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Froody last won the day on June 1 2018

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    12+ Months Post-Op
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  1. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    I agree with Jachut - make the most of the first 6 months post op, this surgery is not a panacea for all your lifelong weight problems, its effects are only temporary and it is up to you to keep it off long term. Also, you won't fully realise the meaning of "long term" until you're at least 2 years out. Maintaining your weight loss for the rest of your life is not easy, it's not as exciting as when you're losing and is mainly just a hard slog of day in, day out hard work. But oh my, it is SO worth it and can be done. I'm 3 years post op, have had plastics - a brachioplasty and lower body lift, and plan to have a thigh lift later this year. I lost 80kg all up (I lost/gained prior to surgery) and bless the day I walked into my surgeon's office in 2015.
  2. Froody

    Banded in 2011

    Sorry to hear about your regain. Just goes to show that our weight set-points are hard wired and our bodies will try everything they can to get us back to our previous (to our body, anyway) "healthy weight". I had a sleeve 3 years ago, never had a band. All the reading I've done and from observing quite a few people who've gone band-to-sleeve though, has shown that results are not as good with a sleeve. The scarring from the band means it's a trickier operation and the surgeon may not be able to get as tight around the boujie as with a virgin stomach (which means a bigger sleeve and potentially less weight loss). Also, the risk of a leak - the most feared complications from a sleeve - is far higher with revision from band to sleeve. I'd urge you to think about a bypass, or mini bypass even, instead. Only you can decide which surgery you prefer, though, in consultation with your surgeon. Good luck with whichever one you decide on xx
  3. The sleeve has absolutely been worth it for me. I had my 3 year post op appointment with my bariatric surgeon the other day and took the opportunity to reflect on my journey so far. I absolutely would NOT have lost my excess weight without this operation - I have lost 50kg 3 times during my life, every time I vowed that I'd never regain, never get fat again. Ha! Despite every effort, I regained every single time. The last time was the worst, I'd lost 40kg of the 60kg I needed to lose (because of course, every time I lost weight I put MORE back on) but the losses came to a screaming halt. I was exhausted, hungry all the time and accumulating health conditions and gaining weight rapidly. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Hashimoto's within weeks of each other. My sleeve was a reset, a chance to live my life without the constant physical hunger I always had. I still have mental hunger but that's easy to recognise and deal with, mostly. I no longer take blood pressure medication and my fitness has improved remarkably. I'm facing some further health issues at the moment, my most recent blood results show I'm iron deficient when I have never had a problem with it before. I suspect either Coeliac disease or some other issue with my gut (autoimmune thyroiditis is associated with a higher risk of other immune modulated diseases). This would have happened anyway, but not being 140kg makes it so much easier to deal with if only because GPs no longer look at my weight as the answer to all my problems and investigate them more fully. I am thankful every day for my sleeve, because I have no doubts whatsoever that by now I'd be 160kg (consistent with the extra 20kg I'd regain on top of my previous high weight), sick and facing a shortened life. Bariatric surgery in Australia is safe, with a risk profile close to a cholecystectomy - about 1% mortality. Compared to the complication rates associated with obesity of about 60-80%, that was a risk I was willing and eager to take. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. Froody

    Help please!

    No, the reason you can't lose weight is you're eating too many calories. PCOS and other hormonal problems are small contributors to weight gain and inability to lose weight. I have Hashimotos, but my Endocrinologist told me that about 10kg of 60kg excess weight was due to the Hashi. To which I said damn lol. I'd go back to your surgeon and dietitian as a starting point and see what they suggest. Best of luck! xx
  5. Froody

    How long til the surgeons cut you loose?

    Well done on reaching goal weight Research shows those who engage with their surgeons or support teams keep off more weight over the course of their life. I think it's because we can become complacent that at between 1-3 years post op we're maintaining our weights with relative ease. Life goes back to normal, which can include letting exercise slip and old habits to reappear. Then BANG, before you know it you're on the regain train. This is what I'm currently facing. It's freaking hard to deal with, let me tell you. I am still going to my surgeon at almost 3 years post op, and will likely have yearly catch ups from now on (went from 3 --> 6 --> 12 month check ups over my post op course). I've got to find a new dietitian because the one he recommended was a knob and we didn't click. Anyhoo, my rambling reply is aimed at one message that you should take on board - this surgery is for LIFE, maintenance is HARD and you need to remain ever vigilant for old habits returning.
  6. Froody

