So much has been going on in the past few weeks.....
My sister and friend have gone on a holiday to Egypt. Why they decided to go there ill never know. She has already been robbed and had cash stolen, lucky her passport and bank cards were locking in the hotel room. Then they had to get an army escort because they were being shot at. My poor mother is so worried and just wants her home. Only 2 more weeks....
My best mate (Darren) found out his dad has cancer from head to toe and they gave him 6 weeks, Darren and his fiance were due to have there baby in 6.5 weeks, they were devastated to think he wouldn't get to meet his granddaughter, funny enough she went into labor that night and at 3am the next day gave birth to a beautiful 4 pound baby girl, she had to stay in hospital for a few weeks but granddad is getting to spend some time with her. I have known him 20 years, to say i am sad or upset is an understatement.
We have had to put our house in Qld up for sale as our tenants are moving out and it has just become such an issue to look after it from down in Melbourne. We are going to lose a bit of money but i guess we just have to wear it. Also because the other half might not have a job in a couple of weeks, so cant afford the mortgage on both houses.
On better news my boyfriend and i are going to Hong Kong in a week, i am really looking forward to this as i haven't had a holiday in 2.5 years! It was booked before all this stuff was going on but i'm just going to enjoy it and not stress about everything else. I am really looking forward to going to Disneyland and a day trip over to Macau and the big Buddha.
Just a little post-op update
Well I officially have the band!
I went in on the 17th and was number one on the surgical rotation so was in by 9am.
The doctors have said everything went well and I'm doing great.
The first nurse kept calling me an overachiever because I lost 11kg on optifast and I was burping the gas out not long after being admitted to the high dependency unit.
Slept most of the morning and didn't really rouse until 4ish when I got my first visitor!
Hopefully going home tomorrow, just need to see the doc and get his ok.
Overall feeling pretty good, little bit of stiffness and soreness, mostly from the gas.
So tomorrow at 7.30am I will be admitted to Ashford to have my band placed.
It's safe to say I'm starting to majorly freak out. I need to make an effort to do food prep today for post-surgery, but just can't seem to focus on it.
I suppose with any big life change, you're bound to get nervous. Like people who get cold feet before getting married (not that I know what that's like).
I had an appointment with my Chiro this morning (back pain due to work injury), and she was telling me all these horror stories of patients of hers that had been banded and hadn't succeeded, that none of her patients had succeeded. She also warned me about floppy skin and told me to make sure that I tone up when I'm exercising. And now all I can think about is failing. All of my close friends and family who know about the op all seem to be so sure that I can do it and keep the weight loss going, but now I'm just so worried that I'll disappoint them.
Hoping that the freak out will just subside, cos I don't know what I can do to stop thinking about it. I think I've also got stuck in this mindset that losing weight will solve all of my problems eg. back pain, self-esteem, relationship, career. Fingers crossed it will help with most of it but I can't really bank on it helping everything, even though a little part of me is hoping that it will.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this kind of major life freak out before surgery? Would be nice to know I'm not going crazy.
19 hours til admission.......
What's that noise? lol No it's not my stomach rumbling, surprisingly!
Some days I feel like I rattle when I walk. Pills for diabetes, SIBO, epilepsy, multivitamins, anxiety, anti-depressants.... god forbid I get a headache or migraine and need to break out the big guns.
But this week I had an exciting moment. The blood results came back I had been waiting for. I had been on Diabex (Metformin) 1000 mg 3 x daily since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. After attempting to control it with that medication, diet and exercise for a while, clearly that didn't work so I was put on a second tablet, Onglyza (saxagliptin) and have been on both ever since.
Starting this weekend the Onglyza is no more. And the Diabex which has been slowly reducing, will now be 500 mg twice a day only. I realise now I am super accountable for my sugar readings and need to be extra vigilant with intake. It's a little nerve wracking as I've been on this concoction for so long now, everything has been "in balance".
I knew it was coming, to juggle the medications, but in the back of my mind, I can't help but wonder will this mess with my seizure medication? or depression drug? or anything else? Am I on too much now I'm over 30 kg lighter? The blood tests shows the Diabetic medication was and thought my Diabetes is fine to go it more alone, but what about the rest?
