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  1. denzel

    Another WLS Site

    This is another site that folks on here may find useful. A few folk here have transitioned, or transitioning onto gastric bypass surgery and there is info about it on this site. https://www.bariatricpal.com/ All the best!
  2. BHgirl14

    Life is a whirlwind

    Life has been a whirlwind for the past few months, so much has been happening in my personal and professional life and I feel as though tonight I have hit my limit and consequently I am channelling this anarchy into my blog for relief and your enjoyment or at least some night time reading. A few months ago I returned from my usual Saturday morning Step class absolutely exhausted, I went to bed and slept for 4 hours, woke up, ate and then returned to bed for another 4 hours, again woke up, ate and returned to bed for the night. Exhaustion. I eased up the exercise which has led to a complete absence of all physical activity as I just don't have the energy and have stopped calories completely until I see my doctor next week. 12 months of severe calorie deficiency has finally taken its toll. I really wanted to hit my ultimate goal of 60kg by now but that is on hold and I am maintaining at 63-64kg. The band and I are becoming increasingly less fond of each other and I am fed up with the dietary limitations and unpredictability so my fingers are crossed that a surgeon will agree to revise me for all sorts of reasons when I see him next week, fingers crossed! Work has been completely insane for the past few months as well which has substantially affected my functioning, now that Christmas holidays are here I am looking forward to establishing a new routine after I move to my new spot and become acquainted with my new town and workplace- got to find the gym. I am really struggling to find peace with my new body at 63-64kg, I'm already wanting to have my tummy and thighs done. No thanks to superficial, moronic, self indulged boys not men - one of whom told me I needed to lose weight from my legs! Something I already felt true and didn't need to be said! The plan is so see the doctor, get a revision - hopefully band to bypass in one, find my energy and get running again and get hot just to prove to these idiots. Then save for a new tummy!! Just be yourself; you are wonderful
  3. Zara1

    Sleeve or Band?

    Hi all, I'm not sure if there is a thread already asking this as I am new here, but I'd like to get some opinions on what has worked best for people, band or sleeve. I had my first appointment today and my surgeon was pretty much leaning toward the sleeve. He said that he has only done 2 bands this year as the sleeve is becoming the more popular option. He also said that he is removing a lot of bands. I have been thinking about WLS for a number of years now and I have always had my heart set on the band. However, from what I have read in the past 6 months the sleeve is becoming the better option? I am currently 113kg and 45kg overweight. I'm just really confused about which option is best so I'd like to see what has worked for others. Thanks in advance. Zara
  4. Hi Sleevers, I'm looking for surgeon recommendations in the Bathurst or Central Coast area who have performed band to sleeve or bypass please? My story: I've been banded not quite a year and I'm adamant that I want to have my band out and become a sleever (or very unlikely get a bypass). For lots of different reason including: *My port is now getting in the way of my day to day life, painful under clothes and limiting exercises. I figure if I have to go under anesthetic again I want it to be for the sleeve *I'm worried about the future of my band and am realistic that it will have to come out so the sooner the better now that I know wls is what I want. I want to work overseas so the follow up of the band isn't convenient *All the issues to do with food, stuck moments and regurgitation, enough said! *I also want to have a tummy tuck but I'm not doing that with a band in! The only problem is that my surgeon is not willing to do a revision as I've been 'too successful'. Even though I don't think the way I've done it has been healthy. I live 1200km away and spoke with him this week on the phone so I'm going to see him before Christmas and attempt to convince him.... Thanks
  5. BHgirl14

    What a year!!

