6 months, 33kg less and feeling like a new me… well, sort of

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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 last 5kg has taken 2 months to lose, it has been slow, but I am OK with that, I feel it’s better for me.  I did not do the surgery for a quick fix or with the expectation of fast results.   I have developed a regular exercise routine and am eating very healthy. Thankfully the bald patches in my hair are growing back, but as a result my hair is now very very thin, I will keep it short until it becomes healthy again.

However, over the past 2 months I have had my moments of feeling quite low, despite the lovely compliments that I have received and feeling healthier, I still felt like I was my original size, I felt frumpy and couldn’t see the physical difference in myself.  Eventually I worked it out, I was still wearing my size 22 tops (I’m now an 18-16), the tops still fitted across my shoulders so I wore them, telling myself I was saving money not buying new clothes.  No wonder I wasn’t feeling different, wearing these oversized baggy tops had to stop.

I shared this photo (no make up, a-la-natural for me at the gym) on social media, very proudly sharing my 30 kilos loss milestone.  I received a lovely message from a lady that has been following my page and journey saying that she had some clients that would love to celebrate with me and offer me some clothes for a wardrobe along with a style session on how to dress with my new body, a pair of shoes to match and a day at a spa.  How could I say no, it sounded like heaven, exactly what I needed to lift my spirits.


With the style session and a few new clothes in mind I decided I had to make the bold decision and get rid of all my ‘too big clothes’.  So I donated some to our local animal welfare league donation shop and I have a heap sitting here to donate to a Assist A Sista Australia, helping a sista in need. No more frumpy!

Styling Session at Sorbet

I HATE SHOPPING!  Not sure why, if it’s because I have been big for so long and it was hard to find something to fit, but I find it quite depressing.  I do have a dear friend of mine that takes me shopping and grabs things off the rack for me to try on, normally items that I wouldn’t pick out myself and I have come home with some great outfits. But shopping alone it’s just not me.  So to have this style session was great.  Tracey the Sorbet Stylist sat me down and explained how I should create a foundation wardrobe.  Starting with a few basics, legging/pant and a singlet top, because I still have a low tummy (from the pregnancy with my twins, still working on losing that) I needed a long singlet top so if I was wearing a shorter top on top I was still covering my tummy (genius, such a simple idea but I had never thought of it I stayed clear of shorter style tops).

Next we discussed colours and I told her how my wardrobe had always consisted of black and I wanted to throw in a bit of colour.  Wow, we certainly did that, I am absolutely in LOVE with the chevron top shown at the end of this post (and it’s currently on sale, $30!!).

I loved the clothes Sorbet had, was a wide variety of styles and colour.  There was an older lady in the change room opposite me and were were trying on the same clothes, they have styles for all ages!!

I think I enjoyed this style session too much, Tracey just left me in the change room and brought the clothes to me to try on, now this is how I like to shop, somebody telling me what to put on!!  I may just expect this now at every shop I go to….. LOL.

Sorbet Styling Session 1

I love the green, I have green eyes so it’s one of my preferred colours and the pants are super comfy

Sorbet Styling Session 3

This outfit below is a great example of a foundation wardrobe.  One dress 2 different styles, wearing a base of white pants, white slip and white handbag cardigan, was a lovely soft tone for day wear

Sorbet Styling Session 4

But then changing all the base elements to black then gave this same dress a beautiful evening look.  Gorgeous white bracelet from feathered.


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A girl always needs new shoes with a new outfit.  Tracey Mathers Shoes has a great variety of shoes for all feet widths, colours and styles, sandals, wedges, flats and more. I normally like a simple sandal or a thong (flip flops) I was talked into trying something a little different, still from the sandal family but a bit more going on at the back of the shoe.

Tracey Mathers 1

Tracey Mathers 2

visit tracey mathers here

Day Spa Session

Now this was the Icing on the Cake.  Coincidentally this Day Spa was organised for the last day of school.  I couldn’t think of a better day than a 4 hour pampering session before having the kids home for 6 weeks!!  I love having my kids home, I have been looking forward to it for weeks, but while the kids are home it’s usually action packed with running them around, cooking for them, cleaning up and it can become quite straining.  We mums need to look after ourselves and every now and then spoil ourselves as it’s rightly deserved.  I know I am always a better mum for it…  to get out child free and have some me time. I remember when the kids were younger I was desperately craving some alone time, the kids were driving me batty, but then after a few hours out I was really looking forward to getting back home and spending time with them.  See…. some time-out sometimes is all you need to relax.

