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The WHOLE truth of my story...And Tummy Tuck Photos!!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

HEY SPARKERS!!! It’s me!!! I was once lost…but now I’m found…sorta, lol. I’m going to try again to make a conscious SparkPeople effort.

Ever since I was promoted last July, getting on Spark has been very difficult and infrequent. I am SO BUSY at work now and travel a lot. Don’t think I’ve forgotten any of you amazing folks. Life has just sent me on a much more occupied path! (Which I LOVE by the way)

So, you all know my story; I went from weighing about 210 and lost 75 pounds! I’ve gained since that amazing time in 2008/2009 but I’m still on track. Well regardless, most of my weight gain was from my pregnancy. I haven’t really told my story to many here, and many have asked, so I’m finally going to spill it publicly.

You all know I found out I was pregnant when I was 16. Well, when I became pregnant, I was probably at the lowest point of my young life. It was HARD TIMES. I was addicted to crystal meth, and was pretty much a stray cat. I had not lived with my parents since I was 14, and was very much on my own, staying at friends and wherever I could. I had low paying commission only jobs, such as selling newspapers and garage doors door-to-door. I even spray painting curb designs for awhile. Whatever I could to get by.

I grew up in a HORRIBLE city in Lancaster, CA where the people are bad influences and the drugs are plenty. 90% of my friends in my graduating high school class either dropped out, became pregnant or became heavily addicted to drugs (crystal meth, mainly).

When I found out I was pregnant, I had an epiphany. I’m a very smart and talented girl, and I knew that I was wasting my potential. I was going to be a mother! I had to turn my life completely around!

Point being, when I found out I was pregnant I weighed 113 lbs. I was not only a meth addict, but also a vegan. Hell, I hardly ate at all! Well that had to change immediately. I began eating meat. At first, I was SOOO SICK! But pushed through it for health purposes. I also got my first steady job when I was two months along….At a PASTA CAFÉ!!! I immediately cold-turkey’ed all of the drugs, which I’m VERY good at. So, believe me….This is a deadly combination when it comes to weight loss. I began eating constantly because I had an appetite again. Well, all I ate was PASTA because I was working about 60 hours a week at the café. I was constantly exhausted from working so much and literally changing my life around on a dime…I never worked out. Mind you – since I was 12, I have been an avid dancer (jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical) and also a softball player…always an athletic kid. This was quite a change.

Needless to say, I gained over 90 POUNDS within 6 months of my pregnancy. I didn’t gain an ounce until I was 4 months along…Then went from 113 to 205! I delivered my son at 209 lbs. Not to mention, at 5’1, I’m very petite. This large amount of weight gain stretched me beyond repair.

After I had my son, me and his dad split up and I lost about 35-40 lbs due to depression. I started another serious relationship for almost 3 years and gained all of it back and more! In July of 2007, I was back up to my full term pregnancy weight….208 lbs.

You all know my weight loss story, so I won’t get into that. But after losing all of the weight, I had a large amount of skin left on my torso that would not repair, no matter how many kickboxing classes I taught, no matter how much strength training I did, no matter how much core yoga classes I took…Nothing. I needed a surgery.

Being in my very early twenties, this just shattered me completely. Yes, I had lost weight but I was extremely insecure. I did not want to date, go out dancing with friends, and everytime I dressed for any occasion, I always had to wear a corset binder to keep all of my loose skin in place. SUPER embarrassing and VERY uncomfortable. It really limited my workouts and I was always stressed out that my shirt would lift up on accident and be horrified. Especially when I taught turbokick. I would jump up and down, lean over, and always that jiggle….I was a very insecure instructor, next to all of my other ‘perfect tight bodied’ instructor friends.

I’ve been saving up for a tummy tuck for years now. I finally saved enough money and on May 6th, I changed my life!! I underwent the surgery. Here are some before pictures:


These pictures were taken the night before my surgery. I weighed in at 152. My doctor always told me that the surgery would have awesome results because I had very little fat, and that all of that mush was just skin. I had a hard time believing him, because I felt pretty darn chunky. Well, after the skin removal, here is my one-month results:



I’m going to write a separate blog about the process, just so you all who are interested can have some insight to the fine lines and details. I am so incredibly happy at this point in my life. I finally feel like I’m right where I belong. And I can’t wait to rock a bikini this summer! FINALLY, all of my work is now visible!! Thanks Sparkers and sorry for such a longggg blog. Let me know if you have any questions!
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    Hi Aimee, I'm Steve, am I the only guy type that finds your story and journey to be an inspiration? Well so be it, but I've read this blog three times now and I am so excited for you and to improve ME. I've worked in a billards room which had its seedy side with many folks doing drugs especially meth. If seen what it can turn people into, and what they are willing to do in order to get their meth. I cheer for you because of how you were able to pull yourself and your Son out of that life.

