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So yesterday  and today i have eaten things im not ment to, but i have struggled and i am over optifast was ment to have my op today but was moved to 1st of December, already done 4 weeks of optifast. Couldn't go another 2 weeks with out something!! I feel bad about it but at the same time i know i will be back on track tomorrow  and can hopefully  move on. 

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

Countdown to op day.

So.... 3 days to go! I can't wait!  Any last minute advice would be appreciated..... something you wish you'd been told beforehand? I know there's a few of us heading in for the op soon. I bought this book yesterday, it has great ideas and recipes for each phase of the process. 

Wishing

Wishing

 

Disappointed

So i went and saw the doc for my pre op surgery appointment and he didn't  say much about the 10kg i had lost just that i needed to loose another 5kg before my op.  Don't know why i was expecting a job well done, but i kind of was. No one in my life has really said much about it, other then my best friend. So i feel kind of disappointed that i have done all this hard work and no one has noticed  or if they have said nothing. I think its a bit selfish, but iam allways the one to tell people they look good if they have lost weight or that their hair/clothes/makeup looks good. I just want someone to say it back!!  But enough worring about other ppl i think, i need to complement myself, and encourage myself. Don't  know why i feel i need to have others say it. Why can't  i just be strong on my own? Why can't  i keep myself motivated? Hopefully i find the answers on my journey. 

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

Thoughts

So im at the doc office  for my pre op appointment  and i can't  stop looking at the other women waiting  and thinking has she had it done? Is she here to have it done?  I wonder if they are looking at me thinking  the same thing? Are we all just sitting here silently thinking about each other? Or is it just me? I know they probably look at me funny as im one of those  ppl who talk out loud to myself  when reading stuff. Bought my own magazine to read and its one of the fashion  ones. Ive been spending time looking at mags and womens bodys that i would like to have just to help myself visualize a healthy body. My mum strongly thinks this will help, so its worth a try.  Oh! Just made eye contact with one of the ladys. We are about the same size except  she looks like she can sit in these chairs with out them digging in to her legs, unlike me!  There is also a lady who regularly  shops at my work and now im wondering if i should ask her about it next time she comes in? Or would it just be weird? Well better go before the doc comes.......

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

Swimwear

I like this! It would cover all the incisions from the circumferential abdominoplasty, + also when I have the breast and thigh lift, would be suitable (Ot5herwise I'd want something supportive for the boobies): ahttp://www.asos.com/au/Motel/Motel-Cinch-Swimsuit/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5376714&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed
 I can't work out the sizing though, and as in no need for swim wear (my boys age 8 Op Shop board shorts +/- bikini top will have to suffice for now, I haven't been at the beach since Jan 2014 anyway   ) So, in no hurry to purchase now.  But it's the first pair of bathers that I have seen and liked for a long time!        

denzel

denzel

 

Countdown to band removal

I posted awhile ago now about making the decision to go from a band to a sleeve. I only had the band placed at the beginning of May, but I am so ready to have it out. When it was working well it felt too tight and even with the tiniest amount out I am hungry all the time. I don't feel I made the right choice. I am so pro weight loss surgery though. I know most people feel as though a bypass is extreme and everyone says don't do it but honestly if I could that is what I want. But my surgeon is going to do the sleeve for me. I am getting the band out 18th Nov, so only a couple of weeks to go. I am really hoping that I have more success with the sleeve - I am really looking forward to eating certain things again - mostly healthy things too. I am absolutely shit scared about the time in between band removal and the sleeve surgery which I am going to push for early Feb. I had lost 18kg (93kg) but I seem to be bouncing back up as I am at 96kg now (15kg lost). And I haven't even had the band removed yet! My whole health at the moment has been really shit. I have basically stopped exercising and have been eating a lot of shit foods (why is it so easy to eat junk?!). So I know exactly why I have put weight back on. It's like I can even get the motivation to try at the moment. I keep trying to work myself up to it but I haven't succeeded, yet!  However, I have recurrent major depression and that has been spiraling the last month or so...I know the impact that has...but I keep trying to push through, and the psychiatrist and I are swapping and adding different medications so we will get there eventually. I remain hopeful, and I probably depend to much on the idea that weight loss surgery is going to be it for me. But inside I know that it is a tool to utilise and you only get out what you put in. As the sleeve surgery gets closer I will need to get as much support as I can to make the most of this opportunity. It works if you work it.  

newb_rach_2015

newb_rach_2015

 

Daily mo

I spend so much time  looking at other peoples before and after photos and videos, just thinking of the day it will be me! It sometime feels like it will never happen but lately i feel like i can really do it this time and it scares me. 

