Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss: 2 Weeks Out

Holy Cow. Today marks just 2 weeks out from my Skin Removal Abdominoplasty. It seems like I just made the decision to have the procedure done, and now we are just 14 days out. I had my Pre-Op appointment Read more

The Bouqs

Disclaimer: I received a Free Bouq to review and have included affiliate links. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. Like any girl, I adore fresh flowers! However I'm usually the one telling the hubs not to spend Read more

Loving Lately

As I go through everyday life and workouts and what not I am always looking for things to make it easier/more fun/or just randomly cool things. I have found a few winners recently and want to share them with Read more

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss: 2 Weeks Out



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Holy Cow. Today marks just 2 weeks out from my Skin Removal Abdominoplasty. It seems like I just made the decision to have the procedure done, and now we are just 14 days out. I had my Pre-Op appointment last week. I sat in a room and went through a huge book with the nurse and had to initial and sign every page. Basically going through pre-op instructions, what the surgery will consist of, before pictures, after care, follow up, and of course all the possible risks. It is a major surgery so they make sure to cover their ground when it comes to every detail. I also had to pay the remainder of my surgeons fee… ouch. I will still have to pay the surgery center and anesthesiologist separately on surgery day.

I want to make it very clear that this is NOT a weight loss surgery. When it comes to weight loss I did it all the old fashioned way – hard work. I once weighed upwards of 250lbs. I carried the vast majority of that weight in my midsection. Add in pregnancy and my skin just lost it’s elasticity. I’m also left with what is called a Pannus… the hanging apron of skin on my lower abdomen. I also have separation of the abdominal muscles due to being overweight for a long time and from pregnancy. This surgery is to remove the hanging pannus and repair the abdominal muscles. I don’t think you should consider this surgery until you’ve been your happy weight or size for awhile. For me this past year has been a struggle as I have been working so hard and not seeing the kind of results I should because of this skin. I’m happy with the size I am, I just want to see that flat tummy I’ve worked so hard for.

Not everyone who loses a significant amount of weight has to have this type of surgery. It is a major surgery with a long recovery time and real risks. I know lots of people who have lost far more weight than I have that choose not to have this surgery. Just like everyone’s journey of how they lost the weight is different, how people deal with excess skin is going to be different. It may not bother some people like it bothered me. Some people may see it as a badge of honor or reminder of how far they’ve come. For me it was a difficult mental struggle to look in the mirror and know that I would never look like what I imagined I would when I started losing weight. It was a reminder of how far gone I was. I want to leave that old girl behind me. Yes, I love how far I’ve come. And no, I don’t want to forget what it was like to be that big… but I don’t need this flap as a reminder of that every time I look in the mirror… or jump… or run.

I know I was trying to push for more weight loss before this surgery but I started to become a bit of a headcase. I’m still eating healthy but not wallowing in guilt when I eat off the meal plan for a night. I don’t want to obsess over food or the scale. I want to live a balanced life. I didn’t want to feel like I was on yet another crash diet leading up to this surgery. I’m still working out a lot, mostly because I realized that I have just 7 more workout days left before surgery (we will be out of town for a few days this week). I am going to miss that the most. I’ll probably be out for 6-8 weeks as long as everything goes well with recovery.

Overall, my mind is in a good place. I’m at peace and excited, a little nervous too. Mostly nervous for the unexpected. I trust my doctor and I trust my body. I’m really excited for what this next chapter brings. I plan on sharing all about the experience and I’m open to answering any questions you might have about it all. Feel free to leave me a comment or email me in the contact section.

 

 

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The Bouqs

Disclaimer: I received a Free Bouq to review and have included affiliate links. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Like any girl, I adore fresh flowers! However I’m usually the one telling the hubs not to spend a fortune on the overpriced half-dead variety at the store… especially on Valentine’s Day. I am also very leary of the typical online flower ordering site as they advertise their killer prices and then once you end up ordering and get charged for all the “extras” you’ve just spent enough to feed a small country. A few months ago I was watching one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank, when I first heard about The Bouqs. It is an online flower company. But it isn’t your average online flower company.



