I grew up in a big Greek family which consisted of cooking big Greek meals...all the time! So for the first 20 years of my life I was always overweight. Food was never in short supply at Yiayia’s. I knew I was always the “chubby girl” but I felt like there was nothing I could do about it until something happened that changed my life forever. I was in the middle of my sophomore year of college when my mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack at the age of 54. So there I was, 20 years old and at 225lbs. Reality hit me. It wasn’t about looking good at this point anymore; I knew I had to completely change my lifestyle and eating habits if I wanted to live past the age of 50.
So I started out slow, like cutting out the cheese and mayo on my sandwiches, switching to whole grains and low fat options, and walking 3 days a week. I changed my major to pre nursing and health science and had a whole new outlook on life. So here I am now age 23, and proud to say that I have reached my happy weight of 125lbs and comfortably maintaining a 100lb weight loss!
I had always carried my weight in by tummy, but even after 100lbs down, I am STILL left with excess skin and a belly, so I made the decision to get a TT. Of course.
3 days away and I couldn’t be more excited for my future of being able to wear low rise jeans like all of my other friends, being able to go shopping and pick out ANY cute top without having to worry about the fabric, the length, the color or just the overall fact of will this shirt cover up my tummy?! And of course wearing a bikini for the first time…EVER! I always avoided going boating with friends, going to beaches, swimming, even hot tubs! I’m excited to just be able to do things normal things 23 year old girls can do.
What scares me the most right now is the dreaded scar! Too high? Too big? Too uneven?! I have never had surgery of any kind before, so this fear of the unknown is killing me! Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories, it has given me lots of courage knowing I am not alone! Good luck to everyone on their journeys!