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My Mum came over from NZ to visit me for two weeks.

I went to the airport to meet her. 

She went past me without me recognising her - well she HAD changed her hair style that she had had all MY life, AND since she had her cataracts done, she is no longer wearing glasses.

However, she saw me - the skinnier me - and went past, and then, I believe, was eyeing me off later thinking "That LOOKS like X", and after waiting around, and looking for me, came back for another look!

Needless to say, she thinks that I am too skinny (I'm not - I am within "healthy weight range") and that I had lost weight when she was here  (I hadn't, but I had lost some fluid after coming off diuretics under direction of my GP - my Us and Es were out of whack.  I had marked fluid) for about a week).

 

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Not really a NSV, but I'm so grateful for my band. Its been a tough few months and my eating habits have completely been on a downward spiral. Take away, snacks, comfort food instead of healthy food etc and I haven't gained anything. I was stunned when I got on the scales, I'd been scared to the last month or so fearing I'd have gained at least 5kg but I'm actually down 500g from my last weigh in. 

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Discovered this morning that size 20 work pants now fit me beautifully despite minimal weight loss over the past 3 weeks. So from size 24/26 work pants to size 20 in just under 8 weeks. Top half has gone from size 26 to size 22. I'm feeling happy again.

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Last night I discovered the fat jeans I brought to because I'd gained weight are now quite a bit looser.  How?  I stood up in front of my friends and they informed me I had plumbers crack.  I can also pull them down without undoing them.

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 LOL. Your comment gave me a good laugh and reminded me that I need to visit Target this afternoon to buy some new undies. My boss pointed out yesterday that I hitch up my work pants every time I stand up. Hadn't realised until then that every time I stand up I have to pull up my undies because they're heading down south.

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on Monday I had my first cardiologist appointment since my WLS. For the first time the  results of my holter monitor test show no results of irregular heart beat in a 24 hour period and my blood pressure was within the normal range 124/80. Before being sleeved my blood pressure was 168/110 and that was on medication. My cardiologist commented that he didn't need to use the extra large cuff anymore to take my blood pressure. So as a result of my current readings, I no longer need to take any blood pressure medication, my heart medication dosage has been halved and I am also no longer borderline diabetic.

What a difference a 20kg weight loss makes to your health!

 

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Every time I go for a walk, I walk to the end of my street and turn right, keeping what I refer to in my mind as 'the hill of death' firmly at my back. This morning I walked to the end of my street and for the very first time I turned left towards 'the hill of death'. I had to stop 3 times, my face was bright red and I was gasping for breath, but I made it. I conquered 'the hill of no death'. I just hope no one was around to video me as I did a little happy dance at the top.

So, my next goal is to  make it to the top without stopping.

I seem to be hogging this topic in recent weeks, but I'm 14 weeks into my weight loss journey and there are so many really positive changes happening so rapidly in my life that I just want to share.

 

 

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Finished second year med school exams.. horrible, awful 4 weeks with 12 hours a day hunched over my desk BUT while I did eat SOME chocolate, I did NOT consume a bag of pods or maltesers a day. I am really proud of myself for that, I am a chocolate fiend and those exams are the hardest thing I have ever done so that is a proper victory haha

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I'm sure this is probably a repeat of so many posts but - got on a plane for the first time in 5 years, had plenty of room in a "cramped" economy seat and large amounts of seat belt cord left over after tightening :) Literally haven't been on a plane in my adult life without an extender

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Went shopping this morning to buy a pair of denim 3/4 pants for summer. Tried on size 20 - too big. Tried on size 18 - too big. Held my breath and sucked in my tummy as I tried on size 16 and OMG they fit!!!

I haven't been a size 16 since I was in my 20's and that's over 30 years ago. Just hope I start dropping sizes up top as I am still wearing size 20 tops.

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My first NSV in a while... blood pressure is down to 118/86 and heart rate to 80.

Previously even on medication I couldn't get BP below 140/100 and heart rate below 100bpm.

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Woo hoo! Made it through christmas and didn't overeat! Christmas is the worst for all the delicious things I love to eat and heaps of baking as well.. and I made it!

Saw my surgeon just before christmas. He is very pleased with my weight loss and maintenance, I've basically maintained for most of the year. I told him I was upset not to have lost more last year, but he asked me how I eat and I said I basically eat what I want, stop when I feel its enough and don't restrict anything (ie I eat carbs, some junk food occasionally) and he said that's perfect. I really feel like I've learnt how to "listen" to my body.. I don't eat when I don't need to, only eat when I feel hungry (mostly.. stress/exam times are harder for this), don't overeat (helped by the fact that I get terrible vasovagal syndrome and 20 mins later will end up with crampy diarrhoea if I do.. good deterrent). Anyway he measured my body fat as well which was much lower than I expected (some days I feel like I'm 50% fat) and on the lower end of normal.

