Good morning beautiful people! I decided to post about something I love to do… Shop!! I will admit I am addicted!! But don’t get me wrong my bills always come first! Shoot I don’t make no money…I am a struggling working parent trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cent. However since I have lost over 150 pounds and I am able to shop and find so many pretty pieces because as we all know… They cater more to the smaller sizes. I hated shopping when I was bigger because it was so hard to find things I like that would hide my budges and that was comfortable to wear….. plus it was expensive.
But now…..Man let me start off by saying I love several stores but my favorite is Ashley Stewart stores. I have posted several times about this place because it seems like the store was made for me. Oh yea, AND they do cater to the plus size. Their clothing go all the way up to a size 32. I get some of the best deals off of their online site. You got to join the email and text services because they will send you information on the sales. I got both of these dresses for only $15.00 each off of their clearance link when it was 50% off.
Now let me say before hand I am a cheap shopper. I got bills to pay so I can’t afford to pay alot of money for clothing. That’s why my second favorite store is any Goodwill store that’s is color coordinated. This outfit only cost me $11.50 from my locate Goodwill here in my town. I paired it with a pair of Black knee high boots from Lane Bryant and added my jewelry. Now tell me you can’t beat that.
But here is my major save that I got to share. My third favorite store is Lane Bryant store and online site. Now I know they are little expensive but man when they have those sales with 50% you can get some awesome deals. Plus I love how they cater to the plus size and all of their shoes are made for wide feet and calves. I just put these 4 pairs of boots on my charge last night…. because well I needed some winter boots!! 😜😜 Man they was having an awesome sale going on…. I got those all those bad boys for under $140.00 total. Check them out… Because their boots usually run around $80.00 a pair and I got 4 pair for $140.00!!
Here is the thing…. We women struggle with so many internal things. But one thing that always boosts my spirits is when I know I look good and wear my outfit like a queen. We have to find something that make us feel good about ourselves. We have to motivate and believe in ourselves and walk in every room like we are Queen Sheba!! That how I look at life everyday because mentally I can feel so drain and in the dumps and I refuse to feel like this all the time! I want everyday to feel like Christmas…but that’s not possible. Shopping helps me to overcome those days.
I will tried to do a monthly or Bi-monthly post about my deals that I find. Until the next time beautiful people!! Be blessed… Oh yea… Trust and believe that nobody has paid me to do this posts. I just love shoes and clothes!!
Good beautiful people! Recently I started to noticed that my feet and hands were swelling and I was retaining a lot of fluid. I also noticed that even though I was walking I was still gaining weight. It wasn’t a lot but it was slowly inches toward a weight that gave me the hivvies jevvies. SO I amped up my exercise regime and I started walking. I am averaging around 2 to 3 miles about 3 days a week. I even started using that funky sweat suit that they sell at Wal-Mart that makes you sweat more. Shoot I walking and draining sweat everywhere trying to stop those pounds when the whole time it was fluid. Now here is the kicker I knew my feet had swollen up but never in a million year did I think my thighs had. But sure enough they had extra fluid also. Because my pants were tighter in the thighs but now they are loose again. I did call my doctor about getting something for swelling but it was never called in. So when I had my next 3 month checkup I let it slip my mind the last time I saw him because I was concerned about my acid reflux. Well fast forward to now both feet was extremely swollen with fluid and I know I am retaining fluid. To make a long story short I saw my doctor Wednesday and he did give me a prescription for lanix. My blood pressure was 175/ 115 and this was causing concerns for the doctor. He order blood work and EKG and is referring me to a cardiologist. Well to break it all down…I started the fluid pills Thursday morning and fast forward to today and I have dropped 13 pounds. My feet are sliding in my shoes and my clothes are lose all over. Evidently I was retaining fluid all over. I have been feeling bad for a good minute but I just blamed everything on my Acid reflux. Now I know different. Nevertheless I do have to admit one thing. I have never really did well with my water intake as I have previously posted about. I knew I could get more in and this could be the cause, so it is my own fault. As weight loss patients we got to follow the doctor orders to ensure that we remain healthy.
My primary doctor had me to also start keeping a record of my blood pressure. He did a EKG and took blood work and is referring me to the heart doctor. I am required to check my blood pressure every morning and every night before I go to sleep and drop the log off once a week at the doctor office.
Even though I have had the weight loss surgery you can still have medical problems with blood pressure, acid reflux, fluid retention and other things. Do not for one minute believe that this surgery prevents other things from happening because this is not true. The weight loss surgery is just a tool to help you get the weight down and under control and the rest is up to you. I will follow up with my visit to the cardiology.
Good afternoon beautiful people!! I wanted to touch base about my tests I had a few weeks back. As I had previously blogged in previous posts…I am having issues with Acid Reflux and I had to have a colonscopy because cancer runs in my family. Anyway I had Endoscopy and then I had a colonscopy that the doctor was unable to complete because I was full of shit. Now here the thing…. They were trying to schedule another colonscopy. The insurance wouldn’t approve that. So here comes the doctor letting me know they had scheduled a X-Ray.
