Aussie Bear

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  1. Valerie jean

    I did a search for you in the doctors and hospital section using your surgeon, hospital and even LGA. The only posts that came up were yours. While I have seen a couple of English members on the board recently, from memory they used the private health system rather than NHS. That's usually the case with those having bariatric surgery in Australia as well. Funding is so tight for publically funded surgery that it pushes waiting times out to extremes, making paying 12 months of private insurance and the inevitable copay an option those that can afford to do so, would rather take to shortcut the process. For those unable to privately insure, unfortunately patience is the key because nothing else will speed up the process. There have been a few Canadian members here who have found their publically funded systems just as trying with years on waiting lists quite normal.
  2. Did you keep or shed the dieter's mindset?

    Your experience in the past does sound very much like mine....and interestingly your stats are very similar to my highest ever stats. I lost and regained 100+lbs three times in the last 8 years through a combination of diet, exercise and obsessive tracking. By obsessive tracking I really mean OBSESSIVE tracking. This time around I decided the tracking was going. I had no choice but to forgo exercise as my orthopedic surgeon wouldn't allow it in any form until just recently. In fact my garden vivofit for so long wasn't allowed to come out of the red zone, which is normally your reminder to get out of your seat to exercise....and by "so long" I'm talking three years...although I did stop wearing it after a week or two of realising just how little mobility I was allowed. Each dieting attempt I regained, but I did manage to stop myself before regaining back to my highest each time. I'd get to within about 25lbs of where I started and then I'd be back on a strict diet yet again. In myself I've seen a big change with time in how I relate to food since surgery. I just don't enjoy it as much any more. Things I craved in the past simply don't hold the attraction anymore. Even when I've given into temptation on some foods, I've found the pleasure I used to get from consuming them just isn't there anymore. I don't believe that my tastes gave changed....I certainly haven't experienced any food aversions, rather I'm just disappointed that food doesn't seem to live up to my memories of how good I remember it was. So for me "eating what I want" is actually okay now, because I pretty much only want to eat things that I know are okay for me to eat...unhealthy and processed foods really hold almost zero appeal. I do wonder how much of thus is just mind over matter, and that I've somehow convinced myself not to like takeaways and high sugar foods anymore....I suspect this has played a large part in dropping to a lower weight than I ever had been in my adult life. I do know other people that post surgery would do almost anything to find a way to consume their favourite goods (like puréeing Mc Donald's) until they got to the point where they could consume it like they could before surgery. That never made sense to me...... but I don't believe I was ever actually a food addict either...rather I just ate too much of a good thing. These days my definition of a good thing is vastly different from a pre-surgery good thing.
  3. 1st time to ever post to ANY blog!

    Welcome. Only a few more days to go and life will be forever changed for the better.
  4. How did you know when to stop?

    It is a bit of a scary read...but...they do say the ongoing metabolic dysfunction only happened in some animal groups while other groups did not have the same outcomes. It also does not address bariatric surgery which changes metabolisms in ways even experts don't appear to understand. I'm not about to start worrying about metabolic dysfunction after getting obesity under control. If it so happens that my risks are higher because I have been obese....then so be it. I can't change the past....only my future.
  5. Valerie jean

    This is a question that only your LHA team can answer for you. There are so many variables at play in any publically funded health system as I'm sure you'd realise. As an example, but clearly not something you can go by because my surgery was in Australia. The wait once surgery is approved and waitlisted here is a minimum of 12 months. That's after around 4 years of being seen by the bariatric clinics. Even to get into the clinic can exceed 12 months after referral. Some take longer, others shorter. I was lucky that I was fast-tracked and managed to completely avoid the bariatric clinic process. My surgery wait was just shy of 5 months from being approved and put on the waitlist, but I also had a far higher priority than normal due to needing a medically necessary revision. Unfortunately patience is the key for government funded surgery. Go on with your life, research, make the necessary changes to diet and lifestyle that you can, anything that will make your surgery safer and recovery easier. There's really nothing more that you can do. Hopefully someone who has had surgery in your LGA will come on and post their experience as a guide....it will still only be a guide though as funding etc is an ever-changing variable.
  6. I've had that for a long time, even before surgery. I don't notice it as much these days though, but suspect I've just adapted to it. I tend to get up more slowly these days (although not to the point where others would notice) and test my legs before I take off. Mind you getting off the exercise bike takes me a long warm down before I feel confident of standing up, and if I've been in the bath I'm extra cautious before I stand up. Bathrooms bring out a very real sense of vulnerability for me. I tend to sit on the edge of it until I'm sure I'm steady enough to stand up. Bathrooms have been my nemesis for a couple of years....that's a foot surgery thing...wet floors and hard surfaces (at times a cast wrapped in a plastic bag) when you live alone are probably the biggest risk you can have in a home....add in a propensity for light headedness and alarm bells are going off in my head all the time.
  7. Did you keep or shed the dieter's mindset?

