I just had my TT done on Thursday, 10-11-12. So...

I just had my TT done on Thursday, 10-11-12. So far everything has gone as expected. I have had 2 c-sections in the past. After reading a few stories many said it was easier than an c-section. I would have to agree, the only difference is you have drains and your abs are sore all the way up to your breasts. Am very excited to see my results. I worked very hard to get to my goal weight, but there was nothing I could do about the excess skin from my 1st pregnancy. I just wanted my stomach area to match the rest of me. This is my journey & I hope it helps someone else.

I forgot to mention that I did have lipo on my...

I forgot to mention that I did have lipo on my flanks, which would explain the bruising you will see in my side pic. I don't have much bruising on my right side, but my left side is heavily black and blue.
Hey well done! what a difference already! x x x
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Wow, you look great. Please keep posting, love to hear about the rest of your journey. You look small to begin with, how much was your weight before surgery?
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Well I have a lot of muscle mass, I've always weighed more than the average chick. I was down to 136 which would probably be equivalent to a 115-120lbs average girl. That is the lowest I have ever been, I was really working my butt off to compensate for my stomach. Inhad stabilized my weight for 5yrs. But, the smallest water retention or 1lb gain and I could just see my stomach bloat. It was time & I knew there was a really awesome waist under there & I wouldn't have to work out so damn hard if I got this procedure done. I was just waiting to be done with the kids & funds. I will keep posting. & nice profile pic btw, lol!
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I'm just posting a few pics to show that I really...

I'm just posting a few pics to show that I really did go as far as I could go with my stomach, I worked out so hard. My first born is what ruined my stomach, I gained 62lbs on top of being a good 40-50lbs over weight to begin with. My weight would yo-yo, but I never truly lost t all the weight & kept it off. 5yrs ago I decided to become vegan & I lost over 70lbs & never yo-yo'd again. So as you can see it became very psychological for me to see toned & ripped muscles everywhere, but still this hideous stomach. I'm just so happy to be on the road to recovery & eventually be back in the gym to work on a six pack!!
You look great! I'm so glad to see more ladies lifting weight! Go get-em!
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Thanks! I've always had muscles...u should see me legs. But, once I had to become an adult, my body took a back seat. Just trying to survive & all. But, finally I can't wait to have my stomach match the rest of me!!!
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Thanks ladies!!! I feel pretty darn good thanks to y'all's awesome encouraging comments!
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Took another shower and things are getting easier...

Took another shower and things are getting easier and easier each day. I'm trying to take pics each time because I do believe I am a fast healer and I think it's good for some of you ladies to see how quickly you could bounce back if you're like me.
It looks really good especially because you were SO fit before surgery you are going to have maximum results. If you don't mind me asking how did you get so tone? What type of resistance training did you do, and how much weight, and reps, okay that's all lol. I just really really like that, I showed my hubby and said this is how im going to look. He said, "shoot I need to go to the gym, you can't look better than me!" rofl...thanks for keeping us updated and i hope your recovery goes well :)
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Wow! Thank you, I needed that. I stopped yo-yo dieting by becoming vegan 5yrs ago. After my 2nd baby I gained 65lbs, the weight did NOT come off after delivery....it just stuck. So after a month I started walking/then jogging. I put my youngest in a jogging stroller. I got up to 5mi 5-6 times a week. Then I started back with weights. It's kinda not fair, but I am blessed w/ my Dad's muscle tone. I follow Sculpting Her Body Perfect. I spend about 20mins on weights, becuz I refuse to spend hours at the gym. Day 1-legs, day 2 chest & back, day 3 shoulders, triceps, & biceps. I used to do 1 exercise per muscle, 3 sets of 12. Now i do 2. So arms would be like this military press, bicep curls, & tricep extensions. Key is to not do all ur sets w/ shoulders, then biceps, etc. I do set shoulders, set biceps, set triceps, then start over. That way you don't have to take a 30-60 sec pause, u just keep going & you keep ur heart rate up=still burning fat. I love it, gets me out of gym in 1hr to 1hr 15mins. Cuz I spend 40mins on treadmill, but I won't have to do that anymore. I used to spend 55 mins jogging. I hope this makes sense. And I don't do super heavy sets. Back in high school I could squat 245lbs, now I realize that was stupid & the spine suffers for that. The max I do for legs now with squats is 85lbs, I use dumbbells for almost everything else from 10lbs-20lb dumbbells. So there u have it. :)
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Thanks. I have been doing weights and machines but still haven't figured out what would work for what i want. I want what you have very sculpted...ooh la la :) I'll definitely up my weights. My goal is to be in the upper 20's body fat I have much to go but I'm on my way. Your right yo yo's dont work. I'm an emotional eater so I will always gain the weight back. What really helps me is the gym it helps my stress and in turn I don't overeat. I'm thinking of vegan because it is healthier for heart disease as well as many other preventable diseases because it is so high in nutrients yet low in saturated fats. Good for you it is very clear to me that what you are doing is working! YAY..pat yourself on the back...You deserve to look great :)
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I absolutely love my Dr. Her name is Dr. Sugene...

I absolutely love my Dr. Her name is Dr. Sugene Kim. If you are in the Houston area, I highly recommend her. She is so cute & sweet. I just realized today she is pregnant & due in 3 weeks. I couldn't even tell....lucky! i look like a water buffalo pregnant. When I first met her she had on this cute white dress w/ super cute red heels.....needless to say she won me over right then & there. She is double board certified & her husband is an accredited PS as well. I figured w/ so much PS in the family how could this not be a good fit. So I am updating my review to 5 Star's. If I ever want something else done I will go back to her.
Dang, I'll be 8 weeks tomorrow. When I look at your guns I get so excited about heading back into the gym. Muscles look good on women! Go on and do that thang!
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Indeed girlfriend!!! I love being musclar. In high school....seriously everyone thought I was gonna be an American Gladiater, lol! I seriously cannot wait to get back in the gym. I'm hoping soon, but gotta get this 2nd drain out. & oh my gosh can't wait to have abs!!!! I could actually see some obliques, but that was it, then my lovely pillow top hid anything else. Thanks for the compliment :)
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Just posted my 10 day post-op pics. I'm so excited & happy. I can see my ribs are coming back from all the swelling. Hips are still swollen cause everything is traveling south.
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Just posting new update photos, I swear I can't...

Just posting new update photos, I swear I can't believe what a difference a day can make or maybe it's just me. I am still pretty swollen from the belly button down to the incision area. I believe that once the swelling goes down the incision will be much lower, as it is it is right on my hair line, so it couldn't have gone any lower. Either way I am feeling giddy & super happy about the whole thing!!!
Lookin' hot! Isn't it great to have the tummy match the rest? Especiallly when you work so hard at it.
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swelling is definitely going down! looking good!
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and you are.going.to look amazing!!
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So I refuse to get on scale, but I did decide to...

So I refuse to get on scale, but I did decide to measure myself to see my progress as the swelling goes down. My waist is 28!!!!!! And from incision to incision is 34 1/4!!!! Can I just say OMFG!!!!! I knew there was a waist under all that damn skin!! Oh man, I'm so excited!
Looking good girlfriend! I showed by naked body to my new BF.....and for the first time NOT being embarrassed by gross fat.....especially bc boxing in the gym 6-7 days a week I should be fit....well I am now :) idc about my incision scars or bruising cuz I finally feel sexy too! Thanks for sharing all ur pics!
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It's so exciting!! I can't wait to get back in gym, it's killing me. I know I'm gaining weight. Sitting around eating & not doing anything.....hello! Congrats girl, so happy for u becuz I know exactly how u USED to feel ;)
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looking good momma! I'm loving no roll when i sit too! yay!
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I am posting some newmy pics that show my progress...

I am posting some newmy pics that show my progress. Hopefully, they will show up properly. I am now 17 days post-op. I do stil have my original tape/glue so my incision looks really dark, but that is the markings mostly from pre-op.
You look AMAZING! And you look to be healing so quickly. I love how you've done your photo's, a brilliant way to show the difference. Your tummy looks so flat, have you had any tummy swelling? I'm really struggling to get my head round mine, driving me crazy to tears and back again! It's a big wedge now hanging over my cut line. I was the same with the flanks lipo, I had much more bruising to one side than the other too. You look fab fab fab : -)
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Well, thank you, thank you!!!! I just do all my photos on my phone. I have nothing else to do, lol!! I have a lot of swelling in my left hip, u can see it in my pics. I have swelling elsewhere but it is minimal. I am a really good healer, so I am not the norm. I see ur pucker, are u sure ur not developing a seroma? I did notice it was flat after surgery so I would not worry. Swelling can take time, & I just told myself going in that no matter the results, anything was better than what I had. I mean u couldn't even see my waistline, now it finally shows! U'll be fine, just wear ur cg tight & don't look at urself too often cuz it isn't going to be ur final result & ur just looking at urself as if it is.....making u sad. Don't do that! :)
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Hi MM - yes your right I've got myself well down. Saw the surgeon who was lovely to me and upset that I was upset too :( I've not done the mirror thing which the surgeon said to my man today how many times is she in front of the mirror??? The bulge protrudes through my CG's, both of them! (I wear 2 together). It's like a kangeroo carrying it's baby!!! Anyway it's all about the time and I need to grow some patience! I think I've caused this bulge by doing too much too soon albeit I didn't do any of the norm for nearly 2 weeks. Thanks for your post. X
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I know having drains sucks! But, I wanted to share...

I know having drains sucks! But, I wanted to share some pics with you to show why keeping the annoying drains might not be such a bad idea. I had 1 drain removed PO 7, from my more swollen side. My other drain is still with me PO 19, still draining old blood at an avg. of 75cc's/day. I would not recommend having it this long by any means. I just wouldn't rush to have it removed either. I wish I would have kept my 1st drain a week longer. You can look at my pics & decide for yourself.
My doctor is recommending only 4 days with 1 drain. I'm not having lipo just muscle repair. In your opinion do you think having the drains longer helps in the swelling? I would rather have the drain in a little longer to reduce the swelling. That's a good question to ask him. It probably depends also on the amount of fluids still coming out.
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4 days is not long at all. The average is 7 days. I believe it does help with swelling because the fluid is coming out rather than ur body having to re-absorb it, just look the difference in my pics, it's a pretty big difference. No, I don't like it, but I'd rather have closer to the end result figure than see the swell figure. If I had to see both my hips swollen, I might get a little depressed, but the not so swollen hip keeps my faith going. The side that is swollen had more bruising & drained less. I didn't know to "milk" or "strip" my tube either. Wish I would have. Most ladies seem to have started the swell hell as soon as drains come out, cuz there is no where for it to go. I hope I don't experience it, but I know I won't as much at least. If I were u, I would keep the drain in for 7 days min. I had muscle repair too and lipo on flanks but not much come out on my lipo. But, somehow I must have developed a hematoma becuz it's been old blood ever since & that can happen lipo or not. The drain that did come out did not really put much out which is why it came out at day 7, maybe if I would have milked it, massaged or something I could have gotten more out, instead of the waiting game. Now I'm stuck massaging the swollen side in hopes that it will travel over to the other drain. Cuz the swell is hard, like rock hard. It's weird. What I always do is research, see what everyone is doing. The. I go in there with my educated decision & concerns. As u can see I didn't educate myself on this matter or I would have dealt with the inconvenience for I more week. Sorry for the long response.
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Thank you, that was great advise.
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I finally had my tape removed after 3 weeks. I...

