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  1. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I was banded November 2012, starting weight 141kg. everything went well. Got down to 95ish kg almost goal weight, only 4kg or 5kg off. So pretty happy. Then I was diagnosed with depression and found that I was eating things I shouldn’t be and my meal sizes increased. I gained little bit, I sat at around 102kg. After 9 months I was able to get off the depression meds and I was determined to get to goal weight. Short time after that hubby and I decided we were going to have another baby. Anyway long story short. I gained weight during pregnancy I got to 117kg, had my band refilled when Bub was 6 weeks old. And it all went down hill from there. My meals were fine, but I found myself snacking. Then post natal depression hit me. And I turned to alcohol. I wasn’t drunk or anything I was having 1 maybe 2 drinks almost every night and a lot more on Friday nights. This made my weight go up. I got to 126kg I was so angry at myself. I was treated for depression and got back mentally where I was, but I was still drinking to my alcohol. Bub is now almost 17months. So 6 weeks ago, I stopped drinking. I haven’t had a single drop. I have cut out all soft drink, I don’t drink tea or coffee. So I only have water. My meals are almost the size they should be. My snacking has stopped. Don’t get me wrong every now and then I have biscuit or something but not often. I started a new exercise routine called bodyboss 4 weeks ago. which I get done while Bub is having her morning sleep. I have lost just over 4kg which has averaged to 700gm a week. I have been documenting everything. Writing all my feelings good or bad down. I guess I’m writing this because this morning when Bub went down for her nap, I got a case of the ‘don’t wannas’ I really didn’t want to go and do my exercises I just wanted to sit. I’m not sure if because it was quite cool here this morning or The fact I’ve had a headache every morning for over a month. Or what. But I did get my butt up and went and did it. I feel better for it. I think by putting this on here and having other people who may have struggled like me, I feel more accountable and maybe I might stop dwelling. And maybe my headache will go away, well I can only hope. Anyway that’s me at the moment.
  2. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I have read so many post about complications and success stories on here. I feel I’m a success as in I don’t have any complications, besides the port flip, right at the beginning. I can lose the weight if I eat correctly. I just had to struggle with my brain about what and when I was eating. Post Natal Depression didn’t help. my intention to post was to say, hey look your not alone. Being the only one in my family and friends with the lapband, I feel alone. If and when I have a stuck moment, it’s embarrassing to have to excuse myself to deal with it. And then to be asked when I get back, oh did you throw up. To which my answer is usually no, it went down when I was walking, regardless of wether it did or not. I hate it. I don’t get stuck moments very often. But I do. I usually find it’s when I’m out and I’m dealing the kids and I fail to chew enough. MerryGoAround I hope you can get back on track too. Oh also, my 16 year old is now feeling like she’s eating to much and wants to starve herself because the girls at school called her fat. She is far from fat. She’s a healthy size 10-12 and quite tall. Girls are so bloody cruel. It pisses me off.
  3. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I weighed myself yesterday and took all my measurements. Since kicking myself in the butt on the 31st of January when I did my first weigh in and measurements I have lost 9.3kg and a total of 61cm. With 15cm of that off my waist I am so happy so far. I’ve lost an average of 550gm a week, and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t lose any weight during the period that I was really sick. I’m unsure why as I was hardly eating. But that could be why too.
  4. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    Yes I know the eating to much too, when I turned to alcohol I started snacking. Depression hit me hard. Then the guilt from eating turned to more eating. It’s a vicious circle. ‘Got my results. I don’t have pancreatitis or a slipped band. All my organs are healthy. They think it’s a stomach ulcer from stress. So I’ll see my surgeon on Monday and see what he thinks. And go from there. I’m now on nexium. I’ll see over the weekend if it helps, I hope so. I hate feeling so rotten after eating or drinking.
  5. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I’ve been thinking about changing to the sleeve but can’t justify the cost. Getting out of the headspace is the hardest part. I was to the point of why did I do this , why did I spend all that money. What a waste. i found it really hard the first week or so to give up the alcohol, and when Friday came it was hard to walk past the grog shop and not go in. I asked hubby to get me a drink on Friday (10 weeks since my last drink) as I had a hectic crazy week with kids and renovating and my daughter moving out of my room and in with her sister, and I drank one and it was good. I had a second and I didn’t want it. I’m just not interested anymore. So I feel that’s a huge leap forward. ‘At the moment I’m having problems, when I eat I’m am really nauseated, I have stomach and back pain. I burp a lot. I booked in to see my surgeon and can’t get in till Monday as he is in theatre all this week. I had to see my GP for a new referral, so he is testing me pancreatitis and sent me for an ultrasound to check for band slip. I told him ultrasound won’t see anything. But he didn’t listen, gabbled on about CT scans is a lot of radiation blah blah blah. When I got to the X-ray place this morning he said this test is a waste of time, you need a CT so they changed the test. Rang the GP this afternoon and he has asked to see me about my blood tests. So I’ll wait until the CT results are in. I’m hoping I get some answers soon. I’m afraid to eat. Even liquids are making me feel like crap.
  6. Happyfrog

