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About jachut

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  • Birthday 08/15/1967

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    2+ Years Post-Op
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    100% (Goal Weight!)

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  1. jachut


    Please try not to be too ashamed and hard on yourself. Your body does indeed adapt to your lower weight and restricted portions, and the math may not work for you as it does for others. I cannot fathom how I gained over 20kg in six months whilst sticking to 1800 or so a day but I did! On top of that, having babies does make some of us fat. I was normal weight until I started having babies. Firstly I gained weight fast and dramatically whilst breastfeeding and then those insidious lifestyle factors that creep in finished me off. I started seven years of 3 pregnances at about 75kg (healthy for my height) and finished at 113kg. And not in any of them did I ever gain more than 9kg (which I lost in giving birth). All the weight gain came afterwards. Any surgeon in this business ought to be compassionate and understand the difficulty some of us have in maintaining normal weights. They've seen it all before and although they may have to state some home truths to some people, they will not judge you for your issues.
  2. Now on the other side of my surgery - four weeks out tomorrow. I'm loving my sleeve, all the restriction I had from the band, without the traffic jams! Weight loss - 8kg in 4 weeks which I am very happy with but its slower than I had initially with the band. And I can feel that the sleeve is going to require a little more self control, the signal to stop eating is a fair bit softer than with the band which suddenly says NO MORE. But with the experience of having a band for six years, like me for 13, you get very good at reading those more subtle signs. For me personally, I'm thrilled with the lack of hunger I've experienced, but I know from my experience with the band, I was never hungry either but it did not stop me doing an awful lot of non hungry eating (chocolate!). I can tell this will be the case here too, its not a magic fix for all our eating problems. The best I can say with weight loss surgery for me is that it kept me from non hungry eating AND big meals which was enough to control my weight and keep it at a healthy level. I've been perfect so far, but hey, I'm four weeks out, lets see how I'm doing in 12 months! So.... you really need to examine your habits. What and when are you eating. Is it truly hungry eating? Were you a big meal 3 times a day person or like me, a grazer and comfort eater? Because the sleeve really probably wont work any better than the band for that. What is better, I'm finding is that its a more comfortable restriction to live with.
  3. One thing I can say from unfortunate experience is that you must not tolerate an overtight band thinking it will magically come right. You can do a lot of damage to your body and cause the band to slip. I know how hard it is and how much you want that restriction back, but I yoyod like this for years - ignoring that I had a pouch, until my band slipped and had to come out. And over all that time, I never lost weight, in fact I continued to slowly gain. I wasnt overweight, but I wasnt right down at the bottom end of my range which is what I wanted. I've been lucky to have been sleeved a month back, but the operation was huge - there was an enormous amount of repair to be done to my oesophageal sphincter and fixing a hiatus hernia, both of which i'd contributed to or even caused by refusing to take fluid out of my band for fear of weight gain. Not to mention all the scar tissue. Its also very common to get weight rebound after you hit your lowest weight - with all the bariatric surgeries. Your body adapts, you learn to fit food in etc. There's no way around it, you cannot totally rely on your tool to restrict your intake, some of it has to be that old blood sweat and tears that ordinary dieting takes. As to exercise, you know, I watched a very interesting program a year or two back that always stuck with me. I enjoy exercise and when I was banded 12 years ago I wasnt working and had all the time in the world to run and go to the gym etc. But I"m time poor now! I watched this show where they compared couples and the energy they burned. One couple went to bootcamp, one to the gym and the other did a hard morning's house cleaning. The cleaning couple burned almost DOUBLE the other two who did their hard exercise and then kind of relaxed for teh rest of the morning. Dont understimate that slow, steady movement and you can kill two birds with one stone. Take your kids out for a walk - I used to run with my kids on bikes, or if they're younger, to the park and kick a ball with them, or put them in the pram. Get them to run around helping with housework - and do hard stuff like cleaning windows etc. I have to do that now, as I work full time and want to keep the house in good shape - so I get on my workout clothes and I clean - windows, outside sweeping, I have this stupid laminate floor that looks streaky unless I dry it with towels, mow the lawns - I try to really WORK for an hour, and hour and a half and I get out and walk the dog. That's a big comedown from running 8kms a day and doing Body Pump but to be honest, I'm not any less fit and in fact I'm functionally better as my movements are real ones, not single muscle type of stuff. I truly believe that constant activity is more valuable than half an hour of exercise!
  4. jachut