I finally had my tape removed after 3 weeks. I have to say it looks very different. I didn't want to post these because I feel I look like Frankenstein, but I guess it's necessary to post the good with the bad. My incision was irritated below my BB, it looks like it's screaming, so the tape come off not a moment too soon. As you can see I am still swollen & I will continue to be till the time is right. I'd also like to add that you have to be realistic about your scar. Your surgeon can only do so much before your body starts to do the rest. The day after surgery my incision line was perfect (please look at old pic), but the the healing processes takes over & your skin does what it wants to do. So at the moment my incision looks terrible, but that's not my surgeons fault. I still have a lot more healing to do so hopefully my scar with even out.
Hey momma.....took my tape off too & I got back to PS Thursday but what silicone tape therapy are you using?
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ScarAway. I chose it because it received 4 stars from over 340 people on amazon & I could pick it up at Walgreens or CVS locally. The largest they have is 3 inches, but I just line then up.
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The scar, as soooo many on this site have attested too, will morph and go from better t worse again over time. It's a year before you can look at it and know "this is it." I have been researching the silicone scar treatments even though my PS is ambivalent about them. They take a lot of consistent compliance for 3-6 months. Not so sure about the cost but honestly, if my scar stayed as it is, I'd still be glad I did this and okay with it. Time and patience-two words that keep popping up here...you look amazing !! And there is a significant difference in the recent photos with the blue panties. You will get there.
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I'm out of my binder and wanted to try on a few...

I'm out of my binder and wanted to try on a few shirts. The grey shirt was one I always wanted to wear but didn't because it was to snug on the mid section. Now I looks baggy....Holy Cow!!!

Ok, so the first time I saw my scar I thought......

Ok, so the first time I saw my scar I thought....oh, we'll that's not what I was expected. I guess mainly because I have an irritated area that my eyes just zero in on & hello tunnel vision. I have been massaging my swelling & using scar strips since Fri. Now when I block out the irritated area, I think it looks pretty darn good. The scar is very thin and when I push on the swollen side I can tell that the scar will eventually look symmetrical. Please let me know what y'all think.
Hi, I had/have the same experience with the uneven swelling, but as the swelling goes down the suture line straightens out and even the spitting stitches have closed and tightened up. With some tummy tuck procedures more stress is placed on the incision and the scar has a tendency to widen if activities are started too soon. Whatever the procedure patience is very helpful-provided you don't have unforeseen hiccups.
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Thanks girl, yes I have major uneven swelling thanks to my handy dandy drain. And my bad area has some pulling & kinda open spots (very very small), but OMG looks so gross. It has settled so much and I can see the bigger picture now. My Dermafibroma's widen & opened as u speak of. Right now the incision is very thin, so I will be a good girl, I don't want it to widen.
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girl, you look awesome!
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I hated shapewear, it was like stuffing a...

I hated shapewear, it was like stuffing a marshmallow in small space. Now, it's a totally different story. I had to do a little flex pose because my muscles are coming back, the swelling had gone straight down to my legs & I couldn't see any muscles. Everything is still swollen but......yaaaaaay!
Great pics! And I loved reading your narrative. Thanks for sharing!!!
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you look awesome girl! how often did you work out before this? were.you doing mostly weights? i can't wait for the day when i can be excited with what i see in the mirror! I know my doc did an awesome job but I am still so swollen!
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You do look great! I am swollen too. Lopsided swollen at that, lol! I tried to work out at least 6 days a week. No, that didn't always happen. No, I focused heavily on cardio 1st, I was jogging 5 mi a day. I didn't want to bulk up w/ fat=just bigger me different composition. I started doing weights but more as a cardio weight lifting. Then right before summer I was lean & really started to define my muscles & do a little heavier weights. I had lost all the weight & certain areas of my body were skin & lean muscle & bone. I kept going at like I was 65lbs over weight still. I got lightheaded. I realized, what am I doing? I don't have any more weight to lose, cuz it's not coming of my stomach no matter how hard I try. So I backed down to 3 miles here recently. I told my hubby it's time, I'm killing myself & will continue to do so. My legs don't look that great cuz there is swelling draining in them & I haven't worked out in over a month now. OMG! I'm kinda scared to have my drain out now at this point. I don't want to balloon out. I'm still draining at 60-70cc's so it is very slowly going down. Thank you for the compliment.
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I'm post op day 28 today. Things are coming along...

I'm post op day 28 today. Things are coming along great. I do still have a drain. Yes, I'm going in the books as being the women with the longest TT drain ever! Haha! I'm so competitive. I go into tomorrow for another check up. I'll get my stitches out of my calf for my last dermafibroma & have a laugh at my drain, & check my bad incision area that I like to call "Area 51." I drained 62cc's today, so I am definitely decreasing....FINALLY! I've been in the 60's for 3 days now. My BB is looking great & I am so pleased. I feel really good & I do at times have to stop myself from doing things I'm not supposed to because I feel so normal.

I'm post op day 28 today. Things are coming along...

I'm post op day 28 today. Things are coming along great. I do still have a drain. Yes, I'm going in the books as being the women with the longest TT drain ever! Haha! I'm so competitive. I go into tomorrow for another check up. I'll get my stitches out of my calf for my last dermafibroma & have a laugh at my drain, & check my bad incision area that I like to call "Area 51." I drained 62cc's today, so I am definitely decreasing....FINALLY! I've been in the 60's for 3 days now. My BB is looking great & I am so pleased. I feel really good & I do at times have to stop myself from doing things I'm not supposed to because I feel so normal.
You look fantastic!! You did a great job documenting your improvements. It's funny how I see asymmetry in myself, but you don't really see it in other people. For example, you don't look that asymmetric to me. I think you have to be there in real life to see the peaks and valley. But then your body is a little different than mine. You have a smaller waist, and more womanly curves at the hip. I have more of a boy's figure (straight down, with only a slight indentation at the waist). Sounds like you're doing well. Hopefully the drains will come out soon. Hope you have a great week. All the best to you.
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Seriously? I clearly highlighted it, lol! I'm more swollen under by BB my left & my left backside too. That's the side with no drain. Womanly curves, I never thought I'd hear that. Thank you!!! I had the "boyish" figure too when I had my old tummy. But, I could see my waist when I bent over & let the skin hang. But, I really had no idea just how much my old tummy was hiding.
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Great to see how well you are progressing...you are looking fantastic and I am totally using you to reassure myself about "stuff". Still swelling at 28 days....not what I want but I will be expecting it because I'm living through your pictures (and yes certainly less swelling in the afternoon picture). Explain Area 51? I also have a vertical and it is so much more "visible" than my main scar at 12 days po.
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So I was cleared to just wear a cg, but was also...

So I was cleared to just wear a cg, but was also told make sure it's tight tight tight. For the past 2 days I have not worn my binder & I have just been wearing a cg & nothing at night. I started to notice my swelling was going downwards & pooling right above my incision. Now I look weird! I'm thinking my cg isn't tight enough, but seeing how I'm in a small already I guess I need an xtra small?? Like they carry that at WM. Anyhow, I think I'm just gonna put my binder on for a few days and see how I look. It may just be too soon or cg isn't tight enough. I will keep you posted. And on an even better note, my final drain comes out tomorrow!!!! Woo-Hooo!!!

So I was cleared to just wear a cg, but was also...

So I was cleared to just wear a cg, but was also told make sure it's tight tight tight. For the past 2 days I have not worn my binder & I have just been wearing a cg & nothing at night. I started to notice my swelling was going downwards & pooling right above my incision. Now I look weird! I'm thinking my cg isn't tight enough, but seeing how I'm in a small already I guess I need an xtra small?? Like they carry that at WM. Anyhow, I think I'm just gonna put my binder on for a few days and see how I look. It may just be too soon or cg isn't tight enough. I will keep you posted. And on an even better note, my final drain comes out tomorrow!!!! Woo-Hooo!!!

Finally, no drain. I couldn't resist snapping a...

Finally, no drain. I couldn't resist snapping a pic with no drain! And I couldn't resist taking a pic with my shirt tucked in, something I would have never ever done before.....NEVER!!! I do not have anything on under my shirt, no binder, no cg, and most of all no DRAIN!!! Yaaay! The drain made me feel fat because it took up space. So I feel better now. The area that is red in the middle of my incision is where some stitches were trying and maybe still trying to eject. There is on are of my incision that is so flat and perfect but for some reason when I take a pic is doesn't show properly. Oh, well.
hot momma! you seriously look great! let me know if.you like the workout binder. i need one!
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Haha! Ur so sweet. It's weird cuz I know I'm smaller but yet I still feel big. I guess maybe it's cuz I haven't been working out. My waist is 27 inches, that's freaking nuts! My regular pants that I wear are loose, the thick elastic band has like a gap now between me & the elastic. It's so weird. I think the binder I got will workout nicely. I've seen them before & thought oh brother, I wonder how many women will buy into this. But, then I think Punkpeach mentioned something about workout wearing spanxs & bells went off in my head. I was so happy to find that one. It was only $5.99 at Ross. Can't beat that.
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Spitting stitches are pain but you still look good!
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Ok, so I mowed the yard today. And not sit on a...