Now Lets stop right there and let’s think about this for a dang minute. The procedures was anything but a normal X-Ray. You know I thought I would go in there after refraining from eating and drinking only fluids except for any juice that was the color red and purple and just lay on the table and they would x-ray my lower body parts. Man was my butt wrong!!!
Let me explain what a Barium Enema is …. first it is an x-ray examination of the colon. This examination evaluates every part of the colon and the rectum. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included. Second they made me lay on the examination table and an starter x-ray is taken to ensure the bowel is clear of any fecus. Then the radiologist and her partner insert a small balloon tube into a part of my bottom that I only used to release waste from. Oh my goodness….. the radiologist was saying “relax and breath you are tightening up.” I told her in my high pitch squeaky voice….. “don’t nothing usually enter that place…. what do you expect.” The Muscle was protecting me really well… she finally got it position after I said every cuss words in the book and begin to fill my colon with a mixture of barium and water. Air was also injected through the tube to help the barium thoroughly coat the lining of the colon. Next, a series of x-ray images is taken while I was moved around into all kinds of positions. Man. When they finally got finished and I got to go to the restroom… It was a on. One thing I learned was when I have my next examination for colon next time I will make sure that I do the colonscopy … That Barium Enema was awful.
Nevertheless everything came back clear. The endoscopy didn’t see anything that could be causing the Acid reflux and the Barium Anema was also clear. I don’t have to have another one for five years. Wooo… Wiping my forehead. That’s was something else. I hope that wasn’t to much information folks. Lmbo… If you learned anything from my experience always choose the colonscopy. What’s a little IV and needle compared to being ballooned from one of your most private area.
Side note: Please let the radiologist know you have had weight loss surgery because they was having trouble seeing all of my colon. Until I reminded them that I had weight loss surgery.
Good afternoon beautiful people! I just wanted to blog about trying to lose weight and being at a standstill for a long period. I really want to drop about 30 pounds and it seems that I am fighting like heck just to lose 5 pounds. Now let’s be real. Consistently is a must. I must be consistent and exercise on a regular basis. I must be consistent about eating healthy food. I must be consistent and get my water intake in. There are so many more things I got to do better about. I am very alert and aware of my weight which causes me and my scale to have this love and hate relationship. I am constantly stepping on him just to see what he say. (Yes my scale is a he.) Because only a man can give you various information that’s bad majority of the time. Lol
I personally know that I am always looking in the mirror and I see every imperfections and every flaw on my body. Every woman does this no matter how pretty she is. There will always be an area that you wants fixed. For me it is my weight. I want to lose more pounds because I am so scared of going back to fat Tracy. I sometimes look in the mirror and all I can see is that 340 pound woman. That vision scares the living hell out of me. I used this as a guide to ensure that I don’t get back there.
Nevertheless I always start planning my next day the day before. I have everything all planned out in my head and never doALL the things I have planned to do and usually it is the stuff that deals with eating and exercise. If I did everything that I planned in my head I would weigh around 140 pounds. I just got to get more consistent period. I know if I could lose a few pounds each week this would motivate me to be more consistent. But I am just like most people I want thing to be easy and that not the case. Even though I had the gastric bypass surgery it is still hard to keep this weight off and keep losing. Then here is the kicker when I finally meet my goals…I will start complaining about something else. However that is not the point right now. The point right now is being consistent as I keep saying in this post.
Another thing that bother me is when I go out to eat with family members. I rarely eat more than 1/4 of my food. However that don’t stop those vultures from watching and waiting for me to finish so they can swallow the rest of my food whole. I don’t know why I let this upsets me but it does and it causes me to overeat because I know they are going to eat my leftovers. I am working on this really hard because this type of gluttony can cause overeating which stretch Shelly the belly. Help me LORD, because this should be my last worry. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I fight this battle that is continuous and never-ending.
I do got news to post about my tests I had this week and a couple of weeks ago. I will post a blog about my results from the supposedly X-ray of my colon. Please note I say supposedly….until later guys and gals!
Good morning beautiful people! I know I have fell off on my blogging but I am going through a really rough time right now mentally. I am just taking it one day at a time and anything extra just takes a lot out of me.. However even though I am struggling mentally. My weight always stays at the forefront of my mind. I refuse to let this mental stuff make me gain weight. I am focusing on my weight more than anything and I am trying to maintain and make sure I am keeping those pounds away. I am still walking and I am in the process of adding more miles.
Now I could never really air what is going on in my personal life but it really life changing and it is causing problems big time. I just stay prayed up and try to keep GOD first however it is still hard. I think we all have our lows and highs that we all struggle with everyday. I just feel that at this time my mental bags are extra heavy. Those suckers are really dragging me down and putting a damper on my spirits.
