Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
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
PS: Merry Christmas Everyone
Sunday, December 12, 2010
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
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
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
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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?
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
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
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.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
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.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
So I think I am officially in Bandster Hell. I knew it was coming but god this is crazy.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
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.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Woohoo, thanks so much Sam (http://banded4me.blogspot.com/) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Pro-op diet is going okay. Had a bit of a blow out last night with dinner. Oh well.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Since then I have yoyo dieted my way up to a BMI of just over 33 or 92kg. I have tried almost everything possible to get to a healthy weight and maintain it. The lowest I got down to was when I was 21. I was 62kg but I didn't get there the healthy way. I was well and truely addicted to Duromine. I then went on and off Duromine for a total of 9 years untill I fell pregnant with my twin boys. Since the birth 3.5 years ago I have tried heaps of stuff to shift the 25kg that I put on (got up to 108kg, with babies) including Weight Watchers x 3, Tony Ferguson, Celebrity slim, Biggest loser, Lite n' Easy, Curves diet, Acai & Colon cleanse, my doc even put me on Reductil (till it was pulled from the market) to try to lower my ever increasing blood sugar level and cholesterol.
So with great thought and support from my Darling Husband, I have decided to "Finally Lose It!". How do I plan to do this?, you may ask, well I'm getting a Lap Band...
Lap Band, yes a Lap Band. There I have said it.
I've only told 3 people, my Brother (who is also interested in the surgery), and my neighbours (and friends) who we socialise with a bit so I felt they would find out soon enough anyway.
I'm a little scared that people might judge me and say "I'm taking the easy way out" or "cheating", well I thought this a little also. It is hard to change a lifelong thought pattern of diet, diet, diet. Well the fact is that yes I am "cheating", I'm cheating an early death. I've come to realise that at the age of 34 after dieting for 20 years and still being Obese that it is time to step up to the plate and really get some help.
So why have I decided to post my surgery in the most public of ways, well I guess I like the thought of strangers knowing my inner feelings and thoughts. Yes strange but kind of appealing.