Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wowzers, It's been forever.

Hi all my lovely blogging friends. It has been forever since I posted (5 months), goodness me, not very good really. I do get on and still read up on how everyone is going.

Just a little update. I reached my healthy weight range goal about 2 months ago and have only lost 900 grams since then. I am now weighing in at 70.1 kg. So bloody close to being under 70 kg. I've only got 5.1 kg to go to reach my ultimate goal of 65 kg.

Life has been pretty fun lately. We entertain a lot and have a made a really good circle of friends since moving back to Mount Isa almost a year ago. It has been simply wonderful having some family around which I have not had for over 12 years. I'm a little sad though cause my BFF has decided to take a job in Mongolia with a large mining company there. Fantastic opportunity for her but now I won't have her around. We have already planned a catch up holiday in either Phuket or Kuala Lumpur, maybe even Korea, mid next year. Now I just have to tell my husband. Lol.

I've been feeling really healthy but I think I might still be drinking a little too much. This is reflecting in me not being able to move the last 5 kg I think, so I am going to have to address this. I've been working with my podiatrist on trying to completely heal my feet issues. I really want to get back into doing some running. I discovered that I love running about 1.5 years ago but then developed a plantar ficaitis which has been giving me hell ever since.

Well gonna head off now. Take care everyone. xx

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Had a great couple of weeks

So I just got back from Brisbane and spending time with my gorgeous family. While I was there I went and saw my Doctor. We decided I needed a small fill so he gave me .5 ml. I was weighed in his office and I came in at 76.5kg. I was pretty happy with this as it meant I would have been around 76 kg minus the clothing. Yay so I had reached my goal of pre-pregnancy weight.
Well since then (about 9 days) I have lost 1.7 kg. WOW. I am now down to 74.3 kg as of this morning. I blew 75 kg right out of the water. Now if started going back to the gym I could lose it faster :)
Had a few great NSV's (non-scale victories) while in Brisbane also.
-Bought the most stunning evening gown. Will get a picture of it for you when I get the chance to wear it.
-My Dad glanced over at me and thought I was his 59 kg wife standing there. That made me laugh a little.
-My neighbour commented that I was fading away :) Not quite, but was a great compliment.
-Spent the whole day at Dreamworld with my boys walking around, going on rides and swimming and playing in the water park. Did not feel tired once and had amazing confidence in my Size 12 bathers.

Thinking of you all fondly and sending big prayers to Drazil and her little Banana. x

Sunday, March 13, 2011

UNDER 77kg

OMG I'm so happy to finally be in the 76kg range. I jumped on the scales this morning and it came up with 76.8 kg. That is a loss of 700g in a little under 2 weeks. I know this is slow going but I am not concerned. It's not a race and I know that if I applied my self more I would lose it faster.
I only got to the gym once last week. I went on Wednesday hoping to do the pump class, but they were doing step. I was disappointed so jumped on the cardio machines for a hour instead. I also hopped on our treadmill twice. So I am thinking that 3 x exercise sessions a week are just not cutting the mustard. I've set my self a goal of 4 gym sessions this week and on the treadmill on the other 3.
We are off to Brisbane in a week and a half and I would love to be at 76kg or under for my visit to my Surgeon. That would be a total loss of 17.5 kg lost since surgery, and would put me back at pre-pregnancy weight.
I will post again just before we leave to let you know how I've gone :)
Take Care

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gotta Tell You!!!

I just have to let you know, since I decided to give my self a kick in the butt, I have started to lose again. Yay. I jumped on the scales this morning and it said 77.5 kg (170.85 Pounds). OMG I have lost a whole kg in the last week and a half. I am super excited. Only 12.5 kg to go till goal.
I have been watching my portion sizes a little closer and have been trying hard to avoid the sweets. I've stocked up the fridge with Nestle Diet desserts so I can kill the cravings with them instead.
I've also been trying to get out and exercise everyday.
It's amazing what can happen when you follow the Band Rules. LOL.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last two days.

The last two days have been a little uneventful.
Didn't get to the gym yesterday or today but did managed to go for a big walk last night, which was lovely. I love the simplicity of just walking along the street. Nothing to worry about, just listening to the traffic and the occasional bird. It really is a time for me to clear my mind.
I have been trying to track my eating habits a little more. I have noticed I am definitely able to eat a lot more since my unfil a little over a month ago so I need to to watch what I am putting in my mouth a little closer. I am an emotional eater! If the boys are stressing me out I always reach for bad stuff, be it chocolate, crisps, or what ever is at hand. I have even been known to put a spoon into the the nutella jar. Not a pretty sight I must say :) So I am trying my hardest to resist these urges, not with much success though, but I am trying so that is the first step.
Also I think I may have a small drinking problem. Not enough to be completely concerned but enough to know that most nights I am wanting a wine or two, and to indulge in this behaviour can lead to some serious health and non-weight loss issues. I have decided to only allow 3 wine nights a week. That might sound like a lot to some of you but for me it has been no problem having a glass or two with my husband each night after the boys go down.
So for the last couple of days I have been doing a little soul searching and rule setting. I would really like to get to goal by Christmas. It is only a measly 13 odd kg (28 pounds) so at just 1.3 kg a month I'm sure I can succeed. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is not a race and nor should it be.
Nite :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello there

