I hit rock bottom at 24 years old, 158 cm tall and 101.8 kg a size 18 - 20... I was disappointed that I'd let myself go. It's not that I was living in a cloud, I have always been aware and conscious of my weight, I had tried to exercise and lose weight which I could never sustain.
That day, early September 2014 I decided that was it, it was time to change my ways before I faced a premature death. I was sick of being the fat one!!
I have been deeply inspired and supported by a wonderful friend, it was not long after this day I rang her and said that I wanted to have a band put in. She never judged nor criticized me for she herself had walked the same road.
The first picture is me at 96 kg, I'd lost about 6 kg prior to that photo being taken.
I was banded on 16/12/14 at 77.8 kg. The second picture shows my incisions 1 day after surgery and the third picture reveals how faint my incisions are 14 days post operation.
I've had a marvellous recovery, started walking quite early on and have (not so) gradually increased the intensity to now include light strength training, cycling and long walks!!
Today, on the 30/12 I weigh 75.3, I'm very excited that I'm (only) 13 - 15 kg from an ideal weight of 60kg - haven't weighed that since early high school I reckon!
Here's to a happy and healthy 2015 and beyond!!
Today is 2 weeks post op.
Had a dietitian appointment this morning. She was very happy with my progress including my fluid intake however I still need to work on that.
The sleeve is behaving itself. I have had no drugs (buscopan antacid etc) since 15/12/14 with no issues whatsoever.... no pain, no acid, no vomiting. The only issue I have is constipation which is something I am working on.
The dietitian said I can move to soft foods on a trial and error basis just to make sure I chew really well and don't try tackle a steak yet lol
21.9kg down since starting opti (total) and 7.9kg since surgery. I am expecting the weight loss to slow a little as I introduce more food back into the diet.
Anyway just thought I would keep people posted.
Have a great Christmas all.
This will be my last blog for the year, so it might a whopper....
My birthday, 13th March, held special significance this year, it was my first appt with my Surgeon for WLS. From that day forth this year has been a whirlwind. All of my WLS journey is documented in my profile, so I shall spare the double up on typing. But if anyone has read that, they will know of my ups and downs. Even as recent as the past few weeks having fluid put back in after my NZ holiday, to fluid being removed (same amount) because I could barely swallow my own saliva! The sad part being, the amount I had in, was what I had in the band before my holiday. So now I sit with 4.5ml for Christmas, feeling like I have little to no restriction, alot of port pain (needle got bent on fluid withdrawal) and with the Surgeon away for Christmas, my results from Friday's ultrasound will be sitting on his desk until 5th January 2015.
Setback yes, but with that said, I have lost 32 kgs this year, B/P is good, cholesterol is great, I can walk, jog, swim and do things I never thought possible. I have a waist, who knew! And I have energy out the whazoo. My diabetes is well controlled and I rarely experience Fibro flare-ups like I used too. I am more confident and proud of who I am, I now sport a tattoo on my left ankle and this year for Christmas, my hair has splices of red and green!
I've met some wonderful people from this website too and had alot of giggles. Some of whom I've shared their journey personally and been there with them at their bedside post surgery and others via the phone. I've gained alot of knowledge from others, especially missy, with our similar stomach issues and starting weights. The laughs and jokes have been very important to this whole experience for me, as this IS who I am. So thank-you for the humour, guidance and experience so many of you have given me this year.
For those that celebrate Christmas, I hope all your wishes come true and it is spent with your loved ones. Please spare a thought for the shift workers and all those not with their families over the coming weeks.
I soooo want to say pig out for Chrissie! But, I won't....hehe, well I can think it! We all knows what happens when we do right? Let's just hope for a stuck free day
AB aka Ang x
Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year
So today is 10 days since I had the sleeve.
So far so good. I am on puree food at the moment however I am having a shake for breakfast so as to get enough protein and other good stuff in. I have managed not to over eat however I am suffering constipation. I am taking a laxative for this to fix it up but will be adding more fiber into the diet.
I haven't been game to take the dressing off the wounds. i have changed them but not quite ready yet. An interesting effect is that my belly is a lot looser and i need to support it with a pillow to lay on my side. Even then it isn't too comfortable so I have just propped myself up on pillows at night to sleep.
