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I love Colors and more colors!

Good morning beautiful people!! I just love Sunday morning and going to church. Because I get to go spend time with my Lord and Savior. There is nothing like being in church listening to the pastor speak about how you can become a better and more spiritual person.

Speaking of church…..I got to discuss how I love putting my best foot forward on Sunday morning. I know I talk about clothing a lot but I believe when you dress your best you also feel your best. Plus you stand out in the crowd. Which in turns makes you walk with more confidence. I feel and know without a shadow of doubt that my weight loss after my gastric bypass has increased my self esteem and confidence. There is nothing wrong with feeling confidence just don’t ever look down your nose at anyone because those tables could turn really easy.

I also love looking at how everybody is dressed up in their Sunday gear at church. The men in there suits with those sharp shoes and the ladies in their pretty church wear, beautiful hats and shoes. There is this one gentleman at my church that always wear these very colorful and different outfits…..This Sunday he had on a outfit that was a mixture of Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket but it was white and red and MC Hammer red pants. I wished I could had a picture to show you guys. It was very…how do I say this and remain respectful….unique and I hope I never see it again. Łmbo

Yesterday I put my best did forward and I wore my orange and gold dress. I purchased this beautiful dress from Ashley Stewart site and I love it.

As I have stated on numerous occasions…..this is one of my favorite colors. So you know I had to get this one when I was shopping a couple of weeks ago. You couldn’t tell me nothing Sunday……I thought I was a Queen wearing my crown. Well anyway after that I went to my local Walmart and I was approached by a group of young people. This really pretty young lady said to me…”Miss, Miss I just got to tell you that you look beautiful in that outfit….you look so stunning!”. My head really got big. I told her “thank you and it made me feel so special hearing that from young people.” I had my beige shawl wrap (I also love shawl wraps of every color and designs) over my dress and a pair of ankle heels boots to match. Her comments made me feel like a Queen because whenever young women admire your attire you know you have taste. Here a picture see it for yourself.

Well ladies and gents that all for me. Peace, love and Happiness!!

Be Blessed Tracy!!

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Did I say I love the color red!

Good morning beautiful people!! I am excited to show the fruits of my labors. My weight loss has given me the chance to dabble in something your girl love….fashion. As you all know in the previous blog post my clothes have came in and I was so excited. I have been trying to figure out what pieces I would put together to make each outfit. This one I got on right now is a combination of Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant. Let me discuss Lane Bryant for a minute. They carry this wide leg pants that looks so good with a cuff. I love these bad boys. They are called Lena tailored stretch wide leg pant. I have the color white, red and black. I am waiting for the vanilla or cream color. I added the picture from the website. Did I say I love the color red!

Well I paired these red pants with a shirt that I love from Ashley Stewart in a mustard color. If you haven’t noticed shirts with all kinds of designs on the sleeves is the new thing this season, I love the sleeve designs that are out and I have purchase a few for myself. Here I paired the pants with that mustard color shirt.

I was giving everybody a pop of color with all the white snow still on the ground. I also added my red shawl for my outerwear….this was purchase about 2 years ago at the locate Hamricks store on clearance rack. Did I say I love the color red?

One thing that I wanted to discuss was something I learned……no, no, no let me rephased that. One of the things I heard as a child and teenager…..was from my Mother who is high yellow by the way……use to say all the time that dark skin people shouldn’t wear red. My grandmother who was my complexion use to say it was the devil’s color. So imagine my surprise when a good friend kept encouraging me to wear brighter colors and to stop wearing so much darker colors clothing, They swore that my skin tone would look really good in these colors. Now if you ask my Mama if she said this….she would denied it real quick. But my sisters and I remember it very well because she use to say it all the time. I was use to hearing her say “She knows she is to black to be wearing that red dress, drive a red car, etc. ” So as a child I took my Mother’s views as my own and until I reached my 40’s. Ain’t that something……nevertheless I love bright colors now and Mama dukes swear I look good in each outfit I wear no matter what the color is. Well that’s all ladies and gents! Until the next post.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed Tracy

Ps….I have not been payed by any of the companies that was mention in this post.

Fighting the battle

Good afternoon beautiful people! It’s snowing down here in South Carolina and its so beautiful. There is nothing like being in a Winter Wonderland. However down here when it snows, it shuts everything. Shoot you would think it was the worst winter storm to ever hit us. Lol….stores and restaurants closed down and all the milk and bread get brought out.

However……when there is a Winter snow and you are stuck in the house you may tend to overeat. My biggest problems is Pinterest…man I want to try every recipe I see. Thats that dang cook got me saving recipes left and right. I am always looking for dishes that are delicioussss. I have found several cake recipes that i make for people all the time. That are so good when you put a piece in your mouth it melts like cotton candy. I know my but can cook and that’s a gift and a curse at the same time.

