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  2. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    There will be nothing left of you!! But you are going so well, whoo hoo!! I’m pleased to say I just tipped over 50kgs off, and I’m now at my surgeons goal weight. I’ve got another 7 to go to make a BMI of 25. I’m aiming to get at least 5 of the 7 gone by April.
  3. zaruse

    Gastric Bypass day to day life

    It still astounds me that I can make a single egg omelette and be full full full afterwards. A single egg pre-surgery wouldn’t have even touched the sides.
  4. zaruse

    Gastric Bypass day to day life

    I haven’t tried them! Might have to give it a go. I can eat about 1/2 of one side of a toasted English muffin these days, which is good because they are fabulous toast substitutes!
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  6. jachut

    Resleeved

    Restretching your stomach happens with bands too. And not through "overeating" the way people think about it so you should not feel ashamed. With the band, you stretch out your pouch above the band it causes all sorts of problems. I was very unwell as a result, 12 months ago but I was a pretty compliant band patient and very successful. Even so, I overate, just that bite here, that bite there, and over time, I began to have problems. This time, with my sleeve, I am going to measure that half cup portion FOREVER, and I will take heed of the advice that when you get to the stage of needing more than half a cup three times a day, eat more often, not more at one sitting. I do think we need to remember, our bodies are smart and we are deliberately underfeeding them. That bite here and there that's one more than your new stomach can really hold is a survival instinct, not greed or gluttony and it really takes vigilance and determination to avoid it.
  7. Hi, I'm having a sleeve tomorrow but will respond in relation to WLS in general as the principals still apply. My story is I was always "big" but not clinically obese. I'm 5ft 10 and spent my teens at about 84kg, a miserable existence in the 80's. I couldnt wear jeans, was teased mercilessly and generally suffered all the indiginities people talk about. I thinned out a bit in my 20's but ballooned after preganancies, ending up at 113 kg when i was banded in 2005. My experience is this: its a tool. I was compliant, I followed the advice, I took up running and I was extremely successful. Then I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2010 and unfilled my band as requested for surgery. It wasnt a problem for a long while in fact I got down to 59 kg but eventually as I got better I began to gain and started to fill my band again. However my band was never the same and I continued to gain. I sat at about 78kg for the past four years, which is OK for a 5ft 10 woman of 50ish. Then I began to have reflux etc and eventually my band slipped completely and was removed exactly 1 year ago today. Even despite all of that, I would do it all again in a hearbeat. Well, as I said, I am, but the sleeve has since proven to be a better surgery than the band and my view is I cant have it buggered up by stupid colorectal surgeons insisting I unfill it, should I get sick again! But oh boy, once you've gone down this path, you need your tool forever. I've gained 28kg in six months without makign a beeline for McDonalds, scarfing KFC or eating crap. I simply eat normal person volume of a very healthy diet and that has been enough to skyrocket my weight. Your metabolism adjusts to eating very little and you can never ever eat normally again and maintain your new weight. But I dont care. I accepted that years ago and cannot wait to get on with things tomorrow and back to my interrupted life.
  8. jachut

    january sleever

    Im having my op tomorrow and I didnt have to do the pre op diet. I didnt have to do it before my band either. I think its because I'm a relatively low BMI patient - just 30 now, and 33 when I was banded 13 years ago I lost my band a year ago, but had been at a BMI of about 24 for years. Have gained a stack of weight in the past six months which is why I've been approved at such a low BMI, but I guess that means my liver is unlikely to be problematically large. However I do often have an optifast shake for breakfast. The way I do it is to make the shake and freeze in an ice cube container, then I add a bit of hot water and blend it when I want it. Makes it thick and creamy like a thick shake. Because I am just using them as a healthy breakfast, I blend frozen fruit in too. A favourite is the chocolate flavour blended with black coffee.
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  10. Boganlicious

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I'm down 52.1kgs and I have 11kgs to get to my goal weight. I'm wearing size 11 jeans and I'm 6kgs off weighing what I did when I first met my hubby. Life is good. I'm wearing things and shopping at places I never would have thought of before.
  11. I have a mini bypass, several years post band. Couldn't be happier. I started optifast on August 1st, bypass on the 15th, have lost 37 kgs. I just eat normal food in small amounts, I'm not eating much processed food and nothing overly sweet. So much better than the band. Make the first 6 months work for you, as apparently it slows down after that.
  12. rumplebear

