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Shopping smartly after weight loss surgery

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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.

 

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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.

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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!!

Love, peace and happiness!

Tracy

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Future jogger right here!

Good morning beautiful people!  As we know I have been really active about my weight loss.  I want to reach my weight goal which means I got to get really proactive about my weight loss.  I have always wanted to jog but was unsure that I can do it.  Well yesterday i decide to walk around my neighborhood and use the Map me walk  app. 

 I started off at a good pace with my headphones on and my stick to beat off any creatures that venture to close to me.  One thing about my neighborhood is that it has a lot of hills and this caused me to burn more calories and energy.  I did really well and did not get tired at all… Just sweaty.  I walked about a mile and half and burn around 240 calories.  I am planning on walking again everyday and I am going to try a longer distance because I want to burn around 500 calories each time.   

The while point of this post is that I didn’t think I would be able to jog.   But after starting my walking regime outside…. I think I may be a jogger in the near future.  

Peace, love and Happiness

Tracy Be Blessed!

Celebrating Three years weight loss surgery anniversary!

Hey beautiful people!  Sorry I haven’t been posting but it’s been crazy this last month at work.   As you all know i consider myself a fashionista…. The cheap version. See this  one right here will never ever own a pair of red bottom shoes unless someone send them to me free.  This right cha here will never ever wear Verace clothing.  Lol…I am just being real. If i ever win the lottery or get a my dream job making over 100 grand a year  I still wouldn’t  buy any because I can’t see paying those type of prices for clothing.  

I know somebody looking at this post like what does this have to do with weight loss.  A lot I say.  When you are overweight you was limited in what and where you could purchase your clothing from.  Now three years later it is better everybody is carrying size 26 all the way up to size 32.  But back in 2014 which was just three year ago it was not that easy.  I had started  thinking about sewing and designing my own clothing because it was so hard to find clothing in my size that look good professionally.  I know at that time Catherine’s and lane Bryant was out there but they are high also.  At that time my favorite store Ashley Stewart didn’t go pass  a 24 or 26.  Cato’s Stores carried my size but you and every other person had the same outfit on.  

Now fast forward to now… Clothes in my size 14 are everywhere.  White, lime green , mauve, peach, orange all these colors…. Oh my what is a girl to do… But shop until she drop.  My closet rods get mad everytime I hang something new in there.

I just celebrated my 3  years weight loss surgery anniversary on July 31.  Being able to shop anywhere is the best reward for losing this weight.  I love going to the Goodwill and putting pretty pieces together.   It just something about feeling and looking good when you go out.  Because I can reflect back before my weight loss surgery and I swore everybody was whispering about my weight behind my back. Shoot I remember the first time I flew on my first airplane flight, my sister had told me before hand to ask for a extender for the seat belt as soon as I got on to avoid any embarrassment of asking after I sat down.  This was so true.  Little things like that draw attention to your weight big time.   Nevertheless this is not a problem anymore…. Because I know they are eagerly waiting just to see what I have on. (I have been told this numerous times)   I have set the stage for me and only me…I can’t be better than nobody but me …..from two days ago.  

 GOD blessing!    Stay blessed and not stressed! Love, peace and Happiness beautiful people!

Tracy 

Three years…..since I embarked on this weight loss journey

Good morning beautiful people!  I am so happy because I am coming up on my three year anniversary for my weight loss surgery at the end of this month.  I have a doctor appointment to  meet with my Gastric bypass surgery doctor to look at my progress and to help me continue to meet  my goal.  This has been such a great experience that there is no way I could ever regret having this surgery.  My starting weight was 340 pounds.  I currently weigh 205.  I wear a size 14 in clothing whereas I use to wear a size 28 to size 30.  My goal weight is still 175.  So I got about 30 more pounds to drop.   

Here are my  pros since I had my RNY gastric bypass surgery.

  • One I can shop at any store now.
  • I can walk without having to feel like I am going to pass out or my feet and or back hurting.
  • I can actually take care of very personal hygiene thing without struggling.
  • I feel healthy 
  • I am not a diabetic anymore
  • I can wear heels
  • I can sit in booth at a restaurant and not have to go to a table because my stomach is so big
  • I can buy pretty shoes 
  • I can see my feet when standing up and looking down (my belly blocked my view previously)
  • I was able to have my hip replacement 
  • The best one….I feel sexy, good and happy with me.

Now this is my personal journey and I am happy as heck about it.  What’s for me is for me.  My journey can’t be like the chick next door because we are two different people.  My success may not be as great as someone else’s but I am  happy with what I have accomplished.  Because the truth be told I could still be that that overweight, depressed in pain lady with very low self esteem.  I use to worry all the time that people was talking about me because of my weight.  Now I walk through a crowd like I am parting the sea shouting “the queen is here.”  I love the new me!!

    Peace, love and Happiness!!

    Tracy 

    College choices HBCU or not?


    Good afternoon beautiful people. My 18 years old son just celebrated his birthday last week and I am so happy for my young man.  He is growing up and about to leave my home after he graduates next year.  We are in the process of visiting colleges to determine where he will further his educational goals.  He is planning on majoring in Computer engineering.  (My baby is smart y’all, spoiled but smart)  With that being said everybody don’t offer this major.  So we are limited at which schools he can attended.  Plus he refused to take his second year of Spanish because he struggle so hard in it last year and don’t want to drop his grade point average for his last year.  We have chosen three colleges that offers the program and are focusing on campus visits and don’t required the two years of foreign language.   However My son has expressed a lot of interests in Clalfin university locate in Orangeburg, SC.  We are planning a visit soon.

