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  1. nerms added a post in a topic Being banded JULY 2014   

    Band just stopped working. I stopped feeling full and was able to eat literally anything. Red meat and all. Slowly crept on over the last two years after finding a partner haha too comfy maybe.. still disappointed. 
    I started seeing my mums surgeon for fills because my old doc wasn’t listening to me. I just got my band emptied all but 1ml. I think I had 8ml in there. I had a camera down to check on the band and everything is fine so not sure what happened. 
    This surgeon wants to go a gastric bypass but I can’t afford it and I’m hoping by emptying my band maybe I’ll have some luck with slowly refilling it
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  2. Queenies added a post in a topic Joint pain   

    Hi @denzel
     
    Thanks for the reply.
    I'm seeing my GP on Saturday for my blood results so I will run it by her. It's only come on in the last week and a half or so. I have finally started walking again and doing house work etc but only small walks, I did do an hr yesterday but I was sore before that and the small walks (half an hr) shouldn't be hurting my shoulder joints and leg joints anyway (much easier to do being 27.5kgs ligther) See what she says, maybe my blood results can also shed some light on it, who knows. Definitely doing less post-op than I was pre-op. That's only because I've been having all these dizzy spells, they stopped for about a week or so and now I'm starting to get dizzy again but not as bad. Frustrating, as I was feeling great last week and happy being able to do things again. 
    - Queenie.
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  3. zaruse added a post in a topic May sleevers and bypassians   

    That is awesome @Boganlicious!
    Im still on 3.8kgs lost... I’m worried it isn’t enough. 
    Dietician also said to add small portion of skinless chicken or lean meat (no bigger than palm of hand) if I’m about to die of starvation. So far I’m ok, but this is good to know- esp with a week to go.
    speaking of which: 8 sleeps! This time next week I’ll be beside myself with anticipation 
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  4. Boganlicious added a post in a topic Weigh In Wednesday   

    I had a look at cookbooks and one was sugar free except it was full of carbs such as sweet potato, pumpkin, etc. 
    My surgeon's blue book where it has lots of helpful info says carbs may be eaten once per month as a treat. I'm excited to start cooking new things. I've found a sugar free recipe for chocolate zucchini cake which is low carb. I'm making that for mine and hubby's birthdays in August. I might skip the buttercream icing as it has a cup of butter in it. No sugar but plenty of fat. I might try to find an avocado chocolate icing that's sugar free instead. I don't want to fall into old habits with sugar especially chocolate. 
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  5. denzel added a comment on a blog entry Update 21.04.2015 and general blog   

    I've gone through some of my resources here at home,  and had a good browse through "Curb the carb" by Amanda Cross.  It's not bariatric, but has good recipes with macros and meal planning. Also goes through three stages of weight loss - fast, slower, maintenance.   A lot of the recipes are 1-2 serves for folk who haven't had weight loss surgery, so it's easy enough to split the meal up into servings appropriate for me and know what the macros are for each serve. 

    GP double appointment (for other things) booked for Tues 1st May, and I'll request a referral to Dr Nicola Lowth, a LCHF dietitican, and try to get it under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

     
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  6. denzel added a post in a topic Accountability   

    I've gone through some of my resources here at home,  and had a good browse through "Curb the carb" by Amanda Cross.  It's not bariatric, but has good recipes with macros and meal planning. Also goes through three stages of weight loss - fast, slower, maintenance.   A lot of the recipes are 1-2 serves for folk who haven't had weight loss surgery, so it's easy enough to split the meal up into servings appropriate for me and know what the macros are for each serve. 

    GP double appointment (for other things) booked for Tues 1st May, and I'll request a referral to Dr Nicola Lowth, a LCHF dietitican, and try to get it under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

    Down 360 gm this week to 53.61 kg, BMI 22.7
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  7. denzel added a post in a topic Weigh In Wednesday   

    Well done @Boganlicious and @Millymollymandy! 
    I've gone through some of my resources here at home,  and had a good browse through "Curb the carb" by Amanda Cross.  It's not bariatric, but has good recipes with macros and meal planning. Also goes through three stages of weight loss - fast, slower, maintenance.   A lot of the recipes are 1-2 serves for folk who haven't had weight loss surgery, so it's easy enough to split the meal up into servings appropriate for me and know what the macros are for each serve. 

    GP double appointment (for other things) booked for Tues 1st May, and I'll request a referral to Dr Nicola Lowth, a LCHF dietitican, and try to get it under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

    Down 360 gm this week to 53.61 kg, BMI 22.7
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  8. denzel added a post in a topic Joint pain   

    Hi Queenies,
    No, I didn't suffer from this, and I haven't read of anyone else.
    Probably best if you run this by your GP as I don't think that it is weight loss related.  Are you moving more post-weight loss than you did pre-weight loss?
    All the best. 
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  9. Kimmykay added a post in a topic Problems with your lap band? Speak up or shut up!   

