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    Susan Mcleod is lovely, I have seen her a few times since having my band. Not judgmental at all.
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    Calling all bandits for help

    Hi Paul, These look fantastic, seems like they are certainly hard to locate though. I found an online shop that has them in stock here http://www.solutions.com/jump.jsp?itemID=14182&itemType=PRODUCT Hope this helps Cheers Courtney
  3. my dietician asked me to follow the 20/20/20 rule - 20 chews of each mouthful - 20 secs after swallowing before putting the next mouthful in - 20 mins total of eating (after that just stop). So basically it allows a total of 40 secs between each mouthful. I don't have any fill yet but I hope by following this rule from the get go then I will be well practiced when it matters
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    Stage Fright at Christmas Lunch

    my nutritionist explained it the best to me like this...your oesophegus (?) is a muscle and like all muscles in our bodies if we are stressed it will contract ....to a point where nothing will go down, so she advised me to always try and stay relaxed when eatting. Maybe subconciously your body is stressing everytime you eat in front of people who aren't aware of the band. I know I do
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    Hi all, how is everyone?? I am doing well, just over 13 kgs lost now, and I am really starting to notice it in my clothes. Not many people have noticed a change but I guess when you are this big it takes awhile for a difference to be seen lol I am looking forward to christmas, I was meant to have my first fill next week but they rang and had to change the appointment, the only one available was the 21st of Dec, but I am unable to make that, so looks like it will be the new year before I get any in. that doesn't bother me at all, because I am still losing, still not getting hungry between meals and a small amount easily satisfies me. It will be nice to be able to eat at christmas time, I will need to ensure I don't go overboard though...my willpower is stronger than ever though at the moment Hope everyone has a lovely weekend xx courts
  6. 89.9 today....can't believe i am back in the 80's - just :) haven't been here in quite a while

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    2. -kirsty-


      YAY! I got there yesterday, it's a truly awesome feeling.

    3. ljh


      Doc tells me 89kg by the end of Jan but i am hoping sooner. Now just under 91kg. Well done and inspirational.

    4. courts


      thanks everyone, it is such a great feeling.

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    Hello Tasmanians!

    Hi Tuffy, I have six scars too. A small one right between my boobs.4 just below that (2 on each side of tummy - sort of) and a big long one on the left hand side a bit lower down - this is where the port is. - The port scar is quite yucky really lol hope its all going well with you!! courts xx
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    Hi Everyone, So Sorry I haven't been on in awhile, life has certainly got back to normal after all the disruptions of surgery etc. I am doing great, have lost a total of 11.8 now and am starting to notice it in my clothes a little, and I am getting comments from anyone that hasn't seem me for a while about how much I have lost. Still along way to go though, but I am so glad I am on the way! Loving being on "normal"foods as opposed to soup. loving introducing things back into my diet slowly. Still don't have much hunger, no fill yet and I thought the swelling would have gone down alot by now so I thought I would be hungrier than I am. Hope your all doing well, Tuffy I hadn't even thought about using Bio Oil, but I will look into it, as my port scar is quite big and ugly courts xx
  9. 4 weeks down = 10.2kg gone forevr! so happy to reach the 10 kg mark, now to focus on next 10

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    2. Mum of 2 Merry Men

      Mum of 2 Merry Men

      Well Done!! Fantastic first goal to achieve.

    3. courts


      thx girls, feeling great

    4. Tamara


      Awesome...... Keep up the hard work :)

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    Hello Tasmanians!

    that trapped gas can be a pain, much better out than in I say....even if it isn't very dignified I went and saw a fantastic nutrionist on Tuesday (who is reccommended by Steve) and she said I can start on purees this weekend (instead of waiting till Tuesday lol) you wouldn't believe how much I am looking forward to some mashed vegies! I am thinking I will make a big casserole or something to puree as well, craving some meat hehe I really look forward to working with her on my journey towards becoming healthy. I even mentioned that my mind is often my biggest enemy so she has given me the details of a psycologist to have a chat to. The next 2 weeks for you on liquids will really fly by Tuffy, I thought 4 weeks would drag on forever but once I was feeling better and got back into day to day life the time has actually gone pretty fast. Take care xx
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    So glad to hear from you Tuffy! Glad everything went well, I had quite a sore throat for a day or so after the surgery and they put it down to the tubes. And like Claire said make sure you use the triflow to help get you back into deep breathing, subconciously you shallow breathe after stomach surgery and you almost need to re-train yourself o breathe deeply. Rest up now, I enjoyed lying in bed watching dvds....I never get a chance to do that anymore with bub so I relished in the time to just be lol i look forward to hearing your updates...and good work with recruiting a new bandit too courts xx
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    I have been doing the same no news yet
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    nearly 3 weeks down....