    Here is my dilemma… Claflin is a HBCU (Historical Black College University) and has a good stem program that focuses on jobs in this field.   The college ranking is not the issue…. Its the lack of support from other African Americans.  As soon as we mention him applying at Claflin or North Carolina A&T University there is the look of disgust on everyone face.   I don’t understand why people are so negative about attending  any HSBU now a days.  When I was in high school the show “Different World” made me want to attend a HSBU and I did.  I attended Livingstone college in Salisbury NC and didn’t return because I met my husband.  I have always supported my college and still do to this day.  I feel that things could change for the HSBU if the president did something to change the negative image that is being portrayed about the HBCU. But what makes me mad is when the CIAA tournament is held  here in Charlotte, NC the turnout are always huge.  Those same people be ready to attend the things planned that weekend.

    One thing that I can say is kids in my son’s age group,  are changing and the kids are looking at the HBCU and the enrollments are increasing for a lot of the HBCU colleges. But that ages group that is around the 30s and  late 30 are not supported of the HBCU here in South Carolina… At least the ones I have encountered.   They talk very negative and don’t have anything good to say about the schools.

    The good thing about this is my son and a lot of his friends loves the idea of attending an HBCU getting to experience everything they have to offer on the campus.  I myself have always wanted to work at one of the campus.  Because I had such a great experience when I attended Livingstone college back in the early 90s.  Nevertheless my son is looking forward to his upcoming campus visit to Claflin University!

    Love, peace and happiness!!

    Tracy

    When you underestimate the weather. 

    Good morning beautiful people!! Am I the only person who plan all kinds of stuff to do in your head, that can help you meet your weight goal and don’t do it.

    Well I was determined to actually do something that I had planned in my head for a change.  So……..I plan a mile walk and only did half a mile at most.  For instant……I knew I was babysitting my beautiful baby last Saturday and she loves to take walks outside.  So I told my daughter to bring her stroller because we’re going for a walk that day.

    First mistake….I got dressed and left the house with her in the stroller eating on her snack around 11:30 in the morning.  Yea, yea…. I know ….. that’s when it is starting to get really hot. Well it wasn’t… at first.  But that changed real quick.

    Second mistake….I tried to get all glammed up….(you know pretty) big mistake… First the sun was bearing down on my wig.  (important note to remember… Wigs do not block the sun) The jeans was not comfortable to walk in and I didn’t put socks on with my tennis shoes.  You talking about a slipping and sliding mess.

    Third mistake….I should have taken A stick to fight off any creatures that decide to investigate Addie and I.  Especially since little Addie want to holler “dog” at anything with four legs and do her imitate of a growl at the creature.  Note…some animals want to growl back and attack.

    Fourth mistake….I really thought I was going to walk a whole mile out in that hot and humid mess.  I was missing the YMCA with its air conditioner, fan and TV on each machine drying my sweat.  The cold water foundation that I could go to at any given time.

    Fifth dang mistake…I forgot to download the dang walking app so I could see how many steps I took and how far I walk.

    At this point I don’t know if I will ever, ever, ever start jogging outside.  I think I am spoiled by the YMCA.

    Love, peace and happiness!

    Tracy

    Happy July 4th!! Rules for eating on this day.

    Good morning beautiful people! Today is one of the hardest days of the year for someone like me who has had weight loss surgery.  Because you can over endudge and stretch the heck out of your little Shellies!! 

    Hotdogs, hamburger, barbecue chicken, steaks, ribs, potatoes  and pasta salads, potatoes chips, beer, mixed drinks ….oh my the list goes on and on and my mouth just starts to water. 

    Here are some tips from Tracy…. When you go to the table to make your plate….

    • Walk right by the bread.  Leave it alone, don’t look at those sweet Hawaiian hamburger and hotdogs buns that have been cooked to perfection.  Strut, dance, do a split just walk on by!!
    • Walk by the mixed alcoholic drinks that have those little delectable pieces of fruits just floating in that beautiful color alcoholic sugar filled liquid.  The fruit just be waving and begging you to just taste one.   Don’t do it… Here is a fact that was drilled in my head by the nutritionist.   Alcohol reacts different in our bodies…(weight loss surgery patients)… first your body metabolic takes the alcohol and makes it the number one priority and burns it first therefore it is not burning your fats or carbs…. Therefore no weight loss until the alcohol all gone.  Plus we get drunk so much faster than a normal person and boy do it take forever to wear off.  I learned that real quick.  Even though I am not a drinker…I sip a little something every blue moon and then I limited it to only one or two sips.  I promise you I feel it real quick.  I never ever drive when I do… Because it lingers forever.
    • Walk by the sweets, potatoes, pasta salad and chips.. Don’t look, don’t peep don’t make any eye contact.  Just keep it moving and grab a paper towel to wipe the saliva off your lips.

    Go straight to the meats… Pick you a piece of chicken cut it in half, get you a piece of steak cut it in half, grab a ground beef patty (hamburger meat) and you guessed it …cut it in half.  You can add some cheese and mustard and ketchup to it.  Take your one bite of that chicken, steak and hamburger and walk always.  Because that’s all your little Shellies can hold anyway.  Wrap your plate for later and go mingle and laugh with family and friends.  Grab your water bottle and sip away while still looking sexy and lean.  You can do it. I know you can.  

    Now let me bake this red velvet earthquake cake and strawberry and oreo cream cheesecake cake for my cookout.  Then I will practice my own rules again.  Lol.  I know you are looking at your screen like what the hell.  But I don’t like strawberry cake and I have always detested Oreo cookies.  I never liked anything with cream in the middle.  But that dang red velvet earthquake cake….  (Shaking my head) we are going to war.  Love ya!!

    Love, peace and Happiness!!

    Happy July 4th everybody!! Be blessed!

    Tracy