Iâ€™m 5kg lighter and have a difference of about 10cm over
different parts of my body. Feeling amazing!! Only 10 days into optifast and
really seeing and feeing the results.
I have noticed Iâ€™m actually eating/drinking (still Optifast)
a lot more than I use to but I think the main thing was my close to 1.5L a day Coke-a-Cola
habit and Double Shot Iced Coffee in the morning made my sugar intake massively
high. By just cutting those out it is doing wonders for my body.
I have been trying to figure out ways to keep on track and I
know a lot of people find that hard or get hunger pains and the like after the
surgery (and I guess before as well). Iâ€™m not sure if this will help anyone
else but what I have been doing:
Taking 1h to finish my Breakfast Optifast Shake,
drinking small mouthfuls and waiting 5-10mins before the next one.
Drink 1 L of water between Breakfast and Lunch
Taking 1h to finish my Lunch Optifast Shake,
drinking small mouthfuls and waiting 5-10mins before the next one.
After I finish lunch Optifast wait 30mins and
then have my piece of fruit. Same process small bites chewed very well. Once I
am half way thought I stop and say in my head â€˜I AM FULLâ€™ to myself 20 times.
Drink 1 L of water between Lunch and my drive
home from work
Drink 1 L of water between 5:30 and 6:30 and
start preparing dinner.
Take as long as I can to prepare dinner, slowing
cutting the veg, making the plate/bowl look nice (kind of do like a Huey style,
and wipe the plate down after I have dished my food)
Eat dinner in exaggerated and slow chews. Once I
have eaten about half my bowl/plate I stop put down my cutlery and say â€œI AM
FULLâ€ again 20 times. Then resume eating.
Finish eating and then clean the kitchen
straight away, grab another 1L of water and then turn the kitchen light off and
do not enter it again for the rest of the night.
I have been finding that Iâ€™m not hungry even thought I know I
could eat a hell of a lot more, and yes there have been some cravings
especially for Nachos or in the last few day something really cheesy but I have
not broken yet, and really hoping that I donâ€™t crack and eat like I know I could.
One of the key things I have found is getting a smaller
amount of food but better quality, before I would by home brand because it was
cheap and get more of it. Now Iâ€™m looking at the food and saying â€œwell Iâ€™m
going to enjoy this 100g of rump steak rather than getting 400g sandwich steakâ€.
Iâ€™m still paying the same amount of money but now I think Iâ€™m enjoying food
rather than eating because I can.
Hopefully I donâ€™t sound like Iâ€™m preaching because I totally
donâ€™t want to sound like that, I know from a lot of my own inner thought and
talking to friends that my brain works a little different (the psychologist at
BIM said Iâ€™m not crazyâ€¦ really Iâ€™m not â€¦. just do a lot of things unconsciously,
then realise later that I was already preparing for something because part of
me had already made up my mind). I know that I made up the decision that Lap
Band was my only option, once I booked the surgery everything I had been doing
in the last month had started making sense and that anything I do in the work
up to the Surgery IS going to work and for some reason when I tell myself
something like â€˜surgery is your only optionâ€™ then I probably would not be able
to lose weight (large amounts that is) without it.
Personally my main barrier is my brain. My journey is going
to be a lot of MIND OVER MATTER but also find that urge to STOP and tell myself
NO and that I do not need what my brain is telling me I want. Itâ€™s defiantly
NOT easy and I really do miss some of my food but meh!!
What would I rather be Fat, unhealthy and eating what I want
when I want or Healthy, slim and happy eating good food and enough to keep me
going? Answer: Defiantly the 2nd one
What a week and I'm kinda dreading the weekend.
Optifast is kinda sorta now my friend. We have a very strong love hate relationship. The
hate however is slowly turning to hunger the taste is much better after the
1st â€˜work weekâ€™ and I am looking forward to having them at the times
I set for myself.
Only issue is tomorrow and Sunday!! Iâ€™m actually going to be at home where the food
is, when Iâ€™m at work I only have what I brought with me, and thatâ€™s 2 shakes
and a piece of fruit. At home there is still some of the bad foot in the
freezer or chips and lollies. I have asked my husband to try and eat all the
bad food before I get home today but I donâ€™t think he would have enough space to
eat it all.
