I didn’t want to wear women’s underwear every day!
Blushing, I ordered a pair of size-xl, black Spanx knickers from Amazon.
I shudder to think what’s going to come up on my recommended list now, I thought. They arrived the next day. ‘These are never going to fit!’ I squeaked, holding up what looked like the tiniest piece of black stretchy fabric. But, nothing ventured. Breathing in, I wiggled and wriggled, pulling and pushing my wobbly bits into place.
And when I was done... I could zip up my jeans!
Throwing on a T-shirt, I grinned at my reflection.
For once in my adult life, I looked slim.
But I didn’t want to wear women’s underwear every day.
For a start, going to the loo without a fly wasn’t easy!
And what if I met a new man – how would I explain I wore Spanx every day?!
‘I’ve got to get a tummy tuck,’ I vowed. It was the only way.
I already had some savings. One up-side of hardly ever socialising! And my job wasn’t badly paid, so I started squirrelling away whatever I could.
Finally, in October 2016, I had a face and neck lift.
Though I hated my tummy, I could at least hide that behind my Spanx for now.
But the turkey neck and saggy jowls I’d been left with couldn’t be hidden. That alone cost me £3,250. In April 2017, I followed that with an arm lift to get rid of my bingo wings. That cost £6,500, and drained what was left of my savings.
Only, I was nowhere near done.
I still needed a tummy tuck, my back fat needed to be smoothed out, and my legs were flabby, too.
But to keep doing it in the UK would cost tens of thousands.
I researched online for less expensive alternatives, found a clinic in Poland.
In September 2017, I had a chest reduction and upper body lift costing £3,000.
They cut off and reattached my nipples for that one.
And at last came my tummy tuck, in April this year.
‘Bye bye, Spanx!’ I cheered chucking them in the bin.
To date, I’ve spent £17,450, and I have another tummytuck op lined up.
But it’s been worth every single penny.
‘You look amazing!’ my friends say.
My mum Lynn, 62, told me she was proud of me. I’m proud of me, too. I’ve dropped 12 stone – now I weigh 15st – and I’ve given my wardrobe a complete overhaul.
Instead of Spanx, I wear Calvin Klein boxers.
Believe me, they’re a lot more comfortable!
But the best bit of all is that I feel ready to start dating again.
I wasted a lot of years being fat and unhappy, but now I feel like the real me.
My life can finally begin.