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FreshStart2 last won the day on October 22 2018

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About FreshStart2

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    Enthusiastic Bandit
  • Birthday 06/03/1990

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    South Australia
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    6 Months Post-Op
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  1. Hi All, Just keeping up appearances (for myself more than anyone else). Yesterday I finally went back to my band GP for a fill. Whilst have (generally) been doing well on Optifast again, after a bad week last week, I realise that when I am "bad", I am eating way too much for somebody with a band, as well as getting those hunger pangs between meals. So I bit the bullet and decided I need to be utilising my resources like I did in the beginning of my journey, and start seeing my band doctor regularly again for accountability. He put in about 0.75ml - to make an even 6ml. I didnt look at my weight as I only weigh once a month now and it's not weigh day! But I WILL be going back in a month's time to show him the progress I have made, and perhaps get another half a mil put in. Gym-wise - I took a naked selfie (from the back) after the gym the other day and realised I should be focussing more on my weight training than cardio - particularly on toning those areas that bother me. My stomach bothers me and I know I need to build my core strength with planks etc to help reduce that, but for now my focus is on my back! I genuinely HATE those rolls under the bra strap. In my limited 45minute gym time each day, I'm now focussing on the leg press (squats for my bum and lower back muscles), kettlebell deadlifts (lower back muscles), and lat pulldowns/support row machine (for my upper/side back muscles). If I focus for now on those areas that both me the most and see results in a few weeks (months), I can then move on to other problem areas such as my stomach and inner thighs. Has anybody ever used a waist trainer and had any joy with it? I'm tempted to try it to train in but feel like it might just bee another money-making weight loss gimmick that you dont actually need. Might provide some back support though if I am to focus on those exercises.....
  2. FreshStart2

    Starting Over

    Hi Girls! :) I remember you both as well! I also went back to my doctor with my tail between my legs and had some more fluid put in. I'm determined to keep seeing him regularly again for accountability and to use my band as a tool again to get where I want to be. I'd just about forgotten I even had a band! So having that little hand-brake back with some more fill will hopefulyl remind me to watch what im eating. Optfast is going well, the worst time for me is at night after the kids go to bed. Cravvviiings!
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    Starting Over

    Hi All, I haven't actually logged onto this site for god knows how long. Years. Once upon a time...I was 112kg at my heaviest. Size 18..almost 20 if I'm 100% honest. It was 12months after my first child was born, and I was heavier than when I was pregnant with him! I underwent the gastric banding in Nov 2012. I stuck to the rules, ate the right foods, in the right portions, and did the right exercise. I managed to shed 37kg over the next 18months, to my lowest ever weight of 75kg (size 12), and I couldn't have been happier. I couldn't seem to get under that to reach my goal weight of 65kg but I was happy anyway. Unfortunately when I went back to fulltime work, an admin role, the weight started to creep back up. Juggling working fulltime as a FIFO mum was exhausting and I was become much less active. Sitting at a desk all day, indulging in the staff birthday cakes or treat lunches. I became complacent and put on about 10kg the first year I was there. Fast forward to Oct 2016 - I gave birth to my second child, and began a year-long battle with severe post-natal depression. Unfortuntely this resulted in the breakdown of my marriage as well, another reason for me to comfort-eat and not wanting to get out of bed. Between my depressive symptoms, having fill taken out (and not put back in) for my pregnancy, and various medications I was on, I piled the weight back on and I've found myself more or less back where I started. It's been a really rough 12 months. My youngest is now 18months old. Unfortunately I am separated (although not giving up hope), and I'm learning how to put myself first for a change. I joined a gym close to work late last year, and I go (amlmost) every lunchbreak for an hour during the week. I joined ParkRun - a 5km run (or walk) every Saturday morning, and I want to start learning how to run! My goal is to just beat my time every week, even if it's only by a minute. I applied and enrolled into university, something I never got to do after highschool, and come July, I will be starting a bachelor degree in Psychology. I'm so excited about this and see it as an investment in my future. I also am considering moving back to my home-state (WA) to be with my family again, after 7 years of living in Adelaide with my husband. I am hoping we will work things out and he'll come with me, but I'm preparing to go on my own (with the kids) if he won't. All of the above sounds like a lot to handle at once but I'm determined to make it happen. It's going to be the year of ME, and I'm trying to find myself again. I'm following my heart, feeding my mind and trying my hardest to regain my fitness. I'm starting over today on Optifast, 3x a day for 12 weeks for that kickstart I so desperately need. I'm also planning to make an appointment and reconnect with my banding doctor, have a bit more fill put in and work with him to lose the weight again. Most importantly, I've rejoined this community to find the support and encouragement I've been missing he last few years as I struggled to control my weight on my own. This is Day 1....107kg, size 18
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    Non Scale Victories (NSVs)

    Got told i look skinny/good yesterday. Even though I know i have actually gained recently instead of losing it still made me feel a bit good
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    Fibre Gummies

    Whenever my son is blocked up i feed him pears. Pears work eeeeevery time, wether its a puree, whole or just juice. They are magic
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    ADD and over-eating.

    That is very interesting, although i generally am quite organised, i do seem to have a short attention span and my brother was diagnosed with ADHD as a child (although recently we believe he may have mild Asperger's).
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    Advertising on BandingTogether - Your Thoughts?

    I agree, you do a great job and if it will help ease your financial stress then i dont mind at all
  8. FreshStart2

    Wedding Chatter

    You look beautiful summer lovin There is nothing more motivating than fitting into your wedding gown. Rest assured that hopefully you can have the dress alterred a little if it doesnt fit properly. I actually lost too much weight after ordering my dress and it had to be taken in which is never cheap lol
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    Wedding Chatter

    I cant possibly share all the photos, there were over 1100 and so many to choose from. but here are a few of my favourites.
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    Wedding Chatter

    Just remember I never got around to posting some photos. Here are a couple until I can reduce the file size of the professional shots.
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    A good women's multivitamin?

    Im going to start buying the Vitagummies multi from Woolies. Ive been giving the kids ones to my toddler and he loves them. They look and taste like lollies lol so they are a pleasure to take
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    Vitamin/Nutrichew question

    I personally stopped using them a month after I started. they made me feel really lightheaded and yuck after taking them. I'm a fan of the Vitagummy chewable multivitamins they look and taste like lollies.
  13. FreshStart2

    Tongue Ulcers?? B12 Deficiency?

    hahahaha ohhhh well done. that escaped my dirty mind. very interesting..
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    Tongue Ulcers?? B12 Deficiency?

    Pineapple has enzymes that actually eat your flesh lol. Thats why your tongue gets that prickly sensation when you eat it.....fun fact
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    Lunches for work

    Havent started the job yet, starting monday Today i made some healthy slices to put in my sons lunch boxes. Its got oats, carrot, dates, applesauce and wholemeal flour instead of the usual butter, sugar and white flour. Im pretty happy with it. its not really "sweet" but the fruit gives just enough sweetness for it to be yummy. I think im going to make a zucchini slice to freeze and take to work to start with.