In case anyone's interested, here's my measurements. I didn't start measuring until I started the 2 weeks pre-op Optifast (143.8kg) even though my highest weight was 170kg because when I was at my biggest my tape measure just wouldn't reach around my belly. Going by how much of a gap there was when I tried I'd say my belly measurement was around 160cm, maybe a bit more.
First measurement was taken on 14.2.13 and I was 143.8kg. Second measurement was taken on 18.9.2014 and I was 84.9kg.
Calf @ widest part: 48.5cm - 43cm = Loss of 5.5cm
Above knee: 60.5cm - 47.5cm = Loss of 13cm
Thigh @ widest part: 79cm - 62cm = Loss of 17cm
Hip: 148cm - 115cm = Loss of 33cm
Belly (@ belly button level): 145.5cm - 110cm = Loss of 35.5cm
Waist (narrowest part of torso): 125cm - 88cm = Loss of 37cm
Bust (with bra on): 139cm - 108cm = Loss of 31cm
* I measure my waist at the narrowest part of my torso because I have a relatively high waist so it's not in the 'normal' place. (Midway between top of hip bone and bottom of ribs.) Mine is much closer to my ribs.
* I have to measure my bust with my bra on otherwise I'd be measuring only my chest and would have to take another measurement around my belly to catch my boobs.
I also started measuring my upper and lower arms plus my ribs just under my bra strap later on in the piece. I know for certain my upper arm measurement at my biggest was 44cm. (I measured it once to ascertain which size blood pressure cuff should be used on me. Turns out I used to need a thigh cuff. Now I fit the regular sized one.)
Upper arm: (1.8.13 @ 110.6kg): 38cm - 35cm @ goal = Loss of 3cm. (But total loss of 11cm since my highest weight.)
Ribs: (1.8.13 @ 110.6kg): 99.5cm - 79cm @ goal = Loss of 20.5cm
Forearm: (21.11.13 @ 98.9kg): 29cm - 27cm @ goal = Loss of 2cm (I started measuring this one when I noticed how much smaller my forearms looked in a progress photo, plus I could all of a sudden wear a jacket that I'd previously been unable to wear because it was too tight around my forearms.)
WOW!! 12 weeks today since my surgery and cant believe how I feel!!
Pre-surgery I was on 2 different blood pressure medication, plus tablets for angina and sleeping pills!!
Nowadays I take 1 low dose blood pressure tablet which the doctor thinks he will have me off in a month and other than that no other medication!!! Woo Hoo.... Oh and I sleep like a baby!! Lol
Total weight loss as of this morning is 22kgs exactly, doctor and surgeon are very happy with that, though I was kinda hoping for more but I will take it!!
I am still walking most days in the week, plus 15 minutes most days on the exercise bike and I had my first session boxing this morning and am still alive, though tomorrow could be a different story!!
I consume around 1000-1100 Cals a day anymore than that and the weight doesn't move, but if we go out over the weekend I don't worry about the calories at all!! Still working out how to get more protein in my day but getting there!
Haven't had any real issues with my band, it has 6.2 mils in it now and seems to be working well, though somedays I "think" I am bloody hungry but it is all mostly in my head!!
Somedays I eat more than I think I should but then others the band reminds whose boss and I can eat buggar all!! But i just go with it and haven't had any issues so yay!!!
My goal to get back into tennis is slowly becoming a reality and I think I may be able to have a crack at it before our family holiday in November!!!
Family support has been fantastic, hubby and my daughters are right along side me in this journey! although my sister feels i have taken the easy way out and should have just stopped drinking coke etc and eaten properly!!! And wont comment on my weight loss or if I even look different but anyway whatever!!!
My sister-in-law on the other hand has been nothing short of amazing, checks in on my progress, came for a visit overnight to check in and tell me how great I look and also organising for a large family get together to be at a seafood restaurant plus ordered the same as me and also drank only water with me for the night, so that nobody else would think it odd that I was doing it alone, god bless her heart and that all means the world to me.
So 12 weeks down the track, I am still happy with life as a bandit, yes it has its challenges, yes life is definitely different but all in all wouldn't change a thing!!!
Well its been awhile since Ive posted here.
