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Hello everyone, My lap band surgery is booked for January 7 2015 with Professor Paul O'Brien. I am having a friend take me to the hospital and pick me up once I'm all finished. I haven't told anyone about the surgery except my father, who lives overseas, and am reluctant to tell my friend the real reason I am getting surgery... Do you think it will be possible to get in and out of the hospital without my friend finding out I'm having lap band surgery? I know how silly this sounds, that I should just be happy I am finally getting the surgery and not keep secrets. However, having been judged for years about my weight, I don't really want to be judged for having weight loss surgery. What are everyone else's thoughts and experiences? Thank you.
Hey Everyone, My name is Sam, I am new, I mean really new, I haven't even had my initial appointment yet.... that's happening on the 3rd of Jan. I am hoping to make a few friends in here to go through the journey with me. Hopefully some people in Brisbane, and with similar goals to me... umm wanting to loose half of themselves. actually i don't want to lose it, i want to evict 65kg and get a restraining order! a bit about me: 46 yo body, much younger mentally. doing a fine art degree at QCA Southbank. Graphic Artist. good sense of humour, totally tactless, stubborn, determined. I live out near Indooroopilly. I have been looking at lapband surgery for a number of years, in the past i would convince myself i could do it myself, and i would, i would lose the weight, through hard work and willpower. unfortunately my weight is stubborn and always found its way back again and just cause its kinda friendly would bring home a few extras with it, so at my lightest i have been 65kg, and at my heaviest 135kg, Oh i am 173cm tall, and healthy other than being over weight. my weight is always up and down, last Christmas i was 95kg.. its just madness. I am hoping the Lapband will be the tool that will help me control the weight once i get it off. I know its still going to be lots of hard work and willpower, but the band i am hoping will be like a little control freak inside me that will force me to be aware always of how much i put in my mouth. and basically wanted some friends to share the journey with, strength in numbers and all that ya know. sooo..... anyone feelin the same I would love to hear from you. in here or via email: email@example.com (hope that's allowed, err stalkers need not apply) Sam... oh ps, if i posted this in the wrong space.. sorry, i will do better next time.
Hi, This is my first post! I have found this form to be really helpful in my research about banding. I have just received a DVD and info from CBS in Glen Iris, and I am considering Dr Stewart Skinner for my surgeon. A question I have for you all is about how your family and friends reacted to he news you wanted lap banding? I have noticed some people get a little uncomfortable and dont know what to say. Either they have certain views about it - like its a cop-out, or that exercise and diet should be enough. Or they dont know how to say how happy they are you are finally going to lose the weight. I did lose weight, twice, but both times - in hindsight - were not healthy. First was eating 900 calories a day and I got very skinny. Then I put on 30-40kg. I went on atkins and reductil and lost 30kg in 6-9 months. When I moved to Australia I put it all and some more back on. Since then i have tried CSIRo, weight watchers, atkins again, lite and easy, jenny craig and more. I have yo-yo'd up and down by about 15kg. I have had 3 personal trainers and now have several injuries that prevent me from working out and doing certain exercises. To top it all off - I had a genetic report done a few years back which identified that I have the FTO, MC4R, INSIG2 and PCSK1 genes - all related to obesity. I didn't choose lap banding as a first choice, but the diet pills had awful side effects, I can do limited exercise, I have a sedentary job, and diets are not working. Some of the reactions to my decision have been surprising and I am wondering if peoples attitudes to the procedure change once they see the results in you? Thanks
Hello Everyone!! Last weekend i moved to Freshwater (near Manly) as a 'live in' Nanny. I don't know anyone down here, nor do i really know where anything is etc etc. Sooo, i was wondering do any of you lovely people live around this area, and if you do would you like to catch up for coffee, a walk - something like that??!! I've been abit off the rails the last month, and i really want to get back into a healthy lifestyle - that's the whole reason for the band right!!??!! And being in a new place without any friends can get very boring!!! - also what are cool area's to go see, and things to do with children around here?? The kids i work with have ENDLESS amounts of energy, that i'd like to harness in a positive way! Love to hear from anyone!! :) :) :) Bek xo