Well sorry for my absence of late. Nothing much has been going on. Since my unfill I have been at a stand still. I have not lost a single gram and I think a lot of it has to do with my lack of blogging. I've decided I need to post at least every second day, that way I am accountable for how I am treating my band.
I have been overeating and drinking way to much alcohol so the time has come to put my foot down and kick my self into gear. My exercise has been good though and I am still loving pump classes. I can feel myself getting stronger.

We just booked 15 days in Bali for Christmas so now I have a huge incentive to get to goal. My husband and I got married in Bali 10 years ago. I was 93 kg on the day of my wedding and although I felt beautiful I was also very sad to not be the slim woman I was when my DH and I met (62 kg) only 4 years earlier. Yes how did I manage to put on 31 kg in 4 years :(
So now I am determined to be fit and healthy for this trip to Bali and have the wonderful pool side pictures of me in my bathers that I have always dreamed of.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

So, So Good

This un-fill has been fantastic. I have been able to eat again. Hooray.
Yesterday I had an egg for breakfast and that was the first day in weeks that I have been able to eat in the morning.
I actually got hungry around 10.30 so had some yoghurt.
Around 2.30 I had a piece of oven fish. I was a bit worried about the crumbing getting stuck, but it was all good.
For dinner around 7.30 I had a Leonard's Chicken Sausage and a little salad. Oh my I was in heaven.
Overall it was a great day food wise, my small portions kept me full for ages and I had no trouble what so ever.
Why didn't I do this earlier???

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Having an Un-fill

Firstly, sorry I have been MIA. Busy times, no excuse.

I'm off to the doctors in 20 minutes to get my first un-fill. I have had nothing but issues with my band since christmas. PB'ing every morsel of solid food, reflux issues every night and sometimes even having trouble with yoghurt and protein shakes. Not sure what has caused these problems but I was aware that I was very tight after my last fill in October. I have been trying to get through this but have now had enough. I'm going to ask for 1ml to be taken out. I'm looking forward to being able to eat some food again.

On a positive note I am down to 78 kg. Yay. I am finding a few of my size 14 are now becoming to big and I am now back into my pre-pregnancy clothes (although 4 years have passed and I now hate them all LOL).

I promise I will update you all in a day or so and let you know how this un-fill affects me.

For now, take care.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ho, Ho, Ho.


Just want to shout out "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to all of my blog land friends. Don't think I will get the chance to later, so I hope every one has a safe and happy holiday.
Cheers
Nikki
xx

Sunday, December 19, 2010

End of Challenge

So I weighed in this morning at 79.7 kg (175.7 pounds). Woohoo, I'm finally under the 80 kg mark. I lost a total of 2.5 kg which really isn't that great but I'll take a loss any day. Over the 6 weeks I pretty much stayed the same for about 3 of them so I'm happy to have lost that weight. I know that it will never be regained and that is a truly wonderful feeling.
The biggest success I have achieved over these 6 weeks has not been the weight loss but has been the exercise. I now have a happy routine of doing classes and going walking. The motivation of the challenge helped me find a rhythm that I am determined to stick with.
Happy am I, going into the Christmas feasting season knowing that this will be the first year ever that I have not over eaten and that I will most likely lose weight this week :)
I Love My Band
xxx
PS: Merry Christmas Everyone

Sunday, December 12, 2010

MIA - Sorry

Sorry I have not been on for 3 weeks. Life has been busy and not much in band-land has been going on. I'm pretty much the same weight as I was 3 weeks ago. 200gr down. I am now at 80.1 kg. I just can't seem to break the 80 kg mark. I've seen 80.1 now three times but keep bouncing up and then back to it again. It is starting to get a little frustrating but I know it is because of this crazy time of the year. My choices have not been great and my liquids have been up. So I guess I should be grateful to have lost 200 gr and not had a gain. There is 2 weeks till Christmas and I am determined to get below 80 by then.

My band has finally settled down and I am now able to eat most things again (minus bread & pasta) without PB'ing. This is such a great relief because I was thinking of getting an un-fill. I have noticed that it gets quite loose around TOM and after doing some reading I see this can be quite common.

It is really starting to heat right up here now. Last week we had a good few days over 40 (104). It is only gonna get hotter coming into January. I'm so happy to have a pool and the boys and I have been living in there.

