How I have lost over 20kg in 3 months

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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 worried about judgement and people not properly understanding why.  But I want to share my story to motivate anybody who is struggling with their weight to make a decision to do something about it.  There is more to this story than just one blog post, I will continue to share more if you want me to.

Back in April I visited my doctor to see if she could help me find a solution to why I was constantly feeling tired and also to get my cholesterol level checked again.  My doctor was very blunt with me, she was concerned about my high cholesterol and poor energy, all factors of being so overweight.   She told me that if I was to continue as I have that I would be dead before my grandchildren were here. Talk about a smack of reality.

  • I was not exercising because I kept giving the excuse I was too busy.
  • I thought I was eating OK (looking back, no I wasn’t).
  • I was out of breath when walking very short distances.
  • I was a bad snorer and my husband was scared one night, he thought I stopped breathing.
  • I was drinking 2-3 cans of coke a day and sometimes no water
  • I was rejected for life insurance because I was severely obese
  • I was not looking after myself and putting other things before my health

Yep, the doctor was right, if I did not improve my health I would miss out on many valuable years of my life.

She knew my history, she knows that I have tried many diets (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Tony Ferguson, the list goes on), that over the years I have exercised with personal trainers. For I don’t know what reason no diets or exercise seemed to shift my weight.  Perhaps I just didn’t put in enough effort, perhaps I wasn’t motivated enough. But she told me how it is and said I don’t think there is any other option for you but to have weight loss surgery.  I walked out of her office and cried.  I called a friend and we cried together, she knew how much my weight was setting me back and talked me out of my hysteria.  I was so embarrassed that I had let myself become so overweight that this was suggested.  You see as an overweight person, I never felt how other people saw me, despite being a size 22 I felt like I was a size 18, I was in denial.

This was me in June 2013 at a Dettol Mission for Health video shoot

It took me a few weeks to actually make sense of what she recommended, weight loss surgery, is this really the only option for me?  I researched other options, googled, researched the surgery, read testimonials… and then made an appointment with the surgeon.  From all that I read I was excited, excited to make a healthy choice to live a longer life. It wasn’t an easy decision, I was constantly thinking in two minds.  I had been overweight for over 10 years, what was I going to do differently?

On 4th June 2013 I had Gastric Sleeve surgery.  Basically Gastric Sleeve surgery is having 3/4 of my stomach removed, therefore restricting the amount of food I eat.  As an obese person my stomach was much bigger than the average healthy person, that is why it’s so hard to lose weight, because our stomaches have stretched we feel like we have to eat more before we feel full.  If I continue to eat healthy and exercise it is realistic that I will lose over 45kg with the help of the surgery.

I took 4 weeks to recover from the surgery, the first 2 weeks were extremely emotional.  I had days were I was depressed and regretted my decision.  It was around the same time Angelina Jolie decided to remove her breasts to prevent cancer. I used her analogy to help me through my time, I removed 3/4 of my stomach to prevent my body giving away from me earlier than it should.  Ultimately what got me through it was my kids.  I was doing this all for my own health, but mostly to be here with them as long as I can to spend with them.

It has been just over 3 months since the surgery and I have lost 24kg.  I have no regrets and am so pleased with my decision.  I am exercising 3 days a week (working my way up to 5), 2 of which are with a personal trainer to help me exercise properly to help reduce the amount of skin I will have left over when I lose all my weight.  I am no longer tired, I have a more positive attitude and am enjoying eating healthy.  For the little food that I can now eat, I want to fuel it with nothing but the best.

To date I have lost 24 kig

Why share the story now?

Originally I didn’t want to share my story because I was embarrassed I allowed it to get so out of control, I was afraid of judgement and people not understanding why I took such drastic measures. I imagined people saying, ‘just stop eating so much and exercise’ and it being seen as the cheats way out.  But I tell you now, this is no cheats way out. I was in such an emotional state I couldn’t bare the thought of negativity.

