Today is my fourth day post-op and I'm feeling really good. I didn't take any of my prescription pain pills yesterday, which was my goal because three days of feeling woozy due to druuuugs was enough for me, thank you very much! I'm definitely sore, and my stomach muscles are very tender and let me know if I start overdoing it (like bending down to get clothes out of the dryer, etc.). Mostly I'm walking around - we even went out for a couple of hours yesterday. I wandered through PetSmart and played with the kitties that were up for adoption, but happily left with only some dog and cat treats for the current menagerie. Which, if you knew me, you would know is something of a miracle!
I have at least a week before I will go back to my workouts - and then I'll concentrate on the treadmill and bike. My surgeon said no lifting for 2 - 3 weeks...sigh. How will I EVER get my Samantha Harris arms?!? Oh well. I'm going to do what he said - I don't want to cause any problems that might delay my recovery.
As for body image, I'm doing my best to ignore my HUGELY BLOATED stomach right now. Logically I know it's a result of the air that they used to inflate it, and the swelling caused by the actual surgery itself. But it's hard to see after all the time and effort I've put into shrinking my body...time, hopefully not too much, will bring it back to normal soon.
Thanks so much for all of the encouragement and support - it has really meant a lot to me!