My Take on Plastic Surgery

Hi.

Where in the sane heck have I been hiding? Who in their right mind closes shop for a week in November, one of the busiest shopping months of the year??!!

Apparently , I do.  But, for good reason.

Come closer and I’ll tell you a secret. I’ll tell you where I have been hiding. I’ll tell you what I started out having NO intention telling you but feel like I want to because HEY…..you’re very much a part of my life and there is a very good chance that future blog posts will spring from this very topic. So……here goes:

I had plastic surgery. *GASP*   

 Yup.  I sure did.

A tummy tuck to be exact.

You may remember when I blogged about my weight loss and “my 300 pound mind.”

Much of my “300 pound mindset” came from ALL the extra “leftovers” from the time that I was 300 pounds.
Know what I mean?
I was wearing a suit of skin that had stretched to accomodate 100 extra pounds…….and now no longer fit me.  And it was uncomfortable……all the time. Especially when it came time to workout.

This decision was nothing that I took lightly.  In fact, I first saw a surgeon over 2 years ago but the time just wasn’t right. 

The past 2 years have been a process of growth and acceptance for me.  God had finally brought me to a place where I had pretty much made peace with my body. No more self loathing. No more comparing myself to magazines and movie stars….

…..Peace with being whatever size as long as I was healthy and fit.  Peace with dealing with the extra skin for the rest of my life and then……..

all of the sudden, it just became time. All the pieces fell into place for the surgery that I thought I would talk about forever, but never have the opportunity to have. 

I can honestly tell you that I don’t care what size I end up.  I have no interest in looking like the magazines or the movie stars. No, really, I don’t.  I just want to be fit and healthy.

Why I didn’t want to tell you:

because I was afraid some might form judgements before understanding the whole story.

Why I had to tell you:

Because I’m honest…….to a fault.
Because I don’t want to misrepresent myself.  Yes, I’m a girl who has lost lots of weight. And now my tummy will be  flat. {but not worry, my thighs will still be larger than life, just how I like them :D}  And  I don’t want to be a discouragement for others who may lose a significant amount of weight & look at me and wonder why their tummies aren’t snapping back as well as mine did.( You know, the way we see movie stars 6 weeks after they have a baby and they look the same as they did pre-pregnancy and then we feel lacking because it takes us so long to lose the baby weight? {all the while forgetting that she may very well have had the help of a surgeon})  Well, I’m here to let you know that my tummy didn’t snap back on it’s own, but instead was sculpted back into something lovely by a KICK-TAIL surgeon. No really.  New belly button and all. The results aren’t all in yet but I’m pretty sure the guy is an artistic genius 😀

Anyhow, that’s where I have been. Suffering physically, actually, quite a bit this past week {but that’s a blog post for a different day.}

Have any thoughts?  Ever thought about or wished for something similar? Think I’m a total nutjob to make this information public?  Love me anyway?  Have less repsect for me?  You KNOW I love hearing from you……..

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Comments

  1. Good for you! I’m all for plastic surgery if it’s for the right reasons and yours was. I’m glad it went well and that you are happy with the results!

  2. I’m not going to judge you for that. Having all of that extra skin would be troublesome I’m sure. I’m just happy that God did His thing. You know, where you finally give up wanting something, finally put it into His hands, and then BAM, He gives it to you. I’m glad you’ve made the decision to stay healthy and fit as well!

  3. sara!!
    thanks for sharing your heart;)

    happy for you. and often contemplate the same procedure. i’ve had three abdominal surgeries(2 ectopic pregnancy removals, hysterectomy).
    one day, who knows, i may join your club;)

    praying you have full and speedy recovery!
    you are beautiful xo

  4. I think the important thing is that you were in a place of peace with the Lord before you had the surgery, and that you’re making healthy decisions. I hope you get nothing but positive feedback from others.:) Good for you!

  5. My droopy eyes are thinking about getting a little lift sometime. We’ll see how things drop and reposition. One day at a time. :O)

  6. I adore your honesty. Congratulations on taking care of *you* and finding a good place in your mind, heart & soul. I couldn’t be happier for you 🙂 xoxo

  7. Hey Sara! Good for you. Hope you have a quick recovery. I, personally, have been on the fence about getting braces for a few years now that I can afford to pay for them!! I know it’s not quite the same thing, but I have always hated my overbite and want it gone. I’m just a chicken and afraid to make the commitment! But I think I’ll be there soon. 🙂 Emily

  8. I commend you for your honesty! I think that in your place, I would have done the same. I think that often when watching The Biggest Loser and such on tv- they did all this amazing work and yet they are left with those leftovers just really taunting to be filled back in. I am glad for you! And I will also pray for your healing- I remember hearing from my aunt who had one done and she was in so much pain for a long time.

  9. Lover this post and I soo appreciate your raw honest way of writing..so refreshing! So happy to hear you are happy with your decision…I am all for plastic surgery and plan on getting a little “help” after I nurse my second baby.

  10. I love you and your honesty. First I would have to loose the weight 🙂 then find the $, but I’d get rid of my saggy old scarred up belly (nice visual eh?) in a heartbeat. You go girl!

  11. No need to explain! No matter what the situation, no one ever has the right to form judgements; there’s always more than meets the eye. I’m glad you took your time and that you found the right surgeon — most people don’t understand how important that is too.

  12. Yay for you! One of the happiest joy in working for the plastic surgeon I did was seeing women who had lost a significant amount of weight getting the extra skin off(and a new belly button).

  13. Rest up during your recovery. Thanks for sharing your story. I would have no idea what it would be like to have extra skin hanging around. I do have visions of a vacuum sucking out my belly fat, but it’s not something I would actually do.

  14. congrats!!!
    it’s your blog, your life, you choose what you want to tell us! i’d love to get a mini tummy tuck. i was almost 200 pounds at 9 months pregnant. lost all of the baby weight, but have the extra skin issue around my tummy. that’s what happens when you wait until your late 30s to have a kid – not a lot of elasticity, so it stretched & didn’t snap back- ha!
    and great job on being healthy 🙂 hurray!

  15. Good for you! I refuse to say one way or another how I feel about plastic surgery because every situtation is so different!

    Every now and again I wonder about getting rid of the amazingly awful stretch marks my 3 kids gave me (seriously I have the kind that even my dr. wonders at how they don’t fade or shrink) but it certainly isn’t the time for that yet so I guess we’ll see what the future brings!

  16. Wow! I applaud you for your honesty and sense of humor 🙂 I have struggled with the idea of plastic surgery since high school. Part of me was angry with society for thinking that it’s ok to morph into “perfect people”; but at the time, I think I was just jealous because I knew God didn’t want me to change but there were things that I didn’t like about myself (nose much)?

    I NEVER considered someone in your situation though. And what an eye opener. If I was in your shoes, I would have made the same decision. You’ve gone through so much and have rewarded your body by losing the weight to become healthy. I think you are so deserving to regain your confidence! Pray for a quick and easy recovery.

    Blessings,
    Kristina Gulino
    something 2 write about

  17. I must admit, I’ll a little jealous. Congrats on the surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery! 🙂

  18. Wow! I thing good for you! I would love to lose a ton of weight! How inspiring! I am a wife, mother to 3 babes (a 12 month old being the youngest and he has a heart condition) and a full time employee outside of the home. So….any tips you have would greatly help me! Sometimes life feels a bit overwhelming and I don’t know where to fit in exercise! Help please 🙂

  19. I applaud you for seeing past judgement others may have. You did something that was best for you, harmless to others, and now you can live a richer, spiritual life.

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