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What I’m looking forward to – the Nip/Tuck edition

March 20, 2010

It’s been just over a week since surgery, and I am feeling remarkably good. Still a little tender, and I tire easily, so I can’t do much yet, but I am in good spirits and can at least leave the house now and then. On doctor’s orders, I’ll be taking another week off work, but I have to admit that it feels a little like guilty pleasure to be sitting around doing nothing and feeling this good rather than working. But hey – why would I disobey doctor’s orders? This week I’m hoping to do some writing and painting, now that I can sit up for longer periods of time.

As much as I’m feeling good, I’ll be honest with you – there are some things I’m really, REALLY looking forward to:

  1. Sleeping on my side again. Oh my – this sleeping on my back thing is really getting old!
  2. Movement. Almost any kind of movement. Too much rest is not good for the body, and I swear my back and joints scream at me every morning “PLEASE MOVE US! SOON!”
  3. Getting the stitches out. Friday. Yay!
  4. Going for long walks in the Spring sunshine.
  5. Running. I was really starting to enjoy the treadmill, and now that I have less flopping, I think I’ll buy some good runners and try running outside!
  6. Buying a new bathing suit! Yes, it’s true – that is the FIRST time I’ve ever looked forward to something that has always been a pure but necessary evil. Bathing suits just aren’t made for women with watermelon jugs.
  7. Shopping for pretty bras! No more ugly functional over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders! Woot! I’m going to Victoria Secret and buying the prettiest, most frivolous bra I can find! Polka dots, frills, whatever! Just because I can.
  8. Riding my bike. It’s been lovely Spring weather around here and I am envious of people who ride past my window. I want to be on my bike in the worst way.
  9. Buying button-up shirts. When the “preparing for surgery” note told me to wear a button-up shirt so that it was easy to put on afterwards, I had to really dig for one. When the buttons have a tendency of popping, you just give up on button-ups and wear a lot of t-shirts and sweaters. But I’m buyin’ some! Soon!
  10. Yoga, dance – any kind of movement that will no longer be restricted by the extra weight I was carrying in the front.
  11. Having a bra burning party! I don’t know when or where yet, but I intend to burn those babies and I want my friends around cheering me on! If I can make it work, it may even be a pajama party. Any ideas?
  12. Less self-consciousness. Less self-criticism. Less disappointment when I look at photos of myself. 
  13. Better posture. Marcel has already commented that I’m holding myself straighter and that will only get better when there’s no more discomfort.

I’m still overweight, and I’m not foolish enough to believe that this will resolve all of my body issues, but I already feel so much better now that I’m at least a little better proportioned. The best is yet to come!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. ccap permalink
    March 20, 2010 4:34 pm

    Oy. Does this mean I have to go into one of those Pepto Bismal pink VS stores when we’re on our trip? Sigh. Well, I’d do it for you.

    • heatherplett permalink*
      March 22, 2010 12:17 pm

      You’re such a sacrificial sister! 😉

  2. March 20, 2010 7:03 pm

    Can you hear the applause from my corner of the world? I am so happy for you and grateful for your honesty. I hope you are able to shout from the rooftops your joy, your glee, your newfound freedoms. Instead of a bra-burning party why not a bra give-away for women’s shelters? Just a thought. And I had a message in my email this week that Omega Institute is looking for someone to fill a leadership position – if you might be interested let me know (I can hopefully find the link) or go to their website and have a look. Celebrate yourself, Heather, because you are spectacular!

    • heatherplett permalink*
      March 22, 2010 12:19 pm

      Thanks Kim! I’ve been thinking that I’ll give away my newest bras and save the old ratty ones for burning. 🙂

      And thanks for the mention of Omega Institute. I just went to their website and I’m intrigued! It definitely fits with some of the things I want to do in my life!

  3. March 21, 2010 8:17 am

    Hang in there … since you are no longer hanging out there.

    • heatherplett permalink*
      March 22, 2010 12:19 pm

      Haha! That one made me chuckle!

  4. March 21, 2010 8:54 am

    Oh, please have a bra-burning party and post photos! I will be cheering along with you. I am also “gifted” up front and sympathize with everything you’ve said, although I’m not intending to follow the same route because I’ve made peace with the puppies and my sport, karate, hides everything under a potato-sack-like gi anyway.

    On the other hand, if, like my friend Carole, I am obliged by breast cancer to have a mastectomy, I’ll be doing what she did – have a double and get them reconstructed SMALL. I too dream of shirts that button nicely. Not that I’m wishing cancer on myself or anyone else, so no hate comments from cancer survivors please! It’s just that some people can make the best of absolutely any situation, and Carole (whose prognosis is excellent) is one of them.

    • heatherplett permalink*
      March 22, 2010 12:21 pm

      Jane – of course I’ll share some pictures when I burn the bra! 🙂

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve made peace with your size AND that your friend Carole has made the best of a bad situation. I think the important thing is that we make the choices that work for us and then live with those choices one way or another.

  5. March 22, 2010 6:02 pm

    Such a great list! On a smaller and much less profound way, I know the feeling of the joy smaller bras and button-up shirts bring. None of my shirts or bras fit when I’m pregnant or nursing (I grow many sizes), so after those 2 years of extra in the front, it’s such a relief and joy to get back to my regular size. Shopping is a great way to celebrate 🙂

  6. Dovelily permalink
    March 26, 2010 12:36 pm

    LOL – Happy bra burning!

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