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  1. zaruse

    january sleever

    It can be tough! Two weeks of just shakes can be dull. Check out opticook for some great pre-op friendly recipes!
  2. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks @HeidiF it is an amazing result! Though losing this amount in such a short time has its downsides too- ie. my skin innlots of places isn’t keeping up... so I’m quite stretchmarked and floppy. but whether the journey is long or relatively short, we all get there at the end. Honestly if you had told me “this time next year you will weigh 86kgs” I would have laughed then probably cried, because it looked like an impossible goal.
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Little late with my monthly update, for those playing at home. 7 months since surgery: start weight: 134.9 current weight: 85.6 total loss so far: 49.3kgs I’m 600g away from my initial goal, so close I can almost touch it!! My ‘new’ goal is 75 to 78, however I’m going to play it by ear. Seems ridiculous to be contemplating ‘too thin’ but I guess it is a possibility. I’ve already had a couple of questions about my health... i hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and New Year- and enjoys tiny one off treats!!
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    It really varies for different surgeons, locations, PH etc. ive seen some out of pocket as little as a couple of thou, and others over $5k Some surgeons seem to have a ‘cheaper’ price, but may not do some or all of the pre op sessions and tests, or have a comprehensive post op support network. whatever the out of pocket, it has to be seen as an investment in your long term health. Even $5k now will save you that in a relatively short period in food, medication (in lots of cases) and future health issues. Although you may also need to budget for a whole new wardrobe in the near future!!
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    NSV- first flight since losing a decent amount of weight: seatbelt had so much tail I couldn’t believe it! Before surgery I was always too embarrassed to ask for an extension, so the buckle was always right at the end and sometimes uncomfortably snug. Plus I didn’t feel like I was taking up more space than I’d paid for. (Although I’m still broad- can’t do anything about that) yay!
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Oh well done ladies!! I’m still ticking away... had a bit of an average week and this is the first time since I began on this journey that I haven’t lost weight in a week. Well, I did, but I suspect it was dehydration? And I’ve been a carb monster and no exercise so the grams are back! Its a nice little reality check... but I’m actually totally ok with it. I’m only a couple of kg away from my initia goal, and about 13kg from my revised ‘dream’ goal.
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    Too much weight loss

    I second what B said- get her to speak to her surgeon or nutritionist. I asked my surgeon this at my last check in- she said weight loss will slow, and often people will put some back on before they settle into the new normal.
  8. To be honest Laonie I’m not at the stage yet to know for sure all the hair DOES grow back (I had my bypass in May this year). However my surgeon said it seems to be a side effect of the massive changes in you body (they don’t know for sure why, but similar to pregnancy related hair loss). so anecdotally, once the body stabslises it should come back the way it was before. personally, I’ve lost at least half, maybe more of my hair. It has always been crazy thick, now it is average to thin. I don’t think most people can tell, but I can. Small price to pay.
  9. Hi, I got a RNY bypass rather than a sleeve- for a few reasons, but the main one was reflux. I used to have terrible reflux- wake in the night and almost vomit- level reflux- and the RNY bypass has better stats on this than sleeve. I’ve not had a single moment of burn since May. Like everyone I’d done all the diets. My doc suggested surgery a while ago, after yet another unsuccessful bout of Duromine. I dismissed the idea. Fast forward another year and I was heavier than ever. PCOS. Pre diabetic. Aching back. Exhausted all the time. I was becoming a hermit and didn’t even realise it. Anyway, I had the surgery. Yeah, parts of it suck. I’m 6months in and am only 10-13kgs away from my ‘stretch’ goal weight (I’m 175 tall, so aiming to weigh 75-78kgs. I’m 88kgs today and I started at 135kgs). yeah, I’ve got some wobbly skin. Yes, my hair has fallen out. But hair will grow back, the shedding is not forever. And I’m sure when it comes back it will be better and healthier than ever! yes I sometimes feel sick- and that sucks, but is it really any different to the times when I would eat myself into oblivion? yes, my food tastes and preferences have changed. But whatevs, I can survive without eating bread and heavy carbs and veggies. So yes, there are sucky bits. But the positives: like having energy again! Fitting into normal clothing, not worrying about load limits on furniture, being able to walk all day and be fine, being able to climb a flight of stairs and not be knackered at the end have ALL been worth it. I go out more, I know I’m more fun to be around, and while I have never really felt like people shunned me for my weight, I’m not embarrassed about it anymore. So yeah. Best decision I’ve ever made.
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks @denzel! i have seen your pics, the transformation is amazing! ive suggested the idea of a tummy tuck/breast lift to my DH a number of times, saying I’d go on a holiday to Thailand... but he is not so keen. I’m keen to see how everything evens out after I get to my goal weight (10-13kgs away!!) and if my skin bounces back at all. My tum apron and boobs are a lost cause, although they can be ‘tucked’ away under clothing! And for those playing at home- I’m psyched to say I tried on size 16 dresses at fancy shops on the weekend and THEY FIT!!! So exited!
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    How are you feeling about your skin @Boganlicious? im finding mine to be wrinkly in strange places! Eg the little flabby bit just in front of armpit- I have no idea what to do about that!! Tried on a strapless dress the other day- looked good (if I may say so) but the flappy bit... urg!
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    That is awesome!! What was your end goal? You must pretty much be there by now!!
  13. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Six month surgiversary today! Start weight: 134.9 current weight: 89.2 total weight loss (6 months since surgery plus 2 weeks Opti) 45.7kg had my 6month catch up with surgeon a couple of weeks ago, all my bloods are fantastic. From a health point of view, I can be ‘done’ with losing weight, but I think I’ve still got another 10 to 15 to go. Feeling so good!
  14. zaruse

    Post Gastric Sleeve

    Wow, 30kgs In 6 or so weeks is insane! as long as you are having meal replacements (optifast etc) and protein shakes you should be ok? What does your surgeon and nutritionist say?
  15. zaruse

    1 year Anniversary

    Well done!! 200g is just a big drink, so it totally doesn’t count!! Ive still got another 6.5 months to go until one year... but I didn’t take any measurements either! The numbers don’t really matter- it’s all about how you feel. How are you finding life a year in? Are you still losing or has it tapered off? Has your tummy capacity expanded at all?