Skin Removal

After losing 350 pounds naturally with diet and exercise, I was left with a lot of excess skin.  This is a place where I share my experiences of living with the skin and my journey through skin removal surgeries.

Self-Love and Body Shaming; All In a Trip to See My Doctor

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2      2SharesSelf Love and Body Shaming A while back, I shared a picture on Instagram of me in a bathing suit from my trip to Mexico. I talked about how I was body shamed by a couple sitting at the pool who was laughing at me and making fun of my body. I talked about how other people who do not know you or what you have been through have no right to sit there and judge you. When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl…then it happened. A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover up off. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not going to let people like…


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Lymphatic Massage to Help Me Recover From Surgery #5

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          Skin removal surgeries take a lot out of you, not just the days, or weeks leading up to it, but for several weeks, months even after you have the surgery.  I always say for me, skin removal surgery has been 1000% worth it, and now, as I am recovering from my 5th surgery, I still 1000% agree.  Since I had surgery on my legs this time, my surgeon recommended that I  have lymphatic massages done to help the recovery process.  I have had several massages now, and I have to say I notice a huge difference in not only my legs, but my whole body.  For me, I am still super swollen in not only my legs, but my whole body which is completely normal.   Although lymphatic massages are not the most relaxing massages, they do help tremendously!   Before I talk about what is working for me in terms of my massages, I want to just briefly talk about what lymphatic massages are and why I am having them done.  I am not a doctor and I would definitely consult with your physician/ surgeon before you do anything, but I want to just give you the generic definition of what lymphatic massage is. Lymphatic massages help to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste product away from the tissues.  So basically, they can help reduce the amount of fluid, waste, in your body and help to get it out. For me, I still have a…


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I Cannot Wait To Get Back In The Gym!

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                  I cannot wait until I can get back into the gym and start working out again. These new legs are so ready to get moving again.  Honestly, even though I am so ready to be back, I am a little nervous too. I keep reminding myself that little setbacks, or not being able to lift as heavy or go as hard is not a big deal.  I remind myself that I am on a journey and that there is no finish line.  I have to remind myself that being a little “weaker” since I have been recovering from surgery does not make me weak.  Sometimes we all need to remind ourselves that when we are on a fitness and health journey, that there is no finish line and that as long as we keep moving in the right direction, and bettering ourselves and our health, then that is all that matters.  Even though surgery might have set me back a little, I would not change it for the world because the changes it has already made in my overall mental and physical health are more than worth the time away from the gym.  “I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am, and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.”   I feel like I have been living in this outfit too.  This top is everything and I am in love with this purple color (well all of…


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1 Week Before Surgery #5

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                This week has gone by so so sooooo slowly.  Usually the days or weeks leading up to surgery seem to fly by, but this week drug on!  I started off the week so ready to crush this week, and get everything prepared for surgery.  But then it happened…I had a hard time going to sleep.  My mind would not stop.  I kept thinking of everything I needed to get done.  The laundry, the dishes, grocery shopping, getting all couch and recliner ready and covered up with special pads so they were all ready…the list went on and on.  I literally got no sleep this week.  I really hate that I cannot just shut my brain off sometimes.  I did a lot of praying and positive self talk.  I told myself over and over again that everything was going to be ok.  I really think the days before surgery are so much worse than after surgery.  I just feel like everything needs to be “perfect” and that I have to have everything ready and all prepared and I get myself more anxious and nervous than I need to be.  I did a lot of deep breathing too.  If you can’t tell patience is not my virtue…waiting is not a talent of mine. I am just so ready for it to be Monday.   This week was a pretty good week overall.  I had my last workout class before surgery and that was a little sad.  I…


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