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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyFri 16 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

Hi Cashback, well done. I will await to read of your progress with much interest. Six days to gi and I am pretty excited about it.

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Hi Rick,

Welcome. Nice to see at least one other guy joining this month. I thought I was the only one!

I was sleeved last Saturday morning and 4 days on I am feeling pretty good.

I hope yours is a positive experience and look forward to hearing how it goes.

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyFri 16 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

Thanks Bella. I am certainly doing this for my health. I am hoping to get rid of diabetes, hypertension etc with the conclusion of the sleeve. Plus, we must not forget the fact that guys die on average 7 years earlier than women. There are 6 major reasons why this is so but one the bigger ones is that guys carry excess weight around their vital organs, unlike women who tend to get it on hips etc. I want to be around to see my grand children (none as yet) and have so many life goals still to fulfil. And I cannot wait to be able to buy clothes that dont have xxx in front of them!

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It really is great to hear that the guys are doing this op as well.......People have perceptions that its something only a woman would do............why they would think that I have no idea.......Guys just want to be healthy and make the most of their lives like we do....WELL DONE.......Like everyone has already said yes please join our March Sleevers.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyWed 14 Mar 2012, 8:30 pm

It really is great to hear that the guys are doing this op as well.......People have perceptions that its something only a woman would do............why they would think that I have no idea.......Guys just want to be healthy and make the most of their lives like we do....WELL DONE.......Like everyone has already said yes please join our March Sleevers.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyWed 14 Mar 2012, 7:46 pm

hey Cashback, pleased you are well and out the other side... we would all love to hear about your op so please pop in and fill us all in. that would make for 3 blokes on the march thread.... Cashback, Sammy and ozrick
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyWed 14 Mar 2012, 4:26 pm

Hi Rick,

Welcome. Nice to see at least one other guy joining this month. I thought I was the only one!

I was sleeved last Saturday morning and 4 days on I am feeling pretty good.

I hope yours is a positive experience and look forward to hearing how it goes.

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyWed 14 Mar 2012, 12:10 am

Ba ha haaa... love the paste for wall paper, I hadn thought of that ... the number one way to make it more palatable is to bin it and buy a maccas shake but some how I dont think our docs will go for it.

Not sure but I think there might be one in the pre op thread.

Yes please come into the March thread we have a couple of other fellas in there that have just had the op and it will be good for you to keep track with everyone in your own month
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PostSubject: 101 ways to use Opti   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 11:52 pm

Welcome to this Forum OzRick - please join us on our March sleever's thread http://www.gastricsleevesupport.com/t8598-march-sleevers-2012

Trisha - you need to write a new thread on 101 ways to make Opti palatable. (I was going to say, to 'use Opti', but thought you might start with using it as a paste to hold up wall paper).
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 11:32 pm

Oh and the headaches are all part of the detox of caffein and carbs.. drinking extra water helps flush the toxins from your systme.

As Kate said dont skip your opti you need the vitamins to optimise your healing and recovery after the op...so keep drinking them.

A friend of mine froze hers in those kids ice block makers and ate them at lunch and dinner like a paddle pop (a bit crunchier) I havent tried that so cant comment....she also added gelatine and made a jelly type thing out of them....me I shoot the bastards down... why extend the misery
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 11:29 pm

put coffee in your choc and vanilla shakes to make mocha and vienna style iced coffees. You can heat them but only to blood warm or they curdle.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

yep i had headaches too - withdrawals -

and yes as someone says - ur mouth feels like bad breath after opti - so i chew extra gum to give my breath a fresh feel..

i cant tolerate real coffee nwo - it really doesnt sit well - not a bad thing i suppose.

Let me know how u find the coffee one (remember around 250-300ml) just keep adding water till u find the consistency you like.

