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  1. Vicky QLD

    5 MONTHS along - new member

    Had my surgery 18 August 2016. Top weight 97.4kg. Suffered weight issues all my life. Tried a myriad of diets, supplements etc but couldn't sustain any of them. Like most, gained more than I lost. Due to health problems, I elected for bypass surgery. My first goal was to survive the procedure. By time I went in for op I was down to 93.4kg. My first major goal is to get to 75kg and then reassess the impact on my body and health to see if I want to head towards the goal which they I should be for 164cm. Keeping in mind I'm 63, I will take it one step at a time. This Tuesday just passed, I weighted in at 78.2kg. Clothes size is down from 20-22 to 18 on most things. People are noticing. My BIG HICCUP was my sister passed away 3 weeks after my op and it as knocked me for a "6". I started eating bread and other carbs due to lack of preparations and am having trouble getting off them. Secondary problem: I received false teeth and cannot chew much with them and thus resorted to soft quick foods, hence the bread. I have had continual diahorrea and/or loose bowels since the op. I believe it is due my sensitivity to some foods as well as the carbs as I had the problems before surgery. I AM HAPPY WITH MY WEIGHT LOSS PROGRESS.
  2. Puggles

    Waves hello

    Hi all, glad I found this group. I am investigating getting a gastric sleeve, and have an appointment booked with a Dr Brendan Ryan, (Westmead) has anyone heard of him? I turned 50 last year, and told myself It I wasn't able to actively work on weightloss, I would try WLS. I am still in the investigation stage, but I have met two people this year who had gastric banding and they are so happy, I am really nervous! cheers Jac
  3. herachieness

    hello all!

    hello all! I'm new to the forum, I'm considering surgery, just starting my journey, looking at options and reading some of your stories and comments is confidence building and informative, I too am slowly gaining weight at a constant rate, (114kgs) insulin resistance and the rest that goes with the weight gain, although I have changed my lifestyle since that diagnosis I'm still gaining, well it feels that way to me, id actually be very interested in my blood results since my last ones ... I'm sure you all know the story, anyway I live in Newcastle NSW and would love to hear from anyone that would like to tell me their story, successful or not the more info and encouragement I can get the better
  4. hurricanesky

    So Excited

    I'm all booked it for 12th December 2013 this is the only Christmas present I ever wanted...I am totally excited about this ..have tried for many many years to lose weight and have succeeded to a certain degree but due to my rheumatoid arthritis and now have onset osteo in my knee... I have fought and fought this battle and I'm tired of it... I swore I would never have surgery and was totally against it ..my option was I'm not lazy...but here I am in total understanding nowof why we do this ..I exercised to the point of not being able to move the next morning due to arthritis and my mere 40 year old female body feels like I'm 90...I have lost weight to the point I entered a kickboxing fight for charity ..I can do this ! Last chance to make it...... Funny part is majority of my not so close family members thinks I'm going in for knee surgery the even funnier thing is Im cooking Christmas dinner. hahaha. Want to say a big cheers for all you people that have succeeded in your journeys i love looking at the before and after photos that has given me the inspiration . xxxx
  5. StAngelS

    Just a quick hi

    Hi All, Wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I had my band surgery a little over a year ago and have lost 27% of my weight. I look forward to connecting with you all, getting and sharing some experiences and so on and hopefully getting the inspiration I need to keep pushing on. Chat soon!
  6. kateye_diamond

    Day 1 to new me!

    Hey All My name is Katie G, I'm 26, married no children, live in Quinns Rocks WA and am very overweight. I currently weigh a massive 145kg!! I have always been on the larger starting from when I was 13. I have been the same height, 5’9, since I was 12 therefore always been large not only height but also weight. I was also very active back then swimming, ice skating and surf lifesaving. I know why and when I starting putting on weight, it was about when I was 16, I stopped swimming and ice skating and continued to eat like someone who was doing 3h exercise a day. In the last 4 years, however, I have put on the most weight, over 45kg. I think mainly this was due to a job change where I am now at a desk in front of a computer as well as on the phone all day. Very little movement for 8 hours where before this job I was up and down 3 flights of stairs at least 20 times as well as on my feet moving around. It could also be to do with getting married as apparently everyone puts on some weight but I think mainly the job is at fault. At the moment I cannot exercise. The pain I feel in my feet, ankles and knees as well as sometimes in my back is shocking. The sweating also stops me from pushing too far, I can walk up stairs and around the shops but not without sweating, I really don’t enjoy thinking that people around me not only see a ‘fat chick’ but a ‘stinky fat chick’. The decision to have Lap Band has been tough for me as I have always thought of it as cheating. However now that I have read into it and spoke to my GP, Surgeon and the Dietician I know that it is actually a lot of hard work. I have always been determined to lose the weight on my own and I have tried what feels like a million things. (Light and Easy, Duramine, Optifast, Body Trim, Gym membership with personal trainer, personalized meal plan … should I go on??). This surgery is my last resort, my blood pressure is 150/120 on a good day even higher on a bad day, stroke or heart attack at 25 is not something I ever thought I would have to worry about. I’m relieved to say my family, husband and work colleagues have all been really supportive. Even my boss said he was starting to worry that he might lose me if I didn’t take this step (my workplace is a 2nd family, it’s a great environment to work with great people and I think of the boys as my brothers). With a great support team at home, support from this website and my own determination I’m going to become half myself, the half I have always meant to be and hopefully become happy, fit and a mother in the near future. PS. Started Optifast pre-op today and gosh I’m struggling to keep it down, onto my second shake of the day and the taste is not great. I assume (and am trying to believe with all my will power) that after 2 weeks I will think that it is the best stuff ever, especially if I see some weight starting to fall off. *Fingers Crossed*
  7. BreakingDownTheWalls

