Twiggy

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  1. Hi all - still here but definitely not Twiggy So good to see you all again I will be 9 years on the 24th. Initially lost 78kgs (172lb) and todate have gained almost half back - 35kgs. The weight gain has been gradual - 5kgs a year over the past 7 years. I have been trying very hard to get back on track or to at least not gain any more! I mostly follow a low carb/keto diet and recently went Zero Carb. Cutting carbs is the only thing that works for me - I just wish I could sustain it permanently. I am a bread junkie! Okay - just checking in for now - will chat later. Hang in there everyone - we can do this!
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    yummy - yummy - yummy! My new favourite is the apple slices with PB - thanks!
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    I use Nature's Choice Peanut Butter - very yummy http://www.natureschoice.co.za/bio-friendly/sundry-health-food-lines/peanut-butter/ You honestly have to try the lettuce and peanut butter thing - satisfaction guaranteed Does anyone else have any ideas - so far I have: Cellery and Peanut Butter Lettuce and Peanut Butter Carrot Sticks and Peanut Butter Banana and Peanut Butter ................... all other ideas welcome!
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    Absolutely! Please follow your diet plans! I am 2 years out now and can tollerate absolutely anything so I am always grateful for yummy healthy snacks.
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    Just spread a little peanutbutter on some crisp lettuce - yummy You gotta try it before you knock it!
  6. Congrats - this was a biggie for me toooooo - I have always weighed more than my hubby (even when we met) so I celebrated this milestone for ages - still do actually - he gets mad becuase I often wear his shirts and jerseys Enjoy the baby girl!
  7. I have had similar pains - the first time it lasted a whole day - second time a whole week... The first time I went lo my local GP and he said it was irritable bowel syndrom - gave me an anti spasmodic and colofaq. Second time I took both anti spasmodic and colofaq but because the pain lasted so long I went to see my barriatric surgeon. He did all the tests and took x-rays. He said I suffer from constipation and gave me movicol which I am supposed to take as a chronic med (permanently). Since then (about a year ago) I have had the pain about 3 times - I take the antispasmodic and colofaq or a probiotic for a while and it clears up quickly enough. What I have figured out is that on 3 of the occasions I had had a carbonated drink - I simply can't have them at all - not even sparkling water. Anyway - whatever you hear from others - please see your doctor if it is a severe pain - we are not doctors and as my doctor said - we have had a very specialised procedure and we should see our bariatric surgeon for any stomache complications - they are more equipped than anyone else to diagnose and deal with the problem. Hope this helps and good luck
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    "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize ..how close they were to success when they gave up". ~*♥*~ Thomas Edison ~*♥*~ I have been close to goal for almost a year - now I am going in the wrong direction - OK - you've convinced me - going to shop for everything I need tomorrow - starting the 5 day pouch test on Thursday! It's time to get back on track. Thanks for the encouragement. XXXX
  9. thanks to everyone who replied to this post - I got a lot out of it!
  10. Carbohydrates make me bloated instantly and any form of carbonated drink has a bad reaction - bloating and extreme stomache cramps. Mindless eating -- a total NO NO
  11. Have you gained weight back? Yes - I am 2 years post op and have gained about 10lbs over the last 2 months because I have started eating the dreaded carbs again Would you do it again? ABSOLUTELY! yes yes yes How much total weight loss? 172lbs Problems? None - had a few scary stomache aches but they always go away - it seems to be caused by gas - it happened whenever I drank something carbonated. Otherwise all is well. Good luck!
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    I hear you cinwa - I was carb free for over a year post op - now I'm out of controll and struggling to get back on track - I have read the 5 day pouch test but the idea of a liquid day is daunting. I'm being whiney I know - I have to just get my act together and get back on track - it's just so difficult. I had hoped I would be one of the lucky few who would feel ill at eating anything 'forbidden' but I can really eat ANYTHING!
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    Will we ever truly conquor the carb monster. . .
  14. Bantum - you are SO right! I just have so much to be grateful for - I count my blessings every day. I can't believe we are all almost 2 years post op! I will post a 'life after GB" message soon. PS - Thanks so much for the compliment - just like you I often forget that I have the surgery and when people comment I go like "oh yeah - I used to be fat"
  15. Hello my dear fellow Junies! It is awesome hearing how well you are all doing (Annie – you really should not be so hard on yourself -if your life has improved in any way it was worth it!) I am doing extremely well and have had no serious GB issues to date – may it stay that way! I have however been through a very rough time. As I mentioned in my previous posts – I had signed up to ride a 176km road race along the coast of the very beautiful Cape Town. For the past year I had been loving Mountain Biking but now had to get in some road riding to practice for the race. On my second road ride (27 November 2010), I was hit from behind by a drunk motor cyclist. My little finger and ring finger on my right hand were crushed, the wrist fractured, my foot punctured by a sharp object (needed stitches), foot fractured, right thigh developed a massive hematoma (bag of fluid) which has not disappeared completely yet and I tore the ligaments in my left shoulder – those are just the main injuries – I was basically black and blue from head to toe. A few days after the second operation I was back in hospital with a scare of deep vein thrombosis – stayed there 3 days but all turned out well – thank goodness! I had two operations on my hand – it is now so full of metal I am sure I will set off alarms at the airport Today the two fingers are stuck at right angles and no amount of physio is helping. I am going to see the hand guru next month – apparently she is the best in the country. A month after the accident, the surgeon dealing with the hematoma noticed a mole on my middle toe (right foot) which he was not happy with. He took a sample and phoned me 4 days later with the news that I had a malignant melanoma. I had to have my toe amputated and lymph nodes removed from my groin – the sentinal procedure to map the lymph nodes (two injections into the offending toe) was by far the most traumatic. The operation went well and the lymph nodes were clear – great news. Now came the long wait for a PET scan and CAT scan to check if the cancer had spread through the blood stream or bone. You are injected with a radioactive substance and then scanned from head to toe. Three weeks later I got the results – ALL CLEAR! Phew – what a relief. I go back in August for another scan and a check up. So – today I am happy. I am grateful I only have two funny fingers and a missing toe – at least I did not lose and arm and a leg! The love and support I received from the small community I live in was phenomenal – it was an extremely traumatic 3 months and I am so glad they are over. Last month I went on a 5 day cruise (see avatar photo) which was simply awesome – a great way to “pack up your troubles in and old kit bag”.
  16. Hey Summer Congrats on reaching your goal
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    Hi Lollie - I went to Prof. Heine vd Walt. I tried to claim from Discovery for the Hernia & Nissan Procedure part of the op but it was declined. They said that if I had applied pre-op there is a chance they would have covered the by-pass - but you have to apply pre-op and meet certain requirements. Good luck!
  18. Hey Lizelda I am so sorry you have had the bad experience with Dr De Beer
  19. Thanks for the good chuckle Paula
  20. WOW Annie, you have been through so much! My sincerest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your baby sister. Regarding the last 15lbs you need to lose
  21. Well, I went to see my surgeon
  22. 23 kidney stones! WOW Pirata
  23. Hey Lisa and my fellow Junie Paula (so glad you are well on your way to recovery!). Thank you so much for this information
  24. Since Gallbladder removal seems to be a common post op complication, I would like those who have been through it to share their experience for us to learn from. Please could you answer the following questions or if you prefer you can just write a detailed (or brief) description of your experience. How long after your procedure did your gallbladder problem start? What were the symptoms? (as much detail as you can please