I weighed in for September and was at 140.4 pounds, up .6 pounds from August. I was fairly happy with the weigh in. Right now I am having lots of swelling from my tummy tuck surgery. I just hit 8 weeks after surgery and the swelling now is worse than it has been. I think part of that is that I’m more active than I was so I have more swelling, I’m not wearing a compression garment as often, but the new drainage paths still haven’t developed. As I understand the incision basically cuts the drainage paths and they have to be re-established, but that takes 3 or 4 months. In the meantime, I tend to have swelling.
I have some in the morning and it just gets worse as the day goes on. By evening, my waistline is actually 2 to 2 1/2 inches larger than it is in the morning. Right now, though there seems to be constant swelling. It gets better over night, but doesn’t go away entirely.
I know this is temporary. In a month or two, I expect most of it to go away. Although, I understand it can take up to a year to have full healing. The bottom line is that right now it is hard to really get a feel for my “true” weight, since part of it is the swelling.
I am feeling much, much better than I felt when I posted in August. At about 5 to 6 weeks post-surgery, I started to get my energy back and was able to start sitting up my desk for longer periods. And, finally, most of the back pain has gone away. I had a little bit this weekend when I was at the mall and walked around a lot and had to stand for awhile and then sat on a stool where I had no back support. Other than that, I’ve felt much better the last two weeks.
I haven’t yet gotten back to formal exercise. I still have restrictions on weight lifting, but I am cleared to walk. It is too hot to walk outside here and I haven’t been quite ready to use the treadmill. But, I do think I am about ready to do so. I haven’t been very active since having surgery in May. I have had good reasons for the lack of activity to this point, but it is time to start getting back to walking and using the exercise bike.
I also plan to be posting more. Much of the last month, I’ve spent trying to get caught up with things that I got behind on while I was recovering from surgery and wasn’t able to sit at my desk for long periods. I’m finally to a point where I feel I have more time and am mostly caught up.