    WOW! What a year it has been. It's just ticked over to my 1st fit-versary - a term I coined to celebrate the anniversay of the day I decided to get healthy. Here are some accomplishments I've achieved since September 2014.... - Running: I joined my school's running group this year. If you had told me last year that I'd love running I would've laughed at you!! So far I have completed 3 races!! 2x 5km runs (local run and Orroroo) and then 10km in the Gold Coast. Planning is underway for 2016 so stay tuned..... - Sports in general: This year I have tried to give everything a good go, leading to my first Grand Final ever playing AFL in Broken Hill. I've also dabbled with social basketball, gotten back on my bicycle, bushwalking and finally getting good use of my gym membership. -My buddy the band: We have a love-hate relationship at times, it certainly hasn't been easy and it really is a tool not the solution. I'm still learning to live with it, I make mistakes and get frustrated but I am committed to never going back to where I was. - Most importantly, I feel in control of my life, I'm so healthy and really am very happy! Picture below: Left:Footy Ball June 2015 @ 66.9kg Right: Basketball Ball Sept 2014 @101.8kg Other photo: stoked to have completed the 10km Gold Coast run 2015
  6. I'm sooooo excited to tell you! So Medibank have changed their policies and only cover weight loss surgery on their top cover for about $120 a month. I just joined with PEOPLE CARE who cover gastric banding and plastic/ reconstructive surgery on their MID LEVEL HOSPITAL $500 excess for only $20 a week ($80 a month) for a 25 year old single!! They are also honouring the waiting periods I've served, which for me means peace of mind post banding should anything happen. It also means I'm not paying for anything I don't need!
  7. newb_rach_2015

    Finally taking the plunge

    So after waiting out the PHI waiting period, I have seen my surgeon (Dr Khaleal) and I have booked in for surgery!!! I am really excited and focusing on getting as much information in as possible to help me prepare for the changes, and to utilise the bands full potential. I have been stalking this site for a long while now so I will introduce myself - my name is Rachael, I'm 28 from Western Sydney (Penrith actually). I am a single mum and I'm so looking forward to finally ridding having a REAL tool to help me get rid of my excess weight. I'm open to any advice anyone wants to give but basically I'm just happy to be here
  8. Hi bandits, I'm 9 and a bit weeks post op and have taken up football, well AFL. I've been to a couple of pre-season training sessions and had a great time. Today though, I copped a ball to the guts and felt discomfort near my port for a short time. I don't consider myself to be a fragile person so I'm not really overly concerned but I am wondering whether any of you wonderful people could share any experiences or advice - am I likely to damage anything band related? My surgeon was sick the day I had my post op appointment so I couldn't ask. Thank you so much in anticipation of your (hopefully) reassuring words!
  9. denzel

    MiniMizer Gastric Ring

    Hi folks, For those of you who have been sleeved in the last 12 months did you have the additional "MiniMizer Gastric Ring"? (or similar?) http://bariatricsolutions.com.au/project/gastric-ring/ And for those of you about to be, what are your thoughts and what have you decided? I have said yes, but I am in two minds about it. There was a previous post, in which Kazbo had asked some pretty good questions, so I asked my surgeon some of these questions (thank you Kazbo!). I'm not sleeved until 2nd Feb so still got some time to think it over...
  10. Hi all, I'm new here - 2.5 weeks post op (lap band) and my port (positioned left of belly button) is sticking out. Quite obvious. Saw Dr who said might have hematoma, or it might have flipped, or might be swelling & to hang in there til 6 week checkup. Is this normal? Should I be worried? Would love to hear your thoughts. I've lost about 9 kgs since Optifast began pre op til now. Cannot lie on my side (of port) or tummy cheers Little Big Girl
  11. I know that I was always interested in scarring before being banded and never really saw many pictures, so I thought that I would upload my own pictures for people that are interested I'm about 5 months post op and this is how I've healed up so far.
  12. I went to see my surgeon today and now have a choice on whether to have a gastric band alone or combined with a gastric band plication. I'm really gearing towards the gastric band plication but thought I would put it out here and see what everyone has had and if anyone has had the gastric band plication. My surgeon is happy to do either but since the studies are not long term on the gastric band plication he can't recommend it per say. Any thoughts?
  13. Hi I'm wondering if anyone out there has lipoedema, lymphoedema or Lipo-lymphoedema and who has had bariatric surgery (band, sleeve or bypass)? I'm scheduled for sleeving on August 4th but have recently been diagnosed with Lipo-lymphoedema so I'd love to find out if anyone else has experience post-surgery with the added complication/considerations of Lipo-lympho. Thanks
  14. bandedbrittany

