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  1. 2 points
    Hi everyone. So glad I found this forum whilst searching for everything and anything about the Gastric Sleeve procedure I am going to have on the 6th February. Looking forward to reading all the advice and tips everyone can give me as I start this journey, my LAST weightloss journey. I have tried just about everything else as I have been dieting since I was 18 years old and now am in my 50's. I am 5ft 8in, and weighed in at 122.8kg when I started the Optifast sachets last Tuesday. I plan to lose around 45 kilos and keep it off !! The 4 x Optifast Sachets and 2 cups of vegetables per day haven't been too difficult (of course there are times I would love a sandwich or two) but I think because it is only for two weeks and it will decrease the amount of fat in my liver prior to the surgery, I am committed to giving it my best. Would love to receive advice and tips from everyone as I go forth, and would also like to invite other people who might be just starting out as well to come on board this thread so we can motivate and help each other. Look forward to sharing my weightloss journey. Cheers...Margy
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    I forgot to weigh myself on Wednesday so didn't post. I did weigh myself first thing this morning and cannot believe my eyes that I am in the 50s! 58.4kgs bmi 22.3 and just loving life and the new me. I plan on having another body scan done to see what my body fat percentage and muscle mass is. The one I had done was awhile ago now and I was 73kgs then. Will try to remember to weigh in and post again this Wednesday. I was weighing myself daily but have broken that habit and some days I honesty forget.
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    1.2 kilos loss this week and officially 3 months post surgery with a loss of 18.4 kilos. Loss seems to be pretty steady which is nice. Still discovering my eyes are bigger than my belly sometimes but at least knowing when to stop. Have a follow up towards the end of March and am hoping I might just crack in to the 80s. 6.6 kilos to go
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    Please try not to be too ashamed and hard on yourself. Your body does indeed adapt to your lower weight and restricted portions, and the math may not work for you as it does for others. I cannot fathom how I gained over 20kg in six months whilst sticking to 1800 or so a day but I did! On top of that, having babies does make some of us fat. I was normal weight until I started having babies. Firstly I gained weight fast and dramatically whilst breastfeeding and then those insidious lifestyle factors that creep in finished me off. I started seven years of 3 pregnances at about 75kg (healthy for my height) and finished at 113kg. And not in any of them did I ever gain more than 9kg (which I lost in giving birth). All the weight gain came afterwards. Any surgeon in this business ought to be compassionate and understand the difficulty some of us have in maintaining normal weights. They've seen it all before and although they may have to state some home truths to some people, they will not judge you for your issues.
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    I haven't weighed in lately as I'd been naughty and had maintained or even fluctuated a few hundred grams. I'm back on track and have had a small loss which takes me down to 60.9kgs. Total loss 57.2kgs which is an entire person! 55kgs goal weight. Unsure if that's too low as my bones are starting to really become visible. Don't know if I've already mentioned it but my bmi is finally in the normal range.
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    8 (and a bit) months!! start weight: 134.9 current weight: 83.5 total loss so far: 51.4 loss has been slow over the last month, and really variable- I was 83.1 one day then a couple of days later 84, and beyond! My latest aim is to be 78 by April- which is quite ambitious given the much reduced rate of loss. Feeling good!
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    Lost 1kg this week, so its slowed down a lot. I went onto mushies - which I think has actually reduced calories, its so easy to get in a lot in liquid form. But weight loss is never linear, I know that from past experience. So, I weighed in at 89.6 for a total lost of 8.1 kg - No change in clothes yet, but its definitely come off my chest, shoulders, boobs and upper arms and stomach. Typically, I will be skeletal on my upper body before it shifts from my hips and thighs.
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    I can't believe that 2 1/2 months have past since I last posted on this forum. Not posting regularly has been a deliberate decision as I was becoming obsessive with my weight loss, but how did I let it go so long without posting... OK, so my weight yesterday morning was 77.2kg which is a weight gain of 1.6kg since my last posting. I'm not worried about this as I was too skinny when I got back from my holiday and I'm still well within my maintenance goal of 78-80kg. I saw my dietician again in December and I'm determined to continue seeing her every 2 - 3 months as an accountability check just in case I go off the rails. I'll be seeing my surgeon in May for my 3 year check in ... WOW time flies. Great to catch up on what is happening with you all. Keep up the good work. Molly
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    Thanks for reply. I think it was the liquid Panadol that caused it. Stopped taking it and feeling lots better. Going home today so no more chicken broth! Looking forward to thin shakes etc.
