About my weight gain, despite having weight loss surgery

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Jenny Craig

A few weeks ago I shared with you how I haven’t been feeling like my normal happy self lately, in a nutshell I’ve been feeling very tired and have put on weight.  I had gastric sleeve surgery in June 2013, I lost 40kg, I felt great, fit and healthy. Sadly I have slowly been putting weight on over the past year.  Let’s be truthful, I’m embarrassed, I chose such a drastic way to lose weight and now I’ve put on about 15kg, I don’t feel energetic and perhaps the weight is contributing to me being so tired lately? You can see it in my eyes below. You know I like to keep it real so I am sharing how I have been feeling and the changes I’m going to be making to look after me.

Why do I think I have put on weight?

There is a variety of different reasons, they could be all or any of the following:

  • I feel I do eat healthy foods, however, I eat the same foods too often.  I eat the same breakfast daily, lunch is usually always the same, either a sandwich or mason jar salad.  I have now learnt that my body needs variety.
  • I don’t eat in between meals, mainly because I am not hungry. Instead, I would have a coffee. My body needs to be refueled.
  • I forget to take my vitamins.
  • 3 months after my surgery I started working with a personal trainer 3 times a week, I was looking after my diet and exercising (boxing, push ups, squats, weights etc).  Early last year I was experiencing back problems and found the exercise painful, so I stopped my PT sessions. However, I did continue to exercise, walk for 50 minutes 2-3 times a week with a friend. We did talk a lot on our walks and perhaps didn’t push ourselves to walk faster. It was a dramatic adjustment, PT sessions with weights and high cardio to easy paced walking. My friend and I both became busy and stopped walking. It’s that busy getting in the way of health.
  • I am impatient.  After having gastric sleeve surgery they tell you to eat slowly.  I don’t. I have found that I am eating more since this time last year. My surgeon did a swallow test on me and can see that my stomach has enlarged since the surgery, hence being able to eat more food.  He couldn’t explain why, I am the first of his patients for this to happen to, he’s unsure if it’s because I am eating too quickly?
  • I have been to the Dr to get a full health check, thankfully there is nothing wrong although my cholesterol is still a little high. She says my fatigue could be connected with my weight and trying to be superwoman striving to accomplish too much.

I also didn’t talk about my weight gain with anybody, weight is such a taboo subject. My personal trainer could see that I was putting on weight, she was trying very hard to talk to me about it, but words could never come out of my mouth, I just nodded when she was talking to me, but deep down I was holding in tears as I was so disappointed.

Changes I have made

My new home resolution was to make my health a priority and find the happy energetic me again.  I can see that happy me blooming through in this family pic taken last month, my girls were bridesmaids for their great aunties wedding and son walked her down the aisle.

I have made some changes:

  • I have been exercising, riding a bike with the kids.
  • I did see my dietician, but was disappointed that there was no follow up from them to hear how my diet was going and especially because I broke down crying in the appointment. This process felt very lonely.
  • I have been eating healthy dinners, however some lunches over the school holidays were not the healthiest and now the kids are back at school I’m back to my same old sandwiches.
  • I am drinking more water and less coffee, I’m down to only 1 cup of coffee a day!
  • I have not put on any weight for the past 2 months, however, I haven’t lost any either.

So despite my best efforts my weight is at a plateau.  I saw my surgeon a few months ago, his solution was to do gastric bypass surgery.  There’s something in me that disagree’s with this being the answer and I was going to continue to push forward with my own healthy eating plan and light exercise.

However, recently I attended a function for Jenny Craig and have to admit, their program is ideal for how I am feeling right now…. lost, not sure what to do and just want somebody to talk to about my weight.

Jenny Craig Program

Jenny Craig is well known for it’s weightloss management program with convenient and nutritious pre-prepared foods. However, many don’t realise it’s so much more than just the food, you also get a one-on-one personal consultation each week.



Each week with your consultant you will create a personalised menu, which give you the flexibility of a range of delicious food products to suit your taste, so you can enjoy the foods you’re eating.  Jenny Craig provides you with 3 meals and a snack each day, along with your own fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items, depending on your kilojoule level.

It’s all about education and moderations, the menus will help you keep track of your food intake and over time will help you understand about portion sizes and eating well-balanced and nutritious meals.

They have a wonderful variety of foods and have just released their new summer menu with 15 new items.  Pictured below is a spinach frittata, pumpkin feta & spinach pizza, beef teriyaki noodles and cheesy popcorn.  Plus they include desserts, sticky date pudding pictured above. Yummo!!!

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When your halfway to your goal weight you work together with your consultant who will show you how to plan some of your own menus using your own foods, which is important for long term success and helping to maintain your weight when not on the program.

Lara, who is one of Jenny Craig’s success stories (and pictured with me in the first photo of this post), lost 20kg in 8 months. She told me initially her loss was all about the food and she only started exercising 1 month before reaching her goal, impressive.

How this will help me: I think I’m eating balanced dinners, but forgetting to balance breakfast and lunch. I’m eating too much of the same food each day, I need variety.


They say a Jenny Consultant is like having your own personal coach. It’s a private 20 minute one-on-one consultation where you can talk about your previous week, celebrate triumphs, talk about challenges you had and get you on the right path to make the following week a success. The consultant is there to motivate and guide you, and you can count on them for the extra support you need while making this lifestyle change, they want to see you succeed.

I met Nancy, who is a Jenny Craig Consultant, she shared with me how the consultants are there to support you through the journey, but mostly these words she said made me a little teary.  Nancy said, “for most clients their busy lives are about their kids, work etc.  This one-on-one consultation may be the only 20 minutes in this persons week that they get to talk about themselves. Consultants are there to listen and not judge.”

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How this will help me:  this sounds ideal, I do want to talk about my weight, have somebody to listen and help me through the process and follow up with me next week on the good and the bad.