    Bad stories on the band???

    I have the band and have had it since November 2012. And I love it. I am currently at my surgeons goal weight and I'm 22 weeks pregnant. So I'm pretty stoked with that. Don't get me wrong there are days I wish it wasn't there but the great days make up for the odd bad one. I did have my port flip within the first 3 months but that was a simple fix. I can't eat bread, cakes or anything similar, so I eat wraps and avoid the other stuff which isn't good for you anyway. Some meat is a struggle. I have had plenty of stuck moments which resulted in a PB (productive burp- bringing back up the stuck food) from eating the wrong thing or to fast. I know as soon as I swallow that it was a bad idea. I have been in the red zone and needed fill removed. I had the option of band or sleeve. I went band as I was reversable and if something better than the band or sleeve comes along in the future I have the option to change to it. You need to keep up with the visits to the clinic for check ups and fill/unfill. My clinic is 45min to a Hour away so that's a pain, but worth it. My clinic told me I had to read 'the lapband solution' I think it was called. Before I could sign any paperwork and I had to attend a seminar at the clinic. Like said above, a lot of the time once the surgery is done and/or successful people tend not to come back onto the forum, so you end up getting a lot of negative feedback. Your best bet it to have a good chat with your clinic. When I was making my decision I came on here and just read thru a few posts, asked a couple of questions. But you need to listen to some advice but ignore most of it. It's like anything the bad outcomes are the ones you hear most. There are plenty of success stories on here with both surgeries. Good Luck
  7. Happyfrog

    November 2012

    Well here i am starting another op month. (couldn't find a November one) Names and Dates of us November Bandits 1st - Clifford 2nd - heather64 2nd - wilderness 5th - ndc 7th - Luce587 7th - wizardofoz18 8th - Melandy 8th - eggzy82 8th - Varichar 9th - Qldkym 12th - Ness on a Mission 12th - my turn now 12th - pink74 13th - SPARKY1 13th - Snowy 14th - Trina 14th - Seaswimmer 14th - Bandedceleste 15th - Sambogirl81 15th - FreshStart 15th - webby 16th - Retro 19th - hamster 19th - Cavil 20th - BigW 20th - Luckymum2 21st - NathanJT90 22nd - antonion 23rd - tessey 23rd - J9-74 24th - Stevied 26th - pnj 26th - maty 27th - dream 28th - Kately 28th - bellahope 29th - Carolyn1963 29th - allycat1 - postponed 30th - ladyfortythree My op has been moved from the 31st October to the 14th November at the Bowral Private Hospital with Dr Ho. this has totally messed up my hubby's holidays as he can't move them again, (already moved them once for the 31st October) so he will be returning to work the day i go in for my op but i need to keep my chin up and look ahead.
  8. Happyfrog

    Frustrated by log in

    I have been having this problem for months, that's why I don't come in here very often. I will try using my user name next time see if that makes a difference.
  9. Happyfrog

