Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Would everyone please let me know what do you do when you are craving for something sweet? Is there one particular thing that you have or is it whatever is around? I was wondering, since most of you have had the band surgery and many seem to know the calorie content in everything, what you do when you get 'the urge'?

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Bought a bike - Just looking at it is exhausting!

elephant on a bike

I have bought an exercise bike. My problem is going to be the exercising as I have a broken foot and both legs have torn achilles. So even swimming is impossible due the broken foot HOWEVER I have decided that at least on an exercise bike I am sitting and not all of my weight are on my legs. 

It is summer here in Australia and it is HOT! We have had days in the 30's (late 80's early 90's for those in the USA) with humidity around 93% - not pleasant. And rain - lots and lots of rain. We are expecting around 130 mm in one day alone. Plus every day of March is expected to rain. Why have a lap band? I could go outside and have it melt off me. Bring on winter!


I failed - I have had coffee and feel good. I need the coffee. My kids need me to have my coffee. As the saying goes 'If Mum is happy, then everybody is happy' - oh so true!

I have been reading everyones blogs - hi everyone! - and I think you are all amazing with your strength and determination. I am so glad I am blogging. I have never been a blogger but I think that when it comes to such a dramatic life changing procedure, it helps to be able to chat to people who have been through it.

The time passing until my appointment to see the surgeon (8th March) is only making me more determined to do this.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Please pass around the word ...


Can I get off the track today and ask that people visit a new blog site

A friend of mine has started a blog about resources and activities for kids with special needs. I realise that a lot of people here are from the U.S and that the site is Australian but a lot of online shops (as you all know) send anywhere in the world. So if you know of people with kids who have special needs, will you please pass on the blog address. It's for the kids! Thanks
I saw a coffee commercial! Aaaggghhhh

Thanks to everyone for their comments. A lot of people said that they did not have to let go of their coffee. That is good to hear. But I am in day 2 now so what the heck lets see how far we can go - cold turkey off the caffeine. I was good this morning - hey how hard can kicking caffeine be. Then I saw a Nescafe commercial - the large mug with steaming hot coffee - mmmmmm! How pathetic am I.

My family wants to catch a plane to do a family reunion. I hate flying. It is not natural. This is a typical flight for me.

  • The attendant is showing everyone where the safety vests are located - I am eyeing everyones safety vest. Darlin' if this baby is going down I am not taking just one vest I am building myself a raft of vests!
  • I count the rows to the exit door (don't pretend you don't all do it too!) and how many people I have to throw out of my way to get to the door.
  • The attendant smiles, even when she is terrified - don't let the smile fool you!
  • I hate flying over water. I don't like option B to be 'eaten by shark'.

So me flying and no coffee - gee people will be queuing up to sit next to me. Just hold to your vest!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

I am trying to get off caffeine - oh dear!

I have a problem. I love coffee. I love STRONG coffee. Every morning first thing I plunge a very strong coffee and because of this, the world seems nicer. However, I have been reading that you cannot have caffeine after the surgery so I have decided that it would be a good idea to kick the habit now. I have experienced extreme tiredness and headaches. I want my caffeine! I'll be ok - I just have to keep thinking - 'I will be thin, I will be thin' - I better be thin after this painful day! Ok - rant over.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

I need the band - I AM HUNGRY!

I can stick with good food. I can keep to nutritious stuff BUT I am hungry! Here is hoping that the little band (a friend calls it 'my stomach stationery') takes the hunger side away.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

I have no idea what to puree or blend - but hey I now can (apparently!)

Ok I have gone out today and bought a rocket blender thingy. Now I have read many a blog and information site, that say these can be handy for protein drinks and other bits and pieces - SO armed with this knowledge I went to Go-Lo and there they were for under $40. I thought the price was pretty good - and it looked so pretty! Another gadget to put on the kitchen bench. I hate kitchen things that have so many pieces. I have watched infomercials and I am instantly turned off when they show a thousand pieces. But, considering this was so cheap and will only take a small amount of room on the bench  - I went for it. 

I still have to wait till the 8th March to see the doctor but I feel so much better for making the decision. 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Tips and Bits
If anyone out there has any tips or bits of information (or if you have any questions yourself) about going through the Lap Band journey that they would like to share then please do! Sometimes it is the tricks you pick up along the way that really help you. 


Sunday, 19 February 2012

My daily diet - kinda, sort of, o.k o.k on a good day!

2 slices of rye toast
2 poached eggs
1 cup of coffee

1 chicken sandwich on rye

Piece of meat (steak, chicken, pork, lamb)
Steamed vegetables

Snacks (these are not all in one day, but I will choose something from this)
Yoghurt (max. 1 day)
Glass of milk
Licorice (max. 2 pieces a day)
Glass of Metamucil (this fills me up and yes it does keep one regular!)

I saw a dress I loved today at David Jones. I am determined to get into it. It costs $300 but I love it. I will probably think twice about that when (note the optimism) it comes time to buy that size but hey one must have one's fantasies!
Wow - I cannot believe I am going to do this!
I am in shock that I have finally got the courage to say 'I am going to do this". My life has always been fat. For a long time I felt fine. Nothing slowed me down but my feelings were always being hurt. 'Friends' and relatives would always have jabs at my weight and I would come crashing down to earth. I would always be angry. How dare people think that just because you are overweight that they have the right to comment! Do I say 'well you are ugly, small, sound like a man, have a lisp ...'. Do I say that - NO and the reason - because you just don't. It's rude. But when it comes to being overweight, well that seems to be a free ticket to insults.

Then the biggest hurt of all came - a photo. I saw myself. AAHHHHHH! I was shocked, disgusted, hurt, and sad. What had I become. I want to live my life to the fullest. I want to look and feel good. I want to live to an old age.

I have a thyroid disorder and have battled the extra bulge that goes along with that for the last 15 years. Now I am looking to the future with some excitement. Clothes - just imagine shopping for clothes in a section that does not resemble car covers! OH YES!!!

So it is off the to the clinic on the 8th March. My first consultation. Excited - YES. Nervous - YES. Going to succeed - YES.