    For me, I believe that "losing the dieter mindset" would be the beginning of failing my surgery. This time around though I rely on what I've learned in the past to be mindful of the choices I make. I haven't tracked anything since my surgery, because in the past it became an obsession for me. In the past once I stopped tracking even for a day or two, it signalled my diet was over and regain was the inevitable conclusion. I'm still technically in my honeymoon period at only about 10 months out, so how my approach works when I'm further along still remains to be seen. What I do know though is that I don't look at eating as pleasurable anymore...it is just something I have to do to survive and stay healthy. Most of my past food pleasures don't bring pleasure anymore....which is indeed handy. I do find these days that I'll look at an unhealthy food choice and ask myself if I really want that particular thing or not. Sometimes the answer is a resounding yes, but mostly it isn't. Generally once I've eaten a poor food choice, I realise it didn't live up to expectation anyway. I don't let myself feel guilty about the choice I made, but I do try to store in my memory that the expectation of pleasure didn't live up to the reality of eating it. I find that helps when temptation rears it's head again.
  8. Protein Question

    I usually carry a bottle of protien water around when I'm busy going to appointments etc. I find the sachets we can get here far to strong and sweet, and diluting them seems somewhat counter-intuitive. I've found a brand I like, and although ridiculously expensive, I tend to stick to it as it gives me 30g in a 450ml bottle.
  9. 20 more pounds

    Sorry for the mistake...clearly time does fly. Goes to show me just how long I've been hanging around this place.
  10. 20 more pounds

    Summoning @tmcgee. I know he lost more weight a few months back after what I seem to recall him describing as a two year stall.
  11. Tubal ligation

    I can't see any reason why it would be an issue. It's not like they are actually removing anything other than the ability to get pregnant. Your hormones won't be changed by the procedure. I'd certainly be having the discussion with your gyn though.
  12. What are you eating today?

    The shakes really aren't that bad, and I found the bars quite tolerable. The soups and deserts though.....YUKKKKKK.....forget them. I was supposed to have three a day for 4weeks before surgery. The only food allowed was a plate of green vegetables a day. The reality was though was that I had two a day for 6 months before surgery with a low carb meal at night. My surgeon was more generous with me than his dietician because I was low BMI compared to his normal patients, plus I had been virtually living on the stuff anyway. I still have a shake for breakfast everyday, because they a considered a complete meal replacement with loads of vitamins and minerals that you don't get from a normal protien shake.
  13. My Journey

    Certainly is. Enjoy your optifast. I actually decided when I had to have it that I was going to enjoy it.....I didn't find the taste offensive but it isn't great either. A word of advice though from someone who virtually lived on the stuff for almost 6 months....add a serve of a soluble non-clumping fibre supplement to every shake. This stuff will constipate you. I used Optifibre from Costco which is the same as benefibre only significantly cheaper (in Australia anyway). Worked a treat. Adding psyllium husk just thickens it, while metimucal makes it thick and tastes even worse. Also I mixed mine with lots of ice in a blender. Ice dulls the taste somewhat. I mainly used the shakes, or the bars if I was on the go. The soups are disgusting, and I couldn't come at the deserts either. You will get keto headache by the end of day 2, but that usually passes by day 4-5, providing the meal you do have is as low carb as they want it. Sugar free peppermints are handy to have on hand as well when the breathe gets nasty. They'll also help take away the nasty keto metallic mouth taste.
  14. How did you know when to stop?