    A Weekend Away

    I'm headed for a short girls weekend away tonight and it will consist of a lot of lovely food places, cheese, fudge, berries etc. This week I think I had a (sort of) epiphany about my band. I was browsing through the forums on here and someone had linked The 8 Golden Rules of Lapband. I decided to watch them and the diagrams really helped my head understand what my body is going through when I eat food. I actually look a lot away from it, and this week feel like I have done a much better job of listening to my body, abiding my the 8 Golden Rules and in return, I haven't had too much drama!! One of the big things for me was accepting that in the morning my band will not tolerate food. So all this week I started with tea and then around lunch time I would try something easy like fish. It seems to have been working well for me. Another rule I like is stop eating after 20 minutes. And the other one is wait a full minute between bites. All of those have been lifesavers for me this week. So I am nervous and excited to see how my band and I cope this weekend. There will be a lot of temptation!
  15. bandedbrittany

    Morning Mayhem

    I have had numerous restriction levels during the 3.5 years I've had my band. I still remember the day I experienced what restriction felt like for the first time! I had just been to see my surgeon for the second time since the operation and I had gone from 2mls to 4mls. That evening I made a chicken and cheese toasted sandwich, which at 2mls wouldn't have been a problem whatsoever. I took a bite, not even thinking, chewed and swallowed and gulp... What was happening... When people ask me what I mean when I say 'it won't work' or 'it didn't work' or 'my band didn't like it', I find it really hard to explain to them what it actually feels like. For me, I have 4 different feels when I eat something. 1. No problem, goes down with absolutely zero problem, like I don't even have a band. 2. Feels momentarily uncomfortable: but I know within 30seconds to 1minute it will pass through the band. 3. Uncomfortable verging on a little painful: this will take anywhere between 5-20minutes to pass the band and I know I have to give up. 4. Stuck. Extremely painful, will 100% need to bring the food back up, excessive saliva. So that day, that I had taken a bite of the sandwich, I was probable at a level 2. But I gave up straight away because that feeling scared me. Over the years I became more brave/stupid, about pushing limits with my band and what I could eat. It's not uncommon for me, now, to eat something and straight away know it's a number 3, but persevere for up to 2-3 hours to eat, just half of whatever it is. This is when I might have a bite and it takes up to 20 minutes for the discomfort to not actually dissapate, but just decrease in intensity, for me to take another bite. This leads to a couple of hours of feeling uncomfortable and slightly in pain, all for a few mouthfuls of food. That, is SO, stupid. What I'm doing here is letting my mind win. And simultaneously traumatising my band. It also ruins the rest of my day because I have pushed my limits so far, that any time later that day I try to eat/drink something, it 'doesn't work'. How do I get my 'newly banded' mindset back where I was so careful of everything I put in my mouth and I was so worried about feeling number 2 that I rarely every experienced number 3 or 4? Does anyone else have a similar experience, or a 'levels of restriction' scale they acknowledge?
  16. Kiwizoo

