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  2. HeidiF

    Weigh In Wednesday

    1.2 kilos loss this week and officially 3 months post surgery with a loss of 18.4 kilos. Loss seems to be pretty steady which is nice. Still discovering my eyes are bigger than my belly sometimes but at least knowing when to stop. Have a follow up towards the end of March and am hoping I might just crack in to the 80s. 6.6 kilos to go
  3. denzel

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    You are maintaining so well @Rosemary! And, as you say - and do, and totally agree with and do myself - "Cannot stress enough it is only a tool to help you. You still have to do the hard work."
  4. Rosemary

    SURGERY FOR LAP BAND TOMORROW

    Hi Mouse-mum How are you going? Had my 3 year check up 2016 81.5kgs Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm, hips 98cm. I haven't had a fill in 18 months and don't feel I need one. Treat your weight loss tool right and it will do the same for you. Keep at it and you will be on your way to a healthier you.
  5. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    @denzel Thank you for your encouraging comments. They really help. Went in for a check up at the bariatric surgery. 2016 Weight 81.4kgs, Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 Weight 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm , hips 98cm. And feeling so much healthier and happier. The hot weather has been tightening the band but have been having cold protien shakes. When I eat I always use my portion plates or if I am out I use a bread and butter plate. Cannot stress enough it is only a tool to help you. You still have to do the hard work.
  6. 37 kg in 4 months amazing I want full bypass nothing less!!
  7. denzel

    Owen - Status Update

    Sorry to hear about your accident -how horrible! But well done on your achievements!
  8. November 2017 was knocked off my bicycle in a hit and run, the nasty concussion and all the broken bones have healed well. Feeling really good and am back on the bike and going hard. Getting ready for my next mountain bike challenge in August. My band stayed fast during the accident and no issues there. Sitting on 97 kgs from 180 at my worst.
  9. Boganlicious

    Depressed.....

    Interesting what Jachut said about having babies making some women fat. My surgeon said obesity was in my genetics and people are predisposed to it and then something happens to trigger it eg pregnancy. That's exactly where my issue with obesity started. Yes I've been overweight as a child, lost it as a teen, yoyoed a bit in my 20s but nothing over 65ish kgs, managed to get quite thin 57 - 59kgs. Got to 55kgs with Duromine but suffered psychosis and was hospitalised. Went up to 60kgs. Still slim looking back but was so unhappy at the time. Met my husband. Gained 15kgs and felt disgusted and ashamed. Got to 68 point something msg with Jenny Craig. Fell pregnant with my daughter. Ballooned to 103.5kgs. Got down to 85kgs within a few months after her birth. Started to put on weight even though I was still eating the same, weighing portions but not exercising as much as I was constantly tired/exhausted. Blood tests. All normal apparently. Lies. Thyroid was borderline. Gained back and was 104kgs and ashamed. Started looking into the lapband. Full bloods. Surprise surprise under active thyroid. More blood tests. Hashimotos Disease. Started Thyroxine and had several blood tests over the years which always showed tsh in normal range but weight wouldn't budge. Special occasions would gain 1 - 2kgs. Weight slowly creeps up slowly but surely over the years. Highest weight (not pregnant) 118.1kgs. Fall pregnant. Suffer miscarriage. Get down to 112kgs from being so sick with an infection in my womb. Go back to 117 - 118kgs. Get married. Disgusted by wedding photos. Take out private health insurance just for me so I can have weight loss surgery and am on public wait list. Fall pregnant with rainbow miracle baby. Give birth. Get down to pre pregnancy weight (only gained 9.6kgs this time around). Can't lose more. See photos of myself at my daughter's birthday party and feel awful. Have appointment in public system and am told I will be waiting at least 2 more years before I'm operated on. Eff that. Convince hubby to let me access my super (didn't have much, long story and not worked since having my daughter in 2013). Go on consult and he is the surgeon for me (had 2 referrals). Sips surgery May 17th 2017. Baby boy is 6 months on surgery day. Currently down to 60.3kgs. Goal weight is 55kgs. Journey not over yet. 2 x consults booked for February and March for plastics. Likely 2 x lots of surgery so will be a long time til my body is almost normal (will have lots of extensive scarring) but I am happy with my body now and have been for a long time on my weight loss journey. Sorry my post was so long but have never shared how I became the way I was and the comments on pregnancy compelled me to share. Definitely go see your surgeon. He or she will hopefully not be harsh and judge you. They are there to help. Likely you will be referred for a barium swallow or other tests which will show if something is wrong with your sleeve and the best course of action. My surgeon does not believe a resleeve works and bypass or sips a better option in the case of a failed sleeve. Lastly please do not judge yourself too harshly. Also keep in mind some weight regain is normal so I would speak to a dietician who is knowledgeable in bariatric surgery patients and their needs. I hope everything works out and hoping for the best possible outcome for you.
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  11. jachut

    Depressed.....

