Sunday, December 2, 2012

Birthdays, Meals and a catch up.

So, here I am back from Conference, and time is whizzing by and it is getting close to Christmas. 

We have had a strange couple of months with both our jobs having some sort of review process. Mine has been going for about 2 years, and the latest they have told us is that our siet with have a continued "voice" presence, which basically means that yes it is likely that it will continue to have a call centre of some shape or form. So that is good. 

Si's has been a lot more uncertain as to if and what shape his job would look like, and that is not yet 100% certain, so I won't say alot. However, as part of the process Si has now started studying as well, good news is that with a qualification (in a couple of years) it will offer more job stability.

This years conference was down in Christchurch and it was great to hear from the Southern Obesity Services team and Kate Berridge from Counties-Manukau DHB. There were some things said that I didn't want to hear, but that is normal for me and I usually go away and process.

Most of the attendees at the 2012 WLS Conference

I had been needing to hear some reality as my weight got up to 132.8 kgs just before conference, and I was "being good" maybe 75% of the time, however my skin specialist is extremely unhappy with me for not following a Gluten Free diet like I am supposed to to help with the Dermatitis Herpetiformis, (I saw him the Thursday after the conference) and he put me back on another steroid to help (for a limited time), so back up to two oral steroids and a topical one.

I decided to get back to program and concentrate on portion sizes, protein and not drinking with my meals, and on the Weight Loss Surgery New Zealand facebook page, I put up my plan, which I was excited about, and then got a reminder from my Bariatric Nurse and good friend that I was still having a heap of carbs....sure they were Gluten Free, but still carbs...such as cereal, corn thins, fruit and some of the more starchy veges. She pointed out that for me, these are fine if I was wanting to maintain, but that these in reality were the things making me hungry. and why I was wanting to snack.

I had a bit of a pity party about it at the time, since it was such a big step from where I had been, but honestly, the next day I went back to my higher protein/low carb (virtually none) and I have been satisifed for hours upon hours. There have been a couple of moments of weakness (more mind than hunger) but I have recognised it and stopped and moved on. 

I thought I would show you the pics I have been taking of my meals,most of which are on portion controlled plates. 

Two Eggs Scrambled

Chop Chop Chicken Salad

Grilled Pork Chop with Zuchinni, mushrooms and Asparagus

2 Egg Omelet with Bacon and & Mushroom

Spicy Chilli with Sour Cream & Cheese (1 1/2 cups)

Bariatric Advantage Orange Creme Protein Shake

Rotisserie chicken salad

Big Breakfast

So, I will be weighing normally on Monday's but since I have posted all of this I may as well use today's weight as my weigh in. I was at 127.7 kgs. That is a drop of 2.2 kgs since Igot back on program. 


  1. Great to see you have taken on board the advice given and as you have does work. All the best for your journey to better health with the bonus of weight loss.
    Enjoy your's cold and wet here so a good day to read LOL :)

  2. One day at a time, and well done on the loss so far :)

  3. That food all looks fantastic and I'm glad you are taking the medical advice that, for once, I agree with!! hehe...

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    1. Removed because it needed serious editing! Well done Janine, starting is the most important step you can make (yes Penny, listen to yourself) ;-)


    1. Thanks so much Chris. I have been busy enjoying life and not getting too focused on just the weight loss, seems to be working for me.

  6. Hello it's me Sylvia. Hope all is well over there. Just got my ticket for Vegas this year, but it will be sad no not have you there. Yes, I've done some weight gain and had a major reality check as well. I'm proud you are back on track and know it can stink at times. lol

    Sending hugs and Love.

  7. opps just read what I wrote. Excuse the spelling/grammer error ha ha ha