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It is now 6 weeks post op. Have lost 7.8kgs. Very happy with that. Only just getting used to easting slowly. For the first time in years was happy to be in front of the camera and not behind it.

Had my first dinner out with friends. I ordered entree size. Palmed our 3/4 to my friends telling them to try it because the food tastes so good and left less than a cup of food on my plate.

Had my first fill. That was a bit strange. Had to work out what I can and cannot eat again. 

So happy I have had the band put in.

 

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It is now 6 weeks post op. Have lost 7.8kgs. Very happy with that. Only just getting used to easting slowly. For the first time in years was happy to be in front of the camera and not behind it.

Had my first dinner out with friends. I ordered entree size. Palmed our 3/4 to my friends telling them to try it because the food tastes so good and left less than a cup of food on my plate.

Had my first fill. That was a bit strange. Had to work out what I can and cannot eat again. 

So happy I have had the band put in.

 

Good on you, Rosemary. Sounds like you're doing a great job!

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Went for my 3rd fill today. Only put .5ml in but can feel a huge difference. Have lost almost 10kgs and very happy with that. I am now fitting into clothes that I couldn't fit into 3 years ago. Best part people are finally noticing.  

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I gave myself a goal when I was banded and that was to lose 10kgs by 13th March. Today I achieved it. So happy! Never did I ever expect to reach it and it wouldn't have happened without the band. So now I have set myself another goal 10kgs by June.

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I have had a week of firsts and it has boosted my confidence. I bought a top that was a medium size. I used to be a large or extra large. Have started to be in front of the camera and not behind it. My family and I went to MacDonalds for dinner and I ate nothing! I also put 2 photos side one taken 8 months ago and one yesterday and I can finally see the difference. Having this band put in was the best decision I have ever made.

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Went out to lunch with friends and was so comfortable. I ordered a chicken salad and ate 1/2 a cup of my meal. Got the rest put in a container and took it home.  No stuck moments. I just had to remind myself to eat slowly.

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I weighed myself today. Before wls I was 81.4kg today I am 69kg.  Now to set myself another goal.

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great work rosemary!!! how are you doing now? have u had any stuck incidents?

Hi zenah18,

I am going well, thanks for asking. I had one awful stuck moment and it was totally my fault.  I forgot to chew properly.

The band has been very good for me.  I have gone from 81.4 to 67.4.  I have now started to enjoy shopping for clothes and going out again.  The best part is that a lot of people are now starting to comment on how much weight I have lost and I can see my cheek bones.  I am really happy for the first time in ages. I used to dread getting an invitation to  anywhere but not anymore.  If you follow the 8 golden rules you will be fine.

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Haven't been on here for a while because I have been busy shopping for new clothes and enjoying all the things I haven't been able to do for a very long time. For the first time in years I open my wardrobe and can't make up mind what to wear because all my clothes now fit.  I threw away 3 garbage bags of fat clothes and it felt so good. For the first time in 26 years I have walked into Sportsgirl and the jumper I bought was a small.

I am now 65.2kgs and couldn't be happier.  I still need to lose 4 more kgs to get to where I want to be. Lots of people are now commenting and  I think the best one would have to be that I look 10 years younger.

Have had many ups and downs with my weight loss but I always look at the big picture.  If I gain anything I always weigh it up against how much I have already lost.  I am more determined than ever to get to my goal weight.  

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Went to the gym today and someone I hadn't seen for a while said to me "You are tiny!"

That was music in my ears.  I never thought someone would ever say that to me.  As of today I weigh 64.3 and still going.

It has not been easy but has been easier with the band.  I have put a lot of hard work into myself.  Watching my food and exercising everyday. If there is no class I like at the gym I make sure I go for a walk that day and I always aim for 10,000 steps a day.  If I do more it is a bonus.

 

 

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I have hit a plateau and I am finding it hard to lose the last kilo.  But I am not discouraged as I always look at how much I have lost already.