Ok, so I mowed the yard today. And not sit on a riding lawn mower job either. I use a push mower that is not self propelled, I bag the grass, I also weed eat, and edge, then sweep up the grass. So not an easy job and is pretty labor intensive. I did really well with no issues, until I decided to use a rake to thatch the yard....yeah, that caused a little discomfort, so I stopped. I decided to test out the binder I plan to use when I go back to the gym. It worked nicely. I am mainly only considered with my incision area and above where all my swelling is. So if you have swelling all over the place this may not be right for you. The binder claims to make you sweat and let me tell you.....it does. And I'm thinking this might be a good thing. So if more physical activity makes you swell, then sweating in the area that swells the most, should help compensate. So you just sweat the swelling out. This is my theory. I posted a few pics of right after I was done with all my yard work. I think I look the same. The most changed area at this point is my back. The swelling seems to have gone down a little. But, everything else seems the same. And my incision is a little red because I took off my silicone strips to mow. And I have lots of areas with stitches under the surface so until they settle down, it just looks worse than it is really going to be.
I feel bigger too but look better. I don't know... :( I will DEF try out the work out binder! I went for a walk today, 2 miles. Not bad, but it was a WALK, and I swelled... UGH. I feel SO fat and out of shape.... NEED TO START WORKING OUT. MUST DO AB WORK, MUST GET BUTT TO BE LIFTED INTO POSITION. I feel like I need ass tape to tape it back up. Like the boob tape they have, just extra sturdy. I think I have some duct tape, that should work for now... hahaha
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Well, I have no ass at all....so I feel your pain. Don't do ab work. That is way, way down the line. Just try to get into a routine again. The binder I got worked out great for me today. I finally dragged myself to the gym for the 1st time and worked out with it. I jogged on treadmill for 30 mins. no problem, then did shoulders, biceps, & triceps, and no problem. The belt helps hold me in for the support I need and makes you sweat in that exact area. I want to say you sweat the swelling out, because I don't feel any more swollen than usual....maybe that's wishful thinking, idk. Even though you are swelling I read that it is good to do what you are doing because it helps get the body going & get the swelling circulating.
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Hi...the deep ones don't come out, but please do NOT pick. It's tempting but picking will make them scar. I've uploaded a cle up of the area now healed. Be patient and you won't see any evidence of them being there. You look good even with the swelling!
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So I feel great, I have no issues anymore. I was...

So I feel great, I have no issues anymore. I was cleared for physical activity. All be it, "take it easy" exercise. I don't know what the heck that means. I figured if I'm not hurting myself, then I'm gold. I was able to work out for 2 days at the gym. I jogged for 2.5 miles and did quick weight training. But, now I'm actually like swollen, like for realz swollen!!! Like I can see fluid moving around, not seroma or anything, just superficial swelling. Damn, this sucks. I look like I already ate my Thanksgiving dinner, with multiple seconds. So I guess I'm not going to work out for a few days and see if it goes down. Maybe I can just incorporate weight training? Ugh! I am posting a pic of it. Maybe y'all can lie to me and tell me it's not that bad....yeah right. What's really crazy is the swelling really pulls on my vertical incision, it was straight till I had to go and blow it. As my youngest would say....poopie head! Oh, bright side....I think my swelling almost looks even now, LOL!!!
Hi, I know you are excited about working out but err on the side of being overly cautious. Internally you are not100% so the fluid has no place to go. When I'm loosing weight or exercising heavily I notice an increase in my urine output-tmi. You know that when we lift we break down muscle then it repairs and gets stronger. Even when we burn calories while exercising. So sweating maynot be ridding the body of your cellular waste. Maybe you need to change binders, but in any event take it easy...oh are you allowed to massage you tummy yet?
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I just have no idea how to ease into it. I hate going in reverse & can't imagine just lifting weights w/ no cardio, but I guess I'm gonna have to try it for a few weeks. I can massage my tummy. I put my longer tighter binder back on last night. I look better this morning, but there is still a little giggly fluid left. The nurse told me to wear it all the time now, except to shower.
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Looking great and you know- I think our scars are going to be twins. I do think my vertical is a little higher. I still faithfully use your pictures to imagine where I will be in x number of days. FYI....a lot of the figure/bikini competitors use the squeem brand of compression for lifting. Honestly they should call them scream, as they feel like torture. I couldn't do cardio in one but I will definitely be wearing serious compression for anything else- don't want to put outward force on this abdomen I just paid good money to finally see :-)
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*....asterisk, Ok, so now that I have your...

*....asterisk, Ok, so now that I have your attention, lol! I tried to start working out again and it just didn't go well for me. As you already know I gave myself superficial swelling after just 2 days of working out. I can actually see now, looking at my pics that I started to swell after I mowed the yard. My mid-line incision is a great indicator for me. I can see that after I mowed, the mid-line incisions started to move and wasn't straight any more. I probably would have been fine if I would have taken it easy after that. But, instead feeling fine I went and worked out 2 days in a row, then I noticed the swelling. For the past 2 days, I stopped working out and I strapped myself in my old binder. The swelling has gone down some, but I can still feel some residual fluid. So who knew that not working out could actually make you look better after a Tummy Tuck!!!! I guess my point is, for all us fitness chicks who have worked so hard to get where we are, we have to stop looking in the mirror and seeing the fat girl. She is gone. An extra week or 2 of taking it easy is not going to make us that old sad fat girl again. Swelling like a water balloon to fight from being that old girl will sure as heck but us back in the fat girl slump. Wear that hideous binder, it serves 2 valuable purposes....one it keeps the swelling down and two you really can't eat whole lot with that thing velcroed super tight. And that is super important for us because a lot of us just can't control our eating without working out. The pic of the less swelling is after stuffing myself from Thanksgiving and I still look better. So what I have learned is even though I loath walking because I feel it does nothing for me, I will do it because it will eventually ease me into my normal routine and most importantly get me back on my fitness routine schedule. So when the day comes that I can finally ramp up my workouts I will be ready because I am used to workout out however wimpy those workouts might seem, lol!
IDK, I have been increasing my weights with each workout, however, mindful of what stresses and doesn't stress the abs. So last night I tried an "assisted" pull-up. I was doing those at the very last #, 4, pre-op so I tried at level 14 just for the movement. Uh-uh, too much of a stretch so they are a no-no. I have been doing bi's, tri's, shoulders, chest and "some" back with no issues. Not going so heavy where I need to start engaging the abs so just sticking with high reps for endurance and lactic acid. At week 8, I will start to change it increasing wt and lowering reps to the 12-15 range (and adding legs). I have noticed some swelling after the gym but I have some green tea after, take 3 Advil do some lympahtic drainage before bed and when I wake. there is no swelling I think you need to heed your own body while being mindful of not overdoing it. I just feel good to be back and sore (in other places) lol.
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But, are you doing cardio or just weights?
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Oh yeah, & it's weird how much back exercises use the abs. I never would have thought. I tried to do lateral pulldowns & that was a no go. Seated back rows are good.
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Finally! All my ejected stitches are gone! I had 3...

Finally! All my ejected stitches are gone! I had 3 areas & 2 healed up on their own, but 1 area had a few stitches poking out that were not going anywhere. I went in today & had them snipped. Now I can finally start scar therapy on my midline.
Yes, my cardio, which I never loved, is minimal. I did 35 mins on the tread last night at 3.5. That's it. But had a great weight workout and you know the weights are what shape your body anyway. Just "feel" each movement. If it's tugging too much on the abs, lower the weight, change the angle of resistance or just don't do it.
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Posted new pics. I have been wearing my binder...

Posted new pics. I have been wearing my binder religiously, and the swelling has gone down. I don't believe I can feel any more water fluid right beneath the skin. Shew! Cuz that was gross. Now, I just need to be patient and wait for all the initial swelling from surgery to go down. Some of the swelling has drained from my thigh and has made it to my right knee. Oh, the agony! It is just enough to screw with me too, I can't bend it all the way, or sit on legs. But, oh well....at least for leg exercises you only have to bend you leg 90 degrees. I did legs yesterday and so far so good. But, it has only been 1 day so we will see. I'm finally able to start scar therapy on my midline incision so I will post pics of that maybe at 7 weeks. Anyway, that's my update.
Looking great as usual :-) I liked your post from the 23'rd btw...it is hard to not keep seeing the "big girl" in the mirror for sure. It also important to remind ourselves that a couple of extra weeks of taking it easy is not going to turn our bodies and brains back into that person. I know I can be a little paranoid but it was a struggle to get to where I am now and I'm not ever-ever-ever going back ;-)
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You look great, lazy agrees with you! Your posts are encouraging. I was to at my two week po visit yesterday that I could walk, to tired after10 hr day to even walk. Prior to surgery I was at gym 5-6 days per week, and fitter than girls half my age ( although not sculpted like you). You assure me that a few week won't destroy me. Keep posting
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Thank you so much!!! Yes, the 6 wks clearance is a joke for girls like us. I used to work out 5-6 too. I did my 2nd day of weight training & today will be my 3rd with no cardio. So far....no swelling!!! Yay! I can handle that till it's time, nothing is more discouraging than beating feet to be bigger the next day, lol!
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So we are going on a cruise in late Jan. I wanted...

So we are going on a cruise in late Jan. I wanted to have my surgery in hopes to be bikini ready for the Lido deck!!! Well, I'll be damned if I am ever wearing a tankini again. I happened to pass by a sales rack full of swimsuits. They are so hard to find this time of year & I prefer to try them on. So I thought what the heck, let's give it a shot! I was pleasantly surprised that my scar was hidden & I didn't have to put on high waisted bottoms. The only thing you can see is my vertical & that is alright by me! It feels so good to be here!!! I still have a ways to go....but I can see where this is going now & I'm so happy!!
looking awesome as always metal momma!!
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Thanks girl......I can finally see the light!! After my set back from swelling because I wanted to be in shape so badly...I was a little down. I only lift weights & so far no swelling. So instead of going backwards, i went forwards, chilled out & got rid of some swelling. Who knew? You look great, & don't be down about ur backside. If you would of had lipo you may have wound up with a saggy back. Last thing u wanted to do was trade a saggy front for a saggy back. So don't be hard on urself. Like u said "don't touch me booty" lol!
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hahaha! true, and it could.definitely be worse!
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I am 8 weeks post op today, WOW! I have been doing...