    Lost 1kg this week, so its slowed down a lot. I went onto mushies - which I think has actually reduced calories, its so easy to get in a lot in liquid form. But weight loss is never linear, I know that from past experience. So, I weighed in at 89.6 for a total lost of 8.1 kg - No change in clothes yet, but its definitely come off my chest, shoulders, boobs and upper arms and stomach. Typically, I will be skeletal on my upper body before it shifts from my hips and thighs.
  5. Oh goodness, you must be going crazy! To go so long eating such a small variety of foods is mentally hard, but you'd be physically running down your resources over that time too. At the end of the day, if you cant eat solid food, you are too tight, end of story. Its so hard to get your head around being banded but still having to do a lot of the work yourself, and that hard stop is very easy to rely on. But you simply must have some fluid removed and try to manage your intake by measuring, weighing and yep, sticking to a diet. The hard stop you get with a band is a step too far, you must listen very hard for "not hungry anymore". I would ask for a barium swallow to evaluate what's going on. In fact, given my own experiences, I'd absolutely insist - what you're going through now is risking your band. You may have had a slip already, or you may just be too tight, but some people really struggle with that too tight/too loose cycle and in the end you've got two choices - risk your band or go for a looser restrition and accept it will be a little harder. Also, if you get some fluid out, work your way up from fluids to mushies to solids, dont just immediately try to eat something difficult.
  6. Your story could almost be mine! I too was a runaway success with my band, I got down to a BMI of around 19, took up running, ran a half marathon etc. It was all great until I had to unfill it six years later for a cancer surgery. After that, it was never the same. When I refilled, I just didnt get to that sweet spot again. I too fibbed about reflux, overfilled in a panicked attempt to control the slow weight gain and did not tell my doctors what was going on. And when I finally did, they didnt act. I was having simply awful chest pain, long story short, I was very sick at the end of last year and it came out in an emergency. I was pretty sure I'd not be a regain statistic as I'd been such a band star and I'd had it for 12 years, but nope. I lasted about 8 months at which point I'd gained over 20kg before I was knocking on my surgeon's door (he'd told me no more surgery). He referred me on to someone else which pissed me off at the time but I couldnt be happier. I had a sleeve, not bypass but I had my lower oesophageal sphincter all fixed up, a hiatus hernia repaired and all the adhesions and scarring from the band removed. I have never ever regretted my decision to be banded but the beauty of it is that should a better surgery come along (for me, the sleeve) then I could move on. However, I found this surgery tough! This was my 12th surgery, I've had much bigger ones and bounced back much much faster. I guess its a bit to do with the lack of food in the post surgical period, but I'm also battling anaemia and I just wasnt fit and in good shape when I went into it.
  7. jachut


    I'm brave enough to post given I'm just sleeved, lol. But last time I posted my weight on this forum, it was in the low 70 kg's. Last night (Wed night) I was 90.6, giving me a 7.1 kg loss in the 2 weeks since my surgery. Now, as to accountability. Ugh. I have NOT been drinking the recommended 2 Optifasts a day in my free fluids phase. I had a week of clears - I did make a good chicken bone broth but so much of what you have on clears is sweet - jelly, juice, icypoles. I am so OVER sweet food, it nauseates me at the moment. I cannnot even bear to think about drinking Optifast as its so sweet. I've made a few good meat and vege based soups to puree and that's what I'm living on. With a dollop of sour cream. I've stopped drinking so much water and am back to 4-5 coffees a day, I habit I'd sort of thought I might be able to give up. Never. And........ I have pretty much no restriction with fluids - I cant feel any fullness at all. So I think I've probaby eaten a bit fast and had a bit too much in a sitting, despite never feeling the least fullness or discomfort. However I also have had no hunger, at all, so its not like I'm having 4 cups of soup at a time. this feels so very very different to a lapband. I keep expecting that hard stop, that definite fullness, this is . much more subtle.
  8. I really havent read and read and read about gastric sleeve before being sleeved last week. I mean, I've been down the WLS path, I know what to expect, even from a different tool. But I swear my phone listens to me. Suddenly my youtube suggestions were all these what I eat in a day things and they were all American. All I can say is YUCK! Even people who call themselves things like Foodieturnedsleevie - what they eat is utter crap. Packet this, box that, protein bar protein bar protein bar. With sausage and cheese on the side. But hey, if you hit 90g of protein, who cares about the hydrogenated fats, additives, artificial sweeteners, right? I do not plan to eat this way, and have fed a family a healthy plant full diet for years but googling around, gee, there's not many inspiring people (to me anyway) out there! Suggestions gratefully recieved.
  9. I do feel that if you've been banded six years and are not at your goal weight yet, the band hasnt worked as well is it could have for you. You really would expect to have lost all of the weight you're going to lose by now. What does your surgeon say about it? Other than that I'm in no position to say because I was only sleeved a week ago after being banded for 12 years and without anything for the last 12 months. Sleeve surgery was not the easiest given the damage the band had caused and the effort required to clean that up - surgery was 4 hours long.
  10. jachut


