Thursday was a PV day because of travel 🙂
Daily weight loss: 1.5 lbs/0.70 kg I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I LOST THIS MUCH, but I ain’t complaining… More on that in a bit.
Total weight loss: 84.1 lb/38.21 kg AND SIX STONE (for my Brit friends) SIX!!
I have 5.94 pounds to reach Dr. Dukan’s True Weight for me… Which in August, when I faced losing 90 pounds, I thought impossible… WELL IT’S NOT! 😀
I have 15.94 pounds to reach what I think I should weight (155)… Which will be exactly 100 pounds less than I weighed on August 20, 2012… You do the math.
With all the weight loss, there are some extra bits here and there, although its not as bad as I thought it would be for someone my age (48). So Kitty (my Personal Assistant) and I traveled 4 hours by train to Wenzhou for a plastic surgery consult. Here we are at the train station…
drooling sleeping on my shoulder… The girl can sleep 23 hours a day and anywhere! It’s amazing…
First, I want to say that my hospital is paying for my surgery. My hospital and the hospital in Wenzhou are owned by the same company… My hospital is paying for it to (ready for this??) “make me more marketable”… Me? I was going to pay for it at some point, so it I’m good with that, LOL.
1. Full abdomioplasty
2. Liposuction the (now teeny) bit of fat on my back
3. Liposuction above knees, inside knees, back of thighs and calves
My bosses request (the CEO):
1. Laser resurfacing of hands and face
The consult went well. The surgeon is 31 and has done 10 full abdomioplasty ops. He will be supervised and assisted by someone with 20 years experience. As crazy as it sounds, I like this guy. He was honest about his age and experience. He looks 14 🙂 Kitty said we should ask for a better doctor… Lol… I love that girl!
When he examined my abdomen he told me there was hardly any fat to lipo from there… You can imagine how that made me feel! He also said he would not do all of the above requests by me at the same time because of the risk of hypovolemia from too much liposuction (all the tummy fat is in my legs, lol!) I tried to goad him into it and he flat refused… I like that about him, as well.
So, what I’m getting done on April 30th:
1. Full abdomioplasty
2. Liposuction above knee and inside of knee
3. Liposuction the teeny bit of fat on back
And MAYBE (depending on fat loss and blood loss) a bit from the back of my thigh, he will decide at the time
The rest will be done later… I really hate my calves 😦 But I get the risks.
What I got done yesterday:
Round 1 of laser resurfacing of face and hands and lower arms.
The premise behind the laser resurfacing is to activate collagen below the skin. I’m going to post a close up pic of my face and tell you this… MY FACE LOOKS LIKE THIS FROM 25 YEARS of SMOKING… I haven’t smoked in nearly 7 years, and my face still looks like this…
MESSAGE: DON’T SMOKE and if you do… QUIT!
Now that I look at it, I really need to do something about those eyebrows!!!
Getting lasered was interesting… It heats up your skin, they use some gadget to check your skin temp, apparently 41C is optimal… Very little discomfort.
And then the 4 hour train ride back. Long day, worth it!
About the weight loss this week… I’ve been very surprised because I haven’t run. I haven’t even walked at night. I’ve walked the 1 mile to work and the 1 mile home from work, but that’s been it. I have gotten tons of water and my bran in… So I’m waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me!
I’m going on a test run tonight… Will be cautious and not stupid. It’s dry and 70 and perfect. My knee doesn’t hurt when I walk, just when I try to sit… Bizarre! I’m using a compression brace on it and will continue to do so. I did some light weights at the gym this afternoon (3 reps of 15 at just 20 pounds) and that seemed fine, as long as I don’t bend it more than 90 degrees.
So, that’s my update. I hope everyone is having a fabulous week!
YOu are beautiful. I know how much you want that stuff gone though (I hear you!!!). You will be even more beautiful. ❤
I’m so lucky to have such an amazing friend as you, Cathy xoxo
You are such an inspiration with what you have accomplished! If the external tweaks make you feel better, THAN GOOD FOR YOU!! You’ll be a stunner for Bali 🙂
Thanks, Lorie! I can’t wait for Bali… we’re going to have a blast!
As much as I loved the old You, I’m looking forward to the new look. The body may look different but the heart needs no improvement. You have the biggest one.
Thanks, Mom! You raised me right 🙂
How exciting! If your hospital is even paying for it, then it was obviously meant to be.
It’s a very nice gesture on the part of the hospital.
Wow! Great blog. I wonder if my boss will pay to make me more marketable?
It never hurts to ask, Cindy!
Hope all goes well!!
Thanks, TGT 🙂
Good for you! 🙂 My dad was a pulmonologist and would love you for what you’re doing to educate others. . . you look awesome, your aura radiates. It simply RADIATES!
Thanks, Sandra. I love teaching 🙂
me too! Maybe that’s why I enjoy your posts so much!