I am 8 weeks post op today, WOW! I have been doing weight training for almost 2 weeks with no cardio. I have been having great results doing this with minimal swelling. My muscles are toning back up and I have lost some weight. Which of course is fluid. I decided yesterday to see how I would do with no binder or cg all day. I took the binder off Tues late afternoon and only put it back on during my quick weight routines which is like 20mins long. Then I took it off immediately. Last night I took my oldest daughter to BB practice and decided to go with no cg. Came home went to bed with no binder. I have had minimal swelling. I snapped an pic this morning to show my results. I think this a good indicator that cardio will be in my near future. I am in no hurry to reverse the results that I am having so I may stick with just weight training for another week or 2. Watch and see how my body continues to do with no cg or binder at all. Feels so good to finally not have binder or cg marks on my tummy.
What's the name of the binder you got to wear for the gym and did you start doing light weight work at 8 weeks for everything bar your tummy?
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The binder I used for my 2 day gym episode is made by Danskin. There are all different kinds and you can find them at Ross, TJMaxx, or Marshall's cheap. Right b4 6 wks I tried to go back to gym & do my normal routine because I felt absolutely normal & 6 wks is when they tell you, you are free to resume normal activity. I jogged 2.5 miles & did my weight routine. I swelled terribly & I had no real swelling issues up until this point. I realized this 6wks clearance mark is a joke. I've seen so many women swell just from walking alone. And this is the time when a little depression can set in. Mainly due to swelling, becuz u look & feel bigger. I got the swelling back down by doing nothing & keeping my PS binder on. I realized that weight training probably wouldn't be so harsh on the body as cardio is. I started my little experiment almost 2 weeks ago right after 6wks. And my body has been responding well. I took my binder off late afternoon Tues & have not put it back on except to weight train. I am not dealing with any swelling problems yet. I am also not wearing a cg either. I'm commando. But, I had always worked out w/ weights b4 the surgery & jogged 3 mi/ daily. If this is new to you then definitely start light on the weights. I have been steadily increasing to my normal weight amount. Just be sure to pay attention to ur body. If you're swelling doing normal daily activities & u can't take ur binder off w/o swelling....then ur body still needs time to heal. I believe 8 wks to be a more realistic time frame to start easing your way back into cardio.
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Thanks so much for that. I have been training at the gym for 18 months and I've gained strength and lost cm's, I don't run as my knees are crap but I would class myself as fairly fit. The thought of starting back at square one is what is upsetting me the most but I've put my gym membership on hold for 8 weeks to make sure I don't go back before I shouldn't!!!
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Well, I am almost 9wks post op. It will be...

Well, I am almost 9wks post op. It will be official Thurs. I am feeling great!! Still sticking to my same routine of just weights & no cardio...... I mean, hey if it ain't broke, lol! Not much has changed. I still have slightly more swelling on my left side. My right side is great. My incision is healing nicely finally, what a difference now that I had those stitches cut out. I thought I would post some pics of my incision since I haven't done so in a while. I think it is healing nicely & the pleating I had is going down with time. My midline incision is no longer red & irritated, it is healing & a bit darker due to the stupid stitches ejecting, makes me wish I would have had them cut a lot sooner. My dissolvable stitches are still right under the skin, so the incision is still raised a bit, but nothing anyone would notice. I guess I do because I know once they are gone my scar will lay nice & flat. Oh & since everyone else has been trying on their jeans I thought what the hell. I don't really wear jeans because of the over hang, but am happy to say I no longer have to worry about that & avoid jeans. And as always I posted my new pics.
WOW!!!!! Amazing beautiful Lady!! Congrats to you!!! All your hard work paid off!!
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Looking amazing metal mama!
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Thanks so much! Are u super excited or what? U will be here b4 u know it!!!!
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Holy Cow!!!! My waist is now 26.5in & I am...

Holy Cow!!!! My waist is now 26.5in & I am only 1.5lbs away from my lowest weight ever. Wtf!!! Sorry, I'm still in shock. Excuse me while I pick myself off the floor! I just can't believe it. So much was hiding under all that mess of a tummy. And to actually loose weight right now w/o killing myself on the treadmill is just amazing!! I always knew my tummy would bloat & hold fluids. I could gain a pound & totally see it in my stomach. Don't get me wrong, this no cardio thing won't last forever, but it sure is nice for a change. And I totally ate like crap yesterday & apparently still lost weight. I will do cardio again, but it will be nice to just do it for maintenance & the most important reason.......for cardiovascular health. Oh, and I made my hubby get a vasectomy yesterday, I already had the Essure procedure, but I said I am taking NO chances w/ this new tummy & frankly I waited way too long to have it all screwed up. Poor baby, he came in the house whining, lol! You'd think he had a TT. This is why we have the kids!! ;)
I love you!!!! Yes, you don't know me but read your months of recovery and feel like we have so much in common from workouts to husbands needing to get their vasectomy. I promise myself not to workout( like you said) from your experience, and my mans gating fixed ASAP! 4 kids are enough! LOL!!!! Merry Christmas !
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Haha! Yeah girl, I already had the Essure procedure done but I swear a week b4 my surgery I catch a news clip on TV & I never watch TV much less the news. The news segment was about a women who had the Essure procedure & became pregnant. She was sitting there holding her baby. I said Holy Hell!!!! I told my hubby...uh it's snippy snippy time & don't think about touching me, lol! I totally freaked out cuz what are the odds? He freaked out...don't touch u? Yeah fat chance! I just worked too damn hard & waited to damn long to screw this all up. Definitely take it easy with cardio, take it from me...no one wants to be in the gym jogging more than me, but it's not worth the emotional downturn if u swell. And you don't hear me complaining a out swelling....aside from my 2 day debacle. I'll keep an eye out for you & if u need any help just hit me up! I'm an expert u know ;) hahahah! I kill me!
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Oh my god! Where do you live ? I'm gonna fly out for a weekend next year so we can go out! You are fun just reading!!! LOL! I'm serious!
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Well I had to share my new favorite pose. I may...

Well I had to share my new favorite pose. I may play the dumb blonde for a while & drop things just to pick them up, lol!!! Finally, I can make sexy poses with my husband and not look down & think WTF!!!! The pic may be at the end of all my pics cuz I'm posting from my phone, when I get home I'll move it up.
Your results look fantastic and are very motivating for someone 5 days PO!!
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I am nowhere near ready to start working out again but you mentioned a binder you use (makes you sweat) to workout in. What is this? I would like to order so I have in anticipation. Thank you!
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You look absolutely fabulous!!! I like ready how you are transitioning into working out. That's already stressing me out and I'm only at day 9 PO. I love your fav pose!
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I just thought I'd post some new pics of my scar...

I just thought I'd post some new pics of my scar to help newbie TTer's. The scar changes and morphs and believe it or not the skin does mold. If you have pleating now or think your incision looks like pie crust, Frankenstein or whatever funky description we call it, lol!....it does get better. Everything has been going great. I haven't worked out much these last few days due to Christmas & trying to get everything done. I feel great though, and I plan start doing cardio after the New Year. We will see what happens. I hope to be passed the swelling phase. I no longer wear a binder or cg at all & have had no swelling throughout the day. I am hoping this means I am ready for cardio again. That's it for now, hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!! Oh...please scroll to end of my pics because I'm on my phone & can't move then up just yet. Thanks!
Your results are amazing and inspiring. Should have the disclaimer "results not typical, individual results may vary". I am slowly feeling better, keep reminding myself that it has only been 6 weeks. Missing my cardio and feeling fat thanks to the holidays, getting serious about dropping 10 pounds starting after tomorrow.
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Oh come on...you can't possibly think my results are that atypical? And they are far from perfect. Around 6 wks I was feeling the blues, really wanting to get out.....but I still had a drain, lol! But, it's hard not to feel crappy w/ the holidays regardless of having a TT. I haven't done anything for a week now becuz of Christmas. I'm gonna try to do my normal routine after the new year, see what happens. That would give me 20days till I set sail. I'd love to be able to workout on the ship. Jog on the treadmill w/ the view of the ocean in front of me......sigh.
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you are one hot lookin Metal Momma!!!! How do you rearrange the photos
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Merry Christmas everyone! I will be 11 weeks po...

Merry Christmas everyone! I will be 11 weeks po Thurs. I decided to snap a few pics this morning. I feel fat because I haven't been lifting weights this past week due to Christmas. But, when I compare my shots I still look ok. The one thing that is apparent is my midline muscle has still not relaxed fully. As my swelling goes down, the midline ridge becomes more & more apparent. I'm not unhappy about it, I know it will relax eventually & even if it doesn't I'm still satisfied. Now, the bad. I think I have a dog ear. My more swollen side has a ridge just above the incision, which I believe is making the incision unven. I mean if I put my fingers at the ends of my incision on my sides, the level is just maybe a centimeter off. From the side there is kind of a bump or ridge. I thought it was just swelling, but it's not going anywhere. And it's hard as a rock, like just bone when I push on it, no room for any extra stuff. And I always thought dog ears were like skin that hung over, but I think apparently it could do this too. It's not terribly big & may not be worth any type of revision. I just don't know at this point. I go back to see my PS 1st week of Jan so we will see what she says. Oh and 1 other weird anomaly is I have 1 freaking stretch mark right above my vertical. Apparently, it was there from when my tummy stretched out from pregnancy....I just never noticed it. Ugh! Sucks cuz stretch marks act freaking stupid! So another issue of leave it or have it cut out & make vertical longer??? Or maybe it will look better when all the swelling goes down for good. Idk? But, I'm still happy & I'll still rock it cuz I'm happy & I know no one would notice that but me. And now I have a foundation I can work with & improve upon, not just work around. Oh, and I still do jot wear a binder or cg anymore.
OMG I love that black and white bathing suit, you look awesome. And your flanks looked great from the start post op day 1!!. I know everyone's body is different, so I will be patient.
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Uh....what are u smoking? I want some! Lol! My flanks were mad swollen. I even a little bulge on my tailbone from swelling the 1st day, but that went away after a day or 2. Everyone loves the black & white swimsuit, so I guess I'll keep it. I actually ordered a few more so we will see if we can find a new champion. lol! Just be patient, it really does take time, don't expect anything for a while. And if u aren't taking it easy like I try and warn everybody to do, then add double time to ur patience.
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LOL I am not smoking anything you look great, but I hear ya
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I am posting this pic to help give some...

I am posting this pic to help give some perspective to newbie TT'ers. You simply cannot for any reason make a judgement call on how you look the first few weeks out as if it is your final results. I am posting a pic of me at Day 11 vs Week 11. If I would have looked at myself and made an absolute decision on how I looked based on Day 11, you can see I would have been DEAD WRONG!!! As a matter of fact I was happy with myself, I knew this was a process. I knew swelling was involved, I knew final results would not be obtained until 6-12 months....Hell, I don't feel I will have true final results till I can work the shit out of this body for 6-12 months at the gym. I mean, I could never see what was beneath my tummy. I can now see a waistline, I can see grooves, I can see abs, and best of all I can see a flat tummy and I haven't done a damn thing. I am playing it smart for my body right now. Sure I want to be back in the gym doing cardio, but not at the risk of making myself swell and fighting my body's healing process. My point is...is that you will look a little funky for a while, you may have a scar that looks something out of Frankenstein, you may be lopsided.....I had all of this mind you, but never for once look in the mirror and think this is the final result. Even at 11 weeks I am not at my final result. But, I can see the forest through the trees and you gals should too! Happy New You & Happy New Year's!!!
Your posts and pictures are very inspiring. I'm almost two weeks post op and from your pics we had very similar tummys...ugh! I look very boxy right now below my waist and it's hard to tell what's swelling and what's not...I didn't take any pre op photos because I was so disgusted with myself and now I wish I had. Thanks for sharing your story!
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Thank you so much for that! It is much needed for us girls in the first 1-2 months..its SUCH a crazy roller coaster (that I would ride again:)...one day you look amazing the next day you looked deformed!
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Perfectly stated!! And looking great! :)
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I just realized my cruise is a little over 2 weeks...