It’s wonderful that Jenny Craig can supply me my meals, but I still need to feed my family.  I asked Lara what was her top tip when it came to still having to cook for the family, she said “make them the same dinner you are eating or a simple alternative. Eat when they eat, don’t live separately.”

I’ve looked through the menu selection and thrilled at the choices of meals, dinners for example are what I would normally cook at home, but of course, more nutritious.  Spaghetti and meatballs (pictured below), pizza, pasta, bangers and mash, butter chicken, which will make cooking similar dinners for the family really easy.


Book a consultation with Jenny Craig. You can visit your local Jenny Craig centre, or choose the at home program where you still get the one-on-one support you need via the phone and have your food home delivered.

To make an appointment or enquire call 13 19 92 or visit the Jenny Craig website

What is the common reason you think you put on weight?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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Georgie February 16, 2016 - 5:29 AM

Best wishes for success. Do what works for you and your family! I’m a weight watcher from way back and after years of yoyoing I will most likely never go off the program. Almost at my goal weight – I look forward to hearing about your progress!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:44 AM

Congratulations Georgie for nearly reaching goal, that is an amazing accomplishment!!

Michelle February 16, 2016 - 5:52 AM

I have a 100% plan. Each change to my diet and exercise is 1%. To achieve all over health I keep adding small changes and eventually I will get to 100%. I use this instead of measuring my weight all the time. And I actually have a list of all my 1%’s to remind me. There are so many 1%’s that can apply (my latest is getting up each and every ad break when I watch tv). I reward myself when I’ve adopted another 10% and kept the changes going for at least 2 weeks.

I have found great success in weight-loss by seeing a naturopath that isn’t all about herbs but talks about nutrition as well. And yes, diet is all about variety but I find that the more protein I eat the better I feel.

I have started making smoothies with rice protein powder (rice protein because it eliminates dairy which causes my migraines) and almond milk. I have heaps of different recipes that keep each day different. That is lunch, after I have eaten at least 3 eggs at breakfast. Dinner is then much simpler with a small salad as I’m usually still full from lunch. I have eliminated bread from most of my meals as the wheat drags my energy.

For a snack I then have protein balls which are mostly a combination of nuts and fruit. To make it interesting for the kids I dip them in a good quality chocolate and they think it is a treat. They often don’t snack on rubbish after these as well.

I would also highly recommend a simple visit to your health food shop. My local is a great source of information.

And most importantly, I feel that the places like Jenny Craig, although successful for some, do not encourage a community-oriented healthy lifestyle. You need to surround yourself with a team of friends and together you will keep yourselves accountable to proper exercise and sharing healthy eating tips. I put a call out on Facebook in my local town for a meet and greet with people trying to achieve the same thing.

Good luck. It is an emotional journey but is rewarding.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:43 AM

Thank you so much Michelle for sharing your plan, it’s a great concept for encouraging change in yourself. Yes I frequently visit The Sourcefood Store and Flannery’s for our health food, I make the bliss balls for our family too, they are such a great healthy snack. My friends are a wonderful support, we did walk together last year, but unfortunately, work and busy lifestyles got in the way of being able to do our exercise together. Now I am spending time with the kids outdoors riding bikes, playing badminton, which I am terrible at, so involves me running to pick up the ball often LOL. Thank you for sharing your story, it’s inspiring to listen to how others, you, are creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Trish February 16, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Bliss balls usually are full of dates. Yes it’s a natural sugar, has minimal amounts of nutrients but full of sugar.

Lynda June 28, 2021 - 11:51 PM

Michelle just wondering what type of changes made up your 1% changes please?

Jill February 16, 2016 - 7:01 AM

Being a busy mum for 2 young kids I put me at the bottom of the list for too long. Then 6 months ago I decided to put myself “on the list” it was time to loose the extra weight I have stacked on with IVF and pregnancy. After 6 months at ww I lost 13kg and am now what I was 10 years ago when I got married. Feel great and kids are benefit from a happy and healthier mummy. Haven’t done any exercise yet. ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:31 AM

Wow Jill that’s amazing, congratulations and to learn you just did this through diet!

Rachel February 16, 2016 - 7:03 AM

All the best, Katrina, and thank you for sharing so honestly. My heart went out to you reading your pain about gaining again. I can fully relate. I was always naturally skinny before having my babies, and I think being sick all through both pregnancies messed with my metabolism. Eventually I joined WW and lost 30 kg, and felt amazing. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, I ballooned to bigger than I’d ever been, even on the day before I gave birth to my youngest. After years of struggling against that and getting nowhere, I saw my Dr thinking I might have a thyroid problem. Well, my thyroid was fine, but I was diagnosed with insulin resistance, which explained why I just couldn’t get the weight off this time. My endocrinologist put me on medication, but said the solution is 50% medication and 50% exercise – one will not help without the other. Unfortunately by then I’d also injured my ankle, and I’ve been suffering with that for nearly 4 years now. After having surgery last year on it and feeling much better, I went for a walk for two days in a row a couple of weeks ago and it all fell apart again. Back to the surgeon now – it’s a long road, I desperately want to be able to get healthy as well as get this weight off. Can’t afford pool entry fees or personal trainer, so gotta get this ankle sorted!

Anyway, clearly I’ve made my post all about me after posting to give you support, LOL! I guess we all have that need to share our stories. That’s what I loved about WW, but I believe JC has group meetings too?

Keep us updated honey, you’re an inspiring lady and any triumphs and struggles you share are only going to help others. You can do it! xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:29 AM

No Rachel, thank you for sharing your story, I think it’s important for other who are struggling to lose weight to read stories like yours to realise there can be an underlying problem, such as yours. I can only imagine the troubles you are facing with your ankle and was about to suggest if you can swim, but understandable that’s all extra expenses. Yes Jenny Craig has one on one consultations, sometimes I found at WW the crowd was quiet, scared to share in front of so many others, so I am looking forward to sharing triumphs and challenges with my consultant, no judgement 🙂 I got this, will keep you updated for sure 🙂

Rachel February 16, 2016 - 10:42 AM

I did mean to say that I think it’s a shame that your dietician has not followed up with you – they really need to have a higher level of compassion and interest than that. No wonder after that you find JC appealung with your own consultant!

