Some bumps and bruises aside, dealing with other issues (including the death of my brother and parents' medical problems) and assorted chaos, I'm getting ready to go ahead with a procedure.
Fortunately, I've been engaging in Brazilian Jiujitsu these past 14 months and it has helped shrink my skin a bit as well as lose more weight and add more muscle. I won't need a full body lift but some other tightening for the stomach that will cost about 4000 dollars. Certainly better than the 15k I would have needed for a full body lift.
Between money I saved and work I did for people (and about 150 dollars in 'donations', a part of which I ended up doing work in kind for anyway), I have that amount. For those who were supportive, thank you. For those who were not, especially my anonymous watchers who make claims but can't actually prove a thing, oh well.
Recent pic, btw, about end of October. Actually lost about 15 pounds since this was taken (the last part is always the hardest).
Need to get a sitting EKG in the next few weeks and then set a day for the procedure. Most likely it will be early January, just in time for sick days at work to reset. Less recovery time for this, so if I do it on a Friday I'm back to work on Sunday Afternoon (critical systems engineer working afternoons Sunday-Thursday).
Some things I learned:
No matter what you do, some people will hate you no matter what.
I would have had this money in five weeks if I were a 19 year old girl looking for breast implants. :)
I'm not perfect, but neither are you. Still, I can be happier with myself and do things towards that end. I'd hope you would do the same.
I'll be in touch.