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  1. The app on my iphone measures steps but doesn't tell me distance.  My have to download My Fitness Pal I think that did both and I can track what I eat then as well.

    Actually just looked again and it does have distance :)

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  2. Stick with us Jo we're with you for moral support to budge those last 3!!

    Maybe we can have a walking goal, I once did a team challenge at a workplace to climb Mt Kosciuszko we had to climb the stairs in the fire stairwell until we had essentially climbed the mountain.  We could do something similar with our combined walks, any suggestions of where we can walk to?  Perhaps we can start a new thread and get a few others to join us.

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  3. How is it going everyone?  I just did my one week weigh in and I'm 1.6kgs down.

    I've added walking to my calendar and that has really kicked things off.

    Portion control is the biggest thing I'm constantly checking how much I'm eating and self control too I caved in to chocolate but have to make the block last as long as possible it's a little challenge for myself.  So far it's lasted nearly a week and only just half gone.

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  4. Ok I was sneaky and jumped on the scales this morning, I felt pretty confident that I'd been doing the right things.  It's amazing how fast my appetite has decreased and no more than a cupful of food is all I can manage now.  Anyway, I've lost a kilo!!  I started at 88.6 on Sunday and am down to 87.6 I know it won't keep falling off this fast but it definitely gave me the boost to keep going.

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  5. I am back to basics as well - after 2 slipped bands I was sleeved last Wednesday. Thankfully I didn't put all the weight back on but enough to make be in the same boat as you t-Elle clothes aren't fitting etc. So given I am on post op I'm on liquids currently so im going right back to basics really!

    on a side note I am obsessed currently with looking at recipes and things. I've just whipped up some slim cookies for my partner for his arvo tea when he gets home and I'm looking forward to cooking him a good meal tonight. I can't tell if im just bored or I am missing food but I'm substituting wanting to eat with feeding him!

    I seemed to get right into cooking when I couldn't eat post surgery.  My son still talks about it!

  6. Sounds exactly like my story - I have managed to put on 3 kilos and am getting very very depressed - I need to start getting my butt into gear again - I was floating on air before now I feel like a "lump".  I'm due to go back and hopefully have a fill next week - I feel like I have absolutely NO RESTRICTION at all.


    Head up, make plans to attack this gain and move forward!  There's a crowd of us forming now so you're not alone!

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  7. Hiya,

    I have an amazing gym quality treadmill, it's push button incline and everything else and has cushioning so reduces the impact on your joints.  It is fully programmable and has preset programs - it goes up and down at random in some of the programs and the speed increases decreases you name it.  Unfortunately it's just too big for my new place and I have no cartilage in my right knee and my knee just doesn't like me walking on treadmills - the Dr tells me it's probably twisting my knee ever so slightly but enough to annoy the sore bits.

    So, if you'd like a treadmill - you'll need a trailer to pick it up and someone to help you load it (ramps are good it does have some small wheels to help you move it) let me know.  I have tried to sell it on Gumtree but no luck so about now I would just like to get it out of my garage to someone who would really appreciate it!

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  8. Feel free to kick my butt also

    Well if you haven't worked it out already here is a link to a BMI Calculator, http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/bmi-calculator you'll may be like me and hate the answer you get but use that as motivation.

    Have a play with it and see what weight number you need to get to decrease your status.  I know people say the BMI Calculator is bad and blah blah but if it's what you can use for motivation then I say go for it.  As we know the tools are limited and the motivation can be somewhat lacking.

    Another thing I've done is tried on a dress that I love and can't wear at the moment, as I lose weight I'll keep trying it on and see the progress in real time via this dress.  We could do before and afters in the dresses we choose maybe.

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  9. Well I've had a bit of a bad time with my band in the last year, reflux and excessive PBing you name it.  To top it off I also stopped losing weight and have actually gained weight.

    I now seem to have my band in the zone I occasionally get stuck moments but the band is doing it's thing.

    About now I've realised the only factor not doing it's thing is me!  So time to get back to basics.