Pat February 19, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Rachel, have a look around to find a pool that doesn’t charge the earth or ask your friends if you can borrow their pool for some hydrotherapy.
When my husband was looking at the local pools they either had so many days that were women only or they charged too much entry fee, even for pensioners. Now he has found one in another council area that charges very little and is open every day.
So it pays to keep looking for a pool to use.
Good luck with the ankle.

Rachel February 19, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Thanks Pat – yes, I’ve shopped around my area; sadly, none affordable for me in my local area – not for the regularity I’d need for it to do any good. Working full time means I can’t go too far afield. But thank you for your suggestion!

Jill February 16, 2016 - 7:15 AM

Best of luck Kat. Your right it’s a mind game too.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Thank you Jill 🙂

michelle February 16, 2016 - 8:25 AM

I wish you the best of luck with your new plan. Talking about it is so hard, if my hubby broaches the subject I shut down or cry. I really applaud you talking about it here, I think being able to look at it objectively will be half the battle. Especially considering how emotions can affect what and how we eat. I was doing pretty well getting the weight off before kids with WW, but now I’m a mess. I think it’s all about finding the approach that resonates with you and giving it your best shot.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 10:09 AM

I can’t talk about weight with my hubby either Michelle, he is a very supportive and encouraging husband but I just can’t talk to him about how I feel about my weight. Right now I feel like I need to talk to somebody. It’s funny though I haven’t spoken about my weight gain amongst my wider group of friends, however today I am receiving some very lovely emails and facebook messages of support, sharing their stories and being joined to groups they are in on facebook to help each other with accountability. I didn’t know there was such a group, so I am very grateful for finally talking about it and friend and this beautiful community for their support.

Amanda Palmer February 16, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Hi Kat,
Good on you firstly! I know how hard it is to move into a mindset of putting yourself first when your a mum vs mum guilt for not giving every part of yourself to your kids!
I lost 13kgs after my second borns birth using 12wbt (Michelle Bridges) it’s great coz it’s teaching yourself new habits it focuses on mindset educating exercise & eating.
I know this is a sponsored post but if you ever feel like a change you should definitely check it out!
Lots of love & luck on your journey

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Yes a friend just messaged me too and told me she is in the midst of the 12wbt and is loving it. I did try to start this a few years ago, I was starting the pre-challenge tasks the week that my mum died. I didn’t go back to this program purely for emotional reasons. Thank you Amanda for your kind words, it is all about mindset and I feel like I am in a really good place right now 🙂

Michelle February 16, 2016 - 8:56 AM

What worked for me is to limit my sodium to 1500mg a day and continue to this day. If you are taking blood pressure medicine you should be anyway. I did it using an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal. My family could add salt at the table if they wanted it. By keeping track of the sodium it worked and I have kept off 60 lbs for the last 5 years. I called it a lifestyle change not a diet. Saying diet made me feel like I could never eat some of the foods I enjoyed and felt like a punishment.

I don’t feel denied anything and do not deny myself foods. Like pizza or cake, etc. I have it once in awhile and limit the number of pieces. Don’t eat the same thing day in and day out or you won’t keep it off. It isn’t realistic to never have a certain food you like. On holidays I eat a little more sodium but I don’t go overboard. Also, I keep eating out to a minimum and watch very carefully the amount of sodium when I do.

I also walk on a treadmill about 5 days a week for 3 miles. It is all about what you eat in the kitchen where the weight loss starts.

I see friends try all of those diets and progam’s and they do lose the weight but it all comes back because they don’t make what I call a lifestyle change.

I wish you much success on whatever you choose to do.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Absolutely Michelle, it’s all about lifestyle change and I think I just became too busy last year and didn’t take a moment to stop and look what was really happening, I am looking after me now 😉

Sue February 16, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Hi Katrina, I wish you well on your weight loss journey. It’s so different for each and every one of us. What works with one fails another. I love your family photo you all look so happy and personally I think you look wonderful and healthy. My question for you to think about is. Do you need to lose weight because it’s a health issue or is it because you ‘think’ you need to lose weight because society puts that pressure on? What’s normal after all? Being healthy and bigger is okay, you don’t need to be a bean to be healthy. Some of the skinniest people I know have diabetes or high cholesterol, so it’s not their weight that’s the problem. Anyway, I love reading your blog, you keep me motivated and you keep it real. Many thanks Sue

Sue February 16, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Hi Katrina, I wish you well on your weight loss journey. It’s so different for each and every one of us. What works with one fails another. I love your family photo you all look so happy and personally I think you look wonderful and healthy. My question for you to think about is. Do you need to lose weight because it’s a health issue or is it because you ‘think’ you need to lose weight because society puts that pressure on? What’s normal after all? Being healthy and bigger is okay, you don’t need to be a bean to be healthy. Some of the skinniest people I know have diabetes or high cholesterol, so it’s not their weight that’s the problem. Anyway, I love reading your blog, you keep me motivated and you keep it real. Many thanks Sue

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Hi Sue, yes this was a very happy day and I did feel great. Why I want to lose the weight is for my health, I am feeling ridiculously tired lately, I have had tests, everything came back OK, except for a few vitamin levels and cholestrol, my GP does recommend I lose weight as this can be related to the fatigue. I do hold a lot of weight around the lower part of my stomach, after having the twins I couldn’t lose it, I had a lot of fluid around my stomach while pregnant and it never went away, to be completely honest I don’t like it, very self-conscious about it and would feel better if it was smaller.

