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I’ve just had my band out and getting sleeved 22nd March. I was hoping I could meet some other ppl who will be going through the same journey :) 

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Hi Jayali, 

I'll be getting sleeved on March 21st. Just playing the waiting game at the moment and reading up as much as I can to be fully prepared. :) 

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Hey guys, I just found this forum and I’m getting sleeved on 1st March. I’m 4 days into my optifast and finding it hard. I’m from Victoria. 

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Hi @Spoodygirl,

I'm two weeks into the opti, it does get a little easier though but it's still hard. Most people say this is the hardest part so stick in there, you can do it. My surgery isn't until march 21st, I started it quite early. Reason I did is because my partner is doing the shakes with me as well. I'm doing it longer than I need too so he can lose a good amount of weight as well and support him, he isn't having surgery. I'm down 8kg now though overall and feeling optimistic.. I'm from Sydney :)

- Queenies.

 

 

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Thanks so much for replying, I don’t think I prepared myself enough before I started and knew the first days would be hard. My partner is also trying to lose weight but she is  84 kilos so hasn’t got much to lose but is very supportive of me and the whole process. Had a few negative nellies telling me it’s dangerous and cheating etc etc. I have a severe back problem that prevents me from doing lots of exercise so I’m hoping the weight loss will help in that area. My back specialist has suggested it will help immensely. I’ll always have the issue but the weight loss will make it easier to deal with. I can’t really decide if I’m nervous or not, I think it won’t hit me till the day.

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Yeah it's definitely a shock to the system. I tried my best to prepare myself by cutting out all soft drinks, alcohol, eating better and having daily blended fruit drinks for a quite a while to replace a meal a day kind of thing. I did all this at the start of January when I booked in for my surgery because I knew it would be hard to go from having whatever to not much at all the next week. I'm doing mine for 6 and a half weeks so I'm only having a shake for breakfast and for dinner. Lunch I normally just have a lot of veg with chicken or have a piece of fruit if i'm starving during the day. Today I had a toasted sandwich for breakfast though after waiting 3 hrs through a blackout for breakfast. A shake wasn't going to cut it, lol. I'm feeling guilty now but I did hit my goal for weigh in yesterday so it's not too bad. I still have 31 days to go to surgery and am 2kgs away from my goal I set for before surgery. So I'm still pretty happy. 

There is always going to be people that say it's cheating or whatever. I understand why it's seen as the 'easy' way out. But it's by no means easy to make the decision to have to surgery so be proud. You are doing this for you and your health just as everyone else is. It needs to be a lifestyle change, this is what the surgery will help you with. Most people are just yo-yo dieters. Lifestyle change is needed through better knowledge of nutrition and exercise etc. What people don't understand is - this surgery is a life long journey. You don't just get the surgery, lose all the weight and have whatever you want afterwards. Its still hard work, so just try not to listen to them. I haven't told many people, but they all seem positive about it because I've said it for my physical and mental health. 

Wishing you all the luck, not long to go now. I think by this stage the nerves turn into excitement as well for whats to come. 

 

- Queenies.

 

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Thanks for the words of encouragement, I really appreciate it. You will be well and truly prepared when you have to go strict two weeks before surgery. I just keep counting down the days and they do seem to go so fast. I’m glad I’m not working at the moment I don’t think I could concentrate on anything except my stomach gurgling.   I know your right about what other people say and at the end of the day it’s my body and my choice, as long as I’ve got the support from my partner and family I’m happy! 

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Hi everyone, I'm March 6th. Had my band out in November last year. Had real problems with it and I think I'd ignored the signs for a while, because I blamed myself. My band at the start was amazing and I lost a lot of weight. Did really well until the symptoms of slippage started! Feel like I'm starting all over again. Optifast now day 3. I guess it's nostalgic! Fingers crossed really hard that I find my joy again that I had with the sleeve. (Plus I need to lose a truckload I regained last year). Glad you're all here. 

xx

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Hey everybody. Just looking into preop phase. I haven’t had my appointment with my dietician yet but I’m leaning to wards formulite over optifast. Did anyone else away a different way or just go with what the dietician recommended? 

