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Rosemary last won the day on January 22 2019

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  1. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Back again. My weight is 57kgs and I have hovered between 57 and 57.8kgs since last year. So much has happened but the biggest one is getting a new job. Before the band I did not have the confidence to even look for another position even though I had the qualifications. So 2018 - 2019 summed up is new me, new job, new clothes and a much happier person who still puts in all the hard work to keep my best friend (the band) happy. I have no regrets having it put in but i also knew it wasn't an easy fix. All the handers out there don't give up. Your hard work will eventually pay off
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    Hi Mouse-mum How are you going? Had my 3 year check up 2016 81.5kgs Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm, hips 98cm. I haven't had a fill in 18 months and don't feel I need one. Treat your weight loss tool right and it will do the same for you. Keep at it and you will be on your way to a healthier you.
  3. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    @denzel Thank you for your encouraging comments. They really help. Went in for a check up at the bariatric surgery. 2016 Weight 81.4kgs, Neck 34cm, waist 103cm, hips 120cm 2019 Weight 58.1kgs Neck 32cm, waist 79cm , hips 98cm. And feeling so much healthier and happier. The hot weather has been tightening the band but have been having cold protien shakes. When I eat I always use my portion plates or if I am out I use a bread and butter plate. Cannot stress enough it is only a tool to help you. You still have to do the hard work.
  4. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Next month will be 3 years since I was banded. My current weight is 57.6. I have I have had some really terrible times (thank goodness not that often) but the change in me from outside and especially the inside it is so worth it. I have not had a fill in over a year and a half and I don't feel the need to have one. My doctor gave me a goal weight and I lost an extra 5kgs. I have kept at it from day one and continued to do so. But hey that's life. I am one of the millions of people who will never be naturally skinny and have accepted that I never will be. So my best friend (the band) and I will always have a very close relationship.
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    @Mouse-mum remember it is major surgery don't push yourself. I was a fat fit person, that makes sense, but slowly went back to my exercise program. It took about a month. I started losing 2kgs a week. The slower the better. Once you add more fitness into your routine the weight will come off as long as you are doing the right thing. @KAZBAA be patient everyone is different. There were times when I plateaued even when I was doing everything I was supposed to do but I kept at it. My start weight was 81.4. I weighed myself today I am 58.3.
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    Kazbaa and Mouse-mum. Hang in there! For the first week I wondered "What have I done!" But once you get passed the uncomfortable stage post surgery you will be fine. Can't emphasize strongly enough to stick to the rules. I was banded in Jan 2016 and have no regrets at all. Good luck!
  7. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    I come back on here every few months. Still a size 10 current weight 58.8. I still work at it, exercise and watch what I eat. If I over do it I always pull back the next few days. Have 2 weddings and 3 parties coming up and cannot wait to dress up and party! The band has given me a new lease on life and I am loving it. Yesterday I ate bbq chop. Took me ages to eat it and when it was enough the band let me know I had to stop and I listened. Keep up the good work banders. The rewards are so worth it.
  8. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Thank you Denzel.
  9. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Have been travelling really well. But is only because I have put in the effort. My current weight is 58.6. I really believe that no matter which wls you choose you have to be in the right headspace first for it to be a success. Not for a second did I sit and say "I've got the band now, I don't have to do anything and it's going to be easy". It has been easier with the band but I have worked hard towards my goal. Have a wedding next year and was able to go to the clearance rack pick a beautiful dress at a third of the price. Have had to throw out all of my shoes because my feet have shrunk. I did find my hair was thinning so after some research found that Nioxin System 4 (recommended by other banders) was the way to go. I must say after using it for 2 weeks I noticed a huge difference to my hair. It looks healthier and there is less breakage I look at my band as a good friend who reminds me when to stop eating. To all banders keep up the good work. And if you fall off the wagon (as I have done many times) we are human just dust yourself off and start where you left off. Don't give up.
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    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Getting ready for work is a hectic time for anyone but this morning I stopped for a minute and really had a good look at myself. I can't believe what a huge difference the band has made. I cannot be happier. Although I reached and passed my goal the long hard slog continues. I know whether I have a band or a sleeve I will always have the same issues if I don't watch what I eat. That is me. But the happiness I feel inside is so worth my fight against any weight gain. As of this morning I am 59.3.
  11. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Thank you Denzel. A positive attitude is 3/4 of the battle. Accepting that you have to make a lifestyle change is also important. I have dieted for over 40 years and I know my body. I have accepted that with or without the band I will never be able to eat what I want and stay at a healthy weight range. I did a lot of research and made the decision to have it and I have made sure it worked. It has been hard work but seeing results is so rewarding. The main thing I always remember is that it is a tool and not a magic fix I still have to do all the work.
  12. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    It has now been 2 years since I was banded and I am so glad I went through with it. I have now added walks into my exercise routine. My weight has stabilized at 59.1 but I have lost 23cm around my hips and 20cm waist. I am still as size 10 and am very focused on staying there. I have had a ball buying clothes and had to throw my other shoes away because even my foot size has decreased. It has not been an easy road but it has been worth it. The maintaining part of it is really hard work because it is so easy to slip into old habits. But I see old photos of where I was and where I am now and it only makes me more determined to keep on going. I always knew the band was a tool to help me and I still had to do the hard work.
  13. Rosemary

    Non Scale Victories (NSVs)

    Was ironing my sons jeans. They are size 35mm skinny jeans. I thought I wonder if I can fit into these so I tried them on. And yes I could! And they were very comfortable!
  14. Rosemary

    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    Have read some real horror stories about lapband and I really feel for those that have gone through so much pain. But for me it has been a godsend. I had tried everything under the sun. From weight watchers, packaged food and diet pills. Nothing worked. Even now after 19 months after surgery I could not be happier. I went to the same deli I have been going to for years. One of the girls said that she only knew who I was from my order. She and so many others have told me I am unrecognizable now. I went to an all you can eat restaurant and the most painful thing was that I paid $30 but only ate about $1.50 worth of food. But I have accepted that this is the way things have to be if I want to be healthy and happy. Don't get me wrong there have been moments when I have thought I wouldn't make it to the bathroom but they are not very frequent as I now know when to stop and what I can eat. These days I can eat almost everything as long as they are small bites and chewed properly so I am not missing out on much. Before this life changing experience, if I received and invitation I would stress out and not want to go because I couldn't find any clothes that fit properly. My pjs,dressing gown and tv were my best friends You should hear the woo hoo's now when I get invited to anything. So anyone considering lapband please research as much as possible. I went to Prof Paul O'Brien and I have to travel an hour to the clinic every time I go but it is so worth it. I never miss an appointment. Going there helps me keep focused the staff there always celebrate every milestone I achieve as if it was their own. For those who are succeeding in your journey well done keep up the great work and for those who are struggling don't give up. As the guys at the gym say "to lose weight it is 20% exercise and 80% what you eat" PS went from a size 14-16 to a 10
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    Preparing yourself for lapband surgery

    I have discovered how to get veggies, meat and chicken into my diet. The slow cooker! Today I made chicken and spring vegetable stew. The veggies and chicken were soft enough to eat without any problems. It is also great for any meat. Because it's slow cooked there is so much flavor without using butter or oil and there are millions of recipes on the net. I am always looking for healthy food options that feed the whole family. When the Dr told me that he expects me to get to 63 kgs I felt like saying "keep dreaming" I am now 58.9 and couldn't be happier