs of swelling. I stepped on the scale....110.5 lbs. Yikes, that's super skinny for me. But I'm also taking it with a grain of salt because it could just mean I'm not swollen at this moment (my drain didn't even have enough to dump this morning). Interesting.
Oh, and I sneezed this morning...suck factor of 10000!
Happy healing all....
Still feel great today, relatively speaking. Sore...
- 26 Dec 2012
- 7 days post
I'm definitely Bloated today...I really need to be better about watching the sodium. I'm trying but Gads, its everywhere!
Day 10 update: I feel really good but tire easily!...
- 28 Dec 2012
- 9 days post
Day 11 update: New Photos! Swollen but pretty flat...
- 29 Dec 2012
- 10 days post
PLUS, I noticed that the binder is giving me a sore on my back. UGH! Anyone else have this issue?
Hallelujah, I am drain free! Man, I felt better...
- 31 Dec 2012
- 12 days post
Take a look at my scar...holy frankenscar! Of course, it's late day after I've been running around all day so I have moderated swelling. I love how my scar is up like an extra two inches on the right hip. I know it will settle but gads, super fugly now. Oh, and the hole where my drain was...yucky.
A few minutes ago I "slid" into my Marena stage 2 conpression panty. Talk about a snug fit. Yikes! I ordered the XS, glad that I did but wow, compression is the operative word.
Oh, and i have a belly button!! Whoo-hoo!
Hey, check out the difference in my scar from...
- 1 Jan 2013
- 13 days post
Back to work today. We'll see how this goes! The...
- 2 Jan 2013
- 14 days post
Long update, my apologies... Okay, I went back...
- 3 Jan 2013
- 15 days post
Okay, I went back to work on Day 14. Granted, I am working from home but the day went very well. Surprisingly, I wasn’t tired at the end of the day, either. Mostly, I was uncomfortable sitting in my binder. We take for granted what the muscles needed to sit up straight. Well, not anymore! Gads. At a minimum, I'll have better posture out of all this.
I also walked very s-l-o-w-l-y on the treadmill last night. Talking 1.8 mph! My heart rate maxed out at 76 bpm which is still very low for me (as a comparison, when I work out I normally keep my heart rate over 120 with an average over 142).
The big test was to see how much swelling all this “activity” generated on the scale this morning. I can report that for me, on this day, there was no difference. My weight was 110 this morning which is slightly less than my pre-surgery weight but only by 1.5 lbs. To date, my weight has fluctuated 3 lbs daily. I can also, happily report that I can still fit into my skinny (size 25) jeans! So happy! That being said there is no freaking way that I could even think about wearing them as they rub on Frankenscar. I’m thinking it’s going to be another few weeks before I attempt to wear them or any jeans for that matter.
Scar is looking better although I have a little spot right in front that is healing slower. I also figured out why on me my scar is higher on the right. Initially, I thought it was swelling but that’s not it. The reason is that I am slightly out of alignment – my right hip is higher than my left hip. My massage therapist tells me this damn near every week! We’ve been working on my flexibility and doing trigger point massage to get my hips back into alignment. Funny thing is that they were in alignment when I went for surgery. What a difference a few weeks makes!
I still haven’t driven yet….I’m getting ancy. I may venture forth today. Maybe.
Oh, and ladies who travel and/or carry a briefcase/backpack here’s a thought: since we can’t lift anything for six weeks, you’re most likely going to need a roller bag for your computer. I hadn’t even considered that scenario! My roller bag is on it’s way. Basically, once the new roller bag gets here, I’ll be mobile as I want to be. Think Mel Gibson in Braveheart yelling “FREEDOM”.
I feel great! Swell hell hasn't hit me yet - knock...
- 5 Jan 2013
- 17 days post
I realized this morning that I have some new current obsessions:
1. Swelling: Am I? Will I? How much will I swell? Will next week kill me when I have to go into the office? Will my lady parts swell? Bromelain, arnica... When will the swelling go away? BAH!!
2. Related to #1 - Compression Garments. I own three spanx and two maranas. All diiferent. All good. Oh, plus three different types of leggings. Plus a new corset which I kinda dig.
3. My Scar - What to say, I check on my little friend every few hours. It's still healing in the front beneath my BB. Will I have a dog ear on my right hip? Will my BB be more than a vertical slit? What the hell am I going to do about the pubes that appear to be growing out of my scar?? What scar therapy to use? Holy shit, the list just goes on and on.
4. Eating and drinking VERY Cleanly - I generally eat low carb and healthy but truthfully, I've never watched my sodium...until now. Truly and eye opener. I'm sure the french fries that I had yesterday will blew me up a little! How will I ever be able to drink my gallon of water when I go back to work? I'm peeing every 15 minutes!
5. Lack of exercise - Will I turn into the blob? How much of a blob will I be? When can I start exercising? What lifting routines can I do that don't involve my core? Will cardio blow me up? Will I be able to run a 5k on St Patrick’s day.
My head is going to explode. It all sounds so much worse than it actually *is* but I was laughing to myself this morning on all these new obsessions.
What are you obessing over?
I continue to feel good and each day I feel just a...
