yesterday I had skin removal surgery (tummy tuck and a breast lift) Following my weight loss (70 pounds) I was left with excess skin which no amount of exercise and muscle growth can fix. I used to be ashamed of this - and never fully appreciated the effect that went into and continues to go into my weight loss journey. Last year I made the decision to have this surgery and it wasn’t made lightly. The recovery and time away from the gym being a big concern for me. However I’m lucky to have supportive friends and family who have been with me throughout this all and have made my prep for surgery so easy. I don’t regret my decision at all, even yesterday when I was being wheeled to surgery I was calmed and not worried and I knew that this would be one of the best decision I’ve made. So I’m day 1 post op. I’m in no pain, I just feel uncomfortable and tight on my stomach. I’m doing better than expected and can’t wait to see my results ☺️ #excessskinremoval#weightlossjourney#theparknottingham#newbodnewme#neeboobies#newbellybutton#recoverystartsnow
First, I know my duckface is dumb but I did it in ALL of my before pics so I gotta keep it around sometimes 😂😂 But anyway, I always like this picture as a before pic because when I think of what I looked like before I lost weight, it’s this pic. I had my colorful hair, heavy eyebrows and makeup. It was my uniform and I looked like this every single day. I liked it! It was my comfort zone. Fast forward two years and it’s like seeing a different person in the mirror. No more colorful hair (I loved my colorful hair and kept it around for nearly 5 years, but I don’t *need* it anymore) and softer and more natural brows and makeup. I can see my eyes. I have a jawline! I just feel more like myself now. Yeah, of course I’m wearing makeup but for the first time in my life I get to see what I actually look like under all the excess fat, what my bone structure and facial features naturally are. It’s an eye-opening experience (literally) and I’m so grateful for it. #facetofacefriday
Huge #nsv for me today. I tried this (and the two sizes above this) shirt on 4 times. It’s a small from big W. Lemme say that again. It’s a small. Button up shirt. From big W. Holy heck. The man who 2 years ago didn’t fit in Targets 8XL Mr Big range is wearing a small. I nearly bought the medium not because it fitted nicer but because I didn’t believe I fitted a small. Golly fucking gosh. Also these pants are 32 from cotton on and I have heaps of room in the waist 🤷🏼♀️ disclaimer: this is definitely not a measurement of my worth. But it’s physically a measurement of my body and how far I’ve come.
2 days ago21203
I can’t believe today I’m 1 year post op from my arm lift!!! The skin I was left with on my arms affected me loads didn’t have confidence to wear strapless of sleeveless tops with out a cardigan, I would have to buy clothes 2 sizes too big just so my arms would fit, then my fab surgeon done the operation and I’m soooo happy, best thing I ever did!!!!! #excessskin#excessskinremoval#weightlossjourney#weightloss#brachioplasty#newarms
2 days ago698
Here it is. The only picture I can find of me at my peak weight. Looking at this photo makes me feel all the things at once. Looking at this photo reinforces that I had been far bigger than my offical weigh in of 210kgs (463lbs). To be honest, my guesstimate of 240kgs (530lbs) may even be an underestimate 😭 #throwbackthursday 130(Ish)kgs (310lbs) difference. Thanks for being such a trooper, dude.
2 days ago15171
My tummy tuck journey began today! Since it's a topic that interests a lot of people, I'll be posting updates as I go along.
A little on my backstory if you don't know. I was overweight my whole life until I joined WW in Jan 2015 after baby 1. I lost about 25lbs before I unexpectedly got pregnant with baby 2. Luckily I only gained about 5lbs with him. After his birth in April 2016, I joined WW again and lost the rest of the weight for a total of 92 lbs. I made Lifetime in April last year so I've been at my goal weight for a year.
After losing all that weight and having two kids, I was left with significant excess skin on several parts of my body, my abdomen being the most problematic. My breasts and thighs are saggy also but I'm not sure yet if I'm having any work in those areas. It will depend on the cost.
I thought getting 3 different opinions would be helpful so today I went to see the first surgeon. He said with me being at a healthy weight and having zero health problems (I'm so fortunate), makes me an ideal candidate for surgery. He told me that I don't even need any tightening of my abdominal wall, so that'll save me a little green and make recovery easier.
The person who figures up the pricing was out on vacation so I won't have any numbers until next week.
I'm so excited to get the ball rolling on this! I'll post a "before" photo or maybe even a video sometime before I have the surgery the end of April.
3 days ago236
First iron transfusion complete! My iron level was a 25 😥 very low! Second one on Monday! Looking forward to feeling better!
Right at 6 weeks post-op and I can finally wear jeans again. It can be a bit uncomfortable because my lower back and stomach are still swollen, but mostly it’s not bad and I can wear jeans fairly comfortably. I’m sure you’ll still see me rocking dresses and leggings for a while too though. 😛
Before surgery I wore a size 2 or 4. I was at a weird spot where a 4 was too big for my hips but fit the excess skin and a 2 fit my hips but was too small for the skin. It was no fun!
After surgery I’m super happy to say I’m wearing the same sizes, just trying to figure out which jeans accommodate my new booty and body shape. I see some jean shopping in my future!
In the pic I’m wearing a size 2. You can see the difference surgery made with the skin. It went from spilling over to giving me a much smoother silhouette (which is what I wanted so yay!). But I’ve always wanted to wear jeans that just fit me, you know. No love handles, no covering up skin or FUPA or whatever else, just fit my hips and laid flat. I finally got to experience that and it’s fantastic!
I haven’t made one of these in forever, but it’s probably my favorite way to show my progress. Since I started losing weight in September 2016, I’ve lost 130 inches all over my body. It’s insane to look back and see the numbers. I’ve lost 21 inches in my stomach alone! That’s almost 2 ft. in circumference! EDIT: Someone just pointed it out to me and I didn’t even realize, my waist is currently the same size as my thighs were before 😱😱😱 Mind. Blown. Take those measurements, guys! You’ll be surprised at just how crazy the changes are.#transformationtuesday
P.S. That’s totally not the same tank. The one on the left was an XL and the right is a S!
I made the photo using PicMonkey.com 👍🏻
4 days ago794,410
Just over here LIVING for my brows that got SLAYED this weekend🔪 also it’s gonna be over 55 degrees today so I broke out my spring lips & colors today💋🌸 LipSense ‘Caramel Apple’ on my lips & Lularoe ‘Gigi’ on my bod 💃🏻