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    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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    Wishing you the best of luck. I was sleeved 19th of December, so I've only got six weeks experience to share! I did previously have a lapband, for 12 years, and it slipped at the end of 2017, I went commando all of 2018, which didnt end that well, lol, hence my decision to go for the sleeve. I wasnt quite prepared for the fact that it is "real" surgery. I've had some big surgeries and breezed through them all, the lapband one was very easy, so I was a little overconfident that this would be a few days of recovery and I'd be fine. In reality its taken six weeks to recover (I also had hernia repair) with a lot of nausea and dizziness and general blahs but I feel like I'm out the other side now. But of course, that may just be me, my point being just be prepared for taking it easy and going easy on yourself. One thing I do know about weight loss surgery - there's a definite honeymoon period. For the first six months, you'll lose a lot of weight no matter what you do but my advice would be make the most of this first year. Really work it, as most of your weight loss is going to occur in this time. It will be much much slower after that. Set up good habits and follow your post op plan while you're fresh and your motivation is high. I guess there's also a few sticking points early on, after you finish the liquid phase, you can even gain a little bit as you start on solid food. Dont be concerned, just keep going!
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    Welcome back and congratulations on your loss. Sorry to hear about your accident, how scary that must have been! Glad you have recovered physically and hope they catch whoever did this to you. Hope you are doing ok emotionally as that would have been quite an ordeal.
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    Hi Mouse-mum How are you going? Had my 3 year check up 2016 81.5kgs Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm, hips 98cm. I haven't had a fill in 18 months and don't feel I need one. Treat your weight loss tool right and it will do the same for you. Keep at it and you will be on your way to a healthier you.
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    Sorry to hear about your accident -how horrible! But well done on your achievements!
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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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    Thank you for your support. I have made an appointment with the surgeon on the 17 th. Hopefully it goes well. I feel so ashamed to go back in!!
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    I haven't actually posted about my weight since I started on here. I weighed 3 weeks and was 102.4 and then thought would give myself a reprieve of the weekly weigh ins over the Christmas break and was pleasantly surprised by a weigh in of 98.5 - yay double digits - so a loss of 3.9 in 3 weeks which is more than I had been losing. I started at 130 before doing diet for a couple of months and 4 weeks of opti and was 114.9 on my date of surgery on 22nd of October. Really happy with how I'm progressing and started at the gym last week to help with my fitness, mental health and hopefully to tone up.
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    Oh goodness, you must be going crazy! To go so long eating such a small variety of foods is mentally hard, but you'd be physically running down your resources over that time too. At the end of the day, if you cant eat solid food, you are too tight, end of story. Its so hard to get your head around being banded but still having to do a lot of the work yourself, and that hard stop is very easy to rely on. But you simply must have some fluid removed and try to manage your intake by measuring, weighing and yep, sticking to a diet. The hard stop you get with a band is a step too far, you must listen very hard for "not hungry anymore". I would ask for a barium swallow to evaluate what's going on. In fact, given my own experiences, I'd absolutely insist - what you're going through now is risking your band. You may have had a slip already, or you may just be too tight, but some people really struggle with that too tight/too loose cycle and in the end you've got two choices - risk your band or go for a looser restrition and accept it will be a little harder. Also, if you get some fluid out, work your way up from fluids to mushies to solids, dont just immediately try to eat something difficult.
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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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    I weighed myself yesterday and am 66.4kgs. So close to my goal now and my rings need to be resized again. I'm down to a size 10 - 12.
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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
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    I haven't been on this site for many years. I was banded in 2012. I have always been overweight and a yo yo dieter. I ballooned out to 104kgs which was my max ever weight when I was banded and lost over 20 kgs in first 6 mths. I then plateaued for ages and didn't lose any more weight. Slowly slowly my bad habits crept in and over the years, I have regained and lost weight. Maxing at 95kgs and not being able to get under 82 kgs despite a goal of between 68-73kgs. I have been exercising on and off for the past 3 years. This year I maxed out again to 97kgs and started exercising again. But haven't been able to get eating right so keep losing and gaining the same 4 kgs which is frustrating. So frustrating I feel I need my brain banded. I thought the band would be the magic bullet - but it wasnt/isnt. It doesn't help that I am a secret bander so don't have any one that keeps me accountable. My hubby has given up on my WL efforts. He loves eating which doesn't help, so he is also my enabler rather than motivator. I remember this was a really helpful forum so thought I would reconnect and start again in the hopes it keeps me accountable and I can get on top of and manage my habits.
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    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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