    November 2012

    I still pop in every now and again. I'm still banded, had a few complications from my band being to tight and battling depression and eating to many sliders and gaining over 10kg. So not good. Surgeon wasn't happy about the gain but I am now in the green zone and losing weight again so it's all going well again now. I get really sad sometimes when I cook a meal for the family and I can't eat it. Like we had hamburgers the other week and they looked so good, I still had a 'burger' as such, I put it in a wrap but it just wasn't the same. It's not very often I miss having certain things just every now and then. Or when I am having a bad food day, which is when I don't know what I want to eat and everything I look at I say what's the point it's only going to get stuck. Which is awful to think, because I'm not in the red zone anymore and everything is good. But it is really hard to get your mindset around it. I end up having soup that I made and frozen, it's thick soup so it's filling and I really enjoy it. It helps with the battle in my brain. Plus I know everything that's in it and it's totally healthy so that's a plus.
  10. Happyfrog

    Have to reset my password

    The same has been happening to me for weeks now.
  11. Happyfrog

    Flipped Port and Angry Staples

    That's great! I am so glad you didn't have to wait any longer. I hope you have a speedy recovery. From memory mine wasn't overly long but I didn't have pain from staples either.
  12. Happyfrog

    Tubing Being Shortened

    I hope it does fix your problem, and it is quite pathetic that it has taken all this time to find out. But on the plus side with all the tests you have had done you know your fine otherwise. When I had my port fixed my surgeon used the same scars. A lot of surgeons do.
  13. Happyfrog

    Flipped Port and Angry Staples

    Have you got a date yet? How are you going?
  14. Happyfrog

    Flipped Port and Angry Staples

    sorry to hear that your port has flipped. Mine also flipped. I went in for my first fill and after all the needle poking they bent like 3 or 4 needles and burred the ends of a few too and finger jabbing. I was also sent for and xray, my port had completely flipped that even in the xray it looked normal so in went another needle, when he burred the end of that one and bent it, he finally decided it must be flipped. I was angry and upset that i had to have more surgery. The only time I can think of it flipping was one day i had bent down to pick something off the floor, i had a bit of pain but nothing that I would have even considered the port flipping. My port was stitched in at the original op. He did tell me that it was the old style of port and they have a habit of flipping something to do with how they are stitched in. He switched it to the new style when i had it fixed. The op itself is pretty simple. I was only in hospital for about 2 hours after surgery. My stomach was completely black a few days after all the jabbing and it hurt for a while. Hopefully your wait isn't to long to have it fixed.
  15. Happyfrog

    November 2012

    Good luck Cliff, sorry to hear about your struggles. Hope all goes well for you I have struggled a bit too. I have been diagnosed with depression and put on 7kg in eating my troubles away. Well I'm on medication and have been feeling really good. I joined the gym in January of this year, and have been going 4 to 5 days a week. I drop the kids at school then head to the gym. I saw the personal trainer there and he has given me an exercise program to follow. So I alternate strength training with cardio training. He told me to stay away from the scales for awhile, since I'm strength training my weight would most likely go up or not change. But I noticed I have been losing weight. I have also added to my program, so up'd my walking and jogging speed and I am doing more sit-ups and a few of the other exercises aren't so hard to do anymore. So feeling really pleased with myself. Still after over two years I still forget to wait the one minute between swallows so end up pbing. But it's not a lot. Overall I am happy with my progress. I am now the thinnest of all my sisters and they all hate me for it. But I don't care Wishing all the mummies a very happy Mother's Day for Sunday.
  16. Happyfrog

    October 2012 bandits

    Ok so i looked and saw there wasn't a post for people being banded in October 2012, so thought what the hell i'll do it lol I am being banded with Dr Ho on the 31st at Bowral. I have the book 'Knife, Fork and Band' which i am finding interesting with some yummy looking recipes. Dr Ho told me that the optifast menu is as per the book but also gave me a print out of the 'allowed list' in case i didn't buy the book. I have started tasting the different flavours of optifast. this morning i tried banana and gagged it was horrible, granted i dont like bananas but thought i would give it a go. Strawberry is my next taste test lol
  17. Happyfrog

    Re doing Port Question...