    Please try not to be too ashamed and hard on yourself. Your body does indeed adapt to your lower weight and restricted portions, and the math may not work for you as it does for others. I cannot fathom how I gained over 20kg in six months whilst sticking to 1800 or so a day but I did! On top of that, having babies does make some of us fat. I was normal weight until I started having babies. Firstly I gained weight fast and dramatically whilst breastfeeding and then those insidious lifestyle factors that creep in finished me off. I started seven years of 3 pregnances at about 75kg (healthy for my height) and finished at 113kg. And not in any of them did I ever gain more than 9kg (which I lost in giving birth). All the weight gain came afterwards. Any surgeon in this business ought to be compassionate and understand the difficulty some of us have in maintaining normal weights. They've seen it all before and although they may have to state some home truths to some people, they will not judge you for your issues.
  12. Now on the other side of my surgery - four weeks out tomorrow. I'm loving my sleeve, all the restriction I had from the band, without the traffic jams! Weight loss - 8kg in 4 weeks which I am very happy with but its slower than I had initially with the band. And I can feel that the sleeve is going to require a little more self control, the signal to stop eating is a fair bit softer than with the band which suddenly says NO MORE. But with the experience of having a band for six years, like me for 13, you get very good at reading those more subtle signs. For me personally, I'm thrilled with the lack of hunger I've experienced, but I know from my experience with the band, I was never hungry either but it did not stop me doing an awful lot of non hungry eating (chocolate!). I can tell this will be the case here too, its not a magic fix for all our eating problems. The best I can say with weight loss surgery for me is that it kept me from non hungry eating AND big meals which was enough to control my weight and keep it at a healthy level. I've been perfect so far, but hey, I'm four weeks out, lets see how I'm doing in 12 months! So.... you really need to examine your habits. What and when are you eating. Is it truly hungry eating? Were you a big meal 3 times a day person or like me, a grazer and comfort eater? Because the sleeve really probably wont work any better than the band for that. What is better, I'm finding is that its a more comfortable restriction to live with.
  13. One thing I can say from unfortunate experience is that you must not tolerate an overtight band thinking it will magically come right. You can do a lot of damage to your body and cause the band to slip. I know how hard it is and how much you want that restriction back, but I yoyod like this for years - ignoring that I had a pouch, until my band slipped and had to come out. And over all that time, I never lost weight, in fact I continued to slowly gain. I wasnt overweight, but I wasnt right down at the bottom end of my range which is what I wanted. I've been lucky to have been sleeved a month back, but the operation was huge - there was an enormous amount of repair to be done to my oesophageal sphincter and fixing a hiatus hernia, both of which i'd contributed to or even caused by refusing to take fluid out of my band for fear of weight gain. Not to mention all the scar tissue. Its also very common to get weight rebound after you hit your lowest weight - with all the bariatric surgeries. Your body adapts, you learn to fit food in etc. There's no way around it, you cannot totally rely on your tool to restrict your intake, some of it has to be that old blood sweat and tears that ordinary dieting takes. As to exercise, you know, I watched a very interesting program a year or two back that always stuck with me. I enjoy exercise and when I was banded 12 years ago I wasnt working and had all the time in the world to run and go to the gym etc. But I"m time poor now! I watched this show where they compared couples and the energy they burned. One couple went to bootcamp, one to the gym and the other did a hard morning's house cleaning. The cleaning couple burned almost DOUBLE the other two who did their hard exercise and then kind of relaxed for teh rest of the morning. Dont understimate that slow, steady movement and you can kill two birds with one stone. Take your kids out for a walk - I used to run with my kids on bikes, or if they're younger, to the park and kick a ball with them, or put them in the pram. Get them to run around helping with housework - and do hard stuff like cleaning windows etc. I have to do that now, as I work full time and want to keep the house in good shape - so I get on my workout clothes and I clean - windows, outside sweeping, I have this stupid laminate floor that looks streaky unless I dry it with towels, mow the lawns - I try to really WORK for an hour, and hour and a half and I get out and walk the dog. That's a big comedown from running 8kms a day and doing Body Pump but to be honest, I'm not any less fit and in fact I'm functionally better as my movements are real ones, not single muscle type of stuff. I truly believe that constant activity is more valuable than half an hour of exercise!
  14. Can only send you kind hugs, sorry. But - you should be proud of yourself, you started at 160 kg! So well dne with what you have achieved.
  15. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Congratulations @Boganlicious and very well done!!
  16. Hey everyone. I was banded in September 2013 with a starting weight of 160kg. By 2015 I was at my goal of 80kg but then life got in the way. In 2016 my husband got extremely jealous of everyone I talked to which resulted in him kicking me out of the house, leaving our 2 children with him and him refusing to let me see them most of the time. Fast forward 2 years and a custody court case later I have gained 20 kg. Every time I go back to my dr to get a fill I end up not being able to tolerate fluids at all and end up getting the fill taken out 2 weeks later just so I can eat again. I feel so disappointed and disgusted in myself for allowing such a massive weight gain after getting down to my goal. Now I'm struggling to lose that 20kg . I need to and want to be back at my goal. I was happy then. Gaining weight is starting to take a toll on me mentally. I'm always making and thinking negative comments about myself which just puts me in a downward spiral and makes me want to eat everything in sight that's bad for me. I need a reset but dont know if I can mentally do it. So at 101kg I've gone back and gotten more fill put in (dont know what size band I have or how much fill I have in but I'm very restricted atm) and am struggling to eat 1 x half cup meal a day and really struggling to keep up with fluids so I dont get dehydrated . I can already feel a dehydration headache coming on. But I have to stick to it. It's hard but I think I'm going to have to go on the pre op optifast diet to reset my system and start over get back on track. The hardest thing is knowing that I have to cook and prepare meals for my kids knowing that I wont be able to eat any of it . I have a new partner now but I dont think he fully understands how mentally hard it is to be obese. Even once i lost the weight in my mind I still thought of myself as fat and disgusting. He doesnt like that I've gone and gotten fill put in. He sees it as torturing myself that we should just eat right and exercise more. For me it's not that simple. I can eat right, live on salads and still gain weight. Once I can eat I mentally have no self control, if I'm bored = eat, upset = eat, happy = eat. I cant win. For him it's easy to lose weight, it's not fair. We keep saying to ourselves that we will join the gym or walk more. But we never do. I'm time poor. If I'm not at work I'm looking after my kids. Reality is that the only time I'm going to be able to do either of those things is at 4 or 5 am when the kids are still asleep and being a single mum I cant leave them at home by themselves whole I got to the gum to work out. So what do I do ? Please help. Any advice would be appreciated Em85
  17. Did you find a Dr? My Dr is in Wahroonga and all my adjustments are bulk billed as long as I have a valid referral from gp. I have been with him from day 1 and I'm in the blue mountains. Sometimes he travels here other times I have to drive the 2 hrs to see him.
  18. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I haven't weighed in lately as I'd been naughty and had maintained or even fluctuated a few hundred grams. I'm back on track and have had a small loss which takes me down to 60.9kgs. Total loss 57.2kgs which is an entire person! 55kgs goal weight. Unsure if that's too low as my bones are starting to really become visible. Don't know if I've already mentioned it but my bmi is finally in the normal range.
  19. Boganlicious

