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10 weeks post op- update and questions

10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby MamaV » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Hey ladies! Haven't been on here in a while, since I've gone back to work and working out, I'm pooped at the end of the day, so straight to bed I go after work!

Anyway, I am 10 weeks post op tomorrow, so far it's been great! No complications. I still have a teeny tiny stitch in my bb and one dead center of my pelvic bone. Still numb, not really sore anymore. I'm swelling at night and after exercise but flat in the morning. Regardless, I've been feeling great about myself...and then...

Today, I went bridesmaid dress shopping for a wedding I'm in in June. The bride and all the bridesmaids vary from a size 2 to a 4... even after the TT i'm still a size 14 (in dresses, size 9 or 11 in jeans) and this discouraged me a little. Every morning I wake up and thank God I was able to do this for myself and I KNOW i look TONS better and I feel a lot better about myself as well. BUT... I am still not happy with the weight I still have, I'm not going to be a stick-thin girl and never want to be, trust me, I love curves, but my arms and face don't match my flat little tummy and I didn't realize it until I stood next to all the other bridesmaids and realized that i am STILL on the heavy side. I'm 5'4" and 165. I am happiest when I'm around 140-145. Before I got the surgery I was *gasp* 180lbs. So, before the surgery, my arms and thighs didn't look that big, in comparison. Now that the skin is gone, I look misporportioned.

I have not been eating super healthy, I usually try to for breakfast and lunch but then dinner usually blows it. Since today, I've vowed to put 2 feet forward in eating healthier, what the hell am I doing? i just paid all this money, endured all this surgery, and I'm still eating corndogs and french fries...WTH??? Ugh, I think I am disappointed in myself and that's why I'm upset, not that I'm bigger than the other girls. So, I guess my question is, Has anyone continued to lose weight after their surgery? I just started working out again and I thought I was taking it easy to prevent complications, but it seems a lot of you were working out at 6 weeks... not just starting at 10 weeks. Am I just being lazy?? If I lose more weight and start exercising, is my skin going to get loose again?

I want to work out and eat right and lose more weight by June (wedding time) but since I can only do elliptical, no weights (boob job as well) and no ab work out, is this just a shot in the dark?

Ugh, feeling down :(
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby bbHOLT » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:22 pm

I wanna know how you lost since surgery! I have not lost A SINGLE POUND! No, NOT EVEN ONE! I've been exercising and doing pretty well on my eating, and...NADA.

I got a boob job too, and I have been using weight machines at curves. I use all of their machines except one ab one - no crunches for me for awhile!

I'll keep trying, but I know what you mean. My arms and thighs just don't match. A (black) friend of mine told me that I'm now built like a black woman. I just need to figure out where they shop to buy pants that fit! I'm an 8 in the waist/rise but a 12 in the thighs! YIKES!

No advice...just understanding from me...
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:27 pm

Hi MamaV! So good to see you! That's awesome that you have done so well and are feeling good at 10 weeks.

Regarding the weight loss. First off, we are all different and we all start working out at different times. You are only ten weeks out of a very major surgery. Two major surgeries in one! So, who cares when you could have started, now is a good time. The past just does not matter!

Eliptical is an awesome workout, and if you adjust the tension you can get a really good butt and leg workout. It does a great job at working those, if you put it on a higher tension for some of your workout. It is one of the cardio/resistance in one machines if you do it right.

I was allowed to use my arms on the eliptical after 6 weeks from my BA/BL. Are you allowed to do that? if not, no problem if you can just move your arms at your side like you would when running. Get the best workout by moving your arms, but only do what you are allowed by the doc.

Doing that daily and changing your eating habits, and you will lose weight and tone up. Once you are allowed to do weights, then it won't take long at all to get the muscle tone back elsewhere. Don't rush anything!! In the long run it is not going to matter if you started a bit late...it beats messing something up.

You have 3 months til the middle of June. You don't have much to lose. You can do it!!
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby MamaV » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:50 pm

Thanks ladies :) bb, I've been wondering about you and hoping you would post soon, haven't seen you around these parts lately. How are you? how's your dh handling the surgery nowadays?

Annie, how do you always know what to say to make everyone take a deep breath and relax? I love your posts because you are honest and don't sugar coat things, yet you have a way of making everyone want to shake off whatever nerves they are carrying around and keep pressing forward smiling and happy again.

I need to post more often, I've missed you ladies!
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby oh2bflat » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:56 pm

Well, first of all congrats on all your accomplishments!

Secondly, I could have written your post word for word except I am 10 pounds heavier than you! I also can;t get back into the routine of exercise. I seem to have no time, working, kids, school, blah, blah!

Anyway, best of luck to you!
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby tangles » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:17 am

I read this post yesterday and cant seem to get this question out of my mind. I really have been thinking. After I would get a TT would i then look at my thigh's, arm's, but ect.... in a new light. What I mean is would my flat tummy make them now look really large??
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby gennalea » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:22 am

Before my TT I said I could never hate another part of my body as much as I hated my gut. Now that it's gone I'm seeing just how bad my thighs were/are. :( While I am disappointed in my thighs I still hated my gut more. I've been working out on the elliptical since 4 1/2wks post-op. If you have that option I think it's an almost perfect choice. I took it slow at first but my resistance is maxed out now and I'm working on increasing my time to what it was pre-op.

I have very similar stats to yours, regarding weight and height. I have lost about 10lbs since surgery but I'm sure most of that was from the actual procedure itself. I plan on taking up running soon and I hope that will tone up my legs and bring my proportions more inline.
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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby mommymakeover108 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:40 pm

gennalea wrote:Before my TT I said I could never hate another part of my body as much as I hated my gut. Now that it's gone I'm seeing just how bad my thighs were/are. :( While I am disappointed in my thighs I still hated my gut more. I've been working out on the elliptical since 4 1/2wks post-op. If you have that option I think it's an almost perfect choice. I took it slow at first but my resistance is maxed out now and I'm working on increasing my time to what it was pre-op.


I couldn't have said that better myself. Before I got married and had children (you know when I was young lol), my thighs were what I hated most. After having children, gaining weight, etc., I could not stand my stomach. It was gross. I just wanted it gone! Now that it is gone and looks great, my thighs are back in my mind and look hideous.

Your post really made me chuckle :D.

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Re: 10 weeks post op- update and questions

Postby bbHOLT » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:50 pm

MamaV wrote:Thanks ladies :) bb, I've been wondering about you and hoping you would post soon, haven't seen you around these parts lately. How are you? how's your dh handling the surgery nowadays?

I need to post more often, I've missed you ladies!


Thanks MV! I've missed you too! My DH must just love me - however I look. He was touching the girls the other day and he asked me if I still like them. I said YES as loudly as I could. I asked him if he did. He said yes, but I liked them before too. I guess that's the right answer from my kind-hearted man. (I still just want him to push me up against a wall and tell me how hot I am!) LOL
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