Sunday, June 8, 2014

Will a VSG work for me?

I get a modest number of messages every week from people around the world.  Some share incredibly touching stories and leave me wanting to help more, others are simply seeking out more information about vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) surgery.  I'm always happy to reply when I can and i'm humbled and inspired by all your messages of courage and support.

The overwhelming commonality with just about every message I have ever received is the question:
"Will this work for me?"
I'm always a little hesitant to give advice, all I can really do is offer my own experience and the factors which I considered to help guide my decision.  I am not a doctor.  I am not a psychologist.  But I do know so many of you can relate to my story and my background.  So with that in mind I thought my next blog post, this blog post, could be a sort of Nancy Drew adventure through my own decision making process of whether or not a VSG was for me.

I am also using this post to share some old photos from my not too distant past and some recent family portaits taken by the lovely Maureen Hayes from Life in Bloom Photography.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

An open letter to Magda...

For my overseas readers or those who may not know of her, Magda Szubanski is a well known and much loved Aussie actress, comedian, television presenter, radio host and author.

You might recognise her as Esme Hoggett, the farmer’s wife in the film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City, or as Sharon Strzelecki in the television comedy show Kath & Kim. She’s done much more than that too.

Her health and struggle to lose weight has been well documented in the Australian media. In November 2008 Magda signed up to become a spokesperson for the dieting company Jenny Craig. At the time she weighed 110 kg, and had been diagnosed with sleep apnoea. By July 2009, she had lost 36 kg to weigh 85 kg. We all rejoiced in her success and her happier, healthier life.

When Magda later regained the weight, she was dropped as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. However, she has just publicly re-signed with Jenny Craig vowing to lose the weight again, blaming ‘calorie amnesia’ for regaining the weight she lost.

This is an open letter to Magda, and to anyone else who may be facing similar struggles...

Dear Magda,

The beautiful and funny Magda Szubanski.

I’ve never written a fan letter before, and i’m not sure if this counts as one, but I really felt compelled to write to you. Oh Lord, maybe all the fan mail you get starts like this? I’m not some crazy stalker ok? Which is partly why i’m posting this on my blog and not trying to figure out how to hand this to you personally. Maybe I should have started with... Firstly just let me say i’m a BIG fan, I love your work!

I don’t know you personally, and I don’t know the personal details of your situation, or how you personally feel about things now, but I do know what it feels like to ride the weight loss rollercoaster (albeit not as publicly). I’ve followed your journey. I know it’s a wild ride.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Time flies...

I know it sounds so cliched but don't you just feel like slamming the brakes on life sometimes, just so you can pull over or at least slow down. Life feels like it's in fast forward at the moment and i'm feeling a little overwhelmed.

Where have the last 12 months gone?  This time last year I was feeling the BEST I had ever felt, well if I ignored the indigestion, back pain and constant need to pee. I was heavily pregnant with Alex and had just left work on maternity leave. I was busy planning Elara's 5th birthday, making steady progress (or so I thought) on moving into our new home, taking leisurely afternoon baths and naps and dreaming about what my son would be like.

Alex and I at the beach early this morning...

Fast forward to now.  It has literally felt that fast.  I'm now back at work part-time, Elara's 6th birthday is approaching and I spend every spare moment I can marvelling at each little milestone Alex and Elara reach, treasuring our time together and all their littleness, because I know they are going to grow up in the blink of an eye. It's happening already.  Elara is nearly 6!  I'm no mathematician, but that's half-way to 12 and that's way too grown up.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Did you know you have an "other" folder on Facebook? I didn't...

So I have just discovered that I have an 'other' messages folder on Facebook.  I opened it for the first time this morning and discovered hundreds of beautiful messages amongst a decent amount spam - how on Earth did I attract 33 messages from people who tag great white sharks for a living asking for my help???

In case you were just as oblivious to the 'other' folder as I was, here is some information:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Me want it, but me wait...

You just HAVE to watch this video. Do it. Do it now...

I'm a mum of two and a sleeve gastrectomy recipient so in case you have stumbled on my blog via this post for the first time and you have no clue what that means... I ate too much, I gained too much weight, it started to affect my health, I couldn't lose it alone through diet and exercise so I had surgery to remove part of my stomach to physically limit my food intake and thereby was able to lose 60+ kg (137 pounds) to regain control of my health and bring me to the point of this post.

Delayed gratification. Wanting but waiting.  I've been reading up a lot about it recently.  About how kids who learn to delay gratification are smarter and healthier. Here, i'll quote wikipedia if you don't believe me...

Friday, August 2, 2013

For the love of Kale!

I have recently discovered Kale and have been making kale chips on almost a daily basis!

I eat them as i'm preparing dinner, feeding baby Alex and helping Elara with her homework.  They are absolutely delish!  I have also started sprinkling crumbled kale chips on top of soups, risotto, fish.  It's adds great texture and my kids love it.

Apart from the health benefits of kale, it is just so easy to make and delicious to eat.

Just tear up some leaves (avoid the thicker stem parts) and lightly spray with olive oil before whacking them in the oven on a lined baking tray until they go crispy.  I like mine with just a little sprinkle of vegetable salt but you can add whatever spices you like... cajun, lemon pepper... the options are endless.

How do you eat your kale?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Old habits die hard...

I feel a little pathetic. I don't want there to be any misconceptions and I don't want to lead anyone astray. This blog is about me being completely open and honest, but i'm concerned there's been some misunderstandings. I don't want to be a poster-child for gastric sleeve surgery or weight loss. I just wanted to share my story, break down some stereotypes, spread the word about surgery options and well... I just like to write. It's cathartic.

But I want to use this post to clear the air and bust some myths.

Firstly though, indulge me by reading these song lyrics. I am a huge Mick Jagger fan. I know he wasn't talking about food addiction when he wrote "Old habits die hard", but since ending my 'affair with food' I swear this song sums up my feelings some days and I really can't say it any better.

Read on...