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    How great it would be if heaps of people came out of the woodwork, drove from across town, hopped on a plane and flew from interstate, or just put their hand up to join in and share with us this massive celebration! It's about reclaiming and celebrating life - Sara's, Kazbo's, Lisa's, Erin's, Sue's, Sally's, Nicki's, Dee's, Liz's, mine - and of course yours! The day can be whatever we want it to be and whenever and wherever we want it to be! Looking forward to hearing from and finally meeting some of the people who have supported one another so vigorously, so passionately and with such compassion during our time on this forum. Kate. P.S. I can accommodate any number of people on couches and chairs in my school. It's brand new and very flash. Not The Langham admittedly, but it's free!
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    Is there a clue in your comment "can't shove it in fast"???? I was concerned when I got banded that there was not enough "due dilligence" in that I was: a. mentally ready for the band. b. REALLY understood what I was getting in to and the lifestyle changes that would be required. I was lucky that all worked out well but I can see how people can get banded who really shouldn't be, or wouldn't be if the due dilligence was performed. It may be you want the benifits of the band (lost weight) but are not ready to make the sacrifices and lifestyle changes the band demands. If that's the way it is, that's cool. You just need to find a way that works for you or start to accept where you are in this.
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    I had a lengthy conversation with my 14 year daughter tonight. She is excited about my banding and I can sense her relief that I have taken such drastic steps to change my life for the better. We spoke of our whole extended family and the eating and cooking habits we were exposed to growing up. It was wonderful! My grandma and Mum and all my aunties - all such wonderful cooks and taught all of us girls to be the same. Always large servings and second helpings. Everything with white sauce and gravy and butter and sour cream. Happy family gathering together breaking bread, laughter and making an abundance of happy memories! We spoke of all of my cousins and sisters who have struggled with their weight throughout life. We spoke of passing habits down to our children. I told my daughter, we reap what we sow - the habits we inherit are more often than not passed on to our own children. Not to intentionally harm them or make their lives harder. But we must recognize the bad habits and break them. I hope that it is not too late for me to break the bad habits I see that I have already instilled in my children with their eating. I see my son going through the same struggles I went through at his age and I am so angry at myself for letting it go on this long. I am responsible for his weight problem. I have to be responsible for breaking the chain right now. Otherwise, When he is my age, he will be in the same boat that I am right now. I have to break this chain.
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    Hello All you Fabulous Peeps! I had my first fill this morning and am burping like a trooper! Had hiccups galore and am sipping veeeeerrrrrryyyyyy slowly on optifast! I am 3 weeks post opp and have had 4ml put in. What are everyone's experiences? I want the good, the bad and the ugly! What is weight loss like after a fill? is it quick? Slow? Does it depend?? I have gone up and down since surgery but I am told this is normal? Looking forward to hearing from all you Beautiful Bandits!!
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    LOVE body pump classes!!
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    I see enough fat people crying in the mirror when I shave in the morning......"I don't wanna go to work".....lol
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    There is always cake, choclate, fFrench cheese and champagne - but more importantly there's free accomodation for anyone who lives too far away to travel home that night or who doesn't want to pay for a hotel. K. P.S. I can also use my school buses (with a non drinking staff member asdesignated driver) to pick up and drop off.
