The Procedures, The Concerns and The Photos

So here we are about a week and a half past surgery, and I am feeling amazing. If you didn’t know I just had major surgery, you probably wouldn’t guess it because I am getting around well, albeit a little slower than normal, and standing mostly upright at this point. I still have a lot of soreness and stiffness when I first wake up in the morning, but it’s getting less each and every day. I am still quite tired and things that seem like they shouldn’t require much energy completely wipe me out, like taking a shower. I did that on Monday (my first unassisted one!) and passed out for almost 3 hours afterwards. But besides the fatigue and soreness, plus some random itchiness and twinges from nerve regeneration, I am feeling pretty amazing and thankful that my body is healing so well.

The Procedures:

I’ve gotten a few questions about exactly what I had done, so I thought I’d spell it out here. I had my surgery with Dr. Paul Ruff of Ruff Plastic Surgery on July 29, 2013. Here is a breakdown of the procedures:

1.) Extended Abdominoplasty – it was “extended” because the incision starts right in the middle of my hip on either side, basically straight down from the center of my armpit. The reason is because I had a lot of excess skin to get rid of, and they have to cut longer than the skin they are removing. I had full muscle repair as part of the procedure as well, which feels like you did two million sit-ups in one sitting at first, but has gotten less sore with time.

2.) Flank Liposuction – this was actually something I wasn’t expecting before my consultation, but apparently it goes along with many tummy tucks. Dr. Ruff explained that when they remove the skin/fat on the front of you, the flank liposuction helps contour your body and slim your waist so that you have a more hourglass shaped figure.

The Concerns:

When I wrote the post the night before surgery, I had some big concerns going in. They were:

  • That something will go wrong during the procedure. it didn’t.
  • That coming out of anesthesia will be rough. it wasn’t.
  • The pain during recovery. that proved true and was not fun, but thankfully I’m over the hump.
  • The scar I’ll be left with from hip to hip. I still haven’t seen the incision itself because it’s covered in steristrips (clear tape), but that comes off Monday and then I’ll get a good look. It’s pretty enormous, but I would take the scar (I think) over what I had going on before any day.
  • Having to deal with the surgical drains during recovery. these were not nearly as bad as I expected. Annoying, yes. Painful, no. I actually liked seeing the progress in the drainage as it went down over the days after surgery and turned from red to lighter in color. I also liked that the fluid came out of me instead of staying in there. I got one drain removed at 5 days post op (PO) and the second one at 7 PO.
  • Not being able to do things for myself. This is something I struggled with a lot, and still do to some degree. It’s hard to be slower than I normally am and I have to make a conscious effort to remind myself that I am recovering. I need rest so my body can keep working on healing me. Having to be given a shower was probably the hardest part for me.
  • The fatigue and run down feeling I know I’ll be dealing with for weeks. Yup. Dealing with it. But it’s manageable. It’ll be a lot harder when I go back into the office full time.
  • Swelling. I am about 10 lbs swollen right now. I know this because my weight is still the same as it was pre-op, and they removed 10 lbs of skin/fat from me during surgery. I am definitely feeling a little swelling/bloated, but it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m told it gets worse in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
  • Not recognizing myself in the mirror. Sort of, but this is actually a good thing. I still can’t believe how slim my waist is. And this is with medical foam padding under my compression garment AND 10 lbs of swell.
  • That I’ll be unhappy with the results. So far, I am ecstatic with the results of the surgery. I still have a long ways to go as far as healing goes, but the progress I’ve made in the first week is amazing. Our bodies are incredible.

The Photos

So what you’ve all been waiting for! The pics. Just a few things of note. First, I am healing VERY well. My doctors have been impressed with how great I look for this soon after surgery. Also, I am dealing with about 10 pounds of swell right now, so my stomach is going to be even flatter over the next several months as my body fully heals. Also, I still have a lot of stretch marks. If all the stretch marks are below the belly button, they will all generally get removed in surgery, but mine were all over the place, so they did not. The stretch marks will be come less prominent as the swelling goes down, though, and most of them are now below my new belly button. I also have not seen the actual incision yet since it’s covered in steristrips. Those come off on Monday, so I will show you guys the scar itself once I see it for myself and how it progresses with scar treatment therapy. Ok, enough with the disclaimers.