I just realized my cruise is a little over 2 weeks away!!! That is 2 weeks & 2 days away! Holy cow!!! I planned my surgery to give myself 3 months to be ready for my cruise. I knew 2 months was not long enough. I did not anticipate not being able to do cardio as I have, but I also never in a million years expected to get this kind of result not doing cardio either.....can I get a AMEN!!! LOL! But, now that I survived the holidays with only a 1.5lb weight gain and a little flabby muscles since I kinda haven't lifted weights in over a week....oops! I really need to get back to it. I kinda thought I might try cardio again, but I'm not sure now if I should. I really don't want to swell right before I need to wear a bikini, that would just be stupid! So maybe I will just try it when I get back. You know after my vacation from my vacation, lol! And if it ain't broke??? Anyway, I decided to post a pic of another bikini I got. I won't be wearing this one for the cruise because my scar does show in it. It will be a bikini that I wear this summer when my scar is flesh colored. It is still darker in places because the dissolvable stitches are sitting right under the skin. I can even see them under my skin, loops & all. Wanna hear something gross? Good, I knew you would, lol! I took off my silicone strips to wash & I noticed a little smeared blood on my incision. I looked closer and it was a tiny hole, I thought oh great, I'm gonna spit another stitch. So I was looking and I pushed down to see the area better & some goop oozed out like a zit. I thought WTF?? Well, it was just a dissolvable stitch at it's end stages, I don't think my body wanted to reabsorb that one....it just spit that shit right out, lol. I know...so gross! Alright, well the pic I posted I took this morning. I mainly like it because the triangle are large and cover up the girls. Most triangles nowadays are not that big & half your breasts are hanging out. I have 3 more bikinis coming in on the 8th so of course I'll be posting more soon. Oh, and notice my legs. Definition is back, especially after a few workouts. But, if you look back when I tried on my body shaper for the 1st time I didn't have much definition because the swelling does drain down the legs....so here is proof. And consequently the swelling is still in my right knee, damn that shit takes forever to go away. Ok, well bye for now ladies!!! Oh my gosh, I forgot to mention this is my 12 Week Post Op Anniversary!!! I see the Doc tomorrow.
Girl you look great!. I think you had your surgery the day after me (mine was oct 10) but your looking way better then I am! My belley is still really hard above and below my incision and my sides and "love handle" area is still pretty swollen.. at least that shit better be swelling and not fat! lol. BUT I found when I sleep on my stomach at night I guess the pressure pushes the swelling somewere else cause I am super flat! lol. This swelling stuff is so weird and Im so ready to be past it!! Have fun on your cruise and your legs r killer! Wish I coul get mine like that but I have alwasy had the hardest time with my legs! Sucks! :-)
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Aww, yes I had my surgery 10/11. Are u being active? I'm really careful w/ what I am doing. I do have swelling but it's minimal & is probably the type that won't actually go away till 12 mo. But, that's ok becuz I prepared myself for it. Maybe sleeping on ur stomach is disrupting the body from pulling the fluid out? Maybe try to sleep on ur back for 2 days & see if it makes a difference. Yes, it's kinda not fair becuz when people ask me about my legs, I'm like forget about it. I was blessed with my dad's muscular legs. And my legs respond instantly. Now, my arms & back on the other hand I worked on all by myself. So if I can do it you can to. The key is consistancy & getting lean. I started out jogging outside w/ a baby stroller, in the heat for an hour. Jogging works. Once I got most of the fat off I started lifting again. Then you can see ur results, makes it so much easier. Then it's gravy, but it feels like u'll never get there, then one day it's poof...wow where did that muscle come from? lol!
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You look marvelous! Remember you must pack some real clothes too! You are my TT hero, amen.
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I had my 12 week post op appointment today....

I had my 12 week post op appointment today. Everything went spectacular. I'm an easy patient. I did find out that my weird hump on my hip is not a dog ear, it is in fact my hip bone. They all kinda laughed at me & said I was skinny so duh....it's your hip bone! lol! I even took my mom and she agreed. She would have been the 1st to point out an imperfection. I kinda thought it was my bone because there is nothing under there, it is hard as bone...hahaha. And I have to admit, When I used to jog 5miles everyday, I did so outside. I developed a terrible hip pain, it was excruciating. I would limp for a moment after sitting for a time. I'm thinking this is the hip and now maybe this is why it hurts so bad because my hip has moved out of place. So this issue is one I need to take up with a chiropractor. There is not much I can do about my 1 stupid stretch mark next to my vertical, aside from cut it out and make my scar longer....but, I'm not going there. So pretty much I think I got exactly what I was hoping for and I am extremely pleased and happy!!! YaaaaaaaaaY!!!!!!!!! So Caribbean's here I come!!!
:) Thought I would peak at your review! You look awesome!
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Awww, thanks!! Being green keeps us mean & lean!!! Lol!
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Metalmom, you look fantastic!!!
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I am just posting a pic for the ladies that are...

I am just posting a pic for the ladies that are spitting stitches to show what it looks like. I had 3 different areas that spit. I thought they would eventually go away & heal, but I was wrong. They just sit there and keep the skin mad & angry looking. The skin never heals around it. After 3 weeks, I said enough & went in to get the stitch snipped once I got it cleaned off & saw exactly what it was. Then I came home from an hour drive from my PS & noticed 2 more stitches. I thought crap! I'm not going all the back again & I just snipped them myself. I was confident in what I was doing because I read online how to do it & I saw exactly what the nurse did & it was nothing fancy. Any way, I hope this eases some of your minds. Oh, and once the stitches are snipped, the area heals overnight.....it's crazy. Also, during the time I was spitting, I was told to just leave neosporin over the areas & cover with gauze.
Thanks MM I went to the PS yesterday about mine and even though I have that white bit she reckons there is no stitch in there so I suppose I can only hope she is right.
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True, could just be opening. That are seems to always pop in a few places. I had 4 openings & the only 1 that didn't spit stitches was the very middle one where all 3 sections of skin met. If you do, it's not bad, just don't wait, have it snipped.
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Yep that's like mine it's the one where the 3 pieces of skin meets.
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Ok, I know this is totally off topic but I am so...

Ok, I know this is totally off topic but I am so freaking happy right now!! I have been kinda on a makeover kick. I've had a few facial to get rid of sun damage, & laser hair removal on my legs. Now that my tummy finally matches me & I don't even have to worry about it.....it's an asset now. It's no longer a burden. I never have to think to myself, really I'm not fat...I'm just a mom, I had kids. Well today I had my eyebrows tattooed on. I've always wanted to. I tweezers when I was younger & I have blonde hair so the little hair that was left wasn't that noticeable. I always wanted to go swimming & still have brows, or itch my brow w/o worrying...oh shit! I can't touch my brows or there goes my makeup. And worst, I like wearing big aviator sunglasses & it never fails that the rims touch my eyebrows & the next thing I known my brows are jacked. I'd have to keep my sunglasses lower on my nose like an old ninny to avoid that. Ugh! Well no more baby! So on my cruise I will be sitting pool side in a bikini & I will be rocking my eyebrows!!! wiggle...wiggle! I wish I could post a pic, but I'm too unique that it would be too much of an indicator, as if my legs weren't enough & people would just freak out...they always do. Maybe I could just block my eyes out & look like a zombie??
Wow those turned out great I have considered doing that and its nice to see they turned out so good!
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You should! I have always wanted to. I hate the chore of putting on eyebrows to look alive and worrying they would be gone. It felt so good to wash my face last night and they were still there! I should my oldest daughter, she just laughed at me and rolled her yes, LOL!
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Love the eyebrows!! They look great :)
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Well it's been a little over 13 weeks and things...

Well it's been a little over 13 weeks and things are going great! Each day gets better & I find something new to be happy about because I can enjoy wearing something cute or super tight or that I have eyebrows that won't wash away....yay!! I bought a super cute dress for my cruise, oh ok make that 3 super cute dresses. But 1 is totally body forming and for once that's ok, & I don't have to even consider wearing spanx! Now I tried to find ass pads but no luck, lol! I decided to post some new pics because I said from the beginning that I would show my journey all the way through. I still have something funky going on with my left hip, which would be your right when looking at my pics. I'm not convinced it's my hip bone. I can pull the skin up & the little hump goes away, so if it was my bone, wouldn't the bone still be protruding out? I think it's probably still swelling or maybe a little scar tissue settled in there, idk. But, really I know there is no need to worry till after 6 months anyway. One more week to go till Bon Voyage!!!! I should post some pics of my dresses, huh? Maybe? Oh, alright I will!! :) Oh, & I managed to color coordinate my whole families outfits when we dress up, we are gonna be so freaking cute!!!!!!
Wow your eyebrows look so natural! I would of never even guesses they are not yours. Theres a big difference in your 11 wk vs 13 wk, do you think that was swelling or diet? None the less looking awesome!
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Amazing results and your brows look great!
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Damn skinny mini looking great!!!! Have fun!
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Just posting a few dresses for our cruise, what...

Just posting a few dresses for our cruise, what can I say....trying on clothes is fun now!!! At this rate I may be dressing up every night! Hehehe!! I'm snickering to myself!
you go girl LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK you look great!!!!!!!!!!
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MM - you look the FRICKIN BUSINESS! Your gonna have a ball on that cruise, enjoy! X
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Thanks so much! You ladies on here make me feel like a million bucks! You are looking great! Keep it up, so when u get ur revision you will be just ace!!! Egypt sounds like so much fun.
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I just thought I would post a little more about my...