I only told my husband, a few friends (last night I shared this story with my kids and other members of my family).  I wanted to share my journey with you, why I decided to do it and the process, because as a blogger naturally sharing is what I do, but I couldn’t because I hadn’t even told the people most closest to me. So I hope you can understand.

But why tell you now?  I had a friend contact me recently asking, ‘Kat you are looking amazing, what are you eating, I am trying my absolute hardest and can’t see a change on the scales, what is it you are doing?’  I called her straight away and told her my story without hesitation.  She in so many words told me I should share my story because people out there are reading and watching me lose my weight, yes I am now eating healthy and exercising, plus there is another reason why it is coming off so easily, the surgery.

There is still so much to share about my story and how now 3 months in how Gastric Sleeve Surgery has affected my life, I will share it if you are interested.

But I truly hope that sharing my story can help anybody struggling with their weight.  Either considering weight loss surgery or to do something about your health before it gets to the point that surgery is the only option.

 

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222 comments

Natasha September 12, 2013 - 7:38 AM

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

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Amanda September 12, 2013 - 7:50 AM

Congratulations!
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!!

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Urooj Ashfaq January 7, 2015 - 5:11 AM

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

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Kate September 12, 2013 - 7:52 AM

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 beach

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Ann B September 12, 2013 - 7:54 AM

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!

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Kylie Look September 12, 2013 - 7:55 AM

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!

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Kathie September 12, 2013 - 7:56 AM

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!!!

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K-Lee September 12, 2013 - 7:57 AM

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.

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Teresa September 12, 2013 - 8:02 AM

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.

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Bianca August 21, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Hi Teresa, I have just read your comment and I know how you were feeling at that time. I am also very obese and have to lose 75kg. I am very interested in if you have been successful in your weight loss journey?

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Louisa | Mrs Notable September 12, 2013 - 8:02 AM

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 #PBEVENT

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Maioha September 12, 2013 - 8:02 AM

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

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Natalie Popple September 12, 2013 - 8:07 AM

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. Thanks

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Laura McClure September 12, 2013 - 8:10 AM

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

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Teresa September 12, 2013 - 11:38 AM

Good luck….

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denise September 12, 2013 - 8:11 AM

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

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Angela Daris September 12, 2013 - 8:14 AM

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

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Danielle September 12, 2013 - 8:15 AM

You look amazing!! Keep up the good work 🙂 x

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Michelle McGurk September 12, 2013 - 8:20 AM

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 🙂

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Jo Matheson September 12, 2013 - 8:24 AM

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.

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Lisa September 12, 2013 - 8:24 AM

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.

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Tanya September 12, 2013 - 8:24 AM

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.

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 8:34 AM

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 x

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Anna November 14, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Hi can you pls give me some information about where you had this done, you look great 🙂
Anna

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Jax September 12, 2013 - 8:25 AM

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!

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Kylie September 12, 2013 - 8:28 AM

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.

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Sarah September 12, 2013 - 8:28 AM

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 xoxo

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 8:31 AM

Thank you Sarah, I am so glad I can share my story.

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Karen Moore September 12, 2013 - 8:30 AM

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!!

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Gary's September 12, 2013 - 8:39 AM

So you cheated, hope u eat healthy now & exercise

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Brenda September 12, 2013 - 9:12 AM

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!

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 x

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Ren Shen September 12, 2013 - 10:22 AM

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.

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Julie February 10, 2015 - 8:56 PM

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.

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jessie.batterham September 12, 2013 - 8:47 AM

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. 🙂

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Krystal Ferguson September 12, 2013 - 8:59 AM

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

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Anita September 12, 2013 - 9:03 AM

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!!

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Maree Crosbie September 12, 2013 - 9:14 AM

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.

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Thank you Maree x

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Trish September 12, 2013 - 9:24 AM

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.

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kryz September 12, 2013 - 9:43 AM

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.

