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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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    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 don't react well to anesthetics or pain relief. Mostly I wanted to improve my fitness and lose weight to make the surgery easier. If you're over certain bmis the risks are higher. I was lucky that even before surgery my only issue was my weight though and I didn't have any other health issues.
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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    @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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    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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    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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    I haven't weighed in for a couple of weeks. I have been naughty lately but I'm back on track now. After being stuck at the same weight or even fluctuating a few hundred grams I've finally lost a little more. 118.1kgs starting weight 60.9kgs currently 55kgs goal weight I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I love how I look while others I feel too skinny as I have visible bones now. My ribs and collarbone stick out, when on my side my hip bones jut out, my upper arms while a little flabby from the excess skin are the smallest they have ever been even when I weighed less and the back of my shoulders are boney. My husband said it's just because I'm not used to being this size as I was big for so long. I don't know. I've even been called skinny a couple of times and I'm now smaller than others who I used to think were slim. That's a weird thing to get my head around.
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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 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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    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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    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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    So far I'm down 43.3kgs and I have 20kgs to go. Technically 19.8 to get to my personal goal but I'm not sure how to change target weight on the monitor my weight app. My weight loss has definitely slowed down but I am still losing. It seems so close yet so far. I had to share as I'm so happy with my progress.
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    @Mouse-mum remember it is major surgery don't push yourself. I was a fat fit person, that makes sense, but slowly went back to my exercise program. It took about a month. I started losing 2kgs a week. The slower the better. Once you add more fitness into your routine the weight will come off as long as you are doing the right thing. @KAZBAA be patient everyone is different. There were times when I plateaued even when I was doing everything I was supposed to do but I kept at it. My start weight was 81.4. I weighed myself today I am 58.3.
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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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    Thanks Rosemary, Two weeks today since surgery, staples have been removed but still some soreness at some of the incisions. Struggling with the move onto purée foods and I don’t think I’m drinking enough. Have started going for short 10 min walks and am hoping to start walking on the treadmill this week. I have another 1 1/2 weeks off work, just hope I can be on soft foods before I return. Weight hasn’t come off as fast as I thought it would- maybe I’m just a bit impatient. I hope all the other October girls are doing ok, would love to hear how everyone is doing.
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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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    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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