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  1. 37 points
    I had a bit of a performance appraisal at work today...it should have been done in August but, what the heck...we still need to work on some things in there but my boss said "you are doing a really good job, we are really impressed with your hard work and how well you are doing your job. The general manager and I agree that you should be promoted to manager because you are doing the work expected of a manager" You could have knocked me down with a feather!! anyway, it might not happen because the CEO and the Board have to approve it (after my boss and GM justify the promotion and gt permission for the pay rise) but WOW!!! I have never, ever been promoted in my whole working life - ever!! I'm THRILLED that they think I'm good enough for a promotion! YAY ME!
  2. 33 points
    Hi Everyone, After the disruption of the last few days I have decided to institute more explicit rules on how people should behave and interact on Banding Together. I have just spent the last 4 hours going through the extensive back and forward that has been going on between some members over the last week or so, and to be honest I have found it utterly dissapointing. As some of you have pointed out, for new people coming to the site, it is not a good look. I have had messages from people saying they are leaving because of it, and messages from new members who are scared to post because they don't want to be judged or put down for their views. In the past I have banned people either permanently or for a week if they have stepped out of line, but with these new rules everyone starts with a clean slate. We are now working on a three strike system, and this will be enforced. I don't think anything about these new rules is unfair or draconian, but I think they outline the type of community we want here, and firmly state the boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not. When I started this site 3 years ago, I wanted to create a welcoming and supportive environment for people to support each other through their lap band journey. This site is not for people to settle disputes, pick fights or create any sort of negative environment. It will not be tolerated and I feel strongly that I will not allow a few people bring it down. This site is too important to too many people to allow that to happen. There has also been some criticism about a lack of moderation lately. Marion, Nonny and the other moderators are all volunteers, they kindly donate their time to help run the site with very little thanks. I want to publicly thank them now for all they do, because without them this site simply would not run, and I don't feel any criticism of them is valid. However, from time to time I am away on placements for my studies, such as for the last 4 weeks, and so I can't keep a close eye on things. Certainly if I had been around over the last week we could have nipped some of this in the bud. So I fully accept the criticism of my absence as valid. But I now ask that you all share some of the responsibility for keeping things civil and respectful on the site. If someone is being offensive or breaching the rules, then please report it rather than attacking each other in public. There is a report to moderator link on every page. If we know about it, we can do something about it. We really don't need any more arguments on here. And as much as you may want to defend your friends, please leave it to the site moderators to sort out. If you absolutely must, please feel free to add anyone you want to your ignore list. You can access it by clicking on your name on the top right of the page and click on "Manage Ignore Pref's". Over the last week some extremely hurtful comments have been made back and forward on the forum and in the chat room, and it stops now. I ask that all of the people involved, either directly or indirectly, take a deep breath, let bygones be bygones and move on. There has been a lot of miscommunication and misunderstandings and I ask that you all show a bit more patience and a bit more respect for each other. We are all adults here, so please, for the good of the site, act like it. I have decided to not take any further action in regards to this matter. I know some of you may not agree with me, but I want to have a clean slate and from today see if we can move forward respecting each other most importantly supporting each other, because that is after all the whole point of this site. I hope that this is the end of it, and I look forward to a more positive and supportive Banding Together from now on. Thanks Dave Townsend BandingTogether
  3. 30 points
    Oooohhhhhh, fury, blind $#@&ing fury. I have started running around our local sports field which is opposite a well-to-do high school. At 10am this morning - after sitting in my car for 20 mins waiting for dog-walkers, kids etc to disappear - I eased myself out of the car and began to run. 8 schoolgirls from the high school wandered across the road (smoking), and began to call out "boom, boom, boom" with every step I took. I ignored them and kept going, and finally two of them came across and started to run just in front of me daring me to try and catch them - along with a chorus of 'fat mole!' "fat bitch', "you so ugly, yo mama wanted to push you back in but you wouldn't fit!" etc etc. Do I have Target written across my forehead or something? No, I was just fat, alone, and struggling to run and in wrong place at wrong time. But revenge. I noticed that three of these b****es were wearing the high school sport uniform....so i went to a corner of the field, dialled information and then dialled the school and spoke to the vice principal...within 5 minutes, two senior teachers came sprinting across the road and ordered these girls back to class, and also busted two of them for smoking. I just stood there grinning with my arms crossed and watched from a distance. I love being older and wiser, and having the courage to do something constructive instead of losing my temper. And you know what? I finished my run, just as a final F you to people who can't mind their own business.
