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About Catharine

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  • Birthday December 07

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Melbourne
  • Band/Sleeve Status 2+ Years Post-Op
  • Weight Loss Status 50%

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  1. Catharine added a post in a topic: Mindful Eating website   

    Thank you, this is wonderful!
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  2. Catharine added a post in a topic: Eating out   

    Have you had a fill yet? I found eating out fairly easy until I started having fills. And four years on it continues to be problematic.

    Eg I can't tolerate pasta, eggs, red meat, pork, wok anything, rice, tomato based sauces, pizza etc etc.

    Soup is ok

    Fish is ok

    Desserts are ok (as long as not pastry)

    Nothing fried

    I'm glad you are doing well,
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  3. Catharine added a post in a topic: Discussion of specific surgeons ... your thoughts?   

    It's an interesting topic.

    If asked my opinion I would say there is no need to mention medical professionals names on this site.

    Libel is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image. It is usually a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed. (thanks wiki!)

    I remember from Uni (an eon ago) that in Australia its not necessary for the libel to be true for it to go to court. In other words, you may have said the truth but still be found liable. If what you say causes another to have a bad opinion about the person you are slandering then you are potentially liable.

    I think!

    I can't see any reason why it's necessary to mention Doctors by name in a public forum.
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  4. Catharine added a post in a topic: Grrr failed lap bandits crying sour grapes annoy me!   

    There, but for the grace of god, go I.

    Enjoy your Saturday,

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  5. Catharine added a post in a topic: Saggy Skin?   

    Yes. Heaps, thank you.

    I am joining a gym in June or July (when my finances are looking a bit prettier)

    I used to have PT sessions twice a week and loved it, but I think for a few years at least I am going to have to go it alone.

    Thanks again - I love those exercise happy hormones!
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  6. Catharine added a post in a topic: Share a tip?   

    Mine is to listen to my inner vice.

    I kinda like her...

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  7. Catharine added a post in a topic: "O Captain! My Captain!" ~ Walt Whitman,   

    “The Art of Leadership is Understanding What You Can’t Compromise onâ€

    I just read this on another website - about design - but I, being the self-referential bunny that I am, realised that it related to my Quest.

    What are the things you can't compromise on?

    For me, without thinking, off the top of my pretty little head its:

    Walking in the mornings
    Yoga class twice a week
    Drinking 2 lt of water a day
    Eating at the table
    Giving myself a break about slip ups. Biscuits are just biscuits. They are food for heavens sake, not nuclear hand grenades I've ingested!
    Continuing to read and imbibe as much Geneen Roth as I can (I really love her work)
    Shining my sink at night (it's a thing)
    Making my bed in the mornings
    Slowly developing FLYing routines that help me get my domestic internal and externals in order
    7 hours sleep


    I forgot

    And working on my novel.

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  8. Catharine added a post in a topic: Port Removed Today!!   

    I'm really pleased for you sweetie.



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  9. Catharine added a comment on a blog entry: If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown   

    Thank you Beth and Ash. There are swings, and there are round-a-bouts, but I'm hopeful they are evening out a little. I like blogging. It's good think through what is really going on in my body, and to be able to say, no, no I don't agree with that mind. :-) I've discovered this new thing, it's called 'giving Catharine a break.' Giving me permission to 'slip' and 'fall', coz ya know an Anzac biscuit is just an Anzac biscuit!
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  10. Catharine added a post in a topic: Can I ask...?   

    I was a 32DD

    46 kgs later and I'm about an 18C

    I used to be a 14B when I was 67kgs, I think I'll end up a 14C after I have my tits, arse and tummy 'done'

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  11. Catharine added a post in a topic: Am I impatient?   

    Hey Ashnz,,

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

    I was a really fast eater, I was in a hurry to get as full as I could, to have my share and to have enough.

    I was really eager to get my band and I calculated in my head how skinny I would be on my birthday that year, by Christmas, Easter, my cousins wedding...


    Four years and three months later I've lost 46 kilograms.

    And you know what?

    I am so much happier now I have let go of the 'I must I must get thin before I get happy' and I'm just exploring ways to fill out into the new me.

    Best of luck with your journey,

    Kind regards,

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  12. Catharine added a post in a topic: Shapewear   

    One word: Spanx

    It changed my life pre-band and post-band, well, it's helping the sex kitten stakes.

    My husband calls them amazing feats of engineering.

    (ps shape-wear is a skinny chick's secret ~ why do you think they need time to 'slip into something more comfortable'?)

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  13. Catharine added a post in a topic: Do-over   

    Trouble I'm not sure where I want to start.


    I know

    I have a gazillion things to re-train and re-choose and re-do.

    I am going to aim to cook one new recipe a week that fits with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. So after 14 weeks I will have a fortnight of dinners to mix and match from.

    I'd be really grateful if you could recommend recipe sites, or cook books, that are full of flavourful, healthful meals.

    Vegetarian more than acceptable!

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  14. Catharine added a blog entry in Of Course I'll Have Fries with that   

    If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown
    We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~Lynn Hall

    My Nanna died last year. She was 100. And she was wonderful. She was rarely unwell and was a beautiful woman.

    I have longevity on both sides. My Grandma is 90 and apart from a wayward disposition (the last time she escaped from the nursing home she said it was because it had dirty bathrooms) she is in excellent health.

    But as I come out of my obesity/ depression coma I realise that I really want to live my life, not just exist between breaths.

    I've a few brooding health concerns that I would like to get on top of.

    This, dear dear readers, is an amazing statement for me to make. In times past I wanted to sleep until 2pm, watch Y&R and then play on the internet until dinner and, well, there were days that went by without me even going outside. And I expect I'll have times like that again.

    But, after going to see my GP and being put on an incredibly strong steroid for my excema AND googling it I've connected a few dots and realised that most of y health concerns might be connected to my immune system and or hormones - excema, asthma, and those lovely twins depression and anxiety - linked by panic attacks.

    And I, for the first time ever, really want to live a better life, a healthier life, not a life hidden between the clouds in my mind, but within my whole body

    I can look back 14 years and see that I first started to care for myself when I accepted help for my depression. And I suppose 14 years before that when I first tried to take my own life was the first sign that things may not have been well in Catharine-Land. So I invented LaLa land where eating whole blocks of chocolate and entire family pizzas was a form of self medication, where running at the first sign of love or lust was how I dealt with my sexuality, where escaping to the outback was how I negotiated with the crunchy bits of life.

    Even getting married was a crutch, a bandaid for my self-esteem.

    I adore my husband and I am very fortunate to have met him. But I think the time for honesty is now. At least with myself (and the one or two people who read my blog! :-))

    So, I'm on Quest Catharine, a quest to eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, to exercise daily, to build a daily yoga practice into my routine, to swim regularly, to walk, to Zumba, to get eight hours of sleep, to stress less and love more. To accept lifes circuitous motion, to let is wind about me and through me, but not to let it bowl me over anymore.

    Maybe I got so fat because it was a metaphorical way of 1) not letting life beat me down and 2) it protected me against perceived anxiety

    Who knows! I'm about done with the 'why's and ready to explore the 'why the hell not give healthy living and eating and loving' a chance!

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