Ahhh with as many exciting moments and great feelings this weight loss comes with, there sure is some challenging decisions ahead. My weight is sitting at 115-116kg again. I'm blaming the increase of salt and carbs to my diet on GP advice due to low B/P. And despite working out like a demon on crack...the scales are not budging.
The adventure continues.......
The #1 Food that Causes Memory Loss
A recent article about Alzheimer's in a major health publication stated that "Age is the biggest risk factor for the disease." The author was referring to the fact that the prevalence of Alzheimer's doubles every five years in people over 65.
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It's no wonder that people with diabetes have a 65% increased risk of developing Alzheimer's!
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Yay finally have the internet in our new house and now I can update everybody on how things are going with me
We moved into our new house back in the beginning of November last year, so far so good. The house felt like our house right from the moment we got the keys and opened the doors for the first time
Not long after we moved in we had our 20 week scan to find out the sex of our baby and it's going to be a boy
Today we celebrate the impending arrival with a baby shower plus we included this celebration as a birthday/house warming party. So we have 40something people coming and we are putting on a bbq
Your all probably wondering how my weight gain has been going and it's safe to say I have only put on at 32 weeks 4.4kg's. I'm pretty happy with this and I know I'm probably going to end up putting a little but more on in the next couple weeks before his born but at least I know it's pretty much all pregnancy related and I'm hoping that when he is born that I will bounce back into my pre-pregnancy weight.
There has only been a few hiccups with the pregnancy recently and that is that my glucose on a non-fasting test has come back a little high so need to do a fasting test to find out if I have developed Gestational Diabetes. The first test was hard and I got to eat something, this test is going to be even harder as I already feel sick if I haven't eaten within an hour of waking up. Plus the stuff is so sickly sweet that that will make me feel horrible for most of the day. What will suck even more is if I end up throwing up after having the syrup and not holding it down for 2 hours, because then I will have attempt another test.
Hubby and I have also come up with and finally agreed on a few names we are going to go into the delivery room with.
The little boy is such a wriggly worm, always kicking and punching. We had a 3D/4D ultrasound the other day and all he did was punch and kick and put his hand in his face making it really hard for the sonographer to do her job. His already a trouble maker, like his daddy lol
I tell you what though I wouldn't want to be any of my friends and family or customers getting to annoying, my hormones are through the roof and some people have already fallen victim to my wrath. I would be very surprised if hubby wants to go through this all again for our planned second child.
Nothing else is really all that new for me. I hope everyone had a safe and great Christmas and New Years. Keep up the great work your all doing so well and I will leave you with my favourite shot of our 3D scan
Half way through my optifast diet and had my pre-op check with Dr Sabine to report a massive 8 kg loss in just 2 weeks!
Safe to say I was over the freaking moon when I looked down on those scales.
Only need to drop another 2 kg to satisfy the surgeon's weight loss request. It also means I don't need to do 3 meal replacements a day, only 2 plus a small piece of chicken or fish for dinner with veg! I am so relieved that I don't have to do 3 shakes a day anymore.
Just goes to show when you put in the effort and don't cheat, you can achieve awesome results!
To all those just starting the diet, stay positive and keep going at it, you'll be so extatic when you see your results!
Only 2 weeks to go til surgery. Bring. It. On!
2015 is here and January is nearly gone already, what the heck! Fortunately this little duck is organised and just before the new year, I wrote out some goals for myself and so far I am doing good.
For the first time in 15 years, I went to Perth Skyworks. I've always avoided it due to my fear of crowds, anxieties of no restrooms and lack of parking and access to "getting out" if I needed to in a hurry. This year was different. I just went, I had a great time and despite some traffic delays on the way home, I had no worries. At times like this, I must admit, how many other things didn't I do because of what might of happened? How much have I missed out on? Do others ever wonder that too?
I went on a break away down south too. Rode a go kart and a bike. They say "it's like riding a bike"... I'd like to debate that crap. I nearly face planted multiple times, much to the delight of my nephew and nieces lol but it was fun nonetheless. I ended up going 100m or so and that was enough till next time. I enjoyed it and that conquered another fear I had about my balance.