    I am banded (twice), 9 years now. Not a lot of problems apart from gaining weight....but that is my issue, not the band. I have tossed up having a sleeve done but I see there may be problems coming forth in the future. We all thought that banding was the answer to our weight loss prayers but years on we are seeing many people are having lots of different problems. It’s still relatively early days for the sleeve still, are we set for issues in the future? There are lots who seem to have gallbladder problems after sleeving, many go on to need bypass surgeries, reflux seems to be a massive problem. And as we know neither is a miracle cure, weight can be regained from both types of surgery. I’m not putting down anyone’s choice just thinking out loud. I still haven’t made my own decision as yet. I’m very sorry that any of you are having problems.
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  10. Millymollymandy added a post in a topic Weigh In Wednesday   

    Well done Boganlicious, this is such an exciting time for you.
    I stayed the same weight this week so I’m happy with that.
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  11. Boganlicious added a post in a topic May sleevers and bypassians   

    I started Opti Monday and am pleased to report I'm down 1kg already. It's only been 2 days. Can't wait to weight in at my dietician appointment Tuesday, I'm actually heavier on my home scales. 
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  12. Boganlicious added a post in a topic Weigh In Wednesday   

    I lost 1kg! Thank you Opti. The best part is the weight is coming off for good and I will never be this size again. Weight on my scales today was 119. 
    So happy! 1kg in 2 days is pretty amazing. 
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  13. zaruse added a post in a topic May sleevers and bypassians   

    Oh oh oh- and a chocolate dessert set in the freezer for a half an hour or more is pretty yummy too! 
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  14. zaruse added a post in a topic May sleevers and bypassians   

    It gets better! Well, I’m only on day 5 but I’m actually not hating the Opti as much as I did...
    so far I’ve done a couple veggie stirfrys- garlic and ginger yum! 
    Last night I cooked the vegan malai kofta from Opti Cook. Man, it was much, much better than I expected- so good even the hubby liked it and it will definitely go into the ‘make again’ pile.  
    This will sound dumb but having to work around Opti has made me a thousand times more aware of what and how much I eat (and scarily what I used to eat)
    Feeling good right now- happy that I’ve already lost 2.7kgs (as of this morning on my dodgy scales) even with my Sunday meal pass.
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  15. Boganlicious added a post in a topic May sleevers and bypassians   

    I started Opti yesterday. I'm surviving but I'm so hungry! I'm living off carrot sticks, tomato with spring onion, miso soup and caffeine free cinnamon tea in between meals. 
    Im going shopping Thursday night or Friday and will buy veggies for a soup. I'm really not a fan of veggie soup but I'm desperate for something more filling. 3 weeks and 1 more day til my op! 
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  16. FreshStart2 added a blog entry in Not So Yummy Mummy's Blog   

    Starting Over
    Hi All,
     I haven't actually logged onto this site for god knows how long. Years.
    Once upon a time...I was 112kg at my heaviest. Size 18..almost 20 if I'm 100% honest. It was 12months after my first child was born, and I was heavier than when I was pregnant with him! I underwent the gastric banding in Nov 2012. I stuck to the rules, ate the right foods, in the right portions, and did the right exercise. I managed to shed 37kg over the next 18months, to my lowest ever weight of 75kg (size 12), and I couldn't have been happier. I couldn't seem to get under that to reach my goal weight of 65kg but I was happy anyway.
    Unfortunately when I went back to fulltime work, an admin role, the weight started to creep back up. Juggling working fulltime as a FIFO mum was exhausting and I was become much less active. Sitting at a desk all day, indulging in the staff birthday cakes or treat lunches. I became complacent and put on about 10kg the first year I was there. Fast forward to Oct 2016 - I gave birth to my second child, and began a year-long battle with severe post-natal depression. Unfortuntely this resulted in the breakdown of my marriage as well, another reason for me to comfort-eat and not wanting to get out of bed. Between my depressive symptoms, having fill taken out (and not put back in) for my pregnancy, and various medications I was on, I piled the weight back on and I've found myself more or less back where I started.
    It's been a really rough 12 months. My youngest is now 18months old. Unfortunately I am separated (although not giving up hope), and I'm learning how to put myself first for a change.
    I joined a gym close to work late last year, and I go (amlmost) every lunchbreak for an hour during the week.
    I joined ParkRun - a 5km run (or walk) every Saturday morning, and I want to start learning how to run! My goal is to just beat my time every week, even if it's only by a minute.
    I applied and enrolled into university, something I never got to do after highschool, and come July, I will be starting a bachelor degree in Psychology. I'm so excited about this and see it as an investment in my future.
    I also am considering moving back to my home-state (WA) to be with my family again, after 7 years of living in Adelaide with my husband. I am hoping we will work things out and he'll come with me, but I'm preparing to go on my own (with the kids) if he won't.
    All of the above sounds like a lot to handle at once but I'm determined to make it happen. It's going to be the year of ME, and I'm trying to find myself again. I'm following my heart, feeding my mind and trying my hardest to regain my fitness. I'm starting over today on Optifast, 3x a day for 12 weeks for that kickstart I so desperately need. I'm also planning to make an appointment and reconnect with my banding doctor, have a bit more fill put in and work with him to lose the weight again.
    Most importantly, I've rejoined this community to find the support and encouragement I've been missing he last few years as I struggled to control my weight on my own.
    This is Day 1....107kg, size 18
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  17. Queenies added a topic in Sleeve Central   

