1. How long have you been banded?
About 4 months
2. What was your highest pre-band weight? / Current weight now?
My highest weight was 131 kilos (288.2 lbs)
My current weight is 114 kilos (250.8 lbs)
3. What is your best “go-to” food to get in your protein?
Chicken mostly. I make sure to try to have a form of protein with every meal. My second choice would be eggs.
4. What is your favorite protein brand/shake?
I tried so many and hated them all! I was put on a 1000 calorie a day diet for my pre-op. I did try to drink some protein shakes post-operative, but would often add banana and strawberries, and sometimes Milo.
5. What food do you miss the most now being post-band?
Hmm I find that I get stuck when I eat bread, and my favourite all-time food was fresh bread and butter. So I suppose this the food I miss the most. Overall though, I can stil eat anything if I eat it slowly!
6. What is your favorite “mushy” food?
Baked potato and brocooli, mashed up. I also loved to create soups with lamb and mash them up.
7. What was your worst PB experience?
Up until this week, I hadn’t yet PB’d. However, the other day I let myself get really hungry. I then purchased a burger, something I hadn’t done in so long. I proceeded to eat it very quickly. I got stuck and had to PB into a ziplock bag I keep in my purse. It hurt like a bitch, and the froth and the slime! ugh! It was awful. I was sore for the rest of the day.
I was really pissed off with myself. Firstly, what the hell was I do eating a burger and secondly, in the car? Fuck, I kind of deserved it! This used to be a routine of mine before surgery, and I really don’t know why I decided to do it again. But I can say with all honesty that it will be the LAST time. Never again!
8. What has been the hardest part of this journey so far for you?
Dealing with head hunger. Surgery doesn’t fix the cravings!!! But it does kind of ensure that you don’t eat as much as you would have prior to surgery.
9. What is your best NSV to date?
hmm My energy. Yesterday, I did the grocery shoping, walked to the park 30min away and back, came home and vacuumed the house, did 2 loads of washing and hung them out on the line, cooked a meal that took 2 hrs of standing in the kitchen, (dealt with the kids and hubby!) cleaned the kitchen after dinner, and then walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill! Before surgery, I would only do half of the grocery shop, then come home and sit on the couch until bedtime because I was so tired! MAJOR nsv 🙂
10. What is your top non-weight goal for your band?
I am going overseas in September. My biggest non-weight goal would have to be the plane seats. I needed an extension the last time and I couldn’t use the dinner tray. I would put the tray on my knees, where it balanced precariously until I finished my meal. I also held out from using the toilet bcz getting in and losing the door was embarrasing. I need to do all of this comfortably by september this year!!! My biggest goal I think.
11. What is your goal weight or size?
I am using the last 2 digits of my height as my goal weight. So that would be 63kg 🙂 (138.6 lbs)
12. What band “rule” do you live by (i.e. don’t cheat on)?
The not drinking while eating. I always drink before or after by 10-20 minutes. This was the hardest habit to establish, and I started doing it before I was banded. But I persevered and now I can’t do it any differently.
13. What band “rule” do you not follow as much or aren’t so good at?
Portion size. I always end up eating too much!!! (What’s bloody new!)
14. What is your goal “reward”?
SHOPPING. I love clothes and shoes, and I can’t wait to be able to buy whatever I want (not just what fits)