This Summer in Perth has been hot. We reached a 44.3 and the former AB would've laid in the air-conditioning, complained about the heat, eaten garbage to feel better then complained some more. But I've been good this Summer. Spending early mornings at the beach for a swim or a walk. Some late nights going for a walk too. I put RunKeeper on my iPhone and I love it!
I am hoping to do 2 events this year. The HBF Run for a Reason and The Color Run. I've not done anything like these before and I am a little nervous. Family is offering support and participation! I'm considering Tough Mudder in October, but perhaps this year I may not be ready for that.....just yet!
I started HBF Fitness classes outdoors again this year. I did a skills test on Tuesday night and was able to plank for 4 minutes. 100 crunches and 50 pushups. For me this was a great set on a day that was 37C. I felt good afterwards but definitely was depleted!
Personally I'd like to learn the art of Bonsai. I attended an expo before Christmas and found it fascinating. I think finding an activity that isn't about sweating and running around all the time, could be good for me. I like doing creative things. I recently painted a wall in my house with blackboard paint so I could draw on it inspirational words and clouds when I felt like it. It's been wonderful. And when people come over, they can leave encouraging words to inspire me or just happy thoughts.
My WLS Surgeon has revised my weight loss goal to 85kg now. He has issued a referral for a massive amt of blood work to be taken (again) and that is booked for the end of February. I feel good since the last fill of 0.25ml last week. Fills for me will now be small, slow and steady. 4.75ml in total in my band as at today. I have had it at 5.0ml, but getting to that amt proved tough in one go. I am not hungry, but I snack due to restlessness sometimes and environment. For example: watching a movie makes me want to have a cuppa and a cookie. I find now I resist watching tv as much as possible. Keeping hands busy doesn't work for me anymore on the couch.
Oh and I love the CuisinArt I got for Christmas. This machine blends everything! Absolutely fabulous and is great for the summer fruity drinks.
This will be a great year for me, my bandiversary on 16th April, new events, new hobbies and new goals. I look forward to sharing them with you all. Thanks for your support, giggles and advice.
Out of hospital today having had sleeve done on Wednesday. All good so far, needed the three nights in hospital - day two was pretty horrible with nausea and pain, although shoulder tip pain subsided pretty quickly. Stomach still gurgly but managing to get plenty of fluids down. Went for a short walk this afternoon which was enjoyable even though it was 30c outside. A quiet evening watching the tennis methinks.
Plateau city here. Have been AWOL for some time because I haven't felt there was anything to say or add. Nothing very interesting in no movement at all.
Was 67kg at my 6 month Bandiversary in mid November, and have merely jumped up and down and up and down again... the same 2kg coming and going ever since.
I've lost 20+ kg, but still have about 10kg to go to get to goal. I thought I'd be there by Feb. But it's looking more likely that I will make it my 12 month goal now (Mother's day)... and not my Valentine's Day goal as it was initially.
I realise there's no time limit, but being stagnant is just boring.
This is the very first time I have ever written a blog - ANYWHERE!
I have had a whirlwind of a ride in the quest for weight loss. I only fully decided that I needed a LapBand in December 2014. I made an appointment at CBS for Jan 7th. All good discussing with the surgeon who then told me he had an opening for surgey on Jan 23 rd.
That is tomorrow. Just 2 weeks 1 day after my first appointment. I am very excited but also a bit nervous. I am praying that this is the answer to my life long struggle to lose and maintain weigh loss. At 55 I felt it was my last chance to finally find a solution.
I hate it, I really hate it. I never used to suffer from anxiety & panic attacks but since going through cancer I started to suffer them. I've been pretty good the last year or so but the last few days have been hell.
Just when one thing in my life starts to go right, everything else goes down the drain. My weight loss is going good, I'm eating right and exercising 7 days a week. But now I'm having other issues.
To cut a very long story short, my dad has gone to Thailand and gotten married (to a women he had only known for around 2 weeks) I have no problem with this as its his life but he and his new wife fly home on Sunday. Dad is a truck driver who drives around Australia and lives in his truck, well he got a call the other day and has lost his job. Now he has no job & no where to live so yes, you guessed it his wanting to stay with me! I've never had a great relationship with my dad, he disowned my sister and I when we were teenagers and we have only recently come back into contact with him (in the last 2 years) He is 52yrs old and has nothing to his name (I mean nothing!) he has "stayed" with me in the past and all he did was drink, smoke & sleep. Didn't help with anything, didn't offer money for anything, I was his slave. I know your all thinking just say no to him, but I'm not that kind of person, I'd rather me suffer then someone else.