Been and done bootcamp it was awesome and I would recommend it to everyone to try however it was getting a bit to expesive for me so I had to give it up and now have a gym membership.
In regards to my weightloss I am not losing at much as most all up probably 15kgs in the last 6 months which dont get me wrong Im happy about but I guess we always want more.
LARRY the band has been doing well no major stuck moments or anything like that i do have much more in my band than I thought i would i think im up to 6.3
There are moments i still get hungry or I feel on certain days i can eat more which worries me and I hope I havent developed a pouch or something like that.
I have started to get pains in my left hand side of my stomach pains like a stitch or a pulled muscle when you work out too much but I havent been working out too much so unsure what this could be.
I have been googeling like crazy trying to workit out and now I have got myself into a panic thinking I have made my band slip eeek.
Tried to call the nurse today but she was busy so waiting for a call back... arrgh Im prob just stressing but I cant explain the pain on my side and cant explain how i can eat more than i think i should be able to eat at certain times having so much of a fill.
Any feedback or information would be welcome from all of you
I hope you are all doing well on your journeys..
I have not blogged in such a long time. To be honest its because there has been nothing to report "weight loss" wise... I am still sitting on 79kg.
I am still eating healthy, still working out at the gym doing fitness classes, I guess you could say that my shape has changed but not much else...
I have 6.75ml in my band, going next week for more...
Feeling frustrated that I have plateaued for sooooo long. Or maybe this is the size I am meant to be? Or maybe I haven't been getting fills often enough...
At my last appointment for a fill I also saw the dietician and she couldn't really tell me anything I didn't know... I feel like I am doing all the right things...
Has anyone else had a very looonnnggg plateau but then finally started losing again?
You know the discouragement you feel, the one where every diet you tried failed... you feel like a failure yourself... again!
My counsellor keeps reminding me that I have lost 28kg... to stay positive and maybe think about accepting myself the way I am...
I am healthy, I am more confident, I can run around and be silly with my daughter.
But I have a nagging feeling its not enough... that I should weigh less than I do...
Are my expectations too high?
Another visit back to the Clinic today; only (a bit over) a two week break, thanks to my 'not losing quickly enough' last visit with the GP there... Apparently 1.9kg in the previous 4 weeks was not kosher, and I was given a slap over the wrist.
Well, today she was loving me! I lost 3kg in 16 days; so I'm now a champion loser. Don't go all postal on me now, but it may have something to do with limiting my calories to 1000-1050/day. Sorry if all the naysayers wish to advise that it's 'too low' or will 'slow my metabolism' blah blah. Guess what?! It's working for me. The GP believes that 1200 is MY maintenance intake level! and that if I'd like to continue to lose weight, then 1000-1050 is the right number FOR ME.
So, am sitting at 72 flat; and after 17 weeks that means a loss of 16.7kg (53% to goal). I will continue to aim for a kg per week, as am finding this is the right pace for me. Still on track this way to meet my second goal, of losing 20.5kg by 15/10 (5 months post-op). Now have 5.7ml in my band too.
Just keep going...
Have been a member for 3 years and just found this blog thingy so here's my first entry.
Since Friday I'd been feeling odd and ended up at the Hospital for 2 days with a drip in my hand.
On Thursday afternoon I had a small fish hook jab me in the back and over night I became unwell and I have a bug in my blood.
I'm at home now but all my joints ache, my feet are tingling and I'm light headed so since I've been off work for 2 days I'm going in tomorrow and hopefully staying all day.
The bad news is I had planned to compete in 60klm road cycling event on Sunday but now I'm not to sure.
The really good news is how surprised the doctor was when I was admitted to find out I'd reversed my type 2 diabetes because of my band and how it's given me a second chance at life.
I'm now going to take the dog for a walkies, maybe that'll make me feel better.
Sleeving it is. Even the surgeon didn't seem keen on banding, so that saved a spiel on my behalf. This is the decision I feel best about, but let's be honest, I'm shitting myself at this surgery business.
To help things, I've decided to start a photo log. Unfortunately for all of you, you can't see some photos yet because the thought of posting them for the world to see is just as scary as the surgery. To compensate, I've drawn a handy picture of myself that shows my problem areas. It will give you a reasonable idea of what I look like until the time I am ready to unleash my rolls onto the internet.
