Monday, December 5, 2011

Three weeks post-op (with pics)

After all the excitement that happened over the past 6 weeks (going to NYC to be a guest on Dr. Oz, having my lower body lift surgery, watching the airing of The Dr. Oz Show, recovering from surgery...) I feel like my life is so much more boring than it was before! I have no idea what I used to write about.

Running, obviously, but since I'm not doing that... I do like the idea of walking for exercise over the next few weeks while I recover. It seems so obvious, but it actually didn't occur to me to do exercise other than running! Thanks for the suggestion :)

I might walk on the dreadmill tomorrow and see how it goes. If I swell up huge, then I might put off any exercise a little longer. My knee has been feeling pretty good the past couple of days, so hopefully that whole thing is behind me.

Today marks three weeks of being binge-free! I binged the day before my surgery. I remember after my jaw surgery last year, I (obviously) couldn't binge for a long time while my jaw was wired shut. Then after I got the wires off, I binged, telling myself "just this once". Again and again. Once you do it the first time after a long time of not doing it, it becomes so much easier to do over and over again.

So, having learned my lesson last year, I'm going to try my best to stay binge-free--knowing that if I do it even ONCE, it will make me much more likely to do it again, until I'm bingeing a few times a week.

I've been eating "normally", or as a lot of people like to call it, "intuitively".  I hesitate to call it that, because "intuitive eating" has its own set of rules, but I'm not following any rules--just trying to eat like a normal person. My surgeon still wants me eating a lot of protein, so I've been doing that.

I've been super tempted a few times to binge--Mrs. Fields was a really big temptation to me, and when I was grocery shopping today, I wanted to buy some cookie dough so badly! To eat raw, of course, despite all the health warnings on the label, lol. I don't feel controlled enough to make a batch of cookies and not binge, so I will have to either buy one or two cookies from a bakery if I want, or just wait until I have enough control to have them in the house.


I am also three weeks post-op today. So I took some new photos, although they don't look much different than the last photos I posted. I think my belly button looks a little smaller. I'm still very swollen--in the lower abdomen, which you can't really tell from the pics. But I'm swollen, I swear! I'll try and take new pics weekly to see the progress.
2 weeks after lower body lift
3 weeks after lower body lift
Just for the record, I do have other panties... I just use these for comparison purposes! ;)



Check out what I got in the mail today!!
One of you told me about these cookie socks a long time ago, but they were out of stock. I just got an e-mail earlier this week that they were back in stock, so I bought some. They're really cozy socks, too. (The picture makes them look discolored by the feet--they aren't! I don't know why they look like that).

Once I saw that I liked them, I decided that I wanted to buy another pair to give away to one of my readers! Instead of doing a regular giveaway, I'm going to limit this giveaway to the people that have bought a Gocket from me to help me pay for my surgery. I want you to know how much I appreciated your help! So if you bought a Gocket, and you would like to be entered in a drawing for a pair of these COOKIES socks, just say so in the comments (or e-mail, if you can't comment for some reason).

I was going to just enter everybody that bought a Gocket, but I thought maybe someone doesn't want a pair of socks, so just let me know if you'd like to be entered.  I'll pick a winner on Thursday morning, and announce it on Thursday's blog post.



32 comments:

  1. WOW! If you aren't the poster child for a lower body lift, I don't know who is! You look fantastic!

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  2. wow, you look amazing Katie! I can't wait until I'm at goal and can get something similar done. Congratulations :)

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  3. You look fantastic! I bought a gocket and would love to win the socks!

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  4. You are looking great, Katie. I would love to be entered into the drawing for the socks. They are so cute!

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  5. I have been wondering how the ads have been going on your blog? Are you still making the kind of money you were before? I hope you can pay of your surgery soon, you look amazing!

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  6. Just wanted to say you are looking amazing and could totally rock a bikini with boy-cut bottoms! :)

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  7. Awesome pics, your progress is fantastic to see :)

    I bought a Gocket (& it's proving very helpful, thank you!), would love to be in to win the cute Cookie socks please :)

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  8. BellydancerofwillendorfDecember 6, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    You are looking fabulous! Such motivation! I would so love a pair of socks & I did indeed purchase a Gocket =)

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  9. you look amazing, you can't tell there's swelling at all, and even with swelling it looks fabulous.

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  10. You look amazing and your belly button actually looks natural. I've seen others that look so wrong!

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  11. Hey katie you are looking great :), I would love to have the cookie socks, they are really cute!

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  12. yea..you look really good after surgery...then, just wait until you do start running every thing will look even better/tighter/simply marvelous...and your perspective will probably be so positively uplifting others will be even MORE motivated by you.

    ;-)

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  13. Are you still making gockets? I emailed you about sending you material, which you said was okay but I haven't heard anything since.