This year I'm going to get some help with my own self esteem and view of my body. Most days I feel like I look in the mirror and all I see is large thighs, big arms, wobbly belly.. I feel like I'm a giant. It's really hard to leave the house on days like that and I know it's not right.

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1. Last weekend I went to my first concert in over 30 years. I wouldn't go to concerts or live theatre or the footy because I was always too scared that I wouldn't fit in the seats and that I would be the fattest person there. I now have room to spare in seats and I'm looking forward to attending my next concert and going back to watch my beloved Tigers at the MCG.

2. I bought a folding outdoor chair with a 100kg weight limit and it didn't collapse as I sat in it. Happy happy days

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I've just had a wonderful week in Darwin, doing all the touristy things and enjoying the yummy food and even indulging in a few cocktails. The absolute best thing though was sitting down in the plane seat and doing up the seat belt with plenty of room to spare. I'd estimate that I had something like 20 - 25cm of excess seatbelt. Not bad considering that just over 10 months ago I needed a seat belt extender . I was so happy that I took a photo to celebrate!

 

 

 

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I've just had a wonderful week in Darwin, doing all the touristy things and enjoying the yummy food and even indulging in a few cocktails. The absolute best thing though was sitting down in the plane seat and doing up the seat belt with plenty of room to spare. I'd estimate that I had something like 20 - 25cm of excess seatbelt. Not bad considering that just over 10 months ago I needed a seat belt extender . I was so happy that I took a photo to celebrate!

Congratulations!!!  That is outstanding! 

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Me again. I've known for some time now that I needed to find the courage to go and get myself professionally fitted for new bras. I've always found this to be a particularly embarrassing experience and nothing has changed just because I've lost weight. But this morning I put on my 'big girl panties' and toddled off for a fitting.

The good news is that I've dropped, (literally unfortunately!) from a 26G to a 16E. I no longer need to order my bras from the US - I can now buy standard fitting bras from my local shopping centre.

I'm looking forward to reading about lots of Non-Scale Victories from all our new Bandits and Sleevers.

Molly (In my new sexy black lace bra)

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I actually had a creepy NSV yesterday.  I had gone into Perth City to do, and achieve, a number of goals:  

To visit Red Dot and suss out doggie jackets (on special = $15.00 each - I can't make them for that) for a 70 cm doggie back length.  Red Dot was no longer there :( .  I went to the Reject Shop, found some suitable back length 70 cm - and found some 80 cm, but not having a girth measurement, I was just going to have to take a punt and try on said deep-chested houndies at home.  I WAS going to spend $60.00 which is a lot of $$s on my Pension.  Anyhow, the guy on checkout wouldn't let me purchase said products, and try them on houndies at home - would constitute "used".  So, not being in the position to risk it, left said doggie jackets behind.

Next I progressed up to Burnells Kennedys in Queen St, Perth,  to pick up a part that I had ordered for a semi-industrial sewing machine that I had been gifted, (it is one year older than me lol!),  and which had come from America  (my elderly domestic sewing machine DOES not cope with polar fleece/stretch sewing/thick materials  etc. and I am making jackets for Foster Rescue Greyhounds).  Picked it up - happy days!!! And another sewing foot for said machine :) 

Then I am progressing down the street. There is only me, on one side of the road, and another guy on the other side of the road.  i.e. deserted, except for us. Basically a lane way ...   He called out to me "Hey good looking!  How's your day going?"

Ferk, I freaked out.  Then a guy emerged from buildings to my left.  I was about to ask him to pretend that he knew me and to ask him to escort me back to the main road, when he asked "Yeah, how is your day going?" .  To which I could only reply "I have a feeling that it is only going to get better".

All I could do was to scuttle on.  

I am no Amazon woman.

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I get a thrill hanging clothes on the line. Used to be tent like, now, nice and "normal". Wont even mention the king sized knickers!!!!! Cheers.

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For me, it's the thrill of looking at 2 pair of undies fitting comfortably side by side on the same rung of the clothes horse. In the past I could only hang one pair of undies and a bra on a rung. And my shirts now have space on both sides on the clothes horse. 

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I just realised this morning that my thighs don't rub together any more. I'm not sure when this happened but I glanced in the mirror this morning and saw daylight between my thighs in my work pants. 

So then I had to put on a dress I've purchased in anticipation of warm weather and I had to test the 'rubbability' of my thighs by walking around the house. Yep. I am now rub free.

For the last 20 years I have only worn dresses or skirts with bike pants or long leg undies underneath. I am sooo looking forward to feeling a breeze blowing under my skirt and onto my bare legs this summer.

No more bleeding and scabby inner thighs for me!

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