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10 hours ago, LosingKAL said:

AMAZING @Boganlicious  We are tracking at the same loss almost :)

How good do you feel?

I feel amazing. I'm dressed up as Wonder Woman it was superhero day at work. No Way would I have ever fit my costume pre surgery. I'm happy and full of confidence even though I'm not at my goal weight yet. How are you going?

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3 hours ago, Bigm666 said:

I posted in other group but does the brand of multi vitamin make a difference I've found swisse on sale

 

You will need a bariatric specific vitamin post op, multivitamins you get over the counter are not recommended - usually they have high levels of the cheaper vitamins (some of the B group, usually) and lower levels of what we need, like B12 and iron. Good brands are BN multivitamins and Elevit pregnancy for its higher iron levels.

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5 hours ago, Bigm666 said:

I posted in other group but does the brand of multi vitamin make a difference I've found swisse on sale

I take Swisse Calcium and vitamin D, Ferrograd C and Celebrate multivitamin. Celebrate is only Available in the US but that is what's recommended for sips patients. Unsure about Roux en y patients. You will need a chewable for first 4 weeks or as directed by your team. 

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@Bigm666 You will see a Bariatric Specialist Dietitian pre-op - go for whatever they recommend for the first, say 3, months.  Chewable/sublingual - these don't put strain on your new tiny tummy - takes 10 weeks for the incision (stomach) to heal.  Then after that, IMHO, then brands such as Swisse are fine.  And eat healthy, nutritious food that gives you bang for your buck nutrition wise. 

 

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On 6/29/2018 at 7:37 AM, zaruse said:

Thanks! I seem to have stalled a bit this week - no change from Tuesday?! Weird.

anywhoo, this is over a 9 (almost 10) week period- 2 weeks pre-op Opti, and 7 weeks post op. 

The loss/speed is not as dramatic as some- but I’m comfortable with the numbers. Even with this week’s stall I’m still 1.4kg down on this time last week, so I’m happy! 

How are you going? 

That's really awesome. I've been away so sorry it's taken a while to get back to you.  My current loss is 20kg all up.  9 was on optifast, the other 11 has been post op over a 7 week period. I don't seem to be as fast as others, but the clothes are telling a better story than the scales.  Someone suggested I may be turning some fat into muscle, hence the slower loss on the scales. I also did have a holiday in the last couple of weeks, where I did indulge in some wine again.  Back on track now and just starting to feel like regular exercise.  I'm off to see my surgeon for post op visit this afternoon.  Hopefully he is happy with me. 

 

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I'm curious Will we have to completely change our diet and foods for the bypass so like a whole new way of life a big commitment

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31 minutes ago, Bigm666 said:

I'm curious Will we have to completely change our diet and foods for the bypass so like a whole new way of life a big commitment

Well yes, that's the whole point. I think you've already talked to the GP at Ashford, I would recommend you go and make an appointment with the GP at Dr Bessell's rooms at Wakefield Hospital. I don't think the clinic you've already spoken to has been thorough enough in their explanations. A nutritionist/dietician who specialises in bariatric surgery is a must as well, even if you just go once.



My understanding is after the liquid phase, mushy phase and soft phase you can slowly go back to a more "normal" diet, but you may not feel hungry, and you can easily over eat. You should avoid high fat and high sugar and processed foods as they may give you pain, diarrhoea, sweats, etc. You need supplements for the rest of your life, and you need to add good quality protein powder to your diet to ensure you're getting adequate protein intake. My friends who have had the bypass say that they are eating a normal diet again 6 months post-op, but just really small amounts. So a sandwich is one piece of bread, folded over. They can eat half a cheeseburger. Or a few squares of chocolate only. And no fluid with meals, you drink before or after, not at the same time. No alcohol, especially if you might be driving, as you metabolise it differently.

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On 7/24/2018 at 10:12 AM, rumplebear said:

Well yes, that's the whole point. I think you've already talked to the GP at Ashford, I would recommend you go and make an appointment with the GP at Dr Bessell's rooms at Wakefield Hospital. I don't think the clinic you've already spoken to has been thorough enough in their explanations. A nutritionist/dietician who specialises in bariatric surgery is a must as well, even if you just go once.



My understanding is after the liquid phase, mushy phase and soft phase you can slowly go back to a more "normal" diet, but you may not feel hungry, and you can easily over eat. You should avoid high fat and high sugar and processed foods as they may give you pain, diarrhoea, sweats, etc. You need supplements for the rest of your life, and you need to add good quality protein powder to your diet to ensure you're getting adequate protein intake. My friends who have had the bypass say that they are eating a normal diet again 6 months post-op, but just really small amounts. So a sandwich is one piece of bread, folded over. They can eat half a cheeseburger. Or a few squares of chocolate only. And no fluid with meals, you drink before or after, not at the same time. No alcohol, especially if you might be driving, as you metabolise it differently.

I got this amazing email from DR.BESSELL --------------------------->

Dear Michael,

 
At AMOS, if you have private health insurance, the access fee for a lifetime of free medical care in our clinic with the surgeon and our GPs is $4000. This means there are no cost for any postoperative doctors appointments, and no cost for any further surgery or any other procedures should they ever be required. For the rest of your life!
In addition to this, we offer a premium pre and post surgery care program, which includes dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists who are all specialised in the area of weight loss surgery.
You are also entitled to one year of free on-line support from our dieticians 24/7, including access to our closed Facebook group where you can ask questions and interact with others on weight loss journeys.
 