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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!!

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Chelsey September 12, 2013 - 9:43 AM

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. 🙂

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Carmelina September 12, 2013 - 9:47 AM

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!!

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Parental Parody September 12, 2013 - 9:50 AM

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.

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Noni September 12, 2013 - 9:53 AM

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.

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Paula Rutter September 12, 2013 - 10:03 AM

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, Paula

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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

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MissMandy September 12, 2013 - 10:18 AM

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.

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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!!

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Ren Shen September 12, 2013 - 10:20 AM

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.

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Julia K September 12, 2013 - 10:20 AM

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 !

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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

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Amy September 12, 2013 - 10:27 AM

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. x

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 x

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Jess Doyle September 12, 2013 - 10:29 AM

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 🙂

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 it

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Melinda Carr May 31, 2015 - 11:21 PM

What can you eat now
Do you catch colds easier are u afraid of getting sick and slower recovery because you can’t get the good stuff from food
I’m wanting to do the surgery but am so scared I’m as single mum with a under 6 yr old and if I get sick post op what happened if I meet sum one and have another baby how do I feed that baby the nutrients gosh I sound like a negative nancy but I need to know everything 3/4 of stomach is a lot
I just want to dot my i’s and cross my t’s I have only put my weight on after my ex partner walked out when lil one was 2 months old I lost a lil weight from stress then got into a terrible head space if I became unattractive to men then I would never feel feel this pain n heartbreak again. In 2010 I found out my lil boy who just turned 1 had a massive stroke before birth as milestones were not being meet n physical signs were showing he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy hemiplegia of left side then in 2012 diagnosed with Epilepsy absent seizures, then lost 3 family members in 2012 one being my rock my best friend my beautifu nan who was my everything apart from my son She lived with us and it hit me very hard and then my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2012 another hard knock but she has just gone 3 years clear so far xx so it’s been a very emotional 5 years the birth of my beautiful child was to be the happiest time of my life he brings so much joy but now he’s getting older I need to be fitter healthier and mentally stronger. I need to be here for him as his dad is not envolved in his life at all which is sad for him as he is missing out on the most beautiful lil boy xx so I’m needing help and advise from those who are struggling just like me. I already train 3 times a week

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Silvana September 12, 2013 - 10:43 AM

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 🙂

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 11:11 AM

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 xx

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Shy September 12, 2013 - 10:44 AM

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.

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Lorraine R September 12, 2013 - 10:47 AM

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.

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Racheal September 12, 2013 - 10:53 AM

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 xxx

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Wendy September 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM

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.

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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

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Trish September 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM

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

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 x

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 x

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Teresa September 12, 2013 - 11:32 AM

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…..my 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….

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Ali September 12, 2013 - 11:52 AM

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!! xxx

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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 x

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Andrew's wife September 12, 2013 - 12:08 PM

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

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 1:37 PM

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

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Amanda September 12, 2013 - 12:14 PM

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.
xx

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Bronte September 12, 2013 - 12:24 PM

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

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Thank you Bronte x

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[email protected] New Age Mum September 12, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Congratulations for taking the step. You are very brave. 🙂

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Candice September 12, 2013 - 12:54 PM

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! 🙂

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Clare September 12, 2013 - 12:55 PM

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.

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Bec September 12, 2013 - 1:02 PM

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.

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AMS September 12, 2013 - 1:08 PM

You look amazing, well done. Thanks for sharing.

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kirbstar September 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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….

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TRU08 September 12, 2013 - 2:02 PM

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 x

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:23 AM

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. x

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KK September 12, 2013 - 2:11 PM

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, K

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Linda September 12, 2013 - 2:24 PM

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 Linda

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TC September 12, 2013 - 2:36 PM

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 share

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Alethea September 12, 2013 - 2:40 PM

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!

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:21 AM

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 x

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julie September 12, 2013 - 2:44 PM

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.

