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  1. hamster

    November 2012?

    Hello, Is there anyone still on here who was part of the original November 2012 bandit group? I have not logged on for a few years and couldn't find the group anymore? Just wondered how everyone was going after nearly 6yrs with the band. I have just re-visited a post I put up in September 2013 when we were approaching the 1yr band anniversary and I was really excited at getting my gold bangle. I did it I got down to 79kgs and was sooooooo happy, little did I know at the time I also had Pneumonia which was speeding up my weight loss. Once over that and a bronchial wash the weight started to creep back on. I then had a marriage breakdown which contributed to the weightless and a shoulder injury resulting in little or no exercise. Fast forward to today and I am now 90kg. I peaked at 95kg (19kg below my heaviest) and then took myself in check. I have been doing lite and easy for around 3 months - having Optifast for breakfast a meal in a bowl (lite n easy) for lunch and a lite meal (lite n easy) for dinner. I lost 5kg and then started to snack between meals and yo-yo started again, put 2 kg back on and have now lost it again. I am unable to go to the gym anymore due to the ongoing shoulder injury. I do walk roughly 8000-10000 steps 5 out of 7 days a week. I am stuck really. It's 11 weeks to Christmas I want to get back to 84kg before then which I feel is achievable - 6 kg in 11 weeks but how? Do I continue with lite and easy which is getting bit boring now and possibly causing me to snack for variety OR start doing Optifast 2 meals a day with a small dinner or something else. I feel I just need a kick start and once I break back into the 80's kg I can keep going I think. Would love some advice - I have the portion bowl and plate but given I am doing lite n easy its all calorie counted anyway. I reckon I am having around 800-1000 calories per day which according to google is probably about right for a banded person - though happy to be corrected on that. How many calories are we supposed to be eating. I feel I am in the green zone eating healthy, smaller plates, smaller cutlery etc but its not working anymore. Should I be considering this 5 day reset pouch program perhaps? Help!
  2. hamster

    November 2012

    Hi, Not posted for a while though I have been keeping up-to-date reading the posts. Great to see everybody doing so well. Hasn't this year gone quickly....can't believe we are almost upon our 1yr band-anniversary. I personally am 2kg away from 30kg loss (banded 19thNov) and am sooooooooooooooooo happy. It's my birthday on 17th Sept and I have always wanted a solid gold bangle. I have seen one I like and popped a deposit on it. When I have lost the 2kg hopefully in time for my birthday its going to be a joint birthday/weightloss celebration bangle. So I will see it daily and its a constant reminder of how far I have come. The bangle is 6.5cm wide so I am thinking of getting it engraved on the inside with my 30kg loss!!! So excited......once I have hit 30kg I only have another 6 or 7 to go before goal......that is my challenge to reach before Christmas! YAY!!!!
  3. hamster

    November 2012

    Just been to dietian. so excited. 4kg to lose then I move from being classed as obese to overweight. soooooooo excited that is a huge motivation for me. woo hoo
  4. hamster

    November 2012

    Went to .GP today unrelated band issue.....just a query I haven't had a period (sorry tmi)since before Christmas. Dr reckoned it could be my drastic weight loss? Anybody else have this issue. I am defo not pregnant though am querying the change coming early.....she is doing blood tests.....
  5. Whoops I appear to have posted in the last post.....suffice to say I was banded by Ben and had NO issues, No issues with my follow up with him. Have seen Paul and Steve again NO issues......not-so-chubby-nanna think you should give Ben a go (in my opinion!)
  6. Hi not-so-chubby nanna, I think you should give him a go....it's one persons opinion. As I posted previously I was banded by Ben in Nov and have seen him twice since along with his colleague for fills and have found him informative and helpful certainly nothing Krackers has experienced. I wouldn't be putting my op off just because one person had a "bad" experience. The sooner the op is over the sooner you can recover and get on with the rest of your life!
  7. Copied from other post with same title.....Just to give a balanced opinion.....I was banded by Ben in November and found him to be nothing but supportive. Yes he did go through all the pro's and cons which I expected and had already researced. I did feel he was young (compared to me - though everybody appears young to me these days, I am 46!!!!!!) I didn't find any of the attitude with him that you have experienced. What I would say if you are not comfortable with him change surgeon - Steven Sabine is also at that clinic, I have seen him for fills and he is ok too. Hope this helps. BTW this is my opinion only!
  8. Just to give a balanced opinion.....I was banded by Ben in November and found him to be nothing but supportive. Yes he did go through all the pro's and cons which I expected and had already researced. I did feel he was young (compared to me - though everybody appears young to me these days, I am 46!!!!!!) I didn't find any of the attitude with him that you have experienced. What I would say if you are not comfortable with him change surgeon - Steven Sabine is also at that clinic, I have seen him for fills and he is ok too. Hope this helps. BTW this is my opinion only!
  9. hamster

    November 2012

    another .5.ml added today. he said my band was filled under average? so topped me up hmmm hoping it kick starts the plateau I have had for the past 3 weeks.
  10. hamster

    How often...

    once a week on a Monday.....day of the op.
  11. I have hit a plateau for the past 3 weeks so today I up'd the exercise. I did a body pump class and know I will be stiff tomorrow. It's 12months plus since I did a class and it was sooooooo good to get back. I have been doing 2 aqua classes a week. Hoping the .5.ml I had today and increased exercise get the scales moving again
  12. hamster

    1 month to go

    hey dragonflyblue I had to do 4 weeks opt. ur mindset changes when u realise it's to help ur liver during surgery. I did 2 shakes over day no cheating and lost 5kg which I was chuffed about. the time will fly by.....just think its a step to a healthier you. good luck.
  13. hamster

    What do you do for fun?