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

Targets

So today i have been thinking about what my weight goals are as the dietitian asked me and i didn't  have any. Just want the weight off!! There are so many different weights that are ment to be a healthy weight for me, it ranges between 60-75kg, so just not going to think about that for now. My first goal was to get to 119kg witch i reached today!!! Yay!! So my next is 100kg then 95kg and then 88kg, 88kg is what i was when i was around 16 and that was after losing weight, before then i don't know what i was i.  Just to be under 100kg will be super happy for me, i dont even rember what its like to be under 100.  Went for a walk on my lunch brake at work and looked at all the dress shops that one day i will be able to shop in! At the moment there are only 2 shops i can buy clothes out in the mall where i work. There are about 10 other shops i always looked away from when walking out in the mall coz i didn't  want to see something i liked and know there wouldn't  be a size to fit me. But yesterday i was excited  looking at things and thinking i could buy that dress soon or that top! First   bit of real excitement i have had other then being 119kg today.  On the down side, got to end of the mall and found a new food stall that makes nuttela and cream crapes and other sweet crapes, like come on!!! Why? i was having such a good time thinking  of being thiner and now bam!! Food, new delicious food! And on top of that there where nice looking men working behind the counter in tuxedos with thigh wight shirts showing their wonderful bodys. So not only is it nuttela its hot men!!! Had to use all my will power to turn around and walk away. Guess thats a good thing.   

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

9 Month Update

All going well here now.
 
I had a couple of unwell months with diarrhoea and weakness, and had dropped down to 41.82 kg, body fat 18.6% a couple of weeks ago.  My GP was starting to get concerned when I got down to 45 kg, which was the level at which Jo Anne Dembo had said that she didn't want me under, and to contact her if I did.
 
I have to say that I am very disappointed with Jo Anne Dembo.
I last saw her in July (I had a total of seven visits to her, five under a Chronic Disease Management Plan) and we discussed the problems with my diarrhoea (she just advised me to increase my fibre and to have smooth peanut butter.  We also discussed strategies for me to maintain my weight without losing more, to which she advised me to increase my intake of "healthy" fats such as avocado.
I contacted the day after that appt as I have done a huge amount of reading on diets etc, and all my reading indicated that maintaining a low-carb higher fat diet would actually just lead to more weight loss...didn't hear back on that one.
I have cut out sugar and other sugar substitutes, and refined carbohydrates (I have been a big proponent of low carb for years, obviously had a big problem with portion control and occasional carb-fests to get me obese lol!).
Interesting reading:  http://whatthefatbook.com/top-tip-tuesday-20th-oct-profiling-nic-gill-for-wtf-sports-performance/ 
 
Anyway, my weight loss continued along with the diarrhoea.  I kept advising her by email, and heard nothing from her.
I went to my GP last month, did a stool test and grew Campylobacter, for which I was put on antibiotics as my GP did not want me to lose any more weight.  The antibiotics worked well, and I have put on a bit of healthy weight, my nausea has gone and food intake has increased.
She also wanted me to go back to Jo Anne Dembo, I didn't go as I really didn't think that Jo Anne could offer me anything new, and we had already discussed the issues back in July.
 
So this is where I am:
  Month Date Weight BMI Body Fat % 0  2nd Feb 70.48 30.5 42.5 1   2nd Mar 63.32 27.4 39.3 2  6th Apr 59.69 25.83 35.1 3  4th May 55.88 24.18 32.9 4  1st June 53.97 23.35 30.4 5  6th July 48.89 21.12 26.4 6  3rd August 46.53 20.13 23.6 7  7th September 45.99 19.99 20.6 8  5th October 43.54 18.8 19.2 9   2nd November 43.63 18.88 17.2  
I am very happy with that.
I am a mini-me, and have resorted to wearing boys shorts/jeans, ages 8-10.
 
