After having two c sections and gaining 30 pounds...
After having two c sections and gaining 30 pounds my abdominal muscles were stretched out and I had lost all elasticity of the skin in my lower tummy.
After two years of running, kick boxing and a few months of cross fitting I've decided if the tummy wasn't gone before the big 40 .. a TT would be the greatest birthday gift to myself.
One month po
Finally doing a little cardio ... Lite treadmill .. No more than 5.0 with incline of 3.0 ... I also am running laps in the pool for about ten mins .. It feels so good and it has helped me straighten up while walking
Pics of skin removed
Today was my one month follow up. All is well ... Body doing great. Ask to see how much skin was removed and I was shocked ... Didn't know I has that much to be removed . Happy it did it tho
Hitting the gym
Today is a month after my TT... And I feel great. Everyone is surprised how I'm up, moving around and hitting the gym
so quickly. My PS said I was ok to workout but absolutely no core... Upper and lower body with maybe 20 pounds ... Just listen to my body. So I decided to do aqua fit to minimize any stress to my body and lite treadmill . Incline of 3.0 and worked my way to 5.0 for 30 mins. First week all went well, I even worked out 4 times that week.
Second week, which is this week I stepped it up to the stepper ( the moving stairs one ) lawd I worked up a good sweat ... No pain or discomfort but I do wear a compression garment for extra support. I do this for 20 mins then off to some weight training for either my arms, back , shoulder or legs .. Anything besides the core. I have learned I use my core more than I truly knew. I would do 4 sets of 25 at a weight that I can get a burn but not pain. This has helped me tremendously. I notice I stand 100% upright. The swelling had gone down and my abs are loosening up.
After every workout I seat in the sauna for 20 mins to stretch and loosen my muscles. I know this may not work got everyone after 30 days but it has for me. I was mentally siking myself when it came to standing straight. I was scared to pull my core and I walked hunched for the first 3 weeks. Once I tried the gym all worries was gone.
First 5 mile jog/ walk then hiked 2 miles @ Stone Mountain
This past weekend I tried my luck on some running . It wasn't too bad ... I wore a waist cincher to give me some support. I would run 5-7 mins then walk 1-2 . I felt no pain a little discomfort in my side. I did 5 miles in 57-58 mins which is a little slow for me but considering I'm proud of myself. After a 10 min break I hiked up the mountain which is a mile then came back down. In all I did excellent to be only 7 weeks PO
Undergarment I find to be very helpful
I wear to type of under garments ... A waisted cincher and a boy short shape wear. They help me out when it comes to working out and everyday activities.. I brought them both from Macy's but I know you can get them from other places. My favorite is flexees, it feels like a second skin, very soft, breathable and comfortable
Belly button / scar tissue
13 Aug 2014
2 months post
Today was my 2 month PO. All is well except the belly button. It hard so Dr Song gave me a steroid shot to soften it up. Have to go back in a month
Ran my first 11 miles since surgery
24 Aug 2014
2 months post
I'm preparing for my next half ... I had to postpone one due to my recovery but if I knew I would heal rather quickly I could have dons it on sept 6 but I didn't want to injury my process but Oct 4 .... Is different ... My body can resist the pounding of the pavement and I'm happy .. 6 weeks to go for my post op half run
Healthy and fit journey
Going threw pictures .... How different a little weight can make you look different
6 month post op
23 Dec 2014
6 months post
I went in for my 6 month post op with Dr. song and all is well. The only thing is my belly button has some scar tissue and is taken a little longer to heal. I had to get a few steroid shots to help the process. My tummy tuck scar has raised a little but not to the point I want an revision. I do have to find something to help lighten up my scar but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. I have the okay to give 100% in the gym. Now it's time to tone and lose a few pounds from the lack of exercise from the past few months. I have to go back in 3 months to check on my belly button hopefully by then I'll be toned as I imagined before these whole process. Thank those who gave encouraging words. Have a blessed holiday.
7 Apr 2015
10 months post
It's still raised as of today I received my first steroid shot, hoping this works because it did wonders in my belly button I go back I. 2 months if it does help I will get a scar revision and preventative stwriod shits at the same time.
10 months Post Op
7 Apr 2015
10 months post
Almost 100% still feel the tightness when reaching over the head but that minor and the raised scar. Hoping in the next few weeks I can get it modified if the steriod shots doesn't work. Other than this two very minor issues I wouldn't change a thing.
13 month post op
All is going well. No major issues and I'm completely satisfied with my outcome. No more pulling when I reach over my head. I can go back to all activities with no problems. Now just working on toning and staying within the weight range I desire. I hope my journey has or will help someone else out.