Hi everyone, It has been a while since I posted but all has been going well. I am now officially overweight This is something not many would think to be happy about, but for us who are challenged by the scales it is certainly a reason to celebrate.
It has been 5 months since my surgery and although my weightloss has slowed it is still coming off.
I have posted my weightloss chart which may give people starting the journey an idea of what can be achieved. A tip for all who are starting is only weigh yourself weekly. I know it's hard not to do it every day but in the 5 months since surgery, I have had periods where loss was very slow and times when I was not losing weight at all. (this can be frustrating) The message is though "it will happen".
Also self insured and from SE Qld. I had my surgery on 22nd of December, 2014 in Brisbane. Everything has gone exceptionally well. Can't say I've had any problems so far. If you would like any information, please don't hesitate to message me. Surgeon - fantastic, Hospital - great, weight loss - sensational. I can also tell you what it cost if you are interested.
As part of my journey, I decided to shave my head. Why? I don't have a clue but I did. Anyway I went into the doctors on Friday and the doctors receptionist asked if she could help. I said I had an appointment and she asked my name. I told her and she took two steps back and said "oh wow, sorry I didn't recognize you". I felt quite good coz I have lost 33kg so far and it's amazing how many people have not noticed. Rather smugly I said to her "so what did you see that was different". She looked me straight in the eye and without hesitation she said, "you don't have any hair". lol instant deflation.
Your body has gone through major surgery. You have to give it time to heal.
My advice is:
Stick to everything you have been told to drink.
Stick to everything you have been told to eat.
Do the exercise you have been told to do.
Give you body time to heal.
You have just started a marathon. Some people start out quickly whilst some just pace themselves for the journey. There is no prize for this marathon, except for the prise of losing a lot of weight and being a lot healthier. Remember even 1kg a week is 52kg in a year.
Believe me SydneySinger it WILL all happen for you, just trust the process.
I personally don't like the scales. They either give you a high when you have lost some weight or make you feel depressed when you don't. It is the latter which can be destructive. You start to question whether things are working as it should, whether the sacrifices you are making are worth while and all of a sudden you have a negative mind set and things have the potential to spiral down hill.
If you restrict your weigh-ins to every month you will always be given a boost.
Remember if you only lose on average 1kg a week, after 12 months you would be 52kg lighter. If you stick to your eating plan, that will happen. This is a marathon not a sprint. We are developing an eating habit that will be sustainable for years to come. With that eating habit we will achieve our desired result and not struggle with putting weight back on again.
You have done so well, don't let the scales flatten your spirit.
I can tell you now that just because you have surgery you won't all of a sudden not crave for certain foods. Doing the hard yards now will give you a better chance of being happy with your decision to have surgery in the future and also make surgery easier for your surgeon, safer for you and give you a much better chance of an easy recovery.
If you crave sweet things like many of us do, try this (it works). 3 days of protein, anything protein is good. Bacon and eggs, chicken, fish, mince, steak, curried egg what ever you like (nothing but protein) no vegetables, no salad, nothing but protein.
Then for the rest of the week eat protein every meal plus some salad or vegetables. DO NOT HAVE ANY potatoes, pasta. rice or bread. If you want some fruit, fine, but only at breakfast time and you still must have protein with that meal. Do that for a week and see how you are going.
I gaurantee if you do that your cravings for sweet things will almost disappear. Once you can do a week, do 2 then 3 and 4 and before you know it you will not be looking for those things that effect your weight, you will lose weight, you will see that you CAN do it and you will start to believe in yourself. This self belief is essential when embarking on this journey.
As my surgeon said. "I can do the surgery but it's up to you what you put in your mouth" Follow the above and you will change your feelings towards food and will be successful. Good Luck
woooo bloody hooooo!!! well done Morfette. You are looking great. Well done for being brave and posting the pics. You have only been at this a short time and already you can see a big difference in the shape of your body. Like me it's hard to imagine what the final package will be, but I can say one thing for sure. You will be hot!...Well done. So happy for you.