I have been invited to a wedding and for the first time in years I am looking forward to going.  My life has changed so much in the last 8 months.  I never wanted to go out I was happy to stay home and watch movies.  Not any more.  I can't wait for summer and go out and enjoy life.  Buying clothes is so much fun now.  I usually go to the same shops and know the shop assistants and they are all commenting on my weight loss.  Not to mention the health benefits.  I am now sleeping more soundly because I don't snore anymore.

As I have said before.  I have finally accepted I will never be able to eat anything I want and not put on weight.  I have to change my lifestyle to keep my weight down.  I honestly don't mind because I am happy.

 

 

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I was patient when my body plateaued and things finally started moving.  I have now lost 20kgs.  I have had people walk straight past me in because they hadn't recognized me. I get complimented everyday and it is a great feeling. 

I had to buy new jeans and pants and went from a size 14-16 to a size 10. And even a dress I tried on today was a size 10 and it fit perfectly. 

I still sometimes forget to chew properly and then I suffer the consequences.  I have learnt when not to eat that last bite. I did have a cheese burger a few months ago and it took me 45 minutes to eat it and I did not have any dinner that night. I took small bites and chewed every bite until it was mush in my mouth and waited 1 min before the next bite. 

I have no regrets getting the band.  I don't miss food because there are so many benefits that come with losing all that weight.  

 

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Well it has been almost 11 months and I have lost 22kgs. I reached my goal in September so I been maintaining ever since.  My face and body have changed so much that people don't recognize me and I have been told many times I look 10 years younger. I have more confidence and feel so much better from the inside. 

I did have one awful stuck moment and a few gulps of cold coke fixed that. Again that was my fault for forgetting to chew. 

For the band had been a positive experience. 

 

 

 

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One year on and went for my check up.

Start weight was 81.5 now 59.6

Lost 2cm around from my neck 

Lost 19cm off my hips and 19cm off my waist.

BMI was 38 now 27

Had a blood test done. Fatty liver has disappeared and everything else is normal.

I did let myself go a little bit over Christmas and the weight slowly started to creep on so I put the brakes on really fast and lost what I gained.

I put in a lot of effort to get to this point it didn't just happen. The band is a tool to help you not a magic fix.

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Have had the band for 18 months. I hover between 59.5 and 60kgs. I very rarely go over the 60kgs but of I do it is by 1gram and I lose it straight away. I have always battled my weight and when I got to goal thought "I've done it now I can relax" only to put it all on plus more. I am so used to dieting all the time I thought once I reached my goal I would have nothing to aim for. How wrong was I. Maintaining needs just as much attention if not more.  The band has made a huge difference. You need to take care of it and it will take care of you. Nothing beats the compliments you get and achieving the things you want to do. But most of all the happiness and confidence  you feel that comes from within is just the best.

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Have had the band for 18 months. I hover between 59.5 and 60kgs. I very rarely go over the 60kgs but of I do it is by 1gram and I lose it straight away. I have always battled my weight and when I got to goal thought "I've done it now I can relax" only to put it all on plus more. I am so used to dieting all the time I thought once I reached my goal I would have nothing to aim for. How wrong was I. Maintaining needs just as much attention if not more.  The band has made a huge difference. You need to take care of it and it will take care of you. Nothing beats the compliments you get and achieving the things you want to do. But most of all the happiness and confidence  you feel that comes from within is just the best.

Wow that is so amazing, great that you are feeling happy and confident! Good luck with maintaining all your achievements :)

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I have  discovered how to get veggies, meat and chicken into my diet. The slow cooker! Today I made chicken and spring vegetable stew. The veggies and chicken were soft enough to eat without any problems. It is also great for any meat. Because it's slow cooked there is so much flavor without using butter or oil and there are millions of recipes on the net. I am always looking for healthy food options that feed the whole family.