I just thought I would post a little more about my journey. A kind of before and after of everything. I thought this would help some ladies who are thinking of getting a TT or ladies who want to get in shape. Maybe give some motivation, because it is easy to think that, oh she's never had a weight problem it's easy for her, or she doesn't have to work for it. So if I can do it, anyone can do it. I know many have heard this but, the secret is.....it has to be a real lifestyle change, not a DIET! There is a reason DIE is in DIET.....they always die off and don't work. A little over 5 years ago, I finally decided to make a change. I just hated myself for letting myself go and I did not for any reason want to have the 3 big ones that the majority of Americans have...HBP, High Cholesterol, and/or Diabetes. I adopted a vegan diet. I won't go into too much detail about that, but I will tell you since I made that change I have never been happier, I have never been healthier, I have never looked better and I have no longer yo-yoed with my weight. I can honestly say that I would much rather say that look my best today, in the present, than say I had my glory days and they are over. I am posting a pic of what made my tummy turn into a shriveled up raisin. It was due to my 1st pregnancy, I was probably around 170lbs, then I gained 62lbs. I was just huge & that's only 1 baby in there! But, it wouldn't have mattered if I gained no weight at all during pregnancy, my body was not designed to snap back. I say this because I closely follow my mom's genetics, She gained the normal 20-30lbs and she did not snap back. So I stopped beating myself up over it and I know now it wouldn't have mattered, the tummy was gonna happen. The next pic is a before and after of my weightloss journey. Like I mentioned before I have always worked out since high school, but life happens when you graduate and it becomes harder the more priorities & responsibilities you acquire. I would diet, work out for a stint...get some weight off, but it never stuck. The before pic is after the birth of my 1st daughter. I don't remember what my weight was but I am guessing probably 170-180ish??? Whatever it was it was ugly! You know the really sad part is I actually really thought I looked pretty good....WTF??? Can you say denial! Now the after, I had lost weight before my 2nd pregnancy and I was happy, down to 140. I was working at the time and I was not working out. The change in lifestyle alone helped me loose weight. Then I became pregnant with our 2nd daughter, and this time I gained 65lbs!!! Can you believe that? After my daughter was born, the weight did not budge. I mean after my 1st born 12lbs came off instantly. But, not with my 2nd. I thought...oh shit!!! So after 6 months, I pulled out the jogging stroller and got busy. I decided to just jog. I didn't care to work out with weights just yet because I didn't want to bulk up under all the fat. I just wanted to slim down first. Once I got the weight off, I started lifting weights again. So the After pic is me in the same exact dress as the before with the same exact shoes, but now I am 138. As you can tell I weigh more than the average girl, always have because I have more muscle mass. But, what you can see is that if I lost any more weight....I'd probably start to look sickly. So what a difference huh? Look at my ankles, my arms, collar bone....just crazy. The 3rd pic is me in shape with the flabby mess of a tummy. This pic really upset me because as you can see I was in shape, but yet it looks like I have freaking beer belly!!! And I don't even drink...that much...not really maybe every once in a while, & for sure on my cruise, LOL! I vowed to recreate this photo one day after I had my TT. I actually photoshoped the pic to remove the tummy. I can't wait to see how close I got. Now the 4th pic is just for fun. And they vegans don't get enough protein, HA!!! I also wanted to show you that yes, you can make a change and get toned if you stick to it and be persistent.....big big big key point here....is persistence. I also wanted to show that which body do you think I would have had the best TT results with? The before? or The after? So if you plan to get a TT, do your best to be your best so you get the best results for you. Any way I hope you enjoy the pics and maybe get some inspiration.
Amazing results!
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oh, another question... how was that facial thing you did?? the laser?
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Hey, I was also wondering how tall you were and if you were saying you weight 160-170 before pregnancy and THEN gained another 65 lbs. If so, WOW. You are definitely an inspiriation! I'm 5' 7.5". I was 135 before my first pregnancy & gained 75 lbs! Thank God he was a month early, I was gaining a pound a day at the end! After him, I got down to 155, but that was the best I could do. Then I got pregnant again. This time I only gained 65 lbs... lol. My baby was 9 1/2 lbs. Also, I do not have good skin elasticity, so it was gross. I got back down to 155 again. I thought I would NEVER see 135 again. Then I changed my lifestyle. Didn't go vegan, but I did cut out bread, milk products most sugar and added lots for veges & protein. FINALLY, 15 of the 20 lbs gone, and it stayed off! I change my daily caloric intake depending on how much activity I'm involved in, I really listen to my body now. Of course, I stopped listening over the Holiday, my mom made cookies & black walnut cake and BAM, 10 pounds. Bread, flour & sugar really puffs me up QUICKLY. I'm down 4 lbs now though, just by cutting that stuff out again and starting back at the gym. It is amazing how much better you feel when you stop with the sugar & bread! Anyway, enjoy your cruise, I'm SUPER jealous!! :)
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Well, I made it through vacation. Let me tell you...

Well, I made it through vacation. Let me tell you it felt so good to not have to worry about my body for a change. We had a really great time. I over ate and I feel like a pig, but what is really fantastic is that it doesn't really show. I gained less than 5lbs but damn it feels like 20!!! I got to rock a few bikinis and best of all my husband really noticed all the changes in my body. He even finally told me this is the best that I have ever looked. We worked out a few times on the ship and he really noticed my physique. That alone really made my trip. We took pics on the ship and people really just commented on how beautiful our family was. I even heard a lady say next time she goes on a cruise she wants to look like that....I am just going to assume she was referring to me, lol! Like I said, it felt really really good to feel great and not worry if my stomach is looking fat. My old stomach literally would hold all the fat, all the bloat....it all just went straight there. It was a real relief to eat and over indulge and not feel like I couldn't suck it in. But, now I am back and I have to get back on track. My tummy feels so bloated right now. I think after I have my vacation from my vacation I will hit the gym and start with cardio. I know it will make me bloat, but I don't have to be in a bikini again for a while so I can deal with it as long as it isn't too bad. I'll keep everyone posted. I'm still looking forward to the changes in my skin. I can still tell something is off when I bend over a certain way....the skin is just not 100% back in place yet. So I know there a still lots of changes still to take place aside from bloat. Oh, and having eyebrows that didn't wash away was the shit!!!!! I highly recommend it and I feel stupid for waiting so damn long to do it. I hope everyone is doing great!!!!
Glad to hear you had a great time!
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Thanks! Sucks to come back to real life. But, if I would have stayed on the ship any longer I would have become a floatation device!! lol!
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You look awesome!
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I'm 16wks & 3 days today. I really can't...

I'm 16wks & 3 days today. I really can't believe it's been that long. I was doing really well up until my vacation. Then I over indulged like an idiot & now I have an extra 4lbs to carry around. And yes, it's fat. I'm that lucky girl that can seriously pack on the pounds in the blink of an eye. And I gained 1/2 an in my waist. I know your probably thinking big deal, but let me tell you it feels like a huge difference. This past week I have been trying to tighten my calorie intake belt. I have been doing better, but not as well as I should. At least my face doesn't feel as puffy. I have no new pics to share because I threw it in reverse.....poop! But, I have decided to go back to the gym starting Monday & start some cardio again & make my myself feel really fat! Lol, no just kidding. I know I will swell, but it's time to work on the heart. So I will keep y'all posted on that little journey. I think my scar is healing nicely, it's flat, a little red still, but it is slowly fading. And I have no pleating what so ever anymore. And just so you know if you develop small blood blisters on your scar, it's just an old stitch spitting. Weird huh? I've had 2 so far. I hope to get things back on track soon & post more pics. Take care!
Ok back on track my friend! I can feel ever pound that I gain, I am short and feel like my stomach can bulge with one or two days of bad eating. I was this way before my TT too, but now even more aware. I am back to cardio 3-4 days per week with weight training 2 days (not heavy lifting). I work with a trainer those days and just work on strength especially core. Hope you can post some new pictures soon. I find you and a few others to be my inspiration. Taking the pictures to post has kept me accountable.
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Thanks for that! So far today, I've been lazy.....oopsie! It's amazing how quickly we can feel the weight gain, but I think it's a good thing. I think I'm gonna start working core too, that is when I can get out of vacation mode, lol!
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Glad to hear you had a great time on your cruise! Overindulgence and vacation time seem to go hand in hand for me sister. I usually give myself a few pound leeway so I don't feel like I want to die when I step on the scale afterward :)
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Well, I'm fixing to head to the gym. I'm going to...

Well, I'm fixing to head to the gym. I'm going to jog on the treadmill for 20mins. at my usual 7.0 speed. Ha! Just kidding, I was just seeing if u were paying attention. No, I'll probably do 5.2. I'm dragging my hubby with me on his day off, boy is he grumpy, but, he will thank me later, lol! Ok, well I'll let u know how it goes. Fingers crossed for no swelling!!

Alright! Well, I went to the gym and I did cardio...

Alright! Well, I went to the gym and I did cardio today!!!!! I did 20mins on 5.4 speed and the did a cool down on 3.8 for 5mins. I did my usual arm routine so no bid changes there. Just cardio was the big deal for the day. I feel ok right now, but 10 weeks ago (OMG! Can you believe it was that long ago?) when I attempted cardio again I swelled after 2 workouts. So I'm thinking tomorrow night will be the tell all day. I am really hoping that any swelling I may have will be minimal since I let me body focus on healing for as long as possible. It did feel really good to get back on the treadmill and beat feet. I just love jamming to my tunes, In This Moment-Blood CD, and I get chill bumps while jogging. Weird, huh? Never thought I could be that person, lol! My little one was super excited to be back in the kids club. She through a big ol tantrum when it was time to leave. I have the kind of kids that cry when it's time to go, not because mommy is leaving, lol! But, that's ok, they are just secure in their bond with me.....I will always return. And as I mentioned, my hubby was happy I dragged his ass to the gym, so happy he thanked me with some afternoon delight! hahaha! omg, yes I said it! Well happy healing everyone and I'll report my biggest update which will be tomorrow night after my 2nd workout. Fingers crossed! Now I am off to go to a concert.....we are gonna see Stone Sour, Papa Roach, & Otherwise. I know, I know....y'all are thinking who the heck is that, lol! Bye :)
I just did the ellipical two days in a row I hope I don't get that swelling!!! Good luck to you!
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Have fun and the swelling will come but it will go again and you will be so happy to be back at it...I just know it!
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Yes, it felt so good! I just love running and rocking out! I always get goosebumps from it. I am hoping to have minimal swelling since I waiting so long. Fingers crossed!
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Well tomorrow I will be 17 weeks. Crazy. I never...