- 7 Jan 2013
- 19 days post
I'm posting a few new photos. I don't think that I see any difference one way or the other from Day 15. My drain holes still haven't scb over, so I'm kinda worried. I see the doctor tomorrow...hopefully all is well.
Last night I tried to sleep "nomally" (ie not propped up and without a pillow under my knees). Fail! I was so uncomfortable. Ugh. I'll be delighted when I can get back to my normal sleep routine.
My three week appt well! My nurse said that I'm a...
- 9 Jan 2013
- 21 days post
I don't go back for three weeks which is amazing to me that it's already been three weeks! I wasn't cleared for any type of activity...I have to keep my heartrate under 100 for another three weeks. *heavy sigh*. BUT I do have my regular and lymphatic massages booked for the next month, so I'm happy!
Day 23 Update: I continue to feel very good and...
- 12 Jan 2013
- 24 days post
My PS has me in compression and binder 24x7 which is fine by me and only mildly annoying. My biggest bitch is that I have to do a little hand laundry every day as I cycle through my cg's! Pretty sure I'll be in the cg and binder until six weeks.
I’m trying to eat clean as possible for me which includes low sodium, no carbonation and higher protein. I'll admit my appetite is HUGE. To date, I haven't gained any weight but I really need to keep on plan over the next three weeks. I've been walking slowly (2.4 mph) on the treadmill for about an hour a day IF I feel like I need some additional movement.
The last two nights I've almost slept on my side again! For me, sleeping has really been my biggest challenge. Not being a back sleeper has really hampered y ability to get a good night’s sleep. Hell, I can't even nap which is so, so, sad.
My scar is truly fugly but I'm not worried about it yet. It's healing pretty well - my drain holes are closing and the little spot in front is getting better. The scar is also starting to horizontally settle a bit.
I'm not seeing alot of changes in my shape but I'm happy with the results!! Again, I can't tell if I'm swollen or not. ?
Anyhoo, that's my update. Happy healing everyone!
Not much going on here....I continue to feel good...
- 27 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
I'm still in compression and binder. And yes, I have a love hate relationship with them both. It will be interesting to see what my PS says on Thursday about next steps.
Well, I'm off to pack a bag for a business trip to NYC. Oh, here's another thing to think about for those of you who travel. I had to buy another suitcase this past week that would accomadate my laptop and 1-2 days worth of clothes. Since I can't carry my normal bags due to the lifting/bending restrictions, I hade to come up with a different stratgey. Overall, it's going to work out better because it's forcing me to deal with my liquids and gels. But still, it's one more thing that I hadn't considered in my recovery.
I can't believe that it's been six weeks! As...
- 31 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
As of today, I am binder free! My PS said to wear compression when I exercise, otherwise I can start weaning myself off of the cg. He wants me to keep my cg handy just in case I do have some swelling. Addtionally, I'm all clear for *any* type of exercise (including abs) but he just wants me to listen to my body. I'll start my scar therapy today which consists of any type of lotion and massage twice a day for 5-10 minutes.
Three new photos to share (front, right, left)...
- 3 Feb 2013
- 2 months post
I can't believe that I'm 3 months PO! I feel GREAT...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 3 months post
I'm doing scar therapy at least once a day with Bio Oil. As far as compression and the binder goes...I'm having a little problem giving them up. My PS said only to wear my CG during exercise but I still wear my CG daily. I have a corset thingy that I wear under my clothes during the day. UGH. I'm trying to wean myself off!
This weekend we are heading off to Boston for St. Patrick's Day. It should be off the hook. I'm running in the Southie 5k on Sunday morning which should be a blast. I'm back at the gym 5 days a week doing everything I want to do. Inverted board abs are still hard but I'm working on it slowly.
Do I have any swelling? Maybe a little bit. But truth be told, I think I "swell" normally during the say anyway so it could be that I'm simply noticing it for the first time.
Hope everyone is doing FANTASTIC!
Hi all! Dropping by to post a quick update. First,...
- 23 Apr 2013
- 4 months post
I started with silicone strips two weeks ago. I think that I see an improvement but it could be coincidence. Who knows. I see my PS in a month for another checkup.
I wasn't expecting my hairline to be so high. Ugh. I've been dealing with several (and I mean several) ingrown hairs. Very pretty. Not! Moving forward, I will have to wax or do other treatment...its not like I can have my curlies peaking out over the top of my low risers. Shaving only seems to irritate the area.
I've been traveling almost every week since February. I've gained a few pounds which pisses me off. I'm back at the gym doing 97% of my pre-surgery training but I don't think my intensity is completely back. It could also be that I'm wiped out from traveling, too.
Overall, I'm thrilled and so happy that I made the investment in me! I still have a ways to go but I'm down for the ride.
My Doctor: Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino
Dr. Antimarino and the staff at Aestique are absolutely amazing! I can’t say enough great things about my experience. From my initial consultation through my post surgical follow ups, everyone has been kind, professional, supportive, and thorough. Dr. Antimarino is very kind and compassionate…he’s listened to my ramblings, answered all of my questions and has always made me feel very comfortable. My results are amazing and life changing. Additionally, he and his staff have been available throughout the entire holiday season which is pretty amazing. The nurses are angels, too. All of them. I highly recommend Dr. Antimarino for the tummy tuck procedue! Highly skilled surgeon and nice guy.
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