1. MissyO

    Not feeling my best right now :(

  2. denzel

    Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? 

    How to reverse your Type 2 Diabetes.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/diabetes

  3. KindConfetti

    Super new!   (come say hi!)

    Currently in pre-op  (.... Gahhh, shakes are the devil!)

    Operation on Tuesday 7th of November (possibly in a stunning hospital gown / fascinator combo as I do not like missing out on the Melbourne cup festivities).

  4. denzel

    Systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials of the effects of low carbohydrate diets on cardiovascular risk factors

    http://thenoakesfoundation.org/infographics/a-look-at-the-evidence-lchf-studies-5 

    http://www.drperlmutter.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/systematic-review.pdf 

  5. denzel

    Waist-to-height ratio is a better measurement of obesity than BMI.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist-to-height_ratio 

  6. denzel

    The Diabetes Association in the UK has switched its education towards Low Carb. Here is a link that might interest some people.
  7. leese

    feeling groovy.....

    wow here I am looking back at my profile 5 years down the track...... today  I am day 6 post op Fleur de lis tummy tuck/ brachioplasty  What a ride this has been. 

    I am proud and sore haha... Every part of this journey has been a massive learning and growing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world.

    for those just starting this journey ...... good for you and hang in there because it is a bumpy ride that will challenge and test you but you have made this decision, so know you are strong enough to get through it ...

    All the best :)

    1. denzel

      Fantastic, and well done!

      :)

  8. Laggy

    6 weeks post op now and am on soft foods, I am as sick as a dog with a rotten cold.  I am sneezing and achey and generally feel like crap. I'm 22 kilos down, which is good, though slower than the doctor would like.  Seems I have been having some unintentional carbs.  So working on my food to ensure that I don't do that anymore.  I am happy with my decision to proceed with this surgery. 

    I am struggling with one thing and that is not that I am hungry, but that I want to eat food.  Especially late afternoon and evening.  It doesn't matter if I am full or just ate, I just want to eat something.  I think I will have to work on dealing with this as it will be my downfall.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

  9. Genie<3

    Hello all, 

    I am pre op for a sleeve and I am so excited! My mum had the gastric bypass and her results so far are amazing! Can't wait to start this journey, pics will come soon!

  10. Laggy

    Weight diary

    24-May-17  Start Weight  -  168kgs
    19-Jun-17   Op Weight  -  160kgs
    25-Jun-17   Current Weight - 156kgs

  11. Laggy

    Ok today is a bit painful, I don't feel hungry, but the incision sites are sore and itchy.  I watched The Great British Bakeoff.  BIG Mistake HUGE !!!I still want food.  I just can't have it !  Hope this improves soon

  12. denzel

    Folks near Kelmscott, WA, "Crazy Don"  Gillam Drive have "protein2O" 12 x 500 ml bottles for $5.95, or get 24 for $10.00 :) 

  13. Laggy

    2 Weeks to Surgery, currently on Optifast diet to get ready.

    • Really struggling to not go and have a piece of cheese
    • Have a headache
    • Keep thinking i don't know enough about it all despite all the questions and reading I have done
  14. Millymollymandy

    12 month sleeve anniversary - What a year!

    Today marks the 12 month anniversary of my sleeve surgery and I am finding it hard to comprehend the immense changes that have occurred in my life in such a short period of time. I'm also celebrating my decision to take that HUGE step to commit to weight loss surgery. I dithered for 12 months before committing to surgery and managed to eat my way through a truck load of rubbish food and gain an additional 10kg while I prevaricated but I did finally make the decision and I have not had a single regret. I made the decision to be a secret sleever and I have stuck to that decision. Only my family and close friends are aware that I have had WLS and even though it has been tricky at times, I am glad that I took that decision. (long story...)

    So, what changes am I celebrating?

    Starting weight: 138 kg        Weight today: 90.7kg     A loss of 47.3kg

    BMI: 46.6       Today: 30.9 (still in the obese range dammit!!!)

    Clothing size: 24 pants and 26/28 tops           Today: 14/16 pants and 16/18 tops

    Bra size: 26 G        Today: 16E

    Just as important are the changes to my health, fitness, self confidence and self worth.

     

    1. denzel

      I am so pleased for you, for all your dedication, and your resulting and outstanding  achievements.  Well done!

      For those folk out there who have done their prior research before hand, and have chosen to undertake their chosen  method of Weight Loss Surgery (WLS), and who have invested in it - lifestyle, future, $$$s, time, heart and soul etc;  given it "their best shot", and realise that whatever form of WLS that they undertake;  realise that it is "just a tool".  That THEY need to realise "that it is just a tool".  And to be 'accountable'.  