I have been eating badly lately, mostly because I've been depressed and suffering with bad anxiety/depression since buying a house.
I am really frustrated with the house, not because it's not nice but because I feel it is too small. I feel like I rushed into the purchase because my O/H is so annoying "oh you're wasting my Saturdays" and basically making house hunting feel like a complete chore than an exciting adventure. I feel like he made it out he could do things easily and cheapily but when its done, we bought he is like "I'm not putting in a deck straight away, it's going to cost x" I just think he made it sound a lot easier and quicker to do than reality or what he is capable of doing.
We didn't want to go over a budget, he didn't want to renovate. So we ended up looking at new builds or renovated houses. We bought a house that's 2 years old. Its nice but with one living/dining/kitchen area combined I am just so annoyed that it's too small. It's not like its a wide big space either. Thats probably what annoys me. The house was just so well furnished it made it look bigger or at least when we put the offer in it seemed bigger.
Anyways, I think I want to have children and I know the house cant accommodate kids, maybe a baby but not older. I feel like we could have built a house in the same area for not much money with a bigger block of land and more living space and an extra bedroom.
I know I should be grateful for getting a house and not renting etc. I just feel completely trapped and I know I could sell, but it costs so much to buy and sell a house, I don't think we'd really make a profit. We bought in the suburbs.
I just kind of wish I never bought the house but then again I know this house is too small but if I bought the perfect house I think I am scared I'd feel the same way... can I ever be happy?
I flew into the gp's room on Friday arvo with a whole spiel planned as I was unsure how she would react. Turns out, she was super about it like she is with everything! We didn't have long to chat as I had to leave to get school kids, but she recommended I at least speak to dr tony at coc, also that I reschedule Mondays' appt with dr Khaleal and that I investigate sleeving instead! She thinks a sleeve is more for me, but the surgeons will decide with me. I think she was pleased with how much I had read about it as she is pushy with patients knowing as much as possible.
I've decided not to reschedule Khaleal on Monday. She appreciates that I'm very nervous going out of my safe zone, that Baulkham hills may as well be in another country and I am desperate to stick to what is familiar. She is more comfortable with coc though because it is a wholistic service and 'she' knows it is good. She asked if I would consider seeing both so I can get a good feel and make an informed decision. That is spot on advice. She lamented that would mean 2 consultation fees, but for a $6,000 life changing operation, I think I can spare a few hundred now finding the doctor that doesn't cause me severe anxiety. I'm just doing it in the opposite order. If Khaleal doesn't inspire confidence for whatever reason then I will have no trouble picking a better service that just happens to be hours away from family....
Sleeving... I think I want a sleeve. Rather, I think the sleeve is what I am more at ease with doing. If any of the surgeons feel otherwise then I will defer to them, obviously. But given a choice, the sleeve gives me much more peace. The lapband scares me. There, I said it. I'm afraid of the band. Desperate, but fearful. I'm not afraid of a sleeve. When the gp said this, it was like a massive weight was lifted. (Haha, see what I did there?). In less than 48 hours I will be another step closer!
Have had band now for 2 1/2 years. Lost 20kgs in first year and haven't lost any since. Have 6.5 mls in my band. Last fill was beginning of this year. I am having trouble eating especially tea. One mouthful and it starts repeating, chicken stir fry, mince patties just about everything. The only things I can eat are desserts no problem at all. Have no trouble with breakfast as long as it's about 10am and can eat cottage cheese and rice crackers. I'm a bit over it. Still have 10kgs to go. Have drs appointment in 2wks but scared if I have fill out I will gain weight back.
Since having kids, I've battled my weight. I used to weigh in the 60s, now it's just over 100. I'm a type 1 diabetic. I've had 4 pregnancies that have really sped up all weight gain. They alone are a whole other story. Upshot is, I try my best, now, to eat well, exercise, to shrink to the person I used to be. But it's not working. For 15 years I have been trying the preferred options of eating well and moving more, but that weight just won't come off. Of course, I could do a lot more - more exercise and more watching my diet, and I could be like those on Biggest Loser. But that's not sustainable. For me. So here I am. I've booked an appointment with the surgeon for September 1. I don't know who this surgeon is, I don't know how much out of pocket this will cost, I don't know if I have the balls to go through with this. This is my common sense talking. It has been arguing with me so much lately. It's trying to drown out my old friend, Desperation. Desperation wants this surgery done yesterday, wants me to eat no more than a cup of food a day, wants me to wear size 12 jeans and to say goodbye to that other chin I adopted, wants that weight to just go. Now.