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    Hi folks, SlimJules here. Unfortunately, I won't be slim for long if I don't get my lapband inflated soon. Can anyone recommend a (good!) Sydney clinic / GP / business that can help me without breaking the bank? THANKS :)
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    @denzel Thank you for your encouraging comments. They really help. Went in for a check up at the bariatric surgery. 2016 Weight 81.4kgs, Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 Weight 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm , hips 98cm. And feeling so much healthier and happier. The hot weather has been tightening the band but have been having cold protien shakes. When I eat I always use my portion plates or if I am out I use a bread and butter plate. Cannot stress enough it is only a tool to help you. You still have to do the hard work.
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    Interesting what Jachut said about having babies making some women fat. My surgeon said obesity was in my genetics and people are predisposed to it and then something happens to trigger it eg pregnancy. That's exactly where my issue with obesity started. Yes I've been overweight as a child, lost it as a teen, yoyoed a bit in my 20s but nothing over 65ish kgs, managed to get quite thin 57 - 59kgs. Got to 55kgs with Duromine but suffered psychosis and was hospitalised. Went up to 60kgs. Still slim looking back but was so unhappy at the time. Met my husband. Gained 15kgs and felt disgusted and ashamed. Got to 68 point something msg with Jenny Craig. Fell pregnant with my daughter. Ballooned to 103.5kgs. Got down to 85kgs within a few months after her birth. Started to put on weight even though I was still eating the same, weighing portions but not exercising as much as I was constantly tired/exhausted. Blood tests. All normal apparently. Lies. Thyroid was borderline. Gained back and was 104kgs and ashamed. Started looking into the lapband. Full bloods. Surprise surprise under active thyroid. More blood tests. Hashimotos Disease. Started Thyroxine and had several blood tests over the years which always showed tsh in normal range but weight wouldn't budge. Special occasions would gain 1 - 2kgs. Weight slowly creeps up slowly but surely over the years. Highest weight (not pregnant) 118.1kgs. Fall pregnant. Suffer miscarriage. Get down to 112kgs from being so sick with an infection in my womb. Go back to 117 - 118kgs. Get married. Disgusted by wedding photos. Take out private health insurance just for me so I can have weight loss surgery and am on public wait list. Fall pregnant with rainbow miracle baby. Give birth. Get down to pre pregnancy weight (only gained 9.6kgs this time around). Can't lose more. See photos of myself at my daughter's birthday party and feel awful. Have appointment in public system and am told I will be waiting at least 2 more years before I'm operated on. Eff that. Convince hubby to let me access my super (didn't have much, long story and not worked since having my daughter in 2013). Go on consult and he is the surgeon for me (had 2 referrals). Sips surgery May 17th 2017. Baby boy is 6 months on surgery day. Currently down to 60.3kgs. Goal weight is 55kgs. Journey not over yet. 2 x consults booked for February and March for plastics. Likely 2 x lots of surgery so will be a long time til my body is almost normal (will have lots of extensive scarring) but I am happy with my body now and have been for a long time on my weight loss journey. Sorry my post was so long but have never shared how I became the way I was and the comments on pregnancy compelled me to share. Definitely go see your surgeon. He or she will hopefully not be harsh and judge you. They are there to help. Likely you will be referred for a barium swallow or other tests which will show if something is wrong with your sleeve and the best course of action. My surgeon does not believe a resleeve works and bypass or sips a better option in the case of a failed sleeve. Lastly please do not judge yourself too harshly. Also keep in mind some weight regain is normal so I would speak to a dietician who is knowledgeable in bariatric surgery patients and their needs. I hope everything works out and hoping for the best possible outcome for you.