    Oh great That just backs my ex-doctor's refusal to remove "obesity" as one of my health related conditions on my medical record. He claims obesity is for a lifetime despite losing all my excess weight. My ex-dietician's insistence that I was malnourished (despite no issues with my blood draws), and calling me "skinny fat" at every opportunity, has seen both with the hyphenated "ex". Doesn't matter how they phrase these terms, I do find them judgemental. A lifetime of being judged for being overweight/obese takes a long time to lose it's sting.
  15. Pet peeve

    Lol. I've never worn rose coloured glasses where my kids were concerned.
  16. Pet peeve

    When they tower over you it's a scary prospect. I did actually slap him once in utter frustration when he was in his early teens and the bugger reported me to the local police. I was told by one that took the report, that they laughed at him and suggested he grow up and pull his head in, or get a job and leave his comfy home. Thank God for small towns. Haha!!! He did get some tough home truths from me last night though which seemed to stop him in his tracks.
  17. Pet peeve

    As I said earlier, I don't believe he was expressing an opinion about me....I actually wonder if he even remembers I had bypass, but he was told I had no choice. It was a specifically targeted at my niece's husband, who weighed in at over 200kg and was always first at a buffet meal with a plate piled up like a mountain, then back for seconds before many others had even had their first visit to the buffet. My son works with three men who've had bypass or sleeve and two have already regained to their original weight. I don't dispute that because I've seen it myself in everyone I know who has had WLS. It isn't about the surgery though, it is completely about returning to high sugar drinks and snacks. My son was actually quite shocked when he went looking for something to eat in my fridge and freezer and saw mostly yoghurt, cheese, and some cold meat. No pizzas, frozen chips pies or pasties etc like used to feature prominently in the past.
  18. NSVs—Let's share!

    Enjoy this while you can because it won't be long before your coccyx bone makes its presence known and baths become the last thing you want to do. I had to have multiple baths daily due to an infection, and ended up cutting up a yoga mat to place in the bath so sitting became tolerable.
  19. "At goal" pics

    OMG Trish....you look so tiny now. No need at all to hide away under your usual baggy clothes. By the way that new bra was worth every minute of the effort it took you to find it.
  20. 8 days out and struggling!

    No amount of research can really prepare you for the reality of life after surgery. You really have to live it for yourself rather than rely on the experiences of others because we are all different in the end, even if we do have the same procedure. It does appear from posts I've read here that post operatively sleevers have a tougher time than bypassers. Hang in there, things will get better. If the pain gets worse rather than better then definitely chat to your surgeon about it. If it's improving though then patience really is the key. At this stage fluids are more important than protien, but if you can get both at once via something like protien water then it's win, win.
  21. Pet peeve

    If only....unfortunately my eldest child.....who (at almost 28 years old) incidentally still throws tantrums when he doesn't get his way that a 2 years old would be proud of. Probably should have been bent over my knee a few times when he was younger and got a good slap on his butt. Sadly too late for that now, but I did end up giving him a few home truths last night (on another subject) just to put him in his place. My other son is an absolute gem and always has been. No idea why this particular one is such a manipulative turd. Haha, I found a disrespectful word that doesn't autocorrect....Win!!!!
  22. Very discouraged with Insurance

    When I had my height/weight measure for orthopedic surgery I didn't know that while the weight was being taken a laser was taking my height measurement. Looking down at the scale reading took almost 10cm (4 inches) off my height. While for WLS purposes I would expect them to tell you to stand up straight, in the case of borderline BMIs they might well allow a good slouch with no shoes when taking height. I'm seconding those that suggest making a head start on your health checks. You'll be required to have so many prior to surgery that could well expose further co-morbidities that you're currently unaware of. You only need one more with your sleep aponea. I know so many people that once they were diagnosed with sleep aponea went on to develop other comorbidities.
  23. Pet peeve

    Oh I suspect we all hear you on this particular peeve @Cardamom77. I had a rather interesting conversation with someone yesterday after picking them up from an airport 1hr away. It went along the lines of how people who use surgery to lose weight "always" put it back on because they don't learn how to change their lifestyle. I did correct them on statistics, but didn't even try to correct them on the lifestyle change part. Now the conversation that started this wasn't about me, but I felt it was a direct dig focussed on me. This particular person does have moral superiority issues and has done since childhood. Sometimes I really want to pick people up and shake the living daylights out of them. Unfortunately they would also be in the <1% that has lost significant weight and kept it off for many years mostly due to having an very physical job.
  24. Happy!

    Even bigger congratulations to you Trish. I know that aspect off your journey has been a nightmare for you. You are going to look and feel a million times better having that part of your wardrobe in hand for now.
  25. How did you know when to stop?

    Learned a new acronym (to me anyway) TOFI....seems dieticians have coined this one which translates to "thin outside, fat inside". I'm finding it extremely difficult to treat these particular supposed health professionals with any degree of respect anymore.