I am off all painkillers and have been for a while. Also not taking any other meds. No re-flux or acid issues . Quite happy with that.
Dietitian appointment on Tuesday and that will make 2 weeks from surgery.
I've just walked 1km back from the shops, having done a circuitous route via the park to get there (had to buy dog bones for the houndies - Spud Shed In Kelmscott do nice ones).
This was carrying 18 kg and walking two Greyhounds.
Pre-coffee this am I checked my BP (using correct technique) and it was a pleasing 113/69.
A massive improvement from earlier this year when I was still working 2/7 and had inadequately treated sleep apnoea, BP then went up to 163/83. I had to have a 24 hour BP monitor applied.
Now I am feeling much better than a couple of months ago with a ME/CFS relapse, my appetite has diminished, and I find it easier to go low carb.
My blood tests done recently were excellent:
Cholesterol: 4.5 (<5.5)
Triglyceride: 0.6 (<1.8)
HDL Chol: 2.4 (1.1 - 3.5)
Risk Ratio 1.9 (<3.5)
LDL Chol: 1.8 (<3.5)
S-Insulin 9 (<20)
Glucose 5.4 (3.5-5.4) - I would like to get that down.
So I guess, that's not bad for a 51 year old with chronic medical problems and who society looks down on and judges as 'fat' (along with all the connotations of that!).
At this rate I could pass the pack hike test for fire-fighters! (done it before and passed).
I didn't go for it this year as I knew that I wouldn't pass the medical due to the chronic medical problems.
Anyway, I am no longer working there, so now just working casually in my original career.
Two books I have ordered over the internet from "The Book Depository" have arrived!
"Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies" and
"The Complete Weight-Loss Surgery Guide & Diet Program Includes 150 Delicious and Nutritious Recipes"
I am going to do my sister's raw garlic protocol to eliminate bad bacteria in my gut, and have started today (I already use probiotics, just need to increase prebiotics).
I am particularly hopeful by doing the raw garlic both pre- and post sleeving that it will have a significant beneficial effect (on my ME/CFS), particularly as sleeving affects the gut biota through induced changes in the gut microbial community via FXE signalling pathways.
for interest - changes in but biota following VSG
"VSG is known to increase circulation of bile acids. The bile acids bind to farsenoid-X receptor (FXR), a receptor in the nuclei of cells that regulates gene expression."
"The surgery also increased circulating bile acids and induced changes in the gut microbial community via FXR signaling pathways."
So that's how it works! *snigger*!
I have a dear friend who is vehemently opposed to me having gastric sleeving.
She is adamant that I try "The HCG Diet", that it will 'reset my metabolism', and cure my obesity.
She cannot believe that I am going to have the surgery without trying this first.
(She gets very passionate about new things, but after a while the passion fades - I have seen this phase many times!)
She still couldn't come up with one good reason why I shouldn't have the surgery - this was a challenge that I posed to her earlier this week. It had to have empirical evidence.
Am I going to do "The HCG Diet"?
By Pieter Cohen, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
This is the contents of my last email to her (she had just left after visiting me this afternoon )
"My gut reaction to the HCG diet was "No" , in fact even before you told me what it was called and we were discussing stuff on phone and email this was the reaction I got.
in fact, just a little while ago when I was doing "The Poo Round" and thinking about this diet, the words "This will send xxx loopy" came to me.
Remember, we made an agreement:
I do my surgery, you are going to do this diet that you so adamantly wanted me to do...and couldn't believe that I would go ahead and have the surgery without trying this first.
1st Jan weigh (and you said that you would do photos!!!) - how about we do measurements as well? we can keep photos and measurements just for our own records and not share
6 month - repeat
12 month - repeat"
I wonder if she will still be doing it?
Good luck to her!
One of the theories about why there has been a huge increase in infant/child allergies is that we are all too concerned about germs...
Hi everyone, im going to have a band in Rockhampton by Dr Nicole, I have heard great things about her im just waiting for my super to be released then I can book my date.
One question does the DHS only release the out of pocket expenses because they rang and wanted me to get the medicare rebate amount ??