Oh a NSV. I bought and fitted into my first size AU12 (US8) denim shorts in years. I am a firm size 14 (US10) in most things and all of my size 16 (US12) are now way to big. I started out this journey wearing tight 18 (US14) and now almost 5 months in I am fitting into 12's, that's 3 dress sizes. YAY!!! I've also had to throw out all my knickers and bras, much to my husbands glee. He much prefers my now lacy numbers ;-)

Well thanks for sticking around. I am going to try and get through some blogs today and catch up on everyone.

Cheers Nikki x

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week Two

Weigh in day after week two - 80.3 kg
Lost 1.2 kg or 2.65 pounds.
Woohoo, I am so ecstatic about this loss. I so hope to be under 80 kg by next week. I am currently only 4.3 kg off pre-pregnancy weight of 76 kg. I think I will try and make this my goal for the challenge. I'm sure if I up my exercise a little and cut out the drinking I will be able to achieve this. :=)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ok, took a sneak peak but am confused??

So i kinda hopped on the scales this morning three days before weigh in. I was worried that I might have done some damage after having a couple of drinks for three nights straight, but no I had a a huge surprise. How is it possible I thought. All i can put it down to is the extra exercise I have aded into my routine for the last two weeks. So I did a little happy dance and sent my ass off to body balance. What a shock that was. I was expecting a cruisey class with stretching and meditation but NO I was sweating within 10 minutes and holding poses I never thought possible. Ouch. I can't wait to do it again!!!
I am amazed at what a difference a little bit of excercise can do. Not only do I feel stronger and healthier but i feel better within myself also.
Bring on the next four weeks I say. Not sure if I will be able to catch up to grace but I will sure as heck give it a try :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Week One

Weigh in day after week one - 81.5 kg
Lost 700 gr or 1.54 pounds.
Very happy with this result :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm sure it is killing me!

The gym that is!
I started back at the gym on monday and have since done 2 pump classes, a body attack class and 45 minutes on the cardio machines. Not bad for 4 days.
I am really feeling it. I was struggling to walk the day after my first pump class but pushed through the pain, and am glad I did.
I am taking today off though cause I think I went a little hard yesterday in my attack class and now my ankle and heel are playing up. Will be back in the morning for another pump class (I love those).

And onto band related news, I am sure I am a little too tight. I have been PBing heaps but am managing to keep fluids down with no trouble. We are heading to Brisbane early December for a night or two and I'm thinking I might go in for the smallest unfill. There is a doc here in Mt Isa that does it but I'm just not sure if I trust him. I think I can battle through another couple of weeks.

I'm still enjoying the Holiday Challenge and have not cheated once. Yay! this would have to be a first for me. I'm looking forward to tonight though when I have allocated my self a glass of wine with dinner. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

First Day of Challenge

I am super excited and motivated by this new 6 week challenge that starts today. We are still in the process of unpacking everything so I have yet to find my measuring tape to do my inches, but I did find my scales.
My stats are:
7 November : 82.2 kg or 181.22 pounds. BMI: 29.5

I joined the local gym here on Thursday. They have a great price for what you get and they have a kids club for a few hours each weekday morning, which I am totally going to utilise. I'm looking forward to doing some of the classes like Body Pump and Body Combat.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm joining a challenge that is being hosted over at Kristen's blog. I think it will be great to get into this leading into the new year and now that I am in Mount Isa. My place will be all set up by the start date of 7th Nov so I should be all steam ahead.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

First Mini Goal Reached

Well I got back my scales from DH and weighed in this morning. Wowee did I get a huge shock.
I'm down to 83.3 kg. That is a whole 1.7 kg less than my first goal. Holy cow I totally skipped being 84 kg. This mini goal has also now made me OVERWEIGHT. Yes no longer am I obese. I have not been overweight for 5 years!
Might only weigh in every 2-3 weeks from now on, it seems to help.
I also got another .5 ml in my band on Monday, and that I am sure has put me on the edge of the red zone. I'm not pb'ing but I sure as hell am getting stuck on stuff so I'm just trying to learn all the rules as to what I can and can't eat now. I think this has helped a bit in the last few days.
Not at a point where I need to have an unfill, just where I need to keep an eye on things. ;-)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Changing my Ticker.


I've decided to follow in the footsteps of some fellow bloggers and change my ticker to reflect how much I have lost since I was at my highest, just after I had my twins when I weighed in at 108kg (238 pounds). It looks so much more impressive, and is such a good confidence booster to show how far I've come so far. Claim it Nikki, you deserve to. :-) The picture is of me just before I had my boys. Wow, how on earth did I manage?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why I had WLS.

I have been asked a few times lately why I had weight loss surgery, because to look at me I don’t look that overweight.