    Banded 24-Hours Ago

    Hi everyone - was banded yesterday at the SAN @ 9am by Dr Craig Taylor from the OClinic in North Sydney. Thought I'd put down some thoughts now that I'm back home. Overall, it was a wonderful experience - the staff are great and I was well looked after. I was nervous going in, as I was on my own, but they put me at ease. I waited in the waiting area, then someone at reception double checked my paperwork and asked me to sit down again. 10 minutes later, I was called to the Day Surgery preperation ward, where you basically strip down and get the (very fetching) one piece gown to wear (wether you are a man or a woman, I'm a man!) After 30 minutes, a nurse came in and read me the same questions everyone asked, 'name, DOB, what you in for etc.' they do this to ensure you are you at every stage of the operation, right up until surgery. Another nurse shaved my tummy - and I was good to go. A porter then wheeled me up to the theatre waiting area. I waited here, dozing on and off, for about 30 minutes. I was then wheeled into the pre-op room to meet Mr Kumar the anaesthetist. They put a needle in my arm (missed the first time, OUCH! How come the rest of me is so fat and yet I have thin veins!) but once it settled the second time, no issues. Dr Taylor came bounding through and remarked that I had a big smile on my face - I told him that this was like Christmas for me and after a lot of personal pain and depression around body size, this was he beginning of my new life. He gave me a high five and ten minutes later I was wheeled in to surgery. I have never been for an operation before, so I was fascinated. The team relaxed me and Mr Kumar told me that once he'd fastened me up to all sorts of tubes and wires, I was getting something to make me sleep. And...3 seconds later - although it was actually 40 - I woke up in surgery and the lap band was DONE and the operation a success. They then quickly took me to the recovery room. I had a little tightening across the tummy when I woke - I could tell someone had been down there - but nothing SERIOUS in terms of pain. You are pretty drowsy by this stage. but in a nice way - it's a sort of twilight zone and you can sleep pretty peacefully. However they did give me some pain relief which was nice. After an hour, they were ready to transfer me to my room. I met the physio and he walked me up and down the corridor a couple of times and I felt really good about how easy it was to move. At 2pm I was pretty much wide awake and bursting for a pee, so the nurse gave me a bottle. Phew! That felt GOOD. I was surprised that I felt quite hungry too! Not for food, but felt like something nourishing. So they gave me a cup of tea (remember this is only a few hours poste surgery - and told me to SIP very slowly. I sipped about a litre of water over the afternoon. At no point did the pain levels feel more than 5 out of 10. My head felt a bit swimmy, but but otherwise I was feeling really good. Dinner came at 6.30 and consisted of a hot clear broth, a Sustagen drink and some apple juice. This was plenty - and took me about 3 hours to get through. They gave me a painkiller before I went to bed at 9.30 and I slept pretty well (albeit with 2 blood pressure checks overnight.) Had breakfast this morning and after some meds from the hospital phramacy went home. They gave me painkillers and junior panadol - I asked for the junior as upstairs, when I tried the soluble ones, they were quite fizzy and made me burp - and gave pain! The normal ones felt too big so I asked for the junior syrup and you have to have about 6 teaspoons to reach the adult dose! Big baby, yeah I know....) So this morning - 24 hours later - how does it feel? A bit more tender actually. And it hurts when I burp or cough. But this is pretty major surgery and I'm gentle on myself (as you need to be with yourselves). But I'm happily siting here at my computer, having made a cup of tea and I'll have some gentle walks and get back into Game of Thrones, which I've only just discovered. But I could not be happier. I've worked so hard to deal with all my life issues - mental as well as physical ones - and this one for me is the final hurdle. And I DO think it will change my life as I'm so ready for it. Sorry about the long post - I just wanted to provide detail if any new bandits wanted it. Reading everyone else's was great for me and wanted to return the favour. I'll keep you posted on my progress and look forwards to reading yours. Start weight 108.6kgs Banded weight 104.5kgs
  17. klc8561

    I'm Done!!

    Hi everybody. I wake up this morning and realise that I have broken off my relationship with comfort eating! Yes, I had my band fitted yesterday. For me, it was a breeze. I feel so lucky. The only real discomfort I had was when I first went back to recovery and I was feeling the pain, but a couple of injections later, all was good. Surgery at 9am, back on the ward by 11 and up walking by 11.30. Lovely sleep in the afternoon and home by 7. Surgeon also found a hiatus hernia in there so he repaired that too. Anyway, just sitting in bed now having a cup of tea and will soon get up and do a lap of the back yard! Life's good
  18. Hi wonderful people, Im just curious as I am having my first fill tomorrow morning (YAY!!! so desperatly need it) and the appointment is around 11am. As i feel i have no restriction with my band and can literally eat like i could before becoming banded... how long / what time do you think i should have breakfast before my appointment? I'm going to make sure its a good nutritious breakfast because i dont know how i will react after the fill. However i just want to make sure everything has gone through beforehand. I appreciate all and any advice. Thanks, Jen xx
  19. BekCanDoIt

    Lil' bit Suss...