    Gastric Bypass day to day life

    Zaruse I can eat toasted sandwich thins, have you tried them? I don't eat much bread, and haven't pushed my luck on lots of sugar yet. Cheese is fine for me, I've had 3 or 4 hot chips and half a cheeseburger with no ill effects but that's the naughtiest I've been!
  13. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Good luck with it.
  14. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm booked in for a gastroscopy next Wednesday with a Gastroenterologist. Will weigh in that am!
  15. zaruse

    january sleever

    It can be tough! Two weeks of just shakes can be dull. Check out opticook for some great pre-op friendly recipes!
  16. sue tassie devil

    Tassie Bandits - Is Stephen Wilkinson your surgeon?

    I totally agree that Dr Wilkinson is a life saver with being able to do the gastric banding on the all the people he has. I've had my gastric band over filled then had it adjusted to my satisfaction. I could only speak of Dr Wilkinson in the highest sense! And anyone in Tasmania needing the gastric banding done I could only suggest Dr Wilkinson.
  17. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks @HeidiF it is an amazing result! Though losing this amount in such a short time has its downsides too- ie. my skin innlots of places isn’t keeping up... so I’m quite stretchmarked and floppy. but whether the journey is long or relatively short, we all get there at the end. Honestly if you had told me “this time next year you will weigh 86kgs” I would have laughed then probably cried, because it looked like an impossible goal.
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  19. HeidiF

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    That's an amazing loss Zaruse. I'm a fair bit jealous that you've been able to lose that in 6 months. I am sure you will be at that goal before Christmas and looks like you have a good goal for the new year.
  20. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Little late with my monthly update, for those playing at home. 7 months since surgery: start weight: 134.9 current weight: 85.6 total loss so far: 49.3kgs I’m 600g away from my initial goal, so close I can almost touch it!! My ‘new’ goal is 75 to 78, however I’m going to play it by ear. Seems ridiculous to be contemplating ‘too thin’ but I guess it is a possibility. I’ve already had a couple of questions about my health... i hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and New Year- and enjoys tiny one off treats!!
  21. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I weighed myself yesterday and am 66.4kgs. So close to my goal now and my rings need to be resized again. I'm down to a size 10 - 12.
  22. lillibelle

    fees

    thanks that's about what I thought it would be
  23. zaruse

    fees

    It really varies for different surgeons, locations, PH etc. ive seen some out of pocket as little as a couple of thou, and others over $5k Some surgeons seem to have a ‘cheaper’ price, but may not do some or all of the pre op sessions and tests, or have a comprehensive post op support network. whatever the out of pocket, it has to be seen as an investment in your long term health. Even $5k now will save you that in a relatively short period in food, medication (in lots of cases) and future health issues. Although you may also need to budget for a whole new wardrobe in the near future!!
  24. lillibelle

    Pre op diet

    What was anyone’s daily diet
  25. HeidiF

    fees

    Mine was a flat fee of $3500 and then my private hospital excess
  26. lillibelle

    fees

    what out of pocket expenses did anyone have
  27. jachut

    Jeans

    This is way late but maternity pants all the way! I dont have a stomach, my jeans problem has always been tight round the thighs with a meter of excess fabric at the waist, I'm so pear shaped. However, I have a colostomy and I really HATE being cut across the middle with a waistband - it even causes leaks as poo cant drop down where it should into the bag. I also have love handles at the back and the dreaded muffin top is not a good look. Maternity jeans solve all that for me and they are perfect for ladies who carry weight on their tummies.
  28. lillibelle

    january sleever

    just got a date for january. how did anyone cope with the pre op diet
  29. denzel

    Accountability

    Well, it's Weigh in Wednesday and today I am about 48.3 kg, BMI 20.5, body fat % 24.3 Off to see my Bariatric surgeon today (he wants to see me). I have developed oesophogeal motility problems, "Mild to moderate dysmobility with variable hold up at the gastro-oesophageal junction, but no fixed stricture/obstruction . The gastric sleeve remnant appears somewhat capacious".
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