Melanie February 16, 2016 - 9:33 AM

Thank you for sharing Kat, you have shown us fantastic courage and you will get where you want to be. I understand how very difficult weight loss can be. It’s easy to see you are a wonderful mother and wife and you help people that you have never met every single day… Thank you for helping me be the best Mum I can be. Your e-mails and approach to ‘the every day’ have changed my life and got me out of a messy and disorganised rut that was really getting me down. I have three children, my oldest has just started prep/school this year and I feel like I am in control again. Thank you from my whole family! 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Thank you Melanie, I really appreciate reading this, just read a not so nice comment on facebook and yours is really lovely, thank you. It is the everyday that I want to share with you all, from the mundane cleaning tasks, to the fun organising challenges to the real stories, it’s so easy to hide behind cameras, I am getting out and sharing because that is what I am about, what my blog is about. So pleased that my blog has been able to help you get back in control x

Margaret February 16, 2016 - 9:43 AM

It is a mindset you have to have it tuned in to really make weight loss work..I lost 15kgs in 2011/2012 but then put on 10kgs. I have worked hard in the past year to take off those 10kgs which I have. I originally did it with Weight Watcher’s.

With changes to their Meetings I was not happy last year with their service as I lost very little and had no support. I had talked to my Dr and Weigh Watcher’s was what he recommended as I had had the previous success. I went back to him and we have worked out a programme and I weigh in each week at the Surgery. This keeps me accountable and the girls put the weight on my file so he can keep an eye on what is happening. I have 5 kgs to lose (to keep him happy) and over Dec/Jan I accomplished what we agreed which was to maintain over Christmas and a months holiday. It is now time to get my butt back into gear and lose the last 5kgs. I hope this works for you and that your mojo returns. It is NOT EASY but you need to do it for you and persevere……good luck I look forward to hear how you go….

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 9:53 AM

that’s great that your Dr is helping to work with you to lose your weight Margaret, accountability I think is key, to have somebody each week to share ups and downs. I did try WW years and years ago, and I went a few meetings in a row, with weight gain and nobody came up and talked to me about it, some can get lost amongst a group. I know I did. Congratulations for your hard work, love it!

brook February 16, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Good luck getting it off againn, such a hard journey. After losing 22kg in 12 weeks on Michele bridges 12wbt in 2012,I gained it all back by this year after having my 3rd baby. I’m currently in week 3 of Michelles 12wbt again and down 7kg already!!! You can do it 🙂 will be great to have the support with a consultant.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Wow that is an awesome achievement in 12 weeks Brook, thank you for your support xx

Jessica February 16, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I appreciate your honesty and as a fellow GS patient I can relate to your feelings, sadness and frustration, but, and I appreciate this may open me up to some criticism here, I did not expect that this post would end up as an endorsement for a sponsorship from Jenny Craig, I really didn’t, I know you feel stressed and pressure to lose the weight you’ve gained and this combined with a need to make income from your blog is worrying, but in my humble opinion, as an ex customer of Jenny Craig (2 years) I would stay right away from this program because you’re body has been surgically modified and it does not behave in the same way that someone without the surgery would, the program is way too carb heavy for you, the food is heavily processed any many of their meal choices will simply ‘slide’ which you know if not great for you as when you eat ‘slider’ foods, you overeat. I’m not sure if it is the same for you, but for me this is what I did prior to surgery, I looked for the next weight loss solution in a pretty box with a tonne of promises, in reality you know, for a gastric sleeve patient, it’s eating less carbohydrates, eating more protein, vegetables, dairy and oils and moving more. I’m not trying to criticize you, because I’ve been there, I’m more saying – don’t cave, you know what you need to do, you knew from your doctor before the op, you even wrote it all down above, you can do this, find a new dietician that works for you and a psychologist that can help you through the plateaus you knew would happen, stay strong, PM me if you need to talk. A GS patient trying to lose weight is completely different to the average consumer x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 12:01 PM

No critisism from me at all Jessica, thank you for your honesty. I have spoken with JC, they know all about my GS surgery and have assured me they can help me through the process. I am yet to start the program, I will give it a trial and see how I go, it is worth trying. But you are right, their meals may not be right for me, I don’t eat pasta, but I thought I could the protein they provide. I just want to start creating some variety within my diet.

Jessica Brown February 16, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Hi Kat, my pleasure. I understand you would like to start creating some variety, and I know what it’s like to be stuck in a rut, I found that after a while on the program their options were not as varied as I thought, I found most of the foods to be soft, especially the cooked veg, and I just wanted a decent cut of meet, some crunchy vegetable and some flavor. If you want to PM me, I can share some e-books that I’ve been using that change things up, still allow me to feed my same kids as well as give me the nutrition I need. I want you to succeed, please don’t be scared to reach out. BTW, we were sleeved about 4 months apart : )

Tracy February 16, 2016 - 11:10 AM

After giving birth to our first baby almost a year ago I lost 13kg within the first 6 weeks. Over the next 4 months I put 5 back on. I guess it was just not being concerned about what I ate and not exercising. I decided to change my life. I have 3 goals – increase flexibility, increase strength, and increase fitness (run down the street and not feel like I’m going to die). If there is any weight loss it would be a bonus.
So since September I have been doing the Blogilates fit calendar and eating clean during the week. Saturdays I get to eat whatever I want (within reason) and Sunday is healthy but not necessarily clean.
Since September I have lost the 5kg I put on plus an additional 8kg. Still have a long way to go (I put on 22kg during the pregnancy and was overweight to begin with) but now that weight loss is not the primary goal I’m enjoying it a lot more than I have in previous attempts. And I know this is a lifestyle I can continue for the rest of my life. I think that’s the key 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2016 - 12:07 PM

I like that idea Tracy of just being able to run down the street comfortably. I have been bike riding with the kids, we started slowly and every ride we do we go a little extra further, it’s so much fun! Congratulations on your weight loss!

