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  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    My big dream for 2014 is to see beyond my own little world and for my daughter and I to go to Cambodia with Destiny Rescue to work alongside the women and girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.ReplyCancel

  • Nellie

    Having worked 2 jobs and studying for the past decade, my dream is to slow down, relax and enjoy the first year playing and learning with our first bub who’s due in a month. (or perhaps simply re-adjusting to the coming chaos!)ReplyCancel

  • Julia Robinson

    My big dream is that my Hubby will get the transfer he has applied for. It will be a HUGE move for us (2 Adults and 6 kids moving from Queensland to WA!!!), not only a better job but such a great experience for our kids to live in another part of our country.ReplyCancel

  • lisa s

    I hope some day/night in 2014 I’ll get a full nights sleep! You may say I’m a dreamer, but I know I’m not the only mum!ReplyCancel

  • Jemimah I

    My dream for 2014 is to finish my teaching degree that has been put on hold while looking after my two little girls.ReplyCancel

  • rose powell

    My dream for 2014 is save enough money to go to CubaReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn R

    My dream for 2014 is to say ‘yes’ when I would have (in the past) said ‘no’, I want to see if my life will change as a result.ReplyCancel

  • sam

    I’m going for it New York Marathon November 2014 – it’s all about me this year and fitness is my mantra.ReplyCancel

  • Nick

    To move overseas by the end of 2014 and experience another culture and a different town!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi Castles

    My dream for 2014 is to travel to New Zealand with my Husband in February for our first holiday together in 22 years of being self employed. Also the first time my Husband will have been on a plane. Wonder what adventures await us???ReplyCancel

  • Brendon Lee

    My dream for 2014 is to go back in time, not literally, but to live in 2014 as if it was 1984, no internet, no computers, no mobile phones, imagine trying to live life 30 years ago in the present!ReplyCancel

  • Misst ToYou

    My kids are almost adults and between working and bringing them up I have not realised my dream of exploring the world. This year, I want to have my first overseas trip planned and booked!ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    To finally enjoy and cherish laundry… Just kidding! To live life to the fullest :)ReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    So its not a random draw
    But the most creative for sure
    So What can I say to win this today
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    I have been blessed with my family who have grown
    But what I wish for in 2014
    Is that my daughter gets better
    and can care for her two children and be together once more
    So that my eldest can still plan her life
    as being carer has robbed her of time
    There’s still hope that one day she can have a family of her own
    As we are getting older and we care for our granddaughter
    her brother is cared for by his other grandparents, they talk on the phone
    It saddens me to see them apart.
    So my dream is for my family to be complete and be back together as one big heart.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Baker

    My dreams for 2014 are as simple as can be.
    Not a flash car, a house or a million dollars you see.
    I want for all my family and friends to remain healthy and happy.
    To appreciate what they have and feel lucky like me.

  • Jodie-Anne Harlow

    Thrift and save to
    Own our very own

  • Bradley D Murray

    To finally clear the debt this year,
    So we can enjoy a simple beer,
    And even win a compertition on the way,
    And enjoy my family time every day. ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dwyer

    I have to ad-MITTY losing weight and feeling pretty.
    This ORGANISED HOUSEWIFE wishes to travel with WALTER.
    Amazing adventures ahead, we’ll never falter!ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle S

    To have a happy year and avoid negative people who bring me down.ReplyCancel

  • lindasteabben

    To ‘find the floor’ in the junk, … whoops I mean SPARE room!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Papworth

    To run The Melbourne Marathon! I have never run that far, so lots of training coming my way… Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    I hope that my family can finally achieve the goal of buying our first home.ReplyCancel

  • amandagorton

    Learning about strengths I don’t know I have and dealing with fears I don’t know exist, counting sleepless nights and compromising personal needs; in 2014 my big dreams are to become a Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bann

    Mines a selfish dream, quite materialistic… I really want turn my spare room into a beautiful library for ALL my books! I want ornate wooden, stained glass cabinets with a ladder and big world globe….the whole lot! all I need is the funds :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Hopley

    Now that things are more organised and I’ve learnt more housekeeping tricks.
    A family holiday is the top of my 2014 achievement picks!ReplyCancel

  • sarah harris

    My big dream for 2014 is to keep being healthy, happy and avoid negativity.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Heriot

    My big dream is to find out again whom i am,
    infertility has been taking its toll on our lives,
    my mind feels likes it’s full, i feel like a crazy lady,
    my dream is to really find me,

    hopefully when i find me,
    i can then help others find themselves!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Howells

    2014 will be the year to tick things off my bucket list – No more excuses. I’m going to organise my life, plan, and take action!ReplyCancel

  • Nat Mac

    Personal development, awareness and making some changes that will have a great impact. This will be a great achievement and one I’m ready and willing to undertake.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    My dream in 2014 is not to struggle with money and for my family to stay healthy and happy. I have all my fingers and toes crossed and I hope I don’t trip! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Gatt

    I need to get things organised around home. Its a new house and we are still de- cluttering and sorting storage etc…I get so anxious/stressed about the chaos and for everyone’s sake need to remedy this..Hubby has got to get this shed finished!!ReplyCancel

  • My big dream for 2014 is for my hubby who has been made redundant from his job after 18 years of loyal service. I hope that he can pursue his dream career and that everything works out for him in a wonderful way!ReplyCancel

    • Nat Mac

      Miss Muggins, our family is dealing with the same as your family. My hubby was nearly 20 years service. It’s a huge thing to have to put yourself out there again when all you know is what you’ve been doing for the past 20 years. Good luck to your hubby, I hope he finds a job he’ll enjoy and becomes his passion.ReplyCancel

      • Good luck to your hubby too Nat – there is a big wide world out there…one full of promise and new opportunities.ReplyCancel

        • Nat Mac

          Thank you Miss Muggins. Happy New Year :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    My dream for 2014 is to be more giving, less taking, and to appreciate the simple things that we are blessed with every day. I aspire to be just a little like Ghandi and his phrase: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    I hope to say Yes more in 2014. Yes to life & Yes to new experiences!ReplyCancel

  • Tarah Watson

    My dream is to go to a beach in a bikini, sip on a cocktail and have my husband run after the kids… Have to of course get my butt into the gym first to get into the bikini but still dreaming!ReplyCancel

  • We are moving back to the UK from Australia in 2014 (reluctantly), so I’m dreaming of life in a new house, in a new city, making new friends, my son starting school, my husband finding a new job – so a year of new beginnings :-)ReplyCancel

  • purplesp8y

    I turned 50 last week and my big dream is to start enjoying the next half of my life by being selfish and doing what I want like traveling more and working lessReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Travia

    To save enough money throughout the year to spend next Christmas in Snowy Stockholm, under the illuminous lights of aurora borealis and in the shadow of the world’s largest christmas tree.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My goal for 2014 is Peace, Love and Joy. Peace in a decluttered home; Love by strengthening my marriage which has suffered over the past 18 months due to medical and financial issues; Joy by not feeling overwhelmed and making sure I have “me” time.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    My goal is to have another baby. I’ve been patient but I hope it’s my turn.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    My Big Dream for 2014 is to be healthy and fit,
    I’m tired of feeling sluggish and being really unfit!
    So by doing more exercise and healthy eating combined,
    I’m looking forward to more energy….I’m sure hubby won’t mind ;-)
    & I’ll keep reading “Kat’s” Blog….she’s inspired me you see….
    To be the best wife and mummy I ever can be!ReplyCancel

  • johanna rees

    To de-clutter my life by having the courage to let go of things that serve no purpose and free myself from people who drag me down and no longer support me. By doing this, I hope to experience a weight lifted off my shoulders, freeing myself to explore new horizons and opening the door to a new future.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    My big goal for 2014 is to sift thru’ the mire that is my current life & rediscover my heart & passions. Why? It is time!! for the phoenix to rise after being stuck in overwhelm , depression & loss… step by step…go ME!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Joe

    2013 has been a hectic year I had a baby at 46, Bought a house, moved, (with baby) My eldest daughter got married and then she moved as well, My eldest son finished High school, and started work, My other daughter moved out into her own place, My man’s work has been busier than ever and that takes him away for weeks at a time. so often i feel like a single mum!! New school for Master 7,+++more happening. So I want 2014 to be a year of few dramas, start my business so I can be a stay at home mum and be there for my 5 children and Granddaughter. I want life to slow down (just a little). and to enjoy my family, take some time out for me for a change. Learn something new and be happy!ReplyCancel

  • paisley

    We are looking forward to enjoying our complete family. Our 3 boys and the addition of a little puppy girl to even up the numbers a little.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona 'Fi' Keller

    in 2014 I wish to become organised and have a clean house. I would also love to get engaged!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Gock

    To travel more around the world, as I didn’t get to travel anywhere this year. So I’m making up for lost time too.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Burgess O'Dell

    For my new business to kick off successfully to enable me the work/life balance I am looking for.ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria

    We will be building our first home in 2014 and desperately wishing we can a) look like adults and pull it off and b) get it built so we can have everyone over for Christmas 2014 in it!!ReplyCancel

  • Renea Maskell

    1. To give back, I make my first blood donation tomorrow
    2. To stick to the family budget and make 2014 our year (bring on the $21 challenge)
    3. Make 2014 a healthy one for me and my gorgouse little men (and the big one)ReplyCancel

  • Roberto Colombi

    To read Ulysses by James Joyce- I’ll have the ‘Tome’ of my life in 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Shivs

    To organise my house, plan my meals, get my business going and have more time with bubba and hubba!:)ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    My big dream for 2014 is to be a good example to my children in everything that I do – mind, body and spirit. Sometimes we forget to lead by example. This year I’ll change that.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jenkins

    My big dream is to move from my retail role with the company I work for into their specialist Organised division and to build my business to create a better work / life balance for myself and family.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    After many years of sadness my children, our little dog and I hope for a Healthy, Safe and Happy new year in a home we can call our own. A home that cannot be taken away from us again. We hope for Peace in our New Year of 2014.ReplyCancel

  • Kenna Wright

    My big dream is to see the world, being disabled is hard enough but enjoying new places and people makes everything better. For 2014 I wish all to a special moment that brings joy into their lives.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Lambkin

    My big dream is to renovate a house for profit and give up my full time corporate job!ReplyCancel

  • Addy

    My 2014 is to conceive baby #2. My 4 yr old would love a siblingReplyCancel

Week by week I am feeling different, so much healthier, I am enjoying the exercise and as silly as it sounds I can now comfortably paint my toe nails!!   To date I have lost 33kg, you can read my past stories my decision to choose weight loss surgery and living with weight loss surgery. The […]

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  • Yvette

    oh how wonderful, proud and amazing you look!! Congrats on the weightloss and you shine beautifully in your new outfits!!! Well done!! xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Yvette, your right though getting out of my old frumpy clothes into new ones really has lifted my spirits!! Have a lovely Christmas xReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! This is a lovely story and you look so happy! I love that top!! New clothes and looking after yourself always wins :)ReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you Eleise, it was so nice to be able to tune out and just enjoy a day of pamper, never had 4 hours of it ever so it was a lovely experience.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Well done!! You just look amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • You look amazing, Kat and it is obvious that you now feel amazing, too. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Richo

    WOW you look fantastic and what amazing people to help you realise it :)ReplyCancel

  • Natski

    You look fabulous – was going to suggest that you would look even better with a fringe – I think you could even have a bit more hair in the fringe – shows off your gorgeous hair more. Lucky you xReplyCancel

    • yes Natski, I need to cover my forehead a bit more, it’s a very high one, we played around a little and my hair is just too thin at the moment to cut in a fringe, but I would like to give it a go when it’s a bit more healthier.ReplyCancel

  • NIcole

    Thanks for sharing your happiness with us, it’s just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • TheMorleyReport

    What a wonderful ongoing story! I loved the pics at the end of you laughing! I understand 100% where you are coming from my dear and want to say to you WELL DONE! Here’s to a wonderful 2014 :) Have a great Xmas and a Happy New Year to you too! xxxReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you, I had such a fun time taking the pics and had to put in a few of the candid happy shots, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the new year xReplyCancel

  • I’m so pleased you had this very special spa day and shopping treats. No one deserves it more. Thank you so much for sharing your story Kat, you know how much it means to me. Thank you darling heart xxReplyCancel

    • You are more than welcome Lousa, and I am so glad that I can share the reality of my story, the good and the bad, thankfully all good. Wishing you nothing but pure happiness and success for 2014 xxReplyCancel

  • Archie!

