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    Green Smoothies

    I've recently discovered green smoothies. OMG. They look and sound disgusting but are heavenly and a great way to get fruit and veges in ... ie. tonnes of fibre and vitamins. (Along with some good fats.) GREEN SMOOTHIE 1 1 cup of coconut milk (I use the unsweetened Vitasoy one. Only 22 calories per 100ml) As much baby spinach as you can jam into a cup ... seriously, really pack it in 1/4 avocado 1/2 cucumber WITH skin 1 stalk of celery a few sprigs of mint 1 green apple WITH skin, cored a couple of spoons of tinned pineapple (in juice, not syrup) Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with a teaspoon or 2 of chia seeds. (I mix them through. It makes it really nice and thick.) If you like, you can also add a tbs of peanut butter. (Extra protein and good fats that will keep you full for hours.) GREEN SMOOTHIE 2 1 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened Vitasoy) As much baby spinach as you can jam into a cup ... seriously, really pack it in 1/4 avocado a few sprigs of mint 1 tbs chocolate protein powder (This is optional. I just put it in 'cause I want the extra protein.) 1 green apple WITH skin, cored 1/2 a banana, frozen 1/4 punnet strawberries, frozen 1/4 punnet blueberries, frozen Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with a teaspoon or 2 of chia seeds. * I pre-freeze my bananas, strawberries and blueberries in zip lock baggies in individual portion sizes. It's like putting ice into your smoothie and makes it deliciously cold and creamy. The fruit doesn't need any special prep prior to freezing ... just peel and roughly chop the banana and strawberries and pop in the blueberries. I get a portion out of the freezer immediately before making my smoothie and just smash it on the bench (still in the baggie) to break it up a bit and pop it straight into the blender. I wish I'd known how easy it was to freeze blueberries when they were only $2.48 a punnet. This makes a massive portion ... I usually end up with one large glass plus half a regular sized glass. I think the calories come out to about 400 but I'm not sure as when I first started making them I added yogurt as well, so maybe a little less. You do have to be careful with smoothies because the calories add up really fast but I'm not too fussed with this one as I have it as a meal and ALL the calories are good healthy ones. I desperately need the fibre and vitamins and I'm trying to concentrate more on eating well than being obsessed with calories at the moment and I've not gained any weight having these ... and I have them almost every single day. Actually, since I've been having them my weight has started to drop a little. They've also helped enormously with my lack of fibre problem. One of these keeps me full for a good 3 hours, sometimes 4.
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    Normal X Ray?

    Call out to all the lovelies here who have a lapband, have had problems with a slippage AND have x rays of it. Does it look anything like the second x ray? The first x ray was done 2 years ago when my pain was, surprise surprise, right where that bottom loop of tubing was laying. Notice the lapband looks like a rectangular shape. (Completely normal.) The second x ray was done a couple of weeks ago, after my revision surgery, and my pain is now, again no surprises, located right at the bottom of that lower loop of tubing. Notice the different orientation of the lapband ... you can see through the middle of it. Now, I know a slipped band will have a circular appearance on x ray but this is oval, not circular, so I'm not sure if it's slipped or not, so just want to know if anyone who's had a slipped band has seen it like this on x ray, or, if anyone has been told that this is also a completely normal band position. For the record, after my revisional surgery to shorten my tubing it's now 6cm longer. Notice also that the connector is different, confirming that at least some of my tubing has been replaced. I'm burning mad right now. ps. I have an appointment to see my GP regarding the appearance of my lapband in the second x ray, and also to see what can be done regarding the way I was treated at my post op lap band revision appointment with the surgeon last week but just wanted to find out if anyone here has any first hand experience with this.
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    Normal X Ray?

    The surgeon was umming and ahhing about a barium swallow but decided against it as I had one last November. Mind you, I wasn't having problems eating then. I think he must have been a work experience student ... lol He told me the fluid in my band is the same as pre surgery, which I think was around 4.9ml, and it was perfect for me. I noticed part of your band looks like barbed wire. I've read that some ports are attached with hooks. It looks gruesome.
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    Normal X Ray?