Another issue is my boss and I have been having a few fights lately, the way he speaks to me and makes me feel really little, it gets me down. I have nearly paid my house off and I have about 2 months of holidays up my sleeve. I am really considering quitting but then I think most jobs are the same.. I could speak with the CEO as I have a great relationship with him but I'm just lost and not sure what I should do.
I haven't been sleeping the last few nights, I'm also thinking it may have something to do with I was diagonsed with cancer on my 27th birthday (8th feb) so it's coming up to 4 years in a few weeks and I just get so scared that it's going to come back.
I guess if life was easy it would be boring, I just want to concentrate on my weight loss, the good thing is I am still eating right, I haven't reverted to junk food and I'm still exercising. I must also say I have the best boyfriend in the world, he is so supportive of me, he knows when to give me a hug, he stands up for me when I cant, he will come for a walk with me even after working a 12 hour shift & he supports everything I do. He constantly tells me how well I'm doing and how good I'm looking. I love him to the moon and back, without him I'm not sure I could do any of this!
So today is day 1 of optifast for me (well, optislim because I couldn't justify spending $55 on one box of 21 when chemist warehouse had 2x boxes of optislim for the same price).
I am, like everyone else at this point probably, feeling motivated and positive to sticking with this 100%
Super hungry and kinda already over the taste of these shakes tho. They all make me think of my boyfriends horrible protein powders. Yuck.
Really hoping that the soups are better. I figure if I cook up my cup of veg with the teaspoon of oil and add it to my opitslim soup that should help.
BUT on the whole, I am feeling better than I thought I would, considering all the stories say you'll have a crap time on optifast. Maybe its just too soon to tell! Fingers crossed anyway that I don't get any cravings anytime soon!
Good luck to everyone else on Optifast at the moment!
I think like many others, writing down and expressing what we are going through will make a big difference to success for me. So I am going to try to make a commit to sharing often (it will probably serve as a good procrastination task when Uni starts again too).
I am 21 and had pretty much spent my teen years being bullied and put down because of my weight. I think the really overweight part started when I got a job working part time at a supermarket. A steady income and all kinds of food right in front of me. High school was always awkward when I had friends who could eat 100 cheeseburgers and not put on any weight, and I was trying desperately to change my eating habits. I have always enjoyed team sports like volleyball or netball but have yet to get into solo stuff like running or gym training.
Anyway, the big thing that pushed me over the edge and started my research into weight loss surgery was having to buy size 24 work pants because the size 22 was just too tight. Plus I was so sick of feeling hungry all the time and not ever feeling satisfied after a meal.
I am just shy of 4 weeks before my surgery date (17th Feb) and as with any big life-changing commitment, I am starting to get nervous. Currently sitting at around 124kg and can't wait to start shifting some weight. I have seen the nutritionist and will be starting my 4 weeks worth of Optifast on Monday. Having one last hurrah with my two closest girl friends before it all starts as there will be no alcohol for at least 10 weeks. Not a huge thing to give up, considering what I will be gaining.
Anyway, that's my blab for the day.
Hope this helps someone at some point, just writing it down has helped ease some nerves for me
This whole thing is starting to suck.
This is my 2nd band, first band I went from 105kg to 65kg (withing 6-8months) and was really happy (until the band slipped 7 years later) now I have my 2nd band and I've gone from 95.1kg to 86.8kg in 8 weeks problem is my weight hasn't moved in about 3 weeks, if anything it's going up!
My typical day is:
Breakfast: Coffee with skinny milk, 1 weatbix & 1 tub low fat yogurt
Lunch: 2 vitaweats, cottage cheese, salad & tin of tuna/salmon
Dinner: salad/veggies with steak/fish/chicken
Exercise: 10,000 steps, boot camp (1hour) and a 3km walk
I have my scales & weigh every thing I eat, I use a calorie counter and usually eat around 1000cal (which my dietican says is fine) apart from my 1 coffee I only drink water. I even go as far as measuring the milk I put in my coffee.. I don't snack, I record EVERYTHING I have!