I literally get sick to my stomach with the thought of posting these “before” photos of my stomach. Ironic, isn’t it? I hid it quite well in clothes and always felt like I was hiding something because, well, I was. But, this is not my body anymore and I know a lot of people who undergo massive weight loss deal with issues of loose skin and flab around their midsection, too. So I’m going to take one for the team here and show you what I looked like until last Monday. For comparative purposes, my stats are: 5’8”, ~175lbs, size 10 pants/medium top. Here we go. Gulp.

Before Tummy Tuck Surgery

Before TT

The one on the far left is with everything “tucked in” and the one on the far right is with it… not. The scar above my belly button is from the time I decided piercing my own belly button with a sewing needle would be a good idea at age 16 (and shockingly it got infected) and the rest is just from being obese for so many years.

And here are some photos from the after; the now.

Post Op, Day 3

PO Day 3

Post Op, Day 5

PO Day 5

Post Op, Day 6

PO Day 6

Post Op, Day 7

PO Day 7

This was the day they removed the gauze/tape from my belly button, as well as my last drain.

Day 3 – Day 5 – Day 7 Comparison

Day 357

Before and One Week PO

before after

I am terrified to press publish. Please be kind.



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93 Comments on The Procedures, The Concerns and The Photos

  1. amyhurst511
    August 7, 2013 at 8:39 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for your honest. U amaze and inspire many!!

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  2. Jenn
    August 7, 2013 at 8:40 am (8 months ago)

    Wow!! Go you!! That is one flat tummy! You must be so happy! Hope you’re fully recovered soon!

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  3. Sue Klein
    August 7, 2013 at 8:43 am (8 months ago)

    You are and look amazing !

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  4. Cindy
    August 7, 2013 at 8:44 am (8 months ago)

    Thanks for being brave. I have battled weight all my life, And now at almost 50 I am bigger than I have ever been. After 25 years of kinda maintaining, I find myself over 300. So, I say to you, congrats and thank you for sharing with us

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  5. Amy Q
    August 7, 2013 at 8:45 am (8 months ago)

    You are brave and beautiful- before and after. Sending well wishes for great healing!

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  6. Magnolia Mom
    August 7, 2013 at 8:46 am (8 months ago)

    This is just amazing! I’m curious how much this cost and I’m assuming none of this is covered under insurance? Hoping you continue to heal quickly and that you get your energy back. :)

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 8:51 am (8 months ago)

      None of it was covered under insurance because it was an elective procedure and I didn’t meet the requirements that many insurance companies have (lost 100 pounds , kept it off for 6 months , and documented skin rashes ) so I financed it completely myself. I used Care Credit (carecredit.com) and Dr. Ruff’s office has a 12 month 0% APR deal, so if I pay it off in 12 months, which I’m planning to, it is basically an interest free loan. I’m not going to get into the exact price of my procedure because there are SO many variables, but it is definitely an investment. Feel free to email me if you want to talk more about the cost and I can share more.

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  7. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 7, 2013 at 8:46 am (8 months ago)

    You’re awesome!! I am so incredibly happy for you and hope that you’re recovery continues to go well!

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  8. Andrea
    August 7, 2013 at 8:49 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing! You have helped me make up my mind to do this. You are such a brave and beautiful person. Thank you!

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  9. Carrie
    August 7, 2013 at 8:52 am (8 months ago)

    Nothing to be terrified about. You were beautiful before, and now you’ll be beautiful and comfortable in your own skin. You do look like you’re healing well and I’m glad you’re up and around so well.

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  10. allofmywords
    August 7, 2013 at 8:52 am (8 months ago)

    You look amazing. It is only going to get better looking from here. I am shocked at how good it looks one week out! you are such a trooper!

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:22 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you! I’m pretty shocked too honestly. :)

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  11. Laura
    August 7, 2013 at 8:56 am (8 months ago)

    Nothing to be terrified about – you look great!!

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  12. Logan
    August 7, 2013 at 8:56 am (8 months ago)

    You look amazing! It is incredible that you can already see such great results after such a short time. These posts have been great because they are so honest. Hope you continue to recover quickly!

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  13. Jen
    August 7, 2013 at 9:00 am (8 months ago)

    Hmm. This has made me sort of depressed, because my stomach is definitely worse than your “before.”

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 9:02 am (8 months ago)

      Do NOT be depressed. I’m going to send you an email in a minute.

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      • Karen
        August 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm (8 months ago)

        Mine too, but I still have a LONG way to go… Thank you for sharing your journey with us though. I’ve fallen off the wagon of late. Definately need to get back on. I’ve promised myself a tummy tuck in about 20kg time. :)

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  14. sarah
    August 7, 2013 at 9:00 am (8 months ago)

    You look great and are very brave! I have a ton of weight to lose and am hoping I’ll be in your shoes some day. I hope you continue to heal quickly.