Well tomorrow I will be 17 weeks. Crazy. I never thought the day would come that I would finally get my TT & now here I am 17 weeks later. After going to the concert last night we got in really late & I had to wake up early to get the hubby & my oldest off for the day. I got less than 5 hrs sleep & I am really a min 8 hrs of beauty rest kinda gal. So I wasn't feeling up to going anywhere. Most likely that was a good thing because I am really sore from jogging. My legs, hips, just everywhere is sore. That's why I love jogging, there is no shortcuts & it really works out the entire body. I'm thinking now that I will just attempt cardio every other day to see how I do with swelling. So far so good. I don't see any major problems. But, it was just 1 day of cardio & I was on my feet all night long. That was pretty brutal because my knee was really starting to hurt. And that's because I still have residual swelling in my knee from the surgery. I will be so glad when that finally goes away.....it's so freaking annoying! Goodnight Ladies!
I noticed you wore same silicon strips that i put on this morning, how long did you where these and did you find a difference?
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I think they did. I noticed when I would take them off my scar would be redder after a while. My scars fade & I don't keliod, so I just kind figured why not. I did love how it was a super easy protective barrier for my scar. I don't use them anymore tough because I went on my cruise and I knew I wouldn't be wearing them. Maybe I should but them back on. I do have another set. Geez, after vacation I'm not motivated to do crap.
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Thanks for replying! I hear you about motivation. This winter is making me sooooo lazy!
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Well I decided to post some photos that I didn't...

Well I decided to post some photos that I didn't post before and maybe I just don't want my big ol preggers belly being the 1st pic anymore. These were taken just a few days before I left. I didn't post them because I felt like I looked fat. Now that I have come back from vacation and I am totally struggling with real life.....I feel pretty silly for thinking I looked bad before. What I wouldn't do now to look like I did in those photos. I know it's probably in my head & I really am no that far off from the pics, but it is really hard. I mean how bad could 4lbs be?? I guess since I haven't taken it right back off and my tummy feels tight & sore.....I JUST FEEL LIKE A COW!!! Ok, now I got that off my chest, lol! I'm seriously going to try to put in a better effort next week to eat less and work out more. Oh and FYI on my vertical in my pics, half of that is my 1 stupid stretch mark, it's like the top cm, then my actual vertical incision starts.
Um, Yeah you DO NOT look FAT~ and what stretch mark! I am covered compared to you, we are are hardest critics..
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Um yeah...well looking at myself now I feel silly, lol! Ugh! Curse you vacation!!! Lol! It's more like stretched out skin than an actual stretch mark. It's from my stupid belly peircing from ages ago. When I got pregnant the skin right above the piercing stretched out. I could zoom in on for you to spotlight all my imperfections, lol! I know, I'm so hard on myself. But, leave it to me to finally make it to the finish line after years of maintaining to totally blow it!!!
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You look soooo good! HOT, HOT HOT!!!
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I wanted to say thanks to all the ladies again for...

I wanted to say thanks to all the ladies again for the encouragement, it is what I needed. I worked out today & had a great workout. Now I just need to keep repeating it. It was really funny because I decided to wear my binder the other night because my tummy feels weird, like I'm more aware of it. More aware that maybe the skin isn't 100% attached. More in a numbness kind of way. Anyway, I decided to wear my binder one thinking it would help, a little experiment if u will. My hubby feels me up, lol, & says "why do U have that thing on!" I say "what thing?" He says "I don't know what it's called...that straight jacket?" LMAO! I say "because babe, I'm crazy!" Hahahaha! Needless to say that experiment didn't last very long. Also, I'd love to share my vacation w/ some of u ladies but everything on here is public. If u'd like to be my friend I can direct you to my FB page, just send me a private message.
Awesome I sent you a message.
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Just looked at your new pictures. Very informative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing! You look great!
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Thanks so much! I'm excited for you and can't wait to see your story.
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Ok, so check out what I noticed today. I remember...

Ok, so check out what I noticed today. I remember when I first had my TT and I looked at my incision compared to the placement of my panties and I thought well that's a little higher than I was expecting. But, I do wear really low cut panties and I tend to wear them really low on my hips. I knew my PS placed my incision as low as she could and I always looked at the bright side....I'll take this over the old tummy any freaking day of the week!! I also kept reading that the incision drops after a while. I thought...yeah right. But, I noticed when I put on my panties that my scar was floating right above the waist band. I thought wouldn't it be cool to do a comparison pic to see how much my scar has traveled?? And surely I have a photo from the past with all the many photos I took, lol!! Sure enough I did. So I put on my lucky green panties, lol! and I tried to place my hands in the same position on my waist. Boy, oh boy! what a difference. My panties are on the exact same spot on my body and my hands are pretty close to where the were before. That's a lot of traveling....I'm surprised I didn't get a whistle blown! HA! So it is true, the scar does move down south! Yaaay! Oh, and I worked out today and did legs and jogged another 2miles. This was taken today about 6 hours later.
You look phenomenal! I love your pictures and all the comments that you added to them. I read every single one of them and tons of good information that I'm just adding to my mental research. I haven't decided yet if I will get a TT or not. I have normal and rational fears... GREAT review.
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Thank you. I am definitely an advocate for a TT as long as it's for the right reasons. I can't tell you how happy I am to final have a flat tummy. It's pretty sad when u can't even remember how ur BB used to look or how your tummy was before the saggy bag. Just be sure to pick a good surgeon who is board certified. Good luck.
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Thanks for the tip! I have consulted two great surgeons (board certified) in the Orlando area. Hubby is kind of "in" with this but not totally convinced. We both agree that I have to loose 13 pounds to get to my goal weight which is 140 (I'm 5'7) so this is good weight for me plus I added a routine of abs daily to be sure that I'm trying all the possible alternatives before deciding for a TT. I also do a lot of road cycling. I'm a mom of a 3yo so we all know where the mommy pouch comes from :-) That's why I liked your review so much since you tried everything available in the world before doing it, and you look awesome.I'm taking this research process very slow and not lightly.
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Geez...I don't know what's wrong with me. I've...

Geez...I don't know what's wrong with me. I've totally lost all mymotivation & I'm turning into a lazy fat slob! Ugh! Why, oh why I'm I letting myself go?? I can't stop eating junk food & not to mention the portion sizes I'm eating....Holy Moly!! I haven't worked out. So again tomorrow I'm gonna start over. My plan is to go to the gym & I hope not to blow it & over eat after. Then I hope to keep going everyday this week. If i could just get the ball rolling now, i coukd bounce back. Anyway, I just thought I'd share what a colossal failure I'm becoming.
You and me both, sister! It's been a long weekend of wine and bad food choices! I too am starting tomorrow. Maybe we'll be able to keep each other in track!!
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What? You've been doing great! And you just finished ur marathon. A couple days won't kill you. I've been kind complacent for about 2 weeks! So terrible! Well, I did go workout today which isn't a huge accomplishment....it's going tomorrow where I fall short of flat on my ever growing ass, lol!
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Wow, sorry you are struggling but glad to know I'm not alone. I will be 4 months post op this Friday. I was really planning to take some new pics and show everyone how hard I have been working. Ummm, well that will likely not be happening b/c I too, have been eating way too much. I have not been as consistent with my exercise as I would like. I think I have become very comfortable. My body looks 100% better than before my tummy tuck. I would love to look more ripped but I think I need to hire a personal trainer or a full time nanny. Lol! I'm hoping to find more motivation when the weather warms up some here.
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Well I had my 5 months post op appt today, crazy...

Well I had my 5 months post op appt today, crazy huh? Everything is great!!! I have mentioned before that one side of my scar looks strange on my hip. I addressed the concern again today, & I have come to realize that it really is my hip. It's out of place & it's why my scar is a little lower on my left side (ur right when u look at my pics). I need to get adjustments done & I am certain that it will even out. It has actually evened out quite a bit lately as it is which is pretty cool. So I am certain it will be perfect once I get this hip back in place. I have a teeny tiny pucker on my right side, at the end of my incision. She said if it really bothers me she will remove it. It's pretty darn small & probably not worth the fuss. I probably wouldn't care at all if my husband didn't innocently ask why it was doing that. I also asked about the love handles that I see when I wear low rise jeans. It's very minor. But, after many eye rolling & laughing & looks that suggested I'm nuts, because they said I have no fat, it's just that style of jeans. They are gonna push up on our skin making a nice little love handle. It's funny & strange to here them tell me I'm not fat or I have no fat to remove...I hear them talking but the all the sudden I hear Charlie Brown's teacher, LMAO! But, it's good becuz my surgeon isn't trying to make more $ off me & suggesting a procedure that I wouldn't benefit from. I had my after pictures taken & I should get the Monday. I have started working out again w/ a real commitment this time. I have minimal swelling after jogging 3mi, I get like a little bicycle tire below my incision. So that's way better than a big tractor tire size, lol! And good news is it's gone by morning. Wow, that was long huh? Ok, well hopefully I'll post a new pic tomorrow.

Ok, I am posting some new pics. Taken this morning...

Ok, I am posting some new pics. Taken this morning. I was looking at my old pics & I find them so sad to look at now. I can't believe that used to be me.
Ok, so it was my turn to read thru your journey a bit! I was curious about your vegan diet -- if it helped speed recovery. And i was curious about when you started working out again. My trainer said I could come back at 5 wks and he could have me doing enough that i dont lose too much muscle. My thinking was wait at least 6-8wks for strength training but start walking as soon as i am able and work up back to running at least to a 5k with minimal swelling. I have a half marathon to do but that isnt til the end of september. You seem to think the cardio was the swelling culprit vs weights? (btw i have essure, too -- when i turned 40 i said that was the last thing i wanted to worry about)
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I'm sure my diet & my health helped in my recovery. I mean I have great genetics anyway, but everything can be brought to it's full potential when really cared for. You don't know how many people think just because you aren't overweight that that means you are healthy. Not true at all. Your arteries could still be clogged. When I hear people say "I don't get, he was so healthy, how could he have had a heart attack." Uh....cause he is gunking up his system with bad food. Anyway, yes cardio is a swelling beast! You can start lifting as soon as you get clearance. You just make sure you do not engage your core. When you've worked out as long as we have you know how to do that and what exercises to avoid. I think the only one I could not do was lat pull-downs. I know cardio is the culprit. I stopped with cardio when I swelled so bad and it was like water under my skin. I let that swelling go down in 2-3 days and started my theory of lifting weights only. The picks of me in the blue bikini is from no cardio and weights only. As you can see I did just fine. I was also on a time limit because we were going on vacation and I had to be in a bikini, I couldn't & wouldn't risk being swollen. So if you don't care about swelling & it doesn't bother you, then go for it. I just couldn't handle doing cardio only to get on the scale and be up 8lbs.....call me crazy! I never lost my endurance either. I can get on a treadmill and go for 3mi no problem. But, I think the endurance has to do with how long you've actually been doing it prior, I had been jogging 5 miles 5-6 days a week for about 4yrs. My theory on jumping back to cardio to soon is that the body really needs time to heal. It can do that if you let it, but when you start doing too much too soon, the body has to pull it's focus from healing to help keep up with whatever you are doing. Cardio usually take you a consistent 20-60mins of exercise depending on what you do. It requires all of your body to be involved, including your cardiovascular system, lymphatic system which is totally damaged in your abdomen area, etc. When doing weights you are isolating a specific muscle for what 30 second intervals? It doesn't deplete the body like cardio does. Make sense?
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Yes totally makes sense. I think i will plan to take it really easy. Like starting with the couch to 5k program just so that i have a guide and not do more like i can do now. You know how crazy runners are. It doesnt matter if we have an injury we will always find a way to get that run in. Gotta shut that off for a while. And go slow, not for speed. I know the swelling wont be fun. 4 more sleeps and its my turn! Good Friday! Thanks for your advise! =^)
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I finally got my before and after pics from PS...

