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    I am officially no longer morbidly obese! Now just obese.
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    dude...drink more water...it takes a little while to get used to but it's so worth it. I never used to drink water, now I miss it if I don't get my 2+ litres a day...carry one around with you and sip, sip, sip
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    Optifast is the recommended one - as it is completely balanced in terms of nutrients. And as long as the box was sealed, I would trust eBay. I have sold things like that before. Personally, I found Chemist Warehouse only had the chocolate and vanilla shakes - I got mine online, so I'd have a bigger choice. I just used an online chemist. And the berry bars are definitely better than the chocolate ones, although both are edible. The coffee shake was the nicest for me.
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    Becky your honesty is your best tool. Get the head and heart right first. Then the body will follow. You are NOT your mum and shouldnt expect to be. Go for some counselling It sill make a huge difference Best of luck.
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    Hi Bec I'm like u have been overweight my whole life was banded in August I use my son as motivation to love really I lost both my mother and father when they were 56 years old and I don't want to leave my son that soon other than that I just want to feel better in me and be the best possible person I can. This is hard work my typical day is 1 egg scrambled for breakfast super quick and easy in the microwave lunch is generally 1 or 2 vita wheats or ryvitas biscuits with some light Philly cheese and a small tin of any flavoured tuna tea is usually chicken or fish with salad or veg NO snacking at all these 3 small meals fill me easily and they are quick easy meals as I work very long stressful hours I change up the tuna for tin chicken or some deli meat or even a slice of cheese and Vegemite occasionally for tea I change the salads to keep it interesting I think being organised is the key gastric bypass is a huge op which your mum had but if you have no luck the sleeve may be a better option for you speak to your surgeon visit a dietician to get help with a meal plan and best of all good luck Hun u can do it if you really want to google is also amazing for recipe idea and this site
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    What do you eat in a typical day? If you are having too many calories you won't lose weight.
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    Hi Everyone, So after numerous requests I have finally created a link so you can donate to BandingTogether. As I hope you all know, this site has never been about money for me, and since April 2009 I have paid for it out of my own pocket (apart from a few donations I was lucky enough to receive on the old version of the site a couple of years ago). I have resisted putting any advertising on here, and honestly felt bad about putting any sort of Donate button on here because I really didn't need the money, and I was happy to support the site However it's time to admit that I do need a bit of help. Next year I have been lucky enough to be accepted into the Honours Research program as part of my course, but unfortunately that means for next year I will not receive my generous Federal Government scholarship. And having closed my design business down to concentrate on my medical studies, next year is going to be pretty tight for me (the first time I have ever had to get Centrelink!). So if you want to donate a couple of dollars towards the hosting costs and forum licence fees for the site (we get over 200,000 hits a month so they are substantial), I would very much appreciate it. But please, do not in any way feel that you have to ... this site always has been and always will be completely free and you will never again see any ads on here (at one stage we had a few ads on here a couple of years ago and I removed them because it just made me feel dirty!) If you do want to donate, please use the Paypal button on our new About Us page (yep, it only took me 3 years to make one!): http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/page/index.html Thanks, Dave
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    hello all, I throught i will post a picture from the weekend boat cruise, i am 75 kilo's lighter and 100 percent happier!
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    Hi, I'm Jacqui, 45 years old. Ive been banded seven years, I had my op at The Avenue in Melbourne, through the Centre for Batiatric Surgery. Best decision I ever made, I lost 45 kg over three years and am now 68kg at 5ft 10. I've maintained my weight for four years. Life's been rough in the past few years.i was diagnosed with rectal cancer on my 43rd birthday, have been though a whirlwind go radiation, surgeries and chemo, including spending 9 months with an ileostomy. I endured a brutal early menopause, loads of depression, several bouts of anemia and am left with a pretty dysfunctional bowel too, but at least I'm here to tell the tale! I had to unfill my band for all this, god I was so scared to do that. But my weight actually plummeted to 59 kg skeletal for me. But oh, how I loved it, I really verged on anorexia for a whil,e there, did everything I could to stay that thin, including running 8kms a day in the summer heat a mere three weeks after a huge surgery. My body has recovered and my weight come back to a healthy level. My band is filled again, but it's just not the same as it was, I have less restriction. I have some really complex feelings about having regained weight and have realized just what obesity does to your self Esteem (ironic because to most people, I am tall and thin) - like diabetes or epilepsy or whatever, I really believe obesity is not a disease you recover from, it is one that you manage and the band is a great tool for that. But as I struggle to move on with my life post cancer and bring my feelings about my weight back into balance, I'm feeling the need to connect with other bandsters again. So..... Hello!
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    I am sure we all feel like this at some stage or another. Is anything in particular bringing you down? Feel free to vent that is what we are here for.
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    We just told our family and friends Christmas day that we eloped Everything is cheaper during the week. It's all about supply and demand so that's why weekend weddings are so much more expensive for everything.. As most want a weekend wedding Having eloped on a Thursday we saved $150 off Celebrant, as so many are not booked The only person i couldn't talk down was the photographer but he did actually offer his car to take us to all the locations for our photos everything from accommodation, venue, hair makeup I saved on. I also talked down the price of our rings. My dress cost $130 and everyone was super shocked it only cost that Even though it was just us NO one we knew there it was an AMAZING day and i love looking back at my photos a month on and smile as we pulled off the best kept secret. Anyways good luck, i honestly couldn't handle planning a wedding day and am amazed by anyone who can.