    Looking at your picturess it is obvious that at my age I'll never achieve your fitnesss level. However, you are inspiring me to keep working to become the best me that I can become in fitness and happiness.

    Thank you for sharing, and I plan to check back for further blog updatess from you. I'll bet you kick arse when teaching kick boxing! Best Wishes,

    2848 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story. You look amazing! Great job.
    3142 days ago
  • SPIRIT42013
    Congratulations! Just goes to show how amazing the power of the human mind/spirit is! Where there is a will, there's a way, even against the worst of odds... Thank you, I needed to read this tonight! emoticon
    3182 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12683650
    You are a very brave and strong individual - what an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your story with us emoticon
    3186 days ago
    you are very brave for telling your story. much success to you! emoticon emoticon
    3195 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12334618
    Thank you for sharing your amazing story. Kicking Meth, Losing Weight, Thriving with depression & anxiety.and motivating others!

    I have to say, your excess skin didnt look so terrible to me, but you did the work, you deserve to wear a bikini and excercise with comfort!

    Thank you for sharing!
    3195 days ago
    3221 days ago
    Wow, thanks for being so brave to share this! I want to hear more about the process - IF you are willing to share it! It sounds like you would do it all over again if you had to. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on motivating yourself and living your life!
    3240 days ago
    Your story is a real eye opener. I know many of us struggle with so many different issues, but knowing that you were able to over come so many it truely is an insperation to me! Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life with us. You are amazing! emoticon
    3246 days ago
    Wow that looked amazing. I am just starting on my weight loss goals. You really put the fire in me. I hope I'll get the results that you did. So inspiring. emoticon
    3264 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story! I grew up in Corona CA and know more than I care to about Meth and how it messes up ones life! emoticon {MINE}
    You look great. I'm happy you were able to get the tummy tuck so you feel better about yourself! Keep up the good work!
    3282 days ago
    WOW. Thank you for sharing your story. FWIW, I think you looked great before too.
    3301 days ago
    What an inspiring story. I know you have to be very proud of where you are now and how your son has inspired you to change your life.

    You look awesome. emoticon
    3461 days ago
  • MRS_GLAM44
    3482 days ago
  • BERTA6978
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are so inspiring. You look awesome, by the way. emoticon
    3490 days ago
    thank you for sharing! i've actually been looking into tt's for about 2 years (lost 87 lbs and had 2 kids.) i LOVE seeing these success stories. my best friend is having her tt this friday, i can't wait to see her transformation :)

    you look great and i can't wait to see updates from you!
    3506 days ago
    You ARE truly an inspiration. I can relate to you in many ways. I won't publicly announce all of it here, I'm working on my own blog.
    I also gained a ton of weight with my first and second son. 78lbs for the first boy. I started at 127 which for me was o k at that time of my life and the way my body looked. I'm 5'0 and petite as well. I was always, always dieting or on some starvation diet and I hated exercise. I would really love to have a tummy tuck. My stomach was only flat when I weighed my lowest, when I got pregnant with my second son. I probably couldn't get it approved by my insurance, surgery is high risk for me as you will see why below and my husband won't hear of it!
    After my son was born I was stuck at 160. I hated it. I was used to being a little chubby, I've always been well "endowed" but this stomach was just gross to me. I had a c-section. At first I pushed for 2 hrs, was cut, high forceps and suction but he wouldn't come out due to his shoulder width. He was 8lb 10 oz and that is big considering my size, and my husband at the time, he is barely 5'3. We had the biggest baby in the nursery that Christmas day. Yes my son waited til Christmas Eve to start his way into this world. He was born at 3:37 pm Christmas Day.

    I was a weeble wobble with him, no joke! I couldn't lose the 40lbs I so desperately wanted til a year later. Did it by myself for some number of months, joined Jenny Craig lost 10lbs, became too expensive, than they decided to hire me as a weight consultant and I learned a lot there about food and exercise and was able to lose the rest of it. I exercised my butt off though. I HAVE to, my body requires it. Just like I had to study hard to get good grades. Nothing came easy for me.

