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  1. 2 points
    There I have said it - the dreaded "C" word. My brother rang me last night and said that he was coming over from the UK for Christmas. I haven't seen him since Christmas 2012 and since then he got a lapband in Feb 2013 and has lost 51 kg and got to goal weight. I got my lapband in Sept 2013 and have so far lost 39.2 kg with another 8.8 to go to get to goal. So my challenge is to get as close to goal weight as I can for when he flies in on 21st December (16 weeks today). To be at goal would be fantastic but I know that these last kgs are going to be the hardest! It hasn't started well as I weighed in at 86.6 this morning up from 83.8 after celebrating my daughter's 18th a little too well. Anyway it is opti for me for at least a week. You are welcome to join me and any help, advice and kicking my butt will be gratefully received
  2. 2 points
    Here's my day yesterday: My daughter has developed an interest in going to the gym so she asked me to take her to my gym and show her how to do weights etc. I took her yesterday morning and showed her the ropes and she loved it. I loved being able to share something I love with her and feel happy for her that she's found an activity that she enjoys. It'll be something we can do together and she can improve her health and fitness and develop some good habits. Then back home to a delicious lunch of tuna, chickpeas and salad. I pottered around for a few hours, hearing giggling from my daughters room on and off. (She's been having a rough time lately so to hear her giggling again sounds like magic.) Then a great big hearty early dinner of chicken and leek soup before heading off to yoga at 7pm. I went to my third yoga class and loved it. I'm not particularly good at it, and it hurts, but it's so relaxing. Then I went and did a few laps in the pool before going home. (Swimming, for me, is like meditation.) In between laps I stopped and thought about how perfect my day had been ... time spent with my daughter, good delicious food, yoga, swimming ... and thought I just couldn't be any happier. I showered and gathered all my stuff together and as I was walking back to my car thought, here I am, leaving the gym to go home and have yet more food I don't need to feel guilty about because it's nutritious, delicious and not excessive. I can go home and sit on the couch and cross stitch and not feel like a lazy slob, because I exercise regularly. I've earned the right to sit on my butt for an hour or two. I'm THAT girl I've seen in my past life that I wanted to be. Active, fit, strong, healthy ... with a yoga mat slung over my shoulder. I got home and my daughter was in the kitchen talking to me as I made my mango, yogurt and bran, and I told her I've just had the best day ever. THIS is the life I've dreamed of. She just smiled and said, "So, we'll go to the gym together on Saturday morning." Even more happiness. My lapband didn't just prolong my life ... it made it worth living. Really living.
  3. 2 points
    85.6, up .1 from last week. At least my ups and downs are leveling out.
  4. 2 points
    I would like to loose as much as I (safely & healthily) can by the "C" word. I am (as of yesterday, i weigh every sunday) 100.2kg. Dr Leong wants me under 100kg by my next visit, which is 28th November, as I was 105kg at my last visit in early August. 5 days ago I decided I needed to get off my backside and start doing something (I've never been very active or motivated to exercise) and have started doing Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home DVDs. I have managed to do some exercise at least once (and a couple times TWICE) a day since I started. My goal is to continue to exercise and to loose as much as possible. Good luck all and Take care Amy
  5. 2 points
    As of last night, I am 100.1kgs. I know it is a loss, but Y U NO DOUBLE DIGITS??? I will weigh tomorrow with crossed fingers.
  6. 2 points
    So the first week out of 16 done and this morning I am 83.3 so down 3.3 kg. It's amazing what a week on opti will do. Now to keep the momentum going as I am now just 8.3 kg from goal weight. Glad to have you on board BeeBop. When do you start your pre-op diet? I am toying with doing Opti for at least another couple more days. You got me thinking about dresses - I can only ever remember wearing 2 dresses. One when I was 9 for my Gran's birthday and the other was my wedding dress 21 years ago. I think I may have to look at some summer dresses this year . . . . . . . .
  7. 2 points
    I had a lady client at work comment on it this week. I have lost 10 kgs. The funny thing is she is a VIP (visually impaired person) and is the only one at work who has noticed!
  8. 1 point
    HI again, So I will be sleeved on 13th November... was supposed to be 31/10 but had to get changed due to surgeon being away. This will give me 8 weeks before my maternity leave finishes and back to work so hopefully that will be long enough to adjust - so flipping excited about getting this done. Got some good advice from the Dr's and dietitian about breastfeeding/caring for bub etc so feeling much more confident now. Tick tick tick... getting ready for a slow countdown!
