Articles by " the321nosc"
May 23, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

SIZE 12!

It’s been quite a weekend and I’m very happy to report that my weight loss is still going well!

Just less than eighteen weeks ago, I was wearing size 22 clothes. I bought a new pair of trousers on Saturday……size 12!

I can’t even begin to tell you how fabulous that feels!

I kept checking the label to see if there was a mistake. When I see them on the hanger in my wardrobe, I can’t believe that those tiny trousers actually fit me!

I noticed something else this weekend too.

I was soaking in the bath the other night       and it suddenly dawned on me. I now have so much more room in the tub! I can swish around enjoying the bubbles and it’s so much easier to get in and out!

Now I know that this is probably a little too much information, but it’s these little everyday things (usually not spoken about) that make a difference.

These little changes (along with the not so little ones) all add up to a better, healthier, happier new me!





Jun 7, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

The Incredible Shrinking Woman!

A lovely hot weekend at last!  

I decided to get my scooter out and go for a ride but what I hadn’t realised was that as I have lost so much weight……… my head has shrunk too!

Very strange I know but I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised given that I have now lost the grand total of 3 stone 5 lbs.

 I had a great day out shopping for a new helmet and a new scooter jacket. I’m also pretty sure my scooter is going faster because there is less of me on it.              Scooter posh girl Free Vector

Talking of shrinking – my feet have dropped a shoe size too!!     


I used to worry that having a sleeve gastrectomy would have a negative impact on my social life but it most definitely has not!

I was out at a lovely restaurant on Saturday night and I had Sea bass with vegetables and really enjoyed it.

I also hosted my first barbecue of the year this weekend. I got all the usual stuff for everyone else and I made myself a small chicken fillet with salad. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t even look at a burger or sausage for myself. I didn’t feel deprived and it didn’t bother me cooking them for everyone else. It was just so nice to be out in the sun with family and friends having a laugh and socialising.

Hopefully it will not be the last barbecue I host this year – British weather permitting!


Jun 22, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Slow but steady wins the race!

Another day, another dollar or in my case…….. another week, another pound!

I am feeling great!

I’m eating all normal foods now – a healthy well balanced eating plan, although I’ve not had a steak yet.

To be honest I’ve not missed red meat at all. Before my Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure I was a major carnivore. Now, if there is a choice of fish or meat on the menu, I always choose fish. My tastes have really changed



My weight loss has slowed down a bit but I’m still happy. I lose around a pound a week on average. The point is, it’s continually coming off and not going on! Think about it… that will still be almost a stone lost in the next three months.

I went to see some old friends at the weekend who I’ve not seen for about eight months. They couldn’t believe my transformation. It made me realise more than ever that all the hard work has been worthwhile.

What a fabulous weight loss tool this is and how fantastic Tina and the NOSC team have been with their advice and support!

Jul 11, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Busy, busy, busy!

Well,  since I last wrote I’ve had quite a busy time! In fact, at the moment, I’m hardly ever at home.

I don’t think I’ve ever made so many plans or accepted so many invitations. My confidence is sky high!

I’ve been to a couple of concerts, one of which was standing only, no seats. We wanted a good view so we arrived early. You are not allowed to take food in with you so I was a little concerned about what I was going to eat. I didn’t want to eat junk food but I needn’t have worried. Unbelievably they had a deli stand! I was able to buy a hummus salad, thank goodness!

So armed with my bottle of water I stood, sang and danced for about six and a half hours… amazing! I don’t think I would have lasted that long before I lost my weight. I’m so glad Beyoncé came this year and not last.


Talking of last year……

Whilst on holiday last summer, I bought a swimming costume in a small size. I had made my mind up to have the procedure so I was determined to get into it this year! Yes…… it fits and so I decided to try out my local pool. 

So there I was feeling great in my new swimwear, only to get out of the water to find that my costume is completely see through when wet!  No wonder it was a bargain!

Thank goodness I didn’t know anybody there! 


Jul 28, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

I’m in control!

Well…….. I’ve had a very busy time of late!

I have been away with my sister and her family. I think that I have walked more in the last few days than I have in the last ten years. I have been on a rope bridge and climbing rocks. It’s amazing, I could not have done any of that last year.

My sister told me when we came back that she had been worried about what I was going to eat whilst we were away. She said she was shocked and pleasantly surprised at my new eating habits and choices.  I knew what she meant because one of my worst fears prior and immediately after the sleeve operation was that would I ever be able to eat normally again and would probably feel terribly deprived.

It isn’t like that at all!  Whilst away I ate breakfast every day, usually a slice of wholemeal toast with scrambled egg, one morning I even had a little bacon. We didn’t usually stop for lunch but I always had a banana and a bottle of water with me. In the evening we went to some really nice restaurants.  I chose things like chicken skewers (a starter portion) or tuna steak. There are lots of healthy choices on menus now and I will try pretty much anything. Most restaurants will also be happy to give you a small main course if you can’t find a starter that you fancy as a main course. I even managed a little of my sisters cheese cake one evening (special holiday treat!).

What I’m trying to say is that for the first time ever food is not in control of me. I am in control of food and that makes me feel really good.

Roberta Face

Aug 22, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Over to you!

Well, I think I have mentioned every aspect of my weight loss journey, perhaps at times… I’ve shared a little too much! 


So far I have lost 4st 1lb!!    I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic it is to go to “normal” shops and buy “normal” clothes!  Just one of the benefits of my new slimline, healthier body!

These days, I’m feeling really good about myself! I can honestly say that I feel I should have done this years ago. Almost every aspect of my life has improved. I’m not saying that this is all down to losing weight but when you feel confident and happy in yourself, it begins to be reflected in your attitude to life and great things can happen. People seem to respond to me in a much more positive way, perhaps that’s because I am so much more positive and outgoing now.

I have more weight to lose but I am confident that I can reach my goal with the help of the sleeve procedure and the support of the team at NOSC.

I know a lot of you out there are struggling to reach a decision and I know that talking things through with somebody who has already had the procedure might help. I just want to let you know that I am happy to speak to you, just call NOSC and they will arrange a call.

I can’t wait to hear from you ……….


Bye for now.


Jan 17, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Never again the Christmas Pudding!

Well they say what a difference a day makes but in my case it’s what a difference a year makes! It is hard to believe that this time last year I was starting my pre op diet – still one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

What a journey it’s been. I’ve tried on more clothes than ever before, hiked up mountains, walked for miles upon miles and lots more. I just read my previous diary updates…………….. was that really me? I feel like a new person. I have so much more get up and go and I am now so confident and happy.

Me then  Roberta 2        Roberta 1


and now….        Roberta 1 - Nov 16

I really can’t begin to tell you how much the sleeve procedure and the support from the NOSC team has changed my life. I feel healthy and even opt for healthy, wholesome food choices now when at home or eating out.

I still enjoyed my food over the Christmas and New Year period. I ate what everybody else ate but just in smaller quantities. You don’t feel deprived having had this procedure because you feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. It’s great.

So, they say that the proof is in the pudding – well I am definitely the proof that this procedure does work. Twelve months ago I was a size 22.  As I sit down to write this update I am 5 stone lighter and wearing a size 10! I’ll never be the                                                                      Christmas pudding again!

Roberta - Xmas2 16

If you are considering this procedure, my advice would be don’t wait like I did,  because believe me, it’s the best thing I have ever done and it will be the best thing that you have ever done too!


Here’s to a healthy and happy 2017!