    Having been overweight most of my life I know what works for me without the band to get back on track so I'm going to use some of these basics to help get my mind back in the game as well as my body.  I think the mind game is probably about 80% of the battle for me.

    First of all I've worked out my BMI, I'm not huge on the BMI scale but to see something tell you that you're back in the Obese zone not just overweight any more seems to give you a kick in the butt.  So I've done this, at the heaviest I've weight in over 2 years - 88kgs I am now obese.  My favourite clothes I absolutely loved wearing no longer fit and I feel unhealthy, tired and pretty much crappy all round.

    The kitchen scales and measuring cups have been brought out and there is a total chocolate ban!  Chocolate is my Achilles heel, I have no limit to how much I can eat.... No more giving in to the temptation (watch out world this may not be pretty for a few days!)

    But, I need some help!  What other tip can you give me to kick my butt into shape?  I am going to be regularly updating this post because I need to be accountable for my weight, I have to own up to you all and tell you how I'm going.

    If anyone wants to join me feel free!

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  10. Bloody reflux!  Nexium makes it worse for me, I've found good old Mylanta and chewy QuickEze work the best.  I have a gulp of Mylanta in the morning before anything and then have no issues.  The few times I've forgotten my flat white curdles and I have heartburn until I remember the antacids.


  11. The first time I had any issues was after a trip to Sydney from Perth.  Apparently the air pressure in the plane can affect your band and boy did it affect me!  I went from being in a good place losing weight to not being able to keep anything down and eventually choking on reflux at night.  It generally starts with me just not being able to keep anything down (even coffee will bounce right back up) then ends up with the more full on acid reflux stage.  At it's worst I can't have anything dairy as it instantly curdles and it's really gross...

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  12. I was sore for the first week and had a total lack of energy.  Be careful walking the dog if they pull too hard you may cause some damage, I have a small black Pomeranian and tried to walk him in the first week and made it around a small block and had to go sit down.

  13. The reflux at night has stopped thank goodness.  I had a really bad stuck moment a couple of weeks back and didn't do the fluids and soft food for a few days so made it worse.

    I stuck to optifast and soup for 4 days and it seems to have done the trick.  

    With Nexium I get the same reaction as you've had to Zantac!  I think I will just avoid the Nexium and stick to the Mylanta.


  14. Has anyone had any luck taking Nexium?  I started getting a little bit of reflux/heartburn so started on the Nexium.  I kept finding it made things worse not better, I can't have anything dairy if I'm taking it as it curdles as soon as I eat it (cheese, yoghurt, milky coffee.)  I stopped taking it and am taking Mylanta and this is working so much better, no more waking up at midnight choking and it's almost instant relief when I take it.

    Is it just me that hasn't had any luck with it?  Has anyone taken anything else that's worked better for them?

  15. I was just about to ask if you'd had reflux then read the next sentence.  The only time I've noticed gurgling throat was when I had reflux bad, I usually noticed that first then knew the reflux was about to happen.

    Go visit your surgeon ASAP about the reflux, they will probably give you a prescription for Nexium or similar and suggest removing some fluid to let things settle down.  The reflux will only get worse and there can be other issues caused by not attending to the reflux issue so go soon!

    The unfills are always disappointing, I tend to feel a bit deflated (pardon the pun) when it happens, the last time it happened I ramped up the food diary big time to keep myself accountable, this worked in the short term until I "forgot" to fill it in and then the cheating and overeating happened.  So be vigilant with yourself and keep moving!  

    Exercise does help with stress even if it's just a quiet walk, leave the phone at home enjoy some peace and quiet.

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  16. Hey first of all, well done to you for taking control of your weight and not letting it control you any more.

    It sounds like you're doing all the right things, try some more walking and maybe a bit of fibre.  Is it that time of the month?  My weight goes up no matter what I do at this time!

    Even if they won't book the surgery now, you are on your way to getting there so don't be disheartened this is just a speed bump.  You're still headed in the right direction and should be so proud of yourself.

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