I've had two consults at Sculpt Surgery for abdominoplasty and bilateral arm lift.  They were really lovely there, but came in lots more expensive than who I have decided to go with, Sam Cunneen.
 
I am booked at Bethesda Nov 17th.
And if all goes well, will be looking at having bilateral thigh and breast lifts.

denzel

denzel

 

Optifast

Two to go before surgery. Weight today is 108.4kg. I has a lovely dinner with my family last night at a delicious restaurant and today I've started the optifast pre surgery diet. Yum.  The next two weeks can't go fast enough, I just want this done!  

Wishing

Wishing

 

First steps

So i don't  100% know what a blog is, i guess its just like a diary only every one can read it. Thats what mine will be, so sometimes it might not make sense.  Not much to put in to it today just wanted to start one to help with my lifestyle change. Think its better to get whats in my head out and i have always had a diary but better get with the times and do it online.  For those of you who read this and follow it, thank you i hope i don't  disappoint you. Just as a side note, took my dog for a walk tonight and out in the middle of nowhere a golf bag, boy did it scare the poop out of my dog. 

Juggalette_Naomi

Juggalette_Naomi

 

Low Fat Diets Slammed

"A major analysis published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, which looks at 53 long-term studies carried out since 1960 comparing diets – involving more than 68,000 people – says the old advice to cut the fat was wrong." "There is no good evidence for recommending low fat diets". The Low Carb and Mediterranean diets were better for weight loss in the short term although in the long term evened out because people couldn't 'maintain the diet'. Hopefully one day eating predominantly REAL FOOD and less refined carbohydrates and sugar won't be called a diet, it will simply be known as: eating. http://www.theguardian.com/…/low-fat-diets-slammed-major-ne…

denzel

denzel

 

19 days and counting!

My weight has been a self fulfilling prophesy. Since I was a teenager, with protruding hips and collar bones, I was convinced I was overweight. Determined to wear that bikini, but hideously embarrassed about my body. Everybody, and I mean everybody was, in my mind, skinnier, prettier, smaller, better....  In my mid 20s entering my weight on a form as 64kg (I'm 165cm) I was overwhelmed by the shame of obesity.  When I got married 20 years ago I weighed about 75kg and the dressmaker continuously referred to me as one of her 'bigger brides'. In my head all I heard was the message that I was fat. If I could only turn back the clock and give myself a good slap!! Even as I face gastric sleeve surgery I doubt I'll see that unappreciated and much maligned 64kg mark again.  I'll be happy with the wedding weight 75!  So.... Now I'm 53 years old, mother of 3 teenagers and a miserable, unhealthy, life stifling 110kg. I have type 2 diabetes, which is managed but terrifying. My 'netball knees' are suffering under the weight and I'm stuck in the cycle of needing to exercise but being too unfit, tired and miserable to be able to motivate myself. You name a diet I've tried it! 5:2, Atkins, soup, Weight watchers, Jenny Craig, Dukan, Impromy (the best of the lot) ....... the list is so long. I've had some success along the way only to find them unsustainable and I so easily slip back into old habits and the weight creeps back like some insidious cloak of shame and failure.  My GP has been suggesting surgery for a few years now, I didn't really take it seriously. The cost for a start, even with private health insurance, was a major factor. Three kids were the priority and I felt selfish even thinking of spending thousands on my lack of self control. At my local weigh watchers group the leader spoke with disdain of those who chose surgery over 'grit and determination'. She spent many meetings telling us of the horrendous side effects and the damaged caused to the body from this unnatural practice. She looked suspiciously at new members that lost "too much" weight and speculated on their surgical status. She'll be mortified at my impending defection to the 'dark side'!!  (....and secretly I can't wait to run into her in six months time!!) With my health getting progressively worse, no energy, headaches etc, I've found myself withdrawing from life. I don't want to meet friends, go to work functions, meet new people, I don't want to go out with family....I'm just too tired. And fat. This, my friends, is not healthy mentally or physically. I don't want to miss out. I want to participate, actively, in my family's life. Now finances are more flexible I've decided to take the plunge, much to the delight of my GP and the horror of my husband. He's a born worrier so I expected nothing less.... but he's supportive. I meet with the surgeon and in what seems like a bit of a whirlwind, my surgery is booked for Monday the 16th of November. Day one of my second chance. So, so, so excited!       