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Kate September 12, 2013 - 3:09 PM

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! http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/print/796

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Rachel September 12, 2013 - 3:24 PM

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 🙂

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MM September 12, 2013 - 3:39 PM

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!

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HappyLapinette . September 12, 2013 - 4:27 PM

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 xx

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Robomum September 12, 2013 - 4:34 PM

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

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Katrina September 12, 2013 - 4:41 PM

thank you

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Michelle September 12, 2013 - 4:41 PM

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 🙂

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:20 AM

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.

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Amy September 12, 2013 - 4:50 PM

Good on you Katrina. Thank-you for sharing your story 🙂

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:18 AM

Thank you Amy x

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kimberley September 12, 2013 - 5:15 PM

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

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Jadey September 12, 2013 - 5:18 PM

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

Keep up the great work.

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Prerna @Social Media Direct September 12, 2013 - 5:25 PM

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!!

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kat September 12, 2013 - 5:30 PM

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.

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niX September 12, 2013 - 6:12 PM

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 🙂

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:18 AM

Thank you, I hope to write more about it very soon.

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Donna September 12, 2013 - 6:38 PM

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

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Fiona Brown September 12, 2013 - 6:59 PM

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

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:17 AM

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

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Klak September 12, 2013 - 7:38 PM

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

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karen h September 12, 2013 - 7:44 PM

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

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Lisa September 12, 2013 - 7:44 PM

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.

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Katrina Chambers September 12, 2013 - 7:46 PM

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

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Louise September 12, 2013 - 7:51 PM

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 xxx

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Sharlene September 12, 2013 - 8:01 PM

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

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Libby September 12, 2013 - 8:03 PM

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 X

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Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:17 AM

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.

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Nikki September 12, 2013 - 8:05 PM

Oh GOOD ON YOU! That’s all. 🙂

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Marsha September 12, 2013 - 8:22 PM

Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

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marrisa September 12, 2013 - 8:27 PM

Well done and keep up the great work!!

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[email protected] September 12, 2013 - 8:37 PM

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. xox

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Toni Swales September 12, 2013 - 8:49 PM

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..

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Hayley September 12, 2013 - 8:52 PM

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.

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Barb September 12, 2013 - 8:54 PM

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.

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Seva September 12, 2013 - 8:55 PM

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 Masterclass

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Kim September 12, 2013 - 9:05 PM

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.

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Katrina September 22, 2013 - 8:38 AM

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

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Jo September 12, 2013 - 9:14 PM

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!

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Brooke September 12, 2013 - 9:31 PM

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!

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Katrina September 22, 2013 - 8:37 AM

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 🙂

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emily September 12, 2013 - 10:07 PM

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

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Dawn Richter September 12, 2013 - 11:28 PM

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. 🙂

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Rachel September 13, 2013 - 6:49 AM

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?
Rachel

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Dawn Richter September 14, 2013 - 2:57 AM

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.

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Rachel September 15, 2013 - 8:52 PM

Thanks 🙂

Christine McKechnie September 12, 2013 - 10:08 PM

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. <3

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Katrina September 22, 2013 - 8:36 AM

Thank you Christine x

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Sharlene September 12, 2013 - 10:38 PM

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. 🙂

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Liz September 12, 2013 - 11:06 PM

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.

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Dawn Richter September 12, 2013 - 11:28 PM

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

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Melissa Groom September 13, 2013 - 1:04 AM

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!

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kytravelrn September 13, 2013 - 6:20 AM

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].

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:26 AM

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!!

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Samantha Ashmore September 13, 2013 - 6:33 AM

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.xx

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:24 AM

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.

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[email protected] September 13, 2013 - 6:51 AM

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!

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tracy September 13, 2013 - 7:12 AM

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.

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:23 AM

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 xx

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Melina September 13, 2013 - 7:59 AM

Congratulations and well done Kat!!!

