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mellygem

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About mellygem

  • Rank
    Bandit
  • Birthday 06/06/1983

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Sydney
  • Band/Sleeve Status
    6 Months Post-Op
  • Weight Loss Status
    40%
  1. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    I have hardly any fill compared to you guys. My first fill was 1.8mL, and my second two weeks ago was 1.2mL, bringing me to a total of 3mL. Well that was waaaaaaaaay too tight. I couldn't get anything solid down, and I couldn't drink any liquids in the morning. It was horrible. I went today and had .6mL out, and it seems to have done the trick and I can eat again. What a glorious feeling. My doctor said I must be really sensitive to the band, but she said that's a good thing, and she often sees better results from people like me. As for my weight loss, I am kicking ass. I've lost almost 26kg. Jeans that I couldn't even fit into this time last year are now too big and fall off when I put my wallet and keys in the pockets. It feels amazing.
  2. mellygem

    Non Scale Victories (NSVs)

    I had my first NSV today and I'm super excited. I'm currently at uni, and anyone who has ever been into a uni lecture theatre will know of the seats that have the little side desk that you flip up to rest your books on. Well for the last two years I haven't been able to use the desk because my legs were too big and it wouldn't come down over them properly. So it would be on an angle and if I put my notebook down on it, it would slide straight off. I was banded over summer and started uni again this week. To my surprise and delight my legs/hips/butt are now small enough that I can get the desk to come down to fully close. It was so straight I even put my coffee down on it without fear of it sliding off. Even though I've lost 17kg plus, I honestly haven't noticed that much of a difference until today. Can't keep the smile off my face.
  3. I saw Dr Tsang from the same practice and I was 155kg at my first consultation and 146kg on the day of surgery. He talked through all the different options with me, and said he thought I might be a better candidate for the sleeve. But when I explained that I had researched and my reasons for choosing the band he was happy to go ahead. The only thing I had to do different was three weeks of shakes to get my liver fat down. I've now lost more than 15kg since my banding in December so I guess I am proof that that doctor is wrong. The only thought I had is how tall are you? I am a very tall girl (6ft) and I carry my weight mostly in my booty and legs, if you are a shorty and your weight is mostly in your tummy that might have been a reason for saying what he did?
  4. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Just weighed myself and I've joined the 16kg's lost club this morning!! Woohoo!!!!!!!
  5. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Yeah I feel exactly the same yet. I haven't been able to have a fill yet (booked in on Monday though, woohoo!) and I've lost only a kilo this year. I'm trying so hard and it's really disheartening like you said.
  6. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Chin up, Leanne. You are doing so well! You are honestly an inspiration to me.
  7. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Does anyone else get a pain in the port area when bending over? Starting to worry that I did something and knocked the port because I had an epic bruise come up a week after surgery and now I can't bend over to pick something up without feeling like the port is about to burst out of my skin. In other news. Sigh. Because I'm doing one of my uni subjects over summer and it clashes completely with when my surgeon does fills, I can't see him until February 10. I feel like I'm in a holding pattern of maintaining weight not losing until then.
  8. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    I did the same thing when we had a work lunch last week. Ordered the softest thing I could think of, bangers and mash and just ate the mash. I had taken about three bites and was feeling full, then looked around at everyone else and they had finished. It was completely bizarre, especially because I used to always be the first one finished. Food is going to be interesting tomorrow as well. My mum has plans to blend everything up for me, but I have a feeling I'm going to get a plate as big as everyone elses full of blended Christmas dinner, and then dessert on top. I'm full just thinking about it.
  9. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    I started mushies today. Just had half a Weet-Bix for breakfast and I'm completely full. It's such a trip realising that I used to be able to eat 5 or 6 and be hungry an hour later, now I can only just eat half and be full for ages.
  10. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Sorry to hear about your Grandmother, Sammy. I hope she's at peace now. I've now been banded for a week. It's been a lot different from what I expected, and I think a bit easier. I haven't been in as much pain as I thought I was going to be in. I haven't been able drink much [my doctor said my band was tight already] so it's been hard on these last few hot days. I just want to have a big gulp of ice cold water, but I can't do it. Instead I'm constantly sip, sip, sipping away. I went back to work yesterday too, which was ok, except after our staff meeting today we all went to the pub, so I had to make up an excuse about having plans for a big dinner out and just keep sipping on water. My shoulder tip pain is a bit further down into my arm, and geez it hurts some times. I've lost 6kg in the last week, and 12 all up since starting the shakes.
  11. mellygem

    Optifast

    If you don't want to do optifast a dietician can recommend a diet for you to follow instead. However reports on this board suggest the diet is so restrictive, the optifast becomes a better option. Have you talked to your surgeon about the dietician? Two visits to mine we're included in my payment to him.
  12. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    How did my fellow December 10ers go today? My surgery went well, though it took forever to get started. Got there at 8am, went into surgery around midday . The Drs say everything looks good, and I only have a slight amount of discomfort at the incisions. Omg it was soooooooo nice to drink some juice again tonight after three weeks of just shakes and water.
  13. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Good luck, Buddha. I'll be thinking of you this morning. Let us know how you get on.
  14. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    My op is on Tuesday. For the first time in this whole journey I am more nervous than excited. I think the full weight of how much this is going to change my life has really sunk in today. I was thinking to myself that when I'm back on solid food I'd love to dig in to a big bowl of pasta. Then I realised that there were three things wrong with that sentence, I'll never "dig" into any food again. I'm a really fast eater and from now on I'll be slowing down. I won't be able to eat big bowls of anything and I probably won't be able to eat pasta. Things are going to be very different from now on, and whilst I feel like I'm in mourning for my old life of eating whatever, whenever, I'm so ready for this new phase in my life and not being morbidly obsese anymore. A funny thing also happened today. My mum has a hernia and has been contacting doctors about getting it removed. Without realising, she has been speaking to the surgeon doing my op on Tuesday and is probably going to go with him. She only clicked when she realised his address sounded familiar as that's where she was picking me up from.
  15. mellygem

    Christmas Banders

    Mine all happened pretty fast too, Roar. Had my initial appointment with my surgeon on the 13th of November and now I'm booked in for surgery on the 10th.
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