I am a Shopaholic….. Admitting it is the first step!

Good morning beautiful people!  I have come to the conclusion that I am addicted to shopping.  Ever since I lost my weight after the surgery I have become a shopaholic.  Even before my surgery I like to shop however now that I lost all this weight is gotten worse.   Before I had my surgery I weigh over 329 pounds and I mean let’s  be serious.  You can’t find a lot  of cute  and affordable clothing  in that size.

However, now I am constantly looking at the sites or stores that I like. I get their emails, and texts… they got those little bad boys setup where it is like one of your home girls are texting you.  And man don’t  let me learn about a new store and they have really pretty clothes. I will start shopping there also. Now it hasn’t interfered with me paying my bills but I have two closet full of clothes. I could wear a different outfit for probably three months straight and still have clothes left that I haven’t touch. My son told me Sunday that I didn’t need anything else to wear and I shouldn’t be buying anymore clothing or shoes. I was hanging up two new dresses and two new shirts when he told me this. I had to take a step back and look at myself. I do have a lot of clothing and I got to get this habit under control… Before it gets out of hand. I keep making excuses that I am a cheap shopper so I am alright. This is true….. I love my local goodwill until they brought in new management and changed everything up. The clothing was arranged by colors and sizes. However now everything is just separated by shirts and pants. So that help me tremendously because I don’t have the patience to look through all that for what I like. But I am in love with Ashley Stewart’s, Cato’s store and Lane Bryant’s and Catherine’s shoes.  (I was not pay to say these stores names)  What bad about the shoe  thing is I never really cared about shoes because it was so hard to find shoes for my wide feet.  But I lost weight in my feet and went from a size 12 to a size 9 in shoes.  So now I am able to find pretty shoes that fit my wide feet.   Keep me in your thoughts as I ignore these texts and emails about their sales.  GOD be with me.

Smooches have a blessed day.   Check me out in my Easter dress from Ashley  Stewart’s …I thought I was high stepping.

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Change is good for the soul 


Hey beautiful people!! I always seem to have  rare moments were I am really feeling myself and I start snapping pictures.  I have come to realize on this journey you got to encourage yourself.  Especially when you step on the scale and it hasn’t moved or it went up a few pounds.  Stay focus and keep moving forward and stay active!!  Be blessed!  Love, peace and happiness!  

Tracy 

 

Back to the basics

Good afternoon Beautiful people!  Let’s talk about weight regain a very important part of weight loss surgery afterward.  Everybody  knows that regaining weight after a WLS (weight loss surgery) is  scary.   When you gain weight and you have previously fought  to lose it is scary as heck.   For myself,  I picture  my previous  body size before  my weight loss surgery.   That’s makes me shake in my boots and stop eating any  chips or sweets.  You got to know that  I am in this game to win it.   When people notice I am going to the gym, the first thing they ask me is why.  I mean really why ask  why.  To me it’s simple anybody  can gain weight back and you got to stay proactive on this journey for the rest of your life.  You got to get up and move to keep the weight off when all you want to do is sleep.  You got to exercise and watch what you put in your mouth period.  One of my hardest struggle is when I go out to eat with my family.  They are usually watching my plate and will argue  about who is going to get my leftovers like I can’t eat them later.  This makes me eat more because I don’t want anybody else to eat my food.  I am aware that I have this problem and I am focusing on letting go.  So what if they eat the leftover plate at least you didn’t.  It’s hard and if anyone told you this journey was going to be easy they are lying.   Because you are fighting  this eating habits many times throughout the day.    What are your struggles? What causes you grief the most on this  journey?

Stay bless!  Love, peace and happiness!!

In for the fight of my life!

Good afternoon everybody! I have to discuss my three year anniversary coming up for my RNY Gastric Bypass  on July 28 and how I am not losing weight.  I have notice that I am  floating between gaining 5 pounds and then losing it.  Even thought my goal weight is only 20 pounds away.  The thought of even hitting 220 makes me cringe and sink down into a depressed mode.  I refused to go back to the old fat lady that couldn’t even walk around Wal-Mart to get grocery without tiring out quickly.

I also blame myself for my kids being overweight.  My son wants to lose about 70 pounds and I feel like my bad eating habits are something that I passed on to him. Not to mention my fatty genes.  Some people argue that there is no such thing as fatty genes but I be to differ on that. Now I know good eating habits could be taught and learned but when you know only how to throw fatback grease in everything you cook. Not county deep frying everything in grease. Eating starchy and bread all day. I found this one research that states that men can passed fatty genes on to their offspring but he could be alter by losing weight also.  However they were not able to prove that fatty genes were heredity.  I will included the link at bottom of the page.

Learning and maintaining  good eating habits are must on any weight loss journey.  I don’t care if you have had the Gastric Bypass or not.  You will never be able to eat any and everything and not worry about health issues such as weight gain or medical issues.  There has not been a way to safe and healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.  Besides eating healthy and exercising on a constant basic.