Husband is all supportive. I broached this the other day. He simply paused for a brief moment and said, "ok then. Good". Phew! One down... I haven't told anyone except strangers on here, the husband, and the receptionist at Dr Khaleal's. I refuse to tell my family. I'm dreading telling my gp. I just can't guess how she will react. I'll make the appointment to see her today or tomorrow... After I've made an appointment with my endocrinologist. I don't know how he will react either... I've known him for over 20 years and I still cannot read him at times. I also need to ring medibank. I've got basic hospital and top extras 70. I don't actually know what that means, except that it seems to cover dental, optical, my insulin pump, etc. it's been pretty good. I suspect it won't cover surgery. The cover has to end somewhere. I've pushed it for a long time now.
Uuuuugh. I'm stressed. Here's another thing that bothers me; I'm already kinda robotic enough. I've got clamps to stop more babies, I've got an insulin pump instead of a pancreas, I've got 8 years and counting of Zoloft to help my brain, and now I'll add a band to stop my stomach eating enough to feed an entire Ethiopian family each day? I'm not me. I'm... parts of things. Ugh... And then there's the fear of this not even working! Maybe I should do a sleeve??
After wasting the last year and stuffing around thinking that a tight band will be the magical answer to lose the extra 20kg I have gained...one ml has been removed so I can eat and live a normal life.
Now it's time to take control of my eating..
Lite and easy has been ordered, delivered and packed away ready to start in the morning.
It will be interesting to see how I go...I was amazed at the quantity of food, and I choose the lowest calorie plan.
I will give it a go for a month, if I lose weight with it I will continue on.
I haven't logged in for a while, mainly because its hard to read a weight loss site when you're sitting at your computer eating a packet of cheese and bacon balls for breakfast.
I haven't been doing too well, I've felt food obsessed, eating all the wrong things and too much of it. Feeling hardly any restriction just the occasional stuck moment if I go too fast. The weight obviously hasn't been going down and even started to creep up so I felt like a complete $4000 loser.
Anyway had my apt with Dr on Monday 18th, told him I wasn't doing too well and he agreed to up the fill to 6.5ml. He stated he was a bit worried it would be too much but to see how I go. So basically didn't really keep much down at all for the first couple of days, really feeling the restriction now. Ended up getting a migraine on Tuesday I'm sure because I hadn't eaten enough. Stayed home sick on Wednesday and finally managed some fresh raw tuna blended into a mush with an egg yolk on top. Was so happy at getting some food I repeated the process for dinner with a piece of salmon.
Then sent the rest of the night feeling like I wanted to vomit, not stuck, no pain, just felt clogged.
Anyway felt pretty queasy this morning but a cup of warm tea seems to have helped. I've had a cup of soup for breakfast, but going slow still getting some pain when eating. I'm pretty sure the Dr was right and this is too tight but my experiences with other fills is that after a while it relaxes out a bit so I'm not rushing back to get any removed just yet. Plus it is finally stopping me eating, unfortunately not stopping me feeling hungry, but at least making me feel bad enough that I don't want to eat.
Ok not a great long term solution but right now I just need a bit of a head space kick start so I'm putting up with the discomfort for a while and seeing how it all pans out. I did feel skinner this morning and OH said my bottom was disappearing so
No pain, no gain right?
Well here I am 8 weeks today since my surgery and still happy with what I have done.
Have now lost 16.8kgs it has slowed down a little but still losing so I am happy with that.
Other than the first few days after my first fill I really dont feel any restriction, and am starving some days but in general I am doing ok with that.
I seem to have around 1000 cals a day and life has become ALL about how much protein I can consume each day!!
Still walking 5 klms a day 6 days a week and just this week I am also adding in 10 minutes on the exercise bike as well.
