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  1. The before photo was taken 2 days before my sips surgery in May last year. I've cropped out my face and a visible tattoo but there I was in all my glory. The afters are from today and wearing a size 8 fitted skirt with a zipper with total loss of 60.5kgs (was 61kgs but today I was up as I'd eaten and had coffee before weighing myself). I hope these photos help those pre op as I found the transformations inspiring - I still do. 




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  2. I keep forgetting about weighing in on Wednesdays and I've gotten out of the habit of weighing myself daily. Anyway I weighed myself today after coffee and breakfast and I'm up 500 grams (probably my breakfast) at a weight of 57.6kgs. I'm beyond happy with my progress. I look and feel great and only have 2.6kg to goal weight but as I said I'm not focusing on magic numbers anymore. I'm slimmer now and have more muscle definition than I did in my 20s. I had my first negative comment when a coworker commented that I'd lost so much weight and another said to her that now I look weak. Um ok then. I said no way I have muscles I never had before and flexed my arm showing off my definition lol I found it a bit rude to be honest. I am healthy bmi now whereas before I was still in the obese categories. 

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  3. Thanks @Bigm666 

    I remember seeing all the transformation photos before I had my surgery. I had a crazy thought/hope of what if I got to my goal weight in time for Christmas. Then I thought no that's crazy as with sips you lose slower than sleeve but lose more in the long run. Well Christmas came and I was 61 - 62kgs. Now it's February and I'm just about at goal. You can do this! Just keep in mind that everyone loses weight at different rates. I also have Hashimotos Disease of the thyroid which also made weight loss hard for me before I had the surgery. 

  4. 2 hours ago, Bigm666 said:

    I've never asked what exactly is SIPS I've never heard about it in SA.

    How does it differ to the sleeve or BYPASS

    You've done really well losing what 60kgs is it?

    Almost 60kgs now. 59.7kgs to be exact which is a whole person! Sips is a sleeve slightly larger than a stand alone sleeve but then approximately 3 metres of intestines gets bypassed causing a malabsorption effect from the calories you do eat. I'm not sure if you have heard of something called a duodenal switch which is very common in America, sips is a modified version of that surgery. Not all surgeons offer sips. My surgeon was one of 3 surgeons in Australia to first offer sips. 

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  5. With dietician appointments if you get a chronic disease management plan from your gp you are entitled to 5 free visits with a dietician. No advice on Adelaide surgeons as I'm in Perth but maybe join fb groups. My surgeon has his own support fb group which is only for his patients. Even just weight loss support groups you can get surgeon recommendations. Also I know you have your heart set on roux en y but listen to your surgeons recommendation and why they are recommending that. I was adamant I only wanted the sleeve, my surgeon recommended either sleeve or sips. After doing research and hearing him tell me pros and cons of both procedures I ended up choosing sips. It was right for me. Not saying roux en y isn't the right choice but to listen to your surgeon. If necessary have more than one consult. Yes it gets expensive if you consult with more than one surgeon when consults are on average $200 with a small Medicare rebate. I just got lucky. I had 2 referral letters, saw my surgeon first and knew he was the one so cancelled the other consult. Best of luck with everything. The wait time will be over before you know it. 

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  6. I am up slightly this morning but believe I may have been dehydrated last week. I was 59.3kgs first thing now a couple of hours later I'm 58.2kgs. Either way I'm maintaining the high 50s and my original goal was 55kgs so I'm nearly there and very pleased. Over the Christmas period I was 62ish kgs and I only just got to 60kgs about a month ago and have maintained and now losing again. I've found I fluctuate a kilo or so and also now I'm almost at goal weight the loss has slowed right down then randomly out of nowhere I will lose again. It's weird. Very happy where I'm at and am starting to look good. In fact certain problem areas eg thighs and upper arms (triceps) have actually been thinner even at 60kgs compared to when I was at my lowest of 55kgs. I guess my body fat and muscle mass ratio has changed. Nice to kiss most of my problem areas goodbye!

    Consult in February and March to see 2 x surgeons to work together and do a combined procedure. 360 body lift, breast lift and replace breast implants. I also want thigh lift with lipo as I have a weird hanging roll of fat on only my left thigh although the right thigh is slightly flabby and also has excess skin. I may get my arms done depending how bad the scars need to be for it. It's mainly my triceps. They are actually very toned more than they have ever been but I do have some excess skin there and it annoys me when I'm doing something such as washing dishes and the excess skin wobbles. Even if I tense the muscles they still wobble. Boobs, 360 body lift and thighs are definitely happening and will see about arms. The excess skin removal/nicer perkier boobs will be the icing on the cake (transformation). Not just being so big but 2 x kids has really done a number on my stomach. Wrinkled excess skin and what looks like stretched abdominal muscles (will be assessed for separation of the muscles but I don't think I have that). 

    Sorry my post is so long but can you tell that I'm very happy within myself as well as my appearance. I had a fear of weight loss surgery not working because of my Hashimotos Disease or worse only losing a little and never making it to my goal weight but here I am 8 months on and almost at goal which is absolutely crazy to think about. Hope everyone else is doing well with their weight. I've noticed this thread isn't very active anymore. If you aren't comfortable posting your weight why not post losses/gains/maintenance? It's nice to check in with those who understand. 