    Hey all - long time no post!! Just a question, I got the lap band almost 12months ago now - woot woot!! And i've noticed within the last six months my immunity for things has gone down - things that usually wouldn't bother me are now becoming annoying issues... Eg: got my eye brows waxed about a month ago (have been getting them done since i was a teen with no problems) I ended up getting a painful abscess, had to go to the docs to get it drained etc etc, Or getting ingrown hairs alot that get infected frequently... Or just the other day i got ring worm, but no one else in the house has it... About 4months ago i got fulll bloods done, and everything was in 'normal' range... I don't know if i'm just being paranoid, or if it may have something to do with me eating less or something??? >>>>admittedly i don't take a multi >>>which i'm assuming may be the issue here, but again - all my tests came back normal... Would love any feedback!! Hope you all had awesome xmas's and new-years!
  20. Last Tuesday was one of the best days of the rest of my life. Hi Newbie Bandits. After suffering from cancer at 27, I have slowly put on an amazing 65 kg ( double of what I was then). Several years ago I had to have a small tumour removed from my duodenum. The surgeon then discussed with me the possibility of having the gastric band done. Advised that I was morbidly obese ( gosh I hate that saying) she said that the surgery would change my life. I said I would consider it after I had healed from the current surgery. Not long after that I received a letter from the health fund saying they would not be covering gastric banding anymore. I was shattered. No way could I even begin to afford the thousands of dollars for the procedure. My weight has just kept piling on. In March last year my eldest daughter (BekCanDoIt - she is here on the site) had the procedure done. 1o months later she has dropped 30 kgs and looks absolutely amazing. After having a small stroke on Mothers Day last year I knew I had to do something. I have tried every diet, fad, pills, gym, shake , meal plan available but to no avail. Exercise is tough due to the pain I suffer from my weight bearing knees. Last Monday, my hubby came home from work to tell me that a lady at his work has lost an unbelievable amount of weight and looks fabulous. He said if you want it done, go do it. Well I was excited but dismayed at the same time. Rotten health fund said they wouldn't pay. He said call them tomorrow and see what they say. Next morning as soon as the NSW branches opened ( ahead of us here in Qld by 1 hr) I called them. I told the lovely girl why I was calling and would the health fund reconsider in my circumstance as I have high blood pressure and have had the stroke. She advised that I have always been covered and the letter sent out to us was incorrect. Well..... if I could cartwheel, I would have. Then I set the ball in motion. Come 9am, I called the surgeon. As fate would have it she had a cancellation on the 18th Jan. Yep that is mine. She has a turnaround of around 2-3 weeks, so I am getting prepared. I hope that I will have my surgery in February. Next was the call to the GP to get a referral. Appointment booked for 2 days later. He also advised that the government are doing a health check for 45-49 yr old women and that includes the required blood tests. He said that I have his 100% support as he knows how hard I have tried to get rid of the beast that I carry around every day. ( happening tomorrow). My daughter said you will need to see a dietician also and you better book now as they are hard to get into. Thank God for a Band Buddy. Feeling pumped about the success of my 3 earlier calls, I called the dietician that my daughter had seen. The receptionist advised me that she no longer worked in the area...... My heart sank.... Next breath she says would you like to see another dietician , I can fit you in on 24th Jan. My oath I will..... As I said before, my daughter Bek has been banded for 10 mths now and was so wrapped that I have made the decision. She told me about the dreaded liquid diet to reduce the fat in your liver. That was my next goal. Get them shakes happening. Started Optifast last Wed. Only having 2 shakes and a meal per day and fruit or low carb snacks when I feel hunger pangs. In the process have lost 2kg in 6 days. I said to my girls and my hubby . This was meant to be. Bring on my date for surgery. Can't wait. Last Tuesday was one of the best days of the rest of my life. Cheers , Kelly
  21. I went for my first visit today as I'm hoping to have the band fitted. I'm really keen on the band as opposed to the sleeve,but I'm not sure how I'll go work wise with the band. I work as a long haul flight attendant,so most of my flights are 8hrs and over. I've read through many posts on here with many mentioning that the band does swell a little when you fly. During the consultation the Dr did seem to be veering closer to a sleeve,as there has been little research done on regular flying with a band. Many other sites have mentioned not having any fill when flying...not eating during the flight...only drinking small amounts of water,but in my case when I spend so much time at work I think I'd dread going to work for worrying that I can't eat or drink. I've even been told of a person that for 1-2 days after a flight can only have soups etc...which sounds so restrictive...and would mean that I'd be living on soups/liquids as I fly every few days...only having longer breaks when I'm on holidays So my question is...how have you managed on a Long Haul flight(that's 8 hrs and over)...did you have any problems,such as PB'ing or extreme feelings of tightness? I'd be grateful for any experiences you've had so I can get an idea of common symptoms. I went in today so full of enthusiasm but right now I'm feeling disheartened..
  22. Hello there peeps!! So i recently got that 'My Fitness Pal' app onto my phone - and i'm really enjoying, knowing how much calories per day i'm putting into my body - buuuuttttt I'm wondering with the band - what is a NORMAL daily Calorie/Kj intake?? - this app is telling me everyday that i'm 'not having enough' and it can cause malnutrition yadda yadda. Thanks Bek
  23. BekCanDoIt