  4. 29 points
    Was chatting with my sister yesterday, telling her about another Timtam binge I had one morning and then how I'd written off the day and continued to eat crap all day. She said something to me that really clicked inside my head - hopefully it works for someone else too. She remembered something she'd seen on facebook - That I really shouldn't think of one bad morning being reason/excuse to eat crap. If I drop my phone on the ground, I don't consider that a write off and smash it to bits with a hammer. I just pick it up, put the battery back in and keep using it! Same should apply to my eating - I might drop the ball occasionally but I just have to pick it up and keep playing the game.
  5. 28 points
    i just have to share this ..... what a fella i have hey? yesterday out of hospital and last night i must of fallen to sleep on the lounge chair, woke up about 2am to find myself all tucked up into a blanket with my darling husband sleeping at the foot of my recliner in a swag .... and i was like ... oh darling you should of woken me up .... i dont expect you to sleep on the floor. he replied ... its alright babe you know how much i love camping. he makes me smile.
  6. 27 points
    This was my high school ball when I was 101kgs Now 14 months after banding 66kgs
  7. 26 points
    I love NSV posts and have had my heart set on writing one about fitting into size 18 pants, in fact every week I've been trying on size 18 jeans and been disappointed that they don't do up yet. Today, however, I discovered a NSV that is just as exciting. For years the double chin has upset me in photos, and unfortunately there is never a camera far away amongst my friends. I've been the expert of sucking my tongue up to the roof of my mouth, wide smile, neck pushed forward like an emu and head slightly tilted pose, but for the last 1+years even that hasn't disguised the chinS and made me hate photos. Today I had a photo and realised - no double chin. Had another photo - no double chin. Ran to the mirror - no double chin. YAY!
  8. 25 points
    I just had to share that I am finally under 100kg (99.7) what an achievement, I am over the moon. That 18.1kg in 3 months.......so proud right now lol xxxxx
  9. 25 points
    Hi all, It seems a little silly to be registering when I've reached goal but I figured I might be able to provide advice / support / assistance for others on the journey. I was banded three and a bit years ago. My starting weight was 125kg. Today I weighed at my clinic at 52.9kg. I am a little underweight so had an unfill today to try and get me back to around 55-57kg (which seems to be my sweet spot). Getting a lap band was - honestly - the best thing I have ever done (besides having my children). It has given me energy, confidence, a new zest for life, and it has taught me how to eat (my band hates bread so my diet is very much protein and vegetable based). I wish all of you the very best. It's been three long years for me to lose my weight. Perhaps it has taken longer than it should have but the upside is that I don't have any baggy skin to get rid of. For those thinking about it, go forth and be fearless. Seriously the best thing I've ever done. Mooch
  10. 25 points
    I want to word this very gently because Deb, I agree with what you're saying to an extent.. but. You need to just chill a bit. Everyone on here will learn as they go what works for them. In some cases, yes, you should completely give up certain foods. That food might be a trigger food for your eating habits - the ones that got you overweight in the first place. This might be what some people need to do in order to gain control. In other cases, food can be moderated, the lap band will help with controlling the type of food you can eat to some extent, and you can freely enjoy that glass of wine or that mouthful of cake. However you can't say you should be able to do this, or you shouldn't be able to do that, because every single person on this forum will have a different journey, with different demons to face. If giving up chocolate, fizzy drink, coffee, bread, rice, fast food, battered food, steak, whatever works for someone is what they have to do to succeed, ok. If they're lucky enough to be able to control their moderation, and can eat whatever they like ok. But everyone takes different lengths of time to work that out and in the meantime, showing grace wouldn't go astray. You need to understand this forum is a place people come to ask ALL questions related to banding - be they bandits themselves, or a friend of someone with a band. No question is stupid, no genuine response should be ridiculed. Every persons journey should be regarded as individual. So if you've got it all down pat, Awesome for you! Just go easy on those of us who are still ironing out the kinks while we work it out for ourselves, k?