Judy February 16, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Your symptoms sound very much like you may have a thyroid problem. Tiredness and weight gain and lack of appetite are very common with Hashimotos. After seeing a naturopath, I cut out gluten and dairy, which not only helped me feel better, but I lost about 30 kgs over 18 months. I also started fasting 2 days a week and virtually ate what I liked the rest of the time. The weight fell off and stayed off. Cutting out bread is a great way to drop the weight too. Good luck.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:11 AM

Congratulations Judy, that is an amazing achievement 30kg in 18months!!

Leah February 16, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Best wishes for your journey Kat.

I’ve found great success with my health physically and most important mentally, by cutting out grains, dairy and sugar.

Just lean protein and tons of vegies is the basics. No fancy/expensive program is required, just go back to basics.

Your salad in a jar has been a game changer for me as I had no imagination for eating this way at first. Half your battle will be from the bread & pasta! I even now do fruit salad & breakfasts in a jar, as eating this way requires lots of prep.

Try to schedule in a moderate/gentle yoga class once a week too. I disliked yoga greatly at first, but it has grown on me as I do feel fantastic after it. It will all come together once you look after the inner you. And as the saying goes…it won’t happen overnight….

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Hi leah, I’ve cut out one teaspoon of sugar from my coffee, it’s a start 🙂 I have been doing breakfast in a jar too, I haven’t blogged it yet, but this is one of my downfalls, I love it and happily have it everyday. I don’t each much pasta or rice, if I serve this up with family, I leave it on my plate. But bread could be my setback at the moment, I should try and eliminate it from my diet. I should try yoga, I am sure it is a good stress reliever.

Cathy February 16, 2016 - 1:28 PM

Weigh first thing in the morning…ONLY ONCE A WEEK. NEVER allow yourself gain over 5 pounds!!!

Don’t drink till 30 minutes past your meal.

EAT SLOW!!!! Lay your fork down between each bite and chew each bite 20 chews. You’ll be surprised how fast you feel full!!

You don’t need Jenny Craig. The power is in you!! I’ve been down from 220 to 110 since 2011

Fell free to email me privately, if you need support. You should be proud of yourself!! This is just a bump in the road…you will be successful in your journey..

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:15 AM

That’s right Cathy, it’s just a bump and I am determined to get over it. I eat too quickly I know that, I struggle to slow down. and yes, I don’t have anything to drink before or after I eat, when I accidentally do I feel it.

Simone Dorrington February 16, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Dear Kat, I think losing weight is one of the hardest things to do when you have a big family. After school activities and children’s general lives get busier the older they get. Convenience then becomes needed and I don’t know why but convenient food is fattening. We all need some advice on healthy convenient food. I wish you well on your journey and look forward to the new recipes that you find.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:16 AM

Yes healthy convenient food would be great, I’ll look into it!!

Amy February 16, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Hi Katrina, I really enjoy your blog and have just recently signed up for your emails! Food is one of my favourite obsessions so I had to comment. Different things work for different people. If there is one thing you can do to make yourself happy, calm, and have more energy it is to do with what you eat and drink. I am a mum of 2 under 5yr olds and work 4 days a week. I’ve realised recently that in order for me not to go slightly insane/extremely grumpy and shouty with my kids and husband, I have to put me first and prioritise my health and well being- that then makes me a better mum and wife! I am taking time to eat heathy wholesome food and doing some walks and my yoga. Rather than focus on weight-loss I have been doing swap outs and little steps, little changes here and there. Swapped bread for rice crackers. After a while swapped cows milk for rice milk. Swapped cheddar cheese for goats feta and stopped having yoghurt. 6 months ago I was still getting grumpy so I took a real look at refined sugar and now prefer to eat fruit and things like bliss balls. Little by little step by step I have shifted to a much more plant based diet and I have heaps of energy now! The oh she glows cook book and blog has been quite an inspiration for me- I want to glow too! Rome wasn’t built in a day just do it step by step and focus on eating to be happy and healthy and what u can add to your plate that is healthy rather than what you can’t have . Good luck and keep sharing your journey x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Thank you so much Amy for sharing your story, I love your concept of not dieting, but rather making simple changes, this is actually really inspiring, thank you. I’m off to have a look at the oh glows blog!

Amy February 16, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Hi Katrina, I really enjoy your blog and have just recently signed up for your emails! Food is one of my favourite obsessions so I had to comment. Different things work for different people. If there is one thing you can do to make yourself happy, calm, and have more energy it is to do with what you eat and drink. I am a mum of 2 under 5yr olds and work 4 days a week. I’ve realised recently that in order for me not to go slightly insane/extremely grumpy and shouty with my kids and husband, I have to put me first and prioritise my health and well being- that then makes me a better mum and wife! I am taking time to eat heathy wholesome food and doing some walks and my yoga. Rather than focus on weight-loss I have been doing swap outs and little steps, little changes here and there. Swapped bread for rice crackers. After a while swapped cows milk for rice milk. Swapped cheddar cheese for goats feta and stopped having yoghurt. 6 months ago I was still getting grumpy so I took a real look at refined sugar and now prefer to eat fruit and things like bliss balls. Little by little step by step I have shifted to a much more plant based diet and I have heaps of energy now! The oh she glows cook book and blog has been quite an inspiration for me- I want to glow too! Rome wasn’t built in a day just do it step by step and focus on eating to be happy and healthy and what u can add to your plate that is healthy rather than what you can’t have . Good luck and keep sharing your journey x

Lyn February 16, 2016 - 6:54 PM

Kat you have inspired others and as I read all the positive comments i am sure you will agree this community is here to support and inspire you. I needed to make changes myself for health reasons and have found a personal trainer who is great. What ever path you take to lose weight and become healthy will be the right choice. . . PT or Jenny Craig it doesn’t matter as you have taken the first step. Good on you and thank you again for inspiring me

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Thank you Lyn, this community is amazing and I am so humbled and motivated to make positive change… I have thousands of people for accountability!!

