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  1. Hi all, I don't know if this has been done before (so forgive me if it has) but I'm genuinely curious to know what clothes size you are, how tall you are, and how much you weigh? The reason I ask is I haven't set a final goal yet, because I don't know what size I will be when I get there! A few years ago, I was one size smaller, but weighed 20kg less than I do now. Hard to believe? But it's the truth, and I've even tried on clothes from them that fit/are a little too small for me right now. So, embarrassingly (and I have never posted on here my weight I don't think lol), I will start this off: Height: 169cm Weight: 116kg Clothes: Top 14-16, bottom 16-18
  2. 3 Top Reasons For Regain After Weight Loss Surgery Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is a very big deal. It seems obvious to say that when someone agrees to weight-loss surgery they're desperate for help to change the way they're living, or not fully living their lives. Everyone goes into the procedure ready and willing to surgically alter their anatomy hoping for a better future. So why is it that so many will fall short of losing the optimal amount of weight for their health and will actually regain within 3 years much if not all of the weight they lost? Some studies say 1/3 of patients will regain most of their weight post-surgery. I think the number is actually higher because many people who regain simply fall out of contact with their bariatric surgeon and support staff because they feel ashamed, so the statistics do not include these people. So, why do most people regain the weight? What can you do to help insure that you will be one of the successful long-term losers of your excess weight? By examining why people fail you can create a plan for how you will succeed. The government agency, National Institutes for Health (NIH) defines weight-loss surgery as "merely a tool that helps people get a new start toward maintaining long-term good health. The surgery alone will not help someone lose weight and keep it off. Together with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet and daily exercise, surgery will help an individual lose weight and maintain the weight loss." Please read that a few times. That is how important this quote is! The surgery alone will not help someone lose weight and keep it off. We as weight-loss surgery patients have a history of seeking comfort, happiness and pleasure through food. We wouldn't be here if that weren't true. Me included. The process of surgically altering our anatomies does nothing to remove from us the tendency to seek comfort in familiar ways but assures there will be physical suffering if we do. Post-surgery we will still have the same brain that is used to comforting us with food, and we will still have the fingers and the arms that are used to lifting food to the same mouth to find comfort and pleasure. It is critically important that the WLS patient seek out new ways to soothe, comfort, and find pleasure in their world other than by eating. ONE main reason patients regain their weight is they search for ways to get around the surgery, still thinking of food as primarily a source of pleasure, not a source of fuel that can be pleasurable. This is often done relying on liquid calories, which may pass more easily, like high calorie coffee or juice bar drinks or alcohol. This is also done post-operatively by trying to maintain the presence of "trigger foods" in their lives. "Trigger foods" are often foods from the patient's past that helped cause obesity, do not satisfy hunger but instead create a craving. Many are high-calorie and highly processed, not nutritious. Trigger foods can include chocolate, chips, crackers, bread, cookies, ice cream, pudding, lattes, frapuccinos and alcoholic beverages. Really, any food can be a "trigger food" if there is so much pleasure in the "mouth-feel" or taste that repeating the pleasurable experience takes on more importance than actually feeding hunger. Very successful patients cultivate a mostly trigger-free post- surgical life. Bariatric surgeons know the most common reason for regain. The most common post- surgical complication is "noncompliance." Non-compliance is a fancy word that means the patient is not eating and exercising the way he/she agreed to before surgery. These people "talk the talk." The successful patient "walks the walk" after surgery and changes how they eat and move. A SECOND reason people often regain beginning in the second or third year post-op is that the "honeymoon" is over. The "honeymoon" generally encompasses the first 12 to 18 months post- surgery. During this time many patients will say, "I could eat all the chocolate and ice cream I wanted and still lose weight. I didn't have to try and the weight just came off." This is often true because the body has been through such a shock after surgery that it takes months for the body to reset itself and learn to function with its' new physiology. Patients who regain their weight often believe that this "honeymoon period" is the new way that it will always be and don't adopt healthy eating patterns. So when their "honeymoon period" ends as it will they believe that the surgery has somehow failed them. In reality they have failed their surgery! During the first 12-18 months post-op it is essential to develop healthy patterns around food and exercise. This is the time when it is actually easiest to do and to not do so wastes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin a great new life with positive momentum. A THIRD reason many patients regain much of their lost weight is a lack of support. Humans are social animals and we desire and need the support of each other throughout our lives. For thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years people coming together as a family or a community over food has been a way we connect with each other. Post-surgery, when the patient isn't able to eat what others are eating or in the quantities others are eating, or others are eating their 'trigger foods", life can feel very stressful and lonely. This can be compounded by being around unsupportive people or people who want to be supportive but don't know how. Patients fail by not surrounding themselves with supportive people in a safe environment where they also must be accountable for their actions and behavior with food and their bodies. It is key to have a community of professionals and non-professionals who understand the challenges and hardships faced by those carving