  11. 23 points
    I joined up to this site today and have spent a good while browsing through everyone elses amazing success stories and thought I would be brave and share mine! I was banded in July last year (at 18 years old) when I weighed in at 100kg. I am now down to 68.5kg and only have another 10.5kg to go!! The first two photos are of me pre-band and the second two are of me two nights ago on my 19th birthday!
  12. 23 points
    So, I saw the doctor today, +2.6kg! BOO! I came on here for some sympathy and whatnot but I thought, goddamn it- I've lost 51% of my excess weight and I need to stop being so hard on myself. I thought I would share this breakthrough with you guys, because I think we hold ourselves to a really high standard and when we don't meet it, we beat ourselves up; well I certainly do. So, here's a thought: I'm awesome, you're awesome, we've made an awesome decision to better our lives and sometimes we deviate from the track, but there is no other option but to get back on it. Have a wonderful day. xxx
  13. 22 points
    Hi peoples I am almost 4 years post banding, and like many of you, have a learnt a lot in that time. However one thing in particular I want to share. When I was first banded, I joined a local support group and went to meetings. The prevailing whinge was people saying that food got blocked, the next thing was if weight seemed to stabilize or be put on, it was time for another fill. As far as I am concerned, nothing could be further from the truth. I had only 1 0.5ml fill after my op. Not sure if everyone gets this info or not, but the real reason the band works is because the nerve endings in your stomach that signal to your brain that you "feel full" are at the opening between your oesophagus and stomach, ABOVE where you are banded. Therefore, as your food is held in your small pouch momentarily whilst you eat, your brain gets the message that you are feeling satisfied. Filling your band does not alter this, all it does is make eating less comfortable, and restrictive of the types of food you can eat, because the smaller the opening the more difficult it is for some foods to get through. This leads to feelings of anxiety, and depression that your food choices are limited. Having less fill does not change how your nerve ending work, therefore by having less fill, you have more variety of food options, and you are less likely to suffer blockages and pain. The next key to eating, is to drink whilst you eat. This helps abbrasive type food texture get through without causing you pain or blockage. My specialist told me after my 1st 12 months that there was a change in thinking amongst the specialists and this is what they actually recommended now. Well, it works for me. You ALWAYS have to take small bites, and chew absolutely thoroughly. Even when the food is in your mouth, take several swallows to get it down, and sip small amounts of fluid (water is best it doesn't affect the taste of food), and you are far less likely to encounter problems. When plating your food, try to stick to a side-plate size only, or buy a Band Plate, they are awesome as a beginners guide, and I still use mine from time to time. On Plateauing weight - Everyone who diets, with or without a band, will hit a palteau where weight doesn't drop, or even climbs a little. When this happens, be patient, give yourself another month, and make subtle changes to your food choices. One major change I made is that I NEVER have butter or margarine at any time on breads or in my cooking. If I really need a spread, I use 99% fat free mayo or philadelphia cream cheese. Also, trim ALL the excess fat from your meats, including chicken skin. EG With bacon, I only have the round part, trimmed of even a sliver of fat, and I have a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast almost every morning ! Anyway, after my first year I reached my size goal, and have maintained it for 3 years since. A little exercise, controlling the spreads and fats, and a balancced diet is what works. Just wanted to share and hope someone else out there might benefit. Good luck everyone, you're all champions for having a go, it's not an easy road at the start, but it's a sastisfying feeling knowing you can overcome the challenge you have given yourself
  14. 22 points
    Just thought I would post this comment and see if anyone else had something similar. It made me laugh so hard at the time. I am a primary school teacher and while doing yard duty a grade two child came up to me and noticed that I had been losing weight. After telling me that I looked very pretty (a nice comment in itself) he proceeded to ask me if now that I was getting skinnier was I going to get taller. I looked at him confused for a second before he explained that they had been doing volume in maths and the tall skinny container contained the same amount of sand as the short fat one. He assumed that the missing fat had to go somewhere and the only option was up. This conversation left me with a smile on my face for the rest of the day. I have seen lots of posts on here about the nasty comments we have all received. I thought that coming into Christmas it might be in the spirit of things to hear some of the nicer and funnier comments.