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    Easy - no problems for me. Also goes great in so many salads. Really getting into the qunoia (???) too at the moment. Have been making quinoa salad - cook the quinoa in chicken stock, diced onion and whack of garlic, when that's cool add, baby spinach, chopped cucumber, lemon juice, sliced spring onions. coriander and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds! OMG it's so good. Could easily do the same thing with cous cous - would be a bit quicker then the quinoa
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    Hi Nessa64, I can relate to your story. I got so fed up with not being able to eat about a year after surgery that I got most of my fluid taken out of my band as I felt like the only thing I could eat was junk. Getting the fluid taken out allowed me to pretty much eat "normally" again, although it also allowed me weight to climb back up to my pre-surgery weight. There are no easy answers for managing depression. I've done medication for years which I don't think helped me at all and I had severe withdrawals when coming off. I did therapy for 3 years which did help me quite a bit. I do cardio almost every day as "my treatment" which has a better effect on me than anything else I've tried. Even if I'm crying in the car in the gym car park, I still force myself to go inside and do my cardio as I know this will help me more than anything else. I've recently started to cut out sugars and am slowly increasing my protein as I've been reading that this helps to stabilise blood sugar levels and improve your emotional well being. I also listen to hypnosis almost every night when going off to sleep. This was also something I didn't believe in, but if you want to get better than you have to give things ago as you have nothing to loose. I use hypnosis mp3s by Rick Collingwood from mindmotivations dot com which have subliminal messages in them (I have no financial interest). In the past 4 months I've had my band refilled a few times which has helped at reducing how much I can consume and my overall appetite. But it very hard to deal with life when you're in a major depression and now your only coping mechanism (food) is being taken away. It's also hard to make rational decisions when you're suffering for depression. I would recommend seeing a therapist. I was dead against this originally and I didn't believe in talk therapy, but I came around slowly and found it helpful in the long-run. At worst, it can't do any more harm than where you already are. I am a big believer in exercise and push myself to do cardio almost every day. I know if I stop working out that I can crash into a major depression within 4 to 6 weeks and this is not a risk that I'm willing to take. Perhaps it is not your time to loose weight if you have serious depression as it is extremely difficult to have to deal with both of these problems at the same time. Don't worry about what your lapband Dr says. If you want fill taken out of your band then go a get some taken out. I wish you the best.
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    I have only had two fills. One of those lucky people to end up in the green zone very quickly. However, I burp all the time post fill or not. Ever since being banded it just happens - after I drink, eat, anything. After both fills, I stayed on liquids for about 24 hours and in that time lost about 2-2.5kgs each time. I haven't had any bad experiences to share.
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    You look amazing, congratulations!!!
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    I love it because its so versatile and easy to prepare but for me its too high in carbs so I have it on my no-no list.
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    Has anyone of you tried the Gabriel Gate Pearl Couscous that you can by in the supermarket I love that one much more than the other.........I once bought loose pearl couscous at the South Melbourne Market but it was not as nice as that one. The same procedure cook in stock until soft and then add what ever you like.
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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my salads with cous cous. My latest favourite is cous cous, rocket, baby spinach, perino tomatoes, onion, capsicum, mushrooms and fetta cheese and a garlic, olive oil and lemon juice dressing! I obviously make sure I don't go overboard on the cous cous as I think it's carbs? But it adds an extra layer to my salad and it tastes sooooo good.
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    Hopefully things'll get better when your mum is home Jen! I think I'm doing better, cut my calories right back to 700/800 for this week & the scales are moving (thank god). I really want to reach my Easter goal before Easter!
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    Hiya im now on my second fill and have 5ml in a . 10ml band. I can really feel the difference already. Lovely full feeling!
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    I have a few Grabbed a jumper from Kmart size 18 and its a little loose! My pants are falling down (not the victory but yay) so when I couldnt find my belt I gave hubbies the evil eye before trying it on and not only does it fit but I have holes to spare! Lol he is 30kg lighter than me so its too big for him, but yay. Had to run out of the bathroom for something this morning and I wrapped a towel around me and it went all the way around! no weird little gap where my bum cheeks poked out.