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The Bouqs prices all their arrangements at just $40 with standard shipping included, no hidden fees (Overnight delivery from California is $50 a Bouq). They have a simple 3 step check out, no annoying upsells. The best part about the Bouqs? Flowers are cut fresh the day you order. This means you get your flowers in just 2-4 days after being cut, where other places are giving you flowers cut up to 2 weeks before you receive them!



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The Bouqs uses sustainable, eco-friendly farms that treat their employees and farms with care. The flowers are grown on a Volcano on the equator,10,000 feet above sea level, which means one thing: sun. And more sun means more color. These Bouqs are fed by pure volcanic snow melt and mineral-rich, ph-balanced soil. If you choose need overnight shipping you will receive you flowers from the coast of California! 



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Another cool option that The Bouqs offers is their Concierge Service, The Bouqs Club. This allows you to pre-purchase multiple Bouqs for separate occasions and save.



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You can choose from regular intervals, special occasions, or just because.  You can then pick what type of Bouq you want and when you want it delivered, and of course, the more you order the more you save!


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So if you have a special someone you want to buy for or if you just want to buy something nice for yourself check out the Bouqs! They are currently running a Summer Special where you can get 2 Bouqs for the Price of 1 using the code JULY2FOR1 at checkout!

What is your favorite flower?

 

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Loving Lately

As I go through everyday life and workouts and what not I am always looking for things to make it easier/more fun/or just randomly cool things. I have found a few winners recently and want to share them with you! Welcome to my most recent edition of things i’m loving lately! Some of these were sent to me for review and others I just love. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own!

PowerICE


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Working out in a non air-conditioned CrossFit box in the summer time means that you sweat… a lot. The electrolytes, carbohydrates and sodium in PowerICE, along with its frozen temperature, make it the perfect way to cool and refuel your body! They have several different flavors but my favorite was the orange. It reminded me of those ice pops we ate all the time as kids, but with a healthy twist. Perfect for summer!

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder


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I was sent this to review and I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. My first thought was to make an Iced Green Tea Latte! It was so good! I love all the health benefits of Matcha, like energy and antioxidants, so to have it in a way that tastes good too is awesome.

The Honest Company

 

Back when I was going through trying to figure out all my hormone stuff I started trying to reduce the amount of hormones in my every day life. That’s when I first tried The Honest Company. Their all natural line of health, beauty, and cleaning products have been amazing. I had recevied a sample of an all natural multi surface cleaner and ran out of it before I could buy more and just used some old pinesol. I immediately got a headache and felt nauseas after using it. I used to only be able to use pinesol because that was the only thing that smelt “clean” but now I will only use this all natural stuff! I also recently started feeling like my hair products were making my hair waxy, not soft. So I started using Honest Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair feels clean and soft. I seriously love everything I’ve used so far. Plus you can bundle it for savings and have it automatically delivered on a schedule!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box

 

I love love love getting fun packages in the mail. I’m a fan of subscription boxes and the Pop Sugar Must Have box is such a fun one! The June box came filled with summer goodies! A book, a towel, a snack, some awesome on the go cleaning wipes (perfect for post WOD!) and so much more awesomeness.  POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary Must Have box, but I would buy it on my own. Check them out and subscribe today!

Fabletics

I literally live in workout clothes. I want to look and feel cute and comfortable. Fabletics is an activewear company that delivers both fashion and function. They release a new collection each month. If you join as a VIP you can get special pricing, all you do as a VIP is make sure you decide to either pass or purchase by the 5th of each month. If you decide to pass you won’t be charged. I love love love my Lima Capris, they are my absolute favorite thing to work out in. This month they have an awesome chevron/herringbone type pattern.

I ordered some shorts in this pattern and I can’t wait until they get here! Follow me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to post when they come in! If you use my referral link you can get your first outfit for 50% off!

What are you loving lately?



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