I am only in the obese category according to my BMI and my Doctor was a little reluctant to refer me to my Surgeon, but after a heap of blood tests and going through my dieting history it was decided that gastric banding was the best option. My blood tests revealed some very interesting results. It was found that I was borderline diabetic, I have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and with my family having a history of heart disease I was heading down a very dangerous path. It was also found that the hormone (not sure of the technicalities here) that tells the brain that you are full was almost non-existant so I was having extreme difficulty loosing weight on my own, due to constant grazing and overeating.

I had tried many, many conventional methods to lose weight over the past 15 years. Some including, weight watchers, shakes, Jenny Craig, just to name a few.

I had tried prescription drugs, Reductil and Duromine. I had great success with Duromine and took it on and off (mostly on) for about 9 years right up until I found out I was pregnant with my twins 4 years ago. My Doctor offered to put me back on this but I flatly refused. I hated the side effects and was not keen to go back on them with two small kids around. When I was on them I got very moody and snappy and I just didn’t want that to affect my boys.

Then we found out that I had a huge Hiatus Hernia. I got this through my pregnancy with the twins. My Doctor said this is very common in multiple pregnancies. The surgery required to fix the hernia was almost the same as the WLS so my doctor said I could have them both at the same time, I thought “Yeah Why Not?” I am one of those rare cases that can have WLS for other reasons than being over a BMI of 40.

I am so very happy to have had the surgery and there were times during recovery when I thought, “What have I done? Surely I could have lost this excess weight on my own?” But I’ve come to realize that no I couldn’t. I still have a long way to go to get down to a healthy weight. I am looking forward to that time so I can get my blood work done again and compare to were I am now.

I needed to do this so I can watch my boys grow up and to enjoy a long and loving marriage with my wonderful husband. He is my rock and has stood by me through all of my crazy diets and drug taking. It was time that I finally took control of my health. For me the “Way I Look” is just a positive side effect to getting healthy on the inside, my main goal.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another pic for Ash :)


Another one from Saturday night. It was a bit dark so I tried a little photoshop. Might need to take a class on this. Oh that's a size 12 jacket there also. Yay.

My First NSV


So my DH and I went out on Saturday night for dinner with some friends, we had a lovely evening. They drank champers, I drank one glass of wine (I can't handle the bubbles, damn it), they ate big steak, I ate small entree. It was just fantastic, how it should be. Well today I downloaded a picture taken of DH and I before we went out, and I must say even I am impressed. I can really see some changes in my shape in the last few weeks. I bought a new dress specially for the evening. It is a size 14 Aust (I think that is a 10 US / medium). I was so excited, I tried on so many dresses in the store, all size 14 and they all fit. I actually bought 2 dresses, but I haven't had a chance to wear the other one just yet.

Yay, on another topic, my DH said I can have the scales back. Now I just have to find them. He is away and won't be home till Monday and he won't tell me were they are. LOL. Will be interesting to see how I go come Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello Lena

Just want to do a quick shout out to a new follower Lena. She is doing fantastic so far in her journey. Woot!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hideous Withdrawals

Well I feel as though I am having withdrawals.

My DH has taken my scales away and won't give them back.

The other night I was about to get on them to see how I had done through the day and DH decided I was becoming obsessed with what my scales say. He took them off me and threw out the batteries then hid my scales.

Yes I was indulging about 3 times a day, but he has forced me to go cold turkey and now I'm all nervous and jittery. It feels so wrong to not jump on my scales every morning.
He said I can't have them back until we get to Mount Isa, that is 4 weeks away!!!! He told me I have to measure my progress in other ways, clothes fitting, inches lost, ect... How the hell do I do this. My life has revolved around the numbers on the scales.

ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

I'm seriously thinking about buying another set and hiding them from him. Kinda like the closet food stash I used to keep. ;-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My most Awesome Fill Ever

So I had my 3rd fill yesterday. I got another 1.5 ml (1.5cc) in my band bringing me up to 10.5 in my 14 ml band. I mostly settled for soft foods yesterday after the fill, but did get a little stuck at lunch on a small amount of bread, and went without dinner.
Today I have felt the best restriction since being banded (well after the first week anyway). I finally feel like I can only eat a small amount of food (about 2/3 cup of food) and have not had the urge at all to snack between meals.
This is what I have eaten today:
50gr of muesli with half a tub of yoghurt. I didn't manage to finish it.
A small skinny flat white coffee.
Half a piece of grilled fish (couldn't fit in the salad and got stuck on my first chip so ate no more chips, think they might be off the menu now)
Small glass of wine (can't see my self giving this up)
3 small meatballs in tomato pasta sauce, this was left over from two night ago (before my fill), I couldn't eat the pasta as it was hurting (another off the menu) and was pretty content after the meat. The other night I ate 5 meat balls with pasta and cheese and then had a muffin for dessert. Yep I think this one has worked, yippy yay!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

You girls are AWESOME!