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  15. Cortney
    August 7, 2013 at 9:01 am (8 months ago)

    Omg! That’s amazing. You’re so small now. It’s great to see how all your hard work has paid off! Go you!!

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  16. Megan
    August 7, 2013 at 9:02 am (8 months ago)

    Ok, when I saw your before piCture I was like… Seriously? This girl looks fine! She’s a healthy normal woman, why is she putting herself through this?…. Then I saw the after, and Dayum! Looking awesome girl!!! Way to go! Good for you! That’s amazing! Rock it out!

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:24 am (8 months ago)

      Hey Megan – thank you! I realize a lot of people are going to compare themselves to my photos and say “its not that bad” but everything is SO relative. It caused me so much anxiety and consumed my thoughts any time there was a chance for it being “exposed” and I feel soooooo much happier and more confident now, even with a huge ass scar. :)

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  17. Jamie
    August 7, 2013 at 9:19 am (8 months ago)

    You’re a brave girl to put this out there. Honestly, I think you looked okay before the surgery but if this makes you feel better, then I say good for you. I do have a question though, what happens when you decide later in life to have children? Just curious cause that whole area will get stretched out.

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:27 am (8 months ago)

      Hey Jamie – I’m planning to do a Q&A post so I’ll definitely address this question because it comes up a lot, but basically, this will not affect my future pregnancies. The skin will stretch out to accommodate the pregnancy, and of course there is not a way to predict how I will bounce back from it (since there’s not a way to predict how anyone’s body will bounce back from pregnancy, TT or not). That said, there is a lot less skin, so it will retract better than it would have if I hadn’t had this procedure done. I probably won’t be “perfect” and many people do consider getting a revision if they get pregnant after having this surgery, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I honestly can’t imagine putting myself through this again!

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  18. Erin
    August 7, 2013 at 9:30 am (8 months ago)

    You’re amazing!
    Nothing to be terrified about, it’s so neat to see these kinds of details. I still have about 50 or so more pounds to lose, and this surgery is something I’ve wondered if I would get when I’m done losing. Thanks so much for sharing the good and bad and all the other stuff!

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  19. Diane
    August 7, 2013 at 9:30 am (8 months ago)

    Wow you look wonderful! Congratulations!

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  20. Crystal Q.
    August 7, 2013 at 9:35 am (8 months ago)

    You are amazing and an inspiration. You worked so hard for your body and the surgery was definitely something you deserved. Thank you for sharing these photos.

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  21. Nina Wassel
    August 7, 2013 at 9:37 am (8 months ago)

    You look GREAT!!!! Like some of the others, I thought you looked fine before, but you look awesome in the after. I can only imagine what it will be like when completely healed.

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:30 am (8 months ago)

      I’ve read this comment twice and for some reason both times I’ve read “naked” instead of “healed” both times. haha!

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  22. barbmcgregor
    August 7, 2013 at 9:38 am (8 months ago)

    Wow Beth!! Very brave decision but I’m glad you did it! I’ve always been curious about the procedure and healing. You looked beautiful before and after! It’s amazing how quickly you’re healing! Looking good :)

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  23. Debbie
    August 7, 2013 at 9:38 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for being brave and sharing the pics and all the information. You’re helping so many people. I have a ton of weight to lose and don’t think i could ever do the surgery. Too scared. But, good for you! You’re an inspiration to so many.

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  24. Rebecca Ginn
    August 7, 2013 at 9:40 am (8 months ago)

    Though your ‘before’ looks much better than the ‘hangy-belly’ i’m toting around I completely understand and respect your decision. Thank you so much for sharing the after pics. i wasn’t expecting the bruising that went all around to your back and honestly it made my heart sink to see the incision. HOWEVER, I remain certain that I want the same for myself. Your after pic looks amazing already and I know this is exactly what you needed to feel good in your skin. Thank you so much for sharing this with us… i KNOW how hard it was… maybe one day I’ll get to show you MY before and after pics! ~Bekah

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:34 am (8 months ago)

      You know the bruising on the back feels SO WEIRD. It is definitely sore like a bruise but it’s also very numb. Strange feeling that’s hard to describe. I’m really glad that I can’t see my back because I think it would freak me out if it was in constant view! And yea, the incision is pretty huge. I try not to think about it and to remember it will be covered 99% of the time. That said, I am really scared to see it once the tape comes off. Eek!