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  14. You look incredible! I think you can definitely pull off a bikini by summer ;) And I totally understand your hesitance to buy cookie dough. My stepson keeps asking for the holiday sugar cookie dough that you slice and there are pictures of different holiday items on them and I keep saying "Not yet, not yet". Really I'm concerned about having too many sweets in the house! Especially cookies. I think I probably could go neck to neck with you on our cookie addiction problem. And about the giving blood (from my blog), I know a lot of it was that I didn't eat or drink enough throughout the day to compensate for it, so it's hard to tell if you would be affected the same... especially if you had enough sense to eat more! :P

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  15. You look so amazing! Stumbling upon you blog made me change my life for the better. I started running and doing a P90X like class and am down 12 lbs!

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  16. You are looking amazing! The difference from your surgery is awesome. It makes me feel better that when all the weight comes off there is a solution to looking normal and sexy again. Though I would take saggy skin too being overweight any day!
    Love the Cookie socks.

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  17. I bought a gocket and I would love to win a pair of those adorable socks!

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  18. You look amazing! you are totally going to be able to wear a bikini next summer. I am working on losing weight right now. I have lost 46 pounds so far but the biggest change is how I am eating now. After reading your blog I am worried about needing a body lift too.

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  19. You look fantastic! It's amazing the change in just 3 weeks. I wish I would have bought a gocket because those socks are too cute :)

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  20. You look awesome!! Love the comment about the panties! Way to go on avoiding temptation!

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  21. You are looking amazing and dang girl those socks were so made for you!!!

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  22. I came across your story awhile ago now. You look amazing!!! i changed my lifestyle at the end of july and im already 50 pounds down! thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Hi Katie--I bought a gocket and would love me some cookie socks!!

    What a difference in those pictures. No wonder you are so pleased. I was noticing the other night when I had my jeans (size 10) on that I can feel my hip bone, so I'm thinking size 10 is about as low as I can go. I think I asked you once how you could wear a size 4, when we were the same weight and height, and you said it was probably cause of your running--which I could totally understand--running makes you tight and fit! But now I'm thinking that my body frame is just bigger. I know back when they would have those weight/height charts (in the olden days when I was young), I always picked LARGE FRAME (mostly cause you could weigh more), but even though I'm only 5'4" (I used to be 5'5"--I'm shrinkingggggg), I think my frame is bigger, or "big-boned" as my mom used to say.

    Thanks for the chance to win some cool socks Katie--lova ya!
    Pam

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  24. You look AMAZING!!! I am SO happy for you and happy that you are further on your road to recovery. I love your new socks too, they're so cute! I have had an epiphany about my weightloss journey recently. It's so weird because it's common sense but it didn't click with me until the other day. When I eat something I shouldn't or "mess up" I beat myself up for days and "punish" myself with MORE food I shouldn't be eating and it usually takes me days to get a grip and get back on the wagon. I don't know why I do that, when I feel like that it seems like I convince myself that I'm a loser and will gain back all 60 lbs I lost from that one mistake or that one day of eating off plan. It sounds crazy but that's how it is. Anyway for some reason recently I realized that this is a forever lifestyle. I guess I keep thinking that when I mess up it just puts me further from my goal and it will take even longer to get "back to normal". It just hit me that this is forever. Even when I reach my goal there will be days that I eat off plan and I will have to be able to wake up the next morning and go back to making good food choices and exercising 3 times per week. I guess I realized that those days are just speed bumps,not brick walls. Sorry for the novel but you inspire me to keep going so I felt compelled to share : )

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  25. Katie - you look so fabulous! I am so glad the surgery is what you wanted it to be :D

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  26. I want cookie socks! :) LOL And yes, I have a gocket. So glad you're doing well after surgery and that your knee is feeling better.

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  27. You look like you're healing quite well! Hopefully, the swelling will continue to decrease & stay at a minimum.

    Of course, I want cookie socks...who wouldn't! Pure awesomeness.

    PS: Your Gocket has gotten many comments, as it sits in my cubilce at work!

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  28. Oh, Katie.....you look fabulous. Every time I look at your pics I want to run to a plastic surgeon! Your doc did an outstanding job. My sister is a nurse who has had a tummy tuck and breast lift. When I showed her your pics her jaw dropped (she is hard to shock). I joking said I should fly to your town to have surgery and she agreed. You continue to inspire me in so many ways! Take care and Merry Christmas

    TerryT55 from SP

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  29. I think there's a ton of (positive) difference between pic 2 and 3. Amazingness!

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  30. Wow Katie!! I can TOATLLY see a difference from picture 2 to picture 3. ESP. the back side.. it feels weird saying that.. like checking you out or something.. but WOW. You've done amazing and it really does look like you got something to help your thighs. I'm very impressed about your progress. yay! ... are you sure you wouldnt wear a bikini.. i say screw people and how they view your stretch marks. you've had two kids. Flaunt what you've worked hard for!!!

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