I have emailed the info to Dr Watson (Perth)
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Nothing like having a large Greyhound to hide behind! He looks little next to me
Wow. Having had a lap band that I had put in in late 2006 and for years regretting the choice I made due to frustrations of not being able to eat foods that I felt I should eat (no not talking bout bread or red meat) I'm talking any green vegetables no matter how they were prepared and any fruit. My tiny pills I have to take every day would sit there and not go down for 4-6 hrs and the ones at night would give me terrible pains all night long. I think a lack of good support also played into it with dieticians telling me "you cant expect to lose weight like that with your thyroid and other health problems". My thoughts were why did I get this stupid thing to begin with. I had a horrible year 2013 and 2014 with more health problems and surgeons who removed mostly all the fluid from my band so I could eat normal food to then refusing to remove my gall bladder to my preferred surgeon successfully removing my gall bladder but discussing options with me of putting some fluid back into the band and giving it another go. I was reluctant and the surgeon has said that it sounds like things were not adjusted to the right level last time but I'm still feeling reluctant so I tell the surgeon I wanted to give myself the 6 months to the end of the year to see if I could maybe move some of the weight without the fluid in my band. Well it is coming up to xmas. I am probably 20kgs heavier than I was when I had my gall bladder out 6 months ago (even with losing 10kg b4 the surgery) I am looking at a xmas at the largest I have ever been with a need to lose probably 90kgs and I am at this point not able to budge the scales in the negative direction. I know more exercise would help but with my health and to be honest my size at the moment exercise really isnt an option or something I can see myself doing enough of to move the weight. I want to go back to the years in my late teens and early 20's when I knew there was something wrong because being someone who has always been a bit curvey but never obese overweight and thinking something isnt right here, im not well instead of the path I took not caring about getting worse and hoping that my health that was depleating would kill me before anyone caught on to me being sick. For the first time in my life I put on weight and boy did I put it on 60+ kgs in what seemed like 6 months. Finally my coma like state brought on attention from my oblivious parents and I was luckily diagnowed with hashimotos (an under active thyroid) dr told me I was lucky to get to it because it was on a path to killing me. Since the diagnoses in 2006 I had the lapband pretty soon after in that year and things just seemed to go downhill.
Sorry about the long post in this blog but I wanted to give you some background on me and my previous journey of the lapband 1.0 I am now making the decision to take the local surgeon (who is not the surgeon who did my lapband or took out all the fluid a year ago) to start fills again and adjust this band to a appropriate adjustment for me to lose some of this weight. I have my appointment I scheduled 6 months ago coming up in january and I am definitely leaning towards saying "yes lets give this thing I spent a lot of money on 8 years ago another try".
I will keep you posted on my journey (lapband 2.0) in this blog and am hopeful of a more successful journey this time.
So tonight is the last of the pre op stage. I will be getting my sleeve done tomorrow and I am first cab off the rank. Here's hoping the surgeon gets a good nights sleep .
The hospital admissions called today to confirm everything and the lady said I would go from surgery to intensive care..... not sure how that makes me feel as last time I had an op they wheeled me back to the ward after recovery.
I have a awkward mix of excitement and nerves. I am kind of glad it first thing so I don't have to think about it too much in the morning.
On the upside I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 14.1kg in 18 days. Yesterday and today I have had nothing but shakes and vitamins because one of my big fears is them opening me up and being unable to do the operation because my liver has not shrunk enough. When I saw the surgeon I had lost 6kg and he said 12kg would be great so I guess I have done all I can.
Anyway wish me luck and good luck to anyone who had theirs done today or this week.
I am writing this for me but also for others to read as I couldn't belive how much comfort it brought me to talk and read to others in the same boat as me.
Reading that some people can still fall off the Wagon with a band on was news to me I thought because you ate less even if you eat not the best food you would still lose weight. So I am glad to be reminded this will be no easy ride, but the most rewarding im sure.
I had my band put in on the 5th of December 2014, so I am 2 days post op and just this morning noticed it did not hurt as much getting out of bed or moving around. I am still getting my head around the sensation I don't know if its pain from the surgery or if this is hunger as it can sometimes give me an un easy gurgling feel in my tummy, that has always happened if I have not eaten in a long time usually over night so I had 1/4 bannana and low fat milk all mushed up and that helped, but I do have a sharp pain sometimes in my chest if I draw a breath to quick, and I cant lay down fully as I feel the pressure and pain in my chest comes back, its a little concerning but im hoping its just all the swelling from surgery still going down.