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      • Rebecca Ginn
        August 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm (8 months ago)

        You’re going to be so glad you did it. thanks again for sharing… it means more than you think to a great deal of people. ;)

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  25. Katy Widrick
    August 7, 2013 at 9:42 am (8 months ago)

    I love you. I am so proud of the way you’re approaching this as a way to continue your healthy outlook — not just about how you LOOK. But that’s important too, and frankly…you look great.

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  26. Grace L
    August 7, 2013 at 9:42 am (8 months ago)

    You will notice significant improvements, in both your appearance and your overall stamina, week by week!!! Definitely through the first 12 weeks, especially through the first 6 weeks! As each week passes, you tell yourself WOW, what a huge difference in just a week :) You’re looking great and glad you are feeling better!!

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am (8 months ago)

      I can’t believe how many improvements there already have been – I was out for almost 4 hours yesterday!! Granted, by the end my back was aching and i needed to get home stat, but it’s crazy that just one week before i was in the doctors office on the verge of fainting as they changed my compression garment!

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      • Grace L
        August 8, 2013 at 11:06 am (8 months ago)

        I’m telling you, each week will be significant improvement over the previous week! By leaps and bounds!!!!

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  27. Jen
    August 7, 2013 at 9:45 am (8 months ago)

    You look great Beth!!! Your journey has inspired me so much!! You should be proud to show off these photos! Not everyone can go thru the surgery, let alone share the process! You are an amazing woman! Congrats on everything!

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  28. Emily
    August 7, 2013 at 9:46 am (8 months ago)

    That is one hot belly button :) You are amazing and inspiring and awesome and I am glad you are my friend.

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:37 am (8 months ago)

      Haha why thank you. It is also oozing and bloody still, is that hot too?

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  29. sarah janisch
    August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am (8 months ago)

    Beth! You are an amazing writer (first of all) and this story is AMAZING!! Such an inspiration for so many people. You are truely a strong, beautiful woman and I hope my daughters grow up to have all of the character that you do :)

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:37 am (8 months ago)

      Aww thank you Sarah! What a compliment!

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  30. Kim
    August 7, 2013 at 9:55 am (8 months ago)

    In complete awe of you! Just amazed at the courage you have! You look absolutely fabulous! Here’s to fast and happy healing!

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  31. Summah
    August 7, 2013 at 9:55 am (8 months ago)

    Beth — I already told you, but girl, your before pictures still look GREAT! I totally admire your courage for posting pictures to give us a peek into what the procedure is like. I look forward to reading more!

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  32. Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt
    August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am (8 months ago)

    Beth, I’m so proud of you. This was a big AND scary step to take. You look great and all your hard work can finally be seen (and felt) by you and others.

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  33. Debbie
    August 7, 2013 at 10:03 am (8 months ago)

    Wow! You look amazing already. I had a breast reduction 3 years ago and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Sounds like you’re recovering well.

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  34. Jessica
    August 7, 2013 at 10:04 am (8 months ago)

    Girl, you look GREAT! Thank you for posting and showing us an in-depth look at this process!

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  35. Katie @ Runs for Cookies
    August 7, 2013 at 10:11 am (8 months ago)

    I know how scary it is to post those! I felt the same way :) You are looking absolutely FABULOUS, and I think you’re going to love the results more and more as you heal. Glad you’re doing well!

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:38 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you Katie! You’ve been such an inspiration and help along the way, I hope you know how much I appreciate it!

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  36. Jenn Boland
    August 7, 2013 at 10:29 am (8 months ago)

    Beth, thank you for the courage to share, you look amazing! Honestly, your before pictures were not bad at all! Good luck with your recovery and listen to your body, you need lots of rest:-)!! Looking forward to hearing about your progress!

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  37. Christine
    August 7, 2013 at 10:30 am (8 months ago)

    You look terrific. Seriously.

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  38. Lisa G
    August 7, 2013 at 10:34 am (8 months ago)

    OMG, what an amazing difference…. You look great! I said this to you and now you CAN do it… Bikini! Glad you are feeling better. It’s only going to get better everyday……….

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am (8 months ago)

      I have so many stretch marks still but I feel like I have to wear a bikini since I paid for this body! haha

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  39. Kelsey
    August 7, 2013 at 10:35 am (8 months ago)

    You look amazing!!! I’m so excited for you. Heal quickly, Beth!