  15. 20 points
    First one is me last year on holidays in Yellowstone and the other one is me today - having survived my first day back at work.
  16. 20 points
    I have just been reading over the thread about goal weight setting and began this post there until I realised that I was getting a bit off the topic in referring to the item on 60 Minutes last night about the genetics of weight problems and what the 'Melbourne Research' has referred to as the inevitabile regaining of weight that most people experienced (in that particular study). I was an absolute classic in that department. In the old days I used to joke about having lost 9 stone during my twenties ... the same 3 stone three times over!!! BUT ... take heart bandits. I have been banded for almost 15 years. I wear size 12-14 clothes, live a full and active life, 55 yo, take no medication at all (other than a multi each day and a generous measure of fine quality pinot noir from the Mornington Peninsular). I eat anything and everything that I like but the portions are always small, I eat slowly and rarely eat between meals. This has become second nature to me and I can't imagine life any other way. Regarding goal weight setting; I am 160 cm tall and have weighed 65-70kg since hitting my goal of 63kg in 1998. Still officially in the 'overweight' range with BMI a bit over 26 but this weight range is my new 'set point' and I am very, verrrrry happy with that. Good luck to all of you just beginning your journey. If I had any encouragement/advice to offer at all for long term success it would be to settle in for the long haul and don't be too obsessed with numbers as this whole healthy lifestyle thing is and will remain a journey (for me) and I still can't allow myself to think that I have reached the 'destination' because, even after all this time, I could revert to the old habits that caused me to be morbidly obese in the first place. I LOVE my band Soph.
  17. 20 points
  18. 19 points
    I came across my weight loss journal from November 2011 yesterday. It was a specially made, bound book with room to log my meals with their calorie, protein, fat, carbs etc, my weekly weigh ins, measurements, my big and little goals and my general progress through 'the Journey'... It made me remember what an unhappy chappy I was in November 2011. I had reached my biggest weight ever. I had impending fears of dropping dead of a heart attack, or of breaking a chair or not fitting somewhere where everyone else did... I was finding the largest size available in Target or similar wouldn't fit me on a regular basis. I felt frumpy and unfit, fat and unwanted and generally crap. It had taken a good few years but I'd finally managed to get my head into the space where I was ready to do something. I think a combination of some understanding medical professionals, and a serious talk to myself about what on earth I was doing... made me come to the realisation that if I wanted it fixed, I had to find the solution.. and make it work. I also recognised, after 20 years of trying, I was not going to be able to just sort it out with my own motivation and exercise. I can remember the moment I was sitting at my computer wishing it to be April so I could have my band already done... when this totally mental idea occurred to me - maybe I could start losing weight, before I get the band in... maybe I could start off the process and see how I go... I know! - completely revolutionary that one!! So I started on Nov 11, and I took my measurements, my weight, listed my goals, planned some food and generally got myself organised. Looking back on it now, I think those few months of plugging away at it has helped me enormously. So TIP No 1 - if you're not yet banded, don't look at you last months pre-banding as a time to splurge. That's your start time.... It's about your brain, not your weight. I used the journal pretty regularly throughout Nov - Feb as I was preparing for my band in early April. In those months I tested out different protein shakes and bars, I dropped a lot of carbs from my diet and looked for reasonably healthy proteins. I stopped worrying too much about fat % in my foods (as I'd discovered that the low fat foods often had very little calorie difference to the full fat, but tasted nowhere near as good!). I weighed myself constantly. I know - it goes against all the rules - but it taught me to keep an eye on it, it kept losing weight in the front of my mind and I saw how completely unreliable it was to believe the comparison between today an yesterday and tomorrow! I tried out Lite & Easy. I started walking a bit more. Usual stuff. I really paid attention to what was happening. As I tried to limit my calories to 1500 per day, I found I could do it for maybe 2 days, then the third day my brain was