    Well Done! Thank you for inspiring us all! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Mathers

    We were so excited to be a part of this. Thanks for sharing your story with us all and wow you must feel amazing with what you have achieved. Tracey MathersReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Tracey, I am starting to have that amazing feeling! Thank you so much for the shoes, you have such a great variety, my favourite was the pink sandals with bling around the whole shoe!!ReplyCancel

  • You look stunning Katrina. I know you have sacrificed a lot to achieve this. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Trish, I have worked so hard, still quite a bit to go, but I’m feeling good and know it’s worth every moment.ReplyCancel

  • LoveThePost

    Glad your spirits are lifted – you are looking amazing. keep up the good/hard work.ReplyCancel

  • The chevron top is awesome, suits you so well and you look amazing! Congratulations on the weight loss that is a huge achievement! :) xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Karrien, I love this top too, it’s so colourful and I have a freaky love for everything Chevron!!!ReplyCancel

  • lj6

    The penultimate photo is awesome :) you look so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Beej_75

    Anyone who loses 33 kilos deserves a great day like this. In fact, it should be covered under Medicare. Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a great chevron top – it looks amazing on you. And congratulations on the weight loss ReplyCancel

  • Look at you. You’re oozing happy. Congrats on getting results from all your hard work. xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Chantelle, I am feeling so my happier and healthier, I am so happy with the progress. Have a happy new year with your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Love the bright colours. You look amazing. Hair, clothes and a massage. It all sounds heavenly. Well done you!ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Clap clap clap clap clap. Standing ovation. Clap clap clap clap clap. Well done you! A perfect example (and inspiration) to us all that hard work and persistence pays off. Big time.

    And thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Lou

    Your hair is amazing. You look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing. Who in their right mind could possibly have anything negative to say (though I know they do)! We all have to travel the journey that is right for each of us & judging by the smile on your face & glow of health you have done just that. Love the haircut! xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Tracee. I’m missing my longer hair, but must say the short hair is so easy to look after!ReplyCancel

  • Zara

    lovely– you look so amazing and fresh !! lots luck and well wishes for the journey ahead!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Garatoudi

    Kat, you look amazing, it looks like your hair is growing?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Vicki, yes it is growing back very very slowly, I have a little moe-hawk of fine new hair growth at the topReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Hi Kat, Congratulations – you look fantastic in the photos. I totally understand what you meant by even though you had lost a lot of weight you still felt the same size. I discovered that it takes a long long time to see yourself differently. Other people notice the changes before we do. I think new clothes in a smaller size help a lot! Congratulations and keep going! MandyReplyCancel

  • Judy Cox

    I have to say Tracey from Sorbet is amazing. I was like you and hated shopping for clothes. After an hour in the change room and the the magic of Tracey I was transformed too. At 45 I have finally discovered by girly side and love looking at shoes and jewellery to match my outfits now. Good on you for loosing all the weight and you look fabulous. The colours really suit you.ReplyCancel

    • She is amazing, makes me look at my wardrobe so differently, the the layering and one top can be worn so many different ways….. wish she would always come shopping with me LOLReplyCancel

  • Leanne Rowe

    Thanks for sharing your story. You look fantastic and so much happier ReplyCancel

As you all know I love to be organised, to blog and create planners!!  Over the past few years I have used my Blog Planner to help me keep all my blog ideas, goals, maintenance log and more all in one place. Even more I enjoy sharing my ideas on how I run my blog […]

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  • Kimberley

    Thanks so much for this – visited via aussie bloggers on FB, and look this is JUST what I needed for 2014. Can see its much loved and so I’m glad I’ve now purchased this (and a cleaning checklist) Love your work!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kimberley, I hope it helps you keep on track with your blogging and help plan posts!! What is your blog, I would love to visit it!!ReplyCancel

      • Kimberley

        Thank you so much, Katrina! :) My blog is
        To be honest, I’m so bad at planning, I have no schedule. I’ve been very undisciplined but I’m hoping this is just the trick :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylara

    Hi Katrina, thank you so much for such a thorough planner. I love everything you included. I spent the day printing, hole punching, and setting up my planner. The only downfall is it is not 2014 yet LOL. I cant wait to start using it.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina it looks such a great tool for all bloggers.
    I’ve just been checking it out -I like that it has single files too so it’s easy to print exactly what is relevant or what I need.
    I love the review & giveaways form .ReplyCancel

    • I’ve tried to make it easy for you to print only the pages you need, hope you enjoy it Trish xReplyCancel

  • […] 2014 Blog Planner (the organised housewife) […]ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Mums on the Go

    This looks fantastic Katrina! I keep track of some of these things already in excel, calendar etc which “kind of” works … but I confess I really love the process of writing things down in a book so this could be THE planning tool for ME :) I also love the way it keeps it all together in one place – rather than having to go to the different documents I have saved for the different elements.ReplyCancel

    • I switch between technology and old school so frequently, but always find that writing things down with pen and paper makes me truly stay organised and ontop of it all. I hope this helps you have a successful 2014 ;)ReplyCancel

  • […] What makes a blog run smoothly? Good planning! Give your blogger friend a head start on 2014 by gifting them a blog planning tools. Package up some free printables by blogger Jenni Bost, or for a more comprehensive guide download The Organised Housewife’s 2014 Blog Planner. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] become a lot more structured.  You know me I like to be organised and that also includes being organised with my blogging.  Below you will find a list of what to expect on the blog over the coming […]ReplyCancel

  • […] image credit: The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

I am now 4 months, 3 dress sizes smaller and 28kg lighter post Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery.  You can read more here about why I chose to have the surgery.    Thank you to everybody for your wonderful support after my initial post I shared about my surgery.  The response was overwhelming and truly touched […]

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  • Valentina Cauchi

    Kat, Thankyou for sharing and being honest about it as well. Some people can sugar coat situations or things so it’s great to have you being upfront about it all. You are very Brave and Courageous for talking about your weight-loss journey. BE STRONG!! You are a BEAUTIFUL person and coming from someone who has very thin fine hair, it’s all about the style/cut you have. A layered cut will give volume which I’m sure your hairdresser would have told you. Just remember, we are 100% behind you in your journey. I read your posts on how you got to the point of no return with your weight gain and how you finally had the courage to make the decision to do something about it, (I wish I could find it in me to do something and I find you inspirational), It took a lot of time for all of this to happen for you and you are on that positive journey where the end result will be amazing. Just Be Kind to yourself each and every day, No Pressure. We, your supporters are SO PROUD of YOU for how far you have come and how far you will go!!! All the love and best wishes to you, Valentina xxReplyCancel

    • Naw Valentina, thank you so much for this truly beautiful message. It has been such a journey, emotionally and physically, changing so many aspects of my life. But I am so glad I finally realised I needed to do something about my health. I remember there came a point that I just told myself nothing can be done, just get used to being this size. Ooh my never ever just be overweight because it’s too hard, health is so so important, for the now and most importantly to be here in the future. My future was my drive for the surgery. I am nearly 30kg down and I feel amazing, still have quite a bit more to lose, but I am over half way!! Thank you again Valentia, I really just wanted to share with those thinking exactly how it is, there are hard times, but it’s worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I also had gastric sleeve surgery in June and 25kgs down so far. Best decision everReplyCancel

    • That’s awesome Belinda, congratulations, I bet you are feeling amazing. How is your hair going?? I’m eating a lot of protein like the dietician recommended.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Leech

    Just one correction on this I am a Gastric Bander and I do know when I am full you have the same full feeling you would. And only throw up when you do not take notice of that feeling. Like you was worth the hard times of understanding and learning what you can eat and can’t. I have lost a total of 48kg in 3 years and never have looked back my loose skin is my reminder of where I came from and a reminder to never go back.ReplyCancel

    • Wow what an inspiration Leesa, that is amazing. I’m curious what my skin is going to be like after all this, I am working hard at the gym to make it as minimal as I can, but I am positive I will have a lot of excess around my middle section.ReplyCancel

      • Leesa Leech

        yes the Gym would help that is my next goal but I have MS as well so going hard at a Gym is not an option for me and I am recovering from a relapse at the moment so as soon as I am feeling up to it I will be making a trip to the Gym. Keep with the posts I love what you do and you have actually inspired me to organise things and have just got all my receipes to gether to work on meal planning as I have had to give up work. My daughter who is 4 always ask about my wobbly arms god love her.ReplyCancel

        • It must be hard Leesa, hopefully you can make it out for some exercise soon. That’s awesome that you are meal planning, I would be so lost without doing mine weekly!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Congratulations! Very brave of you to put yourself out there with such a private matter.

    I hear Biotin is very good to take when you are having hair issues. You can get it at the vitamin counter in the drug store…worth a try.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Jennifer, I just want to share my story in case others are struggling with the decision to have it or not, I want to share exactly how I feel the ups and the downs, it certainly is life changing surgery. I have heard Biotin is good, thank you for the recommendation too, I am going to buy some next week when my current hair, nails and skin vitamins run out.ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Well done on the weight loss and also on being brave enough to come out about the surgery. People can be very judgemental and their interest in your weight loss can border on obsessive sometimes!
    About the hair loss…have you thought of checking your thyroid? It may be in overdrive causing the hair loss. Mine did that after we lost a child to cancer and the dr thought all my symptoms was a grief reaction. Turned out to be Graves disease and perhaps caused by extreme stress. Anyway once fixed the hair is all back and the drains are clear!
    Anyway my point is don’t assume the hair loss is due to the diet change, it may be an unrelated condition…
    Congrats, JuliaReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Hi Kat, congratulations on your weight loss and thankyou for your honesty on your weight loss surgery journey. I am looking into getting a sleeve and was wondering where you went for your surgery. TaReplyCancel

    • Hi Mel, I had my surgery on the Gold Coast through Alamanda with Dr Nolan as my surgeon. Highly recommend him, I had no complications and he answered all questions I had :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Lane

    Hi, congratulations on your weight loss and for being brave enough to share everything with us. I can imagine the hair loss has been difficult to deal with because you are probably feeling so much better in all other aspects. I’m not sure if this will work for you but I used to lose a lot of hair (not to the same extent as you) and I didn’t really know why but recently I have been having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother in it (it says this on the bottle, not sure what it is though) and I have noticed quite a difference in my hair loss. It tastes disgusting but it is supposed to be extremely good for you. It may be something worth trying.ReplyCancel

    • Anything is worth a try Sally, thank you for letting me know your tip. My hairdresser recommended a shampoo and treatment which I have been using and I ‘think’ I can see little whispers of new growth!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Scodellaro

    thank you XXReplyCancel

  • thank you Kat. Despite telling you I had a call I needed to make after problogger, I’ve been putting it off. About to look up the number and send an email off now. Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t tell you what it means to me. Thanks doll xReplyCancel

  • Geordie

    Congratulations Kat. What research did you do between sleeve & band? What was the reason you chose the sleeve?ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Congratulations! My biggest problem is that I love sweets. I think about the sleeve, but I wonder whether it could help someone with a sweet tooth like me. Any opinion?ReplyCancel

    • Dee

      also, I am a vegetarian. Bit worried about the protein…ReplyCancel

  • Brooke C

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I will be 2 years post sleeve this December and have lost a total of 65kg. Like you I am still having massive hair loss, but that is a result of having a baby 6 months ago (a surprise, I was not prepared for the fertility following a drastic weight loss) as well as the surgery. I feel fantastic, and would recommend the surgery to anyone.ReplyCancel

  • A good friend of my sisters had gastric sleeve surgery about 12 months ago, and I have watched her health absolutely blossom. Good on you, it’s such a brave thing to do but so worthwhile. Do you think your hair will come back after your body gets used to the new normal? Hope so, but you will still be beautiful even if you are bald! You’ve always been beautiful inside and out :)

    • Naw, thank you Lisa you are so kind xx. Yes I think I can see some little baby hair fuzz at the moment, I started a treatment from Stefan for hair lose when I got my hair cut. My hair is still falling out, but I have confidence once my body get’s used to this new normal it will stop.ReplyCancel

  • kytravelrn

    Biotin 10,000 mcg daily will remedy the hair loss. Many people start taking it before the surgery and the hair loss isn’t so severe.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Maddocks

    Hi Kat, my mum had the same surgery in Feb 2012 and has lost a total of 54kg and has gone from approx a size 24 to size 16. She has more energy and as my 7 year old says is Nannie is healthy. People think this is extream, but I believe that it was the only way that she could and I have known alot of people to have the “band” and fail. I wish you all the best and enjoy the “New You”. Julie xoReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Williams

