123# lost.. Arm Skin Removal Surgery and in general an update
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I'm bouncing between 202 and 205.. and have been for a while now.. s'ok.. my body continues to change thanks to lifting heavy weights.. I need a shirt that says "Body Remodeling Under Way" LOL I am solidly in a size 10 WOOT WOOT.. but when last I blogged I was going to have brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery and promised updates..
I had surgery December 16th... everything went well.. here's the immediate post op pic compared to the pre-op before picture
There were both staples and internal stitches and my doctor did the Posterior approach which is what I requested.. I wanted the hangy down lump of skin over my elbows gone and to do that required the posterior approach.. this is post op day 1.. staples intact.. all the lines are the marks the surgeon made..
The staples came out on day 4.. the pictures below are two weeks post-op.. still swollen but already the scars are looking good.. and I like how you can't see them when I show off my guns LOL
Do I like them??? I LOVE THEM!! The swelling is completely gone now.. when to the doctor the other day and she didn't have to use the big cuff!! I no longer have to limit myself to stretchy shirts that will fit my arms, I can wear NON-stretchy blouses! I can wear t-shirts!! and when summer gets here I'm going to rock tank tops!.. but the best part is I no longer make unpleasant sounds when working out.. it was always so embarrassing.. The scars are looking fabulous and I'm amazed at how good they look.. in a year they will practically be invisible.. from behind you can only see the scars over the elbows so it kinda looks like I had elbow surgery.. LOL.. regardless, I am over the moon happy with the outcome.
I continue to do CrossFit 3-4 times a week and I lift heavy weights.. however, remember when I had to wear the boot for three months for my achilles in the fall? Well, it caused me to change my gait which shifted my pelvis and caused me to have bursitis in my hip and flared up a herniated disc I've had for a long long time causing shooting pains down my left leg cuz the disc was compressing my femoral nerve.. anyhoo, I used my surgery recovery time to go to physical therapy to get everything the boot caused to get out of whack back in line.. my orthopedic doc says it will take another six months to get everything back where it belongs.. I said "so let me get this straight? I wore the boot for 3 months and it caused another 9 months of issues??" his response? "yes." LOL whatever.. thanks to my heavy weight lifting I am stronger than ever so what in the past would have put me flat on my back in bed is now only a nuisance.. THANK YOU STRONG CORE!.. I laid off of back squats for two months and finally started back doing them again this week.. YEAH!! in the meantime, I've been working on my olympic lifting like snatches and clean and jerks... SO. MUCH. FUN.
I continue to eat Paleo and feel fantastic.. frustrated a bit by the plateau but after 123# loss am i really going to bitch about it?? Nah.. plus, my original goal was to get to a size 12.. and I've surpassed that because I am firmly in a size 10 at 5'11" 204lbs... crazy but I like it!
My mind has really shifted to focus on being FIT and STRONG rather than weight loss.. March 2nd will be my 1 year anniversary of starting CrossFit and Paleo.. I thought I wanted to be in ONEderland but really?? I am very happy where I am but know that I could stand to lose another 15lbs or so.. we'll see.. really enjoying living my new life.. and am so so thankful!
So, I'll leave you with this pic of me from a party I attended last Friday..
Lift Heavy, Lift Often!