    Joint pain
    Hi everyone,
    Just wondering if it's normal to experience joint pains after sleeve surgery. I am 5 weeks post op and have only just started feeling better and being able to move like walking, doing house work etc because I was dealing with dizzy spells due to low BP. I have noticed though that my leg joints hurt when walking, my shoulders are sore and the back of them. Sore back sometimes too. I assume it's because of rapid weight loss and the ligaments haven't caught up with the weight loss kinda thing and my muscles are just sore. 
    Let me know what you have experienced.
    Thanks,
    - Queenies. 
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  18. denzel added a post in a topic Changes you didn't expect   

    I have found that since weight loss I have more respect from other folk, including from strangers. 
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  19. denzel added a post in a topic Changes you didn't expect   

    @Irene B - the gastric sleeve helped me to get over my licorice and pink doughnut addiction!  So much easier to stick to healhy eating - real food, not processed.
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  20. Irene B added a post in a topic Changes you didn't expect   

    Hi Boganlicious
    While I have always loved chocolate, it is actually jelly beans, licorice etc that have always been my downfall.  Cakes, biscuits etc don't bother me overly, although I have always loved a great Pumpkin Pie.    Thank god for the surgery as I am very conscious of needing to make the choice between good healthy food and crap.  If I don't make the best of choices, my health long term will suffer and I had this surgery to be the best I can be for the rest of my life.  I am hopeful that with time the sugar craving will eventually dwindle away to next to nothing. 
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  21. denzel added a post in a topic Problems with your lap band? Speak up or shut up!   

    @ladyfortythree AKA Julie  good news re you -  well done on your weight loss. I am so terribly sorry for your sister. 
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  22. ladyfortythree AKA Julie added a post in a topic Problems with your lap band? Speak up or shut up!   

    Hi thanks, I am only occasionally lurking on here these days. Still have my band, lost and  regained but losing again. I've only managed about 8 kilos in the last year but at least its going down. My sister has some multiple issues some sleeve related some not but she is due to go into hospital to have her stomach dilated, hoping it works, she still throws up most meals, Her oesophagus  is stuffed  basically now and sometimes the muscles dont push the food down so it just sits until she throws up, sometimes it goes down.  She has been told that some of the surgery they want to do will help but basically as time goes on she will end up on an all liquid diet. we are hoping that will not be for a long time. 
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  23. Boganlicious added a post in a topic Changes you didn't expect   

    Hey IreneB sorry to hear you still have a sweet tooth, just shows that everyone is different post surgery. 
    Is it chocolate you crave or sugar in general? I've read magnesium really helps with chocolate cravings. I generally crave sweet things in general. Vanilla slice is one of my favourites. Chocolate I have zero self control, even if I have a huge servings it hits the spot but doesn't if that makes sense. 
    I have been checking out no sugar, low carb recipes. Only thing I'm finding is most of them have butter or cream in them. I was hoping to keep it low fat too. I actually look forward to trying healthy alternatives. I'd love to give pumpkin pie a go. I actually had some a couple of weeks ago (the real thing) and while it was sweet the thing that I loved the taste of was the cinnamon. When we get together with my husband's family I'm always asked to bring the dessert because "you're good at making them". I hope my alternatives taste good. I think they will I just hope everyone else agrees. 
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  24. Irene B added a post in a topic Changes you didn't expect   

    Hi RT05
    I too am not in to coffee so much these days.  I can still drink a coffee, but I find that I just cannot stomach very much of it.  I have always been more of a tea drinker anyway, but I still liked to have a coffee or two in the afternoon, not very often now.
    On a sad note for me, I find that my sweet tooth is still here more than I would like as that is really what got me in to so much trouble over the years.  I had cut sugar out completely before my surgery I find that I still do fang for some on occasion.  I think as long as I can stay away from it I won't have a problem.  We'll see
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  25. denzel added a post in a topic Accountability   

    Hi @zaruse - thanks for checking me out!
    With the tiny cutlery you can't load as much food onto it as you can normal adult sized cutlery.  This is beneficial in that when you are transitioning onto purees etc post-op it helps you to not take a big mouthful.  And it slows down your eating as you can't shovel so much in  lol! 
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