Monday, July 22, 2013

A choice for me

One year ago I did something for ME.  I had a few people try to talk me out of it.  A few said it wasn't necessary.  And no, it wasn't.  But it was something I had thought about for a long while.  I researched it for months, reading the good and the bad and looking at pictures.  I knew it would hurt and I knew it would be uncomfortable.

I had SmartLipo ** on my abs and flanks.

WHY did I do it?  Because all of my life I have had a flabby stomach.  Even when I was 14 and was 110 lbs, I had a "big" stomach.  I started exercising on a regular basis at 25 and never truly lost the belly.  Two kids later and nearing 40, it hadn't gotten any better.  Even with going to the gym nearly every single day for YEARS, my waistline was pushing 38".  

I won't lie -- the aftermath hurt.  A lot.  The first week was the worst.  Bruising was horrid.  I looked and felt like I had been hit by a truck!!!  Healing took a very, very long time.  Months of swelling and soreness.

A year later, my results aren't as perfect as I would have hoped.  There are two uneven places, which if I find the courage to get fixed, I will.  But with that being said....  pictures can say more than I ever could.

before.... not the most flattering:

And a few months later - healing still in process:

And this is me today, just shy of being 41 years old.  

Right in the front if you look closely, there are two uneven spots that didn't quite heal correctly.  I had 4  Exilis treatments but I have not seen any changes yet.  To fix them or not....  my next appointment is in November.  Now, I do spend a lot of time at the gym.  I do A LOT of sit ups and A LOT of cardio.  Even with surgery, you DO NOT get skinny over night.  It takes work and dedication and a lot of effort.

Was SmartLipo worth it?  Am I glad I did it?  Yes indeed.  

** looking for info/reviews?  Contact me and I'll send you the detailed story!!

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