    My husband had the same surgery 4 years ago and lost 175+ lbs in 2 years. He maintains his weight within 4 lbs either way. He has never regretted having the surgery. As a matter of fact, he is the “poster boy” for his surgeon and if a patient has any doubts about the surgery, my husband contacts the patient and becomes their “cheerleader”. It was a life changing decision for him and one of the best decisions he has ever made. He still, to this day, has a tendency to “try to overeat” or “eat too fast” and will occasionally get sick, however, he knows his limits. Best of luck to you in your recovery and new life!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Bishop

    Hi Kat,
    I have just discovered your blog & love it! What an inspiring story – you are doing so well with your amazing weight loss after the sleeve surgery. Go you! I’m from the UK and also write a lifestyle blog – I’m a new mum, my son is 8 weeks old (Bert) and I am also trying hard to lose weight – I managed to lose 4 stones pre-baby (in order to help get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy) and now I’m trying hard to lose my baby weight (I’ve lost 2 stones since my 40 week mark of pregnancy) and have one more stone until I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight. At the moment I’m really fired up and excited, I’m at that early stage. Am trying to get out loads with the buggy/pushchair, and am using an awesome pedometer to count steps/calories/distance/speed when I walk – which is really helping.
    I just wanted to drop in, say hey, introduce myself, and congratulate you on the fab inspiring story. I’ve signed up to all your newsletters and look forward to hearing more.
    Lucy xxReplyCancel

  • Marita

    I love your little bowls! so cute :) I’ve been using the kids ikea bowls too and they are so much better for portion control. Will have to find myself some cute little grown up bowls to use.ReplyCancel

  • Marita

    Wish I had something helpful to say about the hairloss, I think you are beautiful no matter how your hair looks. But reckon if my hair started falling out I too would find it distressing.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Webb

    Hi – ive just found your blog. I had the same surgery in 2009 and have gone from 137kg to now sitting at 63. Ive just had my tummy tuck and believe without a doubt that the sugery has been one of the greatest things ive ever for to myself. best luck xxReplyCancel

  • Raelene Charabie

    Great to read your story :-)
    I too have had this surgery, eating life will not become a daily issue after about 12months, well that’s what I found.
    I have platoed after lossing 5o kg and have gone from a tight size 26 to a comfortable 18.
    I still want/need to lose about 20 kgs, but it is coming off slowly. Just need to stop snacking :-)

  • Lin

    Hi Kat,

    I am considering this surgery and Im wondering how you are going now with it after all this time? Do you still NOT regret your decision? How is your hair – has it improved?
    Love to hear any advice you have on this.
    Thanks heaps xxReplyCancel

  • Radhs

    Hi Kat
    Congrats on the new you and for sharing your experience.
    I believe Dr Nolan did your surgery. How much did it cost? did you do any homework to find out all available surgeons. I am in Gold Coast. How did you come across Dr Nolan. Please reply.

I have had a lot of people ask me over the past 3 months about my weight loss and I have been very vague about it.  Today I am going to share with you my full story. Please note up front and you will read this towards the end of the post that I am […]

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  • Natasha

    Congratulations Kat – you look amazing! Thank you for sharing such an emotional story. By doing this you are an inspiration to others! xxooReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I lost 40 kilos on Tony Ferguson – I hid it from everyone too because i thought i was going to be judged. Its hard. Well done!!ReplyCancel

    • Urooj Ashfaq

      I just wanna lose 25 kg in 4 months but how I can’t understand what to eat what to do I don’t knowReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Wow, good on you =) That would’ve been difficult to share but I commend you. I’m an overweight mum, i’m 24, and like you I did the fad diets. time to get this ass into gear for summer =) I don’t want my daughter to be embarrassed of me at the beachReplyCancel

  • Ann B

    You are a very brave woman – don’t let anyone tell you any different. i admire you for the strength it must have taken you to write this & for the inspiration that you will give to others ( like me) Thank you so much, you have probably just saved my life!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Look

    well done, you look simply stunning and happy! you should be proud of yourself for taking this decision into your own hands and going for it! For the small number of haters out there, be proud and share your story! I think you are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie

    Love your blog! I don’t normally comment but just had to say Thank you so much for sharing a very personal part of your journey. I’m sure others will read about it and be motivated to take control of their lives. You look fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Thank you so much for sharing Kat. Nothing but love here for you making the decision to improve your quality of life and following through with it in a real way. Keep up the great work, you are looking amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Kat, Firstly congratulations on making the right decision for you to lose the weight. You look fantastic. You have done the best thing for you and your family. Personally I have 75kg to lose and I really have tried everything an it just isn’t working for me either. You’ve given me hope that there might be a way to do this.

    Keep it up your doing great.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, thank you so much for sharing this story. I know exactly where you were, thats me, my size 22 self. Despite totally turning my diet around and eating no crap, exercising a little {I know I should be doing more, but its sooooo hard to move when you’re so big} I can’t shift it. I had a photo shoot recently, and bam. Getting those photos pack is just gut wrenching. Thanks for forcing me to look at something I looked into three years ago, and should have sone something then. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at #PBEVENTReplyCancel

  • Maioha

    Congratulations on being courageous enough to share your story. Here’s to a long and healthy life with your children and grandchildren :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Popple

    I too do not normally comment on blogs but i found your story as inspiring as your Organised Tips. You are going places girl and you empower your readers with the knowledge that they too can achieve what they can conceive. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Laura McClure

    Looking good! Well done you :) having my sleeve done Monday and its great to hear of your success. ReplyCancel

  • denise

    I love that you look so happy – good on you!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Daris

    Can I just say congratulations on being brave enough to share your story with everyone. I wish you well, and hope that you find happinessReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    You look amazing!! Keep up the good work :) xReplyCancel

  • Michelle McGurk

    wow I had a lap band 2 yrs ago and still cant get the weight off!! you look amazing I wish I could afford to have this done. keep up the good work :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Matheson

    Congratulations on your loss so far. Don’t let anyone judge you for what you have done for you and your family. I admire you, 1 for having the courage to have the surgery in the first place, any surgery is a big decision, and 2 for sharing your story. None of us like to be judged and shouldn’t be for making a life changing decision.
    Looking forward to reading the rest of your story.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Congratulations, I think you have amazing commitment to organise your body like you organise your house :). I look forward to reading more about your progress.
    I can relate to the shame that you feel when you realise you have let yourself go but getting in the right mindset is really hard. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right people to help motivate as well, lots of health professionals (I’m one of them) are fat phobic, and think people who are overweight are just fat and lazy- and that assumption can be defeating. You’re clearly not lazy and you’re breaking all the moulds. Good for you for having the surgery, it’s definitely not an easy option. ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Thank you for telling your story. It’s one that needs to be told because alot of people out there think having the surgery is the easy way out and it’s everything but. Stay strong, you look AMAZING.ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely, that’s what I will share in my next post, how having the Surgery has really changed my life and eating habits. Thank you Tanya xReplyCancel

  • Jax

    Well done! You look great,, I am struggling to lose weight, and think this surgery will be my last resort! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the rest if your journey! ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    You do look amazing and I had wondered what you were doing to achieve such results. When I logged on to your blog today I was excited to get some useful tips to help me on my weightloss journey. (I have lost 35kg over 18months with moderate exercise and healthier eating, so have gone from 129kg to 94kg). I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to hear that you had the surgery… that doesn’t help me get the boost I need! But its by no means your job to provide others with motivation. Surgery is not the easy way out like lots of people think, and I’m sure you have your own struggles. My best wishes too you for continued weightloss, and increased health and happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    You are a very brave lady Miss Kat! I have nothing but admiration for you :) Congratulations of your journey and Thank-you for sharing and inspiring. I look forward to your updates xoxoReplyCancel

  • Karen Moore

    well done. We all need to do what is best for us. Exercising will help all of us live happier, longer lives. I just need to get back into exercising so that I have more energy too. Well done & thank you for sharing your most personal story. You are an inspiration to your kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Gary's

    So you cheated, hope u eat healthy now & exercise ReplyCancel

    • Brenda

      See, I don’t know where this ‘cheating’ mentality comes from. It’s not like we’re in the running for a gold medal, or a prize when it comes to having a healthy weight. Our health is its own reward. And there are many different paths to that point. If Kat – and many others – have taken this path and it has resulted in a healthier body, then they and their families are the winners. Their success takes nothing away from those who take a different path. Be glad for their success, and accept that for them, that is the right path. I’m happy for you Kat, your body and your family will thank you!ReplyCancel

      • Absolutely Brenda, I feel so good and I know in my heart that I wouldn’t of lost the weight without the help of the surgery, After 10 years of trying all it resulted in was me being gradually getting heavier. Thank you for your support xReplyCancel

    • Ren Shen

      Sorry, are there some previously unwritten “rules” to weightloss?? Did you actually read her post?? Could you please expand on how this is cheating?? I’m holding back here – I hope you appreciate that because I could really let loose on you right now.ReplyCancel

    • Julie

      Hi Gary,

      I would just like you to know that Katrina did not ‘cheat’ or ‘take the easy option’ in her journey to health & happiness.

      I am just 9 days post op for the same procedure & it is certainly NOT a ‘cheats / easy’ option.

      We are not all blessed with genes – (nature)- that assist our bodies to quickly burn off excess calories or free of all emotional hurdles – (nurture)- to keep us balanced and free from reacting less than positively to the stings and arrows of life.

      Life and medical advancement has provided us all with what you may call a ‘cheat’ card to help us all through.

      What is your emotional crutch Gary: Alcohol / cigarettes / gym junky / fast car / loneliness / bravado with mates???

      Listen & learn from all people and you will be amazed at the insight you’ll have into your self & others.

      Well done Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • jessie.batterham

    You in no way cheated you have chosen to take control of your health and the gastric sleeve was the best option for you to do that. Dont let other peoples comments get you down at the end of the day you looking after number 1 and you will be around for your grandchildren.
    Stay postive and I for one would love to read your journey. :)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal Ferguson

    You look amazing and so much happier now! Good on you! Keep up the great work, and YES, PLEASE SHARE!ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Wow Kat, that’s an amazing and extremely personal post. Personally I think you made the right decision. You did it for you & your family. It is no-one elses business why you did it. Until someone walks a mile in your shoes, they shouldn’t judge. Congrats for putting yourself first for a change. As a mum I know that we tend to put ourselves last on the “self care” list however, if we run ourselves down to the point where there is nothing left to give, who will look after the family?? Yes hubby can step up and in to help out more but if we don’t put ourselves first, health wise at least, everything else will eventually come crashing down. As your doctor said, you won’t be around to see your grandkids, and it was a decision you haven’t made lightly, it wasn’t a decision you made on a whim. If people read your post properly it was done because it was recommended to you by your medical professional!!!! Obviously there were other factors involved but you mulled it over and chose to make the best decision for YOURSELF. If others don’t agree, well they’re entitled to their opinion, but they shouldn’t berate you or make you second guess your decision. As the saying goes, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”.
    I think you ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Maree Crosbie

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and your feelings behind it all. Remember if anyone makes judgmental comments that says more about them than you, You are a brave woman for making a decision and taking the action. I look forward to reading more.ReplyCancel

  • You are so courageous to take this option and even more so to share it , in your own time. You look great Kat , it cannot be easy for you. So proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on creating a healthier life for yourself. It’s a very brave thing to share such a personal story! My clients often feel some of the same feelings you mentioned – embarrassment etc – but in reality it’s an opportunity to inspire others to live in a more healthy way! Wishing you continued success on your journeyReplyCancel

    • Surygery or not, I really just want to help others to take control of their health, to realise that making changes now and putting their health even before the kids and the busy-ness of life with give them so many more years at the end of this road. Thank you Louise for your kind words xReplyCancel

  • kryz

    Congratulations. You are very brave for sharing your story. Keep up the great work. It is not the surgery but the person that makes the weight loss work, at the end of the day. All the best.ReplyCancel

    • Your right Kryz, there is still so much work after the surgery and the exercise is a huge element of that and who would of thought, I am enjoying going to the gym!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey

    No matter what way you try to lose weight, it’s still difficult (and surgery is scary! I could have never gone through with it). The
    only people who judge you for it and say, “It’s easy–all you have to do
    is eat less and work out more” are people who very clearly don’t know
    what they’re talking about (and I’ve noticed that they’re also usually the people who are
    blessed enough to eat what they want and not gain anything). Thanks for
    sharing this! I was diagnosed with a psuedotumor last October and was
    told if I didn’t lose weight, the next time the pressure built up I
    would permanently lose my eyesight. It’s been a huge
    struggle and I’ve fallen off the wagon who knows how many times. One thing that keeps me going, though, is to see other people who have struggled and succeeded. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carmelina