Thanks so much for all the encouraging responses to my last post. It has really made me realise that I'm not in this alone. I was worried that I might be self sabotaging a little too much (yes it is happening to some extent) but at least I can still see the feint light at the end of the tunnel.

Mary (aka: not your average gal) is almost in the same boat as I am. Have a fill, feel great for a week, then feel as though nothing ever happened.

I'm booked in for another fill on Tuesday and it can't come fast enough :)

Also, just for me, I've booked in for a 2.5 hour massage and body wrap on Saturday arvo at a lovely day spa near me. I'm going with my Mum, and I am sooooo looking forward to this little bit of me time. DH and Granddad will be looking after the two tear abouts while they watch the second AFL grand final. Hahaha, think I might have got the better deal here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Question??

So I have a question for all my blogging mates.
Can someone please tell me if it is possible to still be in bandster hell two months after surgery?
I have had 2 fills and have a total of 9ml (9cc) in a 14ml (14cc) band, but I am still getting hungry like all the time and I have only lost 1kg in 6 weeks. Yes I admit that I have had such a huge two months (2 x 40th birthdays, 2 x Weddings, 1 week holiday, 2 x weekends away, visitors for almost 2 weeks) and I feel like I haven't had five minutes for myself, my eating habits are crap and I've been drinking WAY too much wine. My exercise is almost nil and I am so bloody tired from lack of sleep.
So tell me is this still bandster hell or just my bloody life getting in the way of progress?

Oh and a shout out to my new follower - Not Your Average Gal. I don't have a blog for her but would love it if you let me know :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2 new Followers - Welcome

Just want to shout a a warm welcome to Anniek, and Meli who I have just noticed are following me now. Thanks ladies :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Finally a loss :)

I've just jumped on the scales and I'm so excited, I just have to tell you all. I just registered my first loss in about 4 weeks. I am now 300 gr (.66 pound) below my lowest registered weight, which means I lost about 700 gr (1.5 pounds) this week. Hopefully this means I have passed through my plateau. Yay!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Well that's not pleasant...


Just experienced my first stuck and PB. Came home from the movies with the boys (Despicable Me - funny one) and was starving cause I decided not to indulge in popcorn. Decided a dry, cold pork chop left over from dinner was a better option. Boy was I wrong!!! Tasted lovely and thought I chewed it up enough, but NO! after a couple of bites I could feel the burning pain in my chest, then BAM, up it came. Nothing like having a full on puke, but rather a controlled slow foamy vomit. It lasted about 20 minutes and I can still feel a little pain there. I was amazed at how much foam I could produce in such a short amount of time. Definitely not something I wish to repeat in the near future.
On a brighter note, at least I now know my band is working :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Okay...Time to Confess...

... about just how bad I have been.
I am going in for my second fill tomorrow morning and I am not looking forward to getting on those scales. My last two weeks have undoubltly been two of the most party weeks I've had in years. The first week we had friends and family here for 5 nights for my older brother's 40th Birthday. That equals 5 nights of drinking wine and the occasional bad food choices. I've already posted that I gained that first week.
The day after everyone left I got a really bad tummy bug and was throwing up for about 6 hours and had terrible bowels (sorry TMI) for about 4 days. It helped with losing the extra few hundred grams I gained BUT then we headed off to the lovely Port Douglas for 4 days for my Sister in Law's wedding. Yep back on the drinking and eating train. I had WAY to many cocktails as I have now found they seem to go down quite well. I was a little worried that the vomiting episode had damaged my band as I am now able to eat a bit more than I should be. :(
I'm really not looking forward to fessing up to my indulgences tomorrow, but I have to face my demons and decide to start this next chapter in a better light.
I knew these past two weeks were going to be tough and I admit I have not made good choices. Humph....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Welcome Kristen

Just a shout out to Kristen, thanks for finding my blog and following along. In these early stages it is great to have support and all my followers are just wonderful.
I love you all. xx

Monday, August 30, 2010

Arrggghhh...I've put on

So I've had a huge weekend of partying and eating and drinking and the scales this morning has really showed it. I've had a gain of 1.1kg. Bummer. I'm hoping it is mostly fluid, guess we will see in a few days. Updated my ticker to make it real :(
On a brighter note I am feeling some restriction although I know I am not at the right spot yet. I have not had any trouble eating anything. Everything seems to be going down just fine, but I am still getting full faster. I still think I might be eating a little to much though. I'm still feeling like I'm running on will power and don't yet think the band is working at it's full capacity. I have another fill in a little over a week, so I hope this one gets me a lot closer to the sweet spot.

Friday, August 27, 2010

First Fill (or was it my second?)

