Health, Wellness

Gastric sleeve – Why I am here.

So, I’ve decided that I’m getting a gastric sleeve and I’m booked in for 29th September 2017. I’m going to use this blog to chronicle the ups and downs of the next 18 months of my life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I’m not telling many people in my personal life about the surgery because many think it is the easy way out and I don’t know if I can handle that kind of judgement just yet. 

The whole reason I’m here is because of this photo:

This was me in September 2015. I was maid of honour at my best friends wedding (*Zara) and I was so uncomfortable the entire day, anxious that people were staring at me and judging me for my size. However, I didn’t realise just how fat I had gotten until I saw these photos a couple of days later. It would take me another 6 months, a few days after my birthday (26th February 2016) before I stopped beating my self up enough to consider trying to lose weight again. 

This was then reinforced when one of my other friends, let’s call her *Lucy, decided to abuse the living daylights out of me because I deleted her on Facebook [1]. I was called fat and pathetic and she even told me to go kill myself (yes, really.)

Here is the start of the conversation:



So yeah, that’s how I got here. Not pretty, but these stories never are I guess. 

Lastly, Welcome to my blog, I hope you find it interesting.

Nic. 

~NB~

* Changed names to avoid being sued.

[1]  she was basically stalking my friend *Anna and asked to adopt Anna’s newborn who hadn’t even been home for 12hours and Lucy let slip that she had been stalking Anna since she first announced her pregnancy. When that failed Lucy asked if Anna and her partner could create another baby and give it to her after it was born. Anna said no, and that’s when she contacted me to tell me that she was extremely uncomfortable and was worried for the safety of her family.

Fitness

A procrastinators guide to finding motivation

DISCLAIMER- I am not a professional, please talk to your GP and Personal Trainer before starting any type or new diet or exercise

Motivation – a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.

                      – The desire to do things.

My name is Nicole, and I’m a procrastinator. 

If there is some way of doing something with minimal effort at the lastest possible time, I will find a way to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t affect me at work, just in my personal life. It is also a particularly nasty habit to break. Over the last few months I’ve realised that for every excuse you come up with, you have to find more than one way to destroy it. 

Everytime I think of a negative, everytime I pick out a well worn excuse, I read these questions to myself: 

Terrified of working out in public/ Can’t afford a gym member ship? 

Put aside $10-25 per week and hit up Target, amart sports, k-mart and Big W they have an awesome range of exercise equipment for under $30 each, then search for related workouts on YouTube.

It’s it too wet/cold/hot to go for a walk? 

Buy a $20 aerobic step (Target Aust. Max weight limit 250kg) 
Is it too cold/wet/hot to go for a bike ride
Buy an exercise bike (you can pick them up at a reasonable price second hand, all you need is patience) 

Don’t have enough time? 

  • 10 minutes of aerobics (YouTube) – 6:30am 
  • 2-5 x 15 squats 10am (morning tea) 
  • 10 minutes kettle bell workout (YouTube) – 12noon (lunchtime) 
  • 10 minutes Dumbbells workout (YouTube) – 5:30pm ( do this while you are making dinner) 

Congratulations you completed 30-40 minutes of exercise today. Now do this 5-6 times a week

Now I know this could get very boring very quickly, that’s why libraries are so valuable. Any good library would stock Women’s Fitness magazines, they have a really great selection of workouts every month, and all you have to do is photocopy the pages and keep them stashed in a display folder, ready for when you want to shake things up! 

Destroying my bad habits is a slow process and it is by no means easy, it will be a lifelong fight, but it will be one that is worth it in the end.

Like I said in the disclaimer, I’m still starting out so if anyone has any good ideas for finding motivation, or a new workout routine, I would love to hear it, feel free to comment below.

Gastric sleeve budget

Financing a Gastric Sleeve on a budget

So being the anxious person that I am I like to set out my finances as early as possible. This is just a rough draft at the moment because I don’t know if I will qualify for the NILS. If I don’t qualify, I may be able to borrow the $1200 from a family member and pay them back immediately when I get my money back on my accomodation (covered by PHI) and then in fortnightly repayments for the rest. Also, I may not need to pay for meds and I can wait until the pre-op shakes go on sale so I might save some money there. This list is not set in stone just yet.

Things I have to take into account:

  • Pre op diet – $250
  • Travel – $100
  • Accomodation – $750 approx.
  • Co-payment for hospital stay- $800
  • In hospital and take home medication $50
  • Surgeon – $500
  • Anesthetist – $500

Total – $2950

My income: 

  • NILS- Max $1200
  • Centrelink advance- $500
  • Personal savings- 1300
  • Already saved- $172

Total – $3172

Left over rainy day money – $272 approx