    Thanks for sharing!! It’s popped up in my inbox the same morning I decided its time to take charge of my health and focus on being HEALTHY instead of focusing on the losing weight part. I know one will follow the other. While I’m not as big as you were- I’m headed in that direction and with 2 beautiful boys and a desire to grow our family some more I cannot afford to continue this loss of control.
    Thank you for sharing- you are so brave to do so!!
    Good luck to you in the reminder of your healthier you journey!! No matter how the journey starts, it’s tough for all those who start it, but deffintately worth it in the end!!ReplyCancel

  • I had a lap band in December 2009. After 45Kg weight loss, and making sure I could keep it off, I finally had a tummy tuck in May this year, to remove 3.8kg of excess skin from my tummy. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Absolutely no trouble keeping up with my 3 kids now! I have to admit, I often accept the compliments on my weight loss with the statement “Oh thanks, but it’s not me. I didn’t do it. I had a lap band, so I can’t take the credit for it”. I’m trying to stop doing that, but it’s been a few years now and it’s still happening, so who knows! Regardless, good for you. Who cares how you do it, as long as you feel happier and healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Noni

    All the best with your recovery, Kat. I had the same surgery two years ago. Whilst I initially lost 40kgs (and got to a Body Fat of 23%) with a LOT of exercise, as soon as I dropped the exercise, my weight started going back on (have re-gained 12kgs and 10% BF). I certainly can’t eat the quantity I used to, and will never be the same size I was prior to surgery, but be aware that it is a tool – your tummy will increase in capacity with time. Use the gift of surgery wisely. Again, all the best – it certainly is a fabulous tool.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Rutter

    Congratulations Kat, I have just started on a “wakeup Call” myself having been told my blood pressure is sky high due to weight and stress. I eagerly await your continued blogs so that I can keep motivation up :) Thanks for sharing, PaulaReplyCancel

    • Thank you Paula, I’m really excited to share the next post, about how the surgery has effected my day to day life.ReplyCancel

  • MissMandy

    High five to you Kat, you do what you have to and the results are amazing. I can relate to the tiredness, I too went to the doctor much the same time to you, high cholesterol, exhaustion and drinking coke with minimal water. I’m not heavily overweight (lucky for me) so I decided to do Michelle Bridges 12WBT just to give me some perspective on healthy eating again. All my friends say ‘oh you eat healthy’ but it’s more than meat and three veg, it’s portion sizes, it’s snacks, it’s the coke vs water, so much education to it. Just the smile on your face is worth it’s weight in gold, good on you.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Mandy, I stopped drinking coke and coffee 4 weeks before the surgery because I was worried about the side effects from the caffeine withdrawals. Just doing that helped me lose a few kg, good luck with 12WBT it’s such a great program!!ReplyCancel

  • Ren Shen

    I had the same surgery last December and like you I kept it quite for a while until I had it right in my own head. Congratulations on your success and the decision to make your future longer and more healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Congratulations Katrina on making a courageous decision that will have life long benefits (and hopefully long life benefits). I have read through the comments thus far and they are overwhelmingly positive. Ignore the naysayers and keep on keeping on !ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Julia, the comments have been a complete inspiration for me and hopefully for those that are thinking of improving their health too xReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing Kat! I know that it would have been hard for you to share and you have shown a lot of courage in both sharing your story and having the surgery.

    I am currently the largest I have ever been and I do feel like I am judged because of my weight. I gained this weight after the birth of my third child when I was diagnosed with PND and the medication led me to stack it on. But that was two years ago now, I am slowly losing the weight and as much as I would like to speed up the process I want to do it with small changes to my daily life so that I can continue to manage it.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing! You look fantastic and it sounds like you feel pretty fantastic too. xReplyCancel

    • All you need to remember Amy is to put your health first, don’t get caught up in the busy-ness of being a mum xReplyCancel

  • Jess Doyle

    Congratulations… I am a fellow sleever, I am 5 months post op, and 35kg down since the day of op, and 66kg down since I started my journey in November last year. I still have a long way to go, but, there is no stopping me now :) I love that the message is getting out there, that there IS a way to lose weight, that isn’t the EASY option, I love that people are talking about it, that it is becoming a realistic option for people who are genuine about losing weight, forever.
    Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

    • Wow Jess 35kg post op is amazing and 66kg all together is just phonemal you should be so very proud. I can’t wait to share a post about the experience of being a sleeved and showing those (that thankfully nobody has said today it’s an easy option) just how hard it is, but despite being hard it’s worth itReplyCancel

  • Silvana

    Kat thank you very much for sharing your inspirational story, I applaud you for sharing this as it does help others & do keep on sharing. I know how difficult it is to talk about our weight & then being judged, picked on. You look beautiful both before and now, stay strong & I wish you all the very best :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Silvana, it was difficult to talk about it then, but now I have lost some weight and feeling so much better about myself it feels easier to open up. I will continue to share my journey xxReplyCancel

  • Shy

    You are very brave, I kept my sleeve surgery a complete secret. I am 18 months in and it was the greatest decision I ever made. Believe it or not after the hype is gone and you have lost all your weight you will feel the greatest sense of relief, not having to worry on a day to day to basis about your weight. It is all consuming at first,the surgery, the changes to your eating habits, the comments from family and friends, but when it all eventually dies down and know-one gives a hoot anymore, all you are left with is a healthy mind and healthy body- the greatest gift of all. Ride the wave.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine R

    Thank you for sharing such a personal struggle and story. A friend of mine had lap band surgery for similar reasons, but I feel maybe your surgery is better. My friend has had to have her lapband deflated (loosened) a couple of times due to other surgery, and then had to go through the reinflation and all that entails. Even a few years down the road, with careful eating, if we go out for a meal, she will often have to get up and walk around during the meal to aid digestion. And it has caused a lot of reflux issues. But the weight she has lost has helped her so much with self esteem etc. If that is surgery is the option you are left with, though it is hard I would say do it.ReplyCancel

  • Racheal

    well done for sharing and being honest about it, its a tough decision to make but you have to do whats right for you and your life. big hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Thanks for sharing your story Kat. I am looking forward to hearing your tips about continuing your weight loss journey as have to tidy up my diet and increase my exercise also.ReplyCancel

    • I have found so many great healthy recipes, so I look forward to sharing them with you WendyReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Good on you! Sounds like you’re doing a great job in getting healthy again… my kids are my motivation too :)ReplyCancel

    • Aren’t they ever, a really good excuse to work hard on our health, I couldn’t imagine not being here or them as they grow into adults xReplyCancel

    • Aren’t they ever, a really good excuse to work hard on our health, I couldn’t imagine not being here or them as they grow into adults xReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Hey Kat….think that you have done a wonderful thing for yourself.
    I myself lost 52kg 2years ago, after following the Coherns programme. It took me 12 months to loose the weight, started 2010 finished 2011. I have put all but 4kg back on and have a daily battle of hate and humiliation with myself. It has been a gradual gain, but it has still returned none the less. Thinking that my stomach would have shrunk over the 12 months, was very disappointed to find that it hadn’t. After going to the doctor’s and being told just eat healthy (I was)the weight just kept returning, if only they would do this procedure for those who had done the hard yards as well, not only the obese.

    I feel like people judge me all the time….wondering how this could happen after doing so well… answer is I never feel full…no matter how much I eat….people who don’t have this feeling just don’t understand….
    I am booked in next week to have my sleeve done….I am hoping that this will help me in my plight to have a normal life….not necessarily a skinny, but healthy life….ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Kat, what a great story to share. What a huge decision to make and also brave… But you have done it for absolutely all the right reasons.. It’s so easy to put everything before ourselves, but if we are our best selves we can be better for our families, and friends! I’m sure most of us are supportive and if people aren’t please please please don’t let them bother you, as you are now on a course to being a happier, healthier you!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Andrew's wife

    Please keep sharing. You might just save my husband’s life.ReplyCancel

    • I will, I’m looking forward to sharing the next post about how living with a sleeve has affected my lifeReplyCancel

  • Thank-you so much for sharing your story. As a person who has been overweight most of my adult life, I know how embarrassing it can be to talk about your own weight, even when you are seeing the results of hard work from working out at the gym and eating sensibly. I always struggle with being the centre of attention, and sometimes it seems easier to just bury your head in the sand and continue down the same path, so you don’t have to meet with the questions about your weight loss, because in the back of your mind, after trying so many other ways to lose the weight, you are sure this will be a short lived attempt, just like the others.
    You are a brave and inspirational woman!
    Thank-you for having the courage for the rest of us who are struggling with their weight to share your story.

  • Bronte

    You should be so proud of what you have accomplished..thank you for sharing your inspiring story. You look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@Natural New Age Mum

    Congratulations for taking the step. You are very brave. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I also have problems with obesity. Your blogging with the mention of healthy food and exercise has been one of the things inspiring me to lose weight and so far I’ve lost 5kg. It was interesting reading your story about how you’ve lost weight and you are definitely an inspiration! :)ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Well done you, I think it is couragous of you to share your story, you are right, there is alot of judgement out there about surgury and weight loss in general. I think that you have made the best choice for you and your family. That is the best message you can share, you can always make choices!!! Better to be alive, step up and be proud that you chose to make improved choices for your life.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Congratulations Kat. I think you are very brave to share your personal story (and its nice to read nice comments below that aren’t critical or judgy mcjudgy). You’ve inspired me to look seriously at my health as I’ve also used the excuse that I’m too busy for too long, my second baby is 18 months old now! I will start today. So thank you. You seem like such a lovely person and I wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

  • AMS

    You look amazing, well done. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • kirbstar

    Well done! I have lost 45kgs myself through eating and loads of exercise, took 2+ years, and really would love another 10kgs gone. Look forward to reading more….ReplyCancel

  • TRU08

    Truly Inspiring Kat. Thankyou so much for sharing your story. I have just started on my Journey to having the sleeve done, I can only hope to be as successful in losing the weight as you. Looking forward to reading more from you xReplyCancel

    • When is your surgery? My biggest tip would be to ensure that you eat nothing but good food, I am proud to say that I have not had any soft drink or chocolate bars since 4 weeks before my surgery. I couldn’t imagine putting that type of food in my mouth now. You have to be kind to your body and eat really well and when you feel you are up to it add exercise into your routine as it will help you with losing the weight and I have heard ‘yet to experience’ will help with the excess skin as well. I am getting tuckshop lady arms, but my trainer is telling me to be patient. Please let me know how you go. xReplyCancel

  • KK

    Hey Kat, Go you good thang. I am booked to have this done in December but worried about the recovery time. I would love to hear more from you on how you found it. Cheers, KReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Dear Kat,
    Don’t be embarrassed. You look great and you wanted to change your life so you can be around for your kids. Congratulations.
    Luv LindaReplyCancel

  • TC

    Thanks for sharing Kat. I’m very interested to hear more. I am considering similar but just trying to work out how to financially achieve. Please continue to shareReplyCancel

  • Alethea

    I think you are inspirational and very brave to share your story when you have been feeling so vulnerable. I hope it gives you further strength to read all these encouraging comments. You have nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of!ReplyCancel

    • Reading through all these comments Alethea has been so wonderful, never did I imagine to receive such wonderful words, they have really encouraged and inspired me xReplyCancel

  • julie

    sharing such a personal story is inspiring. both my sister and my mum used the same procedure to loose weight. i have never thought of some of the emotions that went with it. Brave little you. congrats on the loss so far.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Do keep sharing :-)

    I am sure you have heaps of healthy recipes but if you are interested in any others, I found this one on Jamie Oliver’s website the other day and it is yum!

  • Rachel

    It is lovely to read your story. Weight loss is a major issue for a lot of us, and your story is about so much more than the surgery – it’s also about the journey! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • MM

    You are beautiful! I have been lucky enough to be blessed with a super metabolism but I have watched family members be miserable for years because of their weight. It takes a lot of courage to take such drastic action. Pretending that diet and exercise is the only way just isn’t realistic! You are inspiring not a cheat!ReplyCancel

  • HappyLapinette .