Carolyn February 16, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Hi Katrina,
Lots of lovely advice from people that care. You give so much of yourself and your life to us, it’s nice to see your kindness being returned. Good luck with this adventure, be kind to yourself!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:22 AM

Thank you Carolyn, so humbled by this support, it’s truly so lovely xx

Elizabeth February 16, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Good luck Kat! I’ve recently started 12WBT, largely to improve my nutrition, and have found that within a week, I felt so much better! Once you start eating well to fuel your body, not to comfort it, you’ll feel you have so much more energy. Learning what to eat and how much to eat is the key. Weight gain and loss is never about the size of your stomach, it’s always about your head! Can’t operate on that! You have to learn a new way of looking at and thinking about food. Look forward to following your journey 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Absolutely Elizabeth, I look forward to this journey and starting to feel a little more energetic 🙂

Frida February 16, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Hi Kat,

Sorry to break it to you, diets don’t work. And weight loss surgery doesn’t work. Which is exactly why you’re writing this post.

I’m not going to wish you well on this “weight loss journey”, because my real wish is that you realise you’re perfect just as you are.

I’m sad you’ve been paid to go on this diet. And I’m sad at all the comments here discussing diets and what not.

I fear for the girls we are raising- they’re never going to feel good enough. Look how we all talk about ourselves? We don’t need fixing.

Please, please get out of the diet trap once and for all.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Frida, I’m not being paid at all to go on the diet, the post was to create awareness about the program and when I attended the session in Melbourne a few weeks ago to taste and hear about the new range of meals, it was then that I heard stories about the consultants and thought this is what I need. It has been my choice to join the program 🙂 I am looking forward to looking at food differently and talking to a consultant weekly about what is and isn’t working.

Angela February 19, 2016 - 12:34 PM

JC is more a method of learning to eat better, eat the proportion size that you should be eating than a ‘diet’ yes you eat less than you would if you just wanted to maintain but its not as restrictive as you may think, 3 planned meals a day and 3 planned snacks a day.
Most people who are overweight don’t feel good about themselves. I wonder if you have had the experience of going clothes shopping only to walk out with nothing as nothing fits or if it does, looks like a pregnancy dress/heshin bag making you feel even bigger than you are, let me tell you from experience its awful! and nothing depresses you more. Yes some love the body they are in no matter what size they are and good for them but if you don’t then you need to fix it for your own sanity than anyone elses. Supporting those that want to loose weight is whats needed not telling them they are fine because obviously they are not.

Sarah February 16, 2016 - 8:01 PM

You’ve got this ?? a really good friend of mine is going through a similar situation to you. She has slowly regained 25kg after a gastric sleeve and she feels embarrassed and helpless. These things happen and you need to get back up and try again. Best of luck xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:08 AM

Hi Sarah, it’s hard please share my story with your friend, she can email me if that helps, swap stories about why we think we’ve put on weight and what we can do to get back on track. I honestly didn’t realise there was so many other sleevers that put on weight too.

Em February 17, 2016 - 12:24 AM

Keeping weight off can be so hard, and plateauing is the worst thing cos you just don’t feel motivated if nothing is moving! The food from Jenny Craig actually sounds quite nice! It might be the motivation you need if the food prep is done for you. You look GORG btw! Good luck with the surgery xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Your right the plateau is hard, but I need to see the postive that I am at least not putting on weight 🙂

Eboni February 17, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Hello Katrina, My children are all grown up and have moved out to their own homes now – so I am dealing with empty nest syndrome and menopause! Some may say why do I follow The Organised Housewife for? You are an amazing person and everyday I learn something new from your daily newsletter! I simply love your daily inspiration (and even my husband reads it too!) You have been in my life for a few years now and have helped me so much. So back to my weight issue – being menopausal I have gained weight and had to deal with it. Losing weight is never easy and each of us needs to learn to first accept it, then find a way to fix it. I congratulate you for being so honestly open and discussing this matter with your public – see how amazing you are! Jenny Craig is an exceptional program and I am very certain that you will achieve the goals you have set. It is great that you have found a way to still eat with your family. Also I think your family picture (at the wedding) is absolutely stunning – what a fantastic keepsake – your family is gorgeous. You look so beautiful, proud and happy. Finally Kat, thank you very much for the wonderful information you provide, you do such a good job – keep the ideas coming. Stay positive and be happy, good luck with Jenny Craig – it will work. Blessings, from Eboni xxx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:04 AM

Ooh Eboni, I am a little bit speechless, thankyou. Thank you so very much for this wonderful message, to read this first thing in the morning is all the motivation I need to make today amazing. I truly love writing my blog and sharing my story, ups, downs and everything in between, I think it’s necessary to share the bad not just always the good. I am feeling great and really looking forward to making positive changes to my health. Your right though, first we need to accept ourselves for who we are first. Much love to you xx

Lyn February 17, 2016 - 4:29 PM

You can do it Kat, you have achieved a lot since I have joined this site, so you go girl ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 8:01 AM

thank you Lyn x

Karen February 18, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Hi Kat
Reading your weight journey I feel your pain at the return of unwanted kilos and tiredness.

I spent the last two years working with a PT with the family and group sessions for myself but when the group disbanded I hit a wall.

I had plateaued and felt too worn out to try working with another group so I rebelled in my eating and have gained half the weight I lost in 1/4 of the time.

Bread is my enemy (and my greatest love) when it comes to keeping on top of things. I notice I get very lethargic after eating bread or white carbs for that matter.

My daughter has got me out walking again, but like you, its not the high intensity workout my body was used to.

But I have to try, I have to move, and you will too, maybe not as hard and fast but you will keep moving forward because its in your nature not to give in/give up….