So I had my first adjustment on Wednesday morning which was no were near as scary as I was expecting. I was with my surgeon for about 3 minutes. He put me up on his table and firstly took out the little stitch that was poking out (glad that's gone it was giving me the shits), then he asked me to lift my head then just a little pop as the needle was inserted through the skin and into my port. It was a strange feeling as he put in the saline, I could kinda feel my band tightening, which was simply fantastic.

Well as it turned out my Surgeon had put in 4ml (4cc) into my band on placement because it was a little loose around my stomach, then on Wednesday he put in 3ml (3cc) so now I have a total of 7 ml in my 14 ml band. Half full. I am booked back in on Wednesday 8th Sept (2 weeks) for my second adjustment. I have asked my surgeon to be rather aggressive with the fills as I would like to try and be in the green zone (sweet spot) quickly due to my DH getting a job back in Mount Isa, so we will be moving soon. He is quite happy to help me out there. Guess I am so lucky to have a Surgeon who is willing to change things up for each patient rather than just sticking to a schedule of 1 or 2 ml at a time every 4 weeks. He says I should reach the green zone at around 9 ml :)

I can really feel some restriction there now which I am loving. I'm not hungry all the time and I am feeling full after a small meal. I definitely feel as though I can't eat in the morning for a few hours. I haven't yet given it a try but I feel a little pressure in my chest first up so I am just assuming this to be the morning restriction that people talk about. I haven't had any stuck episodes yet or any pain when I eat, and it seems as though everything can go down with no problems. I ate sushi for dinner last night with no issues on the rice. I'm looking forward to my first steak. I think I might have one this weekend. Yummy.

Thanks for all the great comments everyone, they are so very encouraging. xx

Monday, August 23, 2010

Not much going on.

Sorry I haven't posted for a few days, there just hasn't been much going on.
We had some friends around for dinner on Saturday night and I got to eat my first steak in weeks. God it tasted like heaven. Figured I would have a small one before my fill on Wednesday as I might not get another opportunity. My friend made a wonderful mexican layer dip which was so fantastic and very yummy. I noticed Eggface has one up at the moment on her food website that I might try out.
Been walking everyday for the Go-Chica-Go challenge. I even got up early this morning to get my walk in before my DH went away for a couple of days.
Have my first fill in a couple of days. I'm looking forward to this but am a little apprehensive about the big needle. Also was taking a good look at my big scar last night and noticed I have a stitch poking out. I gave it a tug with some tweezers and got some of it out but think my Surgeon will have to take a look at the other one there. Was surprised to see it cause I didn't think I got stitches, just glue.
Got a very busy few weeks coming up, have visitors this weekend for my brother's 40th, then away next weekend up to Port Douglas for my SIL wedding. Not sure if I will get much posting in over that time but I will let you all know how my fill goes on Wednesday.
Take care x

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Get me outta this HELL I'm in...PLEASE...


So I think I am officially in Bandster Hell. I knew it was coming but god this is crazy.
I'm hungry like all the time, but can still only fit in a small amount of food. I just want to eat all the time. Damn I hate this. This is when I would normally fall off the dieting wagon into a pit of deep fried shit and a bottle of bubbles.
Thank the gods above that I am getting my first fill in 6 days. I can't wait to get back to that feeling of satisfaction I had a week ago.
I also did not lose a single ounce this past week and although I'm not concerned about this at all I am a little disappointed. I'm not eating any were near as much food as I was before surgery and I upped my walking this week.
Oh well :( Move on Nikki.

Also welcome to Queen Bee - Miss Vickie. :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Big Welcome to Drazil

I'm sure most of you know Draz by now. She is very inspiring and is hosting the Go-Chica-Go challenge with Joey. Welcome Draz to my blog :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Draz & Joey's Fitness Challenge


So I've decided to put my hand up for this "Go-Chica-Go" challenge. I think it is a fantastic way to get my ass into gear and start doing some regular exercise. It starts on Friday and goes for 5 weeks. It will be good in helping me keep on track as I have 3 major events happening over those 5 weeks. A 40th birthday Party and 2 Weddings. Lots of opportunities to slack off and eat and drink way to much.
I have my first fill next Wednesday so I would really like to take this opportunity to set some healthy habits in place.
YAY BRING IT ON LADIES!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Wonderful Weekend.

