Archive from February, 2016
Feb 3, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s back to work I go!

I went back to work in the salon this weekend. Thank goodness!

I’ve watched so many murder shows that I’m now  convinced I’m in the wrong job and that I should become the UK’s first hairdressing detective.

My first day was really hard, I have to admit I was exhausted by the end of the session but I really did enjoy it. Although my body was a little tired it did wonders for my brain! I even got through the day without anybody spotting my lovely surgical stockings. It was great to catch up with everybody, I felt almost human again! They all commented on my weight loss (which by the way is now up to 21 pounds! 😊). What a boost!  Their comments made me feel great and I feel really proud of myself. I have to admit that when I got home I collapsed on the settee, absolutely shattered.  I spoke to Tina at NOSC support and she assured me I was doing really well and this was completely normal. I was fine after a good (very long) night’s sleep.

Actually, it made me realise something. I’m new to all of this. I don’t know what to expect and I don’t know if what I feel or experience is “normal”. Being able to speak to NOSC support really helps. When they told me that the support you receive is vital, I didn’t really believe them but now I know….it’s SO true. They have years of experience and training behind them and I know that  I can call and talk to somebody if anything is worrying me and that really makes a difference.

I reached another milestone this week, I  had my staples removed. I can’t say it didn’t hurt a bit,  it did, but actually, it’s more that it is such a very strange feeling. Once they were out the first thing I did was have a long soak in the bath……absolute heaven! Yes, NOSC confirmed that I COULD have bubbles……it really is the small things……….


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Feb 3, 2016 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Yipee! I’ve dropped a dress size or two!

Just a short update for you.

I forgot to mention in my earlier post, I’ve dropped two dress sizes already!

I’ve just been through my wardrobe and pulled out all my largest size clothes. I’ve now got  great big box of summer and winter clothes ready for the charity shop. I’m  getting into outfits that I put away and forgot about years ago once they became too small for me (or was I too large for them?). It feels fantastic! I hope retro is still in!

Just think, in a few months I’m going to have a whole new wardrobe of “normal” clothes.  No more baggy sweaters trying to cover the bulges. The new and improved Roberta is beginning to emerge! 

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Feb 8, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Little and Often!

Last week I got a bit carried away with work, staples and the glamorous surgical stockings. I completely forgot to mention my new eating regime!

I have been having about 3 quarters of a weetabix made very milky for my breakfast. I did try a full one one but unbelievable as it seems, it was too much! Mid-morning, I’ve been having a small fromage frais and for lunch it’s either a small glass of  home made smoothie (banana, kiwi or strawberry with a splash of skimmed milk) or a small cup of soup (also homemade). In fact I’m becoming a dab hand at these! 😊.  Mid-afternoon I’ve either had a small glass of milk or a couple of tablespoons of light rice pudding. At dinner time, I’ve been sitting with the family and I’ve tried a few different things – scrambled egg, a few tablespoons of cottage pie, tuna, a few tablespoons cottage cheese etc. I’ve  just made sure these are very well blended and the trick is to eat very slowly. If I wanted, I could have supper but my choice is a small cup of Horlicks Light made with water.

I have found that I don’t feel hungry at all but it is very easy to feel full! As advised, I make sure that I have my trusty bottle of water with me all the time. I have also managed to drink tea and coffee as normal, just much smaller volumes and not at meal times.

If someone had told me a few years ago that this is all I would be eating and I’d still be functioning properly, I would never have believed them.

I feel great!  I’m not hungry or sluggish and I don’t feel  deprived because I’m not hungry. If I’m being completely honest, feeling deprived of food was probably the thing I feared the most. It just hasn’t happened though, I feel completely satisfied with what I am eating and that constant need to look for food has gone.


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Feb 15, 2016 - Uncategorized    4 Comments

It’s a learning curve!

I’ve just completed my first full week back at work and it’s been really good.

People are really seeing a difference in me and I’ve had lots of  compliments which has been a great morale boost! If you had told me a few weeks ago that I could ever feel so good about myself and my weight, I would never have believed you. I know I’m not there yet but I can see the weight almost melting away!

The pounds don’t always drop as fast as they did at first, but I know I’m still losing weight because  my clothes are getting looser all the time. I can hardly keep pace with my wardrobe! Tina told me that I might not lose weight at a constant rate, it changes as your body adjusts.

At the end of the week I was  pretty tired  but  I suppose that’s to be expected.You always feel tired when you go back to work after a couple of weeks on holiday and I’ve been through surgery as well!

I’ve  been trying to introduce new foods into my diet. At the moment it’s just  trial and error to be honest, it seems my tastes have really changed.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so organised with my eating. I’m so much more aware of my diet and really thinking about what I’m eating. It’s incredible how much I’ve learnt just by listening and talking to the support team at NOSC and then doing a little bit of reading online. I plan my menu a few days in advance, working out if  I’m at home or at work so that I know exactly what to take with me each day.  That way, there’s no impulse buying when I’m wandering around the supermarket (not that I’m really tempted now) and no need to nip out to the shop at lunch time.

A typical evening meal for me now would be about a third of a salmon fillet, one new potato and a little veg, perhaps followed by half a pot of yogurt a little later on because I can’t fit it in straight away! Things are still very new, I’m still learning  and adapting to my new way of eating. It’s going to take quite a bit of getting used to! Well worth the effort though!


I know what you’re thinking…. never mind all that, how much has she lost?   Well so far, I have lost the grand total of 24 pounds!   That’s just 4 pounds short of two stones! I can’t believe it!


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Feb 23, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Time Flies!

Time really flies!  I can’t believe it’s almost five weeks since my operation.

Everything is getting back to normal now. My incisions are all nicely healed  and much to my children’s relief I have stopped complaining about wind! Actually, the gas was the most uncomfortable part of the whole process for me. They inflate the abdomen  during the operation so they can see what they are doing and it can be a little bit uncomfortable waiting for it to dissipate. Fortunately, Tina (NOSC Support Team) had the perfect solution. She told me to drink peppermint tea. It worked and now I am totally hooked!

So far  I have lost 27 1/2 pounds! That’s just eight onces less than two stone!  I am so pleased!

I have found the last couple of weeks a little hard in a way I that I hadn’t expected though. It’s almost like my head and my body are having a Mexican stand off. My brain is still telling me to go for  large portions and my stomach is saying no! It’s a strange feeling. If I was simply dieting,  then by now, I would have  definitely cheated and felt terrible afterwards. We all know how it goes, you diet, you get bored or fed up, you eat, you feel guilty and then you eat some more to make yourself feel better again. It’s a vicious cycle. I did it for years. Now that I’ve had my op, everything has changed. I’ve broken that cycle. Yes, my brain still wants to go for the large portion sometimes but now it’s under control, I have built in willpower with the sleeve and working with the support team is really helping me to retrain my brain and adopt new eating habits. It’s a whole new approach to food. I’m finding it easier everyday. I know that in a few more weeks my mind and body will  be in harmony and I probably won’t even think about it anymore. I’m told it takes around two months for new behavior to become automatic, around sixty-six days for your brain to forget your old habits and cravings,  so not long to go now, I’m almost there! 😊


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