    I cycle and participate in aqua fit classes. my main activity for fun is pampering ladies with The Body Shop at Home. I run my own business and love meeting new people and sharing ours yummy bath and beauty products. Oh and giving FREE products to my wonderful hosts.
  14. hamster

    Last time I was *insert weight* I was...

    last time I was 91kg was 5 yrs ago we emigrated to oz and too many bbq's later I piled on around 20 kg. I had to try all the cuisine in my new home. Now heading back to my pre emigration weight of 82kg......
  15. hamster

    November 2012

    Hi - I have been floating around for a while, not posted much, but read everything - what a truly inspirational bunch we are!!!! I had pizza last night - 3slices of bbq chicken which was yummy....not had pizza since October 2012 when I started Optifast. I have lost 16kg to date 48% of my total weight to lose and very happy. Do I feel guilty about the pizza NOPE I don't. In my pre-band days I would have thought nothing of polishing of a medium pizza plus cheesy garlic bread. I ordered a regular and could only manage 3 pieces. I have no issues eating bread or anything....no PB moments, no stuck moments all is good. I am back at dr on Monday for more fill have about 4mls at the moment.
  16. hamster

    Catch up in Adelaide?

    I would love to come but this Saturday is my rostered day in! Sorry!
  17. Just thought I would add my lunch! I had 2 pieces of wholemeal bread with home made egg mayonaise - 1 hard boiled egg. I find no problems eating bread as long as I chew chew chew.
  18. hamster

    Advice for Going O/S

    I recently came back from UK - I had 4 mls added into my band 1 week before going. Nothing was taken out. I was fine - slight tightness on altitude but other than that no issues. I was advised to take out medical insurance just in case any issues whilst away. Got a good deal with Medibank $176 for 14 day trip. Thankfully not needed but it was peace of mind!
  19. Hiya, I have just returned from a Christmas break in UK - think that qualifies for long haul I was banded on 19th Nov and had first 4ml fill on 13th Dec. Left for hols on 23rd Dec. I felt restriction, lump in my throat to the extent I couldn't even get soup down. Coming back I was fine! Hope this helps!
  20. hamster

    November 2012

    Not posted for a while....busy time with Christmas! Looking for some advice please! I had a 4ml fill last Thursday everything was fine did 1.5days liquids, then 1 day mushie then started proper food on Sunday. On Friday I started with a feeling of a lump in my throat though it can't have been anything stuck as I was on liquids. This persisted until Saturday and eased. I don't have excess salivia either. Yesterday I started with this lumpy feeling in my throat again. I can still drink, I can still eat normally don't feel the need to PB and in fact have not vomitted at all since surgery. I don't feel as though anything is stuck as everything is going down fine, liquids and food - had salmon last night. just this lump in my throat is getting me down. any ideas?
  21. hamster

    November 2012

    Went for my post op appointment today. I am on mushies day 11and have been feeling really hungry. Doc put in 4.ml fill which I didn't expect. I am on liquids for 2 days, then 1day mushie and back to normal food after that. I fly to UK on 23rd doc wants me on solids and comfortable by then. He did mention the flight may make my band feel tighter and to watch what I eat in the air. So glad I have fill so I don't go over board during the silly season. Can't wait to get back to UK not seen my family since 2009. Sounds like all Nov bandits are coping really well. Keep up the good work.
  22. hamster

    November 2012

    Bloody phone. Sorry double post
  23. hamster

    November 2012

    I am on day 8 of mushies. Typical day: Breakfast 1x weetbix +cup of warm milk. Snack apple +appricot puree from knife fork band book. Lunch =cottage cheese +Pineapple from book above Afternoon snack = pot of custard. Dinner =white fish sweet pot +veg pureed from book Generally give supper a miss. Managing 1.5 litre water with benefibre just in case + fruit smoothie in between. No issues getting it down. Lost 3 kg on mushie stage. Back to surgeon on thurs + dietician thurs evening. Hope this helps. My focus is protein +fibre!!!!!
  24. hamster

    November 2012

    I am on day 8 of mushies. Typical day: Breakfast 1x weetbix +cup of warm milk. Snack apple +appricot puree from knife fork band book. Lunch =cottage cheese +Pineapple from book above Afternoon snack = pot of custard. Dinner =white fish sweet pot +veg pureed from book Generally give supper a miss. Managing 1.5 litre water with benefibre just in case + fruit smoothie in between. No issues getting it down. Lost 3 kg on mushie stage. Back to surgeon on thurs + dietician thurs evening. Hope this helps. My focus is protein +fibre!!!!!
  25. hamster

    November 2012

    Got antibiotics. He took the infected staples out. Ouch that hurt prob due to infection. I have 2staples left which will come out Wednesday at my original appointment.
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