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Rachael September 13, 2013 - 9:58 AM

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

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:21 AM

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

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Cathy Player September 13, 2013 - 10:12 AM

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!

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:19 AM

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 come

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Sara September 13, 2013 - 10:16 AM

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!!

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Jess September 13, 2013 - 10:24 AM

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! xxxx

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:18 AM

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.

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Ren September 13, 2013 - 10:37 AM

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.

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:16 AM

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.

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Cas September 13, 2013 - 10:40 AM

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

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Nicole Ohm September 13, 2013 - 11:01 AM

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!

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Jeanie September 13, 2013 - 11:05 AM

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

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Liz P September 13, 2013 - 11:10 AM

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!

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Leanne September 13, 2013 - 11:26 AM

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…

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Tan September 13, 2013 - 12:11 PM

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.

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:14 AM

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

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sami veloso September 13, 2013 - 12:24 PM

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

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:13 AM

Thank you Sami, it’s already made such a wonderful difference x

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Tammy James September 13, 2013 - 12:41 PM

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. xx

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Carly Joyce September 13, 2013 - 1:25 PM

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 xxx

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KC September 13, 2013 - 4:06 PM

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!

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Susan Austin September 13, 2013 - 5:35 PM

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
FROST BITE

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:12 AM

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!!

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Deb h September 13, 2013 - 8:25 PM

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

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nattynoo September 14, 2013 - 12:33 AM

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!!

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Ptquilter September 15, 2013 - 6:48 AM

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 SISTER

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BeyondTheMap.net September 15, 2013 - 10:33 AM

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.

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Amanda Le September 16, 2013 - 8:13 AM

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.

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Cathy September 16, 2013 - 12:23 PM

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 🙂

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Quigley Quigley September 16, 2013 - 12:32 PM

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! xxquigley

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Binnabobo September 16, 2013 - 9:07 PM

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

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Karen September 17, 2013 - 7:50 AM

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 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Colleen September 17, 2013 - 1:03 PM

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!

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Beck Pryde September 17, 2013 - 1:37 PM

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. 🙂

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Katrina September 17, 2013 - 4:33 PM

I’m feeling so good Beck, can’t wait to share the story with you

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Fiona September 20, 2013 - 10:17 AM

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

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Naomi :) September 20, 2013 - 2:26 PM

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!

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Katrina September 21, 2013 - 8:59 AM

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!

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Abby September 30, 2013 - 3:41 PM

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! 🙂

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Kim Henderson October 1, 2013 - 2:15 PM

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.

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Alison Devenish October 5, 2013 - 9:46 PM

Would love to more of your journey Kat!

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Karin Mary October 12, 2013 - 9:27 AM

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.

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Karen October 27, 2013 - 1:04 PM

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.

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MelB November 13, 2013 - 12:23 PM

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 xx

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JULI December 18, 2013 - 5:04 PM

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

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Katrina December 27, 2013 - 10:56 AM

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 x

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Becs Shopandsell December 31, 2013 - 8:22 PM

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, thanks

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karen February 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM

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 more

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Katrina February 18, 2014 - 8:58 AM

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. Goodluck

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EdenEve February 17, 2014 - 8:57 PM

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

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Meg August 13, 2017 - 7:01 PM

It is not cheap but you can borrow from your Super fund for these surgeries if they are considered life saving, it is worth thinking about and discussing with your GP.

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Sam February 17, 2014 - 10:02 PM

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 http://www.samanthautupo.isagenix.com or feel free to ask away with questions.. Good luck on the rest of your journey!!

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MummaM February 18, 2014 - 11:33 AM

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.

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Katrina February 21, 2014 - 2:14 PM

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.

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Vicki Garatoudi February 23, 2014 - 11:57 AM

VicStar

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Vicki Garatoudi February 23, 2014 - 11:59 AM

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 x

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Katrina February 24, 2014 - 3:04 PM

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

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Michelle February 26, 2014 - 12:52 PM

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!x

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Katrina February 26, 2014 - 1:17 PM

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.