Should be a like button on the comments 🙂 I think that’s why I like reading your posts, too!
This is incredibly inspiring. Go you!!!
If I ever reach my desired weight, wait..WHEN I reach my desired weight, I want to get access skin removed from my arms. It’s all just skin but I look like a 90 y/o woman. 😦
Susan, I had that done in 2005. I hated the exces! Then I gained all this weight, now I need it again 😦
Going to see if I can get a scar revision, as there is no fat there.
I have some personal experience with both surgeries; a very close girlfriend had lipo and I cared for her afterwards — expect lots of bruising & soreness but not terribly sharp pain. Will they put drains in or leave openings for drainage? Stock up on maxi pads to help with drainage 🙂
And a cousin had the abdominal surgery a year after lap band surgery – that one was quite uncomfortable. So that’s a good doctor who won’t do too much on you at once 🙂 Will you have someone there to help you the first few days? You’ll need it. 🙂 Expect to sleep quite a bit.
Maybe the extra whoosh was nerves? That’s always the case for me 🙂
Hugs to you from me in MI 🙂
Kitty will be with me 24/7. Thanks for the info. I’m not looking forward to the pain part, but will have a PCA pump for pain meds 🙂
Going to be an adventure! Hugs back archaic from China!
yay!! (( glad you will have Kitty with you))
Kitty is my sweetie. She will wipe my butt if I need her to. Lol. She’s leaving me at end of May to go home to her village and meet a boy her fame has matched her with 😦 Gonna miss her!
I know you will miss her. Will you have another to replace .
I’ve got 2 in training right now, Mom… but Kitty has left big shoes to step in to… I’ve been spoiled rotten having her as my personal assistant!
Hey Sandi – I apologize for not responding to your posts lately. I have had some problems with my blog so I am using my old blog and starting over! I am so proud of your weight loss and your total and inspiring accomplishment. You will never truly know how much you have inspired me to keep going. I have lost a total of 32 pounds and your statement that it can be done keeps me on track everyday. I faithfully wait for your updates and enjoy reading about your successes and tribulations. Certainly makes you very human. Bravo on the most recent 1.5 pounds … what does six stones mean? Patrick
Hi Patrick! I was wondering where you were! I am so glad that you find inspiration in my crazy posts 🙂 Well done on the 32 pounds! This is a journey to wellness for a lot of us and I believe that sticking together and supporting one another is the key to success! You’re doing very well!
A stone is 14 pounds. I’ve lost 6 of them 🙂 woo hoo!!
I’m thinkin you look fabulous. Don’t stress about the eyebrows mine have looked worse. Just not presently lol :-)~ I just wanted to stop by and show your blog some love!!!!
Thanks, Sissy… I love you xoxoxo
p.s. your eyebrows have always been sexier than mine! I also wanted your brown hair! 😀
You must be thrilled Sandi! Congratulations!!!!!! A whopping 6 stone – what a massive achievement……. You probably lost that much because you’ve eased up on the running. Saying that I hope you enjoy your run tonight, after all this journey isn’t just about losing weight, its about being healthy, getting fit – being the best you can be!!!!!!! Which is AWESOME!!!! xoxo
Oh, Sonia… I’m totally thrilled! And you’re probably right about the running bit. But it is about getting fit AND healthy and exercise is an important component. My run went FABULOUS! No problem with the knee at all… a bit winded since it had been a week, but my knee was fine. Yay!
Hi Sandi, congratulations on losing 6 stone – fantastic! Sounds like your consult went really well, you are so close to your goal now!
Thanks, Meg! The consult did go well 🙂 The goal is within reach… it is so exciting!
Yay Sandi what a great consult! Bonus that the hospital is footing the bill. The consult I had for lipo (and was told I really needed TT for $12 G’s) was an eye opener… yet another reason I did not do it. I can tell you that the ‘after’ pics I saw at my doc were terrific though. If I find a spare few grand lying about I may go for it…
I think you’ll be very happy once the initial pain and uncomfortable stuff passes. Such amazing changes you are experiencing. I just love the way you are being taken care of by the Divine 🙂 xo
Anna, I LOVE your responses 🙂
They make my day!
Having an abdominoplasty after losing 1/3 of my body weight was the best decision I ever made! I was scared out of my mind before the operation, but it all went well, and within 2 months I was running again. Well done on your success so far (and I totally agree – smoking is bad!), and best of luck at the end of the month! 🙂
Thanks so much! It’s a bit scary, for sure! I’m more afraid of the pain than anything else. Good to hear about the running, too. It’s the one thing I don’t want to stop doing for too long!
Word of advice: Avoid comedy – it hurts to laugh for a few weeks. Not helped by my dad reciting every un-funny joke he could think of (ie So a dyslexic walks into a bra…). Other than that, I can’t remember any awful pain. 🙂
LOL… thanks for the advise… sounds like your dad is pretty funny 😀
In his eyes…. 😉