I have several things that I do to help me stay full which helps me from overeating everyday. One of first things that I do is take my medication with my protein drink and then coffee later. I eat a couple of fruits also and drink water like crazy. It helps me to stay full. I make sure I also set my meals up and follow them strictly. One thing I also have learned is don’t buy no chips or other fatty foods because it may make it way to my mouth.

I am not going to lie .,..I am weak and I fall short everyday when comes to eating the wrong thing. However I reel myself back in asap because I am not going down that road of weight gain. Also I am a big procrastinator….I will have everything planned out for my exercise trips to YMCA and don’t do it. What so bad about it….is in my mind I am doing it. I got to do better or better yet use my machines in my house. Because I hate my thighs and back fat. Keep me in your prayers as I continue to fight the battle of fat regain.

Ps: I got my clothes. I will post pictures of my outfits in the next coming days! 😉

Love, peace and happiness!

Be Blessed Tracy

Using Motivation Keys to lose weight

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Good morning beautiful people! I have a two years old granddaughter that is my world.  Every time she comes over and we go in my bedroom she runs directly to my scale and step on it and look down at it and look at me.  I laugh at her because this means she is copying somebody at her home who is weighing all the time.  Even though this is funny why do we have to focus on that scale so much that a child emulate us doing it?

Nevertheless I recently did a post about motivation and what my keys are to continue to lose my weight and stay healthy.   I listed shopping as one of my keys however there are several more. Therefore I wanted to discuss my other motivations keys in this post.

The dictionary defines Motivation as: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

motivation2Here is a list of my motivation keys:

  1.  Remain healthy and live a long fruitful life……. when one is carrying a large amount of weight.  It causes problems with your health.  For instant because of my previous overweight self, I suffered with Hypertension, GERD, High cholesterol, Orthopedic issues, Disc Degenerative Disorder, Sleep Apena Low stamina and endurance, low self esteem.  Man I was on several medications for each one of these diagnoses and I refuse to go back on that many medications.
  2. I like being able to walk long distance without feeling like I am going to pass out.  Walking was also another thing that cause problems.  I hated to go to grocery shopping and even try to shop because I got tired out so easily.
  3. The heat don’t bother me no more during the summer.  I swear when I was heavier…I thought I was going to pass out if I even peeped out the door during the spring and summer.
  4. Self esteem improved…Man on man.  There is nothing like being able to look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.  Weight loss can do that for you.  Just make your confidence improve drastically.
  5. Shopping and more shopping and more shopping… shopping cheaper, shopping is easily, shopping is fun, shopping is great.   Shopping make me feel better.  T
  6. Being able to fit in booths and seats in restaurants and other places.  Oh boy, I have posted about this before…Fat chair check…even though I don’t have to do this anymore.   I still do it.  I check every chair I sit in, just to make sure that I can fit or the chair will not fall when I sit in it.  Sorry old habits diet hard.

One thing I am learning to do is to focus on my day to day eating habits and not the scale. Because what I put in my mouth and exercise is the more important than anything. This is were I am able to keep the weight off and down.

Love, Peace, and Happiness

Be Blessed Tracy!

 

Weight loss promotes better shopping opportunities!

img_0369Good Afternoon Beautiful People!! Now I know this site is suppose to be about my weight loss surgery and how I am keeping the weight off.  However today I had to reward myself because I have loss 10 of the 13 pounds I had put on and I am determine to try and finally reach my goal weight.  WHOOP! WHOOP!  As a reward……You guys already know I went shopping.

Everybody knows that I am a shopping diva and I love a great sale.  Well I went on the warpath and purchase several different pieces that are going to look good on me!

Man how many times have I told you guys I love Ashley Stewart stores and online website!! I need to work for these bad boys because I make their clothes looks so good.  So…….see what happen was…. they sent me that little text letting me know that they was having a 50 percent off sale on all of their clearance items. I about dropped my cell phone trying to click that link to get to their site.  I am really in need of some long sleeves shirts and a just a few dresses (Smile).  I got some really good deals and saved a lot of money.  Nevertheless I can’t wait to put my outfits together to show you guys how I coordinate those bad boys.

I have added pictures of my sales receipts and pictures of the clothing I picked out. Look at the deals….man these are my type of prices. You can’t beat this!! Plus there is just something about the clothings that Ashley Stewart Inc. carry that makes me want to spend my whole check. I love just about all of their pieces.  Now the last item was not on clearance but it was a must have plus it had 30 percent off.  I am going to add the pictures also so you can see why I am raving about my steals.  I think I did good plus….this type of shopping that makes me work harder at keeping my weight off. Because when I was bigger like a size 28 or 30.  I couldn’t find really cute stuff like this that look good on my pear shaped body.  I use my clothes as one of my many tools to help me lose and not go back to the fat unhealthy Tracy.  Remember you have to find your motivation keys to stay and maintain a healthy weight goal.  Shopping is one of mine!!!  Do you know what your motivation keys are?

Peace, love and Happiness!!

Be Blessed!

Tracy

Ps…Ashley Stewart has not paid me to say any of these things. I just love their store.

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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

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