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DavidR last won the day on June 20 2017

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About DavidR

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    Veteran Bandit
  • Birthday 01/29/1975

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    Chester Hill, NSW
  • Band/Sleeve Status
    12+ Months Post-Op
  • Weight Loss Status
    100% (Goal Weight!)

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  1. DavidR

    Have I already stuffed this up ?

    hey Ash, it's good that you're seeing your psychologist. I hope they can help. Remind yourself every time you think about eating something you shouldn't, why you are doing this. Remember the pre-op diet is literally about decreasing your chance of complications during your operation. This part isn't really about losing weight as such - it's about reducing the fatty deposits on your liver, and decreasing it's size. The surgeons have to work in that area and the healthier and smaller the liver, the better the surgery can go. It's easier to "digest' as a deterrent to eating rubbish given we're talking survival from surgery, not just "hey it will help me lose weight" Don't let your old habits drag you down, work with your psychologist to make sure you are in the right head space for this. And honestly, if you're not ready to take this step, don't! Put off the surgery if you need more time to get your head straight. You don't have to rush into this if you aren't ready.
  2. DavidR

    Surgery Tomorrow - Scared

    don't worry Laggy, you're doing the best thing. Focus on the future and how your life is going to be. You can handle these things you're doing to get there
  3. DavidR

    One goal down one to go

    so good mate, well done!
  4. DavidR

    Food funeral

    Hi Ash, Google "custom printable calendars" and build one with your start date and end date. Print it out, put it on your fridge and mark off every day between now and your surgery so you can see the progress you're making on Opti. Plan your eating, don't let yourself starve. Lots of tea/coffee/water/diet cordial in between. Make sure you find tasty ways you can enjoy your veg. I've been back on opti to just drop a few extra kg's I added, and I've been making a kick ass vegetable soup from the allowed lists and actually have been enjoying it. Don't weigh yourself daily, if your body goes into starvation mode for a little while you might not see a result right away but it's not the end of the world. You really didn't need a food funeral tbh. The thing you have to remind yourself about is you're making a life style change. You technically won't be on a 'diet' after your post op recovery, you will be making healthy life choices. Moving forwards in the long run, everyone can enjoy the things they like in life, in moderation, around a proper healthy lifestyle with the right food choices and exercise. Work to adjust your mindset - our brains mess us up the most! If there is one thing that matters more than anything it's beating our brains into submission.
  5. DavidR


    @denzel - totally agree, at the end of the day it's about mind set and we are all responsible for our own decisions. At the end of the two weeks I won't be adjusting my core diet at this point. My food choices and nutritional balance got me down to the weight I did. As mentioned, it was the drop off of physical activity and introduction of bad snacking choices before bed that saw me put on a little. I know at my height and frame size other people didn't see it, but I *felt* it - and that's all that matters. Even at my lowest weight I still felt fat, so with even a few extra kg's it makes me feel worse!. When I finish the opti, I'll be diligent with myself about the night snacking, and already I have instituted better activity, but will increase that when I come off of opti (obviously on a VLCD you have to be careful about your output).
  6. DavidR


    I think it's one thing people forget when it comes to life long overweight individuals. The minute we slow down or slack off, our bodies go for instant reversion. The funniest thing is I wasn't eating piles of rubbish. It was mostly a reduction of exercise (still was doing more than your average person each day) and the night snacking on the couch. These simple things that regular people can do without putting on weight, we can't. Anyway, continuing downwards, it's actually looking like *fingers crossed* I may have shed every extra kg come the end of the 2 weeks. My body is loving the opti purge.
  7. DavidR


    So, I didn't "fall off the wagon" as such, but I definitely slacked off over the last couple of months. Not excuses here, just simply saying - I've had multiple sick kids over many weeks, heavy work and home life loads, changes to my other half's employment (which has seen me take on even more of the load at home) and the weather (if you live in sydney you know this) has been REALLY shitty. All these things combined, my exercise hasn't been at the level it should have been, and I was snacking more at night. These two things combined I chucked on 9kg's. I noticed my clothes were feeling tighter and weighed myself, and managed to correct the behaviours, but I only stabilised my weight and wasn't dropping. Since last Friday I've gone back on opti (giving myself a 2 week burst) and it's going great. Dropped half the extra weight already, and still have 9 days to go. Looking forward to feeling properly comfortable again and pushing myself to go even further down if I can.
  8. DavidR

