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An update on me :) I'm still here!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello Sparkers! I know it has been entirely too long since I last blogged. I believe part of my blog was even a goal list that included a goal to blog more. smh... If I remember correctly my other goals were to take my vitamins and get my steps in which I can honestly say I have done every day. I'm on day 178 and counting of getting 10,000 steps or more! Woo hoo!

In other news, I have maintained my weight for several weeks and even lost a few pounds over the holidays which is the first time ever! I'm still 4 pounds away from my ultimate goal weight, but I'm happy where I'm at and I now know I have at least 8-10 lbs of extra skin, so that's a huge factor too! I had my appointment with a plastic surgeon right before Christmas, and it went really well. I'm confident I found the doctor I want to do my procedures, and the staff was great too. He said even if I wait and try to get my weight down a little further, it wouldn't affect my results. Also, if lose additional weight post surgery, that wouldn't hurt either. I'm looking to have my arms and stomach done at the same time. He said he's done this many times before and after much research, it seems many people have. It will be a 5 1/2 hour surgery that will take 2 - 2 1/2 weeks of recovery for me to even return to my desk job. As many of you know I had a hysterectomy 2 1/2 years ago and took off 6 weeks simply because I had the time at work. Now that I'm at a different job with less time off, I have to come back sooner than I would like and wait a little longer until I have more time built up since it now accrues a lot slower than it did before.

The cost was also another eye opener and cause for me to have to put the surgery off until probably fall as opposed to getting it this spring like I was hoping. I've been saving and had a number in my head I was hoping for, but I was quite a ways off. The doctor showed me the importance of doing a circumferential tuck instead of just the typical front tuck removing the apron. He started pinching skin all the way around my mid section to show all the excess that would remain if I did the traditional tuck. This, of course, added additional cost to the procedure. The number I had in my head was around $12,000 for both procedures and the final cost from the doctor for the surgery and aftercare was almost $16,000. Yikes.

Although it was a bummer to push it back a few months, I'm still really excited and know this will help keep me on track with both my health and financially. I have a bit of a problem with online shopping. :)

For the longest time I justified not getting surgery because I didn't think I deserved it. It was my fault for letting my body get the way it was, and this is my payback. I still feel that way a lot of the time, but emotionally I feel like this is something I really need. It's a struggle for many people that have lost a lot of weight and that others truly can't understand that haven't been there. Am I happier with the skin than I was the fat? Obviously. But I definitely wasn't prepared for the hate I would have for my body after losing almost 150 pounds. I read articles when I first started this journey stating this same exact thing, and I didn't understand it then, but I definitely do now.

Moving on, my new job has been a lot more time and energy consuming than I thought possible, but I do really love it. We are HUGE Detroit Tiger fans and we are taking our son to Tigerfest at the stadium this weekend, so I'm super excited for that. There are no vacations in my future so I can save for surgery, so these mini weekend trips we have planned over the next few months will have to do! I can't thank my amazing husband enough for supporting me in this journey. He hasn't been the greatest support with food, but he is in every other aspect, including giving up our vacations for a bit!

Well, that's all for today friends! I hope you all have amazing weeks and I HOPE to blog again soon, but I won't put it as a goal. :)
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    Congratulations to you. What an amazing journey you have successfully navigated! Good luck with your new job and your upcoming surgery?
    1794 days ago
    Wow! You look great! Also so surprised about the cost of the plastic surgery! WAY over what I might have thought. I'm sure it will be worth it, though, and wish you all the best! :)
    1794 days ago
    You look great! I have similar excess skin issues. It's such a pain, I strength train, I exercise, I eat on point and it's been little change for a year. I know one year of maintainence isn't much to compare but it's so frustrating to work and work and still have skin sagging ugh.
    Anyways, hope you reach your goals and get that surgery! You deserve it with all the hard work and effort you put in!
    1869 days ago
    sounds like you're doing great!
    1870 days ago
    Wow, you look amazing! My starting weight and goal weight are within pounds of yours, so I have a similar journey ahead of me and I'm almost half way there. I've been on Spark for many years and I've been at my goal weight and gained it all back, so I'm going to be sure not to let that happen again. One thing that will help is getting some skin removal surgery. I sometimes think that if I did that the first time, I might have been able to maintain. It's definitely going to happen this time around. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you because hopefully I will be right behind you in that process! That's awesome that your husband is so supportive of this.

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    1870 days ago
    You just friended me and I came to see how you are doing. You are doing GREAT!! What an inspiration you are. I am glad you are almost at your goal, and have determined that you can make yourself better with good plastic surgery. If I could afford it, I'd do it too, but I'm just going to keep exercising and lifting weights and hope I will tone up more.

    Thanks for the Sparkfriendship. I look forward to more of your great blogs!

    Spark on.

    1870 days ago
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