a new life with a new anatomical structure. There are online and in-person support groups. Even patients who've gone abroad for weight loss surgery can often use the support services available with their local medical group's Bariatric department. Creating relationships that support and assist you in becoming a healthier person and that hold you accountable for making healthy choices are key. These are my top three. What would you add to this list? What plan will you create to deal with the items you add to this list? Who will support you on this journey of your life.....for your life *This comment is of particular interest:* As a family nurse practitioner in bariatric surgery care and podcaster of the Weight Loss Surgery Podcast I think you bring up some very important points. However, where I take exception is with the delicate matter of blame, aka “noncompliance” woven throughout your piece. You begin by asking, “…why is it so many fall short of losing the optimal amount of weight for their health and will actually regain within 3 years much if not all of the weight they lost.” When I read this sentences I wondered a few things: Who are you referring to when you state, “so many?" Who has made the decision of what is the “optimal amount of weight [lost] for their health?" And finally, who gets to decide on their “health” to begin with? I agree with you that weight regain happens, but your implication that any regain is problematic is simply not true and perpetuates misconception of success vs failure. There are numerous studies discussing weight regain, too many to highlight here. But for a summary on this issue, one needs only go to the ASMBS website to read the following regarding weight regain: ""As many as 50 percent of patients may regain a small amount of weight (approximately 5 percent) two years or more following their surgery. However, longitudinal studies find that most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term. ‘Successful’ weight-loss is arbitrarily defined as weight-loss equal to or greater than 50 percent of excess body weight. Often, successful results are determined by the patient, by their perceived improvement in quality of life. In such cases, the total retained weight-loss may be more, or less, than this arbitrary definition. Such massive and sustained weight reduction with surgery is in sharp contrast to the experience most patients have previously had with non-surgical therapies."” https://asmbs.org/pa...-misconceptions You go on to outline three main reasons people regain weight: 1) Eating around their surgery by consuming “trigger foods” that give pleasure but are not nutritious, 2) Lack of practicing appropriate weight-loss-sustaining behaviors in the first 12-18 months which then become habits and carry them forward after the “honeymoon” of rapid weight loss is over, 3) Lack of support. Regarding the first of your arguments, the truth is the biology of our eating behaviors is very complicated. Far way more complicated, in fact, than our conscious brain can control through willpower or skillpower. And even (often?) more complicated than our scientific ability to manipulate our anatomy through the surgical intervention of bariatric surgery. It could be that a person is driven to eat around their surgery because the hormones that drive hunger are stronger than the hormones that drive satiety and surgery did not fix that for them. I am not saying that it is ok to have trigger foods around simply because it’s ones biological imperative to eat pleasurable foods, nutrition and weight loss be damned, but I am saying that biology sometimes trumps all and blaming someone for their unconscious biological imperative does not help them, it only adds to their mounting shame. Unfortunately, we are in our infancy of understanding the hormonal regulations of hunger and satiety and how manipulation of the GI tract changes these hormones. If you are interested in learning more, then I refer you to the work of Dr Randy Seeley, PhD and and Dr Lee Kaplan. Regarding your second and third arguments, I honestly feel that number three, lack of support, drives many of the behaviors that result in peoples struggles after surgery including not practicing healthy behaviors as early as possible. When it comes to bariatric surgery, it takes a village. I firmly believe, that the center of that village needs to be the bariatric surgery practice; the village square if you will, where all gather to learn and connect. When I hear of someone who is struggling I wonder a number of things: Were they educated enough and appropriately by their surgical practice? Just because you can perform surgery on someone, does not mean they are ready. Did they have access to a support group before and after surgery? If they are struggling with anything, including weight regain, after bariatric surgery, did their practice create a culture of inclusiveness and non-bias that is welcoming to all their patients, not just the practices definition of successful patients? Were their family and friends on board and if not, did their bariatric surgery practice create an environment conducive to connection with a new community of support? When a patient struggles after bariatric surgery, in my opinion, it reflects more on the practice than on the person. I realize that is a controversial thing to say that I may catch some heat for, but I stand by my opinion. Sara, I know without a doubt you and I are on the same page when it comes to believing in and supporting bariatric surgery patients long term success, however that success is defined. What I worry about, however, is when we start distilling weight regain after bariatric surgery down to a few patient-centric elements without giving credit to how complicated these issues are; how we are early in our understanding of the science (and we have not even talked about weight regain due to surgical complications because let’s not forget, the surgeries can have their own shortcomings separate from human behaviors); and how much bariatric surgery practices bear the responsibility of patient selection, preparation, and support; what we inadvertently end up doing is what we have done a millions times before and to our patient's detriment- we take the easy way out by shifting the burden of blame back onto the person, the person who has a complicated and progressive disease known as obesity. Sincerely, Reeger Cortell, FNP http://www.bariatricpal.com/page/articles.html/_/support/3-top-reasons-for-regain-after-weight-loss-surgery-r520
  3. denzel