    Not a newbie but..... starting over.

    Hiya,.... well here's me... I lost 30 kilo in the 12 months following surgery and due to many things, lack of support etc, I wound up putting it all back on again. Soooo, I decided last week to kick this thing off again and made an appointment for this morning to get my band topped up. Now here's the thing.... it turned out it's been 15 years!!!! since I got my band done and no wonder it needed topping up as even after a year it can naturally lose fluid.... I had no idea it was 15 years - I thought it was more like 7. Back when I got it done the internet wasn't a big thing - if it was a thing at all, and there was no book or dvd's to take home for moral support. I was given the information today to check out Prof. O'Brien's pages on the net and so glad I did. I've now purchased the solutions book and watched on youtube his video's on the 8 golden rules (I wasn't told any of this way back then). My concern is now that I know I have stretched my oesophagus above the band and I do wonder how long it will take for this to shrink back to normal size so that the band will be more effective so I am going to start off on liquids all over again to try and help this along. If anyone has any advice on this I'd appreciate it along with any tips. Like all of us I want to be of a "normal" size and am hoping this time, with the support now on offer, that I can make it work..... if not I have really only one other option - and that is bypass. Cheers to all of you for doing something so good for yourself and double cheers for anyone offering support to lil (lol - what a joke ) moi.
  8. Mrs B

    Hi there, I'm Mrs B!

    Hi everyone! I joined the site today and wanted to introduce myself. I've been struggling with my weight for about 10 years now. I've tried every diet out there and the only thing that seems to work is when I've been put on Xenical or Reductil. I maintain it for a short while but then the weight just goes back on again when something stressful happens in my life. My husband suggested lap band surgery to me a while ago as although he thinks I'm perfect, he can see how miserable I am and how much I obsess about my weight. On top of this my father has been in hospital for 2 out of the last 4 months with complications arising from mismanaged diabetes. I also just fou d out that 4 out of 7 in my dads immediate family have diabetes. So I took myself off to my gp and got a referral to see Dr Craig Taylor in Crows Nest. Although my BMI is a (relatively) low 31, I also have high blood pressure, depression and higher than normal levels of cholesterol. I'm booked in to meet with Dr Taylor on Friday 6/12 and surgery should be 4-6 weeks post consultation. I am equally excited and terrified about the changes that will come around from the surgery. Mostly I'm worrid about losing my best friend... Food. Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all and hearing any tips or words of encouragement you have to share Mrs B
  9. Brenden47

    Banded Sept 6th 2012

    Not sure what to write here but I am sure I will think of something. I guess my experience is the same as most. I spent most of my life gaining and losing weight (mainly gaining). In recent years I found it difficult to motivate myself to lose weight I had already lost many times before and was looking for something that would assist in keeping off the weight rather than just another cycle of weight reduction and subsequent re-gain. Hopefully this is it. I am getting to that age where one starts to see freinds have health issues and make severe lifestyle changes after some sort of catastrphic event like a stroke or heart attack. As I have yet to see any major health issue (a bit of gout and slightly high blood pressure aside), it made sence to me to make the kind of lifestyle changes I have seen other have make after a stroke or similar before I had to. My logic being that the lifestyle changes are forced upon you AND the causational health issues are a poor alternative to making the changes before you experience the health issues. I hope this makes sence..... I also have found my career in a holding pattern for several years and can't help but wonder if my appearance is distracting from my abilities. I guess we will soon see. Anyway, I am 7 days post op and have lost 11kgs since the start of the liver shrinking phase and actually looking forward to puree in a weeks time. Back to work tomorrow so I hope the post op side effects (gas, shoulder pain etc) are tollerable. I am interested to hear and read other people's experiences. That in itself is unusual for me as I usually distain this kind of envioroment so I have suprised myself already.
  10. Hello, I am getting a lap this September and very nervous. I was wondering if there is any feel of constriction around where the stomach when it becomes a little pouched area?
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