I am in a liquid phase till next Friday so I have been told I can have ice cream, icy polls, yogurts, egg nog, custard, jelly, cup of soup no noddles and fresh strawberries and bannana in low fat milk mushed as milk shakes :-) oh and prune and fruit juices. But I can only tolerate about quarter of a cup if that and I take it all off a tea spoon just to make it last longer.
Well here I am on my 5 month + 5 days Bandiversary and just realised that I havent written anything down for a month or 2 and I really want to begin doing that again so I can look back on those days that I dont feel so motivated and see that yeah I am doing ok!!
30 kilos are now gone and HOLY SHIT!! I still can't believe I have lost that much, I still have a way to go and I hope that I get there.
Yes I have crappy days and yes I think I should have lost more weight 5 months down the track, but I am losing weight so I need to focus on that!!
Havent had a fill since late September and have had a few stuck moments and find that I will have a times where my band seems to tighten right up for a day or 2 but then all is good again!
And Yes I do get the shits if I can eat something one meal no problem, but next time its a no go!!
My darling daughters bought me a fitbit which I love and we have fun challenging each other over the weekends or to see who is doing more steps each day and YAY!! This old girl actually beats them some weeks... LOL
I walk 5 days a week and try to squeeze a 3 klm bike ride in a couple of afternoons a week if I can. Then there is the hour of boxing, and now its warmed up I am in the pool a couple of times a week with the grandkids and the odd game of tennis thrown in so pretty active which I am loving.
I have had a couple of weeks where I only walked a few times each week totally lost my motivation but am back on track now...thank god!!!
My diet is pretty good, still working out the carb/protein balance but getting there and although the dietican reads me the riot act I find that smoothies work best for me so I tend to have a cup of tea for "breakfast" then a smoothie mid morning! Cruskits with various things on them for lunch unless I am babysitting the grandkids so then its another smoothie and dinner is chicken or fish with vegies, salad just doesnt work for me since being banded so I dont bother!!
My green smoothies which I got from the gorgeous TishTish here are just heaven and are full of fruit and vegetables and protein powder!!
I'am counting down for Christmas day for the Pavlova!! Pretty sure its all I will eat that day and Merry Christmas to me!! :-)
We are off camping for a week in January which I know is going to be a challenge as we usually have loads of BBQs, nibblies, choc, wine etc etc etc etc but as I am TRYING to not indulge in any of the yummies (other than Chrissy Day!) I hope it will be ok.
ANYWAY, all in all life is still great, havent been this happy for years and love checking into this site almost everyday to see how my banded family are doing :-)
BIG LOVE TO ALL XOXOXOX
Soooo this time next week they will be wheeling me in for the sleeve.
As of Sunday I have lost 10kg in 10 days on opti and I have had 2 people say hey why don't you skip the op and stay on the shakes? My answer was you try live on 600 - 800 cal a day and see how long you can keep it up. lol
I am looking forward to the operation (with the regular trepidation) and looking forward (probably more so) to the 4 weeks off work lol.
I have asked for the video so that will be fun watching after.
Anyway just excited and getting everything done around the house so I can relax.
So I started the shakes 6 days ago. Man I had trouble with withdrawals - headaches etc but yesterday I finally came good. Yay. So in 6 days I lost 6.6kg which I am happy about. Going to see the surgeon this afternoon for my pre op appointment and he should be happy with that.
PS ALdi shakes were approved by the dietitian (strawberry one tastes like nesquick yum)
Well Today is the first day of the preop diet. I have taken photos in shorts and clothed and will be doing measurements tonight. My Sleeve surgery is due to occur on the 9th of December 2014. I had to visit the local gym so I could get my start weight of 231.5kg..... it seems I have put on a few kg but it is not surprising as I have been having a lot of last meals lately.
I am not due to start the shakes till Tuesday the 25th November but I decided that I was better off starting on a Thursday so feeling like crap as I detox should occur over the weekend and not at work.
Had my first shake at 6am and its now 7:53am..... guess I better fill up on water lol. I have steamed veg and a shake for lunch and also for dinner so that is something to look forward to.
This is my first ever blog and I intend on updating weekly or answering responses as they may occur.
Feeling anxious, excited and determined all at once is an interesting combination.