I feel amazing!!! Havent felt this good in years and my goal now is to be able to have a game of tennis with the family when we head off on holidays in November!! Love playing tennis but havent played for years.
No real issues with anything being stuck as yet, had a couple of close calls though!! Had a couple of bits of the grand daughters vegemite sandwich and NO will not be going near bread anytime soon ;(
Some people are starting to notice the weight lose, while others are telling me I look different in the face and seem happier!!
Next fill is 5th September so hopefully that takes me a little closer to my green spot!!
So I'm having a bit of a down day today...
Have been looking at old photos, and recent shots too... though there are not too many of the recent variety, as I've preferred to stay behind the camera for a while... for obvious reasons.
I've loaded a couple of comparison shots in my gallery... the worst before pic (at heaviest) I could find, and one where I set the camera up to do an update recently. I know I've lost 13kg, but I still look at this recent pic, and think UGH. How did it get so bad?
I know comparatively I am a lot smaller than many, but it's all relative, and when I've spent the better part of my life size 8-10... to look at this pics is downright confronting (I refuse to let it be depressing).
I also know it's just a matter of keeping on track, following the guidelines, and aiming for between a 0.5-1kg loss each week... and the rest will happen, but I dunno what's up today. Perhaps I'm getting a bit bored. I'm certainly impatient. I just wish it would all happen a bit quicker.
Have been doing some word rhyming too... frumpy, dumpy, lumpy, bumpy
Had my op done today went in 6.30 went into had some pre op tabs and fell asleep about 10 it was msking me really drowsy then woke me up tooo me to their waiting room theatre about 11.20 n I went in about 11.45/12 by this time I was sooo nervous but the theatre people were really nice! And dr Dolan came in to check on me ! Then after I came out I kept falling asleep was with it and out of it all day till about 6.45/7 when I woke up properly. I have been gone sipping water and have been sipping more than I thought. The nurses gave me pain relief about 8.50/9 a strong one apparently as I hadn't been given any and my band was getting really tight and it was hurting when I was breathing in n out and the pain started to get bit better when I got up and had a walk but then came back and then they have me a lil bit extra which was something like panodeen fort or something that would just take the edge off and wasn't very strong.... It's 12.18 now an I am feeling quite good in myself still bit uncomfortable but way better than before and I think that its better than what expected but that's up to now! Just getting ready for a needle! Eek! Tattoo needles are fine I'm ok with them now but dr needles / hospital ones freak me out! Glengarry hospital has been sooo lovely all the nurses etc have been such a great help and so warming towards me ! And friendly:)
I'm having Gastric Sleeve Surgery this tuesday coming and have only just found this page (wish i found it weeks ago).
Starting to get a little nervous and wonder if im doing the right thing. I suppose this is normal behavior before some surgeries.
How have others felt before hand and how did your surgery go?
Also, is there any of Dr Leong patients here?
I found some good reviews on him but were from a few years ago. Would like to hear from some more recent people :-)
pics post op, not sure if they worked....had 4 incisions, there is one above the middle one too, tummy very swollen from the gas.
Hi today is my appt with Dr Kevin Dolan,
excited and apprehensive.....
not even sure if I am doing this blog right.....but here goes
I am 59 years old and my BMI is about 34, so a little on the smaller side for many but hate my body image....and have only ever managed to get 10kg of the excess 20kg above top ideal weight....
I have a hiatus hernia, high blood pressure, arthritis in my left knee and prolapsed discs in my lower back, have also had a c5-c6 discectomy and fusion last year, so need to drop these kilos and get healthy. Sure hoping this will be the start I need. I know there is a lot of work to do myself as well but am prepared to do it, for my health.
.good luck to all fellow bandits...
Peeling away those bandages wasn't as scary as I expected it to be.
My stomach is still super bloated and hurts from that, though I am feeling a lot better than yesterday. So day three being the worst proves to be true for me also!
The port site is causing a bit of pain when I move about but getting out of bed and off the couch is a lot easier.
I'll post another pic once the steri strips come off
I was banded on the 29th of July, it's the 31st now.. I'm feeling a lot better and the Endone is definitely helping me to sleep at night! I have to take my bandages off tomorrow, bit worried about that but I'll post a pic to show you what it looks like