I exercise 7 days a week. Usually twice a day.
What am I doing wrong? I know a lot of people will say about muscle weighting more then fat but although I haven't been taking measurements, I know my clothes aren't fitting any better, my body shape isn't changing and my weight keeps the same or goes up, I put on 600g this week!
What do I do, I'm getting to the stage of throwing my hands in the air & giving up, why do everything I am if it makes no difference. I just want to cry, I am so frustrated... Maybe I should have gotten the sleeve & not the 2nd band? Maybe I should eat different? Maybe I need to exercise 3x a day? Or cut it back to once a day? ARGH
Well here I am at 2.30 in the morning wide awake got weighed in before my band today and lost 4 kg on optifast after 2 weeks of camping up nsw went in to hospital at 11.30 and was done at 3.30 was really scared it was all over in a blink not sore just a few incisions to show where the doc had been all I wanted was a cup of coffee and that was heaven after fasting for 10 hours so far so good not sure how I will feel tomorrow maybe a little fore but so far I'm impressed wish me luck!
Well have my appointment that the surgeon made for me mid last year to see how I was feeling about trying again with this band and having adjustments. I wanted to give myself a decent shot at it without the band for a while before redoing the thing I had been so utterly disappointed with for the last 7 years.
I had a good christmas and new years and probably managed to lose a little weight or at least not gain any over that period but the second half of last year has seen me raise my weight even higher than the last time I saw the surgeon (to have my gall bladder removed). I did lose 10kg in the few weeks before the GB surgery so I didnt take long or much to gain that back.
I am going back to this surgeon and hoping that this time around the support and help is there that I desperately needed from my original surgeons who didn't show any after they received their money.
I am glad that my decision hasn't faltered in the last few months after deciding to try again. I just figure what have I got to lose other than some of this weight. I will try and keep you up to date with progress this time around and already feel more support than the first time being a part of this community.
Bit embarrassed about keeping these pictures on
My phone incase anyone gets hold of them!
So gonna start uploading to here!
6 months on from op still have 10-12 kgs to loose
To get to my goal weight.
103.8 kgs down to around 82.
Hard to notice difference till I look at old photos
Or the scales let me know!
But so glad I chose this decision! So grateful
Yesterday was my first boot camp, I have joined with a local franchise "Step into Life". My sister who is also a bander has decided to do it with me. So I pick her up and off we go, very keen to get the first session done we show up 15min early. Keen or what lol
Another girl shows up, she has done it before. 2 more girls show, their both new. Ok off we go... Everything goes really well even though it's 35deg at 9:15am, an hour later when boot camp is over I look like a tomato (i had heaps of sunscreen on, it was just the heat making me red) this session what's known as "tone up" so lots of toning. I drank 1ltr of water while doing it to keep hydrated. All went really well. I have my next session on Saturday which is "box kick" I love boxing so it should be good. And I am actually really looking forward to it!
I plan to do 3+ sessions a week, Karen the trainer is great & she seems to know what she's doing. There's 4 different classes tone up, box kick, cardio & power flex.
Later in the afternoon I had an appointment with my dietician, I went in a bit deflated as I know how hard I have been working with my eating & exercising and still not getting the results I wanted. I took my food and exercise diary in with me to show her. First thing she noticed was my new Garmin Vivofit on my wrist so we chatted about that for a while. Next we got onto the food & exercise, she was very impressed at how well I had been doing, she told me that she could hear the disappointment in my voice so she got me on the scales. When I first saw her the week after my op (dec 3rd) I was 91.7kg yesterday (January 7th) I was 87kg so in 4 weeks a loss of 4.7kg, not only that she said I was the only person she had seen who has actually lost weight over Christmas!
We spoke for a while about not eating enough calories but she said not to worry at the moment, as I have another fill Monday we will try and get the band right and than look at adding more cals for a 4-6week period then drop down again to get my metabolism working better. But over all she was very happy with me.
I must admit that although I'm not losing the weight as quick as I'd like & my clothes don't seem to be fitting any better, I have noticed little things like I could never grow my nails, they were always brittle and I always had acrylic nails, now my nails have grown and look very pretty. My partner also said to be that he has noticed I don't snore as much & when out walking I breathe a lot better, I also have more energy & am starting to enjoy things more!
