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Froody last won the day on July 31 2019

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    12+ Months Post-Op
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    100% (Goal Weight!)

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  1. Froody

    Thoughts on Keto meals

    The keto diet is no miracle cure. It's just another diet that manipulates one of the macronutrients to create a calorie deficit. Some people thrive on it, some people hate it and would rather die than stick to it long term (me). The one thing that matters for weight loss is calories - eating less than your body needs. Simple, but oh so hard and almost impossible for a lot of us. Whatever helps you get less calories in is great, for me it was the gastric sleeve.
  2. Froody

    Reflux issues

    Hi, The gastric sleeve is a high pressure system - the internal diameter of your stomach is now much smaller, which increases pressure all along its length especially in the initial post operative period when the sleeve is inflamed and very tight. The food and fluid you ingest has nowhere else to go but up into your oesophagus, mostly. Also contributing to the problem can be high intra-abdominal pressures from your body habitus. Basically, if you carry fat around your abdomen then you will naturally have higher pressures within your abdominal cavity, which is why reflux is often associated with obesity (even though you didn't have symptoms pre-operatively, you may still have had an element of it). As you recover the swelling decreases and your sleeve relaxes a little, as does the pressure within your abdominal cavity as you lose weight. Keep on taking your Nexium under the direction of your surgeon and dietitian. Maybe try adding in some antacids as well? It's worth noting that reflux is a well known side effect of the sleeve gastrectomy. Some people never get rid of it and have to convert to a Roux-En-Y bypass in the hope of treating it, which it sometimes does, sometimes doesn't. Hopefully yours gets better with time xx
  3. Froody

    Stretching sleeve

    A cup of food at five months post op does seem like a fair bit, but every person is different and so is every sleeve. What's normal for you is most likely not normal for me, so it's very difficult to say with any certainty. Your pain may be related to the speed at which you eat - do you have bites that are no bigger than a 10c coin? Do you chew your food for a minimum of 20 chews? Does it take you at least 20 minutes to eat a meal? Many overweight people speed eat, which means you can eat a LOT more than is desirable before your stomach signals it is full. It's a freaking hard habit to break but it is achievable - there are a few good apps out there that can help. As for stretching your sleeve - normally it takes up to 3 years for a sleeve to stretch (which for those playing along at home is NORMAL and DESIRABLE). By that time it has done its job, helped you lose weight and now allows you to eat small adult sized portions of healthy food that will help you maintain your weight loss for the rest of your life. If you overeat slider foods consistently you will regain all your lost weight plus more. You are still in your honeymoon phase. Please, I beg you, establish good eating habits NOW before it's too late. This is your one time ever, never to be repeated opportunity to lose the excess weight that you carry. You will never get another opportunity to do this with such (relative) ease, take advantage of it while you can. Cheers.
  4. Froody

    Band and Plication or Sleeve ?

    I have a good friend who had a band with plication. She lost about 80% of her excess weight but couldn't lose any more. I know she was not all that pleased with her results and wished she'd gone with the sleeve. Bands have a high failure rate - slippage, erosions and difficulty getting the amount of balloon inflation just right (which can involve multiple trips to the doctor) are some of the common side effects. Even though they are technically reversible, there is still a significant amount of scarring with plication and bands so if you wanted a re-operation you may have to go with a gastric bypass anyway. Sleeves have higher rates of weight loss and less hunger because of the removal of the part of the stomach that produces hunger hormones.
  5. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Adelaide