    Having a gastric band, I recognised myself a lot in this blog and well done for sharing your story :) I would love to read more about it ! I find it hard when people see surgery as the “easy way” they don’t realise you still have to make the right decisions for it to work. I wish you great success with it and can’t wait to read more :) Lts of love from rainy Northern Ireland xxReplyCancel

  • Robomum

    You’ve made an excellent decision and you’re looking fantastic. I wish you continued success.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Congratulations on your bravery in ‘coming’ out about your surgery, I am 5 days out from surgery and I know my journey is long. A gastric sleeve is NOT the easy way, it is just a tool……. Ultimately you have to follow your dietician/specialists plan otherwise it just won’t work……. Good Luck in your journey and as a follower of yours I would be happy to continue reading about it :)ReplyCancel

    • Hi Michelle, how are you feeling after the surgery, it can be a very hard process, but now 3 months out, I am feeling great, I am suffering from hair loss, which is quite bad at the moment. What stage are you at at the moment, just remember it does get easier and eventually you can eat most foods, I still haven’t eaten many hard crunchy food like raw carrots, all with time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Good on you Katrina. Thank-you for sharing your story :-)

  • kimberley

    Congratulations on your progress! I would love to see more posts like this, I really enjoyed reading your story.ReplyCancel

  • Jadey

    Well done! It’s very brave of you to share. I am a Bandit so I understand.

    Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna @Social Media Direct

    Thank YOU Kat for sharing this and kudos to you for being brave both for the surgery and the sharing!! I look forward to reading more about your journey as I make my own towards a healthier lifestyle. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • kat

    im booked to see my surgoen tomorrowi was nervous until i read this im now pumped and cant wait to meet with him so i can start a new life a healthier life. i would love to read more of your journery with gastric sleeve surgery.ReplyCancel

  • niX

    Wow – Congratulations and what an effort! You are looking fabulous and you have definitely done the best thing for you and your family. Would love to read more :)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Congratulations – you look great and can’t wait to read more about your weightloss journeyReplyCancel

  • Fiona Brown

    Well done!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you, you look amazing xxxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Fiona, you have been such a wonderful help through this process xxReplyCancel

  • Klak

    Well done! I love following your stories! It’s very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • karen h

    i hope your doctor also got a sleep study done for you and you are / were treated for sleep apnea too!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love reading all about your battle with obesity and your success at fighting it. Good on you. There is no easy way to lose weight, so ever feel that you took the ‘easy road’. You have done what you needed to do to save your life. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Chambers

    I am so happy for you! You look great. I’d love to hear more!! High 5’s to you. XXReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Thank you for sharing your story Kat, you are brave to overcome your emotional fear and I feel that you will have so much support here because you are telling it like it is and not pretending it to be something else. I struggle to find the motivation to not eat the junk I do and feel embarrassed of my size, its like holding up a sign saying “I eat crap and have no self control”…. but it is just not that simple, food is my emotional support in good times and bad times and I can’t get away from it! WELL DONE for taking the steps and keep it up. We all want to hear your story xxxReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    Well done on making a decision that benefits you and then subsequently your family. You are worth it. Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    Kat amazing! My husband had the surgery only 7 weeks ago (Dr’s orders) , and his life has changed dramatically! It has taught us portion sizes is the golden key, and that you can survive on 1/4 cup of food 3 times a day! Keep it up, selfishly we need you as much as your family XReplyCancel

    • LOL Libby thank you. I’ve been told though you need to eat at least 6 times a day. Now, 3 months after surgery it’s very hard to remember to eat that many times a day, just because I never feel hungry. But please make sure that your hubby is keeping up with all his vitamins, I let them slip early on and I am now suffering a lot of hair loss because my body is in shock after the surgery. The vitamins are very important.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Oh GOOD ON YOU! That’s all. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marsha

    Thank you for sharing your story :)ReplyCancel

  • marrisa

    Well done and keep up the great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Jac@CommonChaosChronicle

    Kat you are an amazing woman and such an inspiration to so many. Please continue to share your story when you can. You have no idea how many people you are truly motivating right now. xoxReplyCancel

  • Toni Swales

    congratulations.. i have been considering the op my self nothing i do seams to help me lose weight so i end up just giving up and eating what ever only thng stopping me is the cost sigh..ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Thanks for sharing your story. It must of been such a difficult time for you but i am so glad that you are seeing the rewards for all of your efforts. I think you are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    Thank you for sharing your story, I had the surgery last November and I understand fully where you are coming from when it comes to telling people. I too am worried about the negative reactions people may give but I have no regrets and highly recommend it. I have been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and had looked at this surgery 7yrs ago and finally plucked up the courage last year. I have gone from a size 22 to size 14, having lost 38kgs in 10months. I did it due to health problems arising but have benefited so much physically, mentally and emotionally from having the surgery. All the best to you and enjoy every step of your journey ahead to a healthier and happier you.ReplyCancel

  • Seva

    Hi Kat, I can tell by your photo how happy you are, I could relate to everything I read, I had my sleeve done in March 2012 and can tell you it only get better and easier. Have you joined any of the support groups? Did you get your surgery done on the coast I had mine done at Greenslopes.
    I must say that was extremely brave writing your story I have only told a few friends and my immediate family. Keep up the great work. I met you at the Brisbane MasterclassReplyCancel

  • Kim

    No judgement here. Someone I love very much had this done around the same time as you did. I think it is one of the bravest steps ever. I will admit though, that until I went through the process with her and have seen her blossom, it just wasn’t even in my realm of thinking.
    She too is feeling and looking amazing. I think you’re amazing for sharing your journey. I’m going to hook her up with this post.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kim, it really is hard to understand how the whole Gastric Sleeve process works.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I watched my two sisters go through this surgery and it has changed their lives. For them , they felt it was their only way to live a whole life and I thank them for being so brave so they could be around for their children. It is a courageous decision to make and you should be very proud of yourself for taking control of your life. Best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    What courage you’ve shown! I, too, had the surgery earlier this year and have lost 35kg to date. I chose this option because I’d tried everything else and, after over 20 years of being obese and constantly trying to shift it I had to resign myself to the fact that I needed help. That was the hardest part – that I couldn’t do it myself. Now I wish I’d done it years ago. I now eat less than my toddler and have never had so much energy! I’m loving my new life, and cherishing the time I’ve given myself with my young children. I have been overweight since I was 17 so I have no idea what I will look like as an adult without a weight issue, and I can’t wait to look in the mirror on that day!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Brooke that’s truly inspiring, your right, though about learning how the new you will look, I can’t wait either. I’d love to see your before and after photo’s when your at goal :)ReplyCancel

  • emily

    if only it was an affordable option. For many of us its not.ReplyCancel

    • Dawn Richter

      Some also don’t want all the risk and permanency of the surgery. Another option is a book called Trim Healthy Mama. It is no diet. You aren’t allowed to starve, no counting calories and no deprivation. 41 pounds gone since June and chocolate, cheese, and butter are all staples in my diet. :)ReplyCancel

      • Rachel

        HI Dawn I have heard about this book but isn’t it written by Americans? I was concerned about food options etc with the availability here in Aus or have I misunderstood the purpose of this book?

        • Dawn Richter

          It is, but I know that a lot of people all over the world are following the plan. There is a FB group you might want to check out and ask/look for others possibly in your area to get some insight on where they get their specialty ingredients from. But it is doable in virtually any setting, with any conditions/allergies/special circumstances, as it is merely a framework.ReplyCancel

          • Rachel

            Thanks :)

  • Christine McKechnie

    Thank you for Sharing Kat, You have done an amazing job even with surgery it is still hard work. keep up the good work and the blogs, I would love to read more on how you are going. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    Thanks for sharing, what an inspiration you are….. I too am feeling tired and lethargic all of the time, for me having a disabled child to care for seems to take up all of my energy. Thanks for showing me it can be done. Good luck with the rest of your journey….. look forward to hearing the rest of it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Congratulations on this wonderful and brave step you have taken. My husband did the same thing about 4mths ago and hasn’t looked back, happier, healthier and more energetic. Hats off to you for taking control. Well Done and all the best for a happy and healthier long future ahead. Thanks for sharing and inspiring many of us.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Richter

    Congratulations! If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t offer those you love the best of you! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Groom

    Kat when we come to point where we no longer what other people think of us that is when we will truly soar! Now spread your wings and fly!ReplyCancel

  • kytravelrn

    You Go Girl!!!

    On October 25, 2011 I weighed 210 lbs (50 kg) and wore size 22 pants. I’m only 4′ 11″ (149 cm). I had the R-N-Y gastric bypass surgery that day.

    By August 2012 I had lost 105 lbs (47.7 kg) and was down to size 4 pants. Today, I’m still at 105 lbs and size 4.

    Losing half of myself was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I feel 25 years younger. No more aches and pains!! Instead of sitting because it was too hard to move…..I now move just for the pleasure of being able to!!

    I’ve inspired others to have surgery and they have lost a total of about 2500 lbs (1337 kg). I wish I’d done this years ago!! I’ve probably spent the cost of the surgery on diets and weight loss programs over the years!!

    I could write about this all day!! If you, or anyone else needs support andor encouragement, my email is [email protected].ReplyCancel

    • Wow thank you, I love hearing how much people have lost from the surgery. Your starting point and mine are the same, and I am now down to a size 18, still quite a way to go, but I can’t remember the last time I was in size 18!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Ashmore

    Congratulations Kat on making a positive change for your health. Anyone who reads your blog will know your an intelligent woman who would not make this choice without the proper research. You are always an inspiration.xxReplyCancel

    • Thanks Samantha, no it was a really hard decision to make, more so because it’s not reversible, it’s permanent, I had to put images of myself as an old lady only being able to eat limited amounts of food, it’s a complete life change, but I have no regrets and so pleased to be getting my health under control.ReplyCancel

  • [email protected]

    In the end Kat, it doesn’t matte how you get the weight off. You have taken control of your health and will be around for a lot longer for it. I too am in the process of losing weight (17 kgs down) and I believe that once you have your mind-set sorted, the body will follow. Well done. I look forward to hearing more about your journey!ReplyCancel

  • tracy

    This is so inspiring. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks, it is your decision and your life. Last year I lost 22 kg. I celebrated that weight lose by over indulging and putting it all back on plus 10 kg. I am so disappointed with myself and dream of the time I was healthier. I vowed last night to stop what I am doing and get my weight under control again.

    Your blog landed in my inbox and added to my enthusiasm. Today, I can’t wait to re-start my weight lose journey.

    I look forward to hearing your journey as an inspiration for me to do the same thing.ReplyCancel

    • That must of been really hard Tracy to lose it and put it all back on, but you know it’s is a new day and only you are responsible to make the changes for your health. How have you gone with so far, I am pleased that my story has inspired you to improve your health again xxReplyCancel

  • Melina

    Congratulations and well done Kat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Congratulations Kat! You must be feeling so fantastic and full of energy these days, just brilliant. Good on you. :-)ReplyCancel

    • I am, I just went on what is a long walk for me, and I felt so good doing it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Player

    My husband had this surgery 3 years ago and had similar results. You have given the greatest gift to your family imaginable. Congratulations you BRAVE thing!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Cathy. To hear those words you won’t be hear to see your grandchildren is devastating, I can’t wait to kiss, cuddle and run around with them. In many many many years to comeReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Please keep sharing!! I’m so proud of you. I think this is the first time I’ve commented on your blog but I have been following for a long time. I’ll admit, your recipes never sounded appealing to me, as they were too unhealthy for anything I’d feed my kids (or myself) but lately they have been great! Strawberry roll-ups and the chicken roll in particular. It’s a brave person who makes a big decision to change their life and an inspiring one who actually does it, no matter how. I’m sure you already know you must keep up the exercise and healthy eating for the surgery effects to continue. You’ve clearly the made the choice to be healthy, not just to lose weight. Good on you!