Wishing

Wishing

 

My Reconstructive Surgery Journal

I thought that I had better start up my own journal of having, (or not), reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss instead of hijacking kazbo's! So have gone through my posts both on bandingtogether.com and gastricsleevesupport.com to which I also belong (same username and profile photo lol!). So here goes: CATCH UP POSTS   30/09/2015 gastricsleeve.com Just discovered this site - and hopefully this gives those of us who have excess skin from weight loss as opposed to post-pregnancy (different Medicare items) hope: http://www.plasticsurgeryhub.com.au/medicare-revoking-tummy-tuck-funding-item-30177/ I am going to see a plastic surgeon tomorrow (!) re my saggy, baggy, wrinkly tum and my arms - I'm not just talking "tuck shop" or "bat wings" or "ta ta's", I am talking the upper ie visible surface of them on the upper arm - BAD crinkles. (I seem to have lived the last 20+ years in 3/4 length sleeves *sigh* to hide my upper arms. ALWAYS had big arms  ) Dr Sam Cunneen, West Perth. I am also having a nurse consult at another practice next week - this is the practice that my bariatric/hernia surgeon is affiliated to, so I guess that if he is affiliated to them, and if they give me a GOOD discount, then I'm going to have it done while I still have some Medicare and top level Medibank rebate, 'cos when I move back to NZ (whenever that may be) - I would NEVER be able to afford it there. On full Disability Pension now too, And I have already gone above the "Safety Net" for Medicare this year, so should get more back as rebates, hopefully. Dr Hanh Ngeyen, Nedlands. Will keep you posted...   01/10/2015 QuirkyQuaintrelle gastricsleeve.com “Best of luck with your appointment Denzel! From what I can gather, the upcoming changes aren't going to effect patients with massive weight loss so fingers crossed I'll still qualify when it's my turn when my PHI kicks in next year. I'm greedy and want my tummy, thighs and bum all taken care of! Make sure you let us know how you go - good luck!”   01/10/2015 Thanks QuirkyQuaintrelle! I didn't end up going today as I had a really upset tummy...but will re-schedule as he seems quite cheap.   12/10/2015 bandingtogether.com Oh wow Kazbo!!! I am so excited for you!!! I am looking at having a tummy tuck and arms lifted. Later on a breast uplift and thighs lifted Quotes, note neither of these include the Anaesthetist: "Thanks for your website enquiry to Dr Sam Cunneen through WhatClinic. Your arms and tummy are certainly something we can help you with. We would need to see you at least twice for consultations prior to booking surgery for you, as there is a lot to consider with these procedures and especially given your medical history. As a rough idea of costings for surgery you would be looking at around $6500 - 7500 for Dr Cunneen' surgery fee with anaesthetist and/or hospital fees on top of that." I have been in contact with them querying that cost as it seemed remarkably cheap to me. I had an appt, but had to post-pone due to a ghastly tummy upset, so have reappointed. Sculpt Surgery - really lovely, I went there and had a long consult (free) with the nurse consultant Theresa Chung. I felt totally comfortable with her and she went though everything in detail. "Attached is your quote as requested. If you do not wish to have the circumferential lipectomy (being cut around the back) then the surgeon fee is $12000 for the abdominoplasty and the arm lift." OK, here is my latest research. I rang Medibank to find out of the hospital costs are for Items 30177 and 30171 are covered - yes, for me (I have top-level cover and have well and truly met qualifying period) IF the surgeon fills out a "Specialist Exemption Form" otherwise the procedures are considered cosmetic, and therefore no hospital cover. Here is the Medicare info: Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES 30171 Group T8 - SURGICAL OPERATIONS Subgroup 1 - GENERAL LIPECTOMY wedge excision of skin and fat, not being a service associated with items 45564, 45565 or 45530 and not being a service to which item 30165 applies, 2 OR MORE EXCISIONS (H)Multiple Services Rule (Anaes.) (Assist.) Fee: $691.75 Benefit: 75% = $518.85 See para T8.8 of explanatory notes to this Category)   Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES 30177 Group T8 - SURGICAL OPERATIONS Subgroup 1 - GENERAL LIPECTOMY radical abdominoplasty (Pitanguy type or similar), with excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, repair of musculoaponeurotic layer and transposition of umbilicus, not being a service performed within 12 months after the end of a pregnancy and not being a service associated with a service to which item 45564, 45565 or 45530 appliesMultiple Services Rule (Anaes.) (Assist.) Fee: $985.70 Benefit: 75% = $739.30 (See para T8.8 of explanatory notes to this Category)   Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES T8.8 Lipectomy - (Items 30165 to 30177) Multiple lipectomies, e.g., both buttocks and both thighs attract benefits under Item 30171 once only, i.e. the multiple operation rule does not apply. Medicare benefits are not payable in respect of liposuction, except in the circumstances outlined in Items 45584 and 45585.   Lipectomy items 30165 and 30177 may not be claimed for patients if performed within 12 months after the most recent pregnancy.   