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    One thing I can say from unfortunate experience is that you must not tolerate an overtight band thinking it will magically come right. You can do a lot of damage to your body and cause the band to slip. I know how hard it is and how much you want that restriction back, but I yoyod like this for years - ignoring that I had a pouch, until my band slipped and had to come out. And over all that time, I never lost weight, in fact I continued to slowly gain. I wasnt overweight, but I wasnt right down at the bottom end of my range which is what I wanted. I've been lucky to have been sleeved a month back, but the operation was huge - there was an enormous amount of repair to be done to my oesophageal sphincter and fixing a hiatus hernia, both of which i'd contributed to or even caused by refusing to take fluid out of my band for fear of weight gain. Not to mention all the scar tissue. Its also very common to get weight rebound after you hit your lowest weight - with all the bariatric surgeries. Your body adapts, you learn to fit food in etc. There's no way around it, you cannot totally rely on your tool to restrict your intake, some of it has to be that old blood sweat and tears that ordinary dieting takes. As to exercise, you know, I watched a very interesting program a year or two back that always stuck with me. I enjoy exercise and when I was banded 12 years ago I wasnt working and had all the time in the world to run and go to the gym etc. But I"m time poor now! I watched this show where they compared couples and the energy they burned. One couple went to bootcamp, one to the gym and the other did a hard morning's house cleaning. The cleaning couple burned almost DOUBLE the other two who did their hard exercise and then kind of relaxed for teh rest of the morning. Dont understimate that slow, steady movement and you can kill two birds with one stone. Take your kids out for a walk - I used to run with my kids on bikes, or if they're younger, to the park and kick a ball with them, or put them in the pram. Get them to run around helping with housework - and do hard stuff like cleaning windows etc. I have to do that now, as I work full time and want to keep the house in good shape - so I get on my workout clothes and I clean - windows, outside sweeping, I have this stupid laminate floor that looks streaky unless I dry it with towels, mow the lawns - I try to really WORK for an hour, and hour and a half and I get out and walk the dog. That's a big comedown from running 8kms a day and doing Body Pump but to be honest, I'm not any less fit and in fact I'm functionally better as my movements are real ones, not single muscle type of stuff. I truly believe that constant activity is more valuable than half an hour of exercise!
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    Congrats on the 7.1!!! Can I just issue a gentle word of warning though- really, treally try to stick to recommended portions immediately post op- it might take a while for the ‘hard stop’ feeling to kick in, but if you ignore the warnings you might be in for a world of pain when you get to more solid food.
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    Your story could almost be mine! I too was a runaway success with my band, I got down to a BMI of around 19, took up running, ran a half marathon etc. It was all great until I had to unfill it six years later for a cancer surgery. After that, it was never the same. When I refilled, I just didnt get to that sweet spot again. I too fibbed about reflux, overfilled in a panicked attempt to control the slow weight gain and did not tell my doctors what was going on. And when I finally did, they didnt act. I was having simply awful chest pain, long story short, I was very sick at the end of last year and it came out in an emergency. I was pretty sure I'd not be a regain statistic as I'd been such a band star and I'd had it for 12 years, but nope. I lasted about 8 months at which point I'd gained over 20kg before I was knocking on my surgeon's door (he'd told me no more surgery). He referred me on to someone else which pissed me off at the time but I couldnt be happier. I had a sleeve, not bypass but I had my lower oesophageal sphincter all fixed up, a hiatus hernia repaired and all the adhesions and scarring from the band removed. I have never ever regretted my decision to be banded but the beauty of it is that should a better surgery come along (for me, the sleeve) then I could move on. However, I found this surgery tough! This was my 12th surgery, I've had much bigger ones and bounced back much much faster. I guess its a bit to do with the lack of food in the post surgical period, but I'm also battling anaemia and I just wasnt fit and in good shape when I went into it.
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    My dad had it a few years ago quite severely and it took them a while to figure out what was wrong. The treatment was really effective though (his levels were exceptionally high) and he doesn't have issues now so fingers crossed
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    I’ve pretty much documented my entire journey blow by blow in the May bypassians and sleevers thread- but for me, I couldn’t be happier. Yes, it is permanaent. But I need permanent, I absolutely can’t have a day off . i still occasionally want to eat things I shouldn’t have- but the RNY prevents me- and I think it’s been long enough now to really break those bad habits. Most interesting for me will be in 2 or 3 years time- because I kindof feel like a cheat for losing so much weight with (relative) ease.
