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Yesterday was the 16th April and on that day in 2014 I had my gastric band fitted by Dr K Dolan here in Perth. I've always posted photos of me on my profile pic so I could be seen, but I have not done something like this before. Below I've combined a photo of me looking like a nightmare on steroids at 6am on the day of my surgery lol. My skin was bad due to my T2Diabetes being high all week (stress I'd say and Optifast), not alot of sleep due to excitement and of course the look of omg today is the day.... I've always taken progress pics, it started fortnightly, then monthly, now it seems I'm just a conceited b*tch I am taking photos all the time! The 2nd picture is half way through my year, when I truly felt like a major change had happened. By October I had lost around 30kgs or so. And the last photo marked April is of course now. Taken in my backyard and feeling great. 36kgs gone, as with my T2D and it's medications. Sometimes to see how far we have come, we need to glance back and see where we started. I am just over half way now and never did I feel this was possible with all the medical problems, bad habits and lack of exercise I had in my corner 12 months ago. Some days are tough but most days are good, but encouragement is still always graciously accepted
Hi all - So its been a while since i've even logged into bandingtogether.com.au, but i guess i want to let people know how i've coped living with my bandit fiance. I have to start with, i couldn't be more proud of her, she's done and is still doing everything she needs to do get to her goal weight. We've had our ups and downs (mostly ups) and she's so much more happier than ive ever known her to be, she's more confident than ive ever seen her and much more comfortable with her body than ive seen her in the 4 years we've been together. She has had a couple of moments where he weight has plateaued and she's lost motivation, but for me that was a sign i needed to give her a little nudge, weather it be getting on the exercise bike or just going for walk with our son. The doctor has said she's doing really well, and we havent had any surgery related dramas at all, her scars have healed well, and i dont even notice them anymore, they may always be a reminder as to what was past, but there's no looking back for my little bandit. I feel that not only has the band helped her but its also helped me, helped me realise that i needed help with my own weight, i've never been big but i've always had a belly on me the makes me look 6 months pregnant, i work away and on site they provide fitness classes so ive been going to classes on a regular basis and eating a hell of a lot better than was (which is hard when you have a huge range of food to choose from every night) This is good because when im home my fiance cooks great food for us both and i eat it, im finding myself eating stuff i never would have thought id eat - and im learning to love it. If anyone out there is thinking about the surgery or if you're a partner of someone thinking about it - i recommend it, we thought long and hard about it for a long time and now - well the fact is i had my doubts but our quality of life style is so much better than ever before and for our little boy i think we made the right decision. If anyone has any question for me, feel free to ask.
Hi everyone, just posting in each state... If you have been banded or had a sleeve done in December 2012, drop by here, and let us know (so not only can I add you to the bandit list for December but come join the conversation! We'd love to have you Jen xx