Lipectomy items 30165 to 30177 cannot be claimed in association with items 45564, 45565 or 45530. Where the abdomen requires closure with reconstruction of the umbilicus following free tissue transfer (45564, 45565) or breast reconstruction (45530), item 45569 is to be claimed. Related Items: 30165 30168 30171 30174 30177   Multiple Operation Rule The fees for two or more operations, listed in Group T8 (other than Subgroup 12 of that Group), performed on a patient on the one occasion (except as provided in paragraph T8.2.3) are calculated by the following rule:- - 100% for the item with the greatest Schedule fee plus 50% for the item with the next greatest Schedule fee plus 25% for each other item. Note: (a) Fees so calculated which result in a sum which is not a multiple of 5 cents are to be taken to the next higher multiple of 5 cents. (b) Where two or more operations performed on the one occasion have Schedule fees which are equal, one of these amounts shall be treated as being greater than the other or others of those amounts. (c) The Schedule fee for benefits purposes is the aggregate of the fees calculated in accordance with the above formula. (d) For these purposes the term "operation" only refers to all items in Group T8 (other than Subgroup 12 of that Group). This rule does not apply to an operation which is one of two or more operations performed under the one anaesthetic on the same patient if the medical practitioner who performed the operation did not also perform or assist at the other operation or any of the other operations, or administer the anaesthetic. In such cases the fees specified in the Schedule apply. Where two medical practitioners operate independently and either performs more than one operation, the method of assessment outlined above would apply in respect of the services performed by each medical practitioner. If the operation comprises a combination of procedures which are commonly performed together and for which a specific combined item is provided in the Schedule, it is regarded as the one item and service in applying the multiple operation rule. There are a number of items in the Schedule where the description indicates that the item applies only when rendered in association with another procedure. The Schedule fees for such items have therefore been determined on the basis that they would always be subject to the "multiple operation rule". Where the need arises for the patient to be returned to the operating theatre on the same day as the original procedure for further surgery due to post-operative complications, which would not be considered as normal aftercare - see paragraph T8.2, such procedures would generally not be subject to the "multiple operation rule". Accounts should be endorsed to the effect that they are separate procedures so that a separate benefit may be paid.   Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) benefit cap for items subject to the multiple operations rule, where all items in that claim are subject to a cap are calculated from the abated (reduced) schedule fee. For example, if an item has a Schedule fee of $100 and an EMSN benefit cap equal to 80 per cent of the schedule fee, the calculated EMSN benefit cap would be $80. However, if the schedule fee for the item is reduced by 50 per cent in accordance with the multiple operations rule provisions, and all items in that claim carry a cap, the calculated EMSN benefit cap for the item is $40 (50% of $100*80%). Related Items: 13506 30084 31539 31542 31545 34527 34528 34530 35518 35614 36851 37217 37339 41884 48660 48663 48666 48669 48672 48675 48684 48691 48692 48693   14/10/15 bandingtogether.com I met with Dr Hanh Nguyen at Sculpt Surgery today, along with his nurse Theresa, who I had met at my last consultation - she is so lovely, and I feel relaxed with her.   I am a "good candidate" for the proposed procedures - circumfrential abdominoplasty and bilateral brachioplastys as I have little fat, but lots of skin!   She will be getting back to me with updated costs - she is going to talk to the surgeon and they are going to try to bring it down due to my financial status.   Then had my GP appt later, she doesn't want me to do anything until my weight loss has reversed and I start putting on some weight - she wants me back up to 45 kg (I had dropped to 42.5).  Got some 'results' back from some recent 'tests' and have got a gut infection - no wonder I've had a problem with diarrhoea and loss of appetite lol!.  She also wants me to re-visit the dietician, who I don't think will be able to offer me any advice than what I had discussed with her last time - ie ongoing weight loss and diarrhoea *sigh*.   15/10/15 jellybelly89 to me bandingtogether.com “Have your surgeons confirmed if you're still eligible for Medicare Denzel? There is so much conflicting information on what the new criteria is, have they given you anything?”   