Friday, January 29, 2010

Brand New Year

Well January has nearly escaped us. and I am so very delighted to report that I have lost a totoal of 20kg. The last couple of months have been great in regards to band restriction. for a while there I was'nt really losing anything and was feeling a bit disheartened but about about 8 weeks ago the scales finally started to move again. I am feeling fantastic and I now look in the mirror and like who I see. I would like to loose another 10kg and when that happens tummy tuck here I come. Have not been in front of the camera much but will make more of an effort for the next blog report. stay well till next time

Saturday, November 28, 2009

8 Months

Hello friends

well where has the time gone. I can't believe that it has been nearly 8 months since I was banded. I have had my ups and downs and had a bit of a flat spot for about 2 months. But since my last band tightening I have started to notice a difference again. These days I have to be very careful about what I eat. I have a lot of problems with blockage but that is my own fault for still trying to eat too fast and too much you would think that I would learn but obviously I am not a fast learning lol. I love the changes that have a occured and I don't regret my band for one minute. Here are some recent photos till next update take care



Monday, September 14, 2009

6 Months Along

well it has now been nearly 6 months since I had my banding done. Things are going great. Food is definetly no longer my friend and it is sometimes something to fear. I can only eat small portions and I have to be very careful at what I eat. I am really happy with how things are going along and I have had no complications except food getting stuck because I did not chew it properly. I will show some pictures and hopefully you will see the difference starting to occur I now weigh about 88kg from 102kg.

At my all time heaviest in February 2009 (104kg)

In April 2009 (97kg)

June 2009 (93kg)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

shuffling along

Hey, Well not alot to report not losing big numbers only small VERY small but as they say a lose is a lose. I feel I definetly need more fill in the band but have to wait till 12th June. So I will struggle along. Willpower is certainly kicking in. Last week at work everyday there was a cake of some discription but I never touched it so kudos to me. Poor Ray he makes the most wonderful cheesecakes for us when we do night duty but I have knocked back having a piece for the last 2 lots of nights. But I did put in an order for my Birthday which is the first night of our next lot of nights it is going to be a turkish delight cheesecake and I will have a small piece. I seemed to have gotten my eating sort of under control. I am having small portions and my snacks and I am not deviating from the plan alot so there has been no chocolate, chips biscuits etc. ok until next time

Monday, May 11, 2009

Have hit a small bump in the road

Well not feeling to happy at present. I know it is all irrational but I am good at that. It seems I have a small infection on my scar line where my port is situated so off to the doctors I go and she gave me some antibiotics. Great this was the one thing I was worried about. Lets hope that it was caught early enough and it does'nt progress to anything worse. I am now on normal diet and struggling a little bit. I am trying really hard and I am sure I am going to beat the "hunger demon". I have not lost any weight for about 2 weeks this was to be expected but it is still a bit disappointing. Anyway that about it for the moment. write again soon. plese leave me a "hello" if you drop by I would like to know that people are reading this.

Friday, May 1, 2009

First Fill

Well today I had my first fill. A fill is where the surgeon injects a small amount of Saline into the port(see illustration attached to the post "I am officially a BANDSTER") which is situated just below the skin. Port is the "access point" to the band and is attached to the band with a small length of tubing. When the saline (I had about 3mls put in)is injected, it fills the band, in turn the band constricts around the stomach thus making the hole between the upper pouch (my "new stomach") and my lower stomach ("old stomach") smaller thus allowing me to feel fuller sooner.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Minced Diet

Well we are up to week 5 and I am nearly ready for real food. Went on retreat and took my mushie food which went down fine. I have found that I have had no real problems with the band which is really good. I am finding that I am craving food in the evenings which I have to some how get control of. I find that I have to distract myself or else food is all I think about. I have noticed changes in my face and stomach which is a good thing. People have started to notice changes as well. Here are some photos from the retreat when looking at the photos I don't see much change but looking in the mirror I see a big change go figure lol

Hmmmm can't notice the change yet but I know it is there somewhere lol

Pureed Food - how delicious

Have been to see Matthew for my post op visit. Everything fine he is going to give me a fill in 2 weeks time. I weighed 96kg on his scales (mine are better)so that is a loss of 6kg to date. Pureed food interesting concept. What ever is cooked up is then thrown into the blender and pureed. The only thing that I did not like pureed was spaghetti bol just did'nt taste the same. I am going on my scrapbooking retreat on the 23,24,35,26th April, so will have to take my own food. At least with the pureed food I can eat different things so the menu is not so restrictive. Still going fine. I am not finding it to difficult to stick to lets see what happens with the mushie food. Some of the girls are doing a mini triathalon which is a 200 metre swim, 5km bike ride and 2km run. The next one is in October so I am aiming to compete in that one.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fluids, Fluids, Fluids