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    Chemist warehouse were having a sale last week so I stocked up then. It was 2 boxes for $50 for optislim and I think $35/$40 for optifast. Optifast is recommended by most surgeons. I find optifast tastes slightly better than optislim.
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    I am also afraid that I will fail with the band and that it won't work for me. I know I eat when I am not hungry and I know I eat junk food because I love chocolate. Snacking is a real killer to any weight loss - band or no band. I know, I am a snacker and hence have weight problems. When I heal from surgery, I am considering joining weight watchers because the weekly weigh ins and chat with someone might help me. I also have a personal trainer, so even when I had a long day at the work I need to go see her or I waste my money. Sometimes, I cancel bc I can't be bothered but then it's an extra session next week and I am not keen on that either. Think of the positives, you have not gained more than you have lost. Tips - Drink only water. No soft drinks (even the diet variety) - If you must drink tea or coffee, make it water based with a tad of milk. - Buy unsalted nuts. Peanuts are yum but Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds are better for you nutritionally. only eat a small handful (5-6 small nuts) as nuts are high calorie food - Drink water based hot chocolate to ease the craving for sweet or chocolate.
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    Yes, I am finding that getting in and out of bed or down and up from lower chairs is a little delicate. I have some back and chest pain, but I think that is also gas. I have been burping occasionally and its weird. I can feel it pop from my stomach. Going ok on fluids, went to the movies this afternoon to gold class to see Life of pi. Had a pot of tea - normally I was have had 3 glasses of wine and three courses! Smell of popcorn though - it was very distracting. But Im being good and drinking Miso Soup for lunch. I am knackered now, just having walked about a big car park and the movies. Still a bit tired. Still have a little cough. I cant cough enough to get some stuff out of my lungs, so have a little constant cough. If it gets worse I might need to see the GP - i dont want to get a chest infection. Has anyone had this problem?? Ta.
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    You look so much healthier and what a stunner I weighed in at 124kg yesterday when I got banded so I have a similar amount to lose - seeing your progress is inspirational! Thanks for sharing!
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    My dr told me sleevers loose weight faster in the first 6 months after surgery than bandits but at the end of 2 years the weight loss is exactly the same. And as Leanne said the total amount you loose depends on lots of factors and is very individual
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    Leanne, I'm the opposite - the heat completely destroys my desire to eat. I just want to drink ice cold drinks (LIKE DIET COKE) and suck down iceypoles. I managed to dodge the Diet Coke again, my 4th day without it, but I did let myself have a sugar free slurpee from 7/11, delicious and refreshing!
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    You and your parents must be so proud you have done GREAT congratulations and I am sure your 2013 will be a fabulous year...WELL DONE.. Marion
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    And I should add... Blocked them. They're now on a need-to-know basis. Very long story- short summary is they divulged very personal medical information to the entire extended family (most of whom I am yet to meet) in a Christmas email.
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    Just thought it was time to bump this for the New Year!
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    Just thought I would do an update. Oh, I am back in the beautiful land down under, home, Australia... after 9 months of being away and all, it feels oh so good to be back. Apart from the joy of being back, I am under 70kg. I was 68kg but gained 1 kg in a week after the freedom and indulgence and lack of exercise. LOL That was expected, as I have been on a mountain for 7 months with barely any good food choices and depravation galore. Hey, but I gotta get back to working out as that has been the main thing keeping me on track. Other than that, I had an arm lift (brachioplasty) done in Turkey 4 weeks ago. I do want to do a post solely on this so I will not go into too much detail here, but seriously, after coming out of surgery I thought, 'No way am I getting anything else done, ever!'. However, now, I am like, 'well, maybe...' It just hurt so much... Anyhow, some photos from the weekend for some inspiration... I must also add, I am very happy with my current appearance, the weight I am at... I am now a size 8! I would never have known... Wishing every one of you who are still at the beginning or somewhere half way to their goal even better success than I have had, and I cannot stress this enough: You will go through blood, sweat, and tears. If you want sustainable weight, reach your goal, you really have no other way. The band will help you with this. The first heap of weight is usually pretty easy to get off without any extra work, but the last few... you are gonna have to get a few workouts in there and try to eat healthy. All the best to you all in the New Year. xoxo G. P.S. Adding some pre-op photos again for comparison...
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    You are so beautiful Beth, in all your photos. Well done love.
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    Hi guys, Just to be clear, the site will always be free. I understand what you are saying about subscriptions etc but I simply could not charge someone for access to help and support ... All that means I am doing is turning all of you into a product I can sell (in my opinion). It's different for something like fishing or another hobby, to me this site is about helping people trying to make one of the hardest decisions of their life, so ethically and morally I could never live with myself if I charged for that. If people choose to donate, it is most welcome, but it should never be a condition of acceptance into this community Dave
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    Just posted this in another thread, but would be good here too. My tip is to switch your cutlery into the 'wrong' hands before you start eating. You have to concentrate so much to use it properly and convey small fork or spoonfuls to your mouth without incident that it 'forces' you to slow down.
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    Part 3 & 4 are below: http://www.youtube.c...feature=related http://www.youtube.c...feature=related