    Restretching your stomach happens with bands too. And not through "overeating" the way people think about it so you should not feel ashamed. With the band, you stretch out your pouch above the band it causes all sorts of problems. I was very unwell as a result, 12 months ago but I was a pretty compliant band patient and very successful. Even so, I overate, just that bite here, that bite there, and over time, I began to have problems. This time, with my sleeve, I am going to measure that half cup portion FOREVER, and I will take heed of the advice that when you get to the stage of needing more than half a cup three times a day, eat more often, not more at one sitting. I do think we need to remember, our bodies are smart and we are deliberately underfeeding them. That bite here and there that's one more than your new stomach can really hold is a survival instinct, not greed or gluttony and it really takes vigilance and determination to avoid it.
  11. Hi, I'm having a sleeve tomorrow but will respond in relation to WLS in general as the principals still apply. My story is I was always "big" but not clinically obese. I'm 5ft 10 and spent my teens at about 84kg, a miserable existence in the 80's. I couldnt wear jeans, was teased mercilessly and generally suffered all the indiginities people talk about. I thinned out a bit in my 20's but ballooned after preganancies, ending up at 113 kg when i was banded in 2005. My experience is this: its a tool. I was compliant, I followed the advice, I took up running and I was extremely successful. Then I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2010 and unfilled my band as requested for surgery. It wasnt a problem for a long while in fact I got down to 59 kg but eventually as I got better I began to gain and started to fill my band again. However my band was never the same and I continued to gain. I sat at about 78kg for the past four years, which is OK for a 5ft 10 woman of 50ish. Then I began to have reflux etc and eventually my band slipped completely and was removed exactly 1 year ago today. Even despite all of that, I would do it all again in a hearbeat. Well, as I said, I am, but the sleeve has since proven to be a better surgery than the band and my view is I cant have it buggered up by stupid colorectal surgeons insisting I unfill it, should I get sick again! But oh boy, once you've gone down this path, you need your tool forever. I've gained 28kg in six months without makign a beeline for McDonalds, scarfing KFC or eating crap. I simply eat normal person volume of a very healthy diet and that has been enough to skyrocket my weight. Your metabolism adjusts to eating very little and you can never ever eat normally again and maintain your new weight. But I dont care. I accepted that years ago and cannot wait to get on with things tomorrow and back to my interrupted life.
  12. jachut

    january sleever

    Im having my op tomorrow and I didnt have to do the pre op diet. I didnt have to do it before my band either. I think its because I'm a relatively low BMI patient - just 30 now, and 33 when I was banded 13 years ago I lost my band a year ago, but had been at a BMI of about 24 for years. Have gained a stack of weight in the past six months which is why I've been approved at such a low BMI, but I guess that means my liver is unlikely to be problematically large. However I do often have an optifast shake for breakfast. The way I do it is to make the shake and freeze in an ice cube container, then I add a bit of hot water and blend it when I want it. Makes it thick and creamy like a thick shake. Because I am just using them as a healthy breakfast, I blend frozen fruit in too. A favourite is the chocolate flavour blended with black coffee.
  13. jachut


    This is way late but maternity pants all the way! I dont have a stomach, my jeans problem has always been tight round the thighs with a meter of excess fabric at the waist, I'm so pear shaped. However, I have a colostomy and I really HATE being cut across the middle with a waistband - it even causes leaks as poo cant drop down where it should into the bag. I also have love handles at the back and the dreaded muffin top is not a good look. Maternity jeans solve all that for me and they are perfect for ladies who carry weight on their tummies.
  14. jachut

    Removal of Band

    I had my band removed after almost 13 years - same thing happened. Over time a pouch developed which I had for literally five or six years. Over that time I gained weight, but I was very successul with the band, getting my BMI down to 20, so the weight gain I had was not problematic, I was still well under the top of my healthy weight range. Then the chest pain started. I had once incident where I left work in an ambulance, in 2016. Everyone thought I was having a heart attack - I knew it was my band though. However, NOBODY knows anything about bands in public hospital emergency departments! Saw my surgeon, he unfilled, it got worse, then started the fill, unfill cycle. I was honestly better with more fill even though then I got reflux. Long story short, after a very tight fill at the end of 2017, it slipped completely and came out in an emergency surgery, not by my own surgeon who was away at the time. Everyone, including my surgeon, said basically "youre fixed now, you wont regain weight". Huh. I did keep weight off for four months but now have gained over 20kg in the last five months - and its still going. This is without overeating. I eat like a normal person - but not like a lapbander - and that's the problem. Three meals a day, 1800 to 2000 calories (I'm 5ft 10) has been enough to cause a huge weight gain. You cannot keep to those tiny portions without your tool - once your body wakes up, you just sort of slide into it. I thought I could fill in the chinks with salad, vegies and the like but I have had a lot of intestinal surgery and have a colostomy and I simply cannot tolerate that much fiber, so I have begun to eat things like bread again, and that doesnt help at all. I went back to my surgeon - he referred me onto someone he felt would be better able to manage the scarring etc left by my band and to work around my other surgeries. I'm getting sleeved on 19 December!
  15. jachut

    Post Operative Protein Hemp Smoothie

    I'm about to have sleeve surgery but yes, after my band twelve years ago, I made fruit/protein smoothies. The only thing I will say - and its not so much of an issue post surgery when quantities are tiny - I enjoy a lot of these "superfoods" like hemp seeds, flax etc. But boy oh boy they are packed with calories. Whenever I go on a "health kick" and begin eating a lot of those sorts of foods, I gain weight pretty fast! Not discouraging anyone from including these foods as they're natural, healthy, nourishing foods that in my mind are better than something manufactured like Optifast but they are very calorie dense and you need to keep the quantity controlled. Calorie dense and highly nourishing is important when you have no stomach space, but the calories can add up!