  9. 1 point
    Hi everyone, So.... I have sent my clinic an email about costs, requirements and wait times if I were to swap to the gastric sleeve. I am coming up on 3 years banded and tbh, I am struggling. I was wondering if some of you guys could answer some questions? I am a member of the gastric sleeve support group and have been for ages (for their plastic surgery section) but I like it here more! Did you all have to wait the 3 months between band removal and sleeving? What were the recovery times? When could you go back to work? Did you go through the liquids and mushie stages too? What were your costs? Anyone from Brisbane? Any reasonably young sleevers? I am 21 and the permanency is a concern. I have an appointment with one of the GPs at my clinic on Tuesday and they will email me more information but I wanna know now hahaha. I have not made the decision yet - I may just be having a moment but I see no harm in asking! I might just proceed if it is affordable and the recovery is similar. I am still in the research phase so please forgive my ignorance. Thanks in advance for any replies BeeBop
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    Need an outfit for a wedding in November. I have no idea what suits me now after a loss of 24kg. My girlfriend insisted I try on a size 18 dress, which on so many levels is wrong. I am not size 18 and I haven't 'done' dresses for 20 years. I am now the very happy owner of a size 18 dress. Woo Hoo! Sailorgirl
  11. 1 point
    Am only down 300g this week... 70.4 kg is ok by me, though not sure the Doc will be altogether happy
  12. 1 point
    Down 800g from 84.1kg to 83.3kg. My brain is playing catch up with these new numbers. It's like I see "83.3kg" but can't process what it is. It's so foreign to me. That probably sounds a bit odd.
  13. 1 point
    HI Mike - congrats on the booking of your surgery date - Optifast does take a bit of getting used to, especially for a sweet tooth like me - I actually really enjoy the mousse desserts and they are a good break from the shakes, because you feel like you are eating food. We are here if you have any questions or need to chat xxx
  14. 1 point
    Speaking of fitting into seats ... even now, every single time I go to the cinema with my daughter I wiggle my hips around over the seat. She just looks at me like I'm mad and I tell her, "I know you don't understand how exciting it is to be able to do this." She says, "Yes, but you've been able to do it for ages now. Why do you keep doing it ?" I tell her it's something that'll NEVER get old.
  15. 1 point
    I had that one that so many overweight people aspire to (god knows I did). I didn't need an extension belt on the plane, and I could actually put the tray table down. It was the best day of my life since surgery 10 months ago
  16. 1 point
    Last summer I started wearing shorts to the gym but stopped after a few times because whilst they looked ok they were riding up something fierce, becoming more like short shorts and THAT didn't look so good. All my other [3/4] gym pants were on the clothesline this morning so I wore my shorts and they didn't ride up more than about 1cm ! Even when I was on the cross trainer they were fine. Before I left home I was a little embarrassed about my loose crinkly skin on my inner thighs but I thought fuck it, just hold your head high, I've lost 86kg ... I've earned the right to wear shorts ... even with crinkly skin. If anyone sees it and doesn't like it they can bloody well look elsewhere. I cannot explain how empowering it is to be in the headspace where I can do that.
  17. 1 point
    both hubby and i jumped on those scales in the supermarket here in the U.S desperate haha, when i converted the pounds back at hotel it seems im close to same weight. 48.9 thats with clothes and shoes! :-) hope my scales are just as kind at home!
  18. 1 point
    I know... but the toasty buttery vegemite-y goodness isn't the saaaaaame (first world problems) Thanks Kazbo and Brisbanenowsleeved Just feeling very nauseous and sorry for myself.
  19. 1 point
    remember you can have vegemite in a cup of hot water. CONGRATULATIONS!
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  21. 1 point
    109.2kg. Down 500g... seeing as I went off the rails on the weekend, I'm happy with this lol.
  22. 1 point
    Well done Lanners! As awful as optifast is, you can't argue with results! I start the pre-op diet tomorrow... Let the migraines begin! I have so many pretty dresses in smaller sizes and I can't wait to start wearing them
  23. 1 point
    Hi Jgls I've found money seems to come and go regardless. Sure it does seem like a saving (on paper) when you add up the crap bought pre-surgery like the takeaways, the quick fix foods when out in the car, the movie nights of dvds and of course the snacks that go with it. But despite what people try to say re: eating healthier is cheaper, in my experience it is not. Sure, as a lap bander (me) I do eat less, alot less, however the food is alot better quality than before, add on top of that the multivitamins and any other protein powders etc and yes these things do add up. Do I begrudge these expenses? Of course not, as previous comments said, this is saving my life each and every day and this procedure, despite looking like it is about numbers (kilos, calories, mls etc) it really shouldn't be. You mentioned your daughter, I'd say the thought of watching her flourish, perhaps seeing a wedding day or maybe children if that's her wish, would be something worth getting healthy for as well. I've been with my band for 100 days now and to be honest, I couldn't say I've really saved any money living the bandit lifestyle. Infact I may of spent more! As now I am more confident to go out places, do things, buy a few more clothes, and am currently planning an overseas holiday (my first in 20 years). Yep I am spending more cash for sure and it's fabulous to be getting my life back Good luck!
  24. 1 point
    I agree that a lot of people don't want to say something in case they put their foot in it. Also, if you have a lot of weight to lose it may not be noticaeable straight away and it also depends where you lose it from first. I tend to lose weight off my face first, so people may not notice straight away because whilst my face is slimmer, but bum is still big etc. If you're in clothes that are a bit big for you too, it can hide the change in your size.
  25. 1 point
    I totally know how you feel....I got banded back in march and I have lost nearly 10kg and not one of my friends who i don't see reguarly have even noticed, makes me a little frusterated at times but then i just think that it's something they obviously don't notice as much as I thought or I haven't lost enough for them to see it yet! But then in saying that the only one that has noticed is my manager at work who i only see every 3weeks (due to the work we do) noticed when I had only lost 5kg, I haven't told any of my freind either as I want them to notice on there own
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