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  40. laurenlec
    August 7, 2013 at 11:10 am (8 months ago)

    This is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Beth! I still have about 30 pounds to lose and plan to have children soon, so I think I’ll be taking your advice to hold off until after I have babies. If all goes according to plan, I will have two within the next 3.5 years and then be ready to undergo this transformation. You have done SO MUCH WORK to get where you are today. I seriously get teary eyed looking at these pictures and thinking what it would feel like to be able to wear a jersey cotton dress without needing Spanx underneath. I think of all the brutally hot summer days when I’m wearing a cotton dress with thick, sweaty Spanx smothering my mid-section and requiring constant adjustment. That feeling of panic when your Spanx start to roll up and slide down your back–you will never have to feel that anymore! I can’t imagine how liberating it will be for you to not have to consider a lumpy, saggy stomach when getting dressed each day. You will seriously be rocking a bikini next summer!

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    • Beth
      August 7, 2013 at 11:41 am (8 months ago)

      Hi Lauren – thank you so much! It’s funny, I feel like the compression garment is made to ease you out of former needing Spanx life and into this new not needing it, because the compression garment is like spanx times a million and is so tight and uncomfortable that it’s almost hard to breathe. I wore it yesterday under a dress and the garment (along with the medical foam I’m still wearing) were what was poking out of my maxi dress – NOT my gut – for the first time. I can’t wait to be there!!!

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  41. Lacie
    August 7, 2013 at 11:11 am (8 months ago)

    I think you look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. dailydoracina
    August 7, 2013 at 11:20 am (8 months ago)

    Beth, thank you for pushing publish! I am so proud of you and everyone that has taken this step in their weight loss journey! I am tearing up writing this because I am so happy for you and I can’t freaking wait for my chance at this step! If I could do it tomorrow I would! This is such an important step for some of us in our weight loss and you did it! You look wonderful! Congrats!

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  43. Liz
    August 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm (8 months ago)

    The name of your blog, Beth’s Journey”, is the perfect name!! I enjoy and look forward to reading your information. I was a WW for many years but found out that I had many food intolerances that was preventing me from being successful at it. Now that I found what doesn’t agree with my body I’m now on my own journey! Thank you Beth for your candidness and bravery!

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  44. brenda
    August 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm (8 months ago)

    HOLY SMOKES!!!! Seriously, Beth…your before pictures weren’t terrible at all…however, since I have excess skin due to baby I can totally relate to how it must’ve felt and how it feels now! You look FANTASTIC!!!!! I can’t wait to see the end result….I mean, if you’re swollen now???? I just can’t imagine how much hotter you’re going to look once completely healed! I love your attitude and bravery!!! You and your bod are rockin’!

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  45. Courtney
    August 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm (8 months ago)

    I’m a long-time reader, but very rarely comment. Just wanted to commend your bravery about pushing “publish.” I would be terrified as well. This whole series has been incredibly informative. I have had four pregnancies, with lots of weight gain and loss with each, and will, at some point, go through the same procedure. Thank you for letting all of us follow along while you’ve gone through this. :)

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  46. Katie
    August 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm (8 months ago)

    You look great! Your waist is so thin!

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  47. Emilie
    August 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm (8 months ago)

    I haven’t ever lost a lot of weight, but I HAVE had a baby, and I have to say I’m envious of your after pictures. You earned it though! and good on you for having the guts to publish it.

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  48. Mary
    August 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm (8 months ago)

    Your stomach looks so good! I am planning on going down to 125 (I’m 5’2.) But I feel like my stomach will NEVER look that good! I’ve never had a baby before. But I don’t think it will ever be that flat. Any suggestions?

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  49. Jane (@lifeisbetterfit)
    August 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm (8 months ago)

    You are progressing as you should! You look great! It takes a brave person to share your photos without being anonymous & I commend you for that. You look great and are a strong woman.

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  50. Heather
    August 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm (8 months ago)

    You look great! Glad it’s healing so well. Thanks for sharing your story, it’s been interesting to read about everything that goes into this type of procedure.

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  51. Alicia
    August 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm (8 months ago)

    You look wonderful! I’m so glad you’re healing we’ll and even more that you’re happy with your results! I just hope that my results are just as good!!