15/10/2015 me to jellybelly89 No, I looked it up on the Medicare site - the surgeon gave me the item numbers. Update: The nurse has just rung me with new, improved costs, having discussed it over with the surgeon and the anaesthetist. She confirmed that they have received an email from Medicare re rebate for abdominoplasty and the changes aren't expected to take place until the middle of next year. They have brought the cost for bilateral arm lift and circumferential abdominoplasty down to $13,000.00, and which I'll get a rebate of Fee: $691.75 Benefit: 75% = $518.85, so Medibank will pay approx. $172.00. And there will be $1,000.00 gap for the anaesthetist. Because I am having both bilateral arm lift and circumferential abdominoplasty it will be about a 7 hour op.   15/10/2015 leya22 to me bandingtogether.com “I remember Theresa from my days at Hollywood too, she is super lovely. . . . I hope you go ahead with Sculpt, they are a really fantastic team!”   15/10/2015 Oh wow leya22, thank you for the above feedback! Theresa is super lovely, she is so easy to be with that she feels like an old friend! Yes, I am going ahead with Sculpt, with Dr Nguyen operating, and Theresa being a support person. She even visits her clients in hospital post-op! I'll be operated on at Hollywood. Hope that the staff there are better than the ones at Murdoch. - ferkin' scary there. We are looking at November 27th that gives me time to get some stuff organised in my personal life ie sale/no sale of my house and that then impacts on me moving/not moving back to NZ, get over my gut infection, and put on a couple of kgs - GP is quite concerned about that and doesn't want me to have surgery until I do).   15/10/2015 leya22 to me bandingtogether.com “Hanh is a really great surgeon, his follow-up is fantastic, and as you mentioned Theresa will visit you on the ward post-op and change your dressing etc. they provide a really great service!! I worked on John Carroll ward at Hollywood, which is where you will most likely stay, there has been a few staff changes since I left but quite a few that are the same and they are a really great team of nurses, I actually really miss working there! I look forward to hearing of your progress with the surgery :-)”   16/10/2015 Me to QuirkyQuaintrelle gastricsleevesupport.com Honey, you aren't greedy! You'll be pleased to know that the changes in Medicare won't happen until the middle of next year - the nurse from where I have decided to go - "Sculpt Surgery" confirmed that. I met with Dr Hanh Nguyen at Sculpt Surgery on Wednesday, along with his nurse Theresa, who I had met at my last consultation - she is so lovely, and I feel relaxed with her. I am a "good candidate" for the proposed procedures - circumferential abdominoplasty and bilateral brachioplastys as I have little fat, but lots of skin! She got back to me with updated costs - she talked to the surgeon and they are going to try to bring it down due to my financial status. I also had that consult bulk billed. Then had my GP appt later, she doesn't want me to do anything until my weight loss has reversed and I start putting on some weight - she wants me back up to 45 kg (I had dropped to 42.5).  Got some 'results' back from some recent 'tests' and have got a gut infection - no wonder I've had a problem with diarrhoea and loss of appetite lol!.  She also wants me to re-visit the dietician, who I don't think will be able to offer me any advice than what I had discussed with her last time - ie ongoing weight loss and diarrhoea *sigh*. I am delaying having it done until 27th Nov, gives me time to sort out things here IN CASE my house sells, or not, which then impacts on me moving back to NZ. + to get my gut back on track, and put on a couple of healthy kgs. I have had some good feedback from another forum I am on re who I am going with, and the hospital where I will be operated at. "Hanh is a really great surgeon, his follow-up is fantastic, and as you mentioned Theresa will visit you on the ward post-op and change your dressing etc. they provide a really great service!! I worked on John Carroll ward at Hollywood, which is where you will most likely stay, there has been a few staff changes since I left but quite a few that are the same and they are a really great team of nurses, I actually really miss working there!"   16/10/2015 me to leya22 Thank you so much for this leya22, great to hear positive and reassuring things (I'm a nurse as well, so know the difference between good care and poor care).   ‎16‎/‎10‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎29‎:‎02‎, kazbo said: “Now I've made the decision, I'm starting think that it'll be a great opportunity to get a few other things done (like my double chin lipo'ed and lifted and the stubborn fat on my soccer ball hips lipo'ed). I wonder how many people go through this "oh well seeing you are going to be working on me you may as well...[insert cosmetic items here]"   16/10/2015 Later I would like a thigh lift and breast (what is left lol - I used to have biggies, not anymore!) lift. Don't want an enhancement there, I would be happy just to have small perky ones! 'Cos I am little, with little fat, they are able to do my arms and circumferential abdominoplasty all in one go. Some bigger folk, they can't do the circumferential abdominoplasty in one op.   16/10/2015 Ohhhh, Sam Cunneen in West Perth is much cheaper, by about $6,500 .  I'll keep my appt I had made with them for next Thurs.   Mind you, I could always save a heap of dosh and  do a "do-it-yourself" tummy tuck lol!   22/10/2015 I went to my 1st appt today with Sam Cunneen, was very impressed with him. Here I am having a 3D photo.    