driving me to find carbs. Pasta, Lollies. JUST ANYTHING CARBS... So I ate carbs.. but tried not to make it another 4000 calories of it. And, amazingly, I discovered that often it's just a taste of something that I needed. Not the whole 2 person serve of gnocchi!! Now here I am 12 months on and I still do this.. I have lovely yummy things... but just a little of them. Not the whole block of chocolate (well, not usually anyway!) So TIP No 2 - don't deprive yourself of all things unhealthy because it doesn't fit with your diet.... Nice food is one of the perks of our society here in Australia. We have lovely special treats around, and if you enjoy food in your life, it's unrealistic to think that one day you can just decide not to have any of those nice things anymore - and be happy. Get rid of nearly all of them... but find the lower calorie but really enjoyable treats that you can have just one serve/cup/bit/taste of. And go with that. Enjoy! (Don't buy the big block of cadbury. Buy the 55g lindt one instead). As the new year got busier I stopped keeping my daily journal so the rest of the 12 months is blank. BUT - It was really good to go back and look at how far I have come. WIth me barely noticing it, my brain has totally changed this past year... oh... and I lost some weight too! Here I am 12 months on... I still hate exercise. I hate gyms, I hate walking. I'm a whale in a swimsuit. I love a day in pjs, sitting on the couch and not moving an inch. I'm just not into this whole movement thing. So I've made a deal with myself - incidental exercise is my thing. Park further away. Take the stairs. Walk a message over instead of emailing. Volunteer to run an errand. Lift stuff, push stuff. The alternatives are much, much worse. So suck it up princess and do it. (I still have an occasional PJ day where I barely move from the couch! And I LOVE IT!) So TIP No 3 - if you're not into exercise and you just can't get into it. Don't sign up to or force yourself into something that you know you will hate every time you do it - it's a red rag that will end up with you trying to get out of it. Use incidental exercise as your alternative. Anytime your brain tells you to park right next to the shop.... "Well, either park further away or join a gym and do the Pump class. Which is it??" (that threat is usually enough to make me park at the end, far, far away!) I also realised by the time my surgery came around that I was focusing my whole life on the lapband and weight loss. the daily weigh ins, the overthinking the shopping, the food prep and just everything. I didn't want to be a person whose only conversation was about weight and food and crap that no-one else cared about. I watched HOURS of youtube clips from Lapband journeys and got sick of the self-indulgent, overthinking rubbish flowing around. Don't get me wrong - there are many great and inspirational stories out there and they were incredibly valuable.. but many disappeared and stopped recording their journey and many went on to move their obsession with food into obsessions with exercise and diet and that's so not what I wanted. My 20cents of psychology tells me that there are 'issues' with that approach. So I dug out an old interest and got fired up about photography. I forced a friend to take it up. I signed up for some photo walks, I spoke to people about the photos I'd taken. I made my life about more than just 'the journey'. Now there's half a dozen of us with a weekly photo challenge learning a heap and having a great time. Love it. Somewhere along the way I got sick of hearing about people's 'journey'... I can remember having this long argument with a friend who was talking about how in life where you end up it doesn't matter - it's about the journey and how you get there. I know this is a common thought in the world but it's never sat well with me. Yes it's great to have experiences and learn and grow - but I guess the problem is that if you never achieve something you wanted to - then how do you get that great satisfaction, that little buzz, or stop and look back at what you've done. If you're always on the way to somewhere, but never get there, are you actually doing yourself any good?? OK - so that's a bit deep and we'll leave philosophy for another time - the journey idea is important... but it can't just be about the journey. You have to be striving and aiming and working towards something and you should achieve it. You should reach a point where you go "Yay for me"... focussing on the journey only sometimes means you never get there.. and that's a shame. So TIP no 4 - don't make your weight loss ALL you are. Yes - focus, plan and make it a serious part of your life. But if all you are is a weight loss journey... you've given up far more than anyone should have to. Life is