      This, IMHO, separates those folk who totally take on board everything - and whom don't.  Those who don't, IMHO, become complacent,  such as those who have undertaken WLS and who have then thrown their hands up and stated that "The Obera"/"Gastric Band"/"Gastric Sleeve"/ "Gastric Bypass"  "Didn't work for me:"  IMHO, these are the folks who chose not to be accountable.

      IMHO, the first year post-op (sleeve gastrectromy) is outstandingly remarkable. 

      Gob-smacking.    Amazing in what you achieve weight loss/clothing size-wise.  You, and me.

      Then the 2nd year post-op.  You gotta work harder.

      Then into third year post-op ... 

      IMHO - it is better to look forward (and set goals) than to look back.  

      IMHO. this is where complacency can set it in.  (You know?  when you think that diet-wise "I can just do this", "I can just do that".  And then you slide up a clothing size-or more?  And you have held onto clothes from sizes above that ... Yes, I have done that, post-op.)  I am not promoting certain forums, but I started up one early this year called "Accountability"  when I had to be.  Accountable.

      Me?  I am only a short-arse, Height of the average sized 12 year old child.  

      And I have varied  from my heaviest (BMI 35.something in 2000, and size 18) to a BMI of around 24-25 by following a low-carb diet in 2002-3, size ?10?); and gained it back again ... :(  (I had a huge appetite and intake).

      Anywhoo, back up to about a size 14 (weight 74 kg, and BMI 32. something) when I had my appointment with my GP, and then the Bariatric GP and Surgeon December 2015  (I had also a lot of co-mordities ... ).

      Well, I did a huge amount of research, and had 'the gastric sleeve' early Feb 2015.  No regrets.

      I have given away HEAPS of clothes.  I am so happy to do this for folks who have had Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) and are rapidly undergoing weight and size changes.  I have  also passed on clothes to folks who I have met on this forum, and on others.   Not to mention in my own private life.  I am also an Op Shop haunter.  And I appreciate what I pick up from them  (I am "unwaged").  

      Your pre-loved clothes will be much appreciated by someone.  "Share the love". Give them away.  Ditch them.  They will not be part of your new life post bariatric surgery.  Don't look back.  Look forward!

      Me?  I am now into my third year post-op gastric sleeve, and  - keeping in mind I am only a short-arse -  Target's and "Witchery" (Op Shop lol)  womens size 4 pants are too big in the waist for me.  Top-wise, I am probably about a womens size 6.  'Cos I am so short, I find that kids clothes suit me better.  Boys - age 8-10, girls age 10-12.  This is from someone who was a women's size 18 ... 

      But weight-wise/clothes-wise.  Everyday, every meal, every craving.  I HAVE to make the choice as to which is best for me nutritionally, low-carb; and which would suit my craving.

      I KNOW that there is a woman out there who would totally appreciate the clothes that you are going to pass on.

      This is my comment on another post:  http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/topic/18677-168kg-clothes-to-throw-or-keep/#comment-205837 

      Wishing you all the best.  And I am so proud of you.  What you have achieved  and your "stickability".

        

       

       

  15. Laggy

    Counting down, 3 weeks to Sleeve Day:wub:

  16. denzel

    Please, remember, folks, that any information that you seek and post does not substitute the directions, guidance, and advice from the health professionals under whose care you are, e.g. qualified - and experienced in bariatric surgery - dietitians. They are the ones to guide you along every path of the way - of pre- and post WLS.  And it is up to YOU to be proactive.  Research, research, research.  Check out previously posted  "FAQ".  Other posters on this website comment's does not replace that of qualified - and experienced - professionals.  Please - follow the professionals advice.  (And, not intending to, nor meaning to offend/upset/nor to be taken the wrong way, it's up to YOU to be "proactive", and implement "The Six Ps" - "Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance"). 

  17. denzel

    Just want to remind folk that Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) is just a tool.  YOU have to honest and accountable with yourself. YOU need to own up to your emotions, behaviours, and actions rgarding food.  What.  When.  How much.  No point in "down the track" blaming someone else. "Suck it up".  Be honest and accountable.  All I can say is that the younger folk now aren't fighting what our older ones have - in the interest of better health, better fitness, more 'acceptable' physique.  Stoopid 1970s, 1980s , 2000s, 2010s.  Been there, done that.  Stoopid "low-fat" paradigm.  Stoopid Ancel Keys.  

  18. denzel

    FINALLY back on-line, it's been nearly three weeks. Bloody Telstra.

  19. denzel

    It's my 2nd Surgiversary! (sleeve).  No regrets!

  20. chipsandcoke

    Tomorrow is the day!!! This time tomorrow I will be done with surgery and in recovery........ eeeekkkk...... excited much?!

  21. chipsandcoke

    Pre op appointments done and dusted today. Now is just the waiting game till next Monday. 

  22. Gerri

    Today is the day - Optimist begins!

  23. Gerri

    Starting Optifast next week. Nervous, excited and looking forward to the surgery!

  24. Collobj

    Looking forward to some solids soon.