denzel

denzel

 

New progress pics

13 months since my journey began and I've ditched over 38kg. I'm noticing lots of stretch marks and loose skin which is losing it's elasticity. Also my head is not believing the mirror - I'm struggling to accept a positive attitude towards myself - who'd have thought that it'd be so hard??

BHgirl14

BHgirl14

 

I am back - you are lapbanded to lose weight so eat like a lapbander

Life... Just realised that it will be 4 years for my lapbandanniversary in January 2016. A time I would really like to be at goal weight. I think my weight is between 102 and 105 kg right now and I need to work on being back to 97kg ASAP so i feel and know that i am back to my second pre preg / 6 month band success weight before I fell pregnant. I feel so blessed as I type this, I am sitting next to my beautiful 2 daughters 4.4 and 2.6 years old. My beautiful girls for whom I want to live as long as physically possible and to be healthy and a wonderful role model.   So its time to hop on the bandwagon. I joined the Glen Iris braiatic centre and saw doc there about 3 times so far for band adjustments.. I lost about 6 kg in a year which i am happy about but when i was scared to eat solids I went and got band a bit loosened. I need to consider nutirition, calories, exercises, water drinking etc. I am eating yummy home cooked meals made by mom so i cant complain and band is definitely giving me signs on when to stop eating. Started eating what a normal person would eat though and glad not over eating but definitely need to start eating like what a banded person should be eating. I am feeling utterly completely exhausted most days. I am not sure whats bringing this, i did blood tests and its all fine. I am starting to feel as tired as i was feeling when i decided i needed this surgery, I really need to lose weight and get back to my goal weight so my body can function at its optimum and mind too. I feel like i am not letting ppl complete their sentences, getting v impatient, jumping a bit from topic to topic, not able to maintina house clean/ have 0 motivation and all that jazz.    I actually went on youtube to watch what is involved internally when they do the lapband surgery. certainly has put things in perspective and i need to start working on this lap banded body to get to my goal weight. my new mantra is you are lapbanded to lose weight so eat like a lapbander. I am not watching what n how much n when am eating, i need to go back to my fitness pal for calorie counting and do a log of all i am eating so let me start by writing and being accountable for each day :   Today I woke up at 8am and between getting 2 kids ready for kinder , packing lunch boxes, giving them breakfast and all I made myself an instast coffee with 1 sugar but i hated it so didnt drink much. instead i took mum out for brunch. I had 10am COFFEE WITH 1 SUGAR, 2 SOURDOUGH TOAST WITH AVOCADO FETA N TOMATO. Then for lunch 2pm  I had SCRAMBLED EGG ON A BROWN TOAST. For early dinner 4.45pm 3 POORIS, CUSTARD WITH FRUITS. Then i took my daughter for her dance class and was angry n hungry at 8pm so ate 4 POORIS, CUSTARD WITH FRUITS. WATER = 1 glass. I need to use smaller vessels to eat in and follow all lap band rules.       