Now that is enough about my mental struggles and lets talk ABOUT my results from the Endoscopy and colonoscopy. The endoscopy came out great and they did not find anything wrong however I am still fighting acid reflux and I am taking 3 medications for it. Also my colonoscopy was failed…after going to the bathroom over 100 times in a 8 hour period. I was informed that I was still full of shit and he could not complete the procedure, however he did get one poly out and it was tested and was negative. But because they did find one poly I was schedule for a colon X-ray this upcoming week. Now that a sucker. I drunk 2 full bottles of that nasty junk and was still full of shit. Now I got to do a barium enema x-ray. I hate doing these sucker. However maybe I will lose about 5 pounds. Heck a girl can hope and dream right!!
Good evening beautiful people. As you all know I am currently having major issues with my Acid Re-flux. I am currently taking three medications Famotidine 40 mg, Ranitidine 300 mg, Pantoprazole 40 mg. One in the morning and two at night. I am scheduled for a endoscopy and colonoscopy tomorrow and the preparation is something else.
Man first let me say this…I am hungry , I mean really hungry as I drink this apple juice. Every commercials on TV is showing restaurant ads and they looks so dang good. I caught myself licking my flat screen TV when they showed a Kristy Kreme commercial featuring their new pumpkin spice glaze donuts. Then they had the nerve to only offer those bad boys for one day. I know, I know I don’t suppose to be eating those bad boys anyway. But when you are hungry you will imagine yourself eating any and everything and I am starving. As soon as I finish this blog post I am going to bed so I can dream of chicken wings covered in all kinds of sauce.
The preparation for a colonoscopy is awfulllllll. Let me say that one more time it is dreadful, disgusting, atrocious, ghastly, unpleasant and I could go on with other words that mean the same thing as awful. But it will all mean the same…… the preparation for the procedure is something else. Because I have had the gastric bypass I could not do the usual prep and the doctor recommended that I buy two to three bottle of magnesium citrate, and drink those starting at 12:00 today. I went to the local Dollar General store and purchase 3 bottles and started drinking the first one. To say I want to throw up is a understatement. That crap is disgusting. I was burping and gagging all at the same time. It was so bad that my supervisor told me to go home. She was scared I was going to have a accident in the office. The doctor recommended that I try and drink one every hour until I was done. Man it took me two hours to get that crap down. The second one was faster however but the burping was out of the world. I could have burp a song I was burping so much. I also purchase several bottle of clear liquid to drink such as apple juice, white grape juice and for whatever reason I though I could eat apple sauce. I was wrong and the paperwork confirmed that. The doctor also said that it was important that I not consume anything red or purple because it could look like blood in my intestines when they doing the procedure so V8’s was out of the question which would have made me full.
Fast forward to now. (Warning this could be a TMI moment) I went to sleep because I was wanting to eat so badly and woke up to Shelly the Belly and my colon contracting, grunting and moaning like crazy. I stayed in the bathroom for about 30 minutes emptying my colon and I am still going. This is crazy, how can one person have this much crap. If I have to go one more time I will scream. I know I have flushed away at least 3 pounds.
Nevertheless I am scared, nervous and afraid because I want to know what is causing the excessive acid re-flux and I am nervous about the colonoscopy because of the history of cancer in my family. I got to quit googling my acid re-flux problems for gastric bypass patients because they give so many different reasons that this could be happening and my mind be in over drive worrying about it. However GOD got me and he always keeps me in the palm of his hands. I just can’t let my insecurity slide in. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers ladies and gents that the results will be good.
Good afternoon beautiful people. I have recently started having really bad acid reflux. It seems to be sitting right at the back of my throat causing nausea. I take my medication everyday and dodged anything that could make it start burning. However I have notice that something as simple as water makes it start up. One thing about Gastric bypass surgery is that acid reflux shouldn’t be a problem anymore because of how the stomach is rearranged. Well that’s not the case with me. Mine was bad before my surgery and still is!
Here is the kicker RNY Gastric Bypass procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for GERD in obese patients. The creation of our new small pouch is suppose to diverts most of the acid produced by the stomach away from the esophagus. I wished someone would tell my body that. Shoot I had to call my doctor to prescribed something stronger. I take two different pills a day one in the morning and one at night to alleviate the acid reflux. I am having a endoscopy and colonscopy next month at the same time to look at my pouch and I am having the colonscopy because colon cancer runs in my family. My mother had stage one colon cancer about two years ago and my Grandmother passed away from stage four colon cancer. Because of this I have to start having colonscopy at the age of 44 years old to prevent colon cancer.
I have to tell you something else I learned while looking up information about acid reflux after gastric bypass surgery. It was stated in one of the articles that I read that when you eat fatty foods this can also cause acid reflux because my little pouch is trying to break that illegal fat down. Thus causing extreme acid reflux. If this is the case it is nobody fault but my own. I know how I am suppose to eat and I deserve it by eating fatty foods and not following my nutrition guidelines. Shoot I tell you what this heifer right here has learned and I am ignoring all fatty foods…. don’t nobody got time for 24 hours, 7 days a week heartburn. Plus I am considering cutting out my one cup of caffeine filled coffee in the morning…. All I want is …..to be heartburn free. I do know when I see my gastric bypass doctor I would never tell him I googled my symptoms because doctors hate to hear that when they are examining you.
Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as we figure out what is going on.
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