Wow I feel so normal :)
On Friday my DH got some good news from work so we decided to go out to celebrate. I know I had way to many liquid calories but in regard to food I had no problem finding something appropriate on the menu. My hubby and I shared a small serve of pate and then I had some fish pie. OMG it was so delicious. It was like a seafood chowder topped with potato and truffle foam. It wasn't something I would normally order but due to being on mushies I decided to give it a go. So worth it. It was funny though cause I could only eat a very small amount of it and when the waiter took my plate away he asked me if anything was wrong with it. I told him it was simply amazing but I couldn't fit it in, he looked a little sceptical. Guess I better get used to that :)
Next morning we packed up the kids and went up the coast for the night. Could only find yogurt for breakfast in the servo but it was fine and filled me up for a good few hours. Had the filling from a small quiche for lunch, then for dinner I ate a small piece of grilled barra and 2 scollops. I would have just loved to have eaten the salad that came with the fish but that does not quantify as a soft food.
We had a great time, The boys got in 2 swims in the hotels huge spa, we took a long walk on the beach looking at crab holes, took the kids to the Aquarium where they had the cutest seal who kept kissing the kids through the glass, then this morning we all went to the Ginger Factory.
After we arrived home at around 11 am we got invited over the neighbours for a late lunch. I had one rissole and about 1 tablespoon of potato salad. Have had some more yoghurt for dinner.
All in all I have had a fantastic weekend. Think I'm gonna sleep well tonight :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

2 Weeks Post-op

So I'm now 2 weeks down. I weighed in this morning at exactly 86 kg / 189.5 pounds. That is a loss of 800 grams / 1.7 pounds. With a total loss of 6 kg / 13.2 pounds in 3 weeks. I'll take that any day :) I'm only one kilo away now from my first goal of 85 kg.
Lost another 3 cm around my waist. Bringing that to a total loss of 11 cm in 3 weeks.
I love my band :)
I'm feeling really normal now. No more pain at the port site. I'm now able to sleep back on my tummy. Now that I'm on mushies I feel like I'm able to eat normal again (kinda). Had half a cup of slow cooked lamb casserole and one tablespoon of mash for dinner last night and still feel kinda full this morning, gotta love that. Also had a glass of wine last night with hubby. Took me about 30 minutes to drink it which I am NOT used to. Think I'm going to become a cheap date now. Small meals and only a glass or two of wine. LOL. Might have to start ordering the expensive stuff haha.

Also a big welcome to Roo. I have enjoyed reading your blog :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

An Extra Big Welcome Today

So I'd first like to welcome 2 new followers to my blog, Maree and Sarah. It's still kinda weird to think that people from around the globe are reading about my experiences. I really like that people are interested. So a big thank you to all of my followers. Without you I think I might feel a little lost in my journey.

And the Extra big welcome is to my Family.
Hehe, my Mum found out about my surgery and has been following my blog. She found me through my scrapire nights blog. I suspected that she might have known when I got a text from her on the morning of my surgery wishing me luck :) but today was the first time I talked with her about it.
I also have just told my Dad (who in turn will tell my step Mum - I hope hehe). I was a little apprehensive about telling everyone because I didn't want to feel judged during the time of surgery and recovery. I basically just wanted to concentrate on my self. Anyway I was totally worrying about nothing and everyone has been so wonderful and supportive.
I love my family to bits and I feel a little embarrassed now for not letting everyone know that I was having surgery. I feel kinda relieved now that everyone knows.
Big kisses xxxxx

Monday, August 9, 2010

Onto Mushies...YAY!

Well I spoke with my Dietition this afternoon and she was very happy with my progress so has decided it is now okay to move onto mushies. I never thought I would be so happy to be allowed to eat tin tuna.
I'm pretty much allowed to eat most things as long as they are mashed up. I can have spaghetti bolognese, savoury mince, Cottage Pie, any kind of casserole, you get the drift. She said to make a few up and freeze them in half cup portions, then I will have variety and won't be tempted to overeat and possibly stretch my small stomach.
I'm only allowed to have half a cup of food at one sitting and to try and take 15 minutes to eat it. I am not allowed to have any fluids with my food or for 10 mins before or after eating. I am to try and only have 3 meals a day for the first 3 days then I can introduce two snacks, one a dairy (yoghurt, custard, cottage cheese) and one a fruit (mashed banana, stewed fruits) if I am getting hungry.
I am no longer allowed to have protein shakes, she wants me to get my protein from food. I am more than happy with that. She said to keep my shakes for the 12 hours after each fill. I still need to keep taking my Multivitamin. I'm taking Sypradyn at the moment and when that runs out I can switch to Centrum.
Most importantly is to to "Eat Slowly & Chew Well".

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Went to the Ekka :o)

For those that don't know, the Ekka is the Brisbane Royal show, held once a year. My DH and I took our little boys there today for a family day out. We all had heaps of fun, taking the kids for a ride on the bumper cars, buying show-bags (yes I got one too), and NOT eating, well I didn't any way. OMG it was so hard smelling all the wonderful Carnival foods and not being able to have any. They sure did smell a hell of a lot better than the cow sheds there. Peww....Got in heaps of exercise and I am so buggered now.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

1 week Post-op

Well I'm one week down and holy WOW I've lost 3.2kg this week and 4.5cm around my waist. That's a total of 5.2 kg in two weeks and 8cm around my waist.