    well...at the start of this journey the idea of a 4 week liquid diet felt like it would drag on forever and here I am about to head into my 4th week already!! All in all it has been easier than I thought, and I think that is purely because of my lack of hunger and general disinterst in food, perhaps in a weeks time when I know I can partake in some mashed vegies (never craved vegetables in my life but starting to salivate at the thought of them writing this ) it will all come back to me.... I have lost about 7.2 kgs so far, which sounds pretty good but I got a bit disheartened due to the fact that 6 of those kg's were lost in the first week. I have been doing alot of thinking lately and I have created a plan of attack on how I want to live my banded life. My main objective, after hearing lots of stories on people who use the band in the wrong way, is to allow the band to help me change my thinking and my mindset towards food. Working towards changing the way I eat not just physically restricting the amount I eat. That is my mission.....and I choose to accept it lol
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    good luck Tuffy, i will be thinking of you tomorrow! It will all go perfectly! xx
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    Wow!! your mind must just be going a million miles an hour. It must be so nice to have an answer to all the symptoms that you were experiencing. I am sure that given the right treatment you won't know yourself!! i have been tested a few times for thyroid problems but they have always come back clear also, I think I wanted to have a reason for my weight..,.I always thought there must be a reason why I eat so much, why i am tired all the time etc....but turns out its just me Good luck with it all, wishing you all the best for the journey Never be sorry for jabbering, its what we are here for!! Courts
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    Great iPhone app

    On my Iphone version it is next to the search for food bar, it is just a barcode symbol
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    Great iPhone app

    it also has a cool barcode scan feature so you don't even have to type in the name of a packaged food anymore you just scan the barcode and it brings up the details....amazing!
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    hey Tuffy so sorry not to inform you of the tri-flow breathing exercises, in all honesty I haven't been doing mine as much as I should have Whilst we are on the subject of post op things, I am not sure if I mentioned that I had to give myself anti-clotting injections for 5 days after I came home, do you have to do that too?
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    Wow it is so hard to keep up with all these posts now, it is fantastic that we are all on here and can chat so freely and honestly. Good luck with the dinner tomorrow Tuffy, will be interesting to see if they notice the change in portion size. I wasn't going to tell my partners family but I have told a few and they actually suprised me and are being fantastically supportive. My movement the immediate days after surgery was a little limited....ok to sit or stand or lie but changing between positions strained quite a bit. But after a few days I was walking around etc quite well. If you find a comfortable position when packing the boxes you should be fine. I have been doing alot of thinking and researching about restrictions too lately, I guess because I am dreaming of the day when I can have something other than soup lol Everyone I have spoken too has said basically trial and error with the type of food and to make sure you chew chew chew and eat slowly, just like Claire said. I have noticed that a few people (who I know personally and on here and on facebook) believe that the tighterthe restriction the better as they lose weight faster, but I read a brilliant thread on here the other day called "still searching for restriction" and it talks about how the band is designed to work....by decreasing your hunger to eat, not your physical ability to eat. So I have decided that rather than lose weight fast by restricting to a point of ridiculousness I plan on using the band to help me teach my body to eat better, so that long term my mindset will have changed to a point where hopefully the band is just a back up and essentially I am doing it on my own. This is my theory anyway lol
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    well Tuffy, 2 weeks of soup done....another 2 to go the thought of it makes me cringe but it has to be done, I am not going to cheat and start on mushies too early... I can do it for another 2 weeks. The dietician has taken me off dairy for a trial period so that really narrows down my meal options.... I was loving my banana and yogurt smoothies for lunch. The next week will go so fast for you, you will be a bandit before you know it xx
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    Hello Tasmanians!

    nope, as far as I know it doesn't show up anywhere. i got a bit paranoid with this new facebook thing of showing up what everyone comments on, but it doesn't
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    One week post op

    Tuffy, that would be great if you could forward me the link. At the moment I am struggling to understand why my doc says 4 and every other doc seems to say 2 weeks. I know he must have his reasons and he isn't just doing it to torture me
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    Hi from the Sunshine Coast

    Hi Kristen, Glad to hear your op went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery! i was really lucky with my recovery too, a bit of wound pain but not much else. Cheers Courts
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    2 days to go

    I hope you are recovering well Suelee. I am 11 days post op and believe me you will feel better with each day. Hope you have a successful journey and a speedy recovery. Courts
  25. This makes perfect sense. i am only newly banded so I am on liquid at this stage only, was wondering how it all works once I am on to the normal food. Thankyou for posting