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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

*....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!

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!! ;)

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.

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!

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.

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!!!

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.

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!!!

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.

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??

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!!!!!!

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!

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.

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!!!!

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!

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 :)

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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!

 

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