    I must ask if anyone other than your Dr spoke to you about your weight? My sister is obese and I’m worried sick about her. She was in a car accident two years ago that still limits her mobility so I feel it’s unfair of me to say too much, however I have recently lost over 10kg myself (mainly baby weight) so I know exercise only plays one part and that healthy eating is the primary factor. I’m at a loss as to how to broach it with her, despite the fact my parents and I discuss it behind her back. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Well done again!!ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Congratulations, you look fantastic! Even better, you feel fantastic! I love your blog and tips and am very impressed that you are sharing your story to inspire others. It doesn’t matter what other people think, it’s what you think that matters. It must be hard feeling judged by being in the public eye the way you are, so you are very brave for getting it “out there”, well done. Thank you for your wonderful tips and ideas to make MY life easier, it’s changed everything about the way I run my house and I love you for it! xxxxReplyCancel

    • Aaw Jess, thank you so much for your beautiful words. I am feeling great and comfortable now in my body, there was a stage it was a struggle just to get up off the couch and my sleeping has improved. your right I am loving the way I feel now. I still have quite a way to go, another 20+kg to lose if i can. I can only image how much healthier I will feel then.ReplyCancel

  • Ren

    Well done on your weight loss. No judgement here at all for the method you chose. I was a tad disappointed to find that it was surgery only because I was hoping to find tips on how I might jumpstart my own weight loss again without going under the knife. I lost 50kg and still have another 27kg or so to go. I did it the old fashioned way of just exercise and diet (WW) but I’ve hit that ceiling that I can’t seem to bust through. But you can only be congratulated for taking your health in your hands and *doing* something about it – many don’t and suffer for it. You look amazing and it’s obvious that the results are worth the effort.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ren, that’s why I wanted to tell the full story, because people were asking how I was doing it, they wanted to know the secret to losing so much so quickly, I am so glad I can share it and it’s the right decision for me and I am feeling so good for it.ReplyCancel

  • Cas

    You are looking amazing, and being so brave sharing your story !!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Ohm

    Well done! You have done a wonderful thing for yourself and your family! As a nutritional cleansing coach, it is my pleasure to help people shed vast amounts of weight in a healthy, sustainable way. The joy of the physical and emotional transformation I see is unbelievably rewarding. We only have one body to live in so good on you for starting to treat it well!ReplyCancel

  • Who are we to judge? Congratulations on getting to a place where you feel happier about being yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Liz P

    Congratulations to you Kat for recognizing you had a problem, asking for help and advice and going ahead with the surgery. I can only imagine how proud your kids will be in years to come that they have a mum who is so brave and determined to make changes to her life and I bet hubby is excited to have a happy wife on her way back to good health!
    Keep up the great work and keep posting your progress, the good days and not so good days, the support and motivation you will receive from others and give to others will be inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing and well done! How can people judge what they don’t understand or haven’t experienced. I am not extremely obese but I am 30 kg overweight and currently considering this surgery. If I don’t do anything I will eventually be 40 plus kgs etc overweight! I have to do this too as I have tried everything else…well done! would love some details of the recovering, eating, what was “allowed”, what wasn’t, some of the risks and future warnings you might have been given and also, how do you not “stretch” your stomach again? Thanks again for sharing! Well done…ReplyCancel

  • Tan

    Well Done you are very brave. My doctor also told me that surgery was my only option left as I had tried diets, gym memberships etc for 20yrs and had failed. A friend of mine who had this surgery earlier this year was given Duromine to take prior to surgery to loose 10kgs before the operation. I had to beg my doctor for this drug as she does not like it, but I am one of the lucky ones who have not experienced and side effects and have been able to take up to the 40mg dose and with extreme willpower as well have now lost 17kgs in 3months. I have not given up my sweet treats but have cut them down by 90% of what I had been consuming per day, and have found not eating bread everyday has also helped. I personally did not want to go down the surgery road as I was worried about loosing weight too rapidly and then needing surgery to remove excess skin. I am also fortunate enough to have a very physical job from 8pm-12am 3-5nights a week which I use as my free excersice. Good luck for the rest of your journey.ReplyCancel

    • I’ve never heard of Duromine, but 17kg in 3 months is a great effort!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • sami veloso

    Congratulations for taking a brave step towards a better future for yourself and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy James

    Hi Gorgeous. Thanks for being brave enough to share this with the world, you have such a gorgeous spirit and shining personality I’m happy you made the decision to change your life for you and your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Carly Joyce

    Kat if you had an over-sized nose that made it hard to breath and had a nose job many people would say that you did because you were vain but you know the truth of it. Your health has to come first and damn everybody who can’t see that!

    As a parent your job is to be around for your kids and to set a good example. I think that you are doing an amazing job and have ensured that your kids not only have you around for longer, but have a happier and healthier you for longer.

    You have in no way taken an easy road. Losing weight is extremely hard because you have to eat to live! You can’t abstain from all food the way smokers, alcoholics or drug addicts can abstain from their poisons. If an alcoholic had to take three small drinks a day but no more I think the wagon would be empty quick smart.

    Great job xxxReplyCancel

  • KC

    Congratulations on taking the first steps on what will be a long journey. You obviously have the insight to know that this is not a simple fix, but it will be something you have committed to for the rest of your life.
    It’s very interesting that developed world continues to get fatter and sicker, despite all the “health” and “nutritionist” and “medical” advice regarding healthy eating and the food pyramid. There are a number of scientists and health practitioners who have been advocating for years that FAT in our diets is not the problem – it is SUGAR. Sugar and complex carbohydrates (think bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits etc) that are supposed to make up the bulk of our calorie intake: these are the problem. In general, exercise will make you feel good and will make you “tight” but 90% of weight control is what you put into your mouth every day. Increase your vegetables and protein and cut right back on your carbs and you will see a change. Avoid any packaged food, especially if it says “low fat” – chances are it is packed with sugar instead.

    I hope that your journey inspires others to also take steps to living healthier, leaner and cleaner. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Austin

    Congratulations Kat! What an achievement, and well done making that big decision to have the surgery. Your health and longevity are so important to those close to you, as well as all your followers.

    All the best for future good health and great weight-loss results!

    Susan x
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    • Thanks Susan, I am feeling great, I just went for a really long walk with my daughter and so glad that I didn’t lose my breath!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb h

    Thanks fir sharing your story- your honesty and openess is amazing. I wish you so much happinessReplyCancel

  • nattynoo

    Congratulations on your weight loss and the decision to have the surgery!! I can really relate to your story – my Mum had the gastric sleeve surgery 2 years ago now and after being obese for my whole life (30 years) she has now lost a total of 55kgs and feels fantastic! Her only regret is that she didn’t have the surgery years ago!! You have made the best decision and will continue to feel great and live a happy healthy life with your family!!
    Thank you for haring you story with us and best of luck for the rest of your journey!!ReplyCancel

  • Ptquilter

    Hi Kat; First I’d like to Say Congrats on your weight loss. And Congrats on having the surgery and choosing LIVING instead of Dying. I too had surgery 10 yrs ago. It will be 11 the 24th of Jan 2014. I have lost 130 #’s I too was on every weight loss diet you can name in my life. and at age 55 I decided to get the surgery.I have beautiful Grand Children I so want to be here for. I applaud you for taking that risk. I had someone say to me once, before my surgery that my surgery wasn’t necessary that it was an Elected Surgery. It wasn’t a life or death situation. I was so angry and hurt, I said how is choosing to risk your life in surgery and to saving my life and having a better life not a life and death situation. I could die if I didn’t choose to have the surgery. I was a diabetic, I had high blood pressure, I had shortness of breath, back problems and hip and knee problems. I too snored so bad my Physician ordered a sleep study. I was told that if I didn’t do something I was going to die if I continued this lifestyle. SO I chose surgery. I had a Gastric bypass. The Gastric Physicians hadn’t yet developed the sleeve. But I did it and I tell everyone. I am so glad I did and changed my life. It is not an easy choice. Especially after you listen to what they (physicians) tell you. It is a risk and anyone that chooses Life is better for it. I am no longer diabetic, I don’t have high blood pressure my cholesterol is normal my back pain is resolved. In a nut shell I have a better life now after my surgery. Oh Yes and I don’t snore anymore. When I see someone on the street or in a store or anywhere and they are obese I cry inside for them I want to go to them and say I know you are a sad person inside that body there is a better way to live. There is a better way to change your life. I wish I could go to them and say this was me before my surgery, this is me now. I am so happy for you and I hope you cotinue on this road to LIFE. GOOD LUCK SISTERReplyCancel


    Kat I met you at PB event, and although your blog isn’t in a genre I’m typically interested in I wanted to check it out since you had so many great tips for building an audience, marketing, etc. As a medical journalist I wrote many stories about weight loss surgery, so you don’t have to convince me that it is not a quick fix. Although I haven’t personally struggled with weight issues, I love reading about other people’s triumphs. And of course we all have our own struggles! Great post, and keep up the fantastic job.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Le

    Awesome story and you’re doing brilliantly. I had my sleeve one month ago. Nearly 10kgs down and have cracked the double figures :) Like you, I am mostly keeping this to myself (have had a lot of negative stuff from my sister, wish she didn’t know) but am sharing it with friends who I know will understand.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Kat you are extremely brave to be honest and share the truth of your weight loss journey. So many things we read in today’s world are about quick fixes and unrealistic methods. That you had to go the hard yards to try and turn your life around and you are willing to share your story with candour is both refreshing and courageous. Well done Kat. Here’s to you continuing your journey to great health and happiness :)ReplyCancel

  • Quigley Quigley

    Hi Kat, I met you briefly at the PBEvent and just wanted to say how wonderful you are to share your story ! YOu were incredibly helpful in the talk with Darren and now reading this I am further inspired by your courage in honesty. I’m so happy for you in your improved health and happiness and send you loads of love and support in your continued success! Wishing you all the best Kat! xxquigleyReplyCancel

  • Binnabobo

    Bless you. Your authenticity is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Congratulations :) I had the sleeve surgery on 28th June this year. It’s not the easy option that many people seem to think (which is why I have only told my closest friends and family), you still have to work with it. It’s a huge decision but I certainly have no regrets xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    You’re amazing for sharing such a personal thing – and you’re looking fabulous. You’re an impressive, inspiring woman with a big heart. Good on you!ReplyCancel

  • Beck Pryde

    You go girl! Well done, with not only making the decision to have surgery, but also the other healthy steps in your life. :) I can’t wait to hear the next instalment. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Fiona

    Congratulations, I wish you all the best in the months ahead. You are giving yourself and your family a great gift.

  • Naomi :)

    Congratulations on your decision to have surgery, I also had Gastric Sleeve Surgery 7 months ago and have lost 38kgs! I too felt embarassed at times about taking the ‘cheats way out’ but I also feel brave and empowered that I had the sense to make this decision for myself and my family. Best decision I have ever made and it sounds the same for you! Congrats and goodluck on the rest of your Journey!ReplyCancel

    • Wow Naomi, that is an amazing achievement, congratulations to you on the remarkable effort. Your right, I do feel empowered that I made this choice. No regrets!ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    So impressed – congratulations on taking that huge step forward it must have been scary!! But you look fantastic and I’m so happy for you having a bright future ahead! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Henderson

    You are amazing. since reading your story I have upped my health insurance and on Sept 13 2014 I too will have the surgery. I would love to hear more about your journey. Thankyou for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Devenish

    Would love to more of your journey Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Karin Mary

    Thank you for sharing your story – very brave to share something so personal with the world. All the best for your future weight loss and health.ReplyCancel

  • […] months, 3 dress sizes smaller and 28kg lighter post Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery.  You can read more here about why I chose to have the surgery. […]ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Good on you Kat. Such a wonderful brave thing you have done for yourself and your family. You looked great before. Now you look even better. Thanks for sharing. I am struggling too. Putting everything and everyone else first.ReplyCancel

  • MelB

    Kat you are an inspiration and you shouldn’t be judged. A huge congratulations to you for your upbeat attitude and zeal for life and also for your great weight loss if only more people were like you. Big hugs xxReplyCancel

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  • JULI

    Well done Katrina. You should be so proud that you took the
    courageous option and had the surgery. I wish you all the very bestReplyCancel

    • Thank you Juli, I am feeling great and I have no regrets, I know I would of never have been able to lose all this weight without the surgery, I have tried for years, and I am really happy with my progress. Hope you have a wonderful new year xReplyCancel

  • Becs Shopandsell

    you look amazing! congratulations for the weight you have lost. I am too considering this surgery, could you please tell me what surgeon you used and hospital you went to, thanksReplyCancel

  • karen

    Well done for being brave enough to share your story. I’ve been considering the surgery for a while and I loved hearing your story, looking forward to hearing moreReplyCancel

    • Thanks Karen, do as much research as you can so you know it’s the right thing for you. It is a permanent surgery, so it will be a change in diet, lifestyle and the amount you eat for the rest of your life. GoodluckReplyCancel

  • EdenEve

    I am curious to know just how much it all costs?ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    That’s Awesome!! If you’re looking for help to budge those last kg’s to get to your goal weight then you HAVE to try ‘Isagenix’ It has completely changed my life! Its a Nutritional Cleansing Programme that I started on New Years Day and I have lost 8kg and 55cm to date! This programme rids toxins from your body which helps you loose weight quickly along with flooding your body with all the antioxidants, superfoods and nutrients that your body needs to perform at it’s peak! I’m sleeping like a baby, have mental clarity, energy levels through the roof, I’ve built lean muscle mass, curbed all my cravings, my anxiety is completely at bay and I just wish someone had introduced me to ‘Isagenix’ a long time ago but better late than never… If you want to find out more go to or feel free to ask away with questions.. Good luck on the rest of your journey!!ReplyCancel

  • MummaM

    I commend you for taking the jump towards a better healthier life. I completely understand the journey, I am at the doorstep of surgery, the most scariest thing I have ever decided to do. Much like yourself I have always found it difficult to get the weight off, and more so now after having two kids I am the heaviest I have ever been.
    I have mixed feelings, like I feel like a failure because I’ve taken this option, but I am hoping it will help get me to those goals. I am an emotional eater and for some reason I fall back into old habits. I work nearly 70 hours a fortnight, many sees me work nightshifts and by the time you get home its finding time to do housework, grocery and shopping and dropping and picking up kids from school… life is so hectic.

