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About JenMit

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    Adelaide, South Australia
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  1. Well done you! I'm that bit behind you (surgery in June) and I've slowed down re the weight loss too, but still losing, so that's a good thing. At my last appt with my surgeon he said that those who've had a band removed seem to take longer to get the weight off, with no good reason apparently. So he said not to worry about it, just as long as the weight is still coming off and not going back on. I'm not where I'd planned to be at this stage, but like you, it's the best I've felt for many years - no knee pain, enjoy going for a daily walk (my dog loves me even more these days!). Food is a real non-issue for me these days and there's nothing I can think of where I think "I really miss eating that". So keep up the good work and sort out those food issues sooner rather than later - I'm a big believer that we set our new eatng patterns in stone within those first 12-18mths post-surgery. Good luck with it. Edited to add - I also wondered if I'd like the new me and like you, she's just the same person, except happier!
  2. JenMit

    Week One

    Mumto4, that gas pain will go in a few days. Just make sure you take it easy and don't overdo it food-wise. Keep to liquids and liquidy food for a few weeks. Good luck!
  3. Hi Mumto4 I also take Nutrichew, but you can't get them at the chemist. I can buy them directly from my surgeon's office, or online from Band Buddies. Good luck to another Adelaidian!
  4. Nicco, I'm 5 months post-op (where has that time gone???). I also used to get that stuck feeling for the first few months and found that vomiting cleared it, but it hasn't happened for the past 1 or 2 months. I'm still careful what I eat and tend to stick with more liquidy types of food. I really love fish fillets, but still have trouble with it - my dietician suggested adding a sauce, so will try that next time I'm game enough to have another go! I find that food just doesn't occupy my days any more. Each weekend I make up a big pot of about a dozen different veggies, add some diced beef & vegie stock and I take that to work every day for lunch. I find it very nutritious and it fills the spot. I also don't mind eating the same thing every day, so that's not a problem for me. I also shop organic now, so while my intake has reduced, I'm making sure that what does go it is nutritious with no added nasties. I'm also still having my smoothie for breakfast every day - consists of 1/2 banana, 1 kiwi (skin & all), a big bunch of baby spinach leaves, some frozen berries and I also add protein powder, some Superseed mixture and a little fruit juice to get a good consistency. I also add things like green powder, camu-camu powder, and probiotics to it. A bit of everything! Sure gets me up and going in the morning I seem to have stabilised a bit of late, but at least it's not going on - just not coming off as fast as it was, or as fast as I'd like it to.
  5. JenMit

    A beautiful day

    Kathma, yes, you're right, it is a beautiful day! I've "survived" 2 girls completing year 12 exams. And how wonderful to get back to doing what you love best! Birthing women would be a very rewarding job. I know I appreciated the midwives when having my 2. Keep up the good work
  6. Good Luck with it Kathma. Carbs were never my problem - sweeties were my downfall, but luckily eating them is right out of the question these days. ts so easy to fall back into those old habits. This new way of life is as much about the head as the stomach! But you're on the right track and at least you recognise the problem before it gets out of hand.
  7. Well done to you too, Scoots!
  8. Good luck. Your plan sounds like a good way to get things moving in the right direction again - DOWN!
  9. Kathma, at least you recognise it and you're willing to get back on track - I think that's the hard part, and the secret.
  10. Kathma, since I answered you earlier, I've been doing some searching on this site and there are some threads about stalls and how to get things back on track. Personally, I find I'm just not that interested in food much and quite often, wont bother having tea at night. I do a healthy cook-up on the weekends (using lean meat & veg in a soupy casserole) and freeze portions for lunch at work and I always have a spinach smoothie + protein powder each day for breakfast, so I'm getting nutrition, but I think its natural that the weight loss slows down from the earlier days. I've also upped my exercise (finally!) and I'm doing aquarobics 3 times a week and get away from my desk each day for a half hour walk. I'm feeling better than I have in a long while and trying not to put pressure on myself to attain the same fast weight loss I experienced earlier. At my last checkup, we discussed my goal of hitting double figures for my birthday at the end of January (15kg to lose) and the nut said this was a very achievable goal, but not to stress if I didn't quite make it. I thought it would be easy-peasy, due to the kg which had fallen off prior to then, but he said that it slows down over time and just as long as its not going back on, these things happen and don't put so much pressure on myself. I just want to get to the point where food is not an issue in my life and I know what to eat, when, and how much - without having to think about it!
  11. Hey Kathma Don't be disheartened. Apparently it happens to the best of us! My weight loss has slowed down, but I'm still losing - but I expect the same thing will happen to me. I think you're on the right track to get things moving again though. Good luck with it and keep us posted.
  12. Scoots, keep up the good work! Life is always better when you're home on your own ground. Nicco, sending good thoughts you way too!
  13. Good to hear, Scoots. It's surprising how little pain is involved with the bypass - I only found it a little difficult to lay on my left side for a short while, but other than that it was pretty easy. Make sure you don't overdo it because you're feeling well - just take it easy for a few weeks and let your body heal properly.
  14. In case you don't get the chance to read the whole forum message I linked to above, on page 7 is this from Claire-in-Texas which really resonates with me : Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:49 PM 'donna 2012', on 16 May 2012 - 11:52 AM, said: Excellent questions, Donna. The honeymoon period is the first 8 months to a year following weight loss surgery. Immediately after surgery the surgeon/nutritionist will put you on a very restricted regimen of food, and you will build your base of eating from that point. Your new pouch will not accept food as previously eaten. Therein lies the blessing of the "honeymoon period." This period is an opportunity, since one can't turn to food as one has done in the past, to find other ways of coping with life situations for whch we have previously turned to food. It is an opportunity to change one's habits and eating lifestyle. That's the simple answer to the first question, but it is a period of soul searching and re-discovery of who one is, and why one turns to food. Maintaining control. If one adheres to creating much better habits during that period when one is physically not able to eat as before, then it isn't so much control is at is a wilful desire to continue good habits. You just FEEL better. As I went through the various stages of this process, and by the time I got to where I could eat most things, I had established a pattern of eating, and enjoyment of what I was eating, that still exists today. It evolved over time. I am convinced that the honeymoon period, and what I learned about myself during that time, was the single most important aspect of this journey. I think it's important to keep in mind, too, that this is not simply a weight loss journey. It is far more complex than that. EVERYTHING changes - focus changes, self esteem grows, and so much more. This is not about being on a diet. This is about a shift in how one lives - a major shift that affects every aspect of life --- and that shift occurs during and because of, the honeymoon period, over that eight months to a year post op. The best to you! Claire
  15. Hi again I just read this thread and found it very helpful - especially for us newbies. I realised I've been doing this, without actually knowing I was. I had time to really get my head around this new way of life before I had the surgery and I feel that, at the moment, food isn't a real issue for me. Hopefully it stays this way! At first I was surprised at how 'easy' I found it to say no thanks when offered something I would have jumped at before surgery, but now in hindsight, I believe it's because I really don't want to go back to those bad eating habits and I'm more than ready to start my new life and new habits. I believe this journey is as much physical as mental and if we don't change our relationship with food, we'll end up back where we came from. I really like this forum, for the support we provide to each other - I haven't told many people in my real life and I don't think many of them will ever understand.