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    You will need a bariatric specific vitamin post op, multivitamins you get over the counter are not recommended - usually they have high levels of the cheaper vitamins (some of the B group, usually) and lower levels of what we need, like B12 and iron. Good brands are BN multivitamins and Elevit pregnancy for its higher iron levels.
  7. Froody

    Weak muscles

    I haven't experienced that exact weakness, it was more generalised weakness. I started powerlifting last year and to say I was weak starting out is an understatement. I could barely squat with just the bar and my knees caved in badly and let's not talk about bench pressing lol. It was really embarrassing! The nurse at my bariatric surgeon's office was forever telling me that we need to be doing strength exercises more than cardio, and she was absolutely right. Wish I'd listened to her. When we have surgery we lose "weight", yes, but a lot of what we lose is muscle as well as fat, which is not ideal. Muscle is biologically active, fat is not - retaining your muscle mass keeps you out of a nursing home as you age, prevents injury, helps with the activities of daily living, helps with body composition (makes you look more toned) and helps with long term weight control. This applies to the general population too, not just us.
  8. Froody

    Tomorrow is the big day

    Good luck! You must be going with Dr Baker, Dr Bovey operates on Wednesdays. This is the first day of the rest of your life, best of luck! xx
  9. Froody

    Reviews on Dr. Victor Liew

    He is an excellent surgeon, you will be in good hands. He does not, however, offer much after care. Therefore, you will need to arrange your own dietitian, psychologist etc (and please don't think about not using these resources, most people who enjoy success long term utilise as much professional help as they can). I know this is an old post but just putting it out there for others who may be wondering.
  10. Froody

    Band non-success story looking for options

    That's a long, torturous journey you've been on! If I were you I'd look into Roux-en-Y (RNY or gastric bypass), instead of a sleeve. It has a better long term success rate of any (apart from duodenal switch, which you don't want) of the bariatric surgeries. It requires greater adherence to vitamin supplementation than the sleeve but the risks of leaks is far less - it's well established that sleeves following a band have a higher incidence of leaks, which is something to take into consideration. It is also better for resolution of co-morbidities (chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure) than the sleeve. Use this time to research what procedure would be best for you. Also, I'd suggest looking into getting some counseling - a history of alcohol misuse is concerning because it could potentially be an issue post op. I wish you every success on what is a very difficult journey!
  11. Froody

    What were you eating 7 weeks in?

    Hi, yep, pretty much. Probably not as much meat, say 50g per serve. Now at almost 3 months out I can eat about 60-70g. My sandwiches are 1 slice of bread, not 2. Most of the time I leave something on my plate, or give it to my husband. Given your complications it's not surprising you have problems with intake. Hope your appointment goes well tomorrow and you don't have to have any more procedures!
  12. Froody

    Coffee affect?

    Sorry, Lilly, but I'd like to see where you get your information from. Coffee would have a minimal effect on weight loss at normal consumption levels (1-4 cups per day). Study after study has shown that the most important thing for weight loss is reducing calorie input - eating less! - something that WLS patients have covered. As with most things, the poison is in the dose
  13. Froody

    What were you eating 7 weeks in?

    For breakfast, usually weetbix energize with skim milk or half a muffin with a scrambled egg and ham, or sultana bran with skim milk or this ancient grain fruit bread that I get from an organic store (don't particularly care about organic stuff, just freaking love this bread). With coffee, of course. Lunch is sometimes a wrap or sandwich with lean meat (chicken, ham, tinned salmon/tuna, rare roast beef). Mostly if I'm working I take a salad. Dinner is whatever we're having - last night we had steak, egg and chips (my husband's favourite meal of all time). Lean steak, 70g, with a fried egg (no oil) and homemade oven chips made with minimal oil. Night before last it was salmon steaks with salad. Yum. I like to have snacks during the day (even though some dietitians advise against it), I find if I don't I absolutely tank at the gym and have no energy to do anything. Favourite snacks are those small packets of air popped popcorn, yoghurt, small packs of nuts (25g), vitaweats with promite and low fat cheese or a boiled egg. Mostly I have afternoon tea but if I'm at work I like to have something at morning tea as well, otherwise I get too hungry. I used to have dessert religiously pre-op but now I usually don't want it. Amazing, lol. You really should be eating solid food at every meal. Relying on fluid or soft foods isn't ideal because they don't satisfy as well as solids. Also, I've read that most issues with intolerance are to do with your eating style - slow down, eat mindfully and CHEW!