Update! Life After Plastic Surgery, Holidays, Bikini and Boudoir Photoshoot!!

It has been such a long time since I’ve posted. Every day I find myself saying I’m going to take progress pictures from my plastic surgery and then post an update “later” and then of course, later never comes. I finally had to put my foot down and get organized!

Life has been busy, but in a good way. I have been busy with my full-time job, freelance work, and my life has become MUCH more social – especially in the last year. I can’t tell you how freeing life is without carrying around 260 extra pounds. I’ve talked about “fat person logistics” in other posts before and anybody that has been morbidly obese knows what I mean. There are so many logistics on your mind constantly as a large person that you never have to worry about when you are “normal” or “overweight” and I don’t miss them AT. ALL.

It’s been so long since I’ve had to wonder if I could fit into a chair. It’s been so long since I’ve worried about breaking a chair! I don’t have to worry about getting to meetings and other rooms early to ensure I can get a seat “on the end” and sad, but true… I no longer have to worry about the size of bathroom stalls – yikes! I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I have worried about being able to buckle a seatbelt or whether or not my pants would fit once they came out of the dryer. If I had to fly for work or personal travel, I wouldn’t be concerned at all about fitting into a plane seat – in fact, I’m thinking of selling my own personal seatbelt extender on eBay lol!

I will say that while the attention I receive has died down SOME, my weight loss and the way I look STILL becomes the center of attention at larger gatherings. On one hand, compliments are nice, but on the other hand – sometimes “compliments” can sting. Especially when people tell you, “Oh… now you look SO much better” or something like “Your husband must be SO much happier” – I mean, WTF?!

The holidays went well in terms of keeping my weight in check – and I also had to have my gallbladder removed. I did have a week where I sort of ate what I wanted without any kind of worry (December 24th – 31st) – but that came at the price of about 12 lbs. Yes, 12 lbs in a single week. Thankfully it took a little less than 2 weeks for it to come off… but it’s certainly a scary thing to see on the scale. This is certainly one of the reasons why I think it’s important to keep in mind that the “holidays” is not the 6 weeks or so between Thanksgiving and New Year’s…. but they are really just a few days and keeping your eating in check is very important.

Things are still healing VERY well from plastic surgery. I am 16 weeks post-op today and I am still SO happy with my results. It was worth the money, scars, and recovery – for sure! I believe I have made the decision to have an inner thigh lift later this year. Check out the post I’ll be making later this morning if you’d like to see my latest progress pictures. Are my inner thighs just AWFUL? No, they aren’t. I could live without doing them of course…. but they still bother me and Dr. Capella has said I would be an excellent candidate for surgery. Now, it’s a matter of making the final decision and saving the $6,300 I was quoted for the procedure!

The most exciting thing I’ve done lately is a boudoir photoshoot!! So, I bought a bunch of sexy lingerie and had professional photos taken for no other reason than BECAUSE I CAN!! haha I have seen the photos and ordered prints of my favorite and I’m beyond excited about it. The photographer posted “sneak peek” photos awhile back on her Facebook page – and you can see them here if you’re interested.

When I started this blog and called it Flirty by Thirty, I never in a million years thought I would actually come this far. I so desperately wanted to lose weight, feel healthy, be active, and then look the part of someone that was “flirty and thirty” and I definitely think I’ve accomplished that goal and I’m only 29 1/2 at this point LOL!

To leave you on a final note – I bought a bikini on eBay the other day because it was cheap and I thought it was cute. I don’t think I would ever wear this in public because I’m still self conscious about my thighs but, WOW… I never thought I would actually look in the mirror and not hate what I see and it is the product of A LOT of hard physical, emotional, and mental work!

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16 thoughts on “Update! Life After Plastic Surgery, Holidays, Bikini and Boudoir Photoshoot!!

  1. You look fantastic and should do what makes you feel good and if you have the finances to cover it, do it as you deserve to treat you and your body.