sexyvic

sexyvic

 

Big decision from band to sleeve! Eek

I had the band placed at the start of May, it took me what felt like forever to find my sweet spot but I believe I am there, actually I am definitely there. For the past month or so I have started contemplating living with the band long term, essentially forever. And I can't say I have been feeling all that positive about it. All up so far I have lost about 17kg, which I am stoked about, truly I am, I have gained some confidence back & after what feels like a long time I have been loving shopping and clothes & feeling really good about it (except for my bank balance, which is always depressing after I visit the shops, I may have a bit of a problem). Anyway, I know that down the track, even if it isn't for another 10 years, chances are I will need to replace the band for one reason or another, & thinking along that track I have being limited on the types of foods I can eat. Particularly because I eat a LOT of chicken breast, which is now very hard for me to tolerate. But it is so easy to resort to sliders like ice cream & chocolate which are foods I have always struggled with, binged on, they are my go to foods for sure. After seeing my surgeon I had really already decided that I wanted to change to the sleeve but I gave it time to think it over, question the differences etc. What I would like is the bypass, I realise what seems to be the majority of people consider that this is to extreme when you take into account the long term ramifications and the battle it can be to get optimum nutrition, but my surgeon doesn't do bypass anyway as he also believes they are too extreme or some other such rubbish. So for me to go the bypass I would need to go with another surgeon, which would be fine, but all together I would be out of pocket around 6K, after refund, rebates etc. And my surgeon is willing to remove my band, and go back and do the sleeve for free. He is even going to see if the anaesthetist will do it for no out of pocket. At the most I will pay one hospital excess of $650 because I can't get the sleeve done until 2016 which may class as a new year with Bupa, but I wont know for sure until I check with them. So at the nd of the day, for me, there is really no question. I have booked in to have the band removed on Nov 18th, one day before my sons birthday, he is happy for me to go in then, he said it is a birthday present because having a health mum is a present. He is 11, and not always that sweet but I thought it was lovely. Obviously I have to wait out the 3 month period until I can have the sleeve done. I am shit scared about the 3 month wait. I realise I need to have a lot of willpower over this period because I do not want to regain a bunch of weight. It will likely bring on my depression & zap a bunch of my confidence. But it will be worth it. I understand people getting worried & stressed about surgery but to me it doesn't really worry me at all. I get a little anxious a couple days before, but I don't worry to much about the surgery. I know there are risks but I just hope they don't happen to me, but it's out of my hands no way I can see into the future & check the outcome - what will be will be. I don't know if this makes me brave or stupid. Well this post have been a bit of a ramble because I am tired and just bumbling along so I'll leave it there. Goodnight sweet dreams xx

newb_rach_2015

newb_rach_2015

 

Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century

Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition®
Copyright © 2015 by the American Society for Nutrition 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814 Abstract There is growing awareness that the profound changes in the environment (eg, in diet and other lifestyle conditions) that began with the introduction of agriculture and animal husbandry ≈10000 y ago occurred too recently on an evolutionary time scale for the human genome to adjust. In conjunction with this discordance between our ancient, genetically determined biology and the nutritional, cultural, and activity patterns of contemporary Western populations, many of the so-called diseases of civilization have emerged. In particular, food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral hominin diets: 1) glycemic load, 2) fatty acid composition, 3) macronutrient composition, 4) micronutrient density, 5) acid-base balance, 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and 7) fiber content. The evolutionary collision of our ancient genome with the nutritional qualities of recently introduced foods may underlie many of the chronic diseases of Western civilization. Interesting reading:  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/2/341.full 

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