    I haven't been told what the phi angle is but it looks to be around 60 degrees which is close enough to 58. From my understanding, the "O" sign is different to the phi angle, I'm just not sure how much of an "O" is indicative of a slip. Either way, it's looking like I'll have to wait a few more weeks to find out. In the meantime I'm having so much trouble eating and having to vomit every day, sometimes a few times a day. Even foods like jelly and yogurt are difficult and painful to get down sometimes. What surgery did you have done ?
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    Well .... after waiting longer than imaginably possible I finally had my breast reduction surgery done last Monday. Coming out of the anaesthetic was horrific (vomiting, pain, nausea, feeling like I couldn't breathe/was choking/was drowning) and the first night I was in terrible pain that I just had to ride out. (They'd already maxed me out on anti emetics so I couldn't have any more pain killers stronger than panadol as they'd just make me more nauseas and vomit more.) It was a long night but things have been on the improve since then. It was a much more difficult surgery than I expected and even now, on day 6 I'm just itching to get this posted so I can head back to the couch and wait out my last 6 minutes before endone o'clock. Because I've lost so much weight (85kg, give or take) I had to have quite an extensive surgery so I have the normal incisions around my nipple/areola complex, an incision from areola to inframammory fold, and another around the bottom of my breast, then an extra incision that extends from the inframammory fold across my chest under my arm and then up towards my armpit in a crescent shape. My surgeon initially thought he'd need to do a free nipple graft because of the length of my breasts but in the end didn't need to. That was a relief. I've gone from a very saggy 14G/16H to a very lovely 16DD for the time being. I still have substantial swelling so am anticipating going down to a 16D which will be perfect for me. I was in hospital for 5 days and came home yesterday. I'm travelling ok but getting exhausted very easily. I have my kids organised to take turns coming to look after me. I'll post a couple of post op photos with a crop top on but if the moderators give me the ok I also have some pre and post op photos without a bra/crop top. I will defer to their judgement as whilst I'm certainly not offended by nipples I know a lot of people are. So mods .... let me know. * These photos were taken the morning after surgery. There is a LOT of swelling. Many people have asked if I've had implants. I haven't but the surgeon flipped some of the tissue from under my arms into my breast area to create projection and fullness. I guess you could say I have autologous implants. I didn't need any liposuction. The surgeon said I'd already done the work of getting rid of all the fat and it wasn't necessary.
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm one week post lap band revision and the weight is just dropping off me. I'm down to 85.8kg (2.3kg less than 2 weeks ago). I had a bit of a food funeral prior to the surgery so went up to 90.3kg ... so I'm actually down 4.5kg in the last 8 days. It's crazy. It's like my body isn't recognising liquid calories. (I'm on liquids for 2 weeks, then mushies for 2 weeks). Also doesn't help that I've almost completely lost my appetite. It's 4.45pm and all I've managed today is 3 cups of tea and a smoothie .... and I had to force that in. I don't want to keep losing weight because I can't maintain a lower weight without losing my mind, and I don't want to do that seesaw weight loss/weight gain thing.
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    Breast Reduction

    Best news ever! On Friday just gone I got a letter from the hospital with a date for my breast reduction ! I've waited so long, and worked so hard for this, it's all a bit overwhelming, but very very exciting. For those who don't know, I've been working on getting this breast reduction done for about 10 years. It's the reason I got lap banded. (To lose weight so I would qualify to have it done in the public system as I can't afford to self fund and I don't have any super or PHI.) I'm having to travel a bit for it and have no idea at this stage how I'm going to get home from the hospital as depending on how long I'm in for my sister might be busy that day with school concert stuff. My son can drive me home but he's a learner so I'll have to forgo strong painkillers for the 2 hour drive home. Hopefully by day 2 or 3 I'll be fine with just panadol. But if that's what I've gotta do I'll do it. Can anyone clue me in on what their pain levels were by day 2 or 3 and if panadol was enough at that stage?
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    Breast Reduction

    I had my surgery 7 weeks ago. Everything is settling quite well. I just have some fat necrosis that will take quite a long time to resolve. Other than that I'm over the moon happy with my results. I'm down to a DD cup. Like you, sometimes I think my boobs are too small, but most of the time I think they're still too big ... lol. I guess that'll be taken care of when all the swelling is gone.
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    nasty piece of work

    I'd be more than comfortable doing this BUT I know it would make other passengers uncomfortable so I wouldn't. I've always been an exhibitionist tart ... lol
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I haven't weighed in here for 5 weeks as I've been healing from my breast reduction surgery and haven't really been concentrating on my weight. I've just been eating what I want, when I want. I've still not been back to the gym and won't be for a while yet as I'm having my lapband revision surgery next week. Even so, even with not exercising and eating like a beast (still predominantly healthy and sensible), I've only gained 1.3kg, which takes me up to 88.1kg this morning. I'm honestly fine with that. As long as I keep it under 90kg for now I'm happy. This is just the weight my body wants to be and I can maintain this easily without stressing about every single thing I put in my mouth, and I most certainly haven't needed that stress whilst I've been healing.
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    Gallbladder removal/recovery

    I had mine out pre lap banding but mine was open surgery so the recovery was much more difficult than a regular keyhole procedure. I haven't had to change my diet at all, but fatty/spicy/dairy foods never flared up my gall bladder even when I still had one. I didn't regularly exercise when I had my gall bladder out, but I'd say it would have take me a good 6 weeks minimum before I would have been able to exercise again. But as I said, I had major open surgery. I was very very sick after having my surgery so actually lost about 10kg .... but put it all back on, with interest, over time.
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    I hadn't even thought of asking my surgeon for the "during" pics. Do all surgeons do this as a matter of course ? I'd love to see those photos ! I've been seeing the nurses at my GP clinic for dressing changes a couple of times a week and they've been wonderful. My GP also pops in to check that everything is going well. I cannot fault them they've been so great.
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    How do you weigh yourself?