    I know its not easy just to get an operation and I know I still have to change my lifestyle, but if I can see its working and I do plateau and eat healthy food and fell full i can think reach my goal.

    How have you found the lifestyle change? has it changed your diet much? do you feel full? I drink lots of water during the day and i love my water… worried it will affect the amount of food I eat, and don’t eat enough.

    I am so glad you took the journey and you look amazing.ReplyCancel

    • It is a big lifestyle change, I don’t enjoy eating sugary food, it has certainly changed my taste buds with me now happily eating savoury foods. I eat my dinner rather quickly, when it takes the rest of the family double or triple the time, I find it frustrating sitting there watching them eat, something I just have to get used to. Drinking lots of water is good and all I drink these days is water and coffee, soft drink is far too sweet. It won’t effect the amount of food you eat, but you won’t be able to drink and eat at the same time. You can drink about 30 min after eating. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

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  • Vicki Garatoudi

    Who is anyone to Judge the how you stay alive to look after your family. Congratulations and well done on your thus far success. I will watch with anticipation as I am looking at having this done too. I applaud you and thank you for sharing your journey xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Vicki, and wishing you all the best in your venture to better health.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Thanks so much for sharing your story :). You look great and from the research I’ve done on this surgery, it does seem most people believe the benefits outweigh the negatives. I have my first appointment with a surgeon next month for this same surgery. I’m a little nervous as I’m a single mum, but I want to be around for a long time for my 2 year old daughter and I’ve struggled so much over the years with my weight. I just wanted to ask about your energy levels after the surgery. I know that the amount you can/want to eat is a lot less, but do you find that you are lethargic and have no energy because you’re not eating as much, or is it the complete opposite? Many thanks!xReplyCancel

    • Hi Michelle

      No I haven’t had to feeling of no energy, in fact the opposite, because I am losing weight I am enjoying the exercise, which then makes me want to eat healthy food, so it all works together nicely. Good luck with your appointment.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Pietrini

    Thank you for sharing. I have just joined a health fund today in the hope that I too can have the surgery in 12 months time. ReplyCancel

  • Iffat Zafar Aga

    Hi there ….just loved reading your story ……. I too am so interested in such a surgery ….. I d really like t o see your pic from now since I see this article dates back to sept 2013 …..could you plzzzz share your recent pic also?. Thks. ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! On your success! I have read your story & I myself am looking into getting the sleeve surgery. I would love to chat with you & maybe get some inspirational thoughts. I have been struggling with my weight ever sense I graduated high school & been on depression pills. Made me gain weight & never could keep it off. I am very active and workout 2 times a day, I have also tried weight watchers, but my insurance said I had to do weight watchers before I get the sleeve. I would love to get some information from you regarding your experience Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • LavenderMe

    You look great! I’ve made an appointment to see a surgeon to have a sleeve done. I have heart failure and small vessel disease (so surgical intervention for my heart & blood vessels isn’t an option). I’m on the maximum medical therapy available, and can’t walk more than about 5 metres without chest pain. So exerise on any sort is really difficult and exhausting. I know I need to lose the weight (about 40kg) and my cardiologist has told me that a sleeve is almost certainly the only way I’ll be able to do it because of those limitations. He told me 2 days before Christmas that I won’t live till I’m 70 (I’m 64), but that if I have surgery & if I survive that, I might make it. I’m also an asthmatic and diabetic – so not a good surgical risk.
    I’m sorry this is gloomy – I think you have done an amazing job Kat – I’m just not dealing with this very well at the moment. The cardio was very clear that it may be difficult to find a surgeon and/or an anaesthist willing to take me on.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi K, Congratulations on your loss. I have just started on Duromine as i have degenerative athritis in all my joints (32 inherited in my genes). I felt i am ‘cheating’ but needed to throw everything i could at improving my health and making over the way i see my food and exercise. Sometimes to achieve we need some support!! Good on you, and i hope this makes your life long and lovely with your family. I think sometimes as Mums we just lose prioritising ourselves (sleep, nutrition, exercise) because we constantly put others first xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bec, Ooh thank you! And i think it is fantastic that you have taken a positive step into turning your life around. We all have to do what is best for ourselves and take the right path. I look forward to hearing how your journey goes, Bec xReplyCancel

I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to speak at the upcoming ProBlogger Training Event on the topic of Building Your Community.  I have been to the last 2 ProBlogger conferences, I have walked away from both feeling confident and motivated to build my blog and continue to make it profitable by learning new […]

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  • Jody Kaden

    Congratulations Kat, I’m sure you will inspire lots of bloggers with your speech!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet@PregnancyPanache

    Great to hear you speak at ProBlogger about what you do at The Organised Housewife – truly inspiring – THANKS.ReplyCancel

    • Naw, thank you so much Janet, I truly loved sharing my tips, I have so much more I’d love to share…. another day!!ReplyCancel

** Read at the bottom of this post for a great free whale watching offer ** I have lived on the Gold Coast all my life and have never been Whale Watching, to be honest I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s something I thought was more for tourists. But I got really excited when we […]

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  • Ashly Nichole Peterson

    What an awesome trip. Something to consider for my own family! Thank you for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnni Morris

    What an awesome trip….going to put that on my listReplyCancel

  • […] The Junior Whale Whisperers is a great program that teaches the kids about whales and the environment that they live. Helping them learn about the importance of looking after these most beautiful creatures.  You can read all about our recent whale watching adventure here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    Read this post when you put it up, and here my family and I are in Hervey Bay! Having a great time, thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Aimee, what a beautiful time of year for you to be up there, I can only imagine what a beautiful temperature that water must be!ReplyCancel

We are a family of 5 and over the years we have found it really hard to find accommodation that suits 2 adults and 3 children, typically most hotels/motels have a limit of 4 per room. When the kids were younger this was ok I would top and tail 2 kids in one bed so […]

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  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    Our family stayed in the Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park back in 2007 & we all loved it, it was right on the beach & close to Coffs Harbour must go there again next year when we have some more time & $ saved

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

  • Trish

    We are booked in for a few nights of camping here in October after we return from 4wding to Cape York and I cannot wait for the kids to wear themselves out on all the great playground equipment. I think they will be over the moon with play equipment after being cooped up in the car for 4 weeks. We always try to stay at Big 4 whenever we camp – their facilities are wonderful and they always have excellent playgrounds and activities for children. We have three boys (8, 6 and 3) so we NEED something to keep them active and entertained.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Can I suggest cheap fold up scooters… They don’t take up much room as opposed to taking bikes like we did when I was a child, but they are easy for the kids to get around the park and up to the kids activities area, and extra play equipment when bored!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

    We have stayed in cabins a bit, just in caravan parks, nothing as fancy as a resort :) – but yes, have found them much more convenient than hotel rooms, even back when we had only one child (we also have three). Kids sleeping in a separate room, living room & kitchen separate to bedrooms, usually a small verandah with a table and chairs. What’s not to love?
    For our big road trip we have planned for next year (if the aussie dollar doesn’t drop too much further), we are planning on camping, but I can see a few cabins along the way will be luxury we’ll sometimes be prepared to pay for (if they have that sort of thing in the States, which I’m not sure of).ReplyCancel

  • Missyj

    I have not yet had kids but my husband and I do travel a fair bit and we love the Big4 parks and have stayed at many of them. We also have a Big4 membership which is fantastic – we’ve saved a fair bit of money using it. One of my favourites is Swan Hill resort along the Murray River in Victoria, lovely rooms, fantastically friendly staff and great grounds & facilities. We can’t wait to have kids and travel Australia visiting these ‘resorts’ that are far superior than ‘normal resorts’.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    I love your blog and guides. However, I thought this guide was aimed at those staying at home with babies and toddlers. Not sure about other families but holidays like this are not on our horizon for a few years yet. With only one income and three kids under 6 this idea will have to go on the bucket list.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Hi I just wanted to say we stayed at this park in 2008 with two Tweens and in a tent. For a very cheap holiday, we had a site with our own ensuite, and a caravan/tent spot. So it doesn’t have to be the cabins and luxury all the way- the park activities are all free! We spent more money outside the park on island trips etc. it was however one of the best trips we ever did, we packed the kids’ fold up scooters and hardly ever saw them!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I too have 3 kids and find it hard for accommodation for 5 (any other suggestions or websites that help with this would be appreciated). Even though my kids are all under 6 years of age, I love posts like this. It gives me something to look forward to and the confidence that there are places out there for “larger” families to go to (more than 4) :)
    Glad you had a great holiday.ReplyCancel

  • […] school holidays we visited our beautiful friends that live in Arlie Beach.  We were invited over for dinner and I heard all about my friend Stacey’s famous […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang How exciting, Leggo’s are giving you the chance for your favourite Italian recipe to be published in the Leggo’s People’s Cookbook.  Plus once you have submitted your recipe you also have a chance to win a Kitchenaid Food Processor. It can be any type of Italian recipe, entrée, salad, main, […]

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  • Charmayne

    you have to try the Prosciutto wrapped Chicken parcels they are so easy and very tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I just submitted my recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Pesto Penne. I have been making this for years and I love the recipe as it is SO quick to throw together and, if you have unexpected guests – you can easily extend the recipe by adding an extra cup of pasta, a salad and some garlic bread.
    YUM !!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I just submitted the Pollo Alla Cacciatora recipe to Leggo’s and your email. This is one of a few favourite recipes I was taught during a trip to Tuscany. I was fortunate enough to be taught by a lovely family at their Tuscan villa. Their passion and enthusiasm was so contagious! A culinary experience I will never forget.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    Amore Melanzana, a delicious recipe, I was given by a beautiful Nonna, Leggos sauce makes it so much faster to prepare, enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    Mushroom lasagne.. This was the first non traditional lasagne I ever made for my husband (who is a MASSIVE lasagne fan). He was not very keen on anything vegetarian but once he had eaten it, he said it was the best lasagne he had ever eaten!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Oh yum, we do potato gnocchi all the time but I’m going to have to give this one a go….as a kid with my Zia and my Mum and my sister cooking together was so much fun…I have 3 boys, not so much in to cooking but rolling the gnocchi is always a family activity.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Hill

    Looks so yummy :) my best friend was telling me about a pasta recipe she makes so i decided i would try t, i have been in love ever since bu also have added my own touches to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I just submitted a bolognese recipe that uses all of the veggies left over after making a pot of stock. They are pureed before adding to the mixture so that the kids don’t know they are there adding nutritional value and lots of ‘yummyness’ to the sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Catters

    Ah, I just found this part! I’ve gone and commented in a completely different area of your blog! Oops!
    I’ve submitted a favourite Creamy Fish Pie with Bread Crust.
    It’s really delicious and a great way to get the family to eat fish!ReplyCancel

  • Cheree Cullen

    I just submitted an eggplant lasagne recipe, I created it one night out of the cans and jars in the pantry and it has become a family favourite. It is super tasty, includes lots of grated veges hidden in the mince sauce, has an easy ricotta basil sauce and yummy pan fried eggplant. It is a all in one meal and my daughter loves making the ricotta and basil sauce as well as poking in the extra fresh basil :).ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I’ve just submitted a Vegetable and Bacon Pasta recipe. I developed this recipe to encourage my toddler to eat more veggies with his evening meal, but it’s a dish the whole family loves. Smiles all around when I serve this for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    I have just entered my Fettuccine alla Tomato Boscaiola (creamy tomato pasta) recipe. I have been making it for about 15 years now. So easy, yummy and versatile.ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    I entered My Mum’s Spag Bol RecipeReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Crosbie

    I have entered our families Aunty’s creamy spirals. This recipe is a family favourite and is often done
    on a night we don’t want to cook as it is quick easy and fills the kids up

  • Toni Hill

    I have entered my friends altered recipe of Chorizo and tomato pasta :)ReplyCancel

This day 3 years ago I decided to start a little blog about organising the family & home to help pass the time while my kids were in school.  Little did I know how much it would grow (so close to nearly 100,000 likers on facebook) and that it would turn into what is now […]

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  • Jody Kaden

    Happy Birthday Organised Housewife!! Keep up the great work:)ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    Happy Birthday :) Huge congratulations to you :)ReplyCancel

    • thank you Marita, I remember you being one of the first people to ever comment on my blog, you are so lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday to your blog, and congratulations – 100,000 “likers” in three years is a wonderful achievement! Just goes to show how organised you are :)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang As a toddler I wasn’t overweight, but it was mid way through primary school that my weight increased. I was teased a lot, I was short, freckly and fat.  However, looking back at my school photos I wasn’t ‘fat’ I was a little chubby which most kids outgrow as […]

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  • Carly Joyce

    Love it Kat, great work! My cousin is a nutritionist and she has taught me quite a lot even though I felt I was already nutrition conscious. Firstly to limit fruit intake to two-three pieces a day but to have loads of veggies. Fruit is great but also tends to be high in sugar so moderation is definitely important. I now send my daughter to school with one piece of fruit and some cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks and then she has something similar for afternoon tea. We almost always have veggies in our dinner.

