Jeanette: I'm very, very satisfied with the results that I had. I couldn't have asked for a nicer tummy. It's flat; I don't have extra skin hanging. So every day I look at it and I'm glad I had the surgery.
Before I had my surgery I had lost over 120 pounds. Losing that much weight and having so much extra skin you feel like you didn't do anything. No matter if I wore bigger clothes I still couldn't hide the fact that I had so much extra skin. Everyone would tell me how small I was, but underneath it all it felt like I still had that 120 pounds tucked under there.
After I had my surgery I mean it's changed my whole personality. I'm out there doing marathons. I'm doing things I never thought I would do. I've always been a people person but I think it rebuilt my confidence. Now I feel like I can take on more. I can walk into a room and feel like a million dollars, you know inside and out, basically. I want to cry, it's very emotional.
My family has always been supportive even during my weight loss. My peak was 245 pounds, size 20. My husband's always rooted me the whole way. He even bought me a treadmill, you know, "If that's what you want to do then do it." When I came to the decision to have the surgery he said, "I don't think you need it, but if it's something that you feel that you want to get done, it's going to make you feel better then I'm all for it." He's happy with the results now. He sees it in me; I'm more lively. You know clothes; it doesn't take me two hours to find something to wear. I'm dressed before him. Before he would be out the door and now I'm sitting in the car waiting for him.
I have a lot of friends that followed me during my weight loss journey. A lot of my friends that look up to me...guidance for making food, what kind of food selections to eat, workouts to do, and during the process I had about two of my friends contact me you know, "Oh my god you're getting surgery done tell me who your doctor is I want to know the process." So basically I've kept like a blog so everybody knows what I'm doing. Everybody even knows I'm here right now with you guys.
I feel if someone was wanting to get this surgery done and they had questions about it but deep down it's something they wanted to do I would advise them to do it, because it was the best thing I've ever done, and I don't regret one thing, missing work. I don't regret not being able to be mobile, not being able to wash my own hair for about a week. I enjoy it I'm living...I feel like I'm in my 30's, but I'm having a better life in my 30's than when I was in my 20's.