I have always been a little on the large size,I went though my teens mostly unhappy and over weight, I didn't do the girls shopping thing as I hated anyone knowing what size I was, I always preferred shopping by myself as I was so big.
At about 15 I slimmed down to about a uk size14 and I felt normal, I got married at 19, had baby's at 20, 21 and 24 my babies were all beautiful and all good weights but I never really gave my body a chance to recover and I have suffered the consequences of three big babies ever since by horrible saggy belly has plagued me ever since and my weight continued to rise.
Three and a half years ago I weighed around 300lbs and my lovely boyfriend proposed to me and although I was over the moon I was scared of all the attention getting married would give me so I set about losing some weight, tow years ago we got married, I was around 185 lbs and felt comfortable and extremely happy, but the mahoosive overhanging belly was still there.
For two years I have continued to lose weight and I am now 84lbs lighter and feet great, but the belly has continued to haunt me, I exercise, have a healthy diet and lifestyle but it's still there.
Then one of my friends had cosmetic surgery to remove all her excess fat after losing weight, I was so impressed by her surgery and the difference it made to her body I started looking at a tummy tuck for me, although I had always dreamed of it I had never looked seriously at it untill then, my thoughts were -normal people don't have things like that, it's too expensive, to painful, too long a recovery, what would my family and friends think, all these things kept going through my mind as I considered it but then I decided.
This is about me not them, I work hard, earn a good wage and I need to do this for me.
My husband wasn't keen but knew how much I hated my body so when he said yes go for it I could have cried, this was in July
After checking out a few surgeons I decided to go with the one my friend had recommended and booked it for 21st August 2012 about a month.
I didn't do much planning for it as in the end I booked it so quickly, I didn't worry about it as I was so excited, I watched a tummy tuck operation on you tube so I knew exactly what was going to happen to me and I talked to my friend so I knew what the recovery was likely to be, im sure I drove my hubby mad in the few weeks waiting for the operation as I kept holing onto the flab and saying not for much longer baby :-)
On 21st Auguat I went into hospital for my long awaited tummy, still excited untill the point I was having the anaesthetic, by then it was too late.
When I woke I felt like I'd been hit by a bus but I didn't care, looking down at my tummy it was flat, I had a unattractive girdle on and two drains coming out of my pubic area and couldn't keep my eyes open but I didn't care I was happy.
I have made a few post on the forum about my recovery, I seem to be doing good, I am now 24 days PO (post op) and feel great, I have days when I'm tired and don't do much but I haven't regretted it for one minute, I have been clothes shopping and am currently obsessed with buying fitted clothes something I have never been able to do before, my scar is healing lovely and and although it is a big scar I am so please that the overhanging skin has finally gone I don't care about the scar. I have swelling and have truly been to swell hell on a couple of occasions, I haven't been able to sleep sometimes and couldn't walk far, drive or eat much - added bonus I suppose but it's still worth it for the end result.
I can't even contemplate how much of a difference doing this will make to my life as it has made a massive difference to me already even while I am still swollen.
What I wish I knew before hand :
How much of a difference this would make to me.
I never realised that during the operation they could tighten the muscles in your upper abdomen -added bonus that's given me a great shape.
I found out I had two large hernias, the surgeon kindly fixed these free of charge.
I can have the tummy I always wanted and deserved.
My only regret not doing this years ago.