    She also told me that it’s not what you eat in a day that matters, but what you eat in a week. If you have a ‘naughty’ day, just make sure to be extra vigilant for the rest of the week. We had bacon, eggs and sausages for tea one night and then grilled chicken and steamed veggies, chicken stir-fry, tuna casserole etc. for the rest of the week. You have to let loose sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Don’t be too hard on yourself about being overweight. There are a lot of us around. We were not all meant to be stick thin. I am now 60 and I have found the easiest way to look after my weight is to make sure my portion sizes are not humungous and to make better food choices. Beware of added Sugar or anything derived from Sugar such as Glucose or Fructose. Don’t cut out Dairy or your bones will suffer. Not too much fat reduced either because the Sugar content is often higher with these products and remember fat is flavour.
    I have only been thin twice in my life and both times I was very sick. With a little extra weight there is something to fall back on.ReplyCancel

  • Mishelle Smethurst

    I have just started clean eating and decided to get the family on board. Funnily enough, my 4yo daughter LOVES eating clean and is actually enjoyiong food more now that it is clean. There is absolutely no flour (we use almond meal) and NO SUGAR (we can use a little natvia) and definitely NO BREAD but have selected recipes that have foods with such rich flavours, you don’t need to add them in… I have just bought a food dehydrator so I can make my own raw onion bread, because I do miss being able to just have a sandwich for lunch :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily C

    What a fantastic post Kat! I love to see people making healthy choices but even more so, I love to see them teaching those to their children. I have been blessed to have parents that live very healthily and have passed their habits and knowledge down to me and my sister. In the past year I have struggled to maintain a healthy weight through a series of traumatic events falling on my family, but those habits have been strong and I have pulled through mostly ok. I understand very much how hard it is to keep yourself healthy through the rough times. Though I don’t yet have my own children, when I do have them I hope I can bring them up to embrace a healthy lifestyle too.
    You are doing a wonderful job making positive decisions with your own health. Well done!!! From your pictures, it certainly looks as though your kids are happy, healthy and active and that is such an excellent start in life for them. Thank you for sharing your journey and keep up the fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    My 10yo asked yesterday for a letter to excuse her from sport at school because one of her friends mums had written a similar letter. I was not impressed and told 10yo that she had no reason to miss out on sport at school and it helped her brain be smarter to do sport. Between 2 hours of swim squad, 1 hour taekwondo after school and Step Into Life, Athletics and Zumba at school she does a fair bit.ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s great that you are focussing on getting them moving Kat. My kids’ school does pretty much all of those things you talked about (though there’s not been an assessment on making a sandwich yet!) which I love, including not having any junk at all in the canteen.

    I was also a chubby child – well, from puberty really – and it saddens me no end to look back and realise that’s all I was, a little chubby, for most of my teens and twenties. And yet I felt fat. My mum was always (it seems to me) focussed on losing weight, and she too was no more than a little chubby. But she also is tall with a large frame so she didn’t meet the current ideal of beautiful women.

    So for me, I want my children to eat healthy food and stay active, and I am realising as they get older that that is easier with organised sports (my 3 and 7 year olds are still very active naturally, but my 11 year old has discovered books in a big way, so I could see him really slowing down over the next few years without some kind of sport and/or family activity), and also that I need to be a better role model. If we get out as a family to kick the ball around or yes, go for walks and let them scoot along with us, it can make all the difference I think.ReplyCancel

  • I was an overweight vegetarian kid & teen (I hit a size 16), I was busy playing piano & reading. It was awful to be teased at school & be nick named ‘the fat kid’. I didn’t eat crap, we didn’t have any in the house!

    I’ve just reached my weight loss of 25 kilo’s down after my last pregnancy. It’s the 3rd time in my life I’ve had to make the journey (once as a teen, twice after pregnancy). I’ve really been conscious this time round that I have a 5 year old little girl that watches everything I do, so I’ve taken a different approach I really want her to consider her ‘health’ over being ‘skinny’. So I get outside with them, kick a ball, garden & jump on the trampoline (although I’m sure I look like a complete idiot to my neighbours…lol….).

    Thanks for sharing your story KatReplyCancel

  • I quite like reading a post that will make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang As my kids are getting older I am finding our evenings seem to get busier and busier.  I try to help all 3 kids with homework and for me this usually takes all afternoon.  Then if it’s not homework we are out at karate a few nights a week […]

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  • Neenee

    Quick and easy, make my life breezy

    More time to the kids, No worrying what’s in the fridge

    Grab a pan, Maggi, I’m a fan.ReplyCancel

  • Tacey

    Having only an hour between when the kids and I come home til the time they go to bed, Maggi helps me create fast, delicious and more importantly healthy dinners in a snap for my VERY busy little family!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner
    Mum what is for tea?
    A yummy Maggi Stirfry kids
    Let’s play Vege hide’n’ seek
    Garlic and Ginger Thai chicken?
    Or Teriyaki and Sesame?
    Healthy so your waist won’t thicken,
    Very tasty too says me!
    You Wok mumReplyCancel

  • sapshu

    With a one month old baby who hardly gives me time to cook and a six year old fussy eater maggi stir fry creations will make my life very easy and stress free in the kitchen.I will be able to serve quick meals to my family and they will reach my fussy eater’s tummy without any complaint .ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    If we had 48 hours in one day I still don’t think I’d achieve all my days jobs. I hear a sigh from every mum. A maid and chef is my ultimate dream, but as that will never eventuate, quick response meals are a must. Maggie Stir Frys could free up a bit of precious time to dedicate to vacuuming, ironing, washing up, assisting homework, shopping…….. as we all know, it never ends!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    One vocal newborn + one very active toddler = not much time for Mum in the kitchen!
    Solution: Maggi Stir Fry creations for a quick, easy and healthy meal for the family.ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    I have tried making marinades and sauces before, but they haven’t always turned out all that good, (I went through a stage of putting white vinegar in everything, I liked it, but no one else did). I think Maggi could save me from myself and my families tastebuds would think them for that!!!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Thursday – Teriyaki and Sesame Chicken with rice […]ReplyCancel

  • Gabe Halley

    I am a mum of 3 and also trying to lose weight and get fit. Maggi stir fry would help me be able to make a quick healthy dinner on those busy nights trying to get kids fed, in baths and then to bed!ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    with all the allergies I have its hard to make meals that work for all of us i usually end up making a different meal for each person but Maggi is the only premade that i have found that we can all eat and the kids love itReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    I love how Maggi stir fry’s let me introduce the world to my kids through their taste buds, what a wonderful way to learn about the world & all the different people in it!ReplyCancel

  • Candice V

    Usually having about 2 hours between getting home from school, fitting in outside play, homework, showers and making dinner in between – having quick, simple, healthy options is always going to be welcome.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    My dinner time rap:
    It’s witching hour yo!
    And the kids are going crazy.
    I have so much to do!
    And I’m feelin’ kinda lazy.
    Offsprings on tonight,
    I’ve got kids to bath and feed.
    A uni assignment due,
    And a tonne of notes to read!
    What is this Mama’s salvation?
    Yo, it’s Maggi’s Stir Fry Creations.


  • Theressa

    It would help me out immensely on the nights with after school activities. Instead of grabbing the drive-thru takeout, i could feed the tribe with a vegetable laden,healthy & quick stirfry. All by the time they have filed through the shower! Its the simple things in life that are truly the best.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Lappin

    I’ve become a big fan of stir fry’s since losing my baby weight with Weight Watchers cooking after I had my first child, and found it a great way to introduce a range of fresh veggies to my 2yo daughter – and of course my husband loves anything I cook for him.

    Recently had a birthday and am about to deliver my second babe, but still waiting on hubby to pick up on all my hints that I would “accept” a kitchen utensil (ie. a Wok) just this once as a birthday gift. Still waiting on the gift – and the bub to make an appearance (must be a male child).

    Please help!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hunter

    Quick and easy after I rush home form my sons basketball game or my daughters music concert. Must have!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Juchnicka

    I cook my stir fries on frying pan and they usually resemble stew more than shop bought stir fry. I think a nice wok and good sauces can make a difference to our next dinner. I would love to serve a nice stir fry for my family for a change.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Gay

    Maggi Stir-fry would help me in the kitchen because we can never decide what to have for dinner! Having a variety of different sauces would help us eat a range of flavours without too much thinking time required.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Benbow

    Would love a scanpan wok for my husband, he does the major share of the cooking as he his home a few hours before me, must admit we have never tried the Maggi stir fry creations but would love to try.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Jolly

    There is no need for veggies to remain hanging around in the fridge
    with Maggi Stir Fry mix – just add meat to them and create a masterpiece.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    Now that my husband has to do all the cooking, [he very kindly says he’s only the labourer] I’m always on the look out for products, so we can still have a nice variety of meals, but that they are not so fiddleley , my husband is turned off by the whole process. I’d like to give the Maggi stir fry sachets a go, and then I’d love to see if we could adapt the flavouring sachets to work in our air fryer, our new best friend in the kitchen. Reading the recipe, I think it could work.
    Dawn Taylor
    [email protected]
    Sorry to put name and address here, but I can’t figure out how to submit my entry any other wayReplyCancel

  • Natasha Andrews

    These sauces sound fabulous, the perfect cure to the “whatevers”, I honestly don’t mind cooking for the family every night but I get sick of deciding what to cook. With these I could have 5 different meals with just chicken and veggies. All the flavour combinations are great and I really like the 2 step process – when I have the time to cook from scratch I don’t pour it all in at the same time so some heat a pour sauces seem “missing” something to me.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin

    I have a two year old, a one year old and am 10 week pregnant with twins. Plagued with Fatigue I am struggling to come up with nutritions family meals that can be made quickly with minimal fuss. You have no idea how much this would help me ( and my poor husband) out.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Bush

    I’m encouraging my teenagers to cook for themselves now if needed… With meat invariably frozen, Maggi Stir Fry Creations are the perfect incentive to get them cooking (and eating) large amounts of vegetables and easing my household work burden!ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Wizz

    Honey, Soy, Garlic or
    Garlic, Ginger Thai
    Maggies Stir Fry Creations
    Everyone’s Salivating
    Steaming Fish In Oven
    Adding Veggies
    – Leeks
    – Butternut Bumpkin
    – Sweet Potatoes
    – Corn Kernels
    – Red Onions
    – Red Cabbage
    – Snow Peas
    – Beans
    – Mushrooms
    – Unsalted Cashews
    – Seedless Grapes
    – Plus more or less
    Serving to all those hunger
    Gobbling up my Maggies Creations!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnni Morris

    having four kids can make meal time a bit stress full i think the maggi stir fry would give me a healthy meal quickly so i would be happy and stress free….ReplyCancel

  • boogers

    As I get home late from work, I’d rather spend my time playing with my young kids, rather than cooking. Maggi stirfry creations are so quick and easy to add to meat and veges for a quick, healthy and yummy dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    When hubby is away, I don’t cook fancy meals
    I like to keep it simple, but also keep it real
    I love that these Creations are fresh and fast to make
    And best of all – less washing up – that isn’t hard to take!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    Maggi’s perfect for a busy mum like me,
    For delicious meals prepared so simply,
    With just 4 easy steps,
    I’ll prepare a healthy meal to impress,
    All with a little help from Maggi! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    I leave the Maggi Stir Fry mix on the bench next to cut up vegetables with a note on where to find the cut up chicken and then go into my vegie garden with a cup of tea. When hubby comes home he can see that I am happy, the kids are busy and dinner is super easy to make. This helps me out and as they say ‘happy wife, happy life’.ReplyCancel