I know this from previous posts you have written, during very hard emotional times and WE, TOH readers are really proud of you and what you have already accomplished…

Much love and appreciation…

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me February 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM

It’s tough isn’t it – I have no doubts you will achieve your goals Kat, you are so determined! I’m finding it hard to tell my mind not to eat the food even though I know I shouldn’t. I have started taking the kids to school/kindy and getting some exercise that way, but the temptation to eat is STRONG! You can do it xx

Sophia February 18, 2016 - 7:17 PM

Hi Katrina, I’ve also struggled with my weight and with 3 boys – 1, 4 & 6, feel there is never enough time for me & exist in coffee & sugar to beat the exhaustion. You have helped me so much with your gorgeous organisation posts & colours & lights. It’s not fair that we struggle with weight which robs us of our energy. So I wanted to let you know about a really good group, started in the UK, there’s a Facebook group called Fat Club – eat less and move more. It’s linked to Katie Hopkins TV programmes which are mindblowing and is the most supportive group for weight ever. It doesn’t matter what system of weight loss you prefer, everyone is welcome and we all help each other. I’d join that & no posts are seen by your friends& family so people have the courage to tell the truth & show themselves, not the mask we all wear to protect us. Good luck & you are fantastic x

Angela February 19, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Hi Katrina,

Good luck with your JC journey. I’ve not long ago finished mine taking right on 12 months and loosing a whooping 38kg couldn’t be happier. Food was great, Consultant was great. Your right, having someone to talk to every week does help you be accountable. It is a mind game and you need to be in the right state of mind to make your goal happen. I’ve now been on maintenance for just over 5 months and have kept at my goal weight give or take 500g.
Again Good Luck and keep in mind why you started when it all starts feeling a bit tough.

Pat February 19, 2016 - 2:40 PM

JC is good, but you have to be honest with yourself and the consultant.
My husband did it many years ago and I went with him a few times and once I even sat in with him and the consultant. I was disgusted at his responses to the consultant. He was not honest with himself or her as to why he didn’t stick to the plan or overate. So I never went with him again after we had had words about his bending the truth to allow himself to overeat.
You appear to be being honest with yourself and that is GREAT.
That is the most important thing, I think whenever you are trying for weight lose (or weight gain if you are underweight). Both can hard to do.
I, too, am trying to lose weight and I have just been put on some pills that have the unhappy side affect of making you gain weight!
So now I am on two lots of pills that like to make one gain weight.
I have decided to restrict my bread intake as much as possible. I have one piece of bread instead of two or three with my tuna and salad lunches.
Today, every time I reached for a snack out of time, I had a glass of water. That’s a lot of trips to the bathroom. Hopefully it will slow down once my body is accustomed to the new drug.
It is funny how we cannot talk to our husband’s about excess weight. Mine is looking at having the surgery you had. I have told him, I am against it. And warned him that I will tell him “I told you so” when he gains weight after the surgery. He needs to modify what he eats. The next two weeks that he is on meal replacement to shrink his liver will allow me to eat more healthily as the meal choices will be mine alone. I will drag out the Simply Too Good To Be True cookbooks to cook up a storm for me. I love the Fried Rice and Chicken Drumsticks in one of the books.

Kristen March 1, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Hi Katrina! I am into week 6 on the Jenny Craig program. I have lost 5.6 kilos so far. If you stick to it the weight will drop off. Good luck!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2016 - 7:18 AM

Congratulations Kristen that is a great achievement. I am weighing in first time today, and do feel really good.

Donna June 3, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Katrina, I can totally identify with your weight loss frustrations. I had vertical sleeve in 2011 and lost 180 lbs. In 2013, at my lowest weight of 225, the Dr told me I probably would not lose more until I had my knees fixed so I could walk and exercise. I procrastinated on surgery until 2015 and gained 20 lbs. Had the surgery on 1 knee last year and now have gained another 15 lbs. Still need the other knee done. So frustrating to get on the scale and see another lb added. Dr says he can do bypass but like you I don’t want to. I feel your frustration!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:27 AM

Exactly the same Donna, it’s frustrating and I am really disheartened by it. I thankfully haven’t put on any weight in the past few months, but I want to lose weight and I don’t seem to be doing that either. How are you knees feeling now?

Donna June 13, 2016 - 7:30 AM

My left (surgery) knee is wonderful. Do not want to have other knee done until I can at least lose that 15 lbs I gained. Since I had the one knee done the other one isn’t quite as bad. Guess it only has to do its regular share now. Still working on trying to lose but seem to be stuck. I am going back on my bariatric shakes 2 times a day to try and get the weight back down. As you know, once you reach the 2 yr mark it is back to the dieting for real. AL Roger on the today show had the surgery and he went back on shakes to keep from gaining. Still better than weighing what I did before surgery, just don’t want to go back there.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2016 - 9:04 AM

Let me know how you go on the shakes Donna, I’d be interested to learn more of the benefits for this

Nancy Kessler July 14, 2016 - 2:05 AM

Hello Lovely! Truth about oneself is the first step to recovery. I am getting ready to have sleeve surgery on July 25 of this year. I have trepidation about the whole thing-mainly about re-gaining weight post op. I relieved myself a bit by speaking to my surgeon about it because I’ve read so many blogs about this subject. The truth for me or maybe just period is that if you eat more than you burn you gain. Period. He said that I could eat 800 calories of candy per day as my only food and I would lose weight. He wasn’t recommending this:) I felt better by this because I realized that weight gain, at the bottom line, is in my control. I started to freak because bloggers claim they are sticking to the diet etc. and gaining weight. a pound or two, up r down is possible, but if you keep to the prescribed diet you will lose weight. The same follows for gaining weight. It’s a simple mathematical fact. However, Food and fat are so tricky and what they hide for me can be painful. I just feel better knowing I won’t gain my weight back due to some unknowable cause, that I can accept things and move on. Geez I just re-read this. Please, please, please know that these comments are my truths. It just felt cool to be able to tell you because you mentioned your truth. You don’t realize how many of us you help in doing so. By being truthful, you make it safe for the rest of us to follow suit. So thank you and much love to you on your journey…:) Nancy K.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 14, 2016 - 8:37 AM