    No I lifted a washing basket of clothes and got a god awful stabbing pain in my port area, thought I was just pushing myself and didn't worry about it, When I felt for my port I did feel it was in a different place and when I went for a fill it had completely flipped over. The GP at my clinic tried 4 times and couldn't enter my port, then the surgeon was called and he tried 4 times and bent 3 needles and burred the end of all of them then sent me for an X-ray and tried again, so I was a very sore pin cushion.
  18. Happyfrog

    Re doing Port Question...

    I didn't go thru dr Dolan, but my port did flip, it was as simple as my dr reopened the large scar near the belly button flipped it over stitched it in really good, then sewed me back up, I was fine within a couple of days, still need to take things easy of cause with lifting etc, my surgeon didn't charge for the fix but I had to pay the anaesthetist like the first op as his fee was separate.
  19. Happyfrog

    Healthy (besides being obese)

    I was morbidly obese, but didn't have any health problems at all. I grew up with parents that cooked in loads of fat or lard. I didn't eat any vegetables beside potato. And no salad. I just plain refused to eat it. So my diet was potato and meat. And breads and such. I wasn't a fat child I was on the larger side of healthy weight. And I had my gall bladder removed at 17 which is an early age. But I was lucky not to have any health risks. Since surgery, my doc (new GP as my other one left) has been doing blood tests every 6 months, he did tell me that my insulin resistance was really high, which could have been the case before surgery and not checked. I have had a few problems since surgery with vitamin levels but I knew it was a possibility beforehand. I wanted to get my weight down before health issues started.
  20. I am no longer obese, I am now overweight :) who'd of thought that moving down in the bmi scale would make you feel so good

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    2. mindset


      great stuff!! congratulations xx

    3. dondon


      Well done!!

    4. tishtish


      Who would ever have thought anyone could be so happy to be overweight. :)

  21. I'm also with hcf and to stay covered for WLS I need top cover, I rang iselect and they told me Australian unity was the cheapest by only a few dollars a month and for dental and stuff I would have to travel four hours one way. So I stuck with hcf, from my understanding is that you don't have the 12 month waiting period if you upgrade before the cut off date. Our cover has gone from $115 per fortnight to $165per fortnight a huge jump but I need it. My opinion is you need to keep your PHI covered for WLS for any complications that might arise, for if you don't you then need to pay for it or wait 12 months again for PHI to cover it.
  22. Happyfrog

    November 2012

    Congrats Leanne And congrats Ness I have been happy with my success so far sitting around 80-81% loss can't seem to kick my butt into gear and lose the rest. Band has been fine, have to odd pb but I know as soon as I swallow before the feeling that it either was chewed enough or the bite full was to big. Need to go for a check up with the clinic it has been a while since going in. GP did all my bloods and all my results were in the normal range, no insulin resistance, no anaemia anymore so super happy with that. Now just trying to stay sane thru the holidays lol.
  23. Hey, I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knowledge. The last few days I have noticed after eating dinner in the evening that I am getting heartburn, some nights are dreadful. I have also noticed that I am finding it hard to breathe, I can take shallow breaths but can't take a deep breath. I know that heart burn can be band related from it being to tight, and my band is usually tighter near my period and well it is due any day, I haven't had an adjustment in months. But is the breathing a band problem? Should I see my GP who knows nothing about lap band or see my clinic. Any thoughts are welcome
  24. Happyfrog

    November 2012

    Hi all, Did anyone reach the goal they set themselves for the new year? i didn't but i got close, my goal was to be under 100kg, i am 400gm off that. still i am happy
  25. Happyfrog

    Alcohol and the Band

    i can still drink spirits with coke and wine etc, but have only found with beer that the only one i can drink is crown lager, not sure why but the others dont like me. i can also drink whatever amount i like, like before the band, but choose not to as i dont want a hangover and def dont want to throw up with the band.