That’s 19 kilos in sowff effrikun lingo. Well, I had a lot of help bunnies!
It all started in September last year when I had a laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication to correct a hiatus hernia that was prolly about 10 years old… eating sleeping, starving, waking… I had heartburn and asthma ALL the time!
The op involves using the top of the stomach to create a new valve to replace the one that doesn’t work- then you spend almost 6 weeks on a liquid diet training the valve how its s’posed to work. So not only is your stomach physically smaller, but you also have to eat carefully- chew EVERYTHING to mush and take really small bites otherwise it gets stuck in your oesophagus! This is so uncomfortable I cannot put it in words- and for someone who loves their food as much as I do learning to take small bites and chew properly was quite a lesson! Let me just say, that when food does get stuck above the intake valve to your stomach, your mouth floods with saliva and you want to keep swallowing- which only aggravates it! And the “side effect” is that I cannot burp or throw up, so once I swallow I just have to wait till it goes down.
Another side effect of having a significantly smaller stomach is that it’s actually painful if I eat or drink too much, my stomach shrunk a lot after the op, and now doesn’t have as much left of it to stretch as the stomach is usually able to do.
So its taken me over a year to lose the weight, and I haven’t reached my target yet, but being forced to learn to eat slowly and in small portions helped immensely!
I still eat whatever I like, just a lot less of it than I used to.
And of course starting to lose weight is simply an incentive to continue! My wardrobe has increased since there’s now a whole lotta stuff I can fit into again!
There Is Never An Excuse
One in three is not a statistic - one in three is a crying shame.