    Obese, but fit

    I've just walked 1km back from the shops, having done a circuitous route via the park to get there (had to buy dog bones for the houndies - Spud Shed In Kelmscott do nice ones). This was carrying 18 kg and walking two Greyhounds. Pre-coffee this am I checked my BP (using correct technique) and it was a pleasing 113/69. A massive improvement from earlier this year when I was still working 2/7 and had inadequately treated sleep apnoea, BP then went up to 163/83. I had to have a 24 hour BP monitor applied. Now I am feeling much better than a couple of months ago with a ME/CFS relapse, my appetite has diminished, and I find it easier to go low carb. My blood tests done recently were excellent: Cholesterol: 4.5 (<5.5) Triglyceride: 0.6 (<1.8) HDL Chol: 2.4 (1.1 - 3.5) Coronary Risk Ratio 1.9 (<3.5) LDL Chol: 1.8 (<3.5) S-Insulin 9 (<20) Glucose 5.4 (3.5-5.4) - I would like to get that down. Fasting So I guess, that's not bad for a 51 year old with chronic medical problems and who society looks down on and judges as 'fat' (along with all the connotations of that!). At this rate I could pass the pack hike test for fire-fighters! (done it before and passed). I didn't go for it this year as I knew that I wouldn't pass the medical due to the chronic medical problems. Anyway, I am no longer working there, so now just working casually in my original career.
  4. Sorry for the cliched title. I loathe the word journey, hijacked as its become, but to be honest, I can't actually think of what else this is. A journey, an exploration, a study in self - it's many things - it's also a long overdue admission that I - Ms Very High Self-Esteem - am now so overweight that it's actually affecting my health. I can't be in denial any more, something needs to be done. I had lunch two weeks ago with my son's best mate's mum. I hadn't seen her for a while and she looked fantastic. I knew that in the past she had used Duromine to lose about 10-12 kg and thought she must have been on that but she said "didn't I tell you? I got a lap-band done in November. Best thing I ever did!". She has lost 11 kg (even over Christmas! I was very impressed) and reckoned it was so easy and why she didn't do it years ago she'll never know. I was fascinated. I listened hard to everything she told me and went home thinking "I think I need this". I am lucky to have a very supportive partner who loves me regardless of what I look like but all the same, I know he is very pleased that I've decided to do this. I made an appointment to see Prof. Paul O'Brien on 18 February but was excited to get a call saying there was an earlier appointment, so I went yesterday, 11 February. I was horrified to see what my weight was - 90 kg - BMI 35.6. I even find it hard to type that terrible number, but I knew it was time to face it. I am only 5'1" - 5'2" if I'm really lucky and 90 kg is appalling for my height. I had a hard enough time last year facing turning 50, then acknowledging I was actually going through menopause, now this. All these unfaceable things must now be squarely faced. Prof. O'Brien told me that my ideal weight is 63 kg (is it a sign? I was born in 1963...*cue spooky music*) and that I have 27 kg of excess weight but should aim to lose 18 kg to get to 72 kg. I responded "I look awesome at 70 kg". Like I said, I have a very healthy self-esteem So I got given all the paperwork and spent most of last night completing it - I absolutely couldn't complete the 40 page questionnaire in one hit so I did half last night and the rest this morning. I've had my GP sign the forms for the super fund, and tomorrow I'll post it all off. My surgery is scheduled for 24 March 2014 unless the super fund comes through quickly and there is an earlier spot, which I will take. I'm nervous and excited. I'm worried I will fail. I'm curious if I will succeed and if that success will be fast or slow. I fret that I'm a boredom eater and often eat when I'm not hungry. I wonder if I will still have the urge to buy a packet of biscuits or a block of chocolate and hide it in my office drawer to nibble on during the day. I am worried how I will cook for my partner and son when I don't feel hungry. In short, I have NFI what is ahead of me! If I'm brutally honest (and why shouldn't I be here? No one knows who I am, there are no expectations, I can truly be myself), I've always been a bit of a "happens to other people" type. But this time it's happening to me and I have to face it. I am fat. Horribly so for my height. I am sick of shopping in the fat chick's section. I am sick of not wearing sleeveless things. I'm sick of trying on bigger and bigger sizes to find something that fits. I've always had big boobs, but even I'm shocked at the sheer scale of the bras I'm wearing now. You could parachute safely to earth from a plane with one of them! I'm sick of seeing people I haven't seen for ages say "wow, you look really well" - when we all know that "well" is a weasel word for fat. Sometimes I even supply them with the word they can't bring themselves to say. I am nothing if not blunt. The Prof's letter to the superannuation fund, by necessity, has to be blunt, but man, it was really tough seeing the words "quite massive obesity" so baldly spelled out on the page. Well you know what? I never want those words used in relation to me again. So lap-band surgery it is. I really hope I can get an earlier appointment to have it done, just to get it over with so I can start this new...thing I don't want to call a journey. I know! A project. That's what it is - a project. LillyPilly's Fat Project. And it starts now. This would be great! I want to use this blog to articulate my thoughts as well as to share what's actually happening to me throughout The Project. I don't mind if no one reads this, it's mainly for me anyway, and I thank the Admins of the forum for providing a safe space to do this. Let us begin.
  5. JustJuls