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    I'm booked in for a gastroscopy next Wednesday with a Gastroenterologist. Will weigh in that am!
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    69.3kgs. I had surgery Sunday for a female problem. I'm ok just sore and really tired. I'll be honest I've been eating comfort food, time to knuckle down.
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    Ok back again. I'm terrible with sticking to this weight loss wednesday thing. I have not lost any weight since I last posted a couple of months ago (sad) but I haven't gained so... at least that's something. 67.7 today. Back on the bandwagon. It's hard because it's so easy to sit at this weight.. I have a normal BMI, I'm not terribly chubby looking or anything and my clothes still fit. But I also know how great I feel at 63kg and how in the grand scheme of things, 5kg is nothing (??? so why is it so hard UGH), and I feel better about myself, it's just enough to make me look overall a bit slimmer and my clothes fit.. but better. So I'm trying to just remind myself of that when I just want to eat good food. I'm also on holiday at the moment before I start my internship in early Jan.. when I'm running around hospital all day it's easy to eat less. When I'm at home and a bit bored it's easy to eat way more! Anyway. I'll try to stick with this weight loss wednesday stuff from now on. I graduate next week and it would be nice to maybe have the scales show a little less just for that confidence boost you know, haha Congrats boganlicious and denzel by the way! I've just read your progress here and you've both done amazingly well in the last couple of months!
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    Great news! I spoke to joondalup. They have said not worry about the weight gain before the appointment. Once you see us thats when you make the commitment to lose weight. She said it takes roughly 3 months between seeing the bariatric gp and the bariatric surgeon. After seeing the surgeon the wait can be anywhere up to 18 months for surgery. Theres hope yet
  23. 1 point
    Whereabouts in Sydney are you. I have a Bulk billed doctor in Penrith.
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    Hello, Is there anyone still on here who was part of the original November 2012 bandit group? I have not logged on for a few years and couldn't find the group anymore? Just wondered how everyone was going after nearly 6yrs with the band. I have just re-visited a post I put up in September 2013 when we were approaching the 1yr band anniversary and I was really excited at getting my gold bangle. I did it I got down to 79kgs and was sooooooo happy, little did I know at the time I also had Pneumonia which was speeding up my weight loss. Once over that and a bronchial wash the weight started to creep back on. I then had a marriage breakdown which contributed to the weightless and a shoulder injury resulting in little or no exercise. Fast forward to today and I am now 90kg. I peaked at 95kg (19kg below my heaviest) and then took myself in check. I have been doing lite and easy for around 3 months - having Optifast for breakfast a meal in a bowl (lite n easy) for lunch and a lite meal (lite n easy) for dinner. I lost 5kg and then started to snack between meals and yo-yo started again, put 2 kg back on and have now lost it again. I am unable to go to the gym anymore due to the ongoing shoulder injury. I do walk roughly 8000-10000 steps 5 out of 7 days a week. I am stuck really. It's 11 weeks to Christmas I want to get back to 84kg before then which I feel is achievable - 6 kg in 11 weeks but how? Do I continue with lite and easy which is getting bit boring now and possibly causing me to snack for variety OR start doing Optifast 2 meals a day with a small dinner or something else. I feel I just need a kick start and once I break back into the 80's kg I can keep going I think. Would love some advice - I have the portion bowl and plate but given I am doing lite n easy its all calorie counted anyway. I reckon I am having around 800-1000 calories per day which according to google is probably about right for a banded person - though happy to be corrected on that. How many calories are we supposed to be eating. I feel I am in the green zone eating healthy, smaller plates, smaller cutlery etc but its not working anymore. Should I be considering this 5 day reset pouch program perhaps? Help!
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    Im booked for March 14th with Dr D'Onofrio at Calvary North Adelaide. All paid for, and have 2 weeks left of freedom until i need to start Optifast
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