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  52. Jill O.
    August 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm (8 months ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey with all of us! I think you look awesome, & I admire how brave you are in this whole process! I’ve lost 81 lbs in the past year, & have lots and lots of excess skin on my stomach, thighs, & arms so I may be doing surgery someday too :) I was overweight most of my life so I think that’s made the excess skin worse. Looking forward to your updates, & I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers for the fatigue & pain.

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  53. Robin
    August 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm (8 months ago)

    WOW! thanks for showing these because I couldn’t imagine what you were like before and after. I don’t think your befores were as bad as I expected. Your afters yes they were what I imagined, OUCH! Cant think of going thru this myself but Im so happy for you:)

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  54. Koko @ Koko Likes
    August 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm (8 months ago)

    You look AMAAAAAAZING!!!!! WOOOOOW! Doesn’t it make all the pain worth it??

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  55. Jennifer
    August 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm (8 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing! You are brave and inspiring!!!

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  56. Carrie B
    August 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm (8 months ago)

    You are an inspiration. Thanks for your bravery and sharing.

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  57. Deb
    August 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm (8 months ago)

    You look great! And wow! When the swelling goes down! You have nothing to be embarrassed about. :)

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  58. Michelle Rose
    August 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm (8 months ago)

    I’m a follower who usually doesn’t comment, but I just had to commend you on your bravery for pushing “publish” for this post. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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  59. Sydney
    August 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm (8 months ago)

    You look amazing. I’m so glad you’re feeling good and healing well!

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  60. Andrea
    August 8, 2013 at 9:00 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for your story. I’m booked in on Friday 13th September :/ . Unlucky for some but lucky for me :) ….I’m scared, nervous and happy all rolled into one….Your story has given me the push to start been excited. Hope you are doing well-Take care, from Andrea (In Melbourne Australia)

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  61. Fat Fighter
    August 8, 2013 at 9:25 am (8 months ago)

    WOW, I wish you good luck you’re and inpiration for me. Thanks for everything

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  62. Kimberly @ Healthy Strides
    August 8, 2013 at 10:10 am (8 months ago)

    You should not feel sick to your stomach about the photos. Anyone who has gone through significant weight loss understands! And the reason it looked that way is because you worked hard to change your life! You look great and I hope you continue to heal quickly.

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  63. Kim Hanson
    August 8, 2013 at 11:36 am (8 months ago)

    Whoo hoo! So happy for your awesome results.

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  64. kw
    August 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm (8 months ago)

    Beth- you are a badass! I think you looked great before and look amazing now. I think it takes much courage to post before and after pictures, but it really gives women something to look up too. Thanks for continuing to be honest and candid on this blog. You have inspired me so much (and also given me some really great recipes!).

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  65. Sarah
    August 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm (8 months ago)

    Girl, look at your new curves!! I think you are amazing for sharing this and I can’t wait to see images once you are fully heeled. Enjoy your new body.

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  66. Kim
    August 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm (8 months ago)

    Beth, you look great!

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  67. Susan J
    August 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm (8 months ago)

    Beth-
    I rarely comment on blogs, but this post compelled me to do so. I am so impressed with your bravery, not just to post this, but in your journey. You are an inspiration to so many! Congratulations!

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  68. Alexa
    August 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm (8 months ago)

    You look great Beth, and are so brave to publish these.

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  69. gwenniepieGwen
    August 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm (8 months ago)

    Beth you are so amazing. These pictures are unbelievable as is your strength. Keep healing up!

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  70. Amber
    August 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm (8 months ago)

    Wow, Beth! So incredible.

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  71. liz
    August 12, 2013 at 4:35 am (8 months ago)

    Have so much respect for your courage – in going through the procedure and your generosity in so honestly sharing it with others. All the very best for a speedy recovery :)

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  72. B
    August 12, 2013 at 9:18 am (8 months ago)

    Wow, what a difference already! Can’t wait to see more photos as you continue to heal. Thank you for sharing them, I have been toying with getting a tummy tuck, having 2 kids really did a number on my stomach and it’s very interesting to see the progress

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  73. MariMariMarijke
    August 12, 2013 at 11:19 am (8 months ago)

    I love how you’re taking one for the team! I really appreciate your honesty and frankness. I’m sure it will make the decision process for others easier and the procedure less scary. Kudos and congrats!!

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  74. Extreme Weight Loss
    August 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm (8 months ago)

    I can really see a difference already, looking forward to seeing more photos

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  75. Dawn
    August 26, 2013 at 8:42 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for posting your before pics. There’s no way for us to tell how far you’ve come. I’m totally blown away!

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