    First thing in the morning at roughly the same time, after weeing and stripping off for the shower. If I forget I wait til the next morning.
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    Well .... I've heard nothing from the mods re. whether or not I can post nipple pics, and I'm really loath to post anything with cutesy little flowers strategically positioned as it just doesn't show the entire story. So ... I will give you a link to some videos I've made and you can choose whether you want to be offended by my breasts/nipples or not. Here's my breast reduction playlist on youtube: Breast Reduction Videos So far it covers from the day I received a letter giving me a date, right up to 4 weeks post op. I will be adding more videos as time goes on.
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    Some Post Op Questions

    Having protein with every liquid "meal" will help to stave off hunger. Try, milk, soy milk, runny custard, runny yogurt, runny smoothies with protein powder, egg nog, protein based soups blended smooth and runny with extra stock. Whilst this time is about healing and you don't need to worry too much about what you're eating (drinking), try to stay clear of added sugar like sugar in your coffee and quik. Added sugar spikes your blood sugars and will make you hungry. If you feel like something sweet in your milk, try blending some fruit into it like frozen banana, berries or mango.
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    Condemned for a piece of fruit

    OK .... maybe this "bitch" could have been more polite but the fact of the matter is, after a fill you're supposed to have fluids for as long as your surgeon tells you to. It wasn't that you ate fruit, it was that you ate solid food, very fibrous solid food, before you were instructed to. Now, if you want someone to hold your hand and tell you it's fine if you break the rules, and that works for you, fine. But if you have a fill, and eat solid food, and it gets stuck, and you're vomiting and in pain, and need to go back to your surgeon's office for an unfill ... don't whinge. The "bitch" at your surgeon's office is likely sick to death of people getting fills and then eating solid foods before they're supposed to and then ending up straight back to see the surgeon for an unfill ... and sooking about it. Put yourself in her shoes and see how long you could stay patient with people who do this. She likely deals with this on at least a daily basis. What do you want her to say? "Oh, you poor thing. You broke the rules? Nawww .... poor baby. You come on in here and waste our time because you couldn't follow the rules for 2 days." If you're hungry, drink something high in protein. Don't follow the rules if you don't want to but don't go whinging if people call you on it.
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I haven't weighed in for a couple of weeks as I've been busy having my breast reduction surgery and recovering. I'd gotten down to 83 point something kilos in readiness for the surgery but had no intention of staying that weight. Since the surgery (18th April), once I got my appetite back, I've been eating for healing and not worrying about calories. My tastes have changed quite a lot so I'm just going with what my body wants, which means no more Jarrah coffees (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and tea with regular milk instead, and vita brits with fruit and regular milk for breakfast. What's happened to me ? lol Anyway ... whilst I'm healing, my body gets what it wants. I've gone up 3.2kg to 86.8kg since my last weigh in and I'm just fine with that. It was a little more but I was very very bloated after the surgery and my body has only just the last few days started to let go of the excess fluid. If I stay around this weight I'm fine, if I go up a couple of kilos I'm fine with that too.
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    Oh .... that's really good news that they're doing breast reductions in the public system in QLD ! I hope you're not waiting too long for it. I was a 14G/16H and it's looking like I'll end up a 14-16D. (I'm wearing a 16DD now with a lot of swelling.) I only had 300g removed from each side but all I had left was skin. My back is already improving ... and my neck and shoulders feel so normal and I hadn't even realised how abnormal they'd felt.
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    I didn't realise the extent of my neck and shoulder pain either until it was gone and I now feel normal. I hadn't even known what normal was. I was well aware of the back pain but I guess it just eclipsed all the other pain. I've gone from a G/H cup to a DD at the moment but once the swelling goes down I imagine I'll be more like a D. I only had 300g removed from each breast but it was pretty much all just skin. I've been using ice packs and they help quite a lot. I also let the hot water run over my sorest boob in the shower which also helps. I'm going to get a wheat bag today.
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    Breast Reduction Surgery

    Raminder Dhillon did my surgery and yes, I very much appreciate him being a perfectionist. I actually told him he's not just a surgeon but an artist as well.
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm down 1.7kg from 85.3kg to 83.6kg. I'm done with losing weight now and will be trying to get it back up to 85kg for my breast reduction surgery next week.
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm down 1kg from 86.3kg to 85.3kg. (Still Optifasting.)
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    Quality Scales?

    I got weight watchers scales from Big W for about $40. They go up to 170kg and I've never had a problem with them.
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm down 2.5kg from 88.8kg to 86.3kg. (Still Optifasting.)
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    carbs = sluggish?

    I haven't been sleeved, I have a lapband, but I can tell you 100% that carbs make me very sluggish and blahhhhhh. I love the taste of carbs but hate how they make me feel.