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Kim Pietrini June 17, 2014 - 10:51 AM

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.

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Iffat Zafar Aga June 22, 2014 - 7:21 PM

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.

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Lauryn September 3, 2014 - 11:49 AM

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.

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LavenderMe February 11, 2015 - 3:47 AM

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.

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Bec March 2, 2015 - 6:21 AM

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 xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2015 - 8:49 AM

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 x

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Tania June 9, 2015 - 11:33 PM

You look fabulous Kat. Your journey is yours to make, you choose what’s best for you and your situation. Well done and don’t let anyone judge you. To everyone with similar problems talk to your GP that’s what they’re there for. I’m having good results with a couple of great apps MyNetDiary and Pacer. I need major abdominal surgery, wait list puts it end of 2016, losing 20-30k will make a big difference to my recovery. The wait time is giving me the chance to lose weight safely over a period of time. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it’s a great app for tracking foods over the day.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 11, 2015 - 8:35 AM

Awe thank you Tania! I hope your surgery goes well and keep up the great work woth your weight loss. It is always a working process but one i am achieving. I will have to have a look at the apps you mentioned.:)

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Helen July 20, 2015 - 3:03 AM

Carol, you sound like a troll!! Katrina is doing a fabulous job in her weight loss journey!

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Diane Kirch October 20, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Hi Kat, I just stumbled onto your gastric sleeve weight loss testimony and also read all the replies you received. I’m having a GS on 14 Dec with Dr Candice Silverman at John Flynn. Today I booked in to see the Psychologist & GS Dietician in Nov. As a child I was made to eat ‘everything’ on my plate or it was served up each meal until eaten so as an adult no matter how big or small a serving is, the plate HAS to be clean, the packet empty, all the drink (whatever it is)must be finished. This is my biggest concern – MY HEAD (and now perhaps the hair on my head after reading about that problem), ha ha! I’m excited but also scared but thankful for your honesty & sharing your journey.

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Robyn Roberts January 8, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Kat, you are truly an inspiration. My husband had the same surgery in Sept 2014 and has lost around 50kg. I am determined now to lose weight and improve my health so that I can enjoy life again as I have many of the same health problems you mentioned.. I am sick of making excuses not to exercise. You should be incredibly proud of what you have achieved.

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Meg August 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

I counsel people to think about surgery. If you hit 50 and you’re still slowly going up in weight and coming to me for help, why would we not talk about surgical options. Gastric sleeve is a good option and is not very popular in Australia although I think it might get a look in with so many people with lap bands living a miserable existence. The gastric sleeve is different to a lap band and studies have shown that the gastric sleeve operation can help the remodelling of the appetite regulation part of the brain so that you are not left with a small stomach but a big appetite. Lap band is not the same and it leaves you with a temporary small stomach (while the lap band is filled and in place) but for some reason, does not change the appetite regulation so that many people “push through the discomfort” and eat past the point of feeling full, often vomit, have reflux and now we are wondering if the lap bands are increasing the risk of gastric cancer. I am now more in favour of gastric sleeve. It is also the operation that has been adopted in the UK to save lives in the morbidly obese patients, it makes a life long difference. If there is any cheating in any of this it is cheating people out of their chance to live a healthy life by not offering this option. In Australia you can borrow from your Super Fund in advance to pay for this surgery because it is considered life saving. You can borrow from your surgery for medical treatment that is life saving because who needs super when they’re dead! I love that you wrote about your experience, thank you very much, Dr Meg.

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Meg August 13, 2017 - 6:59 PM

That should say “borrow from your super” not “borrow from your surgery” just my mind in over drive! Dr Meg.

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R.Smith September 13, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Everyone finds easy steps to lose weight for a wedding as soon as possible. But due to today’s busy life, nobody can take out time to lose weight for a wedding. Thereby, weight is increasing, so what do you do?

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