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 10:51 pm

The coffee shake sounds like a great idea. The hardest thing about the pre-op preparation has been giving up coffee. I LOVE coffee but cannot drink black coffee and seeing milk is off he agenda I have been having none at all. I have had lots of headaches which I suspect is the caffeine withdrawal. Thanks so much for the help, I really appreciate it!
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 10:35 pm

i loved the coffee shake and still do - i guess it makes me feel like i am having my morning coffee.

it does take me a good hour to drink it but i do get most down now.

its about 250ml but yeh if its too thick just add ice or more water.

yep love the cappucino bar and the coffee bar.. havent tried any of the others.

but opti keeps u full and makes u drink water (makes me thirsty)

you will find whats right for you :)
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 8:49 pm

Hi Ozrick and welcome to the forum. I too am a Dr Taylor patient and you couldn't be in better hands. He and his team are the best. Be careful about skipping opti meals as it has all the vitamins and minerals etc that you need while not eating "normally" and it's important to get these in each day. I used to make mine with about 300mls of water from memory and it wasn't as thick and gluggy. I stuck to the coffee and strawberry flavours and I still have the chocolate opti bar sometimes for lunch if I'm out and about or need to give my new tummy a rest. Are you at Concord, The San or The Mater. I was at The Mater and they are fantastic. Good luck for the 23rd and keep us updated when you can on how it all went.

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 1:40 pm

Hey ozrick, welcome aboard (pardon the pun).

In terms of improving the optifast experience, stick to strawberry (with extra water than is recommended), try the berry crunch bars, not too shabby, but need to drink a fair bit of water but it helps get your quota anyway! Cappucino bars aren't too bad either. Do not go near the choc bar, the soups or the mousses - all SO WRONG!

Chemist warehouse sell nifty shaker bottles w a stainless steel coil that breaks up the powder really well and it's easy to take to work.

Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 8:54 am

if you find it pasty then add some more water... heaps of people find it to thick (I do as well) and adding the extra water thins it so its more palatable. I like it in the blender with the ice as well it distracts you from the chalkyness of it.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 7:52 am

Thank you so much Trishah. I will try these ideas. The taste does not bother so much but I find it is very "pasty" so putting in the blender might help a lot.


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You can put jelly chrystals into vanilla opti to flavour it. Decaf coffee into the chocolate one or a teaspoon of jarrah 99% fat free hot choc powder or a few drops of peppermint essence.



Some prefer a little more water than the packet suggests so its not quite as thick and sometimes putting it into the blender with ice and ice cold water makes it into a frappe.

Unfortunately opti is less than tasty but its only for a short time and does a fantastic job on cleaning up our livers... trust me its all worth it in the end
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 6:47 am

You can put jelly chrystals into vanilla opti to flavour it. Decaf coffee into the chocolate one or a teaspoon of jarrah 99% fat free hot choc powder or a few drops of peppermint essence.



Some prefer a little more water than the packet suggests so its not quite as thick and sometimes putting it into the blender with ice and ice cold water makes it into a frappe.

Unfortunately opti is less than tasty but its only for a short time and does a fantastic job on cleaning up our livers... trust me its all worth it in the end
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 6:35 am

Hi Rick and welcome to the forum

Wishing you all the best for your surgery on 23rd.

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 6:33 am

If anyone has any tips on how to make Optifast taste better I would love to know. I have been skipping some and just having jelly because it tastes quite yuck.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 5:54 am

Welcome Rick to this awesome site ....it's the best ...... for me i had to wait the 52 weeks for PHF ......but but yeaha its all worth it at the end ......... So very happy now ........ I look forward to life now days .......

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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 5:48 am

Yar come on over Rick we would love to add you to our surgery list
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PostSubject: Thank you   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 5:26 am

Thank you Angel. This is unchartered waters indeed but I am starting to get excited at the prospect of finally ditching a large percentage of my excess weight for good.


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gret that your here, great support. Go to the march sleevers and let them know your there - wonderful group of peeps.

Yep the opti is ok - but being on fluids after is a bit harder lol
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PostSubject: Re: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyTue 13 Mar 2012, 1:13 am

hi Rick

gret that your here, great support. Go to the march sleevers and let them know your there - wonderful group of peeps.

Yep the opti is ok - but being on fluids after is a bit harder lol
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PostSubject: New guy from Sydney   New guy from Sydney EmptyMon 12 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

Good morning all. I am in the pre-op stage of preparing for my sleeve operation on March 23. I must say a big thank you for the forum and the massive load of helpful information on it. It has made me much more relaxed and informed about my upcoming surgery. I am finding the pre-op food pretty yuck but the success stories have encouraged me to keep the faith. At my heaviest I weighed 125 kg. When I went to the O-Clinic for my initial consultation I was 115kg. Yesterday I was 105kg. If I could get down to 90 or below, that would be awesome. Rick
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