I actually really enjoyed reading this thank you Nancy, and your right it makes complete sense. Wishing you all the best for your surgery x

Jacqui November 1, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Hi Nancy,
I have been reading through all the comments and yours is sooo lovely and sooo true. I am a week away from my surgery and you have helped me with any trepidation I was feeling. I had the lapland surgery in 2009 and lost a lot of weight (70kg) but put 50kg back after complications with the band and it needing to be removed. I need to take what I have learnt from the band and what you have said and go into the surgery with a positive outlook. How are you going post-op? I would love to hear about your progress! Kind regards Jacqui

Sara September 24, 2016 - 4:09 AM

Hi! thank you for sharing your story and for being completely honest. I just finished reading your post on the hair loss resulting from your surgery. I’m going thru the motions to get the sleeve done also. But when I asked my doctor about how much hair I would loose he count really give me an answer. I know its different for everyone but the doctor makes it seem like its no big deal because it will grow back. So my question is did you notice that your hair grew back to normal? If so, how long did it take?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 24, 2016 - 6:50 AM

Hi Sara, my hair went really thin and bald in spots, it has grown back, now 3 and a half years later it’s now the best it has ever been, and just below my shoulders, but it’s not the same, it’s thin, but chatting with friends they don’t notice it’s just me. In the scheme of things, yes it does grow back gradually, and everybody is different, I don’t know any one that has had the sleeve and the same hairloss issue as I did. Best of luck with your surgery.

Nancy Kessler October 8, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Hello, good for you and your decision to move forward with your sleeve surgery. I haven’t lost any hair yet, but I’m only two and a half months post surgery. I’ve been told it happens, if it is going to happen, around three months post surgery. I also think if you keep your protein consumption up you will lose less hair. I’m trying to get 65 grams a day which is hard sometimes so I resort to protein shakes. Good luck to you. Nancy K.

Jacqui November 1, 2016 - 10:29 AM

Hi Katrina,
I am so grateful to have found your blog, you are so inspiring to me. I admire you for telling us your story so honestly. I understand that must be hard. I am due to have the gastric sleeve surgery next Tuesday (only 20 optifast to go… pre-surgery!!!). In February 2009 I had lapland surgery and managed to lose 70kg, which made me extremely fertile (oops) and had 2 little girls, but after having them I have had a lot of complications and had the band removed in May of this year. I have put on 50kg of the weight I had lost, 30kg of it since the band was removed. I have been very careful with what I eat since the band removal, but my body is rapidly storing everything I eat. My doctor says your body does this when it is under stress, you must be very busy and this could be why your body is storing weight or plateauing. I felt like I had no choice but to have the sleeve done because I don’t want to go back to my previous weight. I have been reading a lot about after the surgery and how to maintain consistent weight loss. It has been so good to hear about many different stories, do you know of any forums where maybe we could all talk about our weight issues? I think it helps to talk about it with others that understand. I also don’t feel like I can talk openly about it to my partner.
Kindest regards

Katrina November 8, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Have you considered a primal or paleo ‘diet’? (It’s more of a lifestyle than diet). High intake of vegetables, good quality fats (coconut oil, butter, lard) good quality protein and fruit. It seems scary from the start as there’s a list of foods to avoid (grains, legumes and if paleo, dairy) but there are reasons why to avoid those foods (highly inflammatory etc… so it’s not avoiding them just for the sake of testing willpower…) and it is completely doable for families and could be the answer you’re looking for.
Best of all, all the information you need on it is available freely on the Internet. Maybe have a look into it?

GRACE July 14, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Thank you for sharing – good luck on the recovery. I am considering WLS as I tried a band and that was just ok for a year and then so many issues, that has come out and I am enjoying being able to eat an apple without it getting stuck and eggs on toast. In my research for the this surgery it seems low low carbs high protein is the winning formula, and I worry about my sweet tooth (that I have had all of my 55 years) I love to cook desserts/pastries/cakes so am tasting the entire time as well. I was pleased to hear you say your taste buds have changed. Am I wrong to hope that in the 8 weeks post op this could be a time for me to detox from sugary foods and eliminate them from my diet. I am wanting to lose 45 kgs but been told that ex band patients do not lose as quickly as non Banded patients so can only hope. GOOD LUCK. Will be lovely to get an update from you when you can about how you are getting on now that it is mid 2017.

Margaret November 20, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Hi 🙂
I’ve just stumbled across this blog post. I had gastric sleeve surgery nearly two years ago and my weight loss has been stalled for the last year. I’ve booked an appointment with Jenny Craig, but I was wondering how your experience went? Did you have any issues with the food given your new smaller stomach?

Thanks so much!


Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 21, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Hi Margaret, i actually tried Jenny Craig last year after having a sleeve and stopped after several weeks as I couldn’t eat a full portion of their meals as well as the required extra vegetables. Now I have had my second sleeve it still feels just the same as the first, being restricted in my food quantities. The only difference from now prior to my first surgery is I can’t eat alot of rice and pasta.

Jodie November 30, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Hi Katrina, my girlfriend suggested I read your story and to see how similar our journeys were. I have had the sleeve surgery 12mths ago and although I continue to lose weight it is very slow. I am wondering if there has been a mistake and because this was such a huge and scary decision to do in the first place I am embarrassed that the success others have had did not happen for me. I have lost over 30kg in 13 months and considering I have so much to lose this minimal. Did you have surgery again and if so did they charge the full price again. I am really upset that this was not the kick start I needed to regain my health and also that I have spent so much of our family money on my selfish endeavour. Appreciate any feedback you could give. Kind Regards Jodie.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 5, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Hi Jodie, I have sent you a reply by email xx


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