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Week 12

Well I weighed in this morning after 12 weeks and I have now lost 10 KGs! So I am halfway to my goal weight of 68Kgs. My last band fill was another half ml so have somewhere between 5 and 6 mls in the band. Not too much restriction so I can eat fairly normally, and still lose around 900 grams a week which is great! Slow and steady wins the race. I am going on a sailing trip to the Whitsundays in 7 weeks - so let's hope I can lose another 7Kgs before then! The band is certainly turning out to be my friend Jen

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8 weeks in

Hi there everyone Well I have had a number of adjustments now and am up to 5.5 mls. The thing is that I don;t feel much different really, and can still eat with relative speed and do have hunger. So I think I am not quite there yet. I do feel that I don't eat as much as I was used to - but not sure whether that's my "will power" or the band - I certainly don;t have that feeling of "I don't feel like it, thanks you". So will be back to the surgeon on 18th June to see what he says! I have a 10ml band - what is the general consensus of the amount of fill that should get you into the green zone? Jen

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Day 35

Well it has been a while since I blogged! I had my first fill last week (1ml - now up to 3 mls) - and I must say it has made no difference. I lost 7Kgs during Optifast and the first 2 weeks after surgery, but now starting to gain a little as it is like there is no band in there! Hungry most of the time (you know, like normal) Can eat anything can eat as fast as I like No repercussions! I know I am supposed to be following the guidelines - its just way too hard when it is 100% willpower. So I asked the surgeon, who advised that the slow fills will make not much of a difference until it suddenly "takes off" when you hit the green zone. Hope it doesn't take too long to get there - I feel like it will never happen! Anyway - I'll keep y'all posted!

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Day 13

Well - back at work now, and delighted to be eating Mushy food as of today! I am so over soup and yoghurt drinks! So since tomorrow is Anzac day it will be red wine (the first drink in 3 weeks) and Shepherds Pie for lunch whilst we watch the footy in the arvo! From a health perspective, still having "stitch" pains and the port is quite delicate - although not infected or anything. Still heaps of gas I reckon, and it's impossible to burp! When I try, i just sort of hiccup and that sends a shooting pain to my left shoulder. How very weird. I went to the Clinic and had my checkup, and the nurse tells me that this is all normal type pain whilst you are still healing. Can't wait for the pain to be gone! Of course by then I will be dealing with a more restricted band - so I spose I should be careful what i wish for! Starting to get a bit hungrier now as the days roll on. First fill is 14th May - another exciting chapter in the book of the band

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Day 6

Well I decided to go to work yesterday. Bad move. It was like I was firing on one cylinder! Note to self - you really do need take time to rest, even if it isn'y laying in bed, once you have surgery. So today, back "working from home" which is a much more palatable option. How fantastic that my recovery coincides with the Easter 4 day weekend - so not even an option to go into work! Can't wait to see how I feel next week, especially since its that much closer to finishing the liquids phase. My favorite "liquid" so far is a small tin of Heinz Spaghetti and some Parmesan blended up and heated. Yum - just like the real thing !

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Day 4

Well things seem to be going swimmingly so far. Planning on heading back to work tomorrow (it's mainly a desk job) and in minimal pain except for the feeling like I have a "stitch". The Panadol takes the edge off so all good. Getting over soup pretty quickly though, and I am starting to get a little hungrier today than I was yesterday as all the swelling starts to go down. Flatulence was incredible over the last few days! Took some laxative and drank some pear juice, and well, lets say that "all is clear" now in that department! Tummy gurgles a bit, and sometimes I feel like I have a little indigestion - but I gather that's all part of the norm. Might even enjoy some chocolate over the weekend Ciao for now!

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Day 1

Well it's all done! Went to surgery around 5:30 pm Friday 11th and post-op was very sore and unable to breathe without immense pain! Had every cocktail of drugs you can imagine whilst in recovery and needed a sleeping tablet to sleep. Doc came this morning to my room and reported that he not only did the band but fixed a Hiatus Hernia that I unknowingly had! Hence the ridiculous pain and extra swelling. Phew! At least it was no longer a mystery of why I was in so much pain. The good news about the whole thing was that I was in a room with a lovely girl, Fiona, which made my stay at Cabrini so much more than just a procedure. She was also there for a "Berry Band" so we had lots to talk and laugh about- brilliant. Home in bed now with the pussy cats to keep me company. My other half is off down to Thomas Dux to get some yummy soups..... Nice!

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Tomorrow....

Well - tomorrow's the big day. Thought it would never get here and now feeling pretty apprehensive now it's almost upon me. Bag packed with all the little bits and pieces like Gripe water and lip balm. Staying overnight so I hope its a private room! So glad Optifast is finishing - even though it's just liquids next 2 weeks, hopefully that's all I will feel like, because right now I could eat a whole lasagne with a bottle of red. Of course I won't!!! How exciting! (the op, not the lasagne.........)

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Priceless

Hi all Well up to day 11 of Optifast. I have to tell you (don't tell Dr Berry!) but I just had to deviate from the diet on Sunday. I know - a hideous confession, and I was doing so well too being 3kgs down! Anyway, back on the wagon again today with only 3.5 days to go til the surgery. Excited and nervous and of course thinking "what the hell have I done organising this!!!". Too late now - onwards and upwards (or, actually downwards if you want to look at it from the scales perspective..... Some excellent blogs on here with lots of great info about how people are faring with their surgery and early days afterward. So great to know we all have each other to talk stuff through. Priceless.

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Just went to the beach.....

Today is a gorgeous day in Melbourne, and as I live close to the beach we all went down for a hit of the tennis ball and the kids had fish and chips. I am on day 3 of Optifast so none for me! All summer I sat there on my towel too embarrassed to take off my dress to reveal the swimsuit beneath (even though I did it anyway) and walking around with those thighs rubbing together in the heat (TMI???). Next year, I will be much more excited to spend days on the beach - sunbaking, walking around, wearing a new bikini. Hmmmm....can't wait

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The very beginning

Well to day is the very first day of the whole banding process. Today is day 1 of Optifast. Lucky I have had shakes a million times before, but at least this time it's only for 14 days and then I never have to use them for weight loss ever again! I am sure they will be my friend after surgery though, which is good The trick is to count down the 14 days so there is light at the end of the tunnel - even though the light is of course in the operating theatre! I go in to hospital on Friday 11/4 in Cabrini with Dr Berry. I have heard only good things about him and the CWLS team - so looking forward to the journey! Although a little apprehensive, I know in the long run it will be great for me and my 50 years of struggle. Although I am not morbidly obese, I am still in the obese weight range, and have slowly but surely getting here over my lifetime. I think I have been on a diet every day of my life as far as can remember - even high school - so food and the very thought of it was always front and centre in my mind. I am looking forward to not thinking like that any more, and having a level of disinterest once in the green zone. I am great at diets! I am hideous at maintenance though - let's see how I go! It's fantstic to know I have a tool to assist me on my way now, instead of going alone. I am not silly enough to think it's a silver bullet, but I know if we work together we can make it happen. Til then Jen Starting weight - 88kgs Todays weight - 88kgs Goal weight - 69kgs

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