Take Three

Thank you SO MUCH for your supportive comments on yesterday’s post announcing my decision to move forward with plastic surgery on my abdomen. It was a little terrifying to write, but also oddly freeing to put it all out there. You guys are the best.

Personal accounts of the process were one of the main things that helped me make this decision, and unfortunately it’s a very under discussed topic, so I am happy to be able to contribute another first hand account of it all for people contemplating the procedure. I plan to document much of the process of going through the entire procedure from start to finish. This will include everything from the consultations, to the preparation, to the procedure itself, to the recovery. And really, please feel free to let me know if you have any specific questions. Nothing is off limits.

And in other news – I am really trying hard to get myself back to my goal weight prior to moving forward with surgery for the best results. Because of that (and many requests from you guys!), I’m hosting another DietBet for May which will start Monday, May 6, and will run through June 2!


For a description of how it works, you can read this post, but basically, everyone pays $25 to play and has the same goal of losing 4% of their starting weight during the 4 weeks that the game runs. Everyone who hits that goal splits the total pot, so in theory you will make back your money if you hit the 4% goal, and likely more than $25 because not everyone will hit it (like yours truly in Round 2). For Round 1, everyone who hit 4% got paid $43.25 and results are still being calculated for Round 2 so I don’t have the exact figures yet.

Hope to see you over at Beth’s Journey DietBet: Take 3!

10 Comments on Take Three

  1. Claire
    May 2, 2013 at 9:55 am (4 years ago)

    I fully support your decision to take care of a “left-over” of your previous shape. I had a professor who I was very close with who lost over 200 pounds due to stomach surgery- her case was a life or death obesity issue. She was very open about the entire process, and when she had skin removed (abdomen and arms) she talked about how freeing it was and that she didn’t know how uncomfortable it was until it was gone.

    Since this is such an investment, I would also recommend working with a counselor, specifically someone who works with body image issues if you don’t already. Having a solid mindset and a pro to talk to after surgery I think would be really good. Your body may change but your mind may still see the old Beth, and having someone work with you to make that adjustment would be really great.

    • Beth
      May 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Claire! Thanks for the thoughtful comment and suggestion on seeing someone. It’s something I’ve thought about and will consider, but haven’t made a firm decision on. I do know this will be a very emotional procedure so I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I’ll definitely keep you posted!

  2. Robyn
    May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve always been really curious about the post weight-loss surgery I am very excited that you are willing to share your story and the process with us.

    • Beth
      May 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Robyn! I have always been really curious too and did find a few accounts, but it was hard to find all the information in one place so I’m excited to be able to provide that resource and am glad it interests you!

  3. Lenore
    May 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Beth!

    Congratulations on your decision to do the surgery. I wholeheartedly second Claire’s suggestion. 🙂

    I’m not sure if anyone has told you about Katie Foster at “runsforcookies.com.” Here is the link to it: http://www.runsforcookies.com/p/plastic-surgery.html

    She’s done a similar procedure and has details that may help you in preparing for it.


    • Beth
      May 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Lenore – I LOVE Katie! I have been an avid reader of her blog for some time, and we’ve actually been emailing a bit about the procedure as well. Thanks for sharing the link!

  4. Jane
    May 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

    So, I was wondering (and you said there were no off-limit questions) what happens if you decide to have kids one day? Does it affect that at all? I’m guessing not, and you can tell me to STFU, if you’d like. Just curious.

    I’d love an eyebrow lift, but I’m chicken!

    • Beth
      May 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Jane! That was actually one of my biggest concerns with the procedure because I do hope to get pregnant (at some point) later in life. There is no way to predict the exact outcome after pregnancy, but it’s best to wait until after pregnancy for the best results. That said, I was told by both doctors that I would bounce back better after having the procedure than I would otherwise (as in if I got pregnant now without having had this done) and there aren’t any addition complications that come as a result. There is a chance I may need a revision if and when that time comes, but I am willing to take the risk. I don’t want perfection – I just want to be comfortable.

  5. MR
    May 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Beth, I am so excited to read about your experience with the plastic surgeons. I’m in the DC area, too, and considering a “mini tummy tuck”-type procedure, so I’m particularly looking forward to your reviews of different surgeons!

    • Beth
      May 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi MR! I’ve seen two so far and then have a consult about the third. I’ll definitely keep you posted once I’ve had the third consult!


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