    I'm Confused

    After my 2nd fill i was feeling a good restriction - I was satisfied on small amounts of food and i wasn't able to eat certain 'bad' foods because my band couldn't tolerate it. After about 3-4weeks it felt like my band became 'looser' - i Could eat more 'bad' things, or just more of anything - i was still satisfied per-say but i noticed i could eat more before that feeling of satiety came. But over the last couple of days my band feels 'tighter' again, I've noticed that i have pb'd things i could eat a week before . So i'm really confused if i should go in for another fill or if i shouldn't - because i don't want to get into the red zone.... Has anyone else felt like this before? If anyone has any advice i'd really appreciate hearing it!! Thanks Bek
  24. Dave

    Step One - the GP

    There are a lot of things you hear about weight loss. Some good, some consider miracles and some that are just so bad you just want to ignore them. I think its just for the best to stay away from things with the word celebrity linked with them! I was at home recently, off work with the flu and I said to myself that why not! Why not take this opportunity to ask my doctor about banding, I was already going for a medical certificate anyway, may as well make the most of it. So off I went. While it wasn't one of the worst conversations I have ever had to have, it certainly wasn't easy. I'm not one that knows what a real therapy session is like, I normally can handle making sense of my life just fine on my own; but to actually say to someone else that you have a problem and you need help was the biggest thing I have ever done in my life. This coming from someone that is use to having to deal with his own problems and having to open up and to share what I and I'm sure so many you on this journey would consider, their darkest hour. It is hard to admit what you really eat. My GP is very understanding, very supportive of my goal. After the blood tests came back ok, just a slightly fatty liver and nothing else to worry about. We discussed other options and after laying out my life story he sent me away with that next nail blighting task, a referral to a specialist! It sat on the kitchen table for a few weeks, often I would just stare at it, thinking can I do this? Should I do this? It didn't help that some liked the idea and some thought it was a very drastic thing to undergo. But ultimately it is only you that can decide what is right for you, only you know the pain and the suffering that has brought you to this life changing decision. "Hello this is Sue." a soft but welcoming voice came over the phone. "Hi Sue, this is David. I have a referral and I would like to make an appointment." By this time again I was starting to think 'should I just hang up, no be strong, you have to do this'. "Ok great, the earliest appointment I have is in about a month and half, how about Wednesday lunchtime?" I was hoping to get in sooner, stop all that thinking and just get on with the action, now theres just more time to sit and ponder. Do I have a choice? Not really, coming so close to Christmas I just have to take what's available. Damn you referral, you sat there mocking me, making me question but eventually helped me to build up courage. "Oh really, he's that booked out, ok thanks, yes that should be fine." "Ok great I have booked you in with the specialist and the dietitian afterwards. We also have a group information session next week if your interested just to find out more about the procedures, would you be interested?" I needed to know more than what Wikipedia says and some of the horror stories I've Googled! "Yes that sounds interesting, please sign me up!" There it's done, you can relax and stop thinking about it."Ok thanks David, see you soon!"
  25. Dave

