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  1. LaLaDee

    Worried about never reaching goal.

    Don't self sabotage before you start! You can do this! You seem prepared, so just go for it!!! “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”
  2. LaLaDee

    Going in wrong direction-Help

    I reached my "happy weight" about a year post op. Then I gained 50 lbs or so over six months and stayed that weight for a solid year. I figured that was my new "set point" and I basically gave up. However, back in February, I was pretty miserable. I ended up going on a new medication (e.g. antidepressant). The pandemic hit as I was adjusting to the new medication. I don't know if it was the medication or everything going on in the world, but I just felt a new sense of focus to deal with the regain around May (my Birthday). I lost about 20 lbs since May (rewarding myself with an arm lift). I know there's still work to do, but whether or not I lose the rest of the weight, I'm trying to deal with my problems without eating. To lose my regain, I had to go back to basics. High protein, tracking calories on my fitness pal, walking every morning and classes at the gym (once it reopened). As wacky as it sounds, the less I eat, the more I feel my restriction again. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the early months following the op, but I feel "full" when I'm eating healthy proteins. I just need to avoid my trigger food (chocolate and ice cream) which slide down so easily. My other tip is just about adjusting your mindset - which is very hard to do right now. I'm trying to stay positive. Look on the bright side of life - which is challenging because I'm a pretty anxious, negative person generally and there are a lot of terrible things happening. I just keep thinking about my blessings. And I'm so proud of what I have achieved losing 20 lbs in 2-3 months, I'm lucky enough to still have my job. If I do get COVID, I'm much healthier than I was 3 years ago. Finally, I really try and keep a healthy routine and avoid the bad habits I fell into. I try and get enough sleep. Drag myself out to exercise. Healthy breakfast every day. These little routines and rituals seem to help me. Good luck! I know you can do it.
  3. LaLaDee

    Worst night ever

    I went through severe pain too. It does pass eventually. Wishing you all the best. x
  4. LaLaDee

    Leg pics??

    You look amazing! Congrats! I still have a tummy tuck and breast lift on my "plastics - to do" list. I would love it if the TT helped out with my legs too. I'm not bothered enough to get a leg lift because no one actually sees my upper thighs ever.
  5. LaLaDee

    Protein shakes

    I live in Australia, and I haven't been able to get my hands on the legendary premier shakes. The ones that are commercially available here don't taste good to me and I've tried a lot over the last three years. I can tolerate them but I tend to make my own with chocolate protein powder (or unflavoured and cocoa powder), peanut butter, frozen banana, honey ice and skim milk. I don't mind making them, I feel like some fancy YouTuber. Otherwise, I'm one of those people who goes to some cafe and pays ridiculous amounts of money for them (as long as the ingredients look pretty clean). Well, back in the days where I actually got to leave the house and go to work.... sigh.
  6. LaLaDee

    Leg pics??

    From the knees down, it's OK, but my thighs are jiggly and loose and there's a couple of creased skin wrinkles on my inner thighs. It really doesn't bother me that much.
  7. Interesting! I'm going to make a big protein shake now. My plastic surgeon is great and I'm very happy with him but no one mentioned this to me! I also found an article that suggested drinking wine in the 2-3 weeks following surgery as a diuretic for swelling! I find this hilarious for some reason. A good excuse to hang out in my compression garments and sip wine! 😂
  8. Thanks! Good tip. Just did a quick google and apparently we need heaps of protein after plastics.
  9. Thanks @Sophie7713 I really appreciated what you said about not letting the anxiety take the joy out of this amazing opportunity. I have not worn anything sleeveless since I was a teenager!! I can’t wait!!! 😊
  10. I’m three years out. One out of my two parents know and two out of my four siblings. I had to lie (or at least make a lot of omissions) around the time of surgery, but less so now. Your waiter might ask if you didn’t like the food, because you didn’t eat much. Your hairdresser might notice your thinning hair. Your friends will notice you eat far less. Everyone in your life will notice the weight loss. It comes up a lot in the first year. I don’t feel bad about the range of lies I told. Mostly I was just vague. You do you. Whatever works for you. Some people need support and encouragement from their loved ones and colleagues and the world at large through Instagram, others feel more private and don’t want to deal with questions. It might depend on whether you know anyone else who has been through it or if it’s something your friends and colleagues would have no idea how to relate to. I talk about it with my therapists and doctors. I’m not ashamed, I made peace with the fact that I had to get to the “last resort” of surgery but it’s better for my mental health to not feel like everyone knows. For other people, it’s really exciting to share and open up. I don’t believe there’s a “correct way” to decide how you will do this. Just options and choices.
  11. LaLaDee

    Missed period?

    Yep. My lady hormones went crazy afterwards. It does calm down.
  12. Congrats!!! It's exciting and scary to take that first step. I found you tubers and these forums really helpful. Wishing you huge success with this adventure!
  13. LaLaDee

    PS Costs

    Agree - I lost a lot of weight twice in my twenties and my skin bounced back pretty well both times. However when I lost weight following VSG in my thirties - it was a very different story so I'm on a plastics journey now. If you're only 18, I would wait and see. You might be surprised. I actually did find the skin tightening creams - as well as time - to be pretty helpful too.
  14. Another quick update because it's been 5 days since my extended brachioplasty. I saw the surgeon and nurse today for my follow up appointment. The bandages are off and the drains are out! I'm allowed to shower again! I feel like a new woman! YAY!!! I haven't taken any pain killers at all today. Things are a bit itchy, my skin has small rashes from where the compression bandages are (this is just my pale sensitive skin doing its thing), so I'm supposed to use body lotion - except on the incisions. I also got a new compression garment. I'm tempted to order another one on Amazon so that I don't have to frantically wash it all the time, but we'll see. My surgeon's clinic also gave me a cute gift bag with a nice note, products and some fancy chocolate. Feeling so happy and thankful. Hope everyone else is doing well!