    Hi, There is a great deal of misinformation about weight loss surgery in the general community. The consensus view is that weight loss is up to the individual and if it fails, well then it's because the individual didn't work hard enough, was greedy, was lazy, didn't want it badly enough .... all the moral judgements then apply. To be fat is to be judged. Then when you try to do something about it with surgery the judgement is even greater - just eat less, move more. Yeah great, thanks for that. Like that advice ever worked long term for anybody. The truth is, weight loss surgery in its various forms is the ONLY proven treatment we have so far - no combination of diet/exercise, drugs or psychological intervention have been shown in randomised controlled trials (the gold standard of any research undertaken) to be as effective for long term weight control. It is life saving, but because of the view that weight control is up to the individual and has little to do with environment, upbringing, social status, economic hardship or education and that we just need to try harder, eat less, move more, don't be so greedy, or lazy we'd be able to lose weight. Bollocks to that. I've lost more than 50kg three times in my lifetime (I'm 51), the "hard" way (your words). Believe me, losing and maintaining my weight after my sleeve surgery in 2015 was as hard, or harder than losing it "naturally". I've been able to lose weight AND KEEP IT OFF because of my sleeve and my own fucking hard work. Every day I exercise, watch what I eat and recommit to weight maintenance. No part of it is easy, ever. But it's worth it. Tell your friend to shut up, it's your body and your health. Tell them that 50-60% weight loss surgery patients maintain their losses for the rest of their lives, compared to those who lose weight "naturally", or the "hard" way - 98% regain the weight they've lost after two years. Let that sink in - almost 100% of people who lose weight by diet and exercise regain what they've lost soon after stopping whatever diet they were on. I'm living proof of that. Weight loss surgery is a blunt tool but it's one that works. Until there is a drug developed (unlikely) or widespread famine, we as a society will continue to get fatter. Our obesogenic environment will ensure that. Best of luck with your decision.
  6. Yes, it does get better. I found by about the 4-6 week mark I was full of energy and over the worst of the dehydration, tiredness and week 3 plateau. This phase is (mostly, some people go through it longer) short lived, so just concentrate on getting your water and protein in and let your body heal. It's been through a lot.
  7. Froody

    Band to sleeve

    Reflux can mimic hunger - are you still on PPIs such as omeprazole (Nexium) or pantoprazole (Somac)?
  8. There is a huge Instagram Australian WLS community, I'm happy for anyone to follow me on there - @maintaining.maggie I'm 3 years post op however and don't share many food posts (because I now find it boring and my interests have moved on). A lot of the people I follow do, though, and are seriously inspirational. I mostly use Instagram for fitness and maintenance inspiration, these days. One guy I follow runs marathons and is a Garmin ambassador, another person I follow had regain after a band-to-sleeve, but lost most of it and is an absolute demon for exercise. Myself, I love posting a good gym selfie and lift weights 3 days a week and recently increased the cardio I do because of a 6 week challenge I'm doing at work - I hated cardio before, but now I'm finding if not a love, but a liking for it again. I seriously encourage anyone to get on Instagram and search for #wlsaustralia, #vsgaustralia, #vsgaussie etc etc. Social media has drawbacks, yes, but I've found nothing but support and friendship on there and helps me every day to stay on track.
  9. Froody

    baked beans

    You're diabetic? Doesn't matter, baked beans are also high in fibre and are seriously good for you. I know of no dietitian who would advise against eating them (although they'd probably all say to eat the low sodium variety, eww!). Just monitor your BSL, which should have improved somewhat after surgery anyway. Also, if you aren't already, go see a dietician - people who engage with professional supports (dietician, psychologist, bariatric surgeon etc) lose more weight and keep it off over the long term, which is why you had your surgery in the first place I'd imagine.
  10. Froody

    baked beans

    God yes, I ate them mashed in soft food stage. Bloody fantastic! EDIT: at 8 weeks post op you should be eating a normal diet (yes, focused on protein for now but that can change when you're a couple of years post op or your restriction eases), just small portions. No food is off limits, unless you have intolerances of course.
  11. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    Hiya, Many thousands is the answer to that, but considering how extensive my surgery was it was not that bad (arms, lower body lift and side boob skin, 8 hour surgery time). I used my super so it wasn't such a shock to our hip pockets. Surgeon's range in price, you really need to research - Facebook groups are a good place to start, although most are secret so it can be difficult to get onto them.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.