Well it has been nearly 1 week since the surgery and things are going ok. If it can fit through a straw I can drink it. My favourite is liquified Baked beans I even liquified some thai one night as disgusting as that sounds it sure tasted mighty fine. I am being careful not to over do it because I don't want to stretch my band. My emotions are a bit up and down but I was told to expect that. I could'nt believe how little I was able to have before I felt full, thats a good sign. I am taking things easy and only going for little walks much to the girls disgust. So far the incisions are healing well that is the one thing I don't want and that is an infection. I think that was the most worrying thing about have this surgery. anyway things are looking up. I will post some photos soon just got to be game to get in front of the camera

Monday, March 30, 2009

I am officially a BANDSTER

Well everything went smoothly. I woke up in recovery moaning and groaning so they fixed that for me and the next thing I was back in my room. Mum and Aunty Aino were waiting for me. Feeling ok little bit sore but nothing I couldn't handle. The oxygen mask was annoying me but they said I had to keep it one due to low oxygen saturations so I asked to change over to nasal prongs it pays to be in the business lol. Mum and aunt stayed for a while and I kept drifting off to sleep. Later that afternoon Matthew came by and said that everything went well. That was a relief. During the night the pain returned but Mr Morphine made sure he did not stick around for long. Slept surprisingly well over night except for being woken up every 2 hours for either obs to be taken or AB's to be given. I have 3 1cm incisions, 1 2cm and 1 5cm incision so 5 incision all up. I was able to go home at lunch time so Ed came and picked me up. Now the interesting stuff begins. Fluids for 3 weeks hmmmmm will I cope

This is my band and how it is positioned around my stomach

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Its Time

Well today is the day. Mum is picking me up after work and driving into the Mater. I hope all goes well will see you in a couple of days

Monday, March 23, 2009


OMG what a hidious diet. But I was fairly strong. 3 meals each day had to be replace with either a bar, soup or shake, and the only stuff I could eat is basically salad stuff no meat, no dairy, no cerial, no nothing its just me and the mushrooms oh and diet jelly. This diet is tortuous, Especially when the family have take out and cook roasts. I cracked one day and when no one was looking I had a small dinner roll with cheese and tomato. It was the best thing that I have every tasted. When Nan and Stephen came down for a visit Ed cooked a roast pork on the BBQ and they would only let me have some vegetables it was the most cruelist things that I have ever endured lol. Once everyone had gone to bed I snuck out and made a roast pork sandwich I know I was evil but I was just so hungry. Those 2 where the only 2 minor indiscretions that I had so all in all I did not do to badly on Optifast. By the end of the diet I was only having the shakes and diet jelly and madeby a bit of roast pumpkin. I lost 4kgs in those 2 weeks.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Its all happening

After talking with Ed we decided it was a good idea so made a new appointment to see Matthew and to go to the Wellness Centre to talk to them about diet pre surgery. I have to go on Optifast for 2 weeks before surgery. Now that I have made the decision I am really excited but also extremely nervous about what I am about to do.
Went back and saw Matthew and he gave me the date for 26th March 2009. It is about 4 weeks away.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lets talk about what Lap Banding is all about

Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB)
The Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB) was developed in Sweden in 1985 and has been available globally since 1996. The procedure is a purely restrictive surgical procedure in which a low pressure soft band is placed around the upper most part of the stomach 'like putting a belt around the stomach'. The SAGB forms the stomach into two sections, with a small opening between the sections allowing food to pass through. Food collects quickly in the small upper section causing most patients to feel full faster and eat less.

Advantages of the SAGB
restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at a meal
food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order allowing it to be fully absorbed into the body
can be placed using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery
can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction
surgery can be reversed
Risks associated with SAGB surgery
You should understand that surgery is not a quick fix. It is always associated with at least some degree of risk. There is no guarantee of a successful outcome for each and every individual. It is therefore important that you read and understand the complication risks listed on the complications & risks page on this site.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The decision is made

Hi you might remember me from such blogs as "Ravings of a lunatic" and "greyt grace" well now get to know the thinner person that has been hiding out inside me. I have made the decision to get Gastric Lap Band. I have always had a weight problem. I have been one of those yo-yo dieters for years. I have had two success stories one was when I first got married I did Jenny Craig and looked gorgeous for my first wedding. The second time was a couple of years ago the only problem obviously was that I did not stay thin for long. But it is now crunch time I hate myself sooooo much that even though most of the time I am laughing and having fun on the outside I am so miserable and crying on the inside. Comments that people make to me about my size I can laugh off but each time they are said it feels like I have been stabbed in the heart oh ok that is a bit dramatic but it is not a nice feeling and it really gets me down. Its what I am constantly thinking about all the time. I finally used the referral that my GP gave me in October last year and made the appointment to see Dr Matthew Carmody. It was so scary the first visit but he was very reassuring and quickly put my mind at ease Being a theatre nurse I knew what was likely going to be done to me and I did not like that thought whats so ever but sometimes in life we have to do things we don't like. After speaking with Matthew I wanted to schedule the date then and there but had to go home and talk with Ed first. Stay tuned for the next episode titled "It's All Happening"

The Photo that tipped me over the edge