Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 75 Post-Op

Hi all!

Sorry about the delay in posts but life goes on and generally life has been good for the Regmiester since my last post.

Work is moving along nicely with the industry I'm in not being knocked around too much by the supposed downturn which is great - and it's almost time for my annual wage review so I am hoping for somewhere between a 3 and 5% wage rise which would come in handy!

We are going to an auction this morning to hopefully buy our new house - we have been renting for 12 months since we relocated back into the area and have been looking for a long while to find something we really like. Who knows whether we will win the auction or not, only time will tell! here's a link and a picture of what will hopefully be my new pool!

Things have settled down a bit with the daugther dramas I spoke about last post - and I am hopeful we are headed in the right direction - I am getting her back into year 9 at high school on Monday so another meeting with the Principal .... we are now on a first name basis and good mates. I am thinking of asking him over for a BBQ next weekend - haha.

Now onto the Lap Band Stuff!!!

Weighed in this morning at 111.6kg down from 140kg which means I am more than 50% to my goal weight :) Things have slowed down substantially though I am still heading in the right direction and have no doubt in the world getting this lap band is one of the best decision I have ever made - and I would make the same decision again in a second.

I recently had some blood tests done and guess what???? my LDL HDL and total cholesterol count is down from 6 to around 3.8 - man was I stoked with that. I am also on blood pressure tablets each day and suspect that the dosage may soon be able to be reduced. I will go to my GP to seek his guidance but I am hopeful that this medication will now longer be required as my weightloss continues.

I have had two fills the first they injected 2.5ml's and the second a couple of weeks ago they put in another 1ml, after fill number one I still had no or perhaps a minor restriction, but that extra 1ml made all the difference.At 3.5ml's in a 10ml's small AP band I am now feeling a good restriction. I have another fill appointment scheduled for the end of this month, I am not sure if I will get anymore put in at this stage, but I'll see how I go. As far as "PB's" go I need to be really careful to chew food thoroughly and take my time - if I don't watch out "up it comes". I believe my fill level is right though - it's just my own behaviours I need to keep in check and make sure I don't rip into the food like I used to pre-band. As far as what I can eat, well there is really nothing I can't eat as long as I "pace myself". Steak, bread, you name it, it's on my menu in small quantities-which makes me very happy as I thought I may have never been able to eat some of my favourite foods again.

The only thing preventing faster weight loss is alcohol! I have always loved a beer /scotch or 20, and things haven't changed. Since I have been banded I have had one "piss-up" per week where I might have 15-20 drinks in a session >>>>>>>> not good I know but old habits die hard. I have always only drunk one night a week either Friday or Saturday night and have found it hard to stop this 25 year habit! What this does besides the usual health and social issues is puts me back 3 days / week before I get back to where I was pre "pissup" ... this is really "weighing heavily" (pardon the pun) on my mind and I need to cut this out or try to at least moderate it substantially - otherwise I am cheating myself

Here is a pre-op picture of big Reggies gut:

And here's a shot taken last night by one of my mates, when we were having a few coldies out the back - some people are starting to notice my weight loss and tell me I'm looking a bit pale????

Anyway thanks for reading, please feel free to leave a comment I love to read them.

All the best Reggy Boy xxxx


Kitty said...

glad to hear your daughter is getting her shit together, you sound like a decent dad with her best interests in mind and she will only realise how lucky she is when she at least 10 years from now.

happy waiting for that day.

as for you, drinking once a week till your back teeth are floating is fucking retarded but you already know that.

congrats on the lard-loss and blood tests results. a medication-free existance is the ultimate goal hey reggie?

you are gold mate. keep it up and don't disappoint me!!!!


The Dash! said...

Love the before and afters lol
Sounds like you are going through the 'usual' teen dramas.. how peaceful life would be if they would just behave - the little buggers! Nice weight loss too.. getting to 50 percent of your total is major!!
PS LOVE that pool! Nice summers coming up in that sucker.

Ute said...

Oh my! I am quite envious of the new house!!! It looks stunning! Hope you get it. *fingers crossed*

glad things are picking up with your girl, teenagers are little shits. I've said it more than once...'cos I was one!

You're doing fantastic with the band! Well done.
It must be great to see the changes, and feel good and healthy too.

Chris H said...

Kitty said it all for me...
So.. did you get the house???

I had a look at it..BEAUTIFUL!

Reg Reagan said...

Thanks for all the positive feedback!

Didn't get the house someone was willing to pay about $40k over it's market value so I pulled out of the bidding :)

Still got to find a nice house for us to move into the sooner the better!

Reggy xxxx

Roo said...

You are doing great in the weight loss area (regardless of the one weekly drinking session), you are well on the way to getting to goal..keep it up Reggie!

Gen said...

Hi Reggie,

Did you just say 15-20 drinks in one session? Dang! You need to meet my husband.

Great work on losing the gut!

Cazzie!!! said...

So glad to see your girl has settled down..and way to go on the loss Reg :) I am barracking for ya mate!!

Brooke said...

Sorry to hear you didn't the house, but then again you'd never have any peace because you'd always have house guests- it was gorgeous!

Good to hear about all your successes. I hear ya about the alcohol. I have cut it out completely because every time I touch the stuff my WL stalls and I end up eating something(s) that I regret.