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty was so beautiful and a relaxed atmosphere, the perfect place to indulge and tune out for a few hours. Their services range from massage, facials, beauty treatments, manicures, pedicures, makeup sessions, hair and so much more.  I love the vast range they have to offer, you can spoil yourself with a haircut and a massage in the one visit!!

I was greeted by friendly smiles and offers of beverages… then the session started.  I started the day with a massage, followed by a facial (I can’t remember the last time I had a facial).  My skin felt so soft and smooth afterwards.

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 1

They treated me to a delicious cup of coffee

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 2

A lesson in makeup, I don’t wear a lot of make up so I learnt quite a bit, particularly what colour tones are best for me.  I loved how my eyes popped.

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 3

Lastly we ended the day with a lush treatment in my hair, a glorious head massage, cut and style.  I was considering getting them to cut me in a fringe and the lovely Ally was so honest with me that my hair was just too thin and it wouldn’t look too good, phew so glad she told me that before!  She was right, as you can see in the pic below, my hair is still so thin on the sides.

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 4

And the end result…. one very happy and relax mumma!!!

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 5

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 6

Aesthetica Hair and Beauty 7

visit aesthetica here

I am so grateful to each of the companies above, the new clothes has lifted my spirits and the pamper day was truly needed a I have been quite stressed lately and needed a few hours to tune out… thank you.

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Yvette December 18, 2013 - 1:53 PM

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

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:07 AM

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 x

Eleise Hale December 18, 2013 - 1:55 PM

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

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:06 AM

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.

Michelle December 18, 2013 - 1:56 PM

Well done!! You just look amazing!!!

Dorothy December 18, 2013 - 2:05 PM

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

Richo December 18, 2013 - 2:08 PM

WOW you look fantastic and what amazing people to help you realise it 🙂

Natski December 18, 2013 - 2:09 PM

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 x

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 5:03 PM

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.

NIcole December 18, 2013 - 2:17 PM

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

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Naw, thank you Nicole, I am pleased that I can share my story x

TheMorleyReport December 18, 2013 - 2:21 PM

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! xxx

Katrina December 27, 2013 - 10:52 AM

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 x

Louisa | Mrs Notable December 18, 2013 - 2:57 PM

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 xx

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:08 AM

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 xx

Archie! December 18, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Well Done! Thank you for inspiring us all! 🙂

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 5:02 PM

thank you Archie!

Tracey Mathers December 18, 2013 - 3:50 PM

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 Mathers

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 5:01 PM

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!!

Trish December 18, 2013 - 4:04 PM

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

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 5:00 PM

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.

LoveThePost December 18, 2013 - 4:28 PM

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

Katrina December 30, 2013 - 5:24 PM

Thank you x

Karrine Beasley December 18, 2013 - 5:25 PM

The chevron top is awesome, suits you so well and you look amazing! Congratulations on the weight loss that is a huge achievement! 🙂 xx

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:04 AM

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

lj6 December 18, 2013 - 6:30 PM

The penultimate photo is awesome 🙂 you look so happy.

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:07 AM

thank you it was fun taking the photo’s!

Beej_75 December 18, 2013 - 7:38 PM

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

Katrina December 19, 2013 - 4:59 PM

LOL that is so funny Beej_75… who can we talk to about this!!!

Shari December 18, 2013 - 8:07 PM

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

Katrina December 27, 2013 - 10:59 AM

Thank you Shari, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Chevron top!

Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim December 19, 2013 - 5:40 AM

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

Katrina December 27, 2013 - 10:53 AM

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!!

Jeanie December 19, 2013 - 9:01 AM

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

Katrina December 22, 2013 - 7:05 AM

I felt very spoilt on this day, was a lovely pamper!

Fashionista December 19, 2013 - 1:18 PM

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.

Tracy Lou December 31, 2013 - 8:56 AM

Your hair is amazing. You look so happy!

Tracee Forster February 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM

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! xx

Katrina February 18, 2014 - 9:09 AM

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

Zara February 17, 2014 - 11:14 PM

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

Vicki Garatoudi February 23, 2014 - 12:07 PM

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

Katrina February 24, 2014 - 3:03 PM

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

Mandy March 7, 2014 - 7:46 AM

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! Mandy

Judy Cox April 3, 2014 - 9:29 PM

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.

Kat - The Organised Housewife April 16, 2014 - 9:07 AM

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 LOL

Leanne Rowe August 17, 2014 - 10:11 AM

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

Bonnie October 21, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Awesome weight loss story . Im about 6 months hair thinning and in a frump lol but i think i will take your advice and go pamper myself snd shop . Thank you for sharing.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 22, 2018 - 10:07 AM

definitely treat yourself ? its a big thing to go through and you need to take some time out to relax and be able to cope properly 🙂


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