So after roughly 2 weeks of exercise, I really am getting stronger. I am up to 20 minutes 4 times a week on the elliptical with no issues. The other days we are trying to walk the neighborhood. I would like to work on my punching bag but the girls have destroyed it pretending they were in the olympics, that is another story but punching is out.
I decided to attempt to start abdominal work. We have this old “ab rock it” . This picture is not ours but pretty close. You hold the handles and push forward to assist the sit up. There is no way I could do them on my own but with the rocker I was able to do several. I only did a few, may try more a little later. I wanted to make sure I did not hurt anything. I have no pain from my abdomen anymore but it remains extremely tight. This is not really a bad thing, actually one of the reasons I think it is important to get working on the muscles around it so it remains tightened.
I have finally reached a point where when I look in the mirror I am seeing something positive. The boobs, well they are a mess but there is a light at the end of the tunnel . The rest though, not too bad. Now that the swelling is basically gone, the DIEP flap is really like a tummy tuck. After 2 kids it is the tightest my abdomen has been in years. I have taken the opportunity to really focus on my diet and have exercised pretty consistently for 2 weeks. For the first time in a long time looking in the mirror is not depressing, (not like seeing fireworks either) but I see positive movement.
Continued focus, completion of the nest surgery, the future looks bright!