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I haven't weighed in for a couple of weeks. I have been naughty lately but I'm back on track now. After being stuck at the same weight or even fluctuating a few hundred grams I've finally lost a little more. 118.1kgs starting weight 60.9kgs currently 55kgs goal weight I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I love how I look while others I feel too skinny as I have visible bones now. My ribs and collarbone stick out, when on my side my hip bones jut out, my upper arms while a little flabby from the excess skin are the smallest they have ever been even when I weighed less and the back of my shoulders are boney. My husband said it's just because I'm not used to being this size as I was big for so long. I don't know. I've even been called skinny a couple of times and I'm now smaller than others who I used to think were slim. That's a weird thing to get my head around.
  20. Boganlicious

    Loosing weight

    I second Opti to try and kick start everything. If you aren't already fill up on free veggies. How far post op are you? My dietician told me some weight regain is very common at 12 and 24 months post op and diet may need tweaking eg less carbs. I'm almost 8 months post op so not an expert. Are you eating enough protein? Drinking enough water?
  21. zaruse

    Loosing weight

    Would you consider doing the intensive phase of optifast or similar?
  22. Fay12

    Loosing weight

    hello everyone hopefully someone can help me. I’ve been trying to loose 10 for so long. And it’s not happening at all buy eating healthy and exercising. Does anyone have so tips that will help me loose the weight. For example. Meal replacement.....
  23. Fay12

    Depressed.....

    Thank you for your support. I have made an appointment with the surgeon on the 17 th. Hopefully it goes well. I feel so ashamed to go back in!!
  24. denzel

    Depressed.....

    Weight gain is depressing . But congratulations on having two babies! It might be worthwhile a visit back to your surgeon, maybe they used larger bougies 6 years ago? And s a resleeve would be tenable. I'm 4 years post op next month, and I still use portion controlled crockery and tiny cutlery. I also mainly do a low carb way of eating (except for the past week!). All the best!
  25. denzel

    Depressed.....

    Hi @Fay12
  26. zaruse

    Accountability

    if it makes you feel any better I’m the opposite! No legs and fat/non existent waist. Makes pants shopping fun!!
  27. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    8 (and a bit) months!! start weight: 134.9 current weight: 83.5 total loss so far: 51.4 loss has been slow over the last month, and really variable- I was 83.1 one day then a couple of days later 84, and beyond! My latest aim is to be 78 by April- which is quite ambitious given the much reduced rate of loss. Feeling good!
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