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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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    Hello, I'm beginning to plan our wedding, so I thought it might be nice to have a little space here for fellow bandit brides (and grooms) to chat about their weddings, get ideas and give advice. The process is exciting but already a little scary from a financial aspect. The venue we LOVE look like it has a minimum spend of $10k at the time of year we want (feb) so i dont think that will be an option for us. We'll still go and get a tour and I might see if they will let us use a different (like CHEAPER) caterer instead of the one i got pricing from. I hope they do because the venue will make for some amazing photos. Nobody wants to give me $20k so i can have my dream wedding do they?
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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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    Well time meant about 20 min. Asked DH to help put my socks on so we could take the dogs out and I could have a bit of a walk. He pipes up "what about all the exercise you are supposed to be doing? That book from the hospital said you were to get exercising ASAP?" Well if I had been able I would have thrown my runners at him right then. But a lecture in getting all the information and facts right before he starts nagging me was enough. Two days after abdominal surgery and apparently I'm supposed to be sweating it out on the cross trainer!! I told him walking was a good place to start, but I wasn't going to get far without my socks on! It's ok though. When I have lost a few kgs he will be getting it right back. He has to give up smoking and he is getting man boobs and soft upper arms from all the eostrogen in the beer he drinks. He is getting a beer belly too! So we will see how things change when the shoe is on the other foot. He will need to deal with his health eventually too lets just be glad we all made a choice to put our health first and remember that when times get hard
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    Hi Mrs B. it's hard to tell what is genuine hunger. All I can say is that I don't feel full and if I smell nice food I get ravenous. On the other hand when I have a shake I do get bloated and its more the discomfort that puts me off having too much. I am having about 200ml at brekkie, 200 at lunch and 200 or less at dinner. I drink water and tea throughout the day. I have the odd shot if prune juice to keep things moving. I went out a walk with the dogs and my DH today. Could only hold the dog for a little as he pulls a bit. Feel stuffed and my tummy is quite hard and sore but I think that is everything sorting itself out. I am hoping that 'no pain no gain' will apply here as the recovery is starting to wear me down.
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    Nessie that's awful to hear. But it shows your hubby has expectations of the band and you that are a bit out of whack. A trip to the Yarra valley sounds like a holiday I would enjoy and part of the experience is the food and wine. I would have wanted to enjoy those too. I'm a bit p****d at my other half too. He was all for the op but I think he is focused on the skinny me at the end of all this. Since I went in to hospital and got out just a few days ago he has been moody and no use at all. He seems to be in his own bubble and not supportive. It's more what he doesn't do rather than what he does. But I get the feeling Nessie that if I did what you did he would have said the same as your hubby. I'm going to give it time, but if he doesn't get his head out of his a*s I will be giving him a serve. And you should do the same.
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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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    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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    Apparently the $10 includes the venue hire, wait staff, wine and other drinks.....but not food. $10k is probably the maximum we wanted to spend on the ENTIRE WEDDING. so its definately out for the reception. But I'm thinking we will have the ceremony & photos there because I do love the scenery, and we will find somewhere cheaper to have the reception.
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    Im on but have enough friends and their crap to wade through now
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    No probs were in the same state and I agree every cent is precous and i would gladly help out a felloow bandit...actually I get joy helping anyone I can xxxx please dont be shy closer if you would like me to we can do a trial and if you likey we can sort it all out xx
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    I totally agree we all have different metabolisms and lose at different rates never ever compare your loss to anyone else if you gain more knowledge and eat wiser the kilos will follow at your pace xx
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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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    Hi guys just giving you an update, got discharged at 8pm same day so I'm home now in bed so tired but keep waking every half an hour. Got taken into holding area around 10am and waiting half an hour before I was taken in! Woke up in recovery and it was like I was in a dream people talking to me and I was replying but couldn't hear what I was saying back , they were asking about my pain ect , it was all blurry and hard to keep my eyes open, this was prob the worst feeling for me cause u can feel things going on but can't control yourself. That wore off gradually had a pain score of 5/10 so they gave me some morphine and that didn't improve that much so they also gave me se tramadol, I was in recovery for a fair while , I didn't get back to the ward till around 1.30 - 2.30 ish then when I was back they gave me some IV hydration and IV paracetamol. Pain hasn't been to bad since just feels like pressure in my stomach and around my rib cage area, think its the port site that hurts the most. Felt dizzy and nauseous getting up and walking so had two Ondansetron wafers one when I went to toilet and one when I got home after car ride. Because I don't have private health they said I was fine to leave after 6 if I wasn't in to much pain or to nauseous to save myself some money, aneathatist suggest it and preferred to be home in my own bed. They bought me clear fluids and protein drink , jelly, broth, resource drink. Was only able to get the little recovery protein drink down (about 100ml) and four spoons of broth, started feeling nauseous after that. So I'm home now and keep waking up every 30 mins maybe causes I couldn't keep my eyes open all day and now I wanna sleep through I can't lol. They also gave me soluable panadol tablets to take home, pariet for reflux (7 days worth), endone (strong pain relief), stemitil and Ondansetron wafers for nausea. I would recommend getting liquid panadol cause having to drink more than half a cup of fizzy salty panadol at home was a struggle and hospital didn't have liquid to buy. Umm that's it for me, have left my compression stockings on for the night because I haven't walked all that much . Oh forgot they put an arterial line in while I was under to monitor my blood pressure which was a little high when I went in but only from nerves cause when I got out it was about 114/60 my BP has always been fine. Also they removed one stick from one of my wounds not sure why Dr wanted it there , so I only have one dressing on and the rest are covered by this clear glue stuff that eventually washes off . By the way I was banded by Dr Watson at Saint John of god Murdoch. Goodluck to all you guys and thanks for your comments of support :-)) i look forward to seeing how you all go and giving you updates on how things are after banding :-) Elise aka nurse cutie xx
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    Just thought it was time to bump this for the New Year!
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    No pics of me, I'm usually behind the camera, have plenty of my gorgeous youngest grand daughter Nyree. we spent some time at the beach on Christmas day
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    I've been a bridesmaid 4 times- all very different experiences... 1st wedding- (best friend) family of the bride paid for everything. However they chose everything- down to the ugly canary yellow dress and matching gloves. 2nd wedding- (sister) I paid for everything, had to go with the flow in relation to choice of dress - was given jewellery as a thank you gift. 3rd wedding - (friend) I paid for almost everything- but had a say in everything. Wore shoes I already had. The bride paid for hair & makeup on the day. Given jewellery as a thank you gift. 4th wedding - (Sister) Wore a dress I already owned (ball gown) & chose everything that went with it. Paid for my own hair & make up. No gift!! What I've learned... It's ok to say NO to being a bridesmaid. Brides are NUTS! You can get away with cheep dresses- no one really cares what the bridesmaids have on :-) When I got married I didn't have an official bridesmaid- asked my sister to sign the marriage certificate at the end.... It was easier!!! .
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    I was banded by Blair 18 moths ago. I was 175 kgs now 103.6 kgs. Excellent surgeon and an extremmley nice person Les from Hervey Bay
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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.