I LOVE MY BAND

I HATE PROTEIN SHAKES. LOL.

No hunger chest pains last night. Yay.

Also just want to welcome my new followers, Sara Beth Jones, Blossom, JCraft42003 (sorry don't have any blog details as yet).

Also want to shout out to Jocelyn, she has 3 months to go till surgery and is having some issues she is working through. Hop on over to her blog and give her the encouragement that I know really helps in this time. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

6 Days in and a hic-up :(

So almost everything is going to plan. I'm sticking to liquids although I am hankering for a ham and cheese toasted sandwich.

My problem lies with hunger pains. They have been waking me up in the wee hours of the morning for the last 3 nights now. The past 2 nights I have gone to bed with a protein shake near the bed to sip on through the night. If I try to ignore it the pain in my chest is so intense that I want to cry out. Has any one else experienced this?

I had to go into my Surgeons office this morning to pay my final account. While I was there Dr Martin was chatting to his receptionist. He asked how I was doing and took a look at my incisions (which are healing well), I told him about the night hunger and he was a little concerned that it could be something a little more sinister than starving to death. He wanted me to go and get an ultrasound to make sure I am not developing Gall Stones. Oh bugger.... Anyways after waiting 2 hours in the x-ray department at the hospital I got in for my Ultrasound. The sonographer said she could not see anything so hopefully it is all okay.

Man I would kill for a sandwich right now.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award


Woohoo, thanks so much Sam (http://banded4me.blogspot.com/) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.
This is my first ever blog award and I am stocked. I think it is wonderful that people can express their appreciation through something as simple as a blog award. It really makes my heart smile :)

Here are 7 things you don't know about me.

1. I'm totally addicted to reading blogs. I love hitting the "Next Blog" icon at the top of the page and just reading about some random persons blog. It really brings up some wonderful things and makes me think about the world in a different light.

2. As a kid my favourite movie was called Mannequin. I used to watch it over and over and over. I watched it for a laugh a few months back and could not get over how lame it was. I wonder what it was about that movie that kept on bringing me back.

3. I lived in a small place called Ghooli for a whole 16 years of my childhood. It was just a small place of 10 houses on the side of the highway where the water line used to run through from Perth to Kalgoorlie. We didn't have a store or anything. The closest place (Southern Cross) was 13km away and as kids we occasionally used to ride our bikes into town.

4. My poor mother accidentally poisoned our first puppy, Patch with rat bait when I was young. I still have dreams sometimes of him lying super still on the lawn near our grape vine. She cried for days.

5. I fantasise about getting a full back tattoo done of some burlesque pin up girls. LOL my husband would freak.

6. My favourite past-time is papercrafts. I have another blog where I post some of my stuff. I've only been doing it for 7 months and my craft room looks like I've been collecting stuff for years. Hmmm much money spent there!!!

7. I love my Dad more than words can ever say. He is my hero and without him I would never be the wonderful person that I am today.

Onto some nominations...um.

1. Michelle from http://bandsterjourney.blogspot.com/ - she is doing so well with the band and juggling this with raising 6 kids. Wow, what a wonder woman.
2. Sara Jones from http://julybandster.blogspot.com/ - my god she mad me laugh so hard with her comment about her pants. I almost wet mine. LOL.
3. Alyce from http://myrescueispossible.blogspot.com/ - This girl is simply stunning. She is going to go so well. She is currently battling her way through 4 weeks of optifast. Go girl**

I'm sure there is many more out there but just have to get around to them. Thanks again Sam.


Shoutout to Brie & Day 3

I just want to welcome Brie to my blog. Please let me know if you have a blog that I can follow.

So I am now 3 days out of surgery. I still have not had any gas/shoulder pain but I did get a fair bit of wind pain yesterday. It seems to have passed (mind the pun) now though. I'm not having any difficulty with the liquid diet and I've already lost 2kg since Thursday morning. WOW. My breath smells like a camel has been camping out in my mouth from the ketosis, so I've been brushing my teeth like 5 times a day.
I woke up this morning at 4am feeling starving hungry. I was actually getting tummy pains and my stomach was growling so loudly, so I got up and had a few sips of some protein shake I had in the fridge. It worked a treat.

Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm up and Running

I'm back home now. My darling hubby collected me from the hospital this morning.
The surgery went really well. The surgeon had to repair a Hiatus Hernia while he was inside, so that should cure the reflux I've been having since my pregnancy 3.5 years ago.
I'm not in too much pain thanks to the meds. I'm a little bit tender in the port site and I've been lucky to get away with no shoulder pain at all.
I'm not hungry at all although my tummy is rumbling. It is a strange feeling. :)