When the Dr told me that he expects me to get to 63 kgs I felt like saying "keep dreaming" I am now 58.9 and couldn't be happier

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Have read some real horror stories about lapband and I really feel for those that have gone through so much pain. But for me it has been a godsend. I had tried everything under the sun.  From weight watchers, packaged food and diet pills.  Nothing worked.  Even now after 19 months after surgery I could not be happier.  I went to the same deli I have been going to for years.  One of the girls said that she only knew who I was from my order.  She and so many others have told me I am unrecognizable now.  I went to an all you can eat restaurant and the most painful thing was that I paid $30 but only ate about $1.50 worth of food.  But I have accepted that this is the way things have to be if I want to be healthy and happy. 

Don't get me wrong there have been moments when I have thought I wouldn't make it to the bathroom but they are not very frequent as I now know when to stop and what I can eat.  These days I can eat almost everything as long as they are small bites and chewed properly so I am not missing out on much.

Before this life changing experience, if I received and invitation I would stress out and not want to go because I couldn't find any clothes that fit properly. My pjs,dressing gown and tv were my best friends You should hear the woo hoo's now when I get invited to anything. 

So anyone considering lapband please research as much as possible.  I went to Prof Paul O'Brien and I have to travel an hour to the clinic every time I go but it is so worth it. I never miss an appointment. Going there helps me keep focused the staff there always celebrate every milestone I achieve as if it was their own. 

For those who are succeeding in your journey well done keep up the great work and for those who are struggling don't give up.  As the guys at the gym say "to lose weight it is 20% exercise and 80% what you eat"

PS went from a size 14-16 to a 10  

 

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It has now been 2 years since I was banded and I am so glad I went through with it.

I have now added walks into my exercise routine.  My weight has stabilized at 59.1 but I have lost 23cm around my hips and 20cm waist.

I am still as size 10 and am very focused on staying there. 

I have had a ball buying clothes and had to throw my other shoes away because even my foot size has decreased.

It has not been an easy road but it has been worth it.  The maintaining part of it is really hard work because it is so easy to slip into old habits.  But I see old photos of where I was and where I am now and it only makes me more determined to keep on going. 

I always knew the band was a tool to help me and I still had to do the hard work.

 

 

 

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Fantastic progress report and update @Rosemary!  You have been very positive throughout, and have achieved amazing results.  Congratulations and Very Well Done! 

 

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Thank you Denzel. A positive attitude is 3/4 of the battle. Accepting that you have to make a lifestyle change is also important. I have dieted for over 40 years and I know my body. I have accepted that with or without the band I will never be able to eat what I want and stay at a healthy weight range. I did a lot of research and made the decision to have it and I have made sure it worked. It has been hard work but seeing results is so rewarding.

The main thing I always remember is that it is a tool and not a magic fix I still have to do all the work. 

 

 

 

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Getting ready for work is a hectic time for anyone but this morning I stopped for a minute and really had a good look at myself. I can't believe what a huge difference the band has made. I cannot be happier. Although I reached and passed my goal the long hard slog continues. I know whether I have a band or a sleeve I will always have the same issues if I don't watch what I eat. That is me. But the happiness I feel inside is so worth my fight against any weight gain. As of this morning I am 59.3.

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Have been travelling really well. But is only because I have put in the effort. My current weight is 58.6. I really believe that no matter which wls you choose you have to be in the right headspace first for it to be a success. Not for a second did I sit and say "I've got the band now, I  don't have to do anything and it's going to be easy". It has been easier with the band but I have worked hard towards my goal.

Have a wedding next year and was able to go to the clearance rack pick a beautiful dress at a third of the price. Have had to throw out all of my shoes because my feet have shrunk.

I did find my hair was thinning so after some research found that Nioxin System 4 (recommended by other banders) was the way to go. I must say after using it for 2 weeks I noticed a huge difference to my hair. It looks healthier and there is less breakage

I look at my band as a good friend who reminds me when to stop eating. 

To all banders keep up the good work. And if you fall off the wagon (as I have done many times) we are human just dust yourself off and start where you left off. Don't give up.

 

 

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Well done @Rosemary!

And enjoy your new beautiful dress!

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