I am at that point in my journey where unfortunately you can start regaining weight.  THIS is the most crucial time in my life.  I am focusing on maintaining and keeping the weight off for the rest of my life.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue to fight this struggle.  Oh how I wish I was one of those that just kept losing weight.  NOT Tracy!!

Love, Peace and Happiness and healthy choices.

Tracy

The picture below are within the last couple of weeks on the outside. The one in the middle was about 7 years ago when I was around 340 pounds.  img_0578

Are you fat because of your dad? Men’s WEIGHT directly affects genes in sperm linked to appetite and brain development. Mail Online, December 3 2015

Maintaining weight loss after weight surgery.

Good morning Beautiful people! Today is a new day and God see fit to wake me up one more time.   I am really excited for whatever reason about blogging and I don’t know why.

Now I did say this time around for my blogging I was going to branch out do things a little different but I am going to still focus on my weight loss journey because it is ongoing.

One thing about me that is very important to me is cooking.  I love being around the stove creating new low-fat and sugar-free recipes.  On any given day you will find be in Pinterest looking at recipes and I am going through my head on how to reduce the fat and calories intake.  You want food to still taste good and fulfilling because this help you stay in track with your weight loss also.

Shopping has become an obsession.  However, I am a very cheap shopper.   I will be posting some of my deals with pictures.

I am also rejoining the YMCA.  The doctor has said I can restart exercising and I want to try jogging eventually.   Maybe enter a marathon or two.  I can’t wait to join because I have this big handsome 17 son who will be attending with me.  He wants to drop weight and maybe play football his last year in high school next year.  He weighs around 340.  He is my partner in the kitchen and we are going to do this together.  I love both of my awesome children.


God bless!  Love, peace and happiness!

Starting my day off right and getting my protein in.

Good morning beautiful people!  One of the things my nurtionist pushed was a high protein breakfast to help start my day off.  I learned really quickly that if I made a protein shake in the morning and drank it before I left I could get in my protein in for day.   My  favorite protein is  isopure protein. 2 scoops have 50 grams of  proteins.  I mix in 1 cup of  2% milk and  one  Greek yogurt which has  12 grams of protein.  This total up to 70 grams of protein in one drink.  Which is the minimum requirement a day. However some times you don’t have time to make this drink in the morning.  When that is the case I grab one of my Premier protein drinks.  I love these little drink even though they only have 30 grams of protein.  They have a caramel and  banana favor that is good.   I just have to make sure to eat a yogurt and do my protein bar also.

Here my  issues I got to make sure I do it everyday.    I am  now going on 3 years out since I had my surgery and I am struggling to drop anymore weight.  I still can  only eat a small amount so it’s up to me to put only good things in my mouth.  Because old habits are trying to creep back and I refused to go back to that old overweight depressed lady.   I am waging war and  it’s against any weight gain.

 

Moving forward 2 years later

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Hello beautiful people!! I decided to start blogging again because I love doing it and I have a lot to discuss.   My gastric bypass is what started me down this road and now I am back on it.  I will probably change the flow because I have changed overall as a person.  I am still not the best writer and I am constantly trying to improve that. As for my weight loss I am currently maintaining my weight between 200 to 210 pounds.  My weight goal has always been 160 to 175 pounds. However, I had to have three surgeries in the 6 months and that cause some major roadblock in my quest to get to my goal weight.

I was schedule to have a left hip surgery in August 2016 and all of sudden I started to have severe pain on my right side under my breast.   I went to the hospital after suffering in pain for hours.  The doctor eventually told me that my liver enzymes were elevated and I need to contact my gastric bypass doctor soon as possible.  One thing I have learned while traveling down this road after the gastric bypass surgery is that doctors will not go behind the Gastric bypass surgeon if you are having pain pertaining to your stomach area.  They did several tests and gave me copy of the tests results on a CD to take to my doctor.  When I finally got to the gastric bypass doctor he was upset that they did not inform me that my gallbladder needs to come out.   They also told me I had gallstones that were in my bile ducts.  This is where the pain was coming from.  He explained that there was a possibility that they may not be able to get the stones and a second surgery will have to be performed. Sure enough the surgery went well but a gall stone was to far away and they had to do a second surgery about 2 weeks later to get that little bad boy.  Recovery was good and I was able to return to work in a couple of weeks but it postponed the most important surgery the hip replacement.

Well fast forward I had the hip replacement surgery on November 28th and this is a life changing surgery.  Relearning how to walk with the new hip replacement has been a task.  Getting out of the car and trying to learn how to walk without limping is hard. I will have to have the right hip done later this year or next year…. God willing.   This is just an update to let everybody know where I am and how I am doing.  During this process I lost about 10 pounds and I am happy with that.  But I want to lose about 30 more pounds.  I am back on my game and using my tool to get there.

Peace, Love and Happiness

Tracy