    Years later I went through a batter w/cancer. An addiction problem, than lost so much weight from phentermine while I was trying to get pregnant w/my second son and I wasn't conceiving . Luckily it was just a lack of a certain hormone that I could take to have the "right levels" and so fortunate the cancer didn't affect my reproductive system. I stopped the diet pills and went up to 160lbs . After he was born, another c-section, I suffered a pulmonary embolism, a heart and lung problem because of it, a week later after he was born. I knew I was too swollen in the hospital after his birth but the nurses just waved me off.

    I than had an allergic reaction to a new anti depressant, that wasn't monitored closely like my Dr said he would. I just kept calling with my newest problems, and unfortunately had to deal with an assistant to the Dr who had an opinion of everyone she talked to and assumed things of me and broke HIPPA regulations. Because of her that led to a lot of weight gain and the opposite effect an antidepressant is supposed to have. Caused many extra medical problems because of it. I had so much steroid in my system to help my back hence, I found out 4 of my discs in my low lumbar section of my back were basically dust and I had disc disintegration disease, and was especially feeling it than because of the excessive weight gain.
    I battled back and forth w/addiction, weight, depression etc. Recently I went through a very traumatic time and was diagnosed with PTSD. Something personal triggered a nervous breakdown. Was the worst thing I've ever felt above and beyond all I had fought through still can't grasp why that particular incident made me crack and not everything else I've been through, and there is so much more! This is the short version!

    Good news is I've been sober for over a year. I have a personality that tends to want to "disappear" when things go wrong and drugs helped me do that. I'm an addict and always will be til the day I die. I'm only human and had very small slip ups but nothing ever came as close to what I did before. I took as prescribed when I needed something and I consider that a slip up, just having to take something for pain when I had so much trouble with it in the past. I proved I could control it now. I was a changed person. This is someone who couldn't take a pain pill w/out throwing up before I got cancer and later developed a very high tolerance.

    For a year now I have devoted myself to making my body stronger and healthier everyday. I am on this site everyday for the past 2 months! Been fluctuating. Not sure of the cause. Medically everything is in order . I'm just older now, and have had a lot of damage done to my body. I thought I broke a plateau when I lost 4 lbs after months of 1lb here or there and then I was recently sick and put on an antibiotic and I'm holding water and gained it back +1, despite following my diet and exercise plan. I missed one day of working out. So who knows! It's so much harder for women than men. I know I was a weight consultant once. Good Luck and Congrats to you BeachMom45 and everyone else on here! You all give me hope that I need so badly. Especially now. Feel free to befriend me! I'm always interested in meeting new ppl on the same path, or have been on that same path. I'm a great motivator. Just not to myself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3523 days ago
    Thank you for your story. It was quite an eye-opener...and you have come VERY far in your life. You deserve kudos for that. You made a drastic choice in your life that your son will always be thankful for. Too many struggle to quit and ultimately it affects their kids...

    I've still got 50 - 70 pounds to go. However, I haven't had kids and I don't know if I will in the future...so for me it seems a waste to lose the weight, get a tummy tuck, have a child, and potentially have to get another one.

    So even if I do have stomach problems, I'll probably put up with it until after I have kids.