    Am I losing enough?

    I am terrified I am not losing enough weigh. I was sleeved by Dr Craig Taylor on 27 May 2013 and have only lost about 17kgs so far - is this enough weight so far , I am so scared I should be losing more. I find I am getting hungry about two hours after I eat and am finding I am eating more- Is this normal . I am so scared I will put everything back on. Is there anyone else out there feeling the same way. I am not due back at the docs till September and I am feeling quite scared and emotional at the moment. I live in Erskine Park.
  6. Carislb

    One year later

    Hi everyone Thought I would share my 12 month picture journey with you all. I'm roughly 10 kilograms from my ultimate goal, but I would be over the moon with half that! To celebrate my weight loss I bought a road bike on my bandiversary. My partner is a competitive cyclist so now I can join him on weekend rides. I'm sure these last few kilograms will melt off now that I'm riding Thanks to everyone for all your support and constructive posting over the last 12 months. You're all so inspiring! Happy digesting Caris
  7. tishtish

    1 Cup of Salad/Veges

    Ok ... I'm starting Optifast on Thursday and I've been told to have a cup of salad at lunchtime and a cup of veges at dinner time. Now ... is that a loosely packed cup or what would fit in the cup if you cut it all up really fine ? I can't find any standard measurements of what a cup of salad/veges should weigh. I've also been told to have a serve of fruit with breakfast ... that's easy to find. Can anyone help me out here please ?
  8. 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
  9. Nikkiii

    5 weeks & 1 fill later

    I feel human, normal, better, fitter & happier than I have done in years. I am losing weight at a nice slow rate. I am eating less & feeling satisfied for longer. I am waking up NOT hungry. I am bouncing out of bed. I have energy which has been missing for years. Do I sound happy? Good, because I am. Now before you think you want "some of what she's having" I do still have moments. Moments of self doubt-what have I done? Moments of sudden overwhelming tiredness (I just go and have a nap). Moments of OMG how did I end up like this-why could I not lose this weight-what is wrong with me etc etc. BUT & it is a big BUT...I would NEVER have started down this route if I had not tried EVERYTHING else on offer. I might not be the biggest person to ever have a Lapband but I was staring down the barrel of some pretty nasty medical problems in the near future and something had to be done NOW. Not next year, not in a few years but right now. I have tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Sure Slim, Tony Fergusson, Kate Morgan, Adkins, Scarsdale, South Beach, Cabbage Soup etc etc etc. I could always lose the weight but it would come back and usually with a few more KG's just to make me feel even crappier. I have spent thousands, many many thousands on memberships, food and dieticians even to help me and just can not maintain once I get to the weight I should be at. I have young children and want to be around for them when they grow up as well. Since banding I have given up smoking and an every day alcohol habit and this probably helps explains the feeling of well being. I now only drink if I am going out somewhere-not home alone like I was. I could see that leading to more problems in the future also. I picture a grossly overweight alcoholic suffering endless medical conditions and severe depression-not something to aspire to. I had my first fill last week as food was becoming a bit to interesting to me again and I was able to eat everything with no problem. He put 2 mls in for starters and will see how that goes. So far I feel less hungry for longer but still seem to think about the next meal a little to often. So, every day I notice a little change. I am going to do some measuring later today. I measured 1 week post surgery so this will be the first go since. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, there have been. More later
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