Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss - My Bariatric Life "Before and After"
This sharepost is part of a series about total body contouring plastic surgery that My Bariatric Life underwent following massive weight loss.
My Bariatric Life’s Amazing Transformation
This past year has been life changing. The physical transformation has been outstanding; all in all I lost 50-inches and 50-pounds and six jean sizes from my body-contouring plastic surgery. I was a size 14 when I began my plastic surgery journey and now I am a size 2. My plastic surgeon gave me a body better than what I had in high school — yes, I was thin in high school before I became morbidly obese as an adult; even so my body looks better today at 50-years old than it did at 18-years old.
My Bariatric Life is down 135 pounds and 11 pants sizes - from a 24W to a size 2 - as a result of gastric bypass surgery, plastic surgery, Paleo diet, and exercise.
The excess skin that had draped my body for a decade after my massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery looked like an ill-fitted, over-sized suit. It inhibited my daily living and self-esteem. I was ashamed of the way my naked body looked. I hated that I had lost all that weight a decade ago and yet my body still was deformed.
It was nothing short of magical to change so dramatically in such a short amount of time. I would catch a glimpse of my reflection in a store window and do a double take, “Is that really me?” It seemed too good to be true. But it was real; and I began to live life fully. My plastic surgeon told me that I now had the confidence to do things I wouldn’t do before. Since then I have run a 3k and a 5k. I wore bikinis on the beach. I completed a very challenging ropes course (even though I am afraid of heights). I own only thongs now, no more granny panties or Spanx. I've done zip lines and driven a jet ski at 70mph. I look great in skinny jeans, short skirts, and thigh highs. I belong to a gym. I have taken up crew. I danced in front of crowds of people with my granddaughter, as if no one was watching. I got a body piercing. And at my last doctor’s appointment, the thin, attractive 20 or 30-something nurse practitioner saw me fully nude and told me that my body was better than her body.
I underwent emotional changes, too. I grew a lot during my plastic surgery journey. I became much stronger and authentic and able to be vulnerable. I don’t hide who I am or what I’ve done. It’s all out there in the blogosphere for anyone to peruse. I am not worried if people might judge me for it. I will do the things I want, be in the places and with the people who move my soul, rather than look back in regret for never having tried because I was too inhibited to take the chance. I truly have emerged from the chrysalis. And now I am on a journey to find who I truly have become.
C. JoyBell C. said, “We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”
I’ve wanted my surgeon to do my body contouring since I met him in 2007. I am proud that I finally summoned the courage to go through with my long-held dream. Never again will I let fear hold me back from my heart’s desire. You have only one short lifetime on this Earth. Right now, this very minute, make that choice you have been vacillating on. Live a life you love because time is running out while you sit there ruminating on your choices and not moving forward. Yes; I am talking to you.
"There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe... When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes." - Paulo Coelho.
Read my last post in this series, "Making Peace with Plastic Surgery Complications."
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life