 

Hey @Queenies only 4 weeks to go now so exciting! x 

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@Katieapoos

Yes omg! Very close now. I'm seeing the bariatric doctor first thing tomorrow morning, I assume to discuss the shakes etc. I've had no mention of a dietician yet. I've started optislim regular anyway over optifast because it's cheaper and a friend who had surgery used it also with success. I choose optislim because its mixed with water as well instead of having to buy heaps of milk I never usually buy.
In the notes I was given by the surgery it says to use optifast or optislim platinum so I'll see what they say tomorrow. I haven't heard of the one you mentioned.

How is your walking going? I rolled my ankle walking so I've had to rest it. Now I feel like I'm not losing weight. Back at it today!

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Hey all, I was on the Optifast website last night. There's a really useful list of permitted veges and flavourings. I'd just been steaming greens and getting a bit bored. Last night I made a "soup" of cauliflower, zuccinini and a bit of stock. Heavenly!!! Yesterday, I was really hungry - found out you can put a cheeky stock cube in some water and make a tasty broth. It's amazing what satisfies us when we're hungry!

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@lolalu there’s some really awesome optifast approved recipes as long as your dietician approved the two cups of veggies. There’s a few Facebook groups where people post up what they’ve made and some of it looks pretty great. I hear roasting veggies is also great brings out some different flavours 

 

@Queenies damn that ankle. My walking is going good. I think I went too gung ho at first. My knees have hardly any cartilage so I go every second day it’s a happy medium for me. I am also quite active at work so that helps. 

When I was looking at formulite it had less sugar and a bit more protein than optifast. I hope the dietician appointment went great! 

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Hi I have only just joined this group. Book in for gastric sleeve on 27 March. Looking forward to following everyones journey.

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Hi @Schwarz

Best of luck to you for March 27th! It's great that you're here. I find this forum very helpful.

11kg down as of today and 18 days to go for me! 

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Hi everyone,

I'm off to surgery this Tuesday! I learnt a good lesson on optifast this time around. I was less hungry and bothered by it all when I stuck to it religiously - I understand what they say now about the mild ketosis suppressing hunger. The hardest part was when other people were around and wanting to eat out, but I think it's going to be worth it, and that was enough. The other thing that really helped was hydration. Heaps of water, herbal teas. I skipped caffeine this time and I think, whether it was the stimulant effect or the diuretic effect, the optifast period was so much easier without it. Mind you, I made sure I quit the caffeine a good week before starting opti. 

And last time I did opti, I thought it was just about the calories, but it's also about the carbs too - the optifast website was a real gem. I recommend it.

Anyway, my lesson - fluids, fluids, fluids! Your bladder adjusts after 14 days apparently. Mine did. Thank goodness. I hope it's also good practice for staying hydrated after the sleeve.

Not to say I behaved like a saint, nor am I worthy of emulation. I did have the odd terse moment or two. Just wanted to share my lessons learnt!

Wishing everyone well this month. Thinking of @Spoodygirl - hope you're feeling ok after surgery on the 1st.


LL

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Hey Spoodygirl

How are you going three days post surgery?  Are you still in hospital?  Hope it is all going well for you

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Hi @Schwarz

Best of luck to you for March 27th! It's great that you're here. I find this forum very helpful.

11kg down as of today and 18 days to go for me! 

wow what a superstar... I start Optifast on 13/3

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Hi everyone, I'm done and home. Stayed in 2 nights which was really good actually. I had a bit of nausea and vomited a couple of times. I stayed on top of my pain and nausea with medications as best I could and I think that really helped. Got plenty of rest the first few days (while I wasn't doing an hourly lap around my room and doing the breathing exercises). Wasn't allowed hot packs in hospital but I have to tell you, my shower on day 2 when I got to hold the sprayer onto my shoulders was THE BEST THING EVER!! Today is day 4 - have started on my "smoothies". It is amazing - feel quite full really quickly. It's a full time job staying hydrated but I feel good! Wishing everyone well. xx

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