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  7. 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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  8. I had sips surgery May 17th last year. I'm Down to 58.4kgs from 118.1kgs. I thought about weight loss surgery since 2013. To be honest I just jumped in and it all happened quite quickly. I saw photos of myself at my daughter's birthday party and cracked it, started the process again and booked the consult.

    Tips. Try not to let old habits creep back in. I have let some creep back eg if I let myself get way too hungry on a work day where I don't eat a snack before I come home (I'm part time so on short days I don't get a lunch break) I sometimes get that hungry and that's when I'm likely to make a bad choice such as going through a drive through on my way home. 

    I don't really have any other tips just to embrace your journey. Also as cliche as it sounds try to love yourself at every step of the way and not when you're at goal weight or some magical number on the scales. Enjoy the positive changes that are coming your way and best of luck with the op. 

  9. Not me. I had to take movicol once a few days post op to get things moving. I'm pretty sure diarrhoea is also normal too. What liquids are you on? Which procedure did you have done? Are you having too much sugar maybe which could cause dumping? If not remember it is major surgery and has changed your stomach. For some people it takes awhile for their new stomach to adjust. Hope youre feeling better and it settles down for you quickly. 

  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. I second Opti to try and kick start everything. 

    If you aren't already fill up on free veggies. How far post op are you? My dietician told me some weight regain is very common at 12 and 24 months post op and diet may need tweaking eg less carbs. I'm almost 8 months post op so not an expert. Are you eating enough protein? Drinking enough water? 

  14. Just wanted to update I'm 200 grams away from losing 50kgs. That's an entire person! I'm down to 68.3kgs as posted in weigh in Wednesday and couldn't be happier. My little boy recently turned 1 (how time flies) and I'm so happy with the photos taken at his party. I didn't have anything to pick apart except my weird facial expression in one of them but I had a good laugh about it.

    I was 6 months post op on the 17th November. Would love to get down to 55kgs but will see what happens and how I'm feeling. The best part is even though I'm not at goal weight and haven't had my plastic surgery yet I'm just so happy with how I look and for the most part feel comfortable in my skin. My husband is thrilled too. I can't keep his hands off me and of course not just the physical changes that he's attracted to but he loves that I'm happy and confident. How are all the other May people going? 

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  15. Best bet is to speak to her dietician. I'm slightly worried I could end up loosing too much as I had sips surgery which means a slower weight loss however it's falling off and I'm almost at my goal. My dietician said it would be a matter of upping carbs in particular and she would work with me to stabilise my weight if it came to that. She also says your body stops when it's comfortable. What is your friend's bmi like? Is it normal, underweight, etc. 

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  16. Hi. While I had sips surgery not sleeve I hope you don't mind me posting about the benefits of the weight loss. 

    I can have fun at the park with my kids eg go down the slide, etc. 

    I can go swimming instead of making excuses not to go. 

    I can walk into my favourite shop Ice Design and fit a Medium or Large in most things unless the style is too tight for my curves or belly. 

    I am a 12 - 14 now and I love clothes shopping. 

    I can go running. 

    Outings are no longer painful for me from just walking eg the zoo. 

    Yes I have excess skin which I hate as well as a hanging fat roll on one thigh. I am having plastic surgery in 2 stages once I get to goal weight. Also when people look at me in public or catch my eye I no longer feel self conscious like they're looking at me with disgust. I actually had a young man catch my eye and smile. I couldn't believe it. Not to mention my blood results were great whereas pre surgery my cholesterol was high as was fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar. My surgeon told me I was headed for type 2. 

    Hope this helps. Yes there's risks and negatives but for me the positives outweigh any negatives. What do I hate the most? Being hungry from not getting a lunch break then around 2pm when I get home wanting lunch AND coffee but having to choose. Not meant to eat and drink but even if it was recommended it's either one or the other. A coffee will fill my tummy and leave no room for lunch. The new portion sizes will become the norm for you. Most things still taste the same but for me the majority of the time steak tastes rubbish. It's a head disappointment because my head says it's craving a steak then it doesn't taste good. I can live without steak tasting good though. 

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  17. 28 minutes ago, zaruse said:

    How are you feeling about your skin @Boganlicious?

    im finding mine to be wrinkly in strange places!  Eg the little flabby bit just in front of armpit- I have no idea what to do about that!! Tried on a strapless dress the other day- looked good (if I may say so) but the flappy bit... urg! 

    Yes! I have that wrinkly bit there too! I'm planning a lot of plastic surgery in 2 stages. 360 body lift, breast work, arm reduction, thigh lift with lipo. 

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  18. 3 hours ago, Bigm666 said:

    6 months and 46kgs but is that including pre op weight loss? Still that's great roughly 8kgs a month. Definitely can't complain.. What's your routine like in terms of exercise and diet do you still take protein shakes. Tnx 

    Yes it includes 3 weeks pre Optifast. I get most of my exercise at work climbing stairs and I do minimum 10000 steps. I drink protein water. I have only just started thinking about exercise. I went for my first run last week and was pleased with how far I could jog non stop. I also did some hand weights. I had a body scan today and was pleased with my muscle mass and body fat percentage. Body fat 30.3% and the target range for females it said 20 - 30%. I'm 72.1kgs at home. I was 73kgs there. Visceral fat was in acceptable range. I still want to reduce it further. Im hoping to get to 55kgs but also build muscle. I don't want to be skinny fat. 

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