2016 was an interesting year. From a weight standpoint, on the surface, things were kind of quiet. At my December 2015 weigh in I weighed 145.4 pounds, which was just under my Weight Watchers goal weight of 146 pounds. At my last December 2016 weigh in, I weighed 142.8 pounds. Not much change there. My highest Weight Watchers weigh in was 147.8 pounds just a few days before my tummy tuck/breast lift in July. My lowest weigh ins were 142.8 pounds in both April and December.
My plastic surgery was really the dominant event of the year. Losing over 65 pounds has been great. But, weight loss just exacerbated my loose skin on both my face and body. I worked with a personal trainer for almost a year and I got stronger. But, it didn’t do anything to repair my abdominal muscles and loose skin that I had had ever since pregnancy. Losing weight had helped get rid of fat, but it didn’t get rid of the loose skin. That was like an elastic band that had been stretched out and that would never return to what it had been before.
I had been thinking about surgery for years, even while I was still losing weight. As I got smaller, I felt my tummy still looked fat. I read on blogs and websites (I especially liked Realself) about tummy tucks and thought it might be what I needed to get rid of the loose skin and repair the abdominal muscles. As I read on Realself, I started to read about people having facial cosmetic surgery. I hated my turkey neck and my sagging eyelids. Even when I was much younger, I felt my eyelids drooped. But, I hadn’t really thought about doing anything surgically. At some point, I realized that if I did the tummy tuck, I would still hate looking at pictures since my face didn’t really reflect how I felt about myself. So, I decided to do facial surgery. [Read more…]