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About Mandy

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  • Birthday November 04

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  • Gender Female
  • Band/Sleeve Status 3 Months Post-Op
  • Weight Loss Status 70%

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  1. Mandy added a post in a topic: My updates   

    Wow, that is truly amazing. Congratulations on your progress. You must be so proud 
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  2. Mandy added a post in a topic: My updates   

    That would be amazing to see. To actually see the progress. It is one thing to read about and see it in numbers but to actually see it visually can really make it so real. 
    I recently saw a picture of myself from a wedding I attended about 4 months before my surgery and I was shocked and amazed (mostly shocked lol) at the difference. 
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  3. Mandy added a post in a topic: My updates   

    Congratulations Jembell, you must feel great. You are truly an inspiration  I followed your progress while I wait for my surgery date, it gave me so much hope  
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  4. Mandy added a post in a topic: Back to hospital I go.   

    As I write this I am waiting to go in for surgery. After presenting at the hospital NYE with extreme stomach pain. It turns out I have gall stones. Which apparently can be caused by major weight loss in short period of time. So after losing 45kgs in the last 4 months. I basically brought this on myself. Even so,  getting the sleeve is still the best decision I ever made. 
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  5. Mandy added a post in a topic: looking for advice   

    Go get the private process started. If it is something you can afford (about $5000 give or take) this will probably be the quickest option. 
    I started both private and public processes at the same time (I had only just got PHI so I still had a 12 mth ahead of me) and I had already had the surgery done privately by the time the public system wanted to even see me for the basic consultation. So over a 12 month wait to go publicly. 
    As for wait times, there wasn’t any with my surgeon once the PHI took affect he got me in ASAP. Though other surgeons could be different. 
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  6. Mandy added a post in a topic: Coconut cream   

    Certain foods can be difficult post op, especially dairy.  Our new stomachs can be a tad sensitive to it especially if you have too much of it. 
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  7. Mandy added a post in a topic: Update on me   

    Another update, 
    10 weeks 3 days post op. 
    38.6 kgs lost (14.1kgs on Optifast)
    Lost 4 clothes sizes (from 22 to 14)
    Everything is going well.  I feel like I have adjusted well to my new lifestyle and learning to live within it's limits. 
    The hair loss has started but I'm not overly concerned I have always had very thick hair so a little bit of thinning isn't a bad thing lol. Although I have been slacking on my vitamin intake so this has made sure I remember to take them lol. 
    Looking forward to reaching my goal and buying my new wardrobe soon(ish)  
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  8. Mandy added a post in a topic: The 1st week   

    A mouthful is great but I have to admit I do miss taking a big long drink of cold water especially now the weather is warming up lol. 
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  9. Mandy added a post in a topic: The 1st week   

    Congratulations on your weight loss  
    Glad your first week has went smoothly. I found sleeping on my back fairly okay too, though as a belly sleeper I couldn't wait until I could roll over lol. 
    As for the sipping stage, that is a hard. It gets better and you upgrade to mouthfuls but I find even after 10 weeks I still have trouble drinking anything quickly or more then a couple of mouthfuls at a time. This is annoying especially with my water intake. But you do learn quickly and you learn how to judge how much you can drink at a time. 
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  10. Mandy added a post in a topic: Newbie - looking for low cost sleeve Albury Wodonga   

    Hi Nat, 
    I am from Albury Wodonga too and I recently had my sleeve done by Adam Cichowitz. 
    I can't recommend him enough. He is based in Wangaratta but cames to Albury once a month. His prices were reasonable from what  I remember  (though I did have PHI so i didn't pay much attention to the full price). His staff are lovely and very helpful.
    I would definitely get a referral from your doctor and go and see him. Well worth it. 
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  11. Mandy added a post in a topic: Changing Taste Buds?   

    I was wondering if anyone else noticed a big change in food preferences after their sleeve? 
    I kind of expected (hoped) that I would go off the junk food type of stuff especially after not having it in so long but I am also noticing I have no real interest in any kind of meat, breads, pasta or anything processed and I'm drinking more water then I ever did pre sleeve. 
    These days I'm mostly just interested in fruits, vegetables and water. This is a huge change for me and while I sure it is for the better. I really wasn't expecting it. I thought I would still have to struggle with the desire to eat the other stuff at least for a while longer.
    what has been everyone else's experiences? 
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  12. Mandy added a post in a topic: Update on me   

    Just thought I would post an update for anyone that was interested. I know while I was waiting to be sleeved I loved checking out progress posts. 
    I am currently  6 weeks Post-Op  
    Starting Weight - 118kgs 
    Optifast stage (3 weeks) Loss - 14.1kgs 
    Post- Op Loss - 15.5 kgs 
    Total Loss - 29.5kgs
    I am currently over half way to my weight loss goal and I have never felt better. I'm still getting use to my sleeve but I am learning very quickly and everything has settled down nicely. I am pretty much back to normal foods now and I am fine tuning my new diet. I have been without my old go to foods (coke zero and chocolate) for 9 weeks now and I can honestly say I am not missing them. 
    My surgeon and dietitian are very happy with my progress and I am healing perfectly 
    All in all everything is going great and I am so happy I made the choice to do this. It is changing my life!!!
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  13. Mandy added a post in a topic: 3 - 4 weeks post op recovery   

    Hi Boganlicious, I'm currently 5 1/2 weeks post op. I reckon you definitely handle a kids party at 3-4 weeks. 
    By week 3-4 I was feeling really good. Lots of energy. I was back at work and had no issues (I work with 3-5 year olds, so high energy is needed). As for diet I was on purée/mashed food by week 3 and on food that can be mashed in the mouth by week 4 (as per my dietitians instructions).  
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  14. Mandy added a post in a topic: August Sleeve Buddies ???   

    August sleeve buddies, 
    How are we all going? 
    I'm 3 1/2 weeks post op and doing well. 
    I've lost 8 kgs since my op (22 kgs in total) and I've just finished my first full week back at work. 
    I have experienced my first (and second) lot of indigestion, it feels completely different to how indigestion felt  pre-op so I was uncomfortable for about 24 hours before I realised what it is and treated it. The relief was amazing lol. 
    I see my surgeon Monday for my post op follow up and I am hoping all goes well. 
    I am also hoping I can get through the rest of the cooler weather before I have to buy new clothes, everything is really really loose but I don't see the point in buying clothes for only a couple of weeks lol. 
    Looking forward to hearing from everyone, hope you are all doing well. 
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  15. Mandy added a post in a topic: August Sleeve Buddies ???   

    Hi Everyone, 
    Just wanted to share.
    I'm 8 days post op and I just hit my first goal this morning. I'm officially under 100kgs. Over I have lost 18.2kgs (14.1kgs on optifast, 4.1kgs since the op) so far. So happy to be under 100  
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