Nevertheless, $4000 is a lot of money, and there are several ways you can cover these costs:
1.     A Payment Plan. At tlc.com.au we have a payment plan that covers the $4000 cost for as little as $20 a week.
 
2.     Apply to access early release of your Superannuation. This is an option is certain circumstances, and we can assist if this is your preferred option. We recommend you speak to us about this first before making further enquiries, as we can save you a lot of hassle and heartache. Further information is available at mysupercare.com.au.
 
3.     For those who do not have private health insurance, options 1 & 2 above can still be used, but a third option is to join private health, wait out the 12 month waiting period, and have your procedure thereafter. However, again we recommend you come and see us to discuss this option for several reasons: Some health funds/tables do not cover Bariatric Surgery so you obviously want to avoid those, and also, we want to use the 12 month wait productively to get you going on a lifestyle programme so you can have surgery as soon as the waiting time is over. No point waiting 12 months and then starting the programme.
 
I hope this is helpful. The AMOS office staff on 08 8359 2411 are expert at this whole area and we welcome the opportunity to facilitate your journey to better health.
 
Kind regards
Justin Bessell

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On 7/29/2018 at 2:44 PM, Bigm666 said:

He hasn't mentioned the anaesthetic fees and the fees for the psychologist, dietician and exercise physiologists. Or the supplement, book, and protein powder and dex carb drinks. It all adds up and is closer to $7k out of pocket.

 

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7 minutes ago, rumplebear said:

 

Hello thanks for the information, i will be making an appt with the doctor to cover ALL costs hidden or otherwise, but I have 12 months to save so that 7K is easy done if that is what is needed :D and its well worth it for a NEW life

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Hi all, 

three month surgiversary today! 

start weight: 134.9kgs

current weight: 103.2 

total weight loss, inc. 2 weeks pre op Opti: 31.7kgs

I’m feeling good: started walking a lot more (aiming and achieving 10k steps most days). Feeling so much more energetic and alert.  I was carrying a 20kg bag the other day and it was SO heavy, yet I used to cart it everywhere with me all the time. Crazy. 

this was never about how I ‘look’ but people are really starting to notice now, I’m often surprised by the ones that are paying attention. 

Have had to throw some clothes out, and have a Vinnies pile for things that I just won’t wear again. Mostly I’m still just getting things taken in or wearing a belt and schlepping around in clothes that are too big. And sometimes I get to wear tops that i’d got too big for... feels great to be back in them! 

only issue I have is the surgery is not public knowledge, so my response when people ask ‘how’ is ‘portion control’. Which is 100% true, but I could never have stuck to it without having a new tiny tummy.

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I'm now in Obese Category 1 class down from morbidly obese. 

I do a minimum of 10000 steps work days but generally anything from 12000 to 16000. I take the stairs every time except when I have the food trolley. Getting up the stairs is now easier. I also don't feel like I'm dying at the end of my shift. 27.4kgs gone and 35.9kgs left to lose. 

Hope everyone else is well, I love reading the updates. 

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Boganlicious, ssida from your weight loss, you have some great non scale victories there, well done!

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Thanks @CarolC I think the best change of all is the fact I have my confidence and self esteem back despite not being at goal weight yet. That is the best change of all to feel good about myself and happy with how I look. 

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On 8/5/2018 at 6:46 AM, Boganlicious said:

I'm now in Obese Category 1 class down from morbidly obese. 

I do a minimum of 10000 steps work days but generally anything from 12000 to 16000. I take the stairs every time except when I have the food trolley. Getting up the stairs is now easier. I also don't feel like I'm dying at the end of my shift. 27.4kgs gone and 35.9kgs left to lose. 

Hope everyone else is well, I love reading the updates. 

Hi @Boganlicious we are literally still tracking at the same loss - I am at 27.4kgs loss as well.  I moved this week into the overweight category.  I only have 12.6kgs to get to my goal of 75kgs.  Well done to you on all your NSVs.

@zaruse Happy 3 months!  30kgs!  Wow, go you!!!! Well done, you must be soooo happy :) 

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DOUBLE FIGURES!!!!! 

Those playing close attention may remember that I had a double digit goal by my birthday- I didn’t quite crack it yesterday with 100.1

I jumped on the scales this afternoon - 99.8 

so exciting!!! 

 

 

My next next goal is to be 90 in 19 weeks by New Years... so 10kgs in 19 weeks, with major focus on regaining and building fitness and muscle.  Bring it!

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I forgot to add- I went shopping for the first time since surgery, needed a pretty dress. 

City Chick- I’m not XL anymore, M and even S. You read that right, SMALL!!  

And I got a size 16 dress from Autograph, and tried and fit an 18 in Katie’s. Normal shops are almost within reach!!! 

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On 8/19/2018 at 5:26 PM, zaruse said:

I forgot to add- I went shopping for the first time since surgery, needed a pretty dress. 

City Chick- I’m not XL anymore, M and even S. You read that right, SMALL!!  

And I got a size 16 dress from Autograph, and tried and fit an 18 in Katie’s. Normal shops are almost within reach!!! 

Well done you are my inspiration

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I forgot to ask I'm unsure if this is the right place but did you all have endoscopy with bypass and is it needed or better to have...

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So my birthday goal was to be 90kgs or less. Today (my birthday) I'm 87.3kgs. I'm now in sizes 14 - 16 and can fit an XL at Ice Design one of my favourite shops. 

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