Now fingers crossed I can get a good fill on Monday & the weight starts to shift a bit quicker, we're off to Hong Kong Feb 26th and I'd love to be around 75kgs! FINGERS CROSSED!
Ok.. So long between posts... And so much has happened... Time for a catchup...
I am still at my goal weight, off all my blood pressure medications and out living and loving life... No change there... Except to say how cool is that... each week I stress that little bit less about the number on the scale... About tight work out clothes... About what that guy I've been dating thinks about how I look... About everything....
I had a couple of hiccups - running became an issue because, can you believe it, my pants kept falling down. It didn't matter what size or how I rigged them up, my flappy belly bouncing about caused my running style to include one hand holding the waist of my pants... Wish I had a video of that to show you.. . Secondly, I kept injuring the stomach muscle where my port is stitched.. To the point where even walking hurt so much it made me feel nauseous... So I reached a point where I realised I had to sort it out.
One referral to a plastic surgeon, a few appointments, 5 days in hospital later, here I am sitting up in bed recovering from tummy tuck and breast lift surgery, that included relocation of my port to a location a bit to the left...
Surgery was last Monday and, because of the amount of skin removed, was a bit of a marathon apparently. I have both a horizontal and vertical stitch line that enabled them to remove 3kg of that flappy skin. They also tightened up my muscles and repaired a hernia... My boobs had some tissue moved about, skin tightened and are now more 'up' than 'down'.... No implants.. In fact, with that skin removed, they will end up a bit smaller..
No major problems... A bit delayed getting up on my feet due to a low blood count... A couple of units of blood sorted that out... Walked to the bathroom for the first time on wed night... About 2 metres... Felt like a 5 km run.... Then was out of bed most of Thursday arvo, home on Friday. I am all wrapped up in tubigrip and a Velcro corset thing, and swollen, but can already see a dramatic difference in my belly... I'm not magically skinny... Lol... But there is no 'overhang'... Each day I move a little easier, and although I get tired pretty quickly, it feels good to be up and about. A bit tricky finding the right balance between resting and moving...
I think they may have removed some fluid from my band as I am quite hungry, but that may be because of the healing process taking place. The surgeon did mention that with the amount of wound repair that would be going on, the body goes into a major collagen production mode that requires a heap of energy.. Either way, just need to keep an eye on it... No stress
My nearly 80 year old mother is staying with me to look after me, but she takes longer to get out of the chair than I do... Lol... She has been a great help... Particularly in reminding me not to overdo things... Which, of course, I have done a couple of times. She will go home tomorrow probably. Things like washing my hair and feet have been the trickiest... She nearly drowned me yesterday... I think deliberately... Lol...
Have my first follow up appointment with the nurse tomorrow, so that will be interesting. No driving or strenuous activity for at least another 2 weeks... And it's a case of 'go with the flow'... See how I heal both skin and muscle wise... To see when I can start doing 'stuff'...
So.. Surprise!!! Skin surgery done! Well... Kind of... Except for that whole full recovery thing...
So just over 6 weeks in and I feel like I am failing miserably. I just can't seem to shift the weight, I am calorie counting, exercising 7 days and still nothing!
I started the c25k today, my sister (a fellow bander) decided to do it with me. We live just down the road from each other so agreed to meet at the milk bar and walk to our local park to start the program, all good in theory...
I was ready to go, nice summers day, grab my phone, lock the house and off I set to meet my sister, get 500m away from my house and BAM walk into a snake on the foot path having a sun bake , I crapped myself, jumped a mile and ran off in the other direction lol. So then called my sister who haven't left the house yet & told her to drive over pick me up and we would drive to the park.
Got to the park, few people around which is good, lots of noise should mean no more snakes! Lol start the c25k warm up, run, walk, run, walk etc then warm down. First one done & dusted did it in just over 4km.
Hop in the car & head home. Feeling very hot go into the bathroom to change out of my yucky clothes and look in the mirror and my face it bright red, stupid me forgot to put sunscreen on!
All in all it was a good run/walk. No snake or sun is going to keep me from my goal of running 5km by March!