    Doctors who fat shame

    its always hard to hear things we don't like, and it sounds like his delivery of his messages needs some serious work! From what you're saying I'm thinking the guy just doesn't have a great bed side manner? I would consider looking for a doctor I can connect with better. That being said, be careful not to go for a doctor who is overly sympathetic. I think it's good for us all to have our asses kicked a little to remind us to keep up the hard work. Great news about your daughter!
  9. DavidR

    Doctors who fat shame

    Not to defend the doctor because of course, none of us were there, but did he tell you the Malaysian thing as a suggestion or an anecdote? Did he talk about other options to help you lose weight or was it just a anti-surgery rant? While I love the sleeve and recommend it, I fully accept that for most people, other options would work (with the right support and dedication to the process). In regards to your child, how did he approach that? I had my step-daughter at the doctors last week sick, and she did the usual weight and height checks for prescribing antibiotics, and she pointed out for age/height that she is literally (just) in the obese scale for weight. She too doesn't look it, and carries it in her tummy. We've taken that feedback and passed it to her father as well, and we're considering options for getting her more active to help bring it under control. Again, not defending the doctor here, just probing because we all can get quite defensive about our weight, and god knows as parents - don't go after our kids This can lead us to misconstrue advice if it was delivered badly.
  10. Hey All, Any people out there with type one diabetes who have been sleeved and care to share their stories/issues/problems? Cheers, David
  11. DavidR

    Deleting account

    jemabell, I just read the altercation you are referring to, and honestly I don't see what sparked it. I am sorry that the person involved made you feel uncomfortable. I would like to suggest either sending them a private message to try to sort it out, or blocking them. You shouldn't lose such a valuable resource as this, and I agree, you shouldn't be made to feel bad for your questions. Many of us here do answer the same questions over and over, but that being said - if someone wasn't happy doing that they could ignore the questions or better yet, create a dedicated FAQ on this site and direct people there for the specific answer they are after. I hope you stay, I can see you've formed some good relationships/support with people here and we wouldn't like to see you go.
  12. DavidR

    Ignorant judgemental GP

    well done! Personally I know my battle with my weights was made even worse from the constant bullying from family and society. It's like putting extreme pressure on an alcoholic - they turn to the bottle. We turn to the kitchen. A so called "health care professional" should know how damaging that kind of talk is.
  13. DavidR

    Confused about "soft" foods

    totally agree with BackonTrack. Do not rush this. The greatest risk sleevers face is sepsis from popping stitches. It's also the deadliest risk. Weeks 1 and 2 - liquids Weeks 2 and 3 - Soft foods (yoghurts, custards, soups etc) Weeks 4 and 5 - mushy foods (in 4 start REALLY mushy and see if you can handle a little less mushy in 5)(Thicker soups, mashed potatoe, really cooked down stews and bolognese etc) Week 6 - carefully re-introduce normal eating.
  14. DavidR

    Overseas Sleeve Surgery

    I would never even consider having surgery overseas. Reality is you're talking a dodgy 2nd or 3rd world country. The recovery time, risk of complications, risk of surgeons with less experience or less stringent rules than Australia has is just not worth it. This is your life, it's not buying a knock off rolex. Couldn't stress enough - don't go overseas. Consider it a test of your dedication and will power. If you can't wait it out (if there is no other option with health providers) do you really think you're capable of changing your life after the sleeve anyway? The sleeve isn't a magic bullet, it's a tool to be used in conjunction with changing your life. If you're forced to wait, start with a psychologist and a dietitian, and try to get ahead of the game.
  15. DavidR

    Real Food

    carly - I wouldn't stress about grams at this stage. You just need to get your nutrition where you can right now. If you can eat, great, but you can guarantee whatever you're eating still isn't near what your portions are, you're not physically capable yet Just work with your dietitian for your plans moving forwards