  2. Congrats to you, I myself am going through weight loss journey & I can SO MUCH relate to your last post about being excited to NO LONG have to worry about breaking a Chai or fitting in one for that matter, My big thing the other day was, I stepped into the “Handicapped” stale and thought…I don’t have to do this anymore and got outta there & Joined the Regular stall, THAT TO Me was such progress, so I relate to what ur saying in this matters & I also relate in the Don’t wanna go back to that stage in life, so with ALL That I just wanna say THANK YOU for being sooo open with ur post, We Now can LOVE our bodies again! BTW I get those comments from family & friends as well Especially being with those u don’t see often only during Christmas & Even though their comments can “Stibg” We realk y need to remember What Jesus said…Forgive them because they know NOT what they do, I don’t really think anyone means to Personally “Hurt us or make it sting” (lest I hope they dont) so we EX Obese folks just gotta continue to SHINE!!! β™‘ P.S ur Pics look AMAZING But remember it’s ALWAYS about what on the inside that counts!!!! Xoxox

  3. Congrats to you, I myself am going through weight loss journey & I can SO MUCH relate to your last post about being excited to NO LONGER have to worry about breaking a Chair or fitting in one for that matter, My big thing the other day was, I stepped into the “Handicapped” stale and thought…I don’t have to do this anymore and got outta there & Joined the Regular stall, THAT TO Me was such progress, so I relate to what ur saying in this manners & I also relate in the WE Don’t wanna go back to that stage in life, do that is why I blg to keeo me grounded and remind me How far I have come from!!!
    so with ALL That I just wanna say THANK YOU for being sooo open with ur post, We Now can LOVE our bodies again! BTW I get those comments from family & friends as well Especially being with those u don’t see often only during Christmas & Even though their comments can “Sting” We really need to remember What Jesus said…Forgive them because they know NOT what they do, I don’t really think anyone means to Personally “Hurt us or make it sting” (least I hope they dont) so we EX Obese folks just gotta continue to keep our chin UP & SHINE!!! β™‘

    P.S ur Pics look AMAZING But remember it’s ALWAYS about what on the inside that counts!!!! Xoxox

  4. You look incredible and are SUCH an inspiration to me. I related so much to those logistical issues you talked about and also to the sting of compliments after weight loss. One of my best friends who also had WLS actually sent me an older picture of myself and said “you were huge!” It can hurt.

    Keep up the good work, and I hope one day you feel confident enough to rock that bikini in public, because it looks amazing. ❀

    P.S. I'm going to have my plastic surgery around July of 2016. I'm saving like crazy right now and have even found an in-town surgeon who I think will be great. I'm so excited!!! Any advice for me?

  5. You look wonderful! I love your boudoir shots-that has been one of my goals since I has WLS. Maybe by next Christmas as a gift to the hubs πŸ™‚

    Congratulations and thank you for the inspiring pictures. You have worked hard and it totally shows!

  6. I am so glad you posted, I thought about emailing you to see how you are doing and then didn’t want to feel like a stalker!

    What I want to know is — how different are your clothes fitting from before surgery?

  7. I was looking around your blog the other day to see if I’d missed anything so it’s good to see you post again!

    As always you are looking fantastic!

    I know what you mean about “fat person logistics.” I still negotiate the world as though I weighed 440 pounds. I hate that I still do that. I still use the handicapped stall, but for one reason only: the toilets sit up higher, and because my knees are shot (I have to have knee replacement soon), it is easier for me to get up off of the damn toilet.

    Keep rockin’ and rollin’…you are looking awesome!

  8. Oh wow, what a body! πŸ™‚ I believe that if surgery (or some other change in life like moving to other city or changing eating habits) makes someone happier it will make her/him more effective at the same time. You might have lost some money but you got something better – social life, work, happiness, etc. And the change can also help you with your career so you’ll definitely earn money to cover your surgery. πŸ˜‰

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