    In the beginning...

    It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Your friends still loved and supported you however as time went by it became harder and harder to find any clothes that fit, let alone any that looked any good. It was the simple things, the little things that broke the straw of my back. Not being able to tie a shoe lace easily, having to be careful to not put your back out getting out of the car, working up a sweat just walking up to the second floor. It is time. Most of my life I’ve been a big guy, starting in Primary School and the lunches from the corner shop. Starting out as one sausage roll and small Big M to two sausage rolls and a large Big M in the later years. I was a fussy kid, my friends would argue that I still am. Although I think the closer ones would agree that I have spread my wings and started to vary my palate in recent years. Before my school years I would live on frankfurts and mashed potato, hot chips and soft drink. My mother was also a big woman back then, while she did her best to keep me fed, I was too strong for her and she had no choice but to give in. Had I wished she stood firm, yes however I don’t blame her for it, stubborn kids are not easy to deal with and she just wanted to make me happy at the time. By 14 I remember that I was 80Kg, not sure of my height at the time so I can’t give an indication of the BMI I was back then, but I was big; big enough to be singled out at school, high school especially. While I would like to say that I have fond memories of my childhood dreams, there were also the not so pleasant experiences. It was expected, every fat kid gets picked on at school and I usually took it on the cuff of my shirt. It did bother me, but back then there wasn’t much I wanted to do about it and by the time I was a senior I was in a great group of friends that kind of shielded me from those that their only pass time was to barrage the emotional living daylights out of the venerable. By the end of high school I was about 110-115kg, 175cm, giving me a BMI of approximately 37, the Very High Risk category… By the time I finished University, living away from home I worked my way up to 122Kg and a BMI of 39.8, just a stone’s throw away from that life changing term… Morbid Obesity. Well at that point I made some sacrifices in my life and with the support of a very good friend of mine that played professionally in the NRL, supported and motivated me to make some changes. Well what a time in my life that was! Starting 4thMay 2009 I began a regimented routine of 6 small, relatively healthy meals a day along with around 2 physical boot camp style exercise sessions with my NRL buddy. On the 8th October 2009, just five months later I had lost 10.2Kg. I was a new person! I experienced designer clothes for the first time. I remember the day I was in Sydney and visited my first Industry store. I purchased a pair of size 40 (the largest they make) jeans. That was the best day of my life. I wore those jeans like a badge of honour. Sadly that was to come to a crashing halt and like all good things, they come to an end. I lost my focus and my motivation, but worst of all I lost my support. My buddy that was helping me got contract to play elsewhere and had to move away. I tried to keep up my motivation and determination however I feel that with a combination of not having any more one-on-one support, that someone to keep you motivated and focused, I lost mine. I tried to keep off the bad foods, keep riding to work but it all just fell apart and here I am, 12Kg heavier than when I started, that’s right folks, 134Kg with a BMI of 44, Morbidly Obese. While this is a sad time in my life, like the phoenix is reborn out of the ashes of its demise, I too will be reborn and starting now I have begun the mission of taking back my body, my life, my soul. Please join me while I take this journey of rediscovery and new heath through the miracle that is gastric banding and the transformation that is about to take place. Fighting the food fight, one band at a time.
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