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    Post op i was on 2 weeks liquids, 2 weeks mushies (just started this week), then 2 weeks soft foods
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    I'll have to update my previous comment since my last fill as things are much more "restricted" these days. Bread, chicken breast, steak, lamb - I have to be VERY careful or it will get stuck and cause me to PB. I think it's fine if it is tender or soaked in sauce/slow cooked, but apart from that I'm sticking to fish and salads because that goes down easy. Although, my fresh cooked salmon had a minor stuck moment last night
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    Nessa, what do you want...a magic wand? This was never going to be an easy ride. It takes effort to experiment with food, to find new healthy food choices that you enjoy, instead of slipping back to the food that kept you in misery. That effort pays off long term - you will find new foods to enjoy, and once you learn to eat small mouthfuls slowly, to stop sooner, and your band has been adjusted to the right amount (and you see the kilos drop off) you will feel better about your band and your new lifestyle. It was always going to be that You would be the one taking charge of your life and making the changes; the only one to rescue you from the path you were on is yourself. You have only been three months banded - such a short time into changing everything about how and what to eat, and finding other ways to deal with stress and anger and sadness. You should still be at the stage where you are having frequent reviews of how your band is working for you, tweaking of the the fill in it, and hopefully some education about food choices and quantities. Abdominal pain on eating or when swallowing pills would have me rushing back to my doctor! Don't be embarrassed about going back to your surgeon - you should be seeing her as much as you need to. And if she suggests you get some help to manage that emotional eating, well, that is only a logical thing for her to suggest. (So much of the success of banding is changing our way of thinking). You want to be happier, but your post reads like you are shutting all the doors to stepping towards being happy one day. Seriously, if you are suffering clinical depression you should be seeking help for it. If it is just sadness that things did not magically improve, well that is something you can do something about. The way I see it, if you can't fix your car yourself you go to a mechanic, if you can't fix your house you call a tradesman. You describe a lifetime of emotional eating, poor self esteem, and feeling like nothing can change that. Sometimes we do need the services of a specialist - and that includes for how our brain works, or planning something as vital as what we consume to survive. It reads like if you did get some sort of counselling in the past it was not the right one for you, or you stepped back from the challenges that arose. The right person will work with you, not judge you, and not let you beat yourself up. If you could see them as a skilled helper rather than a judge or manipulator it might help. Maybe if you can't trust seeing a 'shrink' you could instead look at seeing a life coach. And if you are finding food boring or frustrating, a dietician. (If, like me, you find you are now spending heaps less on food, the savings on that over time could go towards getting helpers on your new challenge). I wish you well, whatever you choose to do. I don't like seeing anyone in the throes of despair, but you already have one big thing going for you - you have a lap band. I have friends who would love one but can't afford it, and they feel doomed to forever struggle to keep from getting bigger and bigger. Some days I feel guilty about having my 'secret weapon' but I also know that it is really the changes I am making myself that make the difference - and it is no picnic, and some days are really tough, but the good days make up for it!
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    Please do not give up Nessa it will get better I think most of us will be going through this as some point I know I have my good and bad days but just look at the positive side. *** The more weight you loose the better you health will get. *** You will meet the people that bullied you and they will not recognise you and what might even be better their waistband has expanded even more than yours . And you will think PAYBACK IS A BITCH. *** You will be able to buy clothes not from a large size one but normal size of the rack which is a lot cheaper and you will LOOK SEXY. *** Exercise as much as you can as it is good for the body and MIND Good luck and learn to love your band. none of this .
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    Soup.. really we have the freedom to combine our favourite ingredients, cook and then process down to whatever consistency we want. The possibilites are endless and they can be consumed hot or cold. I tend to include a lot of fibrous veg in mine (celery, brassica stalks, kale) so I feel fuller for longer and don't fall into the trap of adding too much heavily caloried proteins like cream and cheeses etc. I also tend to be fairly heavy on the herbs and spices when I cook because that also adds to the sense of satiety. I can trick myself into feeling full if I can still taste the food for a longer time.
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    I've had a great week, but to top it off I had to go shopping for some clothes to wear for my placement, I can't keep any of my pants up and I didn't want them to fall down in front of sixth class they would be traumatised for life. So I'm in the change room at rockmans trying on 18s from the be me range the shop assistant tells me "oh no, you need much smaller and goes and gets me 16 from the normal range, and the best news is that they fit. I was so excited I went to target and got more 16s. It feels so good to wear clothes that fit.