I finally got my before and after pics from PS office and wow....it really hurts to look at my old self. One thing is for sure, now I know all the afters everyone is so freaking white....hello! Boy oh boy did I loose my tan or what???? So just for shits and giggles I erased my scar, lol! You all know what it looks like right now anyway. I am trying a little experiment. My PS told my at my last visit that I need to be massaging it. I kinda stopped doing anything to it after my vacation. For the past week I have been religiously massaging it and really getting aggressive with it. I want to say I am noticing a difference all ready. The main area is my mid-line. It's a little thicker from trying to open a little and spitting stitches. I'm hoping that it is just blood trapped under there and the more I massage it the more it will even out. If I press really hard it will turn normal color. So seems logical, right? We will see, I will post an update after a month of my experimenting. My side scars coming into my mid-line are disappearing. I was more aggressive with them because of pleating one side and they were completely healed, no spitting stitches. Anyhow, enjoy!!
One word "wow"
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Beautiful. You look great!
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Ha! Ur too kind. Ugh, I'm so busy trying to get certain things done & including taxes, I'm seriously getting out of shape.
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Wow, moving pictures to the top has become a royal...

Wow, moving pictures to the top has become a royal pain! It's so weird, from my PS pics, I don't even recognize myself. So weird! You can pretty much tell from my before that my hips are not sitting evenly. Looking at my left side you can clearly see something is amiss. And I believe that is why my scar on that side drops just a bite lower.

Oh, I forgot to mention....remember how I was...

Oh, I forgot to mention....remember how I was complaining that my right knee hurt and I could barely bend it all the way because the fluid from my swelling from the surgery traveled down south and decided to take up shop in my knee? Well, it finally decided to release itself. I noticed big bruise on the inside of my knee & guess what??? I can finally bend my knee again. Hallelujah!!! And you know I took pics of it. But, it's at the end. Moving pics up is a pain, it's so freaking slow.
Hi Metal Momma. Wow! Your before/after picture looks so dramatic. You look wonderful. I have a question for you. On the 5 month picture (3rd picture), you have a red arrow pointing to the spot above your BB. I have the same thing. What did your PS say about it? What is it? Is it ab muscle? Is it from the MR? Did he tell you to massage it? I guess it's a common problem. I forgot to ask the PS when I saw him at 5 month check-up. Thanks for the advice. Take care.
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Yes, it's my muscle. She told me to massage. I'm sure it will settle over time. I don't even recognize myself in either PS pic. It's like I'm looking at someone else. Weird. Right now I'm a swollen bloated mess, I look more like I did a few weeks after surgery. I'm swelling from jogging, at least I pray that's what it is from & not just totally weight gain, ugh!
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Looking good!
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So as I've mentioned before I have started back...

So as I've mentioned before I have started back with my scar therapy. I thought I was done & only time was gonna make a difference. Once I started getting blood blisters from liquified stitches, I quickly realized I was wrong. I started using Bio oil to massage my scar & then I decided to use my silicone strips again as well. I use the ScarAway brand. It hasn't been quite 2 weeks yet but I think there is a noticeable difference. The redness is decreasing & my midline is much smoother from the massaging. The incision on my sides is disappearing into a very then white line. My midline doesn't appear as wide & long. In time it will fade in color too. Just kinda stinks becuz that area is where I had 3 small openings after my bandage removal & to top it off stitches spit. But that are won't ever be exposed to anyone but my husband so I guess on the bright side it's all good. You'll have to ignore the bloated hot mess! I have been turning my butt around & making a better effort to return to the gym. I have I worked out 4 days this week. I took off 1 day because my legs were so sore I knew it would be stupid to go to the gym. I have been jogging 4 miles. I feel so bloated & gross! I really hope this is swelling & not just fat that I packed on. I feel "thick" in my tummy area. I guess we will see because I am going to continue working out regardless of swelling becuz I just have to.
You look great! Keep up your hard work!
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Aww, thanks so much! I'm trying to get back to work. I start over every Monday, lol! It's gonna take eventually!!
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OMG, you look amazing!! You have worked hard for that body, enjoy it!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your pics.
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Well, I am officially back on schedule to get my...

Well, I am officially back on schedule to get my body back. I took a pretty long hiatus from working out due to vacation. My muscles went to shit and I started looking all bloaty & ugly & clothes were starting not to fit. I put on 12lbs. I have been off and on trying to get back on track, but it just never stuck. I kept trying, starting over every Monday, and finally.....I think I'm good. I have worked out 5 days this week. I jogged 4 miles everyday and did my normal weight routine. I feel good and I feel like I want to keep improving on the areas that I need to improve on....like my no ass, and my muffin back top area, oh....and maybe get some abs working!!!! Most importantly...I feel like working out!! I mean, I wanna wear all my cute clothes and new shoes!!! It felt so good to wear things and not be self conscience. I'm self conscience now, I hate that feeling. There was a lot of talk today about sitting down after a TT and what it looks like while after the initial surgery. So, I had to see what was going on in the back of me when sitting down. I knew there was no problem with the front. I knew I had a little muffin back working in the back when standing up, but no idea if I looked like a hot mess sitting down from behind. Well, I took a bunch of pics sitting and I am posted them. Everything seems fine. I just have more weight to lose and I need to tone up. I have 9lbs to lose now. I did just scarf down a big ass lunch because I had worked out & had not eaten for 2 hours after my workout. So my tummy is swollen....that's my sandwich in there, lol! Plus, running I'm sure bloats me some too....although I'm not sure how much since I put on this weight. I can't tell what is fat & what could be swelling. Either way, I just want it gone. For any of you reading my post, please look at my pics of my back and tell me if you think I am obsessing and the amount of skin that hangs over my jeans is normal for wearing low rise jeans. Maybe it just appears that way because I am so high waisted?? Any input would be appreciated. I know I could for sure benefit from toning up. I also did some planks because...what the hell, I wanted to see what was going on down there too, lol! So here I am 6 months and a week and 9lbs heavier. I can't wait to post again when I have taken the weight off and toned up my body. Also, I kinda think we all go through this phase of our transformation. It's a bump in the road for sure, one probably a lot of women don't want to talk about. It happens, we work so hard to get here. Then there is a time when we start to think it will be ok, because we don't have that crazy tummy anymore....we can handle it. But, as time goes by and bad habits creep back in, things have to change. No matter what the battle to look the way we each want to look never stops and always has to be maintained. I just think it's a matter of when it happens to you and how far you will let it go till you decide to turn things around. It happens to us all.
Your tripping theres no muffin top. Crazy girl and you dont lok like youve gained an ounce but like me your only showing your midsection and thats where we wouldnt gain. My arms are so fat right now! You look great! Theres no moffin top. I think that its just a normal transition from tt site to normal nontight skin. Lookingawesome.
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Haha! Well the rest of me is ok, just not as toned anymore. But, I'm fixing that. I do gain in my tummy, it's more noticeable from the side profile. I'm wider. And I've gained a little in my upper thighs. But, thanks for being so nice.
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I'm not nice just honest. :) you look great
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Well, it's official....I started with an Ab...

Well, it's official....I started with an Ab routine. I did my exercises last night. I did dumbbell side bends, bicycle crunches, plate twists (I really like these), windshield wipers, & flutter kicks. I know I'm gonna be sore as all get out tomorrow, I can already feel it today. But, it feels good. I can't wait to get to the point where I have muscle showing. I am heavily concentrating on obliques & lower back because those are the areas that will take care of the love handles. I really like the plate twists because i could really feel the burn in my obliques & lower back. I'll be off to the gym in a little while, starting the week of right. I'll keep you posted on the Ab work as I know everyone wonders about doing that after a TT. I didn't have any discomfort, just some serious weak issues because I've never bothered w/ abs & my abs aren't that strong, lol!

 

To read part 2 of my Tummy Tuck journey, please click here.

I will be 8 weeks po on Thursday. I had a full TT w/ a breast lift. I have been healing much slower than the other ladies on this site. My swelling of the thighs have been crazy. I have a small waist and thunder thighs. I know it takes time. I had a lymphatic message this morning, but it was just a waist of money. I will just be patient. Thank you for your story and you look awesome!
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Thank you so much. I bet you look great. We are hard on ourselves. The best thing for swelling is just resting. It will eventually go down, but the more u keep doing the more u will keep swelling. I started to see some big swelling changes around 8 weeks, so hopefully ur fixing to take a turn. It really does happen.
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Boy am I glad I found your story this morning! I am five weeks post-op today and feeling puffier than I did a couple weeks ago. I couldn't figure out why my inner thighs are so puffy; my ps did not discuss much post-op stuff with me but you say that the fluid drains downward into the legs so I'll buy that. I want to start walking but will wait until I get clearance. I stopped wearing my cg for most of the time but started again last week because of swelling. Hubby and I went to the movies on Friday; I ate popcorn which he had salted and I knew I shouldn't. Boy did I pay for that with Saturday swelling. Anyway, Metal Momma, thank you so much for sharing your story, including the challenges. It has helped me so much. Oh-also, my ps (who I love but sure wish he provided more post-op information) has never mentioned that stitches might pop out! Again you are so helpful and encouraging. Thank you sincerely!
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I cannot tell you how ecstatic and deliriously happy I was when I saw your feb 11, 4 month post op picswith the green panties showing how much the scar dropped ! !! I am so going to sleep,well tonight and hope that the same thing happens to me and I won't have to give away my old bikinis. Yipeeee!!!
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So glad the pics helped. There are so many changes that will happen. You will probably have to give up the old bikinis for sexy new ones ;)
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You look awesome!
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