My weekend plan is to keep very busy and out of the house as much as possible
so the food temptation is not there, once the bad food is gone it wont be too
I still do have moments where I just want to go eat something mainly startchy
foods like bread, chips and potatoes but then I start moving around or grab a
bottle of water and after a while I forget about them. Distraction is the key I
Wish me luck for the weekend.
Ok, didnâ€™t think I would be writing this every day but gosh its day two of my 4 week pre-op phase and I really hate Optifast.
I have to admit it is tasting a little better but itâ€™s so bland, and my tongue feels furry (and I really doint like that).
After struggling on just over 600 Calories yesterday (which I have calculated to be probably 5x less than what I was eating) I had massive headache last night and needed something sugary all I got to have was Â¼ of a Lifesaver. Why a Â¼ I bet youâ€™re asking, well my hubby would not let me have any more than that. He said â€œI will be the strict one and make me stick to this diet as he needs me to be healthyâ€â€¦.. itâ€™s so great to have him supporting me like this and it was only day 1.
I want some suggestions also on my thought process. I know a lot of diets I have been on recently or read thought suggest a 'free' day so that you donâ€™t slip too badly and also gives you a chance to try your cravings but not over indulge in them. Is there anyone out there who did this in their pre-op phase or have any suggestions on curving your cravings for sweets?
My other major craving at the moment is meat, I realised yesterday that I was not going to have meat for nearly 2 months (real cut up and chew meat â€“ not including what I might put in soups or things post op), and then went into a spiral about iron levels I was thinking that once a week in this 4 weeks of nothing but 3x Optifast, 1x fruit and 1 cup of veg a day that I could add some meat with dinner. Iâ€™m not talking a massive T-Bone steak or anything just a small chicken thigh or good quality steak or tuna. Does anyone think or see any downside of this or did it themselves?
Iâ€™m going to be hard pushed I think to convince my hubby to let me have meat once a week but I think that if I can see/show him that other people have done it wonâ€™t be too hard.
Itâ€™s not totally cheating, is it?
My name is Katie G, I'm 26, married no children, live in Quinns Rocks WA and am very overweight.
I currently weigh a massive 145kg!!
I have always been on the larger starting from when I was 13. I have been the same height, 5â€™9, since I was 12 therefore always been large not only height but also weight. I was also very active back then swimming, ice skating and surf lifesaving. I know why and when I starting putting on weight, it was about when I was 16, I stopped swimming and ice skating and continued to eat like someone who was doing 3h exercise a day. In the last 4 years, however, I have put on the most weight, over 45kg. I think mainly this was due to a job change where I am now at a desk in front of a computer as well as on the phone all day. Very little movement for 8 hours where before this job I was up and down 3 flights of stairs at least 20 times as well as on my feet moving around. It could also be to do with getting married as apparently everyone puts on some weight but I think mainly the job is at fault.
At the moment I cannot exercise. The pain I feel in my feet, ankles and knees as well as sometimes in my back is shocking. The sweating also stops me from pushing too far, I can walk up stairs and around the shops but not without sweating, I really donâ€™t enjoy thinking that people around me not only see a â€˜fat chickâ€™ but a â€˜stinky fat chickâ€™.
The decision to have Lap Band has been tough for me as I have always thought of it as cheating. However now that I have read into it and spoke to my GP, Surgeon and the Dietician I know that it is actually a lot of hard work. I have always been determined to lose the weight on my own and I have tried what feels like a million things. (Light and Easy, Duramine, Optifast, Body Trim, Gym membership with personal trainer, personalized meal plan â€¦ should I go on??). This surgery is my last resort, my blood pressure is 150/120 on a good day even higher on a bad day, stroke or heart attack at 25 is not something I ever thought I would have to worry about.
Iâ€™m relieved to say my family, husband and work colleagues have all been really supportive. Even my boss said he was starting to worry that he might lose me if I didnâ€™t take this step (my workplace is a 2nd family, itâ€™s a great environment to work with great people and I think of the boys as my brothers).
With a great support team at home, support from this website and my own determination Iâ€™m going to become half myself, the half I have always meant to be and hopefully become happy, fit and a mother in the near future.
PS. Started Optifast pre-op today and gosh Iâ€™m struggling to keep it down, onto my second shake of the day and the taste is not great. I assume (and am trying to believe with all my will power) that after 2 weeks I will think that it is the best stuff ever, especially if I see some weight starting to fall off. *Fingers Crossed*