    Thank you for giving us so much insight into all of this.
    3525 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2625012
    Wow! You look great!
    3528 days ago
    Wholly smokes! I can very much relate to your story. I now have given birth to four beautiful children and I too worry that this saggy skin on my belly will never go away. I think you are brave and awesome. Guess I should start saving and maybe I can get my midrif looking as sexy as yours! Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3531 days ago
    You look fabulous! Your story is so inspiring. You've been through so much. I was so touched by your story.
    3532 days ago
    You are so incredible!! Thank you for sharing =) You look amazing and it's obvious you FEEL amazing! I can't wait to be where you are!
    3537 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story! Your an amazing young lady and should be so proud of yourself! I would love to get surgery when I get all my weight off. I have only begun though.
    3543 days ago
    Oh boy! Well, most of us moms can attest to the fact that our bodies are never quite the same after babies (even one) But you are so motivational with your whole story and saving for and undergoing surgery to feel better.
    You look fantastic!
    Most of all I wanted to congratulate you for turning your life around immediately when finding out you were pregnant. Just turning your back on drugs and unhealthy lifestyle and working so hard to be a good mother. That deserves a LOT of congrats!
    You have a whole life ahead of you and it is evident you will live it to the fullest.
    Best wishes in ALL you do! emoticon
    3543 days ago
  • ALR516
    You are SO inspiring! I had a 9 lb. baby boy about 2 years ago and I don't think I'll ever get off the jiggly stuff in the middle which was NEVER there before my pregnancy. I'm used to the big thighs, cellulite, stretch marks, etc. I just can't stomach the big stomach...lol. So, after I'm done with the baby business I plan to have a tummy tuck. The surgery doesn't scare me because I had a c-section the first time around and will have another one most likely so after I'm healed from that I'll get the baby weight off and look into a tummy tuck for sure. You look great!
    3579 days ago
    Congratulations. You look amazing.
    3592 days ago
    What an amazing person you are. Yes you are smart, the skys the limit for you girl. Thanks for sharing your story, I found it very inspiring, and that's what we all need around us inspiring people. emoticon
    3593 days ago
    We are same height and near starting weights. I have two boys. I'm stay between 175-185 but can't seem to get below that. I need motivation, a better plan, something... Can't wait to read more, as I've really thought about having a tummy tuck as well. However, I'm scared of the surgery, that something will happen to me all in the name of having a flat stomach... that terrifies me!
    3595 days ago
  • NIKKIB612
    Your before & after pics are amazing! After 4 kids, my tummy is in pretty bad shape & I'm only 28! Thanks for sharing & I'm really looking forward to your next blog w/ the details, since I'm looking to go down the TT route as well. You've come so far, way to go!
    3603 days ago
  • CRAFT715
    Thanks so much for sharing! I've been thinking about having the same procedure, so it was nice to read someone else's experience.
    3603 days ago
    You look great!
    3603 days ago
    emoticon You look absolutely emoticon Thank God for a successful surgery emoticon You are going to rock that bikini girl. emoticon
    3603 days ago
  • HUNNY_B24
    you look great! you overcame so much. I am about 5'2 and right now weigh 207 I am trying to lose weight, seeing your pics has been so motivating!! :)
    3607 days ago
  • CORKY1303
    Wow!! You have overcome so much!! Congrats! You look great hun!
    3609 days ago
    You have been one of my biggest inspirations since I started at SP, I looked at your page a lot. I am now down 110 pounds since I had my son, and am currently dealing with the same belly problems. I have seriously considered for a long time getting a tummy tuck, but I work a very low income job. Taking time off of this crap job would be very difficult, so I was wondering how long was your recovery?
    3611 days ago
  • JENNIFER9907
    you look amazing... can't wait to read your detail blog.. congrats on overcoming so many obstacles in your life so far. You are one strong individual and I congratulate you! emoticon
    3616 days ago
    You have come so far! Congrats! You look amazing!!
    3617 days ago
    thanks for blogging that, it was a great read. you're really brave and the TT looks amazing! :)
    3617 days ago
    Good for you!--You are back here on Spark-----Keep at it!!! You look fantastic!--Lynda
    3619 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    3619 days ago
    I LOVE your success story. What an inspiration not just with the weightloss, but with life! Thank you for sharing your story! You should be so proud of yourself.

    3620 days ago
    Please write that blog. I am thinking of having a tummy tuck and want to know all of the gory details. I want to know how much it hurts and how long it takes to heal,. I have stretch marks as well and was wondering if you had them do the majority dissappear.

    3620 days ago
    You look awesome emoticon !
    3623 days ago
  • -CORAL-
    My stomach kinda looks like your before pic too. I am also a former meth addict and quit cold turkey when I found out I was preggo with my daughter! Your after pics are awesome! I may look into that if I end up losing 10 more lbs.
    3625 days ago
    You look FANTASTIC!!!
    3626 days ago
  • HAPPY92003
    Congratulations on overcoming such huge obstacles! You have accomplished a LOT in your 21 years:) Your tummy tuck pictures look amazing..I am looking forward to your blog about the details:)


    3626 days ago
    Cool, you look great don't forget to post your blog info!
    3626 days ago
    You are such an amazing person! It takes a lot of strength to be so honest about your story. I got pregnant when I was 16 too and am soooo self concious about my stomach...maybe ill eventually get a tummy tuck too. You have done such an awesome job and you look absolutely amazing!! Youll be back at your goal weight in no time!
    3627 days ago
    I'm amazed at your lack of stretch marks....I could have the tummy tuck but I would never get my pre preggo belly back. :-( CONGRATS though...you look amazing!
    3628 days ago
    I love your story... so open and honest... I'm so happy for you! Girl I WANT THAT STOMACH... ! emoticon Oh My, flat as can be... Thanks for sharing.. Wishing you continue success and happiness! emoticon emoticon
    BTW: emoticon on overcoming all of your obstacles... emoticon Job!
    3628 days ago

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