about living. Find something you love to do and bloody get on with it. In these past 12 months I've also decided that unless you are fat person considering a lap band... it's more than likely you don't get it. You don't get the problems with getting to overweight, of living overweight or trying to get rid of it. You don't understand the pressure, the cravings, the sadness. The fear. The thoughts. The prospect of life. But that's OK. You don't need to understand it to support someone through the process. I don't go into a lot of detail about my weight loss with my other friends and family. I certainly keep them in the loop of how I"m feeling and how things are going - but I don't expect them to make it happen for me. I reassure them, I share interesting stuff I find out, and I let them know that I love them. Nicely they tend to do the same back and the fact they care about ME is all I need. They don't have to care about my journey. I'm doing that. TIP no 4 - don't expect people to get it. Big or small. Old or Young. They don't and they can't and expectations that they will will just lead to disappointment and frustration. But don't worry - they don't need to get it - they just need to care about YOU. (If they don't do that - kick em to the curb!) If you've read my earlier blogs and posts you'll know this one. I think the clothes you wear are an important, and often neglected, part of the weight loss process. As my clothes get baggier and daggier and sloppier I find I feel less on top of things. No-one had a magic pot of gold, but I think back to some really important moments for my brain have related to times when I got myself into a nice pair of jeans, a smaller top, or splurged and got new undies! Use the op-shops, buy cheaper brands, look online - but don't go through life in old, baggy, 'previous life' clothes. The cost of updating is a payment for positive thoughts about yourself and nice comments from other people. I'd pay for that any day! Tip No 5 - Pick key important parts of your wardrobe and update them regularly. For me it is a pair of jeans (yes, go read the skinny jeans blog), a nice suit/skirt for work and pair of black pants. And shoes... I love shoes! I'm writing a novel here so I'll wrap up with this one. Throughout my past few years of getting to the point where I was ready to deal with this, I started dealing with 'other' stuff in my appearance and health. I'm a hairy PCOS girl, so I found myself a good IPL place and started dealing with it. I have PCOS bad skin - so I found some better products, got some advice, have occasional facials. I have a bad back, so I found a physio and learned about the stretches and posture (she says suddenly sitting up properly in her chair) that I needed to do to relieve the pressure. I had thin, brittle nails and ugly, dry skin feet. So I found someone to do pedicures and help me keep it under control. I'm sure my future will involve a good abdo plastic surgeon who will get rid of my belly issues... I'm working my way up to dealing with some girly issues.. that's gonna take a bit more time though... Tip no 6 - Don't expect the weight loss to do everything. Our interpretation of how we look has a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves. Take a moment to look at the stuff, apart from weight, that you don't like. What can you fix. Colour your hair on top, IPL everything else. Paint your nails, grate your feet. Whatever. Try to get rid of the 'don't look at my...' thoughts. They are destructive and depressing and, in some cases, avoidable. As a disclaimer let me just add that this is my experience. I can see many holes in my tips - but these are just my opinion and what worked for me. If I could talk to myself in Nov 2011 - these are what I would say. So just in case you are interested - 12 months on from the 'start' of my weight loss journey and 7 months after surgery - I've lost 32.5kg. (just over 50% of what I need to for a good BMI). I've lost about 90cm from my thighs, arms, bust, waist, hips and neck. I've moved from a size 26+ to an 18 (larger sizes). My blood pressure is down, my cholesterol is down, my blood sugar is improved I generally don't feel deprived and that I'm missing out on anything I'm not forcing myself to do anything I don't want to do I'm part-way to retraining my brain and don't often have those 'eat a truck load of pasta' thoughts or cravings I feel positive and happy for the future and feel that from those that love me and I have a mental cat.... OK - that's not new - but thought I'd add it in! I feel supported by my medical professionals, my co-workers, my boss, my family. I still love chocolate, and champagne, and beer and BBQ I wish I could eat Vegemite Toast I love what I read and share on Banding Together because you guys get it. Hugs!
  19. 19 points
    ... to explain the freedom of wearing a bikini at the beach and really not giving a fudge I mean, I'm probably not quite there yet, but I just don't care! And I honestly don't think much more can be done about the loose skin unless I have a tuck, so I'm just going to have to deal Pictures like these keep me focussed on the miracle of the past two years, and help fight the bad thoughts that try to overwhelm me sometimes (damn fibro/drugs/drug withdrawal grrrrrrr)
  20. 19 points
    Every time I read a post from someone seeking reassurance about a 'terrible pain', someone who has found 'a scary big lump', or someone who is 'short of breath' post exercise, (all from actual quotes,) I worry. When a well meaning bandit responds with reassurance, I cringe - hoping that the person offering advice has a medical background. Having had a similar pain which subsequently went away doesn't cut it. It's funny you know, the people on this forum who are medically trained seldom if ever diagnose or make suggestions to someone they haven't actually examined. Believe it or not, there is a GP on the forum She has to the best of my knowledge, never given advice. I have the same concern in relation to forum members who without tertiary (or at the very least TAFE) quals in excercise physiology, hand out prescriptive exercise advice based on the fact that they've lost weight themselves - and are kind people, keen to help others. Someone who hasn't excercised for a long time and/or who may be morbidly obese needs to have any excercise program created by someone qualified to so. There are so many variables and risk factors which need to be taken into account. The beauty of forums such as this, is that everyone is entitled to express an opinion - particularly if it's done with respect and concern. Please don't crucify me for mine! Kate.
  21. 19 points
    I'm a welfare officer in an alternate school for disengaged young people. Today I was standing at my desk- had just walked in from outside (yard duty). Our DP was in the kitchen- 5-6 steps away from my desk. I said his name (He turned around to talk to me) and i went to walk in to have a chat. I stumbled and suddenly came to the harsh realization that my pants had fallen down around my ankles. Now fortunately I had on shorts... Phew!!!! Lessons I learnt today; 1) never wear track suit pants to work. 2) if in doubt- put on shorts under all clothing. 3) when you loose 16kgs- spend money on new clothes :-)
  22. 19 points
    3 large garbage bags of too big clothes off to St Vinnies today. I've decided I'm adding an item of clothing every 1-2 day to a St vinnies bag. I refuse to keep big clothes "in case" I fit back into them again. I am NEVER fitting back into them!!!
  23. 19 points
    This is not a new victory, but one that tickles me every time it happens. I no longer dam up the bath. When I pull the plug the water just flows around me rather than emptying at the front and staying full behind me.
  24. 19 points
    I guess i cheat every day when i drive my car to work instead of walking, and use a washing machine instead of beating my clothes on a rock down by the river....
  25. 19 points
    I told my now Fiance that I didn't want him to propose until I'd lost weight. At my heaviest I was nearly 94kgs, and the day he proposed I was around 76kgs. I am so excited by these photos, they represent a new start and the fulfillment of so many dreams in my life!! Our photographer and engagement shoot was a Christmas gift from my brother and his girlfriend of 8 years. I'm very happy with the few shots I've seen so far!! You can view them at http://www.sarahkatedormanblog.com/ These two are my favourite: I love this one because it looks like the place he proposed - Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk New York!